Sunday, 30 August 2015


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Former independent MP Tony Windsor has hit out at a bungled operation that would have seen people stopped for passport checks on the streets of Melbourne, telling ABC radio he had no doubt that some in the Abbott government "hopes that something goes wrong domestically".

Speaking on ABC radio national current affairs program AM, Mr Windsor said the Border Force operation was no mistake, but a "deliberate agenda to create fear in the community".

Mr Windsor said:

"I've got no doubt that some of these people in Abbott's government hope that something goes wrong domestically. That they can taunt a Muslim into doing something so that they can say that we're the only ones that can protect you, the Labor party are too weak to protect you, vote for us," he said, adding, "I think that's an extraordinary agenda to go to an election on."

On Friday evening the Abbott government remained under pressure to explain why the police-led operation including the Australian Border Force involved stopping people for visa checks - a measure independent Tasmanian MP Andrew Wilkie compared to East Germany's Stasi.

Federal MP Clive Palmer offered his own assessment of the operation on Twitter, likening it to 1930's Germany.

The Australian Border Force began in July and combined Customs and Immigration functions. Officers have more powers than former department officials, including the power to detain offenders, carry guns, and gather intelligence.

Source: Sydney Morning Herald


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Artist impression of the proposed Dawah Centre


Aslam Nabi and Haji Hussin Goss represented the Gold Coast Mosque Trust and Mr.Frank Hosseini represented Sanctuary Constructions.

On 26 August, Gold Coast Mosque Trust and the Sanctuary Construction signed the contract for the construction of the Dawah Centre at Arundel Masjid.

The three storey Dawah Centre will encompass of Madrassa, Darul Uloom, Revert Centre, sport facilities for the youth including a multi-purpose basketball stadium.

The estimated cost is about $2.8million and the trustees has so far collected about half million dollars from private donors. The trustees are seeking donations locally as well as nationally in order to complete the whole project in time.





Trustees have embarked on nationwide fundraising dinners starting from Brisbane which will be held on 31 October 2015 at the Islamic College of Brisbane (Karawatha). Tickets are now on sale for $50.

You can also support the construction of the Dawah Centre with donations here:

Bank Name: National Australia Bank
Branch : Ashmore

Account Name: Gold Coast Mosque Trust
BSB No: 084 510
Account No: 83 - 916 - 4414

For further information, contact:
Haji Hussin Goss (President): 041 8737 621
Haji Hussain Baba (Secretary): 0416 212 541
Haji Habib Jamal (Treasurer) : 040 2601 152


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Three Queenslanders, four organisations and a high school were all winners at this year’s Multicultural Awards.

Minister for Multicultural Affairs Shannon Fentiman presented the awards at the annual gala dinner at Brisbane Convention Centre last night as the opening to Queensland Multicultural Week.

“The Queensland Multicultural Awards has been acknowledging exceptional individuals, businesses and organisations since 1990 and I was honoured to be part of this year’s celebrations,” she said.

“We know that Queensland has always drawn strength from the rich cultures and traditions of people from diverse backgrounds.

“These awards are about publicly acknowledging those people who work and volunteer to promote the benefits of a multicultural society and help our newest Queenslanders to feel at home.”
Winners of the awards were –


• Multicultural Ambassador Award winner Yasmin Khan has been working tirelessly within the multicultural arena for more than 25 years in Brisbane to help build bridges and dispel myths about Islam and the Muslim community. Yasmin started the very successful Eidfest, a celebration at the end of Ramadan, now in its 11th year which attracts 10,000 visitors from the Muslim and non-Muslim community

• Business Excellence award winner - The World Wellness Group runs a medical practice inclusive of allied health and traditional medicine services for marginalised migrants, refugees and asylum seekers. All profits raised go towards fulfilling its mission: ‘a social business where the community’s health profits.

• Education and Training Innovation award winner - Kirwan State High School prides itself on being a ‘school for everybody’. Welcoming students from 49 different nationalities, the school has a highly successful international program encouraging students to graduate as citizens of the world. They also conducted events to promote cross-cultural sharing, embedded Asian literacy, overseas’ learning tours and volunteering opportunities.

• Outstanding Volunteer award winner – Daphne Fung, founder and Vice-President of the Toowoomba International Multicultural Society (TIMS) has spent countless hours volunteering to help increase cultural understanding and create a more harmonious community. She has helped run the Chinese New Year celebrations for the past eight years, which raise vital funds for local and overseas’ charities.

• Communications and Media Achievement award winner - The Change Makers Project, a joint partnership with University of Queensland and Woodridge State High School, aimed to build greater connections and cross-cultural understanding between the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, Pacifica, Australian and newly-arrived refugee communities in the Logan area. Youth camps, student-led community events and an innovative student magazine ‘Change Makers – The true story of Woodridge’ were part of the successful project that generated national and international media coverage.

• Services and Communities award winner - Brisbane City Council, a major investor in multicultural festivals which have attracted more than 4.5 million residents and visitors and 31,000 volunteers to events such as Paniyiri, Diwali and Korean New Year. Over the past decade, $2.5 million in council funding provided to 42 organisations has allowed 216 multicultural festivals to be delivered.

• Minister’s Multicultural Award winner – Gabriela Corridore has been working hard to reduce the feelings of isolation and vulnerability among multicultural communities and to improve communication, confidence and support networks within the Italian speaking community in the Wide Bay area. Her diverse skills and linguistic abilities allowed her to assist groups, individuals and organisations develop multicultural policies and practices.

• Minister’s Multicultural Youth Award winner - Welcoming Intercultural Neighbours (WIN) - Gladstone Youth for Cultural Diversity group motivates young people who are passionate about cultural diversity in their community. The group coordinates cultural events and innovative activities related to social inclusion, cultural learning and sharing. As part of the youth initiative, WIN is also working closely with local high schools facilitating information sessions as well as a literacy and cultural support program.

“It’s great to see such a diverse range of communities and regions represented in this year’s awards,” Ms Fentiman said.

“Our multicultural communities have contributed greatly to Queensland’s social, cultural and business life.

“They have created jobs, wealth and ideas, and strengthened the harmony of our great state, which is why it’s important to recognise and celebrate their valuable contribution.”

Ms Fentiman said the awards was the perfect opportunity to kick off Queensland Multicultural Week, the state’s largest celebrations of multiculturalism.


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The video tour made by a far-right group has been condemned by the Islamic Council of Queensland, which says local Muslims are being terrorised




The Islamic Council of Queensland has condemned a contemptuous video tour of Brisbane mosques by a far-right group as the latest incident in a “concentrated campaign” of harassment that was “terrorising” Muslims.

Council spokesman Ali Kadri said the video, posted online by the Australian Defence League on Monday, had fanned fears among congregations already uneasy about hate mail and the presence of unknown people in mosque carparks for hours at night.

One mosque featured in the shambolic and error-riddled video recently lodged a complaint with Queensland police after the presence of one such car caused a “huge scare” during Ramadan, Kadri said.

Inspired by far-right English street protest group the English Defence League, the ADL last year was accused of sending a letter that included a death threat to Australia’s leading Islamic cleric and a threat to bomb Sydney’s Lakemba mosque. The group has been active in the Reclaim Australia movement.

In the video, an ADL member calling himself Chris labels the Holland Park mosque an eyesore, saying it is pretty sad it is located next to “a memorial park where soldiers have been laid to rest”.

In fact the 108-year-old mosque originally owned the plot that is now Mount Thompson memorial park, and sold it to a Brisbane crematorium.


In the video, “Chris” falsely suggests that Isis jihadist Khaled Sharrouf, a Sydney man, was a product of south Brisbane mosques.
“Some of these mosques have generated jihadis that have gone overseas and fought,” he says. “I think you know the famous one with his kids holding the heads.”

He announces at the outset of the video, which is intended to rally opponents to a proposed mosque in Bendigo, that it will feature five of seven mosques on Brisbane’s southside. He later says there are 10.

“Why the fuck do these guys need 10 mosques on the south side of Brisbane within 20km of each other?” he says.

He gestures to a mosque at Darra and says: “That’s what the ADL’s against. This fucking shit over here getting built all the time and the government does nothing about it.”

He refers to another mosque under construction at Algester as a “fucking monstrosity”, urging people to “head down here and have a look”.

“The ADL’s had a gutful of these guys,” he says. “We want to ban everything. We don’t want them here. Ban the burqa. Get rid of it all. It’s fucking disgusting.”

Kadri said he believed the ADL was a dangerous group, despite police suggesting they saw no “major threat coming out of this”.

“These people are running a concentrated campaign and they want a reaction from us, that’s what they want,” he said. “To be honest, this whole thing is not taken seriously by police it seems. But it is terrorising the Muslim community.”

Queensland police said the local force worked with the Islamic community in Brisbane to help identify and address criminal and anti-social behaviour.

“Everyone in Queensland has a right to feel safe, to not feel threatened or victimised. The Queensland Police Service urges anyone who feels threatened or fearful by the actions of others to contact police,” the QPS said in a statement.

Source: The Guardian


COMNEWS: ICQ response to ADL Mosque video



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The president of the Islamic Council of Queensland (ICQ), Mr Ismail Cajee, issued the following statement to Queensland Mosques be read out to their congregations at last Friday's prayers:

A video posted on YouTube has been brought to our notice that shows some members of Australian defence league, a right wing extremist group discretely visiting few mosques on the south side of Brisbane. They held anti-Islam placards and made inaccurate statements about these mosques along with the use of abusive language to describe them. The video also encourages people to protest outside the mosques on 10th of October.

We have forwarded this video to the senior members of Queensland police service and Assistant Commissioner for Brisbane region, Peter Martin has reassured us in a written letter stating, (referring to the Australian Muslim community) “Your safety, and that of your family and the community here in Queensland, is my highest priority. The officers that I represent are committed to ensuring that there is no infringement of the law and that a breach of the peace is not facilitated”

We urge the Muslim community not to engage either on social media or in person with any such extremist. We are assured by the Queensland police that their intelligence suggests no immediate threat to the interests of the Muslims of Queensland. This intelligence will be reassessed and shared with the Muslim community as necessary to ensure that the mosques and its congregations are not under any threat from right wing extremists.

If you have any concerns please contact Islamic Council of Queensland through our website or your local masjid.


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Maroochydore's Stella Maris Catholic Church priest Father Joe Duffy says the Maroochydore mosque next door deserves a fair go.

MAROOCHYDORE Catholic priest Joe Duffy has backed the Muslim community's appeal to the Planning and Environment Court to remove restrictive hours of worship and visitor numbers.

The Muslim Organisation of the Sunshine Coast (MoSC) has been restricted by Sunshine Coast Council to 25 people for weekly worship services that can only be held from noon to 3pm on Fridays. The approval allows an attendance of 40 twice-yearly for holiday and festival services with no amplification of music or sound.
Father Duffy said the region's Muslims were entitled to the same level of access to their CBD premises as the Catholics next door, the Anglican church across the road, and the Shell service station being built opposite on the Church St corner.

He said groups from any one of the district's high schools undertaking a "Study of Religion" unit would visit two churches and a mosque, bringing about 40 on a bus. Under the existing approval they would not be able to visit the mosque.

Father Duffy said it was obvious the mosque community would grow over time.
His own church is about to begin a $30 million re-development in conjunction with Saint Vincent de Paul involving an aged care facility and a new church. Father Duffy said people should accept that over time Muslim migration to the region would rise significantly creating demand for a much larger mosque and a Muslim school.

He said the council should reverse what he described as "prescriptive restrictions on the Church St premises".

"I support the Muslims in their appeal against restricted hours of worship and limits being placed on the number of visitors accessing the mosque," Father Duffy said.

He said the driving forces behind the anti-mosque movement appeared to be bigotry, hatred and racism.

The mosque proposal was met with fierce protest by critiques including one protest where police were forced to step in to ease the hostility.

Sunshine Coast Safe Communities president Ron Hutchins told the Sunshine Coast Daily last week that while the hours being sought may be the same as nearby churches, church usage was typically during daylight and early evening hours.

"Scheduled Islamic prayer times start every day before sunrise and finish well after sunset. This may mean attendance as early as 3.20am in summer," he said. "There is concern that the slamming of car doors and chanting may disturb residents in the adjacent, planned aged-care facility."

Father Duffy said car door slamming was as likely to come from the service station being built at the end of Church St.

The Muslim Organisation of the Sunshine Coast has declined to make comment while the matter is before the court.


Readers Poll (29 August 2015 12pm)



Source: Sunshine Coast Daily


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The Brisbane BMW Challenge was held at Palmer Colonial on Sunday 16 August. 72 players comprising of 18 groups tee'd off from various holes.




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By Event Organizing Committee


The night was impressive! The room was filled with warmth. The keynote speakers delivered two excellent yet strikingly different perspectives on women. Mariam Veiszadeh focussed on the contemporary Muslim woman's difficulties and advice on how to be empowered and not continue to feel victimised whilst Dr Mohammad Abdalla shared with us, womens' contribution to the Islamic civilization.


Starting with contemporary issues, Mariam, the founder of the first Islamophobic register in Australia discussed at length the abuses directed at Muslim women and in particular herself, by the Australian right wing movement, for her stand against racism and bigotry. It is a testament to her faith, the support of family and friends and others in the wider Australian community that she continues the good fight. Mariam pointed out that it was critical not to be and feel victimised. To take a stand, a legal stand against the oppressive voices of intolerance.

Dr Mohamad Abdalla on the other hand, noted the many and vast achievements of women during the golden Islamic period. It was a revelation indeed for most of the audience to learn that the first degree issuing university in the world was started by a woman. A muslim woman, Fatima Al Fihri, daughter of wealthy businessman Muhammad bin Abdallah bin Al-Fihri, used the inheritance left to her to enrich the community through education. Fatima founded the Al-Qarawiyyin Mosque and University and also together with her sister Mariam, built the Andalusian Mosque in Fez. Together, they left a trail blazing legacy unmatched till today.

Dr Abdalla also made the poignant point that many of the great scholars whom we know today had female teachers. The famous scholar Al-Dhahabi for example, was under the tutelage of Sitt al-Wuzarā' bint 'Umar ibn al-Munajja who taught Sahih Al-Bukhari.

The audience came to understand, most for the first time, the significant role that women have played in disseminating Islamic theology and jurisprudence.


David Forde, Mariam Veiszadeh and Senator Claire Moore

Salam Elmerebi then discussed the amazing work that is done by MCF – Muslim Charitable Foundation. Salam who is herself a long serving member of MCF, dedicates her time selflessly to assisting those in need.

Salam highlighted the difficulties encountered by refugees when they first arrived in Australia. With a severe shortage of financial resources, an inability to work and earn money due to government restrictions and an inability to speak english, they find it extremely difficult to make ends meet, leaving many in dire circumstances.
The evening proceeded with donations and commitments to contribute to refugees in need.

A highlight of the night was the Pay it Forward gesture presented by Ilham Ahamed Sabry. All women who attended the function received a scarf as an acknowledgement of the difficulties wearing hijab can bring. Pay it forward allowed many women at the function to purchase scarves to be distributed to other women not able to attend. The more vulnerable amongst us.

This was a wonderful display of the sisterhood that is present in our community. A message to those who think they are alone that in fact they are not. It truly embodied the brotherhood/ sisterhood message that permeates our religion and sought to strengthen that invisible bond between the Muslim women.

The evening was rounded off well with an excellent rendition of giving from Khalil Gibran's The Prophet by Dr Mustafa Ally, a touching Urdu naat by Omar Khan and a beautiful nasheed by our respected Imam Ahmad Abu Ghazaleh. This in itself was a clear indication of the diversity we've come to cherish in our community.


The Tribute to Women dinner was held two weeks ago at the Technology Park in Eight Mile Plains.


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By Jef Rouner


"If you are more offended by my language, you need to check your privilege because I am FAAAAAR more offended by these assholes using the flag of my country in conjunction with such hatred." - April Brem

HOUSTON, USA: I was in such a good mood. I really was. It’s back to school, and that means I get the house to myself during the day to write. It also means my daughter, now a first grader, will once again have a steady routine to guide her. All hail and bow before the glory of the routine. I won’t say I skipped home after dropping her off, but I won’t say I didn’t either. So with Coke Zero at my elbow I logged into the world to see what I might write about and promptly stepped into human poo.

HISD has opened its first Arabic-immersion magnet school, and Houston rushed to prove its two favourite contradictory truisms. One, that we remain the most diverse city in the country, embracing new cultures and peoples and ideas as only befits America’s headquarters for the exploration of the cosmos and all its wonders. Two, that within that diverse grouping are still terrible bigoted assholes who have nothing better to do than show up to prove they’re terrible, bigoted assholes on the first day of class.

If you can’t read the little sign in the lower right hand corner of the picture it says, “Everything I needed to know about Islam I learned from Muslims on 9/11”. This is why we can’t have nice things. My initial reaction was wondering if I could pull off a dropkick with some judicious stretching beforehand, but now I have questions I want to ask this gaggle of gits.

6. At what point in your life did expressing yourself become so important you were willing to frighten children?

Seriously, what was the event that made you say, “My thoughts are so turbo special it’s worth ruining parents dropping their kids off for the first day of kindergarten?” Some of you are surely parents, and you can’t tell me that you don’t remember the joy and fear and emotion of that first day at school. I teared up today and all I had to do was leave my little girl joyously scribbling a picture with crayons. I can’t even imagine what these families must have felt when they saw your hateful signs and woefully misused flags.
5. Can you name a single protest at an elementary school that was ever on the right side of history?

One of my daughter’s favorite bedtime books is The Story of Ruby Bridges by Robert Coles and George Ford. Little Ruby Bridges was a real-life girl who was the first black child integrated by court order into a New Orleans white school. She ended up spending her day as the only student there as parents held their kids home and formed angry mobs that she had to be escorted through with bodyguards. That was just 55 years ago, and judging by some of you it’s within your own living memory. Have you learned nothing in half a century? In 30 years will I read to my own grandchildren from a book where your angry faces peer out at impossibly small but brave children?

4. Do you honestly not understand the difference between Arab and Muslim, and either and terrorist?

Number one, most Muslims are not Arabic. Not even close. Most of them live in Indonesia and India. The Arabic world contains about 20 percent of all Islam. Arabia is a region, Arabic is a language, and this is a state secular school not a religious one. Please in Allah’s name learn the difference.

As for the terrorism, do you remember this speech?

I also want to speak tonight directly to Muslims throughout the world. We respect your faith. It's practiced freely by many millions of Americans, and by millions more in countries that America counts as friends. Its teachings are good and peaceful, and those who commit evil in the name of Allah blaspheme the name of Allah. The terrorists are traitors to their own faith, trying, in effect, to hijack Islam itself. The enemy of America is not our many Muslim friends; it is not our many Arab friends. Our enemy is a radical network of terrorists, and every government that supports them.

That’s President George W. Bush speaking shortly after the 9/11 attacks, and for me it was one of his finest moments as our president. He never let for a single second the idea that “Arab” or “Muslim” would be synonymous with “terrorism.” In the immediate wake of the greatest attack on American soil since Pearl Harbor he stood up there, knew you candy-brains were going to go tribal, and told you to knock it off. Despite all that came after, he was right then and he is right still.

Speaking of 9/11…

3. You do realize, again, that these are young children? 9/11 happened in 2001.

If it were a child it would be starting to hint about what it wanted for its first car. However, these actual children at this actual school are all between four and six years old. It’s likely a lot of them don’t even know about 9/11 yet. My daughter doesn’t. But now these parents have to look forward to answering, “Mommy, what’s 9/11” instead of a pleasant conversation about how their first day went. Good job.

2. By the way… you know the only reason you can even write that sign is thanks to Arabic, right?

Without Arabic we’d still be using an archaic and near useless numbering system from the Romans. So unless you’re going to change your sign to IX/XI or a.d. V Prid. Sept. you’re just being ridiculously ignorant of how much you owe Arabic in your day to day life.

1. Finally, do you have any idea how much this could benefit kids?

Arabic is the fifth-most spoken language in the world, and is extremely important to the oil and gas industries that make up so much of Houston culture. In addition to that, bilingual speakers are required in areas of diplomacy and national security, and a deep knowledge of Arabic culture and language will better prepare them for jobs we desperately need. Being bilingual makes you more hireable and early education in two languages has many cognitive benefits. If nothing else, it might teach them not to automatically fear something just because they don’t understand it, and in doing so prevent them from becoming misled bigots clutching to the flag like a security blanket in order to ward off imaginary terrors. You’re treating an elementary school the way an overactive imagination turns piles of clothes in a child’s room into a crouching monster waiting to eat them. Please, for all and sundry, can’t you grow the heck up?

Jef has a new story about robot sharks out now in Lurking in the Deep. You can also find him on Facebook and Twitter.

Source: Houston Press


Arabic Immersion Magnet School


The ability to communicate in another language is a marketable asset; fluency in Arabic is an extraordinary asset. While it may seem far away, learning Arabic will help your children gain jobs in the oil and gas industry, state department, and many multi-national corporations.



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In response to potential protests on 10 October at Mosques by some right wing extremist groups, the Darra Mosque invited Mr David Forde from Multicultural Affairs Queensland (MAQ) to address Friday's congregation.


Mr Forde spoke about MAQ's role and the Minister's support for the Muslim community through social media and government funding for a support worker. He advised the congregation to avoid responding to any confrontational protests should they occur and leave it to police.


Several comments were made from the floor, including the need for government to show public support for the Muslim community.


Mr Forde undertook to raise the suggestion of a workshop through the Anti-Discrimination Commission that would provide better awareness about the complaints processes.


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The War on Drugs


This interview with volunteers 'Shuv Homsi' and 'Nazeem' gives an inside look on the war on drugs in Australia from the grassroots - not only in the Muslim community but the wider Australian community included.


Feeding the Needy Programme


A Slacks Creek Mosque Australian Unity Centre initiative every Friday outside the Woodridge train station.



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By Haroon Moghul, Senior Correspondent, Religion Dispatches

You can’t solve a problem if you don’t know you have a problem. But how do you know you have a problem if you don’t have a word for it?

“Mansplaining,” for example, describes the peculiar tendency of some men to patronizingly lecture women, assuming that by virtue of their gender alone, they need to be talked down to. Probably the worst kind of mansplaining happens when a man’s talking to a woman about something she’d obviously know more about. Such as, for example, being a woman.

I have been a victim of a related phenomenon, one that irritated me to no end. Then, when I came up with a name for it, I was even more frustrated—because I realized how pervasive it is. I call it “Islamsplaining.” From cable news “specials” and social media exchanges all the way down to in-person interactions, Islamsplaining is everywhere.

Don’t believe me?

On April 25, ESPN commentator Curt Schilling compared Muslims to Nazis. In his newest book, It is all about Islam: Exposing the truth about ISIS, Iran, Al-Qaeda and the Caliphate, Glenn Beck insists all Muslims are either moderates or Nazis. Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker has made a similar, equally baseless claim: Only precious few Muslims are moderates. .


You know what these Islamsplainers all have in common?


They know nothing about Islam, but they speak as if they were experts.

“I’d love to have coffee and hear you tell me what else is wrong with me and one-fifth of humanity!”

And I have a hunch that if they ever do meet Muslims, it’s not to hear our points of view, but to put us in our place.

In my experience, Islamsplaining usually happens like this: Someone I’ve just met perceives that I’m brown, bearded and have a funny name (and therefore likely Muslim), and begins to lecture me on what’s so good about the West, or so bad about Islam, suggesting these are two unequal planets on opposite ends of the galaxy.

Not that there’s room for debate.

The Islamsplainer speaks. And based on the way the Islamplainer pontificates, you’d expect that Islamsplainees across the world usually smile, nod politely, agree with everything, challenge nothing, and maybe ask for a business card: “I’d love to have coffee and hear you tell me what else is wrong with me and one-fifth of humanity!”

One recent experience of Islamsplanation was more jarring than usual, because that particular Islamsplainer had years of law enforcement experience under his belt. While he Islamsplained at me, I wondered how common his opinions were among his colleagues, how badly these errors of perception impacted on our domestic policy and whether any Republicans who did not think this way might speak out.

The Islamsplainer and I met after a television panel on Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez, the 24 year-old Tennessean responsible for killing five US servicemen in Chattanooga. We speculated on possible motivations, because at the time there was no clear evidence Abdulazeez was a terrorist (and there still isn’t).

But, of course, he was a Muslim, so all of him had to be reduced to that, and my barrel-chested, goateed co-panelist did not disappoint. Since we were heading out of the Rather like climate change, the Islamsplainer is hard to stop once he starts. building together, we began talking. Or rather he did.

In retrospect, I wish I’d feigned some excuse to stick behind in an empty studio. I could’ve claimed it was prayer time and I needed a vacant room, all to myself, because I’d been a bad Muslim and it was gonna take a while. It was that bad.

Before we’d even reached the elevators, I’d been told there were only two types of Muslim, “progressive” and “fundamental.” (Imagine if I’d exclaimed, in response, “Ooh! Just like there’s two types of white people: liberals and confederates?”)

The “fundamentals” can’t exist in the modern world, my co-panelist Islamsplained, because something something Prophet Muhammad. “Fundamentals” turn to violence because Muhammad did; but the only solution to this violence, he said, was “the Muslim community.” Always nice when someone from law enforcement tells you he can’t help you. Imagine if 911 calls worked that way.

I did not point out that cutting back the wide availability of deadly weaponry in the United States might be at least a part of the solution. Nor did I mention that jihadist recruiters and their supporters religiously avoid mosques, because mainstream Islam wants nothing to do with them: they not only don’t want to talk to Muslims; they want to kill us. (That very day, an ISIS bombing killed 115 Muslims attending services for the biggest holiday of the year.)

But rather like climate change, the Islamsplainer is hard to stop once he starts.

From lone wolves, he told me, ISIS was graduating to sleeper cells across America; these undercover operatives were 21st century versions of Elizabeth and Philip Jennings, the KGB superspies who lived double lives in metropolitan DC on FX’s The Americans. They look like us, sound like us, but also want to kill us. Of course, I didn’t ask how American Muslims could possibly be the solution to covert underground cells established by a foreign entity with which we have no relationship.

But we haven’t even reached peak Islamsplanation. I was then informed that Chattanooga shooter Muhammad Abdelazeez was clearly in possession of his faculties, and indubitably a terrorist (an assumption flatly contradicted by later evidence). On the other hand, Dylann Storm Roof, he said (bringing him up out of nowhere), wasn’t a terrorist, or a white supremacist. Just a troubled soul who’d skipped his medication.

Why didn’t I intervene?

Men don’t necessarily mansplain because they believe they’re superior to women. They might just do it to convince themselves they still are a vital part of every single conversation—that their point of view is always the priority. Islamsplaining is no different. By definition, an Islamsplainer is a person so embedded inside his own privilege that he cannot welcome challenges to his authority.

When he was done Islamsplaining at me, he asked me if I traveled often to Muslim communities—so he could come along next time, he said, and “lecture” (Islamsplain) to them. I stifled a laugh, took his business card, and recycled it at the next corner

Source: QUARTZ


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Muslim Link interviewed Ilhan Ibrahim, who, along with her two sisters Hodan Ibrahim and Ayan Ibrahim, have co-founded Qurtuba Publishing House.

4. Tell us about your publication “Guide to Entrepreneurship & Business in Islam”

Both in Canada and the U.S., unemployment rates for post-secondary graduate students has been on the rise since the 2008-2009 Global Financial Crisis. More and more students are having to face the reality of unemployment upon graduating. In fact, in a report by Statistics Canada, one of the leading causes of students returning to school to pursue higher education is due to the difficulties they faced in seeking employment, which in turn increases their student debt load. This is a perpetual cycle that many students feel trapped in. Unfortunately, the conventional system does not provide students with feasible alternatives.

When we look into Islamic traditions, we see that entrepreneurship was an established practice of Muslim civilization dating back to the time of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him). Not only did entrepreneurship create social stability, but it also provided economic resilience and self-sufficiency for Muslims and non-Muslims alike. In fact, our Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) hailed from a line of independent businessmen. Unfortunately, the Islamic roots of entrepreneurship have been long forgotten by Muslims for some time. This book, A Guide to Business and Entrepreneurship in Islam, wishes to resurrect this core foundation of Islamic economics and illustrates how entrepreneurship can be integrated as a solution and an alternative course for the contemporary Muslim.


5. Tell us about the inspiration behind “A Guide To Overcoming Conflicts with Immigrant Parents”. What feedback have you received from readers…and your own parents?


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Friday khutbah (sermon)

DATE: 28 August 2015

TOPIC: “The two qualities of superiority in the eyes of Allah”

IMAM: Mufti Junaid Akbar










Friday khutbah (sermon)


DATE: 28 August 2015

TOPIC: "The weight of zikar"

IMAM: Muhammad Uzair Akbar


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Friday khutbah (sermon)

DATE: 28 August 2015

TOPIC: "Day of Judgement"

IMAM: Ml Sheikh Saeed Gardee




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47 As in O, A levels: Pakistani student beats world record

ISLAMABAD: A Pakistani student, Haroon Tariq, has broken the current world record by securing a total of 47 As in his International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) O Level and A Level exams from the University of Cambridge International Examinations.

His subjects spanned both the humanities and sciences including Human and Social Biology, Islamic Religion and Culture, Physics, Chemistry and Global Development.

A student of Froebel’s International School (FIS), Haroon Tariq’s achievement had put Pakistan in the global spotlight.

In the O Levels, the previous world record was 28 As which was also held by a Pakistani student Zohaib Asad. However, Haroon Tariq obtained 38 As in O levels and a total of 47As in his O and A level exams.

While talking to Dawn, Haroon Tariq said he studied 50 different subjects in O and A levels during the span of three years. He said obtaining 47 As was not easy as he had to study different languages including Spanish and French.

“I want to study engineering in the future, but have not decided whether to specialise in software engineering or aeronautical engineering,” he said.

Haroon Tariq said his teachers guided him well due to which he achieved the remarkable score, adding that he had to give all his attention to his studies.

Head Principal of the school Shahmina Kamal said, “I feel honoured to be instrumental in shaping a competent youngster for tomorrow’s Pakistan.” Similarly, the head of the Dept of Examinations Sahar Pirzada said, “I always remind students that success is a state of mind. They need to trust themselves as they always know more than what they think they do.”

“Surely enough, we have students setting world records for academic excellence,” she said.

Source: Dawn


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Why China wants a bite of the booming halal food market


The famous Muslim Snack Street in Xi An, China.

CHINA: A new Euromonitor report forecasts that Muslim consumers will make up more than a quarter of the world's population by 2030, and China wants to play an active role in feeding them.

Chinese companies are increasingly flexing their muscles in the burgeoning market for halal food - one a report last year commissioned by the Dubai Chamber of Commerce said would be worth $1.6 trillion by 2018 - while the government is also eyeing halal-focused pacts with regional partners to broaden country's export portfolio.

Under Islamic law, halal food must be strictly free of alcohol, pork, tobacco or lipids from animals. Animals destined to be sold as halal meat must also slaughtered in accordance with religious guidelines.

China is not an obvious candidate as a halal food powerhouse. The 26 million-strong Muslim population make up just 2 per cent of China total population, with the vast majority living in Xinjiang and Ningxia provinces in Northwest China, the most underdeveloped part of the country.

China, however, is forging ahead. Under its "One Belt One Road" initiative that aims to recreate the Silk Road land and maritime trade routes, China has sought opportunities for halal trade with Muslim and Arab countries through bilateral trade agreements.

In Linxia city, in China's Gansu province, several companies have struck trade agreements with Turkey and Kazakhstan to export manufactured food products, reported Want China Times.

China has also set up networking conferences and seminars, including the Sino-Malaysian Halal Food and Muslim Supplies Certification and Industry Cooperation Seminar that took place in July this year.

And it has created infrastructure to support the halal trade, including the construction of halal food and Muslim supplies manufacturing hubs such as the Wuzhong Halal industrial park, in the Muslim stronghold of Ningxia, which has attracted 218 companies.

It is not just external demand that is driving China's interest in halal.

Joy Huang, China research manager at Euromonitor International, told CNBC that demand was also underpinned by non-Muslim mainland residents.

"Halal food is considered to be healthy and hygienic, given the high standards for manufacturers," Huang said. "Non-Muslims think that [halal food] is safer, given the number of food safety scandals in China," she added.

Major local food players are jumping on the bandwagon to meet the growing domestic appetite for halal products. Shineway Group, one of China's largest processed meat companies, was an early starter, investing $310 million in a halal meat production base in 2009.

But even halal providers in China have suffered from food safety scares.

The country got its first large halal foods certification center, the Ningxia Halal Foods International Trading Certification Center, only in 2014. It is permitted to certify halal foods in several provinces.

And while certification rules are improving, most halal centers are only operated at the regional level, and lack national standardization and legislative support. According to Euromonitor, this is because Muslims are a minority in China and the government is more focused on general food safety than the religious requirements of a relatively small group of consumers.

There are also concerns that China's slew of food safety scandals could hinder the growth of Chinese halal food exporters. This is unlikely, however, to be a long lasting roadblock.

The biggest halal food company in China is Inner Mongolia Yili Industrial Group. Also known as Yili Group, the company, which reported total revenue of $8.4 billion in 2014, focuses on dairy products including formula milk, pasteurized milk and ice cream.

Source: CNBC


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Youngest Nobel peace prize winner Malala Yousafzai achieves top grades at school 


Top student: Despite being shot in the head by the Taliban in 2012 in Pakistan, Malala Yousafzai has achieved outstanding results at a British high school.

LONDON: Malala Yousafzai, the youngest person ever to win the Nobel peace prize, has another reason to celebrate after posting a string of top grades in her GCSEs, a set of important exams faced by British teenagers.

Her father Ziauddin Yousafzai said on Twitter on Friday his 18-year-old daughter had achieved six A*s and four As, placing her in the top tier of school kids to take the exam.
After rising to global fame as an education activist after she was shot in the head by a Taliban gunman in Pakistan in 2012, her family resettled in Birmingham in Britain.
Last year she became the youngest person ever to win the Nobel peace prize.

Yousafzai, whose own education was disrupted when she was attacked and moved to Britain for rehabilitation, sat her exams two years after most British teenagers take them.

Pakistani media praised her good results. "Nothing that Malala Yousafzai achieves seems startling any more but she continues to make Pakistan proud," said the Express Tribune, an English-language Pakistani newspaper.

Source: SMH


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It doesn’t matter how old you are, you should always care for and improve your bone and joint health through exercise.

• Exercise helps with blood flow, which in turn, can help reduce inflammation in joints
• You can build better bone strength through daily movement (incidental exercise)
• Lifelong exercise is key - stay consistent when it comes to your workout routine
• Young adults should be encouraged to do high-intensity, weight-bearing exercises
• Adults should aim to continue doing high intensity exercise for as long as possible
• Older adults should adjust their workouts as they go, doing what is manageable
• Women are more likely to develop osteoporosis which is when bones weaken and become brittle





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


The CCN Read of the Week


Who is Charlie: Xenophobia and the New Middle Class


Emmanuel Todd



In the wake of the attack on the offices of Charlie Hebdo in Paris on 7 January 2015, millions took to the streets to demonstrate their revulsion, expressing a desire to reaffirm the ideals of the French Republic: liberté, égalité, fraternité.


But who were the millions of demonstrators who were suddenly united under the single cry of ‘Je suis Charlie’?

In this probing new book, Emmanuel Todd investigates the cartography and sociology of the three to four million who marched in Paris and across France and draws some unsettling conclusions.


For while they claimed to support liberal, republican values, the real middle classes who marched on that day of indignant protest also had a quite different programme in mind, one that was far removed from their proclaimed ideal.


Their deep values were in fact more reminiscent of the most depressing aspects of France’s national history: conservatism, selfishness, domination and inequality.

By identifying the anthropological, religious, economic and political forces that brought France to the edge of the abyss, Todd reveals the real dangers posed to all western societies when the interests of privileged middle classes work against marginalised and immigrant groups.


Should we really continue to mistreat young people, force the children of immigrants to live on the outskirts of our cities, consign the poorer classes to the remoter parts of the country, demonise Islam, and allow the growth of an ever more menacing anti-Semitism?


While asking uncomfortable questions and offering no easy solutions, Todd points to the difficult and uncertain path that might lead to an accommodation with Islam rather than a deepening and divisive confrontation.


Source: Polity



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KB says: This recipe was shared by Aiysha Omar.




• 5 egg whites
• 1 cup flour
• 1 cup sugar
• ½ cup oil
• ½ cup water
• 3 tsp. baking powder
• 1 tsp vanilla essence/paste


1. Beat the egg whites with ¼ tsp bicarbonate soda and ¼ tsp baking powder until fluffy. Leave aside.

2. Mix all other ingredients (except baking powder) together in a bowl.

3. Gently fold the beaten egg whites and baking powder into this mixture.

4. Rinse a ‘Chiffon Cake pan’ with hot water and then place the mixed batter into the pan. Do not grease the pan. If you do not have a Chiffon Cake pan, you can try using any aluminum cake pan.

5. Bake in a moderate oven until a cake tester/toothpick comes out clean.

6. Immediately invert the cake tin and balance on the funnel of the pan, a glass or a bottle. Place a wet cloth over the pan, and allow to cool completely while covered, elevated and upside down. As the batter is very light and fluffy, this ensures that the cake will not collapse on its own weight.

7. Once completely cooled, use a spatula to release the cake from the pan.



TOPPING: For the topping, beat approx. 200g of butter and 1 tsp vanilla bean paste with condensed milk. The amount of condensed milk you add will depend on whether you prefer the icing firm and spreadable, or runny. Decorate with roasted almonds and melted chocolate.

*If using a standard size Chiffon Cake pan, you will need to double this recipe.

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Jallaludin applied for a job and when he didn’t get it, he called the Anti-discrimination Council (ADC) to complain that he was turned down straight away without even an interview.

Jallaludin: I've just been told straight out that I didn't get the job because I'm a Muslim! What a cheek!

ADC Commissioner: What was the job?

Jallaludin: Archbishop of Brisbane.






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PART I: And remember Abraham and Isma'il raised the foundations of the House (with this prayer): “Our Lord! Accept (this service) from us: for You are the All-Hearing, the All-Knowing."

~ Surah Al-Baqarah 2:197


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When the past calls,

let it go to voicemail.


It has nothing new to say.

~ Mandy Hale



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Muslimah Night Bazaar 4 SEPTEMBER AMANAH INSTITUTE Fund Raiser 12 SEPTEMBER Rahma Mercy Australia Dinner 12 SEPTEMBER AMYN futsal 13 SEPTEMBER Gold Coast IFF 11 OCTOBER GC Dawah Centre Fund Raiser 31 October

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23 August


Muslim Buddy Training Program

New Muslim Care

IWAQ, 11 Watland St, Springwood

0431 747 356

9.30am to 3.30pm

29 August


Haj Seminar

Darull Uloom Islamic Academy of Briisbane

I6 Agnes St, Woolloongabba

0432 539 942

1.30pm to 5pm

29 August


Unity Cup 2015


Acacia Ridge Futsal Centre

0431 800 414

8am onwards

30 August


''Know your rights" Seminar


Islamic College of Brisbane, KARAWATHA


6pm to 7.15pm

5 September


Muslimah Night Bazaar

Umm Abdullah

45 Acacia Rd, KARAWATHA

0405 816 102

4pm to 9 pm

12 September


Amanah Institute Fundraising Dinner

Amanah Institute

Michael's Oriental Restaurant

0403 009 003


13 September


AMYN CUP Indoor 5-a-Side Futsal

Australian Muslim Youth Network (AMYN)

Logan Metro Sports Centre

0414 156 900

9am to 6pm

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

3372 1400


11 October



Crescents of Brisbane

Orleigh Park, WEST END

0402 026 786

8am -12pm

11 October


International Food Festival

Islamic Society of Gold Coast Inc

Gold Coast Mosque

0416 212 541

9am onwards

17 October



Nasheed & Fund Raising Dinner

Rahma Mercy Australia

Islamic College of Brisbane, KARAWATHA

0418 738 432

6pm for 6.30pm

17 & 18 October

Sat & Sun

Course: The 99 Names of Allah with Sh Muiz Bukhary

Al Kauthar Brisbane

Griffith University, Nathan Campus

0438 698 328

All daysa

15 October


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

31 October


AIIC Gold Coast Campus Annual Fete

AIIC Gold Coast

19 Chilsholm Rd,

07 5596 6565

12pm to 6.30pm

31 October


Dawah Centre Fund Raiser Dinner

Islamic Society of Gold Coast Inc

Islamic College of Brisbane, KARAWATHA

0416 212 541


13 November


Fundraiser Dinner Rohingya Muslims

Islamic Relief Australia

Greek Orthodox Church Hall, Creek Road





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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 Al-Mustapha Institute of Brisbane 

39 Bushmills Court, Hillcrest Qld 4118

Zikr - every Thursday 7pm, families welcome
Hifz & Quran Reading Classes (for brothers and sisters) - Tuesday 5:00 - 7:00pm & Thursday 5:30 - 7:00pm
Madressa (for children) - Wednesday & Friday 4:30 - 6:30pm
Salawat Majlis - second Saturday of every month.  Starting at Mughrib, families welcome
Islamic Studies (for sisters) - one year course.  Saturday 10:30 - 2:30pm. Enrolments for 2016 now available
Ilm-e-Deen Degree Courses (for brothers) - Three full-time and part-time nationally accredited courses.  Enrolments now available for 2016.
For further information please phone 07) 3809 4600 or email 


Algester Mosque


Zikrullah program every Thursday night after Esha


For more details, contact: Maulana Nawaaz: 0401576084



On Going Activities


1. Daily Hadeeth reading From Riyadusaliheen, After Fajar and after esha .
2. After school Madrassah for children Mon-Thu 5pm to 7pm

3. Adult Quran classes (Males) Monday and Tuesday after esha for an hour.
4. Community engagement program every second Saturday of the Month, interstate and overseas speakers, starts after margib, Dinner served after esha, First program begins on the 15 August.

5. Monthly Qiyamulail program every 1st Friday of the month starts after esha.
6. Fortnight Sunday Breakfast program. After Fajar, short Tafseer followed by breakfast.
7. Weekly Tafseer by Imam Uzair after esha followed by dinner. Starts from 26 August.


For all activities, besides Adult Quran, classes sisters and children are welcome.

For further info call the Secretary on 0413669987






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


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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Weekly program at Masjid Taqwa, Bald Hills


Monday Tafseer – Juz Amma*
Tuesday Arabic Grammer/Tafseer Quran (URDU)
Wednesday Reading & Reciting Quran (Adult class)
Thursday Tafseer Quran (URDU)
Friday Tafseer Quran (URDU)

All the above programs are after Isha salah
All are welcome! See you at the Masjid – The place to be!

Please note that the Tafseer gets recorded and uploaded on to our website as an mp3 file, so that you can download and listen at anytime.
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Queensland Police Service/Muslim Community Consultative Group


Meeting Dates & Times

Time: 7.00pm sharp

Date: TBA

Venue: Islamic College of Brisbane - 45 Acacia Road Karawatha


Light refreshments will be available.




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Kuraby Mosque

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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 (Malek Fahd Islamic School, Sydney, NSW) (Islamic College of Brisbane, QLD) (Islamic College of South Australia, SA) (Langford Islamic College, Perth, WA) (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)


Islamic Finance  & Investments

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

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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

Lockyer Valley Islamic Association


Celebrating Muslim cultures

AYIA Foundation


Slackscreek Mosque

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