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"The organisers of CresWalk do an amazing job"

Mr PERRETT (Moreton—Opposition Whip) (16:05): On Sunday 4 December, Father's Day, I went along with my son, Stanley, and a couple of his friends to participate in the Crescents of Brisbane walk on the banks of the Brisbane River. CresWalk, which is a walk organised by one of the Islamic communities in Brisbane, is about communities reaching out, doing some exercise and having fun. It is an event that I did not win. Some people raced through; I just walked at a sedate pace, although I would point out that in years gone by, when I participated in this, with my son, Stanley—he is 11 years old now so I do not think I could put him in a pram—in the past, I have won the pram and wheelchair section pushing him, three years in a row. On the weekend, it was great to do it on Father's Day with Stanley, although I should point out that he seemed to be more interested in collecting Pokemons rather than actually participating in the walking part of it.

But the reason I wanted to stress this was that, unfortunately, we have some people from Queensland, elected representatives, who are focusing on the Islamic community talking up fear and division, rather than the reality of the Islamic community in Queensland. They are hardworking taxpayers doing their bit for the community, and I particularly commend all those from the Crescents of Brisbane for their great work with CresWalk.



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(l to r) Dr Mustafa Ally OAM (Crescents of Brisbane and Crescents Community News (CCN), Ms Janeth Deen (Queensland Muslim Historical Society) and Mr Ismail Cajee (Islamic Council of QLD) were "recognized for their contribution to advancing multicultural values in the Sunnybank community" by State Member for Sunnybank, Mr Peter Russo MP.



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The Muslim Charitable Foundation (MCF) is hosting an OPEN DAY & MORNING TEA at their newly acquired offices at 17 Romilda St, Woodridge on Sunday 25 September (10am to 1pm)


This an opportunity for the community to obtain a better insight and appreciation of the workings of the Foundation and the challenges they face on a daily basis.


Meet the MCF team who will be on hand to answer your questions as well take you on a tour of the premises.


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Anne Aly (ALP-Cowan) Maiden Speech (Sep 12, 2016)


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Pauline Hanson 2016 Maiden Speech (Full)


10 times Pauline Hanson got the facts wrong in her maiden speech

By Ben Winsor, Alyssa Braithwaite, Amy Stockwell, Shami Sivasubramanian


Pauline Hanson's maiden speech in the Australian Senate this week harked back to her original explosive debut in the House of Representatives in 1996.

This time, the danger wasn't a country at risk of being "swamped by Asians" but the threat of Muslims taking over.

We fact checked 19 claims in Hanson's half hour speech:

Australia is being swamped by Muslims
We are in danger of being swamped by Muslims, who bear a culture and ideology that is incompatible with our own.


According to the 2011 census there were 476,291 Muslims in Australia, just 2.2 per cent of the total population.

Islam is the fourth largest religious group in Australia, after Christianity (61.1 per cent), Atheism (22.9 per cent) and Buddhism (2.5 per cent).

The total annual immigration intake across all religions is 190,000 (0.8% of the total population).

Crime has increased in Australia
Indiscriminate immigration and aggressive multiculturalism have caused crime to escalate and trust and social cohesion to decline. Too many Australians are afraid to walk alone at night in their neighbourhoods. Too many of us live in fear of terrorism.


According to the Australian Institute of Criminology there has been no noticeable increase in overall crime rates.




Australia has accepted large numbers of migrants
Tolerance has to be shown by those who come to this country for a new way of life. [...] Australia has embraced migrants from all different races, making us one of the most multiracial nations on earth.


Since 1945 7.5 million immigrants have settled in Australia, and that number doesn't count the initial waves of migration from the United Kingdom as the country was colonised.

Just over a quarter of the Australia’s population was born overseas, a figure considered high compared with other developed countries and comparable with New Zealand, Canada and the USA.

The government makes 190,000 places available in Australia’s annual migration program. The majority come under the skilled migration scheme. That figure amounts to 0.8% of the Australian population each year.

Muslim leaders failed to condemn terror attacks in Australia or express sympathy

Not only is terrorism seen around the world but it is now part of our society, with Muslim refugees involved in the Lindt Cafe siege, the Curtis Cheng murder in Sydney and the stabbing of the two police officers in Melbourne. The Grand Mufti and other Muslim leaders are deafening with their silence, or lack of sympathy.


Condemnation of Islamic radicalism has been widely reported, as these links demonstrate:

The Grand Mufti of Australia joins Muslim community leaders in condemning Sydney siege,

Muslim leaders urge community to dig deep for the family of Curtis Cheng, Sydney Morning Herald

Melbourne teenager shot dead after stabbing two police officers, The Guardian

An informative (but incomplete) reminder of Muslim leaders speaking up clearly, Crikey

There are more Australian Muslims volunteering for ISIS than there are in the Australian Defence Force
Many more Australian Muslims have volunteered, or have tried to volunteer, to fight for ISIS than we have in our own Defence Force. ASIO has over 509 terrorist suspects under surveillance.


The ADF told SBS that as of 1 August 2016 there were 106 members of the ADF who self-identified as Muslim - 29 in the Navy, 55 in the Army and 22 in the Air Force.

They said there were an additional 45 Active Reservists who identified as Muslim.

"It is important to note that it is not mandatory for ADF members to declare their religion and therefore these numbers should be used as a guide only," a spokesperson said.

According to ASIO chief Duncan Lewis in Senate Estimates in May 2016, there are 110 Australians known to be serving with Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. Another 190 Australians are supporting the group through funding, recruitment and rhetorical support, the spy chief said.

More than 200 Australian passports have been canceled or suspended on suspicions that the individuals planned to travel to the Middle East to join Islamic State.

We could find no source for Hanson’s claim that 509 terrorist suspects were under surveillance.

Immigrants have stopped Christmas carols from being celebrated in schools
Their tolerance to our customs has seen Christmas carols no longer sung at some schools.


This claim may have resulted from an opinion piece in the Australian last year relating to guidelines in Victoria, which the very same paper said did not ban Christmas carols.

Christmas carols are specifically mentioned as being appropriate in the school curriculum.

Political Correctness has seen bibles removed from most hospitals
Their tolerance to our customs has seen [...] bibles not to be found in most hospitals.


SBS understands that tens of thousands of bibles continue to be distributed to hospitals in Australia by groups like the Gideons.

A spokesperson from the health department in the Senator's home state of Queensland told SBS that bibles are available on request in most public hospitals in the state.

Public pools have 'Muslim women only' times
Some public swimming baths have times set aside for Muslim women only


Some swimming pools in Australia have set aside a time for Muslim women to swim, in some cases with a curtain to ensure they can not be observed by the public.

Other swimming pools have “women-only” swimming times, including the Reservoir Leisure pool, which notes that “the sessions are popular with Muslim women, but all women are welcome.”

Fawkner Leisure Centre in Moreland offers private swimming sessions for women and separate sessions for men, to accommodate people who “seek private swimming and fitness."

You can wear a burqa or niqab when you get a driver's license
Drivers licences are obtained by Muslim women wearing the burqa and niqab


In NSW, the requirements state: “Head coverings worn for religious reasons may be worn, but must be adjusted so that your whole face is visible, from the bottom of your chin to the top of your forehead, and both edges of your face.”



Similar requirements apply in other states. The burqa and the niqab both cover the full face, making them impermissible in driver's license photos.

There are prayer rooms in public areas for Muslims
Prayer rooms are now provided in universities, hospitals, schools, airports and shopping centres to accommodate Muslims.


Multi-faith rooms are available in universities, hospitals, schools, airports and shopping centres to allow for observance of the Islamic faith, and other faiths.

Sharia law is harsh and incompatible with Australian law
Muslims want to see sharia law introduced in Australia. This law is a totalitarian civil code which prescribes harsh feudal rules imposed on everything, firstly for Muslims, later for everyone. As long as Islam is considered a religion, sharia conflicts with our secular state.


Sharia law explicitly states that Muslims are obligated to “abide by the law of the land.”

University of Sydney legal academic, Dr Ghena Krayem told SBS “the assumption that Muslims want a separate legal system that is called ‘Sharia’ - that’s simply not true.”

“What might surprise most Australians is that most Muslims live according to Sharia every day of their lives. They live harmoniously. They’re not living in defiance of the Australian law. They're not seeking to set up a parallel legal system,” Dr Krayem said.


It is true that some Muslim leaders have called for Australia to embrace “legal pluralism” in order to allow Muslims to marry, divorce and conduct financial transactions under the principles of sharia.

In 2010, the president of the Australian Islamic Mission, Zachariah Matthews, said elements of sharia law - such as elements of family law and inheritance law - could function as a parallel system in the same way that some traditional Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander law was recognised in the Northern Territory


Two former Prime Ministers have said they find the burqa confronting
Burqas are not a religious requirement. Most Australians find them confronting, as did two of our former prime ministers.


In 2014, Prime Minister Tony Abbott said, “I find it a fairly confronting form of attire and frankly I wish it weren’t worn." He added, “We are a free country, we are a free society and it’s not the business of government to tell people what they should and shouldn’t wear.”

In 2006 Prime Minister John Howard said, “I just think it’s confronting, it’s confronting to a lot of people.” He added, "I’m not saying it should be banned. You don’t ban what people wear and you don’t pass laws on what people can and can’t do with their clothing.”




Assoc Prof. Halim Rane's response to Pauline Hanson’s Senate Speech


It wasn’t a polished delivery, she sounded nervous and stumbled on many of her words. But it had some appeal. There was a bit of humour and the bits about big corporations having an adverse influence on Australian politics resonated with me. However, almost all of what Senator Hanson had to say about Islam and Muslims, I found disagreeable, ill-informed and disingenuous.

Let’s begin with Senator Hanson’s remarks about being “swamped by Asians”. This is racist and offensive. What’s wrong with Asians? Said in the context is was, conveys a sentiment that Asians are unwelcome and undesirable. I quite like the contributions Asians have made to Australia. They’re generally nice, hardworking, friendly people. They’ve established some excellent cuisine and enriched the cultural diversity of Australian society. Asian Australians have contributed to building strong, cohesive communities through their voluntary and charitable work, businesses and their many other contributions to Australian civic, cultural and social life. I know there is some criminality, even organised crime, among some people of Asian descent in Australia. But people of all races, ethnicities and religions can be criminals. It’s one of the flaws of human beings…we commit crimes. Criminality is not particular to any race, ethnicity or religion. Furthermore, this is planet Earth, on which over 60 percent of its human inhabitants are Asians. The region in which Australia is located is south of Southeast Asia. That there are not more Asians in Australia would seem odd to an outside observer.

As for now being “in danger of being swamped by Muslims”, again the statement is racist, offensive and wrong. Muslims are between 2 and 3 percent of the Australian population. To someone not of a settler background, Australia would more likely appear to be swamped by people from the United Kingdom. Given that Muslims are 25 percent of the world’s population and that 60 percent of the world’s Muslims live in the Asia-Pacific region, Muslims are way under-represented in Australia. The reason why one might assume we are being swamped by Muslims is not based on facts but because of the intense and sustained focus on Islam and Muslims by mass media corporations for the past 15 years. There have been very few days this century when we have been able to watch the television news, listen to the radio, read a newspaper or scroll through our newsfeed without reference being made to Islam or Muslims. In regards to Islam and Muslims, what we are being swamped by is a relentless media obsession and fearmongering for political expediency.

Senator Hanson then tells us that Muslims “bear a culture and an ideology which is incompatible with our own”. Take Muslims out of the equation and Australia is still a country comprised of people with different and competing cultures and ideologies. Muslims themselves are very diverse, culturally and ideologically. Various groupings of Muslims in Australia are more culturally and ideologically different from each other than they are from some of those within the rest of Australian society. Surveys consistently show that the overwhelming majority of Muslims self-identity as Australians (84 percent according to a recent study by Dunn et. al. (2016); 92 percent according to a study by Akbarzadeh et. al. (2009)). In the same section of her speech, Senator Hanson speaks of the good old days “before federation” when Australia’s identity “had nothing to do with diversity and everything to do with belonging”. The result of that thinking was genocide born of an unwillingness to respect, let alone accept, the rights of Australia’s indigenous population.

In the next part of her speech, Senator Hanson asks why Islam has had “such an impact on Australia like no other religion”. Really? What impact have Muslims who migrated to Australia for over a century actually had on the country? Not much beyond the emergence of new fashion that involves wearing a head scarf (or less popular face veil). Muslims can’t even claim the credit for the re-emergence of facial hair thanks to the hipster trend. However, Muslims could be onto something with the burkini…it’s sunsmart and we have a problem with the sun giving us skin cancer. We also have many more restaurants to choose from and, yes, many goods we buy have a “halal” label. Sure, a lot of this is unnecessary as far as most Muslims Australians are concerned and many shake their heads at the individuals and organisations that profit from halal certification. However, this label has given Australian industries and business access to highly profitable global markets. The benefits for our economy far exceed any associated costs. As for Senator Hanson’s blaming of Muslims for a diminishing of Christmas celebrations and the availability of Bibles in certain public places, what evidence is there that Muslims are responsible? Most Muslims I know in Australia and around the world don’t celebrate Christmas but they don’t begrudge other from doing so nor reading a text Muslims also consider sacred.

What exactly has been Islam’s impact? Yes, we have had quite a bit of new policy and legislation to keep refugees out of the country and to strengthen the powers of intelligence agencies, police forces and the judiciary to spy, investigate, arrest, prosecute and punish people in Australia respectively. But this was not done by Islam. This legislation was passed by our government with the help of the above-mentioned media coverage and a compliant political opposition. We have a population amongst which many have developed a sense of fear and insecurity in relation to Islam not based on personal experience, objective study or even listening to what the overwhelming majority of Muslims globally (and in Australia) say about their religion as they understand and practice it. No. The Islam that is in the minds of many Australians is based on the dominant discourses about the religion espoused by politicians, journalists and commentators, among whom are some who are racist, xenophobic and/or islamophobic. The answer to Senator Hanson’s question is that there has been a widespread adoption of a particular interpretation or version of Islam…the one espoused by extremists, terrorists and criminals, rather than the far more pervasive interpretations and versions associated with the vast majority of Muslims. Why choose to endorse the views of the minority over those of the majority?

In the main section on Islam, Senator Hanson states:

“Islam sees itself as a theocracy. Islam does not believe in democracy, freedom of speech, freedom of the press, or freedom of assembly. It does not separate religion and politics. It is partly a religion but much more than that. It has a political agenda that goes far outside the realm of religion. It regulates Muslim social and domestic life, their legal system and politics, their total life”.

Islam is a religion based on a belief in god and acknowledgement of Muhammad as a prophet, daily prayers, almsgiving, fasting and pilgrimage. It is one of the Abrahamic religions along with Judaism and Christianity. Most Muslims understand Islam to be a way of life that guides one in relation to the worship of god and coexistence with fellow human beings. While the former incorporates ideas about creation, accountability and the afterlife, the latter advocates such principles and values as benevolence, coexistence, compassion, dignity, harmony, honesty, justice, security and wellbeing. The role that Islam plays in the lives of Muslim people varies widely, although, prayer, charity and fasting are practiced by large majorities of Muslims globally and represent the essence of Islam as they understand and practice the faith (Pew Research Centre 2012).

Since the second half of the 20th century, the ideas of several Muslim leaders, including Pakistan’s Abul A’la Maududi (d. 1979), Egypt’s Sayyid Qutb (d. 1966) and Iran’s Ruhollah Khomeini (d. 1989) led global movements to amalgamate Islam and politics in modern Islamist thought and action. However, neither the Quran nor the narrations attributed to the Prophet Muhammad (Hadith) offer, let alone endorse, any political system. The political systems of the pre-modern Muslim world developed after the death of Muhammad according to the conditions and realities of the time not on the basis of Islam’s teachings. While democracy has not been a feature of Muslim politics, this has had little to do with Islam’s teachings or Muslim public opinion. Polls conducted around the Muslim world have shown a strong demand for democratisation. This phenomenon is not occurring as an alternative to Islam or a compromise of Islamic principles, but represents a widely-held view among Muslims that Islam and democracy are compatible. The Arab Spring of 2010-2012, was a clear and profound expression of support for freedom and democracy. A Pew Research Centre poll conducted in 2012 concluded that “more than a year after the first stirrings of the Arab Spring, there continues to be a strong desire for democracy in Arab and other predominantly Muslim nations”. The study found solid majorities in Egypt (67%), Jordan (61%), Lebanon (84%), Tunisia (63%) and Turkey (71%) believe democracy is the best form of government (Pew Research Centre 2012). However, a more recent poll has found that support for democracy has weakened in the wake of political instability and economic decline.

Declining confidence in democracy is a phenomenon not exclusive to Muslim-majority countries, however. In Australia, for instance, the Lowy Institute found that only 60 percent of the population “believe that democracy is preferable to any other kind of government”. More striking is that this figure drops to 42 percent among young Australians between 18 and 29 years of age. Moreover, given a choice between “a good democracy and a strong economy”, only a slight majority of 53 percent choose a “good democracy”. Their reasons were that “democracy is not working because there is no real difference between the policies of the major parties”, and that “democracy only serves the interests of a few and not the majority” (Oliver 2014). Such sentiments are reflected in a study of democracy in the United States which found:

“economic elites and organized groups representing business interests have substantial independent impacts on U.S. government policy, while average citizens and mass-based interest groups have little or no independent influence. The results provide substantial support for theories of Economic Elite Domination and for theories of Biased Pluralism, but not for theories of Majoritarian Electoral Democracy or Majoritarian Pluralism” (Gilens and Page 2014, p. 564).

Senator Hanson’s above-quoted statements regarding Islam demonstrate a lack of understanding of and appreciation for the diversity of Muslims and Islamic thought, past and present. The Muslim world has always featured multiple schools of thought in respect to theology, philosophy and jurisprudence. Muslim fundamentalists and extremist groups, like the Taliban, Al-Qaeda, ISIS, and Boko Haram, want to convince the world that their Islamist agenda is the only legitimate Islam. Inspired and educated by the Wahhabist ideology of the Saudi Arabian regime, such groups advocate a monolithic interpretation and actively destroy evidence of Islam’s historic intellectual and cultural pluralism and manifestations of cultural diversity and interpretations of Islam with which they disagree. Unfortunately, Senator Hanson is unwittingly serving this agenda. We have a problem with ignorance and extremism, which is especially troubling when our elected representatives are in agreement with religious fundamentalists.


Toowoomba Muslims hit back at 'extremist' Pauline Hanson


AN Islamic religious leader in Toowoomba has hit back at controversial Queensland Senator Paul Hanson's claims that Australia risks being "swamped" by Muslims, calling her an extremist.

Ms Hanson made the claims in her maiden speech and also echoed her infamous speech 20 years ago in which she said the country was in danger of being swamped by Asians.

Professor Shahjahan Khan, the founding president of the Islamic Society of Toowoomba said Ms Hanson was either either ill or uninformed on Islam.

He also accused her of deliberately spreading false claims to divide Australians for what he called "unethical political gain".

Prof Khan, who was also the vice president of the Islamic Council Queensland, said he had invited her to the Garden City Mosque just after the Federal election to sit together and discuss her false claims about Islam.

"I am yet to hear from her," he said.

Prof Khan said Muslims in Toowoomba were very open.

"Our mosque is open to anyone, and she is welcome to have an open discussion over a morning or afternoon tea or lunch or dinner as she prefers.

"It seems that she is a great helper of the extremist and violent groups in recruiting their supporters by dividing Australians and promoting hate and creating environment of Australians fight Australians.

"This is what the extremists want, and she is playing into their hands."

Prof Khan said Ms Hanson's "politics of hate" had not only unleashed attacks on Muslims and Asians but now extended to demanding Australia exit from the United Nations.

"People may wonder if she would suggest non-indigenous Australians exit Australia?" he said.

"Where is the end of it?

"A party without any credible policy or plan to tackle the most important issues of our nation - recognition of the right of the first people, national security, health, education, environment, economy, regional and foreign relations etc - lacks credibility to be doing any good for the public.

"If she is a genuine politician, I request her to promote unity of all Australians and engage with everyone concerned to remove her ignorance and get her facts straight from original sources and people with authentic knowledge."

Prof Khan said Islam was an ancient religion and deeply and widely related to the many teachings of the Bible.

"It has peacefully co-existed with many faiths including Christianity and Judaism for well over 14 centuries.

"No one needs to re-invent the wheel, any claim to do so is only exposing the hidden gross ignorance or deliberate hate-mongering.

"I commend Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Leader of the Opposition Bill Shorten for speaking against her divisive rhetoric, and I hope she would stop spreading Islamophobia and speak for all Australians regardless of faith and ethnicity."

Source: The Chronicle


PRESS RELEASE: Muslims Australia – The Australian Federation of Islamic Councils commends Prime Minister Turnbull’s rejection of Hanson’s crude divisive ill-informed Islamophobic rhetoric. Muslims Australia reaches out to Ms. Hanson.


“In her maiden speech in the Senate, Pauline Hanson made wild allegations and grossly exaggerated generalisations against Islam and Australian Muslims. Her words were ill-informed, hurtful, divisive and create tremendous concern for Muslim Australians and Australian society.” Said Mr. Keysar Trad, President, Muslims Australia – The Australian Federation of Islamic Councils.

“Ms. Hanson’s comments confound the dictates of the conscience of every decent Australian, such comments are divisive, harmful to Australian society and embarrassing to our senate and our nation.” Said Mr. Trad.

“I commend Prime Minister Turnbull for rejecting Ms. Hanson’s comments, the prime minister is showing leadership and a positive direction for Australian society in rejecting Hanson’s divisive rhetoric.” Said Mr. Trad

“Whilst profoundly critical of Ms. Hanson’s comment, I stretch my hand with love and goodwill, offering to spend as much time as necessary with Ms. Hanson to answer her questions about Islam (with references), no strings attached, meals and refreshments will be provided with my compliments.” Said Mr. Trad.


If you want a response from the Muslim community, first understand it
By Mostafa Rachwani

Pauline Hanson isn’t the first to lament the silence of the Muslim community. But why should we participate in a discussion that reduces us to a caricature?

In the days and months following Pauline Hanson’s maiden speech in the Senate, there will be request upon request made for the Australian “Muslim community” to respond.

From the outside looking in, such a request seems harmless, even justified. Hanson did, after all, dedicate a large majority of her address to Muslims and Islam, so it appears to be rather logical to seek a response from said community.

Unfortunately for them, journalists and news presenters are usually met with a seemingly inexplicable wall of silence from the Muslim community. It may seem frustrating to some who are seeking a “balanced” discussion, but it disguises much larger issues.

Firstly, seeking comment from any representative on Hanson’s speech on Wednesday night ignores the fact that she doesn’t actually make any sense.

It’s one issue to try to respond to a thin veneer of logic, veiling a racist agenda, and another entirely to respond to an illogical rant. It would be challenging just to know where to start.

Furthermore, in requesting a Muslim response on Hanson, there are implications that one single person can actually represent the entire Muslim community. Very often, comment will be sought from people like the Grand Mufti or the Head of the Australian National Imam’s Council (ANIC), as though representation mimics a hierarchy.

There is no hierarchy in the Muslim community, and there is no peak body or individual who can adequately speak on behalf of the entire community. Our community is made up of a complex web of ethnicities, backgrounds, sects, cultures, generations and political groups, with constant cross-pollination. There are no clear divides between these lines, and no one uniting factor.

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A new animated movie based on Bilal, the famous black companion of Prophet Muhammad, is set for release in September 2016. The movie which has already won awards for ‘most inspiring’ at the Cannes Film Festival, is also set to feature the longest battle scene in animation history.

1,400 year ago, Bilal a seven-year-old boy finds himself with his sister under the tyranny of slavery; he bears many burdens of life in his childhood from which he discovers inner strength he did not know he possessed before. Bilal knew from the bottom of his heart that he must be brave enough to raise his voice and choose his own path, and that everything is possible with determination. His courage was able to undo his handcuffs and set him free. His strong beautiful voice was a real gift from the Creator, but the voice of faith has made his childhood dream come true.

The movie will be released on September 8th across the Middle East, with further releases worldwide soon to come. Find out more about the movie here.





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A controversial website which helps Muslim men and women find a second spouse is gaining popularity in Australia, according to its British founder.

The match-making website, which helps Muslim men and women find a second spouse, has thousands of members worldwide accoridng to it's founder.

Azad Chaiwala told Fairfax that Australia accounts for around 750 of those members.

Polygamy, which is the custom of having more than one husband or wife, is illegal in Australia.

Chaiwala said fading "stigmas" and "social taboos" are leading to the site's rise in popularity in Australia.

"A lot of Muslims give their cultural background precedence instead of looking at what religion says," he said.

"There is a lot of stigma now against Muslims so they're being stupidly cautious."

The website's front page includes definitions of polygamy, testimonials and a line from the Quran, which reads: “Then marry women of your choice, two or three, or four but if you fear that you shall not be able to deal justly, then only one.”

One of the testimonials said: "The site is really easy to use and mobile friendly. A site that cares about the lifestyle of polygamy and really takes the effort to guide people properly."

Executive director of the Australian Muslim Women's Centre for Human Rights, Joumanah El Matrah, told Fairfax that polygamy was an underground practice in Australia.

"It's frowned upon because Muslims are of the view that you can't treat two women equally," she said.

"Women and children fare very badly in polygamous set-ups. There tends to be a lot of suffering and loneliness. The limited evidence we have is that there is an increased risk of domestic violence."

Source: SBS



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The Australian International Islamic College, City Campus, held an Open & Awards Day on the morning of the 10th of September 2016.


The occasion began with the national anthem and included student performances and presentations of student awards.


The event was attended by community members, the Queensland Police Force and the Councillor for the Gabba ward.


In his speech, Councillor Jonathan Sri emphasised the importance of education and encouraged students to be proud of their identities and to work hard in their learning.


The Open Day ended with lunch and was a very successful day in which all parents, students and community members enjoyed.

AIIC City Campus is taking enrolments for 2017. For more information, please call 07 3372 1400.



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Washington, DC, 9/12/2016 - The Bridge Initiative, a Georgetown University research project on Islamophobia, released a report that sheds light on American Catholics’ views of Islam, and the way Islam is discussed in Catholic publications.

This report, “Danger & Dialogue: American Catholic Public Opinion and Portrayals of Islam,” finds that nearly half of Catholics can’t name any similarities between Catholicism and Islam, or say explicitly that there are no commonalities.

DOWNLOAD the full report, or read a summary of the main findings.

The report, which includes survey data on Catholics views of Muslims and interreligious dialogue, reveals that three in ten Catholics admit to having unfavourable views of Muslims, while only 14% say they have a favourable impression. The poll also shows that respondents who consume content from Catholic media have more unfavourable views of Muslims than those who don’t.

The report, authored by Jordan Denari Duffner, also analyzed nearly 800 articles about Islam in Catholic media outlets. It found that half of the time the word “Islamic” was used in nine prominent Catholic outlets, it was in reference to the Islamic State terrorist group. The headlines of Catholic articles on Islam had a negative sentiment overall, but the outlet that mentioned Pope Francis most in its headlines on Islam had positive sentiment.

The report also explores the 100-plus books, audio programs, and DVDs sold by Catholic publishers about Islam. Interfaith dialogue is a prominent topic in these for-sale materials on Islam, but differences between Christians and Muslims are often stressed in introductory materials or those that attempt to compare Christianity and Islam. The most prolific authors on Islam for Catholics take varied approaches, with some focusing on dialogue and others on sharing the Christian faith with Muslims.

A number of individuals connected to anti-Muslim organizations have impacted American Catholic discussions about Islam. In some cases, Catholic publishers, media outlets, Catholic bookstores, and prominent figures have promoted their views. Books and articles by Robert Spencer, who leads Jihad Watch and the American Freedom Defense Initiative (groups identified by the Southern Poverty Law Center as antiMuslim hate groups), have been distributed by some Catholic outlets and institutions.

Duffner says she hopes the report’s findings can inform the work of diverse Catholics, both lay people and clergy. “We hope the report gives Catholic leaders and educators insights into how ordinary Catholics view
Islam and interfaith dialogue,” she says. “The report should give Catholic outlets, bookstores, and publishing companies a broad picture of how their content is representing Islam and potentially shaping Catholics’ views.”



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SYDNEY: In street prayers observed twice a year, thousands of Muslims have gathered to worship outside Sydney's Lakemba Mosque to celebrate the holiday of Eid Al-Adha.

It comes as Muslims across Australia have taken part in celebrations for the second of two annual holidays.

Eid al-Adha means the "feast of sacrifice," marked at the climax of the holy Hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia.

But it has been tainted after a weekend stabbing in Minto, in Sydney's south-west, where a 22-year-old Muslim man was charged with committing a terrorist act and attempted murder.

Mainstream Muslims are again feeling a need to explain to others that all forms of violence have no place in their religion.

That includes Ms Jinan Kalank.

"Like they said they found something Islamic with him, but it doesn't mean he's actually a Muslim or practices Islam,” she said.

“It's a religion. It's got nothing to do with what people's actions are. Even if they were Muslim, and they do the wrong thing, that doesn't mean it's the religion."

It is a distinction also made by the imam of Lakemba Mosque, Sheikh Yahya Safi.

After the morning prayers, he preached that people's actions are more important than their particular faith.

"It is a sacrifice. It is a sacrifice. This life is a sacrifice. Allah ('Peace be upon Him') will not distinguish humanity according to their race, to their colour, to their background,” Sheikh Safi told worshippers.

“Allah ('Peace be upon Him') will judge everyone according to his deeds."




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Hanan Dover is a clinical and forensic psychologist, and works in private practice. She is completing her PhD research in the area of religious coping among traumatised Iraqi refugees at Western Sydney University's School of Medicine.

Why I Am Opposed to the Countering Violent Extremism Agenda
By Hanan Dover

Few are more silenced than the targets of counter-terrorism policy, and so I try to be a voice for the voiceless.

I do my best to strike a balance between my professional role, community advocacy, personal, and leadership roles. Muslim youth look to me to be different from current leaders, and take their concerns seriously.

Sometimes, balancing these roles presents difficult challenges - trying to negotiate which hijab to wear, so to speak, according to each circumstance.

During a time when the Islamic faith is increasingly in the political spotlight, and where Islam is perceived to be far more than a religion - a religion viewed as a dangerous ideology, a threat to national security and even incompatible with Australian values - it gets more difficult.

Through direct experience and education, I have developed, and so have my politics. I used to be a community representative who took what was said at press-conferences at face value. But then Prime Minister Tony Abbott and the events of 17 September 2014 happened.

On that day, 800 police descended on 25 Muslim homes across two states, in one of the largest police raids in Australia. Shock and confusion spread across the Muslim community.

Then came the reports that as a result of these raids only one suspect was arrested. The best evidence of a menace they could come up with was a plastic sword with Arabic script.

The community regarded this as over-kill - a theatrical Hollywood-style response. I started a weekend crisis centre at Mission of Hope to provide crisis intervention to those affected by the police home-raids, whether directly or vicariously through media reporting.

I have spoken openly about the police brutality that occurred in both Sydney and Melbourne counter-terrorism police home raids. Take, for example, the 2015 "Anzac Day" raids in Melbourne. The five families involved were neither friends nor related, yet each family told similar stories of what the raids had been like. One of the families was brave enough to inform the media of their horrific experiences. The rest were refugee families who were already escaping traumatic experiences and were afraid of authority. They remained silent.

On the day of those raids I was in Melbourne and I saw the injuries and destruction of property. As word spread that I was in Melbourne, young Muslim men contacted me, urging me to visit other families. They too had been raided, and their families had become isolated through fear and suspicion.

I spoke openly about these incidents with the permission of the families. At the time, the only voices that were being heard were from law enforcement, the government and the mainstream media.


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On Sunday, 25th September Kuraby Mosque will be hosting the first of a number of friendship days with members of the wider community. These friendship days are an attempt to bring together people from different cultures and creeds, who share a desire to co-operate through mutual acceptance and strengthen the richness of our society through greater understanding

At Kuraby mosque we aim to build bridges mutual co-operation that seeks to dispel myths about Muslims and forge genuine cultural interaction between the Muslim community and others.

In creating sessions such as these, we allow others to know who we are, and we them. Sharing our experiences fosters tolerance, acceptance and understanding between all communities that make up this wonderful country of ours.

Intercultural friendship sessions are important to building harmony and trust in the societies that we live.

So, if are not Muslim and have other non-Muslim friends, then please come along on the day.


We'd love to meet and chat.



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  Hanson hires Donald Trump's former economic adviser

One Nation Senator Pauline Hanson has hired an economist who used to work for US presidential candidate Donald Trump. The One Nation leader held a free public forum in Rockhampton last night, where her chief of staff James Ashby revealed the move following a question about the economy, the ABC reported. "We have just taken him from the Trump camp, so he's come on board with us, so that's pretty exciting and we need to build credibility on the economics front," Mr Ashby said.

 Hon. G GRACE (Brisbane Central—ALP) (Minister for Employment and Industrial Relations, Minister for Racing and Minister for Multicultural Affairs) (10.20 am):.........As an aside, I notice that the member for Clayfield is next on the speaking list. With international investment and visitors to this country necessary for our economic growth, is he going to rule out any preference deal with One Nation? I call on him to grow a backbone. He can say it today. He can put it on the record. Is he going to support a party who talks about ‘being swamped by Muslims’ and who 20 years ago talked about ‘being swamped by Asians’? I am sure that 20 years earlier than that it would have been the Greeks, Italians and the Jews. Is he going to show some backbone? Is he going to
jeopardise those jobs of the future? Is he going to stand up in this place and rule out any One Nation dirty deal? I call on him to do so.

  Turnbull attacks George Christensen and Pauline Hanson's anti-Muslim rhetoric

“Tagging all Muslims with the crimes of a few is fundamentally wrong and it’s also counterproductive,” Turnbull said.
“The most valuable tool our security services have to keep us safe is intelligence. They need to know what is going on. The way they find out what is going on is talking to the community and in particular the Muslim community.
“Seeking to demonise or denigrate all Muslims or seeking to alienate all Muslims and suggest they are somehow not part of Australia or shouldn’t be in Australia, that is exactly what the extremists are saying to the community.
“All of us, in the nation’s interest, [need] to say we are the most successful multicultural society in the world. Australian Muslims are part of that successful multicultural society.
“You are born here, you are part of the country, you are included and what we need is their support, as we need support from all Australians to work together to defend ourselves against terrorism.”



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Women are hardworking, resilient and marvellous multi-taskers! These women have shown that Pakistani women are especially exceptional because of all that we have to overcome and yet we are able to not only become leaders in our fields but also pioneer into uncharted territories. All over the world, and beyond.


Read on about these super Pakistani women gathering respect and accolades the world over:

18. Shama Zehra

Shama Zehra is the CEO of Wall Street firm Aligned Independent Advisors. She began her career as an entrepreneur in the apparel industry in Pakistan in 1991 with a women apparel firm co-founded with her mother and sister. Shama worked with Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, Standard Chartered Bank and MCB Bank, the largest private sector bank in Pakistan in early nineties.

NEXT WEEK IN CCN: 19. Shaan Kandawalla



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Muslims on what it's like to live in Australia


Continued from last week's CCN


Report by Beau Donelly


A Muslim mother in Sydney fears her grandchildren will end up in a concentration camp. A Victorian father won't tell his football team he is Muslim so he doesn't have to explain himself. To be Muslim is to be judged for everything you do, says a Brisbane woman. An international student living in Melbourne says she feels segregated in class.

What is it to be Muslim in Australia today?


Fairfax Media asked readers who are Muslim to speak of their experiences and how they explain extremism and Islamophobia to their children. Dozens of people responded.


CCN publishes one response each week:


"I would rather be here than anywhere else"


Sami Ullah, 30, Melbourne, Pakistani


I came here in 2006 as a student full of hope. My family spent everything they had on me to give me a better future. It was tough leaving my culture, friends and family behind. I remember being scared of landing here. I didn't know what to expect. But I shouldn't have feared. There was nothing that stood out and I just walked through immigration like a breeze. Now with ISIS and my skin tone I am usually stopped at airports and at check-ins. I don't mind. If it makes people safe so be it. I am not a conservative Muslim but a silent one. Everyone at work knows I am a Muslim. I have never been discriminated against or have been pointed out by people. But sometimes when people die back home or when things happen that are beyond my control, I can feel the stares. I feel that I have to apologise for the actions of people who do not represent my religion in any way. But this for a nascent country like Australia is a learning curve. I would rather be here than anywhere else in the world and look forward to one day being an Australian.


Source: Brisbane Times


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Shahada in Kuraby Masjid on Eid ul-Adha







EID UL-ADHA 1437 / 2016 in Brisbane (UMB)

Community News   






SIZZA | Indian and Middle Eastern Cuisine | Kuraby, Brisbane

Community News






Hijab Emoji   


A 15-year-old girl was angry there's no hijab emoji. So she got one made.





This Cartoon Totally Nails What You Should Do If You See Islam... (Facebook)

Someone made a guide for what to do when you see Islamophobic harassment and it’s perfect





John McVeigh (LNP-Groom) Maiden Speech (Sep 12, 2016)


John McVeigh gives recognition to the work the Muslims have been doing in Toowoomba and beyond (around 9.30 minutes)



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To know the future just look to the past


24 of the Most Influential Black Muslims in History


17. Shehu Usman dan Fodio (1754–1817)

Shehu Usman dan Fodio was a Fulani religious teacher, writer and Islamic promoter and the founder of the Sokoto Caliphate in the Hausa States in what is today northern Nigeria. He wrote more than 100 books concerning religion, government, culture and society. He also encouraged literacy and scholarship, for women as well as men, and several of his daughters emerged as scholars and writers.

NEXT WEEK IN CCN: 18. Ibrahim Abd al-Rahman (1762 – 1829)


Source: Atlantic BlackStar


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Imam Uzair is on holidays




Friday khutbah (sermon)

DATE: 16 September 2016

TOPIC"10 factors that will protect us from Jahanum"

IMAM: Ikram Buksh








Friday khutbah (sermon)

DATE: 16 September 2016

TOPIC"The Last Sermon"

IMAM: Ahmed Muhammad Naffaa 














Friday khutbah (sermon)

DATE: 16 September 2016

TOPIC"Sermon of Hajjatul Wida"

IMAM: Shezard Khan







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 Muslim fashion designer makes history with hijab collection at New York Fashion Week


Anniesa Hasibuan's collection featured silk hijabs in ivory, peach and grey silk


Anniesa Hasibuan show, runway, Spring Summer 2017, New York Fashion Week

NEW YORK: Muslim fashion designer has made history as the first ever designer to feature hijabs in every outfit on a New York Fashion Week catwalk.

Indonesian designer Anniesa Hasibuan, 30, delighted crowds with her Spring Summer ’17 collection D’Jakarta. Models wore flowing trousers and skirts in silk, lace and chiffon in an array of pastel colours. One stand-out garment included an intricate gold lace dress, featuring metallic embroidery at the bust and a fringed lace train.

Each model wore a hijab in gold, pale pink or dove grey silk. It is believed to be the first time a New York Fashion Week catwalk show has featured hijabs on every model. Ms Hasibuan also made history as the first Indonesian designer to be featured at the fashion week and says her designs were inspired by her home city of Jakarta, where she also has a boutique.


The show consisted of 48 different looks, of which 10 were evening gowns and 38 were ready-to-wear pieces.

Following the show, Ms Hasibuan took to the runway, where she received a standing ovation from the audience.

Online lifestyle magazine Muslim Girl welcomed the collection, with reviewer Maha Syeda writing: “The Indonesian designer brought together the perfect elements of her cultural home country and the metropolitan western fashion world to create a beautiful harmony of fashion and modesty, because, yes — they don’t have to clash.”

Fans of the designer took to social media to praise for the collection, with one fan calling the show “absolutely breathtaking”. Another wrote “this was everything!”   



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 British ambassador to Saudi Arabia completes Hajj pilgrimage after converting to Islam


Simon Collis and his wife Huda in front of the British consulate in Mecca

SAUDI ARABIA: Britain’s ambassador to Saudi Arabia has been inundated with congratulations from across the Islamic world after it emerged that he converted to Islam and carried out the first Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca ever performed by a senior UK diplomat.

The conversion of Simon Collis, the UK envoy to Riyadh, became public after pictures posted on Twitter showed him and his wife Huda wearing the traditional white garments of Muslim pilgrims in front of the British consulate in Mecca.

The 60-year-old diplomat, who speaks fluent Arabic, confirmed the news in response to messages on Twitter.

“God bless you. In brief: I converted to Islam after 30 years of living in Muslim societies and before marrying Huda,” he wrote.

The news led to a wave of online congratulations from Saudi Arabia and across the Islamic world, with many Muslims saluting Mr Collis as “Haji Simon” using the title reserved for those who make the pilgrimage to Mecca.

Mr Collis converted in 2011 shortly before marrying his wife, who is Syrian. While his conversion was known to some fellow diplomats it was not public knowledge in Riyadh.

The Foreign Office declined to comment, saying Mr Collis’s religion was a personal matter.

While Mr Collis acknowledged many of the congratulatory messages coming in on Twitter, he declined interviews about his faith.

The pictures of him and his wife were first posted by Fawziah Al-Bakr, a Saudi women's rights activist. “The first British ambassador in Saudi Arabia is performing the Hajj with his wife Mrs Huda after he converted to Islam. Thanks be to God," she wrote.

He is believed to be the first British ambassador to carry out the Hajj pilgrimage although other ambassadors are thought to have converted to Islam in the past.       

The Telegraph UK


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CCN's Bookshelf

City of Djinns: A Year in Delhi
A Fine Balance
The Leadership of Muhammad
Beyond Chutzpah: On the Misuse of Anti-Semitism and the Abuse of History, Updated Edition, With a New Preface
The God of Small Things
The Kite Runner
The Punishment of Gaza
Tuesdays with Morrie: An Old Man, a Young Man, and Life's Greatest Lesson
Leaving Microsoft to Change the World: An Entrepreneur’s Odyssey to Educate the World’s Children
The Da Vinci Code
The Power of One
Muslim Women and Sports in the Malay World: The Crossroads of Modernity and Faith
Palestine Peace Not Apartheid
The Lemon Tree: An Arab, a Jew, and the Heart of the Middle East
The Road to Mecca
Long Walk to Freedom
Come Be My Light: The Private Writings of the Saint of Calcutta

CCN's favourite books »


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KB says: These chocolate squares are an old time favourite of mine, and great for any occasion. It is time consuming but worth all the effort.

Chocolate Squares


Step 1
4 eggs separated
Beat whites with 1 tsp baking powder till stiff

Step 2
Sift together
1 cup flour
1 cup castor sugar
2 tbsp cocoa
2 tbsp maziena
2 tsp baking powder

Step 3
Mix together the liquids
½ cup boiling water
½  cup oil

Step 4
Beat yolks with a hand beater, add in the liquid, beat together well then fold in flour mixture & beat on low till mixed in .Lastly fold in whites.
Bake in a greased rectangle pan on 180 for 22-25 mins.

When baked take out onto rack & immediately onto a tray lined with grease proof paper and when cool cut into 24 squares.

Liquid mixture
¾ cup water
¾  cup milk
2 tbsp cocoa
3 tbsp icing sugar
Warm mixture, dip the sides & roll in coconut.

250g butter
1 cup icing sugar
1-2 tbsp cocoa
Beat butter & icing sugar well, add in cocoa & beat further.
Pipe on the edge of each cake.

Melt a slab of dairy milk chocolate & add in a little milk to make it pourable .
Place a tsp in the centre of each cake.


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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Q: Dear Kareema, I work out regularly but constantly find myself feeling tired and lethargic. Can you suggest anything I can try?

A: A healthy diet - Optimise your daily nutrition to power up your body and help you be at your best.

The body uses food as fuel, so be sure to have a protein-rich diet post-workout to allow muscles to recover before your next workout.


Eat a combination on veggies and fruit daily with healthy carbs and fats.

Another important factor is hydration. Drinking enough water is vital, and one of the easiest things you can do to aid in performance.




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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Astrologer: Do you want to know about your husband's future?

Mrs Jallaludin: Rubbish, I will decide his future! You just tell me his past.


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An Ayaat-a-Week






Those who slander chaste women, indiscreet but believing, are cursed in this life and in the Hereafter: for them is a grievous Penalty.
~ Surah An-Nur 24:23


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"Words are like spices.

Too many is worse than too few”


~ Joan Aiken


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AIIC Eid Ul Adha 18 SEPTEMBER Sheikh Bham 23 SEPTEMBER Buranda Afsir 25 SEPTEMBER UNITY CUP 10 24 SEPTEMBER Friendship Day @ Kuraby Mosque 25 SEPTEMBER IRA Al Yateem Dinner 8 October
  Mahoba's Promise Movie 11 OCTOBER
Peace in the AU Contextn 11 OCTOBER


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Al Mustapha Institute of Brisbane: ACCREDITED COURSES

An advanced knowledge of Islam which includes a highly developed comprehension of the theological, jurisprudential, historical, contemporary and spiritual aspects of Islam.


Islamic sciences are studied from both a classical and contemporary perspective and students graduate with the ability to speak, write, read Arabic religious texts and an understanding of Arabic grammar.


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18 September



Qurbani BBQ Lunch


724 Blunder Road,

3372 1400

11am to 2pm


23 September



In the Midst of Challemges by Shaykh Bham


Slacks Creek Mosque

0431 201 164

Jumma 12.30pm


23 September



Relationship between Muslims & non-Muslims by Shaykh Bham


Kuraby Mosque

0431 201 164

After Esha


24 September



Unity Cup (#UC10)

FAMSY QLD & Islamic Relief

Acacia Ridge Futsal Centre

0411 706 598

All day


25 September



Friendship Day @ Kuraby Mosque

Kuraby Mosque

Kuraby Mosque

0416 846 876

Anytime between 2pm and 5pm


25 September




Muslim Charitable Foundation (MCF)

17 Romilda St, Woodridge

0435 839 928

10am to 1pm

1 & 2 October

Sat & Sun

Parenting Toolbox Workshop with Ahmad Fakhri Hamzah and Jamilah Samian  


11 Watland St, Springwood

0431 360 418

9am to 4pm

3 October



1st Muharram 1438 – Islamic New Year 1438

8 October


Al Yateem Fundraising Dinner

Islamic Relief Australia

Greek Hall, 269 Creek Road, Mt Gravatt

0456 426 523


8 & 9 October

Sat & Sun

The First Kingdom by Sh Bilal Ismail

Al Kauthar Brisbane

Griffith University NATHAN

0438 698 328

8.30am to 5.30pm

11 October


Peace in the AU Context


Newlife Uniting Church

0438 795 304

6pm to 8pm

11 October


Movie & Fund Raiser: Love Marriage in Kabul

Mahboba's Promise

Palace Barracks, 61 Petrie Terrace



12 October



Day of Ashura

12 December



Birth of the Prophet (pbuh) / Milad un Nabi



1. All Islamic Event dates given above are supplied by the Council of Imams QLD (CIQ) and are provided as a guide and 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 & Madressa - Wednesday & Friday 4:30 - 6:30pm, brothers, sisters and children
• New Muslims Program - last Thursday of every month, 6:30 - 8:30pm
• Salawat Majlis - first Saturday of every month. Starting at Mughrib, families welcome
• Islamic Studies - one year course, Saturday 10:00 - 2:00 pm, brothers and sisters
• Ilm-e-Deen, Alims Degree Course - Three full-time and part-time nationally accredited courses, brothers

For further information:
Phone 07) 3809 4600



Quran Reading Class For Ladies (Beginners or Advanced)

Every Saturday 2 - 4pm
Lady Teacher



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


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Lutwyche Mosque

Weekly classes with Imam Yahya


Monday: Junior Class

Tuesday: Junior Arabic

Friday: Adult Quran Class


For more information call 0470 671 109


Holland Park Mosque




Queensland Police Service/Muslim Community Consultative Group



Minutes of Meeting Tuesday 19 July, 2016, Islamic College of Brisbane: Click here


Next Meeting


Time: 7pm
Date: TBA
Venue: Islamic College of Brisbane - 45 Acacia Road Karawatha

Light refreshments will be available.




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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

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Islamic Friendship Association of Australia

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Islamic Relief Australia

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Gold Coast Mosque

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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)

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

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Gold Coast Halal Certification Services (GCHCS)

Muslim Aid Australia

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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 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

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