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Restrictions lifted on operation of Maroochydore mosque

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

‘Disgusting’ anti-Islamic banner mars Pies win

Jumma (Friday) Khutba (Lecture) Recordings

Events and Functions

Toowoomba Mosque Food Festival

 The CCN Inbox: Letters to the Editor

Islamic Programmes, Education & Services

Legal action to recover financial claims by Ikebal Patel

 The CCN Classifieds

Businesses and Services

Inclusivity youth summit on Religion and Ethics Report

Around the Muslim World & Muslims Around the World

The CCN Date Claimer

Girls vilified by gang of youths in Norlane racist attack

CCN Readers' Book Club

CCN on Facebook

AIIC Harmony Day

KB's Culinary Corner

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Former politician hell-bent on stopping 'Muslim Invasion'

Kareema's Keep Fit Column


Brisbane domestic violence memorial

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The Maroochydore mosque site

THE Sunshine Coast's first mosque has had its restrictive operating hours as part of its development approval lifted.

This will allow Muslims to be able to pray five times a day in Maroochydore instead of between 12pm and 3pm on Fridays.

The Sunshine Coast Council approved the Place of Worship development application for the Church Street site on June 23, but imposed strict conditions limiting the hours of worship and the number of people who could attend.

The Muslim Organisation Sunshine Coast (MoSC) took this to the Planning and Environment Court in August and now the council has renegotiated.
"After considering its legal advice, it became clear there would be little prospect of the council successfully defending its position in the Planning and Environment Court and that any such defence would result in significant cost to ratepayers," a council spokesman said.

"Council has therefore sought to negotiate a settlement of the matter with the applicant.

"Those negotiations have resulted in limiting the number of adults on buses for school excursions; limiting daily prayer sessions to five and clarifying that amplified sound is to be consistent with a normal speaking voice. "

The council acknowledged the mosque was a controversial issue and there were a "variety of views within the community in relation to this application".

"That said, the council has equally acknowledged that the Sunshine Coast is an open, inclusive and welcoming community that is underpinned by a strong sense of personal freedom, a profound belief in our democratic institutions and the rights of individuals and an unwavering commitment to the rule of law - Australian law."

MoSC President Ben Nitschke could not be reached for comment, but former president and member Orhan Dilbaz welcomed the changes.

"I can't see any reason why the council wouldn't give us permission to pray when we chose to," he said.

Source: Gympie Times


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Fresh from Harmony Day, Crescent Institute welcomes Australian Race Discrimination Commissioner Tim Soutphommasane in Brisbane, April 7. Along with a night of networking, Dr Tim will discuss the challenges and opportunities for Race Relations in Australia - with Q&A from the audience to follow.


When: Thursday, 7 April 2016 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM (AEST)


Where: Corrs Chambers Westgarth - 42/111 Eagle St, Brisbane


Register here: http://bit.ly/1XIISed

The vision of the Crescent Institute is to be Australia's accessible pre-eminent networking and thought leadership group. The Institute manages an extensive network of thought provoking events and activities. It welcomes the Race Discrimination Commissioner in the Brisbane CBD.

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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The offensive banner appeared prominently at the MCG.

Collingwood’s last-gasp win over Richmond on Friday night was overshadowed by an offensive anti-Muslim banner unfurled at the MCG.

A photo of the banner – which bore the acronym UPF, for United Patriots Front – read “Go Pies, Stop the Mosques” and was displayed under the scoreboard during the match’s second quarter.

The picture (as seen above) was widely circulated on social media on Friday evening.

MCG officials said the banner was removed and that those holding it were ejected from the venue.

The patrons were removed “for displaying material that was deemed to be racist and offensive to others,” the ground said.

It is unclear how many people were thrown out in connection with the banner, or how long it was on display for.




Collingwood president Eddie McGuire told The Age that those who unfurled the banner should be banned from football for life.

He added that the message sent was “disgraceful”, but they were not necessarily Collingwood fans.

The AFL reaction

The AFL condemned the incident in a short statement, released on Friday evening.

“The AFL is aware that an offensive banner was displayed at the MCG during tonight’s rd2 game between Richmond and Collingwood,” it read.

“Match day security removed the banner when they became aware of it and evicted the patrons responsible.

“The AFL condemns the behaviour in the strongest terms and such actions have no place in society, and not in our game.”


Source: The New Daily


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Mosque tour and explanations/illustration of ablutions and prayers – Imam Abdul Kader
Activities – International food, information booth, jumping castle, women decoration, police demo, formal presentation, mosque tour, community engagement.

Event sponsors are MAQ, USQ, MCCA

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Ikebal Patel

29 March 2016

As you would be aware AFIC had instituted proceedings against Ikebal Patel for the recovery of funds. You may also be aware that the two main witnesses in the case against Patel were Amjad Mehboob and Agim Garana.

Since November last year, AFIC has been embroiled in litigation with Mr Garana and now Mr Mehboob. This has left AFIC in the invidious position of having to give serious consideration to the fact that Mr Garana and Mr Mehboob will no longer be willing witnesses in the case for AFIC against Mr Patel. As they were the two main witnesses, this will of course make the case against Mr Patel untenable.


Accordingly, the AFIC Board has decided to discontinue proceedings.

We must however stress that it should be known to all that AFIC will always be determined to use its best endeavours to pursue its rights in legal proceedings against any parties who may seek to cause damage to AFIC.

Source: AFIC




Muslims Australia condemns terrorist attack in Pakistan: Press Release


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An idea to empower all children whose first language is not English, got the thumbs up from about 100 school children last week at a forum on inclusivity.


The interview includes Rabbi Zalman Kastel from the Together for Humanity Foundation, various students and Jihad Dib MP at NSW Parliament


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Aima Sadiq-Ali, Walija Iqbalali and Nadia Aliahmed were attacked in a park in Norlane

MELBOURNE: Three young girls have been vilified in a horrifying attack by a gang of youths in a suburban park.

The girls were punched and had their headdresses forcibly removed in the attack, which was carried out by about 10 youths, some thought to be as young as seven.

Police said the girls, aged 15, 12 and 11, were at a park in the Geelong suburb of Norlane about 5.30pm on March 23 when they were approached by the gang.

The youths began to punch the girls, and stole and smashed their mobile phones when they tried to call police.

They racially vilified the girls, removed their headdresses, and threw rocks at them before leaving the Sparks Road Reserve.

Ten-year-old Aima Sadiq-Ali told 7 News that she and her mother had been left scared by the attack.

"They hit us and their mum was saying rude words to us; 'go back to your country, go back to your country," she said.

"I couldn't even control myself because I was really upset," another victim, Nadia Aliahmed, 15, told 7 News.





Acting Senior Sergeant Jonathan Parish said it was a sickening attack.

"They're young girls - they should be able to go to a local park and enjoy their time in the community without being subject to this kind of behaviour," he said.

Aima and Nadia were wearing chadors, which is a large piece of cloth worn by some Muslim women, wrapped around the body to leave only the face exposed.

Police believe a woman was with the group of youths at the time of the incident.

Senior Sergeant Parish said all three girls suffered minor injuries and were left shaken by the attack.

"The seriousness of what has occurred relates to the vilification and the racial motivation of the attack," he said.

Kuranda Seyit, secretary of the Islamic Council of Victoria, said the attack was a disturbing but isolated incident.

"It's concerning that these types of incidents still occur but I think that by and large the majority of Australians and Victorians are equally as appalled as we are," Mr Seyit said.

"These are young people that are misinformed and have the wrong perception of Muslims and the wrong ideas and have unfairly targeted these young girls."

Mr Seyit said he would like to see Australians work together to stamp out racist vilification, which affected people from many different faiths and backgrounds, and support the victims of the Norlane attack.

"They should not feel like this is in any way their fault and should be proud of their identity and continue to wear the clothes that they want to wear," he said.

The B'nai B'rith Anti-Defamation Commission, a Jewish anti-bigotry group, said all Australians should be able to go out in public without fear of being targeted for abuse because of their religion or background.

"We must never allow such intolerance to find a home in Australia," ADC chairman Dvir Abramovich said.

Anyone with information can call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Source: The Age


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On Monday the 21st of March, A.I.I.C. celebrated Harmony Day and took part in the National Day of Action Against Bullying for the second year running. The School Captains gave a speech about the importance of harmony and the strong stance we are taking against bullying at our school. This was followed by role plays and videos enacting anti-bullying strategies by the primary and secondary student council.


The A.I.I.C nasheed group also performed two songs on stage, including the nasheed ‘Rasoolullah’ and the uplifting ‘Orange Ribbon Song’ which had all students joining in. The assembly was followed by class visits to country displays in the hall.


Each year level had taken responsibility for preparing a stall on a country which participates in the Olympic games. Teachers and students had tremendous fun visiting the Harmony Day stalls and doing the activities prepared, including face painting, flag colouring, henna design, writing their name using Japanese letters and tasting food from different cultures.


The day was topped off by afternoon cultural and Olympic sporting activities with country versing country. Students went home with a smile on their face and stronger team spirit in their hearts.


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A wannabe Queensland politician, hell-bent on stopping all things Islamic "invading" one of Australia's popular tourist meccas, is ramping up his campaign ahead of the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

John Abbott, a candidate who lost by a mile in last week's Gold Coast mayoral race, has been exposed by A Current Affair as a troublemaker in the past.

Fifteen years ago, Mr Abbott made his first appearance on the show as the former leader of male vigilante clan, 'the Blackshirts'.

Parading around Melbourne with a gang of men in black masks, Mr Abbott was eventually arrested for terrorising women – which in 2002, he claimed was a result of "shame campaigns" waged by the group to expose morally corrupted women.

But now, in addition to his men's rights activism, Mr Abbott has turned his attention to what he believes is the greatest challenge currently facing Australia.

"This nation is not big enough," Mr Abbott told A Current Affair. "Nor is the world, in my view, that will house Christianity and Islam."

"We need to remind them that we welcome them. As Christians."

"Eventually there's going to be a reckoning, as I see it. Eventually it's going to be us or them."

With more than 500,000 Muslims a year flying in from overseas, the Gold Coast has been booming by consciously catering to their religious needs.

Popular theme parks are Muslim-friendly, most restaurants offer Halal menu choices and prayer rooms are conveniently located right across the coast.

But, unsurprisingly, Mr Abbott opposes it all.

"I am guided by the values and principles of Christianity. They are gentle, they're tolerant, they allow people to be themselves, they allow all of us to think and grow as we please," Mr Abbott said. "It doesn't come along and dictate any terms."

"I think Islam or the people of Islam need to realise they are guests in our home," Mr Abbott said.

However, Mr Abbott's public voicing of his views have not come without their critics - including Gold Coast mayor Tom Tate, who was re-elected by a wide margin.

Mayor Tate is determined for Australia and the rest of the world to know that his former opponent's radical anti-Islam views are not expressed by the rest of the Gold Coast.

As does Gold Coast Islamic leader, Imam Imran Hosein, who finds Mr Abbott's views even more ludicrous ahead of the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

"How are we going to ban Muslims from the Commonwealth Games? Half the countries are Muslim," Imam Hosein said.

Imam Hosein has extended an olive branch to Mr Abbott, offering to help educate him on Islam. However, given his strongly-held views it is doubtful the anti-Islam crusader would accept.

"Come out to the mosque, we invite him here. Nothing to be scared of. Have a halal meal," Imam Hosein said.

Source: MSN


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People attend the official unveiling of Brisbane's first domestic violence memorial.

Women were remembered on Wednesday at the unveiling of a domestic violence memorial in Brisbane.

Brisbane Times


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Human Appeal International Australia hosted its 9th Annual Year 12 Muslim Achievement Awards in Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide between and 19th and the 20th of this month. Students who achieved an ATAR score of 90% or above in 2015 were encouraged to register for the awards. Various respected members of the community, leaders, politicians and businesses attended ceremonies in the three cities, acknowledging the amazing efforts of these high achieving students. A total of one hundred and thirty-five students, twenty-nine more than last year, were honoured for their hard work and rewarded with a certificate of recognition, a tablet-notebook and various other prizes.


Mashaal Hamayun, ATAR of 99.8.

The ceremony in Sydney acknowledged a total of sixty-seven students, with Omar Al-Jamal as the master of ceremonies on the night. Attendees included NSW Shadow Minister for Education Jihad Dib MP, Shadow Minister for Multiculturalism Sophie Cotsis MLC, Deputy Mayor of Canterbury Councillor Khodr Saleh, and other distinguished guests. The Grand Mufti of Australia, Dr Ibrahim Abu Mohammed and NSW Minister for Education, Adrian Piccoli MP both extended their apologies. The night opened with a Quranic recitation by award recipient, Riad Naanai, followed by the translation read out by another recipient Aishah Ali. Human Appeal’s director, Bashar Al-Jamal welcomed guests and explained why investing in education is an important strategy to enhancing the sustainability and growth of communities. Various speeches were given by Jihad Dib MP, Sophie Cotsis MLC, Dr Zachariah Matthews from Deen Academy, Mona Abdel-Fattah from the Australian International Academy and Dr Belal Aly, a sponsor from Berala Dental Clinic. The Sounds of Light 2016 Talent Quest winner, 11-year-old Jamal El-Sankari, performed a nasheed at the award ceremony. He sang a song with an immense joy and passion and stole the hearts of the audience.


Muslim Achievement Awards event in Sydney, hosted by Human Appeal International Australia

Visiting scholar Dr Abdullah Aljohani from Madinah University also conveyed his congratulations and well wishes to the students and their families. Students were presented their certificates and gifts by local sponsors. Award recipients Mashaal Hamayun and Omar Elrich both spoke passionately about their achievements and the dedicated focus that it required. Muhammad Elhajje, a current student at the University of Sydney spoke movingly about his participation in Human Appeal’s 2016 Aspiring Leaders Umrah Tour which included helping to distribute much needed aid to Syrian refugees in Jordan. Overall, the night was a fantastic opportunity for parents and the community to celebrate with joy in the proud achievements of these students.

In Melbourne, the event acknowledged sixty-one students. The ceremony was MC’d by Noor Abou-Zeid and opened with Quranic recitation by Abdul Rahman Malas. In attendance were federal member for Wills Kelvin Thomson MP, Moreland Mayor Samantha Ratnam, Labor candidate Peter Khalil and other dignitaries. Sheikh Rabih Baytie, Human Appeal’s Melbourne branch manager welcomed guests and spoke about the importance of education and giving back to the community. Other speakers included Dr Aladin Zayegh from MCCA, Bayram Aktepe from the Islamic Council of Victoria and Umar Batchelor from BAILP. A number of videos were shown including one which featured AFL footballer Bachar Houli and his role in inspiring and motivating students. Students were similarly awarded their certificates and gifts by local sponsors. Award recipients Alisha Rawal and Yusuf Hassan both delivered eloquent speeches about achievement and the importance of continuing education life-long.


The Adelaide event, hosted by Human Appeal International Australia.

In Adelaide, seven students were likewise awarded certificates and gifts sponsored by local sponsors. Branch manager of Human Appeal’s Adelaide office, Ali Kadir MC’d the event. The ceremony was opened with the recitation of the Quran by university student and Umrah participant, Abdul Salam Hamid. Annabel Digance, representing the Premier of South Australia Jay Weatherill spoke on the night as well as Imam Ensar Cutahija from the Adelaide City Mosque. Sounds of Light Adelaide 2015 nasheed artist Izzat Mehedi sang a song which he wrote specifically for the event. Abdel Rahman Bassal, senior manager with SA Digital Telehealth Network spoke about the importance of coupling religious knowledge with academic knowledge in order to help change the world for the better. Shihab Siddiquee, founder of Sace Simplified, spoke and encouraged the schools and students present to get behind his program which helps students through the confusion and prepares them for life after year 12. University of South Australia student, Abdul Salam Hamid reflected on his participation of the 2016 Aspiring Leaders Umrah Tour.

Sources: Muslim Village and Australasian Muslim Times


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While Muslim women are as religious as Muslim men, Christian women are even more religious than their male peers, according to a new study by Pew Research Center, in Washington, DC.

Overall, women are more religious than men by several standard measures of what it means to be a religious person, says the study, but the relationship between religion and gender is more complex than commonly assumed.

The study took data from six different groups (Christians, Muslims, Buddhists, Hindus, Jews and the religiously unaffiliated). Data on affiliation in 192 countries were collected from censuses, demographic surveys and general population surveys as part of the Center’s multiyear study projecting the size and geographic distribution of the world’s major religious groups from 2010 to 2050.

While women generally are more devout, the report finds men display higher levels of religious commitment in some countries and religious groups. In other contexts, there are few, if any, discernible gender differences on religious measures.

Measuring levels of religious commitment in widely differing societies and faiths is a tricky endeavour. Rather than use a single indicator, the new report looks at a variety of measures, including religious affiliation, frequency of worship service attendance, frequency of prayer and whether religion plays an important role in a person’s life.

On all the standard measures of religious commitment examined in the study, Christian women are more religious than Christian men. By contrast, Muslim women and Muslim men show similar levels of religiousness on all  measures of commitment except frequency of attendance at worship services. Because of religious norms, Muslim men attend services at a mosque much more often than Muslim women do.

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Key note address by Dr Mohamad Abdalla at the QIS Queensland Parliamentary Ifthaar dinner held in 2015 at Parliament House


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As part of ‘Pop Islam’, the dedicated film program running in conjunction with ‘The 8th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art’, the Gallery is hosting two special film screenings, both Australian Premieres –

Muhammad: The Messenger of God
AUSTRALIAN PREMIERE | Friday 8 April 2016 | Australian Cinémathèque, GOMA | FREE


Majid Majidi’s Muhammad: The Messenger of God 2015 is a lavish retelling of the Prophet’s life, from his birth to early adolescence before the founding of Islam. Drawing inspiration from the Hollywood biblical epics of the 1950s and 1960s, the film uses episodic flashbacks of poignant and spiritual moments with dramatic sequences and legendary battles. The first in a trilogy, this big budget Iranian film was shot on a set recreating the sixth century near the Iranian city of Qom by veteran cinematographer Vittorio Storaro and features a soundtrack by renowned Indian composer A R Rahman.

Muhammad: The Messenger of God is one of only a handful of films to honour the Prophet’s life, an absence due to the contentious issue of how he might be physically represented on screen. Majidi consulted with numerous theologians from all areas of the Muslim faith before making the film, settling on a customised camera system that shows the story unfolding from the visual perspective of young Muhammad. While the film is still not without its controversies, its sincere desire to share Islamic teachings and values are timely in the current landscape of global misinformation and unrest.

Muhammad: The Messenger of God is the most expensive movie made in Iran and has been chosen by the country to be put forward for the 2016 Academy Awards.

Wael Shawky: Cabaret Crusades
AUSTRALIAN PREMIERE | Sunday 10 April 2016 |Australian Cinémathèque, GOMA | FREE


Egyptian artist Wael Shawky is acclaimed internationally for his films and installations exploring political, religious and historical narratives. Over the past six years, Shawky has been developing Cabaret Crusades 2010-15, a monumental project inspired by French-Lebanese author Amin Maalouf’s seminal 1983 text ‘Les croisades vues par les arabes (The Crusades through Arab Eyes)’.


Using exquisitely-made wood, ceramic and glass marionettes, Shawky’s trilogy re-enacts events from the Crusades of the Middle Ages, beginning with attempts to establish Christian rule throughout the Holy Land in 1095 and ending with the destruction of Constantinople by Venetian Crusaders in 1204. The resulting trilogy is a work of major significance, deftly blending film and theatre, literature and music that open up an important lens on the complex political landscape of the Middle East today.

Special three part screening for the Australian Premiere:

Cabaret Crusades: The Horror Show File 2010
1.00pm, Sunday 10 April 2016 (32mins)

Cabaret Crusades: The Path to Cairo 2012
1.45pm, Sunday 10 April 2016 (58mins)

Cabaret Crusades: The Secrets of Karbalaa 2015
3.00pm, Sunday 10 April 2016 (120mins)


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Op-Eds; Commentaries & Blogs


Yasir Qadhi is an American Muslim scholar and writer of Pakistani descent, and Dean of Academic Affairs at the Al-Maghrib Institute, an Islamic educational institution. He has written books and has lectured on Islam and contemporary Muslim issues.


Sheikh Dr Yasir Qadhi on South African Muslims



WOMEN IN ISLAM: What do You see?

By Shifa L Mustapha Written for website “What do you see – Islam”

A Muslim woman has just come into view. You look at her. You see that she is young; that she wears the traditional “hejab” or cover. All you can see of her is her face and hands as she pushes a pram in which sits a small child smiling up at you. Her face is pleasant and you wonder about the lifestyle of this young woman and why she appears to be so serene in view of the fact that the voices of those around you are speaking scathingly of her in tones which surely she must hear.

You find yourself contemplating this strange situation. What is it about Islam that causes these women to live so contrary to modern Western fashion? Are they being forced into this situation by their fathers or husbands? You think about the woman you have just seen and somehow you know in your heart that this is not so – not in this case at least. It is apparent by her demeanour that she is confident and at peace within herself.

Your questions have often been echoed by others and you realize that the subject of women in Islam has, over the years, been a hot topic of conversation for both men and women who are not, themselves, Muslim. The words, “oppressed”, “degraded”, “mere chattels” are some which spring to the minds of many who have been steadily fed negative morsels of information from anti-Islamic sources. What is the truth of the matter? We invite you to look and evaluate for yourself. It is only when all facts of the matter are fully revealed to you that it will be possible for you to make an informed judgement.



Khaled Al-Asad from Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare

Shooting the Arabs: How video games perpetuate Muslim stereotypes

"Muslim blood is the cheapest in the world."

Islam has an image problem. And it's not just recent world events that have led to an undue level of scrutiny and prejudice. The media has been pigeonholing Muslims for years. You need only watch a few episodes of 24 or Homeland to see that Muslims, particularly those of Arab descent, are almost always painted as the enemy.

"The current political and cultural climate is the reason in media we are the bad guys right now," said Rami Ismail, a co-founder of Vlambeer, an independent game studio based in the Netherlands. The same broad brush, he says, applies to video games too. The Call of Duty franchise, for example, is rife with Muslim villains -- like Khaled Al-Asad in Modern Warfare. "That's Call of Duty, over and over. Shoot all the Arabs," said Ismail. "Muslim blood is the cheapest in the world."

Ismail spoke last week on a panel at the annual Game Developers Conference about Muslim representation in video games. The presentation's tone was a sombre one. "The current election has been fueled by certain prejudices," said Imad Khan, a freelance journalist for the Daily Dot who moderated the panel. "There have been some latent animosity that has erupted in the past year leading to untoward criticism and actual violence."

"We are often just reduced to four or five stereotypes," said Dr. Romana Ramzan, a game design lecturer at Glasgow Caledonian University in the UK. "It's usually summed up by the clothes we wear. So if you're a woman, you wear a hijab [...] If you're a man, you have a beard or wear your national dress." She added that Muslims are also often portrayed as aggressive and violent. "In games, we will be represented as the 'other' people who are the ones you have to kill. Usually it's a slightly dark-skinned character shouting Allahu Akbar, carrying an AK-47. Or he has a camel or a goat."

When asked about the appearance of seemingly Muslim characters in fighting games like Zafina from Tekken 6, Ramzan said that her real issue is that a Muslim doesn't look like any one particular person. Muslims are not necessarily Arab, and Arabs are not necessarily Muslim.

"Why do we need to be represented by our faith?" she asks. "Why can't we be represented by our nationalities? Why can't it be what might a female from Pakistan look like, or from Lebanon, or Tunisia? We are all so diverse. No one's really sitting around thinking what does a Christian character look like." She gave an example of when she visited Morocco, and she saw women who were fully clothed from head to toe, and she also saw women who wore backless dresses and miniskirts. "It doesn't make them non-Muslims. It's just the way they are."


"Muslim is not a people," Ismail said. "It's 1.6 billion people across the world with various nationalities, backgrounds, languages. Not all Muslims speak Arabic." For example, Ismail said, the world's largest Muslim nation is Indonesia, which is not anywhere near the Middle East. "People just don't realize that."

It's not just the portrayal of Muslims that is problematic. In several video games, images of the Arab and Muslim world are often inaccurate. The above screenshot of Karachi in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, for example, has Arabic written over it. But Arabic isn't spoken in Pakistan, which is where Karachi is located. In fact, Pakistanis speak mostly in English and Urdu. Farah Khalaf, a Palestinian-Iraqi game developer from New Zealand, said that she often wishes games would depict Middle Eastern cities as they really are, instead of sandy deserts. "If you show people an image of Beirut, they'll be surprised that it's modern!"

Still, video game portrayals of Muslims aren't all bad. Khan says Ubisoft did a good job with Assassin's Creed's Altair character. "It's this story of this orphan, who grew up in the Assassin Order. I thought it was really well done." It also portrayed Istanbul as a vibrant, gleaming city and featured a couple of historical characters like Suleiman the Magnificent and Selim II from the Ottoman Empire. Even Assassin's Creed wasn't completely free from error, however. Ismail pointed out it was odd to find out that Altair's father had the same last name (Ibn-La'Ahad) as him, since having the same name as your parents goes against Arabic naming conventions. Khan thought that was surprising, considering everything else in the game was well researched.

Another example of a positive portrayal of a Muslim character is Faridah Malik in Deus Ex: Human Revolution. She's a chief helicopter pilot described as a third-generation American born in Dearborn, Michigan, who's also a faithful practicing Muslim. Ismail does think she fits the stereotype of the "Good Muslim" -- oh, she's Westernized and therefore she must be good -- but likes the character nonetheless.

Khan also singled out upcoming titles like The Sun Also Rises (about civilians caught in the Afghan war), Dujanah (the story of a girl living in a Muslim country) and Saudi Girls Revolution (where the main characters are female motorcycle heroes who drive across post-apocalyptic Saudi Arabia) that show a different side of the Muslim world. The last in particular is a game developed by a Saudi prince, which Ismail said could inspire change.

"The industry just needs greater diversity," said Rahman. "We're not going to be telling interesting narratives without it."

Ismail agrees. "Diversity is number one. If you're going to make a game about a country, talk to somebody from that country. If you're going to have a foreign language, have someone who can read it. If you're going to have a religion in the game, get someone who understands it."

"These are very simple things," he said. "Just be a human being."



Why Muslims Should Never Have To Apologize for Terrorism

Picture this
: You wake up in the morning to hear your wife screaming at you because it’s pouring rain outside. She hates the rain and now her day is ruined because of you. You go downstairs only to hear your children yell at you because they broke the toaster. They can’t have waffles now and it’s all your fault. On the way to work, you stop and fill up gas only to hear everyone at the gas station curse you out because gas prices have risen. You arrive at work only to see all your coworkers gathered around your desk demanding that you apologize for the printer being jammed. On the way home from work, everyone on the highway screams at you because they are upset with the rush hour traffic.

Quite a ridiculous scenario, right? Can you imagine always being blamed for things that you have absolutely no control over? Can you imagine always being asked to apologize for these things? Can you imagine being hated whether or not you do apologize? This is what being a Muslim in America today feels like.

I am a proud American, raised in Texas. I’m a college student. I’m a humanitarian. I’m an aspiring physician. I’m someone who hopes to revolutionize access to medicine and healthcare in the United States and in war-torn countries across the world. I also am a M-u-s-l-i-m, one of over 1.6 billion who are blamed whenever an act of terrorism occurs as if we are nothing more than this 6-letter word hijacked by those who wrongly use our religion to justify their heinous crimes.

As a Muslim American who continually strives to do everything I can for the betterment of my community and this nation, I am tired of being asked to apologize and condemn terrorism that I have absolutely nothing to do with.

Here Are Five Reasons Why Muslims Should Never Have To Apologize for Terrorism:

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Dr. Elham Manea has dual nationalities, Yemeni and Swiss. Besides her engagement as an associate professor at the University of Zurich specialised on the Middle East, she is also a writer, and a human rights activist. She propagates the concept of a humanistic Islam.

Time to Face the ISIS Inside of Us

“We are ISIS.”

A startling statement? Yet this was the title of an article written by former Kuwaiti Minister of Information, Saad bin Tafla al Ajami, published in 7 August 2014 by the Qatari newspaper al Sharq. He was not celebrating the Islamic state of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS), nor the atrocities it is committing against civilians and minorities in Iraq and Syria.

He was reminding us that ISIS, while condemned by the majority of Muslims, is a product of an Islamic religious discourse that dominated our public sphere in the last decades — a mainstream discourse!

ISIS “did not come from another planet,” he said. “It is not a product of the infidel West or a bygone orient,” he insisted.

No, “the truth that we can not deny is: ISIS learned from our schools, prayed in our mosques, listened to our media... and our religious platforms, read from our books and references, and followed Fatwas (religious edicts) we produced.”

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  The nikah of Farhad, son of Mr & Mrs Mohammed Yusuf, and Natasha, daughter of Mr & Mrs Mahbub Ali, was performed by Imam Abu Gazaleh on Sunday 19 March 2016 at Rochdale Mosque.


 The nikah of Farzana, daughter of Mr Faisal and Mrs Julie Hatia, and Ali Abu Hussein, son of Ms Reem Masoud, was performed by Imam Yusuf Peer on Sunday 27 March 2016 at Rochedale Mosque.




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 Dr Maqsud ul Hasan passed away in a car accident in Pakistan. May Almighty Allah grant him Maghfirah and the highest place in Jannah. May Allah Ta'ala grant his family Sabrun Jameel. His lost has left the Muslim Gold Coast community shaken as he was a great asset to us all. (Imam Imran Husain of the Gold Coast Mosque)




If you would like to record a birth, marriage, engagement or someone's passing please email ccn@crescentsofbrisbane.org with the details.



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By GirlTalkHQ


This is a conversation we have been planning to share with our readers for a while, but we needed to find the best person to have it with. Given that it is an election year in the US, and there is so much heightened fear around the world because of the rising power of ISIS in Syria and neighbouring countries, the influx of Syrian refugees into Europe, and the staunch anti-immigrant rhetoric coming from certain conservative politicians (most notably Donald Trump who wants to ban all Muslims from entering the United States), we recognize what a delicate and complex situation it can be.

Within this framework, given that we are a site focused on women’s voices and issues presented in an empowering way, we wanted to find a way to discuss being a Muslim woman in today’s world with a woman who can speak from an intelligent, compassionate and compelling perspective.

That woman, is Dr. Nora Amath. Based in Brisbane, Australia, Nora is part of a couple of Muslim organizations which seek to engage the community around them in dialog about the faith, championing the cause of human rights, and change the damaging narrative often seek in mainstream media about Muslims and Islam. She is also a mother, a speaker, and a woman who has lived in many different cultures and countries. Our conversation with Nora was so awesome we decided to present it in 2 parts.

Norah talked about feminism, her advice on having a meaningful interfaith dialog (and when to walk away!), and her experience being a Muslim in the wake of terrorist attacks around the world. It wasn’t a conversation about politics, it was about fostering understanding. In part 1 Nora talks about her upbringing, living through the aftermath of the September 11 terrorist attacks as a Muslim woman, and the most incredible aspect of her work – partnering up with a male Christian author to talk about their faith in their community!



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Mujeeb reluctantly welcomes Steve back onto the show. In an effort of good will he "patronizes" Steve with a gift. As usual Steve's one-up-man-ship tries to teach Mujeeb about something he should already know. The two celebrate their friendship with yummy Pakistani sweets - sticky sweets that is!


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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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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: 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?

Dr. Iqbal: This is also fard (obligation). It is very important to utilize what we have been given. We are given a rizq, and then we are told to use our rizq in a certain fashion. This is how we have to use it, as a source of help. When Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) says, “Wa mimma razaqnahom yunifiqun.” I give you rizq and you have to do yunfiqun out of it. Why shouldn't we be using that rizq to do what we are supposed to do? Our goal should be to use this rizq as a source of benefit and relief.

Chereen: Can you tell me about the process of your innovative work? What started this development?

Dr. Iqbal: It has been a work of 4 to 5 years. It has been the work of many, many good hardworking students. The rate it has evolved, and I will tell you that it has evolved because we did not just hit it. It starts with living things, and in living things there are organs. There are layers of tissue that support those organs. Some of the organs that get cancer, some of the cells break apart, and pass through those membranes or supporting tissue and get into the bloodstream. This is how metastasis occurs.



There is something interesting called the basement membrane. When you imagine it, it looks like the carpet you see in your offices. If you rub your hand, you see it is rough and has smalls ups and downs in it. Take it down to nanometer scale texture. We have to be careful taking this big jump from millimeter to nanometer, because millimeter is thousandth part of a meter, centimeter is hundredth part of a meter. One micrometer is millionth part of a meter. To appreciate how small a micrometer is, over here is 50 to 100 micrometer. Nanometer is 1,000 times smaller than one micrometer. This is the kind of scale we are talking about that Allah Subhana Wa Ta'ala has created in our tissues. This is the supporting network. Every organ has its own types of cells. I do not even know if I can get to this depth in my lifetime. I am focusing on the basement membrane which supports this organ. Basement membrane has nano-texture to it, and it is known to be a very strong membrane. Of course it has to support all the organs in place.

Allah [ swt] has put all of these things in us with very fine delicacy and it is under pressure, but it is maintained and ordered in its place. The basement membrane shows that all these things stay in their place. The cancer cells want to go to another place and they want to make another colony, while killing that organism. Some of these cells break apart and get into blood streams. Most of them get cleared up by our immune system. When there are too many of them, some of them survive and find another distant organ. Again, they do their process by going through the tissue across the basement organ and get back to the support organ, what we call metastasis. Finding metastasis before it occurs saves lives. 90% of breast cancer deaths are actually through metastatic tumor.

This basement membrane and narrow texture, we recreated these conditions on a chip using nanotextured walls. We then saw that the metastatic tumor cells were showing distinctly different behaviour than non-metastatic tumor cells. So if I get a biopsy sample from a patient and I don't know how much metastatic potential is there in that sample, this system can tell me that as well. Just looking at that sample, an oncologist can look at that tumor and tell if it has spread, or if there might be a secondary tumor growing separately. This changes the whole approach of what therapy is to be given. It is early detection, it is precise. Hopefully, the way we are doing it and the way we have done it will make it very affordable. The goal is to deploy it as an annual physical tool and a screening tool is the goal.



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

The workforce itself was of a stupendous size. Thousands of architects and engineers, legal experts, surveyors and carpenters, blacksmiths, diggers and ordinary labourers were recruited from across the Abbasid empire. First they surveyed, measured and excavated the foundations. Then, using the sun-baked and kiln-fired bricks that had always been the main building material on the river-flooded Mesopotamian plains in the absence of stone quarries, they raised the fortress-like city walls brick by brick. This was by far the greatest construction project in the Islamic world: Yaqubi reckoned there were 100,000 workers involved.


A street in Baghdad in 1918

The circular design was breathtakingly innovative. “They say that no other round city is known in all the regions of the world,” Khatib noted approvingly. Four equidistant gates pierced the outer walls where straight roads led to the centre of the city. The Kufa Gate to the south-west and the Basra Gate to the south-east both opened on to the Sarat canal – a key part of the network of waterways that drained the waters of the Euphrates into the Tigris and made this site so attractive. The Sham (Syrian) Gate to the north-west led to the main road on to Anbar, and across the desert wastes to Syria. To the north-east the Khorasan Gate lay close to the Tigris, leading to the bridge of boats across it.




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Things you never knew were halal (in Malaysia) (Continued from last week)



As written in our previous article, pig gelatine content in vaccines is apparently the cause of a sudden spike in Malaysian parents refusing to vaccinate their kids. Pig gelatine is used as a stabiliser and viruses are lab-grown on animal cells coz they can only grow in human or animal cells.

We also mentioned that Muslim leaders ruled it does not break religious dietary laws because it’s injected, rather than eaten. Plus, we have our own fatwa here ruling that it is ok.

At any rate, Malaysians are working with Saudi Arabia to create 3 halal vaccines – for meningitis, hepatitis and meningococcal. This news was reported in 2014, so approximately the vaccines will be ready by next year.


Source: Cilisos


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10 Muslim women who ruled 2015 (Continued from last week)




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

3. Ibtihaj Muhammad



Who thought Muslim women would take their turn in fencing?


Ibtihaj Muhammad, the first female Muslim American fencer in the world.


Her achievement seems to extend beyond her muslim identity: she is also ranked as one of the best female fencers in the world, reserving her place as an Olympian in the upcoming Olympics; “It’s always been my dream,” Muhammad remarks.


Just this year she has gathered several awards for her performance and skill, and also an award as one of the top 10 Muslim women of 2015. En garde!


NEXT WEEK: Tawakkul Karman



Source: MVSLIM


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The world's most beautiful mosques (Continued from last week)



Wazir Khan Mosque, Pakistan
Also in Pakistan, in the north-eastern city of Lahore, is the Wazir Khan mosque, built in the 17th century under the reign of Shahabuddin Muhammad Shah Jahan. On the "tentative" list for Unesco World Heritage Site status since 1993, it is built in cut and dressed bricks laid in kankar lime, with some red sandstone in the gate and the transept, and is adorned with fresco paintings and tiles, with the predominant colours lajvard (cobalt), firozi (cerulean blue), green, orange, yellow, and purple.


Source: Telegraph UK


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Friday khutbah (sermon)

DATE: 1 April  2016

TOPIC"The Meaning of Being Human"

IMAM: Abdul Kader 








 Friday khutbah (sermon)

DATE: 1 April 2016

TOPIC"Easter - An Islamic perspective"

IMAM: Dr Mohamad Abdalla








Friday khutbah (sermon)

DATE: 1 April 2016

TOPIC"Morality and good manners"

IMAM: Uzair Akbar


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Friday khutbah (sermon)

DATE: 1 April 2016

TOPIC: “The smile and joyful nature of Prophet (pbuh) against all odds"

IMAM: Mufti Junaid Akbar


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



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Ijtema in South Africa attracts 40 000 over weekend: Actonville resident hails ‘miracle’ of Ijtima


BENONI, SOUTH AFRICA: The annual gathering of Tableegh in the Gauteng took place over the past weekend in Actonville, Benoni with tens of thousands turning up for the electric event. The proceedings have left a deep impression on both residents of the host town – who were integrally involved in all the logistics of the event, as well as visitors who benefited from the superb setup and ample opportunities to strengthen the brotherhood of faith and benefit from the discourses of Deen.

Cii Radio received the following correspondence from Max Parshotam, a Hindu resident of Benoni, sharing his impressions of the Ijtima as a visitor and observer to the event:

A sleepy little town Actonville east of O.R International Airport burst at its seams with unconditional Love. The suburb was awakened to the melodious Azan of Ijtima, perfuming our planet with Peace Prosperity and Patience, in the midst of global turbulence !

The towering contribution by the Mohammedan community defines selflessness, standing at the leading of light in the midst of darkness. The sea of humanity was an awe-inspiring event to witness – unravelling the consciousness when the Transcendent descends into man.

The point where the cosmic pulse of the Universe converges in to the Human and Supra-Human attributes is displayed by infinite faculties. Mass prayer occasions like these shapes the universe and renders its harmony and balance.

Prayer must symbolise unity of all existence the pinnacle of divine intelligence that is diffused in all matter.

In the midst of this, I was fortunate to have met my former school teacher Mr.Jassat, formerly of Germiston and by the way I did not see Mr.Jogee for the Juma Namaz. My eyes scarcely miss the details SIR !

Hanif Loonat my colleague formerly of Actonville flew in from Cape Town to participate in payer to texture it’s Soul! While standing with Hanif I decided to photograph the majestic moon witnessing the Ijtima. To my pleasant surprise a blue halo was captured over the Ijtima.

The presence of supreme energy that pervades our universe acknowledging the celebration of the human spirit. God’s omnipresence rendering His blessing and synchronising the mind body and soul!

In the study of magnetic fields the colour blue personifies spirituality, loyalty, wisdom intelligence, devotional and variety of others.

I did share this story with Ismail Guman who was on duty in link road and a few of the gentleman that were in attendance.

While having a chat to Moths our finest plumber in the area, I was pleasantly surprised by the owner of Home-made delights of Fordsburg attendance in prayer.

The energy was electrifying the monumental organising was to detail. It was a great event.

May your prayer resonate throughout our galaxy.

In the words of Mahatma Gandhi – Service unto man is service onto G-d it was displayed with opulence and flawlessly.

Allah Akbar

Source: CII Broadcasting


Pope Francis washes feet of refugees for Easter Week



The traditional Easter Week foot-washing ceremony by the pontiff is meant as a Catholic gesture of service.


ROME: Pope Francis has visited a refugee centre to wash and kiss the feet of Muslim, Orthodox, Hindu and Catholic refugees — a gesture of welcome at a time when anti-Muslim and anti-immigrant sentiment has risen after the Brussels and Paris attacks.

Francis celebrated the traditional Easter Week foot-washing ceremony at a refugee shelter in Castelnuovo di Porto, outside Rome, inaugurating the most solemn period of the Catholic Church's Easter season.

The Holy Thursday rite re-enacts the foot-washing ritual Jesus performed on his apostles before being crucified, and is meant as a gesture of service.

The Vatican said on Thursday that four women and eight men had been selected. The women include an Italian who works at the centre and three Eritrean Coptic Christian migrants. The men include four Catholics from Nigeria, three Muslims from Mali, Syria and Pakistan, and a Hindu from India.



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 British soldier who lost leg in Iraq


A British soldier who lost his leg in Iraq posted a message to people "expecting racism" from him just because he "got blown up": 


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Obama's chicken leaving home to roost 



SOUTH AFRICA: After an absence of almost two decades, poultry from the United States of America is now available in South Africa, following the agreement reached which allows for 65 000 tons to be imported.

In 2000, prohibitive anti-dumping duties were imposed on imports of chicken and thereby closing the door on our market to US products. Last year, however, the administration of President Barack Obama threatened to withhold benefits to South Africa under the Africa Growth and Opportunity Agreement (AGOA) if South Africa did not reopen its market to US chicken, beef and pork. The Obama Administration set a deadline of 15th March for South Africa to fully comply with the agreement on imports of poultry and other meats.

The USA is amongst the largest producers of poultry in the world and recover profits on the popular cuts of chicken sold in the domestic market, paving the way for the cheaper cuts such as head and feet to be dumped outside the USA at prices that cannot be matched by local producers.

The most serious ramifications in the scheme is the Halaal status of the product as poultry produced in the USA is almost without exception machine-slaughtered, which method is also prevalent in most developed countries of Europe and South America. SANHA categorically rejects machine-slaughter as it cannot meet the following conditions:

1.The act of slaughter must be rendered physically by a Muslim person.

2.The Tasmiyah (incantation) must be mentioned over every bird during slaughter.

3.The required vessels viz trachea, oesophagus, the jugular veins and carotid arteries must be severed.

Machine slaughter devoid of human conscience cannot be relied upon to fulfil these requirements.


SANHA e-Bulletin


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French Jew goes to synagogue dressed as jihadist ‘to lighten mood’



FRANCE: A 40-year-old French Jew has visited his synagogue dressed as a jihadist, brandishing a fake Kalashnikov and shouting “Allahu Akbar.” The man said he had done it “to lighten the mood.”

The incident happened on Thursday evening when members of the Habad Loubavitch synagogue in eastern Paris were celebrating the festival of Purim. At the event, worshippers often dress up in various costumes.

The ‘attack’ came as a surprise for the soldiers guarding the entrance to the synagogue, but “created a certain emotion” among them, police sources told the Local.

Members of the synagogue were shocked until they understood they actually knew the ‘jihadist.’

However, the man was ordered to present himself at the local police station on Friday.

After the visit, his told Le Parisien newspaper that he had “wanted to lighten the mood.”

“I think I made a big mistake,” he added.

The Habad Loubavitch synagogue is located in the eastern Paris suburb of Vincennes, where gunmen shot four Jews last year.

It’s not the first controversy over the last few months linked with the French Jewish population and the jihadist threat: in February, 45-year-old Jewish teacher Tzion Saadon from Marseille was detained after claiming he had been beaten up by jihadists.

He now faces a trial and possible prison sentence, as security forces believe he may have fabricated the story.

In December, another 45-year-old teacher, Stephane Aroule, triggered a terrorist alert by falsely stating that a man in a balaclava had entered the Jean-Perrin nursery school in the Paris suburb of Aubervilliers.
Source: RT


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Junaid Jamshed lodges complaint after violent assault at Islamabad Airport



PAKISTAN: A charged crowd at the Benazir Bhutto International Airport assaulted singer-turned-Da’ee Junaid Jamshed, it emerged late Saturday night. A disturbing video of the attack made the rounds on social media.

A handful of people chanted slogans against the preacher, claiming he had committed blasphemy, and lunged at him. They struck several blows and then momentarily released Jamshed, only to attack him again.

“We have been looking for you,” one male voice is heard saying in the footage.

“Hit him, him him,” they shouted.

A person can also be heard saying “Shabash [Well done]” in the latter part of video. Another voice says “Kya Aap Berdasht Karain Gay Koi Aap Ki Maa Kou Gaali Day? [Will you tolerate if anyone abused your mother?],” while Junaid Jamshed can be seen along with security personnel in this part of video.

The former vocalist of the band Vital Signs received kicks and blows by a small group of men just as he was leaving the airport.

Visibly shaken, Jamshed maintained silence for the most part and offered the crowd to “talk” as the men confronted him. Jamshed then retreated into the airport’s arrival lounge.

Many took to social media to condemn the attack on Jamshed.

Hassan Khan stated: “Junaid Jamshed, you’re not alone. Whole tolerant civil society which are in masses stand and support you. Intolerance is a menace [sic].”

Anila Qazi said: “Junaid Jamshed, this should not be happening in Pakistan. These illiterates are ruining Pakistan’s image. This issue is getting serious.”

Following the attack, Jamshed took to his Twitter account to say: “I wish I wasn’t travelling alone. A little distressed with what happened.”

He continued that he could not even wish ill will on his Muslim brothers, adding: “It’s about time we as a nation decide that we will not let these religious fanatics prevail amongst us. They will be exposed and brought to task.”

According to airport police, Jamshed has filed an application to lodge an FIR against the unidentified men. Jamshed said he was attacked by a group of seven to eight people whom he could identify.

According to his statement, “Seven to eight men attacked me at the airport. I don’t know them personally but I can identify if they come in front of me. Police and airport security protected me and took me home.”

Federal Information Minister Pervaiz Rashid has condemned the incident.

The episode comes over a year after a controversy that pushed Jamshed into hiding, as he became the target of the wrath of right-wing groups over blasphemy allegations. He later offered a public apology in which he said he was “accepting his mistake” and asked for forgiveness.

The blasphemy case against him was registered in December 2014 on the directives of a district and sessions court. Jamshed was booked over one of his televised sermons that was misunderstood to contain blasphemous remarks about Sayyidatina Aishah RA, wife of Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him).

The case had been registered on a complaint of Mobin Qadri, a leader of the Sunni Tehreek, at the Risala police station under Sections 295-C (use of derogatory remarks in respect of the Holy Prophet) and 298-A (use of derogatory remarks etc in respect of Holy Personage) of the Pakistan Penal Code, police said at the time.

Qadri had moved an application in the court seeking registration of a blasphemy case against Jamshed for
allegedly making blasphemous remarks about the Holy Prophet and his wife Hazrat Ayesha (RA).

Jamshed later released a video message in which he apologised for his remarks and asked for forgiveness.
Over the years, Jamshed has gathered a massive following as a Da’ee, also earning a spot in popular prime time shows during the month of Ramadan.

He has also launched a line of clothing by the name ‘J.’, a brand that takes pride in selling what it calls modest women’s clothing and without using models for advertisement.

Pakistani media have listed the names of several suspects allegedly behind the assault on Jamshed.

Source: CII Broadcasting


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Lionel Messi sparks outrage in Egypt after donating boots on television for charity auction 


 Lionel Messi's boots would no doubt fetch a high price at auction.


EGYPT: A charitable gesture by football star Lionel Messi has provoked outrage in Egypt, where a lawmaker and football official took umbrage at the Argentine donating his football boots.

Messi, in an interview with the private satellite channel MBC Misr, had donated his boots to the channel to auction them off for charity.

"Messi, I really thank you," the interviewer said as she sat across from the Barcelona player, dangling his boots, in the segment aired on the weekend.

While no one would consider being hit with a shoe or boot, or being labelled a shoe a compliment, it is especially insulting in Middle Eastern cultures.

Donating boots, it emerged, was equally insulting to Egyptian member of parliament Said Hasasein, who attacked Messi on his television show.

"This is my shoe. I donate it to Argentina," he said, holding up a beaten loafer.

"This is an insult to Egyptian people," he added, thumping his fist on his desk.

Egyptian Football Federation spokesman Azmi Mogahed phoned in to the show to express his outrage.

"Even in our religion ..." he began to say, when Hasasein interrupted: "His religion is Jewish!"

Mogahed replied: "I know he's Jewish, he donates to Israel and visited the Wailing Wall and whatever ... we don't need his shoe and Egypt's poor don't need help from someone with Jewish or Zionist citizenship."




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French minister shocks with Muslim veil-slavery comment


Outrage as women's rights minister says those wearing Muslim headdress are like "Negroes" who accepted slavery.


Rossignol told French media she thinks those who make Islamic clothing for women are 'irresponsible'


FRANCE: France's minister for women's rights has compared Muslim women who wear the veil to American "Negroes" who accepted slavery, in an interview with French media.

Laurence Rossignol made the comments to RMC radio and BFM TV, igniting accusations of racism on Wednesday across social media as a petition was launched calling on the minister to resign.

In just a few hours, the petition gathered more than 10,000 signatures.

Rossignol was a guest on a programme to discuss the Islamic fashion industry. She later said the use of the word Negro had been made in error, but stopped short of retracting the remark.

Many on social media pointed out that Rossignol previously founded an anti-racist coalition, SOS Racisme.

France has the largest Muslim minority in Europe and some of the continent's most restrictive laws about expressions of faith in public. The veil was banned in 2011.

Elsewhere in the interview, the minister reportedly criticised those who made fashion items such as the so-called burqini, a modest swimsuit covering the head, arms and legs, as "irresponsible".

Today, according to the 2015-2016 State of the Global Islamic Economy Report, Muslim consumers spend an estimated $230bn on clothing, a number that is projected to grow to $327bn by 2019 - larger than the current combined clothing markets of the UK ($107bn), Germany ($99bn), and India ($96bn).

Earlier this year, the Italian fashion house Dolce & Gabbana unveiled a new abaya and hijab collection aimed at Muslim women.

Here are some reactions to Rossignol's observations:


Al Jazeera


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Q: Dear Kareema, I have the all clear from my GP to get back into an exercise routine. I need to start easy as I’m recovering from a few injuries. Can you help?

A: Walking is a good way to start. Try 20 mins twice a week and build from there.

Cycling is another activity you can incorporate when you feel comfortable. It will increase blood flow to lower back and hips, etc. without putting stress on the joints.

Try a few exercise sessions in the pool as well. It will improve flexibility and the water will support your weight.

Yoga will be a good choice too as it focuses on correct posture which in turn will improve muscle strength.






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Need an answer to a fitness related matter?

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

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Despite what many schools will tell you, locks and grappling only work in movies [fantasy] and sports [rules].


Best bet: Hit the eyes and throat and run...if you can.


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


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 The CCN Book-of-the-Week



Like any mother you want your child to grow up unburdened by the woes of your generation. Since 9/11, Muslim women have been asked to explain events over which they have no control, says author Shakira Hussein, who has dedicated her book to her daughter in the hope that it will help to lighten the burden of explanation as she grows up.


Dear Adalya,

I’ve dedicated my book Muslim women since 9/11 to you not just for the usual reasons that a parent might dedicate a book to their offspring, but because the topic of this particular book has overshadowed almost your entire life. And with US President Barack Obama describing the current conflict with the so-called Islamic State as a “generational struggle”, it’s a topic that seems destined to dominate all our lives for a long time to come.

You were only five years old on September 11, 2001. Even though our apartment in Canberra was about as far from New York and Washington as it is possible to get, when I saw the news on the television late at night, I went through to your bedroom to make sure that you were still safely asleep. Amid all the uncertainly about the future, it was immediately clear that Muslims living in Australia and around the world would feel the consequences of al Qaeda’s crimes.

A couple of weeks later, I left you with your grandmother in Queensland while I travelled to Pakistan to try to work out how any of us were going to manage life in the strange new post-9/11 world. Friends in Pakistan were horrified that I had left you in Australia. They had heard reports about Muslim women in the West having their headscarves torn from their heads and about the firebombing of a mosque in Brisbane. It isn’t safe for Muslims to live in the West anymore, they told me. Bring your daughter back here – we’ll find you a job in a posh girl’s school. A Pakistani journalist suggested that we could move to Abbottabad, the town where he had grown up. It was a popular holiday destination, a beautiful location with good schools. And it was a military town, so it was very safe.

But Pakistan has been a frontline state in the war on terror and Abbottabad eventually turned out to be the hiding place of Osama bin Laden. Although we visited Pakistan together in 2004, we’ve spent the post 9/11 years as Muslims living in Australia.

Back when we lived in Canberra, we enjoyed many happy trips to the South Coast with a group of friends from the Canberra Islamic Centre. We were a diverse little tribe who had been born in locations ranging from Morocco to Indonesia to Australia. Some of the women wore hijab and some did not - Adalya and I do not wear headscarves in our day-to-day lives - but all of us enjoy a trip to the beach. And all of us were shocked by the footage of the riots at Cronulla beach in the summer of 2005 in which Muslim women and girls were attacked and abused alongside their menfolk.

After Cronulla, Muslims stepped up our efforts at reconciliation and bridge-building, with women playing a key role. Muslim women pitched in for the catering at interfaith dialogue events, gave interviews to media outlets, organised fashion shows in an attempt to answer people’s question about Muslim women’s dress codes. Many of us campaigned on multiple fronts – against the mandatory detention of asylum-seekers who arrived by boat, against the introduction of ever-more stringent anti-terrorism laws, against the apparently endless wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

And after each new terrorist attack, each new crime committed by one of our co-religionists, we explained. We explained that most Muslims were horrified by such events, we explained that Islam is a religion of peace, we explained how Muslim women (particularly those whose faith is made visible by their headscarves) were coping with the impact of discrimination and harassment, we explained and explained and explained. We explained to politicians and policy-makers and journalists and we explained to total strangers on public transport who noticed a signifier of our religious identity and asked us to explain the role of Islam in everything from international politics to the application to build a new mosque in the neighbouring suburb.

Women in all communities are conscripted into the role of peacemakers and healers. It’s a role that many willingly undertake, but after nearly a decade and a half, even the most tireless among us are growing weary of explaining crimes which we did not commit and events over which we have no control. And such explanations have become an expectation. If we don’t explain, we are asked to explain why we’ve refused to do so.

You have grown up listening to this low hum of explanations and you’ve also done your fair share of explaining. I hope that my book may help to lighten this burden of explanation – if only by explaining why we ought not to be expected to explain.

Love always, Mum
Shakira Hussein

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KB says: When it comes to salted caramel cupcakes, there is certainly no shortage of variations. It's particularly delicious when used in combination with a contrasting flavour and texture. That’s what makes it such an incredible pairing with brownies, ice cream, and hot chocolate.    

Chocolate Salted Caramel Cupcakes



70g unsalted butter
170g plain flour
250 g caster sugar
50 g cocoa powder, sifted
1 tbsp baking powder
½ tsp salt
210 ml whole milk
2 large eggs

670 g icing sugar, sifted
210 g unsalted butter, softened
70 ml whole milk
30 g tinned caramel
Pinch of good-quality sea salt

Caramel Mixture
100 g tinned caramel
Pinch of good-quality sea salt

  1. Mix the butter, flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt together until they form a crumb-like consistency.

  2. In a separate bowl, whisk together the milk and eggs.
    Gradually pour half of the liquid into the crumb mixture and mix thoroughly until combined.
    Raise the speed to medium and beat until the batter is smooth and thick, with no lumps.

  3. Pour in the remaining liquid mixture and continue mixing till the batter is smooth.

  4. Spoon into cases and bake for 20-25 mins

  5. Meanwhile to create the topping, mix the icing sugar and butter until crumbly with no lumps, add in the milk and mix it in gradually followed by the caramel and sea salt

  6. Once the cupcakes have cooled mix some of the caramel and sea salt until runny and smooth.

  7. Cut out small holes at the top of the cakes and pour some of the caramel mixture in

  8. Ice as desired, I drizzled caramel and caramel chocolate but pretzels are a good idea too

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Three men, a Saudi, a Qatari and a Turk went hiking in the Andes in the middle of summer, about 45 degrees and sweating like horses.


They get to the top of a mountain and look down.


There's this most beautiful pristine lagoon. They go scrambling down the edge of the mountain, get their clothes off and dive straight in.

The natives come and grab them and take them to their Chief.


He says "You have broken our most sacred law, this is our most sacred sight, for this you die. When we kill you we take off your skin, out of skin we make canoes!. Permanent reminder all people never touch our sacred sight."


They tie the three up.


The Chief says "Before you die you get one last wish. What is your last wish?".

The Saudi says "I'm not going to die at the hands of you scavengers, wada'an!". And he promptly stabs himself to death with the knife he has been given.

The Qatari says "Like my friend, I would also like a knife, I'm too not going to die to the hands of you scavengers, assalaamuilaikum". And he too immediately stabs himself to death with the knife he has been given.

Then the Chief says to the Turk, Mula Nasruddin: "Then what is your last wish?".


Mula Nasruddin says "I want a fork".


So they bring him a fork and he stabs himself multiple times around the body: "Well there goes your blasted canoe!". 


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An Ayaat-a-Week





O you who believe! Do your duty to Allah, seek the means of approach to Him, and strive with might and main in His cause: that you may prosper.

~ Surah Al-Ma'idah 5:35


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Work until you no longer have to introduce yourself.

~ Unknown


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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 SISTERS ONLY


4 Acacia Rd, KARAWATHA

0405 816 102


4pm to 9pm

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: TBA
Venue: Islamic College of Brisbane - 45 Acacia Road Karawatha

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


Light refreshments will be available.



Minutes of meeting dated 6 October 2016




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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