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Sunday, 18 March 2012

 Newsletter 0384



High tea with the Governor


Ms Sabrina Khan (left) and Ms Nora Amath (right) attended the Brisbane Women's Club 104th Birthday celebration High Tea hosted by the Governor of Queensland, Ms Penelope Wensley AC.

"The focus was on women's empowerment and working towards a progressive future for tolerance and unity of all," Ms Khan told CCN.

Programme for young men and women


The visiting scholar from South Africa, Moulana Ebrahim Bham will be holding a special program for young married couples and for young men and women of marriageable age.

When:- Sunday 18 March 2012
After Asr (Jamaat is at 4.30 p.m.)


Where:- Kuraby Masjid (Downstairs)

Moulana Bham will cover issues pertaining to marriage/relationships as well as things to consider prior to marriage. The program will also include a Q&A.

Living Sunnah with Sheikh Dr. Bilal Philips at UMB

report by Khalil Gerard John


On Saturday 3rd March, Sheikh Dr. Bilal Philips was brought from Qatar to Australia via a video conference.


A good number attended the talk at United Muslims of Brisbane (UMB) Centre on Kingston Rd., Slacks Creek.


The Centre that night was transformed into two movie houses – one for the males, the other for the females, but showing the same “movie”.

Sheikh Dr. Bilal Philips spoke on a number of topics ranging from worship to ways of interacting with others. He emphasised the need to constantly acquire knowledge of Islam in one's daily lives.

The second half of the program was a Q&A session that attracted a variety of questions many of which related to careers, how to relate to non Muslim and non practicing Muslim families, daily living, and the Islamic Online University (IOU).

IOU is the brainchild of Dr. Bilal Philips. He envisioned an institution that would offer online intensive, undergraduate, and graduate courses in Islamic Studies completely tuition-free. The University can be accessed at www.islamiconlineuniversity.com

UMB is dedicated to the work of da’wah in Brisbane, the spread of Islamic knowledge and uniting and involving the youth in developing positive outcomes for the entire Muslim community in Queensland. For information and free resources visit www.umb.org.au or follow UMB on Facebook.

Gold Coast Mosque recognizes its pioneers


On Friday night (16th March), the Gold Coast Mosque recognised members of the community for their dedication and many services to the Gold Coast Islamic Society.


Awards were presented to Haji Ebrahim Patel, Imam Tariq, Imam Raine and the Deen Brothers in recognition of their work for and on the behalf of the Gold Coast Muslim Community.


They had all volunteered many years to build, set up and run the very first Mosque on the Gold Coast.


Aktar Ali Shah was also acknowledged for his contributions.


Over 400 people were present on the night and the event was concluded with a talk from the South African Imam Ebrahim Bham on relationships in Islam.


A delicious dinner topped of the evening's event.


Mr Aktar Ali Shah accepts his framed award


Mr Shummis Rane accepts the award on behalf of the Rane Family from ISGC president, Mr Hussin Goss

Mr Sultan Deen accepts the award on behalf of the Deen Family from Mr Habib Jamal

Imam Tariq thanks the Gold Coast community for his award

Daughter Contests Islamic Will in Australian Courts

By Iqbal Lambat

A daughter (Fatma) contested an Islamic will in the Supreme Court in Canberra last week. The basis of her claim was that Australian law and not Islamic law should apply to the distribution of her mother’s estate. She objected to receiving half a share compared to each of her brothers. Two of Fatma’s brothers had obtained an Islamic will template which their mother (Mrs Omari) signed at a time when she was suffering from dementia.

At the time of signing her will, the late Mrs Omari was asked by one of the witnesses to the will if she knew why she was there. She replied: "Yes, I am coming here for my will, but please, sons, I fear God, I am a Muslim woman, make sure you do the right thing here." The witness asked if she understood that the will divided the property "in accordance with the Islamic faith". Mrs Omari replied: "I understand but I don't read or write."

In Court, Fatma asked one of her brothers why he had arranged for their mother to draw up such a will (that is, an Islamic will). He replied that "it was the obligation and responsibility of children to remind parents of their obligation to make a will", while her other brother said his mother had told him that she wanted "the laws of the creator, Allah, God, to be applied in the division of my wealth".



Boonaa Mohammed's khutba rap



Gift of the Givers take help to the Congo


This is the personal account and images of reporter and photographer Yusuf Omar, a 23-year-old aspiring war correspondent in South Africa covering his first international story: The aftermath of an ammunitions depot explosion in Brazzaville in The Republic of Congo in which 250 died, thousands were maimed and over 30,000 people were made homeless.




Yusuf Omar, who completed secondary and tertiary studies in Brisbane, travelled to Congo with Dr Imtiaz Sooliman's disaster relief organisation the Gift of the Givers.



Gift of the Givers is the largest disaster response NGO of African origin on the African continent. It was established on the instruction of a Sufi Sheik, Muhammed Saffer Effendi al Jerrahi (a spiritual teacher) in Istanbul, Turkey. in 1992.


Gift of the Givers has delivered life saving aid in the form of Search and Rescue teams, medical personnel, medical equipment, medical supplies, medicines, vaccines, anti-malarial medication, high energy and protein supplements, food and water to millions of people in 32 countries, South Africa included.

Innovating the world's first and only containerised mobile hospital comprising 28 units, innovating the world's first containerised primary health care unit, innovating the world's first groundnut-soya high energy and protein supplement in the use of severe Malnutrition, HIV/AIDS, TB, Cancer and other debilitating conditions, and establishing Africa's largest Open Source Computer Lab has earned the organization 71 individual and organisational accolades and awards including 4 Presidential awards. Thus far Gift of the Givers has disbursed some $100M in aid to needy individuals and communities in its 19 year history.


Its motto is: "Best Among People are those who Benefit Mankind" serving all people irrespective of race, religion, culture, colour, political affiliation or geographical location, unconditionally.

Gift of the Givers actively seek to build bridges between people of different cultures and religions engendering goodwill, harmonious coexistence, tolerance and mutual respect in keeping with the divine injunction:


"O Mankind! We created you from a single (pair) of a male and a female, and made you into nations and tribes, that ye may know each other (not that ye may despise each other). Verily the most honoured of you in the sight of Almighty is (he who is) the most righteous of you." (Sura Hujurat/the Inner Apartments, Chapter 49, Verse 13.)

Adapted from website.

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In pictures: The History of the Hajj


Over the next few weeks, CCN will post images from a new exhibition at the British Museum in London that traces the history of the Hajj:


Details of a Haj certificate from the 17th-18th century.

The World's Most Influential Muslims in 2011


There are over 1.6 billion Muslims in the world today, making up approximately 23% of the world's population, or more than one-fifth of mankind.


The Muslim500 publication is part of an annual series that provides a window into the movers and shakers of the Muslim world. It gives valuable insight into the different ways that Muslims impact the world, and also shows the diversity of how people are living as Muslims today.

The 2011 Muslim500 lists the world's most influential Muslims who have impacted on their community, or on behalf of their community. Influence is: any person who has the power (be it cultural, ideological, financial, political or otherwise) to make a change that will have a significant impact on the Muslim World. The impact can be either positive or negative. The influence can be of a religious scholar directly addressing Muslims and influencing their beliefs, ideas and behaviour, or it can be of a ruler shaping the socio-economic factors within which people live their lives, or of artists forming popular culture.

Over the coming weeks, CCN will publish a personality selected from the list:


No. 12

H.E. Sheikh Dr Ali Goma’a
Grand Mufti of the Arab Republic of Egypt


Sheikh Ali Goma’a is the Grand Mufti of the Arab Republic of Egypt. He is the second highest Sunni authority in Egypt after Sheikh Ahmed Al Tayyeb and one of the foremost Islamic scholars in the world.

Goma’a is responsible for the Dar al Ifta al Masriyyah, a leading institute for Islamic legal research, and the legal arm of the Egyptian Ministry of Justice, which is responsible for passing official religious rulings.

It issued close to 465,000 fatwas in the year 2010.







Egypt’s Weight in Islamic Scholarship
Goma’a’s scholarly influence is derived both from his vast personal knowledge and from his position at the center of many of the most significant institutions of Islamic law in the world. Before becoming Grand Mufti, Goma’a was a professor of jurisprudence at Al Azhar University—the second oldest university in the world, founded in 975 CE—Goma’a also served as a member of the Fatwa Council. He is currently a member of the International Islamic Fiqh Academy, the highest institute of Islamic law in the Organization of the Islamic Conference—an intergovernmental
organization for Muslim-majority countries.

Personal Popularity
Goma’a has become incredibly popular as a mufti since he began to appear on popular broadcast and satellite television. Part of his appeal is due to the revival of the old Islamic practice of informal ‘knowledge circles’ at the Al Azhar Mosque, and very well attended Q&A sessions after his Friday sermons at the Sultan Hasan Mosque, where Goma’a makes a point of taking on anyone who tries to simplify or distort Islamic teachings without knowledge of its traditions. This has made him extremely popular with those who are against extremism. He has published regular
articles in mainstream US papers like the New York Times, and the Washington Post.


Popularized and Simplified Fatwas
Goma’a has immense legal influence through his advocacy of Islamic religious edicts (fatwas). Since he was appointed Grand Mufti of Egypt in 2003, Goma’a has modernized the process of issuing fatwas in the country. He has done this by overhauling the Dar al Ifta organization into a dynamic institution with worldwide reach, based on a fatwa council and a system of checks and balances. Goma’a has recently been outspoken on environmental sustainability— speaking in November, 2009 about plans to make Medina the first “green” Islamic city.

High-Tech Influence
Goma’a has authored over 50 books, as well as hundreds of articles. He now uses the Dar al Ifta to get his scholarly opinion out. His office issues some 5,000 fatwas a week, with official ones on important issues written by him and the routine ones dealt with via phone and the Internet by a team of subordinate muftis. Goma’a believes that respect for traditionalism is growing in the Muslim World, partly because of the immense demand for fatwas issued by his office.


The Arab Spring
One of the few figures who held to traditional Islamic Law despite the vogue of the Arab Spring and the oppression of people.

Goma’a has said: ‘Going against legitimacy is unlawful in Islamic Law (Haram). This is an invitation for chaos. We support stability. What we have now is blind chaos leading to a civil war. I call on all parents to ask their children to stay home’.



There is a shared value that has brought us together:
the honest commitment to deepening the dialogue between
us, and advancing the understanding and cooperation between … Christianity and Islam


Sh. Dr Ali Goma’a

The Inbox


Dear Editor


Assalamu Alaykum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatu akhi,

Once again, jazak Allahu khairan from the UMB team for posting the Br Waseem interview in last week's CCN. I also want to commend you for including so many interesting topics in this issue like the video of Nouman Ali Khan, Halal Certification and Sheikh Bham's visit to Brisbane. Your efforts are indeed vital for our community....maashallah. May Allah give you long and healthy life to continue your services for the community. ameen

Barak Allahu feek.

Wa salam,


Around the Muslim World with CCN


Red Bull withdraws Jesus ad after Christian, Muslim outcry in South Africa

JOHANNESBURG — Energy-drink maker Red Bull said Wednesday it has dropped an advertisement in South Africa after an outcry from both Christians and Muslims for its portrayal of Jesus Christ walking on water.

South Africa’s Roman Catholic bishops urged Christians not to drink Red Bull in traditional fasting for Lent ahead of Easter celebrations next month, stopping short of calling for a full commercial boycott.

The television cartoon implies Jesus walked on water because he had been invigorated by a miraculous energy drink and knew where there were hidden rocks to tread on.

South Africa’s Muslim Judicial Council on Wednesday warned of consequences of “secular extremism” against any religious faith.

It said any “insult and satire” of Jesus targeted “the very foundation of Islamic theology.”

Christ is a revered prophet in Islam.

In a message to Cardinal Wilfrid Napier, head of the Southern Africa Roman Catholic Bishops Conference, the Muslim council said the ad was hurtful to Christianity, Islam and religion as a whole.

“We wish that our voices can be united to make clear to any secular extremist that any attack or defacement of religious symbols and sacred spaces is not acceptable,” the council said.

Cardinal Napier earlier called on Catholic worshippers to donate to charities any money they saved on Red Bull during Lent.

In a statement, the drinks maker said its humorous advertising always looks at “well-known themes.”

“It is never our intention to hurt anyone’s feelings,” it said.

It said the ad, aired on Tuesday, was scrapped Wednesday, and Red Bull regretted it had caused such strong feelings in religious communities.

Cartoons depicting Islam’s Prophet Mohamed triggered violent protests in Europe and across the Muslim world.

“There is a need for a new sensitivity toward people’s beliefs,” said Chris Townsend, an official of the Bishops Conference in South Africa.

“As on this occasion, people become very deeply offended,” Townsend said.


Source: The Washington Post



Bosnian Muslim Walking to Mecca for the Hajj

Each year millions of Muslims make the annual pilgrimage to the Saudi city of Mecca.

The Hajj, as it is known, is still far away, this year it is in the end of October, but 47-year-old Senad Hadzic (pictured left) has already set off in that direction.

That is because he is on foot.

He started from his hometown in northern Bosnia back in December 2011 and is walking all the way to Mecca.

The distance is about 3,600 miles from Bosnia to Mecca and he covers between 12 to 20 miles a day.

Just before hitting the road again, Senad Hadzic proudly shows the meager contents of his backback. He’s got a Koran wrapped in plastic for protection against the elements, a bible, maps and flags of the six countries he plans to cross.

“To be honest, before i started on this trip, everybody was frightened for me, asking how will I, as a Muslim, be able to travel though Christian countries like Serbia and Bulgaria,” says Hadzic.

But he was never scared, he says. Traveling with very little money, Hadzic says he’s depended on the kindness of strangers for much of the 600 miles or so he’s walked so far.

“In Serbia, people came out on the street and gave me a hat, or some socks,” Hadzic says. “In one case, a professor in Serbia invited me to stay in his house. This Serbian professor, who was a Christian, told me that I was the first Muslim who had stepped in his house in his life. It was a great honor for me.”

Istanbul has presented a bit of a snag. He’s spent 20 days here, he says, trying to get permission to walk across the Bosphorus bridge connecting Europe to Asia. It’s only open to vehicles. Hadzic doesn’t even want to mention the details of how he got it resolved.

“I’ll tell you, this trip has had millions of problems,”Hadzic says. I’ll explain it to you like this: God willing, I’m going to enter Asia today, and then Syria. And I’m not afraid of a tank or a bullet, only God. And then when I get to Mecca I will say a prayer for all of us.”

When he finally leaves the hotel, he’s excited to be on his way. Wearing a reflector safety vest and a shabby backpack, with Bosnian and Turkish flags sticking out, it’s easy to see how his eccentric character endears him with many that he meets on his way.

“An old Turkish wise man appeared and when he saw that I came from Bosnia to Istanbul on two feet, he offered me the money to sit on an airplane and go directly to Mecca for the Haj,” Hadzic says. “But I rejected this.”

Hadzic says he must travel by foot because God told him to in a dream. His act of faith is not just for his own benefit but for everyone he meets along the way as well.

“By this act, I am proving that everything I do is for the love of God,” Hadzic says. “For all the riches in the world, I would never stop what I am doing.”

Walking through this city of 13 million, in a fitting parallel with his bizarre quest, we run into a group of Bosnian tourists. Hadzic is clearly well-known in Bosnia and doesn’t need an introduction. After pictures are taken and greetings exchanged, Hadzic is back on his own.

He’s not even half way there yet but Hadzic has already learned a lot.

“The point, my friend, is learning the meaning of ‘thank you’. The poor people who live in the countryside love God and support me with generosity. The rich people in the cities love their ATMs,” Hadzic says.

After walking the more than 500 miles from Istanbul to the Syrian border, Hadzic says he plans to continue through Syria. It’s a bit risky he admits, but with God’s help he says he won’t feel fear. He plans to wave a Syrian flag with the word “victory” written on it, and pray for the victims of the conflict.

Source: The World


High-flying Muslim career women willing to 'share husbands' because of a lack of suitable men

Muslim career women in Britain are choosing to become involved in polygamous relationships because of a lack of suitable men.

Some of them even choosing to become second or third wives to married men, according to the Islamic Sharia Council.

The charity, based in Britain, gives legal guidance to Muslims and has said it is receiving a high number of queries from women struggling to find suitable partners.


The demand for these relationships is led by the women, not the men. In one generation women have become educated, entrepreneurial and professional.  The Muslim community is struggling with this, how do you cope with women who wear trousers?

Mizan Raja

Many of the women have also said they would prefer to hold down high-profile jobs rather than look after their husbands.

Taking more than one wife is illegal in the UK but men marry again in a nikah religious ceremony, allowing them to take up to four wives.

Mizan Raja, 35, who organises Muslim marriages around the world, told the Sunday Times, that he has had hundreds of calls in the past six months from women asking about becoming second wives.

Mr Raja said: 'The demand for these relationships is led by the women, not the men. In one generation women have become educated, entrepreneurial and professional.

'The Muslim community is struggling with this, how do you cope with women who wear trousers?'

He said that many Muslim men just wanted a 'homemaker' and to come home to a clean house and a plate of food on the table.

He added the men didn't want the 'headache' of being in a relationship with a professional woman.

The decline in available husbands has become such a problem it is now referred to as the 'Muslim spinster crisis'.

It is thought the Muslim women are also actively seeking out married men because they do not want the hassle of having to cook for their husbands after a hard day at work and are quite happy to have part-time relationships.


One woman who spoke to the Sunday Times, and asked not to be named, had an affair with a married man after divorcing her first husband.

When he offered to leave his wife she preferred to become his second wife because she did not want him 'under her shoes 24/7'.

It is thought about 12,000 brides are brought to the UK by Muslim men.

The decline in available husbands has become such a problem it is now referred to as the 'Muslim spinster crisis'.

Source: Mail Online


Deadly Mosque Arson in Belgium Attributed to Sunni-Shiite Friction 

BELGIUM — An arsonist’s attack on a Shiite mosque in a Brussels suburb that left its 46-year-old imam dead provoked shock and grief among Belgium’s Muslim population on Tuesday, but the authorities there attributed the attack to tensions between the Shiite and Sunni communities — not a new case of the so-called Islamophobia hostility that has been rising in Europe.


The victim, identified by Belgian media as Abdallah Dadou, a father of four, died while attempting to extinguish the blaze, which was set late Monday night at the mosque in the Brussels suburb of Anderlect. Earlier a man who identified himself as a Muslim had approached the building carrying an axe, a knife and flammable liquid that he spread in the mosque, setting fire to it, officials said. The mosque was heavily damaged.

Joëlle Milquet, Belgium’s interior minister, condemned the attack but said that authorities had for the most part discounted the idea that it was motivated by anti-Islamic hate groups. Rather, she said, it appeared to be “a problem between Sunnis and Shiites,” according the Web site of Le Libre Belgique, the Belgian daily newspaper. “But I remain cautious because the judicial authorities still need to confirm a number of things,” she said.


The New York Times



Islam Information Centre launched in Luton


UK: Local paper, Luton on Sunday, covered the opening last week of the 'Discover Islam Public Information Centre'.

The Centre, based in Luton, is "a community project which aims to provide a neutral environment for people to ask questions about Islam or Muslims that they would feel too embarrassed or intimidated to talk about otherwise."

The Centre’s launch was marred by protests by the EDL spearheaded by leader and Luton resident, Stephen Lennon.


From the local paper:

"Discover Islam representative, Sufian Sadiq said: "Outside is an act of intimidation.

"I actually wanted to sit down and have a cup of tea with them [EDL], but they refused.

"I think the only problem is they haven't had the opportu


I don't know enough about Islam . . . I don't know enough about religious practices . . . and I feel scared going into Bury Park and intimidated going into a Mosque.

nity to mix in with people like ourselves.

“Speaking about the centre, he said: "We conducted a survey and asked over 500 people, who are predominately non-Muslim, about their views on co-existing.

"The responses included, 'I don't know enough about Islam . . . I don't know enough about religious practices . . . and I feel scared going into Bury Park and intimidated going into a Mosque'.

"We need to sit down as a community and combat this.

"We will come out and show that Islam is not intimidating."

"Luton council leader, Hazel Simmons attended the launch to show her support for the centre.

"She said: "A few weeks ago we had another challenge to Luton in the form of two television programmes.


This is a lovely example of the Muslim community engaging, because they recognise they need to come out and dispel the myths and propaganda coming from people who don't know anything about what Muslims are really about.

"They gave an image that doesn't represent us or the town that we live in or work in.

"Unfortunately that is the message that has gone out nationally and we've got to fight back against it.

"This is a groundbreaking initiative and a great opportunity for the town.

"We know in Luton that we have many challenges.

"We never shy away from them and we know they are there."

"A spokesman for Luton in Harmony said: "From what I've heard today, this centre is something the town needs, and something the non-Muslim community have said that they wanted.

"This is a lovely example of the Muslim community engaging, because they recognise they need to come out and dispel the myths and propaganda coming from people who don't know anything about what Muslims are really about."


Source: Engage

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

This week a CCN reader recommends


I am Nujood, Age 10 and Divorced  


Nujood Ali and Delphine Minoui




“I’m a simple village girl who has always obeyed the orders of my father and brothers. Since forever, I have learned to say yes to everything. Today I have decided to say no.”


Forced by her father to marry a man three times her age, young Nujood Ali was sent away from her parents and beloved sisters and made to live with her husband and his family in an isolated village in rural Yemen.


There she suffered daily from physical and emotional abuse by her mother-in-law and nightly at the rough hands of her spouse.


Flouting his oath to wait to have sexual relations with Nujood until she was no longer a child, he took her virginity on their wedding night. She was only ten years old. Unable to endure the pain and distress any longer, Nujood fled—not for home, but to the courthouse of the capital, paying for a taxi ride with a few precious coins of bread money.


When a renowned Yemeni lawyer heard about the young victim, she took on Nujood’s case and fought the archaic system in a country where almost half the girls are married while still under the legal age.


Since their unprecedented victory in April 2008, Nujood’s courageous defiance of both Yemeni customs and her own family has attracted a storm of international attention. Her story even incited change in Yemen and other Middle Eastern countries, where underage marriage laws are being increasingly enforced and other child brides have been granted divorces.


Recently honored alongside Hillary Clinton and Condoleezza Rice as one of Glamour magazine’s women of the year, Nujood now tells her full story for the first time. As she guides us from the magical, fragrant streets of the Old City of Sana’a to the cement-block slums and rural villages of this ancient land, her unflinching look at an injustice suffered by all too many girls around the world is at once shocking, inspiring, and utterly unforgettable

About the Author
Nujood Ali was the first child bride in Yemen to win a divorce. A GLAMOUR woman of the year in 2008, she has been profiled in the NEW YORK TIMES, the LOS ANGELES TIMES, and TIME Magazine. She lives in Yemen. Delphine Minoui, a recipient of the Albert Londres Prize, has been covering Iran and the Middle East since 1997. She lives in Beirut.



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KB's Culinary Corner



KB says:  Because it's on the pricey side there are many adulterated and fake products being dyed to imitate saffron.


I have been told that one way to find out whether you have the fake or genuine product is to drop a bit of it into some warm water or milk. If the liquid colours immediately, then the saffron is fake. Genuine saffron takes a lot longer to develop its deep red-gold colour and aroma.


Chicken with Saffron


Step 1
1 chicken cut into portions, washed, drained and add the marinade below.

Ingredients for Marinade
1 tsp ginger and garlic
1 tsp chilli powder
½ tsp mustard Powder
¼ tsp clove powder
¼ tsp cinnamon powder
½ tsp white pepper
1/4 tsp turmeric powder
1 tsp salt
2 tab Lemon juice
1 tab ghee/coconut oil
½ cup tomato puree

Step 2
Add ¼ tsp saffron which has been seeped in 2 tab hot water to the chicken and leave aside for 3 to 4 hours.

Step 3
Heat 2 tab ghee in a pan and cook the chicken on low heat until tender.
Add ½ cup of water and allow it to simmer until the sauce thickens.
Serve hot with naan bread.


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



This week 19 – 25th is International Fitness Week, a great opportunity to kick-start the new, fitter you.


So whether you’re a gym enthusiast or an exercise novice, it’s time to team up with a mate and motivate each other.

Check with your local gym if they offer any specials this week as you may find that some of the larger gyms may have free passes for the week - joining in the bid to make the world a fitter place!








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.

Flightstar Fozi's Travel Tips





CCN Reader: Dear Flightstar Fozi, we are going off to Vietnam. We have obtained a visa through the consulate in Australia. I have been told I can get a visa at the airport when I arrive and it is cheaper. Could you advise me on this please?


Flightsar Fozi: It is possible to get a visa on arrival in Vietnam according to my search.


While it is cheaper, it is not quite as convenient as it may appear.


The visa must be pre-arranged with the immigration office in Vietnam and you cannot obtain one on arrival without a letter to say it has been pre-arranged.


We only use this service as an emergency for our clients if they have not left enough time to arrange a visa.


They are some companies offering this service online but they generally charge a fee, so it is unlikely to work out cheaper than giving it to the consulate.

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The CCN Chuckle


Jallaludin had a meal the other night.


He ordered everything in French, surprising everybody.


It was a Chinese restaurant.


He said to this Chinese waiter, "Look, this chicken I got here is cold."

The waiter said, "It should be, it's been dead two weeks."

Jallaludin said, "Not only that, he's got one leg shorter than the other."

The waiter said, "What do you wanna do with it, eat it or dance with it?"

Jallaludin  said, "Forget the chicken, give me a lobster."


The waiter brought Jallaludin his lobster.


Jallaludin said, "Just a minute, he's only got one claw."

The waiter said "Well he's been in a fight."

Jallaludin said, "Well give me the winner."




With apologies to Tommy Cooper


The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the greatest intention.  

                                                   Khalil Gibran


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Islamic Programmes, Education & Services

Purification of the Soul

Sh. Yahya Ibrahim



28 & 29 April

"Discovering Deen" Youth Club
Every second Saturday
Sisters Only

Inspiration talk, pizza, BBQ, fun and games

Topics that are relevant, Iman-boosting and mind-capturing.

Where: AMYN Islamic Youth Centre, 16/157 North Rd, Woodridge
When: Every Sat, after Maghrib

Info: www.AMYNweb.com
Everyone is invited

Travelling or moving to Hervey Bay, Queensland?


Jumma prayers at 1.15pm and Tuesday esha prayers at 8pm at the Boys Scout Hall at Andrews Street Piabla.



Dr.Rana 0401565660


Dr.Mahomed 0414735005

AIIC Enrolments

Now Open

Tafseer Workshops

with Mufti Ravat



Every Thursday night from 7.30 to 8.15pm and than after Esha

Table & Chair Hire


Additional contact:

Ahmed Hassan

0433 531 593

Qari's Classes


Sisters House

Accommodation Register

Maths Tutoring service

From years 6-10

Math A, B and C for years 11 &12
Ahlam Haddad

Tel: 32191554

email: haddada5@hotmail.com.


Qu'ran Reading & Islamic Studies

Kuraby Mosque


Islamic College of Brisbane


New Multi-Purpose Hall


Facilities include :
a) seating capacity for about 800 people
b) kitchen
c) cold room
d) sound system
e) stage

Call 07 3841 3645

Community SMS Service

Al-Mustapha Institute of Brisbane

Brisbane  Muslim Burial Society (BMBS)

pdf version

AIIC Scholarship

email CCN


40 Gems

Weekly programme

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Businesses and Services


ACCES Removal Services Removalist Kuraby Mosque Hire Services Hire Services
Ahlam Haddad Tutoring Tutoring (Maths) Lawung Clothing Islamic Couture
Baalbak Lebanese Cuisine Love ur Body Beauty Treatments
Biltong in Brisbane Biltong Mansur Omar Real Estate
Bismillah Repairs & Maintenance Repairs & Maintenance MaXimize Accountants Accountants
Brisbane Diagnostics Radiography Monavie Health Drink
Calamvale Physio & Sports Injury Clinic Physiotherapy Mo's Handyman Services Repairs & Maintenance
Car Body Removals Used Car Dealer Muslim Directory Australia Directory Services
Carpet Lifesavers Carpet cleaning Nando's CALAMVALE CENTRAL Restaurant & Takeaway Portuguese Chicken
Centre for Easy Language Learning (CeLL) Tutoring (Arabic) Nandos MT GRAVATT Restaurant & Takeaway Portuguese Chicken
d'Lahorie  Traditional Indian & Pakistan Cuisine Nazima Hansa Realty PTY LTD Real Estate
efxshop Computers Islamic College of Brisbane Hall Hire Hire Services
EliteFX Computers OurWorld Travel Travel
Excelanz Migration Agency Pappa Roti Cake & Coffee
Fathima Adat Tutoring Tutoring (School subjects) Pizza Lane Restaurant & Takeaway Pizza
Gabriel Hair Studios Hairstylist Rejuven8 Body & Beauty Beauty Treatments
Haseera Plastic Mats Samoosa Pastry Distributors Samoosas
Henna by Fatima Henna Shakira Kolia's Driving School Driving School
Hummy's Automotive Car Repairs Siitra Clothing
Hussana Australia Halal Body Care range Stick On Labels Label
InWear Fashions Clothing Fashion The Quran Pen hussana.com.au
Junaid Ally Properties Real Estate Yasmeen Seedat Accounting Services Accounting
Kimaya Fashions Clothing Lily's Fashion Wedding dresses etc. 
Personal Training with Layla Personal Training Marketing Co-Op Internet Services
Angelz Dental Care Dentist Queensland Islamic Book Services Bookstore 
Shameema's Silk Scarves Clothing Grand Medical Centre Medical Practitioners

Qld Islamic Book Service

Book Shop



Health Products


FlightStar Deals


Silk Scarves

Qld Islamic

Book Service


Healthy Life

Browns Plains

Personal Training

for Ladies

Nazima Hansa


your one-stop

real estate shop


Carpet Lifesavers


Body & Beauty

Brochure (pdf)

Stick On Labels


Repairs & Maintenance

Biltong in Brisbane





Indian & Pakistan



Shakira Kolia's



Lebanese Cuisine


pdf version




Migration Agent




OurWorld Travel


Islamic Couture


Handyman Services

AK Surtie




Fatima Ismail

Gabriel Hair Studio


Hussana Australia

Halal Body Care range


Pappa Roti

Warrigal Square

Junaid Ally Properties




Love ur Body

Nandos Mt Gravatt

ACCES Services

Removal Services


Calamvale Central
Compton Road

Tel: 07 3272 2299

Yasmeen Seedat

Accounting Services

Kimaya Fashions

Samoosa Pastry


Used Cars Wanted  

The Quran Pen Reader

online at


Hummy's Automotive

Prop: Mohammed Shabbir




Brisbane Diagnostics


InWear Fashions


Plastic Mats


Calamvale Physio & Sports Injury Clinic

Ask for

Ms Muntazira Girach 

Marketing Co-Op

Training in Blog Building Techniques



Lily's Fashion


200 Grand Avenue, Forest Lake Qld 4078.
Open 7 days a week until 8:00pm
We accept Bulk Billing 7 days a week
Appointments Available – Walk ins welcome
For Appointment

Ph: (07) 32 7878 00


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21 & 23 March

Wed & Fri

Neelain Mohammadt


Hikmah Way

Sunnah Inspirations


Bond University, Gold Coast


UQ, St Lucia

0450 290 086


30 March to 1 April

Fri to Sun

Youth Leadership Retreat




Bornhoffen PCYC

0431 800 414

All Day

28 & 29 April

Sat & Sun

Heart Therapy: with Sh. Yahya Ibrahim





All Day

6 May


International Food Festival

Islamic Society of Gold Coast

Gold Coast Mosque, Arundel

0418 737 621

10am til late

16 June



Lailatul Mehraj

5 July



Lailatul Baraat

21 July



Start of Ramadhan 

15 August



Lailatul Qadr

19 August



End of Ramadhan   

20 August




25 August



Mt Gravatt Showgrounds

0418 722 353

All day

9 September



Orleigh Park, West End

0402 026 786


26 October




26 & 27 October

Fri & Sat

Eidfest Dreamworld


0418 722 353

All day


NB: The Islamic date changes to the next day starting in the evenings after maghrib.

Therefore, except for lailatul mehraj, lailatul baraat and lailatul qadr – these dates

refer to the commencement of the event starting in the evening of the corresponding day.


 As-Salaam Institute of Islamic Studies

Free Monthly Tafseer Class

Telecast Live from Sydney

The Immense Ocean by Imam Ahmed Ibn Ajiba al Hasani

Date: Saturday 3 March 2012, then every second Saturday of each month
Time: 3pm - 4:30pm
Venue: IWAQ Office, 11 Watland St, Springwood
Light refreshments provided.

For more information about the course click here


 As-Salaam Institute of Islamic Studies

Free Weekly Class

Telecast Live from Sydney

Mizaan Al Amal - Balanced Criterion of Action

Date: Every Friday evening until 20 April 2012
Time: 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Venue: IWAQ Office, 11 Watland St, Springwood
Refreshments provided


For more information about the course click here


Bald Hills Mosque Weekly Tafseer


Tafseer lessons (half an hour)
Mondays and Wednesdays every week after Isha salah at Bald Hills Masjid,


All are welcome


Kuraby Mosque Tafseer & Taalim


Tafseer and Taalim for Ladies only - Every Tuesday @ Kuraby Mosque  11am to 12.30pm – Contact Apa Layla on 0405 968 665

Classes for teenage girls - 7pm to 8:30pm – Every Thursday evening – Contact Apa Layla on 0405 968 665


Muslim Events Forum (MEF)

Need help in planning or promoting an event or function?

Monthly meetings




For more information and RSVP:

Mr. Ismail Mohammed at i_m_006@hotmail.com


Queensland Police Service/Muslim Community Consultative Group


VENUE: Metropolitan South Regional Office, 1993 Logan Road, Upper Mt Gravatt

Wednesday 24 May 2012
Wednesday 17 October 2012

Commencing at 5.00pm (Times may change throughout the year pending salat)



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 Mosque

Holland Park Mosque


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

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

AFIC Schools

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

Karratha Muslims (Muslims in Western Australia)

Islam TV

Recording of lectures and events in and around Queensland

Muslim Directory Australia

Carers Queensland

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

Brisbane Muslim Burial Society (BMBS)

Muslim Charitable Foundation (MCF)

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

Islamic Medical Association of Queensland (IMAQ)

Network of Muslim healthcare professionals

Al-Imdaad Foundation (Australia)

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

Islamic Council of Queensland (ICQ)  

Umbrella body representing various Mosques and Societies in Queensland

Current list of businesses certified halal by ICQ  7 August 2011

Islamic Friendship Association of Australia

Blog of the Association's activities

United Muslims of Brisbane

Crescents of Brisbane's CRESCAFE (Facebook)

Muslim Women's eNewsletter

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

Islamic Solutions

Articles and Audio recordings

Gold Coast Mosque

 Incorporating Islamic Society of Gold Coast Inc.

South African National Halaal Authority (SANHA)

Muslim Womens' Convert Support Group (MWCSG)

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

Australian International Islamic College (Durack)

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 (Facebook)

The Queensland Muslim Historical Society  (Facebook)

Muslim Women's National Network of Australia, Inc (MWNNA)

Peak body representing a network of Muslim women's organisations and individuals throughout Australia

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