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Sunday, 2 December 2007

Sunday 22 Thw al-Qi`dah 1428 A.H.

Newsletter 0160

This week's CCN is kindly sponsored by


Hajj Mabroor to our Hajjis and Hajjianis


CCN wishes all those going on Hajj this year Hajj Mabroor.


May your journey be one of fulfillment and reward, inshaAllah.


Hajj by Land



Five men from South Africa have embarked on a journey to travel for Haj by land, using public transport.


They departed from Johannesburg on the 19th of November and hope to reach Jeddah some time this week.


Their progress is being documented online at the Radio Islam website.






Just what the doctor prescribed!




Jameela Omarjee (eldest daughter of Saeeda Vorajee and Rashid Omarjee) and Mohammed-Shafiq Suleman (eldest son of Shenaaz and Dr. Faisal Suleman) were married at Kuraby Mosque on Friday after Jumma at a nikkah ceremony conducted by Imam Peer.


A wedding reception was held in their honour at the Hope Island Golf Course resort on Friday and a walihmaah at Michael's Oriental Restaurant last night (Saturday).


The happy couple, both pharmacists, fly off to Fiji for their honeymoon.


CCN wishes them all the very best in their new life together. 



Footnote: Both Jameela and Mohammed-Shafiq are members of the Crescents of Brisbane

Team. Jameela is their Secretary.

Revealed: The Hajj


The Hajj to Mecca is undoubtedly one of the greatest religious gatherings on earth. It is the fifth requirement in the Five Pillars of Sunni Islam which orders every able-bodied Muslim to complete this pilgrimage at least once in their lifetime. With over 1.2 billion Muslims worldwide, the sheer number of people that pass through the gates of Mecca each year is overwhelming.

Through special access granted to Discovery Channel, viewers will go behind the scenes and follow engineers, security officers, and medical doctors as they prepare for the influx of pilgrims. See the proceedings from a pilgrim’s point of view through the eyes of Australian Matthew Nelson, a recent convert to Islam, as he embarks on his first Hajj.

With millions inundating the city, crowd control is top priority for the Ministry of Hajj. Hundreds of deaths have occurred in past decades. In 2006, Saudi officials learnt a painful lesson when a failure in crowd control left more than 350 pilgrims dead at the Jamarat Bridge during the symbolic ritual of stoning huge pillars.


Revealed: The Hajj provides the first look at the very latest technologies such as advance logistics software, satellite imaging and computer modelling used by the Command and Control Centre personnel to ensure efficiency and safety.

Revealed: The Hajj chronicles how an age old tradition is made possible in the 21st century. Join Discovery Channel on this amazing journey and experience the Hajj like never before.

Foxtel: Tonight, Sunday 2 December 6.30pm


Source: http://www.discoverychannel.com.au/ontv/revealed_the_hajj/index.shtml


Little Mosque on the Prairie: Season 2 Episode 2


Part 1




Part 2




Part 3





MBN's Alternative Investment Opportunities







The Muslim Business Network (MBN) ran a free seminar on investment opportunities recently at the Runcorn Tavern.




According to MBN executive and session chair, Mr. Yusuf Alikhan, the aim was to encourage Muslim investors to "think outside of the traditional square" when it came to identifying investment opportunities.








Speaker’s Name



Bonnie Guilford

National Technical Manager – Timbercorp

Tax Effective Corporate Farming

Ben Hailes

State Manager – Multiplex

Assured Income through Commercial Property


George Koukides

Director – CommercialFn.com

Investing Commercial Property

Yusuf Hussein

Partner – Cranstoun & Hussein

Legal Structures

Asad Basit

Group Financial Controller – Metecno Group of Companies

Rain Water Tanks – Feasibility Study

Yusuf Khatree

MBN – Investment Committee Member

Chit Fund Concept

Yusuf Alikhan

MBN  - Executive Committee Member

Programme coordinator and facilitator






Sheikh Yusuf Estes on Al-Nisa (Women)



Discover Islam Australia has announced that it has made arrangements to bring world renowned Daee - Yusuf Estes to Australia.


Brother Yusuf Estes will be giving lectures in Brisbane, Gold Coast, Melbourne and Perth in early February with the aim of correcting many of the misconceptions concerning Islam amongst Westerners.


To read more on Yusuf Estes or his work or to view his lectures visit www.islamtomorrow.com


For more information contact:

Fuwaad Mohammed

Discover Islam Australia

0401 819 887


Mini World Cup in the  New Year


The Federation of Indian Communities of Queensland Inc. is planning a Brisbane Indian Cricket Carnival for Saturday, 22 March 2008 (Easter Sunday) at the Brisbane Grammer School (Northgate).


This is going to be a one day 15/15 event and a “MINI world cup” with teams representing all the cricketing countries.


The organizers are currently looking for a Zimbabwean and a South African team.


If you think you could put together a team to represent Zimbabwe or South Africa for this event, please email theteam@crescentsofbrisbane.org.


How the Candidates Fared



Name Party Votes % Vote
Gary Hardgrave LIB 30,896 42.3
Emma Hine GRN 4,837 6.6
Shane Brown LDP 205 0.3
Steve Christian FFP 955 1.3
Andrew Lamb IND 597 0.8
Graham Perrett ALP 34,619 47.4
Emad Soliman DEM 923 1.3


Name Party Votes % Vote
Pete Coulson LIB 26,126 34.0
Liam Tjia LDP 454 0.6
Craig Emerson ALP 43,266 56.3
Neil Cotter GRN 3,502 4.6
Bert Van Manen FFP 2,719 3.5
Salam El-Merebi DEM 561 0.7
Robert Meyers CEC 252 0.3


Name Party Votes % Vote
Hajnal Ban NAT 9,209 12.3
Brett Raguse ALP 33,314 44.4
Danny Hope CEC 205 0.3
Wendy Creighton LIB 25,536 34.1
Maaz Syed DEM 375 0.5
Andy Grodecki GRN 3,463 4.6
Rod Evans ONP 616 0.8
Chris Coyle IND 580 0.8
Iona Abrahamson FFP 1,673 2.2


Name Party Votes % Vote
Kevin Watt CEC 440 0.6
Janette Hashemi DEM 682 0.9
Dave Norris GRN 6,341 8.4
Lisa Woods FFP 3,019 4.0
Kevin J Savage ONP 770 1.0
Debbie Blumel ALP 27,889 36.8
Max Phillips IND 1,157 1.5
Alex Somlyay LIB 35,556 46.9



Name Party Votes % Vote
Pauline Collins GRN 3,814 4.8
Grahame Arthur Volker IND 580 0.7
Irene Jones CEC 246 0.3
Peter Charles Findlay FFP 3,486 4.4
Rob Berry IND 657 0.8
Shalina Najeeb DEM 582 0.7
Chris Meibusch ALP 27,592 34.7
Rod Jeanneret IND 475 0.6
Ian Macfarlane LIB 42,156 53.0







While all of the above candidates might have lost their deposits, election day was far from a doom and gloom affair for other local supporters.










AFIC's letters to Kevin Rudd and to Wayne Swan.



The CCN Book Club


Israel Lobby and US Foreign PolicyThe Israel Lobby
John Mearsheimer and Stephen Walt

For the past several decades, and especially since the Six-Day War in 1967, the centrepiece of US Middle Eastern policy has been its relationship with Israel. The combination of unwavering support for Israel and the related effort to spread ‘democracy’ throughout the region has inflamed Arab and Islamic opinion and jeopardised not only US security but that of much of the rest of the world. This situation has no equal in American political history. Why has the US been willing to set aside its own security and that of many of its allies in order to advance the interests of another state? One might assume that the bond between the two countries was based on shared strategic interests or compelling moral imperatives, but neither explanation can account for the remarkable level of material and diplomatic support that the US provides.

Instead, the thrust of US policy in the region derives almost entirely from domestic politics, and especially the activities of the ‘Israel Lobby’. Other special-interest groups have managed to skew foreign policy, but no lobby has managed to divert it as far from what the national interest would suggest, while simultaneously convincing Americans that US interests and those of the other country – in this case, Israel – are essentially identical.

Since the October War in 1973, Washington has provided Israel with a level of support dwarfing that given to any other state. It has been the largest annual recipient of direct economic and military assistance since 1976, and is the largest recipient in total since World War Two, to the tune of well over $140 billion (in 2004 dollars). Israel receives about $3 billion in direct assistance each year, roughly one-fifth of the foreign aid budget, and worth about $500 a year for every Israeli. This largesse is especially striking since Israel is now a wealthy industrial state with a per capita income roughly equal to that of South Korea or Spain.

Other recipients get their money in quarterly installments, but Israel receives its entire appropriation at the beginning of each fiscal year and can thus earn interest on it. Most recipients of aid given for military purposes are required to spend all of it in the US, but Israel is allowed to use roughly 25 per cent of its allocation to subsidise its own defence industry. It is the only recipient that does not have to account for how the aid is spent, which makes it virtually impossible to prevent the money from being used for purposes the US opposes, such as building settlements on the West Bank. Moreover, the US has provided Israel with nearly $3 billion to develop weapons systems, and given it access to such top-drawer weaponry as Blackhawk helicopters and F-16 jets. Finally, the US gives Israel access to intelligence it denies to its Nato allies and has turned a blind eye to Israel’s acquisition of nuclear weapons.

Full Review


John Mearsheimer is the Wendell Harrison Professor of Political Science at Chicago, and the author of The Tragedy of Great Power Politics.
Stephen Walt is the Robert and Renee Belfer Professor of International Affairs at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard. His most recent book is Taming American Power: The Global Response to US Primacy.


Around the World of Muslims


Believe it or not! A parish Church turns into a mosque every Friday, for the Muslims brothers and to offer their customary prayers.


This isn't a sequence from any Bollywood film, but a reality in the parish of Our Lady of Assumption of Ponzano near Venice, the romantic city of Italy.


The pastor of the parish, Don Aldo Danieli, 69, affirms, "It's useless to speak of religious dialogue and then bang the door on their face. Pope John Paul II addressed them as, 'dear Muslim brothers'. How can we close our church doors to them?"

The Full Story......





Muslim leaders are to carry out spot checks and will introduce programmes to fight extremism in the first set of national guidelines for mosques in Britain.

The draft guidelines represent the most radical attempt so far by leaders of the country’s two million Muslims to tackle extremism and introduce an effective system of self-regulation.


The guidelines, in the form of a ten-point code of practice, will be sent out to consultation at Britain’s 1,500-plus mosques before being issued in their final form next March.

Under the new guidelines, mosques will agree to random visits by trained teams to check that standards are being met. They will have to commit themselves to “open, democratic, accountable management” and introduce policies on equality, child protection and racial and religious harassment. Mosques will have to agree to give women access to religious and scholarly training.


The Full Story.......


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



Shop 6, Le Metro, 8 Station Road


Kareema's Keep Fit Column


Q: Kareema, I've done a few swissball classes and found that it has really helped ease my back pain. I know that the gym balls come in different sizes and would like invest in one, can you tell me how to go about choosing the right size?





A: I'm glad you checked before buying one as the wrong size ball can do more harm than good. The guidelines for the ball size, depending on your height is as follows:

Less than 165cm tall -- 55cm ball
Between 165cm and 185cm -- 65cm ball
Taller than 185cm -- 75cm ball

If you're planning on getting one ball for the family, the 65cm ball will be most versatile.

Another way to check that the size is ok for you is if you're sitting on the ball, your knees should be in line with your hips or slightly lower.
Enjoy - and keep strengthening your back muscles.



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.


A tip from Simple Savings:



I have saved over $300 and lost weight by taking up knitting!  In the evenings I would sit in front of the TV with my husband eating snacks.  This was adding to my weight which I was busily working at removing during the day with exercise and weight training.  How silly to work at keeping fit during the day and sit eating snacks whilst watching TV at night!


So I decided that I would knit to keep myself busy – doing something that I enjoyed by using what I had in the way of yarn and using donated wool from friends.  Each night I knitted an item which saved me at least $3.00 per item. Over 105 evenings that’s a saving of around $315. With the money I’ve saved from not eating snacks ($2.00 per evening), I’ve saved another $210!

Not only that, but rather than gain around 7kg, I’ve lost 3.5kg – now that’s priceless!




The Culinary Corner




A small tin nestle cream (155g)
1 tin condensed milk (397g)
Pulp of 8 granadillas / Passion fruit

Chill nestle cream and condense milk in fridge over night.
Combine the cream and condense milk to taste.
Mix in granadilla pulp and chill.
Decorate with fresh cream.



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 Inbox


Dear CCN Readers


As the coordinator of the joint Crescents of Brisbane and the Chinese and Kuraby Lions multicultural dinner in support of the Kuraby Special School State 2 Bike Track Appeal, I would like to take this opportunity to sincerely congratulate members of the local Muslim community for their wonderful and overwhelming support that made the event the success that it was.

There has been nothing but praise from non-Muslim attendees on the contribution to the success of the evening from your community and it needs to be acknowledged that as a direct result of the financial contributions from the local Muslim community, funds raised on the evening doubled expectations. We raised close on $21 000 on the night.

The event was also about celebrating diversity and was a classic example of the community coming together as one to support a very worthwhile cause. I have no doubt that community events such as this, make a significant contribution in creating a greater understanding and break down the barriers of ignorance, often developed through lack of knowledge and education.

The Crescents of Brisbane Team needs to be singled out for congratulations for their relentless drive and passion from within the Muslim community for the benefit of others, while at the same time creating greater overall community harmony among the wider community.


David Forde

The CCN Chuckle



One day Jamal Golaamuddin asked his good friend Mula Nasruddin, "Brother Nasruddin in the old days you didn't have mobile phones, e-mail, internet, fax and all, how did you all communicate?"


Mula Nasruddin replied: "Yes Brother Jamal in our days we did not have Internet, fax, telephone, e-mail, snail mail and all. We used pigeons. Begumbibi and I used to send love letters with the pigeons".

Confused Jamal Golaamuddin asked, "How did you use pigeons Brother Nasruddin?"


"You see Brother Jamal", responded Mula Nasruddin, "I would tie a message to the pigeon's leg and then fly the pigeon to Begumbibi's house. It's that simple. But one day I did not tie a message and when the pigeon came to Begumbibi's house she saw no message. She became very angry and asked me what I thought I was doing! I said to her, Begumbibi, I just gave you a missed call".

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


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George Negus: Interfaith Forum












Conference: Racism in the New World Order


ICQ & AIIC Eid-ul-Adha Programme












ICQ & ICOB Eid-ul-Adha Programme



Night of

Dinner & Entertainment

GIRU Conference


The CCN Date Claimer





(Click on link)





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


3 January


MYservices Girls Swimming Session


Sam Riley Pool, 1 Lexington Street, Springwood



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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It is the usual policy of CCN to include from time to time, notices of events that some readers may find interesting or relevant. Such notices are often posted as received. Including such messages or providing the details of such events does not necessarily imply endorsement of the contents of these events by either CCN or Crescents of Brisbane Inc.