self-deprecating and occasional tongue-in-cheek look at ourselves and
the world around us ......
Sunday, 23 August 2009
News you won't find on CNN!
Message from CCN
The month of Ramadan commenced
yesterday with the sighting of the moon in Brisbane on Friday night.
This is a time when Muslims
throughout the world remember those less fortunate than themselves
and, in so doing, engender a sense of belonging to a greater
community as they fast together and experience the pangs of hunger
Obama Gives Ramadan Message
Celebrating 250 issues of community reporting
CCN takes this opportunity
on its 250th issue to thank our readers for their
continued support and encouragement and especially to
the many who contribute articles and photographs for
Over the passed 5 years we
have amassed a weekly readership of more than 2000
regular subscribers locally,
nationally and internationally. CCN is also read as far
abroad as the USA, UK, Japan and Sierra Leone to name
but a few.
In the course of these years
we have tried to be entertaining and informative while
stimulating debate and highlighting issues of particular
interest to Australian Muslims.
CCN has received a number of
emails of congratulations and good wishes from readers
and organizations and we entreat your indulgence for publishing a selection of them
bulletin from CCN includes a good blend of local
Queensland, National as well as international
issues that interest Muslims.
The inclusion of
humour, culinary delight, and exercise makes for
a well rounded start to the week for most
perspective of the Australian Federation of
Islamic Councils, such initiatives as the weekly
CCN bulletin and similar makes the Australian
Muslims now much more savvy and able to
articulate our interests more widely.
employing twitter and similar gives the ability
to many more to engage with the greater Muslim
community and having links to the web sites of
different organisations is very inclusive.
perspective, we give full marks to the CCN team
of dedicated volunteers and hope that they
continue with this valuable work into the future
so that in years to come we will celebrate 25
years and more of their bulletins.
that Mulla Nasruddin will be entertaining us and
our future generations can only be a welcome
relief to our fast lives.
Congratulations on reaching 250 issues and all
the best for the next 25,000.
of Islamic Councils (AFIC)
CCN is a
wonderful independent publication that I always
I have to
read, listen and watch a lot of media in this
job and there is almost no other publication
that I can say that about.
and I religiously (or should that be
assiduously) read CCN each week.
I find it a
delicious mix of important news and views,
debate, announcements, notices, community
events, nutritional advice, gossip, and, most
All of us
are nourished, defined and confined by our
roots. And as a politician I am acutely aware
of the constraints that come with my upbringing
in the “white-bread” west of Queensland –
particularly when it comes to representing one
of the most multicultural electorates in
my weekly dose of CCN is invaluable in helping
me keep in touch with the wonderful people on
the south side who elected me.
Australia all too often has a spotlight put on
it – usually by idiots, the ignorant, the
uneducated or racists.
always do my best to support and defend
Australian Muslims – even those who do not live
in the electorate of Moreton. I will continue
to do so– not only because I have been
befriended and welcomed into the homes of many
of your readership – but because it is the right
thing to do!
Member for Moreton
Anybody who has heard me speak locally will know
that CCN is the source of all my best (and cleanest Editor's
I have been
an avid reader of CCN since I was introduced to
this publication over a year ago. The range of
information it contains never ceases to amaze
me. There is something for everyone from
current events, social gatherings, networking
function, topics for debates, announcement,
health issues, recipes, fashion,
advertisements, and many more.
CCN plays a
role in our culturally diverse society.
For the many
people who do not know or understand our fellow
Australians who are from a Muslim background,
this publication will open your eyes to many
things that they are not aware of.
Most of us
tend to judge others from what we read in the
newspapers or see on television.
information available from CCN may not be the
sensational ones we are given by the media but
taken collectively they present a picture of a
peaceful, happy, family and community oriented
members of the Australian society.
is a very effective means of engaging with the
community and CCN truly has earned its place in
creating a harmonious society.
Communities Council of Queensland
On behalf of the Muslim Business
Network, I wish to congratulate you and all the
others involved with CCN on the milestone of
reaching the 250th issue of the CCN Newsletter.
CCN has played and continues to
play a major role in keeping the Muslim
community up to date with local, national and
international news and events which are of
interest to CCN's thousands of readers.
I wish to take this opportunity
to thank CCN for its support of MBN and for
attending and covering our events in CCN and
wish you well for the future, Insha-Allah.
Ramadan Mubarak to you and all
Muslim Brothers and Sisters who read and support
Shummis Rane & MBN Executive
The success of good
restaurants depends on the combination of
several factors amongst which are a stirring
menu, relaxed ambience, swift service, attention
to detail, passion of the chef and consistency.
So what has a newsletter got to do with the
The principles are the same and it comes as no
surprise that the CCN news has reached its two
hundred and fiftieth issue, Alhamdulillah!
Like the successful restaurant, CCN news
continues to dish out a buffet of news bites to
satisfy most palates week after week with
attention to detail that keeps readers like me
connected to the trial and tribulations of our
Down Under families and friends.
Congratulation to CCN on reaching the milestone
of this 250th issue. May Allah (SWT) accept the
efforts and may the passion of the CCN Team
continue burning brightly, Aameen
o’alaikum Dear CCN Team
I take this
opportunity to express my humble opinion on this
remarkable milestone of CCN reaching its 250th
One can only
imagine the time and effort involved in putting
together a weekly “not to be missed” edition and
all thanks and praise is to Allah swt for giving
the CCN team the energy and drive to ensure that
deadlines are met timeously.
On behalf of
the Islamic Society of Gold Coast Inc I
congratulate the CCN team on this fantastic
issues have given us a sense of belonging to the
broader community of Muslims and it has been an
excellent tool for us to promote the activities
that take place in Gold Coast as well.
personal level, CCN has helped to fill a certain
void in my life. Back in South Africa it
was a regular habit to wait for the Sunday
Tribune and the Sunday Times to be delivered and
the rest of the morning was spent lying around
reading the Sunday papers before heading off to
the once famous Curries Fountain to see and
support non racial football.
getting up and heading for the computer to get
the latest issue of ………..CCN.
and keep up the great work!!!!
Islamic Society of Gold Coast
reaching your 250th
edition of an online resource
the finger on the pulse of the issues
relating to the
Muslim community, both
locally here in Queensland
broadly at a national
celebrate local successes and events (for which
there are many), but also provides humorous and
informative articles along with facilitating
debate on a range of issues that creates
also involves the wider community.
the member of the
Queensland Parliament with
a large constitute from the Islamic faith, I
know first hand
social, cultural and economic
contributions that the Muslim community has
provided to Queensland
over many years.
May I wish CCN all the very best for
ahead in what is an excellent online
Stephen Robertson MP
Member for Stretton
Minister for Natural Resources, Mines & Energy
and Minister for Trade
Congratulations on your 250th edition OF CCN,
well done! What a great achievement!
await the transmission of the CCN newsletter
each Sunday morning. From it I can read about
the achievements of members of the local Muslim
community, find information about upcoming
events within our community, have a chuckle over
the latest comic strip, and find the latest
cooking recipe and health hints. Also I can
read the news from around the Muslim world and
find out about good books to read.
CCN is easy
to read and is always on time. The CCN Team is
to be congratulated on the end product and
thanked for the many hours employed in producing
this informative and appealing newsletter.
The CCN has
played a vital role in informing the community
of the formation of and work of the Queensland
Muslim Welfare Association Inc. It has helped us
appeal to the community for donation of goods to
stock our shop and to help furnish the homes of
those who were in urgent need. It has also
informed the community of our success in acting
when we were called upon.
CCN is a
vital link for Muslims to contact and inform,
appeal to and respond to each other.
committee and welfare recipients of the
Queensland Muslim Welfare Association Inc. offer
congratulations on the 250th edition and extend
our sincere thanks for the time taken to include
our segment in your newsletter, which has been
at no cost to our organisation, yet it has
reaped rewards for those in need and those who
have donated goods.
Janeth Deen (President
"The CCN is like a good cup of coffee... every
time I read the new issue I get energized!"
Also, on behalf of Sunnah Inspirations, I would
like to sincerely thank you for your assistance
and cooperation in advertising the various
events organised by Sunnah Inspirations.
Best wishes to the whole CCN team,
Wassalaam Ismail Mohamed
Alaikom from Cape Town
We enjoyed the latest issue of CCN .
Mubarak on your 250th issue and Insha Allah may
you go from strength to strength with your
objective and informative publications.
Ramadan Mubarak to all and may The Almighty
Allah satisfy all your hearts desires Insha
Abubaker and Noorjaha Amien
If you talk to the Muslims of the other
Australian states on the topic of services for
the Muslim community, they might express a sense
of envy (in the good sense) because we might be
a little ahead of the rest.
May Allah assist your efforts
Federation of Australian Muslim
Students and Youth (FAMSY)
Ramadan mubarak to all - 500 coming up soon -
keep up the great work.
On behalf of Multicultural Affairs Queensland, I
would like to take this opportunity to
congratulate CCN on the wonderful achievement in
reaching the 250th edition.
CCN has proved to be both very informative and
interesting in the diversity of issues and
events covered which also highlights the
positive contribution that Queensland’s Muslim
community has made to the social and cultural
fabric of our society here in Queensland.
Multicultural Affairs Queensland
Department of Communities
Alhamdolillah, you have reached a significant
milestone of the 250th. Edition.
The CCN is a very informative newsletter, coming
out weekly, and providing for the much
anticipated Sunday morning ritual.
The content is diverse, catering for every
taste, for every age bracket, and for those
wishing to gain a better insight into the
Muslim Community of Brisbane
The wide variety of subjects, the entertainment,
the current affairs, and the community news, are
all widely researched and printed for community
The CCN has filled a void that has lingered
within the local Muslim community.
I know for a fact that it is widely read out
there in the general community, by Muslims, and
by well wishers of the Muslim community.
I pray to Almighty Allah SWT, to continue to
help you to produce such a newsletter, for all
Wasalam Hj. Sultan M. Deen
our Theological Director, Moulana Navlakhi
having visited you and the number of enquiries
received from the SANHA link published on your
newsletter weekly, we are a witness to your
crusade in nurturing good community relations.
the CCN newsletter has been delivered to several
thousand computers every week without a break
for two hundred and fifty weeks is testimony to
offer our duas for the continuing success of the
CCN for years to come, Aameen.
South African National Halaal Authority
On behalf of the
Lions Club of Kuraby I wish to congratulate CNN
on the significant milestone in reaching the
250th edition, a wonderful display of commitment
by providing a source of information and
entertainment to the community via your weekly
CCN is viewed with
great interest among members of the local
community, not least for the coverage of events
and projects that assist others less fortunate.
May I also take this opportunity to wish all
your Muslim readers a rewarding and spiritually
fulfilling month in this the holy month of
Lions Club of Kuraby
To the CCN Team
The AMARAH team
would like to wish all CCN volunteers and
readers Ramadhan Mubarak.
We would also like
to take this opportunity to congratulate CCN on
reaching its 250th issue.
only weekly newsletter, CCN is such an important
resource for our community.
Indeed, many of us
cannot imagine a Sunday without CCN in our
inbox. Where else would we get our news about
what is happening in the Muslim community
(local, national and international) written in
such a witty and insightful manner?
The AMARAH team
would especially like to thank CCN for the
support it has shown to our organisation in
promoting and supporting our events and causes.
We are able to reach many more in the Muslim and
the wider communities because of your existence!
congratulations CCN on reaching this impressive
milestone, and we look forward to reading the
On behalf of Alnisa Youth Group Inc, we would
like to congratulate CCN on its tremendous
achievement to date.
Mash'Allah CCN has assisted Al-Nisa Youth Group
by allowing us to advertise all our events as
well as any articles we have wanted to publish
to the wider community.
We would like to thank CCN for its support over
the years, and would not have been able to be as
successful without your help via a means for us
to advertise to the wider community.
May Allah SWT reward those who are behind the
scenes of CCN.. we all look forward to our
Sunday dose of the newsletter and to see what is
happening in our community.
Again, thank you for everything, and we look
forward to many more newsletters to come
Ramadan Mubarak to you all :)
Alnisa Youth Group Inc.
Ramadan Kareem to
you and your readers.
I have been regularly receiving, and reading,
your publication on Sundays. Thank you very much
for sending me the publication with many
valuable information, particularly issues
related to the Muslim community, in and around
Brisbane, which is often ignored by mainstream
Your publications keeps the readers abreast on
the latest happenings in the community and
various events that impacts on us.
I didn't agree on everything you published, but
I communicated to you when I had any different
opinion on some the contents of the publication.
You treated them very professionally.
The community event calendar and forecasted
dates for Islamic calendar have been useful to
I thank you and your team for including some
stories from the Islamic Society of Toowoomba
Inc and about my professional activities. I
could imagine how much time and efforts it take
to maintain a regular commitment of this nature.
You have done, and I believe you will continue
to do so, if not better.
I wish you and your publication a bright future.
Shahjahan Khan, PhD
President, Islamic Countries Society of
Department of Mathematics & Computin
University of Southern Queensland
the most of the month of Ramadan (Week 2)
compiled a series of articles to assist CCN readers with
maximizing their benefits during the month of Ramadan.
The second in the series of articles summarizes accepted
practice on fasting as codified by the Quran and Ahadith
and interpreted/analysed by leading Islamic scholars and
academics across the globe. The articles contain basic
practical advice on all aspects on fasting.
The articles are arranged as follows:
– provides a classical outline of Quran and Ahadith
pronouncements on fasting and the benefits/rewards for
those who fast
What breaks a fast
– provides practical guidance supported by classical
references to the Quran and Ahadith and leading global
scholars on the circumstances that either break or do
not break a fast
Sexual relations in Ramadan
– dispels a number of myths on what acts can and cannot
be performed in Ramadan. Contains coverage on sexual
acts, wet dreams and interpretation of the Prophet’s (PBUH)
comments on kissing and cuddling your spouse.
Previous Week 1:
Ramadan the month – what to do, what to pray and how to
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We need a Bill of Rights
Muslim Leader Decries Erosion of Religious Liberties in
Australia, calls for Charter of Rights
Ameer Ali says government must pass a Charter of Rights
to protect religious freedom
Dr Ameer Ali, former head of the Howard Government’s
Muslim advisory group and a leading Islamic scholar, has
called upon the Federal Government to pass a strong
Charter (or Bill) of Rights to thwart real threats to
religious freedom in Australia. Speaking to organisers
of a forthcoming conference on the subject of a Charter
of Rights, Dr Ali said such a charter was essential not
only to save religious groups from vilification but also
to strengthen our democracy.
“Muslims and members of other faiths are seeing their
liberties corralled and restricted,” said Dr Ali. “For
example, the freedom that religious schools have to
choose their teachers on the basis of their adherence to
a particular faith is under severe threat.”
Dr Ali, who is a visiting fellow at Murdoch University
Business School and former president of the Australian
Federation of Islamic Councils, said Australia is
suffering because it does not have a Charter of Rights
that clearly sets out individuals’ rights as well as
Looking for a Mosque or mussalla
in some part of the world or an Islamic school, a halal
restaurant or butcher, or even an international grocer
www.halalmaps.com might be just the place to find
You can also add your own link to the
'Across the Gulf Exhibition' open on the 4th of
September. The Exhibition runs from the 5th till the
27th of September, as part of the Brisbane Arc Biennial
There is a forum at 10:00am the 5th of September, where
international guests will be speaking about their
personal art practice and the project.
There are group tours running from the 5th till the 27th
twice a day starting at 1:00-2:00pm and 4:00-5:00pm and
evening tours twice a week from 5:30-6:30.
outside of gallery hours can be arranged on request.
holy month of Ramadan, Fast Break Dinners (Iftars)
will be organized through out Australia by many Muslim
organisations, Islamic Schools, mosques, members of the
Diplomatic missions and different Government
organisations, Universities and
President of the Australian Federation of Islamic
Councils, Mr Ikebal Patel encourages the
Australian non Muslim community to attend and take
active part in these Iftars and share in the
spirit of Ramadan with our fellow Australians who are
Muslims. And similarly, Mr Patel urges the Australian
Muslims to be much more welcoming during this years
Ramadan by opening their homes so that the experience of
Ramadan Iftar can be shared as widely as possible.
can also be used as a forum for Muslim leaders to inform
the guests from the wider community of the religious
beliefs and practices of Islam. "The Iftar dinner
will also be an opportunity to renew old friendships and
to make new acquaintances." said Mr Patel
added that the Australian Federation of Islamic Councils
encourages the Muslim Community to use the month of
Ramadan to actively show case one of the pillars of
Islam thorough acts of charity, sharing and caring
within the community: "We believe that these strong
relationships will be of mutual benefit to all
Australians and together we will be able to set the
foundations of a truly harmonious nation that
exemplifies the term 'pluralistic society'".
The Mayor of Brisbane,
Campbell Newman, invited representative of the
Muslim Business Network to a Citizenship
ceremony held during the week at the City Hall.
If you're not quiet sure which
one in the photo is The Right Honourable The
Lord Mayor of Brisbane, he's the one on the left of
the picture. MBN executive member, Mr Farouk
Adam, is on the right.
in the USA
By Laura El Alam, IFN Columnist
proper safety equipment upon entering the masjid
scenario: There is a group of young children. Many of
them have not eaten anything all day; however, one hour
ago, they bolted down two chicken kebabs and a few
tablespoons of rice, chased by three cans of Coke, two
syrup-soaked ethnic pastries and eight miniature
Snickers. Right around their regularly scheduled
bedtime, these sugar-saturated children have been herded
into a huge hall with about 100 other youngsters.
There is little to no adult supervision, because all the
grown-ups are too busy. What would you call this
situation? Chaos? Madness?
Go ahead and call it by its name: Taraweeh prayers at
the local masjid.
I have heard brothers and sisters from nearly every
masjid complain about the same issues during Ramadan.
Our taraweeh prayers are continuously disturbed by
uncontrolled children running amok.
Even the mosques that are organized and generous enough
to offer babysitting seem to be thwarted somehow by
unsupervised children who weave in and out of rows of
praying people, cavort in dark parking lots, scream,
squirm, squeal and crash into prostrating people with
their Razor Scooters.
That last example is, unfortunately, not a figment of my
Apparently, Razor Scooters were last year’s must-have
accessory for children attending taraweeh prayers in the
outdoor musallah of a local masjid.
Perhaps this year their parents will let them bring
badminton equipment, a trampoline, or maybe a few
Frisbees for their enjoyment. After all, we wouldn’t
want our children to get bored during prayer.
In fact, I can see that many parents are bored with
those “annoying” suggestions that everyone keeps making
during Ramadan, like having spouses take turns praying
at the masjid so their children can get a good night’s
Or the crazy idea of keeping our children right next to
us during prayer – clearly impossible. And to suggest
that someone break their prayer or even – gasp! – leave
the masjid and pray at home when their children get out
of hand?! No way!
The people have spoken, and they are clearly saying,
“Let the masjid volunteers skip their sunnah prayers and
attempt to supervise our children all night long so we
can rack up our rewards!”
Given the prevailing laissez-faire attitude toward
parenting during taraweeh prayers, I feel compelled to
suggest the following ideas for Ramadan this year:
1. Each mosque can set up a giant inflatable bouncer
right in the middle of the prayer hall. Anyone who wants
to pray taraweeh can squeeze in around the bouncer and
do his/her best to hear the Qur’an over the loudspeaker.
The mosques can start advertising these events as
“Taraweeh Fun Nights.”
2. At the entrance of the masjid, volunteers will hand
out helmets and pads for adults to wear during prayer.
That way, when we get trampled by children or crashed by
Razor Scooters, it will not hurt quite as much.
3. Children will all be equipped with glow-in-the-dark
wristbands so that when their parents let them play
unsupervised in the dark parking lots and streets near
the masjid, they are slightly less likely to be hit by a
4. Each masjid can provide a cordoned-off area
especially for cell phone and Blackberry use, right in
the middle of the prayer hall. Clearly, our
technologically-advanced brothers and sisters need a
place where they can simultaneously text and pray.
5. Cozy coffee and tea lounges will be established near
the prayer hall so that parents who like to chat and
relax will not be disturbed by the sounds of their
children screaming in the lobby or, worse yet, by the
With implementations like these, taraweeh prayers are
bound to be more exciting, user-friendly, indulgent and
entertaining. They might end up being so much fun that
we’ll all forget why we’re in the masjid in the first
Or have we forgotten that already?
President, Ikebal Patel, recently returned from a visit
Papua New Guinea where he met with the young and
growing local Muslim community.
acknowledges the hard work and dedication displayed by
the local PNG Muslim community to further their
knowledge and practise of Islam."
enthusiasm is impressive and it remains our duty to
assist this young Muslim community in all respects to
achieve their full potential as an exemplary Muslim
The Queensland Muslim
Welfare Association Inc. wishes all its supporters
and donors Ramadhan Mabarak.
We thank you for all the support in making the welfare
shop a successful enterprise in that it is capable to
respond instantly to give support to the needy who enter
our store. May Allah grant you all your wishes and
forgive any wrongdoing. We will offer duas for all our
supporters during this holy month and beyond.
We are happy to report another success story from our
Our Pakistani brother who
was retrenched from his job whilst on a 457 visa, has
met with a firm in Toowoomba who have offered him a
This will allow him to
remain in Australia once the sponsorship is approved and
he has applied for permanent residency.
It was fortunate that this
brother remained in Australia in spite of not being
permitted to do any paid work, and that our welfare
funds could help support him while he was in such a
vulnerable position, as the Australian government
cancelled entry on trade visas in July.
There is nothing more
frightening to be stranded in a foreign country with a
wife and three children through no fault of your own.
Our brother wishes to thank
the Muslim community for your contributions which helped
him in his time of need.
He and his family will offer
duas for you all.
The QMWA Team
Social - Hectic being a mother & wife in Ramadaan!
I am a Muslim mother of 5 children aged between 2 & 15
years. Ordinarily it is a hectic task to tend to their
upbringing and ensure that all their needs are looked
after including my husband.
In Ramadaan the pressure heightens to such a degree that
I sometimes wonder whether I will cope.
At times it
becomes very difficult to exert oneself in ibadah
and also to perform the 20 rakaatstaraweeh
at night. Every mum like me will know what I am talking
about. However, I do it for my family and the pleasure
I feel as
women we miss out on many of the benefits of Ramadan due
to our household chores. Please advise me on how I could
spend Ramadaan in a way that I will be achieve the
objectives of Ramadaan with fulfilling my household
duties. I am very grateful .
Darul Ihsan Islamic Services Centre (South Africa)
Qur'an for Downloading
The Audio Islam website
provides access to High Quality Downloadable audio
Islamic sounds in mp3 format.
The files are uncompressed
and of high CD quality sounds.
Their charges cover
With the audio files you would be able to listen to
Islamic sounds on your computer. You may also copy them
onto a blank CD and listen to them on your CD player in
your car, home and office or listen to them on your ipod
or mobile phone or use them as ring-tones.
There are two complete
Qur'an sets available and you can listen to a juz a day
with Sh Muhammad Jibreel and Sh Nabeel Rifaa'ee.
here to listen to a sample of Sh Nabeel Rifaa'ee's
here to listen to a sample of Sh Muhammad Jibreel's
Ramadan Health Guide
The UK Ramadan
health guide provides information and advice on
maximising health gain during the Muslim fast.
By: Momina Ahmed
Last Saturday, over 250
members of Brisbane’s
Pakistani community turned
out in full force to
celebrate the country’s
Independence Day (14th
August). The gala dinner
event was held at the
Kimberly Park Community
Centre in Shailer Park.
The programme began with a
recitation from the Holy
Quraan by Imam Aslam
(of Algester Mosque),
followed by the national
anthems of Pakistan and
Australia respectively. The
programme consisted of a
children’s presentation and
national songs, as well as a
quiz about Pakistan, its
rich culture and history.
The occasion, celebrating
the independence of Pakistan
from British rule in India
and subsequently from India
itself, was organised by the
Pakistan Australian Cultural
Association of Queensland
The committee organises two
major dinner functions every
year, on Pakistan Day (23rd
March) and Pakistan’s
Independence Day (14th
August), as well as various
picnics, BBQs and Eid
Many thanks to the 2008-09
consisting of Mr Adnan
Mr Nizam Deen
(Secretary), Mr Fazal
(Treasurer), Dr Shafiq
(committee member), Dr
Tariq Masood (committee
member) and Dr Ishtiaq
member) for all their hard
work, making the event a
If anyone would like to know
more about PACAQ, the events
that they organise or would
like to become a member,
please contact Mr Javed
Rahman on 0413 140 610.
would like to remind CCN readers about the MBN Annual
Gala Eid Dinner that will be held on Sunday 27 September
2009 at the Coffee Club Auditorium at the RNA
Showgrounds, Insha Allah.
Tickets are: $50 for adults and $25 for kids 4-15 years.
We only have 600 tickets available and they are selling
fast! So get in quick so you don't miss out! You can
register for a table of 10 if you wish.
We have a classier, more upmarket venue this year and
we've also taken care of parking costs - so parking for
our guests will be completely FREE!
As usual, we will have a sumptuous dinner prepared for
you and your family and our programme will be short and
sweet so you can spend more time enjoying your meal and
socialising in the great spirit of Eid!
Be there by 4.30 for a prompt 5pm start. There'll be
entertainment for the kids too!
How to book:
Send us an email:
firstname.lastname@example.org and tell us how many tickets
you require and the best way to arrange for ticket drop
off. Register on our website:
We look forward to seeing you all there at the MBN
Annual Gala Eid Dinner 2009!
MBN will be sending out a daily e-mail to all
members during Ramadaan with a Hadith and the
times for Sehri and Iftaar - Insha Allah. This
information will also be available on our
for easy reference.
Dates Distribution: MBN will be
distributing dates to all Masjids and Musallahs
this Friday 21 August 2009 - this is an MBN
initiative in conjunction with Human Appeal
International (from Sydney). This is part of our
effort to foster a strong spirit for Ramadaan.
Ramadaan Mubaarak once again from MBN!
Wasalaam, MBN Executive Committee
windfall to guard against terror, race attacks
year to more
cameras as a
"It cost us
what we got
from a $1.97
Jewish and Islamic schools are getting millions of
taxpayer dollars to upgrade their security against
possible terrorist attacks and racially based vandalism.
It has been a bumper year for the schools, with most
already swimming in grants from the Rudd Government's
$14.7 billion stimulus package for education.
Eleven Melbourne religious schools will share about $3.5
million for security measures including fencing, CCTV,
alarm systems and glass protection, under the federal
Secure Schools Program.
The biggest grant, $600,000,
goes to Burwood-based Jewish school Mt Scopus College
for fencing and security camera upgrades.
This is on top of $325,000
it received in April for other capital works under the
Rudd stimulus package.
The Herald Sun
Saints go down to Tigers
After last week’s success
against the top ranked team Sunnybank Saints now faced a
’Tigers’ football outfit who needed a win to assure
themselves of a place in the top 4. In what was the
final round of games before the semi final play offs,
Sunnybank went down 4-1.
Having dominated possession in the early period of the
game, Sunnybank were unfortunate to go down 1-0 in the
20th minute after the ball took an awkward bounce and
found its way into the back of the goal. 10 minutes
later and the referee awarded a penalty to Tigers after
adjudging a Sunnybank player to have held back the
Tigers front man during a corner kick. A well taken
penalty added a 2nd to the score line.
2-0 down at half time… chasing the game in the second
half against a strong Tigers team would always prove a
difficult task. Things got worse early in the second
half when come poor communication between the Saints
goalkeeper and their centre back resulted in a 3rd goal
for Tigers. To compound the misery Sunnybank were then
reduced to 10 men for ill-discipline.
Tiger made sure of the win with a 4th goal with 20
minutes still remaining on the clock. The Saints kept
their heads up and pulled one back a couple minutes
later through Naseer Ahmid, but that goal proved only to
be a consolation.
The Saints now face the Tigers in next week’s semi
finals clash. Having failed to beat the Tigers on all
three occasions this season, next week’s game promises
to be a tough dual. Despite the stats stacked against
them, the Saints coaching staff and players still
believe they have the ability to beat the Tigers. Team
coach Iqbal Esat believes that despite the score line,
tonight’s performance still brought out many positives.
He also mentioned that next week’s game will be tough
but the Saints definitely have the capability to win it.
For the month of Ramadan I will offer a free service
to any CCN reader on the compilation of their
Islamic will, estate planning from an Islamic
perspective and advice and assistance on the
calculation of their zakat.
Readers can call me on 0410 786 227 to make a
Wasalaam Iqbal Lambat
the Muslim World with CCN
Iran's very Islamic
embrace of science
Mohammad Ali Shomali's
clerical robes are
immaculate, his manner
Fluent in English, with a
Ph.D. from Britain's
Manchester University, he
spends his days in the holy
city of Qum studying
advanced stem-cell research
and the mapping of the
Shomali, at 44, is clearly
not your run-of-the-mill
mullah, even if he insists
that he is.
"We live in a religious
country with a religious
government," says the
turbaned Shia cleric, "so we
have to know what our
religion tells us about
Along with hundreds of other
mullahs in Qum, Shomali is
at work trying to define an
Islamic context for advanced
scientific work from nanos
to, yes, nuclear technology.
I was Inspired by my
grandfather, says 8 A-level boy
old Muslim boy from
north-east England has
passed no less than eight
A-levels, including six A
grades in Mathematics,
Physics, History, Critical
Thinking, and Urdu and two
B’s in Arabic and Religious
Ibrahim Khan, who has also
memorised the Qur’an, said
he was inspired by his
grandfather, a historian who
recently passed away, and
encouraged by his parents to
study from an early age
dueto the importance Islam
puts on gaining knowledge.
three of the
that he had
“I think my
if you keep
my bedridden grandfather,
and seeing the patience with
which he put up with the
intense pain, showed me that
there were much harder
things in life than exams,”
Khan told The Muslim News,
who attended the Macmillan
Academy in Middlesbrough.
He is now taking a gap year
after securing an offer to
study Philosophy Politics
and Economics at Brasenose
College, Oxford University.
During his time out, he is
to get the first book of his
WW3 trilogy published, do
across the Middle East and
Indian subcontinent, learn
three languages, and start a
Ibrahim said that he was
“very pleased” with his
results although “slightly
disappointed with the B in
Arabic” being one of three
subjects, along with Urdu
and Religious Studious,
which were self-taught. “I
merely did my best, then I
left the rest up to God to
The Muslim News
20 Muslims honoured by
CBEs, 4 OBEs, 11 MBEs, 1
BEM, and 1 QPM) Muslims were
recognised in the Queen’s
Birthday Honours this
of her 23
Aftab who is
the UK in
lack of care
well as play
“It is an
pride for us
with 15 members of the Hindu
and Sikh communities (1
Knighthood, 1 MVO, 3 CBEs, 1
OBE, 10 MBEs and 1 BEM) and
thirteen members of the
Jewish community (1 Damehood,
3 CBEs, 4 OBEs, and 5 MBEs).
The majority of Muslims
honoured gave their
expertise to charities and
the voluntary sector and six
worked to advance social
cohesion or Black and
Minority Ethnic (BME)
standard of living.
One of three Muslims to be
made a Commander of the
Order of the British Empire
(CBE) is Chair of the
Association of Muslim Social
Scientists UK, Dr Anas Al-Shaikh
Ali. Ali gained his PhD on
American studies and is a
founding trustee of FAIR and
Executive Director of Legacy
Publishing. Ali, who is also
an academic advisor to the
International Institute of
Islamic Though, told The
Muslim News the award would
work as “a motivational
factor bringing additional
impetus to continue the work
of developing better
understanding and trust as
well as peaceful
relationships between our
different communities and
Director of extremism
tackling Faith Matters has
been given an Order of the
British Empire (OBE). Mughal
has been appointed by the
Secretary of State for the
Department for Communities
and Local Government a
member of the Local Delivery
Advisory Group on preventing
violent extremism. He has
also been appointed as the
advisor to Lib-Dem Leader
Nick Clegg. Mughal, who has
over 15 years experience in
the voluntary sector, told
The Muslim News the award
“is testament to the various
social champions that I have
met within different
1 kg chicken mince
4 slices of brown bread (soaked in water)
¼ tsp salt
1 tab green chillies
1 tab Chopped Coriander leaves
1 tsp aromat
1 tsp black pepper
1 tab ground almond meal
1 tab shredded coconut
Mix all the above ingredients, form into
finger shaped kebabs and place a piece (the
length of the kebab) of Colby Coon cheese in
the middle and wrap the mince mixture firmly
Brush with beaten egg, roll
in bread crumbs and fry in shallow oil.
Serve hot with chutney.
repertoire of Ramadan recipes
Ms Razia Desai
is a well regarded chef from
South Africa and has been in Brisbane for
the past few weeks bringing the flavour of
Durban to a number of Brisbane households in
time for Ramadan.
She told CCN that she has been very warmly
accepted by the local community and thanked
them for their support and making her feel so
welcome in their homes.
Desai's vast "repertoire of Ramadan recipes"
(click on image on right) are plated
cottage cheese pies, mini-burgers, sharwamas,
spring rolls, mini-pizzas, chicken cutlets,
cheezy kebabs, tortillas, and savoury
Do you have a recipe to
share with CCN readers? Send in your favourite recipe
and be our "guest chef" for the week.
Kareema's Keep Fit Column
Q: Dear Kareema, I exercise
regularly and also weight train, but find during Ramadan
I need to cut back on both. I'm ok when it comes to
cutting back on my exercise routine. What can I do
instead of using weights though, as I find it tires me
out really quickly?
A: It's great that you're still following your exercise
routine, try and stick to it throughout the month!
Substitute your weights with a resistance band as it
will be just as effective for your needs.
The fitball is a great tool as well as it tends to get
heavier as you go through your workout..
Most of the exercises you do with free weights can be
done with one of the above tools.
Always make sure you set yourself up in great training
posture before starting. N- JOY!!
University of Queensland,
323 Hawken Drive, St. Lucia
Fiqh Made Easy
Venue: Room E215 Building 1 (Forgan Smith),
University of Queensland
Time: 7pm to 7.50pm
Tafseer al Qur'an (Explanation of the
Venue: Room E215 Building 1 (Forgan Smith),
University of Queensland
Time: 8pm to 9pm
Sunnah Inspirations is a
non-profit organisation to cater for Muslim
social support and supplying information to
Muslims and non-Muslims. They have
been doing various activities around
Australia, and have organised Da'wah
information stalls at various universities
in Brisbane. More info can be found on
their website above.
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