Sunday, 14 September 2014

 Newsletter 0514




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




Hajj Mabroor  The CCN Inbox: Letters to the Editor The CCN Food for Thought
CresWalk2014 - All the action  The CCN Classifieds An Ayaat-a-Week
Brisbane unites to send container What is/was happening in other necks of the woods Events and Functions
Campbell Newman backs QLD Muslim community Around the Muslim World with CCN Islamic Programmes, Education & Services
"Express Your Concerns about Anti-Terror Proposals" CCN Readers' Book Club Businesses and Services
Muslim-Christian clergy lead by example KB's Culinary Corner The CCN Date Claimer
Student of the Month Kareema's Keep Fit Column CCN on Facebook
Protesters oppose Gold Coast mosque development

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Government call meeting on anti-terrorism legislation
Brisbane Fundraising Dinner $100K raised for Gaza


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CCN wishes all our readers and their families making their Haj this year a spiritually reviving and reward journey, insha'allah.

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A record and very diverse turnout, a delightfully sunny Spring day,  a worthy cause, great food and some of those well-honed organisational skills were just some of the ingredients that helped make this year's CresWalk 2014 the success it was.

Ms Susan Al-Maani was presented with this year's Haji Ebrahim Patel/Crescents of Brisbane Special Achievement Award.

Find out why here.




For more photos visit the CresWalk Facebook Page






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Millions of Syrians and Palestinians are soon to be at the mercy of the ice cold temperatures in the coming months. Many will face the deadly chill without warm clothes, others without blankets, and some will brave subzero temperatures without even a place to sleep.

The Brisbane Muslim community have come together to pack and ship a 40ft container of winter clothing and blankets for distributions in Jordan (Syrian refugees) as well as Gaza.





Donations can be dropped off 251 Compton Road, Karawatha.

This is the last week for collections until 20th September.

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The state's Muslim community has the "full and total support" of Premier Campbell Newman, who has urged Queenslanders to focus on "people who do the wrong thing" and not a religion.

Speaking to Fairfax Radio 4BC Mornings following a raid on an Islamic store in Logan and the subsequent arrest of two men on terrorism-related offences overnight, Mr Newman urged Queenslanders to look at their alleged activities and not religion.

"This is about the activities of some individuals," he said.

"It is alleged they have been involved in criminal activities to raise money and to encourage people to go and fight overseas and that is basically, if it is proven, against Australian law.

"We are not dealing with a religion here, it is about people who happen to be using a religious angle on this whole thing, to try and do that. That is completely inappropriate.

"The Muslim community in this state have my full and total support. I know many leaders of the Muslim community, they are fine people, they have come here from across the world because they share our values, they see that Australia is a great place of opportunity for their children, they are business people, they run non-government organisations, they have made great contributions to the wellbeing of this state."

Mr Newman said the Muslim community had played a vital role in the foundation of Queensland a century and a half ago.

"We are just over 150 years old since we became a separate colony from NSW and from the very beginning there have been Muslim people, Muslim communities in this state and they have all made a great contribution to building this state," he said.

Mr Newman said the charges were related to "the war in Syria and the things, the terrible, terrible things that are going on over there" and had "nothing" to do with the G20.

"Let us focus on people who do the wrong thing," he said.

"Let us focus on people who do the community ill, who are just as bad as any other criminal group and let's not do anything other than support the great majority of people who just want to live in harmony and happiness with the rest of us."


Source: Brisbane Times

In response to the statements above, a number of Muslim organizations in Queensland sent a joint letter to the Premier acknowledging his support for the community.

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ANIC Press Release       

ANIC would like once again to express its concerns about the new anti-terror proposals. All the proposals are of serious concern, but the following two are of particular concern and must be opposed:

1. Named Person Warrants: At the moment ASIO has to apply for a separate warrant for each activity it wishes to engage in. The current proposal would enable ASIO to seek one warrant specifying a number of powers against an identified person. Condensing multiple powers into a single warrant sidesteps the concern that the greater the incursion into privacy, the greater threshold there ought to be. For example, the installation of surveillance cameras in a private dwelling would be a far greater incursion into a person’s privacy than a tracking device on their vehicle, and should be considered separately for this reason.

2. Broadened ASIO Optical Surveillance Powers: ASIO will have the power to obtain a warrant to place a video camera inside the home of anyone who is “likely to be engaged in activities prejudicial to security.” The definition of “likely” is extremely broad and lowers the threshold significantly. This power will allow for a significant invasion of privacy. The homes of Australians will no longer be their private domains. In addition, ASIO, unlike law enforcement agencies is free from the scrutiny and review of the judicial process.

ANIC calls on all concerned Australians to contact their federal member of parliament to voice their strong opposition to these draconian proposals. You can call or write to your federal member. You can also request to discuss the matter with your federal member in person. The two points above should be included in your communications.

Non-government organisations (NGOs) must also join this campaign to protect the rights and freedoms of Australian citizens.

The government is trying to rush these proposals through parliament so your action is urgent.
ANIC also calls on all Imams around Australia to raise this matter tomorrow in their Friday sermons.

These proposals will affect the privacy of all Australians and must be opposed.

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A senior delegation of Muslim and Christian religious leaders visited Chaldean Arch Bishop Gabriel Kassab to express their compassion for the Christians and other indigenous communities being persecuted in Iraq.

The clergy have issued the following statement:

1. We condemn the oppression and forced expulsion of the Christian, Yazidi and other minority communities from their homes and homelands.
2. We denounce all forms of violence, sectarian discrimination and terrorism, especially in Iraq and the Middle East, as these acts undermine the peaceful co-existence of the diverse religious and ethnic communities in the Middle East.
3. We stand in solidarity with the displaced families in the region who have every right to live free from fear, and we pledge any support that eases their hardship.
4. We uphold the safety of our homeland Australia and Australian people, with our cultural and religious diversity, as this is an integral part of our divine teachings.
5. We affirm our commitment to continue this solidarity and maintain open lines of communication with each other and with the Australian government.

The signatories are:

1. Dr. Ibrahim Abu Mohammad, Grand Mufti of Australia.
2. Arch Bishop Gabriel Kassab, head of the Chaldean and Assyrian Catholic community in Australia and New Zealand.
3. Bishop Robert Rabat, head of the Melkite Catholic Church in Australia and New Zealand.
3. Bishop Antoine Cherbel-Tarbay, head of the Maronite Diocese in Australia.
4. Sheikh Yusuf Nabha, Al Rahman mosque Imam.
5. Sheikh Malek Zeidan, Lebanon Fatwa Council.
6. Sheikh Khaled Taleb Amin, NSW secretary to Australian National Imams Council and representative of the Lebanon Fatwa Council in Western Sydney.
7. Father Paul Menika, Chaldean community

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Sadeem Alamri – YR3, Yasamin Lorenz – PREP and Elijah Speizer – PREP

AWAY – Amirah Hawbani – YR1


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A plan to turn an abandoned factory on the Gold Coast into a mosque could go ahead despite protests by local residents.

Today two separate groups protested a proposed mosque at Currumbin.

One group made their anti-mosque and anti-Islam stance loud and perfectly clear.

James Darby of Stop the Mosque told 9NEWS he was “opposed to Islam as a cult”.

“I don’t mind any person of any religion as long as they don’t threaten to kill me if I don’t join them,” he said.

Under the watchful eye of police, cartoonist Larry Pickering whipped the crowd into a frenzy.

“The worst people for Islam emanate from mosques,” he said.

A separate group, also opposed to the mosque on lifestyle grounds, packed the public gallery to hear the planning meeting.

Despite 3500 objections from locals concerned about traffic and noise, the planning committee supported the mosque six votes to two.

The final hurdle will come next Tuesday at a full council meeting.



Source: 9News

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Samira El Khafir, 2013 MasterChef contestant, launched her first cookbook, entitled Eat With Love: Modern Middle Eastern, during the week at the Islamic Museum of Australia.


MasterChef judge, Matt Preston, was present at the launch as were fellow MasterChefs


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Minister for Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and Multicutural Affairs and Minister Assisting the Premier, Glen Elmes MP signs the We'll love Muslims 100 Years petition at his office in Parliament House watched on by (left to right) Mr Fahim Khondiker, Imam Imraan Hussain (Council of Imams QLD), Ms Kelsie Bain (Welcome to Australia) and Dr Mustafa Ally (CCN)

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Allah sent the Chief of Angels, Gabriel, to convey the greetings of the Almighty to Khadeejah, the wife of the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) and to give her news of a gift from Allah, a house in Paradise!

How many of us have an angel bring greetings of the Lord of the Universe! Khadeejah (r.a) did as it highlights so beautifully in this video.

Discover the greatness of Khadeejah and others in this special inspiring weekend long Islamic course, Women Companions of the Prophet (pbuh) - Their Lives, Inspiration & Legacy.

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A meeting between Muslim community leaders, the Attorney-General Senator the Hon George Brandis QC, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Social Services Senator the Hon Concetta Fierravanti-Wells and senior government officials has been scheduled for Wednesday to discuss the security measures announced by the Prime Minister on Friday.

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Report by Mufti Zeeyad Ravat       


Alhamdulillah, over 700 people attended the Gaza fundraiser last Saturday night at the Islamic College of Brisbane (ICB).


The programme began with a beautiful Qiraat by Imam Aslam followed by outstanding performances by ICB students.


Thereafter, Imam Abu Ghazaleh enlightened the crowd with a remarkable nasheed and a short talk, followed by motivational speeches by Sheikh Burhaan Methar and David Forde.


Emotional documentaries depicting the current crisis in Gaza were shown along with exquisite food served directly to the tables, all of which made it an event not to be missed. Tables were candle lit during the speeches so as to experience the feeling of our brothers and sisters suffering in Palestine.


The programme also included an intriguing and emotional live skype session with an Al-Imdaad worker and orphans in Gaza. The orphans who lost their parents just a few weeks ago were so calm and resilient, and recited a few couplets of poetry. Their words were so motivational and truly echoed the message of hope.


Nevertheless, the programme ended with an auction wherein Brother Hussin Goss did a sterling job with his tactful auctioning skills mashallah.

Jazakumullahu Khayran to everyone who put in the effort to make this event successful. It was an event that truly demonstrated the oneness and strength we have when we are united as a community.

May Allah Taala reward our generous community. We are glad to announce that the funds raised for this cause was over 100 000 dollars and we are still receiving more funds every day.


We intend to build a water plant in Gaza and to buy our own water tank truck. May Allah reward you all well for participating in this great ongoing sadaqah.

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Dear Friends,

REV The Hon Fred Nile is at it again. Attacking the Islamic Community but more so the freedom of women to wear what they choose, via his Full-Face Coverings Prohibition Bill 2014.

Today he moved it and delivered his second reading speech speaking of Islam and Islamic terrorism.

This Bill is proposed to be debated within the next five calendar days. I therefore urge you to write to me and all members of this parliament expressing your views in response to the Bill as attached.

(Rev Nile's speech introducing the Bill is attached here.)

Yours faithfully

The Hon. Shaoquett Moselmane MLC.
Level 11, Room 1116.
Parliament of New South Wales
Parliament House
Macquarie St, Sydney NSW 2000 Australia

t 02 9230 2526 || � 02 9230 2722

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Islam,

We, the members of the Muslim Organisation of the Sunshine Coast (MoSC est. 2006) would like to take this opportunity to introduce our self as representatives of the Muslim community on Sunshine Coast.

The Muslim community of the Sunshine Coast is currently very limited in its accessibility to an Islamic Centre/Mosque/ Home. Apart from our rented facility, Muslims of this area are forced to travel 60 – 90km in order to conduct their Jummah Salah or Eid functions.

Currently a room at the Kawana Family Centre is rented on semi‐permanent bases for us to perform simple things such as the obligatory Jummah Salah. In order to celebrate Eid prayer or hold Taraweeh Salah during Ramadan MOSC rents the Hall/Outdoor area of the community Centre. As this is a subject to availability, these functions are occasionally double booked so that other functions (e.g birthday parties with high volume music and alcoholic drinks) are likely to take place in the next room.

This urged us to look for a place of our own.

After a long search we finally found a suitable place on the market in the heart of Maroochydore (14 Church Street Maroochydore Qld. 4558), we already paid the deposit (AUS $59,000) and our settlement date is 30th October 2014.

We reached out and were able to collect up to AUS $ 200,000 from our members alone, Alhamdulillah! Yet our shortfall is approx AUS $ 500,000; therefore we would like to kindly ask for your support when trying to accomplish this goal for the sake of Allah (swt).

We would like to humbly ask you to spread this letter along with our contact details (listed below) among your community in order for us to fulfil our duty to Allah (swt) in order to build our very own Islamic Centre.

Your MoSC‐ Team

Contacts: Riaz Janif (0438 396 549); Arif Cheema (0467 724 560); Abderrahim Kissi (0411 269 756)

Our bank details are:
National Australian Bank
A/C Name: MOSC Charitable Trust
A/C Number: 165 777 870
BSB: 084 – 801
Swift Code: NATAAU3303M
For our PayPal option and further information please visit www.mosc.org.au


Moeen Ali Interview: 'I Am A Muslim, Yes, But I Am Also Very English'



In an exclusive and very personal interview, the new star of England cricket, Moeen Ali, talks to Mehdi Hasan about sport, faith and being British.

"I do let people touch it."

Moeen Ali is not just referring to but stroking – what else? – his glorious beard. The England cricketer grabbed the headlines over the summer, on both the front and the back pages, for his dazzling performances against India and Sri Lanka - and, also, for his striking visage.

England fans have dubbed him 'The Beard That's Feared', a slogan that has inspired both T-shirts and Twitter hashtags. Newspapers such as the Mail and the Independent have compared Ali to the bearded, Victorian-era cricket legend WG Grace.

"Let’s be honest, it’s hard to take the eyes off that long, lustrous beard," noted a recent profile of Ali in the Sunday Times. Writing in the Independent, columnist Yasmin Alibhai-Brown referred to the cricketer’s "Taliban beard".

Does the focus on his facial hair bother Ali? "It doesn’t bother me too much, to be honest with you," he says. "Some of the stuff is quite funny. People have their opinions about everything. I've been called worse."

Indeed he has. Some commenters on BBC Sport’s Facebook page in February, for example, responded to Ali’s England team call-up by mocking the Birmingham-born all-rounder as "Bin Laden".

Ali sees his beard, which he first grew at the age of 18, as an "identity thing". Is he then, in his own way, trying to rebrand the big Muslim beard? Perhaps, as the beard that should not be feared? "Yeah, definitely. That’s whole beauty of it. If I can play, and change the mind of one person about being a Muslim player and having a beard, then I'll feel as if I've done my job."

I meet Ali in the lobby of a plush hotel near London’s Tower Hill, a few days after England’s recent Test Series victory over India. The 27-year-old cricketer looks relaxed and rested in a maroon hoodie and grey tracksuit bottoms.

I have to lean forward in my seat to hear his answers to my questions. To call Ali soft-spoken would be an understatement. He talks quietly, slowly and deliberately; carefully thinking through each statement, each answer.

Cricket is his life. It always has been and, he suggests, always will be. Encouraged by his sport-obsessed father and uncle - Pakistani-born twin brothers who married twin sisters - the young Moeen played and practised daily in his back garden, which was soon converted into a training ground. "We had a big cabbage patch and we put a net down [over it].. and me and my brothers trained there and that’s how we learned our cricket."

Ali is the third of four children - he has two brothers, one younger and one older, and an elder sister. His brothers, Kadeer and Omar, have played for Worcestershire and Herefordshire while two of his cousins, Kabir and Aatif, have also played cricket for county teams. (Kabir, according to CricInfo's George Dobell, "had a cricket ball placed in his cot the day he was born").

Is cricket in his family's DNA? "I dunno. My dad absolutely loves cricket and [so did] his brother."

Don’t most Pakistani fathers love love cricket? "My dad is very different to other Pakistani dads," he responds. "It was almost like he knew we were going to play [professionally] and he committed 100% to the cause, which I feel a lot of British Asian parents, when they see their child is a good player, they don’t push him as much as my dad did. My dad sacrificed everything he had [for us]."

A trained psychiatric nurse, Munir Ali quit his job to start coaching his kids full time. Today, he runs an academy called MA Cricket in the Sparkhill area of Birmingham, where Moeen grew up.

Was there any other career path he would have considered? "No. From nine, I started playing cricket. From 11, I knew this is what I’m doing."

What about his 11-month-old son Abu Bakr (who Ali named after the first Muslim caliph? "My wife wants him to be an ‘aalim’ [religious scholar] and so do I, to be honest. But I’m obviously going to let him play cricket and enjoy it."

Cricket, explains Ali, "means so much to me. I started as a professional at 15 and I feel I've learned a lot more through cricket than others have [learned] outside of cricket. It teaches you a lot about life and staying grounded. If you think you’re on top of the world it can bring you back down."


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Pope to make his first visit to a Muslim country



VATICAN: Pope Francis will visit Istanbul in November, his first trip to a predominantly Muslim nation.

The Vatican said yesterday that the Pope is expected to mark an important Orthodox feast day on 30 November with Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I, the spiritual leader of the world's Orthodox Christians.

Perhaps more importantly, the trip will give Francis the chance to visit a Muslim nation — and speak to the Muslim world — at a time when Christians are being targeted by the Islamic State group in Iraq.

A common plea for peace by Francis and Bartholomew would show a united Christian front against the militant onslaught.

Francis has said military force was legitimate to stop the militants, but has said it was for the international community to decide how to go about it.

Francis had wanted to visit Kurdistan to show solidarity with the Christians forced to flee their homes. In the end, it wasn't possible and Francis instead sent a personal envoy.

Confirmation of the trip came as the United States sought to press Turkey to better seal its borders to prevent fighters and funding from flowing to the Islamic State militants.
Source: Independent

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Catholic Cardinal McCarrick Embraces Islam


UK: Catholic Cardinal Theodore McCarrick offered Islamic religious phrases and insisted that Islam shares foundational rules with Christianity, during a Sept. 10 press conference in D.C.

“In the name of God, the Merciful and Compassionate,” McCarrick said as he introduced himself to the audience at a meeting arranged by the Muslim Public Affairs Council. That praise of the Islamic deity is an important phrase in Islam, is found more than 100 times in the Koran, and is akin to the Catholic prayer, ”In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.”

McCarrick next claimed that “Catholic social teaching is based on the dignity of the human person… [and] as you study the holy Koran, as you study Islam, basically, this is what Muhammad the prophet, peace be upon him, has been teaching.”

McCarrick was 71 when 19 Muslims brought Islam to the public eye by murdering 3,000 Americans on 9/11. He is one of the 213 Cardinals of the Catholic church, but is too old to vote in church debates.

“Either the cardinal has studied the whole thing and does not know what he’s talking about, or he is making a somewhat misleading statement,” said Michael Meunier, head of the U.S. Copts Association. “The practice of the Muslim majority people that adhere to the Koran… have proven that [claim of equivalence] is not correct,” he told The Daily Caller during a Sept. 11 trip to Jordan.

“Has Cardinal McCarrick converted to Islam?” asked a scornful critic, Robert Spencer, the best-selling author of many books on Islam.

“‘Peace be upon him’ is a phrase Muslims utter after they say the name of [their reputed] prophet… [so] probably he is unaware of the unintended Islamic confession of faith he has just made,” said Spencer, who runs the Jihadwatch.org website.

McCarrick is wrong to say “that Islam teaches the dignity of every human person,“ Spencer said. “Actually it teaches a sharp dichotomy between the Muslims, [who are called] ‘the best of people’ and the unbelievers [are called] ‘the most vile of created beings,’” Spencer told TheDC.

Source: TheDC

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


This week a CCN Reader recommends


Muhammad: A Story of the Last Prophet


Deepak Chopra


Born into the factious world of war-torn Arabia, Muhammad’s life is a gripping and inspiring story of one man’s tireless fight for unity and peace.


In a world where greed and injustice ruled, Muhammad created change by affecting hearts and minds.


Just as the story of Jesus embodies the message of Christianity, Muhammad’s life reveals the core of Islam.


Deepak Chopra shares the life of Muhammad as never before, putting his teachings in a new light.


Following the historical record but offering a unique perspective, Chopra shows us why his teachings are more important now than ever before.



Shelfari Reviewer: Many times i see many people criticizing Muhammad (SAWS), So i wanted to learn more about this man name Muhammad and how his like was like. Let me begin by first saying that this book is nothing like i thought it would be. It is much better. This is because the author doesn't present it in a straight forward way like saying the Mohammed did this and this and this in such year. IT represents the book like a story will real characters and facts. Deepak chopra is truly able to immerse us into the world of Muhammad as well as helps us understand about Islam. Through out this book there is many vivid emotions and is like a movie playing in your head. form the time of Muhammads birth to his death it shows a great story. I think anyone who is interested in religion should read this book. Or anyone that just is curious about the prophet Muhammad.



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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: If you're looking for an alternative to popcorn during a movie - then this a another easy to make treat that could work as a starter to a BBQ or dinner as well.



1 packet of Doritos, a flavour of your choice
1 onion finely chopped
1 tomato seeded and chopped
1 tin red beans drained
1-2 chillies thinly sliced
Grated cheese
Sour cream
1 avocado
Juice of half a lemon
½ tsp crushed garlic
Pinch of salt


1. Blend avocado with lemon juice, garlic and salt.
2. Mix together onions, beans, tomato and chillies.
3. Arrange alternate layers of Doritos and onion and bean mixture in an oven proof casserole.
4. Top with cheese and heat through, approx. 5 mins.
5. Remove from oven and serve with dollops of sour cream and avocado mix.

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 doing cardio training for a while now but can’t seem to shift all the weight I need to lose. Is there anything else I can do to speed up the process or help me to achieve my weight loss goals?

A: Doing cardio alone will get you some results, but if you incorporate weight training into your routine, you’ll burn kilojoules a whole lot faster – even a few hours after you’ve stopped working out.

The body uses muscle to burn fat, so if you focus on building muscle through a strength training program, you’ll soon burn the fat.

Mixing up your routine is important too so the body doesn’t plateau and muscles are constantly challenged.






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 Nasruudin's boys had been up in the attic together helping with some cleaning.


The kids uncovered an old manual typewriter and asked their father, "Father, what's this?"

"Oh, that's an old typewriter," he answered, thinking that would satisfy their curiosity.

"Well, what does it do?" they queried.

"I'll show you," their father said.


He went downstairs and returned with a blank piece of paper. He rolled the paper into the typewriter and began striking the keys, leaving black letters of print on the page.

"WOW!" the boys exclaimed, "That's really cool -- but how does it work like that? Where do you plug it in?"

"There is no plug," he answered. "It doesn't need a plug."

"Then where do you put the batteries?" they persisted.

"It doesn't need batteries either," he continued.

"Wow! This is so cool!" the brothers exclaimed. "Someone should have invented this a long time ago!"

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Say "Come, I will rehearse what Allah has (really) prohibited you from": join not anything as equal with Him; be good to your parents; kill not your children on a plea of want; - We provide sustenance for you and for them; - do not come near shameful deeds, whether open or secret; take not life, which Allah has made sacred, except by way of justice and law: thus does He command you, that you may learn wisdom.    

Surah Al-An'am 6:151


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 "One day I decided that I was beautiful, and so I carried out my life as if I was a beautiful girl.

It doesn't have anything to do with how the world perceives you.

What matters is what you see." 

Gabby Sidibe


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Clothing Alterations


Hussana Australia

Halal Body Care range

Stick On Labels

Label printing

InWear Fashions

Clothing Fashion

The Quran Pen


Junaid Ally Properties

Real Estate

Yasmeen Seedat Accounting Services


Kimaya Fashions


Lily's Fashion

Wedding dresses etc. 

Personal Training with Layla

Personal Training

Marketing Co-Op

Internet Services

Angelz Dental Care



Travel Agency

Shameema's Silk Scarves


Grand Medical Centre

Medical Practitioners

Qld Islamic Book Service

Book Shop


Health Products

Personal Wellness Coach


Ummah Store

Books, Clothing, DVDs etc.


Security Systems

Paradise Convenience

Global Groceries

Muslima Chic

Muslim designer clothes, jewellery


Samoosa Strips (pur)

Low Price Pharmacy


LTH Accounting & Financial Services



Child Care Centres

Pari Collections


Shariff's Computer Services

Computer Servicing

CassonIT Solutions

 Computer Servicing & Systems

Lil Umah

Children's Clothes

Computer Repair

 Computer Repairs

Watany Man-oushi Lebanese Foods

Take Away



Dial a Local Doctor

Medical Services

Baby Care Solutions

(read information sheet)

 Early Parenting Guidance

Kuraby Mosque Hire Services

Hire Services

Goss Bros

Refrigerated Transport & Cold Storage

Shailly Beauty & Reiki

Hair & Beauty

Fathima Abdoola


United Hearts

Family Day Care Scheme

Apparel by Aliyah

Designer Clothing


Hijab Friendly Fashion

Modern Muslimah

Muslimah  Clothes

Loan Market

Mortgage Broker

HD Arabic TV


Brisbane Valley Gold

Achar (Pickles)

1 Stop Pizza & Kebab (menu)

Fast Food



Hair & Beauty

(Latest price list)

Precise Consulting

Business Bookkeeping Services

Shaheda Osman

Graphic Designer

Janet Hussein Science Training

Editorial Services & Training

Exquisite Chairs

Function decor

Flight Star


Dean's Photography


Burgerz PLUS

Fast Food

Kazy Klothing

Islamic Clothing

Mena Delights






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New mobile no. 0468 342 127 Brisbane Diagnostics Hummys Automotive Services Boulevard Tower Residence Accommodation Calamvale Physiotherapy & Sport Injury Clinic 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 T ax Returns 2012 Muslim Directory NAZIMA HANSA REMAX Marketing Coop Group Pizza Lane Pappa Roti Ummah Store Elite FX Web Design


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

To claim your date for your event email ccn@crescentsofbrisbane.org.





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20 & 21 September

Sat & Sun

Prayer Makes Perfect : Sheikh Bilal Ismail

Al Kauthar Institute

Griffith University

0438 698 328

8:30am to 7:00pm

20 & 21 September

Sat & Sun

Women Companions of the Prophet (pbuh)

Hikmahway Institute


0414 156 900 


27 September


HP Family Evening

Islamic Society of Holland Park

Islamic College of Brisbane, KARAWATHA

0422 122 249


27 September


Empowering Women: Fashion Show & Fund Raising Dinner

Amira Abayas

Michael's Oriental Restaurant

0452 217 747


28 September


ISOA Fundrasing Lunch

Islamic Society of Algester

Islamic College of Brisbane, KARAWATHA

0433 285 086


5 October



11 October


Eid Family Night @ Dreamworld

Eidfest QLD


0418 722 353

6pm to 12pm

18 October


ICB Open Day for Years 7-12

Islamic College of Brisbane

45 Acacia Road, Karawatha 

3841 3645 

2.30pm to 4.30pm

25 October


National Mosque OPEN DAY

Islamic Society of Logan

260 Third Ave. MARSDEN 

0406 914 831 

All day

25 October


1st Muharram 1436 (Islamic New Year)

26 October


Soccer Unity Cup

FAMSY, Islamic Appeal & Youth of Brisbane

Griffith Uni Nathan Campus 

0431 800 414 

9am to 4pm

3 November


Day of Aashooraa (10th day of Muharram)

23 November


Fund Rasing Dinner for Slackscreek Mosque Sounds of Da'Wah

Slackscreek Mosque Organizing Committee

45 Acacia Road, Karawatha

3841 3645 

2.30pm to 4.30pm



Prophet’s Birthday 12th Rabi-ul Awwal 1436

15 March 2015


2nd Toowoomba International Food Festival

Islamic Society of Toowoomba

Garden City Mosque (Toowoomba)

0421 081 048

10am to 5pm

7 June 2015


ICB Annual School Fete

Islamic College of Brisbane

Islamic College of Brisbane, KARAWATHA

0402 794 253

All day



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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