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


Sunday, 13 July 2008

 .Newsletter 0192


News you won't find on CNN!



This week's CCN is kindly sponsored by

Acro Accounting & Financial Planning


Roar Against Racism Eventual Winners


Up Close and Personal

Roar Fans: Fatima Abdulkarrim, Galila Abdelsalam, Ala Gamery, Maryam Elshemy and Sadia Sharkawi















Queensland Roar beat Brazilian side Palmeiras 3-1 in a good-natured encounter before some 13,000 spectators yesterday evening.



The game was supported by a number of ethnic communities from in and around Brisbane and as far afield as Toowoomba.



The pre-match entertainment matched the game in energy and vitality with drummers and dancers taking centre-stage.



Last week's CCN competition winners of six double pass tickets to the game were Saleem, Farahnaz, Nabil, Hashim, Alawiyyah Lawler, and Bilal.


Well done! We hope you enjoyed the game! We certainly did!


Qibla Locator


Easily locate the Qibla from anywhere in the world, without a compass!







Enter the address, city, postcode, state or country or even lat/longitude from where you want the direction of the Qibla to be shown and click 'Search'.

The direction is drawn on the map as a red line and is given in degrees to the left of the map.

Olomi Outclasses Opposition


Mustafaa Olomi (second from left in picture) won gold at the Korean Taekwondo Open last week.


The fight was shown live on Korean national TV and is the largest tournament next to the World Championships.


Coach and father Haris Olomi told CCN that Mustafaa fought very well and "stuck to the plan which I laid out for him".


Mustafaa Olomi and Jacob White represented Australia and Queensland at this tournament.


This is Mustafaa's second international gold medal for the year.


The next tournament is on 27 July at the Entertainment Centre.

Queen's Birthday Honours


The Queen's Birthday Honours List was announced on 9 June 2008.


Australia honours citizens who have made outstanding achievements and contributions to our society.


Honours help define, encourage and reinforce national aspirations, ideals and standards by identifying role models.


Anyone can nominate an Australian citizen for an honour. 


The nomination may come from an individual or a group such as a community organisation or professional body.


The nomination should include an outline of how the nominee has made a significant contribution to the community.


It is helpful to include examples that show how the nominee has gone above and beyond what could reasonably be expected of someone in a similar position. 


More information on how to nominate a person for an award can be found at: http://www.itsanhonour.gov.au/honours/nominating/nominating.cfm.

The Elders on ABC




This week on ABC1 Andrew Denton interviewed Helen Thomas the doyen of the White House Press Corps.


From JFK to George W. Bush, she has reported on the highs and lows of world politics for 57 years.







Extracts from the interview:


HELEN THOMAS: My dad had emigrated from Syria. It was Syria then in the 1890s and after World War I when the British and the French cut up the world, cut up the Middle East that is, ah their town, Tripoli, became a part of Lebanon. They created Lebanon for the Christian people.

ANDREW DENTON: A tricky thing to move to a country where you don't know the customs, you don't know the language.

HELEN THOMAS: I wouldn't call it tricky. I call it the great courage to go into the unknown, come by steerage, few cents in your pocket, never knowing what the future will hold, build your your life on hope. But I must say that education was a great goal. We were very interested in what was going on and determined to be American and not to be Mediterranean.

ANDREW DENTON: What's the difference?

HELEN THOMAS: The difference was you were called a garlic eater and if you weren't blonde and blue-eyed you were not American in those days. I mean I'm not saying we suffered the prejudice that blacks do by any stretch of the imagination but there was a lot of prejudice against it. We were not dark skinned per se but we came from the Mediterranean area and strange and ah this country's very Anglo.



ANDREW DENTON: The old saying that that power corrupts absolute power corrupts absolutely. Do you believe that's true?

HELEN THOMAS: Yeah. I think it can. I've seen people men go into the Oval Office with some trepidation. In a couple of days they think they're President and they think that's all powerful and people worship at their shrine and every wish is a command, no yeah I think very corrupting.

ANDREW DENTON: Who have you seen most changed by that office?

HELEN THOMAS: This man. I think he thinks he's President and he's led us into a very big quagmire morass.




ANDREW DENTON - VO: As senior White House correspondent Helen's line of questioning, particularly of this current President, was always direct.

[Helen talking in clip]

ANDREW DENTON - VO: But in 2003 her relationship with the Presidency was fractured when an off the record comment she made about George Bush ended up in print. She had called him "the worst President in American history".

ANDREW DENTON: What were the consequences of that remark for you?


HELEN THOMAS: Well Ari Fleischer called me, did you say that? I said I cannot tell a lie, I chopped down the cherry tree, um I don't know if you know how it worked George Washington.


ANDREW DENTON: Yes George Washington yes.


HELEN THOMAS: Um he's they were very unhappy.

ANDREW DENTON: More than unhappy. You were ...

HELEN THOMAS: Ostracised.

ANDREW DENTON: The ranking White House correspondent, front row, your name on the chair uniquely. You were ostracised weren't you? What happened?

HELEN THOMAS: Well ah at press at press conference which was a very crucial press conference. I think it was March 6, 2003. In two weeks we went to war. The President came out, held a news conference. They put me in the back row for that and ah it was so clear he was telling the reporters the American people were going to war. This is two weeks before the invasion. No-one asked why and ah he he didn't call on me but I was ah er I was loaded for bear you know, why? And so I think that reporters missed a shining moment. They said to him, "Do you pray?" and so forth and I I mean they accepted the illogic of it all.



ANDREW DENTON: You did write to him after you were reported as having called him the worst President. How did he respond?

HELEN THOMAS: Very nice. Wrote me a nice note and he thought as I he thought it was a peace offering and then ah ha so he called on me the next time I said, "Why did we go to war?"


HELEN THOMAS: So ah again I was in the dog house. Deep freeze this time.



ANDREW DENTON: Do you see in the new generation coming through, do you see seeds for hope?

HELEN THOMAS: Who can live without hope? Of course there's hope. I don't know about the new generation per se but I mean there'll always be hope. Can't go any further down in my opinion.

ANDREW DENTON: What would say to a suicide bomber?

HELEN THOMAS: Why? What is it about our country that have we have not tried to understand what why are they doing these things. You can tell a suicide bomber has reached the end of his rope. I think you have to find out why. There has been no attempt in this country of finding out what is terrorism? What motivates these people? Why would they give up their lives when they we know people cherish their their lives? Because they see no hope and they also have felt so pushed down. I do think that ah our lack of curiosity of what motivates these people. See I don't believe it's 12 virgins in in ah heaven that baloney. I think it's it's a deeper feeling of being absolutely the end of the road.

ANDREW DENTON: To many people in this country a suicide bomber represents the darkest of dark forces.

HELEN THOMAS: Well it is. But wh-what's the difference between a suicide bomber and dropping a missile in in a house and and blowing up everybody? Napalm and things that we've done in Vietnam and now. I mean we what did we do at Fallujah? We left one tree. We wiped them out because they had fired ah rebelled and and ah revolted and and pushed us back for a while. Came in with a vengeance and nobody even mentions it. It was carthage at the end.

ANDREW DENTON: Isn't that what's needed for the war on terror?

HELEN THOMAS: I think we ought to find out what it's all about. What is the motive of of these terrorists so called terrorists? Who's a terrorist? Who's a terrorist? You're an Iraqi defending your own country, your family, your home. Does that make you a terrorist? Were the American Revolutionaries terrorists?

ANDREW DENTON: To the British they were.



ANDREW DENTON: What was it that Churchill sa-said? "A politician is asked to stand, ah hopes to sit and is expected to lie."

HELEN THOMAS: Yes and they say the same thing about po- diplomats sent abroad to lie for their country, right?


HELEN THOMAS: You know they're not just lying to someone else, they're lying to the world, they're lying in our name and if they continue that we have no credibility. It's more than the boy who cried wolf, it's it's that you have no credence at all as a country.

ANDREW DENTON: Of course ah Saddam Hussein lied and ah Malarchi lied and ah Tony Blair lied. Why should why should America have standards that its rivals and opponents refused to adhere?

HELEN THOMAS: Because we're better, we think, because we have higher standards and because we don't expect the best of them but we do expect the best of ourselves. We have put ourselves on a pedestal. We have a halo. We're supposed to represent the best of mankind, mankind striving for even higher heights. I think most Americans feel a certain shame in the very fact that they can hardly go anywhere in the world and not be, you know, feeling that they've done a wrong thing and they've been shunned.



Full transcript, audio and video excerpts.


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Make Up and Make a Difference


A Leisurely ‘Spa Day’ for the ladies, get your hair done, maybe a pedicure or relax and enjoy a professional massage whilst a Nanny is looking after the kids.


This is a great day for the ladies with proceeds going to a much greater cause.


The event is an ongoing Charity Fund Raiser, with proceeds going to the Care Education Project through F.A.C.E Inc to help build a Masjid and School in one of the most undeveloped countries in the world, Chad.


You can sponsor a child or donations are welcome.


The event is being held on Tuesday July 22 2008, for info or bookings please go to http://www.geocities.com/faizahbatchelor


Andrew Bartlett takes up senior peak body role


Former Australian Democrats member of the Senate, Andrew Bartlett, on Monday takes up a senior position with Queensland’s peak body for the multicultural sector, the Ethnic Communities Council of Queensland.

He takes up the position of Senior Policy & Advocacy Advisor with ECCQ on Monday, July 14.

Andrew Bartlett was an Australian Democrats member of the Australian Senate from 1997 to 2008, representing Queensland. He was the leader of the Democrats from 2002 to 2004 and deputy leader from 2004 to 2008.

ECCQ chair, Mr Serge Voloschenko, said ECCQ was pleased to be able to recruit someone of Mr Bartlett’s stature to this critical role in the organisation.

“Andrew’s appointment is a coup for ECCQ as he will be able to bring his extensive policy and process experience to ECCQ and the multicultural sector in Queensland at a critical time for all Queenslanders,” he said.

ECCQ executive manager Ian Muil said Mr Bartlett’s brief would be wide-ranging but would include an assessment of the impact on Queensland of the Rudd Labor Government’s policies on immigration, citizenship, refugees, settlement and multiculturalism.

“In Queensland we have a number of important issues on the agenda which we need resolved with the Bligh government sooner rather than later – issues such as appropriate funding for interpreter services, cultural competencies across all government’s service delivery agencies, and the continuation, on a recurrent basis, of two programs which have been funded for a number of years and which form the cornerstone of the Government’s own multicultural policies.

“These programs are the Coordinated Advocacy in the Multicultural Sector (CAMS) program and the Local Area Multicultural Programs (LAMP) which fund workers across the State. It is these workers who provide the critical link between cultural and linguistically diverse communities and government and mainstream agencies.

“There is some concern that these programs are now under threat. Without these programs and this crucial policy mechanism Queensland cannot and will not be able to maintain the envious track record established under the Beattie Government for community harmony and productive diversity.

Something Borrowed, Something Blue

By Shakira Hussein


Most Muslim women regard polygamy as a last, desperate resort, writes Shakira Hussein


Brides are supposed to cry on their wedding days. Even Western brides, marrying the man of their choice, cry on what is supposed to be the happiest day of their life. And my aunts told me that Pakistani brides would be considered somewhat strange if they didn't cry. "It's not a happy day, is it? Leaving your family and everything you know. Of course you cry."

But this bride was different. Her wedding was taking place in an Afghan refugee camp, in northern Pakistan. Even though her face was coated in a heavy layer of make-up, it was possible to see that her expression was frozen in a rictus of fear. Her eyes were blank and seemed not to take in any of the scene before her - the wedding guests, the foreign visitor, the women who sang and laughed in a vain attempt to draw her into the celebration. It occurred to me that she might have been given a drug of some kind to calm her down.

The mother of the bride was nowhere to be seen. And when the other women explained why, they dropped all pretence of celebration. "The girl's mother is in another room, crying. The family is newly arrived from Afghanistan, and they have nothing. They can't afford to feed everyone, so they had to find a husband for their daughter. She is only 16, and she is marrying an old man. He already has a wife his own age, and just a few months ago, he married another young woman. It is not what anyone wants for their daughter, but what can they do? They cannot take care of her themselves, and they cannot find her a husband of her own age."

In peacetime, the mathematics of polygamy does not add up.

Read the rest.....


Muslim Girls July Adventures

by Shaima Khan


The long wait is over! A thrill-seeking group of young Muslim women will today be riding galloping horses in a Carbrook field, as part of another booked out girls-only event. When asked why they so badly wanted to go horse riding (in the cold), almost all responded with, ‘because its a Sunnah^!’


So these young women are not only craving an adrenalin rush, but are also in quest of experiencing an activity observed by our righteous predecessors, the Prophets (peace be upon them) and the Companions (ra).


Horse riding, swimming and archery are three physical activities said to be practiced and highly recommended by the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh).


Speaking of archery, next Saturday the 19th of July, insha’Allah, another adventurous group of young Muslimahs will be trying their skills with bows and arrows, as part of the Girls Day Camp. Other camp activities include, kayaking and abseiling. All in a strictly ladies-only, safe and Islamically-appropriate space - of course.


Don’t miss out! There are still a number of places left to join the Girls Day Camp. Transport is available. To register or to be kept informed of upcoming adventures, please email shaimak@myservices.net.au


^ Sunnah is a practice of the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh).


Are There Deadly Superbugs in Your Pork?


Scientists have detected antibiotic-resistant bacteria in pork, pigs and some veterinarians. It is possible that these so-called superbugs could infect farmworkers or even people who eat pork.

Antibiotic-resistant bugs were found in more than 7 percent of over 100 swine veterinarians tested. The same bacterial strains were found in nearly 50 percent of 300 tested pigs.

Perhaps of greatest concern, the bacteria were also found in 10 percent of more than 200 samples of ground pork and pork chops collected from four Canadian provinces.

An estimated 18,650 deaths a year in the U.S. are estimated to be caused by antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

Dr. Mercola's Comments:
If you’re still not convinced of the benefits of avoiding pork, I advise you to keep reading.

Pork is actually good meat from a biochemical perspective, but I believe there is more than enough scientific evidence to justify the reservations or outright prohibitions in many cultures against consuming it.

Pigs are scavenger animals and will eat just about anything. Their appetite for less-than-wholesome foods makes pigs a breeding ground for potentially dangerous infections. Even cooking pork for long periods is not enough to kill many of the retroviruses and other parasites that many of them harbor.

Read the rest.....


Around the Muslim World with CCN


'Get off my bus, I need to pray'   


UK: That was the headline to an article in the Sun, which informed its readers that "a Muslim bus driver told stunned passengers to get off so he could PRAY. The white Islamic convert rolled out his prayer mat in the aisle and knelt on the floor facing Mecca. Passengers watched in amazement as he held out his palms towards the sky, bowed his head and began to chant."

This story, along with the accompanying video clip, was widely circulated around the right-wing blogosphere, where it was presented as yet another example of the "Islamification" of the West. The Freethinker took it as conclusive proof that "the lunacy that is Islam has now insinuated itself into Britain's public transport system". Dhimmi Watch introduced the Sun report as a case "from our ever-expanding You Can't Make This Stuff Up file".

Except that in reality, and predictably, it turns out that the story was made up. The Slough and Windsor Observer reports:

Read the rest......

Related op-ed: Mark Steel: Wife-beating? That's fine – unless you're a Muslim


Most Muslim coverage 'negative'   


Researchers looking at the way British Muslims are represented by the media say they have found that most coverage is negative in tone.

A Cardiff University team behind the study looked at nearly 1,000 newspaper articles from the past eight years.

Two-thirds focused on terrorism or cultural differences, and much of it used words such as militancy, radicalism and fundamentalist.

The research was commissioned by Channel Four's Dispatches.

Dr Paul Mason, a member of the team, said the team looked at three areas.

They carried out a statistical analysis looking at types of stories and the way Muslims were described and the language used, the photographs used alongside the stories and they analysed the types of case studies used.

He said: "We looked at both nouns and adjectives and the way in which British Muslims were described.


Read the rest......


UK to tighten entry for South Africans over terrorism fears   


British intelligence is concerned at the number of al-Qaeda terrorists, trained in Pakistan, who use South Africa as a stopping off point to thwart tighter checks and controls on those travelling directly between the UK and Pakistan.

Last year the Serious Organised Crime Agency smashed a people smuggling gang that brought more than 6,000 illegal immigrants into Britain on forged or stolen South African passports.

Members of the gang, operating from Leicester, smuggled people out of villages in Gujarat in India to South Africa where they were supplied with false or stolen passports.

The migrants, who paid the gang between £5,000 and £8,000 each, were brought to Britain where many registered as students or found work.

Read the full story.......


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


Would you like to see the cover of your favourite book on our book shelves below? 

Then simply email the title and author to thebookclub@crescentsofbrisbane.org


Double click a book cover to find out what others think of the book


CCN has set up an online Book Club at Shelfari to connect with CCN book readers at:


Using the book club you can see what books fellow CCN readers have on their shelves, what they are reading and even what they, and others, think of them.

The CCN Readers' Book Club

............and now a word from this week's CCN sponsor.....  Acro Accounting & Financial Planning




WE HAVE MOVED.... Our new office is located at Underwood and we are keen to service our local community and professionally meet their Accounting, Taxation and Financial Planning needs.


Apart from our core business services we have an association with a Professional Bookkeeper in-house to help you get your 2008 accounts ready for the Accountant.


During this month, we are offering discounts on incorporation services; Company Setup $990, Family Trusts $495 and Self Managed Superannuation Funds $495 includes GST, ABN and TFN registration.


Further, our Individual Tax Returns starts from $79 + GST and we will offer 10% discount to all CCN readers for their personal tax returns, Company & Trusts.


We wish you all success in this world and the hereafter!!


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Kareema's Keep Fit Column





Q: Dear Kareema, you mentioned a while ago that in order to strengthen my back muscles, the fitball is a great tool. I've been using it for a few months now and was just wondering if I could somehow challenge my muscles a bit more now that they're stronger.




A: Great to see that you've improved your muscle strength and that you're keen to take on the next challenge!




Try a pump class. Weighted squats and dead-lifts will work your core muscles better than other exercises. Now that you're more confident, rather than performing many different exercises for your back and abs, incorporate them all into one exercise by doing 'weighted' squats and dead-lifts.


Start by doing one pump class per week concentrating on posture and technique and then try two classes per week (with 48 hours rest in between) for muscles to rest and recover. Start with light weights and slowly increase the weight as you get stronger.






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






With Ramadhan around the corner now is a good a time as any to learn how to make or perfect your Haleem recipe.


This SBS video demonstration by Javed Choudry shows you just how.







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



Jalalluddin goes to Mula Nasruddin for some psychiatric help and says, ''Mula Nasruddin, you've got to do something about my wife -- she thinks she's a refrigerator!''

''I wouldn't worry too much about it,'' Mula Nasruddin replies. "Lots of people have harmless delusions. It will pass.''

''But you don't understand,'' Jalalluddin  insists. ''She sleeps with her mouth open, and the little light keeps me awake.''

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Jalsah for Tajweed Course

African Safari

Ladies & Girls Adventure Day


Tree Planting

Trivia Night

Horse riding for Girls


FAMSY Annual Conference

 Towards Common Ground



The CCN Date Claimer






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13 July


Girls Horse Riding


AJ Horse Riding School, Carbrook

0402 529 395

8am to 2pm

16 July


Muslim Women Conference

Towards Common Ground

Government House – Paddington


9am to 4.30pm

19 July


Girls Youth Day Camp


Kindilan, Redland Bay

0402 529 395

8am to 4pm

19 July


MBN Trivia Night

Muslim Business Network

Sacred Heart Hall, Nemies Rd, Runcorn

0422 191 675


26 July


Ladies & Girls Adventure Day


KINDILAN: Cnr. Days and German Church Roads Redland Bay

0412 878 812

All Day

26 July


Islamic Wills


Darul Uloom, Agnes St, Buranda

0422 191 675

2pm to 5pm

22 August


IWAQ Client/Carer Dinner




Kuraby Special School 3272 6355


23 August


Adult Quran Tajweed Course Jalsah


Kuraby Mosue


Kurabu Mosque 0431 672 263

after Isha

30 August


Holland Park Mosque Centenary Celebrations

Holland Park Mosque Management Committee

Holland Park Mosque

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


18 October


IWAQ's Annual Ladies Night 2008

Jas & Susan

Greek Orthodox Hall, Creek Road

0404 433 702

6pm (TBC)

25 October


Crescents 'Pink Ribbon Breakfast'

Crescents of Brisbane


0404 296 297

10am to 1pm

7-10 November

Friday to Monday

Marriage Toolbox Series: Dr. Mohammed Sadiq



3272 6355


8/9 December




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





Ladies Taleem will be held at Shahena Doodhia’s house 20 Delaney Court Carindale at 11am.


For Taleem enquires please call Nadima Peer on 3423 3303.


Every Monday

Event: Weekly Learning Circle:

More Details: http://www.sunnahinspirations.org/index.php?view=article&id=82

Organizer: Sunnah Inspirations (www.SunnahInspirations.org)

Venue: University of Queensland, 323 Hawken Drive, St. Lucia

Contact: 0421 731 797 Time: 6.45pm to 7.45pm

Every Friday

Subject: Fiqh Made Easy

More Details: http://www.sunnahinspirations.org/index.php?view=article&id=87

Organizer: Sunnah Inspirations (www.SunnahInspirations.org)

Venue: Room S201, University of Queensland, 323 Hawken Drive, St. Lucia

Contact: 0421 731 797 Time: 6.45pm to 9.00pm


Sunnah Inspirations is a non-profit organisation to cater for Muslim social support and supplying information to Muslims and non-Muslims.  They have been doing various activities around Australia, and have organised Da'wah information stalls at various universities in Brisbane.  More info can be found on their website above.


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