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Sunday, 25 November 2007

Sunday 15 Thw al-Qi`dah 1428 A.H.

Newsletter 0159

This week's CCN is kindly sponsored by


Fund Raiser Turns into a Fun Raiser


The Crescents of Brisbane and Chinese and Kuraby Lions Fund Raising Dinner for the Kuraby Special School Bike Track Appeal turned out not only to be an entertaining evening but ended up exceeding even the wildest of expectations of the organizers for the amount of money they hoped to raise on the night.


There was a staggering number of donations from a number of Muslim organizations, businesses and individuals and the target of $20 000 was well within reach before the night was out.


Crescents of Brisbane Team member, young Zaheer Suleman, co-hosted the night with the delightful Lions Miss Personality Quest Candidate Fiona Qiu-Yue Chen who delivered a stirring rendition of the National Anthem to kick off the nights packed programme.


Congenitally blind Gerrard Gosens was the keynote speaker on the night, drawing gasps of amazement at the number and extent of his achievements, not least of which included climbs to base three of Mt. Everest, a myriad of ultra-marathon runs, surfing and airplane flying.


As their gesture of appreciation, the children of the school made up specially prepared table gifts for each of the 180 guests who included local political candidates and sitting members (for whom the night had all the theatre and drama of the last supper); Chinese Consul General Ren Gongping and Vice Consul Zhang Qing and members of the Chinese communities; members of the African communities including Mr. Bobby Whitfield, the President of the African Council of Queensland; and a wonderful turnout from our local Muslim community.


Ceri McCoy and Fred Graham complimented the international flavour of the night with Irish and other national music on their fiddles, jigs and reels.


Mr. Faisal Hatia, who was the main sponsor of evening, was awarded a special certificate of appreciation by the Chinese and Kuraby Lions and Crescents of Brisbane for his support of this project.


The word 'election' became a 'swear' word on the night and use of it in any conversation invoked a fine that went to the cause. With the number of politicians present it was not hard to bait guests into an 'expletive' or two by the end of the night.


By all accounts it was a fabulously inspirational and entertaining evening out and the success of the fund raising itself proved to be just the cherry on the top for the school and the organizing team.


As one of the guests commented on the night: "There was more community awareness, understanding and appreciation here tonight than a thousand United Nations meetings!"


Crescents of Brisbane would like to thank David Forde of the Kuraby Lions and Chinese Lions' President Lewis MP Lee and Vice President Jack Sun for all their efforts in helping organize this event and for the very affable spirit that prevailed throughout its planning, co-ordination and execution. We look forward to working with you and your organizations again!


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QLD Hat Trick at Australian Muslim Achievement Awards


Saturday 24 November 2007 was Election Day for Australia, but for the Muslim community it was also the long-awaited 3rd Annual Australian Muslim Achievement Awards (AMAA).


Organised by Mission of Hope, a Sydney based Islamic organisation, the AMAA seek to recognise, celebrate, and award those Muslim individuals, organizations, and businesses from all over Australia who exemplify the Islamic concept of amal or positive work within the Muslim and the wider society.


An unprecedented 86 nominations were received by the organisers this year, but only 3 made it to the finals in the 11 categories.  Queenslanders were finalists in six categories and winners in three. The Islamic Women’s Association of Queensland won the award for Community Organisation of the Year; Dr Mahomed Hanief Khatree won in the category of Professional of the Year; and Halim Rane was awarded Man of the Year.


A special tribute was made to Sheikh Fehmi Naji El-Imam who was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award.


The full list of the 2007 AMAA winners is as follows:

Woman of the Year
Dr Alia Imtoual SA

Man of the Year
Halim Rane QLD

Youth of the Year (16-26)
Bilal El-Hayek NSW

Role Model of the Year
Hazem El Masri NSW

Sportsperson of the Year
Bilal El-Hayek NSW

Professional of the Year
Dr. Mahomed Hanief Khatree QLD

Event of the Year
Sounds of Light NSW-VIC

Media Outlet of the Year
Muslimvillage.net NSW

Business of the Year
Fresh Poultry Company NSW

Community Organisation of the Year
Islamic Women's Association of QLD

Best New Community Project / Initiative of the Year
RMB Lawyers NSW

Congratulations to all the winners and to Mission of Hope for organising the event.  Congratulations to our Queensland winners who received their well-deserved accolades.



Algester Mosque’s Groundbreaking Ceremony


The Algester Mosque held it's groundbreaking ceremony on Sunday 18 November 2007 and several hundred guests and supporters turned up to take part in this very well organized historical event.

This ceremony marked the official start of the building of the all new Algester Mosque complex.


The programme started with a Quranic recital by Maulana Aslam and the translation was by Khalid Ansari.


This was followed by the National Anthem,  a qaseedah, naat shareefs and 4 guest speakers contributing towards the success of the programme.

The speakers were Sheikh Ahmed Abu Ghazaleh, Mr. Sulaiman Sabdia, the Hon. Gary Hardgrave and Police Commissioner Bob Atkinson.



The official "turning of the soil" was carried out by Dr. Ahmed Hussein, the son of the late Haji Abdul Aziz and Sara Hussein, as a sign of respect for his parents who originally purchased the land for the building of a Mosque.


Thereafter a number of dignitaries who were present also took part in the "turning of the soil".


The formal proceedings was concluded with a speech by Mr. Rahman Deen, who, after thanking all those who had helped the Mosque, prioritized the focus of future donations as (1) the Eight Mile Plains mosque which had reached roof height, (2) the Algester Mosque complex, (3) the Turkish Mosque in Capalaba, and (4) the new Brisbane Islamic Centre to be built on land recently acquired in Underwood Road.


A generously prepared lunch rounded off a very pleasant Sunday afternoon.




CIQ Establishes Executive


The recently formed Council of Imams Queensland (CIQ) met on 11th November and nominated the following office bearers:


President: Imam Yusuf Peer
Vice President: Imam Shazad Khan
Secretary: Imam Imraan Husain
Assistant Secretary: Shk. Ahmed Abu Ghazaleh
Treasurer: Imam Mohammed Abdul Tauab
Assistant Treasurer: Imam Ikraam Buksh
Members: Imam Abdul Quddoos, Imam Uzair Akbar, Imam Syed Asadullah Tariq, Qari Fida-ur-Rehman, Imam Akram Buksh, Shk.Makrouk Houadchia, Shk. Chamseddine Mokrani, Shk Abdul Basit, Imam Noor-ul-Hassan, Imam Mohammed Nawaaz, Imam Mohamed Aslam, Imam Hayrettin Yilmaz, Imam Sifet Omerovic, Shk. Tawfique Chowdhury, Dr Mohamed Abdulla, Imam Abdul Qadir Jilani, Mufti Junaid Akbar



Some of the Council's immediate aims and objectives include education, prison visits, hospital visits, counselling, dealing with Masaa'il, setting up of the website, and Qir'at competitions.


Imams wishing to join the Council should contact its Secretary for Registration details.


Queensland Multicultural Summit


At the Queensland Multicultural Summit held during the week at the Queensland State Library Mustafa Ally and Faiza el-Higzi presented workshops on Citizenship and Integration.


The two-day event was attended by some 300 delegates from all parts of the country.


Mr. Ally explored the use of the Internet as a vehicle for building social capital, cohesion and confidence in communities and spoke on a panel that addressed a variety of issues related to multiculturalism.


Ms. el-Higzi reflected on being an Australian Muslim and the issues Muslims as citizens face in Australia and other western democracies.


One of the two keynote speakers, Philippe Legrain, spoke on his controversial call for a more liberal policy of open borders throughout the world.



Cairns Mosque Plans Shelved


Far north Queensland's Muslim spiritual leader, Imam Abdul Aziz, says plans to build a mosque in Cairns have been shelved indefinitely.

Cairns City Council approved the Parramatta Park mosque in May, but opponents of the development have since lodged an appeal with the Planning and Environment Court to stop construction.


Imam Aziz says it is unlikely the matter will go to court until next year.


"It is a frustrating wait and I know council is very much in favour of it. I've spoken to the Mayor about it. The council isn't happy about what's going on ... I understand that it's a democratic right of these people to appeal the decision," he said.


Source: http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2007/11/22/2097698.htm?site=queensland




This upcoming week (26-30 November) is Rett Syndrome awareness week.


Rett Syndrome is a neurodevelopmental disability seen almost exclusively in females.


It affects 1 in 10,000 female children.






In our Muslim community in Brisbane, Safiyyah Rane, 22 years of age, has this disability.


She and her family would like to share the current media release from the Rett Syndrome Australian Research Fund as awareness.


Please see the media release ...








Islamic Finance Scholarship


The Australian Postgraduate Award Industry (APAI) is offering a scholarship for three years of full time study at Monash University for a PhD research project in the general area of Islamic finance.


The proposed research should entail empirical work relating the application of finance theory to some aspect of Islamic banks, insurance companies, fund managers, markets or instruments.


Scholarship details.


Islamica magazine




Islamica Magazine is a full-color, glossy quarterly international magazine. It is published by the Center for Inter-Civilizational Dialogue Inc., a non-profit organization based in the US.

Islamica Magazine's main aims are to broaden perspectives on Islam and provide a voice for Muslims to articulate their concerns while establishing cross-cultural relations with their neighbors and co-religionists. The majority of its readership is in North America, but they claim to have a significant presence in the UK and Europe and are distributed in over 20 countries worldwide.

The topics covered include Religion, Family, Mysticism, Law, Politics, History, Philosophy, Economics, Sociology, Anthropology, Psychology, Psychiatry, Health, Education, Current Affairs, Culture, Science & Technology, Media, Literature, Poetry, Fiction, Art & Architecture.




Visit http://www.islamicamagazine.com/


BBC Doco

BBC documentary on Islam: Muslim History in Europe

In this 90-minute documentary, Rageh Omaar uncovers the hidden story of Europe's Islamic past and looks back to a golden age when European civilization was enriched by Islamic learning.

Rageh travels across medieval Muslim Europe to reveal the vibrant civilization that Muslims brought to the West.

This evocative film brings to life a time when emirs and caliphs dominated Spain and Sicily and Islamic scholarship swept into the major cities of Europe.

His journey reveals the debt owed to Islam for its vital contribution to the European Renaissance.


....and now a word from this week's sponsor.......Tommarco's



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Kareema's Keep Fit Column


Q: Kareema, I normally promise myself that I'll burn off the hot chips before I have it, or walk off that slice of cake.... Can you give us some examples of what really
involves burning off what we eat??





A: Well, where do I start?... Following is a ROUGH GUIDE of the amount and type of exercise you need to do to work off the kilojoules that some popular foods add to your body...

FOOD                                 CALORIES                             ACTIVITY 

packet of potato chips

can of coke

jam doughnut

cappuccino (without sugar)

burger with the works

serve of fish and chips

meat pie

choc-coated ice-cream









30 min run

25 min wall squat

30 min weight training session

65 push-ups

60 min walk up and down stairs

30 min run and 300 push-ups

30 min run

30 min walk



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.


The Culinary Corner




Chinese Stir-Fry
Serving Size : 4

• 32 ounces Asian-style frozen mixed vegetables
(sometimes labeled Oriental- or Japanese-style)

• 1/4 cup bottled stir-fry sauce or to taste

• 1 pound firm or baked tofu drained and cut into strips

The interesting Asian-style vegetable melanges in the frozen vegetables section are great to have on hand when you crave a quick stir-fry but don't feel like chopping.

Serve with hot cooked rice or noodles and raw carrot and celery sticks.

Steam vegetables in a stir-fry pan or wok with about 1/2- inch of water, covered, until completely thawed.
Drain well and transfer back to stir-fry pan.

Stir in sauce and stir-fry over medium-high heat until vegetables are tender-crisp.

Add tofu strips and toss gently.

Cook just until heated through, then serve right away.



Do you have a recipe to share with CCN readers?
Send in your favourite recipe to theteam@crescentsofbrisbane.org and who knows, you could be our "guest chef" for a future edition of CCN.


The CCN Chuckle




Mula Nasruddin walks into a doctor's office.


He has a cucumber up his nose, a carrot in his left ear and a banana in his right ear.


"What's the matter with me?" he asks the doctor.


The doctor replies, "You're not eating properly."



What's happening in our neck of the woods......


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George Negus: Interfaith Forum

Conference: Racism in the New World Order

AIIC Eid-ul-Adha Programme



Night of

Dinner & Entertainment

GIRU Conference



The CCN Date Claimer





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25 November


Hajj Seminar

Darul Uloom Islamic Academy and Durack Islamic Centre

AIIC, 724 Blunder Road, Durack

0415 710 613

10:30am to Asr

5 December


Interfaith Forum & Dialogue with George Negus

Aspley Uniting Church In cooperation with Bald Hills Mosque

Aspley Uniting Church
748 Robinson Road, Aspley

3263 8068


6-7 December

Thursday & Friday

Second International Conference on Racisms in the New World Order

Centre for Multicultural and Community Development
University of the Sunshine Coast

Ramada Pelican Waters,

5430 1259

All day

14 December


Untold Stories: An Insight into Afghanistan - Dinner and Entertainment

Samia Ahmad,
Reena Randhawa,
Simin Rawi

Roundhouse Theatre, Musk Ave Kelvin Grove


6:30pm to 9pm

20/21 December


Thursday or Friday


23-25 February

Saturday - Monday

Asia-Pacific Interfaith Symposium
Women, Faith
and a Culture of Peace

Griffith University Multi-faith Centre and AMARAH

Multi-Faith Centre
Griffith University, Nathan Campus

Griffith University Multi-faith Centre

Saturday 23rd mid-afternoon to
Monday 25th mid-afternoon

3-5 March

Monday - Wednesday

Griffith Islamic Research Unit 2008 Conference: The Challenges and Opportunities of Islam in the West: The Case of Australia


Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, Cnr Merivale and Glenelg Streets, South Bank

0402 819 197

10am to 10pm

11 October 2008



Eidfest Committee

Mt Gravatt Showgrounds

0402 819 197

10am to 10pm





Madrasah Classes: Kuraby

Where: Islamic Society of Kuraby; 1408 Beenleigh Rd Kuraby 4122 QLD
Contact: Sheikh Ahmad Abu Ghazaleh
Phone: (07) 3219 7994
Mobile: 0401 331 298

When: Monday - Thursday, 3:00 - 8:00pm


Quraan Classes For Youth and Adults

Where: Islamic Society of Rochedale Inc; 2674 Logan Rd Eight Mile Plains 4113 QLD
Contact: Qur’an Classes by Sheikh Ahmad Ghazaleh (07) 3841 2504

When: Tuesdays 7:30pm


Sister's Tafsir Classes

Where: Islamic Society of Algester; 48 Learoyd Rd Algester 4115 QLD
Contact: (07) 3272 4111
When: After Isha (around 8pm) every 2nd Wednesday night.


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


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