Sunday, 16 October 2016


Newsletter 0623


Subscribe here

email us

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




Telstra awarding brilliant women

Births, Marriages, New Migrants and Condolences

The CCN Food for Thought

Somali community fund raiser

The CCN Weekly News & Views Briefs

An Ayaat-a-Week

Turnbull calls out racial and religious discrimination

Jumma (Friday) Khutba (Lecture) Recordings

Events and Functions

IRA & iCARE dinner for orphans

 The CCN Inbox: Letters to the Editor

Islamic Programmes, Education & Services

Container ready for Syria

 The CCN Classifieds

Businesses and Services

Turning the sod for the new Dawah Centre

Around the Muslim World & Muslims Around the World

The CCN Date Claimer

Hanson and Anne Aly find common ground after lunch

CCN Readers' Book Club

CCN on Facebook

UQ Muslimah AGM

KB's Culinary Corner

Useful Links

AMYN Summer Camp

Kareema's Keep Fit Column


Muslim immigration ban? It's not that simple

Fitria on Food Appears monthly

Write For Us

Muslim teen boxer wins the right to fight in her HIJAB

Get your fingers green with Ahmed Esat


Muslim women get on their bikes to 'eliminate fear'

The CCN Chuckle

Sunshine Coast Imam explains how he lives by Sharia law




Halal Menu

Like us on FaceBook

Click here for our menu

The Gold Coast's multi-talented Imam
ICV's new Exec
AIIC Students of the Month
Rules of Engagement In Islam - Out of Context (Part 3)
Muslims on what it's like to live in Australia
Back to the Future with CCN
The CCN's "We'll take that as a comment" Column



Click a link above to go directly to the article.

Return to this section by clicking   at the bottom, left of the article.



he Telstra Business Women's Awards are the longest running women's awards program in Australia. For over two decades they have championed women from diverse industries ensuring their achievements become part of the national conversation; women who are passionate, courageous and ready to challenge the accepted way of doing things.


Amongst this year's Telstra Queensland For Purpose and Social Enterprise Award Finalists is Ms Galila Abdelsalam, the Director of the Islamic Women's Association of Queensland Inc.

After volunteering at her local community centre in Queensland, Galila Abdelsalam identified a number of unmet needs for Muslim women, leading her to found the Islamic Women’s Association of Queensland Inc (IWAQ) in 1991. IWAQ is a not-for-profit organisation that provides services to meet community needs with a specific focus on culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities.

IWAQ provides services to support people with disability, elderly people living on their own, and settlement services to help newly arrived migrants and refugees. IWAQ also offers programs such as English acquisition, women’s leadership skills, early intervention programs to address issues such as domestic violence, and support to vulnerable young people who are at risk of becoming radicalised.

In the last five years, Galila opened the Salam Respite Cottage which provides overnight and short-term care of elderly and disabled people, allowing their carers to take a break. As a carer to her husband, Galila appreciates the demands of the job.

In addition, she has recently expanded the services to the Gold Coast and is in the process of setting up an office in Sydney.

"Both my personal views and values of IWAQ are focused on addressing some of the stereotypes associated with Muslims and breaking down some of the barriers, which is more important than ever."

Source: Telstra Business Women's Awards


Queensland finalist, Ms Galila Abdelsalam


           Post comment here




The Somali Community of Brisbane held a successful fund raising dinner at Michael's Oriental last week and raised $30,000 towards their funeral program.



           Post comment here



Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Opposition Leader Bill Shorten.

The nation's political leaders have called out racial and religious discrimination as a new poll shows that one third of Australians believe Muslim Australians should be subjected to more scrutiny than other religious groups.

The study of 1,200 people, undertaken by the Australian National University during the federal election campaign, found 59 per cent believe counter-terrorism policies single out Muslims for surveillance and monitoring. Almost half of those said they were bothered by that.

The survey results coincided with a statement from Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, who said Muslim Australians were "an integral part of our Australian family".

Moving a motion on "equal rights" and racial tolerance, Mr Turnbull told the chamber that concerns about radical Islam should not be dismissed, but instead countered with facts.

"As leaders our job is to explain the facts, reassure citizens and ensure that everything we do is calculated to keep Australians safe," he said.

"The most effective weapon against the terrorists is an inclusive nation. An inclusive nation is a safer nation.

"It enables our security agencies to better protect us. It enables them to secure the support and assistance of the Muslim communities without which they cannot keep us safe."

Mr Turnbull also cited the need for border control, stating that "harmony and security are not mutually exclusive".

He also urged for tolerance for immigrants, saying some have been "we have not always been as tolerant or understanding as, in retrospect, we ought to have been".

Shorten: We are not being 'swamped' by anyone

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten used his address to take aim at divisive comments and "coded statements" by politicians, calling out One Nation Leader Pauline Hanson.

Last month, Senator Hanson used her first speech to claim Australia was at risk of being "swamped by Muslims" and tell those unwilling to adapt to the Australian way of life to "go back to where you came from".

Mr Shorten took aim at the comments today, telling the chamber "there is no place in Australia for extremism, no matter the party".

"In Australia, we are not being 'swamped' by anyone," he said.

"Migrants are not filling our dole queues, or taking our jobs, or clogging up our highways — or doing all three at the same time. Migration is not a cost, or a burden. It is a powerful force for our continuing economic growth and future prosperity."

His latter comments also appeared to address a statement made by Immigration Minister Peter Dutton, who in May voiced concerns that an increase in the humanitarian intake would lead to refugees "taking Australian jobs" as well as "[languishing] in unemployment queues".

Mr Shorten also noted the level of diversity in Parliament, saying that all but five politicians "are exclusively migrants or the descendants of migrants".


Source: ABC News



MEDIA RELEASE: Graham Perrett MP, Member For Moreton

Bipartisan Approach To Racial Tolerance - 20 Years On

The Leader of the Opposition and the Prime Minister showed a rare moment of bipartisanship in Parliament House on Monday.

At the request of Labor, the Prime Minister moved a motion calling for racial tolerance.

The motion was almost identical to a motion by Kim Beazley and John Howard 20 years ago. It was a timely reminder then, as it is now.

As Bill Shorten said in his speech supporting the motion, “Diversity is not a minor inconvenience to be endured, it’s not an artifice of political correctness, it is the collective power of our nation, of all of us.”

“Our local Southside community is proof of the sentiments expressed by my Leader, Bill Shorten; that today’s immigrants and refugees are tomorrow’s community leaders, business leaders, doctors, nurses and teachers”, said the Member for Moreton, Graham Perrett MP.

“Every day as I travel around the community I see community leaders who have made Australia their home. Who are teaching by their actions that inclusion, openness and cohesion are what makes our multicultural community successful. Our community is so much richer for their contributions.

“This motion is a reminder to beware of fearmongering which unfairly demonises minorities. Instead we can choose to embrace the things that bind us and understand the things that threaten to divide us.”


           Post comment here



Islamic Relief Australia and Islamic Care Queensland held an Al-Yateem dinner on Saturday 8 October at the Greek Hall in Mt. Gravatt.


The event was organised to feed, shelter, provide education and medical aid to orphan children in 21 countries around the world.


Imam Ahmad Abu Ghazaleh started off the night with a Quran recitation followed by inspirational and informative speeches by Nora Amath and Imam Uzair Akbar.


The nasheeds, spoken word poetry, buffet dinner and MC, Ali Kadri, ensured that the guests were well-entertained on the night. The evening ended with an auction lead by Hussin Goss.


Through the support of the community, orphan children will receive $75,000 in aid. The organisers were overwhelmed with positive feedback. An attendee left a comment on the 'IR Australia Qld' Facebook Page saying, "Well done on organising this important event. An inspiring, informative evening with meaningful words from excellent speakers addressing the plight of the most vulnerable and deserving."

"The team at Islamic Relief Qld would like to thank everyone who made the night possible. To our wonderful speakers, guests, sponsors and supporters, we are honoured to share the journey of delivering goodness with you," Husna Ghaznavi, IRA spokesperson, told CCN.

There are 153 million orphans around the world. Help IRA create change for a child in need today.

Visit the website for more information on child sponsorship programs.



           Post comment here


A 40' container destined for Syrian refugees in Jordan has been made ready for shipment at the Gold Coast Mosque.


The shipment also contains 181 custom-made wheelchairs donated by the Surfers Rotary Club.


The response was so overwhelming that the organizers are planning to arrange another 40' container which will be available next week.



Gold Coast Mosque thanks Surfers Rotary Club






           Post comment here



(l to r): Hussain Baba (Secretary of ISGC), Gold Coast Councillor Krystin Bolton, Hussin Goss (President of ISGC), Imam Imraan Hussain (Imam of Gold Coast Masjid), Aslam Nabi (Chairman of Gold Coast Mosque Trust) and Asst. Police Commissioner Brian Codd

On Friday morning (14 September 2016) the Gold Coast Mosque held a Ground Breaking Ceremony for the 'Dawah & Youth Centre' which is being constructed alongside the Mosque.


This Centre will house the following facilit1es: Multi-Purpose Indoor Sports Facility; Gymnasium; Revert Program; Alim Training Courses; Hifz ul Quran Classes; Islamic Library; Cultural Centre


Proposed buildings

           Post comment here



Labor MP Anne Aly and Senator Pauline Hanson have met for the first time.

Anne Aly, the first Muslim woman elected to Federal Parliament, says she has found some common ground with controversial Queensland Senator Pauline Hanson.

The Labor MP for Cowan said her office extended the invitation to Senator Hanson, who accepted almost immediately.

Ms Aly and the One Nation Party leader had lunch in Canberra on Thursday afternoon.

Ms Aly told 720 ABC Perth that while she had known they would not agree on everything, they did share common views.

"I understand the things that she's been saying, whatever, and if we can do away with all of that, and let's talk about concerns that we both have around terrorism and around violent extremism and radicalisation and, you know, let's work from that basis as opposed to a basis of being divided on opinions about it," she said.

The pair also discussed what it was like for a first-time MPs, with Senator Hanson starting her first term in the Senate.

Ms Aly said she did not raise Senator Hanson's speech last month, in which she said Australia was in danger of "being swamped by Muslims, who bear a culture and ideology that is incompatible with our own".

"I deliberately didn't raise those comments because when I started the conversation with her around those things, I said, 'You know, I wanted to talk to you because I know we're not going to agree on things and I will call you up if I don't agree on things, I will pull it up and I will speak'," she said.

"And she said, 'I'll do the same for you' and I said, 'Yeah, and I expect that'.

"She would say something that I don't agree with and I'd say, 'Look, I understand where that's coming from but I don't agree with it, and here's why I don't agree with it, and here's some of the research that I've done and this is my experience'."

Ms Aly said the conversation was cut short by a parliamentary call for a division, so she and Senator Hanson made plans to have further discussions, specifically about section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act.

The Labor MP said she also shared a joke with the One Nation leader about how it was possible to put on weight in Canberra, despite spending so much time running to the parliamentary chamber whenever the bells rang calling for a division.

Source: ABC News


           Post comment here



The University of Queensland Muslimah Society was formed 5 months ago and is planning to including new executive members at the coming AGM.


UQ Muslimah membership is open to UQ and Non-UQ members.


Nominations are open to everyone  This includes Muslims and Non-Muslims, Boys and Girls!


"Our only requirements for the 2017 executive committee is to have passion and strong work ethic!"


For more information click here.


           Post comment here



Summer reminds us of the beach and its activities, halal fun and catching up with friends. In other words, ‘AMYN Annual Summer Camp‘!

Australian Muslim Youth Network (AMYN) invites you to be part of our 6th Annual AMYN Summer Camp scheduled end of this year for 3 days and 3 nights starting from Friday 16th Dec to Monday 19th Dec 2016.

Take out the time for this adventurous camp to strengthen the brotherhood and to enjoy the summer activities while having your imaan boosted, speaking from 5-year experience in AMYN summer camp organisation!

Are you ready to experience this year’s AMYN Annual camp InshaAllah?

Activities: Rope activities, Archery, Abseiling, Beach activities, Recreational activities.

Camp Fees: $275 Per First Member of the family, then $250 for subsequent. (Halal Catering included).

Transportation: Make your own way there or car pooling with others.

For reservations, SMS or Call 0414 156 900 or email


For more information click here.





The survey found that women are more concerned about the impact of increased surveillance on Muslims.

It may well be, as recent headlines claimed, that half of Australians support a ban on Muslim immigration, but those wanting a less simplistic view of Australians' attitudes to terrorism and Islam should take a closer look at the latest ANUpoll.

We set out wanting to establish the limits of Australians' support for national security policies in the face of diminishing civil liberties. To this end, we surveyed a randomly, probability-based sample of 1,200 Australians – not people who had signed up to answer survey questions for money – and explored a range of their attitudes.

We found that many adult Australians are anxious about terrorism, and that anxiety leads to support for government policies such as the retention of telecommunications data, and the justification of strict border protection regimes as a counter-terrorism measure.

For instance, 45 per cent of Australians are either 'very' or 'somewhat' concerned about either themselves or a family member being the victim of a terrorist attack in Australia.

More than half – 56 per cent – think the Government could do more to protect such an attack.

Where your views on terrorism fit

These eight questions will help you understand how your views compare to what other Australians think.

Almost half – 46 per cent – believe the Government's counter-terrorism policies have not gone far enough to adequately protect the country, compared with 28 per cent who believe they have gone too far in restricting Australians' civil liberties.

A full two thirds believe the retention of telecommunications data is justified as a counter-terrorism measure. Only one third of Australians believe the measure goes too far in violating citizens' privacy.

We also found that 41 per cent of Australians are not bothered if Muslims are singled out by increased surveillance policies as part of counter-terrorism measures. Elsewhere we found that 71 per cent are concerned about a possible rise of Islamist extremism in Australia. Asked whether current border protection policies are necessary to protect the country from Islamist extremism and terrorism, 80 per cent of respondents agree.

All of these findings – however understandable, surprising, uncomfortable, or even lamentable – represent complex attitudes and outlooks. If we really want to understand community opinions towards national security – and their effects on attitudes towards ethnic diversity, civil liberties, and immigration – we need to look more closely at the data.

We reveal that this is at least partially a story of gender: 51 per cent of women in the sample are concerned about the prospect of themselves or a family member being a victim of a terror attack, compared with 40 per cent of men.

Men, on the other hand, are more concerned than women about the potential erosion of civil liberties by counter-terrorism measures. Almost three-quarters of women – 74 per cent – approve of telecommunications data retention, compared with 65 per cent of men.

At the same time, women are more concerned about the impact of increased surveillance on Muslims. Among those who believe that Muslims are singled out by counter-terrorism policies, 72 per cent of women express either 'a lot' or 'some' concern, compared with 56 per cent of men. Similarly, 75 per cent of women do not think Muslims should be subject to additional scrutiny, a full ten points higher than male respondents (65 per cent).

It is also a story of age, and lifecycle. Older Australians are the most anxious about experiencing a terror attack on Australian soil.


Finally, these findings tell a story of education. As respondents' educational qualifications increase, their concern about a possible rise of Islamist extremism in Australia and support for border protection policies as a counter-terrorism measure both decrease.

However, even the most highly educated Australians express broad support for current counter-terrorism measures. Almost seven in 10 (69 per cent) of respondents with a postgraduate degree believe telecommunications data retention is justified.


One third of this group are concerned about terror attacks, and 62 per cent still express 'a lot' or 'some' concern about Islamist extremism in Australia.

It may be true that one in two Australians want to prevent Muslims from settling in Australia. It may also be in polling companies' interest to incite outrage and indignation.

What we find, in a less incendiary look at Australians' opinions, is that fear of terrorism is genuine and prevalent, and that it leads to widely held but nuanced attitudes towards national security, civil liberties, immigration, and Islam.

ABC News


           Post comment here



Packing a punch: Muslim boxer Raianne Alameddine (in blue) had her first fight last week. She was banned from fighting last year for wearing a hijab

NSW: An aspiring teenage Muslim boxer had to fight for her right to wear a hijab in the ring.

Last year Raianne Alameddine was banned from fighting because her hijab was 'unsafe' and the leggings that covered her knees were deemed to be a hazard.

Having trained months for the bout while juggling school and family commitments, the 17-year-old was devastated to see her hard work wasted.

Despite the setback, Raianne was determined to test herself in the ring and last Saturday became the first amateur boxer in NSW to fight wearing a head scarf.

Speaking to Daily Mail Australia in-between her HSC exams, Raianne described the obstacles she had faced as a female Muslim fighter.

'I signed up to my first boxing match almost a year ago and prepared for four months prior to my fight,' she said.

'However, two weeks before we got a letter saying we weren't allowed to fight if we wanted to wear our hijabs under our head gear, or if we were to wear skins that covered our knees.

'It seems pretty funny when you think about it, because there is no hazard that could come from wearing a scarf or skins, but they said it was ''unsafe'' and the rules didn't allow it.


Determined: Despite being knocked back for her first fight, Raianne never gave up hope of stepping into the ring

'You could imagine our reaction to this - to have trained so hard and for everything to become official, then to be told we weren't allowed to fight because of something we need to wear and can't just take off for a match.'

Raianne continued training in the months that followed and was finally given the green light to have her first fight last week.

She fought in front of a 600-strong crowd in a fierce bout last Saturday, although no winner was declared because it was an exhibition fight.

'Thankfully I was lucky enough to be accepted and was able to fight last week which is a massive relief and thrill,' she said.

'It just goes to show. The fact I came out safe and there were no hazards with me fighting with my scarf on proves it should be allowed all around the world and in every book of rules.'

The Daily Mail UK


           Post comment here



Sydney Cycling Sisters is a group made up of Muslim women from across Sydney.

NSW: A few years ago Cindy Rahal was sitting in a shopping centre with her sister and a friend when a man approached her yelling: "There are so many f***ing Muslims around."

He threatened her with a crowbar before leaving and causing damage elsewhere in the centre.

"He basically stood over me ... and said, 'have you ever seen a crowbar' in a really menacing way," Ms Rahal recalled.

"It was a Thursday night — I thought I was safe.

This incident, as well as other verbal and physical confrontations experienced by her friends, prompted Ms Rahal to start a cycling group.

The Sydney Cycling Sisters are a group of Muslim women who gather for weekly riding sessions.

On Sunday, more than a dozen Cycling Sisters will get on their bikes for their second Spring Cycle race from North Sydney to Homebush.

Their message?

"Muslim women are the same as any other women," Ms Rahal said.

Challenging 'negative rhetoric'

The occupational therapist and mother of four said the "negative Islamic rhetoric" in the past decade following terrorist attacks had scared a lot of people in the Muslim community.

"You watched TV and saw Tony Abbott saying: 'You've got to be on Team Australia'," Ms Rahal said.

"What does that mean? It means there's going to be some people who are not going to be included on this team.

"Even though it's a very small minority that do it, it's enough to scare women.


Cindy Rahal says the cycling group has given the women confidence.

"I found that a lot of women stopped doing things for leisure, like going out and riding a bike.

"Muslims are tired of saying this is not our religion. We are frustrated with not being heard."

It was a sentiment she put to Pauline Hanson during the ABC's Q&A program and accused the senator of proliferating fear about Muslims.

"With this cycling group, we're trying to eliminate some of that fear," Ms Rahal said.

"We're saying we're Muslim women and we're free, we're going to ride our bikes and we're not going to assimilate the way you want us to assimilate.

"It doesn't make us bad people and it doesn't make us terrorists, it makes us people who enjoy life who don't want to be criticised for what we wear."

Ms Rahal said she hoped more women of all fitness levels and ethnic and religious background would join the Cycling Sisters.


Source: ABC News



           Post comment here



Sunshine Coast Muslim community leader Imam Zainadine Johnson has explained how he lives his life by Sharia law.

THE new leader of the Coast's Muslim community has given insight into how he lives by Sharia law while complying with Australian law.

The Sunshine Coast Daily received a number of queries about Imam Zainadine Johnson's connection to Sharia law after it ran a story on his new role on the Sunshine Coast.

Imam Zainadine said he preferred to explain his approach in person but was willing to put it on the record.

"Sharia law teaches that if I have a covenant or contract I must fulfil that contract with whomsoever I deal with whether an individual or a nation," Imam Zainadine said.

"Here my covenant is with the Australian government so I must live my life without breaking the laws of Australia. 

"There are aspects of Sharia law that go against Australian law so according to Sharia law I am not permitted to practice those aspects of Sharia law here in Australia." 

He said this had been the law for Muslims around the world for more than 1400 years.

"Any Muslim who breaks the law here has broken Australian law as well as Sharia law. 

Imam Zainadine said some of the aspects of Sharia law he practised in Australia were fasting during the month of Ramadan, praying five times a day, telling the truth, respecting other people's religions, not stealing, not murdering, not cheating, not committing adultery and not drinking alcohol. 

He said aspects of Sharia law he was not allowed to practice in Australia included cutting off the hand of a thief, whipping Muslims who drank alcohol or stoning to death married men or women who committed adultery.

"These aspects of Sharia are against Australian law so it is against Sharia law for me to do that. 

"Even in a country that does have Sharia law it is the job of the courts and not the local Imam to implement (justice)." 

He said many people misunderstood how Sharia law worked.

"That is why I invited people to come and talk about it as dialogue is always best."

He said section 116 of the Australian Constitution stated "the Commonwealth shall not make any law... for prohibiting the free exercise of any religion". 

"My choice to live my life by Sharia law in this country is not illegal.

"Nor does it affect anyone else's daily lives except in a positive way- that there is one less drink driver, one less ice addict, one less thief, swindler or killer on the streets. 

"My message to everyone is peace and let's live in harmony."


Source: Sunshine Coast Daily


           Post comment here


The Imam of the Gold Coast, Imraan Husain, played in the winning Gazelles team, to take the Plate Finals in the soccer Gold Coast Masters during the weekend.


           Post comment here



The Islamic Council of Victoria's newly elected council members:

President: Mohamed Mohideen; VP: Adel Salman; Secretary: Anam Javed; Treasurer: Ramzi Elsayed; Exec Members: Umber Rind and Ali Abou Zeid


           Post comment here



Grade One'ers (left) Layan Almalki and (right) Jannah Arafeh with Sergeant Jim Bellos keeping a watch over their shoulders.


           Post comment here


An engaging conversation between a Christian Pastor and a Muslim Imam, "Out of Context" is a 14 part Interview series answers pressing questions about Islam and gives valuable insight into the spirit of the faith.

In Part 3 of the interview with Dallas-based Pastor Mike Baughman, Imam Omar Suleiman debunks erroneous interpretations of what has become popularly known as “the verse of the sword” from chapter nine of the Quran, Surat At-Tawba. That verse (loosely translated as “slay them wherever you find them and fight them until they say there is no God but Allah”) was specifically addressing certain bedouin tribes who had reneged on their peace treaties with the Muslims, according to Suleiman. He explains that Prophet Muhammad’s actions contradict this false interpretation of this verse, which is abused in exactly the same way by both the Islamophobes and the religious extremists. 




           Post comment here





HOUSE FOR RENT: ONLY $495 p/week 


Conveniently Located a short walk from Underwood Market Place is this Executive 3 bedroom + study (can be used as 4th bedroom) home which is

available now for Rent


Features 2 Large Lounges, Internal Iaundry, Double Lock-up Garage with built-in storage cupboard. 3 Large Bedrooms all fitted with built in robes and brand new Fans with lights and remote controls. Master Bedroom has large WIR and AC as well as Fan with light and remote control. Upstairs lounge and family area also fitted with Fan with light and remote control and an AC. There are 2 Timber Decked Balconies upstairs and downstairs offering beautiful views to the parklands and stream across the road. Perfect for the coming summer months as the breeze is just beautiful on the decks. Plenty of storage space throughout the home. Kitchen is fitted with cooktop (gas) oven and dishwasher. 


Can also be seen on


31 Kakadu crescent 



Please contact Amina





           Post comment here

Op-Eds; Commentaries & Blogs



Mona Siddiqui speaks to The Religion and Ethics Report.

Listen to the full interview




Mona Siddiqui: Islam in the West is not a simple issue

Most Muslims living in Britain and Australia are neither enemies of Western civilisation nor blameless victims of Islamophobia, a leading public intellectual says.

Mona Siddiqui, the chair of Islamic and Interreligious Studies at the University of Edinburgh, is in Australia to deliver a series of lectures for The Centre for Public and Contextual Theology.

Speaking to RN's Religion and Ethics Report, she issued a call for a more complex understanding of the relationship between Muslims and the liberal democracies they live in.

"I said post-9/11 and the London bombings that what we're seeing is actually the thick end of the wedge," said Professor Siddiqui.

"A lot of things were going on, festering away in these communities that have spilled over into violence.

"But there's also a cultural amnesia in many communities and in much of the media debate that sees this as an isolated thing.

"Why would Muslims want to create havoc in peaceful liberal democracies where they have everything? That is a really profound question which none of us can answer."


The limits of multiculturalism

Once they were living in the West, Muslims felt the only way they could preserve their cultural heritage was "thinking and living only one way", Professor Siddiqui said.

"For decades, nobody interfered with that," she said.

"That's where the problem started, that laissez-faire attitude that the Brits, the Australians and the North Americans have towards multiculturalism: that pluralism is a great thing that everybody knows how to negotiate.

"Actually, it isn't. For it to work, you have to sustain it, you have to negotiate it.

"What does it mean for everybody to be part of the public space? What does it mean to have communities living together?"

Islamic terrorism is Islamic

Professor Siddiqui said there was no denying that ISIS was an Islamic organisation, as their vocabulary was rooted in Islamic terminology.

"Although it's very easy to say any violent jihadist or any ISIS member or anyone who joins ISIS is not a Muslim anymore, simple and simplistic denials of things don't actually move the conversation," she said.

"The problem now is that we're looking at everything from the prism of terror ... so even things that are not linked to violence give off the impression that ultimately they will lead to violence.

"It's become very easy for a lot of Western societies to perceive the Muslim presence as a real threat."

The problem with the veil debate

Professor Siddiqui said her concern about with the veil was that it reduced Islam to a dress code.

"The veil has become this iconic image of everything that the West has struggled against," she said.

"It struggled against segregation, it struggled against inequality. It has tried to create a space of at least some equality where women have autonomy.

"The veil, which was once seen as all the exoticism of the East, is now everything the West detests.

"When my parents came in the 60s, my mother and all her peers never covered their hair. They dressed in cultural clothing. Covering to that extent as a visible sign of piety was not important to them.

"It wasn't until the mid-80s that the hijab took on, and it was in a political context.

"I know these conversations are extremely potent for a lot of people. People are reluctant to politicise them. People [are also reluctant] to see that there are bigger issues in Muslim communities than who covers their head or not." 

ABC News



Islamophobia Will Never Be the New Black

When The Islamic Monthly published an article titled “Islamophobia is the New Black,” I could feel my stomach turn with both rage and disgust. Even before I read the article, I knew it would be another example of those in privileged positions in the Muslim community denying the intersections of being both Muslim and Black. Individuals who hold both of these identities are subjected to anti-Black sentiment within the Muslim community as well as outside of it, while simultaneously being subjected to Islamophobia. Although the editors at The Islamic Monthly have since changed the wording of the title, the issue extends far beyond semantics. The Muslim community’s larger habit of denying the existence of identities of being both Black and Muslim is an act of violence; it is an act of violence to erase our multitude of experiences and trauma.

As a Black Muslim, ethnically Somali, I have experienced an intense amount of discrimination on both levels. I remember my mother (during a period while I was wearing the hijab) telling us to be back home before a certain time — not only because she did not want her children to become victims of Islamophobic attacks, but also to protect my brothers (who love to wear their hoodies) from being killed by another Zimmerman or targeted by the police that patrolled our neighborhoods. As a visibly Muslim woman growing up, I endured the stares of commuters on the train in the mornings, the random frisking at airports and the questioning of my feminism.

I was raised to believe that being Muslim comes before everything else, and so I never thought much of the anti-Black comments that would come from my non-Black peers at the mosque. I didn’t question why our mosques in Boston were segregated by ethnic and racial backgrounds. The casual throwing around of the N-word from Desi and Arab teens did not bother me. The stories that my Desi and Arab friends told me when we giggled about future husbands, when they’d casually say, “My family would never allow me to marry a Black person” — none of these experiences really fazed me. I mean, we were all Muslim, right? What does it matter that the only time Black Muslims were ever talked about was either Bilal (RA) or Malcolm X? We were all Muslim, monolithic in our faith.

As I entered my twenties and chose to remove my hijab, I came to realize that while discrimination based on my Muslim identity was no longer as prominent, the sight of police officers would still make my skin crawl, and the uncomfortable stares persisted. In the uproar of the Black Lives Matter movement, I had to confront my Blackness more than ever before. The microaggressions became more and more pronounced as I became more vocal on the importance of Blackness, and oftentimes those aggressions came from friends and peers — including Muslims. You can imagine the exhaustion I feel when I have to tell privileged Muslims that using #MuslimLivesMatter is unfairly co-opting a Black movement, and then also have to explain why it was appropriate to use #BlackMuslimLivesMatter when a community member was killed by the Boston police. Yes, he was Muslim, but he was also a another Black body that was targeted and labeled as the aggressor instead of a victim.

So here is my point: When a Desi editor decides to write an article called “Islamophobia is the New Black,” it is yet another case of the Muslim community drowning out our voices and our experiences as Black Muslims. Even though the title of the article was changed, its discussion of President Barack Obama and Ahmed Mohamed (the teen who was arrested for allegedly bringing a bomb to school to when it was in fact a homemade clock) dismissed the fact that these individuals are also Black. The article may have been trying to accuse society in the U.S. for its bigotry towards American Muslims, but it has instead actually proven the much more salient point that the wider Muslim community continues to deny Blackness. It’s interesting that Black people and our experiences are brought up only when it is convenient to get a point across, but our voices are silenced when advocating for our own stories of existence within the Muslim community.

The reality is that Muslims are not monolithic. The Qur’an acknowledges our vast diversity, but even if Muslims are forbidden from blatantly discriminating, there still remains the reality that non-Black Muslims continue to be completely ignorant of the reality of the unique Black Muslim experience. Here is what the Muslim community must understand: when it comes to getting a point across about Islamophobia, do not deny the intersections of our identities. Allow us to tell our stories without being forced to choose one over the other.

I am Black and I am Muslim, and my identities exist together. 


Source: Muslim Girl


           Post comment here




To top

           Post your comment here


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 haven't done anything wrong"


Rodoshi Hassan, 21, Sydney, Bangladeshi


I have a lot of bottled-up anger. Every time I see my religion being vilified in the media, I have to look away or shut it down. I want to do something, say something, defend my religion, but I also don't want to have to do something. I shouldn't have to say something. I haven't done anything wrong.


Source: Brisbane Times


           Post comment here







Meet India's Wushu Warrior Girl



These Muslim girls in India are learning wushu to defend themselves amidst concerns of violence against women.

Catch the full documentary, India's Wushu Warrior Girl here -





Lindsay Lohan on the Reactions to Her Reading the Quran



Last year in New York, Lindsay Lohan was photographed carrying a copy of the Quran after her first day of community service in Brooklyn, New York.





Long Story Short: Islam

Huffington Post 



Sharia! Jihad! Hijab! These words might sound familiar to you, but don't judge a Quran by its cover. Wajahat Ali breaks down the misperceptions around Islam.




           Post comment here

To know the future just look to the past


24 of the Most Influential Black Muslims in History


21. Elijah Muhammad (Oct. 7, 1897 – Feb. 25, 1975)

Elijah Muhammad was an African-American religious leader who led the Nation of Islam (NOI) from 1934 until his death in 1975. Working to achieve the NOI goal of improving the spiritual, mental, social and economic condition of African-Americans in the United States, Muhammad’s impact is still felt today.

NEXT WEEK IN CCN: 22. Malcolm X (1925–1965)


Source: Atlantic BlackStar


           Post comment here





Friday khutbah (sermon)

DATE: 14 October 2016


IMAM: Uzair Akbar


Play the recording  




Friday khutbah (sermon)

DATE: 14 October 2016

TOPIC"Hereafter series Qabar " Lecture Two

IMAM: Akram Buksh








Friday khutbah (sermon)

DATE: 14 October 2016

TOPIC"Prophet Muhammad - Peace be upon him"
IMAM: Zohayr Rahman







Friday khutbah (sermon)

DATE: 14 October 2016

TOPIC"The best gift you can give your child"

IMAM: Mufti Junaid Akbar








Friday khutbah (sermon)

DATE: 14 October 2016

TOPIC"“The lesson from the story of Karbala"

IMAM: Mufti Naeem Ali 






           Post comment here


 Barack Obama Just Nominated A Muslim To Be A Federal Judge. That's A First.


Abid Qureshi would fill a seat on the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

WASHINGTON ― President Barack Obama made history on Tuesday by nominating the first Muslim person to the federal judiciary, Abid Qureshi.

“I am pleased to nominate Mr. Qureshi to serve on the United States District Court bench,” Obama said in a statement. “I am confident he will serve the American people with integrity and a steadfast commitment to justice.”

It’s unlikely Qureshi’s nomination to the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia will go anywhere. With just months left in Obama’s term, Senate Republicans have all but stopped confirming his judicial picks.

But the nomination carries a symbolic value: It lands in the midst of a chaotic presidential campaign in which GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump has said that a Muslim federal judge wouldn’t treat him fairly because of his calls for banning Muslims from entering the country. Trump made similarly bigoted charges that a Latino federal judge would be biased against him because he has advocated for building a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.

Muslim advocates hailed Qureshi’s nomination.

“I commend President Obama for taking this important step in continuing to pick the best and brightest from every community to serve as part of our nation’s judiciary,” said Farhana Khera, executive director of Muslim Advocates, a legal advocacy organization. “A judiciary that reflects the rich diversity of our nation helps ensure the fair and just administration of the law, and it is vital for American Muslims to be included. Mr. Qureshi’s profound commitment to the rule of law and justice for people of all backgrounds makes him an exceptional nominee.”

It’s not necessarily a dead end for Qureshi. There’s always a chance his nomination could move in the lame duck Congress, when chaos tends to erupt. And if Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton wins in November, she could very well re-nominate him to the same seat in 2017. There have been rumblings about Qureshi’s nomination for months. He is currently a partner in the Washington D.C. office of Latham & Watkins LLP.    

Huffington Post

           Post comment here



 China’s other Muslims


By choosing assimilation, China’s Hui have become one of the world’s most successful Muslim minorities


CHINA: THE faithful are returning from the haj. Waiting for prayers outside the Great Mosque in Tongxin, a remote town in the western province of Ningxia, Li Yuchuan calls his pilgrimage a liberation: “Our prayers are just homework for it.” His 84-year-old friend (pictured, right) leaps up and twists himself with lithe agility into the shape of a pretzel. “We Muslims pray five times a day,” he says. “We are flexible and tough.” China’s Muslims need to be.

China has a richly deserved reputation for religious intolerance. Buddhists in Tibet, Muslims in the far western region of Xinjiang and Christians in Zhejiang province on the coast have all been harassed or arrested and their places of worship vandalised. In Xinjiang the government seems to equate Islam with terrorism. Women there have been ordered not to wear veils on their faces. Muslims in official positions have been forced to break the Ramadan fast. But there is a remarkable exception to this grim picture of repression: the Hui.

China has two big Muslim groups, the Uighur of Xinjiang and the more obscure Hui. Though drops in the ocean of China’s population, they each have about 10m people, the size of Tunisia. But while the Uighur suffer, the Hui are thriving.

The number of mosques in Ningxia (cradle of the Hui, as one of their number puts it) has more than doubled since 1958, from 1,900 to 4,000, says Ma Ping, a retired professor at Northern Nationalities University. New ones are being built across the province. The Hui are economically successful. They are rarely victims of Islamophobia. Few Muslim minorities anywhere in the world can say as much.

The Hui’s religious practices reflect the waves of Islam that have washed over China. According to Ma Tong, a Hui scholar, just over half of them follow the Hanafi school of Sunni Islam, which was brought to China centuries ago. At the Najiahu mosque south of Yinchuan, Ningxia’s capital, banners adorn the entrance saying “ancient and authentic religion” and “cleave to the original path”. A fifth of the Hui follow the more austere code of Wahhabism brought to China in the 19th century (there are also a handful of more extreme Salafist converts resulting from recent contacts through the haj). And a fifth follow one of three Sufi schools of Islam, an esoteric and mystical branch derided as apostate by hardline Salafists. The Hui’s religious diversity makes it easier for the party to tolerate them. Divide and rule.    



           Post comment here



To top

 Post your comment here


"One who does not read is no better than one who cannot read."

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

Then simply email the title and author to

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 »


           Post comment here


KB says: These delicious bite-size falafels have a wonderfully nutty texture and so much taste and flavour. They are just as good on their own, but I suggest, why not to make a falafel wrap? A wrap full of salad, some vegetables, tzatziki sauce and falafel balls… Yum! Everything sounds so tasty!

If you have never tried falafel, you are missing out on something AMAZING!! This falafel wrap recipe makes a great dinner option or a filling lunch.

Falafel in a Wrap



2 cans chickpeas which you need to drain well and blend.


1 ½ tsp salt
½ tsp pepper
2 tsp baking powder
1/3 cup flour
1 tsp crushed garlic
1 tsp crushed dhana (coriander)
1 tsp. crushed jeeru (cumin)
1 tsp crushed green chillies
1 tab lemon juice

Mix thoroughly until well combined. (I find using my hands the best)

Then separately add 1 small onion (chopped finely by hand) and gently mix in.

Then cover the mixture with plastic wrap and allow to rest in the refrigerator for an hour.

Once the falafel mixture has chilled, shape it into small balls. Heat the oil in a large saucepan over medium heat, and fry the balls in batches, without crowding, until nicely browned, turning as necessary (about 2-3 minutes) and set aside on paper towels to drain.

To Assemble

Heat the Wraps in the microwave for 20-30 seconds, or until warm.


Place desired amount of lettuce on a wrap.


Layer the tortilla with cut up tomatoes, cucumber pieces, grated red cabbage, some slices of red onion, 3-4 falafel balls and some yoghurt but I prefer the Tzatziki sauce.


Roll up the tortilla. Repeat process with the remaining tortillas.

Optional inclusions in the wrap: grilled slices of eggplant or zucchini or any other vegetables you prefer.


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.


           Post comment here


October is Breast Cancer awareness month, ladies


Why not organise a girls night in or arrange a get- together to increase awareness of the disease and maybe even raise some funds for research into the cause and possible prevention.

Take the time this month to have yourself checked & find out what you need to know about breast cancer awareness.

Highlighting the importance of a healthy lifestyle is always a plus - so start making some positive changes to your fitness regime.






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.


           Post comment here


A Mexican was on television with Australian TV host Allied Wally when he used the word "mañana" pronounced manyana.


Wally asked him to explain the word.

He explained the term means "Maybe the job will be done tomorrow, maybe the next day, maybe the day after that. Or perhaps next week, next month, next year. Who really cares?"

The host turned to Jallalludin who was also on the show and asked if there was an equivalent in his home language.

Jallalludin replied : Where I come from, we do not have a word to describe that degree of urgency.


           Post comment here


An Ayaat-a-Week






You be foremost (in seeking) forgiveness from your Lord, and a Garden (of Bliss), the width whereof is as the width of heaven and earth, prepared for those who believe in Allah and His Messengers: that is the Grace of Allah, which He bestows on whom He pleases: and Allah is the Lord of Grace abounding.
~ Surah Al-Hadid 57:21


           Post comment here



"The wound is the place where the Light enters you.”


~ Jalaluddin Rumi


           Post comment here


A Reader's Question

Q: I am spending money on my garden but am not happy with the outcomes.....
My pomegranates (5 years old tree) are splitting and mango (5-6 year old tree) not doing well, most of the flowers fall or then the baby mangoes drop off.
Salam and thanks for your great comments in CCN.


I visited this truly amazing garden and offered some suggestions for future success.

Mango trees:
• They are very susceptible to fungus and the key is to spray with copper oxychloride in late winter.
• It is worth mulching and watering in early Spring then fertilising as soon as the flowers appear. The best fertilisers are superphosphates, chook manure and a general slow release fertiliser. These can be applied generously again when the small fruit begin forming. The trees also respond positively to seaweed solution either sprayed onto the leaves or fed into the root zone.
• Generally, a mango tree will provide a bumper harvest every alternate year.

Pomegranate trees: For fertilizing, treat exactly the same as a citrus tree.

Only allow one or two stems to develop –remove suckers


Fruit rot is caused by excessive damp fungus or fruit fly

Fruit-splitting might be caused by inadequate watering. Fruit can still be eaten if no worms


Send your gardening questions to


You can also contact Ahmed Esat by phone (0404070498) or email ( and visit his blog site.

           Post comment here

I searched for God and found only myself. I searched for myself and found only God.

Notice Board



Click on thumbnail to enlarge



Events and Functions


Eidfest Gala Dinner 29 OCTOBER IMAGC Onsite Fundraiser 30 OCTOBER Hikmahway Hell Webinar 30 OCTOBER Impact of RW Extremism 1 NOVEMBER Salam Hope Fundraiser 4 NOVEMBER AIIC Jalsa Open Day 11 NOVEMBER Connected Women 12 NOVEMBER Dinner with Premier 24 NOVEMBER AMYN Summer Camp 16-19 DECEMBER


           Post comment here


Islamic Programmes, Education & Services


ISOM Flyer-CCN SC Tuition Shajarah Islamic Education Shajarah Islamic Education Australian International Islamic College Holland Park Mosque Hall Hire Slacks Creek Madressah Slacks Creek Mosque Activities Marriage celebrant - Imam Akram High School Subjects Tutoring MCF


           Post comment here


Businesses and Services







See ALL our advertising/sponsorship options

here or email us


           Post comment here


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

To claim your date for your event email





(Click on link)





29 October


Gala Dinner

Eidfest Community Services

Gambaro's Restaurant

0419 025 510

6.30pm for 7pm

29 October



Logan Mosque

Logan Mosque

0406 914 631


30 October


Onsite Fundraiser: Worongary Islamic Centre


2 Alkira Way, WORONGARY

0410 373 399


30 October


Webinar: Description of Hell

HikmahWay Institute




4 November


An Exhibition of Hope


25 Sperling St, ROCKLEA

0422 585 179


12 November


Wheel of Wellbeing workshop

Connected Women

178 Springwood Rd, Springwood

0430 233 773


12 December



BIRTH OF THE PROPHET (pbuh) / Milad un Nabi

17 December


Annual Milad-un-Nabi

Al-Mustapha Institute of Brisbane

Logan West Community Centre
Wineglass Dve, Boronia Heights



25 April 2017




12 May 2017




28 May 2017




23 June 2017




26 June 2017




2 September 2017




22 September 2017







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.


           Post comment here






Algester Mosque 

Nuria Khataam
Date: Every last Wednesday of the month
Time: After Esha Salaat
Venue: Algester Mosque
Contact: Yahya
Ph: 0403338040



Sisters Support Services -  On going Activities


Tafsir Class – By Umm Bilal. Held every Tuesday at 10am - Kuraby area


Halaqah – By Um Bilal. Held every Thursday & Saturday at 10am

( Saturdays  at Runcorn location)


Arabic classes – Taught by Umm Bilal Wednesdays  1 – 2pm Kuraby Masjid

Tuesdays  1 – 2pm  Kuraby area (after Tafsir Class)


Sisters Support Social Group -  1st Wednesday of every Month  - Kuraby Location


YOUTH GROUP- -   Muslimah Girls Youth Group for 10+ Girls

School Holiday Activites  -   Contact : Aliyah 0438840467

Amir Boys Club for Primary School Boys – MONTHLY & HOLIDAY ACTIVITES

Contact :  Farah 0432026375


We also run a volunteers group to assist Muslim women with food rosters and home visits for sisters who need support or are isolated.  We refer Sisters in need for counselling, accommodation, financial assistance and other relevant services.

To join our volunteer group or for any other details for activates please call the numbers below…

Aliyah :  0438840467                   Khadijah:   0449268375

Farah:    0432026375                   Iman :   0449610386



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


Click on images to enlarge






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



Next Meeting


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


Guest speaker - Dr Tim Soutphommasane - Australia’s Race Discrimination Commissioner.

Light refreshments will be available.




For more information and RSVP:

Sergeant Jim Bellos at



           Post comment here

Catch Crescents Community News on


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

post comments on our Wall

start up a Discussion thread

become a Fan


Like our page


           Post comment here


Sunnah Inspirations

Providing information about Islam - its beliefs, culture, practices, dispelling misconceptions

Kuraby Mosque

Holland Park Mosque


Provide young Muslim women in Queensland with support and opportunities to express themselves

MUSLIMS AUSTRALIA / Australian Federation of Islamic Councils (AFIC) Islamic Schools, Halal Services and a whole lot more...

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

Karratha Muslims (Muslims in Western Australia)

Islam TV

Recording of lectures and events in and around Queensland

Muslim Directory Australia

Carers Queensland

Free service for multicultural clients who are carers, elderly and people with disabilities

Brisbane Muslim Burial Society (BMBS)

Muslim Charitable Foundation (MCF)

Coordinated collection & distribution of: Zakaah, Lillah, Sadaqah, Fitrana, Unwanted interest

Islamic Medical Association of Queensland (IMAQ)

Network of Muslim healthcare professionals

Al-Imdaad Foundation (Australia)

Australian Muslim Youth Network (AMYN)

Find out about the latest events, outings, fun-days, soccer tournaments, BBQs organised by AMYN. Network with other young Muslims on the AMYN Forum

Islamic Council of Queensland (ICQ)  

Umbrella body representing various Mosques and Societies in Queensland

Current list of businesses certified halal by ICQ  7 August 2011

Islamic Friendship Association of Australia

Blog of the Association's activities

United Muslims of Brisbane

Crescents of Brisbane's CRESCAFE (Facebook)

Muslim Women's eNewsletter

Sultana’s Dream is a not-for-profit e-magazine that aims to provide a forum for the opinions of Australian Muslim women

Islamic Solutions

Articles and Audio recordings

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)

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 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

iCare QLD (formerly AYIA Foundation) -


Slacks Creek Mosque

Mosque and Community Centre

If you would like a link to your website email


           Post comment here


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


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


           Post comment here

Write For Us

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


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


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


           Post comment here