Sunday, 22 July 2012

 Newsletter 0402




ABC Radio's Rebecca Levingston interviewed the Mehmets of Brisbane this week to find out how you go not eating or drinking anything during the day... for a whole month.


Ismail and Sarah Mehmet, along with their children Sam, Misha and Ozzy, went to the ABC studios to talk to Rebecca about what it's like to observe Ramadan.











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By Nora Amath  

Four years ago, a small group of AMARAH volunteers hosted their first “iftar”/community meal for the homeless, mentally ill, and those living in desperate situations, financially and physically. The experience had such a profound impact on the volunteers that it has become a much anticipated annual AMARAH event.

On Friday night, the AMARAH team, including a large group of over 15 eager volunteers (with quite a number of new faces), once again hosted and served the community meal at St Andrew’s Anglican Church to over 70 of the less fortunate members in our community. And what a great way to start this blessed month of Ramadhan - to be able to share a meal with some of the most vulnerable in our society and to truly comprehend how blessed we are.

It was an enjoyable night for all those who came hungry and tired left with full bellies and smiles. Indeed, quite a number of people told the AMARAH volunteers that the meal served that night was one of the best meals they have had in a long time. There was a bit of food left over, allowing some to take it back with them to share with others who could not make it to the church that night.

Volunteers were also encouraged to sit down and share a meal with those in attendance; this is an important part of the community meal where conversations are exchanged, stories shared and new connections are formed. Even children of the volunteers made new friends.

For the AMARAH team and their volunteers, it was a once again a very humbling experience- those who participated were thankful for the opportunity to make a little bit of difference to some people’s lives. This simple act of sharing a meal and exchanging stories with those less fortunate in our community truly exemplified the compassionate, generous and empathetic spirit of this blessed month.

AMARAH would like to thank the generous donors, the cooks, the serving and cleaning team for making this night happen.


And a big thanks to *Dave Andrews and his friends at St Andrew’s Anglican Church for allowing us the space and opportunity to host this dinner once again. We look forward to joining you for another one towards the end of the month inshaAllah.

For notification of the event or other AMARAH events, join us on facebook (AMARAH) or send an email to info@amarah.org.

AMARAH also seeks your donations for the following AMARAH Ramadhan events and projects:

1. InshaAllah we are also planning to host an iftar for some of our refugee/asylum seekers brothers and sisters later on this month. Date and venue to be confirmed inshAllah.
2. We are also organizing the annual EID Toy Drive for Refugee children. We would appreciate monetary donation, rather than toys themselves as it is easier for us to purchase them, having knowledge of age and gender.

If you would to donate to any of these events and initiatives, you can do so by directly depositing into the AMARAH account- Westpac Bank; BSB: 034-109; Account: 22- 5057. Any questions, please contact Nora Amath on 0422 349 786.

The AMARAH team would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone Ramadhan Kareem. As we embark on this blessed month, let us renew our God-consciousness, faith, hope, generosity, kindness and compassion.

Let us especially spare a thought for our less fortunate brothers and sisters, due to poverty, deprivation, oppression, and occupation who are gravely suffering. Let us strive to use whatever means we can to ease and alleviate their hardships.

Finally as servants of Allah SWT, let us serve Him by serving humanity. May your fasting, intention and deeds by accepted and rewarded by the Al-Mighty.




*Dave Andrews (pictured left with Ms Nora Amath)  is a close friend of AMARAH and is a devout Christian. Dave is fasting again this Ramadhan in solidarity with his Muslim friends. He is also reflecting this month on what the dua “Bismillahi Rahma ni Raheem” and how to implement this more in his own life.


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Also attending the conference were AFIC vice president, Mr. Ikebal Patel, and AFIC president, Mr Hafez Kassem seen with SANHA PRO, Mr Ebrahim Lockhat (right)

The South African National Halaal Authority (SANHA) hosted its 5th International Halaal Conference entitled, “Navigating in the Halaal economy” on Monday 16th July in Gauteng, South Africa.


Among the keynote speakers were Prof Sira Abdul Rahman of India and Mr. Fazal Bahardeen of Singapore.


Prof. Rahman is actively engaged in promoting Animal Welfare in Islamic countries by raising issues of cruelty to animals prior to slaughter, long distance of transport especially in the Middle East. He is a member of the World Global Halal Forum and International Halal Standards.


Mr. Bahardeen the Founder & CEO of Crescentrating, which set up the world’s first Travel portal dedicated to the Halal conscious travellers and launched its Rating (Crescentrating) system to rate travel and tourism services for their Halal friendliness.



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Reviewed  by an AlKauthar Team Member  

What thunder slaps your face so hard that you’re simultaneously left guilty and satisfied?


What's so fascinating that it causes fingers to grip on to seat edges?


What causes your eyes to plead, mouth to silence and ears to crane?


It was Brisbane's phenomenal 'Worst of the Worst' course last weekend, which featured the trio who must not be named...Shaytan, Fira’wn and Dajjal.

Taught by AlKauthar's Sheikh Furqaan Jabbar, the two day Islamic knowledge dynamite blew 90 students minds.

Topics in the course included:

- Protection from evil - Practical duas and actions;
- Satan's deadly long and short term goals;
- Wisdom behind the creation of evil: Satan, Jinn and Human villains;
- The Pharaoh’s story;
- Dajjal, his conniving powers and impact; and
- The Mahdi, Isa ibn Maryam's return and Dajjal's End

There was also a heartfelt presentation by Kuraby Masjid’s Imam Akram about sincerity and the importance of seeking knowledge which touched the hearts of those in attendance.

Students fuelled themselves with delicious refreshments and lunch, prayed their five and were open to humorously witty comments from the Sheikh whilst educating themselves.


One particularly insightful student shared his views saying “The wisdom in the existence of good and evil lies in that without good there can’t be evil and without evil there can’t be good and Allah SWT is the most wise”.

Keen for more? AlKauthar's next course 'An Epic Journey' is to be enjoyed with Sheik Daood Butt (Canada) this October 20th and 21st. Here, a 'life lessons 101' equivalent story of Prophet Yūsuf ʿalayhi al-salām's Epic journey from Palestine to Egypt will unravel. Students will witness the inspirational leaps of Prophet Yūsuf ʿalayhi al-salām from demeaning to powerful. Join Prophet Yūsuf ʿalayhi al-salām's Epic Journey by enrolling at http://www.alkauthar.org/course.php?course=345.

Till NEXT time, RAMADAN KAREEM to CCN readers from the AlKauthar Brisbane team.


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A workshop held in Brisbane this week explored a new online resource, Difference Differently, which is aligned to the Australian Curriculum and has modules in English, History, Geography and Civics & Citizenship for years 3-10. The workshop explored diversity education strategies to support the resource.


Sheik Ahmad Abu Ghazaleh is pictured left reading a message from the Australian Prime Minister, Julia Gillard.


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The Islamic Society of Gold Coast is raising funds to build a Youth Centre & Hostel Complex.

If you would like to support the Society in this project contact Mr. Habib Jamal at habibj@optusnet.com.au.


Pledges can also be made as the full amount does not have to be paid immediately. Payments can be extended over a four month period if that suits.


Download the Youth Centre plans (pdf).


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By Janeth Deen of MCF  

The holy month of Ramadhan brings with it the need to care for the needy, both at home and abroad.

The Muslim Charitable Foundation (MCF) is the organisation that the needy turn to in Queensland and it has the capability to also channel funds overseas for those who need to send Zakaat abroad.

MCF needs funds to carry out the important work for the local needy, as their numbers are increasing daily due to retrenchments and the impact of global economic conditions.

MCF will be collecting ZAKAAT at the mosques on 3rd August, after Jummah.

For those who wish to place money directly into the bank the details are:

Bank of Queensland

BSB 124 155
FITRAH A/C 20963614
EMERGENCY A/C 20897395
ZAKAAT A/C 20897312

The committee of MCF wishes to thank all those who have contributed to the accounts in the past and look forward to the generosity given during Ramadhan. We offer our thanks for enabling us to help so many needy people, both home and overseas. JazakAllah! May Allah reward you all! Ramadhan Mubarak to one and all.

The committee of MCF wishes everyone a successful and healthy Ramdhan and we hope to share some time together during this Holy Month.

Ramadhan 2012/1433 calendars may be downloaded from the MCF website.


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Muslims need to know the Qibla direction wherever they are in order to direct themselves towards it at the time of prayers.

The question always raised strong furor among Muslims worldwide that, how can we locate the Qibla direction in any place of the world?

Thanks to the new technology invented by Soner Ozenc a London-based Turkish designer the Janamaaz (Prayer mat) that lights up when facing Makkah.


According to Soner Ozenc, only two prototypes exist currently, one of which was purchased by New York’s Museum of Modern Art for its show last year on interactive design.

Ozenc is trying to raise $100,000 through Kickstarter.com, the online fundraising tool, to bring the mat into mass production. If he reaches his goal, for $500, donors can expect one of the first mats out of the factory Detroit Free Press reported.

Named EL Sajjadah — the "EL" stands for Electro Luminescent and sajjadah is Arabic for prayer mat — the rug uses an embedded digital compass to find Mecca based on the mat's current location, information the user gives to the mat's tiny computer.

The whole mat, which is made partly of neoprene, doesn't glow, but the designs do. "The mosque pattern was drawn pixel by pixel by looking at a small-scale model of Istanbul's Blue Mosque," Ozenc said to the Detroit.



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By Javed Iqbal  

A group of brothers and sisters came up with an idea in America to promote the love of our Prophet Muhammad SAW and the message of Islam he brought to this world for all of mankind.


This idea was thought about not long after the Danish Cartoonist Jyllands-Posten had posted cartoons in the Danish newspapers ridiculing our prophet Muhammad SAW (Na Audhubillah).


The first event was aired on the internet back in 2010 and since then, it occurs twice a year.


Each event has a theme that various speakers (Shaykhs, Imams and Ustadha's) around the world speak about in recorded videos.


There are one or two surprise speakers who get to talk live depending on the time of the webcast.


Although the videos are played via YouTube it is not available for viewing at any other time on YouTube.

Go to the following link http://celebratemercy.com/About/ to read more about the Celebrate Mercy mission.

To register go to http://celebratemercy.com/ The remaining showtimes in Australian time are as follows:

Showtime 3: Sunday, July 22 at 1.30pm
Showtime 4: Monday, July 23 at 2.00pm
Showtime 5: Saturday, July 28 at 1.30pm
Showtime 6: Saturday, July 28 at 4.30pm
Showtime 7: Monday, July 30 at 4.30am

As-salaam Institute of Islamic Studies is also hosting a viewing session in the IWAQ function room on Sunday at 1.30pm and everyone is most welcome to attend. The event goes for 3.5 hours but brothers and sisters are welcome to attend and leave at anytime through out the viewing. Of course anyone can register and view this from the comfort of their homes amongst their families and friends and what a better month to do this, then in the month of Ramadhan.


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20 July


Community Meal/Ifthar with the Homeless & Disadvantaged


St Andrew's Anglican Church, cnr Cordelia & Vulture St, West End

0422 349 786



22 July


Ifthaar: Experience the tastes of Indonesia

Indonesian Islamic Society of Brisbane

UQ Campus, Multi-faith Centre

0407 632 492

After Maghrib

28 July


Ifthaar: Experience the tastes of Indonesia

Indonesian Islamic Society of Brisbane

Griffith University, Nathan Campus TBA

0407 632 492

After Maghrib

4 August


Ifthaar: Experience the tastes of Indonesia

Indonesian Islamic Society of Brisbane

Darul Uloom, BURANDA

0407 632 492

After Maghrib

11 August


Ifthaar: Experience the tastes of Indonesia

Indonesian Islamic Society of Brisbane

QUT, Kelvin Grove TBA

0407 632 492

After Maghrib


If you’re holding public iftars, lectures, exhibitions, homeless food collections, fund-raising initiatives or anything else this Ramadan email ccn@crescentsofbrisbane.org with the following details:







Contact phone no.:





(Email ccn@crescentsofbrisbane.org a copy of your Mosque's time table to be included here)


Kuraby Mosque

 Darra Mosque


Holland Park Mosque


Al-Mustapha Institute of Brisbane


Islamic Society of Toowoomba


Islamic College of Brisbane



Gold Coast Mosque

Mt Isa, QLD


Mackay, QLD


United Muslims of Brisbane



Algester Mosque






In search of the Moon


The moon was sighted in Brisbane on Friday evening (click on  moonsighting.com image on left).  Those who went by this sighting began their first fast yesterday (Saturday)


Australian Moonsighting website http://www.Moonsighting.info/


Ramadhan Messages


Islamic Council of Queensland President: Mr. Mohammed Yusuf

AFIC President: Mr Hafez Kassem

Grand Mufti of Australia (on the commencement of Ramadan): Dr Ibrahim Abu Mohamed

 Shaykh Sulaiman Moola
visiting South African Scholar

Download brochure


 Indonesian Islamic Society of Brisbane hosts visiting scholar for Ramadan

The Special Committee of Nahdlatul Ulama for Australia and New Zealand hosts a Safari Ramadhan every year. 


They have invited Ulama Scholars to visit Australia and New Zealand during Ramadhan to fulfil the spiritual needs of Indonesians who live in Australia and New Zealand, for the last five years.


Again this year Brisbane will host the Safari Ramadhan thanks to the Indonesian Islamic Society of Brisbane (IISB) as main sponsor for the programs in Brisbane and Gold Coast .


This year's visiting scholar will be KH Dr. Abdul Ghofur Maimoen Zubair, M.A. (pictured left).


His achievements and accomplishments are well documented in this brief resume.


The schedule for The Safari Program, Ramadhan 1433 H.





19 – 20 July


23 – 25 July


26 – 28 July


29 – 31 July


1 – 5 August


6 – 9 August


10 – 13 August


14 – 20 August

The Nahdatual Ulama (NU) represents traditionalist orthodox Sunni Islam in Indonesia. The ulama are the scholar-legists of Islam, trained in the religious sciences such as the Qur'an, exegesis and interpretation of the relgious law, shari'a. For more information visit the website.


Ramadan traditions with a digital twist  





Google is sharing the Islamic prayers live from Mecca on a dedicated YouTube channel (see above). Millions of people from around the world will be able to experience and comment on the event by tuning in via video.

Google's European Public Policy Blog:


Ramadan is about more than just prayer; it is also a special moment to gather with friends and family. Muslims gather to watch special television shows produced for the holiday and shown only during Ramadan. Often the shows overlap in scheduling. This year, for the first time, YouTube is enabling people to watch their favourite shows anytime, anywhere. A new YouTube Ramadan channel lets viewers see more than 50 premium Ramadan shows the same day they air. In the clip below, famed Syrian actor Jamal Suliman appears in a drama:




Ramadan’s tastiest tradition is the food. After fasting through the day, families gather for evening break-the-fast meals called Iftar. Through Google+ Hangouts, we’re hosting 30 virtual get-togethers in the 30 days of Ramadan, in which celebrity chefs will share their favourite recipes and doctors will give tips on eating healthy.

The hangouts will engage people in subjects far beyond eating. Actors will talk about their favourite Ramadan shows. Poets will discuss literature inspired by the holiday. Religious figures will answer questions. Stay tuned to the Google Arabia page on Google+ for more details and and join in.

We hope you enjoy experiencing your favourite Ramadan traditions with a digital twist this year. Ramadan Kareem!


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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. 30

H.E. Mohammad bin Mohammad Al Mansour
Imam of the Zaidi Sect of Shi‘a Muslims



Country: Yemen
Born: 1917 (age 94) in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Source of Influence: Lineage, Scholarly
Influence: Imam of 10 million Zaidi Shi’a in Yemen and Saudi Arabia
School of Thought: Traditional Zaidi(Fiver) Shia

His Eminence Mohammad bin Mohammad Al Mansour  is the Imam of the Zaidi branch of  the Shi‘a sect of Muslims, one of the three main branches of Shi‘a Islam. With approximately ten million followers, Zaidis constitute almost half the entire population of Yemen, and around 3 percent in Saudi Arabia.


Lineage in the Imamate

Zaidi Muslims are a Shi‘a sect named after the followers of Zaid bin Ali, grandson of al Hussein (grandson of the Prophet Muhammad). The sect was formed by the followers of Zaid bin Ali who led an unsuccessful revolt against the Umayyad Caliph Hisham  ibn Abd Al Malik in 740 CE.


Current Social Influence

In the past decade a Zaidi movement known as the Shabab al Mumineen led by Hussein Al Houthi has been gaining prominence in the northwest of Yemen. This has stoked some sectarian rivalry in Yemen, between the  Zaidi andradical anti-Shi‘a groups who are fearful of the resurgence of Zaidi rule in Yemen. Al Mansour has  maintained his quietist approach and enjoys much respect in Yemeni society. Al Mansour was influential in stemming the escalation of conflict in 2005.


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Salaams Kuraby Mussallees

The Kuraby Mosque Food Group (KMFG) would like to thank all those who contributed towards the fundraising on Fridays.

The group raised $44 000 from last Shawaal to this Shabaan.

We thank the people who donated the meat, rice, vegetables, spices, containers, oil, gas, etc. as well as the ladies who cooked every Friday without fail.

Our thanks also go to the brother who brings the curry and rice pots to the Mosque, the people who help serve on Fridays, the boy who washes the pots every Friday, and not least the people who buy the food every Friday.

The KMFG is looking for volunteers who would like to donate drinks and put them in the esky, and someone who wishes to donate fresh vegetables (onions, potatoes, tomatoes, garlic, ginger).

If you like to donate or help with the serving or cleaning please contact Imaam Akram



KMFG Spokesperson

Ramadan Mubarak

We would like to take this opportunity to wish our many Muslim friends, acquaintances and neighbours, a very blessed and spiritually rewarding Holy month of Ramadan.


Understanding and acceptance of each other’s differences, including that of faith, is an important part of ensuring social cohesion, equality and strength within the community, a community that would be greatly weakened without our Muslim friends and neighbours.

May peace be with you during this Holiest of months, a time that provides for reflection through the teaching of the Prophet Mohammad.

Dia duit (dee-a-gwith) Irish for “God be with you”.
David and Nadine Forde


The competition for the CCN Young Muslim Writers Awards (YMWA) for 2012 is now open.


Please encourage our young boys and girls to participate.


Last year's inaugural awards were a resounding successful with entries coming from all around Australia and many considered by our independent panel of judges as being of a very high standard.


Download the 2012 YMWA submission pack for all the details of this year's awards.


This year's prizes will be notebook computers generously donated by our sponsors (last year our winners received Kindle eBook readers).


The closing date for entries is 31 August 2012.


Visit our Facebook page to (1) like us (2) keep updated on the progress of the competition and (3) read all about last year's awards.


Details of last year's awards can be found in CCN370.

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With Ramadhan starting soon Eidfest is sponsoring a photo exhibition highlighting what we eat during Ramadhan. It will showcase what Muslims eat for breaking fast, and for breakfast during Ramadhan.

There are many diverse cultures within the Islamic world and we all appreciate that many foods are eaten in different households across Brisbane. During Ramadhan, there are also many foods eaten that wouldn’t be eaten during other times of the year.

So we ask that you take a photo of your breakfast, or of you breaking your fast, and show us what foods you eat, how many you cater for and the diversity of the dishes that make up the Muslim community in Brisbane.

An exhibition of the photographs will be displayed at Eidfest and the best photograph winner will receive a ticket to somewhere exciting!

We look forward to seeing all your entries and highlighting some of the rituals of Ramadhan for our non-Muslim friends.

Entries to be sent to info@eidfest.com.au with details about the meal, and your name and contact details.

Entries close August 10th, 2012.

Please contact Yasmin Khan on 0419 025 510 for further information.


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Job Vacancy


Resident Imam for Darra Mosque, Brisbane, Queensland


Applicants are being invited for the position of Imam.


Details of the position can be downloaded here.


Secretary for Kuraby Mosque


Masjid Al-Farooq (Kuraby Madrassah) is looking for a permanent secretary.

Responsibilities will involve handling student enrolments and payments, addressing parent enquiries and aiding the principal and teachers.

MYOB experience preferred but not necessary.

Hours: 3.45 to 6.15 pm Mon to Thurs

For more information or to express interest contact: Farouk Adam
farouk.adam@bigpond.com or 0422 191 675




Granny Flat Wanted

A Muslim sister single mom with infant is urgently looking for a granny flat to rent.
Max rent $230 per week.
Cannot share accommodation.
Must have separate living and entrance.

As a matter or urgency, please forward to anyone you think may be relevant.

Kindly contact Naseema 0424141623 or mnaseema@hotmail.com


4 Bedroom, 2 bathroom house in Marsden. Separate laundry, lounge and double lock up garage. Big backyard. Situated in a quite cul-de-sac, and down the road from Logan mosque. Rental is $370 per week. Can be viewed at http://www.realestate.com.au/property-house-qld-marsden-407883589

Contact 0430 284 356 or Rental agency directly on 07 3200 3773.


3 bedroom; 1 study  carport  shed  1 bathroom 1 toilet  large block 1518m2  fully fenced  pet friendly 5km to  Logan Mosque

Address 101 1st Avenue Marsden  $340 per week rent

Contact  Najmul 0403 681 452 

Boulevard Tower Residence
The Heart of Surfers Paradise


Relax in one of the newest and most exciting developments in the heart of Surfers Paradise - Boulevard Tower located at 6 Orchid Ave Surfers Paradise. A stroll away from the beautiful sandy beaches of Surfers Paradise. Walk to Hard Rock Cafe, and enjoy the convenience of shops, supermarkets, restaurants, cafes, boutiques etc right at your doorstep. Our two bedrooms residences offer luxury in abundance with extensive floor space, convenient open-plan layout, two bedrooms, two bathrooms, separate living and dining areas, fully equipped kitchens and internal laundry. Experience pure tranquillity from your residence with expansive ocean views over the famous Surfers Paradise Beach.

Please contact the booking office to check dates required on  P: 0422237860 or E: yunus.omar@yahoo.com.au

For more information click here.

Preparing for Ramadhan


Zam Zam Water




Pizza Lane


Pizza Lane will be making savouries for Ramadaan.

Download a pricelist.
Call Laila on 0415467868 / 32197808 to place your order.
Please note that we already have many pre booked orders so please place your orders asap as we will be only taking a limited number of orders.


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'Most Muslims want democracy, personal freedoms, and Islam in political life'


The US-based Pew Research Center has published a report looking at attitudes towards democracy, freedom and Islam’s place in political life in Arab and other predominantly Muslim nations.


The findings come from a survey conducted by Pew in six countries; Pakistan, Jordan, Egypt, Tunisia, Turkey and Lebanon.


The report also contains a special section on Tunisian public opinion following the revolution. The poll is part of the broader spring 2012 Global Attitudes Survey which is conducted in 21 nations.

The survey finds that “More than a year after the first stirrings of the Arab Spring, there continues to be a strong desire for democracy in Arab and other predominantly Muslim nations.” Many publics support specific features of a democratic system, and a significant number want Islam to have a larger role in political life, though there are differences as to the nature of this role. The economy also remains a top concern for many in Muslim majority countries.

Some of the key findings are summarised below:

Views of democracy

Solid majorities in the Arab nations surveyed believe the 2011 popular uprisings will lead to more democracy in the Middle East, including nearly three-quarters in Egypt and seven-in-ten in Tunisia. Roughly two-thirds in Jordan and Lebanon agree.

• Majorities in five of the six nations polled (and a plurality of Pakistanis) believe democracy is the best form of government.

• Consistently, majorities in Lebanon, Turkey, Pakistan and Jordan say is it important that a democracy have specific rights and institutions, and large numbers say these features of a democracy are very important. For instance, majorities in all four nations consider free multi-party elections and freedom of religion very important, and in Lebanon, Jordan, and Pakistan, majorities say free speech is very important.

• Majorities in four of six nations believe they should rely on a democratic form of government to solve their country’s problems, rather than relying on a leader with a strong hand.

• Other goals are also clearly important. Many say political stability is a crucial priority, and even more prioritize economic prosperity.

• When respondents are asked which is more important, a good democracy or a strong economy, Turkey and Lebanon are the only countries where more than half choose democracy. Egyptians are divided, while most Tunisians, Pakistanis and Jordanians prioritize the economy.

• Turkey and Saudi Arabia are seen as supporting the spread of democracy in the region, while the U.S. and Israel are widely viewed as opposing it.

Islam in Public Life

In five of six nations, solid majorities say Islam is already playing a large role in the country’s political life, with a larger number in Tunisia, Egypt (where islamist parties have been successful in recent democratic elections) and Pakistan, believing that this is the case than previously.

• More than 60% believe Islam plays a large role in public life in both Turkey and Lebanon. Jordan is the exception, where only 31% believe Islam plays a large role in public life.

• Broad majorities in Pakistan, Jordan and Egypt believe their nations’ laws should strictly follow the teachings of the Quran, including 82% in Pakistan. Meanwhile, respondents in Tunisia, Turkey and Lebanon are less likely to endorse a dominant role for Islam. Only about two-in ten in each country believe laws should be based strictly on the Quran. Rather, a majority in Tunisia and a plurality in Turkey say the law should follow the values and principles of Islam but not strictly follow the teachings of the Quran. Younger people are less likely to endorse a strict role for the Quran in Egypt and Lebanon.

• A substantial number in key Muslim countries want a large role for Islam in political life. However, there are significant differences over the degree to which the legal system should be based on Islam.

Gender Equality

• Majorities in all six believe women should have equal rights as men, and more than eight-in-ten hold this view in Lebanon and Turkey. Moreover, while many support the general principle of gender equality, there is less enthusiasm for gender parity in politics, economics, and family life.

• Women are considerably more supportive of equal rights than men. With the exception of Turkey, where no gender differences emerge, there is at least a 10 percentage point gap between the sexes on this issue.

Views of Extremism

Extremist groups are largely rejected in predominantly Muslim nations, although significant numbers do express support for radical groups in several countries. For instance, while there is no country in which a majority holds a favorable opinion of the Palestinian organization Hamas, it receives considerable support in Tunisia, Jordan and Egypt.

• Majorities in all the predominantly Muslim nations polled express negative views of al Qaeda, including more than seven-in-ten in Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt and Turkey.

• Less than two-in-ten in all Muslim countries polled have a favorable view of the Taliban, with majorities in every country holding an unfavorable view. This distaste for the extremist Islamist organization is evident across age, gender and educational groups in each of the countries surveyed.

The research builds on and corroborates the findings of previous studies carried out by Pew looking at Muslim communities and attitudes towards democracy and Islam in public life. Specifically, since the first Pew Global Attitudes survey ten years ago, Pew have “consistently found broad support for democracy among predominantly Muslim publics", and this report in no exception. One only need look to the Arab spring to see the thirst for democratic change which has swept many Arab countries. Previous research has also found minimal and waning support for violent extremism, and research by Gallup and the Coexist Foundation has found strong levels of national loyalty amongst European Muslims. Pew has also found that tension persists between the west and Muslim-majority countries, which is reflected somewhat in this study’s find that many Muslims believe that America does not supported democracy.


Source: Engage


Muslims in public life must not be silenced


UK: British journalist and commentator, Mehdi Hasan (pictured left) has written a comment piece in the Guardian on the Islamophobic and personal abuse that he and many other Muslim journalists and bloggers are subjected to online.


He argues that such abuse hinders Muslims from entering journalism or engaging in discussion on online forums.


He further argues that for Muslims, disengaging or censoring the voice of the voiceless would be to let the Islamophobes win.



The Guardian




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

This week CCN recommends


The Hadj: An American's Pilgrimage to Mecca


Michael Wolfe


The Hadj, or sacred journey, is the pilgrimage to the house of God at Mecca that all Muslims are entreated to make once in their lifetimes. One of the world's longest-lived religious rites, having continued without break for fourteen hundred years, it is, like all things Islamic, shrouded in mystery for Westerners.


In The Hadj, Michael Wolfe, an American who converted to Islam, recounts his own journey as a pilgrim, and in doing so brings readers dose to the heart of what the pilgrimage means to a member of the religion that claims one-sixth of the world's population.

Not since Sir Richard Burtons account of the pilgrimage to Mecca over one hundred years ago has a Western writer described the Hadj in such fascinating detail. At a time when the eyes of the world are on Islam, The Hadj offers a perspective and a much-needed look at its human face.


The Literary Review calls The Hadj "the most engaging of travel books" and says that Wolfe's "pilgrimage will move people of all faiths -- and of none at all, because it describes a universal journey for meaning, transcendence and peace".


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: This recipe was inspired by Mrs. Mariam Mahomedy, the author of Cosmopolitan Cuisine, with a few of my own personal preferences.


Chicken and Mushroom Pies


2 cups self-rising flour
1/2tsp salt
3 tab butter
¾ cup sour cream
Approx. ¼ cup milk


1. Sift flour and salt.
2. Grate the butter and mix lightly with a fork.
3. Work with light hands and add sour cream and the milk (which you may need to adjust) to make a soft scone like dough.
4. Wrap the dough in cling wrap and refrigerate for at least an hour, you could leave it overnight.

Ingredients for filling

1 tab ghee/olive oil
1 small grated onion
1 tsp. ginger garlic
1 cup cubed chicken fillet
2 tsp. ground chillies
1 tsp. lemon pepper
1 tsp. salt
Juice of I lemon
1 cup sliced mushrooms
¼ cup water
½ cup milk
2 tab. Flour
1 cup grated cheese
1 beaten egg yolk (for the top) and I beaten egg white (for sealing)
Poppy seeds/sesame seeds for sprinkling


Method for filling

1. Heat the ghee, sauté’ onions until light brown and add the ginger garlic.
2. Add chicken, salt, green chillies, lemon pepper and cook until chicken is tender.
3. Add lemon juice, mushrooms and stir fry for a few minutes.
4. Add flour, mix in with the chicken and then add milk and stir well.
5. When cool add cheese.


Putting it all together

1. Roll out dough and cut out round shapes to fit into your muffin pan.
2. Place a circle on the base of the greased muffin pan and spoon your filling into it.
3. Place another circle, the inside of which has been brushed with egg white to cover the filling and seal the edges.
4. Using scissors or a knife make a V incision on the top.
5. Brush with egg yolk, sprinkle with poppy seeds/ sesame seeds or a topping of your choice.
6. Bake at 180degrees until light brown.
7. Serve warm with a chutney of your choice.


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 used to love boxing and skipping but I have not been doing any exercise over the last few years. My doctor has just ordered me to get active or risk becoming diabetic. Any tips for a beginner?

A: Why not start with boxing and skipping (because you know that it’s something you’ll enjoy and continue to do).


WARMUP: For a short beginners’ workout, try skipping for three sets of 3 minutes with a 1 minute break in between. Start each 3 minute block with 30seconds of ‘sprint’ skipping, then reduce the pace as you go.

Pop on your boxing gloves and complete a round of about 50 punches, quick run on the spot and then some push-ups.

Repeat for 5 minutes and then add in some squats as you go.


Finish off with some stretches and set your sight higher when you next workout! N-JOY!!






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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Mrs Jallaludin: Yesterday, I saw an amazingly good looking woman.


Jallaludin: (getting excited)  Really! Where! When!


Mrs. Jallaludin: I just kept on admiring her on and on...


Jallaludin: (getting irritated) But what happened then?


Mrs. Jallaludin: (smiling) Then what??? I simply moved away from the mirror.


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And whether you hide your word
or publish it, He certainly has (full) knowledge of the secrets of (all) hearts.


Surah Al-Mulk 67:13


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Worrying about tomorrow only deprives you of the joys of today



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Hajj Lecture 4 August Eidfest 2012 25 August Unity Cup Soccer Tournament 2 September Kuraby Madressah Fundraiser 6 October Epic Journey Course 20 & 21 October


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Islamic Programmes, Education & Services

MUSLIM AID AUSTRALIA Marhaba Playgroup From Palestine to Egypt: An Epic Journey 20 & @ 21 October Hajj Lecture 4 August ZAM ZAM Water Face Inc Ramadan Iftar Chad Fundraiser Revival My Dear Child...Course Shaykh Sulaiman Moola Ramadan Lecture Programme
Makeni Islamic Society Ramadan Appeal 2012 The CCN Young Muslim Writers Awards 2012 Kuraby Holiday Madressa Classes 25 June to 5 July Muslim Aid Australia SYRIA Emergency Appeal A Warm Heart to warm the Hearts of others Al-Imdaad Foundation Australia Salaam Institute: The Heart of the IHYA AMYN 40 Gems Brisbane Muslim Burial Society (BMBS) Boxing Training Discovering Deen Youth Club Fathima Adat Tutoring Fiqh and Tafseer Classes Hall Hire Islamic College of Brisbane Kuraby Mosque Quran & Islamic Classes Table & Chair Hire Kuraby Mosque Madressa Classes Al-Mustapha Institute Maths Tutoring Service Qari Hufaaz Classes AIIC Sscholarships Sisters' House Accommodation Registration SMS Alert Services


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Centre for Easy Language Learning (CeLL)

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Restaurant & Takeaway Portuguese Chicken

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Grand Medical Centre

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Books, Clothing, DVDs etc.


Security Systems


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Low Price Pharmacy



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LTH Accounting & Financial Services Low Price Pharmacy, KURABYKuraby Muslima Chick @ www.Facebook.com/muslimachic FLIGHSTAR-HAJJPROGRAM-2012 Healthy Life Browns Plains Surfers Paradise Holiday Accommodation AutoCAD Tuition OFFICETEK for Intercoms,CCTVs, Alarms MaXimize Accountants Monavie Angelz Dental Care Centre for Easy Language Learning (CeLL) ACCES Removal Services Baalbak Bismillah Repairs & Maintenance Samoosa Pastry Distributors Brisbane Diagnostics Brizie Biltong Calamvale Physio & Sports Injury Clinic Carpet Lifesavers Rejuven8 Body & Beauty Haseera InWear Fashions Personal Wellness Coach efxshop Fathima Adat Tutoring Gabriel Hair Studios Henna by Fatima Hummy's Automotive Hussana Australia Are you preparing for Ramadaan? Paradise Convenience: global groceries Junaid Ally Properties Kimaya Fashions Kuraby Mosque Hire Services Stick On Labels d'Lahorie Personal Training with Layla Lily's Fashion Love ur Body Marketing Co-Op Muslim Directory Australia Mo's Handyman Services Nando's CALAMVALE CENTRAL Nandos MT GRAVATT Nazima Hansa Realty PTY LTD Excelanz Pizza Lane Pappa Roti Qld Islamic Book Service Yasmeen Seedat Accounting Services Shameema's Silk Scarves Siitra Shakira Kolia's Driving School Car Body Removals Ummah Store Mansur Omar EliteFX


"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 July


Revival Course: My Dear Child....


Kuraby Mosque


9.30am to 2pm

15 August



Lailatul Qadr

19 August



End of Ramadhan   

20 August




25 August



Mt Gravatt Showgrounds

0418 722 353

All day

2 September


Soccer Tournament: Unity Cup 2012

Ahmed Essof

Acacia Ridge Indoor Sports, 1391 Beaudesert Road

0415 323 548

All day

23 September



Orleigh Park, West End

0402 026 786


29 September


ICQ Annual Dinner & Awards Night

Islamic Council of Qld.

Islamic College of Brisbane, Karawatha

0450 908 786


26 October




6 October


Kuraby Madrassah Fundraiser

Kuraby Mosque & Al-Nisa

Michael's Oriental Restaurant

0433 182 520


20 & 21 October

Sat & Sun

From Palestine to Egypt: An Epic Journey by Sh Daood Butt

AlKauthar Institute of Brisbane

Griffith University Mt Gravatt Campus


All day

26 & 27 October

Fri & Sat

Eidfest Dreamworld


0418 722 353

All day

3 November


Islamic College of Brisbane Annual Fete

Islamic College of Brisbane CPAC

Islamic College of Brisbane

0400 162 163

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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The Heart of the Ihya: Prophetic Character

The Salaam Institute presents an inspiring weekly course.

A 10-session weekly Seekers Circle Globally Accessible Program with Shaykh Yahya Rhodus, Shaykh Faraz Rabbani and Imam Afroz Ali.

This SeekersCircle will cover the Book 20 of Imam al-Ghazzali’s Ihya ‘Ulum ud-Deen, known as the Heart of the Ihya.

WHEN: Every Friday beginning on 18 May 2012 for 10 weeks.
TIME: 7:30pm - 9:30pm
VENUE: IWAQ Office, 11 Watland St, Springwood

Males and Females welcome. Refreshments provided.


More information


 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


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


Tuesday tafseer and taleem classes at Kuraby Mosque will commence on Tuesday 24th July 11am - 12.30pm


Queensland Police Service/Muslim Community Consultative Group


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

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



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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

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

IQRA Academy Institute of Islamic Studies

Online streaming of Islamic lectures

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

Sultana's Dream

Online magazine subscribe@sultanasdream.com.au

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