EST. 2004


Sunday 28 July 2019 | Issue 0768



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Haj Mabroor






Amongst the first group of Hajjis to head off for Hajj at Brisbane Airport last week


Over the next few days and weeks, groups of men and women will be making the journey-of-their-lifetimes when they fulfil one of the five pillars of Islam by performing their haj (pilgrimage) to Mecca and Medina in Saudi Arabia.


The pilgrimage takes place each year between the 8th and the 13th days of Dhul-Hijjah, the 12th month of the Islamic lunar calendar and incorporates visits to Mecca, Mina and Arafat.


We are reminded of the first Englishwoman to perform the hajj, Lady Evelyn Cobbold, who described in 1934 the feelings pilgrims experience at Arafat.

“It would require a master pen to describe the scene, poignant in its intensity, of that great concourse of humanity of which I was one small unit, completely lost to their surroundings in a fervor of religious enthusiasm. Many of the pilgrims had tears streaming down their cheeks; others raised their faces to the starlit sky that had witnessed this drama so often in the past centuries. The shining eyes, the passionate appeals, the pitiful hands outstretched in prayer moved me in a way that nothing had ever done before, and I felt caught up in a strong wave of spiritual exaltation. I was one with the rest of the pilgrims in a sublime act of complete surrender to the Supreme Will which is Islam.”

She goes on to describe the closeness pilgrims feel to the Prophet while standing in Arafat:

“ I stand beside the granite pillar, I feel I am on Sacred ground. I see with my mind’s eye the Prophet delivering that last address, over thirteen hundred years ago, to the weeping multitudes. I visualize the many preachers who have spoken to countless millions who have assembled on the vast plain below; for this is the culminating scene of the Great Pilgrimage.”


Crescents Community News (CCN) wishes all our hajjis and hajjianis a spiritually fulfilling journey and that they return reborn with all their sins pardoned, insha'Allah.



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The National Council of Women of Qld (Inc) held its annual bursary presentation on 23 July at the Brisbane Girls Grammar School.


The 10th bursary presentation saw 34 bursaries being awarded.

In its inaugural year, the following 2 bursaries were awarded:

* The Hajera Bibi Seedat Emerging Female Leader bursary recipient - Ayesha Tauseef (Sponsored by Saalihah Seedat)

* The Queensland Medical Women's Society bursary recipient - Naseera Naeem (Sponsored by Qld Medical Women's Society)


Ayesha Tauseef (pictured bottom right) plans to use the bursary funds to kickstart her initiative CHADAR and register it as an NGO. Ayesha is looking to create a manual about sexual harassment that can be used world-wide taking into account the cultural nuances and how patriarchy plays a role gender based violence. She wants to feature referral organisations that deal with harassment, psychologists and lawyers in countries starting with Australia and Pakistan; the goal being to make this manual accessible to a global audience. With this organisation she hopes to create and specifically designed workshops (with the assistance of mental health professionals) that focus on for victims/survivors and also workshops that focus on educating people. As part of the bursary award, Ayesha also receives 4 one on one mentoring sessions with Saalihah Seedat (bursary sponsor).


Other bursaries included:
NCWQ Refugee Background bursary recipient - Rahila Abdul Hadi




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The National Unity in Diversity Conference was held in the State Library of Queensland over three days from 24 to 26 July.


It was an opportunity for participants to collaborate and converse over on the themes of identity, cohesion and engagement. The conference brought together delegates from diverse communities, service providers, government and advocacy groups


Amongst the keynote speakers was Dr Nora Amath who spoke on the future of multiculturalism in a nationalist, populist post-truth era. In particular, she identified the need to go beyond multiculturalism, to espouse cosmopolitanism, framed by compassion so that "we can truly relate to "the other" as part of our human family".




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Yasmin Khan


One woman had a window of only minutes to meet a domestic violence support worker, at school drop-off time in a nearby park.

Her movements were being tracked by her husband’s live-in family, who would monitor the time she was away and check her car’s odometer.

Another woman’s marriage was being eroded by her visiting mother-in-law until she accepted advice to take out a restraining order. Other women reported being constantly kept pregnant.

Brisbane-based domestic abuse service Bangle, renamed this month from Eidfest Community Services, is helping women in distress from the Indian subcontinent.

“A lot of these women may be oblivious to the fact that they are actually being abused,” founder Yasmin Khan said.

“Then there are those women that know they are being abused but they’re reluctant to talk about it. A lot of it is around silence and shame and honour and family expectations, community expectations, societal expectations, ‘what’s the community going to say, what’s the family going to say?’.”

She was speaking after The Weekend Australian highlighted the barriers that some migrant women face in leaving violent and abusive relationships.

The women Ms Khan supports have diverse and complex problems involving visa dependence, complicated family relationships, ineligibility for government financial support and a lack of -language skills.

“Each woman’s got a different set of reasons not to talk about it,” Ms Khan said.

Thevagy Radhakrishan, 54, was allegedly stabbed to death by her husband, Sandraseghram Radhakrishan, 58, at a home in Springfield Lakes, southwest of Brisbane, two weeks ago. The Sri Lankan couple had been in Australia for more than 10 years.

The Red Rose Foundation, of which Ms Khan is a director, is due next Friday to hold a vigil at Brisbane’s Parliament House to mark her death, and the separate stabbing death of 27-year-old Juanita Paul at the remote Aboriginal community of Kowanyama last month.

Paul’s partner, Lenfred Leighwayne Tommy, 29, has been charged with her murder.

Red Rose has been holding gatherings for murdered women for 10 years.


“We’ve always been there with the same message — domestic ¬violence is occurring, another person has died,” chief executive Betty Taylor said.
“Our motto is ‘Let’s change the ending’ and I believe we can.

“It’s a tragedy that these deaths are predictable and preventable — we can do something.”

Migrant and Aboriginal women faced extra challenges in getting support, Ms Taylor said.

“No one knows the possibility of lethality until it’s too late. Victims may think, ‘I can manage this’.

“If you are experiencing violence or being threatened, you need to reach out to the various services.”

The Australian



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One of the pioneers of the Muslim community Hussin Goss went to spend some time with Academy Alive to view their courses and to see the new exciting offerings Academy Alive has been developing for the Muslim community.


In August, Hajji Hussin Goss will go live in a tell-all interview to discuss his life story, and how Islam in Queensland has grown over the years.


Follow Academy Alive on Facebook for more information and to keep updated on developments.


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Waleed has been left lost for words during a heartbreaking interview.


Seasoned journalist and TV presenter Waleed Aly has been left speechless during a heartbreaking interview with a distraught father on The Project on Tuesday.

Waleed and co-hosts Carrie Bickmore and Peter Helliar were speaking with Sadam Abudusalamu, an Australian citizen who claims his wife and two-year-old son are currently being detained by Chinese authorities.

A father’s heartbreak
Sadam says he has not seen his wife Nadila in two years as she has been unable to leave Xinjiang province - which means he has never met his baby boy, Lutfy.

After the devastated young father shared his plight on Monday night’s episode of Four Corners on the ABC, he discovered that Nadila had been arrested.

“(At) 3.30 (pm) Sydney time they just took my wife, and (my) two-year-old baby, I don’t know where he is now… she just sent me a message (saying) police just called me, if I can’t come out, please take care of yourself,” an emotional Sadam told The Project.

“Sadam, do you feel like you shouldn’t be talking to us?” Waleed asked.

“No, I have to speak out, I’ve got nothing to lose anymore. Even if I don’t speak out nothing is going to change, so I have to speak out,” Sadam replied.

“I just can’t imagine how hard it is, not having ever seen your son let alone now not even knowing where he is,” Carrie added.

“The last two years have been so tough,” Sadam responded, before revealing that he has trouble sleeping.



 Sadam Abudusalamu (left) and his friend Almas Nizamidin on The Project. Photo: Channel 10.

‘I have nothing’
Clearly moved by the desperate dad’s plight, Waleed - who is himself a father of two - was left lost for words.

“Sadam Abdusalamu, I don’t know. Ordinarily I try to find something I could say to console you. I have nothing,” the Gold Logie-winner admitted.

“There’s nothing I can say at this point except that we’re watching, we will watch with interest, I hope that it turns out in a way that’s far from the worst of the possibilities,” he added.

The plight of the Uyghur population
Sadam and his family are part of a minority ethnic group of Turkic-speaking Muslims called Uyghurs who are reportedly being persecuted and detained by the Chinese government.

It is thought that about one million Uyghurs - potentially including Nadila and baby Lutfy - are being held in large-scale so-called ‘reeducation camps’ in Xinjiang province.

Associate professor James Leibold from La Trobe University also appeared on The Project to call China’s alleged actions “an act of cultural genocide and one of the worst human rights abuses of our time.”

Sadam has issued a public plea for the Australian government to help him bring his family home and his story is being publicised by Four Corners’ Sophie McNeil.

A sliver of hope
Sophie has since tweeted that Nadila has reportedly been released after questioning but told her husband to “stop speaking out”.

Sadam, Sophie claims, “won’t be silenced.”

Foreign Minister Marise Payne told The Project that DFAT “continues to provide consular assistance” to Sadam and his family.

Yahoo! News



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 Jewish community leaders joined Muslim officials in Christchurch, to hand over a million dollars raised in an American city for the victims of the Christchurch mosque attacks.


New Zealand Jewish Council president Stephen Goodman (front left) and Asher Levi Etherington (front right) show Muslim visitors a Torah at a Christchurch Synagogue.


Following the 15 March shooting, the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh raised over $900,000 for Christchurch Muslims.

The act of generosity was inspired after Muslims rallied around the Jewish community when an armed shooter opened fire in a Synagogue in Pittsburgh, killing 11 people in October last year.

At a lunch time ceremony, the New Zealand Jewish Council president, handed over a cheque to the Christchurch Foundation, to establish the Abrahamic fund.

For members of the Muslim and Jewish faith, today's ceremony was much more then just a transferral of money from one faith to another.

It was an opportunity to explore the other's religion, as Jewish and Muslim leaders were taken on a tour of each religion's respective places of worship.

For Canterbury Hebrew congregation member Yasmin Sellars, her first time inside a mosque was an opportunity for comparison.

"I have obviously seen a Mosque in movies and television before.

"All I was doing was comparing how do we do things, and the first thing was there's no chairs!"

Chairs aside, the visits saw Muslims and Jews realise just how many similarities they shared.

Federation of Islamic Associations New Zealand spokesperson, Dr Anwar Ghani's first time in a synagogue, was an experience he thought both communities could learn from.

"The similarities between the two faith groups is just unreal. This is also something we need to be promoting within our own communities, that people should visit places of worship so that we improve understanding about each other."

After their respective visits, both groups joined Christchurch mayor Lianne Dalziel for lunch and the launch of the Abrahamic fund.

During her address, the 30 or so people gathered in the Mayor's lounge collectively nodded their heads when Ms Dalziel said the donation was an extraordinary gift.

"The world will remember the response long after they remember the person who committed this atrocity. They will never forget those whose lives were so cruelly taken on that day."

New Zealand Jewish Council president Stephen Goodman signed the document to establish the new fund.

He said the Christchurch Foundation would allocate the fund's money according to the needs of families affected by the attack.

"The purposes [in the fund] we have defined are not necessarily complete because no one knows what the needs are for the community.

"It is looking long term at things like education, medical needs, counselling, financial advice and planning and also to improve Muslim-Jewish relations."

New South Wales Jewish Board of Deputies chief executive Vic Alhadeff travelled from Australia to deliver close to $70,000 worth of money raised by Jews living in the state.

He said it would have been easy to simply transfer the money but he wanted to send a message with his presence.

"I wanted to come on behalf of the Jewish Board of Deputies to physically stand here and say we did this because we cared. That's why I wanted to come here and have a symbolic presence to show that we are all members of one humanity."

The agreement signed by the Jewish Council and the Christchurch Foundation, acknowledged that any allocation of funds would consider the interests of Muslims.

The foundation would now consult with Christchurch's Islamic community to identify areas where support is needed.




 New Zealand Jewish Council president Stephen Dr Anwar Ghani (red) takes the Jewish visitors on a tour of a Christchurch Mosque.



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A woman roleplays with a type of shroud that is used in natural burials.


Natural burials (not unlike Muslim burial practices) are being offered in Tasmania's north-west after the greenlight from the local council.

The Burnie City Council will allow natural burial within its cemetery, giving people a "more environmentally friendly" way to be buried after their death.

Natural burials involve the use of a biodegradable coffin or shroud, and bodies are not treated with any preserving chemicals.

Burnie Council Alderman Teeny Brumby said the cemetery could now accommodate natural burial alongside conventional burial.

"The legislation in Tasmania was fairly ambiguous on the area of natural burial," she said.

"But we've pursued the director of Health and the director of Local Government to have a letter that gives us permission as a cemetery in Burnie to have natural burial occur."

Alderman Brumby said there were some big differences between standard and natural burials.

"It allows loved ones to be wrapped in a shroud, something that doesn't take a great deal of time to decompose," she said.

"So instead of being buried at a 1.8 metre depth, they're able to be buried at around one metre."

Last year, Burnie City Council voted unanimously for a standalone natural burial site, citing environmental and economic benefits.

A bushland burial site already exists in Kingston in Tasmania's south with coffins made of solid untreated and unpainted timber.

Push for Launceston site
Malcolm Cowan from Natural Burial Northern Tasmania said the group was in talks with the Launceston City Council about establishing a natural burial site.

"We've identified a site with the council that could be suitable within the Carr Villa Reserve," Mr Cowan said.

"By the end of the year we'll have something to put to council."

Mr Cowan said the natural burial process is attractive to people who want to reduce their environmental impact.

"There's no fuss with an expensive coffin. Cemeteries can actually recycle the sites," he said.

"You're returning your body to a more natural state. It's sort of like composting if you like, if you're into gardening."

Natural burials are growing in popularity and there are now several sites around the country.

ABC News



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Imam Nizam ul Haque Thanvi was presented with the 2019 Wellington Award by the Mayor of Wellington, Mr Justin Lester last month in recognition of his positive leadership for the community.

Four Muslims were recognised out of a total of 12 New Zealanders for being absolutely positively Wellingtonians.

Earlier in March Imam Nizam Thanvi at a landmark occasion recited Quran in the New Zealand National Parliament in his most melodious voice on Friday 22 March exactly one week after the Christchurch mosque attacks.

The Muslim community showed strong level headed leadership in the wake of the tragic Christchurch attacks displaying perseverance, understanding and unity.

Imam Nizam Thanvi has been serving the NSW’s Central Coast community for a long time and recently moved to New Zealand attached to a mosque as an Imam.





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Salih Yucel and Abu Bakr Sirajuddin Cook, editors Australian Journal of Islamic Studies




Editors' Introduction (Vol 3 No 3 2018): The history of Islam within Australia is an important, yet often overlooked, part of Australian history. Muslim presence in Australia has helped shape multicultural experience facilitating intercultural dialogue as well as contributing significantly to the development of the Australian nation. However, to date, it has received minimal scholarly attention. There have been significant studies on the engagements of the Maccasans, Muslim fishermen from Indonesia, with the Indigenous peoples of northern Australia. These studies have detailed the cultural interactions and trade between them and the lasting impacts of the inclusion of language foreign to Australian soil. There is also an increasing awareness of Australia’s cameleers, many of whom were Muslims, and the contribution they made to maintaining trade routes and assisting early Australian explorers. Despite the growing interest in the field, the history of Islam in Australia remains an understudied area of research. This rich history dates back further than we thought and has possibly had a greater impact than what is recognised. Given the current political and social climate surrounding Islam globally, it is timely that this volume of the Australian Journal of Islamic Studies is published. This volume brings to light the depth and richness of Australia’s Islamic heritage, challenging some of the prevalent assumptions on the topic, and calls for further studies in this field. Australia has proclaimed itself as being a successful example of a multicultural society. It is a society that has been shaped, and continues to be shaped, by a diverse range of cultural inputs. With this being the case, it is justifiable to ask how and why the contributions of Muslims to Australia have been largely overlooked.

Over the weeks, CCN highlights extracts from the Australian Journal of Islamic Studies which is an open access, double-blind peer-reviewed journal dedicated to the scholarly study of Islam.






ANZAC Muslims: An Untold Story

By Dzavid Haveric, Charles Sturt University



Abstract: When the Commonwealth of Australia became immersed in two World Wars, Australian Muslims accepted the national call –they shed their blood and gave their lives for Australia’s freedom and democracy. With their Australian brothers-in-arms and allies they fought courageously with honour against their common enemies in different battlefields –but this is an almost forgotten history. Muslims in Australia were challenged by Britain’s imperial might and by their status as British subjects and ‘aliens’ to take part in ANZAC showing their commitment to their adopted country.


The virtue of justice, sense of responsibility and loyalty are peculiar qualities that find their full justification in the organised welfare of Australian society. This pioneering article, based on ongoing research on ANZAC Muslims, makes known their unique contribution. It reveals historic facts about ANZAC Muslims who were members of what has come to be known as the Heroic Generation. Although their names have not appeared in history books, they achieved the glory of victory for a better future for new generations to come. Their contribution is part of Australian National Heritage –Lest we forget.



....continued from last week's CCN.....




This article is dedicated to Muslim servicemen and those who had Islamic ancestry along with all other Australians who served in the Australian armed forces –the Australian Imperial Forces (AIF), Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) or the Merchant Navy. By examining fragmented sources, this article provides a preliminary overview on Muslims in the ANZAC forces.


These sources include literature, booklets, academic journals, newspaper articles and online records from the Australian War Memorial and the Australian National Archive. Muslim servicemen fought to defend the Australian nation and the British Empire in World Wars I and II. Like other Australian families, some Australian Muslim families gave their sons to the nation’s fighting forces.


Many of them were descendants of the early Indian, Malay and Arab Muslims who were founders of Muslim communities and mosques. Australian Muslim women also played an important role.


When their fathers, sons, brothers and cousins went to war, they helped the Red Cross and in hospitals. Records exist of Muslims in World Wars I and II who served and/or died for Australia, such as at the Australian War Memorial and the National Archives of Australia.


Muslims living in predominantly non-Muslim countries of the Commonwealth, such as Australia, were seen as loyal British subjects, having duties and responsibilities toward it. At that time, until 1949, the nationalities of most of those who may have considered themselves Australian were in fact British subjects.


Sir Muhammad Iqbal praised the British Empire, in whose realm lived a large Muslim population that enjoyed its freedom, rule of law and democratic principles, which correspond to Islamic values.









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How to Visit a Mosque

Islam is the religion of Peace and Love



This is What Happens Inside a Mosque... How to Visit a Mosque
The Mosque we're visiting is Jama Masjid in New Delhi, #India but the process is the same in all Mosques around the world. I was so shocked by the Christchurch terrorist attack in my home country of New Zealand that I decided to make this video to help people better understand their Muslim brothers and sisters.







Imran Khan's visit to USA

BBC Asian Network



Pakistan Prime Minister, Imran Khan, has left the USA after a visit which aimed to improve relations between the countries.

Here’s a look at his best bits including an eventful meeting with President Trump 















The ten companions promised Paradise

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The Importance of Hajj

OnePath Network



The Importance of Hajj
The Hajj pilgrimage is one of the defining rituals of Islam. Every able Muslim is required to journey to Mecca at least once in their lives’.

Here are five reasons outlining the importance of the Hajj pilgrimage.

1. It is Fard (obligatory) for anyone who can afford and is physically able.
2. It is one of the 5 pillars of Islam
3. All sins will be forgiven
4. It is Islam’s Holiest Site
5. Mt Arafat

Safa and Marwa
Safa and Marwa are the two hills in which Hajar ran in between seven times in search for water for her baby son Ismail, after being tested by Allah in the desert. Therein Allah had blessed her with the miracle of the Well of Zamzam. Muslims reenact this during Hajj by walking in between the hills.





It is the usual policy of CCN to include notices of events, video links and articles that some readers may find interesting or relevant. Such notices are often posted as received. Including such messages/links or providing the details of such events does not necessarily imply endorsement or agreement by CCN of the contents therein.


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Media watchdog’s report into Christchurch shootings goes soft on showing violent footage





The ACMA and media outlets will now have discussions about how to cover violence attacks like that in Christchurch, in future

Coverage of the Christchurch terrorism by Australia’s television channels raised “serious questions” about whether they had breached the television codes of practice, according to the broadcasting regulator, the Australian Communication and Media Authority (ACMA).

However, it has declined to make specific findings that the codes were in fact breached.

Instead, it proposes to discuss with the television industry whether the codes are adequately framed to deal with the kind of material generated by the atrocity, especially the footage from the terrorist’s bodycam.

The ACMA launched its inquiry into the coverage in the immediate aftermath of the March 15 attacks, reviewing 200 hours of coverage spanning March 15, 16 and 17.

It found that no material had been broadcast explicitly showing a person being shot, injured or killed.

However, footage had been shown of

  • a person being shot at

  • a victim who had already been shot

  • the scene inside the Al Noor mosque, where most of the victims were killed.

The report is open to the interpretation that the threshold for violence acceptable for broadcast in these circumstances is footage that does not show someone actually being shot.

That is likely to be a central point of discussion between the ACMA and the television industry in the discussions that the report says will now take place.

The most relevant clause in the existing Free TV Australia code of practice says a broadcaster cannot show material that is likely to seriously distress or seriously offend a substantial number of viewers unless there is a public interest in doing so.









Arab world turns its back on religion – and its ire on the US




Survey of 25,000 people in Middle East and North Africa



Trust in religious leaders decreased in each of the 11 states and territories surveyed bar Lebanon.








Ten years ago, I thought Britain was becoming more tolerant. I was wrong

Autobiography and memoir by Sarfraz Manzoor 



Sarfraz Manzoor recalled the racism of his childhood in Luton in his memoir Greetings from Bury Park. As a film adaptation is released, he asks how much has really changed


 A quest to belong … Sarfraz Manzoor.




The book was welcomed as an insight into the identity struggles for second generation British Muslims. After the 9/11 attacks there had been a spate of books – notably The Islamist by Ed Husain – that sought to understand Islamic radicalisation through personal stories. My story was also about rock music, specifically Bruce Springsteen (one of whose albums, Greetings from Asbury Park, inspired the title), which meant that it attracted readers new to books about the migrant experience.


From a young age, I had sought escape in the work of American writers, television shows and in particular Springsteen’s music. His songs reflected a working-class experience that echoed mine. He sang about fathers and sons with an honesty and empathy that made me reflect on my own relationship with my father.


He also articulated a generous version of American patriotism that suggested the US was an inclusive and welcoming place. In America they hardly knew what Muslims were, I told myself, and had most likely never heard of Pakistan. If life in Britain became unbearable, there was always the US.

And then came 9/11. In its aftermath my love for America waned. In the book I recount a conversation with Amolak, in which we resigned ourselves to the reality being over of the days when Americans barely knew what Muslims were.


Yet, one year after Greetings from Bury Park was published, Barack Obama, then a state senator from Illinois, became the Democratic party’s nominee for president.


His victory that year restored my faith. The Obama presidency was confirmation, it seemed at the time, that in the US anyone could fulfil their dreams, even someone born to a Kenyan Muslim.






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How the Cameleers and Aboriginal culture connected in Australia By Talib Haider


Several Cameleers who came to Australia settled in the outback with Aboriginal peoples.


An undated photo of loading wool at Olive Downs, NSW, c1920. Australia's Muslim Cameleers' exhibition, Dec, 2007 (AAP /State Library of S.A, L. Reynolds) (STATE LIBRARY OF QUEENSLAND)

Historian and museum ethnographer Dr Philip Jones, author of the book, 'Afghan Muslim Cameleers', says it is very interesting how cameleers encountered the Aboriginal culture and became part of Australian history.

Talking to SBS Urdu, Dr Jones says that there were several young men who came to Australia with the cameleers during the 19th century.

“We had young men coming to Australia mostly with their brothers [as cameleers]. But a lot of them were not married or attached [to women back home].

“Many of these men formed relationships with Aboriginal women.

“There are several examples of men forming deeper and long-lasting relationships with Aboriginal women and from these unions came children."

Who were the cameleers?
In the nineteenth century, Australia witnessed a large influx of the ‘ships of the deserts’ (or camels) in their outback.

These camels provided a great alternative for the transportation of goods between several states, cities, and towns in Australia.

Although requiring lower maintenance than horses, the desert animal required special care and handling, and was managed by the ‘cameleers’.

These cameleers came from the Afghan (now Afghanistan) and North Indian region which is now called Pakistan.

Dr Jones has researched and written extensively on camel expeditions that later became businesses in the 19th century.

“Till the 1840s the Europeans weren’t able to reach the centre of Australia or anywhere near it.

“One of the reasons was the fact that horses required watering at least once a day which was the case with bullocks too. So the main reason was the lack of water. Plus they were unable to survive summer months or in some cases winter.

“The camels were ideal for these conditions.

Many of the Europeans came via the Middle East or Indian region at that time. What they realised was that the camels were ideal in the Afghan and Pakistan region’s arid lands.

“In 1850s, there were several expeditions to bring camels to Australia.

“When the camels arrived in Australia, it was realised that it was a highly skilled operation. You needed the skills and knowledge to look after the camels and see their welfare day after day during the long trip of the bush.

"Therefore for every 8 to 9 camels, one cameleer was required.

“I worked with an elderly Aboriginal man whose father was an Afghan cameleer. He also took up the camel business, as they called it.

"They used to take supplies from Marree, which then ahead of the railway line in Central Australia, in the 1890s to Cooper Creek. That was 300 kilometres to the north and used to take him about three weeks.”



An undated handout photo of a cameleer and camel, c1900. - Australia's Muslim Cameleers exhibition, Dec. 12, 2007,Canberra. (AAP /State Library of Queensland)

Islam and the Aboriginal community
Dr Jones says the children out of the unions between the cameleers and Aboriginal women formed a new generation with knowledge about Islam.

“This was a new generation of young men and women who grew up, knowing more or less, about the Quran and Islam.

“They certainly went to Quranic schools and hanged on to that religion probably most of their lives, until now till mid-20th century; some not, but some more than others.



An undated handout photo of a small Koran, part of the exhibition, Australia's Muslim Cameleers, Dec 12, 2007, in Canberra. (AAP Image/Justice & Police Museum)

“What I meant was that Islam had a foothold in Australia from that point, and the very first mosque in Australia was built in Adelaide around 1889 – 90 and opened in 1891." Dr Jones said.

“There is evidence that Aboriginal people were certainly curious about Islam. But because of the strength of their mythological traditions and spiritual forms, was such that Islam really never took off in that period.”

A Baluch Afghan cameleer came to Australia and set up a sheep station in the outback.

In December 1917, Goolam Badoola (in his 40s) married a 16-year-old Badimaya-Yamatji Aboriginal woman whose name was Marium Martin.




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It's 2019 And Democratic Presidential Candidates Are Ignoring Muslim Voters   


Muslim organizers say the candidates' lack of interest in an upcoming gathering reflects a much larger apathy toward their community.


Muslim conference organizers said Joe Biden and Bill de Blasio ignored their invitation, while Kamala Harris and Pete Buttigieg declined to attend.

US: The president of the United States stood tall and proud at his North Carolina rally as the crowd chanted loudly for him to deport Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), one of the first two Muslim women in Congress. Just days before, Donald Trump had doubled down on his racist attacks against Omar and three of her freshman colleagues.

Back in Washington, Muslim organizers and policymakers were busy preparing for a historic moment: what they have called the first national gathering of Muslim Americans in politics.

But there was a problem.

For the July 23-24 conference, not a single Democratic presidential candidate was set to attend in person. HuffPost contacted every candidate for comment. Some replied to note schedule conflicts; others didn’t respond at all.

That apparent lack of interest brings into harsh light what many Muslims say is an apathetic attitude within the Democratic Party toward their community.

In politics, Muslims have largely leaned left –– despite holding many traditionally conservative values –– mostly due to the fact Democrats have tended to be more accepting of them while Republicans have vilified Islam. According to 2016 data, Muslim Americans are the “most Democratic-identifying religious group” in the nation.

But over the last few years, Muslim constituents have also voiced their concerns with the Democratic leadership for not taking a strong stance against Islamophobia. They complain that their communities are only remembered during discussions of national security and terrorism. More recently, Democratic Muslim voters have grown concerned about how the Democratic leadership has treated the first two Muslim women in Congress.      

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Very few Muslim MPs elected in India   


INDIA: The number of elected Muslim Members of Parliament in the just-formed 17th Lok Sabha (House of Commons) of India is only 27 out of a total of 545, which is miserably low considering Muslims make up 14.2 per cent of the country’s population.

As in the last Indian Parliament, there is not a single Muslim MP sitting on the Treasury benches and all 27 MPs have been elected from opposition parties. Prime Minister, Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), won this election on virtually an anti-Muslim agenda, unlike in the last election in 2014 when he promised the country ‘development’ and Islamophobia was a sub-text.

Five years later, even the fig-leaf of development was dropped and the BJP, led by Modi, went all out on a Hindu Nationalist plank, projecting Muslims as anti-national foreigners who would either be suppressed or chucked out of the country if Modi was elected to power for a second term. The campaign worked, and Modi was returned to power with an even larger majority.
Since it first came to power in 2014, the Modi Government has faced allegations of marginalizing Muslims, politically, electorally and socially across the country.

There has been targeted mob violence against Muslims, mostly under the guise of ‘cow protection’, and of the 46 reported cases of murder and lynching in cow-related violence in the last five years, the majority of the victims have been Muslims (see p1).

Of the 1.3 billion population of India as per the 2011 census, Muslim representation in the 17th Lok Sabha is less than 5 per cent of the total composition. There should be at least 70 Muslim MPs in the Lower House. Muslims have always been underrepresented in legislative bodies.

The highest number of Muslim MPs in the Lok Sabha was in 1980 when 49 legislators from the community were elected mostly from the Indian National Congress under Indira Gandhi – interestingly before the creation of the BJP in 1982. Since then the number of Muslim lawmakers being elected has steadily been declining. In 2004 there were 34 Muslim parliamentarians elected when the INC led UPA Government came to power.

However, the outgoing Lok Sabha has had the lowest representation of Muslims since 1952, when only 23 Muslims MPs made it to Parliament in 2014. This time the number has increased slightly by four, but none from the BJP.

The BJP had fielded only six Muslim candidates – three in the Muslim majority state of Kashmir, two in West Bengal in eastern India and one in Lakshadweep, a group of islands in the Arabian Sea off the coast of south India – and all of them lost. In the past whenever the BJP President Amit Shah has been asked as to why the party fields so few Muslims in elections, he has always replied: “candidates are selected on the basis of winnability.”

And it has been proven time and again that no Muslim will be elected to Parliament by BJP voters. The couple of Muslim MPs and ministers that BJP has had over the decades have all entered Parliament through the Rajya Sabha (the Upper House) by virtue of nomination and election by legislators. Muslims have a token presence in the BJP, enough so that the party cannot be accused of being sectarian and Islamophobic.

The states of Uttar Pradesh (UP) and West Bengal, which have considerable Muslim population, have sent six MPs each to the Lok Sabha this time. Significantly, UP, which is the country’s most populous state, did not elect a single Muslim candidate from the 80 MPs it sent to Parliament in 2014. The six Muslims who won in UP this time have been elected through the opposition alliance of the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) and Samajwadi Party (SP) – both regional parties that Muslims and other depressed sections of society normally vote for. They have been elected from constituencies that have large Muslim populations. The same is true of the six Muslim MPs elected from West Bengal.

Jammu and Kashmir, the only Muslim-majority state in India, elected three Muslim MPs, while Bihar, which sent four Muslims in 2014, has sent only two MPs this year. There are three Muslims from Kerala and two from Assam in the new Lok Sabha. Both of these states also have significant Muslim populations.

Professor Gilles Verniers of Ashoka University in Haryana believes that anti-Muslim sentiment stoked by the BJP has led to fewer Muslim candidates being fielded by non-BJP parties. “Fearing being tagged anti-Hindu, the Congress and other parties are refraining from promoting Muslim candidates,” said the political scientist.

What has emerged from the election result is that Muslim MPs will only be elected if they are standing from constituencies where Muslims are a dominant force in terms of sheer numbers and where their vote will not get divided among the various political parties.
The BJP has propagated that Muslims always vote en bloc — which is not the case — and win elections and therefore Hindus must do the same. It is this religious polarization and Hindu consolidation behind the BJP that has ensured a win for the BJP in 2014 and 2019 general elections.        



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Arab, Australian, Other:

Stories on Race and Identity



 Randa Abdel-Fattah, Sara Saleh (Editor)


 Although there are 22 separate Arab nationalities representing an enormous variety of cultural backgrounds and experiences, the portrayal of Arabs in Australia tends to range from homogenising (at best) to racist pop-culture caricatures.

Edited by award-winning author and academic Randa Abdel-Fattah, and activist and poet Sara Saleh, and featuring contributors Michael Mohammed Ahmad, Ruby Hamad and Paula Abood, among many others, this collection explores the experience of living as a member of the Arab diaspora in Australia and includes stories of family, ethnicity, history, grief, isolation, belonging and identity.

Paula Abood | Nokomi Achkar | Michael Mohammed Ahmad | Rooan Al Kalmashi | Ryan Al-Natour | Rawah Arja | Hana Assafiri | Sarah Ayoub | Omar Bensaidi | Sara El Sayed | Asma Fahmi | Farid Farid | Ruby Hamad | Abdulrahman Hammoud | Lamisse Hamouda | Amani Haydar | Miran Hosny | Lora Inak | Elias Jahshan | Nicola Joseph and Huna Amweero | Zainab Kadhim and Mohammad Awad | Wafa Kazal | Yassir Morsi



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CCN's Bookshelf

Islamic State: The Digital Caliphate
No Friend But the Mountains: Writing from Manus Prison
The Baghdad Clock
Saïd the Fisherman
Through The Peacock Gate
English Translation of the Qur'an
Home Fire
The Last Girl: My Story of Captivity, and My Fight Against the Islamic State
The Cambridge Companion to Religion and Terrorism
Refuting ISIS: A Rebuttal Of Its Religious And Ideological Foundations
Islam in Europe
Understanding Sharia: Islamic Law in a Globalised World
From My Sisters' Lips
A Long Jihad: My Quest for the Middle Way
Rusted Off: Why Country Australia Is Fed Up
Step Up: Embrace the Leader Within
The Lebs
British Mosques
From MTV to Mecca: How Islam Inspired My Life
I, Migrant: A comedian's journey from Karachi to the outback

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KB's Culinary Corner





KB says: Roasted fennel and cauliflower soup is a silky, simple soup that packs an unexpected flavour punch thanks to golden roasted fennel.


Roasted Fennel and Cauliflower Soup





• 1 fennel bulb, ends trimmed and cored (reserve fennel fronds for garnish)
• 1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
• 2 Tbsp unsalted butter
• 1 medium onion, diced
• 2 garlic cloves, minced
• 1 head of cauliflower, leaves removed and coarsely chopped
• 3 cups chicken stock or vegetable stock.
• Salt to taste
• ½ tsp green chillies
• ½ tsp lemon pepper
• ½ cup heavy cream (optional)
• *Garnish with reserved roasted cauliflower and fennel fronds

  1. Preheat oven to 200 degrees and line a sheet tray with baking paper.

  2. Thinly slice the fennel and toss with olive oil and lay in an even layer on the sheet tray.

  3. Sprinkle with salt and roast until golden, about 20 mins. (Add one or two cauliflower florets to roast with the fennel for garnish if desired.)

  4. While the fennel roasts, start the soup. Melt the butter over medium heat.

  5. Add the onion and sauté until golden, about 5 mins. Add the garlic and sauté for an additional 2-3 mins.

  6. Add the cauliflower, stock and season liberally with salt. Cover and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and add the roasted fennel to the pot.

  7. Simmer, covered, until cauliflower is tender, about 20 mins.

  8. Puree with an immersion blender.

  9. Add the cream if desired and adjust the seasoning.

  10. Serve garnished with fennel fronds and roasted cauliflower and fennel if desired. 





Baba's Halal Kitchen


(Hussain Baba is the host and chef of *BABA’S HALAL KITCHEN*, a show where he uses his own unique style to cook 'Quick, Easy and Delicious' dishes.)


COOKING Eggplant + 8 Vegetables + Yogurt Mix






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Keeping Fit with Kareema








Dear Kareema, I’m trying to get fit at home as it is too cold some days to leave the house. What can I do to keep fit and healthy without leaving my living room?



Sometimes squeezing in some exercise is a chore in itself.


The best thing about working out at home is that you can do it any time you like and vary the time to suit you.


Staying motivated is key, so do activities / exercises that you enjoy and keep challenging yourself.

Try incorporating some triceps-dips (on couch), push-ups against the wall, leg-raises while watching tv, etc.


Every movement is a good movement, just be mindful of your technique and always brace your abs to protect your back.

You’ll find that you have more energy to keep moving this winter.

Get a personal trainer in every now and then just to change things up and to be sure that you are on track with your fitness. N-JOY!




My Health and Fitness

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





Princess Lakshman


Writer, Clarity Coach, Founder and Facilitator of Healing Words Therapy - Writing for Wellbeing




















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:
Writing Therapy...The Power of Journaling

Writing freely from your heart, without self-criticism or judgment, brings about tremendous emotional, mental and physical release. When you express yourself on paper, hidden or suppressed feelings and thoughts become tangible and you are able to view them objectively. Once you can see and feel things outside of yourself you can understand yourself better and make positive changes. Journaling brings clarity to your mind and vision. Believe it or not, it certainly increases your passion for life. The best thing about journaling is that it is very different from a lot of other healing therapies.

Journaling is all about you and your page. You would only ever write about things that you are ready to face or explore. By recording these thoughts, feelings, emotions, memories, fears, concerns, or anything really, leads to mental detox where incredible amounts of emotional baggage is off-loaded. Before you know it, you begin to experience holistic wellness.

Awesome Facts About Journaling

There is absolutely no cost involved in journaling, except an initial investment in buying a journal of your choice and a pen. Avoid online journaling if possible. We use a different part of the brain when we hand write, which actually helps open the mind. It’s not the same as using fingertips on the keyboard or tapping on your smartphone.
Journaling is a highly self-initiated exercise. Have a daily ritual where you wind down with a hot cuppa and your journal or make it a morning ritual.
Journaling requires no previous writing talent and you can use any language to express yourself. It’s your private space to be yourself.
Your mind is clearer afterwards and you are more aware of your own patterns.
You experience personal and spiritual growth. Knowing thy own self is bliss :)

Journaling Ritual

• Create your special writing space, a place where you are totally relaxed and surrounded by peace, natural light (soft lighting if writing in the evenings), perhaps your favourite essential oils in the burner (Frankincense,Myrrh, and Sandalwood, 2 drops each, make a wonderful meditative blend).
• Clear your mind, take a few deep breaths and relax. Let your thoughts flow freely. Do not let the inner critic’s voice censor that creative flow. Remember, no one has to read your work unless you let them so make the most of this privacy and politely ask that inner voice to “back off!”. Grammar and punctuation are the least of your worries when you are journaling.
• Choose a topic. If that seems too hard then just start to write in the moment…begin something like this…”I’m putting my pen onto paper and waiting for a topic to come into my head. Right now, I can smell / I can hear/I can remember…” You will be surprised how writing in the moment can lead to hundreds of other topics you may want to write about.
• Put every thought onto the page. Start writing words and let them guide you through what you are feeling inside. As you feel the emotions, write them down. Make these feelings tangible.
• Ask yourself simple, everyday questions: How was my day today? Did something happen to me today that made me feel joyful or upset? Did I discover anything new about myself or anyone else today? Are there any unresolved issues in my life? Do I want to say something to someone but haven’t been able to? Why, what is stopping me? What do I fear? What do I rejoice over? What or who hurts me? Why? 

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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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The CCN Chuckle





Jallalludin was visiting his friend, Mula Nasruddin, who had just acquired two new dogs.

Jallalludin asked, "What are their names?"

Mula Nasruddin replied, "That one is Rolex, and that one is Timex."

Jallalludin said, "Whoever heard of someone naming dogs like that?"

"Habibi" said Mula Nasruddin. "They're watch dogs..."

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An Ayaat-a-Week






Allah is never unjust in the least degree: If there is any good [done], He doubles it, and gives from His Own Presence a great reward.


~ Surah An-Nisaa 4:40


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"Australia is generally a very tolerant society...


until its minorities demonstrate that they don't know their place."




The Final Quarter | Waleed Aly




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


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A narrative on engaging the community's Mental Health Issues

This is a FREE event

The growing interest regarding the state of Mental Health (MH) nationally has stoked discussions on how and what the Muslim community is doing to support and resolve the concerns of its community members particularly in regards to addiction and radical behaviourism.

Major factors that influence/cause mental health disorders are social, psychological and environmental. This forum will explore aspects of mental health from a clinical, Islamic worldview and social perspective.

Panel Members:
Dr Riyad Rahimullah - Academic Researcher in Psychology
Aneesa Kathrada - Dept of Education, EQ Mental Health Coach
Ustadh Aftab Malik - Guest Lecturer, Dept of Law, Uni of Sydney
Dr Mohamed Ghilan - Neuroscientist

Brought to you by Brisbane Muslim Conference.
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Located in the hear of St.Lucia and open from 11:00am-9:30PM Daily, Zambeekas St.Lucia is always available when you need it.


Zambeekas St. Lucia opened on the 1st of May 2019 boasting the same delicious flame grilled BBQ chicken flavour that Zambeekas is renowned for.

What started as an inherited recipe of homemade basting sauces from a small town family of the Zambezia Province has evolved into an intriguing range of Portuguese cuisine tempting even the finest taste buds!

Who would have thought the flavours of a small Portuguese settlement in Mozambique in the 1500’s would unite these two vastly different flavours so wonderfully!

This fusion is what Zambeekas is known for.  Pop into our St.Lucia Store and get to know why Brisbane loves Zambeekas!





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At Sisters Support Services Inc we have qualified volunteers who help women in their darkest moments & time of need to empower them to make the right choices for better outcomes for their own lives.

Here are some examples of our cases over the past few months. ALL names have been changed to protect client identities.

1. Aisha, a victim of Domestic Violence came to us for assistance. We assisted her by giving her money to buy clothing and personal items as she left her home quickly and with very little. Aisha has also needed ongoing counselling which she has been receiving from us for the past few months. She was taken to appointments and connected with the right people who helped her start a new life in a safe environment.

“Thank you so much for your help. I am so very grateful. Thank you to Sister Services. Allah bless you all.”

2. Katie, a revert sister with young kids needed ongoing counselling and support as she had not been coping well at home and was not able to look after herself and her family. Sisters Support Services was there for her;
“I can’t tell you enough in words how grateful I am, just by listening to me when I was feeling so low. Life is not looking so dark anymore !”

3. Sarah also a revert sister recently divorced with a young child arrived in Brisbane with virtually nothing. We have helped her with everyday essentials, food supplies & assisted her to find suitable accommodation. Sarah has some health issues & needed financial support with purchasing medications & by being driven to medical appointments by our volunteers.

"So happy with the help I've received from Sisters Support Services."







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27 July



Winter Ball


Susan Al-Maani

Hillstone, Hillstone St Lucia

0433 182 520


28 July



Muslimah Night Bazaar


Muslimah Night Bazaar

ICB, 45 Acacia Rd, KARAWATHA


3PM to 9PM

3 August



College Fete


Australian International Islamic College

724 Blunder Rd, DURACK

0411 045 156

11AM 'til LATE

10 August



Migrant Expo 2019


QLD Multicultural Committee

Multi-faith Center, Nathan Campus, GRIFFITH UNIVERSITY

0435 086 796

10AM to 3PM

11 August





(Day of Arafah)

9th Zil-Hijjah 1440


12 August





10th Zil-Hijjah 1440


17 August



Eidfest @ Dreamworld




0418 722 353

from 6PM

1 September 2019





(Islamic New Year)

1st Muharram 1441


7 September



Family Fun Day


Hurricane Stars Club

Islamic College of Brisbane, KARAWATHA

0432 026 375

10AM to 3PM

14 September



Palmerston Mosque: Fund Raising Dinner



Islamic College of Brisbane, KARAWATHA

0419 738 792


16 November



Annual Milad-un-Nabi


Al-Mustapha Institute of Brisbane


0422 433 074

from 3.30PM to Maghrib




1. All Islamic Event dates given above are supplied by the Council of Imams QLD (CIQ) and are provided as a guide and are tentative and subject to the sighting of the moon.


2. The Islamic date changes to the next day starting in the evenings after maghrib. Therefore, except for Lailatul Mehraj, Lailatul Bhahraat and Lailatul Qadr – these dates refer to the commencement of the event starting in the evening of the corresponding day.



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Al-Mustapha Institute of Brisbane 

39 Bushmills Court, Hillcrest Qld 4118


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Masjid As Sunnah



Every Sunday Quran Tafsir or Islamic Lesson or Arabic Class.
After Magrib
Conducting by Imam Yahia Baej

Children Arabic/Quran Class every Tue-Wed-Thursday after Magrib




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















Queensland Police Service/Muslim Community Consultative Group



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Date: TBA
Venue: Islamic College of Brisbane (ICB), 45 Acacia Road, Karawatha

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Useful Links




HikmahWay Institute HikmahWay offers online and in-person Islamic courses to equip Muslims of today with the knowledge, understanding and wisdom to lead balanced, wholesome and beneficial lives.

Kuraby Mosque

Holland Park Mosque

Al-Nisa 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)

MCCA 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

iCare QLD (formerly AYIA Foundation) - Charity

Slacks Creek Mosque Mosque and Community Centre

Al Tadhkirah Institute Madressa, Hifz and other Islamic courses

Centre for Islamic Thought & Education University of South Australia

Hurricane Stars Club Get Active & Have Fun, Confidently!

Sisters Support Services Programs and activities for women in need ( and 0404 921 620)


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