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Beat your bias: Yassmin Abdel-Magied  The CCN Inbox: Letters to the Editor The CCN Food for Thought
Toowoomba  rallies to  support Mosque after attack  The CCN Classifieds An Ayaat-a-Week
Trad loses $290k in radio battle What is/was happening in other necks of the woods Events and Functions
Australia-Indonesia Muslim Exchange Program 2015 Around the Muslim World with CCN Islamic Programmes, Education & Services
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Australian Day celebration at the Gold Coast Mosque

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This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. Yassmin Abdel-Magied challenges us to think beyond our unconscious bias and rise up to open doors for those that often can't even make it to the hallway.





By Yassmin Abdel-Magied on January 25 2015 - News

I remember the first time I spent Australia Day away from my family home.

I was 17 and doing vacation work in a mine in Central Queensland for my mechanical engineering degree. Up until that point in my life, Australia Day was about the small Sudanese community I was part of getting together and having a barbecue in the park.

That was definitely not the case for the 60 or so other mining vacation students in the town.

It was a time of many firsts: the first time I had lived without my parents,

the first time I’d listened to Triple J’s Hottest 100 and the first time I’d hung out with anyone who had a Southern Cross tattoo. It was a long weekend that definitely ‘broadened my horizons’.

“Oh my gawd,” I remember thinking at the time, as people started dancing on tables at our hostel in Airlie Beach, belting out the lyrics to John Farnahm’s ‘You’re the Voice’.

“Is this what ‘real’ Australia Day is like?”

I felt like I had been inducted into a whole new world, a side of my home country I had never seen. I’d grown up in a Muslim household to Sudanese / Egyptian parents, so our version of a massive party included more food than you could shake a stick at, and lots of dancing (particularly the unique Sudanese shoulder shake).


It was also one of the first times Australia Day forced me to reflect on what being an Australian meant to me personally, and how I might view the day differently from those around me. The men and women I worked in the mines with were largely ‘ocker’ Australians and had grown up with a set interpretation of what being an Aussie entailed. As a young Muslim first generation migrant, making sense of the Australian identity was no mean feat.

If being Aussie was about having an ocker accent and knowing all the slang, I had definitely failed on that front. I’d told people that I slept in my snag and ate a few swags for lunch, confusing the two very similar-sounding words. I’d misunderstood getting up at ‘sparrow’s fart’, which apparently meant at the crack of dawn, and told people we were getting up at ‘pigeon shit’ instead. When someone told me to go see ‘old mate’ down the road, I went around asking people where the man named ‘old mate’ lived…

I survived those vacation work months and felt connected to the country in a way I hadn’t before. At the same time, I also felt proud to be a Muslim who had a mixed Afro-Arab background. I realised that these things weren’t mutually exclusive – it’s something we should always remember. Being Australian isn’t about making a choice to cut out parts of your identity but about embracing all facets of it. Doing so enriches the tapestry of our nation.

It’s fascinating that every Australia Day we have this intense national discussion about ‘what it means to be an Australian’. The beauty of it is that we all have our own interpretations. Some have a very specific idea of what a ‘real Aussie’ looks and sounds like – it’s often a narrow and exclusive definition that doesn’t reflect our reality. Some of our Indigenous countrymen and women see it as a reminder and unfortunate celebration of injustices. For many others, it marks the day they joined the ranks of Australia by becoming a citizen. Australia Day means something so unique to us all, a little like being an Australian itself.

In the midst of these discussions it is important that we don’t make being an Australian about fitting a cookie-cutter ideal, particularly when it comes to belief systems. At the end of the day, we can set all the criteria we want, force people to sit an exam and judge their accents. The reality is being Australian is so much more than just the superficial.

Being ‘Aussie’ is about being part of and contributing to building one of the luckiest nations in the world. It’s about being proud of who we are, but also recognising we still have a long way to go if we’re really going to deliver on the ‘fair go’ we so often preach. It is about holding each other and our leaders to account. It is about valuing the backgrounds we all have and bringing those experiences together to create something greater than the sum of parts.

We are so incredibly lucky in Australia: the fact that we are having this conversation means we have an opportunity to shape the identity of our nation. Each one of us has a part to play; let’s make it count.


Source: Birdeemag

Yassmin Abdel-Magied is a mechanical engineer, writer, social advocate, petrol head and the founder of Youth Without Borders. She loves being everything you don’t expect of a hijabed Muslim woman, and writes about it on her blog. She tweets about Formula 1, social issues and FML moments: @yassmin_a.


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TOOWOOMBA: A solidarity gathering was held at the Garden City Mosque, Toowoomba on the request of a number of members of the wider community, mainly from different churches and multicultural organisations, on Monday, 26 January 2015 at the Mosque property.


The main objective of the meeting was to demonstrate a show of support for the Muslim community after the arson attack in the main meeting hall of the Mosque which burned to a medium size hole on the timber floor.

The Executive Officer of the Catholic Justice Commission, Dr Mark Copland served as the Master of the Ceremony. The meeting started with the recitation from the Qur’an by Imam Abdul Kader and welcome by local indigenous elder Br Darby McCarthy.

Speakers included, Professor Shahjahan Khan, Federal Minister of Industry, Hon Ian Macfarlane, Queensland State Minister of Agriculture, Dr John McVeigh, Acting Vice Chancellor of University of Southern Queensland, Professor Janet Verbyla, Professor Mohamed Abdalla of Griffith University, Representatives of Catholic and Anglican Bishop, and Mr Mohammad Haniff from Buddhist community. Labour Party Candidate for Toowoomba South, Mr Graham Storey was in attendance and former Attorney General of Queensland, Mr Kerry Shine sent an apology.


Associate Professor Mohamad Abdalla from Griffith University addresses the gathering 


Mosque gathering reveals a city that values diversity
The Chronicle


OUR SAY: It was inspiring to see so many people gather outside Toowoomba's mosque yesterday afternoon.

About 100 people from different backgrounds and sectors of the community joined together to make a united stand against the arson attack on the mosque on Friday night.

It was even more significant considering the rally came on Australia's national day.

We live in a multicultural country and one in which most people are accepting of different cultures and races.
The same can be said for Toowoomba.

We should not allow the incredibly selfish and stupid acts of one person to tarnish Toowoomba's reputation as a culturally inclusive city.

Toowoomba is a stronger community because it is home to people from so many different backgrounds.

The stand taken by so many members of the community yesterday afternoon on Australia Day shows how much the majority value this diversity.


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MUSLIM community leader Key­sar Trad will be forced to pay Sydney radio station 2GB $290,000 after he lost a decade-long defamation case.

Mr Trad sued Harbour Radio — which owns 2GB — in 2005 over comments made by its then radio host Jason Morrison following the Cronulla race riots.

At a public rally, Mr Trad had criticised the role of the media in the riots, particularly “tabloid journalism and one talkback radio station”. On air the following day, Mr Morrison said Mr Trad was a “disgraceful and dangerous individual who incited violence, hatred and racism”.

Mr Morrison, who moved to rival radio station 2UE in 2010, but has since returned to work for 2GB, said yesterday that he was vindicated by the outcome and praised 2GB in defending the case, which went all the way to the High Court.

“This is a credit to 2GB’s determination to not let someone just have a go for the sake of having a go,” Mr Morrison said.

“It’s a credit to the company that even when I went to work for a direct rival they continued defending the case and showed they don’t like being walked over.”

Last night, Mr Trad said he was aware of the ruling, but was unable to comment before speaking with his lawyers.

In a separate case, Mr Trad sued 2GB over comments made in 2005 by radio host Alan Jones in which Mr Jones read the contents of a letter that expressed negative views of Lebanese men.

The Civil and Administrative Tribunal found those statements were “highly insulting and inflammatory” and last month ordered 2GB to pay $10,000 in damages.

After that ruling, Mr Trad told reporters the win was a “symbolic victory” but that “my family is worried about losing our home”, in relation to his wider court costs.

Costs against Mr Trad are expected to grow well above the $290,000, that figure relating only to the costs associated with the initial Supreme Court case.

Radio 2GB was unavailable for comment, however the station’s legal costs are understood to be more than $1 million.

Source: The Australian


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How much do you know about the world’s largest Muslim nation? This is your chance to find out more.

The 2015 Australia-Indonesia Muslim Exchange Program (MEP) is now accepting applications. An exciting opportunity for young Australian Muslim community leaders: over two weeks, you will learn about the rich heritage of Islam in Indonesia, visit some of the largest Muslim organisations and schools in the world, meet prominent scholars, and make valuable contacts and friends in Indonesian Muslim society.

You will also join a network of more than 160 MEP alumni, who are active in many different fields.

Tickets and accommodation are covered for the program, which will take place towards the end of May 2015.

Send your application to info@ausindomep.com by 5pm AEDT, on Friday, 20th February 2015.


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Al-Mustapha Institute of Brisbane hosted a grand Mawlid-un-Nabi conference on Sunday 25 January at the Logan West Community Hall.


Almost 500 people turned out to attend what was to be a spectacular evening with Quran recitation and Nasheeds by the world renowned Ahabab Al Mustafa from Sydney, lead by Shaykh Azzam Messto.


The audience was also enlightened with the words for wisdom shared by Saiyyid Ibrahim Khalil Al Bhukhari along with other national and international speakers.

The evening was concluded with a five star buffet dinner.



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Makkah is considered once of the most Sacred Places on earth for Muslims. Yet sadly many people, both Muslim and Non-Muslim, don't know the History of this Important City. Therefore, Simply Seerah Studios has presented a short clip which covers the History of Makkah in 3D format.



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At the Movies with CCN: Hollywood uses ‘American Sniper’ to destroy history & create myth



The moral depravity into which the US is sinking is shown by American Sniper glorifying the exploits of a racist killer receiving six Oscar nominations, whereas ‘Selma’ depicting Martin Luther King’s struggle against racism has been largely ignored.

American Sniper is directed by Clint Eastwood, and tells the story of Chris Kyle, a US Navy Seal who served four tours of duty in Iraq as a sniper credited with 160 confirmed “kills”, and earning him the dubious honor of being lauded the most lethal sniper in US military history.

Played by Bradley Cooper, in the movie Kyle is an all-American hero, a Texas cowboy who joins the military out of a sense of patriotism and a yearning for purpose and direction in his life. Throughout the ‘uber-tough’ selection process, Kyle is a bastion of stoicism and determination, willing to bear any amount of pain and hardship for the honor of being able to serve his country as a Navy Seal – America’s equivalent of the Samurai.

The personal struggle he endures as a result of what he experiences and does in Iraq is not motivated by any regrets over the people he kills, including women and children, but on his failure to kill more and thereby save the lives of American soldiers as they go about the business of tearing the country apart, city by city, block by block, and house by house.

If American Sniper wins one Oscar, never mind the six it’s been nominated for, when this annual extravaganza of movie pomp and ceremony unfolds in Hollywood on February 22, it will not only represent an endorsement of US exceptionalism, but worse it will be an insult to the Iraqi people. In the movie they are depicted as a dehumanized mass of savages – occupying the same role as the Indians in John Wayne Western movies of old – responsible for their own suffering and the devastation of their country, which the white man is in the process of civilizing.

Anything resembling balance and perspective is sacrificed in American Sniper to the more pressing needs of US propaganda, which holds that the guys who served in Iraq were the very best of America, men who went through hell in order to protect the freedoms and way of life of their fellow countrymen at home. It is the cult of the soldier writ large, men who in the words of Kyle (Bradley Cooper) in the movie “just want to get the bad guys.”

The ”bad guys” are, as mentioned, the Iraqis. In fact if you had just arrived in the movie theatre from another planet, you would be left in no doubt from the movie’s opening scene that Iraq had invaded and occupied America rather than the other way round.
Unsurprisingly, the real Chris Kyle was not as depicted by Clint Eastwood and played by Bradley Cooper. In his autobiography, upon which the movie is supposedly based, Kyle writes, “I hate the damn savages. I couldn’t give a flying f**k about the Iraqis.”

It is clear that the movie’s director, Clint Eastwood, when faced with the choice between depicting the truth and the myth, decided to go with the myth.

But it should come as no surprise, given that the peddling of such myths is the very currency of Hollywood. Over many decades the US movie industry has proved itself one of the most potent weapons in the armory of US imperialism, helping to project a myth of an America, defined by lofty attributes of courage, freedom, and democracy.

As the myth has it, these values, and with them America itself, are continually under threat from the forces of evil and darkness that lurk outwith and often times within. The mountain of lies told in service to this myth has only been exceeded by the mountain of dead bodies on the basis of it – victims of the carnage and mayhem unleashed around the world by Washington.

Chris Kyle was not the warrior or hero portrayed in American Sniper. He was in fact a racist killer for whom the only good Iraqi was a dead Iraqi. He killed men, women, and children, just as his comrades did during the course of a brutal and barbaric war of aggression waged by the richest country in the world against one of the poorest.

They say that patriotism is the last refuge of the scoundrel. In the hands of a movie director with millions of dollars and the backing of a movie studio at its disposal, it is far more dangerous than that. It is a potent weapon deployed against its victims, denying them their right to even be considered victims, exalting in the process, when it comes to Hollywood, those who murder and massacre in the name of America.

With this in mind, it is perhaps fitting that Chris Kyle was shot and killed by a former Marine at a shooting range in Texas in 2013. “Man was born into barbarism,” Martin Luther King said, “when killing his fellow man was a normal condition of existence.”

Source: RT


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Those who insult Islam should expect to be attacked, suggests ex-MI6 boss as he agrees with the Pope's Charlie Hebdo comments.

The former chief of MI6 has warned that anyone insulting Islam can expect to provoke a reaction and that "there will be another terrorist attack in this country."

Sir John Sawers (pictured) was delivering his first speech since leaving office. He stepped down as 'C' in November 2014 after five years at the helm of the Secret Intelligence Service.

Sir John picked up on comments made by the Pope in reference to the provocative cartoons published in the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, where 12 were killed in a terror attack. Al Qaeda said the attacks were revenge for the depiction of Mohammed.

Pope Francis told crowds in The Philippines that a friend who had cursed his mother could "expect a punch" in return.

Sir John said: "There is a requirement for restraint from those of us in the West.
"I rather agree with the Pope that, of course, the attacks in Paris were completely unacceptable and cannot be justified on any basis whatsoever, but I think respect for other people's religion is also an important part of this.

"If you show disrespect for others' core values then you are going to provoke an angry response. That doesn't justify anything, but I think we just need to bear it in mind."



Sky News


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We have positions available for male assistant/s to work on a part-time, on-call basis, with our team to facilitate with the funeral arrangements.

Duties will include driving for all transfers, assist with the preparation of the grave, assist with the Ghusl and liaise with the family of the deceased.

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Vacancy for a junior pharmacy assistant for a pharmacy in Logan

Experience is not essential, license preferable. Duties include serving customers, receiving in stock, marking off stock, stock management, general house keeping, dusting, vacuuming, cleaning shelves, placing the bin out, checking mail.
Pay is the guild award rate, which differs with age. Hours are from mid-morning till 5.30pm (half an hour break), Saturdays included 8.30 till 1 pm (3.5 days a week).
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DATE: 30 January 2015

TOPIC: Mercy - رحمة

IMAM: Dr Mohamad Abdalla







DATE: 30 January 2015

TOPIC: “Story of the valuable necklace”

IMAM: Mufti Junaid Akbar

AUDIO (MP3) LINK: http://www.masjidtaqwa.org.au/index.php/downloads/kuthba



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In this episode of '100 Muslims, 1 Question' American Muslims from all walks of life were asked: "Who is your favourite president of the United States?"


These are their responses



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Prayer takes precedent over protocol




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Saudi cleric Sheikh Ahmad al-Ghamedi gets death threats after wife shows face and make-up on TV   


Saudi cleric Sheikh Ahmad al-Ghamedi and his wife Jawaher bint Ali. 


SAUDI ARABIA: A Saudi cleric has received death threats and is facing a lawsuit following an appearance on national television with his wife, who had her face uncovered and was wearing make-up.

Sheikh Ahmad al-Ghamedi told the audience of a popular chat show in the ultra-conservative kingdom at the weekend that Islam does not require women to hide their faces behind a niqab in public.

The cleric, who in the past headed the religious police in Mecca, Islam's holiest city, maintained that wearing make-up is also allowed to Muslim women.

"The Prophet did not order women to cover their faces. Wearing make-up is allowed," he said.

"No one is saying that it is not allowed for a woman to cover her face, but I am saying that it is not obligatory and I have evidence in jurisprudence of this."

To prove his point, Ghamedi was accompanied by his wife Jawaher bint Ali, who appeared on Saudi screens with only light make-up on her face and painted nails.

The show's female host, Badria al-Bishr, also appeared with her face uncovered.

The stunt was praised by liberals and reformists but enraged hard-line conservatives.

Ghamedi told local paper Al-Watan he received threats after the show, while a radical cleric reportedly said he should be tortured as punishment.

Saudi Arabia's most senior cleric, the Grand Mufti, Sheikh Abdulaziz al-Sheikh, also attacked Ghamedi urging him to "ask repentance from God, and to back away from this mistake before you meet God with these sins".

"My message to Sheikh al-Ghamdi is to fear God," he told news website Sabq, the CNN reported.

A group of Saudis from Jeddah said they were to take legal action seeking a media ban and a gagging order against the scholar accused of encouraging women to show their faces in public.




Source: International Business Times


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Lady Warsi launches bitter assault on coalition strategy towards Muslims 

Former Tory chair targets Michael Gove for criticism and says failure to engage with the community ‘has fuelled resentment’

Baroness Warsi has issued her first criticism of government policy towards Muslims since resigning from the cabinet. 


UK: Lady Warsi has delivered a blistering critique of the government’s approach towards Britain’s Muslims, warning that failure to engage properly with communities across the UK has created a climate of suspicion and undermined the fight against extremism.

In her first major intervention on the relationship between Muslims and the rest of society since she resigned from the cabinet five months ago, Warsi says the coalition’s policy of non-engagement has caused deep unease and resentment towards the government.

Writing in the Observer, Warsi warns that the government’s stance is counterproductive at a time of heightened national security. This month has seen warnings from MI5 that an attack on the UK is “highly likely” in the wake of the Charlie Hebdo massacre in Paris on 8 January.

In a series of stinging judgments, Warsi, a former chairwoman of the Tory party and the first Muslim to serve in the cabinet, claims that:

■ The government in which she served has come “to view ever-increasing numbers of Muslim organisations or individual Muslim activists with suspicion”.

■ David Cameron rejected requests for other faiths, including Muslims, to be given an equivalent to the annual meeting he has with the Jewish leadership – a meeting of Jewish groups and figures that the prime minister hosts.

■ Former colleagues in government have failed to show proper concern for the “worries and fear” felt by Britain’s 3 million-strong Muslim community in the current febrile atmosphere.

Warsi also condemns the lack of ministerial engagement with a cross-government working group combating anti-Muslim hatred, in which she was involved. Chief whip Michael Gove is singled out for particular criticism for his behaviour during the Birmingham schools Trojan horse affair, when Warsi claims he flatly rejected formal requests from the working group to become involved.

Warsi reveals that there were deep splits within the cabinet over its non-engagement policy. Justice secretary Chris Grayling is cited as one senior figure who believed non-engagement was counterproductive in tackling extremism. She states that the government’s decision to deal with only a very small number of British Muslims meant that community-based engagement – seen by many counter-terrorism experts as the most effective way to tackle radicalisation and extremism – fell by the wayside.


The Guardian

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 Active parents, active kids

Having a good role model when it comes to being active and healthy is imperative for kids growing up. Studies show that it is much easier to stick to a healthy lifestyle change as a child because you don’t really have much of a choice – your parent are in control.

. Ensure kids eat breakfast daily
. Drink more water instead of juice or fizzy, sugary drinks
. Try eating together whenever possible
. Be active outdoors for at least an hour a day
. Limit screen time
. Don’t focus on weight, relax and have fun being active




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Need an answer to a fitness related matter?

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

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


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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


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KB says:  I enjoyed these waffles at breakfast and I found them a better alternative to hash browns. Top them up with additional salt, pepper and butter if required.

Potato waffles




4 cups mashed potatoes
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tbsp. dried chives
½ tsp green chillies
Salt & pepper, to taste
1 egg, lightly whisked
½ cup Parmesan cheese 


  1. Heat the waffle maker on high heat.

  2. Mix together the mashed potato, garlic powder, dried chives, paprika, salt, pepper, egg and parmesan cheese.

  3. Spray the waffle maker or grease with butter.

  4. Add ½ to ¾ cup potato mixture.

  5. Close the lid and cook for 4-6 minutes. It should not pull apart.

  6. Remove and repeat.

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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Jallaludin’s wife was calling out for her him from the kitchen to help her with the dishes, but did not get a response.

She went looking for him in the bed room and found her husband asleep on his files, snoring loudly and obviously tired from work.

She walked closer to him, looked at the innocent face, played with his hair softly, sweetly and.....
…...slapped his face!

Jallaludin got up with a shock and asked what had happened!

That's when the wife showed him her phone which showed....

"Last seen on whatsapp 1 minute ago"

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To those who believe in Allah and His Messengers and make no distinction between any of the Messengers, We shall soon give their (due) rewards: for Allah is Oft-forgiving, Most Merciful.

Surah An-Nisaa 4:152


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"We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm, and adventure.

There is no end to the adventures we can have,

if only we seek them with our eyes open"


~ Jawaharlal Nehru


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Afghani & Pakistani Cuisine


Hair Studio

HK Migration Law Services

  Migration Law Services




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ZAM ZAM Restaurant Mahair Hair Studio Easy Bake Mia Electrical 1 Mia Electrical 2 Shoaib Dhedhi NSP Turmeric Browns Plains Crave BBQ TONIGHT ZAMBEEKAS SIMPLE PC REPAIRS VC Power World Of Lollies All Building Certification All Building Certification2 KAZY KLOTHING CARD Mena Delights HealthyLifeBrownsPlains-HVFishOil Precise Consulting Ad Goss Bros Refrigerated Transport & Cold Storage Compton Mediclinic Crave Hair & Beauty Hairdressers Sleeves For Sale Desi Thread Kuraby Hire 1 Stop Pizza Seedat Accounting United Hearts Family Day Care Scheme Pty Ltd AUTOCAD 2013 TUITION Archi n Eng Sora 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 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 The Function Room Page 1 The 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 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 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)

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





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7 February


Sisters Support Group

New Muslim Care (NMC)

Arabesque Bazaar, T2/3240 Surfers Paradise Blvd, Surfers' Paradise 

0431 747 356

11am to 3pm

28 Feb & 1 March

Sat & Sun

Course: Signs of the Hour

Al Kauthar Institute


0438 698 328


7 March


New Slackscreek Mosque

Family Eat & Treat Night

Masjid ur Rahmaan

Slackscreek Mosque

Islamic College of Brisbane, KARAWATHA

0431 201 164


15 March


2nd Toowoomba International Food Festival

Islamic Society of Toowoomba

Garden City Mosque (Toowoomba)

0421 081 048

10am to 5pm

2-7 April

Thurs to Tues

Seekers Retreat

Seekers Hub Golbal

Outside Brisbane


All week

9 May


Gala Dinner in Honour of Women

Queensland Muslims

Logan Entertainment Centre

0402 575 410


17 May


Lailatul Mehraj (27th Rajab 1436)

3 June


Nisf Shabaan 1436 / Lailatul Bharat (15th Shabaan 1436)

7 June


ICB Annual School Fete

Islamic College of Brisbane

Islamic College of Brisbane, KARAWATHA

0402 794 253

All day

18 June


1st Ramadaan 1436

14 July


Lailatul Qadr - Night of Power 1436 (27th Ramadaan 1436)

18 July


Eidul Fitr 1436 (1st Shawwal 1436)

25 July



Eidfest QLD

Rocklea Showgrounds

0418 722 353

All day

24 September


Eidul Adha 1436 (10th Zilhijja 1436)

26 September



Eidfest @ Dreamworld


0418 722 353


15 October


Muharram 1437 – Islamic New Year 1437 (1st Muharram 1437)



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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Brisbane Northside Muslimahs Support Group
To help sisters on the northside of Brisbane to connect with their local sisters.

We will endeavour to have regular meetings, either for a lesson/discussion on
Islam, or for social events.

Please contact :
Ayesha on 0409 875 137 or at

Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/donna.lewis.564




Lutwyche Mosque

Weekly classes with Imam Yahya


Monday: Junior Class
Tuesday: Junior Arabic
Friday: Adult Quran Class


For more information call 0470 671 109

Holland Park Mosque


All programs are conducted by Imam Uzair Akbar





Tafseer Program

Basics of Islam

Tafseer Program





after Maghrib Salat


Taleem Programe at Kuraby Mosque


Every Thursdays  10.30-11.30am


Bald Hills Mosque Weekly Tafseer







after Isha


Dars Nizame (Urdu)

after Isha



after Isha


Dars Nizame (Urdu)

after Isha



after Isha



after Maghrib



after Isha


The Tafseer gets recorded and uploaded on to our website end of each week, please visit our website to download these recordings at www.masjidtaqwa.org.au.

The Tuesday and Thursdays Dars Nizame program is in Urdu, these sessions too are recorded as well as webcasted live. For webcast details please contact us via our website “contact us” page. The recordings are sent via a download link, if you are interested please again contact us via our website “contact us” page.

Queensland Police Service/Muslim Community Consultative Group


Meeting Dates & Times

Time: 7.00pm sharp
Date: Wednesday 11 February 2014
Venue: Islamic College of Brisbane - 45 Acacia Road Karawatha

Light refreshments will be available.




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

National Zakat Foundation (NZF)

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) : Masjid Taqwa

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

AYIA Foundation


Slackscreek Mosque

Mosque and Community Centre

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


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