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Sunday, 20 June 2010

 .Newsletter 0293



Message from CCN 


It's been brought to our attention that some CCN Readers are not receiving their weekly emails.


It appears that a batch of email addresses has mysteriously disappeared from our database.


If you are one of those not getting your regular email notifications, please email ccn@crescentsofbrisbane.org with your details so that we can have you re-instated.


AIIC Annual Quran Competition 


The Australian International Islamic College (AIIC) held its annual Quran Competition on Wednesday 2 June at the college campus.


The competition was held over three sessions, the junior school, middle school and high school.


Of the 350 students, 70 were shortlisted and selected to take part in the annual competition.


Many parents and visitors attended and were impressed with the high standard of presentation and organization of the event.


The judges who adjudicated the competition were Imam Ikraam Buksh, Imam Akram Buksh, Hafez Omar Issadeen and Imam Shazad



Winners of the different year levels:  





1ST Musab Essofrani

1ST Raghad Alsolami

1ST Shuaib Ali

1ST Zamzam Saleban

2nd Khalidi Shabani

2nd Nawaf Alamri

2nd Joud Alanazi

2nd Shahad Alsolami

3rd Asha Abdi Hersi

3rd Tasneem Ali

3rd Hafeeza Ali

3rd  Zaakirah Sharif




3rd Mustafa Farah





1st Haseenah Ali

1st Malak Boualem

1st Rawan Alshehri

1st Lojain Al-Jahwary

2nd Khalid Ali

2nd Ali Ulum

2nd Haneen Shar

2nd Yazeed Zailaa

3rd Marwa Abdi

3rd Anas Al-Jahwary

3rd Zubair Sharifi

3rd Umar Ulum








YEAR 11/12

1st Abdul Rahman

1st Aisyah Ulum

1st Halima Ridwan

1st Noor Kamal

1st Khaleel Mohamed

2nd Saleh Al-Jahwary

1st Bandar Al-Shammari

2nd Fatima Faidi

2nd Taha Hassan

3rd Fatima Abdi

2nd Majid Mnette

3rd Nurul Mustafa

3rd Abdul Mohsen





Winners of the different categories:





1ST Shuaib Abdurrahman Ali

1ST Malak Boualem

1ST Aisyah Ulum

2nd Raghad Alsolami

2nd Haseenah Ali

2nd Bandar Al-Shammari

3rd Zamzam Saleban

3rd Rawan Al-Shehri

3rd Abdul Rahman Al-Tassan


Medals and trophies were awarded to all participants who were judged to have obtained first, second and third positions. All entrants received a certificate of participation.

After Zuhr Salah students, parents, teachers and visitors were treated to a sumptuous meal prepared by Haji Shamsher Ali.

"The college wishes to place on record its sincere appreciation to all Arabic/Islamic Studies Imams, teachers and all students for their effort and co-operation towards making this day a huge success," spokesperson for AIIC said.


Category 3 Overall Winners

Left to right: 1st place Aisyah Ulum, 2nd place Bandar Al-Shammari, 3rd place Abdul Rahman Al Tassan

Deserved honour for service to migrants  

Logan West Leader


Gail Ker, the chief executive officer for ACCES migrant services at Logan Central (pictured left), has been awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia in the general division for her service to Queensland’s multicultural community.


Ms Ker. who has helped migrant and refugee families for more than 20 years, is one of 474 recipients of this year’s Queen’s Birthday Honours.

The 54-year-old mother of two said the OAM was acknowledgment that ordinary people in places like Logan were recognised for the investment they made in their local communities.

"And it’s very much appreciated by me and stands for what Australia stands for,’’ she said.

Starting as a volunteer on the board of the forerunner organisation to Acces Services in 1987, Ms Ker said working with diverse cultural groups had always been part of the work she had done in Logan.

But she said she was "absolutely inspired’’ by the people she had met through her work. "I think they are the true heroes,’’ she said.

Ms Ker spoke of the difficulty of coming to another country where you did not speak the language and where the customs, tradition, culture and systems were so different.

"To come here with a positive attitude and to work, send your kids to school and make this your new home, I think that’s an extremely brave and courageous thing to do,’’ she said. "And the make-up of our country is much richer because of that diversity.’’

Ms Ker said the award was also a tribute to the team and community effort given to Logan’s ethnic communities.

She said Logan welcomed newly arrived migrants and refugees. "And I think this is recognition that Logan is a pretty nice place to live and it offers our community a lot.’’

Ms Ker has been a member of the Australian Multicultural Advisory Council since 2008; is deputy chair of the Settlement Council of Australia; and is a vice-chairwoman of the Ethnic Communities Council of Queensland. 


IFF is a Feast of  Fun and Food 


The International Food Festival at the Gold Coast Mosque was well attended by the general public and succeeded in raising over $50 000.


"We want to thank everyone for their efforts, generosity, hard work and support of our community," Habib Jamal, spokesperson for the Mosque told CCN.


The event also received the following favourable comments from patrons:


I thought your International Food Day was excellent. I rated it 100 out of 100. A group escorted with a lecture by Imam Imraan Husain was brilliant inside the Mosque. A wonderful day and my full congratulations to all that participated. The food was excellent and the atmosphere by all was really warm and very pleasing to all. Neil McIntyre


Masha Allah It was indeed a nice environment and well done to all that have put in the magnificent effort. May Almighty reward you guys. Abdus Samim Khan


As a Christian I enjoyed your food festival very much and hope you made a lot of money. I was introduced to the Imaam's newsletter through Dzemo and Djenan at the XZONE internet cafe in Southport. I have wanted to know about Islam for some time and I am learning a little every day, and respect it very much. At the food festival I was given two booklets on what Islam is and have read them with interest. I enjoyed the friendly, peaceful and happy atmosphere at the food festival and look forward to the next one. I think the Bosnian food was my favourite. I already cook curries (have done for 30 years), so didn't try the curry. Best wishes. David William Hall 


Study tour from Saudi - Host families required 

John Paul International College requires approximately four host families for a study tour group from Saudi, 5 July – 6 August, 2010 with two student placements per host family.


If you are able to host any of these students, please contact Diana Robertson on 3826 3478 or email drobertson@jpc.qld.edu.au.


School excursion 

A group of students from North Ryde (NSW)  recently visited

the New South Wales Mosque in Parramatta

State of Mind Tour Brisbane

International guest speaker Napoleon arrives in Brisbane for a series of lectures.

Now known as Mutah Wassin Shabazz Beale, he was a former member of Tupac Shakur's rap group 'The Outlawz'.


Beale has since converted to Islam. "He has gone from THUG to DAEE'!"


Beale travels the world giving motivational lectures.




Tuesday Night - My Life as a Rapper
22 June

Wednesday Night - My Way to Islam
23 June

Address: Logan Entertainment Centre
170 Wembley Road, Logan Central
Time:7:30pm both nights
Cost: $15 per night or $25 both nights* (*if purchased in one transaction)

Contact Omar for more information or to purchase tickets 0434 287 133

Yassmin a Pride of Australia Nominee  


YOUTH affairs advocate Yassmin Abdel-Magied, 19, founded Youth Without Borders when she was 17.

The youth-run body co-ordinates projects and allows networking and support for young people and their wider communities internationally.

The University of Queensland third-year engineering student said being proactive was the only way to facilitate change.

"With shared passion and shared resources - more collaboration - we're able to make more things happen," she said.

The 2010 Young Queenslander of the Year and Pride of Australia nominee is also on the management committee of the Youth Affairs Network

Queensland and on the board of the Queensland Museum.

"I don't expect recognition for the work I do - the work is about helping the people I'm intending to help, not myself," she said.

"Coming from Sudan and being fortunate enough to grow up in Australia, where I have so many more opportunities, I just see it as my responsibility to do something to help."

To nominate Yassmin for the Pride of Australia medal visit www.courier mail.com.au/prideofaustralia contact Denise Ryder on 3666 6304, or email ryderd@qnp.newsltd.com.au.


Entries close at 5pm on Tuesday, July 6, and finalists will be revealed in The Sunday Mail on September 5.

Queensland winners will be announced at a ceremony on September 10 and in The Courier-Mail on September 11.

Arabic World on Show 


Jim Selim, Jasmine Ouaida and Mohammed El-leissy are presenting a new television show. Picture: MATT MURPHY

AUSTRALIAN Mohammed El-leissy says he is not the typical Arabic youth you usually see on television.

He cheekily pointed out last week that viewers fed on a diet of Underbelly and A Current Affair would be confused by his intelligence and humour when his Channel 31 show, Kalam TV, launched this week.

“This show is basically an Arab youth perspective on the Arab world which for some reason is quite rare,” El-leissy said.

“It could be quite challenging for those used to seeing Arabs on TV being angry all the time or holding up service stations.”

It is this kind of media stereotypes that El-leissy and three other young Middle Eastern Australians - Jasmine Ouaida, Jim Selim and Zeinab Alloush - are trying to challenge with the new program, which was filmed at the Channel 31 studio at RMIT University in the city.

Premiering on Wednesday 4pm, the 13-episode series challenges Australian perceptions of the Arab world through an entertaining mixture of variety and comedy.

Each 30-minute program focuses on an Arabic country with interviews and lifestyle segments showcasing the country’s culture and traditions.

With a “travel budget for bus fares” El-leissy said the crew did not need to leave Melbourne to explore the 13 different nations explored in the series.

“It is kind of like Getaway without the travel parts,” he said.

“The great thing about Melbourne is that you don’t need to go far to see the different parts of the Arabic world. They are all outside our door steps.”

Born and bred in Melbourne, El-leissy said the backlash to the September 11 attacks and the Tampa crisis changed attitudes of some residents in Preston, where he formerly resided.

“I remember being in a shopping centre with my mum, who wears the hijab, and this person called us terrorists,” he said.

“Another time in Preston I was walking down the street with my mates and this old guy walked past and called us chinks, Arabs and wogs - it’s amazing that people still only see our ethnicity and nothing more.”

Kalam TV co-host Jasmine Ouaida said she “does not allow” racism to intrude her life.

The 19-year-old Lebanese Australian said the show was an attempt to connect with fellow Australian youngsters not yet tainted by the prejudices of their elders.

“It’s definitely a show by youth for other youth,” she said.

“We are all the future of this country and with this show perhaps we can have an open conversation and be open-minded with each other.”

Ouaida, who proudly wears the hijab and works as a lifeguard in Moreland, said her involvement with the program was not a quest for fame, but to educate “and have fun at the same time”.

“I hope people can accept people from wherever they come from,” she said.

“If I could help do that, then all the work we put into this show would have been worth it.”

Kalam TV will be shown on Channel 31 on Wednesdays at 4pm.

Melbourne Leader

Middle East Export Network Forum 


Trade Queensland and the Australia Arab Chamber of Commerce and Industry invite you to attend the Middle East Export Network Forum


“The Middle East Export Network Forum was established by the Queensland Government to capitalise on the wealth of knowledge and experience that exists within a large group of Queensland companies doing business in the Middle East. The Forum brings like-minded Queensland companies together to share insights into emerging export opportunities and promote mentoring amongst the Queensland business community with a focus on the Middle East region”.


Forum Highlights:


·         Presentation on Developments in the Iraq and Jordan markets (following a recent trip to the Middle East) by Mr Ray Najar, General Manager of the Murray Darling Association and National Chairman of the Australia Arab Chamber of Commerce and Industry (AACCI)


Mr Najar is a Civil Engineer who has specialised in water resource management since 1964. Since 1996 Ray has developed a consulting business in sales and marketing with the Middle East and also provides an agricultural engineering service in irrigation and water resource management and has worked in Egypt, the UAE, Qatar, Kuwait and Lebanon.  In 2005 Ray was awarded the title of “Business Ambassador” by the Council of International Trade South Australia, for his efforts in promoting bilateral trade between Australia and the Middle East and facilitating trade missions in and out of Australia.


·         Presentation on Australian Agriculture and World Food Security in the Arab World and arising business opportunities by Mr David Crombie, President of the National Farmers’ Federation


Mr Crombie brings over 30 years commercial and representational experience in agriculture to his role as President.  Currently, Mr Crombie also holds the positions of: Director Export Finance and Insurance Corporation (EFIC); Commissioner Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR); Director GRM and Rosewood (NT Beef); Deputy Chairman, FKP; Director Foodbank Queensland; and Vice President, Australian Rugby Union.


Date: Tuesday 29 June 2010

Time: 10:30am – 1:00pm (Networking Lunch from 12:00pm-1:00pm)

Venue: Map Room, Conrad Treasury Hotel, 130 William Street, Brisbane

Cost: No charge

Places are limited and bookings are essential. 


Register Now!


RSVP by Friday 25 June 2010 by telephone on +61 7 3224 5444 or via e-mail  natalia.rajapakse@trade.qld.gov.au


Faith Groups Awarded for Environmental Excellence


That faith communities are leading the way in sustainability became evident at a formal Awards Dinner celebrating World Environment Day on 5th June.

The vegetarian dinner was organised by multi-faith network the Australian Religious Response to Climate Change (ARRCC) and held at the Anglican Church in South Hurstville Sydney.

One of two keynote speakers for the evening, CEO of The Climate Institute John Connor, emphasised the importance of interfaith cooperation on climate change. “Global ambition to act on climate change is fragile, but is moving forward in most countries. We urgently need greater cooperation across faiths, between religious and secular groups, across countries, and between rich and poor if we are to speed the journey to a less polluting and wasteful world”, said Mr Connor.

Bhante Sujato of Santi Forest Monastery and the Federation of Australian Buddhist Councils shared his thoughts with the gathering about the significant contribution of religions in this journey. “We don’t only need changes in our technologies”, he said. “We also need to change how much we consume. While there are people across the world who don’t have adequate shelter or enough to eat, many of us consume far more than we need. Yet provision for our physical needs, caring relationships, and meaning in our lives are all that we need to be happy. Religions have a particular contribution in providing this meaning.”

Five churches and a Catholic school, St Ignatius Jesuit Community Riverview, achieved the “Five-Life Eco-Awards”, a non-competitive Christian award program recognising environment improvements in buildings, worship, congregation, outreach and leadership.

For outstanding effort in championing the link between spirituality and ecology, the Faith and Ecology Network received the “Spirituality and Ecology Award”.


The “Community Connections Award” was won by al-Ghazzali Centre for Islamic Sciences and Human Development, for its excellence in partnering with the local community on its Cooks River regeneration project.


"It was an honour to receive the award and a wonderful opportunity to be recognized by other religious organizations for restoration of the Cooks River area. On behalf of Al-Ghazzali Centre I would like to sincerely thank all the Mizaan Ecology volunteers for their dedication, commitment and giving their time towards mother earth, " Nelley Youssef, Assistant Director of Mizaan Ecology & Wellbeing at the al-Ghazzali Centre wrote.

The Eco-Champion Award for individuals was jointly won by Rev Bob Thomas, who was instrumental in the bottled water-free Bundy-on-Tap initiative, and Deepanjali Gupta, cofounder of the Indian Youth Climate Network. There were also joint winners of the “ARRCC Climate Change Award” – Caloundra Uniting Church, which installed solar panels in the shape of a cross, and the Anglican Church Diocese of Canberra/Goulburn for climate change leadership across multiple parishes.give

Also acknowledged for environmental excellence were the Franciscan Province of the Holy Spirit, Catholic Mission, and Tzu Chi Buddhist Compassion Relief. 


Mudarahbah Contract for Downloading 


Mudārabah refers to a type of partnership where one partner outlays his capital and the other offers his skills by doing business, on condition that they share the profits according to a mutual agreed ratio.


The Dārul Iftā, Madrasah In῾āmiyyah has prepared a Business Contract for potential participants in such a partnership.


Book Expo 


The Queensland Islamic Book Services is organising an Islamic Books and Islamic Clothes Exhibition at Darra Mosque Hall at 219 Douglas St, Oxley, from Friday 25th June to 4th July.

The opening hours are: 11.30am--7.30pm.For other times and more information contact Abdur Razzaaq on 0431 266 847.

Young. British. Female. Muslim.


Thousands of young British women living in the UK decide to convert to Islam - here are some of their stories

From left: Sukina Douglas, Catherine Heseltine, Aqeela Lindsay Wheeler, Catherine Huntley and Joanne Bailey





Over the next few weeks, CCN will bring you the story of one of the five featured women who have converted to Islam.


Last week it was the story of Aqeela Lindsay Wheeler.


This week it is the story of Catherine Heseltine, a Nursery school teacher, 31, from North London.







“If you’d asked me at the age of 16 if I’d like to become a Muslim, I would have said, ‘No thanks.’ I was quite happy drinking, partying and fitting in with my friends.

“Growing up in North London, we never practised religion at home; I always thought it was slightly old-fashioned and irrelevant. But when I met my future husband, Syed, in the sixth form, he challenged all my preconceptions. He was young, Muslim, believed in God – and yet he was normal. The only difference was that, unlike most teenage boys, he never drank.

“A year later, we were head over heels in love, but we quickly realised: how could we be together if he was a Muslim and I wasn’t?

“Before meeting Syed, I’d never actually questioned what I believed in; I’d just picked up my casual agnosticism through osmosis. So I started reading a few books on Islam out of curiosity.

“In the beginning, the Koran appealed to me on an intellectual level; the emotional and spiritual side didn’t come until later. I loved its explanations of the natural world and discovered that 1,500 years ago, Islam gave women rights that they didn’t have here in the West until relatively recently. It was a revelation.


Islam has given me a sense of direction and purpose. I’m involved with the Muslim Public Affairs Committee, and lead campaigns against Islamophobia, discrimination against women in mosques, poverty and the situation in Palestine. When people call us ‘extremists’ or ‘the dark underbelly of British politics’, I just think it’s ridiculous. There are a lot of problems in the Muslim community, but when people feel under siege it makes progress even more difficult.


“Religion wasn’t exactly a ‘cool’ thing to talk about, so for three years I kept my interest in Islam to myself. But in my first year at university, Syed and I decided to get married – and I knew it was time to tell my parents.

My mum’s initial reaction was, ‘Couldn’t you just live together first?’

She had concerns about me rushing into marriage and the role of women in Muslim households – but no one realised how seriously I was taking my religious conversion.

I remember going out for dinner with my dad and him saying, ‘Go on, have a glass of wine. I won’t tell Syed!’ A lot of people assumed I was only converting to Islam to keep his family happy, not because I believed in it.

“Later that year, we had an enormous Bengali wedding, and moved into a flat together – but I certainly wasn’t chained to the kitchen sink. I didn’t even wear the hijab at all to start with, and wore a bandana or a hat instead.

“I was used to getting a certain amount of attention from guys when I went out to clubs and bars, but I had to let that go. I gradually adopted the Islamic way of thinking: I wanted people to judge me for my intelligence and my character – not for the way I looked. It was empowering.

“I’d never been part of a religious minority before, so that was a big adjustment, but my friends were very accepting. Some of them were a bit shocked: ‘What, no drink, no drugs, no men? I couldn’t do that!’ And it took a while for my male friends at university to remember things like not kissing me hello on the cheek any more. I’d have to say, ‘Sorry, it’s a Muslim thing.’

“Over time, I actually became more religious than my husband. We started growing apart in other ways, too. In the end, I think the responsibility of marriage was too much for him; he became distant and disengaged. After seven years together, I decided to get a divorce.

“When I moved back in with my parents, people were surprised I was still wandering around in a headscarf. But if anything, being on my own strengthened my faith: I began to gain a sense of myself as a Muslim, independent of him.

“Islam has given me a sense of direction and purpose. I’m involved with the Muslim Public Affairs Committee, and lead campaigns against Islamophobia, discrimination against women in mosques, poverty and the situation in Palestine. When people call us ‘extremists’ or ‘the dark underbelly of British politics’, I just think it’s ridiculous. There are a lot of problems in the Muslim community, but when people feel under siege it makes progress even more difficult.

“I still feel very much part of white British society, but I am also a Muslim. It has taken a while to fit those two identities together, but now I feel very confident being who I am. I’m part of both worlds and no one can take that away from me.”


`Community Newsletters and Updates


The Bosnian Bulletin for Bosnian Readers - in Bosnian

By Haji Safet Avdich  


The South African Soccer World Cup Corner


With the World Cup upon and many Australians in South Africa for the event, CCN will, over the next few weeks, bring readers up to speed with world cup news, and the local politics, idiosyncrasies, personalities and culture of the country.


A Guide for Muslim Visitors
The Jamiatul Ulama in South Africa has published a folded-broadsheet Guide for Muslim Visitors which has a map of the greater Johannesburg area on which a total of 102 mosques are plotted with details of their location as well as GPS coordinates. The publication also has details of qiblah, a list of certified restaurants, perpetual prayer time table as well as safety tips for travelers.

The publication’s map was prepared by MapStudio and has been sponsored by Gauteng Tourism Authority and Muslim businesses. It will be distributed through hotels, ports, tourism information offices as well as the Jamiatul Ulama offices.



SA Muslims 2010

The mini expo hosted at the Bo-Kaap Eziko Museum has drawn positive feedback from locals and foreigners, SA Muslims 2010 reported a few days after they opened their doors.

SA Muslims 2010 have reached their goal of assisting Muslim tourists and providing information to locals who are curious about Islam. According to spokesperson for the local chapter of the network, Fatima Allie, this week saw them welcoming both foreign tourists as well as locals to the mini expo hosted at the Iziko Bo-Kaap museum. The expo serves the purpose of showcasing organizations and services available to Muslims and Muslim visitors for the duration of the FIFA 2010 World Cup.

"Only a few days into the World Cup, it has been very exciting at the Iziko Bo-Kaap Museum in Wale Street where the SA Muslims 2010 Western Cape is based. Thus far, we have seen Brazilians, Zimbabweans, Zambians, as well as visitors from England, Ireland, New York, Colorado, Chicago, Australia, Italy as well as Indonesia," Allie related.

Besides the expo, this week also saw the network launching a local call centre number for those who require assistance. As with the mini expo, the call centre will be operational Monday to Saturday from 10am to 5pm. The call centre can be contacted on 078 154 9665.


Since opening their doors on Monday, Allie said there have been several memorable experiences with visitors. One was with a group of Tunisian tourists who were vastly impressed when they were welcomed with "assalamu alaykum" and "marhaban". "One of the gentlemen came to me and said he had travelled the world but never before had he seen a place where he could go to and get information about Muslims. He was so amazed and said he could not believe that he could now get information in case any of them passes away."

According to Allie, this proved that SA Muslims was reaching its intended target. But it was not just international visitors who were popping in at the expo. Many local visitors with an interest in the cultural history of Muslims in Cape Town visited the museum.

"We had a group of 20 children from Khayelitsha who came with their teachers to the museum. They asked questions such as why do we wear scarves, why do we put our head on the ground when we make salaah. The children read the information on the haj and asked about the tawaaf and we were able to answer their questions," Allie explained.

Allie said one of the main achievements for SA Muslims 2010 had been when their Johannesburg chapter managed to organise salah facilities close to Soccer City last Friday for 7,0000 people ahead of the opening.

"Although the same would not be done in Cape Town as there are more than enough Masajied in the Bo-Kaap, CBD and Woodstock areas and the matches are usually at about 8.30 in the evening."

For more information visit the website: www.samuslims2010.net.


Soccer fans from Brisbane at the magnificent Moses Mabida Stadium in Durban for the Spain/Switzerland clash

The Inbox


Dear Editor,


Could you please let your readers know that we have been having a bit of a problem lately in the supply of South African Naan and need some community help.


We produce Naan on Tuesdays and Sundays but in recent weeks demand for the product has dropped off considerably. This has caused a large increase in our wastage as Naan is an expensive product for us to produce.


It would be very helpful if people could phone through their orders the day before please so we can better gauge our production and cut down on waste.


If anyone is finding the product unsatisfactory in any way please let us know and we will do our best to rectify the problem.


Thank you to the Muslim community for your support of our bakery, which is the only 100% Halal Brumby's Bakery in Australia. 


Please find attached a "gift voucher" which can be printed off and used on the specified dates at Brumby's Underwood only. No purchase is required !


Kind Regards...............John.


Shop: 3841 3755
Fax: 3841 3166
Mob: 0417 646 136
Home: 3208 8201

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A Heart Without Islam
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The Eternal Enemy - Part 1
A Reverts Story


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CCN Readers' Book Club: You are what you read!


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Then simply email the title and author to thebookclub@crescentsofbrisbane.org


Double click a book cover to find out what others think of the book

CCN has set up an online Book Club at Shelfari to connect with CCN book readers at:


Using the book club you can see what books fellow CCN readers have on their shelves, what they are reading and even what they, and others, think of them.

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KB's Culinary Corner


Grilled Hake with Sauce


Juice of 1 lemon
4 Hake fillets
1 cup cake flour
125g melted butter
1/4 cup olive oil
Salt and lemon pepper
2 cloves garlic, chopped
2 Tbsp olive oil
2 Tbsp mayonnaise
2 tsp chopped parsley
Extra tsp olive oil
1 Tbsp lemon juice
1 tsp aromat
1 tsp green chilies (optional)

Season the hake fillets with salt, lemon pepper and a few drops of lemon juice, then coat each fillet with flour.


Place the fillets under a grill and, while they cook, brush with butter or olive oil.

While the fish is grilling, make the sauce. In a saucepan, fry the garlic and chillies in 2 Tbsp olive oil for a couple of minutes.


Remove from heat.


Mix the garlic with the mayonnaise parsley, extra olive oil, lemon juice and Aromat and stir to mix well.

Place the cooked fillets in a serving dish, spoon the sauce over the fish or serve separately.


Mashed potatoes and veggies are great accompaniments with this dish.


Do you have a recipe to share with CCN readers?

Send in your favourite recipe to ccn@crescentsofbrisbane.org and be our "guest chef" for the week.


Kareema's Keep Fit Column


S U R F    A N D    T U R F I T

Next time you're at the pool, try combining both land and water exercises in the one session for a fitness-boosting, cardio-sculpting workout.

Try using a kickboard and do flutter kicks as fast as you can for the length of the pool, then jump out and do 20 walking lunges or some squats, etc., before hopping back into the pool again for some laps or running drills up and down the pool.


Repeat the sequence with a few other exercises included for a more challenging, fun-filled workout.


The more you vary your workout program, the better for you.

Make sure you stay hydrated at all times and don't rush when moving from the pool to your land-based exercise stations.






My Health and Fitness

Tel: 0404 844 786


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 CCN Chuckle


Vital information to help you along with this week's chuckle:
Aaleem or haleem is a broth made up of a combination of crushed wheat and lentils.
An alim is a scholar of Islam.


A young couple invited their Alim, Mula Nasruddin, for Sunday dinner.


While they were in the kitchen preparing the meal, Mula Nasruddin asked their son what was on the evening's menu.

"Left over aaleem," the little boy replied.

"Left over aaleem?" replied Mula Nasruddin, "Are you sure about that?"

"Yep," said the youngster. "I heard Dad say to Mom, 'Today is just as good as any to have that old Alim for dinner.'


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Seerah Classes UMB

Maths Tutoring service

From years 6-10

Math A, B and C for years 11 &12
Ahlam Haddad

Tel: 32191554

email: haddada5@hotmail.com.


Australian International Islamic College (DURACK)

Qu'ran Reading & Islamic Studies

Kuraby Mosque

Businesses and Services

Love ur Body

Forex Coaching by Azhar Khan

pdf version


FULL MENU pdf version

Lezzet Restaurant



Jamal Naouri

Real Estate Agent

Junaid Ally

Ray White


Brisbane Diagnostics

Sunrise Pizza


Islamic Couture

Phone: (07) 3397 6863
Mobile: 0431 446 528
Address: 910 Logan Rd, Holland Park West

New clients get 15% off
Email: vanise@glamoroushair.com.au
Website: www.glamoroushair.com.au

AK Surtie


Brumby's Bakery

Big Gun Shopping Centre, Underwood

South African Naan available

every Sunday and Tuesday


Where Style meets Modesty

INWear Fashions

Mina Collection

Nando's Calamvale Central
Shop 60-61 662
Compton Road

Tel: 07 3272 2299


Healthy Life



Body & Beauty

Brochure 1; Brochure 2

Mt Egmont Bakery

for the best in halal pavlovas

FAMSY Bookstore



Naadiya Karim



Mr. India

Indian Cuisine


Table & Chair Hire


Additional contact:

Ahmed Hassan

0433 531 593

Hussana Australia

Halal Body Care range


Hydrotherapy & swimming classes for Muslim women

pdf version


Flight Star Travel & Tours



The Quran Pen Reader is available online at www.hussana.com.au

The CCN Date Claimer






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22 & 23 June

Tues & Wed

Napoleon State of Mind Brisbane Tour


Logan Entertainment Centre. 170 Wembley Rd Logan Central

0434 287 133


24 June - 4 July


Islamic Books and Islamic Clothes Exhibition

Abdur Razzaaq Mohammed

Darra Mosque, 219 Douglas St, Oxley

0431 266 847

11.30am to 7.30pm

9 July



Lailatul Mehraj

22 & 23 July


Sounds of Light Concert

Human Appeal International

Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre

0422 349 786


25 July


Annual Quran Competition

Islamic Council of Qld (ICQ)

Islamic College of Brisbane, KARAWATHA


9am to 1pm

28 July



Lailatul Baraat

31 July


Orphans of Afghanistan Fundraiser

Al-Nisa Youth Group Inc.

Greek Orthodox Hall, 269 Creek Rd, Mt Gravatt

0433 182 520


31 July-1 August

Sat & Sun

Inter-Uni Cup: 7-aside Outdoor Soccer Tournament


Rochedale State High, Priestdale Rd, ROCHEDALE

0412 298 531


12 August



Start of Ramadhan

6 September



Lailatul Qadr

9 September



End of Ramadhan

10 September




11 September




Mt Gravatt Showgrounds

0418 722 353

10am til late

9 October


Annual Event  (TBA)



0418 757 157


17 November




20 November


2010 Women's Only Eid Ul Adha Ball


The Vibe Hotel, Surfer's Paradise



7 December



Islamic New Year

16 December



Day of Ashura


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




Ladies Taleem


Taleem this week will be held on Thursday 24 June from 11am-12pm at the residence of


Sharifa Gutta

50 Caribbea Street

Eight Mile Plains.


Please note Sabera is back and will be giving a very inspiriting talk.

All ladies welcome


Inspiration Talk, BBQ and Youth Hour

Topics that are relevant, Iman-boosting and mind-capturing.
Where: AMYN Islamic Youth Centre, 16/157 North Road, Woodridge
When: Every Sunday, 7pm
Info: www.AMYNweb.com
Everyone is invited



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Useful Links


Crescents Community News (CCN) Readers' Forum

 Discussion Forum & Social Network for CCN Readers

Queensland Muslim Historical Society Inc.

Promoting the study and awareness of the rich history of the Muslims of Queensland

Young Muslims of Queensland

Social network for young Muslims of Brisbane

Sunnah Inspirations

Providing information about Islam - its beliefs, culture, practices, dispelling misconceptions

Kuraby Mosque

Holland Park Mosque


Provide young Muslim women in Queensland with support and opportunities to express themselves

Australian Federation of Islamic Councils (AFIC)

Islamic Schools, Halal Services and a whole lot more...

AFIC Schools

www.mfis.com.au (Malek Fahd Islamic School, Sydney, NSW)
www.islamiccollegeofbrisbane.com.au (Islamic College of Brisbane, QLD)
www.icosa.sa.edu.au (Islamic College of South Australia, SA)
www.afic-lic.com.au (Langford Islamic College, Perth, WA)
www.islamicschoolofcanberra.act.edu.au (Islamic College of Canberra, ACT)

Karratha Muslims (Muslims in Western Australia)

Islam TV

Recording of lectures and events in and around Queensland

The Muslim Directory


Gold Coast Mosque

South African National Halaal Authority (SANHA)

Muslim Womens' Convert Support Group (MWCSG)

Network of Muslim women converts from the Brisbane and Gold Coast areas of Queensland.

Australian International Islamic College (Durack)

Eidfest 2009

Kotku Mosque - Dubbo NSW

Islamic Society of Algester

Jamiatul Ulama Western Australia

Body of Muslim Theologians (Ulama, Religious Scholars)

Islamic Women's Association of Queensland (IWAQ)

Community based, not-for-profit organisation providing Settlement, Aged Care, disability, social activities and employment opportunities.

Federation of Australian Muslim Students and Youth (FAMSY)

Queensland Intercultural Society (QIS)

GIRU – Griffith Islamic Research Unit

          Qld Stories link or YouTube link

Gold Coast Halal Certification Services (GCHCS)

Muslim Aid Australia

Serving Humanity

Human Appeal International Australia  

Always with you on the road to goodness

Australian Muslim Youth Network (AMYN)
Find out about the latest events, outings, fun-days, soccer tournaments, BBQs organised by AMYN. Network with other young Muslims on the AMYN Forum

Al-Mustapha Institute of Brisbane  

Preserving the Past, Educating the Present to Create the Future

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