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Sunday, 20 January 2008

 .Newsletter 0167

This week's CCN is kindly sponsored by


Bon Voyage Bilkish!






Crescents of Brisbane Team member, Bilkish Omar, will be returning to South Africa this week where she plans to spend time with her family.


The Team will miss the drive, energy and creativity that Bilkish has brought to the many events she helped organize over the past few years.


CCN wishes her well and hopes that she will consider returning soon, insha'Allah.





The Cambodian Connection





Khasiatilla Hamit, daughter of Hj Romly B Hj. Abdulhamid, was married to Son Chea yesterday (Saturday). The reception was held at Michael's Oriental Restaurant where some 450 guests were in attendance.



Hj Romly B Hj. Abdulhamid and his wife Maziya Sa came over from Cambodia for the wedding.


Hj Abdulhamid is the Advisor to Samdach Heng Samrin President of the National Assembly (Rank Under Secretary of State).


He is also the Deputy Director General of General Direction of Cults of Ministry of Cults and Religions as well as the Secretary General of the Cambodia Islamic Association.





Followers of the religion of Islam make up less than one percent of the predominantly Buddhist population of Cambodia. Roughly 80 per cent of Cambodia's Muslims belong to the Cham ethnic group. For more information on Cambodian Muslims visit: http://www.exploitz.com/Cambodia-Islam-cg.php


The Imam and the Pastor

Press Release


AMARAH and friends are hosting a special screening of an excellent documentary entitled The Imam and the Pastor on Sunday 10 February 2008 from 4-7pm at the Garden City Library Meeting Room.

This is a great opportunity to view this award winning documentary which has been featured in the UN and at schools, parliaments and various institutions around the world. There will also be an opportunity to discuss with our friends from other faiths what we can do within our own communities to build a better world together.

Please join us for what promises to be a insightful and inspiring evening.

To rsvp please contact myself or Dave Andrews. Our contact details are included on the flyer.

Nora Amath
managing director

If Mariam won't go to Mt Cootha......


Some of our overseas visitors to our fair city found it hard to shake of the jet lag and take advantage of all that Brisbane has to offer.


Here's one host's strategy for ensuring that his house guests never wasted a moment of the rare sunshine over the December holidays....



[Editor] The identity of the hapless lass has been hidden to ensure her future marriage prospects are not jeopardized by this exposure.


Women, Faith and a Culture of Peace


The Multi Faith Centre and Believing Women in Peace have organised an Asia-Pacific Interfaith Symposium "Women, Faith and a Culture of Peace" to be held at the Multi Faith Centre, Griffith University, Nathan Campus, Brisbane, on 23 - 25th February, 2008.


Around the world, people of faith are actively engaged in developing interfaith relationships and initiating a wide variety of interfaith activities. Complemented by intra-faith dialogue, this broad movement is making a critical contribution in our times to efforts to overcome destructive conflict and build just and peaceful societies in our world.

The symposium will recognise and highlight the unique contribution that women of diverse faith communities in the Asia-Pacific region are making to the interfaith movement and interfaith initiatives in the broader social context. It will help to facilitate the sharing of information, insights and skills, and explore ways to strengthen their efforts to transform conflict and foster peace.

The symposium will also provide a forum for learning about hopeful intra-faith dialogue initiatives emerging within faith communities and institutions, for empowering women and promoting their equitable participation in their respective faiths and the wider society.


Ms Janette Hashemi, Coordinator of the Sunshine Coast Interfaith Network (SCIN), will be hosting a workshop "The negative effects of religious extremism on interfaith harmony and how to combat it" at the Symposium.



George Galloway vs David Frum - BBC Newsnight - 9th Jan 2008






2008 to see three Hijri years


The Gregorian year 2008 will see three Hijri years.


The last nine days of Dhu Al Hijja 1428 will fall in the first days of January 2008, and then to be followed by the Hijri year of 1429.


The last days of December 2008 will see the start of the Hijri year 1430.


This means that year 2008 will see the end of 1428, the complete year of 1429 and the beginning of 1430, the society explained in its statement.


Having three Hijri years in a Gregorian year happens once every 33 years, which means 2041 will have three lunar years.


Source: http://archive.gulfnews.com/articles/07/12/17/10175432.html


Sami Yusuf - Supplication (as performed in The Kite Runner)





AFIC Press Releases



Letter sent to Hon. Kevin Rudd by AFIC President Br Ikebal Patel regarding the situation in Palestine.



Fund Raiser for Medical Research Foundation


A charity music dinner was hosted by the Lions Club of Brisbane Chinese at Michael's Oriental Restaurant on Friday.


A number of politicians, government representatives and community leaders were amongst the 150 guests who attended.


The beneficiary was the Lions Medical Research Foundation (MRF) through the Lions' Miss Personality Quest Candidate Miss Fiona Qiuyue Cheng (left) representing the Lions Club of Brisbane Chinese Inc.


Fiona was the co-presenter at last year's Crescents of Brisbane fund raiser for the Kuraby Special School with Crescents' Zaheer Suleman.


Crescents of Brisbane supported this MRF initiative with the audio-visual equipment and presentations.


Guillaume Wang (10), youngest cellist in the Queensland Youth Orchestra

The Usual Suspects


Around the Muslim World with CCN


Free alcohol, hangovers, bisexual friends and a girl called Boozie Suzie ... inside the student life of Bilawal Bhutto Zardari

His antics at Oxford University would shock people in Pakistan awaiting Bilawal Bhutto Zardari's return to take over the political dream shaped by his murdered mother Benazir.

The 19-year-old's preparation for his role in one of the world's strictest Muslim states has certainly been unconventional.

Orthodox Muslims will be surprised to see the new leader of the Pakistani People's Party with his arms slung casually around two girls, one of whom declares herself as "bisexual" on a social networking website.

Conversations he has with friends on Facebook make reference to being hungover, his friendship with a girl he calls "Boozie Suzie" and the joys of "free alcohol".


Read the rest....


British imams ‘failing young Muslims’


Attempts to reform British mosques and win back a “lost generation” of young Muslims are being undermined by the poor quality of home-trained imams, a leading Islamic scholar says.

Musharraf Hussain, a government adviser on mosques, said that most of the country’s Islamic seminaries were producing “unemployable” graduates who were incapable of challenging the sense of alienation that led some Muslims towards violent extremism.

His concerns were voiced as it emerged that a rift is opening between the Government and four Muslim organisations over moves to introduce national guidelines for Britain’s 1,350 mosques. The initiative aims to make mosques more accessible to women and young people. It also seeks to combat extremism by promoting civic responsibility and inter-faith dialogue.

Read the rest....



Track star banned over Muslim clothing



WASHINGTON - A high school track star has been disqualified from a meet because officials said the custom-made outfit she wears to conform to her Muslim faith violated competition rules.

Juashaunna Kelly, a senior at the District of Columbia’s Theodore Roosevelt High School, has the fastest mile and 2-mile times of any girl runner in the city this winter. She was disqualified from Saturday’s Montgomery Invitational indoor track and field meet.

Kelly was wearing the same uniform she has worn for three seasons while running for Theodore Roosevelt’s cross-country and track teams. The custom-made, one-piece blue and orange unitard covers her head, arms, torso and legs. Over the unitard, she wears the same orange and blue T-shirt and shorts as her teammates.



Read the rest....



Lessons behind closed doors matter to us all


Before the 9/11 attack on America in 2001, little attention was paid to the lessons held behind the closed doors of Britain’s Islamic seminaries.

Today, and especially after the July 2005 suicide bombings in London, the nature of those lessons, and the world view taught to young minds, is no longer of minority academic interest.

The issue for non-Muslims is one of security. How to ensure that students do not emerge from such seminaries fired with a conviction that their faith preaches hostility – or even violent opposition – to the West?

Among Britain’s 1.6 million Muslims doubts about the education provided in the 25 seminaries, attended by 3,500 students, tend to focus on a perceived inability of graduates to address the concerns of young British Muslims.

Most of these darul uloom (houses of learning) are modelled on – and use the same curriculum as – similar institutions established in South Asia during the late 19th century.

Read the rest....


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The CCN Readers' Book Club: You are what you read!



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Using our book club you can see what books we at CCN have on our shelves, what we are reading and even what we and others think of them.


You can even create your own book shelf, find out what your fellow CCN readers are reading, get and give recommendations for what to read next, create book lists, and even share your opinion on a book with us.


Come see the books we have selected and see if we have any in common. 


Then pick our next book so we can all keep on reading.


The CCN Readers' Book Club

Kareema's Keep Fit Column


Q: Salaams Kareema, I am due to give birth in a few months and although you've given us advice on keeping fit during pregnancy before, would you mind sharing with us which exercises we should avoid during the last few months?





A: The fitter you go into pregnancy, the better you come out of it - so keep up the good work and keep moving!!

- High impact exercises (raises the heart rate and temperature). Baby is a few degrees warmer than you, therefore avoid exercising to the point of heavy sweating

- After the first trimester, avoid exercises that involve lying on your back as the weight of of the baby can compress your main artery (causes dizziness and lowers blood pressure). Bench presses (light weights) can be done at a raised level (raise the back of your bench)

- Sit-ups / crunches are definitely a no-no

- Exercises that carry the risk of falling

- Any vigorous exercises, heavy lifting and contact sports of course...

Listen to your body - if you feel tired or not in the mood to exercise, then 'take the day off'.


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



This week's guest chef is Anver Omar

Our guest chef seen gathering the main ingredients for his recipe with a swimming pool net

The fruits of his labour





Anver's Achar
One bottle white vinegar ….plus or minus 750 ml
375 ml water
2 cups sugar
¾ cup corn flour diluted in ½ cup water to make a paste

Boil all of the above ingredients together until it looks like a thin syrup. This takes about 5 mins. Keep stirring to avoid scorching.

To this thin paste formed as above, add…the following…..........
1 cup Methi Masala
2 tablespoons Coriander and Cumin powder mix. The mix consists of 2 parts Coriander and 1 part Cumin. Alternatively, the mix can be bought pre mixed.
½ tablespoon Turmeric
One teaspoon Chili Powder
Two teaspoons salt….or to individual taste
Mix and allow to cool.

Whist above is cooling fry together the following…….......
½ cup oil
One tablespoon garlic crushed
One tablespoon Mustard seeds
Two table spoon Sesame Seeds
Handful curry leaves
4 green chilies whole

Allow to cool down and then add this fry up to previous mix.

Finally, add to the peeled diced green mangoes.

Or freeze until a suitable tree has been found. Just in the fridge should keep for a fair time as well


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 community members

My name is Alice Orozco and I have recently been appointed in the position of Grants Access Worker at the Multicultural Development Association.

This position aims to assist culturally and linguistically diverse communities to increase their capacity to make funding applications to government and other funding institutions, to undertake projects and activities that could enhance their inclusion and participation within the general community.

I will be providing information sessions and training to community groups focused on funding opportunities and developing skills in writing funding applications, managing projects, including planning implementation and financial management.

I’ll like to meet your representatives to discuss any community project or activity that your group or association may want to undertake in 2008.

Please contact me on 3337-5400 or my mobile 0433-185-296.

Looking forward to meet you and develop a positive working relationship.

Yours sincerely ,

Alice Orozco
Grants Access Worker
Multicultural Development Association
512 Stanley Street - South Brisbane Qld. 4101
Telephone 3337-400 Fax 3337- 5444

The CCN Chuckle




Newly-married Mula Nasruddin came home to find his young wife in floods of tears. "Darling, whatever is the matter?" he asked.

"Sweetheart," she sobbed, "the most terrible thing has happened! I cooked my very first Beef Curry for you, and I got it out of the oven to season it, and the phone rang. When I came back from answering the phone," she sobbed again. "I found that the cat had eaten it!"

"Don't worry, darling," said Nasruddin. "Don't cry. We can get a new cat tomorrow."




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


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Lifeline Far from

Ordinary Stories Event


Muslim Youth Day Out


MBN Dinner

GIRU Conference


The CCN Date Claimer





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20 January


Open & Enrolment Day

AIIC: Durack

724 Blunder Rd, Durack

3372 1400

10.30am to 2.30pm

24 January


Ice Skating for Females


IceWorld, 1179 Beaudesert Road, Acacia Ridge

0402 529 395


24 January


Far from Ordinary Stories Event

Lifeline Community Care Qld

Marymac Community Hall
616 Ipswich Road

3392 7305

6pm to 7.30pm

27 January


Open & Enrolment Day

AIIC: Gold Coast

19 Chisholm Road

5579 9070

10.30am to 2.30pm

27 January


Muslim Youth Day Out!

Discover Islam Australia

College Crossing, Karana Downs

1300 788 526

1pm to 6pm

29 January



Muslim Business Network (MBN)

Brisbane Abruzzo Club
150 Fursden Rd, Carina 4152

0439 617 786


30 January


Fund Raiser: Movie - Kite Runner

Mahboba's Promise

Palace Centro

James Street


0419 022 576


10 February


Documentary: The Imam & the Pastor




The Meeting Room
Garden City Library
0422 349 786

4pm to 6pm

17 February


MBM AGM (for members)


Muslim Business Network (MBN)


Runcorn Tavern

0439 617 786


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

8 March


: "The Hope For Happiness Fashion Evening"

Hope for Happiness in association with Human Appeal International Australia

Runcorn Tavern Function Centre
124 Gowan Rd, Runcorn

0405 230 305


15 March


Charity Dinner for Iraqi widows and orphans

AMARAH and Muslim Aid Australia

Michael's Oriental Restaurant

0422 349 786


18 May 2008


CresWalk2008: Annual Fun Run

Crescents of Brisbane

Orleigh Park, West End

0402 026 786

7.30am to 12pm

1/2 September



Start of Ramadaan

29/30 September



End of Ramadaan

30 Sept. / 1 Oct.




11 October 2008



Eidfest Committee

Mt Gravatt Showgrounds

0402 819 197

10am to 10pm

8/9 December






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


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