Queensland’s Muslims rally to help flood victims


A Special Coverage





A record of the community participation in the Queensland Flood relief effort


First meeting of QMV at the Kuraby Mosque facilitated by Dr Mohamad Abdalla

BRISBANE: On Wednesday 12 January, local leaders called for an urgent meeting to discuss ways to help in the flood recovery process. 


More than 300 people - men, women and children -responded within a matter of a few hours offering financial aid, cars, trucks, buses, essential supplies and of course their time. Many also offered their homes for shelter.


The volunteers told CCN that they were willing and ready to assist all those affected by the devastating floods, to help with the distribution of supplies, the clean up process and any other assistance that was required.

The Gold Coast and Darra Mosques have also offered the use of their halls as shelter for flood victims in need of accommodation.


To date more than $20,000 has been collected in various mosques through the Muslim Charitable Foundation (MCF) to assist in buying and distributing much needed items for flood victims.


Mustafa Ally, media liaison for Queensland Muslims Volunteers (QMV), the organization that is coordinating the efforts of the community, told CCN: The Queensland Muslim community is deeply saddened by the devastating floods. Their thoughts and prayers are with all the victims of this disaster and they want to do whatever they can to help their fellow Queenslanders.


Donations to assist these and other relief efforts can be made to the following account:


Account Name: Muslim Charitable Foundation Emergency Account

Bank:  Bank of Queensland

BSB:  124 155

Account No.: 2089 7395


Anyone wishing to volunteer their services should visit the Queensland Muslim Volunteers website www.muslimsvolunteers.org to register and email info@muslimsvolunteers.org for more information or assistance.



Catering at the Evacuation Centres

Salvo volunteer ready to tuck into a curry and rice

At a follow up meeting of QMV at the Kuraby Mosque on Thursday (13 January) a number of sub-committees were established to coordinate the logistics of providing accommodation, catering, transport, cleaning and communications.


A group of QMV volunteers prepared packs of curry and rice and delivered them to the temporary shelters at the RNA Showgrounds where they were accepted with relish by the Muslim flood victims, the Salvation Army volunteers and the police on duty.


Several Muslim families were moved from the shelters to homes offered by members of the local community and some were housed temporarily at the Kuraby Mosque.


On Friday QMV established a Help Desk at the Showgrounds and is operating it from 5am to 10pm daily.


120 fresh packs of cooked food were delivered yesterday by Ismail Bosthan, Hanif Omar and Yasmin Ahmed to staff of the Salvation Army and the SES teams at the Ipswich Showground as well as to the State Emergency Services at Ipswich.


Anyone wishing to assist with the catering should contact Shahina Omar on 0422925773.


In the past 72 hours over 560kg of chicken breast fillets and over 300kg of meat have been used in cooking to supply free food to various people at various locations with all costs borne by individual volunteers. To date some  2000 food packs have been distributed in Brisbane and Ipswich area.


QMV deployed over 350 volunteers yesterday (Saturday) to assist in cleaning up in areas like Ipswich, Rocklea, Fairfield, Yeronga, Jindalee, and West End.


If anyone wishes to volunteer for cleaning today (Sunday) contact Yasmin Ahmed on 0405217682.

Yasmin Ahmed and Shahina Omar at the QMV desk

(RNA Showgrounds)

Nabeela Cassim (Team leader), and the Al-Attwani Family


Nabeela Cassim (Team Leader), Taaibah and

the Muhammed Family with there new born



Preparation of hampers at the Gold Coast Mosque (Saturday 15 January) PART 1

Over 200 men, women and children as young as 5, turned up at the Gold Coast Mosque on Saturday morning (15 January) as early as 5am to help with packing together some 1500 food hampers for distribution to homes in Ipswich and surrounding areas.


A long table had been set up in the middle of the Mosque car park. There were people standing in a queue, each provided with a large recyclable green bag. They started at the top end of the table moving down the long table, placing the food items into these bags. At the end of the table were helpers to load the bags directly into the food truck behind them. The people then moved on again to the back of the queue to start the process all over again. This human conveyor belt ensured that the parcels were quickly filled and loaded in the trucks provided. The operation started speeding up as the rain started pouring down.... but that didn't stop the operation or dampen the spirit.



Councillor Margaret Grummitt, Hussin Goss and Imam Imraan Husain



Distribution of hampers to Lowood (PART 2)

By 8.30am the bags were packed onto the waiting Goss Bros truck ready for their destinations. With a dua from the Imam and a short address by Gold Coast City Councillor Margaret Grummitt, the trucks headed off to the Gold Coast City Hall where, with the help of the Gold Coast Titans, they were loaded with baskets of goods donated by local residents.


After a stopover at the Ipswich Mosque for prayers, the convoy of trucks and cars headed for the town of Lowood (click on map) which had been severely affected by the floods. The town could only be reached by truck and the cars had to be left behind.


The distribution was accompanied by much energy, enthusiasm and unrestrained joy and sincerity so much so that the townsfolk came out in their hundreds to thank the volunteers as the trucks slowly wended their way to their next port of call.



Making the 9 o'clock news

Crescents of Brisbane's Aaakifah Suleman

checks on the welfare of her MDA clients

(click on image to view SBS news clip and scroll 1.32 minutes).



Dear Editor

This week we have seen the Almighty unleash His power. The floods are a disaster of epic proportions.

The enormity of this tragedy does not hit home until you are out there in amongst the victims, the mud, and the giant piles of rubbish.

Giving donations is a noble act, but these people need help cleaning up their properties.

I urge everyone to lend a helping hand.

Our hearts go out to all those who are affected.

May Allah have mercy on us all.

A J Rane



....just got in my car with a broom, a shovel and a rake;

then lobbed up at the first house I saw in trouble...........


a QMV volunteer told CCN



IMAQ Update

The Islamic Medical Association of Queensland (IMAQ) also joined forces with QMV to offer assistance and advice where necessary. While the immediate emergency medical needs are being competently addressed by Queensland Health, IMAQ hopes to be more involved in dealing with survivors and their long term psychological impact in the coming months.


With many QMV members undertaking potentially hazardous tasks, IMAQ president, Dr. Iqbal Sultan, has offered community volunteers the following advice: You should consider your own safety and well-being at all times when assisting in the clean-up. It is essential that you dress appropriately with long trousers, closed shoes, hydrate yourself adequately and use sun protection at all times and to study the RACGP fact sheet before venturing out.


IMAQ has arranged free tetanus immunisations for volunteers requiring a tetanus booster. An appointment for your immunisation may be made by calling 3808 3300.


For any further information or enquiries – 0412 845 786 or secretary@imaq.org.au





The ladies of Algester will be preparing a meal for some of the Muslim flood victims who have had to abandon to the RNA showgrounds.


If you are available to help prepare some chicken and salad wraps on Monday, please contact Ruxana Osman on 3273 5536 or 0401422756.

DATE Monday 17th January, 2011 TIME 9.30 am VENUE Algester Centre



Collection Drive

(left to right) Iqbal Sultan, Naadir Gutta, Sheila Glew, Ian Glew, Julie Mciver and Mustafa Ally

Crescents of Brisbane and the Lions of Kuraby joined forces on Saturday morning (15 January) to raise funds for the Queensland Flood Relief setting up a collection point at the Underwood Marketplace shopping centre.


Over $3000 was raised by the end of the day.

Isabella Mcalister (5) of Forest Lake

Two year old, Gameela Alghamry and mom, Mariam Alshemy



Boot Giveaways







The Crescents of Brisbane team visited the evacuation centre at the Yeronga State Primary School yesterday where they handed out hampers of cleaning material to flood victims.




All hands on deck

Teams of QMV members have spent the past two days ankle deep in rotting food at the Rocklea Cold Storage depot which was a victim of ferocious flood waters that reached the second floor of the warehouse and toppled a trailer onto its side.


Over 2000 pallets of refrigerated food are waiting to be sent to the dumping centre as the teams of volunteers struggle with moving out the days old rancid, mud covered packages of meat, vegetables and other items.


More hands are desperately needed, and if you able to help call Imraan Nathie on 0431 300 111. 





Muslims Australia (AFIC) has sent a letter of support to Brisbane Mayor, Campbell Newman and an open letter to the Muslim community of Queensland.



Australian Muslim Community opens its hearts for Queenslanders affected by the tragic floods

The Australian International Islamic College is opening up its Buranda campus hostel to provide free accommodation and food to those affected by the current flooding. We are also calling on members of our Australian Muslim community to donate generously for the victims of the flooding, we have established a special account for parents of our pupils, the worshippers at our mosque and members of the community to contribute to our fellow Queenslanders who are affected by the tragic flooding.

“I have just returned from India where I endured my own personal tragedy with the loss of my wife, two sisters and niece who tragically drowned when an unexpected storm caused their boat to capsize. Seeing the images of the flooding affecting my fellow Queenslanders, I am conducting prayers and encouraging the members of my community to donate generously to fellow Queenslanders who are affected by the flooding. Our hostel is open and our hearts are open for all our fellow Queenslanders in the face of this natural disaster.” Said Imam Abdul Quddoos Al Azhary, Chairman of the Australian Islamic Education Trust (AIIC) and the Muslim schools in Durack, Buranda and Gold Coast.

“This is a time to allow our love for each other to clearly manifest through providing all the financial and material support for those affected by the flooding, I call on my community to donate generously. My heart and my prayers are with the people of Queensland in these difficult times.” Said Mr. Keysar Trad who is a resident of NSW and is a trustee with the AIIC.

Accommodation coordinator name: Mrs. Mariam Ali
Contact number: 0415 103 394 or 07 3372 1400 (during business hours)



Kudos for caring

These efforts of the Muslim community have been recognized by the local community as well as a number of community leaders, politicians and government officials including:


Deputy Mayor, Graham Quirk: My thanks to the Muslim Community for a wonderful gesture and effort. Please pass on my thanks to all of the Muslin Community for their generous support.


MAQ Executive Director, Garry Page: The efforts are very much appreciated at this challenging time.


President Muslims Australia (AFIC), Ikebal Patel: Very good work, please keep it up.


Senator Claire Moore: Congratulations to the Muslim community for your ongoing community generosity.


Minister for Disability Services and Multicultural Affairs, Annastacia Palaszczuk: Thank you for all your wonderful work.


The above reports have been compiled, composed and crafted by CCN from submissions by

Yasmin Ahmed

Shahina Omar

Iqbal Sultan

Aqeel Hafeez

Islam TV

Rishka Booran-Johnson

Janeth Deen

Shaukat Dhedhi

Mohammed Abdus Samad



ISGC Corporate Cleaning Group

GOLD COAST 18 January: The Islamic Society of Gold Coast has been registered as a CORPORATE CLEANING GROUP by Volunteering Queensland.

The Society will be contacted by Volunteering Queensland and will direct the ISGC as a group - at least 40 people - to a particular site that needs their assistance.

ISGC has volunteered its services on a SATURDAY for the next few weeks.

To all those who will be participating in this activity please ensure that you are properly attired - gum boots, gloves, hat, sunscreen lotion, etc.


The meeting point will be the Gold Coast Mosque from where car pooling can be arranged.


To join the team contact Habib Jamal on 0412 601 152.




Queensland Muslim Volunteers (QMV) Team Cleaning and Clearing Up in St Lucia (Tuesday 18 January)

MacGregor Centre


St Lucia

Bosthan Family and Friends

St Lucia



Kuraby Mosque responds to flood disaster


(left to right) Zaheer Dawoodjee, Minister Stephen Roberston, Premier Anna Bligh, and Kuraby Mosque trustees, Muhsin Ally and Mohammed Sayed Dawoodjee

Trustees of the Kuraby Mosque met with the Premier of Queensland, Anna Bligh, late Friday afternoon at her Executive offices in George Street to hand over a cheque of $7500 towards the Queensland Flood Relief.


Premier Bligh and Minister for Natural Resources, Mines & Energy and Minister for Trade, Stephen Robertson told CCN that they were most impressed with the efforts of community to rally around their fellow Queenslanders.


Mr. Muhsin Ally of the Kuraby Mosque told the Premier that he personally felt for the people affected by the floods because he had come to know some of them through his business dealings.


Both the Minister and the Premier were informed that a state-wide collection drive, initiated by the Muslim Charitable Foundation (MCF), was in progress that very afternoon at the various Mosques in the State .



Dear CCN Readers,

The fundraising event last Sunday at the Islamic College of Brisbane was a big success. About 4000 people attended and approximately $40,000 was raised for the Premier’s Flood Relief Appeal. Several MPs, Police Commissioner, President of AFIC and the Ambassador of UAE attended the event.

I had several positive comments from those were present including the one below from Senator Claire Moore :

Thank you for the chance to share in the wonderful family day fundraiser. Congratulations to the Islamic Council, the volunteers, the school community and all the people who gathered together to raise support for those in need after the floods .We always know that the Islamic community will be generous, but it is important to acknowledge the commitment and great spirit gives us hope. I particularly enjoy the community engagement through a family fun day, so that the generous fund raising involves a marvelous family experience, again building community. I am always happy to help.

Senator Claire Moore
Labor Senator for Queensland

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the societies/organisations, Islamic College of Brisbane & CPAC, Qld police, Crescents of Brisbane, Lions Club of Kuraby, Rotary Club of Archerfield, Nigel for the sound system, and all the volunteers who helped in whatever way possible to make the day a success

M Yusuf
President, ICQg


The CCN Photo Gallery

30 January 2011






The Essof Family, some Sulemans and a Surtie lend a hand in Bundamba