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



Sunday, 19 June 2011

 Newsletter 0345



Pakistan: Nation on the verge of a nervous breakdown. Fatima Bhutto




A feast of food for the famished and the fastidious


The International Food Festival at the Gold Coast Mosque last Sunday beat the weather predictions by drawing out the sun and turning the event into a pleasant day out for the thousands of visitors who defied the ominously dark clouds and damp conditions.



For all the action and excitement of the day click here.


Must see TV


This Monday, Q&A brings you a Generation Y special with:

Television host, Fuzzy Agolley
Comedian, Josh Thomas
Human rights advocate, Samah Hadid
CEO, Kogan, and self made multimillionaire, Ruslan Kogan
IPA free marketeer, James Paterson

Watch Q&A live, 9.35pm on ABC 1, ABCNews24 and stream it on our website, abc.net.au/qanda.




Go Back to Where You Came From


As part of Refugee Week which is coming up shortly, the SBS is screening a documentary "Go back To Where You Came From"at 8.30pm starting next Tuesday 21 June. Six Australians, who agree to challenge their preconceived notions about refugees and asylum seekers, go on a confronting 25-day journey by boat tracing in reverse the journeys that real refugees have taken to reach Australia.


The three episodes will air next week – Tuesday 21, Wednesday 22 and Thursday 23 June.




Muslim community gets recognized for its contribution


The 2011 Queensland Week celebrations that ran from 4 to 13 June were dedicated to recognising those in communities throughout the state who displayed initiative and bravery during the 2010-11 Queensland floods and Tropical Cyclone Yasi.


Amongst the members of the local Muslim community who were nominated and honoured last week were Mr. Fuzal K. Muhammed who received an award from the Ipswich ceremony for his work in Ipswich.

Ms Janeth Deen received an award on behalf of the people who contributed through the Queensland Muslim Welfare Association Inc., the Australian Muslim Youth Network (AMYN) and the Queensland Muslim Volunteers (QMV).

Mr. Yusuf Khatree received an award for those who contributed to the Muslim Charitable Foundation by way of hampers and gyprock to flood-affected homes.

Mr. Hussin Goss received an award on behalf of the Islamic Society of the Gold Coast, the Muslim Charitable Foundation and the staff at Goss Refrigerated Transport for their help in supplying and distributing hampers from the Muslim community and the Gold Coast City Council.


A full account of the efforts of the Muslim community during the floods can be found here.

From the AIIC Desk....


Family Fun Day


As part of its fundraising effort, the Australian International Islamic College (AIIC) held a Family Fun Night on Saturday 21st May in the new Multi-Purpose Hall.


The winter’s night failed to dampen the friendly and warm spirit of the huge crowd that gathered to enjoy a fun-filled event.


Families’ friends and students came together for a short program which included a wonderful nasheed rendition by both primary and high school students.


The challenging quiz program got everyone putting on their thinking caps.

Groups huddled around the campfire whilst they grilled and enjoyed their corn and the sumptuous dinner was more than just filling………..it created a wonderful atmosphere of togetherness, sharing and good taste.

The evening provided the opportunity for “catching up” with old friends and also making new ones. The Qawali and Nazms added to the atmosphere of fun and entertainment.


"We thank Allah (SWT) for this wonderful evening and we look forward to continued support from family, friends and the community", a spokesperson for the school told CCN.

Under Eights Week - 20–27 May 2011
'Bush to Beach: Let them Grow'


On Thursday 26 May 2011 Australian International Islamic College celebrated
Under Eights Day………… an annual event at the college.


The 2011 theme of “Bush to Beach: Let them Grow” provides an opportunity for children to learn through experiences that acknowledge our environment. This year's theme is reflective of the International Year of Forests. The theme relates to Australia’s connections to both bush and beach. This allows children to enhance their awareness of ways in which the environment can be supportive of their own growth.

The activities held for the day included building castles, sand art, lamingtons, Australian animals (bats), table/candle decoration and stick craft.

The students had the opportunity of completing all activities on a rotational basis. The event was very successful and teachers, students and parents enjoyed the activities throughout the day.

Slow Mo and Mos


Mohamed (Mo) and Mostapha (Mos) bowed out from from the Channel Seven’s Amazing Race Australia this week having valiantly hung in the race by the skins of their teeth most of the way.


''Up until now the media's engagement with Muslims has been a little tokenistic,'' said Mo the 26-year-old social worker from Brunswick.


''They try to do good stories, but it's all, 'Oh look, it's the hijab in football colours.' They've been trying to push a really positive message, which is great, but for us on the receiving end, it's a bit like, 'Oh look, they're human.' ''


The Amazing Race is different, he says, despite the fact early publicity played up the challenges of the boys, both practising Muslims, having to stop to pray five times a day. ''With us, they've put our humanity before our faith,'' he says. ''We've reached a new audience on Channel Seven that never get to see a positive story about Muslims.''


Not that they're keen to see themselves as role models. ''If I was ever to be a role model, it would be for 'eat more food','' jokes Mos, who works part-time in the gift shop at Melbourne Zoo.

''We'd be role models for obesity,'' chips in Mo. '' 'Eat more doughnuts - but make sure they're halal'.''

Kuranda Seyit, Executive Director of FAIR said, "The two gentlemen are a testimony to their integrity not only as two Aussies but also as Muslim Aussies. They were put through every test and at times challenging their faith but they handled it with dignity and finesse."


“This is a wonderful sample of how Muslims can fit in easily into society. Amazing race is a very mainstream show with your typical Aussies, there’s every demographic represented, blondes, ethnics, farmers, surfies, old and young. It was great to see two really nice guys do their best and get so far. They represented Australia beautifully.”

Mr. Seyit, added, “We (Muslims) are always attacked for not being a part of the community, for being insular and aloof. These two boys showed just how easily Muslims can fit in.”

Celebration of refugee cultures


On Sunday, 19 June, a function will be held at Macgregor Primary School to celebrate the cultures of Queensland's  refugee community.


It will be staged by the Queensland Multi-Cutural Council and Ms Janeth Deen of the Queensland Muslim Welfare Association Inc is its secretary. Many of the refugees are Muslims and the functions are always catered with halal food.

The event will be held from 6.30pm to 10.00pm and their will be cultural stalls (which are free to those who are interested in holding one) and cultural events. Food will be supplied in the entrance price of $15 per person.

All levels of government will have members attending and Brisbane's Lord Mayor, Councillor Graham Quirk will be the auctioneer.

The funds raised will be donated to the Sudanese and Burmese-Karen communities.

For tickets call 0435 085 796 purchase them at the door.

Cold room installed at Mosque


The Islamic Society of Gold Coast recently installed cold storage facilities in its guhsl room at the Mosque.

New women's online mag


A new online magazine called the Sultan's Dream is now available at www.sultanasdream.com.au.


Ms Hanifa Deen (pictured left), the magazine's editor writes: Every Muslim woman we have spoken to so far has greeted enthusiastically the idea of a publication created and produced by Australian Muslim women. Muslim women have traditionally, (if not always in practice) formed a strong sisterhood, and it is in the spirit of this ideal that we hope Sultana’s Dream will help to address a problem of long standing.


Muslim women need a public space to speak out on a broad range of interests of concern to them and their families. Some of these will come under the ambit of specific ‘Muslim-type’ issues; others will be as wide-ranging as voicing an opinion on health services, literature, Australian politics; fashions, sport—anything and everything—the kind of topics some people call ‘mainstream’ and assume that we have no interest in or views on.


We hope that Sultana's Dream will evolve into a forum of communication for all Muslim women: Big ‘M’ women and small ‘m’ women: devout, orthodox, practising, non-practising, cultural, secular—there are so many labels—so much diversity and so much pride in an Islamic heritage that shapes us from birth.

At present, articles are submitted by invitation only and Sultana’s Dream is presently sponsored by the National Centre of Excellence for Islamic Studies (NCEIS), Asia Institute, at the University of Melbourne.

Maghrib Round


"Songs and poems from the British Muslim tradition. The book contains 22 songs, ideal for schools, music teachers, music lovers and choirs to sing and perform."

Oh, how lovely is the evening, is the evening,

The adhan is sweetly singing, sweetly singing,

Allah, Allah

Abdal Hakim Murad

Muslim Scientists and Scholars


Muslim scientists and scholars have contributed immensely to human knowledge especially in the period between 8th and 14th century CE.


But their contributions have been largely ignored, forgotten or have gone un-acknowledged.


Each week CCN brings you, courtesy of www.ummah.com, an account of one of the many talented Muslim scholars in history whose contributions have left lasting marks in the annals of science, astronomy, medicine, surgery, engineering and philosophy.

This week's Muslim scholar, philosopher and/or thinker is:


Abu Nasr Mohammad Ibn al-Farakh al-Farabi was born in a small village Wasij, near Farab in Turkistan in 259 A.H. (870 C.E.). His parents were originally of Persian descent, but his ancestors had migrated to Turkistan. Known as al-Phrarabius in Europe, Farabi was the son of a general. He completed his earlier education at Farab and Bukhara but, later on, he went to Baghdad for higher studies, where he studied and worked for a long time viz., from 901 C.E. to 942 C.E. During this period he acquired mastery over several languages as well as various branches of knowledge and technology. He lived through the reign of six Abbasid Caliphs. As a philosopher and scientist, he acquired great proficiency in various branches of learning and is reported to have been an expert in different languages.

Farabi travelled to many distant lands and studied for some time in Damascus and Egypt, but repeatedly came back to Baghdad, until he visited Saif al-Daula's court in Halab (Allepo). He became one of the constant companions of the King, and it was here at Halab that his fame spread far and wide. During his early years he was a Qadi (Judge), but later on the took up teaching as his profession. During the course of his career, he had suffered great hardships and at one time was the caretaker of a garden. He died a bachelor in Damascus in 339 A.H./950 C.E. at the age of 80 years.

Farabi contributed considerably to science, philosophy, logic, sociology, medicine, mathematics and music. His major contributions seem to be in philosophy, logic and sociology and, of course, stands out as an Encyclopedist. As a philosopher, he may be classed as a Neoplatonist who tried to synthesize Platonism and Aristotelism with theology and he wrote such rich commentaries on Aristotle's physics, meteorology, logic, etc., in addition to a large number of books on several other subjects embodying his original contribution, that he came to be known as the 'Second Teacher' (al-Mou'allim al-Thani) Aristotle being the First. One of the important contributions of Farabi was to make the study of logic more easy by dividing it into two categories viz., Takhayyul (idea) and Thubut (proof).

In sociology he wrote several books out of which Ara Ahl al-Madina al-Fadila became famous. His books on psychology and metaphysics were largely based on his own work. He also wrote a book on music, captioned Kitab al-Musiqa. He was a great expert in the art and science of music and invented several musical instruments, besides contributing to the knowledge of musical notes. It has been reported that he could play his instrument so well as to make people laugh or weep at will. In physics he demonstrated the existence of void.

Although many of his books have been lost, 117 are known, out of which 43 are on logic, 11 on metaphysics, 7 on ethics, 7 on political science, 17 on music, medicine and sociology, while 11 are commentaries. Some of his more famous books include the book Fusus al-Hikam, which remained a text book of philosophy for several centuries at various centres of learning and is still taught at some of the institutions in the East. The book Kitab al-lhsa al 'Ulum discusses classification and fundamental principles of science in a unique and useful manner. The book Ara Ahl al-Madina al- Fadila 'The Model City' is a significant early contribution to sociology snd political science.

Farabi exercised great influence on science and knowledge for several centuries. Unfortunately, the book Theology of Aristotle, as was available to him at that time was regarded by him as genuine, although later on it turned out to be the work of some Neoplatonic writer. Despite this, he was regarded the Second Teacher in philosophy for centuries and his work, aimed at synthesis of philosophy and sufism, paved the way for Ibn Sina's work.


Around the Muslim World with CCN


Saudi women demand the right to drive  


An online campaign has called on women who hold international driving licences to start driving on Saudi Arabian roads on 17 June.


The "Women2Drive" campaign has used Facebook and Twitter to encourage women to drive as part of their normal daily activities rather than converge in one place.


"Not allowing women behind the wheel in Saudi Arabia is an immense barrier to their freedom of movement, and severely limits their ability to carry out everyday activities as they see fit, such as going to work or the supermarket, or picking up their children from school," said Philip Luther, Amnesty International's Deputy Director for the Middle East and North Africa.


"Saudi Arabian authorities must not arrest licensed women drivers who choose to drive, and must grant them the same driving privileges as men.


"This is just one example of so many areas of life where women in Saudi Arabia have their human rights and their agency denied."


Last month, women activists in Saudi Arabia launched the Women2Drive campaign on Facebook, calling on Saudi women with international or foreign drivers' licenses to get behind the wheel of a car on June 17 and demand the right to drive.





Pakistani women honoured for distinguished service


Saleem and Khaishgi (pictured below) hailed for projecting positive image of their country 

Dubai: Two talented Dubai-based Pakistani women were honoured by the Pakistan Professional Wing (PPW) for their distinguished achievements and for projecting a positive image of their country.

"Tonight, we are awarding adventurer and artist Namira Saleem, and film director and producer Amnah Khaishgi who are the source of pride for us all," said Munir Mahmoud, Chairman of the PPW at a ceremony held on Saturday in Dubai.

He said the PPW members shared their joy with these outstanding women who excelled in their field and got recognition for their country at international forums.

Khaishgi has written and directed a short film called Leap of Faith which was widely appreciated by the global audience at the Cannes Film Festival this year as well as the Abu Dhabi Film Festival 2010.

Saleem is an artist and adventurer, who became the first Pakistani woman to conquer the North and South poles in addition to tandem skydiving from Mount Everest.



'Obedient Wives' Club: Malaysia Group Says Good Sex Is A Duty


The RAWANG, Malaysia — As a new bride, 22-year-old Ummu Atirah believes she knows the secret to a blissful marriage: obey her husband and ensure he is sexually satisfied.

Ummu and some 800 other Muslim women in Malaysia are members of the "Obedient Wives Club" that is generating controversy in one of the most modern and progressive Muslim-majority nations, where many Muslim Malaysian women hold high posts in the government and corporate world.

The new club, launched Saturday, says it can cure social ills such as prostitution and divorce by teaching women to be submissive and keep their men happy in the bedroom.

"Islam compels us to be obedient to our husband. Whatever he says, I must follow. It is a sin if I don't obey and make him happy," said Ummu, who wore a yellow headscarf.

The club, founded by a fringe Islamic group known as Global Ikhwan, has been dismissed by politicians and activists as a throwback to Medieval times and an insult to modern women of Malaysia. But the group's activities, which previously included the setting up of a Polygamy Club, show that pockets of conservative Islamic ideas still thrive in Malaysia.

Groups such as Global Ikhwan are unlikely to gain much popularity beyond generating shock value. Still, there is concern that radical groups could garner support among other Muslims, who make up 60 percent of the 28 million population, and upset decades of carefully nurtured racial and religious harmony.

"Unfortunately even today, there are still many Muslim women who are ignorant of their rights or culturally inhibited to exercise their rights in full," said Shahrizat Abdul Jalil, a female Muslim minister in charge of family policy.

Despite the group's conservative Islamic background, Rohayah Mohamad, one of the founders of the club, openly talks about the virtues of marital sex even though most of her colleagues are shy about the topic.

"Sex is a taboo in Asian society. We have ignored it in our marriages but it's all down to sex. A good wife is a good sex worker to her husband. What is wrong with being a whore ... to your husband?" she said.


In this picture taken June 4, 2011, newly wed couples cut a wedding cake as they attend a mass wedding ceremony in conjunction with the launch of the "Obedient Wife Club" in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. A Malaysian Muslim group has launched the "Obedient Wives Club" to teach women to be submissive and keep their spouses happy in the bedroom as a cure to social ills. (AP Photo)


"This way, the family institution is protected and we can curb social ills," said Rohayah, the club's vice president who is also a trained physician.

She said wives must go beyond the traditional roles as good cooks or good mothers and learn to "obey, serve and entertain" their husbands to prevent them from straying or misbehaving.

Indirectly, "disobedient wives are the cause for upheaval in this world" because men are not happy at home and their minds and souls are disturbed, she said.

Authorities recently said Malaysia's divorce rate has doubled from 2002 to 2009 with higher rates among Malay Muslims.

"When husbands come home, wives do not welcome their husbands with warm alluring smiles and sexy dressing ... That is the reality today," she said.

The Global Ikhwan group is an offshoot of former members of the Al-Arqam sect outlawed in 1994 after its teachings were found to have deviated from Islam. It is funded by the group's restaurants, grocery stores, poultry and other businesses abroad.

Most of the 800 women who are members of the new club, including Ummu the new bride, also belong to Al-Arqam.

Expectedly, the club has faced intense criticism.

Some Malaysians started a Facebook page called "We do not want sexist nonsense from Global Ikhwan."

One Muslim man, Amirul Aftar, wrote: "I do not want a wife to submit to my every beck and call. I want a wife who understands me ... we are not your masters, we are your equal."

Women's group, Sisters in Islam, said Islam advocates marriages based on mutual cooperation and respect. It said domestic violence happens regardless of women's behavior.

"Communication, not submission, is vital to sustain any healthy relationship," it said.

SOURCE: Huffington Post

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

This week

KB (CCN's resident chef)



 Kashmiri Cuisine: Through the Ages




Sarla Razdan


An interesting book on Kashmiri cuisine was launched recently at the India International Centre in New Delhi, in the presence of the crème de la creme of Kashmiri intelligentsia and connoisseurs of good food from all walks of life.

Written by Sarla Razdan traces the history of this unique and distinct cuisine and offers some heartwarming recipes. Mrs Razdan, wife of Mr M K Razdan, CEO of PTI (Press Trust of India) has enjoyed cooking sumptuous Kashmiri food all her life, picking the nuances of this gourmet cuisine from her mother and mother-in-law, and egged on by her adoring family to master the art till many leading dignitaries and guests were literally eating out of her hands. Thus the book has some firsthand inputs and magic talismans that make Indian home cooked food, especially that cooked by the lady of the house, still unbeatable in the taste and warmth departments.

The book is showcased in an interesting format. It not only offers authentic Kashmiri recipes but also has some breathtaking shots of the valley, many of them absolutely stunning and captivating landscapes by Mukhtar Ahmad. Sarla Razdan’s cooking comes with some heavy weight and genuine endorsements by well known faces who have dined with the Razdans on several occasions such as Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Lata Mangeshkar, Sachin Tendulkar and Farooq Abdullah. Each one of them have savoured one or more of the dishes in the book, often taking away recipes from her to try themselves.

Speaking at the occasion, Sarla Razdan dedicated the book to all Kashmiris and related some endearing, light-hearted episodes about food and cooking. She said, “Kashmiris love their food so much that they must be the only people with surnames taken from food items. You may have heard of someone called Mr Wangnu, named after eggplant or Mrs Kakru which, believe me, is derived from chicken. This book is dedicated to all Kashmiris and is an honest effort to preserve recipes that make our food a delicacy and such a delight. Yet these recipes are updated for the generation next and for those who don’t have that much time to cook today… However I must admit that it is much easier to cook than to write about cooking!”

In the book she points out the difference between Kashmiri Muslim cooking that is primarily non vegetarian as opposed to the cuisine of the Kashmiri Pandits who also enjoy a vast variety of vegetarian dishes, many of which are included in the book. But there are snatches of a culture once lived and imbibed homogeneously mentioned in the book that give an insight into traditions that are lost when narrow agendas take over. “We pundits grew in Muslim neighbourhoods. We shared the same language, the same music, and went to the same schools. A Muslim wedding in the neighbourhood provided a strong challenge to the taste buds — the Wazwaan with over 30 varieties of meat preparation is truly a gastronomic Olympiad. Our Muslim neighbours would always invite us to savour this delightful food and if we couldn’t make it, food would be sent home.”



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

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KB's Culinary Corner


Lamb Korma


KB SAYS:  The creamy texture of the curry and the sweet savoury flavour from the fried onion makes it a perfect combination to be eaten with rice or roti. This slow cook dish may take a little longer to cook, over two hours, but the delicate flavour of the spices in this dish along with the tenderness of the meat make it worth while.


On a different matter altogether, I read the following the other day and therefore recommended the book that appears in this week's CCN Book Club (above):

It is true that no matter how many celebrity chefs float around, the best Indian cooking can still be found in homes. As noted author and journalist M J Akbar, points out in his evocatively written foreword to the book, “Cooking is a selfless joy… The great cooks have pride, but no ego. It is only current capitalism that has given us the phenomenon of chefs who offer signature dishes… The false ego on display in Michelin-starred restaurants is only a means of extortion; they do not give to each according to need, but they certainly take from each customer according to his ability to pay.’




1kg lamb cut into cubes
2 Onions sliced
3 Tab Ghee/oil
2 Tab Ginger Garlic Mix
1 stick Cinnamon, 2 lavang (cloves) an a 2 pods of elachi
1 tsp Dhana jeeru mix (1/2tsp each of coriander and cumin)
1tsp salt
125ml yoghurt
1 tin Coconut milk
1 tin tomato or 4 fresh tomatoes pureed
½ cup chopped cashew nuts


Sauté onions in ghee or olive oil until light brown, toss in the nuts, and quickly stir fry.
Liquidize the onions, nuts, coconut milk and tomatoes until fine.
Marinate lamb in yoghurt.
In a little oil braise the ginger garlic, dhana jeeru, and add the cinnamon, lavang and elachi. When the aroma (in 2 seconds) arises add the lamb, cook for 5mins and then add the liquidized mixture and simmer until meat is done and the sauce is thick.
Garnish with chopped green dhania and serve hot with rotis or naan.


Do you have a recipe to share with CCN readers?

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


Kareema's Keep Fit Column


Q: Dear Kareema, I'm dreading this winter as I always tend to put on a few extra kilos during the colder months. Even though I stick to my exercise plan, the kilos somehow creep up on me. Any suggestions?

A: Colder days for many of us means curling up on the couch with a warm drink and unhealthy comfort foods, etc. As the days turn colder and darker, we tend to get more sluggish and allow ourselves to miss out on a golden opportunity to lose or maintain weight.

When the thermometer dips, your metabolism increases slightly as your body burns more calories to stay warm.


So why not take advantage of this by incorporating a great winter eating plan with your exercise routine.


Plan to eat five smaller meals and include healthy snacks in your diet (a total of 1400 calories per day). Enjoy seasonal fruits and vegetables with lots of colour.

Remember to 'build' a better breakfast - your morning meal revs up your metabolism after a night of rest.


Research shows that if you start your day with foods high in protein, such as eggs or yogurt, as well as fibre-rich fruits and whole grains such as oatmeal, you'll stay fuller for longer and will tend not to snack before your next meal.


Never skip meals, don't deprive yourself of lunch, as you'll then have a big dinner which will do more harm than good.

The key for you is to stick to your exercise plan (include extra sessions whenever possible) and be more vigilant when it comes to meal-time.

Stay warm and keep moving!







My Health and Fitness

Tel: 0404 844 786


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

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

The CCN Chuckle



Habibbullah and Jallaluddin find three grenades on the road as they were walking along to Kandahar and decide to take them to a police station.


Habibbullah: "What if one explodes before we get there?"


Jallaluddin: "We'll lie and say we only found two."

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19 June


Annual Qu'ran Recitation Competition


Islamic College of Brisbane, KARAWATHA


9am to 1pm

25 June


Spiritual Retreat for young women


Islamic College of Brisbane, KARAWATHA

0423 604 008

10am to 10pm

29 June



Lailatul Mehraj

2 July


Trivia Night

Muslim Business Network

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10 July


Fun Day BBQ

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12 July


The Strangers Tour

Himahway Institute, Sunnah Inspirations & AMYN University of Qld



17 July


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Islamic College of Brisbane, Karawatha



18 July



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24 July


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3372 1400

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29 July


Prof. Tahir-ul-Qadri Lecture Tour

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0400 162 163


30 July


Prof. Tahir-ul-Qadri Lecture Tour

Zaffar Khan

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Prof. Tahir-ul-Qadri Lecture Tour

Zaffar Khan

Islamic College of Brisbane, 43 Acacia Rd, Karawatha

0400 162 163


2 August



Start of Ramadhan

28 August



Lailatul Qadr

31 August



End of Ramadhan

1 September




3 September



Mt Gravatt Showgrounds

0418 722 353

All day

10 September


Gold Coast Family Eid Dinner

Malay/Indonesian Sisters

Runaway Bay Community Centre

0410 727 800


18 September



Orleigh Park, West End

0402 026 786


15 October


Ladies night Out

Michael's Oriental Restaurant

0433 182 520


7 November




11 or 12 November


Dreamworld 2011


0418 722 353


27 November



Islamic New Year

6 December



Day of Ashura



Ladies Taleem


Taleem will take place on Thursday 11am-12pm at the Kuraby Mosque every week, insha'Allah.


All ladies are welcome.


Muslim Events Forum (MEF)


Need help in planning or promoting an event or function?


Meeting Dates:

4th Wednesday of the month (next meeting 22 June)


11 Watland Street, Springwood





For more information and RSVP:

Mr. Ismail Mohammed at i_m_006@hotmail.com


Queensland Police Service/Muslim Community Consultative Group


Meeting Dates:

Wednesday 14 September

Wednesday 16 November


Metropolitan South Regional Office
1993 Logan Road, Upper Mt Gravatt





For more information and RSVP:

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



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Useful Links


Sunnah Inspirations

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

Kuraby Msque

Holland Park Mosque


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

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

AFIC Schools

      www.mfis.com.au (Malek Fahd Islamic School, Sydney, NSW)
      www.islamiccollegeofbrisbane.com.au (Islamic College of Brisbane, QLD)
      www.icosa.sa.edu.au (Islamic College of South Australia, SA)
      www.afic-lic.com.au (Langford Islamic College, Perth, WA)
      www.islamicschoolofcanberra.act.edu.au (Islamic College of Canberra, ACT)

Karratha Muslims (Muslims in Western Australia)

Islam TV

Recording of lectures and events in and around Queensland

Muslim Directory Australia

Carers Queensland

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

Brisbane Muslim Burial Society (BMBS)

Muslim Charitable Foundation (MCF)

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

Islamic Medical Association of Queensland (IMAQ)

Network of Muslim healthcare professionals

Al-Imdaad Foundation (Australia)

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

Islamic Council of Queensland  

Umbrella body representing various Mosques and Societies in Queensland

Gold Coast Mosque

South African National Halaal Authority (SANHA)

Muslim Womens' Convert Support Group (MWCSG)

Network of Muslim women converts from the Brisbane and Gold Coast areas of Queensland.

Australian International Islamic College (Durack)

Kotku Mosque - Dubbo NSW

Islamic Society of Algester

Jamiatul Ulama Western Australia

Body of Muslim Theologians (Ulama, Religious Scholars)

Islamic Women's Association of Queensland (IWAQ)

Community based, not-for-profit organisation providing Settlement, Aged Care, disability, social activities and employment opportunities.

Federation of Australian Muslim Students and Youth (FAMSY)

Queensland Intercultural Society (QIS)

GIRU – Griffith Islamic Research Unit

          Qld Stories link or YouTube link

Gold Coast Halal Certification Services (GCHCS)

Muslim Aid Australia

Serving Humanity

Human Appeal International Australia  Always with you on the road to goodness

Al-Mustapha Institute of Brisbane  

Preserving the Past, Educating the Present to Create the Future

Islamic Society of Darra

Qld Muslims Volunteers

Islamic Shia Council of Queensland

Muslim Reverts Network

Supporting new Muslims

Muslim Funeral Services (MFS)

 Funeral Directors & Funeral Fund Managers for the Brisbane and Gold Coast communities


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