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Sunday, 10 May 2009

 .Newsletter 0235


News you won't find on CNN!






Only 7 Days Left!



Sharif Deen one of the finalist in The Biggest Loser show on TV will be the special guest at CresWalk this year.

Sharif will lead the warm up exercises at the start and and get the run underway.

Come and meet Sharif and marvel at his amazing 72kg weight loss.

Sharif went onto the show at 178kg and came in third place by losing 33% of his body weight.

The Channel Ten show was a three month weigh loss journey where contestants are shown how to exercise and eat healthily.


Sharif was sometimes training for up to 7 hours a day, and the show has left him with a new lease on life.

This year the show was made up of couples and Sharif went with a work mate of his, Theresa, who lost 39kg.

Both Sharif and Theresa will be at CresWalk and they look forward to discussing their weight loss journey.



What else is on at this year's CresWalk?


You can look forward to a fabulous day out with:


a sumptuous CresWalk breakfast

finisher's gift

rock climbing



loads of random draw prizes that include a weekend holiday for two, several $100 shopping and movies vouchers and MUCH MUCH MORE!



So if you, your family and your friends have not registered yet,

do so RIGHT NOW!


There's a race category for every age and ability - from the toddlers to the pram pushers


And bring along your chairs and picnic rug and enjoy the morning out along our Brisbane River.





17 May 2009

Orleigh Park, West End

Register online




Registration form




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For that Very Special Woman in your life....




Putting the Boot On


An opportunity was given to the Muslim youth to find out more about joining the Queensland Police Service.


A recruitment drive designed especially for Muslims was held at Darra Mosque yesterday.


The day started at 2.00pm with a number of Police from the local academy ready to speak with people eager to join the force.


A small number of youth (both male and female) took advantage of this opportunity and received recruitment packs as well as a more thorough understanding of what is expected during the training period and also what the different avenues are available once you have completed training.


The Community Policing Partnership Program (CPPP) “In my boots” was funded by the Australia Human Rights Commission and was organised by Muslim Police Liaison Officer Sabrina Hadzic and Cross Cultural Liaison Officer Sergeant Jim Bellos.


The recruitment drive was followed by a dinner later that evening, which was hosted by Yasmin Khan. Keynote speaker was Silma Ihram, Principal of Australian International Islamic College.


Silma’s impassioned plea to the youth was to educate themselves and find opportunities for themselves.


She also encouraged them to stand up for what was right but warned them not to follow those who tell you who your enemy is.


"Your enemy," she explained, "is the person who tells you to do the wrong thing."


Fulfilling half their Deens


The nikah (wedding) of Zafirah, daughter of Haneef Deen,and Shiraz, son of Ahmad Nusair of Fiji was performed last week at the Darra Mosque by Imam Yusuf Peer.


The wedding reception was held on Monday 4th May at the Conrad Jupiters, Gold Coast where some 450 guests were in attendance.


Like his mom and dad, Shiraz is a medical doctor, and both he and Zafirah are planning to test out the Brisbane waters together for a few months before deciding where to call home.




For a chance to have your wedding pictures and stories published send them to ccn@crescentsofbrisbane.org.


Here She Comes: Miss Beautiful Morals

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (May 6) - Sukaina al-Zayer is an unlikely beauty queen hopeful. She covers her face and body in black robes and an Islamic veil, so no one can tell what she looks like. She also admits she's a little on the plump side.

But at Saudi Arabia's only beauty pageant, the judges don't care about a perfect figure or face. What they're looking for in the quest for "Miss Beautiful Morals" is the contestant who shows the most devotion and respect for her parents.

"The idea of the pageant is to measure the contestants' commitment to Islamic morals... It's an alternative to the calls for decadence in the other beauty contests that only take into account a woman's body and looks," said pageant founder Khadra al-Mubarak.

"The winner won't necessarily be pretty," she added. "We care about the beauty of the soul and the morals."
So after the pageant opens Saturday, the nearly 200 contestants will spend the next 10 weeks attending classes and being quizzed on themes including "Discovering your inner strength," "The making of leaders" and "Mom, paradise is at your feet" — a saying attributed to Islam's Prophet Muhammad to underline that respect for parents is among the faith's most important tenets.


Pageant hopefuls will also spend a day at a country house with their mothers, where they will be observed by female judges and graded on how they interact with their mothers, al-Mubarak said. Since the pageant is not televised and no men are involved, contestants can take off the veils and black figure-hiding abayas they always wear in public.

The Miss Beautiful Morals pageant is the latest example of conservative Muslims co-opting Western-style formats to spread their message in the face of the onslaught of foreign influences flooding the region through the Internet and satellite television.


Read the rest......

Taxes, Torture and the Taliban

ABC's Q and A program on Thursday 7 May had as panelists: Senator Mark Arbib, Parliamentary Secretary for Government Service Delivery; Sharman Stone, shadow immigration minister; Greg Sheridan, Foreign Editor, The Australian; Guy Rundle, author and Crikey.com.au blogger; Randa Abdel-Fattah, author and lawyer.

After a wide-ranging discussion that included audience questions about student poverty during the recession, the subject changed to torture. Jinho Choi raised the possibility of prosecution for US officials involved in torture during the Bush administration, while Emily Heath asked whether the Howard government was also morally complicit in illicit actions that occurred at Guantanamo Bay.

Thomas Greenhalgh raised the difficult issue of the growing power of the Taliban in nuclear-armed Pakistan, and asked whether it was in Australia's interest to prevent the Pakistan Government from failing. A video question from Yasmin Zarebski, from Castle Hill in Sydney, maintained the Taliban focus by asking about the oppression of women in Muslim countries. After a question from Maha Istanbouly about peace in the Middle East, and critics of Israel being cast as anti-Semites, the Israel-Palestine conflict sparked a passionate discussion that was still raging when time ran out and the show had to end.



Randa Abdel-Fattah was born in Sydney in 1979. She is a Muslim of Palestinian and Egyptian heritage. She grew up in Melbourne and attended a Catholic primary school and Islamic secondary college where she obtained an International Baccalaureate. She studied Arts/Law at Melbourne University during which time she was the Media Liaison Officer at the Islamic Council of Victoria.

She now works as a lawyer specialising in commercial and property litigation.

Randa has written books for young audiences, including Does my head look big in this?, Ten Things I Hate About Me and Where The Streets Had A Name. Her writing has received acclaim around the world and in 2008 she was awarded the Kathleen Mitchell Award, a biennial literary award that acknowledges excellence in writers under 30. Her most recent novel, Where The Streets Had A Name, was recently listed as a Notable Book by the Children's Book Council.

Randa is also a regular guest at schools around Australia addressing students about her books and the social justice issues they raise. She is also a human rights advocate and stood in the 1996 Federal election as a member of the Unity Party-Say No To Hanson. Randa is a member of various inter-faith networks. She has also volunteered with different human rights and migrant resource organisations. Randa has contributed to various publications, including The Australian, The Age, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Canberra times, New Matilda, Le Monde (France).

She is currently living in Sydney with her husband and two children aged 3 ½ and 10 months where she is working on her fourth book.


You can listen to Randa's response to the Palestinian issue and the rights of women in Islam midway through the programme here:



Speed Intros for Muslims

A fun night out for Muslims searching for marriage partners.


“Speed Intros for Muslims” has adopted the concept of “speed-dating”, and has arranged an event to assist single Muslim males and females to meet one another. Applicants will be age–categorised and will have the opportunity for a five minute “interview” with potential partners.


The event will be in a supervised and safe environment. Attendees may then choose to provide each other with their contact details, or alternatively this can be facilitated by “Speed Intros for Muslims”, with the consent of each person involved.


“Speed Intros for Muslims” hopes that this will be an enjoyable and successful evening for all involved, Insha-Allah.


Event Details

Date: 17/07/09

Time: 7.30pm for an 8.00pm start

Venue: Sebel Citigate Hotel, Brisbane

Cost: $25 (includes refreshment and snack)

Contact: For an application form or for further details please contact

                Julu Latif on 0400 142 786, Shenaz Seedat on 0415 180 065 or

Email MuslimIntros@hotmail.com


All proceeds are donated to charity.

MBN Presents an Economic Update


MBN invites members and non-members to an evening with Professor Michael E. Drew on Tuesday 19 May 2009 at 7.30pm.


The Professor will look at some of the origins of the current crisis and explore the impact on investment risk in various asset classes.  The presentation will also consider some of the issues facing investors in today's climate.


If you want to know where Australia is heading in the next year, how this impacts your business/profession and where to invest in the current market, then this evening is a must for you. The professor will take questions at the end of his presentation.


Depending on time, Iqbal Lambat will provide a brief overview of the federal budget.


The cost of attending the evening is $10 per person. It will be held at Springwood Towers on 19 May at 7pm. Light refreshments will be provided.


Places are strictly limited. Confirm your attendance on the MBN website, send an email to us at secretary@mbn.net.au or contact Farida Lambat on 0417 460 200; Iqbal Lambat on 0410 786 227; or Bilal Rauf on 0411 625 462.


About the speaker:
Professor Michael E. Drew
is currently the Discipline Head of Finance and Financial Planning, Department of Accounting, Finance and Economics, Griffith Business School.  He joined the Griffith Business School, Griffith University as Professor of Finance in 2008.  Prior to this post, Michael was head of the Investment Services division at QSuper, one of Australia’s largest superannuation funds, with 470,000 members and in excess of $23 billion in funds under management.


Visiting Sheikh in Brisbane







Sheikh Habib Umar (seen receiving a gift from Professor Toh Swee-Hin) spoke at the Griffith University Multi-Faith Centre on Tuesday and answered, through his interpreter, a number of questions posed to him from a very mixed audience of Muslims and non-Muslims.


He followed his talk with a lecture at the Kuraby Mosque that evening.


Little Mosque on the Prairie: Season 3 Episode 7


Sweet Sixteen   


Part 1


Part 2

Part 3


AFIC Activities

Algester Fund Raiser

Report by Yahya Hasham

The Algester Masjid held a fundraiser on Sunday the 25th of April at the Logan-west Community Hall in Hillcrest as part of its ongoing fundraising campaign for the construction of a new masjid at 48 Learoyd Road, Algester.

The world-famous Quran Reciter Qari Sayyid Sadaqat Ali of Pakistan was the main guest of honour. The Qari drowned the audience in the ocean of Allah Ta'ala's words.

Local-based Qaris also participated, among others were Qari Mehboob-ul- Haq (ex-Quran teacher at Holland Park Mosque) as well as the well-known Shaikh Qari Ahmed Abu Ghazaleh.

After the Asr Salaah, an auction took place where the auctioneer Br. Zafar Iqubal really exhausted the pockets of the people to donate to the masjid.

This beautiful and very successful programme ended at just before Maghrib with the recital of Qaseedah Al-Burdah and Dua by Qari Sayyid Sadaqat Ali.

A Black Imam Breaks Ground in Mecca

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia

“Any qualified individual, no matter what his color, no matter where from, will have a chance to be a leader, for his good and The king is trying to tell everybody that he wants to rule this land as one nation, with no racism and no segregation.”

TWO years ago, Sheik Adil Kalbani dreamed that he had become an imam at the Grand Mosque in Mecca, Islam’s holiest city.

Waking up, he dismissed the dream as a temptation to vanity. Although he is known for his fine voice, Sheik Adil is black, and the son of a poor immigrant from the Persian Gulf. Leading prayers at the Grand Mosque is an extraordinary honor, usually reserved for pure-blooded Arabs from the Saudi heartland.

So he was taken aback when the phone rang last September and a voice told him that King Abdullah had chosen him as the first black man to lead prayers in Mecca. Days later Sheik Adil’s unmistakably African features and his deep baritone voice, echoing musically through the Grand Mosque, were broadcast by satellite TV to hundreds of millions of Muslims around the world.

Since then, Sheik Adil has been half-jokingly dubbed the “Saudi Obama.” Prominent imams are celebrities in this deeply religious country, and many have hailed his selection as more evidence of King Abdullah’s cautious efforts to move Saudi Arabia toward greater openness and tolerance in the past few years.

“The king is trying to tell everybody that he wants to rule this land as one nation, with no racism and no segregation,” said Sheik Adil, a heavyset and long-bearded man of 49 who has been an imam at a Riyadh mosque for 20 years. “Any qualified individual, no matter what his color, no matter where from, will have a chance to be a leader, for his good and his country’s good.”

Officially, it was his skill at reciting the Koran that won him the position, which he carries out — like the Grand Mosque’s eight other prayer leaders — only during the holy month of Ramadan. But the racial significance of the king’s gesture was unmistakable.

Sheik Adil, like most Saudis, is quick to caution that any racism here is not the fault of Islam, which preaches egalitarianism. The Prophet Muhammad himself, who founded the religion here 1,400 years ago, had black companions.

“Our Islamic history has so many famous black people,” said the imam, as he sat leaning his arm on a cushion in the reception room of his home. “It is not like the West.”

It is also true that Saudi Arabia is far more ethnically diverse than most Westerners realize. Saudis with Malaysian or African features are a common sight along the kingdom’s west coast, the descendants of pilgrims who came here over the centuries and ended up staying. Many have prospered and even attained high positions through links to the royal family. Bandar bin Sultan, the former Saudi ambassador to the United States, is the son of Prince Sultan and a dark-skinned concubine from southern Saudi Arabia.

But slavery was practiced here too, and was abolished only in 1962. Many traditional Arabs from Nejd, the central Saudi heartland, used to refer to all outsiders as “tarsh al bahr” — vomit from the sea. People of African descent still face some discrimination, as do most immigrants, even from other Arab countries. Many Saudis complain that the kingdom is still far too dominated by Nejd, the homeland of the royal family. There are nonracial forms of discrimination too, and many Shiite Muslims, a substantial minority, say they are not treated fairly.

“The prophet told us that social classes will remain, because of human nature,” Sheik Adil said gravely. “These are part of the pre-Islamic practices that persist.”

BLACK skin is not the only social obstacle Sheik Adil has overcome. His father came to Saudi Arabia in the 1950s from Ras al Khaima, in what is now the United Arab Emirates, and obtained a job as a low-level government clerk. The family had little money, and after finishing high school, Adil took a job with Saudi Arabian Airlines while attending night classes at King Saud University.

Only later did he study religion, laboriously memorizing the Koran and studying Islamic jurisprudence. In 1984 he passed the government exam to become an imam, and worked briefly at the mosque in the Riyadh airport. Four years later he won a more prominent position as the imam of the King Khalid mosque, a tall white building that is not far from one of the Intelligence Ministry’s offices.

Theologically, Sheik Adil reflects the general evolution of Saudi thinking over the last two decades. During the 1980s he met Osama bin Laden and Abdullah Azzam, a leader of the jihad against the Soviets in Afghanistan. He initially sympathized with their radical position and anger toward the West. Later, he said, he began to find their views narrow, especially after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

Now he speaks warmly of King Abdullah’s new initiatives, which include efforts to moderate the power of the hard-line religious establishment and to modernize Saudi Arabia’s judiciary and educational establishment. He reads Al Watan, a liberal newspaper.

“Some people in this country want everyone to be a carbon copy,” Sheik Adil said. “This is not my way of thinking. You can learn from the person who is willing to criticize, to give a different point of view.”

His life, like that of most imams, follows a rigid routine: he leads prayers five times a day at the mosque, then walks across the parking lot to his home, which he shares with two wives and 12 children. On Fridays, he gives a sermon as well.

HE expected it to continue that way for the rest of his life. Then in early September he woke up to hear his cellphone and land line, both ringing continuously. Stirring from bed, he heard the administrator of the Grand Mosque leaving a message. He picked up one of the phones, and heard the news that the king had selected him.

Two days later he walked into a grand reception room where he was greeted by Prince Khalid al-Faisal, the governor of Mecca Province. Sheik Adil tried to introduce himself, but the prince cut him off with a smile: “You are known,” he said.

Next, Sheik Adil was led to a table where he sat with King Abdullah and other ministers. He was too shy to address the king directly, but as he left the room he thanked him and kissed him on the nose, a traditional sign of deference.

Remembering the moment, Sheik Adil smiled and went silent. Then he pulled out his laptop and showed a visitor a YouTube clip of him reciting the Koran at the Grand Mosque in Mecca.

“To recite before thousands of people, this is no problem for me,” he said. “But the place, its holiness, is so different from praying anywhere else. In that shrine, there are kings, presidents and ordinary people, all being led in prayer by you as imam. It gives you a feeling of honor, and a fear of almighty God.”



Stand Up, Speak Out!

Do you find it scary to speak in front of a group? Most people do! Having your say is vitally important - at school, at uni, and in working life.


Now find out how you can overcome these fears.


The CCN Centre Link


ACCES Services INC

Muslim Job-seekers with the following skills/qualifications are in search of employment

• Fork-lift license
• HR & MR License
• Qualified Accountant seeking Australian work experience (voluntary or paid position)

If you are seeking to recruit staff with the above skills/qualifications or with skills in other fields please contact Ahmed (3412 8222, 0407 698 312) or Safia (3412 8222, 3412 8239) at ACCES Services INC.


An employment opportunity for the position of Crisis Support Worker exists at the Immigrant Women’s Support Service (IWSS). It is a permanent position within the Domestic Violence Program at IWSS.


Some of the attractive opportunities in this job include:

o To work in a dynamic team and organisation where broader understandings of working with women from non-English speaking backgrounds will enrich your professional experiences;
o The position is remunerated at SACS Level 5.2 with salary sacrifice;
o The position is for 7 days per fortnight (52.5 hours);
o IWSS has above Award conditions in place for staff; and
o IWSS maintains a supportive learning environment where opportunities for further professional development and training are afforded.

Due to the nature of the services provided by IWSS, we adopt Section 25 of the Anti-Discrimination Act 1991, which enables the service to employ women only on the basis of “genuine occupational requirements.”

Contact Stephanie Anne by email
stephanie@iwss.org.au or on telephone: 3846 3490 if you have any questions and/or require additional information to inform your decision.

Position description and selection criteria


The Inbox


Assalaamu Alaikum.


Dear sisters please don’t miss the opportunity of attending Taleem every Thursdays.

It is only for 1 hour from 11am-12pm.

Give it a go and discover how much you could learn from these sessions.


We have a sister phoning in from America to educate us and quotes from the hadith.


This week at the residence of Sharifa Gutta, 50 Caribbea Street, Kuraby.

(opp.Child Care Centre).


For more enquiries telephone:3219 0587.



The Taleem Team

CCN Supporting Local Enterprise


Family Daycare Positions Available in Kuraby Area

Are you looking for an affordable and safe place to leave your child while you are at work? Then why not give Rubi's daycare a go!

- CCB Approved
- Babies until 4years
- Before and After school care
- Vacation Care
- Safe and child friendly
- Honest and reliable carer
- Diploma in Childrens services.
- Blue card and first aid
- Insurance
- Air conditioned

Heaps of toys and activities to keep your kids entertained, different children to interact with.
Only two spots available, so hurry and book your spot.

The following days are available:
Monday to Friday, full days
Monday and Tuesday, full days.

Contact Rubi on:
Home: 3341 - 5215
Mobile: 0434007804

Inshala there will be an Islamic book store opening shortly in the Logan/Woodridge area, the first of its kind! Just some of the items on sale will be:


Authentic quality books

Men, women and children's clothing



Black seed


Prayer mats

Children's books and toys

DVDs and audio CDs

And much more!


Keep an eye out for great bargains.

If you have any questions, please contact Umar on 04242 87133

CCN Reader's Discussion Forum


Have your say on www.ccnforum.ning.com


CCN Readers' Book Club: You are what you read!


This week

 a CCN Reader

recommends (for sheer escapism)


  Angels & Demons 

Dan Brown


An ancient secret brotherhood. A devastating new weapon of destruction. An unthinkable target. When world-renowned Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon is summoned to his first assignment to a Swiss research facility to analyze a mysterious symbol -- seared into the chest of a murdered physicist -- he discovers evidence of the unimaginable: the resurgence of an ancient secret brotherhood known as the Illuminati...the most powerful underground organization ever to walk the earth. The Illuminati has now surfaced to carry out the final phase of its legendary vendetta against its most hated enemy -- the Catholic Church.

Langdon's worst fears are confirmed on the eve of the Vatican's holy conclave, when a messenger of the Illuminati announces they have hidden an unstoppable time bomb at the very heart of Vatican City. With the countdown under way, Langdon jets to Rome to join forces with Vittoria Vetra, a beautiful and mysterious Italian scientist, to assist the Vatican in a desperate bid for survival.

Embarking on a frantic hunt through sealed crypts, dangerous catacombs, deserted cathedrals, and the most secretive vault on earth, Langdon and Vetra follow a 400-year-old trail of ancient symbols that snakes across Rome toward the long-forgotten Illuminati lair...a clandestine location that contains the only hope for Vatican salvation.

Critics have praised the exhilarating blend of relentless adventure, scholarly intrigue, and cutting wit found in Brown's remarkable thrillers featuring Robert Langdon. An explosive international suspense, Angels & Demons marks this hero's first adventure as it careens from enlightening epiphanies to dark truths as the battle between science and religion turns to war.



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

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


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


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


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

The CCN Readers' Book Club

Kareema's Keep Fit Column








Why not make it a family affair and take everyone along...




Final leg of our 4 week training program:    Time's running out!!!


Please note that the following program is suitable for beginners.  For the more competitive or serious athlete, intensity, duration and frequency of exercises need to be increased!




DAY 1:

Walk / jog for a minimum of 60 mins. (10 mins. at a moderate pace,  45 mins. at a more brisk pace and 5 mins. cool down / slow pace).



Healthy Tip:  Always keep your body hydrated - carry a bottle of water with you daily!


DAY 2:

Time to challenge the muscles even more:  Interval Training;  head for some soft sand and include some 30 sec. sprints into your walking/jogging routine,

 walk/jog for a minute (recovery), then sprint again.. (include this into your 60 min session today for about half of your workout time)

Remember the ankle weights for extra resistance!


DAY 3:

Time to lift weights, head for a pump class if possible otherwise use your own body weight (tricep dips, push-ups, sit-ups, chin-ups, etc).

Be conscious of your posture and technique and remember your stretching routine!


DAY 4:

A spin (cycle) class will be great for strengthening the legs so be sure to give it a go.  Alternatively, a ride in the park could be just as   challenging. Ensure good posture and technique.  Again, add more time / distance to last weeks program.


DAY 5:

Do a strength-session with weights and then head to the pool for some cardio if possible.  Swim or run for a few laps to assist in joint mobility. Include your stretching routine.


DAY 6: 

Family time:  An 'active' day out on a picnic or a game of cricket or soccer in the park swill be great to get the kids involved. (Active recovery)..  




PLEASE NOTE:  The above training program assumes a healthy participant.  Those with medical conditions or who are not  already physically active, need to seek clearance from their GP before starting any form of exercise.



PLEASE NOTE:  The above training program assumes a healthy participant.  Those with medical conditions or who are not  already physically active, need to seek clearance from their GP before starting any form of exercise.





My Health and Fitness

Tel: 0404 844 786

(Accredited Member of Fitness Queensland)


Need an answer to a fitness related matter? Send your question to Kareema at  fitness@crescentsofbrisbane.org.

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


KB's Culinary Corner


   Battered Lamb Chops

1 kg Lamb chops
1 tsp ginger garlic paste
1 tsp salt –
2 tsp green chillies
1 tsp crushed jeeru
1 tsp lemon pepper
2 Tbsp lemon juice
1/4 cup water.

1 cup self raising flour
½ cup finely grated potato
1 beaten egg,
½ cup water –
Salt and pepper
Chillies to taste
Oil for frying.

Marinate chops with spices and lemon juice.

Braise the chops, add water and cook on low heat until tender. Combine the self raising flour, potato, egg and add the water to make a batter.

Season with spices.

Dip each chop in batter and fry in shallow oil until light gold. Remove and drain on paper towel.

Serve hot with chips

Do you have a recipe to share with CCN readers?
Send in your favourite recipe to ccn@crescentsofbrisbane.org and be our "guest chef" for the week.


The CCN Chuckle




Mula Nasruddin: Brother Jallalludin, when people marry more than once, it's called polygamy. What is it called when people marry only once?


Jallalludin: Monotony?


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Muslim Youth


Women in Afghanistan 

Islamic Book Exhibition

Algester Mosque Fund Raiser


Course: Road to Recovery

International Food Festival GC Mosque

Short Course for Reverts

GUMSA Seminars

Public Speaking: Stand Up, Speak Out 

Get Engaged

Media Training for Muslim Youth

Islamic Classes for Teenagers


AMAL Muslim Helpline

Speed Intros

Golf Weekend

Tafseer at Bald Hills

Burmese Film & Food Night

IWAQ Swimming





The CCN Date Claimer







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10 May


Fundraiser Family Brunch

Islamic Society of Algester Ladies Auxiliary

Logan West Community Centre, Wineglass Dr, Hillcrest

0403 118 537

from 11am

16 May


Public Speaking - Stand Up, Speak Out (Girls)

Al Nisa & MYServices

6 Agnes St, Buranda

0402 529 395

9am to 3pm

17 May



Crescents of Brisbane

Orleigh Park, West End

0402 026 786

7am to 1pm

19 May


Economic Update: Prof Drew

Muslim Business Network

Springwood Towers

0417 460 200


23 May


Public Speaking - Stand Up, Speak Out (Boys)

Al Nisa & MYServices

6 Agnes St, Buranda

0402 529 395

9am to 3pm

24 May


Muslim Youth Summit

MYServices & various organizations

Griffith University,

M10 1.30

0432 271 601

9.30am to 1.30pm

30 May


Open Day: Islam: Myth & Reality

Islamic Society of Central Qld.

Rockhampton Mosque

0434 371 737

10.30am to 2pm

31 May



Islamic Society of Gold Coast

Gold Coast Mosque

0412 601 152

10.00 till late

6-8 June


Golf Weekend

Shahaad Suleman

Coral Cove Golf Resort

0404 280 582

All Day

16 June


Women in Afghanistan: Challenges & Hopes

Griffith Uni

Multifaith Centre

Griffith Uni

Multifaith Centre

0404 280 582

7.15 TO 9.30PM

28 June


World Refugee Day Festival

Multicultural Development Assn

Annerley Soccer Grounds

333 75400

All day

19 July



Lailatul Me'raj

10 July


Sounds of Light Concert 2009

Human Appeal International

QPAC, Southbank

1300 760 155


17 July


Speed Intros for Muslims

Julu Latif

Sebel Citigate Hotel, Brisbane

0400 142 786


25 July


USQ Islamic Centre Open Day

Islamic Soc. of Toowoomba

USQ Islamic Centre, TOOWOOMBA


10.30am to 3pm

26 July


Mini Tennis Tournament

Shabir Elias

Griffith University, Mt Gravatt Campus

0415 467 868


6 August



Lailatul Baraat

22 August



Start of Ramadhan

16 September



Lailatul Qadr

19 September



End of Ramadhan

20 September




26 September



Eidfest Committee

Mt Gravatt Showgrounds

0418 722 353

All day

27 September


MBN Eid Dinner

Muslim Business Network

The Coffee Club, RNA Showground



3 October


QPS/EECQ Cup: 2009 Qld Multicultural football tournament



0438 114 619

9am to 5pm

3 October


Eid Dinner

Islamic Society of Darra

Darra Mosque, 219 Douglas St, Oxley

0418 757 157


4 October







0438 114 619

9am to 5pm

24 October


Breast Cancer Awareness

Crescents of Brisbane


0404 296 297


27 November




18 December



Islamic New Year


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The ladies Taaleem programme this Thursday will be at the home of

Sharifa Gutta

50 Caribbea Street, Kuraby.
(opp.Child Care Centre).

For any enquiries telephone:3219 0587

 All Ladies Welcome!

Sunnah Inspirations


Contact: 0408 270 421

University of Queensland,
323 Hawken Drive, St. Lucia


Every Monday

Event: Weekly Learning Circle: Sharh Riyad-us-Saliheen (An Explanation of 'Gardens of the Righteous'

Venue: Prayer Room, University of Queensland

Time: 6.45pm to 7.30pm


Every Friday

Subject: Fiqh Made Easy

Venue: Room E215 Building 1 (Forgan Smith), University of Queensland

Time: 7pm to 7.50pm

Every Friday

Subject: Tafseer al Qur'an (Explanation of the Qur'an)

Venue: Room E215 Building 1 (Forgan Smith), University of Queensland

Time: 8pm to 9pm


Sunnah Inspirations is a non-profit organisation to cater for Muslim social support and supplying information to Muslims and non-Muslims.  They have been doing various activities around Australia, and have organised Da'wah information stalls at various universities in Brisbane.  More info can be found on their website above.


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Kuraby Mosque

Holland Park Mosque


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

Gold Coast Mosque

New website

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)

Eidfest 2009

Kotku Mosque - Dubbo NSW

Islamic Society of Algester


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