Sunday, 23 August 2015


Newsletter 0563


Subscribe here




This week, Crescents of Brisbane lost a dear, much loved member of the team with the passing of Sister Shahina Chothia in Cape Town while she was on a visit to her family in South Africa.


Shahina played an invaluable and selfless role in all of the activities and events of Crescents of Brisbane and offered her organizing and creative talents to may other organizations, including giving much of her time "behind-the-scenes" to the Muslim Funeral Services.


Shahina will be very much missed by the Brisbane and Gold Coast community for her kindness and generosity. The Crescents of Brisbane Team prays that Allah SWT favours her with His mercy and grants enduring patience to all members of her family and friends.


To top

           Post your comment here


IWAQ Director, Galila Abdelsalam and IWAQ staff member, Beengul Ali with Member for Moreton, Graham Perrett MP

The Islamic Womens Association of Queensland (IWAQ) received the ‘Empowering Women Award’ this week for their efforts to promote safety, participation and leadership for refugee and migrant women.



IWAQ has been recognised at the Migration and Settlement Awards 2015 hosted by the Migration Council of Australia


The awards recognise outstanding individuals and organisations that assist migrants settle in Australia.

IWAQ provide a voice to migrant women and have a particular focus in assisting refugee women becoming more independent and resilient.


“This is the first year that this category has been included and Queenslanders should be proud that IWAQ has been recognised for the important work they do”, said Graham Perrett MP, Federal Member for Moreton.

“Individuals and organisations such as IWAQ have played a key role in the success of modern, multicultural Australia. Mr Perrett said.

“Social cohesion doesn’t just appear, it is created by the many individuals and groups in our community who work very hard to achieve it.” Mr Perrett said.

"The Migration Council of Australia plays an outstanding role in highlighting the economic and social benefits of migration and diversity," he told CCN.


To top

           Post your comment here


Fundraising Dinner
Amanah Institute (formerly Kuraby Madrassah) will host its Fundraising Dinner, Saturday 12th September at Michael’s Oriental. We invite you to get behind this sadaqa jariya (ongoing charity) right here on your doorstep.
Be part of building an Institution providing quality Islamic education for the young people of our community.
Support Amanah Institute by purchasing a ticket or join us at a table with family and friends. Help us serve students and their families in jointly imparting the tarbiyah (spiritual development) our young people richly deserve.
Entertainment, celebration of student endeavour, and an auction are just some of the features of the night’s program

More about Amanah Institute
Amanah Institute is in the midst of an exciting and ground breaking improvement project. What was the Kuraby Madrassah, Amanah Institute some 18 months ago took the bold step and undertook an independent review. Since then the team have begun enacting several recommendations arising from this review.

Intensive teaching training; theme based units of study; a prophetic model of behaviour management; a foundations scope and sequence curriculum; revised assessment and reporting combining higher order thinking and spiritual and reflective practices and support for students with special needs are just some of the positive initiatives at Amanah Institute.

Recently the dedicated teaching team have been extending and expanding on their teaching strategies and approaches. One fantastic example is the grade 1 class who have thrived under the guidance and care of Mualimah Reem Masoud. The semester assessment revealed that grade 1 class have improved significantly, both in letter recognition and correct articulation of these letters.

Mualimah Reem puts student’s success in these important areas down to an innovative teaching strategy, sometimes referred to as carousel learning. Student’s move around the room and spend a set amount of time at each station before moving on to the next.


As seen in the images below, students in small groups practice memorisation of the class surah; another group matches large letters that belong together and place them in appropriate envelopes; another group organises cards with the different ways letters can appear in words; and lastly, another group organises the wudhu chart in the correct order.

Mualimah Reem explained that students are heavily engaged in the learning and their attention and enthusiasm is maintained as they transition and meet a new learning challenge at the next station. She also spoke of how much extra time she had as she visited groups, checked for understanding and worked with students who require more assistance.


This teaching strategy is an alternate strategy for learning to read the Qur’an then the teacher sitting with one student for just a few minutes whilst the remaining students are expected to work independently and remain engaged. Such high quality teaching is high priority across the Institute.




To top

           Post your comment here



Pictured outside the Centre (left to right): Sheikh Ibrahim MA, Imam of the Mosque, Sifet Omerovic and Mr David Forde (Multicultural Affairs Queensland)

The Bosniak Islamic Centre of Queensland hosted Sheikh Ibrahim MA, an Islamic scholar from China, who now resides in Canada. The Sheikh is engaged in Dawah work and speaks five languages - English, Chinese, Arabic, Urdu and Farsi. He delivered the khutba at the Mosque on Friday.


The restaurant at the centre is now open very Friday and Saturday between 11am and 4pm.


On the menu:

Premium grilled beef Turkish kebab plate

Combo beef burger meal

Homemade filo pastry filled with a choice of spinach, cheese or beef

Homemade cakes, Bosnian sweets, ice cream, coffee, tea and soft drink

Dine in or take away. Everything affordably price and all proceeds go to maintaining the Centre.

To top

           Post your comment here

By Zulaika Shaheen


Inna Lillaahi Wa Inna Ilayhi Raajiun

Hajiin Emma Khan passed away on the 11 August 2015, she was possibly the oldest member of the Brisbane Muslim community.


Her Janazah Salat was performed by her family friend Br Faquir Baytieh to whom was a great and dear friend of our family.  Emma had a fall and suffered a fractured hip, there were other underlying complications which resulted in her passing.


She was born in 1921 and was one of 6 children. Her mother passed away when she was 3 years old from a snake bite. In those days very few people had a phone or a car so it was a very difficult task to call for an ambulance. There wasn't a hospital in Southport so Emma's mother was transported up to Brisbane However, it was too late and she passed away on the journey.


Emma was raised by her older siblings and lived on a farm. She worked very hard most of her teenage life and attended school. Her interest in life were sewing, knitting, painting, crosswords and anything that would challenge her thinking. She loved reading and writing poetry.


She married Ali Ahmad Khan in 1949 and had four children while continuously working on the farm. She developed cancer later in life and survived after treatment with the grace of Allmighty Allah Tala.


In 1990 at the age off 68 years, Emma and her husband Ali 82 years performed Hajj. It was a journey that was planned with so much love and devotion and a year later,

Her husband Ali passed away in 1991 with much sadness.


Emma went for Umrah with a group of young teenagers and explored more knowledge about Islam. She lived with all her children, and travelled between Brisbane and Victoria.


Emma always made it to all the Eids and always enjoyed the curries that were supplied by the Deen brothers. She was always a giver and contributed to many charities. Increasingly, she always sent money overseas to help people who were less fortunate.


She had her 94th Birthday celebrated with close family and friends earlier this year.


Mum was buried next to her late husband Hajji Ali Ahmad Khan on Wednesday 12 th August 2015.


We wish to thank all the commumity for their kind thoughts and Duas. May Allah grant her Jannatal Firdoz. Ameen


To top

           Post your comment here


The Queensland Police Service and the State's Multicultural Affairs Queensland hosted a
Multi-Faith dinner on Thursday 20 August at the Greek Community Centre.


The invited guests of Commissioner Ian Stewart APM and The Honourable Shannon Fentiman, Minister for Communities, Women and Youth; Minister for Child Safety; Minister for Multicultural Affairs were treated to an eclectic range of entertainment and food.

Amongst the speakers on the night were Dr Nora Amath and Rev. Peter Catt.


It was also an occasion to celebrate the 50th birthday of Sgt Jim Bellos APM OAM, who helped organize the event.



To top

           Post your comment here


Voices against Bigotry is a network of Australians from all backgrounds concerned about the rise of Islamophobia in Australia.


"We are particularly concerned about the registration of the anti-Muslim Australian Liberty Alliance, a new political party that will contest the next election. We are planning community forums in Melbourne, have endorsed a rally in Sydney and would like to connect like-minded people around the country to challenge bigotry and promote social harmony," organiser of the network, Susie Latham told CCN.

The website provides information about Islamophobia, encourages people to sign a statement against it and to sign up for their newsletter so they can keep in touch about forthcoming events around the country.

Contact Susie on 0408522908 for more information.


To top

           Post your comment here


On Wednesday 19 August  the Australian International Islamic College played host to Year 11 students from the Samford Valley Steiner School.

The purpose of the visit was to bring awareness of key Islamic beliefs, practices and what it means to be a Muslim in today’s world.

The students witnessed practical aspects of Islam such as Wudhu, Salah and supplicating after Salah and were given the opportunity to interact with AIIC staff and pupils over lunch.

"The visit was a success in which the students learnt about Islam and also clarified some misconceptions," an AIIC spokesperson told CCN.


To top

           Post your comment here



(l to r) Archbishop Mark Coleridge (Archdiocese of Brisbane), Reverend Canon Richard Tutin (Queensland Churches Together), Reverend David Baker (Uniting Church), Dr. Mohamad Abdalla (Councils of Imams - Queensland), Ismail Cajee (Islamic Council of Queensland), Fahim Khondakar (Islamic Council of Queensland) and Ali Kadri (Islamic Society of Holland Park).


Brisbane Archbishop, Mark Coleridge, met with Muslim and Christian leaders to explore ways in which the faith groups could work together "to overcome misunderstandings, tension and fears".


The group plan to meet quarterly "not just to talk but to plan for action" posted the Archbishop.


He added: "Christian-Muslim dialogue isn't always easy but it's essential for world peace and peace in our own community. The first step is to get to know each other as human beings. Today helped."


Dr Abdalla said: " Working together for the common good is a moral imperative endorsed by the Qur'an and the teachings of Prophet Muhammad: 'And cooperate in righteousness and piety, but do not cooperate in sin and aggression.' (5:2)


To top

           Post your comment here


Travellers in Oman have welcomed the launch of the world’s first-ever halal travel glossary. A new glossary providing access to a wealth of terminology used in one of the fastest growing sectors globally was launched by CrescentRating, the world’s leading authority on halal travel on Wednesday.

Ansar Ibrahim, an Indian Muslim living in Oman said, “Many countries are focussing on halal tourism. It is now becoming a highly developed and successful industry. This glossary comes at the right time.”

CrescentRating has published a new guide which promotes accurate and consistent use of terms in the halal travel market (download it here). Over 150 terms and concepts have been entered and validated with regular updates planned as the market matures.

Users can obtain a quick list of terms through the glossary which has been divided into sections for easy navigation. It has been published as a free downloadable e-book with plans to make it an online resource in the near future.

With halal travel now worth billions of dollars annually, the need to understand these terms is becoming more important, as the industry aims to capitalise on a sector projected to be worth $200 billion by 2020.

Raji DeMonte, general manager at Universal Travel and Tourism in Oman said, “There are many takers for halal tour packages among Muslims nationals and especially expatriates from Asian countries.”

“Such a glossary would be welcomed by them,” she said. CrescentRating says understanding these terms is imperative for all travel-related businesses looking to benefit from the growth of this market such as tourism boards, Government agencies, hotels, restaurants, attractions, airports, airlines, cruises and spas.

Times of Oman


To top

           Post your comment here


The Department of Immigration and Border Protection is encouraging anyone travelling to Saudi Arabia to perform Hajj to familiarise themselves with Australian border processes prior to travel.


The processes are detailed in a Department fact sheet which can be read here.


To top

           Post your comment here


10,000 rooms, 70 restaurants and multiple helipads: Saudi Arabia reveals plans for world's largest hotel to cater for Muslims on annual pilgrimage to Mecca



Plans reveal what the Abraj Kudai, the luxurious four-to-five-star hotel in the heart of the holy city of Mecca will look like

The Abraj Kudai, will be located in the holy city of Mecca, a city visited each year by more than 15 million Muslims
With twelve 44-story towers containing 10,000 rooms, the hotel, will have a total area of 1.4 million square metres
£2.25billion project will feature 70 restaurants, whole floors devoted to royalty and one of world's largest domes
The Venetian and The Palazzo, Las Vegas, is the currently world's largest hotel with  4,049 suites and 4,059 rooms
Plans have been unveiled to build the world's largest hotel, which could be open as early as 2017.



With 12 towers containing 10,000 rooms, the hotel, which is being created by Dar Al Handasah, will have an area of 4.6 million square feet


The Abraj Kudai, will be located in the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, a city visited each year more than 15million Muslims.

With twelve 44-story towers containing 10,000 rooms, the hotel, which is being created by multi-national design group Dar Al Handasah will have a total area of 4.6 million square feet.

Work has already begun on the £2.25billion project, which will feature 70 restaurants, multiple helipads, whole floors devoted to royalty and one of the largest domes in the world, according to reports by design website designMENA.

Ten of the towers will cater for four-star guests, while the remaining two will offer luxurious five-star amenities.

On its website, Dar Al Handasah states: 'With a total site area of approximately 60,000 m² and total built-up area of around 1.4 million m², the project is a residential and commercial complex that consists of a large podium topped by 12 towers accommodating several elements such as a podium housing a bus station, a shopping mall, restaurants and food courts, a convention center and car parks.

The five star towers offer all related services for the visitors of the Holy Kaaba.

The interiors - expected to match the opulence expected of the local area will be designed by London-based Areen Hospitality design practice.

Much of Mecca's historic architecture has now been demolished, including the house of Khadijah, the wife of Muhammad, and the house of Abu Bakr, which is now the site of the Hilton hotel.

While many buildings were destroyed to make way for accommodation and facilities for the influx of prilgrims each year, some of the destruction is due to Saudi Wahhabism, which fears that placing significance on religious places may lead to shirk or idolatry.

Many of the world's largest hotels are currently situated in Las Vegas, where until the Abraj Kudai opens, the Venetian and The Palazzo is the world's largest hotel.

With 4,049 suites and 4,059 rooms, the hotel is 36 stories and is 475 feet high and known for its singing gondoliers.

Source: The Daily Mail UK


To top

           Post your comment here



To top

           Post your comment here


House share accommodation available for single Muslim female.


Would suit student or professional lady.


Conveniently located off Underwood Road.


Contact 0412013392


To top

           Post your comment here




Muslim Link interviewed Ilhan Ibrahim, who, along with her two sisters Hodan Ibrahim and Ayan Ibrahim, have co-founded Qurtuba Publishing House.

3. Why did you choose the name Qurtuba?

We were truly inspired by what is known as the “Golden Age” of Islamic history, particularly the city of Cordoba (also known as Qurtuba in Arabic). Qurtuba was a city distinguished for its cultural diversity and technological advances, as well as some of the most outstanding and paramount accomplishments in scholarship. This city was described as the ornament of the world because of its architecture, paved roads and streetlights.


What truly inspired us to name our publishing Qurtuba was the fact that Qurtuba was titled the most tolerant and cultivated society of its time, which allowed for the exchange of knowledge and religious diversity.


It was the scholars, thinkers and creatives of this beautiful city that created a timeless representation of how Muslims can leave a significant and innovative impact in their communities.


Qurtuba wishes to carry on this legacy and create knowledge-sharing platforms to support social growth and productivity in Muslim communities.


4. Tell us about your publication “Guide to Entrepreneurship & Business in Islam”


To top

           Post your comment here





Friday khutbah (sermon)

DATE: 21 August 2015

TOPIC: "Keeping good friendship"

IMAM: Dr Mohammad Abdalla








Friday khutbah (sermon)

DATE: 21 August 2015

TOPIC: “One organisation in comparison to the whole Ummat”

IMAM: Mufti Junaid Akbar










Friday khutbah (sermon)



IMAM: Muhammad Uzair Akbar is away overseas



Friday khutbah (sermon)

DATE: 21 August 2015

TOPIC: "Happiness in Islam"

IMAM: Sheikh Aslam Abu Ismaeel




To top

           Post your comment here


Muslim Aid Australia

Islamic Relief Australia

Al Imdaad

CII International


To top

           Post your comment here


With a 4300 buildings in Makkah ready to house the Hujaaj


SAUDI ARABIA: The Pilgrims Housing Committee has issued 4,351 permits for buildings until Tuesday to accommodate pilgrims in Makkah during this year’s Haj.

The committee’s chairman, Zuhair Al-Haddad, the buildings contain a total of 348,171 rooms with facilities for about 1.7 million pilgrims. At least 168 of the buildings are newly constructed. With 2,736 apartments, they can accommodate 122,033 pilgrims, he said.

Al-Haddad said about 37 percent of the licensed buildings are in Al-Aziziah district, 21 percent in Al-Misfalah, 17 percent in the central Haram area, 15 percent in Al-Otaibiyah and 8 percent in Al-Rusaifah.

Many pilgrims prefer to live in Aziziyah because it is midway between Makkah and Mina.

He said the committee has 26 field teams who will make continuous tours of the buildings to make sure that they are comfortable, convenient and have all necessary safety equipment.

“Two emergency teams will make surprise visits to the buildings to ascertain that the pilgrims are comfortably accommodated and provided all facilities,” he added.

Haddad threatened the violating buildings with penalties, including fines and withdrawal of license.

Meanwhile, hundreds of engineers, technicians and labourers are working round the clock to prepare thousands of tents in Mina for the accommodation of pilgrims.

The guests of God will proceed to Mina on the eighth day of the Islamic month of Dhul Hijja (tentatively Sept. 21) where they will stay the night before ascending to Arafat the next morning where they spend the day in prayers and meditation until sunset.

The pilgrims return to Mina in the morning of the 10th day of Dhul Hijja and spend three to four days there to complete the Haj rites, which include stoning of the Satan at the Jamarat and the sacrifice.

Meanwhile, three companies contracted by the local Haj service providers have started testing three types of Freon air conditioners inside the tents in Mina.

According to company sources, the air conditions are either brought from Australia and China or are locally manufactured.

The Haj Ministry has obliged all service providers to use Freon air conditioners in place of water coolers in their camps.

According to technicians, the Freon air conditioners will keep the temperatures inside the tents below 25 degrees Celsius.

Source: Saudi Gazette


To top

 Post your comment here


Teenage Girl Turns Plastic Trash Into Million-Dollar Biofuel

EGYPT: An Egyptian teenager has discovered an inexpensive way to turn plastic trash into fuel — and it could be worth tens of millions of dollars a year.

Azza Faiad’s ideas attracted the attention of the Egyptian Petroleum Research Institute. The institute gave the teen access to a lab and its researchers in order to help refine her trash to fuel formula.

Faiad discovered a cheap and plentiful catalyst called aluminisilicate that drastically reduces the cost of converting plastic waste into gases like methane and propane, which can be turned into ethanol, what some scientists are calling “biofuel” because the organic chemicals from plastic polymers she extracts, are the same chemicals extracted from vegetation to create ethanol biofuel.

The process releases other chemicals that can also be recycled and sold.

Egypt produces a million tons of plastic trash every year, and it’s estimated Faiad’s process could convert that much trash into fuel worth$78 million every year.
In fact, she believes it could raise the total return to $163 million each year from Egypt’s plastic trash.

The European Union Contest for Young Scientists has already honoured Faiad with a prize for her work and she is now working on a patent for her trash to fuel process.



Source: GoodNewsNetwork


To top

 Post your comment here


Islamic leaders issue bold call for rapid phase out of fossil fuels 


Religious scholars, experts and teachers from around the world unite to make emotive declaration on climate change ahead of crucial Paris summit

Islamic leaders launch climate change declaration in Istanbul

TURKEY: Islamic leaders have issued a clarion call to 1.6bn Muslims around the world to work towards phasing out greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 and a 100% renewable energy strategy.

The grand mufti’s of Lebanon and Uganda endorsed the Islamic declaration on climate change, along with prominent Islamic scholars and teachers from 20 countries, at a symposium in Istanbul.

Their collective statement makes several detailed political demands likely to increase pressure on Gulf states ahead of the Paris climate summit in December.

“We particularly call on the well-off nations and oil-producing states to lead the way in phasing out their greenhouse gas emissions as early as possible and no later than the middle of the century,” it says.

Clear emissions reductions targets and monitoring systems should be agreed in Paris, the statement says, along with “generous financial and technical support” for poorer countries to help wean them off fossil fuels.

So far, Morocco is the only Middle Eastern country to present an emissions-cutting climate pledge ahead of the summit. But Hakima el-Haite, the country’s environment minister said that the declaration could help to change mindsets and behaviours around climate change in some Gulf states.

“It is an emotive call for a spiritual fight against climate change that will be very important for Muslims,” she told the Guardian. “It speaks to issues of fairness, accountability, differentiation and adaptation in the Paris agreement. I think that the right way to make this sort of call is through the Qur’an.”

El-Haite predicted that Saudi Arabia and other oil-producing countries would sign up to a climate agreement in Paris but said that international support would first be needed to address the “financial gap” involved in transiting from fossil fuels to renewables-based economies.

The Istanbul declaration was made by Islamic figures from Bosnia to Indonesia and follows a ground-breaking Papal encyclical last month. Heads of state, corporations, and all peoples are addressed in the Istanbul call, which carries a universal and startlingly bleak message.

“We are in danger of ending life as we know it on our planet,” the statement says. “This current rate of climate change cannot be sustained, and the earth’s fine equilibrium (mīzān) may soon be lost.”

“What will future generations say of us, who leave them a degraded planet as our legacy?” the religious leaders ask. “How will we face our Lord and Creator?”

Din Syamsuddin, the chairman of the Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI) which represents 210 million Muslims welcomed the statement, saying: “we are committed to to implementing all [its] recommendations. The climate crisis needs to be tackled through collaborative efforts.”

The MUI has already issued one environmental fatwa against rogue mining operations and Syamsuddin reportedly consulted with Indonesia’s environment minister Siti Nurbaya Bakar over the weekend, before attending the symposium.

Unlike the Catholic church, Islam is a decentralised religion with no unitary authority, and the final statement addressed a range of secular concerns with calls for divestment, a circular economy, and tempered growth rates.

“To chase after unlimited economic growth in a planet that is finite and already overloaded is not viable. Growth must be pursued wisely and in moderation,” one passage reads.

Another calls for corporations and the business sector to “shoulder the consequences of their profit-making activities and to take a visibly more active role in reducing their carbon footprint and other forms of impact upon the natural environment”.

The United Nations’ climate chief, Christiana Figueres said that overall, the declaration showed how a clean energy future rested on a shift in the value attached to the world’s environment and people. “Islam’s teachings, which emphasize the duty of humans as stewards of the Earth and the teacher’s role as an appointed guide, illuminate pathways to take the right action on climate change,” she said.

The declaration on climate change was also welcomed by Cardinal Peter Turkson, the president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, “with great joy, and in a spirit of solidarity”. Turkson pledged that the Catholic Church would work with the declaration’s authors to protect their common earthly home.

Organisers say that one religious scholar from Saudi Arabia was among the 60 participants at the meeting but that none of the invited Shia leaders attended.
Source: The Guardian

To top

 Post your comment here


The thistle and the crescent Muslims seem happier to identify as Scottish than English

SCOTLAND: When Glasgow Central Mosque was commissioned in the early 1980s, the architect received an important instruction: “Make it Scottish”. It ended up sharing a feature of many Glaswegian public buildings (but not many mosques): large panels of glass, creating long shafts of natural light inside. Now, facing renovation, it will get more Scottish still: there are plans to remodel it in the style of Charles Rennie Mackintosh, Glasgow’s favourite architect. Inside, people marry in kilts (the hem let down an inch, in keeping with the dress code for Muslim men) to the sound of bagpipes. Halal haggis is sold nearby, and across the River Clyde is the council office where in 2012 a new tartan was launched: blue for the Saltire, green for Islam.

The relationship between Scottish nationalism and the Muslim community seems unusually harmonious. Six out of ten Scots believe Muslims are integrated into everyday Scottish life, according to a poll in 2010 by Ipsos Mori. A survey in 2011 by the Scottish government found Muslims in Scotland felt that being Scottish was an important part of their identity, and that for them “community” tended to mean the shop down the road, rather than a local or global network of other Muslims.
In last year’s referendum the pro-independence Yes campaign was backed by 64% of Asians, most of them Muslims, according to a poll by Scotland’s main Asian radio station. Mazhar Khan of the Muslim Council of Scotland says that Muslims in Scotland will define themselves as Scottish, while those in England are prepared only to call themselves British. Why?

Scottish Muslims have greater economic power than their English counterparts: many are involved in business, and arrived with the means to set themselves up (a large proportion are from Punjab, a relatively rich Indian state). Most English Muslims hail from poorer bits of Pakistan and Bangladesh, and often went into industries that have since faltered. In Scotland ethnic minorities sometimes benefit from “reverse discrimination”: as the National Health Service was the first employer to send minorities to some of Scotland’s farther-flung areas, it is often assumed that non-whites are doctors. Mohammad Sarwar, a Scot, was Britain’s first Muslim MP.

Theories abound: Scots regard themselves as a minority, persecuted by the English; left-leaning Scottish nationalism is friendlier to minorities than English Conservatism. And Scottish Muslims are few—they make up just 1.5% of the population, compared with 4.5% across Britain—giving them a greater incentive to integrate.

So far, so historical, but recent policy may have something to do with it too. Whereas the government in Westminster makes sweeping criticisms of Muslim extremism, its counterpart in Holyrood does not dwell on the subject and therefore, says Mr Kahn, does not wind up local Muslims. Only a tiny minority of the 700 people reported to have left Britain for Syria appear to have come from Scotland. The happy relationship may not be the result of luck alone.

Source: The Economist

To top

 Post your comment here


Cameron alienating Muslims, say Labour leaders, in exclusive interviews 

The Muslim News Editor Ahmed J Versi interviewing Liz Kendell

UK: Candidates standing to be the next leader of the Labour Party have criticised Prime Minister, David Cameron, for effective demonising the entire Muslim community in Britain and attempting to deny them the right of having any opinions themselves at all.

“People will express opposing views and I have expressed my view pretty forthright. I don’t see how it helps tackle extremism for the Prime Minister of the country to alienate the community it is trying to deal with the problem” of terrorism, Andy Burnham said.

“I feel at the moment that the message that is coming out from politicians and politics makes members from the Muslim community in my own constituency feel like they are being demonised and that is wrong,” said Liz Ken Kendall.

The two MPs, seeking to replace Ed Miliband, were questioned on a range of issues, including Cameron’s latest outburst in Birmingham, when The Muslim News Editor Ahmed J Versi caught up with them just before they began hustings on July 30. The other candidates, Yvette Cooper and Jeremy Corbyn, have yet to arrange requested interviews.

The Muslim News


To top

 Post your comment here


Q: Dear Kareema, what are some simple things I can do in my day to day routine, besides working out, to see results faster?

Have a look at your diet and make some healthy changes wherever possible:

- Make sure you drink lots of water daily
- Try to get at least 8 hours sleep
- Get as much accidental exercise in during the day as possible




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.


To top

 Post your comment here

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


The CCN Read of the Week


"Catch Me" by Naima B. Robert



For everyone fighting a battle they can't afford to lose, who can't afford to fail, who can't afford to fall. Never lose hope.


Catch Me is a collection of prose and poetry for those who want to take a breath to reflect and contemplate.

Through her words, Na'ima B. Robert takes readers on a journey "where admonitions are potent, wounds are laid bare, then swathed, and the soul is soothed."

The poetry is raw, the pain is real, and the hope and faith are palpable.

From her first poetry collection, 'Catch Me'
Free preview download:
To buy:



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



To top

 Post your comment here


KB says: Magic Cake – one simple thin batter, bake it and hey presto! You end up with a 3 layer cake, magic cake. Perfect with a cup of tea or it could also be served warm as dessert.


Oh, and in case you thought I omitted it, yes, there is no baking powder required. 

Magic Cake


• 4 eggs (separate yolks from whites) at room temperature
• 1 tsp vanilla extract
• 150 g (3/4 cup) sugar
• 125 g (½ cup) butter, melted
• 115 g (¾ cup) of flour
• 500 ml (2 cups) milk lukewarm
• powdered sugar for dusting cake


1. Preheat oven to 165degrees. Grease an 8 inch x 8 inch baking pan.
2. Separate eggs and add the egg whites to a mixer and mix until egg whites are stiff. Place egg whites in a bowl and set aside.
3. Beat the egg yolks with the sugar until light. Add butter and vanilla extract and continue beating for another minute or two after which you can fold in the flour and mix it in until fully incorporated.
4. Slowly start adding the milk and beat until everything is well mixed together. Add the egg whites, a third at a time and gently fold them in using a spatula, repeat until all egg whites are folded in.
5. Pour batter into baking dish and sprinkle with flaked almonds.
6. Bake for approx. 30 to 40 minutes or until the top is lightly golden. The baking time could vary greatly depending on the oven, so take a peek at around 25 minutes and see how it looks.
7. Sprinkle some powdered sugar after cake has cooled.


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.

To top

 Post your comment here



A Columbian, Russian, Arab and Mula Nasruddin were in a discussion during an Antique Collectors' Dinner.

Columbian Drug Lord: "I have loads of money.... I want to buy the world's 10 rarest pens."

Russian: "I am a billionaire... I want to buy the world's 20 most highly valued antique watches."

Arab: "That's nothing! I am a rich prince... I intend to purchase the world's top 50 Vintage cars."

Then they wait for Mula Nasruddin to speak...

He stirs his tea, bites into his baklava, places the spoon neatly on the table, takes a sip, leans back with hands on the head and softly says..

"I am not selling."

To top

 Post your comment here


For Hajj are the months well known.


If anyone undertakes that duty therein, let there be no obscenity, nor wickedness, nor wrangling in the Hajj.


And whatever good you do, (be sure) Allah knows it.


And take a provision (with you) for the journey, but the best of provisions is right conduct.


So fear Me, O you that are wise.  


~ Surah Al-Baqarah 2:197


To top

 Post your comment here



Talent is God-given - be Thankful.........


Fame is Man-given - be Grateful.........


Attitude and Ego is Self-given - be Careful.............

~ Anon



To top

 Post your comment here

Notice Board


Click on thumbnail to enlarge


Events and Functions

BMW Golf Challenge 16 AUGUST AMNY Fiqh of Marriage 16 AUGUST Redbank Centre Fund Raiser 22 AUGUST AMANAH INSTITUTE Fund Raiser 12 SEPTEMBER Rahma Mercy Australia Dinner 12 SEPTEMBER AMYN futsal 13 SEPTEMBER Muslimah Night Bazaar 4 SEPTEMBER

 Post your comment here

Islamic Programmes, Education & Services

Slacks Creek Madressah Slacks Creek Mosque Activities Marriage celebrant - Imam Akram iHelp About Us High School Subjects Tutoring Sisters House Beuty of a Muslimah Youth Group NMC Islam 101 Course MCF Beauty of a Muslimah
To top

 Post your comment here

Businesses and Services


Click image for more details



Click image for details


See ALL our advertising options



or email 

To top

 Post your comment here



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

To claim your date for your event email





(Click on link)





23 August


Muslim Buddy Training Program

New Muslim Care

IWAQ, 11 Watland St, Springwood

0431 747 356

9.30am to 3.30pm

29 August


Haj Seminar

Darull Uloom Islamic Academy of Briisbane

I6 Agnes St, Woolloongabba

0432 539 942

1.30pm to 5pm

29 August


Unity Cup 2015


Acacia Ridge Futsal Centre

0431 800 414

8am onwards

30 August


''Know your rights" Seminar


Islamic College of Brisbane, KARAWATHA


6pm to 7.15pm

4 September



Muslimah Night Bazaar

Umm Abdullah

45 Acacia Rd, KARAWATHA

0405 816 102

4pm to 9 pm

12 September


Amanah Institute Fundraising Dinner

Amanah Institute

Michael's Oriental Restaurant

0403 009 003


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


11 October



Crescents of Brisbane

Orleigh Park, WEST END

0402 026 786

8am -12pm

11 October


International Food Festival

Islamic Society of Gold Coast Inc

Gold Coast Mosque

0416 212 541

9am onwards

17 October



Nasheed & Fund Raising Dinner

Rahma Mercy Australia

Islamic College of Brisbane, KARAWATHA

0418 738 432

6pm for 6.30pm

17 & 18 October

Sat & Sun

Course: The 99 Names of Allah with Sh Muiz Bukhary

Al Kauthar Brisbane

Griffith University, Nathan Campus

0438 698 328

All daysa

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.


To top

 Post your comment here



 Al-Mustapha Institute of Brisbane 

39 Bushmills Court, Hillcrest Qld 4118

Zikr - every Thursday 7pm, families welcome
Hifz & Quran Reading Classes (for brothers and sisters) - Tuesday 5:00 - 7:00pm & Thursday 5:30 - 7:00pm
Madressa (for children) - Wednesday & Friday 4:30 - 6:30pm
Salawat Majlis - second Saturday of every month.  Starting at Mughrib, families welcome
Islamic Studies (for sisters) - one year course.  Saturday 10:30 - 2:30pm. Enrolments for 2016 now available
Ilm-e-Deen Degree Courses (for brothers) - Three full-time and part-time nationally accredited courses.  Enrolments now available for 2016.
For further information please phone 07) 3809 4600 or email 


Algester Mosque


Zikrullah program every Thursday night after Esha


For more details, contact: Maulana Nawaaz: 0401576084



On Going Activities


1. Daily Hadeeth reading From Riyadusaliheen, After Fajar and after esha .
2. After school Madrassah for children Mon-Thu 5pm to 7pm

3. Adult Quran classes (Males) Monday and Tuesday after esha for an hour.
4. Community engagement program every second Saturday of the Month, interstate and overseas speakers, starts after margib, Dinner served after esha, First program begins on the 15 August.

5. Monthly Qiyamulail program every 1st Friday of the month starts after esha.
6. Fortnight Sunday Breakfast program. After Fajar, short Tafseer followed by breakfast.
7. Weekly Tafseer by Imam Uzair after esha followed by dinner. Starts from 26 August.


For all activities beside Adult Quran classes sisters and children are welcome.

For further info call the Secretary on 0413669987






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


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 :



Weekly program at Masjid Taqwa, Bald Hills


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

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



To top

 Post your comment her

Catch Crescents Community News on


Please feel free to click on the image on the left and......

post comments on our Wall

start up a Discussion thread

become a Fan


Like our page


To top

 Post your comment here


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

If you would like a link to your website email


To top

 Post your comment here


Articles and opinions appearing in this newsletter do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the Crescents of Brisbane Team, CCN, its Editor or its Sponsors, particularly if they eventually turn out to be libellous, unfounded, objectionable, obnoxious, offensive, slanderous and/or downright distasteful.


It is the usual policy of CCN to include from time to time, notices of events that some readers may find interesting or relevant. Such notices are often posted as received. Including such messages or providing the details of such events does not necessarily imply endorsement of the contents of these events by either CCN or Crescents of Brisbane Inc.


To top

 Post your comment here

Write For Us

The best ideas and the best feedback come from our community of readers. If you have a topic or opinion that you want to write about or want seen covered or any news item that you think might be of benefit to the Crescents Community please e-mail


Share your thoughts, feelings and ambitions for our community through CCN.


If there is someone you know who would like to subscribe to CCN please encourage them to enter their details here.


To top

 Post your comment here