Sunday, 23 March 2014

 Newsletter 0489




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A walk through CresWalk memory lane

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The Islamic Society of Toowoomba is hosting the first Mosque in Toowoomba for its Opening Ceremony to be held on Sunday 30 March from 11am-7pm.


The opening ceremony is being organized in conjunction with the First Toowoomba International Food Festival (TIFF).


Whether your passion is food or faith, there will be something for everyone at the opening of the city’s first Mosque and the inaugural Toowoomba International Food Festival on Sunday, March 30.

Delicious international food from Australia, Bangladesh, Bosnia, Malaysia, Middle East, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Lebanon, Pakistan, Turkey and more will be available to try while rides will help keep the kids happy.

The event is open to everyone and the guest speakers will include Member for Groom Ian McFarlane, Catholic Bishop of Toowoomba Robert McGuckin, Queensland Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry John McVeigh, President of the Australian Federation of Islamic Councils Hafez Kassem, Professor Ken Udas representing USQ Vice-Chancellor Professor Jan Thomas, Councillor Ros Scotney representing the Toowoomba Regional Council Mayor Paul Antonio and more.

President of the Islamic Society of Toowoomba Professor Shahjahan Khan said he was very happy with the support from the local community, and expressed his gratitude to the Toowoomba residents.

“We’ve had great support from Toowoomba Regional Council and local groups and individuals, as well as interest from Islamic communities from Brisbane, Gold Coast and even further,” Professor Khan said.

“The opening ceremony is open for all to come along as we want to bring the community together as a statement of living in harmony.

“The Mosque will not be some exclusive place only for the Islamic community— everyone is invited to celebrate with us and we’re hoping to use it as a community centre in the future for other events.”

Professor Khan said a growing and increasingly-diverse Toowoomba meant that a local Mosque was needed.

“Previously we had the Islamic Centre at the University of Southern Queensland but that was getting quite crowded and there was a perception that it was exclusive to University students and staff,” he said.

“The new Mosque will be open for the entire community; we don’t want anyone to feel left out.”

The Islamic Society has already written to the Principals of all Schools in Toowoomba to provide support to the students studying social or religious subjects.

The parking will be on the streets around the Mosque (on 217 West St, Harristown, Toowoomba).



Click here for a map or search Google Maps for Toowoomba Mosque (yes, it is already in Google Maps).



For more information on the Mosque or the Islamic Society of Toowoomba, contact info@isot.net.au or phone Kim Greathead on 0432073187

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Mr Hafez Kassem, AFIC President and Chairman of Malek Fahd Islamic School this week confirmed that the School had received written confirmation from the NSW Minister of Education that the state funding freeze was being lifted with immediate effect.


The funding from the Commonwealth Government was not affected in any way and continues as usual.

Malek Fahd is the largest Islamic School in Australia and certainly among the larger schools in New South Wales. The School recently obtained approval from the local Council increasing the enrolment at its Greenacre campus to 2100 students.

Mr Kassem said that it took a lot of hard work and dedication on the part of the Executive Principal, his staff and the School Board to achieve this.


Mr Kassem emphasised the deep commitment of AFIC for its schools and to establish others to meet the needs of the growing community.


He added that under his leadership he would ensure that all AFIC Schools will continue to operate in full compliance of State and Federal laws and according to the policies of the Schools approved by the Boards.

On behalf of the School Board, Mr Hafez Kassem thanked the School staff and others for their hard work in addressing all the issues concern.

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The Gold Coast Community Heritage and Safety Committee at the Hinterland Hotel.

Pic: Mike BatterhamSource: News Limited

MAYOR Tom Tate has taken aim at organisers who have led a protest meeting against his plans to “convert” Surfers Paradise and Broadbeach to Islam.

About 100 people attended a meeting last night at Nerang’s Hinterland Hotel organised by the Gold Coast Community Heritage and Safety Committee.

Speakers at the meeting were cheered by supporters when they accused the Mayor of a “lack of leadership” and “advocating the introduction of the forces of Jihad on the Gold Coast”.

Cr Tate told the Bulletin during a trip to the Middle East last October that the Gold Coast City Council would encourage more Islamic prayer rooms and an extension to trading hours to cater for big spending Middle Eastern tourists.

An Oxenford resident responded by creating an online petition No Concessions to Islam on the Gold Coast which has attracted 2237 respondents.

Some interstate tourists who signed the petition have threatened not to return to the Coast and their comments have been forwarded to the Mayor and city councillors.

Fearing council would follow the Mayor’s plan, a protest meeting was organised.

The Mayor is overseas on a trade trip and neither he or any of his councillors attended last night’s meeting.

Leaflets promoting the meeting maintained “this has nothing to do with race” but Cr Tate when advised of the protest accused the organisers of a fear campaign that is “misguided and out of touch” in a city where tourism provides employment for 27,000 residents.

“A quarter of Gold Coasters were born overseas. They’re our friends, our neighbours and members of our own families,” Cr Tate said.

“Racism and vilification has no place in our liberal western democracy and it should have no place on the Gold Coast. Organisers have bought into a sensationalist headline and accepted it as gospel.”

Gold Coast Community Heritage and Safety Committee spokesman Chris Newman said the meeting was arranged after feedback from residents who claim their letters of concern were not acknowledged by the Mayor and city councillors..

“We are not attacking the Mayor. We are challenging his poor judgment in opening up the Gold Coast community to Islamic money, politics and influence. It is a road to tears,” Mr Newman said.

Mr Newman declined to provide estimates of the supporter base in southeast Queensland for the new group which aims to “defend Australian culture, heritage and community safety”.


Source: Gold Coast Bulletin

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The Islamic Information Service of Cooloola has produced a newsletter and run-down of IISOC’s work within the region during the past two months.


Amongst the issues highlighted on are its work with asylum seekers and the welfare and social needs in the community.


Read the full report here.

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By Mohamed Taha   

Youth unemployment is one of the most persistent economic problems facing the country, particularly migrant populations. One of the hotspots is south-western Sydney where one in five young people can't find work. For the first time social workers and employment agencies are working together to find a solution.


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My Gosh! It's reigning Goss'


A new baby for the Rahman and Razia Goss (pictured left) and one for Ghulam and Narmin Goss (pictured right) on the Gold Coast


Grandfather and Grandmother Hussin and Rashida Goss told CCN that the new arrivals "look like auctioneer material inshallah".


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Federal Labor MP Ed Husic has called on his party to apologise to a South Australian Liberal candidate for highlighting her "ethnic" surname in an election pamphlet (see above) distributed days before voters went to the polls.

Federal Attorney-General George Brandis said the pamphlet, which read "Can you trust Habib", was "overtly racist" because it focused on the surname of Liberal candidate Carolyn Habib.

The pamphlet was used in the South Australian electorate of Elder last week ahead of Saturday's state election.

Labor figures declined to criticise the pamphlet before the poll, but Western Sydney MP Mr Husic, who is Muslim, today condemned the campaign tactic and said whoever was responsible had some explaining to do.

Mr Husic said the leaflet should never have been issued.

Ms Habib last week said the tactic was "offensive" and "un-Australian", adding that Labor had reached a "new low" in a "very filthy campaign".

Mr Husic said Ms Habib was entitled to be angry.

"I think we should say to Carolyn Habib that this was a bad pamphlet," Mr Husic told the ABC.

"There should be an apology extended to her."

Mr Husic said he had been the victim of personal attacks aimed at his religion in campaigns past and the method of campaigning should have no place in Australian politics.

We asked you if you thought the election pamphlet was "overtly racist"? Here's what you had to say.

"I can understand why [Ms Habib] would be upset. If it was me, I'd be upset," he said.

"We should be focused on getting people to work together regardless of where they came from."

He did not deny that he was "apoplectic" when he was first shown the flyer.

"I have to say I raised an eyebrow about it," he said.

"I thought it was a terribly constructed brochure that had a focus on her surname instead of a legitimate question about a public office record.

"It was clearly designed to hone in on her background. There was an ethnic background to that name, and there was a focus on it."

Mr Husic said he would make a submission to the South Australian Labor Party's post-election review, complaining about the tactic.

"I think people in due course will reflect on this pamphlet and think, 'I could have done better, I should have done better'," he said.

"When the dust settles on this election, we should be taking a hard look at the people who constructed this pamphlet."

South Australian Federal Liberal MP Andrew Southcott has praised Mr Husic's stance – calling him a "very decent man" on Twitter.

However not all Liberals believe the Labor Party's attack was racist.

South Australian senator Cory Bernardi told the ABC he was waiting for an explanation as to how highlighting someone's surname could be considered racist.


Source: ABC

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Wanted - a 4 bedroom 2 bathroom around the Kuraby/Underwood area for a family of 3 adults and a 5 year old.


Please email ccn@crescentsofbrisbane.org for contact details.



We are seeking a qualified and experienced Teacher for our



ESL Teacher (TESOL Qualifications)


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Applications close by 21st March 2013

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Myth No. 10: Muslims have become so populous that the most common baby name in Britain is now Mohammed.

This is true - - but it means far less than you’d think. In 2010, if you combined all 12 spelling variants of the Islamic prophet’s name, “Mohammed” was more popular than any other name given to new babies.

But that’s more a consequence of naming trends than anything else. In a great many Muslim cultures, ALL male babies are given “Mohammed” as an official first name. But among many Westerners – especially white Anglo-Saxons and black Christians - - there has been an explosion in unorthodox baby names - - as of 2011, these groups are 50% more likely than they were a generation ago to give their children uncommon baby names.


As a result, Mohammed manages to reach the Number 1 spot without being all that common - - when combined, babies named after the Islamic prophet made up only 1% of British newborns in 2010.

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

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14. The Al Rajhi family $4.3bn (new entry) Saudi Arabia       

Sulaiman Al Rajhi, chairman of Al Rajhi Bank — Saudi Arabia’s largest Islamic bank, established by royal decree in 1988 — began transferring his assets to family members in July 2010. His bank’s origins date back to the 1940s, when it began operating as a money changer in the kingdom.


Today, its operations include retail, corporate and investment banking. Sulaiman owns the largest cut of the institution’s shares. With an established base in Riyadh, Al Rajhi Bank has a network of over 550 branches, over 100 dedicated ladies branches and more than 2,600 ATMs.


A philanthropist, Al Rajhi founded the SAAR Foundation, a flagship corporation representing charities, think tanks and business entities. Al Rajhi also oversees stakes in a number of Saudi firms — 24.9 percent of Al Rajhi Bank, 23.7 percent of Yanbu Cement and a 19.7 percent stake in Nadec. 



NEXT WEEK: Another from the rich list next week

Source: ArabianBusiness

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Dear CCN Readers

All the containers that we have been helping to fill for overseas destinations have now been filled.


Please do not leave goods at Janeth Deen's home as we have not received any more requests for clothing at present.

Household goods for refugees will be requested as the need arises.



Qld Muslim Welfare Association Inc.

Dear Editor

I have four Category 1 tickets to the Bosnia v Iran group match in Salvador on June 25.
Unfortunately we are unable to attend this match.
If anyone wants these tickets I would be happy to transfer them for well below cost price.

Many thanks
Shane Brady
M 045 99 88 555


Muslims booted from Empire State Building for praying: suit

US: A Muslim family from Long Island slapped the owners of the Empire State Building Tuesday with a scathing $5 million lawsuit that claims they were booted from the building’s observation deck for praying.

Fahad and Amina Tirmizi of Farmingville said their civil rights were violated when they were “assaulted, battered and forcibly removed” from the famed observatory last July.

The suit, filed against Malkin Properties, security company Andrews International Inc. and others, claims that Fahad, 32, and his 30-year-old wife were unfairly targeted because they were Muslim and wearing traditional Muslim attire.

“We weren’t doing anything wrong,” Fahad said. “We just wanted to enjoy the view like everyone else.”

The couple and their two children were on the 86th-floor outside deck when they walked over to a quiet spot to recite evening prayers, the suit says.

Although Amina briefly prayed without incident, a security guard quickly confronted Fahad and “menacingly poked” him and loudly told him he was not allowed to pray on the deck.

Another guard joined the fray and told all the family members that they had to leave, and “forcibly escorted” them down to the lobby and out of the of the building, the suit says.

Fahad told The Post that he has prayed in public before and tries to be respectful.

“Earlier that same day at the Staten Island Ferry terminal, I needed to pray the afternoon prayer and wanted to make sure I’m not in the way,” ­he said.

“I confirmed with a police officer who was standing right there to make sure it was a good spot. The officer responded, ‘Go for it, it’s not illegal to pray.’ ”

The Tirmizis’ lawyer, Phil Hines, said the family outing became an experience of intolerance.

“To most, the Empire State Building is one of the great landmarks of this city, but for my client and his family, it is a building of ignorance and injustice,” Hines said.

“A family trip to enjoy the cityscape was cut short after security officials threw them out of the building for exercising their religious beliefs.”

Representatives for Malkin Properties did not immediately return messages.

Source: New York Post

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The Afghan madrassa accused of radicalising women

Female students in full body veil at the Ashraf-ul Madares madrassa


US: An unregistered religious school in northern Afghanistan has been accused of radicalising thousands of women.

A BBC investigation has found that the Ashraf-ul Madares madrassa in Kunduz province preaches that listening to radio, watching television and taking photos are un-Islamic activities and that women should not work outside their homes.

Activists say the school undermines women's rights, but the founders say they are providing badly needed religious education.

About 6,000 women and young girls are studying at the madrassa which was established by two influential mullahs in Kunduz four years ago.

Students from the madrassa are instantly recognisable because of their strict Islamic clothing.

'Tent wearers'

The older students cover their heads, faces and eyes, and they also wear gloves and socks. Some wear a full body black chador, which has led to them being dubbed "tent-wearers" by some residents.

Kunduz city officials say the radical interpretation of Islam taught in the school - particularly over dress codes - is causing tension between seminary students and other local people.



BBC News Aisa

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Hip-hop propaganda: How the U.S. enlists rap music to fight “jihadi cool” 

There's a new counter-"extremist" program coming from U.S. and European governments -- "moderate" Muslim hip-hop  

One of the odder phenomena of the last decade is hearing national security elites, terrorism experts, and career diplomats discuss the finer points of “flow,” “bling,” and the “politics of cool.”


American and European terrorism experts have increasingly expressed concerns over “anti-American hip-hop,” accenting the radicalizing influence of the genre.


Noting that Al-Shabaab, the Somali-based Islamist group, uses “jihad rap” in its recruitment videos, Harvard scholar Jessica Stern wrote in Foreign Affairs: “The first- and second-generation Muslim children I interviewed for a study of the sources of radicalization in the Netherlands seemed to think that talking about jihad was cool, in the same way that listening to gangster rap is in some youth circles.” Others have advocated mobilizing certain substyles of hip-hop against “jihadi cool.” In Europe, hip-hop is being enlisted in a broad ideological offensive to counter domestic extremism.

As in America, some of the biggest stars on the European hiphop scene are Muslim, the children of immigrants and/or converts, a number of whom have been embroiled in controversies about freedom of expression, national identity, and extremism.


Britain became the first country to deal with the issue of “Muslim hate rap” when, in 2004, the song “Dirty Kuffar” was released online by rap group Sheikh Terra and the Soul Salah Crew. The video, splicing together images from Iraq, Palestine, and Chechnya, praises Osama bin Laden and denounces Bush, Tony Blair, Ariel Sharon, Hosni Mubarak, and Saudi Arabia’s King ‘Abdallah as “dirty infidels.” The track drew the attention of the Home Office and Labour MPs, who saw the lyrics and imagery as advocating violence.


In 2006, Aki Nawaz of the popular hip-hop techno group Fun-Da-Mental released an album, All Is War, with a cover depicting the Statue of Liberty hooded and wired like an Abu Ghraib prisoner, and a song (“Che Bin Pt 2”) comparing bin Laden to Che Guevara. Two MPs called for his arrest.

Source: Salon


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MY STORY: Maulana Saeed Ncane – From Prison to Pulpit 

Maulana Saeed Ncane is the the first South African parolee who graduated in 2013 at the Darul Uloom Nu’maniya in Durban.

He was imprisoned in 2001, accepted Islam at the Westville Prison due to the efforts of the Muslim Prison Board in KZN. He was released on parole in 2008 and studied the Imaamat course at Madressah Taalim ud Deen in Isipingo Beach. Thereafter he began the aalim course at madressah Miftaahul Falaah in Harding from 2009 to 2012.


SOUTH AFRICA: The reality of everything [my life] started coming to me when I began attending the programs which are conducted by the Muslim Prison Board KZN – Maulana Shabir Asmal, Sheikh Amir and they used to bring many Ulama, well known Ulama from the country and from out of the country, to the prison.


From that I started collecting and trying to understand. I had Muslim friends around me and I started knowing that this must be the right way because we just spoke about God, the worship of God. I was doing intensive reading and I had the intention, previously I didn’t understand what Islam was about, only when I was in prison everything became clear.


Every reception has an amir for Muslims, I spoke with the amir, he was also from Chatsworth, African brother. He clarified a lot of things for me and I took Islam and the Kalima under his guidance. Normally every Monday when the Imaam used to come, he’d have a group of maybe two, three, four or sometimes 10 people who accepted Islam.


Normally every Monday I would notice a few people and I was amongst that group who accepted Islam. They had classes where they taught Quraan, Islamic history, and that’s where I started learning and I became very interested and learned a lot. There is also Taraweeh Salaah in prison, there are Huffaaz that used to lead the prayers but I also used to participate reading Salaah, the five times Salaah because I had so much love for Deen, I can’t explain it, but I was in the environment of Muslim brothers all around me, a circle of friends who was speaking about the love for Allah Ta’alah and leaving the things we used to do.


After reading the Quraan and being in contact with all these brothers I felt like a new me and like a big burden came off my back. Even the sentence I was serving, I didn’t feel so hard about it, I thought that I had to be sentences because I’ve hurt so many people and committed so many crimes. I just felt fifteen years was nothing, I did so many things which I was not caught for so I really deserved this and I made a lot of taubah until my release.



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IslAmerica: The Trials of Islamic Converts in The United States 


US: Though Will Caldwell was born, raised and college educated in Georgia, he is uncomfortable praying there.

He has felt that way since a clear summer evening in 2007 at a nondescript gas station off a nondescript interstate somewhere between Savannah and Macon. He was on his way home to Saint Simons Island from Emory University, where he had just finished his junior year. Caldwell had pulled his red Mini Cooper into the rest stop because the sun was starting to set and, since he had converted to Islam one year earlier, this meant that it was time to pray.

In the empty field next to the gas station, he found a discrete corner, laid out his mat and began to recite the holy verses, first standing, then bent forward, then on his knees with his head to the ground. He noticed two people looking at him, secretively peering out from behind their truck. Uneasy, he rushed through the ritual, folded up his mat and got back in the car to leave. As he pulled away, he could see in his rear view mirror a cop car pulling into the parking lot. The people who had been staring were flagging down the police officer and pointing at Caldwell. He drove on at an intentionally moderate pace, and the cop did not follow, but he has not risked praying publicly in the South since.

Caldwell is soft spoken. He pauses thoughtfully before talking and sometimes between sentences. He wears a plaid button down shirt, slacks and small, round wire-framed glasses. His wide-set green eyes gaze out earnestly from his creamy white face. One quickly gets the sense that he is a kind and spiritual person. Perhaps this is his fatal flaw. After growing up in the Episcopal Church, Caldwell rediscovered his spirituality in Islam and decided to convert. Now, less than a hundred miles from where he was raised, onlookers see Caldwell's prayer as a potential threat. Why might this be?

"The political context we are in is so charged with anti-Muslim rhetoric that it's almost impossible, I would say, for that conversion not to have some kind of political ramifications even if the convert in no way intends it," says Brannon Ingram, a professor of religious studies at Northwestern University, who specializes in Islam and Sufism. In July of 2013, Fox News correspondent Lauren Green interviewed religion scholar Reza Aslan about "Zealot", a book he just had written about Jesus Christ. She repeatedly questioned his credentials and asked him to explain how a Muslim could write about Christianity. In 2013, a Pew Research Center for the People & the Press study found that 45 percent of Americans believe that Muslims face "a lot" of discrimination.


Huffington Post

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


This week's CCN Readers' Choice is


The Road Trip That Changed The World


Mark Sayers




What if the problem is us? Sixty years ago a goatee beard would have gotten you beat up in a lot of places. Chin fuzz was the symbol of the Beats or Beatniks, a mid-century, marginal group who pioneered a new kind of lifestyle. Their approach to life was hedonistic, experiential, fluid, and individualistic. Their contradictory approach to spirituality combined a search for God with a search for 'kicks'. In 1947, these Beatnik heroes set out on a road trip across America re-writing the "life-script"; of all future generations.


Theirs was a new kind of lifestyle for a secular age. Their lives then (like so many of our lives now) were built upon experience, pleasure, mobility and self-discovery. They would also model a new approach to faith: desiring Christ, while still pursuing a laundry list of vices. Yet this dream would turn into a nightmare and the open road would lead back to an ancient half-forgotten path. This was a path trodden by millions of feet over thousands of years.


It was a path that began with a single step of faith as a pilgrim named Abraham stepped away from a cynical culture. A path of devotion that would lead to a cross on a hill named Golgotha.



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


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KB says: Aamena Nathie says this is her signature drink, one she invented to stop her children from drinking soft drink which is so full of colourings and additives.

Iced Tea






  1. Infuse 5 Lipton teabags in boiling water in a 2 cup oven proof jug.

  2. Add 1 cup castor sugar and stir to dissolve.

  3. Pour into a 2L jug and top with filtered water

  4. Garnish with a finely sliced lemon and lots of fresh mint...

  5. Top with lots of ice


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, we’re looking at taking a break over the coming weeks and was wondering if there is anything you can suggest we do while away. We love the outdoors and are keen to keep our fitness levels up.

A: If you’re looking at a city getaway, then find a place with a pool, tennis court and gym so there is no excuse not to exercise.

Be sure to pack your skipping ropes for cardio and exercise tubes / bands for resistance training. Early morning runs / walks is a great way to start the day.

If anything, using your own body weight while exercising is a great challenge – incorporate tricep dips and tricep push-ups, sit-ups, hovers, etc. into every workout routine for a stronger, leaner body.

If you’re looking at escaping the city then I suggest a hiking getaway or yoga retreat. Farm stays will be good if you don’t mind horse-riding, etc.

Places with lakes are great so you can go for a paddle or swim while enjoying the great outdoors.


Just enjoy your getaway and keep moving…




My Health and Fitness

Tel: 0404 844 786


Need an answer to a fitness related matter?

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

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


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Jallalluddin was speeding down a Dubai road in his red sports car and was pulled over by Police Officer Hakimuddin.


Hakimuddin asked to see Jalllalluddin's driver's licence.


Jallalluddin scrummaged through his brief case, could not find it and started to panic.


"What does it look like?" he asked finally.


Hakimuddin replied, "It's square and it has your picture in it."


Jallalluddin finally found a square mirror in his bag, looked at it and handed it to Hakimuddin.


"Here it is," he said.


Hakimuddin looked at the mirror, then handed it back saying, "OK, you can go. I didn't realize you were a cop....."

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It is He Who makes the stars (as beacons) for you, that you may guide yourselves, with their help, through the dark spaces of land and sea: We detail Our Signs for people who know.

Surah Al-An'am 6:97


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Life is like making tea!

Boil your ego,

Evaporate your worries,

Dilute your sorrows,

Filter your mistakes, and

Get taste of happiness....


~ Rishika Jain 


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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

1 Stop Pizza 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 T ax Returns 2012 Muslim Directory 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)

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23 March


Pakistan Day Celebration & Dinner

Pakistan Australian Cultural Organization

Islamic College of Brisbane, KARAWATHA

0413 140 610

4pm to 9pm

29 March


Family Fun Day: Celebration thru Arts

Logan Art Gallery

cnr Wembley Rd & Jacaranda Ave, LOGAN CENTRAL

3415 5519

12pm to 4pm

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

25 April


Algester Mosque: Fund Raising Dinner

Islamic Society of Algester

Islamic College of Brisbane, KARAWATHA

0409 746 786


26 April


Brisbane Islamic Conference

Quranic Inspirations

BLD 3, Lecture Theatre 206, UQ St Lucia Campus

0406 106 452

1pm to 5pm

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)

31 May


Sisters' House Fund Raiser Dinner

Sisters' House

Michael's Oriental Restaurant

0407 164 721


8 June



International Food Festival hosted by Kuraby Mosque

Kuraby Mosque

Islamic College of Brisbane

0401 959 295

10am to 8pm

13-15 June


Sister Haifaa Ladies Retreat 2014 | Living the Sunnah


Savannah Hotel, GOLD COAST

0422 237 861

All weekend

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



2 August


Eid Fund Raising Dinner for Palestine


Michael's Oriental Restaurant

0422 349 786


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.


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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.


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.



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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

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

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