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


Sunday, 8 April 2012

 Newsletter 0387




Ugly scenes erupted between a group of burqa-clad protesters and a Muslim man outside NSW State Parliament in Sydney during the week.

A group of men dressed in the veiled female garb as a publicity stunt to try and get the outfit banned.

Members of the group Faceless ventured into a Sydney CBD courthouse, pub and bank without drawing much reaction, but faced a stronger backlash later outside parliament.

"It's got no place in Australia — it's a front to a civilised country like Australia," Faceless member Nicholas Folkes said of the burqa.

Nine News filmed a man outraged by the protesters, shouting in their faces and pulling off their veils.

"That's what I think of you," the man said after spitting on the ground.




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A new project named MasterChef Meets the Streets (MMS) is being run to build cultural understandings amongst high school students.


It is a program where members of the community from different cultures teach high school students a traditional ethnic dish, and then share this with homeless members of the community in Brisbane.

MMS needs the help of cultural elders/teachers, to provide the recipe for of their own ethnic dish and teach students how to make it at their school one day between the 23rd of April and the 4th of May.

Youth Without Borders will organise the required ingredients and ask that the recipe taught be included in a book for the students and others.


Once prepared the dishes will be donated to homeless aid organisations as meals for their clients.


For those who are interested in being involved, email Youth Without Borders at just_lucille@hotmail.com or call YWB COO John Piesse on 0477031102.


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NSW: Labor MLC Shaoquett Moselmane delivered an adjournment speech highlighting the service to the community given by ethnic community media.

"It's time that we recognised and respected these community-builders for their journalistic professionalism and the hard work and commitment to keeping the community informed on national and international affairs," Mr Moselmane said.

"Although ethnic media is alive and well, many of the ethnic newspapers or media generally struggle financially."

Mr Moselmane said that there needs to be a means of Government support to assist ethnic community media to survive a challenging environment.

"Government should find means to support the service ethnic community media provides," he said.

"Such support, however, must be on a no strings attached basis so as to maintain the integrity of our 'Third Estate'."

Mr Moselmane also said that the hard work of journalists at these outlets is under-recognised.

"I understand, respect and value ethnic community media journalists and producers and all who are involved in producing their radio programs, their press reports or their online services," he said.

"Those who established ethnic media in this country are true pioneers and they deserve recognition."

Mr Moselmane also noted that has commenced work on establishing an annual ethnic community awards ceremony to celebrate their contribution to Australian society.


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What happens when young, educated, Australian-born girls are forced into unwanted marriages - often with relatives overseas?

Samia was just seventeen when her father announced he was taking her on a holiday overseas. But this was a holiday with a difference. Back in the family's village in rural Pakistan, Samia watched in horror as the local Imam walked in ready to conduct her marriage to her first cousin - without her consent. With pressure from her extended family, she was given papers to sign and threatened.

Returning to Australia, Samia sought help from local religious authorities in Sydney - but they ignored her and told her to accept the marriage.

For the first time young women, the victims of forced marriages, are speaking out - without disguise and despite the risks of backlash from their communities. Are these women entitled to the same protection as other Australian girls?

The Government thinks so; in fact they are so concerned they are introducing criminal legislation to ban forced marriage. However, outspoken members of Australian migrant communities say it is their responsibility to stop the practice and the men who enforce it.

It's not only women who experience force or coercion to push them into marriage. It happens to men too, often with disastrous consequences. Reporter Sarah Ferguson tells the story of one young woman who agrees to marry a man chosen by her family. What she doesn't know until after the marriage is that he married her under duress. The relationship then descends into a spiral of alcohol and violence.

Source: ABC


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NSW: Labor MLC Shaoquett Moselmane welcomed the addition of 6,000 new Muslim burial plots to Sydney's Rookwood Necropolis, but criticised the fact that it was only done in the face of a six month shortage.

"I have been campaigning for some time to have the amount of burial space available to the Muslim and other communities increased, and it's good to finally see some action on this," he said.

Mr Moselmane said that while the Islamic community in NSW would welcome this increase, it did not come soon enough.

"Soon after the last election, I highlighted the need for the new Government to continue the groundwork made by the previous Labor Government," he said.

"It's a shame that this Government only acted to address this issue when they were facing a shortage of Muslim burial plots within the next six months."

"I hope that other communities don't have to wait this long in the future."

Mr Moselmane highlighted his speech in the Legislative Council on 25 May 2011 where he called on the NSW Government to act immediately on the shortage of burial sites for other faiths.

" I call on the relevant Minister to progress the work of the former Minister for Lands, the Hon. Tony Kelly, in addressing the shortage of burial grounds for many minority ethnic and religious groups.

This problem is most prominent in the Muslim, Buddhist, Vietnamese, Chinese, Coptic, Assyrian and other communities, to name a few."


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The Australian Multicultural Foundation recently published a guide entitled ‘Understanding Media: A Guide for Imams Working in the Community', which was developed from the Imams Media training workshops conducted in 2011.

The publication contains practical advice on how to deal with media, and also how to proactively engage media to give your community organisation a positive profile.

AMD's Executive Director, Dr B. (Hass) Dellal said that he hoped this would be beneficial to the Imams and their work with media.


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Filmed in Sydney and Melbourne last weekend by Islam TV



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By Waka Su 

As the first term of the school year has just finished, not only are teachers having a well deserve break, but one school is celebrating a little more than others.


Wisdom College, Algester, only opened its doors to students at the beginning of this year and for those involved in the school, it was a long combined sigh of relief.


After many years of planning and waiting for government approvals, there was an unexpected urgency as the block of land had approximately 4 weeks to be up and running as a functioning school before the new school year commenced.

Currently the school caters for Prep to Year 7, but it started small, with 32 eager students and 3 more eager teachers, but enrolments have been increasing. For the most, people believe it is a Turkish or Islamic school and only Turkish or Muslims attend the school, in actual fact the school is a non-denominational private college with children from a variety of backgrounds and religions.




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(l to r) Ms Janeth Deen, Mr Umesh Chandra and Mr Mark

The container for Fiji has now arrived and will be available for anyone who wishes to send goods to Fiji. Kitchenware, clean linen or non perishable food items will be welcome.

The container is situated at 39 Portal St, Darra and will be there until 16th April. It will leave the shipping terminal for Fiji on 21st April and InshAllah, will arrive in Lautoka on 30th April.

Ms Janeth Deen will be filling the container over the long week end with goods from the welfare shop. Muslims who have donated goods to the shop in the past can be well assured that they have helped the needy.


Nothing has been wasted, especially when there has been so many natural disasters, both at home and abroad.







The people who receive the goods will be flood victims, irrespective of religion or race. Fiji has suffered from two floods, very close to each other and the people need whatever help we can give.

Most Indian organisations are taking up monetary donations, but not many containers are being sent from Brisbane.


Every donation will be gladly received by those affected by the floods.


Packing the container (l to r)

Ms Usha Chandra and Ms Janeth Deen



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Dr Hamdy Dei 

Muslims Making a Difference


The 2nd Annual AMYN Brisbane Islamic Convention aims to examine how Muslims can continue century old tradition of making a difference in all walks of life.


With international (USA and South Africa) and local speakers, the convention explores ways to continue healthy and beneficial contributions which Muslims can make to face the modern challenges that our youth and adults alike face today – spiritual, social and religious.


The Convention, to be held this Saturday 14th April, from 1pm to 5:30pm, will have seminars, panel discussions, video presentations, few Islamic stalls, competitions for audience participation and prizes including four of the 4th generation iPods and iPod Touch!

For more information about the speakers, as well as the competition, refer to the following website: http://www.AMYNweb.com/2012-islamic-convention/brisbane/. The video trailer can be seen at http://youtu.be/KjaJYXgMTKE.


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"Number One For Me" is a single from Maher's Zain's new album "Forgive Me" which had a worldwide release on the 2nd of April.



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Mercy Mission - Twins of  Faith Conference

"In Pursuit of His Pleasure"


The Twins of Faith: Annual Australian Islamic Conference (AAIC) is one of Mercy Mission Australia’s many projects. AAIC draws a large audience attracted by high-profile lectures, panel discussions, workshops and youth programs. The conference includes a “bazaar” area that contains a variety of stalls showcasing business and service organisations that are seeking to raise awareness amongst the Australian Muslim community.


Highlights of the conference will be aired in Islam TV after Ramadhan.



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There are over 1.6 billion Muslims in the world today, making up approximately 23% of the world's population, or more than one-fifth of mankind.


The Muslim500 publication is part of an annual series that provides a window into the movers and shakers of the Muslim world. It gives valuable insight into the different ways that Muslims impact the world, and also shows the diversity of how people are living as Muslims today.

The 2011 Muslim500 lists the world's most influential Muslims who have impacted on their community, or on behalf of their community. Influence is: any person who has the power (be it cultural, ideological, financial, political or otherwise) to make a change that will have a significant impact on the Muslim World. The impact can be either positive or negative. The influence can be of a religious scholar directly addressing Muslims and influencing their beliefs, ideas and behaviour, or it can be of a ruler shaping the socio-economic factors within which people live their lives, or of artists forming popular culture.

Over the coming weeks, CCN will publish a personality selected from the list:


No. 15

Hodjaefendi Fethullah Gülen
Turkish Muslim Preacher


Fethullah Gülen is a preacher, thinker and educator, who having assumed the leadership of the Nurcu religious movement—started by Said Nursî (1878-1960 CE)—has gone on to become a global phenomenon in his own right. His popularity and authority in Turkey has been the driving force of the movement that is widely thought to have brought about the social and, eventually, political changes of which politician Recep Tayyip Erdogan has been the ultimate heir—that is the enfranchisement of Muslim politics in Turkey. Despite his peaceful means of preaching and community organization, Gülen is hated by the secularist establishment in Turkey and has been living in the US since 1999.


Humanitarian Reformer
Gülen and his followers have devoted considerable energy in recent years on interreligious dialogue with tens of interfaith centers in Europe and the US being opened to foster better relations between faiths. Gülen is also the head of a series of socially oriented philanthropic efforts. His teaching emphasizes that there are no material shortages in the world, and that there is no justification for starvation.

Gülen has established many charities to distribute wealth to the needy.

Catalyst for Educational Change

When Gülen began preaching in Izmir—in his youth—a network of pupils began to unite around his teachings—as a ‘social movement’ inspired by Gülen’s example. This movement has culminated in the development of around 300 schools in Turkey and hundreds more worldwide. Graduates from these private schools around the world are coached in ethics and philosophy that are inspired by Gülen’s teachings, and continue to take top honours in university placement tests.

Influence in the Media
The Gülen movement has opened hospitals and charities, a TV and radio station, as well as a bank—Asya Finans—that operates on Islamic principles. Gülen also has two major mass-circulation daily Turkish newspapers that are affiliated with his movement: ‘Zaman’ and the English-language ‘Today’s Zaman’. The Gülen network has also initiated a Journalists and Writers Foundation and a Teachers Foundation—providing an umbrella organization for a host of dialogue groups and charitable organizations.

Gülen is one of the most important thinkers and writers from Turkey, and among the most effective activists in twentieth-century Turkey. The Gülen movement is one of the best connected and therefore one of the most powerful networks competing to
influence Muslims around the globe, making it likely to have an enduring impact on the modernization of Islam and its engagement with Western ideas. Belgium’s Catholic University of Leuven established a ‘Fethullah Gulen Chair’ (for Intellectual Studies). In 2008, Gülen topped the list of “The World’s Top 20 Public Intellectuals” by the magazines Foreign Policy and Prospect.



Poverty is not only the lack of money, for it can assume
the form of a lack of knowledge, thought, and talent. In
this respect, wealthy people who lack knowledge, thought, and talent can be considered poor.” 


Fethullah Gülen


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Dear Editor

I just wanted to update my details for your mailing list. I'm about to abandon this email account but don't want to miss out on my weekly dose of CCN.

Jazakallah Khair for all your wonderful work! It is much appreciated and valued.


Dear Editor

I would like to take this opportunity to thank your readers who assisted with my Stretton State election campaign. It was a very enjoyable and humbling experience, not least for the fact that so many people gave their time and energy in so many ways to assist me. I didn't win, but achieved one of the highest percentages for any candidate outside the two main parties.

One of the most pleasing aspects of the campaign was having reinforced the view that while Stretton is the most diverse electorate in Queensland it is also the most accepting. This was underlined by the diverse range of volunteers on election day, people associated with the Muslim, Christian, Jewish, Buddhist, Asian, Tamil, English, New Zealand, American, South African communities to name but some.

Kind Regards

David Forde
Independent Candidate for Stretton 

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Jewel thief dressed up in burka to trick his way into shop

UK: A jewel thief dressed up in a burka to trick his way into a shop, a court has heard.

The raider posed as a woman in the traditional garment to gain access to the jeweller's in Burnley, Lancashire.

Three masked men wielding a single-barrel shotgun, a Samurai sword and an axe then followed the "customer" into the shop where they robbed up to £30,000 (€36,0000) of jewellery.

Four men were today jailed at Preston Crown Court for admitting conspiracy to rob the shop and two homes in Burnley and Bolton.

One of the gang was an Olympic wrestling hopeful who "had thrown it all away" as he plotted the robberies which took place between February and May 2011.

Rais Atcha, 20, of Burwell Close, Bolton, had trained at the sport since the age of four and had represented his country, with "high hopes" of making the British team for London 2012.




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Teaching Arabic and Quran through Braille system
Kolkata: Manirul Islam is blind but he can read Arabic and Quran. He can even write.


He has completed reading and writing 30th Para (chapter) of Holy Quran.


A madrasa has brought light into the life of this boy from Rampurhat village of Birbhum district of West Bengal.


Set up in 2009, the blind school of Jamia Islamia Madinatul Uloom in Burdwan district has now 11 blind students who are being taught reading and writing Arabic and Quran besides Urdu through the Braille system.

This is the first madrasa in West Bengal which is using Braille to teach Arabic, Quran and Urdu and thus bringing light in the life of blind Muslim boys who are eager to learn Quran and Arabic.


The blind school is located inside the premises of Jamia Islamia Madinatul Uloom in Memari area of Burdwan. The school is run by Al-Madina Market Education & Welfare Society, which also runs the Jamia.




Source: TwoCircles.net


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Parliament OKs elective Quran course in schools amidst scuffles

Istanbul: Turkish Parliament has approved an article of a government-sponsored bill that aims to amend the country's educational system, paving the way for an elective course on the Quran and the life of the Prophet Muhammad in schools, amidst heated debates between the opposition and the government.

Debates over Article 9 of the compulsory education bill, seeking to increase the duration of compulsory education from eight years to 12, started on Thursday.


The ruling Justice and Development Party's (AK Party) proposed article was approved amidst heated debates between the ruling and main opposition party. The proposal was approved by 306 out of 391 deputies.

According to the approved article, an elective course on the Islamic holy book the Quran and the life of the Prophet Muhammad will be available at middle schools and high schools.

The Nationalist Movement Party (MHP), which had previously presented a proposal similar to the AK Party's proposal, supported the ruling party during discussions of the proposed article. However, the article caused outrage among the main opposition party.

During discussions, Republican People's Party (CHP) parliamentary group Chairman Muharrem İnce, who delivered a speech in Parliament, accused the AK Party of manipulating religion for political gains. He argued that the AK Party is seeking to gain votes by using religion in politics.

Another CHP deputy chairman, Engin Altay, said the AK Party and the MHP have violated the Constitution. “You are committing a crime against the constitution today,” he said addressing deputies from the two parties.

CHP Sivas deputy Malik Ejder Özdemir said the proposal runs contrary to the principle of secularism mentioned in the Constitution. “Today is a historic day, now they can say that they [AK Party and MHP] have abolished the republic and declared the caliphate again in Turkey,” he argued.

Speaking to the press about the article upon his return to Turkey late on Thursday, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan criticized protests by the Confederation of Public Sector Trade Unions (KESK) and the Education Personnel Union (Eğitim-Sen) against the bill on Thursday, in which police and demonstrators clashed. Police using high-pressure water cannons and teargas on protestors. Erdoğan said the proposed Quran course would be an elective, and thus not compulsory.

“Those who don't want to attend such courses are free not to attend them. We won't force KESK members or their children to attend these courses. Why are they reacting in such a way to the article then?” he asked. Erdoğan also thanked MHP deputies for their support during the open vote in Parliament.

Source: Today's Zaman


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Shaima Alawadi Dead: Iraqi Woman Who Was Severely Beaten In California Home Dies

EL CAJON, Calif. — A 32-year-old woman from Iraq who was found severely beaten next to a threatening note saying "go back to your country" died on Saturday.

Hanif Mohebi, the director of the San Diego chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, said he met with Shaima Alawadi's family members in the morning and was told that she was taken off life support around 3 p.m.

"The family is in shock at the moment. They're still trying to deal with what happened," Mohebi said.

Alawadi, a mother of five, had been hospitalized since her 17-year-old daughter found her unconscious Wednesday in the family's house in El Cajon, police Lt. Steve Shakowski said.

The daughter, Fatima Al Himidi, told KUSI-TV her mother had been beaten on the head repeatedly with a tire iron, and that the note said "go back to your country, you terrorist."



Huffington Post


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A runaway victory for George Galloway – and all praise to Allah
George Galloway fought his by-election campaign in Bradford West as a champion of Islam, nakedly appealing to race and faith.

In the last few days before George Galloway’s amazing by-election triumph in Bradford, a crudely photocopied leaflet flooded the Asian areas of the seat. “God KNOWS who is a Muslim. And he KNOWS who is not,” it said. “Let me point out to all the Muslim brothers and sisters what I stand for. I, George Galloway, do not drink alcohol and never have. Ask yourself if the other candidate [the Labour candidate, Imran Hussain] in this election can say that truthfully. I, George Galloway, have fought for the Muslims at home and abroad, all my life, and paid a price for it. I, George Galloway, hold Pakistan’s highest civil awards.”

The leaflet contains no official logo of Mr Galloway’s Respect party, or the names of an agent or printer, as required by electoral law; Mr Galloway denies that it came from him. Its allegations that Mr Hussain is a heavy drinker are totally false and libellous.

At Mr Galloway’s official campaign rally in Bradford’s Hanover Square last Sunday, footage of which was still available yesterday on his own website, he said: “I’m a better Pakistani than he [Mr Hussain] will ever be. God knows who’s a Muslim and who is not. And a man that’s never out of the pub shouldn’t be going around telling people you should vote for him because he’s a Muslim.


A Muslim is ready to go to the US Senate, as I did, and to their face call them murderers, liars, thieves and criminals. A Muslim is somebody who’s not afraid of earthly power but who fears only the Judgment Day. I’m ready for that, I’m working for that and it’s the only thing I fear.”


The Telegraph


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Any complaints regarding any articles should be sent by email to ccn@crescentsofbrisbane.org for us to act on.


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

Would you like to see the cover of your favourite book on our book shelves below?

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

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.

The CCN Readers' Book Club


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KB says:  Although the photo I took looks as if this desert/cake is difficult to make, Faranaaz Omar, who shares her recipe with CCN Readers, assures me that it's quite simple to make and has provided us with this step by step guide. 




Step 1
Mix the following ingredients

500ml fresh cream
1 tsp coffee essence or 1 tsp instant coffee mixed with a little water
2 Tab Icing sugar
1 tsp Vanilla essence

Step 2
Add 6 Tab drinking chocolate one Tab at a time and carry on beating until mixture is consistency of whipped cream.

Step 3
Then take 3 packets Boudoir biscuits, dip each in hot milk and form into a pyramid using the above cream mixture to layer and use as a topping.

You can then decorate as you like either with chocolate sticks, fruit (eg strawberries) or just crumble a flake over and sprinkle gold dust.


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.


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Q: Dear Kareema, I love to walk and don’t want to miss out now that the kids are on holidays again. Is there anything you can suggest I do??

A: Why don’t you try some walking tours with the family.. You’ll be amazed at how much fun the kids will have as there’ll be loads of exploring and discovering to do, not to mention the distance you’ll end up covering without even realising it.

Check with your local council for maps surrounding your area or lush pockets of rainforest or bushland that has walkways.

Most areas/suburbs have self-guided tours, so even if you’re going away, check in at the visitors centre for some information on some great walking/family activities.









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.


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Q: Dear Flightstar Fozi,  I intended to travel to Greece during the December School Holidays and I am hoping to visit a few Greek Islands. I have been told that some Island accommodation will close during winter and ferries might not be operating. Will we be able to access the Island and will the shops be open?



Flightsar Fozi: I think because of severe economic crisis effecting Greece, they will welcome any tourist anytime who can boost their economy.


The ferries will be operating in winter, to take the local population on the Islands, especially the larger ferries. I reckon you will find that a lot of business’s will be closed due to the the tourist numbers being less.


The Islands where you can go all year around are Santorini, Mikonos, Sifnos, Paros, Crete and Rhodes.


The only thing you have to be careful of is the civil un rest in the city of Athens in the recent times, but I think the Islands are unlikely to be affected by the violent protests.

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Jallalludin drives his car perfectly well during the day, but at night it just won’t move at all.

He tries driving the car at night for a week but still no luck.

He then furiously calls the car dealers and they send out a technician to him.


The technician asks: “Sir, are you sure you are using the right gears?”

Full of anger Jallalludin replies: “You fool, idiot man, how you could ask such a question, I'm not stupid!! I use D for the Day and N for the Night...” 


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You have indeed in the Messenger of Allah a beautiful pattern (of conduct) for anyone whose hope is in Allah and the Final Day, and who engages much in the Praise of Allah.


Surah Al-Ahzab 33:21


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Progress lies not in enhancing what is, but in advancing toward what will be
                                                                                                          Khalil Gibran


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6 to 9 April

Fri to Mon

Qld Ijtima


Darra Mosque


All day

14 April


2nd AMYN Annual Islamic Convention Brisbane 2012


University of Queensland


1pm to 5.30pm

15 April


SEMINAR: Purification of the Soul

Islamic Society of Algester

Algester Mosque

0433 552 409

2.30pm for 3pm start

28 & 29 April

Sat & Sun

Heart Therapy: with Sh. Yahya Ibrahim





All Day

6 May


International Food Festival

Islamic Society of Gold Coast

Gold Coast Mosque, Arundel

0418 737 621

10am til late

20 May


Palestinian Widows & Orphans Dinner Fundraiser


Michael's Oriental Restaurant

0433 182 520

10am til late

16 June



Lailatul Mehraj

5 July



Lailatul Baraat

21 July



Start of Ramadhan 

15 August



Lailatul Qadr

19 August



End of Ramadhan   

20 August




25 August



Mt Gravatt Showgrounds

0418 722 353

All day

9 September



Orleigh Park, West End

0402 026 786


26 October




26 & 27 October

Fri & Sat

Eidfest Dreamworld


0418 722 353

All day


NB: The Islamic date changes to the next day starting in the evenings after maghrib.

Therefore, except for lailatul mehraj, lailatul baraat and lailatul qadr – these dates

refer to the commencement of the event starting in the evening of the corresponding day.


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 As-Salaam Institute of Islamic Studies

Free Monthly Tafseer Class

Telecast Live from Sydney

The Immense Ocean by Imam Ahmed Ibn Ajiba al Hasani

Date: Saturday 3 March 2012, then every second Saturday of each month
Time: 3pm - 4:30pm
Venue: IWAQ Office, 11 Watland St, Springwood
Light refreshments provided.

For more information about the course click here


 As-Salaam Institute of Islamic Studies

Free Weekly Class

Telecast Live from Sydney

Mizaan Al Amal - Balanced Criterion of Action

Date: Every Friday evening until 20 April 2012
Time: 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Venue: IWAQ Office, 11 Watland St, Springwood
Refreshments provided


For more information about the course click here


Bald Hills Mosque Weekly Tafseer


Tafseer lessons (half an hour)
Mondays and Wednesdays every week after Isha salah at Bald Hills Masjid,


All are welcome


Kuraby Mosque Tafseer & Taalim


Tafseer and Taalim for Ladies only - Every Tuesday @ Kuraby Mosque  11am to 12.30pm – Contact Apa Layla on 0405 968 665

Classes for teenage girls - 7pm to 8:30pm – Every Thursday evening – Contact Apa Layla on 0405 968 665


Queensland Police Service/Muslim Community Consultative Group


VENUE: Metropolitan South Regional Office, 1993 Logan Road, Upper Mt Gravatt

Wednesday 24 May 2012
Wednesday 17 October 2012

Commencing at 5.00pm (Times may change throughout the year pending salat)



For more information and RSVP:

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


Tafseer Workshops
with Mufti Ravat


Thursday nights from 7.30 to 8.15pm and than after Esha



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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)
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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

United Muslims of Brisbane

Crescents of Brisbane's CRESCAFE (Facebook)

Muslim Women's eNewsletter

Sultana’s Dream is a not-for-profit e-magazine that aims to provide a forum for the opinions of Australian Muslim women

Islamic Solutions

Articles and Audio recordings

Gold Coast Mosque

 Incorporating Islamic Society of Gold Coast Inc.

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 (Facebook)

The Queensland Muslim Historical Society  (Facebook)

Muslim Women's National Network of Australia, Inc (MWNNA)

Peak body representing a network of Muslim women's organisations and individuals throughout Australia

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