Sunday, 24 November 2013

 Newsletter 0472




Between the hours of 9 -12am on 23rd November the Queensland Multi-cultural Council (QMC) raised $23,568.80 for the victims of Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda.

Ms Janeth Deen, the secretary of QMC and Ms Fenti Forsyth, the Treasurer helped organize the appeal at the Inala Plaza setting up donation tins on tables.

Most of the donations and entertainment came from the local Vietnamese community and shoppers.

Amongst the speakers was a Philippine Australian, Letty Descola, who lost nine members of her family in the typhoon.


Ms Deen sent Islamic dress clothes to Ms Descola to help fill her containers, on behalf of those who donated to the Queensland Muslim Welfare Ass. Inc.

In two of the cities devastated by the typhoon, Mindanao and Zamboango, the Muslim population comprises over 70% of the inhabitants.

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AFC Asian Cup 2015 Community Ambassadors (QLD)


Saudi celebration

The Arab world will be strongly represented in Australia for the 2015 Asian Cup with six countries from the region booking their place in Asia’s biggest sporting event this week.

Oman, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Qatar and the UAE have all qualified for AFC Asian Cup Australia 2015, while Lebanon, Iraq, Syria and Jordan remain in competition for the final three spots.

Two rounds of qualifying matches were held in the past week and one final round will be held on March 5. The top two teams from each of the five qualifying groups will quality for the Asian Cup in Australia, as will the highest ranked third team.

AFC Asian Cup Australia 2015 Local Organising Committee CEO, Michael Brown said the 2015 Asian Cup would be the biggest football event Australia has ever hosted.

“It is an opportunity for all Australians to watch world-class football in our own backyard,” Mr Brown said.

“For Australians of Arab heritage it will also be once in a lifetime chance to support both the Socceroos and the country of their heritage here in Australia.”

AFC Asian Cup Australia 2015 will take place between 9-31 January 2015 in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Canberra and Newcastle. Australia, Japan, Korean Republic and DPR Korea have already qualified for Australia 2015.


View the AFC Arab nations' standings in the qualifying rounds here.

For more information on AFC Asian Cup Australia 2015 visit www.afcasiancup.com


Kuwait in action



Jordan vs Uzbek

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Op ed by Ali Kadri   

Muslims and Muslim organisations across the world are faced with a dilemma when it comes to media engagement.


This dilemma is present even in the Western world where most of the media is “free” and there is more freedom of speech compared to most of the Muslim countries.


In Australia, there is a growing population of Muslims and unfortunately, we get more than our share of media attention due to the so called “War on Terror” and rising anti-Muslim sentiments, propagated by the gang of Islamophobes in the United States and Europe.


Most of the media attention we get here or across the world is negative and stereotypical making us fearful of journalists and media.


While people with an anti-Islam agenda make the full use of the 24-hour news cycle and the journalistic hunger for stories, we fail horribly even in defending ourselves.

A young Muslim boy from Brisbane was faced with such a dilemma a few weeks ago, when some of the videos of his humanitarian trip to Syria were posted on YouTube.


His video blog was used against him by a certain media outlet and he became a “terrorist” and a “threat to Australian National Security” overnight.





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WARRAWONG, NSW: Mariam El Hassan let her boss in on a secret – she was going to start wearing a headscarf from the Muslim feast day Eid al-Adha.

But the move to don the traditional headscarf cost the Primbee woman her job at a Warrawong accountancy firm.

She told her boss at Master Tax Service and Finance in June that she wanted to start wearing the hijab to work in October.

Her repeated requests to wear the scarf were met with deferral and then refusal, with her boss saying: ‘‘I’m not going to have you wearing that out the front’’.

Life coach wears hijab for public statement

Mrs El Hassan said she was asked not to come into work the day she was going to start wearing the headscarf and was forced to resign.

However, Master Tax Service and Finance’s lawyer, Meagan Donnelly, said the company had done what it could to accommodate Mrs El Hassan.


I’m not going to have you wearing that out the front.


‘‘The employer is known for employing many people of various religious backgrounds, including Muslims, and has always made sure her workplace is one that practises religious tolerance, including having a prayer room in the workplace.’’

Mrs El Hassan has lodged a complaint with Fair Work Australia against her former employer for contravening the Fair Work Act.

She claimed the company discriminated against her and took adverse action, leading to her resignation.

Her boss’s reaction was ‘‘uncalled for, unexpected and harsh’’, Mrs El Hassan said.

‘‘I was very upset, very shocked and very hurt.

‘‘I just cried that whole night. I was very emotional.’’

Mrs El Hassan said when she first notified her boss in June of her intention to wear the hijab, she was told to wait until after the tax season.

In September, the junior accountant again raised the issue with her boss.

The conversation that followed was detailed in documents tendered to the commission:

Applicant: ‘‘I want to speak to you again about wearing a headscarf.’’

Manager: ‘‘I’m not going to have you wearing that out the front.’’

Applicant: ‘‘What do you mean, I can sit out the back?’’

Manager: ‘‘Why at your hens’ night were all the women non-scarved? If it’s so important why doesn’t every Muslim woman wear it?’’

Applicant: ‘‘We don’t have to wear it in front of other women.’’

Manager: ‘‘That’s pathetic.’’

The day Mrs El Hassan intended to wear her headscarf to work, she received a text message from her boss telling her not to come to work ‘‘that way’’.

Mrs El Hassan replied she was forced to resign.

‘‘She didn’t let me come into work, so I didn’t, and I haven’t been back there since,’’ Mrs El Hassan said.


My client’s instructions are that they were discussing [the headscarf], because it’s a corporate image and because they get 10,000 clients.

Ms Donnelly

‘‘I have been under so much stress, I can’t hold my emotions.’’

Master Tax and Finance’s Ms Donnelly said: ‘‘It’s been a matter of a workplace-performance issue.’’

When asked about the allegations filed with the commission and the company’s workplace policies, Ms Donnelly said she could not yet respond to questions.

She said the company would respond to Fair Work Australia by November 28.

‘‘They did everything in their power to ensure that the applicant was at ease at the workplace,’’ Ms Donnelly said.

‘‘My client’s instructions are that they were discussing [the headscarf], because it’s a corporate image and because they get 10,000 clients.

‘‘They had done everything else, stopped [radio] music, given time off for religious observances, gave her a prayer room.

‘‘They in no way wanted to ever offend the applicant.

‘‘They held her in high esteem. However, there were workplace issues.’’

Mrs El Hassan said she was trying to keep as calm as possible because she was eight weeks’ pregnant.

Even so, the decision to wear the hijab was one she did not regret.


People have a misconception of scarved women. I freely put my scarf on...to me this is freedom.

Mrs El Hassan

‘‘I am extremely happy and proud – it’s a sense of piety,’’ she said.

‘‘People have a misconception of scarved women. I freely put my scarf on...to me this is freedom.

‘‘I want this to be history. I know I’m young and not the best...but there might be others like me.

‘‘Australia is all about equality.’’

Mrs El Hassan’s lawyer, Michelle Walsh, said her client was still owed wages for the last two weeks of work, her notice payment and accrued annual leave.

‘‘And we say on the basis that she was employed for more than five years, [she is entitled to] pro-rata long-service leave,’’ Ms Walsh said.

Source: Illawarra 

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A khutbah in Masjid Al-Farooq, Kuraby, Queensland, Australia on 20 November


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Dr. Sheikh Abdullah Bin Abdul Mohsin Al-Turki, Secretary General, Muslim World League (pictured left) and an accompanying delegation arrived in Sydney this week to discuss issues relating to Islam in Australia. Also attending the conference are:

His Excellency Nabil Al Saleh, Ambassador of Saudi Arabia to Australia
Sheikh Ahmad Shaibany, General Manager, Islamic Affairs, Dubai
Prof Ali Al Mansouri, General Manager, Charitable Associations, Dubai
Dr. Mohammad Al Qorashy, Vice President, Muslim Scholars Council, UAE
Prof Amany Lubis, Professor of Islamic History, Indonesia
Dr. Mohammad Amer Faydurrahman, Chairman of Majlesul Ulama of NZ

The visit has received bipartisan support from the Hon. Shaoquett Moselmane MLC (Labor) and the Hon. Catherine Cusack MLC (Liberal).

The first day of the conference was  held at the NSW State Parliament on Thursday 21 November and followed up with two days at the Malek Fahad Islamic School in Greenacre.

The conference dealt with issues such as Muslims in Australia, education and halal nutrition

"Muslim Australians contribute significantly to every aspect of Australian life, this conference has gone a long way to enhance understanding and appreciation both locally and on an international level," said Mr Keysar Trad, executive member of Muslims Australia.


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Dr Mustafa Ally, who is currently in Durban, discusses with Ms Chohan the long held Australian practice of appointing marriage celebrants





Long-standing South African Deputy Minister of Home Affairs in the ANC Government, Ms Fatima Chohan, held a meeting of Muslim organizations at Durban's Islamic Propagation Centre (IPCI) to discuss the civil registration of Islamic marriages and offered to train and certify local marriage officers to conduct this task.

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Parents (some pictured above) were ordered to send their children to a workshop on Islam or have them labelled as racist for the rest of their school career.

They were sent a letter (see below) warning that the primary school pupils would have a ‘racial discrimination note’ put on their records if they did not go.

Families were told to pay £5 per child for the Explore Islam trip next Wednesday to Staffordshire University, which would involve Year 4 and Year 6 children being shown Islamic artefacts.

Mothers and fathers were warned: ‘Refusal to allow your child to attend will result in a Racial Discrimination note being attached to your child’s education record, which will remain on this file throughout their school career.


‘All absences on this day will be investigated for their credibility and will only be sanctioned with a GP sick note.’

Yesterday parents at Littleton Green Community School in Huntington, Staffordshire, said the threat to the pupils aged between eight and 11 was ‘ludicrous’. Gillian Claridge, 55, said: ‘How dare they threaten to brand the children racist at such a young age? It’s going to make them feel like little criminals.

‘The very nature of religion is all about choice. On this occasion they were not being given any choice at all. It was a draconian move and it’s left a lot of parents fuming.’

Stacy Waldron, 26, whose eight-year-old daughter is a pupil, said: ‘I feel my child will be [seen as] racist if I don’t allow her to go. This is my choice, not hers, and she shouldn’t have to pay for it.’

South Staffordshire MP Gavin Williamson described the threat as ‘bonkers’ and ‘a very heavy-handed approach’.

He added: ‘The idea of attaching a “racial discrimination note” to children’s education records saying it will remain on their file for the duration for their school career seems unfair, particularly when it is not the child’s decision whether or not he or she attends.’

According to the letter sent last Wednesday, the visit is part of the National Curriculum for religious education and also reflects ‘the multi-cultural community in which we live’.

It went on: ‘It is a statutory requirement for primary school children to experience and learn about different cultures.

'The workshop will give your child the opportunity to explore other religions.

‘Children will be looking at religious artefacts similar to those that would be on display in a museum. They will not be partaking in any religious practices.

‘If you would like to discuss this further, please contact our RE co-ordinator, Mrs Edmonds.’

However, the school backtracked just one day later after council officers intervened.


Mail Online

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24 November



Got any news/events from your State?


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Dear Editor

As salaam alaikum

Thank you for the write up last week regarding the Victims of War dinner.

Could I please encourage all CCN readers, for the sake of Zakeria, to support his efforts by attending this dinner and making it a huge success.

If you haven’t got tickets you can purchase them on the night, but there will be ticket sellers at Holland Park and Kuraby and Algester Mosques up until next Juma.


Sultana Deen

Dear Editor


I just thought that I should inform my brothers and sisters that the Billabong restaurant at Dreamworld is no longer halal certified. This information is now stated in very small print on their website.

Zeenat Hussain


World’s First Underground Mosque

UK: Britain's Queen Elizabeth II has appointed a Muslim revert as the Queen's High Sheriff of Lincolnshire, the Telegraph has revealed.

The eye-catching nomination, yet to be announced, went to Charles 'Abd al-Mateen' John Pelham (pictured left), the 8th Earl of Yarborough.

Using the name Abd al-Mateen after reverting to Islam, the Earl of Yarborough will take the unpaid role next year.

The Eton College graduate is a master of the Brocklesby Hunt, and President of Brocklesby Park Cricket Club.

On the death of his father in 1991, he inherited the bulk of the £68 million estate, which includes Brocklesby Park in Lincolnshire, 27,500 acres of farmland, and one of Britain’s finest private art collections.

Britain is home to a Muslim community of nearly 2.7 million.

In 2011, think tank Demo found that Muslims in the United Kingdom are more patriotic than the rest of population.

Responding to the statement “I am proud to be a British citizen”, 83% of Muslims said they are proud of being British.

A 2004 study by Sunday Times found that 14,000 mostly-elite white Britons have reverted to Islam.

The authoritative study of the phenomenon found that some of the country’s top landowners, celebrities and the offspring of senior Establishment figures have embraced the Muslim faith.
Source: OnIslam

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 Athens’ First Mosque Gets Go-Ahead



ATHENS – Thirteen years after plans were first announced, the long-stalled construction of a state-funded mosque in Athens have come a step closer after a consortium of Greek companies had won the tender to build it.

‘J&P Avax, Terna, Aktor, Intrakat won the tender to build the mosque that will cost about 946,000 euros ($1.27 million),’ the Infrastructure Ministry was quoted by Reuters on Friday, November 15.

The project will have to be completed within six months of contracts being signed, the ministry added.

Greek Muslims have long called for building a grand mosque to accommodate the religious needs of the growing Muslim minority in the capital Athens.

Athens has come under fire by human rights groups such as Amnesty International for being one of the few European capitals without a mosque.

Despite objections from its powerful Orthodox Church, Greece had pledged to build a mosque in Athens to serve the city's growing Muslim minority.

Repeated plans for a mosque in Athens began in earnest in 1880, with an act of parliament, but all fell through, including one timed for the 2004 Olympic Games.

The plan has angered far-right groups, which vowed to block the building of the mosque.

The far-right Golden Dawn party, which is suspected of attacks against immigrants, said it will "fight until the bitter end" to block the mosque plan.

One local bishop, Seraphim, has also taken the plans to build the mosque to Greece's highest administrative court, the Council of State. A ruling is not expected for months.

Reports in local media that Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan offered to fund a mosque in Athens have also sparked anger in Greece, which spent four centuries under Turkish Ottoman rule.

Decked with minarets two centuries ago, Athens has not had a functioning mosque since the end of Ottoman rule in the early 1800s.

About 130 windowless, airless basements or warehouses in Athens currently serve as makeshift mosques for an estimated 200,000 Muslims in the Greek capital.

Tens of thousands of Muslim immigrants perform prayers in private homes and have had to travel hundreds of kilometers to northern Greece for weddings, burials and other ceremonies.

The Orthodox Church has for years insisted that Greeks were not ready to see a minaret in downtown Athens.

Source: OnIslam


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British Muslims should stand up and say it: there is nothing Islamic about child marriage

Op Ed by Mehdi Hasan


UK: The legal age for marriage in Britain is 16. Yet, back in October, I watched ITV’s “Exposure” documentary, Forced To Marry, in which two undercover reporters, posing as the mother and brother of a 14-year-old Muslim girl, called 56 mosques across Britain to ask whether they would perform the girl’s marriage. Shamefully, imams at 18 of those 56 mosques – or one in three – agreed to do so.

The imam of a mosque in Manchester was secretly recorded as saying that performing such a marriage would “not be a problem”. An imam in Birmingham, despite being told that the girl didn’t want to get married, could be heard saying: “She’s 14. By sharia, grace of God, she’s legal to get married. Obviously Islam has made it easy for us . . . We’re doing it because it’s OK through Islam.”

Let’s be clear: two-thirds of the imams refused to perform such marriages, with many making it clear they “found the request abhorrent”. But here’s the issue: a third of them didn’t. A third of those imams hid behind their – my! – religion: “We’re doing it because it’s OK through Islam.” Frustratingly, many Muslim scholars and seminaries still cling to the view that adulthood, and the age of sexual consent, rests only on biological puberty: that is, 12 to 15 for boys and nine to 15 for girls.


New Statesman

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Soccer player shows true sportsmanship then gets penalised


SAUDI ARABIA: When the Al Nadha soccer team's goalie realized his shoe was untied during a game on Thursday, he frantically called for the referee's attention. The goalie had the ball, and with his big gloves, was unable to tie his shoe....

But the goalie was actually saved by a player from opposing team. Rather than take advantage of the goalie's weakness, Al Ittihad striker Jobson ran over, bent down and tied the goalie's shoe for him instead.

When he was done, the unlikely pair shook hands, much to the delight of the crowd.

But it gets even better. The referee called for a free kick against the goalie to penalize him for holding the ball too long while his shoe was being tied. At this point, the score as 2-2, so a goal would push Al Ittihad into the lead.

But in another gesture of enviable magnanimity, Al Ittihad chose to kick the ball off to the side, once again choosing decency over glory. Both the crowd and the sportscaster went wild.

“This is the kind of high sportsmanship that deserves praise from everyone," the commenter cried. "He could’ve taken the shot if he wanted to, but he opted for sportsmanship instead!"

Perhaps fittingly, the game between ended in a 4-4 tie.



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Sakena Yacoobi wins Opus Prize, $1,000,000, for founding the Afghan Institute of Learning


Sakena Yacoobi, founder and president of the Afghan Institute of Learning, was announced as the winner of the 2013 Opus Prize, an award that "honors unsung heroes of any faith tradition with a $1 million award for efforts to solve today's most persistent and pressing global issues, including poverty, illiteracy, hunger, disease, and injustice."

Yacoobi told The Huffington Post that she was thankful and honored to receive the award, and intends to use the prize money to increase the capacity of the Afghan Institute of Learning, which is an Afghan women-led NGO founded in 1995 to provide teacher training, support education for boys and girls, and deliver health services and education to women and children.

Yacoobi said that she loved the concept of the award, which specifically seeks to honor people of faith who are contributing to the world. She told The Huffington Post, "I really believe that Islam says that education is a must for both men and women. The Quran tells us to be good, and educations gives you critical thinking skills that are essential for ethical decision-making."

Educating the children of Afghanistan is crucial for societal improvement, and Yacoobi says that "A person running a country must be just, educated, and a good human being."


At the moment, she faces serious obstacles to education, the most serious of which is the issue of security in Afghanistan, a nation still in the grips of war. She said, "We could do a hundred times more work if it was safe. But our hands our tied, because the areas we want to go to are dangerous. It limits what we can do."

Presented by Georgetown University's Berkley Center for Religion, Peace and World Affairs, the prize was awarded by Georgetown University President John J. DeGioia, who said, "Dr. Sakena Yacoobi has demonstrated an inspiring commitment to the promotion of education and health services for women and children in Afghanistan. She is an eminently deserving recipient of this faith-based humanitarian award—for her disproportionate contributions to the betterment of our global family."

Though the award will help her efforts to provide education to Afghani children greatly, Yacoobi said, "We still have a long way to go. We need to educate our society and thousands and thousands of children."

Yacoobi has faith that they will get there, however. "Loving each other, caring about each other, and being a good human being is what will bring peace to my country."

Source: Huffington Post

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Minara Chamber of Commerce Recognition Awards and Dinner



DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA: At a glittering function on Friday night, the Minara Chamber of Commerce presented awards to the following recipients in recognition and acknowledgment of their exceptional achievements and talents:

Lifetime Achievement Award: Late Mr Walter Sisulu

Businessperson of the year: Dr Iqbal Surve

Young Achiever Award : Hashim Amla

Community Builder Award: Mrs Z Noor

Professional Achiever Award: Judge Zak Yacoob

The keynote address was delivered by Minister of Finance, Pravin Gordhan.




During the Middle Ages, when Europe was plunged into the Dark Ages, Arab scholars and historians translated most of the works of the Greek scholars, thereby preserving some of the greatest intellectual achievements that are the cornerstone of Western civilization.


For the next few weeks CCN will offer an English word that has, as its origin, the Arabic language:


English Arabic Origin Arabic Meaning
 gazelle  ghazaal gazelle
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CCN Readers' Book Club: You are what you read!


Would you like to see the cover of your favourite book on our book shelves below?

Then simply email the title and author to thebookclub@crescentsofbrisbane.org


Double click a book cover to find out what others think of the book

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: A tangy variation of the traditional tomato soup, made even more zesty with the addition of Zeal and Tabasco and a liberal helping of garlic slivers.  

Tomato Soup with garlic silvers



5 big tomatoes
1 tsp. ginger and garlic mix
1 tsp. salt
2 tab. flour
45g butter
2 tab vinegar
2tab sugar
1tsp. Robertson Zeal
½ tsp. chilli powder
Garlic slivers
Shallot for garnish



1. Boil the tomatoes with the ginger and garlic and salt.
2. Using your stick blender puree the mixture and strain into a pot.
3. Braise the flour and the butter and add to the soup.
4. Add the vinegar, zeal, sugar and chilli powder and let the soup simmer until slightly thick.
5. Lastly add the garlic which has been fried in ghee.
6. Garnish with shallot.
7. This soup can be served hot in winter or cold with a dash of tabasco in summer.


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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Get stronger and fitter and enjoy a healthier life

When you're literally stronger and fitter, not only will you feel and look better, your body will thank you for it. Why?


Building a strong heart and lungs is important for preventing diseases such as high blood and heart disease. Plus, being strong is as  crucial for your health as it is for feeling and looking good, as your muscle mass naturally begins to dip during your late 20's - early 30's.

Building lean muscle actually helps set your metabolism to high as well, turning you into a kilojoule-blasting machine. What's more, strength training not only makes you even stronger, it has bone-boosting benefits too.


So fancy getting fitter, looking great and taking the best care of your body? Give exercise a go and enjoy a healthier you!!






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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One morning Mula Nasruddin is reading his newspaper when his wife TunTunBegum serves him tea and complains to him:


"I wish I was a newspaper, you would hold me first thing in the morning."


To which Mula Nasruddin replies, "I wish that you were a newspaper I would get a new one every morning."

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Do certain foods, like grapefruit, cabbage soup or celery, burn fat and make you lose weight quickly?


There is no food that burns fat or makes you lose weight more quickly.


Weight loss diets that focus on single foods, are restrictive and lack nutrients needed for good health.


It is true that when you eat only one type of food, you might eat less than you need and therefore loose weight initially.


However in the long run these diets become boring, don't create healthy habits you can stick with and don't help with long term weight loss.


The best way to loose weight is to eat healthy foods in the right portions and be active.

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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The recompense for an injury is an injury equal thereto (in degree):
but if a person forgives and makes reconciliation, his reward is due from Allah: for (Allah) does not love those who do wrong.

Surah Ash-Shura 42:40


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As I get older,

I get smaller.

I see parts of the world I didn't see before.

Other points of view.

I see outside myself more.    

~ Neil Young


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Rise and fall of Muslim Civilizations 22 November UNITY CUP 24 November Victims of War Fund Raiser Dinner 30 November Ambrose Golf Challenge 1 December Gold Coast School Hall Grand Opening 1 December MBN Network & Prosper 3 December


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United Hearts Family Day Care Scheme Pty Ltd Sora Flightstar Hajj 2013 Inwear Fashions Eid Specials 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 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


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

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30 November


Victims of War: Fund Raiser Dinner



 0419 738 792


1 December


Ambrose Challenge

The Continental Club

Windaroo Lakes

 0434 193 801


24 December


2013 Unity Cup Futsal Tournament


Acacia Ridge Futsal Centre

 0431 428 256

All day

1 December


AIIC: Gold Coast Campus Official Opening of Amenities Hall

Australian International Islamic College (AIIC)

19 Chisholm Rd, Carrara, Gold Coast

 3372 1400

10am to 2pm

3 December


MBN Workshop: Network & Prosper

Muslim Business Network (MBN)


 0422 191 675

6.30pm to 8.30pm

19 January 2014


An Exhibition on the life of the Prophet Muhammad (SAW)

Islamic Society of Algester

Springwood Community Centre
55 Cinderella Drive, Springwood

0433 285 086

10.30am to 4pm

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

22 March 2014


International Food Festival hosted by Kuraby Mosque

Kuraby Mosque

Wally Tate Park

0422 191 675

10am to 9pm


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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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.


SeekersPoint BRISBANE


Hosted by SeekersPoint Brisbane
Topic: SeekersCircle - Etiquettes of the Seeker
Commences: 7:30pm Friday 18 October. Every Friday for 10 weeks
Venue: Multi Faith Centre (N35), Griffith University, Nathan Campus


Queensland Police Service/Muslim Community Consultative Group


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

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

Lockyer Valley Islamic Association


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