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Sunday, 1 November 2009

 .Newsletter 0260


News you won't find on CNN!



Hajj Mabrouk






To all the Hajjis and Hajjianis embarking on their Hajj, CCN wishes them Hajj Mabrouk and a safe and spiritually enlightening and uplifting journey, insha'Allah.


Fund raiser garnered widespread community support


Close on $70 000 was raised at last Sunday's fund raiser at the Islamic College of Brisbane for the Tsunami and Earthquake victims of Samoa and Indonesia.


Around 2 000 people heard local politicians and community leaders praise the response of the Queensland Muslim community in rallying together for this cause.


The event was initiated by the Islamic Council of Queensland in association with the Muslim Charitable Fund and enjoyed the support of a number of Muslim and non-Muslim organizations (including the Kuraby Lions and Rotary Archerfield).


There were performances by Indonesian musicians on bamboo instruments, Samoan dancers and Indian singers and musicians to keep the crowd entertained, and food stalls aplenty to suit all palates.


One lucky young lady walked off with an air ticket to Jakarta from one of the many random draw prizes.


The Crescents of Brisbane Team offer their thanks to the many who baked and donated those delectable cupcakes for their CresCafe Coffee 'n Cupcake stall which helped raise $1 800 on the day.




The Osmans are Outstanding


Ferhaad and Haseena Osman were the recipients of the coveted Healthy Life National Retailer of the year 2009 award.

Their Healthy Life store at the Myer Centre won the award over 130 other stores located in all of Australia.

The store won the national award based on their excellent sales results, proactive approach and fantastic support of national sales and marketing activities and their outstanding results in secret shopper research proving their outstanding product knowledge and service abilities.


Ferhaad and Haseena lived in South Africa in a small town called Burgersfort where they operated various businesses. They migrated to Brisbane in January 2002 and purchased the Healthy Life Myer Centre in August of that year. They then opened their second Healthy Life in Queens Plaza in June 2005 and a third in Springfield in March 2007.

Well done Ferhaad and Haseena!


Imams’ Afternoon Together

By Imam Akram Buksh 


Yesterday (Saturday), over 25 Imaams came together for the afternoon, including Imam Yusuf Peer Chairman of (CIQ) Council of Imaams Queensland, Imaam Uzair Akbar (Imaam of Holland Park Musjid), Imaam Imraan Husain (Imaam of the Gold Coast Musjid), Imaam Ikraam Buksh (Imaam of Darra Musjid), Imaam Junaid Akbar (Imaam of Bald Hills Musjid), Imaam Akram Buksh (Imaam of Kuraby Musjid), Imaam Ziyaad Rawat (Imaam of Islamic School Karawatha), Qari Fida-ur- Rahmaan, Sheikh Abdul Baasit, Sheikh Muhammed Najaar, Sheikh Mabrooq, Sheikh Abshir, Dr. Mohamad Abdalla (Director of GIRU), Imam Bhuto and Elders of Jamaat from Sydney.

The afternoon function provided the Imaams with a golden opportunity to break away from their demanding schedules within the Masjids and various Societies and to concentrate on building better relations with one another.

The afternoon began with a scrumptious BBQ luncheon. This provided the Imaams with the rare opportunity to sit together and discuss many important issues and understand each others’ perspectives about these issues.

Lunch was followed by a robust game of cricket and later a much needed dip in the pool.


We were all quite impressed by the diving skills and gymnastics of some of the Imaams, especially Imaam Uzair.

After having worked up an appetite we enjoyed tea and desserts followed by a few swings of golf.

Everyone agreed that this afternoon was a wonderful success.

InshAllah this will be the start of many more afternoons together, learning and understand each other as Imaams (and having a some fun too in the process).

On behalf of the Imaams of Brisbane, we would like to thank the host for their hospitality and for opening their home to us and may Allah (SWT) reward them abundantly, grant them success in this life and the life here after ameen.


Growth of Muslim population a problem: MP


Former immigration minister Kevin Andrews says Australia should have a serious discussion about the growth of its Muslim population.


But rather than take offence, the head of the Australian Federation of Islamic Councils, Ikebal Patel, agreed that it was important to debate such issues openly.

‘‘Kevin is right that we should talk about these things,’’ he said. ‘‘But I think when we talk about any community forming enclaves, then the greater Australian community should work with the Muslim groups who want to establish new mosques or Islamic centres so we are able to disperse within the community.’’

But he was critical of any attempt to single out Muslims for criticism about the pace of dispersal into the community.


"To have a concentration of one ethnic or one particular group that remains in an enclave for a long period of time is not good," the federal MP told Macquarie Radio.

Asked about the growth of Muslim population in Australia, he said it was a topic that had to be discussed.

"You should be able to talk about it ... It's ridiculous if you can't talk about any subject," he said.


"When a subject becomes politically incorrect to talk about, then it ends up with a backlash.

"I think part of the (Pauline) Hanson movement in the early 1990s was because some subjects were simply said to be off the table, they couldn't be discussed and a lot of Australians wanted to discuss them.

"Whether they were right or wrong is not the point. In a democracy you should be able to discuss them."




Why some Muslim Australians feel marginalised


Australia's multi-cultural policy is over 20 years old, even though that waxed and waned under different governments.

Multi-culturalism has replaced the notion of assimilation, where non-British migrants were expected to change their way of life and abandon their cultural traditions to fit in. But many people are still debating about if it has led to more acceptance and tolerance.

Listen to the discussion on the topic on ABC Radio National.


Ethnic Engagement


Staff and executive members of the Ethnic Communities Council of Queensland (ECCQ) at the FECCA conference (left to right): Agnes Whiten, Nick Xynias, Chalani Gunasekara, Serge Voloschenko, Andrew Bartlett. Ian Muil and Lalita Lakshmi and (missing from photo) Mustafa Ally

The Federation of Ethnic Councils of Australia (FECCA) conference held during the week in Shepparton, Victoria, attracted more than 500 delegates, twice the number than expected.


Organizers of the national multicultural conference attributed the unprecedented interest to the conference location, which is seen as the model for the successful settlement of migrants.


FECCA is the national peak body for ethnic councils, representing the interests of refugees and migrant communities across Australia.


The conference was addressed by many dignitaries in the multicultural area, including federal and state politicians.


Amongst the speakers were Race Discrimination Commissioner Graeme Innes, AFL CEO Andre Demetriou and Federal Immigration and Citizenship Minister Chris Evans.


Also on the list of speakers were AFIC President, Ikebal Patel who took part in a plenary panel on social inclusion for new and emerging communities; and psychiatrist/writer Dr Tanveer Ahmed.


The FECCA conference followed hard on the heels of the local ECCQ summit held at the Queensland State Library earlier in the week at which 240 delegates attended.


Congratulations Momina!




Momina Ahmed Allahwala, a Year 11 student at the Islamic College of Brisbane has recently been awarded a Long Tan Leadership and Teamwork Award 2009 by the Australian Defence Forces (ADF).


The award ceremony was held at the school assembly last Thursday with the Dean of Students and Head of Secondary School, Mr Ben Sullivan presiding at the occasion.

Apart from being a gold medallist from the University of New South Wales, Momina has been awarded many academic and leadership honours.


She has also been offered scholarships for high school by three of the most prestigious private schools in Brisbane.

Australian Muslim Newsletters


The Al-Ghazalli Newsletter of the Sydney-based Al-Ghazalli Centre can be viewed here.


Topics include:

• Night of Remembrance - Sisters Only
• Intermediate Tajweed Program
• Eastern Fusion 2009 Program
• Crescent Sighting - Dhul Hijja
• Letter to a Disciple
• Mizaan Ecology - Cooks River Regeneration Project
• The 2nd Crescent Project
• Mizaan Ecology - Kooragang Island Rehabilitation Project- Newcastle
• The Crescent Project
• Zakaat Program Australia

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Audio Islam



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2. Arabic Nasheeds Collection 5
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4. English Lecture by Colonel Ameerudeen, Islamic Revival
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By Momina Ahmed Allahwala

The Annual General Meeting of the Pakistan Australian Cultural Association of Queensland (PACAQ) was held on Sunday 25th October at the Kuraby Community Hall.


The meeting opened with the recitation of the Holy Qur’aan, followed by the President’s address and the Secretary’s and the Treasurer’s reports.


In general business, suggestions were given on ways to increase the number of memberships and the involvement of youth in the community programs.

At the close of general business, the current committee was re-elected for the year 2009-2010.


These members are: Mr Adnan Khalid, Mr Javed Rahman, Mr Fazal Karim Mohammed, Haji Nizam Deen, Dr Ishtiaq Rashid, Dr Tariq Masood, and Dr Shafiq Ahmed Allahwala.

The meeting ended with a closing Dua for the solidarity and stability of Pakistan, Pakistanis and the Muslim Ummah in general.









A scrumptious lunch was then enjoyed by all present.


MBN Business News Latest Edition

By Iqbal Lambat


On a return flight from Perth last week marking the end of a series of business trips to Australian cities, I recalled a popular jingle of a major South African removal company: ‘buzz buzz we’ve on our way’. This jingle is a fitting attribute of the mentality of a number of Australian business leaders and economists: the worst is behind us and we are now at the edge of a major boom that will fuel the Australian economy for the next generation. House prices are increasing; business confidence is at its highest point in 7 years; and the driver of our largesse, China, is growing. The economic news from the USA is also good; it posted a growth in GDP this last quarter, although there is concern that this growth is a result of stimulus packages.

But whilst business confidence is high, business leaders are still being cautious and are hedging their bets before committing to increased investments. They are optimistic about the medium term future and are lining up to take advantage of the growth in the economy, but there appears to be reluctance to take the first step.

This is largely due to the uncertainty that exists in the global economy and its potential impacts on Australia. Leading bankers and certain economists are advising us to remain alert and slightly alarmed about our immediate economic prospects. The biggest threats are inflation and interest rates. The sharemarket is still volatile – this week was characterised by falling share prices with some correction on Friday following the release of the US GDP data. The Australian dollar is highly priced and whilst this is a boon for importers, our exporters are being impacted by reduced prices.

An immediate challenge for retailers will be translating consumer confidence into dollars spent at the tills without deep discounting over Christmas. Consumer spending is the largest slice of the Australian economy and a successful Christmas will go a long way to boosting Australian GDP with knock on effects on business leaders who will need to invest to satisfy consumer demand.

Generally it is looking better and you need to position yourself to take advantage of a number of wealth generating opportunities that arise with favourable economic conditions. Will we see a boom shortly? It’s too early to call and many economists are predicting boom conditions from 2011 onwards. Potentially we may still have bad weather for the next 6 – 9 months.

The MBN Business News

Around the Muslim World with CCN


Somali man, 112, marries girl 95 years his junior


A SOMALI man who claims to be 112 years old has married a 17-year old girl.

"Today God helped me realise my dream," Ahmed Mohamed Dhore said, after the wedding in the region of Galguduud.

Bride Safiya Abdulle's family said she was "happy with her new husband".

Mr Dhore says he wanted to marry Safiya for a long time but waited for her to grow up.

"I didn't force her, but used my experience to convince her of my love; and then we agreed to marry," he was quoted by the BBC as saying.

He said his children and two other wives agreed to the marriage, as did Safiya's parents.


And he claimed he wants to have more children with his young bride.

The pair celebrated their marriage late Tuesday in central Somalia before hundreds of guests.

Somali adolescent girls are often married off to older men, but it is rare for a man as old as Mr Dhore to marry a girl of Safiya's age.

Mr Dhore claimed to be 112, but there was no way to verify the claim.

This marriage was his sixth; three of Mr Dhore's wives have died.

Polygamy is widely practiced in predominantly Muslim Somalia.




Muslims and Jews find common ground

(Op-ed) Nicolla Hewitt - Arab News Monday 26th October, 2009


As a former journalist, I've been privileged to witness historic moments, saddened to cover too many wars, joyed by brief moments of peace, and most inspired by the "average man on the street."

To me, that's the most important voice of all.

Humility and respect of others are one of life's greatest achievements.

I came across something incredibly unique this week. In fact, it's one moment of my life I'll never forget. It's a story born out of the desire of two men truly wanting to make a difference. A difference, which is having an enormous and successful impact reaching "the average man on the street."

In a suburban area of Washington DC these two men are embarking on something almost unheard of. A rabbi has opened the doors of his synagogue, to the thousands of Muslims who live in his area. The imam is hosting events for the Jewish community inside his mosque.

I sat with Imam Mohammed Magid and Rabbi Robert Nosanchuk for what seemed like five minutes, this past week. Turns out we chatted for three hours. I was fascinated, and intrigued. I was fascinated to hear Rabbi Nosanchuk so simplistic in saying, "Worship is worship. My house is your house, no matter what religion you are." I knew he was right. I was intrigued to hear the imam (whose followers now alternate between his mosque, and this new place of worship) explain it this way, "It's simple for us. Stay focused on faith and what it's about. Both the Muslim and Jewish communities have so many positive things to contribute, and learn from each other. Any time you take a lead, people will always resist. But we have to focus on our clear values and encourage it globally. This is the best give we can give to society."

In bringing these two communities together, and given their remarkable success in doing so, both leaders talked about wanting to create a national movement of inter-religious understanding, dialogue, education and acceptance. They are also working with the church. These two men seemed to embody so much of what the world needs today. A better understanding of others. More tolerance, and a better understanding of coexisting. A better understanding of the "grass roots" of society. Seeing how both sides are coming to learn, trust, and understand each other can only make you wonder why we can't all do the same.

My time with Rabbi Nosancuk and Imam Magid was truly enlightening, their work so admirable, and their empowerment of two seemingly opposing faiths incredibly courageous. Their visions are just what more community's need. As I left Imam Magid said the following to me, "It is truly beyond our imagination how many people around the world have reached out to myself and the rabbi to say 'thank you' for showing us coexistence is possible." Let's prove to the world, and prove to these "average men on the street" in a leafy suburb of Washington DC that coexistence is indeed possible, and we want to join their desire in doing so.

- Nicolla Hewitt is a former producer for NBC News, who covered the Middle East for over 15 years. She is now based in New York.  




FBI Tries to Deport Muslim Man for Refusing to be an Informant


October 08, 2009 "Miami New Times" -- Bush-Cheney and Kerry-Edwards signs littered the lawns of North Miami Beach as Imam Foad Farahi walked from a mosque to his apartment a few blocks away. It was November 1, 2004, the day before George W. Bush would win a second term in office. But the Muslim holy man had been too busy fasting and praying to pay much attention to the presidential election.
For Farahi, an Iranian citizen who had lived in the United States for more than a decade, it was simply another month of Ramadan in South Florida. Then, around 5 p.m., as he neared his apartment, he saw two men standing outside. They were waiting for him.

"We're from the FBI," one of the men said.

"OK," he responded.

They wanted to know about José Padilla and Adnan El Shukrijumah, two South Florida men linked to the Al-Qaeda terrorist network. Padilla, the so-called Dirty Bomber, was arrested in May 2002 and initially given enemy combatant status. He eventually stood trial in Miami, was convicted on terrorism charges, and sentenced to 17 years in prison. Shukrijumah is a Saudi Arabian and an alleged Al-Qaeda member whose last known address was in Miramar. The FBI is offering up to $5 million for information leading directly to his capture.

"I know José Padilla, but I don't know Adnan," Farahi told the agents.

Information Clearing House



Swiss push to ban Muslim minarets


 SWITZERLAND'S biggest Jewish group has described a far-right push to ban the construction of minarets as a "threat" to religious harmony and the integration of Muslims.

"The referendum infringes religious freedom, a concept enshrined in the constitution," the Swiss Federation of Jewish Communities and the Platform of Liberal Jews in Switzerland said.

It "also poses a threat to peaceful relations between the religions and inhibits the integration endeavours of Muslims in Switzerland", they added.

Swiss voters are to decide during a referendum on November 29 whether to ban the construction of minarets in Switzerland, a proposal launched by right-wing groups and backed by the country's biggest political party, the hard-right Swiss People's Party.




Sir David launches Armed Forces Muslim Association


Afma’s Chairman, Group Captain Zahur Ul-Haq, said the organisation may also help to change public perceptions of Islam.


“There is growing perception that Muslims are not integrated into mainstream society and are anti-establishment – this is a myth. Muslims are playing a vital role across all aspects of the political and economic environment. In the British Armed Forces, Muslims have been extremely successful and currently hold a number of senior positions. The fact that we are willing to die for our country is a testament of our loyalty and our desire to protect the values that we all share.”


The new Chief of the Armed forces, General Sir David Richards, who launched a new support network for Muslims in the armed forces said it “reflects the growing numbers, importance and relevance of their service and superb contribution they are making to the armed forces in the UK.”

The Armed Forces Muslim Association (Afma), which was launched at RAF Northolt in North West London on October 9, will allow people to meet up with others of the same faith and also aims to “forge closer relationships with Islamic communities across the UK.”


The General said Muslim soldiers, sailors and airmen were “serving the United Kingdom with such distinction today and I have no doubt, in the future.”

Sir David said: “It is right that these outstanding people have an organisation around which their views and aspirations can coalesce.”


The Muslim News



No glass ceiling for Iranian women


The Iranian Cultural Centre in London hosted 10 female Iranian Entrepreneurs from Tehran who were in the UK for a Workshop Assessing the Achievements and Challenges of Iranian Women in NGOs and Entrepreneurship.

The professionals ranged from directors of architecture firms to founders of private museums, and all immediately challenged the stereotypes one might have of Iranian women. The gathering also included locally-based journalists, activists and academics from around the country.

As 80% of the Iranian economy is state controlled, it is of no surprise that most of the entrepreneurs originated from the state sector; women, who, after gaining professional experience and contracts, broke off and formed private companies (quite often) providing goods and services to their former employers.

Take the example of Fariba Mahdioun, who, after graduation worked in computing software engineering technology for a state company. After 22 years of experience Mahdioun eventually came to be known as the paramount expert in her field and began noticing a gap in the industry. She told The Muslim News, “There weren’t enough academic resources in Iran. There was a gap in what was taught at University and what was needed in the industry.” Taking note of the gap, she left her job and established a training institute which instructs up to 200 individuals a month.

The Muslim News



Tackling domestic violence in the Muslim community


A Scottish born Islamic scholar is urging Imams across the country to challenge those in the community who take Qur’anic text out of context to justify violence against women.

Earlier this month, Shaykh Amer Jamil delivered a keynote speech at a conference organised by Strathclyde Police. The one day seminar was attended by Imams, community representatives and women’s organisations.
According to Shaykh Jamil those who use the Qur’an to defend cruelty towards women must be re educated on their understanding of their religion.

He said: “There is a particular verse in the fourth chapter of the Qur’an, which taken in isolation, by individuals who do not know not what was written before or after, will lead to them believing that Islam allows women to be abused.
“It is the duty of learned individuals to remove such misconceptions. I will travel around the country to meet Imams with the aim of discussing how to make it clear that the aspect of harming is contrary to Islamic teaching. Prophet Mohammed (pbuh) never hit any of his wives or servants.”

The Muslim News


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


Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed it is the only thing that ever has.
- Margaret Mead


This week



Us & them : Muslim-Christian relations and cultural harmony in Australia


Abe W. Ata

Book description
Cross-cultural research provides exceptional insights into the hopes and fears of dealing with people different to ourselves. In Australia, such research suggests that Australian Muslims have surpassed Asians as one of the country’s most marginalised religious and ethnic groups. Muslims and people from the Middle East are thought to be unable to fit into Australia, with more than 50% of Australians preferring their relatives did not to marry into a Muslim family. Yet this statistic masks diverse interpretations of interfaith relations and cultural harmony present across Australia today. In 12 essays Us and Them offers truths about interfaith relations as they are believed and expressed by Muslim and non-Muslim Australians. The essays are interdisciplinary and varied in topic, and seek to challenge the images of Islam held by both xenophobic Westerners and extremist Muslims. Drawn from a variety of research projects over past years, including results from a national survey on attitudes towards Islam and Muslims among Australian secondary students, they also raise thematic questions, such as: Will any dialogue lead to a rapprochement between the Muslim and mainstream communities? What is Christian-Muslim diversity? Why does it matter? Can we really learn how to manage diversity in the workplace? Can the Shari’a law coexist with the Australian legal system on issues including polygamy, marital status and dress? This book is essential reading for all students — secondary through to tertiary and postgraduate — requiring an introduction to Christian Muslim relations and attitudes in Australia .

About the author
Professor Abe W. Ata is well known for his work on comparative religions and ethnicity. He is a ninth-generation Christian Palestinian born in Bethlehem and has lived and worked in the Middle East, America and Australia, including a stint as a temporary delegate to the UN in 1970. He is currently at the Australian Catholic University.
Dr Joel Windle, co-authored with Professor Ata in chapter 6, is a Lecturer in the Faculty of Education at Monash University.




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KB's Culinary Corner





Step 1:

3½ cups Basmati Rice
1 tblsp salt
2 tblsp oil

Boil above ingredients until almost done.

Step 2:
1 punnet sliced mushrooms
2 carrots Julienne strips or grated
1 green pepper cubed
1 cup corn, ½ cup peas
1 onion sliced
garlic butter
salt & pepper
1 cup orange juice

Stir fry the vegetables and add to boiled rice.

Mix everything together and steam with juice.

VAGAAR (see note below)
2 tblsp almonds
1 tblsp fennel seeds (saumph)
3 green chillies slit
3 tblsp ghee or olive oil

Braise everything together and pour over steamed rice.

Spanish Rice is great as an accompaniment for any saucy chicken or lamb dishes



NOTE: One of the key features of Indian cooking is called vagaar which refers to the ‘tempering’ of spices. This involves frying whole spices in oil or ghee to release essential oils that add flavour to any dish.

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


Assalamualaykum Sr Kareema, I am currently training for the Qld Police Force fitness tests.


I have passed the beep test but need to gain a higher level than my last session.

I am currently running 2kms a day in an effort to get my fitness up, is there anything else you can suggest that could fast track me to achieve a better result?


Or do you think continuous sessions of the beep test will lift my level.


A: Interval training will be great to lift your cardio fitness.


Try adding some sprint-intervals while you're running (eg. jog for 2 mins then sprint for 30 secs etc).


I reckon you're able to do a little more than 2km a day too.. challenge yourself and aim for 5km (this should not take you longer than 25-30mins).

Also add some strength training by using your own body weight in between your runs :- run for 5mins, then drop and do 10 push-ups; run for 3 mins, then stop and do 10 tricep dips; run for 1 min, then drop and hover / plank for 30-60 secs...

You have heaps of options - remember the aim is not to limit your challenges, rather to challenge your limits!!

Make sure you have a rest day the day before you're due to do the beep test..

All the best and N-JOY!!




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



Mula Nasruddin was dismayed when a brand new Nandos opened up next door to his kebab shop and erected a huge sign which read 'BEST DEALS.'

He was horrified when a grill house opened up on his right, and announced its arrival with an even larger sign, reading 'LOWEST PRICES.'

Mula Nasruddin panicked, until he got an idea.


He put the biggest sign of all over his own shop. It read 'MAIN ENTRANCE'.

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Wasilah Fashion Show

Brisbane Indian Times Awards

Faith based Counselling Workshop (free)

Al-Nisa AGM

Quran Competition: Kuraby Mosque

Speed Intros for Muslims


Bollywood Fun & Fitness


Eid-ul-Adha Ball

Abrahamic Faiths Concert

Interfaith Youth Camp

Muslim Aid Australia Qurbani Appeal

Qurbani Appeal

Human Appeal Int Qurbani Appeal

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Dawah Course

Islamic Classes for Teenagers

Seerah Classes UMB


Siitra Gold Coast


Pitter Patter

Limited Edition Ladies Clothing  


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Irshaad & Naadiya Karim Designers


Hamdi Hajj Package

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26-27 October

Mon & Tues

Summit '09

Ethnic Communities Council of Queensland

QLD State Library

3844 9166


11 November


BIT Awards Dinner

Brisbane Indian Times

The Coffee Club Auditorium, RNA Showgrounds

3356 0102


13 November


Wasimah Fashion Show


Nerang Bicentennial Hall, Gold Coast

0416 751 960

6.30pm to 9.30pm

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

14 November


Quran Competition

Kuraby Mosque

Kuraby Mosque

0431 672 263



14 November


Al-Nisa AGM


Garden City Library, Garden City Shopping Centre




19 November


Abrahamic Faiths Concert

QLD Forum for Christian, Muslims & Jews

Multi-faith Centre, Griffith University

3735 7052


20 November


Speed Intros for Muslims

Zuleka Latif


0400 142 786


27 November




28 November


Eid-ul-Adha Ball

Faith & Cultural Exchange Inc.

Runaway Bay Community Centre, Lae Drive, Runaway Bay

0435 200 544

7.00pm to 10.30pm

3-9 December


Parliament of the Word's Religions

Council for the Parliament of the Word's Religions

Melbourne Convention Exhibition Centre

Contact Details


4-6 December


Interfaith Youth Camp


Tallebudgera Active Recreation Centre

0411 229 559

All Day

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

Fatima Gutta

13 Stiller Drive


Tel: 32198786

 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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 Discussion Forum & Social Network for CCN Readers

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

          Qld Stories link or YouTube link

Gold Coast Halal Certification Services (GCHCS)

Muslim Aid Australia Serving Humanity



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