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


Sunday, 13 May 2012

 Newsletter 0392




Government and local political and community leaders congratulate the Society for its efforts in bringing the communities together

Over 5000 people attended the International Food Festival put on by the Islamic Society of the Gold Coast last Sunday.


On what turned out to be a gloriously sunny May day on the Gold Coast, there was food aplenty and of a variety to suit even the most fastidious.


The occasion was well supported by visitors from all over the South East Queensland and from many different community groups.


Society president, Mr Hussin Goss, told CCN that this was one of the best attended and organized events they have had at the Mosque in recent years and the extended food court area ensured there was room for all to enjoy the entertainment, the surroundings and the food.


The auction and the draw for a return airflight to Malaysia, to say nothing of the Monday Labour Day holiday to follow, kept the crowds staying well into the afternoon.

The Gold Coast Mosque Madressa students led the formal part of the proceedings with the National Anthem

Ms Nailah Seboa took the first prize of $300 in the cake competition with her triple layered fondant decorated chocolate mud cake 

Winner of the "Best Dressed Stall"

A taste of Saudi in Labrador

The CCN Photo Gallery


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Amina El Shafei (27), who reached the coveted top 24 cut-off on MasterChef this week, is a registered nurse who is blessed with culinary expertise that originates from two different parts of the world - the Middle East and Asia - thanks to her Egyptian dad and South Korean mum.

Close to both her parents, but a self-confessed “Daddy’s girl”, Amina lives with her younger sister Eman, with whom she would one day love to own a funky but traditional Middle Eastern mezze restaurant.


"Eman would run the business and I would cook!”

Amina was born in Saudi Arabia and moved to Australia in the late 1980s. As a child, family life was centred on food and weekend trips to the produce markets. Her mum cooked through the week and father at the weekends - both bringing old family recipes and techniques to the table. Amina remembers the pickling her mum used to do and the fridge being full of jars and fresh vegetables.

“To get me started they would give me the bad jobs - peeling onions!”

As well as cooking, her childhood and teenage years were very focused on education and with degrees themselves, it was important to Amina’s parents that their children did well in their studies. Amina is now a paediatric nurse and her sister is studying law.

One of Amina’s proudest achievements in her life so far is buying a house - for which she saved for a long time. Initially she found it very tough being away from her parents but feels good about it now.

“It has been really good for me and made me independent.”

Amina is always giggling and says she is an optimist. She is very proud of her ethnicity and Muslim background and spends most of her time with her friends and family. She loves to prepare big barbecues either at her house, or at her parents. Amina also loves music.

Amina says French cooking - and pastries - are her weakness. Her favourite ingredient is olive oil.

Source: MasterChef website


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The Islamic Council of Queensland (ICQ) hosted a fund raising dinner last night (Saturday) for the victims of the recent Fiji Floods.


More than 400 people attended the function at the Islamic College of Brisbane to help raise the nearly $25 000 that was set as a target. This sum was boosted by another $20 000 with a cheque of $20 000 presented on the night by the Muslim Charitable Foundation (MCF).


Many of the food items, equipment and the facilities were donated by sponsors of the event who helped produce a delightful dinner that included pilau, lamb curry, butter chicken and a host of other tasty dishes.


Amongst the dignitaries were Mr Graham Perrett MP, member for Moreton, Superintendent Cameron representing the Police Commissioner, Mr. Robert Cavallucci MP (State Member for Brisbane Central and Assistant Minister for Multicultural Affairs ) and Councillor Kim Marx representing the Karawatha ward.


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The ‘Heart Therapy’ course ran for 2 days over the weekend of the 28-29th April.


The course was successfully attended by 110 people. The attendees benefitted from the following topics: Appreciating the holistic nature of Islam; Love for Allah’s Messenger (ṣalla'llāhu ʿalayhi wa-sallam; Recognising the diseases of the heart; Learning their causes and their cures; Purifying your intentions for actions; Anger management; Controlling the tongue; and Increasing the quality of your tawbah.


They also enjoyed lunch and refreshments throughout the day.


The next course is ‘Worst of the Worst’ with Melbourne born Sheikh Furqaan Jabbar. This course will be about Shaytan, Dajjal and Firawn. ‘Know your enemy!’ July 14th and 15th 2012.


Apart from the accursed Shaytaan, the course will investigate Firawn, one of the greatest tyrants to have walked this earth, and the Dajjal, who must show himself in this world before the coming of the Day of Judgment. We will seek to extract life-changing lessons from the study of this evil trio, including how to protect ourselves from the Shaytaan and the Dajjal and their influence in our lives.


For the trailer for the up-coming course go here. To enrol, go to the website. Or join the facebook page under AlKauthar Brisbane.


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According to the Halal Certified Medicine website HCM was developed to support Australian Muslims "in their endeavours to consume Halal only products by identifying which of their everyday products such as medicines, sporting and vitamin supplements are suitable for Muslims to purchase."


"The new HCM brand and logo has been launched and can be found on pharmaceutical products that have been checked and deemed as Halal.


HCM does all the homework for Muslim consumers by ensuring no pork or alcohol products have been used in the entire process. When we know 100% that no prohibited ingredients have been used in a pharmaceutical product, we help the consumer easily recognise and identify it by placing a HCM logo sticker on the product.


Australian Muslims can now simply walk into selected pharmacies and purchase any HCM labelled product and be assured that it is Halal.

Consumers can now knowingly consume medications that are permissible and compliant with the Sunnah. Medications that contain any form of non-halal gelatine, alcohol or pork products or do not comply with the recommended manufacturing process will not display the accredited HCM logo. This will help remove any confusion or queries as to whether the medicine is permissible to consume and will make life as a Muslim that much easier."


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Claim that giving up almost all food for one or two days a week can counteract impact of Alzheimer's and Parkinson's.


Fasting for regular periods could help protect the brain against degenerative illnesses, according to US scientists.

Researchers at the National Institute on Ageing in Baltimore said they had found evidence which shows that periods of stopping virtually all food intake for one or two days a week could protect the brain against some of the worst effects of Alzheimer's, Parkinson's and other ailments.

"Reducing your calorie intake could help your brain, but doing so by cutting your intake of food is not likely to be the best method of triggering this protection. It is likely to be better to go on intermittent bouts of fasting, in which you eat hardly anything at all, and then have periods when you eat as much as you want," said Professor Mark Mattson, head of the institute's laboratory of neurosciences.

"In other words, timing appears to be a crucial element to this process," Mattson told the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in Vancouver.



The Guardian


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SYDNEY resident Ismail Belghar is believed to be  the first Muslim in Australia to have been granted a judge-only trial on the  grounds that a jury might be biased because of his religious beliefs


The decision in the NSW District Court can be revealed after Belghar, 36, yesterday pleaded guilty to detaining and assaulting his sister-in-law after she "dared" to take his wife to the beach without his permission.


The court heard, because of his religious beliefs, Belghar felt it "abhorrent" that his wife, Hanife Kokden, had been to the where she "displayed her body".

In March, Judge Ronald Solomon granted Belghar a trial before a judge sitting alone after agreeing he might not receive a fair trial with a jury.


"The attitude of (Belghar) is based on a religious or cultural basis," Judge Solomon said at the time. "In light of the fact there has been adverse publicity regarding people who hold extreme Muslim faith beliefs in the community, I am of the view that the apprehension by (Belghar) that he may not receive a fair trial is a reasonable apprehension."


The Moroccan immigrant had originally been charged with the attempted  murder of his wife's younger sister, Canan Kokden, 25, after confronting her in a car park in 2009 and holding her over a railing.


The Crown appealed against Judge Solomon's ruling and last week the Court of Criminal Appeal upheld the appeal, ordering Belghar be tried by a jury.


The trial was due to start yesterday but Belghar pleaded guilty to detaining Ms Kokden "for advantage to intimidate and assault". He denied attempting to her and that charge was dropped. 


Deputy  Senior Crown Prosecutor Mark Tedeschi, QC, told the court the Crown would be seeking a jail term.


The court had heard Belghar, who has been married to his wife for 11 years, became aware she had been to the beach in late 2009 because her shoulders were slightly sunburned.


He rang his sister-in-law and said: "You slut, how dare you take my wife to the beach!" Belghar will be sentenced at a later date.


Source: Courier Mail Wednesday 9 May 2012


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Nandos Toowoomba South, located at the Toowoomba Plaza, Shop 22, 878 Ruthven Street, Toowoomba, celebrated its first anniversary last week.


"This is the only Islamic Council of Queensland certified Halal restaurant in Toowoomba," owner Mr. Adnun Khan told CCN.


It has a been a popular place to eat for people of diverse origin and background.


"We have healthy food with peri peri sauces of varying spices levels that caters for everyone's taste."

The congenial atmosphere and welcoming and smiling staff, and the special care taken with children, have made it an ideal dining out place for family eating and functions.


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Sunday June 10th will be the time to relax and refresh at the Ladies’ Spa Day at the AMYN Centre, 16/157 North Road, Woodridge.


The event is being organised and presented by the Sisters’ House, with proceeds benefitting this non-profit volunteer community organisation. Child care will be available throughout the day.

With the event running from 10am until 5pm, there will be plenty of time to:

• Be pampered with a luxurious selection of beauty and hair services including facials, massages & pedicures. An online pre booking service for appointments will be available 2 weeks before the event.`
• Enjoy delicious food options including gourmet cakes & sweets.
• Watch an interesting variety of presentations throughout the day.
• Browse the various stalls selling hand made goods.
• Grab a showbag for the kids from the front desk on the way out.

So come along to treat yourself and support your sisters.


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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. 20

Sheikh Muhammad Sa’id Ramadan Al Bouti
Leading Islamic Scholar in Syria


Sheikh Al Bouti is the leading Islamic scholar in Syria. He is a retired Dean and current professor at the College of Islamic Law at Damascus University. Al Bouti preaches very often and is highly respected by many of the leading scholars in the Muslim World.


Traditionalist Scholar
Al Bouti is the scholar’s scholar, and the bulk of his influence comes from his position of respect and authority among the leading thinkers in Islam today. Al Bouti has significant influence from his position as a central figure in the Muslim scholarly establishment, writing close to 50 books that have garnered considerable critical acclaim.

Passionate Advocate of Madhabs
Al Bouti is a keen supporter of madhabs (traditional Islamic schools of law), and is one of the leading critics of the significant movement to abandon these schools. He is particularly influential
because this movement has lead to groups in which extremist behaviour is condoned as Islamic. Al Bouti has referred to the abandonment of madhabs as the ‘most dangerous bid’a [innovation] threatening the Islamic Sharia’. His view is critical because he says it gives individuals without knowledge the ability to decide what is and is not Islamic.

A Critic of Salafism
Al Bouti has considerable sway over the theological and legal merits of Salafism versus traditional Islam. He has held important debates with leading Salafi scholars and has performed well, highlighting to his audience the importance of knowledge within Islam. In one of his most noteworthy books on this issue— Jihad in Islam: How to Understand and Practice it— Al Bouti shows how a poor understanding of the term jihad has led to its abuse by both Muslims and non-Muslims. His view is that those who are unaware of the basis of fiqh have manipulated the idea of jihad for their own benefit, underlining that jihad must be conducted, according to Islamic fiqh (jurisprudence).

Prolific Writer
Shiekh Al Bouti has made an impact on the Muslim World, in particular through his scholarly outreach. He writes for news publications and journals, and has developed a reputation for his ability to address and respond to queries regarding Islamic jurisprudence, and personal issues from visitors to his comprehensive website, www.bouti.net.


The Arab Spring
•• Al Bouti denounced the protests and called on the protesters not to be driven by anonymous calls to incite sedition and chaos in Syria.



Love becomes a remedy when one is aware of the lordship of his lord through the knowledge of one’s absolute subjection to His Majesty.  


Sheikh M.S. Al Bouti


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Dear Editor


I have recently moved from Brisbane to Melbourne. I was wondering if there was a similar newsletter like yours in Melbourne that you may be aware of?


[Editor] Perhaps some of our many Melbourne readers might be able to help here. Please email the details to ccn@crescentsofbrisbane.org.

Dear Editor


Could you please put the Runcorn Heights Harmony Festival Poster in the CCN Newsletter.

Money raised on the night will go towards our Harmony House Project……. which will have a prayer room and wudhu facilities for our Muslim students.

If you know of anyone who would like to give monetary support to this project, I would love!!!!! to talk with them.

Thank you for your ongoing support!

Aisha Dennis
Mobile: 0402 438 077

Dear Editor

Assalam alaikum. I hope you are all in the best of health and Iman.

I was browsing through the latest issue of CCN and it looks great!


I personally am not very familiar with it, but I noticed some very interesting and useful features in the newsletter, masha Allah.

One small thing that I noticed is that AMYN's "A Journey of Health" event (20th and 27th May 2012) was advertised in image form in the "Events and Functions" section of the newsletter, but it was missed out in the "CCN Date Claimer" section. Is it possible to include the event there also? It is not a big problem in the newsletter, but I see the event as very beneficial to the community - educating our sisters about their health and that of their children if they have them.


They say that if you teach a man, you teach a man; but if you teach a woman, you teach a generation.

Thank you, may Allah reward you. Keep up the good work!
May Allah guide us on His straight path. Aameen.




[Editor] No sooner said than done! Thank you for drawing our attention to this.


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“I Don’t Drink Because I’m Muslim”

UK: Premier League Muslim superstar Yaya Toure (pictured left) has turned down a “man-of-the-match” alcohol bottle prize for being banned under his Islamic faith.

“I don't drink because I am a Muslim,” Toure said.

The Manchester City midfielder was chosen the man of the match in his encounter with Newcastle United.

Toure, a Muslim from Ivory Coast, scored twice in team’s 2-0 win against his Premier League rival.

Being presented with a large alcohol prize, the Muslim player turned to his teammate Joleon Lescott to give it to him.

“So you keep it,” he told Lescott.

The win brought Manchester City closer to win a first Premier League title in 44 years.

"I am very happy because it was important to help the team to win this game,” Toure, 28, said.

“For me, the most important thing now is to keep going, keep working hard and try to win next week."

Islam takes an uncompromising stand in prohibiting intoxicants. It forbids Muslims from drinking or even selling alcohol.

From the first moment of joining FC Barcelona, he made no secret about his religion, insisting there was no contradiction between being a successful footballer and a devout Muslim.

The general rule in Islam is that any beverage that gets people intoxicated when taken is unlawful, both in small and large quantities, whether it is alcohol, drugs, fermented raisin drink or something else.

Toure, named by Eurosport in 2005 as one of the most promising young players in the world, is one of the Premier League’s superstars.

Gifted in holding and protecting the ball, he excels also in long, short and direct passes.

In difficult situations, Toure is distinguished by his ability to make forward runs, earning him the nickname "box-to-box" player.

He had previously played for Spain’s giant FC Barcelona.

From the first moment of joining FC Barcelona, he made no secret about his religion, insisting there was no contradiction between being a successful footballer and a devout Muslim.

Source: OnIslam


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Newcastle FC may introduce prayer room for Muslim players  

UK: The Mail on Sunday reported last week on the consideration by Newcastle United FC manager, Alan Pardew, of introducing a prayer room at the club’s grounds for its Muslim players, Papiss Cisse, Demba Ba and Hatem Ben Arfa.

From the Mail on Sunday:

“Newcastle are ready to unleash the power of prayer on the Premier League, with plans for a dedicated religious room for three key players who have lit up their season.

“Papiss Cisse, Demba Ba and Hatem Ben Arfa are devout  Muslims and they could play a key role on Sunday when Newcastle host Manchester City with the dreams of both clubs in the balance. United want to secure a berth in Europe and City want to clinch their first title since 1968.

“Manager Alan Pardew believes the beliefs of his top stars have been a major contribution to the team’s success, so much so that he has explored the possibility of creating prayer rooms at the training ground and St James’ Park.

“‘It’s something I’ve discussed with club secretary Lee Charnley as I think it’s important,’ he said. ‘We look after the players and their religious backgrounds.

‘It’s something we’re looking at. Religion plays an important role for some of our players.

“‘You have to respect that some players have a different religion to most of the footballers in this country… It’s important that whatever the religion, we take care of it and understand it.’

Manager Alan Pardew believes the beliefs of his top stars have been a major contribution to the team’s success.

“Dedicated prayer rooms are not new in English football although they are few and far between, and the Premier League’s first multi-faith prayer room inside a stadium was unveiled only four years ago at Blackburn. That was as much in response to the multicultural make-up of the local population as to the demand from players.

“Bolton also have a prayer room, as do Manchester City who have four practising Muslims in their first-team squad — Yaya and Kolo Toure, Edin Dzeko and Samir Nasri.

“Other Premier League stars sharing their faith include Ali Al-Habsi of Wigan, Arsenal’s Marouane Chamakh, Salomon Kalou of Chelsea and Stoke’s Mamady Sidibe, while others have Muslim family members. Arsenal’s Robin van Persie, for example, is married to a Muslim of Moroccan heritage, Bouchra Elbali."

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

This week CCN recommends


Yes, I Would...: An American Woman's Letters to Turkey


Katharine Branning



This book comprises a series of imaginary letters written to Lady Mary Montagu, whose famous "Embassy Letters were written in 1716-1718 during her stay in Turkey as the wife of the English ambassador.


Those letters from Turkey, written to friends in England, served to describe the many fascinating aspects of the daily life she encountered while in Turkey.


In the same vein, Branning's letters use themes dear to Lady Mary, such as culture, art, religion, women and daily life, as seen and appreciated by a modern Western traveler, much as Lady Mary did almost 300 years ago.


Although addressed to Lady Mary, Branning's "letters to Turkey" are destined to be read by our contemporary society, as an insight on how many noteworthy characteristics of the "Orient," which have been blurred for various in the Western eyes, have inspired a deep admiration for an outside observer.



Would you like to see the cover of your favourite book on our book shelves below?

Then simply email the title and author to thebookclub@crescentsofbrisbane.org


Double click a book cover to find out what others think of the book

The CCN Bookshelf

CCN has set up an online Book Club at Shelfari to connect with CCN book readers at:


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

The CCN Readers' Book Club


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KB says:  I put together this recipe yesterday to take along to a friend's celebratory party but not before getting the thumbs up from the resident connoisseur of all things food.  


On another topic altogether - one that I read in the BBC's website this week - is that a chemical found in curry has ability to kill bowel cancer tumours in patients. Curcumin, which is found in turmeric, has been linked to a range of health benefits. It appears that studies have already shown that it can beat cancer cells grown in a laboratory and benefits have been suggested in stroke and dementia patients as well.


Savoury Rice with a Difference



2 cups cooked rice
¼ cup of coconut oil or melted ghee
1 onion finely sliced
1 finely sliced green chilli
1 green pepper, cut into strips
1 cup minted frozen peas
2 cloves of finely sliced garlic
Juice of I lemon
½ bunch of coriander leaves
½ cup cashews
Salt to taste
1 tsp saffron seeped in a hot cup of milk

1. Heat oil in a large wok or pot which has a lid.
2. Add onion and garlic stir fry until light brown
3. Add the cashews and the green pepper, stir fry for a minute.
4. Add the rest of the vegetables and salt to taste.
5. Take it off the stove and add the lemon juice, coriander and mix thru.
6. Lastly add the rice and mix thoroughly.
7. Pour the saffron mixture over the rice, cover the rice with glad bake paper which has been firstly crumpled and then soaked in water.
8. Steam for 15mins.
9. Before serving sprinkle with roasted slivered almonds.


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 tend to get very stressed at work and can’t always get to the gym to de-stress. What are some other options I can try as I sometimes feel like a ‘pressure cooker’ needing to let off some steam?

A: TAKE A BREATHER - It’s always good to focus on your breathing technique because it will help calm you down
and reduce your levels of stress hormones. Take a break from your desk every hour or so and spend 5 minutes
alone to do some deep breathing.

GET PHYSICAL - Give your body a physical outlet. Run the stairs between floors, or go for a brisk walk during your
lunch break, as long as you get moving – it will give your body some much needed release.

GET SOME MUCH NEEDED SLEEP - Look after yourself and rest well. You’ll feel refreshed and rested, ready to take
on your next big challenge at work.

EAT WELL - Take time out and treat yourself to some healthy, nutritious meals.






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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One day a police panda car pulled up to old Mula Nasruddin's home and Mula Nasruddin got out.


The constable explained that this elderly gentlemen had said he was lost in the Victoria Park.

'Why, Mulabhai,' said Mrs Nasruddin, 'You've been going there for over 30 years! How on earth could you say you had got lost?'

Leaning close to Mrs Nasruddin so the police officer couldn't hear, he whispered, 'Wasn't exactly lost. I was just too tired to walk home.'


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O you who believe! Cancel not your charity by reminders of your generosity or by injury, - like those who spend their substance to be seen of men, but believe neither in Allah nor in the Last Day...


Surah Al-Baqarah 2:264


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Love knows no difference between life and death
The one who gives you a reason to live is also the one who takes your breath away 
                                                                                                                                 Mirza Ghalib


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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


20 May


Journey of Health: Women's Health Day


AMYN Islamic Centre

0415 355 896

All Day

26 May


Family Fun Night

Australian International Islamic College

724 Blunder Rd, Durack

3372 1400


27 May


Journey of Health: Children's Health Day


AMYN Islamic Centre

0415 355 896

All Day

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

14 & 15 July

Sat & Sun

Worst of the Worst: Lecture by Sheikh Jabbar

Alkauthar Institute Brisbane


0414 470 985


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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The Heart of the Ihya: Prophetic Character

The Salaam Institute presents an inspiring weekly course.

A 10-session weekly Seekers Circle Globally Accessible Program with Shaykh Yahya Rhodus, Shaykh Faraz Rabbani and Imam Afroz Ali.

This SeekersCircle will cover the Book 20 of Imam al-Ghazzali’s Ihya ‘Ulum ud-Deen, known as the Heart of the Ihya.

WHEN: Every Friday beginning on 18 May 2012 for 10 weeks.
TIME: 7:30pm - 9:30pm
VENUE: IWAQ Office, 11 Watland St, Springwood

Males and Females welcome. Refreshments provided.


More information


 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


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 (cancelled)
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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