Sunday, 2 February 2014

 Newsletter 0482





"You know an event is popular if parking is hard to find but people don’t mind walking a bit to get in anyway - such is the annual International Food Festival organised by Islamic Society Gold Coast," Mr Hussain Baba, secretary of the Islamic Society of Gold Coast, told CCN.

"It was appropriate the event fell on Australia Day because it attracted people from across the spectrum of the community, keen to find out about different cultures and eat their way around the world, with top tucker from the Middle East, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Turkey, Bosnian and a host of other Muslim Countries…yummy!"


"What better way to unite communities than through tasting different types of foods."

"There was entertainment galore for the whole family plus information and retail booths."

The event was also attended by dignitaries including Hon. Rob Molhoek (Southport MP), Mayor Tom Tate, Councillor Grummitt, Acting Asst Police Commissioner Stephen Hollands and others.


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The Aussie contingent at the reception

The nikah of Adila, the only daughter of Anver and Bilkish Omar of Brisbane and Zakariyya, son of Mohamed Hanief and Fatima Loonat of Durban, South Africa took place in the Westville Juma Masjid in Durban, South Africa on Friday 24 January.

The reception was held on Saturday 25 January at Straven Court, Richmond, KwaZulu Natal. The walimah lunch was held on Sunday 26 January at the Elangeni Hotel, Durban.


Photos courtesy of Lauren Oliver Photography

Website: www.laurenoliver.co.za



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WHD ambassador, Rebcca Kay, in red


Women around the world, Muslim and non-Muslims, donned the Hijab to create awareness and help foster religious tolerance and understanding.

Saturday February 1 marked the second year that World Hijab Day (WHD) was held around the globe. The initiative was started by American, Nazma Khan, to help dispel the myths of Hijab being a symbol of oppression and segregation and to break misconceptions behind the importance of modesty for Muslim women.

Khan moved from Bangladesh to the US at the age of 11. She experienced discrimination being the only girl wearing a Hijab and felt the only way to end this intolerance was by asking fellow women to experience the Hijab themselves.

The movement was organized solely through social networking sites. It has attracted interest from Muslims and non-Muslims in more than 67 countries worldwide. Their literature has been translated in 23 languages.

Khan’s goal this year is to have 1 million participants worldwide. Global ambassadors of the initiative are asking women to embrace their motto, “Better Awareness. Greater Understanding. Peaceful World”.


The story of World Hijab Day by Nazma Khan







A lecture calling for the support of World Hijab Day was delivered by Mufti Menk at Mubeena Ebrahim Primary School in Harare Zimbabwe and can be heard here.

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Media ''sensationalism'' is unfairly linking Islam to terrorism and inflaming tensions between Muslims and other Australians, a detailed study has found.

The first comprehensive study of community attitudes in Australia into radicalisation, written by Victoria Police and Victoria University, found most of more than 500 community leaders, government stakeholders and everyday Australians surveyed regarded the risk of terrorism as fairly low.

They were deeply critical of media sensationalism when covering the risk of terrorism, which an ''overwhelming majority'' said was unfairly linking it to Islam. Some respondents felt the reporting was so far slanted that they wanted greater regulation or monitoring of media organisations.

Victoria Police's Dr Hussein Tahiri and Victoria University's Professor Michele Grossman were the research authors.

The year-long study was based on 47 focus groups.

Professor Grossman said the responses indicated Australians were ''less susceptible to media sensationalising'' about the risks of violent extremism ''than you otherwise might think''.

Dr Tahiri said the research showed there was a ''perception we are not at risk or under threat as other countries''.

''I suppose there is a kind of truism,'' he said. ''You don't need a lot of people to become radicalised and adopt violent extremism as a platform to do an enormous amount of damage.''

One notable finding was divergent attitudes among respondents to major anti-terror operations Pendennis and Neath in 2006 and 2009, which resulted in 21 convictions.

The operations centred on plans to attack an army base in Sydney in 2009, and a case related to a conspiracy involving radical preacher Abdul Nacer Benbrika.

While government respondents almost unanimously felt the operations showed the integrity of Australia's democratic and justice systems, responses from the public were very different.

That reflects largely the response of Muslim respondents who said they felt the police operations were more about harassment than detecting crime. Many expressed unease about conspiracy charges that were based on what people thought rather than what they did.

Professor Grossman said this had led to Muslim concerns the raids were ''used to damage the entire community''. Some respondents pointed out it was Muslims themselves who had told authorities about some of the people later targeted by Operation Neath.

Professor Grossman said respondents cited a range of factors contributed to violence, including racism and marginalisation, which could ''erode social cohesion'' and lead to people ''feeling they don't belong and they don't have power in a social or political system''.

The research, funded through a subcommittee of the Australia-New Zealand Counter-Terrorism Committee, would be used to understand better how to ''mitigate violent extremism'', she said.

Respondents said there needed to be a greater focus on education in reducing the appeal of violent extremism.


Source: The Age

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Joy, excitement, accomplishment and hope imbued the beautiful marquee and gardens at the Old Government House in Parramatta on 14 December 2013 – being the momentous occasion of the first historic graduation of ISRA Australia and Centre for Islamic Studies and Civilisation of Charles Sturt University.

The first graduates completed a Master of Islamic Studies course and were diverse not only in age ranging from 25 to 83 years but also representative of different cultural backgrounds including Lebanese, Pakistani, Turkish, Afghani, Anglo-Celtic and Egyptian; as well as professional backgrounds including finance, law, education, business, language and academics.


The class’s most senior and well-respected graduate Sheikh Sayed Kandil (aka ‘Sheikh’) expressed his gratitude and thanks, “By God throughout this course, which has been organised by the ISRA brothers and sisters, I feel that God has preferred me for that kind of study. I have been hailed throughout this study for being the youngest student at 83 years old, may God reward you all”.

Chancellor of Charles Sturt University Mr Lawrence Willet AO congratulated the graduates; “You are now better placed with your higher education to contribute to making Australia a better place.”



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I don’t know if you can help me; I don’t even know where to start. My life is a mess. I’ve been a Muslim for 5 years and each Ramadan instead of increasing in my emaan, I question whether I can continue living as a Muslim. The loneliness I have felt over the last 5 years is one I never felt before I became Muslim. I feel it even more in Ramadan. I receive so many emails about how to complete the Qu’ran in 30 days, how to attain taqwa but I just struggle trying to get through the days.

When I took my shahadah, so many sisters hugged me and gave me their phone numbers but after a few weeks, they didn’t respond to my calls or my messages. I’m so alone, it really hurts. They told me they would help me learn how to pray. I still don’t know how to pray. I’ve tried youtube and books but they don’t work. I’m really struggling. I phoned my local masjid and they laughed at me after I told them how long I was Muslim and couldn’t pray. I’m so down and alone. I wish I could be like most and look forward to Ramadan. I wish I could read the Koran. I wish I could pray taraweeh. I wish I didn’t feel so alone. I have tried; I went to the masjid to break my fast. But nobody spoke to me. They offered me food and drink but then after praying they just ate in their little circles smiling and laughing. You’re my last attempt – can you help me? I’m desperate.”



Sadly, the SOLACE team receive many emails like that of Mandy’s. There’s a sound proportion of revert sisters who receive support and they really work diligently with their SOLACE support workers to make positive change in their lives. In contrast however, there are sisters like Mandy who disappear despite our willingness to support them. It is as though they are scared to receive support only to be let down for the umpteenth time. As a team, we can only pray and make du’aa that they will meet beautiful sincere Muslims who will help them as they should have been helped during those first few fragile weeks of being a very new Muslim.

The picture for most new reverts is indeed a very positive one. One needs only to attend a shahaadah ceremony and observe the mixture of excitement and nervousness sprawled across the face of the one taking that amazing step; crossing from the fields of kufr into the vastness of tawheed. It is such a joyous moment – both for the new Muslim and for those who are present, witnessing the guidance of Allah unfold in an individual’s life. Most faces are streaming with tears as their hearts increase in faith in the One and Only Creator, Allah (Subhanahu wa ta’ala).

It is equally overwhelming for the new believer as she is swamped with hugs, kisses, books, hijabs and telephone numbers. There is a sense of a new immediate family, and the fear of what their own non-Muslim family will say and do is subdued by the hope that their new Muslim family will be there no matter what.

Quite tragically, the situation can at times be very different just as Mandy described in her email. More than likely, brothers and sisters that attend a shahaadah ceremony really do have a good intention to keep in touch. Certainly excuses must be made; perhaps they imagined that the new believer has a solid support network, after all, there were so many telephone numbers handed over that day. Others may be busy in their own lives and feel pressurised with the responsibility of helping a new Muslim. Passing on a few books and CDs is sufficient but what if they needed somewhere to stay?

The sad reality is that too many brothers and sisters leave the responsibility to others assuming that there is enough support when in fact, the new Muslim has absolutely no one to support her. It is at this delicate time that she definitely needs support as the onset of tests pervade her life.




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Myth No. 3: Muslims will become a majority in European countries

In fact, we now have several large-scale projections based on population-growth trends and immigration rates which show that the Muslim populations of Europe are growing increasingly slowly and that by the middle of this century - - even if immigration rates are not reduced - - the proportion of Muslims in Europe will probably peak somewhere short of 10% (it is currently around 7%). By that point, Muslims will have family sizes and age profiles not that different from Europe in general. 

Next week: Myth No. 4


(Sourced from Doug Saunders' The Myth of the Muslim Tide)

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4. Mohammed Al Amoudi $12bn ($11.5bn) Saudi Arabia   

One of Arab world’s most successful businessmen, Al Amoudi’s father is Hadhrami Yemeni and his mother is Ethiopian. He immigrated to Saudi Arabia in 1965 and became a Saudi citizen, and is said to be the largest foreign investor in both Sweden and Ethiopia. Al Amoudi made his first fortune in construction and real estate before branching out into buying oil refineries in Morocco and Sweden and his native Ethiopia. His holding and operating companies, Corral Group and the Midroc Group, employ more than 40,000 people. Corral Group has an investment portfolio in Europe and the Middle East that includes Preem Petroleum, the largest integrated petroleum firm in Sweden, Svenska Petroleum & Exploration, SAMIR, Naft Services Company (Saudi Arabia) and Fortuna Holdings (Lebanon). 



NEXT WEEK: The Number 5 richest Arab in the world.

Source: ArabianBusiness

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Dear Editor


I would like thank Queensland’s Muslim community for their congratulatory phone calls, texts and emails as one of this year’s recipient’s for the prestigious ‘Australian Police Medal’. I am honoured and privileged.

I feel honoured to be part of an organisation that takes the business of engaging with communities from so many different cultural, linguistic and religious backgrounds as one its core functions to the community of Queensland.

I will continue in my role in working with all members of our Muslim community in creating and maintaining a strong and positive relationship and empowering our youth as valuable assets to our collective society.
I also look forward to a long lasting and harmonious relationship with you.


Jim Bellos APM
Sergeant| Cross Cultural Liaison Officer | South Brisbane District Office| Upper Mt Gravatt Police Station | Queensland Police Service


A Muslim Leader Reflects On The Holocaust After Visiting Auschwitz

Muhamed Jusic was quiet throughout much of our journey and we only learned afterwards why. He had his own story to tell. From the Kenyan mall massacre and the Boston Marathon to renewed violence in Iraq, Muslim extremists capture the headlines. Yet between the grim captions, there are other stories and there is hope. We, a Reform Rabbi and an Orthodox Jew, know this firsthand.

We experienced an unprecedented, some even called it an historic trip, that involved 12 influential Muslim imams, professors, and business leaders from around the world. These Muslim leaders agreed to travel with us, some against the opinion of family and friends and with safety concerns back home. Why? Because the trip was to Nazi concentration camps in Germany and Poland and the Holocaust is commonly misunderstood and misused within the Muslim world to foment anti-Semitism and anti-West hate. These leaders felt obligated to bear witness to the truth. They then took home what they saw and condemned anti-Semitism in all forms.

Among them was Muhamed Jusic from Bosnia and Herzegovina, a country with its own atrocities and rise of evil. "I could not stop comparing horrors of Holocaust with my own experience and childhood memories of 'ethnic cleansing'. It was very hard to put into words all my overwhelming feelings and thoughts while visiting actual places where people became the victims of the biggest atrocity in European history. I feared I might sound pathetic, after all, what could I possibly say that was not said by so many before me? How can I possibly make some sense out of it all when the greatest minds in human history cannot explain to us what happened to humanity? My own story haunted me during trip. But I did not have courage, unlike many of the Holocaust survivors we met, to openly share my story with the others."


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Meet Afghanistan's first female police chief: Mother-of-five Jamila Bayaz

CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC: While their Southern African neighbours remain oblivious to their suffering, roughly 700 000 of the Central African Republic’s (CAR) population is in danger of being hacked to death because they’re Muslim.

“If the international community doesn’t get more robustly involved we’re looking at a situation where there might not be any Muslims left in the CAR. It’s gotten to those dire types of terms,” said Lewis Mudge on Cii Radio.

A researcher in the Africa division at the Human Rights Watch organisation, Mudge said they were concerned with the “ongoing targeting of Muslim civilians” since early December 2013.


CII Broadcasting

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The photos Saudi Arabia doesn't want seen – and proof Islam's most holy relics are being demolished in Mecca 


SAUDI ARABIA: The authorities in Saudi Arabia have begun dismantling some of the oldest sections of Islam’s most important mosque as part of a highly controversial multi-billion pound expansion.


Photographs obtained by The Independent reveal how workers with drills and mechanical diggers have started demolishing some Ottoman and Abbasid sections on the eastern side of the Masjid al-Haram in Mecca.

The building, which is also known as the Grand Mosque, is the holiest site in Islam because it contains the Kaaba – the point to which all Muslims face when praying. The columns are the last remaining sections of the mosque which date back more than a few hundred years and form the inner perimeter on the outskirts of the white marble floor surrounding the Kaaba.

The new photos, taken over the last few weeks, have caused alarm among archaeologists and come as Prince Charles – a long-term supporter of preserving architectural heritage – flew into Saudi Arabia yesterday for a visit with the Duchess of Cornwall. The timing of his tour has been criticised by human rights campaigners after the Saudis shot seven men in public earlier this week despite major concerns about their trial and the fact that some of the men were juveniles at the time of their alleged crimes.


The Independent

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Iran, Saudi Arabia, and the Middle East's 30 year war


Why the great Sunni-Shia conflict is getting ever closer to the surface


Syria has fallen apart. Major cities in Iraq have fallen to al-Qa’eda. Egypt may have stabilised slightly after a counter-coup. But Lebanon is starting once again to fragment. Beneath all these facts — beneath all the explosions, exhortations and blood — certain themes are emerging.

Some years ago, before the Arab ‘Spring’ ever sprung, I remember asking one top security official about the region. What, I wondered, was their single biggest fear? The answer was striking and precise: ‘That the region will clarify.’ That is a fear which now appears to be coming true.

The Middle East is not simply falling apart. It is taking a different shape, along very clear lines — far older ones than those the western powers rudely imposed on the region nearly a century ago. Across the whole continent those borders are in the process of cracking and breaking. But while that happens the region’s two most ambitious centres of power — the house of Saud and the Ayatollahs in Iran — find themselves fighting each other not just for influence but even, perhaps, for survival.


The way in which what is going on in the Middle East has become a religious war has long been obvious. Just take this radio exchange, caught at the ground level earlier this month, between two foreign fighters in Syria, the first from al-Qa’eda’s Islamic State in Iraq and Syria [ISIS], the second from the Free Syrian army [FSA]. ‘You apostate infidels,’ says the first. ‘We’ve declared you to be “apostates”, you heretics. You don’t know Allah or His Prophet, you creature. What kind of Islam do you follow?’ To which the FSA fighter responds, ‘Why did you come here? Go fight Israel, brother.’ Only to be told, ‘Fighting apostates like you people takes precedence over fighting the Jews and the Christians. All imams concur on that.’



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Halal meat debate in the Lords


UK: The Jewish Chronicle last week reported on the House of Lords debate on religious slaughter and animal welfare promoted by a question tabled by Lord Trees.

Lord Trees posed the question: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the ethical, legal and religious factors that influence the way in which some animals are slaughtered in the United Kingdom.

The ensuing debate heard from members concerned about animal welfare and the use of pre-stunning in the preparation of halal and kosher meat. Some members referred to the methods as 'barbaric' and 'absolutely unacceptable'.

Lord Trees, who raised the issue, argued “unnecessary suffering is being caused to a very substantial number of animals by slaughter without stunning.”

He said, “In Europe, Sweden, Norway, Switzerland and Iceland have disallowed non-stun slaughter, and New Zealand does not permit the non-stun abattoir slaughter of mammals. Significantly, New Zealand exports large amounts of sheep meat that has been reversibly stunned and certified as halal to Muslim communities in Asia and the Middle East.”

Although he argues for the need for both Muslim and Jewish communities to reflect on their religious practices, Lord Trees puts forward the question “Is it not time to adopt stunning to preclude the possibility of unnecessary suffer – as some Muslim food authorities have allowed?”

In addition to the method of slaughter, the question of labelling of foodstuffs prepared without stunning also arose in the debate with Lord Trees stating: “The EU is currently conducting a study on providing consumers with the relevant information on the stunning of animals by labelling of meat products. In the UK, the beef and lamb trade organisation EBLEX is working on the issue of clear labelling with halal producers. Will the Government support measures to label meat appropriately to enable consumers to make informed choices?”

Responding for the Government, The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Lord De Mauley, said that “While the Government would prefer to see all animals stunned before slaughter, we respect the rights of Jewish and Muslim communities to eat meat prepared in accordance with their religious beliefs.”

Lord Sheikh and Jewish peers, Baroness Deech, Lord Palmer and Rabbi Lord Sacks all spoke up in defence of halal and kosher slaughter methods.

Lord Sheikh clarified that “there has never been any conclusive scientific evidence to suggest that religious slaughter is less humane than conventional mechanical methods…In halal slaughter the animal ceases to feel pain due to the immediate brain starvation of blood and oxygen. For the first few seconds after the incision is made, the animal does not feel any pain. This is followed by a few seconds of deep unconsciousness as large quantities of blood are drained from the body. Thereafter, readings indicate no pain at all.”

The proper labelling of food has become an important area in meat production with demands for pre-stunned meat to be appropriately identified so that consumers may make informed choices.


Source: Engage

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Japanese whaling ship gets halal certification


SOUTH AFRICA: Japan's whaling mothership has been awarded a halal certificate to prove the whales it takes from the Antarctic Ocean are slaughtered in accordance with Muslim law, a company spokesman said Wednesday.
The Nisshin Maru was certified last year before it headed off to the southern ocean for this season's controversial hunt, a spokesman for ship owner Kyodo Senpaku, said.

"Special inspectors examined the ship when it was docked in Hiroshima last year," he told AFP. "It was certified officially on November 24."

The inspectors advised workers on the factory ship to change the disinfectant liquid used for cleaning hands to avoid any possible contamination from the alcohol solution, he said.

"If whale meat, which is by-product of the research whaling, can be consumed as a good protein source for Muslims in Japan, I think it is a good thing," he said.

The company made the move after one of its business partners suggested whale meat be made halal to increase the choice of meat available to Japan's Islamic community, he said. Muslims are barred by their religion from eating pork.

The government does not produce official figures on the number of adherents to minority religions in Japan, but the Japan Muslim Association told AFP there were around 100 000 Muslims in Japan – less than 0.08% of the population.

The commercial hunting of whales is prohibited in the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary, which was designated by the International Whaling Commission in 1994, but Japan catches the animals there under a "scientific research" loophole in the moratorium.

It makes no secret of the fact that they end up on plates and the results of the research the programme is carrying out are not readily available.

Militant environmentalist group Sea Shepherd annually pursues the whaling fleet through the ocean in the hope of disrupting the hunt.

Earlier this month they claimed the Nisshin Maru had been separated from the other vessels and the hunt was in disarray, although Japanese fisheries officials said it was business as usual.

News of the halal certification came as international attention was focused on the small town of Taiji in western Japan, where fishermen have slaughtered dozens of dolphins.

Source: TimesLive

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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
 zero Sifr zero
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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: Very handy to have it in the fridge and I normally double this quantity for the freezer.

Cannelloni with Chicken and Béchamel Sauce




½ kg Chicken breasts cubed
Fresh Lasagne sheets – cut into 3
1 bottle of Béchamel sauce
1 tsp green chillies
1 cup Tomato Chutney (see recipe below)
1tsp salt
1tsp ginger and garlic
1 tab olive oil
1 tsp chilly powder
½ cup water
1 cup of pizza cheese (a mixture of cheddar and mozzarella cheese)



1. Place ginger garlic in olive oil
2. Add cubed chicken, salt and chilly powder and cook until chicken is done.
3. Add chutney and braise until mixture is fairly dry but still a little saucy.
4. In a casserole layer tomato chutney to cover the base.
5. On a third of the lasagne sheet place 1 tab chicken filling on the edge and roll.
6. With the seam side down place the cannelloni in the casserole and continue until the casserole has been filled.
7. Place ½ cup of water into it.
8. Mix the béchamel sauce with the green chillies and pour over the cannelloni to cover it completely – as any exposed cannelloni will dry out.
9. Top with cheese and cover with foil.
10. Bake on 180deg for half an hour, then remove the foil and bake for further 5 mins.

Tomato Chutney
Braise 2 chopped onions in 1 tab olive oil until light brown add 2 tsp garlic, braise for a minute before you add 6 chopped tomatoes, 2 tsp salt 1 tsp chilly powder and ¼ tsp turmeric, 1 tab tomato paste, 1 tab vinegar and allow it to simmer until the sauce thickens. Puree the chutney and its ready to use in pizzas, pastas or as base for curries, baked beans, fish curry etc


Do you have a recipe to share with CCN readers?

Send in your favourite recipe to me at kbcooks@crescentsofbrisbane.org and be my "guest chef" for the week.


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Q: Dear Kareema, I’ve been going great with my exercise regime last year but am slowly becoming less and less motivated these last few weeks. Help, what can I do?

A: NOTHING WORTHWHILE IS EVER EASY…. and no-one can do it for you, but you!


Remember consistency is key. If you give up now then all the hard work you put in last year would almost certainly be in vain.


Surround yourself with people who motivate you and together you can challenge each other to stay in shape and keep challenging yourselves.


Try new activities or classes and keep mixing it up. Not only will you feel good, but the changes in your body will make you want to keep going back for more..

Set realistic goals and go for it!






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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Jallaluddin went to Mula Nasruddin and asked him for his understanding of why all girls are so sweet, loving and nice but all wives are angry and bitter.


Mula Nasruddin: Brother Jallaluddin, all girls are made by the Almighty, but all wives are made by husbands.

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So fear Allah as much as you can; listen and obey and spend in charity for the benefit of your own souls. And those saved from the covetousness of their own souls, - they are the ones that achieve prosperity.

Surah At-Taghabun 64:16


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People often says that motivation doesn't last.


Well, neither does bathing -- that's why we recommend it daily. 



~ Zig Zigler 



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New mobile no. 0468 342 127 Brisbane Diagnostics Hummys Automotive Services Boulevard Tower Residence Accommodation Calamvale Physiotherapy & Sport Injury Clinic Kuraby Mosque Hire Carpetlifesavers Indoor Folding Mats Rejuven8 Body & Beauty Personal Wellness Coach Shameema's Silk Scarves efxshop Samoosa Pastry Shakira Kolia Driving School Tutoring Fathima Adat QLD Islamic Book Service Gabriel Hair Studio Henna Fatima Ismail Junaid Ally Properties REMAX Muslima Chick Kimaya International Quick Stick Name labels Ladies Only Personal Training Lilys Fashion Excelanz Migration Services Hussana love ur body Nandos Mt Gravatt T ax Returns 2012 Muslim Directory Nandos Calamvale NAZIMA HANSA REMAX Marketing Coop Group Pizza Lane Pappa Roti Ummah Store Elite FX Web Design


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2 February



Islamic Society of Algester

Islamic College of Brisbane Hall

0433 285 086

3pm to after Maghrib

5 February


MBN Workshop: Network & Prosper

Muslim Business Network (MBN)

Brisbane Technology Park, Eight Mile Plains

0422 191 675

6.30pm to 8.30pm

9 February


Fundraising Lunch:
Victims of War Association


Svoboda Park, Kuraby

0450 908 786

11am to 2.30pm

15 February


Annual Mawlid Conference

Minhaj-ul-Quran Int (QLD)

Rochedale Mosque, Logan Rd

0425 239 786

5pm to 8pm

22 March


International Food Festival hosted by Kuraby Mosque

Kuraby Mosque

Wally Tate Park

0422 191 675

10am to 9pm

30 March


Opening Ceremony: New Toowoomba Mosque

Islamic Society of Toowoomba

217 West St, Harristown (Toowoomba)

0421 081 048

11am to 2pm

2-4 May


Sh Muhammed Jonaid Thorne Lecture Series



Brisbane & Gold Coast: TBA

0425 811 150

11am to 2pm

25 May



Lailatul Mehraj (27th Rajab 1435)

14 June



Lailatul Bhahraat (Nisf of Sha’baan 1435)

29 June


1st of Ramadhan 1435



Lailatul Qadr (Night of Power)

28 July


End of Ramadhan 1435

29 July



5 October



25 October


1st Muharram 1436 (Islamic New Year)

3 November


Day of Aashooraa (10th day of Muharram)



Prophet’s Birthday 12th Rabi-ul Awwal 1436



1. All Islamic Event dates given above are tentative and subject to the sighting of the moon.

2. The Islamic date changes to the next day starting in the evenings after maghrib. Therefore, except for Lailatul Mehraj, Lailatul Bhahraat 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.


Queensland Police Service/Muslim Community Consultative Group


Meeting Dates & Times


Thursday 20 February 2014 Metropolitan South Regional Office 1993 Logan Road, Upper Mt Gravatt

Thursday 22 May 2014 Mt Gravatt Police Station, 2132 Logan Road, Upper Mt Gravatt

Thursday 21 August 2014 Mt Gravatt Police Station, 2132 Logan Road, Upper Mt Gravatt

Thursday 20 November 2014 Mt Gravatt Police Station, 2132 Logan Road, Upper Mt Gravatt

Commencing at 7.00pm (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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