Sunday, 13 January 2013

 Newsletter 0427




The Islamic College of Brisbane released its year 12 OP results.


The highest OP attained was OP 1 and the percentage of OP's between 1 and 15 for 2012 was 83% when compared to 2011 where the highest was an OP 2 and 77% between 1 and 15.


CCN will publish an interview with top scorer Nisha Mewish when she returns from holidays.

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Report by Osman Rane

During the year Muslim Charitable Foundation (MCF) investigated, visited, interviewed and recorded one hundred and nineteen cases of assistance in our own local Muslim community. The vast majority of cases proved to be genuine with only a very small number that were rejected. Most were recipients from the Zakaat account or General account if there arose any uncertainty about the case.

Many were newly arrived refugees with limited or no income in need of the basic necessities, such as white goods, bedding and household items. Others were permanent residents struggling to survive week to week on Centrelink payments or part time work. With constant increases in the cost of living, more people were unable to pay their rent or bills for essential services, such as electricity and gas. Many of them were given food hampers as well as paying their debts.

Another group which seems to be increasing, are the separations, divorces, domestic abuse and family breakdowns. Usually, it is the mother or wife left to manage on their limited income.

Some have become widowed or lost a loved one and could not afford the funeral fees.

Others required urgent medical treatment, purchase of medical aids or payment of medical bills.

It is pleasing to see the recognition given to MCF from Government support agencies, Imams, Societies, Organizations and the ongoing generous financial support of our own Muslim community.

We thank all those who have contributed to MCF and pray for those less fortunate and humbly ask forgiveness for any mistakes made during the year.

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The Nikah of Sarah, daughter of Hiba and Bassam Moussa, and Nabeel, son of Amina and Yousuf Meer took place at the Logan Mosque on Friday 11 January.


The reception/walimah was held on Saturday 12 January at the Riverside Reception Centre in New Farm.





This week's chart shows the fundraising status to date for Holland Park purchase of the Salvation Army property.


A spokesman for the Islamic Society of Holland Park told CCN: We had a three-week extension for the settlement - settlement is during week commencing 21st January. However, we are still short of funds and we are working hard towards collecting the balance of the funds."


Despite having the extra three weeks, progress has stalled (mainly due to people being on holidays). With people mostly back from holidays, the appeal is going out in earnest once again to help cross the final hurdle.

There is a fund raising dinner at the Islamic College of Brisbane, KARAWATHA on 19th January.

Information about the event is available here.

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Dr Mohamad Abdalla continues with Part 3 of his trilogy of advice to Muslim youth which he delivered at Kuraby Mosque during his weekly Friday khutbah.


In Part 3 he discusses the place of cultures in the formation of identities and the place of culture in Islam.


Click here for Part 1 and Part 2.


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Australia's wild camels

In the 1800s, Australians used camels to explore the interior of the country and to carry heavy loads

Camels were brought to Australia from Pakistan and India by the British to help with exploration and load-carrying in the mid-1800s.


Given the Australian outback's vast, arid landscape, camels were the only animals strong enough for the job.

But by the early 1900s, there were trucks and trains to do this work, and camels were no longer useful. So the South Australian government ruled that they be destroyed.

This was unthinkable for the Asian camel herders. They disobeyed the order, and set the animals loose in the outback.

Today's Australian camels are the great, great grandchildren of the animals that helped explore and establish modern Australia. There are 1.2 million camels in the Australian outback – the largest wild camel population in the world.


The Australian government sees them as an environmental problem and pests to farmers. They say the camels compete with livestock, destroy property and raid small towns looking for water.


Culling camels

In 2009, the government put up AUD$19m ($19.7m) to cull almost one-third of them.
Over the last few years, private contractors and hunters have been shooting the camels from helicopters and leaving the carcasses to rot in the desert.

Some Australians oppose the cull, saying the government is wasting an opportunity to make use of a natural resource.

Qataris and other Arabs are horrified at the Youtube videos and photographs of the camel cull. For the Arabs, camels occupy an important place in culture, history and economics.

Al Jazeera World goes to Australia with Ali Sultan Al Hajri, a Qatari who grew up in the desert, illiterate and raising camels until he was 17.

Now a successful, self-made businessman in the country's capital, Doha, Ali still keeps a herd of camels, and knows each one of them by name, face and personality.


Ali travels to Australia with Al Jazeera producers Yasir Khan and Mansour Almansouri, and cameraman Fadi ElBenny, to witness the killings and to meet the people who support the camel cull and those who oppose it.

Al Hajri aims to find out if there is a better way to deal with an animal that he loves, rather than the current Australian government's policy of mass killing.



Source: Al Jazeera

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By Yassmin Abdel-Magied

Mechanical Engineer and Ferrari fan Yassmin Abdel-Magied in the EuroMarque Ferrari dealership in Brisbane for a twelve days of Christmas special.

Yassmin Abdul-Magied, 21, this year won the women of influence "Young Leader" award for forming Youth Without Borders.


In 2005, when news of the Cronulla riots spread, my family was inundated by calls from friends and family overseas asking if we were okay.

"We're fine!" we would say. "Queensland's different".

That's how I'd always seen it. Growing up in Brisbane in the 90s and 00s, I remember associating racially motivated violence with Sydney and Melbourne.

Although there were incidents in Queensland, it was never as common or visible. Even after 9/11, although our mosque was burnt down and there were incidents of racism, the community didn't experience the widespread and intense incidents of racial hatred as exhibited at the Cronulla riots or more recently, the attacks against Indian international students.

So why is Queensland different? Do the numbers support my anecdotal evidence? Are we more cohesive, or is it a case of luck and "it just hasn't happened yet"?

According to census data, New South Wales and Victoria have an over-representation of LOTE (Language Other Than English Spoken at Home) population, with Sydney and Melbourne's LOTE population at 37.8% and 33.7%, compared to Brisbane's 17.9% (ABS, 2011).

It is quite clear then, that the ethnic population density in Queensland is significantly less than those in the southern states, perhaps a reason for less racial violence.

Furthermore, the southern capital cities have more densely populated areas with particular groups of migrants that have been settled for longer, whereas Brisbane and Queensland's migrant populations are younger and less dense. In 1996, Queensland had 29.7% fewer LOTE speakers compared to NSW (ABS, 1996).

On the other hand, the Scanlon Foundation's "Mapping Social Cohesion" (2012) report states that Queenslanders are particularly likely to hold negative views on cultural diversity.

Numbers may not always tell the whole story. As a lifetime Brisbanite, I don't think we have a widespread issue with racial violence as we are a little different to our southern neighbours.

Firstly, the settlement of racially diverse populations hasn't been in the dense concentrations of lengthy settlement as seen down south. This has allowed ethnically diverse populations to better embed themselves into the fabric of the mainstream community.

With that familiarity comes understanding and the reduction of the likelihood of racial violence.

Secondly, as a society, we are now much more aware the needs of migrants and LOTE populations having learned from Sydney and Melbourne. As populations now settle in Queensland, the many support mechanisms available from government and organisations help alleviate many of the issues based around settlement that may provoke violence.

When my family moved to Australia almost 20 years ago, the level of support was essentially non-existent.


Now, there are extensive networks to help, and the positive impact this has cannot be understated.

However, it cannot be denied that there are negative - dare I say racist - views around the state. We've been lucky so far. I feel safe, accepted and don't find my race a major inhibitor in my ability to participate.

We shouldn't be complacent however, and as we become more racially diverse we must work together to ensure that our community isn't marred by the manifestation of negative views and the racially motivated violence that can truly damage the fabric of our society.


Source: BrisbaneTimes 

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Shajarah Islamic Kindergarten job vacancy

Shajarah Islamic Kindergarten requires a sister who is at least Diploma Qualified and holding a Supervisor's Certificate (or eligible for Certificate) to work in our Islamic childcare from end February/start of March 2013.

The children are all 3-5 with some before and after-school care as well. This is a permanent part time position.

To enquire please call 07 3172 7850 or email cover letter detailing why you would like to work in our Islamic Childcare Centre and resume to info@shajarah.qld.edu.au.



AIIC Teachers Wanted


Qualified teachers are required for the AIIC's Durack and Gold Coast Campuses.


Click here for more details.

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Dear Editor,

The Red Cross International Tracing Service aims to reunite relatives across countries mainly when the separation was due to war or disaster. At present we are trying to locate the following person:


If the above named is known to your community, please ask him to urgently contact the Red Cross Tracing Service, contact details below.

Thank you very much for giving your time to consider this request.

Maria Graham
Caseworker ASAS and Tracing Programs
49 Park Rd (PO Box 1822) Milton, Qld. 4064
Tel +61 7 3367 7282 | Fax +61 7 3367 7444 | Email mgraham@redcross.org.au 

Dear Editor

The Rotary Club of Logan is running an Arts Festival at the Kingston Butter Factory over Friday 19th April to Sunday 21st April. The theme is Peace through Art, which replicates our Rotary 2012-13 theme of Peace through Service. It is to raise funds for Literacy in Logan, especially amongst diverse groups. The major beneficiaries are Smith Family - Let's read Literacy Program; The Australian Literacy and Numeracy Foundation; and the Pyjama Foundation.

We would like to invite you and your readers to be involved in this endeavour, by enabling us to provide performances and music from a diverse range of multicultural backgrounds. Unfortunately, we do not have the funds to remunerate the performers or groups, but they would be serving a great cause within our community through their participation. They would be helping:

• To promote collaborative action and cooperation between diverse groups and organisations on issues of common concern and to ensure their effective participation in matters which affect them.
• To supportively encourage culturally and linguistically diverse communities to develop and deliver services which meet the social, cultural and economic needs of their members.
• To encourage people from diverse cultures to participate in the social, educational and economic life of Australia and in any other activities conducive to good citizenship.

Our website for this Fest will be live soon, and we also encourage any artistic groups within your communities to please submit works of art for show and selling, and/or the Charity auction at the Friday evening cocktail event (19/04/13).

Please get any interested performers or groups to contact :

Yours faithfully
Karen Kankkunen


Why Bradford City fan in a hijab holds key to the game’s future   


ENGLAND: As the visitors’ Barry Bannan went to take a corner, he was assailed by an overexcited Bradford fan, attempting verbally to put him off his stride.

Perhaps a choice observation was being made about his height, maybe about his hair’s copper hue, whatever it was probably as well that the pitchside microphones did not pick it up.

Not that there was anything unusual in such behaviour: most fans reckon that the price of entry to a football game these days includes the right loudly to voice disparaging comment about opposition players.

What was striking, though, was the identity of the fan yelling at Bannan: she was an Asian woman wearing a hijab. What is more, she was with a couple of female Asian friends, in a section of the Valley Parade crowd dotted with Asian faces.

If it is possible that someone yelling at a footballer represents evidence of social progress, then this was the most encouraging image of the season.


After all the miserable racist vituperation that has swilled around football recently, here was a Muslim woman, comfortable in the middle of an ethnically mixed crowd, engaging with the game’s traditional possibilities. And in doing so, clearly having the time of her life. How pleasant was that to see?

The good news is that shouty Bradford woman is not alone. For years it was to the game’s shame that Asian people felt excluded from immersing themselves in its glories.

Such was the sense of isolation, British Asian men largely preferred to follow cricket, while young Asian females would never have felt comfortable at a match.


The Telegraph

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Hijab design contest encounters critics   

US: Hijab is as American as bluejeans for Chicago human rights attorney Shaz Kaiseruddin.

Born and raised in Wilmette, she wore a head scarf as naturally as jeans from the age of 11.

That's one reason Kaiseruddin launched the American Hijab Design Contest last fall, challenging designers to create hijab styles that are as proudly American, and as open to personal expression, as Levi's or Nikes.

"What we have here today is most women wearing an Arab-style scarf on top of American-style outfits," Kaiseruddin, 31, said. "Arabs have their style of hijab, Malaysians have theirs, Indians have theirs, but we haven't come up with a Western or American-looking style. I'm hoping to cultivate the creation of a cutting-edge, very American hijab style."

Kaiseruddin knew not everyone would welcome her efforts. Conservative activist Pamela Geller, executive director of the American Freedom Defense Initiative, denounced the contest on her blog Atlas Shrugs as "trying to make the hideous fashionable." Geller's supporters added vitriol in their comments.


Chicago Tribune


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Changing perceptions: Plano group provides resources for Muslim victims of domestic abuse   

TEXAS: While the Texas Muslim Women's Foundation is based out of Plano, its reach throughout Islamic communities in Dallas-Fort Worth -- and the state of Texas -- is vast.

For the past eight years, the foundation has provided general social services, interfaith outreach and youth programs.

But one of its most essential services deals with a serious issue that affects people of all faiths -- domestic violence.


Sometimes it is very hard for a Muslim victim of domestic violence to leave or to separate because of her concept of what her role in the family is

Hind Jarah

In 2005, the organization's first year of existence, referrals were provided for four victims of spousal abuse. In 2012, the group handled 155 cases of domestic violence involving a total of 83 children. Last month, the group opened a battered women's shelter capable of housing up to 18 adults and 22 children.

Hind Jarrah, executive director of the foundation, said the organization gears its services to the unique needs of Muslim women, providing multilingual information and counseling. The group also takes into consideration requirements of the faith as they relate not only marriage and relationships, but daily life.

"Sometimes it is very hard for a Muslim victim of domestic violence to leave or to separate because of her concept of what her role in the family is," Jarrah said. "There is a misunderstanding of what role or what rights the man has over the woman. ... One of our clients one time was talking to us and said, 'But he's my husband. He has the right to beat me; that's in the teachings of our faith.' We have a major, major responsibility as an organization to try to ... make people realize that no way on earth does your faith tell you that you have to be beaten by your husband."

To this end, the organization also provides educational resources relating to domestic violence, including prevention workshops and an awareness campaign that coincides with the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

"We are very proud that we have the support of the religious leadership, and they come to work with us," Jarrah said. "In their sermons in the mosques, they tell the people, you are mistaken. This is not the teachings of the faith. Some of it is cultural. Some of it is baggage that you bring from your old homes. It is not what the faith expects or demands or requires. ... That's in fact, against the teachings of the faith."


Plano Community News & Voices

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Child flees after marriage to 90yo Saudi  
JEDDAH: 90-year-old Saudi Arabian is suing his 15-year-old child-bride after she locked herself in her bedroom on their wedding night.

The Daily Mail reported that the terrified teenager secured the door from the inside so that her new husband could not enter. Two days later she fled to her parents' home.

Now her elderly husband wants the $17,500 dowry he paid the young girl's Saudi mother and Yemeni father to make the marriage "legal and correct", according to The Daily Mail.

Activists on Twitter said the arranged marriage was "child trafficking" and "prostitution".

One said: "Is this a case of human trafficking crimes punishable by law?".

Another Tweeted: "She is still considered as a product! A father sells his daughter without mercy, to be bought by money and status and power; all of it for the sake of fulfilling a desire."

Saudi National Association for Human Rights spokeswoman Suhaila Zein el-Abedin called on Saudi authorities to "save this child from tragedy".

"Marriage in Islam must be based on mutual consent," she said.

She also blamed the girls parents for accepting the dowry and marrying off their daughter to a man 75-years-older than her, The Daily Mail reports.


Source: The West Australian

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Anti-Muslim violence spiralling out of control in America    

Egyptian-American activist Mona Eltahawy was arrested for attempting to cover an anti-Muslim ad in the subway


US: On the evening of December 27, an Indian immigrant to America named Sunando Sen was pushed by a stranger onto the subway tracks in New York City and struck and killed by an oncoming train. Sen had called New York home for years, and after years of hard work and struggle had recently managed to achieve his lifelong goal of opening a small business of his own, a copy shop in Upper Manhattan.

His roommate, MD Khan expressed shock at the death of his friend, a soft spoken man who liked to stay up late watching comedy shows and listening to music: "He was so nice, gentle and quiet… It's broken my heart."

The following day, the NYPD announced the arrest of Erika Menendez, a 31-year-old woman who had been spotted on security footage fleeing the scene after Sen had been pushed. Upon being detained and taken to a 112th Precinct police station for questioning, Menendez confessed to Sen's murder and revealed as her motivation a desire to commit violence against Muslims. As she told detectives:

"I pushed a Muslim off the train tracks because I hate Hindus and Muslims… Ever since 2001 when they put down the Twin Towers, I've been beating them up."

Sunando Sen was not a Muslim, but as a brown-skinned foreigner living in the United States, he was targeted and killed in an act of hate which is the by-product of an ongoing campaign of bigotry and demonisation against Muslims living in America.

Muslim-Americans, as well as Hindus, Sikhs and others who purportedly "look Muslim" have been humiliated, assaulted and in many cases murdered by individuals often galvanised to violence by politicians and media figures who have enthusiastically engaged in public hatemongering against the Muslim community in the country.

Anti-Muslim violence increases

The 9/11 attacks precipitated a surge in hate crimes, but even as the events themselves recede further into history, the level of hatred and violence directed at Muslim communities is paradoxically increasing. Within the past month, in New York alone, police have suspected racial hatred as being the motive behind several crimes.



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

This week a CCN reader recommends


The Butterfly Mosque

A Young American Woman's Journey to Love and Islam


G. Willow Wilson



The extraordinary story of an all-American girl's conversion to Islam and her ensuing romance with a young Egyptian man, The Butterfly Mosque is a stunning articulation of a Westerner embracing the Muslim world.


When G. Willow Wilson - already an accomplished writer on modern religion and the Middle East at just twenty-seven - leaves her atheist parents in Denver to study at Boston University, she enrolls in an Islamic Studies course that leads to her shocking conversion to Islam and sends her on a fated journey across continents and into an uncertain future.


She settles in Cairo where she teaches English and submerges herself in a culture based on her adopted religion.


And then she meets Omar, a passionate young man with a mild resentment of the Western influences in his homeland.


They fall in love, entering into a daring relationship that calls into question the very nature of family, belief, and tradition.


Torn between the secular West and Muslim East, Willow records her intensely personal struggle to forge a "third culture" that might accommodate her own values without compromising the friends and family on both sides of the divide.


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: I packed a dozen of these pies for a car journey for a son returning home from Brisbane to Sydney. He got home safely, but I understand that the pies did not make it even as far as Byron Bay. 

Steak Muffin Pie




Ingredients & Method


Step 1
Sift 2 cups flour, 3 tsp Baking Powder, 1 tsp salt, ½ tsp pepper. Rub in 125gram Butter to resemble bread crumbs.

Step 2
Beat 2 eggs and 1 cup buttermilk, (leaving 2 Tab aside to glaze) and mix with the above dry ingredients to form a batter.

Step 3
Steak Filling
Make a spicy steak filling (see right column for recipe)

Step 4
Divide batter into 24 portions.
Grease a 12 cup muffin pan and layer with one portion of the batter, you may need to wet your hands to mould the scone like batter and line into the muffin cup.

Step 5
Layer with steak filling, you could use chicken as well.

Step 6
Top the steak filling with an Onion Salad made up of ½ cup diced red onion, 2 tab. diced red pepper, ½ cup of perinaise, 1 tsp. ground green chillies and salt and pepper

Step 7
Cover with another portion of the batter, glaze with egg/buttermilk mixture. Sprinkle with poppy or sesame seeds.
And bake at 180degrees until light brown.  

Steak Filling



½ kg rump steak cubed
1 tsp crushed green chillies
1 tsp crushed red chillies
Juice of ½ a lemon
¼ tsp tumeric powder
1 tsp salt
1 tsp ginger garlic
1 onion diced
2 tomatoes diced
2 tab ghee

Heat the ghee, add all the spices, cook for a minute add the steak and lemon juice and cook until steak is tender and all the water has evaporated.


Add the onion and tomato and cook until the mixture is dry, taste for salt. 


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’m just getting started on a healthier lifestyle and have been pushing myself hard every time I work out. I’ve been feeling a little sore initially but it seems to be consistent now every time I work out. Anything I can do to alleviate this?

A: When you start working out, it’s natural to want to make the most of your time to see results quickly.


The most common mistake is to let your enthusiasm lead to overexertion, which can aggravate symptoms for vulnerable injuries.

Your aim should be to challenge yourself without overdoing it.


Try incorporating the 10% rule – choosing one aspect of your workout – whether it’s time, distance, or speed.


Aim to improve in that area by 10% each week. For example, if you can do 10 push-ups, try doing 11 the next week; if you run for 20 mins, try doing 22mins the following week, etc.


Be sure to stay well hydrated as well and don’t forget to stretch. Most importantly – 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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Mula Nasruddin, age 92, and Zeynepbegum, age 89, living in Istanbul , are all excited about their decision to get married. They go for a stroll to discuss the wedding, and on the way they pass a chemist. Mula Nasruddin suggests they go in.

Mula Nasruddin addresses the man behind the counter: "Are you the owner?"
The chemist answers, "Yes."

Mula Nasruddin: "We're about to get married. Do you sell heart medication?"
Chemist: "Of course we do."

Mula Nasruddin: "Medicine for rheumatism?"
Chemist: "Definitely."

Mula Nasruddin: "Medicine for memory problems, arthritis, and Alzheimer's?"
Chemist: "Yes, a large variety. The works."

Mula Nasruddin: "What about vitamins, sleeping pills, Geritol, antidotes for Parkinson's disease?"
Chemist: "Absolutely.."

Mula Nasruddin: "Everything for heartburn and indigestion?"
Chemist: "We sure do."

Mula Nasruddin: "You sell wheelchairs and walkers and canes?"
Chemist: "All speeds and sizes."

Mula Nasruddin: "In that case, we'd like to use this store for our wedding presents list." 


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If you would count up the favours of Allah, never would you be able to number them: for Allah is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful. 
Surah An-Nahl 16:18


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19 January


Fund Raising Dinner

Islamic Society of Holland Park

Islamic College of Brisbane, Karawatha

0418 781 165


19 January



AI-Mustapha Institute of Brisbane

Runaway Bay Community Centre

0413 782 947


20 January


Meet and Greet Mr Naimatullah Khan

Free event & Refreshments provided

Charity Australia International

Michaels' Oriental Restaurant

0409 187 138


2 February


Services Expo 2013

Islamic Council of Queensland

Islamic College of Brisbane, Karawatha

0412 010 030

10am to 1pm

8 & 9 February

Fri & Sat

Sheikh Musa Cerantonio Brisbane Tour


See schedule

0425 811 150

See schedule

5 May 2013


International Food Festival 2013

Islamic Society of Gold Coast

Gold Coast Mosque

0412 601 152

All day

6 June 2013



Lailatul Mehraj

9 June 2013


Islamic College of Brisbane (ICB) Annual Fete


Islamic College of Brisbane (ICB)

0402 794 253

All day

24 June 2013



Lailatul Bhahraat

11 July 2013


Start of Ramadhan

5 August 2013



Lailatul Qadr

8 August 2013



End of Ramadhan

9 August 2013




17 August 2013


Eidfest 2013

Mt Gravatt Showgrounds

0418 722 353

All day

1 Sept 2013


CresWalk 2013


Orleigh Park, West End

0402 026 786


16 October 2013




 TBA 2013


Aashooraa Day


NB: The Islamic date changes to the next day starting in the evenings after maghrib.

Therefore, except for lailatul mehraj, lailatul baraat and lailatul qadr – these dates

refer to the commencement of the event starting in the evening of the corresponding day.


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 As-Salaam Institute of Islamic Studies

Free Monthly Tafseer Class

Telecast Live from Sydney

The Immense Ocean by Imam Ahmed Ibn Ajiba al Hasani

Date: 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 can be found here


Kuraby Mosque Tafseer & Taalim


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


Bald Hills Mosque Weekly Tafseer


The weekly program schedule is as follows:
Mondays: Tafseer
Wednesdays: Tafseer

The above lessons will start at 7:30 pm and will go for approximately 1/2 an hour each day.

All brothers and sisters are welcome.


Queensland Police Service/Muslim Community Consultative Group


VENUE: Metropolitan South Regional Office, 1993 Logan Road, Upper Mt Gravatt

Wednesday 27 February
Wednesday 31 July
Wednesday 20 November

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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