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Sunday, 22 August 2010

 .Newsletter 0302



IWAQ Ithaar


The Islamic Women's Association of Queensland (IWAQ) coordinated a packed-out ifthaar at Michael's Oriental restaurant on Friday.


The breaking of the fast was sponsored by the United Arab Emirates Red Crescents project.


Among the 450 invited guests were community leaders, state and federal politicians, government officials and IWAQ clients.


Youth Spiritual Night



FAMSY and Al-Nisa have collaborated to organise a "Youth Spiritual Night" to inspire and prepare young Muslims brothers and sisters for the blessed last ten nights of Ramadan.


The event will be held on Saturday, 28 August at Kuraby Mosque from 9:15pm to midnight.


But its not all serious! A free sausage sizzle will be held around midnight.


Children's Ramadan Fasting Campaign






Judge unveils Perth woman for trial


Muslim woman who hasn't shown her face in public for 18 years ordered to remove veil to give evidence in Australian court.


An Australian judge has ordered a witness to remove her niqab, a veil which leaves only the eyes visible.

A strict Muslim woman who says she has never shown her face in public, has been ordered by a female judge to remove her veil when she gives evidence in an Australian court.

District Court judge Shauna Deane said in the Western Australian Supreme Court today that in the interest of a fair trial against a man accused of fraud, she should not be allowed to wear a niqab, which allows only the eyes to be seen.

The 36-year-old woman, known only as Tasneem, said she was a strict Muslim and it was against her religion to show her face anywhere except in the confines of her home.

The defence has argued that her whole face should be seen so the jury could decide on the veracity of her evidence.

But prosecutor Mark Ritter told the court that Tasneem had not shown her face in public in more than 18 years and would find it stressful to reveal her features to strange men.

The judge agreed that the jury should have the opportunity to assess the facial expressions of the Islamic Studies teacher to help weigh up her credibility as a witness.

Her decision, she added, was not to set a precedent for other courts - it was up to them to assess similar circumstances on a case-by-case basis.




Islam and Democracy in Indonesia


The Griffith Asia Institute, Griffith University, the Australian Centre of Asia-Pacific Art, Queensland Art Gallery and the Australian Institute of International Affairs, Queensland Branch is hosting a lecture on the topic:

‘lslam and Democracy in Indonesia's Foreign Policy: Political Transformation and the Limits of Change’ by Dr Rizal Sukma, Executive Director, Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS).

The move towards democracy and the revival of Islam as a social and political force constitutes two significant developments in Indonesia's domestic politics since the collapse of Suharto's New Order in May 1998.


As Indonesia's foreign policy has always been the function of its domestic politics, the effects of these two significant political changes in domestic politics are bound to be felt in foreign policy as well.


This talk examines progresses and challenges facing Indonesia in the process of democratisation, the role and the place of Islam in that process, and the extent to which these two domestic factors have influenced Indonesia's foreign policy.


Seminar is from 6:30pm-7:30pm, doors open at 6.00pm

Speaker: Dr Rizal Sukma

Enquiries:Natasha Vary




Rizal Sukma is currently the Executive Director at the Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), Jakarta, Indonesia. He is also the Chairman of International Relations Division, Central Executive Board of Muhammadiyah (second largest Islamic organisation in Indonesia with approximately 25 million members); member of the board at Syafii Maarif Institute for Culture and Humanity; a visiting lecturer at Department of International Relations at Muhammadiyah University - Malang; and a member of the National Committee for the Strategic Defence Review, Indonesia's Ministry of Defence. He received his PhD degree in international relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), United Kingdom in 1997. Dr Sukma is the author of numerous papers and reports, and has published in several journals and other internationally circulated publications.

Ground Zero Mosque


The Daily Show with Jon Stewart

Extremist Makeover - Homeland Edition

Countdown with Keith Olbermann


Live Webcam from Makkah and Medina


For Makkah: mms://


For Medina: mms://



To create permanent links from your desktop:


Go to your Desktop

Then Right Click -> New -> Shortcut
A new Window will appear

Type the URL: mms://
Then Click Next
Type Any name as “Makkah”
Then Finish

Double-click the Desktop shortcut you just created to play the Makkah Live Program. Wait for a while for buffering.


Do the same procedure for Madina Live Program using the URL: mms://


At the Movies with CCN


Evan Ross, Nia Long, Danny Glover, Roger Guenveur Smith, Summer Bishil & Dorian Missick in a groundbreaking new film about a an African-American Muslim boy who comes of age against a politically charged 9/11 backdrop, with deep personal and familial traumas to overcome, and a search for identity that must reconcile his own difficult history with his new changed reality.







Message Magazine





The latest issue of 'The Message' magazine has just been released.


This issue's theme will focus on the blessed month of Ramadan and is entitled 'Islam wants you as a new recruit'.

To obtain a softcopy click here.


Get connected with Islam Connect


Do you want to be able to listen to taraweh, salaahs, lectures and tafseers in your own home?

Islam Connect has launched a receiver that will allow you to do just that without the need of a computer. All you need is wireless internet!

You will also be able to listen to programs on Channel Islam, Radio Islam, Voice of the Cape and many more other Islamic stations around the world.

See the flyer for more details.

Eid Prayer Venues


Australian International Islamic College 












The Art of Spain-The Moorish South


The Art of Spain is a BBC Four documentary series on Spanish art presented by Andrew Graham-Dixon.


In this series Andrew Graham-Dixon explores art in Muslim and Christian Spain from 711 to 1492.


Continuing from last week's CCN........






Around the Muslim World with CCN


Saudi Arabian judge asks hospitals to paralyse man


A Saudi judge has asked several hospitals whether they would punitively damage a man's spinal cord after he was convicted of attacking another man with a cleaver and paralysing him, local newspapers reported today.

Saudi Arabia enforces strict sharia law and occasionally metes out punishments based on the ancient code of an eye for an eye.

Abdul-Aziz al-Mutairi, 22, was left paralysed after a fight more than two years ago, and asked a judge to impose an equivalent punishment on his attacker under sharia law, reports said.

The newspaper Okaz said the judge in northwestern Tabuk province, identified as Saoud bin Suleiman al-Youssef, asked at least two hospitals for a medical opinion on whether surgeons could render the attacker's spinal cord nonfunctional.

Guardian UK



Barack Obama believed to be a Muslim by one fifth of Americans  


US: One in five Americans believe Barack Obama is secretly a Muslim and nearly half question his claim to be a Christian, according to a new opinion poll.

The survey by the Washington-based Pew Research Centre reflects a broader questioning among many Americans as to whether Obama is a "real" American – also reflected in the significant number who believe he was not born in the US, a constitutional requirement for presidents.

According to the poll, 18% of Americans say Obama is a Muslim, a steep rise on a year ago when the figure was 11%. The number who said the president is a Christian dropped to 34% from 43% last year.

White House spokesman Bill Burton said: "The president is obviously a Christian. He prays everyday."

Guardian UK



Iranian footballer sacked for failing to observe holy month of Ramadan

Sacked: Iran's Ali Karimi has had his contract cancelled with by club Steel Azin FC for not fasting during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

As much focus is given to the dietary requirements of a modern day elite athlete as is to the actual skill level.

So the holy month of Ramadan, with its compulsion to fast from dawn until dusk, can wreak havoc with the training programme of Muslim sportsmen and woman.

In England, certainly, coaches would endeavour to bypass the rules to ensure optimum output from their athletes.

Elsewhere, the very thought of breaking with tradition is met with severe punishment.

So it was on Sunday that an Iranian football team sacked their star midfielder Ali Karimi for failing to fast.

A statement on Steel Azin FC's official website said: 'The club has been forced to sack one of its players, Ali Karimi, for being disobedient and not fasting during Ramadan.'

It continued: '[Ali Karimi] insulted officials of the [Iranian] football federation and the Tehran team's supervisor who confronted him on the issue'.

Karimi, dubbed the 'Maradona of Asia', is the second most capped player in the Iran's history and was named that Asian Player of the Year in 2004


Mail Online




Muslim company to dish out R4m ($600K) to charities 

DURBAN: A South African company is giving local charities R4-million to mark their 40 years in business.


Willowton Oils, manufacturer of products such as Sunfoil sunflower oil and Sunshine D margarine, will donate R100000 ($150K) to 40 selected charities.

Willowton Oils group chief executive Razak Moosa said the company wanted to assist charitable organisations that made a positive difference in the community.

"We believe 40 years in business is a milestone worth celebrating. There are many organisations that, despite the tough financial times, strive to care for and empower the underprivileged at all costs. We believe these organisations are the pillars of society, and their efforts should not be overlooked," he said.

Times Live

The Inbox


Dear Brothers


We are currently investigating leasing options within the Brisbane CBD to use as a permanent musallah (for daily salaahs) and require your input and support.


About the Space
It will be available for use by all Muslim brothers and sisters for Salaah purposes and have a maximum capacity of about 65 people at any one time.

It will be centrally located to the Queen Street Mall, (possibly on Edward Street) There will bee a lease in place between ourselves and the building owner,

It is anticipated that the space will cost approx $700 per week.

The payment for which will need to be funded by the users of the premises and by sponsors.
This equates to $10 per person per week if we get 70 paying members or $15 per person if we get 50 members.

We need to know if there is enough support from the community for a prayer space in the CBD and are requesting that you full in the survey if you are willing to commit a payment at the beginning of each month into our bank account so that we can meet our lease payment


The survey is located at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/L6JTJ85


The space will be available for use by all Muslim brothers and sisters and not only those who will be contributing towards this highly rewarding course.

We request that you pass this on to brothers and sisters who might be able to assist

Was salaam

Brisbane CBD Muslims

Email: brisbane.cbd.muslims@gmail.com

New on ISLAM TV this week


Virtues Of Giving

Dr Mohamad Abdalla - Kuraby Mosque

Hafiz In Quran Awards

Kuraby Mosque

Tafsir Summary Of Lessons 1 -12

Mufti Zeeyad - Gold Coast Mosque

Remembering Our Blessings

Br Omar - UMB











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


Would you like to see the cover of your favourite book on our book shelves below?

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

The CCN Bookshelf

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.

The CCN Readers' Book Club

KB's Culinary Corner




Date and Nut Mini Loaves


KB SAYS:  These are delicious with a cup of tea or coffee and perfect for Sehri or after Tarawee as it's filled with dates and nuts - great sources of energy.



150g chopped dates
5ml bicarbonate of soda
200ml boiling water
60g butter
100g brown sugar
1 egg
5ml vanilla essence
50g chopped pecan nuts
200g flour
5ml baking powder
Pecan nuts for decorating

Sprinkle bicarbonate of soda onto the dates, pour boiling water over and allow it to soak.
Cream the butter and brown sugar, beat in the egg , add essence and the nuts.
Fold in the sifted flour and baking powder and lastly add the date mixture. This makes a soft mixture.
Pour into mini loaf pans, decorate with pecans and bake at 180”c for approx. 10 mins.


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 Q&A Keep Fit Column


Q: Dear Kareema, what is best to eat after a strength training or cardio session?

A: Try and include some protein and carbohydrates after a strength training session for energy and muscle repair. Foods such as yoghurt or milkshakes are good, and for protein , some chicken or tuna would be ideal. Remember to eat within 20 - 30mins after your workout as the muscles start rebuilding and repairing itself for your next workout.


For refuelling after cardio I normally have a banana or some watermelon. The longer your workout, the higher the amount of energy you've used and the more you need to consume. Be sure not to over-indulge though, be aware of the calories you're taking in.






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


Jalalludin, Bilalludin and Mula Nasruddin were sitting together bragging about how they had given their new wives duties.

Jalalludin bragged that he had told his wife she needed to do all the dishes and housework. He said that it took a couple days but on the third day he came home to a clean house and the dishes were all washed and put away.


Bilalludin bragged that he had given his wife orders that she was to do all the cleaning, the dishes, and the cooking. He told them that the first day he didn't see any results, but the next day it was better. By the third day, his house was clean, the dishes were done, and he had a huge dinner on the table.

Mula Nasruddin boasted that he told his new wife that her duties were to keep the house cleaned, dishes washed, laundry and ironing twice a week, lawns mowed, windows cleaned and hot meals on the table for every meal.


He said the first day he didn't see anything, the second day he didn't see anything, but by the third day most of the swelling had gone down and he could see a little out of his left eye, just enough to fix himself a bite to eat, load the dishwasher, and call a handyman.

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22 August


Zakaah Seminar

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Islamic College of Brisbane

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28 August


Youth Spiritual Night

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9 September



End of Ramadhan

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Eid Night Dinner

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Darra Mosque, 219 Douglas St, Oxley

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Between Magrib and Isha

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1920s Feathers & Lace


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269 Creek Road, Mr Gravatt

0432 100 291


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Eid Fair & Fun



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20 November


2010 Women's Only Eid Ul Adha Ball


The Vibe Hotel, Surfer's Paradise



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16 December



Day of Ashura


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Ladies Taleem


Taleem this week will be held on Thursday 26 August from 11am-12pm at the residence of:


Shahina Dhudia

20 Delany Cct

Carindale 4125


Phone: 07 3849 3685
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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