Sunday, 29 March 2015

 Newsletter 0542




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




Chenia vexed by harassment at Brisbane Airport  The CCN Inbox: Letters to the Editor The CCN Food for Thought
The Slacks Creek Mosque Vision  The CCN Classifieds An Ayaat-a-Week
Tarek Elrich's ascension to Socceroos squad What is/was happening in other necks of the woods Events and Functions
Go ahead for Muslim Youth Centre Around the Muslim World with CCN Islamic Programmes, Education & Services
Logan  Mosque visit by Premier & Ambassador

CCN Readers' Book Club

Businesses and Services

The Family Day Care situation

KB's Culinary Corner

The CCN Date Claimer

Rahman on 'Islamophobia as a flavour of racism'

Kareema's Keep Fit Column

CCN on Facebook

Grand Mufti and ANIC encouraged Muslims to vote

The CCN Chuckle

Useful Links

Conference call for abstracts  

Write For Us

Muslim woman speaks out about attack on Sydney train


Why do we stereotype?
Thousands in need of clean water
Jumma Lecture Recordings


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By Cii Broadcasting (South Africa)



Australia is unwelcoming to dark-skinned people, of African and Asian descent, as well as Muslims travelling to that country. The official but muttered reason is terror. Zunaid Chenia (pictured above right with son-in-law,Yusuf Dinath), an Australian citizen and businessman, was taken aback when he was interrogated for 30 minutes at Brisbane airport after an overseas visit to SA and the UAE. As a businessman and humanitarian activist, who runs an orphanage in Jordan, this 49-year-old trots the globe frequently.

The ill-treatment this man and his family members endured is the type reserved for inbound visitors who don’t meet the “European”, or thus mainstream, profile.

“I have been traveling frequently coming into Australia, go back, and so forth. Alhamdulillah there was no problem before. First time I walked in, that was the 17th of March, that was last week Tuesday, my daughter and son-in-law traveled with me as well,” Chenia, who emigrated from SA almost 20 years ago, told Sabahul Khair.

“I actually scanned my passport and had my arrival card with me. As I got out I saw (an) officer standing there and he questioned me immediately: ‘Where’s your arrival card?’ I gave it to him, and I had something to declare, that was chocolate. I actually had it marked that I’ve got chocolate to declare, and after that he wrote something on the card – which I wasn’t aware of. So, I carried on. After five minutes another gentleman stopped me again and he asked me: ‘Where’s your arrival card?’ He looked at it.”

No sooner, another official emerged, a third, and stopped Chenia. “I was really confused. But, you know, travelling 14 hours, I was so tired so I just wanted to carry on and get my bags and move out.”

That was not the end of his nasty welcome and that of his co-travellers and family members. After getting his baggage, having met up with the other two, and heading towards customs, Chenia was told to go to a different section. That section, he noticed, had people, like him, of darker hue. Naturally, none were of European descent. His family members were also held up and questioned at Brisbane airport because of their appearance.

“It sort of dawned upon me that it was some kind of profiling, it looks like racial profiling. I waited there for few minutes, about 5-10 minutes, waiting my turn and the gentleman came up to me and said, look, ‘bring your bag’ and he said ‘put it on top of the table’. Then he started questioning me,” the Australian businessman said.

From here it was downhill. The Australian immigration officials posing all sorts of questions: purpose of his visit to SA and the Middle East; duration of his stay in the island nation (disregarding his citizenship); nature of his businesses in Australia and abroad; whereabouts of his wife; and on it went. Unsatisfied with what the traveler’s answers, the Brisbane-stationed civil servant took Chenia’s mobile phone and went through his e-mails and photos. The businessman, upset as he was, decided to keep calm than confront his inquisitor, he told Cii listeners.

“I was surprised because I’ve never been asked those questions before,” the businessman said, adding nothing of this sort has ever occurred to him in the 17 years that he has lived in Australia. Upon further investigation, Cheria found that 400 people, belonging to Islam, were “scanned” in this country – a supposedly cosmopolitan society. Instead of taking it lying down, he is rallying fellow mistreated citizens. A meeting is set, for this Friday, between members of the Muslim community and Queensland’s authorities, the police as well as the immigration minister.

Source: Cii Broadcasting


Local coverage of incident: Courier Mail



In response to the above and other similar incidents, a community forum was called up on Friday afternoon at the Holland Park Mosque to address the issue of "racial" and "religious" profiling at Brisbane Airport.

Since November almost 400 extra people a day are being "assessed" at airports across the country, forum organizer, Ali Kadri, told CCN.


To listen at first-hand, to the concerns of the community, the Regional Director of Customs Mr Peter Ilkin and Regional Director of Immigration Ms Jodie Bjerregaard attended the forum and took questions from the audience.

The forum was also attended by local federal member of parliament Ms. Terri Butler and members of the QPS and AFP.

The senior member of customs listened to the complaints and promised to review the procedures to ensure fair treatment.

President of Holland Park Mosque and spokesperson for the ICQ, Ali Kadri, urged the community to "come forward and express your concerns in a democratic way to ensure that your grievances are heard and action is taken to address them."


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By Imam Akram

Presentation yesterday morning (Saturday) by Imam Akram on behalf of the Slacks Creek Mosque to Terry Walker (2nd from right) from the Tribe of Juda for his work in building community bridges


Allah swt has blessed the people of Brisbane with an amazing opportunity, an opportunity which will by the grace of Allah create a positive change, an opportunity to finally reach out to the wider Australian community, an opportunity to display the true image of Islam.

We invite you to be a part of this opportunity to show others what you love about Islam and why it is a faith you choose to follow.

For the first time in Australia a Islamic organisation will be feeding hundreds of Needy people every week, Muslim and non-Muslim.

This is our opportunity to show people what sadakah is. Nabi Muhammad Saw was sent as a mercy to Mankind, now is our chance to show mercy to others by helping the needy.

The Slack Creek Mosque project has a vision to generate its own highly qualified Ulema ( scholars of Islam), Ulema who are Australian born, who have degrees, who can speak good English, who can relate to issue that we are faced with in society.

We are aware of the challenge that we face. It is not only the Non-Muslims who feel that we are strange but many Muslims don't understand how Islam fit into a modern world.

By having our own local Ulema this will help resolve a lot of the issues we currently face.

Our vision is to create best reciters of Quraan (Huffath), who understand the meaning of Quran and apply it in their lives.

We can offer IJAAZAH for our Huffath

This project is an great investment for our youth and for the future of Islam in Australia. Let us all be part of this investment inshallah. Let us leave behind a legacy that will gain us success and reward in this world and hereafter.

This is a project for our community by our community. A place where all are welcome. We would truly value you input and again extend an invitation for you to get involved and make this a place for you and your family.

Brothers and sisters, we need your input to create a centre that we have never had before. Your participation and assistance to achieve our common goal is crucial.

Imagine!! Every person that is fed, every salaah that is performed, every child that attends Madrasah, every Haafith, Aalim that is made at this Musjid, the reward will enter into your account till the Day of Judgment.

Remember dear brothers and elders, mothers and sisters, the currency of hereafter is not gold and silver coins, the currency of Hereafter is good deeds.

By the Grace of Allah swt we have collected $1,341,000 Million and require a $750,000.00 by the 8th June 2015.

We are selling a Musallah for $1000. We need 750 people to purchase 1 Musallah, purchase a Musallah for you and the family, purchase on behalf of someone beloved who has passed away. If you are unable to purchase a Musallah, then contribute whatever you can for the sake of Allah swt.

Let us build our Aakhira, Allah swt says (What ever we have will perish, but whatever we leave with Allah swt is everlasting. Nabi Muhammad saw took an oath, that charity never decreased the wealth of an individual, it only increased it. (Muslim)

So get involved today and receive blessing in this world, in the grave and hereafter.

Musjid bank details
Suncorp bank
BSB 484799
A/C 509169377

For further information regarding the project please visit our website.



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The best name on the list for Ange Postecoglou's latest squad? Tarek Elrich.


Overdue for reward for a player who might have been lost to Lebanon three years ago but for some sloppy paperwork in Beirut, but now gets the chance to wear the green and gold with enormous pride - becoming one of only a handful of Muslims to do so.

The biggest whoop of joy might not have come from the family home at Merrylands, but from inside a cell at Bathurst Jail, where older brother Ahmad is counting the days until his release is due in October. Ahmad also played for the Socceroos before his life took a turn for the worst four years ago, but the bond between the two brothers has never broken. Wednesday will have been one of the happiest days of Ahmad's life.

Speaking of which, if Elrich gets on the park during the forthcoming friendlies against Germany and Macedonia, he will join a select list. Statistics king Andrew Howe tells me only nine sets of brothers have played for Australia - Peter and Howard Tredinnick, Rene and Denis Colusso, Joel, Ryan and Adam Griffiths, John and Mike O'Shea, Tony and Aurelio Vidmar, Jason and Michael Petkovic, John and Bugsy Nyskohus, Bill and Henry Maunder, and Ross and John Aloisi.

It's rare company, underlining the symbolism of Elrich's selection. None of which concerned Postecoglou one bit. He picked him because he couldn't ignore him any longer.

The Adelaide United defender is in career-best form thanks partly to the encouragement he receives from Josep Gombau, but mostly because he's always had talent that has been curiously overlooked..

Source: The Age


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Gold Coast city officials have approved the first Muslim youth centre for the area in a move Muslim leaders hope will help unify the community and shift the negative perception of the religion.


The leaders believe that the facility will play a key role in preventing the local youth from becoming disengaged and prey for radical groups like ISIS.


Area councillor Margaret Grummit confirmed plans for the centre, which would be built adjacent to the Arundel Mosque in Allied Drive, had been approved.


"The area is zoned as a community precinct, so the proposal went through the town planners," she said. "If the zoning had to be changed, an application like this would have come before the planning committee, but this approval was a fait accompli."


Cr. Grummit said she believed Arundel residents knew about the youth centre.


"The only complaints I have had from residents about the mosque are about parking on Friday and during Ramadan," she said.


"However, it appears to be only tourists in hired cars that park illegally and we have opened up the park on the other side of the road for parking where we also have marshals."


The street talk is that the authorities are too power-hungry and over-bearing. If they invest in something like this centre, our youth will say the government is not so bad.

Hussin Goss

Hussin Goss, president of the Islamic Society of Gold Coast, and one of the founders of the Arundel Mosque, said a youth centre would reinforce the message of unity and harmony his society and the Gold Coast Imam Imraan Husain were preaching to Muslim youth.


"ISIS is not a good guide for Islam and is totally against what we preach," he said.

"We have been reinforcing this message on the Gold Coast for the past 18 months.


"A youth centre will definitely harness the youth.


"It will give them direction in their lives and within the community."


Mr Goss said he was hopeful the Federal and State governments would see the advantages of a youth centre.


"The Federal Government should be putting back into the Muslim community," he said.


"The street talk is that the authorities are too power-hungry and over-bearing. If they invest in something like this centre, our youth will say the government is not so bad."


Mr Goss said he met with federal MP Stuart Robert to discuss the centre and they would meet again.


"We are ready to turn soil on this project and we have raised some money but we need another $2.5 million for construction," he said.


"We will open up the centre to everyone - not just Muslim youth - because we want harmony and interaction on the coast."


He said the youth centre had been in the planning stage for five years.


Planned facilities for the youth centre will include:

32 underground carparks and total of 164 carparks.

indoor basketball court

8 bedrooms and bathrooms on the first floor

extension to existing Mosque

a new building

1123sq m floor area

first floor of 360sq m

a hall, dining or meeting area


Source: Gold Coast Bulletin


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Op-Ed by Julekha of Shajarah Islamic Family Day Care


Shajarah Islamic Family Day Care began last year in response to the need within our community for an Islamic based childcare for those parents who wanted their children to be cared for and educated in a home environment.


Parents were showing concern over the options that were available to them in a regular childcare and were looking for a solution that would combine the secular with an Islamic based ethos to meet the needs of their children.


There is an obvious desire of parents to establish an Islamic foundation for their children (and rightly so) and an environment that is conducive to the development of the appropriate values is so important in the development of a child.


While Shajarah Islamic kindergarten was meeting the needs of children over the age of 3, the Family Day Care section could now “fill the gap” and cater for any ages starting from 6 weeks up to and including school age children.

On the downside of things there has unfortunately been a great misuse of the systems by certain organisations. It is sad to see this happening within the community and we make dua that Allah guides them to that which is right and halaal.


In June this year new regulations will be brought into effect to curb the fraudulent misuse of government money such as Child Care Benefit and Child Care Rebate. As a result of this many Family Day Care Offices will be forced to close their doors as the government enforces the regulations leaving many parents and educators stranded!


It may be a very chaotic time for parents who are sincerely requiring care for their children and for educators who may have been misled into adopting incorrect practices perhaps due to their lack of “knowing any better!”

We ask the community to take a stand against these incorrect practices and to do that which is right. After all, we are all going to be accountable to Allah for every action of ours!


Any sensible parent would only have the desire for their child to be educated by a qualified educator within a home that will impart the correct values, and these can only be imparted appropriately if the educator and the environment have a philosophy that they live by, which advocates the ways that our beloved Prophet Muhammed S.A.W. taught us through His perfect example.


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Myriam Francois-Cerrah interviews Aamer Rahman for Middle East Eye as he takes part in his March 2015 'Truth hurts' tour


Australian comic Aamer Rahman on anti-Muslim paranoia (Photo courtesy of Aamer Rahman)

There’s something gripping about watching Aussie stand-up comedian Aamer Rahman in action. Beyond an undeniable personal charisma which has certainly contributed to his sell-out tours here in the UK, Australia and the US, the multi-award-winning comic has the ability to shock and challenge in equal measure, with sketches touching on some of the most controversial issues of the day, from the Islamic State group to Anders Breivik, skin heads to the detention of asylum seekers.

The power of Rahman’s comedy lies in a confrontational style which forces audiences to contemplate the pervasiveness of prejudice, and many people’s awkward complicity in its perpetuation. I caught up with him during his most recent UK solo tour, “The Truth Hurts” - dubbed one of The Guardian's Top 10 Comedy Shows of 2014 - to talk politics, racism and the limits of comedy.

Until his career took off last year when his now infamous “Reverse Racism” skit went viral, Rahman had been considering giving comedy up altogether. Having split from the award-winning comedy duo “Fear of a Brown Planet” he says: “I felt comedy was at a real dead end, Australia was too small and too limited an audience.”



Despite accolades and critical acclaim – he won the Melbourne International Comedy Festival Best Newcomer Award, opening for hit US comedian Dave Chapelle, and even a TV show to his name - the struggle to turn his niche comedy into a viable career remains a challenge for the 32-year-old, who cringes at some of the proposals sent his way. He reads me out a recent pitch to his agent involving a Muslim pub landlord – to be played by Aamer himself – whose job it would be to “challenge preconceived notions of Muslims”.

“I wanted to throw my phone at a wall,” he tells me. “That is one of the most offensive things anyone has ever sent me. Muslim pub landlord – coming soon,” he jokes sardonically.
I ask him why he thinks his Reverse Racism clip – in which he imagines a scenario where the very concept of “reverse racism” could actually be viable – went viral the way it did. The video now has well over a million YouTube views. “It hit a nerve – it’s an argument that so many people have had.


Whenever racism is discussed, reverse racism is discussed. I always say this is actually the point of comedy. People think comedians are very original. No, the comedian confirms what you already know. That’s why you laugh, you already bought that but they re-articulated it in an entertaining way. What I said in that clip, everyone knows, we’ve all felt that our whole lives - it confirms a deep frustration that so many people have.”

Most recently, a poll by the MCB found that 95 percent of Muslims in the UK feel loyalty toward Britain – but is questioning the loyalty of British Muslim citizens the way forward in his view? “I don’t think it changes anything” he says, shaking his head. “It doesn’t convince racists any more than when there is a terrorist attack and Muslim organisations and leaders come out and say: ‘We are British/American/Australian just like you.’ It is fundamentally premised on the idea that maybe these people are all trying to kill us. Surprisingly they’re not, here’s a good news story for the day!”

So, what does he make of the argument that linking Islamophobia and racism shuts down valid criticism of the faith? “I see Islamophobia as a flavour of racism. It is a type of racism. To restrict racism to just skin colour, or just culture – it’s not something I agree with. Racism I see as a systemic oppression, ‘otherising’, marking of a group of individuals according to race, ethnicity or culture, so you are on paper ‘white’, but you are also Muslim, which ticks you as ‘other’ – it is much more complicated than this notion that people don’t like the way you look so they start being horrible on the train.”

For Rahman, anti-Muslim sentiment is deeply political in nature. “The anti-Muslim paranoia which is generated in the West is so useful, because racism is based on imaginary things. The idea of the Muslims can trigger so many things in people’s imagination, you can use it to justify foreign policy, because we’re fighting 'these kinds of people'. You can use it to justify reparation policies and asylum policies, because these people are coming to invade and steal your jobs. You can use it to attack poor and working people because some of them are or look Muslim. That’s the best part of Islamophobia, you don’t even need to be Muslim - they just need to fall somewhere in the net of vaguely Muslim. It is good value for money.”



So what’s at the root of racism? Is it as simple as what we often hear - the idea of “hatred”? “The biggest mistake people make when they talk about racism is to talk about it without talking about class," Rahman says. "So racism always has some sort of economic imperative. It isn’t just we hate people like this because their food is different and they wear funny things, and they have beards and headscarves. It is about poor working people, it is about asylum seekers, it is about foreign policy, which are all economically driven. We need to invade these places, so we need to construct the idea that these people need to be invaded – and we need to construct the idea that they don’t deserve to flee those places and come and live amongst us – and we need to construct the idea that they don’t deserve benefits and they don’t deserve housing.” Rahman isn’t just an armchair theorist on this issue. His adopted brother runs RISE, the first refugee and asylum seeker organisation in Australia to be run and governed by refugees, asylum seekers and ex-detainees, and a group within which he himself has a history of activism. In one of his skits, he describes being part of a group of activists who trek out into the Australian desert to help free detainees. Without giving away the punch line, it involves blood, a woman handing her baby to strangers through a fence and Rahman spending some time in police custody. Discussing the


Charlie Hebdo attacks in France, I put to him the widely touted idea that Muslims are just too sensitive to accept criticism: “This is what came out during the whole Charlie Hebdo situation – you just can’t talk about Islam, you can’t criticise Islam, as if Islam hasn’t been under the microscope since 9/11, as if Islam hasn’t been systematically dissected and pulled apart in the media non-stop for the last decade. The idea that Muslims can’t be criticised – we’re in the middle now of the fourteenth year of a global war specifically targeting Muslims. Muslim communities have been subjected to unprecedented surveillance, monitoring, policing - these are all criticisms of Islam.” Should some topics be off-limits in comedy then? I ask. Who gets to decide what those topics are? “I’m not for censorship,” he quickly interjects. “I think Muslims hold some things sacred in a way that it is difficult for non-religious people and maybe even religious but non-Muslim people to understand. Given where Muslims sit socially and politically, crossing those lines has quite deep implications. Because Muslims are often poor, marginalised, under-employed, etc..


Obviously any provocation is much much worse. If Muslims were rich and comfortable, I don’t think they’d be as upset about these things – they’d definitely still be upset, there’s no question, but I think that context is important.

In France, when you live in a country which is more offended by your headscarf than racist pornographic cartoons that bully a minority, that’s got to be upsetting.” As we wrap up our interview, I ask Rahman whether his flippant style of comedy can ever transcend the racist divide it speaks to - can it ever speak to the racist? “No,” he responds. “It can’t speak to the racist. It isn’t designed to speak to the racist, it is designed to validate victims of racism and what they think – one thing we’re always told growing up when we experience racism is that it isn’t there. You’re too sensitive, you’re misunderstanding, they didn’t mean it like that, it’s just a joke. It’s not – we have a sixth sense about it because we’ve experienced it our whole lives. It’s absolutely true, I’m not crazy, they shouldn’t have said that - that’s who my comedy is for.” So when can we expect to see him back on stage in the UK next, I ask as he’s about to embark on the US leg of his tour. In his now trademark style, he smiles: “Look, if this Muslim pub idea takes off, I could franchise that and turn it into a tour show of me opening a franchise of Muslims pubs – Mubs.”

Aamer Rahman is starting a two-month tour of the US

Source: Middle East Eye


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Earlier in the week, the Grand Mufti of Australia and the Australian National Imams Council encouraged eligible Muslim Australians living in the state of New South Wales to vote in the state elections which were held yesterday (Saturday 28th March).

Voting is one of the best ways to make your voice heard. It is therefore important that every eligible Muslim Australian in NSW casts a valid vote. It is our duty to give representative leaders sincere advice and support officials who prove themselves trustworthy and a benefit to the state and the country. We should vote to remove them from public office when they do not. Politicians who promote xenophobia, inequity and partisanship are not worthy of support.

Bringing Islamic values to political life supports such universal ideals as strong families, protection of the weak, and equity for all. Our faith compels us to act in ways that benefit all people.

Everyone should check who the candidates in your electorate were and to carefully consider what their positions were with regard to improving the state of NSW insofar as the following are concerned: employment opportunities, health, education, law enforcement, infrastructure such as roads and trains, diversity management, etc.

We ask you to encourage everyone you know to vote. If you are bilingual, assist those who need help understanding the voting process by interpreting and translating for them.

We believe that Muslim Australians can contribute to significant positive change by voting responsibly.


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This 2nd Australasian Conference on Islam aims to explore how radicalisation and Islamophobia feed one another and work hand in hand to pull society towards polar extremes.


"By tackling these issues from political, sociological, psychological and theological angles, this conference aims to explore the root causes of radicalisation and in particular the significant impact of Islamophobia to that process."


The conference organizers invite abstracts for original and critical research papers addressing the theme Radicalisation and Islamophobia: Roots, Relationships and Implications in Religiously Diverse Societies.

Topics of interest for abstract submission include, but are not limited to:

• Relationship between radicalisation and Islamophobia
• Impact of radicalisation and Islamophobia on religiously diverse societies
• Exploring and contesting the legitimacy of the theological roots of radicalisation and Islamophobia
• Social roots of youth radicalisation in Western societies
• Roots of Islamophobia and its link to religious radicalisation within other religious communities
• Impact of social media on extremism, radicalisation and Islamophobia
• Alternative discourses/initiatives/movements to extremism, radicalisation and Islamophobia
• Case studies from countries, social groups and faith based movements as alternatives to radicalisation and Islamophobia
• Effects of Islamophobia on Muslims living in the West
• The empirical evaluation of counter-terrorism policy, counter-radicalisation and de-radicalisation through theoretical and practical cases


For more details click here.


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A Muslim woman left severely shaken by a physical and verbal assault on a packed Sydney train on Monday night believes she was targeted because of her religion.

Hina, who wanted to be identified only by her first name, was on a train home from the city's Town Hall station to Parramatta when she said she was assaulted.

She said she boarded the train about 5:30pm, but found there were no seats available so stood near the stairs, and noticed "a guy come in".

"He was tall. He looked angry," she said.

The 30-year-old said the man appeared to want to use the stairs before hitting her with his shoulder.

"I thought maybe it's a mistake so I just stepped back," she said.

"Then he moved even closer to me and hit me three or four times with his shoulder, his bag. He kicked me with his foot. Then I realised he [was] intentionally attacking me so then I shouted.

"He said excuse me, then he pushed me, then he said 'get off', then f-words," she said.

"He said 'you kind of people, you block our way'. I was in deep shock."

She said she became even more frightened when no-one tried to defend her, except for a woman who yelled at the man after the assault.

"It was a fully crowded train but nobody said anything. People were just listening. I know they were scared," Hina said.

She tried to get off at Redfern to notify the station manager but the man got off at the same station.

"He passed by me and abused me verbally and went away," she said.

Warning to women travelling alone

Hina reported the assault to Parramatta police, who are now investigating.

Police said the man was of Caucasian appearance, about 175cm tall, aged in his mid-30s, with a medium build, bald head and facial stubble, and wearing jeans and black and white shoes.

Hina wears Islamic head covering and said she felt the man targeted her because of her faith.

"The moment he entered he was looking angry at me," she said.

"I was the only one on that train that was wearing the hijab [Muslim headscarf]. It was a forceful attempt to attack me."

She said she did not go to work today because she feared travelling on a train.

"I didn't have the courage to go to the station," she said.

"I'm scared because I'm a single woman living alone. I can't step out of my home. This one incident has shaken my confidence."

She said she wants more women, Muslim and non-Muslim, to be vigilant when travelling alone.

'Disturbingly' familiar story of attacks on Muslim women

Hina contacted the Islamophobia Register Australia, an online service that records incidents of anti-Muslim abuse.

Lawyer Mariam Veiszadeh, who founded the register, said Hina was clearly traumatised by the incident.


Unfortunately, it seems to be women who are visibly Muslim, in this case who wear the hijab, who seem to be targeted more.

Lawyer Mariam Veiszadeh

Ms Veiszadeh said Muslim women who wear the hjiab are more vulnerable to attacks.

"They do happen to be the flag-bearers of their religion," she said.

"Unfortunately, it seems to be women who are visibly Muslim, in this case who wear the hijab, who seem to be targeted more."

She said the register has received dozens of reports of attacks against Muslim women and the frequency of incidents increases when there is community tension.

"It's becoming more common," she said.

"We are hearing anecdotal reports and also reports directly from victims.

"When Muslims are thrown in the media spotlight, whatever the case might be, it just so happens that the next few days or that day, we do hears of incidents where Muslim women or visible Muslims are being verbally or physically attacked.

"It leaves them with anxiety that is quite crippling. The fact that women are feeling these things in Australia is deeply disturbing."

She said community awareness and strong action from the police against perpetrators were key.

"It's really important that we protect each other," she said.

Source: ABC News


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The recent 50 day war in Gaza resulted in the destruction of many water plants resulting in thousands of families having limited access to clean water.

In any other circumstance the construction of general water wells would have addressed this issue. However due to groundwater pollution from high levels of chloride we decided to develop a long-term solution. This involved building a desalination plant to purify the water as means of overcoming the water shortage.

The construction phase of the project will take approximately five months to complete. It is estimated that an astonishing 50,000 people will benefit from this endeavour, inshaAllah!

The total cost of the project is $230,000 ($100,000 has been raised already).


In order to complete this project we urgently need your support to raise $130,000.

To donate online please visit: online or Bank Deposit
Muslim Aid Australia
BSB: 062 191
ACC: 1044 8216
Reference: PALWASH (Your Name)


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DATE: 27 March 2015

TOPIC: "Uphold your trust Part 2 "

IMAM: Dr Mohammed Abdalla








DATE: 27 March 2015

TOPIC: “Hazrat Wahshi ibn Harb”

IMAM: Mufti Junaid Akbar


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


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To: Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk MP and Premier of Queensland

Dear Hon Premier,
Good afternoon!

Hope you are doing well.

You may have known the story on the initiative to bring the issue of banning Mosques in Queensland at the link at http://m.sunshinecoastdaily.com.au/…/dickson-to-de…/2580458/

The Member for Buderim, Mr Steve Dickson is the only state MP who is likely to bring the proposal to ban Mosques in Queensland in the State Parliament.
This is worrying, even though the proposal has no merit, and I strongly believe that the matured politicians in Queensland Parliament will reject the matter unanimously.

Strangely, the group behind the move wants to make a difference between a place of worship and a Mosque.

I am sure you are aware of the following facts:
- Oxford dictionary meaning of Mosque - A Muslim place of worship.
- The free dictionary meaning of Mosque - A building used as a place of Muslim worship.
- The Collin Dictionary meaning of Mosque - a Muslim place of worship
- The Wikipedia writes, “A place of worship is a specially designed structure or consecrated space where individuals or a group of people such as a congregation come to perform acts of devotion, veneration, or religious study. A building constructed or used for this purpose is sometimes called a house of worship. Temples, churches, and mosques are examples of structures created for worship.”

It is a universally accepted fact that a Mosque is a place of worship - no more, no less. Clearly the Sunshine Coast group behind the move to ban Mosques in Queensland is deliberately pretending to be ignorant or out of touch with the reality and most likely motivated by Muslim and Islam bashing ethos. These people may be a part of a group who includes a man who drove 4 hours to Gold Coast to protest against a proposed Mosque in Gold Coast last year under the pretext of perceived local traffic problem in the neighbourhood.

If you have seen the website of Reclaim Australia http://www.reclaimaustralia.net/ you could not have missed the following: “this makes all western government nothing more than a cult surrounding the false religion it created with its own unjust law because this law has become a vain substitute and an affront to Yhwh's Law found in the bible.”

The group is equally wrong about blaming ‘halal certification’ and ‘shariah law’ for lots of problems in Australia. Beyond doubt they don’t know anything about these issue, let alone understand them.

Last month one Toowoomba resident and one of the organisers of the so called Reclaim Australia rally to be held in the Laurel Bank Park in Toowoomba on 4 April 2015 came to see me. After an hour long discussions he was convinced that he should not proceed with the rally and later he decided to withdraw himself from the group. But other organisers are determined to organise the rally. The venue is too close to the Mosque (only two blocks) and I am afraid if some participants take extreme move to march to the Mosque to attack the worshippers and the complex.

As you know that Islamic Society of Toowoomba is happy to engage and have dialogue with anyone in the community to remove the ignorance and misunderstanding and stop spreading the false and fabricated information and unfounded rumours about Islam and Muslims. We have been organising Open Day in the Garden City Mosque in Toowoomba and the next Open Day is on Sunday, 19 April 2015.

I am sure you are able speak from your own experience about what a Mosque does and how Muslims contribute to peace, harmony and economic development in the community. I request you to talk your parliamentary colleagues to stop all kind of unfair attacks on Muslims and Islam in our great state of Queensland.

The Muslim community is very thankful for your private support, but I believe this is about time for the political leaders to issue public statements so that the wider community could know about it and the misinformed people could get much needed guidance. The politicians may reinforce that Muslims are like any other group of citizens who are contributing to the peace, harmony and development of the state.


Any attempt to divide the community based on difference of any sort is unacceptable and detrimental to the harmonious mosaic of Queensland.

Professor Shahjahan Khan
Vice President of Islamic Council of Queensland
Founding President of Islamic Society of Toowoomba


 America Just Got Its First Accredited Muslim College


US: A Muslim college received formal academic accreditation this past weekend, making it the first officially recognized Islamic institution of higher learning in the United States.


Zaytuna College, a liberal-arts school based in Berkeley, California, announced that it was formally accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), one of the six official academic bodies responsible for the authorizing public and private colleges and universities in the United States.

“Today, Zaytuna’s accreditation roots this vision in a reality recognized within American higher education,” Hamza Yusuf, president of the college, said in a statement celebrating the announcement.

The statement also added, “[Accreditation] helps ensure that Zaytuna successfully fulfills the objectives outlined in its curriculum, which grounds its students in both the Islamic and Western scholarly traditions.”

According to the school’s website, Zaytuna was founded in 1996 as an institute and briefly operated as an Islamic seminary before dedicating itself to becoming a Muslim liberal arts college in 2009. It welcomed its first freshman class in 2010, and conferred its first undergraduate degrees in 2014. It has a student body of around 30 students, and offers a B.A. in Islamic Law and Theology and courses in politics, astronomy, and American history, among others. In a video chronicling the school’s pursuit of accreditation, Colleen Keyes, vice president of academic affairs, explained that the school’s goal is “to prepare and educate students, who are morally committed spiritual, intellectual, and professional leaders who are grounded in the Islamic tradition and conversant with … modern society.”


Think Progress

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 Afghan skateboarding? A call-to-prayer contest? New Muslim channel has it all


Navid Akhtar, left, and David Horne of Alchemiya.

LONDON: Alchemiya, a digital TV channel that has been compared to Netflix, aims to show Islamic culture at its best

Tucked away in a former chocolate factory in Wood Green in north London, a team of producers are huddled around footage of a man enthusiastically practising the call to prayer.

The performer is one of many hoping to win Istanbul’s annual muezzin competition – the search to find the heartiest call to prayer in the Turkish city. And the results, alongside a documentary about Afghan skateboarders and a film about Islam in Japan, will be part of the launch in April of a digital TV channel that’s being described as the Muslim Netflix.

Alchemiya, an on-demand streaming platform that will provide a global home for Muslim documentaries, lifestyle programmes and feature films, is the brainchild of Navid Akhtar, a senior producer with more than 20 years of experience at the BBC and Channel 4.

With a subscription model and digitally driven international reach, it’s clear why Alchemiya is being compared to Netflix. But Akhtar has a different way of thinking about what the company is trying to achieve. “This is the Monocle [a news and lifestyle magazine] for Muslims,” he explains, sitting on a brown leather sofa in an office lined with bookshelves and walls covered with geometric Islamic-inspired art. “Alchemiya is targeting the global urban Muslim: the professionals, the highly educated, English speaking, digitally connected who buy cars and go on holidays. But they also practise and care about the image of Islam,” he adds.


When it launches, Alchemiya will screen programmes – including films such as Valley of Saints, a Sundance film festival winner set in Kashmir, and documentaries such as Skateistan, about skateboarding in Afghanistan – to an international audience, many of whom will be seeing them for the first time.

The company will also show films that are banned in their country of origin, such as a documentary about the Bangladesh war of independence in 1971.

Akhtar, 47, dreamed of an online platform that would fill what he saw as a gap in the market for high quality, engaging content about Islamic culture that would not be overtly religious or sectarian.

He was joined by Ajmal Masroor, 43, an imam and broadcaster, who became the company’s chief communications officer, David Horne, 52, Alchemiya’s financial officer, and Iftikhar Khan, 45, the technology officer. Referencing the average age of the company’s founders, Akhtar jokes that Alchemiya is the “silver fox” of online startups.

“We’re doing things that make you proud to be a Muslim. The culture has always been there, but it’s about capturing what’s good,” Akhtar says. “We show hope and don’t show people oppressed. There are plenty of other platforms where you can see that.”

Alchemiya – Arabic for chemistry – is about transformation: “We want people watching our programmes to be stimulated in their thinking.”

The founders say they are committed to ethically produced films. “We’re making the programmes as authentic as possible – so we’re not just sending a white man from posh north London to go out and make the films,” says Akhtar. “We’re talking to people with bedroom operations, and taking them to the next level.”

It is still a small team with less than 10 staff members. Nuria R Harrison, an assistant producer from Spain, has been at the company for four months and is making the final edits to a programme on hijabi fashion bloggers. She says her aim is to show “multicultural Islam”.


A trailer for Müezzin (2009), a documentary film directed by Sebastian Brameshuber about the annual Turkish competition for the best call to prayer


The Guardian saw a clip of a documentary series called I Heart Qur’an, in which people – from a pizza maker to a martial arts performer – discuss their thoughts on what a verse of the Qur’an means to them. It is made by Howard Cohen and Patrick Stein, a Jewish production team.

Alchemiya has already gained 500 subscribers – with a two-year subscription costing £100 – from countries such as Australia, the Emirates, Switzerland and South Korea. The company is financed through crowdfunding and investors, as well as from the founders’ own pockets. Investors will not be able to determine which programmes are put out, according to Masroor, who says he had to turn down a wealthy property developer who wanted his son on the board.

Horne, who has worked for media companies for nearly 20 years, says the company is based on the lean startup business model: “The whole idea behind it is to build a minimum viable product,” meaning the startup’s product is developed in stages based on feedback from the people using it.

“If you think about it, not a single channel in the world exists today that shows a positive image of Islam,” Masroor says. “You may go to a Muslim TV channel and see a few good quality programmes, but most of it’s cheap and cheerful, and it’s often very preachy.”

The next generation “don’t want to see green domes and gold stars in the branding”, according to Akhtar. “Whatever we deliver,” he says, “has to be as good as the mainstream.”
Source: 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


Annemarie Schimmel Award for Excellence in Championing a Muslim cause


Dr Ang Swee Chai talking at a London Mosque. (Out of respect for Islam she wore a head scarf in the Mosque)


Dr Swee Ang is a Singaporean doctor and humanitarian whose life was transformed after she left her comfortable job as an orthopaedic surgeon in London to respond to the plea for medical help after the Israeli invasion of Lebanon.


Having witnessed and tended to the victims of the Sabra and Shatila massacre of Palestinians at a refugee camp in 1982, Ang returned to London and established Medical Aid for Palestine (MAP), a charity striving to achieve the highest attainable standard of healthcare for Palestinians in hostile and difficult conditions.


Ang Swee Chai’s experience and concerns are charted in her book From Beirut to Jerusalem: A Woman Surgeon With the Palestinians.


In 2014, she was deported from Israel by the authorities and prevented from carrying out her humanitarian work. 




Source: Muslim News


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Q: Dear Kareema, I am in my first trimester of pregnancy and was just wondering if cardio exercises are still good for me to do and how long should I keep going?

A: Make sure you get the all clear from your doctor first and if you’ve been doing cardio before your pregnancy it should be ok to keep going as long as you listen to your body and keep your water intake up.

Listen to your body and take regular breaks. Keep challenging yourself but don’t push too hard through your workouts.

Try incorporating Yoga as it will definitely benefit you as the months go by. As your baby grows, you’ll be less likely to run or jump around, so opt to walk and do lots of stretch sessions instead.

I have ladies take part in my yoga classes right up to the end of their pregnancy, so see how you feel each day, and try to exercise lightly for as long as possible. This will not only help with delivering your baby, but you’ll find it easier to start back up again after giving birth. All the best..




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!



Would you like to see the cover of your favourite book on our book shelves below?

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


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

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


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

The CCN Readers' Book Club


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KB says:  A perfect treat for the school holidays.

Rainbow Cup Cakes





4 eggs
1 cup oil
1 cup sugar
1 tsp essence
2 cups flour
4 tsp baking powder




1. Beat the first 4 ingredients together in an electrical mixer for +- 4 minutes.
2. Fold in flour and baking powder and mix well.
3. Separate mixture into 5 bowls, each bowl adding a different colouring to it – you can make the colours pastel or bright as you desire
4. In your cupcake pans add one heap teaspoon per colour at a time creating a coloured layer effect.
5. Bake in a pre-heated oven for approx. 10mins or until light brown.
6. Cool and top with fresh cream or icing of your choice.

Do you have a recipe to share with CCN readers?

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


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In the madressah class the Mualima said: "The first person to answer my question will go home early".

Immediately Mula Nasruddin junior threw his bag outside.

The Mualima asked: "Whose bag is that?"

Mula Nasruddin junior answered: "It's mine...ok..salaams!"

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It is He Who makes the stars (as beacons) for you, that you may guide yourselves, with their help, through the dark spaces of land and sea: We detail Our Signs for people who know.

Surah Al-An'am 6:97


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Perhaps a sin that humbles you


is better than a good deed that makes you arrogant.


~ Sheikh Hamza Yusuf


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Events and Functions

Palm Sunday Rally 29 MARCH Hikmaway The Greatest 4 29 MARCH IPDC Qiam-ul-Lail 3 APRIL AlNisa Catch Up Date Claimer 7 APRIL Seekers Retreat 2-7 APRIL Logan Mosque Community Engagement 10 APRIL Merrylands Islamic Centre Fund Raiser 18 APRIL	Donation Poster - Slacks Creek Mosque 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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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

7 April


AlNisa Catch Up


Dalzino's Restaurant Cafe

0405 845 727


10 April


Community Engagement with QLD Premier

Masjid Al Salam / Logan Mosque

260 Third Ave, MARSDEN

0406 914 631


17 April


Red Carpet #2

Islamic Relief Australia


0433 182 520


18 April


Merrylands Islamic Centre Project Fund Raising Dinner

Australian Muslims Fund Inc.

Islamic College of Brisbane, KARAWATHA

0413 751 201


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)

22 May


American Sharia Movie Screening

Muslim Aid Australia


0434 984 520


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)

6 June


Orphans & Me Fundraising Dinner

Muslim Aid Australia and MCF

Michael's Oriental Restaurant

0434 984 520


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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