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Sunday, 27 March 2016


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Pakistan Cultural Gala

Births, Marriages, New Migrants and Condolences

The CCN Food for Thought

Coming CI Brisbane Event

The CCN Weekly News & Views Briefs

An Ayaat-a-Week

Haleemah X - Dear David

Jumma (Friday) Khutba (Lecture) Recordings

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What is a real AUSSIE?

 The CCN Inbox: Letters to the Editor

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Lockyer Valley Community Centre Appeal

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Women Area in Mosque: Too Many Restrictions? (Part 2/4)

Around the Muslim World & Muslims Around the World

The CCN Date Claimer

Container of Goods for Fiji Cyclone Victims

CCN Readers' Book Club

CCN on Facebook

Islamic Relief at Underwood Marketplace

KB's Culinary Corner

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'Shoebox4Syria': 2016 Eid Toy Campaign

Kareema's Keep Fit Column


An Important Du'a || Asking Allah For 'Aafiyah

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The Qld Pakistan Association held its inaugural function celebrating Pakistan National Day on the 23rd of March at Michael’s Oriental Restaurant. The event had stalls and a fashion parade to keep the guests entertained and Michael contributed with an authentic Pakistani menu.

More than 200 guests came along to celebrate the night and each of the attendees received a special gift of appreciation from the Association of a traditional Pakistani shoe key ring with the Association details attached (pictured right).

It was announced on the night that Her Excellency, Naela Chohan, the High Commissioner of Pakistan, had accepted the position of Patron of the Qld Pakistan Association. However, she was unable to attend the event as she was hosting her own function in Canberra and sent a letter of support and congratulations to the Association.


Also in attendance were Multicultural Affairs Minister, Grace Grace, Peter Russo MP, Member for Sunnybank, and Cr Kim Marx, representing the Lord Mayor of Brisbane.

On the night there was a free henna artist, a free photography wall, a map of Pakistan to highlight where everyone came from, and games and prizes for the audience. This was a first for the QPA, and the organisation was formally introduced on the night.


"The QPA thanks all our guests for their support and we look forward to many more functions for the community in the future," said Ms Yasmin Khan on behalf of the QPA.


Check the Association's Facebook Page for more photos from the night.


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Dr Soutphommassane was born to refugee parents fleeing Laos for France in 1982. He was resettled in Australia through a government initiative.

Graduating with First Class Honours in Sydney, Dr Tim completed his Master’s degree and PhD in Philosophy and Political Theory at Oxford University.

He was appointed Race Discrimination Commissioner in 2013, and argues that calls to repeal Section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act are ill-founded and ill-informed.


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So recently, the prime minister of England David Cameron, was reported to have said that the majority of Muslim women are traditionally submissive. When the prime minister speaks, we all hear his words. It is only fair that he hears mine. I am a Muslim woman, who has a Muslim mother, Muslim female family members, and i have personally met thousands and thousands of Muslim women. I've never met a submissive Muslim woman. So who is this so called majority?


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By Dr Jasser Auda

In the first part, Dr. Jasser Auda raised the question about where women prayer area should be located within the mosque and whether segregating women from men in mosques is acceptable. He listed 5 disadvantages of this practice and showed how the design of the Prophet’s Mosque was open for both males and females. In this article, an important advantage of such an open design is discussed. 

Women Learnt from Imam directly

As women had their share in the Prophet’s Mosque, they were able to see him as he preached. That is scientifically proven to help in maintaining attentiveness and proper communication. Some women used to directly learn the Quran from the recitation of the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him).


Hence, there is no need to isolate women within walls or curtains or to prevent them from sighting the Imam. It is proven that women used to see the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) in the Mosque, and that it had a positive impact on their acquisition of knowledge. They also benefited from, and were even quite careful to observe, attendance at the Mosque.

Drawing lines on the ground or using low barriers may be sufficient for organizing the areas of prayer for men and women to avoid any undesired dispute or crowding.

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About Dr. Jasser Auda
Jasser Auda is a Professor and Al-Shatibi Chair of Maqasid Studies at the International Peace College South Africa, the Executive Director of the Maqasid Institute, a global think tank based in London, and a Visiting Professor of Islamic Law at Carleton University in Canada. He is a Founding and Board Member of the International Union of Muslim Scholars, Member of the European Council for Fatwa and Research, Fellow of the Islamic Fiqh Academy of India, and General Secretary of Yaqazat Feker, a popular youth organization in Egypt. He has a PhD in the philosophy of Islamic law from University of Wales in the UK, and a PhD in systems analysis from University of Waterloo in Canada. Early in his life, he memorized the Quran and studied Fiqh, Usul and Hadith in the halaqas of Al-Azhar Mosque in Cairo. He previously worked as: Founding Director of the Maqasid Center in the Philosophy of Islamic Law in London; Founding Deputy Director of the Center for Islamic Ethics in Doha; professor at the University of Waterloo in Canada, Alexandria University in Egypt, Islamic University of Novi Pazar in Sanjaq, Qatar Faculty of Islamic Studies, and the American University of Sharjah. He lectured and trained on Islam, its law, spirituality and ethics in dozens of other universities and organizations around the world. He wrote 25 books in Arabic and English, some of which were translated to 25 languages.


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The Islamic Society of the Gold Coast, together with a Fijian based Church group from Burleigh, has arranged for a container of goods to be collected and shipped to cyclone victims in Fiji.

Your contributions to help fill this container are most welcome.

The container will leave the Mosque on 31 March.

Building materials, tools, building equipment and non perishable food items are required. Please deliver your items boxed and labelled so that it can be packed directly into the container.


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On Saturday the 19 March Islamic Relief QLD was at Underwood Market Place fundraising for a disability centre in Saida City, Lebanon.

Islamic Relief aims to create a fully staffed and equipped rehabilitation centre in Lebanon to support children with disabilities from any background. Lebanon is significantly impacted by refugee populations, including Palestinian, Iraqi, and Syrians.

The centre will provide daily therapy in: Physiotherapy, Speech Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Special Education, and Psychosocial Support. The centre will also train the parents so they can provide ongoing therapy to their children to assist in their recovery and support for years to come.

If you would like to donate to the cause, please contact Islamic Relief's Community Engagement Officer in Brisbane on 0456 426 523.


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Over 140 people registered for Al Kauthar Brisbane's 15th weekend course, last weekend. Sheikh Abdul Wahab Saleem, originally from Canada, presented The Spiritual Zone- The Inner Dimensions of Salaah.

Feedback from attendees was overwhelmingly positive, with much praise for the content of the course, the professionalism of the organisation and the comfortable mother's room.

The course covered the various aspects of attaining Khushoo' in ones Salaah, from the moment the Adhaan is called, through to Wudhu, intent, understanding the meanings of the prayer to the final salaam.

The next course will be held on the 14 and 15 May and is titled The Forgotten Jewels - Great Women in Islam, presented by Sheikh Daood Butt.


To register, please go to www.alkauthar.org.

For more information, email brisbane@alkauthar.org.


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The 2016 'Shoebox4Syria' campaign's aim is to contribute 20,000 shoeboxes from Australia to this international campaign "filled with Eid toys and lots of love", donations will then be transported directly into Syria by international aid workers.

The Melbourne community has pledged in excess of 3000 'Shoebox4Syria' toy gifts in under a week and now Brisbane, QLD has come on board to grow this initiative further.

The organizers are seeking assistance in spreading this message to the community through:

1.) Spreading the word, sending out the message to your school/masjid community
2.) Setting up a ‘drop of location’ at your organisation, this will include a simple storage container for boxes and some flyers on the wall, the area organiser will collect items from this on a regular basis up until the cut of dates.

The organizers are also accepting cash donations to the local area organisers or via this link which will contribute to the making of the boxes on donators' behalf and shipping costs.

This year the Queensland cut of dates for boxes donated is the 24th of April and cash donations is the 24th of April.


For more information about the campaign click here and how you can help click here.


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The reinvention of Islam: Interview with the Islamic scholar Ebrahim Moosa

Concepts like apostasy or blasphemy reveal that Islamic theology is caught in a mode of imperial Islamic political thinking, says US-based scholar Ebrahim Moosa. What is needed is a process of critical appraisal. Moosa asks that Muslims rediscover the great lessons of diversity in their history rather than following the reductionist versions that masquerade as Muslim theology today. Interview by Claudia Mende

Professor Moosa, in traditional Islam issues such as apostasy or blasphemy are considered a crime. How do you deal with these questions as a theologian?

Ebrahim Moosa: We need to think about these issues on two levels. One level is to grasp that what we call apostasy is actually part of imperial theology. Even in non-Muslim empires – think of the Christian imperial heritage – when someone left the faith, they were viewed as being disloyal to the empire. If you left your faith you were making a statement about the political. The situation was the same in both Islamic and Christian empires: apostasy was a political act of treason. Today too, we view political disloyalty as treason.

And the other level?

Moosa: The other level is to recognise that this imperial theology has expired with the emergence of the nation state: the idea of citizenship, new ideas of individual rights and a new way of understanding the role of the religious. These days Muslim theology adopts the following stance towards apostasy: if you change your faith then it is a matter between you and God; a change in faith is no longer regarded as an act of disloyalty to the political order.

In the modern nation state, religion is very much a personal and private affair, while state and civil society regulates the public sphere. We must not forget, however, that this idea is contested by some in West. Some Christians also expect certain Christian values to be adopted by the state. This would necessarily lead to a blurring of distinctions, creating a grey area between the public and the private.



Yasir Suleiman is acting president of the Doha Institute for Graduate Studies.

After Islamophobia comes the criminalisation of Arabic: Who will rescue Western societies from their Islamophobes?


By Yasir Suleiman

Discussing conflict, the Italian political theorist Antonio Gramsci (1891-1937) told us decades ago that when language comes to the fore as an issue in society, we should conclude that there are non-linguistic issues simmering under the surface.

The opposite is also true: conflict, whether political or social, can bring language to the fore as a site of non-linguistic meaning. In extreme cases, languages can be criminalised after their own people. Arabic, in the West, provides a sad example of emerging criminalisation.

Here is how the criminalisation argument runs: since Arabic is organically linked with Islam and Muslims as the language of faith, and since Islam and Muslims are linked with violent extremism and terrorism in Western societies, Arabic must therefore be linked with extremism, violence and terrorism.

This criminalisation of Arabic is a new dimension of Islamophobia which, in my view, has the capacity to evolve into a new stereotype in this ever-changing, ever-expanding corrosive phenomenon in Western societies.

Terrorist connotations

For well over a decade, the Western media have been reporting on the terrorist connotations of Arabic in the public sphere. Westerners have developed a sharper familiarity with the tones of spoken Arabic and a greater recognition of the Arabic script.

These capacities have been used in a profiling mode in ways that affect people negatively who are perceived to be Muslim or Arab, two categories of identification that are often conflated with one another.

Al Jazeera


Young And UnAustralian: Bigotry Is Driving Away A New Generation

Many young Australians are finding it increasingly difficult to identify with their country. Mostafa Rachwani explains.

“Who here identifies as an Australian?”

Discussions in one of the writing workshops I run at schools recently turned to identity and minorities, and I asked what I assumed to be an innocuous question.

To my surprise, not a single student put their hand up. Their answers ranged from feeling un-Australian due to appearance or culture, but most revolved around feeling disassociated with their perceptions of Australian values.

Some even referred to the immigration policy or Indigenous affairs as examples of the ways in which Australian policies did not align with their own set of values.

This was a class of mixed ethnicities, gender and cultural backgrounds, and not a single one of them felt Australian.

The workshop is run in many schools throughout Sydney, including public schools throughout the West, as well as Catholic and Jewish colleges. I posed the same question to all the classes I teach and overall, I received a more mixed message compared to the first class.

Nonetheless the question was always met with strong opinions, and a recurring powerful rejection of preconceived notions on how young people understand their identity.

At first I was perplexed. Not just because these students seemingly shared my existential quandary on identity and values, but that they also had fully formed opinions on the issue.

They all appeared to be bursting at the seams, expansively discussing such concepts with vigour and confidence. Their feedback consistently reflected a sense of eagerness to debate and share opinions.

Clearly, such discussions were not being had in class. Students expressed great pleasure in being able to freely discuss these topics, informing us these workshops were the only place they could express their sentiments on identity, culture, discrimination and bigotry.

More importantly however, it reflects a certain restrictive approach to discussions in class. Some students expressed anxiety at the thought of writing their thoughts for fear of teacher or student backlash in their school. This controlling attitude extends across all schools, private and public, and seemed to be embedded into schooling environments.

Although this may at first seem rather outrageous, a quick scan of the current political climate might give a bit of an explanation.

When such luminous characters as Cory Bernardi and George Christensen are frothing at the mouth at any suggestion their ideological crusades are not being heard, even if it means demanding an anti-bullying program get pulled, one starts to understand why students feel paranoid.

These immature bigots think discussions on the wellbeing of school students is an appropriate battleground for their ideological crusades. Their narratives are characterised by a tearing anxiety their life choices are no longer held up as the wider norm across Australia. Their voices, and many more of their ilk, oscillate between a squirming defence of their bigotry and a screaming tantrum reminiscent of a three-year-old denied a new toy.

The unfortunate ongoing consequences of this narrative has not just resulted in the Safe Schools embarrassment, but reaches out and tangles itself in many other facets of schooling life.

With the NSW government now rolling out “extremism guidelines” to school teachers, we have a teaching environment that is underscored by distrust and paranoia. It has left teachers the unnecessary role of watching student’s behaviour for any “signs of extremism” in addition to their normal jobs.

Ridiculously, these guidelines also refer to anti-social behaviour or racial comments as being characteristic of violent extremism. What, then, of those students who felt they could not identity as Australian, that questioned what entails Australian values? Such rudimentary parameters would lead them all to be branded violent extremists.

Notwithstanding the fact these guidelines only exacerbate the issues that cause violent extremism, it also leads to a distrust of discussion itself. No longer are classrooms a hub of discussion and debate, a safe space for students and their ideas.

Conversations are restricted as teachers seek to avoid having to brand any of their students as extremist or otherwise. More importantly however, students now also seek to shun discussions as they attempt to avoid coming under scrutiny.

The New Matilda



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Dr. Samir Iqbal

Chereen's interview with Dr. Samir Iqbal, the Pakistani-American scientist who developed a device to diagnose cancer rapidly. Iqbal worked on the project with Young-tae Kim, a UTA associate professor in the Bioengineering Department; Muhymin Islam, a STEM doctoral candidate; and engineering students Muhammad Motasim Bellah, Adeel Sajid and Muhammad Raziul Hasan.

Chereen: Please tell me a bit about yourself.

Dr. Iqbal: I was born and raised in Bahrain. My dad was an expat working in research health; he worked as a pharmacist. I was 14 when I moved to Pakistan with my family and settled into a fairly large town. That was where we I got my schooling and college done. I was fortunate to be in a very active community. In college, I was one of the founders of the Anti-pollution movement, which [went] against the mafia cutting down trees. We also went after the chemical industry people who would just throw their chemicals into the water streams without treatment.

I also would get students engaged in donating blood, because there was a major disconnect in the country with patient care and people donating blood to the hospitals. I was very active when I was in college. People used to ring our bell at two in the morning and my parents would know that it was for me. It could have been that someone needed blood, or someone was in need of help.

Chereen: What motivated you to be this active?

Dr. Iqbal: I think that I was born this way, alhamdulilah. My parents were supportive of whatever I was doing. Our family is like that. I remember seeing my dad volunteer at a Pakistani school in Bahrain that was not very well funded. He would spend his time and type up every exam on an old cyclose style machine. This inspired me to do more. I was in high school when I started teaching my uncle's three kids. That was the beginning because they were my very first students.

Chereen: Can you explain the process? I feel like the groundwork started early on to prepare you for something that is so profound and in-depth.

Dr. Iqbal: There is a plan, Allahu khairul makirin. Allah Subhana wa Ta'ala has his plan. We don't know sometimes and we get anxious sometimes, but there is always something larger than we can see. I was in my bachelor's of science when I got selected for the naval service. The navy training is very competitive, with many steps you have to go through even to be selected and join the academy. I appreciated the opportunity because it made a man out of a boy.

We have to spend time at high seas to appreciate what we have on land. Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) says it in the Qur'an that when we are on ships, when we are on sea, we beg for Him to bring us on stable ground. When we are on stable ground, we become arrogant again. Those that have not been at sea have no idea what that means. Being on the other side taught me a lot about life.


Chereen: From speaking to you, I can tell that you really do apply a lot of effort and that is something that is very important to you. Can you tell me more about that?





Source: Muslim Matters


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The foundation of al-Mansur’s ‘Round City’ in 762 was a glorious milestone in the history of urban design. It developed into the cultural centre of the world



The round city of Baghdad in the 10th century, the peak of the Abbasid Caliphate. Illustration: Jean Soutif/Science Photo Library

If Baghdad today is a byword for inner-city decay and violence on an unspeakable scale, its foundation 1,250 years ago was a glorious milestone in the history of urban design. More than that, it was a landmark for civilisation, the birth of a city that would quickly become the cultural lodestar of the world.

Contrary to popular belief, Baghdad is old but not ancient. Founded in AD762 by the Abbasid caliph al-Mansur “The Victorious” as the new seat of his Islamic empire, in Mesopotamian terms it is more arriviste than grande dame – an upstart compared to Nineveh, Ur and Babylon (seventh, fourth and third millennium BC respectively).

Baghdad is a mere baby, too, when compared with Uruk, another ancient Mesopotamian urban settlement, which lays claim to being one of the world’s earliest cities and which was, sometime around 3,200BC, the largest urban centre on earth with a population estimated at up to 80,000. Some think the Arabic title for Babylonia, al-Iraq, is derived from its name.

We know a huge amount about the city’s meticulous and inspired planning thanks to detailed records of its construction. We are told, for instance, that when Mansur was hunting for his new capital, sailing up and down the Tigris to find a suitable site, he was initially advised of the favourable location and climate by a community of Nestorian monks who long predated Muslims in the area.

According to the ninth-century Arab geographer and historian Yaqubi, author of The Book of Countries, its trade-friendly position on the Tigris close to the Euphrates gave it the potential to be “the crossroads of the universe”. This was a retrospective endorsement. By the time Yaqubi was writing, Baghdad, City of Peace, had already become the centre of the world, capital of the pre-eminent Dar al-Islam, home to pioneering scientists, astronomers, poets, mathematicians, musicians, historians, legalists and philosophers.

Once Mansur had agreed the site, it was time to embark on the design. Again we are told that this was entirely the caliph’s work. Under strict supervision he had workers trace the plans of his round city on the ground in lines of cinders. The perfect circle was a tribute to the geometric teachings of Euclid, whom he had studied and admired. He then walked through this ground-level plan, indicated his approval and ordered cotton balls soaked in naphtha (liquid petroleum) to be placed along the outlines and set alight to mark the position of the massively fortified double outer walls.

On 30 July 762, after the royal astrologers had declared this the most auspicious date for building work to begin, Mansur offered up a prayer to Allah, laid the ceremonial first brick and ordered the assembled workers to get cracking.

The scale of this great urban project is one of the most distinctive aspects of the story of Baghdad. With a circumference of four miles, the massive brick walls rising up from the banks of the Tigris were the defining signature of Mansur’s Round City. According to 11th-century scholar Al Khatib al Baghdadi – whose History of Baghdad is a mine of information on the construction of the city – each course consisted of 162,000 bricks for the first third of the wall’s height, 150,000 for the second third and 140,000 for the final section, bonded together with bundles of reeds. The outer wall was 80ft high, crowned with battlements and flanked by bastions. A deep moat ringed the outer wall perimeter.



Source: The Guardian


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We saw this photo of halal tableware by local company Claytan, being displayed at an exhibition on this blog. Claytan was founded in (then) Malaya in 1920 to manufacture ceramics, then later subsoil pipes (all those underground water pipes).

True enough, they have the halal cert displayed on their website. It was authenticated by the Religious Department of Johor.


Source: Cilisos


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MVSLIM's list of Muslim women who achieved great things in 2015.

2. Nadiya Hussain



Ready, set, bake!

Nadiya sets up the highlight of TV entertainment of 2015, conquering cakes and tough competition at “The Great British Bake Off”. Her bright and exciting personality as well as her colorful cakes and chocolate sculptures inspired by her exciting sense of culture has won over the hearts of millions.


What puts Nadiya as one of the top 10 is her flying success throughout this year and her ambition to continue to do so in 2016. Having signed a publishing deal with Michael Joseph and hoping to start a cooking show with Bake Off Finalist Tamil Ray, the Bake Off would certainly not be the last thing we hear from Nadiya.

NEXT WEEK: Ibtihaj Muhammad



Source: MVSLI


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The world's most beautiful mosques (CONTINUED FROM LAST WEEK)



Faisal Mosque, Pakistan
The world's fourth largest mosque stands against a backdrop of the Margalla Hills in Pakistan's capital city, Islamabad. Its contemporary design was conceived of by Turkish architect Vedat Dalokay, and its eight-sided concrete shell is inspired by a Bedouin tent and the cubic Ka'aba in Mecca. The Faisal Mosque is described in the book The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini


Source: Telegraph UK


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Friday khutbah (sermon)

DATE: 25 March 2016

TOPIC"7 Blessings of Good Manners (Husnul Khuoluq)"

IMAM: Akram Buksh 














Friday khutbah (sermon)

DATE: 25 March 2016

TOPIC"Enter Islam completely"

IMAM: Uzair Akbar


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Friday khutbah (sermon)

DATE: 25 March 2016

TOPIC: “What is it, to have a religious mind?"

IMAM: Mufti Junaid Akbar


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



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Visiting a Mosque Abroad: “Islam Has Always Been Part of Cuba’s History”




CUBA: Imam Yahya Pedro Lazo Torres is the president of La Liga Islamica de Cuba. A stately man in his 60s, I watched him greet neighbours and friends as he made his way over to the old townhouse, which served as one of only two fully operative mosques in the island-nation’s capital of Havana.

I was in Cuba to attend a two week spring term trip through my university and the partnering organization, Witness for Peace. Despite recent normalization efforts between the U.S. and Cuba and the re-opening of the embassies in both countries last summer, travel to the island was still operative of pre-normalization laws. When I told friends and family that I would be visiting a mosque in Cuba, many were wary – a result of reports, sometimes exaggerated, of state suppression of religion on the island.

Gradual shifts in state policy however, from active promotion of atheism in the 1960s to the eventual allowance of religious peoples’ membership in the Communist Party in the 90s have led to the opening of many religious communities today. Reverend Joel Suarez, founder of the Martin Luther King Center and the aptly named Ebenezer Baptist Church in Havana, who would also serve as our host, told us that religion had always been alive on the island. Until recently, however, most of it was kept underground.

The MLK Center and the mosque were both located in predominantly black neighborhoods. Association with African heritage through religion is not uncommon among Afro-Cubans and is often a means of resistance to the lingering effects of Spanish colonialism– what the great Cuban thinker Fernando Ortiz called, a ‘failed transculturation’, as well as the racialized economic imperialism of US American intervention in the past century. Imam Yahya would later explain how, while it is uncommon today, Islam has always been part of Cuba’s history, citing evidence of Muslims arriving as early as the 12th century, and then again during the trans-Atlantic slave trade in which 10-15% of slaves were Muslim.

It was fitting then, that Imam Yahya first learned about Islam from West African Muslims who arrived to study on the island after the revolution. He explained how these students, many of whom came to study medicine and benefit from the famed medical schools, were keen on bringing literature and copies of the Quran to share with Cubans. After accepting the new religion he developed a thirst for religious knowledge and began to study and learn on his own, despite minimal access to literature and scholarship.

Raul Castro’s meeting with Pope Francis last Spring was widely seen as a positive step towards opening these religious spaces, and his meeting a month prior with Turkish President Recep Erdogan included talks of building an Ottoman style mosque as well. An architect by profession, Ali described his own dreams for designing the first fully operative mosque on the island.

With what many view as hopeful signs for the religious faithful in Cuba, and for the burgeoning Muslim community in particular, only time will tell how these communities will respond to the exciting changes that are sure to come. For now, says Imam Yahya, “we follow God and his Prophet, and have trust in our faith.”

Source: MVSLIM

Afghanistan T20 cricket team offering prayers with Inzamam leading






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 Forcing Muslims to wear badges - Public Experiment



I wanted to see if people would act like Nazis if they were paid to. So I went around and asked people to discriminate against a muslim...for $40. I made these "muslim badges" to eerily remind people of what Hitler did during the Holocaust, and to show what Donald Trump's proposal would entail. At the end of the video, I then stood outside a couple mosques myself and told muslims to wear the badge. Their reactions were much different. I've been reading a lot on Donald Trump lately about how he wants to ban Muslims from entering the US. He also wants all Muslim-Americans to register with the government...so we can keep surveillance of them. This is obviously wrong...but If a guy went up to you and offered you money, would you do it? (This is my first video on youtube, and first time using a video camera/external mic, so please excuse some of the mess-ups)


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Croydon man arrested after confronting Muslim woman and telling her to 'explain Brussels' 



Matthew Doyle tells the Telegraph that Twitter's 140 character limit made the encounter sound vastly different to how he thought it went


UK: A man who tweeted about stopping a Muslim woman in the street yesterday, challenging her to "explain Brussels", and lambasted on Twitter for his comments, has responded to the criticism today, insisting he is not some 'far right merchant'.

Matthew Doyle, partner at a south London-based talent & PR agency, posted a tweet on Wednesday morning saying: "I confronted a Muslim woman in Croydon yesterday. I asked her to explain Brussels. She said 'nothing to do with me'. A mealy mouthed reply."

He was later arrested.

His tweet referred to yesterday's bomb attacks on the Belgian capital's main airport and Metro system that left at least 34 people dead and 198 injured. His comment went viral, being retweeted hundreds of times before he eventually deleted it.

Mr Doyle told the Telegraph he had no idea his tweet would be the "hand grenade" it has proven to be - and that Twitter's 140 character limit made the encounter sound vastly different to how he thought it went.

"What everyone's got wrong about this is I didn't confront the woman," he said. "I just said: 'Excuse me, can I ask what you thought about the incident in Brussels?'"

"She was white, and British, wearing a hijab - and she told me it was nothing to do with her.

"I said 'thank you for explaining that' - and her little boy said goodbye to me as we went out separate ways."

On Wednesday afternoon, he says, someone who's been outraged by his comments "turned up at my door, gave me a load of abuse and tried to throw a punch at me."

As for his more inflammatory tweets, Mr Doyle claims they're intended as a joke, which people who know him would understand as "that's absolutely not who I am."

"I'm not some far-right merchant, I'm not a mouthpiece for any kind of racism or radicalism," he says. "If I was xenophobic I wouldn't live in London.

"I have a Muslim neighbour who got burgled, and I was one of the first people to go around to help."

However, he says he does believe Muslims aren't doing enough to speak out against terrorism.

"The horror that happened in Brussels could happen here," he adds, "and your naive if you think London isn't on some terror shortlist."

"Croydon" quickly became a trending topic follwing Mr Doyle's post as scores of people bombarded the Twitter with replies and retorts. 


 Many people started spoofing Mr Doyle's tweet, in increasingly absurd fashion:








The Telegraph UK


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Stop trying to be like Arabs, Ruler advises Malays


Sweet celebration: Sultan Ibrahim cutting a cake with Permaisuri of Johor Raja Zarith Sofiah Almarhum Sultan Idris Shah beside him during the Royal Tea Party to mark his birthday at Dataran Bandaraya. Looking on (second left) is Johor Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin.


JOHOR BARU, MALAYSIA: The Sultan of Johor has called on Malays not to discard their unique culture, saying he was disturbed by those who want to stop Muslims from the salam practice despite it being a traditional way of greeting each other.

Sultan Ibrahim Ibni Almarhum Sultan Iskandar said he was sticking to “my customs and traditions as a Malay because I’m born Malay.”

“If there are some of you who wish to be an Arab and practise Arab culture, and do not wish to follow our Malay customs and traditions, that is up to you.

“I also welcome you to live in Saudi Arabia.

“That is your right but I believe there are Malays who are proud of the Malay culture. At least I am real and not a hypocrite and the people of Johor know who their ruler is,” he said.

He said, for example, he preferred to use terms like Hari Raya instead of Eid al-Fitr, or buka puasa instead of iftar.

“I have been using these Malay terms since I was a child and speaking to my late father for the past 50 years.

“I have no intention of replacing these terms with Arabic,” he said.

His Royal Highness said religious faith was not based on external criteria such as clothing to display one’s relationship with God, saying “what is in the heart and mind is more important.”

He stressed that it was wrong to judge someone.

“God will judge you. If you want to advise someone, then call them to the side and whisper, do not embarrass them,” he added.

Sultan Ibrahim said that during his annual Kembara Mahkota, he shook the hands of thousands of people including women.

“Why must I change? You do not have to be fanatic. If they (women) are not sure, I ask if they want to shake my hands. If they do not want to shake my hands, there is no problem,” he added.

Asked to comment on the recent controversy where Crown Prince Tunku Ismail was criticised by those on social media for shaking hands with JDT player Mohd Safiq Rahim’s wife, Sultan Ibrahim said that she approached him.

“He only extended his hand out. Why criticise? I am sure this is the work of some sour grapes from other places who are jealous of JDT football team,” he added.

Sultan Ibrahim said that this was the Johor way and his message to those who did not want to shake his hands is to simply stay away.

Soon after the incident, Tunku Ismail posted a video on Facebook which showed him shaking hands, in a satirical way, with two women with an oversized glove.

Sultan Ibrahim also expressed his displeasure at the Batu Pahat Public Works Department (JKR) for recently putting up a notice reminding Muslim women about the sin of not covering their hair, which was mounted on a signboard along a road here.

“This is wrong. This is not their role. Since when is JKR involved in this?” he asked.

State Public Works, Rural and Regional Development committee chairman Datuk Hasni Mohammad later said the officer in charge of the matter was directed to take down the notice.

“Since when is JKR, whether at state or district level, being put in charge of religious matters? Their main job is to make sure the roads are properly maintained and not worry about women’s hair,” Sultan Ibrahim said.

The Sultan said he had confidence and faith in Malaysians because the majority of them were decent and religious people.

Likewise, he said that “it is not the business of government departments to worry about people’s dressing. Just do what you are paid to do and mind your own business”.

On a recent meeting with religious groups in UAE, Sultan Ibrahim said the Arabs were becoming more open nowadays.

“They are opening up. Previously women in Saudi Arabia were not allowed to drive but they are gradually allowing it. Some women are even joining politics,” he said, adding that the situation was also the same in Iran.

Source: The Star ONLINE


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South African Airports with Halaal food and Prayer facilities



SOUTH AFRICA: Traveling around the country used to be exciting and glamorous and certainly not a weekly occurrence. You had to be a serious jet-setter with heavy moneybags to afford it. Now it has become par for the course and is as ho hum as catching the train. For many it starts out with excitement as part of a new job that includes lots of travel, meeting new people and seeing new places and often deteriorates into lonely and and exhausting trips away from home and family. And one of the many things to contend with is having food on the run. At conferences and business meetings where your dietary needs as a Muslim is seldom taken into account.

At least the airports in South Africa have picked up on this, whether consciously as a business strategy or unconsciously, they have become quite halaal friendly over the last few years. Unless you’re in some remote part of the country at a tiny little airport with one Cessna, it’s not that difficult to get some halaal food to sort you out on a layover. Even prayer rooms have been modernised to take into account the need for ablution (wudu) facilities.

Here is a list of all the airports in South Africa where you can make Salaah comfortably and get some halaal nosh.


Hungry for Halal

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Deradicalising Britain: the activists turning young Muslims away from extremism 


While David Cameron urges Muslim people to do more to fight extremism, volunteers such as Jahan Mahmood are working tirelessly to steer young people away from a destructive path – and doing it much more effectively than the government’s own highly distrusted counter-terrorism scheme


 Jahan Mahmood (left), who has helped stop people like Sabeel (right) from moving towards extremism


UK:  Jahan Mahmood doesn’t bring out his stash of unexploded shells straight away. That part – and to be clear, his ordnance collection is strictly deactivated – comes later on in the evening.

We’re in a community centre in Sparkbrook, Birmingham, the heating’s on the blink and the group is less than half the size it was supposed to be – because of me. Mahmood is giving a counter-extremism talk – a presentation that, he says, has previously put young men off going to fight in Syria – but many of the agreed attendees cancelled at the last minute. Among young Muslims in this community, with its heavy surveillance and Syria-related terror raids, mistrust is running high: the worry is that if you talk about such issues in front of a journalist, the next thing you know, you’re on a watch list.

This evening, half a dozen young men in their 20s are listening, captivated, as Mahmood, a military history researcher, shows them a series of images depicting Muslim fighters on the British side during the two world wars.


There is a picture of Khudadad Khan (right), from what is now Pakistan, the first Indian Army recipient of the Victoria Cross – he single-handedly manned a machine gun post in Belgium in 1914 long enough for reinforcements to arrive, preventing a German breakthrough that might have led to attacks on the UK.


Mahmood notes the significance of people who were subjugated by the British empire, joining the fight for British freedoms. Next there’s a slide of a graveyard in Italy full of young Muslim boys from Pakistan who died fighting the Nazis during the second world war; Punjabi Muslims formed the largest component of the British army outside of the UK in both world wars.


And there is a photo of King George V (left) wearing a Muslim turban – he had a close relationship with the Muslim military elite – taken during the first world war. “If the EDL [English Defence League] saw this, they’d have a heart attack!” jokes Mahmood.


This work isn’t part of any government counter-radicalisation programme – because, Mahmood says, if it were, it would have no credibility or impact.


The UK’s counter-terror programme, Prevent, has been so widely criticised that the terror watchdog recently called for an independent review, citing concern that the policy is counterproductive, causing fear and mistrust.


Rolled out by the then Labour government following the London bombings in 2005, the £40m-a-year programme is now known as “MI5 Islam”, so prevalent is the feeling that it is a programme of surveillance on Muslims.


The Guardian


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Qari Asim: Bringing faiths together in a day of positive action




UK: FOR Christians, Lent is a period of self-discipline, marked by fasting, self-control, repentance and prayer. Luxury or rich foods – such as chocolates, dairy and meat products – are often avoided by those taking part.

Muslims also fast every year during the month of Ramadan when they abstain from eating and drinking from dawn to sunset. The act of “fasting” has multiple purposes: it is a means to detox one’s body and purify the soul; it teaches self-restraint and it increases people’s compassion for those who have been deprived of their daily means of survival.

As there are a number of similarities between Lent and Ramadan, the #Muslims4Lent campaign was started in the USA a couple of years ago and quickly spread around the world.

In solidarity with the season of Lent, some young Muslims in Leeds have given up pleasures from their daily lives to demonstrate their commitment to peace and solidarity with others. The #Muslims4Lent campaign is running for 40 days and those Muslims and Christians participating have been using this time to help better understand the common practices and principles within Christianity and Islam, to celebrate inter-faith work and the universality of faith.

In keeping with the spirit of Lent, a number of faith institutions across Britain will also take part in “Sadaqa Day” – a Muslim-led day of social action focused on bringing smiles to people’s faces.

Inspired by the Jewish Mitzvah Day, it encourages people to demonstrate the universal values, as well as the British values, of giving, sharing and caring for others.

Initiatives include donating cash, baking cakes, helping others with shopping, painting a nursery garden, feeding a homeless person or a refugee, cleaning up the streets or sitting by the side of a sick person. In short, it is about doing good, reaching out and giving time and money to help others.

In the current climate, when violence is unfairly associated with Islam and Muslims are labelled as extremists, or they are being considered as the “fifth column” by some, it may sound strange to many that Islam’s core values include giving, sharing and caring for others. “Sadaqa is due on every joint of a person, every day the sun rises”, instructs the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him).


Yorkshire Evening Post

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'No-one told me I was going to be interviewed by a Muslim'


Moment Burma democracy heroine Suu Kyi lost her cool with BBC's Mishal Husain after being quizzed over violence towards Muslim minority

Heated: Burmese politician Aung San Suu Kyi and Today presenter Mishal Husain had a heated exchange


BURMA: She is a Nobel Peace Prize laureate and a beacon of saintly integrity in the West who remained under house arrest for 15 years in her native Burma.

However, there is another side to Burmese politician Aung San Suu Kyi that sits at odds with her iconic image.

After the BBC Today presenter Mishal Husain gave Suu Kyi a rough ride during a BBC interview, Suu Kyi lost her composure and was heard to mutter angrily off-air: ‘No one told me I was going to be interviewed by a Muslim.’

The spat between the two prominent and famously elegant Asian women has only just emerged, and followed a heated interview with the 70-year-old president of Myanmar’s National League for Democracy on the Today programme, according to a new book, The Lady And The Generals: Aung San Suu Kyi And Burma’s Struggle For Freedom, by Peter Popham.

Suu Kyi’s equivocal attitude towards the violence suffered by Burma’s Muslim minority has alarmed even her most dedicated fans.

Interview: Husain (right) was interviewing Suu Kyi for Radio 4's Today programme in October 2013 (pictured)

When she was repeatedly asked by Husain to condemn anti-Islamic sentiment and the wave of mob-led massacres of Muslims in Myanmar, she declined to do so. ‘I think there are many, many Buddhists who have also left the country for various reasons,’ she replied. ‘This is a result of our sufferings under a dictatorial regime.’

Much of the country’s huge Buddhist majority dislikes its small Muslim community with a passion, so it is thought Suu Kyi did not want to alienate her supporters.

Muslims are only 4 per cent of Burma’s population. The Rohingya Muslims, who have borne the brunt of the violence, are a smaller minority still. The Rohingya are explicitly forbidden from becoming citizens of Burma and have no political weight whatsoever.

Husain, 43, was the first Muslim presenter of Radio 4’s Today programme.

But while often seen as a symbol of the BBC’s commitment to diversity, she is, herself, thumpingly posh.

The mother-of-three and Northampton-born daughter of Pakistani parents was educated at private school and Cambridge University, where she read law.



Daily Mail UK


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Q: Dear Kareema, I’m on track with my fitness levels and goals and am now looking at toning my arms. Which are some exercises I can do to aid in achieving this goal
of mine?

A: Tennis is known to sculpt and tone arms, so I suggest you give it a go. It’s good for working chest and shoulders too which is a great advantage. While not primarily
aerobic, it can still help burn calories along with fat, and less fat will get your muscles noticed no matter what activity you do.

Boxing is another challenging workout with guaranteed results for shaping and toning arms and upper body. So get on your boxing gloves and get punching, whether it be
with a workout buddy or punching bag.






My Health and Fitness

Tel: 0404 844 786


Need an answer to a fitness related matter?

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

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


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Fitria Sari

Accredited Practising Dietician & Nutritionist

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

What’s the hype about: Acai?


Acai berries (pronounce ah-sigh-ee) are small round purple berries which emerged as a popular superfood in the last few years. There are claims that it contains high amounts of antioxidants associated with cancer prevention, anti-ageing and weight loss properties. With all the hype acai-d, is this berry as super as it cracks up to be?

Currently, there is not enough scientific evidence which show acai berries having any extra health benefits different from other fruits. Realistically speaking, not only acai berries but all plant foods in general are rich sources of antioxidants. Therefore, having a diet filled with lots of wholesome fresh fruits and vegetables is likely to provide you with plenty of antioxidants for your body.


In terms of anti-ageing, we all know growing old is a natural process of life and no amount of berries can stop that; although, having a nutritious diet and being physically active does help to maintain muscle mass, metabolism and support healthy ageing. Acai can be included as part of a healthy diet to help achieve and maintain a healthy weight, however acai berries itself are not imperative for weight loss.

Overall, I don’t believe acai berries should be classified as a ‘superfood’ per se; however, you can include it in your diet as a serving of fruit as we need 2 serves of fruit each day. Just remember that one certain food is not going to be the solution to all health problems, however, having a balanced healthy diet and a physically active lifestyle will definitely help!

This is my last piece for the series of “what’s the hype about?” I hope you all have enjoyed this series and that it provided you with greater insight into the real deal behind some of the popular ‘superfoods’.


From now on, my column will only feature monthly, so keep your eyes peeled at the end of each month for more Fitria on Food articles!


Need an answer to a nutrition related matter?

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

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


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Remember that prevention is the best self-defense. Attackers, whatever their objectives, are looking for unsuspecting, vulnerable targets. So be sure to follow general safety tips like being aware of your surroundings, only walking and parking in well-lit areas, keeping your keys in hand as you approach your door or car, varying your route and times of travel, and other personal security precautions.


Click here for contact and registration details for Southside Academy of COMBAT



According Australian bureau of statistics women made up 83% of sexual assault victims in 2014 and since then the number has risen.
Southside Academy of Combat is introducing a 4 week women's self/street defence course.
Training will include:
* hand to hand combat
* weapons defence
* risk assessing
* street awareness
The instructors will be female and will be conducted in a private training area.


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 The CCN Book of the Week


 Debating Moderate Islam: The Geopolitics of Islam and the West  


 M A Muqtedar Khan (Editor)



After 9/11, many Americans took the view that the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon were the leading edge of a new war: Islam versus the West.


Yet the attacks were also part of the current struggle within Islam between fundamentalist and moderate approaches and were staged for maximum effect in the Muslim world.

This book is based on a special-topic issue of the American Journal of Islamic Social Sciences (Fall 2005), and brings together prominent Muslim voices from the policy and academic communities to debate the nature of moderate Islam and what moderation means in both a theological and a geopolitical sense.


Participants reflect on the future of political Islam, its role in Muslim politics, western policies in the Muslim world, and the future of American-Muslim relations. This book and the debate it presents are vital to understanding these complex issues.


"One who does not read is no better than one 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


Double click a book cover to find out what others think of the book

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


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

The CCN Readers' Book Club



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KB says: Be prepared - these spicy hot chicken wings are not for the faint of heart. But they make an excellent appetizer. 

Chili BBQ Chicken Wings


6 full wings
Wash, drain and pat completely dry

Heat ½ cup BBQ sauce in a pan

Add a blob of butter
1 tsp honey
2 tsp chili powder

And let it heat through

Add wings and turn up the heat

Cook quickly until the wings have absorbed all of the sauce

Scatter with coriander and sesame seeds, and serve with your favourite sauce and chips.

Do you have a recipe to share with CCN readers?


Send in your favourite recipe to me at kbcooks@crescentsofbrisbane.org and be my "guest chef" for the week.

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Jallalludin: Happy birthday, habibi.


Mrs Jallalludin: Aww, thank you, hayete, what did you get me? Huh huh huh?


Jallalludin: It was going to be a surprise, but you remember that pink Mercedes you wanted so badly?


Mrs Jallalludin: OMG, OMG, OMG, OMG! YES, YES YES! I am screaming right now! OMG!


Jallalludin: Well I got you a toothbrush, same colour.


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An Ayaat-a-Week





Those who believe (in the Qur'an), and those who follow and the Jewish (scriptures), and the Christians and the Sabians, any who believe in Allah and the Last Day, and work righteousness, shall have their reward with their Lord: on them shall be no fear, nor shall they grieve.

~ Surah Al-Baqarah 2:62


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A cynic as a person who knows the price of everything

and the value of nothing.

~ Oscar Wilde


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25-28 March


Annual Brisbane Ijtema

Islamic Society of Darra

Darra Mosque, DARRA


All Day

7 April



"Race Relations - The Challenges and Opportunities for Australia" - Dr Tim Soutphommassane


Crescent Institute

Brisbane CBD

Book here

0407 458 011


9 April



April Meet & Greet New Muslims


New Muslim Care

Rochedale Mosque, LOGAN RD

0431 747 356

11.30am to 2pm

10 April


3rd Int’l Food Festival and Garden City Mosque Open Day

Islamic Society of Toowoomba Inc

Garden City Mosque, TOOWOOMBA

0421 081 048

All Day

30 April & 1 May

Sat & Sun

ICQ Brighter Future Summit

Islamic Council of QLD (ICQ)


0403 361 786


3 May


Lailatul Mehraj (27th Rajab 1437)

7 May


Palestinian political advocacy and charity dinner


Islamic College of Brisbane, KARAWATHA

0413 874 008


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

21 May



Holland Park Fund Raiser

Islamic Society of Holland Park

Islamic College of Brisbane, KARAWATHA

0418 785 434


22 May



High Tea

Islamic Relief

The Hilton Brisbane

0433 182 520

1pm to 5pm

21 May


Nisf Sha'ban 1437 / Laylat al-Bara'at (15th Sha'ban 1437)

4 June


Muslimah Night Bazaar



0405 816 102



6 June


1st Ramadan 1437

1 July


Laylat al-Qadr - Night of Power 1436 (27th Ramadan 1437)

6 July


Eid al-Fitr 1437 (1st Shawwal 1437)

9 July


ICQ Eid Festival

Islamic Council of QLD (ICQ)




20 & 21 August

Sat & Sun

The Divine Light
Sh Wasim Kempson

Al Kauthar Brisbane

Griffith University NATHAN

0438 698 328

All day

12 September


Eid al-Adha 1437 (10th Zilhijja 1437)

3 October


1st Muharram 1438 – Islamic New Year 1438

12 October


Day of Ashura

12 December


Birth of the Prophet (pbuh) / Milad un Nabi



1. All Islamic Event dates given above are tentative and subject to the sighting of the moon.

2. The Islamic date changes to the next day starting in the evenings after maghrib. Therefore, except for Lailatul Mehraj, Lailatul Bhahraat and Lailatul Qadr – these dates refer to the commencement of the event starting in the evening of the corresponding day.


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Al-Mustapha Institute of Brisbane 

39 Bushmills Court, Hillcrest Qld 4118

• Zikr - every Thursday 7pm, families welcome
• Hifz, Quran Reading & Madressa - Wednesday & Friday 4:30 - 6:30pm, brothers, sisters and children
• New Muslims Program - last Thursday of every month, 6:30 - 8:30pm
• Salawat Majlis - first Saturday of every month. Starting at Mughrib, families welcome
• Islamic Studies - one year course, Saturday 10:00 - 2:00 pm, brothers and sisters
• Ilm-e-Deen, Alims Degree Course - Three full-time and part-time nationally accredited courses, brothers

For further information:
Phone 07) 3809 4600
Email info@almustapha.org.au



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


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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




Queensland Police Service/Muslim Community Consultative Group


Next Meeting


Time: 7.00pm
Date: Tuesday 29 March 2016
Venue: Islamic College of Brisbane - 45 Acacia Road Karawatha

Draft agenda:

Standing items:
• ICQ report
• ADCQ report
• AFP report
• QPS report

Please send any topics you wish to be added to the agenda to be discussed on the night.


Light refreshments will be available.




For more information and RSVP:

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



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Sunnah Inspirations

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

Kuraby Mosque

Holland Park Mosque


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

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

AFIC Schools

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

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

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

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

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

Karratha Muslims (Muslims in Western Australia)

Islam TV

Recording of lectures and events in and around Queensland

Muslim Directory Australia

Carers Queensland

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

Brisbane Muslim Burial Society (BMBS)

Muslim Charitable Foundation (MCF)

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

Islamic Medical Association of Queensland (IMAQ)

Network of Muslim healthcare professionals

Al-Imdaad Foundation (Australia)

Australian Muslim Youth Network (AMYN)

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

Islamic Council of Queensland (ICQ)  

Umbrella body representing various Mosques and Societies in Queensland

Current list of businesses certified halal by ICQ  7 August 2011

Islamic Friendship Association of Australia

Blog of the Association's activities

United Muslims of Brisbane

Crescents of Brisbane's CRESCAFE (Facebook)

Muslim Women's eNewsletter

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

Islamic Solutions

Articles and Audio recordings

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)

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 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

iCare QLD (formerly AYIA Foundation) -


Slacks Creek Mosque

Mosque and Community Centre

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It is the usual policy of CCN to include from time to time, notices of events that some readers may find interesting or relevant. Such notices are often posted as received. Including such messages or providing the details of such events does not necessarily imply endorsement of the contents of these events by either CCN or Crescents of Brisbane Inc.


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