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Sunday, 15 November 2015


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Queensland Responses to Paris attacks

The CCN Weekly News & Views Briefs The CCN Food for Thought

Suggested Muslim action with regards the Paris attacks

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

Harmony cricket match

 The CCN Inbox: Letters to the Editor Events and Functions

Islamic Colleges 'fail to comply'

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Islamic Programmes, Education & Services

"Unleashing Your Potential" - by Connected Women

Around the Muslim World & Muslims Around the World

Businesses and Services

Is there room for one more in your family?

CCN Readers' Book Club

The CCN Date Claimer

Knights Basketball Team || Musa Toure

KB's Culinary Corner

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The Islamic Council of Queensland (ICQ) extends its condolences to the victims of the mindless violence perpetrated on innocent people in Paris. We would like to express our sympathy to all the victims of terrorism across the world including the victims of attacks in Kabul and Beirut.

As a peak body of Muslims in Queensland, ICQ urges the community to respond to these horrific incidents with solidarity, unity and strength. Terrorism does not discriminate against its victims and neither should we in responding to such horrific acts of violence. The only way to defeat this divisive ideology is through courage, unity and solidarity.

Those who use such incidents to create further divisions are inadvertently helping the extremist cause. Religious fanatism and divisive extremism are our common enemy. The Muslim community of Queensland along with members of the wider community stand united against all those who try to cause division and strife.

ICQ president Mr. Ismail Cajee said, "Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims of all the terrorist attacks. He further states that "unity is the only way to defeat terrorism".



The Council of Imams QLD (CIQ) Islamic mourns the unacceptable loss of innocent lives in today's attacks in Paris. As Muslims, we reaffirm our belief, as emphasized in the Quran, that whoever kills one life, it is as if they have killed all of humanity, and whoever saves even one life, it is as if they have saved all of humanity (Chapter 5: Verse 32).

"This tragedy has touched the world," said Imam Yusuf Peer, CIQ president. "We call on Muslims in Paris and all across France to step forward and assist in all efforts to help the injured, find the missing, and comfort those suffering from shock and pain."

CIQ is distressed to learn that the politically-motivated extremists claiming responsibility for the attack are justifying their deeds in the name of Islam when nothing could be further from the truth about the true teachings of Islam.

Islam condemns all forms of barbarity, murder, and attacks on innocent people. Muslims, scholars and laypersons the world over have, do, and will continue to condemn these and any extremists that use Islam to justify their actions, which, under Islamic laws and teachings, would be punished strictly in a court of law.

We call for peace, healing, and justice for the victims, as well as an end to violence against the innocent in any and every part of the world.

We pray for light, guidance, and hope at this time of great darkness.



Worldwide Muslim condemnation from around the world can be seen here.


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By Abdul Malik Mujahid

Muslims stand in solidarity with Paris and the people of France. We are profoundly saddened and shaken by the attacks that have taken place.

Many of us used to say terrorists are not Muslims, now we wonder if they are even humans. Period.

Muslims condemn terrorism all the time.

However, our voices of peace must be louder than the voices of terror. Hence, our engagement with our local communities, as well as media at all levels is crucial and urgent.

As Paris reels from today's tragedy, please take following actions right now:

1. React from a position of strength, not weakness
The only way we can make our message of peace louder than the one of violence used by extremists is by interacting and engaging with our communities and our neighbors in the broadest sense of the word.

For example, share your thoughts on your personal Facebook and Twitter feed (see more info about this below).

Even more important, encourage Muslims in Paris, especially if you have family and friends there, to assist in the efforts to help the injured, to open their doors to the lost (see the #porteouverte campaign on Twitter), and help with counseling traumatized victims.

Masjids, Islamic centres, and Muslim organizations must also be part of this effort. If you have contacts with any in Paris, please encourage them to do this.

The Prophet, peace be upon him, was a man of compassion and a man of action, as is our faith. Show your compassion and action, not just your reaction in the face of these attacks.

2. Respond to the media

Personally monitor your media. Ensure that coverage of this developing story is fair and balanced. If you see a story featuring Islamophobes bashing Islam and Muslims in general, please call or email them. Ask them to be objective and to not label Muslims as terrorists. If you come across a positive story, please do call or email both the journalist and the publication to express appreciation.

3. Call the French Embassy

Let your French embassy know that you are a Muslim and want to share your condolences with the people of France. Emphasize that Muslims stand in solidarity with Paris in this horrific tragedy.

French Honorary Consulate (Brisbane)

10, AXA Building, 144 Edward St, Brisbane QLD 4001
Email: info@ambafrance-us.org
Phone: (07) 3229 8201

Embassy of France
6 Perth Avenue, Yarralumla ACT 2600, Canberra
Tel. 61 (0) 2 6216 0100 / Fax : 61 (0) 2 6216 0132
Email : information.canberra-amba@diplomatie.gouv.fr


French Honorary Consulate (Sydney)
Level 26, St Martins Tower, 31 Market Street, Sydney NSW 2000
Tél. : (+61) (0)292 682 400 / Fax : (+61) (0)292 682 431

4. Express your solidarity and sorrow on social media

The world needs to know that Muslims genuinely care for the people of Paris. Please use both the following hash tags:

#MuslimsStandWithParis #PrayForParis

Dear sisters and brothers in humanity, the bigots have already started labeling and blaming immigrants as the root cause of all violence and chaos in France. Keep an eye out for them and counter them in a civilized manner.

We pray that France follows the example of Norway, where 77 people were gunned down by a right-wing Islamophobic terrorist in 2011, yet, the Norwegian government didn't introduce draconian laws unfairly targeting its innocent immigrants or citizens.

May God keep us and our neighbours safe in this global village.

May God guide humanity to be kind and compassionate.

May He transform the hearts of the terrorists, war-mongers, and the hate mongers.

Adapted from Soundvision


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THE attacks in Paris are so singularly vile, so unprecedentedly deranged, it would be impossible to confuse the murders behind them with any other group.

But that is what will happen in Australia. An outspoken minority will attempt to link some of our citizens with the insanity of the IS conspiracy, the terrorists most likely to have ordered and carried out the killings.

There could be a backlash, largely driven by confusion and anxiety, against the 480,000 Australians of the Muslim faith, as if their religion was enough evidence to put them under the IS banner. As if their worship meant they also supported the IS commitment to butchery.

But it simply is not true.

Undoubtedly the IS business model of cowardly slaughter has backers in this country. They are a tiny group — a minority speck among Muslims — who attempt to recruit others for the evil they consider necessary.

They are extremists who do not represent the mainstream Muslim approach to religion or the sanctity of life.

Most of the young men who have been stopped from leaving Australia to join IS have come from what might be called secular Muslim families.

In many of these cases, their parents have been only nominally of the faith or have abandoned it.

An overwhelming majority of the try-on terrorists have not been associated with a mosque. They have been groomed online or by a direct relationship with a corrupting figure outside regular religious circles.

These are aimless and ignorant kids who, as Assistant Minister for Multicultural Affairs Concetta Fierravanti-Wells has said, “think that they are going over there to play with AK-47s, get drugs and women and at night-time go off to what they were doing here, go off to McDonalds and do other things”.

Not only would a backlash against Muslim Australians be insupportable, the public heat and community instability it could cause would delight the IS leadership, who want their menace to be globally disruptive.

But it simply has no basis.

Further, any raucous calls to close mosques and deport individuals would antagonise and isolate the very people we are asking to help track down the agents of IS, and alert us to the youngsters who might be falling for the IS extremism.

The more that public opinion — and security authorities — blame mainstream Muslim Australians for the IS atrocities, the greater the possibility the Islamic mainstream will see terrorism as the government’s problem, not theirs.

The more isolated and abused Muslims feel, the less likely they will be to assist authorities. The notion that harassing Muslims is good security is usually the monopoly of those who too scared to think.



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Ali Kadri, Graham Perrett and Jim Chalmers

While Australia battles New Zealand for the Trans-Tasman Cup there is also intense rivalry taking place on a southside cricket pitch. Representatives from the mosques in the federal electorate of Moreton are taking on the mosques in Rankin.

“The inaugural match last year was an opportunity for the community to come together for a traditional Aussie day of sport,” said Graham Perrett MP, who plays in the Moreton XI.

Jim Chalmers MP said that his side was hoping to repeat their victory from last year, when the Rankin team won by just one run.

The teams are made up of members from a number of different mosques, including the Holland Park Mosque, the Kuraby Mosque and the Islamic Shia Council of Queensland’s Mosque at Underwood.

Mr Ali Kadri, Spokesperson of the Islamic Council of Queensland is a keen cricketer and said that “We are a sporting nation and this shows in our national teams outperforming many other nations in international competitions. Sport like many other things brings us closer to each other and this game is a small step towards that direction.”

“It is limited overs format and everyone is welcome and it’s a great way to promote harmony and celebrate our multiculturalism in a uniquely Australian way,” said Mr Perrett

“Coming together for a day of cricket is a great way to strengthen ties and improve understanding in our local communities.” Jim Chalmers said.

Cricket Queensland will provide the umpires and support for the match.

The Match starts at 10am at the St Laurence’s College Playing Field #4 at Nathan Road, Runcorn.




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The federal government is threatening to freeze the funding of six Muslim schools around the country after an audit found serious governance issues at colleges run by the Australian Federation of Islamic Councils.

Following an audit announced in June by the Federal Government, operators of the schools have been issued with “noncompliance” notices warning them they are failing to comply with financial management and government requirements of the Australian Education Act.

The move follows a series of scandals at Muslim school around the country managed by the Australian Federation of Islamic Councils raising serious concerns about governance, financial mismanagement and teaching standards at the schools.

The six schools affiliated with the AFIC who will have to comply with the notices are the Malek Fahd Islamic School, Islamic College of Brisbane, the Islamic College of Melbourne, the Islamic College of South Australia, the Islamic School of Canberra, Langford Islamic College in Western Australia.

Previously concerns have been raised about serious financial mismanagement issues at all the schools named in the audit.

The Australian revealed this morning that Australia’s largest Muslim school Malek Fahd, at Greenacre in Sydney’s southwest, had been warned by its own auditors it could be trading while insolvent after using recurrent funding given to the school for education purposes towards building projects the school.

Malek Fahd was also forced to pay back $9 million to the NSW State Government after The Australian revealed state funding was being handed back to AFIC in the form of inflated rent and “management fees.”

Both the South Australian and Brisbane Islamic colleges are also at the centre of state government and police investigations into their financial management.

Minister for Education Simon Birmingham said the formal notifications followed the Department of Education and Training review that had identified concerns over the governance, financial and accountability arrangements of the schools.

“In May this year my Department initiated a formal review into the six school authorities following ongoing concerns about their financial management and governance arrangements,” Senator Birmingham said.

“I am committed to ensuring that all school authorities meet the requirements of the Education Act to ensure that our taxpayer dollar and any private investment by parents is being spent as intended to benefit Australian students.”

The federal government is threatening to freeze the funding of six Muslim schools around the country after an audit found serious governance issues at colleges run by the Australian Federation of Islamic Councils.

Following an audit announced in June by the Federal Government, operators of the schools have been issued with “noncompliance” notices warning them they are failing to comply with financial management and government requirements of the Australian Education Act.

The move follows a series of scandals at Muslim school around the country managed by the Australian Federation of Islamic Councils raising serious concerns about governance, financial mismanagement and teaching standards at the schools.

The six schools affiliated with the AFIC who will have to comply with the notices are the Malek Fahd Islamic School, Islamic College of Brisbane, the Islamic College of Melbourne, the Islamic College of South Australia, the Islamic School of Canberra, Langford Islamic College in Western Australia.

Previously concerns have been raised about serious financial mismanagement issues at all the schools named in the audit.
The Australian revealed this morning that Australia’s largest Muslim school Malek Fahd, at Greenacre in Sydney’s southwest, had been warned by its own auditors it could be trading while insolvent after using recurrent funding given to the school for education purposes towards building projects the school.

Malek Fahd was also forced to pay back $9 million to the NSW State Government after The Australian revealed state funding was being handed back to AFIC in the form of inflated rent and “management fees.”

Both the South Australian and Brisbane Islamic colleges are also at the centre of state government and police investigations into their financial management.

Minister for Education Simon Birmingham said the formal notifications followed the Department of Education and Training review that had identified concerns over the governance, financial and accountability arrangements of the schools.

“In May this year my Department initiated a formal review into the six school authorities following ongoing concerns about their financial management and governance arrangements,” Senator Birmingham said.

“I am committed to ensuring that all school authorities meet the requirements of the Education Act to ensure that our taxpayer dollar and any private investment by parents is being spent as intended to benefit Australian students.”

Malek Fahd receives about $20m a year from state and federal governments, with taxpayer funds making up 80 per cent of the school’s funding.

In 2013, the latest available data, AFIC schools received $42m in funding from state and federal governments. This year, the amount is likely to be at least $45m.

AFIC schools are usual receive the highest amount in government assistance possible because students are general from lower socio-economic backgrounds.

Senator Birmingham said taxpayers and parents would be expecting public funds to be used solely for the benefit of children’s education, rather than operating for profit and enriching certain individuals. Individuals in charge of schools must also pass a “fit and proper person” test.

“My focus is always that we, as the taxpayer, get maximum bang for our buck to improve education outcomes for Australian children.
“School governance should be of the highest standard and funding should be used for the benefits of students.

“This action does not come lightly. All schools must have effective management and accountability arrangements in place to support the best possible education outcomes for their students.”

Following the issuing of the notices the schools now have 28 days to show how they will comply, or face funding freeze from the Commonwealth Government.

Source: The Australian


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Report by Ilham Sabry Ahamed



It was an immensely rewarding and productive day when Connected Women conducted two sessions of the workshop “Unleashing Your Potential” on Saturday 7 November. This was the first in a series of workshops for women aimed at developing new skills, making fresh connections and deepening one’s understanding of various areas related to personal development. It provides an opportunity for women of all ages to come together and engage in a journey of self -discovery in a safe, educational and non-judgemental environment.

Connected Women is the brainchild of Rehana Bibi, former Editor-in-Chief of the Australian Muslim Times, who together with the efforts of four other extraordinary ladies (Saalihah Seedat, Ilham Sabry Ahamed, Shehnaz Moosa and Gabrielle Skalic) saw her vision come to fruition last Saturday. At the outset Rehana Bibi provided an insight into the aim of Connected Women, which is to bring together ladies from diverse backgrounds with a commitment to learning, sharing and inspiring each other.

The workshop was kicked off by Hanan Al-Alawneh, registered Hypnotherapist, NLP Coach and Time Line Therapist. The insight she provided amongst other things, regarding our perception of the world, the filters we use, the principles of success, how to create goals that result in achievable outcomes were invaluable and practical. Her passion and enthusiasm is extremely inspirational in creating and sustaining positive changes. The participants felt uplifted, empowered and motivated to set attainable goals and adopt a mind-set that results in success.

Saalihah Seedat a Clinical Consultant Pharmacist who is currently pursuing a Diploma of Leadership, Coaching and Mentoring, conducted a session on ‘Mindfulness’, that left the participants experiencing a state of complete relaxation and self-awareness. It demonstrated the power of the mind and the importance of striving to achieve a decluttered state, which in turn promotes clarity of thought, enhanced productivity and a more rewarding experience of what one is engaged in.

This was followed by an interesting interview with Mumpreneur Raeesa Ally Khatree conducted by Ilham Sabry Ahamed. In response to very pertinent questions, Raeesa shared with the participants the inspiration to start her business, the trials and travails along the way, her formula for success and also gave valuable advice regarding starting their own ventures for those who haven’t yet taken the plunge. Raeesa’s striking sincerity coupled with Ilham’s engaging manner, made for a captivating interview that inspired and motivated the participants.

To end off the session on a high of inspiration was Silda Sabuncun, a young architecture student and photographer residing in Brisbane. She has studied and lived in Turkey, which has led to a profound impact on her sense of cultural appreciation. This ultimately inspired her to channel her creativity towards hand-making beautiful jewellery, gift cards, T-shirts and tote-bags under the name SANAT. She sees her work as an expressional extension of herself and is constantly experimenting with new mediums and ideas.


It was indeed an immensely educational, uplifting and inspiring workshop where the participants felt enthused and motivated. The words of Iqra Lakshman from Healing Words Therapy summed it well, when she said, “…The Connected Women workshop was an opportunity for me to refuel and rejuvenate my inner-self. I loved every moment - the connection, the sharing, the experience of activities - every moment reminded me of how unique and wholesome my existence is. That I have a purpose and that I am surrounded by similar women who have the equal passion and drive to feel peaceful and productive, to make a difference, to leave a legacy. Such an inspiring and empowering workshop - definitely need more of these…”

Following the success of the workshops held on 7th November, there have been requests to host similar sessions at the Gold Coast and other areas.

Further workshops will be held in 2016 covering a range of topics related to personal development.

If you are interested in receiving information about upcoming workshops please write to Connectedwomenbrisbane@gmail.com.



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Anglicare in partnership with AMARAH and JK Diversity Consultants is launching a new initiative to recruit foster carers from culturally diverse backgrounds.


The first information sessions are being held with the Muslim community in the Logan-Brisbane region at Sunny bank Library meeting rooms on Thursday evening 3rd December and on Saturday afternoon 5 December.


We have over 8,000 children in foster care across Queensland who are looking for someone to provide a loving, caring home for them.


If you would like to know contact the Anglicare Logan office and please ensure that you RSVP.


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ANIC meets in Sydney




Australian National Islamic Council (ANIC) are currently meeting in Sydney for a two-day conference and AGM. Over 40 Imams from all parts of the Australia are in attendance.


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Musa Toure has initiated a basketball program for the youth. He trains them at the Islamic College of Brisbane court. He plans to prepare the team to join a basketball tournament in the near future.




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The Islamic Society of Holland Park appointed a new Management Committee at elections held on 1 November.



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Crescent Institute invites you to its next professional networking event in Brisbane hosted at the Corrs Chambers Westgarth office.


The Hon. Curtis Pitt, State Treasurer of Queensland will be the Guest Speaker at this event. Queensland has played a strong role in Australia's economic growth and prosperity. With the current challenging global economic environment coupled with Australia's transitioning economy, new and innovative business methods are required to maintain and continue economic growth in Queensland. The Hon. Curtis Pitt will set out the challenges and opportunities for the great state of Queensland.

You are invited to join with The Hon. Curtis Pitt, ask questions and of course network with your fellow Crescent Institute members!

Event Details:

Tuesday 15 December  6:00 PM for 6.30 PM Start (Sharp)

6:30 PM - 7:00 PM - Drinks, canapés and networking

7:00 PM - 7:45 PM - Presentation, The Hon. Curtis Pitt

7:45 PM - 9:00 PM - Interact with the Treasurer and networking

Location: Corrs Chambers Westgarth, 111 Eagle Street Brisbane CBD, QLD 4000

Bookings are essential. Early bird tickets are priced at A$15 and regular tickets are A$25 each.

All funds go to supporting Crescent Institute’s non-profit activities.

Enquiries: info@crescentinstitute.com.au


Click Here To Purchase Your Tickets




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Year 6 students from Silkwood College get a first hand look at the Gold Coast Mosque under the capable guidance of resident Imam, Imraan Husain.



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Susan Carland (left) - is a respected Muslim sociologist and wife of The Project host Waleed Aly (right)

Wife of The Project host Waleed Aly raises $1000 for charity by donating $1 for every vile comment made about her Muslim faith - and the tweets keep coming

One half of 'Australia’s Muslim power couple’ has found an ingenious way to turn the hate she receives from social media trolls into a way to help others.

Susan Carland - a respected Muslim sociologist and wife of The Project host Waleed Aly - knows all-too-well how awful people can be on social media, targeting her because she wears a hijab and speaks out about the rights of Muslims in Australia.

The former Australian Muslim of the Year has been called a ‘terrorist sympathiser’ and an ‘ignorant, maggot-brained, raghead defending idiot’ – but is now turning each slander into a positive, by donating $1 to charity for every hateful tweet she receives.

‘I donate $1 to @UNICEF for each hate-filled tweet I get from trolls. Nearly at $1000 in donation. The needy children thank you, haters!’ Ms Carland tweeted.



Despite her public statement, Ms Carland will be donating more money to children in need as the mean messages from narrow-minded Twitter trolls continue to roll in.


She has been targeted by trolls on social media because she wears a hijab and speaks out about the rights of Muslims in Australia. Ms Carland is frequently called upon to weigh into discussions about faith

The mother-of-two was sent offensive messages as she stood by her husband’s side when Mr Aly was awarded ‘Media Personality of the Year’ at the GQ Australia Man of the Year awards on Tuesday.

‘Terrorist sympathiser and Muslim apologist,’ spat one social media user, while the other declared the journalist’s award ‘tokenism’.

Ms Carland is often targeted by anti-Muslim activists as she grew up in a Christian household and chose to convert to Islam as a 19-year-old.

Ms Carland refuses to give in when she is the recipient of rude messages, but instead continues to study and educate people about Islam in Australia, in her roles as both a lecturer and recent PhD graduate at Melbourne's Monash University.



‘Who is this maggot-brained @SusanCarland ragheads defending idiot?’ tweeted one man.

‘@SusanCarland is stupid enough to convert to a religion that considers her half a man,’ read a tweet.

‘There is something magical in Islam which brainwash (
sic) a normal human into a retard. Susan is just another idiot convert.’

However, now Ms Carland has ensured every vile tweet will make a change for children in need and is being praised for her thoughtful gesture.

I’m disgusted you get so much hate but well done on turning it into a great positive #smartwoman,’ tweeted @Annie301 in response to Ms Carland’s charity initiaitive.

‘MashAllah! Such a nice way of wishing them peace!’ tweeted Kilean McColl.
At 17, the Melbourne-born academic began to ponder her own spirituality and explore other religions to see ‘what made sense to me’.

In a 2010 interview she admitted that Islam was at the bottom of her list due to her assumptions it was ‘sexist, outdated and barbaric.’


However, to her surprise Mr Carland found Isam made a lot to sense to her when she looked at the ‘beautiful, peaceful, logical’ side of the religion, which she found when she stripped away ‘the politics, propaganda and sensationalism.’

In 2004 she was named Australian Muslim of the Year and has been listed as one of the international ‘Muslim Leaders of Tomorrow’ by the UN Alliance of Civilisations.

This year she completed her PhD at Melbourne's Monash University, titled ‘Fighting Hislam: an investigation into Australian and North American Muslim women fighting sexism within their own communities from a pro-faith perspective.’

Source: Daily Mail


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Shajarah Islamic Kindergarten is Queensland's only Islamic Childcare Service.


We have now been open for 3 years alhamdulillaah, inshaAllaah providing our community with quality child care in an Islamic environment.


We are registered with both State and Federal Governments as an Approved Early Childhood Education and Care Service.


Our Programs include an Approved Kindergarten Program subsidised by the Queensland Government as well as a new upcoming 2 day Montessori Program which will be implemented over the whole service over time inshaAllaah.

We would like to invite all parents and any other interested parties to attend our Open Day on Saturday 21st November where we will be providing information and answering any questions or enquiries you may have.

Positions available: We would also like to invite Qualified Early Childhood staff to apply for positions with us.


Please email your resume to info@shajarah.qld.edu.au


Shajarah Islamic Kindergarten

2 Rothon Drive, Rochedale South, Qld, 4123

Ph: 07 3172 7850

Shajarah Islamic Family Day Care

1427 Beenleigh Rd, Kuraby, Qld, 4112

Ph: 0416 952 868


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Imam Akram Buksh and volunteers at the Slacks Creek Mosque


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An artist's impression of the proposed mosque for the site on The Valley Avenue

A group fighting to prevent a mosque being built in Canberra's north have had their challenge thrown out by the ACT Supreme Court, with the judge labelling the group a "busybody".

It is the second challenge the controversial group has lost after the court dismissed the initial challenge in July last year.

The Concerned Citizens of Canberra first launched legal action in 2012, claiming there was inadequate community consultation, traffic and parking issues, and breaches of building codes.

Flyers issued by the group to many homes in the Gungahlin area raised concerns about traffic and noise and whether the mosque would be a good neighbour to the community.

But the Concerned Citizens of Canberra took their appeal to the Supreme Court after the ACT Government declared support for the mosque and referred the flyer to ACT Human Rights Commission.

Today, in a 40-page judgement, Justice Richard Refshauge found the group's arguments to be lacking, and said the group had no greater interest than that of an "intermeddler or busybody".

He also said the case would substantially prejudice the Canberra Muslim community, who have already incurred construction costs of nearly $200,000.

Three members of the Concerned Citizens of Canberra were in court as Justice Refshauge handed down his statement.

The only legal avenue remaining for the group is an appeal to the High Court.

The 500-person capacity mosque will be the second mosque in the ACT.

The ACT's first mosque is located at Yarralumla, in the city's south.

Source: ABC


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Yassmin Abdel-Magied at the Our Watch framework launch at Parliament House, Canberra on 10 November 2015


One fish asks another fish: "How's the water?"

The other fish replies, "What is water?"

If you're surrounded by something, it is very difficult to know that it is there.

In the same way we can become oblivious to our physical surroundings, our cultural norms are such that we can often face difficulty naming them or even realising they are all around us. This becomes especially problematic when the accepted social norms cause societal diseases and enable indiscriminate harm.
Violence against women is one of those societal diseases. We talk about statistics that are almost beyond belief: in Australia, we bury a women murdered by a current or former partner every week. Every. Week. Statistically, almost every time you are in a group with more than three women, someone in that group has suffered from physical violence. It's just not okay. It's horrifying.

So in fact no, violence against women is more than simply a disease and more than just an urgent matter for our parliament, left for policy change and government departments to solve. Violence against women is a complex issue that affects us all and, to tackle it, each and every one of us has a part to play.

You may be thinking, "Well. I have heard this before. We know there should be no place for violence against women in society. What is new in this tale? How can I make any change?"

On Tuesday, violence prevention organisation Our Watch has released a framework called Change the story: A shared framework for the primary prevention of violence against women and their children in Australia. It identifies the drivers and enablers of the slaughter in our suburbs.

The root cause: gender inequality.

We live in a society where the inequality is so pervasive, so embedded in everything we do, that often we don't realise it's there. However, the evidence in Change the story shows that while there is no single cause of violence against women, it is significantly more likely to occur where gender inequality is ingrained in social, cultural and organisational structures and practices. Look around and take notice. Gender inequality exists everywhere, from the pink and blue toy store aisles to the gender pay gap, and this engenders an environment that allows violence against women to occur.

The insidious things we do add to tapestry of inequality we wrap ourselves so warmly in. Whether it is the fact that we double take if we see a young boy playing with a barbie doll, or think that sexist banter is socially acceptable, the small things we let slide form the fabric of an unequal society. Which ultimately give way to power imbalances. Which can ultimately give way to violence.

As pervasive and intractable the issue may seem, it is possible to change. We have named the underlying cause of the violence. Now that we know what we are dealing with, we can go about breaking it down.
I am thrilled at the opportunity to join the Board of Directors for Our Watch and to be working with the team on such an important issue, particularly as it coincides with the launch of Change the story, which sets the scene incredibly well – particularly through the accompanying video – and also reinforces the powerful work being done in the sector already.

Furthermore, joining the Board is an opportunity to ensure the perspectives of culturally and linguistically diverse communities and women are reflected at a decision making table.

It has been proven time and time again, across various areas where behavioural change is required, that different communities need to be engaged in ways that suit them in order to affect real lasting change. Culturally and linguistically diverse communities have unique sets of challenges and thus, the communities need to be engaged in manners that respect their cultural practices and their communal value set but at the same time, not excuse behaviour that is harmful and damaging. It is a fine line, but hopefully one that Our Watch can walk alongside the organisations in the sector who deal in this space.

Deep, lasting social change will take time and will be uncomfortable. However that discomfort is where real learning and growth occurs. Each and every one of us has a role to play in tackling violence against women and we can do so by calling out gender equality wherever and whenever we see it. Whether it's a comment about woman's dress, or someone telling a young boy to 'stop acting like a girl', by nipping gender inequalities in the bud we will be addressing the pervasive environment that allows violence against women to occur. It will be difficult, there is no doubt, but it is so worth it.

Source: Daily Life


Foreign Minister, Judy Bishop, has appointed Sue Ismiel, Yassmin Abdel-Magied (above) and Houssam Abiad to the Council for Australian-Arab Relations (CAAR).

Sue Ismiel

Established by the Australian Government in 2003, the Council has built professional, community and institutional linkages between Australia and the Arab world.

The Council’s flagship programs focus on supporting international speakers, visiting fellows and media students and on the promotion of women.

"The new members will bring a wealth of experience in a range of fields and greatly assist the council’s mission to strengthen our economic, political and cultural ties," Minister Bishop said.

Houssam Abiad

Ms Ismiel, a Syrian-born mother of three, is an active philanthropist, the CEO of Nads, an international cosmetics company and an Ambassador for ChildFund Australia.

The 2015 Queensland Young Australian of the Year, Ms Abdel-Magied, is a Sudanese-born engineering specialist and an advocate for empowering youth and women, and promoting cultural diversity in Australia.

Mr Abiad is the Deputy Lord Mayor of Adelaide. Born in South Australia, Mr Abiad grew up in Lebanon and returned to Adelaide at 19 to build a successful career as an entrepreneur and community leader.

"I also pay tribute to current members Anne Aly and Roland Jabbour who conclude their terms having made a significant contribution to the Council’s work," added the Foreign Minister.



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Carla Power with Mohammad Akram Nadwi


What happens when an American writer and a madrassah-trained scholar debate the Holy Quran in a bid to find interfaith understanding? A powerful journey to help bridge one of the greatest divides shaping our world today.

If the Oceans Were Ink is American writer Carla Power’s story of how she and her longtime friend Sheikh Mohammad Akram Nadwi decided to tackle the “ugly stereotypes and persistent misperceptions” that were dividing their communities.

“People are going back to the basic texts, and they’re stripping away centuries of culture and tradition and looking for what they see at the heart of the religion,” she says.

Power provides readers with details of her year with sheikh Akram and how the Quran provided her with many moments of grace. “I found comfort in how small I felt reading the text, as when I considered the images of the ‘lord if the heavens and the earth and everything in between, and Lord of all points of the sunrise.’ Even as a nonbeliever, I still found myself taking refuge in the Quran classes as a clam inlet from daily life.”

Power notes the greatness of the Quran by highlighting the triviality of worldly matters like the “close on Wall Street, the exam score or dress size, even happiness itself” that seemed nothing next to the fact that from God we come and to God we return. She describes this as “constant reminders of one’s own puniness and powerlessness.”

She also shares a personal experience that made her realise the essence of the word InshAllah. “When my mother died, I remember thinking how sensible it was, the Muslim practice of saying InshAllah after every plan, every promise, no matter how minor, since only God can be sure whether next Wednesday’s lunch date will indeed be kept. It was a comfort, in a season of grief, to hang out with a community that honored this world’s certainties.”

On her understanding of namaz, she writes about it as a symbol of devotion to God. She mentions studies on the postures of Muslim prayers by scientists who have concluded that they encourage calm and flexibility. While standing straight strengthens the arrangement of muscles in the body, bowing helps stretch out the lower back and hamstrings, and sitting after prostration keeps joints mobile. In relation to this, Power notes how “Akram’s prayers have rendered him culturally supple, too, stretching his humanity in surprising ways. The act of return, to his prayer mat, to his Quran and his classical text–has often afforded an expansion of his worldview, not a restriction of it.”

She beautifully describes the sheikh offering his prayers and the meaning attached to his every move. She writes, “In standing, kneeling, bring his forehead to the earth, then standing again, his attention returns to his origins and destination, which are one and the same.” She also shares the words of the sheikh, who connects the experience to a “feeling of returning to the arms of your mother, when you are a child.”

The author explains the meaning of existence for the sheikh revolves around God, in the shape of a circle. The circle has God at its end, beginning, and every point in between. This sheds lights on his belief that “from Allah he has come, and to Allah he will return,” with everyday circling back to God.

On starting her Quran lessons, as she was able to understand its message, she realised that it is more than just a book. Instead, she reflects on its reach to Muslims around the world as a “metaphor of return. It is a place to which the faithful return, again and again.”

She explains, “I’d come a long way from earliest encounter with the Quran, but I still hadn’t understood that it was far more than a much-revered book. Over the course of the year, I began to see that the Quran was not merely a set of pages between two covers. Calling it a book, something one can read from beginning to end, embalms it in expectations. It was just another way of limiting it into something small: an amulet, a manifesto, an instruction guide, a political tool. In the life of a Muslim like Sheikh Akram, its meaning is much more diffuse.”

On questioning the sheikh about how to better understand the Quran, she shares his response, “Read. Keeping reading the Quran. Read it, and read it again. Return,” echoing the command that Prophet Muhammad had heard upon revelation.


Source: The Express Tribune with the International New York Times


If the Oceans Were Ink: An Unlikely Friendship and a Journey to the Heart of the Quran


"Carla Power's intimate portrait of the Quran captures the extraordinary, living debate over the Muslim holy book's very essence. A spirited, compelling read."--Azadeh Moaveni, author of Lipstick Jihad


If the Oceans Were Ink is Carla Power's eye-opening story of how she and her longtime friend Sheikh Mohammad Akram Nadwi found a way to confront ugly stereotypes and persistent misperceptions that were cleaving their communities.


Their friendship--between a secular American and a madrasa-trained sheikh--had always seemed unlikely, but now they were frustrated and bewildered by the battles being fought in their names.


Both knew that a close look at the Quran would reveal a faith that preached peace and not mass murder; respect for women and not oppression. And so they embarked on a yearlong journey through the controversial text.


A journalist who grew up in the Midwest and the Middle East, Power offers her unique vantage point on the Quran's most provocative verses as she debates with Akram at cafes, family gatherings, and packed lecture halls, conversations filled with both good humor and powerful insights.


Their story takes them to madrasas in India and pilgrimage sites in Mecca, as they encounter politicians and jihadis, feminist activists and conservative scholars.


Armed with a new understanding of each other's worldviews, Power and Akram offer eye-opening perspectives, destroy long-held myths, and reveal startling connections between worlds that have seemed hopelessly divided for far too long.



Book review: If Oceans Were Ink by Carla Power is an engaging memoir about faith and friendship (Hamida Ghafour)


Carla Power’s father was murdered in Mexico in1993, in a case of mistaken identity.

A gang of thugs broke into the rental property where he was staying and claimed they were owed money for a drug deal. When he protested that they had the wrong guy – Power’s father was a law professor from Missouri – they beat him to death.

Power was living in Oxford, England at the time. Reeling from the news, she ran into a colleague, Sheikh Mohammad Akram Nadwi and told him what had happened.

He stood up in the office of the think tank in which they worked, put his hand on his heart and recited a poem by the Pakistani philosopher- poet Muhammed Iqbal. It was an elegy to his mother: “Who will wait for my letters now? Who will wait for me in the night to return now?”

It was the most comforting thing Power heard in the months of mourning and so began a life-long and unlikely friendship between American-born Power, a former Newsweek journalist of mixed Quaker-Jewish descent and Nadwi, a quiet Islamic scholar from Uttar Pradesh, India, who was then making his name in academic circles.

The accumulation of their “freakish” friendship, as Power describes it, is this warm and engaging memoir, If Oceans Were Ink, structured around a year the author spends with Nadwi learning the Quran.

The holy book, never far from the headlines, is back in the news and for all the wrong reasons. In America the controversial writer Ayaan Hirsi Ali argues in her latest New York Times best-seller, Heretic, that Islam needs a total reformation because it is not compatible with modern society.

In France, Stéphane Charbonnier, editorial director of the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo, who was assassinated by gunmen in Paris in January has posthumously published Open Letter to the Fraudsters of Islamophobia Who Play Into Racists’ Hands, a book that was finished days before he was murdered. In Kabul, a young Islamic law student named Farkunda, falsely accused of burning the Quran, was beaten to death in March on the street by a mob of men.

Power steps back from the headlines. Writing with originality and nuance, she returns to the original sacred texts to find out what the Quran actually says, rather than what everyone from ISIL to Hirsi Ali to centuries of Muslim scholars claim it says.

“As a journalist for 17 years I wrote about Muslims as headlines,” Power says in an interview. “I had seen the tremendous power of the text in action but I hadn’t read the text. It seemed basic, akin to reading Homer or Hamlet if you were studying literature.”

As a teacher, Nadwi’s credentials are impeccable. A graduate of the prestigious Nadwatul Ulama madrassa in Lucknow, India, where the curriculum included Sartre and Aristotle, he eventually studied at the University of Oxford. Nadwi speaks English, Urdu, Persian and classical Arabic and specialises in hadith, the thousands of deeds and sayings of the Prophet Mohammed.

What’s more, he is bound to the Prophet Mohammed by isnad, the chain of narrators that show the validity of a hadith by linking it across the centuries back to the original source. As a sort of dinner party trick that amazes Muslims and potential donors to Oxford, Nadwi recites a chain of scholars from himself to the Prophet. The pair find common ground as nomads, not totally at ease in the West or East.

Power’s interest in the Muslim world dates from the 1970s when her father took the family to live in Iran, Afghanistan and India as a relief from the boredom of teaching law in Missouri.

Nadwi’s life has similar echoes. The book takes the reader from Mecca to the lecture halls of Oxford, from rural India to cosmopolitan New York and the sheikh manages to effortlessly navigate these disparate worlds, serene in the knowledge that his faith transcends earthly societies.

The journey challenges many of Power’s assumptions as well as those held by many Muslims.

The most compelling chapters are about the female hadith scholars. About 15 years ago Nadwi decided to write a pamphlet about female scholars in Muslim history, assuming he’d find a handful. The most famous is Aisha, the Prophet’s wife, who preserved 2,210 hadiths.

But Nadwi found 9,000 women over the course of 1,400 years and later published a ground-breaking biographical dictionary. These women raced across Arabia on camelback to give lectures, they issued their own fatwas and in some cases wrote fatwas on behalf of their less talented husbands, Power writes.

“There was one woman who lectured the caliphs as she stood leaning against the tomb of the Prophet. This is unthinkable today,” says Power. In many cases, Muslim notions of female modesty prevented women academics from being acknowledged. Nadwi also believes that these women scholars were more reliable than their male counterparts, who were often under financial pressures to relate hadiths, whether the historical research stood them up or not, Power writes.

“Women scholars had no such pressures on them and the sheikh thinks because they were not in fact in the marketplace and making a living, they could keep their narrations pure,” Power says.

So did this make Nadwi a modern feminist? Not really, Power writes. In a highly polarised region torn apart by sectarian tensions Nadwi doesn’t fit into any category. Critics and supporters alike denounce and praise him as a Salafi, Sufi or feminist, a liberal, a traditional.

To a Muslim audience anxious for advice on how to defend Islam against the Danish cartoons or Salmon Rushdie’s Satanic Verses his advice is to ignore it because that’s what the Prophet would have done.

“No matter how much the Prophet had been abused by people who opposed him, did he protest? Did he burn their houses? Did he harm them? No! He went to do dawa (prayer),” he tells them. Besides, God and Islam did not need defending.

For those who hark back to Medina as the first Islamic state, Nadwi says they are “misguided”. Again, he turns to Mohammed’s life.

The Prophet had not wanted to leave Mecca in the first place but was forced to do so because he could not practise his faith. When he got to what would become Medina, it was to find a place where he could worship freely. It was not about pursuing political power. “He did not especially want to run a state,” explained the sheikh. “But when he got to Medina, he had to organise it properly.”

Power writes that Nadwi was driven “by a certainty that we are just passing through this earth and mundane quests for land or power miss Islam’s point”.

For Power, the year she spent learning from Nadwi in Oxford’s coffee houses, eating biryani with his family at home, the Indian village, or following him to the gym and lectures, also opened her eyes to her own views.

When she wonders why he spends years of loneliness away from his Indian family in rainy Britain toiling in a job that wasted his talents, Nadwi relates the story of the Prophet Yusuf, or Joseph in the Bible. Thrown into a well by his family, then sold as a slave, before being jailed and finally finding favour with a king who realises he can interpret dreams, Yusuf’s fortunes rise and fall. But he remains stoical and faithful to God.

“Akram was proposing an entirely different response to the challenges posed by a fragmented world: prayer and acceptance,” Power writes. As an American raised in the age of Oprah, indoctrinated with the belief she had the right to find happiness at whatever the cost, Power finds this unsettling.

But what did the Quran reveal to her? Power writes that she began the project assuming she’d read the holy book and learn what was in it, like a good student preparing for an essay.

But what she learnt was far more compelling. So much so, she nearly converted to Islam.

“The only way I could see it at the end was a return, a return again and again, like the 35 times a week prayers that many Muslims do. The Quran is a place you return to and learn of your God,” she says.

This book is available on Amazon.


Source: The National

Hamida Ghafour is an author and journalist specialising in the Middle East



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IF YOU type “Anthony Mundine net worth” into Google it will tell you the boxer is worth $30 million from his sporting career earnings.

It’s wrong.

Mundine doesn’t drink, smoke or gamble, but he’s blown much of his wealth.

Maybe blown is the wrong word. He has given the money away to his extended family — or “brothers” as he prefers to call them. And he has paid tax like the rest of us.

For all his faults, there is no doubting the man’s incredible generosity.

In a rare insight into his private life, Mundine said: “I’m worth about $10 million. I’ve got about five houses but I’ve given the rest of it away.”


“I want greatness,” he said, “It’s about my legacy, and money is not my motivation.

“I blew a lot of money – I was pretty dumb. People, friends, family, it’s not a bad thing to help your brothers. It’s always been hard for me to say no.

“If I had $10 left in my wallet and someone needed it, I’d rather leave myself with nothing.”

It’s been Mundine’s way to look after family and friends since he began picking up the big pay packets in rugby league and later in boxing in his 47 professional fights.

As part of his devotion to Islam, Mundine does not borrow money from financial organisations for his property purchases. He owns five houses and has an estimated $2 million in the bank.

“I used to have a mortgage when I was young but in Islam paying interest is a bad thing,” he said. “Since I fought the first Green fight, I’ve been debt free.

“Just lending people money and being generous. That’s the way I’ve been brought up.

“Aboriginal people are not money driven. It’s our culture.”

Source: The Daily Telegraph


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Meat processors are calling for urgent reform of Australia's halal beef certification system.

Some of the country's largest meat processors want the Federal Government to urgently reform Australia's halal beef certification system.

The ABC has obtained documents which show that 10 meat processing companies including JBS, Teys, NH Foods Australia and Nolan Meats fear that the current system is causing "market access failures" and "continued loss of confidence" in Australian beef by consumers in Muslim countries.

The companies met with the Department of Agriculture recently in Melbourne to discuss the need for reform, and want the entire halal slaughter and certification system to be overseen by the Federal Government.

Currently, meat processors who export to Middle Eastern countries have no control over who certifies their meat for particular markets.

Instead, Muslim countries decide which individual or company can certify meat as halal.
The group argues that it has led to a monopoly, leaving them open to the risk of losing market access at short notice if a certifier falls out of favour with the importing country.

They say containers of beef ready for shipping sometimes have to be cancelled, relabelled and redirected when an importer suddenly decides it would prefer to buy meat certified by a different company.

National Farmers' Federation president Brent Finlay said he hoped the Government listened to the processors' concerns.

"There's certainly a role for the Government to work with industry to actually arrive at what is the best and most sustainable and effective way to certify a product," he said.

"And we know that within the beef and dairy sectors, in non-tariff trade barriers, which are protocols, it's about $2.7 billion worth of lost opportunity."

Halal Australia chief executive Dr Muhammad Kahn said he empathised with the problems raised.

"There might be some certification bodies where they don't follow the proper procedures according to the importing country's government," he said.

"They may be delisted or deregistered and that needs to be addressed. It can create a huge logistical problem for the companies like Teys or JBS or any other companies like that."

But he did not agree with the proposal to make the Federal Government the sole certifier of halal beef.

"There might be a kind of monopoly from that perspective as well," he said.

"Secondly, if the Government is taking the responsibility to certify, that may not necessarily be accepted by the foreign countries because of uncertainty about following these Islamic law requirements in terms of dealing with the halal status for the red meat industry."

Last year, 65 per cent of Australia's beef was exported, and markets like Indonesia, Saudi Arabia and Malaysia are important for the local meat industry.

Halal slaughter methods require that the animal is pre-stunned but still alive when its throat is cut, meaning all the blood leaves the body.

The practice and certification has been the subject of increasingly controversial arguments.

Earlier this year, Nolan Meats was the target of an online anti-halal campaign which accused the Gympie meat processor of passing on the cost of halal certification to all consumers, regardless of whether they wanted halal meat.

Halal certification is currently the subject of a Senate inquiry led by Liberal senator Cory Bernardi.

The ABC contacted meat processors but none were available for comment.

The Department of Agriculture has confirmed the meeting with processors took place late last month and that halal certification was discussed.

Source: ABC


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Formerly a Catholic, Shannon is an Australian rapper who was about to make it "big" in the industry.



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We are seeking Secondary Teachers for our

With TESOL or equivalent Qualifications

• IPT Teacher
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Teachers must be registered with Queensland College of Teachers

Please forward CV to
Australian International Islamic College
Email: admin@aiic.qld.edu.au
Applications close by 20th November 2015


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Are you are qualified IMAM, looking for a full time job? or do you meet the following criteria Scholar (Aalim) - Darse Nizami, Memorization of Quraan, Fluent in English and Arabic, Can lead five time prayers, Friday sermon and prayer, Tarwaeeh , Ability to teach Qur’an,  Ability to interact with youth and people from different back grounds.


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Right-wing extremism equal to Muslim radicalisation, say academics

Right-wing extremism is emerging as an equal, if not greater, threat than Muslim radicalisation in Australia and multiculturalism is "close to death" at a federal level, academics have told a conference on social cohesion.

Violent extremism in Australia is beginning to mirror that of the US, counter-terrorism expert Anne Aly from Curtin University said.

She highlighted a New America Foundation study released last month that found right-wing extremists had killed twice as many people since September 11 as jihadists.


Crackdown on Islamists 'could push young Australians towards radicals'

Security expert tells Canberra conference that non-Muslims often miss the positive appeal of radical groups such as Islamic State


Cracking down on radical preachers and other hardline security measures could undermine the fight against Islamic State by alienating Australian Muslims, a security expert has warned, urging the government to focus on building community resilience.

The conference heard the problem of radicalisation was “not something the Australian federal police would be able to arrest its way out of”. Mounting passport cancellations and terrorism arrests showed the government was “winning the battle but losing the war”.

The Guardian




Religious children are meaner than their secular counterparts, study finds


Religious belief appears to have negative influence on children’s altruism and judgments of others’ actions even as parents see them as ‘more empathetic’
Children from religious families are less kind and more punitive than those from non-religious households, according to a new study.

Academics from seven universities across the world studied Christian, Muslim and non-religious children to test the relationship between religion and morality.

They found that religious belief is a negative influence on children’s altruism.

“Overall, our findings ... contradict the commonsense and popular assumption that children from religious households are more altruistic and kind towards others,” said the authors of The Negative Association Between Religiousness and Children’s Altruism Across the World, published this week in Current Biology.

“More generally, they call into question whether religion is vital for moral development, supporting the idea that secularisation of moral discourse will not reduce human kindness – in fact, it will do just the opposite.”

The Guardian


Gun-toting anti-Muslim 'crusader' at lead of United Patriots Front

A central figure in the anti-Islam street movement the United Patriots Front is a self-described "biblical crusader" with a long history of posting videos to social media in which he poses with semi-automatic weapons and threatens to take up arms against the Government and Muslims.

Chris Shortis, from Victoria, is one of three spokespeople in the United Patriots Front's leadership team, and has spoken at recent rallies in Bendigo, Richmond, and CBD.

But his online statements are similar to those of far-right Norwegian mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik.

The Age


As a Muslim man, I am sick of our obsession with the hijab

We must start addressing the real issue that has long been glaring at us: attitudes towards women.

When it comes to the hijab, everybody seems to be obsessed with it. More than an article of modesty, it serves as a symbol of oppression to some and a symbol of liberation to others. But, more peculiarly, the hijab is often used as a benchmark by conservative Muslims to judge the morality of a Muslim woman and her “Muslimness”.
Indeed, judging by the Islamic discourse that concerns Muslim women, one would assume that the primary religious duty of Muslim women is wearing the hijab.

The restriction of religion from an ethical guide to appearances (dress-codes, rituals) is a curious phenomenon; a virus that seems to have seeped its way into mainstream Muslim consciousness. Partly due to the spread of Wahhabism, a deeply conservative sect of Islam, our religious priorities seem to have shifted from spiritual transformation to pedantic details about rituals and dress codes. Thus, the fixation with the hijab, I believe, reflects the very cursory manner in which we approach Islam.

From certain imams insisting that earthquakes are caused by women not wearing a hijab to muftis excommunicating Muslim women who do not consider wearing the hijab as a religious duty, the intellectual level of discourse that surrounds Muslim women is excruciating, and is more or less concerned only with notions of modesty.
This gives a gloomy insight – the obsession with the hijab is, in fact, a form of sexual objectification.

New Statesman



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Friday khutbah (sermon)

DATE: 13 November 2015

TOPIC: “Disapproval for the sake of Allah”

IMAM: Mufti Junaid Akbar


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







Friday khutbah (sermon)


DATE: 13 November 2015

TOPIC: "Ali and hospitality"

IMAM: Muhammad Uzair Akbar


Play the recording  





Friday khutbah (sermon)

DATE: 13 November 2015

TOPIC"3 Jewels of the Prophet (S.A.W)"

IMAM: Akram Buksh








Friday khutbah (sermon)

DATE: 13 November 2015

TOPIC"In Praise of Teachers"

IMAM: Mohamad Abdalla



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How U.S. Schools Can Avoid Britain’s Problems with Radicalization Screening


US: AFTER PROVOKING OUTRAGE from civil rights groups, the FBI has reportedly delayed the rollout of an interactive website designed to help schoolteachers identify students on the verge of turning into radical extremists.

The program, called “Don’t Be a Puppet,” described in a recent New York Times report as “a series of games and tips intended to teach how to identify someone who may be falling prey to radical extremists,” was to launch last week. But the launch has been put on hold, the Washington Post says, after blowback from critics who said it discriminated based on race and religion and focused on Islamic extremism while ignoring the far more prevalent forms of violence facing young people in American schools.

The FBI’s pause offers the bureau an opportunity to take stock of its efforts to detect extremism in children and to look at the blowback such efforts have engendered in the United Kingdom. Some experts suggest that the agency should scale back its efforts or scrap them entirely.

In a statement issued yesterday, the Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC), one of the organizations that had been invited to screen the program last month, praised its suspension, saying that it had “improperly characterized American Muslims as a suspect community,” and would have contributed to “bullying, bias, and religious profiling” of Muslim students if implemented in the classroom.


The Intercept


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Government policy 'negatively affects' Muslims



UK: Government policies, including those linked to security and extremism, are having a "negative impact" on British Muslims, a campaign body's report says.

More than 60% of the 1,782 respondents to the report from the Islamic Human Rights Commission (IHRC) said they felt politicians did not care about them.

Some 56% said they had experienced verbal abuse, and 18% had faced physical assault.

The Home Office said it was committed to combating "anti-Muslim hatred".

Of those questioned, 59% believed political policies had negatively impacted their lives. A smaller study by the organisation in 2010 recorded nearly a third of people as saying this.
In the latest survey, more than half (58%) said they had been treated with suspicion by society, while 93% said they had seen negative stereotypes of Muslims portrayed in the media.

The research, which was not conducted in the same way as standard opinion polls, also included in-depth interviews with 50 people.




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Muslim community wins day off of school on major holiday next year


Saqib Ali, a co-chair of the Equality for Eid Coalition, has pushed for a school closing in Montgomery County, Md., on Eid al-Adha, one of his faith’s two main holidays.

MARYLAND, US: Montgomery County schools won’t have classes on one of the Islamic faith’s major holidays next year, a significant victory for the local Muslim community after years of lobbying for the same treatment as Christians and Jews.

Montgomery’s Board of Education voted 6 to 2 to support a measure that would move a professional work day for teachers and administrators to Sept. 12, 2016, when the holy day of Eid al-Adha could fall next year. The holiday, which varies year to year and is based on a lunar calendar, is expected on Sept. 11, a Sunday, or on Sept. 12.

The decision marked a long-sought change in the 156,000-student suburban Washington school system, Maryland’s largest.

There are no exact numbers showing how many students and staff celebrate Muslim holy days in Montgomery, but Muslim leaders say their community is growing. They have requested that schools close on at least one of the religion’s two major Muslim holy days. School leaders have said they cannot, by law, close schools to observe religious holidays.

The district closes schools on major Christian and Jewish holidays such as Christmas and Yom Kippur, but officials cite state requirements or operational effects such as expectations of large absenteeism on those days.

Montgomery leaders made national news last year when they struck the names of religious holidays off of the county’s school calendar document in an attempt to show neutrality, a move that drew criticism, including from the Muslim community. The school system has created an additional online calendar on which users can view religious holidays and days of cultural celebration.

Muslim community leaders say that the issue is fairness and that, without a school closing, Muslim students must choose between their faith and their education when Eid al-Adha or Eid al-Fitr fall on a school day.

“I am very happy. I am in tears. I am thrilled,” said Samira Hussein, a co-chair of the Equality for Eid Coalition who said she began pushing for a Muslim school holiday two decades ago. “I cannot wait to see the children, the students in the classrooms, being happy and thankful for this day.”

During the board’s discussion, several members said it was time to act on the Muslim holiday request, even as the district continues to work on related issues of implementation.

“I’m really concerned that we are putting ourselves in a place that we give lip service to the diversity we have in this incredible community that we live in and serve, but in fact the most important things are the actions that we take,” said school board member Christopher S. Barclay, who offered the proposal.

Board member Jill Ortman-Fouse and others spoke of how long the matter has been under discussion. “It’s an issue of fairness,” she said. “I get off for all of my holidays. . . . Obviously it’s an issue of respect for members of our community who are very dedicated to our county and a very important part of our school system.”

Many of the more than two dozen members of the Muslim community who attended the board meeting Tuesday praised the outcome.

“It’s huge,” said Saqib Ali, a former state lawmaker who has been a leader of the effort. Without the change, he said, “my daughters are not equal to all of their little playmates in the neighbourhood, their Christian friends, their Jewish friends. Who could be against equality?”

Ali said he thinks the decision would touch off change in other school systems; New York City began giving students Muslim holidays off this year. “I think the fact that New York granted this helped the effort here, and I don’t think it’s going to stop here,” he said.


The Muslim Guy


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Islamic finance gains traction in search for alternative models


Malaysian prime minister highlights sector’s strong capitalisation and resilience during periods of volatility

MALAYSIA: Kuala Lumpur: Islamic financing is gaining traction even among non-Muslim countries in a bid to use sustainable and equitable form of alternative models, the Malaysian Prime Minister said on Tuesday.

London issued its second Islamic sukuk after its first bond issue was oversubscribed 14 times. In addition to London, Luxembourg and South Africa, Hong Kong has also issued sovereign sukuks.

“Ever since the global financial crisis in 2007-08 there has been a sharp demand for alternative economic and business model that reduces the level of speculation as conventional model that has inherent weakness,” Najib Razak told journalists.

“Over-leveraging is believed to have been the root cause of the disaster — but again, that is prohibited in Islamic finance. As a result, Islamic banks remained strongly capitalised and resilient against financial market volatility, while continuing to contribute positively to equitable and sustainable growth,” he said.

Sukuk is also gaining a foothold among corporates and supranational bodies, such as the Islamic Development Bank, the International Finance Corporation, and the International Finance Facility for Immunisation, a body under the World Bank which recently issued its second sukuk this September.

“Islamic finance is about genuine partnership where you share the risk and share the profits,” he said, adding “interest rate is not on the basis of cost of funds.”

In Malaysia, more non-Muslims use the Islamic finance products, showing wide spread support and acceptance, he added. The industry has clocked a growth of more than 17 per cent from 2009 through 2014.


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Komal Ahmad tackles food wastage


US: Komal Ahmad is from Pakistan. Like most other immigrant families in US, bringing food on the table was a daily struggle for her parents. She remembers how her father used to urge them to finish their food. Even while growing up, she did her bit to never waste food, only to realize that the amount of food wasted in America is more than enough to fill a football stadium to its brim, on an everyday basis.


But personal experiences trigger action more that statistics do. According to Independent, she met a homeless man near her college campus while she was studying at the University of California, in Berkeley. She took him out for lunch, where, as they ate, he told her how he was a soldier in the Iraq war, and had run into a rough patch. After this experience which ‘blew her mind’, she started an initiative in her college which allowed the dining hall to donate any excess food to local homeless shelters.

Taking this model and implementing this on a larger scale, She today runs a not-for-profit service called Feeding Forward. She told New York’s Daily News how excess food-wastage “is literally the world’s dumbest problem.” They have created an app which allows companies and event planners to donate their surplus food to those in need within their area – with the click of a button. Feeding Forward drivers collect the leftovers, taking them to where they are needed the most.

Actively solving the problem of both hunger and food wastage in the city, Feeding Forward currently serves those in the San Francisco area, and has managed to feed over 575,000 homeless people in the city. In a story featured on the CNET news website, Ahmad said, “We are trying to make the Bay Area a case study to say ‘Hey, if it works here, it can work anywhere.'”


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‘Lazy, stupid’ Malaysians turning to religious laws, says Zaid


The former law minister is a staunch critic of hudud

KUALA LUMPUR, March 19 — Former minister Datuk Zaid Ibrahim chided Malaysians today for becoming a “lazy, stupid and greedy” nation that is now prepared to let religious laws govern life.

Comparing Malaysia with his recent experience in neighbouring Vietnam, Zaid said this penchant for an easy fix has made Malaysians fascinated with religious laws that they think can somehow be a perfect panacea for the country’s many problems. “We have had no such periods of difficulty and life was never that hard for us… This benign state of affairs, however, has proven to be a curse because it has made us lazy, stupid and greedy!” the former law minister wrote in his blog.

According to Zaid, Malaysians live in a world of fantasy, believing that the country’s wealth will never run out and political leaders never need to be held accountable. “Lately, we have even become too lazy to think of all our problems, and we can’t be bothered to contemplate the potentially painful solutions we need to fix them,” said Zaid.

“We want easy answers for everything, which explains our newfound fascination for God’s laws. We want religious laws to regulate our lives and believe that, somehow, using God’s laws will make everything perfect.”

Zaid claimed that this fantasy manifested itself, among others, in the Malays’ purported belief that holy men should be their leaders, and moral policing would lead to honourable and corruption-free lives. “We fantasise that moralising is government business, and to gratify ourselves with a sense of power we believe that others are always less perfect than we are,” he added.

“We think it’s harmless to divide and rule the people as we have done since Independence, and that we can dispense with having national unity or a national identity.” The Kelantan state legislative assembly today passed amendments to the Shariah Criminal Code II 1993 to pave the way for the controversial implementation of hudud laws in the state.

Zaid is a staunch critic of hudud, with his column in English daily The Star today warning PAS that voters will punish it in the next general election for its insistence on pushing through its hudud plans in Kelantan.

The former Kota Baru MP also said that the Islamist party is desperate to remain relevant among voters, particularly in Kelantan, following the demise of the party’s spiritual leader Datuk Nik Aziz Nik Mat who wielded great influence in the Pakatan.


How U.S. Schools Can Avoid Britain’s Problems with Radicalization Screening


A view of the Mardan Palace Hotel in Antalya

TURKEY: Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz, who is due to arrive in Turkey soon for the upcoming G-20 summit, has reportedly rented the entire Mardan Palace Hotel in Antalya for his 18-day stay in the popular tourist destination.

The king, who is accompanied by a 1,000-member delegation, will pay $18 million for his stay at the luxury hotel, the Hürriyet daily reported on Saturday.

The 560-room hotel and villa complex, branded as one of the most luxurious hotels in the world, will be closed to other guests for 18 days.

Red carpets will be laid down in hallways in the hotel and even in the helipad so that the Saudi monarch will not have to touch asphalt when arriving at or departing from the hotel.

Hürriyet said the hotel personnel are being given special training and the rooms are being redecorated to accommodate the king's taste.

Mardan Palace was acquired this week by Turkey's Halkbank. Built by Russian Azerbaijani businessman Telman Ismailov at a cost of $1.4 billion in 2009, the flashy complex has been put up for sale by an Antalya bankruptcy court for TL 207 million worth of debt that Ismailov owed to another lender, Garanti Bankası.

In a one-bidder tender on Monday, Halkbank purchased the complex for TL 360 million. However, the bank will reportedly only pay TL 207 million to cover the hotel's old debts to Garanti, while it will write off its own receivables stemming from Ismailov's separate debts to Halkbank.

King Salman, head of one of the world's richest royal families, rented every room in the Four Seasons Hotel in Georgetown for himself and his entourage during a visit to Washington in September.

The king's luxurious taste stirred protests in France this summer, when more than 100,000 people signed a petition against the closure of a beach on the French Riviera to allow the monarch to holiday in private.



Brunei puts stop to Christmas celebrations to protect Muslims, religious ministry says


Brunei's Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah is pressing ahead with the implantation of Sharia law in the oil-rich sultanate

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 8 — Oil-rich Brunei has banned public celebrations of Christmas for fear of Muslims being led astray, its religious affairs ministry said today, in a country that last year controversially instituted tough Islamic sharia penalties.

The ban, instituted after Christmas last month when local children and adults were seen wearing clothes “that resemble Santa Claus”, raises fresh concerns of religious restrictions after last April’s announcement of the introduction of a penal code that will eventually include penalties such as the severing of limbs and death by stoning.

A spokesman declined to comment directly on the ban, but referred to a December 27 statement in which the ministry said the act of publicly marking non-Islamic rituals or festivities “can be seen as propagations of religions other than Islam.”

It noted in particular: “For example, in conjunction with Christmas celebrations, Muslim children, teenagers and adults can be seen wearing hats or clothes that resemble Santa Claus.”

“Believers of other religions that live under the rule of an Islamic country — according to Islam — may practice their religion or celebrate their religious festivities among their community, with the condition that the celebrations are not disclosed or displayed publicly to Muslims,” the statement said.

“Muslims should be careful not to follow celebrations such as these that are not in any way related to Islam... and could unknowingly damage the faith of Muslims.”

The statement also said that businesses that publicly displayed Christmas decorations were asked to take them down and had given their “full co-operation”.

The latest move comes after Brunei’s all-powerful Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah announced in April that he would push ahead with the introduction of a new criminal code which sparked rare domestic criticism of the fabulously wealthy ruler as well as international condemnation.


Q: Dear Kareema, I know that exercising during pregnancy is ok, but how much is ok?

A: Regular to moderate exercise throughout pregnancy is not only safe, it is recommended. Providing of course you have clearance from your doctor and follow through with your regular checks.

Listen to your body and keep your intake of water up at all times. Avoid raising your core temperature- so exercises like running, spin class, etc., need to be cut back.


Also, as you get further into your pregnancy you should not be lifting heavy weights.


Lying on your back may also put pressure on your vena cava (blood carrying vein), so use a gym ball or lay on an angle if needed.

Yoga, swimming and walking are great choices to carry through to the end of pregnancy.





My Health and Fitness

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

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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 2)


When you think of sugar, foods such as cakes, biscuits and chocolate are the first things that come to mind. However, there are a lot of hidden sugars in the majority of highly processed foods, even savoury biscuits and breakfast cereals.

Because sugars can be listed as many different chemical names, we, as consumers, may be inclined to believe that a food item contain little to no sugar. Ingredients ending with “–ose” such as sucrose, glucose, dextrose, and maltose are, in fact, sugars. Other ingredients to be wary of include syrups and juice concentrates.

When buying a product, look at the nutrition information panel and try to choose those with sugar content of 15g or less per 100g. Compare between the same types of food and use the ‘per 100g’ column.

No time to read labels? Simply choose natural or minimally processed foods when grocery shopping. That way much of the hidden refined sugars can be avoided.


Need an answer to a nutrition related matter?

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

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Why I read a book a day (and why you should too): the law of 33% | Tai Lopez | TEDxUBIWiltz





"A man who does not read is no better than a man who cannot read."

Would you like to see the cover of your favourite book on our book shelves below?

Then simply email the title and author to thebookclub@crescentsofbrisbane.org


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CCN has set up an online Book Club at Shelfari to connect with CCN book readers at:


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

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KB says: This recipe can be made ahead of time, frozen if needs be, thawed and baked when required.

Chicken and Pasta Casserole



1 cup chicken fillets cut into cubes.
1 tsp chilli garlic paste (½ tsp red ground chillies + ½ tsp ground garlic)
1 tsp lemon pepper
1 tsp chilli powder
1 tsp salt
3 tbsp. lemon juice
3 tbsp. tomato puree
2 tbsp. mayonnaise
2 tbsp. butter
125 ml fresh/pouring cream
Bell Pepper (red and green)
½ packet of pasta
Cheese to sprinkle



1. Marinate Chicken in all ingredients with the exception of the Butter and Cream for 1 hour.
2. Boil ½ packet of pasta, I used the spiral ones because the sauce sticks to it.
3. Heat Butter in a non-stick pan and cook chicken until done.
4. Add Red and Green Peppers (Julienne)
5. Marinade should reduce slightly and must not dry out completely.
6. Add Cream and toss in the Pasta.
7. Transfer to a Casserole Dish.
8. Grate some cheese over.
9. Bake in a pre-heated oven of 180degrees for 5 mins or until the cheese melts.
10. Serve Immediately

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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Mula Nasruddin: I need space.....

Wife: Join NASA !





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An Ayaat-a-Week





"And Allah advances those in guidance who seek guidance: and the things that endure, Good Deeds, are best in the sight of your Lord, as rewards, and best in respect of (their) eventual returns."

~ Surah Maryam 19:76


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" Nobody can destroy iron,

but its own rust can.

Likewise, none can destroy a person,

but his own mindset can."

~ Ratan Tata


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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

15 December



Keynote Speaker: Hon Curtis Pitt

Crescent Institute (BRISBANE)

Corrs Chambers Westgarth, 111 Eagle St



19 December



Grand Mawlid

Al Mustapha Academy Australia

48 Scrubby Creek Road, Browns Plains

0431 039 241


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



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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



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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.
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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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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