Sunday, 1 July 2012

 Newsletter 0399




The IQRA Academy Institute of Islamic Studies has just announced the online streaming of programs.


The establishment of IQRA Live heralds the pioneering of Traditional Islamic sciences to be broadcast and streamed from Perth, Western Australia.


Aiming to fulfil the needs of those seeking to gain access to Traditional Islamic knowledge and insights, the introduction of IQRA Live seeks to extend IQRA Academy's programs and events to an increased audience.

IQRA Live will be launching on the 8th of July 2012 with an 'Ulama Panel Discussion titled 'The Fiqh of Ramadan: Fasting and Feasting', presented by Sh. Yusuf Parker of Al-Hidayah Centre and Sh. Shabir Adam Sulaiman Moosa. Issues regarding the intricacies of worship, fasting and devotional acts will be covered in a two-hour Panel discussion in order to understand the etiquette, ethos and beauty of the blessed month of Ramadan.

Additional IQRA Live features include Friday Khutbah broadcasts, online delivery of Tafseer [Commentary of the Holy Quran], as well as Taraweeh streaming in Ramadan.


To access and view these programs as well as to be a part of new developments and changes taking place,  you can register your details.

For further news and content, visit the new IQRA' Academy website.

For additional information and enquiries, please feel free to contact: it@iqracademy.com.au



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Sheikh Ahmed Deedat (pictured left) in discussion on the use of information technology at the iPCI 

From working in a shop in a remote area of KwaZulu Natal, to debating the famous American reverend, Jimmy Swaggart in the USA — the story of Sheikh Ahmed Deedat is truly amazing.

Sheikh Ahmed Deedat was born in Surat, India in 1 July 1918. His family emigrated to South Africa in 1927.


Ahmed Deedat was a very bright student and excelled in school. Lack of finance interrupted his schooling and at age of 16 he took on the first of many jobs in retailing.

After reading a book called Izharul Haq — “The Truth Revealed” — a book about a debate with Christian Missionaries in the then British India, Sheikh Deedat was spurred on in the direction of dawa — Islamic missionary activity.

Over the next four decades, he immersed himself in a host of activities. Conducting Bible classes, lectures and debates all over world. He established the first Islamic seminary in Southern Africa to train missionaries at Assalaam Educational Institute — Braemar.

He published more than 20 books and distributed millions of copies of free literature and pamphlets the world over which were translated into many languages.

He also delivered thousands of lectures all over the world, crossing all the continents and successfully engaging some of the major Christian evangelists in public debates.


His career in the field of Comparative Religion took him across all five continents and dialogue with the heads of the Christian world, including the late Pope John Paul.

So fearless was his stand in defending what he believed was the truth that Deedat was refused entry into France and Nigeria on the grounds that “he would cause civil unrest”.

In 1957, Sheikh Deedat, together with two of his close friends, founded the Islamic Propagation Center (IPC) in Durban. The centre printed a variety of books, and organized and offered classes to new Muslims.


Deedat also received a personal phone call at the IPCI from former President Nelson Mandela, who was in Saudi Arabia at the time, congratulating Deedat for his iconic status in the Muslim world.

He was awarded the prestigious King Faisal Award in 1986 for his services to Islam in the field of Propagation.


This first opportunity to go abroad arose in 1976, when a good friend, Ebrahim Jadwat, travelled to Riyadh for a conference.

“When I asked the people from Saudi television to interview him, they laughed at me, saying that they had 50 or 60 of the greatest scholars from all over the world, so why should they interview him?” recalls Jadwat. “So I said, ‘Give him two minutes of your time and I’m sure you’ll find something interesting.’ So they humored me and gave him the opportunity to come on television.”

The rest, as they say, is history...


Sheikh Deedat with his entertaining approach, dynamic personality, deep knowledge of Christianity and unique ideas, swept the Arab world off its feet. Going to Riyadh opened up many doors for him, and his dream of printing and distributing the Qur’an and other literature soon become a reality.

In July 1985, Sheikh Deedat agreed to a debate with an American missionary, Prof. Floyd E. Clark, at London’s Royal Albert Hall. The debate attracted Muslim holidaymakers from all over the world, and Sheikh Deedat proved to be an instant hit.

He soon found himself swept up in a whirlwind of tours: Morocco, Kenya, Sweden, Australia, Denmark, and of course, the USA, where he became famous for what is known as the “Great Debate.”


Eight thousand people showed up, to watch Sheikh Deedat debate the topic, “Is the Bible the Word of God?” with the American Reverend Jimmy Swaggart, who was the head of a $100 million ministry.

The IPC expanded its activities and its premises, moving to a larger building, and became known as the Islamic Propagation Center International.

On May 3, 1996, Sheikh Ahmed Deedat suffered a stroke, known as “lock in syndrome,” which left him paralyzed from the neck down. It also meant that he was no longer able to speak or swallow. Soon thereafter he was taken to Saudi Arabia on a medical jet, especially flown in by the royal family. He received specialized treatment and care at the King Faisal hospital in Riyadh, where he was taught to communicate by coordinating his eye movements with an alphabetical chart which he memorized.


Sheikh Ahmed Deedat passed away in South Africa at the age of 87 on 8 August 2005.

Article adapted by CCN from a number of sources


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Mohamed Ahsan


The nikah of Mohamed Ahsan, son of Reffik and Hameeda Dada, and Nazifa, daughter of Yahya and Zaida Hasham was performed at the Algester Mosque yesterday (30 June).


The bridal reception and walimah was held that evening at the Islamic College of Brisbane's multi-purpose hall in Karawatha where some 700 guests were in attendance.


The venue, which was used for the first time for such a purpose, was transformed into an exquisite backdrop for a wedding reception and coupled with delectably home-cooked cuisine (prepared by the Algester Mosque Ladies Auxiliary) the evening exuded the most perfect of ambiances befitting such a joyous occasion.

ABC promo  

Australians get a bad rap overseas, and our stocks seem especially low in India. In fact, a sizeable chunk of India's 1.2 billion people think Aussies are dumb, drunk and racist.


But doesn't every country have its negative stereotypes?


In this six-part factual series, journalist Joe Hildebrand takes four Indians on a road trip around Australia to examine our worst stereotypes -- are we really beer-swilling, racist bogans, or are we simply misunderstood?


Shot on location in India and across Australia, this series puts its Indian protagonists smack bang in the middle of passionate debates and immersive experiences that could change their opinion of Australia forever.


After three weeks of seeing the good, the bad and the ugly up close, will our intrepid Indian travellers still think that Australians are dumb, drunk and racist?


And what will we think of ourselves, after seeing Australia through their eyes?


Journalist Joe Hildebrand sets out on a pilgrimage to Delhi and beyond to examine this anti-Australian sentiment. While in India Joe meets the four locals who will join him on a road trip across Australia. As a newsreader and journalist for a Hindi network, Gurmeet Chaudhary was shocked by the negative stories appearing regularly in the Indian media. Call centre worker Mahima Bhardwaj takes Joe through the unpleasant encounters she’s had with Aussies over the phone. Amer Singh is a third year law student in Chandigargh who decided it was safer to stay in India to study. Radhika Budhwar advises Indian students where they should study overseas; she hasn’t recommended Australia for the last five years. All agree to risk life and limb to visit our reviled and dangerous country.


Episode 2

(Warning: Classified MA)

Joe and the Indian tourists dive head first into Australia’s multicultural melting pot. Despite being a nation built by successive waves of refugees, the most recent arrivals often cop the most flack and in Australia in 2012, it is Australian Muslims who are on the front line.

Mahima, Radhika, Gurmeet and Amer are in the second week of their ‘dumb, drunk and racist’ road trip, and begin this episode in Sydney’s Lakemba – a suburb with a predominantly Muslim population. Radhika is clearly surprised by the lack of white people in Lakemba: “This is not really Australia… these people have built their own country in another country.” Later, Radhika and Mahima meet Nasro, a Somalian refugee, who tells them that although she has experienced kindness, she has little doubt that most Australians are racist.

Venturing deeper into the heart of this issue, Joe takes the travellers to Cronulla beach and tells them the story of the infamous 2005 riots. The footage of that awful day shocks everyone and brings law student Amer to tears. The crew then travel back into the heart of Sydney’s Western suburbs and play a game of soccer with the all-women, multi-ethnic Lakembaroos.

Finally Joe takes them to Villawood Immigration Detention Centre. There they meet members of the Australian Protectionist Party, a group that believes multiculturalism is a failure and Muslim immigration should be stopped altogether. As they are talking, several pro-refugee advocates arrive and tempers flare as the Indians find themselves in the middle of a heated argument about multiculturalism.


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Sheikh Furqan Jabbar is an instructor with AlKauthar Institute. He will be teaching the “Worst of the Worst - The Study of Satan, Pharoah and Dajjal” course in Sydney on the 7th and 8th of July and in Brisbane on the 14th and 15th of July 2012.


Read more about the course.


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Shajarah Islamic Kindergarten is a new initiative that has come from within the local Southern Brisbane Muslim Community.


There is arguably a widespread need for such a service in preparation for young Muslim children in the year before they are to begin attending Prep year at school.

The Kindergarten program is considered vital educationally and both Australian National and State governments have targets of 100% of appropriately-aged children to attend such programs.


Children who were born between 1 July 2007 and 30 June 2008 are eligible for Kindergarten this year, and between 1 July 2008 and 30 June 2009 will be eligible in 2013.

Kindergarten programs are run 40 weeks a year (in line with school terms) and attendance by children is for 15 hours a week or 3 days a fortnight.

As an Islamic Kindergarten, Shajarah Islamic Kindergarten aims to build on the basic program offered at Kindergarten, including adding age-appropriate Arabic language and Islamic learning areas.


The aim is to provide an Islamic environment in which children can learn and grow together.

Preparations to become an accredited Kindergarten Program Provider are in progress with plans to open in the third school term of this year on Monday the 8th of October for Kindergarten-aged children whether we are accredited as a child-care or a Kindergarten.

The Kindergarten centre will be located in the Kuraby area. (Actual address to be announced.)

Kindergarten Community information sessions are planned for the near future where updates about accreditation will be provided as they come to hand.

If you would like your child to attend in term four this year, or in 2013, provide the following details here.

If you are interested in joining the staff of Shajarah Islamic Kindergarten, provide the following details here.


Contact details: basheer_intl@hotmail.com


For more information about Queensland Kindergarten programs visit:

http://deta.qld.gov.au/earlychildhood/office/qkindy-flipbook/index.html (QKindy magazine link)


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Unity Cup Indoor Soccer Tournament is back in 2012 after a 2 year hiatus.


Since its inception in 2004, Unity Cup has been a place for people to "enjoy some friendly competition, meet new friends and put that fitness to their test."


Tournament organizer, Ahmed Essof, told CCN that this year's event will, as in the past, will feature 16 teams and run for one full day on 2nd September.


Places for registration are on a first-come-first-serve basis.


If you are interested, you are encouraged to register as soon as possible as spots are filing up fast.


If you looking for some fun and a great way to burn off the Ramadan and Eid feasts, gather your workmates and friends and get a team together.


For more details, see poster


PS: This will also get you in good shape for CresWalk2012 on Sunday 23 September.


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Sir Sebastian Coe headed the London bid to host the 2012 Olympic games and is Chairman of the London Organising Committee for the Games.

In a written interview with Editor of The Muslim News, Ahmed J Versi, Sir Seb answered a wide range of questions on the Olympics many of which affect Muslim athletes and East End locals


Amongst the questions Ahmed Versi put to Sir Seb was this:

The Olympics as you are aware falls during Ramadan, but you refused to change the date. Thousands of Muslim athletes from many countries as well as thousands of Muslim spectators and volunteers have been affected by this. Many have refused to volunteer and attend events because of this. We have also interviewed Muslim athletes who have complained on this issue but are not speaking out publicly. If Australia and China were able to change the dates why not us?

Sir Seb's response::

The IOC specified the following time window to all the bidding cities for the 2012 Games: July 15-August 31. Ramadan dates in 2012 are from July 21-August 20 and all bidding cities for 2012 therefore overlapped with Ramadan.

We want to make sure that all athletes, media, spectators, workforce and volunteers are able to participate fully in the Games whilst following Ramadan. For example, teams will be able to order break of fast packs which will include water, nutritional bars and fruit, the Olympic Village will offer 24 hour catering and there will be back of house faith rooms for staff to use when needed. There will also be a Multi Faith Centre in the Village which will offer support, pastoral care and spiritual help to athletes and officials. Volunteers will also receive a briefing to make sure they are aware of Ramadan and the needs of the Muslim community. All our plans have been developed with our Multi-Faith Reference Group – which consists of representatives of the various faith communities – and who have advised LOCOG on a number of issues.

Dr Bari, Former Secretary General of Muslim Council of Great Britain, is on the LOCOG Board and has been a key part of the discussions on London 2012 and Ramadan.

Source: Muslim News


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20 July


Community Meal/Ifthar with the Homeless & Disadvantaged


St Andrew's Anglican Church, cnr Cordelia & Vulture St, West End

0422 349 786


22 July


Ifthaar: Experience the tastes of Indonesia

Indonesian Islamic Society of Brisbane

UQ Campus, Multi-faith Centre

0407 632 492

After Maghrib

28 July


Ifthaar: Experience the tastes of Indonesia

Indonesian Islamic Society of Brisbane

Griffith University, Nathan Campus TBA

0407 632 492

After Maghrib

4 August


Ifthaar: Experience the tastes of Indonesia

Indonesian Islamic Society of Brisbane

Darul Uloom, BURANDA

0407 632 492

After Maghrib

11 August


Ifthaar: Experience the tastes of Indonesia

Indonesian Islamic Society of Brisbane

QUT, Kelvin Grove TBA

0407 632 492

After Maghrib


If you’re holding public iftars, lectures, exhibitions, homeless food collections, fund-raising initiatives or anything else this Ramadan email ccn@crescentsofbrisbane.org with the following details:







Contact phone no.:



The Crescent was NOT sighted anywhere in Australia on Wednesday night.
Therefore, the 1st day of Sha'aban 1433 falls on Friday the 22nd of June 2012


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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. 27

H.E. President Abdullah Gül
President of the Republic of Turkey


Abdullah Gül is the 11th president of the Republic  of Turkey and the first modern Turkish  head-of-state from an Islamist background.


Facing intense  secularist opposition to his  political career, Gül has maintained a focus on democratic reform. As prime minister and subsequently as foreign minister, Gül pursued a pro-active foreign policy and largely succeeded in striking a balance between Turkey’s traditional Western-anchored foreign policy priorities and its new interests in the Middle East and the Muslim World.


Influence through Pragmatic Leadership

Gül’s political influence in Turkey and abroad derives from his ability to reconcile the demands of a predominantly religious electorate with those of the secular establishment of the Turkish Republic. Together with Erdogan, Gül has worked to expand the sphere of democratic rights in Turkey, which in turn have benefited the predominantly traditional and religious segments of Turkish society. Gül continues to play a significant role in the current efforts to find a lasting solution to Turkey’s Kurdish issue. Gül was also the first Turkish politician to visit Armenia. 


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The competition for the CCN Young Muslim Writers Awards (YMWA) for 2012 is now open.


Please encourage our young boys and girls to participate.


Last year's inaugural awards were a resounding successful with entries coming from all around Australia and many considered by our independent panel of judges as being of very high standard.


Download the 2012 YMWA submission pack for all the details of this year's awards.


This year's prizes will be notebook computers generously donated by our sponsors (last year our winners received Kindle eBook readers).


The closing date for entries is 31 August 2012.


Visit our Facebook page to (1) like us (2) keep updated on the progress of the competition and (3) read all about last year's awards.


Details of last year's awards can be found in CCN370.

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I really appreciate getting the weekly online news from CCN.

It is so informative and I’m glad that it exists, as it is highly beneficial for Muslims all across Australia, such as me in Perth.

Jazak’Allah Khair


The ONE-STOP Pre-Ramadhan and Eid SHOP



The one place to do all your Ramadan and Eid Shopping.


We have literally brought the IBC – Islamic Books & Clothing shop from Melbourne to Brisbane for 3 days next weekend Friday June 29, Saturday June 30 & Sunday July 1.

We’ve loaded up a great collection of Ladies, Men’s, Girls & Boys Islamic Clothing (Abbayahs, Thobes, Caps, Scarves), Islamic Books (Quran, Seerah, Children’s Books), Prayer Mats, Wall Frames, Attar, Tasbih, Zam Zam Water, DVD’s (Mufti Ismail Menk, Khalid Yasin, Children’s DVD’s) and heaps more.

Lots of specials too:
•  Buy 1 Get 1 Free Audio CD’s – Yusuf Islam, Zain Bhikha, Sami Yusuf
•  Pashmina Scarves $10 each, 3 for $25
•  Long Scarves $8 each, 3 for $20
•  Ladies Swimwear 20% off
•  Large Attar $5 each, 3 for $12

Free DVD – The Empire of Islam, valued at $15 for all purchases over $100 (limited stock)

The ladies clothing range includes linen skirts, cool cotton/linen tops and a range of Maxi dresses with matching cotton cardigans. There are a variety of scarves too square scarves, long scarves, designer rose scarves, hijabs, khimars, headbands & caps. There is something to suit everyone.

Our men’s range of Thobes offers many styles, colours and fabrics including pin striped Thobes, Morrocan style Thobes with hoods as well as traditional white cotton Thobes. Men’s caps are available in a wide variety of colours & styles – cotton, knit from the traditional to the trendy.

Children’s Clothing:
Girls Abbayahs - for ages 5 – 16.
Small Boys Thobes - for ages 1 to 8.
Young Boys Thobes - for ages 9 – 16, (traditional and Omani-no collar), cotton, rayon, white & colours

WHERE: Islamic College of Brisbane Hall, 45 Acacia Rd, Karawatha

Friday June 29th (after Juma) until 8 pm
Saturday (June 30) from 10am – 5 pm.
Sunday (July 1) from 10am – 5 pm.

EFTPOS & Credit Card facilities available

Ahmed Imam is looking forward to meeting up with old friends and making many new ones too.

Click on the image above or visit www.ibcshopping.com.au

For pre-orders or requests contact 0415 800 967

We’ve just launched our Facebook site so like us on Facebook to win a $50 Gift Voucher




House for Rent


4 Bedroom, 2 bathroom house in Marsden. Separate laundry, lounge and double lock up garage. Big backyard. Situated in a quite cul-de-sac, and down the road from Logan mosque. Rental is $370 per week. Can be viewed at http://www.realestate.com.au/property-house-qld-marsden-407883589

Contact 0430 284 356 or Rental agency directly on 07 3200 3773


Pizza Lane Preparing for Ramadhan


Pizza Lane will be making savouries for Ramadaan.


Download a pricelist.

Call Laila on 0415467868 / 32197808 to place your order.

Please note that we already have many pre booked orders so please place your orders asap as we will be only taking a limited number of orders.


Boulevard Tower Residence
The Heart of Surfers Paradise

Relax in one of the newest and most exciting developments in the heart of Surfers Paradise - Boulevard Tower located at 6 Orchid Ave Surfers Paradise. A stroll away from the beautiful sandy beaches of Surfers Paradise. Walk to Hard Rock Cafe, and enjoy the convenience of shops, supermarkets, restaurants, cafes, boutiques etc right at your doorstep.

Our two bedrooms residences offer luxury in abundance with extensive floor space, convenient open-plan layout, two bedrooms, two bathrooms, separate living and dining areas, fully equipped kitchens and internal laundry. Experience pure tranquillity from your residence with expansive ocean views over the famous Surfers Paradise Beach.


Please contact the booking office to check dates required on  P: 0422237860 or E: yunus.omar@yahoo.com.au


For more information click here.


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Dutch upper house rejects ban on ritual slaughter


Dutch lawmakers vote down bill that caused uproar in Jewish, Muslim communities.


The Dutch upper house, the Senate, last week rejected a bill that would have banned the ritual slaughter of animals and had been criticized by both Muslim and Jewish groups.

The bill, proposed by the small Party for the Animals, stipulates that livestock must be stunned before being slaughtered, contrary to Muslim halal and Jewish kosher laws, which require animals to be conscious.

The lower house of parliament passed the bill a year ago, leaving a loophole saying religious groups could continue ritual slaughter if they proved it was no more painful than other methods of slaughter.

Earlier last month, the Dutch government and the Jewish and Muslim communities in the Netherlands reached an agreement that asserted that animals could continue to be ritually slaughtered as long as they lost consciousness within 40 seconds of their throats being cut. After that period they would have to be stunned.

But the Senate rejected the bill by 51 votes to 21, meaning it cannot become law.

Dutch Muslims, mostly of Turkish and Moroccan origin, had complained they felt stigmatized by the measure.

European Union regulations require animals to be stunned before slaughter but allow exceptions for ritual slaughter, which the European Court of Human Rights has ruled is a religious right.

Source: Jewish World


Banning of Muslim veil in France linked to increased hostility towards veiled Muslim women in the UK - University of Leicester study

UK: Evidence shows that there is a link between the banning of the veil in France and increased levels of anti-Muslim hostility towards veiled Muslim women in the UK, according to researchers at the University of Leicester.

Research from the Department of Criminology suggests that the veil ban stigmatises veiled Muslim women as ‘criminals’ and fosters Muslim ‘otherness’. Even if not explicitly inciting hate-motivated violence, the law in its application contributes to a climate of intolerance of Islam in the West.

Irene Zempi (pictured right), who led the study, presented her research on Islamophobia at a Departmental Research Seminar at the University of Leicester in May this year.

Ms Zempi argues: "In light of my interviews with veiled Muslim women, I am confident that the French veil ban is a ‘trigger’ event which has led to increased levels of anti-Muslim hostility towards women who wear the face veil – the most visual symbol of Islam in the West.

"The veil ban policy is a clear manifestation of Islamophobia. The veil ban is not a ‘religious-blind’ piece of legislation; rather it attacks ‘Islam’ through the religious code of dress for Muslim women."


University of Leicester Press Release



Woman turned away from parents evening for refusing to remove niqab

UK: The Daily Mail reported that a veiled Muslim woman from Manchester was turned away from attending parents evening at her son’s school because the school’s security policy requires all faces to be visible, for identification purposes, whilst indoors. Maroon Rafique, who wears the niqab, was told that she had to remove it for security reasons, even though she had attended the school wearing the niqab on previous occasions without encountering any problems.

From the Daily Mail:

“A mother was turned away from a parents’ evening because she was wearing a full-face veil.

“Maroon Rafique, 40, was told that for the security and safety of children and teachers at the college there was a ban on any type of face coverings.

“She was warned that unless she removed her full-face covering, known as the niqab, she would not be allowed into the college to attend.

“In the end, a stunned Mrs Rafique was forced to call her husband, who took her place and went with their son Awais, 18.

“Mrs Rafique, who has worn the niqab for seven years, said: ‘I’m born in this country and British. Why should what I wear offend anyone? I didn’t want to make any fuss. All I wanted was to find out the information to help my son go to university.

“‘I offered to sit at the back or at the front, anywhere where I wouldn’t be seen, if they thought I was going to offend anyone.

“‘I was really upset because whenever I’ve visited the college before there’s never been a problem, in fact the tutors have been welcoming and friendly.’

“Mrs Rafique, of Whalley Range, Manchester, had been invited to attend the parents’ evening and talk about her son’s education at The Manchester College.

“But when the mother of two arrived she was apprehended by security staff in the lobby of the college’s Northenden campus.

Rafique told the Daily Mail that, "I do get abuse every now and again in the street, which I just have to deal with. However, I was very surprised when I was treated this way by the college."

Her son, Awais said that "We’ve never, ever been told about any rule about what parents can wear."

A spokesperson for the college stated that Rafique’s concerns were being taken ‘very seriously’, and that, “The Manchester College provides a safe and inclusive environment that fosters development and achievement. We apply a single dress code to all college users, including learners and visitors.

She added that, “At all times we need to be able to identify all individuals easily in order to maintain safety and security, and therefore we ask that faces are clearly visible while indoors. Our dress code is reviewed through our quality improvement group and we will take this situation into account at the next review.”



Islamophobic and other hate literature available on Amazon e-books .

Anyone can use Amazon's Kindle Direct Publishing service to upload an ebook and set their own price






UK: The Daily Mail reports that the online book-seller, Amazon, has allowed the sale of offensive, racist and ‘potentially dangerous’ literature through its ebooks platform, which allows any self-publishing author to upload ebooks for sale without content passing through the normal screening channels of traditional publishing.



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Target of Muslim Woman, Quran used in SEAL Training

US: A national Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization called on Pentagon officials not to use a target depicting a Muslim woman wearing a religious head scarf (hijab) and verses from the Quran in combat scenarios for training Navy SEALs at the new close quarters combat range at Joint Base Fort Story in Virginia Beach, Va.

The Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) said that military facility, referred to as a "kill house," features a number of combat scenarios, including a mosque and a movable target of a Muslim woman wearing hijab and aiming a handgun. Verses from the Quran, Islam's revealed text, are also displayed behind the target.


Source: CAIR






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Any complaints regarding any articles should be sent by email to ccn@crescentsofbrisbane.org for us to act on.


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

 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: This deliciously tasty and visually appealing dessert was prepared for a pre-wedding celebration during the week by Fathima Adat. It proved just as popular as the many other beautifully  prepared desserts that were on offer on the night.


Chocolate Mousse



1 litre of cream
¾ of 750g tub of nutella
1 bar of mint aero chocolate
1 packet Arnott’s chocolate ripple biscuits or something similar


1.       Beat the cream until soft peaks form and fold in the nutella.

2.       Grate the mint aero chocolate (reserving a little for garnish) and fold into the mixture.

3.       Process the biscuits until you have a rough sandy consistency.

4.     Spoon the mousse and biscuit crumbs in alternative layers into individual serving glasses or a large bowl and chill in fridge for at least 1 hour. Remove from fridge 15 minutes before serving, and top with extra whipped cream and grated chocolate.


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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Jallalluddin, Habibulla and Mula Nasruddin went to a wedding function in Dubai.


After the wedding they returned to their hotel apartment.


The hotel was 21 stories high.

Unfortunately for them, the elevator was not working.


They made a plan for the first seven stories, Habibulla will crack jokes.

The second seven stories Mula Nasruddin will tell a happy story and lastly Jallalludin will tell a sad story.


They then started up the steps

After an hour later it was Jallalludin's turn.


He turned to the other two and said "Ok guys, here's my sad story. I forgot the keys downstairs."


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When My servants ask you concerning Me, I am indeed close (to them): I listen to the prayer of every suppliant when he calls on Me: let them also, with a will, listen to My call, and believe in Me: that they may walk in the right way.    

Surah Al-Baqarah 2: 186


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To think is easy. To act is difficult. To act as one thinks is the most difficult of all.
                                                                                       Johann von Goethe


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IBC - Pre Ramadan Shopping Expo 29/30/1 June/July Al Mustapha BBQ 1 July Movie: Paradise Now 7 July Sheikh Jabbar AlKauthar Lecture 14 & 15 July Eidfest 2012 25 August Unity Cup Soccer Tournament 2 September Kuraby Madressah Fundraiser 6 October


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Islamic Programmes, Education & Services

The CCN Young Muslim Writers Awards 2012 Kuraby Holiday Madressa Classes 25 June to 5 July Dr Younis lectures A Warm Heart to warm the Hearts of others Blanket Drive 2012 Guardians of the Prophet's Traditions 1 Guardians of the Prophet's Traditions 2 Al-Imdaad Foundation Australia Salaam Institute: The Heart of the IHYA AMYN 40 Gems Brisbane Muslim Burial Society (BMBS) Boxing Training Discovering Deen Youth Club Fathima Adat Tutoring Fiqh and Tafseer Classes Hall Hire Islamic College of Brisbane Kuraby Mosque Quran & Islamic Classes Table & Chair Hire Kuraby Mosque Madressa Classes Al-Mustapha Institute Maths Tutoring Service Qari Hufaaz Classes AIIC Sscholarships Sisters' House Accommodation Registration SMS Alert Services


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Businesses and Services



ACCES Removal Services


Kuraby Mosque Hire Services

Hire Services

Ahlam Haddad Tutoring

Tutoring (Maths)


Clothing Islamic Couture


Lebanese Cuisine

Love ur Body

Beauty Treatments

Brizie Biltong


Mansur Omar

Real Estate

Bismillah Repairs & Maintenance

Repairs & Maintenance

MaXimize Accountants


Brisbane Diagnostics



Health Drink

Calamvale Physio & Sports Injury Clinic


AutoCAD Training

Personal Tuition

Car Body Removals

Used Car Dealer

Muslim Directory Australia

Directory Services

Carpet Lifesavers

Carpet cleaning


Restaurant & Takeaway Portuguese Chicken

Centre for Easy Language Learning (CeLL)

Tutoring (Arabic)


Restaurant & Takeaway Portuguese Chicken

Boulevard Towers Surfers Paradise 

Holiday Accommodation

Nazima Hansa Realty PTY LTD

Real Estate



Islamic College of Brisbane Hall Hire

Hire Services



OurWorld Travel



Migration Agency

Pappa Roti

Cake & Coffee

Fathima Adat Tutoring

Tutoring (School subjects)

Pizza Lane

Restaurant & Takeaway Pizza

Gabriel Hair Studios


Rejuven8 Body & Beauty

Beauty Treatments


Plastic Mats

Samoosa Pastry Distributors


Henna by Fatima


Shakira Kolia's Driving School

Driving School

Hummy's Automotive

Car Repairs



Hussana Australia

Halal Body Care range

Stick On Labels

Label printing

InWear Fashions

Clothing Fashion

The Quran Pen


Junaid Ally Properties

Real Estate

Yasmeen Seedat Accounting Services


Kimaya Fashions


Lily's Fashion

Wedding dresses etc. 

Personal Training with Layla

Personal Training

Marketing Co-Op

Internet Services

Angelz Dental Care



Travel Agency

Shameema's Silk Scarves


Grand Medical Centre

Medical Practitioners

Qld Islamic Book Service

Book Shop



Health Products

Personal Wellness Coach



Ummah Store

Books, Clothing, DVDs etc.


Security Systems


Paradise Convenience

Global Groceries

Muslima Chic

Muslim designer clothes, jewellery


Samoosa Strips (pur)


Low Price Pharmacy





Low Price Pharmacy, KURABYKuraby Muslima Chick @ www.Facebook.com/muslimachic FLIGHSTAR-HAJJPROGRAM-2012 Healthy Life Browns Plains Surfers Paradise Holiday Accommodation AutoCAD Tuition 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 efxshop Fathima Adat Tutoring Gabriel Hair Studios Henna by Fatima Hummy's Automotive Hussana Australia Are you preparing for Ramadaan? Paradise Convenience: global groceries 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


"If it's not here ....it's not happening!"l)

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





(Click on link)





29, 30 June 1 July

Fri to Sun

Pre-Ramadan Shopping Expo

IBC Shopping

Multi-purpose Hall, Islamic College of Brisbane,  KARAWATHA

0415 800 967

10am to 5pm

1 July


Fundraising BBQ

Al Mustapha Institute of Brisbane

Svoboda Park, KURABY

0431 039 241

11am to 2pm

5/10/12 July


Dr Haifaa Younis: Ladies Lectures


Holland Park, Gold Coast, Kuraby Mosques

0426 821 411

see flyer

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

Nathna Campus, Griffith University



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

23 September



Orleigh Park, West End

0402 026 786


26 October




6 October


Kuraby Madrassah Fundraiser

Kuraby Mosque & Al-Nisa

Michael's Oriental Restaurant

0433 182 520


26 & 27 October

Fri & Sat

Eidfest Dreamworld


0418 722 353

All day

3 November


Islamic College of Brisbane Annual Fete

Islamic College of Brisbane CPAC

Islamic College of Brisbane

0400 162 163

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 17 October 2012


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



For more information and RSVP:

Sergeant Jim Bellos at Bellos.Dimitrios@police.qld.gov.au



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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

IQRA Academy Institute of Islamic Studies

Online streaming of Islamic lectures

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

Sultana's Dream

Online magazine subscribe@sultanasdream.com.au

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


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