......a sometimes self-deprecating and occasional tongue-in-cheek look at ourselves and the world around us ......



Sunday, 23 January 2011

 .Newsletter 0324



Dedicated flood relief webpage


CCN has dedicated a webpage to document the volunteering efforts of our local community during the past and ensuing days of the Queensland flood disaster as a permanent record for our future generations of a momentous time in our history.


If you know of any commendable efforts that need to be recognized please email ccn@crescentsofbrisbane.org with the details and keep us updated with news and photos as you come across them. Suggestions and leads are also welcome.


The webpage can be reached from the home page or this direct link.


The CCN Wedding Scene






This beautifully designed and decorated topsy-turvey wedding cake with three different flavours (death by chocolate, red velvet and chocolate mud) was all the work of the bride's sister, Mumtaz Hoosain (who can be contacted on 3386 0241)


Brothers and Sister (standing left to right): Yusuf, Hoosen, Rubi, Suleman and Sikki Sabdia

The nikah of Nazeera, youngest daughter of Rubi and Abdul Omar, and Ismail, youngest son of Yusuf Mohamed and Rookeya Aswat was performed at the Kuraby Mosque on the morning of Friday 21st January.


The reception was held in the evening at the Runcorn Function Room where the bride and groom played host to friends, family and relatives.

YMCA Queensland Parliament Youth Parliament Nominations


Applications for this year's Youth Parliament are now open, and will close on the 25th of February.

For over a decade QYP has been providing young people aged 15 to 25 with an opportunity to influence Government decision-making and to improve their confidence and experience through interacting with other like-minded young people of various backgrounds and views.

QYP is an Queensland Studies Authority accredited education program, where students can receive one point towards their Queensland Certificate of Education upon completion.

The only prerequisites to this program are interest and enthusiasm, as QYP will teach participants everything they need to know for the program. Applicants are chosen to represent the 89 electorates of Queensland and past debates have focused on everything from teacher quality to the use of natural resources to health issues such as obesity.

Last year the Youth Parliament passed a historical bill guaranteeing three seats in Parliament for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Queenslanders.

QYP is calling for young people passionate about seeking change in Queensland, who could be the voice of their local electorates, advising Queensland politicians.


The YMCA Queensland Youth Parliament program is now accredited with the Queensland Studies Authority as a Community Based Learning Unit, meaning that any year 11 or 12 student participating in this program will receive credit towards their senior certificate.


It is therefore a great way for secondary students in particular who are interested in having a say in their future to get involved in Queensland's decision making process, learn and participate in the parliamentary process and propose new laws.


For more information or to apply, please visit http://www.ymcaqyp.org.

Embedded with a Bedouin


From Nairobi Yusuf Omar wings his way to Cairo and sets down in Mt Sinai from whence he blogs ........


We begun the hike up Mount Sinai, Jabal Musa in Arabic (meaning “Moses’ Mountain”) at the break of dawn.

We chose Siket El Bashait, the longer route in order to avoid the tour bus tourists on the way up.

I was tired.

The Turkish coffee drunk around the campfire the night before base camp, together with the bitter cold, kept me up all night.

Guides up the mountain were highly advised.

We didn’t take one.

We weren’t trying to be macho, we just didn’t have enough of the local currency on us.

Also, we were influenced by the bravado of Nacho, a self confessed hippy who said he had summited the mountain alone five years ago and knew the route well.

“Maybe it’s this way, maybe its that way,” he said in his broken Spanish accent.

He didn’t have a clue where he was going and we later found out he was as high as a kite on Opium.



Not in the name of Islam! says Patel


Mr Ikebal Patel, President of Muslims Australia (AFIC), today spoke out against the views expressed by Ibrahim Siddiq-Conlon regarding the implementation of Shariah law in Australia. (The Australian, 21 January 2011).


Mr Patel reminded Australians that the Quran clearly teaches us to embrace the laws of the country in which we live. Thus, in order to be a pious, devout Muslims, we must respect and abide by the laws of this great country. Mr Patel then went on to illustrate that aspects of Islam were, in fact, already embedded in the Australian Legal system. For example the comprehensiveness of Australian family law with regards to divorce, death and succession, and the importance placed on the family unit.


Furthermore, he pointed out the fact that in Australia, people can agree to a legally binding contract using the laws of Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, Judaism or any kind of ideology as long as the contract does not abrogate the law or have an illegal purpose. This in itself, was a clear indication that the two systems were not in conflict or competition. They clearly complimented one another, as many similarities and similar objectives could be drawn.


He went on to explain the progressive, evolving nature of Australian law, and how our legal system was adopting the very best aspects of systems used around the world in order to ensure a fair, just and efficient society. For example, he spoke of Islamic finance, and the opportunities that the booming Shariah-compliant investment and banking offers Australia’s financial services sector as evidenced by ATO’s present consultation on Islamic Finance.


He then went on to send a strong message to newcomers to Islam, and warn of the damage some comments can have. Islam is a very complex and comprehensive religion. It is exhaustive in nature, and as such, takes many years of study before one can claim to understand it in its entirety and be in a position to make informed and authoritative comments. This is reflected in the fact that Islam was revealed over a period of 23 years.


Surely, this is indicative of the fact that relative newcomers to Islam, or any great religion for that matter cannot claim to understand the religion so horoughly in such a short time without having studied it exhaustively under the tutelage and guidance of scholars who are expert in   not only a literal but also a thematic and interpretations of Islam and other religions.


The Muslim community is always adversely affected by such comments, and their untrue and misguided nature sends the wrong message to the community at large which is unhelpful.

AIIC City campus hosts NSW Parliamentarian


Tony Stewart (NSW Parliamentary Secretary for Sport and Recreation), Imam Abdul Quddoos Al-Azhari (Chair of the Australian International Islamic College Board) and affected flood victims

On Friday 21 January the Australian International Islamic College City Campus received a visit from Tony Stewart, Member for Bankstown and NSW Parliamentary Secretary for Sport and Recreation for the purpose of talking to victims of the recent floods as well as international students who have been affected by the floods.

Mr Stewart also talked about the effects of the floods in other parts of Queensland and informed the international students that he would personally convey their messages of requested help and support to the relevant government authorities.

Imam Abdul Quddoos informed the Parliamentary secretary that in these difficult times of flood in Queensland that there was still room available at Darul Uloom Mosque Hostel and that any people affected by the floods are still welcome. Darul Uloom is co-located with the AIIC City Campus at 6 Agnes Street, Buranda. The contact phone number is 3372 1400 or 3391 7867.

Mr Stewart thanked the college and the management for offering the Premier of Queensland. and the Lord Mayor of Brisbane the availability of such a facility for flood victims from the moment it became obvious that help was needed.

Wanting to share?


A Muslim female in the south side of Brisbane is looking for Muslim females to share a house or a flat with.


Or alternatively, if there is any Muslim family who has a granny flat or a room for rent please email ccn@crescentsofbrisbane.org and we will put you in touch.

Artist defies 'bullies' over burka mural


A SYDNEY artist whose anti-burka mural has infuriated left-wing and Islamic activists is vowing that the provocative artwork will stay in place despite death threats, abuse, a string of vandalism attacks, a violent weekend protest and a police request to remove it.
Newtown glass sculptor Sergio Redegalli has this week restored the mural painted outside his studio for more than the 40th time after dozens of graffiti and paint-bomb attacks by protesters who say it is racist and inflammatory.

In the latest incident last Sunday, a crowd of 50 activists hurled paint at the mural and then turned on police who had to call in reinforcements to restore order.

Seven men were arrested and charged with offences including resisting police, assaulting police and destroying or damaging property.

The charges will be heard in Newtown Local Court next month. Redegalli blames local left-wing groups, rather than Muslim activists, for the incident.


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"Islamophobia has now passed the dinner-table-test" says Baroness Warsi

UK: Cabinet Minister and Chairman of the Conservative Party, Baroness Sayeeda Warsi, delivered the 2011 Sir Sigmund Sternberg Interfaith Lecture during the week at the University of Leicester in which she highlighted that Islamophobia has become widespread and socially acceptable in Britain.

She told the audience that she wanted to use the opportunity to “make the case against the rising tide of anti-religious bigotry.”

Among the many other themes addressed in her speech were the role of the “sensationalist media” in framing the discourse around discussions of faith; the idea of ‘unity through diversity’; the impact of Islamophobia; and the actions which both leaders and individuals can take in response to the challenge of Islamophobia.

Her speech has been welcomed and supported by commentators such as Peter Oborne and Mehdi Hasan, as well as by Muslim leaders.

Excerpts from Lady Warsi’s speech are highlighted below and you can read the full text of her speech here.

She said:


“…there is a large, untapped appetite for a more mature discussion of faith in this country.

“I sensed that people were fed up of the patronising, superficial way faith is discussed in certain quarters, including the media…

“….and that sadly there has been a rise in a sloppy kind of religious illiteracy.

“So it was important to take stock of where Britain is with faith.”

Lady Warsi addressed the rise of “unreasonable, unfounded, irrational bigotry.” She said:

“In my last speech I made the evidential case for faith in our country.

“I showed that contrary to popular belief, faith in this country is certainly not fading away;

“I explained that faith inspires many people to do good things which help build a bigger society;

“Today... I want to make the case against the rising tide of anti-religious bigotry.”

“What I am opposed to is the rise of unreasonable, unfounded, irrational bigotry.

“Where religion itself becomes a loaded word……where free discussion is drowned out by a sensationalist media…and where there simply is no room for fair-minded debate.”

“Controversial stories are inflated by the media…detracting from serious faith-based debate…and leaving us with a situation where instead of philosophy, we’re fed anti-faith phobias.”

Commenting both on how Islamophobia has become socially acceptable and on how Islam is perceived, Lady Warsi said:


“Indeed, it seems to me that Islamophobia has now crossed the threshold of middle class respectability.”

“For far too many people, Islamophobia is seen as a legitimate – even commendable – thing.

“You could even say that Islamophobia has now passed the dinner-table-test.

“Take this from Polly Toynbee: ‘I am an Islamophobe, and proud of it.’”

“But of course, Islamophobia should be seen as totally abhorrent – just like homophobia or Judeophobia – because any phobia is by definition the opposite of a philosophy.

“A phobia is an irrational fear.

“It takes on a life of its own and no longer needs to be justified.

“And all this filters through.

“The drip feeding of fear fuels a rising tide of prejudice.

“And what’s particularly worrying is that this can lead down the slippery slope to violence.”

Speaking on some of the ideas that lead to bigotry, she said:

“You need to delve deep into the Dark Ages to find a time when the state was under the exclusive control of one tribe or ethnicity.”

“This idea of unity from diversity runs through our own history.

“It has helped to forge the values of pluralism, tolerance and diversity which define our society.

“But the British battle against bigotry will always be an ongoing battle.”

“Why is bigotry so resilient?

“A big part of the problem is the intellectual challenge of reconciling religious and national identities.

“One of the most frequent arguments made against Islam in Britain is the idea that all British Muslims want to overturn British sovereignty and obey a transnational, Islamic authority.

“Let me repeat again: extremists are a minority of a minority.

“But from this flows a steady drip of suspicion and sense of sedition…all feeding the rise of a wider Islamophobia.”

On Islamophobia:


“Ultimately, Islamophobia challenges our basic British identity.

“One of the most important aspects of our identity is our belief in equality before the law.

“But deep, entrenched anti-Muslim bigotry challenges that tradition…because it implies that one section of society is less deserving of our protection than the rest.”

“I know that there is also a perverted line of argument which says that Muslims have only got themselves to blame for this hatred.

“After all, they’re the ones who blow up tubes and aeroplanes…..so treating them differently is actually ok.

“But think about it for one second, and you see that this argument is self-defeating.

“The deeper Islamophobia seeps into our culture, the easier becomes the task of the extremist recruiting sergeant.

“Those who commit criminal acts of terrorism in our country need to be dealt with not just by the full force of the law…they also should face social rejection and alienation across society….and their acts must not be used as an opportunity to tar all Muslims…or divide our society on the basis of faith.”


Lady Warsi then spoke of the role of political leaders, faith leaders and individuals in responding to the challenge of Islamophobia, as well as the dangers of labelling the Muslim community in terms of ‘moderates’ or ‘extremists’. She also stressed the important role which British Muslims have to play in addressing anti-Muslim bigotry.

“First and foremost, we need political leadership.

“Government has got to show that it gets it.”

“We need to think harder about the language we use.

“And we should be careful about language around religious ‘moderates’.

“It’s not a big leap of imagination to predict where the talk of ‘moderate’ Muslims leads:

“In the school, the kids say ‘the family next door are Muslim but they’re not too bad’.

“And in the road, as a woman walks past wearing a Burkha, the passers-by think: ‘that woman’s either oppressed or making a political statement’.

“So we need to stop talking about moderate Muslims, and instead talk about British Muslims.

“And when it comes to extremism, we should be absolutely clear:

“These people are extremists, plain and simple, because their behaviour has detached them from the thought process within their religion.”

“Second, we need a response from society.

“It doesn’t take rocket science to know what that means.

“‘Love thy Neighbour’ may be a cliché, but it’s a cliche’ because it’s eternally relevant.

“Ultimately, that’s the test for everyone in society:

“‘Do I treat my neighbour the way I want to be treated myself?’”

“Muslim communities must speak out against those who promote violence.

“And above all, not stand on the sidelines, but step forward and help to lead a progressive, united fight.”

“Second, British Muslims need to learn from and build on the work done throughout history by other communities.”

“The first step in addressing the problem is to measure the scale of it.

“And I hope that this project will support the work of the newly formed All Party Parliamentary Group on Islamophobia, chaired by Kris Hopkins MP.

“…and above all, British Muslims needs to remember that with rights come responsibilities.

“That means no burying our heads in the sand and denying the problem…but standing up and doing something about it.

“The reason I came into politics is because I felt my country can be better.

“I want more Muslims to do that same thing and help ease the relationship between their country and their faith.”




Giant 500-year-old copy of Koran too fragile to be be displayed is bigger than a flatscreen TV

The hand-written copy of the Koran, with each page the size of a large plasma screen TV, is to be published online because it is too fragile to be put on display

A rarely-seen manuscript of one of the world's most important copies of the Koran is to be published online.

The hand-written holy book, estimated to be around 500 years old, is so precious and fragile scholars have been unable to put it on display.

Now experts at the University of Manchester's John Rylands Library are using digital technology to photograph each page and publish the book online to enable scholars and students to study it.

Analysis of the digital images should aid scholars to date the manuscript more accurately.


It is believed to have originated from Cairo from the library of Kansuh al-Ghuri, one of the last Mamluk Sultans of Egypt.





The fragile 470-page book is kept by in the University of Manchester's John Rylands Library

Known as the Rylands Koran of Kansuh al-Ghuri, it has two missing pages, or leaves, which were discovered in the 1970s at the Chester Beatty Library in Dublin.

The missing pages will also be captured in digital images and reunited with the book on the internet.
At least 950 images will be captured - which will be between 80 and 120MB each - allowing their study in intricate detail.

It will eventually be freely available for research, teaching and learning using Turning the Pages technology on a dedicated website.

Project manager Carol Burrows, collection and research support manager at the John Rylands Library, said: 'Because of its size and weight, reading room access has been severely restricted to all but a handful of scholars. It cannot be used in exhibitions, seminars or public close-ups. 'It will certainly be challenging to photograph this enormous manuscript, as it is too large and heavy for the equipment we normally use.'However, we have constructed dedicated equipment which will achieve this aim.'

Dr Andreas Christmann, senior lecturer in Islamic Studies at the University’s school of Arts, Histories and Cultures said: 'Although one of the biggest assets of the John Rylands Library, this Koran has not been available for either research or teaching because of its delicate state.

The book was written by several scribes some time between the second half of the 14th century to 1500. Experts at the library are using digital technology to photograph each page and  publish the book online to enable scholars and students to study it

We know it represents one of the finest, most lavishly illuminated and calligraphically significant Qur’an manuscripts from the late Mamluk period. 'Because of its time of writing - 14th or 15th century – it bridges the gap in chronicling Qur’anic calligraphy between the late classical period - 9th-12th century and the early modern period - 16th-18th century.

'By digitising the entire manuscript and adding the missing chapters it will produce an almost complete Qur’anic manuscript of magnificent size and splendid craftsmanship.

'I’m delighted scholars, including students of my class in Qur’anic Studies, will have free access to studying this text, which will provide a great stimulus for further research into Qur’anic calligraphy.'

The Koran was purchased by the library in 1900 as part of the Crawford collection of manuscripts, a collection of artefacts acquired by various Earls of Crawford.

The project has been funded by the Islamic Manuscript Association.



Each of the 470 pages measures 35in by 24in, the size of a large plasma screen TV.

The ornate book was written by several scribes and illuminators for Kansuh al-Ghuri, the penultimate Mameluke sultan of Egypt.

The paper it is written on was made from bombycine, a silken fabric which after sizing is polished with smooth stones so that the ink sits on the surface rather than being absorbed (similar in properties to vellum).

Historians disagree on when it was written, with estimates ranging from the second half of the 14th century to 1500.

It was kept in the sultan's library in Cairo and was eventually acquired by the Earl of Crawford.

The Koran was one of several manuscripts which formed the Crawford Collection, artefacts acquired by various Earls of Crawford, which was bought by Enriqueta Rylands in 1900 and became part of her husband's library the John Rylands Library.

The library eventually formed part of the University of Manchester in 1972 which is where it is now.




Kuwaiti ruler grants $4b, free food to citizens

Kuwait City: Kuwait's Emir Shaikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Sabah on Monday ordered the distribution of $4 billion and free food for 14 months to citizens as the oil-rich emirate prepares to mark national occasions.

Each of the 1.12 million native citizens will get 1,000 dinars ($3,572) in cash as well as free essential food items until March 31, 2012, the KUNA news agency cited state minister for cabinet affairs Rudhan Al Rudhan as saying.

The Gulf state, whose financial assets top $300 billion, will next month mark the 50th anniversary of independence, 20th anniversary of liberation from Iraqi occupation and the fifth anniversary of the emir's ascendance to power.

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Dear Editor


Through your newsletter I would like to convey this message:


On behalf of the Dawoodjee brothers of Rocklea Cold Storage, we want to thank ALL who helped in any and everyway during our most needy and desperate time. Without the help of all these generous, kind hearted people, we could not have achieved the clean up of our Cold Storage at such great speed considering the volume of work that was left after the flood. We thank you with appreciation and gratitude and will always remember your much needed help, We will remember you in our Duas and may Allah accept your Duas.
We are a strong Muslim community and as proven can achieve so much, together. May Allah reward you, jazakallah khair.



Mohammed Sayed Dawoodjee

Dear Editor


Congratulations on the wide coverage of the Muslim Community response to the Queensland flood relief efforts by CCN and ISLAM TV.
It also demonstrated how, with unity, the various Muslim organisations responded positively to assist all the Queenslanders who were effected by this calamity!

Jazakallah for the assistance rendered in the clean-up operations of the Dawoodjee brothers cold storage warehouse which was badly damaged.

May Almighty ALLAH reward all the Queenslanders who assisted in all the aspects of the relief efforts for the flood victims.

Yusuf Ismail Limbada

Dear Editor

Assalamu Alaikum, Brothers and Sisters at CCN and in Brisbane:

I just read the latest Crescent Community News issue. Alhamdulillah, I was very impressed with the generosity, kindness and sincere efforts of all the brothers and sisters who came forth to assist the victims of the recent flood in and around Brisbane. Masha'Allah, may Allah (swt) reward you all for the generosity and sincere care you have shown to those creatures of Allah (swt) who are suffering due to the floods.

I am Dr. Mohammed Sadiq from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. I visited Brisbane for a week back in November 2008 to present a bunch of workshops and seminars hosted by the Islamic Women's Association of Queensland. I was truly moved by the generous and kind hospitality extended to me with sincere love and care by the brothers and sisters of Brisbane. Now, having read about how you all pitched in generously to assist the flood victims, it brought back memories of being amongst you back in November, two years ago.

May Allah (swt) have Mercy upon all the victims of the recent floods, forgive their shortcomings, and generously reward all those who came forth to assist those in need.

I would appreciate if you publish this note of thanks in your next CCN Newsletter issue.

Was Salaam,
Dr. Mohammed Sadiq
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada


Dear CCN Readers


These are my Reflections on the Flood Disaster:


Although the floods did recede,
we, mankind, must concede,
that dominance in the land,
is not in our hand.
Its mother nature some might say,
but I know God rules in every way.
So what was God's reason for all this rain?
Reflect and let not these events pass in vain.
If it's indeed a test,
in our efforts to help we mustn't rest.
If it's a punishment,
then for our wrongs we must lament.
We should be grateful for what we've managed,
despite the flood waters that have ravaged.
But know that material possessions matter naught,
for its the hereafter that should be sought.
And I pray in this reflection and reminder,
for the safety and recovery of each and every fellow Queenslander.

Riyad H. Rahimullah

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Madrasah Teachers

As-Salaam Institute of Islamic Studies has positions for Madrasah Teachers in 2011.

Candidates should have qualifications in Islamic Studies.
Experience teaching children is an advantage.
Hours Required: Monday - Friday 4:30pm - 6:30pm and Saturday 9:00am - 3:00pm
Commencing end January.
This is a paid position.

Forward application and resume to Imam Ahmad Abu Ghazaleh at assalaaminstitute@gmail.com.

Contact Naseema on 0424141623 for more information.



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KB's Culinary Corner




KB SAYS: This is a follow up on last week's pathaan kebaab and puri combo. I was told that it is a flop proof recipe. I tried it the other day and yes, it was true to its word. They freeze very well and when you require them, leave out the frozen puris for approximately one hour at room temperature during summer and I suppose a little longer in winter.


1 cup flour
1 level tsp Baking Powder
½ tsp sugar
¼ tsp salt
1 Tab soft butter or oil
¼ cup boiled water
¼ cup cold milk


Sift flour, salt and baking powder; add sugar, salt and lastly butter, gently rubbing it into the mixture with your fingertips. Make a soft dough with the warm mixture of water and milk. Leave to rest for 20mins.

Roll out the dough approx 3mm thick and cut out rounds. Deep fry in hot oil until it puffs up, fry on the other side for a second or two and remove with a slotted spoon.


Do you have a recipe to share with CCN readers?

Send in your favourite recipe to me at kbcooks@crescentsofbrisbane.org and be my "guest chef" for the week.


Kareema's Keep Fit Column




The theme for 2011 is

'Live your life: weight matters'



As mentioned last week, and if you haven't already started, this is the week to make changes to your diet and exercise routine!


Healthy weight week 23-30 January

Get started, the harder you work at it now, the easier it will become...

Why eat better, feel better and move more NOW?

Being a healthy weight helps you live life to the full

Eating better food and being active helps you feel healthy and happy

If your weight is healthy it is important to keep it healthy

Eating better means:

• Eating at least two serves of fruit and five serves of vegetables every day
• Eating breakfast
• Choose wholegrain breads and cereals regularly
• Choosing 'reduced' fat dairy foods
• Choosing lean meat
• Limiting high kilojoules and high fat food and drink to once a week or less
• Eating smaller serves
• Drinking water

Set realistic goals for yourself and aim to make small changes daily..






My Health and Fitness

Tel: 0404 844 786


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


A tourist travelling through the Sahara drove his jeep into the desert sands and could not get himself out.


Luckily, Mula Nasruddin, a local cameleer, was passing by with a big strong camel called Moosa.

Mula Nasruddin hitched Moosa up to the car and shouted loudly, "Pull, Hiwaar, pull!"


Moosa didn’t move one inch.

Then Mula Nasruddin  yelled, "Pull, Labanii, pull." Still Moosa failed to respond.

Once more Mula Nasruddin  commanded in a stentorian voice, "Pull, Shaqq, pull."


Again - nothing.

Then Mula Nasruddin  nonchalantly and quietly muttered, "Pull, Moosa, pull."


Immediately the camel easily dragged the jeep out of the ditch.

the tourist was very appreciative but also very curious.


He asked Mula Nasruddin why he called his camel by a different name three times.

Mula Nasruddin whispered by way of reply, "Oh, Moosa is blind and if he thought he was the only one pulling, he wouldn’t even try."

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Table & Chair Hire


Additional contact:

Ahmed Hassan

0433 531 593

The CCN Date Claimer

(provisiona"If it's not here ....it's not happening!"l)




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30 January


Multicultural Fun Day: Fund Raiser for Qld. Flood victims



Islamic College of Brisbane (KARAWATHA)

0413 038 610

10am to 3pm

4-6 March


Youth leadership camp


Koonjewarre Centre, Springbrook

0431 800 414

All day

13 March


Charity Golf Day

Windaroo Lakes Golf Course

0401 786 815


15 May



Orleigh Park, West End

0402 026 786


18 June


Ladies Hair & Makeup Workshop

Springwood Community Centre

0404 296 297


29 June



Lailatul Mehraj

18 July



Lailatul Baraat

2 August



Start of Ramadhan

28 August



Lailatul Qadr

31 August



End of Ramadhan

1 September




3 or 10 September



Mt Gravatt Showgrounds

0418 722 353

All day

7 November




11 or 12 November


Dreamworld 2011


0418 722 353


27 November



Islamic New Year

6 December



Day of Ashura


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




Ladies Taleem


Taleem classes resume this Thursday from 11am to 12pm at the residence of


Sharifa Gutta

50 Caribbea Street

Eight Mile Plains

Tel No:32190587


Girls Game Night

Sitting at home on a Saturday Night?

Want to do something constructive, but FUN?



Inspiration talk, pizza, BBQ, fun and games

Topics that are relevant, Iman-boosting and mind-capturing.
Where: AMYN Islamic Youth Centre, 16/157 North Road, Woodridge
When: Every Saturday,after Maghrib
Info: www.AMYNweb.com
Everyone is invited



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Useful Links


Sunnah Inspirations

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

Kuraby Msque

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)
www.islamicschoolofcanberra.act.edu.au (Islamic College of Canberra, ACT)

Karratha Muslims (Muslims in Western Australia)

Islam TV

Recording of lectures and events in and around Queensland

The Muslim Directory

Carers Queensland

Free service for multicultural clients who are carers, elderly and people with disabilities

Brisbane Muslim Burial Society (BMBS)

Muslim Charitable Foundation (MCF)

Co-ordinated collection & distribution of: Zakaah, Lillah, Sadaqah, Fitrana, Unwanted interestCo-ordinated collection & distribution of: Zakaah, Lillah, Sadaqah, Fitrana, Unwanted interest

Islamic Medical Association of Queensland (IMAQ)

Network of Muslim healthcare professionals

Al-Imdaad Foundation (Australia)

Australian Muslim Youth Network (AMYN)
Find out about the latest events, outings, fun-days, soccer tournaments, BBQs organised by AMYN. Network with other young Muslims on the AMYN Forum

Islamic Council of Queensland  

Umbrella body representing various Mosques and Societies in Queensland


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)

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

Human Appeal International Australia  Always with you on the road to goodness

Al-Mustapha Institute of Brisbane  

Preserving the Past, Educating the Present to Create the Future

Islamic Society of Darra

Qld Muslims Volunteers

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