Located in the heart of St.Lucia and open from 11:00am-9:30PM Daily, Zambeekas St.Lucia is always available when you need it.

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Sunday 8 March 2020 | Issue 0800



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


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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Ms Farah Scott, the driving force behind the Hurricane Stars Club, was presented with The Wonderful Women of Waterford Award, by Queensland Minister for Employment and Small Business and Minister for Training and Skills Development, Shannon Fentiman MP at the  International Women’s Day forum held at Bethania on Friday 6 March.




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"Dinner is served"


The Indonesian Diaspora of Queensland, in conjunction with Rotary Archerfield, hosted a very successful dinner at the Australian International Islamic College last week to raise awareness and funds for the Australian Bushfire and Drought Relief efforts .


The event was themed as an "Indonesian Cultural Night" and was also an occasion to to showcase Indonesian cultures and culinary to the  Brisbane and SE QLD communities.


"We hope that these kinds of gathering also help to build stronger community ties between our two countries, Indonesia and Australia," Ms Fenti Forsyth, whose idea it was to put together the event, told CCN.

Members from different ethic backgrounds and faiths supported the function as did local politicians and police service. Among them were. Councillor Angela Owen (representing the Lord Mayor of Brisbane), the Hon. Consulate General Heru Subolo, the Consulate General of Republic of Indonesia who travelled from Sydney for the fundraiser.


Also represented on the night were the Australian Indonesian Business Council, PRD Real Estate, Aroxa Mining, the Muslim Charitable Foundation (MCF), Muslim Funeral Services (MFS) and many others.

Long-time friend of the community, Mr Gary Hardgrave, held together the packed programme as the MC with the finesse that is his customary hallmark.  

Around 420 guests savoured and enjoyed delightful Indonesian cultures, food, music, traditional costumes and dances.

More than $10000 will be sent to the Rotary Club of Archerfield to manage the distribution of the funds.


"We will coordinate with the Rural Financial Counselling Service (RFCS) to deliver the funds from night's dinner" said Lester Drew, the Secretary of Rotary Club of Archerfield.

Guests were served with Indonesian cuisine that included Nasi Kapau from Padang and Rendeng from the Sumatra Islands.


During the dinner, Balinese music called Rindik was played by the Balinese Community of Gold Coast. A West Papua Dance was performed by Seharum Nusantara of the Gold Coast. A Balinese dance was performed by Sari Pratiwi from the Balinese Community of Gold Coast. Three songs, including Waltzing Matilda, were performed with bamboo instruments by a group from Brisbane. Gemufamire was the last dance of the night and guests joined in the fun and dance to end a fun-filled evening.

The night's success was due in large part to the AIIC, who provided the Hall as a venue, donors who provided the drinks and chicken, and sponsors who covered other costs incurred.


Event initiator and co-ordinator, Ms Fenti Forsyth, thanked all those connected with the fund raiser:

A massive thank you to the committee, Indonesian Diaspora Network Queensland Rotary Club of Archerfield Inc, KJRI Sydney and Australia Indonesia Business Council for the enormous support.

To the guest speaker Mr Jitendra Prasad and all performers: Kusuma Indonesia Community Australia -KICA, Seharum Nusantara Gold Coast, Sari Pratiwi, Bli Dewa (Rindik Balinese Instrumental) and Angklung Anak Brisbane

Also for all volunteers from Australia-Indonesia Youth Association (AIYA) - Queensland Chapter, Ppia Queensland, PIQ, Mbak Tri for the beautiful centrepieces.

Special thanks to our sponsors - this event wouldn't have happened without your support; Australian International Islamic College, IndOz Festival Brisbane, B & A Technologies Aroxa Mining, I-Sale Property Brisbane Rental, ABD Poultry, Sendok Garpu by Bunda Alicia.



The Organizing Committee with The Hon, Consulate General of Indonesia Heru Subolo and Mr David Wijaya (Vice President of Australia Indonesia Business Council of QLD)

Banging the gong to announce the start of the evening's proceedings

Guests joining in on the bamboo instruments



Muslim Charitable Foundation (MCF) Directors Osman Rane (foreground left) and Faisel Essof (right) with Consulate General and the latest published MCF newsletter


Muslim Funeral Services (MFS) Directors Riaz Gutta (left), Dr Iqbal Sultan (3rd from left) and Yusuf Chothia (right) with Consulate General


Hon. Consulate General Heru Subolo,

the Consulate General of Republic of Indonesia

(l to r) Raheema Deen and Dr Asti Mardiasmo Povis


The Rotarians with Cr. Angela Owen and The Hon Consulate General Heru Subolo



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By AIIC Principal, Ms Christine Harman    

AIIC Principal Christine Harman (in red) with College Captain, Ruksana Akter (in hijab)


International Women’s Day is an annual celebration of the incredible, unique and valued contribution women make in our communities.


As the Principal of the Australian International Islamic College, I was honoured to be invited by our Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk, to join her at the UN Women’s International Women’s Day event, held at the Brisbane Convention Centre.

I joined Annastacia, along with our newly appointed College Captain, Ruksana Akter for a morning of inspiration, reflection and humility.


Hosted by SBS reporter Alice Matthews, the event focused on the theme “Generation Equality”, looking at the efforts of UN Women to bring gender equality around the globe.


With over half a billion women world-wide being illiterate, and with tens of millions of girls having no access to an education, this is a cause that is close to our hearts at AIIC.


We know that when you educate a girl, you create a woman who can provide for herself, and her family.

The Australian International Islamic College is fiercely proud of our women and girls, all but eliminating the gender gap in the fields of STEM both in terms of teachers and enrolled students. We not only facilitate, but encourage and support our girls to pursue their education in the field of their choosing. We provide strong, ethical and resilient role models for our girls, not only in the teachers, but in our leaders and within our wider community.

On this, the 2020 annual International Women’s Day, I pay tribute to all women, and the unique roles that they play.

“Here’s to strong women; may we know them, may we be them; may we raise them (author unknown)”



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ICQ president, Habib Jamal and vice president Farouk Adam represent the Islamic Council of Queensland


Following a meeting between ICQ and the Queensland Police Service (QPS) Commissioner, it was decided that a working group would be formed to look at the issues surrounding reporting of harassment or vilification of community members.

The first meeting of the group took place on Thursday 5 March 2020 involving Habib Jamal, President ICQ, Farouk Adam, Vice President ICQ, Mackayla Jeffries, Queensland Human Rights Commission (QHRC) and from the QPS, Superintendent Peter Brewer, Inspector Les Bulluss, Senior Sergeant Joanna Stone and Senior Constable Deb Stewart.

The meeting discussed options and community reluctance to the reporting incidents of harassment to the QPS and QHRC.

The working group will continue to meet to look at issues that the community may be experiencing in reporting. Incidents were raised where reports were being made second hand via community members or organisations and not direct the QPS or QHRC by the person who may have been harassed or vilified. In those circumstances if a person does not wish to report, then it is very hard for an investigation to take place. However, the matter can be recorded for intelligence purposes and it helps to build a picture of issues the community are experiencing.

If you wish to report on cyber bullying or harassment you should do this via the Australian Cybercrime Online Reporting Network (ACORN) at https://www.cyber.gov.au/report

As always, to contact the QPS for urgent matters please call Triple Zero (000). For non-urgent matters please call 131444 or attend your local police station.

To make a complaint to QHRC people can use the online complaint form, or send the details of their complaint to QHRC in writing by post or email. If they would like a hard copy complaint form sent to them, they can contact QHRC on 1300 130 670 or email enquiries@qhrc.qld.gov.au to request this.

If someone wants to report an incident of vilification or discrimination but not make a formal complaint, they can email the details to letusknow@qhrc.qld.gov.au.

If you want to talk to QHRC about whether an incident may be unlawful vilification or discrimination, you can call the enquiry line during business hours on 1300 130 670, or email enquiries@qhrc.qld.gov.au.  QHRC also has offices in Brisbane, Rockhampton, Townsville and Cairns that are open to the public if they would prefer to talk to someone in person.

There is also information on the QHRC website about vilification which may be useful. The QHRC are also happy to come out and speak to people/groups about vilification and discrimination and talk them through the complaints process if they would like more information. 




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Waleed Aly of The Project and The Age is the winner of the Keith Dunstan Quill for Commentary.


The Melbourne Press Club said that his commentaries were intelligent, cogent and balanced, powerful examples of the impact of the personal in illustrating critical aspects of wider issues.




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AIIC primary


Students from primary and secondary are acknowledged and awarded with Student of the Month (SOM) certificates.


Student-of-the-month is an opportunity to award students for trying their best to improve academically and demonstrate good behaviour.

Sergeant Jim Bellos from the Queensland Police Service officially presents the awards to the students of ICB, AIIC and Wisdom College.




AIIC secondary


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Moorooka residents




Minority Cosmopolitanism: Afro-Cosmopolitan Engagement Displayed by African Australians is an academic research paper published by Dr Abdi Hersi (Griffith University and pictured left) et al.





The abstract explains:

This article focuses on the black African Australian (BAA) community in the Brisbane suburb of Moorooka, known as a ‘little Africa’.


Moorooka’s main strip is lined with various BAA-owned shops and restaurants, and with BAAs going about their everyday lives. The suburb attracts negative news stories and is stereotyped as an undesirable ethnic enclave marred by crime, social problems and unemployment.


Yet, Moorooka is also becoming a cosmopolitan destination for visitors to shop, explore and dine.


We thematically analyse qualitative interviews with BAAs to understand their experience of interactions with non-BAAs.


Our research sheds new light on the forms of openness and hospitality we call ‘minority cosmopolitanism’ that arises from the BAA’s experience.


Accordingly, we also highlight forms of cosmopolitan encounters that assist with further understanding of the African diaspora.




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Mr Dylan Chown (pictured left) received a Transformed PhD Commendation Award (marking half-way point) at Adelaide's UniSA 2019 Education, Arts & Social Sciences Academic Excellence Awards.

His research in Islamic education and engagement with Islamic schools in Australia and internationally was recognised for its impact in academic and end-use circles.


Mr Chown (former teacher at the Islamic College of Brisbane and AMANAH Institute) posted:


"Alhumdullilah. For this, I am indebted to the leadership, brotherhood and friendship of Prof Abdalla and our team at CITE.

Especially pleased that this shines light on the incredible work taking place, as well as the collegiality at CITE and School of Education, UniSA. It is a testament to my many esteemed colleagues (including those in other institutions) who offer me tremendous support and encouragement.

A big thank you to you all, especially my superstar supervisors: Prof Mohamad Abdalla, Prof Rob Hattam and Dr Nadeem Memon.

For those who have completed a PhD, or are on the journey like me, you know the road is long – couldn’t do it without the Almighty, my incredible family or the inspiration my former students continue to provide me."



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Ms Naseema Mustapha (pictured left) received the Jane M Klausman Women in Business Scholarship to pursue a Masters program at Griffith University. 


The Jane M. Klausman (JMK) Women in Business Scholarship program helps women pursue undergraduate and master's degrees in business management and overcome gender barriers from the classroom to the boardroom.


The Jane M. Klausman Women in Business Scholarship was established in 1998 from a generous bequest by Jane M. Klausman, a member of the Zonta Club of Syracuse, New York, USA, and the 1990-1995 Zonta International Parliamentarian.

Zonta International is a leading global organization of professionals empowering women worldwide through service and advocacy. Zonta International envisions a world in which women's rights are recognized as human rights and every woman is able to achieve her full potential. In such a world, women have access to all resources and are represented in decision making positions on an equal basis with men. In such a world, no woman lives in fear of violence.



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Academy Alive Update







For years, I dreamed of finding a community, who were actively working for the Akhirah, who were taking actions on the things they said and believed. Rather than just knowing but not doing anything about it and just living their life in the same stagnant rat race as most other people.

I dreamed of finding a community who was conscious of the reality of this life. It is just a passing journey, not a place to stay. I hoped they had realised this and were living and understanding this.

I dreamed of this, desired this, and needed this. I was tired of knowing in my mind what this is and what’s to happen but not actually doing anything, not taking any real action to make a difference. I was stagnant, stuck and afraid.

I know I only have a short time appointed to me by my Rabb, what if I come to the end of it and I have nothing to show for myself? What if I return to my Rabb and all I can say is I knew in my mind what you wanted, but I didn’t do anything about it, I didn’t make any difference. I was terrified of this happening. So I made dua all the time, that’s the best thing I knew to do, (and it works) I prayed to my Rabb to guide me to a people who loved him and who he loved, a people who were actively living out their purpose. I imagined it like the time of the Prophet Muhammad S.A.W, how he brought together a community of people and taught them the meaning of life, showed them the truth, and returned life to their dead hearts through teaching them the Quran which guided them.

Together they spent the rest of their lives on a mission to spread this truth through the world and to give everyone the chance to revive their hearts and experience the joy of knowing their Creator and feeling his love.

I dreamed of a community like that again, in this time, one that I could be part of. But that’s all I believed it to be—a dream. I mean, how could it be real? That was a once in existence thing, that was with the Prophet S.A.W. we are just ordinary people, lost in a world full of corruption, something like that wouldn’t happen again, maybe in my dreams, but not in real life.
And then, after years of dreaming like this and making dua that it might still be possible, I married a man who was part of a little community that’s steadily growing faster and bigger.
And as I sit here reflecting on who these people are and what they are doing and how I feel with them, I realise, I think I found my dream. I think I found my group seekers (as they call themselves, which is perfect).

They are an organisation, or company, or group of people who are on a mission to spread the light of the Quran, to teach people, every person, any person, no matter who you are or where you are on your journey. Their mission (from my view) is to teach and equip us all with the tools and ability to translate and understand the Quran so that it can penetrate and revive our hearts. So that we can start living with purpose and drive and know why we’re here and what we’re meant to be doing.
Becoming a part of this team has been a dream come true, I know that sounds incredibly cheesy, but what else do I say? It is true for me.

Since the first time I walked into the presence of these individuals, I immediately felt welcome and accepted, and…well, as I belonged, which means a lot to me. I didn’t have to do or be anything to prove myself, and I didn’t have to conform in any way to try and fit in, just being me as I am, was enough. In this team, no one is made to feel like they are less valued than anyone else, there is no judgment or criticism; only this sense of love and belonging, family and togetherness.

Everyone wants the best for each other, they are trying to help bring out the best in each other and everyone they can reach. Academy Alive is a place people go to give; it is a place you go to grow and do, its where you take action on the things you say you believe. It’s a safe space to discover your gift and then be able to share that in a beneficial cause. To me, Academy Alive is a place of hope, of light a breath of fresh air. If you are looking to do something worthwhile with your life and you can’t find it anywhere else, you might find what you are yearning for.

Academy Alive
Quran Alive Student




In episode #3 of Imams Corner. Sheikh Uzair and Sheikh AbdurRaheem, focus their conversation on the foundations of faith, the Five Pillars of Islam.




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Real chat with Rita




Opinion by Rita Markwell



FIVE lies from the far right and TWO things our


leaders must call for this week

An analysis of over 41000 posts in 12 far right Facebook groups by Victoria University in 2018 identified 5 false narratives that are repeated separately and together to foment hatred:

1. Muslims are inferior, sub-human, and inherently incompatible with Western liberal norms and values.
2. Muslims are trained by their religion to deceive, infiltrate and populate as part of gradual takeover or covert religious war.
3. Examples of gang violence and terrorism are proof that Muslims are inherently violent and trained to be so by an inherently violent ‘ideology’.
4. Muslims are always playing the victim card to silence criticism and gain preferential treatment in society.
5. Islam is about waging a war against Christian peoples and values, as evidenced by Muslim attacks on Christians overseas and Crusader history. Or Islam is about waging war on secular society.

These messages might be familiar to you because unfortunately they’ve very much allowed to flourish on mainstream platforms. Imagine the impact on our kids.

When the Christchurch anniversary arrives, there will be a lot of reflection and sadness. But it is also one of the few moments where our community will be able to push the conversation forward. There are two very immediate opportunities:

1. Attorney General Christian Porter must include an anti vilification shield in the Religious Discrimination Bill.

2. Social media companies part of the newly formed Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism need to detect and remove extremist material, like those messages above. This has to involve engaging with researchers and community stakeholders.

Online hatred is making us unsafe in Australia. It is helping the world to turn a blind eye to atrocities against Muslim minorities overseas. It is recruiting people towards far right ideology, which endangers our tolerant, multicultural society. In whatever way you can, spread the word and support our advocates to represent this case. Without a call to action, our leader’s words will not take us forward. It’s time for us to step into the fold of problem solving at the national level.




Rita Jabri-Markwell is a Lawyer and Adviser to the Australian Muslim Advocacy Network (AMAN).


She can be reached at advocacy@aman.net.au





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Topic: 'Etiquettes in the Masjid'

In this show Imam Mohamed Ali (Imam of the Gold Coast Mosque and graduate from the renowned Al Azhar university in Egypt) will address questions that you wish answered.

Send your questions to info@BabasHalalKitchen.com



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UK's Muslim News readers nominated illustrious men, women, children and initiatives deemed worthy of short-listing for a Muslim News Award for Excellence. The nominees were short-listed by an independent panel of judges who reviewed, deliberated and mused over the list.


Over the next weeks, CCN presents a shortlisted candidate who will be treated to a gala evening in the presence of their peers and other renowned guests in March, when the finalists are announced for the [15] coveted Awards for Excellence.




The P21 Gallery plays a crucial role in facilitating cross-cultural dialogue between London and the Middle East through the medium of contemporary art.


With many of its events open to the public and free, it is a community space as well as an art gallery.


Through its diverse programming, P21 consistently strives to showcase as many perspectives as possible.


From organizing events promoting Sudanese literature to presenting a selection of artworks from Gaza in Palestine, P21 is committed to challenging the misinformed notion that the Middle East and the Arab world are static and monolithic blocs.


The gallery is committed to experimenting with new ideas and working with new individuals, a case in hand being the exhibition titled Even We Didn’t Go Through It, which presented parallels between undocumented narratives in South Korea and Lebanon.





Serialized - to be continued in next week's CCN.



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This story is part of a special SBS series featuring older Australians looking back on their lives.



Abla Kadous started life in Egypt before moving to Australia and helping set up the country's first welfare service for Muslim women. At 70, she reflects on her career and why she would "never send anyone away".

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The first Muslim women’s service

As is the case for many of Australia's migrants, Abla had a range of jobs when she first arrived.

Eventually, she trained as an accountant.

She married Gamal, a pharmacist, and had five children. The couple now has 10 grandchildren.

In the 1980s, while working and raising their family, she also started volunteering with a group of women to shelter those fleeing domestic violence.

The group saw a need for a formal service, and in 1983 they set up Australia's first welfare service specifically for Muslim women.

Back then, Abla says, such women had few options, finding mainstream services were unable to meet their needs.

"When there were any problems, we would have ladies ring the imam at the time and tell him, 'I have a problem and I don't know where to go'.”

The service emerged from a group of women who attended the Lakemba Mosque.

“So he would call us, the group who started the Muslim Women's Association, and he would ask 'can anyone take this lady overnight, until the morning?'”

The group would house women and sometimes children in their own homes until alternative accommodation could be found.

“Sometimes it happened on the weekend: 'Can anyone take care of her until Monday and we can find a solution for her?' The need was there for those women who did not have anywhere else to go."

Abla says the Muslim Women's Association is still going strong more than 35 years later and has branched out to provide a broader range of services.



These days, much of her time is spent at the IWWA, which she also helped set up.

It relies on donations and some government funding.

"Honestly, working in this centre is my life,” Abla says.

“I have five children and they all say, 'this is your sixth child'."

"I spend nearly every day here. I volunteered for 35 years working for the community, the last 20 being in this place. So it is my house, my second house."

Abla was recently recognised for her volunteer work by the Centre for Volunteering, which named her 2019 Senior Volunteer of the Year.

She does not believe in retirement, she says, and plans to continue with her work until she no longer can.

"I cannot say at any time that this is my last year. I want to be working until the last day of my life. I feel I am healthy enough to do that and everyone supports me."

Along with rowing, she also played tennis and other sports, refusing to be restrained by the expectations placed on others around her.


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The 2020 Muslim 500








“Everyone’s a believer when things are going fine. The real faith is when one becomes patient with tribulations.”


17 – the age when he became Muslim

2008 CE – is the year he co-founded Zaytuna College

Hamza Yusuf Hanson


Teacher and Co-founder of Zaytuna College, USA

Sheikh Hamza Yusuf Hanson is one of the most influential Islamic figures in the Western world. He is seen as one of the foremost authorities on Islam outside of the Muslim world. He is a co-founder and current President of the Zaytuna College in Berkeley, California, the first and only accredited Muslim liberal arts college in the USA.

Islamic Scholar: Sheikh Hamza Yusuf Hanson converted to Islam in 1977 when he was only 17 and spent many years studying Arabic, Islamic jurisprudence and philosophy with some of the Muslim world’s most prominent and well-respected teachers. He spent most of his time in the UAE and then Mauritania, where he met and lived with one of his closest teachers, Sheikh Murabit Al-Hajj. He returned to the USA in 1987 and studied nursing before transitioning to a full-time Imam at the Santa Clara Mosque.

Speaker and Educator: Sheikh Hamza is a much sought after speaker. He has given thousands of lectures to public audiences and is interviewed regularly by the media. He has spread traditional Sunni orthodoxy in the West through his popular speeches and his teaching at short intense study programmes such as Deen Intensive, Rihla and RIS. He has been the inspiration for a whole generation of English-speaking Muslims to study Arabic and Islamic sciences. He has taught and inspired many of them to become teachers in their own right, and more importantly help forge a confident and faithful Islamic identity in the troubling times of the 21st century.

Advisor: He advises on Islamic Studies to several US universities, and is also on the board of advisors of George Russell’s One Nation, a national philanthropic initiative that promotes pluralism and inclusion in America. He works closely with Sheikh Abdullah bin Bayyah and serves as vice-president for two organisations the Sheikh is president of: the Global Center for Guidance and Renewal, and the UAE-based Forum for Promoting Peace in Muslim Societies. He has been called on to give advice by the US government and this has opened him up to attacks from certain quarters of the Muslim community.

Attacks: He has lately been the subject of another sustained and vicious character assassination campaign, mainly emanating from Muslim brotherhood sympathisers. Yet he remains one of the most beloved scholars in the world, and arguably the most intellectually widely-read and formidable Western Muslim scholar in the world. Characteristically he has not defended himself.





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by Salih Yucel


Abstract: İbrahim Dellal (1932-2018) was a community activist and played a pioneering role in establishing religious and educational institutions after his arrival in Melbourne in early 1950.


As the grandson of a late Ottoman mufti, being educated at the American Academy, a Baptist missionary school in Cyprus, clashed at times with his traditional upbringing based on Islam, service and Ottoman patriotism. İbrahim’s parents, especially his mother, raised their son to be Osmanli Efendisi, an Ottoman gentleman.


He was raised to be loyal to his faith and dedicated to his community. I met him in the late 80s in Sydney and discovered he was an important community leader, a ‘living history’, perhaps the most important figure in the Australian Muslim community

since the mid-20th century.


He was also one of the founders of Carlton and Preston mosques, which were the first places of worship in Victoria. I wrote his biography and published it in 2010. However, later I found he had more stories related to Australian Muslim heritage.


First, this article will analyse İbrahim’s untold stories from his unrevealed archives that I collected. Second, İbrahim’s traditional upbringing, which was a combination of Western education and Ottoman Efendisi, will be critically evaluated. He successfully amalgamated Eurocentric education and Islamic way of life. Finally, his poetry, which reflects his thoughts, will be discussed.



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



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Initially, the author was not aware İbrahim wrote poems. It was only by working on his archive that his poetry came to light. He wrote more than 20 poems, mostly in Turkish.


The poems are lyric, allegorical and emotional. Love in the poems is more about God’s love, humanism and nature rather than a lover. He does not neglect epics and imaginary heroism in his poetry.


İbrahim was not just a believer of education in practice, but also his poems. He imagined the idealistic educators in his poems and views them as heroes. For some, it can be considered as utopian.


There is no rhythm in his poetry as they are mainly prose. The quality of his poems can be questioned literally; however, I found them inspirational.


Life is short

Time is limited
We are travelers passing through

Life will end…

In this poem, İbrahim’s focus is on striving hard to do right, be just and live a healthy life.


He ends his poem with accepting destiny.


Also, he feels a strong faith in the Hereafter by saying “the bird flies back to home.”


İbrahim often uses “Life is too short and there are important things need to be done.”


His 20 unpublished poems can be roughly classified according to themes of moral values, the betterment of society and his vision of a bright future.


In the moral category, he focuses a lot on muhabbat (love) of humanity, love he inherited from his parents, a love that is not merely theoretical, but one that is embodied in practice.


The word muhabbat (love) is used frequently in his poetry.


He views muhabbat as an indispensable source of peace and social harmony in brotherhood, which is like a garden with different fragrances, flowers and fruitful trees with various colours living together.


Like the 13th century Ottoman mystic Yunus Emre, İbrahim writes “sevelim ki sevilelim,” which means “if you love, you will be beloved.”


In one of his poems, İbrahim says “love is a power with which to overcome every wrong and a key to open every heart.”

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Op-Eds; Commentaries & Blogs





The Graveyard Talks Back
By Arundhati Roy



2020 Clark Lecture in English Literature, instituted by Trinity College, Cambridge.


....continued from last week's CCN


Meanwhile, the Indian government has passed a new citizenship law that, even if intricately constructed, is blatantly discriminatory against Muslims. I have written about this at length in a lecture I delivered last November, so I will not elaborate on the law now—except to say that it could create a crisis of statelessness on a scale previously unknown.


It is for the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh—the wellspring of Hindu nationalism, and the parent of Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party—what Germany’s 1935 Nuremberg Laws were for the Third Reich, conferring upon it the power to decide who was a rightful citizen and who wasn’t, based on specific documents that people were expected to produce to prove their heredity. That lecture, “Intimations of an Ending,” is one of the bleakest texts I have written.

Three months on, the bleakness has turned into cautious hope. The Citizenship (Amendment) Act was passed in parliament on 11 December 2019. Within days, students rose. The first to react were the students of Aligarh Muslim University and Delhi’s Jamia Millia Islamia. In response, riot police attacked the campuses with teargas and stun guns. Students were ruthlessly beaten, some were maimed, and one was blinded in one eye. Anger has now spread to campuses across the country and spilled over into the streets.


Outraged citizens, led from the front by students and Muslim women, have occupied public squares and blocked roads for weeks together. The Hindu Right—which lavishes enormous energy on stigmatising the Muslim man as a woman-hating, terrorist jihadi, and even offers itself up as the saviour of Muslim women—is a little confounded by this brilliant, articulate and very female anger. In Delhi’s now iconic Shaheen Bagh protest, thousands, tens of thousands, and sometimes a hundred thousand people, have blocked a major road for almost two months.


This has spawned mini Shaheen Baghs across the country. Millions are on the street, taking back their country, waving the Indian flag, pledging to uphold the Indian Constitution and reading out its preamble, which says India is a secular, socialist republic.



Serialized - to be continued in next week's CCN


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 How to avoid Coronavirus - Ertugrul style




Keep calm and say 'Eyvallah'. Avoid Coronavirus and stay safe.








Maiden speech: Labour MP Zarah Sultana


A new Labour MP sparked fury among her colleagues after using her maiden Commons speech to bash former prime minister Tony Blair.




Interview with Zarah Sultana



Aaron Bastani is joined by UK Labour MP Zarah Sultana to discuss life in parliament, her political background and what next for Labour.







 Did African Muslims Reach America Before Columbus?












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To know the future just look to the past


Australia's Afghan cameleers' forgotten history revived by their living relatives


City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder historian Tim Moore with a book about Australia's cameleers.

....continued from last week's CCN


History erased
Once mechanisation was introduced there was no need for camels anymore.

By the late 1920s, the Afghans began packing up their camps and leaving Australia.
Despite their massive influence on the region there is hardly any evidence of the cameleers' presence in the Goldfields.

"Once they leave, everything disappears," Mr Moore said.

"[There were] child's shoes, a copy of the Koran, and some articles of clothing. Otherwise you wouldn't actually know there was an Afghan population here during the gold rush period."

The mosque was also pulled down. The only remnant is a crescent moon at the top of the rotunda on the gazebo in Kalgoorlie's Hammond Park.


The crescent moon on top of the Hammond Park gazebo in Kalgoorlie came from the mosque in Coolgardie. (ABC Goldfields-Esperance: Madison Snow )


Long history of the Australian mosque
Mosques are part of our suburban landscape, and those opposed to their building do not recognise their long history here or potential to support Australian ideals, writes Sam Bowker.

The mosque was also pulled down. The only remnant is a crescent moon at the top of the rotunda on the gazebo in Kalgoorlie's Hammond Park.


Noel McKay runs Coolgardie Camel Farm where you will find a makeshift museum inside a big green tin shed, and five friendly camels who are always keen for a scratch and a yarn.

Mr McKay said something that remained as a permanent reminder of the cameleers' presence in the Goldfields were the wide roads.

"If you have a heavy load on a camel you can't turn very sharply," he said.

"You need a wide turning circle for a heavily-loaded camel, otherwise it might dislocate his shoulders or head."

Mr McKay said people in the Goldfields owed a lot to the cameleers and their camels.

"Without them there would have been a lot more holes in the cemetery out there," Mr McKay said.


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Friday lecture (sermon)

DATE: 6 March 2020

TOPIC: "Light up your grave"

IMAM: Ahmad Abu Ghazaleh










Listen live with the TuneIn app at http://tun.in/sfw8Z


Friday lecture (sermon)

DATE: 6 March 2020

TOPIC: "International Women's Day"
IMAM: Ahmed Naffa












Friday lecture (sermon)

 DATE: 6 March 2020

TOPIC: "Quality of Actions Part 8"

IMAM: Uzair Akbar














Friday lecture (sermon)

DATE: 6 March 2020


IMAM: Akram Buksh










Friday lecture (sermon)

DATE: 6 March 2020

TOPIC: "What is it for us?"

IMAM: Mufti Junaid Akbar


Lecture Recording









Friday lecture (sermon)

DATE: 6 March 2020

TOPIC: "Learn and understand the meaning of Emaan"

IMAM: Moulana Hafiz Rashid Ali (visiting Imam)









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Brisbane CBD new Salaah facility

Venue: 1st floor, 138 Albert Street, Brisbane

1st session :  12:20 PM

2nd session : 12:50 PM

At present, there are STRICTLY NO wudhu facilities at the premises, so in the interim, brothers are requested to perform their wudhu prior to coming through for salaah








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



website: http://www.princesslakshman.com


email: info@princesslakshman.com












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





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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:
Why Trying To Change Someone Else NEVER Works...Change Comes From Within

Several years ago, when I was in the process of analysing my behavioural patterns to make sense of my life, I realised that the reason I was stuck for a decade in a marriage that was violent was that I was putting all my energy into trying to change someone else (the man I was married to at the time). Never once did I reflect on my own thoughts, words, actions and patterns to understand that that man was not the maker and destroyer of my happiness...I was, through my own choices and through my resistance to submitting to ALLAH. Mind you, at the time I wasn’t Muslim so I didn’t quite understand what submission to my creator meant.

Trying to change someone else always backfires because there is this sense of control that we assume over another. There is never harmony in a home where there are people trying to control others. It’s an oppressive nature to control. How many times have you heard people say “I’ve tried everything to make him/her change but they just won’t listen”? Well, the key is to become the change yourself. Changing yourself will require you to respect and understand and love yourself. Playing victim is not the solution. Placing blame on another keeps you stuck in your self-imposed prison. You can walk out of this prison by changing your mindset from blame to responsibility. Stop blaming, start taking responsibility for your own thoughts, words and deeds.

Once I realised my own patterns, I was aware of what I deserved in life. The moment I became aware of my self-worth, I realised that what I thought I deserved was false and based on fears and insecurities, such as, if I leave him, who will marry me? Who will ever love me? I can’t have a failed marriage. All these dark, fearful thoughts shackled me into believing that the circumstances I was living in was what I truly deserved. It was only after realising that I am a pure soul temporarily dwelling in this body and that I had a purpose in my life that I gathered the courage to end the repetitive cycle of attracting, condoning, perpetuating and justifying violence in my life.

Steps On Becoming The Change You Want To See In Others

Be honest when filling out this table. Be willing to change. Be willing to learn from your patterns. Be willing to change your mindset from blame to responsibility.


1. Identify what is hurting you, who is hurting you.  
2. Identify why you feel you deserve to be hurt in that way.  
3. Identify what behaviours about others affect you.  
4. Identify what behaviours in you match those same behaviours you dislike in others.  
5. Identify what feelings of fear you have regarding your relationships, your job, your financial security.  
6. What have you learnt from identifying your patterns so far?  
7. What do you want to change about yourself?  
8. How do you want to change? Give yourself achievable, realistic goals. (Contact me if you need help in understanding your patterns)  

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CCN Readers' Book Club: You are what you read!









Creation of Earth and Origins of Life: Allah's Narrative



Masood Ahmed




About the Author


The author is a student of religions. In his mid-thirties, he is inclined to tackle challenges facing theology. Bred of Abrahamic belief system he has a thought-provoking grasp on Biblical and Islamic narratives. Well versed in undertaking clear analysis of the language of the Quran. He is a Mechanical Engineering and has enjoyed a long season of practice in designing commercial aircraft structures. He is now discovering writing to advance the cause of God is his greatest passion.


"I immigrated as a skilled migrant with aerospace engineering skills. Now a citizen of Australia, in my six years of living in Adelaide, I have been a short-lived member of the ALP Port Adelaide branch. Presently, I am an active member of the Toastmasters club and the Rostrum club for public speaking. Since stepping my foot on the bushland I became involved with the skeptics' community in Adelaide, this sparked a series of discourses to identify objective evidence and its substantiation for purpose-based inquiry. This is a relationship that has resulted in three different books and is ongoing."




It is vital that scientific literature around the subject of creation of planet earth and origins of life required crucial guides to rescue science from science-fiction.


This book is a raw science endeavour guided by a pristine script- the holy Quran; aimed at fact-finding. It has come about for the same reasons as my debut book, "ancient Astronomy-Allah's narrative." To disprove the popular meme said of science and religion as poles apart. To dismantle evolution idea of all life from one ancestry as the lone way for organic creation.


To break free from the asserted inference in philosophy that God is a conjecture of the human mind. Research in this book strikes key-milestones relating earth's creation and origins of life. Science that deals with the accretion of planet earth & its skies as a foundation basis for life to originate; palaeontology & "idea" of natural selection are invoked to comprehend origins of life as it may not have occurred. A rationality search is predicated on logic for true science to unveil.


Verses from the Quran are employed to lock arguments to help tighten grips on evolution tale. It lays down premises wherever required to strip the half-baked principal guides conjured in the support of Darwinian evolution theory. The first two chapters explain the science behind creation sequences of planet earth & its furnishing as narrated in the Quran. This is a clearer exposition on the subject from what we are yet to learn from our scientific endeavours.


The standpoints are phases & exact sequences of developing earth from its foundations to realisation of time crucial for Magnetic sky. From unravelling the flawed concept of Magnetic Reversals to drawing direction from the Dinosaur extinction.


This book is spun at these fulcrum points to then scale the creation of organisms in the drama of continental drift.In chapter three it discusses semi-living viral particles, single celled lively microorganisms and multicellular flora & fauna to expose many false assumptions drawn by atheist naturalists' in their allegiance to random forces at work selected via natural selection.


By the Quran's guiding impetus on this subject the author Masood Ahmed in chapter four captures outstanding concerns of biologists to nail it- the origins of Man. A design par excellence evidential of the human brain mass.


Embryology & subtleties in human psychology from confirmation bias to premises of epistemology are discussed in the light of the Quran.


The "idea" of natural selection is exposed before modern science to confer veracity to it in deciphering origins or evolution of life.







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

Then simply email the title and author to admin@ccnonline.com.au

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

CCN's favourite books »


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KB's Culinary Corner





KB says: This desert is extremely delicious with your family or guests asking for more so my advice is double the recipe. 


Burnt Sugar Dumplings



Step 1
In a pan on low heat melt half cup white sugar and half cup brown sugar until golden. (be careful not to burn it)

Add 2 cups water and 1 tablespoon butter.
Simmer on low for 2-3 min.

Step 2
Mix ¾ cup flour, 2 Tab butter, handful of chopped nuts, 1 heap tsp baking powder, pinch salt and 1 Tablespoon sugar.
Add about ⅓ cup milk to make a soft batter.

Step 3

Drop the batter in the simmering caramel.
Close the pot and simmer for approx. 5 min.

Serve hot with ice cream



Do you have a recipe to share with CCN readers?


Send in your favourite recipe to me at admin@ccnonline.com.au and be my "guest chef" for the week.





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.)


 Egyptian Maashi


Baba's niece Sarah, who is based in Egypt, explains about Maashi (Vegetable stuffed with rice and meat)










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Keeping Fit with Kareema










My Health and Fitness

Tel: 0404 844 786




Q: Dear Kareema, what are some exercises / options we can take to lead a healthier lifestyle as we age?

A: Our body changes with ageing.


Our metabolism slows down and we have to work harder to keep our muscle mass.

Two types of exercises are most important to focus on: Cardio – to elevate your heart rate and break a sweat; and Strength Training which will keep the muscles and bones strong.

Exercises such as yoga will improve flexibility and help with balance.


The key is to keep moving (at your pace) and
to be consistent.




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Send your question to Kareema at  admin@ccnonline.com.au

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The CCN Chuckle





Jallalludin: "I have a 90-year-old neighbour with Alzheimer’s. He knocks at my door every single morning to ask if I’ve seen his wife. She has been dead for years."

Mula Nasruddin: "Why do you not just stop answering the door or move house?"


Jallalludin: "I can't help telling him that she’s dead, just to see that big smile on his face."

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An Ayaat-a-Week






And the parable of an evil Word is that of an evil tree: it is torn up by the root from the surface of the earth: it has no stability.



~ Surah Ibrahim 14:26


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In celebration and recognition of Black History Month in the United States, here is one of the greatest and most influential quotes by Black Muslims who have made history and continue to make history in our world today.



"Time is on the side of the oppressed today, it’s against the oppressor. Truth is on the side of the oppressed today, it’s against the oppressor. You don’t need anything else.”



~ Malcolm X




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


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Join us to discuss and better understand the global environmental crisis – climate change, wildlife extinctions, mass pollution and how our religious principles and values can be applied.

The event is co-organised by the Islamic Council of Queensland, and supported by AFIC, CIQ, The Climate Reality Project, the Australian Religious Response for Climate Change and CICD.


Two internationally renowned keynote speakers Professor Odeh Al-Jayyousi (author of “Islam and Sustainable Development”) from the Arab Gulf University, Bahrain, and Ibrahim Abdul-Matin (author of “Green Deen”) from New York City, USA will be speaking together with other presenters. The tentative programme is attached.

This is an academic conference cum community event designed to provide an understanding of the environmental crisis from well-founded research findings.


It will stress our obligations to act based on our religious principles and values, as well as views on how these teachings can be applied – individually and as societies.


To encourage interfaith action on common problems faced by humanity, we also invite facilitator/speakers from other Abrahamic faiths.

For further details contact Mohammed Hayat (0401 162 199) or Daud (0413 067 160).


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Venue: Multi-Faith Centre, Griffith University, Nathan Campus

Date: Saturday, March 14, 2020, 8:00 am - 5:00 pm.










Australian International Islamic College
724 Blunder Rd, Durack


10.30 Welcome Guests
10.45 Welcome to Country by Elder
11.00: Speech by Chief Guests
11.30: Speech by President of Imams Council of Queensland
11.45: Presentation by Indigenous community
12.00: Speech by President of Islamic Council of Queensland
12.15: Prayer for Humanity - Multifaith Organisations
12.30: Maori Prayer Song and Haka


















So we thought we'd take a moment to introduce ourselves.

A teacher, a graphic designer and a pharmacist walk into a bar... Ok, so not a bar (OBVIOUSLY), but it was over a lunch. Like many beginnings, this one started at the end... of last year, and has taken off since then.

We are SZL Events. Being mothers ourselves and most of us holding jobs, we are all working hard behind the scene to bring awesome events to you. Our aim is to provide more opportunities for Gold Coast Muslims to socialise and have fun.

Vendors! Get in before registration closes at the end of February in order to have a stall with us. We can't wait to hear from you!

Don't want a stall? Are you more interested in being a sponsor instead? Use this opportunity to get your name out there! Contact us today to check out our sponsorship packages.




















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Our invitation is extended to all our Muslim brothers and sisters from the surrounding area to join our  Society members for the program and to socialise afterwards over dinner.

The March Mawlid program will also include a very special dua, Esale Sawaab Dua dedicated to three  brothers who recently passed away. These brothers were closely attached to the Society in one way or another for a long time. So the Society decided to dedicate this Esale Sawaab Dua to late Br. Mohammad Hakim, Br.Saheed Fazil (Toto) & Br.Muzakir Sharif at the March14th Mawlid program.

This month's Mawlid program will feature Maulana Aslam Qadri whose keynote address during the program will focus of the Month of Rajab and the month of Shahban. Insha Allah.
Br.Raj Raaz
Secretary  ISQ 






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The Islamic Council of Queensland (ICQ) would like to invite you to support the upcoming EID DOWN UNDER festival taking place on Saturday the 6th of June at the Australian International Islamic College. Eid as you know is a time for celebration for Muslims and more than 15,000 people are expected to attend the social event for hours of fun, food, rides, entertainment, competitions, cultural performances and much more, the Brisbane City Council considers this a major event in Brisbane. It also provides a chance for the Muslim community to connect with other groups and communities in Queensland, promoting an inclusive and harmonious Australian society. Insha Allah this year the festival will be bigger than previous years.

The event provides a platform for businesses to promote their activities and the opportunity is huge as the event brings together people from all walks of life, and many different communities from across Queensland. Over the years, the event has seen major sponsorships from well-established leading Muslim businesses and Insha Allah this year we hope to see your kind support. In doing so, you’ll not only be promoting your business but also be supporting social cohesion, mutual respect and understanding within our society, which is a key focus for ICQ and cornerstones of our Muslim identity.

Starting at only $1000.00, we have tailored sponsorship packages to suit all types of businesses, we humbly request you to consider being a sponsor of this year's event.


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The Year of Endless Opportunities, Don't Miss Your OPPORTUNITY.

Make 2020 your year of the Quran.



Alhamdulillah, only for Brisbane residents are we so fortunate to have the ability to access Islamic Education on a variety of different platforms.
With registrations CLOSING SOON there are limited spots remaining until classes are at full capacity 2020 with both Full – Time and Part – Time close to capacity.

“The Quran Alive course is the culmination of over 14 years of research and development. Our Academy Alive scholars have tailored, refined and systemised our unique curriculum, producing world class standards of education to suit all learning styles."

View some of our success stories of our students of 2019. 2020 could be your year!



Registrations are closing soon – book a consultation call with our Imaams today by clicking the link below!




















Kuraby Masjid Needs YOU!

As part of the Masjid's vision to create an active, robust and thriving Muslim community, we are setting up various working groups.


These groups include (but are not limited to): Dawah, Technology & Social Media, Youth, Open Days/School Visits, Sisterhood, New Muslim Support.

Please go to the following website to register your interest:


If you would like to assist the Masjid in any other capacity, please contact us as per the details on our website.







































































(07) 3272 8071 OR 0401 971 471



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Donations & Appeals









Shoebox4syria is happening!!


It's the 4th time in 5 years we have been involved.  MarshaAllah Brisbane sent more than 1450 backpacks (with the Islamic Society of Algester and friends packing over 670 backpacks with the generous monetary donations) in last year's very short campaign! This year we will exceed that InshaAllah! 2020 in 2020!


Please donate at

http://tiny.cc/shoebox4syria2020  (Deadline February 8)




Please NO liquids, food/lollies/chocolates, sharp items, old/second hand items in the backpacks and shoeboxes!


Any queries please contact Liyana 0414 488 894


We thank you in advance for your kind contribution and may the priceless excitement and smiles on a child's face warm all your hearts!


Pack day is still TBC.


















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To claim your date for your event email admin@ccnonline.com.au.






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14 March



1st National Conference 2020. "Environmental Crisis and Our Obligations to Act: Teachings from Islam and Abrahamic Faith Traditions"

ICQ & Griffith University Griffith University Centre for Interfaith and Cultural Dialogue 0413 067 160 8AM

14 March



Qld Women's Week event "Evolve.Elevate. Empower."


National Council of Young Women of Qld


Hanworth House, 109 Lytton Rd, East Brisbane

0404 296 297

0459 980 976



12.30PM to 5PM

15 March



ICQ Christchurch Attack



Islamic Council of Queensland (ICQ)






22 March



7th Annual International Food Festival and Mosque Open


Islamic Society of Toowoomba and Garden City Mosque


217 West St, Toowoomba



10.30AM to 3PM


23 March





(Ascension night)

27th Rajab 1441


29 March



Sh. Muhammad West (Cape Town) - "The Mothers of the Nation" - Lives of the Wives of Rasool (SAW)


AlKauthar Institute


Griffith University - Nathan Campus

brisbane@alkauthar.org  or

0438 698 328

8.30AM to 6PM


10 April(tentative)




(Lailatul Bahrat)

15th Sha'baan 1441



25 April(tentative)




(Start of the month of fasting)

1st Ramadaan 1441



21 May(tentative)




(Night of Power)

27th Ramadaan 1441



25 May(tentative)




(End of the month of fasting)

1st Shawal 1441


6 June



Eid Down Under Festival


Islamic Council of Queensland (ICQ)






31 July(tentative)




(Day of Arafah)

9th Zil-Hijjah 1441



1 August (tentative)




10th Zil-Hijja 1441



21 August(tentative)




(Islamic New Year)

1st Muharram 1442



30 August (tentative)




10th Muharram 1442


6 September





Crescents of Brisbane


Orleigh Park, WEST END

0402 026 786


24 October



Annual Milad-un-Nabi



Al-Mustapha Institute of Brisbane



0422 433 074

4PM to Magrib


30 October





(Birth of Prophet Mohammed (pbuh)

12th Rabi-ul-Awwal 1442




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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Bald Hills, Brisbane




Al-Mustapha Institute of Brisbane 

39 Bushmills Court, Hillcrest Qld 4118











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















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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

      www.mfis.com.au (Malek Fahd Islamic School, Sydney, NSW)

      www.icb.qld.edu.au (Islamic College of Brisbane, QLD)

      www.icosa.sa.edu.au (Islamic College of South Australia, SA)

      www.afic-lic.com.au (Langford Islamic College, Perth, WA)

      www.islamicschoolofcanberra.act.edu.au (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 subscribe@sultanasdream.com.au

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 (contact@sisterssupportservices.org.au and 0404 921 620)


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