Sunday, 20 January 2013

 Newsletter 0428




The Islamic Society of Holland Park held a fund raising dinner last night (Saturday) at the Islamic College of Brisbane for the purchase of the building across the road from the Mosque.


With almost 900 in attendance, it was standing room only with a much larger than anticipated support from the community for the fund raiser.


Mr Farooq Dudhia delivered a presentation that included an overview of the Mosque and the new facilities that would become available with the purchase of the new property.


Haji Hussin Goss and his trusty auctioneers gavel were once again at the helm steering the diners to the required target of $275 000.


The food was prepared on site by Khans Catering with the waft of freshly baked naan bread tantalizingly permeating the hall. The delicately seasoned butter chicken, lamb and vegetable curries, tandoori chicken and rice that accompanied it proved just as fresh and tasty.


The dinner eventually raised $90 500 leaving a shortfall of $184 500.


Mr Farooq Dudhia 
Khans Catering Hajis Ray Deen, Sultan Deen and Hussin Goss 
The pie chart near the start of the proceedings with $275K the target. The bat that fetched over $5000 and its new owner, Mr Osman Rane
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SA: WHYALLA'S Muslim community has been praying outside in stifling temperatures above 40C after fires damaged their Islamic Centre.

The fires, which started about 4am on Thursday, are being treated as suspicious.

A spokesman for the community, Hasan Aziz, said he believes the attack was a "hate cdrime".

"The way it's been carried out tells us that it's a targeted crime, a hate crime," he said.


"In a town like Whyalla, of all the places, it's very unlikely for such an act to be carried out.


"There's been no problems in the past."

The blaze caused smoke damage inside the Morris Crescent Islamic Centre after fires were lit at the front and back door of the property.


"The front and the back doors have been burnt totally," Mr Aziz said. "They put petrol on both of them and they lit it on fire."

Mr Aziz said that the community, which meets twice a day at the Centre, has been forced to pray outside in searing temperatures.

"It's pretty bad. We can't carry out any of the prayers, so we've had to do it outside," he said.

The building was insured. A police spokesman said the fire caused minimal damage but appeared to be suspicious.

Local Crime Investigation Branch detectives are investigating.


Source: AdelaideNow


Donations for the restoration of the facilities ,estimated at $20 000, can be made through the Islamic Society of Whyalla, Westpac Bank, BSB 035 072, Account number 106 963.




Whyalla is a small town in South Australia, approximately 450km north of Adelaide.


Arrium, formerly “One Steel”, mines iron ore outside of the town and in the town is a Steelworks. These two are the main employers in Whyalla.


The small Muslim community number less than 10. Muhibija Brkic came to Australia from Tusla in Bosnia and has been in Whyalla since the 1970’s. Kashif Iqbal and Omar Aziz are young Pakistani engineers working at the Steelworks and are living there with their families. They take the responsibility of leading prayers at the Islamic Centre. In addition, an Indian family manages a United Petrol Station and two young Pakistani men run a kebab shop in town.


The attendance at Juma Prayers is about 15. This includes two doctors who drive from Port Augusta, 78km away, to attend. Magrib Salaat is held nightly.

Dr Nazir Mahomed of Brisbane very recently visited the town to settle in his daughter Razia who will be spending a year there serving the Whyalla community at the local hospital as an intern pharmacist.


He told CCN: "The Islamic Centre is truly wonderful, with Allah’s blessing, and lots of hard work has been put in by the local community to get it to where and how it is. When we arrived there earlier in the month we were welcomed with open arms and made to feel very much at home."


The following images of the Centre were captured by Dr Mahomed before the fire destroyed many parts of the building.


Main Prayer Section

Seating Area

Rear of the Centre

Ladies prayer room

Rear entrance

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Dr Nada Ibrahim was conferred with her Doctorate by Griffith University for her dissertation entitled Intimate Partner Violence in the Diverse Australian Muslim Community: Exploring Attitudes/Beliefs, Perpetration, and Victimisation.


The thesis was supervised by Associate Professor Mohamad Abdalla (National Centre of Excellence in Islamic Studies, KEL), Professor Paul Mazerolle (PVC, Arts, Education & Law) and Professor Malik B. Badri (University of Khartoum, Sudan).


Dr Ibrahim told CCN that she encountered many challenges while undertaking her research. One of the major ones was getting Muslims from South-East Queensland to participate in her research. Being a potentially sensitive topic Nada had a very low response rate and so had to extend her data collection time for a further few months which meant working extra hard at encouraging the Muslim community to participate in her research.


Nada also experienced some back issues from sitting too long for extended periods of times. She was forced to take 6 months off her thesis to allow my back to recover. "During those times I realised the blessing of health subhanAllah," she told CCN.

The writing process itself was very challenging, especially getting it to the standard expected from both of her supervisors who had very high expectations. "So basically the thesis could not go for examination until it was at a very high standard...alhamdulillah for that."

During her research Nada sacrificed a great deal of time that she would have spent with her family.


"Unfortunately I had also lost contact with a lot of my friends and particularly had a non-existent social life. Alhamdulillah I am now slowly getting back my social life which is great to be able to do so now."


"But, alhamduillah, no pain, no gain!"


Nada told CCN that her plans stemming from the PhD are to publish from her thesis at least 10 journal articles.


"I want to leave a legacy behind in my writing so it may become part of my sadaqa jaariya and most importantly I want people to benefit from it and I want it to be for the empowerment of the Muslim community."


"I am hoping that I can inshaAllah do some further research in the area of partner violence at the national level with the intent of preventing partner violence and publish from those as well."


" I would like my work to create awareness of how much partner violence goes against the commandments of Allah and destroys the harmony and balance in relationships."

"While doing the PhD I haven't had much mental energy to invest in a relationship. So my priority now is also to invest in "project marriage" and I hope inshaAllah that I find someone who is compatible with me. May Allah ease the process."


Nada has a long list of people and organizations that she would like to thank and you can find them here and she can be contacted at n.ibrahim@griffith.edu.au.

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Akram Azimi is a Western Australian finalist for Young Australian of the Year which will be announced next week on Australia Day.


Born in 1987, Akram is a dedicated mentor to young Indigenous people.


Arriving in Australia 13 years ago from Afghanistan he went from being ‘an ostracised refugee kid with no prospects’ to becoming his school's head boy.


An outstanding student, he topped the tertiary entrance exam scores among his classmates.


He's now studying a triple major – law, science and arts – at the University of Western Australia.


Intent on giving back to his adopted country, Akram uses his leadership and pastoral skills to help young people in remote and rural Western Australia.


In 2011 he co-founded a student-run initiative I am the other set up to raise awareness about Indigenous issues in universities.


His philanthropic roles have included working with True Blue Dreaming, which helps disadvantaged remote Indigenous communities.


For three years, Akram mentored young Indigenous people in the Looma community in the Kimberley region, and he has mentored primary school students in the small farming community of Wyalkatchem, in WA’s wheat belt.


Akram is also mentoring a Special Olympics athlete to help raise community awareness of disability issues.

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NSW: Jamal-Ud-Din El-Kiki (20), who is in his third year studying for a Bachelor of Psychology at University of Sydney, recently represented Australia at an International Quran memorization/tajweed/tafseer competition.


The Khartoum International Holy Quran Award is one of several international Quran competitions held annually, where one representative from each country is invited to compete.


The competition was held for the fourth time this year, and was the first time a representative from Australia has qualified to attend.


Despite the very rigorous assessments and notwithstanding the fact that he was representing a non-Muslim country where he completed his entire memorization of the Quran, Jamal-Ud-Din was able to secure the 5th position among 53 contestants, who were mostly from Arab and other Muslim countries.

As a prerequisite, contestants were required to have thoroughly memorised the entire Quran, as well as become familiar with Arabic explanations of key terms in a given juz’ (a thirtieth/ part of the Quran).


During the four-day assessment period, each contestant would be routinely called up to sit before a panel of four judges who would assess their recitation for accuracy of memorisation, fluency and articulation (Tajweed).


The top three winners were awarded and congratulated by the Sudanese President, Omar Al-Bashir.


Jamal-Ud-Din told CCN that it was a wonderful experience being a part of the event and "yes, these competitions are a huge deal overseas. They’re pretty much the Quranic Olympics!"






What is your background?

I was born in Sydney. My father is of Egyptian heritage and my mother is Australian (she reverted to Islam in her teenage years, and nonetheless played the greatest part in my learning of the Quran. May Allah SWT reward her immensely for her efforts).

Where did you study the Quran and for how long?
My memorisation of the Quran took place at home, under the mentoring of my mother. I started off with the very short chapters such as Surat Al-Nas from the age of about 3, and followed through to the age of 14, when I finished memorising the whole Quran, alongside my primary and secondary schooling (didn’t take time off school at any point). Thereafter, I sat with a number of community sheikhs to fine-tune my recitation and tajweed.

How did you get to go to the competition – what was the process for qualifying to represent Australia?
I had already been aware of there being a number of competitions held across the Middle East. I had previously represented Australia in Tripoli, Libya in 2010, and in Makkah, Saudi Arabia in 2011. I found out about this particular competition through its online website (www.furqan.sd) as well as its Facebook page. Applicants had to provide their filled application form, letter of recommendation from a sheikh, and passport details. Usually, the Sudanese embassy or consulate in the respective country would mediate the application process, but since there is no Sudanese diplomatic mission in Australia, I was required to send my documents via email. I was later notified that my application had been successful, and my return economy class ticket and visa were then emailed to me.

(On a further note: In terms of “representing” Australia; this was merely on the grounds of me being an Australian citizen. In the case of Muslim countries, however, contestants are appointed by their respective Ministry of Endowments and Islamic Affairs, so it’s official in their case)

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CONTROVERSIAL anti-Islam campaigner Geert Wilders will visit Australia next month.

The right-wing Dutch MP was due to visit in October last year but was forced to postpone because the federal government took its time deciding whether to approve his visa.

Tour organisers Q Society - a group concerned about the so-called "Islamisation of Australia" - have now announced Mr Wilders will speak in Melbourne, Perth and Sydney in February.

"The Australian experiment of multiculturalism is failing in relation to Islam, just as it has failed everywhere else," the group says on the event website.

"Australians are being misled to believe Islam is 'just another religion' - when it is in fact much more."

Immigration Minister Chris Bowen has condemned the MP's extremist views but ultimately decided not to use his ministerial discretion to block his visa.


"I've taken the view, in the end, that I didn't want to make him a cause celebre," he said in October.

"I think probably what he would like me to do is refuse his visa so he can make a hero of himself and get his cause more attention."

Mr Wilders, founder of the fourth-largest political party in the Netherlands, told a UK newspaper in 2009: "I don't hate Muslims. I hate their book and their ideology."

Source: Courier Mail

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The birth of the Prophet (pbuh) will be commemorated on Thursday 24th of January at the Mosque after Magrib Salaat (Jammat 6:50pm).

There will be a Yaseen Khatam, followed by Qasidah Burdah and Naat after which there will be a talk, finishing with SalaatusSalaam.

After the Isha Salaat there will be the opportunity to make Ziyarat of the Bal Mubarak.

Please ensure you come early enough to secure a place as the Mosque gets very full on this night. Parking is also provided behind the shed so please make use of this facility.

Please bring a plate to share as well after the function.

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We do not require any more clothing or other items for refugees.


Jazakallah the response has been amazing.

Nothing else is required now.

I cannot accept any other items.

Thank you.
Naseema Mustapha


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.





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

Applications close 29 January.


Click here for more details.

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And the winner is … Islamophobia   

The moral ambiguity of Homeland or Argo is a fitting tribute to the reality of US Middle East policy  


HOLLYWOOD: America's Middle East policy has been enthusiastically endorsed. Not at the UN or Arab League, however, but by the powerbrokers of Hollywood. At the Golden Globes, there were gongs for a heroically bearded CIA spook saving hostages and American face in Iran (the film Argo); a heroically struggling agent tracking down Bin Laden (Zero Dark Thirty) and heroically flawed CIA operatives protecting America from mindless, perpetual terror (TV series Homeland).

The three winners have all been sold as complex, nuanced productions that don't shy away from hard truths about US foreign policy. And liberal audiences can't get enough of them. Perhaps it's because, alongside the odd bit of self-criticism, they are all so reassuringly insistent that, in an increasingly complicated world, America just keeps on doing the right thing. And even when it does the wrong thing – such as, I don't know, torture and drone strikes and deadly invasions – it is to combat far greater evil, and therefore OK.


Viewers are left to believe that Muslims/Arabs participate in terrorist networks like Americans send holiday cards

Laila Al-Arian

When I saw Argo in London with a Turkish friend, we were the only ones not clapping at the end. Instead, we were wondering why every Iranian in this horribly superior film was so angry and shouty. It was a tense, meticulously styled depiction of America's giant, perpetual, wailing question mark over the Middle East: "Why do they hate us?" Iranians are so irked by the historically flimsy retelling of the hostage crisis that their government has commissioned its own version in response.

Zero Dark Thirty, another blanked-out, glossed-up portrayal of US policy, seems to imply that America's use of torture – sorry, "enhanced interrogation" – is legitimate because it led to the capture of Osama bin Laden (something that John McCain and others have pointed out is not even true). Adding insult to moral bankruptcy, the movie has been cast as a feminist film, because it has a smart female lead. This is cinematic fraud: a device used to extort our approval.

Homeland was no better. It is the story of an American marine taken captive by a top al-Qaida terrorist who turns out, wouldn't you know, to be Palestinian. Tortured while detained (though I'm guessing this would be bad torture, not the good kind used in Zero Dark Thirty), the marine turns to Islam and, coincidentally, to terror. Meanwhile, all the Arab and Muslim characters in Homeland – however successful, integrated, clever, whatever – are all somehow signed up to the global terror network. As Laila Al-Arian, a journalist and co-author of Collateral Damage: America's War against Iraqi Civilians, puts it: "Viewers are left to believe that Muslims/Arabs participate in terrorist networks like Americans send holiday cards." She describes this celebrated Golden Globe winner as "TV's most Islamophobic show".

When challenged, the creators of these travesties respond with pat dismissal: the director Kathryn Bigelow pointed out that Zero Dark Thirty is "just a movie". Ben Affleck has spoken touchingly of his concern that Argo might be politicised.

But why would these renditions of US policy be seen in the Middle East as anything other than attempts to seize the moral high ground? It's all supposed to be a massive stride forward in the portrayal of complexity, made to challenge American audience preconceptions – and a far cry from the bad old days depicted in Reel Bad Arabs, a documentary that shows how Hollywood caricatures Arabs as "belly dancers, billionaire sheikhs and bombers", according to one reviewer.

But such slick, award-winning cinema isn't about nuance, it's just self-serving moral ambiguity – and in this sense it is a fitting cultural reflection of actual US policy in the Middle East.

Source: The Guardian

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EGYPT: Muslim Imam Goes to Church



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Bangladesh Begins World's Second Largest Muslim Gathering   


DHAKA: More than a million Muslims gathered on the banks of a river in Bangladesh recently to pray and listen to religious scholars at the start of the world's second largest annual Islamic congregation.

The streets of Dhaka were largely deserted as devotees flocked to the River Turag at Tongi, some 40 kilometers (25 miles) north of the capital, where the Biswa Ijtema (World Muslim Congregation) was held over three days.

Nurul Islam, one of the chief organizers, said canopies stretching for more than a kilometer, erected on open ground on the banks of the river, were filled.

"There are more than a million devotees already here, but we hope, like last year, that the number will pass the two million mark at the final prayers on Sunday," he said at the start of the event.

Special trains and ferries were arranged to transport pilgrims to the event, while army engineers set up dozens of makeshift bridges and water tanks.

The devotees either slept in the marquees or braved the chilly temperatures outside -- Bangladesh is currently experiencing its coldest winter since independence from Pakistan in 1971.

"Around 30,000 foreigners from more than 100 countries also joined the congregation this year," Islam said.

Launched by Tablig Jamaat, a non-political group that urges people to follow the tenets of Islam in their daily lives, the gathering at Tongi was first held in 1964.

It is the second largest annual gathering of Muslims in the world, after the Hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia.

Bangladesh is the world's third-largest Muslim-majority nation, with Muslims making up nearly 90 percent of its 152 million population.

Source: naharnet

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Malaysia rated most Muslim-friendly destination 
SINGAPORE — Malaysia has been rated the world's top Muslim-friendly holiday destination in a survey that listed Egypt, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia and Singapore as runners-up.

The study by Singapore-based Muslim travel consultancy Crescentrating ranked countries on how well they cater to the growing number of Muslim holidaymakers seeking halal -- or Islam-compliant -- food and services.

It used criteria including the level of safety in a country, the ease of access to halal food and prayer facilities, and whether hotels cater to the needs of Muslim guests.

On a scale of one to 10 in which 10 is the best score, Malaysia came out number one with a grade of 8.3 among 50 nations surveyed.

Egypt was in second place with 6.7, followed by the United Arab Emirates and Turkey both with 6.6. Saudi Arabia was in fourth place with a score of 6.4 and Singapore was fifth with 6.3.

Indonesia, Morocco and Jordan scored 6.1 to tie in sixth place, trailed by seventh-place Brunei, Qatar, Tunisia and Oman, all with a score of 6.0.

Crescentrating chief executive Fazal Bahardeen said the survey was taken from the point of view of the traveller, meaning that it measured the ease of access by Muslim tourists -- not locals -- to halal food and facilities.

"Malaysia is one of the few countries where you can find a prayer place in almost every location -- be it a shopping mall or the airport," Fazal told AFP.

He said that while Malaysian authorities have been focusing on the market for several years, Indonesia -- the world's most populous Muslim nation -- has not done as well.

"The main problem for Indonesia is that it's not straightforward for a Muslim visitor to find halal food availability. For locals it's probably not an issue."

Saudi Arabia figured as a holiday destination for the first time since the survey started in 2011 because more Muslims use their holidays to go there to perform the Umrah, a minor pilgrimage, Fazal said.

In terms of cities as a shopping destination, Dubai pipped Kuala Lumpur for the number-one spot, according to the survey which rated the presence of halal food and prayer facilities at shopping malls.

Istanbul, Jeddah, Singapore, Cairo, Abu Dhabi, New Delhi, London and Doha completed the top-10 shopping destinations.

Thailand's Suvarnabhumi Airport and the Kuala Lumpur International Airport were rated among the friendliest to Muslim travellers.

Spending by Muslim tourists is growing faster than the global rate and is forecast to reach $192 billion a year by 2020, up from $126 billion in 2011, according to a study by Crescentrating and another company released last year.

Source: Google

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

This week a CCN reader recommends


The Apple Tree (The Prophet Says Series)



Mariam Al-Kalby


Little Shaima planted a beautiful apple tree but didn't want to share her apples. But the squirrels and little boys stole them anyway.

Slowly but surely, she learns that sharing is good in the children's book "The Apple Tree," the first in a series by Mariam Al-Kalby, an Irvine-based writer.


Growing up, Al-Kalby couldn't find any children's books that introduced Islam in a meaningful way. Instead, she would read about native Americans and the "Little House on the Prairie" and played with the American Girl dolls – feeling like she didn't quite belong.

"I loved Samantha just because she had brown hair, and she looked a little bit darker than the other girls," she said.

Now a mother of two, Al-Kalby has found that the need for children's books on Islam is still there. She takes the Hadith, or the sayings of the Prophet Muhammad, as her inspiration.

"When a Muslim plants a tree, whatever is eaten from it is charity from him and whatever is stolen is charity and whatever is subtracted from it is charity," the epigraph of "The Apple Tree" reads.

A glossary in the back of the book helps non-Arabic speaking readers with a few terms. Al-Kalby said the lessons each book in her upcoming series are simple and universal, allowing Muslims and non-Muslims to connect with common themes.

It's also a gift to her two daughters, Maimuna, 3, and Shaima, 1, who lent her name and looks to her mother's first child protagonist.

And although Al-Kalby's youngest daughter stars in her debut children's book, Maimuna will get her chance to shine in the next one, so that the pair can read about little girls just like them.

Contact the writer at ljow@ocregister.com

Source: Orange County Register


The more that you read,

The more things you will know.

The more that you learn,

The more places you will go.


                                                         Dr Seuss


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KB says: A very refreshing dessert that will complement any meal during these unbearably hot and steamy Australian summer days. I haven't tried this yet, but a friend suggested serving it with ice cream.    

Pineapple Jelly Desert




1 pkt pineapple jelly
250 ml sour cream
250 ml fresh cream
1 225gm can of crushed pineapple
1 can condensed milk



Make up pineapple jelly as per directions on the box and set it in your serving bowl for around 15 minutes.

Meanwhile, mix all the remaining ingredients together and then fold the mixture into the pineapple jelly.


pour this into your serving bowl and allow it to set.

Decorate with cream, pineapple pieces, and flaked almonds.

Refrigerate overnight if possible and serve very cold.


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, we need help as a family. Two of us are bordering on obesity and one actually is obese (we’ve had our measurement taken by our family doctor). I have a toddler too so we really need to make some healthy changes right away. Do you have any suggestions?



The good news is that it’s not all doom and gloom. Fighting obesity can actually be a lot of fun for the whole family.

Obesity is the result of an imbalance between energy consumed and energy expended, continually over time.


So if food is fuel, what you eat can be burned off through physical activity.


Kids love being engaged and active – pull the plug on the computer games and TV and find a sport or activity that everyone can take part in. 5 to 12 year olds need a minimum of 60mins of exercise daily.

Smuggle some vegies into your meals and add extra activities to your day (washing the car, cleaning up at home or even gardening).

Above all stay focused and positive. Remember it’s a lifestyle change so don’t expect results overnight, rather over time…







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's wife was making a breakfast of fried eggs for her husband when he burst into the kitchen.

"Careful," Mula Nasruddin cried, "CAREFUL! Put in some more butter! Oh my goodness! You're cooking too many at once. TOO MANY! Turn them! TURN THEM NOW! We need more butter. Oh my word! WHERE are we going to get MORE BUTTER? They're going to STICK! Careful ... CAREFUL! I said be CAREFUL! You NEVER listen to me when you're cooking! Never! Turn them! Hurry up! Are you CRAZY? Have you LOST your mind? Don't forget to salt them. You know you always forget to salt them. Use the salt. USE THE SALT! THE SALT!"

The wife stared at him in amazement, "What in the world is wrong with you? You think I don't know how to fry a couple of eggs?"

Mula Nasruddin calmly replied, "I wanted to show you what it feels like when I'm driving."


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Whoever recommends and helps a good cause becomes a partner therein: and whoever recommends and helps an evil cause, shares in its burden: and Allah has power over all things.
Surah An-Nisaa 4:85


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 The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil, but because of those who look on and do nothing...

` Albert Einstein


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"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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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 Mosquex

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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Algester Mosque


Yaseen Khatam held every night after Isha salaat.


 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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