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Sunday, 13 September 2009

 .Newsletter 0253


News you won't find on CNN!



Eid-ul-Fitr Programmes


Islamic College of Brisbane

Kuraby Mosque & Holland Park Mosque

pdf version

Australian International Islamic College

Darul Uloom Islamic Academy

Durack Islamic Centre

Algester Mosque

Darra Islamic Society

Bald Hills Mosque


To have your Mosque's Eid-ul-Fitr programme posted here email an electronic version to ccn@crescentsofbrisbane.org


Australian Muslim Achievement Awards





Mission of Hope has been hosting the Annual Australian Muslim Achievement Awards from 2002-2008. Online nominations are now available for 2009. Nominations close on October 31st 2009.




This year's categories are:


Woman of The Year

Man of The Year
Youth of The Year (Ages 16 - 26)

Sportsperson of The Year
Role Model of The Year

Professional of The Year
Event of The Year

Media Outlet of The Year

Business of The Year

Creative Artist of The Year
Researcher/Academic of The Year

Volunteer of The Year
Community Organisation of The Year
Best New Community Initiative / Project of The Year
The Abyssinian Award
- awarded to an Australian Non-Muslim who has made both a significant and positive contribution towards the Australian Muslim Community.

Online nomination must be made here:


Crescents of Brisbane's Annual Ladies Fundraising Luncheon


This year Crescents of Brisbane will be holding their annual Ladies-only event on Saturday 24 October 2009 at the Sunnybank District Baptist Church Hall (Cnr Brandon & Nemies Rd, Runcorn) from 11am until 3pm.

The theme of this year’s function is “Celebration of being a Woman” with all proceeds going to Mummy’s Wish charity.


Guests will be treated to an informative and fun filled day including a delicious lunch, speakers, performances and demonstrations. 


Come along and discover your full potential in all areas of your life.  Unlock the secrets to gaining optimum health, fitness, beauty and happiness. 


Salaat facilities will be provided.  Limited number of tickets at $40 each are available.  Group bookings welcome.  No children allowed.


For more information or to reserve a ticket, contact Saalihah Seedat on 0404 296297 or email theteam@crescentsofbrisbane.org.




Event highlights include:

Mummy’s Wish is a not-for-profit charity focusing on supporting mothers diagnosed with cancer while either pregnant or with young children in South East Queensland


Life Coach – Vicki Lennox

As the founder of Emerging Swan Coaching, Vicki’s mission is to help women create a space for them to really get to know themselves and explore their options, help them discover their unique life purpose and decide how they want to express that purpose.  Her passion is to inspire women to escape the drudge of merely existing on a duck pond and discover how to prosper joyfully, elegantly and authentically on Swan Lake.


Body Image

Health Promotion Officer, Bronwyn Buckley is a registered nurse with a degree in Health Education. She has worked in women’s health for the past 20 years, including 5 years on Women's Health Queensland health information phone line. Her presentation covers ageing and body image including what influences body image and the marketing of anti-ageing products as well as strategies to improve body image.


Some display stands for the day providing mini-facials, mini-makeovers, personalised demonstrations and  sampling of products include : Galvanic Spa, Larissa Bright Cosmetics, Beauty Spells Mineral Makeup, Runway Culture Jewellery.


"Bad Debt" Abolished


The Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, Senator Chris Evans, this week introduced a Bill to abolish the unjust and ineffective detention debt regime imposed on immigration detainees.

The Migration Amendment (Abolishing Detention Debt) Bill 2009 will also waive all existing debts for current and former detainees but there will be no refunds of debts already paid.

The current daily maintenance amount of $125.40 can see a person in immigration detention for one year incur a debt of more than $45 000. Detention debts in the hundreds of thousands of dollars are not uncommon.


Commenting on the successful passing of Bill in the Senate this week, the President of the Australian Federation of Islamic Councils, Mr. Ikebal Patel, said he was pleased to see such an unfair burden relieved from those in society who are least able to bear such a load.

Mr. Patel commended Liberal Senator Judith Troeth and Family First Senator Steve Fielding for their strong conviction and courage in being part of the elimination of an unfair, debilitating detention policy that reduced Australia's status as a progressive, compassionate nation in the international community.


Mr. Patel expressed gratitude to the Government Senate Leader and Minister for Immigration, Honourable Chris Evans, for the Government's stance on abolishing this harsh detention debt.

"We stand proud of our Government and Senators Troeth and Fielding for doing the right thing in this instance by abolishing the detention debt.", Mr. Patel concluded.

Eid cards and Stationery


Barakah Life, based in California, USA provides stationery and gifts, including ‘Eid cards exclusively designed by the calligrapher Haji Noor Deen, as well as calendars and home decor items.

Barakah Life’s Khadija O’Connell will be in Sydney in November as part of the Eastern Fusion 2009 events, and you can get more information from www.easternfusion.com.au of practical workshops she will offer on art and crafts when she is here.


The Barakah website is at www.barakahlife.com.

Imams on the Internet

ABC Radio National Promo


In Australia, young Muslims outnumber their older co-religionists, and the community leaders they choose to represent them influence the shape of Islam in this country for years to come. But these leaders are a mixed bag, with many self-appointed, and the most charismatic among them tending to preach simplistic and conservative interpretations of Islam.

This phenomenon, known as 'backyard imams' or 'internet Sheikhs', was the focus of Background Briefing on Radio National.


Waleed Ali and Sheikh Shady Al Suleiman appear on the programme.

Art Exhibition Eid celebration



You are invited to the Eid-closing celebrations of "Across The Gulf" Exhibition on the 25th of September 2009.

The exhibition is concluding with an Eid celebration especially for the Muslim brothers and sisters who were unable to attend the opening due to Ramadan fasting.

This Eid - closing celebration is scheduled on Friday the 25th of September 6pm - 8pm at Shed E - Howard Smith Wharves the bike way extension of Boundary Street.


Come and enjoy some Art and Life music from the Middle East.

Across the Gulf Exhibition's official Opening was on the 4th of September and the Exhibition runs from the 5th till the 27th of September, as part of the Brisbane Arc Biennial 09.

During this period, between the opening and the closing Eid celebrations, there will be a forum at 10:00 am on the 5th of September, where international guests will be speaking about their personal art practice and the project.

Group tours run from the 5th till the 27th twice a day starting at 1:00-2:00pm and 4:00-5:00pm. There are also evening tours twice a week from 5:30-6:30.


Tours outside of gallery hours are available on request.

Gallery times are 12:30-6:30pm.

RSVP to mariam@artworkers.org

For those travelling from interstate and overseas, who need assistance with accommodation and transport to the venue, feel free to contact Mariam on 07 3215 0850 or mariam@artworkers.org.

IWAQ Hamper Drive


Pictured above are Ramadan hampers made up by the students from the Islamic class at Runcorn Heights State School.

They contributed the money, and their Islamic teacher, Sr. Aisha Dennis bought the goods which they then packed into the bags and presented to IWAQ for distribution.

They also made "thought cards" to be included in the hamper.

The hampers have all been distributed.

The Islamic Women's Association of Queensland (IWAQ) are making a final call for support of their important Ramadan Hamper Drive.


They are still in need of contributions from the community.


This year they have had a huge number of requests to assist struggling families.


If you can contribute with any dry goods, that will be very much appreciated.


Dry goods include: rice, pasta, sugar, salt, tea, coffee, etc.


Call the IWAQ office on 34233022 to arrange for dropping of your contributions.




The MBN Business News Update

by Iqbal Lambat


The past month has seen both very good news and some indications of disturbing news that could still have a negative impact on the economic conditions going forward.

Clearly, the most upbeat economic news has been the fact that Australia has avoided a technical recession and grew by 0.6% in the last quarter coupled with the continued strong rebound in business and consumer confidence. Economists are treating the increases in confidence with trepidation - the economy is still probably facing a period of sluggish economic growth with the result that the high levels of confidence is unlikely to be maintained.

David Bassanese, Australian Financial Review economist, is of the opinion that the high levels of confidence is a result of both consumers and companies expressing a loud sigh of relief that a wrenching downturn has most likely been avoided, but perhaps do not fully appreciate the hard slog ahead.

Some economists are of the view that we are going through a period of ‘premature optimism’.

Latest unemployment figures, whilst static at 5.8%, mask the loss of 30,000 jobs last month and it is being held down by surging underemployment – the proportion of employees who want more work has climbed to a record high of 7.5% - and is also growing by the number of job seekers becoming discouraged and dropping out of the hunt for work. Economists predict that unemployment will rise to 6.75%.

There has also been some cooling in housing demand and retail sales, which were both expected as the effects of the stimulus wear off.

Retail spending fell for the second consecutive month in July, while demand for home loans eased for the first time in 10 months.
Australia’s terms of trade – what we export versus what we import – has deteriorated markedly in the June quarter posing a major risk to the economy.

After last week’s surprise rise in economic growth for the June quarter, economists were predicting between 2 – 3 interest rate hikes between now and December. But, with economic figures no longer lining up, economists are now predicting a small interest rate hike in December.

We are not out of the woods yet.

Read all about it in MBN Business News.





MBN would like to remind all CCN readers that you should secure your seats for this year's MBN Eid Dinner.

There are some major prizes to be won, the first being a return trip for two to Malaysia, sponsored by Malaysian Airlines and there is also a TV and a GPS system to be won as well.


Gold Coast Awards 2010




The Gold Coast City Council Australia Day Awards recognise individuals and groups who have made an outstanding contribution to the Gold Coast community, and for exceptional achievement in sporting, environment or cultural endeavours.


If you would like to nominate someone from the Gold Coast for this award in one of the six categories send in the nomination form before 18 November 2009.

Ifthaar Dinners around the country


Ifthaar in the Great Hall of Federal Parliament


The Iftar Dinner Program at Parliament House, Canberra on Tuesday (8 September) was organised and co-hosted by the Members of the Parliament with the assistance and support of the  Australian Intercultural Society (AIS), Affinity Intercultural Foundation and Blue Star.


The 220 strong guest list was made of Senators, Members of Parliament, Diplomats, Academics and Community and Religious leaders.


The Hon Laurie Ferguson MP Parliamentary Secretary for Multicultural Affairs and Settlement Services represented Prime Minister Kevin Rudd.


Mr Ergun Kirmaci, President of AIS, welcomed the guests and the Adhan was called by Mr. Murat Polat.


After the breaking of the fast with dates and water, the Maghrib prayer was performed. A dinner of five spiced chicken breast, jasmine rice, ginger Asian greens, crispy noodles and sweet soy glaze was served and finished off with dark, white and milk chocolate mousse cake with honey custard sauce.


The official programme commenced with sufi music by the Australian Sufi Group and a recitation form the Holy Quran by Hafiz Adem.


There were welcoming speeches by Ms Marie Vamvakinou MP, the Hon Sussan Ley MP, and Mr Orhan Cicek, Executive Advisor to AIS.


Ms Sureyya Cicek of Isik College talked about the significance of Ramadan and guests were invited to offer their comments on the ifthar and on social harmony.







IWAQ and the UAE Embassy


This week the Islamic Women's Association of Queensland (IWAQ) and the Embassy of the United Arab Emirate joined forces on Thursday to host some 500 men, women and children at the Clairvaux Mackillop College Hall, Klump Road in Upper Mount Gravatt for Ifthaar. The Dinner was sponsored by the Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahayan Foundation.

Ms Shirley Hardman, Community Relations Assistant of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints told CCN that they all enjoyed being a part of the Iftar dinners.

Ms Hardman added: "This was indeed a different experience for us all and a real learning curve in gaining a better understanding of Ramadam and your beliefs in fasting. We actually have a lot in common even though we do things differently. From all of us, thank you for inviting us to these two special nights and also the one at Parliament House. Bishop Reynolds and John Millar and their wives certainly enjoyed that night."


The calm before the cuisine

Time to break fast

The IWAQ Team and distinguished guests

Mr. Hamad H. Al Habsi, the Minister Plenipotentiary and representing the

UAE Embassy is surrounded by members of the

Emirates Student Club of Australia

Ms Teone Reinthal (right) presents a painting she created especially for IWAQ

to Ms Galila Abdelsalam (left), IWAQ's director

Ms Samra Maluhija and Ms. Sevkija Hodzic explain how

Ramdhan and Eid are celebrated in Bosnia

Mr Imad Mustafa describes an Iraqi game before calling on

audience members to help him with a practical demonstration

Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Ms Salam el-Merebi and Ms Muna Ibrahim explain the significance of Ramadan




Ifthaar @ Langford Islamic College, Perth

by Leila Nur Riskiyandi


(left to right) The President, The Principal and The Doctor:

Ikebal Patel, Kevin King and Intaj Ali

Despite the cold, wet and windy weather in Perth on Friday, many families from AFIC's Langford Islamic College gathered together in the school's undercover area for ifthaar and prayers.


The evening's meal was an array of scrumptious dishes lovingly prepared by the attending mothers, and perhaps fathers in some cases. From good ole Sheppard's pie to noodles and honey puffs, it certainly was a feast for the tastebuds.

Special guests included Br Ikebal Patel and Dr Intaj Ali from Sydney, the former delivering a short speech on AFICs future plans for school with the support of the Muslim community and Australian government.

All in all it was a wonderful way to spend a cool night in Perth. Many thanks to the staff and parents who made it possible.









Ifthaar @ Islamic College of Brisbane, Karawatha

by Momina Ahmed Allahwala


The Islamic College of Brisbane hosted its 2nd annual Iftaar, in conjunction with the Australian Federation of Islamic Councils and the Islamic Council of Queensland on Saturday 5th September 2009.


Around 700 students, parents and members of the community attended the event.

The programme was opened with a recitation of the Holy Quraan by Mufti Zeeyad Ravat of the College’s Islamic Department.


Speeches by Chairman of ICB Board Hajji Mohammed Yusuf and Federal Labour MP for Moreton Graham Perrett followed.


Other guests in attendance were Professor Bruce Burton of Griffith University and Julie Attwood, Parliamentary Secretary for the State Minister for Disability Services and Multicultural Affairs.

Mufti Ravat made the heart-touching supplication before iftaar.


This was then followed by a scrumptious meal of biryani and fried chicken, with ice-cream and fruit for dessert.


There was enough food for second helpings, enough in fact to take away!

All in all, the second ICB Iftaar was a great event, one that has clearly made a mark on the Ramadan calender.


Hats off to the ICB staff and community members for the time and effort they put into organising the event.


Making the most of the month of Ramadan (Week 5)


Iqbal Lambat has compiled a series of articles to assist CCN readers with maximizing their benefits during the month of Ramadan.


This week the focus is on Laylut al-Qadar; what to pray in the last ten days of Ramadan; and zakat-ul-fitr (fitrah).

Laylut al-Qadr
Laylut al-Qadr is considered by most Muslim jurists as the most important night in the Islamic calendar. Based on statements in the Quran, scholars are of the opinion that it was on this night that the Holy Quran was revealed from Lowhul Mahooz (sacred tablets) to the House of Glory (Bayt Al-`Izzah) in the lowest heaven. From there it was revealed piecemeal to the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings upon him (PBUH)) according to events that took place during his life over a period of twenty-three years.


The Laylut al-Qadr series comprises:

Introduction - explains what and when is Laylut al-Qadr. The Quran describes this night as the Night of Power and states that it is better than a thousand months

What to do/pray - outlines what you should do and pray to maximise your benefits on this night

What a menstruating woman should do/pray on the Night of Qadr? - outlines how a woman in her menses can benefit from this night

What to do/pray in Ramadan - It is reported that the Prophet (PBUH) used to to "exert more efforts (in worship) on the last ten than on other nights." (Reported by Muslim). This article outlines how you can benefit from the last ten nights of Ramadan.

Zakat-ul-Fitr (Fitrah)
What is zakat-ul-fitr? - explains what zakat-ul-fitr is and why it is payable
Who needs to pay? - outlines who is required to pay and discusses the minimum threshold above which a person qualifies to pay
What is due? - explains what is due and the logic for the calculation. This article also discusses the issue of whether zakat-ul-fitr should be paid in food or cash
Recipients - outlines who qualifies to receive zakat-ul-fitr
When and where to pay? - explains when zakat-ul-fitr is due and where it should be paid

Next week 6: Eid


Previous Week 1: Ramadan the month – what to do, what to pray and how to welcome Ramadan

Previous Week 2: Fasting rules – who should fast, exemptions, rules on fasting, what to do if you miss or break a fast

Previous Week 3: Zakat Part 1

Previous Week 4: Zakat Part 2


Around the Muslim World with CCN


Muslim Community Leaders Join AIDS Fight


KOLKATA, India, Sep 9 (IPS) - Muslim religious leaders may seem too conservative to promote the message of safe sex to combat the HIV/AIDS pandemic. But that image seems to be changing. Thanks to community-based organisations and young social entrepreneurs working quietly in villages.

In Kolkata, the capital of the West Bengal state in eastern India, the Asian Muslim Action Network (AMAN) Foundation, a non-government organization that seeks to address the challenges confronting Asians, has been engaging imams (prayer leaders) and community organisers in its HIV/AIDS campaign.

”We involve the imams in this campaign because they are highly respected by the community,” said Sohail Ahmed, secretary of AMAN. Many people living in communities are either illiterate or semi-literate, he said. Thus, they tend to depend on the imams for information. They also look to these religious leaders for counselling.

To explain their participation in this effort, the imams use certain passages of the Quran. For example, they say that ‘khair-un-naas' which propagates doing good to others and ‘khidmat-e-khalq' service to mankind are part of the holy book. Hence, raising health-related awareness is a good deed, they say.

Australia.To News



Iraqi Muslims and Christians strive for dialogue


Iraqi Christians must be the promoters of dialogue and national reconciliation, Muslim leaders told the Archbishop of Kirkuk Louis Sako, appreciating the prelate's gesture of inviting them to break fast over dinner during the Muslims fasting month of Ramadan.

Shia and Sunni leaders called the dinner on August 29 "a gesture of respect" for the holy month, and have launched a "call for the liberation of a Christian doctor who was kidnapped on August 18," AsiaNews reported.

Archbishop Louis Sako said he gifted those present with a copy of his book, which describes the policy of "Dialogue between Christians and Muslims during the Abbasid", who ruled the Islamic world from Baghdad between the eighth and the thirteenth century.

He said that "all this patrimony serves dialogue, today as it did in the past." Shiite and Sunni Muslims recognised the "role of mediator played by the Church" throughout history, and its commitment to peace and reconciliation".


Cath News



British Muslims call for ban on extremist rally at mosque in Ramadan


Hundreds of Asian youths threw rocks, bottles and fireworks at riot police on Thursday night as anger over a demonstration by anti-Muslim groups spilled onto the streets of Harrow.

Police made eight arrests and fought a series of skirmishes with masked protestors close to Harrow Central Mosque which had been targetted by anti-Islamic demonstrators.


The demonstration organised by two groups, the English Defence League and Stop the Islamization of Europe, was called off after the first 15 supporters to turn up were chased off by counter-demonstrators who outnumbered them heavily.

Anti-Islamic protestors had to be sheltered by riot police who formed a cordon round them and rescued one from a beating after he was caught and set upon by a crowd of Asian youths.

As police protected the men further violence broke out when a number of masked protestors started hurling botles, rocks and fireworks at officers. The masked youths ignored pleas by a larger crowd of Muslims who urged them to keep the protests peaceful.

The violence came just a few days after an anti-Islamic protest organised by the English Defence League in Birmingham descended into running street battles which led to 90 people being arrested, with more anticipated as CCTV footage is examined.

In Harrow, several of the Asian youths making up the bulk of 1,500 counter-protestors armed themselves with sticks and metal poles. All eight arrests were for the suspected possession of offensive weapons.

The town’s central mosque is still under construction and is expected to provide a enough prayer space for the area's 35,000 Muslims.

Elders at the mosque said the timing of the protests were particularly insensitive because it fell not just on the anniversary of the 11 September attacks, but also during Ramadan, a deeply spiritual month where Muslims fast from dawn until sunset.

The violence which erupted in the early evening came in stark contrast to the peaceful mass protest earlier in the day before the anti-Islamic demonstrators had arrived.

In an emotional speech during midday prayers, the mosque's imam, Ajmal Masroor, called on his followers to ignore any anti-Muslim protestors and resist the temptation to retaliate. He prompted laughter when he told listeners: “My father always said to me, 'If a dog bites your leg do you turn around and bite the dog back?' Of course not.”

But he could do little to prevent hundreds of angry young Muslim men from outside the borough gathering to defend the mosque which they believed would be attacked by Islamaphobes.

The Independent UK


Ramadan Timetables


Kuraby Mosque

Islamic Society of Toowoomba


Ramadan fasting Timetables for major Queensland Cities

as prepared by Queensland Muslim
Brisbane; Bundaberg; Cairns; Gold Coast; Ipswich; Mackay; Mount Isa
Rockhampton; Sunshine coast; Toowoomba;


If you would like to have your Mosque's Ramadan timetable posted on CCN email an electronic version to ccn@crescentsofbrisbane.org

Largest Mosques of the World


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The CCN Inbox


Dear CCN Readers,

I've recently found a bag in my basement which appears to have a few belongings left behind from the "Hope for Happiness" fashion parade held last year.


Among these is an Olympus camera. It is in a red case and doesn't have any photographs in its memory card.

If you think this lonely camera could belong to you, please contact me on 0415 180 065.


I'm sure it would love to be reunited with it's owner and will come in very handy for Eid.


Shenaz Seedat



I am currently working on a project called "The Homework Club" and basically this is extra assistance with school work for people from refugee backgrounds and newly arrived migrants who have been in Australia from 6 months to 5 years.


The club will start as soon as the schools get back to me. However I need some volunteers who can volunteer only two hours of their whole week to help out these children who are in need of educational assistance.


Its only one hour after school, two days a week ... I will be volunteering inshallah and I need more people to put their hands up.

Thank you

Salam El-Merebi

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


Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested" (Francis Bacon)



Would you like to see the cover of your favourite book on our book shelves below?

Then simply email the title and author to thebookclub@crescentsofbrisbane.org


Double click a book cover to find out what others think of the book


CCN has set up an online Book Club at Shelfari to connect with CCN book readers at:


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

KB's Culinary Corner


KB's Recipes for Ramadan


Sour Cream Cutlets



1 kg chicken fillet – cubed fine
2 tablespoons corn flour
1 cup (250ml) sour cream
1 tsp dhanna – jeero (cumin and coriander mix)
1 tsp lemon pepper
1 tsp chicken spice
1 tsp salt
1 tablespoon crushed garlic
1 tablespoon green chillies
1 tablespoon chopped green coriander leaves

• Combine all the ingredients together.
• Pat into cutlets.
• Roll in breadcrumbs.
• Freeze for half an hour.
• Dip in beaten egg and fry in medium oil until done.

Serve hot with chutneys

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.


Kareema's Keep Fit Column




Q: Dear Kareema, I'm in my last trimester of pregnancy and have been exercising regularly throughout. I feel really good and do not want to stop exercising unless I have to. Can you suggest some exercises I can do until the very end of my pregnancy?



A: Absolutely! You'll find as your baby grows, you get more and more uncomfortable.


A great tool for you would be the gym ball.


Sitting up tall and doing a few gentle exercises / stretches on it, will not only relieve the pressure on you lower back, but also help you stay strong for a quicker recovery afterwards.


Make sure you're well balanced while sitting on the ball.

I recommend you walk daily as this will also be one of the easiest and safest exercises for you to do towards the end of your pregnancy.

Regular gentle aqua-aerobics or swimming will also keep the pressure off your back and the buoyancy in the water means less stress on your joints.

If you want to tone your arms / shoulders / upper back, I suggest you use a resistance band as it is much safer than weights.

Don't do any exercises lying on your back. Sit-ups is also not recommended at this stage of your pregnancy.

It's great that you're looking after yourself! Keep it up and all the best for the next few months...



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.


The CCN Chuckle


One morning, Mula Nasruddin’s mother went in to wake her son and tell him it was time to get ready for Madrassah, to which he replied, "I'm not going."

"Why not?" she asked.

"I'll give you two good reasons," Mula Nasruddin said. "One, they don't like me, and two, I don't like them."

His mother replied, "I'll give YOU two good reasons why you SHOULD go to Madrassah. One, you're 54 years old, and two, you're the Imam!"


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Eidfest 2009

MBN Eid Dinner

Al-Nisa Desert Night: Pearls & Curls

Annual Ladies Day

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Quranic Arabic Lessons

International Day of Peace Commemoration

Griffith University Multifaith Centre

Celebration of Eid-ul-Fitr







Body & Beauty

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Limited Edition Ladies Clothing

International Ramadan Appeal

AMAL Muslim Helpline


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16 September



Lailatul Qadr

19 September



End of Ramadhan

20 September




23 September


Sawtul Qu'ran Programme

Kuraby & Gold Coast Mosques

Kuraby Mosque

0411 037 016


25 September


Sawtul Qu'ran Programme

Kuraby & Gold Coast Mosques

Gold Coast Mosque Mosque

0411 037 016


25 September


Gold Coast Eid Dinner

Islamic Society of Gold Coast

Southport Sharks Footbal Club

0412 601 152


26 September



Eidfest Committee

Mt Gravatt Showgrounds

0418 722 353

All day

27 September


MBN Eid Dinner

Muslim Business Network

The Coffee Club, RNA Showground



3 October


Eid Dinner

Islamic Society of Darra

Darra Mosque, 219 Douglas St, Oxley

0418 757 157


10 October


Ladies Desert Night: Pearl & Curls


84 Nemies Rd, RUNCORN

0410 617 178


16,17,18 October


Palestinian Days: Film Festival

Justice for Palestine & Palestinian Assoc. of QLD

Schonell Theatre
University of Queensland

0400 720 757

See programme

24 October


Annual Ladies Day
"Celebration of being a woman"

Crescents of Brisbane

Sunnybank District Baptist Church Hall (Cnr Brandon & Nemies Rd, Runcorn)

0404 296 297

11am to 3pm

27 November




3-9 December


Parliament of the Word's Religions

Council for the Parliament of the Word's Religions

Melbourne Convention Exhibition Centre

Contact Details


18 December



Islamic New Year

27 December



Day of Ashura


To claim your date for your event email ccn@crescentsofbrisbane.org.




The ladies Taaleem programme this Thursday will be at the home of

Naseema Hassan

36 Diamond Place Runcorn

Tel: 33452650

 All Ladies Welcome!

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

Sunnah Inspirations


Contact: 0408 270 421

University of Queensland,
323 Hawken Drive, St. Lucia

Every Friday

Subject: Fiqh Made Easy

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

Time: 7pm to 7.50pm

Every Friday

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

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

Time: 8pm 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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Queensland Muslim Historical Society Inc.

Promoting the study and awareness of the rich history of the Muslims of Queensland

Young Muslims of Queensland

Social network for young Muslims of Brisbane

Sunnah Inspirations

Providing information about Islam - its beliefs, culture, practices, dispelling misconceptions

Kuraby Mosque

Holland Park Mosque


Provide young Muslim women in Queensland with support and opportunities to express themselves

Australian Federation of Islamic Councils (AFIC)

Islamic Schools, Halal Services and a whole lot more...

AFIC Schools

www.mfis.com.au (Malek Fahd Islamic School, Sydney, NSW)
www.islamiccollegeofbrisbane.com.au (Islamic College of Brisbane, QLD)
www.icosa.sa.edu.au (Islamic College of South Australia, SA)
www.afic-lic.com.au (Langford Islamic College, Perth, WA)
(Islamic College of Canberra, ACT)

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)

Eidfest 2009

Kotku Mosque - Dubbo NSW

Islamic Society of Algester

Jamiatul Ulama Western Australia

Body of Muslim Theologians (Ulama, Religious Scholars)

Islamic Women's Association of Queensland (IWAQ)

Community based, not-for-profit organisation providing Settlement, Aged Care, disability, social activities and employment opportunities.

Federation of Australian Muslim Students and Youth (FAMSY)

Queensland Intercultural Society (QIS)

GIRU – Griffith Islamic Research Unit

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