Sunday, 1 March 2015

 Newsletter 0538




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Chapman tweets genital mutilation image  The CCN Inbox: Letters to the Editor The CCN Food for Thought
Prime Minister's comments to cause further alienation  The CCN Classifieds An Ayaat-a-Week
QPS/Muslim Community Meeting What is/was happening in other necks of the woods Events and Functions
Why Would Teen Brit Girls Become Jihadi Brides? Around the Muslim World with CCN Islamic Programmes, Education & Services
Which Is Terrorism? Russell Brand

CCN Readers' Book Club

Businesses and Services

Harassment of Muslim women on the rise in Melbourne

KB's Culinary Corner

The CCN Date Claimer

When Hatred Knocks at Your Door Greet It With a Smile

Kareema's Keep Fit Column

CCN on Facebook

An open letter from an angry Muslim woman

The CCN Chuckle

Useful Links

What South African spies say about the Tabligh Jamaat  

Write For Us

Imran Tahir made sajdah after 5 wickets


Prophetic Health Workshop – Brisbane Workshop One
Islamophobia bigger threat to us than terrorism
Why are we questioning the loyalty of British Muslims?
Violent Extremism and the Value of Interfaith Dialogue
POETS’ CORNER: Somewhere in Pakistan
Jumma Lecture Recordings


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VICTORIA: A local councillor opposed to the building of a mosque in Bendigo sent a disturbing image of babies with mutilated genitals to a woman who supported the development.

City of Greater Bendigo councillor Elise Chapman (pictured right) tweeted the image to a Bendigo woman on Sunday, writing "Oh we could have this here too? Would you like your fanny sliced off?".

The tweet was a photograph of five girls, who appear to be aged no older than two, crying as they lie on the floor with blood seeping from their wounds.

Fairfax Media has decided not to publish the image.

The woman had first tweeted Cr Chapman, writing "I hope the mosque gets built soon, it's great to see someone who cares about all Bendigo residents and their religions".

Cr Chapman has been an outspoken critic of the mosque, and described herself as "not a fan of Islam".

"I wouldn't want to live near a mosque. Would you?" she said after council approved the mosque last year. She said at the time that under Islam, any non-believers were not worthy and should be killed.

"Every day in the media there are cases of people being raped by Muslims ... and there is no doubt a mosque would see more Muslims move to Bendigo," she said. "Islam is not a race though and I am not racist."

She later backed her comments, saying: "The people of Bendigo have every right to object to the application for a mosque without being labelled a racist or bigot."

Cr Chapman was one of only two councillors to vote against the proposal to build a mosque in Bendigo East. The developers received a planning permit in June 2014.

A group of residents are challenging the decision to grant a permit on planning and social grounds in the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal.

They have also raised concerns about the impact of "Sharia Law" on their community.

The VCAT hearing continued this week, with a decision not expected for months. Cr Chapman describes herself as "proudly Team Australia" on Twitter, and writes that the views she shares are hers, and not those of the council.

She has not signed the council code of conduct, saying she does not agree with its contents.

The code states that councillors will treat all people with courtesy and respect, including "treating members of the community with dignity and ensuring that neither offence nor embarrassment are caused".

Councils must implement a code of conduct under the Local Government Act, which contains general guidelines for behaviour but makes no mention of social media.

It is believed councillors are bound by the code of conduct regardless of whether or not they have signed it.

Councillors who have their conduct questioned may have to face a Municipal Association of Victoria councillor conduct panel.


If I came at you on the street with a pair of scissors and cut your genitals, I'd get arrested for it.

Cr Elise Chapman

But Cr Chapman said that because she had sent the image from a personal Twitter account, and they were her own views, she did not consider it relevant that she was a councillor.

Council had not told her whether an official complaint had been made.

She repeatedly referred to an ABC article published in 2010 that was posted to her on Twitter after she had tweeted the photo. The article stated that 600 to 700 women had reported to the Royal Melbourne hospital with some form of genital mutilation in a single year.

"I don't support many things Islam does and inequality and female genital mutilation are high on that list," she said.

"We have more than 600 women presenting to one hospital with female genital mutilation each year and not one person is getting arrested for it.

"If I came at you on the street with a pair of scissors and cut your genitals, I'd get arrested for it."

Cr Chapman said that many Muslims did not assimilate into society, and that the Koran supported dangerous ideas, but she was only opposed to building a mosque on planning grounds.

"I understand that not every Muslim is a radical or a terrorist, there are some moderate Muslims. I don't know if you've read the Koran, I have and I don't agree with it."

"What is in there is very dangerous, very dangerous indeed."

City of Greater Bendigo Mayor Peter Cox said he immediately contacted Cr Chapman to express his concern about the tweet on Wednesday afternoon and had arranged to meet with her.

"Councillor Chapman's personal views certainly do not reflect that of the City of Greater Bendigo Council," he said.

"I'm disappointed that Councillor Chapman would post something of this graphic nature… I've initiated a process so we can discuss the issue.

"While councillors are individuals and are entitled to their own opinion, when it reflects on the GBCC it concerns me."


I felt almost threatened, the way she spoke, the photos she shared, all from showing my own, personal support for Bendigo's mosque.

Twitter victim

The woman who tweeted Cr Chapman on Sunday did not wish to be identified. She said she had simply wanted to show support for the mosque.

"I did not put in a complaint, although everyone was pushing for it and I was beginning to consider it," she said.

"The whole thing just really upset me though.

"I felt almost threatened, the way she spoke, the photos she shared, all from showing my own, personal support for Bendigo's mosque."

The Islamic Council of Victoria have been contacted for comment.

Cr Chapman's Twitter account was suspended about 6pm. A Twitter spokesman had earlier said he could not comment on specific cases but encouraged the reporting of offensive material.

A petition calling for the removal of City of Greater Bendigo councillor Elise Chapman from council is circulating online.

Source: The Age


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‘Abbott’s recent comments about the threat of terrorism were plainly directed at the risk of Muslim terrorism.’ .  

Queensland's lead Islamic spokesman has a message for Prime Minister Tony Abbott: "I'm an Australian Muslim. Islam is a religion of peace and I condemn extremism."

Islamic Council of Queensland spokesman Ali Kadri warns Mr Abbott's call for Muslim leaders to be more vocal in condemning terrorism will only alienate the community.

And he's hoping a new social media campaign will show the PM that Islamic leaders do mean what they say about opposing extremism.

Mr Kadri described the PM's comments as sad and said Muslim leaders were sick of being asked to condemn terrorism every time the issue was raised.

"If this would have solved the problem I would be the first one out there condemning terrorism and extremism but condemning terrorism and extremism is not going to solve the problem," he said.

"What's going to solve the problem is communities working together and unwinding this extremely complex problem and look at strategies outside the box, things outside the box.

"By working together all of us can resolve this problem, whether it's Muslim extremism or right wing extremism."


By working together all of us can resolve this problem, whether it's Muslim extremism or right wing extremism.

Ali Kadri

On Monday, the Prime Minister gave a national security speech where he raised the prospect of stripping terrorists of their Australian citizenship and tightening laws governing hate speech.

Mr Abbott also called on Islamic leaders to rise to the challenge of condemning terrorism more frequently and openly.

"I've often heard Western leaders describe Islam as a 'religion of peace', I wish more Muslim leaders would say that more often, and mean it," he said.

Mr Kadri said short of putting a tattoo on his forehead, he didn't know what more he could do to condemn extremism.

The head of the Lebanese Muslim association, Samier Dandan, made similar comments to Guardian Australia.

Mr Kadri took a photo on Tuesday holding a sign saying: "I'm an Australian Muslim. Islam is a religion of peace and I condemn extremism #imeanit".



The Holland Park Mosque president is hoping to start a social media campaign to show just how much Muslims are doing to stamp out terrorism.

Mr Kadri said he and Holland Park Imam Uzair Akbar were abused by a young Muslim man in the wake of the arrests of Omar Succarieh and Agim Kruezi in Logan on terror-related charges in September last year.

"We engaged with the guy, we spoke to him. He was angry and we counselled him and he was ok after that," he said.

"That was a risky thing to do to go and visit somebody who was angry with us, thinking we were too close to the government.


And then for the Prime Minister to come out and say we don't do enough, it's just sad.

Ali Kadri

"And then for the Prime Minister to come out and say we don't do enough, it's just sad."

The 33-year-old said it was actions like these that would help keep alienated young Muslims away from extremism, not widespread condemnation.

Mr Kadri labelled moves to tighten racial vilification laws - a backflip on previous attempts to relax them - as hypocritical and said the Prime Minister was overplaying the terrorist threat for political gain.

He said hate preaching wasn't tolerated in Queensland mosques.

"If you come to the mosque and talk to people about ISIS, all you will hear is swear words and anger and nothing else. People are very upset with the group," he said.

"Nobody can come to any mosque in Brisbane and try to condone ISIS.

"They won't be allowed to. People will kick them out."

Source: Brisbane Times


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Minutes from the QPS/Muslim community meeting held on 11 Wednesday 2015 at the Islamic College of Brisbane.

Results of an academic research study entitled Avoiding Community Backlash in the fight against terrorism were tabled and discussed at the meeting.

The next QPS/ Muslim Community meeting will be on Wednesday 22 April 2015.

Time: 7.00pm sharp
Date: Wednesday 22 April 2015
Venue: Islamic College of Brisbane - 45 Acacia Road Karawatha


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Reaction to news that three teenage girls have disappeared from London and are suspected to be on their way to Syria to join IS.




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Reem Hakem's daughter was recently yelled at by a man while walking home from school. .  

The verbal abuse of women in headscarves is on the rise in Melbourne, say Muslim women, with some being shoved and spat on while walking.

Noble Park mother Reem Hakem said her 14-year-old daughter was recently yelled at by a man while walking home from school with her younger brother.

She will be running a cross-cultural workshop in Craigieburn on Wednesday, organised by the Uniting Church, to allow Muslim women to share their concerns and offer solutions to tackle public violence with Victoria Police, lawyers and community groups.

While community leaders say religious hatred should never be tolerated, some say the abuse of those who choose to don a hijab was becoming so common the incidents were often "brushed off" by the victims.

Mrs Hakem's daughter was wearing her school uniform when an older man driving past reportedly wound down his car window, gave her the finger and told her to "f--- off".

Ms Hakem said it was her son who first told her about the incident. When she asked her daughter about it the teenager said she had not mentioned it straight away because she "thought it was normal" to be singled out because of her headscarf.

"That response really broke my heart," she said. "She's just walking home from school and she's a child."

The Islamophobia Register, which collects reports of violence and harassment against Australian Muslims, is aware of a number of incidents where women have been abused in front of their children.

These cases of abuse reportedly spike during and after events that reflect negatively on the Islamic community, such as the Sydney Lindt Cafe siege and recent debate about banning the burqa.

Community advocate and lawyer Lydia Shelly accused Prime Minister Tony Abbott of encouraging attacks with "inflammatory statements" made during Monday's national security statement suggesting Muslim leaders may not "mean it" when they speak out against extremism.

"If the rhetoric continues [from] the Prime Minister and people in positions of power it's going to be very difficult and perhaps unsafe for ... Muslim women to fully participate in Australian public life," she warned.

Meadow Heights kindergarten educator Rehab Ayoubi believes violence against Muslim women can only be addressed through "knowledge".

"If people really know what Islam is about then they would know there is no link between Islam and whatever is being portrayed in the media," she said.

"Do your part and get to know your Muslims. Give it a go."

Melanie Schleiger from Victoria Legal Aid said often people who had been abused in the streets did not realise that a criminal offence had been committed "and they have a right to make a complaint to the police and the right to make a civil claim if they want to".

She encouraged people to report incidents of religious and racial abuse and advised victims to make sure they took down witnesses details.

Source: The Age


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There are journalists who report the truth and even risk their lives in doing so. Some have been imprisoned and some have even been killed for just telling the truth. Their lives had been taken because they believed in free speech. They stood for the oppressed and stood against injuctice. To them is my utmost respect. They are amongst the heroes of the world today.

However there are also many journalists who are nothing but scaremongers, and they wouldn’t report the truth even if it hits them in the face. They don’t represent the voice of the people, they represent the voice of the government and the elites. They are nothing but puppets to those who wish to destroy the world we live in today. To them I write this open letter.

Dear Sir / Madam

For over a decade you have demonised me and my religion. You have spoken for me, and said that I am oppressed, but you never truly want to listen to what I have to say.

I don’t wear wear the niqab (face veil), and you still can’t see my face. You can’t see my body language, but I know you can understand me clearly. Let me say this clearly, what Muslim women wear, is none of your business. If it scares you or makes you feel uncomfortable then I suggest you look the other way, look down or look up, but know that we don’t dress to please you. You are insignificant to us, and we think you should keep your backwards opinions to yourself. Yes it is backwards to be intolerant of the beliefs of others. It is backwards to think that the European way of life is superior to the way of life of others.

Learn from history and know that in early Islam, women were business women, ministers, scholars and warriors who fought men on the battlefields. Learn from history that only as far back as 150 years ago in Europe, the ‘intellectual’ men amongst you were having a debate to decide whether women have souls or not, and whether a woman could even be classified as a human being. Yes you have come far, and thank God that you did. However this does not make you superior, it just makes you more clever than what you were 150 years ago.



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“South Africa has taken note of international security concerns regarding the activities of the Tabligh Jamaat and its possible exploitation by extremist groups…However, available information does not implicate any member of the Tabligh Jamaat in South Africa in any activity related to “radicalisation” or terrorism”.

This was the conclusion drawn by South Africa’s National Intelligence Agency(NIA) in 2009 on the popular global Muslim missionary movement and its activities in the country.

A secret document dealing exclusively with the ‘Origins and Activities of the Tabligh Jamaat in South Africa’ has been uncovered among the trove of intelligence papers leaked by the Al Jazeera Network known as the Spy Cables.

Information in the document seems to suggest that it was compiled by the NIA in response to “international security concerns” and previous case studies conducted into the group.

These sources, the NIA suggests, found the Tabligh Jamaat to be an “assessment tool” used by “extremist organisations” to evaluate members of the movement whose zealousness they believed would make them potential candicates for further activism beyond the group. They also suggested that groups such as Al Qaeda could make attempts to recruit Tabligh Jamaat members or even infiltrate the movement.

The NIA notes that international security agencies are also suspicious of the movement’s international networks being used as a cover for covert activities, and that these formations often suggest that individuals implicated in “terror acts” had previous contact with the Tabligh Jamaat.

Its own investigation, as chronicled through the document, sees the NIA trace the origin of the Tabligh Jamaat in South Africa to the 1950′s and 60′s, with mention of some of the movement’s pioneers such as Hafez Soofie and Goolam Mohammed(Bhai) Padia RA.
It recounts the famous ’6 points’ of the brotherhood and notes established Tablighi structure and practices through references to amirs, gash and ijtimas.

The Vereeninging Ijtima of April 2009 is also specifically mentioned along with statistics of its numbers of attendees.

The NIA claims that unemployed individuals were found to be specific targets for “recruitment” into the Tableegh Jamaat, as they were thought to be “impressionable”.

Nonetheless, the brief also adds that the Jamaat is home to many successful professionals who are at home within its ranks.


“Members are encouraged to contact and recruit influential people in the village or city,” another segment of the document claims.

A conspicuous error within the leaked cable is the claim that Tabligh groups report on a regular basis to Moulana Abbas Ali Jeenah who, it says, is the national leader of the group.
Regarding funding sources for the group, the document’s authors suggest that its investigations found that individual members largely funded their own travels, though businesses, wealthy merchant families and NGOs have also been benefactors of the group.

The NIA voiced concern that large amounts of money needed to support Tabligh activities raised “concerns that certain external benefactors connected to religious extremist could channelling money TJ in support of Jihad efforts elsewhere in the world(sic)”.

In its final prognosis , the NIA affirms the strength of the Tabligh Jamaat in South Africa and its potential credential as the fastest growing Muslim religious movement in Southern Africa.

It however concludes that there is no available information to suggest that the movement or its members in South Africa are involved in anything untoward or illegal.

“South Africa has taken note of international security concerns regarding the activities of the TJ an its exploitation by extremist groups. It has also taken note, of previous case
studies confirming links between the TJ and individuals implicated in terror acts.”

“However, and despite information confirming ongoing contact between members of the TJ in South Africa and their counterparts abroad, available information does not implicate any member of the TJ in South Africa in any activity related to “radicalisation” or terrorism,” the brief concludes.
Members of the Tableegh Jamaat contacted by Cii News say the information contained in the leaked document is largely data that is widely available in the public domain, and that the movement is peaceful and has nothing to hide.

The contents of the report are only significant, add other commentators, in their exposure of the scrutiny that certain South African Muslim entities have been receiving from intelligence agencies.

Other documents within the spy cables leaked thus far have revealed references to PAGAD, the MJC, MRN, Al Aqsa Foundation, Africa Muslims Agency, the Majlis newspaper and a Madressah in Zakariyya Park.

You can view the full NIA document HERE


Source: CII Broadcasting


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Julian Burnside

We’re being asked to give up long-held principles of justice, fairness and liberty, not to mention social cohesion. Is there any threat big enough to warrant that?

‘Abbott’s recent comments about the threat of terrorism were plainly directed at the risk of Muslim terrorism.’ .  

I have been criticised by several people I respect (and a few I do not respect) for a tweet last week in which I said, “Sorry to see Andrew Bolt stirring up Islamophobia today on his blog. People like Bolt and Abbott are the real threat to our way of life.”

This has been taken by some people as me expressing support for jihadists. It was not. I detest Islamic extremism. Let me make it really plain: I detest extremism of any persuasion. One reason I think we should be less hysterical about boat people is that most of them are fleeing the same extremists we dread.

Perhaps it is a limitation of Twitter as a platform for non-trivial ideas, but my point was about people who stir up Islamophobia, and the risk they present to our way of life. I would make exactly the same point about people who stir up hatred of any other group. Right now, Islamophobia is the new antisemitism, and it is dangerous.

Tony Abbott referred to Muslims a number of times in his speech on Monday, and he referred to the Lindt café siege in Sydney. It is important to bear in mind that the Lindt café siege was not a Muslim terrorist event: it was not any sort of terrorist event. It was the terrible act of a madman. The fact that he was a Muslim is utterly irrelevant. The fact that it is used, even indirectly, to stir up fear of Muslims is utterly disgraceful.

Of course, Muslims are an easy target: Islamic State (Isis) is doing a pretty bad PR job for Islam. But most Muslims do not support terrorism, either here or overseas. A small group of zealots support Isis and want to join its fight. If there are 50 jihadists in Australia who would fight with Isis (unlikely), that represents about two Australians in a million who are sharply at odds with us. Is two in a million really a big enough threat to encourage us to abandon long-held principles of justice, fairness and liberty?

Abbott has suggested that we should not give the benefit of the doubt when making decisions about bail. It is an interesting point. Bail exists to give effect to the idea that a person is innocent until proven guilty. A person charged with any offence (other than the most serious) is presumed to be entitled to bail, so they do not have to stay in jail until their trial. Those charged with, for example, murder, are presumed not entitled to bail. The presumption for or against bail can be displaced by evidence.

The possibility of bail is important, especially when the trial may be six or 12 months away. I wonder how many Australians would approve the idea of jailing a person pending trial “just in case” they might commit an offence. Especially as a person charged is presumed innocent, and may be found not guilty.

It is an essential principle of our system that a person should not be punished unless they have been convicted of an offence. The legal system has plenty of examples of people who are charged and then acquitted at trial. Bail is available so that a person who might ultimately be acquitted is not punished in the meantime. Equally, there are examples of people who are charged, acquitted and then go and commit an offence. It would contradict centuries of legal thinking and social attitudes to say that the person should have been held in jail “just in case”. Punishment in advance of an offence, or in anticipation of the possibility of an offence, is utterly inconsistent with long-accepted social norms.

Similarly, privacy is a widely accepted principle. The possibility that the movements and conversations of all citizens could be tracked by government agencies cannot be reconciled with accepted social values.

Abbott’s recent comments about the threat of terrorism were plainly directed at the risk of Muslim terrorism. Andrew Bolt’s writing frequently plays up the risk of Muslim terrorism. Both Abbott and Bolt have voices which are widely heard and uncritically accepted. They are both significant elements of an increasing anti-Muslim sentiment in the community. If Abbott has his way, that sentiment is going to be harnessed by the government to introduce laws which will cut down basic civil liberties, in particular by restricting bail and enlarging Asio’s powers to spy on the public at large by use of electronic data.

Before we are frightened into accepting the sort of legislation Abbott foreshadowed, it is worth recalling the sober warning of Benjamin Franklin, who said:


Those who would give up essential liberty, to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.

In December 2004, the House of Lords decided a case about English legislation which provided for detention of people thought to present a terrorist risk if they could not be deported. In an 8:1 decision, the House of Lords determined that the laws did not comply with the UK Human Rights Act. Lord Hoffmann said:


… the real threat to the life of the nation, in the sense of a people living in accordance with its tradition laws and political values, comes not from terrorism but from laws such as these.


Source: The Guardian





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Suzanne Moore

I hate the union flag and I would scrap the royal family. But no one asks me to prove my Britishness

A British Muslim mother with her son in London.  

How loyal are you to this country? How proud are you of it? Answer exactly. Explain yourself to me. Tell me how safe you feel. Tell me what you think other people think of you.


Let me then declare the truth about you, your family, your faith. You are a Muslim and I am British, you see, so I can ask these things. My loyalty is taken for granted, though it shouldn’t be. Yours is always suspect. Though it shouldn’t be. Thus I can read that a BBC survey this morning found that “95% of Muslims feel a loyalty to Britain”, but that there are “no similar measurements for the general public.” Making it meaningless. And 95% does not count for much when run alongside other aspects of the survey, which showed: “One in four (27%) said that they had some sympathy for the motives behind the attacks in Paris on satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.”

What does any of this mean? Are a quarter of our Muslim population going to behead us in our beds? Is the man in the Turkish shop who gives my children sweets secretly cheering on the death cult? This poll just drives the us-and-them mentality. There is a “them”, of course. But “they” are killing out in Syria and Iraq and they are killing mostly other Muslims. There is a “them” in Saudi Arabia, whom we are asked to think of as an “us”, where Prince Charles gets his sword dance on with the right kind of beheaders.


The Guardian


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Blog by Dr Brian J. Adams, Director of the Centre for Interfaith & Cultural Dialogue (ICD) at Griffith University


AS RECENT EVENTS in Australia and overseas attest, violent extremist acts persist as a chosen tool for radical groups to terrorise populations and recruit more adherents. This is despite a wide array of prevention, containment and rehabilitation strategies in place around the world.

These strategies range from the intrusions of the Chinese surveillance system and the Egyptian police, to the relationship building of community liaison officers in the Australian Federal Police; from Singaporean public-private partnerships to rehabilitate prison detainees, to the checklists all USA citizens can use to rate the risk of individuals, families and communities turning to violent extremism.

Yet more can be done, in fact, one might say that more needs to be done.

One approach to countering violent extremism that governments are beginning to add to their toolbox is the use of interfaith and intercultural dialogue (IID).

INTERFAITH AND INTERCULTURAL dialogue (IID) occurs when members or representatives of different faith and/or cultural communities come together with the goal, at least in part, to develop or strengthen understanding of each other. Coming together can be in the form of official or ad hoc discussions and exchanges, collaborative projects or coordinated activism. As such, IID “fosters the (re)building of trust relations and enhances social cohesion…both locally and globally, by recognizing the importance of integrating religious identities into inter-group dialogue”. Such dialogues can help “to overcome philosophical and religious extremism, stereotypes and prejudices, ignorance and indifference, intolerance and hostility”.




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Somewhere in Pakistan,
To be human is not enough.

Somewhere in Pakistan,
Some have no right to laugh,
Or even smile, or cry,
Or breathe, or be.

In the limelight of Quetta
Bodies decorate the streets.

So colourful a painting, so sad a scene.


Will anything ever matter
To the heart that doesn’t bleed at this?
Another corpse falls to the ground
Smaller this time, easier for the eye to miss,
A child.

But wait, there are no victims in this story, no.

Only criminals.

Their crime?
The conviction in their hearts
Their thoughts and their ideas,

If they be old enough.

If not, association suffices.


Where does it end?
When will the spills be large enough,

The cries be loud enough,
Our hearts have been hurt enough?

When will it be understood
That faith cannot be quantified.

And minds cannot be captured?
They are wild eagles,

Accustomed to feeling the breeze

As they soar high above the clouds, unhindered.


Step back, look up at the sky and the stars,
Pray to Him who created them.

Ask, if you wish
How this could happen and why.

But the answer is, and will always be
‘Surely, the help of Allah is nigh’.


Tiba Abid


Source: Muslim News


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DATE: 27 February 2015

TOPIC: “Purposive thinking”

IMAM: Dr Mohammed Abdalla








DATE: 27 February 2015

TOPIC: “The forbearance of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh)”

IMAM: Mufti Junaid Akbar

AUDIO (MP3) LINK: http://www.masjidtaqwa.org.au/index.php/downloads/kuthba






DATE: 27 February 2015

TOPIC: The Disease of communal/tribal/ethnic pride

IMAM: Imam Imraan Husain



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Asalaamu Alaikum


I have got 6 Category A tickets for the Cricket World Cup semi-final to be played in Sydney on 26 Mar 2015.

I am based in South Africa and was planning to come for the semi-final and final but I cannot make it now. I have the tickets on hand.

I am looking to sell the tickets and willing to take less than face value for them.


Face value is around AUS$275 per ticket. (See link to confirm prices)





Email molor001@gmail.com.

Salaam CCN,

I am writing this email to thank CCN for kindly advertising my invitation for Muslims in Brisbane to participate in my research (CCN0429 and CCN0498).

My PhD research is called "Privacy, modesty, hospitality and the design of Muslim homes in Australia" (subject to change towards my thesis submission).

I am currently writing up my final thesis and insyaallah my final seminar will be due on 17 April 2015 (tentative).

Alhamdulillah, all my 4 papers are now published and I was the main author for all the papers. All papers are through open access journals. I welcome all Muslims to download the PDFs and read the them at:

1. http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2095263514000740
2. http://www.archnet-ijar.net/index.php/IJAR/article/view/374
3. http://ejournal.uin-malang.ac.id/index.php/JIA/article/view/2527
4. http://www.ijtra.com/special-issue-view.php?paper=are-australian-homes-liveable-and-adaptable-for-muslim-families-six-case-studies-in-brisbane.pdf

Overall, the research only managed to recruit 6 participants. However it is well understood that a Muslim home is predominantly a private and female domain.
With the current situation and perceptions about Islam in Australia, it was more difficult to find more participants willing to allow myself (a male researcher) to
enter into their private and safe sanctuaries.

As an architectural and social science researcher, I am very delighted and satisfied with the outcome and looking forward to pursue with more future research
in understanding how Islamic culture and teachings influence the design and utilization of interior spaces of Muslim homes in Australia, quantitatively and nationally.

This research will hopefully fill in some gaps in learning Muslims' familial structure in Australia and how the home acts as an important medium for the balance of private lives and social integration with the wider Australian society.


Zulkeplee Othman
PhD Candidate
School of Design
Faculty of Creative Industries
Queensland University of Technology


 Egyptians Crowned Champions of Squash Tournament in New York



NEW YORK: Raneem El Weleily (pictured above), 26, has made Egyptian squash history, becoming the first Egyptian woman to win the Tournament of Champions, an annual international squash championship held in New York City’s Grand Central Terminal.

Weleily, World No.2 women’s squash player, clenched the throne after defeating the UK’s Alison Waters in an intense battle for the championship.

“Winning the first tournament after losing that World Championship means a lot,” said Welily, referring to her loss at the World Open in 2014.

“Back home, everyone is really happy!”

Meanwhile, Mohamed El-Shorbagy, 24, reinforced his position as the world’s top squash player after defeating the UK’s Nick Matthew and claiming his fourth major PSA World Series title.


The victory was El-Shorbagy’s first in the Tournament of Champions and marked the eighth time Egyptian men have won the championship since 2000.

“I wanted to win so badly and I’m proud to see my name join the illustrious list of previous Tournament of Champions winners,” said El-Shorbagy after the match.


El-Shorbagy praised Weleily’s victory, saying the World No.2’s performance was inspirational.

“When I saw Raneem win in the women’s final it really inspired me because we both recently lost in World Championship finals even though we both had match balls.

“She showed me that you can rebound and I’m really proud of how I played and that I proved I can come back stronger than before.”

Source: Egyptian Streets


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MCA: Terengganu proposal to shame Muslims who don't attend Friday prayers is excessive   


PETALING JAYA: Punishing Muslims who do not attend Friday prayers by transporting them in a hearse to shame them will appear to be excessive to non-Muslims, said MCA Syariah Law & Policy Implementation Special Task Force chairman Gan Ping Sieu.

"It may even paint a picture of the implementation of Taliban-style religious laws in our country, and it would also be seen as similar to the public shaming of the Dark Ages in Europe," said Gan.

Gan, who issued a statement on Thursday in response to plans announced by the Terengganu state government, said that while the state religious council has the authority to impose such punishments, the implementation of such punishments would contravene the fundamental rights and liberties provided for by the Federal Constitution.

"Does it apply to all Muslims, including those from outside Terengganu or travellers and business people who cross the border of the state, be they locals or foreigners? What can be foreseen is that the business community and market will practically come to a stand still on every Friday prayer time," said Gan.

He called for moderate Muslim scholars and theologians to express their views over the perceived radicalisation of Islam in Malaysia's multiracial society.

"Religious teachings work best when the believers are persuaded rather than conditioned into by sheer force of man made laws or administrative compulsion," Gan said.

Source: The Star

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Austria passes controversial 'Islam law' 


New law aims to encourage 'Austrian character' while strengthening Islam's status in the country.


Protesters hold banners during the demonstration under the slogan 'New Islam Law? Not with us!' in front of the parliament building in Vienna, Austria, 24 February 2015

AUSTRIA: A bill reforming a centuries-old law governing the status of Muslims has just been passed by Austria's National Council or parliament. The law has sparked discussion over the relationship between state and religion and the status of 560,000 Austrian Muslims. In a controversial move, the Islam Law bans foreign funding of mosques and religious leaders and reminds Muslims that state law takes precedence over religious belief.

The bill protects Muslim religious holidays; allows Muslims to consult clerics while in the military, prisons and care homes; and receive food in accordance with Islamic rules. The law encourages preaching Islam in German, instead of Turkish as is common in Muslim communities.

Around 200 protesters gathered outside the Austrian parliament to oppose the law while online they used #Islamgesetz ("Islam Law"):

Translation: "@qaasimilli: Austrian Muslims speak up and defend yourself against getting forced into the corset of a church-like organisation. The Islam Law cannot be accepted".



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Britain to lead the world in Islamic finance

London is bidding to become a leading centre for sharia-compliant finance, according to the UK's foreign minister for the Middle East


London's Shard tower was funded by Islamic finance  


UK: London has set its sights on becoming the world centre for the Islamic finance industry according to the UK's foreign office minister for Middle East.

Speaking at The Telegraph's Middle East Congress on Wednesday, Tobias Ellwood, under secretary of state at the Foreign Office, said the capital had ambitions to stand alongside Dubai and Kuala Lumpur as a global hub for Islamic finance.

Britain became the first country outside the Muslim world to issue an Islamic bond, known as Sukuk, last year.

The £200m bond attracted healthy investor interest and was the first step in encouraging wider investment from the region to the City of London.

Britain was also committed to promoting a "peaceful and prosperous" Middle East and expanding trade ties with the region, which topped £35bn last year, said Mr Ellwood.

"We must promote inclusive political participation and job creation across the region," said the under secretary of state.

"A long-term security strategy must have prosperity at its heart."

Islamic finance products comply with religious rulings, known as sharia, to pool risk and prohibit traditional interest payments.

There are currently six Islamic banks in Britain, while another 20 lenders currently offer Islamic financial products and services, more than any other Western country.

Chancellor George Osborne has said promoting the Islamic finance industry, which is worth nearly $2 trillion, would help make Britain “the undisputed centre of the global financial system".

Mr Ellwood also celebrated notable sharia-compliant investments that have been used to fund some of the capital’s largest developments, including The Shard and the Olympic Village.

The sovereign Sukuk market, which makes up only 0.1pc of global financial assets, is predicted to expand by 20pc a year, according Robert Gray, chairman of debt finance at HSBC.

Sukuk provide fixed returns from underlying assets, thus bypassing the Islamic prohibition on receiving interest.

Mr Gray added the recent fall in oil prices would not hinder the industry and could stimulate the issuance of Sharia compliant debt from the likes of Saudi Arabia.

With a depth of reserves, Gulf nations have a “strong capacity to accept more debt and a strong inclination to use Islamic capital markets”, said Mr Gray.

Source: The Telegraph


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Supreme Court considers Muslim hijab discrimination case against Abercrombie & Fitch



US: The US Supreme Court will hear arguments in a case Wednesday over whether employers such as retail giant Abercrombie & Fitch must automatically offer religious accommodation for applicants and employees, or whether such accommodation must be requested.

The case goes back to 2008, when Samantha Elauf, a Muslim, applied to work at an Abercrombie & Fitch Kids store in Tulsa, Oklahoma for a “model” position – or a sales job, in Abercrombie parlance.

Abercrombie has a strict “Look Policy” dress code for its employees, requiring what it calls an East Coast collegiate or preppy style. At the time of Elauf’s interview, the policy governed clothes, jewelry and hair, barring hats and black clothing.

Elauf, 17 years old at the time, wore a black headscarf, along with jeans and a t-shirt, to her interview with an assistant store manager. Though the interview went well, Elauf’s friend who worked at the store told her that the assistant manager suggested the store did not hire her because of her headscarf.



Elauf eventually took the news to the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, which sued Abercrombie in federal court on her behalf, alleging the store had crossed Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The rule prohibits employers from refusing to hire someone based on religious practices unless it can show it would be an “undue hardship” to allow the practice.

The lawsuit said Abercrombie should have made an exemption in its “Look Policy” for Elauf’s religious beliefs.

The federal government won in a trial court, with a jury awarding Elauf $20,000 in damages. Yet the US Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit reversed the decision, ruling for Abercrombie. The appeals court contended that the store could not be liable for violating anti-discrimination laws because it ultimately did not know – and Elauf did not say – whether she was wearing the headscarf based on religious beliefs.

In EEOC v. Abercrombie & Fitch, the federal government has called on the Supreme Court to recognize that a would-be employee like Elauf is not solely responsible for notifying an employer of religious practices. The government has argued that an employer can’t refuse to hire someone when it correctly understands the applicant’s religious practices, even if the applicant has not explicitly indicated what those beliefs are, as was the case for Elauf.

The government says an employer could get around anti-discrimination laws if it claims it is not certain about one’s religious practices. Plus, the government says an employer would know better of its own policies and when they might conflict with an applicant or employee’s religious beliefs.

Abercrombie says that such a burden is more complicated than the government claims: how would the company know when an applicant may need an exemption, the store has asked, and how would it handle religions that either aren’t well known, or when members of a certain faith disagree on practices?

"Accommodating religious practices is not always straightforward, in large part because it can be hard to tell who wants or needs accommodation," Abercrombie said in its legal brief to the court. "It is generally the employee's or applicant's duty ask for an accommodation -- not the employer's job to guess."

"Employers are not supposed to ask about religious views or practices," Abercrombie added in its brief.

Many religious advocacy groups – including Muslims, Christians, Jews, and Sikhs – have spoken up in support of Elauf, as well as a gay-rights organization, according to USA Today.

In a legal brief filed in the case on behalf of Orthodox Jews, lawyer Nathan Lewin said requiring job applicants to ask for special treatment for religious practices may mean they are less likely to be hired with no reason given for the denial.


According to AP, Lewin said in the filing that Orthodox Jews, who are required to wear a yarmulke and may not work on Saturdays, are often advised not to divulge such information until after they are hired.

Abercrombie has since relaxed its policy regarding head scarves, yet the no-black rule is still in place.

"A&F has a longstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion, and consistent with the law, has granted numerous religious accommodations when requested, including hijabs," the company said in a statement
Source: RT


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Newcastle Football Fans Unite Against Pegida Anti-Islam March


UK: Newcastle United football fans rallyied against a German anti-Islam movement, which staged its first UK protest in the city yesterday.

Pegida (Patriotic Europeans against the Islamisation of the West) announced the march on Facebook stating: “All are welcome to attend. Let’s show the Islamists we show no fear.”

The march scheduled for 28 February – the day Newcastle United plays against Aston Villa at St James' Park.

A statement posted on the NUFC Fans website urged: “Remember, we are black and white; we are UNITED” and warned the march would replace match day euphoria with bigotry and intolerance.

The statement, entitled "Not in our city" describes Newcastle upon Tyne as a place “famous for its tolerance, integration and warmth of spirit.” It adds:


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Georgia judge jails Muslim woman for wearing headscarf to court


Lisa Valentine was arrested after a Georgia judge charged her with contempt of court after refusing to take off her headscarf  


US: A city judge in Georgia has in the past eight days barred two Muslim women wearing Islamic headscarves from entering his courtroom, jailing one, and prompting an inquiry from the civil rights office at the US department of justice.

Judge Keith Rollins of Douglasville, Georgia, yesterday ordered Lisa Valentine, 41, to jail after she refused to remove her scarf before entering the courtroom, citing rules governing appropriate dress. Last week, Sabreen Abdulrahmaan was forced to leave Rollins's court before her son's probation hearing because she would not remove her scarf.

"It's a religious right," Valentine said. "It's our constitutional right that we can have our religious practices, no matter if it's a courtroom or not. He's supposed to be handing out justice, not taking away civil rights."

Valentine said she sought to accompany her nephew to a traffic hearing yesterday but was told by a court security officer that she could not enter the courtroom with her headscarf on. She said she refused to remove it and turned to leave, saying, "This is bullshit".

Security officers handcuffed her and brought her before Rollins, who sentenced her to 10 days in jail when she declined to defend her actions at the security checkpoint, her husband Omar Hall said. Valentine, an insurance underwriter, was forced to take off the scarf and don an orange jumpsuit, chained and put aboard a jail bus with men and women.

"It felt like I was naked, because that's how I feel without my hijab," Valentine said. "You could have taken off my clothes and it would have felt the same way."

Her husband phoned an Islamic civil rights organisation and sought an attorney, and she was released without explanation after about seven hours.

"Judge Keith Rollins has inexplicably, blatantly usurped our innate human rights as American citizens," Hall said.


The Guardian

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The Muslim News Awards for Excellence 2015 shortlist


UK: The readership of The Muslim News selected and nominated them, and a distinguished independent panel of Judges reviewed, deliberated and mused over the list.


Over the next few weeks CCN will profile one of the illustrious men, women, children and projects deemed to be worthy of short-listing for a Muslim News Award for Excellence.

These exemplars of good practice, excellence – our future role models – will be treated to a Gala Evening in the presence of their peers and other renowned guests in March, when the finalists are announced for the [16] coveted Awards for Excellence


Alhambra Awards for Excellence in Arts


Halima Cassell is a sculptural artist who fuses Asian cultural roots with a fascination for African pattern work and a passion for architectural geometry.


Born in 1975 in Pakistan, brought up in Manchester and now lives in Blackburn, Lancashire, her varied, multi-cultural background is tangibly present in her work.


Her artwork is showcased in exhibitions globally, including at the V&A in London, Japan and India. Halima has had numerous achievements, from winning Public Art Commissions and through to achieving residencies and scholarships, she is one of the few British Muslim women who works with sculptures and ceramic materials at such a high standard.


Source: Muslim News


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Q: Dear Kareema, I just wanted to know whether you are a personal trainer and know of any women only gyms for muslim women. I have gained about 10 kg since I've moved to Australia and I am only 21. I need help losing weight as I feel I am putting on more. I need help.

A: Hi there, yes I am a personal trainer. Fortunately there are quite a few ladies only gyms around (depending on the area you’re in).


There is one called ‘Fernwood’ which offers a variety of programs including personal training.


There’s also ‘Curves’ which has set circuit programs (so you go in and work on the fitness machines).

I’d encourage you to do a quick search online as you might find some smaller female only gyms around your area.

[CCN Editor] In the south of Brisbane Layla Shaw specializes in women's fitness and offers personal training, group classes and Crossfit. Her number is 0451 515 506.




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


This week's book review is


The Enlightenment Qur’an:

The Politics of Translation and the Construction of Islam


Ziad Elmarsafy




The author of this book is an academic and writer specialising in English and related literature. He is currently a Senior Lecturer at the University of York and author of several books on Western, Middle Eastern and North African religious, philosophical and literary topics. In addition to the book under review, he is author of Freedom, Slavery and Absolutism (Bucknell University Press, 2003) and Sufism in Contemporary Arabic Novel (Oxford University Press, 2012).

Fluent in Arabic, French and English, the author combines his extensive knowledge of both European and Islamic literary history to explore relations between the West and the Muslim world highlighting how one has invariably influenced the other intellectually as well as culturally.

At a time when the champions of so-called ‘clash of civilisations’ and supposed ‘incompatibility between Western and Islamic values’ are working overtime to divide humanity into two diametrically opposing blocs, it is refreshing to learn that the leading figures of European Enlightenment (during eighteenth and early nineteenth century), the founders of modern European thought and culture, were profoundly influenced by Islam’s sacred book.

European Enlightenment was the ‘Age of Reason’ when religion in general and Christianity in particular was subjected to critical analysis and scrutiny as rationality became the final arbiter of right and wrong, truth and falsehood, and reality and illusion. During such a fiercely iconoclastic and rationalistic period in modern European history and thought, prominent Enlightenment figures like Voltaire, Rousseau, Goethe and Napoleon were profoundly influenced – not by Christianity or the Bible – but by their encounter with the translated Qur’an.
This came about “…at times and places that look, in retrospect, like turning points: Rousseau’s construction of the legislator and the social contract, Voltaire’s denunciations of fanaticism and nascent anti-clericalism, young Napoleon Bonaparte’s invasion of Egypt, the young Goethe’s oscillation between poetry and prophecy as literary paradigms, and the older Goethe’s theorization of world literature.

In all of these cases, the engagement with Islam enables a radical break with past traditions and the conception of something entirely new: a legislator who owes nothing to traditional contract theory (Rousseau), a view of universal history that goes well beyond the received idea of God’s plan unfolding in human affairs, and in so doing inaugurates a new vision of modernity (Voltaire), a vision of a secular republic expanding outside Europe and into the Middle East and North Africa (Napoleon), a model of global literary production based on translation rather than creation (Goethe). Of the developments that brought about these shifts of perspective, the new translations of the Qur’an that were being produced in Europe after the mid-seventeenth century must take pride of place.” (pp.x-xi)

Consisting of seven enlightening chapters covering ‘Translators and translations of the Qur’an’ (pp1-36) to ‘Goethe: Poetry and Prophecy, from Mahomet to World Literature’ (pp158-179), a short Preface and an Afterword, in this book the author shows that modern Western thought, culture and values have more in common with the Islamic worldview than the contemporary peddlers of ‘clash of civilisations’ thesis would have us believe.

In the author’s own words, “Then as now, the Western world seems extremely reluctant to let go of the intellectual hooks by which its view of Islam is suspended. It is to be hoped that, by studying the period during which some of those cherished misconceptions were released, we can bring about a better understanding of the Muslim-Western dynamic today…” (p.xii)

This is a timely, refreshing and persuasive book, covering an important period in Western intellectual history by throwing new light on the complex background to the formation of our intellectual, cultural and political worldview and reality. Highly recommended reading.

Muhammad Khan, author and researcher – This is dedicated to Mohammad Ali Qayyum, in appreciation.

Source: Muslim News



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KB says:  Pap is a South African favourite at BBQs and I was inspired by the team of South Africans in the MKR competition who cooked up a polenta tart (which was a bit dry).  So I took on board the criticisms of judge Colin and have tried to ensure this recipe turns out lighter and fluffier. 

Pumpkin and Corn Pap





2 cups cooked pumpkin
1 can creamstyle corn – blended to form a puree
1 cup frozen mealies
2 cups mealie meal or polenta
2 cups water
125g butter
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. green chillies
1 tsp. ground garlic
3 cups water
2 tab ghee


1. Sauté garlic, green chillies in the ghee and add pumpkin, pureed sweetcorn, salt and 1 cup frozen mealies and cook for approx. 3 mins.
2. Add the butter and stir until butter melts.
3. Add the 3 cups of water and bring to the boil.
4. Mix the mealie meal/polenta with 2 cups of water and add to the boiling mixture.
5. Stir continuously for 3mins and then cover the pot to allow the pap to steam for 5min, don’t overcook.
6. Serve hot with barbequed meat or baked beans.

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Mula Nasruddin is conducting a Year 12 class and poses the following question to his students: "If you give $500 to your friend, but he needs only $250, how much will he return?"

Young Jallaludin: $0

Mula Nasruddin: You don't know your maths!

Young Jallaludin: You don't know my friend.

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Those who slander chaste women, indiscreet but believing, are cursed in this life and in the Hereafter: for them is a grievous Penalty.

Surah An-Nur 24:23


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Eidfest @ Dreamworld


0418 722 353


3 October


Eid Lunch

Australian International Islamic College

Blunder Rd, DURACK

3372 1400


15 October


Muharram 1437 – Islamic New Year 1437 (1st Muharram 1437)



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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Algester Mosque


Zikrullah program every Thursday night after Esha

For more details, contact: Maulana Nawaaz: 0401576084


Brisbane Northside Muslimahs Support Group
To help sisters on the northside of Brisbane to connect with their local sisters.

We will endeavour to have regular meetings, either for a lesson/discussion on
Islam, or for social events.

Please contact :
Ayesha on 0409 875 137 or at

Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/donna.lewis.564




Lutwyche Mosque

Weekly classes with Imam Yahya


Monday: Junior Class
Tuesday: Junior Arabic
Friday: Adult Quran Class


For more information call 0470 671 109

Holland Park Mosque


All programs are conducted by Imam Uzair Akbar





Tafseer Program

Basics of Islam

Tafseer Program





after Maghrib Salat


Taleem Programe at Kuraby Mosque


Every Thursdays  10.30-11.30am


Bald Hills Mosque Weekly Tafseer







after Isha


Dars Nizame (Urdu)

after Isha



after Isha


Dars Nizame (Urdu)

after Isha



after Isha



after Maghrib



after Isha


The Tafseer gets recorded and uploaded on to our website end of each week, please visit our website to download these recordings at www.masjidtaqwa.org.au.

The Tuesday and Thursdays Dars Nizame program is in Urdu, these sessions too are recorded as well as webcasted live. For webcast details please contact us via our website “contact us” page. The recordings are sent via a download link, if you are interested please again contact us via our website “contact us” page.

Queensland Police Service/Muslim Community Consultative Group


Meeting Dates & Times

Time: 7.00pm sharp
Date: Wednesday 11 February 2014
Venue: Islamic College of Brisbane - 45 Acacia Road Karawatha

Light refreshments will be available.




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


Slackscreek Mosque

Mosque and Community Centre

If you would like a link to your website email ccn@crescentsofbrisbane.org.


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