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Sunday, 24 July 2011

 Newsletter 0350




CCN turns 350



This week's 350th issue of CCN marks another milestone in its 7 years of uninterrupted weekly publications from its humble beginnings in 2004 when wikis, blogs and Mark Zuckerberg were only just starting to become fashionable.


CCN's Editor-in-Chief, Mustafa Ally, said that the newsletter was being read and subscribed to by people from many different communities in many different countries and has been widely acknowledged by Muslims and non-Muslims alike as an open window into the activities and achievements and trials and tribulations of the Muslim community. "In its own unique way CCN serves as reflections - not only of cultural idiosyncrasies, but also of the complex human condition and spirit."


CCN wishes to acknowledge the continued interest shown by its growing subscribers and to thank the readers who continue to send in contributions and links to stories and articles that have helped enrich and enhance the content and quality of the publication over the years.


We look forward to the next 350 issues with you, insha'Allah.

Birth of the Islamic Society of Lockyer and Somerset

Adapted from a report by Amar Ali Khan 

Seated L to R: Haji Jemeel Deen, Haji Sultan Deen, Haji M Yusuf, Imam Tariq Syed, Haji Amar Khan & a sister from Maldives


At an historical general meeting on 3 July the ‘Islamic Society of Lockyer and Somerset’ was founded in the Gatton Shire Hall.

The meeting was attended by around 80 people including Imam Tariq Syed from Ipswich Masjid, Haji Mohammad Yusuf, President of ICQ & Chairman of the Islamic College of Brisbane, Haji Amar Ali Khan - President and Haji Jemeel Deen Vice President of the Islamic Society of Ipswich, Haji Sultan Deen, Br Shaheek Hassan VP ICQ and Haji Hahib Deen.

Among the participants was Ms Regina, a local business woman who has worked hard in consultation with Haji Jemeel Deen and Amar Ali Khan to help initiate this historical meeting which was originally scheduled for January but postponed because of the floods.


The Muslim population in the area are mainly from Sudan, Pakistan, Indonesia, Bosnia, Turkey and the Maldives.


Amongst the speakers were Mr Ian Rickuss, State MP for the electorate of Lockyer, who encouraged the community to participate in the activities of the local community, Mr Mohammed Yusuf and Mr Sultan Deen.


Most of the local community took up financial membership of the newly constituted body and an interim management committee was established.


Br Mustapha originally from Bosnia and has been living in the area for a while was the first person to become a financial member and committee member of the newly formed Islamic Society of Lockyer and Somerset.

Council of Imams QLD condemns abuse of Shari’ah Law

 CIQ Press Release

The Council of Imams Queensland (CIQ) condemns the recent events that have been reported in the national media about the whipping of a fellow Australian citizen by some misguided ‘Muslims’ under the guise of upholding the Islamic Shari’ah Law.

The Council would like to clarify that the actions of these individuals do not represent Islam. Such actions are neither condoned nor tolerated by the Muslim Community of Australia.

These irresponsible actions demonstrate the ignorance of these individuals of the most basic principles of Islam.

The Council would like to advise that it is necessary to abide by the Australian laws at all times. Equally, it discourages the media from exploiting the incident as an excuse to undermine and distort the image of the wider peaceful Australian Muslim Community.


Council of Imams NSW also issued a media release on the subject.

The CCN Young Muslim Writers Award (YMWA)


The complete kit for the CCN YMWA can now be downloaded from here.


The kit contains details about the awards, the terms and conditions, entry form and some exemplars to inspire and motivate our budding authors and poets.

For more information or queries email ccn@crescentsofbrisbane.org or call 0402 026 786.


Entries close on 31 August.





Q&A makes WIK

By Farzanah Ally


Ladies Workshop - The Curly Questions We Are So Often Asked But Are Challenged To Answer


THE first of a series of ladies' workshops was well attended last weekend at the Kuraby Mosque.

The Q&A-styled workshop was aimed at equip[ing Muslim women with the knowledge and appropriate manner in which to answer practically and accurately the ‘curly questions’ that we are so often asked by non-Muslims.

Prior to the session women from many parts of the Queensland had responded to the call for questions by emailing them to feedback@kurabymosque.org.au.

Dr Mohamad Abdalla, founding Director of the Griffith University Islamic Research Unit (GIRU) had the enormous challenge of addressing each of the questions that included:

• Why do Muslim women wear hijab and others wear nikab?
• Why do some Muslim men beat their wives?
• Why did our beloved Nabi (SAW) marry a minor?

Dr Abdalla emphasised the important point that in answering questions about Islam it is not sufficient to simply know the textbook answer but to consider:

1. Addressing people according to their educational level (based on our beloved Nabi's (SAW) advice 'address people according to their intellectual capacities')
2. Understanding the reasoning behind questions (for example, what is behind asking about the hijab?)
3. Understanding people's backgrounds
4. Understanding the cultural and historical context of the audience (for example, the western experience with women's rights and the reasons for the emergence of the feminist movement).

Many ladies attending the workshop were delighted with the depth and practicality of the information provided by Dr Abdalla.

There are many more questions yet to be addressed. If you have a burning question that you need an answer to, email us at feedback@kurabymosque.org.au.

Watch this space for details of the next session or send your email address to feedback@kurabymosque.org.au so we can include you on our (WIK) Women in the Know database.

The Batchelors in Iran 


Umar and Hanan Batchelor are now nearly 4 months into their 10-month adventure and sent in this report for CCN readers:


We've just passed through Iran and it has been a fascinating country full of warmth.


We found an Iranian sport or you can say theatrical performance ........



their blog

Q&A: A Spiritual Special 




Islam and climate change

Video question to Susan Carland about the applicability of the Quran to climate change



IWAQ 2011 Ramadan Hamper Drive

 IWAQ Press Release

Ramadan is approaching very fast and with it the opportunity to share in the spirit of giving during Ramadan and earn countless rewards from Allah.

We are pleased to announce that IWAQ is starting collection of non perishable goods for packing and distribution for the 2011 Ramadan Hamper Drive. The hampers are distributed to families and individuals who are from refugee, humanitarian backgrounds and elderly or people living on their own who are on limited income.

Non perishable goods include: Flour, sugar, rice, pasta, (preferably 1kg or 2kg bags), cereal, honey, canned tomato, oil, tea, coffee, etc. You can also donate money for meat vouchers.

Please call IWAQ Office on 3208 6333 to arrange for drop off of your contribution.

We are also inviting volunteers to help us pack the hampers. If you would like to volunteer please call the office on 3208 6333 to register.

Please ensure that all food items contributed (biscuits etc) are halaal.

May Allah reward you for your generosity. Ramadan Kareem.

Students of diverse faiths seek understanding at Bossey


Mohammed Azhari, son of Imam Quddoos:

"In coming to know one another as persons, we will learn to respect each other."

“Religions as instruments of peace” is the subtitle of a 2011 summer course on “Building an interfaith community”. Twenty-three students from more than a dozen nations have assembled at the Ecumenical Institute in Bossey, Switzerland for the course which runs from 4 to 29 July.

One of the early lecturers admitted that many observers today see religions not as instruments of peace but as reasons for conflict. “Our hands as religious leaders are not clean,” said Rabbi Richard Marker of the International Jewish Committee on Inter-religious Consultations.

The experience of too many nations and their governments, he added, “is that religion is a cause of divisiveness that works against shared values.”

Now in its fifth year, the institute’s summer course on interfaith relations brings together students of the Jewish, Christian and Muslim traditions for a time of study, shared experience of one another’s sacred spaces and reflection on their own cultures, spiritualities and worldviews.

The student body is made up of nine men and fourteen women. Ten are Christian, seven are Muslim and six are Jewish.

They have come from Latin America, western and eastern Europe, the Middle East, Asia and Australia. Three are sisters from religious orders in Colombia, Guatemala and Romania. Three students have come from Israel, and three are Palestinians.

Danielle Antebi of Israel, whose academic background is in criminology and international politics, was eager to join the course after her brother’s positive experience as a student last summer. “He is an archaeologist who gives presentations on Israel in various places,” she says, “and he wanted an opportunity to meet people from different countries and hear their opinions of Israel and of the relationships between people of differing religions.”

She concluded that a month at Bossey, overlooking Lake Geneva, would provide her “a great opportunity to meet and interact with people representing a number of cultures.”

Mohammed Azhari of Australia, who pursued studies in Islamic teaching and inter-religious dialogue during his graduate work in Damascus, sees the course at Bossey as “a brilliant opportunity to come and encounter people of other faiths. Here, we will begin by building community among ourselves, hoping that this will be a first step toward some greater achievement.”

Azhari sees the students asking themselves, “How do people attain peace through prayer, through their beliefs? In coming to know one another as persons, we will learn to respect each other. In this way we can move beyond mere tolerance to appreciation, to acceptance even of what makes us different. And this is for the best, since it is ignorance that leads to conflict.”

During the first week of classes, Rabbi Marker was joined in discussing Judaism by Grand Rabbi Marc Raphaël Guedj, president of the Fondation Racines et Sources (Roots and Sources Foundation).

Professor Fawzia Al-Ahmawi of the University of Geneva and Hafid Ouardiri, president of the Ta'aruf (Interknowing) Foundation, are offering their expertise on Islam, and Christianity is to be interpreted by several staff members of the World Council of Churches (WCC) as well as by Professor S. Wesley Ariarajah of Drew University in the United States of America.

The Ecumenical Institute administration is sensitive to the variety of dietary practices among the students, and spaces for worship have been arranged appropriate to each of the religious traditions represented.

Founded in 1946, the Ecumenical Institute at Bossey is the international centre for encounter, dialogue and formation of the WCC. It is related to the University of Geneva through a covenant agreement with the university’s autonomous faculty of Protestant theology.

The summer course has been jointly organized by the Ecumenical Institute, the WCC programme on Inter-religious Dialogue and Cooperation, the Ta'aruf Foundation and the Fondation Racines et Sources.


Source: World Council of Churches

Saints Put In 5 Star Performance


Sunnybank Saints bounced bank from the 3 week break and some poor form with a convincing 5-1 win over Mansfield Black.

It did not take long for the Saints to open the scoring courtesy of a fantastic shot from the left hand side by Ismail Essof. The early goal gave Sunnybank the perfect start and the players were looking motivated.

A few minutes later Mohsin Sabdia made it 2-0 and the Saints were in cruise control. Sabdia scored from a similar area to the first goal and everything was just falling into place for the Saints.



Full match report

Tarmac Sailors 


From his car catching alight in the Kalahari to getting up close and personal with big cats, Yusuf Omar spent three weeks exploring Southern Africa in his VW beach buggy. And he didn’t get the story he went to write.






Around the Muslim World with CCN


Prohibiting burqa does not liberate women


UK: The Commissioner for Human Rights at the Council of Europe, Thomas Hammarberg stated in a press release that bans on full-face veils may alienate women rather than liberate them,

“It is more likely that such laws – so obviously targeting the adherents of one religious faith – would further stigmatise these women and lead to their alienation from the majority society. Banning women dressed in the burqa/niqab from public institutions like hospitals or government offices may only result in them avoiding such places entirely. This is not liberation.”

The press release cited an Open Society Foundations report which found that of 32 women interviewed, all of whom wore the face-veil in France, 30 had been verbally abused and some also physically assaulted. Such experiences mean that the women prefer now to limit time spent outside of their homes. This demonstrates how such legislation risks isolating elements of the Muslim community rather than integrating them.

Hammarberg highlighted that debates on relatively trivial matters such as the niqab have sidetracked the debate away from more important issues,

“The way the dress of a small number of women has been portrayed as a key problem requiring urgent discussion and legislation is a sad capitulation to the prejudices of the xenophobes.

“Much deeper problems of intercultural tensions and gaps have been sidetracked by the burqa and niqab discussions. Instead of encouraging this unfortunate discourse, political leaders and governments should take more resolute action against hate crimes and discrimination against minorities.”

In earlier comments in 2010, he stated that bans on the niqab and burqa may be an invasion of individual privacy and contravene the European Convention of Human Rights,

“Two rights in the Convention are particularly relevant. One is the right to respect for one’s private life and personal identity (Article 8). The other is the freedom to manifest one’s religion or belief “in worship, teaching, practice and observance” (Article 9).

He stated that limitations on such legislation may be implemented “in the interests of public safety, for the protection of public order, health or morals, or for the protection of the rights and freedoms of others.” However, those arguing for bans on the burqa and niqab have not managed to demonstrate any of these, and the fact that very small numbers of women wear such attire makes arguments for bans very unconvincing.

He also argued that there is no way to prove that women who wear it are any more oppressed than other women, and that “Those who have been interviewed in the media have presented a diversity of religious, political and personal arguments for their decision to dress themselves as they do”.

Hammarberg argued that many arguments for bans on the niqab and burqa are “clearly Islamophobic” because they focus on what is perceived as Muslim dress. He emphasises the need to discuss these issues openly, “However, attempts should be made to broaden the discourse to cover essential matters, including how to promote understanding of different religions, cultures and customs. Pluralism and multiculturalism are essential European values and should so remain.”

Hammarberg’s comments come as Belgium prepares to enforce a ban on the burqa from this Saturday the 23rd July. Individuals contravening the ban will face a €137.50 fine and up to 7 days in prison. It is estimated that just 270 people wear a full-face veil in Belgium.

Belgium will be the second European country to enforce such legislation after France, who enforced its ban from 11 April 2011.


Source: Engage



British Museum to stage exhibition dedicated to hajj pilgrimage


UK: Collection will include historic and contemporary objects that 'journey to the heart' of Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca


The British Museum is to stage a major exhibition dedicated to the hajj, the Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca.

Hajj: journey to the heart of Islam will bring together historic and contemporary objects – including manuscripts, textiles, archaeological items and photography – to explore the experience and importance of the pilgrimage.

The exhibition, opening in January, will also feature the work of contemporary Saudi artists such as Ahmed Mater, who has created an installation with magnets and iron filings to symbolise hundreds of thousands of pilgrims circumambulating the Ka'bah, the black granite cube in Mecca thought to be built by Abraham and his son Ishmael. There will also be work by Shadia Alem, one of two artists who represented Saudi Arabia for its debut at the Venice Biennale earlier this year while sound cones in the Reading Room will convey a sense of being in Mecca by transmitting the labbaik, the prayer recited by pilgrims as they carry out their rituals.

The museum's director, Neil Macgregor, who announced details of the show on Tuesday , said it would enable a global audience to deepen their understanding of the significance and history of the hajj.

"It is special in being the only aspect of Islam which non-Muslims cannot take part in. It is not merely a spiritual phenomenon, it has become a cultural phenomenon. The museum has always sought to present a connection between faith and society. It [the hajj] is a phenomenon that needs to be better understood than it is. It has become very clear to us that we've been looking to put on exhibitions about things people want to know about – such as Iran and Afghanistan – and questions people want to explore."


....... one of the great administrative achievements in the world

Neil Macgregor

Macgregor called the organisation of the hajj "one of the great administrative achievements in the world" and said the exhibition would show the logistics behind the pilgrimage, which annually attracts up to four million people to the holy sites of Mecca.

In addition to the rare objects on display, drawn from private and public collections, there will be more prosaic items such as a ticket for a Thomas Cook hajj ship, which used to operate services across the Indian Ocean, a hajj proxy certificate, issued to those who are unable to perform the pilgrimage and have asked friends or family to perform it on their behalf, and pilgrims' diaries.

Venetia Porter, the curator for the exhibition, said: "The exhibition is about a journey and life-changing experience, a journey that has one purpose only – to reach the heart of Islam. We want people to understand what this experience has meant."

Although the preparation and rituals behind the pilgrimage have remained largely unchanged for 1,400 years, Mecca itself is evolving at a dizzying pace.


The exhibition is about a journey and life-changing experience, a journey that has one purpose only – to reach the heart of Islam. We want people to understand what this experience has meant

Venetia Porter

Last month, in Jeddah, Saudi officials unveiled a £16bn development plan for the city, increasing its pilgrim capacity, strengthening its transport links and overhauling its appearance.

The government's commission for tourism and antiquities said revenue from tourism in 2010 would reach $17.6bn, then almost double again by 2015.

A $6bn, 276-mile rail link will connect Mecca with Medina, the home and burial place of Muhammad, while a multi-billion-dollar upgrade will increase the capacity of Medina airport from three million to 12 million passengers a year.

King AbdulAziz International airport in Jeddah will also expand – accommodating 30 million travellers by 2012 to 80 million when finished – and the total number of visitors to Mecca and Medina could rise to almost 17 million by 2025.


Source: Guardian



Jon Stewart dismantles Herman Cain's anti-mosque argument


(Cain's segment starts at about 1:00 and goes to about 4.00)



llinois State Senator Posts Anti-Muslim 'Joke' on Facebook





Haram Mosque expansion to cater to 500,000 more worshippers


Makkah: Two new minarets are being added to Makkah's Haram Mosque as part of a huge expansion project.

The construction of the new King Abdullah Gate is also progressing well.

The two new minarets will form part of the giant gate located on the northern side of the mosque.

There will be a total of 11 minarets once construction work is complete, Gulf News has learnt from sources close to the General Presidency for the Affairs of the Two Holy Mosques.

So far, nearly 25 per cent of the expansion work has been completed. The expansion, which will change the face of the Haram area, was ordered by King Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz in January 2008.

It will facilitate the accommodation of an additional 500,000 worshippers by creating more prayer space in the northern and northwestern parts of the mosque.


With the new expansion that will cover an area of 370,000 square metres, the mosque will have the total capacity to accommodate more than 1.2 million worshippers at a time.

On a tour of the construction site, Gulf News saw that construction work on the basement area was almost complete. With the help of advanced equipment, including giant cranes and forklifts, thousands of workers as well as engineers and technicians were seen working round-the-clock on the project.

According to the sources, one of the new minarets will be ready by the time Ramadan starts on August 1.

The demolition of rocky mountainous areas near the Jabal Al Kaaba zone is under way as part of measures to allow construction work on the new border area of the expanded mosque.

The sources told Gulf News that the expansion project will be a separate entity, and it will be linked to the main structure of the Haram Mosque through four giant bridges. Worshippers can enter the circumambulation area (Mataf) of the Kaaba through the northern courtyards.

Dr Mohammad Bin Nasser Al Khozaim, deputy head of the General Presidency for the Affairs of the Two Holy Mosques, said that construction work on the pattern of the same architectural design of the Haram Mosque is progressing well.

Security monitoring

"More than 300,000 [square metres] will be added to the holy mosque on the northern side," Dr Al Khozaim said.

"There will also be supporting services and high-tech facilities such as those for drinking Zamzam water, the disposal of garbage, security monitoring, sunshade on the courtyards and the like. There will be bridges and escalators to facilitate [the] smooth flow of pilgrims to and from the mosque complex," he said.

Source: Gulf News



Kosher and halal meat could soon disappear from UK shops


The vote in the Dutch parliament to ban the no-stun slaughter of livestock could halt production of kosher and halal meat in the Netherlands, and is likely to inspire similar campaigns in other European countries.


The argument seems straightforward: if we have scientifically proven standards for animal welfare that we believe in, we should stick to those standards. And indeed, it would be a simple argument if the people affected by the ban were a random mix of a wide variety of the population.


The problem with the outright ban is that the only people affected are religious minorities: in the Dutch case, one million Dutch Muslims and 40,000 Jews. This makes it easy to claim that anti-minority sentiments are the hidden reason for the legislation. When far right anti-Islamic parties like Geert Wilders’ Freedom Party strongly support the ban, it’s easy to believe that the motivation may not always be just to protect animal welfare.


Our society is becoming increasingly secular, with the mainstream regarding religious faith as unproven and therefore unsupportable: the atheistic viewpoint dominates. How far do we want this to continue? Do we want to live in a state where people are jailed for their religious beliefs?


So what’s the answer here? How can we protect animal welfare without being seen to persecute religious minorities?


The fine print of yesterday’s Dutch vote may contain the answer to this dilemma: there’s a clause that will allow Jewish and Islamic groups who can prove that animals do not suffer more during ritual killing than in an ordinary slaughterhouse to continue to apply for permits for slaughter.


Most meat production for the Islamic market is already pre-stunned anyway; electrical stunning is used in over 80 per cent of halal slaughter. And it’s been claimed that when it’s done properly, the production of kosher meat does not need to involve any additional suffering for the animal. If those supporting ritual slaughter can demonstrate that their specific methods are humane, then they will be allowed to continue.


How much suffering do animals endure in ordinary slaughterhouses anyway? Watch the hidden video footage taken in British abattoirs last year to find out for yourself.


The ultimate answer here is simple: if you care deeply about animal welfare, become vegetarian. Perhaps that’s something to anticipate in the coming century: legislation to ban all animal slaughter?


Source: The Telegraph

The Inbox


As-salaam alaikum brothers and sisters,

I am attaching a clipping out of my local newspaper. I thought you may like to pass this onto sisters who would be willing to provide their opinion to the editor of this newspaper as she is looking for feedback from the local Muslim women.

Jazak Allah khayr.

Javed Iqbal

Dear  Editor

I have tried researching whether it is permissible to keep a pet cat and to leash him in/up when not home.


Many of the Islamic sites or discussion boards give very contradictory information.


Therefore I would like to make sure it is permissible Islamically.


Any information on this topic would be greatly appreciated.

N. C.


[Editor] Please forward any information to ccn@crescentsofbrisbane.org which we will be happy to pass on to N.C.

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Pointing the finger : Islam and Muslims in the British media



Julian Petley, Robin Ricahrdson



Ever since 9/11, Muslims and Islam have dominated the headlines in the UK. With one leading newspaper describing the Muslim community as a troublesome minority, the media has often been accused of hostility. In this illuminating study, several leading commentators examine the phenomenon of Islamophobia and ask how to tackle it. Charting recent media controversies and including interviews from Muslim journalists, this is a captivating insight into how Muslims are depicted in the West.


Review by Roy Greenslade

France's ban on women wearing the burqa and niqab in public was reported in the Daily Express with the headline, Call for UK burka ban grows after arrests in France.

The "call" amounted to a quote from a UKIP MEP, merely restating that party's long-standing policy, and a mention of a private member's bill tabled by a Tory MP a year ago (which attracted no support).

In other words, the only "call" came from the paper itself. By Express standards when reporting on matters Muslim, this was a minor indiscretion.

Consider these gems: Hogwash: Now the PC brigade bans piggy banks in case they upset Muslims (no they didn't); Christmas is banned: it offends Muslims (no it wasn't); Now Christ is banned (no he wasn't).

These examples are taken from a book that was published this week, Pointing the Finger: Islam and Muslims in the British Media*, edited by Julian Petley and Robin Richardson .

It is a timely and important book, as another author who has written widely on the same subject, Elizabeth Poole, points out.

There are terrific contributions from several media academics and a key chapter - "Keeping your integrity - and your job: voices from the newsroom" - was written by The Guardian columnist Hugh Muir and fellow journalist Laura Smith.

Few topics are as controversial as the media treatment of Muslims, and too few journalists take it seriously. They should, because they are responsible for the stories people retell.

It is press-generated myths about Islam that fuel misunderstandings and feed prejudice, and thus bedevil rational discussion.


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KB's Culinary Corner


CCN's Editor-in-Chief continues with his survival recipes by putting together a healthy dessert that also happens to satisfy a very sweet tooth and best all of required no cooking, heating, boiling or frying.


PS: If any reader can explain why the balls gradually flattened out in the tray our Editor-in-Chief would be most grateful.  


Honey (not quite!) Balls



2 cups (700g) honey
2 cups (340g) tahini (hulled)
½ cup dry roasted almonds (roughly copped)
roasted sesame seeds


1. Mix honey and tahini together in a bowl until it gets to a smooth consistency

2. Stir in the chopped almonds
3. Roll the mixture into little balls, and give them one roll in the roasted sesame seeds

4. Leave them in the fridge to set.

5. Eat whenever you feel the craving for sugar


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, I love going for my early morning jog and then short workout. I tend to perspire a lot during exercise though, does this mean I’m unfit or doing too much?

A: No, not at all. In fact, perspiring is a sign that your body is coping more efficiently with the temperature change.


It has nothing to do with being unfit or doing too much at once.


A fitter woman may get signs of perspiration sooner – although sometimes that perspiration may be milder than that of a woman who is at a lower level of fitness and pushing herself to a high intensity.

Just be sure to keep up your water intake (lots of little sips along the way) to stay hydrated, and allow a few minutes to stretch after every workout.







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


One day Mula Nasruddin's daughter was sitting and watching her father milking the goats.


She suddenly noticed that her father had several strands of white hair sticking out of his keffiyeh.


She looked at her father and inquisitively asked, "Why are some of your hairs white, father?"

Mula Nasruddin replied, "Well, every time that you do something wrong and make me cry or unhappy, one of my hairs turns white."

The little girl thought about this revelation for a while and then said, "Father, how come ALL of grandma's hairs are white?"

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Inwear Fashions

Samosa Pastry


PappaRoti Warrigal Square will be running a Ramadan promotion in conjunction with the holy month of Ramadan from August 1st. We will be offering the Ramadan Combo Specials which is a crispy bun with a Malaysian specialty from $4.99.
Please take this opportunity to break fast with the Ramadan Combo Specials.

Wellbeing Physiotherapy

Junaid Ally Properties



Flight Star
Haj Packages

Bollywood Boutique




Eid Specials

OurWorld Travel

Haj Packages

Computers, laptops, bags, accessories, digital cameras, monitors, notebooks, printers, toners/cartridges, software and much much more. All the best brands at the lowest possible prices. Visit us today www.efxshop.com.au

Islamic Couture

Biltong in Brisbane


AK Surtie


Brisbane Diagnostics


Hummy's Automotive

Prop: Mohammed Shabbir

Love ur Body

Lunch Bag


Nandos Mt Gravatt

Carpet Lifesavers

Hussana Australia

Halal Body Care range


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

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

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

Healthy Life


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

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

The CCN Date Claimer


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

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





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24 July


9th Annual College Fete

724 Blunder Rd. DURACK

3372 1400

from 10.30am

29-31 July


Prof. Tahir-ul-Qadri Lecture Tour

Zaffar Khan

29th: Michael's Oriental Restaurant

30th: Citipointe Church

31st: Islamic College of Brisbane

0400 162 163

See schedule

2 August



Start of Ramadhan

28 August



Lailatul Qadr

30 August



End of Ramadhan

31 August




3 September



Mt Gravatt Showgrounds

0418 722 353

All day

10 September


Gold Coast Family Eid Dinner

Malay/Indonesian Sisters

Runaway Bay Community Centre

0410 727 800


18 September



Orleigh Park, West End

0402 026 786


15 October


Spring Ball

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




what's happening at your Mosque or organization during Ramadan


What's on



Every Saturday Night After Tarahweeh


Al-Mustapha Institute of Brisbane
39 Bushmills Court, Hillcrest

3809 4600

0432 712 546


AZAAN - 7:10 PM
JAMAAT - 7:20 PM

Algester Mosque


Saturday nights

Famous Saturday night BBQ

Algester Mosque




email CCN with the details if you are hosting




email CCN with the details if you are hosting






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 27 July)


IWAQ.Offices, 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



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Useful Links


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

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.icb.qld.edu.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 (ICQ)  

Umbrella body representing various Mosques and Societies in Queensland

Current list of businesses certified halal by ICQ

Islamic Friendship Association of Australia

Blog of the Association's activities

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 & 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

Islamic Society of Bald Hills (ISBH)

Tafseers and Jumma Khubahs uploaded every week.

Muslim community & Qld floods

How the community helped out during the 2010 QLD floods


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