Sunday, 14 July 2013

 Newsletter 0453





Muslim journalist Mehdi Hasan, political editor of the Huffington Post, warns Anne-Marie Waters that her "astonishing claims" might endanger her future as a Labour Party candidate, but assured her "don't worry, the BNP will take you".

Hasan asks why, if Islam is "responsible for killing," such a tiny percentage of believers actually participate in violence. He asks the audience if they really believe that 1.6 billion people are all "followers, promoters and believers in a religion of violence".

Hasan urges them not to "fuel the arguments of the phobes and bigots and legitimise hate", but to "trust the Muslims that you know and that you hear."

Yes's: 286
No's: 168
Filmed on 28/02/2013

MEHDI HASAN is Britain's most prominent Muslim journalist. He recently moved from the New Statesman to become political editor of the Huffington Post. He has appeared on Question Time five times, and is hosting Al Jazeera's 'Head to Head' series at the Oxford Union this term.

The Union is the world's most prestigious debating society, with an unparalleled reputation for bringing international guests and speakers to Oxford. It has been established for 189 years, aiming to promote debate and discussion not just in Oxford University, but across the globe.

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A leadership training program is to be conducted in September called Leadership Excellence Course co-run by Revival and Standard Bearers Academy.


The course is a fusion of modern leadership teachings from a business management consultancy perspective and the leadership teachings of the Prophet, peace be upon him.


Mirza Yawar Baig of Hyderabad, India is the course instructor Dr Mohamad Abdalla will also be instructing during the week long program in September (23-27).


It is the first time this course is coming to Australia (6 countries and counting) and will be held in Mt Tamborine. The course introduction can be found at www.standardbearersacademy.com/LEC

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(l to r): Tarek Omar, Sultana Deen, Ejaz Ahmed, Mohammad Yusuf, Shahjahan Khan, Yusuf Limbada, Mohammad Khalid, Abdur Rahman Deen and Ismail Cajee

Also present were Mainul Islam, Mohammad Iqbal Sultan and Nasir Chowdhury


The Fund Raising Committee for the Toowoomba Mosque purchase met last week to put in place a strategy and schedule for collecting funds for the project.


To date $250,000 has been raised with another $675,000.00 needed for the purchase and modification of the church.


The schedule for fundraising in Brisbane Mosques:
1st Friday of Ramadan - Darul Uloom, 6 Agnes St, Buranda   (07) 3392 1310

2nd Friday of Ramadan - Darra Masjid, 219 Douglas St, Oxley   (07) 3375 4579

2nd Friday of Ramadan - Kuraby Masjid, 1408 Beenleigh Rd Kuraby (07) 3114 2769

3rd Friday of Ramadan - Holland Park Masjid, 309 Nursery Rd Holland Park  (07) 3343 4748

4th Friday of Ramadan - Gold Coast Masjid, 144 Allied Dr Arundel, (07) 5594 9097


Bank Account Details for Mosque Project:
Account Name: Islamic Society of Toowoomba Inc
Bank/Branch Name: Heritage Bank, Toowoomba Main Branch
Branch Address: 400 Ruthven St, Toowoomba, Q4350, AUSTRALIA
BSB No. 638060, A/C No. 1300 9958
Swift Code: HBSLAU4T

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Malala Yousefzai, who was shot by Pakistani Taliban last year, addressed the UN Youth Assembly on her 16th birthday and called for improvements in global education.


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The first of its kind in Australia, The Ramadan State Off 2013, has taken off with a blast. An exciting initiative created and run by Muslim Aid Australia, with the help of the Al-Imdaad Foundation and Crescents of Brisbane, the State Off has seen a week of constant activity as people began generously donating to such a worthy cause.

Quick facts:

What is it – A friendly competition between our States and Territories (ACT, NSW, NT, QLD, SA, TAS, VIC and WA) to see which state or territory can raise the most funds during the blessed month of Ramadan. Funds raised will be distributed to causes in need in 20 countries around the world.
Where – Through this website: http://www.everydayhero.com.au/event/ramadanstateoff
When – 10 July 2013 – 8 August 2013

How can I get involved – 2 ways:

(1) Support Team QLD by donating through any of the fundraising teams already set up and receiving donations by visiting: https://ramadanstateoff.everydayhero.com/au/qld

(2) By creating your own fundraising page (through the website), joining Team QLD and encourage your friends, family and colleagues to donate to such a worthy cause.

Consider this – Ever wanted to volunteer your time towards a worthy cause yet cannot find the time to do so? Why not then embrace this opportunity to make a difference? It’s easy.


All you need to do is spread the word using social media: Facebook, Twitter, Whatsapp and email, and encourage people to be part of such a unique and exciting initiative.

Need more information? Contact Hafizah for a detailed information pack via email: rsoqld01@gmail.com

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Rachel Woodlock says her family and friends were surprised when she "came out of the Islamic closet".

Picture: Jodie RichterSource: News Limited 

DO YOU miss things, now that you're Muslim?" asked the journalist.

I struggled to supply an answer. I was raised in a teetotaller family and it seemed shallow to mention crispy pan-fried bacon. Still, surely I ought to miss something. "Well, if there are men around, I can't put my togs on and go for a swim at the beach," I offered, a stereotypically Aussie reply.

When John, my mildly water-phobic (because he's Irish) husband, read the finished piece - an interview with three Muslim women converts - he laughed. "This makes you sound like a surfer babe," he said and unkindly pointed out I'd hardly spent my time pining for the surf; the closest I'd been to a beach for years was walking past bags of sand mix at Bunnings.

Rachel Woodlock came to a gradual awareness that Islam was for her. 

Even before converting, I'd sooner have jumped in the water fully clothed than bare my generously proportioned figure and pasty limbs to the disapproving glances of toned, tanned beachgoers. Thank goodness we now have the burqini, good for Islamic modesty and full-body UV protection.

But strangers suppose I must be some sort of hair-shirt martyr to take up a religion that bans Nativity plays in kindergartens and ham sandwiches in council offices. "Why Islam?" they enquire, as if asking, "What attracts you to daily coffee enemas?" That I didn't convert for my fella - an ex-Catholic, lapsed Baha'i of indeterminate spirituality - confuses them even more.
I was raised in a Baha'i family myself, unusual enough for a white, middle-class Aussie family in the '70s and '80s. My parents converted and met through the small, newish religion that began as a 19th-century Iranian offshoot of Islam before it branched out with its own logo and business stationery. Being typical Westerners,we hardly knew anything about the parent religion from which it sprang.


Thus, I discovered Islam on my own, in the halcyon days before September 11, when the only Islam title stocked in high-street bookstores was a translation of the Koran shelved in the New Age section next to the Dalai Lama's latest offering and books on tarot cards and astrology. I learned of Islam's beauty before it became forever associated with the Twin Towers falling to their devastating conclusion.

Converting isn't like signing up for a store loyalty card - it evokes deep emotions in the people around you, says Rachel Woodlock.


I bought my first Koran after chancing upon it in the Theosophical Society's bookshop. It was a large, heavy, green and faux-gold-covered edition; its mysterious Arabic script explained for non-natives via an English translation and extensive footnotes. This one is still my favourite Koran, even though my shelves are now stuffed full of other translations and editions. Inhaling the faint wisp of incense infused into its pages instantly brings me back to first encountering God's promise: "When my servants ask thee concerning me, I am indeed close [to them]: I listen to the prayer of every suppliant when he calleth on me: Let them also, with a will, listen to my call, and believe in me: That they may walk in the right way" (2:186).

I had disconcerting experiences coming to Islam, too. There was meeting Sister Aishah*, who conducted Islamic education classes teaching everything from intricate burial rules to scriptural exegesis. Lolling about a Brunswick tram stop one afternoon, I noticed a hand-written leaflet for "Sisters' Classes" sticky-taped up on the window of a Muslim women's clothing shop. I rang and asked if I could go. "I'm not going to convert," I quickly emphasised. "But can I still come?"

Having adopted Islam in the '70s after a visit to Egypt, Sister Aishah was rumoured to belong to the women's wing of the Muslim Brotherhood and with her stern demeanour,she scared the willies out of me. I sat in on her class with half a dozen other young women and learned how ingrate, truth concealing, Islam-rejecting unbelievers would go to the hellfire. Her fundamentalist theological approach was not my cup of tea, but she was the only Muslim I knew teaching converts to actually practise the religion: how to pray, how to fast, how to worry about your non-Muslim relatives bound for the fire.

A more gentle approach came from a mild-mannered university professor. I was finishing a music degree and students could take a foreign language as a supplement. On a bit of a whim, I rocked up to the administration office asking to do Arabic."That's a bit unusual," noted my adviser. "Usually we have opera singers wanting Italian, French or German. I don't think there are any operas in Arabic." She paused, as if a Semitic aria might surface to mind,then continued, "But if the language department gives you permission, why not?"

The professor was a serene Maldivian who introduced me to the brilliant civilisations Islam had spawned whilst Christendom floundered in the Dark Ages. In getting to know my mostly Muslim classmates, I discovered they had normal lives and normal personalities, although they often came from far-flung places I would have had trouble pinpointing on a map. Some were religious, some weren't. Some wore headgear, most didn't.


It took me a few years of dipping my toe in the water before I finally surrendered to the call. In the meantime, I got married and moved overseas, but I just couldn't shake the sense that I was, underneath it all, a Muslim. As with many other converts to Islam, I didn't so much have a single transformative moment, as a gradual awareness that Islam was my spiritual home.

You can tell a woman's ethnic background by the colour and tying of her hijab.

Picture: Jodie Richter. Source: News Limited

I was terribly excited to start wearing hijab. I'd always thought the clothes I'd seen Muslim women wearing - loose, flowing dresses with silky headscarves neatly framing their faces - made them look elegant and feminine. Unfortunately, a headscarf on me says 'babushka' more than 'Arabian beauty', but at least it covers bad-hair days well.

Like regional accents, if you hang around Muslims long enough, you can tell a woman's ethnic background by the colour and tying of her hijab. Young Turkish women have a thing for heavily patterned silk scarves tightly wrapped around their heads, Malays do pastels neatly pinned under the chin, and women from the Gulf clip flower claws in their hair under their scarves for more volume. Converts mix and match styles, and YouTube hijab-tying tutorials have become quite the thing!

Converting isn't like wearing a daring shade of mustard or signing up for a store loyalty card - it evokes deep emotions in the people around you. Parents wonder what happened, friends wonder if you'll stop being fun, employers wonder if they'll have to accommodate strange practices to avoid being sued for discrimination.

To his credit, John, my amiable and ever-accommodating mate, took it all in his stride. He'd never been one for eating ham sandwiches or pork chops, and so didn't miss their absence from our fridge. Happily, our marriage continued as it had been, and when our daughter was born, we decided to introduce her to both Muslim and Baha'i cultures. When she's old enough, she'll be responsible for putting whatever she likes in the census question on religion. She's been to Baha'i children's classes and Islamic weekend school. To be frank, her favourite part of being an interfaith child is increased opportunities for gift-receiving.
My family and friends were surprised when I came out of the Islamic closet, as I'd kept mum about my desire to convert. At least I think they were surprised; it's not the kind of thing you easily drop into conversation: "Haven't strawberries become expensive, and by the way, I think I'll change religions."

The most unsettling reaction came from an old friend of my parents, a highly respected elder of the community. I was attending a Baha'i meeting with John, and towards the end of the evening, Mr Aristu* pulled me aside to ask why I had converted. "You know," he said, leaning in close, "in Iran, if it were the other way around, you'd be killed." He seemed to enjoy startling me. I went home in tears. I guess even peaceable Baha'is don't deal well with apostates.

The Koran says: "Do people imagine that they will be left to say, 'We have faith' and will not be tested?" (29:2). For converts like myself, the negative reactions of others is perhaps the most difficult thing. Although I was fortunate with having supportive family and friends, the only way I could cope with the seeming relentless negativity from some politicians and sections of the media in the aftermath of September 11 was to throw myself wholeheartedly into projects promoting positive interfaith relations and education. I wanted my fellow Aussies to see the side of Islam and Muslims that I knew and loved.

I got involved in mosque open days; gave talks to schools, churches, synagogues and anyone else who asked; wrote articles on Islam and Muslims for newspapers; taught seminars for young Muslims; and became the playgroup leader at my local Islamic weekend school. I hope it helps others as much as it's helped me. Do I have regrets in my life? Yes, but converting to Islam is not one of them.

Source: Courier Mail LIFESTYLE

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Dear Readers,

As salamu alaykum


A sister in the community has approached EMAN (an up and coming youth group) to assist her in raising money for Palestine this Ramadan.


She has imported Ajmaan scarves designed as the Palestinian flag and will be selling them for $30 each. All profits go to Palestine.


This is a great way to give your sadaqah in this holy month!

Please contact Aysha Sabdia on: 0407786489
Nabiha Peer on: 0468363786


Nabiha Peer


Kolo: What Ramadan means to me

UK: Like millions of Muslims around the world, Liverpool's Kolo Toure is currently observing the Holy Month of Ramadan.

A period of self-control and discipline, Ramadan involves 30 days of fasting, from dawn until sunset - but how does the lack of food and drink affect the preparations of professional athletes like Toure?

Earlier this week, Liverpoolfc.com dropped by Melwood to speak to the Ivorian defender about Ramadan and what it means to him (see also video interview).


For our fans who don't observe Ramadan, please can you explain what Ramadan is and what is involved?

Ramadan is part of the Muslim religion. You have to go for 30 days without eating or drinking at a certain time of the day. From three o'clock in the morning until nearly 10 o'clock at night. During this time, you can't eat or drink - but as soon as the sun goes down, you can start eating. The next day you start again.

Do you think footballers face an additional physical challenge during Ramadan?

Yes. I've been observing Ramadan during all the years I've been in football. It's been tough, but at the same time I feel like I am much stronger, because my mental condition takes over. It's definitely hard, but when you believe in God, nothing in impossible.

Do you create a meal plan during Ramadan to ensure your body is receiving the correct foods during pre-season training?

Yes. It's very important that you eat well. It's important that you eat the right food because you can gain weight or you can have less food in your body. That's why you need to drink very well. You also need to be aware of what you are doing, because your body is missing things. With the doctor and all the people at the club, we try to work on that. They give me things that I can take to help me feel better.


Do you find that the self-discipline involved in being a footballer helps you during Ramadan?

Yes. You definitely need discipline. For me, the first five days are difficult but after that, the body just starts to [adapt] and you feel really happy. You clean your body as well and you feel even stronger after Ramadan. I recently watched a programme on BBC about Demba Ba - and he scored a lot of goals after Ramadan because he was much fitter. I think it's amazing how Ramadan can make you really strong.

Do you have to train at different times during Ramadan?

For me, it doesn't matter because mentally I'm ready for it and I go for every challenge. I give 110 per cent in training - it will never be a case of me saying: "No, I don't want to train as hard." I want to train just as hard and I want to win every single game. For me, Ramadan is not an easy time because it's a time when I need to work much harder, because I need to help my teammates. That's the way I see things.

The festival of the Breaking of the Feast is celebrated at the end of Ramadan, how will you celebrate this festival?

I will celebrate like every Muslim - with my family, my wife and my kids. Maybe they will be here [in Liverpool]. The celebration is big - everybody is very happy because it has normally been a tough month. Ramadan is an important part of Islam, and when you are observing it, God is happy with you and you have to have a big celebration. We eat, we have a party and we give

praise. We enjoy the day as much as we can.


As Ramadan is based on a lunar calendar, and therefore changes every year, will it be more difficult to observe during the football season?

I have done Ramadan during a season. And for me, it was alright. It depends on the age of players. I'm different; I do my own thing.

Is the club supportive of your decision to observe Ramadan?

Massively -[the club] have been unbelievable. Fantastic. Everybody around me has tried to help me; the physios, the doctor and the coaches. They have a room for us to pray here at Melwood. It's not only for Muslims, but for Christians as well, which is amazing. That shows the football club is supporting people like us, who want to pray. It's not easy because we have different lifestyles, but by being Muslim or a religious person, you have to do certain things. It's fantastic of the club to support people who trust in God.

Finally, do you have a message for all our Muslim fans around the world?

Assalamalykum to all the Muslims that are fasting - Ramdan Kareem and I pray that God eases all our suffering and helps those in need.

Source: liverpoolfc.com

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Radio Cii interviews Rasool



UK: Inayet Wadee of Cii interviews Hassen Rasool (pictured left) the Muazzin who is responsible for delivering the Adhaan that is aired live on the famous British Channel 4


Listen here

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Don't skimp: Dubai malls enforcing Ramadan dress code


DUBAI: Dubai Mall security staff are cracking down on shoppers dressed in skimpy outfits and being overtly affectionate as Ramadan approaches.

This pocket-sized flyer is being handed out by security guards to visitors who are dressed inappropriately in a bid to step up awareness of the mall’s courtesy policy.

Guards told the Dubai-based news orgaisation 7DAYS that although the information has been available for a long time, it is only in the past month they have been instructed to politely distribute the leaflets to violators. “If we see someone who is not following the policy, it is part of our job to inform them by giving them the card,” one of the guards explained.

The text on the card states: “Please wear respectful clothing. For example, shoulders and knees should be covered. No kissing or overt display of affection in the mall.

“No smoking in the mall. No dangerous activities. For example sports games, rollerblading or skateboarding.

“No pets are allowed in the mall.”

The guards say they have been greeted with mixed reactions when handing out cards.

One worker explained: “Some get angry, some get upset, and some just refuse to take the flyer when we hand it to them and walk off. They say they don’t want it.”

Another guard, who said he distributes between 10 and 30 cards a day, added: “Some of the ladies are very nice. They say thank you and some even see it and seem surprised, and then say sorry. I think most of the ones who do that are tourists though.”



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

This week CCN recommends


The Reluctant Fundamentalist


Mohsin Hamid


Now a major motion picture Short-listed for the Man Booker Prize New York Times bestseller


“Extreme times call for extreme reactions, extreme writing. Hamid has done something extraordinary with this novel.” — Washington Post

“One of those achingly assured novels that makes you happy to be a reader.” —Junot Diaz


At a café table in Lahore, a bearded Pakistani man converses with an uneasy American stranger. As dusk deepens to night, he begins the tale that has brought them to this fateful encounter . . . Changez is living an immigrant’s dream of America. At the top of his class at Princeton, he is snapped up by an elite valuation firm. He thrives on the energy of New York, and his budding romance with elegant, beautiful Erica promises entry into Manhattan society at the same exalted level once occupied by his own family back in Lahore. But in the wake of September 11, Changez finds his position in his adopted city suddenly overturned, and his relationship with Erica shifting. And Changez’s own identity is in seismic shift as well, unearthing allegiances more fundamental than money, power, and maybe even love.


“Brief, charming, and quietly furious . . . a resounding success.” — Village Voice A Washington Post and San Francisco Chronicle Best Book of the Year A New York Times Notable Book


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 recipe by Fatima Hansa is a popular salad, especially in Lebanon. The great thing about fattouch is that you can add and leave out veggies from the recipe according to taste. Instead of pita bread, you can also use French or Italian bread.

Fattouch Salad




5 cups toasted pita bread, torn into 1 inch pieces
2 tomatoes, diced
1 cucumber, diced
1/4 cup parsley, chopped
1/4 cup green onions, chopped
1/4 cup green pepper, diced
1 half head of romaine lettuce, torn into small pieces
3 cloves garlic, crushed
1/2 cup lemon juice
3/4 cup olive oil
1/4 cup fresh mint, chopped
salt and pepper to taste




For the Salad

In a large bowl, combine lettuce, bread, cucumber, tomatoes, green peppers, onions, and parsley together. Toss gently.

For the Dressing

In a small bowl combine garlic, olive oil, lemon juice, and mint. Mix well.

Pour dressing over salad 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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Is Brown Sugar is better than White Sugar?


The brown sugar sold at grocery stores is actually white granulated sugar with added molasses. Yes, brown sugar contains minute amounts of minerals. But unless you eat a gigantic portion of brown sugar every day, the mineral content difference between brown sugar and white sugar is absolutely insignificant. The idea that brown and white sugar have big differences is another common nutrition myth.


Need an answer to a question on nutrition?

Send your question to Fathima Abdoola at  fathima.abdoola@uqconnect.edu.au

All questions sent in are published here anonymously and without any references to the author of the question.


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Q: Dear Kareema, I don’t have time to do classes at the gym during Ramadan. What can I do to get the most out of my workout in the shortest amount of time?

A: MULTITASK. You don’t have to work each muscle group individually to reap rewards. Cut your workout time in half by training multiple muscle systems together. When time is short,


I perform some of the following exercises (which works the most number of muscles):

Squats, lunges, deadlifts, bench-press, pull-ups etc. Alternatively, you can try compound moves by putting two exercises together, such as dumbbell squats and bicep curls, or lunges with bicep curls etc.

More importantly - even if you cannot get to the gym most of these exercises can be performed at home.








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 company, feeling it was time for a shake-up, hires Jallaludin as its new boss.


This new boss is determined to rid the company of all slackers.


On a tour of the facilities, Jallaludin notices a young man leaning on a wall.


The room is full of workers and he wants to let them know he means business!

Jallaludin  walks up to the man and asks, "And how much money do you make a week?"

A little surprised, the young fellow looks at him and replies, "I make $300 a week. Why?"

Jallaludin then hands the lad $1,200 in cash and screams, "Here's four weeks pay, now GO and don't come back!"

Feeling pretty good about his first firing, Jallaludin looks around the room and asks, "Does anyone want to tell me what job that boy was doing here?"

With a sheepish grin, one of the other workers mutters, He came to deliver the pizza.."Pizza delivery guy from the pizza shop..

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And among His Signs is the creation of the heavens and the earth, and the living creatures that He has scattered through them: and He has power to gather them together when He wills. 


Surah Ash-Shura 42:29 


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There is nothing training cannot do.

Nothing is above its reach.

It can turn bad morals to good;

it can destroy bad principles and recreate good ones;

it can lift men to "angelship."

~ Mark Twain


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HAI Ramadan 2013 Gold Coast Mosque Iftar 2013 AIIC Enrolment Leadership Course 23 to 27 September Australian Muslim Artists Photography Competition Close 1 August Imam Akram celebrant services In preparation for the Book of Allah Marhaba Playgroup Shajarah Islamic Kindergarten
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As with any event the excitement levels were high, for the 450 plus attendees to the Grand opening Gala Dinner for the Dial a Local Doctor Service held at Michaels Oriental Restaurant, Eight Mile Plains on Monday night. Not a seat was empty as the event was filled to capacity to honour and celebrate the success of the Dial a Local Doctor.

Kicking the event off at 7pm MC Hon Gary Hardgrave, welcomed the guests as they found their seats to what was going to be a night filled with excitement and entertainment. We were honoured with the presence of the Hon. Lawrence Springborg MP (Queensland Minister of Health) who attended the evening and gave a fantastic speech on what was in store for the Queensland Health landscape and how a service like Dial a Local Doctor fitted into that landscape.

Like every good event, entertainment is the key to success and the night had plenty to offer in the way of entertainment.  The guests were kept entertained throughout the night with Bollywood Children dancers, multicultural music and bands and the ever funny comic relief of nationally renowned comedian Steve Allison, who kept us entertained with his sharp witty humour and his unique outtake on comedic juggling.

As always, Michaels Oriental Restaurant produced an amazing array of food that made up the 5 course dinner which was enjoyed by all that attended.

The night included speeches made from key Dial a Local Doctor personnel that outlined the strategic direction for the Dial a local Brand, HON Lawrence Springborg MP, Dr Ellis Gibson and Zaffar Khan.

The night concluded at 9pm with a short documentary produced outlining the Dial a Doctor service. Overall the night was deemed a fantastic success from all who attended this great evening.

Zaffar Khan

United Hearts Family Day Care Scheme Pty Ltd Flightstar Hajj 2013 Inwea Apparel by Aliyah Tel: 0438840467 Apparel by Aliyah AGAIN Continental Halal Meats Gold Coast Sewing Dial A Local Doctor Fathima Abdoola Flyer Shailly Hair Beauty Peeled Prawns Baby Care Solutions Al-Khitan Circumcisions Kuraby Fashion Wasimah Brisbane Bamboo Towels Computer Repairs Watang Man-oushi Lebanese Foods Lil Umah CassonIT Solutions Dial a Doctor Bulk Billing Dr in your home Michael's Oriental Birthday Promo Function Room Page 1 Function Room Page 2 LOVE UR BODY Shariff's Computer Services Sunkids Sunkids Pari Collection Pari Collection Maximize  Accountants Officetek Alarms Mona Vie AK Surtie Angelz Dental Care Centre for Easy Language Learning Arabic Paradise Convenience Ayesha's Samoosa Strips ACCES Services REMOVALS Autocad 2012 Training Baalbak Mediterranean Restaurant Low Price Pharmacy KURABY Bismillah Repairs and Maintenance
New mobile no. 0468 342 127 Samoosa Pastry Brisbane Diagnostics Boulevard Tower Residence Accommodation Calamvale Physiotherapy & Sport Injury Clinic Carpetlifesavers Indoor Folding Mats InWear Fashions Rejuven8 Body & Beauty Personal Wellness Coach efxshop Tutoring Fathima Adat Gabriel Hair Studio Henna Fatima Ismail Hummys Automotive Services Hussana Junaid Ally Properties REMAX Kimaya International Kuraby Mosque Hire Quick Stick Name labels Ladies Only Personal Training Lilys Fashion love ur body Marketing Coop Group Muslim Directory Muslima Chick Nandos Calamvale Nandos Mt Gravatt NAZIMA HANSA REMAX Excelanz Migration Services Pizza Lane Pappa Roti QLD Islamic Book Service Seedat Accounting Shameema's Silk Scarves Shakira Kolia Driving School T ax Returns 2012 Ummah Store Elite FX Web Design


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5 August



Lailatul Qadr




Islamic Society of Algester

Algester Mosque

0403 338 040

After taraweeh

8 August



End of Ramadhan

9 August




17 August


Eidfest 2013

The Rocklea Showgrounds, Cnr. Goburra St. and Ipswich Rd. ROCKLEA

0418 722 353

All day

24 August


ISD Eidnite 2013

Islamic Society of Darra (ISD)

Darra Mosque



31 August


ISOA Fund Raising Dinner

Islamic Society of Algester (ISOA)

Islamic College of Brisbane

0403 338 040


14 September


Toowoomba Mosque Fund Raising Dinner

Islamic Society of Toowoomba (IST)

Islamic College of Brisbane

0421 081 048


28 September


ICQ Annual Dinner & Awards Night

Islamic Council of QLD

Islamic College of Brisbane

0450 908 786


6 October


International Food Festival hosted by Kuraby Mosque

Kuraby Mosque

Wally Tate Park

0422 191 675

10am to 9pm

16 October




 TBA 2013


Aashooraa Day

26 January 2014


International Food Festival 2014

Islamic Society of Gold Coast

Gold Coast Mosque, 144 Allied Drive, Arundel

0416 212 541

8am to 8pm


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


Venue: Algester Mosque, 48 Learoyd Rd, Algester
When: Every Tuesday after Isha

Teacher: Imam Aslam Al Qadri
For any further information please contact me on 0433552409 or ladies can contact Shakira Ayoob on 0449800205.

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.


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: Mt Gravatt Police Station, 2132 Logan Road, Upper Mt Gravatt

Thursday 22 August
Wednesday 20 November

Commencing at 6.00pm (Times may change throughout the year pending salat)



For more information and RSVP:

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

Tafsir & Islamic History Classes

VENUE: Al-Mustapha Institute of Brisbane, 39 Bushmills Court, Hillcrest

Every Monday & Wednesday
7pm - 8:15pm

All Brothers & Sisters are welcome.

For further information please contact Moulana Noor 0432 712 546.


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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

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