Sunday, 15 March 2015

 Newsletter 0540



By Dylan Chown

Amanah Institute, formerly the Kuraby Madrassah, is fast growing as one of the leading education institutions in the local community.

We at Amanah Institute are seeking to establish ourselves as a National leader in Islamic education provision for Muslim students in Madarris – a lofty goal indeed!

Our Institute is striving for a standard commensurate to what students and parents experience in mainstream school settings. More importantly, our Institute is seeking a standard that honours the purpose, philosophy and rich history of Islamic education that is also consistent with modern best pedagogical practice.

In order to achieve these lofty aims we have undertaken an external review of the Institute; intensive and ongoing teacher training; the inclusion of best practices for education in terms of duty of care; administration reform; a major curriculum renewal project; a classroom refurbishment project; the development of a common pedagogical approach considering the needs of students; and the development of a behaviour management approach consistent with an Islamic pedagogy, titled ‘Discipline with Dignity – among a host of other initiatives.

One of the most recent success stories of the Institute has been the new Islamic Studies program for young people.


Exciting new program for our young people

Amanah Institute is engaging with young people to equip them with an Islamic education that is necessary and relevant as they enter the challenging years toward adulthood. The Institute, as part of its broader role as a National leader in Islamic education provision, is seeking to provide young people with Islamic Studies programs that are effective and suitable to their needs as Australian Muslims.

Amanah Institute has launched a new program, aptly titled, ‘Applied Islam’. Applied Islam is a 2-year program that aims to equip students with a solid foundation in Islam and Muslim issues in order to function with a sense of purpose in the real world without compromising their Muslim Australian identity.


Students will be guided on the adab (etiquette) of engaging with sacred knowledge as well as explore historical contexts and the socio-political issues within these as they relate to contemporary issues today. Students will be offered units on sharia 101; Islam and culture; identity; music; leadership and governance (the ‘caliphate’); engaging with fellow Australians who are not Muslim; intimacy, modesty and marriage among other relevant topics.

Insha’Allah, student graduates of this program will be able to approach issues in a scholarly, eloquent and sophisticated manner drawing on the irrefutable evidence base of Islam. The Institute humbly aspires to produce a cohort of students with firm Iman (belief) who are confident, functionally dynamic and able to serve.

Applied Islam adopts an inquiry based approach to learning in which student will examine and respond to various issue statements. Associate Professor Mohamad Abdalla is the Program Instructor. Additional guest speakers who are experts in their fields will also present on topics to assist students in their inquiry.


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Mr Graham Perrett, Federal Member of Parliament for Moreton, recently awarded Mr. Faisel Essof a Community Service Award for his work with the Muslim Charitable Foundation.

During the 2011 floods, Mr Essof raised over $50 000 and created over 900 hampers.


Some of this money went to helping a local Rocklea family who lost exercise equipment vital to the health of their young son who has cystic fibrosis. Thanks to Faisel’s efforts they were able to replace the equipment.


"Faisel is making a real difference to lives of people in our local community," Mr Perrett told CCN..


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Ladies and Gentlemen! Mark your social calendars for one of the most meaningful events of 2015; a gala dinner – In Honour of Women and in support of our refugees!

On Saturday, the 9th of May 2015, the Logan Entertainment Centre will set the stage for what promises to be an unforgettable evening of elegant fine-dining and stirring entertainment – all in recognition of the perseverance, courage and patience displayed by the Muslimahs of Australia & the world – who especially during the past year, have faced a wave of increased ignorance-based public hostility, vitriol and in extreme cases, even physical aggression.

Not just about honouring women though, In Honour of Women, sheds some vital light on the current plight of the multitude of refugees coming into Brisbane. With little or no government funding, the joy of being permitted to live in Australia has become very short-lived, with many being immediately faced with the heart-wrenching reality of lacking the most basic of human needs - food and shelter. “Muslim community organisations are working tirelessly to put some infrastructure in place to provide for the needs of refugees, and it’s time that we all came together to do our bit, after all charity begins at home”, quipped a Queensland Muslims spokesperson.

“The dilemma of Muslim unaccompanied minors, needs to be solved most urgently”, he continued, referring to the fact that there are almost no Muslim foster families to help care and provide for the needs of these children, whp enter society without any family support and who have no other options available to them, but to be placed in non-Muslim homes where even Halal food is not provided.

If you would like to be a part of helping these children and the numerous destitute refugee families, then join Queensland Muslims for an unforgettable evening not to be missed!

Book now by calling Fawzia Batty on 0405 035 786. Be quick! Seats are limited! Like Us of Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/inhonourofwomen


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By Susan Al-Maani, Community Fundraising Coordinator, Islamic Relief Australia


This International Women’s Day was held at Hilton with special guest Claire Mary Moore Shadow Minister for Women, Shadow Minister for Carers, Shadow Minister for Communities and Leader of Opposition Business in the Senate since 18 October 2013.


The fundraising high-tea raised donations of $21,000 to help empower women and their families in Lombok, Indonesia and lift them out of poverty.


We would like to give a shout out to our sponsors: IsStyle; JAS: Makeup, Styling, Consultancy; Anya's Hair and Beauty; My Lily's Fashion; Amira Abayas; LeSweets by Sarah, Bombonieres and Chocolates; Ayesha Goder; and Hunnys Closet.


A huge thank you to our tireless volunteers who have dedicated so many hours to ensuring the success of the event. We couldn't have done this without you. Jazakallahu Khayrun.


Dr Nora Amath and myself will be heading to Indonesia in April to meet these amazing women who have survived living in the harshest of circumstances, and through sheer willpower and determination, are building better lives for themselves.



The full report


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The Slackscreek Mosque Eat and Treat Night saw a large turnout last weekend at the Islamic College of Brisbane with $44,000 raised on the night.


Another fund raising dinner held yesterday (Saturday) in Sydney brought home $96,000 ($54,000 in cash and $42,000 in pledges) and an earlier Friday collection at the Sydney Punch Bowl Mosque raised $20,000.


A final Brisbane fund raising dinner will be held on 30 May 2015 towards reaching the $800,000 balance outstanding.


To help the proposed Mosque project you can donate here:

Bank details

BSB: 484-799
ACC: 509169377


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More images from a successful Open Day last week at Masjid Taqwa (Bald Hills) can be found here:



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Spokesman for the new mosque, Ali Kadri, Tribe of Judah Terry Walker and Muslim leader Imam Akram Buksh deny the claims in the leaflets.


A LOGAN group opposed to plans for a new mosque at Slacks Creek, south of Brisbane, has distributed thousands of leaflets claiming other local mosques had a suicide bomber and soldiers fighting for terrorist group ISIS among their worshippers.

The Logan City Safe Communities organisation is protesting the sale by the Tribe of Judah Church of its Queen St premises to the Islamic community for the formation of a mosque.

Spokesman for the new mosque Ali Kadri dismissed the claims, saying they played on people’s fears about Islam.

“Mosques have been a part of Queensland for a long time and they have never been a threat to Australia,” he said.

Mr Kadri said religious leaders at the new mosque would actually work with young Muslim men to dissuade them from becoming extremists.

He said the mosque, to be named the Australian Unity Centre, had no affiliation with the iQraa Islamic bookstore that was raided by Federal Police last year and later closed.


Mr Kadri also said a food bank, started by previous owners the Tribe of Judah charity, would continue.

Logan City Safe Communities honorary president Rod Shaw said his organisation was “inundated’’ with complaints.

Mr Shaw said there was no need for more mosques.

Logan Deputy Mayor ­Russell Lutton (Div 2) said the site was zoned as a place of worship and no ­development or building ­applications had been lodged or were needed because it was being replaced by another place of worship.

He also said claims the mosque, due to open in July, would be used to store bodies were unfounded.

The existing building is surrounded by businesses and bushland and opposite a row of houses in Queen St.

Tribe of Judah pastor Terry Walker said he welcomed the new mosque to its premises with open arms and looked forward to working together to feed more people in need.

He said a contract between the charity and Muslim leader Imam Akram Buksh would see handover to the mosque take place in July after he moved the Tribe of Judah to a bigger location at 101 Park Rd, Slacks Creek.

He said 25 per cent to 30 per cent of people that visited Tribe of Judah were Muslims, and that he looked forward to continuing vital work in the community ­together.

He said Tribe of Judah and Imam Buksh had worked ­together with Logan City Council to ensure the conditions of approval were met.

Source: Quest Newspapers


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MACKAY, QLD: The president of the Islamic Research and Educational Academy says when it comes to individual perceptions of Muslim communities, there is such a thing as 'fear of the unseen'.

Waseem Razvi was a guest speaker at a Mackay Mosque on Sunday, and he says misunderstandings generally arise when people do not know each other.

He says in a bid to build a stronger relationship between the Muslim community and police, a barbeque was held a mosque last Sunday.

"I think in regional areas if you work harder now and build better relations, that can carry on in the future," Mr Razvi said.

Acting Imam, Eshsaq Akbar works at the local Mosque and says they have held events in the past with police officers and community members.

"Because we are an Islamic community and have a great need and rely upon the police and the police should be able to feel comfortable to interact with us, ask questions, and learn about our different traditions and things like that," Mr Akbar said.

"We have regular meetings with police, and the patrol cars come around all the time and make us feel safe.

Acting Imam, Eshsaq Akbar says his aim is to build stronger ties between police officers and the Muslim community. (Melissa Maddison - ABC)  

"We are very happy to have all the guests here today, and the police and their families, and we hope it becomes more regular."

Acting Inspector Craig Sanderson says the Queensland Police Service is always looking for opportunities to strengthen their ties within the community.

But he says there is always room for improvement within the police service when it comes to understanding the Muslim faith and Muslim community.

"Religion is one of those things, if you have not been exposed to it then people's understanding of it is probably not as strong as it could be," Mr Sanderson said.

"These types of events obviously give us and our officers the opportunity to talk to people in person, and get a real understanding of what the faith is about."

He says they always encourage their officers to build those relationships because understanding creates tolerance.

"Anything we can do to create that in the community and get that message out there, the better," he said.


Source: ABC


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Our teams are on the ground in Lebanon preparing to deliver 25kg bags of basmati rice to the Syrian refugees. We aim to reach as many families as possible in North and West Lebanon, however we can't do this without your support. Help us reach those affected by donating $25 to purchase a 25kg bag of basmati rice for each family.




Sadaqah Jaariyah Shares Now Available

Muslim Aid Australia with the support of their donors are developing a Sadaqah Jaariyah Borehole Project in the Middle Shabelle Region, Somalia.

The borehole aims to assist 20,000 people and animals to gain access to clean water. This will in turn provide safe water collection for women, renewed education for children and improved health for the community.

Project Details

Location: Bal'ad, Middle Shabelle Region, Somalia
Estimated Beneficiaries: 20,000 people; Depth: 100-150m; Project cost: $130,000; Estimated drilling and construction time: 10 weeks

How You Can Help
By donating a share of just $50, you can reap the benefits of continuous rewards whilst also providing clean water for a community, in shaa Allah.

To donate online click here or via Bank Deposit:
Muslim Aid Australia
BSB: 062 191
ACC: 1044 8216
Ref: SOMWASH (Your Name)



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Just over a decade ago, Naif Al-Mutawa had a lightbulb moment. Sitting in the back of a London taxi, he decided not to follow his chosen field of study – despite two psychology degrees and a freshly acquired doctorate – but to create comic books instead.

Enter The 99. Drawing on the strong-men and -women archetypes in the Marvel and DC universes, and now in their 10th year, Al-Mutawa's comic books have their own fleet of superheroes: an all-Islamic cast gifted with special powers embodying the 99 attributes of Allah – such as generosity, wisdom and strength – that are named in the Koran.

These paragons are in perpetual battle with Rughal, an Osama bin Laden-inspired villain who could just as well be the face of Isis or "any other self-styled messiah" in our post-al-Qaeda world. And each superhero, from a different part of the world, is a protégé of their mentor, Dr Razwi, who like Dr Mutawa himself, is a trained clinical psychologist, fashioned from the "best" imaginary version of himself.

Launched in 2006 – first in Kuwait after the approval of the state's Ministry of Information, then in America and the rest of the world – The 99 was hailed as an exemplary model of inter-faith peace and tolerance by Barack Obama, and Dr Mutawa was invited to give two TED talks. He has since been featured in Forbes magazine, won prizes in the Gulf region and gained the approval of the Saudi state.

Dr Mutawa has attracted much criticism from all sides of the religious debate  

However, for some he is a defender not of peace but of profanity: ironically, he has hardline detractors in both America and the Arab world, though they hate him for opposing reasons. To US conservatives, he is a terrorist and a pawn of hardline Islam; to Islamist Arabs, he is a heretic and a pawn of the liberal West.


Both camps have, in the past decade, warned of the dangers of his creation and called for it to be banned. America's God-squad even created enough moral panic about "radicalising children" to halt a Hollywood adaptation of The 99 – produced by Endemol and scripted by the teams behind Star Wars, X-Men and Spider-Man – from being shown in US cinemas or on its network television. (This leads Al-Mutawa to joke: "I have a fatwa from Fox News!")

But now there is a more serious threat from within his home country. While the Kuwaiti government has endorsed his work, not everyone agrees with its message. In the past year, a Twitter campaign has accused him of being a blasphemer who should be brought to trial; and a legal case has been launched against him – not by the state, but by a fellow Kuwaiti suing him for heresy. (If he loses – and he firmly believes he won't – he could face a prison sentence.)

Since then, Al-Mutawa has received a hail of abuse and death threats. culminating in an ironic sequence of events: "Shortly before New Year 2014, I received an email informing me that The 99 had won in the media category of the Islamic Economy Awards [in Dubai]. A few days later, I received an email from my lawyer updating me on the case lodged against me in Kuwait for heresy and insulting religion through The 99. This is the same book President Obama, Sheikh Mohammed, even His Highness the Emir of Kuwait, publicly endorsed as being a bastion of tolerance."

How to negotiate this impossible position of being both hero and villain to two usually opposed camps? Judging from appearances, Al-Mutawa is not letting his detractors win. At the age of 43, and a father of five young boys, he has an incorrigibly Tigger-ish quality. Meeting him at the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature in Dubai, he is warm and loquacious to the legion of fans who mob him – parents and children alike, from India, America, Britain and the host country's multi-faith ex-pat community. He will admit, though, that the past year has taken its toll. He was particularly shaken by the chilling Twitter hashtag, #whowillkillDrNaif, that drummed up hate against him last summer. He is frustrated to be summoned to court later this month – on 26 March – not least because the prosecution managed to secure a fatwa from the Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia, who called his work "evil".

This is another perplexing aspect of his case: six years ago, the Saudi Ministry of Information approved the comics, which were openly sold in the country. Dr Mutawa has an answer for this: a fatwa depends heavily on the questions you ask, and if those are skewed, then the questioner is responsible for the skewing of the answer.

"The question asked of the Mufti was couched in negatives and mis-statements," he says, "perhaps purposefully and maliciously, perhaps out of ignorance."

Today Al-Mutawa takes his religion seriously, but there was a time when Islam neither appealed to him in popular literature nor in life. As a clever, inquisitive teenager, he rejected its messages: "It seemed black-and-white and I didn't like black-and-white."

Only after a conversation with an imam who was studying at Harvard Divinity School (he himself was reading psychology at Long Island University, followed by an MBA at Columbia) did he begin to see the religion's nuances and find himself drawn back.

What led him to create The 99 was the revelation, as simple as it seems now, that the tenets of the Koran were universal and humane. But there was also the political element: 9/11 had happened, Islamist terror had irrevocably left its stain across the world, and in return the world had begun to question whether the religion could be compatible with the Enlightenment values of the West.


The Independent


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As the Prophet (SAW) sat by a well in something like an oasis of this world, he gave good news of the eternal Oasis – Paradise – to each of the three men who entered and sat by his side: Abu Bakr, Umar, and Uthman (RA), except Uthman would first face a severe trial. These three, plus Ali ibn Abu Talib (RA), were regarded by the Prophet as the greatest four of his Companions.


They were the four who, after the Prophet’s death, would be the reference point for understanding Islam in the most comforting as well as the most trying of times.

In relation to the wisdom of these four men, the Prophet (SAW) prophesized, “Whoever lives long will see a lot of differences. So (during those times), upon you is the duty to follow my Sunnah (Way) and the Sunnah of the Four Rightly Guided Successors after me – hold onto it (even) with your Molar (teeth).”

Many of us rightly spend time learning the Sunnah of the Prophet (SAW) via his Hadith and his biography. But only a few amongst us even know the names of these Rightly Guided Successors, let alone have studied their Sunnah (Way) and their biographies in a practical and principled guidance-seeking manner.


Yet it is the Messenger of Allah who ordered us to know and hold fast to the Way of these four men, along with his own way, in times of confusion, differences and divisions, times not unlike ours of today!

HikmahWay Institute’s next course, “The Greatest Four – Chronicles of Abu Bakr, Umar, Uthman & Ali (RA)”, focuses on exactly this topic. Their lives, legacy and leadership are all indispensable lessons and essential learning for every Muslim, especially in the complex times that we live in today. These four absolutely lovable heroes stand as practical examples for every conceivable challenge and scenario that we are ever likely to face till the Day of Judgement!


Registration is a must, which can be completed at www.Hikmahway.com/course/greatestfour/

For further information, SMS to 0414 156 900 or email: info@HikmahWay.com


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2014 has been a particularly challenging year for interfaith relations, particularly for Muslims, Jews and Christians. Violence perpetrated overseas between members of these three faiths has had repercussions in Australia. We saw an increase in tensions, hatred and tragically the Sydney siege. In this context we had two main objectives: to counter various prejudices in schools and to secure our ability to do so in the future. This update describes our progress toward these goals with the generous and much appreciated support of our donors and dedication of our staff and volunteers.

Schools face to face programs

3750 teachers and students were given the opportunity to interact meaningfully with people from backgrounds different to their own in schools during 2014. Of these, 3583 were students, 200 in inter-school programs of two to four days together and 100 students of Arabic Muslim, Aboriginal and Pacific Islander backgrounds participated in more intensive on-going programs such as our fortnightly programs at Granville Boys High School and our four full day seminars on the central coast. We also reached 167 Teachers.

Feedback from students about what they learned:

o That there is no need for a barrier between us regardless of what is happening overseas, we are all Australian citizens and should embrace learning about people that are different to us
o That we shouldn’t be scared of each other
o That we are human no matter what the background
o That Muslims are good people and we have a lot in common
o The best is thing to come of this program was learning about our similarities and differences – we found out how similar our religions are.

Parents’ Touching Email:

One parent whose child participated in an interfaith interschool program wrote the following. “Hi, just have to share. I took Sean (names changed) to botany pool today with Marc. They bumped into a kid Mohammad that they met at interfaith (inter-school program that was done in partnership with Together for Humanity). They spent the whole day together playing cricket and swimming. I couldn't get them away when we had to leave. It was so endearing. What a wonderful initiative interfaith is.”

Responding to concerns about radicalisation and alienation:

Our teams, which include Muslim Sheiks alongside other Jewish and Christian role models, have worked with Muslim teenagers to help them develop a sense of belonging in Australia and a complex identity that includes identification with Australia and a recognition that there is no need to choose between their religion and a positive attitude to participating in Australia and getting along with people of different faiths.

Reflection by Punchbowl Boys High School student aged 14:

“I am a Muslim, Lebanese, and an Australian. I participated in a Together For Humanity Interfaith program at my school. This program was led by a Jewish Sheikh, Rabbi Zalman Kastel, a Muslim Sheikh, Sheikh Ahmad Abdo and Taha Allam an ex student of my school and Christian Pastor Greg Lake.
After hearing a lot of stories… I started thinking and thanking God that I was born in this country and that my family and I didn’t need to risk our lives to enter this beautiful country. I respect Australia a lot, I am proud to say that this is my country. As I have been taking a lot from Australia, I wish that someday I could repay it."

Sheikh Ahmed told a story about when he was in year 8 he got bullied and one day when he was walking home a group of bullies started following him and saying that he would not reach home. They were threatening him. Sheikh Ahmed’s parents said that they should report it to their local police station as it was getting out of hand. That day they reported it. After many years, he told us that on Thursday last week he was going to become a Police Commissioned officer. He is very proud of himself because he is repaying his country and the police for what they did for him when he was much younger.

… Before I participated in the program I thought that all religions hated Islam. I hated it when I used to go to the city with my family, and my mother is scarved, people would give us dirties, that is dirty looks. From their body language I inferred that they were telling us “why are you here, this is not where you belong”. Now I know that not all religions or people who are not Muslim think about Muslims in a bad way, it is only some people… I hope that one day we will have another course with these people as I learned many things from them. Over these two days we learned about respect, communication, we had inspiration, I benefited in this course by knowing what I want to do in my life and how to treat other people.

Rabbi Zalman Kastel | zalman@togetherforhumanity.org.au | Together For Humanity Foundation | Department of Education3a Smalls Rd., | Ryde, NSW 2112, Australia


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Islamic State wants to recruit young, strong and fit Muslim men such as Tamerlan Ilyasov. The Chechen teenager tells Dateline's Dani Isdale why he’d never join.






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Expressions of Interest are sought for the position of Canteen Manager at AIIC commencing Term 2, 20 April 2015

- Canteen operation Monday to Friday
- Serve students at Morning tea and Lunch
- Follow the Colleges Tuckshop Policy

For further information and details contact the College on 3372 1400.
Please forward applications in writing to principal@aiic.qld.edu.au
Applications close by 27th March 2015





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Are there any readers who can help them out with a house, and/or employment for a hard working, intelligent young lady.


Please call 0402917109 if you can help these young people get on their feet. Thank you.


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DATE: 13 MArch 2015

TOPIC: “Collective Tafakkur - (Contemplation and reflection) ”

IMAM: Dr Mohammed Abdalla









IMAM: Mufti Junaid Akbar

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



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Many readers responded to last week's request by a student for participants for her Study of Religion assignment.


The student was overwhelmed by our readers' kind co-operation and sends her sincere thanks to all CCN readers who offered to help.


 Leading politician says Canada could end up treating Muslims as it did Jews in the ’30s and ’40s





CANADA: In a dramatic speech Tuesday evening, the leader of Canada's Liberal Party, Justin Trudeau, criticized the Canadian government for its rhetoric over the threat of Islamist-related terrorism – and compared the country's treatment of its Muslim minorities with restrictive policies against Jews prior to and during World War II.

Speaking in Toronto to alumni of McGill University, Trudeau, who will compete with Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper in an election later this year, discussed Canada's idea of liberty. At one point, he listed a number of historical moments when his country had failed in that ideal, including the Chinese head tax (a fixed fee charged to every Chinese immigrant) and the internment of Ukrainian, Japanese and Italian Canadians during the world wars.

"When I talk to young people today about these episodes, they can hardly believe they happened. It doesn’t sound possible, not in Canada," Trudeau told his audience. "So we should all shudder to hear the same rhetoric that led to a 'none is too many' immigration policy toward Jews in the 30s and 40s, being used to raise fears against Muslims today."

Canada's legacy of turning away Jewish refugees before and during World War II has become a source of shame for the country – Trudeau's speech references the book "None is Too Many: Canada and the Jews of Europe 1933-1948" which documented how Canada did less that other Western countries for Europe's Jews during this period, allowing only 5,000 Jewish refugees to enter the country.


Washington Post


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 Liverpool FC fans hit back at supporter who branded Muslims a 'disgrace' for praying at half-time


Other Twitter users and Liverpool fans were quick to condemn Stephen Dodd's comments following Liverpool FC's 0-0 draw with Blackburn Rovers


Online row: Stephen Dodd posted the picture following the Reds' FA Cup quarter-final


ENGLAND: A Liverpool FC fan who branded two Muslims praying at half-time "a disgrace" has sparked a furious social media backlash.

Stephen Dodd posted a picture on Twitter following the Reds' FA Cup quarter-final clash against Blackburn Rovers on Sunday.

Dodd wrote alongside the image, apparently taken in the area behind the turnstiles of the Main Stand at Anfield: “Muslims praying at half time at the match yesterday #DISGRACE.”

But other Twitter users and Liverpool fans were quick to condemn his comments, as revealed by the Liverpool Echo.

Harryfre wrote: “How is that disgraceful in the slightest?”

RollsonShabbos accused Dodd of being a “raging bigot”, while another man asked: “Is this a joke? What did these guys do to harm anyone?”

Referring to the religious beliefs of prominent Liverpool players, Marwan Elsaifi added: “Do you want to see Can and Kolo stop praying at beginning of each game too?”

Source: Mirror


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British Muslims condemn terror laws for creating 'witch-hunt' against Islam   



UK: Anti-Muslim rhetoric and “endless ‘anti-terror’ laws” are in danger of creating a McCarthyite witch-hunt against Muslims, according to the signatories of a strongly worded public statement, who include several controversial figures.

The statement accuses the government of “criminalising” Islam and trying to silence “legitimate critique and dissent”, and decries what it describes as “the ongoing demonisation of Muslims in Britain [and] their values, as well as prominent scholars, speakers and organisations.”

Signatories of the statement include Moazzam Begg (pictured above), director of outreach for Cage, the organisation that came under fire last week after it sought to explain the radicalisation of Isis killer Mohammed Emwazi. Members of Islamist organisation Hizb ut-Tahrir, which is banned in several countries including Germany, have also signed the statement.


The Guardian


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Lebanese TV presenter cuts short interview with Islamist scholar 


Rima Karaki tells London-based Sheikh Hani Al-Siba’i: ‘In this studio, I run the show,’ during tense exchange on al-Jadeed TV about Islamic State

LEBANON: A video has gone viral of a Lebanese television presenter who cut short an interview with a London-based Islamist scholar after he told her to “shut up”.

Rima Karaki, a TV host and university professor, told the scholar: “In this studio, I run the show.”

During the discussion about reports of Christians joining Islamic State (Isis), which aired on Al-Jadeed TV on 2 March, Sheikh Hani Al-Siba’i, an Egyptian scholar, told Karaki: “Are you done? Shut up so I can talk.”

The presenter responded by saying: “How can a respected sheikh like yourself tell a TV host to shut up”

Siba’i then said: “It’s beneath me to be interviewed by you. You are a woman who ….” His microphone is then cut off.

Karaki stopped the interview after just three minutes, saying: “Just one second. Either there is mutual respect or the conversation is over.”


The argument began when Karaki interrupted the scholar, who said Christians joining Isis was “nothing new” and was similar to people joining the “leftist revolutionary movement” in the 1970s, such as the Red Brigades in Italy and the Baader Meinhof group in Germany.

The host asked him to focus on the question instead of going on a historical tangent, and asked: “At present, what slogans are used to attract [Christians] to these groups?”

Siba’i said: “Listen, don’t cut me off. I will answer as I please,” adding: “I will not answer the way you like, because I’m here to to serve the idea in which I believe.”

Kiraki explained that there was limited time and said: “Please don’t get all worked up. We respect you and know you want to give a complete answer.”

Siba’i said: “You think you are so high and mighty?” To which Kiraki said: “Go on. But do not call me names.”

She added: “If we start discussing history, we won’t have enough time for our topic.”

The video clip shared by MEMRI, a US-based Middle East media watchdog, has been viewed on YouTube more than 2.3m times since it was posted last week.

Source: The Guardian

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The Veil Series: a celebration of Muslim women's hijabs – in pictures


LONDON: The Veil Series is a captivating body of work by photographic artist Sara Shamsavari, celebrating the way young Muslim women in London, Paris and New York express their individuality through vibrant hijab styles.


The exhibition is part of the Women of the World Festival at London’s Royal Festival Hall until 29 March


The Guardian

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German court overturns headscarf ban for teachers


BERLIN: Germany's highest court has struck down a state's ban on teachers wearing headscarves as unconstitutional, saying that it violates guaranteed religious freedoms.

The Federal Constitutional Court ruled on Friday in favour of two female Muslim teachers from the state of North Rhine-Westphalia in a decision that will also apply to other states.

The state's law banned headscarves on grounds they could call into question a teacher's neutrality and cause classroom disruptions. But the court ruled a school would need to show "not only an abstract but a sufficiently specific risk" to justify a ban.

The court also said a clause excepting "Christian and Western educational and cultural values or traditions" from the state's ban violated the constitution's protection against discrimination on religious grounds.

Source: News 24

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Chelsea show garden aims to change people’s perception of Islam


UK: An ambitious Chelsea Flower Show garden is designed to highlight the peaceful and respectful qualities of Islam

The show garden designs have been revealed for the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2015 and there is a new woman on Main Avenue.

Making her Chelsea debut, Kamelia Bin Zaal will be the first Emirati landscape designer to appear at Chelsea and she is bringing her heritage to the forefront.

The show garden, titled ‘The Beauty of Islam’, aims to meld modern and classic materials with planting from countries influenced by Arabic and Islamic culture. It is an ambitious attempt to bridge Middle Eastern and Western cultures.

Recognising the tensions of Islam in the west Bin Zaal said, “In my family I have grown up seeing Islam as a religion of tolerance, peace, and love, with respect for humanity, and the world around us. I am continuously inspired by our heritage and wanted to creatively translate my interpretation of our peaceful religion and culture into a beautiful garden design.”

Whilst Arabic and Islamic culture are the predominant themes of the garden, Bin Zaal cites influences from elsewhere. “I think I’m more influenced by contemporary architecture and interiors from all over the world. Whether it’s a resort in Thailand, a building in London or a piece of art I see in a gallery here in Dubai.”

Perhaps it is unsurprising that Bin Zaal takes inspiration from international design, as she is currently the creative director and head of marketing for the Zaal Group. The group are behind the luxury residential development Al Barari in Dubai, which attracts an international crowd.
The garden aims to reflect that diversity: “I wanted to show how as a culture we have touched so many other societies and vice versa, from Europe to China and even Madagascar.”

The planting is intended to represent the growth of the Arab Empire though the spice trade. Orange, olive, fig, pomegranate trees and plants such as cardamom, pepper and jasmine will permeate the garden with scents evoking the Arabic trade routes.

Bin Zaal knows from personal experience that is it possible to connect western society with Arabic culture; her mother is Scottish and her father Emirati. “I spent half my life growing up in the UK and the other half in the UAE. So I have learnt from both cultures and appreciate the values of both.”

The main challenge facing the team behind ‘The Beauty of Islam’ is the use of plants more at home in a Middle Eastern climate. They are aware that temperamental British weather tests all Chelsea designers even when using planting native to England, “We are being practical and have backups just in case certain plants don’t look good or, for some reason, probably the weather, don’t make it at all.”

‘The Beauty of Islam’ promises to be an original show garden. Not only will the planting be refreshing, if they pull it off, but the use of poetry and calligraphy carved into stone is inventive. It is an art form that will offer an accessible way to appreciate Arabic culture.

“I hope that my garden will be something that resonates with the public and will have a positive effect on people’s perception of Islam. It is the chance to show that Islam and Arabic culture really is as many other religions and cultures, a way of life and that we share the same values and morals as other religions and cultures.”

If it succeeds, ‘The Beauty of Islam’ will be a beautiful reminder of how gardens can play a part in understanding other people and cultures. As a project clearly close to Kamelia Bin Zaal’s heart, let’s hope it does.


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


Born and raised in Russia, Maryam Golubeva is British artist with Turkish ancestry currently residing and teaching in Lancaster.


Maryam uses traditional Russian paper-cutting and engraving techniques to deliver a cross cultural narrative that aims to re-establish the deep seated historic bonds between the East and West.


She is currently involved in the “Different Moons” art project aimed to preserve South Asian heritage in the North West of England.


Maryam created two 9 ft. by 5 ft. single sheet paper cut installations for the exhibition space as well as delivering a series of workshops for the local community groups.


Her art was recently show-cased at the MOCAfest at the World Islamic Economic Forum in 2014.


Source: Muslim News


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Q: Dear Kareema, why is warming up so important? Sometimes I feel I don’t have enough time to power through a workout, so do I really have to warm up?

A: Short answer: YES. Warm-ups are mandatory.


Not only does it prepare the body for the work ahead, it’ll get the blood pumping enabling you to push yourself a little harder through that power workout.

Make your warm-up a part of your every workout. If you intend to push yourself hard, do a tougher warm-up. If your body feels tired then pull back and take it easy with a light warm-up.




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!


The CCN Book Pick

Mecca: the Sacred City 


Ziauddin Sardar



Mecca is, for many, the heart of Islam. It is the birthplace of Muhammad (pbuh), the direction to which Muslims turn when they pray, and the site of pilgrimage that annually draws some three million Muslims from all corners of the world. Yet the significance of Mecca is more than purely religious.


Mecca is the shrine of Islam, with the Ka’bah, a cube of black stone, at its centre. Growing up in Punjab and London in the 1960s, Ziauddin Sardar turned to the Ka’bah not only when he prayed in its direction five times daily, but also to interrogate himself morally.


“There was never a doubt,” he writes in a sentence that shows the amplitude of the Muslim identity, “that I must always look to Mecca if I was to amount to anything worthwhile in the world”, and in another, suggestive of the human need both for solitude and togetherness, “to be at Mecca is the taproot of individual identity and the common link of an entire worldwide community”.

In the early seventh century Mecca was the locus for the only miracle on which all Muslims concur – the revelation of the Qur’an to the Prophet Muhammad – and after that the city contrived to be both conceptually vital and geographically marginal to the earthly empires founded in his name.


A Mecca-less Islam would have no justification and an otherwise icon-hating creed would be without its icon, the Ka’bah. And so the life of the city, conveniently located far from the interstices of Eurasian history, in scalding, wind-whipped western Arabia, became the alternative life of Islam itself.

In 629 Muhammad went to Mecca from his capital, Medina, making the first pilgrimage of the Muslim era, and ever since the faithful have been drawn to the religion’s birthplace, politics and pestilence permitting. From their courts at Damascus, Baghdad and Cairo, the medieval caliphs strove both to control the city, whose inhabitants and rulers –the so‑called Sharifs – had a strong sense of entitlement and self-worth.


Vast sums were spent to embellish the sanctuary around the Ka’bah and secure the city’s water supply. Gorgeous offerings from as far afield as Tibet and Mali testified to Islam’s global reach.


The Guardian


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


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

CCN has set up an online Book Club at Shelfari to connect with CCN book readers at:


Using the book club you can see what books fellow CCN readers have on their shelves, what they are reading and even what they, and others, think of them.

The CCN Readers' Book Club


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KB says:  With the holidays coming up, here's a treat that should meet with approval from everyone in the family.

Morning Muffins






1¼ cups flour
½ cup packed dark-brown sugar
½ teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
½ teaspoon coarse salt
1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
½ cup chopped pecan nuts
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 large egg
1/3 cup skim milk
4 medium carrots, grated
1 medium ripe banana, mashed




1. Preheat oven to 200 C degrees.
2. Coat a 12-cup muffin pan with cooking spray.
3. In a large bowl, mix together flour, brown, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, nutmeg, and salt until there are no lumps.
4. Stir in oats and nuts.
5. Add oil, egg, milk, carrots, and banana and
stir until blended.
6. Fill each muffin cup with 1/4 cup batter and sprinkle with chopped pecans.
7. Bake until light brown.
8. Serve muffins warm or at room temperature

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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Jallaludin was surprised to be told by a reporter that the police had discovered an arms cache of 200 semi-automatic rifles with 250,000 rounds of ammunition in a block of flats behind his town's main Public Library.


Amongst the haul were 10 anti-tank missiles, 4 grenade launchers, 2 tons of heroin, $80 million in forged banknotes, and 25 trafficked prostitutes housed in the apartment.


Jallaluddin's immediate response was: "We're shocked!. We never even knew we had a library!"

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Allah! There is no god but He: of a surety He will gather you together against the Day of Judgment, about which there is no doubt. And whose word can be truer than Allah's?

Surah An-Nisaa 4:87


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  Someday, everything will make perfect sense.

So, for now, laugh at the confusion,

smile through the tears, and

keep reminding yourself

that everything happens for a reason.

~ Paulo Coelho, "Manuscript found in Accra"


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Events and Functions

AIIC 2015 Harmony Day 20 MARCH Hikmaway The Greatest 4 29 MARCH Seekers Retreat 2-7 APRIL TWMB Mosque Open Day & Food Festival 19 APRIL Sisters House Dinner 2 MAY IHOW GALA DINNER 9 MAY

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Islamic Programmes, Education & Services

Marriage celebrant - Imam Akram High School Subjects Tutoring Sisters House Beuty of a Muslimah Youth Group NMC Islam 101 Course MCF CCN Tax Fixed Beauty of a Muslimah Shajarah Islamic Kindergarten Shajarah Islamic Family Day Care Slacks Creek Mosque DONATIONS National Zakat Foundation Arabic- Qur'an Classes 31-05-2014 Weekly Halaqa STARTS 22 FEBRUARY Maths, English, Chemistry tutor Ayia Foundation Card
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Businesses and Services





CCN has been informed that a large number of the businesses being advertised in this Business Section for a number of years now are either not operating or their details are not current.

We are starting this section with a clean slate, so if you wish your advertisement to continue to appear in our Directory Listing with a web link and a brochure, please email ccn@crescentsofbrisbane.org as soon as possible.



"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 March


Multicultural Harmony Day

Australian International Islamic College

Blunder Rd, DURACK

3372 1400

8.45am to 10.45am

29 March


"The Greatest Four - Chronicles of Abu Bakr, Umar, Uthman & Ali (RA)"

HikmahWay Institute

University of Queensland

0414 156 900

9am to 7pm

2-7 April

Thurs to Tues

Seekers Retreat

Seekers Hub Golbal

Outside Brisbane


All week

17 April


Red Carpet #2

Islamic Relief Australia


0433 182 520


19 April


2nd Toowoomba International Food Festival

Islamic Society of Toowoomba

Garden City Mosque (Toowoomba)

0421 081 048

10am to 5pm

2 & 3 May

Sat & Sun

Al Mustafa: The Chosen One

Al Kauthar Institute


0438 698 328


2 May


Sisters' House Annual Fundraiser

Sisters' House

Michael's Oriental Restaurant

0407 164 721

6pm to 9pm

9 May


Gala Dinner in Honour of Women

Queensland Muslims

Logan Entertainment Centre

0402 575 410


17 May


Lailatul Mehraj (27th Rajab 1436)

23 May


Family Fun Night

Australian International Islamic College

Blunder Rd, DURACK

3372 1400


30 May


FINAL Fund raising Dinner

Masjid ur Rahmaan

Slackscreek Mosque

Islamic College of Brisbane, KARAWATHA

0431 201 164


3 June


Nisf Shabaan 1436 / Lailatul Bharat (15th Shabaan 1436)

7 June


ICB Annual School Fete

Islamic College of Brisbane

Islamic College of Brisbane, KARAWATHA

0402 794 253

All day

18 June


1st Ramadaan 1436

27 June


Ifthaar Dinner

Australian International Islamic College

Blunder Rd, DURACK

3372 1400


14 July


Lailatul Qadr - Night of Power 1436 (27th Ramadaan 1436)

18 July


Eidul Fitr 1436 (1st Shawwal 1436)

25 July



Eidfest QLD

Rocklea Showgrounds

0418 722 353

All day

8 August


School Fete

Australian International Islamic College

Blunder Rd, DURACK

3372 1400


12 September


Amanah Institute Fundraising Dinner

Amanah Institute




24 September


Eidul Adha 1436 (10th Zilhijja 1436)

26 September



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

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