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Sunday, 29 April 2007

Newsletter 0129

This week's CCN has been kindly sponsored by

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لسلام عليكم

The Marathon Runner


CresWalk2007's oldest entrant, Dawood Khatree (85) (left)

and CresWalk organizers, Kemal Omar and Iqbal Sultan

flank Battal and the Brisbane Marathon winner's trophy

Moroccan, Abelhay Battal (30), ran the Brisbane Marathon last week and won the race in a time of 2hrs and 36mins.


As a professional runner, Battal runs an average of 300km a week in training and is currently based in Cairns where he is in preparation for next year's Beijing Olympics.


His best time for a 42km marathon run has been 2hrs 13mins.


Crescents of Brisbane has invited Battal to this year's CresWalk2007 as its special guest of honour.


NOTE: Late entries for CresWalk2007 are still being accepted.

You can:


register (and pay) online, or

download an entry form and complete and fax to 32198741

IWAQ Calls Crisis Meeting


On Saturday the 21st April 2007 the Islamic Women’s Association of Qld Inc. held a Special General Meeting at the Slacks Creek Progress Hall. According to a communiqué released during the week eighty one financial members attended and a number of observers from Government Departments, Community Organisations, and legal representatives were present at the meeting.


The existing Management Committee was removed from office and a further Special General Meeting was called for Saturday, 19th May 2007 to appoint a new Management Committee.


The termination of Ms. Galila Abdelsalam as IWAQ Manager was also revoked at this meeting.


Helping Logan's youth - one day at a time


Amina Nabi with two members of the

Boystown group

Amina Nabi (60) has a background in social work and has put her life experiences and years of study to good use by becoming one of Logan's first mentor in Boystown's new Mentor One Program. The program is aimed at providing marginalized youths in Logan the opportunity to reach their full potential and become meaningful contributors to society.


"I am looking forward to working with young people and helping them realize thet you have to work hard to get somewhere in life," Amina said.


"You may not always achieve your dream but if you have faith in yourself you will find happiness."


Amina said as a single mother she faced a fair share of challenges on her own and wishes at times she had someone to talk to, to help her see the light.


"That's all these kids need, someone to show them that can can achieve great things and being there when they fall," she said.


Amina is passionate about helping to save the children as they are the next generation and she believes it is the previous generations; responsibility to lend a hand.


"If everyone spent just two hours a week with a child as part of the Mentoring program I am sure they would be amazed at the difference it would make in the life of that young person.


"And the personal feeling of helping someone out is what will keep me coining back each day," she said.


Amina is gearing herself up for the highs and lows that this volunteer position will inevitably lead to.


"I know it won't be easy but the fact is you have to take it at their pace and build up their confidence gradually," she said.


"If you try and force a connection you will loose ground."


The Mentor one training course will be held in April and organizers hope the program will commence shortly after.


If you would like to become a Mentor contact Boystown on 3808 8677.


Source: The Reporter April 25 2007


Brisbane student becomes Young Australian Muslim of the Year


Standing up for what you believe in comes naturally for John Paul College Vice-Captain, Yassmin Abdel-Magied, who was named Young Australian Muslim of the Year 2007 at an awards ceremony in Melbourne last Saturday night.


Yassmin was instrumental in introducing the hijab to the ecumenical school’s uniform, paving the way for other female Muslim students, and gaining recognition of her natural leadership abilities.


Honoured to receive the award, Yassmin says she never dreamed of being able to achieve recognition for her work.


“I just hope to be able to make an impact on every person I meet, and to inspire people,” she said.


“It is a really great honour to have that recognised,” she said.


The award acknowledges outstanding contributions to the Muslim Youth community and Australian community as a whole, and recognises years of altruistic work by the 16 year old.


John Paul College Headmaster, Stephen Paul, says Yassmin’s natural leadership qualities made her an outstanding role model within the school community.


As well as a school prefect and Vice-Captain, Yassmin established and heads the College’s active Amnesty International chapter, and represented the school in the Youth Parliament in 2006.


Externally, her list of causes is no less impressive, as a member of ALNISA, the Fair Go for Palestine movement, the Ethnic Community Council of Queensland advisory board, and the Democrats advisory roundtable, to name a few.


Earlier in the year, Yassmin was also named club and regional winner of the 2007 Lions Youth of the Year Quest.


A high academic achiever, she is also a member of the College’s athletics squad, debating team and girls’ First XI soccer squad.


Originally interested in pursuing a graphic design career, Yassmin is beginning to consider how she can best utilise her public speaking and community relations skills after leaving school.


Her ultimate aim is to become the Secretary General of the United Nations.


Queensland Democrat Senator Andrew Bartlett congratulated Yassmin on being named Australian Young Muslim of the Year 2007.

“Yassmin’s achievement demonstrates the positive contribution made to the community by Muslim youth,” Senator Bartlett said.

"The public portrayal of young Muslims is often quite unfair and negative, and it important for the many positive contributions of Muslim youth to be better recognised.

“Yassmin’s wide ranging community work and clear determination to make a difference bodes well for the future.

“Her work with the Democrats’ advisory roundtable has helped ensure views and issues of concern to Muslim youth are better recognised, and has helped encourage greater communication and understanding,” Senator Bartlett concluded.


"Little Mosque on the Prairie" to Receive MPAC's 16th Media Award


Los Angeles: The Muslim Public Affairs Council announced that it would present its 16th annual Media Award to Zarqa Nawaz, creator of the groundbreaking hit Canadian sitcom "Little Mosque on the Prairie".


Zarqa Nawaz, creator of "Little Mosque on the Prairie", will be honored for her groundbreaking sitcom which shatters stereotypes and presents a complex, real, and entertaining picture of North American Muslims. The show serves as a candle in the darkness of international events, even for Muslims in the United States who have followed the program online with much enthusiasm and anticipation.

"Little Mosque" sheds light on the not-so-serious side of the Muslim community which has been facing mistrust and discriminatory backlash since 9/11. It's the story of the Muslim population in the fictional town of Mercy, Saskatchewan. The show derives much of its humour from the interactions of the Muslims with the non-Muslim townspeople of Mercy and by the contrast of conservative Islamic views with more liberal interpretations.

In an effort to promote positive and accurate portrayals of Islam and Muslims, MPAC each year recognizes voices of courage and conscience who are the best in their field. Since 1991, MPAC has honored artists, actors, authors, and activists for their artistic contributions to tolerance and diversity. Past recipients include Warner Brothers for "Syriana", the Academy Award nominated film "Paradise Now" and director Hany Abu-Assad, South Asian rock band "Junoon" founder Salman Ahmad, Morgan Spurlock for the "30 Days" episode "Muslims and America", the Allah Made Me Funny Muslim Comedy Tour, Spike Lee, Karen Armstrong, Hakim Olajuwan, Yusuf Islam and the producers of VH1's "Behind the Music," Michael Moore, and Alec Baldwin.

"We are thrilled to be able to recognize these talented and inspirational voices for their humanizing portrait of Islam and Muslims," said MPAC Executive Director Salam Al-Marayati. "Amidst dismal and ominous daily reports featuring criminals who disfigure the image of Islam and Muslims, music and film hold the power to challenge stereotypes and win hearts and minds."


The Algester Alert


The Islamic Society Of Algester cordially invites you and your family to the annual UR'S SHAREEF of Hazrat Shaikh Abdul Qadir Jeelani (R.A.) to be held at the Algester Masjid today (Sunday 29 April) after Esha Salaat (Eisha 7.20pm)..


Accommodation for ladies will be provided as will refreshment after the programme.


For more details contact Maulana Nawaaz on 32197414.


Introducing Al-Nisa's Muslim Youth Officers


Two Muslim Youth and Community Development Officers have been appointed under the Muslim Youth Services project of the Al-Nisa' Youth Group Inc. with their primary task being to address the needs of the Muslim youth in the Greater Brisbane Region, to facilitate their engagement with the broader community and reduce their marginalisation and isolation.


Shaima Khan is a graduate with a Bachelor of Behaviour Sciences from Charles Darwin University. She recently worked as a Research Officer with the Central Queensland University on the Muslim Youth Identity and Self-Perception Project giving her good insight into issues faced by female Muslim youth.


Anas Abdalla completed a Bachelor of Commerce majoring in Information Systems and Strategic Management from Griffith University. Abdalla has had several years of experience in business development management within the Telecommunications Industry.  He has represented the Muslim youth of Brisbane on a number of occasions including national youth conferences, inter-faith dialogues, various forums and liaising with official and government bodies.


Both Shaima and Anas would like to meet with representatives of Muslim organizations.


Their contact details:


Shaima Khan: shaimak@myservices.net.au

Anas Abdalla: anasa@myservices.net.au


Proposed Mosque in NZ



Moulana Imtaiz (tel. 0064-210210763093) from New Zealand has been down in Brisbane this past week to raise funds to establish a Mosque and Islamic Centre in Onehunga, Auckland.


The local contact is Anwar Khan (tel: 0411 588037).


Donations can also be made through the following bank account:


Account Name: Onehunga Islamic Trust

Bank: Westpac Trust

Bank Account Number: 03 0211 036 9676 00

BIC (Bank Identifciation Code): 03 0211 036 9676 00



A Liberal Dose of Tea and Talks


Some 300 people were invited to meet with Prime Minister John Howard on Monday at Michael's restaurant.


Campaigning in earnest in one of the Coalition's most marginal seats the Prime Minister got to rub shoulders with members of the local community and kiss a few of the proverbial babies in the process.

(Background) Farouk Adam (2nd left), Noormahomed Adam and Crescents of Brisbane Team members, Zaheer Suliman and (Foreground) Yahya Hasham

Youth Survey


Mission Australia is conducting its sixth annual survey for Australians aged between 11 and 24. Your answers will help improve services for young people.


The survey is for all Australians aged 11 to 24 yrs & has a closing date of 29 June. A report of the survey findings will be released in around November this year.

You can complete an online survey at www.missionaustralia.com.au/youthsurvey.


MAYFEST at MaGregor


This year's MAYFEST at Magregor Primary School, McCullogh Street on Saturday 5 MAY promises to bigger and better than ever.


Join in the fun and festivities and support the halal stall selling Spicy Chicken and Chips. 


You can buy your lunch or alternatively dinner after Magrib. The stall closes at 6.45pm.


Then stay and watch the fireworks display.


Muslim Women's Group Meeting


The Muslim Women’s Group is comprised of a vibrant and diverse mixture of women from an array of cultural backgrounds merging together to learn about women’s health under the umbrella of sisterhood.

Some of their objectives include:

• To educate and equip women with knowledge about issues concerning physical, mental, social and spiritual health and well being from the expertise of qualified guest speakers.

• To network women who lack family support or feel isolated and alone.

• To explore and channel positive and creative solutions to issues that we face and that affect us as individuals, families and communities.

• To integrate and bridge the barriers that directly and indirectly exist in our communities.

Meetings are held in a safe and secure women-only health and wellbeing centre which also offers female bulk-billing doctors, counsellors, natural therapists, support groups, health information and activity programs.

Located at 25 Ewing Road, Woodridge (Opposite Blackwood Road) which is close to bus and the Woodridge train station.

The group meets on the first and third Tuesday of each month from 9:30 to 12:00. Currently there are around 15 regular group members.

There is no cost to participate in the Muslim Women’s Group as is supported by Logan Women’s Health and Wellbeing Centre and Multicultural Affairs Queensland.

There is free child minding as well! Take advantage of this opportunity to have fun and learn while having time for your own wellbeing.

Take along your friends, your sisters, aunts, mothers, neighbours. All women are welcome.
They ask that you bring a plate of Halal food to share with the group.

For more information please contact the Logan Women’s Health and Wellbeing Centre on 3808-9233 or email Farina at farina@dwelling.com.au.


Algester holds Meelad-e-Mustapha


The Islamic Society of Algester recently held a celebration of the Prophet Muhammed (pbuh) at the Croatian Community Centre.

The CCN Centre Link


Community Renewable Traineeship



Tip from SimpleSavings




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As he is very much an 'Aussie bloke' and quite a spendthrift, I opened an ANZ visa debit account and ordered him the bright pink card linked to our account.


He now thinks about everything he buys and whether he really needs it - as he does not want to take the bright pink card out of his wallet unless absolutely necessary! 


He gets very embarrassed when he does have to use it but we are now saving a lot of money on things we don't need!


Source: http://www.simplesavings.com.au

The CCN Culinary Corner


Baked beans and cheese casserole
1 Tin baked beans - ¼ cup grated cheese - 1 tsp dhunia - ½ turmeric powder - 1 tsp chillie powder - 2 green chillies - ½ tsp salt - 1 onion finely sliced - 1 tomato sliced - 2 green peppers - 1 ½ cup macaroni - 2 tsp oil.


Put macaroni in boiling water with salt and cook until done. Five minutes before macaroni is done, add one tsp of oil in pot. Drain and rinse in cold water, keep in colander. Fry onions in oil and when they become soft add pepper rings and fry till onions begin to change colour.


Add tomato and spices and cook gently till tomato is blended. Then add baked beans and toss well. Arrange ½ of beans curry rest of macaroni and the rest of beans curry. Bake in 350ºF (180º) oven for 10 minutes. Remove from oven sprinkle with grated cheese and bake till cheese melted.


Source: Radio Islam Newsletter - Wednesday, 18 April 2007

RI Email Service newsletter@radioislam.co.za


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The CCN Date Claimer


Date Day Event (Click on link) Organizer Venue Contact Time

28 April


Musical Concert: Abida Sultana & Rafiqul Alam


The Bangladesh Association in Brisbane Inc

Logan West Community Center: 2 Wineglass Drive, Hillcrest



1 May


National Forum on "Living Under Religious Laws and Civil Laws: Harmony or Conflict?"

Multi-Faith Centre, Griffith University

Multi-Faith Centre, Nathan campus of Griffith University

3735 7053


7 May



QLD Police Service &  Ethnic Community Council of QLD

QLD Lions Stadium, Pine Rd, Richlands




11 May


Lecture: Sheikh Naeem Abdul Wali

FAIR (Sydney)

Kuraby Mosque

0412 318045


12 May


Muslim Media Night

Senator Bartlett, ICQ and Alnisa

PCYC 90 Klump Rd. Mt Gravatt

3252 7101


13 May


Public Lecture: Sheikh Naeem Abdul Wali and Mohammad Hashim Kamali


Griffith University

0412 318045


20 May



Crescents of Brisbane Inc.

Orleigh Park, Westend

0402 026 786


27 May



Australian International Islamic College

Blunder Rd, Durack

0402 826 598 /  3372 1400


2 June


QLD Police Rugby League vs. Islamic Rugby League


Sunnybank Rugby Union Ground, Padstow Rd

38490324 / 0438 114 619


10 June


The Deen Machine Lovo Night

The Deen Machine

Delivered to your door! Any place!


Any time!

20-24 June

Wed to Sunday

World Refugee Day





1 July


Queensland Roar vs. Supersport United

Football Australia

Suncorp Stadium



20 July

Friday to Sunday

Girls Camp Outing


Kindilan, Redland Bay

3272 6355 / 3272 6422

Friday night to Sunday

22 July


AIIC School Fete

Australian International Islamic College

Blunder Rd, Durack

3372 1400

All day

26 July


Islamic Legal Perspectives Conference

School of Law & Justice, Southern Cross University

Lord Byron Resort, Byron Bay

02 6620 3375


1 September


Islamic College of Brisbane Annual Spring Fete




All day

9 September



Australian International Islamic College

Blunder Rd, Durack

3372 1400


13/14 September



Start of Ramadaan

11/12 October



End of Ramadaan

12/13 October




14 October


Queensland Multicultural Festival

Multicultural Affairs Queensland

Roma Street Parkland

3872 0756(ext:21756)

All day

27 October


Qld Eidfest 2007

Qld Eidfest

Mt Gravatt Showgrounds


10am to 10pm

20/21 December





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