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Sunday, 26 August 2007

Sunday 13 SHa`baan 1428 A.H.

Newsletter 0146

لسلام عليكم

Crescents' CresWalk 2007 Wins Joint Award


At a glittering function hosted by the Brisbane Indian Times at the Brisbane City Hall last night, CresWalk2007 and Eidfest2006 jointly won the best organized community function/event award. Crescents of Brisbane was also a finalist in the associations/non-profit organizations category.


In an awards night punctuated by Bollywood-styled choreography and Bhangra beat, a 350-strong audience (made up of the who's who of local businesses and politics) heard Master of Ceremonies, Sinnathamby Junior, announce Deputy State Premier, Anna Bligh, as Indian of the Year.


Looking dazzlingly elegant in a sari, belle of the ball Bligh cautiously and successfully negotiated the steps to the stage to the sound of rapturous applause.


Once at the podium, Ms Bligh waxed lyrical about the achievements and contributions of the Indian community and the value of Australian exports to India.


The rest of the evening saw out awards given in a number of categories including those for:


Professional Services


New Business of the Year

Outstanding Business of the Year 

Formal Dining



Community Volunteer



The CresWalk2007 Team receive their Best Organized Event award on stage




Members of the Crescents of Brisbane Team with Deputy Premier Anna Bligh.

(L to R) Bilkish Omar, Iqbal Sultan, Faisal Hatia, Julie Hatia, Anna Bligh, Nazima Hansa, Kareema Benjamin and Mustafa Ally

Young Achiever of the Year, Rehaan Ali, with Deputy Premier



Hussain Assaf (3rd from left) of Ala-Din Wholesale & Catering and his young protégées receive the Hospitality Award from Ipswich Mayor and former Indian of the Year, Paul Pisasale (right)

Omar Khan of Global Convenience takes the Food and Convenience Store Award third time in a row.

The Eidfest2006 Team (2nd from left to right) Sultan Deen Yasmin Khan, Rubana Moola and Yusuf Khatree


Thank you donors and supporters!


The Crescents BBQ brightens up an overcast day

Crescents of Brisbane and the Red Cross thank the many people who turned up to donate their blood yesterday (Saturday 25 August) and support a very worthwhile cause.



The Kuraby Community Hall car park was once again a hive of activity and a testimony of the wonderful community spirit that prevails in this neck of the woods. 



It was an excellent turnout despite having to endure the four seasons on the one day, and the delightful staff of the Red Cross coped magnificently with the eager donors who turned out throughout the day.



There was a visible look of dejection on the faces of those who plucked up courage to turn up and only to discover that they were not eligible to give their blood but the Crescents sizzling BBQ and a convivial atmosphere soon made up for any disappointment.




The winners of the 5 $100 Coles/Myers Gift Cards are:


Mr. Paul Egan

Mrs. Rashida Khan

Mrs Dawn Weir

Mrs. Melanie Hornick

Mrs. Bilkish Omar



The 2 winners of the double pass Gold Class Cinema Tickets are:


Mrs Shameema Nathie

Mr. Mohammed Koya







A Red Cross Nurse helps pick the random draw prize winners

Osman Rane (foreground) signs up for his 50th donation as Murad Ali (right)  inches closer to the needle


With Nurse Sandy behind him there's no turning back for first time donor, Hashim Hatia



Get out! Take a HIKE!


September is the time to dig out those hiking boots and get ready for the Great Australian Bushwalk!


On Sunday, September 9, over 120 magnificent guided bushwalks will take place all around Australia - LET'S



It will also be your last chance to 'get out' before Ramadaan and it's FREE.


boondall wetlands


The first walk (Boondall Wetlands) is the easiest and shortest and it's great for the kids too! 


If you're interested, click on the link below and register your details:






Seven great reasons to join the Great Australian Bushwalk:
  1. SAFE - walk in safety: walk with a group and an experienced guide.
  2. SPECTACULAR - visit magnificent parts of Australia's natural environment - from rainforests to rockhopping, mountains to beaches, marshland to sand dunes.
  3. FREE - all walks are provided at no charge.
  4. EASY - you don't need to be super fit. You don't need expensive equipment. You don't have to drive for many miles. And in no time you'll feel a million miles away.
  5. HEALTHY - have fun and improve your fitness at the same time. Walking is proven to be great for everything from asthma to diabetes, weight loss to heart health. And it is much more fun than the gym.
  6. SOCIAL - Meet all sorts of new people from your area and across the country. Make new friends.
  7. PROTECTING - support the protection of Australia's natural environment by enjoying this event, presented by leading bushwalking and conservation groups



Several CCN readers have already registered for the Boondall Wetlands Walk.


See your there, Insha-Allah...


The Good Caterer's Guide

Crescents of Brisbane has made a tentative start at developing a Guide to Halal Food Preparation and Supervision for non-Muslim caterers for several reasons:

  1. We are dependent on non-Muslim caterers for many of our functions (more so because many venues won’t allow outside caterers).

  2. At a recent Muslim organized function the guests discovered ham in their potato salad.

  3. Often what we take for granted when making arrangements with caterers turns out to be less than obvious to them.

  4. If caterers had a documented set of requirements they would not be able to plead ignorance later.

  5. Most caterers want to do the right thing but often are not aware of the basic requirements.

  6. We have had several emails over the past year from restaurant owners and caterers asking basic questions about our requirements


We invite CCN readers and organizations to study this draft document and help us refine it before we release it for general use. Your comments and suggestions should be emailed to theteam@crescentsofbrisbane.org.


Download Draft Guide.


 Eight Mile Plains Mosque Takes Shape


Building of the Mosque and Islamic Centre of Eight Mile Plains has got off the ground.


The total area of 11,000m2 will comprise an area of 21.5m x 18m with a 30m high minaret.


There will be administration offices for the Society, a residential section for the Imam, a traditional Bosnian fountain (Sadrvan) and parking and sports and recreation facilities.


If you would like to support the completion of the project you can donate as follows:


Bank: Commonwealth

Account Name: Islamic Society of EMP Inc.

Acc No. : 1023 3602

BSB. No. : 064 170


P O Box 279, Sunnybank, QLD, 4109



The CCN Cut 'n Paste Media Monitor


Under the radar visit


On a two-week "under the radar" visit to Australia, Syrian-born Wafa Sultan secretly met both sides of federal politics and Jewish community leaders, warning them that all Muslims needed to be closely monitored in the West...... read the rest.


African refugee quota cut


AUSTRALIA'S intake of refugees from Africa will be slashed because many are failing to integrate.


The quota of refugees from Sudan, Ethiopia, Somalia, Eritrea and other war-torn  African countries will be reduced from 50 to  30 per cent. 


The places will be filled by  larger intakes from the Middle East-particularly Christians who have led persecution in  Iraq - and the Asian region. 


Australia's overall refugee intake for 2007-08 will be maintained at 13,000 places. 


Authorities are concerned  many African refugees fleeing  ethnic and religious  persecution in their homelands  are struggling to find work adapt to Australia's way of life.


In Brisbane, there has been reports of Sudanese youth involved in gangs.


The  Sudanese-born population in Australia has swelled to more than 23,000, up from only 2600 a decade ago.


Immigration Minister Kevin Andrews said the shift away from Africa reflected an improvement in conditions in some countries and an increase in the number of people returning to their country. 


Mr Andrews said Australia's refugee intake from the Middle East would be lifted from 28 to 35 per cent. The intake from Asia will jump from 20 to 30 per cent.


Source: Courier Mail


Indian community turns away from PM


THE Howard Government is facing a damaging electoral backlash from the nation's Indian community over the Mohamed Haneef affair.


Raj Natarajan, president of the United Indian Associations, the peak body representing the 150,000 Indian-born Australians, said yesterday the Indian community felt "badly let down" by the Government and would vent its anger at the polls.


"There is a lot of dissatisfaction ... and I would not be surprised if that is reflected in the election," Mr Natarajan told The Weekend Australian...... read the rest.


Call for Judges and Award Nominations




In order for the upcoming nominations for the 3rd Annual Australian Muslim Achievement Awards (AMAA) to be decided upon more widely, the organizers are requesting expressions of interest from interstate people to potentially be part of the judging process.


The intention is to have a larger spread of independent judges to vote on the top 3 nominations in each category, and to also determine the eventual winners.




The criteria for the judging panel are:


They must:

1. be an Australian citizen, and a Muslim
2. be aware of Muslim community and projects across Australia
3. have email access
4. accept their names to be revealed after the Awards
5. must not be nominated to receive an award

6. send a brief bio about themselves and why they would like to judge, or explain why they would nominate a particular person to be a judge.

7. provide a reference contact person.

8. accept to be removed if a conflict of interest arises within the nomination process.


Only a few judges will be chosen from each state.


Send your expression of interest and contact details to:

events@missionofhope.org.au and include in the subject line: "Judges"


Deadline for expressions of interest for judges is Friday August 31st.


The successes of the Australian Muslim Community will be celebrated on Saturday November 24th 2007.


Also don't forget to nominate individuals/organizations for the awards.


Details are available online at http://www.missionofhope.org.au/amaa


AMAA organizers ask you to help recognize fellow Muslim individuals and organizations, and recognize their achievements in order to empower our growing community.


Nominations for Awards close on September 28th 2007.


Contact person: 

Asmaa Mohamad

MoH Executive

AMAA Co-ordinator


mobile: 0401 285 266


Simple Savings with CCN


Some large department stores unofficially mark down their catalogue items the afternoon before the big sale day.


I discovered this by accident when I ventured into Big W at 3.30pm on a Wednesday afternoon thinking it was the first day of their sale.


I had my eye on a Fisher Price phone for my one year old that was advertised as half price.




When I noticed the phone was still marked with the normal price the sales assistant said the sale didn’t start until Thursday, but then said that on a Wednesday after 3.30pm the systems change over so the catalogue items for the following day come on sale.


She scanned the toy and, sure enough, it was already marked down and I was able to purchase it at half price!

The following afternoon when I returned to Big W the item was sold out.


So if you have your eye on something special that may sell out quickly it pays to get in ahead of the crowds!

Source: www.simplesavings.com.au


Time to TEE OFF!


The Rotary Club of Archerfield's annual charity Golf Day takes place on Thursday 25 October at the Oxley Golf Club.


It's an Ambrose Event and no experience is necessary.


The nomination fee is $350 for for players, $275 for two and $80 for individuals.


The proceeds go to aid community needs in the area.


The nomination includes green fees, steak sandwich lunch, free on course drinks, group food platter after the game and multi-draw raffles.


For more information contact Ray Deen on 0418 738 432 0r 3879 8476


Filter software available for free


PARENTS are now able to download free software to help protect children against online pornography.


The filter technology is part of the Federal Government's $189 million Net Alert initiative.


Parents can download the software direct to a home computer or order the accredited and tested internet content filter on CD.


A hotline providing advice about managing online safety is also operational.


Communications Minister Helen Coonan said tackling internet safety was comparable to wearing seatbelts.


"Although a seatbelt goes a long way to protecting you in a car accident, it is only part of the solution to keeping safe on roads," Senator Coonan said.


"Traditional parenting skills have never been more important."


The software can be accessed from www.australia.gov.au/netalert


The new hotline number is 1800 880 176.


QMT SMS Service



The Queensland Muslim Times (QMT) will be once again providing its subscribers with instant moon sighting information this Ramadan.


This service will operate for the sighting of the moon at the beginning of Ramadan as well as for Eid.


Register your mobile number and email here:






*Please note: if you have subscribed to this service last year you will need to REGISTER once again as QMT will not be using last year's database.


Win up to $1000 in Ramadan Quiz



The Algester Alert


The Imaams of the Algester Mosque cordially invites young adults to the THIRD YOUTH CIRCLE (Halqah Youth) on Saturday 8th of September from Maghrib to Eshaa.

The programme will include Qiraa’h, Naat, Qaseedah, and lectures by the youth, Fiqha Questions and Answers, Zikr and many other subjects.

A special topic on Ramadaan will be discussed as well in order to prepare the youth for the great month of Ramadaan.

Date: Sat. 8 Sept 07
Venue: Algester Masjid
Time: Maghrib to Eshaa

The Algester youth circle is for both males and females.

For more info:
Contact: Ml Aslam on 32197326



SHAB E BARA’AT will be celebrated at the Algester Mosque on Tuesday evening 28 August from Maghrib to Eshaa.

The programme is as follows:

After Maghrib Salaah, Nafil Salaahs will be performed, and then Surah Yaseen will be recited accompanied by the Dua Nisful – Sha’baan.

Thereafter a short Thikr will be performed and the Imaan will deliver a lecture until the time of Eshaa.
The Eshaa athaan will be at 7:20 pm and Eshaa Jamaat at 7:30 pm.

Refreshments will be served after Eshaa. Thereafter people will visit the Qabrastaan and offer dua of Maghfirah for the deceased.

Then we will return to the Algester Masjid and perform Salaatul – Tasbeeh.

Provision for females has also been made.

Or more info contact: Ml. Nawaaz on 0423734438

Or Ml. Aslam on 32197326

Women in Islamic Art



US-based Muslim artist, Dr. Huda Totonji, discusses the nuances of her calligraphy and artwork at the Griffith Islamic Research Unit


Dr. Huda Tontonji (Centre)

with attendees (2nd L to R), Ms. Sumaiya Musa, Ms Shaheda Khatree, Ms. Farah Suleman and Ms. Salma Ismail






More examples of Huda Totonji's work can be seen at her website: www.huda-art.com


Dr. Haneef transcript


Dr Haneef … visa appeal.



Download the complete 350+ pages of transcript of the Dr. Mohammed Haneef police interview.



Money for Musalla


The TAQWA CHARITY WELFARE ASSOCIATION BRISBANE is appealing to CCN readers to donate urgently towards the 150 Musallas (prayer mats) for the Aboriginal Islamic Centre in Redfern.


The cost per Musalla is $50.



Steering the appeal are the directors of the Association, Dr Abu Bakr Chotia, Mr. Aslam Nabi, Mr. Adam Dhedi and Dr Sadek Mustapha.


The Musallas will facilitate Salaats, Quranic and Islamic teaching classes.

Mr. Feisal Paruk is also assisting in raising these funds and can be contacted on 0403755652.

Australia has Decided - Hala Raghib is the Winner of the 2007 People's Choice Award


Winner Dr Hala Raghib, a young Victorian scientist whose passion for her pets led her to develop a new way of testing drugs without harming animals, has won the 2007 Australian Museum Eureka Prizes People's Choice Award.

Nominated for research she undertook for her PhD at the RMIT School of Medical Sciences, Hala was chosen by the Australian public who voted online for their favourite scientist.

As the ‘People's Choice', Hala revealed a soft-hearted side to the Australian public. An entrant in the Voiceless Eureka Prize for Research which Replaces the Use of Animals or Animal Products, Hala's research developed a screening model for testing the safety of new heart medicines without the need to use animals.

"Hala's work developing a new drug screening methodology, and her commitment to making the world a better place through scientific research, is exactly the kind of science that the Australian Museum Eureka Prizes aim to encourage and celebrate." said Australian Museum Director Frank Howarth. "Hala and her fellow finalists in the People's Choice Award have drawn attention to some amazing scientific research, innovation, leadership and ability in this country."

The Australian Museum Eureka Prizes are the nation's most prestigious science awards. The Australian Museum Eureka Prizes People's Choice Award is decided by popular vote - the only Eureka prize where the public decides who wins. Voters themselves enter a draw to WINprizes, with first prize the sequencing of part of the voter's DNA by the Australian Museum's DNA lab. Other prizes include Microsoft software, book vouchers from Abbey's Bookshop Sydney and an ABC Shop gift voucher.


Dr Hala Raghib: I was born in Kuwait. But we moved here in 93 straight after the gulf war.

My parents were always encouraging. To them education came first. I was always interested in learning. I was always interested in finding out what science was about.

Life was different here compared to Kuwait because of the language I never knew how to speak English. It did take me a few years to learn it and I think I did pretty well.

I got interested in cardiovascular research because we have a family history, my dad went through cardiovascular disease in the past. At the same time I was interested in providing more reliable approaches in science and reduce the use of animals and animal products in research.

When I was working with rats I didn’t enjoy the small animal surgery I didn’t enjoy the culling and removal of tissues I didn’t think it was giving me a clear picture of what was happening in the cardiovascular disease.

Dr Graham Phillips: Hala has devised a testing system that predicts what adverse effects non-cardiovascular drugs will have on the heart. Using only human and no animal cells, Hala showed that drugs can interrupt the electrical impulse that regulates the heart. This can cause arrhythmia or even cardiac arrest.

Dr Hala Raghib: The results of this project proved that the results were superior to. Animal models and it shows that there is better predictability of the effects of these drugs on humans compared to animals. This study provides significant potential to reduce the use of animals in frequent testing in the pharmaceutical industry.

I’d be very proud if I win this award because I feel like I’ve come a long way. If I was in Kuwait I wouldn’t even be able to continue on with tertiary studies.

Dr Hala Raghib’s Dad: I’m very proud of Hala, good girl.

Dr Hala Raghib: I’m so proud that I was able to do my research without using animals and I think my cat would have been proud too if she understood.

Source: http://www.austmus.gov.au/eureka/go/vote


Changes to Migration Laws




On 21st August new migration regulations which will overhaul the General Skilled Migration Programme will be introduced into Parliament.  These changes are scheduled to take effect from 1st September.


Some of these changes will directly affect people who want to sponsor their families to Australia (to areas other than regional/rural areas). 


These changes will include:


The reduction of the pass mark for people migrating under the family sponsorship component from 110 points to 100 points.


The abolition of the 15 points awarded to people who have family who want to sponsor them to migrate to Australia;


The abolition of Assurances of Support (AoS) and the Sydney and Selected Areas Skill Shortage List (SSASSL).




Read the FECCA analysis.




Federation of Ethnic Communities' Councils of Australia (FECCA) is the Australian national peak body that promotes multiculturalism, community harmony and social justice. It is involved in community education, advocacy for equitable access to services and information for Australians from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds, as well as human and cultural rights.


A word from this week's sponsors........JIIS DESIGNS




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The Rudd Southern African Connection








The sister-in-law of Opposition Leader of Parliament Kevin Rudd  and wife of Greg Rudd is a 30-year-old Botswanan-born woman.









Culture of Islam Focus of Open Day


THE University of Southern Queensland (USQ) on Saturday hosted an Islamic Centre Open Day which invited people of all faiths and ages to learn about the Islamic religion and culture.


The event was officially opened by president of the Toowoomba Islamic Society Assoc. Professor Shahjahan Khan and USQ vice chancellor Professor Bill Lovegrove.



Professor Khan said in 1993 there was only half a dozen Muslims studying at USQ, compared with more than 200 now.



He said the open day highlighted the Islamic values which included working together, respecting neighbours and respecting each other.



Professor Khan throughout the invited feedback and discussion about the Islamic faith.

Source: Toowoomba Chronicle





Kareema's Keep Fit Column



Q: After work I like to de-stress in front of the TV. Not good, I know, so can you please help with some suggestions, Kareema?







A: First of all, good on you for recognising that just sitting in front of the TV is not good for you.

You should start by limiting the time you spend watching TV, e.g.. 1 - 2hrs per evening.

If this is your way of de-stressing, try using a fitball as your 'TV chair'. Just sitting up tall will engage and strengthen the stomach and back muscles. Try following some of these exercises and be sure to keep the back straight at all times.


1.  PUSH-UPS:  bend and extend elbows.  Strengthens the chest and shoulders


     level 1 - hips on the ball  (beginner)

     level 2 - knees on the ball

     level 3 - feet on the ball  (advanced)

2.    LIFTING OPPOSITE ARM AND LEG: strengthens the back


3.     ALTERNATE LEG LIFTS: engages hips and strengthening legs, abs and back


4.    WALL SQUATS:   feet shoulder width apart (or slightly wider)  - bend knees and push up with your weight through your heels.   Strengthens leg muscles



5.    CRUNCHES:   lie on your back with the ball on your stomach, lift shoulders up off the floor while rolling the ball towards the knees. Strengthens stomach muscles 





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.


Graduation Ceremony Speech


Pulitzer Prize-winning authorat the graduation ceremony of an American university where she was awarded an Honorary PhD

"I’m a novelist. My work is human nature. Real life is all I know. Don’t ever  confuse the two, your life and your work. You will walk out of here this afternoon with only one thing that no one else has. There will be hundreds of people out there with your same degree: there will be thousands of people doing what you want to do for a living. But you will be the only person alive who has sole custody of your life. Your particular life. Your entire life. Not just your life at a desk, or your life on a bus, or in a car, or at the computer. Not just the life of your mind, but the life of your heart. Not just your bank accounts but also your soul. 

People don’t talk about the soul very much anymore. It’s so much easier to write a resume than to craft a spirit. But a resume is cold comfort on a winter’s night, or when you’re sad, or broke, or lonely, or when you’ve received your test results and they’re not so good.

Here is my resume: I am a good mother to three children. I have tried never to let my work stand in the way of being a good parent. I no longer consider myself the centre of the universe. I show up. I listen. I try to laugh. I am a good friend to my husband. I have tried to make marriage vows mean what they say. I am a good friend to my friends and they to me. Without them, there would be nothing to say to you today, because I would be a cardboard cut out. But I call them on the phone, and I meet them for lunch. I would be rotten, at best mediocre at my job if those other things were not true.

You cannot be really first rate at your work if your work is all you are. So here’s what I wanted to tell you today: Get a life. A real life, not a manic pursuit of the next promotion, the bigger pay cheque, the larger house. Do you think you’d care so very much about those things if you blew an aneurysm one afternoon, or found a lump in your breast?

Get a life in which you notice the smell of salt water pushing itself on a breeze at the seaside, a life in which you stop and watch how a red-tailed hawk circles over the water, or the way a baby scowls with concentration when she tries to pick up a sweet with her thumb and first finger.

Get a life in which you are not alone. Find people you love, and who love you. And remember that love is not leisure, it is work. Pick up the phone. Send an email. Write a letter. Get a life in which you are generous. And realize that life is the best thing ever, and that you have no business taking it for granted. Care so deeply about its goodness that you want to spread it around. Take money you would have spent on beer and give it to charity. Work in a soup kitchen. Be a big brother or sister. All of you want to do well. But if you do not do good too, then doing well will never be enough.

It is so easy to waste our lives, our days, our hours, and our minutes. It is so easy to take for granted the colour of our kids’ eyes, the way the melody in a symphony rises and falls and disappears and rises again. It is so easy to exist instead of to live. I learned to live many years ago. I learned to love the journey, not the destination. I learned that it is not a dress rehearsal, and that today is the only guarantee you get. I learned to look at all the good in the world and try to give some of it back because I believed in it, completely and utterly. And I tried to do that, in part, by telling others what I had learned. By telling them this: Consider the lilies of the field. Look at the fuzz on a baby’s ear. Read in the back yard with the sun on your face. Learn to be happy. And think of life as a terminal illness, because if you do, you will live it with joy and passion as it ought to be lived".

An earlier speech

The Culinary Corner



(Makes 1 loaf)
500 ml Snowflake Cake Flour (280 g) - 5 ml baking powder - 3 ml bicarbonate of soda - 3 ml ground cinnamon - 2 ml salt - 125 g butter or margarine - 125 ml caramel brown sugar (100 g) - 125 ml white sugar (100 g) - 2 extra-large eggs - 45 ml fresh orange juice - 5 ml finely grated orange rind - 375 ml finely grated carrots - 125 ml pecan nuts, chopped (75 g) - 125 ml sultanas (75 g)

125 ml cream cottage cheese - 15 ml orange juice - 3 ml finely grated orange rind - 625 ml icing sugar (400 g) - 60 ml chopped pecan nuts.

Preheat oven to 180 °C. Sift dry ingredients together. Cream the butter and sugars well together. Add eggs one at a time and beat well after each addition. Add orange juice and rind to mixture. Add dry ingredients and mix well. Stir in the carrots, nuts and sultanas. Pour into a well-greased 23 cm loaf tin and bake in preheated oven for about 1 hour. Leave in tin for a few minutes and turn out to cool off. For icing: Mix the creamed cottage cheese, lemon juice and rind. Sift icing sugar and beat together until just smooth and fluffy. Spread icing over cooled loaf and sprinkle with chopped nuts.





Prepare portions of a meal in advance: If there is a masala or paste or chopping of nuts that you can do a day ahead, do so as it will reduce the cooking time.




Source: Radio Islam Newsletter - Monday, 20 August 2007



Do you have a recipe to share with CCN readers?
Send in your favourite recipe to theteam@crescentsofbrisbane.org and who knows, you could be our "guest chef" for a future edition of CCN.


The CCN Chuckle


Mula Nasruddin  walks into a restaurant with his mule in tow.


His mule is wearing a Broncos jersey and cap and is festooned with little maroon flags.


The restaurant owner says, "Hey! No pets are allowed in here! You'll have to leave!"


Mula Nasruddin begs him, "Look, I'm desperate. We're both big fans, and this is the only place around here where we can watch the game!"

After securing a promise that the mule will behave, and warning him that he and the mule will be thrown out if there's any trouble, the owner relents and allows them to stay and watch the game.


The big game begins with Broncos receiving the kick-off.


They speed off down field and immediately score a penalty.


With that the mule jumps up on the table, gets onto his hind legs and begins walking up and down giving high-fives to everyone.

The restaurant owner says, "Wow that is the most amazing thing I've ever seen! What does the mule do if they score a try?"


Mula Nasruddin replies, "I don't know, I've only had him for a year."


The CCN Date Claimer





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26 August


Multicultural Festuri 2007 Social Issues Forum

Sunshine Coast Interfaith Network (SCIN)

University Of The Sunshine Coast Lecture Theatre 7

5496 0332

10am to 3pm

28 August



Islamic Society of Algester

Algester Mosque

32197326 / 0423734438

after Magrib

1 September


Spring Fete

Islamic College of Brisbane

45 Acacia Rd, Karawatha


11am to 7pm

2 September


Community Forum: Anti-Terror Legislation


Multi-Faith Centre, Griffith Uni (Nathan Campus)

0422 349 785

9:30am to 3pm

5 September


Sisters Learning Program: Muslim Woman and Society, Part 2

IFA Youth

Kuraby Mosque



8 September


Spring Lamb on the Spit Night

Australian International Islamic College

Blunder Rd, Durack

3372 1400


8 September


Third Youth Circle (Halqah Youth)

Islamic Society of Algester

Algester Mosque


Magrib to Esha

9 September


Great Australian Bushwalk

National Parks Association of Qld




13/14 September



Start of Ramadaan

11/12 October



End of Ramadaan

12/13 October




14 October


Queensland Multicultural Festival

Multicultural Affairs Queensland

Roma Street Parkland

3872 0756(ext:21756)

All day

20 October


Breast Cancer Awareness

Crescents of Brisbane

Kuraby State Special School Hall


1.30pm - 5pm

27 October


Qld Eidfest 2007

Qld Eidfest

Mt Gravatt Showgrounds


10am to 10pm

19/20 November

Monday & Tuesday

Queensland Multicultural Summit ‘07



State Library of Queensland

3844 9166

All day

20/21 December




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