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Sunday, 27 September 2009

 .Newsletter 0255


News you won't find on CNN!



Eidfest '09





Some of the action at yesterday's Eidfest can be found in the CCN photogallery.




Reflections on the month of Ramadan at the Kuraby Mosque

by CCN’s Man-on-the-Mussallah 

If Queensland is said to be beautiful one day and perfect the next, then I am bereft of superlatives to adequately describe the past month of Ramadhan at the Masjid al Farooq and, more particularly, from the vantage point of its last saaf.

From the very first night of Ramadhan the Mosque, as if taking its cue from the signs of Spring all around us, seemed to burst into new life as men, women and children squeezed shoulder to shoulder into every available piece of real estate on the two floors and then onto the car park and then again onto the lawn. And for the first time in years there was no let up even after the first eight raka'ahs as the lines steadfastly held up to the back doors.

For those on the outside, under the clear, starry Brisbane sky and the cool, crisp night air this could well have been Muzdalifah, and for those standing alongside fellow worshippers from virtually all corners of the globe it would surely have brought memories of al-ḥaramayn.

Topping the long list of the accolades that must be bestowed to the Mosque must undoubtedly be the sublime and flawless rendition of the taraweeh prayers by the Imam of the Mosque, Akram Buksh, Qari Fida Ur Rahman and young Imran Omar. While the beauty of their recitation of the Qu’ran certainly melted the hearts of many a mussallee and stirred the souls of even more, the rousing dua after the final sura by Imam Akram would leave many a man and woman sobbing uncontrollably as much in supplication as in for the passing of another Holy month.

It was also a Ramadhan in which all records seemed to have been broken: from overall attendance figures at the prayers topping 700 (with surely twice that on the penultimate night) to a huge increase in women attending this year. Many also attended weekend ifthaars which were graciously sponsored by the different ethnic groups that attend the Mosque. These ifthaars were held in the open car park where organizers and volunteers ensured that the 800 diners were able to break their fast on time and enjoy a deliciously prepared meal after returning from their Magrib prayers.

While the Mosque exuded spiritually through its prayers and its brotherliness, credit must also be given to the efficiency and energy of the administrators and support staff who ensured that those of us who came to reap the rewards of Ramadhan would not be left wanting for any worldly comforts and conveniences.

This was a brilliant all round effort that should serve as a microcosm for how diverse cultural groups can come together and co-operate as one sharing their individual and collective talents towards a common end and in a spirit of brotherliness and sisterhood.


[Editor] We have no doubt that Muslims throughout the length and breadth of the land can attest to similar experiences in their neck of the woods. If you would like to also reflect on your Ramadhan please email us your story to ccn@crescentsofbrisbane.org.


Qari Essack at Kuraby


(left to right) MS Peer, Ml Basheer Khan, Imam Akram Buksh,

Qari Ayoub Essack, Imam Imraan Husain, Sheikh Abu Ghazaleh

Qari Ayoub Essack ignores at 12-hour journey from Perth to deliver his recitation




Hawaii Islam Day aims to fosters mutual respect

The Muslim Association of Hawai'i hosted an Islam Day celebration on Thursday at McCoy Pavilion as a benefit for the Hawaii Foodbank.


The 24th of September was chosen for "Islam Day" because it coincides with the day the Prophet Muhammad arrived in Madinah after the Hijra. 


On Islam Day Dr. Mohamad Abdalla, who has been spending his past few Ramdhans in Hawai'i at the invitation of the local Muslim Association gave the inaugural speech at the Shangri La, home of Doris Duke that houses an impressive collection of Islamic art and is considered one of Hawaii’s most architecturally significant homes (http://www.shangrilahawaii.org/page.asp?pageId=1). 


Sixty of Hawaii's top officials and VIPs attended the speech. On the next day, Dr. Abdalla gave a  keynote address to Hawaii's law makers on the topic "Rethinking Islam."


Report on Islam Day


The CCN Eid Day Roundup


The Men in Black and their MOU

Holland Park President, Shaheed Ali flanked by Kuraby trustees,

Imraan Nathie and Muhsin Ally





On a rare day when mostly everyone in Australia celebrated Eid on the same day, the Islamic College of Brisbane (Karawatha) saw the largest turnout for an Eid prayer that anyone can remember, topping over 6500 men, women and children.


The Eidghar was put together by the two largest Mosques in Queensland (Kuraby and Holland Park) under a recently forged memorandum of understanding over future co-operation that saw the morning's programme proceed smoothly along and culminate in a Delectable Deen Dinner.


The school grounds was a sea of colour, kurtas and kameezs as the following images will attest.










The Baigs set out early from Toowoomba for the day

Dad and his delightfully decked out daughters

The final stir.....

.....before the salivating serves



Eid @ Algester by Yahya Hasham





The Eid-ul Fitr programme at the Algester Mosque was conducted outside the Mosque under the shed area. A capacity crowd of over 450 people attended the celebrations.

The programme started with the recitals of Takbeer from just before 7am and the Salaatul Eid-ul-Fitr was at 7.15am, followed by the khutbah, dua and salaami.

A potluck lunch was held after Thuhur Salaah.












Eid @ Thornlie Mosque (Perth)


Qari Ayoub Essack delivers the Eid sermon before the Eid prayers




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check out the CCN Photo Gallery


If you would like to have your Eid photographs up on the CCN gallery, email them to ccn@crescentsofbrisbane.org



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ACCES has a vacancy for the right person to lead their Social Business operations.


They are looking for a person with experience in the development and start up of new business or operations management within a commercial environment, ability to prepare written business plans/tenders, project management, empathy with the Migrant and refugee communities and a natural flair for building relationships/partnerships.

Contact: Michael Krafft | Director Economic Participation and Development | ACCES Services Inc
92 Wembley Road Logan Central, 4114 | Ph: (07) 3412 8222 | Mobile: 0414 904 857


Gold Coast Halal Update

By Imam Imraan Husain


All Restaurants (Plaza Burger Bar & Paradise Room Restaurant) at Sea World are no longer Certified Halal by Gold Coast Halal Certification Services. They have changed the food and beverages management team.

Shiraz Nights in 18/2 Elkhorn Ave, Surfers Paradise in Gold Coast are no longer Halal accredited by the Gold Coast Halal Certification Services.


Brumby’s Underwood in Big Gun Shopping Centre in Underwood, Brisbane is now fully Halal and certified by Gold Coast Halal Certification Services.


Always check the expiry dates on Halal certificates, as some establishments which are no longer Halal certified, fraudulently display them in their establishments.

Indonesia Festival in Southbank

By Arba’iyah Satriani (Student in Master of Arts in Journalism and Mass Communication, Griffith University)


Tents serving Indonesian foods

Fashion show

The audience in front of the performance stage

Indonesian students who join in PPIA Queensland presented an Indonesian festival “Pesta Rakyat” 2009 as a part of celebrating Indonesia’s Independence Day.


This festival were held in Parklands Southbank on yesterday (Saurday) from 10am to 10pm which was divided into two main parts : the Day festival from 10 am to 5 pm and the Night festival from 5.30 to 10 pm.

This festival was filled by performances and exhibition as well as Indonesian traditional foods.


Some of the cultural performances that presented were traditional music which called angklung, gamelan and dances from many provinces in Indonesia, such as Saman Dance from Aceh, Bali Dance from Bali and dance from Nusa Tenggara Timur (NTT) Province.


In front of the performance stage, there were some tents selling delicious Indonesian food such as pempek, nasi campur, siomay, batagor, es campur, es cendol and satay.

Many Indonesian people came and enjoy the festival such as Alimatul who came to the event because she wanted to meet other Indonesians in Brisbane, and also to remember her country.


“It’s a good event to promote Indonesian culture to Brisbane’s citizens,” a postgraduate student from Griffith University said.


Not only did the Indonesians enjoy this event but also the Australian and other visitors who were in Parkland Southbank at that time. T


hey bought some food from the food tents and got pleasure from the performance.

One of the performances that attracted the visitors was Saman Dance which was presented by 21 Indonesians students in the afternoon session. The applause from audience when the dancers finished their beautiful performance showed that the audience did enjoy this dance of a thousand hands.


The Day festival was ended with and Indonesia traditional fashion show while the night festival was followed with performances by two famous band from Indonesia, Kahitna and Nidji.

Playing traditional music, angklung

Saman dance

NTT dance

The CCN Inbox


Hi All

I am writing to invite female members, friends and family of Crescents Community News to join the MAW join RAW program.


This adventure and recreation program for women from CALD backgrounds only is designed for beginners to introduce them to activities such as canoeing, rock-climbing and abseiling.


I have attached an example of the invitation flyers (see below). There are 13 activities being held over the next two months.



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Dear CCN Readers

We would like to take this opportunity to announce that Brumby’s Bakery Underwood (Only), has gone 100% Halal.

The certification applies to our Underwood store only and not to any other Brumby’s outlet.

Every single ingredient, product and procedure has been checked out by the Gold Coast Halal Certification Services and we are proud to say that our Bakery is 100% Halal Certified.

Please feel free to come in and say hello and see all the products we have to offer. We are happy to answer any questions you may have.

Warm regards

John James & Camron Reed (Business Partners)
Brumby’s Bakery Underwood

Big Gun Shopping Centre
Ph: 3841 3755
Fax: 3841 3166
Mob: 0417 646 136 (John)
Mob: 0438 122 208 (Cam)

Around the Muslim World with CCN


Flashmob returns: iftars with homeless


I got that Eureka moment when I was speaking to a non-Muslim friend who I made during my 10-week Platform2 volunteer program in South Africa.


It was the night before Ramadan when he mentioned how the Muslims of Cape Town constitute around 25-30% of the total population, but Ramadan actually makes all people living here find solace.


He explained this using the Xhosa term ubuntu which basically means emphasising community, sharing and generosity.


When Muslims in South Africa have their iftar meals, they share their food with fellow Muslims and non-Muslims alike, which is the essence of ubuntu.  


UK: Manchester, then London, Leeds, Birmingham, Blackburn, Bolton, Sheffield, Middlesbrough, Slough, Bradford and Cardiff – that’s the order in which the flashmob force wove its way from city to city this Ramadan, in around two weeks, leading to a total of 15 flashmobs full of life and joy, spreading the spirit of care and share with all!

The idea was simple. It built on last year’s flashmob iftars with the homeless. What’s a flashmob I hear you say?


Going by the Wikipedia definition: A flashmob is a large group of people who assemble suddenly in a public place, perform an unusual action for a brief time, then quickly disperse. The term flash mob is generally applied only to gatherings organized via telecommunications and social media.

In our case: the unusual action: sharing iftar.

Our social media: facebook and the internet.


.... And so I began to imagine how wonderful it would be if during Ramadan, our neighbours, friends, colleagues, and strangers were all able to appreciate and have a share in the spirit of this month.


From ubuntu came my inspiration for the month ahead.


If in the rainbow nation the idea of sharing was common with the Muslim community making up just 1.5% of the overall population, surely in the UK when we are a strong two million in size and three percent of the population, we could easily spread a little bit of ubuntu as well!









And so a website was created: www.shareyouriftar.weebly.com,  which announced the return of the flashmob, and carried the tagline for this year: wherever you are, share your iftar! That was the only difference this year - going beyond the homeless, to sharing our food with anyone and everyone.


The Muslim News








Olympics for all?


Inter-Milan’s coach Jose Mourinho has reopened the debate about fasting and sport by suggesting that the timing of Ramadan was not ideal for football players just beginning their season.


The issue is particularly poignant with the forthcoming London Olympics 2012 being held in the middle of Ramadan. Some 3,000 Muslims, who will consequently be at a disadvantage, are expected to compete at the Games, while a sizeable number of the spectators and volunteers would also be fasting.

The dilemma has been apparent since the dates of the Games (July 27 to August 12) were declared two years ago, but unfortunately the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has done nothing to change the dates.


Yet the date is not cast in stone as proved by the decision to delay the start in Beijing to the middle of August to avoid the hot weather. Previous Olympics, like in Australia and South Korea, were not held until mid-September, and in Mexico, they started in October.
The Muslim News and have your say on www.ccnforum.ning.com



12-year-old amongst high achieving Muslim GCSE students


UK: Achieving an A* grade in your GCSE exam is very good, dropping a single mark and topping your school in the process is impressive, but managing to do it three years before your peers is incredible, and that is exactly what 12-year-old Londoner Ahsan Ruhi Raza Choudhury did.

Ahsan sat his Mathematics exam in Chafford Hundred Campus Business & Enterprise College and will now go on to study GCSEs in Business Double Awards and Sociology.


Ahsan’s “extremely proud” father Shishu Choudhury described his son as “a hardworking boy who is very focused in practicing Islam.”

Like most gifted students, Ahsan does not confine himself to subjects taught in his college. He is currently experimenting in developing his computer programming languages skills. He also hopes his achievements will propel other children of Bangladeshi origin to excel and change the national statistics that show Bangladeshi students underperforming.


.... a hardworking boy who is very focused in practicing Islam.

“Maybe some students of Bangladeshi origin who are at the bottom of the ladder can think ‘if he can do it, I can do’. It would be good if I can inspire,” said Ahsan.

Another inspiring Muslim student is Seema Ahmed from Redbridge in Ilford who attained 11 A*s in her GCSE’s.

The teen who goes to Woodford County High School for Girls in Essex will now take A Levels in Chemistry, History, Mathematics, Physics and Politics, with the hope of studying Politics, Philosophy and Economics at Oxford University.

What makes Seema’s achievement even more striking is that she suffered bouts of depression in the last two years, which caused her to miss over 60 half days in school. It was during those days away from her classes that Seema told The Muslim News she started to read beyond her syllabus. “I gave myself extra work to do. I read A Level books,” said Seema.

Seema will continue to stretch herself during her A Level studies; she will take an Extended Project and will write a 6,000 word thesis on the gap between developed and underdeveloped countries. “I want to examine the disparities between the developed and underdeveloped countries. I want to find out why the poor countries continue to get poorer while the rich get richer,” she said.

The Muslim News


Mohammed Most Popular Name In London


Mohammed has become the most popular name for baby boys in London, England, according to figures published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS). It includes all the various spellings of the name, such as Muhammad, Mohammad, Mohamed and Muhammed. The Islamic name is now more than twice as common in London as the second most popular name, Daniel. Mohammed is also the most common boys' name in the West Midlands, Yorkshire and the Humber, as well as the North West.

Other European cities are also showing signs of a growing Muslim influence. Mohammed has overtaken traditional European names as the most popular baby name in Brussels, Copenhagen, Oslo and Amsterdam. According to the Telegraph, Mohammed is the most common male name in the world. 15 million people around the globe carry the name.

This is the first year ONS has revealed regional data regarding name use in the United Kingdom. Previously, only national data has been available. The ONS also stated that the Muslim population is growing ten times faster than the rest of the U.K. population. 2.4 million Brits identify themselves as Muslim, 42.6 million as Christian.




Trauma leads Delaware man on journey of faith

WILMINGTON-- After surviving a terrorist attack in Mumbai, India, 10 months ago, when armed men targeted westerners in two five-star hotels, Greenville resident Dennis O'Brien (pictured left) did not turn to hate.

Instead, he sought to understand the root faith the people behind the attacks claimed to practice and discovered it had been twisted by the gunmen.
Eventually, he came to embrace it.

On Sunday, standing before a crowd of thousands, following prayers to mark the end of Ramadan, O'Brien, a Catholic, embraced Islam in a testimony of faith called Shahada, where he publically declared that there was only one God and the Prophet Muhammad is his last messenger and servant.

O'Brien, who heads up the education committee of St. Anthony's Catholic Church in Wilmington, said the move was a surprise, even to him.
But said he was at peace with it.

"Today I feel free of sin," he said.

After several months of studies and asking questions of Muslim friends and associates, "I feel comfort in Islam," he said.

O'Brien said he wanted to express solidarity with Muslims, even though extremists who say they practice the faith "tried to kill me."

Pastor John F. McGinley, of St. Anthony's, said Sunday he had not heard of O'Brien's embrace of Islam.

McGinley said he knows O'Brien is inquisitive and has expressed concern about the young men involved in the Mumbai attacks.

He would not say if the declaration of another faith would affect O'Brien's position at the church, noting he had not spoken to him about Sunday's events.

"I think this is part of his journey of faith and we can work with that," McGinley said.

Indeed, while others called it a conversion, O'Brien said he is not abandoning Christianity or Catholicism. He said he would not disgrace his family by disavowing what he was raised to believe and what they believe in.

He said he sees Sunday's declaration as a continuation or extension of his beliefs, noting how elements of Christianity and Judaism are a part of the Islamic faith.

He said he hopes to continue his work with the Catholic Church, even as he plans to regularly attend weekly Muslim prayers.

Asked what he will say when asked about his faith, he said he will now answer that he is "a student of Islam."

He said he did not consider himself to be entirely Muslim. "I'm a work in progress," he said.

While most Muslims believe Jesus Christ was a great man and a prophet of God, they do not believe he was the son of God as Christians do. O'Brien said he still believes in Christ, that he ascended into heaven and will return one day.

He said he prayed a great deal about the recent move and Saturday was a day of lengthy contemplation.

He said his path to Islam started Nov. 26, 2008, in room 343 of the Taj Mahal Palace & Tower hotel in Mumbai when he heard gunshots.

O'Brien was there with fellow Delawarean C. Rich Diffenderffer, on business.

The two later said skipping dessert that night may have saved their lives.

Instead of remaining in the restaurant, O'Brien retired to his room and Diffenderffer went to the business center.

Minutes later, armed militants stormed the hotel, throwing grenades and spraying bullets.

By the end of the 60-hour assault, at least 170 were dead.

O'Brien said he peered out his door at one point and saw three of the attackers carrying assault rifles, all shouted as they passed.

While O'Brien, a former Marine who served in Vietnam, briefly entertained the notion of leaving his door open and attempting to disarm any gunman who tried to enter his room, he decided to bolt his door and push a couch in front of it.

Later, his room began to fill with smoke and he tried to make a run for it but was turned back by a wall of fire. He was rescued by firefighters with a ladder.

Diffenderffer, who was on the fifth floor, was rescued with a cherry picker.

While O'Brien cites that night as the start of his journey, he said it was not until a month later that he seriously started to consider "joining the Muslim movement" after he read the Koran, the Muslim holy book.

That was followed by about six months of study, and questions.

"I was brought up Christian and taught when someone attacks you, you have to love them," he said. "What I discovered as I investigated Islam ... I became enamored with the faith and the people I met."

He credited business partner, Ahmad Amer, a Muslim, with guiding him on his current path.

On Sunday, O'Brien was one of the last to leave the room where prayers had been held -- the first full Muslim prayer service O'Brien has attended. He was besieged by well-wishers who shook his hand and welcomed him to the community.

As he departed, he said he found Islam to be "a community of men who have integrity and I want to stand with these men of integrity."

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


“This will never be a civilized country until we expend more money for books than we do for chewing gum." (Elbert Hubbard)


This week CCN brings you a review by Elif Aydýn of

Islam and the Political: Theory, Governance and International Relations


Amr G E Sabet


In Islam and the Political Sabet argues the case for creating an authentic, self referential theory of Islamic politics and law. He demurs from contemporary theories of Islamic modernity, which he argues, are dependent on the dominative paradigm of western secular democracy so as to negate their autonomy. Asserting that a discourse set within and utilising concepts that have their origins and epistemological roots in the West can never truly capture an Islamic essence, Sabet argues in favour of a process through which Islam is framed and affirmed in a manner that upends the hierarchic power relationship between Islamic and Western discourse. Such is a necessary condition to “allow Muslims to set their own agenda” (p 91).

Sabet quotes Fazlur Rahman, who wrote that “the survival of the Islamic world as Islamic is conditioned not only on activist fervent, but on patient and complex intellectual labour which must produce the necessary Islamic vision.”

It is this ‘intellectual labour’ that informs Sabet’s deconstruction of the power struggle that informs the West’s “democracy promotion” programme which locks Muslim countries into a double subjugation - one that controls them through submission to frames of reference of alien ontological and epistemological origins, as well as reinforces its superiority through the internalisation of western concepts and parameters by Muslim states and leaders themselves.

Sabet’s task is “to illustrate how and why Islamic values, principles of governance, and global relations must be differentiated from those liberal and democratic notions, if they are to remain as necessary parameters, not merely contingent variables.”




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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.

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KB's Culinary Corner






• 2 cups cooked pumpkin
• 2 eggs, lightly beaten
• ¼ cup sugar
• ¼ tsp salt
• ¼ tsp cinnamon
• 2 cups self-raising flour
• oil for deep frying
• cinnamon sugar as required

1. Beat pumpkin, eggs and sugar
2. Add salt, cinnamon and fold in flour
3. Mix lightly
4. Heat oil and fry teaspoonsful until puffed and golden
5. Drain on absorbent paper

Roll in cinnamon sugar and serve warm

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




Women face greater difficulties than men when in comes to fat burning.


Research indicates than not only are their bodies designed for greater fat storage than men's, they also have their exercise-related ability to burn fat hampered by their body's desire to hold on to the fat they have.


Men naturally, initially at least, have less body fat on average and posses a greater ability to burn fat due to their metabolic and hormonal functioning.


Women can overcome these barriers by training sensibly and by adopting a healthy eating programme - provided they have established realistic fat loss goals and a relevant training programme for their body type.

Don't think that targeting a specific body part with a specific exercise will burn fat or remove cellulite from that region (spot reduce).
Fat is actually mobilised in consequence to an all-body-part and varied training programme, and then usually (initially) from the site of it's greatest concentration. In other words, the body determines which region the fat is lost from first...
Vary your workout if you want to see results faster!

Eid Mubarak and all the best with your fitness regime




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


Mualima Mariambeebee was struggling to open a combination lock on the supply cabinet at the Madressah.


She had been told the combination, but couldn't quite remember it.

Finally she went to the principal Mula Nasruddin's study and asked for help.


Mula Nasruddin came into the room and began to turn the dial.

After the first two numbers he paused and stared blankly for a moment.

Finally he looked serenely heavenward and his lips moved silently.

Then he looked back at the lock, and quickly turned to the final number, and opened the lock.

 Mualima Mariambeebee was amazed. "I'm in awe at your faith, Imam Nasruddin," she said.

"It's really nothing," Mula Nasruddin answered. "The number is on a piece of tape on the ceiling."

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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


3 October


2009 Parliament of the World’s Religions:


University of Southern Queensland

West Street, Toowoomba

07 4631 1678

10:00am to 2:00pm

4 October


Multi-faith Eid Picnic Lunch


Orleigh Park, West End

0422 349 786


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

26-27 October

Mon & Tues

Summit '09

Ethnic Communities Council of Queensland

QLD State Library

3844 9166


14-15 November

Sat & Sun

Faith-Based Counselling Workshop


Supported by Crescents of Brisbane & IWAQ

Multi-faith Centre, Griffith University

1300 856 779

All day

27 November




3-9 December


Parliament of the Word's Religions

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Melbourne Convention Exhibition Centre

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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

Nazima Hansa

11 Bauhinia Close

Eight Mile Plains

Tel: 0407 037 928

 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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(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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