It continued with its annual
tradition in Brisbane by sponsoring a dinner
last Friday under the able stewardship of the
Islamic Womens' Association of Queensland (IWAQ).
In addition to families of the
local Muslim community there were a number of
political, governmental and religious
representatives who attended.
PhD scholar, Ms Nada Ibrahim,
soldiered on valiantly with a Ramadan 101 lesson
to the uninitiated as the converted gainfully
employed themselves with addressing the waves of
delicious food that Michael's Oriental
Restaurant had prepared for the occasion.
A number of speakers took to the
podium to express their appreciation for being
invited, to congratulate IWAQ on a
well-organized event and to offer their best
wishes to the Muslim community over Ramadan and
Muslims & Services Expo & Forum (MSEF'2011) was
held on Saturday at the Riverside Receptions in
A number of governmental,
non-governmental and Muslim service
organizations was present on the day.
Mr. Graham Perrett MP
officially opened the mini-Expo and several
speakers representing their agencies and
organizations gave the audience a synopsis of
the services they provided to the community.
A lively panel discussion
with panelists comprising Ms Muna Ibrahim (Islamic
Women’s Association of Queensland), Ms Safia
Casoojee (ACCES Services), Mr Mohammed
Yusuf (Islamic Council of Queensland), Ms
Faiza El-Higzi (Romero Centre), and Mr
Saleem Cajee (Department of Human Services)
was facilitated by Dr Mohamad Abdalla
(Griffith Islamic Research Unit).
MSEF was the brainchild and an
initiative of Crescents of Brisbane and,
according to its president, Dr Mustafa Ally,
the event was aimed at "creating greater
awareness of the kinds of support that are
available to the Muslim community from a diverse
range of sources while at the same time
identifying some of the challenges the Muslim
community faces in accessing this support."
"It was also an opportunity for
creating new networking opportunities in a
friendly and relaxed atmosphere," he told CCN.
The lucky draw prize of an iPad2
went to Mr Orhan Camkara, a teacher at
the Islamic College of Brisbane.
The CCN Photo Gallery
You can watch highlights of
the Expo on Islam TV below.
You Don't See: Tonight (Sunday) on SBS
Sunday 10 April at
8.35pm on SBS One
Renowned filmmaker and award-winning Australian
journalist John Pilger explores the role of
media in war in his commanding and timely
documentary, The War You Don’t See.
the most important film of the last 10 years
and, I would argue, the most important
documentary of all time…” CineVue Magazine
“…This wonderfully researched and outraged
film gathers and presents the case for the
prosecution. In a world of embedded reporters,
sophisticated spin and governmental evasion,
what price investigative journalism?” Time
“…the colossal scale of civilian casualties
is, within the grammar of news, downgraded in
importance so that it doesn't figure as news at
all, but as all-but-invisible deep background to
be ignored.” The Guardian
Pilger, himself a war correspondent, traces the
history of embedded and independent reporting
from the carnage of the First World War to the
destruction of Hiroshima, the invasion of
Vietnam to modern-day conflict in the Middle
East. He exposes how the practice of embedding
journalists within the military controls not
only what they are allowed to see, but how they
are allowed to report it, and that “voluntary
embedding” extends right across the media.
With a particular focus on television reporting
of current wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, and
Palestine by the most popular channels in the
United States and the United Kingdom, Pilger not
only investigates how the truth of war can often
remain hidden, but questions the implications of
the media’s failure to report beyond the
Pilger said: “At the heart of this documentary
are the lives of countless civilian men, women
and children who are so often caught in the
crossfire. Their lives depend on the truth being
reported. Unless journalists are the voice of
the people, not the power, they will have blood
on their hands.
“This film is about wars that are also backed by
Australian governments and reported by
Australian journalists. So it’s highly relevant
to us,” Pilger says.
The War You Don’t See features interviews with
senior figures at major UK broadcasters, the BBC
and ITV, high profile journalists from both
sides of the Atlantic, as well as independent
filmmakers. The result is a remarkable
revelation of what Pilger describes as behind
the scenes "disinformation".
Pilger also interviews Julian Assange, the
founder of WikiLeaks, a movement Pilger
describes as a "landmark in journalism",
discussing the role of whistleblowing in
revealing incidents and crimes of war that would
otherwise not be seen.
The bridal reception and
Walima of Nishaad,
Yusuf and Rashida
Foster, son of Samuel
Wiredu and Comfort
Nyarkoah took place at the
Links Hope Island Golf Club on
Friday night (8 April).
The bride looked quite
resplendent in a gown
The Universiti Islam Sultan Sharif Ali (UNISSA)
of Brunei Darussalam has announced the
introduction of al-Qur’an and al-Qira’at
programmes, and is offering its Bachelor,
Masters and PhD Scholarship Scheme for the
2011/2012 academic year to eligible
Completed applications and supporting documents
can be forwarded to the address below:
Universiti Islam Sultan Sharif’ Ali
Jalan Pasar Baharu
The closing date for applications is 30 April
Australia Society of Qld supports Premier's Flood Relief
$2,011.60 cheque for The Premiers Flood Relief
Fund was presented to The Minister for Transport
Multicultural Affairs Hon A. Palaszczuk MP at
gathering at Sitar Restaurant, Albion on
Wednesday 9th March 2011.
The Society raised the fund by organizing a
dinner/music evening on 29 January 2011 at St
Lucia Uniting Church. About 145 guests
Musical Program was arranged by Mr Yusuf Alikhan
and the dinner was catered for by Mr Feroze Khan
of Khan’s Catering. Another major Sponsor was Mr
Ramnathan Karuppiah, Managing Director of Remox
remittances money exchange.
evening’s total program was spear headed by the
President of the Society Mr Tausif Khan assisted by his willing committee
members and supporters.
This function was originally planned to
celebrate the Republic Day of India and
Australia Day. However during the planning
stages Brisbane and indeed Queensland was hit by
devastating floods. The Society decided to
incorporate this evening into a fund raising
project for the Queensland Premier’s Flood
Mr Tausif Khan said that the Society was
honoured by the attendance of Mr Lawrence
Springborg (pictured left), Deputy Leader
of the Opposition in Queensland and the Honorary
Consul of India in Queensland Prof Sarva Daman
Singh. Both the dignitaries addressed the
Tausif said that the Members of the Society were
shocked by the flood damage and were willing to
help the less fortunate.
Tausif Khan thanked Pandit Radhey Gupta (pictured
left) who travelled from Melbourne and
played the sitar and supported to raise the
My name is Georgia Brizuela and I am a Brisbane
I am currently undertaking a Breastfeeding
I am photographing 50 women nursing their
children in the lead up to International
Breastfeeding week to help promote
I am keen to display a diverse range of women
nursing their children and would very much like
to include a Muslim woman breastfeeding.
I wasn't sure if this was allowed and where to
go about finding a woman who might be interested
in taking part.
The photograph could be as modest as the mother
required, no breast needs to be showing, just a
baby at the mother's chest/with nursing
cover/whatever a mother is comfortable with. I
just want to show that women of all different
walks nurse their children and am very
interested in showing women with strong
religious beliefs nursing their children.
KB SAYS:This is a juicy and
flavourful treat to satisfy that burger craving. It's
low in calories and high in proteins and the the lamb
and beef can be substituted by chicken.
½ kg lean lamb mince
½ kg lean beef mince
2 tab polenta/mealie meal
1 green apple grated
juice of 1 lemon
1 large onion grated
2 tsp crushed green chillies
1/4 cup bread crumbs
1 tsp salt
1 tsp baking powder
1 bunch chopped coriander leaves
4 tab extra virgin olive oil
1½ tsp ginger garlic paste
1. Mix all ingredients and knead to combine
2. Form small or large patties depending on
the size of your burger roll.
3. Grill, barbecue or cook the pattie on a
4. Toast the roll and place the pattie in
the roll with sautéed onions, lettuce,
grated beetroot, sliced tomatoes, red onion
and cucumbers and your favourite
5. Serve warm.
Q: Dear Kareema, I have had
surgery done on my knee a few months ago and my doctor
told me to strengthen the muscles around it. What are
some exercises I can do that won't be too hard on my
knee? I'm also not as fit as I used to be.
A: Cycling will be good for you as it is an easy
cardiovascular workout and it will also strengthen your
leg muscles (especially those around your knee).
It is impact free, with a low rate of stress injuries.
Be sure to adjust your seat so your knee is slightly
bent when pedalling. Start easy and challenge yourself
as your knee gets stronger and you get fitter.
You may also like to try walking up and down in the
pool. The resistance of the water means that there'll be
no jarring of the knee and you'll get a great cardio
workout as well.
If any exercise feels uncomfortable or causes pain, you
need to stop and try something different. Take care get
started on strengthening your muscles straight away!
All questions sent in are published here anonymously
and without any references to the author of the
The CCN Chuckle
Habibullah and Karimsaab decide to make an
honest living and go house to house selling
After a hot
long day the three meet.
and Karimsaab who were selling pens and frames
hardly sold anything while Jallalludin who sold
books was sold out after one hour.
The two were
impressed at Jallalludin's business skills and
asked him for the secret.
explained…its very simple.
I knock on
the door and when they open I say….aar aar im
sss sel selling bbb bb books dd dd do yy you ww
want tt to bb buy wa wa one or shh shh should I
rrr rr read it ttt to yyy you!
Bonus CCN Chuckle (Know your customer)
disappointed salesman of Coca Cola returns from
his Middle East assignment.
asked, "Why weren't you successful with the
"When I got
posted in the Middle East, I was very confident
that I would make a good sales pitch as Cola is
virtually unknown there. But, I had a problem I
didn't know how to speak Arabic. So, I planned
to convey the message through three posters...
poster: A man lying in the hot desert
sand...totally exhausted and fainting.
Second poster: The man is drinking our Cola.
Third poster: Our man is now totally refreshed.
these posters were pasted all over the place
should have worked!" said the friend.
"The hell it
should have!? said the salesman.
realize that Arabs read from right to left"
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Events and Functions
Fun Day at
Fear of the
Asylum Seekers - Religion and
College of Brisbane
Night: Hangi - Lovo
Islamic Programmes, Education & Services
Classes and Madressa For
Children at Al-Mustapha
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