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Sunday, 24 August 2008

 .Newsletter 0198


News you won't find on CNN!





First Tajweed Class of 2008 Graduates


Yesterday evening (Saturday) the Kuraby Mosque held its inaugural Jalsa for its first group of graduates from the Qu'ran Tajweed programme conducted by the Imam of the Mosque, Imam Akram Buksh.


Before an appreciative audience who attended the awards, the 19 men, ranging in age from 19 to 90, each recited in turn a short verse from the Qu'ran.


A member of the audience told our CCN reporter that these men were an inspiration and a testimony to fact that age was no barrier to learning, more so when it came to learning the proper pronunciation during recitation.


The evening concluded with a dinner.


The following men received their awards last night:


Zaid Rane (Australia)

Murad Ali (Pakistan)
Bahaudien Ismail (Zimbabwe)

Shahid Mohammed Bashir (Kenya)

Manzoor ul Haq (Pakistan)

Rasheed Ismail (Australia)

Imran Nilam (Sri Lanka)

Shafique Allahwalla (Pakistan)

Habib Habibullah (Fiji)

Nadim Rozie (Eastern Turkistan)

Hussein Karimshah (Zimbabwe)

Sikander Gutta (South Africa)

Daud Batchelor (Australia)

Abdul Samim Khan (Fiji)

Liaquat Ali (Pakistan)

Mohamed Ibrahim (South India)

Tariq Ismail (South Africa)

Muhammed Masroor Alam (Pakistan)


Holland Park Mosque 100 Celebrations


Holland Park Mosque will be holding its Centenary celebrations at the Mosque on Saturday 30 August from 11 am to 3.30pm.


In addition to the official programme which is scheduled for 11am there will be fun rides for the children, food stalls, camel rides and an historical exhibition.


A large turnout is expected and a shuttle bus service will be operating from designated car park areas in the vicinity of the Mosque.


A number of local dignitaries and politicians have been invited to attend as well as those who have been associated with the Mosque in various capacities over the years.


This is a momentous milestone for the Muslim community in Queensland and an occasion that deserves everyone's goodwill and support.




The Crescents of Brisbane Team will also be on hand to lend its support to the event and will be holding one of its famous Coffee 'n Cup Cake stalls on the day. The proceeds will go toward a fixture for the Mosque to commemorate the occasion.


If you would like to donate a tray of your special cup cakes contact Julie Hatia on 0417 786 220.  



VU launches valuable resource guide for Muslim students


Victoria University (VU) - Australia's most culturally diverse university - will launch a student guide for Muslim students, acknowledging their specific cultural, religious and social needs.


The 'Muslim Student Guide to Living in Melbourne' provides one of the most comprehensive listings produced by an Australian university for its Muslim students. It contains detailed maps, coloured photos, addresses, and contact details about a range of services to help Melbourne's Muslim students.

The guide covers:
. Melbourne's mosques and prayer centres
. Muslim student societies.
. Halal restaurants and food suppliers
. Halal food on campus
. Islamic bookstores and clothing shops
. Female doctors and dentists
. Islamic media
. Islamic women's groups
. Islamic celebrations and prayer times


Nearly one-quarter of VU's 45,000 students are from culturally diverse backgrounds, with a strong concentration from south-east Asia and Horn of Africa communities, which are substantially Muslim in religious affiliation


Camp and Pool Competition A Hit with Youth


MY Services is happy to announce that the 2008 Islamic youth camp was a huge success.


It seems the venue, Fraser Island, and the activities involved had won the likes of the boys.


4wd, fishing, bush hiking, swimming, kayaking and more 4wdriving is what 20 young men did over the 3 day camp and during the evening we had talks about deen and iman.


It was not only Muslim males that attended but also non-Muslims came along to participate which resulted in great positive dialogue between Muslims and non-Muslims.


Alhamdulillah everything went really smooth and everyone who attended got along really well, and those that did not know each other before were exchanging numbers by the end of the trip.


The objective was to promote social cohesion between young Muslim males and young non-Muslim males through the means of healthy communication, and one of the ways to do that is to take them out of their normal everyday comfort zone and take them to a secluded island where there are no arcade machines, no city skyscrapers and no Starbucks.


Everyone was working together to achieve certain goals during the camp like taking turns with cooking, stocktaking amount of food we have left, financial management with the budget we had, navigation, maintaining the camp area and guarding items and food from dingoes.


These tasks, which were rotated, were achieved to promote leadership skills and skill building among the youth, and everyone did a job well done!


With fantastic results and positive feedback at the end from everyone we are sure to make this trip an annual event.

On the 16th of August the Islamic pool competition was held at Breakers pool hall with an outstanding 35 participants setting their sights on the first prize – a brand new cue set.

It was a grueling one-on-one competition but finally after 2 hours of competing young Br. Moey won the last game against Bilal where they had everyone standing around in awe as the game was too close to predict the better player.


With both players on the eight ball Moey sunk the last ball seemingly effortless which stunned everyone in many ways.


The night turned out to be a fantastic one with a large amount of last minute participants just before the competition started.


MyServices and Al-Nisa would also like to send their thanks and gratitude to the boys at Breakers Pool Hall, Raheem, Zahid and Salman who contributed greatly to make this night a success which we could not have done it without their help, so thank you guys!


With more positive feedback about the pool night MY Services might consider making this event a regular event.


Taufan Akbar Mawardi
Muslim Community Development Officer
M.Y. Services

Ramadan Health and Spirituality Guide


This British publication is aimed at helping you understand the health issues related to fasting so that you are able to make more informed choices, minimize complications and maximize on the benefit of your fast.


The booklet will guide you through physiological changes that occur when one is fasting; give examples of beneficial and harmful food during fasting, discuss potential medical complications and remedies, suggest a diet plan and respond to the most frequently asked questions about fasting in general and medical issues in particular.

The booklet has been put together by medical experts, Islamic scholars and researchers who have stayed within the spirit of Islam while ensuring the medical advice and suggestions are scientific and culturally sensitive.


Download the guide here.

Faiza Wins High Commendation Award


Faiza El-Higzi was part of a team that was awarded the Department of the Premier and Cabinet High Commendation Award for Enhancing Governance Systems and Practices held last Tuesday 19 August.

Faiza was seconded from her agency to the Department of the Premier and Cabinet last year to work on a couple of projects of strategic importance that were presented to Cabinet earlier this year.

One of these projects - and the one which won the award - is rather unique in that it used a new and innovative approach pioneered at the UK Cabinet Strategy Unit, to inform Government of future policy direction, making Queensland the fourth country/State to use this methodology. It was also the first time in the history of State that a project was presented to Cabinet in a format that departed from the traditional way and that required prior approval from the Premier.

The second stage of the project was to inform the Queensland 2020 Summit delegates about the future strategic challenges facing the State to prepare them for the Summit in Canberra. Faiza played a major role in adopting the original approach to suit the new audience. The end result was presented to the Queensland delegates at Parliament House by the same consultant who lead the original UK project.

Faiza said she feels privileged to have been part of this work and to have had the opportunity to work with talented people to inform Queensland's future policy direction.


Sydney residents oppose Buddhist monastery development


A Buddhist society's plans to build a temple in south-western Sydney is facing an outcry from residents, coming as it does close on the heels of the recent furore over a proposed Islamic school in suburban Sydney.

A resident of suburban Wedderburn, a 40-minute drive south west of Sydney, has lodged her opposition with the city council against the Da Bao Monastery's plans to expand its four-bedroom meditation retreat, raising concerns about noise, traffic and amenities.

'It will really disturb our neighbours. It's going to take away our peace, harmony, tranquillity and privacy,' the resident, Beatrice Alderden, was quoted as saying in the Sydney Morning Herald.

The United Vietnamese Buddhist Congregation of Australia monastery, built eight years ago for monks and nuns, is seeking permission to build two prayer halls, a single-storey accommodation building, two cottages, toilets, a five-metre-high stupa and a car park.


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`Around the Muslim World with CCN


Turks use diet patch to ease Ramadan fasting 


Some Turkish Muslims will use appetite suppressing diet patches to help them get through the daily fast during the Ramadan holy month, Anatolia news agency says.

One of the most popular questions asked on a helpline run by Turkey's religious affairs directorate is "whether diet patches are suitable for fasting" and "whether the use of diet patches will amount to foul play," the report said.

Theologists have reassured them they have nothing to worry about.

"Fasting is a way of disciplining the body. Those who use diet patches try to achieve the same. That's why diet patches are not objectionable," said Mehmet Baris, the muftu, or highest Muslim authority, in the southern province of Adana.

The patches, which release appetite-suppressing ingredients to the body through the skin, cannot be considered as corrupting the fast because their effect amounts to "showering or applying a pomade on the skin" rather than eating, theology professor Kerim Yavuz said.

During Ramadan, which starts on September 1, observant Muslims eat a light pre-dawn meal and fast until sunset, a practice aimed at fostering self-discipline, sacrifice and empathy for the poor.




She did it, wearing hijab

It was hard to miss Roqaya Al-Gassra racing around the Bird's Nest track this week. The Bahraini sprinter qualified for the 200m semifinal in 22.76 sec, beating Muriel Hurtis-Houairi of France and Sri Lanka's Susanthika Jayasinghe and she did it wearing traditional hijab head covering.

The 25-year-old speedster missed out on a finals berth by 0.1 of a second.

Al-Gassra also wears a full-length body suit, which leaves only her hands and face exposed, and is the only elite performer on the international athletics circuit to don such an outfit.

"Wearing traditional Muslim dress has encouraged me. It's not an obstacle, it's quite the opposite," Al-Gassra said after winning the 200 at the 2006 Asian Games in Doha, Qatar.

"I feel very special to be in this situation, and I don't feel any pressure by it."

Wearing the white hijab and the eye-catching red full-length suit, Al-Gassra is used to drawing attention.

She made her Olympic debut in the heats of the 100m at Athens four years ago and has powered on to become the reigning Asian Games champion. She has also competed on the prestigious Golden League circuit.

Al-Gassra was the first woman to win an athletics race at the West Asian Games competing in the 100m at the 2005 edition. Women had not competed in the two previous regional meets.

This year, Al-Gassra has run an Arab 100m record of 11.12sec, a time that would have put her into the 100m Beijing final if she had chosen to contest the event.

The 25-year-old has also run 200m in an Arab record of 22.65 at the Rome Golden League meeting last month to show that she is at ease with the fastest women in the world. She has also a wind-assisted mark of 22.45 to her credit.

Read the rest......



Olympics: Chinese Muslim boxer determined for more glory

Silamu Hanati went into Friday's Olympic welterweight semi-finals determined to bring more glory to his troubled Muslim homeland in China's northwest after already ensuring himself an historic medal.

Hanati, 23, dispatched Toureano Johnson from the Bahamas 14-4 in the quarter-finals to ensure himself of at least one of the two welterweight bronze medals on offer.

By winning Friday's semi-final against Cuban Carlos Banteaux Suarez, Hanati can bring more pride to the people back home in Xinjiang, a remote region of China bordering central Asia that has suffered deadly unrest recently.

"This was a great victory, it will make all the people of Xinjiang very happy," said Hanati, a Muslim from the Kazak minority, said after his quarter-final victory.

"I tried not to think about (the medal) too much, I only wanted to fight my match and fight to my potential."

The victory by the one-time farm boy is already causing ripples of excitement in the restive region, his coach said.

"The significance of this victory is huge, for an ethnic minority in a border region to win an Olympic medal will bring strength to the motherland," Abulikemu Abudulaxiti told AFP.

"This is not a victory for an individual, but it is a victory for the whole team and region."

Read the rest......



Also in the news.....


Ivins believed Jews were God's chosen  : The government scientist who killed himself as he faced arrest for the 2001 anthrax attacks was an evangelical who believed Jews were God's chosen people.

The Frederick (Md.) News Post republished letters from Bruce Ivins in the wake of his suicide last week. Ivins was an anthrax researcher at the government's biological weapons research lab in Fort Detrick, Md.

In one letter he praises a rabbi for refusing to engage in dialogue with a controversial local Muslim cleric.



Terrorists 'don't fit a stereotype' : THERE is no straightforward way to identify the typical British extremist, research conducted by the domestic intelligence agency MI5 shows, The Guardian newspaper reported today.

Citing an internal research document it had seen, the daily said that MI5 had found that the hundreds of known and suspected extremists analysed were "a diverse collection of individuals, fitting no single demographic profile, nor do they all follow a typical pathway to violent extremism''.

The researchers who wrote the report were said to have concluded that their results "challenge many of the stereotypes that are held about who becomes a terrorist and why''.

According to The Guardian, the research found that most of those analysed were British nationals, and many do not ardently follow their faith regularly, with some involved in drug-taking and prostitution.

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


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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.

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Kareema's Keep Fit Column






Q: Dear Kareema, how does exercise keep your heart strong and which exercises are best for it?




A: Anything that gets your heart rate up and keeps it there for at least 30 minutes is great for heart health.


That means any aerobic activity such as running, cycling, swimming, brisk walking, etc. Combine it with strength training, and you're set!

When it comes to your heart, working out harder isn't necessarily better.


You should aim for moderate intensity, as vigorous exercise may mean that you will not exercise for as long as needed to benefit your heart.


A good way to test this is if you can't continue exercising beyond 10 minutes, you're probably going too hard.


Take your time while exercising (30 minutes minimum) and sustain your elevated heart rate to strengthen your heart and reap the benefits.







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.


KB's Culinary Corner



Lamb Korma




1kg lamb cut into cubes
2 Onions sliced
3 Tab Ghee/oil
2 Tab Ginger Garlic Mix
1 stick Cinnamon, 2 cloves and a 2 pods of Cardamom
1 tsp Dhana jeeru mix (1/2 tsp coriander and 1/2 tsp cummin seeds - ground)
1tsp salt
125ml yoghurt
1 tin Coconut milk
1 tin tomato or 4 fresh tomatoes pureed
½ cup chopped cashew nuts


Saute onions in ghee until light brown, toss in the nuts, and quickly stir fry.
Liquidize the onions, nuts, coconut milk and tomatoes until fine.
Marinate lamb in yoghurt.
In a little oil braise the ginger garlic, dhana jeeru, and add the cinnamon, cloves and cardamom. When the aroma (in 2 seconds) arises add the lamb, cook for 5mins and then add the liquidized mixture and simmer until meat is done and the sauce is thick.
Garnish with chopped green coriander leaves and serve hot with rotis or naan.



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


Mula Nasruddin and his newly wedded wife were visited by her mother, who immediately demanded an inspection of the place.


While they were walking through the barn, Mula Nasruddin’s mule suddenly reared up and kicked the mother-in-law in the head, killing her instantly.

At the funeral service a few days later, Mula Nasruddin stood near the casket and greeted folks as they walked by.


Jalalludin noticed that whenever a woman would whisper something to Mula Nasruddin, he would nod his head "Yes" and say something.


Whenever a man walked by and whispered to Mula Nasruddin, he would shake his head, "No" and mumble a reply.


Curious, Jalalludin later asked his friend Mula Nasruddin what that was all about.

Mula Nasruddin replied, ''The women would say, 'What a terrible tragedy' and I would nod my head and say, 'Yes, it was.'


The men would ask, 'You wanna sell that mule?' and I would shake my head and say, 'Can't. It's all booked up for a year.'"

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Gold Coast Mosque, 144 Allied Drive

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Islamic Society of Darra

Darra Mosque 219 Douglas St Oxley

0418 757 157


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A Jas & Susan Production for IWAQ

Greek Orthodox Hall, Creek Road

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This week taleem for ladies will be held on Thursday 28 August at the home of Faiyaza Omar, 13 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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