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Sunday, 13 April 2008

 .Newsletter 0179

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The Kuraby Community Hall was a hive of activity as droves of people came over yesterday afternoon to register for this year's CresWalk2008, try on shirts for size and catch up with friends.




Graham Perrett MP and son Stan (reigning CresWalk champions in the pram/wheelchair category) and Health Minister Stephen Robertson are busy polishing up their running shoes for the walk. Expect to stride alongside a few other notable entrants along the route.



Only entries for CresWalk2008 received by Sunday 20th April are eligible for a CresWalk2008 shirt


So if you and your family have not registered yet, get your entries in by the deadline date


You can register online or download an entry form


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 Abdul Gets To Practice Politics


Wishart's Abdul Kadir Obeid is set for a taste of political life.


Abdul will be taking the seat of State Minister for Mt Gravatt Judy Spence after being selected as the electorate's 2008 YMCA Youth Parliament representative.


Ms Spence said the 19-year-old student had demonstrated a strong commitment to the local community and would be an excellent representative for the area.


Abdul applied for the position earlier this year, citing his interest in multicultural issues and the health of young people.


"I come from a strong cultural background and have matured between diverse cultures," he said. "I'm looking forward to this opportunity to present my thoughts on current issues which have affected many youths in the Wishart area and most likely other communities."


Abdul's community interest is reflected in his work as a support officer in the ward office of the late councillor Robbie Williams.


"Abdul has continued to work in the Holland Park/Wishart ward office since councillor Williams' tragic passing last December, and is also studying law at Griffith University," she said.


Abdul was also a finalist in the 2008 Mt Gravatt Australia Day awards for Young Citizen of the Year.


Youth members have a two-day sitting in the Legislative Assembly chamber of the Queensland parliament and will deliver statements, ask and answer questions during Question Time, debate and amend Youth Bills they have developed, consider motions on government policy affecting young people, and speak about their electorates and local issues during debates.


Issues raised during the Youth Parliament are passed on to the Government and Opposition.


Source: Southern Star Wednesday April 9, 2008


The list of the 20 members of the Youth Council can be found here.


Sand Castle Makers in Durban's Marine Parade


StepOne to Community Cohesion


Tackling cultural relations issues in Australian communities will be made easier by a new website called StepOne, Parliamentary Secretary for Multicultural Affairs and Settlement Services Laurie Ferguson said recently.

A key feature of the website is a set of case studies that have successfully addressed some of the more difficult aspects of cultural diversity in local communities.

The website aims to help local councils and community groups overcome problems such as racism, stereotyping and the social isolation of cultural groups and build positive, long-lasting relationships between people in their local area.

'Local councils are often best placed to identify and deal with issues that arise in culturally diverse communities because they live and work with them every day,' Mr Ferguson said.

'We are one of the most successful multicultural countries in the world and we need to ensure that Australia remains an inclusive and cohesive society,' he said.

Mr Ferguson congratulated staff of the Centre for Research on Social Inclusion at Macquarie University who developed the website as a part of a project funded by the Department of Immigration and Citizenship's Living in Harmony program.

'The website includes many inspiring stories of how local governments and community groups have brought together people of all backgrounds in a positive way,' the parliamentary secretary said.

'I hope communities right around Australia take up this resource with enthusiasm,' he added

Little Mosque on the Prairie: Season 2 Episode 10


Eid's a Wonderful Life

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Stretton MP Welcomes Southside’s Newest Parliamentarian


Yassmin with her counterpart Robertson

Brisbane’s Southside has a new Member of Parliament who is eager to represent the views of young people and the area’s ethnic community, Member for Stretton Stephen Robertson said this week.

Mr Robertson last week met with 17 year-old Yassmin Abdel-Magied who has been selected to represent the electorate of Stretton as an MP in the YMCA Queensland Youth Parliament.

“Yassmin received the news last month that she had been selected as a Youth MP and will spend the next few months representing our electorate, investigating issues affecting young people, and working toward improving our community,” he said.

“Yassmin’s experience will culminate in her implementation of a Local Action Plan in our electorate from August to September.

“Youth Parliament is an exciting forum that empowers young people to have a positive impact in their local communities and bring about positive social change – and I know Yassmin will excel as our representative.”

According to Yassmin, Brisbane’s Southside is a good example of how multiculturalism can be utilised to enrich a community.

“I would like to build on this success and bring in innovative ideas to further embed diversity into our way of life,” she said.

“I think the YMCA Queensland Youth Parliament is the ideal forum for the development of such ideas.”

Mr Robertson said he is looking forward to hearing more from Yassmin about her experience as a Youth MP and about the other community projects she is involved in.

“Already Yassmin has done some great work in our community including last year founding a youth run organisation, Youth Without Borders which advocates for youth issues and facilitates the development of networks to achieve better outcomes for young people and their communities,” he said.


The Queensland Youth Council’s chair will be Reece Pianta from Bundaberg, with  Yassmin Abdel-Magied serving as deputy.


Celebrating the Prophet's (pbuh) Birthday



The Islamic Society of Algester hosted it's biggest-ever Meelad-un-Nabi (SAW) celebration at the Logan West Community Hall in Hillcrest on last Sunday.

A record number of over 700 people attended the function.

There were a number of distinguished International and local Ulema and Imaams. They came from as far afield as
Makka-tul-Mukarrama, Syria, Jordan, India, Pakistan, South Africa, Fiji, United Kingdom, America
and the West Indies.

The highlights of the function were the presentations of the International Qari Sayed Sadaqat Ali as well as the learned Sheikh Siddiq Ahmed Nasir  from Trinidad and Tabago, West Indies.

Qari Sayed Sadaqat Ali, who is also one of the best Naat reciters in the world, "lifted the crowd into spiritual ecstasy with his beautiful and unique renditions."

The afternoon's proceedings, organized by the Islamic Society of Algester,  was concluded with a meal of curry and rice provided and prepared by Rahman Deen and his family.




Invitation from SAFA


The Syrian Australian Friendship Association Inc. Queensland is hosting a Chronological display of Syrian History the period 1900-1946.

Date: April 14 – 18, 2008
Time: daily from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Location: BCC Library - Carindale Shopping Centre.

You will be going back to an era in history to commemorate the Syrian Independence Day.

Come on and go through the memories of those who shaped the 20 century,
Read about their history in achieving the independence, refresh your memories of Grandfather’s stories of the war he fought, cheer up with the victorious nationals who won the independence of their country in most difficult but patriotic way. Learn about the women and their brave contribution to the independence, their intelligence and support to those brave men who lead their country to victory.

At this time of the year, we connect with our past, where we feel the greatness of our ancestor, whom because of them we are this nation of pride.

For more information, please call 0417 741 131.

From the IWAQ desk.......


• The Islamic Women’s Association had a weekend getaway for clients and their carers on 28-30th of March at San Simeon, Gold Coast. This was a resounding success with very positive feedback from participants. Thank you to all the clients, their families and the hard work of the organising team to make this happen.

• The Islamic Women's Association has vacancies for the positions of Salam Respite Coordinator and Aged Care Coordinator. For a copy of the position description and Key selection criteria, please contact IWAQ on 3272 6355. Applications close on COB Monday 28th April 2008.


The IWAQ Photo Gallery


The Bosnian Group at the Client Weekend Getaway

Enjoying the serenity of the outdoors

Time for lunch

At Avocado Land

A bit of country air

Taking in the view




The Director's Daughter

Maryam Elshemy and Alaa Elghamery at their Wedding Reception


By Shajaroh Amath


This past Sunday, AMARAH hosted a community forum/information session on creating a bill of rights in Queensland.


Sasha Jesperson, from Amnesty International, was the guest speaker for the night.


She highlighted the necessity for a bill of rights and brought forth awareness of our lack of rights.


Did you know that Australia is the only major Western democracy that has not established a bill of rights?


Do you feel safe knowing that you do not have a legislative right to freedom of expression/freedom of speech?


She mentioned that they are currently only a few states that have passed a bill of rights, but ultimately the main goal is to encourage the federal government to pass a bill of rights legislation of its own.


Jesperson went over what we can do to accelerate the legislative process.


We have to start at the local level and build our way up.


AMARAH plans on holding workshops that will allow the community to participate in the actual formation of the bill of rights.


It is highly encouraged that the community has their input!


For more information, please contact AMARAH at info@amarah.org.

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Kareema's Keep Fit Column





Q: Kareema, what would be the best thing to eat first thing in the morning before my workout?






A:  Try carb-rich food and drinks that will power you with energy.  Other choices should include low-fat breakfast or muesli bars, juice and toast with honey, etc. Foods low in fat and fibre are less likely to cause discomfort during exercise.




WEEK 1 of our 5 week training program:

Please note that the following program is suitable for beginners. For the more competitive or serious athlete, intensity, duration and frequency of exercises need to be increased!


DAY 1:
Walk for a minimum of 30 mins. (10 mins. at a moderate pace, 15 mins. at a more brisk pace and 5 mins. cool down / slow pace.

Healthy Tip: Always keep your body hydrated - carry a bottle of water with you daily!

DAY 2:
Similar to day 1. Increase your walking time by 5 mins. or more if you feel comfortable and include some hills as part of your course.

DAY 3:
Opt for some strength and resistance training (try a pump class if possible). Ensure good posture and technique.

DAY 4:
Get walking...the aim is to increase your time and distance!

DAY 5:
Active recovery - Do an activity that you enjoy (low impact). Include your stretching routine.

DAY 6:
Take on a more challenging walking course (steeper hills, etc.). Always challenge yourself, but do not overdo it. Listen to your body - QUALITY rather than QUANTITY!

DAY 7:
Have a rest, recover and get ready for week 2!

PLEASE NOTE:  The above training program assumes a healthy participant.  Those with medical conditions or who are not  already physically active, need to seek clearance from their GP before starting any form of exercise.





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 cups white meat - 1 tsp green masala - 1 tsp fine dhana (coriander seeds)- 1 tsp fine salt (as required) - ½ tsp tumeric powder - 1 dash lemon juice (optional).

Marinate chicken with the above ingredients and cook on medium heat until all water has evaporated.

Vegetable Ingredients
1 ½ cups mixed frozen vegetables - ½ cup frozen whole corn - ½ cup frozen peas - 2 dessertspoon green pounded chillies (as required) - 1 tsp fine dhanna - ½ tsp black pepper - ½ cup greens (dhannia (coriander), mint and spring onions finely chopped) - 3 medium potatoes (boiled then mashed).

1. Boil mix vegetables, corn and peas on medium heat for approximately 7-8 minutes.
2. Remove, strain and dry vegetables on a cloth.
3. Mash vegetables slightly (must not be fine).
4. Add all the rest of the ingredients and mix thoroughly.
5. Add chicken and mash potatoes and mix well.
6. Make balls and flatten them slightly.
7. Dip in egg and fry in hot oil (shallow – just covering kebabs) or dip in egg, roll in crumbs and fry.
8. Must not be stored in the freezer.



Source: Radio Islam Newsletter - Wednesday, 09 April 2008



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 and his mate Jalalludin are out on a walk, when a pigeon flies by and relieves himself on Jalalludin's head.

"Yech!" says the Jalalludin. "Get some toilet paper."

"What for?" asks Mula Nasruddin. "He must be half-a-mile away by now."





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Al-Nisa AGM

Miracle of the Qu'ran

ACCES Employment Workshop


Project Hope

Rotary Dinner

Benefit Concert



Muslim Women in Logan




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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


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

20 April


Recitation: Sheikh Saad Nomani


Jamiatul Ulama WA, MYWA & ANIC


Holland Park Mosque 0401 922 714

after Esha

30 April


Employment Workshop for New Migrants


ACCES Services


INALA Community House
38 Sitella Street
0417 746 977

10am to 12pm

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


25 May


Algester Mosque Fund Raising BBQ


Islamic Society of Algester


Svoboda Park, Kuraby 0403 286 305

from 10pm

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


22 June


Annual Qur'an Recitation Competition

Islamic Council of Qld

Islamic College of Brisbane, 45 Acacia Rd, Karawatha

0433 354 786

9am to 2pm

25 June


Kuraby Madrassah fundraising DINNER

Kuraby Mosque


0431 300 111


9 July




Queensland Police Service


QLD Police Service Regional Office, Level 1, 1993 Logan Road, Upper Mt Gravatt 0438 114 619

6.30pm to 7.30pm

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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