Sunday, 24 February 2013

 Newsletter 0433




A delegation of the Islamic Studies Religious Education Board of South Africa from the Jamiatul 'ulama South Africa (Ta'limi Board - Education Department) that caters for more than 20 000 students across South Africa will be visiting Brisbane and the Gold Coast this week.


These scholars and educationists, who have more than 40 years of experience living as a Muslim minority in a secular state; having faced the challenges some generations back that compare with those in Australia today; and having successfully developed a curriculum to counter those challenges that is so widely regarded that it is been translated into Thai, Spanish, Urdu and being used in more than 40 countries ranging from the Americas', Asia, Middle East, Australia and Europe, have been invited to address and assist the local community in developing a structured Islamic program with appropriate content, coupled with the required skills to impart this knowledge.


They will be conducting workshops on their education programmes and Islamic School Board Members, directors of Islamic institutes, school/madrassah principals, Quran and Islamic Studies teachers, masjid committee members, 'Ulama, small Islamic Institutes, private Quran tutors, and parents and community members who have an interest in this regard or just a concern for the faith of the children are encouraged to attend.



Wednesday, 27th February
Venue: Gold Coast Mosque
Time: Morning session only: 10am to 1pm
Cost: Free
Tea & Snacks will be provided
RSVP: As places are limited you MUST confirm your attendance by contacting Imam Imraan through a text message 0411 037 016 or email imrhus1@bigpond.com before Wednesday to assist with seating and catering.



Wednesday, 27th February
Venue: Kuraby Mosque
Time: Morning session only: 3pm to 8.45pm
Cost: Free
Tea & Snacks will be provided
RSVP: As places are limited you MUST confirm your attendance by emailing admin@kurabymosque.org.au before Wednesday to assist with seating and catering.

Full programme schedule: Click here




Brief bios of workshop presenters.

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All Muslims should renounce their religion immediately in favour of Christianity or atheism - it would be better for them and for everyone else, controversial Dutch politician Geert Wilders said in Melbourne on Tuesday.

Insisting politely that he did not want to incite or offend anyone, the anti-Islam campaigner described the prophet Muhammad as ''a warlord, terrorist and paedophile'' and urged Australia to ban the Koran and all migration from Muslim countries.

Told that Premier Ted Baillieu had advised Victorians to ignore him, Mr Wilders said the Premier could ignore the threat of Islam and ''sing Kumbaya'' all day long, but the voters would wake up eventually.







Mr Wilders was speaking to the assembled media at a secret location 40 minutes' drive north-west of Melbourne, of which they were notified only in the morning.


The media had to register in advance, show ID on arrival and pass several burly men in dark suits with black radio earpieces.

For years, Mr Wilders has lived under constant police protection, staying in a government safe house and being driven in an armoured car, but before his visit Melbourne Muslim leaders said he was under no threat of violence from local Muslims. However, the Q Society, which is hosting his three-city tour, says it has had more than two dozen venues refuse to host him or cancel bookings for fear of violent protests.

The Q Society was founded in 2010 to ''educate Australians about Islam'', media spokesman Andrew Horwood said.


He is full of contradictions and is wrapped up in his own notoriety. He never speaks of tolerance, understanding or cohesion

Hass Dellal

Mr Wilders - impeccably dressed and coiffured and a polished media performer who never raised his voice despite some hostile questioning - said Islam was a totalitarian system that was incompatible with freedom.

''I am here to talk about the Islamisation of Europe,'' he said. ''If you think what happened in Europe will not happen in Australia you are totally wrong.''

He said he did not oppose the multiculturalism on which Australia prides itself, but cultural relativism, ''the crazy idea that all cultures are equal, so you don't have a dominant culture''.

He said Islam was based on the Koran, which contained more anti-Semitism than Hitler's manifesto Mein Kampf, and on the example of the life of the prophet Muhammad.

''Muhammad was a warlord, terrorist and paedophile (who slept with a wife when she was nine). If 1.5 billion people think he is the best example to follow it's fair and necessary to analyse it and be able to talk about it.
''I call on all the Muslims in the world to leave Islam for Christianity or atheism or whatever they want. This will be good for them and also for our free society.''

Australian Multicultural Foundation chief executive Hass Dellal said that call was so outlandish there was no sensible reply.


He's entitled to his viewpoint but I think that the Muslims in this country see themselves rightly as fair dinkum, dinky-di Australians, just as the Catholics and the Jews and the Protestants and the atheists.

Tony Abbott

''He is full of contradictions and is wrapped up in his own notoriety. He never speaks of tolerance, understanding or cohesion,'' Mr Dellal said.

Islamic Council of Victoria past president Ramzi Elsayed said Mr Wilders' remarks simply showed ignorance. ''He seems to be losing rationality in his argument,'' he said.

Mr Wilders cancelled the Perth leg of his tour because a hotel hosting him pulled out late on Tuesday.
Opposition Leader Tony Abbott said on Wednesday that Mr Wilders was ''substantially'' wrong on Islam.

''He's entitled to his viewpoint but I think that the Muslims in this country see themselves rightly as fair dinkum, dinky-di Australians, just as the Catholics and the Jews and the Protestants and the atheists,'' Mr Abbott told Fairfax Radio.

''That's one of the great strengths of our country - we are always conscious of what we have in common, rather than the things that divide us.''

Source: The Sydney Morning Herald



Asked by Greg Cary on 4BC radio on his views on the visit of Geert Wilders, Queensland Premier, Campbell Newman, had this to say.



Several organizations in Australia have released statements in response to the Geert Wilders' visit:


NSW Alliance

Jewish Christian Muslim Association of Australia

Islamic Council of Victoria

Executive Council of Australian Jewry



West Australian Premier Colin Barnett said he may have "played some role" in controversial Dutch MP Geert Wilders being forced to cancel his speaking engagements in Perth.

Mr Wilders was forced to cancel the speaking component of his visit to Perth when he was unable to find a venue to host him, but he still plans to visit the WA capital.

The Premier said on Wednesday his comment that Mr Wilders was not welcome at government buildings might have affected the right-wing politician's ability to get a venue.

"I don't want him here. But he's here, and I'm not going to interfere now," Mr Barnett told Fairfax radio.

"But he certainly is not going to use government buildings to promote his message."

Mr Barnett said it was possible venue operators may have been concerned about demonstrations, which was why no one else offered their venue to Mr Wilders after a four-star hotel cancelled his booking.


Source: The West Australian

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Two documentaries about the Palestinian-Middle East conflict have been shortlisted for Oscar nominations in this year's Hollywood Academy Awards.


The two films examine the conflict from contrasting viewpoints, one through the eyes of the occupier and the other through those of the occupied.


"The Gatekeepers" features candid interviews with retired Israeli spymasters, while "5 Broken Cameras" tells the personal story of an amateur Palestinian cameraman who documents clashes between his fellow villagers and Israeli soldiers and settlers.


In Gatekeepers, some of Israel's most shadowy figures: six retired directors of Israel's domestic spy agency, the Shin Bet sit before the camera dressed informally in polo shirts or suspenders, speaking frankly about their memories of tracking Palestinian militants and radical Israeli settlers.


The spymasters speak about the morality of their actions.

"For them (the enemy), by the way, I was also a terrorist," said Yuval Diskin, Shin Bet chief from 2005 to 2011. "One man's terrorist is another man's freedom fighter."

Together, the security chiefs' testimonies offer biting criticism about Israel's failure to solve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, saying military might alone cannot bring peace.

"These moments end up etched deep inside you, and when you retire, you become a bit of a leftist," said Yaakov Peri, Shin Bet head from 1988 to 1994.

"We're winning all the battles," said Ami Ayalon, Shin Bet chief from 1996 to 2000, "And we're losing the war."



"5 Broken Cameras" features footage shot by Palestinian farmer and amateur filmmaker Emad Burnat, who bought a camera to film home videos but ended up documenting six years of family life on the backdrop of weekly Palestinian demonstrations against the construction of Israel's West Bank separation barrier through his village of Bilin.

Those demonstrations started the same week his son was born. His film shows his son's birthday parties along with the young boy's developing awareness of the political realities he was born into.

One by one, Burnat's cameras were damaged by an Israeli army tear gas canister, hit by rubber bullets, thrown to the ground by an angry Jewish settler, and smashed in a tractor accident. When his cameras broke, he suffered serious injuries.




Huffington Post

ABC News



A dinner will be held at Michael's Oriental Restaurant in Brisbane on 9 March to raise funds for the Australian Palestine Advocacy Network (APAN)


(Click on the image for all the details).


"APAN seeks a more balanced and principled approach from the Australian government in its policies towards the Israel-Palestinian conflict, and a more active role for Australia in encouraging all interested parties to bring about a just and lasting negotiated settlement based on UN resolutions and international norms."


"APAN offers a voice for all Australians of goodwill who wish to express their opposition to the continuation of the current situation.

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The Islamic Women's Association of Queensland (IWAQ) held its strategic planning meeting at the Springwood Towers this week.

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Amongst this week's panellists is Egyptian novelist, commentator and activist, Ahdaf Soueif .


Ahdaf Soueif was born in Cairo and educated in Egypt and in England, where she studied for a PhD at the University of Lancaster.

She is the author of two collections of short stories, Aisha and Sandpiper , and two novels. In the Eye of the Sun is about a young Egyptian woman's life in Egypt and England, set against key events in the history of modern Egypt. The Map of Love is the story of a love affair between an Englishwoman and an Egyptian nationalist set in Cairo in 1900. The Map of Love was shortlisted for the Booker Prize for Fiction.

In 2004 her book of essays, Mezzaterra , was published. Her most recent work is Cairo: My City, Our Revolution , a personal account of the 2011 Egyptian revolution.

She writes regularly for The Guardian and is a key political commentator on Egypt and Palestine. She is the founder of the Palestine Festival of Literature, Pal Fest, and has made many programs for Arab, American and British TV and radio stations.

Ahdaf lives in London and Cairo.


Watch Q&A 9.35pm on ABC 1, live 9.35pm AEDT on ABC News 24 or stream it on the website, abc.net.au/qanda


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Sergeant Jim Bellos is once again calling on the community to support this year's Time4Kids crime prevention campaign, an initiative of the Police-Citizens Youth Clubs (PCYC).


The Time4Kids launch will be held during Youth Week on Friday 5 April at the old Boggo Road gaol, Dutton Park between 6.30am and 9.30am. The event will see PCYC gaols [jails] set up where community leaders will do time to stop youth crime.

The concept is to be detained in gaol until $500 bail has been raised to be released. Jim will be in gaol for about 60-90 minutes and have set myself a target to raise $5000. These funds will go towards PCYC running youth crime prevention programs across Queensland.

The event will be high-profile and will attract strong media interest and community participation, with Channel 9 as confirmed as media partners.

You can read more about Jim's very worthy cause here.

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At the Griffith Multi-Faith Centre


From left to right: Dr Mustafa Ally, Haji Sultan Deen, Head of the Queensland Jewish Community Services Mr. Ari Heber,  Dr Aafreedi of the Gautam Buddha University in India, Mr Brian Adams, director of the Griffith Multi-Faith Centre, US Consul General, Mr Niels Marquardt, Mr Farouk Adam and Ms Janeth Deen.

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This is NOT a true story

CCN has adapted it from the parody website The Daily Currant in response to an Australia political party candidate who called for guaranteed non-halal meat.




Conservative political candidate JC, called 000 today after accidentally eating a pizza prepared according to Muslim tradition from a Turkish-owned pizzeria.

According to a review of the emergency 000 tapes, the 28-year-old candidate was afraid he had contracted food poisoning from the "contaminated" meal and expressed concern that the restaurant may have links to terrorism.

The incident began in the offices of the candidate where an employee had ordered out from a new pizza place for lunch.

"I heard really good things about this pizzeria called Effendis. According to the Brisbane Times its like one of the best in Brisbane," explains HB, a secretary at the candidate's electoral office. "So I ordered it for the office. And everyone loved it. It was some of the best pizza we've ever had.

"But then someone asked me what this word 'Halal' on the box meant. And I didn't know. I figured it was like a style of pizza. You know like Thai style, Italian style, Halal style.

"We were all puzzled by this 'halal' thing so we Googled it. And wow were we shocked to find out it was an actually Muslim thing."

The term halal refers to a method of preparing food that is consistent with Islamic teachings. It is comparable to the term kosher in Judaism.

"When he found that out, JC immediately started going into panic mode," HB says. "After a few minutes in the bathroom he called 000."

CCN has exclusively obtained a transcript of the 000 call, which reads as follows:


TripleO: Hello this is 000. What is your emergency?

JC: Oh my god. Oh my god. Oh my god. Hello? Hello?

TripleO: Hello sir what is your emergency?

JC: Yes I think I might have been poisoned. Oh my god, please help. Please.

TripleO: Okay calm down. How do you think you've been poisoned?

JC: Pizza. I ate a pizza that I shouldn't have eaten.

TripleO: Okay, so you think you have food poisoning then?

JC: Yes madam.

TripleO: Do you have any signs and symptoms? Any vomiting? Nausea? Diarrhoea?

JC: No, nothing like that yet. But I can feel the poison inside of me. I know it's coming. Please help!

TripleO: Help is on the way sir, don't worry. What makes you think the pizza you ate was poisoned? Was it undercooked?

JC: No no nothing like that.

TripleO: Well then I don't understand. Did you put something on it?

JC: No no. It's just...I don't trust the place that it came from.

TripleO: Okay sir where did you get the pizza?

JC: Its was from Effendis in Sunnybank

TripleO: Oh Effendis? I love that place. Great sauce.

JC: Oh yeah? Well did you know that it's run by Muslims?

TripleO: I did not know that sir. Is that relevant to your problem though?

JC: Relevant? Ha! That is the problem. You don't know what Muslims put in food they prepare for Christians. No one does.

TripleO: Okay...

JC: I mean think about it. It's the perfect opportunity. Millions of unsuspecting Australians. How do you know Al-Qaeda isn't opening halal restaurants all across Australia right now, just waiting for the right time to strike?

TripleO: Well sir that's unlik...

JC: And the Muslim Brotherhood. Have you seen what they're doing in Egypt? How do you know they're not already here in Australia funding these sleeper cells? Think about it. Family owned restaurant? It's the perfect cover!

TripleO: So you think that a local Turkish pizza place is associated with Al-Qaeda and the Muslim Brotherhood and might have poisoned you in an act of gastrointestinal terrorism?

JC: Exactly.

TripleO: Okay well, paramedics are on their way. Did anyone else eat the pizza with you sir?

JC: Yes there were six of us. We're all gonna flipping die! Just hurry!


The owners of the pizzeria say they are shocked by the incident, saying there's nothing dangerous about eating halal food.

"It's basically just making sure we don't use pork. That's pretty much the only noticeable difference," explains MC, owner of the restaurant.

Authorities say that in the end JC did not have food poisoning. He was diagnosed with an acute anxiety disorder and given sedatives to ease his paranoia.

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Kuraby's newest dentist, Dr Zaheer Kadwa, made the news in the Toowoomba Chronicle this week in a report in the Careers section of the newspaper on how young graduates are finding placements soon after graduation.


Dr Kadwa, who earned his dental degree from the University of Queensland last year after starting off his schooling at Brisbane State High, told the newspaper that he had to think outside of the box in order to secure his first job with a practice in Neil Street in Toowoomba (a hour and a half drive from Brisbane).


Zaheer told CCN he will be willing to offer any career advice he can to others contemplating a similar path as he has chosen.

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In the UK every year, more than 5,000 Brits convert to Islam.

More than half of those who make the switch are white – and 75 per cent are women.

But what would make someone want to change their lifestyle so dramatically?


Over the next four weeks CCN will profile four British women who decided to become Muslim.


Model Ayesha, 24


AYESHA OLUMIDE, from Edinburgh, is a model who works under her original name of Eunice. She converted to Islam in 2009 while at university. She says:

Before converting to Islam I was a Christian – but where my family is from in West Africa, Islam and Christianity are both practised. But it wasn’t until I started studying philosophy at university that I began to learn more about Islam.

At first I was worried it would be too extreme but when I studied the Koran it blew my mind. The theories about nature and science appealed and I felt enlightened. You can’t always explain everything in a scientific way and Islam helps me with that.


I was first scouted as a model while a 15-year-old tomboy. I was into football and athletics – but a career in fashion is all about looks. Converting to Islam made me realise how much we value people if society thinks they’re beautiful.

At the mosque, women cover their head and dress modestly, so no one is judging you on what you look like. At first I found it hard to square being a Muslim with being a model. But I spoke to a Muslim sister and she said Islam is not an extreme religion, so if it felt too extreme to me it probably wasn’t right.

Now I cover my hair for 99 per cent of the time but if I don’t want to when I wake up one day, I don’t. And I don’t do any bikini or underwear shoots.

I don’t have set days at the mosque but I do go often and I pray every day. I would like to start a family in the future but don’t think I’d marry a non-Muslim.


Source: The Sun

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An extremely honest and reliable recent business graduate is looking for business marketing, communication roles in Brisbane.


Aziz averaged High Distinctions through out his Bachelor of Business in Marketing from Victoria University and is a member of the Golden Key Society as a result of his grades.


He is looking to work with businesses that are involved in halal products/services.


He can work full time, part time or on consultancy basis. 


If you are interested in talking to Aziz further, please call him on 0423436643 or email him at aziz.yasin@live.com. Aziz's up to date resume is available here






The Australian International Islamic College (AIIC) requires volunteer language translators to provide in-school support for students.

Support is need for Rohingan, Arabic Somalian translators during curriculum delivery.


The appropriate Blue Card will be organised by the College.


If you are able to volunteer some time for this worthy program contact the Administration at the Australian International College. 724 Blunder Road, Durack  4077, Ph:  3724-1400

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Lebanese women take on Muslim judges who call rape a 'marital right'  




Beirut, Lebanon (CNN) -- Lebanese women are taking to the streets to demand that the government takes domestic violence seriously, by introducing laws to protect women from abusive partners.

Nadine Mouwad, a founder of feminist collective Nasawiya, says the prevalence of unveiled, glamorous women in Beirut can create the impression that Lebanon is more liberated from patriarchal cultural attitudes than neighboring countries.

But that's merely an illusion, she says.

"The problem is that we are sold a lot of fake freedoms that raise Lebanese women under the impression that they have freedom to go anywhere, freedom to dress the way they want to," she said.

For the past year and a half, Mouwad and fellow feminist activists have been demanding that politicians ignore the objections of Muslim religious authorities and pass a stalled law protecting women from domestic violence.



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The great British burkini boom ... and thanks to Nigella, it's not just Muslim women buying them

UK: When Nigella Lawson emerged out of the sea on Sydney's Bondi beach dressed in one two years ago, it was greeted with astonishment.

But now burkinis – swimwear originally designed for Islamic women to protect their modesty – are soaring in popularity among British non-Muslims.

Demand is particularly strong among women keen to cover up their curves or protect their skin against the sun.


Burkinis are lightweight outfits made of Lycra and nylon that leave only the hands, feet and face showing. They were originally imported from Turkey and Morocco, but now London-based companies Modestly Active and Modestkini, which have been selling the swimsuits since 2007, are cashing in on the boom.

Ismail Sacranie, sales and marketing director at Modestly Active, said: 'The first few years were a hard struggle but, over the past two years sales have grown between 300 and 400 per cent.'


Modestly Active and Modestkini say between 15 and 20 per cent of their clients are non-Muslim.

Before the suits became available, women had to find other ways of covering up. Kausar Sacranie, chief executive of Modestly Active who designed Nigella's burkini, says that years of family holidays spent wearing clingy leggings and T-shirts in the water prompted her to design an alternative.

She said: 'I wanted something different but I didn't want to look like a Teletubby on the beach.

'I wanted something I was comfortable in and that made me look good. Later, I went on holiday to Dubai and I was swamped with people asking me where I got it.'

She says Nigella's endorsement of the burkini on Bondi in April 2011 was a turning point for her firm.
'After Nigella wore my swimsuit, people became more comfortable with the idea. And a lot of people who are not Muslims wanted something without a hood.'

Umran Ashman, director of Modestkini, said: 'People come to us for a variety of reasons.
'Some are allergic to the sun or are worried about cancer, others are overweight or have lost a lot of weight so their skin is sagging.'

Modestly Active has recently begun marketing triple XL suits, the equivalent of a size 24-26. British women are also buying burkinis from overseas. Californian firm Splashgear says that after the US, the UK and Canada are its two largest markets for burkinis

Source: Mail Online

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Japanese Muslim brings life to Arabic calligraphy 

Fuad Koichi Honda, a native of Japan, is known round the world as one of the world’s top contemporary Arabic calligraphers. His works show a level of artistic perfection that has taken him decades to achieve.

He has won many awards for his work, including the International Arabic Calligraphy Contest. His most famous works of calligraphic art use passages from the Koran as their basis.

The experience of living in Middle Eastern deserts also served as an influence to Honda, which has been recognized by major traditional Arabic calligraphers. They praise the way in which he combines the Japanese aesthetic of empty space with strictly traditional letter forms.

Today Honda serves as President of the Japan Arabic Calligraphy Association and teaches at Tokyo’s Arabic Center.

Honda has crossed cultural boundaries with his calligraphy, bringing two different cultures - Japanese and Islamic - together in a way which can be appreciated by both - as well as by the rest of the world.




Source: PressTV

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

This week a CCN Reader recommends


Talking to Terrorists

Understanding the Psycho-Social Motivations of Militant Jihadi Terrorists, Mass Hostage Takers, Suicide Bombers & Martyrs to ... in Prison & Community Rehabilitation



Anne Speckhard




“Why do they blow themselves up?” my student Ken asked. “Let’s find them and ask.”


This is an account, spanning over a decade, of what happens when you do just that.


Travelling through the West Bank and Gaza, into the U.S. Department of Defense prisons in Camp Bucca and Camp Victory, down the alleyways of the Casablanca slums, inside Chechnya, in the radicalized neighborhoods of Belgium, the UK, France and the Netherlands and sitting with the hostages of Beslan and Nord Ost, Dr. Speckhard gives us an account of what puts vulnerable individuals on the terrorist trajectory and what might also take them back off it.


One of the only experts to have such a breadth of experience – having interviewed over four hundred terrorists, their friends, family members and hostages – having visited, and even stayed overnight at times in the intimate spaces of terrorists’ homes, interviewing them in their stark prison cells and meeting them in the streets of their shanty towns, Dr. Speckhard gives us a rare glimpse of terrorists within their own contexts.


From the mouths of terrorists, their family members, comrades—and even their hostages, we learn of the manipulation of human weakness that can lead to their evil acts.


Through careful research of culture and religion, a genuine desire to understand the factors that motivate individuals to embrace terrorism, Dr. Speckhard deftly defines the lethal cocktail that leads to the creation of a terrorist.


An internationally recognized expert on the psychological aspects of terrorism and an expert in the area of posttraumatic stress disorder, Dr. Speckhard’s studies also produce a knowledge of how to disengage, deradicalize and rehabilitate a terrorist, reversing his or her trajectory.


TALKING TO TERRORISTS reveals the humanity in us all—especially in those we least expect—and offers possibilities for achieving a safer world.



The more that you read,

The more things you will know.

The more that you learn,

The more places you will go.


                                                         Dr Seuss


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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 says: A decadently delicious chocolate birthday cake made with a great deal of TLC  by Safia Casoojee for a 56 year-old.

 Chocolate Swiss Roll Cake





4 eggs separated
3/4 cup castor sugar
I cup flour
3 tsp. baking powder
3 tab. cocoa
50g butter
1/4 cup of boiling water.
600ml fresh cream
Greased swiss roll pan



1. Beat eggs and sugar until pale
2. Sift flour, baking powder and cocoa
3. Beat egg whites still soft peaks forms
4. Mix water and butter together
5. Add water mixture to egg mixture
6. Fold in dry ingredients
7. Lastly fold in beaten egg whites

Fresh cream whipped with sifted with 2 tablespoons of icing sugarm (add more icing sugar to suit your taste).

Spread mixture into the pan and bake in the preheated oven at 180 deg for 12 min.
Cut cake into three strips lengthwise.
Roll one piece as per Swiss roll and place standing upright onto the cake plate.
Spread cream onto other strips and wrap around the first roll.
Top with cream and decorate as required.


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.


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Q: Dear Kareema, I am trying to tone my arms and was wondering if you have any favourite exercises you do for yours?

A: When I train, I try to include multiple muscle groups to get the best out of my workout.


For example, when I train my arms, I’m also working my legs and core - A squat press with dumbbells is a favourite of mine, it’s great for the shoulders too.


A reverse grip deadlift with a bar or dumbbells will challenge your biceps and shoulders, and I also love the body weight tricep dips and push-ups which will have your shoulders and core working just as hard.

The trick is not to focus on just the one body part or muscle group, as the muscles tend to help each other out as you workout so you can have your whole body toned if you train both smart and hard. 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.


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Mula Nasruddin phones the Kazakhstan Police Station and says:

"My wife went to buy potatoes two days ago and has not yet come back".

There is a long pause before the policeman says:

“Brother Nasruddin! Can’t you find something else to cook?"


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Those who slander chaste women, indiscreet but believing, are cursed in this life and in the Hereafter: for them is a grievous Penalty. 
Surah An-Nur 24:23


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 If you want to go fast, go alone.
If you want to go far, go together.     

~ African Proverb


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By Mumtaz-Ahmed Esat

“This has been the worst Summer ever-nothing grew! So what do I do next?”

Don’t despair. Nobody was successful. It was just too hot.

The good news is that the peak season starts right now so get planting.

Here are a few suggestions that will make the difference between success and failure.

• spray a pyrethrum based insecticide on all your plants to eliminate stink bugs, locusts and caterpillars- They are there in their hundreds right now.
• Spray white oil onto citrus leaves.
• Prune out all old and dead stems on citrus and chilli plants.
• Dig in some compost or manure to veggie beds.
• Start planting immediately.
• Coriander will respond well-use fresh seed collected from your best plants last season-stagger sowing monthly till May.
• Methi-Use fresh seed.
• Tomatoes will respond best now.
• You can still grow corn and groundnuts but be quick.
• Pinch back chilli tips and old leaves. Also remove flowers for a week or so to encourage new stems on which you will have a bumper harvest.

Apology: Free white corn and coriander seeds
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Vegetable Garden for the World

Mumtaz-Ahmed Esat

Organic and heirloom gardening



Need an answer to a gardening related matter?


Send your question to our Runcorn gardening guru

Mumtaz-Ahmed Esat at aesat.56@gmail.com.


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


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Events and Functions

APAN Fundraiser Dinner 9 March MBN NRSA Seminar & Workshop 12 March


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Islamic Programmes, Education & Services

Seeker's Point Brisbane 23 and 24 February
Al Imdaad Foundation Fund Raiser for Mali Truelove A lecture by Bilal Dannoun 28 March AlKauthar - Tafseer Surah Taha 16 & 17 March Personal Training Al Mustapha Madressah 2013 Kuraby Madrassah Enrolments Shajarah Islamic Kindergarten Learning to read the Quran AMYN Learn Arabic AMYN Witness onto Mankind 2nd & 3rd March 2013 Holland Park Mosque Property Purchase Appeal Holland Park Mosque Property Purchase Appeal AIIC Buranda Re-Opening AIIC 2013 Open Enrolment Day AlMustapha degree Radio Quran Kareem Marhaba Playgroup Muslim Aid Australia Al-Imdaad Foundation Australia
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Businesses and Services



ACCES Removal Services


Al-Khitan Circumcisions


Ahlam Haddad Tutoring

Tutoring (Maths)


Clothing Islamic Couture


Lebanese Cuisine

Love ur Body

Beauty Treatments

Brizie Biltong


Mansur Omar

Real Estate

Bismillah Repairs & Maintenance

Repairs & Maintenance

NOTE NEW NO. 0468342127

MaXimize Accountants


Brisbane Diagnostics



Health Drink

Calamvale Physio & Sports Injury Clinic


AutoCAD Training

Personal Tuition

Car Body Removals

Used Car Dealer

Muslim Directory Australia

Directory Services

Carpet Lifesavers

Carpet cleaning


Restaurant & Takeaway Portuguese Chicken

Centre for Easy Language Learning (CeLL)

Tutoring (Arabic)


Restaurant & Takeaway Portuguese Chicken

Boulevard Towers Surfers Paradise 

Holiday Accommodation

Nazima Hansa Realty PTY LTD

Real Estate



Islamic College of Brisbane Hall Hire

Hire Services



OurWorld Travel



Migration Agency

Pappa Roti

Cake & Coffee

Fathima Adat Tutoring

Tutoring (School subjects)

Pizza Lane

Restaurant & Takeaway Pizza

Gabriel Hair Studios


Rejuven8 Body & Beauty

Beauty Treatments


Plastic Mats

Samoosa Pastry Distributors


Henna by Fatima


Shakira Kolia's Driving School

Driving School

Hummy's Automotive

Car Repairs



Hussana Australia

Halal Body Care range

Stick On Labels

Label printing

InWear Fashions

Clothing Fashion

The Quran Pen


Junaid Ally Properties

Real Estate

Yasmeen Seedat Accounting Services


Kimaya Fashions


Lily's Fashion

Wedding dresses etc. 

Personal Training with Layla

Personal Training

Marketing Co-Op

Internet Services

Angelz Dental Care



Travel Agency

Shameema's Silk Scarves


Grand Medical Centre

Medical Practitioners

Qld Islamic Book Service

Book Shop



Health Products

Personal Wellness Coach



Ummah Store

Books, Clothing, DVDs etc.


Security Systems


Paradise Convenience

Global Groceries

Muslima Chic

Muslim designer clothes, jewellery


Samoosa Strips (pur)


Low Price Pharmacy



LTH Accounting & Financial Services



Child Care Centres

Pari Collections



Shariff's Computer Services


Computer Servicing

CassonIT Solutions

 Computer Servicing & Systems

Lil Umah

Children's Clothes

Computer Repair

 Computer Repairs


Watany Man-oushi Lebanese Foods

Take Away



Kuraby Fashions

Islamic Clothes


Baby Care Solutions

(read information sheet)

 Early Parenting Guidance

Kuraby Mosque Hire Services

Hire Services





CCN welcomes..........


Al-Khitan Circumcisions Baby Care Solutions Kuraby Fashion Wasimah Brisbane Bamboo Towels HEALTHY LIFE Browns Plains
Himalyan Salt Lamps PART 1 HEALTHY LIFE Browns Plains
Himalyan Salt Lamps PART 2 Computer Repairs Watang Man-oushi Lebanese Foods Lil Umah CassonIT Solutions Dial a Doctor Bulk Billing Dr in your home Michael's Oriental Birthday Promo Function Room Page 1 Function Room Page 2 LOVE UR BODY Shariff's Computer Services Sunkids Sunkids Pari Collection Pari Collection Maximize  Accountants Officetek Alarms Mona Vie AK Surtie Angelz Dental Care Centre for Easy Language Learning Arabic Paradise Convenience Ayesha's Samoosa Strips ACCES Services REMOVALS Autocad 2012 Training Baalbak Mediterranean Restaurant Low Price Pharmacy KURABY Bismillah Repairs and Maintenance
New mobile no. 0468 342 127 Samoosa Pastry Brisbane Diagnostics Brizy Biltong Beef Jerky Boulevard Tower Residence Accommodation Calamvale Physiotherapy & Sport Injury Clinic Carpetlifesavers Indoor Folding Mats InWear Fashions Rejuven8 Body & Beauty Personal Wellness Coach efxshop Tutoring Fathima Adat Flighstar Hajj2012 Flighstar Hajj2012 Gabriel Hair Studio Henna Fatima Ismail hummys Automotive Services Hussana Junaid Ally Properties REMAX Kimaya International Kuraby Mosque Hire Quick Stick Name labels Ladies Only Personal Training Lilys Fashion love ur body Marketing Coop Group Muslim Directory Muslima Chick Nandos Calamvale Nandos Mt Gravatt NAZIMA HANSA REMAX Excelanz Migration Services Pizza Lane Pappa Roti QLD Islamic Book Service Seedat Accounting Shameema's Silk Scarves Siitra Shakira Kolia Driving School T ax Returns 2012 Ummah Store Elite FX Web Design


"If it's not here ....it's not happening!"l)

To claim your date for your event email ccn@crescentsofbrisbane.org.





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23 & 24 Feb

Sat & Sun

Where Happiness Is

Seeker's Point

Islamic College of Brisbane & Griffith University

0403 295 127

See flyer

1 March


Youth Forum on Dating

Revival, FAMSY and Kuraby Mosque

Kuraby Mosque

0431 800 414

Between Maghreb and Esha

9 March


APAN Fundraiser Dinner


Michael's Oriental Restaurant

0413 874 008

6.30pm for 7pm

12 March


NRSA Seminar & Workshop

Muslim Business Network

Michael's Oriental Restaurant

0422 191 675

6pm for 6.30pm

16 & 17 March

Sat & Sun

Tafseer Surah Taha - the Chronicles of Moses

AlKauthar Institute

Griffith University Nathan Campus


8am  to 6.45pm

28 March


Lecture: True Love by Bilal Dannoun

Khalil Abu Khawla

Ummah United Centre, 3 Harris Rd, Underwood

0425 811 150


5 May


International Food Festival 2013

Islamic Society of Gold Coast

Gold Coast Mosque

0412 601 152

All day

11 May


Ladies Healthy Living Workshop

Springwood Community Hall, Springwood

0401 959 295

1.30pm to 4.30pm

18 May


ICQ Annual Qur'an Competition

Islamic Council of QLD

Islamic College of Brisbane

0450 908 786


6 June



Lailatul Mehraj

9 June


Islamic College of Brisbane (ICB) Annual Fete


Islamic College of Brisbane (ICB)

0402 794 253

All day

16 June


Inter-Madrassah Soccer Tournament

Islamic Council of QLD

Islamic College of Brisbane

0450 908 786


24 June



Lailatul Bhahraat

11 July


Start of Ramadhan

5 August



Lailatul Qadr

8 August



End of Ramadhan

9 August




17 August


Eidfest 2013

Mt Gravatt Showgrounds

0418 722 353

All day

1 September


CresWalk 2013


Orleigh Park, West End

0402 026 786


28 September


ICQ Annual Dinner & Awards Night

Islamic Council of QLD

Islamic College of Brisbane

0450 908 786


16 October




 TBA 2013


Aashooraa Day


NB: The Islamic date changes to the next day starting in the evenings after maghrib.

Therefore, except for lailatul mehraj, lailatul baraat and lailatul qadr – these dates

refer to the commencement of the event starting in the evening of the corresponding day.


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Algester Mosque


Yaseen Khatam held every night after Isha salaat.


Seeker's Circle



Kuraby Mosque Tafseer & Taalim


Tuesday tafseer and taleem classes at Kuraby Mosque every Tuesday 11am - 12.30pm


Bald Hills Mosque Weekly Tafseer


The weekly program schedule is as follows:
Mondays: Tafseer
Wednesdays: Tafseer

The above lessons will start at 7:30 pm and will go for approximately 1/2 an hour each day.

All brothers and sisters are welcome.


Queensland Police Service/Muslim Community Consultative Group


VENUE: Metropolitan South Regional Office, 1993 Logan Road, Upper Mt Gravatt

Wednesday 27 February
Wednesday 31 July
Wednesday 20 November

Commencing at 5.00pm (Times may change throughout the year pending salat)



For more information and RSVP:

Sergeant Jim Bellos at Bellos.Dimitrios@police.qld.gov.au



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Sunnah Inspirations

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

Kuraby Mosque

Holland Park Mosque


Provide young Muslim women in Queensland with support and opportunities to express themselves

MUSLIMS AUSTRALIA / 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.icb.qld.edu.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

Muslim Directory Australia

Carers Queensland

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

Brisbane Muslim Burial Society (BMBS)

Muslim Charitable Foundation (MCF)

Coordinated 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 (ICQ)  

Umbrella body representing various Mosques and Societies in Queensland

Current list of businesses certified halal by ICQ  7 August 2011

Islamic Friendship Association of Australia

Blog of the Association's activities

United Muslims of Brisbane

Crescents of Brisbane's CRESCAFE (Facebook)

Muslim Women's eNewsletter

Sultana’s Dream is a not-for-profit e-magazine that aims to provide a forum for the opinions of Australian Muslim women

Islamic Solutions

Articles and Audio recordings

IQRA Academy Institute of Islamic Studies

Online streaming of Islamic lectures

Gold Coast Mosque

 Incorporating Islamic Society of Gold Coast Inc.

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 & 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

Islamic Society of Darra

Qld Muslims Volunteers

Islamic Shia Council of Queensland

Muslim Reverts Network

Supporting new Muslims

Muslim Funeral Services (MFS)

 Funeral Directors & Funeral Fund Managers for the Brisbane and Gold Coast communities

Islamic Society of Bald Hills (ISBH)

Tafseers and Jumma Khubahs uploaded every week.

Muslim Community & Qld floods

How the community helped out during the 2010 QLD floods

The CCN Young Muslim Writers Award (Facebook)

The Queensland Muslim Historical Society  (Facebook)

Muslim Women's National Network of Australia, Inc (MWNNA)

Peak body representing a network of Muslim women's organisations and individuals throughout Australia

Sultana's Dream

Online magazine subscribe@sultanasdream.com.au

If you would like a link to your website email ccn@crescentsofbrisbane.org.


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