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Sunday, 27 August 2006

Newsletter 0094

Allah Made Me Funny

The Official Muslim Comedy Tour

لسلام عليكم

You're All Invited to the Bloodiest Party of Them All!



The Crescents Blood Drive will take place at the Kuraby Community Hall this Saturday. Three Donormobiles will be stationed alongside the Hall. Those who have pre-registered will be notified of their scheduled time by email or SMS.




If you have not registered and would like to do so then please fill the form here.


Whether you decide to donate blood or not, Crescents of Brisbane looks forward to you and your family joining the Team at anytime during the day between 10am and 5pm for the sausage sizzle and drinks, and the premier screening of CresWalk2006.


State Election Update


Do you know if you are on the Electoral Roll?

Do you know your state electoral district, your local government area, your ward for Brisbane and your federal division?

Click here to find out.


Another useful election guide includes the names of candidates standing in each electorate.


Flawless Lift-off at MBN Launch


Shummis reigning in proceedings

as Master of Ceremonies


Deputy Premier of Queensland, Anna Bligh, formally launched the Muslim Business Network (MBN) on Thursday night at a function in Parliament House that exuded elegance as much as it did sophistication.



While there was an obvious dearth of politicians along the corridors of Parliament House as a consequence of some earnest hustings taking place around the State, there was no shortage of the key protagonists in the grand Dining Halls where large portraits of the Queen and the past Premiers of Queensland overlooked the proceedings. (What old Jo would have made of this colourful crowd, gathered together within these hallowed Halls of Power, could make for interesting conjecture).   



Assuming the mantle of the Premier as well as that of her own, Ms Anna Bligh addressed the 200-strong guests and members acknowledging the important networking role that MBN was playing, while Minister of Police, Judy Spence, gushed eloquently over her personal association with MBN from its early, fledgling days.



In his keynote address, past Mayor of the City of Hume in Victoria, Burhan Yigit,  encouraged the Muslims of Australia to reach out to beyond the confines of their communities and  participate with equal fervour with the wider Australian Society. He went on to quote Theordore Roosevelt:


"It is not the critic who counts: not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes up short again and again, because there is no effort without error or shortcoming, but who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, who spends himself for a worthy cause; who, at the best, knows, in the end, the triumph of high achievement, and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who knew neither victory nor defeat."


"...the man who really counts in the world is the doer, not the mere critic-the man who actually does the work, even if roughly and imperfectly, not the man who only talks or writes about how it ought to be done."


"Criticism is necessary and useful; it is often indispensable; but it can never take the place of action, or be even a poor substitute for it. The function of the mere critic is of very subordinate usefulness. It is the doer of deeds who actually counts in the battle for life, and not the man who looks on and says how the fight ought to be fought, without himself sharing the stress and the danger."




Former Federal MP, Con Sciacca, acknowledged the support from members of the Muslim community during his Federal election campaign a few years back. He subsequently lost the elections, but hastened to add that his political demise should in no way be ascribed to this association.    



President of MBN, Hanief Khatree, described the important contribution of Muslims to the economy of the State, and to emphasize this very point eleven  Muslim movers and shakers representing various shades of entrepreneurial endeavours were profiled.

These included:


Kotku Breads

Nazima Hansa of Re/MAX

Faisal Hatia of HP Property Corporation

Galila Abdelsalem of IWAQ

Cranstoun & Hussein

Sait Kartel of Ispa Kebabs

ABD Poultry

Sabdia Professionals

The Deen Brothers

Hussin Goss






Our Man-on-the-Mussalaah could not help observing that the large number of women present who dominated centre stage on the night would surely have put paid, once and for all, to the myth that patriarchalism was an inherent trait of Islamic culture.



Following on from a number of impressive events organized in recent months, the MBN launch was yet another demonstration that the Muslim Community has certainly come of age and prepared to take a proactive role in engaging with other communities to help counter the stereotypical views currently in vogue.

Deputy Premier, Ms Anna Bligh, gives MBN a leg up

at the launch

The Hon. Member for Mount Gravatt, Ms Judy Spence, offering up words of support and congratulations

Networking in the Premiers' and Speakers' Halls

Crescents of Brisbane Team members

swap their polo team shirts for ties for the occasion

Faisal Hatia, Iqbal Sultan, Mustafa Ally, Ayoob Ismail and Kemal Omar

Premier Beattie steering elections from afar

Shaheda Khatree and Annette Rane

The Alternate Spice Girls?

Galila Abdelsalam, Farzanah Ally, Nazima Hansa, Julie Hatia and Fozia Peer

Anna and the President of MBN

Islamic Awareness Week ends with a Fiesta


A variety of artwork, pottery, calligraphy, jewellery and paintings from the Islamic world were on display last Friday night at the QUT as part of the closing celebrations of Islamic Awareness Week.   

The documentary of the life of Prophet Muhammad (SWT), Muhammad Legacy of the Prophet, made for compelling viewing.  


CCN congratulates the individuals and organizations who put the many events together, and in particular, the sterling work of Umar Batchelor, Muhammed Jangda, Idris Jangda, Ishqi Shuaib, Shabnaaz Sheikh, Mehnaaz Sheikh, Al Assad FuwaadIsmail Essof, Nadeem Malik, Umar Flynn, Yusra Adams and the various organizations including MYUNITY, FAMSY, QMT, Mohamad Abdallah and GIRU and the Islamic Societies of the Mosques that took part.

The Algester Alert


Every alternate Wednesday evening, religious classes are being held at the Islamic Society of Algester. These classes have been positioned so as not to clash with other women’s classes being held at the Kuraby Mosque.


The next class will be held on Wednesday, 30 August 2006 at 8:00pm.


Classes will be conducted by Maulana Mohammed Aslam and Maulana Mohammed Nawaaz on a rotational basis.


For more information call Ml. Nawaaz on 07 32197415.


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House Full for Benefit Concert




The demand for tickets for the emergency benefit concert and dinner organized by the Al-Nisa Youth group and Fair Go For Palestine and held last night (Saturday) to raise funds for the victims of the recent crisis in Lebanon and Palestine was far in excess of the supply, so much so that there were many left disappointed  at not being able to attend.




The fortunate 250 who did succeed in securing a seat in the St Andrews Church Hall were treated to the songs of Phil Monsour and Sheikh Ahmad Abu Ghazaleh and a Lebanese-styled meal and sweets.



Hussin Goss, who has raised over $2million from auctions for various causes over the past decade and a half, was at hand to do the honours again.


Agony Aunt: African Style


The following are unpublished letters to “Aunty Rhoda” who is a psychologist who answers questions in her column for Parade Magazine in Zimbabwe.


Dear Auntie Rhoda ,
I suspected that my husband had been fooling around, and when I confronted him with the evidence he denied everything and said it would never happen again.

Dear Auntie Rhoda ,
I was married to Murwere for three months, and I didn't know he drank until one night he came home sober.

Dear Auntie Rhoda ,
I have a man I never could trust. He cheats so much I'm not even sure this baby I'm carrying is his

Dear Auntie Rhoda ,
A couple of women moved in across the hall from me. One is a middle-aged gym teacher, and the other is a social worker in her mid-twenties.

These two women go everywhere together, and I've never seen a man go into their apartment or come out. Do you think they could be Lebanese?

Dear Auntie Rhoda ,
What can I do about all the sex, nudity, language and violence on my VCR?

Dear Auntie Rhoda ,
I am a twenty-three-year-old liberated woman who has been on the pill for two years. It's getting expensive, and I think my boyfriend should share half the cost, but I don't know him well enough to discuss money with him.

Dear Auntie Rhoda ,
Our son writes that he is taking Judo. Why would a boy who was raised in a good Christian home turn against his own?

Dear Auntie Rhoda ,
I joined the Navy to see the world. I've seen it. Now, how do I get out?

Dear Auntie Rhoda ,
My forty-year-old son has been paying a psychiatrist a visit an hour every week for two-and-a-half years. He must be crazy.

Dear Auntie Rhoda ,
Do you think it would be all right if I gave my doctor a little gift? I tried for years to get pregnant and couldn't, and he did it.

Dear Auntie Rhoda ,
My mother is mean and short-tempered. I think she is going through her mental pause.

Dear Auntie Rhoda ,
You told some woman whose husband had lost all interest in sex to send him to a doctor. Well, my husband lost all interest in sex years ago and he is a doctor.


Get Well Soon





CCN wishes Nish Sarfuddin, Yusuf Chothia and Zain Goder a quick and speedy recovery, inshaAllah.


The CCN Date Claimer


Date Day Event Organizer Venue Contact Time
27 August Sunday Multicultural Festuri Forum 2006 Festuri Forum Coordinator University of the Sunshine Coast, Lecture Theatre 6 email 11am to 4pm
30 August Wednesday Public Lecture: The Quest for Peace in the Middle East:
a Syrian Perspective - Mr Tammam Sulaiman: Syrian Ambassador to Australia 
ACPACS Room S304, Social Sciences Building no. 24, UQ 33651763 12pm -2pm
2 September Saturday Crescents Blood Drive '06 Crescents of Brisbane Kuraby Community Hall 0402026786 from 10am
5 September Tuesday Toowoomba Bus Trip Outing IWAQ Toowoomba 3299 2838  8am-4.30pm
9 September Saturday Queensland State Elections Queensland State Government At a Polling Booth Near You   8am-6pm
24 September (provisional) Sunday Ramadaan fast start        
15 October Sunday Queensland Multicultural Festival: Connecting Cultures Multicultural Affairs Queensland Roma Street Parkland 3872 0756 from 10am
23 October (provisional) Monday Ramadaan fast end        
24 October (provisional) Tuesday Eid-ul-Fitr        
4 November Saturday Eidfest  Eidfest Mt Gravatt Showgrounds 0402819197 from 9am
23 November Thursday Allah Made Me Funny: The Official Muslim Comedy Tour featuring Azar Uthman & Preacher Moss Crescents of Brisbane               with                        Arasta Productions The Main Auditorium, Brisbane City Hall 0402026786 7pm
15 December Friday Russell Peters Qld. Performing Arts Council Building S05, Lecture Room 2.04 136246 8pm
31 December (provisional) Sunday Eid-ul-Adha        


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