Crescents of Brisbane Team member, Bilkish Omar,
will be returning to South Africa this week where she
plans to spend time with her family.
The Team will miss the drive, energy and creativity that
Bilkish has brought to the many events she helped
organize over the past few years.
CCN wishes her well and hopes that she will consider
returning soon, insha'Allah.
Khasiatilla Hamit, daughter of Hj Romly B Hj.
Abdulhamid, was married to Son Chea yesterday
(Saturday). The reception was held at Michael's Oriental
Restaurant where some 450 guests were in attendance.
Hj Romly B Hj. Abdulhamid and his wife Maziya
Sa came over from Cambodia for the wedding.
Hj Abdulhamid is the Advisor to Samdach Heng Samrin
President of the National Assembly (Rank Under Secretary
He is also the Deputy Director General of General
Direction of Cults of Ministry of Cults and Religions as
well as the Secretary General of the Cambodia Islamic
Followers of the religion of Islam make up less than one
percent of the predominantly Buddhist population of
Cambodia. Roughly 80 per cent of Cambodia's Muslims
belong to the Cham ethnic group. For more information on
Cambodian Muslims visit:
The Imam and the
AMARAH and friends are hosting a special screening of an
excellent documentary entitled The Imam and the Pastor
on Sunday 10 February 2008 from 4-7pm at the Garden City
Library Meeting Room.
This is a great opportunity to view this award winning
documentary which has been featured in the UN and at
schools, parliaments and various institutions around the
world. There will also be an opportunity to discuss with
our friends from other faiths what we can do within our
own communities to build a better world together.
Please join us for what promises to be a insightful and
Some of our
overseas visitors to our fair city found it hard to
shake of the jet lag and take advantage of all that
Brisbane has to offer.
host's strategy for ensuring that his house guests never
wasted a moment of the rare sunshine over the December
[Editor] The identity of the hapless lass has
been hidden to ensure her future marriage prospects are
not jeopardized by this exposure.
Women, Faith and a
Culture of Peace
The Multi Faith Centre and Believing Women in Peace have
organised an Asia-Pacific Interfaith Symposium "Women,
Faith and a Culture of Peace" to be held at the Multi
Faith Centre, Griffith University, Nathan Campus,
Brisbane, on 23 - 25th February, 2008.
Around the world, people of faith are actively engaged
in developing interfaith relationships and initiating a
wide variety of interfaith activities. Complemented by
intra-faith dialogue, this broad movement is making a
critical contribution in our times to efforts to
overcome destructive conflict and build just and
peaceful societies in our world.
The symposium will recognise and highlight the unique
contribution that women of diverse faith communities in
the Asia-Pacific region are making to the interfaith
movement and interfaith initiatives in the broader
social context. It will help to facilitate the sharing
of information, insights and skills, and explore ways to
strengthen their efforts to transform conflict and
The symposium will also provide a forum for learning
about hopeful intra-faith dialogue initiatives emerging
within faith communities and institutions, for
empowering women and promoting their equitable
participation in their respective faiths and the wider
Ms Janette Hashemi, Coordinator of the Sunshine
Coast Interfaith Network (SCIN), will be hosting a
workshop "The negative effects of religious extremism on
interfaith harmony and how to combat it" at the
Sami Yusuf -
Supplication (as performed in The Kite Runner)
AFIC Press Releases
Letter sent to Hon. Kevin Rudd by AFIC President Br
Ikebal Patel regarding the situation in Palestine.
Fund Raiser for
Medical Research Foundation
A charity music dinner was hosted
by the Lions Club of Brisbane Chinese at Michael's
Oriental Restaurant on Friday.
A number of politicians, government
representatives and community leaders were amongst the
150 guests who attended.
The beneficiary was the Lions
Medical Research Foundation (MRF) through the Lions'
Miss Personality Quest Candidate Miss Fiona Qiuyue
Cheng (left) representing the Lions Club of Brisbane
Fiona was the co-presenter at last
year's Crescents of Brisbane fund raiser for the Kuraby
Special School with Crescents' Zaheer Suleman.
Crescents of Brisbane supported
this MRF initiative with the audio-visual equipment and
Guillaume Wang (10),
youngest cellist in the Queensland Youth
The Usual Suspects
Around the Muslim
World with CCN
Free alcohol, hangovers,
bisexual friends and a girl called Boozie Suzie ...
inside the student life of Bilawal Bhutto Zardari
antics at Oxford University would shock people in
Pakistan awaiting Bilawal Bhutto Zardari's return to
take over the political dream shaped by his murdered
The 19-year-old's preparation for his role in one of the
world's strictest Muslim states has certainly been
Orthodox Muslims will be surprised to see the new leader
of the Pakistani People's Party with his arms slung
casually around two girls, one of whom declares herself
as "bisexual" on a social networking website.
Conversations he has with friends on Facebook make
reference to being hungover, his friendship with a girl
he calls "Boozie Suzie" and the joys of "free alcohol".
Attempts to reform
British mosques and win back a “lost generation” of
young Muslims are being undermined by the poor quality
of home-trained imams, a leading Islamic scholar says.
Musharraf Hussain, a government adviser on mosques, said
that most of the country’s Islamic seminaries were
producing “unemployable” graduates who were incapable of
challenging the sense of alienation that led some
Muslims towards violent extremism.
His concerns were voiced as it emerged that a rift is
opening between the Government and four Muslim
organisations over moves to introduce national
guidelines for Britain’s 1,350 mosques. The initiative
aims to make mosques more accessible to women and young
people. It also seeks to combat extremism by promoting
civic responsibility and inter-faith dialogue.
WASHINGTON - A high
school track star has been disqualified from a meet
because officials said the custom-made outfit she wears
to conform to her Muslim faith violated competition
Juashaunna Kelly, a senior at the District of Columbia’s
Theodore Roosevelt High School, has the fastest mile and
2-mile times of any girl runner in the city this winter.
She was disqualified from Saturday’s Montgomery
Invitational indoor track and field meet.
Kelly was wearing the same uniform she has worn for
three seasons while running for Theodore Roosevelt’s
cross-country and track teams. The custom-made,
one-piece blue and orange unitard covers her head, arms,
torso and legs. Over the unitard, she wears the same
orange and blue T-shirt and shorts as her teammates.
Before the 9/11 attack on
America in 2001, little attention was paid to the
lessons held behind the closed doors of Britain’s
Today, and especially after the July 2005 suicide
bombings in London, the nature of those lessons, and the
world view taught to young minds, is no longer of
minority academic interest.
The issue for non-Muslims is one of security. How to
ensure that students do not emerge from such seminaries
fired with a conviction that their faith preaches
hostility – or even violent opposition – to the West?
Among Britain’s 1.6 million Muslims doubts about the
education provided in the 25 seminaries, attended by
3,500 students, tend to focus on a perceived inability
of graduates to address the concerns of young British
Most of these darul uloom (houses of learning) are
modelled on – and use the same curriculum as – similar
institutions established in South Asia during the late
Using our book
club you can see what books we at CCN have
on our shelves, what we are reading and even
what we and others think of them.
You can even
create your own book shelf, find out what
your fellow CCN readers are reading, get and
give recommendations for what to read next,
create book lists, and even share your
opinion on a book with us.
Come see the
books we have selected and see if we have
any in common.
Then pick our
next book so we can all keep on reading.
Q: Salaams Kareema, I am due to give
birth in a few months and although you've given us
advice on keeping fit during pregnancy before, would you
mind sharing with us which exercises we should avoid
during the last few months?
A: The fitter you go into pregnancy, the
better you come out of it - so keep up the good work and
- High impact exercises (raises the heart rate and
temperature). Baby is a few degrees warmer than you,
therefore avoid exercising to the point of heavy
- After the first trimester, avoid exercises that
involve lying on your back as the weight of of the baby
can compress your main artery (causes dizziness and
lowers blood pressure). Bench presses (light weights)
can be done at a raised level (raise the back of your
- Sit-ups / crunches are definitely a no-no
- Exercises that carry the risk of falling
- Any vigorous exercises, heavy lifting and contact
sports of course...
Listen to your body - if you feel tired or not in the
mood to exercise, then 'take the day off'.
All questions sent in are published here
anonymously and without any references to the author of
guest chef is Anver Omar
Our guest chef seen
gathering the main ingredients for his
recipe with a swimming pool net
The fruits of his labour
One bottle white vinegar ….plus or minus 750 ml
375 ml water
2 cups sugar
¾ cup corn flour diluted in ½ cup water to make a paste
Boil all of the above ingredients
together until it looks like a thin syrup. This takes
about 5 mins. Keep stirring to avoid scorching.
To this thin paste formed as above,
1 cup Methi Masala
2 tablespoons Coriander and Cumin powder mix. The mix
consists of 2 parts Coriander and 1 part Cumin.
Alternatively, the mix can be bought pre mixed.
½ tablespoon Turmeric
One teaspoon Chili Powder
Two teaspoons salt….or to individual taste
Mix and allow to cool.
Whist above is cooling fry together the
½ cup oil
One tablespoon garlic crushed
One tablespoon Mustard seeds
Two table spoon Sesame Seeds
Handful curry leaves
4 green chilies whole
Allow to cool down and then add this fry
up to previous mix.
Finally, add to the peeled diced green
Or freeze until a suitable tree has been
found. Just in the fridge should keep for a fair time as
Do you have a recipe to share with
Send in your favourite recipe to
firstname.lastname@example.org and who
knows, you could be our "guest chef" for a future
edition of CCN.
Dear community members
My name is Alice Orozco and I have recently been
appointed in the position of Grants Access Worker at
the Multicultural Development Association.
This position aims to assist culturally and
linguistically diverse communities to increase their
capacity to make funding applications to government
and other funding institutions, to undertake
projects and activities that could enhance their
inclusion and participation within the general
I will be providing information sessions and
training to community groups focused on funding
opportunities and developing skills in writing
funding applications, managing projects, including
planning implementation and financial management.
I’ll like to meet your representatives to discuss
any community project or activity that your group or
association may want to undertake in 2008.
Please contact me on 3337-5400 or my mobile
Looking forward to meet you and develop a positive
Yours sincerely ,
Grants Access Worker
Multicultural Development Association
512 Stanley Street - South Brisbane Qld. 4101
Telephone 3337-400 Fax 3337- 5444
The CCN Chuckle
Newly-married Mula Nasruddin
came home to find his young wife in floods of tears.
"Darling, whatever is the matter?" he asked.
"Sweetheart," she sobbed, "the most terrible thing has
happened! I cooked my very first Beef Curry for you, and
I got it out of the oven to season it, and the phone
rang. When I came back from answering the phone," she
sobbed again. "I found that the cat had eaten it!"
"Don't worry, darling," said Nasruddin. "Don't cry. We
can get a new cat tomorrow."
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