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Sunday, 14 August 2011

 .Newsletter 0353



Ifthaar with IWAQ 


The Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan Charity Foundation of the UAE holds Ramadan iftar dinners across a number of capital cities worldwide.


It continued with its annual tradition in Brisbane by sponsoring a dinner last Friday under the able stewardship of the Islamic Womens' Association of Queensland (IWAQ).


In addition to families of the local Muslim community there were a number of political, governmental and religious representatives who attended.


PhD scholar, Ms Nada Ibrahim, soldiered on valiantly with a Ramadan 101 lesson to the uninitiated as the converted gainfully employed themselves with addressing the waves of delicious food that Michael's Oriental Restaurant had prepared for the occasion.


A number of speakers took to the podium to express their appreciation for being invited, to congratulate IWAQ on a well-organized event and to offer their best wishes to the Muslim community over Ramadan and Eid.   


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The CCN Crossword Corner  


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Queensland Multicultural Awards  


The ICoB Seniors take on The Voters Challenge  

By Riffat Gurdezi


On the afternoon of Wednesday 10 August the democracy workshop team; led by Nora Amath and Riffat Gurdezi headed to the Islamic College of Brisbane, Karrawatha to enlighten the senior students on the parliamentary and electoral processes.


Enlightened perhaps Nora and I were however, with the sheer intelligence, creativity and already developed, deep sense of social conscience of the 26 odd year 11 and 12 students.


From advocating for policies of anti-war legislation to the implementation of comprehensive economic policies to counter depression measures or even enhancing national broadband to communicate with our Asian counterparts, the senior the students seemed to have solutions for all of the world’s problems.


The future Presidents and Prime Ministers, the team name coined by a group of five very inspiring young girls; apt (insha'Allah) for what is to come from these fine individuals perhaps!

The future Presidents and Prime Ministers strategising policies




William Forsyth emphatically asserting his team’s, A Good Moustache, qualities they would look for in a good leader and policies they felt were necessary to advocate for

MCF heeds call to help a family in need  


 Petina Allen and son Ethan 8rys at home in Rochedale South.

Picture: Michael Pratt Source: Quest Newspapers

A Rochedale mum had been left shattered after thieves stole money intended for her seriously disabled son.

Petina Allen had been saving up so she could take time off in September when her nine-year-old son, Ethan, was due to go to hospital for a kidney transplant.

The mother of one had also set the cash aside so she could buy Ethan, who is physically and intellectually disabled, a touchscreen computer.

Earlier this month her home was broken into and the cash was stolen along with precious jewellery.

Her mother, Shirley Winston, said the incident had left her daughter distraught.

"The very day after they were broken into he (Ethan) got peritonitis and was taken to the hospital," Ms Winston explained.

"So she had all this worry plus being broken into. She can't even think straight."

Ethan suffers from Vacterl Syndrome, which is characterised by severe birth defects. And brain damage from surgical complications when he was 16 months old has left him visually impaired.

Ms Winston said Ethan's kidney was failing and, although his dad was a match, the transplant might not be a success.

"Ethan has had 39 operations in his short years," she said. "Because he's had so many blood transfusions, we're not sure the transplant will work."

Ms Winston said she hoped someone in the community would help. "We would dearly love for him to have a touchscreen computer, one he could take to hospital," she said.


The call went out through the Quest newspaper and "the community rallied to help Ethan Allen and his family, contacting both the newspaper and Ms Allen with kind words of support and offers of assistance."

Yusuf Khatree from the Muslim Charitable Foundation was so moved by the story he donated $1,100 on behalf of his organisation.


Source: Quest Brisbane South 11 August




Muslims Aiding the Famine Relief  


The Crisis in the Horn of Africa (particularly in Somalia) has now officially been classified a famine and the most severe food crisis in the world today.


Stories and reports from the situation on the ground are so dire - no footage or description can capture the real desperation of the peoples need for aid.


Millions are at risk and thousands attempt to flee mass malnourishment and a relentless dehydration in addition to their poverty, recurring civil wars and harsh climactic conditions.


What we’ve done so far with your Help

1 Muslim Aid Australia has distributed $46,450, which will feed 5,927 starving people for up to 2 weeks throughout 6 major distribution centres along the border of Somalia and Kenya.

2.Muslim Aid Australia has distributed another $110,129.00 to Somalia to feed 18,600 starving refugees for a month. The recipients are currently in refugee camps across Mogadishu, K50, Baidoa, Kurtunwarey, Barawe, and Lafole.

3.Muslim Aid Australia has partnered with ABW Foods to send 4 containers of food to Kenya worth approximately $200,000 to victims of the drought.


In the spirit of Ramadan and humanity, we encourage everyone to band together with friends and family to consider the plight of those dying of starvation in the Horn of Africa and other parts of the world. Our collective generosity can provide the sustenance and support needed to save many lives.


Together we can make a difference. HELP alleviate the suffering of those affected in the Horn of Africa!


To donate please visit www.muslimaid.org.au or call 1800100786

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Muslim Scientists and Scholars


Muslim civilisation stretched from southern Spain as far as China. From the 7th century onwards, scholars of many faiths built on the ancient knowledge of the Egyptians, Greeks and Romans, making breakthroughs that paved the way for the Renaissance.


Muslim scientists and scholars have contributed immensely to human knowledge especially in the period between 8th and 14th century CE. The discoveries made by men and women in Muslim civilisation have left their mark on the way we live today.


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


CCN attempts to uncover those men and women who have had a huge but hidden impact on the modern world. This is 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 al-Hasan Ali ibn al-Husayn ibn Ali al-Mas'udi (896-956 C.E.)

Abul Hasan Ali Ibn Husain Ibn Ali AL-Masu'di was a descendant of Abdallah Ibn Masu'd, a companion of the Holy Prophet (peace be upon him). An expert geographer, a physicist and historian, Masu'di was born in the last decade of the 9th century A.D., his exact date of birth being unknown. He was a Mutazilite Arab, who explored distant lands and died at Cairo, in 957 A.D.


He traveled to Fars in 915 A.D. and, after staying for one year in Istikhar, he proceeded via Baghdad to India, where he visited Multan and Mansoora before returning to Fars. From there he traveled to Kirman and then again to India. Mansoora in those days was a city of great renown and was the capital of the Muslim state of Sind. Around it, there were many settlements/townships of new converts to Islam. In 918 A.D., Masu'di traveled to Gujrat, where more than 10,000 Arab Muslims had settled in the sea-port of Chamoor. He also traveled to Deccan, Ceylon, Indo-China and China, and proceeded via Madagascar, Zanjibar and Oman to Basra.


At Basra he completed his book Muruj-al-Zahab, in which he has described in a most absorbing manner his experience of various countries, peoples and climates. He gives accounts of his personal contacts with the Jews, Iranians, Indians and Christians. From Basra he moved to Syria and from there to Cairo, where he wrote his second extensive book Muruj al-Zaman in thirty volumes.


In this book he has described in detail the geography and history of the countries that he had visited. His first book was completed in 947 A.D. He also prepared a supplement, called Kitab al-Ausat, in which he has compiled historical events chronologically. In 957 A.D., the year of his death, he completed his last book Kitab al-Tanbih wa al-Ishraf, in which he has given a summary of his earlier book as well as an errata.


Masu'di is referred to as the Herodotus and Pliny of the Arabs. By presenting a critical account of historical events, he initiated a change in the art of historical writing, introducing the elements of analysis, reflection and criticism, which was later on further improved by Ibn Khaldun. In particular, in Al-Tanbeeh he makes a systematic study of history against a perspective of geography, sociology, anthropology and ecology. Masu'di had a deep insight into the causes of rise and fall of nations.


With his scientific and analytical approach he has given an account of the causes of the earthquake of 955 A.D., as well as the discussions of the water of the Red Sea and other problems in the earth sciences. He is the first author to make mention of windmills, which were invented by the Muslims of Sijistan.


Masu'di also made important contributions to music and other fields of science. In his book Muruj al-Zahab he provides important information on early Arab music as well as music of other countries.


His book Muruj al-Zahab wa al-Ma'adin al-Jawahir (Meadows of Gold and Mines of Precious Stones) has been held as 'remarkable' because of the 'catholicity of its author, who neglected no source of information and of his truly scientific curiosity'. As mentioned above, it was followed by his treatise Muruj al-Zaman. In addition to writing a supplement Kitab al-Ausat, he completed Kitab al-Tanbih wa al-Ishraf towards the end of his career. It is, however, unfortunate that, out of his 34 books as mentioned by himself in Al-Tanbih, only three have survived, in addition to Al-Tanbih itself.


Some doubts have been expressed about some claims related to his extensive traveling e.g., up to China and Madagascar, but the correct situation cannot be assessed due to the loss of his several books. Whatever he has recorded was with a scientific approach and constituted an important contribution to geography, history and earth sciences. It is interesting to note that he was one of the early scientists who propounded several aspects of evolution viz., from minerals to plant, plant to animal and animal to man. His researches and views extensively influenced the sciences of historiography, geography and earth sciences for several countries.


Source: Legacy of Islam - Muslim Heroes and Personalities

Around the Muslim World with CCN


Edinburgh Festival 2011: Imran Yusuf: Muslim who has faith in this country

Imran Yusuf’s optimism makes him the best comic in town, finds Dominic Cavendish when he talks to him at Edinburgh Festival




UK: Spending an hour in the company of Imran Yusuf – whether on stage or in person – can achieve the near-impossible in these dark days of riots, double-dip recessions, terrorism and global unrest: it can make you feel happy, positive, and ready to face the future.

Yusuf is one of the best things to have happened to British comedy in ages. Fast-talking and funny, this skinny London geezer bathes whoever he’s addressing in a feelgood aura without any recourse to simple-minded escapism. He may leaven his stand-up with cheesy chat-up lines, confessions about his disastrous love-life and the odd dinosaur impression, but he doesn’t stray far from the main topic at hand – being Muslim in Britain today, and why, for all the pessimism, he thinks we’re going to be OK.


For me, growing up as a Muslim in Britain has been a positive experience. Most of my friends aren’t Muslims, they have all kinds of faiths and backgrounds.

Born in Kenya to parents of Asian descent but raised in Hackney Downs after the family fled Uganda, Yusuf, 31, was such a breath of fresh air at the white-dominated Fringe last year that he went from being an unknown, performing for free in a tiny venue, to one of the hottest tickets in town – with queues round the block and even extra volunteers drafted in to cope with demand.

In swift succession, he was nominated for Best Newcomer at the Edinburgh Comedy Awards, stormed an appearance on Michael McIntyre’s Roadshow and bagged a BBC3 sketch-show pilot, so all eyes will be on his follow-up show this year, Bring the Thunder. It promises to develop the themes of last year’s set – and in particular tackle David Cameron’s contentious and dispiriting line that multiculturalism in the UK has failed.

“It does feel like I’ve been tarred with this brush,” he says. “My perceived value is that I come from a group of people who aren’t very nice, that’s the way it can feel sometimes. But at the end of the day, pointing fingers and trying to blame people is never going to be the best thing. For me, growing up as a Muslim in Britain has been a positive experience. Most of my friends aren’t Muslims, they have all kinds of faiths and backgrounds.”


That diversity is reflected in the make-up of his audiences: he attracts, he says, “the lightest of the light to the darkest of the dark, the youngest of the young to the oldest of the old – I get girls in hijabs and guys with tattoos all over them.”



And I want to tell people that that kind of change is possible for them, too. You shouldn’t be defeatist. I know it sounds schmaltzy and American, but life is an amazing opportunity. It’s how you choose to look at things that counts.

Has he encountered hostility on the circuit? For sure, he answers: “Once in a blue moon, by the time I’ve got on-stage someone has shouted 'suicide bomber’ or 'check what’s in his shoes’, so you have to address that perception. But I’ve also had people come up and tell me how they love what I’m doing and that I’m helping to defuse some of the tension that exists. There’s a lot of hate out there and a feeling that 'only what looks and sounds like me is for me’. That’s why I want my comedy to have a broad appeal.”

Having come adrift in a career in the video games industry during his twenties, Yusuf’s dedication to his newly discovered vocation is inspiring. He wasn’t even aware of stand-up in his teens and only made a serious attempt to be a comic in 2007.

“I’ve turned my life around,” he says, radiating can-do energy. “A few years ago, I was broke and things were hopeless. When I first came to Edinburgh in 2008, I remember thinking, 'I don’t belong here – I’m never going to be one of these big festival comedians.’ I quite can’t believe where I am now.

“And I want to tell people that that kind of change is possible for them, too. You shouldn’t be defeatist. I know it sounds schmaltzy and American, but life is an amazing opportunity. It’s how you choose to look at things that counts.”

Source: Telegraph






Religious violence, abuse growing - study

RELIGIOUS-linked violence and abuse rose around the world between 2006 and 2009, with Christians and Muslims the most common targets, according to a private US study released yesterday.

"Over the three-year period studied, incidents of either government or social harassment were reported against Christians in 130 countries (66 per cent) and against Muslims in 117 countries (59 per cent)," said the Pew Research Center's Forum on Religion and Public Life study.

In 2009, governments in 101 nations, more than half the globe, used at least some measure of force against religious groups. A year earlier only 91 nations had done so, the report said.

Among the 25 most populous nations home to 75 per cent of the global population, restrictions on religion increased substantially in eight countries, China, Egypt, France, Nigeria, Russia, Thailand and Vietnam, and did not fall significantly in any.

As of 2009, more than 2.2 billion people, or nearly a third of the world's population of 6.9 billion, lived in countries where religious restrictions had risen substantially since 2006, the study said.

In regional terms, the Middle East and North Africa had the highest proportion of countries in which government-imposed restrictions hampered people's freedom to practice their faith.

Egypt, under now-deposed leader Hosni Mubarak, stood out, earning itself a ranking in the top five per cent of all countries in 2009 for government-imposed restrictions and social hostilities involving religion.

Five of the 10 countries in the world that saw a substantial increase in religion-related social hostilities were in Europe, Britain, Bulgaria, Denmark, Russia and Sweden.

Religious-linked violence resulted in individuals being killed, physically abused, imprisoned, detained or displaced from their homes, and in damage to personal or religious properties, the study said.
Source: Courier Mail


This research comes just weeks after social hostilities specifically targeted at Islam and Muslim immigration in Europe culminated in the fatal terrorist attacks in Norway. The attacks have brought to the fore debates about a Europe-wide trend of rising Islamophobia, manifested in issues such as the minaret ban in Switzerland, the niqab bans in France and Belgium as well as the rise of far right organisations across Europe.




The report is available to read here.



The cold war on British Muslims

Conservative think-tanks help fuel a culture of fear, allowing far-right groups to prosper.


UK: In justification of his attacks in Norway, killing more than seventy civilians, mostly teenagers, Anders Breivik issued a manifesto: 2083 A European Declaration of Independence.


It has been widely reported that he cited a long list of Islamophobic and "counterjihad" writers such as the Americans Robert Spencer, Daniel Pipes, Pamela Geller and Frank Gaffney of the Center for Security Policy - and the Egyptian-born, Swiss-based Bat Ye'or who has popularised the concept of "Eurabia" - the supposedly secret conspiracy for the Islamic takeover of Europe.


Less prominent, but also cited, was a UK think-tank that is close to the UK government and credited with influencing UK anti-terrorist policy.


Policy Exchange is one of two conservative think-tanks we examine in our new Spinwatch report [PDF], that attempts to understand the current climate of fear being whipped up against Muslims in Britain - and indeed across Europe and the US. 






British Actress Inspired by Prophet's (peace be upon him) Life  


Myriam Francois-Cerrah Embraces Islam


I embraced Islam after graduating from Cambridge. Prior to that I was a skeptical Catholic; a believer in God but with a mistrust of organized religion.

The Qur’an was pivotal for me. I first tried to approach it in anger, as part of an attempt to prove my Muslim friend wrong. Later I began reading it with a more open mind.

The opening of Al Fatiha, with its address to the whole of mankind, psychologically stopped me in my tracks. It spoke of previous scriptures in a way which I both recognized, but also differed. It clarified many of the doubts I had about Christianity. It made me an adult as I suddenly realized that my destiny and my actions had consequences for which I alone would now be held responsible.

In a world governed by relativism, it outlined objective moral truths and the foundation of morality. As someone who’d always had a keen interest in philosophy, the Qur’an felt like the culmination of all of this philosophical cogitation. It combined Kant, Hume, Sartre and Aristotle. It somehow managed to address and answer the deep philosophical questions posed over centuries of human existence and answer its most fundamental one, ‘why are we here?’






The Arab Spring and engaging with ‘Islamists’


The Arab Spring which began in Tunisia in December 2010 and has since swept across the region, is taking a turn towards the aspirations of the many thousands that have filled the public squares with elections anticipated this autumn in Egypt and Tunisia.

The Economist last week published an article reflecting on ‘Islamists’ in the Arab Spring exploring the issue of the role ‘Islamists’ may come to play in the future of those Arab states that have taken steps towards a transition to democracy.


From the Economist:

“In the wake of revolution, Islamist movements have been gaining ground. Political parties under the banner of Islam may well emerge after genuine elections later this year as the biggest in rejuvenated Tunisian and Egyptian parliaments. This makes many secular liberals across the Arab world nervous lest the Islamists hijack the revolutions, turning them into vehicles for repressive and intolerant regimes.

“Such fears are understandable…but they should not get in the way of democracy. Provided Islamists say they accept the rules of the peaceful democratic game, as the mainstream ones now do, they must be given their chance to take up the reins of power, if that is what people say they want at the ballot box. The Arab world has tried suppression…and it did not work.”

Moreover, the article acknowledges the diversity of ‘Islamists’ arguing that

“The term Islamist covers a wide spectrum. The Salafists are a small minority… Mainstream Islamists, the modernising majority, now insist that they would uphold women’s rights, that they would not force women to wear the veil, that they would not ban alcohol, that they would respect ethnic and religious minorities (especially Egypt’s millions of edgy Copts) and that they would not universally impose sharia law. These more pragmatic sorts argue that they deserve the chance to prove that they are sincere in espousing pluralistic politics. Encouraging secular parties to gang up against them or having them banned altogether… is more likely to push Islamists underground.”

Given the very real prospect that ‘Islamic political movements’ will form a part of the democratic make up of Arab states, whether through political parties or civil society, how the west will react is not an academic question. The pre-empting of the FIS electoral victory in Algeria in 1991 and the US and EU reaction to Hamas’s victory in the Gaza elections of 2006 are potent reminders of the double-edged sword free and fair elections can be in the Middle East.





US Islamic hip-hop act on 'diplomatic mission' in Indonesia


INDONESIA: American Islamic hip-hop group Native Deen are touring Indonesia on a "diplomatic mission", to help spread tolerance and faith through music.

As the US scales down its presence in Iraq, Washington is keen to start focusing on "soft" power, so that it can increase its influence in Muslim-dominated countries.

Indonesia is a key ally of the US, and is the world's most populous Muslim nation.

Watch the video.

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Dear Editor

Many thanks for adding me to your newsletter mailing list.


It is a great source of information (and mirth!).


(With reference to your write up on the tree planting at Kuraby) I did mention to Heather from B4C that if we held elections yearly, we would have enough candidate volunteers to get the whole of Brisbane replanted in no time.

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Ramadhan mubarak

We are now in Morocco but not before being deported out of Israel.


We have a blog entry on it.


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KB's Culinary Corner


KB says: Back from an uplifting but tiring umrah I felt a need to make an energy drink that would see me through the next few days of Ramadan. Enlisting the help of Nanima I concocted a drink that would not only taste good at 4.30 in the morning but be nutritious and sustaining at the same time.  


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For 2 glasses:

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Blend into a smooth consistency



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Kareema's Keep Fit Column


Q: Dear Kareema, I’ve been suffering with lower back problems recently and my doctor advised me to focus on strengthening my core muscles. I know that sit-ups will help, but need your advice on other exercises as my job requires me to sit at a desk most of the day with only short breaks in between.

A: This is common in desk workers. Focus on your posture while sitting down – be sure to sit up straight (lengthening your spine) and rolling your shoulders back and down.


When it comes to exercise, you need to target the muscles through your stomach and back. Try to put together a weights program. This will strengthen all your major muscle groups (a Bodypump class would be good for you to try as well: 2-3 times a week with a rest day in-between).

If you can’t get to the gym, invest in some hand-weights and set yourself up at home. Include your body-weight exercises like push-ups, sit-ups, dips and planks/hovers daily for faster results and don’t forget your stretching for improved flexibility as well.

The more muscle your body has, the more energy you burn – even when you're sitting down (which means while you’re working) – this is an added bonus!






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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.

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Mula Nasruddin went to the local carpet dealer and ordered a a large amount of goods totaling a great deal of money for his store.


The carpet dealer noticed that Mula Nasruddin's previous bill hadn’t been paid, so he told Mula Nasruddin, “We can’t ship your new order until you pay for the last one.”


Mula Nasruddin replied, “Please cancel the order. I can’t wait that long.” 

The CCN Food for Thought  


An old man spent the entire autumn working his garden. The flowers had blossomed in the spring – and he noticed a few dandelions appearing, which he hadn’t planted.

The old man tore them up. But the pollen had already spread and others began to grow. He tried to find a weed killer which only killed dandelions. A specialist told him any type of poison would end up killing all the other flowers. In despair, he went to ask a gardener for help.

- It is like a marriage – said the gardener. – Along with the good things, a few little inconveniences always appear.

- What can I do? – insisted the old man.

- Learn how to love them . Although they are flowers you did not count on, they are still part of the garden.

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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.


Junaid Ally Properties







Samoosa Pastry


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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28 August



Lailatul Qadr

30 August



End of Ramadhan

31 August




3 September



Mt Gravatt Showgrounds

0418 722 353

All day

25 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

6 May 2012


International Food Festival

Islamic Society of Gold Coast

Gold Coast Mosque



All Day




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


7:00 Azaan
7:10 Isha followed by 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

after Taraweeh


Saturday night BBQ

Algester Mosque



Daily Taraweh Prayers

Islamic College of Brisbane

45 Acacia Rd, Karawatha

0421 342 108


Taraweeh Prayers

Esha starts at 7.15pm

and taraweeh at 7.30pm

AMYN Centre

16/157 North Road,




AMYN Centre

16/157 North Road,



13 August

Youth Spiritual Night

Brothers and sisters welcome

Kuraby Mosque




email CCN with the deails if you are hosting



Taraweeh Prayers

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 28 September)


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  7 August 2011

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

The CCN Young Muslim Writers Award


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