Sunday, 26 July 2015


Newsletter 0559


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



Christensen stands by rally appearance

 The CCN Inbox: Letters to the Editor The CCN Food for Thought

EID 2015 at Worongary

 The CCN Classifieds An Ayaat-a-Week

EID 2015 at AIIC

What is/was happening in other necks of the woods Events and Functions

A Tribute to Women Supporting Refugees

Around the Muslim World with CCN Islamic Programmes, Education & Services

Janeth and Gail receive Intercultural Awards

CCN Readers' Book Club

Businesses and Services

Dinner with young Muslims

KB's Culinary Corner

The CCN Date Claimer

Community News

Kareema's Keep Fit Column

CCN on Facebook

Jimmy Barnes urges anti-Islam rallies to stop playing his songs

The CCN Chuckle

Useful Links

Government’s failing counter terrorism strategy


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Alaa Murabit: What my religion really says about women

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A Nation Divided? - ABC's Four Corners

Islamic Relief Australia at the Islamic College of Brisbane

Contemporary Muslims and the challenge of modernity

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'Oldest' Koran fragments found in Birmingham University

10 Pakistani Scientists who Made a Difference

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George Christensen at Reclaim Australia Rally in Mackay on Sunday.

FEDERAL Member for Dawson George Christensen kept his promise at the weekend, speaking to a crowd of around 200 protesters at a Reclaim Australia rally in Mackay.

As Mr Christensen last week announced his intentions to address the rally, public outcry soon ensued online with a GetUp! petition even calling on Prime Minister Tony Abbott to step in.

Mr Christensen took to the podium on Sunday to cries of encouragement from Reclaim Australia supporters, saying he was "proud to be a voice for North Queensland".

When asked if, given the public outcry, this statement could be considered correct, Mr Christensen said "there wasn't too much outcry from people in my electorate".

"I noticed the outcry seemed to be coming from southern media and political activists from capital cities," he said.

"In fact, overwhelmingly the response from my constituents has been extremely positive."

As outbursts of violence have been reported at similar rallies in Sydney and Melbourne, Mr Christensen has stuck by his decision to support Reclaim Australia.

"The rally at Mackay was vastly different to that which other people organised down in Sydney and Melbourne," he said.

"Those rallies were marred by violence, whereas the Mackay one was peaceful."

Mr Christensen said he attended the rally because he was asked to do so.

"I went along to that rally because I was invited by constituents. I had a look at (Reclaim Australia's) mission statement... and not one of those principles I thought was racist or bigoted," he said.

"I've got to say (the anti-rally protestors) didn't contact me to talk about their concerns before I went there."

Addressing the crux of the debate on Sunday, Mr Christensen said "we would be foolishly naive to think we are not at war with radical Islam".

"Islamism is a political system whereby everything that happens in your life and everyone's life must fit under the laws of radical Islam, of Sharia (law)," he said.

"It's not a threat that only exists on foreign shores; it's a threat that exists in our midst as well.

"(Sharia law) is quietly executed in Australian mosques, unfortunately, on a daily basis."

Mr Christensen has since clarified these statements, saying not all those who follow Islam support Sharia law.

"I don't know that there's too many mainstream Muslims that want to implement Sharia law in Australia," he said.


Source: Whitsunday Times


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On Saturday 28 July, the IMAGC Worongary held the biggest Eid Festival to take place on the Gold Coast, and it was an overwhelming success, the organizers told CCN.

For the last few of months, Sr. Ree Ali (IMAGC) has been putting things in place to ensure a successful “Eid in the Park” at Broadwater Parklands, Southport.

"To our surprise, we were overwhelmed by the community support from both local Muslim and Non-Muslim communities," Rami Elmohandis said.

"We had a turnout of about 3000 people, with a 50/50 ration of Muslims and Non-Muslims.This also gave our non Muslim friends an opportunity to learn about the Islamic way of life, and interact with Muslims on a glorious occasion."

Mr Elmohandi thanked the sponsors of the event "who without them would’ve been very hard to support financially":

- Islamic Council of Queensland (ICQ)
- City Fertility Clinic - Suzan Elharmeel
- Arabesque


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School Report

The Australian International Islamic College celebrated Eid ul Fitr on Saturday the 18 July at its Durack campus.


The celebrations attracted a crowd of over 2000 people.


The official program started at 7:15 with a warm welcome note delivered by Haji Shahid Khan welcoming the congregation to the College. He highlighted the importance of preserving our Islamic identity for the next generation.


Imam Ahmed Azhari delivered the Eid message, emphasizing the importance of continuing the acts of worshipping Allah SWT that have been done during the Holy month of Ramadhan, after the holy month.


Salatul Eid was performed by Imam Owais Syed with his beautiful recitation during the Salah. The Eid khutbah was delivered by Imam Yousaf Thaqafi, who congratulated everyone for the achievements of worshiping Allah SWT during the holy month of Ramadhan.


The formal program concluded with a heartfelt dua from Imam Shehzad Khan, praying to Allah for his acceptance of our actions during the holy month of Ramadhan and also he prayed that Allah assists all of the Muslims around the world in these difficult times.

After the formal program, the congregation exchanged hugs and asked each other for forgiveness. Everyone enjoyed a delightful Eid Brunch of beef curry, rice and sweets. With Allah’s mercy the day was a splendid morning filled with sun shine and joy. The children happily played on the jumping castle and also enjoyed ice cream and fairy floss.

The Australian International Islamic College would like to take this opportunity to thank all those who participated in making the Eid ul Fitr celebrations a success and also would like to wish all our Muslims a very happy Eid ul Fitr Mubarak.


May Allah SWT accept all of our actions that we have been doing during this holy month of Ramadhan sincerely for his pleasure, and may Allah SWT make us better people.


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The last few years have been a trying time for Muslims in Australia. Whilst it is unfortunate to see that senior politicians are fanning the flames of division and mono-culturalism, it is heartening to see ordinary Australians speaking out against the discrimination our community faces.


Regrettably, the most vulnerable and exposed members of our community, those bear the brunt of the physical and verbal abuse are our women folk. Because hijab is one of the most evident and visible signs of our religion, women have to deal with incredible levels of animosity, anger, fear and hate.


This as you can imagine takes a measurable psychological toll not only on them but on families as a whole.

It is important that as a community we show solidarity with the womenfolk and let them know that we stand in solidarity with them and we acknowledge the fact that they are facing some trying times.

The women in our community are of the most vulnerable persons in our society. Not only do they need to contend with the normal pressures of life, but they also need to contend with the constant victimisation of who they are and what they represent. The less fortunate of these are more prone to abuse. Our intention is to recognize all women for their strength during these trying times and their perseverance in contending with the negative onslaught.

An excerpt from the a hadeeth of the Prophet SAW related by Abu Hurairah RA recalls the following words of the Prophet (peace be upon him):

”Whoever relieves a believer’s distress of the distressful aspects of this world, Allah will rescue him from a difficulty of the difficulties of the Hereafter….” [Muslim]

This is a clear indication as to how we should respond to alleviate the anxiety tand despair that is generated in times like this. Compassion is an intrinsic element of Islam. One of the names of God Almighty.

On the night of 15 August the community will come together and acknowledge the difficulties Muslim women encounter in their daily activities and pay tribute to their resolve and perseverance.
The other focus of the night is Refugees. It would seem self indulgent to celebrate the strength of one part of our community and avoid the hardship of another part of the community.

Refugees, find it extraordinarily difficult to survive only on the financial support given to them by the government. Hence the women of the community have asked that all proceeds generated from this event be donated to support those refugees who are finding it tough to make ends meet. Again at the centre of this are those women who need to ensure the well being of their dependants.

There are many refugees who need assistance in establishing themselves here in Australia. Some are allowed to work and earn and others are not. This event hopes to raise much needed funds for those refugees in need.

Our Islamic history is delineated with stories of Muslims seeking refuge. First in Abyssinia among the Christians who welcomed and gave them sanctuary after the harshness they experienced in Mecca. And then again in Medina. The story of the migration the Prophet peace be upon him and his companions is well known to all Muslims. They fled from persecution to safety. They sought refuge much like others are doing today.

Our Speakers on the night include;

Mariam Veiszadeh
An exceptional Community Rights Advocate and lawyer who engages constantly with the governmen. Mariam will present her views on the topic and provide some perspective on the matter. Mariam is the creator of the Islamophobia register, the first of it's kind anywhere. A role model second to none.

Dr Mohamad Abdalla, Associate Professor at the Griffith University and founding Director of the Griffith Islamic Research Unit (GIRU). Dr Abdalla will talk on women's contribution to the preservation of Islamic Jurisprudence and hadeeth Known as al-Muhadithaat, women have played a significant role in preserving the integrity of the scholarly works of hadith and jurisprudence throughout the golden age of Islam. Dr Abdalla will also share some islamic perspectives on Refugees and their plight.

We ask you to support this event and remember that your charity will not go unrewarded. Please help us to help those in need. Give a little, change a lot !!


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At the recent "Peace & Dialogue" Iftar Dinner and Queensland Intercultural Society Awards held at Parliament House on 16 July, Ms Janet Deen and Ms Gail Ker were acknowledged with awards for their ongoing service to the community.


This ifthaar was co-hosted by Queensland Intercultural Society and the Hon Shannon Fentiman MP, Minister for Communities, Women and Youth, Minister for Child Safety and Minister for Multicultural Affairs (ALP) and Mrs Tarnya Smith MP, Shadow Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and Multicultural Affairs (LNP).


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The AFP held a post Ramadhan dinner during the week at Michael's Oriental Restaurant targeted towards the younger members of the Brisbane and Gold Coast Muslim communities.


Amongst the speakers on the night were Mr Ali Kadri, Holland Park Mosque president; Mr David Forde of Multicultural Affairs QLD; and Mr Dylan Chown, Amanah Institute principal.


Organizer of the event, Mr Shane Johnson, AFP community liaison officer, had this to say to his invited guests:

Apart from celebrating the breaking of the fast and the end of Ramadan, this night is also about celebrating the positives we have here in QLD, acknowledging our sometimes discussed differences, encouraging true engagement as well as recognising the untold work that I know you and the greater Islamic community undertake on a daily basis with no assistance, with no advice, with no guidance or funding and with the mutual purpose of creating a fairer, safer and unified community. Your work is not recognised by the broader population, nor is it known by government agencies. It cannot be reported, and it doesn’t attribute to any statistics traditionally required by government to measure a success.

Of course your successes are not always possible to achieve. There has and continues to be changes in political spheres, law enforcement activities and societal activities that impact on the Islamic community perhaps more so than others and these are the challenges for all of us today and no doubt into the foreseeable future. One such challenge is the derailing and destabilising efforts of right wing extremism in this country. This issue I know is at the forefront of concerns for you. It depletes any sense of belonging and unfortunately only adds to the very thing these groups will claim they are trying to prevent.

Traditionally EID dinners I have been involved with have been targeted towards the ‘big end of town’ coming together to acknowledge the relationships, understanding and cooperation with likeminded organisations and communities which they do very well and have had some great achievements, however the one group that is often left off the cards is you. Its younger Muslim men and women in particular that are often over looked, are rarely consulted and yet in my opinion are the most vital key to positive change across current areas of government and community focus.


I understand the hurdles and barriers you face just to be here tonight so I am truly grateful and proud that you are here, to take a risk and to give something new a chance through proper engagement that may just help pave the way for real improvements in respect, improvements in cooperation, genuine acceptance, understanding and support.

In my opinion, we have to do more, we have to take a risk and we have to try something innovative and outside the square.


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Reclaim Australia - An Interview With Ali Kadri
ICQ's Media release on Reclaim Australia can be read here.


Interview With Qari Ziyaad Patel | Ramadan 2015


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Multicultural family: Jimmy Barnes with his wife, Jane

Jimmy Barnes says he does not support anti-Islam groups playing his songs

Oh-oh-oh, it's a working-class ban.

Cold Chisel frontman Jimmy Barnes has a message for those playing his classic Australian songs at anti-Islam rallies around the country: stop.

In a message posted on his Facebook page, Barnes said it had come to his attention that "certain groups of people" had been playing his songs at rallies.

Two anti-Islam groups - the United Patriots Front and Reclaim Australia - have been staging rallies around the country, brandishing Australian flags and protesting against the "spread" of Islam, halal food and Asian immigration.

Barnes' wife, Jane, was born in Thailand.

Cold Chisel's best-known song Khe Sanh has become a patriotic anthem and is often named as one of the best Australian songs ever.

Barnes himself is an immigrant, having moved to Australia from Scotland in 1956.

"I only want to say the Australia I belong to and love is a tolerant Australia. A place that is open and giving," he posted on Tuesday night.

"It is a place that embraces all sorts of different people, in fact it is made stronger by the diversity of its people.

"If you look at my family you can see we are a multicultural family. Australia needs to stand up for Love and Tolerance [sic] in these modern times.

"None of these people represent me and I do not support them."

While there was no violence at the Brisbane gathering, where about 300 protesters from the far left and far right exchanged racist and anti-racist sledges, similar events in Melbourne and Sydney descended into chaos as protesters were sprayed with capsicum spray.

According to witnesses at the Sydney event, Lee Kernaghan's Sprit of the Anzacs was also used as a rallying cry by Reclaim Australia.

Barnes' post, which has been shared more than 2000 times, has been met by mixed responses from fans.

Commenter Eric Algra, said Barnes had "opened a big can of worms".

"Full of respect for your taking a stand on this highly devisive [sic] issue," he said. "And, of course, I'm with you on this. Fully. We must not let fear and ignorance define what we are and what we stand for as Australians."

A comment from Wendy Lisac said: "I don't have any problems with anyone, black or white, religions or political views ... I have a problem with people who want to hurt, kill, rape, and don't respect others."

Redgum songwriter John Schumann also said recently he did not support his song I Was Only 19 being played at Reclaim Australia rallies.

"I am very, very disappointed to see my work co-opted by what I, at my most charitable, consider to be a very confused 'patriotic' movement," Schumann said at the time.

Source: SMH


As Midnight Oil demands Reclaim Australia stop playing songs, Lee Kernaghan refuses



Lee Kernaghan

Midnight Oil has asked the organisers of the anti-Muslim Reclaim Australia rallies to stop playing its songs, but country star Lee Kernaghan - who was Australian of the Year in 2008 - has stopped short of doing so.

MIdnight Oil's Short Memory was played at a Reclaim Australia rally in Adelaide recently. The band issued the following statement to Fairfax:

"Midnight Oil does not endorse Reclaim Australia in any way. "We ask that no Midnight Oil songs are played or used by the organisation. We are in favour of a tolerant Australia, made up of many cultures."

Kernaghan, though, whose management has been approached twice by Fairfax, posted a statement on social media asking that any group playing his song Spirit of the Anzacs "see that it is consistent with - and respectful of, the memory of ... [soldiers who] laid down their lives for the freedoms we have today."

While Kernaghan did not endorse the rallies or the ideologies behind them, he did not oppose either the use of his music at them or their purpose. He did however point out the song was about "about love, mateship, self-sacrifice, endurance and courage."

The lyrics to Spirit of the Anzacs celebrates soldiers "born beneath the Southern Cross".

His Facebook post prompted a flood of praise for Kernaghan's support of Australian soldiers, but also plenty of anti-Islamic sentiment.

Fairfax asked Kernaghan's management if he had the same view as Jimmy Barnes, John Farnham and Goanna's Shane Howard, who like Midnight Oil asked Reclaim Australia rally organisers to stop using his music. Fairfax received no response.

Howard posted a searing Facebook post about Goanna's iconic song, saying: "Reclaim Australia's confused vision of what Australia is, or should be, is not my vision ... I ask that my song, Solid Rock, Sacred Ground, not be used at such rallies."

Kernaghan was named Australian of the Year in 2008, largely for his fundraising efforts during the drought. He raised more than a million dollars.

Meanwhile Reclaim Australia has continued to associate popular hits with its cause, posting a link to Tom Petty's Refugee.

Petty has not offered his views on Islam or muslims but has given mixed opinions on religion. Recently he said "I'm fine with whatever religion you want to have", while speaking out against abuse of children by the Catholic church. But he's also accused religion of being "at the base of all wars".


Source: SMH


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The Federal government’s approach to counter terrorism is a mess, and in light of the recent proposal to strip people of their citizenship, is only getting worse.


Samier Dandan

This is all despite the fact that almost universally, research points to the enormous influence that wider social, economic and political issues have on the process of radicalisation. Yet, the focus of the government’s strategy seems to rest heavily on how best it can strip people of their rights in the name of “security”.

This approach was carried into the recent Countering Violent Extremism summit held in Sydney. Just a quick skim of the topics alone gave enough of an indication of the intentions behind it, as well as of ongoing negative trends in the way the Attorney General’s Department has consulted with the Muslim Community.

At its core, there is a denial of ...........



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Alaa Murabit's family moved from Canada to Libya when she was 15. Before, she’d felt equal to her brothers, but in this new environment she sensed big prohibitions on what she could accomplish. As a proud Muslim woman, she wondered: was this really religious doctrine? With humour, passion and a refreshingly rebellious spirit, she shares how she discovered examples of female leaders from across the history of her faith — and how she launched a campaign to fight for women's rights using verses directly from the Koran.



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A man has been ordered to face court after allegedly putting up offensive posters on an Islamic prayer room on the Sunshine Coast.

Police said the 64-year-old Yaroomba man put up two A4 sheets with "offensive remarks" on the building in Church Street, Maroochydore about 1.45pm Tuesday.

He was issued with a notice to appear for trespass and will face Maroochydore Magistrates Court on August 26.

Last month, the Sunshine Coast Regional Council approved plans for a mosque to be built at the same site.

Angry protesters later gathered outside the building, calling on the Muslims to denounce their religion.

Sunshine Coast District Inspector Mike Miley said Tuesday's incident was the first alleged criminal act to occur since the council approved the mosque.

"Police have been in consultation with all differing groups, and they understand where police currently stand," he said.

"We're working together with the members of the mosque so that it is a safe place for them.

"I don't think police will tolerate anything that interferes with the peace and tranquility of the community members."

Inspector Miley said a Reclaim Australia rally held in Maroochydore during the weekend was without incident, apart from two people who were temporarily detained for breaching the peace.

However unlike tense rallies in capital cities, the Maroochydore rally only had one group of protesters and did not have an anti-Reclaim Australia presence.

Source: Brisbane Times


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As night falls, a group of young men train hard in the gym, preparing for battle.

"They don't want to live with us, why should we live with them? Islamist, if you want the war believe me you'll get it!" Far Right Campaigner

Across town a young Muslim girl quits high school because she's not allowed to wear Islamic clothes.

"I'm always told 'you're not French, your clothing isn't French, your origins mean that you're not French.' So no I don't feel French because of these people." Young Muslim Woman

They are voices from France, a nation grappling with the aftermath of terror.

The parallels with the debate in Australia are striking: who should be held responsible for a terrorist attack? How should we respond as a nation? How do governments find the balance between protection and freedom?

In this often provocative story from the BBC, British/Pakistani journalist Shaista Aziz looks at the rising tide of anti Muslim feeling in France after the Charlie Hebdo terror attacks that claimed 12 lives.

"I asked him what was more offensive, my hijab or kebabs, and he actually said, 'I don't know I have to think about it.' I mean you couldn't make this stuff up!" Shaista Aziz, Journalist

She finds a nation questioning its very identity.

"We've created a lot of French people who are not French in their heart, just French on paper." Marion Le Pen, France's Youngest MP

From far right agitators who want to deport all foreigners to Muslim 'comics' who specialise in provoking outrage, she explores the difficult questions facing democratic nations around the world.

A Nation Divided? from the BBC and presented by Kerry O'Brien, went on air on Monday 20th July at 8.30pm.


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This Ramadan, Islamic Relief Australia (IRAUS) and the Islamic College of Brisbane (ICB) combined forces to help raise money for IRAUS’s annual Ramadan Campaign.


At the beginning of Ramadan, IRAUS distributed their unique My First Sadaqah/Charity Box to each ICB student.

After a month of enthusiastically collecting money, the students returned their boxes this week. Alhamdulillah, the students have helped IRAUS raise $8,620.00, and still counting, as we are waiting on the return of boxes from the students, inshAllah. Each Primary class received a Charity Hero Award certificate, in acknowledgement of their efforts.

IRAUS would like to sincerely thank ICB’s Principal, Dr Barrett, Imam Ziyad Ravat and Mrs Ashraf for giving us the opportunity to work together to raise much needed funds; which will be used to feed the hungry, internationally.

We would like to extend a very special thank-you to the students and their families for contributing to this amazing cause and working hard to fill up their boxes.

Check out our website to learn more about the work that Islamic Relief Australia does.


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By Asma Afsaruddin


In my 22 years of teaching and writing about Arabic and Islamic Studies, I have probably heard every kind of naive and uninformed comment that can possibly be made in the West about Islam and Muslims. Such remarks are not necessarily all due to ill will; most of the time, they express bewilderment and stem from an inability to find accessible, informed sources that might begin to address such widespread public incomprehension. Add that to the almost daily barrage of news and media commentary concerning violence in the Middle East and South Asia, two regions viscerally connected with Islam and Muslims. With hopes deflating in the wake of the Arab Spring, and barbaric ISIS members continuing to inflict terror wherever they rule, Muslims seem to be descending into a spiral of violent nihilism. These days, Islam appears as nothing more than a spent force, incapable of regenerating itself.

This is a narrative that has considerable staying power, drawing its strength from a pervasive Western media that frequently reinforces such perceptions. With selective reporting on Muslim-majority societies, the journalistic bar for news reporting is usually very low; sensationalism is an essential criterion. What goes on in the daily lives of ordinary people is almost completely occluded. The diversity of voices and opinions that continue to characterize Muslim-majority societies, as well as the rich spiritual and intellectual resources available within the Islamic tradition (both as a religion and civilization), receive little attention.

Contrary to popular belief, Muslims are firmly a part of the modern world and are grappling with the challenges of modernity in myriad ways. Many of them are navigating modernity’s sometimes uncharted waters with creativity and imagination, re-engaging with their tradition and revisiting their history, as many non-Muslims are doing with their respective traditions and histories in similar contexts. Muslim academics, thinkers, and social activists are spearheading hermeneutic and revivalist projects, mostly occurring below the global radar, that are shaping and being shaped by modernity (or, more accurately, modernities). For there is more than one way of being modern, each being pegged to a society’s particular historical trajectory and cultural specificity. This realization is fundamental in appreciating the different paths to modernity that various societies can and do take. Here, the Western paradigm of secular modernity is hardly a universal one. It is, rather, a parochial model spawned during the specific concatenations of historical events in the European past. Other societies and civilizations are “indigenizing” modernity in ways that are compatible with their own lived, historical experiences and sociocultural institutions.




Asma Afsaruddin is Professor of Islamic Studies in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures in the School of Global and International Studies at Indiana University, Bloomington. Her latest monograph, Contemporary Issues in Islam, is due to be published by Edinburgh University Press in September 2015. Read her contribution to Learning Ignorance,"Finding Common Ground: 'Mutual Knowing', Moderation, and the Fostering of Religious Pluralism," which is freely available on Oxford Scholarship Online for a limited time.


Image credit: "Halaq at Masjid al-Haram, 6 April 2015, Makkah, Saudi Arabia" by Mohammed Tawsif Salam - Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.


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With every Ramadan that passes, there are new websites, apps and memes

It’s embraced by Muslims of all ages; but is it becoming increasingly difficult to reflect and observe the holy month in an age where you’re one click away from YouTube or two swipes from Instagram?

The Independent speaks to Muslims of all ages in London to see how technology changed their Ramadan.



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The Continental Club proudly presents the most exciting tournament for year, The Brisbane BMW Challenge! The tournament will be held at the prestigious Palmer Colonial Golf Club on Sunday 16th August 2015.

It doesn’t matter if you’re an amateur or professional you’ll have an awesome time with a chance of winning some fantastic prizes!

Register here today.

Venue: Palmer Colonial, 57 Paradise Springs Ave, Robina QLD 4226.
Date: Sunday 16th August 2015
Time: Tee off 10:00 am Shotgun Start (All players are kindly requested to be on course 30 minutes prior to your tee time)


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What may be the world's oldest fragments of the Koran have been found by the University of Birmingham.

The fragments were written on sheep or goat skin

Radiocarbon dating found the manuscript to be at least 1,370 years old, making it among the earliest in existence.

The pages of the Muslim holy text had remained unrecognised in the university library for almost a century.

The British Library's expert on such manuscripts, Dr Muhammad Isa Waley, said this "exciting discovery" would make Muslims "rejoice".

The manuscript had been kept with a collection of other Middle Eastern books and documents, without being identified as one of the oldest fragments of the Koran in the world.

Oldest texts

When a PhD researcher, Alba Fedeli, looked more closely at these pages it was decided to carry out a radiocarbon dating test and the results were "startling".

The university's director of special collections, Susan Worrall, said researchers had not expected "in our wildest dreams" that it would be so old.


Prof Thomas says the writer of this manuscript could have heard the Prophet Muhammad preach


"Finding out we had one of the oldest fragments of the Koran in the whole world has been fantastically exciting."

The tests, carried out by the Oxford University Radiocarbon Accelerator Unit, showed that the fragments, written on sheep or goat skin, were among the very oldest surviving texts of the Koran.

These tests provide a range of dates, showing that, with a probability of more than 95%, the parchment was from between 568 and 645.

"They could well take us back to within a few years of the actual founding of Islam," said David Thomas, the university's professor of Christianity and Islam.

"According to Muslim tradition, the Prophet Muhammad received the revelations that form the Koran, the scripture of Islam, between the years 610 and 632, the year of his death."
Prof Thomas says the dating of the Birmingham folios would mean it was quite possible that the person who had written them would have been alive at the time of the Prophet Muhammad.

"The person who actually wrote it could well have known the Prophet Muhammad. He would have seen him probably, he would maybe have heard him preach. He may have known him personally - and that really is quite a thought to conjure with," he says.


Prof Thomas says the writer of this manuscript could have heard the Prophet Muhammad preach

First-hand witness

Prof Thomas says that some of the passages of the Koran were written down on parchment, stone, palm leaves and the shoulder blades of camels - and a final version, collected in book form, was completed in about 650.

He says that "the parts of the Koran that are written on this parchment can, with a degree of confidence, be dated to less than two decades after Muhammad's death".

"These portions must have been in a form that is very close to the form of the Koran read today, supporting the view that the text has undergone little or no alteration and that it can be dated to a point very close to the time it was believed to be revealed."
The manuscript, written in "Hijazi script", an early form of written Arabic, becomes one of the oldest known fragments of the Koran.

Because radiocarbon dating creates a range of possible ages, there is a handful of other manuscripts in public and private collections which overlap. So this makes it impossible to say that any is definitively the oldest.

But the latest possible date of the Birmingham discovery - 645 - would put it among the very oldest.

'Precious survivor'

Dr Waley, curator for such manuscripts at the British Library, said "these two folios, in a beautiful and surprisingly legible Hijazi hand, almost certainly date from the time of the first three caliphs".

The first three caliphs were leaders in the Muslim community between about 632 and 656.

Dr Waley says that under the third caliph, Uthman ibn Affan, copies of the "definitive edition" were distributed.



Muhammad Afzal of Birmingham Central Mosque said he was very moved to see the manuscript

"The Muslim community was not wealthy enough to stockpile animal skins for decades, and to produce a complete Mushaf, or copy, of the Holy Koran required a great many of them."

Dr Waley suggests that the manuscript found by Birmingham is a "precious survivor" of a copy from that era or could be even earlier.

"In any case, this - along with the sheer beauty of the content and the surprisingly clear Hijazi script - is news to rejoice Muslim hearts."

The manuscript is part of the Mingana Collection of more than 3,000 Middle Eastern documents gathered in the 1920s by Alphonse Mingana, a Chaldean priest born near Mosul in modern-day Iraq.

He was sponsored to take collecting trips to the Middle East by Edward Cadbury, who was part of the chocolate-making dynasty.
The local Muslim community has already expressed its delight at the discovery in their city and the university says the manuscript will be put on public display.

"When I saw these pages I was very moved. There were tears of joy and emotion in my eyes. And I'm sure people from all over the UK will come to Birmingham to have a glimpse of these pages," said Muhammad Afzal, chairman of Birmingham Central Mosque.



Muhammad Afzal of Birmingham Central Mosque said he was very moved to see the manuscript


The university says the Koran fragments will go on display in the Barber Institute in Birmingham in October.

Prof Thomas says it will show people in Birmingham that they have a "treasure that is second to none".




Source: BBC News


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Mostly, Muslim students are taught about inventions and discoveries of Muslims and they list hundreds and thousands year old inventions by Muslims.


But one important fact needs to be highlighted that Pakistani scientists, too, have a great contribution in where the world is standing today.


There are hundreds of capable scientists which have worked on prestigious scientific missions and many of them even have invented numerous things in their disciplines.

This list of greatest Pakistani scientists prove that Pakistan is not far behind anyone in development of today and has a contribution in the modern world.


Even though resources in the country are minimal, yet these brilliant minds were stronger enough to take over the circumstances.

10) Abdul Qadeer Khan
A.Q. Khan is nuclear physicist and a metallurgical engineer. Apart from participating in Pakistan's atomic bomb project, he made major contributions in molecular morphology, physical martensite, and its integrated applications in condensed and material physics.

Source: WonderfulPoint


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Friday khutbah (sermon)

DATE: 24 July 2015

TOPIC: "Steadfastness in the obedience of Allah SWT"

IMAM: Visiting Imam Ahmad Naffaa (Al Azhar)







Friday khutbah (sermon)

DATE: 24 July 2015

TOPIC: “Have our A’maal gone with Ramzan”

IMAM: Mufti Junaid Akbar










Friday khutbah (sermon)

DATE: 17 July 2015

TOPIC: "What to do on Eid"

IMAM: Muhammad Uzair Akbar


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DATE: 24 July 2015

TOPIC: "Significant Events in month of Shawaal"

IMAM: Muhammad Uzair Akbar


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Dear Friends
As you come to the end of the holy month of Ramadan, I want to send you this message.


The Archdiocese of Brisbane sends greetings of peace to all our Muslim brothers and sisters who are celebrating Eid al-Fitr, asking the God of all mercy to send his blessings upon you.


At a time of great tension in the world when religion is at times invoked to justify violence, it is more important than ever that all those who worship God affirm the bond of shared humanity in every way possible.


Let these words of mine be that kind of affirmation. May the Creator turn violence to peace, fear to love and death to life.

I also attach a message from the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue on behalf of Pope Francis.

Archbishop of Brisbane

The Most Reverend Mark Coleridge


Dear Editor of the Crescents Community News,

I receive and read your very informative weekly newsletter regularly.

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As we are about building the capacity of services and communities, we offer this two-day training and participants receive a comprehensive facilitator manual to deliver the program in their own organisations or communities. The minimum written material of the program has to date been translated into Standard Modern Arabic, Simplified Chinese, Farsi and Spanish.
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Dear Editor

Here is the text of a letter I submitted and had published in this week's Courier Mail that may be of interest to your readers.

David Forde

Muslim leaders encourage peace Not always about who shouts loudest
Your editorial, Tolerance, not hatred, will unite Australia (20 July), was excellent till I came to this, "It is true Muslim leaders could do more and be seen to be doing more when it comes to tempering the more radical elements in their community...."

I am not a Muslim, but have seen first hand the significant, tireless and voluntary work, Queensland’s Muslim leaders and others have been undertaking for many years to try to ensure we all live in peace, work they are not compelled to do.

Muslim leaders have no more control over members of the Muslim community than a Priest has over all Catholics or Anglicans etc, not least those who are disengaged or marginalised.

The media and politicians also need to play their role by not fueling the situation. The regular challenging of the level of work of Muslim leaders is not just disappointing it is counter-productive. It’s not always about who shouts ‘loudest’ that achieves results.

David Forde


Government to take firmer stance on Muslims who fail to denounce jihadis

David Cameron is expected to announce that only those in the Muslim community willing to take a stand against jihadist violence will be supported 

UK: The Government is set to take a firmer stance against Muslims who fail to oppose Islamist extremism.

In a speech to be delivered to an audience of Muslim men and women in Birmingham, David Cameron is expected to announce that only those in the Muslim community willing to take a stand against jihadist violence will be supported and those who “walk up to the border of illegality” will be denounced.

A Downing Street source told The Independent on Sunday: “There are people in the Muslim community who walk up to the border of illegality with the aim of radicalising others – they are the equivalent of David Irving denying the Holocaust.

“There are Muslims who say they are not advocating violence,” said the source, but who still deny the Holocaust, question Israel’s right to exist, and whether men and women and Jews and Muslims should mix.

The Prime Minister reiterated his position on beating terrorism in an interview with NBC’s Meet the Press.

“We have to attack directly this Islamist extremist ideology that is poisoning young minds, including young minds in Britain and America,” he said. The “narrative of extremism” must be defeated, he added.

“People who say, ‘Well, of course I don’t support terrorism. But a caliphate, is that such a bad idea?’ Or people who say, ‘Do you know what? Christians and Muslims, we can’t really live together. And suicide bombing [is] alright in Israel, even if it’s not alright in America.’

“These are unacceptable views. We’ve got to call them out and confront them,” said Mr Cameron. “We’ve got to defeat the narrative of extremism, even when it’s not connected to the violence.

“It’s the narrative that is the jumping-off point for these young people to then go and join this dreadful death cult in Iraq and Syria,” he added.

The Prime Minister’s comments run the risk of alienating British Muslims, some of whom were critical of a speech he gave last month in which he said some members of the faith were “quietly condoning” extremist ideology.

Source: Independent


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Interview with Dr Mohammed Meer (on Romania)


Ml Junaid Kharsany  interviews Dr Meer


Part 1


Part 2


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Eid-ul-Fitr 2015: Record-breaking 60,000 Muslims pray in Birmingham's Small Heath Park



BIRMINGHAM, UK: When it first began three years ago, only a few thousand people showed up to the park.

However, today, a record-breaking 60,000 men, women and children descended upon Small Heath Park in Birmingham to read the morning Eid-ul-Fitr prayers as Muslims the world over celebrate the end of another month of Ramadan.


Last year, officials said some 44,000 people turned-up to pray.

Today, however, miles of plastic sheeting was spread out in rows along the grass as horns blared in the, at one point, four-mile long traffic jam consisting of thousands of families battling to make it into the park.


After the prayers were over, the crowds quickly livened-up when the Celebrate Eid event roared into life as people from backgrounds flocked into the park to take part in the family activities on offer in what is being described as the ‘biggest Eid celebration in Europe’.
One young attendee, Husna Khan, 21, shared with The Guardian her more contemporary take on this Eid-ul-Fitr: “This is a bit like a music festival for us – our Glastonbury.”


Source: Independent


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Despite animosity, Moscow's Muslims change the city



At least 1.5 million Muslims in Russia's capital form the fastest growing and most ethnically diverse demographic group. 


Muslims performed Eid el-Fitr prayers at Moscow's central mosque as Russian police took security measures around them 

Moscow, Russia - Surrounded by movable metal fences and police, they placed their prayer rugs and shreds of wallpaper on the cold asphalt along the tram tracks.

Then they planted their feet and exhaled "God is great!" They bent, knelt, and prostrated in front of the golden-domed Sobornaya mosque despite the bewildered and scared faces of passersby and baton-wielding police officers around them.

More than 60,000 Muslims gathered at the square and five temporarily blocked streets around Moscow's main mosque, with an additional 180,000 gathering at five other mosques and three dozen temporary sites in Moscow and the greater Moscow region, to mark the end of this year's holy month of Ramadan, police said.

Each person had to pass through a metal detector and undergo an identification check.

Some Muslims were indignant about the treatment they faced on one of the year's holiest days.

"You want to pray at a mosque, you have to enter a cage," Murad Abdullaev, a full-bearded 29-year-old from Derbent, Russia's southernmost city in the restive province of Dagestan, told Al Jazeera.

"You pray at work, you get reprimanded, but when your colleagues show up hungover or take long cigarette breaks, it's OK," he said describing his colleagues at a construction company in southern Moscow.

Some Muscovites are also unhappy about the inconveniences they face during the celebration of the two major Muslim religious holidays Eid al-Fitr - the breaking of the fast festival at the end of Ramadan, and Eid al-Adha - the festival of sacrifice.

"Again, [some] streets are full of praying people, again the adjoining streets are blocked, [there are] tensions with police," popular blogger Ilya Varlamov wrote.

"For many years, this has been the picture in Moscow twice a year. And each time, everyone is surprised," the blogger said.

On days like these, Moscow seems quite a hostile place for the Muslims that now live here and form the fastest growing and most ethnically diverse sector of the population.

With an official population of 12.5 million, Russia's capital is now home to at least 1.5 million Muslims, according to political analyst Alexei Malashenko. This is by far more than the Muslim population of any other European city where the local population is not predominantly Muslim.

"Moscow is slowly adapting to being Europe's largest Muslim city, and Muslims are gradually adapting to it," Malashenko told Al Jazeera.

Al Jazeera


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Q: Dear Kareema, I struggle to stay motivated when it comes to working out. What motivates you, or how do you keep on track daily?

I have daily non-negotiables. Move, move, and move a little more..

Exercise, in general, is very important.


If I know that I can’t make it to the gym on any particular day, I try to get out for a walk or make some me-time with a yoga session at home.


I have to exercise at least 5 times a week or I find that I am not as happy a person as I am if I am training.

I do activities that I love and I know that I will challenge myself with.

Surround yourself with people who will motivate and push you. Too often we listen to that voice in our head which tells us to either stay in bed or do it later.. Just get up and get your workout done.


Don’t think about it. You’ll feel better for it and find that consistency is the key.






My Health and Fitness

Tel: 0404 844 786


Need an answer to a fitness related matter?

Send your question to Kareema at

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 Read of the Week




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

Then simply email the title and author to


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: While some people can snack tuna directly out of cans, like I eat popcorn, I can only enjoy it in a bake or well hidden in a salad.

Tuna Bake




2 tins tuna, any flavour but I prefer the mustard.
(In brine or spring water if you watching your weight remembering to drain out the liquid)
1 green pepper finely diced
1 large onion finely diced
¼ cup olive oil
10ml lemon juice
3 eggs
5 ml lemon pepper
½ cup of cheese
2 tsp ground green chillies
1 tsp garlic flakes
½ cup milk
1 cup sifted chana/besan flour
1 tsp baking powder
Salt to taste
Chopped spinach (optional)


1. Beat together eggs and milk and add remaining ingredients.

2. Set half the mixture in an oven proof casserole dish, layer with the chopped spinach and top with remaining half of the mixture.


3. Sprinkle with slivered almonds, sesame seeds or poppy seeds or a mixture of all of the above, dot with butter and bake at 180 deg until light brown.

4. Cut into squares and serve hot with a sauce or lemon wedges as an entrée or with salad as a light lunch.

Do you have a recipe to share with CCN readers?

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

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Mula Nasruddin tells his grandson: Go hide! Your teacher is coming home because you bunked school today!


Grandson: Grandad, you go hide.. I told her you passed away!

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"Don't you see how Allah sets forth a parable? - A goodly Word like a goodly tree, whose root is firmly fixed and its branches (reach) to the heavens, - it brings forth its fruit at all times, by the leave of its Lord. So Allah sets forth parables for men, in order that they may receive admonition."


So woe to the worshippers Who are neglectful of their Prayers, Those who (want but) to be seen (of men), But refuse (to supply) (even) neighbourly needs. 
~ Surah Al-Ma'un 107:4-7


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When "i" is replace with "we"


even illness becomes wellness.

~ Anon


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25 July



Eidfest QLD

Rocklea Showgrounds

0418 722 353

All day

1 August


Just Kidding - Charity Eid Party

Read Little Muslims & Muslim Aid Australia

Rochedale Mosque, Logan Road

0434 984 520


1 August


Fund Raiser & Eid Celebration

Islamic Society of Ipswich

Islamic College of Brisbane, KARAWATHA

0421 976 934


8 August


School Fete

Australian International Islamic College

Blunder Rd, DURACK

3372 1400

11am to 8pm

15 August


Gala Dinner in A Tribute to Women

Queensland Muslims & Muslim Charitable Foundation

Brisbane Technology Park

0402 575 410


16 August


The BMW Challenge

The Continental Club

Palmer Colonial Golf Club

 0434 193 801


22 August


Redbank Community Centre Fund Raising Dinner

Musjiid Ul Huda

Islamic College of Brisbane, KARAWATHA

0431 201 164


29 August


Unity Cup 2015


Acacia Ridge Futsal Centre

0431 800 414

8am onwards

6 September



Crescents of Brisbane

Orleigh Park, WEST END

0402 026 786

9am -12pm

12 September


Amanah Institute Fundraising Dinner

Amanah Institute




13 September


AMYN CUP Indoor 5-a-Side Futsal

Australian Muslim Youth Network (AMYN)

Logan Metro Sports Centre

0414 156 900

9am to 6pm

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


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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



Weekly Tafseer


Program from Monday 27 July 2015

Monday Tafseer – Juz Amma
Tuesday Arabic Grammer/Tafseer Quran (URDU)
Wednesday Reading & Reciting Quran (Adult class)

All the above programs are after Isha salah

All are welcome! See you at the Masjid – The place to be!

Please note that the Tafseer gets recorded and uploaded on to our website as an mp3 file, so that you can download and listen at anytime.
Visit our website at:


Queensland Police Service/Muslim Community Consultative Group


Meeting Dates & Times

Time: 7.00pm sharp

Date: TBA

Venue: Islamic College of Brisbane - 45 Acacia Road Karawatha


Light refreshments will be available.




For more information and RSVP:

Sergeant Jim Bellos at


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 (Malek Fahd Islamic School, Sydney, NSW) (Islamic College of Brisbane, QLD) (Islamic College of South Australia, SA) (Langford Islamic College, Perth, WA) (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)


Islamic Finance  & Investments

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

Lockyer Valley Islamic Association


Celebrating Muslim cultures

AYIA Foundation


Slackscreek Mosque

Mosque and Community Centre

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