Sunday, 10 May 2015

 Newsletter 0548




.....a sometimes self-deprecating and occasional tongue-in-cheek look at ourselves and the world around us .....




The Weekly: Bendigo Mosque  The CCN Inbox: Letters to the Editor The CCN Food for Thought
Crescent Institute off to flying start in Brisbane  The CCN Classifieds An Ayaat-a-Week
From the Queensland Parliament this week What is/was happening in other necks of the woods Events and Functions
Help rebuild the burned Mosque in Toowoomba Around the Muslim World with CCN Islamic Programmes, Education & Services
Sign banning staff from washing their feet

CCN Readers' Book Club

Businesses and Services

Surfers Paradise Mosque get Admin makeover

KB's Culinary Corner

The CCN Date Claimer

DV Report at Parliament House

Kareema's Keep Fit Column

CCN on Facebook

This is our Islam: Religious minority in a country town

The CCN Chuckle

Useful Links

Living safe together grants programme  

Write For Us

Young Muslims Are Inviting You to Draw Muhammad


Mufti Menk
Australian Defence Force to get its first Muslim Imam
Burka Avenger Is the Muslim Female Super Hero
This Mosque Looks Like it’s From Another Planet
Ottoman-era domes being restored in mataf
The former head of Pegida says ‘sorry’ to Muslims
Halal In The Family: B'ully
Jumma Lecture Recordings


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Charlie Pickering heads out to Bendigo to sort out the controversy around a new mosque.



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The Brisbane Crescent Institute Board (pictured from l to r):

Mr Walid Yassine (Crescent Institute National Marketing Manager), Dr Mustafa Ally OAM, Dr Nora Amath, Ms Farzanah Ally, Mr Fahim Khondaker and Mr Tala Yasine OAM (Crescent Institute Patron).

The launch of the Brisbane Crescent Institute took place at the Deloitte's offices on the Brisbane CBD.


A diverse audience of near 100 heard keynote speaker, Ahmed Fahour, talk about his involvement with the Islamic Museum of Australia as its patron and founder, as well as the challenges his organization, Australia Post, has been facing in recent times from the advent of technological innovations.

Talal Yassine OAM, patron of the Institute, was impressed with the size and calibre of the Brisbane turnout which he said was as many as attended the Sydney and Melbourne events. He also welcomed onboard the Brisbane Advisory Board.


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In his address to the Queensland parliament this week, Mr Glen Elmes MP, Member for Noosa and former Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and Multicultural Affairs told the house:


One in five Queenslanders is born overseas. There are 220 different cultures living here, 220 different languages, 100 different religions or belief systems represented in our community—that is the fact of modern Queensland. Queensland is rapidly changing and both major parties need to reflect this change in the candidates we select.

This is a particular challenge for my own party, which is failing at embracing the newest Queenslanders. For the LNP to become a long-term party of government, we need to be building on the cultural coalitions and embracing our diversity.

I remember recently seeing a news clip showing the UK Prime Minister, David Cameron, addressing the House of Commons and two seats down from him was a Sheikh gentleman in his traditional turban and beard. If it can be done in the UK, it can be done here in Queensland.

I would have been pleased to see the LNP candidate for Yeerongpilly, Leila Abukar, elected as a first step in that direction, but it was not to be. Unfortunately, the endorsement of people from these culturally diverse backgrounds in my own party is pretty rare and that needs to change.

Not to do so will limit the opportunities of a party to form government and certainly limit its opportunities to stay in power if it does not understand the constituency on whose behalf it seeks to govern.


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In a personal letter to community leaders, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk, wrote:


I write to you as the newly elected Premier of Queensland in support of your community.

Members of Queensland's Muslim community have made enormous contributions to the economic, social and cultural wellbeing of our State, an outcome that has delivered significant benefits for all.

I am aware of many of the challenges facing community members in the current climate and want to reassure you that you have my Government's absolute commitment to work together with you, to build a Queensland where everyone feels they belong as part of an inclusive society.

As Premier, I will lead a government that will be inclusive and supportive of all Queenslanders, irrespective of cultural or faith background, including those of the Islamic faith. My Government is committed to delivering on our policy platform, A Multicultural Future for All, to encourage the full participation of people from diverse backgrounds in the cultural, economic, political and social life of Queensland.

I am pleased to have appointed the Honourable Shannon Fentiman MP as Minister for Multicultural Affairs. I f you require any further information or assistance in relation to this matter, please do not hesitate to contact Minister Fentiman's office on telephone (07) 3719 7500.


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The Islamic Society of Toowoomba is issuing an appeal for donations to help rebuild the burnt building.


The estimated cost for the rebuilding is $600,000 including new facilities for toilet and ablution for men and women. Although some money may be received from the insurer (depending on the assessment), the Society believes, "it may not even cover less than half of the rebuilding cost."


For more information, click here.


Bank Account Details Commonwealth Bank, Toowoomba Plaza Branch

A/C Name: Toowoomba Islamic Charitable Organisation BSB No 064459, A/C No 1034 1586

Swift Code: CTBAAU25XXX

Heritage Bank, Toowoomba Branch

A/C Name: Islamic Society of Toowoomba

BSB No 638060, A/C No 1300 9958 (S13)

Swift Code: HBSLAU4T


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'It's about being respectful to my religion': Storm of controversy over sign banning Muslim staff from washing their feet in city office public toilet before their daily prayers


Days after a building worker questioned Muslim store clerk Mohammad Faisal about washing his feet in the men's toilet at a Sydney officer building, this cartoon was stuck on the men's room door, depicting a cartoon man washing his feet in the sink with a 'banned' slash through the image

SYDNEY: An anonymous building worker has sparked outrage by placing a sign on the men's toilet of a Sydney city office block in an attempt to ban Muslims from washing their feet in the sink before their daily prayers.

The sign, which has a cartoon of a man with one of his feet in a sink and surrounded by a circle with a slash through it, was placed on the door of the men's toilet of an office block on Pitt Street, in Sydney's business district.

The sign is believed to have gone up on Wednesday, just days after a building worker queried one of the shop workers who use the toilet.
Mohammad Faisal, a business student who works 20 hours a week in the convenience store, told Daily Mail Australia that Dhuhr and Asr - two of the five daily prayers required by his religion - fall during his 10am to 4pm shift at the shop.

The 26-year-old Pakistan native, who is studying in Australia to fulfill his late mother's dream, said earlier this week he went as usual to the first floor men's room to do his pre-prayer ablutions prior to Dhuhr, the prayer just before midday which currently falls at 11.52am.


The sign is stuck to the door of the men's toilet in the CBD office block which is used my Muslim workers to wash their feet in the required ablution before their five daily prayers to Allah, a practice which apparently offended the man who put up the cartoon

He said that, as was the custom, he washed his hands, his mouth, his head and his neck, as well as his arms, and then placed his feet one at a time into one of the men's rooms' two sinks.

'I have done it when you bring water from the sink down to the ground to wash your feet, but it makes too much of a mess, it is not clean and it makes the floor slippery and dangerous,' he said.

He was washing his feet when a man he didn't know entered the men's room and asked him what he was doing with his foot in the sink.

'He said "what are you doing" and said "I just washed my feet" and he said "okay" and left.

'Then yesterday this sign went up. I don't know, maybe he put it up because he didn't like it. I don't like to blame anyone.

'At first when I saw the sign I smiled, but then I thought why did he put up this sign, is it meant to mean we are not to do our ablution.

'But I must do ablution or I cannot pray. It's about being respectful to my religion.'

Mohammad's boss, contacted his boss who alerted Muslim community advocate Zaky Mallah, outraged at the apparent attempt allegedly by the one of the building's workers
to prevent working Muslims from using the sink for their ablutions.


Mohammad Faisal demonstrates how he washes his feet in the toilet basin

'This country has freedom of speech but that cartoon is racist and it is taking freedom of expression too far,' Mr Mallah said.

'When was it a crime to wash up in a men's room for Muslim prayers? It happens everywhere around the world.

'When Muslims want to perform their five daily prayers they have to go and wash up.

'And it would be happening around Australia every day for Muslim men, and women too. 'Possibly this man [who put up the cartoon] thought he was being funny, but this is a ridiculous joke and it is intimidating people going about daily business.

Mohammad Faisal, who came to Australia for the first time seven months ago said he found the country 'very friendly' and the people 'very good' and that it had been his mother, Zohra's dream before she died six years ago of kidney failure back in his home in the Punjab state that he study at an overseas university.

Mr Faisal said 'At first when I saw the sign I smiled, but then I thought why did he put up this sign, is it meant to mean we are not to do our ablution'

'I am the only son and that was her dream,' he said. 'I chose Australia because my brother-in-law was studying here and he told me Australia is very good and the people are friendly.'

Mohammad moved in with his brother-in-law, who has just finished a university degree, to a house at Lidcombe in Sydney's west and embarked on his three year Bachelor of Business degree at Group Colleges Australia in inner city Redfern.

He works three days a week at the convenience store and spend the rest of his week studying, or playing the occasional game of cricket with friends. He plays at provincial level back in Pakistan, as an all rounder and fast bowler.

Mr Faisal pointed ot the floor, saying 'I have done it when you bring water from the sink down to the ground to wash your feet, but it makes too much of a mess, it is not clean and it makes the floor slippery and dangerous'

Mr Faisal plans to become an accountant and run a poultry export business when he returns to Pakistan.

At the convenience store yesterday where he works with another Muslim man, he politely served customers and then - despite the sign - spent a few minutes washing in the men's room.

Then, as it came time for the Asr prayer, which falls at 2.48pm' he headed out the back of the store to pray on a prayer rug.

Mr Faisal said that like most practising Muslims he didn't feel right if he missed out on any of his five daily prayers and that without ablution - called 'wudu' - he could not present himself before Allah to pray.

'If you can't ablute, you can't pray,' he said.

Paul Culbi from Jamesons, the strata managers of the building, said the cartoon was 'racist, defamatory and a breach of owner corporation guidelines'.

'I would like to say that this racist item is against guidelines and I will be making a report to the owners,' he said.

'Apart from being a breach of guidelines to place anything up like that without owners' permission, it is racist.

'I have questioned the caretaker who doesn't know anything about it.'

Source: Daily Mail UK


How to attend a Muslim Friday Prayer Service (Jummah)




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The Surfers Paradise Mussalah on the Gold Coast came under the administration of a new team this week.


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Selfie with the Hon Annastacia Palaszczuk MP, Premier of Queensland (centre); the Hon Shannon Fentiman (back left), Minister of Multicultural Affairs; Dame  Quentin Bryce, former Queensland Governor; Ms Fatima Abdelkarim (front), IWAQ president; and Ms Galila Abdelsalam, IWAQ Director - taken at a monitoring tea at parliament House where Ms Bryce presented her commissioned report into  domestic violence.


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Every Friday in the regional Victorian town of Ararat, 50 members of the Islamic Welfare Association join each other for prayer at a tiny brick building next to the town's train station.

On occasion they hold interfaith prayer sessions with the Catholic Church, but soon they will have a mosque, following the approval of the local council, as well as other local religious leaders.

Like most country Victorians, for these four families, the town's appeal was getting out of the hustle and bustle of city life.

They are proud to call Ararat, which has a population of about 8,000 people, home, but said their religion was often misunderstood and they are concerned that they are feared by the broader community.


Anas Ghazal, Kimberly Amatullah and their three children Sarah, Malik and Samerah


Parents Anas Ghazal and Kimberly Amatullah with their children Sarah Ghazal, Malik Ghazal, Samerah Ghazal.


Anas Ghazal is a doctor at the Ararat Hospital. Originally from Syria, he met his Australian-born wife Kimberly while she was visiting his home country to further her studies of the Quran.

"We liked each other, were introduced to each other and from there I proposed to her, we got married and we stayed in Syria for two years," Anas said.

Kimberly converted to Islam after learning about the faith from her friend at the age of 18, before she met Anas.

"I suppose I was always looking for something, I was finishing school and looking for a purpose," she said.

"After I converted to Islam I had some teachers who were from Syria, so I went to Syria to learn from their teachers just more about Islam and get a feel for a different culture."

The couple moved to Ararat from Bendigo three months ago with their three children and a fourth on the way.


Like any young family, their day-to-day is a juggle of work, school drop-offs and pick-ups, shopping, cooking and extra-curricular activities.

"I work in the morning, come back home and am a father at home, getting the kids ready for bed. I go to the gym and play some soccer and tennis," Anas said.

"I'm kind of like taxi mum," Kimberly said.

Their lives in the country are far more relaxing than their former city ones, and while the couple said most of the community had welcomed them with open arms, living in a regional area did present some challenges.

"In Melbourne everyone knows about different religions, different people, it's easy," Anas said.

"But from what I hear out of the community, they're not as open as Melbourne, so that's a bit of a concern to me."

But Kimberley said she was mostly treated with respect by the broader community.

"Since becoming Muslim I can say probably three times in 14 years I have had some comment towards me in a negative sense," she said.

"But otherwise I get more positive comments like people go out of their way to comment on my scarf and say it looks nice, or be positive to show they're with me not against me."

As the Federal Government considers different strategies to combat Islamic extremism, Mr Ghazal urged Australians to remember that perpetrators of terrorism were in the minority.

NEXT WEEK CCN introduces Ararat resident Osman Kokcu.

Source: ABC News


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Press Release: Office of Attorney General George Brandis


Today I am announcing the successful recipients of over $1.6 million of funding under the Government’s Living Safe Together Grants Programme.

The grants will be awarded to 34 community-based organisations from across Australia to develop the skills to work with individuals and divert them away from ideologies of hatred and violence.

The grants will enable a greater variety of community-based organisations to work with people as part of their individually tailored programmes. The pool of funding for the Grants Programme has been boosted from $1 million in response to the large number of high-quality project submissions.

The kinds of programmes and services that will be developed as a result of grants funding include: a sports-based leadership programme for vulnerable young people; programmes to re-establish healthy relationships with families and promote positive peer networks; and a drop-in and retreat centre for young people to access advice and referrals to mental health, education and employment specialist services.

The grants are part of the Living Safe Together intervention programme, which has been established to identify radicalised and at-risk individuals and provide tailored services to address the root causes of their radicalisation. This capability did not previously exist. Individuals are participating in diversion programmes receiving services such as mentoring, counselling, education and employment support to help them turn away from violent ideologies.

The Government recognises and values the integral role of local communities in building resilience to violent extremism and creating strong community networks, and these grants will enable them to create and deliver practical solutions where it matters most.
Extremist groups not only threaten the peace and cohesion of our society, but they are actively targeting young Australians for recruitment.

The Government has invested over $40 million in new major initiatives to turn vulnerable individuals away from violent extremist ideologies.

My department will work closely with the successful organisations to finalise funding agreements in the coming weeks.

For more information on community and government initiatives, visit www.livingsafetogether.gov.au 2 May 2015 Contact: T: 02 6277 7300 E: agmedia@ag.gov.au


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The campaign is a creative response to Islamophobia

Did you know that Muhammad is the most common name in the world? The chances are you know a Muhammad or know somebody who knows one.

Muslim American activist Amani al-Khatahtbeh, who runs the popular blog MuslimGirl.net, is fighting Islamaphobia by inviting people to draw a picture of their friends who are called Muhammad.

The campaign is in response to the inflammatory Muhammad Art Exhibit and Contest organized by Pamela Geller of the American Freedom Defense Initiative (AFDI) in Garland, Texas, on Sunday night. Participants there were invited to draw images of the Prophet Muhammad, which Muslims consider offensive.

The event resulted in violence after two Islamist gunmen, identified as Elton Simpson and Nadir Soofi, opened fire outside the building, injuring a security officer. The suspects were both shot and killed by police.

Geller is known for her anti-Muslim stance and the AFDI is considered a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center.

Al-Khatahtbeh vigorously condemned the gunmen’s actions as “inexcusable.” But in response to Geller’s event, she came up with her own campaign, ‘Let’s help Pam draw Muhammad.’

People are asked to draw their friend Muhammad as a celebration of the human connections people have to “Muhammad,” it being such a common name.

“Chances are that all know a Muhammad. So, let’s draw Muhammad. Let’s honor his diversity. Let’s celebrate his many different faces. Let’s elevate his humanity,” she writes on MuslimGirl.net.

And using the hashtag #DM2015, people are taking to Twitter to draw a Muhammad in their lives.

Source: TIME


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The Australian Defence Force is set to get its first Muslim Imam as part of a push to attract more recruits from different cultural and language backgrounds.

Assistant Defence Minister Stuart Robert (pictured above) announced on Monday he was asking Defence to "renew efforts" on recruiting a more "culturally and linguistically diverse workforce".

Part of this is to find an Imam – an Islamic religious leader – to serve on the ADF's religious advisory committee, which provides advice to the force on policies to meet its personnel's spiritual needs.

"I have asked my department to move as quickly as possible to identify a part-time Islamic Imam to join the ADF's religious advisory committee to ensure those 96 ADF members of an Islamic faith have appropriate representation," Mr Robert said in a speech to Parliament.

The part-time Imam will join one Jewish and five Christian religious leaders who make up the committee. He will serve in a policy advisory role – a first for the ADF – but will not provide pastoral care as do Christian Chaplains in the force.

About 5.7 percent of the ADF's 57,000-strong permanent force identify as coming from a non-English speaking background. About 5.4 percent were born overseas in countries other than New Zealand, Britain, Canada and the US.

Mr Robert said progress on cultural diversity within the ADF needed to happen more quickly.

"It is clear the growth of a culturally and linguistically diverse workforce, that represents the changing face of modern Australia, is moving too slowly," Mr Robert said. "This is going to change."

He said there would also be a "dedicated recruitment strategy" to target sections of the community from which soldiers, sailors and airmen and women are not typically drawn.

Mr Robert stressed this was not about appearances or "social engineering" but rather was vital to making the ADF a better fighting force.

"This strategy … is born out of the stark reality that combat power will be enhanced," he said.

It would help Defence engage with neighbours in the Asia-Pacific region as well as overseas partners such as the United Nations and NATO, and also in operations such as peacekeeping and disaster relief, he said.

"As modern military operations evolve, there will be a growing requirement for greater interaction with, and understanding of, different cultures."

A similar previous example was the ADF's "female engagement teams" deployed in Afghanistan, where its members could talk to local women about how to improve their lives, which was a critical part of that mission, he said.

Defence had previously successfully used personnel who spoke Ukrainian, Chinese and Japanese in recent operations and exercises.

Source: Sydney Morning Herald


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The Muslim world doesn't have the best reputation when it comes to female empowerment. With a lack of of strong, independent female role models, young women in the region have few places to look in popular culture for guidance. Until now.

Meet Burka Avenger, the game-changing Pakistani cartoon that, for the first time, has flipped the status quo on its head with its female superhero protagonist, who fights crime in her magical burka.

The Burka Avenger is a teacher, Jiya, who in her spare time dons a burqa while fighting gender-based crimes and other evils, and she is the symbol of empowerment for girls across the Muslim world that many hoped would arrive. The Pakistani cartoon has been around since August 2013 and syndicated in Afghanistan, but Jiya is about to get a much larger audience in April, when the show launches in India on "edutainment" channel ZeeQ.


Originally broadcast in Urdu, the Indian version will be dubbed in English, Hindi, Telugu and Tamil, in order to maximize its reach.



The woman in black: Burka Avenger has received worldwide acclaim for its success in reimagining and challenging what it means to be a Muslim woman or girl, from winning a Peabody Award to being nominated for an Emmy.

The show uses irony to captivate its audiences and convey larger themes. The subjugating burqa, which Jiya only wears at night to fight crime, is transformed into a symbol of empowerment as she fights villains with her own special martial arts, using books and pens, not guns or swords, as her weapons, and all with a silly twist — it is, after all, a kids' show.

Burka Avenger also takes on critical social issues of the developing world, such as the battle against polio. In Pakistan, militants have repeatedly murdered polio vaccinators, like Salma Farooqi, a mother of five, who was dragged from her home, tortured and shot in Mach 2014 for trying to vaccinate children against the virus.


Saving the day: Burka Avenger could not be more important for countries like Pakistan, Afghanistan and India, where gender bias is rife and girls are raised with few role models.


A recent Council on Foreign Relations report discovered that major indicators of gender equality, such as workforce participation, literacy levels and infant mortality for girls, paint a bleak picture.

"[Pakistan's] skewed sex ratio of 108 men to 100 women is a reflection, in part, of higher female infant mortality and the overall more privileged treatment of boys," the report's authors write. "Given female biological advantage at birth, male mortality rates are expected to be higher than female rates."

Furthermore, Pakistan came second to last out of more than 140 countries in the World Economic Forum's 2014 Global Gender Gap Report.

Cartoon characters like Jiya, who reflect real-life symbols such as Nobel Peace Prize laureate Malala Yousafzai, the young girl who was shot by the Taliban for promoting girls' education, are a necessity in subverting repressive social systems, which disempower women. We can only hope this is a sign of things to come and more Jiyas and Malalas are on the way.

Source: Arts.Mic


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This Mosque looks like it’s from another planet but in fact, it’s located in Qatar’s Education City. From outside it looks like as if it’s a space ship which has just landed.

And its minarets rise high into the air slanted towards Makkah – the direction of prayer for Muslims worldwide

The courtyard in the centre of the Masjid is decorated with calligraphy and geometric patterns.


The mosque has five pillars which represent the five pillars of Islam around which four streams flow. The four streams represent the four rivers in heaven – of wine, milk, honey and water.

Inside, there are prayer facilities for men below and spaces for women in the gallery above – the Mosque has a capacity of 1,800 people. Qur’anic verses line the centre of the ceiling which lead to the Mihrab – a feature that is found in traditional Mosque designs.

Inside, there are prayer facilities for men below and spaces for women in the gallery above – the Mosque has a capacity of 1,800 people. Qur’anic verses line the centre of the ceiling which lead to the Mihrab – a feature that is found in traditional Mosque designs.



A unique feature is the lighting which are emitted from triangular openings of different sizes. For worshipers, it is as though they are praying under the stars!


The Mihrab features a golden texture and a Qur’anic ayah which translates as:

“So turn your face toward al-Masjid al-Haram. And wherever you [believers] are, turn your faces toward it [in prayer].”



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MAKKAH — The Ottoman-era domes, which were removed two years ago to expand the mataf (circumambulation area), are being restored, according to director of the projects administration in the General Presidency for the Affairs of the Two Holy Mosques Sultan Al-Quraishi.

The domes are being restored as per new arrangements that will restrict them to three sites. Work is underway to restore the domes in the northern part, including the mukabiriya (the chamber for the call for prayer).

The technical committee for the expansion projects decided not to reinstall the domes on the masaa side (the area in the Grand Mosque where pilgrims run between the holy areas of Safaa and Marwa as part of the Sa’i ritual.)

Source: Saudi Gazette


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GERMANY- Only few months ago, nobody would have imagined that one of the most emotional pro-tolerance speeches would one day come from one of Germany's fiercest critics of Islam and immigrants.

Yet it was Kathrin Oertel – once the leader of Germany's anti-immigrant Pegida movement, which drew tens of thousands of supporters at its peak – who apologized to Muslims in a video message published Thursday on Facebook.
"Those still belonging to the Pegida movement need to understand that they are advocating for the wrong cause," she said. "Asylum seekers are blamed for our problems in Europe and Germany. However, they're not the root cause of our struggle," she continued before directing her words to the immigrants she had previously condemned.

"I want to apologize to all migrants and to all Muslims among them who live peacefully and are assimilated with German society, who respect our culture and laws. They are in the vast majority and most Germans overlook this fact," Oertel said.

Oertel had first been the spokeswoman and later the head of the popular movement which shocked the world. Since last November, right-wing extremists and ordinary citizens had marched in joint weekly rallies in opposition to Muslim immigration to Germany. The weekly protests continue, though the number of supporters has dwindled.

"I feel partially responsible for a campaign of hatred we caused. I want to apologize and the only thing I can do is to help resolve those tensions," Oertel said in the statement which appeared to have been spontaneously recorded in a car.

"To achieve peace, one needs to be ready for dialogue," Oertel said. "That's the only way to get rid of prejudices." The ex-Pegida leader made clear that she was no longer fighting against Islam, but instead for "world peace," according to her own words. "Someone needs to start to connect people," she said — implying that she was ready to be that person. She also acknowledged that she had failed to draw huge support for the goal of world peace, so far. "We were even verbally attacked by opponents," Oertel said, sounding honestly outraged.

Source: The Washington Post


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Who knows that captain Jack Sparrow in the the popular film series “Pirates of the Caribbean” was based on a real Muslim pirate! Here are some details about the real captain’s life.

His real name was Jack Ward and he was also known as Jack Birdy. He was born in the United Kingdom. He was on a run after he and his crew converted to Islam in the late 16th century. He fled to Tunisia where he obsessed with little birds during his time there and the locals would call him Jack Asfour, asfour is the opposite of sparrow in Arabic, and that’s the reason why he was called Jack Sparrow.

After he had converted to Islam, his name became Yusuf Reis. He was married to another renegade from Christendom who converted to Islam as well. She was called Jessimina the Sicilian.

Captain Jack Birdy was known as a great drunkard, but he stopped drinking alcohol when he converted to Islam. He played a vital role in rescuing thousands of Spanish Jews and Muslims fleeing their expulsion from their lands in the 16th and 17th centuries.

The real life of Captain Birdy or Yusuf Reis had several Hollywood movies’ worth of adventure. It would be amazing if someone were to bring his real, non-fiction story to the big screen.


Source: Inside Hollywood


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In this episode of Halal in the Family, Aasif (Aasif Mandvi) gets scary trying to win the neighborhood Halloween competition by playing up Muslim stereotypes like a ghost in a burka. Also starring Sakina Jaffrey as Fatima Qu’osby, Shoba Narayanan as Whitney Qu’osby and Nicky Maindiratta as Bobby Qu’osby.



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DATE: 8 May 2015

TOPIC: “Are our words the same as our actions?”

IMAM: Mufti Junaid Akbar



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


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Swedish right-wingers plan to establish pig farm to push away Muslim immigrants




SWEDEN: Anti-immigration campaigners in Gullberg in southern Sweden are plotting to build a pig farm next to an asylum centre in a last-ditch effort to deter would-be Muslim immigrants, who might find the animals offensive.

Plans for a new immigration centre in Gullberg have already been strongly opposed by local residents and on Wednesday it was reported that a group of campaigners had sent a letter to the Swedish Migration Board (Migrationsverket) pledging to breed pigs nearby in order to deter Muslims from seeking asylum in the town.

The note, signed by what described itself as the “interest group for Gullberg’s survival” said that it was trying to create a “probably impossible situation for some religious people, especially Muslims”, according to Sveriges Radio.

Local politician Henry Sandahl from Sweden’s Countryside Party (Markbygdspartiet) told the broadcaster that he agreed with the sentiment of the letter.

“You know that Muslims are not friends with pigs,” he said.

But Swedish religious experts have been quick to criticize the campaigners.

“This is nonsense and shows just how very little they know about Islam,” said Åke Sander, Professor of Psychology at the University of Gothenburg.

“It is one thing when Muslims try to stay away from pork, alcohol or gambling but there is nothing [in the Koran] that says you cannot be near pigs. This is a last-ditch effort when they [the campaigners] have no arguments left,” he told the TT news agency.

Others turned to social media to voice their disgust at the campaign.

Carl Göransson, a lawyer and former Moderate party politician suggested on Twitter that building “a gigantic rubbish dump” next to the asylum centre instead, designed to blow smelly winds in the direction of the angry residents.

“Monstrous” and a “total fail”, wrote Johan Arenius, a political press secretary for the Christian Democrat party based in Örebro in central Sweden.

Sweden became the first European country in 2013 to grant automatic residency to Syrian refugees and has since seen asylum requests rise to record levels, which are still expected to reach about 90,000 in 2015.

To cope with an increasing flow of refugees, the Swedish Migration Board announced in March that it was more than tripling the maximum number of residents allowed at asylum centres from 200 to 650.

Source: CII Broadcasting


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 Mosque Installed at Venice Biennale Tests City’s Tolerance


A gathering at Santa Maria della Misericordia, a Catholic church that has been transformed into a mosque for the Venice Biennale.


VENICE — The 18th-century novelist William Beckford wrote that he couldn’t help thinking of this city’s most beloved sight, St. Mark’s Basilica, as a mosque, with its “pinnacles and semicircular arches” all “so oriental in appearance.” But despite the profound stamp that Islamic culture has left on Venice’s art and architecture over centuries, it remains one of the few prominent European cities without a mosque near its historic centre, leaving Islamic residents who work there to pray in storerooms and shops amid the tourist crush.

For the next seven months, however, Venice will find itself in the middle of the roiling debate about Islam’s place in Europe. On Friday, as part of the Venice Biennale, a former Catholic church in the Cannaregio neighbourhood will open its doors as a functioning mosque, its Baroque walls adorned with Arabic script, its floor covered with a prayer rug angled toward Mecca and its crucifix mosaics hidden behind a towering mihrab, or prayer niche.


Outside the converted building, centre.


The transformation is the work of a Swiss-Icelandic artist, Christoph Büchel, who has become known for politically barbed provocations. But the mosque, which will serve as Iceland’s national pavilion during the Biennale, is a cultural symbol and a kind of ready-made sculpture conceived with the active involvement of leaders of the area’s Islamic population, which has been growing for many years.

Against a backdrop of rising Islamophobia in Italy and fears, like those at full throttle in France, of terrorism committed in the name of Islam, Muslim leaders in Venice said they saw the proposal to create a temporary mosque in the international spotlight of the Biennale as a perfect way to communicate their desire to more fully participate in the life of their city.

“Sometimes you need to show yourself, to show that you are peaceful and that you want people to see your culture,” said Mohamed Amin Al Ahdab, president of the Islamic Community of Venice, which represents Muslims of about 30 nationalities living in greater Venice.


New York Times



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 87% of males blame women for sexual assault – Survey


Saudi survey shows men blame women for rising cases of molestation

Survey conducted by Riyadh-based King Abdul Aziz Centre for National Dialogue



SAUDI ARABIA: Saudi men believe women are to blame for the rising cases involving molestation of females on the grounds they are seduced by women’s excessive make up.

The findings were included in a survey conducted by the Riyadh-based King Abdul Aziz Centre for National Dialogue and involved 992 males and females.

The survey, carried by Saudi newspapers, found that 86.5 per cent of the men polled believe that women’s exaggeration in wearing make-up is the main cause of the rise in molestation cases in public places in the conservative Gulf Kingdom.

About 80 per cent of the total persons polled believe lack of deterrent penalties and the absence of specific anti-molestation laws are also to blame for the phenomenon.

The report said 91 per cent of the respondents, all aged above 19, believe another key factor is the “poor religious sentiment” while nearly 75 per cent said the problem is caused by lack of awareness campaigns and warning notices at most public places.

Source: Muslim Statistics


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 Four arrested in Germany over 'plot against Muslims'


GERMANY: Three men and a woman held for possession of explosives and for planning attacks on mosques and leading Muslim figures.

German authorities have conducted raids across the country, seizing explosives and arresting four people accused of founding a right-wing group to attack mosques and housing for asylum seekers.

Police arrested three men and a woman accused of leading the group during raids by some 250 investigators on homes in Saxony and four other states, the federal prosecutor's office said in a statement.

Prosecutors allege the four helped found the "Oldschool Society" (OSS) group and were planning to attack asylum-seeker housing, mosques and well-known members of the Islamic community in Germany.

The four arrested, identified only as Andreas H, 56, Markus W, 39, Denise Vanessa G, 22, and Olaf O, 47, in line with German privacy laws, are being held on terrorism charges and are also accused of having procured explosives.

The statement identified Andreas H and Markus W as the group's president and vice president.

The North Rhine-Westphalia state interior ministry said Olaf O was from the western city of Bochum and had been under observation since November as "a leading member of the OSS".

"According to current investigations, it was the group's goal to conduct attacks in smaller groups inside Germany on well-known Salafists, mosques and asylum-seeker centres," the statement said.

"For this purpose the four arrested procured explosives for possible terror attacks by the group."

Inquiries made by the Associated Press news agency to an apparent cell phone number and email address for the group were not immediately returned.

German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere said the Oldschool Society appeared to be a newly formed group.

Rhineland-Palatinate interior minister Roger Lewentz, at the same news conference, held up what appeared to be the group's logo - a white skull.






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 Cover Story: An insight into the glamorous world of hijabi fashion and how it reflects social change in Turkey.


TURKEY: Class dynamics are changing in Turkey.

When Turkey was founded in 1923 it was on firm secular principles. Turkish women were restricted in wearing the headscarf - known as the hijab outside Turkey - in all public sector jobs and universities for most of the 20th century.

During the current AKP party government, a young, confident, female, Muslim middle class has emerged, that is less worried about being socially accepted and more comfortable sharing public spaces with secularists.

Hulya Aslan is the editor of Ala, a monthly fashion magazine in Istanbul that serves a growing Turkish market of Muslim women who think that fashion and Islam are compatible - "conservative" women who want to wear the hijab but also want to dress fashionably, with colour and style.

"Covering" in Turkey once meant long, cover-all tunics called "pardessus". But now that clothes designers have started to cater much more to Muslim women who want to dress modestly, it can mean colours, glossy fashion magazines and high street hijabi fashion stores.

"In the 90's, covering meant pardessus and a black burqa. Those pardessus were very ugly. They were seen as similar to wearing a black burqa. Most women didn't want to cover because they wanted to be fashionable," says Taha Yasin Toraman, the co-founder of online hijabi fashion outlet E-Tesettur.

But not all agree with the new, arguably commercial look. Busra Bulut, a student and journalist who writes for the conservative Turkish news magazine Haksoz strongly opposes it. She feels there is a tension between her faith and the consumerism represented by Ala and the fashion industry.

"They claim to create alternatives for covered women, whether it's a magazine or other platforms. But the fact that there are hundreds of brands doesn't mean I can wear them or that they're Islamic.... Why should a woman need to use dress to show herself off? Or to exist? It's a key question. Why does she need to create her identity through dressing up? Why is this a priority?" says Bulut.

This film follows Hulya Aslan at Ala and looks at hijabi fashion, social change in Turkey and the ongoing debate about a Muslim woman's right to choose how she dresses.



Source: AlJazeera


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 French mayor in hot water over ‘counting’ Muslim kids in schools


FRANCE: Robert Menard (pictured above), the mayor of Beziers, has caused an uproar revealing his administration had compiled a list of school pupils’ names to see how many were Muslim. France’s laws prohibit authorities from keeping statistics on people’s religion or ethnicity.

Appearing on TV show Mots Croisés on Monday night, Menard claimed that Muslim school children amounted to 64.6 percent of the total, and that the administration had arrived at that figure by counting the names of the children class by class.

"Sorry to say this, but the town hall has, class by class, the names of the children. I know I don't have the right to do it. Sorry to say it, but the first names tell us their religion. To say otherwise is to deny the evidence," he said on France 2 television.

But the town hall of Beziers denied Tuesday that there were any lists of children’s names or that anyone had tried to identify which ones were Muslim.

Menard’s comments drew fierce criticism from across French society. Prime Minister Manuel Valls tweeted: “shame on the mayor.”

The republic does not make any distinction between its children,” he added.

Education Minister Najat Vallaud-Belkacem has called for a judicial investigation into Menard’s comments.

Abdallah Zekri, the head of the National Observatory Against Islamophobia, said he was “scandalized, sickened by these comments.”

Moreover, you can be called Mohammed without being a practicing Muslim,” he said.

A comment piece in the French daily Le Monde noted that what the mayor did is prohibited under French law under article 226-19 of the Penal Code and is punishable by up to five years in prison or a 300,000 euro fine.

Source: RT


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 China orders Muslim shopkeepers to sell alcohol, cigarettes, to ‘weaken’ Islam



Chinese authorities have ordered Muslim shopkeepers and restaurant owners in a village in its troubled Xinjiang region to sell alcohol and cigarettes, and promote them in “eye-catching displays,” in an attempt to undermine Islam’s hold on local residents, Radio Free Asia (RFA) reported. Establishments that failed to comply were threatened with closure and their owners with prosecution.

Facing widespread discontent over its repressive rule in the mainly Muslim province of Xinjiang, and mounting violence in the past two years, China has launched a series of “strike hard” campaigns to weaken the hold of Islam in the western region. Government employees and children have been barred from attending mosques or observing the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan. In many places, women have been barred from wearing face-covering veils, and men discouraged from growing long beards.

In the village of Aktash in southern Xinjiang, Communist Party official Adil Sulayman, told RFA that many local shopkeepers had stopped selling alcohol and cigarettes from 2012 “because they fear public scorn,” while many locals had decided to abstain from drinking and smoking.

The Koran calls the use of “intoxicants” sinful, while some Muslim religious leaders have also forbidden smoking.

Sulayman said authorities in Xinjiang viewed ethnic Uighurs who did not smoke as adhering to “a form of religious extremism.” They issued the order to counter growing religious sentiment that was “affecting stability,” he said.



The Washington Post


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Congo-Brazzaville becomes first African country to ban the Niqab


CONGO: Congo-Brazzaville has banned Muslim women from wearing the full face-veil in public, citing security reasons, an Islamic association told news agency AFP on Saturday.

“The Interior Minister (Raymond Zephirin Mboulou) notified us of the decision to prohibit Muslim women from wearing the full veil. The decision was taken in order to prevent any act of terrorism and insecurity,” said El Hadj Abdoulaye Djibril Bopaka, who heads the Islamic Supreme Council of Congo-Brazzaville.

“Muslim women can now only wear the full veil at home and in places of worship, but not in public places,” he said, adding that only a tiny minority of women in Congo-Brazzaville actually cover their faces and entire bodies.

The ban does not affect any other kind of veil, leaving exempt other variants of Hijab such as headscarves, khimar, shayla, al amira and chador.

Bopaka said the authorities had made a “good” move, citing reports that “some non-Muslims have been using the full veil to hide and to carry out uncivic acts”.

Congo-Brazzaville is home to some 800,000 Muslims in a population of nearly six million. Only 10% are local with the rest coming from Arab or neighbouring west African nations.



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Abida Parveen: 'I'm not a man or a woman, I'm a vehicle for passion'



PAKISTAN: A meeting with Abida Parveen, the warning comes, should be treated like a visit from the pope: as a rare, celestial experience in which you shouldn't ask too many questions or expect much in the way of answers.


Parveen doesn't like to talk much. She might not do the interview at all. And yet, 19 minutes of conversation later, it's obvious that the greatest female Sufi singer in history is almost disappointingly blissed out.


"My culture – our culture – is rich in spirituality and love," she says, in a densely poetic Urdu. "Sufism is not a switch, the music isn't a show – it's all of life, it is religion. If I want to be recognised for anything, if we should be recognised for anything, it's the journey of the voice. And that voice is God's."

Smoothing herself elegantly on to the sofa of a hotel suite in Manchester, Parveen gives a beatific smile. It would be eerie if it wasn't so soothing; anyone who has watched her on stage knows that this magnificent projection of calm often ends up a wild, sweaty, ecstatic mess.


She has admitted to hallucinating while deep in performance and she regularly sends her audiences in Pakistan and India into swaying raptures, swooning and fainting being quite standard reactions. Her first US tour was in 1993 and she has since travelled across the world to perform at sold-out venues.


The Guardian



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The Muslim News Awards for Excellence 2015 shortlist


UK: The readership of The Muslim News selected and nominated them, and a distinguished independent panel of Judges reviewed, deliberated and mused over the list.


Over the next few weeks CCN will profile one of the illustrious men, women, children and projects deemed to be worthy of short-listing for a Muslim News Award for Excellence.

These exemplars of good practice, excellence – our future role models – will be treated to a Gala Evening in the presence of their peers and other renowned guests in March, when the finalists are announced for the [16] coveted Awards for Excellence


Allama Iqbal Award for Creativity in Islamic Thought


Professor Mashood Adebayo Baderin is a Nigerian/British citizen who has made significant academic and religious contributions towards better understanding of the role of Islamic law in modern international relations.


He is currently a Professor of Law at SOAS, University of London, where he was Head of the School of Law from 2009 to 2012.


He is the first Nigerian to be appointed as full professor at SOAS and also the first African as Head of the SOAS School of Law since the establishment of the university.


Through his impressive list of publications, he has managed to offer an Islamic perspective on discussions surrounding human rights policy in the UK and internationally, raising awareness of possible positive interaction between Islamic law and international human rights law, which is very much needed in today’s world.


His work has led him to be an expert advisor to the Foreign Office, Department for International Development and the UN Human Tights Council which appointed Mashood in March 2012 as the UN Independent Expert for Sudan.

Source: Muslim News

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Q: Dear Kareema, my focus over the next few weeks is to strengthen and tone my core. Which are some exercises that will help me achieve my goals?

A: Try including some of the following exercises into your workout routine:

PLANK – It works the entire core including the upper and lower body muscles at once
ABDOMINAL CRUNCH – Targets upper abs
TWISTING CRUNCH – Works all stomach muscles through the one movement. Lift and twist torso from side to side
KNEE LIFTS – Squeezing the abs in every time you lift your knee will definitely work the abs
GYM BALL ROLLS – Hands on floor with your feet on the ball, lift your hips and roll the ball towards your chest
PULSING CRUNCHES – Explosive movements, reaching fingers to your ankles while lying on your back with knees bent

Always ensure that you abdominal muscles are locked on to protect your back and get the most out of every move.





My Health and Fitness

Tel: 0404 844 786


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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!

This week's CCN BOok-of-the-Week is


The Shadow of the Crescent Moon


Fatima Bhutto



Fatima Bhutto's stunning debut novel The Shadow of the Crescent Moon begins and ends one rain swept. Friday morning in Mir Ali, a small town in Pakistan's Tribal Areas close to the Afghan border.


Three brothers meet for breakfast. Soon after, the eldest, recently returned from America, hails a taxi to the local mosque. The second, a doctor, goes to check in at his hospital. His troubled wife does not join the family that morning. No one knows where Mina goes these days. And the youngest, the idealist, leaves for town on a motorbike. Seated behind him is a beautiful, fragile girl whose life and thoughts are overwhelmed by the war that has enveloped the place of her birth. Three hours later their day will end in devastating circumstances.


The Shadow of the Crescent Moon chronicles the lives of five young people trying to live and love in a world on fire. Individuals are pushed to make terrible choices. And, as the events of this single morning unfold, one woman is at the centre of it all.


"A first novel of uncommon poise and acuity, The Shadow of the Crescent Moon is set in an old and protracted war for land and dignity. But its swift and suspenseful narrative describes a fiercely contemporary battle in the human heart: between the seductive fantasy of personal freedom and the tenacious claims of family, community and history". (Pankaj Mishra).




So much can happen in the span of one family’s lifetime: tragedy, union, reunion, birth, anger, death, resentment, and the cementing of unbreakable bonds. The family at the center of Fatima Bhutto’s debut novel, The Shadow of the Crescent Moon, is no different. Their own collective and complicated lifetime is about to culminate in a mere three hours’ time on one morning in Pakistan.

Three brothers, raised together but now down different paths, set out for their days at nine o’clock. The middle child, Sikandar, is a married doctor, whose wife continues to grieve the sudden and grisly death of their young son in an odd and embarrassing fashion. The eldest, Aman Erum, is a student recently returned from his studies in America, planning to get back to the States as soon as he can, as he has found a community of interesting and interested friends there who aim to grow and to learn, same as him. And we have Hayat, the youngest of the three, who has taken his father’s cross to bear – the salvaging of their home of Mir Ali – as his own.

As the three men step out to the day ahead, the reader is taken along for a tour of their war-afflicted village of Mir Ali and the lives this family lives in and around it. The glimpses Bhutto affords us at the Internet cafes, mosques, hospital, and homes are subtle in their nuance and rich in their tangibility, much like Bhutto’s writing. Bhutto is a poet as well and the rhythm and beauty of the art form is evident here as she tells of terrorism and resentment and heartbreak. Though what you read may pain you and leave you cringing in dread of what might come, you’ll likely feel compelled to continue on, soaking in a world you may have tried to imagine – but with little success, until now.

There is a powerful story to be told in The Shadow of the Crescent Moon, one of this family with whom we spend time, but also the story of Pakistan: its youth, its staunch defenders and its doubters. And those who wish simply to exist, to survive. It’s a story so relevant to the times in which we live, one that is vital to understanding views within the context of now. Bhutto proves herself, beyond a shadow of a doubt, the perfect writer to make such a story known.

Mishaa Khan


Fatima Bhutto was born in Kabul, grew up in Damascus, and lives in Karachi.


This is her first novel.











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KB says: This is a very refreshing salad and the fennel has the added advantage as an aid to digestion.

In India, dried fennel seeds are incredibly popular as an aid to digestion and have been used for this purpose for thousands of years. A small amount of the seeds are routinely chewed after a meal, both to freshen the breath and to stimulate digestion.

Apple, Celery and Fennel Salad





• ½ stick celery, thinly sliced
• ½ baby fennel, cut into julienne
• 1 green apple, cut into julienne strips
• 1 tsp. finely chopped dill
• 1 tab chopped pecans

Combine the following for the dressing and refrigerate

• Salt and Pepper
• 1 tab. Salad Cream
• 1 tab. mayonnaise
• Juice of ½ a lemon
• 1 finely sliced green chilli (remove seeds if you don’t want the heat)



Combine all the above ingredients for the salad and refrigerate.

Just before serving add the dressing.


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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Jallaluddin was weeping by the side of a grave and he was crying "Why did you have to die? why? Why did you have to die?".


A passer-by looked at Jallaluddin in grief and felt a deep sense of sorrow for him.


The name on the grave suggested that it was a male buried in there.

So the passer-by asked Jallaluddin: "Was it your son?"

"No," said Jallaluddin.

"Was it your friend?" asked the passer-by.

"No" said Jallaluddin.

"Then who was it?" asked the passer-by

"It was my wife's first husband," answered Jallaluddin in grief.


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It is prescribed, when death approaches any of you, if he leave any goods, that he make a bequest to parents and next of kin, according to reasonable usage; this is due from those who fear Allah.

~ Surah Al-Baqarah 2:180


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The meaning if life is to find your gift.

The purpose of life is to give it away.


~ Pablo Picasso


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A Brisbane-developed app called SmartTradie™ enables any Trades person the ability to effectively create, manage and keep track of their customer documentation.


With an exciting easy-to-use User Interface, SmartTradie™ makes interacting with your data simple and intuitive.

Colour coded and a simple to use logical layout, it makes Quote, Job and Invoice Management a breeze.


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Moorooka Mosque Purchase Fund Raiser

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Islamic College of Brisbane KARAWATHA

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17 May


Lailatul Mehraj (27th Rajab 1436)

17 May


2nd 2015 Golf Tournament

Continental Golf Club

The Palmer Gold Coast Golf Club, Ron Penhaligon Way, Robina

0404 280 582

10am Tee-off

22 May


American Sharia Movie Screening

Muslim Aid Australia


0434 984 520


23 May


Bollywood Night

AYIA Foundation

Studio Village Community Centre, 87 Village Way, Oxenford

0404 789 130

6.30pm to 10pm

23 May


Family Fun Night

Australian International Islamic College

Blunder Rd, DURACK

3372 1400


24 May


Family Brunch

Islamic Society of Algester

Algester Mosque

0403 338 040


30 May


FINAL Fund raising Dinner

Masjid ur Rahmaan

Slackscreek Mosque

Islamic College of Brisbane, KARAWATHA

0431 201 164


30 May


Night of Qu'ran

Bosniak Islamic Centre of QLD

2674 Logan Rd, Eight Mile Plains



3 June


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

6 June


Orphans & Me Fundraising Dinner

Muslim Aid Australia and MCF

Michael's Oriental Restaurant

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7 June


ICB Annual School Fete

Islamic College of Brisbane

Islamic College of Brisbane, KARAWATHA

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18 June


1st Ramadaan 1436

27 June


Ifthaar Dinner

Australian International Islamic College

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14 July


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

18 July


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25 July



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8 August


School Fete

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15 August

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Gala Dinner in Honour of Women

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Brisbane Technology Park

0402 575 410


12 September


Amanah Institute Fundraising Dinner

Amanah Institute




24 September


Eidul Adha 1436 (10th Zilhijja 1436)

26 September



Eidfest @ Dreamworld


0418 722 353


3 October


Eid Lunch

Australian International Islamic College

Blunder Rd, DURACK

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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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Algester Mosque


Zikrullah program every Thursday night after Esha


For more details, contact: Maulana Nawaaz: 0401576084


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 :

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Lutwyche Mosque

Weekly classes with Imam Yahya


Monday: Junior Class

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For more information call 0470 671 109

Holland Park Mosque


All programs are conducted by Imam Uzair Akbar





Tafseer Program

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Tafseer Program





after Maghrib Salat


Taleem Programe at Kuraby Mosque


Every Thursdays  10.30-11.30am


Bald Hills Mosque Weekly Tafseer







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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.


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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.


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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

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