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Sunday, 13 February 2011

 .Newsletter 0327



Brisbane's solidarity with the Egyptian revolution



Sunday 13 February

There will be a party in the park today (Sunday) to celebrate the fall of the dictatorial Egyptian regime


Venue: Svoboda Park, Stiller Drive, Kuraby

Time: 1pm


Organiser Dr Adel El-Mezin



Tackle 'extreme Islam before it's too late', Liberal MPs warn


Referring to media comments made by senior Liberal politicians, the President of Muslims Australia, Mr Ikebal Patel, in a press release entitled, 'White' Australia Still a 'Liberal' Option, called on Members of Parliament to focus on the positive contributions of Australia’s ethnic population, rather than igniting flames of racism that feeds those who wish to divide and destruct. "There has been enough misery recently due to natural causes, and Australian Muslims were at the forefront of sharing the grief as well as donating generously their time and resources, and these loose comments are getting beyond an insult now."


"The Halal industry in Australia is a billion dollar industry which not only meets the vital needs of the Muslim community in Australia, (like Kosher products are vital to the Jewish community), but also fosters trade between Australia and Islamic countries contributing to the Australian economy and benefitting both Muslim and non-Muslim farmers, abattoir workers and butchers.” The reputation of Australia’s premium quality beef and lamb and all manufactured food products that are Halal is at risk by these irresponsible comments which have no basis for any concern.


Mr Patel said, in relation to specific services for Muslims or other groups, again if any application for a service is within the framework of the law, be that local council, state or federal then the due application process will result in an outcome that should be respected by all including politicians.


AFIC rejected the claim that the provision of Halal products in Australia and Muslim only washrooms in Universities (used for ablution before prayer) leads to “ethnic enclaves: “Through the provision of Halal certification and other services such as Islamic schools, AFIC empowers the Muslim community to retain vital aspects of their faith which allows Muslims to live fulfilled lives, enabling them to function and contribute happily and comfortably in society. “The availability of wide spread services that meet the needs of minorities assist in preventing the concentration of one group around the few places where they can find these vital services”, said Mr Patel.


“Australia is unique in its history and challenges and is an example of a democracy in this region, offering freedom of choice. An integral part of democracy is that its citizens choose– red hair, blue hair, no hair, halal, kosher, hijab, safari suits (if you are so inclined), it is all part of choice in a plural society, as long as one’s behaviour and conduct does not contradict Australian law or impinge on the human rights of another person”.


Mr Patel called on Kevin Andrews, Cory Bernardi and Mitch Fifield to move forward – Australia abolished the White Australia policy over 30 years ago! And Australian primary producers and manufacturers of halal meat and food products are doing it tough, please do not add insult to their injury by jeopardising their livelihood by your ill informed loose statements. We are well aware of the tough competition our farmers are facing from countries like Brazil and others.


“Political expediency at the behest of hard working Australian farmers and factory workers involved in the billion dollar halal export trade is JUST NOT KOSHER”, said Mr Patel.


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ETAC meeting


The Ethnic Taxi Advisory Committee (ETAC),  a sub-committee of ECCQ and chaired by Mustafa Ally, will be convening its second meeting on Thursday 24 February at 4.30pm at ECCQ House.


The agenda includes discussion of the Queensland Government's Taxi Strategic Plan for 2010-2015.


If you would like to attend the meeting or find out more about the workings of ETAC, call Mustafa Ally on 0402 026 786 or email mustafa.a.ally@gmail.com.

'It's time for religious hatred laws' - Suresh Rajan


The sentencing of a Perth man under the racial hatred laws means that now is the perfect time for the state government to introduce religious vilification laws, it has been claimed.

A former president of the Ethnic Communities Council, Suresh Rajan, said the jail term handed down to Brendan Lee O'Connell recently put the issue of racial and religious intolerance back in the public eye, and he hoped it would prompt a movement in religious vilification laws.

O'Connell was sentenced to three years jail for unleashing a verbal racial attack on two young Jewish men who attended a Friends of Palestine group protest outside a South Perth supermarket.

Advertisement: Story continues below O'Connell filmed his verbal tirade of Stanley Keyser and Timothy Peach and later posted the video online. In the video, he labelled Mr Keyser a "racist homicidal maniac".



I need to protect the little Muslim girl who has her veil ripped off her face while walking to the local train station.

Mr Rajan was one of the main forces behind the introduction of the racial hatred laws in 2004 while also pushing for similar criminal charges for religious vilification in the public domain.

In 2004, then-premier Geoff Gallop supported the changes to laws - however Dr Gallop's Labor Party opposed the religious laws, which Mr Rajan believes is due to support from the Catholic Church, who were against the legislation changes.

"The Catholic Church's argument is that we need to have education programs, not legislation. I need the legislation," he said.

"I need to protect the little Muslim girl who has her veil ripped off her face while walking to the local train station.

"I want religious vilification laws. Unfortunately, I don't think I have any hope of getting it through with this state government."

"I just don't think there's enough there to get us over the line at the moment, but I think it's the perfect time to be pushing this through."

Mr Rajan said the new laws could make the criticism of other religions during church services illegal.

He said similar laws in Europe related to cultural vilification, and said the introduction of a religious equivalent in Australia would bring us into line.

"I think this is the absolute opportune time for us as a community to revisit that whole issue of religious vilification," he said.

Mr Rajan said that since the racial hatred laws were passed in 2004, he had taken a number of issues to police where Muslims had been vilified, however police were not prepared to take them on.

"The Director of Public Prosecutions said that this was religious vilification, not racial," he said.

He said this further confused the line between what defines a race and a religion, as highlighted in the O'Connell case where he believed that Judiasm is a religion and not a race, as it was ruled by the court in this instance.

Mr Rajan said the religious vilification law would allow anyone who felt they are denigrated for either race or religion would have the same rights in a WA court.

Attorney General Christian Porter said all anti-vilification laws raised complex questions of the nature and extent of free speech, and religious vilification laws in particular had in some jurisdictions not operated as they were intended.

"The state government would view any proposals for expansions of this area of the law with a cautious eye," he said.




The next Islam Basics course will commence on Saturday February 19th from 10:00am -12:00pm at the Sisters House in Kuraby.


This 6 week course is ideal for new Muslim sisters and other women interested in Islam.


The main topics the course covers are the 5 pillars of Islam, which are discussed in detail and accompanied by informational handouts. Bookings are essential. For more information please call Bayaan 0431747356 or Khadijah 0423474807.

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Project Coordinator - Part Time Contract

AMARAH, Crescents of Brisbane and Islamic Council of Queensland (ICQ) are seeking to employ a Project Coordinator to assist in the organisation and implementation of Democracy Workshops. Application from suitably qualified persons are invited.


Job Description and Selection Criteria



Nanny needed

A Muslim working mum is looking for a full time (Monday to Friday), female nanny to assist her with her 4 year old daughter, in Kuraby.

You will travelling to work with the mum and she will always be with you to support you, so you are not left alone to manage.

Whilst formal qualifications are not essential, a friendly, easy going, active and playful disposition is essential.

This is a long term role.

Please call 0400125 786 if you are interested.



Around the Muslim World with CCN


A Look at David Cameron's Speech on Terrorism and UK Muslims

UK: Prime Minister David Cameron used his speech at the Munich Security Conference in Germany on Saturday to “set out his views on radicalisation and Islamic extremism.”

The PM has already come under fire for making the speech on the day the EDL hosted a ‘homecoming march’ in Luton. More controversial still are the contents of the PM’s address to the Munich conference which look to have been lifted from the pages of a ‘leaked’ QF report from last year advising the incoming Coalition government on a revamp of the discredited Prevent programme.

The PM said:

.”..terrorism is not linked exclusively to any one religion or ethnic group....we should acknowledge that this threat comes in Europe overwhelmingly from young men who follow a completely perverse, warped interpretation of Islam, and who are prepared to blow themselves up and kill their fellow citizens.”

He went on to claim the cause for young Muslims being seduced by the warped interpretation of Islam came down to a “question of identity,” and a weak affiliation to the British nation and British values.




Related discussions:

Is multiculturalism working in Australia?
SBS podcast

Cameron's clarion call may turn out to be wrong

The Inbox


Dear Editor


I would to thank you for placing a very positive and excellent information on our shop and we have had great support from our Muslim brothers and sisters.


We have also received very positive response about out food and reasonable pricing. Both Sayad (my business partner and shop manager) and I are looking at new halal products to add to our menu which is not very easy due to halal issues.
Our burgers are very popular and appears to sell as much as our fish and chips family packs.


Regards and salaam
Asgar Ali


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


This week




A Fine Balance




Rohinton Mistry



With a compassionate realism and narrative sweep that recall the work of Charles Dickens, this magnificent novel captures all the cruelty and corruption, dignity and heroism, of India.


The time is 1975. The place is an unnamed city by the sea. The government has just declared a State of Emergency, in whose upheavals four strangers--a spirited widow, a young student uprooted from his idyllic hill station, and two tailors who have fled the caste violence of their native village--will be thrust together, forced to share one cramped apartment and an uncertain future.


As the characters move from distrust to friendship and from friendship to love, A Fine Balance creates an enduring panorama of the human spirit in an inhuman state.



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KB's Culinary Corner


Chicken Satay Sticks 


KB SAYS: Summer entertaining and the trusty barbie go hand in hand and this easy and tasty recipe is perfect for both. You can add 1/2 teaspoon of hot chili powder at the beginning to give it a little more of a kick if you are so inclined. My friends tell me it tastes just like the ones you get in a restaurant!


500g Chicken fillet
1 cup coriander leaves chopped
1 tsp crushed garlic
2 tsp ground green chilies
½ tsp salt
½ tsp coarse black pepper
1 Tbsp Soy Sauce
4 Tab lemon juice
4 Tab tamarind juice
1½ tsp crushed cumin
1 tsp crushed coriander

1. Cut chicken into 6cm x11cm strips
2. Process coriander leaves, spices, sauces,
lemon juice and tamarind juice.
3. Pour into bowl and add coriander and cumin
4. Mix well and add chicken strips and marinate for 2-3 hours.
5. Skewer chicken, concertina style and grill or barbeque for 5 minutes on the either side.
6. Serve on a bed of lettuce with Satay Sauce.

Satay Sauce
½ x100g bottle of Peanut butter
1 tsp tamarind concentrate
½ cup lemon juice
2 tsp ground green chillies

Mix the above ingredients and cook the mixture for 2 to 3 minutes adding salt to taste, cool and serve.


Do you have a recipe to share with CCN readers?

Send in your favourite recipe to me at kbcooks@crescentsofbrisbane.org and be my "guest chef" for the week.


Kareema's Keep Fit Column


Q: Dear Kareema, can I use my resistance bands instead of my free weights at home if I wanted to tone my body?

A: Of course you can! The good thing about resistance bands is that you can get a great workout anywhere, anytime. Few workout tools beat the efficiency of the multitasking resistance band. It is also much cheaper than the weights, and of course easier to carry around with you.


It works your muscles at a full range of motion, targeting parts that are often missed with free weights, so it is a great tool for toning.


Remember too that using your own body weight is good to challenge yourself.


Exercises such as push-ups, tricep-dips, squats, lunges, etc. will all help tone your muscles and leave you not only feeling good, but looking great!






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



Mula Nasruddin and his friend Jallalludin arrive at a Lebanese restaurant and ordered a couple of drinks.


They then take sandwiches from their briefcases and begin to eat.

Seeing this, the angry restaurant owner approaches them and says, 'Excuse me, but you cannot eat your own sandwiches in here!'

The two look at each other, shrug and exchange sandwiches.


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13 February


International Maulood-un-nabi Conference


Al-Mustapha Institute of Brisbane

Logan West Community Centre, Hillcrest

0422 320 879


19 February


International Maulood-un-nabi Conference


Al-Mustapha Institute of Brisbane

Runaway Bay Community Centre, Lae Drive, Runaway Bay

0411 119 786


19 February


Islam Basics

Sisters House,


0431 747 356


20 February





Beenleigh Events Centre, Beenleigh

0401 576 084


20 February


Morning Invocation



Wynnum Esplanade

0419 025 510


4-6 March


Youth leadership camp


Koonjewarre Centre, Springbrook

0431 800 414

All day

13 March


Charity Golf Day

Brookwater Golf Course

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9 April


Muslim & Services Expo 2011

Riverside Receptions, New Farm

0402 026 786

10am to 4pm

15 May





Orleigh Park, West End

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18 June


Ladies Hair & Makeup Workshop

Springwood Community Centre

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29 June



Lailatul Mehraj

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Topics that are relevant, Iman-boosting and mind-capturing.
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Islamic Schools, Halal Services and a whole lot more...

AFIC Schools

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Network of Muslim healthcare professionals

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

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Umbrella body representing various Mosques and Societies in Queensland


Gold Coast Mosque

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

Australian International Islamic College (Durack)

Kotku Mosque - Dubbo NSW

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

Federation of Australian Muslim Students and Youth (FAMSY)

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