The Team at
Crescents of Brisbane and CCN wishes all our readers and
their families and friends all the very best for Eid-ul-Fitr.
May all your
duas during Ramadan be also accepted.
Day Programme Announcements
Islamic College of Brisbane, 45 Acacia Road. Karawatha
The Islamic Council
of Queensland (ICQ), the
Australian International Islamic College (AIIC),
Darul Uloom (Buranda), and
Mosques have come together
in the spirit of unity to host Eid-ul-Fitr prayers at a
common venue - the Islamic College of Brisbane,
As a consequence of this decision all
programmes planned earlier by AIIC and Kuraby Mosque for
Eid day have been cancelled. The organizations apologize
for any inconvenience caused by this decision.
MC of the
Program Imaam Peer
6: 00AM Takbeer-
Co-ordinators Abu Fahdhi & Abu Tariq
Address by I.C.Q Chairman Haji Suliman Sabdia
Eid Lecture Moulana Uzair Akbar
Explanation of Eid Salaah Moulana Uzair Akbar
Eid Salaah and Khutbah Moulana Abdul Quddoos
7: 20AM Dua
Imam Ahmed Abu Ghazala
will be celebrated on Saturday 13th October 2007
subject to confirmation of moon sighting.
event of rain the Eid-ul-Fitr Salaah will be held in
the respective Mosques
been set at $10:00 per person.
early and bring your own prayer mats
Brisbane activist makes it in the top three
Salam and a very proud Mom
Salam El-Merebi, 20, was one of
the top three finalists for the Queensland Young
Achievers Award under the Community Services category.
Ms. El-Merebi was one of the youngest of
the 400 nominees for the state-wide prestigious award.
Her selfless efforts for the community
and advocacy for the rights of all marginalised people
(in particular raising awareness on the human rights
abuses of Palestinians) were formally recognised at an
Awards Gala Presentation Dinner last weekend.
"Salam has made the Muslim community
proud, especially as she was the only Muslim (AND hijab-clad!)
nominee and the only person of a non-English speaking
background", Shaima Khan, Muslim Youth Services' Muslim
Youth and Community Development Officer, told our CCN
"Salam is a shining example for
Australian Muslim youth - proud of being an ambassador
for Islam, determined to correct peoples' misconceptions
about Muslims through walking her talk by serving others
"It must also be mentioned that the ever-so-modest Salam
literally had to be dragged kicking and screaming to
give her consent for the nomination! But this formal
recognition is an act of dawah as it challenges the
stereotypes of Muslim youth - showing the wider
community that there ARE local, hard-working Muslim
youth who are dedicated to making our world a better
place.", added Khan.
CCN congratulates Salam on her
Watch this space as CCN gets Up Close and
Personal with Ms El-Merebi in one of our forthcoming
Following on from the food
hamper report in last week's CCN, the Islamic Women's
Association of Queensland was overwhelmed by the
response of the community.
There was hardly room to
move through the offices of IWAQ as food parcels from
various sources came pouring in throughout the week.
IWAQ Manager, Galila
Abdelsalam told CCN she wanted to thank the many
people who contributed to this initiative and to the
staff and volunteers of IWAQ who put in a tremendous
effort to get the hampers out to those in need.
Fast Colors Spain's La Liga
By Al-Amin Andalusi, IOL Correspondent
are in a
"Those who know Islam
understand that fasting empowers and does not
weaken the Muslim," Kanoute says.
the longest-standing Muslim family on the Gold Coast and
their youngest member is about to experience her first Ramadan.
Saarah Jannah Goss, at eight
months old, is too young to understand the significance
of the month of fasting but the rest of her family is
busy preparing for the holy time.
Her great, great grandparents arrived in
Australia almost 100 years ago, migrants from Pakistan,
and eventually made the Gold Coast their home.
Forty members of the Goss family still
live here and there are 150 relatives living between
Cairns and Sydney.
Little Saarah Jannah's father, Rahman
Goss, said his family first settled in Southport
when the area was little more than bushland.
"My great grandparents were the first on
the Gold Coast," he said.
"They were the founders of the mosque,
they bought the land for it and built the first mosque
which is down below this one.
"The Goss family first settled in
"They owned a lot of the land there, and
when the council eventually divided up the land, they
named a street after the family."
Rahman's father Hussin Goss said
the family, as it did every year, would put on a dinner
for the larger Muslim community tonight.
"There will probably be about 600 to 700
people at the mosque," he said.
"The whole community comes together and
helps. Ramadan is a month of giving, of spiritual
reflection, a month of being kind and getting back
to basics and understanding the religion."
Source: Marissa Lynch writing for the
Weekend Gold Coast Bulletin 15/9/2007
Program finds itself in Lost City
The Ifthar Feeding Operation was extended
to Lost City (South Africa). Sponsored by the Islamic
Women's Welfare Association (IWWA) of Lakemba, Sydney
catered for some 200 families.
Thus far 200 food parcels have been
handed out and a further 200 will be distributed before
the end of Ramadaan, again mainly in Lavender Hill,
Tafelsig and Lost City. Parcels have also been
distributed to the families in Manenberg and Maitland.
These families are made up of the chronically
ill, infirm, aged, unemployed, single battling moms and
Bill -US Congress
It is for the first time in history that the
United States Congress will commemorate and recognize
the month of Ramadan as the Islamic holy month. The
language from the bill text follows:
1st Session - H. RES. 635
Recognizing the commencement of Ramadan, the Islamic
holy month of fasting and spiritual renewal, and
commending Muslims in the United States and throughout
the world for their faith.
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
September 5, 2007
Ms. EDDIE BERNICE JOHNSON of Texas (for herself, Mr.
MEEKS of New York, and Mr. ELLISON) submitted the
following resolution; which was referred to the
Committee on Foreign Affairs
Recognizing the commencement of Ramadan, the Islamic
holy month of fasting and spiritual renewal, and
commending Muslims in the United States and throughout
the world for their faith.
Whereas since the terrorist attacks on the United States
on September 11, 2001, threats and incidents of violence
have been directed at law-abiding, patriotic Americans
of African, Arab, and South Asian descent, particularly
members of the Islamic faith;
Whereas, on September 14, 2001, the House of
Representatives passed a concurrent resolution
condemning bigotry and violence against Arab-Americans,
American Muslims, and Americans from South Asia in the
wake of the terrorist attacks;
Whereas it is estimated that there are approximately
1,500,000,000 Muslims worldwide;
Whereas Ramadan is the holy month of fasting and
spiritual renewal for Muslims worldwide, and is the 9th
month of the Muslim calendar year; and
Whereas the observance of the Islamic holy month of
Ramadan commences at dusk on September 13, 2007, and
continues for one lunar month: Now, therefore, be it
(1) during this time of conflict, in order to
demonstrate solidarity with and support for members of
the community of Islam in the United States and
throughout the world, the House of Representatives
recognizes the Islamic faith as one of the great
religions of the world; and
(2) in observance of and out of respect for the
commencement of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of
fasting and spiritual renewal, the House of
Representatives acknowledges the onset of Ramadan and
expresses its deepest respect to Muslims in the United
States and throughout the world on this significant
It gives me great pleasure to send
greetings of peace and warmest wishes to my Muslim
friends during this holy month of Ramadhan, a time
of compassion, contemplation and charity.
I would especially like to wish you a very rewarding
and blessed last 10 days and hope that this month
has been very spiritually fulfilling.
I wish you and your family good health, prosperity
and serenity this month and always. Ramadhan
Stephen Robertson MP
Member for Stretton
Minister for Health
2007 Media Release
The 3rd Annual Australian Muslim
Achievement Awards (AMAA) organised by Mission of Hope,
will be held in Sydney on the 24th of November 2007.
The Australian Muslim Achievement Awards
is an event that acknowledges and celebrates Muslim
Australian contribution to both their community, and the
wider Australian society.
In 2007, 82 nominations from around Australia have been
received. This is a significant increase in the number
of last year’s nominations.
The President of Mission of Hope, Hanan
Dover, stated that “Australian Muslim achievements
continue to be recognised and the Australian Muslim
Achievement Awards have grown in popularity where a
greater number of nominations were received this year
and the standard of the nomination entries are becoming
The most competitive category in 2007,
is the Event of the Year category where 16 nominations
have been received.
The 11 Categories this year include: Man of the
year, Woman of the Year, Youth of the year, Sportsperson
of the year, Event of the Year, Best New Initiative of
the year, Community Organisation of the Year, Media
Outlet of the year, Professional of the year, Role Model
of the year, and Business of the Year.
Mission of Hope will also be asking for
an expression of interest for potential candidates for
the Australian Muslim Lifetime Achiever Award that is
awarded to individuals who have serviced the community
for over 25 years.
The last award will be going to a mainstream
organisation where their support and efforts to assist
the Australian Muslim community are recognized.
The Awards will be held on Saturday November 24th at the
Fontana Di Trevi, 53 Raymond Street , Bankstown .
The Islamic Society of
Ipswich Inc held its AGM for the year 2007 - 2008 and
2008 - 2009 at the Ipswich Masjid on 30 September 2007.
The following members
were elected on the management committee;
Br Amar Ali Khan
Haji Jameel Deen
Dr Muhammad Arshad
Br Aaron Palmer
Dr Iftikhar Ahmad
Br Abdul Rahman Deen
Dr Muhammad Ashraf Memon, Dr Syed Zujaj Qaudri,
Dr Omair and Br Abdul Razak.
Members at the AGM agreed
to renovate some areas of the Masjid including putting
on a roof and covering up the gap between the two
buildings to provide shelter from rain and the hot
summer sun of Ipswich. It was also decided by the
members to put new toilets for women close to the
women's section of the Masjid to provide appropriate
privacy to the ladies and to provide proper wudu places
for both men and women since we don't have proper wudu
places in the Masjid. We perform our wudus in open with
no shelter at all with temporary water supply at the
back of the building.
We humbly request the
Muslim community of Qld and Australia to donate
generously to the renovation of the Masjid facilities.
May Allah swt reward you all abundantly in this holy
month of Ramadhan. Alhamdulillah, this is the second
time that members of the Ipswich Masjid are blessed with
the blessing of Khatmul Quran during the Taraweh prayer
by local Hafizs (Hufazah). May Allah shower his blessing
on them and the whole ummah of Rasullulah sws.
As the new President of
the society, I wish to thank both hafizul Quran for
their dedication and hard work and time, their families
for making them available for the Ipswich Masjid and
driving them to Ipswich every night and indeed the local
Muslim community of Ipswich for their participation and
providing Iftars. May Allah swt reward you all and
shower his blessing on you all and all Muslims of the
If you need further
information please contact the President on (O421 976
934) or the Vice President Haji Jameel Deen on 07 3274
Amar Ali Khan
Islamic Society of
Mob: 0421 976 934
Answer 60 questions and you could win
yourself a brand new laptop and 3 months subscription to
AlJumuah magazine by entering the Ramadan Quiz Challenge
The Islamic Women's Association
of Queensland (IWAQ) held an Ifthaar evening at
the Kuraby Special School during the week
attended by over 100 guests including a number
of non-Muslims and politicians who came to share
the event with them.
Hanan Tawfik, Maha Hijazi, Kira
Andrewartha (MC), Fatima Abdel-karim (Vice
President), Zahra Aboukoura (Secretary), Rita
Prasad-Ildes, Annette Yunus, Muna Ibrahim, Safia
Raza, Marnie D Alefosio, Azza El-Mekawi, Fadia
Shamseldin (MC), Naima Estrada Sitting (L-R)
Brett Raguse, Graham Perrett, Hon.
Stephen Robertson, Galila Abdelsalam (IWAQ
Manager), Helen Williams (President)
The CCN Cut 'n Paste Media Monitor
African refugee settlement: ECCQ
The Ethnic Communities Council of
Queensland has called on Immigration Minister Kevin
Andrews to withdraw his divisive, racist and inaccurate
comments on African and Sudanese refugees.
ECCQ, the peak body for ethnic communities and
multicultural organisations in Queensland, says it is
“appalled” at the Minister’s comments which it says are
damaging and at odds with his own department’s emphasis
“As the peak body in Queensland we
can say with certainty that the majority of African
migrants, including Sudanese, who arrive here under
Australia’s humanitarian program, settle well into
Australian life and get on with establishing new lives
for themselves and their families despite the horrific
and traumatic experiences most of them have endured,”
says ECCQ chairman, Mr Serge Voloschenko.
Queensland Not About To Join A
Witch Hunt: Minister
Queensland is not about to
join in a witch hunt, Multiculturalism Minister Lindy
Nelson-Carr said on Friday.
The majority of Sudanese refugees who have settled in
Australia have escaped persecution and mass killings in
their homeland and have embraced their new country as a
peaceful, prosperous haven for themselves and their
Ms Nelson-Carr has said she was aghast that the accusing
finger of Immigration Minister Kevin Andrews had pointed
directly at Sudanese people in Australia.
"They have gone through enough without being ostracised
by the very government of the country where their future
will be determined.
"Many were forced to leave loved ones behind, or have
been witness to murders and other forms of abuse.
"Not only do these people have to contend with escaping
the traumas of their past, they are confronted with a
new lifestyle that is worlds-apart from what they could
have ever imagined, Ms Nelson-Carr said.
"Back off Mr Andrews, we all know there's an election
Immigration Minister 'racist': Bligh
Premier Anna Bligh has launched a
scathing attack on Federal Immigration
Minister Kevin Andrews, describing his
comments about the Sudanese community as
"racist" and as coming from the "deep
south of America in the 1950s".
"I think frankly Australians will see
Kevin Andrews' comments for what they
are," Ms Bligh told a media conference
in Brisbane this morning.
"It has been a long time since I have
heard such a pure form of racism out of
the mouth of any Australian politician.
For it to come to come from the
Immigration Minister is particularly
"I think we are in for a desperate and
ugly federal election campaign and I
would suggest that people like Kevin
Andrews need to think long and hard
about the long-term traumatic effects he
will have on the lives of refugee
children and their families before he
opens his mouth again."
Mr Andrews earlier this week cut the
number of African refugees to be
accepted into Australia each year,
citing the failure of Sudanese refugees
to properly integrate as one of the
reasons behind the decision.
It prompted talkback callers to raise
minor crime issues and talk of Sudanese
gangs - issues which have been dismissed
by police in Queensland.
Ms Bligh said police data showed
Sudanese refugees were not involved in
crime any more frequently than any other
sector of the Australian community.
"What the crime data shows in Queensland
is that the Sudanese community is either
under-represented in our crime
statistics, or at the same as everybody
else," she said.
Ms Bligh said she had been advised by
police this morning that the highest
proportion of Sudanese immigrants in
Queensland was in Toowoomba.
"The police data shows us that those
Sudanese refugees are actually
under-represented in the crime
She said Sudanese were basically
law-abiding citizens and slammed Mr
"Kevin Andrews' comments are basically
making a judgment about the character of
people on the basis of their race," Ms
"There is no more pure form of racism.
And to have it come out of the mouth of
the federal Immigration Minister of this
country is something that I think
Australians will see for what it is - a
very transparent and desperate act in
the lead up to a federal election."
Ms Bligh said her own experience with
Sudanese refugees in her electorate of
South Brisbane showed many had spent
years in refugee camps and would feel
"terribly hurt" by the comments.
Muslim Business Network is organising a GALA EID DINNER
on Saturday 20 October at the RNA Showgrounds.
Dr. Hanief Khatree said: "A sumptuous
four course meal will be served and the surprise
entertainment is going to be spectacular."
"The kids are in for a treat also with
lots of giveaways."
There are prizes for the person who tells
the best joke, the best dressed and for those with the
lucky ticket numbers.
Dr. Khatree told CCN that they were
confident that this event will be something that the
public will enjoy tremendously since they had put a lot
of effort into organising it.
"Tickets are selling fast and so far 600
of the 800 have been sold", said Dr. Khatree.
People are advised to book early and
tickets can still be obtained from the MBN executive
committee members or by writing to
For more information contact Hanief
Khatree (0402 032 506) or Rubana Moola (0439 617 786)
Ramadaan in Vietnam
Ahmed Kadwa recently returned to
Brisbane from a business trip to Vietnam and was more
than surprised to discover that Ramadan was alive and
well in the Communist country where
religious practices are
discouraged and frowned upon.
He wrote of his experiences there:
Upon my arrival at the hotel
in Hanoi (in the north of Vietnam), I enquired if there
was a mosque and to my amazement the mosque was 105
No sooner had I entered my hotel room, a musallah was
sent up to me on a tray with qibla directions.
I later set out with a map in hand looking for the
I spent the entire afternoon
making endless trips back and forth down this busy,
With limited English being
spoken there, I was sent in every direction until I
finally stumbled across the front door of the mosque
quite by chance as the Magrib azaan was being given.
There were a handful of
people making iftaar and I found them to be very
They were from various
countries and the variety of food bore testament to
The trend is to remain at
mosque from iftaar to tharaweeh and after tharaweeh they
have a second more elaborate meal.
Over the remainder of my stay in Hanoi I made iftaar and
tharawee with them daily and was also fortunate to make
jumma there as well
Later that evening when I
returned from tharawee, I asked if I could get “an extra
early breakfast (sehri)” only to find that the hotel had
a special halal menu for sehri.
I was impressed and
requested to have the sehri provisions sent to me at
The salaat times in Vietnam are almost the same as in
Brisbane. At exactly 3.30am there was a knock on my door
and a huge trolley of food arrived.
I was not sure if they
thought I intended feeding all the guests on my floor. I
was impressed by their generosity.
They also sent me a very
large quantity of dates.
I really felt that they had over extended themselves
with the quantity of food they sent for sehri, so the
next day I requested a smaller portion of food for just
I stressed this point, but I
soon realized that it fell on deaf ears when another
huge tray arrived at exactly 3.30am the following
morning and this pattern was repeated over the remainder
of my stay in Hanoi.
The Imaam in Hanoi is a Vietnamese of the “Chums Tribe”.
This tribe is mainly in the
south of Vietnam near Hoi Chi Minh City (Saigon) and
The locals tell me that
there are about 15 mosques in the south near Hoi Chi
Minh City (Saigon) and surrounding areas.
On my last night in Hanoi (Saturday night), iftaar
provisions were provided by the Algerian Embassy and
there were about 120 people there including ladies and
I later learned from one of the brothers that they had
started having regular programmes at the mosque 2 months
ago in preparation for Ramadaan and were cautioned by
“the communist regime” to “ease off on these
Ahmed Kadwa (3rd from
left) with Embassy Personnel
The majority of Muslims in
Hanoi are associated with the various embassies and
consulates that are there.
I met embassy personnel from
various countries including Brunei, Malaysia, Libya,
Indonesia, Morocco, Egypt and Algeria.
There are just a few
permanent Muslim residents in Hanoi, one of them being
brother Br Ismail, who is originally from India and has
been living in Vietnam for 11 years.
He takes care of the mosque
as well as supplies halal meat to the Muslim community
and to the local hotels “on special request.”
There is only 1 halal
restaurant in Hanoi. It is quite a challenge to get
halal snack food in any shop.
Most of their biscuits,
cakes etc have lard and because of the language barrier,
one can never be sure of the ingredients used.
I felt extremely fortunate that I had this opportunity
of making Ramadaan in a Communist country.
There is an abundance of poverty in Vietnam. The people
are very hard working and generally honest in their
It was a very memorable experience and one that I will
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Kareema's Keep Fit Column
Q: Kareema, I've been consistent with
my walking routine especially during Ramadan, is there
anything else I can do to make my walk more effective?
A: The most important factor is your
- Stand tall (grow your spine) and keep your eyes ahead
instead of on the ground. This will keep your neck in
line with your spine.
- Keep your abs tight and you'll develop
your core strength.
- Relax your shoulders, pull back and
down with your shoulder blades.
- Swing your arms if you want to work
- Don't overstride as it will waste
energy and slow you down.
- Remember the 'heel - toe' rule. Be sure
to land on your heel then roll the foot and push off
with the toe. This allows the ankle to move through it's
complete range of motion.
- Fill up your lungs (breathe normally),
don't hold your breath.
- Most of all - ENJOY! This way you'll
want to do it again and again!!!
All questions sent in are published here
anonymously and without any references to the author of
4 cups flour - 1 times 10g dry yeast - ½ cup sugar - ½
tspn salt - ½ cup olive oil - 1 ½ cups luke warm water -
grated mozzarella cheese - cherry tomatoes, green
peppers & oregano to garnish.
1 times 410g can tomato & onion mix - 1 tblspn olive oil
- 4-6 cloves garlic, finely chopped - ½ tspn sugar - ½
cup tomato puree.
Combine flour, yeast, sugar and salt in a mixing bowl.
Mix half the oil with the luke water and add to flour.
Mix to a soft dough. Knead in the other half oil until
smooth, cover & leave to rise until double in size.
Punch down dough knead slightly and divide into 48
balls. Roll each ball into a round roti, leaving the
edges a little thick. Prick the centre of each roti with
a fork and bake at 180 degrees for five minutes.
Braise garlic in oil until garlic turns pink. Add tomato
and onion mix, oregano, sugar, salt and tomato puree.
Cook until sauce thickens. Spread sauce onto pizzas.
Sprinkle with cheese and top with cherry tomato halves &
green pepper slices. Sprinkle some oregano and bake at
180 degrees for 10-15 minutes. Makes 48, so you can then
freeze them and use as you need.
Source: Radio Islam Newsletter -
Wednesday, 03 October 2007
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