Sunday, 23 February 2014

 Newsletter 0485




The opening of the Australian Muslim Women's Arts Project exhibition took place on Friday at the Logan Art Gallery.


Along with national roadshow exhibits entitled No Added Sugar, there were displays of works by local Muslim talent, Shamime Mustapha (South African born), Mana Nowbar (Iranian born), Raeesa Ally (South African born)  and Serap Siper (Turkish born).


Creative Producer, Ms Alissar Chidiac from Melbourne, explained how the project and the No Added Sugar exhibits aimed to engage participants, artists and audiences in a dialogue about identity, self-determination and personal development and change.


"The artists engage with complex, often confronting ideas through a diversity of media and concepts that reflect the rich complexity of the Australian Muslim experience," Ms Chidiac told CCN.


Ms Mana Nowbar's exhibit is a series of charcoal and ink works on paper and canvas that cover the outside walls of a wood structure in the shape of a house.


On 29 March between 12pm and 4pm, there will be a free family day at the gallery.

Ms Shamime Mustapha, donning her grandmother's wedding dress for the occasion, takes the large audience on a tour of her self-curated exhibit entitled Journey through myself

Ms Raeesa Ally and her works of art

Ms Serap Siper and her display of her more creative works

To top

           Post your comment here


Hussain Baba is the secretary of ISGC. In this interview, he shared how ISGC is serving the community specially the Muslim youth.


To top

           Post your comment here


Fund management executive Omar Khan has won Australia’s Top Emerging Leader award. The Australian Financial Review’s BOSS and University of Sydney Business School award includes a scholarship to the university’s MBA program.

Mr Khan, 34, is director of strategy and development with Crescent Wealth, a fund manager that specialises in investing in line with Islamic business principles.

He is also executive director of YoYo Button, a mobile technology start-up.

Mr Khan’s parent sent him to ­Australia to study at the age of 12 to escape civil war in Kashmir.


“From the age of 12, I did not really see my father until I finished high school,” Mr Khan said. “At the time it was difficult, but looking back it was an amazing opportunity to come to Australia and study.”

The judging panel comprised Richard Hall, associate dean of the Business School; Michael Rebelo, chief executive, Saatchi & Saatchi; Sean Aylmer, director, Business Media, Fairfax Media; and Joanne Gray, BOSS editor.

“Mr Khan now has a life-changing opportunity to share his journey with other emerging leaders from a diverse range of backgrounds,” said the ­Business School’s co-dean Professor Tyrone Carlin. The Emerging Leaders Scholarship “provides the next generation of leaders with a unique opportunity to develop their leadership practice,” said Professor David Grant, business school co-dean.

Eleven finalists for the award were chosen from the shortlist and put through several rounds of judging.

[He was chosen for the Scholarship from a large pool of applicants following a rigorous process including an assessment of individual leadership strengths and weaknesses using a method developed by one of the Business School's industry partners, the global leadership and talent consulting firm, Korn/Ferry International.]

Source: Australian Financial Review



Omar Khan speaking at last year's CresWalk2013

Crescent Wealth were the sponsors of the 10th Anniversary of CresWalk.



The Competition

Financial Review BOSS Magazine and the University of Sydney Business School launched the Search for Australia's Top Emerging Leader with a grand prize that includes a $60,000 Sydney MBA scholarship on offer to the winner.

Participants in the Search were assessed over a series of rigorous judging rounds, and their performance in each judged by a panel of industry experts, as well as representatives from the Australian Financial Review and the Business School. The 2013 winner - Omar Khan, Director of Strategy and Development at Crescent Wealth - receives an incredible prize as a reward, which includes:

1.A $60,000 Sydney MBA Scholarship to enrol in the University of Sydney Business School MBA program in 2014.
2.A Master class with some of Australia's foremost leadership educators
3.Media training, delivered by Australia's leading business and finance news publication, The Australian Financial Review.
4.A seat at a Leadership Lunch, with some of Australia's most high profile professionals.
5.Publication of an opinion piece in BOSS Magazine.
6.Membership to the BOSS Emerging Leaders Program.

The Search for Australia's Top Emerging Leader is about more than just previous academic achievements.

"This search isn't about finding a candidate with above average academic ability," said Professor Richard Hall, Associate Dean Management Education at the Business School. "What we're looking for is someone who represents the very ideal of leadership; someone who we believe is destined for greatness in industry, and who can show us a true passion for development that they can use to become a great leader."

Courtesy of Sydney University Business School

To top

           Post your comment here



Sanaa Syed (Prep), Loulya Karime (Year 1), Layali Fuqaha (Year 2), Fida Hijazi (Year 4), Hala Fuqaha (Year 5)









Back Row: Zaahid Hishaam Ali (3B), Sabekun Nahar (Yr4), Angelina Lukozi (Yr4/5), Nazihah Ali (5B)

Front Row: Sharif Ahmad Rajabu (1B), Masuud Abdirizak (PrepB), Yosef Amin (PrepA), Asmad Younis (P/1C), Shahina Akter (2A), Sara Sultana (2B), Nurrul Nisa Binti Mohd Ayub (3A)

Absent: Lamees Nasser (1A), Murah Hakizimana (Yr 6)

To top

           Post your comment here


Kuraby Mosque 


A RELIGIOUS racket in the suburbs is disturbing the peace as a balance is sought between a right to worship and the Sunday sleep in.

Neighbours to places of worship of any religion across the city have spoken out about their frustration at early morning and late-night disturbances.

But many churches, temples and mosques – once located areas away from houses – are dealing with more and more homes springing up around them as the city grows.

Brisbane City Council received 25 noise complaints across the city in relation to places of worship each year, ranging from. “These complaints can range from, for example early morning chanting at mosques to ringing of church bells and amplified music at Christian churches.

In cases of excessive noise, if a peaceful solution cannot be negotiated and council direction to keep the noise down is ignored, on-the-spot fines of up to $2200 may be laid.

The council’s Brisbane Lifestyle committee this week dealt a petition complaining about a “noise nuisance” from the Brisbane Sikh Temple at Eight Mile Plains.

Eight Mile Plains resident Songyi Jung, 31, who lives behind the temple, is not part of the petition. She said she was often disturbed late at night by loudspeakers as well as from the sounds and smells of cooking from the temple.

Brisbane Sikh Temple secretary Harpal Singh said the temple had been there since 1986, before the residential estate was developed around it.

But he said generally there was more noise from the nearby Logan Rd, but they were taking actions to reduce the noise for their neighbours, including building an acoustic fence and enclosing the kitchen which was used as part of their religious practice.

“We run messages advising members that we are living among neighbours and we need to use good neighbourly practices,” he said.

Kuraby resident Lybia Henry, 60, lives behind the Kuraby Mosque. and has done so since before it was built in the 1990s. He said the noise from the mosque during religious festivals was frustrating.

Another resident, Malcolm Smith, 45, said:here was a high concentration of churches and temples in the area “It’s not just the Sikh temple, the Lutheran church rings it’s bells at 7am on a Sunday morning.

“A right to worship stops when it infringes in on someone’s right to sleep in on a Sunday. It comes down to respect.”

Metro Church, now known as iSee Church, was subject to noise complaints due to Christian rock music played during its services when it was located at New Farm, but took steps and has stopped problems since it moved to new locations including Taigum, Seventeen Mile Rocks and South Brisbane.

Senior Pastor Paul Geerling said the issues grew as more residents moved in around the church, which had been there for 30 years,and as it changed to more modern services.

“Thirty years ago, you might have had an organ or a piano, whereas today our worship more reflects the sounds of modern Australia, so our music is pop, rock, gospel, funk, you name it,” he said. “Our production and sound team adhere to strict decibel limits.”

Kuraby resident Lybia Henry, 60, lives behind the Kuraby Mosque. and has done so since before it was built in the 1990s. He said the noise from the mosque during religious festivals was frustrating.

“It would be better for it to shift somewhere that’s not right in a residential area,” he said.


Source: Courier Mail

To top

           Post your comment here



UK: An easyJet flight was delayed for two hours following a security alert when a passenger was spotted writing in Arabic.

A pupil on the flight from Amsterdam to Newcastle started having a panic attack when the man, a masters student in Iranian studies, was seen writing in his notebook.

The pupil started kicking on the seats in front before getting up and running to the back of the plane, according to The Chronicle .

As a result, 16 pupils from a group of about 45 children from a school in Northumberland were escorted off the plane.

Technical support worker Adam Robson, 21, who was sat next to the man, told of the moment the drama unfolded.

“The guy had a notebook and people were looking over at it as it had both Arabic writing and English words. One of the students called a flight attendant over and pointed it out,” said Adam, from Newcastle’s West End, who had been on a romantic weekend away with his girlfriend Lauren.

“She went away, but just as we were about to take off there was a kicking and banging on my seat from behind us and the student was having a panic attack.

“He went from the window seat into the aisle and ran to the back of the plane.

“The next think we know the pilot has come on and said for safety reasons we were going back to the terminal.”

Adam said he and other passengers were kept aboard the aircraft as a number of the pupils and their luggage were taken off the aircraft - and that temperatures in the cabin soared to 30 degrees.

“The attendants had to bring us cups of cold water because it was so hot,” said Adam.

The flight, on Monday, eventually took off, with Adam chatting to the man, who he said seemed “completely harmless.”

“It turns out he was an Iranian masters student at Teesside University and the reason he was in Amsterdam was because his wife was studying there as she’d been unable to transfer to a North East university.

“He makes the trips regularly and he said he always carries his notebook, which he showed me. It had some Arabic, but the further through you went the more English it had as he had written down sections of newspapers and was using it to teach himself more of the language.

“He was really genuine.

“Thankfully he wasn’t aware of it and he didn’t understand what was going on.”

On arriving back in Newcastle Adam said he helped the man, whose name he did not know, make his way to Central Station so he could catch a train back to his home in Middlesbrough.

The pupils who got off the flight returned on another easyJet flight which landed at Stansted yesterday.

A spokesman said: "easyJet can confirm that flight EZY6554 from Amsterdam to Newcastle was delayed while a number of passengers from a school group chose to move onto an alternative flight.

"This was due to a nervous young passenger in the group who raised a security issue prior to take off. The Captain fully assessed the issue and the flight was cleared for take off by easyJet’s security department.

"The safety and wellbeing of our passengers is always easyJet’s priority.

"The flight was delayed by 2 hours 20 minutes while the issue was investigated and to enable 16 members of the group to be offloaded along with their baggage.

"easyJet transferred the passengers onto an alternative flight free of charge. We would like to thank passengers for their understanding and apologise for any inconvenience the delay may have caused them."

Source: Mirror

To top

           Post your comment here



The following is an interview conducted by the AlKauthar Institute with Sheikh Daood Butt who is an instructor with the Institute offering the course, The Prophets of Allah, in Brisbane on 1 and 2 March (for more details see the CCN date claimer below).


1. First question, where did it all begin? How did you get to become ‘Sheikh’ Daood Butt?

Well it never really began anywhere specific. I have always wanted to study Islam, but my interest grew stronger when Montreal received an Imaam who graduated from the Islamic University of Madinah. His morals, respect, and behaviour were outstanding. Even the way he walked impressed me as a child and I wanted to be just like him; someone you look and feel like there is something more important in their life than just the 9-5 job that almost everybody has.

2. Did you always plans to be a religious teacher, or were you heading in a different direction?

Of course, we all plan but Allah also plans. Since about the age of 10, I wanted to follow the footsteps of my teacher and go and study in Madinah, but I knew that this may not become a reality. So I did what I could to learn Islam from home, while trying my best to practise the little that I knew. After high school, I applied to the Islamic University of Madinah and having worked a number of various jobs, I decided to have a backup plan in case I never got accepted at the University. So I went into Automotive Technology and began my career there.

3. What are you up to these days?

Haha! I am up to whatever Allah puts on my plate! Currently I am finishing up my Master degree in Islamic and Other Civilisations at the International Islamic University of Malaysia. I also am an Instructor for AlKauthar Institute, and international public speaker at various conferences, lectures, and TV stations around the world, as well as a full-time father, husband, and anything else that comes my way!

4. Must be exciting travelling the world! You must have a fave place?

Subhaan Allah, so far I haven’t visited the places I have always wanted to. From among the cities I love are Montreal (which is home but I have barely been there in the past 11 years), Abha (KSA), Manchester and Brisbane (Australia). And the city where my heart remains is Madinah! The years I spent there were some of the hardest in my life, yet when I left, my heart remained behind!

5. What is your favourite cuisine?

My favourite dish (aside from pizza, because I used to be a pizza delivery guy) is called “Poutine.” Up until recently it could only be found in the French speaking province of Canada, Quebec. Now I think it is making its way to other regions, but it is still a low profile dish! I wonder if Google would even know what Poutine is?!

6. What are you looking forward to most in the UK?

Meeting the Muslims of various different parts of the world is something that I always enjoy. To listen to them and their concerns and hardships, as well as their achievements has always been an interest of mine. Of course, having been in hot countries for over a decade now, it makes me look forward to nice cool weather such as that of the UK.
OK, serious questions now. . .


7. Who has been your inspiration in life?

I think it is unjust to name just one person, because nobody is perfect, and it is rare to find an all-rounder type of person today. Having said that, my family have always been a support as well as inspiration for me, as I learn from what is around me. Aside from family, I would say Shaykh Fida Bukhari in Montreal has impacted my life greatly as a child growing up. Also, while in Madinah Shaykh Ahmad Rashid Ar-Ruhayli, Shaykh Muhammad Mukhtaar Ash-Shinquiti, Shaykh Fahd ibn Duwaiyaan, Shaykh Sa’d Al-Ghaamidi, and last but not least Shaykh Ibraheem Al-Khalifah.

8. Turning our attention to AlKauthar, what made you want to teach with us?

AlKauthar gives what people need. Education is vital as a Muslim, and this can sometimes be a challenge to acquire for many, but AlKauthar makes learning easy and interesting. I feel through it I can give back to society what I have learned and this allows me to stay in touch with my books and studies. It also allows me the opportunity to travel the world and meet people of all different cultures. This assists in broadening our minds as Muslims and mostly as teachers, because if you don’t understand what the Muslims are going through and facing around the world, we will never be able to address their matters directly and in an efficient fashion.

9. You are going to be teaching a course on the Prophets of Allah insha’Allah. Can you tell us what is going to make this course different?

If you are someone who is constantly reading and living your life while being aware of those prophets and their trials, then…NOTHING will make this course different! The problem is, we don’t live with their examples in mind, so we have to refresh ourselves with how we need to live.


Also, my task is to link the stories and lessons from their lives with modern day trials and situations being faced by Muslims today. We all read about the prophets, but we seldom co-relate the past with the present, and that is what we will do, insha’Allah!



10. Lastly Sheikh, can you give some parting advice to our students?

Firstly, don’t ever leave off a Sunnah that you are aware of, no matter how small it may seem to you, because what we put off as “just a Sunnah” and think doesn’t need to be done, can in fact be the single good deed we need to enter Paradise! So never belittle a Sunnah act. Also, remember that whoever has Taqwaa in Allah, Allah will make for them an escape route, and we always find ourselves in positions where we need to figure out a way forward. If we always push the remembrance of Allah to the forefront of our minds, insha’Allah, we will succeed in everything we do, or want to do in life! Allah knows best!

To learn more about Sheikh Daood Butt, you can follow him on Twitter or Facebook from the comfort of your own home. If you would like to meet him in person, he will shortly be teaching “The Prophets of Allah” in Brisbane next month.

To top

           Post your comment here


The Muslim community of Queensland is proud to be participating in the World's Greatest Shave




THE GOAL: $10,000






Join us outside the Kuraby Mosque (1408 Beenleigh Rd, Kuraby) on Friday 14 March at 1:30pm and have your hair shaven or trimmed! 


Support various Muslim community representatives who will also have their hair shaven. 


You can also participate on the day! Donate any amount to the Leukaemia Foundation and have your hair shaven (or trimmed). Remember to bring along family and friends! 


FACT: According to the Leukaemia Foundation, more than 3200 people are expected to be diagnosed with a form of leukaemia this year - equivalent to eight people every day. 


We all know someone who has been affected by some form of cancer, and it is very important that we as an Ummah support any initiative that aims to improve the wellbeing of humanity. By donating to this worthy cause, we will be assisting with groundbreaking research that will hopefully lead to a viable cure for leukaemia, Insha Allah.


URGENT REQUEST: If any Community Representatives are willing to have their hair shaven or cut short on the day, please contact Muhammad Khatree on 0401 972 865.


For further information about this initiative, please contact Yusuf Khatree on 0401 246 228 or Muhammad Khatree on 0401 972 865.





To top

           Post your comment here



Keep up to date with MAA News

To top

           Post your comment here


Myth No. 6: Muslims in America are more loyal to their faith than their country

True, 49% of Americans from Muslim backgrounds say they consider themselves “Muslim first and American second” and 47% claim to attend a mosque on Friday. But you have to compare that to American Christians, 46% of whom say they identify themselves as “Christian first and American second” (that number rises to 70% among Evangelicals). And 45% of American Christians attend a church service every Sunday.

In other words, Muslims have adopted exactly the same rate of religious observance as the people around them in their host country. We see this just as strongly in France, where a fifth of Muslims are atheist and only 5% attend a mosque regularly – almost the same rate as French Christians.   

Next week: Myth No. 7


(Sourced from Doug Saunders' The Myth of the Muslim Tide)

To top

           Post your comment here



9. The Bin Laden family $7.5bn ($8.1bn) Saudi Arabia     

Two years ago, the Binladin Group won deals to construct Prince Alwaleed’s Kingdom Tower and the expansion of the King Abdulaziz International Airport in Jeddah. Between then the contracts are worth over $20bn. Adding to those deals was a bumper contract to help build the first phase of the Haramain railway link. The family fortune is based on a construction business that paid immense dividends when decades ago it was awarded contracts for major renovations in Makkah and other religious buildings in Saudi Arabia and abroad. Founded by Mohammed Binladin, the family also built several palaces in Riyadh and Jeddah for the royal family and carried out restoration work following an arson attack on Jerusalem’s Al Aqsa Mosque in 1969. Salem, Mohammed’s eldest son, ran the empire left behind by his father upon his death in 1968 until he died when his private plane crashed in Texas in 1988. Thirteen of Mohammed's sons sit on the board of the family’s firm — the most prominent being Bakr, Hassan, Islam and Yehya.



NEXT WEEK: The Number 10 richest Arab in the world.

Source: ArabianBusiness

To top

           Post your comment here


Redevelopment of Mecca: Bulldozers bear down on site of Mohamed’s birth


SAUDI ARABIA:  Fresh plans are being drawn up to erect a modern complex on the site of what scholars of Islam contend is the birthplace of the Prophet Mohamed as part of a sweeping multi-billion-dollar redevelopment of the pilgrimage city of Mecca that has already ravaged many sacred sites and structures.


If approved, the project, details of which have been obtained by The Independent, would entail the demolition of a small library steps away from the Masjid al-Haram, or Grand Mosque, which sits directly on top of what are believed to be the remains of the house of the Prophet’s birth.

Hopes that the library, which stands on a raised plinth, and the site beneath it would be spared rose briefly last year when Saudi Arabia’s royal family backed off earlier plans to replace it, either with a sprawling metro rail station to drop off pilgrims or an enormous new library dedicated to King Abdul Aziz, founder of the modern kingdom.

But the construction company in charge of redeveloping the area, the Saudi Binladin Group, proposes that it be razed to make way instead for the imam’s residence and an adjacent presidential palace.

The Saudi royal family are adherents of the Wahabi faith, an austere interpretation of Islam that has served as the kingdom’s official religion ever since the al-Sauds rose to power across the Arabian Peninsula in the 19th century.

The kingdom’s rulers, who deny Mohamed was born in what is known as the House of Mawlid, are opposed to preserving relics of the Prophet because they say it encourages shirq, the sin of worshipping idols other than God.

The rush to transform Mecca at a cost of tens of billions of dollars into a shiny metropolis of skyscrapers and hotels, and the giant expansion of the mosque itself to accommodate ever greater numbers of pilgrims continues pell-mell with scant regard for archaeological preservation of any kind.



The Independent

To top

 Post your comment here


Muslim man stopped by police was wrongly refused access to solicitor

High court rules that Abdelrazag Elosta underwent '45 minutes of unlawful questioning' after being held at a London airport


UK: A Muslim man detained by police at an airport on his way home from the holy journey to Mecca, has won a significant legal battle over the UK's anti-terror laws.

The high court declared that Abdelrazag Elosta was unlawfully refused access to a solicitor before he was detained and questioned under Schedule 7 of the Terrorism Act 2000. A judge ruled that Elosta had undergone "45 minutes of unlawful questioning".

Allowing Elosta's application for judicial review, Mr Justice Bean said: "The examining officers had no power to question the claimant after he had requested the presence of a solicitor and prior to the solicitor's arrival."

Government lawyers had been due to appeal against the ruling but on Thursday it was announced that the appeal had been withdrawn. Anne McMurdie, of Birmingham-based firm Public Law Solicitors, who represented Elosta, said: "We are delighted with the outcome of the case. This is a very important judgment confirming the existence of vital procedural safeguards for travellers in ports and airports detained and compelled to answer questions in circumstances where refusal to answer may result in criminal conviction.

"We are pleased that the government has had second thoughts and has taken action to amend the statute to make sure these rights are clearly spelled out, instead of continuing its fight through the courts to deny people at port and airports access to legal advice."

Elosta arrived at Heathrow airport on 10 November 2012 in an organised group and was stopped by police officers for examination under Schedule 7. Mr Justice Bean said that the examining officers began to question Elosta and he provided his name, address, phone number and passport details. He asked, however, to speak to his solicitor in Birmingham before answering further questions.

An examining officer phoned the solicitor at 4.30pm and told her the questioning was likely to last 30-40 minutes. The examining officer said Elosta had "a right to consult a solicitor in private" but the examination would not be delayed pending her arrival.

The judge said Elosta was permitted to speak to his solicitor on the phone but not in private as officers remained in the room and could hear what he said, though probably not what the solicitor said.

The Metropolitan police commissioner, Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe, has now accepted that it was "inappropriate" for the examining officers to have heard what was said and apologised. Elosta's solicitor told the examining officers she would arrange for a London solicitor to go to the airport but another officer came to the phone and repeated that the police would not wait for that solicitor's arrival before starting questioning.

The officer said they would continue the examination at 5.30pm and would arrest Elosta if he refused to answer any question. Elosta's solicitor called back at 5.26pm and asked for a delay until the London solicitor could attend but the request was refused and the warning about not answering questions repeated. The questioning began at 5.45pm and ended shortly before 6.30pm and Elosta was permitted to leave.

McMurdie said the government has now made late changes in the House of Lords to the anti-social behaviour, crime and policing bill 2013-14 to reflect the Elosta ruling by setting out expressly rights to legal advice.

She said the bill also reduces the time of maximum examination under detention from nine to six hours and provides that if questioning continues beyond one hour a person must be formally detained "and thus will have right to legal representation from that point".
Source: The Guardian

To top

 Post your comment here


Denmark bans kosher and halal slaughter as minister says ‘animal rights come before religion’ 


DENMARK: Denmark’s government has brought in a ban on the religious slaughter of animals for the production of halal and kosher meat, after years of campaigning from welfare activists.


The change to the law, announced last week and effective as of yesterday, has been called “anti-Semitism” by Jewish leaders and “a clear interference in religious freedom” by the non-profit group Danish Halal.

European regulations require animals to be stunned before they are slaughtered, but grants exemptions on religious grounds. For meat to be considered kosher under Jewish law or halal under Islamic law, the animal must be conscious when killed.

Yet defending his government’s decision to remove this exemption, the minister for agriculture and food Dan Jørgensen told Denmark’s TV2 that “animal rights come before religion”.

Commenting on the change, Israel’s deputy minister of religious services Rabbi Eli Ben Dahan told the Jewish Daily Forward: “European anti-Semitism is showing its true colours across Europe, and is even intensifying in the government institutions.”

Al Jazeera quoted the monitoring group Danish Halal, which launched a petition against the ban, as saying it was “a clear interference in religious freedom limiting the rights of Muslims and Jews to practice their religion in Denmark”.

The ban has divided opinions in the country, particularly after it recently made headlines for animal welfare policy after Copenhagen Zoo slaughtered the “surplus” young male giraffe Marius.




So was the government right to change the law?


Have you watched a halal or kosher butcher slaughter a cow? The animal has a knife drawn across its throat while still fully aware, and bleeds to death. Their legs judder, their neck twists, they panic. Why should we place the sensibilities of religious people above the rights of an animal to as painless a death as possible? The Danish minister for agriculture and food has said "animal rights come before religion”, and he is bang on.

All these new regulations require is that animals are stunned before death, in line with rules in many other European countries. Yes Jewish Law and Islamic Law require the animal to be conscious when killed for meat to be kosher or halal, but Denmark is a progressive nation - with a population of around 6,500 Jewish people, and 270,000 Muslims out of a total 5.6 million - and need not bind itself to the outdated and inhumane principles of historic creeds. Furthermore, traditional halal and kosher meat can still be freely imported if so desired.


Where to begin. First, socially, these bully-boy tactics may cause friction in the Danish community (and the pitch of fury at the decision suggests it already has). The UK permits animals to be conscious before they are slaughtered by Islamic or Jewish butchers (though around 88 per cent of animals are stunned first) - this allows Jews and Muslims to continue their ways of life without feeling marginalised by the state.

Second, there are far greater problems with meat production than ways of slaughtering. Is it not crueler to keep a chicken in a battery coop all its life than to quickly cut a lamb's throat? If Denmark is so worried about animal welfare, why not tackle the barbaric conditions of its pig farming? Or its giraffe-killing zoos?

Given these issues, is it really accurate to say that "animal rights come before religion"? This decision instead appears to targets religious minorities by selectively applying a concern for animal rights.

Source: The Independent 17 Feb and The Independent 18 Feb


To top

 Post your comment here


President: Education important at Islamic Center


US: Shakila T. Ahmad is a woman of firsts. When the Islamic Center of Greater Cincinnati opened in 1995 in West Chester, just off Interstate 75, she was the youngest and the first woman named to its board of directors.

Now, 19 years later, Ahmad has been named the first female president at the center where she oversees the predominately male board of directors and the executive council. It’s a responsibility she doesn’t take lightly.

Ahmad said her father was educated in the United States, and he moved his family and four young children to Indiana where he was studying at Indiana University. After he graduated, the family was considering moving to Wisconsin, but then settled on the Cincinnati area because it was warmer, she said with a smile.

She worked at IBM in Cincinnati and now serves as director of business management at Allergy and Asthma Speciality Center on Tylersville Road, where her husband, Dr. Masood, is director. They have two sons and one daughter. Two of them have graduated from college and the other is still in college.

When asked about living and working in the Mason area, she said: “This is my village. This is the culture that I’m most familiar with.”

Q: As president, what is your role at the center?

A: Really to be the steward and offer leadership to the board, oversee the use of the facility, and provide educational programs. It’s a volunteer position which means all of the work but none of the pay except from the Big Guy. That’s what counts in the long run.

Q: Being the first female president, do you feel you’re a trailblazer?

A: I don’t know about the word trailblazer. I’d say we definitely are on the forefront in many ways in the United States and maybe beyond in regards to an Islamic Center and the leadership and the responsibilities that women carry at the center. It’s always been a very progressive, open center. So we have always been on the leading edge. It’s very consistent with the center and how women are looked at.

Q: Can you explain how Muslim women are viewed and if they’re viewed differently in the United States?

A: I think there are a couple of things that are extremely misunderstood about Islam and Muslim and the role and status of women is one of them. Women are equal in the eyes of God. The responsibility to their faith is the same as the responsibility that men have to their faith. And so there are many rights given to Muslim women 1,400 years ago that Western society didn’t get until the last 100 years. From an Islamic point of view, it’s very equitable in terms of women. So I think the beautiful thing about America is the level of the playing field as far as providing a foundation. It doesn’t mean that we are perfect in this country and we have many women struggles that we’re still dealing with. We probably are in the best place in the world.

Q: Do you see misconceptions about the center?

A: We see tremendous misconceptions about Islam and Muslims and as a result, the center. There are quite often misconceptions in two areas: Islam and the violence. Islam not only forbids terrorism but there is the religious edict that forbids terrorism, forbids suicides because life is the most sacred gift you have been given and to take your own life is one of the greatest sins you could commit. We believe that God gave us freedom of choice. If God gave us that choice, why would it be right for us to force others to believe what we believe? And we already talked about misconceptions about women. That’s not saying that there aren’t Muslims committing atrocities. Sure there are Muslims, or people who claim to be Muslims, who are abusing the name of Islam for their personal and political objectives. That does not make them consistent with the teachings of the Islam. If a Christian commits an atrocity, bombs an abortion clinic or does another horrific crime, we don’t call that person a Christian terrorist or a Jewish terrorist.

Q: Right after 9/11, in the days and weeks that followed, I remember seeing a police cruiser in the center’s parking lot. That seemed so odd to have a police presence in a place of worship. What was the feeling like at the center?

A: You know, Rick, post 9/11, that day was one of the most horrific days in my life. It’s been the most difficult period of my adult life. Because of the horrific crime, the loss of American life and the loss of innocent lives from all of those people who were here from all over the world, different religions, including, I think, 400 Muslims that were part of the World Trade Tower. Beyond that it was so sad, that fellow Americans lashed out against Muslim Americans for fear and blame. Contrary to what some people may believe, the cruisers were there to protect us because the center got threatening phone calls, they received really some things that were of a concern. It’s really interesting when people saw the cruisers and they didn’t know why they were there. We are thankful for the rule of law in this country.

Q: Is the region’s Muslim population growing?

A: Muslim population and diversity as a whole is growing in this country. The Muslim population has and continues to grow. It grows through people like me having children. Hopefully everyone is staying connected to their faith. I grew up when the best of the best were able to come to the United States because they brought specialized skills and professions that were needed.

Q: What do you think the Islam Center is doing to get more involved in the local community?

A: That’s always been a very, very important aspect of our business. I very much want to make that one of my priorities to have a closer relationship with the greater community as our neighbours, as fellow Americans, as people of faith. We hope to strengthen and build upon our relationship with Miami University and Xavier and other institutions. We also are very much supportive of local businesses, local food pantries.

Q: When you drive up and down I-75, and you look over and see the center, what do you think of?

A: I do feel a sense of pride that this is a beautiful institution that is part of the community and that we want to be a model for non-profit, religious institution that gives back to the community. We want to draw people to the center and we have. Some people have moved to the area because they see this as a strong institution that is anchored in the community, that gives back to the community, and there is an independent school in the center. Everything is through the mercy of God and it’s up to us how we handle it and how we are caretakers. It’s a big responsibility.

Q: Education appears to be an important aspect of the center and one of its main objectives. What are those goals?

A: Connect neighbours with each and clear up misconceptions in a way which is welcoming, transparent and open. We know that people have a lot of questions. If you don’t learn and understand each other you can never get to a point of mutual respect. And you have to have mutual respect to do collective, community work.

Source: Dayton Daily News

To top

 Post your comment here



Indian Muslim Invents Computer System


INDIA - Presenting a role model to young Indian Muslims, a young Indian Muslim schoolboy has designed a virus-protected microchip-run computer system.

“Most computing devices use mechanical hard disk drives, flash memories and electronic disks to boot up operating systems,” Afreed Islam, an Indian schoolboy, told The Times of India on Tuesday, February 18.

“My invention replaces both mechanical and electronic hard disks with a microchip, doubling speed and storage capacity,” he added.

Islam, a Class X student from Guwahati's Little Flower School, launched his new invention; the ReVo BOOK, an ultra-slim computer system designed by him, on Monday.





To top

 Post your comment here



‘Take that thing off your head’ – Hijab discrimination at OR Tambo Intl



SOUTH AFRICA: Earlier this month a South African woman was forced to remove her head scarf at the Virgin Airline passport control, OR Tambo International Airport. Fiona Gangat, a human right lawyer living in Sweden, spoke to Cii Radio about the incident.

“… From the word go I think she just saw me, saw my face, saw my hijab and she was rude… She started asking me really strange questions, how long have I been in this country for? I mean, I’m a South African citizen. I have a South African passport… And she continued asking really rude questions, it got to a point where she finally looked at me and she screamed ‘take that thing off your head’.”

After refusing to remove her headscarf in a public space, and requesting to be taken to an assigned room, the passport profiler took Gangat to a corner where Gangat again explained that she would not remove her headscarf in public.

“This lady took me to what I assumed would be the room, and it was actually the bathroom… I started walking into the female bathrooms and she pulled me and said I should walk into the single paraplegic bathroom. For me that spoke volumes that she didn’t want anyone else to see what she was doing because this was not the standard procedure.”

Gangat was made to remove her headscarf and head cap and said the profiler barely looked at her face, handed her back her passport, and disappeared. The woman was nowhere to be seen once Gangat returned to her luggage which she was made to leave behind.

After relaying the incident to her mother who called the airlines, the manager approached Gangat and said a disciplinary hearing would take place after which they would contact her. Three weeks later and Gangat has still not heard from the airlines.

“She [the airline manager] was quite shocked. She said this normally never happened… They upgraded me which I feel was some sort of a bribe at the time.”

While the headscarf is a contentious issue in Europe, the incident, another of its kind at OR Tambo International Airport, is disappointing in South Africa where religious freedom is part of its democracy.

Gangat said what surprised her most was that the profiler was African. “I’ve had a lot of African friends and a lot of them believe that in their culture a woman should cover her hair and a woman should dress modestly especially after marriage so for her to do this to me shocked me even more.”

In an emailed response to queries on the incident from Cii Radio, Virgin Atlantic Regional Manager for Africa and Middle East, Mr Simon Newton-Smith, alleged that the onus for the occurence lay with another company contracted by the airline to provide the check-in services.

“Security and documentation checking is an important part of the airport security process. These processes are carried out by a third party supplier who adhere to South African regulations in this regard,” he wrote.

“Virgin Atlantic asks that all our passengers are treated sensitively throughout this process and never wish any of our passengers to feel uncomfortable. We regret that this does not seem to have happened in this case and we have asked the supplier to investigate this matter fully. We still need some further information before the investigation is concluded. In the meantime, we are contacting the passenger to reassure her that we are taking the incident very seriously. We would like to apologise for any upset caused.”

Source: Cii Broadcasting


To top

 Post your comment here



Muslim scholars issue fatwa against living on Mars


The fatwa comes in response to a planned space mission called Mars One which aims to settle a permanent human colony on Mars in 2023.


UAE: The General Authority of Islamic Affairs and Endowment in the UAE has issued an fatwa (Islamic ruling) prohibiting Muslims from volunteering to live the rest of their lives on Mars.

The fatwa comes in response to a planned space mission called Mars One which aims to settle a permanent human colony on Mars in 2023.

“Such a one-way journey poses a real risk to life, and that can never be justified in Islam,” the committee said, adding “There is a possibility that an individual who travels to planet Mars may not be able to remain alive there, and is more vulnerable to death.”

Comparing taking such a risk to committing suicide, the ruling stated that death there was no “righteous reason” for Muslims to give their lives for such a mission.

“Protecting life against all possible dangers and keeping it safe is an issue agreed upon by all religions and is clearly stipulated in verse 4/29 of the Holy Quran: Do not kill yourselves or one another. Indeed, Allah is to you ever Merciful,” the fatwa quoted.

Presided by Professor Dr Farooq Hamada, the committee stated “...in verse 19/93 of the Holy Quran in which Allah says: There is no one in the heavens and earth but that he comes to the Most Merciful as a servant. (Indeed) He has enumerated them and counted them a (full) counting.”

Islamic researcher Dr Shaikh Mohammed Al Ashmawy also added, “Almighty Allah said in verse 2/195 in the Holy Quran: Do not throw yourselves with your own hands into destruction.”

Many Muslims including some 500 Saudi Arabians and other Arabs are reported to be among the thousands of volunteer applicants worldwide to participate in the Dutch-sponsored one-way trip to the Red Planet, according to UAE's Khaleej Times, after the $6 billion project was announced in April 2013.

Source: World Bulletin

To top

 Post your comment here



Mexican Catholics find God in Islam


Leslie Camarillo (left) and Martha Alamilla, both from Mexico City, at the Centro Educativo de la Comunidad Musulmana in Mexico City, following Friday prayers.

MEXICO CITY — For almost five centuries Catholicism has been the dominant religion in Mexico.

In 1970, Catholics comprised 96.7 percent of Mexico’s population. By 2010, that number had fallen to 82.7 percent, according to the Pew Research Center. Most of this change is attributed to growth in other Christian denominations. Evangelicals, Protestants and Jehovah’s Witnesses now account for 8 percent of Mexicans who identify with a religion.

And a small yet growing group of converts are seeking spiritual salvation in Islam. In fact, Pew estimates Mexico will be home to 126,000 Muslims by 2030, up from 111,000 in 2010.

Why are some Mexicans leaving the Catholic Church and converting?

The reasons are as diverse as the population. Some question Catholic doctrine and the concept of the Trinity — three Gods in one, Father, Son and Holy Spirit — as opposed to one God in Islam. Others express disgust in ongoing allegations of sex scandals and pederasty that have plagued the church in the past decade. Still others say they want to have a better understanding of Islam.

Martha Alamilla, 23, was born and raised in a Catholic family. Alamilla has always believed in a higher power but, she said, when she began to question some of the principles of the church, she found the answers proffered unsatisfactory.

“There was never a doubt in my mind that God existed,” she said one Friday following prayers at the mosque, “but there were always things that I would ask about my religion that didn’t make sense to me. I always got answers like, ‘well, because,’ and ‘it’s God and God is that way,’ and ‘because God said it was that way.’”

For Alamilla, who has a degree in industrial robotic engineering, these answers only drove her from the church in search of better answers.

Alamilla said that her original perception of Islam was one of terrorism and oppression, but in the course of studying the Koran and meeting Muslims, she discovered a belief system that answers the questions she has been asking.

“I realized it’s a beautiful religion. Everything about it makes sense,” Alamilla said. “There’s an answer to every single question the I’ve ever had in the Koran or in the Sunna.”

After studying Islam for six months, Alamilla officially converted in a ceremony called the Shahada, during which a person professes before two Muslim witnesses that, “There is no god but God and Muhammad is the prophet of God.”


Global Post




To top

 Post your comment here


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


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

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


Double click a book cover to find out what others think of the book

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


To top

 Post your comment here


KB says: A deliciously soft and nutty muffin perfected for CCN readers by Zubeida Abrahams.

Banana Muffins



3 ripe bananas mashed
2 eggs
1 ¾ cups of sifted flour
1 ½ cups of castor sugar
½ cup vegetable oil
¼ cup milk
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. vanilla essence
½ cup of walnuts 



1. Combine the oil, eggs, bananas, sugar, oil, vanilla essence and milk.
2. Fold in the flour and baking soda and nuts and mix well.
3. Pour into a loaf pan or muffin tins, decorate with some walnuts and bake at 180 degrees in a pre-heated oven until light brown.


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.


To top  


Q: Dear Kareema, does Yoga and Pilates assist with toning and fatburning?

A: Yes it does! If you vary your workout and incorporate other exercises into your routine, you’ll definitely see the toning and fat burning results through the changes in your body.

Yoga and Pilates consist of deep core and muscle work, which means a longer, leaner, more toned body. Couple it with a string of cardio and strength training exercises and you’ll reap the rewards…


A healthy diet and plenty of water too of course – 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.


To top

 Post your comment here



An atheist was seated next to Mula Nasruddin on an airplane and he turned to him and said, “Do you want to talk? Flights go quicker if you strike up a conversation with your fellow passenger.”

Mula Nasruddin, who had just started to read his book, replied to the total stranger, “What would you want to talk about?”

” Oh, I don’t know,” said the atheist. “How about why there is no God, or no Heaven or Hell, or no life after death?” as he smiled smugly.

“OK,” Mula Nasruddin said. “Those could be interesting topics but let me ask you a question first. A horse, a cow, and a deer all eat the same stuff – grass. Yet a deer excretes little pellets, while a cow turns out a flat patty, but a horse produces clumps. Why do you suppose that is?”

The atheist, visibly surprised by the question, thinks about it and says, “Hmmm, I have no idea.”

To which Mula Nasruddin replies, “Do you really feel qualified to discuss why there is no God, or no Heaven or Hell, or no life after death, when you don’t know s@#t?”

And then he went back to reading his book.

To top

 Post your comment here





Those who slander chaste women, indiscreet but believing, are cursed in this life and in the Hereafter: for them is a grievous Penalty. 

Surah An-Nur 24:23


To top

 Post your comment here



Detachment is not that you should own nothing.


But that nothing should own you. 



~ Ali ibn abi Talib 



To top

 Post your comment here

Notice Board


Click on thumbnail to enlarge


Events and Functions

IWAQ International Women's Day 8 MARCH Toowoomba Mosque Opeing & TIFF 2014 30 March Toowoomba Mosque Opeing & TIFF 2014 30 March


To top

 Post your comment here

Islamic Programmes, Education & Services

Weekly Halaqa STARTS 22 FEBRUARY Prophets of Allah 1 & 2 MARCH Prophetic Medicine Back  8/9 March Maths, English, Chemistry tutor Easy Way Tuition Prophetic Medicine Front 8/9 March Sheikh Junaid Thorne Lecture Series 2-4 MAY Seerah Programme starts 11 January Seerah Programme starts 11 January MAA Syria Winter Appeal Arabic- Qur'an Classes
To top

 Post your comment here

Businesses and Services



ACCES Removal Services


Al-Khitan Circumcisions


Ahlam Haddad Tutoring

Tutoring (Maths)


Clothing Islamic Couture


Lebanese Cuisine

Love ur Body

Beauty Treatments

Continental Meats GOLD COAST


Mansur Omar

Real Estate

Bismillah Repairs & Maintenance

Repairs & Maintenance

NOTE NEW NO. 0468342127

MaXimize Accountants


Brisbane Diagnostics



Health Drink

Calamvale Physio & Sports Injury Clinic


AutoCAD Training

Personal Tuition

Car Body Removals

Used Car Dealer

Muslim Directory Australia

Directory Services

Carpet Lifesavers

Carpet cleaning


Restaurant & Takeaway Portuguese Chicken

Centre for Easy Language Learning (CeLL)

Tutoring (Arabic)


Restaurant & Takeaway Portuguese Chicken

Boulevard Towers Surfers Paradise 

Holiday Accommodation

Nazima Hansa Realty PTY LTD

Real Estate



Islamic College of Brisbane Hall Hire

Hire Services



OurWorld Travel



Migration Agency

Pappa Roti

Cake & Coffee

Fathima Adat Tutoring

Tutoring (School subjects)

Pizza Lane

Restaurant & Takeaway Pizza

Gabriel Hair Studios


Rejuven8 Body & Beauty

Beauty Treatments


Plastic Mats

Samoosa Pastry Distributors


Henna by Fatima


Shakira Kolia's Driving School

Driving School

Hummy's Automotive

Car Repairs

Clothing Alterations


Hussana Australia

Halal Body Care range

Stick On Labels

Label printing

InWear Fashions

Clothing Fashion

The Quran Pen


Junaid Ally Properties

Real Estate

Yasmeen Seedat Accounting Services


Kimaya Fashions


Lily's Fashion

Wedding dresses etc. 

Personal Training with Layla

Personal Training

Marketing Co-Op

Internet Services

Angelz Dental Care



Travel Agency

Shameema's Silk Scarves


Grand Medical Centre

Medical Practitioners

Qld Islamic Book Service

Book Shop


Health Products

Personal Wellness Coach


Ummah Store

Books, Clothing, DVDs etc.


Security Systems

Paradise Convenience

Global Groceries

Muslima Chic

Muslim designer clothes, jewellery


Samoosa Strips (pur)

Low Price Pharmacy


LTH Accounting & Financial Services



Child Care Centres

Pari Collections


Shariff's Computer Services

Computer Servicing

CassonIT Solutions

 Computer Servicing & Systems

Lil Umah

Children's Clothes

Computer Repair

 Computer Repairs

Watany Man-oushi Lebanese Foods

Take Away



Dial a Local Doctor

Medical Services

Baby Care Solutions

(read information sheet)

 Early Parenting Guidance

Kuraby Mosque Hire Services

Hire Services

YS Prawn

Peeled Prawns

Shailly Beauty & Reiki

Hair & Beauty

Fathima Abdoola


United Hearts

Family Day Care Scheme

Apparel by Aliyah

Designer Clothing


Hijab Friendly Fashion

Modern Muslimah

Muslimah  Clothes

Loan Market

Mortgage Broker

HD Arabic TV


Brisbane Valley Gold

Achar (Pickles)

1 Stop Pizza & Kebab (menu)

Fast Food




Seedat Accounting United Hearts Family Day Care Scheme Pty Ltd AUTOCAD 2013 TUITION Archi n Eng Sora LM Sept low VarRate Flyer LM Sept13 FixRate Flyer Inwear Fashions Eid Specials Apparel by Aliyah Tel: 0438840467 Apparel by Aliyah AGAIN Continental Halal Meats Gold Coast Sewing Dial A Local Doctor Fathima Abdoola Flyer Shailly Hair Beauty Peeled Prawns LOVE UR BODY Baby Care Solutions Wasimah Brisbane CassonIT Solutions Computer Repairs Al-Khitan Circumcisions Watang Man-oushi Lebanese Foods Lil Umah Pari Collection Achar Pari Collection Michael's Oriental Birthday Promo ACCES Services REMOVALS Dial a Doctor Bulk Billing Dr in your home Function Room Page 1 Function Room Page 2 Shariff's Computer Services Ayesha's Samoosa Strips Angelz Dental Care Sunkids Sunkids Maximize  Accountants Officetek Alarms Mona Vie AK Surtie Centre for Easy Language Learning Arabic Paradise Convenience Autocad 2012 Training Baalbak Mediterranean Restaurant Low Price Pharmacy KURABY Bismillah Repairs and Maintenance
New mobile no. 0468 342 127 Brisbane Diagnostics Hummys Automotive Services Boulevard Tower Residence Accommodation Calamvale Physiotherapy & Sport Injury Clinic Kuraby Mosque Hire Carpetlifesavers Indoor Folding Mats Rejuven8 Body & Beauty Personal Wellness Coach Shameema's Silk Scarves efxshop Samoosa Pastry Shakira Kolia Driving School Tutoring Fathima Adat QLD Islamic Book Service Gabriel Hair Studio Henna Fatima Ismail Junaid Ally Properties REMAX Muslima Chick Kimaya International Quick Stick Name labels Ladies Only Personal Training Lilys Fashion Excelanz Migration Services Hussana love ur body Nandos Mt Gravatt T ax Returns 2012 Muslim Directory Nandos Calamvale NAZIMA HANSA REMAX Marketing Coop Group Pizza Lane Pappa Roti Ummah Store Elite FX Web Design


"If it's not here ....it's not happening!"l)

To claim your date for your event email ccn@crescentsofbrisbane.org.





(Click on link)





1 & 2 March

Sat & Sun

The Prophets of Allah: Their lives and timeless lessons

AlKauthar Brisbane

Griffith University

Nathan Campur

0438 698 328



All Day

8 & 9 March

Sat & Sun

Prophetic Medicine: Islamic cures for the whole body & soul


University of QLD

More Info

9am to 6pm

8 March


International Women's Day 2014

Islamic Women's Association of QLD (IWAQ)

11 Watland St, SPRINGWOOD

3208 6333

6pm til late

30 March


Opening Ceremony: New Toowoomba Mosque & First TWB International Food Festival (TIFF)

Islamic Society of Toowoomba

217 West St, Harristown (Toowoomba)

0421 081 048

11am to 2pm

5 April


International Food Festival hosted by Kuraby Mosque

Kuraby Mosque

Islamic College of Brisbane

0422 191 675

10am to 9pm

2 May


Sh Muhammed Junaid Thorne: The Straight Path



Gold Coast Mosque

0425 811 150

5.30pm to 6.30pm

3 May


Sh Muhammed Junaid Thorne: Millatu-Ibrahim



Kingston Butter Factory

0425 811 150

6.30pm to 9pm

25 May



Lailatul Mehraj (27th Rajab 1435)

14 June



Lailatul Bhahraat (Nisf of Sha’baan 1435)

29 June


1st of Ramadhan 1435



Lailatul Qadr (Night of Power)

28 July


End of Ramadhan 1435

29 July



16 August


Eidfest 2014


Rocklea Showgrounds

0418 722 353

All day

5 October



25 October


1st Muharram 1436 (Islamic New Year)

3 November


Day of Aashooraa (10th day of Muharram)



Prophet’s Birthday 12th Rabi-ul Awwal 1436



1. All Islamic Event dates given above are tentative and subject to the sighting of the moon.

2. The Islamic date changes to the next day starting in the evenings after maghrib. Therefore, except for Lailatul Mehraj, Lailatul Bhahraat and Lailatul Qadr – these dates refer to the commencement of the event starting in the evening of the corresponding day.


To top

 Post your comment here



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.


Queensland Police Service/Muslim Community Consultative Group


Meeting Dates & Times


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.



02/02 : 02/03 : 06/04 : 04/05 : 01/06 : 06/07 : 03/08 : 07/09 : 05/10 : 02/11 : 07/12


To top

 Post your comment her

Catch Crescents Community News on


Please feel free to click on the image on the left and......

post comments on our Wall

start up a Discussion thread

become a Fan


Like our page


To top

 Post your comment here


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

Islamic Relief Australia

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


Celebrating Muslim cultures

If you would like a link to your website email ccn@crescentsofbrisbane.org.


To top

 Post your comment here


Articles and opinions appearing in this newsletter do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the Crescents of Brisbane Team, CCN, its Editor or its Sponsors, particularly if they eventually turn out to be libellous, unfounded, objectionable, obnoxious, offensive, slanderous and/or downright distasteful.


It is the usual policy of CCN to include from time to time, notices of events that some readers may find interesting or relevant. Such notices are often posted as received. Including such messages or providing the details of such events does not necessarily imply endorsement of the contents of these events by either CCN or Crescents of Brisbane Inc.


To top

 Post your comment here

Write For Us

The best ideas and the best feedback come from our community of readers. If you have a topic or opinion that you want to write about or want seen covered or any news item that you think might be of benefit to the Crescents Community please e-mail ccn@crescentsofbrisbane.org.


Share your thoughts, feelings and ambitions for our community through CCN.


If there is someone you know who would like to subscribe to CCN please encourage them to enter their details here.


To top

 Post your comment here