Sunday, 16 June 2013

 Newsletter 0449




.....a sometimes self-deprecating and occasional tongue-in-cheek look at ourselves and the world around us .....




"They say Muslims are dangerous"  The CCN Inbox: Letters to the Editor The CCN Food for Thought
Nanna Knows - but only with your help  The CCN Classifieds An Ayaat-a-Week
Islamic College of Brisbane School Fete Around the Muslim World with CCN Events and Functions
Healthy Living Follow Up CCN Readers' Book Club Islamic Programmes, Education & Services
Debate over Saudi woman's burqa KB's Culinary Corner Businesses and Services
The CCN Wedding Scene Eat Smart- Eat Healthy with Fathima The CCN Date Claimer
New Mosque signage Kareema's Keep Fit Column CCN on Facebook
How do you explain a burqa to a toddler The CCN Chuckle Useful Links
Proposed Toowoomba Mosque Visit Ask Esat Write For Us
QPS Meeting   Disclaimer
Sophie Koussan first Muslim Auslan interpreter    
About the Muslim Mole    
Well-being Index for Muslim Countries    
Meeting with Federal AG    
MBN Board of Directors    
Palmer candidate peddles discrimination    
'Granada' - Documentary Trailer    
Unveiling of upcoming research    
"Look, no shark nets!"    
Mathematics || Spoken Word by Hollie McNish    
Somali refugee turns new life in Australia into OAM    
Muslim Youth: Identity Dilemma    
Bill Cosby: We Should All Be More Like Muslims    


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The proposed development of the Brisbane Islamic Centre in Underwood Road drew a crowd of some 200 protesters of the project at a meeting held on Wednesday in Rochedale.


Ostensibly called to address the traffic issues that the Centre would generate, the organizers saw fit though to paint a less that favourable picture of Islam and Muslims.


While some 600 submissions have been made to the Brisbane City Council against the development, a spokesperson for the developers told CCN that they have received letters of support from non-Muslims distancing themselves from the protests. One such email said: "My husband and I live nearby the proposed site for the Brisbane Islamic centre in Eight Mile Plains. After watching the story on channel 9 ....., we wanted to let you know we support your Community Centre and look forward to welcoming you to the area."



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Nanna KnowsVisit the new Facebook page, Nanna Knows, which supports those with a question and those who can help with the offer of a suggestion or solution from their own personal experiences and/or knowledge.


You can ask Nanna anything from where to eat a Turkish meal to where would one find a reliable plumber in the Eight Mile Plains area.


Like the page and stay in-touch and informed!


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Last Sunday, the Islamic College of Brisbane held their biennial Fete. Despite the threatening clouds hovering overhead all morning, as lunchtime rolled around, the clouds disappeared and the day went ahead as planned. With 70 stalls spread over three levels, this year’s fete had something for everyone, and thousands turned up to sample the food and fun.

The International Food Court was a great success with an amazing array of food from many nations being sold. The multi-purpose hall was also popular with make-up demonstrations, homewares and a huge variety of clothing. The teachers at ICB offered a variety of fun and interesting stalls on the lower level, leading to the ever-popular rides. This year’s fete also played host to the inaugural ICB Fete Baking competition.

Fatima Osman's entry in the Fete Cake competition which won her the 1st prize of an iPod shuffle and then sold to raise funds for the school fundraiser

There was an impressive array of entertainment on the stage throughout the day, showcasing the potential of the students at ICB. Some students presented Nasheeds, others a beautiful song on Syrian children and four Grade 6 girls showed that they have talent, with an excellent performance of cup songs.


The highlight of the entertainment programme had to be the wonderful International Fashion Parade showcasing students, in their traditional dress, from over 23 nations, and incorporated a didgeridoo performance by a member of a local Indigenous tribe, Douglas James.


This was followed by an Acknowledgement of Country, where the chairman of the CPAC committee, Br Rabiul Alam, Brother Annas (Master of Ceremonies) and a group of ICB students paid respects to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander owners of the land by requesting permission to pass through the land in the traditional Aboriginal way.

Before the day came to a close, there was a Silat Perisai Diri Martial Arts demonstration, followed by an auction where many fabulous donated goods were sold off in a bidding frenzy and the late evening Fireworks display were bigger and brighter than any seen before at an ICB Fete.

All proceeds raised at this year’s event will be used by the CPAC Committee to purchase school resources that directly benefit the students that attend ICB. The success of the fete was truly in the hands of the community who attended. The CPAC Committee wishes to thank everyone for attending, despite the weather and making the day a huge success.


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Following the success of the Crescents of Brisbane's Healthy Living event last month,
speakers Louise D'Allura and Carolyn Donovan have compiled a list of practical and
useful tips from both their talks.


To read more go to the Healthy Living page.

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The Courier-Mail reported a magistrate had questioned whether a Saudi woman appearing in court should have been allowed to wear "a full burqa'' or face covering, telling her "this is an Australian court".

Brisbane Magistrate John Costello was sentencing a woman who pleaded guilty to leaving her baby, four and half months, unattended in a car in direct sun for 45 minutes last year.

Mr Costello asked the woman's lawyer Peter Saggers if what she was wearing was "a full burqa'' and he indicated it was.

"I can only see the eyes of that defendant,'' Mr Costello said.

The magistrate questioned whether it was "appropriate'' for the full burqa to be worn in court, saying: "This is an Australian court'' and he queried "the validity'' of her wearing it in court.

But Islamic groups yesterday came out in support of Mr Costello, saying they supported magistrates asking women to remove their face covering if there was a reasonable question of security or identification.

Mr Saggers told the magistrate the woman, 27, was from Saudi Arabia and said: "I have not seen her dressed in any other way.''

Mr Costello then proceeded to sentence the female student, without requiring her to remove her face covering, more commonly called a niqab when it reveals the eyes.

Islamic Council of Queensland president Mohammed Yusuf said he opposed any blanket law requiring women wearing burqa or niqab to show their face.

But he said the Islamic council would not object to a magistrate asking a woman to remove her face covering if there was a reasonable question of security or identification.

Mr Yusuf said individual cases could be handled with sensitivity, with the woman taken into another room for identification by a female police or court officer.

Yasmin Khan, president of Islamic community festival Eidsfest, said magistrates should be able to ask women wearing a burqa or niqab to remove their facial covering in court.

"Where justice and security are an issue women should identify by at least showing their face, to identify the person who has been charged,'' Ms Khan said.

She said another person could falsely pose as an accused person by wearing a face covering.

Source: Courier Mail


Paper condemned over Muslim face coverage

The SBS reported that a Brisbane Islamic community leader has condemned the front page newspaper report of a Muslim woman appearing in court with her face covered in a traditional niqab.


A 27 year old Saudi Arabian student pleaded guilty in a Brisbane magistrate court for leaving her 4-month-old child locked unattended in a car and received a six-month good behaviour bond.‬

During the hearing the magistrate asked if it was appropriate that he could only see her eyes, but it was not an issue of contention.

The Courier Mail has not responded to SBS inquiries about the story.

President of Queensland's Eid Fest, Yasmin Khan, told Stefan Armbruster the case has been sensationalised by the Courier Mail and the judiciary can ask to see a person's face if necessary.


A reader commented on the SBS article:

A large photo, page 1 and most of the text over the page means few readers will have read that Muslim leaders and others have supported the right/need of a Magistrate to see the face and know the identity of the person charged with a crime. Kay Dibben's sensationalised reporting feeds the misunderstanding and unwarranted fear of our Muslim community, and fails to explain that we have fee paying overseas students as well as migrants and refugees who are Muslim. Letters to the Courier Mail, if fit to be published, will undoubtedly include anti Muslim refugee complaints Thank you SBS for following up and setting this in context. .

Source: SBS


Related article: Expert claims court had right to demand woman remove her burqa

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Brisbane's Annual Pre Ramadan Shopping Expo


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IBC - Islamic Books & Clothing is pleased to make Islamic shopping in Brisbane easy.

Our annual 2 day event brings all the benefits of Melbourne's largest retail Islamic store to Brisbane, next weekend - Sat & Sun June 22 & 23.

The selection this year will astound you with everything you need for Ramadan, Eid and beyond.

Eid Clothes, Scarves/Hijabs, Abbayahs, Thobes, Sajadah (prayer mats), Attar, Books, Children's Toys & Games, Eid Decorations, Gifts, CD's, DVD's. and much more.

All in the one place for 2 days only.

Pre-order at sales@ibcshopping.com.au or 0415 800 967, and we will have your order ready to pick up at the Expo.

See you at the Islamic College of Brisbane Hall
Saturday & Sunday June 22nd & 23rd only
10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Visit us also at www.ibcshopping.com.au

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The new Kuraby Mosque sign in front of the Mosque with the logo design crowd-sourced in CCN recently.

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by Marnie O'Neill in the Courier Mail 


We were in a crowded waiting room in the maternity wing of a Sydney hospital and I braced myself for the kid’s reaction as we walked past. He outdid himself.

Wrestling free from my grip, he tore over to her, arms outstretched, fingers pointing and yelling at the top of his voice: "Mummy! Mummy! What’s that? What’s THAT?"

Anyone who hadn’t already been staring before my son’s outburst was doing so now. Put on the spot, I couldn’t think of an explanation that would satisfy his three-year-old brain without offending the spiritual sensibilities of the woman and her equally pious husband.

I smiled apologetically in the direction of the woman’s face (her eyes not being visible behind the fine mesh of her veil) and tried to drag the kid away.

Of course this only made him more determined. To my utter mortification, he started tugging on her burqa — even trying to crawl underneath it while giggling: "It’s a ghost! I want to play too, mummy. Help me get under the sheet!"

Minutes later, I retold what I thought was a sweet anecdote of a child’s innocent clash with culture, to the doctor.

Her reaction truly shocked me: "I actually agree with your son," she said.

"If these people want to dress like that, they shouldn’t come to Australia to do it. They should go back to their own country. The men are worse; they always make a huge fuss about how their wives must only see female doctors."


The doctor’s epic interpretation fail of my son’s reaction to the burqa troubled me. There had been three pregnant junkies and their partners on the nod in the same waiting room and they had apparently not warranted a second glance.

I fretted about it for days.

How do you respectfully explain a burqa to a child — particularly when the subject is standing right in front of you? Surely I was not the first parent to have encountered this sort of situation in multicultural Australia? Had the Muslim couple been offended? Was there anything either of us could have done differently?

I sought advice from Muslim scholars and community leaders across the country. This is what they said:


Courier Mail Lifestyle

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With the signing of the contract for the purchase of the Church property this week by the Islamic Council of Toowoomba, a community engagement and visit of the proposed Mosque site has been planned for Saturday 22 June.


Amongst the guests will be the Most Reverend Bishop Robert McGuckin, Toowoomba; Professor Jan Thomas, Vice Chancellor, University of Southern Queensland; Assoc/Prof. Mohamed Abdalla, Griffith University; Mr Mohammad Yusuf, President of Islamic Council of Queensland; Professor Shahjahan Khan, President, Islamic Society of Toowoomba; and Dr Nada Ibrahim, Griffith University.


Lunch and a site visit are part of the day's programme. For more details click here.

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The Queensland Police Service / Muslim Reference Group convened during the week at the Mt Gravatt Police Station for one of its regular meetings, under the chairmanship of Sergeant Jim Bellos.


A number of issues directly affecting the local Muslim community were tabled and discussed.  Amongst the items discussed were the need to cater for the requirements of Muslim inmates in prison, particularly during the coming Ramadaan, and for a programme developed for correctional staff to be appraised of the practices of Muslims during this period.


Deputy Superintendent Darryl Johnson reiterated the Australian Government's position on the illegality of Australian citizens participating in conflicts in other countries. A document detailing the directive from the government will be provided to the Muslim media for circulation.


The need for the QPS to document reported racial and hate crime incidents targeted towards Muslims was emphasized.


The QPS and Sergeant Jim Bellos were complimented for their extra vigilance during CresWalk2013 and during an anti-Muslim protest outside Parliament House.


The next meeting has been scheduled for 22 August and anyone wishing to attend should email Bellos.Dimitrios@police.qld.gov.au.

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IT'S often said that every cloud has a silver lining, and this is certainly the case for Sophie Koussan.

According to the Deaf Society of NSW, the Auburn resident is poised to become the first accredited Muslim Auslan interpreter in NSW - thanks to her late best friend, who inspired her.

"My best friend was deaf, so she taught me sign language," Ms Koussan, 21, said.

"She passed away four years ago and, after that, (I realised) I had a passion for Auslan and I haven't stopped ever since."

Ms Koussan completed her diploma in Auslan via the Deaf Society last year, and is now taking an Auslan interpretation course at Petersham TAFE in order to become accredited.

After starting her studies in 2010 and doing many hours of Auslan-related volunteer work, she said she hoped to graduate within a couple of months.


Ms Koussan said she was proud that she would be the first Muslim Auslan interpreter in NSW, and hoped it would inspire future Muslim interpreters.

Ms Koussan, who has a Lebanese background, said there was a cultural taboo regarding the deaf and she hoped her achievements would break that down.

"This will actually open up doors for them, give them more access to things, make them feel more comfortable and expand their knowledge, because a lot of them don't know what's out there for the deaf community," she said.

Sophie Koussan said since studying Auslan, her social circle was now mostly made up of deaf friends:

"Coincidentally, they are all Muslim as well. They told me about how much they struggled growing up being deaf and Muslim and how they're not exposed to anything," she said.

Source: The Telegraph

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Among these contestants in the reality TV show is a saboteur - the Mole. It's their job to create confusion, throw others off-track and use whatever means they can to stop the group winning money.


And the Mole's brief is to remain undetected.
Contestants have to hold their nerve, back their judgment and find out everything they can about each other in an attempt to uncover who among them is the Mole.

Distrustful, manipulative, deceitful and selfish are all personality traits indelibly linked to playing a successful role in The Mole. While many of us may at first struggle with living out these traits, Hillal has fretted more than most. As a devout Muslim aspiring to strictly follow his religion, the thought of embracing the conniving nature of the contestants was at first a moral dilemma.

My game plan is to be the best of both worlds - to be a mediator and a friend of everyone, he says. But when night-time comes, I need to use those friendships to benefit myself.


Source: Yahoo!

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The National Centre of Excellence for Islamic Studies, Griffith University International Institute of Advanced Islamic Studies (IAIS) Malaysia and The Multi Faith Centre Presents: A New Islamic Rating Index of Well-­being for Muslim Countries by Dr Daud Abdul-­Fattah Batchelor


Dr Batchelor is Associate Fellow at the International Institute for Advanced Islamic Studies Malaysia.


He has a broad experience with leading multinational corporations and institutions in industry, academia and international consulting covering the fields of Environmental Management, Islamic Political Science and Earth Sciences.


Daud has taught at Sultan Qaboos University, Oman and Universiti Sains Malaysia. Daud has a Master of Arts from the International Institute for Islamic Thought and Civilisation Malaysia and a Diploma of Islamic Studies.


In 1985 he was presented with the prestigious Longmans Award for his PhD research at Universiti Malaya.


He has an MSc with Distinction from the Imperial College of Science and Technology, London and a Master of Engineering Science from Griffith University.


Since 1978 he has been active in Muslim community organizations and is co-­founder of the Islamic College of Brisbane. He is currently writing a book on the Islamic political system and lessons to be learned from Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iran.


To register, email your interest to mfc@griffith.edu.au or call (07) 3735 7052


For more details, click here.

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Dr Mustafa Ally, president of Crescents of Brisbane, Mr Mohammed Yusuf, president of the Islamic Coucil of Queensland, and Ms Nora Amath, president of AMARAH, met with the Attorney-General of Australia, Mark Drefus QC MP, to discuss the joint democracy awareness workshops conducted by the three organizations as well as the Building Community Resilience funding opportunities available through his office.

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The newly elected Muslim Business Network (MBN) directors

From left to right, Mr Atif Shafi (Vice President), Mr Farouk Adam (President), Mr Salim Rane, Dr Midhat Abdel-Magied, Mr Mohamed Shaheed (Treasurer), Mr Hazem Hamouda, and Mr Faris Fazalbhoy (Secretary).

(Missing from the photo, Mr Abdulla Osman and Mr Yousuf Ali-Khan)

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Clive Palmer has been called on to sack his Federal candidate for Hinkler following the publication of discriminatory comments in a Hervey Bay newspaper.

Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and Multicultural Affairs Glen Elmes said the comments from former State Member Rob Messenger were worse than anything even the most extreme manifestation of One Nation could come up with.

“Mr Palmer must immediately get rid of this man who’s a disgrace and an embarrassment to all people who aspire to political office,” Mr Elmes said.

“If he doesn’t dis-endorse him immediately, the only possible implication is that the views expressed by Mr Messenger are consistent with Palmer United Party policy.

“The letter refers to the recent incident in London where two Muslim extremists allegedly murdered a soldier, but in writing this letter the former member shows himself to be no better than those two men.”



Rob Messenger


The full text of the Rob Messenger's letter published in the Hervey Bay City Independent – 30 May 2013.

There will come a time when Islamic terrorists will not only be armed with meat cleavers, knives, home-made bombs and guns.

In the not to (sic) distant future, terrorists (who now live among us, sustained by our welfare payments) could be armed with modern weapons - capable of killing many innocents, with the flick of a switch.

One of the greatest risks our children face is that meat cleavers, knives, home-made bombs and guns will be replaced with sophisticated modern weapons of mass destruction - poisonous chemicals, nuclear bombs and deadly viruses.

Just as the Islamic terrorists show no hesitation, shame or remorse butchering individuals and small groups in cold blood - so too will they have no hesitation, shame or remorse, destroying our cities or suburbs with the press of a button.


The terrorists cleverly hide amongst, us. They exploit our western, Christian democratic freedoms; compassion, generosity and love of a fair go for all – to escape public condemnation.

How do we stop these people and protect future generations? We remember the lessons of WW2, which showed that a policy of appeasement in the face of this kind of extremist evil, will always fail.

These terrorists will never stop. Dialogue and peaceful reason has no effect on them.

They kill and terrorize because we will not bow to their god and live a life ruled by their extreme religious leaders' demands and beliefs.

The terrorists cleverly hide amongst, us. They exploit our western, Christian democratic freedoms; compassion, generosity and love of a fair go for all – to escape public condemnation.

We are now too scared of being reported to our anti-discrimination councils or branded a racist for speaking out against the terrorists' religious and world-views.

There was a time in the 1930's in Germany when the Nazi's were hounded from villages in a shower of rocks and curses. There was a time when the German people could have emphatically said "No" to the Nazi's special message of hate and crazy.

We are living in similar times and face a similar evil. And the world will suffer a similar fate as the generation of 1930's & 40's, if we do not loudly condemn the leaders and followers of the extremist Islamic religious ideology driving this current world madness.

Rob Messenger

Palmer United Party

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In April 2013, 12 young adults departed Sydney, bound for Launceston Tasmania.

6 Men, 6 Women, from 6 different religions, brought together to discover the meaning
of interfaith and inter-community harmony. As they hiked through the Tasmanian wilderness they soon discovered a common humanity that transcends religious difference.

With each step up the mountain, interfaith harmony ceased to be a concept, and became a reality for these new friends. What began as a quest to experience interfaith harmony became something much more for these young people. It became a call to action, a sign of hope, and the start of something much bigger.

This is just the beginning.

Their journey, and our story, continues soon…



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Last week the Griffith Islamic Research Unit unveiled its latest cutting edge research project.


PhD Candidate Riyad Rahimullah (pictured right) gave a presentation to various community groups on his project entitled “The Debate on Violent Extremism: Voices of Young Australian Muslims”.


He emphasised that this research is being conducted by members of the Muslim community and for the benefit of the Muslim community.


Violent extremism will be studied from purely an Islamic perspective. The research is being independently facilitated through Griffith University with no government or police involvement.

The research will involve asking a large number of Muslim adolescents and youth to complete surveys or take part in interviews. Participants’ identities will be kept anonymous.

It is envisaged that insights will be gained into vital issues that might be related to violent extremism such as integration, racism, and personal identity. The research is also designed to give young Muslims a platform to speak about these issues and to give voice to their concerns.

The research team comprises Associate Professor Mohamed Abdalla, Dr Stephen Larmar, and PhD candidate Riyad Rahimullah.

Stay tuned in future CCN editions for an opportunity to take part in an online version of this important survey.

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Dr Yunus Solwa (pictured right), through his Brisbane Diagnostics Centre, has sponsored Mr David Forde's participation







Mr David Forde will take on the 59th Magnetic Island to Townsville 8km open water swim against the clock on Sunday 28 July to raise funds for the the Lions Medical Research Foundation.


Details on how you can help support David's cause can be found here.





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"Next time someone tells you that immigrants are destroying our country, show them this. This nice British lady is kind enough to do the math on what's wrong with our thinking on immigration so you don't have to. She curses a little, but only because she's quoting a faulty argument."


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Abdirahman Mohamud, a father of nine, runs a convenience store in Moorooka, but has also joined Australian peacekeepers in Somalia as a translator during Operation Solace. Photo: Michelle Smith


Wearing a pinstriped suit, Abdirahman ‘‘Abdi’’ Mohamud sits in a worn office chair talking frenetically on his mobile phone.

About 12 minutes south of Brisbane’s CBD, Mr Mohamud’s convenience store is nestled on a sliver of Beaudesert Road, Moorooka, unofficially christened ‘‘Africa town’’.

The kilometre of road here is a testament to the virtues of second chances.

" I never find difficult being in Australia," Abdirahman Mohamud says. Photo: Michelle Smith

Surrounded by an eclectic mix of soaps, hair products, rugs, pressure cookers and clothes, Mr Mohumud welcomes visitors to his store with a broad grin, ushering them inside with the wave of a hand.

‘‘Come, come,’’ he says.

When he realises this reporter is at his door he taps the leather seat beside him, while still talking in his mother tongue.

As his phone conversation ends, Mr Mohumud slips off his brown sandals and crosses one leg over the other.

The father of nine was born in the city of Baidoa, south-central Somalia.

His beaming smile gives no clue to the horrors he witnessed in his home country - the horrors of seeing children starving in the streets, fearing at the same time he would not be able to feed his own sons and daughters.

‘‘It was the ‘city of death’,’’ he says.

‘‘The bones of the people were lying everywhere. There was the whole village, around 2000 to 3000 people, perished. It was heartbroken. Nobody can imagine.

‘‘It was genocide. It is beyond to comprehend what it was like.’’

Before arriving in Australia, he was held captive by the Somali warlord Mohamed Farrah Aidid, who was to gain world notoriety as the antagonist in the film Black Hawk Down.

‘‘I had started university when the civil war began and worked with the international community, including the Australian Defence Force, because I spoke English,’’ Mr Mohumud, 46, says.

He joined 1000 Australian peacekeeping soliders as an interpreter. This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Australians’ deployment to Somalia under Operation Solace.

‘‘After the United Nations left the warlord kidnapped me, but I was able to flee to Kenya,’’ Mr Mohumud says.

After a year in a refugee camp, Mr Mohumud and his wife, Odpi, and their six children boarded a plane to Australia, courtesy of the Australian High Commission.

The young family arrived in Brisbane on December 4, 1998.

‘‘It was like my birth date,’’ Mr Mohumud says.

‘‘Australia is the lucky country. The good thing about Australia is they have a culture that is open-minded to everyone, and they are good to hosting people.’’

Mr Mohumud started driving a taxi the following year.

Within six years, he had saved enough money to open his own business, and had another three children. He’s now a grandfather.

‘‘I never find difficult being in Australia,’’ he says.

" I never find difficult being in Australia," Abdirahman Mohamud says. Photo: Michelle Smith

His grin broadens when he speaks of daughters, Masra, 27, Amale, 23, Hani, 21, Kowther, 20, Adni, 12 and Arafo, 9, and his sons Abdima, 17, and Abdi, 16.

They are completing degrees in medical engineering, business, psychology and international relations.

However, other Somalian refugees have struggled to settle in their new home.

Mr Mohumud explains grievances between tribes and communities have traversed oceans.

He established the Somali Development Organisation to unite his community, while helping those in his home country.

‘‘I decide to link them. I tell them the only thing to success in this country is unity,’’ he says.

He now acts as a translator for Somali refugees, helping them seek medical treatment, legal aid and financial assistance.

He also teaches them the ways of the land.

‘‘I put a lot of effort to explain to them Australia is a country for everyone, same rights for everyone,’’ he says.

While working with the troops, Mr Mohumud became familiar with the Australian sense of humour. He tries to explain this too to the new arrivals.

And in the afternoons the small business owner is also a tutor, helping local children with their school homework.

He believes in paying it forward, ‘‘because I witness the pain of the poor’’.

He sponsors families still living in Kenya’s Dadaab refugee camp.

‘‘We send a lot of money,’’ he says.

‘‘Then those families support more families.’’

For his service to his community, Mr Mohumud has been awarded a Medal in the Order of Australia.

‘‘From July, I will include my name O.A.M,’’ he says with a chuckle.

‘‘I am so proud.’’


Source: BrisbaneTimes

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A short film (composed of a series of scenes) produced by the Muslim Youth Project (Sydney) for the "Muslim youth: Identity Dilemma?" event held in Sydney, Australia, on June 8, 2013.



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The iconic stand-up and star of the beloved sitcom The Cosby Show routinely weighs in on cultural matters.


This past weekend, Cosby penned an op-ed for The New York Post in which he detailed some of the flaws in modern society. He also suggested we should take a page out of the Koran if we want to have healthier families, less crime and more productive people.


I’m a Christian. But Muslims are misunderstood. Intentionally misunderstood. We should all be more like them. They make sense, especially with their children. There is no other group like the Black Muslims, who put so much effort into teaching children the right things, they don’t smoke, they don’t drink or overindulge in alcohol, they protect their women, they command respect. And what do these other people do?


They complain about them, they criticize them. We’d be a better world if we emulated them. We don’t have to become black Muslims, but we can embrace the things that work.


Read the full article here.

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The friendliest people on the planet

IRAN: The guy slows down his motorbike, pulling up alongside us as we walk the cracked pavement by the side of the road. Anywhere else this could be trouble, but not here. The guy lifts his hand in greeting, flashes us a grin, then yells to be heard over the burble of his engine: "You are welcome in Iran!"

Then he tears off along the street, still waving with one hand. My friend Michelle and I look at each other, shrug our shoulders and smile. Another one.

The true strangeness of this situation is that it's not strange at all. Something similar to this scene has been playing out constantly for the past week that we've been in Iran.

It happened just 10 minutes ago. A kid who can't have been more than 18 nearly ploughed his motorbike into a fruit shop, such was his determination to wave to us and call out hello while negotiating a pavement full of pedestrians on a fairly big machine.

It happened before, too, on the busy streets of Tehran, of Esfahan, of Yazd and of Shiraz. You can see the well-wishers coming from the corner of your eye. You're wandering down the street, minding your own business, and an Iranian will swoop, like some kind of extremely polite eagle.

"Excuse me," they'll say, "can I ask you are from which country?"

"Australia," we'll reply - me to the men, who invariably address the male in the couple, and Michelle to the Iranian women, who'll always break the ice with her.

"Oh," they'll smile, "welcome to Iran. I hope you enjoy my country."

Some will then hang around for a chat, to ask a few more questions or point out a sight of interest, while others will just walk away, content that they've done what they came to do: welcome you.

You think Iran's going to be scary, a place of raging ayatollahs and poorly Photoshopped fighter planes, but you couldn't be further from reality. This is a country of hospitality, of people who want nothing more than for outsiders to see their nation as it really is.

It can be easy to assume a country's citizens are just like its politicians. It was simple, years ago, to think of all Americans as gun-crazy cowboys. It was easy to think of the French as a mob of suave womanisers. And I'm sure it was easy for people from other countries, for a certain period, to think of Australians as xenophobes.

But that's not the case. Americans aren't George W. Bush. The French aren't Nicolas Sarkozy. And Iranians aren't Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, their nuclear-obsessed President.

In fact, you could make a case for Persians being the friendliest people on the planet. For a nation that is supposedly part of the axis of evil, we could learn a lot from Iranians about the power of goodwill.

Soon, Michelle and I are on a bus in southern Iran, travelling from the desert town of Yazd to the cultural hub of Shiraz.

Barren landscape is flashing past outside; the driver is smoking a cigarette, tendrils of smoke being whipped out of his open window; bad Arabian pop is blaring from the stereo.

We're chatting about our future travel plans when a hand reaches from between the seats in front of us, proffering half an orange. Then a cloaked face appears behind the hand. "Please," a lady says, pushing the orange closer to us, "for you."

We accept, and share the orange. Ten minutes later the same hand reappears, followed by the same cloaked face. This time the lady is holding an apple. "Please," she repeats, smiling, "for you." Again, we accept.

It's not just food we're offered in Iran, but help. Constantly. "Do you know where you are going?" people on the street will ask. We do, usually, but they'll point us in the right direction anyway.

A few days later we're in Esfahan, home to Iran's most spectacular edifices. We've just entered Masjed-e Emam, a huge mosque clad in blue tiles down one end of the city's imposing main square. Just like on the street, we clock the approach from the corners of our eyes, two girls in black niqabs sidling our way.


"Excuse me," one of them says, addressing Michelle, "where do you come from?"

"Australia," Michelle replies.

"Oh. Can we tell you about this mosque?"

And so begins a half-hour tour guided by two girls who, it turns out, are studying to become air hostesses.


They take us to the mosque schools, they show us the hidden sundial, they point out the shape of a huge heart woven through the intricate design of the mosque's tiled dome.

And then they leave, smiling, wishing us well in Iran. "You are welcome in our country," they say. And it's true.


Source: Sydney Morning Herald

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World-class Madinah pilgrim city to house 200,000 faithful


MEDINA: A state-of-the-art pilgrim city will be established in Madinah on an area of 1.6 million square meters along Hijrah Road with modern facilities and public transport systems to house 200,000 faithful who come for Haj and Umrah.

“Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah has instructed the Finance Ministry to implement the project,” said Madinah Gov. Prince Faisal bin Salman, adding that it would boost pilgrim services in the city.

State-owned Public Investment Fund will finance the project, which is located close to the Prophet’s Mosque, he said. It includes a railway and bus station, offices of government agencies and a 400-bed hospital.

A number of hotels and furnished apartments will be constructed as part of the world-class city to accommodate 200,000 pilgrims, said Prince Faisal while thanking King Abdullah for approving the vital project.

Saudis and expatriates have applauded the project, saying it opens a new era in pilgrim services. “This is a brilliant project,” said Mohammed Badahdah, assistant secretary-general of the World Assembly of Muslim Youth. He urged authorities to make special arrangements at the new city for Islamic education of pilgrims.

Speaking to Arab News, he said: “Such a city was required as the buildings surrounding the Prophet’s Mosque will not be able to house the growing number of pilgrims.” He said he hoped there would be a transport system to commute pilgrims between the city and the holy mosque.

Badahdah said rooms in the city should be made available at affordable prices. He said five-star hotels in Makkah and Madinah should not charge pilgrims high prices as they do not provide them with same services of their counterparts in other places.

Abdulelah Saaty, dean of the College of Business in Rabigh, said the project reflected the government’s desire to improve services being rendered to the guests of God. “It goes well with the ongoing expansion projects for the two holy mosques,” he told Arab News. “Madinah needs such a project due to increasing number of pilgrims,” he said while stressing the need to carry out the project based on international standards.

Source: Arab News

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

CCN Reader's Choice

The Hand of Fatima


Colin Weekes



Freelance helicopter pilot, loner, and 'handy guy to have around' Jack Wolfe is a man with a checkered past and an uncertain future.


When he takes a telephone call from his wealthy older brother George, asking for help in finding his headstrong daughter, Jack's not sure whether he wants to get involved.


"You have got to help me, Jack!" George begs in desperation. "I could lose her forever."

So Jack Wolfe reluctantly embarks on a mission to find his niece.


His journey takes him through Morocco and across the High Atlas Mountains with the help of a mysterious Berber girl, Danielle Charni. As they track Suzanne, Jack and Danielle find themselves involved in a military border dispute and the subsequent chase of the arms dealer, Achmet Mansoor, into the desert wilderness. With danger on every side, will they ever get Suzanne back... and can Danielle heal the wound that is buried deep inside Jack's heart...?


A tense, high-octane thriller that keeps the reader guessing until the very last page.



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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

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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.

The CCN Readers' Book Club


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KB says: This recipe is in preparation for the upcoming month of Ramadaan. This can also be made ahead of time and frozen. All you need to do is take it out 2 hours before iftaar and insert in an oven bag (so it does not dry out) and place in a pre-heated oven 180 degrees for 5 mins.

 Quick Mini Pizza Quiches




1 cup chicken fillet cooked in
1 Tab of oil/ghee
1 tsp green chillies
½ tsp salt
¼ tsp crushed jeeru/cumin
1tsp ginger garlic

Remove from the stove and add

1 cup grated cheese
¼ cup green pepper finely chopped
1 tomato finely chopped
2 eggs – lightly beaten
5 Tab Flour
½ tsp Baking Powder
2 Tab Mayonnaise
1 cup corn kernels/mixed vegetables




Pour mixture into a greased casserole dish or in greased patty pans, sprinkle with organum or chilli flakes and bake at 180 degrees until light brown.


Serve warm 


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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Is there a diet to treat arthritis?

There is no scientific evidence that supports cutting out specific foods to improve arthritis.

It is best to choose a healthy diet that includes a wide variety of foods and is consistent with the Dietary Guidelines for Australians.

Cutting out specific foods in an effort to improve arthritis can mean missing out on important nutrients.

Being overweight places extra stress on the joints. Many people find losing weight reduces the pain and inflammation of arthritis.

An Accredited Practising Dietician can provide professional advice and guidance if changes to your diet are needed


Need an answer to a question on nutrition?

Send your question to Fathima Abdoola at  fathima.abdoola@uqconnect.edu.au

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


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Q: Dear Kareema, any chance of sharing some tips or secrets to staying in shape after hitting 50?

A: No secrets. Just love yourself enough to spend a little more time taking care of YOU. The answer for many of the ladies I train is lifting weights. If you are not already doing some type of weight training, start now and start light. You’ll gradually get stronger and master your technique, then go for heavier weights.

This will not only kick-start your metabolism, it will build and tone muscle which means you’ll burn fat faster and stay in shape.

Remember that diet plays a big part as well. Eat lean and train mean is my motto..

The extra strength will also allow you to work harder during your cardio sessions and interval training which will rev up your metabolism even further.

My other big tip is to move more by taking stairs, walking short distances instead of driving and doing some stretching in front of the TV.

Give yourself at lease 6 – 8 weeks and watch the weight drop off and stay off (providing you stay committed to yourself). Women in their 50’s have to work harder than those in their 30’s to achieve the same results. BUT IT CAN BE DONE!








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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During a lecture after Magrib salaat (evening prayer) Imam Mula Nasruddin suddenly announced: “If you know your wife is controlling you, please move to the left.”

All the men in the Mosque moved to the left except Jallaluddin.

Mula Nasruddin was very amused and asked: “How is it that your wife can't control you?”

Jallaluddin quietly and very nervously replied,“Imam, it's my wife who told me not to move!"


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...Whatever of good you give benefits your own souls, and you shall only do so seeking the "Face" of Allah. Whatever good you give, shall be rendered back to you, and you shall not be dealt with unjustly. 
Surah Al-Baqarah 2:272


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Kindness is the language
which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.

~ Mark Twain


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Toowoomba Proposed Mosque Tour & Lunch 22 June Pre Ramadan Expo 22 & 23 June ISRA Two courses 22/23 June
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Islamic Programmes, Education & Services

Dr Daud's Lecture 26 June Holiday Madressa 24 June to 3 July
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22 June


The Pillars of Mercy: The Fiqh of Zakat & Ramadan

Al Kauthar Institute of Brisbane

Griffith University Nathan Campus



22/23 June


Pre-Ramadan Shopping Expo

Islamic Books & Clothing, Melbourne

Islamic College of Brisbane, Karawatha

0415 800 967

10am to 5pm

22/23 June


Islamic Courses


Wisdom College, Calamvale

3711 9821


24 June



Lailatul Bhahraat

6 July


Community Fun Day


Svoboda Park, KURABY

0410 083 975

11am to 4pm

11 July


Start of Ramadhan

5 August



Lailatul Qadr

8 August



End of Ramadhan

9 August




17 August


Eidfest 2013

The Rocklea Showgrounds, Cnr. Goburra St. and Ipswich Rd. ROCKLEA

0418 722 353

All day

24 August


ISD Eidnite 2013

Islamic Society of Darra (ISD)

Darra Mosque



28 September


ICQ Annual Dinner & Awards Night

Islamic Council of QLD

Islamic College of Brisbane

0450 908 786


6 October


International Food Festival hosted by Kuraby Mosque

Kuraby Mosque

Wally Tate Park

0422 191 675

10am to 9pm

16 October




 TBA 2013


Aashooraa Day

26 January 2014


International Food Festival 2014

Islamic Society of Gold Coast

Gold Coast Mosque, 144 Allied Drive, Arundel

0416 212 541

8am to 8pm


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


Venue: Algester Mosque, 48 Learoyd Rd, Algester
When: Every Tuesday after Isha

Teacher: Imam Aslam Al Qadri
For any further information please contact me on 0433552409 or ladies can contact Shakira Ayoob on 0449800205.

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.


Kuraby Mosque Tafseer & Taalim


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


Queensland Police Service/Muslim Community Consultative Group


VENUE: Mt Gravatt Police Station, 2132 Logan Road, Upper Mt Gravatt

Thursday 22 August
Wednesday 20 November

Commencing at 6.00pm (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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Providing information about Islam - its beliefs, culture, practices, dispelling misconceptions

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Islamic Shia Council of Queensland

Muslim Reverts Network

Supporting new Muslims

Muslim Funeral Services (MFS)

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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

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