Two Crescents of Brisbane Team
members were presented with Australia Day Awards on
Amongst a strong list of
contenders in the two categories, Zaheer Suleman
won the Young Citizen of the Year Award and
Mustafa Ally the inaugural 2008 Robbie Williams
Citizen of the Year Award.
The awards were presented at an
Australia Day function at the Southside Sport and
Community Club by Judy Spence MP and Phil Reeves MP
before a large crowd who came to support the event
and celebrate the day.
Mustafa Ally told our CCN
reporter that these two awards reflected more the
collective effort, hard work and dedication of the
Crescents of Brisbane Team and the generosity and
participation of the local Muslim community than on
any single individual and that both he and Zaheer
were proud to receive them on their behalf.
(L to R) Phil Reeves MP (State Member for
Mansfield), Zaheer Suleman,
Mustafa Ally and Judy Spence MP (State
Member for Mt Gravatt)
From Sandra to Salma
What is it like for a Jewish woman to
convert to Islam and decide to wear the
KENTRIDGE AND HANDSPRING PUPPET COMPANY (SOUTH AFRICA)
In this Adelaide Festival hit, spectacular life-size
wooden puppets play out Georg Buchner's famed tragedy of
jealousy, murder and the struggle of an individual
against an uncaring society that ultimately destroys
In this adapted version of Buchner’s famous play,
Woyzeck is a migrant worker in 1956 Johannesburg, a
landscape of barren industrialisation. Rod-manipulated
puppets, an arresting backdrop of ominous
black-and-white film and haunting African music
spectacularly convey Woyzeck's tortured mind as he tries
to make sense of his external circumstances.
This legendary production is the first collaboration
between Handspring and renowned artist and film maker
William Kentridge. Since premiering at the Standard Bank
National Arts Festival in Grahamstown in 1992, Woyzeck
on the Highveld has played at the Market Theatre in
Johannesburg, and toured to Germany, Spain, Belgium,
Scotland, the UK, Hong Kong, Australia, New Zealand,
France and US.
Woyzeck on the Highveld is performing at the 20th UNIMA
Congress & World Puppetry Festival in Perth and Brisbane
“History says Johan Christian Woyzeck died long ago…
But Woyzeck, the tragic common man, seems never to die…
In his latest incarnation, Woyzeck has found himself a
new skin (black), a new homeland (South Africa during
apartheid), a new job (servant) and, perhaps most
fitting of all for a creature so bedevilled by society,
a new medium of expression: he is now a puppet.” NY
“… an ample display of the power of puppetry … a
captivating show … Woyzeck is clearly alive in South
Africa. And so is the high art of puppetry.” NY
Zekiria Ebrahimi, right, and
Ahmad Khan Mahmoodzada, left, star in a
scene from “The Kite Runner.” The film
explores Afghan society over three decades,
from before the Soviet invasion through the
rise of the Taliban, focusing on the
friendship between the boys.
Afghanistan has banned
the import and exhibition of "The Kite Runner," a film
about the troubled friendship of two Afghan boys.
The decision was made "because some of its scenes are
questionable and unacceptable for some people . . . and
would cause trouble for the government and people," a
government official said.
Paramount, the studio behind the adaptation of the 2003
bestselling novel by U.S.-based Afghan author Khaled
Hosseini, last year had to get its three young stars out
of their homeland before the movie premiered to protect
them from a possible backlash.
The film is currently
showing on the Brisbane film circuit and you can read
reviews of the book at the
CCN Readers' Book Club.
New Muslim movie about
Prophet Jesus hits Iranian cinemas
Talebzadeh (L) leads actors
during the making of 'Jesus, the Spirit of God'
“common ground” between Muslims & Christians is what
Talebzadeh was hoping for when he created 'Jesus, the
Spirit of God'.
“common ground” between Muslims and Christians is what
Nader Talebzadeh was looking for when he created “Jesus,
the Spirit of God”, the Iranian director told AFP.
The movie was described as an answer to Mel Gibson’s
2004 “The Passion of the Christ”, which portrayed the
life of Prophet Jesus.
Talebzadeh explained to AFP that the two main mistakes
in Gibson’s movie were the fact that Jesus is not the
son of God but a prophet sent by Allah (SWT) and that he
was not crucified according to the Holy Qur’an, which
states that Prophet Jesus was taken to heaven and
replaced by another man who was crucified.
"Gibson's film is a very good film. I mean that it is a
well-crafted movie but the story is wrong -- it was not
like that”, the 54-year-old director said.
Talebzadeh even delivered his movie to the Hollywood
star’s mansion in Malibu, California but received no
answer from Gibson.
Even though the movie did not generate a significant
amount of revenue in Iran when it was displayed in 5
theatres last Ramadan, 20 spin-off episodes are
scheduled to be broadcasted over state-run television
Talebzadeh insists it aims to bridge differences between
Christianity and Islam, despite the stark divergence
from Christian doctrine about Christ's final hours on
"It is fascinating for Christians to know that Islam
gives such devotion to and has so much knowledge about
Jesus," Talebzadeh said.
"By making this film I wanted to make a bridge between
Christianity and Islam, to open the door for dialogue
since there is much common ground between Islam and
Christianity," he said.
Abdul Rahman Ibrahima Sori, an African prince enslaved
for forty years in the American South, set out across
the country to share his life story in an attempt to
secure his family's freedom from slavery.
Little did he know that nearly two hundred years later,
his remarkable journey full of dramatic circumstances
and immeasurable odds would be pieced together to become
a source of inspiration for millions of people.
Prince Among Slaves , a new documentary by Unity
Productions Foundation, will air nationwide on America
PBS on Monday, February 4, 2008.
The one-hour film, narrated by Mos Def, tells the tale
of a little known African American hero, who despite
enduring unimaginable indignities, managed to survive
his long fall from royalty with character and integrity
By highlighting this amazing historical period, Prince
Among Slaves also attempts to create discussion and
awareness about slavery, race relations, societies of
Africa, and the lessons of American history.
Spanish police conducted a series of raids
on apartment buildings, a mosque and a
prayer hall in Barcelona on Jan. 19, seizing
bombmaking materials and arresting 14 men
who allegedly were planning to attack
targets in the city.
Spanish Interior Minister Alfredo Perez
Rubalcaba said the detainees were Islamists
belonging to a “well-organized group that
had gone a step beyond radicalization.”
A Muslim leader in Barcelona was quoted in
some media reports as saying the 14 suspects
— 12 Pakistanis, an Indian and a Bangladeshi
— were members of a “Pakistani-based group
called Tablighi Jamaat.”
in an elementary-school classroom,
where they do their work.
When a girl is taken — usually by her mother
— to a free circumcision event held each
spring in Bandung, Indonesia, she is handed
over to a small group of women who, swiftly
and yet with apparent affection, cut off a
small piece of her genitals.
Sponsored by the Assalaam Foundation, an
Islamic educational and social-services
organization, circumcisions take place in a
prayer center or an emptied-out
elementary-school classroom where desks are
pushed together and covered with sheets and
a pillow to serve as makeshift beds.
According to Lukman Hakim, the
foundation’s chairman of social services,
there are three “benefits” to circumcising
“One, it will stabilize her libido,” he said
through an interpreter. “Two, it will make a
woman look more beautiful in the eyes of her
husband. And three, it will balance her
Arabia (AP) -- Two years ago, a knock on
Fatima and Mansour al-Timani's door
shattered the life they had built together.
It was the police, delivering news that a
judge had annulled their marriage in
absentia after some of Fatima's relatives
sought the divorce on grounds she had
married beneath her.
That was just the beginning of an ordeal for
a couple who - under Saudi Arabia's strict
segregation rules - can no longer live
together. They sued to reverse the ruling,
publicized their story and sought help from
a Saudi human rights group.
An an event organized in Delhi on
the topic "Misconceptions and it's clarification on
Dr. Zakir Naik speaks on Islam
President of Arya Samaj speaks on ISLAM
Expression of Interest Employment Pathways
Brisbane City Council,
Employment Services is starting a new project called
the Employment Pathways Coordinator.
Employment Pathways Coordinator project will employ
six participants from culturally and linguistically
diverse backgrounds and train them to become
Multicultural Employment Advisors.
employment, the Multicultural Employment Advisors
will get extensive training in recruitment and
retention of migrants and refugees so that they can
become the link between jobseekers and employers.
The participants will
be placed in relevant Council sections to gain
practical knowledge of recruitment and selection
The following expressions of interest are being
• Project Supervisor (Band 6)- for up to 6 months.
• 6 applicants (Band 5)- for up to 5 months
This project is due to commence on 18 of February so
they are looking for a supervisor to start
immediately. Successful applicants will start on 18
For more information, contact Lilly Matich,
Community Employment Programs Coordinator, on 3403
5582 and see the following documents.
Multicultural community organisation. Part-time
position (3 days /week).
Applicants must identify with the Muslim faith.
Multi-region project based at Logan,
aims to support unemployed and underemployed Muslim
people. Licence essential.
Selection criteria available from ACCES Services
Inc. - 3808 9299 or contact Sushil at ACCES Services
Applications close on 11/01/08.
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The CCN Readers' Book Club:
You are what you read!
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.
All questions sent in are published here
anonymously and without any references to the author of
CHOCOLATE CREAM AND MINT SWISS ROLL
(Makes 1 large cake)
4 extra large eggs, separated. 125 ml Castor Sugar (105
g). 60 ml Snowflake self-raising flour (35 g). 60 ml
cocoa powder (25 g). Castor sugar for rolling.
Beat egg yolks and castor sugar until light and pale.
Sift flour and cocoa powder and add to egg mixture,
beating well. Beat egg whites until soft-peak stage and
fold in with a metal spoon. Spread in a lined and
greased 23 cm x 32 cm Swiss roll tin. Bake in a
preheated oven at 180 °C for 10-12 minutes. Remove from
oven and leave to cool slightly. Turn out onto a clean,
dry tea towel sprinkled well with castor sugar. Trim
edges to ensure rolling without breaking. Remove paper
carefully and roll it up with the sugared cloth. Leave
it for about 5 minutes, then unroll and leave it to cool
Beat cream and sugar until thickened. Spread over the
Swiss roll and sprinkle peppermint crisp over it. Roll
Source: Radio Islam
Newsletter - Friday, 11 January 2008
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It is absorbing with 9 cassettes running for
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Dari (Afghani) as I have a student who speaks Dari
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