On Wednesday ABC
612's Madonna King invited the stars
of her series the Faces of
Brisbane to be part of a special
broadcast of Mornings with Madonna
King at the Queensland Performing
Arts Centre Southbank.
Guest were asked to
turn up in their national dresses,
and take along a dish or something
from their homeland.
In addition to cake, music and
sharing stories, Ms King put
together a panel of 4 key people who
help immigrants to Australia: Andrew
O'Neill director of the Griffith
Asia Institute, Daniel Zingifuaboro
President of the Queensland African
Communities Council and Executive
Director of ACCESS Services, Adele
Rice principal of Milpera State
School and Georgiana Poulter
director of the Institute of Modern
Ahmed of IWAQ won the Briz Quiz
which included questions like: How
much did it cost to make a ferry
crossing across the Brisbane River
in 1926; and how do you spell Mt.
Madonna King, Yasmin Ahmed and the
The MDA Diversity
Choir, which has been going for just
over a year now with half of the
members from African communities and
the rest from many different
nationalities and with Prince
Williams as the Choir Master sang
two songs: the foot stomping
traditional South African folk song
Shosholoza (or, as the Terri
Begley website calls it, "Show Sha
Loza" ) and AFRICA.
You can listen to the
MDA Diversity Choir renditions of
Soon after the
series was aired earlier this year,
CCN picked out our very own local stars
(Zubeida Abrahams, Leila Akubar,
Yasmin Ahmed, Ola Abdelmaguid and
Rehana Bibi) from the Faces of
Brisbane programme in a
feature in CCN299 in which they
described how they came to be in
Brisbane, talked about their
homeland and their perceptions of
their new home.
Choir with Choir Master Prince
Williams on the right
Yasmin Ahmed, Terri Begley, Ola
Abdelmaguid and Janeth Deen
heads for Mecca
Abdi Hersi, Mohamed Hersi and
Qari Fida Ur Rahman at the
from Brisbane has been selected to participate
in this year’s King Abdul Aziz International
Quran Competition in Mecca, Saudi Arabia.
Although Mohamed memorized half
of the Quran, he will be contesting in the
category of 10 sections (Juzz) of the Quran.
Mohamed will be accompanied by
his father Abdi Hersi.
Mr Hersi told CCN that Mohamed’s success is
largely due to the dedication and commitment of
his mother, Meimuna Affey, who has been
encouraging and supporting the young lad since
the age of 8.
The 33rd King Abdul Aziz International Quran
Competition for the Memorization, Recitation and
Interpretation of the Holy Quran will be held in
Mecca between 27 December 2010 and 2 January
As many as 130 contestants
represent dozens of countries and several
Islamic centers and organisations from across
the world each year. The eight-day event is
usually organised by the Ministry of Islamic
Affairs, Endowments, Call and Guidance.
It is yet another significant achievement for
Qari Fida Ur Rahman's Madressah and the Kuraby
Mosque in succeeding in fielding another
candidate for this international competition.
Qari Fida Ur Rahman runs the Medrassah of Rowdat
Al-Atfal out of the Kuraby Mosque. In 2005, two
other Brisbanites, Karim Boualem (14) and
Mohannat Chouchane (9), travelled to Mecca to
take part in the competition.
activities for the year
A round up of the year's
activities is provided for by Muslims Australia
(AFIC) by its president, IkebalPatel.
It includes a summary of the
major projects and initiatives in which the
Muslim peak body has been engaged in from the
Parliament of World Religions and the many
schools under its administration to its halal
A substantial sum of money
collected by the Muslim community of Queensland
for the Pakistan
relief aid was administered in Pakistan recently
by local Gold Coast GP DrMaqsoodHasan(pictured left) and his
family on behalf of the charity organization MCF.
Dr Hasan travelled to Pakistan with his wife,
Dr. Asifa Hasan and daughter, Dr. Marrium
Hasan (pictured right), to
ensure that food hampers, blankets, building
materials etc. were distributed to the right
sources. There they worked closely with retired
army generals who were familiar with the
territory and the local population.
Dr. Hasan told CCN that the
Queensland community should be commended for
their generosity as was the case when the Gold
Coast Mosque raised some $55 000 over a weekend.
Funds from MCF in excess of $30 000 were used to
distribute quits and blankets in the Swat
The Queensland Muslim Welfare
Association (QMFA) is appealing for donations of
scooters, skate boards, bicycles and helmets for
the children being housed in the detention
centres in Brisbane.
Toys that have already been
donated to the Welfare shop have been delivered
to the centres.
QMFA purchased two Barbie dolls
for a young girl celebrated her eight birthday
after a request from her father.
There is another request for a
gift for a thirteen year old boy. His birthday
is on the 13th December. If any CCN reader is
willing to donate a gift for the boy, contact
Janeth Deen on 0435 086 796.
The children in the centres spend most of their
time with craft activities and board games.
In Brisbane their are two
centres, the Brisbane Immigration Transit
Accommodation at Hemmant and Virginia Palms.
There are forty residents at BITA and one
hundred at Virginia Palms.
The women would welcome any donated lengths of
material in order to make clothes and fill in
time. They are also involved in knitting and
other craft activities. Wool would be
appreciated. The pregnant ladies have requested
one set of new clothes for their expected
Books, magazines and music in the languages
spoken by the Afghanis, Iranians, Sri Lankan and
Burmese would be much appreciated as would
prayer mats and beads.
Room for rent in a brand new house in Calamvale.
Bed and desk
provided if you need it.
Contact Adam on 0411 704 786.
AMWC purchases property for centre
The Australian Muslim Welfare
Centre (AMWC) in New South Wales announced the
settlement of the purchase of a 5 acre property
with a house located in the corner of Ingleburn
& Minto (13–17 Eagleview Road) under
Campbelltown City Council (Sydney) on Friday,
26th November 2010.
The final price of the property
was $765,000, out of which the AMWC was been
able to raise $615,000 from donations.
AMWC borrowed another $150,000 from others as
short term QardHasan (interest
The primary aim of securing this property is to
establish an Islamic Centre Complex with a
Mosque and other facilities for the growing
This is a job
opportunity for a part time/casual accountant in the
new year. The applicant should, preferably, have
experience in the following areas: MYOB, either
Solution 6 or Accountants Office, Income Tax, BAS
preparation and Simple Super.
Regretfully, we have had to make the hard
decision to close our bakery down. Due to
diminishing customers through poor parking, poor
accessibility, the unkept centre & its
facilities, and very slow economic times – means
we can no longer afford to keep our doors open.
The last day of operation will be SUNDAY 12TH
On behalf of John, Camron and Rosie we would
like to thank our many loyal Muslim customers
for your support & kind words over the past 12
months, it has been greatly appreciated. We hope
that a new Halal bakery opens its doors in a
better location in the near future, so you can
once again enjoy tasty hot pies and yummy sweets
Regards John, Camron & Rosie
Assalam-u-Alaikum! I enjoy
reading the CCN Newsletter. The amount of effort
that you are putting in this newsletter is
praise worthy. May Allah give more strength to
you guys so that you can continue this good work
for a long time. Ameen!
Dear Brothers and Sisters
I hope this email finds you in good health and even
better eman. If you feel that your health is good
but your eman may need a polish then there is an
upcoming event that will be held at the AMYN centre.
This exclusive event is the....
.....READING OF THE FAMOUS- RIYADH-US-SAALIHEEN.
The event will held across 3 Sundays starting from
the 5th of December 2010.
Starting from 7am and going to 7pm with breaks in
between, this event is sure to be an uplifting
You may say that oh well I can just stay at home and
read the whole collection but lets be serious, how
many of us have actually done that. Even more so,
how many of us have made intentions over and over
again only to not full fill them. I know I have.
Look you don't have to be there for the whole day
and you are welcome to come and go as you please.
Do come, and forward this email to your friends and
share in the experience and the great rewards that
is better than any flyby reward system.
Imagine...... in only 3 days, you could possibly
complete the entire collection of these famous
hadith that we as muslims should all know and be
aware of as it concerns our everyday lives.
HEY WHY NOT BRING A PLATE OF SOME FOOD AND WE CAN
ALL SHARE AND ENJOY IT TOGETHER...(even more bonus
Children get into festive spirit
at the parade along the Abu
Dhabi Corniche on National Day.
One could not escape seeing the UAE flag
with every blink as over a thousand people
gathered on the Cornish to commemorate the
momentous occasion of the UAE's 39th
The pride and love for the UAE, as real or
adopted homeland, was prominently displayed,
whether on a face paint, printed on scarves,
or worn as a dress where Emiratis,
expatriates, adults, children, men and women
all assembled for a carnival parade.
saves over 15,000 gallons of water in a
Abu Hamed Al Gazali Mosque in
Dubai recorded instant water
savings after installing 20
Dubai: A huge
amount of water has been saved from one
Dubai mosque after self-stopping taps were
installed in the ablution area.
The consumption of water dropped by more
than 15,000 gallons of water in one month —
an overall saving of 30 per cent.
German bathroom fixtures company, Grohe,
donated 20 self-closing mixers to the Abu
Hamed Al Gazali Mosque in Dubai and recorded
instant water savings compared to a similar
period the year before.
The mixer can be adjusted to flow for up to
seven, 15 or 30 seconds which limits the
amount of water wasted in the mosque's
ablution areas. After the expired time, the
water flow stops automatically without the
user needing to turn off the mixer.
From a consumption of 45,509 gallons in one
month, the mosque reduced its water
consumption to 30,205 gallons with the new
on Forbes' most powerful people list
Forbes Middle East announced the ranking of
the 68 most powerful people in the world in
its December issue.
Ranked 56th was UAE President His Highness
Shaikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan,
(pictured right) who has been the
president since 2004 after succeeding his
father, late Shaikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al
In a special article, entitled 'Shaikh
Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, a man of
difficult situations', the magazine focused
on the successful and continuous economic
and cultural developments that Shaikh
Khalifa has achieved and highlighted a
number of key situations experienced by
Shaikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan.
Chinese President, Hu Jintao, was ranked
first ahead of his American counterpart,
Barack Obama, who ranked second and fell
from the top position which he held last
Saudi King Abdullah, who appears on the
front cover of the magazine, was ranked
third in the world.
The magazine hailed the effective role of
Shaikh Khalifa in guiding the UAE economy to
progress and prosperity. The UAE economy is
the third largest economy in the region with
a GDP estimated at $230 billion, and ranked
25th in the world, according to the Global
Competitiveness Report 2010-2011, which was
recently released by The Economic Forum
Howard spent decades under media scrutiny, and while his
credentials as a political leader, devoted family man
and sports tragic are beyond dispute, in this
autobiography he reveals much more about himself. In
Lazarus Rising, Howard traces his personal and political
journey, from childhood in the post-World War II era
through to the present day, painting a fascinating
picture of a changing Australia. We see the youngster
who had to overcome serious deafness and who latched
onto the family passion for current affairs and
politics. From school debating, to a legal career, to
the Liberal Party and life with Janette, it all seemed
such a natural progression. Yet no one would say that
Howard had it easy; not when his own colleagues
sidelined him . . . twice. An economic radical and
social conservative, John Howard's ideology united many
Australians and divided just as many others.
Long before he attained the role of prime
minister, he first had to convince his fellow Liberals
that he was the man they needed. To do that, he had to
tough it out; it took several attempts and many years
biding his time. When he finally got his turn to take on
the ALP, he proved wrong all his doubters, and showed a
whole nation that it had been a mistake ever to
underestimate John Howard. He led the Liberal Party to
victory in four elections and became the
second-longest-serving PM in the nation's history.
Lazarus Rising is history seen through the eyes of the
ultimate insider; an account of a 30-year political
career. No prime minister of modern times has reshaped
Australia and its place in the world as forcefully as
John Howard. As part of his reform agenda he privatized
Telstra, dismantled excessive union power and compulsory
trade union membership, instituted the unpopular Goods
and Services Tax, and established the ‘work for the
Then there are the insights into
political leadership and character, the stuff that
drives history. Without his deep reserves of resilience
- and the support of a strong wife and loving family -
there would have been no Prime Minister John Howard
walking the world stage. He tells us how he responded on
issues vital to Australia, such as gun control, the
aftermath of 9/11, Iraq and the rising tide of
asylum-seekers. He also shares his thoughts on his
former Treasurer and leadership aspirant, Peter
Costello, and the Rudd-Gillard debate. Lazarus Rising
takes us through the life and motivations of John Howard
and through the forces which have changed and shaped
both him and the country he led for 11 years.
like to see the cover of your favourite book on our book
KB SAYS:This recipe is
supplied by Shenaaz Momla and I prepared it with a few
It can also be prepared in advance and
frozen after Step 3 making it easy when you have
6 pieces of
Breast Chicken tenderized and each breast
cut into 3 pieces or more.
Marinade chicken with the following for
approx ½ an hour.
1 tsp crushed garlic
I tsp salt
1 tsp red chilli powder
½ tsp garlic flakes
1 tsp crushed jeeru (Cumin seeds)
½ tsp black pepper
Dip chicken into the following mixture:
1 cup buttermilk
Juice of I lemon
2 Tab Perinaisse
¼ tsp black pepper
½ tsp red chilli powder
Coat Chicken in the following mix:
1 pkt Cream Cracker or Arnott’s Jatz
Original Biscuits crushed
250g Sesame seeds
½ tsp red chilli powder
Coat chicken well by pressing the chicken
between 2 hands so that the crumbs do not
Grease oven tray with butter or ghee or
olive oil. Place the chicken on the tray and
place pieces of butter, on top of the
chicken pieces or drizzle with olive oil and
bake on 180degrees for approx 10mins on one
side then turn over and repeat. The chicken
must be golden brown in colour and tender
and juicy. Be careful not to overcook.
Serve with a perinaisse dip, chips or baby
potatoes and a healthy green salad.
With school holidays just around the
corner, here's what to watch for whatever your work-out
DON'T: go too hard too soon.
DO: be consistent. Build up your exercise habit with
regular walks - people who go walking are more likely to
stick to a fitness regimen.
TOP TIP: Try three 10min workouts throughout the day. It
can be as effective as a single 30min workout.
DON'T: Stick to the same routine.
DO: Try something new - maybe a different class,
different moves, or an outdoor workout session
(Kayaking, hiking, etc). Muscle 'confusion' - which
happens when you change your routine, will definitely
boost your progress!
TOP TIP: If you walk or run, try adding some skipping
and incline intervals into your routine.
SETTING NEW LIMITS
DON'T: skip your post workout stretch.
DO: create a ritual stretch program/session. It's key to
preventing injury, resetting muscle tension and keeping
the body in alignment.
TOP TIP: strengthen the 'tight' muscles and stretch the
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and without any references to the author of the
The CCN Chuckle
Nasruddin went to a doctor to talk about his
He says to
the doctor, "Doctor, I think my wife is deaf
because she never hears me the first time and I
always have to repeat things."
doctor replied, "Go home and tonight stand about
15 feet from her and say something to her. If
she doesn't reply move about 5 feet closer and
say it again. Keep doing this so that we'll get
an idea about the severity of her deafness".
Sure enough, Mula
Nasruddin goes home and does exactly as
off about 15 feet from his wife in the kitchen
as she is chopping some vegetables and says, "Kulsum
dear, what's for dinner?"
He hears no
about 5 feet closer and asks again. No reply.
He moves 5
feet closer. Still no reply. He gets fed up and
moves right behind her, about an inch away, and
asks again, "Kulsum, what's for dinner?"
Betty says, "That's the fourth time you asked me
and for the fourth time - it's beans and
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