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Sunday, 21 February 2010

 .Newsletter 0276



Affinity announces the establishment of ISRA Australia, Islamic information and research service provider

Affinity Press Release 

Affinity Intercultural Foundation is proud to announce the establishment of ISRA Australia (Islamic Sciences and Research Academy of Australia) to provide information and research services to social and educational institutions in Australia. ISRA Australia will be responsible for the operation and improvement of adults and youth education program that was offered through Affinity to date.


After ten years of building interfaith and intercultural relations through education and dialogue and growing considerably in size, Affinity President Mr Mehmet Saral said “We have looked at what we have achieved over the last ten years. And then looking into the future we have seen it necessary to redefine ourselves. We have decided to peel off our educational platforms in to a new organisation that we named ISRA Australia – Islamic Sciences and Research Academy of Australia”.


Mr Saral describes the establishment of ISRA Australia as a “significant transition from an intercultural dialogue phase to an intercultural and interfaith cooperation phase where we can cooperate in social, educational and environmental areas to address issues facing all of us as Australians”.


ISRA Australia was launched nationally in Canberra on 24th of November 2009 in the presence of Governor General of the Commonwealth of Australia Ms Quentin Bryce AC. The launch coincided with Affinity signing an agreement with Charles Sturt University to provide Islamic and Interfaith studies as part of CSU’s academic program.


Attending the national launch in Canberra, Governor General of the Commonwealth of Australia Ms Quentin Bryce AC described the agreement as “an agreement that promises to foster awareness and cooperation not only between Charles Stuart University and Affinity Intercultural Foundation, but across generations of students, infusing our institutions and structures, our neighbourhoods and communities with an understanding of Islam as an enriching element of our common life.

Affinity President Mr Mehmet Saral (seated left) at the Canberra launch with Governor General Bryce overseeing proceedings


Commenting on the significance of the agreement and the establishment of ISRA Australia Professor Ross Chambers, Chair of the Board of ACCC and Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Charles Stuart University said “one of the things that our agreement says is that Islamic studies within Charles Stuart University will be taught from within the rich and inclusive scholarly traditions of Islam.” Because “if you’re going to talk about Islam, if you’re going to talk about Christianity, if you’re going to talk about Buddhism, its best to talk with people who know what they are talking about and that is people who are working from within those faith traditions.


Affinity’s founding president since 2000 and its CEO since 2007 Mr Mehmet Ozalp accepted to lead the formation of ISRA Australia and head the organisation from its inception. Mr Ozalp said, “I am honoured to have been appointed as the Founding President and the Executive Officer of ISRA Australia.


Mr Saral further remarked that “Establishment of ISRA Australia does not mean that Affinity will no longer be involved in educational or intellectual areas. Affinity will continue to do what it does best – intercultural and interfaith dialogue. Going forward, Affinity’s educational and intellectual work will be more relationship oriented. The new organisation ISRA Australia’s main focus will be largely educational. It will also be involved in interfaith dialogue especially in the area of education, interfaith research and scholarly level dialogues.”


Mr Ozalp said, “ISRA Australia rises on the foundations laid by the pioneering educational work of Affinity. Over time, it intends to contribute to the social capital of Australia by engaging with all educational and research institutions in Australia. We are looking forward to continuing our interfaith and educational cooperation around Australia to create more space for dialogue between Islam and contemporary Australia.


Affinity’s Mrs Zuleyha Keskin will continue her important contribution within the leadership team of ISRA Australia as the Vice President. Mr Mehmet Ozalp and Mrs Zuleyha Keskin have both assumed their new roles and are working closely with Affinity Board of Directors through a transition plan. ISRA Australia is soon to establish its own centre at a new premises. During the implementation of the transition plan, Mr Mehmet Ozalp and Mrs Zuleyha Keskin will work from the premises of Affinity Intercultural Foundation until the new centre is operational.


Mr Mehmet Saral will assume the role of Executive Officer of Affinity as well as fulfilling his role as the President. Mr Ahmet Keskin has been elected as the Vice-President, Affinity Intercultural Foundation.


ISRA Australia will be launched in Sydney on 23rd of March 2010. ISRA Australia can be contacted at info@isra.org.au or 02 9649 9040.


The Affinity Intercultural Foundation is a non-profit community based organisation that is committed to bringing together people of different backgrounds to help improve understanding and respect and to build greater community harmony. Affinity has been involved in many bridge building activities that help to overcome ignorance and prejudice since 2000.

For more information:

Phone: 02-9702 0789 email:  info@affinity.org.au website:  www.affinity.org.au


The CCN Cradle




A bouncing baby boy arrived on the 6th February to Shaheen and Amira Mulla of Springfield.


ZAIN, is the second grandson to Abdulla (Abe) and Aisha Mulla also of Springfield.


.....from the last CCN

Continuing the saga on the Swiss politician who converted to Islam over the minaret issue read another take on the subject at the Illume website.


According to their website, "ILLUME is an award-winning, independent media organization that captures and articulates the Muslim-American experience. Using various media, our team of reporters and editors uncover important and timely issues through enterprise reporting, investigative journalism and critical analysis, while upholding the highest level of journalism ethics and standards."



Thank you to the many readers who volunteered the name of a female physiotherapist in response to a reader's query. All responses pointed in the direction of:


Ms Maleha Newaz
Principal, PHYSIO PLUS,
Cnr Pine Mtn & Creek Rds,
Carindale QLD 4152
ph: 0400 849 610
(w) 07- 3219-3700
(fax): 07- 3420 6438

Clean Up at the Gold Coast

The Islamic Society of Gold Coast Inc has registered as a co-coordinator for Australia Clean Up Day which is on Sunday 7 March.

Imam Husain said: "As this is meant to be a Gold Coast Citywide clean up endeavour, we as the representatives of the Gold Coast Islamic community have registered our centre to participate in this venture. Therefore, we appeal to our members to join us for a 'Working Bee' on this day."


He called on the Muslim community for their input and support and requested them to volunteer their services by registering their interest at http://www.cleanupaustraliaday.org.au/Islamic+Society+Gold+Coast.


The clean up will commence shortly after Fajr Salaat and a light breakfast will be served at the Mosque.


Get Set for Work

MultiLink Child, Youth and Family Services will be running a Get Set for Work Program beginning on March 1.

The program is named Skills to Pay the Bills and is a 4 day a week, 10 week employment and job preparation program.

This program will feature:

• 1 day a week accredited training
• 1 day a week job preparation
• 1 day a week industry visits
• 1 day a week team building/life skills activities

The eligibility criteria for potential participants are:
• Aged 17-19yrs old
• Culturally diverse
• Unemployed or underemployed (25hrs or less)
• Not enrolled in education or training

The program will be run over 4x10 week periods for 2010,with start dates on:
• March 1
• May 10
• July 19
• October 11

For further information contact Rob Workman at Multilink on 3290 1295

Muslims at cultural crossroad

SUSPICIONS of being a terrorist, different dress standards, finding a place to worship and having female teachers are just some of the battles encountered by Muslim students studying in WA.

However, Perth university staff and police are helping international students integrate into society through workshops and facilities.

Curtin University of Technology support services director Michelle Rogers said it ran orientation sessions for international students on transport, food outlets, handling finances, tenancy support, recreation facilities, multi-faith services and safety.

“Our international Muslim students come from several different countries and can face a variety of problems, including finding an Islamic place of worship that has the necessary specifications, including ablution facilities, and appropriate prayer direction,” she said.

Basic lifestyle problems they faced included buying halal food and cultural differences like alcohol being freely available in Australia, which was not the case in Muslim societies, and the different dress standards.

Professor Zarrin Siddiqui has revealed some challenges facing Muslim students.

“Muslim students can experience difficulties in their student living situations that they may need to deal with autonomously without having the direct authority of a Muslim leader to resolve the situation,” Ms Rogers said.

University of WA assistant professor Zarrin Siddiqui said landlords could think Muslim males were associated with terrorist groups and many with the name Ali, which was a common Muslim name, called themselves Allen. She said a female student with a part-time job had found it difficult during Ramadan when she was fasting from dawn to dusk and was denied a 30-minute break for prayer.

Murdoch University professor David Macey said its orientation last week helped all international students integrate.

Many Muslim students were student ambassadors at the university, welcoming new students and helping to make the experience more familiar.

All international students felt lonely and isolated being away from families, he added.

There is a Murdoch University Muslim Association, separate male and female areas at the Muslim Centre for Prayer and halal food sold at the food court.

Police provide crime prevention advice to new students, including how to reduce being a victim of crime. South East Metropolitan District Superintendent Paul Zanetti said police engaged with students from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds through workshops and discussed access to policing services.


Canning Times

Not all Muslims happy about halal products

THE expansion of halal products on the market has not pleased all Muslims - some are calling the certification of products a marketing ploy.

Wiley Park’s Aziza Rifai said she was horrified to see the Rosken hand cream she purchased two weeks ago carry the label halal.

“Halal isn’t a word you use for hand cream or any other medical treatment. It’s for food or drink that you consume in your mouth,” she said.

“I think these companies just use the word halal as a marketing tool to get more people to buy their products.

“To promote things, especially hand cream by putting halal on it, it’s just not right. It’s ridiculous. We don’t want it to be a promotional tool.”

But a Rosken spokeswoman said the moisturising range was halal-certified because a lot of its products were sold in Malaysia where most people are Muslim.

The Australian Federation of Islamic Councils states that halal is an Arabic word meaning lawful or permitted.

Muslims are prohibited from consuming animal blood.

Mrs Rifai said businesses had exploited the Muslim religious beliefs before by using “halal” to sell its products.

“A few years ago there was a butcher in the area who wasn’t making much money so he put halal at the front of his shop to attract business,” she said.

“He didn’t even know the meaning of halal.”

Islamic Council of NSW vice president Ali Roude said companies must submit a full report to an Islamic organisation if a product is to be halal certified.

Products such as gelatin, which contain animal collagen, are forbidden.

Mr Roude said many products were certified halal so they could be sold overseas in Muslim nations such as Indonesia.

When assessed, it must be referred to a religous adviser before a certificate is issued.

“When we get approached, we do make sure the material is looked at closely,” Mr Roude said.

“We don’t look at it from a commercial point of view. Our main concern is that the product is halal. We have a moral and religious objection to tell that company ‘yes, go ahead, you have nothing to worry about’.”



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At the Cinemas with CCN


Rizvan Khan suffers from Asperger's syndrome which makes it very hard for him to emotionally connect with others.

The death of his mother in Mumbai means he has to move to San Francisco to be with his reluctant brother.

Khan - whose name defines his Islamic religion - finds happiness with a Hindu divorcee and her son.


All is well until the events of 9/11 and American hostility toward Muslims increases.

Khan finds himself trekking across America wanting to meet the president.


An aside to this three-hour length movie is the political strife that it has got into in India, especially Mumbai.

Part of it has nothing to do with the movie at all. People are angry that Sharuk Khan, the star of the movie, said it was wrong to exclude Pakistani players from this year's IPL Twenty20 cricket.

Also behind the protests is Shiv Sena, an extreme Hindi group that controls Mumbai politics. Rather than see themselves as Indians, Shiv Sena wants Mumbai to be indigenous Marathi - and for people like Sharuk Khan and others to leave.



The CCN Thumbs Up: CCCC

What a Billion Muslims Really Think


Dalia Mogahed, Executive Director of the Gallup Center for Muslim Studies, presents the results of a comprehensive six-year study undertaken by the Gallup World Poll that represents 90% (or one billion) of the worlds Muslims in some 35 Muslim countries. The event took place at the Dubai School of Government on June 9, 2009. The entire video can be viewed at http://tinyurl.com/kpzafl.





John Esposito, Professor of International Affairs and Islamic Studies at Georgetown University, describes the implications for US foreign policy of the results of a comprehensive six-year study undertaken by the Gallup World Poll that represents 90% (or one billion) of the worlds Muslims in some 35 Muslim countries. The event took place at the Dubai School of Government on June 9, 2009. The entire video can be viewed at http://tinyurl.com/kpzafl.




From Fiji Times 19 Feb 2010

DEFENCE lawyer Mehboob Raza had difficulty remembering whether it was a PowerPoint or bullet point presentation that Criminal Investigations Department officers received before interviewing the accused persons.

He was even reminded by Justice Paul Madigan once, that it was a bullet point of facts.

On the other hand, fellow defence lawyer Iqbal Khan asked one of the state witnesses where the gun was when he said they were given bullet points.

In Habit

Review by Robert Nelson

WESTERN liberal democracies struggle with the burqa, and many would like to forbid or confine its use. We see the burqa as a symbol of oppression, negating the very face of the person, almost as if women are buried alive.

The men who impose it on women would never endure it for themselves; and it seems only a matter of time before women are emancipated from the outmoded drag, which is bulky, drab and burdensome.

Mars Drum, on the other hand, has a lot of sympathy for the burqa and its wearers. After September 11, 2001, she took to wearing the garment as a gesture of support for Muslim women. Drum recalls that wearing the burqa is "surprisingly liberating". She enjoyed being "anonymous, shapeless, no one measuring me up and down, including myself".

Drum has produced a series of paintings of a character called Burka Woman, who also happens to be Ned Kelly's bride and this unlikely pair of hooded outcasts undertakes a survey of Australian culture. It's amusing and poignant, as the anti-hero of Irish Victoria tried to protect himself from the bullets of the police so Burka Woman has to protect herself from the rapid fire of globalisation on Muslim culture.


The Age


Celebrate Mercy telecast

A  Global Celebration of the Prophet (Peace be Upon Him) has been arranged through the “Celebrate Mercy” Telecast.

Among the confirmed speakers for the event are Yusuf Islam (Cat Stevens), Imam Zaid Shakir, Shaykh Muhammad Niwowy, Shaykh Abdallah Adhami, Shaykh Faraz Rabbani, Shaykh Yahya Rhodus, Imam Afroz Ali and Nader Khan, with numerous other renowned scholars and nashid artists waiting to be confirmed.

If you are interested in joining the live session which is on Friday 26th February at 11.30am (Brisbane time), visit www.celebratemercy.com to register your place.

Cat Stevens at the Twelfth Night Theatre




In WILD WORLD, the musical journey of Cat Stevens is traced from his teenage years in the West End of London, through his traumatic illness and explosive successes, to his near drowning and subsequent conversion to Islam.

Through words and music, you will be taken on a journey that was the Cat Stevens legend. 


More Information


Pakistani Youngster in Perfect Turkish Brings House Down at Olympiad

ISTANBUL: Pakistan’s Salman Muhammed sings Fatih Kisaparmak’s “Benim Babam” (ie. My Father) song and makes him cry at the 7th Turkish Olympiad organized by the Gulen Movement where students from 156 countries all studying at Gulen schools come together to display their Turkish language talents in various categories such as singing, poetry, stand-up comedy etc..


In the video, the gentleman with the moustache is Fatih Kisaparmak, a singer, composer and is regarded as one of the most popular of Turkish artists ever. The boy from Pakistan, is singing “Benim Babam”, a song which Fatih Kisaparmak had written for the memory of his own father.

The participants in the event are graduates of Gulen Schools and are of non-Turkish background. The blonde MC is from Ukraine, the gentleman is from Albania. They both speak Turkish very well.




Fatih Kisaparmak (pictured left)  will arrive in Australia with two other Turkish artists to be in the jury for Australian eliminations of 2010 Turkish Olympiads.


On March 17 he will be hosted by the the Queensland Intercultural Society at Michael's Restaurant for a fund raiser.



Ghusl for women Workshop

by Azima Omar

A ghusl workshop, organized by the Al-nisa youth group, was held at the Kuraby Mosque last week Sunday. The class was conducted by Um Yousef with assistance from Susan Al-Maani. The Al-nisa group collaborated with the Brisbane Muslim Burial Services (BMBS) committee to provide very valuable and beneficial information on ghusl.


All the ladies that attended had an opportunity to view the ghusl facilities at the Mosque. The information provided followed Islamic guidelines and etiquette. The procedure on how to prepare the body, who should perform the ghusl and the benefits of it were a few of the topics discussed.


The BMBS operates the Ghusl facilities at the Kuraby Mosque. They assist with all funeral arrangements, including the Ghusl and burial preparations at the cemetery.


An average funeral costs approximately $4500. This may increase to over $6000 on weekends and outside normal hours depending on the Council and Funeral Director fees.


The fee comprises of approximately $2800 for the council fees (for normal office hours only), $350 for the grave internal preparation costs, a $100 BMBS (facility fee includes kafn) and the balance is for private funeral directors fees.


The BMBS also provides a free SMS service to the community on funerals taking place. Please send your mobile number to janaza786@hotmail.com to be included in the database. To notify the BMBS of a funeral taking place contact Yusuf Chothia on 0404 834 786 or Dr.Mahommed Iqbal Sultan on 0412 845 786  / 5462 2155(0



The BMBS is a registered non-profit charitable organisation. All donations are most welcome


BMBS bank account: NAB 084 462      A/c: 82 566 5859


  The BMBS committee members contact numbers:


Yusuf Chothia

0404 834 786   

3423 0379

Riaz Gutta

0400 105 786

3219 8726

Mabrouk Houdchia

0433 128 430

3219 9120

Dr. Fuzlahuck Moola

0419 733 570

3841 7886

Feisal Paruk

0403 755 652

3219 8469

Dr. Mohammed Iqbal Sultan

0412 845 786

3219 0786

AK Surtie

0434 288 257

3272 6391



Due to a great deal of interest in the Ghusl Classes the Alnisa Youth group will be providing another class later in the year.


If you would like to be notified of upcoming Al-nisa events or would like to volunteer for an event send an email to alnisaqld@gmail.com.


he Australian Journey: Muslim Communities - DIAC publication

Adapted from Australian Journey - Muslim communities


The Australian Journey – Muslim communities, a new DIAC publication, is characterised by contributions of Muslims from all over the world who have made Australia home.


In this, and following issues of CCN, we highlight one of the successful Muslims in Australia from the report and their thoughts about what it means to be both a Muslim and an Australian.

Jihad Dib 


At Punchbowl Boys’ High School in Sydney, Principal Jihad Dib’s guidance and leadership is helping to keep all students on the same page.


The rich Australian fabric interweaves a great number of elements from various cultural and religious backgrounds.


Each person adds their experience and heritage to the pattern and together, we develop something most unique.


The Islamic faith complements all elements of our iconic Australian psyche and opportunities exist for everyone to make a positive difference to the lives of others.


The legend of the Anzacs and those who endured the Kokoda campaign live in every person who is proud to be Australian.


How lucky am I to work with proud young Australians as part of a nation which accepts all who ‘have a go’?


Jihad Dib

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 U.S. Envoy Is to Be Link to Muslims


WASHINGTON — President Obama has appointed Rashad Hussain (pictured left), a deputy White House counsel, to be his representative to the Muslim world, White House officials said Saturday.


Mr. Hussain will become the special envoy to the Organization of the Islamic Conference, an intergovernmental group with 57 member states that calls itself the collective voice of Muslims.

“Appointing a special envoy to the O.I.C. is an important part of the president’s commitment to engaging Muslims around the world based on mutual respect and mutual interest,” the White House said in a statement.

Mr. Hussein will replace Sada Cumber, who had been appointed to the post by President George W. Bush.

Mr. Hussain, who is Muslim, will work to strengthen cooperation between the United States and the Organization of the Islamic Conference, the White House said. In addition, he will seek to counter any disparaging images of the United States in the Muslim world, and in particular will look to correct distortions of Americans disseminated by Al Qaeda. His appointment was first reported on Saturday by ABC News.

As deputy associate counsel to Mr. Obama, Mr. Hussain has focused on national security, new media and science issues. He worked with other White House staff members on Mr. Obama’s speech to the Muslim world from Cairo last June. Previously, he worked as a trial lawyer at the Justice Department and served as a legislative assistant on the House Judiciary Committee.

The New York Times



 Muslim women caned for sex


KUALA LUMPUR: Human rights groups have condemned the caning of three Muslim women for having extramarital sex, the first time the punishment has been carried out in Malaysia.
The women were caned on February 9 after being convicted in an Islamic sharia court of sex outside of marriage. Home Minister Hishammuddin Hussein announced the punishment on Wednesday.

Amnesty International yesterday urged an end to caning. "The Malaysian government needs to abolish this cruel and degrading punishment," said deputy Asia-Pacific director Donna Guest.

Sisters in Islam, a local group of Muslim women activists, said the punishment constituted discrimination against Muslim women, since civil law -- which applies to non-Muslims -- bans the caning of women.

Officials did not describe where on their bodies the women were caned, but authorities have said that women would be hit with a thin stick on the back in a largely symbolic punishment.

The Australian


 U.S. Muslim Group to Challenge Double Standard on 'Terror' 


(WASHINGTON, D.C., 2/19/10) - On Monday, February 22, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) will hold a news conference at its Capitol Hill headquarters to express concerns over what the civil rights group says is a double standard on the use of the label "terrorism" as it relates to acts of violence committed by people who are not Muslims.


The leading Muslim advocacy group is pushing government officials to call the suicide plane crash in Texas “an act of terror,” saying that if a Muslim had been flying the plane there would be no hesitancy to call it terrorism.

On Thursday, Andrew Joseph Stack III flew a small plane into the IRS's four-story office building in Austin, killing himself and at least one federal employee. Before the incident, Stack allegedly left a series of messages on a website expressing his disgust with the IRS, saying at one point that “violence not only is the answer, it is the only answer.”


“Whenever an individual or group attacks civilians in order to make a political statement, that is an act of terror,” said Nihad Awad, the executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR).

“Terrorism is terrorism, regardless of the faith, race or ethnicity of the perpetrator or the victims,” said Awad, adding in a statement that “if a Muslim had carried out the IRS attack, it would have surely been labeled an act of terrorism.”

The Hill


CCN Reader's Discussion Forum


Have your say on www.ccnforum.ning.com


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


There are worse crimes than burning books. One of them is not reading them.
-   Joseph Brodsky


This week

  a CCN Reader




  Halim Rane, Jacqui Ewart and Mohamad Abdalla




Few issues have captured media headlines over the past two decades like Islam and Muslims, and much of what the Australian public knows about Islam and its followers is gleaned from the mass media.


Islam and the Australian News Media tackles head-on the Australian news media’s treatment of Islam and Muslims.

This incisive collection brings together the research and insights of academics, editors and journalists on the representation of Islam and its impact on social relations, the newsworthiness of Muslim issues and the complexities of covering Islam.


Importantly, Islam and the Australian News Media also explores how Muslim communities in Australia are responding to their image in the Australian news media.

This book is a must-read for all those interested in the relationship between media and society.




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

Then simply email the title and author to thebookclub@crescentsofbrisbane.org


Double click a book cover to find out what others think of the book


CCN has set up an online Book Club at Shelfari to connect with CCN book readers at:


Using the book club you can see what books fellow CCN readers have on their shelves, what they are reading and even what they, and others, think of them.

The CCN Readers' Book Club

KB's Culinary Corner


A Refreshing and Easy Pineapple Desert


1pkt pineapple jelly
250ml sour cream
250 ml fresh cream
1 small tin crushed pineapple
1 can condense milk

Make up pineapple jelly as per directions on the box and set in your serving bowl.

Mix all the remaining ingredients together and when the pineapple jelly has been set pour over the pineapple jelly.

Decorate with cream, pineapple pieces, and flaked almonds.

Refrigerate overnight if possible and serve very cold.

Do you have a recipe to share with CCN readers?
Send in your favourite recipe to ccn@crescentsofbrisbane.org and be our "guest chef" for the week.


Kareema's Keep Fit Q&A Column


Q: Dear Kareema, I've tried Yoga to de-stress like you suggested & am loving it! Will it also help me with my quest to shed a few extra kilos??
A: Yoga is great for mind-body connection!


If you listen to your body, you're less like to eat when you're not hungry - and we all know how important that is..


People who hit the mat for some 'om' time tend to be more attuned to what and how much they eat.


Just one session of Yoga, Tai Chi or Meditation per week may help you become more mindful of each meal.


So YES, Yoga will help with your quest to a better looking, healthier you! NJOY!



My Health and Fitness

Tel: 0404 844 786


Need an answer to a fitness related matter? Send your question to Kareema at  fitness@crescentsofbrisbane.org.

All questions sent in are published here anonymously and without any references to the author of the question.


The CCN Chuckle


Mula Nasruddin was in the restaurant when he suddenly realized he desperately needed to pass gas.


The music was really, really loud, so he timed his gas with the beat of the music.

After a couple of songs, he started to feel better.


He finished his coffee, and noticed that everybody was staring at him....

Then he suddenly remembered that he was listening to his iPod.


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Events and Functions


Gold Coast Mosque

Public Lecture

Algester Mosque Maulood

Al-Mustapha Institute of Brisbane

International Moulood Conference


Crescents of Brisbane

Ladies Dance Classes

Speed Intros

AMYN Fund Raiser

Somalian Food & BBQ

Exhibition of Palestinian Artefacts & Books

Inter-Uni Cup


Information Seminar for International Indian Students


Islamic Programmes, Education & Services

Brisbane  Muslim Burial Society (BMBS)

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Seerah Classes UMB

Dawah Course

Qu'ran Reading & Islamic Studies

Kuraby Mosque

Australian International Islamic College (DURACK)

Spirituality, Conversations & Community-Building 

Businesses and Services

Ladies Clothing Sale

One Day Only

MonaVie Health Drink



Abdel Kader Surtie

0434 288 257

Hussana Australia

Halal Body Care range



Body & Beauty 




Naadiya Karim


Brisbane Diagnostics


Where Style meets Modesty

Brumby's Bakery

Big Gun Shopping Centre, Underwood

South African Naan available

every Sunday and Tuesday












Home Insulation & Green Homes

Healthy Life


Mr. India

Indian Cuisine

Nando's Calamvale Central
Shop 60-61 662
Compton Road

Tel: 07 3272 2299


Siitra Gold Coast


Kuraby Dentists

Opening Promotion

OurWorld Travel

Umrah & Jerusalem Packages

FAMSY Bookstore

Pitter Patter 


Table & Chair Hire


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21 February


Fund raiser: Somalian Food & BBQ


AMYN Centre, Woodridge

0412 298 531

5pm onwards

24 February


MBN Annual General Meeting

Muslim Business Network

Runcorn Tavern Function Centre, 124 Gowan Street, Runcorn

0411 625 462


26 February




26 February


Public Lecture: Sunnah & Seerah

Gold Coast Mosque

Allied Drive, ARUNDEL

0411 037 016


26 February


Algester Mosque Moulood Celebrations

Islamic Society of Algester

Algester Mosque

0403 338 040


27 February


International Maulood-un-Nabi Conference

Al-Mustapha Institute of Brisbane

Cavendish Rd State High School

0405 223 786

4pm -9pm

27 Feb - 31 March


Falistini: Exhibition of Palestian Artefacts & Books

Justice for Palestine Brisbane

Logan West Library, Grand Plaza Drive, Browns Plains

0433 182 520

Library hours

19 March


Speed Intros

Julu Latif


0400 142 786


3-4 April

Sat & Sun

Inter-Uni Cup: &-aside Outdoor Soccer Tournament


Rochedale State High, Priestdale Rd, ROCHEDALE

0412 298 531


11 April


High Tea



0418 757 157


16 May



Crescents of Brisbane

Orleigh Park, West End

0402 026 786


9 July



Lailatul Mehraj

28 July



Lailatul Baraat

12 August



Start of Ramadhan

6 September



Lailatul Qadr

9 September



End of Ramadhan

10 September




11 or 18 September




Mt Gravatt Showgrounds

0418 722 353

10am til late

9 October


Annual Event  (TBA)



0418 757 157


17 November




7 December



Islamic New Year

16 December



Day of Ashura


To claim your date for your event email ccn@crescentsofbrisbane.org.




Ladies Taleem


Taleem will be held on the 25th February at Sharifa Gutta's residence 50 Caribbea Street, Eight Mile Plains from 11am to 12pm.

All ladies welcome.


Ladies Keep-Fit Dance Classes


24 February - Bellydance fitness class 8.15pm-9.45pm contact Renata 0400 701 676
10 March - Dance fitness class 8.15pm-9.45pm contact Claudia 0415 844 439
24 March - Bellydance fitness class 8.15pm-9.45pm
14 April - Dance fitness class 8.15pm-9.45pm
28 April - Bellydance fitness class 8.15pm-9.45pm
12 May - Dance fitness class 8.15pm-9.45pm
26 May - Bellydance fitness class 8.15pm-9.45pm
9 June - Dance fitness class 8.15pm-9.45pm
23 June - Bellydance fitness class 8.15pm-9.45pm




Inspiration Talk, BBQ and Youth Hour

Topics that are relevant, Iman-boosting and mind-capturing.
Where: AMYN Islamic Youth Centre, 16/157 North Road, Woodridge
When: Every Sunday, 7pm
Info: www.AMYNweb.com
Everyone is invited



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Crescents Community News (CCN) Readers' Forum

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Queensland Muslim Historical Society Inc.

Promoting the study and awareness of the rich history of the Muslims of Queensland

Young Muslims of Queensland

Social network for young Muslims of Brisbane

Sunnah Inspirations

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

Kuraby Mosque

Holland Park Mosque


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

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.islamiccollegeofbrisbane.com.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)


Gold Coast Mosque

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)

Eidfest 2009

Kotku Mosque - Dubbo NSW

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 and 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

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

Al-Mustapha Institute of Brisbane  

Preserving the Past, Educating the Present to Create the Future



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