Sunday, 31 July 2016


Newsletter 0612


Subscribe here

Click on image to enlarge

email us

.....a sometimes self-deprecating and occasional tongue-in-cheek look at ourselves and the world around us ....




Mona Shindy at Crescent Institute's Melbourne event 

Births, Marriages, New Migrants and Condolences

The CCN Food for Thought

How the Islamic Council of QLD dealt with a troll

The CCN Weekly News & Views Briefs

An Ayaat-a-Week

Grand mufti denounces murder of French priest by Isis

Jumma (Friday) Khutba (Lecture) Recordings

Events and Functions

Community response to killing of Father Hamel

 The CCN Inbox: Letters to the Editor

Islamic Programmes, Education & Services

Keysar Trad replaces Hafez Kassem as AFIC president

 The CCN Classifieds

Businesses and Services

Imraan Husain shows a side of himself not many people see

Around the Muslim World & Muslims Around the World

The CCN Date Claimer

Reactions to CM opinion piece

CCN Readers' Book Club

CCN on Facebook

Sheehan’s false gang rape story ‘unbalanced and offensive’

KB's Culinary Corner

Useful Links

Filmmakers are using comedy to break down preconceptions

Kareema's Keep Fit Column


Police called after mosque approval triggers threats

Fitria on Food Appears monthly

Write For Us

AMUST wins Premier’s Media Award

Get your fingers green with Ahmed Esat


Pasifika Diabetes Health Forum

Taufan's Tip on Self Defence


Graduating Inaugural Senior Applied Islam Class

The CCN Chuckle








The CCN Weekly Hansard of Hanson Harangues

Changing How People Around the World View Pakistanis
Muslims on what it's like to live in Australia


Back to the Future with CCN

The CCN's "We'll take that as a comment" Column




Click a link above to go directly to the article.

Return to this section by clicking   at the bottom, left of the article.


Report by Jordan Yoosuff, Crescent Institute Marketing & Events Coordinator


Deakin Edge - venue for Crescent Institute Melbourne event

Thursday 14th July saw an intimate audience gather at the spectacular Deakin Edge in Melbourne to welcome Captain Mona Shindy (pictured left) of the Royal Australian Navy as the Guest of Honour at a professional networking event hosted by the Crescent Institute.

Speaking on “The Life and Times of Australian Muslims” Captain Shindy delivered an inspirational keynote presentation as she took the audience through a journey of her personal experiences as a trailblazer in every sense of the word.

After migrating with her family from Egypt at the age of 3, Captain Mona Shindy achieved exceptional marks in High School and went on to complete her Bachelor of Electrical Engineering with Honours at the University of New South Wales.


Following her education, Captain Shindy became the first female in the Royal Australian Navy to board an active warship. Faced with the numerous challenges of her “uniqueness” as a female Egyptian Muslim she rose to the top of the Navy.

Captain Shindy saw active conflict in Iraq in 2003, has led organisations performing complex projects and contracts, drove major organisational and cultural reforms, has represented Australian Defence in the USA, advised the government on billions in Naval assets and was awarded the Conspicuous Service Cross for her work bridging cultural divides in Australia as well as the Telstra Businesswoman of the Year.


She is now Chief Strategic Advisor to the Navy on Islamic Cultural Affairs, as well as the mother of three children and is completing her second Master’s Degree.

Her story told to The Institute inspired the audience, drawing from the floor simply too many questions to get through in one evening, one question drawing particular interest came from a young man asking how Captain Shindy reconciles her Muslim faith with her military service, here was her answer:

“One of the most important roles as a Muslim is service to the community and country in which you live.

Australia needs protection when in danger; it’s where I benefit from the roads, hospitals, education and opportunities that I and my children have had.


Part of my obligation is to give back to the nation which has given me so much, and I have no issue serving my country as an Australian Muslim.” – She received a resounding applause.

The evening of networking, hospitality and of course Captain Shindy’s presence was thoroughly enjoyed by all attendees and they eagerly anticipate the next Crescent Institute event to be hosted in Melbourne, October 6th as they welcome the Managing Director of Myer, Mr Richard Umbers.



The next Crescent Institute event is to be hosted in Brisbane, welcoming Jihad Dib MP, member of Parliament, ex high-school principal and TED speaker to deliver a keynote address in the CBD. Jihad has an incredible story to tell with a speech entitled “The Journey to Parliament” on Thursday 18th August. Tickets are $15 early bird and $25 general admission.





Enjoy an evening of professional networking in the Brisbane CBD hosted by the Crescent Institute.

Engage with corporate leaders, academics and entrepreneurs from a wide range of disciplines who attend to build connections maximising their professional impact.

The Institute is delighted to welcome Member for Lakemba, TEDx Presenter and NSW Shadow Education Minister the Hon. Jihad Dib MP.

"Imagine a school so bad the principal had a gun held to his head...".

After appointment as one of the youngest principals in history to the roughest school in NSW, Jihad Dib turned an institution of violence and delinquency into a thriving hub with a can-do attitude, a spirit of success and a sense of family for the community. He was elected to State Parliament in 2015, representing a constituency of 90,000 from Lakemba in NSW. He currently serves as the Shadow Minister for Education.

Join us with Mr Dib as he shares an incredible story with key messages, ask questions and make the most of new professional networks forged on the evening.


Queenslanders don't miss out!


Register here.

The Crescent Institute is among Australia’s foremost professional networking and thought leadership organisations. It provides opportunity to establish and nurture connections among members as they gain insights on key issues from Australia’s leading figures in a warm, but professional setting.



           Post comment here



Islamic Council of Queensland spokesman Ali Kadri has shared how he dealt with online trolling.

It is a case study on how to defuse a troll, according to a Muslim man with a lot of experience dealing with them.

When a punter messaged the Islamic Council of Queensland wanting to convert to the world's second most common religion one Saturday night earlier this year, ICQ spokesman Ali Kadri suspected it was less than genuine.

The would-be troll's first response confirmed his suspicions.

"If I convert when can I blow myself up and get 72 virgins?" he asked.

"Allah Snackbar."

But instead of reacting angrily or calling the man a racist, Mr Kadri tried a joke.

"I am not sure you will get 72 virgins or a 72-year-old virgin if you blow yourself up," he said.

The trolling didn't stop there, going on to link all Muslims with terrorists, sexism and beheadings and asking if he would need to say "Allahu Akbar (God is great) every five seconds or is that just because Muslims have a limited vocabulary?".

He ticked off several more Muslim stereotypes, accusing followers of the religion of using halal money to fund terrorism and converting Aussies to send to fight in Syria and Iraq.

"Let me tell you how we learn what Islam means: When we hear bombs, we hear Islam," he wrote.

"When we see women dressed in black sacks, we see Islam.

"When we learn of amputations and stonings, we learn about Islam.

"... When we hear Muslims say peace, we know they mean war."


It is a common refrain, found all over the internet in places where people denigrate Muslims or start flame wars over religion.

But Mr Kadri didn't bite. He pulled up a photo of a Ku Klux Klan member to argue the problem was with extremism, not Islam itself.

More than a dozen messages later, the conversation ended with the two men wishing each other a good weekend, before this exchange.

Mr Kadri: "One for the road. Allahu Akbar."

Troll: "Allahu Akbar."

Mr Kadri: "That's it I got u. U r a Mussie now lol (sic)".

The ICQ spokesman posted the exchange to his personal Facebook page last week to a huge response, generating more than 4000 shares by Friday.

It is tempting to label the troll racist, or at least Islamophobic, but Mr Kadri said he had decided to steer away from those terms recently.

"I don't want to call people bigots, Islamophobes or racists without knowing what's in their head, you know," he said.

"When I watch what I watch on TV, there's unproportionate (sic) coverage of terrorist attacks done by Muslim terrorists.

"If I watched that and I don't know about Islam and I don't know any Muslims, I'd be scared too.

"So I don't want to call people Islamophobes or racists. It's coming because of that fear."

Source: Brisbane Times



           Post comment here


 Dr Ibrahim Abu Mohamed calls Islamic State ‘an evil organisation’ that has betrayed the Islamic faith


The grand mufti of Australia, Dr Ibrahim Abu Mohamed, has condemned the murder of a Catholic priest in France by supporters of Isis.

The grand mufti of Australia has condemned the murder of a French priest in Normandy who was killed in an attack linked to supporters of Islamic State.

The priest had his throat slit after being forced to kneel, and his two attackers filmed the attack described by the French president, François Hollande, as an act of murder.

A statement released by the Australian National Imams Council and the grand mufti of Australia said they expressed their condolences to the family.
Dr Ibrahim Abu Mohamed, the grand mufti, said: “Isis is an evil organisation that has hijacked the religion of Islam for its own brutal and nihilistic goals. The betrayal of the Islamic faith and violation of its core principles are enough to refute Isis’s false and absurd claims.”

Sheikh Shady Alsuleiman, president of the council, said: “We should not allow the brutality of Isis to cause us to turn against each other nor create disunity.”

The grand mufti and the council have consistently condemned violent attacks by extremists. But some Australian news outlets have continued to suggest he has not been vocal enough in his opposition.

The grand mufti is suing the Daily Telegraph for defamation, alleging that the tabloid paper falsely imputed he was “an apologist for the terrorist attacks in Paris” and supported a violent Islamic holy war.

Source: The Guardian



           Post comment here


ICQ president Ismail Cajee to the Catholic community and Archbishop Mark Coleridge


Dear Archbishop,

I write to offer our sincerest condolences to you and the Catholic community for the tragic loss of Father Jacques Hamel in yet another horrendous act of terror.

An attack on a religious leader who has served society for so long is very difficult to fathom. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends during this difficult time.

Actions like these further highlight the importance of us continuing to work together to strive against such evil. We have to continue our efforts to break the cycle of hatred that is so prevalent in today's society.

Please let me know if there is any way that we can assist. I would be happy to conduct a joint media statement with you should you or the Church deem it appropriate to do so.

Ismail Cajee
President of the Islamic Council of Qld.

Archbishop Mark Coleridge to ICQ president Ismail Cajee


Yes, Ismail. Just when we thought we had seen everything, a new horror like this emerges. Satan has an endlessly destructive imagination. May the sacrifice of Fr Jacques help to bring peace; and may all who look to the God of peace work even harder to break the power of violence. Until next we meet.

The Most Reverend Mark Coleridge


Anglican Parish of Gosford's Fr Rod Bower in Facebook post


Fr. Jacques Hamel was murdered yesterday, his blood mixed with that of the Christian martyrs throughout the ages. He died at the hands of a young man whose mind had been twisted and manipulated by the evil ideology that is ISIS.


Fr Jacques was an old priest, more often than not age and experience in priestly ministry leads to a deep understanding of the contradictions of the human condition. We cannot know what Fr. Jacques would have thought of the man who took his life, but we can assume that he knew well the kind of world that would prevent such barbaric actions repeating themselves.

Fr. Jacques lived his life committed to the way of peace, forgiveness and reconciliation, a life dedicated to the building of bridges rather than walls. Our response to his death must honor his life and the teachings of his master.

I join with The Grand Mufti who said today “We denounce in the strongest possible terms the violent murder of Father Hamel. ISIS is an evil organisation that has hijacked the religion of Islam for its own brutal and nihilistic goals. The betrayal of the Islamic faith and violation of its core principles are enough to refute ISIS’s false and absurd claims.”

To use the murder of Fr. Jacques to vilify Islam and further marginalize the Muslim community is to dishonor his life and everything the Christian priesthood should stand for. It is in every way an illegitimate response.

I choose to pay tribute to him and to honour his life by living the teachings of the one we both serve. The Prince of Peace.

Fr. Rod. #IamPriest


Islamic Society of Toowoomba's Prof Shahjahan Khan to Catholic Bishop of Toowoomba Robert McGuckin


Dear Bishop Robert McGuckin,
Peace be with you and your congregation.

On behalf of the Muslim community I express sincere condolences for the horrific murder of Father Jacques Hamel in France.

We feel extremely sorry for this terrible loss of such a dedicated religious leader.
Our prayers and thoughts are with Father Hamel and his family and colleagues. May God be kind to him and his near ones.

This is an act of brutal murder regardless of the identity of the killer and his evil association.

There is no room in Islam to kill any religious figures or destroy any place of worships, and it is more so for the People of the Book.

In fact, the Qur’an prohibits killing of any innocent person, and it teaches that killing one person is like killing the entire humankind and saving one person is like saving the entire humankind. It is anti-Islamic to kill any religious personality, women, children, elderly, sick etc and destroy crops even at the time of war.

This killer and his associates have brought shame on our religion of peace. He does not represent anything of Muslims and Islam.

The Grand Mufti of Australia has strongly condemned the murder of Father Hamel (letter attached) along with all Muslim leaders globally.

The ongoing killing of innocent and unprotected people is a serious concern and a disgrace to the mankind be it in France, Germany, USA, or Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan, Yamen, Pakistan, Kashmir, Myanmar etc and by anyone or whatever reasons.

Let us remain united and peaceful against any extremism and violent acts so that we don’t give up to the wishes of those who would love to benefit by diving us.

May Allah protect His creation, especially the mankind, from the destruction of few so called human acting as devil under the cover of religion or anything else.

Kindest regards,

Professor Shahjahan Khan, PhD
Founding President, Islamic Society of Toowoomba Inc



           Post comment here



Outgoing AFIC president, Hafez Kassim (right) with ICQ president, Ismail Cajee

The president of Australia’s peak Muslim body has stepped down and been ­replaced by community spokesman Keysar Trad amid a battle against one of its largest schools, Malek Fahd, over $13 million.

After repeat attempts had been made to oust him from the role, Hafez Kassem sent the Australian Federation of Islamic Councils executive committee notice of his resignation on Tuesday night, suggesting Mr Trad as his successor. Mr Trad, a former treasurer of the organisation, was unanimously elected its president yesterday.

In his letter, Mr Kassem said: “It has been my honour and privilege to serve AFIC for the past 10 years and I feel blessed to be working with such an honourable group of brothers ... Unfort­unately, my family and business responsibilities make it difficult for me to continue to lead AFIC. It is with a heavy heart that I ­intend to offer my resignation from AFIC this evening.”

Mr Trad told The Australian he planned to raise awareness about Islam and step up deradicalisation programs, saying the community did not want to see its children fighting overseas. “We are going to escalate our public awareness campaign and our outreach programs to make sure we promote better understanding about Islam and Muslims.

“The vast majority of Muslims are here to build and contribute to Australia, to be constructive citizens. We need to get that message across. We can’t keep allowing the actions of a handful of people to tarnish a community.”

Mr Keysar Trad said AFIC would play a role in “protecting” Muslim children with job-creation programs.

Mr Kassem was sacked as chairman of Malek Fahd, in the southwest Sydney suburb of Greenacre in October, along with the school’s board and ­accountancy firm. He survived a move to oust him as AFIC presid­ent in March, when no formal vote was taken.

Islamic Council of Queensland spokesman Ali Kadry said Mr Kassem was not forced out but some executive members had requested he step down to allow new leadership.

“I think the change was necessary. Hafez Kassem has done a good job ... I think he wanted to take time off and allow other people to take on the challenges we face,” he said.

Malek Fahd sent AFIC a letter of demand last week that it repay $13m to the school, amid claims of multiple breaches of duty by AFIC directors.

The federal government cut $20m in funding from the school after a Deloitte audit uncovered financial mismanagement and governance.

Mr Kassem will continue to work with AFIC in an advisory capacity.


Source: The Australian



AFIC press release announcing leadership change.




           Post comment here



Imam Imraan Husain pictured in his soccer gear

IMAM Imraan Husain is using his potent left foot to score goals on and off the soccer field.

The normally private holy man, who leads a congregation of 1200 Muslims at the Gold Coast Mosque at Arundel each day, has spoken of his journey to Australia, love of the Gold Coast and determination to show the city that most Muslims want to shape better lives for their families and community like everyone else.


Enjoying a game of soccer

The 56-year-old said being part of the grassroots sporting landscape — including playing alongside men from mixed backgrounds in the over-45 Musgrave soccer team each Sunday, running marathons and hitting a squash ball — was a good way to show that.

“I put these (sporting) things on Facebook with the intention that people realise that we are just like everybody else — just want to enjoy our lives, enjoy the Gold Coast and contribute to society and be part and parcel of the growth of this beautiful city,” he said.

Imam Husain said terrorist attacks by ISIS reflected badly on Muslims trying to live harmoniously in Western countries.

“I try to address it but not let that get me down because there are more positive people than the small minority,” he said.

“(Fellow soccer players) always say ‘Imam, there are sometimes issues in the news’ and they’ll say: ‘Imam, is everything OK at the mosque?’ I say, ‘it’s OK, don’t worry’.

“It is important to give them more education in terms of who Muslims really are and who are radicals and what causes those people to be radicals, because we need to work towards the safety of everyone.”


Inside the Gold Coast Mosque in Arundel.

Imam Husain said he encouraged Gold Coast Muslims to be actively involved in the community to dispel myths about the faith.

“People are being more inclusive. That’s important — living and interacting peacefully with the broader community.”

The father of five moved to the Gold Coast from Perth 11 years ago after migrating to Australia from India in 1997.

He grew up in Johannesburg, South Africa, and was contemplating moving to the US when a family member recommended Australia.

“My brother in law came here for a job opportunity, he wanted to open up a business,” he said.

“He called me and said: ‘Come and have a look at Australia. It’s a very nice country and people of your calibre, especially Islamic scholars who grew up in a Western environment, would fit in very nicely in the Australian community because we understand the diversity.’


At the Gold Coast Mosque.

“When I came over for a holiday I just fell in love with Australia.”

Imam Husain said the Gold Coast’s “beautiful scenery, the beach and the weather” had only enhanced his love of sport, highlighted by him running the 10km event at the Gold Coast Marathon during Ramadan in an hour and 10 minutes.

“I play in the over-45s soccer league at Musgrave. I also play over-55s. I’m part of the squash at Labrador. I ran the 10km event at the Gold Coast Marathon while fasting during the month of Ramadan and stayed thirsty the entire day,” he said.

“I’m 56 but I feel 25.”



In action on the soccer field

Source: Gold Coast Bulletin



           Post comment here


Selected Courier Mail readers' responses to Ali Kadri's article in the Courier Mail and posted in last week's CCN :


Dear Ali

Thank you for your thoughtful, insightful and diplomatic piece in today's paper. I have never replied to someone's article directly before, but what you said resonates with what I believe (and what I hope/wish more people would also consider).

I think if more people in community leadership roles from all faiths (and people like me who are agnostic and can identify with multiple philosophies) spoke as you have, the world would be a better place.

If you were to organise this charge, I for one would be on board - I don't have a faith "community" to rally behind (largely because singular dogma frightens and patronises my intelligence), and politically, unfortunately, no major parties have the strength to overcome bigotry and discrimination ingrained culturally, but I think a group of people with the same ethos as yours and mine (and many others in my circle) could be the spearhead to change and tolerance in time.

Warmest regards
Bridget Young
(Pauline, Sonia and their ilk do not speak for me!)



           Post comment here




To top

           Post your comment here


Article by former Sydney Morning Herald columnist likely to cause ‘substantial offence to Middle Eastern community, police and victims of sexual assault’



Former Sydney Morning Herald columnist Paul Sheehan took a redundancy package in May after a story he wrote in February falsely claimed a woman had been raped by Arabic-speaking men

Paul Sheehan’s false middle eastern gang rape story in the Sydney Morning Herald was inaccurate, unbalanced and offensive, according to an investigation by the Australian press council.

“The article concerned serious and distressing allegations that would likely cause substantial offence, distress and/or prejudice to the Middle Eastern community in Australia, the NSW police, victims of sexual assault and the wider community,” the council said.

“Accordingly, it was necessary to be especially rigorous in determining the veracity of the claims made by Louise that she had been raped by Arabic-speaking men and of the subsequent police inaction and indifference.”

The veteran Fairfax media columnist, who took a redundancy package two months ago, wrote in February the “horrifying untold story of Louise”, published on the front page of the Herald. He reported “Louise” as saying she had been raped and beaten by a gang of Arabic speaking men, referred to as “Mercs” in the article.

But it soon emerged her claims were untrue and had not been checked with police or any authorities before publication.

“All of these claims would have been readily dismissed with some further interviews and basic fact-checking, but this was not done,” the council said in an adjudication published in the Herald on Monday.

“The council concludes that reasonable steps were not taken to verify or justify the report and that its Standard of Practice relating to accuracy and fairness was clearly breached in this respect.

“The council also concludes that reasonable steps were not taken to avoid substantial offence, distress and prejudice and without sufficient justification in the public interest, especially in reporting Louise’s description of the Arabic-speaking men as “MERCs. Middle Eastern raping c----”.


The Guardian



           Post comment here



Big love: The characters' ingenious working of the system adds the spice to Halal Love

This year's Arab Film Festival showcases a variety of films from countries across the Middle East, moving away from ideas of conflict and instability often associated with the Arab world.

Hundreds of film goers gathered at Parramatta’s Riverside Theatre for the opening night film Halal Love.

The comedy, which premiered in Dubai and screened at the prestigious Sundance Film Festival, follows the day to day dilemmas of life in the Arab World; one’s not so different from the West.

Lebanese film director Assad Fouladkar says Halal Love shines a light on the private lives of Muslims and addresses issues of love and sex usually considered taboo in Middle Eastern culture.

"In the Arab world when you go visit someone you go to the living room or a special place for strangers, you definitely don’t go into the bedroom," he told SBS.

“I'm taking people inside a private place, usually sacred place in the Arab world so we're seeing very intimate problems."

Set in Beirut, it follows the lives of three Muslim couples who overcome the challenges of faith and desire with an injection of humour.

"How about us getting another woman? You are allowed four wives," one of the women suggest to her husband in the film.

Mr Fouladkar said using comedy helps debunk misconceptions that Muslims “are the enemy.”

"IS is the worst nightmare that could happen to Muslims. It is a big burden for everyone in the West and it is a bigger burden for us in the Arab World."

Another filmmaker at the Arab Film Festival Shahin Alanezi left Kuwait with his family and moved to Sydney when he was 15-years-old.

Frustrated by the skewed representation of Muslims on screen, the 23 year old made the short film 'Home' which will be screening at the festival this year.

He said he wanted to illustrate the struggles of refugees settling in Australia.

"I wanted to show they are victims, they didn't choose this life," he said.

With Islam and immigration dominating global headlines, organisers say the diverse films at this year's festival are now relevant more than ever.

They hope it will challenge negative stereotypes and give audiences insight into cultures from Arab eyes.

"It's important for [Arabs] and non-Arabs to see alternative representations of themselves on screen and to see a celebration of our culture beyond the wars," said Festival co-director Fadia Abboud.

Now in its 13th year, the Arab Film Festival will screen in Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra and Perth from 21 July to 12 August.


Source: SBS



Arab Film Festival comedy 'Halal Love' shows less freedom means more wit


An Arab Film Festival highlight shows Hollywood how to milk laughs out of skirting the rules, writes John McDonald.

This week found me at the opening of the Arab Film Festival in Parramatta for a Lebanese movie called Halal Love. The place was packed with a noisy, bustling crowd estimated by the festival directors as 70 per cent Muslim, 30 per cent non-Muslim. As a celebration of the strength and diversity of Arab culture in Sydney's western suburbs it would have been an eye-opener for those who like to believe Australian society is hopelessly divided along religious lines.

Assad Fouladkar's Halal Love is probably as close as Arab cinema gets to a sex comedy, and it was very funny in a manner that Hollywood has completely forgotten. It plays on customs that seem unusual, even bizarre, to Western audiences.

In a Talaq divorce, for instance, a man may divorce his wife by pronouncing: "I divorce you!" It sounds remarkably simple, but there is a three-strikes-and-you're-out clause which allows for two reconciliations but only permits a third after the wife has married and divorced another man. This is the problem that confronts Mokhtar, a jealous hothead, who allows his temper to ruin his marriage to the beautiful Batoul.

Then there is the scenario in which Awatef, a middle-aged woman worn out by her husband Salim's sexual demands, arranges for him to have a second wife. The Koran permits a man to have four wives, which originally served as a restriction on unlimited polygamy. In the film the husband is reluctant to comply – it is Awatef who really dreams of having a wife – someone to share the cooking, cleaning and conjugal duties; someone to boss around. Meanwhile their two young daughters have been bamboozled by a sex education lesson that leaves them with the strangest ideas about how babies are made.

AFR Weekend



           Post comment here


  Curtis Cheng's son calls on Pauline Hanson to stop referencing his dad in racial comment


"I refuse to let dad's tragic death and the fearful attitudes that are growing to lessen my belief that we are a successful multi-cultural and multi-faith society. We need to look how we can heal and build; not how we can divide and exclude. My dad was a gentle and peaceful man; his name should not be used to promote fear and exclusion."


  A somewhat awkward moment during filming. Pauline Hanson: #PleaseExplain! - Sunday 8.35pm on SBS





           Post comment here



Women are hardworking, resilient and marvellous multi-taskers! These women have shown that Pakistani women are especially exceptional because of all that we have to overcome and yet we are able to not only become leaders in our fields but also pioneer into uncharted territories. All over the world, and beyond.


Read on about these super Pakistani women gathering respect and accolades the world over:

The character created by Amanat. First Marvel Superhero of Pakistani Muslim descent.


11. Sana Amanat

Sana Amanat, an Editor at Marvel Comics, is developing and managing creative content for the company’s various publishing lines. Most recently, she co-created the first solo series to feature a Muslim Pakistani female super hero, Ms. Marvel. She also serves as a Young Leaders Committee board member at Seeds of Peace, an organization that promotes the empowerment of youth in regions of conflict.


NEXT WEEK IN CCN: 12. Bapsi Sidhwa



           Post comment here


Muslims on what it's like to live in Australia


Continued from last week's CCN


Report by Beau Donelly


A Muslim mother in Sydney fears her grandchildren will end up in a concentration camp. A Victorian father won't tell his football team he is Muslim so he doesn't have to explain himself. To be Muslim is to be judged for everything you do, says a Brisbane woman. An international student living in Melbourne says she feels segregated in class.

What is it to be Muslim in Australia today?


Fairfax Media asked readers who are Muslim to speak of their experiences and how they explain extremism and Islamophobia to their children. Dozens of people responded.


CCN publishes one response each week:


"Muslims are public enemy number one"


Um Omar, 30, Sydney

Living in Australia is harder now than it ever has been. Attitudes towards Muslims are worse than they have ever been. People on global platforms are able to abuse us and call for our extermination with no consequence. I am an Australian born to migrant parents. Growing up, I thought we were in the best place on earth. My family were practising Muslims but the women didn't wear the hijab. I started to wear it at 16 and by the time I completed university was wearing the niqab. I received a little discrimination then, but nowhere near as much as I do now. When my children see me being abused on the street for my dress, they get upset. I tell my children these are ignorant and angry people and that we should pray for them. There are so many people deliberately peddling misinformation and trying to stir discord. I'm no longer comfortable in this country and that's exactly what extremists on both sides want. I'm extra conscious of my safety and that of my children because I am such a visible target and, at the moment, Muslims are public enemy number one. I've only started feeling this way in the past two to three years and I place the blame mainly on the media.


Source: Brisbane Times


           Post comment here






Strictly Sonia



Julia Finn (Member of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly representing Granville for Labor and Parramatta City Councillor): I joined Muslim mothers from Granville to invite Sonia Kruger back to Granville Town Hall, where she became a star in "Strictly Ballroom" to conquer her fears about Muslim migrants and see how much she has in common with other mums.



Christensen Almighty & Crosses | Shaun Micallef's MAD AS HELL

Wednesdays, 8:30pm, ABC



At the start of the week, George Christensen said he’d cross the floor if the Libs adopt a Labor-style superannuation plan, and nek minnit he’s wondering how quickly “some idiot” is going to link a non-terrorist attack with not-Islam... Shaun FKN NAILS IT..




           Post comment here

To know the future just look to the past


24 of the Most Influential Black Muslims in History


10. Abdallah Ibn Yasin (d. July 7, 1059)

Abdallah Ibn Yasin was a jurist, theologian, reformist and founder of the Almoravid movement and dynasty. He played a central role in the Islamization of the Berber tribes of West Africa.

NEXT WEEK IN CCN: 11. Al-Mustanṣir bi-llāh (July 5, 1029 – Jan. 10, 1094)


Source: Atlantic BlackStar

           Post comment here

Op-Eds; Commentaries & Blogs


Bill Clinton Draws Flak for 'Trumpish' Comments on American Muslims

'Unfortunately, he framed his arguments within the same parameters of the Islamophobic discourse employed by Trump which treats Muslims as unwelcome foreigners.'

Former President Bill Clinton's speech at the Democratic National Convention (DNC) on Tuesday night, largely focused on humanizing his wife, is drawing criticism for its characterization of American Muslims.

"If you're a Muslim and you love America and freedom and you hate terror, stay here and help us win and make a future together, we want you," Clinton said toward the end of his address.

But as Peter Beinart, contributing editor for The Atlantic, wrote late Tuesday night: "The problem is in the assumption. American Muslims should be viewed exactly the same way other Americans are. If they commit crimes, then they should be prosecuted, just like other Americans. But they should not have to prove that they 'love America and freedom' and 'hate terror' to 'stay here.' Their value as Americans is inherent, not instrumental. Their role as Americans is not to 'help us win' the 'war on terror.'"

Beinart continued, "Whether Clinton meant to or not, he lapsed into Trumpism: the implication that Muslims are a class apart, deserving of special scrutiny and surveillance, guilty of terrorist sympathies until proven innocent."

Common Dreams



CAIR Responds to Bill Clinton’s DNC Comments on American Muslims


In a statement, CAIR Government Affairs Director Robert McCaw said:

Bill Clinton said last night: “If you’re a Muslim and you love America and freedom and you hate terror, stay here and help us win and make a future together, we want you.”

Mr. Clinton, you should know that American Muslims do love America. We love freedom. And We hate terrorism. There is no questioning these facts. But do you question whether other religious minorities or groups are with “us” or denounce crime and terrorism?

American Muslims are tired of being stereotyped as a separate class of Americans whose loyalty is always subject to question.

American Muslim leaders and community organizations have repeatedly and consistently denounced terrorism, and are being targeted with death threats by deviant groups like ISIS for speaking out against their anti-Islamic brutality.

And yet our community is once again being viewed solely through the lens of national security, not through the positive contributions made by American Muslim physicians, entrepreneurs, academics, police officers, military personnel, first responders, and just ordinary mothers and fathers.

Mr. Clinton, if you want to appeal to Muslim voters, especially those in key battleground states, speak to our concerns about Islamophobia, education, healthcare, policing policies, or even just repairing the pothole down the street.

American Muslims are Americans, and we have been here since before the founding of our nation. We are not going anywhere.



The Chilcot Report: The Coalition of the Willing must apologise to the Muslim World and pay compensation

After the release of the Chilcot Report, ideally the entire world would have stood united and demanded severest possible punishment to the perpetrators of a crime that led to the loss of at least 3 million innocent lives in Iraq.

But when the lives lost were mostly of Muslims, why should the world bother about it?

Even if the rest of the world had not done what it must have done, the Muslim World should have gone mad after US-British led Coalition of the Willing and had demanded an immediate apology to the whole Muslim world, the payment of at least 5 trillion dollars in compensation and a firm commitment of total disengagement from their lands.

Certain Muslim countries were of course themselves part of the Coalition. Even if there was such a move, it would of course not succeed as the self-styled champions of Democracy have the right to veto any resolution not suited to even one of them.

A BBC Report gives the following as the highlights of the Chilcot Report:


Dear Sonia, I understand you are scared. I am too

I know the fear you have for your children because it also worries my mother, who is Muslim. An open letter by Ameer Ali.

Dear Sonia,

Because of the immediate public backlash following your comments about the Nice attack and Muslim immigration, there hasn't been a chance to have a meaningful discussion about your concerns. The same sort of smack-down happens when other celebrities and politicians express an opinion on Islam. The self-righteous Twitterati gets excited, and the so-called racist rednecks come out of the woodwork, and all we end up with is outrage from both sides.

We need to rise above this.


I will do so from my end by saying this: I sympathise with you. I understand that you're scared.

You're worried for your children. You're probably thinking about the world they will grow up in. And what scares you the most is the notion of maniacal violence waiting to be unleashed on unassuming civilians: men, women, and children.

I know that this is what you're afraid of because it worries my mother too. After the attack in Nice, my mother texted me asking me to be careful and vigilant in public places. When I talk to her about these things, she often asks, "What makes these people commit such atrocities?"

But guess what, Sonia. My mother is Muslim.

So when you said you are afraid, I thought, sure, so is my mum. But then you went on to propose a ban on all Muslim immigration as a solution.

Almost 1.6 billion people in the world are Muslim. Most of them are like you and me. They wake up, go to work, and at the end of the day go home to see their loved ones. These people also want to see their children happy and safe. When they read media reports about Muslims being a violent bloodthirsty mob, they think, "That's not my kind of Islam", and feel disappointed that once again their faith has been hijacked by yet another cult purporting to represent the "real" Islam.




 'From one mother to another. I understand your fears.' An open letter to Sonia Kruger from a Muslim mother

Inaz Janif is a teacher, mother and an Australian Muslim. She wrote this letter in response to Sonia Kruger, who earlier this week backed a call to ban Muslim migration to Australia.

Dear Sonia,

You must have been bowled over by the avalanche of responses to your words earlier this week. I too, have felt the urge to respond to you and the people who have bombarded you with messages of support, with regards to your comments about Muslim migration. I write to you as a mother.

From one mother to another. I understand your fears. I understand your concern for you and your child. After all, as a mother myself, I too fear for myself and my child.

I wanted to tell you that I understand your fear. I understand because I too am a mother and I too feel broken when I see and hear that children are hurt or killed. I understand that you see and hear reports on our media that paint an image of Muslims and Islam as evil. Each attack, each time another innocent life is lost, we go through the cycle of pain, of anger and despair.

Canberra Times

‘I am so average, and in substance no different to the “average Aussie” and whoever it is that those words conjure. I am the stereotype.’

If I could peel back my brown skin, you'd see the Aussie bogan on the inside

Rana Hussain
Lately, throughout the many nauseatingly similar conversations about Muslims and terrorism and immigration, I’ve been hearing commentators on all sides of the debate talk about whether Muslims are “welcome” or not.

Often the phrase – though well-meaning – asks for the broader Australian community to make sure Muslims “feel welcome” in Australia.

You don’t need to welcome me. I was born at St. Vincent’s Hospital Private, in East Melbourne. And to be honest, that journey through the birth canal was pretty full on, but I’m pretty sure the nurses that caught me made me feel welcome. It was a while ago though so I don’t really recall those finer details. From kindergarten to Year 12 I went to school in Essendon. I completed all my tertiary education, even post-grad, at the University of Melbourne. I have never lived anywhere else. I am here. I welcome new immigrants, I don’t need to be welcomed, except by the Indigenous owners and custodians of the land.

It’s so jarring to hear over and over again, even by anti-racism supporters, that as a nation we need to make sure Muslims feel safe and welcome. Every Friday night you can find me on the couch watching the footy (AFL of course). You will see me on a Sunday morning in Brunch-wick downing flat whites and poached eggs. You saw me on Election Day at the local primary school exercising my democratic right. You will see me on any given public holiday, in the park or at my parents’ home sharing a meal with my family. I watch the Bachelor and Q&A and Offspring (even though the latter has come back way less awesome).


I Snapchat, Tweet, Facebook, Instagram – I do not Pokémon-Go mainly because I know I would walk into oncoming traffic while doing it. I get annoyed by slow elevators and pop-up ads like everyone else. I don’t really understand what a hung parliament is, and I get even less about global politics. I’m more excited about Gilmore Girls finally arriving on Australian Netflix.

I am no different to anyone else really. I wish I were, I wish I were more thinking and articulate and sophisticated. But I am so average, and in substance no different to the “average Aussie” and whoever it is that those words conjure. I am the stereotype.

However when I’m walking down the street my brown, Indian skin, (inherited by my parents who migrated in the early 1970s) and the headscarf on my head, because, yes I follow the religion of Islam, silence my voice and take over the speaking for me. And what they are shouting is “She’s the other! She might be a terrorist! And even though she looks pretty harmless she still looks like those other people who are the problem so, run!”

The Guardian


           Post comment here







Friday khutbah (sermon)

DATE: 29 July 2016

TOPIC"Become a Honey Bee"

IMAM: Uzair Akbar


Play the recording  




Friday khutbah (sermon)

DATE: 29 July 2016

TOPIC"Youth around the messenger of Allah"  Part 2

IMAM: Akram Buksh 








Friday khutbah (sermon)

DATE: 29 July 2016

TOPIC: “Reflection and Contemplation of Allah's creation"

IMAM: Ahmed Muhammad Naffaa (Al Azhari)








Friday khutbah (sermon)

DATE: 29 July 2016








Friday khutbah (sermon)

DATE: 29 July 2016

TOPIC"Reasons for the ummah’s degeneration"

IMAM: Mufti Naeem Ali


Play the recording  





           Post comment here




Amanah Institute
Recruitment Drive

“Join our team of Muslim educators”

Seeking highly motivated individuals committed to the education of Muslim children.

Opportunities for:

• Casual positions (4.00 pm – 6.30 pm, Monday – Friday)
• Relief teaching
• Volunteer teacher aiding
Weekly professional learning topics:
• Islamic education philosophy
• Evidence based teaching and learning strategies
• Student centred teaching practice
• Prophetic pedagogical strategies.

We invite all interested candidates for employment to contact us.





           Post comment here


 Father of slain Muslim soldier Humayun Khan challenges Donald Trump to look up meaning of 'liberty'



US: The father of a Muslim US soldier killed in Iraq has accused Donald Trump of vilifying patriotic American Muslims while "sacrificing nothing" himself, in a steely rebuke that electrified Democratic Party supporters.

Khizr Khan — whose son Humayun died in a 2004 suicide bombing in Baquba — admonished the Republican presidential nominee for his plan to ban Muslims from entering the United States in a speech to the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.


"Tonight we are honoured to stand here as parents of Captain Humayun Khan and as patriotic American Muslims with undivided loyalty to the country," he said, stirring delegates who had watched a video tribute to his son in captivated silence.

"If it was up to Donald Trump, he never would have been in America," he said.

"Donald Trump consistently smears the character of Muslims.

"Donald Trump, you are asking Americans to trust you with their future, let me ask you — have you even read the United States Constitution?" he said, brandishing a copy to loud cheers.

"I will gladly lend you my copy."

During his speech, Mr Khan demanded Mr Trump look for the word "liberty" and consult the 14th amendment, which guarantees equal protection before the law.

Follow our live blog for the latest from the Democratic National Convention.

"Have you ever been to Arlington cemetery?" he demanded, as many in the audience were moved to tears.

"Go look at the graves of brave patriots who died defending the United States of America. You will see all faiths, genders and ethnicities.

"You have sacrificed nothing, and no one."

Source: ABC


           Post comment here



 Children's cartoon series Fireman Sam drawn into Koran controversy



UK: United Kingdom's Channel 5 has removed an episode of Fireman Sam from its online streaming service, after the animated children's programme appeared to show a character treading on pages of the Koran.

HIT Entertainment, the producer of the programme, last night issued an unreserved apology, and said it was cancelling its contract with the Chinese animation studio responsible for making the scenes.

In the program, which last aired in the UK on June 28, a character can be seen on two occasions trampling on papers that are being sorted on the floor of a fire station.

When the papers fly into the air, at least one sheet appears to be a page from the Islamic holy book.


The scenes, which were unearthed by a member of the public, led to condemnation on social networking sites.

Miqdaad Versi, assistant secretary general of the Muslim Council of Britain, wrote on Twitter: "[I] have no idea what went through the producers' minds when they thought this was a good idea."

Mr Versi identified one page as containing verses 13 to 26 of chapter 67 of the Koran, which deals with issues such as the origins of existence, and the punishments meted out to non-believers.

In a statement, HIT Entertainment, which also owns brands such as Thomas the Tank Engine and Bob the Builder, said: "It has been brought to our attention that in an episode of Fireman Sam an image of the Koran is briefly depicted. The page was intended to show illegible text and we deeply regret this error.

"We will no longer be working with the animation studio responsible for this mistake.

"In addition, we are taking immediate action to remove this episode from circulation and we are reviewing our content production procedures to ensure this never happens again."

In 2012, one of the creators of Fireman Sam, David Jones, was held at Gatwick Airport, after making a comment about a Muslim woman who was wearing a veil.

Fireman Sam is broadcast by the ABC and episodes are available for streaming with ABC For Kids in Australia.

Brisbane Times


           Post comment here



To top

 Post your comment here


The CCN Book-of-the-Week

A Confession


Leo Tolstoy


In the 1870s Tolstoy experienced a profound moral crisis, followed by what he regarded as an equally profound spiritual awakening, as outlined in his non-fiction work A Confession.


His literal interpretation of the ethical teachings of Jesus, centering on the Sermon on the Mount, caused him to become a fervent Christian anarchist and pacifist.


A Confession -- an essay by Leo Tolstoy on his religious thoughts -- shows the great author in process of looking for answers to profound questions that trouble all who take them on: "What will come of my life?" and "What is the meaning of life?": these are questions whose answers were an absolute requirement for Tolstoy.


In the course of the essay, Tolstoy shows different attempts to find answers on the examples of science, philosophy, eastern wisdom and the opinions of his fellow novelists. . . . finding no workable solution in any of these, Tolstoy recognizes the deep religious convictions of ordinary people as containing the key to true answers.


The first attempt at its publication took place in 1882 (Russkaya Mysl, No 5), but Tolstoy's work was removed virtually from the whole edition of the journal by Orthodox Church censorship. The text was later published in Geneva (1884), in Russia as late as 1906 (Vsemirnyj Vestnik, No 1). (less) 


"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

CCN's Bookshelf

City of Djinns: A Year in Delhi
A Fine Balance
The Leadership of Muhammad
Beyond Chutzpah: On the Misuse of Anti-Semitism and the Abuse of History, Updated Edition, With a New Preface
The God of Small Things
The Kite Runner
The Punishment of Gaza
Tuesdays with Morrie: An Old Man, a Young Man, and Life's Greatest Lesson
Leaving Microsoft to Change the World: An Entrepreneur’s Odyssey to Educate the World’s Children
The Da Vinci Code
The Power of One
Muslim Women and Sports in the Malay World: The Crossroads of Modernity and Faith
Palestine Peace Not Apartheid
The Lemon Tree: An Arab, a Jew, and the Heart of the Middle East
The Road to Mecca
Long Walk to Freedom
Come Be My Light: The Private Writings of the Saint of Calcutta

CCN's favourite books »


           Post comment here


KB says: Fathima Essop shared this recipe with us. She says it reminds you of doughnuts but has the texture of cake and is absolutely delicious with a cup of tea.
The best thing was that it was so easy to make and did not require a machine - only the good old wooden spoon.

Cinnamon Muffins


Dry Ingredients
260g Flour
1½ tsp baking powder
½ tsp salt
½ tsp ground cinnamon
Sift the above together

Mix the following wet ingredients
2 tsp Vanilla essence
80g butter, melted
180g castor sugar
1 egg
185ml milk

Add wet ingredients to dry until just combined.
Spoon 1 Tblsp batter into 24 cup mini muffin trays or 12 cup muffin pans.
Bake at 180 for about 12 mins or until cooked through.

80g butter, melted
1/4 cup castor sugar
1/2 to 1 tsp ground cinnamon (as per your preference)

Combine castor sugar and cinnamon in a cup or bowl. While muffins are still warm, brush tops with melted butter and sprinkle with the cinnamon mixture.

Do you have a recipe to share with CCN readers?


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


           Post comment here


Q: Dear Kareema, I need some exercise options to reduce the impact through my knees & lower back. Any suggestions?

A: Aqua aerobics is perfect because of the buoyancy of the water. There is absolutely no impact on the joints, so not only will you challenge your muscles, you'll strengthen, tone and massage them all in one hit.

The other good option is cycling. Again, no jarring of the knees and the cycling action will strengthen the muscles around the knee.

Yoga, stretching, etc. will also play a part in building stronger joints and muscles.






My Health and Fitness

Tel: 0404 844 786


Need an answer to a fitness related matter?

Send your question to Kareema at

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


           Post comment here


Fitria Sari

Accredited Practising Dietician & Nutritionist

To book appointments -
Ph: 3341 2333 (Underwood)
Ph: 3299 5596 (Springwood)
M: 0406 279 591

How to Ward off Winter Weight Gain


Winter is normally a time where many of us start to slack off with our exercise routines and healthy eating regimes. The warming comfort of a bed in the morning seems much more appealing than a morning workout, and a cosy day inside can sometimes turn into a junk food affair. It is important to remember that to be healthy is to make healthy living a lifestyle and not just a phase in spring to get in shape for summer. It is also essential to keep up with good health and nutrition during the colder months as it enables your body to combat infectious diseases like the simple cold and flu virus. Here are three simple tips to bring some heat back to healthy living this winter.

. When making soups or stews, fill it with lots of vegetables – the greater variety, the better! Don’t forget to trim down the fats off meats and decrease the amount of unhealthy fats such as cream and butter.

. Although it may be too cold for a traditional leafy salad, there is such a thing as a warm “salad”! Roast some vegetables (e.g. sweet potato, pumpkin, carrots, zucchini, onion, or whatever veg you like) and mix it with some couscous, quinoa or chickpeas for an easy and healthy lunch or light dinner.

. If you feel it is too cold to work-out outside, exercise indoors – even a short 15 to 20 mins session a day can help to maintain fitness and stabilise weight. Plus, it helps to warm the body up on a chilly day!
By implementing these 3 simple strategies as well as keeping a balanced diet, it will definitely help you to ward off that unwanted winter weight gain.


Need an answer to a nutrition related matter?

Send your question to Fitria at

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


           Post comment here


Rosemary: The Queen of Herbs


Prostrate Rosemary

Upright Rosemary


Every garden should have at least one Rosemary plant. Once you have one you never know how you survived without it for so long. Here are the main growing tips:

* Wait for the plant to be established before taking bits for your roast potatoes. Most people fail with Rosemary because they are impatient.
* It needs a warm sunny spot.
* It only needs a slow release fertiliser once or twice a year.
* It does not do so well in clay soils. If you have clay, add garden lime or dolomite.
* It can be grown in a pot.
* Once it is big, take cuttings and immerse them in water. They will root within 14 days.
*Try to grow a creeping variety called prostrate rosemary.

Rosemary also attracts bees so it is well worth having it in your garden.



Send your gardening questions to


You can also contact Ahmed Esat by phone (0404070498) or email ( and visit his blog site.

           Post comment here



Jallaludin was being sold a very cheap suit.


"But the left arm is a lot longer than the right arm," he complained.

"That's why the suit is such a bargain," the sales clerk explained.


"Just cock your left shoulder up a little, like this, and tuck this left lapel under your chin a bit, like this."

"But the right leg is way too short," argued Jallaludin.

"No problem," the sales clerk answered. "Just keep your right knee bent a little at all times, walk like this, and no one will notice. That's why this suit is only thirty dollars."

Finally, Jallaludin bought the suit, cocked his left shoulder into the air, tucked the suit's left lapel under his chin, bent his right knee, and limped out of the store toward his car.


Two doctors happened along and noticed him.

"Good heavens," the first doctor said to the second, "look at that poor crippled fellow."

"Yeah," answered the second doctor. "But doesn't that suit fit great?"


           Post comment here


An Ayaat-a-Week






Allah! There is no god but He: of a surety He will gather you together against the Day of Judgment, about which there is no doubt. And whose word can be truer than Allah’s? 
~ Surah An-Nisaa 4:87


           Post comment here



“This country will not be a good place for any of us to live in unless we make it a good place for all of us to live in.”

~ Teddy Roosevelt


           Post comment here


With today's phone phenomena, people seem to have an obsession with their phones where their eyes and minds are constantly glued on it.


Now with the whole Pokemon Go game that has come out people are like the walking dead following their phones and not their senses.


With that being said rule no. 1 of self defence is STAY ALERT! Be aware of where you are walking. The last thing you need is to be walking into a situation you may not walk out of. Be smart, be aware and take care.

For more info on self defence classes please contact Taufan on 0447004465 or Or visit our Facebook page for updates and info on Southside Academy of Combat - Silat PD


           Post comment here

I searched for God and found only myself. I searched for myself and found only God.

Notice Board



Click on thumbnail to enlarge



Events and Functions


Wisdom College ladies night 6 AUGUST AIIC Hajj Seminar 6 AUGUST Night of Quran 6 AUGUST Crescent Institute Jihad Dib 18 AUGUST PINK HIJAAB DAY 24 AUGUST 2016 AIIC Fete 28 AUGUST 2016 AIIC Fete 28 AUGUST Marriage and Parenting 3 SEPTEMBER Matchmaking Session 3 SEPTEMBER CresWalk2016 4 SEPTEMBER Muslimah Night Bazzar 10 SEPTEMBER Muslim Parenting 1 and 2 OCTOBER


           Post comment here


Islamic Programmes, Education & Services


ISOM Flyer-CCN SC Tuition Shajarah Islamic Education Shajarah Islamic Education Australian International Islamic College Holland Park Mosque Hall Hire Slacks Creek Madressah Slacks Creek Mosque Activities Marriage celebrant - Imam Akram High School Subjects Tutoring MCF


           Post comment here


Businesses and Services









See ALL our advertising/sponsorship options

here or email us


           Post comment here


"If it's not here's not happening!"l)

To claim your date for your event email





(Click on link)





6 August


Ladies Night dinner

Wisdom College

Michael's Oriental Restaurant

0452 373 774


6 August


Night of Quran

Islamic Society of Eight Mile Plains

Bosniak Islamic Centre of QLD



6 August


Hajj Seminar

Darul Uloom & AIIC

6 Agnes Street,

0432 539 942

9.30am to 1pm

6 & 7 August


Sat & Sun

The Divine Light
Sh Wasim Kempson

Al Kauthar Brisbane

Griffith University NATHAN

0438 698 328

All day

13 August



School fete: Family Fun Day

Gold Coast Islamic School (AIIC)

19 Chisholm Road Carrara, Gold Coast

5596 6565

12pm to 6.30pm

18 August


'A Journey to Parliament'

Crescent Institute

Brisbane CBD

0402 026 786

6pm for 6.30pm start

21 August


3rd Golf Tournament

Continental Club

Palmer Colonial Golf Club

0434 193 801

10am Shotgun Start

24 August


Pink Hijab Day


Gould Adams Community Centre, Kingsto

3808 9233

9.30am to 12.30pm

27 August


Just Kidding

Muslim Aid Australia and Read Little Muslims


0434 984 520

10am to 3.30pm

28 August


14th Annual College Fete

Australian International Islamic Collge

724 Blunder Rd, DURACK

0411 045 156

11am til late

3 September


10 Ways to Lose your Spouse & Children by Edris Khamisa


Griffith University, Nathan Campus

0431 360 418

9am to 1pm

3 September


Marriage Soul Seekers - Matchmaking Event


Centre for Interfaith & Cultural Dialogue, Griffith University,

0431 360 418

2pm to 5pm


4 September




Crescents of Brisbane

Orleigh Park, WEST END

0402 026 786


10 September


Marriage and Parenting workshop with Edris Khamissa and Sajid Hussain


Griffith University, Nathan Campus

0431 360 418

9am to 1pm


10 September



Muslimah Night Bazzar (Sisters Only)

Loriza Koya

ICB, 45 Acacia Road, Karawatha

0405 816 102

4pm to 9pm

12 September



EID al-ADHA 1437 (10th Zilhijja 1437)


17 September



Eidfest @ Dreamworld



0419 025 510

6pm to 11pm

1 & 2 October September

Sat & Sun

Parenting Toolbox Workshop with Ahmad Fakhri Hamzah and Jamilah Samian  


11 Watland St, Springwood

0431 360 418

9am to 4pm

3 October



1st Muharram 1438 – Islamic New Year 1438

8 October


Al Yateem Fundraising Dinner

Islamic Relief Australia

Greek Hall, 269 Creek Road, Mt Gravatt

0456 426 523


8 & 9 October

Sat & Sun

The First Kingdom by Sh Bilal Ismail

Al Kauthar Brisbane

Griffith University NATHAN

0438 698 328

8.30am to 5.30pm

12 October



Day of Ashura

12 December



Birth of the Prophet (pbuh) / Milad un Nabi



1. All Islamic Event dates given above are supplied by the Council of Imams QLD (CIQ) and are provided as a guide and 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.


           Post comment here





"InShaAllah we will get back to the normal Tafseer and Sahaba program soon, most likely the days would be Mondays and Wednesdays."





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



Quran Reading Class For Ladies (Beginners or Advanced)

Every Saturday 2 - 4pm
Lady Teacher



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



Click on images to enlarge






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: 7pm
Date: TBA
Venue: Islamic College of Brisbane - 45 Acacia Road Karawatha

Light refreshments will be available.




For more information and RSVP:

Sergeant Jim Bellos at



           Post comment here

Catch Crescents Community News on


Please feel free to click on the image on the left and......

post comments on our Wall

start up a Discussion thread

become a Fan


Like our page


           Post comment here


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

Karratha Muslims (Muslims in Western Australia)

Islam TV

Recording of lectures and events in and around Queensland

Muslim Directory Australia

Carers Queensland

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

Brisbane Muslim Burial Society (BMBS)

Muslim Charitable Foundation (MCF)

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

Islamic Medical Association of Queensland (IMAQ)

Network of Muslim healthcare professionals

Al-Imdaad Foundation (Australia)

Australian Muslim Youth Network (AMYN)

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

Islamic Council of Queensland (ICQ)  

Umbrella body representing various Mosques and Societies in Queensland

Current list of businesses certified halal by ICQ  7 August 2011

Islamic Friendship Association of Australia

Blog of the Association's activities

United Muslims of Brisbane

Crescents of Brisbane's CRESCAFE (Facebook)

Muslim Women's eNewsletter

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

Islamic Solutions

Articles and Audio recordings

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

Lockyer Valley Islamic Association


Celebrating Muslim cultures

iCare QLD (formerly AYIA Foundation) -


Slacks Creek Mosque

Mosque and Community Centre

If you would like a link to your website email


           Post comment here


Articles and opinions appearing in this newsletter do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the CCN Team, its Editor or its Sponsors, particularly if they eventually turn out to be libellous, unfounded, objectionable, obnoxious, offensive, slanderous and/or downright distasteful.


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 CCN


           Post comment here

Write For Us

The best ideas and the best feedback come from our community of readers. If you have a topic or opinion that you want to write about or want seen covered or any news item that you think might be of benefit to the Crescents Community please e-mail us..


Share your thoughts, feelings and ambitions for our community through CCN.


If there is someone you know who would like to subscribe to CCN please encourage them to enter their details here.


           Post comment here