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



Sunday, 5 June 2011

 Newsletter 0343



"An Enchanted Evening" 


The Underwood Road Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints hosted an evening of musical entertainment and food last Saturday night to which members of local community and religious groups were invited.


Dr John Millar, the Seminary & Institute Coordinator of the Church told CCN: "Our objective is to build good relationships with other religious groups, government, civic, business, educational and other community leaders. To break down the barriers that are often unspoken, and to lift the profile of the church in the community. We are anxious to have “friends of the church” and to demonstrate that we, as church members, are just normal people who have different beliefs."


The first course on the menu was vichyssoise (leek and potato soup) with “chicken style” stock, so that it had no animal fats in it. The main course was a German recipe pot roast, made with whole rumps from the halal butcher at the Big W complex at Underwood with garlic potatoes and peas.


The desserts were mini pavlovas with raspberries and raspberry coulis, mini tartlets with either citrus or caramel filling, chocolate almond truffles, a Hungarian recipe chocolate sponge with chocolate cream filling and chocolate icing (the cake’s name is Rigo Jansci, or John Rigo in English) and Austrian almond shortbread crescents.


Those of the Buddhist and Jewish faiths were offered a chilli lentil dish in place of the meat.


 As part of their religion members of the LDS Church do not drink alcohol, coffee or tea or smoke. 


From the CCN Cradle 


Zishaan and Nadia Omar are the proud parents of baby Zaeem who was born last Saturday evening (28 May) at the Maters Mothers Hospital in Brisbane. Zaeem weighed in at 3.41kg and timed his entrance to coincide with the arrival of grandparents Omar and Amina Khan who had only just landed from South Africa. While Zaeem is grandchild number three for the Khans, he is the first in the family for grandparents Yunie and Faiyaza Omar.



A baby son was born to Aliyah Deen and Zeeshan Rana in Sydney on 5 May. Baby Ibraheem and mother are both well. Proud grandparents Nizam and Nasim Deen welcomed grandchild number 8.

Watch. Practice. Learn almost anything—for free!


Salman Khan is an American educator and founder of the Khan Academy, a free online education platform and not-for-profit organization. He has produced over 2200 videos elucidating a wide spectrum of concepts, mainly focusing on mathematics and the sciences, in his home. His official channel, 'Khan Academy' has, as of June 2011, attracted more than 57 million views.


According to the Khan Academy's website, Salman Khan's parents are Bengali by ethnicity. His father hails from Barishal of Bangladesh and his mother is from Kolkata of India. Salman Khan was valedictorian of his high school class (Grace King High School). Khan holds three degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology: a BS in mathematics, a BS in electrical engineering and computer science, and an MS in electrical engineering and computer science. He also holds an MBA from Harvard Business School.

In late 2004, Khan began tutoring his cousin, Nadia, in mathematics over the internet using Yahoo!'s Doodle notepad. When other relatives and friends sought his tutelage, he decided it would be more practical and beneficial to distribute the tutorials on YouTube where he created an account on 16 November 2006. Their popularity on the video sharing website and the testimonials of appreciative students prompted Khan to quit his job as a hedge fund analyst in late 2009 to focus on developing his YouTube channel, 'Khan Academy', full-time.

His videos attracted on average more than 20,000 hits each. Students from around the world have been attracted to Khan's concise, practical, and relaxed teaching method.


And he covers an astonishing array. There are the core subjects in math -- arithmetic, geometry, algebra, trigonometry, calculus, and statistics -- and the de rigueur science offerings, like biology, chemistry, and physics. But Khan also gives lessons in Economics of a Cupcake Factory, the Napoleonic Wars, and the Alien Abduction Brain Teaser.

Khan outlined his mission as to 'accelerate learning for students of all ages. With this in mind, we want to share our content with whoever may find it useful.' Khan also plans to extend his 'free school' to cover topics such as English and History. Programs are being undertaken to use Khan's videos to teach those in isolated areas of Africa and Asia. He delineated his motives:

With so little effort on my own part, I can empower an unlimited amount of people for all time. I can't imagine a better use of my time.

Always wanted to know what say an IPO is but were too afraid to ask? Have a crack at this lesson and see how easy it is to learn something new from a 10 minute video.


For the full list of topics at the Khan Academy go here.



Bill Gates' favourite teacher




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Bringing more than the house down 


The following ABC video clip looks at the circumstances surrounding the demolition of Brisbane's historic Bellevue Hotel in midnight 20th April 1979 under police protection during the Joh Bjelke-Petersen years of Queensland Government.


The destruction of the Bellevue was a catalyst in changing the way Queenslanders saw and valued their heritage that ultimately led to the introduction of legislation to protect heritage buildings.


The video features the Deen Brothers and Bob Katter with the following quotable quotes:


Deen Brothers' slogan: "All we leave behind are memories"


Ray Deen: "Reverse construction...better known as demolition"


Bob Katter: "The Deen Brothers were people who could do hard jobs and get them done. Their appearance and their name may lead you to believe that they're not Australians but they're the most Australian people I know, typically Australian and particularly Australian's of that era."



Calling all Muslimahs 


As a Muslim woman have you ever been asked why you’re Muslim, why you wear the head scarf, if you’re oppressed and, of course, the list goes on?

Have you felt overwhelmed, unsure and confused when trying to come up with answers? Well, don't feel bad - you're not alone!


Would you like to know how to answer these questions?

A workshop at the Kuraby Mosque is being planned to help you work through these questions and formulate responses that are both appropriate and authentic.


To assist with preparing for the workshop the coordinators of the workshop need to know the types of questions Muslim women are being confronted with in their daily lives be it at the workplace, social gatherings, meetings, home or even social media..

Send your questions to feedback@kurabymosque.org.au as soon as possible so that a date can be set for the workshop.

The Cambridge Debate: "This house believes Islam is a threat to the West" 


On Thursday 4th November 2010, the prestigious Cambridge University's Cambridge Union Society (the oldest student society in the world), held a controversial debate titled "This House believes that Islam is a threat to the west"
The debate was highly controversial, being widely criticised by student organisations, for the inviting of Islamophobic speakers, such a Steven Gash, formerly of SIOE (Stop the Islamification of Europe) - who mounted the first Harrow anti-Mosque protest. Other invited speakers included renown former Catholic priest, Idris Tawfik, and Muslim public speaker, Abdullah ul Andalusi of the Muslim Debate Initiative.


Channel 9 Response 


Channel 9 responded to a letter of complaint regarding their story on lbrahim Siddiq-Conlon which aired on A Current Affair on 9th May 2011.

Saints Put Five Past West End

 From The Desk Of Sunnybank Saints


Sunnybank Saints beat West End 5-1 in a one sided affair at Lister St last night.


The Saints went into the match looking for a big win as they tried to bounce back into the top four. Riaz Essof opened the scoring with a powerful header after some good work down the right hand side and a pinpoint cross by Irfaan Amod. Sunnybank made it 2-0 shortly after courtesy of a long range shot from Mohammed Sabdia.


It was a comfortable first half for The Saints as they went into the half time break two goals to the good, and with all the momentum.


West End came out in the second half looking to find a way back into the game, but Sunnybank were keen on securing the win, and were piling on the pressure. Saints came close to scoring on a few occasions, but the West End goalkeeper was keeping his team in it. Mohammed Sabdia bagged his second with another long range effort that cannoned off the crossbar and into the net. 


Saints made it 4-0 after a fantastic free kick by Mohammed Sabdia brought up his hat trick and left the West End keeper with no chance. West End pulled one back against the run of play, but was a mere consolation. 


Sunnybank Saints sealed off the win with a fifth deep into the second half thanks to the man who opened the scoring, Riaz Essof. It was the midfielders second goal of the game and well deserved after a fantastic performance in which he controlled the midfield. 

Sunnybank saw out the remaining moments of the game with some neat possession football as West End were run off their feet. 


The Saints are nor knocking on the door of the semi finals and are looking to build momentum as the league table becomes ever tighter. 


Saints next match: vs Mansfield Eagles Gold. Weedon St Field 13:00

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On a Wing and a Prayer: Anver Omar’s Toowoomba Bus Crashes



It's Sunday 29th May 5.25 am outside Durban City Hall. Around 15,000 runners face east towards Pietermaritzburg. Next to them, about 40 Muslims face North towards Mecca. They are performing congregational Fijar Salaat (morning prayers).


Yusuf Vahed, one of the Oasis Crescents' team members, leads the prayers with the South African National Anthem playing in the background.

The prayers end just in time for the faithful to join the seething mass of long distance runners ready for a 87 km run. Each has qualified for this starter's lineup by either completing last year's Comrades or by running a standard 42 km marathon in the past year.


Omar is super confident and bordering on the cocky. 

"By 80 km I’ve forgotten how to tie my shoe laces. 7 km to go." 


He's done at least 2,000 km up and down our Toowoomba hills over the past year and 400 km in the last 5 weeks alone. With a downhill 8hrs 50 minutes 2010 run under his belt and daily runs across Toowoomba’s steep James Street for good measure the African inclines to come would be a breeze. After all, Toowoomba lies on the Great Dividing Range.




The game plan is to join the 9 hour bus and then with 30 km to go, kick ahead of it. A “bus” is an experienced runner with a flag attached. The flag indicates the time this pacemaker is going to finish in. So there are 12, 11, 10, 9 and 8 hour busses. Groups of up to several hundred runners tie themselves behind the “bus”.


No need to think, just follow the leader at a regular pace.

Omar keeps up with the 9 hour bus until half way with a time of four and a half hours. On time for another 4 and a half hours to the finish and a sub 9 finish. However, the climb to 700 m above sea level had by now taken its toll on the good doctor. The same inclines that had made a 2010 sub 9 finish possible acted in reverse. The 9 hour bus cruises along and Omar waves it a sad goodbye as his engine blows and the wheels of his own Toowoomba bus falls off here.


The second half ...is utter torture. He trundles in at 10 hours 32 minutes.

Omar wires CCN's Man-on-the-Mussallah: "The 2011 Comrades has spoken to me. It said respect me. It picked me up, smashed me and deflated the ego that failed to respect a run that had destroyed many before me. It' sending me back to Toowoomba with my tail between my legs."


"Although I finished before the 12 hour cut-off time missing the sub 9 hours still stings. I’ll be back next year for the down run. And in 2013 I’ll kill that up run sub 9 beast. Comrades haven’t seen the last of me yet."

For Durbanites with friends and family on the run with Oasis Crescents... the results are available here.
Comrades trivia : The most common surnames on the run were Naido and Botha. There were 262 entrants from the UK, 201 from the USA and 157 from Australia. The average age of the competitors was around 40 years.


The ANVER OMAR Action Plan

on how to join next year's race


1) Go to http://www.comrades.com/
2) Download the finishers (under 12 hours) programme. It’s easy. Alternatively there are plenty of other good training sites, eg go to http://www.maakal.com/maakalColumns/ComradesTips.htm
3) Start running according to the programme
4) Enter on line for 2012 down run. Entries start being taken in September 2011. Be quick. There’s a limit to the number of applicants.
5) Run a qualifying marathon in your home country.
6) Have the time of your life at Comrades May 2012 Downhill. Pietermaritzburg to Durban.
7) Bask in the Durban winter sun after your run.

Why enter? Embrace a day when you will discover good will in this country that is without parallel. Complete strangers along the way will spur you on calling out your name printed on your vest as if they were life long friends. Families camped along the route will offer you sustenance both mental and digestible as if you were part of their family. Bond with a previously unknown individual as you share a few kms. Discover parts of your psychi that you never knew you had. Go on, download the starters programme at the Comrades site. See you next year!

Fingers that Pray


"Songs and poems from the British Muslim tradition. The book contains 22 songs, ideal for schools, music teachers, music lovers and choirs to sing and perform."

Here’s the mosque,
And here’s the minara,
Open the doors,
And here’s the jama’a.
Here’s the muezzin,
Climbing upstairs,
And here’s the imam,
Saying his prayers


by Abdal Hakim Murad

Muslim Scientists and Scholars


Muslim scientists and scholars have contributed immensely to human knowledge especially in the period between 8th and 14th century CE.


But their contributions have been largely ignored, forgotten or have gone un-acknowledged.


Each week CCN brings you, courtesy of www.ummah.com, an account of one of the many talented Muslim scholars in history whose contributions have left lasting marks in the annals of science, astronomy, medicine, surgery, engineering and philosophy.

This week's Muslim scholar, philosopher and/or thinker is:


Abu'l-Abbas Ahmad ibn Muhammad ibn Kathir al-Farghani, born in Farghana, Transoxiana, was one of the most distinguished astronomers in the service of al-Mamun and his successors. He wrote "Elements of Astronomy" (Kitab fi al-Harakat al-Samawiya wa Jawami Ilm al-Nujum i.e. the book on celestial motion and thorough science of the stars), which was translated into Latin in the 12th century and exerted great influence upon European astronomy before Regiomontanus. He accepted Ptolemy's theory and value of the precession, but thought that it affected not only the stars but also the planets. He determined the diameter of the earth to be 6,500 miles, and found the greatest distances and also the diameters of the planets.


Al-Farghani's activities extended to engineering. According to Ibn Tughri Birdi, he supervised the construction of the Great Nilometer at al-Fustat (old Cairo). It was completed in 861, the year in which the Caliph al-Mutawakkil, who ordered the construction, died. But engineering was not al-Farghani's forte, as transpires from the following story narrated by Ibn Abi Usaybi'a.


Al-Mutawakkil had entrusted the two sons of Musa ibn Shakir, Muhammad and Ahmad, with supervising the digging of a canal named al-Ja'fari. They delegated the work to Al-Farghani, thus deliberately ignoring a better engineer, Sind ibn Ali, whom, out of professional jealousy, they had caused to be sent to Baghdad, away from al-Mutawakkil's court in Samarra. The canal was to run through the new city, al-Ja'fariyya, which al-Mutawakkil had built near Samarra on the Tigris and named after himself. Al-Farghani committed a grave error, making the beginning of the canal deeper than the rest, so that not enough water would run through the length of the canal except when the Tigris was high. News of this angered the Caliph, and the two brothers were saved from severe punishment only by the gracious willingness of Sind ibn Ali to vouch for the correctness of al-Farghani's calculations, thus risking his own welfare and possibly his life. As had been correctly predicted by astrologers, however, al-Mutawakkil was murdered shortly before the error became apparent. The explanation given for Al-Farghani's mistake is that being a theoretician rather than a practical engineer, he never successfully completed a construction.


The Fihrist of Ibn al-Nadim, written in 987, ascribes only two works to Al-Farghani: (1) "The Book of Chapters, a summary of the Almagest" (Kitab al-Fusul, Ikhtiyar al-Majisti) and (2) "Book on the Construction of Sun-dials" (Kitab 'Amal al-Rukhamat).


The Jawami, or 'The Elements' as we shall call it, was Al- Farghani's best-known and most influential work. Abd al-Aziz al-Qabisi (d. 967) wrote a commentary on it, which is preserved in the Istanbul manuscript, Aya Sofya 4832, fols. 97v-114v. Two Latin translations followed in the 12th century. Jacob Anatoli produced a Hebrew translation of the book that served as a basis for a third Latin version, appearing in 1590, whereas Jacob Golius published a new Latin text together with the Arabic original in 1669. The influence of 'The Elements' on mediaeval Europe is clearly vindicated by the presence of innumerable Latin manuscripts in European libraries.


References to it by medieval writers are many, and there is no doubt that it was greatly responsible for spreading knowledge of Ptolemaic astronomy, at least until this role was taken over by Sacrobosco's Sphere. But even then, 'The Elements' of Al-Farghani continued to be used, and Sacrobosco's Sphere was evidently indebted to it. It was from 'The Elements' (in Gherard's translation) that Dante derived the astronomical knowledge displayed in the 'Vita nuova' and in the 'Convivio'.

The Inbox


Dear CCN Readers

I have received the following letters on behalf of all the Muslim brothers and sisters who helped with donations of money and time in the collection and distribution of food parcels during the recent Brisbane/ Ipswich floods.

The Muslim community has been recognized in playing its part in the flood assistance efforts,


I would like you know that I feel humbled in receiving the nomination for a Queensland Disaster Hero Medal on behalf of the community.

Kind regards,

Fazal Muhammed

Senior Engineer (Civil) | Metropolitan Region / Brisbane Office
Assets & Operations Division | Department of Transport and Main Roads

Dear Editor

CCN is an excellent News Bulletin. I always enjoy reading it. It not only tells me events taking place in Queensland but also about ones at other places as well. You are tackling current issues.


I feel it is time Muslims in Australia should put up a united front (internal politics will always keep ticking along among local Muslims) and we should get involved in Australia's real politics such as starting from local shires and actively campaigning for those who we think may support Muslim community Issues.


We should also be talking about day-to-day issues facing the Muslim community from the mimbar.


Rahim Ghauri

(Western Australia)

Dear CCN


I am needing some funding assistance for my client, he has been in the country for 3 and a half months and after just playing 4 matches he has been selected to play in Division 2, that is he is  playing Top Grade hockey for The Valley Club.


Unfortunately, club fees and other expenses are preventing my client from continuing on in the sport he loves so dearly.


Therefore I am requesting help from anybody or know of someone/agency that would provide urgent financial support to pay for club fees, uniform and hockey stick and travel expenses.


My client has explored other options such as requesting advance payment from Centrelink, asking friends and family in Afghanistan but has had little success.


My client needs his club fees paid ASAP valued at $500.00 in order for him to be enrolled. The other items can wait for the time being. I believe my client will be an excellent role model for others.


Ra Rangiawha
Case Management Team Leader

Multicultural Development Association
Phone: (07) 3337 5400 | Direct: (07) 3337 5465
Mobile: 0432680432 | Fax: (07) 3337 5444

Brisbane Multicultural Centre
28 Dibley St, Woolloongabba Qld 4102
rar@mdabne.org.au | www.mdainc.org.au

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

This week

A CCN Reader recommends


Secret Affairs: Britain's Collusion with Radical Islam




Mark Curtis




In a detailed historical journey, Mark Curtis charts Britain's intimate involvement in the promotion of Muslim individuals and Islamic states as tools for its own imperial ambitions.

It used Islam in a blatant divide-and-rule tactic from the time of the Raj onwards and Curtis amply demonstrates a continuous and intimate marriage of convenience between Britain and various Islamic forces over three centuries.

After Britain's long-time support of the Ottoman Empire as a bulwark against Tsarist Russia and to protect its East Indian trade routes it soon sought alternative allies once the Turks had unexpectedly entered the first world war on the side of Germany. Britain then proceeded to find a suitable and subservient proxy from among the tribal groups of central Arabia.

In the1920s it discovered Ibn Saud as an ideal candidate for leadership and gave him sole control over Saudi Arabia.

He proceeded to assert this in one of the most bloody repressions the region had experienced, killing over 40,000 Arab tribesmen and women and amputating the limbs of 350,000 more.

This led to the complete domination of the Saud family in the region to this day and assured Britain of a steady flow of oil and the family's complete support from Britain in the maintenance of its brutal and obscurantist regime.

It also led to the spread of the divisive and backward-looking faction of Islam called Wahabism - the founding ideology of modern jihad.

Throughout the region Britain has always propped up elements of the ruling classes against the democratic and nationalist aspirations of the people.

Curtis provides a long list of such tactics from Egypt, Afghanistan and Persia to Turkmenistan.

This history is little known and rarely discussed in academic circles and it will come as a surprise to many to see how Britain has meddled in Islamic affairs over such a long and continuous period.

And, although it would be foolish to blame Britain solely for the present resurgence of Islamic extremism or terrorism, it is certainly not the innocent bystander it paints itself.

Britain has continuously provided covert support to Muslim guerrilla forces to counteract the spread of Soviet influence in Persia, Turkey and Afghanistan, as well as in Kosovo.

Curtis concludes with the present day chaos in Iraq and Afghanistan, showing how Britain and the US are very much to blame for what unravelled there even before they chose to invade.

He names the "heroic" Afghan guerilla leaders who fought Soviet forces and who were backed and armed by Britain and the US only to then set up the Taliban regime and become "the enemy."

Pakistan was also given massive military and financial support over many years as a bulwark against Soviet influence in the region and to counteract India, seen as pro-Soviet and unreliable. This policy and Pakistan's involvement in Afghanistan has also contributed to the present political instability and violence there.

This is a fascinating, well written and researched book.

And it is a must-read for anyone who wishes to better understand the rise of Islamic fundamentalism and Britain's key role in its ascent.



"Unearthing this largely hidden history is a contribution of the highest significance, and could hardly be more timely."—Noam Chomsky



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


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

The CCN Bookshelf

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


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

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KB's Culinary Corner


Chicken Cutlets


KB SAYS:  This is a favourite recipe of Ayesha Peer which we all enjoy. It's easy to make and can be frozen and re-heated for when you need it. This will also make for delicious savouries during the month of Ramadaan. 




500g ground chicken breast meat, washed and drained.
300g mash potatoes
3 eggs
1tsp salt
Chopped green dhunia (coriander leaves)
2 tsp ground green chillies
2 Tab Chana Flour
2 tsp coarse dhana
1tsp ground jeero
1tsp Baking Powder


1. Mix all the ingredients together, the mixture will be soft.
2. Take a tablespoon of the mixture, place into breadcrumbs and form a cutlet.
3. Place on a hot griddle which has been smeared with ghee, brown on either side until the meat is cooked.
4. Serve warm with chutneys.


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


Q: Dear Kareema, how much exercise a week is enough? I know you said we should try to exercise regularly, so I'm trying to put together weekly programs for optimum results.

A: Five days of 60-90 minute training sessions, including weights and cardio, would be ideal for fast results.


Remember not to overtrain and always allow for adequate rest and recovery of muscles in between sessions.


More doesn't always equal better.

Too much exercise can tax the body and not allow for full recovery which should be a key part of your weekly fitness plan.

Your rest days could include a walk or gentle stretching session which means you're still active even on your rest day.






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 newspaper boy was standing on the corner of the street with a large pile of papers, shouting, "Read all about it. Twenty five people cheated. Twenty five people cheated."

Intrigued, Mula Nasruddin walked over, bought a paper, and checked the front page.


What he saw was yesterday's paper.


Mula Nasruddin said, "Hey, this is an old paper, where's the story about the big swindle?"


The newspaper boy ignored him and went on yelling out, "Read all about it. Twenty six people cheated."

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Events and Functions

5 June


Visit the

at the Government House

Open Day

Gold Coast Mosque

International Food Festival


This annual event has been organized mainly to raise funds for the running cost and maintenance of the Gold Coast Mosque. More than 3000 people attended last year’s 2010 festival and $55,000 was raised.

This year the International Food Festival will include an auction, fun-filled children’s activities, a variety of delicious food from 15 different international cuisines.


Cake Competition


Seminar by

Sheikh Ahmad Abu Ghazaleh

ICQ Qu'ran

Recitation Competition

MBN Trivia Night

Annual Fete


Prof. Tahir-ul-Qadri Lecture Tour


Sydney, New South Wales

Islamic Programmes, Education & Services

Qari's Classes

Quran Tutoring

beginners to advanced


Hostel Accommodation

for Muslim Students

FREE Baby Massage

Classes IAIM

Brisbane  Muslim Burial Society (BMBS)

pdf version


Seerah Classes UMB

Qu'ran Reading & Islamic Studies

Kuraby Mosque


in Robina

New Muslim Classes

Window into Islam

English Tutor

AIIC performance

AIIC Gold Coast campus

Islamic College of Brisbane


Free Adult Classes and Madressa For Children at Al-Mustapha Institute

Child Care Course

"Purification of the heart" Seminar

Maths Tutoring service

From years 6-10

Math A, B and C for years 11 &12
Ahlam Haddad

Tel: 32191554

email: haddada5@hotmail.com.

Sisters House Accommodation Register


Businesses and Services

The CCN June Business of the Month


(Every month CCN showcases a business here)


Gabriel Hair Studio


Colour - Style - Shine.

Gabriel K hair studio is a boutique studio exclusively for women. Gabriel K has over 20 years experience as a stylist and uses Matrix as the professional range.







Nazima Hansa

your one-stop real estate shop


Pappa Roti

Warrigal Square

Promotional Offer

A crispy bun and a large coffee for $4.99 only (usual price is $6.20). The promotion is for a limited time only


Biltong in Brisbane


Healthy Life


Islamic Couture



AK Surtie


Hummy's Automotive

Prop: Mohammed Shabbir



Love ur Body

Lunch Bag


Nandos Mt Gravatt

Carpet Lifesavers

Brisbane Diagnostics

Kuraby Seafood Takeaway

Pizza Lane


Mina Collection

Stick On Labels

ACCES Services

Removal Services


Calamvale Central
Compton Road

Tel: 07 3272 2299

Kimaya Fashions


Shop 45A Inala Plaza

156 Inala Avenue, Inala 

The Quran Pen Reader

online at


Yasmeen Seedat

Accounting Services



Migration Agent


Phone: 3397 6863
Mob: 0431 446 528
910 Logan Rd

Holland Park West

Hydrotherapy & Swimming

classes for Muslim women

pdf version

InWear fashions

Junaid Ally

Ray White

Want an effective treatment to clean out BAD CHOLESTROL and PLAQUE from your arteries?
ArgiNox Maintain is available from Zakiya Sacur - 0433 270 770. Book your consultation now


Body & Beauty

Brochure (pdf)

Bilal Solwa @ Reed

Table & Chair Hire


Additional contact:

Ahmed Hassan

0433 531 593

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10 June


Seminar by Sheikh Ahmad Abu Ghazaleh


Springwood Hall, Cinderella Boulevard

0423 051 985


12 June


Annual International Food Festival

Islamic Society of Gold Coast

The Gold Coast Mosque

0412 601 152

All day

19 June


Annual Qu'ran Recitation Competition


Islamic College of Brisbane, KARAWATHA


9am to 1pm

29 June



Lailatul Mehraj

2 July


Trivia Night

Muslim Business Network

0422 191 675


10 July


Fun Day BBQ

48 Learoyd Road, Algester

0433 552 409

11.30am to 2.30pm

17 July


Annual Madrasah Soccer Tournament 2011







18 July



Lailatul Baraat

24 July


9th Annual College Fete

724 Blunder Rd. DURACK

3372 1400

from 10.30am

29 July


Prof. Tahir-ul-Qadri Lecture Tour

Zaffar Khan

Michael's Oriental Restaurant, 223 Padstow Road, Eight Mile Plains

0400 162 163


30 July


Prof. Tahir-ul-Qadri Lecture Tour

Zaffar Khan

Citipointe Church, 322 Wecker Road, Carindale

0400 162 163


31 July


Prof. Tahir-ul-Qadri Lecture Tour

Zaffar Khan

Islamic College of Brisbane, 43 Acacia Rd, Karawatha

0400 162 163


2 August



Start of Ramadhan

28 August



Lailatul Qadr

31 August



End of Ramadhan

1 September




3 September



Mt Gravatt Showgrounds

0418 722 353

All day

18 September



Orleigh Park, West End

0402 026 786


15 October


Ladies night Out

Michael's Oriental Restaurant

0433 182 520


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 will take place on Thursday 11am-12pm at the Kuraby Mosque every week, insha'Allah.


All ladies are welcome.


Muslim Events Forum (MEF)


Need help in planning or promoting an event or function?


Meeting Dates:

4th Wednesday of the month (next meeting 22 June)


11 Watland Street, Springwood





For more information and RSVP:

Mr. Ismail Mohammed at i_m_006@hotmail.com


Queensland Police Service/Muslim Community Consultative Group


Meeting Dates:

Wednesday 14 September

Wednesday 16 November


Metropolitan South Regional Office
1993 Logan Road, Upper Mt Gravatt





For more information and RSVP:

Sergeant Jim Bellos at Bellos.Dimitrios@police.qld.gov.au


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
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

MUSLIMS AUSTRALIA / 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

Muslim Directory Australia

Carers Queensland

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

Brisbane Muslim Burial Society (BMBS)

Muslim Charitable Foundation (MCF)

Coordinated 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

Islamic Shia Council of Queensland

Muslim Reverts Network

Supporting new Muslims

Muslim Funeral Services (MFS)

 Funeral Directors & Funeral Fund Managers for the Brisbane and Gold Coast communities


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