EST. 2004


Sunday 6 August 2017 | Issue 0665


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Crescents Community News (CCN) wishes all our readers, their families and friends


who are making the Hajj pilgrimage to Makkah and Medina






We wish you a spiritually rewarding and fulfilling journey, insha'Allah






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By Sowaibah Hanifie

An Adelaide photographer has offered a rare insight into sacred sites of Saudi Arabia after secretly capturing his pilgrimage to the cities of Mecca and Medina.

Authorities have traditionally discouraged pilgrims from photographing the two sites, fearing it could detract from the focus of worship and turn the pilgrimage into a tourist attraction.

But as technology evolves with phone cameras and small cameras, some images have slipped through the cracks.



Photographer Mark Zed with his exhibition.

Mark Zed captured his own journey on a mobile phone, slipping it out after performing rituals while the guards in the sanctuary were not looking.

He said he wanted to convey a story of faith born from the harsh environment of the Saudi Arabian desert where Islam's holiest sites are situated.

At the heart of Mecca is the cubical structure, the Kaaba, which is considered the house of God in Islam.

The 1.6 billion Muslims around the globe must face the direction of Mecca to pray and are required to pay visit (Hajj) to the site once in a lifetime, if they are financially able.

Mr Zed said he was nervous before travelling to Saudi Arabia because he did not know what to expect and had found little information on the internet to give him comfort.

"You hear so much stuff in the media and it all seems to be very negative," he said.

"You only hear of horror stories so I was really quite nervous."



The floor area at Masjid an-Nabawi (Prophet's Mosque) is 1.5 million square metres.

Selfies and Snapchat in places of worship

Snapchat stories of Hajj were first posted in 2015 — the first time people outside the faith saw a glimpse of the area reserved for worshippers.



The arches of Masjid an-Nabawi are in classic Saudi style.

Mr Zed said it was not unusual to see people now taking selfies and facetiming family while circling the Kaaba in an ancient act of worship.

He described his visit like being stuck in a time warp as the Government tried to maintain a sacred history but also keep up with the demands of the modern world.

"It's almost like the history of Islamic civilisations is almost non-existent because everything feels new and current," Mr Zed said.

Mr Zed said many of the historical sites, including one the first mosques ever built, had been given little maintenance because the focus was on accommodating the growing number of pilgrims.

"The commercial focus, [in Mecca] I just wasn't prepared for," he said.

"The shopping, the jewellery, the food, it was all very commercially driven ... what was particularly striking was people would come from a 12-story shopping mall to the holy mosque."

"It almost detracted a little from the spiritual experience because it was in such contrast to the philosophies of modesty."

Mr Zed has curated an exhibition of his photos, with which he hoped to balance his romanticised pilgrimage experience with the "sad" story of change.

Medina a more simple affair

About 437 kilometres away from Mecca is Medina, the location of key Islamic figure the Prophet Mohammad's mosque and grave.

He said his experience in the city of Medina was very different to Mecca with less extravagance and a greater emphasis on simplicity.

He said he was brought to tears on first entering the sanctuary of the Medina mosque.

"Everyone heading the prayer all in unison — it was an overwhelming feeling of community when everyone puts aside their culture and political difference to get down to the business of prayer," he said.

"It had a beautiful feeling of tranquillity. You kind of get overwhelmed by the magnitude of people worshipping in one direction."



A lone construction worker prays outside the locked gates of a mosque.


Source: ABC News



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The second of the CoderDojo Crescents of Brisbane sessions commenced yesterday at the Australian International Islamic College with 40 young Ninjas honing their computer programming skills under the guidance of the Crescents of Brisbane Team of volunteer mentors.



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Ali Kadri and Mohamed Elmouelhy

ICQ Spokesperson, Ali Kadri posted a Facebook response to the following Daily Mail article entitled: Islamic group slams halal boss as 'foolish and ignorant' for calling on Muslim men to 'fertilise' Australian women and saying the 'white race would die out'

A leading Islamic group has slammed a halal businessman for suggesting Muslim men need to fertilise Australian women as white men die out.

Halal Certification Authority president Mohamed Elmouelhy has gone to ground on social media since he published an offensive Facebook post predicting Australia's white race would become extinct within 40 years.

The Islamic businessman from Sydney's wealthy North Shore said Muslim men had a duty to 'fertilise' Australian women and keep them 'surrounded by Muslim babies'.

The Islamic Council of Queensland's media spokesman Ali Kadri has condemned Mr Elmouelhy's remarks.

'Mohamed Elmouelhy's comments are foolish and ignorant. Such comments are wrong by any standard and should be condemned,' the Brisbane-based activist tweeted.

Mr Kadri has joined Australian Conservatives senator Cory Bernardi is denouncing the vile comments of the businessman.

'Frankly, I don't want him, his halal racket or his extremist poison in our country,' Senator Bernardi said.

Mr Elmouelhy made his racist comments after Hebrew University in Jerusalem published research which showed sperm counts in men from Australia, New Zealand, North America and Europe had declined by more than 50 per cent in less than 40 years.

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Ali Kadri's post:

Daily mail took my criticism of Mohammad Moueley to another level. My comments were public so I guess i can't complain about it being published in daily mail without my consent.
However I have a lot more respect for Mohammad than I have for say Cory Bernardi who I believe is truly divisive. Mr Mouelhy clarified that his comments were in a context and were meant to be a joke , while I would not suggest anyone to use such language about any race, I take his word for it. But Cory goes out of his way to demonise Muslims and Islam with false information and as a senator he is in much more powerful position than both me and Mr Mouelhy. While Mr. Mouelhy goes out of his way to engage with those who are of non Muslim faith, Cory is busy wasting tax payer dollars in destroying halal exports by demonising it based on the fantasy of it funding extremism, which has been refuted by experts several times.
Do I think my comments were newsworthy, definitely not. Since this particular journalist is trolling my twitter and FB feed, I think he should also report on how I think most of what comes out of Cory Bernardi's mouth is foolish and full of ignorance. Publish that Stephen.



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By Muna Ibrahim

This year marked a significant milestone for IWAA, celebrating 25 years of community service. Today IWAA celebrated this with the community by hosting a Community BBQ at the Karawatha Forest BBQ Area. This was an event for the whole family in a relaxed, friendly environment and proved to be very successful with a large attendance from the community.

The event started with Welcome to Country by Aunty Kerry Charlton, then welcome by Galila Abdelsalam, CEO of IWAA. Acknowledgement was done by Nora Amath for members of Parliament including Duncan Pegg Member for Stretton and former Member for Woodridge Desley Scott. Also in attendance were Management Committee of IWAA, Police Commissioner Ian Stewart, Senior Sergeant Jim Bellos, Gail Ker CEO of ACCES Services and Serge Volescenko, former Chairperson of ECCQ.

There was a variety of games on the day and of course not forgetting the tug-of-war which was won by……….all that can be said is “you should have been there to see it”

Acknowledgements and thanks to the organising committee as well as the volunteers and staff at IWAA for the tremendous work put into making this a memorable event marking IWAA’s 25 years of excellence in community service.



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Gold Coast Mosque graced by Minister's visit

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Minister Grace Grace (Minister for Employment and Minister for Multicultural Affairs) visited the Gold Coast for a morning breakfast.

She took this opportunity to visit inside the Gold Coast Mosque and was taken on a conducted tour of the “Youth & Cultural Centre” which is under construction.

She was impressed and delighted with the progress of the construction and she was looking forward to its opening.

"The Minister was very pleased with our hospitality as well as with the breakfast spread made up of a variety of traditional dishes. I explained to her that there are Muslims in the Gold Coast from over 60 different cultural background," Mr Hussain Baba, secretary of the Islamic Society of Gold Coast told CCN.


The Gold Coast Mosque Community and Cultural Centre has launched a crowd funding page in order to collect funds to help with the construction costs of this new facility.




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Mr Eideh (left) was barred from boarding a plane from Vancouver to Denver

A Victorian MP who was barred from entering the US while on a parliamentary study trip has accused the Trump government of discrimination.

It comes as his Labor colleagues lashed out at the Trump administration over the "extraordinary and unprecedented" events which led to Muslim MP Khalil Eideh​ being denied entry to the US.

Speaking next to a baggage carousel at Melbourne Airport after a 48-hour journey home, a bleary-eyed Khalil Eideh​ also revealed on Saturday afternoon that he had dual Syrian-Australian citizenship.

"I am exhausted, very very disappointed and frustrated," Mr Eideh said.

The MP was blocked from boarding a flight from Vancouver to Denver this week while on a taxpayer-funded trip to study drug policy and injecting rooms.

His parliamentary colleagues had no issues boarding the flight.

"All my colleagues went through and I was blocked from entering the United States", he said. "I have been discriminated against .

It is not known whether the Lebanese-born MP fell foul of the Trump government's travel ban, which bars citizens of Sudan, Somalia, Iran, Yemen, Syria and Libya from travelling to the US.

Mr Eideh described the Trump ban as "totally wrong" but said he was unsure if it was behind his rejection.

"They couldn't find my name and when I gave them my itinerary they said unfortunately it is blocked and we can't let you on the plane and that was it."

Mr Eideh, who is the deputy president of Victoria's legislative council, said he was born in Lebanon and had automatic Syrian citizenship through his parents.

He said he shared this information with authorities before they issued him with a US visa five weeks ago.

He said he had relatives in Syria who he last visited at Christmas. When asked if he supported the Assad regime, Mr Eideh said his loyalties lay with Australia.

Mr Eideh was joined at the airport by Labor Senator Kim Carr, who lashed out at the US government's treatment of an ally.

"Quite clearly, Khalil has been a victim of Trumpism," Mr Carr said.

"We are seeing the chaos that reigns in the US."

He said the incident was unprecedented and he was waiting for an explanation from the US government.

"I find it an extraordinary proposition that a member of an Australian parliament with a valid visa, travelling on an official passport undertaking parliamentary work, can be stopped from entering the United States without explanation," he said.

Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs Penny Wong said Labor was "deeply concerned" that Mr Eideh had been denied entry to the US.

"Mr Eideh is an elected member of State Parliament and was travelling on a valid visa," she said.

"Labor is seeking an explanation as to why Mr Eideh was denied entry by the US."

Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop has asked Australian officials to make urgent enquiries.

"Like Australia, the United States administers a strict entry regime and the decision on who can enter the country is a matter solely for the US government," a spokeswoman said.

Source: The Age



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Fete time is time to have fun at school and what a day!


On Saturday 29 July AIIC held its annual College fete where there was something for everyone. The fete started with a short formal program, a recitation from the Qu’ran by Abdul Khaliq. The College’s Nasheed group in their smart outfits sang the national anthem followed by addresses from Mrs Banwa (College Principal), Mr Mohamed Ali (Chief Administration Officer), Sgt Jim Bellos (School Police Liaison Officer), and Daud Abdullah (President of AIIC P&C). Imam Ahmed Azhari closed the program with a vote of thanks and Dua.

The beautiful winter sunshine kept everyone warm throughout the day and the food stalls quenched our thirst and fed our hunger. It was wonderful to see the support from our school community – the parents, family, friends, neighbours and old students who came along. With plenty of vendors and school stalls (thank you teachers), the fete is a good time to shop for clothes and books, and to try your skill at table tennis, mask making, ceramic decorating and volleyball. This year the bubble football was a big hit – did you have a go?

Each year we try to offer something different, who knows what it will be next year? You’ll have to come along to Fete 2018 to find out.

The end to such a successful day went with a big bang - with a firework display. We will be back next year and thank all our sponsors and the community for their continued support.

We are a school that is growing and going places, come along and join us at our next function.



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The Celebrating Multicultural Queensland grants program promotes Queensland’s multicultural identity, the benefits of multiculturalism, and equitable access to opportunities by people for diverse cultural backgrounds.

The currently opened funding round is for multicultural events and celebrations to be held within 2018 calendar year with funding provided for events that aim to:
• enhance appreciation and recognition of diverse cultures in Queensland
• promote community awareness about the benefits of multiculturalism
• foster positive interaction and cohesion across diverse cultural groups and the wider community
• facilitate increased understanding of cultural diversity and intercultural connections.

The 2017-18 Funding Information Paper for multicultural events, and information about how to submit a funding application are available at here.


Assessment of funding applications is conducted through a merit process with funding allocated to events that best address funding criteria, and can demonstrate strong alignment with funding objectives and priorities.

Should you require assistance in developing an application, you may contact the Grants Access Worker, Mr Mehran Ghadiri, on (07) 3198 2500 or email



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By Andrew Hamilton

 As one of only two Muslims playing in the AFL, Gold Coast Suns defender Adam Saad is flying the flag for his religion as well as his sport


Saad with students from the Australian International Islamic College at Carrara on the Gold Coast

Adam Saad has the knack of making you feel good - he spreads hope, on and off the football field. As one of only two Muslim players in the Australian Football League, the Gold Coast Suns defender keenly feels a responsibility to represent his religion on the national sporting stage. And there is no doubt the AFL relies on him to spread its gospel within his community.

He can't afford to put a foot wrong. Yet he shows no sign of being shackled and when he plays he's as free as a bird. The 23·year-old has electric heels and when he tucks the footy under his arm and goes for a dash upfield, a wave of expectation, from fans of both the Suns and that day's rivals, sweeps through the stadium.

No player has bounced the Sherrin football more often in Saad's three years in the AFL. His tally for this season to date is 70, almost double the number of second-placed Charlie Cameron, from Adelaide. It's a statistic that rarely gets talked about in a game dominated by kicks, marks and goals, but you can bet "Saady" treasures it. Because in the highly structured world of modem football, where sides move the Sherrin along repetitively practised arcs, igniting the after­burners and seeing where it takes you can be liberating.


Footy is meant to be fun and few enjoy it more than Saad, who has become a crowd favourite around the country. Plenty of footballers would do well to take a leaf out of his book. Players who bemoan the increasing demands placed on professional footballers don't have to factor in five daily prayer sessions. Or a month of fasting.

If million-dollar-plus superstars such as the Suns' Gary Ablett Jr or the Sydney Swans' Buddy Franklin feel everyone wants a piece of them, they should spend a day in Saad's shoes. He conducts Auskick clinics at the Gold Coast International Islamic College, is an AFL multicultural ambassador, and conducts his own football and religious education program, the Saad Squad, for young Muslims. He also clocks up the hours al his local mosque, where he has become a mentor in its youth programs.






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Stop telling women who wear burqas to go home... THEY LIVE HERE.

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 DATE: 4 August 2017

TOPIC"Fajr Prayer" PART 2

IMAM: Uzair Akbar



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Muslims and Christians pray together for just peace in Al Aqsa Mosque 




JERUSALEM: Muslims and Christians were gathered together in Al Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem on 27th July. Side-by-side for just peace in the Holy Land. After almost two weeks of tension, violence and killings in Jerusalem. Meetings between church leaders and the Islamic leadership inside the mosque plaza were cheered by the community even amid wafts of tear gas and the rumble of explosives from time to time. Catholic Patriarch Emeritus Michel Sabbah, who was supposed to be heading the Christian delegation, was denied entry through Lions’ Gate and, instead, sent his message.

In solidarity with the Palestinian Muslims, church leaders visited Al Aqsa Mosque, after the removal of all obstacles placed around the Haram al-Sharif after the 14 July killing of two Israeli policemen at one of the gates.       




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Norwegian anti-immigrant group mistakes empty bus seats for women wearing burqas


‘It looks really scary, should be banned. You can never know who is under there. Could be terrorists with weapons”


Users posted comments like ‘scary’ and ‘frightening’ underneath the image Facebook


NORWAY: An anti-immigration group in Norway has been widely mocked after mistaking a photograph of empty bus seats for six Muslim women wearing burqas.

The image shared to private Facebook group Fedrelandet viktigst, which translates as Fatherland first, sparked a furious debate among its members after it appeared to show the seats occupied by women wearing the full-face veil.

But the man who shared the image, captioned “What do people think of this?”, said it was just “a little practical joke” to see how people would react to what was actually a photograph of a bus.

Speaking to WorldViews, Johan Slattavik said the affair had given him a “good laugh”.

“I laid out the photo to see what happened,” he said, adding that he was shocked so many people fell for it.

Users described the apparent scene as “scary”, “frightening” and “tragic”.

One wrote: “It looks really scary, should be banned. You can never know who is under there. Could be terrorists with weapons.”

It comes after Norway’s right-wing government proposed a so-called burqa ban earlier in the year.        


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KB says: This recipe was kindly shared by Fathima Sayed. Served with a salad this could make a very nice light lunch. 

 Mediterranean Salmon Tart 





1 sheet ready frozen shortcrust pastry
1 large can pink or red salmon (drained and flaked)/canned tuna can also be used

⅓ cup sour cream
¼ cup fresh cream
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1 tab. bread crumbs
1 tab. finely cut dill (don't use too much it can be overpowering)
1 tab. finely cut parsley
1 tsp Harissa paste
Salt to taste
Cracked black pepper to taste, about 1 ½ tsp
1 tsp Lemon pepper
1 tsp fresh red chilli
5-6 cherry tomatoes, cut
5-6 pitted calamata olives (black ones), cut in half
3 tab. cream cheese (I used the spreadable one) / crumbled feta may also be used instead


Press pastry into round tart tin, trim edges and pierce with fork. Blind bake pastry in pre-heated oven at 220 degrees for 10 mins.

Combine salmon, egg, sour cream, herbs, bread crumbs and spices and mix together.
Pour on top of baked pastry.

Place olives and tomatoes over and small dollops of cream cheese.
Sprinkle with dry oregano

Reduce oven temp to 180 and bake for 20-25 mins. Switch oven off and leave for 10 mins.
Cut when tart has cooled fully.

To make the filling more substantial, you can add boiled potato cubes or spinach to the mixture.
The cherry tomatoes could be substituted with sun dried tomatoes

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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Self-Care and Clarity of Mind...a weekly column by Princess Lakshman (Sister Iqra )




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Welcome to my weekly column on Self-Care and Clarity of Mind. If you’re taking time out to read this, pat yourself on the back because you have shown commitment to taking care of your mind and body.

Today, In Shaa ALLAH, we will explore the topic: Cultivating Joy In Your Marriage

ALMIGHTY ALLAH enjoins a man and a woman in marriage, a union so beautiful in every way. Admittedly, it is not always a bed of roses. Cultivating joy in your marriage is a daily challenge.It takes unconditional love, dedication, commitment, kindness and tremendous amount of respect and understanding to maintain a joyful marriage.

We may feel that love is the only ingredient in marriage. However, it all starts with respect. Respecting anyone means to have regard for their feelings, rights and wishes. When you respect, you are one step closer to understanding. When you understand someone, there is no room for assumptions or accusations.

Take a moment and ask yourself when was the last time you displayed regard for your spouse’s feelings, rights and wishes? How did you display it?

Having an attitude of respect and understanding is not the same as practising them. It is vital that your spouse actually sees you practising respectful words and respectful actions towards him/her.

Strategies to Cultivate Joy in Your Marriage

1. Look your spouse in the eye when you communicate. There is no barrier when you are together. ALLAH has enjoined you in marriage and permitted you to communicate openly. Looking in the eye when communicating reaffirms your commitment and caring nature.

2. Listen to the reply when she/he speaks. REALLY LISTEN. Do not formulate a response while she/he is speaking. Do not interrupt. Become fully engaged. Curb your urge to correct or argue. You will have your time afterwards to respond appropriately. First LISTEN.

3. Give undivided attention to each other. Multi-tasking is a wonderful skill but NOT when you are communicating with your spouse. No matter how important certain chores or tasks may seem, remember ALWAYS that your marriage is more important than any task you are concerned about.

4. Ask each other this question: “What matters to you most in life?” Understand the response given and honour those wishes. Knowing what matters most to your spouse helps you understand what you can do to fulfil his/her wishes.

5. Speak well about the people who matter to your spouse. You may not get along with all the people who matter to your spouse and that is fine. There is no obligation to get along. However there is an obligation to show respect. If you speak ill about people who matter to him/her, it is hurtful. Causing your spouse hurt will eventually turn the relationship sour.

6. Respect each other’s fears and sentiments. Fear is very real to the person experiencing it. You do not have to encourage it but you need to show sensitivity that it is real to the person experiencing it. For example, “I know it makes you fearful when you think about our new baby. It is overwhelming for both of us. I am with you all the way. I am so pleased that you are trying your very best. That is all that matters. Allah rewards efforts not results. Keep doing your best.”

7. Do not bring up past arguments/ negative events when addressing a new issue. Be clear from the beginning of any discussion that the topic of discussion is to remain a specific one and you both need to respect that rule. For example, if you need to discuss the budget for your next family vacation, it is NOT advisable to talk about how the last vacation was horrible because one of you forgot to book a hotel and ended up staying with in-laws!

8. Thank your spouse regularly for being your soulmate. Expressing gratitude increases positivity in your relationship.

9. Emphasize each other’s good points. Dwelling on mistakes or negative traits will only put stress on your relationship. Instead, acknowledge that you are human hence you have your own shortcomings. Similarly, your spouse may slip every now and then too. Say sorry, forgive and move on.

10. When leaving for work, exchange Salaams and a loving hug. There is no shame in hugging your spouse. ALLAH has enjoined you in marriage and allowed you to display affection towards each other.

11. Spend COUPLE TIME at least once a week where you are by yourselves for a couple of hours to share an activity you both love. This increases your compatibility.

12. Follow ALLAH’s commandment that the husband is the guardian of the family. The wife is created equal and has different responsibilities. Following this commandment increases harmony in the home. Disharmony creeps in when these roles are reversed.

13. Be content with life and however much your spouse is doing for you. Express gratitude to ALLAH. If you want more from life, ask ALLAH instead of nagging or complaining to your spouse.

14. Admire one another. Pay a compliment. Your spouse feels nice every time you compliment him/her.

15. Protect each other’s honour. Guard it fiercely. Do not speak ill of your spouse to another person, even if that person is a close family member. Remind yourself that ALLAH is watching you if you backbite about your spouse. If the matter is serious and your spouse’s behaviour concerns you, seek appropriate guidance and professional help. Speaking ill about your spouse shows your poor character - it doesn’t fix your marriage.

In Shaa ALLAH, next week we will explore the topic: Raising Daughters

If you wish to know about a specific topic with regards to Self-Care and Clarity of Mind, please text or email me or visit If you wish to have a FREE one hour Finding Clarity telephone session, contact me on 0451977786


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Q: Dear Kareema, I’m on track with my fitness journey and am now focusing on improving my diet. Water intake is a struggle at the moment. Any suggestions?

A: Water keeps the body working as it should so it’s a vital part of your diet.


It’s great for the skin and can help with weight loss too. If you’re struggling to make it a part of you’re daily ‘routine’, can try a few different things:

Eat your water - Most people get roughly about 20% of the water they need each day from the foods they eat. Try including more watermelon, zucchini, tomatoes and cucumbers to your diet. They come with some great nutrients too.

Another good idea is having soup every now and then, adding as many veggies as you can for a healthier meal.

Try tea as an option too..




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Mrs. Jallaludin: I have a bag full of used clothing I'd like to donate.

Jallaludin: Why not just throw it in the trash? That's much easier.

Mrs. Jallaludin: But there are poor starving people who can really use all these clothes.

Jallaludin: Honey, anyone who fits into your clothing is not starving...



Apolitical Aphorisms

Politicians are the same all over.

They promise to build a bridge even where there is no river.

~Nikita Khrushchev ~

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Keep up the prayer and pay the prescribed alms. Whatever good you store up for yourselves, you will find it with God: He sees everything you do.


 ~ Surah Al-Baqarah 2:110


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"Opportunities are like sunrises.

If you wait too long, you miss them."

~ William Arthur Ward




Fitria Sari

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Top 5 Non-Dieting Tips

We all know dieting doesn't work because, if it did, everyone would have followed a diet, lost weight and that would be the end of the story.


Diets are often unsustainable, which is why most who lose weight, gain it all back gradually or more.


In order to maintain results, you need to be consistent in making small but concrete changes.

How can you start implementing changes?


See my top 5 non-dieting tips on the blog to help you take the first small steps to a healthier lifestyle.

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Top 5 Non-Dieting Tips

We all know dieting doesn't work because, if it did, everyone would have followed a diet, lost weight and that would be the end of the story.


Diets are often unsustainable, which is why most who lose weight, gain it all back gradually or more.


In order to maintain results, you need to be consistent in making small but concrete changes.

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Assalamualaikum. Shajarah Islamic Kindergarten is in need of your help! The Department of Transport who owns the current premises at 2 Rothon Drive, Rochedale South, require the property to create a new busway through the area. We need to find a new location a.s.a.p.

Going back to the beginning…. Shajarah Islamic Kindergarten was the inspiration of a new Muslimah’s concerns that there was no Islamic Kindy where she could send her son to for the most critical years of his life i.e the 1st five years. (As we are all aware of the importance of the foundation phase in the correct upbringing of our children). She noticed this empty Kindergarten building at No. 2 Rothon Drive and in October 2012 the first Islamic Kindy in Brisbane opened it’s doors to a pressing need in the community. From such humble beginnings up till now, we are pleased to say that through the Rahmah and mercy of Allah we have grown to become an established institution serving the needs of the Muslim community.

In October 2016 we were assessed by the Office of Early Childhood Education and Care and Alhamdullilah we were rated as “EXCEEDING THE NATIONAL QUALITY FRAMEWORK”. We meet all government requirements for the National governing body “ACECQA” as well as the Queensland State Government Office of Early Childhood Education and Care.

Our Service Approval currently includes :-
- An Approved Kindergarten Program for children in their final year before school,
- Long Day Care for 3year olds to school age,
- Before School Care
- After School Care
- Vacation Care for School Aged Children
- A Montessori Program across all ages.

We have 24 childcare places per day. Our Kindergarten is set in a beautiful garden setting and it will be sad to see it go. We even have parents coming from the North side and as far as Gold Coast, braving the traffic for up to an hour just to place their child in our Islamic Kindy!
To date we have approached various organisations and individuals and visited buildings for rental but unfortunately have not been successful in securing premises for our new Kindy.

We beseech anyone who can be of any assistance in helping us to find new premises, renovate if required, and relocate by the 31st December 2017 to come forward and assist us in continuing this humble but integral venture for the future of our children in this environment we find ourselves in.

This is an environment where our children will learn about Allah and his beloved Prophet Muhammad S.A.W., recite their duas and surahs, learn about the 5 pillars of Islam, following the Sunnah, the values of Ramadaan and Eid and go to sleep listening to the beautiful recitation of the Quran or Zikr. …….


Update as at July 2017

Work is progressing according to schedule but still short of funds.
Please donate generously for this worthy project and earn Saadaqah Jaariya.



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5 & 6 August

Sat & Sun

Sura Kahf: Reflections from the Cave: Sheikh Sajid Umar

Al Kauthar




9 August


Turkey after the Failed Coup: A Nation in Turmoil



Calamvale Hotel

3711 4898


10 August


"Dealing with Differences":  Perspectives on Interfaith Dialogue

QIS  & Griffith University

Multi-faith Centre, Griffith University

3711 4898


11 August


ICT and Social Media from the Islamic Perspective


Multi Faith, Griffith Uni (N35)

0421 861 058

6pm to 9pm

12 August


Pakistan Independence Day

QLD Pakistan Assoc


0419 025 510


29 August


QPS/Muslim Reference Group Meeting


Carindale PCYC – 27 Narracott Street, Carindale

3364 4159

7pm to 8.30pm

2 September




6 September


Connecting Communities: A digital evolution at the SBS: Michael Ebeid, SBS CEO

Crescent Institute BRISBANE

BDO Level 10,

12 Creek St, Brisbane


5.30pm for 6.15pm

9 September


Fundraising HIGH TEA

Islamic Relief Australia


0456 426 523

11.30am for 3.30pm

8 September


9 September



Fri & Sat

Eidfest @ Dreamworld



0419 025 510

6pm to 11pm

22 September




14 October


P&C Annual Ladies Night

Wisdom College

Michael's Oriental Restaurant

0435 939 730


25 November


Annual Mild-un-Nabi

Al-Mustapha Institute of Brisbane

Aust. Int. Islamic College, 724 Blunder Road, Durack

3809 4600

3pm to Maghrib



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





Al-Mustapha Institute of Brisbane 

39 Bushmills Court, Hillcrest Qld 4118


Download the programme here.


For further information:
Phone 07) 3809 4600










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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Queensland Police Service/Muslim Community Consultative Group



Date: Tuesday 29 August 2017
Time: 7.00pm – 8.30pm
Venue: Carindale PCYC – 27 Narracott Street, Carindale

As well as Commissioner Ian Stewart, Mark Ryan MP, Minister for Police, Fire and Emergency Services and Minister for Corrective Services has indicated he will attend the meeting. This was arranged after issues were raised at the last MRG meeting.
Please note the change in venue for this meeting.
The agenda will be sent closer to the meeting date.

Community Contact Command, who are situated in Police Headquarters, manages the secretariat role of the QPS/Muslim Reference Group meeting.

Please email with any agenda considerations or questions.


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