The Astronomical New Moon is on
September 8, 2010 (Wednesday) at 10:30 UT.
This moon may not be visible
anywhere on September 8 except some Polynesian
On September 9, it will still not
be visible in Northern Asia, Europe and Canada.
It can easily be seen in New
Zealand, Australia, South-East Asia, Africa and
Americas on September 9.
See the visibility map below:
The Council of Imams Queensland (CIQ) is
following 'Rooyatul Bilaad', that is, the
physical sighting of the moon in Australia
9/11 date comes under the spotlight
Yasmin Khan, the President of
Eidfest, talked to Michael Smith on Radio 4BC
about the upcoming Muslim festival which is
being held on the anniversary of September 11th
and competently held her own against some rather
specious and spurious objections.
The Queensland Intercultural
Society (QIS) held its annual ifthaar dinner at
the Queensland Parliament House during the week.
It was an opportunity to bring together various
members of the local community and politicians
in a social gathering and learn about the
importance of the Ramadan month to Muslims
around the world.
The proceedings commenced with
the adhan, the call to prayer, and there was a
recitation and translation from the Qu'ran.
Amongst the speakers were the
Premier of Queensland, Anna Bligh, the
Speaker of the Legislative Assembly, John
Mickel MP, Minister for Disability Services
and Multicultural Afffairs, Annastacia
Palaszcuk MP, leader of the Opposition,
John-Paul Langbroek MP, Chair of the Ethnic
Communities Council of ECCQ, Ms Agnes Whiten
OAM, QIS member, Mr. Murat Coskun and
Prof Gerard Hall of the Australian
Master of ceremonies on the night
was QIS Public Relations officer, Ms. Maria
There was bi-partisan commitment
to the continued support of multiculturalism in
Queensland and the Speaker of the House, who
welcomed the guests to Parliament House, wished
that some of the spirit of Ramadan of tolerance,
generosity, humility and forgiveness was more in
evidence at Parliamentary sessions.
Mr. Murat Coskun described the
day in the life of an Australian Muslim and Prof
Hall talked of the increasing efforts of the
Universities in Australia to encourage studies
and dialogue on religion.
In her speech, Ms Agnes Whiten
said that the ifthaar gave everyone present an
opportunity to reflect on and value the
significance of the occasion on a personal
level. Australia, she said, stood as a beacon in
today's world for the freedom of its citizens
who are able to practice their religions and
faiths without fear of victimization,
discrimination or assault. "When we see what is
happening in New York right now, with the
controversy over the construction of a mosque
and the violence that has followed that
controversy, you will see why I can say that we
here in Australia have much to be grateful for."
Mr. Fatih Asar, QIS
president, concluded the night's programme with
two QIS Special Achievement awards to Mr. Murat
Coskun for his support of the soon-to-be-opened
Resha College in Algester, and to Prof Gerard
Hall for his work in fostering inter-faith
Mr. Yasar Sevran of
the QIS renders the call to prayer
Premier Anna Bligh
makes a guest appearance
Mustafa Kemal Omar and
Opposition Deputy Leader Lawrence
Springboard enjoy a quiet tête-à-tête
(left to right) Yaseen
Sabdia (Sabdia Professionals);
ECCQ Executive Committee members:
Serge Voloschenko, Chalani Gunasekara,
Alex Danilof and Nick
Xynias; and Garry Page (MAQ)
Meeting with the Minister
in the foyer of the House
Sponsors of the
function were presented with
certificates of appreciation
and Fatih Asar flank the recipients of
the QIS special achievement awards,
Murat Coskun and Prof Gerard Hall
rahmah towards Our Mothers at the Masjid
By Nada Ibrahim
Ramadan the same scenario gets played out. In
the first few days of Ramadan, the women’s
section is bursting at its seams to accommodate
females of all ages praying taraweh.
A few days later some of the
women will start complaining about how the
children are making so much noise and are being
distractive. Then the blame shifts on the
mothers that goes something like this “Please
control your kids, they are making so much noise
and running around”. Then it progresses to “You
should not be bringing your child to the mosque
if you can’t control them”. Then it progresses
to “If you can’t look after your child, then
stay at home”. Then it progresses to the Imam
making an announcement that goes “We have had
some sisters complaining about kids making
noise, so can you please look after you kids?”
Slowly the numbers of women start declining and
along the way the number of children attending
the mosques decreases.
Why do we abuse the mothers, get angry at them
and humiliate them like this? Why do we argue
with these mothers about them bringing their
kids to the mosque? Don’t they have a right to
introduce their kids to the mosque so that their
kids get attached to the mosques from a young
age? Don’t the kids have a right to see the
beauty of Ramadan in the taraweh prayers? Don’t
these mothers and kids deserve our compassion
and leniency? Have these women who complain
forgotten that their own kids did the same thing
not so long ago? Where is the rahmah (mercy)
towards these mothers?
This is a call for us to return the rahmah
towards mothers in the month that is all rahmah.
Who gave us the right to stop mothers from
coming to the mosques? There is a hadith of the
Prophet (peace be upon him) that states: “Do not
stop the handmaidens (female believers) of Allah
from the mosques”. Based on this no one has the
right to stop a woman from coming to the mosque,
let alone a mother with her children. We
complain that the youths are not coming to the
mosque, but little do we realise that we had a
hand in it when we stopped the mothers from
bringing their children to the mosque.
During the time of the Prophet (peace be upon
him), it was a common sight to see children at
the mosque. They ran around and did exactly what
our children today are doing. They made noise,
they cried, they chatted, they screamed, they
are kids! That’s what kids do! The Prophet never
prohibited a mother from coming to the mosque.
In fact there are numerous hadiths that
illustrate the involvement of children in the
mosque. Let me share three of them.
1. The Prophet (peace be upon him) says “I begin
the prayer and wish to prolong it, then I hear
the crying of the child so I shorten the prayer
from my mercy towards its mother”. Imagine the
Prophet shortened his prayer to be merciful on
the mother just because a child cried.
2. Once the Prophet (peace be upon him) entered
the mosque and found Umamah bint Zaynab (his
granddaughter) and picked her up. He led the
prayer with the Muslims, while carrying Umamah.
This was not only to show the mothers that it is
okay for her to carry her child while praying,
but as an illustration of mercy and tenderness.
3. Once the Prophet (peace be
upon him) was delivering a sermon and his
grandchildren, Hassan and Hussein, walked into
the mosque and kept stumbling on their long
gowns. The Prophet (peace be upon him) got down,
picked up his grandchildren and while carrying
them completed the sermon. The companions looked
at him with confusion and he said “I saw them
stumbling and felt sympathy for them, so I said
to myself I’ll pick them up”.
Where are we from these examples of the Prophet
(peace be upon him). I make a plea to all Muslim
women and men to show compassion, leniency and
mercy towards our mothers. They are already
distressed enough when they hear their children
cry, please do not distress them further. Many
of them have no one to leave their kids with, so
they have to bring them to the mosques to share
in the spirit of Ramadan. If we show mercy for
the mother and respect for her role as a mother,
that Allah has elevated, it can only foster a
positive experience for all during this blessed
month of Ramadan inshaAllah. Let’s not humiliate
and demote the position of our mothers. They
have the right to be at the mosque with their
children just like anyone else. Our mothers are
precious and valuable in our society; and so
deserve leniency, compassion and mercy!
About the Author: Nada Ibrahim is a PhD Scholar
at the Griffith Islamic Research Unit, Griffith
30 Mosques in 30 States is Aman
Ali and Bassam Tariq’s Ramadan road trip across
the United States.
Beginning August 11 in New York City, the two
spend each night of Ramadan at a different
mosque in 30 states around the country.
The two’s 12,000 mile route take
them on an outline of the entire country and
conclude in Dearborn, Michigan – home to one of
the largest concentrations of Muslims in the
Each day during Ramadan, Aman Ali
and Bassam Tariq visit a different state and
blog about the experience each night,
highlighting stories about the people they’ve
met, the mosque they prayed in and of course the
tasty cuisines each place has to offer.
The Queensland Muslims Historical
Society will be at EidFest again this year.
A video on the history of the
Muslims of Mt Gravatt has been developed with
the Mt Gravatt Community Centre and the Mt
Gravatt Historical Society and will be launched
at EidFest by the Mayor of Brisbane, Campbell
Called Muslim Roots, the video
showcases the lives of the Muslim residents as
narrated by the decedents of the pioneering
families who settled in the area in the early
1900s and will be on sale at the QMHS stand.
Dear Crescents Community News,
I refer to the edition of CCN Sunday, 29 August 2010
Newsletter 0303 and the article reproduced from
Muslim News titled “Australian churches support
boycott of Israeli goods”
The article stated “the organisation
approved a boycott of produce from illegal Israeli
settlements in Occupied Palestinian territories.”
That’s incorrect the NCCA did not resolve to boycott
products nor has it called on Australian churches or
the public to boycott Israeli goods.
The NCCA resolved to assure Palestinians that the
NCCA will continue to advocate and act for an end to
the occupation. In relation to any boycott the NCCA
resolved, in response to requests in the Palestine
Kairos Document to call on member churches to
consider a boycott of settlement goods. That’s a
long way short of declaring a boycott.
It is most unfortunate that a variety of media
agencies have misreported the NCCA resolution I hope
that you might be able to print a correction in your
next edition. I have also contacted Muslim News
concerning their article.
Thank you for your assistance in this matter.
Grace and Peace
Reverend Tara Curlewis
National Council of Churches in Australia
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Readers' Book Club:
You are what you read!
This week a
CCN Reader recommends
The Punishment of Gaza
story behind Israel’s assault on Gaza, by acclaimed
Israel’s 2009 invasion of Gaza was a
vicious act of aggression that left well over one
thousand Palestinians dead and devastated the
infrastructure of an already impoverished enclave.
In this searching examination of Israel’s
policies, award- winning journalist Gideon Levy shows
how the ground was prepared for the assault and
documents its continuing effects.
From 2005—the year of Gaza’s
“liberation”—through to 2009, he tracks Israel’s
abandonment of the pretense of diplomacy in favor of a
policy of provocation and raw military power, with the
ultimate aim of denying Palestinians any chance of
forming their own independent state.
Punished by Israel and the Quartet of
international powers for the democratic election of
Hamas, Gaza has been transformed into the world’s
largest open-air prison.
From Gazan families struggling to cope
with the random violence of Israel’s blockade and its
“targeted” assassinations, to the machinations of legal
experts and the continued connivance of the
international community, every aspect of this ongoing
tragedy is eloquently recorded and forensically
Levy’s powerful journalism shows how the
brutality at the heart of Israel’s occupation of
Palestine has found its most complete expression to date
in the collective punishment of the residents of Gaza.
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KB SAYS: In anticipation of
the sighting of the moon in a few days time, I thought a
calzone, which is shaped like a crescent, would be most
appropriate for my final Ramadaan recipe for this year.
It is quite substantial and a real treat after breaking
I would like to take this opportunity
to wish all you MasterChefs and Connoisseurs out there a
happy and joyous Eid inshallah.. Jazakallah for your
support, suggestions and kind words during the month of
3 cups flour
2 Tab sugar
1 tsp salt
2tsp yeast (10g)
¼ cup oil
½ cup milk and ½ cup water
1. Sift the flour and the salt, then add all
other dry ingredients.
2. Beat the egg and oil and very gently rub
into the dry ingredients.
3. Mix the milk and water and add to the
flour mixture and knead to form a soft
4. Cover the dough and leave to rise until
almost double in size.
3 cups of chicken fillet cubed
1 tsp ground cumin (jeeru)
1 tsp salt
¼ cup lemon juice
1 tsp ground green chillies
1 tsp lemon pepper
1 tsp garlic
2 tab olive oil
Heat the olive oil and add all the above and
cook the chicken until tender and then make
a mixture of 1 ¼ cup cold milk and 2 tab
corn flour and add to the chicken and let it
simmer for a few minutes and then allow it
To make the calzone:
Punch the dough down and then using half the
dough at a time, roll it out, using an 8cm
cutter, cut out circles, brush with beaten
egg, place the filling in the one half and
then fold over, Brush with beaten egg and
sprinkle with cheese and cubed tomatoes and
green peppers and bake at 180 degrees until
Kareema, thanks for your tips on sculpting and toning in
previous issues. I intend continuing after Ramadan and
was wondering what I can do to fast-track my results
A: SAND SCULPTING - Exercising on the beach every now
and then is definitely the way to go.
In fact, it will be the perfect way for you to catapult
your kilojoule-burning capacity to a whole new level.
your usual park or oval location for a soft, sandy shore
and you'll reap the benefits almost instantly, as
running on sand burns 30% more kilojoules than flat
better results, set up a circuit - combining running,
skipping, squats, lunges and sit-ups, with the goal of
completing a few sets, then reward yourself with a
refreshing splash with the kids, even if it means not
getting completely drenched!
The kids will
love it, and you'll be working hard while having fun...
school holidays are around the corner, no excuses!
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Nasruddin and a Westerner were arguing over the
technological advances made by the Arabs and the
Westerner: Our scientists dug to a depth of 10
meters last year, and we found traces of copper
wire dating back 100 years. It is obvious that
our ancestors already had a sophisticated
telephone network more than 100 years ago.
Mula Nasruddin: Last month Arab archaeologists
dug to a depth of 20 meters in Saudi Arabia and
found absolutely nothing. It proves that
150 years ago, the Arabs had already gone
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