month of October is synonymous with Breast Cancer, the most invasive cancer
among Australian women.
Did you know that:
* the number of women diagnosed with breast cancer in Australia increased from
5,373 in 1983 to 12,170 in 2005
* breast cancer is expected to grow by 311 cases per year between 2006-2010
* the average age of first diagnosis was 60 years for a woman
* the risk of breast cancer increases with age;
* breast cancer and lung cancer are the 2 leading causes of cancer-related death
in Australian women
* there were 2618 female deaths from breast cancer in 2006
Over the past two years, Crescents of Brisbane has dedicated the month of
October towards the breast cancer cause.
Funds raised from this year's event will be donated
to Mummy's Wish - a not-for-profit charity focusing on supporting mothers
diagnosed with cancer while either pregnant or with young children in South East
In addition to the scrumptious two-course meal, the program for the day promises
to be fun, informative and inspirational!
Speakers include a Life Coach, Body Image Consultant
and Fitness Expert.
All those attending will also be given the
opportunity to enjoy mini-facials, mini-makeovers, personalised demonstrations
and advice from Galvanic Spa, Larissa Bright Cosmetics and Beauty
Spells Mineral Makeup.
Lucky draw prizes will be plentiful and everyone
gets to take home a special memento from the day.
Crescents of Brisbane team
members help plant some of the 450 trees under the Gateway Arterial on
Sympathy With Victims Of Natural
Mr Ikebal Patel, President of Muslims Australia expressed sadness and
condolences at the loss of life and tragedy as a result of the devastating
earthquake and the resulting tsunami that hit Samoa and the surrounding Pacific
islands and the quake that struck Sumatra this morning.
Mr Patel said the destruction of homes, amenities
and basic resources will require an enormous relief and reconstruction effort.
Mr Patel further stated that Muslims Australia is
engaged in a fund raising effort to alleviate the suffering and ease the
conditions of those in dire need.
Mr Patel also expressed sadness at the loss of life
associated with cyclone Ketsana, which is barrelling towards Laos after leaving
a trail of destruction and death across Philippines, Vietnam and Cambodia.
Mr Patel indicated that Muslims Australia in
consultation with its State Islamic Councils will be arranging relief aid as a
matter of urgency for the victims across the Pacific and South Asia.
The wedding ceremony of
Muhammad, only son of Hoosein and
Yasmin Sabdia and Fayyaadhah, daughter of
Faizul and YasminDoola took
place on Friday at the Kuraby Mosque. Imam Uzair of
Holland Park Mosque performed the nikkah.
The reception was held on Friday
evening at the Indooroopilly Golf Club and the
Walimah last night (Saturday) at the newly
refurbished Raj Palace on the Gold Coast.
Fayyaadhah is studying to become
a social worker and Muhammad is a quantity surveyor.
The couple head off for Malaysia
today (Sunday) for their honeymoon.
Picture on left is from the Walimah, courtesy of
Belinda Wright, BWP Studios
Surf Safety: School's bid to
protect Arab visitors
COAST: A group of
Keebra Park State High School students are trying to turn the tide on the
number of people from Arab nations drowning on Australian beaches.
The girls took part in a multicultural swimming
program at Southport yesterday, with Gold Coast lifeguards teaching them about
swimming, sun, signs and surf safety.
Over two days the six girls learned a combination of
skills in the pool and in the surf, and trialled a new line of swimwear made
locally to help, rather than hinder, Muslim women in the water.
Year 10 student Yennifer Carnero had little swimming
experience until she completed the program and said she learned a range of
skills that would be useful next time she went to the beach.
"We learned swim safety, freestyle, safety jumps,
floating, breathing and dolphining," said the 14-year-old. "I had a target to
dive under 10 waves and I did that, even though the water was cold. After a
while you got used to it."
The day of learning was part of the Aqua English
Project, which was started in 2006 as a result of international tourist
drownings on the Gold Coast.
A partnership with the Gold Coast City Council Get
Active & Healthy Program and the Aqua English S'women Program, participants
involved have come from Afghanistan, India, Iran, Denmark, South Africa,
Tanzania, Papua New Guinea and Taiwan.
Aqua English Project manager Sarah Palaubaum said
they sought to solve a fundamental misunderstanding between international
cultures and Australian culture when it came to the water.
"We were approached by women from Saudi Arabia
looking for a culturally sensitive place to swim, and participate in the iconic
aquatic culture," she said.
"The most exciting development for the program has
been the design of Islamic swimwear, exclusively made on the Gold Coast."
Ms Palaubaum said the innovative swimwear would be
supplied to all female Muslim students of Milperra High School, Brisbane. In a
report released by the Royal Life Saving Society last week, people from Arab
nations are among the most at risk in the Australian surf.
Information in the 15th annual report urged
Arabic-speaking communities to take water safety classes.
Across Australia 302 people drowned, up by 41 on the
previous year, with anecdotal evidence highlighting an increase in drownings of
people from Arab nations.
Source: Gold Coast Bulletin Wednesday 30/9/2009
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MBN Eid Dinner
The MBN Dinner kicked off early in the afternoon
last Sunday at the RNA Showground where some 450 diners were entertained to
nasheeds, naats and qira'ats and lucky draw prizes that saw
winners walk away with a television set and airplane tickets to Malaysia.
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of the Sydney-based Al-Ghazalli Centre can be
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• Letter to a Disciple
• Intermediate Tajweed Program
• Eastern Fusion 2009 Program
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Convincing Muslims to open doors
for guide dogs
Courier Mail 25 September 2009
BRISBANE'S Muslim community leaders came face to
face with guide dogs in training, as part of a campaign to convince
them the animals are not "unclean''.
The education forum at the Bald Hills guide dog training facility followed
controversy over some cab drivers refusing to carry blind and disabled
passengers with guide dogs.
"Quite a few cab drivers are Muslims and many of them are reluctant to have dogs
sitting in the cabs because there's a belief that if their saliva gets on to
stuff it becomes
unclean,'' said Guide Dogs Queensland board director Rasheed A Ali.
"But they need to be educated that things have moved on. These are not ordinary
dogs. They are working dogs providing a service to the community.''
Imam Mohammed Akram Buksh, from Kuraby Mosque
south of Brisbane, agreed, saying Islam permitted the use of dogs for specific
"These dogs are very special dogs in the sense that they are trained for a
specific purpose to guide people through their daily life, which of course Islam
permits,'' Imam Buksh said.
"The dogs are tremendous and are doing a wonderful job, and there's definitely
something amazing about the dog being so smart to be able to do certain duties
which other animals cannot do.''
Mr Ali said Guide Dogs Queensland hoped the
education forum could lead to a formal religious edict, or fatwa, governing the
interaction between Australian Muslims and guide dogs.
Imam Buksh said other mosques had made arrangements for vision-impaired members
of their congregations, and the same could happen in Australia.
"It is our job to accommodate them - we have to make arrangements where to keep
the dogs, and I'm sure we will organise special facilities with them,'' he said.
Ethnic Communities Council of Queensland (ECCQ) will be hosting its annual
Multicultural Summit at the State Library of Queensland on October 26 and 27.
Multicultural Affairs Minister Annastacia Palaszczuk will deliver the opening
address, Jason Yat-Sen Li flies in from Beijing for the Day 1 keynote address;
Phillip Adams will be the Day 2 keynote speaker and moderator for the Great
Debate (on the panel are Prof Hurriyet Babacan, Prof Ken Wiltshire, Jill Lang
from QCOSS, Susan Booth from the ADCQ and The Courier-Mail’s Margaret Wenham)
and plenary speakers include Andrew Metcalf, Secretary of the Department of
Immigration & Citizenship; Garry Page, Executive Director of MAQ; and former
Senator Andrew Bartlett, now ECCQ’s Policy & Advocacy Advisor.
Ian Muil, ECCQ Manager, told CCN: "This year's
programme will make this an exciting Summit which we believe will stand out
for a number of reasons, just one being the development of a Summit Declaration
at a time that the issue of multiculturalism is under the microscope at both
national and federal levels."
Matchfixers Team - Aziz, Nafeez, Haroon,
Bilal, Sohail, Paul, Khiem at the latest QMT
I have been playing indoor
soccer at West End and now at Acacia Ridge for 6 seasons
with the MatchFixers team. We’re had a pretty close team
and the core of the original team still plays together
on Tuesday nights.
This video was put together by one of our ex-players who
doesn’t play for us anymore due to injury, Shadab Aizaz.
I ended up being one of winners of this competition
and decided to take along with me my close friend Sohail Asghar to his surprise
as he had no idea I had entered such a competition.
We flew out to London Friday 18th September. Landed
in Heathrow where we were met up with the other winners plus ex-Socceroo Robbie
Slater who was going to be our guide on tour. We got on a bus and drove up the
M4 up to Liverpool.
At our hotel we were surprised to find that the
Blackburn Football Team was also staying at our hotel. Thanks to Robbie Slater,
we managed to mingle with Socceroos Brett Emerton and Vince Grella and get some
happy snaps and gear signed.
All the winners from the Sony Twilight
competition with Robbie Slater and Socceroo
captain Lucas Neil.
The next day we met up with
Australian captain and Everton’s latest signing Lucas
Neil, who we also got some photos and signed some gear.
We then went for a tour of the famous Anfield stadium.
Later, Tim Cahill had arranged some tickets for us to
watch the Everton-Blackburn match at Goodison Park,
which was a great experience especially as Everton won
Next morning was our special meeting with Tim
We arrived at the Everton training ground in Finch Farm early in the morning for
our meeting. As we were getting off our bus we saw Tim Cahill zoom past us in
his Lamborghini. He greeted us all and made us all feel really comfortable
around him. He was obviously in a much happier mood as they had just won the day
before. He spent about an hour and a half with us answering our questions and
giving us a personal tour of the Everton Training ground.
He showed us their dressing rooms (he passed around
his boots which have an Australian flag on them and the names of his two girls,
their gym (where we saw some of the Everton boys), their outdoor field (where a
few of the boys were training including Lucas Neil for the first time), their
indoor field (for when it rains which is does a lot), their kit room, their
store. He spoke to us about how professional the players are.
Tim and me
They train three times a
day. They don’t drink and they have a strict eating
regime. Their every movement on the pitch is monitored
and at the end of the game they get statistics to tell
them how many metres they covered, how many passes them
They have tough times when things aren’t going well
and they are struggling for form, but they keep working harder to improve. They
get paid well but they have to work hard to get there and maintain that high
level. But he loves it and is passionate about it.
We spoke about the Aussies preparation for the World
Cup in South Africa and he truly feels that the Aussie team could do something
really special this world cup, but for now he wants to concentrate on his club
Everton and to help them get up the Premier League ladder.
He came across as just a regular guy and really down
to earth, no arrogance at all. He was real generous to give us such a tour, as
apparently he has only done something like this once before and that was for
After saying our goodbyes to Tim and wishing him all the best for the season and
the World Cup next year, we headed off to Manchester for a flight down to
Near Plymouth Sony had arranged a 4 a side football
game at a picturesque location amongst the ruins of King Arthur’s Tintagel
Castle. We cheered on as the Australian team captained by Robbie Slater beat a
Brazilian team 10-6.
The last day was a free day which we spent touring
around London and catching sights such as Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey,
Trafalgar Square and the London Eye.
We arrived back on Saturday 26th September very
jetlagged but still in a buzz after an unbelievable trip of a lifetime.
The CCN Inbox
Dear CCN Readers
I'm a photographer based in Brisbane.
I have recently returned from
Pakistan and I'm holding an exhibition of
photographs to raise awareness and let people know
what is happening on the ground.
would like to invite you all to attend.
I'm also looking for any traditional Pakistani
musicians, do you know of any in Brisbane?
If I can be of any assistance in the future please
let me know.
of risks 14
has become one of the
biggest centres for Islamic
finance in the world, with
five Islamic banks, and many
others in the high street
offering Islamic financial
products, or "windows" as
they are known.
The growth of Islamic
finance has been an
unexpected outcome of the
attacks on the World Trade
Centre of 11 September 2001.
Islamic finance is based on
rules from Islam's holy
texts - the Koran. Scholars
claim the fundamental
difference to conventional
banking is that Islamic
finance is more ethical.
First it bans any form of "riba"
or interest, preventing
consumers being exploited by
high rates of borrowing.
regards speculative trading
as sinful. One of the
world's leading experts on
Islamic finance, Sheikh
Hussain Hassan (pictured
left), argues the whole
crisis in Western banking
could have been avoided if
these basic sharia
principles had been
He said: "$600 trillion were
wasted on options, futures
and derivatives, all
gambling. Sharia prohibited
these kind of risks 14
regard ordinary mortgages as
sinful. The idea is for the
lender and the borrower to
share the risk. There are
now more products on the
market which help Muslims
buy a house without paying
The most common form of
Islamic home purchase loan
works like this: When a
couple wants to buy a house,
instead of borrowing the
money, the Islamic bank buys
80% of the house for them.
puts down a deposit for the
other 20% and then pays the
bank rent, plus regular
portions of the capital.
During the fixed period,
ownership gradually passes
from the bank to the buyer.
The rent charged by the bank
is how it makes its money.
If the borrower loses his
job and defaults on the
payments, under sharia law
it is very difficult for the
family to be thrown out of
their home, as that would be
seen as a creditor
exploiting a debtor.
transactions can work on a
bigger scale as well.
Chelsea Barracks in London
was bought by the Qatari
government for nearly £1bn -
the biggest residential
property deal in the UK.
The entire transaction was
done under sharia pinciples,
with contracts drawn up by
lawyers at Norton Rose.
Farmida Bi, one of the law
firm's partners, explained
that London has attracted
this kind of investment
because the British
government wooed Islamic
money in the wake of 9/11,
at the expense of the US.
made being a
and not just
a matter of
"It was really September
11th that made being a
Muslim a political statement
and not just a matter of
personal faith," she said.
"And with the Patriot Act,
which made investments in
the US difficult for many
Islamic investors, there was
a significant increase in
Islamic investors choosing
to invest in Islamic
institutions and Islamic
So while groups in the US
were investigating terrorist
connections with Islamic
banks, Muslim investors
pulled their money out of
Some of the money got
diverted to London, which
had traditionally been a
banking centre. The British
government then helped
further by changing
regulations to give sharia-compliant
funds a level playing field
with conventional ones.
It was really
September 11th that made
being a Muslim a political
statement and not just a
matter of personal faith.
Over 600 Chinese
nationals working in Saudi embrace Islam
Riyadh: Over 600 Chinese
nationals working on the
Haramain Rail project have
embraced Islam in a recent
ceremony in Makkah.
They are workers of the
Chinese Railway Company,
which won the multibillion
contract for implementing
the 450km rail road linking
the holy cities of Makkah
and Madinah via Jeddah and
Dr. Abdul Aziz Al Khudhairi,
undersecretary at the Makkah
Governorate, said that this
year’s celebration of the
Kingdom’s National Day
coincides with a number of
auspicious and historic
These included launching of
university - King Abdullah
University for Science &
celebration of Eid Al Fitr
and a recent ceremony of
Chinese workers pronouncing
Aziz, who witnessed the
event, described it as a
“direct response to critics
of the government for
Among the converts, there
are 70 workers who are
engaged in the construction
of Makkah monorail project,
which links the holy city
with the holy sites of Mina,
Muzdalifa and Arafat.
“Their conversion took place
24 hours after getting books
introducing Islam in Chinese
language at their worksite
at Arafat, which is outside
the Haram area,” he said
adding that the credit goes
to the Office of the Call
and Guidance for Expatriates
Efforts are underway to
spread the message of Islam
among some 5,000 Chinese
nationals working on the
Haramain train,” he said
adding that the major
problem for the Call and
Guidance Office is the lack
of enough books on Islam in
It is noteworthy that the
first phase of Haramain Rail
consisting of 70km has well
been started a few months
ago. This represents
expropriation of land,
filling works, construction
of bridges and tracks. The
project is expected to be
operational in 2012.
Mohammed bin Rashid
receives German Muslim Scholar Hofmann
(right) with Dr. Hoffman
Prime Minister and Ruler of
Dubai His Highness Sheikh
Mohammed bin Rashid Al
Maktoum received German
Muslim Scholar Dr. Murad
Hoffman at Al Marmoum
Dr. Hoffman has been
selected as the Islamic
Personality of the year for
the 13th Dubai International
Holy Quran Awards.
congratulated the German
scholar on the occasion and
expressed his appreciation
for Hoffman’s efforts to
advance Islam as a religion
of tolerance and love
through his research,
writings and ideas.
Dr. Hoffman praised the
awards’ objectives and
expressed pleasure about his
selection as the Islamic
personality of the year.
Present at the meeting were
Dubai Deputy Ruler Sheikh
Maktoum bin Mohammed bin
Rashid Al Maktoum, Sheikh
Mohammed’s Adviser for
Cultural and Humanitarian
Affairs Ibrahim Mohammed
Bumelha, the Holy Quran
Award Organising Committee
Chairman and a number of
Wilfried Hofmann born in
Germany in 1931 studied law
both at Harvard and Munich
Law School. For 33 years he
worked in the German Foreign
Service and was Ambassador
to Algeria and Morocco. In
1980, he embraced Islam and
became a (Sunni) Muslim. He
has written many articles on
Islamic topics in leading
magazines and has authored a
number of books that include
Diary of a German Muslim,
Islam: The Alternative,
Voyage to Mecca,
Islam 2000, Religion
on the Rise-Islam in the
Presently Dr. Hofmann lives
in Bonn (Germany), giving
lectures on Islam in many
parts of the world.
“Live as if your were to die tomorrow.
Learn as if you were to live forever." Gandhi
CCN's book of the week is
Dear Ahmedbhai, Dear Zuleikhabehn:
The letters of Zuleikha Mayat and Ahhmed Kathrada
Goolam Vahed and Thembisa Waetjen
Extraordinary stories can sometimes be
found in ordinary letters. This is the discovery that
awaits readers of this gentle and beautifully written
correspondence between a political prisoner and a
self-described housewife during apartheid’s last decade.
The circumstances of loss prompting Rivonia trialist
Ahmed Kathrada to write a letter of sympathy to a former
flat-mate Abdulhak “Bis” Bismillah are met with an
unexpected reply from Bis’s sister. Zuleikha Mayat, a
Durban community organizer and editor of the
best-selling cookbook Indian Delights, initiates a
correspondence with Kathrada that continues until his
release ten years later. Virtual strangers, they have in
common their small-town Transvaal childhoods in Muslim
shops in the early 20th century; and they find much to
explore in their different approaches to questions of
culture, politics and religion. The letters are written
with wit and style, as they discuss both the issues of
the day and the sustenance found in memory.
These letters tell the story, all the more powerful for
its ephemeral character, of a developing epistolary
friendship between two people to whom history has
brought different gains and losses. The collection is
rich not merely in historical content and stylistic
interest, but in the experience it offers to the reader
of an unfolding conversation, reflecting both the
immediate worlds of its authors and a tumultuous period
of South African history.
This compilation of letters is an apt
celebration of Ahmed Kathrada’s 80th birthday this year
CCN251 for a coverage of the celebrations), and
presents a rewarding portrait of Zuleikha Mayat, a woman
who is a household name, as the ‘Betty Crocker’ of South
African Indian cuisine.
About the Authors Goolam Vahed (no stranger to Brisbane) and
Thembisa Waejen teach history at the University of
KwaZulu-Natal in Durban.
Would you like to see the
cover of your favourite book on our book shelves below?
1 large eggplant
1 clove garlic
1/4 - 1/2 cup lemon juice (depending on
3 tab tahini
1 tsp salt
3 tsp olive oil
2 tab lemon juice
2 tsp olive oil
Preheat oven to 375 degrees and bake
eggplant for 30 minutes, or until outside is
crisp and inside is soft.
Allow to cool for 20 minutes.
Cut open eggplant and scoop out the flesh
into colander and allow to drain for 10
Removing the excess liquid helps to
eliminate a bitter flavor.
Place eggplant flesh in a medium bowl. Add
remaining ingredients and mash together. You
can also use a food processor and pulse for
about 2 minutes.
Place in serving bowl and top with lemon
juice and olive oil. Add other garnish
according to taste.
Serve with warm or toasted pita, flatbread
or turkish bread
Garnishing Ideas for Baba Ghannouj
Baba ghannouj always has to have olive oil
on top for garnish. However you can spice
things up a bit by adding crushed red
pepper, a dash of cumin, parsley or
Do you have a recipe to
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and be our "guest chef" for the week.
Kareema's Keep Fit Column
Dear Kareema, are you able to give us a few training
tips, especially for people like myself who has been
exercising for a while and need to stay motivated?
MIX IT UP!
You'll find that tired exercise routines bore your body
and stunt fat burning.
Try to alter the emphasis of your training every 6 - 8
You can change from slower to more intense efforts and /
or emphasise on weights, or take up a few different
exercise classes if you have a gym membership.
This will stop your mind and body getting bored from
performing the same training and will constantly
stimulate your fat-burning efforts.
Don't get complacent either.
Cutting back on junk food or walking for a few extra
minutes each day, could be all you need to tip your
fat-burning scales back to a positive energy balance.
Remember the 70 - 30 ratio (70% diet to 30% exercise).
It's not all about exercise, a healthy diet will
compliment you exercise regime.
Enjoy your workouts - think long term, and positive
adaptations will come!
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Time: 7pm to 7.50pm
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Venue: Room E215 Building 1 (Forgan Smith),
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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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