Sunday, 18 November 2012

 Newsletter 0419





The Australian International Islamic College (Durack) held its Year 12 Graduation and Formal at Michaels' Oriental Restaurant last Friday evening at which the 11 graduates were given their certificates and special awards for achievement.


Dr Ray Barrett, the college's principal, announced his impending retirement from the school and acknowledged the efforts of his staff and students.


The graduates themselves were full of praise and thanks for their subject teachers who saw them successfully through their school journey, as were the teachers of their pupils.


Amongst the other speakers on the night were Imam Quddoos, the chairman of the School Board, and Dr Intaj Ali, the ex-principal of the Malek Fahad Islamic School in Sydney, who, in the absence of any formal announcements on the night, might have just given more than a hint of who the beneficiaries of his prodigious talents would soon be.


Masters of Ceremony, Ms Mariam Azhari and Ms Mariam Banwa kept the programme ticking along nicely, in what turned out to be a very professionally co-ordinated and entertaining evening.

One of the success stories of the night was the award of the school's Dux to Ismail (Idi) Kibungi (pictured right with Dr Barrett) for his academic achievements and participation in extracurricular activities.


Idi arrived in Australia as a refugee from the Republic of Congo. He was enrolled at the college in 2011 and soon developed a good command of the English language.


Deputy principal, Ms Banwa, said that Idi was a "well-mannered and respectful student who was well like by both his peers and teachers."


A quiet achiever, Idi also walked off with awards in Maths, Chemistry, Physics and HPE.


His six siblings are all enrolled at the college making the prospect of more Kibungi nameplates gracing the floating trophy in coming years very likely indeed.


Class of 2012

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The Islamic Society of Gold Coast (ISGC) held a luncheon at the Mosque yesterday (Saturday) to engage with local politicians and community leaders and workers.


Over 70 invited guests represented the diversity of the Gold Coast community and included Assistant Minister for Multicultural Affairs, Mr Robert Cavallucci MP and Federal Member for Fadden, Mr Stuart Robert MP.


The annual ISGC community award was presented to Councillor Margaret Grummitt (pictured right) for her support of the Muslim community over the years.


In addition to a deliciously prepared lunch, each of the guests received a memento of the occasion in the form of a flash drive and a presentation on the Muslims of Queensland.


Mr Hussain Baba, ISGC Secretary and coordinator of the event, told CCN that the success of this second gathering in two years has encouraged the committee to continue with this initiative.

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Gladstone has a diverse Muslim community with Muslims from Australia, India, Malaysia, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Morocco, South Africa, Iran, Pakistan and many other parts of the world.


The Muslim community recently formalised their community by forming the Islamic Society of Gladstone catering for Muslim needs such as providing a place to pray and halal meat.


The images on the right show the community celebrating the recent Eid-ul-Adha


For more information contact islamofgladstone@hotmail.com.




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A FREE Islamic educational class will be starting shortly in Brisbane.


The class is entitled "A Return to the Creed of the Salaf" and it is taught by Imam Afroz Ali of SeekersGuidance (www.seekersguidance.org) and the Al-Ghazzali Centre for Islamic Sciences and Human Development (www.alghazzali.org). The class is webcast from Sydney, and is being hosted in Brisbane by Seeker's Micro-Madrasa Brisbane (a division of SeekersGuidance) in conjunction with the As-Salaam Institute for Islamic Studies.

This class will entail a synopsis of Imam Ghazzali’s book Iljām al-‘Awwām ‘an ‘Ilm al-Kalām, translated by Shaykh Abdullah bin Hamid Ali as “A Return to Purity In Creed”.

Mahomed Aslam Osman, Outreach Manager of Seeker's Micro-Madrasa Brisbane, said that A Return to the Creed of the Salaf will "cover a masterpiece that provides unambiguous clarity about what the Early Generations (the Salaf) truly believed and how they understood Islamic Doctrines. The text helps the contemporary Muslim living in the midst of extremes, to return to the Purity of the Islamic Creed."

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ON PAPER Australian-born KJ Clifford Pugh is just like many other busy mums.

She has a brood of five she dotes on; she is actively involved in her community and she enjoys living in the city she calls home.

But there is one part of Mrs Clifford Pugh's life that sets her apart.

Mrs Clifford Pugh, along with her Australian-born children and Anglo-Saxon husband John, is a Muslim.

The 39-year-old found the religion relatively late in life, defying the trend of most Muslims to be born into Islam.

"The majority of Muslims are born into the religion," she said.


Growing up, Mrs Clifford Pugh didn't have a God nor religion in her life.

After a bad experience, her mother raised her family without religion.

Even at a young age she, however, felt the need for God, whoever he may be, to be in her life.

She enrolled in a Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults program, with the view of eventually becoming a Catholic nun.

During her studies to be a nun, Mrs Clifford Pugh learnt about world religions including Islam.

The uniformity of Islam appealed to the pragmatic woman.

After some internet research she soon discovered her affinity for Islam.

"I knew then that I was already a Muslim because I believe in Allah, His prophet and His book, the Quran," she said.


"I'm not sure exactly how or when it happened.

"All I just knew is that one day, I could not lie to myself anymore."

Mrs Clifford Pugh said she was glad to call Toowoomba home; a place of relative acceptance and tolerance.

"We haven't had any problems," she said.

"Sometimes, someone driving past might yell out something.

"But I think anyone might get that."

Unlike their mum, Brittania, 13, and Jadzia, 14, grew up as Muslims.

Dressed in their hijab, their religious affinity is on display, much like a Catholic wearing a cross.

"I have one for every outfit," Brittania proudly said of her hijab.

The girls are a part of a growing community of Muslim teens in Toowoomba.



Source: The Chronicle

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Shajarah Islamic Kindergarten was established as an Islamic learning and care environment for children from the age of 3 years.

The school's  Islamic Program includes Qur`aan, Arabic, Nasheeds, manners, ways of performing everyday activities such as greeting others, eating, sharing, playing, sleeping, and keeping ourselves and our environment clean.

For more details about the kindergarten's Islamic intention, click here

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Due to popular demand the Ilm-e-Deen degree offered by Al-Mustapha Institute of Brisbane will now be offered both full time and part time, commencing in 2013.  This will provide an opportunity for students aged 15 and over to also enroll on a part time basis whilst still completing their high school education. 
Places are limited and have been filling fast to avoid disappointment enroll now online at www.almustaphainstitute.org

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Former Test batsman Greg Ritchie (pictured left) has defended himself against claims of racist and anti-Muslim comments at a Brisbane Test luncheon, refusing to apologise and saying: "If they take offence that's their choice."

The ex-Australian player and television personality was attacked for using the forbidden "k-word" during a lunchtime speech at the Brisbane Cricket Ground Trust members dining room on day one of the first Test against South Africa on Friday. He also made disparaging remarks about Islamic people in the address, South Africa's Sunday Times reported.

"I've got nothing against the Muslim people," Ritchie was reported as saying on Friday. "Just this morning I had to try and stop three little Muslim boys trying to break the lock on my car boot. "I had to say, 'Shut up! You're in there for a reason!'"

On Sunday, Ritchie told Fairfax: "That's a joke that I use, and I'll continue to use it. It's just a little humourous joke to indicate that they're not my favourite people of my choice. If they take offence that's their choice."

Ritchie also defended himself against the accusations of racism by using the word "kaffir" in the lunchtime address.

"Hey Kepler, you're not going to call this lot kaffirs today, are you," the Queenslander was reported as saying in reference to his former teammate Kepler Wessels, who during the 1980s could not play for his native South Africa due to their international ban. Wessels has threatened legal action.


"It's a joke I've used 500 times," Ritchie said on Sunday. "It's a reference to us playing against the West Indies [in a match for Queensland against the West Indies in 1980] and I say to him 'You wouldn't use that word against these guys would you?'. I am not saying that Kepler said that word at all."

"It is to emphasise the fear I had playing against the West Indies. It is a shocking term and it relays the great fear that we all had about facing the West Indies bowling.

"It's disappointing to think this has become an issue. I do a lot of public speaking around the world and I tell the story all the time.

A Cricket Australia spokesman indicated Ritchie was not welcome at the country's cricket grounds as a result of the speech but said they had refrained from officially banning him.

"Cricket Australia is of the view that it's not appropriate for Greg to be at our cricket venues at this time," he said.

"There is absolutely no place for racism in sport on or off the field. We're fully supportive of the ICC's anti-racism policy on cricket. A senior official from Cricket Australia has contacted Greg, who has confirmed the content of that speech.

"We've made it clear that his comments were absolutely unacceptable. We're going to take the opportunity to write to all our states and venues to remind them of the obligations under the ICC anti-racism policy in terms of speakers and what they should be advising speakers at their venues."

Wessels, in Brisbane in a commentary capacity with the South African network SuperSport, told the Sunday Times he may take legal action against the 52-year-old.

"That's a disgraceful, offensive and libellous comment to make," Wessels said. "It's certainly not what I'm about and everyone who knows me will know that. I have no idea what he might be referring to - I haven't even spoken to him since the early '80s."

Ritchie was also booked as a guest speaker by Queensland Cricket for its annual pre-Test luncheon at the Brisbane Convention Centre last Wednesday, in which he also recounted anecdotes about Wessels.

On Friday he is also alleged to have also made offensive remarks about Pakistan, and its former captain Imran Khan.

"There's a place in Pakistan called Lahore. There weren't many of them [whores] around when we were there in 1982, I can tell you."

About Imran, he reportedly said: "He's an absolute knob is Imran Khan, that's the only way to describe him."

South Africa team manager Mohammed Moosajee told the Sunday Times: "If that is what was uttered, it is both disappointing and despicable for someone to make these racist comments. Racism has no place in society and in sport."

Ritchie previously stretched boundaries with his portrayal of the Punjabi character Mahatma Cote on the NRL Footy Show

Source: Sydney Morning Herald

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Sergeant Jim Bellos, Cultural Liaison Officer with the QPS, was this week awarded the Queensland's Australian of the Year in the Local Heroes category from a strong list of contenders.

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This is to assist 5 men who are not entitled to any support whatsoever.
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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.

Each week, CCN publishes a personality selected from the list:


No. 47

Professor Dr Seyyed Hossein Nasr
Philosopher & University Professor


Country: USA
Born: 7 April 1933 (age 78)
Source of Influence: Scholarly
Influence: Written major books and given countless lectures internationally
School of Thought: Traditional Shia


Seyyed Hossein Nasr is an Islamic Studies professor at George  Washington University. He remains  one of the most influential  Muslim scholars in the  world for his work on Islamic tradition  and philosophy.  He is the only Muslim to be  included in  the Library of Living Philosophers. He has written  over 50 books and over 500 articles.


Reviver of Tradition

Nasr’s work has covered the most important areas of  contemporary Muslim thought from classical Islamic philosophy, Islamic science, Sufism, and critique of modernity  to interfaith relations, Islam–West relations, and the environmental crisis. Nasr is the first Muslim scholar  ever to be invited to give the prestigious Gifford Lectures,  which were later published as Knowledge and the Sacred.


Islamic Environmentalism

Nasr’s work has been ahead of its time in predicting the disastrous consequences of the environmental crisis. Books such as The Encounter of Man and Nature: the Spiritual Crisis of Modern Man (1968), and Religion and the Order of Nature (1996), narrate the rise of a secular, modern conception of nature as inert matter to be conquered by modern technology, and attempt to revive a sacred notion of nature.


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Muslim Mag Highlights ‘Conservative Chic’, Is More Popular Than Vogue       


Ala Magazine/ Source: spiegel.deTURKEY: Flip through any women’s fashion magazine today, and you’ll be sure to find plenty of sultry gazes and no shortage of what some might call gratuitous nudity. But relatively new Muslim fashion glossy Ala is breaking the mould with a “conservative chic” approach, and has found extreme success in Turkey.

Ala debuted in June 2011 and editor, Ebru Yayindag, explains that, contrary to the (ostensible) ethos of every other fashion-focused magazine in the world, the clothes featured are not supposed to make a woman look attractive. Instead, per Muslim tradition, women are photographed with their bodies covered (with the exception of the hands, feet, and face). In a short segment with the BBC, reporter Rajan Datar delves into the mag’s pages to find out why it’s “outsold all other rivals from Vogue to Marie Claire and Elle“.




Source: BBC


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EgyptAir stewardesses begin wearing hijab 


Cairo:  EgyptAir stewardesses who campaigned to wear the Muslim headscarf have begun donning the hijab for the first time since the national carrier was founded in 1932, a company official said on Sunday.

The first flight attendants dressed in the hijab, which mainstream clerics say is mandatory, worked on flights to Jeddah in Saudi Arabia on Saturday.

Under president Hosni Mubarak, who was toppled in an uprising in early 2011, the hijab was taboo for women in some state institutions such as state television and the national carrier.

But after the election of the Islamist President Mohamed Morsi in June, women in television and EgyptAir campaigned for permission to wear the hijab, like most Muslim women in Egypt.

The company had agreed to allow the stewardesses to wear the hijab after a strike by cabin crews in September that also demanded better pay.

An EgyptAir official said a foreign company has been contracted to design a cap and headscarf for the estimated 250 stewardesses who want to wear the hijab, out of 900 women working for EgyptAir.

In September, an anchorwoman was the first woman to appear on state television wearing the scarf, which traditionally covers the hair and neck. Some more liberal women wear the hijab to cover only their hair.

Source: Google

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General Staff adds elective Quran course to curriculum of military high schools 

Istanbul: The General Staff has approved the inclusion of elective Quran courses in the curriculum of military high schools, media outlets reported on Wednesday.

The military high schools are following the path of regular high schools, which began offering the elective Quran courses this year upon a decision of the Ministry of Education to that effect.

Debates flared up last month after national media outlets circulated claims that the General Staff had objected to any change to its curriculum.

In a statement released on Wednesday, the General Staff dismissed such news reports and said it had added elective Quran courses to its curriculum for this year.

Source: Today's Zaman


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Leicester student launches T-shirts challenging Islamophobia 

UK: The Leicester Mercury and Asian Image newspapers reports on the successful business venture by a Muslim medical student at Leicester University challenging popular misconceptions about Islam and Muslim through T-shirts bearing slogans.

The Leicester Mercury interviews Umair, the man behind the T-shirts and his company, Design Molvi.

The T-shirts, designed to relay positive messages about Islam in the face of widespread negative stereotypes, have slogans such as "Terrorism Hijacked My Religion" and, "I'm a Tourist, Not a Terrorist". Speaking to the Leicester Mercury, Umair said that, "It's such a contemporary topic.

"We are trying to challenge those stereotypes."

Design Molvi is supported by a bursary from Enterprise Inc., which offers help to business start ups in the East Midlands run by students or recent graduates.

Irene Zempi of Leicester University’s Criminology department, and who has published research on the negative discourses developed around Muslim women and hate crimes against veiled Muslim women, commented on the Design Molvi initiative, saying it was "a very innovative way to tackle Islamophobia”.

"This idea is inspiring and, hopefully, it will contribute into dispelling myths surrounding Islam and Muslims."

Source: Engage


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Keighley MP sparks ‘Muslim rapists’ row in Commons 

UK: BBC News reports on comments made by the Conservative MP for Keighley, Kris Hopkins, during a parliamentary debate on child sexual exploitation in which Hopkins referred to “gangs of Muslim men … going round and raping white kids” and appeared to blame “sexist behaviour by Muslim men towards women” for the problem. Hopkins was challenged on the floor of the House by MP for Bolton South East, Yasmin Qureshi who warned that such remarks were negligent of the facts and played into the hands of the far-right.

Hopkins said:

“The first time I heard about and began to attempt to understand child sexual exploitation was when my predecessor, Ann Cryer, spoke out… she was very much a lone voice at the time, especially in speaking to the Kashmiri Pakistani community about some of their behaviour.

“Not all British Pakistani men are abusing white kids. There is a minority, though…The vast majority of child abusers in this country are white……but we should not get away from the fact that gangs of Muslim men are going round and raping white kids at this moment in time.”

Yasmin Qureshi challenged Hopkins, alluding to an investigation being carried out by the deputy Children’s Commissioner, Sue Berlowitz which concluded that grooming and sexual exploitation had nothing to do with “race or religion, but is just one form of methodology of sexual abuse.”

Hopkins went on to claim the problem emanated from a ‘cultural’ issue saying, “one of the problems is the way that women are treated and valued by Muslim men… Fundamentally, there is a sexist behaviour by Muslim men towards women…

“I would ask why so many women are brought into this country to marry. One reason why I think that plays out is that women from Pakistan are subservient.

“Finally, lots of women wear traditional dress, including the veil, but there is an issue with men looking at women in western clothes—there is the idea that they are doing so because they want sex and think that those women are available. That behaviour by some Muslim men towards western women needs to be challenged.”

Later on in the debate, Qureshi once again challenged Hopkins’ comments:

“In the Home Affairs Committee, the deputy Children’s Commissioner was asked directly whether the issue was linked to race or religion, but she responded that it was not and said that it was about methodology and just one way that sexual abuse takes place. The assistant chief commissioner of Greater Manchester police said that race and religion had nothing to do with the cases in Rochdale and elsewhere. The judge in the Derby case also said that race, ethnicity and culture had nothing to do with the abuse. That is really important.”

Hopkins responded, “time and again it is a white girl being raped by Muslim men. If we deny that fact in this House, the BNP and everybody else will climb on board. We must be very careful about how we structure these arguments."

Yasmin Qureshi then stated, “I was saying that it is important to recognise the methodology involved. In the cases mentioned by the hon. Member for Keighley, on the face of it the victims were white and the perpetrators were Muslims, but that is coincidental and not deliberate.

“It is important to emphasise that, and not to fall into the British National Party and English Defence League trap of saying that the problem is linked to race or religion—it is not.

“A common factor and theme run through those different types of abuse. They virtually all involve men, and the victims are always young girls or boys or children, and always vulnerable.

“The key is vulnerability, and nothing else. If we get distracted by race or culture, we will lose sight of the bigger picture.”

Note that the EDL’s Facebook page links to the BBC article on Hopkins’ comments. The far right group has previously campaigned on the issue of ‘Muslim grooming’ holding protests in Rochdale and in Hopkins’ own constituency of Keighley, in Bradford. The leader of the EDL has specifically stated of the Qur’an that “This book legitimises the rape, prostitution and abuse of our daughters. When will the police and politicians realise the link between this and them men raping our kids…..This [the Qur’an] is the link”.

You can read the full parliamentary debate here.

UPDATE: See the Telegraph and Argus for reaction from Hopkins’ constituents in Bradford to his comments in Parliament. In an article for the Huffington Post, Yasmin Qureshi MP summarises her objections to Hopkins’ remarks

Source: Engage


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

This week Hafsa Mahomed recommends


Purification of the Heart:

Signs, Symptoms and Cures of the Spiritual Diseases of the Heart

Shayk Hamza Yusuf


This exploration of Islamic spirituality delves into the psychological diseases and cures of the heart. Diseases examined include miserliness, envy, hatred, treachery, rancor, malice, ostentation, arrogance, covetousness, lust, and other afflictions that assail people and often control them.


The causes and practical cures of these diseases are discussed, offering a penetrating glimpse into how Islam deals with spiritual and psychological problems and demonstrating how all people can benefit from these teachings





The more that you read,

The more things you will know.

The more that you learn,

The more places you will go.


                                                         Dr Seuss


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

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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: So many people at our table at yesterday's Gold Coast Mosque Luncheon asked me what went into this dish to make it so deliciousl, I had to go into the kitchen and coax out the recipe from the chef. To the guests at Table 6, this one is dedicated to you.


Beef Vindaloo with a Difference


• 2 tbsp. oil
• 1 large grated or liquidized onion
• Approx. 70g of Vindaloo Paste of a brand of your choice.
• 500g diced beef
• 200g canned chopped tomatoes
• 2 tab tomato paste
• 100ml water
• ½ cup of coconut cream

1. In a medium saucepan, gently cook onions in oil until it’s slightly brown.
2. Stir in paste, fry for 3 minutes.
3. Add beef and fry until sealed.
4. Add tomatoes cook for 5 minutes to reduce.
5. Add water, mix well, cover, and simmer gently for approx 40 minutes, until beef is cooked.
6. Add cream at the end and stir through well.
7. Serve hot with rice or naan bread 


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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Jallalludin entered a restaurant and shouted in a loud voice to the owner: "Give me a donner kebab meal with the works, and give everyone here the same. When I eat I want everyone to eat too."

The whole restaurant was served and the patrons got excited.


Then Jallalludin said: "Give me a chocolate milkshake and give everyone the same too, because when I drink I want everyone to drink too."


The diners were served and were so pleased they said: "Wow! you are the man."

When they were all done Jallalludin shouted: "Please give me my bill and give everyone else theirs too, because when I pay my bill, I want everyone to pay theirs too."

The fate that befell Jallalludin soon after is one that cannot be related in a family newsletter like CCN.


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By no means shall you attain righteousness unless you give (freely) of that which you love; and whatever you give, of a truth Allah knows it well.   

Surah Al-Imran 3:92


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I think that I shall never see
A poem lovely as a tree.
A tree whose hungry mouth is pressed
...Against the earth's sweet flowing breast;
A tree that looks at God all day,
And lifts her leafy arms to pray;
A tree that may in Summer wear
A nest of robins in her hair;
Upon whose bosom snow has lain;
Who intimately lives with rain.
Poems are made by people like me,
But only God can make a tree.

Joyce Kilmer (1886-1918)


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IWAQ Offices, 11 Watland St, Springwood



25 November


Islamic Workshop: 13 Life Transforming Quranic Words



UQ St Lucia

0468 389 881

9am to 5.30pm

24 November



Aashooraa Day

5 December


Shariah Law Symposium

Revival & NCEIS

Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre

0407 921 978

8.30am to 4.30pm


3-7 January

Thurs to  Mon

Summer Camp


Apex Camp, Mudjimba, Sunshine Coast

0423 641 431

All day

12 January


Desert Rose Dinner Night


Islamic College of Brisbane, Karawatha

0420 771 569


5 May 2013


International Food Festival 2013

Islamic Society of Gold Coast

Gold Coast Mosque

0412 601 152

All day

6 June 2013



Lailatul Mehraj

24 June 2013



Lailatul Bhahraat

11 July 2013


Start of Ramadhan

5 August 2013



Lailatul Qadr

8 August 2013



End of Ramadhan

9 August 2013




17 August 2013


Eidfest 2013

Mt Gravatt Showgrounds

0418 722 353

All day

1 Sept 2013


CresWalk 2013


Orleigh Park, West End

0402 026 786


16 October 2013




 TBA 2013


Aashooraa 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: 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


Kuraby Mosque Tafseer & Taalim


Tuesday tafseer and taleem classes at Kuraby Mosque every Tuesday 11am - 12.30pm


Bald Hills Mosque Weekly Tafseer


The weekly program schedule is as follows:
Mondays = Tafseer
Tuesdays = Seerah
Wednesdays = Tafseer

The above lessons will commence after Isha salah and will go for approximately 1/2 an hour each day.

All brothers and sisters are welcome.


Queensland Police Service/Muslim Community Consultative Group


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

Wednesday 5 December 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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