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......a sometimes self-deprecating and occasional tongue-in-cheek look at ourselves and the world around us ......

Sunday, 6 April 2008

 .Newsletter 0178

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Moreton 2020 Summit a win for people power



A section of the large turnout





The N22 lecture theatre at Griffith University was packed to capacity for the Moreton 2020 Summit yesterday (Saturday) afternoon. It was a forum to give the residents of Brisbane' Southside an opportunity to have their say on critical issues facing Australia's future.


The summit was jointly hosted by Mr. Graham Perrett MP, Federal Member for Moreton and Griffith University.


"Teachers, doctors, students, single mums, seniors, small business owners, indigenous leaders, musicians - people from all walks of life - came to have their say," Mr. Perrett said.









Mustafa Ally flanked by two session scribes (left) and

Prof. Lesley Johnson (right)

Prof. John Dewar, Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic), said that the Moreton 2020 Summit's suggestions would be collated and formally submitted to the national Summit in Canberra for consideration.


These would include ideas emanating from the ten key areas - the productivity agenda including education and training, the nation's infrastructure, our environment, our farmers, healthcare, Indigenous Australians, the arts, national security, improving the system of government and strengthening our communities.


Mr. Mustafa Ally, wearing his "Moreton Champion" hat, co-facilitated two of the 10 sessions - the first with Prof. Lesley Johnson (Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research)) on The productivity agenda (education, skills, training, science and innovation); and the second with Prof. Tony Makin (Professor of Economics) on The future of the Australian economy.




Kuraby Fund Raiser




On a glorious Sunday the Kuraby Mosque Madrassah BBQ Fund Raiser attracted a large number of visitors to the auction, stalls and food stands.


Despite some stiff competition from the doughnut stand, the Crescents of Brisbane's CresCafe raised over $800 for the fund from the sale of coffee, tea and cupcakes.


The Team at Crescents of Brisbane are grateful to the wonderful ladies of the community who donated the exquisite cakes which, as one Crescents Team member put it, "literally flew out the door".


Looking at the intricate decorations and presentations of the trays of cupcakes on the table it was quiet obvious that a great deal of tender loving care had gone into making each one of them. Thank you ladies!


Cupcakes aside, a new and serious contender for the title of Auctioneer Extraordinaire rose to the occasion on Sunday (albeit with the help of a little red stool). Mr. Farouk Adam turned out to be a real trouper on the day, cajoling and coaxing his audience and selling off everything from a baby rocker to an evaporator.


Watch out Mr. Goss! There's a new kid on the block!




Congratulations to our newly weds








The Walimah/Reception of Suleiman Surtie and Laila Moola took place last Sunday at the Victoria Park Golf Course.


The wedding ceremony was conducted a fortnight ago at the Ijtema in Darra Mosque during the Easter weekend.

Where there's a will....


As Imam Peer concluded on the night.... there's a way.


He could have well have added that 'where there's a will........there are relatives!'.


Last Wednesday night at the Souths Sports Club, the Muslim Business Network dished out to its 100 plus diners a veritable smorgasbord of topics ranging from the implications of Islamic wills and the intricacies of the new labour laws to the perils of marriage and prenuptual contracts to the pitfalls to consider before commencing a business.


Iqbal Lambat delivered a succinct synopsis of the rules of succession according to Sharia. You can download his excellent slide presentation.


Richard Finlay spoke on the absolute need for good estate planning; Bilal Rauf brought us up to date on AWA's and labour legislation; Frank Carroll spoke on his specialty, namely, legal requirements for startups; and Astrid Vallati surprised his audience with his command of Islamic law.


But the star of the show was young Eden, a law graduate progressing to becoming a barrister soon, who, despite not meriting a star billing on the evening's program, was an absolute delight to listen to. In a style that was at once unaffected and amusing Eden discussed a case involving adoption under Sharia.


After hearing of the need for trusts, Islamic wills, powers of attorney and the like there would have been many amongst us who would have headed straight home that night looking to set up appointments with their accountants and legal advisors.....thanks to this MBN function.


100 Years On and Still Growing Strong!1


At a meeting for the 100th Year celebration of the Holland Park Mosque held on Sunday a sub-committee was formed to co-ordinate the planning of the event which has been set down for Saturday 30 August 2008.


The committee comprises of:



M.A.G. Deen


Sultan Deen

Shammus Rane

Yusuf Limbada

Faisal Hatia

Hussin Goss

Imam Quddoos

Daud Batchelor

Yasmin Khan

Mustafa Ally

Rahman Deen


Frank Carroll

Sgt Jim Bellos

Youth Advisors

Imam Uzair

Asghar Akbar

Historical Advisors and Life Members

Sadiq Deen

Iqbal Mohammed

Ali Deen


Inter-faith Training Program


An in-service Development Training Program in Interfaith Understanding and Dialogue is being organized by the Multi-Faith Centre of Griffith University.


It is a flexible series of free learning opportunities to gain an appreciation of the vision of interfaith dialogue and deepen understanding of diverse faiths.


Participants will receive an “interfaith passport” documenting participation in diverse faith and interfaith events or ceremonies and a Multi-Faith Centre certificate on completion of the program.



Training matrix

Registration form


International Ijtema in Lenasia


One of the largest Islamic gatherings to take place in Lenasia, Johannesburg, South Africa went off successfully and incident-free over the Easter Long Weekend.


Thousands from around the country and overseas made their way to Lenasia on Friday 21 March for the Annual International Ijtima.


It is estimated that over 70 000 people attended the Friday Jumaah prayers.


After the Jumaah Salaah lunch was served from 120 huge pots of rice and dhal (lentils).


The Ijtima site was well organised ensuring that people had easy access to showers, toilets and wudhu facilities as well as other amenities such as a tuck shop selling tea, pies, sweets, cold drinks to Cellphone airtime.


There were a number of stalls setup selling Islamic books, topees, kurtas, tasbees and atar as well.


A public telephone booth was setup to ensure that travellers were able to contact their families and friends.

On Friday morning as people made their way to the Ijtima site they were given a map of the site, free snacks and a plastic bag for their shoes. These were all made possible through the generous donations of local businesses and individuals.


The Ijtima resembled a "mini" Mina, with thousands of walking around embracing each other.

Lectures were given in various languages to the international visitors who attended.


Bird's Eyeview of the Lenasia Ijtema

Wudhu facilities


Part of the cooking area


Food and phone facilities

Medical tent

International visitors get escort to airport


Source: http://www.lenzinfo.org.za/


Around the Muslim World with CCN


Muslims outnumber Catholics

ISLAM has overtaken Roman Catholicism as the biggest single religious denomination in the world.

Monsignor Vittorio Formenti, who compiled the Vatican's 2008 yearbook, said Muslims made up 19.2 per cent of the world's population and Catholics 17.4 per cent.

"For the first time in history we are no longer at the top - the Muslims have overtaken us," Monsignor Formenti told Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano, saying the data referred to 2006.

He said that if all Christian groups were considered, including Orthodox churches, Anglicans and Protestants, then Christians made up 33 per cent of the world's population - or about two billion people.

The Vatican recently put the number of Catholics in the world at 1.13 billion people. It did not provide a figure for Muslims, generally estimated at around 1.3 billion.

Monsignor Formenti said that while the number of Catholics as a proportion of the world's population was fairly stable, the percentage of Muslims was growing because of higher birth rates.

He said the data on Muslim populations had been compiled by individual countries and then released by the United Nations, adding that the Vatican could only vouch for its own statistics.

Source: http://www.news.com.au/couriermail/story/0,23739,23458193-5003402,00.html



Iraq war intelligence probed


BBC's Newsnight reports on the Iraqi agent, codenamed Curveball, whose fabricated intelligence helped lead to the invasion of Iraq.


View video


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HACC and Day Respite Coordinator

The Islamic Women's Association has vacancies for the positions of Home And Community Care (HACC) Coordinator and Day Respite Coordinator. For a copy of the position description and Key selection criteria, please contact IWAQ on 3272 6355. Applications close on COB Friday 11th April 2008.


The opportunity for a position of Counsellor / Advocate exists now at IWSS.  It is a permanent position in the Sexual Assault Program at Immigrant Women’s Support Service.  Some of the attractive opportunities in this job include:


o   To work in a dynamic team and organisation where broader understandings of working with women from non-English speaking backgrounds will enrich your professional experiences;

o   The position is remunerated at SACS Level 5.2 with salary sacrifice;

o   The position is for 15 hours per week;

o   IWSS has above Award conditions in place for staff; and

o   IWSS maintains a supportive, professional learning environment where opportunities for further professional development and training are afforded.



1. Counsellor/Advocate Position

2. Job Description



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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.

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Kareema's Keep Fit Column





Q: Dear Kareema, I heard that exercise improves the look of your skin. I also drink a lot of water, what else can I do for healthier looking skin?





A:  You’re right!


Regular exercise is not only a surefire way of staying fit, it encourages blood flow to the skin which in turn adds a healthy glow.


Great skin-boosting workouts include cardio activities that get your blood pumping.


Try cycling, running, kayaking, or anything that gets your heart rate going and circulation stimulated!


Getting enough sleep is just as important as your body kicks into ‘repair’ mode and cells work overtime to correct damage inflicted by the environment.

Aiming to get at least 8 hours sleep regularly will help you wake to skin that is refreshed, rejuvenated and younger looking!!

The key is a well balanced eating plan which will deliver luminous skin from within... Reach for fresh fruit and vegetables daily and as you mentioned, plenty of water!




My Health and Fitness

Tel: 0404 844 786

(Accredited Member of Fitness Queensland)



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



2 kg leg of lamb - 1 Tbsp ginger paste - 1 tsp ground green chilies - 1 tsp garlic paste - 1 tsp chilli powder - 1 tsp black pepper - Juice of 1 lemon - 2 Tbsp oil - 1 Tbsp butter - 2 cups water.

* Preheat oven to 190
* Gash the leg of lamb in few places
* Make a paste with the ingredients from ginger paste to lemon juice
* Rub well on the meat and in the gashes.
* Heat oil and butter in a roasting pan
* Place the spiced leg of lamb in the pan and brown on all sides
* Add 2 cups of water
* Cover with foil and place in oven for 1 ½ hours
* Remove foil at the end of cooking time and brown meat evenly
* Serve with roast potatoes and buttered veggies of choice with savoury rice



Source: Radio Islam Newsletter - Friday, 04 April 2008



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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


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Assalam Alaikum

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The CCN Chuckle


At dawn the telephone rings. "Hello, Mula Nasruddin? This is Jamalludin"

"Ah yes, Jamalludin. What can I do for you? Is there a problem?"

"Um, I am just calling to advise you, Mula Nasruddin! that your parrot died"

"My parrot? Dead? The one that won the competition?"

"That's the one."

"Darn! That's such a pity! I spent a small fortune on that bird. Oh well...what did he die from?"

"From eating rotten meat."

"Rotten meat? Who was so mean as to give him meat?"

"Nobody. He ate the meat of one of the dead horses."

"Dead horse? What dead horse Jamalludin?"

"Why those pure breed ones that you had, Mula Nasruddin. They died from all that work pulling the water cart."


"Are you insane? What water cart?"

"The one we used to put out the fire."

"Good Lord! What fire are you talking about, man?"

"The one at your house! A candle fell and then the curtain caught on fire."

"What the.....!!! But there's electricity at the house!!!! What was the candle for???"

"For the funeral."

"WHAT FUNERAL???!!!!!"

"Your mother's! She showed up one night out of the blue and I thought she was a thief, so I shot her."

Adapted unashamedly and blatantly from Radio Islam Newsletter - Friday, 04 April 2008

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Muslim Women in Logan




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6 April


Monthly Forum: A Bill of Rights for Australia




Garden City Library, Mt Gravatt 0422 349 786


9 April


Logan Multicultural Soccer Festival




Gould Adams Park, Kingston Rd (near Kingston Stn) 0418 719 049

10am to 5pm

10 April






QLD Police Service Regional Office 0438 114 619


12 April


CresWalk2008 Entry Form DROP OFF

Crescents of Brisbane

Kuraby Community Hall, Svoboda Park

0402 026 786

2pm to 5pm

12 April


Algester Fund Raising BBQ

Islamic Society of Algester

Algester Mosque, 48 Learoyd Rd Algester


after Magrib

13 April


Al-Nisa Youth Group AGM


Al-Nisa Youth Group


Kuraby State Special School, Alpita St, Kuraby 0433 182 520

11am to 1pm

18 April


Recitation: Sheikh Saad Nomani


Jamiatul Ulama WA, MYWA & ANIC


Gold Coast Mosque 0411 037 016

after Esha

19 April


Recitation: Sheikh Saad Nomani


Jamiatul Ulama WA, MYWA & ANIC


Kuraby Mosque 0401 922 714

after Esha

19 April


Project Hope




69 Thomas Street West End 0422 349 786


20 April


Recitation: Sheikh Saad Nomani


Jamiatul Ulama WA, MYWA & ANIC


Holland Park Mosque 0401 922 714

after Esha

10 May


IWAQ/ACCESS Fun night for women




Clairvaux Mackillop College 3272 6355


17 May



Crescents of Brisbane

Kuraby Community Hall, Svoboda Park

0402 026 786

2pm to 5pm

18 May


CresWalk2008: Annual Fun Run

Crescents of Brisbane

Orleigh Park, West End

0402 026 786

7.30am to 12pm

23 May


Archerfield Rotary Fund Raiser Dinner

Rotary Club of Archerfield

Gambaro's Seafood Restaurant, Caxton, Petrie Terrace

0418 738 432


24 May


Benefit Concert Phil Monsour: Middle Easter Dinner


AHIMSA House, 26 Horan St West End

0421 637 172


19 April


Open Day for Muslim Women and Launch of ‘Kara Aktiv’ Fitness Gear

Kareema Benjamin & Fernwood Underwood

Fernwood Underwood

0404 844 786

2pm to 4pm

8/9 June






QLD LIONS, Pine Rd, RICHLANDS 0438 114 619


13 June


IWAQ Client/Carer Dinner




MacGregor Primary School 3272 6355


14 June


MBN Business & Professional Trivia

Muslim Business Network


0422 191 675


25 June


Kuraby Madrassah fundraising DINNER

Kuraby Mosque


0431 300 111


22 August


IWAQ Client/Carer Dinner




Kuraby Special School 3272 6355


23 August


Annual School Fete

Islamic College of Brisbane

Islamic College of Brisbane, Karawatha

0402 794 253

All day

30 August


Holland Park Mosque Centenary Celebrations

Holland Park Mosque Management Committee


0431 300 111


1/2 September



Start of Ramadaan

29/30 September



End of Ramadaan

30 Sept. / 1 Oct.




4 October


Annual Eid Dinner

Muslim Business Network (MBN)


0418 722 353


11 October



Eidfest Committee

Mt Gravatt Showgrounds

0402 819 197

10am to 10pm

18 October


Annual Eid Nite

Islamic Society of Darra

Darra Mosque 219 Douglas St Oxley

0418 757 157


25 October


Crescents 'Pink Ribbon Breakfast'

Crescents of Brisbane


0404 296 297

10am to 1pm

8/9 December




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




1) Fiqh Made Easy
Description: Fiqh (Islamic jurisprudence) at a basic level, covering the topics from purity and salaah to hajj, and business dealings to marriage.
    Lesson this week: Fiqh of Marriage
    Teacher: Shaykh Aslam Abu Ismaeel
    Date: Every Friday
    Time: 6:30pm (roughly after Maghrib salaah)
    Venue: Room 722, Building 9, University of Queensland

2) Explanation of Riyad-us-Saliheen
Description: Explanation of hadeeth from the great collection of hadeeth called "Riyad-us-Saliheen" (Gardens of the Righteous), compiled by the great scholar of Islam, Imam an-Nawawi.
    Next Lesson: Hadeeth from 'Chapter of Truthfulness'
    Speaker: Shaykh Aslam Abu Ismaeel
    Date: Every Monday
    Time: 6:45pm
    Venue: 323 Hawken Drive, St. Lucia

For more details email Ismail Mohamed at i_m_006@hotmail.com



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