for CresWalk2006 is well underway and the air of
excitement and expectation has already started to
permeate the Queensland air (.....alright that's a
little over the top but you will allow us a small
measure of indulgence and exaggeration to talk the event
up, won't you, please).
This year, for the first
time, you will be able to register yourself and your
family online from our website
www.crescentsofbrisbane.org (under the CresWalk2006
bubble) as well as pay by credit card, PayPal or EFT.
You will also find all the information you need about
the event here. There's even a gallery of 'stars'
responsible for this year's fun run.
The organizers have
introduced a new category this year. There will be a
special supervised circuit set out for the 3-6 year-olds
who will also qualify for a T-shirt and medal.
As you might well be aware
the success of this event in the past has been largely
due to the support and encouragement of our local
businesses. While CresWalk2006 is an ideal vehicle for
promoting a business within our community, it is,
equally importantly, a unique opportunity for Muslim
businesses to support an event that helps bring together
our diverse communities in a common pursuit. It caters
for the young, the old and the fit and the not-so-fit,
and it demonstrates our ability as a community to
support itself towards its own betterment.
So if you have made a
solely business decision not to lend support to this
year's cause then we urge you to re-consider in the
light of the short and long-term benefits such an event
has for the community in which you and your family are
such a vital part. E-mail
firstname.lastname@example.org - your community
truly needs you!
TV Show in the
organization, the Mission of Hope (MoH), has been in
the planning process of a unique Muslim
Lifestyle Program to
be viewed on the C31 TV channel. The
steering committee, led by Australia's most
prominent film producer, Fadle Harris, has
met every Wednesday night since December putting
together the ideas behind the show, and auditioning
aspiring Australian Muslim TV personalities.
They now want to
involve the community in giving them some ideas on a
name for the show and are offering, as a prize, for
the chosen name a $50 voucher to a bookstore of
their choice in Lakemba.
To get a feel of what
is to come, and to help you put forward creative
names for the show, this is what, according to MoH,
the program is all about:
Goals and Objectives
The primary aim of the TV program
is to present relevant issues relating to the
Australian Muslim lifestyle. It will be
informative, humorous and entertaining whilst
adhering to the Islamic etiquettes and ethics.
It also aims to appeal to both the Muslim and
non-Muslim audience as the issues covered and
topics presented will be relevant to the
majority of Australians regardless of race
ethnicity or religion.
The goal of this exciting TV
program (amongst other things) is to entertain,
inspire and educate the audience whilst also
providing a good laugh and maybe even move the
audience to tears. Furthermore, it will attempt
to bridge the gaps between Muslims and the
mainstream Australian society and clarify
misconceptions about Muslims, particularly in
the current environment. It is about uniting
the Australian people regardless of race or
religion and bringing with it more tolerance and
understanding of people’s respective
The Target Audience
The target audience for this TV
program is young adults between the ages of 20
and 45 and young families growing up and raising
their children in Australia. It is noted that
the target group for this TV program experience
the following struggles:
challenges regarding general lifestyle issues,
during adolescent and young adult years;
issues between their country of origin (or
parents country of origin) and the
mainstream Australian community;
stigma attached to their cultural and religious
As a result of these challenges,
the TV program has been developed to cater for
their needs and the needs of the community in
general. The program will attempt to breakdown
these issues in a manner that is down to earth,
or what we like to call in the “aussie way”.
The Program Concept
The program will consist of 3
major segments for a 26 minute time slot. The
first season will consist of 13 episodes. The
segments that will be covered on each program
are as follows:
– Our aim is to bring in a special guest to each
show who will bring with them insight or
knowledge to share with the audience. This can
be anyone, from a well known sportsperson to a
politician or author etc. We would like to
present good role models to the audience so that
they may draw inspiration for achieving their
own personal goals and dreams.
– This segment will be hosted by a MoH executive
member who has a background in health and
welfare. The goal of this segment is to bring
to the surface health related issues (whether
mental or physical) that the community faces on
a daily basis. This segment will educate the
audience on these issues and steer them in the
right direction to attain the tools needed to
deal with them as they arise.
– This segment will go out into the Australian
community and focus on the people and groups in
our society who are achieving wonderful results
for themselves and their community. This
segment will be about ordinary people overcoming
ordinary struggles – something that every
audience can relate to.
Whilst these are the main
segments of the show, there will also be skits
within the show where we go out in the streets
of Sydney and talk to people within the
community and offer hot tips on food, travel and
exciting places to visit in Sydney.
After several auditions, the
steering committee chose two main hosts for the
TV Show, namely,
Rana Hadid and
It is important
to know that one of the focuses of the show is
the concept of a "travelling couch", where a
special couch which is one of the highlights of
the show, will be used to seat special guests
and be travelling with the crew at the different
If anyone knows
any Muslim owned furniture store who can donate
a 2.5-3 seater couch for the show and be given
program credits at the end of the show, for
example "Program Couch was supplied by XYZ
Furniture Store". It will be of benefit to the
show, as well as the store being promoted on TV.
(aka MotM) will be submitting these names for
the coveted prize:
1. Everybody Loves
2. The Shamshudins
3. The Don and
4. Big Brothers
5. Fact or
CCN suggests that
from the very outset the TV show will suffer a
serious credibility problem in Queensland
for not having head-hunted our MotM to host the
show. Known widely in secret (and not so secret)
societies as Kuraby's answer to Bert Newton, our
MotM would have been a sure fire hit with all of
C31's 19 viewers.
MoH it's not too
late! MotM is standing close to his mobile
phone, Mussalaah at the ready.
Federal Member for Sydney Tanya Plibersek MP
is on a two day visit to Brisbane to discuss issues
in relation to her portfolio of
Shadow Minister for Child Care; Youth; and Women.
Tanya is also a member of a group of Federal MPs -
Friends of Palestine. Tanya has made many
speeches in relation to this matter (including the
human rights aspects).
part of her trip to Brisbane she has agreed to have
dinner / meeting with members of the community who
are sympathetic to the issues surrounding Palestine.
It is also an opportunity to discuss issues in
relation to Palestine.
you would like to attend (note that this is not a
fundraiser) then contact David Forde on 0413 874 008
email@example.com. The cost is $25 and
payable at the door and seats are limited.
Date: Thursday 16th March @ 5pm - 6.20pm
Venue: The Tandoori
Village Indian restaurant at Springwood Plaza at
Shop 11 / 3 Dennis Rd, Springwood.
more information on Tanya Plibersek MP, click on the
Madrasah classes: A
few spaces are still available in each of the Grades 1
• Qur’an Recitation and memorization of selected Surahs,
Du’aas and Ahaadeeth (traditions of the Prophet SAW)
• Aqa’ed (Islamic beliefs)
• Taareekh (Islamic History)
• Fiqh (Essentials and practices)
• Akhlaaq and Tahthib (Moral Education)
Class times: Monday-Thursday 4:15-6:15pm
Teenage Classes - Mon & Wed 6.30pm – 8pm,
Separate classes for males and females are available for
high school students.
Course in Islamic Studies – Saturday 10am – 1pm.
This course will include Tajweed (Quráan Recitation),
Islamic History, Fiqh, Akhlaaq (Morals and Ethics),
Introduction to Psychology and methodology.
This course has been offered over the past three years
for sisters only and been very successful, Alhamdulillah.
This year the course is open to both males and females.
Female Classes – Classes in Islamic Studies and
Quráan Recitation will be offered during the day, two
days a week by Muallima Nazirah subject to
For enrollment in any of the above contact the
Principal, Ahmad Abu Ghazaleh on 3219 7994 or
0401 331 298 Mon-Thur 3:00-8:00pm.
All Kuraby Madrasah
activities are supported through modest fees and fund
raisers. This year's BBQ Fund Raiser will be held on
Sunday 23 April and the organizers are calling for
expressions of interest from potential stall holders as
well as sponsored items for the auction. Contact
Sister Safia on 0407786612 for further details.
Filling the Gap
CCN's platinum sponsor has
mustered a team of well-qualified doctors to service the
Underwood and surrounding areas. In just under a year,
the Underwood Medical Centre has established
range of services that include family medicine, weight
loss programmes, womens' health, skin cancer checks,
immunization, pre-employment medicals, workers compo
medicals and a host of others.
Open 7 days a week the
Centre offers bulk billing for everyone and in all
instances. So, at the risk of flogging the cliché one
could truly say that the gap indeed stops here.
Is there a Doctor in the
house? Heaps, it would seem from the list below:
qualified Lady doctor
Monday to Friday
Joe de Jager
MB CHB (Stellenbosch)
6.00am to 9.00 pm Monday to Fri and weekends
days in the daytime
every Tuesday 8.30am to 5.30pm
Dr. Jiang Li
MB BS (Qld)
Monday to Friday
MB CHB (UZ),
Originally from Zimbabwe
well known to the Mutare and Harare Muslims
6.00pm to 9.00pm on
Tues, Thurs and some Saturday mornings
You'll find the good
doctors at 2900 Logan Road, Underwood (opposite
Woolworths on the Big Gun Service Road) and you can
phone them on 3841 4055.
Hijabs that some girls wear
(Adapted from unknown
Hijab: It is a band of fabric approximately 4 inches
wide. It covers the back of the head and allows all the
hair to be exposed. It doesn't serve much in terms of
modesty, but at least it comes in handy in case of an
unexpected tennis match.
(also known as the Saran wrap) Hijab: It covers all
the hair, but it is totally transparent. Again it
doesn't serve much in terms of modesty, but it keeps the
hair nice and fresh.
Mouse Hijab: It is when a girl wears a black scarf
and tucks it behind her ear, so that her ears stick out.
'yo-yo' Hijabs: The first yo-yo hijab, also known as
the Benazir Bhutto hijab, is the scarf that keeps
falling down and needs to be constantly pulled back
up....up, down, up, down, just like a yo-yo.
Hijab: This type of hijab is predominant at any type
of social event, i.e. an Aqeeqah, wedding, etc. This is
when an Imam or Qari comes up to the microphone and
starts to recite Qur'an. At this point, all the
convertible hijabs come up...until he says "Sadaqallaahul
adheem". I'm not sure, but apparently in some cultures
that translates to "ok sisters, you may now take off
Hijab: What's even funnier is when people do not
anticipate the recitation of Qur'an at a social event,
and are forced to be creative and use accessories such
as a purse to cover one's hair. I was surprised to see a
women hold her purse over her head as "hijab"..as if the
multitudes of men surrounding her are not a good enough
reason to wear hijab, but some guy reciting du'aa
compels her to hold a purse over her head. Her friends
were more creative...one friend used her dinner napkin.
Hijab: Two or more girls draped under one dinner
napkin during the recitation of Qur'an. Her other friend
was still more creative. She used her coffee saucer on
the back of her head. I wasn't sure if it was hijab or a
Yamaka. I didn't know if she was a Muslim or a Jew. I
felt like going up to her and saying "Shalom alaikum,
Well, the point to
remember is that some people make an effort to wear
hijab, but it is futile, because it is not fulfilling
it's purpose. It's like using an umbrella with holes in
The United Islamic Camp
at Camp Bornhoffen went of well last weekend despite the
rain. Some 90 boys, girls and young men and women
departed after Jumma in two buses from Kuraby Mosque and
returned on Sunday evening.
A variety of activities
kept the happy campers amused and entertained
You can catch all the
action at the Queensland Muslim Times website,
CresFit4Life Breakfast Walk
(Don't be a Sunday slouch
- come on out!)
If you are reading this
between 7 and 10am this Sunday morning then you are one
of the very few missing out on the fresh Brisbane River
air at Orleigh Park and a hearty (and healthy)
breakfast with friends and family, courtesy of Crescents
To get us in shape for
CresWalk2006, the organizers have also invited Margie
Culverhouse, founder of
Personal Training, to give us a pep talk and tips on
how to get fit for the big day.
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