Sunday, 23 September 2012

 Newsletter 0411




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Muslim leaders called for calm after Sydney clashes


Samier Dandan from the Lebanese Muslim Association calls for calm in the wake of Saturday's protest in Sydney, saying the actions of a small minority should not be used to tarnish the reputation of the rest of the community.





“Violent protest is forbidden in Islam”: Sheikh Feiz


Sheikh Feiz Mohamed has given an exclusive interview to MuslimVillage.com where he has labelled those that used violence at the Sydney protest rally on the weekend as Muslims that have engaged in forbidden acts.

In a wide ranging interview he talked about his past, the problem of angry youth, the way forward for Australian Muslims and how to engage with what he described as “the not yet Muslims”, an expression he used for non Muslims.





Author Randa Abdul-Fattah and political lecturer Waleed Aly discuss the reaction to the anti-Islamic film,

Innocence of Muslims, which was produced in the US


Q and A

Protests and Palestine





#Muhammad - When They Insult Our Prophet (PBUH)




What is the Quran's prospective on reacting to insults against our Prophet (PBUH)?





  The Council of Imams QLD (CIQ) issued a press release last week with a request that it be read out before the Friday prayer at the local Mosques. The aim of the communication was "to help the community understand the present situation confronting them".


  Mufti of Australia


  Shaoquett Moselmane MLC, Member of the Legislative Council, Parliament of New South Wales


  Affinity Intercultural Foundation.


  Muslims Australia (AFIC)


  Leaders of the Australian Islamic Community


  Joint Media statement by some of Perth's Islamic Organizations


  Islamic Shia Council of Queensland





  The ABC Drum: Protests undermine the true message of Islam by Ghena Krayem and Mehal Krayem


  Gold Coast Bulletin (featuring Imam Imraan Husain)


  The Toowoomba Chronicle (featuring Prof. Shahjahan Khan)


  The West Australian (featuring Imam Burhaan Mehtar)


  The Sydney Morning Herald ("Muslims try to right wrongs after protest")

Alternative narrative ... lawyer Mariam Veiszadeh says the idea of "guilt by association" is a common occurrence for "everyday" Muslims at a time like this.

It has been a tough week for Sydney's Muslim community.
Following violent protests in the city last Saturday, Muslim leaders have battled to repair the damage done to the community's reputation and image, which they describe as harder than in the aftermath of the Cronulla riots in 2005.
Hundreds of threats and messages of hate have been directed at people and organisations, the president of the Lebanese Muslim Association, Samier Dandan, revealed this week.
But through the tension and strain, small stories of generosity and kindness have emerged as Muslims try to right the wrongs of the past six days.
A 30-year-old Muslim woman, Zahra Al-Shadidi, hand-delivered a bunch of flowers to police officers at the Surry Hills police station on Monday.
The next day, Ridhwan Hannan, a 27-year-old accountant, started a Facebook group to raise money for the officers injured in Saturday's violent demonstration.

Keep reading...



  The Incredible Muslim Hulk proves to be no friend of Islam either by Waleed Aly (The Sydney Morning Herald)


WHERE do I start? Perhaps with the viral image that will come to define this episode: a child who'd be three or four hoisting a sign triumphantly above his head blaring ''Behead all those who insult the Prophet'' while a woman, presumably his mother, thinks this is cute enough to capture on her smartphone. Alternatively, I could begin with the observation that the trailer for the anti-Islamic film that ostensibly started this all, Innocence of Muslims, is now a blockbuster, with YouTube hits in the millions thanks largely to the protesters around the world who think nobody should see it.


This is the behaviour of a drunkenly humiliated people: swinging wildly with the hope of landing a blow, any blow, somewhere, anywhere. 


No. Let's start with the fact that so few of the protesters who descended on Sydney's CBD this weekend seem actually to have seen the film that so gravely offends them. When asked by journalists, they bluntly admit this, one even adding that she refuses to watch something so offensive. It's almost impressive how cyclical this stupidity is. But it's also instructive. In fact, this is the key to making sense of something so gobsmackingly senseless. The protesters - at least the ones quoted in news reports - know nothing except how offended they are.

That, you see, is all that matters. This isn't about a film. It's about an excuse. We know because we've seen it all before, like when Pakistani protesters vandalised American fast food outlets and burnt effigies of President George W. Bush in response to the Danish cartoons.

We know because so much of the weekend's ranting was nakedly gratuitous: ''Our dead are in paradise, your dead are in hell''. Pardon? Which dead? Weren't we talking about a movie?


This is the behaviour of a drunkenly humiliated people: swinging wildly with the hope of landing a blow, any blow, somewhere, anywhere. There's nothing strategic or calculated about this. It doesn't matter that they are the film's most effective publicists. It doesn't matter that they protest using offensive slogans and signs, while protesting against people's right to offend. It doesn't matter that they object to insulting people on the basis of their religion, while declaring that Christians have no morals. This is baffling only until you realise these protesters are not truly protesting to make a point. The protest is the point.

It feels good. It feels powerful. This is why people yell pointlessly or punch walls when frustrated. It's not instrumental. It doesn't achieve anything directly. But it is catharsis. Outrage and aggression is an intoxicating prospect for the powerless.


Accordingly, it is not an option to leave an insult unanswered because that is a sign of weakness, rather than transcendence.


The irony is that it grants an extraordinary level of power to those doing the offending. It puts them constantly at the centre of your world. That's why, when Gallup polled 35 Muslim majority countries, it found that of all the gripes the Muslim world has against the West, among the most pervasive is the West's ''disrespect for Islam''.


And it is this disrespect that is the overarching grievance that subsumes others. Everything, global and local, can be thrown into this vortex: Swiss minaret bans, French niqab bans, military invasions, drone strikes, racist stereotyping, anti-immigrant politics, and yes, even films so ridiculously bad that, left to their own devices, they would simply lampoon themselves.

This is what gives Innocence of Muslims meaning: not its content, but its context. It's a symbol of contempt, which is why protests against it so quickly turn into an orgy of anti-Americanism. So, ''Obama, Obama, we love Osama'' they scream, mainly because it's the most offensive rhyme they can muster. Osama, too, is a symbol; the most repugnant one in their arsenal. How better to prove you exist than to say something outrageous?


That the Obama administration immediately condemned the film in the strongest terms doesn't register. Nor that the White House took the extraordinary (and ultimately unsuccessful) step of asking Google to pull the video. This is invisible to an audience of humiliated souls waiting desperately to be offended and conflate every grievance. Indeed, they need the offence. It gives them the chance to assert themselves so they can feel whole, righteous even. It's a shortcut to self-worth.


The trouble is that in our digital world, there is always something to oblige. Anyone can Google their prejudices, and there is always enraging news to share with others. Entire online communities gather around the sharing of offensive material and subsequent communal venting. Soon you have a subculture: a sub-community whose very cohesion is based almost exclusively on shared grievance. Then you have an identity that has nothing to say about itself; an identity that holds an entirely impoverished position: that to be defiantly angry is to be.


Frankly, Muslims should find that prospect nothing short of catastrophic. It renders Islamic identity entirely hollow. All pride, all opposition, no substance. ''Like the Incredible Hulk,'' observes Abdal Hakim Murad, a prominent British Islamic scholar, ''ineffectual until provoked.''


Sometimes you need a scandal to demonstrate an underlying disease. And that's the good news here. The vast bulk of Saturday's protesters were peaceful, and Muslim community organisations are lining up to condemn the outbreak of violence. But now a more serious conversation is necessary. One that's not about how we should be speaking out to defend our prophet and ourselves. One that's more about whether we can speak about anything else.


Waleed Aly hosts the Drive program on ABC Radio National and is a lecturer in politics at Monash University


  The Wayside Chapel


We owe so much to Muslim people. There was a time when Western Culture had fallen into such darkness that the best plan we could produce was an invasion of the Middle East.


It's for good reason this period of history is known as the Dark Ages. We were the terrorists in those days, driven by an ideology that gave us permission to invade and brutally treat peoples who were minding their own business.


Mind you, we didn't call ourselves terrorists in those days, we called our invaders "Crusaders".





  St Brigid's Catholic Parish


Dear Friends,

I write on behalf of myself and other colleagues at St Brigid’s Parish, at the Marrickville Multifaith Roundtable, and at the Sydney Alliance to express our support to you as leaders within your various organisations of the Islamic Community.

Over the past few years we have walked many steps together. We have grown in respect for one another and our various religious traditions. We have been discovering new ways in Australia to support one another on our spiritual journeys. We have stood together at various public functions as a sign of solidarity, especially in times of oppression.

The use of films and other technologies to defame our spiritual leaders past and present is not acceptable to any of us, nor is the pathway of violence. Each of us know the pathway of our God is one of Peace and Justice for all.

I commend you to God in the leadership you are exercising at this time. Please remember you do not stand alone. We value the contribution that your various Islamic Communities have brought to great Sydney and to this Nation.

Allah Akbar. God is truly Great.

Fr John Pearce CP
Parish Priest



  Mufti Zeeyad Ravat of the Islamic College of Brisbane counteracts the allegations made in the Innocence of Muslims movie.



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Tea time tensions as Faaiza impresses the judges 

Mrs. Faaiza Osman entered the recent Dilmah High Tea Challenge held at Southbank.


The challenge was to create a tea infused ‘High Tea’ treat.


Faaiza, for her part, made Dilmah tea infused Chai Macarons inspired by her trip to India earlier this year.


She was one of 12 participants who presented their dishes for judging earlier this month by Peter Kuravita (renowned Australian-Sri Lankan Chef), Bernd Uber and Dilhan Fernando (son of Dilmah Founder, Merrill J Fernando).


Faaiza came away with a well-earned Silver Medal.

Blogging about her experiences, she wrote:

I was up since 4:30 AM that morning, the nerves had gotten the better of me and I couldn’t get back to sleep. I eventually got out of bad, got all my stuff together in a mad dash and headed to Southbank. I was given a tag and sent to the kitchen, where I met some of the other participants who were all lovely. I was third up so I eagerly awaited my chance to set up my table.

The judge’s feedback was extremely good, Peter and Dilhan exclaiming that my macorons combined with my cinnamon tea took them back to their childhood. Bernd, who said he has become so sick of macarons, was also very complimentary, stating he was glad I didn’t colour them, and kept them natural and did something completely different and unique with them. Peter and Dilhan were also excited at my efforts at speaking Sinhalese. “Ayubowan”, a Sri Lankan greeting, for which I have the parents of Maryam’s Kitchen to thank.


But those good compliments were met with some negatives. I honestly didn’t realise the judges would have such high expectations, their attention to detail was second to none and they wanted to have a complete high tea experience, which I don’t believe I delivered. In my nerves there were a few things I neglected, I didn’t fill the sugar bowl, I didn’t give them milk (I had planned on serving black tea though) and they also wanted honey as an option, Dilhan also commented that I didn’t brew the tea long enough (even though when they were ready to move on to the next table, he stayed to finish that last sip)


After my judging was complete, I went to the balcony where a photographer was waiting to take pictures of my macarons. Now let me tell you, this isn’t any photographer, this is the photographer that took the pictures for Adriano Zumbo’s next macaron book (Zumborons)!! I guess that totally qualifies my macarons into celebrity status.


It was a wonderful experience and I think the thing that will stay with me was Dilhan saying, “Come back next year and knock our socks off!”

With Judges Bernd Uber, Dilhan Fernando and Peter Kuruvita


“The Real High Tea Challenge is endorsed by the World Association of Chefs’ Societies (WACS), whose judging criteria is the basis of assessment of entries. Each contestant is evaluated on the quality of presentation of their entries, the respect accorded to the central ingredient – tea – in food and food pairing, the preparation of tea, their menu, the use of local ingredients and the contestants’ knowledge and rationale. Consumer entries are evaluated on similar but less rigorous standards than Professional Entries.

Contestants received points for their submissions with the possibility of several Gold, Silver or bronze medals being awarded in each state.”… “Points required to secure a Gold medal are 90-99, Silver 80-89, Bronze 70-79 and Certificate 60-69.”

The gold medal winner in each state received a weekend at the Hilton and from these winners a national winner is chosen to take a trip to visit Sri Lanka’s Tea Trails.



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Compass has embarked on an examination of "ritual slaughter" practices in this country by inviting Australian religious leaders to talk about what their faiths actually demand of followers.


It explores the religious edicts and rituals surrounding the slaughter of livestock in Australia.


"It's a story that dates back to ancient times and goes to the very heart of our relationship with animals."




Please note: The video may take a short while to load. If you are still have difficulty viewing this video click here.


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On October 31st Hopscotch Films are releasing Where Do We Go Now? on DVD.


It stars Nadine Labaki and is about a rural Lebanese village, the religious differences that exists within its population, and the cunning ways in which the women of the village settle the arguments.


CCN readers can go into the draw to win one of THREE DVDs by sending in an email with the answers to the following three questions by no later than 5pm on 29 September 2012:

1. In which country is the movie set?
2. Who is the writer and director of the movie?
3. In which film festival did the movie receive a five minute standing ovation?





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'Shajarah Islamic Kindergarten' is a new Islamic childcare service which is to open for the 4th school term of 2012.


An open and enrolment day will be held on SUNDAY 30th SEPTEMBER 10am -4pm
at 2 Rothon Dr, Rochedale South, 4123.

There will be children's activities, sausage sizzle, Kindergarten 'tours', enrolment applications.


Read all about the kindergarten.


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Al-Mustapha Institute of Brisbane welcomes Sheikh Imtiaz Miraj Al-Saqafi as the new Director of Islamic Education and Training.


Sheikh Imtiaz was born in Suriname and has travelled extensively to achieve his outstanding Islamic qualifications. These include:

• MA Islamic Studies (Jamia Markaz Saqafat As-Sunniya, India)
• BA Arabic (Al-Azhar University, Cairo)
• Qari Sanad (Islamic Educational Board of India)
• Alimiyat Sanad (Jamia Markaz Saqafat As-Sunniya, India)
• Hifz Sanad (Islamic Institute of Berbice, West Indies)
• BA Business Administration (Hydrabad University, India)
• Teachers Training Qualification (Educational Board of India, New Delhi)

Sheikh Imtiaz will assume the role of Imam with a primary focus on teaching the Ilm-e-Deen degree that is commencing in 2013.


Starting in 2013 Al-Mustapha Institute of Brisbane will offer a nationally accredited Ilm-e-Deen degree. In the past those wanting to become an Alim had to travel abroad to study but now Islamic Scholars will be taught right here in Brisbane at Al-Mustapha Institute.

The course is 6 years in total and has been broken down into 3 separate courses.

• Course 1 - 1 year
• Course 2 - 2 years
• Course 3 - 3 years

This course is nationally accredited by Australian Skills Quality Authority and allows a wider range of student participation as those wanting to expand their knowledge in the foundation elements of Islam may choose only to complete Course 1, while those aspiring to achieve the ultimate in Islamic education will complete all three courses to become a qualified Alim and be awarded with an Ilm-e-Deen Sanad.

Enroll now as places are limited.

For further information please visit www.almustaphainstitute.org.


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The Australian 21 September 2012


THE nation's peak Muslim body continues to charge the country's largest Muslim school millions of dollars in management fees, with the school's principal now suspended after a long-running dispute with the board about financial mismanagement.



The Australian


Related article: Islamic School's financial strife


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Ms Farina Abawi is looking for volunteers to help her set up a charity shop using eBay.


What it is
This is an initiative to recycle/resell high quality items with entire proceeds going towards Muslim charities (which intern help our local and global non-Muslim and Muslim communities).

How it works
First, High quality items are donated, collected and listed on eBay.
Second, potential buyers simply buy or bid on an item to purchase.
And finally, buyers nominate which charity they want their purchase to go to (from a selection of charities approved charities).
With only expenses taken out (such as postage, paypal & ebay listing fees), buyers can essentially give Sadaqah (money to their chosen charity) whilst receiving an item for it at the same time!

How you can help
1) Donate quality items (any style) with a value of $25 or more.
Islamic/traditional clothing is very welcomed because this offers an alternative for those who wear Islamic/traditional wear but cannot afford it new.

2) Be part of the team and choose from your area of interest. We currently have these roles available and they are multiple roles so you can join with a friend:

Photographer: responsible for photographing items Mannequin dressing: responsible for dressing garments on the mannequin or on hanger.
Designer/Stylist: responsible for write up of description for each item and helping to price the item.
IT/Technical: responsible for uploading digital images from camera may also crop/resize images.
IT/Technical: responsible for data entry of item descriptions & images onto online site.
Packaging: responsible for folding and storing items into prepared sachets or bags.
Postage: responsible for posting out items once sold.
Accounting: responsible for reporting costs/earnings/losses/banking information for entire operation.
Marketing/Promotion: responsible for all advertising, promoting and marketing of ebay shop.
Stockist: responsible for sourcing new items for sale.
Storage: assists with storing items for sale in safe place that could be easily accessible when needed.
Other: perhaps you might want to help in some other way.

(3) Your precious duas.


For more information, contact via email farina.mwaf@gmail.com or by mobile 0466 22 7003.


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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.

Each week, CCN publishes a personality selected from the list:


No. 39

Khaled Mashaal
Leader of Hamas


Country: Palestine

Born: 1956 (age 55)
Source of Influence: Political\
Influence: Leader of approximately 1,000 members in military wing of Hamas
School of Thought: Sunni, Muslim Brotherhood

Khaled Mashaal became the leader of Hamas after  the  assassination of Sheikh Ahmad Yaseen in 2004, Mashaal is  the head of Hamas’s Syrian political bureau and is the international representative for the  Palestinian resistance to the Israeli occupation.


Fighter for Social Justice

Since becoming head of Hamas, Mashaal has seen the organization  through multiple attempts at a roadmap to peace and a major Israeli siege of the Gaza Strip.


Pioneering Leader

Mashaal has been recognized for his persistence with  Hamas’s efforts—at present leading in exile from Syria.  His determination is  combined with a unique effort at diplomacy. Mashaal has  shown a willingness to negotiate with Israel to return to the  1967 borders and grant Palestinians a right of return, while  importantly implying the  necessary existence of the State of Israel, despite Hamas’s  historic denial of that possibility. Mashaal has been one  of the most direct, and candid leaders in dialogue and  confrontation with Israel and this has  garnered international recognition.       


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Assalamualaikum CCN Editor

We would like to inform all your readers about our Mussallah in Lismore NSW.

For last three years the Muslim community in Lismore and the Northern River area have been praying Juma and other prayers at the back room in the BP service station.

As the number of Muslims in the far north coast has been growing steadily for the last few years we have realized that we needed a bigger place to pray and use as community place for all the Muslims in this region.

Recently we have found a place to rent which is suitable for our needs and caters for our growing community and Muslims travelling to this area, and who would like to pray and rest.

The new address is 149 Woodlark Street, Lismore NSW 2480.


You can also call Br Shahzad on 0411055488 or Br Anis on 0430089577.



Shahzad Rana

Asalam o aleikum

I have just viewed a beautiful video through your newsletter about Hazrat Muhamaad Mustafa (sallahoalehwasalam) and the presenter explained the good points from our Prophet's life in a simple and touching way.

This is the way I was thinking to use for expressing our anger because I have read somewhere, war of sword should be fought by sword, war through pen always be responded by pen (writing) and cyber wars can be better won by the same way, I was rather thinking that some Muslim hacker can do something to remove that bad video from the net.


Amber Kamran








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The outdoor gazebo is quick and easy to assemble and features a polyester canopy and matching full side curtains with insect screens. Great for outdoor bbqs and gatherings. Only used once and is in perfect condition

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




The more that you read,

The more things you will know.

The more that you learn,

The more places you will go.


                                                           Dr Seuss



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

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 dish is a big hit served as a finger food or as a starter to a main course. You can use a satay sauce from the supermarket but this recipe allows you to experiment with the quantities to suit your tastebuds.


Chicken Satay Sticks


500g chicken fillet
1 cup coriander leaves chopped
1 tsp crushed garlic
1 tsp ground green chillies
½ tsp salt
½ tsp coarse black pepper
1 Tbsp Soy Sauce
4 Tab lemon juice
4 Tab tamarind juice
1½ tsp crushed cumin
1 tsp crushed coriander

1. Cut chicken into 6cm x 11cm strips
2. Process coriander leaves, spices, sauces, lemon juice and tamarind juice.
3. Pour into bowl and add coriander and cumin
4. Mix well and add chicken strips and marinate for 2-3 hours.
5. Skewer chicken, concertina style and grill for 5 minutes on the either side.
6. Serve with satay sauce.


Satay Sauce
½ x100g bottle of peanut butter
1 tsp tamarind concentrate
½ cup lemon juice
2 tsp ground green chillies

Mix the above ingredients and cook the mixture for 2 to 3 minutes adding salt to taste, cool and serve.


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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Be sure to have a healthy breakfast and leave yourself enough time to get to the venue.


Make sure you are well hydrated and re-hydrate throughout the race as well as after.

Warm up before the event, find a pace that’s comfortable to start off with and then challenge yourself in order to run your best race! Make sure you stretch after the race and reward yourself with a massage if possible.

Try to keep your fitness routine going in the days after the race with breaks on the days that you’re feeling a little sluggish.



Give it your best shot and have fun!







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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A man was in a terrible accident at a railroad crossing.


A train smashed into his car and pushed it nearly four hundred meters down the track. Though no one was killed, the man took the train company to court.

At the trial, the train driver, Jallalludin,  insisted that he had given the man ample warning by waving his lantern back and forth for nearly a minute.


Jallalludin even stood and convincingly demonstrated how he'd done it.


The court believed Jallalludin's story, and the suit was dismissed.

"Congratulations," the lawyer said to Jallalludin when it was over. "You did superbly under cross-examination."

"Thanks," Jallalludin said, "but he sure had me worried."


"How's that?" the lawyer asked.

"I was afraid he was going to ask if the lantern was lit!"


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It is Allah Who sends forth the winds, so that they raise up the clouds, and We drive them to a land that is dead, and revive the earth therewith after its death: even so (will be) the Resurrection! 



Surah Fatir 35:9


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"The problem with the world is that the intelligent people are full of doubts while the stupid ones are full of confidence"

Charles Bukowski


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Shariff's Computer Services Sunkids Sunkids Pari Collection Pari Collection Bismillah Repairs - note new contact number LTH Accounting & Financial Services 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 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.





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23 September



Orleigh Park, West End

0402 026 786


29 September


ICQ Annual Dinner & Awards Night

Islamic Council of Qld.

Islamic College of Brisbane, Karawatha

0450 908 786


3 October


MBN Seminar

Muslim Business Network (MBN)

Michael's Oriental Restaurant

0422 191 675

6pm for 6.30pm start

5 October




Gala Retirement Dinner in honour of Qld Police Commissioner Bob Atkinson

Muslim Charitable Foundation (MCF)

Michael's Oriental Restaurant

0418 737 621

6.30pm for 7pm start

6 October


Kuraby Madrassah Fundraiser

Kuraby Mosque & Al-Nisa

Michael's Oriental Restaurant

0433 182 520


20 & 21 October

Sat & Sun

From Palestine to Egypt: An Epic Journey by Sh Daood Butt

AlKauthar Institute of Brisbane

Griffith University Mt Gravatt Campus


All day

26 October




2 & 3 November

Fri & Sat

Eidfest Dreamworld


0418 722 353

All day

17 August 2013


Eidfest 2012

Mt Gravatt Showgrounds

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 will commence from Monday 10th September 2012 together with the Seerah of our beloved Prophet Muhammad (pbuh).

The weekly program schedule will be as follows:
Mondays = Tafseer
Tuesdays = Seerah
Wednesdays = Tafseer

The above lessons will commence after Isha salah and will go for approximately 1/2 an hour each day.

All brothers and sisters are welcome.

Kuraby Mosque Tafseer & Taalim


Tuesday tafseer and taleem classes at Kuraby Mosque every Tuesday 11am - 12.30pm


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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