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Khawaja is helping change the face of Australian cricket

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Changing hearts through art

Jumma (Friday) Khutba (Lecture) Recordings An Ayaat-a-Week

Tender for School Canteen Contractor

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Toy pigs used in Gold Coast mosque attack

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General Manager - Muslims Australia AFIC

Around the Muslim World & Muslims Around the World

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Mufti Menk on SBW

CCN Readers' Book Club

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Meet the Royal Australian Navy’s trailblazing Muslim Captain

KB's Culinary Corner

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Gold Coast Mosque raises record $440K for Centre

Kareema's Keep Fit Column

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"What I've experienced as a Muslim student in Australia" Fitria on Food Disclaimer


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Walk Together Brisbane 2015 - Photoreel



Community Centre for SE Melbourne
Kindergarten children visit IWAQ
Muslim Marriage Research: Looking for Participants
WHY ISLAM |Umm Sumayyah
A role model: Mohamed Khadra
"Halal certification corruption": Cory Bernardi
Spike in attacks on Muslim Australians
Professional Street Dancer Gives It Up For Islam
Bachar Houli
Mosque Open Days across the country
Jim's Students of the Month


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Life's ambition: Usman Khawaja notched his maiden Test century on day one against New Zealand at the Gabba.

Recalled batsman Usman Khawaja appears to have ended Australia's long search for a Test number three after a masterful 174 against New Zealand at the Gabba.

The first Pakistan-born player to wear the baggy green etched his name into the history books of his adopted nation with another milestone.

The Sydney-raised batsman was the toast of Australian cricket on Thursday night after a breakthrough century which could go a long way to establishing him as a Test regular.

Khawaja is changing the face of Australian cricket. Look closely. The shift is decidedly subtle, for Khawaja is not a man interested in courting controversy or triggering off-field ructions.

But privately, away from the intense public glare, the evidence of change lies in Khawaja’s cricket kit.

There is, of course, the usual cricketing paraphernalia. Bats. Pads. Helmet. Cream-coloured shirt and pants. More recently, Khawaja has added Australian cricket’s coveted baggy green cap and there is another item that carries equal significance ... a religious prayer mat.

For 138 years, cricket in this country has been culturally homogenous but in Khawaja, the sport possesses a poster boy whose natural talent and religious faith can help break barriers and reach wider audiences.

Born in Pakistan, reared in Islamabad, Khawaja is not your ordinary Australian cricketer. When he blasted his maiden Test ton at the Gabba on Thursday, he became the first Muslim to reach three figures in Australia’s storied cricketing history.

He has plans to visit Mecca, regarded as the holiest city in the religion of Islam. In dressing rooms, it is not uncommon for the 28-year-old to find a quiet corner, where he unfurls his rug among teammates and respects the precepts of his faith.

Khawaja is too humble to ram his religious views down the throats of his cohorts, but it is what he stands for, more so than any overt Islamic stances, that make him a beacon for Australian cricket.

“Religion for me is pretty personal,” says Khawaja, who made his Test debut in 2011. “It’s very much of a part of my life and it ends up being part of my cricket at times too.

“It’s just something I believe in and it’s something I like to follow as best as I can. Sometimes it gets in the way and sometimes it has to make way for cricket but it’s important I have that balance on my life.

“My faith is a massive thing for me when I go home, but I also like to keep it myself.”

In his unobtrusive way, Khawaja has already been forced to walk a delicate tightrope between his personal ideologies and the corporate demands that deliver millions to his employer, Cricket Australia.

Having never touched a drop of alcohol Khawaja has faced some challenging moments. Beer giant Carlton and United has sponsored Australian cricket for 19 years. Its product, Victoria Bitter, is the official beer of the Test team. At state level, Khawaja is now captain of the Queensland Bulls, who have sponsorship ties with XXXX.

In his embryonic years with Australia and Queensland sides, Khawaja donned playing and training gear emblazoned with VB and XXXX logos. Privately, he felt conflicted. Last year, more assured with his place in Australian cricket, Khawaja had a quiet word with authorities, where he outlined his reluctance to promote the very product he shuns via the prism of his faith.
Cricket chiefs respected Khawaja’s request.

His Queensland gear has been modified. While Bulls teammates wear XXXX on their sleeves, Khawaja’s kit features a logo promoting the Ovarian Cancer Australia.

“VB are a massive sponsor for Cricket Australia so obviously there needs to be some give and take there,” Khawaja told a Sydney newspaper in 2013.

“I just hope I do the right things to be a role model by my actions ... how I carry myself on the cricket field and off it.”


While Khawaja is a point of difference, he is by no means a pariah within Australian cricket circles. His former NSW coach Matthew Mott sums him up in three words: “Relaxed. Confident. Loyal.”. At Queensland, he is the cheeky prankster who is so popular among colleagues he was handed the state captaincy three months ago.

Cricket is his passion but Khawaja has an intellectual dimension. By his early 20s, he had completed a bachelor of aviation and put his flying ambitions on the backburner in his pursuit of the baggy-green.

“He’s a very relaxed guy with a great sense of humour,” said former Test teammate Michael Hussey. “He can come across as very laconic and pretty relaxed and quiet, but he has a deep care for the game and loves batting.

“He loves the game. He is very passionate about playing cricket for Australia.”

By the time he departed the Gabba on Friday afternoon, Khawaja had compiled 174 — the highest score of his Test career. It was the ultimate reward for rising from the canvas after snapping the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee last December.

“It (his century) means a lot because of the hard work I’ve had to do,” he said. “I did rehab five days a week, non-stop. I didn’t want to come back after all that and not have done everything possible to come back and play cricket again.”

After all, Usman Khawaja is tweaking, shaping and cultivating an unexpected legacy. It is a baggy-green journey he owes to his father Tariq, who left Pakistan for good after a work trip to Australia with computing conglomerate IBM in 1990.

At the time, Usman was three. Tariq spied a land of prosperity and opportunity. Almost three decades later, Tariq, a rabid cricket fan, takes pride in the good son blazing a new cultural trail to the baggy green.



“It will have a positive impact. It’s good for the (Muslim) community,” Tariq recalled at the time of Khawaja’s Test debut against England four years ago.

“Usman doesn’t know too much about Pakistan. There was never any doubt about where he would play, Australia is his country

“It shows that it’s a fair system and whoever puts in effort can achieve anything in this country. Not only Muslims, any religion. As a youngster, if you have passion and if you have dreams, you can make it work.”

Courier Mail


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A project partnered between Islamic Women’s Association of Qld (IWAQ) and the Australian Federal Police (AFP) involved females in creating mosaic art work.


A group of 15 young females participated and created beautiful individual and group art pieces. The aim of the project was to create social cohesion and team spirit as well as breaking the barrier and illuminating misconceptions about the police and to build a better perception and engagement.

IWAQ would like to thank everyone who participated including Shane and Anisa from the AFP.


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The Islamic College of Brisbane located in South Brisbane with a roll of about 1100 students provides education at both primary and secondary levels.


The School seeks to tender this Canteen contract for a period of 1 year, commencing from 25th January 2016.

Site Inspection available on the date below, register attendance on 07 38413645:

11th November 2015 Wednesday 9:00AM or 1:00PM
12th November 2015 Thursday 9:00AM or 1:00PM
13th November 2015 Friday 9:00AM or 1:00PM

Offer Closing date on 27th November 2015 Friday at 1:00PM.


Please email proposal to tenders@icb.qld.edu.au


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Mufti Ravat


Whilst the north and west of Melbourne thrives with Islamic Centres and Islamic activities for the youth the sprawling South East of Melbourne is much more isolated.


With over 70,000 Muslims in the area the youth earnestly seeks Islamic lectures and guidance in English.


Many of our Muslim youth are becoming atheist and scores are turning to extremism.


Over the past year two of our local scholars, Imam Uzair Akbar of Holland Park and Imam Zeeyad Ravat of the Islamic College of Brisbane regularly held lectures for these brothers and sisters that so passionately want to learn.


Seeing the thirst these two scholars’ joint hands with a professional group of brothers in Melbourne to build a Masjid with a youth centre and an institution for higher learning and intellectual dialogue that will engage adults and youth in programs and classes that will enrich their understanding of the Quran, Seerah and Fiqh.

A cultural space that will help Muslims increase their knowledge and understanding of Islam as well as build understanding between Muslims and the broader community.

A platform for Ulema from around the world to deliver discourses in Melbourne.

An institute purposely designed to produce dynamic home grown scholars.

To date they have secured the land, obtained council approval, obtained tax deductible status, secured 300 car parks, built relationships with reputable organizations and Ulema from around the world and are in progress of building the Masjid. Just $200.000 more is needed to complete the Masjid.

The next phase after the the Masjid will be the educational centre for higher learning with already 20 young men and women registered for the program to become Aalims and Aalimahs.


Imam Zeeyad Ravat will be taking a break from the Islamic College of Brisbane next year for six months to establish the centre inshalllah.


To save costs on the project all trade work is done by the volunteering brothers of Melbourne. They work night and day to achieve the pleasure of Allah. All the materials for the building have been purchased from China as it was much cheaper.

We wish to achieve this Daarul Uloom to produce confident scholars relevant to the Australian context and appealing facilities for our sisters and brothers to feel the excitement of our beautiful Islam and connect to Allah Taala with the guidance of the Ulema.

See you next week supporting this great initiative inshallah at the Islamic College of Brisbane.

6.30pm sharp, Saturday 14th November






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Broken windows at the proposed mosque site in Currumbin Waters

ANTI-Islamic groups are celebrating an attack on a proposed Gold Coast mosque site, with Muslims fearing the violence will spread from property to people.

In an attack discovered at the weekend and being investigated by police, the Currumbin mosque site was pelted with rocks, leaving windows and doors smashed. Toy pigs daubed with offensive slogans were thrown inside.

The vandalism came three weeks ahead of a court showdown between mosque proponents and those opposing it, including local residents, business owners and the Gold Coast City Council.

The mosque is earmarked for a former roof truss factory in the Currumbin industrial estate but opponents are already making their anger known.

Anti-Islamic groups Reclaim Australia and Stop the Mosque Gladstone have used their Facebook pages to welcome the mosque site attack.

“Ha, ha ... good work Gold Coast!” Reclaim Australia Rally’s Cairns group posted.

“You think the authorities know by now, we don’t want any more mosques built in Australia?”

The sentiments were echoed by Stop the Mosque Gladstone, which shared Reclaim Australia’s post with its 4000-plus followers.
“The Gold Coast locals are not going to sit silent and let this mosque be built without opposing it ...” the group wrote.

“Aussies everywhere do not want any more mosques on Aussie soil!!”

Followers urged more attacks.

“Keep up the good work,” one posted on the Reclaim Australia page.

Islamic Council of Queensland spokesman Ali Kadri said Muslim fundamentalism was rightly being condemned but the same could not be said for “right-wing extremism”.

“We get these kind of things on social media but nothing gets done by the authorities,” he said.

“There’s a fine line between free speech and preaching hatred and threats. If this is allowed to keep up, I fear we will see physical violence against Muslims.”

Currumbin’s Stop the Mosque group has denied responsibility for the attack, saying fighting the mosque on town planning rather than racial or religious grounds.

A Planning and Environment Court hearing is set down for November 23.

Source: News.com


Immediately after the reporting of this incident, Minister for Multicultural Affairs Shannon Fentiman issued the following statement to CCN:

I was horrified by news over the weekend of the cowardly attack on the Muslim community in Currumbin.

I condemn the actions of those responsible in the strongest possible terms.

I have personally met with members of Currumbin’s Muslim community, and like the rest of the Muslim community here in Queensland, they are caring, compassionate and tolerant people.

Police are currently investigating this crime, and if the perpetrators are caught, they should expect to face the full weight of the law.

Our Government will not condone racial, cultural or religiously motivated vilification of any kind.

In our vibrant multicultural society, an attack on any community is an attack on the whole community, and an attack on any one faith is an attack on all faiths.


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Muslims Australia AFIC seeks a suitably qualified candidate to fill the position of General Manager, based in Sydney.


Position Description

The Australian Federation of Islamic Councils (“AFIC”) is the peak representative body for Muslims in Australia.  It is comprised of State and Territory Councils that have over 100 organisations and represents approximately 700,000 Muslims nationally.  The AFIC is the focal contact point for government and non-government stakeholders desirous of engaging with the Islamic community and is charged with improving the well-being of the Muslim community through its services and advocacy.


The GM reports to the AFIC Executive Committee through the President and is accountable for the day-to-day management of the organisation and its staff.  This role is the principal translator of the AFIC Vision into tangible strategies and outcomes. This role requires a high level of stakeholder engagement, strategic thinking and people management.


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Mufti Ismail Menk (left) talks on Cii Broadcasting about his interaction with Sonny Bill Williams (right), New Zealand rugby player, who reverted to Islam a few years ago.

Williams made headlines when he handed over his Rugby World Cup winner’s medal to a 14-year old boy, a gesture that has touched millions worldwide.


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Captain Mona Shindy is the NSW Telstra Business Woman of the Year.


WHEN Captain Mona Shindy climbed aboard HMAS Canberra to test missiles in the Pacific, a locker had to be converted into a sleeping quarters to accommodate her.

Never before had an active Australian warship carried women. But aged 23 and launching what would become a 26-year career with the Navy, this was just the first hurdle of a trailblazer.

Already she had a University degree in the blokey domain of engineering. Weapons engineer. And if this were not unusual enough, Captain Shindy happens to be Muslim, and for most of her career in the navy, has been a mother.


Australian Navy Captain Mona Shindy

On board HMAS Canberra Captain Shindy and her two female room-mates were like celebrities, and not all of it was positive publicity.

“We were an absolute novelty and people knew our every movement, what we got up to and where we were. Overall the experience was a positive experience but there certainly were times that were quite challenging,” Captain Shindy says.

“Most female engineers in any work environment _ you really do have to work that little bit harder initially to prove your worth, to demonstrate your competence to really be accepted fully as valued member and a real contributor to the team.”

Then came the challenge of Ramadan, and explaining as a young sublieutenant that she was fasting and would appreciate a meal being put aside for her.

The response was along the lines of: “You’ll eat with everyone else, or you just won’t.” Which left her “the middle of the ocean with a few cans of tuna”.

Once the right ranking officer was made aware of the problem, a solution was soon found.


Accolade...Telstra NSW Business Woman of the Year

Anger was never an option.

“My first reaction is to empathise, rather than get angry, and to try and be part of the solution and work on the education piece, through engagement and interaction and just being professional about what I do and delivering professional outcomes and results. In the end, people respect that.”

It’s an attitude that has delivered her to the pinnacle of her career, recognised this week when she was named NSW Telstra Business Woman of the Year. As Director Littoral Warfare and Maritime Support, Captain Shindy advises the Government on the best way to spend billions of dollars on replacement tankers, ships, patrol boats — almost everything except submarines.

She was previously charged with turning around the Fast Frigate System Program Office, from an inefficient organisation with adversarial stakeholder relationships, to a collaborative culture with performance-based contracts. And she shaved 30 per cent in costs from a $130 million budget.

“People were happy at the end of the tenure, ships were leaving the wharf on time with all the maintenance done, when initially they weren’t.”

Soon after her first tour of duty on HMAS Canberra, Captain Shindy married and had a daughter, now 20 and a son, 18, who finished his HSC on Wednesday. Their happy accident followed a decade later in the form of another daughter, now 11.



Captain Mona Shindy at Garden Island Navy Base in Sydney.

The job has required service on ships for two-year durations, with time away ranging from two to six months.

“But six months in anyone’s language for a mother with two young children and a young family, is a very significant sacrifice.

“I’m not going to dress it up. It was tough.”

It could not have happened without an extended family backing her up. Crucial were her mother — “who in many ways acted as a pseudo mother for my children sometimes when I was away” — and husband, who has taken many career breaks.
“For me, the only thing that made it easier is knowing that those kids had just as much love and support from those that were with them than I could have given them myself.”

Her family migrated from Egypt when she was three.

“The moment my parents migrated to Australia, they were determined to feel as Australian as anyone else.” She holds the position of Chief of Navy’s Strategic Adviser on Islamic Cultural Affairs, for which she was awarded the Conspicuous Service Cross in this year’s Australia Day honours for her work bridging cultural divides.



Cpt Shindy is a weapons engineer with 26 years experience.

It is her aim to encourage more Muslims to join the defence force — around 100 of the 45000 defence force personnel identify as Muslim, 27 of them in the Navy.

“There’s lots of Australian Muslims who feel very hurt … by previous military campaigns that our defence forces have been on that have I guess resulted in discomfort and difficulty …. where those campaigns have occurred that have caused ramifications for a lot of innocent people.”

She says terrorist attacks which have hijacked aspects of religious teachings to justify those behaviours have created “fear and uncertainty for others who are non-Muslims”.

“For some people that gets looked at as the whole Muslim community,” Captain Shindy says. Some young Muslim see this in black and white “us and them” terms.

“They don’t have the maturity necessarily to see the greys and to understand that this is not everyone that has those views about you. That erodes confidence for those kids.”

There’s lots of Australian Muslims who feel very hurt … by previous military campaigns that our defence forces have been on

Her message to them is this: “You can be a proud Australian that loves everything about this great nation and still love your roots and love where you came from and straddle both worlds and both communities. That’s how I live my life and I like to help other people find their way in living those two things.”

And she can cite her own experience, including active service at the start of the 2003 Iraq War.

“It’s always tough, when you go anywhere, whether that’s Iraq. They were difficult times, they were interesting times I think for the whole nation.

“We are an instrument of our democratically elected government and I think that’s something that is very much accepted, understood and part of the contract that I personally have with my organisation. That’s my role, that’s what I signed up to do.”

Source: Daily Telegraph


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Photos by Aqeel Hafeez


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Siti and friends

Studying abroad is an experience many students find exciting yet scary at the same time. For Muslim students, journeying into the Western world may be even more intimidating.

Siti Mokhsin reflects on what it's been like for her in Australia on the topics of Islamophobia, the hijab, performing prayers, religious restrictions, halal food and embracing difference.

She concludes with these words:

Since stepping off that plane two and a half years ago, I’ve learnt that all my initial worries and fears were unnecessary. Being a Muslim student in hijab has not deprived me of the privileges every other student is entitled to because, similar to Singapore, Melbourne is a very multicultural society.

If anything, Melbourne — and by extension, Australia — is a place where diversity is embraced and I hope future Muslim students coming to study in this city will have as pleasant an experience as I have had in the last two and a half years that I have been an international student here.

We may not realise it, but more often than not, the only thing standing in our way is our own misconception of Western countries. It's normal to be unsure of what lies ahead, but from my experiences, keeping a positive mindset really goes a long way.




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James Carleton at Haldon St Lakemba (Facebook Post)


This afternoon I picked up my son Avi's new passport from the post office and went to my local shops at Lakemba. Returning home, it was gone.

I panicked and retraced my steps.. childcare/chemist/green grocer etc. In despair, I passed the section of Haldon st where I'd originally parked.


A woman who was clearly Muslim because she was wearing a hejab saw my distress.


She approached and said "have you by chance lost a child's passport?"

She'd parked in my spot sometime after I left - and happened to find it.

I begged to pay a reward or make some gesture of recompense.

She laughed. "As if I would accept it!"


Source: Australasian Muslim Times



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On Tuesday, the Islamic Women's Association of Qld (IWAQ) had the children of the Shahjarah Islamic Kindergarten visit them for morning tea to celebrate Grandparents' Day with some of its senior clients. "Everyone has lots of fun, playing, colouring in, making cards and enjoying free play," a spokesperson for IWAQ posted.


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The messenger of Allah (S.A.W.) left behind a Sunnah meant to help Muslims cultivate love, tranquility and happiness in their marriages. Such flourishing marriages are seen to enhance the well-being of each partner and serves as a strong foundation for a thriving family. At the same time, living as a Muslim couple in Australia is not without its challenges.

We want to know what Muslims in Australia do to enhance their marriages. Also, we want to understand what impact Islam has on their marriages, such as what Islamic teachings do they believe they benefit from the most, and what challenges do they face in implementing the Islamic model of marriage living in Australia.

We are looking for people that are married to participate in a one-hour individual interview discussing their marriage. Males will be interviewed by a male; females by a female. All participation is confidential and anonymous. If you are interested, please contact us.

E: interculturalresearch@psy.uq.edu.au 
FB: https://www.facebook.com/muslimmarriageresearch/ 

This research is being conducted by Riyad Rahimullah, PhD Scholar and Kim Halford, Professor of Psychology, at the University of Queensland.


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NSW: Professor Mohamed Khadra received the University of Sydney Alumni Award 2015 last month for Professional Achievement in recognition of his outstanding contributions and varied career as a professor, surgeon, urologist, author and playwright.

Following a highly unique career path, Mohamed first studied medicine before undertaking a Master of Education at the University of Sydney in 1994, continuing with a PhD on the neurophysiology of the bladder in 1999.

A fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons since 1995 and winner of the Prostate Cancer Foundation Inaugural Fellowship in 1997, Mohamed went on to found the School of Rural Health at the University of New South Wales. Administering medical care in Western NSW, he served as the director of the School of Rural Health between 1999 and 2001.

“The idea was to train doctors in rural Australia so that they would stay and serve the community. We had to rethink the way medical education was delivered knowing that we could not simply replicate what was happening in the big tertiary institutions in the city. The result was a patient-centred model of education which continues to this day.”

In 2002, Mohamed was appointed Pro Vice Chancellor for Health, Design and Science at the University of Canberra. He then founded and became the CEO of the Institute of Technology Australia, a private university with a social justice cause. The institution supported more than 1000 students from low  socio-economic countries, including Kenya, to achieve tertiary degrees.

After this role a new chapter of Mohamed’s distinguished career emerged. While Professor of Surgery at the University of Sydney, he published his first book, Making the Cut (2009). It was quickly followed by The Patient (2010) and Terminal Decline (2010). Non-fiction with an autobiographical edge, one of his books drew on his own experience of making the transition from doctor to patient.

“For me, the experience of having cancer and surviving it certainly gave me an insight into the health system. It motivated me to make a difference by alerting people to the simple truth that at the heart of this mammoth health system there is a patient, a human being, with fears and anxieties who deserves our compassion and our competence.”

His passion for writing led on to another career avenue, co-writing a play with renowned playwright David Williamson (Don’s Party; The Club) after meeting him at the Brisbane Writers’ Centre. Their play, At any cost?, was performed at the Ensemble Theatre in Kirribilli.

Today, Mohamed serves as Head of Urology at Nepean Hospital and Professor and Head of Surgery at the University of Sydney. His is also a member of the Board of the Faculty of Engineering and IT at the University and the Bureau of Health Information in the NSW Department of Health. His fourth book, Honour, Duty, Courage, which honours the humanitarian work of doctors and nurses who serve in the military, was published this year.

Source: (Courtesy University of Sydney Alumni Awards).

Note: Before taking up medicine Mohamed spent two years, during the early 80’s studying dentistry at the University of Sydney and was the President of Sydney University Muslim Students Association (SUMSA), Public Relation Officer of the Australian Federation of Muslim Students Association (AFMSA) and a member of Senior Usrah (Islamic Unity Forum).


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This week marked the final hearing for the Senate inquiry into food certification. The focus of the day was the fast growing halal certification industry that sees a huge variety of products certified as ‘approved for Muslims’.

A fee is paid by companies to make that claim and it extends from exported food and medicinal products through to soccer balls, cat food and football boots.

In the past I have referred to it as a racket and based on the evidence presented yesterday, I am not alone.

Of the many halal certifiers invited to appear only two chose to do so. Both identified the importance of certification to our meat export industries and both were scathing of some operators within the system.

The domestic certification system was condemned as rife with corruption and over-servicing whilst being described as simply a ‘rubber stamp’. The operators of these businesses were described as ‘con men’.

Halal certification has caused a number of people in the community to question why all Australian consumers are expected to contribute to Islamic religious causes in the purchase of their everyday grocery products.

It seems a legitimate question to ask and yet, for daring to voice that concern, these Aussies have been given the usual labels of racists and Islamophobes.

Cory Bernardi


ICQ Spokesperson, Ali Kadri, posted the following response to the above:

"Cory is suggesting that most halal certifiers chose not to attend and he is using that as something fishy. We at ICQ got the invitation and did not go because we were asked to attend the senate hearing on the day of Eid ul Adha, which is one of the most holiest day in (the) Muslim calendar. The (inquiry) was a sham, something (the) government wanted to give to the MP's on the right." 


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Muslim communities in Australia have experienced a dramatic spike in attacks, a new report has found. Increased anti-terror measures after last year’s 16-hour Lindt cafe siege in Sydney have prompted many to feel a sense of “us versus them,” it says.

Many complained of being inadequately protected by the Racial Discrimination Act, which makes it unlawful to treat a person unfairly because of their race, color, descent, national or ethnic origin or immigrant status. Since 1995, the Act has also made it unlawful to express racial hatred, commonly referred to as “racial vilification.”

“Representatives of Muslim and Arab organizations also reported that members of their communities experienced racial and religious vilification with regular frequency, not only in verbal form, but also through offensive letters and pamphlets,” the report by the Human Rights Commission said. “Much of this is linked to the issue of terrorism and national security.”



That sentiment allegedly intensified after the siege in Sydney’s Martin Place in December 2014, in which two captives and the gunman, an Iranian refugee, were killed.

One participant in the research, of Muslim background, reflected: “I came to Australia two years ago... after what happened in Martin Place, I get asked, ‘Are you a terrorist?’”
Various other participants confirmed that Muslim women, particularly those who wear the hijab, felt fearful of being abused on public transportation.

A number of community and religious leaders have questioned the relevance of the Act in protecting Muslim Australians, since religion is not covered by the legislation.

“There was some scepticism about the relevance of the Act, however, in protecting Muslim Australians,” the report, which took into account testimony from consultations with community groups in the first half of the year, said.

“One participant in Melbourne, for example, said that racial discrimination legislation was ineffective in protecting against anti-Muslim abuse because perpetrators would simply claim, ‘I’m not a racist; Islam is not a race.’”

According to Tim Soutphommasane, the race discrimination commissioner, the ability of the Act to protect Muslim Australians against discrimination or vilification is limited. “Complaints about racial discrimination made by Muslim Australians will not be accepted by the Commission unless there is some racial or ethnic element to the complaint,” he said in the report.

Since the Act was introduced, over 6,000 complaints about racial discrimination have been successfully conciliated. During the year 2014/15, the Commission finalized 405 complaints under the Act, of which only 12 proceeded to court, according to the report.

There have been no cases which identify Muslims as an “ethnic group” for the purposes of the Act.

“Existing legislative protections against racial discrimination are incomplete and vulnerable,” the commissioner said.

Last year, then-Prime Minister Tony Abbott withdrew plans to change section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act to remove the offense of offending, insulting or humiliating people on the basis of race.

“I don’t want to do anything that puts our national unity at risk at this time, so those proposals are now off the table,” Abbott said at the time.

The report has meanwhile revealed a “lack of awareness about the Act and its operation among some sections of the Australian community, particularly newly arrived migrants and young people.”

“This may explain to some extent why there may be an under-reporting of racism, with many people declining to lodge complaints when they experience racial discrimination or vilification,” it added.

Sources: RT & SBS


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Walid use to be apart of a group called flawless. After many years of being in the dancing industry and being one of the best dancers in the group brother Walid had a accident which changed his life for the better to see the changing point in his life watch.



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AFL player Bachar Houli spent time in Western Sydney inspiring young Muslim athletes to dream big


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Mosques across Melbourne have thrown open their doors in an attempt to ease tension and misunderstanding.



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We are an Independent School with a wonderful team and due to growing enrolments are seeking an Administration Officer, Support Staff (Library and Prep) and Teachers for our Durack Campus. Teachers must be registered with Queensland College of Teachers.

Early Childhood Teachers
Teacher Aide (prep)
Upper Primary Teachers
Teacher Librarian
Library Assistant (aide)

HPE, Science, and Maths Teacher
ICT, Maths and Science Teacher
Art, English and History Teacher
English, History and Geography Teacher
Arabic and Islamic Studies Teacher
Guidance Counsellor
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Please forward your CV to admin@aiic.qld.edu.au
Applications close by 20th November 2015


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Hijab House Muslim Controversy: Australian Police Mistake Clothes For Islamic Flags At Fashion Shoot

Australian police targeted a photo shoot of a fashion company that makes hijabs, the head scarf typically worn by observant Muslim women, mistaking their hijabs and matching outfits for “Islamic flags.” About five officers interrupted a photo shoot outside of an army base near Sydney Monday, and the owner of the fashion company, Hijab House, said his shoot was targeted because the models were wearing hijabs, according to the Daily Mail.

“I'm still baffled by how the police could have mistaken ordinary looking garments for flags,” Hijab House owner Tarik Houchar said, according to the Daily Mail. “I’m saddened by it all.”

Based in the suburbs near Sydney, Hijab House was founded in 2011 and designs clothes that appeal to a wide audience but also only expose the face, hands and feet. Police said officers did approach the photo shoot team and removed a group of garments from a fence where they were hanging.

“Their details were taken and inquiries were made,” police said in a statement to the Daily Mail. “Police left the area and it is believed the parties remained in the area. No further action was taken.”

When asked why police were questioning those at the shoot, one of the officers allegedly said it was because of “things happening overseas.” A bus driver who reportedly filmed the interaction said the people at the photo shoot weren’t doing anything wrong and that they were being judged for wearing hijabs, according to the Australian.

International Business Times


Why the Arabic World Turned Away from Science

Contemporary Islam is not known for its engagement in the modern scientific project. But it is heir to a legendary “Golden Age” of Arabic science frequently invoked by commentators hoping to make Muslims and Westerners more respectful and understanding of each other.

To anyone familiar with this Golden Age, roughly spanning the eighth through the thirteenth centuries a.d., the disparity between the intellectual achievements of the Middle East then and now — particularly relative to the rest of the world — is staggering indeed. In his 2002 book What Went Wrong?, historian Bernard Lewis notes that “for many centuries the world of Islam was in the forefront of human civilization and achievement.” “Nothing in Europe,” notes Jamil Ragep, a professor of the history of science at the University of Oklahoma, “could hold a candle to what was going on in the Islamic world until about 1600.” Algebra, algorithm, alchemy, alcohol, alkali, nadir, zenith, coffee, and lemon: these words all derive from Arabic, reflecting Islam’s contribution to the West.

Today, however, the spirit of science in the Muslim world is as dry as the desert. Pakistani physicist Pervez Amirali Hoodbhoy laid out the grim statistics in a 2007 Physics Today article: Muslim countries have nine scientists, engineers, and technicians per thousand people, compared with a world average of forty-one. In these nations, there are approximately 1,800 universities, but only 312 of those universities have scholars who have published journal articles. Of the fifty most-published of these universities, twenty-six are in Turkey, nine are in Iran, three each are in Malaysia and Egypt, Pakistan has two, and Uganda, the U.A.E., Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, Kuwait, Jordan, and Azerbaijan each have one.

There are roughly 1.6 billion Muslims in the world, but only two scientists from Muslim countries have won Nobel Prizes in science (one for physics in 1979, the other for chemistry in 1999). Forty-six Muslim countries combined contribute just 1 percent of the world’s scientific literature; Spain and India each contribute more of the world’s scientific literature than those countries taken together. In fact, although Spain is hardly an intellectual superpower, it translates more books in a single year than the entire Arab world has in the past thousand years. “Though there are talented scientists of Muslim origin working productively in the West,” Nobel laureate physicist Steven Weinberg has observed, “for forty years I have not seen a single paper by a physicist or astronomer working in a Muslim country that was worth reading.”

Comparative metrics on the Arab world tell the same story. Arabs comprise 5 percent of the world’s population, but publish just 1.1 percent of its books, according to the U.N.’s 2003 Arab Human Development Report. Between 1980 and 2000, Korea granted 16,328 patents, while nine Arab countries, including Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and the U.A.E., granted a combined total of only 370, many of them registered by foreigners. A study in 1989 found that in one year, the United States published 10,481 scientific papers that were frequently cited, while the entire Arab world published only four. This may sound like the punch line of a bad joke, but when Nature magazine published a sketch of science in the Arab world in 2002, its reporter identified just three scientific areas in which Islamic countries excel: desalination, falconry, and camel reproduction. The recent push to establish new research and science institutions in the Arab world — described in these pages by Waleed Al-Shobakky (see “Petrodollar Science,” Fall 2008) — clearly still has a long way to go.

The New Atlantis




Humanist vs Islamic perspectives on science and the modern world

Jim Al-Khalili (top picture), physicist and and Ziauddin Sardar (bottom picture), chair of the Muslim Institute, talk science, western colonialism and religious rigidity

Two important figures came head-to-head at Conway Hall, to discuss Islamic versus Humanist perspectives on science and the modern world. Jim Al-Khalili made the final public appearance of his term as president of the British Humanist Association during this stimulating, and at times provoking, debate with Ziauddin Sardar, chair of the Muslim Institute.

Al-Khalili advocated the values of the European Enlightenment, arguing that ever since the “Age of Reason” took hold during the 18th century, Humanists have looked to science instead of religion to explore and comprehend the world. Sardar upheld the view that it is the combination of faith and reason that offers a fuller understanding of the world, maintaining that it was this worldview that enabled the development of science in the Islamic golden Age.

A practising Muslim, Sardar is on an independent mission to promote rational, considered thought in interpreting the Qur’an. He explained that when he came to the UK from Pakistan, he found comfort in the familiar language of mathematics, which set him on a trajectory to train as a physicist: “God doesn’t need me, I need him. It makes me a better person and a better scientist”, he said.

The Guardian



Operation Hammerhead stirs up fear and endangers Muslim women

My feminine body has been attacked in a new way. They have used me as a symbol of a threat to democracy. My scarf and niqaab are now not only symbols of subjugation, but also that of a facilitator of terrorism. I am now both the oppressed and the oppressor.




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Friday khutbah (sermon)

DATE: 6 November 2015

TOPIC: “Extreme love for Allah”

IMAM: Mufti Junaid Akbar


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








Friday khutbah (sermon)


DATE: 6 November 2015

TOPIC: "The package of Islam"

IMAM: Muhammad Uzair Akbar


Play the recording  






Friday khutbah (sermon)

DATE: 6 November 2015

TOPIC"Outstanding Advice of Our Prophet Muhammad (S.A.W)"

IMAM: Akram Buksh









Friday khutbah (sermon)

DATE: 6 November 2015

TOPIC"Messages Of the Quran"

IMAM: Imtiyaaz - Islamic School of Brisbane




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A slice of Muslim life in the heart of Seoul


Seoul Central Mosque

KOREA: The aroma of Arab food permeates the atmosphere, restaurants displaying halal food banners are everywhere, women wearing hijab and men with beards are seen walking in the streets. There are shops offering Haj and Umrah tours.

At first sight, you feel that you are in some Arab or Muslim country, but the neon signs and display boards tell you otherwise. This is the Itaewon area in Seoul, a predominantly Muslim neighborhood.

The Korean Tourism Organization is promoting this part of the city to attract tourists from Muslim countries.

“Tourists from the Arab region are a big draw for us,” Jaesung Rhee, executive vice president for international tourism, told Saudi Gazette over lunch in one of the halal food restaurants in the area.

Just a few yards from the restaurant is the Central Seoul Mosque, an imposing structure which also houses the Prince Sultan Islamic School.
It was Friday so the area was bustling with Muslims: Koreans and foreigners.

There are 35,000 ethnic Korean Muslims, A Rahman Lee, Ju-Hwa, imam of the mosque run by the Korea Muslim Federation, told Saudi Gazette.
There are 15 mosques and 60 musallals (makeshift mosques) in South Korea, where Islam came just after the Korean War, the imam said.

After the Korean War, Turkish soldiers were posted to the region as peacekeepers in 1955. They introduced Islam to Koreans.

Slowly and gradually Islam spread in Korea where about 50 percent of the people say that they do not follow any religion.


Saudi Gazette


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Maryam Monsef Came To Canada As A Refugee. Now, She's A Cabinet Minister.


Maryam Monsef is sworn in as the minister of democratic institutions on Wednesday 

CANADA: Canada’s newest democratic institutions minister is a 30-year-old woman who fled Afghanistan with her widowed mother and two sisters when she was a child.

Maryam Monsef is the new MP for the bellwether Ontario riding of Peterborough–Kawartha. On Wednesday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau elevated her to his 31-member cabinet — making her the youngest minister and the fourth-youngest ever.

Monsef was born in Afghanistan and raised in the western city of Herat, near the Iranian border. She lost her father when she was a toddler and both her sisters were under the age of two. Her mother was in her 20s. No one knows for certain what happened to her father


Huff Post


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Ice flash flood first time in Saudi Arabia


SAUDI ARABIA: Saudi Arabia has been hit by unprecedented ice flash floods, as seasonal low pressure brings huge downpours to Iraq and Iran as well. The shocking video shows chunks of ice the size of large ball bearings.

Extreme weather conditions have been lashing the country since October 28, as the low pressure area concentrated over the northern part of the Persian Gulf, according to climate scientist Dr Abd al-Aziz al-Rubaie, as cited by thewatchers.com.

Earlier meteorologists predicted eight years of rain in just two days over the Arabian Sea.

As of October 30, 19 people across the region have been killed. In Saudi Arabia the floods claimed six lives. Civil Defense officials have carried out 50 successful rescues.


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“NYPD Female Cop ‘Converted’ To Islam To Spy On Muslim Students”


US: On the leafy Midwood campus of Brooklyn College, a lecture at the school’s Islamic Society had just ended when a woman stood up and asked to take the Shahada, the Muslim testimony of faith.

Nobody knew the woman with light skin and dark hair, who appeared to be in her twenties. In a voice that lilted up at the end of each sentence, she began professing her new beliefs. “Melike Ser” or “Mel,” was not a student and had no apparent connections to the school, but the students embraced her anyway, excited about her conversion.

This past April, four years after Mel’s public act of faith, two Queens residents, Noelle Velentzas and Asia Siddiqui, were arrested and charged with allegedly planning to build a bomb. The US Justice Department issued a release stating that the women were linked to members of al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula and the Islamic State, and revealed that a Detective from the NYPD’s Intelligence Bureau was heavily involved in bringing the women to justice.



The Muslim Guy


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The Most Powerful Saudis Under 40



SAUDI ARABIA: Arabian Business recently released their first ever list on the most powerful Arabs under 40.

So here are some of the most inspiring Saudis who’ve managed to make the cut.


1. Fahd Al Rasheed
Industry: Construction
Designation: CEO and managing director
Awesome because: He is currently coordinating the world’s largest construction project, KAEC. The megaproject involves building an entire city from scratch. It comes with a whopping price tag of $100 Billion



Destination Riyaadh


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Maryam Mirzakhani, First Woman to Win the “Nobel Prize” in Mathematics


The International Mathematical Union was established to honour excellent mathematicians under the age of 40 years. The award presented was named after the Canadian mathematician John C. Fields. It is known as the “Nobel Prize of Mathematics.”

Since 1936 the field medal was awarded every 4 years, and 1 to 4 outstanding mathematicians are honoured with it.

In 2014 it was the first time a woman was honoured by the prize. A professor at Stanford University, she was rewarded for her outstanding contributions towards the “dynamics and geometry or Riemann surfaces and their moduli spaces.”

Maryam Mirzakhani, an Iranian national, has excelled in maths since she was in high school. Over the years she won numerous gold medals at the International Mathematical Olympiad; at the most distinguished math tournament in the world, for per-collegiate students TWICE.

In an interview with Stanford Report she said; “It is fun, like connecting the dots to a case or like solving a puzzle” added “It was something I could accomplish, and wanted to pursue it.”

Source: World Story Today


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This is the month to get moving people!


Weather is warming up, school year is coming to an end and it’s move for Movember – a month to raise funds and awareness for men’s health.


So be sure to do your bit and get fit while you’re at it…

Let’s help men live happier, healthier, longer lives.


Men can grow their Mo’s and take the challenge to move more than they did last month.

A great challenge for everyone – Try 30 moves in 30 days…

No move is too big or small. JUST GET MOVING! N-JOY!





My Health and Fitness

Tel: 0404 844 786


Need an answer to a fitness related matter?

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

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


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Fitria Sari

Accredited Practising Dietitian & Nutritionist

To book appointments -
Ph: 3341 2333 (Underwood)
Ph: 3299 5596 (Springwood)
M: 0406 279 591
Website: www.diversenutrition.com.au

Is Sugar Toxic for You?

(Part 1)


Sugar has been a part of human consumption for centuries. However, it’s only in the recent decades that obesity rates have begun to rise. So is sugar the only factor to blame? Did you know that fruit also contains sugar? Does that mean chocolate bars and apples are equal?

The answer is no, because not all calories are equivalent. Fruits contain fructose which is a naturally occurring sugar. However, fruits are also a great source for fibre, essential vitamins and minerals. You get more health benefits from all the nutrients in fruits than harm from the fructose it contains.


It is recommended to have 2 serves of fruits every day; vary it up each day to get a wide range of nutrients. In comparison, a block of chocolate or a packet of lollies has large amounts of refined sugar with little nutrient content. They are what nutritionists call ‘empty calories’ as they don’t provide us with any nutrition, only the calories.

The bottom line is… not all sugars are bad for you. It all comes down to its sources.

Stay tuned for Part 2 where I will talk about foods with hidden sugars and how to avoid them.


Need an answer to a nutrition related matter?

Send your question to Fitria at fitria.s@hotmail.com.

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


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The CCN Read of the Week


Pathfinders: The Golden Age Of Arabic Science




Description (extract)


Al-Khalil brings alive the bubbling invention and delighted curiosity of the Islamic world. The Greeks certainly provide the thread for the story, but from such thread the Ummayyads and Abbasids wove their own astonishing fabric of discovery and enlightenment.


Empires are built on bloodshed but survive on know-how. "The ink of the scholar is more sacred than the blood of the martyr," said the prophet Muhammad, and the empire founded in his name had a communication problem to solve before it could build its knowledge economy.

Persian or Pahlavi texts had to be translated into Arabic, among them studies of astrology, which may originally have been based on mathematics texts in Sanskrit.


The new empire also needed Arabic versions of texts on geometry, engineering and arithmetic; it clashed with the Chinese, and from prisoners learned the art of papermaking.


The first paper mills were established in Baghdad at the end of the eighth century: dyes, inks, glues and bindings followed.


During and after the reign of Harun al-Rashid, the fabulous caliph of the so-called Arabian Nights, Persian, Arab, Christian and Jewish scholars all began to translate and publish medical and mathematical texts from Greek and Syriac as well as Persian and Indian scripts.



The Guardian

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Using the book club you can see what books fellow CCN readers have on their shelves, what they are reading and even what they, and others, think of them.

The CCN Readers' Book Club



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KB says: With summer almost upon us and nectarines in season, this salad is not only easy to assemble but also refreshing and healthy.

Nectarine & Pistachio Salad



1 bag mixed lettuce
5 nectarines sliced
1 tsp. chopped mint
½ cup feta cubed
1 cup pistachios - some halved /some whole



1 tab. lemon juice
2 tab. honey
¼ cup olive oil
Salt & pepper to taste

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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Jallalludin: Ya habibty, if I die, will you remarry?


Wife: Never!. I'll stay with my sister.

But if I were to die, would you remarry?


Jallalludin: No, I'll also stay with your sister. 





Answering Machine Greeting






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An Ayaat-a-Week





By the Earth and its (wide) expanse; By the Soul, and the proportion and order given to it; and its enlightenment as to its wrong and its right; - Truly he succeeds that purifies it, and he fails that corrupts it!

~ Surah Ash-Shams 91:6-10


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" Being honest may not get you many friends,

but it will help you get the right one."

~ John Lennon


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7 November


Annual Family Eat and Treat Night

Slacks Creek Mosque

Islamic College of Brisbane, KARAWATHA

0413 669 987

After Maghrib

14 November


Pillars of Guidance FUND RAISER DINNER

Imams Uzair & Ravat

Islamic College of Brisbane, KARAWATHA

0421 342 108


15 November


Muslim Community Cricket Match:


MPs Graham Perrett and Jim Chalmers

St Laurence's College, Nathan Rd, RUNCORN


10am to 3pm

15 November


Syrian Winter Appeal High Tea

Islamic Relief Australia

Hilton, Brisbane

0468 363 786

1pm to 5pm

15 November


Breakfast for Reverts

New Muslim Care (NMC)

19 Chisholm Rd, Carrara

0423 550 733

8.30am to 10am

21 & 22 November

Sat & Sun

Course: The 99 Names of Allah with Sh Musleh Khan

Al Kauthar Brisbane

Griffith University NATHAN

0438 698 328

All day

16 January



Al-Mustapha Institute of Brisbane


2 Wineglass Drive, Hillcrest

3809 4600


19 & 20 March

Sat & Sun

The Spiritual Zone
Sh Abdul Wahab Saleem

Al Kauthar Brisbane

Griffith University NATHAN

0438 698 328

All day

15 May



Crescents of Brisbane

Orleigh Park, WEST END

0402 026 786


14 & 15 May

Sat & Sun

The Forgotten Jewels
Sh Daood Butt

Al Kauthar Brisbane

Griffith University NATHAN

0438 698 328

All day

20 & 21 August

Sat & Sun

The Divine Light
Sh Wasim Kempson

Al Kauthar Brisbane

Griffith University NATHAN

0438 698 328

All day



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 - first 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 info@almustaphainstitute.org 



Quran Reading Class For Ladies (Beginners or Advanced)

Every Saturday 2 - 4pm
Lady Teacher


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 :

Ayesha on 0409 875 137 or at



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



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.
Visit our website at: masjidtaqwa.org.au


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.




For more information and RSVP:

Sergeant Jim Bellos at Bellos.Dimitrios@police.qld.gov.au



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Sunnah Inspirations

Providing information about Islam - its beliefs, culture, practices, dispelling misconceptions

Kuraby Mosque

Holland Park Mosque


Provide young Muslim women in Queensland with support and opportunities to express themselves

MUSLIMS AUSTRALIA / Australian Federation of Islamic Councils (AFIC) Islamic Schools, Halal Services and a whole lot more...

AFIC Schools

      www.mfis.com.au (Malek Fahd Islamic School, Sydney, NSW)

      www.icb.qld.edu.au (Islamic College of Brisbane, QLD)

      www.icosa.sa.edu.au (Islamic College of South Australia, SA)

      www.afic-lic.com.au (Langford Islamic College, Perth, WA)

      www.islamicschoolofcanberra.act.edu.au (Islamic College of Canberra, ACT)

Karratha Muslims (Muslims in Western Australia)

Islam TV

Recording of lectures and events in and around Queensland

Muslim Directory Australia

Carers Queensland

Free service for multicultural clients who are carers, elderly and people with disabilities

Brisbane Muslim Burial Society (BMBS)

Muslim Charitable Foundation (MCF)

Coordinated collection & distribution of: Zakaah, Lillah, Sadaqah, Fitrana, Unwanted interest

Islamic Medical Association of Queensland (IMAQ)

Network of Muslim healthcare professionals

Al-Imdaad Foundation (Australia)

Australian Muslim Youth Network (AMYN)

Find out about the latest events, outings, fun-days, soccer tournaments, BBQs organised by AMYN. Network with other young Muslims on the AMYN Forum

Islamic Council of Queensland (ICQ)  

Umbrella body representing various Mosques and Societies in Queensland

Current list of businesses certified halal by ICQ  7 August 2011

Islamic Friendship Association of Australia

Blog of the Association's activities

United Muslims of Brisbane

Crescents of Brisbane's CRESCAFE (Facebook)

Muslim Women's eNewsletter

Sultana’s Dream is a not-for-profit e-magazine that aims to provide a forum for the opinions of Australian Muslim women

Islamic Solutions

Articles and Audio recordings

IQRA Academy Institute of Islamic Studies

Online streaming of Islamic lectures

Islamic Relief Australia

National Zakat Foundation (NZF)


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

          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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