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Sunday, 10 August 2008

 .Newsletter 0196


News you won't find on CNN!



This week's CCN is kindly sponsored by

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Thirty four Imams from all over Australia will gather at the Darra Mosque today (Sunday) for their second Annual General Meeting.


The Australian Australian National Imams Council (ANIC) will elect a new Executive committee.


Mr. Bob Atkinson Commissioner of Police Queensland; Mr. Damian Carmichael State Director for Immigration and Multicultural Affairs; Mr. Garry Page Executive Director for Multicultural Affairs Queensland; Councillor Matthew Bourke representing the Lord Mayor of Brisbane; and Prof Toh-Sewee-Hin, Director of the Multifaith Centre Griffiths University will be some of the dignitaries attending the opening session.


Social Card Group "Night Out" comes up Trumps 


(Centre) Yunus Solwa, winner of the competition, (Left) Osman Latif, runner-up and (Right) Shabir Elias, winner of "most gogoks"


A local 'Gogok' Social Card group held its annual awards night at the Runcorn Function Room in Gowan Road, Runcorn.



In an entertaining evening supported by the live Brisbane Babas Band of musicians, awards were made to the 2007-2008 winner, runner-up and in the 'most gogoks' category.


In a speech to the members and their wives and friends, incoming President Yacoob Bassa told his audience that they were an open club and anyone wanting to enroll as a member, or learn this uniquely Southern African card game or simply just wanting to hang out with the boys on a Friday night were most welcome to join.



Master of ceremonies for the night, Abdul Omar also offered to teach the ladies the card game, and said the Club would be more than happy to support the setting up of a ladies group if they wanted one.



The club meets every Friday night alternating venues between the Kuraby State Special School and the Bridge Club in Daw Road.



For more information contact Yahya Hashim on 0403 338 040.




Ifthar with Activist


Two Australian peace activists are currently abroad two ships that are attempting to break through Israel's blockade of the Gaza Strip.


Peace activists from 13 countries, including an Israeli professor and an American Holocaust survivor sailed from Cyprus to Gaza abroad the SS Free Gaza and the SS Liberty to deliver medical supplies to the Gaza Strip.


Following the delivery of medical supplies, the ship intends to return to Cyprus carrying exports from Gaza. Ultimately, the peace activists aim is to open Gaza's harbour so that the people of Gaza will be able to trade with the rest of the world without Israeli interference.


The main organizer behind this initiative is Melbourne based Michael Shaik.


Michael will be in Brisbane on Friday 19 September.


There is an Ifthar planned at a local Brisbane restaurant on the 19th where Michael will deliver a short lecture before tarawih prayers and then follow his talk up with an informal discussion soon after.


If you would like to attend this dinner and talk, email Mustafa Ally at ccn@crescentsofbrisbane.org as soon as possible as places are very limited.



About Michael Shaik


Michael Shaik is the Public Advocate for Australians for Palestine, a Melbourne-based organization that advocates for a just solution to the Palestine/Israel conflict and works to raise awareness of the conflict’s dynamics among the Australian public.

He is a graduate from the Australian National University with a Masters degree in Strategic Studies and an Honours degree in Political Science.

He worked for six years in the Department of Defence, mainly for the Royal Australian Navy and in 2000 he was awarded an Australian Service Medal for his work as a Civilian Peace Monitor in Bougainville.

From January to April 2003 he worked as the media coordinator for the International Solidarity Movement – an organization that works with Palestinians to non-violently resist the Israeli occupation.

When he tried to return to Palestine to resume his work, he was jailed and deported for unspecified “security reasons”.

For the past four years he has worked in Australia to raise public awareness of the Palestinian struggle for self-determination and accepted employment as a Public Advocate for Australians for Palestine in July of this year.

He is a contributor to two books on the role of non-violent direct action in the struggle for Palestinian independence and has commented on Israeli-Palestinian affairs for The Age, The Canberra Times and ABC Radio National’s Perspectives program.

The Principal and her Principles


The Australian International Islamic College (Durack) is holding its annual fete today (Sunday).


CCN caught up with Ms. Lisa Khalid, the recently appointed Principal of the School.




[CCN] How do you see your new role and what are your expectations and teaching philosophies?


[Khalid] My appointment as a Principal at the Australian International Islamic College is a great challenge and experience.


As the School Principal, I would like to set high expectation on discipline.


Discipline is vital to every living being.


It is discipline that unites man to man, one society to another.


Discipline has to be observed in speech, in sport and in every kind of relationship.


Students should learn the right way of doing things even in ordinary actions like sitting, talking or reading. If discipline of the school improves, grades and test scores would increase.

Parents’ involvement and support is very essential too.


When parents are involved in children’s schools and education, children have higher grades, improved behavior at home and school, and better social skills and adaptation to school.

[CCN] Teaching seems to be more than just a job with you.


[Khalid] Yes, absolutely! Reflecting back at my childhood, I used to put on my mom’s heels, carry some books, pretending to be a teacher.


I used to teach my sister and helped her out with school work.


All my life, I’ve always been engrossed with teaching.

[CCN] You have been involved with teaching at every level of the business.


[Khalid] Yes. Two weeks after graduation, I was appointed a lecturer at a private college in Malaysia. It was my first experience into formal teaching.


I moved on from private colleges to an international school. At the International Islamic School, Kuala Lumpur, I was a teacher of both Primary and Secondary students.


I was also involved in some translation work for the school.


At the International Islamic School, I moved on from a teacher to Head of Humanities Department, then to the Vice Principal of Administration and later as Vice Principal of Academic.


My wide exposure in the area of communication has encouraged me to do a Masters programme in Corporate Communication.


I believe, as an educationist, one has to have good communication skills in order to get the message properly delivered.

I have learned a lot through times, and I will continue to learn. After all, learning is a lifelong process.

Malaysia's Hajj Tracking System


A leading Malaysian university has designed a program that employs modern technology to help track the whereabouts of pilgrims during their soul-searching journey of hajj.

"The prototype was a big success," Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, said announcing the program during the second "National Seminar on Hajj Best Practices" in Kuala Lumpur on Monday.

Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM), one of the country's most prominent public universities, has been working on the Pilgrim Tracking Management System (PTMS) since last year.

The program, designed in cooperation with Umm-Al-Qura University (UQU) in Makkah, is instrumented to track the progress and the whereabouts of pilgrims during hajj.

"USM launched the PTMS prototype last year using the luggage of several local respondents performing the hajj," Ahmad said.

"A pilot study will be conducted during the coming Hajj season."

In the next stage, the minister added, USM researchers will use radio-frequency identification (RFID) to track the movement of pilgrims.

He said pilgrims from all over the world would be able to use the new technology once it proved successful.

The PTMS would be introduced into the market within the next five years.



"The Services in Mecca and Madinah need to be adapted to modern technology and USM is creating a system that can be used for the next 50 to 100 years, while also accounting for the needs of a growing number of pilgrims performing the Haj,”  Ahmad said.

When completed, the tracking system will include passport, health, baggage and pilgrim monitoring RFID tags that would be scanned at several locations in Makkah.

More than two million Muslims flock to Saudi Arabia every year to perform hajj, one of the five pillars of Islam.

Every able-bodied adult Muslim — who can financially afford the trip — must perform hajj once in their lifetime.

Malaysian officials say the USM program is meant to use modern technology to offer a better environment for pilgrims.

"USM is one of many institutions worldwide that has been given the task of developing products and services to create a better environment for pilgrims performing hajj," said Minister Ahmad.

He underlined the need to use technology to overcome movement difficulties facing pilgrims.

"The services in Makkah and Madinah need to be adapted to modern technology.

"USM is creating a system that can be used for the next 50 to 100 years, while also accounting for the needs of a growing number of pilgrims performing hajj."

Over the past few years, Saudi authorities have been working to employ modern technology to facilitate hajj rituals.

The Saudi Ministry of Hajj is working on a sophisticated broadcasting network and new safety standards for vehicle tunnels and pedestrian routes for the hajj season in November.

Last December, the kingdom announced plans to set up five monorails, a single rail serving as the track for a wheeled or magnetically levitating vehicle, to ease the movement of the faithful in the holy sites.

It also has a SR20-billion project to link Makkah and Madinah by a railway system.



MDA Information Session


• Have you identified any specific needs that your group or organization would like to address through a project?
• Would you like to see your community group have better integration with the general community in Brisbane?
• Is your organization or group seeking funding for a Project or to undertake any cultural activities?

If you said YES to any or more of the above questions, then you need to go to the information session offered by the Multicultural Development Association (MDA) on the 14 August 2008.


You will find all the details about the session here.


National to pay $35m for stake in property trust


THE National Australia Bank will spend around $35 million for an interest in what is likely to become the world's first listed industrial property trust compliant with Islamic Shariah law.

NabInvest, the bank's direct investment management business, has formed a joint venture with Oxley Corporate that will own 80 per cent of the company, which manages the $S967 million ($774 million) Singapore-listed Cambridge Industrial Trust.

The trust is currently seeking unitholder approval to convert to a Shariah-complaint REIT to cash in on growing wealth in the Middle East.

But the trust will first have to finalise a Shariah-compliant financing solution for $S369.3 million of interest-bearing loans, because to be Shariah-compliant, a REIT must not pay or receive interest.

While the Islamic Bank of Asia has been appointed adviser for the conversion, the Hong Kong & Shanghai Banking Corp is advising on the refinancing solution.

Shariah law will also prevent the trust from stockbroking or share trading in non-compliant securities and conventional insurance. Also outlawed will be investments involving hotels or resorts and some entertainment activities that include gambling or gaming, involvement in the manufacture or sale of non-halal goods and the sale of tobacco-based products.

As well as approval from unitholders, the Singapore Stock Exchange must also give its blessing.

Approvals will make the NAB-managed trust the world's first Shariah-compliant industrial REIT and Singapore's first publicly listed Shariah-compliant REIT.

Analysts said the industrial trust would get greater access to a new investor pool when raising capital or debt.


The trust's current portfolio consists of 43 buildings, all of which are fully leased.

Ahmed Fahour, the head of NAB's Australian business, is a Muslim. The bank has attempted to build bridges with the Islamic community by operating a $25,000 postgraduate scholarship in Islamic finance, which is named after Australia's Islamic spiritual leader, Sheik Fehmi Naji al-imam.

Read the rest....


Cheng Ho the Chinese admiral was Muslim  


If you followed the Beijing Opening Ceremony closely on Friday night you will have noticed a scene being played out in which the exploits of a certain Muslim Admiral was depicted.


CCN dug this bit of history regarding this man in question:


Decades before Christopher Columbus sailed the ocean blue in search of a water route to Asia, the Chinese were exploring the Indian Ocean and Western Pacific with seven voyages of the "Treasure Fleet" that solidified Chinese control over much of Asia in the 15th century.

The Treasure Fleets were commanded by a powerful eunuch admiral named Cheng Ho. Cheng Ho was born around 1371 in China's southwestern Yunan Province (just north of Laos) with the name Ma Ho.


Ma Ho's father was a Muslim hajji (who had made a pilgrimage to Mecca) and the family name of Ma was used by Muslims in representation of the word Mohammed.


When Ma Ho was ten years old (around 1381), he was captured along with other children when the Chinese army invaded Yunan to take control over the region. At the age of 13 he was castrated, as were other young prisoners, and he was placed as a servant in the household of the Chinese Emperor's fourth son (out of twenty-six total sons), Prince Zhu Di.


Ma Ho proved himself to be an exceptional servant to Prince Zhu Di. He became skilled in the arts of war and diplomacy and served as an officer of the prince. Zhu Di renamed Ma Ho as Cheng Ho.

Cheng Ho, who was said to have been seven feet tall, was given greater power when Zhu Di became emperor in 1402. One year later, Zhu Di appointed Cheng Ho admiral and ordered him to oversee the construction of a Treasure Fleet to explore the seas surrounding China.

New evidence suggests he could well have discovered America and Australia and the map used by Columbus was obtained by the Portuguese from the Chinese!



Little Mosque on the Prairie: Season 2 Episode 16


Ear For Trouble

Part 1




Part 2




Part 3




`Around the Muslim World with CCN



Obama's New Muslim Adviser Resigns

Sen. Barack Obama's director of Muslim outreach has resigned amid controversy, just a few weeks after joining Obama's presidential campaign.

Attorney Mazen Asbahi started working as the campaign's outreach coordinator on July 26, and he resigned on Monday. In a letter, he said he was stepping down "to avoid distracting from Barack Obama's message of change," the Associated Press reported.

The A.P. said Asbahi resigned amid questions about his connection to an imam linked to people who allegedly raised funds for Hamas.



Read the rest......


Publisher Random House has pulled a novel about Islam over protest fears  

"The Jewel of Medina," a debut novel by journalist Sherry Jones, 46, was due to be published next Tuesday and an eight-city publicity tour had been scheduled.

The novel traces the life of A'isha from her engagement to Mohammed, when she was six, until the prophet's death.

Jones said that she was shocked to learn in May, that publication would be postponed indefinitely.

"I have deliberately and consciously written respectfully about Islam and Mohammed ... I envisioned that my book would be a bridge-builder," said Jones.

Random House deputy publisher Thomas Perry said in a statement the company received "cautionary advice not only that the publication of this book might be offensive to some in the Muslim community, but also that it could incite acts of violence by a small, radical segment."

He added: "In this instance we decided, after much deliberation, to postpone publication for the safety of the author, employees of Random House, booksellers and anyone else who would be involved in distribution and sale of the novel."

Read the rest......



Cape Christian preacher calls Islam a puppet religion   

Muslim pupils at the Groote Schuur High School in Cape Town, South Africa are angry about alleged derogatory remarks about Islam during an assembly.

They claim a Christian preacher called Islam a puppet religion.

He also said that “Jesus is alive, unlike that thing Allah”

The education department says it is investigating.

The Muslim pupils staged a walk-out in response to the comments but teachers prevented them from leaving.

A parent says after the incident, one of the teachers told the pupils to simply "get over it".

The school principal in unavailable for comment but another school official says a meeting is organised for parents tonight.

Muslim Judicial Council’s spokesperson, Nabaweeya Malik, says they are appalled by the incident.

They have referred the matter to the Cape provincial education authorities for investigation.

One anonymous parent says she is deeply disappointed at the incident and cannot understand how the school’s management could allow such statements to be made.





Saudi authorities intensify Umrah preparations  

Riyadh: Saudi authorities have intensified preparations to receive Umrah pilgrims in Makkah and visitors of the Prophet's Mosque in Madinah.

The number of people who will come from all over the world to perform Umrah and visitors is expected to increase considerably in Ramadan since it will coincide this year with the summer vacation period.

Read the rest......



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


This week

Shaukat Dhedhi



The Secret History of the American Empire:

Economic Hit Men, Jackals, and the Truth about Global Corruption
by John Perkins


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


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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.

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Kareema's Keep Fit Column


Parents ignoring that our kids are getting fatter

Australian parents seem to be ignoring the expanding waistlines of their offspring, as new research in the Medical Journal of Australia shows...

The last ten years has seen a hundred per cent increase in obesity levels among pre-schoolers, and many parents appear not to be recognising the signs which can be indicative of health problems later in life. In a study of parental attitudes to childhood obesity, 324 mothers of four year olds were interviewed.

Dr Michele Campbell, who led a research team at the Murdoch Children's Research Institute in Melbourne, reported that only a quarter of mothers of overweight or obese children (as defined by Body Mass Index) actually rated them as such, and 70 per cent of these mothers thought that their children weighed about the same as their classmates.

Only 17 per cent of all mothers interviewed were concerned about their children facing future overweight or obesity problems. Dr Campbell said that the findings, which mirror those reported in other westernised nations, indicate that the ramifications of overweight and obesity are not being absorbed by Australian parents, who appear not to notice their child’s expanding girth as being out of the ordinary due to the prevalence of overweight kids in society.

Parents who do recognise the seriousness of the issue have to address it carefully, encouraging healthy eating whilst avoiding making their children overly weight and image conscious. Children need to follow a good eating, and exercising example set by parents in the home; it’s no good for parents who lead an unhealthy or sedentary lifestyle to tell their kids to do as they say and not as they do. Some children will grow out of their ‘puppy fat’, but without adopting a more active lifestyle and a healthier eating regime, they could be setting themselves up for a future blighted by health problems.

Source: Medical Journal of Australia.




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KB's Culinary Corner






2 kg filleted Hake (or any white fish)

1 teaspoon pepper

4 tablespoons lemon juice

1 teaspoon salt

3/4 cup flour


Marinate fish in salt, pepper and lemon juice and coat in flour

Batter Ingredients
2 cups flour - 2 teaspoons salt - 5 eggs beaten – 1 cup milk – a 1/4 cup water - Oil for deep frying.

1. Sift flour and salt in a bowl.
2. Whisk eggs and milk together with the water.
3. Add to the flour and whisk for 2 to 4 minutes.
4. Dip coated fish in batter and deep fry in heated oil until golden and crisp.
5. Remove with a slotted spoon onto paper towel.
6. Serve garnished with lemon wedges and parsley with chips and tartar sauce.

Tartar Sauce Ingredients
500ml mayonnaise - 3 ½ Tablespoons gherkins chopped - 2 medium onions diced - 3 ½ Tablespoons chopped parsley - 2 teaspoon lemon pepper - 4 to 5 ml paprika.

Combine all above ingredients together and stir.



Do you have a recipe to share with CCN readers?
Send in your favourite recipe to ccn@crescentsofbrisbane.org and be our "guest chef" for the week.


The CCN Chuckle



One day Mula Nasruddin and his friend Jalalludin were walking through the woods when they saw some rabbit droppings.


Jalalludin said, "What is that?"

"They're smart pills," said Mula Nasruddin. "Eat them and they'll make you smarter. "

So Jalalludin ate them and said, "These taste like crap."

"See," said Mula Nasruddin, "you're getting smarter already."


The Notice Board


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Jalsah for Tajweed Course

PLEASE NOTE: Time change to after Magrib



Annual College Fete

Marriage Toolbox

IWAQ Annual Ladies Night 2008

Tree Planting

PLEASE NOTE:  Date change to 16 August

 Brisbane Islamic Soccer

ADCQ ECCQ Workshops



The CCN Date Claimer






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10 August


Annual College Fete



724 Blunder Rd, DURACKl 3372 1400


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 maghrib

30 August


Holland Park Mosque Centenary Celebrations

Holland Park Mosque Organizing 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)

Commerce Hall, RNA Showgrounds, Gregory Terrace

0418 722 353

6.30pm for 7pm

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

A Jas & Susan Production for IWAQ

Greek Orthodox Hall, Creek Road

0404 433 702

6.30pm til late

25 October


Crescents 'Pink Ribbon Breakfast'

Crescents of Brisbane


0404 296 297

10am to 1pm

7-10 November

Friday to Monday

The Muslim Marriage Toolbox with Dr. Mohammed Sadiq



3272 6355


8/9 December




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





This week taleem for ladies will be held on Thursday 14 August at the home of Zaini Issadeen, 26 Westpark Place, Kuraby from 11am-12pm.


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

 Gardens of the Righteous


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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