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Sunday, 4 September 2011

 Newsletter 0356



Eid celebrations in Brisbane


Eid and the end of the fasting period of Ramadan were celebrated all over the state during the week with prayers and feasts, some on Tuesday and others on Wednesday.


Pre-empting rainfalls and damp conditions on Wednesday morning, organizers of the Islamic Council of Queensland open air prayers at the Islamic College of Brisbane were forced to abandon their plans and resort to individual Mosques running their own programmes for their respective constituents. The Kuraby Mosque held two separate sessions on the Wednesday morning to cope with the expected turnout.


Eid-ul-Fitr prayers were held at the Algester Mosque on Wednesday. The Takbir was followed by a short lecture by Maulana Nawaaz Ashrafi. Salaah commenced at 7:30am, led by Maulana Noor-ul-Hasan of The Al-Mustapha Institute, followed by the Arabic Khutbah which was delivered by Maulana Aslam Al-Qaderi.

A record number of over 500 people gathered to celebrate this auspicious event.

The Eid proceedings ended by 8:00 am with Salawaat and dua by Shaikh Abdul Qadir Al-Jeelani.


Eid celebrations organized by the United Muslims of Brisbane (UMB) at the Svoboda Park in Kuraby took on a carnival atmosphere on Tuesday.




The annual "celebrations of Muslim cultures and the end of the Ramadan"  in the shape of Eidfest was held in glorious Brisbane weather yesterday (Saturday) at the Mt Gravatt Showgrounds.


A record number of some 70 stalls served up a range of foods, fashions, information and services.


Boxer Anthony Mundine was the celebrity guest and there were speeches by the Lord Mayor of Brisbane, Graham Quirk, photojournalist, Nigel Brennan, and other speakers.


An asylum seeker and refugee debate was also held on the stage followed by musical and dance performances, poetry readings and a pizza eating competition.


The CCN Photo Gallery


Winner of the Voters Challenge iPad


Ms Nora Amath of AMARAH holds the coveted iPad2 as Mr Farouk Adam draws the luck winner from a ballot box held by Dr Mustafa Ally of Crescents of Brisbane

The winner of the iPad from the highly successful, informative and entertaining democracy workshops and Voters Challenge roadshows conducted by Crescents of Brisbane, ICQ and AMARAH was announced at Eidfest last night.


The name of Mr Zaheer Deen of Oxley was drawn by Mr Farouk Adam, president of the Muslim Business Network, from hundreds of entries from participants of the challenge conducted over a number of towns and venues in the State over the past few months.


The Voters Challenge stall at Eidfest was abuzz with activity throughout the day as visitors to the festival took on the challenge to test their knowledge of Australian electoral and parliamentary processes.


The challenges were ably administered by Ms Fathima Adat, Ms Naadi Omarjee, Ms Mariam Essof and young Zahira Casoojee along with AEC representatives Sandie and Jodie.


Dr Mustafa Ally has been invited to the annual congress of the Australian Federation of Islamic Councils (AFIC) in October in Sydney to present a paper on the democracy workshops.

Servant Leadership Forum


The Queensland Servant Leadership Forum (QSLF) took place from in May this year.


The idea of “servant leadership” involves having a desire to serve others first, subsequently leading to an aspiration for leadership.


The Federation of Australian Muslim Students and Youths (FAMSY), with assistance from a local community member, sponsored three delegates to take part in QSLF 2011 – Maryam Issadeen, Umit Cakar and Hakim Najib.

The intense 4-day workshop took place between The Marque hotel (George Street) and Parliament House.


Participants received invaluable lectures and group workshops with politicians, community leaders, CEOs and religious representatives, all revolving around the concept of leadership.


To help put into practice the values of servant leadership, one afternoon was spent at Narbethong State Special School (for the vision impaired and deaf) helping with gardening and basic renovations.

Two weeks after the forum, a follow-up event took place – “The Amazing Race” with a QSLF twist. Participants raced around the city performing tasks such as helping people with groceries and buying meals for the needy, a reminder of the little tasks one can do to improve the lives of others.


"The forum provided valuable tips towards helping delegates become the leaders of tomorrow and as a participant, I look forward to being able to put into practice what I have learnt, Maryam Issadeen told CCN.


Hakim Najib had this to say:

QSLF was an experience which was inspiring, motivating, fun and productive. It challenged my values, attitude and beliefs on a range of issues that deal with my surrounding and communities. It encouraged me to place myself as a servant to others, to understand what leadership is and what it takes to become a good leader.


The guest speakers from a range of religious and professional background shared their experiences of success and failure as servant leaders to their communities and what knowledge they have gained from it.


The bond and friendship that was developed in the group from sharing with each other is a strong one which still continues. I have found QSLF to be very beneficial for my self-development and has given me motivation and confidence to be an active and beneficial community member.

Freemasons and a Muslim connection


The ABC's Compass programme "delved behind the aprons and funny handshakes to find out how Australian Freemasons are reinventing themselves to survive in the 21st Century."

"Freemasons arrived in Australia with the First Fleet and up until quite recently were shrouded in secrecy and strictly maintained traditions. Freemasonry is not a religion, although in its heyday most Freemasons were either Protestants or Jews. Catholics were forbidden by their church from joining. Now, faced with declining membership the Masons have had to relax some of their rules and reinvent themselves. So, what does this silent band of brothers actually do? Are they even viable anymore? If so, who belongs and why?"


"Garry Sayed represents the new face of Freemasonry. He's Muslim, from a Lebanese background, and he joined when he was just 29."

What is Fear Inc.? The groups behind Islamophobia


A very informative report that investigated the clandestine promotion of Islamophobia in USA directly and which obviously has had tremendous impact around the world.

The report can be accessed from the following website: http://www.americanprogress.org/issues/2011/08/islamophobia.html


The report profiles the small number of funders, organizations, and individuals who have contributed to the discourse on Islamophobia in the US.


It begins with the money trail in Chapter 1—an analysis of the funding streams that support anti-Muslim activities. Chapter 2 identifies the intellectual nexus of the Islamophobia network. Chapter 3 highlights the key grassroots players and organizations that help spread the messages of hate. Chapter 4 aggregates the key media amplifiers of Islamophobia. And Chapter 5 brings attention to the elected officials who frequently support the causes of anti- Muslim organizing.


The term “Islamophobia” is defined as exaggerated fear, hatred, and hostility toward Islam and Muslims that is perpetuated by negative stereotypes resulting in bias, discrimination, and the marginalization and exclusion of Muslims from America’s social, political, and civic life.


What is the Islamophobia network? How has the network shaped the narrative about Muslims in America? How should Americans fight back against the network’s propaganda?


QUT community celebrates Ramadhan



Queensland University of Technology (QUT), Government representatives and the Brisbane Muslim community came together to celebrate the Islamic month of Ramadhan by hosting a community dinner last Thursday, 25 August, 2010.

Honoured guests Ayub Othman and Rozman Rahim from the Education Attaché unit of the Brunei High Commission, and Dr Jumiati Ismail from Education Malaysia Australia (EMA) joined 400 students, staff and friends to celebrate one of the most important events of the Islamic calendar.

"QUT and the Student Support Services team have taken great effort in organising Iftar as an annual event on campus,” said Dr Jumiati

"Speaking for the Education Malaysia Australia, we are very grateful that our presence is welcomed and appreciated."

QUT Registrar Professor Carol Dickenson and Deputy Vice-Chancellor (International and Development), Mr Scott Sheppard also attended the dinner, which was sponsored by QUT as part of the East West Cultural Festival.

Scott Sheppard said the event was a great opportunity for interaction between international and local students and staff, while allowing the Muslim Students Association to educate others about the Islamic faith.

“QUT staff and students are committed to ensuring we all benefit from our culturally diverse community at QUT and this event is a great example of intercultural understanding and friendship," he said.

Iftar was held at magrib time in the QUT Kelvin Grove refectory to mark the end of the day of fasting in the month of Ramadhan and to learn about the Islamic faith.

During the event, Sheikh Aslam Hussain, a respected member of the Brisbane Muslim community, spoke to attendees about Ramadhan's significance and explained the purpose of fasting to develop self-control from temptations out of a sense of duty to God.

“We hope that the piety we learn during Ramadhan will help us give back to QUT and the Brisbane community,” he said

“QUT plays an important role in helping us pursue our quest for knowledge and the welcome that the University gives to not only its Muslim students, but those from all cultures, is something to take great pride in.”

Gillard and the QECF


Mr Yasar Savran (pictured left) of the Queensland Education and Cultural Foundation (QECF) met with Prime Minister Julia Gillard at a public forum at the community cabinet meeting at Yeronga State High School on Thursday where he took the opportunity to explain the part that QECF was playing in the local Muslim community.


Ms Gillard was in the Moreton electorate to chair the community cabinet and respond to a range of community issues.

"She listened with keenness and thanked our community and all those that supported education initiatives," Mr Savran told CCN.


"As a former Education Minister she was particularly keen on the Foundation's educational activities and wished the new Algester Resha College project in Algester Road and the inter-faith dialogue and cultural activities every success."

Around the Muslim World with CCN


Islam takes root in land of mini-bikinis and Carnival

RIO DE JANEIRO — "As-salam aleikum!" Omar greeted worshippers as he entered Mesquita da Luz, Rio's first mosque where he had just broken his Ramadan fast at dusk.

Those are some of the only words Omar knows in Arabic, and he quickly continued his conversation in Portuguese with fellow Muslims who mostly, like him, converted recently to Islam in the world's biggest Catholic country.

In a land known more for its mini-bikinis and extravagant Carnival featuring scantily clad women, a small but growing number of Brazilians of various backgrounds call themselves Muslim.

For decades, it was primarily families of Libyan, Palestinian and Syrian descent who practiced Islam in Brazil.

Omar, who until just four years ago officiated as Catholic priest at a local church, explained why he embraced Islam.

"I found in Islam everything I had always looked for. I met God as he is, with no adaptation," the 34-year-old graphic designer told AFP.

Wearing a traditional long djellaba robe, he refused to give his official name, instead only revealing his Muslim one: Omar Israfil Dawud bin Ibrahim.

"At the seminary, you learn that Islam is one of the monotheistic religions. There is no prejudice against this religion," said Omar as he stood by his wife Alessandra Faria, who goes by the name "Fatima" after converting and deciding to wear the veil.

"In the beginning, my mother was mortified at the thought of going outside with me. I wear the veil to show I am Muslim and aware that I am part of a minority," she said.

Fatima's hijab may raise eyebrows in Rio, where it is more common to see women walking the streets in bikinis in seaside neighborhoods, but she says her beliefs can find a place here.

"Brazil is a mix, made up of several different cultures. This mix makes Brazilians very adaptable and tolerant."

Like most practicing Muslims here, Omar and Fatima are only recent converts to Islam. They plan to travel to Saudi Arabia next year on a Saudi government grant to learn Arabic.

Renovations on the mosque they attend in the suburb of Tijuca north of Rio got under way four years ago with donations from worshippers. It will soon hold up to 400 people during prayers, a major upgrade.

"The number of Muslims continues to grow, and most are Brazilians who are converting. We recruit members mostly online," said Sami Isbelle, a spokesman for the Beneficent Muslim Society (SBMRJ).

"In Rio, there are about 500 Muslim families, 85 percent of them Brazilian converts who have no Arab links," Isbelle said.

Things are different in Sao Paulo state and southern regions of Brazil, where most Muslims were born as such and are often of Arab descent.

Brazil's census does not count the number of Muslims, and only provides data on Catholics, evangelicals, Jews, spiritualists and followers of Afro-Brazilian religions.

"Muslims are listed in the 'other' category, along with Buddhists, for example, said Islam expert Paulo Pinto of Fuminense Federal University, who estimated Brazil is home to about a million Muslims.

The best indicator of the growth of Islam in the country is the rapid increase in the number of places of worship, according to Pinto. There are now 127 mosques, four times as many as there were back in 2000.

After the September 11 attacks in the United States, "there was a growth of interest in Islam, and many people decided to convert," Pinto added. "Islam was seen as a new form of resistance."

But it was a "telenovela" or soap opera launched just three weeks after the 2001 attacks, "The Clone," that sparked some Brazilians' infatuation with Islam.

Set in Morocco, the popular show showed a "positive imagine of that part of the world, with a benevolent Muslim hero," said Pinto.

"There is a tendency to think that Brazilian culture, as liberal and sensual as it is, is against the rules of Islam. But in fact, there are many conservative rules that are part of moral and sexual control. Look at how many evangelicals are successful in Brazil!"

Source: AFP



Critics say 9/11 coloring book crosses the line

A coloring book unsuitable for younger children?

"We Shall Never Forget 9/11: The Kids' Book of Freedom" depicts scenes from 9/11 and the killing of the attacks' mastermind, Osama bin Laden. Its publisher has given it a PG rating, saying children 10 and younger probably should use it with a parent or teacher at their side.

But some Muslims believe the book is inappropriate for any child, insisting that it reinforces anti-Muslim stereotypes.

Wayne Bell, publisher of Really Big Coloring Books Inc. in St. Louis, said the 36-page "graphic novel" is intended to meet a demand by parents and teachers to explain the attacks and their aftermath as the 10th anniversary of 9/11 approaches.

The book begins with bin Laden plotting the attacks and ends with a Navy SEAL shooting bin Laden as he hides behind what appears to be Muslim woman.

Bell said the book is mild compared with the graphic video games children play or even footage of the attacks that shows people plunging from the World Trade Center towers.

"It's a generic black-and-white coloring book with tender language for the children and their parents," Bell said. "It's designed as a teaching and learning tool, and it's a memorial tribute to the families of 9/11."

But Amina Sharif, communications director for the Chicago chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, said the book depicts the events of 9/11 and the aftermath in a "slanted" manner, painting Muslims in broad strokes and failing to distinguish extremist radicals from the majority of Muslims.

"It's hateful, inflammatory and completely inappropriate for children or anyone for that matter," Sharif said.

Bell said the book simply depicts the truth: Muslim extremists were responsible for the attacks.

"The book itself has nothing to do with the Muslim faith," Bell said. "It talks about the radical Islamist jihadist Osama bin Laden and his 19 terrorists and what they do to America."


Chicago Tribune



A colouring book aimed at teaching children about the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 has generated controversy for its depiction of Muslims and interpretation of the events.

"It's disgusting," said Dawud Walid, director of the Michigan branch of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, who has lead the charge against what he sees as an irresponsible and dangerous book.

Every mention or depiction of Muslims or Islam is accompanied by the word "terrorist" or "extremist" and there are no counterbalancing images or references to the Muslims who were killed in the attacks or were among the first responders searching for survivors, Walid said Tuesday.

Nor does the book mention that the vast majority of Muslims in the United States and around the world condemn terrorism, he added.

"It's silly to think that a young person who colours that book who has no contact with Muslims would come away with anything but fear of Muslims and thinking that Muslims are bad people," Walid told AFP.

Really Big Colouring Books publisher Wayne Bell insists that the book is an honest portrayal of events.

"We tell this truth and tell it in black in white," Bell said in a telephone interview from his St. Louis, Missouri office.

"This book is about 19 evil terrorists who murdered 3,000 people," he said. "It just so happens that the people who flew those planes into the buildings were radical Muslim jihadists."

The book was released earlier this month ahead of the 10th anniversary of the attacks and comes after the specialised publishing house had seen customers search repeatedly on its websites for colouring books about the attacks.

"We did a lot of research, talked to a lot of parents and the recurring theme we heard was do not make a book that's politically correct and is going to whitewash this event," Bell said.

People also wanted a book that would be patriot and focused on a theme that became the book's title: "We shall never forget 9/11."

Subtitled "The Kids' Book of Freedom," the book teaches children that "freedom-hating radical Islamic Muslim Extremists" attacked America because they "hate the American way of life because we are FREE."

Walid said this overly simplistic and populist interpretation of events is simply not true.

He pointed to statements made by Osama bin Laden and the conclusions of the US congressional 9/11 commission which found the attacks were rooted in a belief that American foreign policy and its 'immoral' culture are at war with Islam and Muslim countries.

The cartoon of bin Laden hiding behind his wife as he is shot by a Navy SEAL is also not a true depiction of events, Walid noted.

Bell dismissed the criticism as an attempt to exploit an "innocent book" to promote a political agenda.

The controversy has had a positive impact: all the headlines have spurred sales.


Source: 9 News



Cork County councillor responds to banning the burqa motion





IRELAND: The Irish Examiner publishes a letter from Cork County councillor Pa O’Driscoll countering the motion submitted by fellow councillor, Joe O’Callaghan, on banning the burqa in Ireland.


The letter reads:

“I fail to see why Cllr Joe O’Callaghan deems it necessary or desirable for the Minister for Justice to ban the wearing of the burka in public places (News, August 19).

“The wearing of the burka (as well as the hijab and niqab) is a complex issue — one that has been debated in other European societies for decades with no satisfactory outcome.

“The wearing of the hijab by students in schools in Ireland was raised in 2008, but died away by the time the then government deferred to boards of management to make individual decisions, but only after they consulted with all stakeholders, and also took into consideration equality legislation. Since then, I know of no school that has attempted to ban the hijab, which is to be welcomed.


“Personally I don’t like seeing women wearing the burka and niqab, based on the possibility that these women are being forced to wear the garment, but as I have never stopped and asked these women, I don’t think my clouded judgment should become a reason for banning them.

“Ireland has a sizeable emigrant community. Other European countries (including France) have failed to integrate their emigrant communities (including second and third generations) successfully, and tend to react negatively when this failure becomes apparent.

“We have an opportunity to build a successful model of integration, by fully resourcing and implementing the intercultural policies devised over the last decade.

“What would be more welcome would to reverse the decision of one of his predecessors, who disallowed the turban to be incorporated into the Garda uniform, thus preventing Sikhs from joining the force.

“Cllr O’Callaghan is also asking for the hoodie to be banned in light of the riots in England. We live in a society that, thankfully, does not impose too many restrictions on us. Let’s not get carried away and start imposing them because of incidents that have occurred abroad.

Cllr Pa O’Driscoll (FG)
Co Cork


Source: Engage

The Inbox


Dear Editor

The Brisbane Somali Community, through our community Organisation - Somali Australian Development organisation (S.A.D.O ) has been overwhelmed by the support and concern that many Australians feel towards the desperate famine disaster that is unfolding in Somalia and the Horn of Africa.


There is an awareness that the famine is killing children and women disproportionately. Complete strangers have expressed urgent concern about unfolding famine disaster and asked what they can do to assist.

It is this feeling of bringing the Brisbane community together that has prompted my organisation to host an all-faith event to pray for all famine victims. Those who have died and those who are dying. It is our aim to be proactive and to raise funds to alleviate some of the suffering.

Any assistance that you and your readers can give by promoting this event and participating in it will be sincerely appreciated.

The attached flyer explains the time and location of this event.

Please do not hesitate to contact me to discuss any aspect of this event or how together we can do more

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Dear Editor

Fantastic reading these past few weeks! And I'm not just saying that because my picture was in the report on Amarah.


You're doing a great work of educating and uniting the community!

I also noticed that Warrigala has now got a halal stall, so thanks for following that up for us.

Best Wishes
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KB's Culinary Corner


KB says: I enjoyed some wonderfully authentic satay dishes at Eidfest yesterday, and so for those who were not so fortunate to savour them, today's recipe will give you a taste of what you missed out on.



Chicken Satay Sticks



500g chicken fillet
1 cup coriander leaves chopped
1 tsp crushed garlic
1 tsp ground green chillies
½ tsp salt
½ tsp coarse black pepper
1 Tbsp soy sauce
4 Tab lemon juice
4 Tab tamarind juice
1½ tsp crushed cumin
1 tsp crushed coriander


1. Cut chicken into 6cm x11cm strips
2. Process coriander leaves, spices, sauces, lemon juice and tamarind juice
3. Pour into bowl and add coriander and cumin
4. Mix well and add chicken strips and marinate for 2-3 hours
5. Skewer chicken, concertina style and grill for 5 minutes on the either side
6. Serve with Satay Sauce

Satay Sauce
½ x100g bottle of Peanut butter
1 tsp tamarind concentrate
½ cup lemon juice
2 tsp ground green chillies

Mix the above ingredients and cook the mixture for 2 to 3 minutes adding salt to taste, cool and serve.


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


Week 1 of our 3 week CRESWALK training program



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 for a minimum of 30 mins. (10 mins. at a moderate pace, 15 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:
Similar to day 1. Increase your walking time by 5 mins. or more if you feel comfortable and include some hills as part of your course.

DAY 3:
Opt for some strength and resistance training (try a pump class if possible, otherwise wear some ankle weights). Ensure good posture and technique.

DAY 4:
Get walking...the aim is to increase your time and distance!

DAY 5:
Active recovery - Do an activity that you enjoy (low impact). Include your stretching routine.

DAY 6:
Take on a more challenging walking course (steeper hills, etc.). Always challenge yourself, but do not overdo it. Listen to your body - QUALITY rather than QUANTITY!

DAY 7:
Have a rest, take the kids to the park and play some games…recover and get ready for week 2!

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.







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The CCN Chuckle


Jallaludin applied for an accounting post at a famous Pakistani firm based in Lahore.


An Australian applied for the same job and since both applicants had similar qualifications, they were asked to take a test by the Accounts Manager.


When the results were in, amazingly, both men had only one wrong answer.

The manager went to Jallaludin and said, "Thank you for coming to the interview, but we’ve decided to give the Australian the job."

Jallaludin, "And why would you be doing that? We both got 19 questions correct. This being Pakistan and me being Pakistani surely I should get the job."

Manager, "We have made our decision not on the correct answers, but on the question you missed."

Jallaludin, "And just how would one incorrect answer be better than the other?"

Manager, "Simple. On question number 7 the Australian wrote down, 'I don’t know.' "

You put down, "Neither do I."



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IWAQ.Offices, 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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Sunnah Inspirations

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

Kuraby Mosque

Holland Park Mosque


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

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

AFIC Schools

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

Karratha Muslims (Muslims in Western Australia)

Islam TV

Recording of lectures and events in and around Queensland

Muslim Directory Australia

Carers Queensland

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

Brisbane Muslim Burial Society (BMBS)

Muslim Charitable Foundation (MCF)

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

Islamic Medical Association of Queensland (IMAQ)

Network of Muslim healthcare professionals

Al-Imdaad Foundation (Australia)

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

Islamic Council of Queensland (ICQ)  

Umbrella body representing various Mosques and Societies in Queensland

Current list of businesses certified halal by ICQ  7 August 2011

Islamic Friendship Association of Australia

Blog of the Association's activities

United Muslims of Brisbane


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 & 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

Islamic Society of Bald Hills (ISBH)

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


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