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Sunday, 22 April 2012

 Newsletter 0389




AFL multicultural ambassador and Richmond player Bachar Houli, who pressed for prayer rooms at grounds, at home in Truganina outside Melbourne yesterday. Picture: David Geraghty

Source: The Australian


HAVING succeeded in convincing the AFL to introduce prayer rooms at all venues, Bachar Houli was unfazed last night by a stinging backlash sparked by former Victorian premier Jeff Kennett, who called the idea "stupid" and "political correctness gone mad".

Football fans took to websites to condemn and ridicule the move, but at his home in Melbourne the AFL's first Muslim player told The Australian: "The main thing Sydneyis we've got what we want, and you can't change that.

"At the end of the day, people want to go and enjoy the footy as well as continue with their beliefs, and if it means they have to pray once a day at the footy, we're not asking for much."

Mr Kennett said the move was "ridiculous" and complained that political correctness had replaced "the great days" of football, when there were few stands, mud on the ground, meat pies sold for sixpence and fans braved "the smell of the urinal".


At the end of the day, people want to go and enjoy the footy as well as continue with their beliefs, and if it means they have to pray once a day at the footy, we're not asking for much. 

Bachar Houli

Describing Australia as "a Christian society of many faiths", the former Liberal premier and former Hawthorn club president said communities should not have to change their "very fibre" to accommodate multiculturalism.

"To put prayer rooms into sporting venues is not part of the Australian lexicon, it's not the way in which we've behaved," he said.

"I think it's an overreaction, I think it's political correctness, I think it's absolute rubbish. It's not practical, it's stupid, it's political correctness gone mad."

Houli, who plays at Richmond, where he prays before and after games, pressed for prayer rooms to be introduced at grounds in his capacity as the league's multicultural ambassador.

He said devout Muslims, who pray five times a day, were forced to pray in carparks or stairwells during games, and said more Muslims would come to the football if they had a place to pray.

Multi-faith prayer rooms have been introduced at the MCG and Etihad Stadium in Melbourne, and Sydney's ANZ Stadium. The AFL intends to press for prayer rooms at all other venues, including the SCG.


Full marks to the AFL for being inclusive when we have people from different backgrounds and faiths. It's not only Muslims who might like to pray. It is engaging with God, and they might even be praying for Hawthorn to win.

Ikebal Patel

The move was welcomed by Muslim leaders, including Muslim Australia vice-president Ikebal Patel, who said the AFL deserved full marks.

"What is the harm?" he asked. "What's the problem in someone enjoying a game of footy and at the same time being mindful of their religious obligations, whatever they may be.

"Full marks to the AFL for being inclusive when we have people from different backgrounds and faiths. It's not only Muslims who might like to pray. It is engaging with God, and they might even be praying for Hawthorn to win."

The AFL's newest club, Greater Western , backed the move last night, saying: "Western Sydney is a culturally diverse region and the Giants welcome all people regardless of their background. We are proud of the contribution clubs like Muslim AFL team the Auburn Tigers have made to growing the game in Western Sydney, and the Giants would be happy to support any initiative which makes the game more accessible for all people."

AFL chief Andrew Demetriou said the league had an obligation to make venues welcoming to people of all cultures.

Many football fans took to websites to condemn the move. "What next, the Adhan over the loudspeakers instead of the final siren?" posted one Richmond fan. "Or . . . half-time breaks to coincide with mid-afternoon prayer? Or designated women-only areas at the ground on the top deck completely out of sight and earshot of any men? Actually, that one's not a bad idea.

"Seriously though, I don't like this decision at all and it's just another example of how this country is changing."

Others posted: "This is OUR game and I'm sick of all this multicultural crap that is dividing our country"; "The last bastion of Australian culture to be stripped away from us in the name of Islam"; and "Football should be football. It's a religion in itself. Let it be."

Source: The Australian


,,,,,,the Sydney Cricket Ground yesterday backed the AFL and said it would follow Etihad and ANZ stadiums and the MCG and install a permanent prayer hall - if asked.

"We've had prayer rooms in the past, particularly for cricket, as part of our multicultural policy. It's for when teams like Pakistan tour here. We cater for all ethnic groups and facilities," an SCG spokesman said yesterday.

"It's not a permanent facility and (is) used when we have touring teams."

He said the SCG would back a move for permanent rooms: "If it comes as AFL policy, we can and we will."




The NRL said yesterday it did not yet have a uniform policy on prayer rooms but encouraged "all grounds and clubs to be accommodating of all backgrounds".

"We don't have a policy ... we don't have control of all the grounds. The AFL has a slightly different structure," spokesman John Brady said.

ANZ Stadium, home of the Bulldogs and Souths and also the grand final venue, has two rooms.

Former rugby league player and Muslim convert Anthony Mundine said the plan was "beneficial" and called for the NRL to follow suit.

"It will show they've taken time out to cater for (players') needs," he said.

Source: The Daily Telegraph


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The Kuraby Mosque was a hive of activity yesterday (Saturday) as food, clothes and other goods arrived to be loaded onto the container bound in the next few days for the victims of the Fiji flood.

Mr Farouk Adam told CCN that he wished to thank the local community and Mosque-goers for their generosity in responding so magnanimously and so swiftly to the call that was put out at such short notice to fill the containers

A similar initiative is being undertaken with a second container being loaded at the Gold Coast Mosque.


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The Commonwealth Bank & Brisbane Indian Times Multicultural Business & Community Awards function was held on Friday night at Michael's Oriental Restaurant.


Floor Manager, Ms Fenti Forsyth


Master of Ceremonies, Mr David Forde

The calm before the awards

Exotic entertainment

Enjoying and event and Michael's cuisine

Winner of the Community Events Award, Eidfest 2011

(left to right) Dr Rubana Moola, Mss Yasmin Khan, Mr Dado Sacur, Mr Sultan Deen and Ms Ruhi Moola

Winner of the Not-For-Profit Organization, Muslim Charitable Foundation (MCF) (left to right) Mr Osman Rane, Ms Janeth Deen and Mr Yusuf Khatree

Winner of the Community Volunteer Award, Ms Janeth Deen (right) receiving her award from the Honorary Consul of India Ms Archana Singh (left)

Amongst the recipients for the Correspondence Appreciation trophies for contribution to the Brisbane Indian Times were Mr Abdul Rahman Deen, Imam Nawaaz Zalgaonkir and Mr. Shalihan Ali


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Phillip Boulten in The Australian 20/4/2012

IN response to the atrocity of the September 11 attacks in New York and Washington, Australia introduced an array of laws to guard against, and to punish, acts of terrorism.

Australia is not
where it was in late
2001. The politics of
fear have eased


Last month the National Security Legislation Monitor, BretWalker SC, issued his first annual report, asking himself 63 questions about the operation of Australia's counter-terrorism laws.


Ten years on, it is sensible to consider whether these laws are appropriate and proportional to the existing risk of terrorist attacks. When the laws were first considered, the events of September 11, 2001, created a special environment. It was a time of international emergency.



The Australian


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I am looking for accommodation to share in Brisbane. I am a Muslim male and I will be arriving on the 3rd of June 2012, Insha Allah. The place should be near a mosque with good access to public transport. If you have something suitable please contact me, aiahmed@live.com.



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Amongst the a very diverse crowd of some 450 people who attended the Brisbane's Lord Mayor's launch on Monday at Michael's Oriental Restaurant were:


(standing l to r): Lady Mayor Anne Quirk, Lord Mayor Graham Quirk, Mr Faisal Hatia, Mr Farouk Adam, Karawatha Ward LNP candidate, Ms Kim Marx, Parkinson Ward Cr Angela Owen-Taylor, Moorooka Ward LNP candidate, Ms Yasmin Khan, Mr Michael Nee (in background), Mr Hashim Hatia


(seated l to r): Dr Shafiq Omar, Dr Iqbal Sultan, Mr Kemal Omar and Mr James Weir


The council elections in Queensland takes place on Saturday 28th April.


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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. 17

Dr K.H. Said Aqil Siradj
Chairman of Indonesia’s Nahdlatul Ulama


Dr K.H. Said Aqil Siradj is the leader of Indonesia’s largest independent Muslim organization and one of the world’s most influential Islamic organizations, Nahdlatul Ulama (NU), or ‘Awakening of Scholars’. Siradj, whose 5-year term as chairman in began in March 2010, guides millions through his work with the


Head of Expansive Network
The Nahdlatul Ulama boasts an expansive network that covers 30 regions with 339 branches, 12 special branches, 2,630 representative councils and 37,125 sub-branch representative councils across Indonesia. This network practices the doctrine of Ahlassunah wal Jama’ah, which is Arabic for ‘people of the Sunnah
(practices of the Prophet Muhammad) and the community’. They base their practices on the traditional sources of Islamic jurisprudence— mainly the Qur’an, Hadith, and major schools of law. Among its aims are the propagation of Nahdlatul Ulama’s message and also an expansion of its already extensive network of members in Indonesia. This is the basis of many of the organization’s social reform efforts. With a solid structure of central and regional boards, branch and special branch boards, and various advisory councils, Siradj sits at the top of this increasingly influential Sunni movement.

Model of Traditionalism
With a mainly rural membership base, the Nahdlatul Ulama distinguishes itself from other Islamic organizations in Indonesia by positioning itself as a premier organization of traditional Islam— with an emphasis on education and political engagement based on Islamic principles, although Siradj has vowed to focus NU’s attention away from politics and more towards its spiritual mission.


Social Service
The Nahdlatul Ulama has made substantial charitable contributions to Indonesian society in the fields of educational development, health care, and poverty alleviation. Siradj, like his predecessors, propagates the Nahdatul Ulama as an organization that is geared toward establishing a secular nation-state based on a
body of modern and moderate Muslims—with agenda items such as anti-corruption laws and social reform measures that are deeply rooted in Islamic principles.

Human Rights Activism
Prior to his role as Nahdatul Ulama chairman, Siradj served on Indonesia’s National Commission for Human Rights. Only a few weeks into his position as chairman of the country’s largest Muslim political party, and after violent clashes erupted in different churches across the country, Siradj made strong statements condemning the discrimination against Christian minority groups in Indonesia.

Educational Reform
Siradj has an extensive academic background in the Islamic sciences, and regards education as a tool for development. He founded the Said Aqil Centre in Egypt, a study centre that focuses on developing Islamic discourse, particularly in the Arab World.



We will keep promoting Islam as a blessing to the world, and will stay friendly and inclusive.”  


KH Said Aqil Siradj


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First Arab-Muslim sumo wrestler faces challenges in Japan

Egypt’s Abdelrahman Ahmed Shaalan, a native of Giza, which is home to Egypt’s pyramids, insisted he was able to train for at least four hours in the daytime during the Islamic celebration.

With legs resembling tree trunks and packing the body weight of two average-sized men, sumo wrestling’s ‘Great Sandstorm’ would seem a good fit for the wildly popular Japanese sport.

But Egypt’s Abdelrahman Ahmed Shaalan, the first professional sumo wrestler from both the African continent and Arab world, faces some mighty challenges as he embarks on a quest to become a yokozuna, or grand champion.

The man known by the ring name Osunaarashi, which translates as Great Sandstorm, prays five times a day as a devout Muslim, a tough routine given the intense daily training schedule required for sumo’s highly ritualized contests.

Small in number, foreigners are vital members of tradition-bound sumo as more Japanese youngsters with high athletic abilities tend to choose baseball, football and other lucrative or more high-profile sports with less rigid conventions.

Mongolians have been a dominant force in the top ranks for years, although Shaalan is among the sport’s first Muslim competitors.

As such, the 20-year-old does not touch the deep-fried pork cutlets loved by millions of Japanese or drink vast quantities of beer and rice wine sake, staples of a diet that sumo wrestlers rely on to bulk up, since Muslims avoid pork and alcohol.

But Shaalan, who quit his university accounting degree to enter sumo’s professional ranks, is undeterred, and brushing aside the challenges presented by the holy month of Ramadan when he cannot eat or drink during daylight hours, knowing that regular sumo tournaments are held in the afternoon.

“I am confident that I can overcome my challenges,” the burly wrestler told Japanese media last month after winning his first two professional-level matches at a tournament in the western city of Osaka.

The 20-year-old does not touch the deep-fried pork cutlets loved by millions of Japanese or drink vast quantities of beer and rice wine sake, staples of a diet that sumo wrestlers rely on to bulk up, since Muslims avoid pork and alcohol

Shaalan, a native of Giza, which is home to Egypt’s pyramids, insisted he was able to train for at least four hours in the daytime during the Islamic celebration.

“I want to become a wrestler who represents Arab and African nations... My dream is to become a yokozuna,” said the Egyptian, who stands at 189 centimeters and weighs 145 kilograms.

He did, however, concede: “I am a little bit worried. But no problem.”

Japan’s sumo association could not say whether the Great Sandstorm is the sport’s first Muslim competitor. There have been unconfirmed reports of Muslim sumo wrestlers in the past.

His coach, a former wrestler known as Otake, has promised he’ll keep his new recruit in top shape, even changing the recipe for a meat, vegetable and fish stew known as Chankonabe which wrestlers devour on a daily basis.

“When we serve pork cutlet, we prepare chicken cutlet for him. When we use pork for Chankonabe, we let him eat something else,” the coach said.

“But I want him to get used to the customs and traditions of the sumo world otherwise.”

Shaalan’s coach is most concerned about keeping his young apprentice focused amid the media storm sparked by the newcomer’s spectacular debut, which included dumping his Japanese opponent with a powerful arm throw.


When we serve pork cutlet, we prepare chicken cutlet for him. When we use pork for Chankonabe, we let him eat something else

Coach Otake

“It was very exciting,” declared the novice, who was not allowed to do a one-on-one interview under sumo association guidelines for new recruits.

Otake was less enthusiastic about the victories that earned Shaalan a coveted spot in the sport’s bi-monthly tournaments, although he will start at the bottom of the rankings at the next meeting in May.

“He needed to crouch lower in exchanging thrusts,” the sumo master said, adding that his apprentice was not flexible enough to do the splits.
“I will teach him to become more humble as his ranking rises.”

Shaalan’s arrival in the pro ranks came after he won an open-class bronze medal at the 2008 world junior sumo championships and an over-100 kilogram bronze at the 2010 edition.

Despite its popularity, the sport has suffered in recent years with a hugely damaging bout-fixing scandal that infuriated the public and forced the resignations of about two dozen wrestlers and a stable master.

Sometimes brutal training methods and allegations of illegal drug use have also come under the microscope.

None of that is likely to turn off the determined Shaalan, whose love affair with sumo began at the age of 15 when he was invited by a friend to a practice session.

“I was impressed by the strength of sumo wrestlers who behaved as if nothing had happened even after they lost or got tired,” he said.

“I want the world to understand sumo.”

Source: Al Arabia News


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How life has changed for Muslim women in France following burqa ban

The French government introduced a ban on wearing a full veil in public a year ago this week. DW looks at how life has changed for Muslim women in France, and the challenges they face on the road to integration.


Mabrouka is playing with her two-year-old daughter in her apartment in the northern suburbs of Paris. This is a familiar playground for little Asma, as the pair no longer get to go out very often: Mabrouka is one of an estimated 2,000 women in France who wear a niqab - a full veil, covering everything but her eyes. And for a year now, she's been banned from wearing it in public.

The 30-year-old, who asked DW not to publish her last name, still ventures out occasionally to the local shops. By wearing the niqab in public, Mabrouka is risking a fine of up to 150 euros ($200), or being asked to take a citizenship course. She says the police generally turn a blind eye when she's with her daughter, but the bank manager has told her he doesn't want her entering the local bank. which means her husband has to take care of her bank transactions.

The law was introduced by President Nicolas Sarkozy's center-right government on April 11, 2011 in the hope that it would help improve security, promote gender equality and protect the dignity of women. But for those who insist on wearing the full veil, it seems the opposite is the case. Mabrouka claims she has lost much of her freedom, and is now more reliant than ever on her husband.

"It's only now that I've become dependent,” Mabrouka told DW. “I worked for five years, and I wasn't married at the time. I wore the full veil, I used public transport, I went on long journeys, I went out with my friends … and now I have to content myself with my little area and nothing more.”

French Muslims have other concerns

Despite the attention the ban has received, it only affects a relatively small number of women. According to the French justice ministry, there were roughly 100 incidents of niqab-wearers being stopped by police in the first six months of the ban.

Last September, Hind Ahmas, 32, and Najate Naït Ali were fined 120 euros and 80 euros, respectively, after being stopped near the town hall in Meaux, east of Paris, where they had intended to present a birthday cake to Jean-Francois Cope. He is mayor of Meaux and the architect of the ban. Ahmas and Ali have vowed to take their case to the European Court of Human Rights if necessary, arguing that the law contravenes legislation on personal liberties and freedom of religion.

The vast majority of French Muslims do not cover their faces - and many in the Muslim community are far more concerned about the ban on displaying religious symbols in schools, which came into effect in 2004, and affected many teachers and pupils who wanted to wear the more common hijab, or Islamic headscarf.

France has the largest Muslim population in western Europe - an estimated eight to nine percent of the total population. The vast majority are of North African origin, from the former French colonies of Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia. The Muslim community has often felt challenged by the strict separation of religion and public life, or laïcité, a principle cherished by French people from across the political spectrum.

A former minister in Sarkozy's government, Algerian-born Fadela Amara, described the burqa as a "kind of tomb, a horror for those trapped within it." But even among Sarkozy's left-wing opponents, there is little support for repealing the law, since secularism is an issue that still unites the fragmented left.

'It's the ban that's restrictive, not the burqa'

In the Parisian suburbs, Mabrouka is experiencing that very sense of exclusion. But she does not conform to the stereotype of a downtrodden woman. Born in Lyon to Tunisian parents, she works part-time as a private tutor, and continues to visit her students in their nearby homes. She is highly educated, having studied Arabic and history at university, and she's also qualified to teach French as a foreign language.

She started wearing the niqab seven years ago as a symbol of her devotion to God. She says her husband had nothing to do with her choice, as she was already wearing it when she met him. Under the law, anyone forcing a woman to wear a full veil can be fined up to 30,000 euros, but so far no one has been punished for that offence.

Mabrouka admits that it may seem bizarre to subject herself to such a restrictive life for a piece of cloth, but she claims it's French society, not her religion, that is hampering her freedom. After a year of living under the new law, she's even thinking about leaving the country in which she was born.

"I don't want to spend the rest of my life here. I have plans to move away, because I don't want to live like this," she said. "But at the moment it's difficult to choose, because in Europe you have to speak a second language ... and in the Arab countries, there's a lot of tension at the moment. Belgium is a French-speaking country, but they've gone down the same road as France. So for the moment I'm a bit trapped."

Full article: DW


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KB says:  The shortcrust pastry tart casings are available at the supermarkets. You can, however, bake a batch of the casings and freeze them up for whenever you want to use them. Then simply add a filling of your choice as I did with the coconut this week.

I used the same tart recipe for the Butterscotch Nut Tart which you can find in CCN No. 288.


Coconut Tarts


Short Crust Base
1 cup flour
60g butter, grated
1 egg yolk
2 tab iced water

Method for the base:
1. Place flour and butter in bowl and mix with a fork until crumbly.
2. Add egg yolk and almost all the water until the mixture comes together adding more water if necessary.
3. Turn onto a lightly floured surface and roll out and cut into desired sizes to fit your tart tins.
4. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30 mins.
5. Bake blind for 10 mins until pastry is light brown and then cool.
6. Place ½ tsp apricot jam in each tart.

Coconut Filling
1. Beat 2 eggwhites until stiff.
2. Gradually add 112g castor sugar until dissolved.
3. Fold in a 100g coconut and mix in thoroughly.
4. Spread this over the jam as a topping.
5. Bake at 170 degrees until the topping is light brown.


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.


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Q: Dear Kareema, I find skipping is great for me as it gets my heart rate up rapidly and like many I’m time poor. How do I know how much I’ve done and what can I do to further challenge myself?

A: Well, the skipping rope has long been my favourite for the ultimate cardio challenge.


There are quite a few ‘smart’ ropes out on the market – why not invest in one that counts the kilojoules burned as well as the kilometres reached on your skipping journey.


It will also improve your balance, coordination and agility, so jump to it!

Your challenge then would be to skip longer, faster, or further…







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.


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Q: Dear Flightstar Fozi, I'm planning to take a trip by myself. Are there any destinations that are especially appealing for solo travellers?  





Flightsar Fozi: First off, you're not alone. Solo travellers account for 11 percent of all Australian vacationers. No destination is strictly off-limits to solo travellers, but some places are easier (and more appealing) to navigate than others.


In general, the best bets for first-time single travellers are English-speaking destinations known for their friendliness and hospitality, such as Ireland, New Zealand, and USA.


After all, you're a lot less likely to get lost or feel lonely if you're surrounded by people who can understand what you're saying.


Within Southeast Asia, Thailand and Vietnam are also particularly welcoming.  .

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Need an answer to a travel related matter?

Send your question to Flightstar Fozi at  ccn@crescentsofbrisbane.org.

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


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The plane leaves Heathrow Airport under the control of a Jewish captain; his co-pilot, Nasruddin, is Lebanese.

It's the first time they've flown together and an awkward silence between the two seems to indicate a mutual dislike.

Once they reach cruising altitude, the Jewish captain activates the auto-pilot, leans back in his seat, and mutters, 'I don't like Lebanese..'

'You not like Lebanese?' asks Nasruddin, 'why not?'

'You people bombed Pearl Harbour, that's why!'

'No, no', Nasruddin protests, 'the Lebanese did not bomb Bearl Hahbah! That was the Japanese, not Lebanese.'

'Lebanese, Japanese, Vietnamese....doesn't matter, you're all alike!'

There's a few minutes of silence.

'I don’t like Jews!' Nasruddin suddenly announces.

'Oh yeah, why not?' asks the captain.

'Jews sink Titanic!' says Nasruddin.

'What? You're insane! Jews didn't sink the Titanic!' exclaims the captain, 'It was an iceberg!'

‘Iceberg, Goldberg, Greenberg, Rosenberg , Bloemberg ..no mattah...all same.’ 


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O you who believe! Fear Allah,
and give up what remains of your demand for usury, if you are indeed believers.


Surah Al-Baqarah 2:278


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Your pain is the breaking of the shell that encloses your understanding... And could you keep your heart in wonder at the daily miracles of your life, your pain would not seem less wondrous than your joy.
                                                                                                     Khalil Gibran


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To claim your date for your event email ccn@crescentsofbrisbane.org.





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25 April


THE HEART: An online video lecture by Sh Yahya Ibrahim


Kingston Rd, Slacks Creek

0425 811 150


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

20 May


Palestinian Widows & Orphans Dinner Fundraiser


Michael's Oriental Restaurant

0433 182 520

5.30pm for 6pm start

16 June



Lailatul Mehraj

5 July



Lailatul Baraat

6-8 July


Ladies Retreat with Sister Haifaa


Savannah Hotel, Broadbeach

0426 821 411

All day

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

2 September


Soccer Tournament: Unity Cup 2012

Ahmed Essof

Acacia Ridge Indoor Sports, 1391 Beaudesert Road

0415 323 548

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.


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 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


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


Tafseer Workshops
with Mufti Ravat


Thursday nights from 7.30 to 8.15pm and than after Esha



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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

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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