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


Sunday, 28 September 2008

 .Newsletter 0203


News you won't find on CNN!





Eid Mubarak from CCN and the Crescents of Brisbane Team


CCN and the Team at Crescents of Brisbane wishes all CCN readers and their families 


Eid Mubrarak

May the blessings of this day and the past month be showered upon you and your loved ones, Ameen

Eid Prayer Programmes


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Australian International

Islamic College


Kuraby Mosque

EIdgah Site

& Parking

Islamic College of Brisbane

Islamic Society of Darra

Islamic Society of Bald Hills

Islamic Society of Algester


Winning Hearts, Changing Minds: Youth Dialogues


Have you ever judged people you don’t know? Ever regretted that judgment once you got to interact with them?


We all have, and we all know that it is interaction with the ‘unknown other’ that breaks barriers.


Winning Hearts, Changing Minds is a MYServices initiative that brings together Muslim and non-Muslim young people "in an informal, safe and comfortable setting, encouraging deliberation and discussion about those really itchy issues and questions you have about different people, but you don’t ask because you don’t want to be rude or sound weird."


If you are young person looking to mprove your communication skills and grow your confidence while developing an appreciation for other young citizens, different to you then read more about how you can take part in this programme.


Call for Cakes & Cupcakes for CresCafe




The popular Crescents of Brisbane's CresCafe will again be at this year's Eidfest on Saturday 11 October.


If you would like to donate cakes or cupcakes, the profits of which will go towards a worthy cause, then call Julie Hatia on 0417 786 220.




Ifthaar in Brisbane


QUT Muslim Community Break the Fast for Ramadhan

The Queensland University of Technology (QUT) Muslim community came together with family and friends to observe Ramadhan at a breaking of the fast event held Thursday 18 September.

Over 250 people from the Brisbane Muslim community, QUT staff, students and friends gathered at the QUT Refectory at sunset to break the fast, known as Iftar, and to learn about the Islamic faith, during this month of fasting.

"I am so grateful to be able to enjoy the company of my friends, meet new people and share my faith with other cultures," said QUT student Awaad Alshammary.

Graeme Baguley, Head of QUT's International Student Services, said the event was a great opportunity to encourage interaction between international and local students and staff, while allowing the Muslim Students Association to educate others about the Islamic faith.

"This event is a great example where intercultural understanding and friendship is promoted under the banner of the East West Centre. Staff and students are committed to ensuring we all benefit from our culturally diverse community at QUT," he said.



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During the event, Muslim community representative Aslam Hussain spoke to participants about Ramadhan's significance, explaining the purpose of fasting to develop self-control from temptations out of a sense of duty to God.

QUT student and Muslim Student Association member Sabrina Amir said that being able to host others with food for Iftar is an important part of Ramadhan, and supports the Muslim values of kindness and solace.

"Being a Muslim gives me a purpose in life, goals to work for, and the happiness and satisfaction from having achieved them," she said

"I am always contented the do good deeds in this life as such behaviours will lead to happiness on earth."

The event was sponsored by QUT International, in conjunction with the East West Program. Iftar and Tarawikh Prayers occur at the Gardens Point and Kelvin Grove Campuses every weekday, with more information available from the East West Centre.



Ifthaar at Multifaith Centre






The Griffith University Multifaith Centre served as the venue for the Toward Common Ground Ifthaar at which a number of different organizations and faith groups broke fast together.


The food was prepared and served by restaurant Shai Thali.



Dr. Rubana Moola was the Master of Ceremonies for the evening during which (left to right in picture) Mr. Denis Scanlan, Mr. Ariel Herber and Mr. Ismail Moola spoke on what fasting meant to the Christian, Jewish and Muslim faiths respectively.


They spoke on the observance and significance of fasting in the Abrahamic religions and then moved on to the similarities of other aspects of worship as reflected in the five pillars of Islam.


" ... the event was informative, educational and fun" said Richard Cowley the Convenor of the International Peace Day Alliance.


It was the first time for many to be at an Ifthaar and to understand its significance.


One of the University of Queensland students said that his mother had a negative idea about fasting, "I think I can now go and convince her that her ideas about fasting are not right" he said.


Acting Inspector Cherie said that she would like to bring more officers with her next time as he found this event a worthwhile experience.


The panel was facilitated by Ms. Faiza El-Higzi.

ACCES Serves Up an Ifthaar


The employment group ACCES Services laid out an inviting spread for their guests at their offices in Woodridge last Tuesday.


It was also an opportunity to be introduced to the two new Muslim Employment Project Workers, Safia Casoojee and Ahmed Abou El-Yazid (pictured left at CresWalk2008).


Their task at ACCES is finding employment and training for new Muslim migrants and refugees. Training is done through ACCES with RTOs providing the tutoring. Their job also entails having overseas skills and experience assessed and accredited.

ACCES Services Inc provides a wide range of services from settlement to employment and they also offer torture and trauma counseling.


A new Health Facility is scheduled to open in the next few weeks with Dr. Fuzzy Moola as the resident GP.


The food was prepared and served on the night by the Tandoori Village Restaurant.



[EDITOR] Ahmed Abou El-Yazid's other claim to fame is that he was the winner of the 16-25 years category at this year's CresWalk2008.


Kuraby Mosque hosts VIPs


Several invited guests joined the ifthaar at the Kuraby Mosque. They were shown around the Mosque and sat through the Maghrib Salaat, which for some turned out to be the first time they had seen Muslims as prayer.


The same evening Imam Akram Buksh presented the keys of a specially fitted out vehicle to the Ali family. The Ali Family have two young boys who suffer from Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy - a severe and ultimately fatal condition.


As a result the family found itself in need of a special vehicle with dual wheelchair access for transporting the boys.


Kuraby Mosque coordinated and collected $50 000.00 for the purchase of a vehicle fitted for disability access.


The vehicle was handed over to the family that evening.


Police Commissioner Bob Atkinson was so taken with the gesture and the condition of the boys that he invited the Ali Family to dinner and a look over the Police Headquarters.


The occasion also struck a chord with Deputy Mayor Councillor Graham Quirk who has a 21-year wheelchair bound daughter.


Breaking fast together

The guests included Police Commissioner Bob Atkinson, Assistant Commissioner Brett Pointing, David Forde (President of Kuraby Lions), Sergeant Jim Bellos (Cross Cultural Liaison Officer), Garry Page (Executive Director Multicultural Affairs Queensland), Deputy Mayor Cr. Graham Quirk, Serge Voloschenko OAM Chairman ECCQ, Nick Xynias Honorary President ECCQ and Roy Somerville (Roy Somerville Surveys)



Meet Hanifa Deen @ Eidfest


Eidfest has been chosen for the Queensland launch of The Jihad Seminar by Hanifa Deen.


After the book launch at 3.00pm Ms Deen will be available for a book signing.


About the book


In March 2002, three Muslim converts attend an Evangelical Christian talk on the inner secrets of 'Holy Jihad'.


Shocked by what they hear, they convince the Islamic Council to lodge a complaint against Catch the Fire Ministries Inc, under a controversial new hate speech law.


A case expected to be over in three days turns into an unholy war of words lasting five long years - freedom of speech versus freedom from religious vilification is under the spotlight.


Author Hanifa Deen follows this case from beginning to end, witnessing the religious impulse at its best and worst.


Her very human account focuses on the personalities and motives of the two religious tribes: Muslims and born again Christians.


Real people on both sides of the courtroom express their pain and their innocence at a hearing that turns into a nightmare.


Hanifa Deen's photo Courtesy of the National Archives of Australia

The AIIC Report Card


The Australian International Islamic College (AIIC) has published a progress report on the school and its activities over the past year.


Embedded with Sheik Hilaly



On Tuesday 23rd September SBS aired the documentary Embedded with Sheik Hilali.


A young man decides to move in with Australia’s most controversial Muslim figure, Sheik Taj El Hilaly, in order to learn more about the cleric, Islam and the Australian-Muslim community.

Dave Zwolenski is 26 years old and likes girls and drinking beer. Raised a Catholic, these days he prefers to stay away from religion altogether.


Sheik Hilaly is 66, born in Egypt and a devote Muslim. He likes praying and drinking ‘man tea’ (his own special blend).


Together, Dave and the Sheik form an odd couple, but for the next few weeks they are going to be inseparable.

Arriving at Sheik Hilaly’s house in the Sydney suburb of Lakemba, Dave is a little apprehensive about what the next few weeks may have in store.


Sheik Taj El Hilaly is after all, the ex-Mufti of Australia who made national headlines for his comments regarding scantily dressed woman.


But Dave is determined to uncover the man behind the controversy, and attempt to better understand Islam and the Australian-Muslim culture in the process.

As part of Dave’s experience, the Sheik insists that he observe all Muslim practices, which includes praying 5 times a day, attending mosque and no bacon! Dave also discovers a few surprises when it comes to the Sheiks rules concerning hygiene…

To gain a better understanding of the Islamic community in Australia, Dave speaks to the Sheik’s good friend, boxer Anthony Mundine about his conversion, a newly-wed couple on relationships and a young woman about freedom of choice.

In a bid to find out why some Australians are so afraid of Islam, Dave travels to Camden in south west Sydney where earlier this year, locals rejected a plan to build a Muslim school in the area.


There, Dave meets with anti-Islamic activist Katie McCullough, a woman who caused a bit of a stir of her own when she voiced her strong opposition to Muslims living in her community.

Back in Lakemba, Dave and the Sheik’s unconventional relationship blossoms and it seems the pair is becoming unlikely friends.


But all this could end when, over a cup of ‘man tea’, Dave decides to confront the Sheik about the comments that made him infamous to the Australian public.

Embedded with Sheik Hilaly uses comical observational moments, created by a clash of cultures, in order to examine some of the bigger issues that have, and continue to, divide the community.







The documentary is the first of a three part observational documentary series called Embedded, where young Australians from a variety of backgrounds are placed into very different cultures to learn and share in their experiences.



Talks draw perceptive comments


Ms. Annette Yunus has been presenting talks on Islam to schools in both the private and state government sector on behalf of the Islamic Women's Association of Queensland (IWAQ).


After her recent talk at the All Hallows School Annette was presented with a cup by the staff and students as a parting gift.

Annette received the following feedback from the Kelvin Grove State College Grade 12 Philosophy class where she presented a talk in the early part of Ramadan:


Dear Annette,

Thank you so much for once again taking the time and trouble to come and talk to our KGSC Philosophy and Reasoning class.  We very much appreciated your visit, and learned a great deal from what you had to say.  Both the factual knowledge your comments provided and the social awareness your visit promoted will, I am sure, make a positive difference to my students and to the communities they live and move in, now and in the future.

Many thanks,

Chris Poulson (Teacher)


Dear Annette Yunus

Thanks a heap for coming in  to talk to our class.  You helped me to gain a better understanding of the Islam faith and come to respect it more because of this understanding.  I really enjoyed our time with you.



To Annette Yunus

I really appreciated the way you presented your religion to us! I was very intrigued by the Islam religion. 

Thanks so much



For the complete list of comments click here


Mohammed Ali the Aerosol Islamic Artist


Internationally celebrated UK based artist, Mohammed Ali, will be presenting an evening of live painting, presentation and discussion at the al-Ghazzali Centre Academy in Sydney on 13th October.


Mohammed Ali will share his experiences and influences, discuss the history of graffiti art and Islamic script and explain how he has used it to challenge the oft-heard 'clash of civilisations'.





The CCN Centre Link




The Islamic Society of Bald Hills in Brisbane is currently looking for applicants for the position of Imam.

Details of the position are available here.

FINANCE OFFICER: Women's Health Queensland Wide Inc


This permanent part-time position of 22.5 hours per week will undertake budgeting, accounting, payroll and financial reporting duties for 12 staff.


The position will also provide advice at a strategic level regarding relevant legislation and insurance.

Application package available at www.womhealth.org.au.

For further information please phone 07 3839 9962 during business hours.

Applications close at 5pm Monday 6 October 2008.

CALD Tenant Education Project Worker

Purpose of the Position: To increase accessibility to the tenancy advice services for new and emerging CALD communities (Culturally & Linguistically Diverse)

For more details click here and here.


About the TENANTS' UNION OF QUEENSLAND click here.



Locum Positions

The Queensland Program of Assistance to Survivors of Torture and Trauma (QPASTT) is a non-government organisation providing a range of services to refugees, especially survivors of torture and trauma. These include counselling and clinical services, specialist children’s and youth programs, community development work, research and innovation.

QPASTT has two 12-month maternity leave locum positions (commencing early November 2008) for:

• Counsellor/Advocate – Youth Team
• Capacity Building and Support Worker (Children’s Program)

For more details click here.


Skilling Queenslanders for Work – Work Placement (SQW-WP)


Brisbane City Council Employment Services is calling for expressions of interest for three Work Placement projects that will provide work experience and opportunities for more sustainable employment:

- Overseas Trained Professional - closing date 2nd October 2008
- Teacher Aide - closing date 10th October 2008
- Aged Care - closing date 10th October 2008

If you are interested in any of this projects fill in the referral form and attach your resume. Short-listed applicants will be contacted by phone and further recruitment processes will be discussed.

For more information about any of these projects call:
Lilly Matich on 3403 5582
Tina Lindsay on 3403 5737
or email your application to Lilly.Matich@brisbane.qld.gov.au  or Tina.Lindsay@brisbane.qld.gov.au 

Alternatively or those who prefer to send their application via post the address is:
Brisbane City Council
HR Employment Services
Lilly Matich- Community Employment Services Coordinator GPO Box 1434, Brisbane,Qld, 4001


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Around the Muslim World with CCN


There will be hope in Gaza





(LARNACA, 23 September 2008) - The Free Gaza Movement announced today that an international delegation of doctors, parliamentarians, and human rights workers will sail to Gaza aboard the “Hope” on Thursday, September 25th at about 10 a.m, (ETA Gaza Friday 10 am).





The passengers on board include:

• Five physicians from 4 countries
• Human rights lawyers and monitors
• Jamal Zahalka, a member of the Israeli Knesset
• Dr. Mustafa Barghouti, General Secretary of the Palestinian National Initiative, and member of the Palestinian Legislative Council
• Mairead Maguire, winner of 1976 Nobel Peace Prize for work in Belfast

According to Maguire, a world-renowned human rights campaigner, "This mission carries with it the hopes
and wishes of many people around the world."

Read the rest....


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


This week



My Guantanamo Diary: The Detainees and the Stories They Told Me by Mahvish Khan

Mahvish Khan is an American lawyer, born to immigrant Afghan parents in Michigan. Outraged that her country was illegally imprisoning people at Guantanamo, she volunteered to translate for the prisoners. She spoke their language, understood their customs, and brought them Starbucks chai, the closest available drink to the kind of tea they would drink at home. And they quickly befriended her, offering fatherly advice as well as a uniquely personal insight into their plight, and that of their families thousands of miles away.
For Mahvish Khan the experience was a validation of her Afghan heritage—as well as her American freedoms, which allowed her to intervene at Guantanamo purely out of her sense that it was the right thing to do. Mahvish Khan's story is a challenging, brave, and essential test of who she is —and who we are.


Other reviews: http://www.scribepublications.com.au/book/myguantanamodiary


[CCN Editor] Ms Khan's website: http://www.mahvishkhan.com/ is certainly worth visiting


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

The Inbox


Dear Editor

I'm writing in regards to Ms. Nahida Hossain, seen on the documentary film Mohammad Hossain's Intensive Care.

I would like to provide assistance to Ms. Hossain in any way possible and was wondering if you could please update me on whether you are still assisting her in your organization.

I'd appreciate if you could email me back to advise on whether she is still in touch with your organization and what assistance I can provide to her and her baby.

Thank you for your time.

Kind Regards,


[Editor] We have lost contact with Nahida since our fund raising effort when the programme first aired on SBS in 2006. If any reader can shed light on the contact details of Ms. Hossain and/or an update on the progress she has been since please email ccn@crescentsofbrisbane.org.

Dear Editor

Jazaak Allah for publishing my appeal for Fitrah/Zakaat to be distributed to the poor and needy Muslims in Zimbabwe.

I wish to inform all those that gave towards this worthy cause that the Fitrah has been distributed and the Zakaat will be distributed accordingly.

May Allah reward you all abundantly. Aameen.

Jazaak Allah.

Was Salaam
Faisel Essof

Kareema's Keep Fit Column




Q: Salam Kareema, I took a break from exercising for the past month as I couldn't find time to fit it in my already busy schedule. What can I do now to get my fitness level back to what it was prior to taking a break?




A: Unfortunately taking a break can cause you to lose up to 50% of lean muscle mass and cardiovascular strength.


As soon as you stop participating in regular activity, your body starts de-training.


The good news however is if you were fairly fit before taking a break, you'll bounce back quickly!

Ease back into your old fitness regime by cutting back the intensity you were used to and slowly build your
fitness level over the next few weeks.


Do about a quarter of the cardio you were doing to prevent overexertion and instead of doing weights straight away, use resistance bands to regain the strength you've lost quickly and without causing injury. Work both upper and lower body and remember quality versus quantity.






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: Ramadan Recipes







250grams Butter

½ Cup sugar

2 eggs

1 cup coconut

1 cup dates- chopped fine

¾ cup pecans – chopped fine

1 tsp water

1 tsp vanilla essence

Pinch salt

1 tsp baking powder

2 cups flour 

Beat butter and sugar until creamy

Add eggs and then the rest of ingredients and mix well.

Add flour to make a soft dough.

Divide the dough into 3 and form logs and refrigerate for approx 1 to 2 hours.

Slice and place a pecan nut on top

Bake at 180 deg C until very light brown

Cool and then sift icing sugar over the top.



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



Two Jewish men, Sid and Al, were sitting in a restaurant in Jeddah.

Sid asked Al, 'Are there any Jewish people of our faith born and raised in Saudi?'

Al replied, 'I don't know, let's just ask our waiter.'

When the waiter, Jalalludin, came by, Al asked him, 'Are there any Saudi Jews?'

The waiter said, 'I doont by knowing, I go ask our manager Mula Nasruddin.'


He returned from the kitchen in a few minutes and said, 'No ser, no Saudi Jews.'

Al wasn't really satisfied with that and asked, 'Are you absolutely sure?'

Jalalludin, realizing he was dealing with 'foreigners', gave the expected answer, 'I check again,' and went back into the kitchen.

While Jalalludin was away in the kitchen, Sid said, 'I find it hard to believe that there are no Jews in Saudi Arabia, our people are scattered everywhere.'

Jalalludin returned and said, 'Manager Mula Nasruddin say there is no Saudi Jews.'

'Are you certain?' Al asked once again, 'I just can't believe there are no Saudi Jews!'

'Listen, I asked EVERYONE,' replied the frustrated Jalalludin. 'All we have is Orange Jews, Apple Jews and Tomato Jews!'

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IWAQ Annual Ladies Night 2008

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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

12 October


Islamic Society of Gold Coast: AGM

Islamic Society of Gold Coast

Gold Coast Mosque, 144 Allied Drive

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 Pamper Brunch'

Crescents of Brisbane

Kimberley Park Community Centre, Shailer Park

0404 296 297

11am to 2pm

5 November


The Imam and the Pastor

Initiatives of Change & GIRU

Griffith University, Mt Gravatt, Room M10_5.01

373 55821

6.15pm – 9.30pm

7-10 November

Friday to Monday

The Muslim Marriage Toolbox with Dr. Mohammed Sadiq


See brochure

3272 6355

See brochure

8/9 December





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





This week taleem for ladies will be held on Thursday 25 September at the home of Asma Motiwala 39 Diamond Place, Runcorn  from 11am-12pm.


 Gardens of the Righteous

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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