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


Sunday, 29 April 2012

 Newsletter 0390




The Islamic Council of Queensland acknowledges the overwhelming support by the community in donating relief supplies that have been sent by MCF and Gold Coast Mosque to Fiji.


Insha'Allah this will greatly assist those in need at this difficult time.

There are thousands of people still in evacuation centres. Since many businesses still remain closed, a lot of people are unemployed and are in desperate need of cash for transport, school fees and to buy medicines, etc.


To meet some of these needs the ICQ is holding a Dinner Night on 12th May at the Islamic College of


Tickets are $50 each or a table of 10 for $500.


We are pleased with the tremendous support we are receiving for this event. To date 50 tables have been booked and we are not very far from our target of 60 tables which would help us raise $30,000.


All the money collected will be forwarded to the Fiji Muslic League, who will be responsible for distributing to the needy.

The dinner will include a variety of dishes prepared by specialist chefs. Some of the dishes are : butter
chicken, fried rice, goat palau, puri and vegetarian dishes, roast chicken, etc.

Those who have purchased the tickets please should make sure that they bring their tickets along for the lucky draw. The winner gets a return air ticket to Fiji.

Please come along, enjoy the night and support this worthy cause!

Mohammed Yusuf
President, ICQ


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Through the generosity of the community, two containers of clothing, food, linen and kitchen utensils are on their way to assist those affected by the floods in Fiji.

Because of the amount of goods received, a third container is going to be sent to Fiji with more aid.


Once again, the community has rallied together to donate the freight costs of this container.




The following items are required to pack the next container:


• Rice, • Canned foods – fish, beans, spaghetti, vegetables, • Noodles, pasta, • Dried food, • Soups, • Oil, • Sugar, • Salt, • Powdered Milk, • Long Life milk, • Flour, • Kitchen utensils, • Linen – sheets, blankets, towels, • Soap and toothpaste

Packing date of container at the Kuraby Mosque: Saturday 5 May from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm.

Volunteers are most welcome to assist on the day.

Kindly ensure that all items brought are well packed in boxes and labeled. No plastic packets or bags of items should be used, please.

For further information, please contact :

• Imam Akram Buksh - 0431 672 263
• Yusuf Khatree - 0401 246 228
• Farouk Adam - 0422 191 675
• Ismail Bosthan - 0410 306 576


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"A Journey of Health"- a Women's and Children's Health Seminar will be held at the AMYN Centre on Sunday 20th May and Sunday 27th May from 1-4pm.


Female health specialists will provide up-to-date talks on a wide range of health matters specific to women and children.

Dr Jenny Ho and Dr Sharon L, Obstetrician and Gynaecologists from Sunnybank Private Hospital; and Jenny Jones, Breast Care Nurse at Mater Health Services will present on topics relevant to women of all ages on Sunday 20th May.

Colleen Allman, Child Health Nurse and Dr Haseena Mohamed, Paediatrician from Metro South Health Service District will cover issues relevant to babies and children including settling techniques, child development, sleep, fever, asthma and constipation.

There will be an opportunity to ask plenty of questions and informal interaction with the presenters.

Cost: $25 per session. Includes notes folder and afternoon tea.

Childminding facilities will be available for $5/child for the afternoon.

Contact Sr Laila on 0415355896 to book your seat or for further information.


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Amnesty International have issued a report looking at prejudice and discrimination faced by Muslims in Europe.


‘Choice and Prejudice: Discrimination against Muslims in Europe’ is based on field research conducted in Belgium; France; the Netherlands; Spain and Switzerland, and aims “to focus on discrimination on grounds of religion or belief and to illustrate some of its consequences on Muslims in Europe.”



The report states:


“Muslims in Europe face discrimination in several areas of life because of their religion, their ethnic origin or their gender, or a combination of these grounds.


Discrimination has a negative impact on their lives and affects their exercise of many human rights. It blights their individual prospects, opportunities and self-esteem and can result in isolation, exclusion and stigmatization.


For example, legislation and policies restricting the wearing of religious and cultural symbols and dress often have the effect of excluding from employment Muslim women who choose to manifest their religious, cultural or traditional background by wearing specific forms of dress and thus indirectly contribute to their own marginalization...


Such legislation and policies are detrimental to women’s equality and autonomy.


“Muslims should be given the possibility to make independent choices in relation to the expression of their cultural and religious backgrounds…


Muslims should be able to make these choices free from any pressure or coercion from family or community and any form of stereotype and prejudice from other private citizens or state institutions


“Discrimination against Muslims in Europe is fuelled by stereotyped and negative views, which fail to take into account basic demographic and sociological factors such as the diversity of Muslim groups as well as their cultural and religious practices across the region.


Regrettably, some political parties’ messages and the portrayal of Muslims in some sections of the media reinforce these views.


There is a particular responsibility for public officials and those seeking political office not to promote or strengthen stereotypical views which are likely to foster intolerance and discrimination.”


In its conclusions, the report states that:

"Amnesty International is concerned that anti-discrimination legislation is not effectively implemented in several European states and that European institutions are failing to tackle this problem. Muslims are discriminated against on the ground of religion or belief in employment even in countries where such discrimination is prohibited under domestic legislation…Regrettably, public authorities have not put in place effective mechanisms to prevent private employers to discriminate on the ground of religion or belief. At times states have introduced general bans on religious and cultural symbols and dress in public employment in order to achieve aims, such as enforcing neutrality and secularism, which are not per se legitimate under international law.

“Restrictions on the wearing of religious and cultural symbols and dress have sometimes been introduced in education and lead to violations of the rights of Muslim pupils to freedom of religion or belief and freedom of expression. On some occasions states have introduced general bans in public education without proving that they were necessary and proportionate for the achievement of a legitimate aim.

“Restrictions on the establishment of places of worship have limited the exercise of the right to freedom of religion or belief in countries and regions such as Switzerland and Catalonia (Spain). Last but not least, some European governments have introduced legislation resulting in general bans on the wearing of full-face veils, often not on the basis of reliable data and without consulting women affected by such prohibition.”

The report puts forward recommendations to the countries studied as a whole; to the relevant regional bodies, and to countries in particular based on their own issues and practices.


These include:

• For all governments to establish national equality bodies to monitor and advise on anti-discrimination legislation and discrimination-related issues.

• The introduction of, or improvement of current anti-discrimination legislation in relation to employment as well as in other areas, including that domestic legislation protect against discrimination on the ground of religion or belief.

• Informing Muslims and the public about redress mechanisms in relation to discrimination.

• Avoiding the introduction of general restrictions on religious and cultural symbols and dress in public employment. If adopted, such restrictions should serve legitimate purposes and should be proportionate to and necessary to achieving those purposes. Where such restrictions are in place, states should monitor the effects and impact on religious and ethnic minorities, including Muslims.

• Avoiding the introduction of general bans on the wearing of religious and cultural symbols and dress in education. Where such bans are adopted, ensuring that they are based on an objective and reasonable justification. The report makes specific recommendations for France to regularly review its legislation in this area.

• Restricting the building of places of worship only proportionate to the achievement of legitimate aims (eg. Public safety). The report makes specific recommendations for Switzerland to repeal its prohibition on the building of minarets.

• Avoiding the adoption of legislation which imposes a general ban on full-face veils.

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PhD student at Griffith University, Ms Alimatul Qibtiyah will be the keynote speaker at a special pre-Mother's Day event hosted by the Believing Women for a Culture of Peace.


Ms Qibtiyah obtained her first Masters degree in Social Psychology from Gadjah Mada University, Jogjakarta, Indonesia and her second Masters degree in Women’s Studies from the University of Northern Iowa, USA in 2005.


Her studies are focused on gender relationships in Indonesia and women issues. Her latest book is Islamic Feminism and Global Feminism in Moving with the Times: The Dynamic of Contemporary Islam in A Changing Indonesia.


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Volunteers are needed to participate in a research study regarding Muslim teenager girls’ experiences in non-Muslim schools in Griffith University, Mt Gravatt.


The research team needed at least 10 volunteers to participate in this study. It is an open invitation for all Muslim girls (age between 13-19) who are attending non-Muslim schools to become part of this study. As part of this project, volunteers will be asked to participate in an interview, which will take approximately 30-40 minutes. The interview will be audio recorded and all the information will be treated as confidential. The interviews will be requesting information about the experiences of young women as they participate in contexts where their Islamic faith is not part of the dominant culture. These experiences may be positive, negative or neutral.

The study is part of further studies being conducted by a research student at Griffith University, herself a Muslim woman. Trying to find out how non-Islamic schools may be better able to cater for Muslim women is part of the basis of this study.

Volunteers who want to participate, or have any other questions about the research project, please feel free to phone or email us on our contact details given below. The research team is looking forward of your valuable feedback.

Contact person:
Huma Kanwal
Ph. 0449905020
Email: huma.kanwal@griffithuni.edu.au


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Expressions of interest are now open for prospective Stall Holders & Therapists for the Sisters’ House Spa Day being held on Sunday 10th June at the AMYN Centre.

Applicants can either offer a therapy (massage, hair and beauty services etc) or hold a retail stall of their relevant business.

For more information please call Khadijah on 0449268375 or email sistershouse@live.com.au.


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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. 18

H.H. General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan
Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi & Deputy Supreme Commander
of the UAE Armed Forces


Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan is the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, as well as next in line to be President of the United Arab Emirates.


The UAE is increasingly becoming an important center for global weapons trading, with Abu Dhabi as host to one of the world’s the largest defense expos in 2009.


Political and Military Leadership
Sheikh Mohammed is chairman of the Abu Dhabi Executive Council—an executive leadership body in Abu Dhabi, which is constantly engaged in the assessment of public policy. Since becoming Crown Prince in 2004, Sheikh Mohammed has been recognized for his groundbreaking initiatives as an influential leader of Abu Dhabi as well as Deputy Supreme Commander of
the armed forces. He is a special advisor to UAE President H.H. Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

Economic Development
With Abu Dhabi sitting on a 10th of the world’s proven oil reserves, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan maintains immense political influence in the Muslim World as a leading member of the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company—which directs development efforts for the UAE’s role in the oil and gas industries. In spite of the debt crisis affecting Gulf states, Abu Dhabi has emerged mostly unscathed. Sheikh Mohammed is chairman of the Abu Dhabi Council for Economic Development (ADCED), which has been developing initiatives to boost entrepreneurship among youth in the UAE.


Sheikh Mohammed is noted for his philanthropic and humanitarian efforts in charitable giving. He has donated billions of dollars to various causes. December 2010 marked the launch of a three-year project to establish a global center for health care research in Abu Dhabi through the World Health Care Congress (WHCC), under the patronage of Sheikh Mohammed.

Sustainable Development
Sheikh Mohammed has been a champion of sustainable development in Abu Dhabi as an advocate for the implementation of green technologies. He pledged $15 billion for the development of clean energy through solar, wind, and hydrogen power.


The Arab Spring
•• Joined NATO in enforcing a no-fly zone over Libya.
•• Moved quickly to respond to any protests in UAE; (these in fact
only involved 5 bloggers).



The UAE is not merely a financial or economic centre, nor is it only a tourist destination between East and West, but an important humanitarian centre on the international stage. 


Sheikh M. Aal Nahyanj


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Dear Editor

I have been assisting a few Muslim-African families who relocated from Townsville and Darwin.


These families are looking for houses to rent, preferably, houses that are near the Kuraby mosque.


Could any of your readers let me know if they have property for rent to help these families.

Mohamed Abdi
Team Leader
Logan Family Relationship Centre
P: 07 3442 1500 F: 07 3250 4771
A: PO Box 413 Woodridge Q 4114



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Saudis isolated as Qatar announces it’s to send female athletes to Olympics

Brunei’s Maziah Mahusin

Saudi Arabian Olympic Committee (SAOC), President, Prince Nawaf bin Faisal said that they would again not any female competitors to London 2012

Qatar’s National Olympic Committee (NOC) has announced that it will send at least three female athletes to the London 2012 Olympic Games, and Brunei has indicated that 400-metre-runner Maziah Mahusin could be selected for their team, the first time either country has sent female athletes to the Olympics.

Qatar’s announcement has intensified calls for Saudi Arabia to be kicked out of this summer’s games after its officials announced they will not prevent female citizens from competing in the Olympics but it will not officially endorse them either.

Qatar’s NOC revealed on April 8 that swimmers Wafa Arakji and Noor Al-Malki as well as air rifle shooter Bahia Al-Hamad, 19, will be sent to the games.

Al-Hamad won a silver medal at the Arab Championships last month to add to the three gold medals and two silver she won at the 2011 Arab Games in Doha.


Qatar’s Wafa Arakji

All three have been granted quota places rather than qualifying automatically, arranged by the world governing bodies and the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

The decision to send Qatari female athletes to the Olympics for the first time since they made their debut at Los Angeles in 1984 will help Doha’s campaign to host the 2020 Olympics and Paralympics, where they are facing rivals Baku, Istanbul, Madrid and Tokyo.

“We are absolutely delighted that we have been able to secure another place for one of our young female athletes at London 2012,” Qatar Olympic Committee General Secretary, Sheikh Saoud bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani, said in a statement.

“We are grateful to the IOC for their support in helping make this happen.”

“Athletes like Bahia, Nada and Noor will also provide inspiration to the next generation of female Qatari sports,” he added.

The announcement came just four days after Saudi Arabian Olympic Committee (SAOC) President, Prince Nawaf bin Faisal, said that they would again not send any female competitors to London 2012.

Speaking at a press conference in Jeddah, the Prince said, “Female sports activity has not existed [in the kingdom] and there is no move thereto in this regard. At present, we are not embracing any female Saudi participation in the Olympics or other international championships.”

Qatar's Maziah Mahusin

The Prince also said recently that Saudi women living and training abroad may represent the kingdom and could participate but only if they are accompanied by a male guardian and are modestly dressed.

Prince Nawaf acknowledged there was a growing demand for sport among Saudi women.

“There are now hundreds or thousands who practice sports but in a private way and without any relationship to the General Presidency of Youth Welfare,” he said.

A spokesperson for the IOC told The Muslim News they are “still in discussion and working to ensure the participation of Saudi women at the Games in London.”

Senior Researcher at Human Rights Watch (HRW) Middle East and North Africa Division, Christoph Wilcke, told The Muslim News the issue is “more complicated than just the participation or non-participation” of Saudi women at the games.

In a February report titled Steps of the Devil’: Denial of Women’s and Girls’ Rights to Sport in Saudi Arabia HRW documented the systematic discrimination against women in sport in Saudi Arabia, including their exclusion from the 153 sports clubs regulated by Nawaf’s ministry, the SAOC and the 29 national sporting federations, which are also overseen by Nawaf in his capacity as head of the NOC.

Qatar’s Bahia Al-Hamadi

Wilcke called on the IOC to abandon its “minimalist approach that is not going to help bring real change…if the IOC keeps talking forever it’s saying we have no serious interest in protecting the Olympic Charter based on fairness and justice.”

“The IOC can say lets see what we can do to help” adding that there is existing working models of other conservative Muslim countries where men and women are segregated but both are provided access with facilities.

He added that HRW would like to see more than “a symbolic gesture or just a token” of allowing women living and training outside of the kingdom to participate in the games “if Huda [Abdullmoheen] or Manaal [Sari], (expats) won a medal and the women in Saudi Arabia felt inspired they could not do the same; they can not train in Saudi Arabia.” s


Source: The Muslim News


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Muslim student wins poetry prize

“What, what, nigger?”

this coon this grubby spear chucker this fuzzie chip-on-his-shoulder pickaninny with navy gums this lemon-eyed teapot musical wog this thieving zulu blubber-lipped savage, swinging his shlong this midnight chocolate convict nig-nog gorilla and golliwog jigaboo dancer, chalkie, tar negroid shadow-face darkie, spook nigger in the swimming pool in his monkey-suit uggah-buggah boogie nig-jig ape jungle bunny, african black, black, slave…

but I don’t mind niggers a nigger’ll buy a round it’s these ungrateful, rag-headed, racialist pakis I wanna skin alive, torture and set alight

By Lori ‘Zakariyya’ King


UK: A Muslim student has won the inaugural Stephen Lawrence Poetry Prize award which is open to University of Greenwich students.

The award, which was set up in tribute to Stephen Lawrence, who was killed in a racist attack in 1993, took place on March 30.

The poetry competition ran along the themes of justice, tolerance and tackling prejudice.

Lori ‘Zakariyya’ King (pictured left), a Muslim convert of ten years, was awarded by Stephen’s mother, Doreen Lawrence, who listened intently as the students read their poems.

Titled ‘What, What Nigger’ the 28-year-old’s proactive poem was a response to racist comments made by the Stephen’s murderers immediately before they stabbed him.

Source: University of Greenwich website


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American Team Don Hijab to Support Captain .

HOLLYWOOD – Cheering up their Muslim teammate, a Floridian high school football team decided to don hijab before their season finale game to show solidarity with their Muslim captain who has been taunted repeatedly over her religious outfit.

"Everybody looked at us weird," West Broward senior Marilyn Solorzano told Sun Sentinel website on Friday, April 20.

"I understand now everything she went through and how hard it must have been.

“We just wore it for one day, and we noticed the difference. It was hard to keep on. It kept falling and our heads got really hot. You have to give her [credit] for wearing it every day."

Donning hijab in middle school, Irum Khan (pictured right), 17-year-old captain of West Broward High flag football team, endured far more than the usual pre-teenage taunting.

Early during her first years of high school, some classmates called her a terrorist and cursed at her.

She had rocks thrown at her and was physically attacked more than once.

"I got a lot of weird looks when I started wearing the hijab," said Khan, who first donned the modest clothing in fifth grade and wears long sleeves and tights under her uniform.

"Kids at that age don't know a lot about it. I went through half the year in sixth grade and then I took it off.

“I couldn't take the name-calling, the strange looks, the racial slurs. It was too much."

Though she hid the abuse from her family and school officials, she finally spoke up as her parents encouraged her to talk with school administrators and things got better.

Though none of Khan’s team has ever faced this bullying, they decided to take a stand and get a small taste of how difficult life can sometimes be for one of their own.

The idea of wearing hijab was first mentioned by Khan when she jokingly said it would be interesting for the whole team to wear the traditional Muslim dress during a game.

Instead of laughing, Solorzano, a fellow captain, seized on the opportunity.

"Everyone thought it was a really cool idea to support her and her religion," she said.

"It's really important to us because Irum is the only one here that's covered head to toe. We thought it'd be something nice."




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

This week a CCN Reader recommends

The Shock Doctrine


Naomi Klien



The bestselling author of No Logo shows how the global free market has exploited crises and shock for three decades, from Chile to Iraq In her groundbreaking reporting over the past few years, Naomi Klein introduced the term disaster capitalism.


Whether covering Baghdad after the U.S. occupation, Sri Lanka in the wake of the tsunami, or New Orleans post-Katrina, she witnessed something remarkably similar.


People still reeling from catastrophe were being hit again, this time with economic shock treatment, losing their land and homes to rapid-fire corporate makeovers.


The Shock Doctrine retells the story of the most dominant ideology of our time, Milton Friedman s free market economic revolution.


In contrast to the popular myth of this movement s peaceful global victory, Klein shows how it has exploited moments of shock and extreme violence in order to implement its economic policies in so many parts of the world from Latin America and Eastern Europe to South Africa, Russia, and Iraq.


At the core of disaster capitalism is the use of cataclysmic events to advance radical privatization combined with the privatization of the disaster response itself. Klein argues that by capitalizing on crises, created by nature or war, the disaster capitalism complex now exists as a booming new economy, and is the violent culmination of a radical economic project that has been incubating for fifty years.

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KB says:  For a soft and scrumptious treat you simply can't go wrong with Ferial Goodfellow's recipe. Decadently delicious and deliciously decadent as the old man of the house would say!





250g butter
1 cup castor sugar
3 eggs
½ packet pitted dates, 125gm
2 tsp bi-carb of soda
1 cup boiling Water
2 cups self raising flour
1 tab Cocoa powder

1. Combine dates, bicarb and boiling water in a heat proof bowl and leave to cool.
2. Sift flour and cocoa
3. Beat butter and sugar.
4. Add eggs one at a time.
5. Add cooled date mixture.
6. Fold in sifted flour and cocoa.
7. Pour into your greased baking pan and bake in a prepared 180degree oven for approx 35 minutes.
8. When cool spread with chocolate ganache and sprinkle with nuts and flake.


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 need some muscle tone through my legs as I love boxing and tend to do much more upper body than lower body exercises. Any tips?

A: Some of my favourite leg-toning exercises include lunges and squats.


Try incorporating them into your daily workouts and you should see results almost immediately.


You’ll work your core as well – be sure to engage it.


Slow your movements down to ensure good technique (the slower you go, the harder your muscles need to work).

For more of a challenge, use some weights while doing these exercises.

If you’re not already running and skipping, start including it as part of your workout sessions.







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.

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Q: Dear Flightstar Fozi, our family of four will be visiting Europe in June. We will be travelling by ourselves from Rome to Paris via Milan, Turin and Nice but don't know the best railpass to purchase  




Flightsar Fozi: According to my research, the best railpass would be a Eurail France / Italy saver pass. This pass is available for first or second class travel and starts at four flexi days or travel
within two months. Some of the trains in this itinerary have mandatory reservations, so the passholders will need to pay a supplement to reserve their trains. You can buy these passes at any reputable travel agent.


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Jallaludin wanted to be an accountant, so he went and took the accountancy exam.

Examiner: If I give you two goats and then I give you another two goats, how many goats do you have?

Jallaludin: Five.

Examiner: No, listen carefully again. If I give you two goats and then I give you another two goats, how many goats have you got?

Jallaludin: Five.

Examiner: Let's try this another way. If I give you two bottles of milk and then I give you another two bottles of milk, how many bottles of milk have you got?

Jallaludin: Four.

Examiner: Good! Now, if I give you two goats and then I give you another two goats, how many goats have you got?

Jallaludin: Five.

Examiner: How on earth do you work out that two lots of two goats is five?

Jallaludin: I've already got one goat at home!  


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What is with you must vanish:
what is with Allah will endure. And We will certainly bestow, on those who patiently persevere, their reward according to the best of their actions.



Surah Al-Nahl 16:96


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People want you to be happy.
Don't keep serving them your pain!
If you could untie your wings
and free your soul of jealousy,
you and everyone around you
would fly up like doves
                                                                                                  Jalāl ad-Dīn Rūmī


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OFFICETEK for Intercoms,CCTVs, Alarms MaXimize Accountants Monavie Angelz Dental Care Centre for Easy Language Learning (CeLL) ACCES Removal Services Baalbak Bismillah Repairs & Maintenance Samoosa Pastry Distributors Brisbane Diagnostics Brizie Biltong Calamvale Physio & Sports Injury Clinic Carpet Lifesavers Rejuven8 Body & Beauty Haseera InWear Fashions Personal Wellness Coach Healthy Life BROWNS PLAIN efxshop Fathima Adat Tutoring Flightstar Gabriel Hair Studios Henna by Fatima Hummy's Automotive Hussana Australia Junaid Ally Properties Kimaya Fashions Kuraby Mosque Hire Services Stick On Labels d'Lahorie Personal Training with Layla Lily's Fashion Love ur Body Marketing Co-Op Muslim Directory Australia Mo's Handyman Services Nando's CALAMVALE CENTRAL Nandos MT GRAVATT Nazima Hansa Realty PTY LTD Excelanz Pizza Lane Pappa Roti Qld Islamic Book Service Yasmeen Seedat Accounting Services Shameema's Silk Scarves Siitra Shakira Kolia's Driving School Car Body Removals Ummah Store Mansur Omar EliteFX


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





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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

12 May


Fiji Flood Fund Raiser Dinner

Islamic Council of Queensland

Islamic College of Brisbane, Karawatha

0450 908 786


13 May


Mother's Day Brunch

Islamic Society of Algester

Beenleigh Events Centre

0403 338 040


19 May


Yusha Evans Lecture

United Muslims of Brisbane

Islamic College of Brisbane, Karawatha

0425 811 150


20 May


Palestinian Widows & Orphans Dinner Fundraiser


Michael's Oriental Restaurant

0433 182 520

5.30pm for 6pm start

20 May


Unity in the Community BBQ

United Muslims of Brisbane & Kuraby  Mosque

Svoboda Park, Kuraby

0412 386 839


3 June


Annual Quran Competition

Islamic Council of Qld.

Islamic College of Brisbane, Karawatha

0450 908 786


10 June


Spa Day

Sister's House

AMYN Centre

0449 268 375


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

If you would like a link to your website email ccn@crescentsofbrisbane.org.


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