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Sunday, 18 December 2011

 Newsletter 0371



AMAA Awards Announced


The 6th Australian Muslim Achievement Awards (AMAA) for 2011 hosted by Sydney-based Mission of Hope Australia was held in the Alan Gilbert Building, University of Melbourne, Victoria last night (Saturday).


Winners in the 16 categories were:

Best new community project of the year – Islamic Museum of Australia (VIC) 
Business of the Year – Crescent Times Newspaper (WA)
Media Outlet of the Year – MuslimVillage.com (NSW) 
Sportsperson of the Year – Walid Yassine (NSW)
Community Organisation Award – Islamic Museum of Australia (NSW)  
Professional of the Year Award –  Dr Bulent (Hass) Dellal (VIC)
Abyssinian Award – Rabbi Zalman Kastel (NSW) 
Role Model of the Year Award – Randa Abdel-Fattah (NSW) 
Creative Artist of the Year Award – Peter Gould (NSW) 
Researcher of the Year – Dr Bulent (Hass) Dellal (VIC) 
Event of the Year Award – Auburn Community Development Network-  Ramadan Iftar Program 2011 (NSW)
Volunteer of the Year Award – Moustafa Fahour (VIC) (pictured below)
Youth of the Year Award – Amna Karra-Hassan (NSW) 
Man of the Year Award – Moustafa Fahour (VIC) 
Woman of the Year Award – Dr Joanna McKeown (WA) 
Lifetime Achievement Award – Dr. Qazi Ashfaq Ahmad (NSW)


The Abyssinian of the Year Award (which goes out to a non-Muslim) was won by Rabbi Zalman Kastel. Zalman Kastel was raised and ordained as a Chasidic. Work and friendship with Christians and Muslims transformed him from mainly seeing people in terms of us and them to appreciating people of many belief groups. He is Director of Together for Humanity Foundation, an interfaith organisation that fosters a sense of belonging together, cooperation and respect. Since 2002, he has led an initiative that has challenge the misconceptions of over 60,000 students, most often the misunderstanding were about Muslims.


On hearing of his award, Kastel Facebooked: Great honour to be awarded the Abyssinian award as part of Mission of Hope's Australian Muslim Achievement Awards in Melbourne today. Thrilled with the recognition of the great work of Together For Humanity and the benefits for one of our stakeholder communities, the Australian Muslim Community. Thank you Maha Najjarine, Hanan Dover and Mariam Veiszadeh (of Mission of Hope).


You can read the bios of the other winners here.


Event organizer, Hanan Dover, thanked all nominators, nominees, judges, winners, National Centre of Excellence of Islamic Studies, "and the hard yakka work by my Mission of Hope colleagues Maha Najjarine, Mariam Veiszadeh and Carrie Vernon in making the whole process culminating into the successful 6th Annual Australian Muslim Achievement Awards for 2011. Four Mission of Hope volunteers made this happen from start to finish and I am humbled by our many late night efforts."

Muhurram March in Brisbane


Hundreds of men, women and children marched through Brisbane City on Sunday (11 December) as part of an annual Shia Muslim event.

Carrying banners and chanting, an estimated 350 people made their way from the Brisbane Square Centre in George Street, Brisbane, all the way around the CBD.

Shoppers stopped their Christmas shopping to listen to a group of Muslim reciting prayers and poetry during a ceremony in Brisbane Square.

The event organised by the ”Islamic Shia Council of Queensland (ISCQ) was held for the first time as part of the Mahurram, "which aims to spread the message of peace and tolerance on the anniversary of the Imam Hussain’s (AS) death," spokesperson Ahmed Murtaza for the council told CCN. He was killed after speaking out against perceived injustices nearly 1,400 years ago in Karbala.

“We chose Brisbane Square because it is very central and we wanted to get the message out to as many people as possible," Mr Murtaza said.

The marchers waved banners and play-cards with quotes from people as wide ranging as Mahatma Gandhi to Charles Dickens.

"We set out on this march, not just in memory of Imam Husain(AS), but to remind people that we must always speak out against injustice and oppression, wherever it is happening."

“This year we were particularly be thinking of all those who are suffering around the world as they try to assert their basic human rights. We must speak out against this."

“A lot of people asked questions and took literature from us. It is all about engaging with the public, and is a good chance to resolve some misconceptions people have about our peaceful religion.”

“We want the world to know that Brisbane as a city is standing up for human rights.

“We call on everyone – regardless of religion, race or gender – to join us and speak out against injustice.”

“It is a time to remind everyone about the importance of standing up against oppression and tyranny.”

Muhammad: The Last Prophet Movie



Muhammad: The Last Prophet is an animated movie produced by Badr International and directed by Richard Rich.


The movie was released in limited cinemas in the United States and the United Kingdom. The movie focuses on the early days of Islam and Muhammad.


Like in The Message, an earlier live-action film, Muhammad is not depicted. So whenever he is spoken to, or is in a scene, the character speaking to him faces the camera.


The film follows Muhammad’s first years as a prophet starting with Islam’s beginnings in Mecca in which the Muslims are persecuted, the exodus to Medina, and ending with the Muslims’ triumphant return to Mecca.


A number of crucial events, such as the Battle of Badr and Battle of Uhud are depicted.


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Source: Muslim Village

Sharia a good fit in some areas, says academic


AUSTRALIA'S Muslims would not move towards a parallel legal system if some Islamic practices were better integrated into the existing legal framework, a University of Sydney academic said.

The Sydney law school lecturer Ghena Krayem said extensive interviews with NSW Muslim leaders and community members found they were not seeking a recognition of sharia in areas where it was contrary to existing Australian law, such as polygamy.

But where in practice both systems overlapped - such as marriage and divorce - they sought a better integration of Islamic principles, enhancing social cohesion without legislative change.

Dr Krayem, whose doctoral thesis on the topic is the first empirical study of its kind, said ad hoc mediation of marriage breakdowns by imams - a practice which already operated in the shadow of the law - would benefit from procedural safeguards such as the transparency and accountability of the dispute resolution system of the Family Law Act.

''Whilst these informal community processes at the moment, they're meeting a need, there are aspects that need to be improved - and even our community leaders and religious leaders acknowledged that,'' she said.

Dr Krayem said the financial rights of women, often negotiated differently within the religion if a wife initiated the divorce, could also be better protected if the contract typically drafted in Islamic marriages was treated as if were a legal pre-nuptial agreement.

''The most valuable thing for Muslim women is they need to know what they can add into that contract because it's the most powerful path for them to ensure they've safeguarded their rights under Islamic law,'' she said.


I also think to not do anything about it at all, to dismiss this whole argument, is actually pushing the community towards setting up a parallel legal system


Dr Krayem

Dr Krayem, a Muslim who trained as a family dispute resolution practitioner, said the approach could also take the sting out of the public debate surrounding sharia in Australia.

''I also think to not do anything about it at all, to dismiss this whole argument, is actually pushing the community towards setting up a parallel legal system.''

It was a question of improving access to existing legal avenues for dispute resolution for people of diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds, not just Muslims.

She said an argument could be made for legislative change to allow those certified to marry people, such as religious leaders, to also legally divorce them, when issues of property settlements or custody could be excluded.

Source: The Sydney Morning Herald

All American Muslim The Fast And The Furious Parts 1-3


The Muslim Students' Guide To Brisbane


A Brisbane Marketing initiative, The Muslim Students’ Guide To Brisbane has been produced to help Muslim students settle into Brisbane life.

The guide provides information on Studying in Brisbane, and the Brisbane Muslim Community. It includes prayer times and centres, Mosques, Halal providers and a useful contacts list.

The studybrisbane website says that "with a thriving Muslim Community, the Guide provides useful information for Muslim students to practice their faith whilst perusing their Studies in Brisbane."

"The enviable lifestyle and plenty of social and cultural events, Brisbane is a destination of choice for by Students across the globe."

The Muslim Students’ Guide To Brisbane is available for viewing here.

Political Point Scoring on the back of Australian Sheep


The president of Muslims Australia – AFIC, Mr Ikebal Patel commenting on Federal member for Cowan, Mr Luke Simpkins MP’s, speech in Parliament calling for labelling of (Halal) meat in super markets, as an overreaction and another attempt at political point scoring. (See: Halal meat converting Aussies article in The West Australian).

Mr Patel said, “Meat is one of Australia’s core food export products and underpins a significant proportion of Australia's food export statistics. Exporting is vital to the meat industry representing 60 per cent of the industry’s trade with exports consisting mainly of beef, mutton, lamb and goat meat. In fact, Australia is the world's second largest exporter of beef exporting to more than 100 countries across the globe”.

Mr Simpkins said that Prophet Mohammed (s.a.w.w) had talked of how Islam could be expanded around the world by getting people to eat Halal meat. "He reportedly said, 'The non-believers will become Muslims when, amongst other things, they eat the meat that we have slaughtered'. This is one of the key aspects to converting non-believers to Islam," Mr Simpkins said.



Our biggest markets for meat exports are traditionally Japan, USA, Korea, China and the Middle East with the US and Japan being Australia’s largest market destinations on total volumes and dollar value.

Mr Patel further stated, . “If local supermarkets respond to consumer demand for Halal meat on their shelves we see no impediment to identifying the meat as Halal. We believe animals that are slaughtered in a Halal manner are treated well and with compassion. We were reminded of the importance of caring for animals when we saw images of the brutal treatment of pigs before slaughter at an abattoir in Victoria which was as a result closed by the authorities. The treatment of all animals with kindness is paramount in Islam.

Mr Patel said the Muslim community appreciates and commends the balanced comments made by Minister Chris Bowen in response to Senator Simpkins address in promoting understanding , cooperation and harmony.

Mr Patel said, it’s time Liberal Senators stop “Muslim bashing” and the Liberal leader, Mr Tony Abbott reigns in Senators who tend to use such tactics to stigmatise and promote division within the many and various communities in Australia.

In conclusion, Mr Patel reminded the Liberal MP to focus on growing the Australian economy and growing jobs for battling Australians and easing the burden of the cost of living for many, many who are facing a not so happy holiday season.

Humanitarian Immigration Policy Welcomed


The President of Muslims Australia AFIC, Mr Ikebal Patel applauded the Gillard government and the Minister of Immigration Mr Chris Bowen’s decision to allow asylum seekers who completed all the relevant security, health and character checks to be released into the community on bridging visas. "This is a way forward and a more humanitarian solution to a critical humanitarian crisis," said Mr Patel.

"Muslims Australia’s stance on people seeking refuge is clear, these are some of the most vulnerable members of the community who are simply seeking to resume their lives and start afresh in Australia. If they do not pose a threat to Australia, they have a chance similar to every other visa applicant to Australia, to be assessed for their suitability to become valuable members of a diverse Australian community."

Mr Patel also expressed his gratitude to the government for allowing the asylum seekers to work, support and protect their families until the final assessment on their application is determined. "This is a positive move and a gesture of good will ensuring the self respect and dignity of the individual is maintained during a difficult and anxious period."

The CCN Wedding Scene







A match made in Crescents


Crescents of Brisbane Team members, Zaheer, son of Dr. Faisal and Shenaz Suleman of Maryborough and Saadiya, daughter of Mahomed and Khatija Essof of Zimbabwe embarked on a project of their own making when they married each other on Friday at the Kuraby Mosque.


The nikah was performed by Imam Yusuf Peer and some 250 guests attended the walimah/reception at Moda Events Portside in Brisbane last night (Saturday).


Zaheer, who has been working as a paramedic in Bundaberg returns home to Brisbane to settle.


Saadiya will continue her studies in sports psychology.


The couple head off on a honeymoon overseas today the destination of which the groom has kept a secret from the bride.


CCN can reveal that a trip to Fiji is on the cards.














Ruqayya, daughter of Ebrahim and Safiya Abdoola, and Haseeb, son of Naseema Mustapha and Ahmad Abu Ghazaleh and grandson of Dr Sadeq Mustapha and Ferouza Mustapha were married recently


The Waleema was held 26th November and the couple are now in Southern Africa after honeymooning in Thailand.

Around the Muslim World with CCN


Copy of Qur’an in space

A copy of the Qur’an taken into space for the very first time by Russian Soyuz TMA-01M, Commander Alexander Kaleri, was unveiled at the 18th Tehran International Press Festival on October 30.

The Qur’an was sent into space on September 7, 2010 at the request of Iranian space analyst, Sirus Borzu, as a symbolic respond to burning of the Qur’ans in the US.

The Qur’an was returned on March 16 this year, said Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of scientific magazine, Aseman-e-Shab, Hamid Reza Karimpour.

During the ceremony held in Tehran’s Imam Khomeini Mosalla, Karimpour said that the first page of the Qur’an bears the stamp of the International Space Station.

Borzu, who has been living in Russia for over 18 years, added that the Russian Astronaut, Kaleri, expressed his thanks to him after he returned from space and said that he and his companions “had a difficult journey into space but the Holy Book helped them to overcome the difficulties.”

Borzu had also sent into space a collection of postcards by Iranian master miniaturist Mahmud Farshchian. They were taken by astronaut Pavel Vinogradov on April 24, 2006.

“I am planning to allocate the third item to the text inscribed on the Cyrus Cylinder in addition to its Persian, English and Russian translations,” he added. Cyrus Cylinder is an ancient clay cylinder, on which is written a declaration in Akkadian cuneiform script in the name of the Achaemenid King Cyrus the Great. Cylinder has also a text on “human rights charter”.

Borzu is now an editorial member of Aseman-e-Shab magazine which is a leading astronomy and space science journal in the Middle East.

Borzu, who was born in Iran and has been involved in researching on space science for over 40 years, was the publisher and Editor-in-Chief of Infinite Borders of Space magazine in Iran.

“My motivation for sending postal cards of miniature paintings to the space was to do a service to the Iranian art and to lift Iranian spirit. It is a privilege for Iranians to have the first art exhibition in the space.

The reason for sending the Qur’an to space was a response to burning of the Qur’ans in America, and also to protect Mr Kaleri who is a dear friend to me,” Borzu told The Muslim News.

He added that he was “very happy when I heard that the Qur’an had helped Kalery to overcome the difficulties in space.”

The Muslim News



Indonesian sharia stronghold 'rehabilitates' punks


A group of detained Indonesian punks wash themselves in a lake after their hair was shaved off at a police school in Aceh province. After being arrested at a punk rock concert, 59 male and five female punk rock fans have been forced to have their hair cut, bathe in a lake, change clothes and pray. AFP Photo

BANDA ACEH: Indonesian sharia police are "morally rehabilitating" more than 60 young punk rock fans in Aceh province on Sumatra island, saying the youths are tarnishing the province's image.

Since being arrested at a punk rock concert in the provincial capital Banda Aceh on Saturday night, 59 male and five female punk rock fans have been forced to have their hair cut, bathe in a lake, change clothes and pray.


We feared that the Islamic sharia law implemented in this province will be tainted by their activities," Banda Aceh deputy mayor Illiza Sa'aduddin Djamal, who ordered the arrests, told AFP on Wednesday.

"We hope that by sending them to rehabilitation they will eventually repent."

Hundreds of Indonesian punk fans came from around the country to attend the concert, organised to raise money for orphans.

Police stormed the venue and arrested fans sporting mohawks, tattoos, tight jeans and chains, who were on Tuesday taken to a nearby town to undergo a 10-day "moral rehabilitation" camp run by police.

A girl cried as women in headscarves cut her long unruly hair into a short bob, and some of the men groaned as their heads were shaved, according to an AFP correspondent at the camp.

"Why did they arrest us? They haven't given us any reason," said Fauzal, 20.

"We didn't steal anything, we weren't bothering anyone. It's our right to go to a concert."

A 22-year-old man from Medan city, who did not want to be named, said he feared he would lose his job for staying at the camp for 10 days.

"I've just started with a bank in Medan. I don't even know what to tell them because I don't know why I've been arrested."

Police said the objective was to deter the youths from "deviant" behaviour.

"They never showered, they lived on the street, never performed religious prayers," Aceh police chief Iskandar Hasan told AFP.

"We need to fix them so that they will behave properly and morally. They need harsh treatment to change their mental behaviour."

A local rights activist Evi Narti Zain said the arrests breached human rights.

"What the police have done is totally bizarre. Being a punk is just a lifestyle. They exist all over the world and they don't break any rules or harm other people," she said.

Hasan denied the accusation, claiming the rehabilitation programme was merely an "orientation into normal Indonesian society".

Aceh, on the northernmost tip of Sumatra island, adopted partial sharia law in 2001 as part of a special autonomy package aimed at quelling separatist sentiment.

Only Muslims can be charged under sharia law, although the non-Muslim community is expected to follow some laws out of respect.

Nearly 90% of Indonesia's 240 million people are Muslims, but the vast majority practise a moderate form of Islam.

Police gather a group of detained Indonesian punks at a police school in Aceh Besar in Aceh province. AFP Photo

An Indonesian policewoman cuts the hair of a detained punk at a police school in Aceh Besar. AFP Photo

Source: Hindustantimes

The Fatwa Against Women Touching Bananas and Other Stupid Islamic Orders

Did an Islamic cleric ban women from touching bananas and cucumbers? True or false, Asra Q. Nomani writes, fatwas have become ridiculous. See her list of the 10 most outrageous ones.

There is an interesting headline moving through Muslim community listservs: "Did an Islamic cleric really ban women from touching bananas and cucumbers?"

This past week, an email pinged around the world, claiming that a Muslim cleric "residing in Europe" issued a, well, interesting fatwa, or religious ruling, banning Muslim women from touching bananas or cucumbers:


“He said that these fruits and vegetables ‘resemble the male penis’ and hence could arouse women or ‘make them think of sex,'" according to a report in a supposed Egyptian website, BikyaMasr. The Times of India ran the story: "Islamic cleric bans women from touching bananas."

"If women wish to eat these food items, a third party, preferably a male related to them such as their a father or husband, should cut the items into small pieces and serve," the cleric supposedly dictated.

It's hard to confirm that the fatwa is true, but the fact that we, in the Muslim community, would even think it's possible is a reflection of just how inane the phenomenon of fatwas has become in the Muslim community. The idea of the fatwa became notorious when an Iranian cleric called for the killing of author Salman Rushdie when he published the novel The Satanic Verses, about an erased portion in the Koran supposedly inspired by the Devil.

The fatwas used to carry the authority of divine ordination. But the years since have revealed that, indeed, there is nothing to fear—or revere—about the fatwa. In fact, nowadays, you can get a fatwa to validate any point you want to make. I call it "fatwa shopping."


The Daily Beast


Can Turkey Make Its Mosques Feminist?

Istanbul Islamic leaders are requiring houses of worship to treat men and women equally, challenging some traditional norms and raising a few tempers

Women sit at Eyup Sultan mosque while waiting for Eid al-Fitr prayers, in Istanbul / Reuters

Turkey: A campaign to make Istanbul's roughly 3,100 mosques more welcoming for women could set off a gender revolution in Turkey's places of Islamic worship - and one that may not be uniformly welcomed.

"This is about mosques being a space for women," declared Kadriye Avci Erdemli, Istanbul's deputy mufti, the city's second most powerful administrator of the Islamic faith. "When a woman enters a mosque, she is entering the house of God and she should experience the same sacred treatment. In front of God, men and women are equal; they have the same rights to practice their religion."

As part of the "Beautification of Mosques for Women" project, Erdemli sent 30 teams to visit all of Istanbul's mosques and report back on the facilities for women. What the teams found was shocking, she claimed. "Many of the mosques have no toilets for women, no place for women to wash before praying," Erdemli recounted. "Most of the places allocated for women were used as storage places, and those that weren't were usually filthy and freezing cold in winter."

Istanbul's mosques are now under strict instructions to clean up and provide equal facilities for both men and women by February 2012. But it's not only a push for cleanliness and improved sanitation that is underway. The way mosques are arranged is also being changed, according to Erdemli. "In most mosques, the women's area was divided by a curtain or a wall, and this is not fair," she elaborated. "They are sacred places and women have the right to take advantage of their spiritual feeling as well."


In most mosques, the women's area was divided by a curtain or a wall, and this is not fair. They are sacred places and women have the right to take advantage of their spiritual feeling as well 


Kadriye Erdemli


Unlike men, women are not required under Islam to attend a mosque; their presence is allowed, but, traditionally, female Muslim believers have prayed more frequently at home. Practices, however, can vary from country to country, and from mosque to mosque. In Istanbul's mosques, to reflect the beautification project's goal of equal worship space, "all the curtains and walls are coming down," Erdemli said. "But segregation will remain; men and children will pray in front of women."

Starting in late December, inspections will start to check if mosques are complying with instructions. Since the program began in March, Erdemli has addressed over 5,000 of the city's imams and religious staff to explain the theological reason for why mosques are for women as much as they are for men. On the streets of Istanbul, there appears to be broad support for the program among religious women. "Sure, it would be beautiful. It would be much better," said one 30-year-old woman, who gave her name as Münevver. "In some places, the spaces for women are clean, but in others they are filthy."

The Diyanet, the state-run administrative body for Turkey's mosques, has not only given its complete support to the project, but also provided a theological justification. In November, the head of the Diyanet, Mehmet Gomez, gave an uncompromising speech, in which he acknowledged the problem of misogyny in Islam. "There are some wrong, incomplete, biased interpretations that do not reflect the general principles of our noble religion," Hürriyet Daily News on December 7 reported Gomez as saying.



We see more and more women getting educated in the universities, more women in the workplace. They've been able to become more visible in society. And they want to be a part of the mosque system as opposed to praying at home.

All are not happy with this gender revolution. "I hope all these increasing efforts are not aimed at removing the obstacles for a woman to come out of her home, and first go out to the mosque, and then to find a job; all by finding legitimacy within [the Islamic] religion," grumbled leading Islamic columnist Ali Bulac on December 3 in the Zaman newspaper.

The column provoked a storm of reaction. The outcry, interestingly, was louder coming from practicing Islamic women than from secular feminists. In her December 6 column for the daily Yeni Safak, Islamic columnist Ozlem Albayrak termed Bulac's attitude a form of "persecution against women."

The heated polemic is just the latest example of an important change in Turkish society. Istar Gozaydin, a law professor at Istanbul's Dogus University and an expert on the Diyanet, argues that the rise of a new conservative Islamic middle class on the coattails of the decade-long rule of the Islamic-rooted Justice and Development Party has eased both formal and informal restrictions on Islamic women in education and state workplaces. "We see more and more women getting educated in the universities, more women in the workplace," Gozaydin said. "They've been able to become more visible in society. And they want to be a part of the mosque system as opposed to praying at home."

Although the percentage of women in Turkey's workplaces and university student bodies may appear relatively low, the figures are trending upward. A 2010 World Bank report on gender equality reported that 30 percent of Turkish women work. According to official data for the same year, women accounted for 44 percent of Turkish university students.

Erdemli has her sights on the Beautification of Mosques for Women project becoming an inspiration for the rest of Turkey. She maintains, though, that its goal is not revolution, but simply bringing the Muslim faith back to its roots. "All we are doing is taking Islam to back before it was corrupted and misinterpreted, when women and men were treated equally," she said.

Source: The Atlantic

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

This week CCN recommends




 Gregory David Roberts



"It took me a long time and most of the world to learn what I know about love and fate and the choices we make, but the heart of it came to me in an instant, while I was chained to a wall and being tortured."


So begins this epic, mesmerizing first novel set in the underworld of contemporary Bombay.


Shantaram is narrated by Lin, an escaped convict with a false passport who flees maximum security prison in Australia for the teeming streets of a city where he can disappear.


Accompanied by his guide and faithful friend, Prabaker, the two enter Bombay's hidden society of beggars and gangsters, prostitutes and holy men, soldiers and actors, and Indians and exiles from other countries, who seek in this remarkable place what they cannot find elsewhere.


As a hunted man without a home, family, or identity, Lin searches for love and meaning while running a clinic in one of the city's poorest slums, and serving his apprenticeship in the dark arts of the Bombay mafia.


The search leads him to war, prison torture, murder, and a series of enigmatic and bloody betrayals.


The keys to unlock the mysteries and intrigues that bind Lin are held by two people.


The first is Khader Khan: mafia godfather, criminal-philosopher-saint, and mentor to Lin in the underworld of the Golden City.


The second is Karla: elusive, dangerous, and beautiful, whose passions are driven by secrets that torment her and yet give her a terrible power.


Burning slums and five-star hotels, romantic love and prison agonies, criminal wars and Bollywood films, spiritual gurus and mujaheddin guerrillas---this huge novel has the world of human experience in its reach, and a passionate love for India at its heart.


Based on the life of the author, it is by any measure the debut of an extraordinary voice in literature.



Would you like to see the cover of your favourite book on our book shelves below?

Then simply email the title and author to thebookclub@crescentsofbrisbane.org


Double click a book cover to find out what others think of the book

The CCN Bookshelf

CCN has set up an online Book Club at Shelfari to connect with CCN book readers at:


Using the book club you can see what books fellow CCN readers have on their shelves, what they are reading and even what they, and others, think of them.

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KB's Culinary Corner


KB says: It's the holiday season and everyone deserves a little indulgence. This recipe is great for those times in the day you crave a snack and can be an alternative to mini-pizzas. 

Calzone with Chicken Filling


3 cups flour
2 Tab sugar
1 tsp salt
2tsp yeast (10g)
¼ cup oil
1 egg
½ cup milk and ½ cup water

1. Sift the flour and the salt, then add all other dry ingredients.
2. Beat the egg and oil and very gently rub into the dry ingredients.
3. Mix the milk and water and add to the flour mixture and knead to form a soft dough.
4. Cover the dough and leave to rise until almost double in size.

3 cups of chicken fillet cubed
1 tsp ground cumin (jeeru)
1 tsp salt
¼ cup lemon juice
1 tsp ground green chillies
1 tsp lemon pepper
1 tsp garlic
2 tab oil or ghee
½ cup of Mozzarella Cheese
½ cup of chopped tomatoes
Extra chopped tomatoes, cheese and green peppers for the topping.


Heat the oil and add all the above and cook the chicken until tender and then make a mixture of 1 ¼ cup cold milk and 2 tab corn flour and add to the chicken and let it simmer for a few minutes and then allow it to cool.

To make the calzone:
Punch the dough down and then using half the dough at a time, roll it out, using an 8cm cutter, and cut out circles.


Brush with beaten egg, place the filling in the one half, top with tomatoes and mozzarella cheese and then fold over.


Brush with beaten egg and sprinkle with cheese and cubed tomatoes and green peppers and bake at 180 degrees until light brown.

You could any filling of your choice, spinach and feta is also a great combination for the vegetarians.


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, I seem to have plateaued and need some help getting back on track so I can start seeing results again. Please advise..

A: Shock your body.


Most of the time your body needs a break between workouts (it’s during rest that big changes actually happen).

Try scheduling back-to-back bootcamp style workouts a few times a year.


Overloading your muscles will keep them guessing, helping them break through any plateau.


Work every muscle three or four days in a row, performing sets with little or no rest in between.

All the best and N-JOY!







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.

Flightstar Fozi's Travel Tips



Q: Dear Flightstar Fozi, I want to travel to India but am afraid of getting that dreaded 'Delhi Belly”, am I allowed to travel with medicine in case I get sick.







A: Before you travel you should consult with a doctor to make sure you are well enough to travel and ask any medical questions you have.


Your medical professional will also look up the country you are travelling to and advise you of any medication or immunisations you may need.


Getting sick on holidays is not a pleasant experience so make sure you take the appropriate medication with you.


As a general rule it is suggested that you take with you some type of headache tablet, some type of gastro medication and an antibiotic.


It is also advisable to purchase a small first aid kit to travel with.


You can travel with medication as long as it is for personal use, and it is always better to be over cautious when getting medication especially if you are eating food 'off the street'.


Once again your doctor is the best person to advise your specific medical needs. 


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Mula Nasruddin was terribly overweight, so his doctor placed him on a strict diet.

"I want you to eat regularly for two days, then skip a day, and repeat this procedure for two weeks. The next time I see you, you'll have lost at least five kilos," his doctor assured him.

When Mula Nasruddin returned he shocked his doctor by having lost almost twenty kilos.

"Why, that's amazing," the doctor said, greatly impressed, "You certainly must have followed my instructions."

Mula Nasruddin nodded, "I'll tell you what though, I thought I was going to drop dead on the third day."

"Why, from hunger?" asked his doctor.

"No, from all that skipping."


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