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Sunday, 3 December 2006

Newsletter 0108

لسلام عليكم

The Australian Muslim Achievement Awards: All the results



At a formal ceremony held last night (Saturday 2 December) at the Bosphourous Lounge Function Centre in Auburn (Sydney) several Mission of Hope awards were presented to individuals and organizations in a number of categories.


Congratulations to Nora on becoming the Australian Woman of the Year.

Good on yer, Nora! A well deserved accolade!



Woman of the year


Nora Amath Rane QLD


Man of the year

Waleed Aly VIC

 Youth of the year (Ages 16-26)

Sumeja Skaka SA


Sportsperson of the year

Nader Hamdan NSW

 Media Outlet of the year

IslamicSydney.com/MuslimVillage.net NSW

Role Model of the year

Mahboba Rawiah NSW

 Professional of the Year

Dr Mahmood Khan NSW

Business of the Year

Safa Dalati Abayas NSW

Humanitarian / Charity agency of the year


Muslim Aid Australia NSW

Best New community project / Initiative of the Year


Event of the year

Australia Halal Trade VIC

Lifetime Achiever Award


Hj. Adib Marabani


Faith drives Muslim footballer


THE AFL's first devout Muslim footballer will tell his Essendon teammates he prays five times a day, hates a beer and steers clear of nightclubs.


Bachar Houli joined the Dons yesterday as the No.42 pick in the AFL's National Draft. Believed to be Islam's first AFL representative, Houli said he aimed to be a role model for young Muslims and help bridge Australia's cultural divide.


Houli, 18, plans to observe religous fasts when it does not conflict with game day and to work at his parents' Werribee fish and chip shop as often as he can.


His parents migrated from Lebanon 30 years ago.


But the Tarneit teenager said public focus on his religion would not stop him achieving on the football field.


"I'm not only devoted to my religion, I want to succeed at the highest level in footy," Houli said.


Young talent ... "I'm not only devoted to my religion,

I want to succeed at the highest level in footy," said Bachar Houli.


He admitted he led a remarkably different lifestyle to that of most AFL footballers, but said his religion was an advantage.


"It is good for me, it gives me discipline as a person," he said.


"I pray fives times a day . . . I can't go out in the nightlife and have a drink and become uncontrollable."

The teenager plans to explain his beliefs to his teammates.


"I will make people aware that I can't drink alcohol or can't do (some of the) things they can do," he said.


"Surely I will have the respect that everyone deserves."


The talented midfielder was snapped up by Essendon as a result of strong performances at the National Draft camp last month.


Houli fasted during sunlight hours for two weeks before the camp for Islam's holy month of Ramadan.


He broke the fast, with the permission of Muslim leaders, only 24 hours before gruelling fitness tests.


"I spoke to them and they gave me the all clear," Houli said.


The teenager said he would continue to consult Muslim leaders over any conflicts between his faith and football.


The young left-footer began playing football at Spotswood Under 12s without telling his parents. He said his parents did not understand Australian football at the time.


He confessed he was playing the sport when he brought home a bagful of trophies and received his parents' blessing.


Houli said being drafted was a personal goal, but he hoped it would inspire other Australian Muslims to reach for their dreams.


"It is huge for me," he said. "It also opens up the way for other Muslims around the community to know they can make the highest level."


Source: http://www.news.com.au/story/0,23599,20823616-1243,00.html


The CCN Tipster: Making the most of your money


Looking for ways to keep petrol costs down?


Each week CCN will provide you with a tip sheet on how to save money courtesy of http://www.simplesavings.com.au.


This week we have some  Petrol Saving Tips for you.


Kuraby Madrasah Jalsa



State's most senior-friendly businesses rewarded


Wayne Wendt, Member for Ipswich West with

Exceptional Award Winners for 2006,

Plaza Shoe Repairs and Key Cutting

Eight Queensland businesses have been recognised for their outstanding customer service to seniors at the 2006 Seniors Card Business Excellence Awards.

The awards were presented at the Ipswich Civic centre.

The number of nominations received this year from Queensland’s Seniors again exceeded previous years totals as did the number of businesses that were nominated.


Plaza Shoe Repairs and Key Cutting from Logan Central won the major award of the evening, the Exceptional Business Award, Trains 4 U were the runners up in this category.


Al-Nisa Youth Forum Cancelled


Al-Nisa has received a very limited number of registrations to date, which makes running the forum, at this stage, an uneconomic and impractical exercise.

The feedback Al-Nisa has received about the lack of uptake is linked to timing.  The Summit date is around the time when school/university summer break starts which means a number of people will be overseas, at Hajj or starting work (high schools kids).

Another issues is reconciling the timing needs of the different groups of young people where some work on weekdays and others over weekends.

As such Al-Nisa has decided to adopt a new approach whereby they will go to young people at their places, for example, schools, universities, mosques etc. rather than wait for them to come to Al-Nisa. This approach will provide Al-Nisa with a degree of flexibility to address some of the timing issues.

AL-nisa' intends convening a series of focus groups from early February (after unis and schools start and people are back from overseas) to April 2007 (to allow for a regional reach).

There will be a high profile launch of the outcomes report in mid May 2007 as the vehicle for reaching services providers, politicians and leaders in the community who are the partners in this process.

It is hoped that this approach will help Al-Nisa not only gather information about young people's needs but also develop an understanding of how to approach and interact with them in the future.


Nora Amath-Rane

QLD Youth Summit Coordinator


Quiz to get you up to speed





How much do you know about Indigenous Australians.


Test your knowledge.


MBN Presentation Dinner

Meeting with the Multicultural Minister



Several leaders and members of local Muslim groups and organizations were invited to meet with the Minister for Multicultural Affairs, Lindy Nelson-Carr, at Parliament House during the week.



The CCN Centre Link


The Islamic Women's Association of Queensland is wishing to employ Domestic Assistance workers. This work is on a casual basis from Monday to Saturday.


The minimum requirement is a driver's license and a First Aid Certificate is recommended. It would also be useful if you have worked previoulsy with the frail and elderly people from various cultural backgrounds.


The hourly rate is in accordance with the Accommodation Award. To apply for the position or to find out more information call the IWAQ office on 3272 6355 or 3272 6422.



The Islamic Women’s Association of Queensland Inc. has moved premises.


Their new contact details are:

Location: 363 Gowan Road, Sunnybank Hills 

Office: (07) 3272 6355; (07) 3272 6422; (07) 3272 6522

Fax: (07) 3272 6155



Administration: iwaq@iinet.net.au

ManagerGalila Abdelsalam: iwaq-ga@iinet.net.au

HACC & Disability ManagerAnnette Yunus: iwaq-ay@iinet.net.au

Aged Care Coordinators: iwaq-cac@iinet.net.au

Community Settlement Officer: iwaq-cso@iinet.net.au

Postal address: PO BOX 1909, Sunnybank Hills, Qld, 4109.


Documenting Racism


Have you experienced racism recently?


The Confronting Racism in Communities Project is documenting the nature and extent of racism in Queensland.


The Racist Incident Reporting Form has been designed to be completed by people who have experienced racism.


The deadline date for reporting is 22 December.


The Inbox





Assalaam Mualaikum,

I would like to thank The Crescents of Brisbane for the free ticket to “Allah Made Me Funny” which I received at the Crescents Blood Drive.

I thought the show was hilarious and very close to home, my family and I thoroughly enjoyed it

Thanks once again and keep up the good work.

Yasmin Sabdia




Thanks to Crescents of Brisbane for the excellent night. I haven't laughed that much for a long time.

Muhsein Ally



The Editor


This is a notice to all CCN readers informing you of the death of my Grandfather Mohammed Salim Cajee from Roodepoort, South Africa on Thursday 30 November 2006. There are many in our community who knew him. May Almighty grant him Jannah. Jazaakalah.

Saleem Cajee



The Editor


This is to inform all CCN readers from FIJI, living here in Queensland, who may have known Master Azaad Khan, that he passed away on Thursday 23rd November, 2006.

We extend our condolences to the Azaad Khan's Family.

May Allah (SWT) grant the Marhoom janaat-ul-firdous, inshaAllah.

Was Salaam

Mohammed Ishak Khan

Master Azaad Khan was a teacher at the Nadi Muslim High School





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Only in RSA!?! 'Pregnant' man needed a week off


A YOUNG South African was fined by a local court for taking time off from work and trying to cover it with a fake gynaecologist's certificate attesting he was pregnant and needed a week off.

A magistrate's court in Vereeniging, near Johannesburg, fined 27-year-old Charles Sibindana 1000 rand ($180) for the brazen forgery, the SAPA news agency reported.

Sibindana stole a medical certificate from a health centre used by his pregnant girlfriend, but was apparently unaware that only women consulted gynaecologists.

Magistrate Bruno Van Eeden warned Sibindana “not to walk around faking sick letters from gynaecologists”.

Source: http://www.news.com.au/story/0,23599,20834183-13762,00.html


The CCN Chuckle


A man was selling his horse in the market.

Mula Nasruddin came to him and requested if he could get a test drive.

The man told Mula Nasruddin that this horse is unique.

In order to make it walk, you'll have to say Subhanallah.

To make it run, you'll have to say Alhamdulillah, and to make it stop, you'll have to say Allahu Akbar.

Mula Nasruddin sat on the horse and said Subhanallah. The horse started to walk.

Then he said Alhamdulillah, and it started to run.

He kept saying Alhamdulillah, and the horse started running faster, and faster.

All of a sudden Mula Nasruddin noticed that the horse was running towards the edge of the hill that he was riding on.

Being overly fearful, he forgot how to stop the horse.

He kept saying all these words out of confusion.

When the horse was just near the edge, he remembered, and said it loud ""ALLAHU AKBAR"".

The horse stopped just one step away from the edge.

The man took a deep breath, looked up towards the sky, and said "Alhamdulillah ... "

The CCN Date Claimer


Date Day Event Organizer Venue Contact Time
3 December Sunday Jalsa Kuraby Madrasah Springwood State High School Hall, 200 Springwood Rd, Springwood 0422191675 2pm
6 december Wednesday "Investing in the Stock Market" Muslim Business Netwrok Brisbane Abruzzo Club, 150 Fursden Rd, Carina 32199920 7pm
12 December Tuesday QLD Muslim Youth Summit CANCELLED. Al-Nisa & Australian Multicultural Foundation Parliament House, Undumbi room 0403009003 9am-5pm
15 December Friday Russell Peters Qld. Performing Arts Council Concert Hall 136246 7pm
31 December (provisional) Sunday Eid-ul-Adha        


Email theteam@crescentsofbrisbane.org to claim a date for your event.


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