Sunday, 27 July 2014

 Newsletter 0507




.....a sometimes self-deprecating and occasional tongue-in-cheek look at ourselves and the world around us .....




Eid Mubarak to our Readers  The CCN Inbox: Letters to the Editor The CCN Food for Thought
Eid Prayers - Venues and Programmes  The CCN Classifieds An Ayaat-a-Week
Loom Bands: Hope for the Future What's happening in other necks of the woods Events and Functions
MCF cases from 1st JULY 2013 TO 30th JUNE 2014 Around the Muslim World with CCN Islamic Programmes, Education & Services
Iftar at Australian International Islamic College CCN Readers' Book Club Businesses and Services
Logan Mosque upgrade update KB's Culinary Corner The CCN Date Claimer
HP Mosque newsletter Kareema's Keep Fit Column CCN on Facebook
Solwa support recognized by Lions

The CCN Chuckle

Useful Links
Empty tables at Ramadan dinner   Local, National & International Readership
Brisbane shows its solidarity with Palestine   Write For Us
Hijab in AFL Colours a Big Win for Multiculturalism
"Aboriginal inmates converting to Islam"
Queensland Muslim Community Unites for Gaza
People power gets goal posts replaced
Queensland Government Grants
CresWalk2014 Race for Gaza! - WATCH THIS SPACE
Islamic Relief at Marketplace for Gaza appeal
10 Muslim Women You Have To Know


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To all our dear Muslim readers and their families and friends


We hope and pray that you have had a spiritually rewarding Holy month of Ramadan, insha'Allah


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Islamic College of Brisbane



InshaAllah the Eid salah will be conducted in the Masjid on either Monday 28th July or Tuesday 29th July depending on the sighting of the moon.

Our website will be updated as soon as the moon is sighted InShaAllah.

Program will be as follows:
Takbir at 6:45 am
Salah at 7:15 am

All are welcome!


Bald Hills Mosque





Australian International Islamic College

in conjunction with

Darul Uloom Islamic Academy


Durack Islamic Centre


Crescent Moon visibility (Sunday and Monday)

Source: Moonsighting.com

(click on thumbnail to enlarge)


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By Ammarah Seedat     

Young volunteers from the local community have continued to show their talent in loom band making by donating more than 190 handmade loom bands to Mission Possible's initiative to make a generous contribution to Camp Quality and in particular their July and August Family Camps.

Local community member, Faisel Essof approached eager loom banders earlier last month to make 120 loom bands, 60 for each Camp Quality Camp. These ecstatic young volunteers took on the opportunity to show their loom banding talents and support to Camp Quality, a foundation that believes in bringing optimism and happiness to the lives of children and families affected by cancer through fun therapy.

The official handover of the loom band creations to the Mission Possible volunteers was completed on Wednesday 16 July at the Mission Possible Headquarters in Logan Central. Mayoress of Logan City Council, Pam Parker came along to meet the talented loom banders and was given an insight into the art of making loom bands. The Mayoress aptly described each band as a symbol of 'Hope for the Future' to the prospective recipients. A custom-made loom band set which consisted of a bracelet, necklace and ring in the Logan City colours, yellow and blue, was gifted to the Mayoress. An Albert & Logan Times news reporter captured the essence of this momentous community initiative.

Special recognition is awarded to these skilful young community members for their dedication to this project:


Ammaarah Omar, Naadirah Seedat, Naadiya Omar, Aaliya Omar, Aaliya Abdullah, Farah Solwa, Ameera Hatia, Sanaa Moolla, Zakiyah Latif, Sanaa Latif, Aaliya Khatree, Sabreen Nathie, Sarah Omar, Zahra Meer, Imaan Ahamed, Zahraa Mohammed, Ziyaad Pandie, Zayn Seedat, Suhayl Seedat.

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By Osman Rane, Muslim Charitable Foundation Director



This financial year, out team investigated, visited, interviewed and recorded two hundred and sixty nine cases compared to one hundred and seventy seven cases, for the previous financial year. This clearly indicates that the problem of welfare in our local Muslim community is growing and we must, as a community, recognize that there is a genuine need right here in our own back yard.

The vast majority of cases proved to be genuine with only a very small number that were rejected. Most were recipients from the Zakaat account or General account if there arose any uncertainty about the case.

Many clients have limited or no income and don’t have the basic necessities, such as white goods, bedding and household items. Others are struggling to survive from week to week on Centrelink payments or part time work. Many are forced to seek help from Christian based organizations. With constant increases in the cost of living, more people are finding it difficult to pay their rent or bills for essential services, such as electricity and gas.

The introduction of the Halal Food Bank run by Al- Kauther volunteers has provided us with twenty to thirty food hampers per month which we have distributed to the most needy. May Allah s.w.t. reward them and all the donors Inshallah.

We are dealing with an increase in separations, divorces, domestic abuse, homeless cases and family breakdowns. Usually, it is the mother or wife left to manage on a very limited income.

MCF has paid funeral costs for those that cannot afford and see this increasing over time.

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

It is pleasing to see the recognition given to MCF from Government support agencies, Imams, Societies, and organizations. I sincerely thank our donors for their ongoing generous financial support.

Requests for help are received on a daily basis and much praise must go to all our members for helping with many of the cases.

I must thank all those who have contributed in any way, and pray for those less fortunate and humbly ask forgiveness for any mistakes made during the year.

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Report by AIIC     

On Saturday the 18 and 19 of July, The Australian International Islamic College held its annual community Iftar Dinner at the Gold Coast and Durack campuses respectively.


Many families and community representatives attended the special events. Families from the college community helped to arrange a vast array of food ranging from salads and meats to pastries and desserts. There were special prayers and speeches. One of the speeches made by Imam Mohammed expressed the importance of appreciating God’s blessings during the month of Ramadan and how we can use these blessings to contribute productively to our Australian society.

It was a great opportunity to meet up with community members and welcome our new parents and staff to the AIIC family. Community representatives expressed their appreciation to the Australian International Islamic College for organizing such events which served to bring different communities together. P&C representatives also expressed the view that the evening was a great night for the whole College community.

The College and the P&C would like to thank all of the community members who contributed to this event. It is such a special time for our families and our children, as they feel so excited that they can be at College to share this special family event. We would like to especially thank all the AIIC teachers for their hard work in preparing for this evening and sharing in the occasion with us.


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Concept plans for the Logan Mosque upgrade have been developed and approved.

Construction will commence directly after Eid celebrations.

So far the collections and people who have committed to pay in Ramadan now need to confirm their pledges.

The fundraising drive is still in progress as the total committed is $50,000.00 and the contract price is $ 75,000 .00 +GST. The balance of $25,000 is required by no later than 15 August.

Also, the adjoining house still needs $40,000.00 worth of work to bring it up to a liveable condition suitable for an Imams quarters, office for the Society and a board room.

“There is always a need for support maybe some people can donate materials, as well as labour, if not monies, plus some people may be able to help with hassanah loans,” a member of the fundraising organizing committee told CCN.


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Read all about the activities of the Holland Park Mosque in their latest July newsletter.


Topics include:

Message from the Committee

What we've been up to....

Media and Communications

Islamic Centre renovations

Weekly programmes at the Mosque

Imam's involvement

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Dr Yunus Solwa is seen receiving recognition at the Lions Club of Kuraby change over dinner for his support.


Club President David Forde said Dr Solwa's contribution in support of the Lions Medical Research Foundation was outstanding and greatly appreciated

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As reported in the Sydney Morning Herald


NSW Community Relations Commission chair Vic Alhadeff (pictured right) has refused to withdraw controversial comments defending Israel’s deadly force against Gaza that have badly fractured goodwill between Sydney’s Jewish and Muslim groups.

Mr Alhadeff issued a belated apology on Thursday for causing offence two weeks ago. But his insistence on standing by the remarks has done little to placate Arab and Muslim groups or relieve pressure on him to resign from his role on the commission, which promotes racial harmony.

The Federation of Ethnic Communities’ Councils of Australia on Friday said Mr Alhadeff must "consider his position" as community relations chief, given the damage his comments caused.

Mr Alhadeff, who is also chief executive of the NSW Jewish Board of Deputies, emailed the Jewish community during the early stages of the conflict around Gaza. He said Israel uses “care to avoid civilian casualties” and “pinpoint technologies to hit the targeted infrastructure”.

He condemned acts by Palestinian militant Islamist group Hamas, adding that Israel would “do whatever is needed to defend its citizens. All options are on the table."

The Palestinian death toll in Gaza now stands at more than 720, most of them civilians. At least 15 people were killed and scores hurt when a UN shelter was bombarded by Israeli forces on Thursday. United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has condemned the attack.

On the Israeli side, 32 troops and three civilians have died.

The email triggered an outcry from Arab groups, who questioned how Mr Alhadeff can hold dual roles requiring him to both support the Jewish cause and promote community unity in NSW.

Outside an iftar dinner at NSW Parliament to mark Ramadan on Thursday night, Mr Alhadeff said, “I don’t resile from the comments,” adding that he did not intend to cause offence and was “pro-Palestinian and pro-Israeli”.

In an earlier statement issued on Thursday, Mr Alhadeff expressed “regret that some took umbrage” at his email.

“I am sorry if the comments in the briefing served inadvertently to offend members of some communities in NSW, because I agree with [Premier Mike Baird] that the role of the CRC ... is to work with all faiths and cultures in promoting multiculturalism and harmony,” he said.

Empty tables at the iftar dinner at NSW Parliament House on Thursday. 

Mr Alhadeff said every civilian death was “a tragedy” and “pain is felt by local communities with ties to both sides of this conflict”.

He affirmed his commitment to his part-time Community Relations Commission role, for which he is paid $35,000 a year.

The apology angered Australia Palestine Advocacy Network Vice President Issa Shaweesh, who described it as “insulting”.

“He has apologised for the offence his comments caused but not for the comments themselves. His position as chairman of the NSW Community Relations Commission is utterly untenable.”

In a statement on Friday, the Federation of Ethnic Communities’ Councils of Australia, a peak national body, said Mr Alhadeff "certainly needs to consider his position ... and whether he can continue in the role given the impact of his comments".

It said Mr Alhadeff showed "poor judgement" and the CRC chairman should maintain "a position of impartiality and sensitivity in the face of increasing global unrest" which can affect Australians with relatives living in conflict zones.

Mr Baird on Thursday said Mr Alhadeff has his “full confidence”.

“He has apologised and he understands that the role of the CRC is to work with all faiths and cultures,” Mr Baird said.

“Few people have done more to promote inter-faith engagement and understanding between multicultural communities in NSW than Mr Alhadeff.”

Joseph Wakim, a former Victorian Multicultural Affairs Commissioner and founder of the Australian Arabic Council, welcomed the apology but said it “does not retract the damage done”.


......clearly show a lack of judgment and commitment to multicultural harmony in NSW (and is) an an affront to the Palestinian and multicultural community. 


Mehreen Faruqi MP

He said Mr Alhadeff’s dual roles still represented an “intrinsic conflict of interest” and calls for him to resign from the commission were “not negotiable”.

Some Arab and Muslim groups boycotted the iftar dinner, hosted by Mr Baird, leaving a number of empty tables at the event.

Labor MP Shaoquett Moselmane, the first Muslim elected to the NSW Parliament, also pulled out of the event along with other Muslim Labor councillors. Liberal Auburn councillor Ronney Oueik did attend, saying later he was unaware of the controversy.

NSW Greens MP Mehreen Faruqi, the first Muslim woman elected to a parliament in Australia, was not invited.

She said Mr Alhadeff’s comments “clearly show a lack of judgment and commitment to multicultural harmony in NSW” and his explanation was “an affront to the Palestinian and multicultural community”.

She called for the comments to be withdrawn.


Source: SMH

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Hussin Goss, one of the speakers at the rally, in full cry 

In Brisbane thousands of people gathered at King George Square last week (Sunday) to protest the Israeli ground invasion of Gaza demanding the Israeli government to quit their offensive in Gaza, while urging the Australian government to discontinue their support for the Israeli carnage.

The march was organized by the Socialist Alternative of Brisbane and the Students for Palestine from UQ and QUT, and other organizations such as the Queensland Greens, The Socialist Alliance and a number of Faith and Cultural community organizations also endorsed the protest.

As the march moved down Queen Street, various demonstrators waved Palestinian flags and other banners with defaced Israeli flags, replacing the Star of David with swastikas. When the crowd moved into Charlotte street, the air was gassed with non-toxic smoke bombs to ignite the emotions even more.

The protestors chanted slogans such as “Free free Gaza, down down Israel,” and “Tony Abbot, you can’t hide, you are supporting genocide” .

An estimate of over two thousand people gathered to demonstrate their disgust for the Israeli onslaught.

After a very vocal march around the streets of Brisbane, the demonstrations ended with the protestors chanting “In our thousands, in our millions, we are all Palestinians.”

Even though the protest was a peaceful one, the event was targeted by counter-demonstrators who tried to sabotage the peaceful nature of the protest by heckling the gathering and tried to instigate a violent reaction, but the trouble makers were immediately ushered away by the organizers before any disturbance erupted.

Meanwhile the Facebook page which promoted the event was targeted by spammers who posted comments such as, ‘it does not matter how big that protest will be tomorrow, or how many people in the world will protest against Israel, Israel will finish the job there soon. You and your friends can say and scream as much as you want.’


During his speech, a Brisbane Aboriginal Sovereign Embassy spokesperson, Mr. Boe Spearim, inspired the people to keep fighting by citing the words of an aboriginal elder, “As individuals we only dream. But once we come together, we make that dream a reality, ” he quoted.

Ms. Rutaba, a member of the students for Palestine and socialist alternative raised her voice to question the Tony Abbot government, “Does Tony Abbot know the names of the 342 Palestinian men, women and children his government has backed to slaughter in Gaza?”

Mr. David Forde, a long time advocate for Palestinian self-determination and an independent candidate for Stretton, shared his concerns for the ongoing crisis and lack of political intervention to resole the issue.

“I struggle to comprehend what’s happening in Westbank and Gaza, and the fact that we are one of the few countries that support this situation and that needs to change,” Mr. Forde said.

"Yes, a complete ceasefire must be supported to protect lives, but it must include a complete lifting of the illegal blockade, otherwise Palestinians will just keep dying - just more slowly,” he added.

"I ask you to undertake one simple step - do the one thing that politicians do not want you to do on this issue – that is engage with them," he said.

During his speech, Dr. Halim Rane, an associate professor at the School of Humanities at Griffith University, said, “Israel has lost this war as far as world public opinion is concerned.”

Phil Monsour, a singer and a songwriter, rephrased the lyrics of the song “we will rock you” by the Queens, into “We will boycott Israel”, to set the tone for the protest.

To see a photo album of last Sunday’s protest, taken by the Westender’s Sam Navin, go here

Source: Adapted from Westender

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Muslim head scarves in all 18 AFL team colours are now on sale for fans as the league’s multicultural round gets underway.

The AFL has licensed the Unity Sports Wrap, a headscarf designed for fans and players.

AFL League boss Gillon McLachlan announced the AFL-approved headwear range today at the 2014 AFL Multicultural Round at the Many Cultures, One Game breakfast in Melbourne.

Designer Shanaaz Copeland thought of the idea after she dropped her kids at school on football day, when children were wearing AFL jumpers with traditional head scarves.

Ms Copeland hoped the range would break down barriers.

Mr McLachlan said it was important the football code embraced all cultures.

Bachar Houli, an icon for Muslims in the league, said the head scarves were “a huge thing’’ for Muslim women who were passionate about footy.

AFL players Jimmy Bartel and Bachar Houli with the designer Shanaaz Copeland’s daughters, Zarina, 19, Yasmin, 15, Aqeelah, 14, and Sideekah, 12.                                                                               Picture: Jay Town


“There are so many Muslims who attend the footy, but at times don’t feel like they are part of supporting their team,’’ Houli told the Herald Sun.

Houli was born in Australia to Lebanese parents.

The 26-year-old left-footer began playing football with Spotswood Football Club Under 12s in 2000.

After consulting with a Sheikh, Houli decided to break his Ramadan fast for three days during the physical endurance tests at the AFL Draft Camp – this allowed him to record good enough times to impress recruiters and be a viable selection in the draft.

Houli has said it was tough growing up a devout Muslim while playing Australian rules football.

There was little amount of sport being played in Islamic schools, and he had to sneak out when he was young to play games without his parents knowing.

His persistence finally led to his parents supporting him, which led him to become an AFL player.

Round 18 of the Toyota AFL Premiership season will celebrate Many Cultures, One Game to highlight the contribution multicultural communities make to Australia’s Game at all levels.

There will be a number of multicultural performances on field at AFL games including Shiamak Davar Dance Group, a group of 120 Bollywood dancers who will perform prior to Western Bulldogs v Essendon match at Etihad Stadium.

African drumming groups will perform from the cheer squad areas at the Carlton v North Melbourne game.

West Coast Eagles will host Chung Wah Association (Chinese Dragons) entertainment on match day in the Kids Zone.

Greater Western Sydney Giants and Port Adelaide will have multicultural performances and citizenship ceremonies on field.

AFL players from multicultural backgrounds will toss the coin.

The AFL will host Iftar dinners in Melbourne and Sydney, to celebrate Ramadan.

Source: Australian Muslim Times

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As reported in the Sydney Morning Herald


Australia's spy agency has been enlisted to help crack down on radicalisation in jails after revelations Aboriginal prisoners are converting to Islam and risk becoming extremists.

Sheikhs and imams are being brought into prisons to deliver de-radicalisation messages during Friday prayers, but two prominent Sydney sheikhs have told a high-level forum that chaplaincy services are grossly under-funded and prison converts are misinterpreting the religion.

A small but high-risk group of radicals are causing concern to Corrective Services NSW and it is believed recruitment to Islam is active, particularly among Aboriginal inmates.

Sheikh Omar Habbouche, who has worked with inmates and prison chaplains, says faith is a powerful tool in the reformation of prisoners but the lack of Muslim chaplaincy services in NSW means prison converts are misinterpreting Islam.

There are just two Muslim chaplains spread across 10 of the state's prisons.

Sheikh Omar told a Corrective Services-sponsored forum at Sydney University's Law School last month that Islam was primarily taught face-to-face and knowledge needed to be properly explained.

He cited the case of one of British soldier Lee Rigby's killers, who wildly misinterpreted a line from the Koran - "kill the unbelievers wherever you see them" – to justify the stabbing on a London street.

"There isn’t enough capacity to address the needs and the requirements of the Muslim inmates," Sheikh Omar said. "When there are insufficient chaplaincy services appointed, we find that people then rely on other means to get their Islamic education ... Yes, you may be able to police the information they have, the books they receive but you can’t police the understanding they take from that or the application."

About 9 per cent of inmates in NSW are Muslim, even though only 3 per cent of the general population identifies as Islamic.

Sheikh Omar said many had a poor understanding of Islam. "Dare I say, if they knew their religion ... they wouldn’t be in prison in the first place so they need that face-to-face instruction."

Some imams and sheikhs struggled to communicate effectively with inmates. Senior management began consulting with the Muslim community in western Sydney a year ago and sharing information and contacts with intelligence authorities.

Sheikh Shady Alsuleiman, secretary of the Australian National Imams Council, told the forum many prison imams were avoiding hot topics such as jihad, Syria and Iraq for fear of being labelled jihadi supporters.

"These are topics our youth want to hear," he said. "If I’m not going to address it in the proper form, then they will go listen to someone else."


Dare I say, if they knew their religion ... they wouldn’t be in prison in the first place so they need that face-to-face instruction. 


Sheikh Omar Habbouche

Australian National University researcher Clarke Jones, who is writing a book on prison radicalisation, said extremist conversions were rare because terrorism inmates tended to be at the bottom of the prison pecking order in Australia.

He cited the recent case of Sydney man Khaled Sharrouf, who posted images of himself fighting in Iraq and standing over slaughtered bodies, as an unusual case of an inmate committing acts of jihad upon release.

Sharrouf served four years for his role in the Pendennis terror plot and recently said on Twitter he received weekly lessons from al-Qaeda leader Abu Muhammad al-Maqdisi via the jail phone, a claim that had not been verified.

"The problem is a lot of these de-radicalisation programs are very generic ... and tend to be a one-size-fits-all model," Dr Clarke said.

Asmi Wood, senior research fellow at the National Centre for Indigenous Studies, was aware of Aboriginal conversions in prison and said elders were concerned that converts would join foreign jihad but he had seen no evidence of it.

Rod Moore, chaplaincy co-ordinator for Corrective Services NSW, told the conference NSW had "a long way to go" to increase chaplaincy services but the program led the way globally.


Source: SMH

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Mosques help raise funds for Gaza

Over the last 2 weeks the Kuraby, Holland Park, and the Buranda Mosque community raised a massive $30,000 for Muslim Aid Australia and Muslim Charitable Foundations’s Gaza Appeal.


All donations will be used to implement food and medical supplies to assist the families affected by the conflict.





Muslim Aid Australia Queensland team received overwhelming support from the Kuraby Mosque community last Friday after Jumah

Simply Sweet for Gaza

The atrocities in Gaza have been shown all over social media, with many asking the question, “what can we do to help?”


Sisters, Ayesha and Sahrah Goder came up with a fantastic idea to help raise funds for those affected by targeting the communities most vulnerable area during Ramadan, the “sweet spot.”


Both Ayesha and Sahrah made, packaged, and sold fairy floss and Eid lolly bags, raising over $1400 for the women and children affected.

Australian International Islamic College students excited about receiving their Eid Lolly bags.

Cupcakes for Gaza


Last week, Brisbane’s most sought after cupcake creators, Sweet Swirl Cakery and Luv 2 Party teamed up to bake, decorate, and package over 360 delicious buttercream cupcakes for the Gaza appeal.


The group consisting of Sameera Docrat, Raeesa Ally, Sarah Goder, and Tasneem Deen worked tirelessly to ensure everything was ready for Saturday, 19th July’s pick-up at Svoboda Park.

Initially estimated to raise about $900, the generosity of those who purchased the cupcakes helped lift the donations to $1,250.

Nasri Sabdia (3), can’t wait to go home to have his cupcakes

(From left to right): Raeesa Ally, Tasneem Deen, Sahrah Goder and Sameera Docrat showcase their creation.

Muslim Aid Australia would like to thank the Queensland Muslim community for joining hands to support the humanitarian relief efforts in Gaza and wishes you all a safe and joyous Eid. May Allah SWT accept all of our efforts of helping our brothers and sisters in need around the world this Ramadan.

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8. Lagos, Nigeria

9. Nablus, West Bank

10. Tehran, Iran

Source: World.mic

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Shirin Ebadi (Iran, 1947-Present)

In 2003, Shirin became the first Muslim woman to receive the Nobel Peace Prize.


As a judge in Iran, she was the first woman to achieve Chief Justice status. However, she was dismissed from this position after the 1979 Revolution.


As a lawyer, Shirin has taken on many controversial cases and in result, has been arrested numerous times.


Her activism has been predicated on her view that, "An interpretation of Islam that is in harmony with equality and democracy is an authentic expression of faith. It is not religion that binds women, but the selective dictates of those who wish them cloistered." 


Source: Huffington Post


Next week in CCN: Another of the 10 Muslim Women you Have To Know


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Administrative Assistant – Kuraby Mosque


Kuraby Mosque is a dynamic and vibrant Mosque with a diverse Muslim community, located in Kuraby on the south side of Brisbane.

We are seeking a full time administration assistant with the following skills and experience:

• A minimum of 3 years of relevant experience in office administration including intermediate experience with Microsoft Outlook, Microsoft Office and Microsoft Excel.
• Exceptional organizational, planning and time management skills.
• Excellent English communication skills in a group environment and one on one.
• The ability to deal professionally with a range of diverse people.
• Comprehensive and concise written English skills including documenting and detailing processes and procedures, recording minutes of meetings and accurately maintaining records.
• Assisting with communications including the website/face book updates, newsletters, and publications.
• Ensuring the office is managed and maintained to a high standard including answering phone calls and emails, managing the help desk professionally, filing of documentation and other records.
• Attention to detail.
• A friendly, polite and helpful disposition is essential.

Remuneration commensurate with experience and skills.

If you have these skills and experience, please email your CV to contact@kurabymosque.org.au.



Townhouse to Rent in Runcorn/Kuraby

Highly sought after area, 3 generous sized bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms, open plan living area, air conditioning, swimming pool, close to public transport (bus and train) $400/week.
Available a.s.a.p. please call 0413913724.

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Salaams CCN Readers,

Some of us Brisbane residents have begun a national Facebook initiative to contact Federal and State MPs with a unified message encouraging them to speak out against the atrocities being carried out in Gaza.


You can join this initiative by clicking here

The organisers have created a simple template to send to an MP they nominate each day – the template can be found here. All that users have to do is copy the template and send it to the nominated MP via the contact details provided.

Fahim Khondaker


To Our Brothers & Sisters
A helping hand is needed URGENTLY.

I am writing this letter to you with regard to a Lebanese Muslim sister in Sydney who is in secondary progressive multiple sclerosis and is now seeking funds, so that she could seek stem cell treatment in Russia or India. We need to raise approximately $70,000.

A brief background: In 2002 when she had an acute deterioration and became wheelchair bound. She has worsening weakness now in the arms. She went from being in a manual wheelchair and self caring to being in a motorized chair and unable to do any self care. She a 38 year old mother of 2 young boys who have had to move out of the home as she is unable to care for them.

Ayia Foundation which is based in Gold Coast. Our organization supports the needy in the Islamic community. We encourage all brothers and sisters to donate, do not miss out on this great award. If you feel like you should be a part of this please send you donations to the following bank account:

Commonwealth Bank
Ayia Foundation : BSB: 064450 :ACC: 10468055

For any further information, please contact:

Hussin Goss: 0418 737 621; Sarah Goss : 0411 364 052; Zaineb : 0404 333 685; Umm Nuh : 0420 666 082

Yours faithfully
For and behalf AYIA FOUNDATION.

Haji Hussin Goss

Dear All

Eid Mubarak

I hope that every one of the Muslim faith had a spiritually rewarding Holy month of Ramadan.

I wanted to say thank you to everyone for your warm hospitability at the many Iftars I was invited to, it was most appreciated.

Kind regards,

Councillor Kim Marx

Karawatha Ward
Phone: 3407 0566 Fax: 3407 0568 Email: karawatha.ward@ecn.net.au
Web: www.kimmarx.com.au  www.facebook.com/CrKimMarx


Vatican bitterly irked by 1500-year-old Bible newly found in Turkey


TURKEY: The Vatican is deeply concerned over a 1500-year-old Bible which was found in Turkey and rejects the crucifixion of Jesus Christ.

Vatican authorities have called on the Turkish government to allow its experts to examine the content of the book, which was discovered and kept secret in Turkey in 2000.

Reports say the Turkish government has transferred the book to the Ethnography Museum of Ankara with a police escort.

Ankara said that the Bible had been snatched from a mob of smugglers in a Mediterranean region operation.

The book contains the Gospel of Barnabas, a disciple of Christ, and says that Jesus had not been crucified but ascended to heaven alive. St. Barnabas was an early Christian and is traditionally identified as the founder of the Cypriot Church.

It also says Jesus was not the son of God but a prophet who spoke the word of God, calling Apostle Paul “The Impostor.”

The text maintains a vision similar to Islam, contradicting the New Testament’s teachings of Christianity. The ancient book also foresees the coming of Islam’s Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him).

It is hand written in Syriac, a dialect of Aramaic, which is said to be the native language of Jesus Christ. Some experts and religious figures believe that the book is original, according to reports.

Source: Press TV  

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Makkah Haram extensions


SAUDI ARABIA: These are the new extensions of Masjid Haram which were opened during the first week of Ramadan providing more space on the ground floor and two floors of Tawaf with a bridge for wheelchairs and women and children: (click on images to enlarge)


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Muslims join Christians in declaring 'I am Iraqi, I am Christian'



IRAQ: Hundreds rallied (link is external) in Baghdad on Sunday to show solidarity with Christians who are being threatened by the Islamic State (IS) group in northern Iraq. Thousands of Christians in Mosul, Iraq's second largest city are being forced by the rebel group to convert to Islam, pay a tax, leave or face execution.

Netizens are using hashtags like #WeAreN and #IAmNazrene to share images from the rally. Below, Muslims and Christians throughout Baghdad are seen holding signs which read, "I am Iraqi, I am Christian."       




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


This week CCN recommends


Poetic Justice




Poetic Justice is a collection of essays, fiction, poetry and visual art about human rights issues in Australia—issues that haven’t gone away, or gone elsewhere.


From asylum seekers to Indigenous land rights; from the surveillance state to police racism, this anthology chronicles contemporary Australian debates about social justice.


Each of the works is an exercise in compassion as Poetic Justice seeks to recover the humanity too often lost in our discussions of human rights.

Poetic Justice is also an anthology of work published by Right Now, a not-for-profit media organisation with a focus on human rights issues in Australia. Since 2005 we have covered human rights issues through accessible and engaging online, print and radio media.

Featuring work by Malcolm Fraser, Julian Burnside, Anne Manne, Tony Birch, Pat Grant and a foreword by Christos Tsiolkas.

“This collection allows us a moment to take breath, and to recognise that we are not isolated.” – Christos Tsiolkas

“There are few, if any, magazines in Australia that afford such space to issues of ethics and equity.” – Rebecca Giggs.

“The development of not-for-profit media organisation Right Now is a lesson in socially responsible and creative online publishing.” – Crikey.


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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.

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KB says: Add this to your Eid menu - it's a real treat!


I want to wish all you bakers and chefs out there Eid Mubarak and I hope that all your Eid dishes are a huge hit with your families, insha'Allah.

Strawberry Gateau



4 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla essence
3 tsp. baking powder
½ cup water (boiled)
¾ cup castor sugar
1¼ cup flour
Pinch of salt
½ cup oil 


1. Boil water and mix in oil and keep aside.
2. Beat eggs and sugar until fluffy.
3. Sift flour, baking powder and salt twice.
4. Add flour to the egg mixture alternating it with the water mixture while beating.
5. Lastly add vanilla essence.
6. Place mixture in 2 round tins and bake at 180degrees until light brown.
7. Remove from the oven allow it to cool.
8. Slice each round into 2 making it a 4 layer cake.
9. Sandwich all the layers with fresh cream and cut strawberries and decorate the top layer with strawberries and fresh coconut or a topping of your choice. 


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, is it safe to work out when you’re really tired? Sometimes I tend to push myself, but I’m not sure if I’m getting a good workout or not.

A: There’s a big difference between actually being exhausted (where your body is screaming out at you that it needs a rest), and general fatigue (where you’re tired from lack of sleep or a tough day at work).

If you’re really exhausted, it’s safer to take the day off from exercise as you’re more likely to injure yourself if you attempt to work out – and the body needs a rest day.

If you’re fatigued, it’s ok to exercise but I’d suggest you pull back a touch while exercising. The other alternative is to go for a walk as it may help you feel better.




My Health and Fitness

Tel: 0404 844 786


Need an answer to a fitness related matter?

Send your question to Kareema at  fitness@crescentsofbrisbane.org.

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


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Mula Nasruddin is walking through his olive tree plantation and notices a foreigner using one hand to scoop and drink water from an unclean pond.

Mula Nasruddin shouts in his home tongue, "Oh dear, don't drink that water. Camels, goats and sheep urinate and defecate in it daily.

The foreigner shouts back, "I'm a foreigner; I don't understand your bloody gibberish language. Speak English, you bloody idiot!"

Mula Nasruddin shouts back in English, "Use two hands, you can drink more!"

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O men! Here is a parable set forth! Listen to it! Those on whom, besides Allah, you call, cannot create (even) a fly, if they all met together for the purpose! And if the fly should snatch away anything from them, they would have no power to release it from the fly. Feeble are those who petition and those whom they petition. 

Surah Al-Hajj 22:73


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IFTAR for Palestine 27 JULY UMB 2 Eid Fun Days Logan Eid-ul-Fitr 28/29 JULY AMARAH Eid Fund Raising Dinner 2 AUGUST Abrahamic Faiths Concert 28 AUGUST Al Kauthar Prayer Makes Perfect 21 & 22 SEPTEMBER


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Slacks Creek Mosque DONATIONS APPEAL National Zakat Foundation Ramadan Food Appeal 2014 Arabic- Qur'an Classes 31-05-2014 Weekly Halaqa STARTS 22 FEBRUARY Maths, English, Chemistry tutor Easy Way Tuition Seerah Programme starts 11 January Seerah Programme starts 11 January Ayia Foundation Card
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27 July


Ifthaar for Palestine at the Gold Coast Mosque

Worongary & Gold Coast Mosques & Councils of Imams QLD

Gold Coast Mosque

0423 728 119


28 July


End of Ramadhan 1435

29 July



28 or 29 July and 2 August

Mon or Tues and Saturday

Eid Celebration in the Park


Waller Park, cnr Browns Plains & Waller Rds


9am to 9pm

28 or 29 July

Mon or Tues

Eid-ul-Fitr in LOGAN

Islamic Society of Logan

Logan City Mosque, 260 Third Avenue, Marsden

0402 006 020


2 August


Eid Fund Raising Dinner for Palestine


Michael's Oriental Restaurant

0422 349 786


9 August


Eid Night - Islamic Society of Darra

Islamic Society of Darra

Australian International Islamic College, DURACK

0450 908 786


16 August


Eidfest 2014


Rocklea Showgrounds

0418 722 353

All day

17 August


Eid Gala Dinner

Al-Mustapha Institute

Logan West Community Centre

0422 433 074



24 August





Annual Qur'an Competition

Islamic Council of Qld

Islamic College of Brisbane, KARAWATHA

0450 908 786


30 August


Fund Raising Dinner for Currumbin Mosque

Salsabil Charitable Organisation

Islamic College of Brisbane, KARAWATHA

0419 797 862


7 September


CresWalk2014 Annual Fun Run

Crescents of Brisbane

Orleigh Park, WEST END

0402 026 786


20 & 21 September

Sat & Sun

Prayer Makes Perfect : Sheikh Bilal Ismail

Al Kauthar Institute

Griffith University

0438 698 328

8:30am to 7:00pm

27 September


HP Family Evening

Islamic Society of Holland Park

Islamic College of Brisbane, KARAWATHA

0422 122 249


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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Taleem Programe at Kuraby Mosque


Every Thursdays  10.30-11.30am


Bald Hills Mosque Weekly Tafseer


Topic = Tafseer lessons
Venue = Masjid Taqwa, Bald Hills, Qld 4036
Day = Every Monday | Time = After Esha salah | Period = approximately 30 minutes
Presenter = Mufti Junaid Akbar
Cost = free, and InShaAllah Allah will give great reward
Who can come = All brothers and sisters are welcome to attend
Please note that these recordings will be available for downloading from our website masjidtaqwa.org.au.


Queensland Police Service/Muslim Community Consultative Group


Meeting Dates & Times


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

Islamic Relief Australia

National Zakat Foundation (NZF)

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) : Masjid Taqwa

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


Celebrating Muslim cultures

AYIA Foundation


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