Sunday, 29 December 2013

 Newsletter 0477




AMYN Survivor Summer Camp 2013/14
This year's camp includes adventure activities, personal development, team building as well as Islamic workshops.  Run from 3 January to 6 January 2014, includes catered Halal food.  Great summer excitement!

Sister Mid-Summer Glamour Evening
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A Mussalah has been running in Hervey Bay for some time now


Two doctors have now purchased a property, converting a shed to be used for salaat and installing basic ablution facilities.


There are currently about 15 musallees and salaat is being led by one of the doctors-- most of the Muslims are in the medical field.

While the small community has contributed to the initial phases, funds are needed for the building and plumbing of the ablution block.


Hervey Bay is a popular destination for locals and international tourists and these facilities would serve the community and visitors well over the years to come.

To contribute to this project you can send your donations to:


Bank details:

A/C name : ICRA
BSB : 084 801
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Part of the talk by Imam Uzair Akbar during the last Victims of War In Afghanistan Fundraising event held in Brisbane recently.


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The December 2013 edition of the Al wasat newspaper is now available here.

The English pages (25-40) and the Arabic pages (1 - 24)

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Bradford synagogue saved by city's Muslims

Faced with closure a year ago, today Bradford's synagogue's future is bright, a model of cross-cultural co-operation


Zulfi Karim, secretary of Bradford Council of Mosques, and Rudi Leavor, chairman of the Bradford Reform Synagogue.



UK: It was around this time last year that the trustees of Bradford's final remaining synagogue faced a tough choice. The roof of the Grade II-listed Moorish building was leaking; there was serious damage to the eastern wall, where the ark held the Torah scrolls; and there was no way the modest subscriptions paid annually by the temple's 45 members could cover the cost.

Rudi Leavor, the synagogue's 87-year-old chairman, reluctantly proposed the nuclear option: to sell the beautiful 132-year-old building, forcing the congregation to go 10 miles to Leeds to worship.

It was a terrible proposition, coming just after the city's only Orthodox synagogue had shut its doors in November 2012, unable to regularly gather 10 men for the Minyan, the quorum of 10 Jewish male adults required for certain religious obligations.

But rather than close, Bradford Reform Synagogue's future is brighter than ever after the intervention of Bradford's Muslim community, which according to the 2011 census outnumbers the city's Jews by 129,041 to 299.

A fundraising effort – led by the secretary of a nearby mosque, together with the owner of a popular curry house and a local textile magnate – has secured the long-term future of the synagogue and forged a friendship between Bradfordian followers of Islam and Judaism. All things being well, by Christmas the first tranche of £103,000 of lottery money will have reached the synagogue's bank account after some of Bradford's most influential Muslims helped Leavor and other Jews to mount a bid.

This burgeoning relationship is perhaps unexpected. When David Ward, one of the city's MPs, had the Liberal Democrat whip withdrawn over disparaging remarks about "the Jews" and Israel as an "apartheid state", he was publicly supported by many of his Muslim constituents. George Galloway, the Respect MP for Bradford West and an open opponent of Israel, has organised convoys to Gaza and was praised by many of his voters after refusing to engage in a debate with an Israeli student at Oxford University earlier this year.

The cross-cultural co-operation is warmly welcomed by Leavor, who moved to the city from Berlin as a refugee in 1937. "It's fantastic," he said this week, in a joint interview with Zulfi Karim, secretary of Bradford Council of Mosques. "Rudi is my new found big brother," said Karim, who is on the board at the central Westgate mosque a few hundred metres up the road from the synagogue. "It makes me proud that we can protect our neighbours and at the same time preserve an important part of Bradford's cultural heritage."


The Guardian

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Hijab Liberated Me: Playboy Model

PHILLIPINES: When Felixia Yeap received an offer to take photo shoots while donning Islamic hijab, according to her, the occasion gave her unprecedented feelings of protection, happiness and safety..

“I realized that I was looking forward to cover up (my body) more,” Yeap told Malaysia Star on Thursday, December 12.

“When someone grows up they become wiser,” the 26-year-old model added.

Yeap, who is not a Muslim, used to pose in Playboy Philippines after taking the modeling career two years ago.

During these two years, she lamenting feelings that she was "used" by men who were only out looking for fun instead of a wife for marriage.

“I crumbled time after time...I picked myself up just to crumble all over again,” she said.


I realized that I was looking forward to cover up (my body) more..



Felixia Yeap

This all changed when she received an offer to parade in the hijab for a commercial casting a few months ago.

At this moment, Yeap felt "liberated".

She now feels “happy, protected and safe” every time she dons the hijab.

Though Yeap has not converted to Islam so far, she started to skip fashion shoots that makes use of her body.

“I am planning to slow down on those kind of shoots and try my best to avoid them. I only do about 30% of the requests I get,” she said.



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Middlesbrough suspends two fans from matches after claims Qur'an ripped up at game

UK: Police are investigating claims some Boro fans ripped up the holy text of Islam during the club’s 2-2 draw with Birmingham City

Middlesbrough FC have suspended two fans from matches after claims that copies of the Qur'an were ripped up at a game.

Police are investigating reports some Boro fans ripped up the holy text of Islam during the club’s 2-2 draw at Birmingham City.

After the allegations came to light, Middlesbrough Football Club vowed to ban anyone convicted of the crime from the Riverside Stadium for life.

And, in a statement, the club said: “We can confirm that, at this point, two individuals have been suspended from attending Boro matches.

“As investigations by West Midlands and Cleveland Police into the alleged incident at Birmingham last weekend are ongoing, it would be inappropriate for us to comment further.”

A Birmingham City spokesman has also confirmed the club was aware of the incident and was co-operating with police.


When the people who were there realised what was going on we were disgusted.

Steve Fletcher

Police in Birmingham described the incident as a “hate crime”.

A spokesman for MFC said previously that the club operates a “zero tolerance policy” towards all forms of discrimination and is a strong supporter of football’s pledge to “eradicate racism in all its forms”.

Boro supporters’ group, Red Faction, has organised an anti-racist march before the game with Brighton & Hove Albion tomorrow.

Steve Fletcher, member of Red Faction supporters’ group, told the Evening Gazette: “It’s a direct response to the incident last Saturday at the Birmingham away game when a minority of supporters ripped up the Qu’ran.

“That does not represent Middlesbrough Football Club and its supporters.

“When the people who were there realised what was going on we were disgusted. The police were aware of who did it.”

Fans are asked to meet at 2pm at the first underpass near McDonald’s and Cineworld in Middlesbrough for the anti-racism march.


Source: Mirror

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'We Really Don't Want To Ban Christmas,' Muslims Insist 


UK: In an a gesture of goodwill, which would be touching if it weren't so thoroughly depressing that it was necessary, the Muslim Council of Britain has released a Christmas card, assuring the public Muslims do not want to ban Christmas.

Riffing on the hackney-ed 'Keep Calm...' motif, the MCB issued a veiled challenge to any media outlet (who could they possibly mean?) who might suggest Muslim don't enjoy twinkly lights or a chocolate log as much as the rest of us. One read: "Keep Calm, It's Christmas", and another "Don't Panic, Christmas Is Not Banned".

Who wants to ban Christmas? Not Muslims," the council said. "So put up the Christmas tree, prepare the roast, wrap the presents and spread the Yuletide joy.
"None of us will be offended if you go ahead and enjoy the Christmas cheer. We'll remember too the blessings Jesus gave to all of us. He was, after all, an important Prophet to Muslims.

"Some Muslims will join in those celebrations, remembering too that Jesus was an important Prophet of Islam.

"Others will not join. But very few Muslims will be offended at the celebrations taking place, and no one should be obliged to change their celebrations at risk of offending Muslims.

"So whether you are celebrating Christmas or not, may these holidays bring joy and happiness to you and your loved ones."

Christmas 2013 has seen relatively little "War On Christmas" headlines. But the memories of "Winterval" by Birmingham City Council in the late 1990s and the Winter Night Light festival in Dundee in 2009, neither of which were anything whatsoever to do with either Muslims or banning Christmas, still cut some pretty deep.

Source: Huffington Post

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Saudi digital generation takes on Twitter, YouTube … and authorities

Conservative country boasts world's highest use of sites per capita, but criticising Islam remains a clear red line


A Saudi woman films an Islamic ceremony on her phone

SAUDI ARABIA:  Turki al-Hamad paid a heavy price for a tweet. Last year the novelist told his followers that Islam as practised in Saudi Arabia was not the "message of love" preached by the Prophet Muhammad. The outcome was six months in prison without trial.

Conditions were immeasurably better than when he was detained in the 1970s, but the hazards of speaking out in the digital age were still painfully clear.

Hamad's case was unusual though not unique. Like Hamza Kashgari, a journalist from Jeddah, he had provoked conservative religious zealots who oppose change in the kingdom – or provide the government with a handy excuse to do so. But Twitter is immensely popular and largely tolerated. According to recent research, Saudi Arabia has the world's highest Twitter and YouTube use per capita – a staggering 90m views of the latter a day. It also has the highest Facebook use in the Gulf.

On the face of it, it may seem surprising that an absolute monarchy with no parliament or political parties, tame newspapers and TV channels, enforced gender segregation and an official morality police should have such a flourishing social media world. But Saudis tweet in their millions to swap jokes, whinge about salaries, government waste and inefficiency – and corruption.

"Twitter has raised the ceiling of our freedoms," said Hamad. For Hatoon al-Fassi, an Islamic feminist who campaigns for womens' right to drive, social media has created a "virtual space" that compensates for Saudi Arabians' lack of legal freedom of assembly or association.


Twitter has raised the ceiling of our freedoms

Turki al-Hamad

"Twitter helps us breathe," said the columnist Ahmed al-Najjar. Digital media have also blurred the boundaries between what is permissible and what is not – though criticising religion remains a clear red line.

Still, Saudi cyberspace is not only about politics – or exclusively for progressives. Conservative Islamist preachers such as Mohamad al-Arefe have millions of followers. And it was an "online incitement campaign" that put Hamad behind bars. Other clerics are infamous for promoting sectarian attacks on Alawites in Syria.

It is at home that the impact of social media has been most strongly felt. Last year, as spring fever swept through the Arab republics, Saudis were riveted by the appearance of a Twitter user named @mujtahidd (a diligent religious scholar), who tackled the taboo subject of corruption in the royal family. The state-appointed mufti then warned people off Twitter because it "promoted lies and rumours."

Mujtahidd, inevitably dubbed the "Saudi Julian Assange," has since run out of steam and scoops and now mostly retweets other peoples' posts. Exactly who he or she was or represented remains a mystery – though there was striking evidence of high-level inside knowledge and certainly a critical and reformist agenda.

On one view all this debate is nothing new. "We have always talked a lot in this country – and that includes discussing the royal family," argues Kamal, a businessman. "Now we use social media to do what we have always done. It just amplifies what we say."

Others see exciting possibilities. "You can meet like-minded people so maybe it will act as a seed – even for political parties," suggests a civil servant.

It is no secret that social media usage is monitored by the authorities, and as the mujtahidd case apparently shows, it can be reined in or silenced if deemed too subversive. Three lawyers are currently facing prosecution for tweets and retweets "deemed to undermine the judiciary".

In March, Muhammad al-Qahtani and Abdullah al-Hamid of the Saudi Civil and Political Rights Association were jailed for 10 and 11 years for offences including "internet crimes" because they used Twitter to promote their cause. Their lawyer, Abdullah al-Hussan, is convinced Twitter has helped ordinary Saudis better understand their rights.


...Twitter has been an important factor in encouraging reform in this country.




Even senior royals and government ministers have Twitter accounts with hundreds of thousands of followers – Abdel Aziz Khoja, minister of information and culture, has 180,000. But that does not lead to transparency as ministries and subordinates hide behind fax numbers and impenetrable press releases. Officials admit openly that social media is a useful way of keeping track of public opinion.

"The Saudi government has a vested interest in keeping these things going," agrees the dissident, London-based Saudi academic Madawi al-Rasheed. "If you oppose a policy there is always a hashtag that allows people to vent their anger without actually doing anything. It's also a way of monitoring people to see who they are in touch with."

Recent examples include Twitter attacks on King Abdullah when he came out in open support of last summer's overthrow of President Mohamed Morsi by the Egyptian military – an affront to supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood. The crude hashtag "Olympic whores" generated furious debate over the unprecedented participation of Saudi women athletes in the 2012 London Games.

Twitter has been a vehicle for limited change – helping a campaign for female lawyers to be allowed to appear in court and forcing the "haya" (morality police) to behave less aggressively. Events that previously would not have been reported anywhere – protests in Buraidah and the Eastern Province – now appear first on Twitter.

"It's not just Twitter," said Hussan. "It's the Arab spring. But Twitter has been an important factor in encouraging reform in this country."

Unsuccessful attempts have been made to ban or control Facebook and Skype. And in an ominous-sounding move this month, a senior official of the state audiovisual commission suggested Saudi-made YouTube programmes might be regulated to ensure content "abides by our cultural and religious rules". His statement immediately went viral on Twitter.


.....yes, it does enlarge the prison cell; but no, it doesn't release the inmate

Mahmoud Darwish

Self-censorship plays an important role in the work of YouTube stars such as Fahad al-Butairi – known as "the Seinfeld of Saudi Arabia" – whose La Yekthar comedy series has 560,000 subscribers and 4.7m monthly views. Its spinoff Temsa7LY, featuring an engaging puppet alligator talking about videos and interviewing celebrities, claims 11m monthly views.

Saudis explain this phenomenal success by the dreary nature of the mainstream media and bland imported TV programmes – and by the sheer boredom of a society where 70% of the population is under 30, the majority have smartphones and where the religious police patrol public spaces while cinemas, bars and theatre are non-existent. "Twitter and YouTube replace the real world for many Saudis," says the educationalist Fawziah al-Bakr. "There are so many restrictions. They need these things to escape."

Stand-up comedy is growing rapidly — and not only in relatively liberal Jeddah: one popular new programme features a traditionally-robed woman, shown only in silhouette, who wisecracks in a rural Arabic dialect from remote Assir near the Yemeni border. Hisham al-Fageeh, another online hero, achieved global recognition with his brilliant (and all-male) "no woman no drive" video.

Behind closed doors some critics of the government like to paraphrase the words of the Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish to describe the effect of Saudi social media: yes, it does enlarge the prison cell; but no, it doesn't release the inmate.

Hamad, though, takes a longer view: "Saudi Arabia is in childbirth," he quipped. "A baby is coming. Is it a boy or a girl? We don't yet know. But this country is in labour. And in the end the new media will affect its political future."

Source: The Guardian

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M&S faces furious backlash from customers over Muslim policy 


Marks & Spencer's official Facebook page is deluged with messages from customers furious at bosses' decision to let Muslim staff refuse to serve pork and alcohol to customers, as campaign is launched to boycott store



LONDON:  Marks & Spencer is facing a boycott from hundreds of customers furious at the store’s decision to allow Muslim staff to refuse to serve customers buying alcohol or pork products.

The policy was revealed after customers trying to buy pork or alcohol from a Muslim shop assistant in central London were told they would have to use another till because of the cashier's religion.

The chain has admitted, however, that it has breached its own internal policy - by forcing its staff to choose between their beliefs and their responsibilties to the supermarket.

A spokesperson for M&S said that it works closely with employees with specific beliefs that restrict what food or drink they can handle, but on this occasion it had to “regret” that it had not followed its own guidelines.

“Where we have an employee whose religious beliefs restrict food or drink they can handle, we work closely with our member of staff to place them in suitable role, such as in our clothing department or bakery in foods.



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This isn't 'feminism'. It's Islamophobia 

 By Laurie Penny


I am infuriated by white men stirring up anti-Muslim prejudice to derail debate on western sexism


An English Defence League rally in Dewsbury, West Yorkshire. ‘Far-right groups … rush to condemn crimes against women committed by Muslim men, while fielding candidates who make claims like “women are like gongs – they need to be struck regularly”.’ 



As a person who writes about women's issues, I am constantly being told that Islam is the greatest threat to gender equality in this or any other country – mostly by white men, who always know best. This has been an extraordinary year for feminism, but from the Rochdale grooming case to interminable debates over whether traditional Islamic dress is "empowering" or otherwise, the rhetoric and language of feminism has been co-opted by Islamophobes, who could not care less about women of any creed or colour.

The recent blanket coverage of the "gender segregation on campus" story was a textbook case. This month Student Rights, a pressure group not run by students, released a report vastly exaggerating a suggestion by Universities UK that male and female students might be asked to sit separately in some lectures led by Islamic guest speakers. Many Asian women's groups and individual Muslim feminists joined the subsequent protests, sometimes taking personal risks to do so. Unfortunately, rightwing commentators and tabloids seized upon the issue to imply that Islamic extremists are taking over the British academy.

Never mind that it wasn't strictly true, the non-controversy spread to every level of government. Labour MP Chuka Umunna declared: "A future Labour government would not allow or tolerate segregation in our universities." Even the prime minister stepped into the debate, saying the proposed guidelines, which have since been withdrawn, were "not the right approach". The elite all-male Oxford club of which both he and the chancellor were members was presumably the perfect approach.



The Guardian

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During the Middle Ages, when Europe was plunged into the Dark Ages, Arab scholars and historians translated most of the works of the Greek scholars, thereby preserving some of the greatest intellectual achievements that are the cornerstone of Western civilization.


For the next few weeks CCN will offer an English word that has, as its origin, the Arabic language:


English Arabic Origin Arabic Meaning
saffron za'fran saffron
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CCN Readers' Book Club: You are what you read!


This week CCN recommends

Jinnah of Pakistan


Stanley A. Wolpert


“Wolpert has studied Pakistan in depth , his portrayal of Jinnah sahib raised some controversy, but the book captures the essence of the man who almost single handed created a new nation and whose integrity was acknowledged even by opponents .Excellent biography written be an accomplished and talented expert"

Shelfari reader's review


"This book provides a very thorough examination of Jinnah's history and his involvement in South Asian politics, from joint opposition to British with the Hindu politicians, to his advocacy for a separate Muslim state (Pakistan). It is one of the few books that exposes the good and not so good qualities of both Hindu and Muslim leaders of the time (Jinnah, Nehru and Gandhi). And presents Jinnah as a pragmatic leader who was not interested in splitting up India for the sake of his own power as has been suggested. Instead the book illustrates how the Muslims of India were 2nd class citizens even during British rule and due the inevitable circumstances brought about by the British and the ensuing tensions between Hindus and Muslims, Jinnah pursued the only viable course at the time. An absolute must read for students of politics and history of South Asia"

Amazon.com reader's review



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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: This week's recipe comes from the Al-Ansaar Souk in Durban where the famous South African chef and culinary expert Ms Asha Maharaj (pictured sharing some of her secrets) was on hand to prepare this deliciously tasty rice and chicken dish.

Savoury Rice and Creamy Chicken


Savoury Rice


2 cups of cooked rice
1 sliced onion
1 cup of sliced mushrooms
1 cup of peas
2 tab. ghee or olive oil
Pinch of red crushed chillies
I green chilli cut up

Sauté the onions in the ghee.

When slightly caramelized, add all remaining ingredients, with the exception of the rice which you fold through at the end, giving it a good toss so all the ingredients are well mixed.

Keep warm.


Onion Mix
Fry a sliced onion, remove from the fryer and add 2 tab. Peanut Butter and finely cut coriander leaves, keep refrigerated for future use.

Creamy Chicken


1 kg chicken breast fillets, cut into cubes, with fat and skin off
2 tab ghee or olive oil
1 tab. finely cut curry leaves
1 tsp. ginger and garlic paste
1 clove of garlic cut finely
1 tsp salt
1 tsp dhana jeeru mix (equal quantities of coriander and cumin mix)
1 tsp crushed red chillies
¼ tsp of turmeric powder
1 cup of evaporated milk, a little more if you like it saucier
2 tab of onion mix ( see below)

Sauté the curry leaves, ginger garlic mix and slivers of garlic and spices.
Add chicken and salt and braise for a few minutes and then add the onion mix, cook until chicken is done and lastly add evaporated milk. Serve hot with Savoury Rice


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’m trying to build up leg strength. Is there anything else I can do besides weight training?

A: Absolutely.

Head to the beach and give soft-sand running a go.

It’s much more challenging than it looks and will definitely strengthen and tone your legs.

Try hill and stair climbing, as well as squats and lunges for an awesome ‘build and burn’ workout.








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Need an answer to a fitness related matter?

Send your question to Kareema at  fitness@crescentsofbrisbane.org.

All questions sent in are published here anonymously and without any references to the author of the question.


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Jallalludin goes into a pharmacy.


He reaches into his pocket and takes out a small bottle and a teaspoon.


He pours some liquid onto the teaspoon and offers it to the chemist's assistant.


"Could you taste this please?" says Jallalludin.


The chemist's assistant takes the teaspoon, puts it in his mouth, swills the liquid and swallows it.


"Does it taste sweet?" says Jallalludin.


"No, not at all," says the chemist's assistant.


"Good," says Jallalludin. "The doctor told me to come here and get my urine tested for sugar."

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Is there a diet to treat arthritis?

There is no scientific evidence that supports cutting out specific foods to reduce the symptoms related to arthritis

It is best to choose a healthy diet that includes a wide variety of foods and is consistent with the Dietary Guidelines for Australians.

Cutting out specific foods in an effort to reduce arthritic symptoms can mean missing out on important nutrients.

Being overweight places extra stress on the joints.

Many people find losing weight reduces the pain and inflammation of arthritis.

Need an answer to a question on nutrition?

Send your question to Fathima Abdoola at  fathima.abdoola@uqconnect.edu.au

All questions sent in are published here anonymously and without any references to the author of the question.

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And the Book (of Deeds) will be placed (before you); and you will see the sinful in great terror because of what is (recorded) therein; they will say, "Ah! Woe to us! What a book is this! It leaves out nothing small or great, but takes account thereof!" They will find all that they did, placed before them: and not one will your Lord treat with injustice.    

Surah Al-Kahf 18:49


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the world will know peace.


~ J. Hendrix


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16/157 North Rd, Woodridge

0401 810 970

5pm to 9pm

3-6 January

Fri to  Mon

AMYN Survivor Summer Camp 2014



0401 864 363

All Day

5 January


Milad-un-Nabi Gold Coast

Al-Mustapha Institute of Brisbane.

Runaway Bay Community Centre
Lae Drive, Runaway Bay


4pm to Maghrib

18 January


Celebration of the Prophet's birth

Islamic Society of Queensland Inc.

Islamic College of Brisbane

0407 156 527

5pm to 9pm

19 January


An Exhibition on the life of the Prophet Muhammad (SAW)

Islamic Society of Algester

Springwood Community Centre
55 Cinderella Drive, Springwood

0433 285 086

10.30am to 4pm

26 January


International Food Festival 2014

Islamic Society of Gold Coast

Gold Coast Mosque, 144 Allied Drive, Arundel

0416 212 541

8am to 8pm

5 February


MBN Workshop: Network & Prosper

Muslim Business Network (MBN)

Brisbane Technology Park, Eight Mile Plains

 0422 191 675

6.30pm to 8.30pm

22 March


International Food Festival hosted by Kuraby Mosque

Kuraby Mosque

Wally Tate Park

0422 191 675

10am to 9pm


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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Bald Hills Mosque Weekly Tafseer


The weekly program schedule is as follows:
Mondays: Tafseer
Wednesdays: Tafseer
The above lessons will start at 7:30 pm and will go for approximately 1/2 an hour each day. All brothers and sisters are welcome.


SeekersPoint BRISBANE


Hosted by SeekersPoint Brisbane
Topic: SeekersCircle - Etiquettes of the Seeker
Commences: 7:30pm Friday 18 October. Every Friday for 10 weeks
Venue: Multi Faith Centre (N35), Griffith University, Nathan Campus


Queensland Police Service/Muslim Community Consultative Group


Meeting Dates & Times


Thursday 20 February 2014 Metropolitan South Regional Office 1993 Logan Road, Upper Mt Gravatt

Thursday 22 May 2014 Mt Gravatt Police Station, 2132 Logan Road, Upper Mt Gravatt

Thursday 21 August 2014 Mt Gravatt Police Station, 2132 Logan Road, Upper Mt Gravatt

Thursday 20 November 2014 Mt Gravatt Police Station, 2132 Logan Road, Upper Mt Gravatt

Commencing at 7.00pm (Times may change throughout the year pending salat)



For more information and RSVP:

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

Tafsir & Islamic History Classes

VENUE: Al-Mustapha Institute of Brisbane, 39 Bushmills Court, Hillcrest

Every Monday & Wednesday
7pm - 8:15pm

All Brothers & Sisters are welcome.

For further information please contact Moulana Noor 0432 712 546.


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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

Lockyer Valley Islamic Association


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