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Sunday, 9 December 2007

Sunday 29 Thw al-Qi`dah 1428 A.H.

Newsletter 0161

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Gritty Graduands Graduate with Grace


The Australian International Islamic College held its annual Year 7 and Year 10 graduands ceremony at Michael's Oriental Restaurant on Thursday (6 December).


In a very dignified and well-organized event, the Principal, Mr. Peter Mikalski, praised all the staff and volunteers of his school for the successes they had achieved for the school over the past year.


The highlight of the evening was the part of the programme when each of the students came up to the front of the dining hall and spoke (many having only learnt the English language as recently as last year) with passion and undisguised emotion for the teachers and aides who helped them to get to this point in their lives.



Singing the National Anthem

Principal Michalski (right) and the transport team

Elshima Ibrahim (Year 7)

Huda Fadlelmawla (Year 7)


December Holiday Workshop



Wedding Celebrations


Fathima, daughter of Rehana and Hashim Adat, was married to Junaid, son of Nazima Hansa and Mustafa Ally at a nikaah ceremony at the Kuraby Mosque yesterday afternoon by Imam Peer.



CCN congratulates the happy couple and wishes the newly weds all the best for the future, inshaAllah


Boring Event Turns into a Brisbane Milestone


Local property developer, Mr. Faisal Hatia, with Lord Mayor Campbell Newman and Councillor Norm Wyndham for Norman Park at the official "start up" of Matilda - the TBM (Tunnel Boring Machine).

The first tunnel crossing below the Brisbane River was commissioned  during the week by Lord Mayor Campbell Newman – in a major milestone to ease the city’s congestion woes.

Cr Newman started the turning of the 12-metre diameter drilling cutter-face - the size of a three-storey building – by pushing a small green button in the control room.

The goliath machine for the North-South Bypass Tunnel (NSBT) is now limbering up at Bowen Hills for its monumental journey beneath the Brisbane River - three months ahead of time.

The machine was given a ceremonious send-off with a blessing by Canon Neville Knot and a champagne toast by Sir William Jolly’s granddaughter.

Cr Newman said it was appropriate Jenni Jolly inaugurated the TBM, as it was her grandfather Brisbane’s first Lord Mayor that built the first aboveground river-crossing over 70 years ago.

“Today, the NSBT is not only Brisbane’s first underground river crossing. It is Brisbane’s largest-ever road infrastructure project with two 4.8km underground motorway tunnels reaching a depth of some 60 metres below ground,” he said.

“What you glimpse here today is a mind-boggling feat of engineering – there’s been nothing like it before in Brisbane. We are making history as we start on the most important link in the city’s motorway ring road program between Bowen Hills and Woolloongabba.

Cr Newman said his TransApex tunnel and bridge program would help rid the city of the choking congestion experienced for many years by taking through-traffic out of the CBD.

“Motorists will be able to fast-track their cross-city journeys along the bypass tunnel – and slash a third off their journey times,” he said. “And it’ll cut inner city traffic- like on the Story Bridge.”

Cr Newman said TBMs are traditionally female and named through a public naming competition.
“I’m pleased to announce Brisbane’s first TBM is being christened ‘Matilda’, a name by a female engineer. The judges chose the name on its very Australian credentials,” he said.

Cr Newman said he was pleased the people of Brisbane named the machine that would be an integral Brisbane player in the city’s future world-class infrastructure.

Today’s commissioning event was specially organised for Saint Barbara’s day, the patron saint of tunnellers and miners.

So far, over 200,000 tonnes out of a total of 3.5 million tonnes of spoil has been excavated and around 1,000 metres of tunnel and ramps.

The second tunnel borer is now in Brisbane and making its way to site for assembly.


Kuraby Madrassah puts on Jalsa



The Kuraby Madrassah held its annual Jalsa at the Springwood State School last weekend.


Parents and friends of the madrassah watched the children perform plays and speak on stage.


Several Madrassah pupils were awarded trophies for high achievement.











Australia's Surfing Imam


Imam Haisam Farache, of the Lakema Mosque in Sydney, is part of a new wave of home-grown Islamic clerics who are transforming the religion in Australia.


BBC News World Video Clip



Thank you Gary!


The members of the Muslim community are invited to be part of a Special Dinner to acknowledge and thank Gary Hardgrave, former Member of Parliament for Moreton, for his contribution to the community during his long term of office.

Seats are limited to 50 and will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

Venue: Tandoori Village Restaurant
Date: Sunday 16 December
Time: 7.30 pm
Price: $40 per head to be paid by Wednesday 12th December.


Farouk Adam (0422191675)
Abdul Omar (0404807861)
Faisal Hatia (0438786786)

MYServices Update


MYServices, in partnership with Brisbane City Council and a number of other youth service providers, has been involved in an interactive cultural awareness program with Year 11 students of Sunnybank State High School. This pilot program sought to promote a harmonic school community through a better understanding and acceptance of Muslim students and students of other religious affiliations and cultures in the school. At the completion of the seven-week program, teachers and students reported a reduction in inter-racial fights (of Year 11s, at school), and an increase in interaction between the 64 cultures represented in the school. Alhamdulillah, the very positive response from the students was especially encouraging, with almost 90% of students calling for such programs to be incorporated as a year-long subject. Due to the success of the program, teachers intend to duplicate it with junior year levels next year.


MYServices has been assisting Youth Affairs Network of Queensland in the Free-styling It Like Thorpe: Young Muslim Women’s Participation in Sports research, which examines young Muslim women’s involvement in sports and the barriers they encounter. The research report, along with its long awaited recommendations, is set to be launched on the 10th of December 2007 with stakeholders including, Al-Nisa’, Department of Sports and Recreation, Brisbane City Council, University of Queensland, PCYC, Logan City Council and a number of Muslim women with a passion for sports. An action/reference group, which will overlook the implementation of the research’s recommendations, will be chaired by Crescents of Brisbane’s dynamic fitness guru, Kareema Benjamin. MYServices is very grateful to Kareema for accepting this important volunteer position.


If you would like to nominate someone to the action/reference group, who you believe has what it takes to make a positive influence in young Muslim women’s participation in sports and fitness, please email shaimak@myservices.net.au for consideration.


Are you are a young Muslim (or just young at heart) who wants to get more involved in Muslim or mainstream community service, dawah work, or youth events management, but just not sure where to start? Just email info@myservices.net.au briefly outlining your skills, goals and preferences, and we will link you with the opportunities to help you achieve your goals.


The CCN Centre Link



Free Teacher Aide Course

There is an opportunity to undertake training as a teacher aide. The course is offered for free for residents living in the Marsden/ Crestmead area. Although individuals from other areas might still be eligible. For further information call Sushil on 38089299

Sushil Sami
Muslim Employment Project
Acces Services Inc



The Simpsons go to Bollywood


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CoB in Chinese


Crescents of Brisbane makes news in Chinese newspaper




Little Mosque on the Prairie: Season 2 Episode 4


We apologize for including the incorrect episode in last week's issue of CCN.


Part 1




Part 2




Part 3





Muslimah Course Scholarship


The Regional Islamic Da'wah Council of Southeast Asia and the Pacific (RISEAP) together with the International Islamic University Malaysia has offered AFIC one place in the Muslimah course, which they are offering between the 4th February 2008 to the 8th April 2008.

IIUM is offering this position with all expenses paid (including air ticket, food, accommodation and a possible monthly allowance).


There are no set rules on the age or qualification. Those who wish to gather more knowledge on the basic Islamic norms are encouraged to nominate.


For more details on how to apply click here.


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Kareema's Keep Fit Column


Q: Kareema, I've just discovered that I'm pregnant. Should I continue exercising?





A: I'm First of all, congratulations! Check with your GP, and if you get the all clear then you should definitely continue exercising. Not only is it good for you but baby will also benefit. Be conscious of how your body is feeling as your pregnancy progresses and remember to take it easy as fetal heart rate rises when mum is exercising.

Try some low impact activities such as fitball classes, aqua, walking, swimming, etc.

Here are some facts relating to exercising during pregnancy:

- Babies born to exercisers have less oxygen deficit during labour
- They (babies) tolerate contractions better
- The incidence of cord entanglement is lower
- Fetal distress is significantly reduced

The list goes on as these facts are only the tip of the iceberg...
The best part is that the recovery process after giving birth will be quicker and easier, hence getting back into 'normal' training mode should be a breeze!




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 Culinary Corner





4 oz butter - ¼ cup sugar - 1 egg - 1tsp vanilla essence - 1 cup self raising flour - 4 oz chopped mixed nuts - Glace cherries


Cream butter and sugar until light and creamy. Add egg and vanilla beat well. Add sifted flour and mix to a soft sough. Drop rounded spoonful of mixture into nuts. Roll into balls. Press half a cherry on top. Put on to lightly greased oven tray, allow room for spreading. Bake on 190c for 15/20 minutes. Allow cooling slightly before removing from tray.


Source: Radio Islam Newsletter - Wednesday, 05 November 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


Our wise and witty Mula Nasruddin took a young man for a game of golf.


The young man found himself with a tough shot. There was a large pine tree right in front of his ball - and directly between his ball and the green.

After several minutes of debating how to hit the shot Mula Nasruddin finally said, "You know, when I was your age I'd hit the ball right over that tree."

With that challenge placed before him, the youngster swung hard, hit the ball up, right smack into the top of the tree trunk and it thudded back on the ground not a foot from where it had originally lay.


Responding to the young man's obvious anger Mula Nasruddin offered one more comment, "Of course, when I was your age that pine tree was only three feet tall."

What's happening in our neck of the woods......


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ICQ & AIIC Eid-ul-Adha Programme












ICQ & ICOB Eid-ul-Adha Programme



Kuraby Mosque Eid-ul-Adha Programme




Night of

Dinner & Entertainment

GIRU Conference


The CCN Date Claimer





(Click on link)





14 December


Untold Stories: An Insight into Afghanistan - Dinner and Entertainment

Samia Ahmad,
Reena Randhawa,
Simin Rawi

Roundhouse Theatre, Musk Ave Kelvin Grove


6:30pm to 9pm

20/21 December


Thursday or Friday


3 January


MYServices Girls Swimming Session


Sam Riley Pool, 1 Lexington Street, Springwood



17 February


MBM AGM (for members)

Muslim Business Network (MBN)


Runcorn Tavern



23-25 February

Saturday - Monday

Asia-Pacific Interfaith Symposium
Women, Faith
and a Culture of Peace

Griffith University Multi-faith Centre and AMARAH

Multi-Faith Centre
Griffith University, Nathan Campus

Griffith University Multi-faith Centre

Saturday 23rd mid-afternoon to
Monday 25th mid-afternoon

3-5 March

Monday - Wednesday

Griffith Islamic Research Unit 2008 Conference: The Challenges and Opportunities of Islam in the West: The Case of Australia


Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, Cnr Merivale and Glenelg Streets, South Bank

0402 819 197

10am to 10pm

11 October 2008



Eidfest Committee

Mt Gravatt Showgrounds

0402 819 197

10am to 10pm





Madrasah Classes: Kuraby

Where: Islamic Society of Kuraby; 1408 Beenleigh Rd Kuraby 4122 QLD
Contact: Sheikh Ahmad Abu Ghazaleh
Phone: (07) 3219 7994
Mobile: 0401 331 298

When: Monday - Thursday, 3:00 - 8:00pm


Quraan Classes For Youth and Adults

Where: Islamic Society of Rochedale Inc; 2674 Logan Rd Eight Mile Plains 4113 QLD
Contact: Qur’an Classes by Sheikh Ahmad Ghazaleh (07) 3841 2504

When: Tuesdays 7:30pm


Sister's Tafsir Classes

Where: Islamic Society of Algester; 48 Learoyd Rd Algester 4115 QLD
Contact: (07) 3272 4111
When: After Isha (around 8pm) every 2nd Wednesday night.


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


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