Sunday, 6 September 2015


Newsletter 0565


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From Crescents Community News (CCN)




And best wishes to all those making this spiritual journey of a lifetime.

May all your efforts be accepted and prayers answered, insha'Allah.


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Minister for Multicultural Affairs Shannon Fentiman this week announced funding for three organisations over three years to deliver new services under the Community Action for a Multicultural Society (CAMS) program.

The Islamic Women’s Association of Queensland (IWAQ) will receive almost $300,000 over three years to provide services to Muslim women across Queensland.

IWAQ will join 16 existing and two new CAMS partner organisations from across Queensland.

“The CAMS program is about providing dedicated, on the ground workers to strengthen multicultural communities and promote community harmony and inclusion,” Ms Fentiman said.

“I’m pleased the successful CAMS program is not only being extended, but we are expanding it too.”
“After meeting with a number of Muslim women’s groups they have told me how some Muslim women have suffered from discrimination and harassment because of their faith.

“A CAMS worker dedicated to working with Muslim women from a Muslim women’s organisation will help build social ties between individuals and groups, remove barriers to participation and make a positive difference to women’s lives.

“We want to give Queenslanders of all backgrounds the opportunity to participate in and contribute to the economic, social and cultural fabric of our state.

“Our Government is committed to ensuring that Queensland is a place where everyone can thrive and where there is a strong sense of belonging and welcome for people of all cultural backgrounds and faiths.”

Ms Fentiman said organisations that were unsuccessful in obtaining CAMS funding could still apply for funding for events and projects under the $1 million Celebrating Multicultural Queensland grants program. Applications close at 5pm Monday 14 September 2015.


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Mr Hussin Goss was re-elected president of the Islamic Society of Gold Coast along with Mr Hussain Baba (left) and Mr Habib Jamal (right)


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Mr Duncan Pegg moving motion at the 2015 QLD Labor Conference 

Mr Ismail Cajee, president of the Islamic Council of Queensland, told CCN that his council wanted to record its thanks to the Hon. Duncan Pegg MP, who in his position as the Member for Stretton and a member of the Queensland Government, seconded and spoke for a motion at last weekend’s Queensland Labor State Conference which supports the full recognition of the state of Palestine.


"We would also like to thank Ms Wendy Turner for moving the motion," Mr Cajee added.

"The recognition of Palestine is an important issue that is close to the hearts of millions of people of various backgrounds from around the world, not least that of ICQ’s constituents. We were very pleased to see Mr Pegg and the QLD State Labor Conference adopt this compassionate and humanitarian motion. It is an important first step and we encourage them to continue to advocate for the human rights of Palestinian civilians with their Federal counterparts."


Mr Pegg's motion can be read in full here.


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On 19 August Crime Stoppers NSW posted a “Wanted” notice on its Facebook page for a man in connection with the crime of organised car re-birthing.


Just Media Advocacy (JMA) wrote to the organisation about some of the comments that were posted by readers in response to the notice.

Comments included “Shoot him”; “It so happens the majority of the criminals these days appear to be middle eastern muslims”; “Always shifty Arabs” and “Funny they're always ‘Middle Eastern’...he's probably hiding under his wife's hijab..” JMA indicated that comments like these may be in breach of racial and religious vilification regulations and also incited to violence.

Crime Stoppers NSW subsequently agreed to delete the post and is yet to outline to JMA its procedure for reviewing comments and removing ones that are offensive.


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VICTORIA: Greater Bendigo City Council Mayor, Cr Peter Cox, (pictured) released a fact sheet to bust the myths being circulated about the mosque proposed for East Bendigo.

Cr Cox said the Council is disappointed that some opponents to the mosque are using false and misleading claims to support their cause.

“Council supports people’s right to free speech, however there is a responsibility on the authors of such material to ensure the claims they make are truthful,” he said.

During the past week and over the weekend material said to be written by Rights for Bendigo Residents Inc. was widely circulated in Bendigo.

The photocopied sheets made claims about local opposition to the mosque, residential development around the mosque site, the size of the mosque development and Bendigo Airport being expanded to facilitate religious pilgrimages.






At least 80 per cent of Bendigo residents reject the mosque development.

There has been no official/credible polling or surveys undertaken of Greater Bendigo residents on this topic. Thirteen objectors appealed at VCAT.

The City of Greater Bendigo is planning 22,000 residential and State Government housing commission homes in preparation for mass migration of around 80,000 people. The claim makes reference to Haven Home Safe.

Bendigo has welcomed migrants since the gold rush era.

Greater Bendigo’s population is forecast to grow from 110,000 to 145,000 by 2031. Some of these people will be migrants, some will come from other parts of Australia and some will be born here. All will be welcome.

There is no planning permit applications for a residential development of the scale mentioned here.

Haven Home, Safe (HHS) has advised it does not have the capacity or desire to build “thousands of homes for the purpose of mass migration”. Its focus is on looking after homeless and disadvantaged people.

HHS describes the claim as nothing more than a pathetic smear campaign.

“(HHS) strongly rejects any suggestion or innuendo that it is part of a campaign to enable mass migration and the building of thousands of homes …”

A residential (22,000 homes) and commercial development is currently underway behind the proposed mosque site.

There is no suitable or available land around the mosque to accommodate a housing development on the scale claimed.

The land around the mosque site is zoned either Industrial 1 or Low Density Residential and would require an amendment to the Greater Bendigo Planning Scheme, which would be costly, take several years and have no guarantee of meeting the requisites for residential development.

Higher density residential development is not permitted in a Low Density Residential Zone (LDRZ).

There are no plans in the new Residential Development Strategy to increase residential densities in the area zoned Low Density Residential near the mosque site.

Most importantly, the East Bendigo Structure Plan, adopted by Council and which forms part of the planning scheme, discourages any intensification of housing development on this LDRZ land because it forms part of the racehorse precinct near the Bendigo Racecourse.

The proposed mosque is to eventually become the biggest mosque in the southern hemisphere and has the capacity to accommodate at least 2,000

The conditions on the planning permit limit the capacity to a maximum of 375 people. The development is modest in terms of other mosque buildings in Australia

It is to be the first of many mosques across Bendigo.

Cr James Williams has been approaching farmers in the region to involve them in Halal certification

Cr James Williams has been approaching farmers in the region to involve them in Halal certification

Cr James Williams informed the Council meeting on Wednesday August 26, 2015 that he has not been approaching farmers about Halal certification.

Mayor Cr Peter Cox is involved in training programs for asylum seekers and refugees.

Mayor Cr Peter Cox was previously involved in employment provider services through the not-for-profit Future Employment Opportunities. He no longer has a role with the organisation

The extension to the Bendigo Airport is to facilitate religious pilgrimages to Bendigo.

The extension to the Bendigo Airport is to facilitate economic development in the City and to ensure the airport can continue to operate as a base for airborne emergency services such as fire-fighting aircraft.

The Australian Islamic Mission has not only purchased 5.2 acres for the proposed mosque they have also purchased 12 acres of surrounding vacant land.

The Australian Islamic Mission has not purchased 12 acres of surrounding vacant land.



Source: City of Greater Bendigo



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This year’s Lord Mayor’s Multicultural Awards for Business categories include Business Person of the Year, recognising the recipient’s contribution to the Brisbane economy, as well as Young Business Person of the Year for business leaders under the age of 35.


The Entrepreneur of the Year category will recognise a business leader who has shown entrepreneurial flair and innovation, and who has succeeded in challenging times.


The awards are an opportunity to reflect on your business achievements or the success of someone you know. The awards recognise the contribution multicultural residents make to Brisbane’s thriving business community, giving people from companies of all sizes and industries a chance to shine.

Eligibility criteria: To be considered for an award in any category, nominees must:

• be from a multicultural or culturally and linguistically diverse (CaLD) background with at least one natural parent born in a country other than Australia
• have Australian citizenship or hold permanent residency
• operate a business within the Brisbane City Council local government area
• personally reside in the Brisbane City Council local government area
• ensure the business has a registered Australian Business Number (ABN)
• be of senior management and/or a Company Director in the company and be primarily responsible for the company's recent performance
• provide a Balance Sheet and Profit and Loss Statement for the past two financial years, certified by a Certified Practicing Accountant or Chartered Accountant if shortlisted
• submit accurate and factual information and be of good name and character and have not engaged directly or indirectly in any conduct which, in the opinion of the panel, might discredit the awards
• comply with all federal, state and local government legislation and regulations and all relevant industry codes of practice
• not have any outstanding fines, PINs (Prescribed Infringement Notice) or other penalties arising from a breach of any local, State or Commonwealth laws or pending investigations

Nominations close Friday 11 September, with the winners announced at the annual Lord Mayor’s Multicultural Business Dinner and Awards on Friday 6 November at City Hall. Book now for the business dinner as seats will sell out fast.


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Source: Gold Coast Sun Bulletin


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On Saturday 29 August 2015, FAMSY QLD hosted the 9th annual Unity Cup Football tournament.


This year the competition was held at the Australian Futsal Association centre in Oxley.

The tournament has always produced some fiercely contested matches and this year was no different.


There were plenty of goals on offer as the teams battled it out for group supremacy. It was essentially tournament favourites Bosnia winning top spot in group A, and Dynamos winning top spot in group B.

The Quarter-Finals produced some interesting results as Dynamos romped to a 15-2 victory over Absolut Futbol, whilst Desi Boyz shocked Bafana 8-7 in penalties. Bosnia secured a semi-final spot after a 5-2 win over J&F, whilst Tigers were comfortable in a 3-0 win against Slacks Creek.

Bosnia picked up where they left off in the Quarter-Final with a 5-3 victory over Tigers in the Semi-Final, whilst Dynamos dispatched Desi Boyz, who were without their star player Qias, in dominant fashion 7-1.

In the tournaments history, no team has beaten the number 1 seeds, Bosnia, and they were favourites to take home the trophy again. Dynamos were however the stronger of the teams throughout the tournament coming in to the final, and were looking to exact revenge for three previous final defeats.


The final kicked off with a tense atmosphere with player of the tournament Nawaaz Malik breaking the deadlock. The game continued at a frenetic pace and Dynamos went in to the half time break leading 2 - 1. The second half was as open as the first with both teams producing many chances. It was Dynamos however who took theirs and broke their finals jinx with a 5-1 win. It was a clean sweep for Dynamos with Jon Tang racking his 5th Goalkeeper of the Tournament award.

Preparations are already in full swing for next year, which will see the Unity Cup celebrating its 10 year anniversary. CCN has a long history with the competition having featured the very first competition and continued to feature every tournament thereafter.

Given the occasion, it promises to be a great event for the community. Anyone interested in playing, sponsoring or being a part of the event should contact 0431 800 414.



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Joining Abubeker Mohamed and Lord Mayor Robert Doyle at the ceremony are his family Abdullah, Nusayba, Osama, Mohamed and Hajer.

VICTORIA: In the ornate heart of Melbourne Town Hall's venerable council chambers two men with very, very different lives met on Monday to talk about fatherhood.

One was Lord Mayor Robert Doyle; public figure, former state politician, one-man Melbourne cheer squad and a father to three adult children (two with babies of their own) and one-year-old son Henry with his wife, Emma Page Campbell.

The other was Abubeker Mohamed; an Eritrean refugee, father of seven, proud Wonthaggi resident, halal abattoir worker and this year's Victorian Father of the Year.

And, despite their polar life experiences, both spoke about what they believed was the most important thing a father could give his children: time.
Abubeker Mohamed also puts time with his seven children - aged between two and 12 - above all else.

With a 5am start at his job as a halal meat worker at the Tabro abattoir in Wonthaggi, he can finish early enough to pick them up from school.

He was nominated for the award of Victorian Father of the Year by his 12-year-old daughter Nusayba, who wrote: "My father is someone I can look up to and inspires me to do good things. He stands up for me and supports me."

Mohamed fled his home in Eritrea during the civil war as a 16-year-old and came to Australia in 1996 as a refugee via Sudan and Egypt.

He remembers his own father, a farmer in Eritrea, as a man who gave up everything for his children, even offering himself to armed militia when they came to take his children.

With his wife, Suad Derar, Mohamed's young family moved - initially reluctantly - to Wonthaggi for employment, and found themselves the only African family in the South Gippsland coastal town, the first Muslims many residents had ever met.

But the seaside community was a welcoming one.

Their neighbours erected ladders over the back fence so their children could easily play together, and locals say they often see Mohamed with his children on day trips to the beach, at basketball games, or bike riding.

It is easy to father a child, he says, but much, much harder to raise them, to give them security, happiness and a chance at a good education.

Parents face many worries today - he talked about drug and alcohol abuse and suicide - but the most important thing was to ensure your children had a strong and supportive network of friends around them, he said. "I can only be their guide, I can't watch them all the time."

Mohamed was first nominated locally for Father of the Year for his commitment to being active in his children's lives, and encouraging them to swim at an early age, with time by the beach a big part of life in Wonthaggi.


Source: The Age


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He is an influential voice of the Muslim community and a beloved GP in western Sydney, and now Dr Jamal Rifi is also Australia's top dad.

The father-of-five has been named this year's Australian Father of the Year.

Dr Rifi received the good news on his 56th birthday and said he could not think of “a better surprise.”

Listen: Lydia Feng speaks with Jamal Rifi.
No stranger to awards, Dr Rifi has won The Australian newspaper’s Australian of the Year, the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Award and the Pride of Australia Fair Go Medal, but said this accolade was "the greatest honour of them all”.

For nearly 20 years, Dr Rifi has been a prominent figure uniting and fortifying Australian Muslims.

He first caught the media’s attention with his stance against the small but violent gang activity in the Lebanese community during the mid 1990s and was a defiant voice during the Cronulla riots in 2005.

Recently, he has publicly denounced the barbarity of the so-called Islamic State. It was a decision that wasn’t easy.

"I did question my role as a father last year when me and my family received death threats for my public stand against the so-called Islamic State," he said.

“I felt that I did put my family at risk but now as much as then, I knew as a matter of fact I wasn’t putting their lives at risk; I was protecting them so they will not be seen in any shape or form as condoning such a brutal ideology.”


From father to father, he has helped other families whose children have been in danger of being radicalised.

"Unfortunately, some vulnerable people have been under the influence of the so-called Islamic State propaganda,” he said. “[But] We were able to network within our community to talk some common sense into them by telling them that their action of even thinking of joining such an ideology is wrong in every aspect of life."

When he’s not under the media spotlight, Dr Rifi is busy treating patients at his medical clinic in Belmore, and even does the occasional home call.

Tough beginnings

As a young boy, Dr Rifi vowed to become a doctor after losing his younger brother from an anaphylactic reaction to a penicillin shot.

Growing up in the middle of Lebanon's civil war, he was forced to pursue his studies in medicine in Romania.

He later moved to Australia to marry his wife Lana and completed his medical degree, graduating from the University of Sydney.

Despite his tireless work as a doctor and community leader, family remains the centre of Dr Rifi’s focus.

"The nucleus of any society is family and fathers have a vital role to play," he said.

More than just a father, he is an inspiration to his children.

"He’s achieved a lot but you know family is always number one for him. Everything he has done has been for the community...but also for us growing up so we don’t have to face these barriers," his eldest son, Faisal, said.

"He’s always taught us that you should never be scared and just to go for it. Don’t fear these people because what he’s done is helping the younger generation,” his youngest son, Jihad, said.

Community work

Friend, patient and Labor MP Jihad Dib has known Dr Rifi for years. They conquered the Kokada Track together alongside politicians Scott Morrison and Jason Clare in 2009.

"Jamal is a community activist… but he’s a person who’s got a real social conscious and he’s a real powerhouse within the community," he said. "In the absence of a father, a lot of people go and speak to Jamal and he’s there standing with them."

Determined to ameliorate the relationship between Muslim and non-Muslim communities, Dr Rifi has been the driving force behind many initiatives to build harmony in Australian society.

He is the founding member of Australian Muslim Doctors against Violence and organised the Muslims 4 Australia barbecue attended by thousands in the community last year.

"Everything he has done has been for the community...but also for us growing up so we don’t have to face these barriers."

As president of the Lakemba Sports Club - affectionately known as the “Lakembaroos” - he’s used sport as a social tool to channel physical energy into positive activities. He developed the idea to train young people from southwest Sydney to be pool guards, and young Muslim men and women to become Cronulla surf lifesavers.

“It gives them the acumen where they can use whatever they learn on the sporting field and bring it into their day-to-day life,” he said.

Source: SBS


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Labor for Murray hopeful, Imran lives in Shepparton with wife Aaisha and children; Raihaan, Zainab and Burhaan

Imarn Syed was recently endorsed by Labor as a candidate for Murray (Victoria).


About Imran Syed


I have been living in Shepparton since 2008. I moved from Melbourne as I loved living in the country and have since found that Shepparton is the best example of multiculturalism and have met some of the most wonderful people. I was born in India and came over to Australia in 2007.

I hold a Bachelor degree in Medicine and Surgery from India and practiced as a GP for five years. I will soon graduate with a Masters in Health Administration from La Trobe University.

I have had the privilege of graduating as the first participant from regional Australia from prestigious community leadership programs: Fairley Leadership - Shepparton, Muslim Leadership - Melbourne, Leadership Victoria - Melbourne and Rotary Leadership - Shepparton.

I volunteer as a Hospital Chaplain and have been appointed as the first Victoria Police Chaplain of the Islamic faith for regional Victoria. I have been a guest speaker at several clubs, leadership programs, interfaith talks and peace building seminars.

I got involved in community work and founded a Not-for-profit Multicultural Community Organisation, SADAAT Foundation, with the aim of building bridges in the community. The foundation has auspiced a number of multicultural activities in Shepparton and Melbourne to create awareness and promote understanding within the community. Currently I am the CEO and Executive Board Member of Humanitarian Hearts Inc. to assist in developing more activities to give back to the community that are inclusive to humanity as a whole regardless of gender, nationality and religious beliefs.

My community work has been recognized in 2014; by Universal Peace Federation (UN) by awarding me to be an Ambassador Of Peace; and by Victoria Police with a Medal for serving the community at the celebration of 175 years of policing in the Benalla District.


recognised the need to fight for social justice so that there was equal opportunity in society. That is what led me to join the Australian Labor Party. I passionately believe, whoever you are, wherever you were born, we all deserve a fair go. Everyone should have the opportunity to access secure employment, better health, quality education and affordable housing. I strongly advocate for farmers, worker's rights, senior Australians, migrant & refugees and equality for all members of the community regardless of gender, race, age, or religion.

I am an active member of Shepparton Rotary Club and Chamber of Commerce Shepparton District because I believe that small businesses in our towns and communities are an essential component of keeping us connected.

I love sports and have played cricket for about 20yrs in India and I am an avid supporter of the Melbourne Stars in BBL. I have been the AFL Multicultural Community Ambassador since 2014 to promote the game within culturally diverse migrant communities and was awarded AFL Regional Ambassador 2014. I am an ardent supporter of Essendon Bombers

I am very passionate about my community and will keep striving to build bridges in the community by creating awareness and opportunity. I dream of an inclusive society and compassionate community in Australia where everyone is welcomed and accepted regardless of their language, colour, faith, cultural or socio-economic background. The most important thing - apart from the essentials of life: food, shelter and clothing - is to have good relationships within your family and within your community. And the best way to make sure that everyone has the chance to be well looked after by a loving family is to have strong communities. A shared sense of responsibility for one another is what makes communities strong, and builds the foundations of a fair and vibrant society.

I believe in “MY WORK IS MY IDENTITY”.


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18 year old Harun Causevic was arrested in Melbourne for his alleged involvement in the so-called "ANZAC Day terror threat". After four months in a maximum security prison, he was released with all terror charges dropped. Ali Kadri from the Islamic Council of Queensland was interviewed about the case.



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There is a saying in Brazil: "A great footballer is born here every day". Moreover, it is also believed that Futsal is one of the main reasons as to why Brazil has many superstars.

So if you play futsal in Brazil, you may play with some of these superstars.

But did you know if you're playing futsal here, in Brisbane, you may get more than just the joy of playing soccer with others who share the same hobby like you.

Join AMYN Futsal Tournament 2015 and you can have all the following by just playing futsal:

2.Strengethen the brotherhood,
3.Help other Muslim brothers to get closer to the deen,
4.Win $1000 prizes, large team trophy and individual medals,
5.Improve fitness
6. Strengthen Iman and GAIN SO MUCH REWARD inshaAllah.

No, that's not a joke - YOU can have all of that inshaAllah.

Register your team for the 4th Annual AMYN Futsal tournament 2015 and you can have all of that inshaAllah.

Tournament Details:

Date: Sunday, 13 September 2015
Venue: Logan Metro Sports Centre
Time: 9 am to 6 pm
Total Number of Teams: 12
Total Pools: 4
Pool play: 20 minutes (10 mins half)
Finals: 30 mins (15 mins half)
No of Players per team: register upto 10 players per team, 5 players play at one time.

There will be quarters semis and final after pool play.

$1000 prize money together with medals and trophies.

Registration cost: $250 per team

Contact us now to register a spot: call 0414 156 900 or email us at


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House for Rent

1 minute walk to Hillcrest mosque.
2 minutes drive to Grand Plaza, Browns Plains shopping centre.
Highset 3 Bedrooms, Kitchen and 1 Bathroom.
2 Living Areas, 2 Garages. Ample space for kids 800m2 block.
Available 14th September. Rent $335 per week.
Contact Mumtaz 0405 669 264.


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

5. Tell us about the inspiration behind “A Guide To Overcoming Conflicts with Immigrant Parents”. What feedback have you received from readers…and your own parents?

My sisters and I are first generation immigrant children. Our parents migrated to Canada in 1990 in hopes of starting a new life. Like many first generation immigrant children, it was a daily struggle balancing our traditional upbringing and our Western values. Coming from a Somali background, I can say that Somalis from the Diaspora have faced immense social, financial and spiritual challenges.


Many of us were expected to pursue careers in engineering or medicine. Undoubtedly, our parents came from a life of struggle and sacrificed everything to provide us with a better life than they had. To them we should show our utmost gratitude and respect, and we ask Allah (swt) to preserve them. However, there is a struggle that often goes unnoticed in our communities. This struggle is an intergenerational conflict between parents and their children that is rooted in misunderstanding and differences in cultural mindsets.


This book, “A Guide to Overcoming Conflicts with Immigrant Parents”, provides a simple and practical solution to ending intergenerational conflict. The solution provided may come to surprise many readers. We hope that this book will encourage young first generation immigrant Muslims to aspire to forge a path in life that does not compromise their relationship with their parents, rather strengthen their relationship and create a foundation of mutual understanding and love.


Alhamdulillah, since the launch of Qurtuba Publishing House, we have been receiving a lot of support from friends and family. Our mother has been the foundation of our support. She is a very open-minded woman who is very in tune with the struggles young Muslims, Somalis in particular, are facing. Though this is a topic that is almost considered taboo in some communities, we have received a lot of positive feedback from readers who feel that the book relates to them and provided a solution for them as well.


6. Tell us about your call out for Authors. What type of book ideas are you looking for?


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Friday khutbah (sermon)

DATE: 11 September 2015

TOPIC: “What is our response to the Syrian refugee crisis”

IMAM: Mufti Junaid Akbar










Friday khutbah (sermon)


DATE: 4 September 2015

TOPIC: "The weight of zikar" PART 2

IMAM: Muhammad Uzair Akbar


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Friday khutbah (sermon)

DATE: 4 September 2015

TOPIC: "Why We Have Been Created & The Reality of Life On This World "

IMAM: Akram Buksh










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Dear Editor

Thank you to CCN readers who were able to assist me in raising $10,500 to assist 14 year old Mark Tsaoucis of Kuraby who has Spina Bifida. The target was reached not least due to the generosity of the Muslim community, including the Muslim Charitable Foundation ($2,000), Kuraby Medical Specialists Centre ($1,000) and the final balance of $2,110 by a silent donor from the Muslim community.

Without the support of the Muslim community, the target simply would not have been realised. Thanks to all no matter how big or small, it's all part of one community team effort. Mark and his family are overwhelmed by the generosity.


David Forde
Lions Club of Kuraby



Research found that exercise improves brain function in the elderly.
Healthy adults over the age of 65 were analysed for a six month period and were divided into 3 groups. The first group exercised for 75 minutes per week, the 2nd group for 1 hr 30mins and the 3rd group 3 hrs 45mins.

Results found the more exercise you did, the more benefit to the brain you saw.
The study also found that the intensity of exercise is key. For improved brain function, the results suggest that it’s not enough to just exercise more.. you have challenge / push yourself and bump up your overall fitness level.




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


The Extreme Centre: A Warning


Tariq Ali




Britain’s leading radical delivers an eviscerating attack on the indistinguishable political elite of the UK.


What is the point of elections? The result is always the same: a victory for the Extreme Centre.


Since 1989, politics has become a contest to see who can best serve the needs of the market, a competition now fringed by unstable populist movements. The same catastrophe has taken place in the US, Britain, Continental Europe and Australia.


In this urgent and wide-ranging case for the prosecution, Tariq Ali looks at the people and the events that have informed this moment of political suicide: corruption in Westminster; the failures of the EU and NATO; the soft power of the American Empire that dominates the world stage uncontested.


Despite this inertia, Ali goes in search of alternative futures, finding promise in the Bolivarian revolutions of Latin America and at the edges of Europe.


Emerging parties in Scotland, Greece and Spain, formed out of the 2008 crisis, are offering new hope for democracy.



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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: Looking for something to give to the Hujaaj to be, which is mostly healthy and just a little sweet, can keep without refrigeration and ideal with a cup of tea, then this recipe will tick all the boxes.

Health Rusks

Step 1
250g butter
1 cup soft brown sugar
Melt butter and add the sugar, beat and set aside.

Step 2
In a bowl place

500g sifted self-rising flour
1t baking powder
1/2 cup almonds
1/2 cup pistachio
1/2 cup pecans
1 cup all bran flakes
1/2 cup soomph (fennel seeds)
1/4 cup sunflower seeds
1/4 cup sesame seeds

Step 3
Beat together
1 cup buttermilk
1 egg


Step 4
Combine all of the above

Step 5
Place the dough in a greased loaf tin and bake for 30 min at a pre-heated oven of 180 degrees.

Step 6
When cool, wrap in foil and freeze for a few hours then slice and dry in the oven at 100degrees until crisp.

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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Jallaludin: When children were growing up in America, they were told to eat their vegetables at dinner and not leave them. Mothers said, 'think of the starving children in India and finish the dinner.'

Mula Nasruddin: I suppose they now tell them: 'Finish your homework. Think of the children in India, who would become CEOs and make you starve, if you don't.'



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PART II: "Our Lord! Make of us Muslims, bowing to Your (Will), and of our progeny a people Muslim, bowing to Your (Will); and show us our places for the celebration of (due) rites; and turn to us (in Mercy); for You are the Oft-Returning, Most Merciful."

~ Surah Al-Baqarah 2:128


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Events and Functions

AMANAH INSTITUTE Fund Raiser 12 SEPTEMBER Slacks Creek 12 SEPTEMBER AMYN futsal 13 SEPTEMBER Rahma Mercy Australia Dinner 17 SEPTEMBER AIIC Qurbani BBQ and Open Day 27 SEPTEMBER Gold Coast IFF 18 OCTOBER NOTE NEW DATE AlKauthar 99N COURSE 17&18 OCTOBER GC Dawah Centre Fund Raiser 31 October

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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
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12 September


Amanah Institute Fundraising Dinner

Amanah Institute

Michael's Oriental Restaurant

0403 009 003


12 September


Lecture by Waseem Razvi & Free Dinner

Slacks Creek Mosque

Slacks Creek Mosque, 16 Queen's RD, Slacks Creek

0413 669 987

After maghrib

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


27 September


Qurbani BBQ & Open & Enrolment Day

Australian International Islamic College

Blunder Rd, DURACK

3372 1400

11am to 2pm

3 October


Eid Lunch

Australian International Islamic College

Blunder Rd, DURACK

3372 1400


17 October


Nasheed & Fund Raising Dinner

Rahma Mercy Australia

Islamic College of Brisbane, KARAWATHA

0418 738 432

6pm for 6.30pm

18 October



International Food Festival

Islamic Society of Gold Coast Inc

Gold Coast Mosque

0416 212 541

9am onwards

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

25 October




Crescents of Brisbane

Orleigh Park, WEST END

0402 026 786

8am -12pm

15 October


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

31 October


AIIC Gold Coast Campus Annual Fete

AIIC Gold Coast

19 Chilsholm Rd,

07 5596 6565

12pm to 6.30pm

31 October


Dawah Centre Fund Raiser Dinner

Islamic Society of Gold Coast Inc

Islamic College of Brisbane, KARAWATHA

0416 212 541


13 November


Fundraiser Dinner Rohingya Muslims

Islamic Relief Australia

Greek Orthodox Church Hall, Creek Road





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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 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 



Quran Reading Class For Ladies (Beginners or Advanced)

Every Saturday 2 - 4pm
Lady Teacher

Classes start on Saturday, 12 September. To join please email your details to


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, besides 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


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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



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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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