More than 200 ladies attended the Crescents of
Brisbane Breast Cancer Awareness Workshop yesterday
Shamime Mustapha, who attended the
workshop as a participant, gave CCN her assessment of
This was the Breast Cancer Awareness
Workshop attended by many and enjoyed by all. It was
plain to see that much effort had been put into every
aspect of the events of the day.
The ambience of the hall and organisation of the
programme, complimented with the culinary delights on
offer, pay testimony to the above.
We were well addressed by various speakers; some taking
the medical point of departure, detailing the signs and
symptoms of early detection, coupled with the various
methods of maintaining awareness. Practical
demonstrations along with startling facts and
audiovisual media, served to further educate and inform
the audience of the urgency of awareness.
A very inspiring talk by a breast cancer survivor,
brought forward the emotion, resilience, and humility
shared by all those touched by cancers, whether directly
or indirectly. Later in the day, a pleasant relaxation
exercise offered many an unexpected listener a few
moments to unwind.
Competitions were a plenty, creativity was awarded,
along with many random lucky draws.
Finally, we were treated to a fiesta of scrumptious
drinks and gourmet sandwiches, with sufficient time and
space to meet and greet.
We were equally fortunate to be able to use the volume
of leftovers to feed some of the cities' homeless.
Alhamdulillah, the entire event was wonderful!
We look forward to further such
Crescents of Brisbane wishes to
thank Saalihah Seedat (the brain child
and driving force behind this initiative),
Shahina Omar, Shaida Gutta,
Jamilah Solwa, and Ayesha Sabdia for
the work they put into getting this workshop
together and for their boundless creativity and
sooner had the Crescents Breast Cancer Awareness
Workshop ended when it was the turn of the Muslim
Business Network (MBN) to put on the largest gathering
of Muslims ever at an Eid Dinner.
The Commerce Building at the RNA
Showgrounds was packed to the rafters with almost a 1000
men, women and children in attendance at this inaugural
Proceedings started with a recitation of
the Quran by Year 10 student Hafiz Issa Negussie
which drew a round of muted applause.
The Malaysian High Commissioner, his
Excellency Dato Haji Salim Hashim, was the keynote
speaker and was followed by Dr. Hanief Khatree,
MBN President who was later to steal the show when he
was turned into a dancing midget by comedian and
illusionist extraordinaire, Matt Hollywood.
Sudanese comedian, Mujahid Ahmed,
fresh from a show-and-tell appearance on Denton's Enough
Rope programme on ABC, offered his brand of black
The prize for the best joke of the
evening went to 12-year old Wasim Omar.
The star entertainment of the evening was
undoubtedly Matt Hollywood who had the audience rolling
in the aisles when he transformed Mr. Farouk Adam
into a singing monkey and made an exceptionally obliging
Mr. Haneef Deen the victim of some very clever
CCN commends MBN on a well organized
function and one that is sure to become a permanent
feature of the local Muslim calendar. Great stuff!
adds a Feast for Thought to its Food and Fun
The EIDFEST TALKFEST FORUM & TALKS
will take place at Eidfest2007 on Saturday 27 October at
the Mt Gravatt Showgrounds in the Main Tent
You can listen to the views and personal experiences of
Muslims and non-Muslims on a variety of topics ranging
from Sufism and Bridge Building to Demystifying Islam
and Engaging with Australia’s Dispossessed.
forget to also support the Crescents Coffee Club
where you will find the best coffee and tea and freshly
baked doughnuts, cakes and toasted sandwiches in the
whole of Brisbane!
all our profits on the day go to a worthy cause.
this year a gathering in Canberra called Australia
Deliberates got together a cross-section of Australians
from right across the country, 330 men and women, for a
They gathered to talk about the so-called "problem" of
Muslims in Australia, sparked by the infamous Cronulla
riots, the bombings of 9/11 and Bali and London.
There were 50 Australian-Muslims and a high-powered
bunch of experts, led in discussion by Bob Hawke and
Barry Jones. But mostly they were ordinary Australians.
A lot had never met a Muslim person. Few had a Muslim
Well, after that meeting (and two years of research by
social scientists), Issues Deliberation Australia has
released their report, with a one-hour documentary
called Between the
Now, while our political leaders like to insist that
Australians are not racist, especially at election time,
the report (out this week) concludes that when it comes
to Muslim/non-Muslim relations, Australians are racist.
"And there's a grim warning. We'd better do something
about it quickly, if we don't want to breed our own
home-grown terrorists", says Dr Pam Ryan the social
scientist in charge of Issues Deliberations Australia.
To Violence Project (AVP) is conducting workshops to
encourage confidence and practical strategies for
dealing with conflict in our homes, workplaces or
communities, so that we can get on better with others.
AVP workshops are an opportunity to
experiment with ways of transforming conflict
creatively. They offer a practical approach for
community groups, social service agencies, youth
organisations and individuals who would like to
AVPQ will be delivering a Community Basic
level workshop so you can come and be a part of what AVP
is doing to make a change … a change in the way we
respond to violence and in the way we deal with
the 25th September Tajim Hussain was inducted
into the Golden Key Honours Society for his study in
Golden key membership is in recognition
of high academic achievement at any of the Universities
in Australia, South Africa, New Zealand, Malaysia,
Canada, United States and United Arab Emirates.
On reflection Tajim sees this achievement
as his third major achievement, firstly being picked in
Fiji's national boxing team and secondly when he won
Australia's first ever gold medal in Aikido at the 1999
Tajim currently is a black belt in Aikido
and a blue belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and teaches
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu at Rochedale Mosque on Monday nights
after Magrib salat (commences again on the 29th October
Bhikha & Nadira Ali in Zain Bhikha's album 'Allah Knows'
William Dalrymple’s new book, The Last
Mughal: The Fall of a Dynasty, Delhi 1857, has just been
awarded the Duff Cooper Prize for history
William Dalrymple wrote an article in
UK timesonline in which he argued that many of the
western values that are thought of as superior came from
the East and the blind arrogance hurts the West's
standing in the world
Extracts from the
About 100 miles south of
Delhi, where I live, lie
the ruins of the Mughal
capital, Fateh-pur Sikri.
This was built by the
Emperor Akbar at the end
of the 16th century.
Here Akbar would listen
and holy men of
different faiths debated
the merits of their
different beliefs in
what is the earliest
known experiment in
Muslims (Sunni and
Shi’ite as well as
Sufi), Hindus (followers
of Shiva and Vishnu as
well as Hindu atheists),
Christians, Jains, Jews,
together to discuss
where they differed and
how they could live
Muslim rulers are not
usually thought of in
the West as
freedom of thought; but
Akbar was obsessed with
exploring the issues of
religious truth, and
with as open a mind as
possible, declaring: “No
man should be interfered
with on account of
religion, and anyone is
to be allowed to go over
to any religion that
pleases him.” He also
argued for what he
called “the pursuit of
reason” rather than
“reliance on the marshy
land of tradition”.
All this took place when
in London, Jesuits were
being hung, drawn and
quartered outside Tyburn,
in Spain and Portugal
the Inquisition was
torturing anyone who
defied the dogmas of the
Catholic church, and in
Rome Giordano Bruno was
being burnt at the stake
in Campo de’Fiori.
It is worth emphasising
Akbar, for he – the
greatest ruler of the
most populous of all
Muslim states –
represented in one man
so many of the values
that we in the West are
often apt to claim for
ourselves. I am thinking
here especially of
Douglas Murray, a young
neocon pup, who wrote in
The Spectator last week
that he “was not afraid
to say the West’s values
are better”, and in
which he accused anyone
who said to the contrary
of moral confusion:
“Decades of intense
cultural rela-tivism and
designer tribalism have
made us terrified of
passing judgment,” he
Alongside this we also
have history of
abroad in the worst
excesses of western
colonialism – which,
like the Holocaust,
comes from treating the
nonwestern other as
untermenschen, as savage
and somehow subhuman.
For though we like to
ignore it, and like to
think of ourselves as
paragons of peace and
freedom, the West has a
tradition of attacking
and invading the
countries of those we
think of as savages, and
of wiping out the
of four continents as
part of our civilising
mission. The list of
western genocides that
preceded and set the
scene for the Holocaust
is a terrible one.
The Tasmanian Aborigines
were wiped out by
British hunting parties
who were given licences
to exterminate this
“inferior race” whom the
said should be “hunted
down like wild beasts
and destroyed”. Many
were caught in traps,
before being tortured or
Last week, the Islamic world showed us the sort of
gesture that is needed at this time. In a letter
addressed to Pope Benedict and other Christian leaders,
138 prominent Muslim scholars from every sect of Islam
urged Christian leaders “to come together with us on the
common essentials of our two religions.” It will be
interesting to see if any western leaders now
On 3 November
2007, the Fred Hollows Foundation will celebrate its 15th
anniversary with a gala fundraising event in Brisbane.
This will be a night of
entertainment with special performances, surprise
guests, great hospitality, renewed friendship and a
celebration of the values that have inspired The
Foundation since it was launched on 3 September 1992.
Gabi Hollows, Susie O’Neill,
Dr Jimmy Little, Shellie Morris, Glen Heald, GANGgajang
and The Young Australian Talent Company will all give
their time to support the evening.
The Foundation was set up in 1992 to continue the work
of eye surgeon Professor Fred Hollows, who died less
than a year later. The event celebrates 15 years of
saving sight, and is a means of highlighting the
Foundation’s core goals: to eradicate avoidable
blindness in the developing world; and to improve the
health and life expectancy of Indigenous Australians.
Since 1992, The Foundation has helped restore sight to
well over one million people in over 20 countries.
The event is also an opportunity to share future plans,
such as doubling The Foundation’s sight restoring
operations over the next five years. At present there
are approximately 37 million blind people in the world,
75% of whom needn’t be. Treatment for cataract blindness
is considered one of the most cost-effective medical
interventions when it comes to reducing poverty. As
little as $25 is often enough to restore someone’s
“A Celebration of 15 Years: The Fred Hollows Foundation”
Venue: Hillstone St Lucia Golf Links, Carawa Street, St
For bookings, contact The Foundation’s Brisbane office
on 3358 5877 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Tickets: $120 includes 3 course meal, beverages and
entertainment from 6.30pm
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push for halal standard rejected
The federal government has rejected a
parliamentary committee's call for the creation of an
international halal meat standard.
Since 1983 the federal government has been running the
Australian Government Muslim Slaughter (AGMS) Program, a
halal livestock slaughter scheme.
Muslims require all meat to be slaughtered according to
halal, or permissible, rules which vary from country to
The foreign affairs sub-committee of the Joint Standing
Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade
recommended the AGMS be used as a benchmark for the
promotion of an international halal standard suiting all
"The Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry
(should) promote in international for the adoption of a
transparent and efficient halal standard," the
But the government did not address the recommendation,
instead using its response to defend the AGMS.
"The AGMS is an international halal standard accepted by
the majority of Australia's halal export markets," the
It also rejected the second recommendation that the
department create a single halal certifying body for
"The government and red meat industry does not support
"It is important that industry has a choice of approved
Islamic organisations to facilitate the halal
"The development of a single halal certifying body ...
risks creating a potentially unfair and uncompetitive
Tuesday 08:30 pm Why Democracy?: Egypt We Are
Watching You (SBS)
In his 2005 State of the Union address President Bush
cited Egypt as the country that would pave the way for
democracy in the Middle East. Three women, unable to sit
by while their country is on the brink of drastic
change, start a grassroots movement to educate and
empower the public by raising awareness on the meaning
of democracy. They name their campaign Shayfeen.com -‘we
are watching you.' This film follows the highs and lows
of the first year of their movement in Egypt. (From
Denmark, in Arabic and English, English subtitles)
(Documentary Series) M CC WS
Al-Ahly football club is a focal point for national
identity in Egypt. In the late 19th century, the British
became the last on the list of Egypt's invaders. They
might have pillaged many of Egypt's treasures, including
the sphinx beard, but they left the legacy of a passion
for football. Egypt took to the game with zeal. In 1907,
Al-Ahly, which means national, became the first football
club to be founded in Egypt. Its first president was an
Englishman, succeeded by Egyptians. The program looks at
the major achievements of the club that contributed to
it achieving status as a national icon of Egyptian
football. We meet AL-Ahly's current club president,
Hassan Hamdy, star players like Al-Katib and the ever
enthusiastic supporters. (From the UK, in English Arabic
and Portuguese, English subtitles) (Documentary Series)
the IWAQ desk....
The Islamic Women’s Association of Queensland (IWAQ)
would like to thank everyone who contributed towards the
Ramadan Hamper Project and especially the school
children from Runcorn Heights State School. We pray to
Allah to Bless you all for contributing towards this
worthwhile project. We have been asked whether this
project will extend after Ramadan. If there is a
positive response from the community we can have a
collection every 3 months but we need to know the
community response. Please email us your thoughts on
IWAQ Fun Night for Women:
This is fast approaching with only 3
weeks left. If you haven’t purchased your ticket,
please do so as soon as possible. We would love to see
The position of Front Desk Administrator
is currently available. For a copy of the application,
please call IWAQ on 32726355 or email
Raising Drive for Rochedale Mosque
Islamic Society of Eight Mile Plains has commenced
construction of the new Mosque complex at 2647 Logan
The building structure in now up to
the full three storey level.
The Bosnian community has already
raised much of the funds to kick off the project and
their members have donated their time, effort and skills
to get this far.
They are still raising funds within
the Bosnian community but require assistance from the
broader Muslim community.
A group of non Bosnian Muslims has
decided to assist them in their Fundraising drive.
inviting you to join their ad hoc
fundraising committee for this important cause.
A meeting will be held to formalize this committee on
Wednesday 24 October after Magrib at the Rochedale Mosque.
Your support and help is earnestly
Kareema's Keep Fit Column
Q: Kareema, my parents are over 60 and
fairly inactive. What can they do to improve their
'quality' of life?
Encourage them to move more (inactivity could lead to
weight gain and subsequently other health issues.
This is the first step to a healthier lifestyle. After
60, we tend to lose muscle strength at about 15% per
decade, and after 70, about 30% of muscle strength is
lost. Lifting light weights or using resistance bands
will help slow this!
Bone thickness will improve with weight bearing
exercises which means less risk of fractures
Increase in muscle strength will contribute to better
balance which means less risk of falls
Strength training also reduces pain and stiffness
sometimes associated with arthritis.
All this will help with maintaining their independence
which we all know is KEY...
(Ref: Changes in skeletal muscle with aging, Resistance
training for older adults)
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