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Sunday, 22 March 2009

 .Newsletter 0228


News you won't find on CNN!



Spend a night out in Harmony


The Harmony Day Dinner in support of the Milperra High School and Matthew Holland (click on the image on left for all the details) is just around the corner (Sunday 29 March) at Michael's Oriental Restaurant.


Take a break from your weekly dose of Nandos and treat the family to an exotic night out of entertainment and engagement and fine food like minced chicken filled with cheese and crispy Tofu with Thai flavours as entrees followed by braised calamari garnish with broccoli, crispy chicken with sesame flavours, Julie Hatia's pot chicken, fish fillet glazed with Indonesian flavours, saute tender sliced lamb with ginger and shallot and vegetarian rice fried with balachan and more, to be completed with a coconut pudding serve with lychees.




Come and listen to amazing success stories from the young pupils of Milperra who are making good here in Brisbane after arriving as refugees from places like Afghanistan, Liberia and other parts of the world.


The story of 14 year old Trokon who arrived in Brisbane from Liberia is a particularly moving one, as is life in the school's Room 18.


Join in celebrating and acknowledging a school that has played a significant part in helping them to adjust to their new lives in Brisbane.






Call 0402 026 786 or email theteam@crescentsofbrisbane.org to book your seats.

MBN's new strategic directions


The Executive Committee of the Muslim Business Network conducted a strategy session about the direction of MBN, its activities and how it could bring value to its members.


A range of projects was considered, including investment activities, local business exposure and promotion, student career sessions, and networking functions and workshops to disseminate and share relevant information and opportunities.

The new Executive Committee aims to consult with, and obtain the feedback of, members about MBN’s proposed activities.

MBN will also seek participation and involvement of its members in its activities.


In particular, it will look to involve members in sub-committees and other capacities to assist with organising activities and pursuing projects.


The Executive Committee has appointed Mr. Jaaved Khatree in the role of IT Manager.


In a statement to its members the Executive Committee expressed the hope that other members will provide feedback, and become involved and assist MBN to achieve the objectives to which it aspires.

Voting in Kuraby


Mrs. Vazira Ally (81) (pictured top left), who was recently granted Australian citizenship, made her way yesterday (Saturday) to the Kuraby Polling Booth to cast a vote for the first time in an election but would not let on as to which party she voted for.


All that can be said is that she looked very pleased with herself when the final results were announced last night.


Ana Miletic of AMARAH (pictured top right sporting an Anna4Qld shirt) held the fort as a volunteer handing out How-to-Vote cards on the day.

AFIC Activities

One nation, many cultures

Matthew Albert, Samah Hadid
March 18, 2009


DURING his speech at the bushfire memorial service, Prime Minister Kevin Rudd spoke about distinctively Australian displays of courage, compassion and "steely resilience". All these virtues and many others were indeed on show. When it comes to describing the national ethos, such references are safe territory and undoubtedly true.

The same cannot be said for describing our national identity. It is time for the Australian national self-image to fit better with our national profile. A refreshed Australian identity would encompass many cultures and diverse lifestyles. Australia needs an identity that the world recognises as being global, and therefore, like the world, multicultural. The new identity will make our diversity a high-profile asset. We need an identity of a chameleon nation.

Second-generation migrants, first-generation Australians, "minority" young people (and the labels go on) like us, have been considered by conventional wisdom to be prone to identity crises. But with minorities making up the majority, maybe it's the nation's identity that is in crisis.

For us, the Australian B3 (beaches, blondes, barbecues) never truly made sense. Not for our sense of Australia anyway. The streets we live in are not like Ramsay Street or Summer Bay. Our nation is made up of different languages and of rich cultural and religious diversity. For this reason, it is perplexing that our projection of Australian identity is built around stories that still have Paul Hogan-like Australians at their centre.


Read the rest.....


Matthew Albert is the founder of the SAIL (Sudanese Australian Integrated Learning) Program and is completing a masters degree in international law and relations at Oxford University. Samah Hadid sits on the Council for Youth and is co-founder of the non-profit community magazine Reflections

Baba In Brisbane


Since starting video-blogging in  mid 2006, Ali Ardekani, more famously known as BABA ALI has taken the Muslim world by storm.


“Not Just For Laughs – Comic Relief at its Best!”, an initiative of Muslim Women And Friends in affiliation with Muslim Aid Australia will kickstart Baba Ali’s premier visit to Australia.   


True to its name, this comedy event, to be held at the Chandler Theatre at the Sleeman Sports Complex on the 1st of May 2009, will also feature the best of our local comedic talents (stay tuned to CCN for more details), whilst raising funds for those afflicted by the war in Gaza.




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QUT Research Study


The Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane is conducting research to explore the impact of migration on the dietary habits of Indian and Pakistani women living in Brisbane.


The research team is looking for Indian and Pakistani women who are living with children (currently not pregnant and not breast feeding), who have been in Australia for 1.5 years or more and who are in Australia as permanent residents or on skilled migrant or family visas to participate in the study.


Participants will be asked to complete a three day food diary and then the researcher will visit the participant and complete a questionnaire as well as measure height, weight and waist circumference.


The interview will take about 2 hours.


The interviews can be conducted in Hindi, Urdu or English.


Participants will be offered a payment of $30 for reimbursement of time.


If you would like to participate, or to find out more, contact Sumaira Nasim on 0421103437 or via email sumaira.nasim@student.qut.edu.au.


CCN gets Up Close and Personal with ............ Suliman Sabdia


Mr. Suliman 'Solly' Sabdia immigrated to Australia in 1978, and he hit the ground running (literally).

He has been instrumental in the formation of a number of our now well established local mosques, was previous president of ICQ and is a sports fanatic.

Professionally, as an Accountant he also manages his family Professional services business, property development company and chicken abattoir.

The man should now be enjoying retirement but there is little that will slow him down.

Solly hasn’t stopped running yet.

Our intrepid CCN newshound cornered Mr. Sabdia at the local Coffee Club where he gallantly and graciously acceded to pouring his heart and soul out to her over a caffé latte.


What is your current position?  

President of Islamic Council Queensland (ICQ) since 2007


Is it a paid position?



How many hours do you work in this position?

About 16 hours per week.


What does ICQ do?

Legally it is the peak umbrella body of Queensland Muslims. It is the platform where Muslim associations can plan and strategize for the needs of the community. We have put on community events like the Muslim Symposium and Expo in 2007, Islamic Awareness week (annually), Eid day prayers, and conferences. However, we have no assets, and no records, we need to establish that.


Who are your members? 

We have 17 Islamic society members throughout Queensland. The criteria to join ICQ is that you need to be an incorporated association, hold annual elections and have audited reports. So some mosques don’t qualify.


What are your achievements as President?

After many years, ICQ has had its suspension lifted from AFIC. (Australian Federation Islamic Councils - AFIC is the umbrella body of all state Islamic councils, and ICQ was suspended from them because of constitutional changes) I have also secured funding for many of the projects we do.


What are the benefits of ICQ to the Qld Muslims?

It used to be a vehicle that enabled societies to raise funds for mosques, and it paid imams, through halal certification money, but not anymore (because halal certification is now privatised) We want to work with all Muslim organisations to raise funds, to establish a permanent headquarters, and to collectively prioritise what our community needs are. If we pool our resources together it would be better.


Where does the organisation get its money?

It currently has little income. Now that we are reinstated with AFIC that may change, we need to make it financially viable; we get little income from AFIC to run the office.


Do you think ICQ should be more for the people and open to the community

Absolutely, ICQ is irrelevant if it doesn’t, we need to go back to the people.


Where would you like to see ICQ in the future?

To be the sole organisation to unify all Muslim organisations to work together, because with unity is strength. It is the only way we can deliver services to Muslims, and to all Muslim organisations.


What is the best part of the job?

It is thankless and frustrating; However, I have the unqualified support of the Management committee and Islamic societies. Also, representing the Muslim community at all levels, whether it is visiting dignitaries, or ambassadors or government officials.


I understand that ICQ are asking all Muslim organisations to join it, as an umbrella organization what benefits would organizations get under ICQ?

Provide leadership, we would have one voice, with people who would be designated and appointed by the community to speak on behalf of the Muslims. We would have a united Muslim Ummah to discuss our strengths, issues and challenges. Muslims have made fools of ourselves, we need to grow up and get smarter.


So what does ICQ want from the community?

We want people to come forward, people who are capable. People think ICQ is irrelevant, but we need to first acknowledge that ICQ has relevance in individual lives in Queensland. But it is your organisation - it belongs to you the people. You have a choice to keep out of ICQ or join it and make it the body you want it to be. There are great opportunities for ICQ, but it will require hard work and people to get involved. We don’t want armchair critiques, they don’t solve problems.


The Deadly Dozen

1. My Mobile is ...
a useful tool

2. You couldn’t pay me to...
do the work I do

3. I would love to learn to ...
speak different languages (Arabic, Urdu) so I can communicate better with the people I work with

4. The place I most love to visit is ...

5. If someone parked illegally in a disabled parking would you say something ...

6. I love weddings because ...
I love socializing

7. I was excited to meet ...
Bobby Kennedy in 1967

8. I can really cook a great ...
lamb korma, I can cook anything, biryani, I am a good cook.

9. All week I would be happy to eat ...

10. I’m the only one in my family that ...
is hung up on taking care of my body, my physical fitness, what I eat.

11. The game I enjoy playing most is ...

12. In 5 words describe yourself ...
honest, ethical, forthright, disciplined, (and I now allow myself to be) carefree

Migrant intake slashed to save jobs


The Federal Government has slashed Australia's skilled migration intake to try to save Australian jobs from the impact of the global financial crisis.

Immigration Minister Chris Evans has announced a cut of 18,500 places in the skilled migration program this financial year.

''The Rudd Government will cut the 2008-09 permanent skilled migration program by 14 per cent to protect local jobs while ensuring employers can access skilled professionals in industries still experiencing skills shortages,'' he said.

''Last week cabinet agreed to cut the permanent skilled migration program in light of the worsening global economic situation. Clearly, the economic circumstances in Australia have changed ... so it is prudent to reduce this year's migration intake accordingly.''


Senator Evans has also announced significant changes to the structure of the program to remove building and manufacturing trades such as bricklayers, plumbers, welders, carpenters and metal fitters from the critical skills list that determines eligibility for entry without sponsorship from an employer.

The list will now comprise mainly health and medical, engineering and information technology.

Full Article

Victoria's Horsham leads harmony _ by example


HARMONIOUS: Harmony Day event in Horsham.

Front, from left, are Prof Aleem Khan, Shanoor Hossain and Tauhid Khan. Back, from left, Dr Abdul Khaliq Kazi, Dr Akbar Ashrafi, Robert Berwick, Noelene Douglas, Hugh Delahunty, Dr Mahabubur Mollah, Alva Taylor, Tameeka Harrison, Andrew Harrison, Altaf Hussain, Chris Harrison, Irene Harrison and Tahir Hashmi.



ABOUT 150 people attended a Harmony Day celebration in Horsham (Victoria) on Saturday.

The celebration, organised by Horsham Islamic Welfare Association and Goolum Goolum Aboriginal Co- operative, was in recognition of next weekend's international event.

Horsham Islamic Welfare Association president Mahabubur Mollah said the Horsham celebration was significant because it officially recognised the association's move to Goolum Goolum's premises in January.

Dr Mollah said Goolum Goolum had been extremely welcoming and `adopted us as one of their own'.

Dr Mollah said while communities throughout Australia and the world talked about harmony, the move showed that Horsham cultural groups were actually doing something about it.

"We can talk talk talk and it doesn't mean anything; this is practical," he said.

Dr Mollah said a number of speakers, including a Swinburne and Victoria University lecturer and an Islamic Council of Victoria member had `dropped everything' to speak at the Horsham celebration because they were so impressed by what was being achieved by the two groups.

Member for Lowan Hugh Delahunty said he was also impressed by `this unique and special arrangement'.

He said the Harmony Day celebration was good.

"The speeches from the Islamic people and the different Aboriginal groups were excellent and they contained a great understanding of the challenges we all have but more importantly how we can work in co- operation to understand each other's challenges for the good of the wider community," he said.



Inaugural AMYN Tournament


The AMYN Inter-Uni 7-a-side Soccer Tournament – Champions Cup

Last Sunday saw the launch of the first ever Australian Muslim Youth Network (AMYN) 7-a-side Inter-University Cup


Teams from as far as the Gold Coast participated in the tournament, with the likes of Shaikh Imraan Hussain of the Gold Coast Mosque spearheading the Gold Coast Griffith Uni attack. 


The tournament was spiced up with a special appearance by the Alumni “Match Fixers” team – formed by ex-students of UQ and QUT.


The group stages kicked off just as the sun was beginning to warm up the air. 


The intense sun was no deterrent to the determined young players. 


Their spirit of brotherhood and friendly competition increased as the day went on. 


Some exciting individual performances kept the crowd entertained throughout the day. 


The best of these was the double hat-trick (6 goals!) scored in one match by brother Mahat of the Harar Uni team that earned him the AMYN Golden Boot Award.

An exciting encounter in Group 2 – the toughest group


Four teams qualified for the semi-finals:  UQ Zamalek were pitted against Bond Uni 1  and UQ Beasts faced off with GU-QUT Saudis.  Both semis ended with a nail-biting penalty shoot-outs. 


Some great goal-keeping by Tawfiq, booked UQ Zamalek an appointment with GU-QUT in the finals of the AMYN Cup. 


In the end GU-QUT  were too strong for UQ Zamalek, taking the final 2 - 0.  Congratulations to captain Ayad and the GU-QUT team for their excellent performance!


The first AMYN Inter-University Cup was a success in many ways. 


It was a great opportunity for young Muslims at the various universities in and around Brisbane and Gold Coast to meet, get to know one another and strengthen the ties of brotherhood and unity in the Muslim community. 


A tough battle in the group stages – Group 4

The manners and sportsmanship displayed on the day were exemplary, with the professional league referees impressed by the absence of any dissent and bad language.  Each and every player deserves to be commended on this top effort!


Unity, tolerance, good character and trustworthiness are the main qualities that the Australian Muslim Youth Network (AMYN) works to foster among the young Muslims of Australia. 


Thanks go to all the AMYN organisers, volunteers, players, referees and supporters who helped to make this tournament a success! 


Special thanks go to the tournament’s main sponsor, Sunnah Inspirations Inc.


For pictures, videos, award ceremony and scores visit the AMYN home page at www.AMYNweb.com.


Dinner at Darra for Fiji Flood Victims

Report by Sultan Deen


From left to right, Moulana Nawaz Ashrafi, Imran Ali,

Mr. Graham Perrett\ and Hj. Master Shaban Ali

The Islamic Society of Darra held a fund raising dinner last night at the Darra Mosque where at the start it appeared that there were more people at the front than in the audience.
Later, when the food was on, the numbers grew to about 250.
The organisers said that they had sold approx 400 tickets, but a many seemed to have used the ticket purchase as a donation, and stayed away.
The MC was Hj. Master Shaban Ali, Quran Tilawat was by Imran Ali, the guest speaker was Graham Perrett, Federal member for Moreton, and the keynote address was delivered by Moulana Nawaz Ashrafi of Algester Mosque.
Moulana Nawaz's main thrust of his talk was that "Our Prophet (SAW) said, a stingy person is far from ALLAH (SWT), and far from paradise."

He went on to say that the aim of giving charity was to give, without expecting anything in return.

"The greater your giving, the greater your living. There are many people, who have lots of money, they have the means to give, but not the heart to give. Giving must come from the heart. In giving charity, it makes you feel good doing good, but you must not do good just to feel good, but feel good doing good."
"True wealth lies in the goal of the deeds. There are three things in life: 1. What he consumes, 2. What he wears; 3. What he gives in charity. The first two stay behind, but the last one goes on with him, after this life."

Originally, a door knock raised $6,000, which has already been distributed to the needy in Fiji.

Through the Brisvaani Aid foundation, and in the lead up to the function a further $11,000 was raised from ticket sales.

All the food was donated.

The organisers would like to thank all the donors, and sponsors, as well as the volunteers.


Muslim Team joins QMCSA


Yesterday (Saturday), a group of Muslim young men from the south side, kicked off, for the first time ever, the 2009 season in the Queensland Christian Soccer Association (QCSA) League. The team, not exclusive to Muslims and open to all faiths, beliefs and cultures, represents Sunnybank Saints in Division 3 of the 6 QCSA men’s leagues. The team’s name for the purpose of identification within the club: Maradona’s Mates

After casting their votes in the recent state elections, the boys headed down to Calamvale College for a 1pm kick off against Fireside. Unfortunately the opposition only managed to get 8 players on the day. The result, in typical Brisbane weather conditions (HOT!), was a resounding 10-0 victory to the local boys. Full credit to the opposing 8 who played the entire 80 minutes in sweltering conditions and still managed a smile and congratulatory cry at the end of the game.

Coached and aided by the experienced Iqbal Esat and Mohammed (Jackie) Kara the boys are looking forward to the season that awaits them. For most of them football aka soccer forms an integral part of life…for some of them, soccer is what they mostly live for.


An aspiring young team with its fair share of talent and a great deal of heart…the makings of a great season.

With home and away games over the period of the next 6 months, it promises to be an exciting and challenging period. Feel free to attend the games, give the boys your support and be entertained.

For more information on the team or the games ring Iqbal on 0410744179 or Ismail of 0431800414.

Little Mosque on the Prairie: Season 3 Episode 6


Let Prairie Dogs Lie   


Part 1




Part 2


Part 3


Around the Muslim World with CCN


Airport Jamaat Khana

In collaboration with Airports Company South Africa (ACSA) the Jamiatul Ulama in South Africa has been successful in securing an area in the New International Arrivals Terminal of OR Tambo airport for a Muslim prayer facility.


Plans for it have been approved and work on the internal design and layout will commence soon. The facility includes a Salaah area for approximately 70 males and 30 females, an ablution area, a luggage storage space and a baby changing and feeding area.


Pope Tells Muslim Leaders that Religion Rejects Violence

March 19 (Bloomberg) -- Pope Benedict XVI told Muslim leaders in Cameroon today that religion “rejects all forms of violence and totalitarianism.”

“Cameroon is home to thousands of Christians and Muslims, who often live, work and worship in the same neighbourhood,” the pope said in a speech distributed by the Vatican. “Both believe in one, merciful God who on the last day will judge mankind.”

Pope Benedict met with 22 representatives of Cameroon’s Muslim community.




Second biggest Muslim state is not on the point of collapse


First, the good news: Pakistan is not about to explode. The Islamic militants are not going to take power tomorrow; the nuclear weapons are not about to be trafficked to al-Qaeda; the army is not about to send the Afghan Taliban to invade India; a civil war is unlikely.

The bad news is that Pakistan poses us questions that are much more profound than those we would face if this nation of 175 million, the world's second biggest Muslim state, were simply a failed state. If Pakistan collapsed, we would be faced by a serious security challenge. But Pakistan's resilience, and its continuing collective refusal to do what the West would like it to, together pose questions with implications far beyond simple security concerns. They are about our ability to influence events in far-off places; our capacity to analyse and understand other nations' and cultures' behaviour and perceived interests; our ability to deal with difference; and how we see the world.

Read the rest.....



CCN Reader's Discussion Forum

CCN Readers' Book Club: You are what you read!


This week




Making Modern Muslims: The Politics of Islamic Education in Southeast Asia

Robert W. Hefner


Mr. Hefner asks whether Islam in Southeast Asia—which Western scholars have traditionally spoken of and observed to be peaceful and inclusive—is turning to more radical teachings.

However, Making Modern Muslims warns against the wholesale endorsement of claims that the 50,000 madrassas (day schools) and pondok pesantren (boarding schools) found in these countries are now factories churning out militant warriors of Islam in a scary, post-9/11 world. The works in this volume suggest that the moderation and pluralization for which Islam in Southeast Asia is known have been very much present in Muslim schools, and are still present, as these schools have played an active part in the debates about where and how religion fits into the kind of modern society that most countries in the region are aspiring to be.

Mr. Hefner is explicit about what he sees as the need to view terror-related occurrences in the region from a prism other than that of Western security. Although he acknowledges the inevitable human tendency (particularly after a bombing or an attack) to fall back on security concerns as a way of analyzing what has happened, he believes that to focus purely on security compromises other viewpoints that take into account cultural concerns surrounding Islamic schooling—many of which are brought up by Muslims. The long-running debate in Indonesia between modernist and traditional Muslims, and how the two perspectives have shaped the development of various components of the Islamic school system, is one example.

Accordingly, the essays in the book provide very detailed historical background and information on cultural and theological perspectives that may seem at first glance an unnecessary diversion to the reader who merely wants a no-holds-barred exposé of what Muslim schools are teaching their students. But this is not strictly a volume about Islamic educational institutions per se—rather, Mr. Hefner and his coresearchers and contributors attempt to map the influences that have shaped the curriculum and ethos of Islamic schools in Indonesia and some of its Association of Southeast Asian Nations neighbors, in order to get a sense of the future path of these schools and their students.

Full review



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Using the book club you can see what books fellow CCN readers have on their shelves, what they are reading and even what they, and others, think of them.

The CCN Readers' Book Club

Kareema's Keep Fit Column





Q: Dear Kareema, I go to the gym daily and use the equipment or do a class, depending on the time I have available. Should I be drinking sports waters or sports drinks to keep my fluids up?


A: Some sports drinks contain sodium and carbohydrates (others may even contain up to 7-10 teaspoons of sugar), while sports waters are more lightly flavoured, with lower carbohydrate and sodium content.

You'll find that elite athletes may use sports drinks to aid hydration as they may train for a few hours at a time.


However, if you're training for an hour or so daily, you can hydrate optimally by drinking plenty of water (minimising your sugar intake) and eating carbohydrate-rich snacks two hours prior to your training session.


This will ensure you have enough energy to see your workout through and replace fluids lost through exercise.



My Health and Fitness

Tel: 0404 844 786

(Accredited Member of Fitness Queensland)


Need an answer to a fitness related matter? Send your question to Kareema at  fitness@crescentsofbrisbane.org.

All questions sent in are published here anonymously and without any references to the author of the question.


KB's Culinary Corner


  Chicken Satay


500g Chicken fillet
1 cup coriander leaves chopped
1 tsp crushed garlic
1 tsp ground green chilies
½ tsp salt
½ tsp coarse black pepper
1 Tbsp Soy Sauce
4 Tab lemon juice
4 Tab tamarind juice
1½ tsp crushed cumin
1 tsp crushed coriander

1. Cut chicken into 6cm x11cm strips
2. Process coriander leaves, spices, sauces,
lemon juice and tamarind juice.
3. Pour into bowl and add coriander and cumin
4. Mix well and add chicken strips and marinate for 2-3 hours.
5. Skewer chicken, concertina style and cook on a non stick frying pan or barbeque.
6. Serve with Satay Sauce.

Satay Sauce
½ x100g bottle of Peanut butter
1 tsp tamarind concentrate
½ cup lemon juice
2 tsp ground green chillies

Mix the above ingredients and cook the mixture for 2 to 3 minutes adding salt to taste, cool and serve.

Do you have a recipe to share with CCN readers?
Send in your favourite recipe to ccn@crescentsofbrisbane.org and be our "guest chef" for the week.


The CCN Chuckle



Mula Nasruddin was recollecting the days of his youth when he attended University:


My psychology professor at the University knew his students expected a terrifyingly long final exam.

To play with our minds a little (what do you expect from a psychology professor?) he only put ONE question on the final exam.

He watched the reactions of the students as we all opened the exams and saw the one question.

Initially we all were relieved, but as the difficulty of the question began to sink in, our relieved faces sagged to confusion and consternation.

All, that is, except for me.

I read the question, tapped my pencil into my palm a few times, then jotted something down on the test paper.

I walked up to the professor, handed him the final, and walked out.

The professor blinked in surprise, looked at what I had written, and smiled.

The professor wrote "100%" on the top of my test.

The question: What is courage?

My answer: This is.

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22 March


Meelad Celebrations

Islamic Society of Algester

Algester Mosque

0403 286 305

from 2.30pm

29 March


Harmony Day Fund Raiser Dinner: Milperra High School

Crescents of Brisbane and  Kuraby Lions

Michael's Restaurant

0402 026 786


5 April


MY Indoor Soccer Tournament


OZ Sports Springwood, 3269 Logan Rd, Underwood

0432 271 601

8.30am to 4.30pm

26 April


Ladies High Tea


Mt Coot-tha, Botanic Gardens, Lakeside Garden Cafe

0401 391 123




Not Just For Laughs - Baba Ali

Muslim Aid Australia in affiliation with Muslim Women And Friends

The Chandler Theatre, The Sleeman Centre

0405 448 045

7:30pm sharp

2 May



Islamic College of Brisbane

ICOB, Karawatha

0402 794 253

11am to 7pm

17 May



Crescents of Brisbane

Orleigh Park, West End

0402 026 786

7am to 1pm

19 July



Lailatul Me'raj

26 July


Mini Tennis Tournament

Shabir Elias

Griffith University, Mt Gravatt Campus

0415 467 868


6 August



Lailatul Baraat

22 August



Start of Ramadhan

16 September



Lailatul Qadr

19 September



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20 September




26 September


MBN Eid Dinner

Muslim Business Network

The Coffee Club, RNA Showground



26 September



Eidfest Committee

Mt Gravatt Showgrounds

0418 722 353

All day

3 October


QPS/EECQ Cup: 2009 Qld Multicultural football tournament



0438 114 619

9am to 5pm

3 October


Eid Dinner

Islamic Society of Darra

Darra Mosque, 219 Douglas St, Oxley

0418 757 157


4 October







0438 114 619

9am to 5pm

24 October


Breast Cancer Awareness

Crescents of Brisbane


0404 296 297


27 November




18 December



Islamic New Year


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The ladies Taaleem programme this Thursday will be at the home of Khairoon Karim, 8 Wandilla Place, Kuraby. Please note that for this week only the time for the programme will be from 12pm to 1pm.


Sunnah Inspirations


Contact: 0408 270 421

University of Queensland,
323 Hawken Drive, St. Lucia

Every Monday

Event: Weekly Learning Circle: Sharh Riyad-us-Saliheen (An Explanation of 'Gardens of the Righteous'

Venue: Prayer Room, University of Queensland

Time: 6.45pm to 7.30pm


Every Friday

Subject: Fiqh Made Easy

Venue: Room E215 Building 1 (Forgan Smith), University of Queensland

Time: 6.30pm to 7.35pm

Every Friday

Subject: Tafseer al Qur'an (Explanation of the Qur'an)

Venue: Room E215 Building 1 (Forgan Smith), University of Queensland

Time: 7.45pm to 9pm


Sunnah Inspirations is a non-profit organisation to cater for Muslim social support and supplying information to Muslims and non-Muslims.  They have been doing various activities around Australia, and have organised Da'wah information stalls at various universities in Brisbane.  More info can be found on their website above.


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Gold Coast Mosque


South African National Halaal Authority (SANHA)


Muslim Womens' Convert Support Group (MWCSG)

     Network of Muslim women converts from the Brisbane and Gold Coast areas of Queensland.


Australian International Islamic College (Durack)



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