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Sunday, 31 October 2010

 .Newsletter 0312



ON TODAY: Fete to raise funds for flood victims in Pakistan


Areej Abro, 5, Mehwish Amed, 6 and Rabiya Abro, 7, help tempt Saturday's Courier Mail readers to support the campaign                              (Picture: Annette Dew)

The Islamic Council of Queensland and various societies and community organizations have banned together today (31 October) to raise funds for the victims of the recent floods in Pakistan.


The Islamic College of Brisbane in Karawatha is the place to be today from 10am to 3pm for exotic foods, fun rides and auction bargains.


It's a chance to taste the delights of the sub-continent - everything from curry and rice to chai and samoosas.


Every item of food sold has been donated by local businesses, community groups, families and individuals.


President of ICQ, Mohammed Yusuf, told CCN that this was an opportunity for the people of Queensland to show their support for a very worthy cause.


"When you listen to the stories from those who have visited some of the devastated areas in that region you can't help but be moved to tears by them."


One such account has been that of the Imam Hamadullah Bhutto and Dr. Fuzzy Moola who have just returned to Brisbane after spending almost a month in and around the Sindh province setting up medical camps and seeing to the needs of the sick and injured.


"We provided full medical assistance to the needy people, mainly focusing on malnutrition in children and women. We distributed a large amount of baby formulae and we also used plenty of antibiotics, multi vitamins and skin lotions to treat scabies." 


They also helped install water pumps, hire trucks for delivery, and admit a number of patients who needed hospital treatment for heart problems, infections and operations.


Dr Fuzzy Moola (centre) and Imam Hamadullah Bhutto (front right) attend to queues of patients in their makeshift medical camp

Imam Bhutto told CCN:

May Allah Taala reward all those who provided us with the funds to do this work.


My brothers had arranged for our accommodation and food free of cost.


They are continuing with the work by setting up medical camps every weekend and arranging transport for those who want to leave the camps.


But more funds are needed for the rehabilitation of the flood victims and for the children who need operations in Karachi Hospital.


Muslim MP's maiden speech looks to those who may follow


AUSTRALIA'S first Muslim Federal MP, Ed Husic, has acknowledged that how he performs will affect the chances of other Muslims emulating his entry to political life.

Mr Husic reflected on the significance of his election in his first speech in parliament yesterday.

''My arrival here finally brings together the children of Abraham, Christians, Jews and Muslims, working together with other people of faith, with other people of values, for the national good, united under this one roof,'' he said.

Mr Husic, the new Labor member for the seat of Chifley, in Sydney's west, cited the 1943 maiden speech of Dame Enid Lyons, the first female member of the house of representatives. ''I am aware that as I acquit myself in the work I have undertaken for the next three years, so I shall either prejudice or enhance the prospects of those who wish to follow me in public service,'' Mr Husic quoted Lyons as saying.

Mr Husic, a former union official and son of Bosnian migrants, made history last month when he was sworn in with his hand on a copy of the Koran.


The CCN Competition Corner






Why is the croissant shaped the way it is?


First correct answer drawn from the CCN Inbox will receive a Family Pack to the value of $29.95 for Mochachos in Garden City.


Entries to ccn@crescentsofbrisbane.org must be in by 5pm, Friday 5th November.

Chairman's  Message








Message to the community from the Chairman of the Australian International Islamic College, Imam Abdul Quddoos Azhari

From the desk of the Islamic Council of Queensland (ICQ)



On several occasions ICQ has been approached by the Government agencies for Muslim families to act as foster parents for Muslim children. Unfortunately the response from the members of our community has been extremely poor.

Under the new scheme recently announced by the Federal Government certain groups of children currently in various detention centres in Australia will be in the community to foster parents. At this stage it is not known how many, if any, will be in Queensland. However, what is known is that almost all of them will be released and placed in the care of non-Muslim families/agencies.

As Muslims we have religious as well as moral obligations to look after and support these innocent children. The Islamic Council of Queensland is appealing to families who can offer help as foster parents (there is financial assistance from the Government) to register with ICQ. If you can assist, please contact ICQ at the following address:

Islamic Council of Queensland, P.O. Box 204, Sunnybank Hills, QLD 4109
Email: mybne@hotmail.com or visit www.icq.net.au Phone 07 3219 0555




With regard to halal certification of food outlets, there is total confusion and chaos in the marketplace at present. We continuously get enquiries from members of the community wanting to know whether a particular restaurant or food outlet is halal.

Our research has shown that currently there are about 200 restaurants, takeaways, kebab shops and other food outlets in Brisbane operated by Muslims as well as Non-Muslims that are advertising as being ‘halal’. Of these only a handful of them have been properly certified. The vast majority of them have not been certified at all whilst a number of them have been issued halal certificates by individuals/organizations from inter-state without any checks. No one has visited these outlets to ensure that they meet some basic guidelines. In several cases we found that the operators are selling pork/bacon and other prohibited products prepared in the same kitchen. There are other cases where some foods are being advertised as ‘halal’ while others are not. We have also come across instances where the operators simply did not understand what the term ‘halal’ meant. In their view buying chicken or meat from a Muslim butcher automatically makes their outlet halal. This is far from the truth. Unfortunately many food outlets being operated by the Muslims are also not doing the right thing.

ICQ is embarking on a two-pronged approach to tackle this problem. On the one hand we are asking the owners of all food outlets, Muslims and non-Muslims alike, to have their premises inspected and certified by ICQ. On the other hand we are seeking community support to refrain from patronizing food outlets that have not been certified by ICQ as halal. We are also seeking support from the management committees of various mosques/Islamic centres not to allow distribution of brochures and/or pamphlets from restaurants or other food outlets whose premises have not been inspected and certified by ICQ as halal. Success in this area will depend on the level of support and co-operation we get from all parties.

ICQ has appointed Farad Yusuf as a Project Officer to visit all the restaurants and other food outlets to request them to have their premises inspected and (if they meet the guidelines), to have them certified. This certification process would involve follow up checks to ensure that the proper process is followed.

Farad can be contacted on Mobile: 0433 743 643. In most cases the annual fee for halal certification is $250. Insah Allah from January 2011, ICQ will be publishing on its website, a list of restaurants and food outlets that have been certified by them as halal.

ICQ is certifying the slaughter of chickens at Inghams’ plant at Murrarie. We are advised that Inghams supply chickens to most Woolworths Stores in Qld and also to some Coles and KFC Stores. However because these stores do not meet our guidelines and there is possibility/evidence of cross-contamination with non-halal meat we cannot recommend, to the members of our community, that they buy from these stores. The exception is for pre-packed chicken with a code no 1708 sold at Woolworths Stores. We have commenced discussions with the Management of Woolworths and, Insah Allah, in the near future some of their Stores are likely to be certified as halal.

Mohammed Yusuf
President, ICQ

Shari'a Law for Lawyers


Iqbal Lambat (left) and  Ishaq Burney (right)

On Tuesday, the Queensland Law Society and the University of Queensland held a member seminar titled: "Shari’a law in Australia’s secular legal system - essentials of Islamic law for legal practitioners."

The seminar was well attended by legal practitioners - the vast majority of whom were not Muslims. Topics presented included:

• Evidence in Shari'a law - how Sharia based evidence can be admitted in an Australian court.
• Family law - Sharia perspectives on marriage and divorce and the applicability of those laws in Australia and a comparison to Australian law
• Islamic law of inheritance and how that applies in Australia (with a comparison to Australian law)
• Shari'a perspectives on Finance

Two members of the Muslim community presented - Iqbal Lambat on Law of Inheritance and Ishaq Burney on Islamic perspectives on Finance. A key learning from this seminar was that Islamic law can be admitted to Australian courts and that this will evolve over time as Australian courts grasp that Muslims adhere to Shari'a for family and personal laws. How these laws are interpreted remains to be seen. The other presenters were Dr Ann Black, senior law lecturer at UQ and Simon Fisher a Barrister-at-law.


The conference programme provides the topics discussed and list of presenters.

Interfaith Dialogue Seminar


For the first time on the Gold Coast, a symposium brought together senior leaders from the Catholic, Anglican and Muslim faiths to showcase interreligious cooperation, friendship and goodwill as faith leaders address the challenges of modern society.

Chaired by school head teacher Mariam Najibeh and her colleague Tara Vonthethoff, the meeting witnessed a recitation from the Holy Qur’an by Sh. Ahmad Al Azhary and a singing of the National Anthem before being officially opened by Dr. Saad Al-Shumaimry the director of the Muslim World League for Australia and the Pacific. Dr. Al-Shumaimry impressed upon the audience the efforts of his Majesty King Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz Aal Saud in the promotion of interfaith dialogue.

The question and answer panel included the speakers and Mr. Saad Alshumaimty and his Excellency the High Commissioner of Brunei Darussalam Mr. Adnan Jaafar

Islamic Friendship Association of Australia president Br. Keysar Trad welcomed the audience which included his Excellency Adnan Jaafar the High Commissioner of Brunei Darussalam and Queensland Caucus Secretary and member for Burleigh Mrs. Christine Smith MP.

His Grace the Right Reverend Archbishop John Bathersby of the Catholic Archdiocese of Brisbane spoke about the Greatness of God and reminded the audience that what we have is from the grace of God and added that it would make a great difference to the world if we would all strive to be more loving towards our fellow human beings.

the full report on the event and photos

Council rejects use of school hall as mosque


The Australian Islamic College asked permission to use the assembly hall as a mosque for prayer

WA: A suburban council in Perth has rejected a request by an Islamic school to allow its school hall to be used as a place of worship for Muslim members of the community.

The Australian Islamic College in Forrestfield asked permission for the assembly hall to be used as a mosque for up to 300 people for half an hour of worship on Friday afternoons.

At their meeting last night, Gosnells councillors ruled the school hall could be used for worship only by staff and students.

They identified problems with road congestion and inadequate parking as reasons for refusing.

The college's religious leader Burhaan Mehtar says it is disheartening the council has failed to recognise the needs of the community.

"We are a community and we have some 275 families who attend the school and those parents when they pick their kids up," he said.

"Our prayer is part of our extra curricular activities so they obviously need a place to pray."

Burhaan Mehtar says he will continue to consult the council.

"We still need to have more meetings with the council to see if we can perhaps drive the point home that we are taking drastic measures to reduce the somewhat so called pressures," he said.



The Welfare Shop Update

 By Janeth Deen

Janeth Deen and Wilma Bothwell from the Welfare shop were accompanied by Nicky Allouche from Siitra Fashion to our meeting with the officials of Serco Immigration Agents. This company has the contract for handling the welfare of the people landing by boast on Australian shores on behalf of the Australian Government.

Through our meeting, we learnt that 90% of the detainees are Muslims. The people who are housed at the present time mainly come from Afghanistan, Iran, Burma and Sri Lanka.

The officials at the Hemmat Centre, which is the base for the Brisbane office, were very obliging and willing to answer the questions fired at them. As you are all aware, Janeth is known for asking questions! What is more they were all answered without any hesitation.

From our meeting we are of the opinion that Serco are keen to make the detainees as comfortable as possible and meet their needs to the best of their ability. They were very thankful for the goods we have supplied them with. They also informed us that the people in their care are given four sets of new clothing and a pair of sandshoes and thongs on arrival. The clothes we donate are all washed by Serco before they are given to the boat people, this is why there was some delay in distribution from the time we delivered the goods. The detainees are then allowed to select the clothes they wanted.

All the food served to them is Halal. What is more, they are thankful for any help to meet cultural and religious needs. Provided they have a blue card Imams and religious instruction teachers are welcome at the centres. Serco is happy to buy prayer mats and clothing from Siitra instead of Western clothing from KMart if the people in their care prefer Muslim clothing.

The interpreters are employed by the Government and many come from other states as well as Brisbane. This is due to the fact that they must have certain qualifications for this position. If Brisbane people meet the requirements, they are welcome to apply to Serco for the position.

Serco tries to meet entertainment needs as well and provides them with games and electronic equipment in their facility to be shared. We took along some cassettes of Arabic music and Quran tapes, as well as a cassette player, which they were very grateful for.

Muslim Women's Arts Project - call for applications


Casula Powerhouse is inviting artistic proposals from Muslim women artists and artisans for its new national project. 8 to 10 artists will be commissioned to develop a project over the next twelve months. The resulting artworks will be exhibited at Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre NSW in February 2012.

The Australian Muslim Women’s Arts project offers the following resources to successful applicants:

• Up to $15,000 cash support to create your work;
• Dialogue with project Producer and Curator about the conceptual development and production of your work;
• Assistance with connecting with other professionals and/or organisations to support your project’s development;
• Support with negotiating partnerships and other resources;
• Assistance with budgeting and project management skills;
• Travel and accommodation costs so you can participate in the two Laboratory Intensives (the first of which is in Sydney).

The Australian Muslim Women’s Project is supported by the Community Arts and Culture Initiative with Muslim Australians, a partnership between the Australian Human Rights Commission, Casula Powerhouse, Liverpool City Council and Australia Council for the Arts.

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Gender Justice Jihad in Ramadan by Adis Duderija

By Adis Duderija 

On a recent communal breaking of the fast event I witnessed several events that made me think about the real difficulties behind the changing of people’s behaviour in relation to gender justice in Islam.

Before I do the purpose of what I will write below is NOT meant to be an exercise in self-praise although it can come across as such. I am only too aware of my own shortcomings when it comes to gender justice issues in my own household. I am writing this to hopefully raise some awareness and levels of consciousness in Muslim men, including myself, in relation to just one instance of gender injustice.

Let me elaborate. Having arrived at the venue (a local musala) with some time to spare I greeted and thanked the organiser of the event and asked him if any help was needed with setting up of the tables and the food. With a smile on his face he remarked that there were ‘many women’ around who can / are doing the job. Indeed apart form the man I spoke to (and another one who was setting up the speaker system and opening up toilets) it was indeed all women who were getting things ready while men were happily chatting away .

Few minutes later when it was time to break the fast I realised that, upon breaking my fast, all the drinks and the dates were on the side of the musala where the men were.

While the men were breaking their fasts women were waiting in the other part of the musala. When I approached one of them that I knew and asked her to come over where the drinks were she was very reluctant like the rest of the other women. I pointed to her and others (including some men who were around) that it was indeed them who not only cooked the food but also prepared setting it all up. I also remarked that it was more just for them to have broken the fast first.


Some of the women, younger ones in particular, acknowledged this reasoning, however, none of them were willing to break their fast with drinks and dates whilst men were still at it. However no men seemed to have noticed this despite the fact that the musala is rather small and that several women were also elderly and looked weak.

Don’t get me wrong this congregation that I know reasonably well is by no means conservative and very few of the women (or men for that matter) conform to traditional let also strict puritan norms and standards of behaviour in their ordinary lives.

The same applied later on with the food. While I was trying to protest by telling one of the women ( in the vicinity of other men) that I will not eat the food until at least one or few of the women had taken some first , one of the male leaders of the community who heard what I had said not only remained silent but without being given permission pushed in front of all of the other women who were lined up. The (self-appointed) prayer leader who was symbolically heavily ‘Muslim’ with the turban and all the other paraphernalia (whose qur’anic reading, knowledge of Islam, smoking habit as well as personality make him anything but an obvious choice for the function of the prayer leader that he so willingly assumed) was also oblivious to this injustice and insensitivity towards women.

Based on anecdotal evidence I am sure that what I briefly described above has happened in many other mosques/musalas.
Why is it that so many Muslim men are so insensitive to gender justice to the extent of branding those few Muslim men and many women who are, as agents of “western culture” ? Could this insensitivity in more extreme cases also explain the presence of misogynist thinking among some Muslim men and acts of abuse may that be in the context of marriage or parent-child relationship?

What good does the fasting during the month of Ramadan serve if we are not even sensitive (or choose to be insensitive) to the needs of our sisters in faith? Why do we easily fall for and unquestioningly accept facades and masquerades over essence and what really matters?

Adis Duderija has a Ph.D. in Islamic Studies from the University of Western Australia

Write to ccn@crescentsofbrisbane if you wish to comment on the above article.


Volt on the use of language and Islamic stereotyping


Ms Lynda Jane Voltz, MLC, a member of the Legislative Council of New South Wales and the Deputy Government Whip in the Legislative Council, said this is the NSW parliament this week:


Recently I was performing my normal Saturday morning ritual, which involves getting out of bed early to read the papers before the house degenerates into mayhem. This is a leisurely past time during which writers will anger me or outrage me. Some articles I read just for amusement. David Dale's Tribal Mind column normally falls into the latter category, but that morning I was particularly struck by his turn of phrase.


He was making a point about when people conform to stereotypes-the penny pinching Scot, naive Irish, New Zealand sheep lover or a Muslim who sympathises with terrorism. That Muslims are suddenly not identified by their country but grouped together, that those from the Philippines share the same culture and civilisation as that of Muslims from Albania, Morocco, Bangladesh or Afghanistan, struck me as an extraordinary leap for a cultural commentator

David Dale professes to "meditate on patterns in popular culture", according to his webpage for the Sydney Morning Herald. It is extraordinary that David Dale has not kept abreast of the cultural move within the language and narrative on terrorism. Our fear of terrorism is cultural. We see it in television series, in stage plays, and obliquely in novels. Pinning down the terrorist threat might be as much about reading our own fears as about understanding their plans. If David Dale is right and what we watch, listen to and read offers surprising insights into Australian attitudes, then we should also be assessing where this culture is taking us. In the debate on terrorism, to paraphrase Umberto Eco, only words count and the rest is mere chattering. Linguistic habits are frequently symptoms of underlying feelings. The narrative does matter.

Terms such as "Islamic extremism" and "Jihadism" succeed in combining terrorism with mainstream Islam, therefore casting all Muslims as potential terrorists. These terms become distorted and loaded with innuendo. Since his election as President of the United States of America, Barak Obama has shifted the narrative. To quote Barak Obama, "The language we use matters." He has further stated that he will be:
... very clear in distinguishing between organizations like Al Qaeda-that espouse violence, espouse terror and act on it-and people who may disagree with my administration and certain actions, or may have a particular viewpoint in terms of how their countries should develop. We can have legitimate disagreements but still be respectful.

The narrative of Islamic terrorism is profoundly unhelpful, not least because it is highly politicized, intellectually contestable, counter-productive and damaging.

Like the other Abrahamic faiths-Judaism and Christianity-the fundamental tenets of Islam are rooted in compassion, kindness, forgiveness and social justice. Likewise the term "Jihad" literally means a "striving" and is often expressed in the context "Jihad fi sabil Illah", or striving in the path of God. Jihad consists of some act of piety and often refers to some act of social or personal improvement, such as raising money for a community project or the giving of alms. Islamic teachings often stress the importance of the greater spiritual jihad over the lesser physical jihad.

Nearly one-fourth of the world's population is Muslim, and Arabs comprise only 15 per cent of the Muslim population. As the rest of the world has moved on from the simplistic narrative of the Bush administration and conformist stereotypes, it is time that both the Australian media and members of this House also moved on, if they wish to remain relevant to the ongoing debate.

Islam Questions and Answers 20/20, PART 4




Next week Part 5

The Inbox


Salam alaikum,
Please take the time to read this article by a single dad - a discussion about the responsibility we all have to stop women being objectified. We all know this, and as Muslims we largely do this by wearing clothing to cover ourselves, and to lower our gaze, but the sickness in our society is creeping into Muslims' way of life. Show this to your friends, husbands/wives, brothers, sisters, mothers and fathers. Get them into an honest discussion.


Even though we are asked by Allah to lower our gaze, there is a portion of us who in the privacy of our own thoughts or our own homes, this just doesn't happen. And sadly, as quietly as it happens, it is a very big problem within Muslim societies around the world. Yes the wider society participates much more actively and openly, but that does not give us the excuse to participate privately and secretly.


This is a very BIG problem, and we, as much as anyone have a responsibility to take actions within the privacy of our own lives, our own marriages and to teach our children through positive role modelling that this behaviour is not okay - even if we hide it. Allah sees all that we do.
Fe Iman Allah


A friend (female) of mine recently reverted to Islam, and I was wondering whether there are any revert classes currently conducted in any masjids in Brisbane? And what books would you best recommend I suggest to her to read about Islam for new reverts?

Jazakallah khair!



[Editor] If any CCN reader is able to offer any help in this regard please email ccn@crescentsofbrisbane.org.

Alsalamu Alaikum,

With the grace of Allah, Gloria Jeans Toowong is now a 100% Halal store. All products are Halal with no animal fat, gelatine or animal extracts in any of our products and even the whipped cream does not contain Vanilla essence which contains alcohol.

Jazzakuku Allah

Ahmed El-Saidy

The Store contact details:

Shop 9, 39 Sherwood Road, Toowong, 4066 QLD
Tel: 07 38701516

Thanks CCN.

I couldn't stop laughing for about five minutes in reading this story ('NT Muslim girl 'pulls down bully's pants' CCN311). What a deterrence mechanism!!, pulling the bully's pants down really works. I call it the PBPD deterrence strategy. I can only imagine the embarrassment the poor young boy felt after the incident. It really is very simple to understand that Iran would have felt similar embarrassment if she took off her hijab.

A word of caution - may I suggest that sister Susan Carland not to follow Iran's example and employ the PBPD tactic to her adult bullies.


A. Hersi

Around the Muslim World with CCN


CAIR Rep Debates Juan Williams' Firing on Fox



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Lauren Booth embraces Islam

Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair's sister-in-law has embraced Islam after visiting the holy shrine of Fatima al-Masoumeh (AS) in Iran's holy city of Qom.

"It was a Tuesday evening and I sat down and felt this shot of spiritual morphine, just absolute bliss and joy," Broadcaster and journalist Lauren Booth told The Mail.

The 43-year-old half-sister of Cherie Blair now wears hijab whenever she leaves her home, prays five times a day and visits her local mosque.

"Now I don't eat pork and I read the Qur'an every day. I'm on page 60. I also haven't had a drink in 45 days, the longest period in 25 years," she added.

"The strange thing is that since I decided to convert I haven't wanted to touch alcohol, and I was someone who craved a glass of wine or two at the end of a day."

Booth, who works for Iran's English-language Press TV news network, decided to embrace Islam six weeks ago and converted immediately after she returned to Britain.

Booth did not refuse the possibility of wearing a burqa and said, 'Who knows where my spiritual journey will take me?'

Before her holy experience in Iran, Booth had spent considerable time working in Palestine and was "always impressed with the strength and comfort it [Islam] gave."

She travelled to Gaza in August 2008 along with 46 other activists to highlight Israel's blockade of the territory and was subsequently refused entry into both Israel and Egypt.

In a public letter she wrote to Tony Blair during her visit to Iran last month, Booth expressed hope that the former Labor Party politician would change his presumptions about Islam.

"Your world view is that Muslims are mad, bad, dangerous to know," she wrote in her letter, asking Blair to acknowledge the International Quds Day, an annual event on the last Friday of the holy month of Ramadan when Muslims express solidarity with the Palestinian people and protest Israel's occupation of Al-Quds (Jerusalem).

"Here in Iran they feel proud to suffer in order to express solidarity with the people of Palestine,” she said.

"It's kind of like the way you express solidarity with America only without illegal chemical weapons and a million civilian deaths."

Booth, who had moved to France with her husband and two daughters in 2004, returned to Britain after her husband suffered a sever brain injury following a motorcycle accident in April 2009.



Lauren Booth: An Al Quds day letter to Tony Blair. From Lauren Booth, in Iran.

Dear Tony,

Congratulations on your political memoir becoming an instant bestseller. I’m in Iran and have the only copy in the country. I can tell you, its so fiercely fought over, it’s worth its weight in WMD’s. Note to Random House; have ‘A Journey’ translated into Farsi and Arabic asap, it’ll fly off the shelves in this part of the world.

Tony, yesterday I went the Al Quds day protest in Tehran. You may have heard of it? It’s the rally where Iranians gather to protest against Israel’s illegal occupation of Palestine, including the Holy city of Jerusalem.

I’m being sarcastic by asking if you’ve heard of Al Quds day, because I know you have. It is your very worst nightmare right? After all Tehran is the place where politics and Islam intertwine.

Personally I’ve never understood this fear of ‘political Islam’ it seems to me that religious people should always be educated on world events rather than kept in ignorance. Like say, Mid West Christian Zionists in the US The kind of folk who can’t find their home city on a map of their state but are certain they hate Islam even if they're not sure whether it's a type of curry or a foreign make of veh-c-ule.

Anyway, yesterday, I stood in the midst of more than one million Iranian Muslims all chanting in unison ‘Marg Bar Isre-hell!’ and ‘Marg Bar Am-ri-ca!’ You know what that means Tony I’m sure ; ‘Down with Israel, down with America’. The men, women and children around me withstood a day of no water and no food (it’s called Ramadan, Tony, it’s a fast). Coping with hunger and thirst in the hundred degrees heat, as if it were nothing. They can withstand deprivation in the Muslim world. Here in Iran they feel proud to suffer in order to express solidarity with the people of Palestine. It's kind of like the way you express solidarity with America only without illegal chemical weapons and a million civilian deaths.




Arab women are a vital partner in development of nations - Fatima

Tunis: Arab women have become an important partner and participants in the development of many Arab nations, said Her Highness Shaikha Fatima Bint Mubarak (pictured left), Supreme President of the Family Development Foundation and Chairperson of the Women's General Union, during the opening of the Arab Women Organisation (AWO) conference in Tunisia.

Amr Mousa, Secretary-General of the Arab League, Leila Bint Ali, wife of the Tunisian President and Chairwoman of AWO, and First ladies of the Arab world, were present.

Shaikha Fatima said that this conference embodies the honest intent of linking the issues faced by Arab women with the development process.

Shaikha Fatima stressed that it is important for women to occupy prestigious positions in society to participate in the march of development and growth. She also affirmed that it is important to continue to build the potential and capabilities of Arab women.

"In the UAE, we have placed a national strategy to help and drive women forward, which helped us gain many achievements and benefits. Our march is ongoing, as we are currently initiating a motherhood and childhood national strategy to complete aspects of development," Shaikha Fatima said.




Canada Muslims erect first Arctic minaret

Canadian Muslims have erected the Arctic's first minaret, atop a little yellow mosque which serves as spiritual home to the area's fledgling Islamic community.


The mosque arrived in Inuvik last month to serve a growing Muslim population in Canada's far north, after travelling 4,000 kilometres over land and water.

The minaret -- built locally and installed this week -- has four levels and stands 10 metres off the ground.

"It's really beautiful when we turn on the lights in the dark," Amier Suliman, a mosque committee member said.

Only finishing touches -- applying a second coat of paint inside, and connecting bathroom plumbing -- remain before the mosque's grand opening next week.

"This is the first minaret to be erected in the Arctic," Suliman said gleefully.

"Some will say it's a new frontier for Islam," he commented.

"But for me, what is significant is that Muslims here who once prayed on Fridays at a local Catholic church or in a trailer, now have a proper place to worship, with a proper minaret."

The number of Muslims in Inuvik, a town of 4,000 inhabitants in Canada's Northwest Territories, has grown steadily in recent years to about 80 and they no longer fit in an old three-by-seven-metre caravan previously used for prayers.

The congregation could not afford to build a new mosque in the town, where prices for labour and materials were substantially higher than in southern parts of Canada, project coordinator Ahmad Alkhalaf said previously.

But they found a supplier of prefabricated buildings in Manitoba that said it could ship a structure to Inuvik for half the price of building a mosque from scratch on site.

It was transported via truck and river barge to the town, about 200 kilometres north of the Arctic Circle for the worshippers -- largely Sunni Muslim immigrants from Sudan, Lebanon and Egypt.




It's UK's most popular boy's name, but different spellings cost Mohammed official top spot

MOHAMMED was the most popular name for newborn baby boys in England and Wales in 2009, according to official new data.

But 12 different spellings of the name, each listed separately, meant that Oliver officially topped the poll.

The name, given to 7364 children, ended Jack's 14-year reign at number one, with Harry, Alfie and Joshua rounding out the top five in the figures published by the Office for National Statistics.

The two most common spellings of the Muslim name came in at 16th and 36th place, a total of 7549 baby boys, making it the most popular name overall.

The most common spelling, Mohammed, was the number one name in its own right in the West Midlands region of central England which includes the city of Birmingham, and number four in London.




Imams settle lawsuit over removal from 2006 flight




MINNEAPOLIS -- Six imams taken off a 2006 US Airways flight after passengers reported what they considered suspicious behavior have settled their discrimination lawsuit, saying they considered it acknowledgment that their removal was a mistake.



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British Muslim Converts: Choosing Alternative Lives



Kate Zebiri




The only exploration of this unique group in British society, this well-argued and powerful book investigates the fascinating contribution that Western converts to Islam are making to a distinctive take on Islamic thought and discourse. Informed by interviews with British converts as well as published and internet material, Zebiri asks whether converts could act as much-needed mediators in the growing divide between Islam and the West.




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KB's Culinary Corner


Hawaiian Cup Cakes


KB SAYS: I was asked to make a batch of cupcakes for the Crescents of Brisbane stall at today's fundraiser for the Pakistan Flood victims and I was looking around for some inspiration when I found my niece Leiya's recipe which she recently used for her school fete. I set about adapting her recipe and mixed all the ingredients together only to discover that my trusty old oven had packed it in (the first time in 15 years). So it was off to my dear neighbour Afira to rescue the day. I hope it sells well at the CresCafe stall today - after all it does look good, doesn't it?


PS: Aslam, please don't forget to come out and check the oven on Monday!



• 250g butter
• 1 ¼ cups castor sugar
• 2 eggs
• ½ teaspoon vanilla
• ¼ teaspoon salt
• 2 ½ teaspoons baking powder
• ½ cup shredded coconut
• 2 cups flour
• 1 small can crushed pineapple

1. Preheat oven to 350F, line 2 cup cake pans with paper cups.
2. In a large bowl, beat butter and sugar until pale and fluffy; add eggs and vanilla, and beat well.
3. Combine salt, baking powder, coconut, and sifted flour.
4. Drain pineapple, reserving juice.
5. Add the flour mixture to the butter mixture alternately with the reserved juice.
6. Fold in pineapple, and fill cups 2/3 full.
7. Bake for 20-25 minutes.

• 125 grams butter
• 250 grams Philadelphia cream cheese
• 500 grams icing sugar
• 1tsp vanilla essence
• ½ cup shredded coconut
• ½ cup chopped pecans (optional)

• Beat butter and cream cheese until light and fluffy. Add sugar and vanilla, mixing well. Stir in pecans and coconut. Spread on each cake and decorate with an umbrella.
• Note: This cake freezes beautifully. Place on foil covered baking sheet. Freeze until hard. Remove from freezer and wrap firmly in plastic wrap. Return to freezer.
• When needed, unwrap totally and then defrost cake – approx 1hour


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Kareema's Q&A Keep Fit Column


Q: Dear Kareema, my husband is becoming more and more in-active and slowly but surely putting on weight. The doctor has told him
to start exercising and to improve his diet. How can I help him without 'nagging' at him and also without getting him a gym membership
because I know he doesn't enjoy going to the gym?

A: There still seems to be less pressure for men to look after their health, and many seem to ignore the fact that as you age, you actually have to work harder to stay healthy..


Try and get active together - studies show that if you exercise together, you'll be more likely to keep it up. If time is scarce at the end of the day, get up earlier and get outdoors then. Suggest activities that you know he'll enjoy.

Plan inexpensive, active weekend getaways every now and then - the whole family will benefit and you'll be amazed at how much fun you can have.

Also, if you tend to eat out a lot, try swapping at least one of the meals for a healthier option at home. Another great thing you can do is to shop smart. Go for healthy options when grocery shopping, if you have no unhealthy food in the cupboards, they won't be easily tempted!

Swap all your products that are high in sugar with fresh fruit and vegies, and have certain 'treat' foods available for the odd
occasion. This way, all your hard work will not be in vain..

Instead of a gym membership, buy him an 'active gift' - a bicycle or tennis racquet maybe??








My Health and Fitness

Tel: 0404 844 786


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All questions sent in are published here anonymously and without any references to the author of the question.

The CCN Chuckle


Mula Nasruddin was put in charge of the security at a dockyard site.


One day he stopped Jelibiwala a dock worker who was walking out of the gates pushing a wheelbarrow with a suspicious looking package in it.


Mula Nasruddin opened the package and found it contained nothing but some old bits of rubbish, sawdust and floor-sweepings.

The next day he stopped Jelibiwala who was again pushing a wheelbarrow containing a suspicious looking package.


Once more it contained nothing of any value.

The same thing happened several days on the trot, until the Mula Nasruddin finally said, "OK, I give up. Jelibiwala, I know you are up to something, but I just can’t tell what. Please, I promise not to arrest you, but put me out of my misery; tell me what you are stealing."

"Wheelbarrows," smiled Jelibiwala, "I’m stealing wheelbarrows."

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Events and Functions

31 October

Pakistan Flood Relief Appeal

Islamic College of Brisbane KARAWATHA

Lecture & Free Dinner Living with Emaan

in the 21st Century



Lecture: Moulana Abdul Hamid

Abrahamic Faiths Concert

Eid-ul-Adha Balls

Health Seminar

Eid @ Dreamworld

Journey to Allah

(pdf version)

Knowledge Retreat 2011

Islamic Programmes, Education & Services

Qurban Services

Muslim Aid Australia

Mahboba's Promise

Islamic Cultural Centre of Brisbane

Operation Qurbani

Channel Islam International


Eid Salaat




Is your Mosque or organization providing Eid Salaat facilities?


email ccn@crescentsofbrisbane.org

with the details for inclusion in this column


AIIC performance

AIIC Gold Coast campus

Maths Tutoring service

From years 6-10

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

Tel: 32191554

email: haddada5@hotmail.com.

Brisbane  Muslim Burial Society (BMBS)

pdf version


Seerah Classes UMB

Qu'ran Reading & Islamic Studies

Kuraby Mosque

Businesses and Services

Shop 45A Inala Plaza, 156 Inala Avenue, Inala


Forex Coaching

by Azhar Khan

pdf version


1300 126 122

Brochure front pdf version


December & January



Brisbane Diagnostics



Jamal Naouri

Real Estate Agent

Islamic Couture

Kimaya Fashions



Mina Collection


Where Style meets Modesty


Hussana Australia

Halal Body Care range



Body & Beauty

Brochure 1

Brochure 2

Sunrise Pizza


FULL MENU pdf version




Calamvale Central
Shop 60-61 662

Compton Road

Tel: 07 3272 2299

Lezzet Restaurant


Mt Egmont Bakery

for the best in

halal pavlovas

Brumby's Bakery

Big Gun Shopping Centre, Underwood

Rawlins Taekwondo

Love ur Body

Phone: 3397 6863
Mob: 0431 446 528
910 Logan Rd

Holland Park West

Hydrotherapy & Swimming

classes for Muslim women

pdf version

Healthy Life


House of Nappies

FAMSY Bookstore

AK Surtie


Hummy's Automotive

Prop: Mohammed Shabbir

Junaid Ally

Ray White



Naadiya Karim


Bilal Solwa @ Reed

Sakina's Water Fitness

Ladies Only Classes



Migration Agent







Stick On Labels

The Quran Pen Reader

online at


Table & Chair Hire


Additional contact:

Ahmed Hassan

0433 531 593

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31 October


Pakistan Flood Relief Fund Raiser

Islamic Council of Queensland (ICQ)

Islamic College of Brisbane, KARAWATHA

0419 025 510

10am to 3pm

4 November


Abrahamic Faiths Concert

Multi-faith Centre GU

Multi-faith Centre Griffith University

3735 7052


5 November


Lecture & Free Dinner


Macgregor State School Hall, McCullough St. Sunnybank

0423 121 207

6.30pm to 10.30pm

5-7 November


Lecture: Moulana Abdul Hamid

Ladies sessions by Umme Abdullah

Zunaid Cheniah & Friends

Kuraby, Holland Park and Darra Mosques

0401 922 714

See poster

17 November




19 November


Eid Fair & Fun



0418 722 353


20 November


2010 Women's Only Eid Ul Adha Ball


The Vibe Hotel, Surfer's Paradise



21 November


Eid-ul-Adha Free BBQ


Blunder Rd, DURACK

0402 207 594

11am to 2pm

7 December



Islamic New Year

16 December



Day of Ashura


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Ladies Taleem


Weekly Taleem sessions are held from 11am-12pm


For the next venue contact Sharifa Gutta on 32190587

All ladies welcome


Girls Game Night

Sitting at home on a Saturday Night?

Want to do something constructive, but FUN?



Inspiration talk, pizza, BBQ, fun and games

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



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Useful Links


Sunnah Inspirations

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

Kuraby Msque

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

Carers Queensland

Free service for multicultural clients who are carers, elderly and people with disabilities

Brisbane Muslim Burial Society (BMBS)

Muslim Charitable Foundation (MCF)

Co-ordinated collection & distribution of: Zakaah, Lillah, Sadaqah, Fitrana, Unwanted interestCo-ordinated collection & distribution of: Zakaah, Lillah, Sadaqah, Fitrana, Unwanted interest

Islamic Medical Association of Queensland (IMAQ)

Network of Muslim healthcare professionals

Al-Imdaad Foundation (Australia)

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

Islamic Council of Queensland  

Umbrella body representing various Mosques and Societies in Queensland


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)

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

Al-Mustapha Institute of Brisbane  

Preserving the Past, Educating the Present to Create the Future

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