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Sunday, 3 May 2009

 .Newsletter 0234


News you won't find on CNN!






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CresWalk mascot, Furquaan the Frog, and friends

Sunday 17 May 2009

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Laughs and All at the Chandler


It was a night that generated a rollercoaster of emotions from bouts of comic relief to concerns over the plight of the Palestinians, and in amongst them were unscripted moments that brought forth muted gasps of admiration particularly when a young lad responded to the MC's question for a DVD prize on what he had learnt from Baba Ali and before that when Sheikh Ahmad Ghazaleh recited Sura Ibrahim.


Brisbane resident and compere of the show, Junaid Ally, kept the proceedings moving along nicely through the evening threatening every now and then to upstage the star billings.


Nazeem Hussain of Salam Cafe fame and his trio entertained with a couple of sketches in between Baba Ali's appearance both on screen and in the flesh.


A vote of thanks from Anas Abdalla turned into a grim reminder of the less than salubrious lives being lived in another part of the world. 

Junaid Ally, Master of Ceremonies, finds a whole new setting for the Neighbours theme song

The Chandler Theatre fills up in front

Nazeem Hussain (centre) and his troupe sketch out a routine

Ahmad Ghazaleh with a stirring rendition of the Quranic verses

Top billing Baba Ali explains the difference between men and women

Anas Abdalla reminds the audience why the show is called "Not just for laughs"

Muslim Aid Australia's Riyaad Ally

Baba Ali fans: Farzana Peer, Fasihah Peer and Naazneen Omar

(name and photo removed on request)  and Hasan Karimshah look forward to the night's entertainment smorgasbord

Muslim Youth to be Empowered in Facing the Trials of Youthhood

The Muslim Youth Speak Out! on the 24th of May will tackle the difficult issues Muslim youth face living in Australia.

“Muslim youth will emerge from this event inspired, empowered and skilled to successfully face their critical challenges” said Riyad Rahimullah, event co-ordinator and Muslim Youth and Community Development Officer for Muslim Youth Services.

“At the Muslim Youth Speak Out! we will hear practicing Muslims, male and female, speak about how they have faced their trials and come out successful in the eyes of Allah” said Riyad Rahimullah.

“Among them will be Nazeem Hussain (from Salam Café and Fear of a Brown Planet) who will give comic relief and anecdotes of how he faced some of his challenges as a young Muslim growing up in Australia”

“Respected figures in Brisbane will then engage in discussion with the youth about the nature of specific trials, and how to triumph over them.”

“There will be something for everybody. Topics that will be covered include spiritual challenges, adhering to the laws of Islam, resolving one’s identity crisis, issues to do with confidence and drive, how to handle discrimination and social outcasting whilst also positively portraying Islam, wearing the hijab, handling peer pressure, and youth activism in community issues.”

“I think the event will be inspiring especially having female and male role models speaking …Those that come will learn a lot: how to deal with issues they have gone through or are going through, and how to overcome adversity” said Susan Almaani, co-founder and board member of Al-Nisa Youth Group Inc.

When asked of his opinion regarding the Muslim Youth Speak Out! Imam Peer, Chairman of the Council of Imams Qld said “The event is fantastic. Its vital … I think this event is the first of its kind.”

Dr Mohamad Abdalla, Director of Griffith Islamic Research Unit, observed that “This event will be very fruitful for the youth of Brisbane. It is something that has not been done before.”

“Youthhood is a critical time in shaping one’s life” said Umar Batchelor, President of FAMSY (Federation of Australian Muslim Students and Youth).
For this reason, Imaam Peer, Chairman of the Council of Imams Qld said “Allah made the age of youth an amaanat, a trust.”

But youth face a lot of trials and challenges growing up as Muslims and growing up living in Australia.
“Living in Australia there are a lot of challenges of different kinds. Temptations, career fulfilment, local and global crises, and social problems” said Imaam Peer.

“A youth may find it harder to practice Islam. Their peers can have a great and negative influence on them. It’s an impressionable age; they are easily influenced by ideas, Islamic and non-Islamic. And they might not know how to deal with Islamic dilemmas and challenges.” said Umar Batchelor.

Susan Almaani said “A lot of youth don’t have the strength or confidence to practice Islam fully. For example, young muslimahs don’t wear the hijab because of the public or because their family don’t want them to.”

“Young Muslims need to be strong, confident and have the support behind them. That’s what Muslim Youth Speak Out! aims to do,” said Susan Almaani.

The Muslim Youth Speak Out! will take place on Sunday the 24th of May at Griffith University Mt Gravatt Campus. It will begin at 9.30am in building M10 1.30 and will conclude with prayers and a lunch finishing at 1:30pm. All Muslim youth, community leaders and imams are welcome.

Muslim Youth Speak Out! is organised, sponsored, and/or supported by a very large number of Muslim organisations, local, national and international.


High Tea on Brisbane's Mt Coot-tha

By Azima Omar, Al-nisa Member

On a perfect Sunday afternoon the Al-nisa group held a High tea at Mount Coot-tha's Botanical Gardens.


It was held in The Camellia room which is enclosed by glass windows that allowed everyone to overlook the spectacular scenery of the gardens.


Over a hundred ladies attended the event.

The Master of Ceremonies for the event was Aliyah Deen, Al-nisa's president. In her speech to the ladies present Aliyah highlighted the aims and objectives of the Al-nisa group, their past accomplishments and introduced the current management committee.


Aliyah also spoke of the fact that Al-nisa was a non-profit organisation whose aim was to bring together the Muslim youth.

A silent auction and sale table helped raise funds for the group. A variety of items were on sale including coin purses, an array of Japanese inspired tea sets and floral printed tea canisters. All the ladies were treated to a delectable selection of pastries, scones with strawberries and cream and a variety of scrumptious sandwiches on a three tiered cake stand.

The Al-nisa group would like to thank all the ladies for their much needed support and attendance in making the Ladies High tea a memorable event.


CAIR Asks Imam to Urge Swine Flu Precautions

American Muslim advocacy group, CAIR, called on imams to use daily and Jummah prayers in the nation’s mosques as a platform for providing information about preventing the spread of swine flu.

Their Action Alert states that Imams are in a unique position to offer public health information to American Muslims because they lead congregational prayers every day in the more than 2,000 mosques nationwide.


CAIR is suggesting that imams stay up-to-date on the spread of swine flu in their areas and stress the possibility of temporarily avoiding Islamic cultural traditions such as handshakes or hugs of greeting during a local health crisis. Imams are also being asked to be aware of swine flu symptoms that include fever, cough, sore throat, body aches, headache, chills, and fatigue.

“In times of crisis, public health and safety takes precedence over normal actions and activities that could lead to the spread of infection,” said CAIR Executive Director Nihad Awad. “Imams, because of their access to those attending mosques every day, are well-placed to offer advice to community members based on input from public health authorities.”

Awad added that the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) encouraged actions designed to prevent the spread of contagious diseases. The Prophet told his community, if disease breaks out in a particular area, “do not leave that place, and when you hear of its spread in another place, do not go there." (Al-Tirmidhi) Another hadith states: "A sick person (with a contagious disease) must not be brought among the healthy." (Fiqh-us-Sunnah)


CAIR is asking imams to offer flu prevention tips provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which include:

• Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
• Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. Alcohol-based hands cleaners are also effective.
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread that way.
• Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
• If you get sick, CDC recommends that you stay home from work or school and limit contact with others to keep from infecting them.

CAIR, in consultation with Islamic scholars, is also suggesting that imams and mosque officials consider taking other preventive actions recommended by the CDC when swine flu is confirmed in a community, including:

1. Worshipers who develop flu-like symptoms should be strongly encouraged to seek medical advice by phone and to self-isolate themselves in their homes.
2. Cancellation of classes in Islamic schools should be considered if there is a confirmed or a suspected case of swine flu in the school population.
3. Gatherings at mosques, even otherwise-mandatory Friday congregational prayers, should be temporarily cancelled if there is a risk of spreading infection.

Source: www.cair.com

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Statistics research leads to international profile for USQ Academic

Statistics research for most people is not something they would spend a moment thinking about let alone dedicate any of their professional careers towards.

For USQ academic Associate Professor Shahjahan Khan however there are few things that get him more excited than explaining to people the importance of statistics.

Dr Khan is passionate about the vital role that statistics plays in government, industry and business and he has dedicated much of his academic life to this area of research and teaching.

This dedication has seen the USQ academic become one of the world’s foremost leaders in statistics, with Dr Khan now having published papers in statistics publications across the globe. He is also serving as the Founding Chief Editor of the prestigious Journal of Applied Probability and Statistics (JAPS) based in the USA.

'Statistics is a mathematical science involving the collection, representation, interpretation, and analysis of data, and is used to make predictions and inferences in decision making based on the results from realised data,' A/Professor Khan said.

'They play a very important role in many different areas from the environment under the sea to that above the sky, and everything in between, including decisions on business and medical science etc, as such, statistical methods and research are being used more and more in real life.

'Research in this area has really grown in the last few decades and there are now many people globally, who are working with statistics. It is truly viewed as the grammar of science and art of decision making in the face of uncertainty.

'In the past few years I have been lucky enough to have some of my international professional activities published in leading statistics publications from Australia, UK, USA and Netherlands.'

As well as much of his work being published around the world, A/Professor Khan has also been responsible for the organisation of a number of international statistics conferences, which brought together some of the finest number crunches from across the world.

'In 2007 I organised the Ninth Islamic Countries Society of Statistical Sciences (ISOSS) conference in Malaysia, which brought together statistics researchers and practitioners from around the world to discuss advancements in statistics.

'I also chaired the international scientific committee of an international conference on the recent development of statistics in December 2008, and have once again been working as the main organiser of this year’s ISOSS conference to be held in Cairo, Egypt, 20-23 December 2009.'

Dr Khan, who was also the first Australian to receive the prestigious ISOSS Gold Medal for outstanding research and contribution to ISOSS in 2007 has presented many keynote addresses and shared stages with leading statistics researchers as an invited speaker. He was awarded Queensland Multicultural Service Award in 2002 by Premier Peter Beattie.

With his heavy involvement in statistics research set to continue in 2009, A/Professor Khan is continuing to strengthen his international research profile, and promote USQ at an international level through his on going professional leadership and achievements.


MBN Survey




The Muslim Business Network is soliciting comments, views and suggestions from members and non-members alike so that they can better serve the community.


To access the survey (which takes just a few minutes to complete), visit the MBN website: http://www.mbn.net.au/?content=survey.


The deadline for the survey is 15 May 2009.


ICOB Fete a Feast of Foods and Fun


The Annual Fete at the Islamic College of Brisbane yesterday (Saturday) proved to be another exciting and eventful day for the hundreds of men, women and children who attended.


There was something for everyone from rides for the young at heart, food to suit every taste and palate and opportunities aplenty to offload some of Rudd's stimulus bonus for a worthy cause.


A particular hit on the day was the (soon to be formally established) Pizza Lane stall where long queues of patient customers waited, some for over an hour, for a foretaste of the Elias and Latif pizza offering. By all accounts it was worth the wait!


Also popular with the patrons were Somalian Samosas, Lebanese Kebabs, Malaysian dishes,  and Goss pies with stallholders putting up the SOLD OUT signs long before MC and compere, Zaffar Iqubal, threatened to turn out the lights on the lingering at 7.30pm.


Crescents of Brisbane's CresCafe was once again the place to hang out at for a cuppa and a cupcake or two. Through the generosity of the many ladies of the community (and apparently one man) who baked those delectable cakes CresCafe raised over $900 for the School's funds.


The School's CPAC must be commended for the effort they put in this year to make the event the resounding success it turned out to be.

MC Zaffar Iqubal and CPAC member Osman Rane

QMWA opshop bargains from Jenny and Wilma

Part of the Crescents of Brisbane's CresCafe Team and Furquaan the Frog

Yahya and Farouk keep the Algester Mosque BBQ fires burning

Time to catch one's breath under the canopy

And the Pizza Lane pizza doesn't look half bad either!

Saphena Aku obviously cool and calm under pressure

Yaseen Sabdia, Riyaad Ally, Mohammed-Shafiq Suleman

and a very friendly Furquaan

CCN Supporting Local Enterprise


Raeesa Couture has an open day on Saturday 9 May.

A great chance to grab some great bargains

CCN Reader's Discussion Forum


Have your say on www.ccnforum.ning.com


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


This week




  Turkish Islam and the Secular State: The Gulen Movement

M. Hakan Yavuz (Editor), John L. Esposito (Editor)

Turkey is known with its peaceful Islamic movements and among them is the Nurcu movement to which Gulen belongs. Although the Turkish political establishment views Fethullah Gulen's educational activities with suspicion, he preaches tolerance and co-existence in a pluralistic cultural environment. The book appears to be the first study, a compilation of good articles on the movement he leads. Some of the articles concentrate more on his ideas and views than analyzing the movement itself. Particularly noteworthy are pieces by Hakan Yavuz, Yasin Aktay, Elisabeth Ozdalga, Ahmet Kuru, John Voll and Hasan Kosebalaban. Overall the book is a timely study particularly in the context of strong anti-islamic movements around the world, with the rhetoric that Islam breeds violence. The book shows that this accusation is largely false using the empirical case of Gulen movement. It reminds the readers that Islam like any other religion is interpreted in a particular context shaped by political, social and economic conditions.


(Anonymous review)



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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.

The CCN Readers' Book Club

Kareema's Keep Fit Column













WEEK 3 of our 4 week training program:


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




DAY 1:

Walk for a minimum of 50 mins. (10 mins. at a moderate pace,  35 mins. at a more brisk pace and 5 mins. cool down / slow pace).




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


DAY 2:

Instead of walking, try jogging.  Don't reduce the distance - keep up the effort and further challenge your muscles.

Wear some ankle weights for extra resistance. 


DAY 3:

Back to strength training team!  Lift weights, including your own body weight (tricep dips, push-ups, sit-ups, chin-ups, etc).

If you're a gym-junkie, a pump class will be great!


DAY 4:

A spin (cycle) class will be great for strengthening the legs so be sure to give it a go.  Alternatively, a ride in the park could be just as challenging if you’re new to cycling. Ensure good posture and technique.  Again, add more time / distance to last weeks program.


DAY 5:

Active recovery -  Head for the pool and do a few laps (walk in the pool if you're not comfortable swimming)  Include your stretching routine.


DAY 6:

Interval Training.  Include some 30 sec. sprints into your walking/jogging routine, walk for a minute (recovery), then sprint again..


DAY 7: 

Family time:  An 'active' day out on a picnic will be great to get the kids involved. (Active recovery)..


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





My Health and Fitness

Tel: 0404 844 786

(Accredited Member of Fitness Queensland)


Need an answer to a fitness related matter? Send your question to Kareema at  fitness@crescentsofbrisbane.org.

All questions sent in are published here anonymously and without any references to the author of the question.


KB's Culinary Corner


   Crème Brulee


4 eggs
1200 ml cream
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
half cup caster sugar
Plus extra icing sugar to caramalise the brulées

1. Whisk gently eggs, cream, vanilla and half cup of castor sugar together.
2. Strain the mixture into a jug.
3. Pour into the small ramekins and bake in bain marie* at 120C for 60 to 90 minutes.
4. Leave to cool. Sprinkle the brulées with icing sugar.
5. Using a gas blowtorch, carefully melt the sugar on top, which will caramelise the sugar to a golden colour. (Be careful not to burn the tops.)
6. Serve together with mixed berry compote, berry sorbet & vanilla ice cream

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




Jallauddin goes to Mula Nasruddin and complains:


Brother Mula, I keep seeing frogs in this week's CCN newsletter!

Mula Nasruddin: Don't worry friend, it's only a hoptical illusion.


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Mufti Umar in Brisbane

Mufti Umar in Brisbane

Islamic Book Exhibition

Women in Afghanistan

Muslim Youth Summit

Course: Road to Recovery

International Food Festival GC Mosque

Short Course for Reverts

GUMSA Seminars

Algester Mosque Fund Raiser

Public Speaking: Stand Up, Speak Out 

Get Engaged

Media Training for Muslim Youth

Islamic Classes for Teenagers

IWAQ Swimming


AMAL Muslim Helpline


Speed Intros

Golf Weekend

Tafseer at Bald Hills

Police Recruitment




The CCN Date Claimer







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3 May



FAMSY & Gold Coast Mosque

Skirmish Paintball Action Centre,
321 Mount Samson Rd, Samford

0421 717 846

1pm to 4pm

9 May


In My Boots: QPS Recruiting Info Session

Queensland Police Service

Darra Mosque, Douglas St. OXLEY

0404 731 348

2pm to 9pm

10 May


Fundraiser Family Brunch

Islamic Society of Algester Ladies Auxiliary

Logan West Community Centre, Wineglass Dr, Hillcrest

0403 118 537

from 11am

16 May


Public Speaking - Stand Up, Speak Out (Girls)

Al Nisa & MYServices

6 Agnes St, Buranda

0402 529 395

9am to 3pm

17 May



Crescents of Brisbane

Orleigh Park, West End

0402 026 786

7am to 1pm

23 May


Public Speaking - Stand Up, Speak Out (Boys)

Al Nisa & MYServices

6 Agnes St, Buranda

0402 529 395

9am to 3pm

24 May


Muslim Youth Summit

MYServices & various organizations

Griffith University,

M10 1.30

0432 271 601

9.30am to 1.30pm

31 May



Islamic Society of Gold Coast

Gold Coast Mosque

0412 601 152

10.00 till late

6-8 June


Golf Weekend

Shahaad Suleman

Coral Cove Golf Resort

0404 280 582

All Day

16 June


Women in Afghanistan: Challenges & Hopes

Griffith Uni

Multifaith Centre

Griffith Uni

Multifaith Centre

0404 280 582

7.15 TO 9.30PM

28 June


World Refugee Day Festival

Multicultural Development Assn

Annerley Soccer Grounds

333 75400

All day

19 July



Lailatul Me'raj

10 July


Sounds of Light Concert 2009

Human Appeal International

QPAC, Southbank

1300 760 155


17 July


Speed Intros for Muslims

Julu Latif

Sebel Citigate Hotel, Brisbane

0400 142 786


25 July


USQ Islamic Centre Open Day

Islamic Soc. of Toowoomba

USQ Islamic Centre, TOOWOOMBA


10.30am to 3pm

26 July


Mini Tennis Tournament

Shabir Elias

Griffith University, Mt Gravatt Campus

0415 467 868


6 August



Lailatul Baraat

22 August



Start of Ramadhan

16 September



Lailatul Qadr

19 September



End of Ramadhan

20 September




26 September



Eidfest Committee

Mt Gravatt Showgrounds

0418 722 353

All day

27 September


MBN Eid Dinner

Muslim Business Network

The Coffee Club, RNA Showground



3 October


QPS/EECQ Cup: 2009 Qld Multicultural football tournament



0438 114 619

9am to 5pm

3 October


Eid Dinner

Islamic Society of Darra

Darra Mosque, 219 Douglas St, Oxley

0418 757 157


4 October







0438 114 619

9am to 5pm

24 October


Breast Cancer Awareness

Crescents of Brisbane


0404 296 297


27 November




18 December



Islamic New Year


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




The ladies Taaleem programme this Thursday will be at the home of

Fathima Jangda

17 Jacaranda Place, Eight Mile Plains

 All Ladies Welcome!

Sunnah Inspirations


Contact: 0408 270 421

University of Queensland,
323 Hawken Drive, St. Lucia


Every Monday

Event: Weekly Learning Circle: Sharh Riyad-us-Saliheen (An Explanation of 'Gardens of the Righteous'

Venue: Prayer Room, University of Queensland

Time: 6.45pm to 7.30pm


Every Friday

Subject: Fiqh Made Easy

Venue: Room E215 Building 1 (Forgan Smith), University of Queensland

Time: 7pm to 7.50pm

Every Friday

Subject: Tafseer al Qur'an (Explanation of the Qur'an)

Venue: Room E215 Building 1 (Forgan Smith), University of Queensland

Time: 8pm to 9pm


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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Queensland Muslim Historical Society Inc.

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Young Muslims of Queensland

Social network for young Muslims of Brisbane

Sunnah Inspirations

Providing information about Islam - its beliefs, culture, practices, dispelling misconceptions

Kuraby Mosque

Holland Park Mosque


Provide young Muslim women in Queensland with support and opportunities to express themselves

Gold Coast Mosque

New website

South African National Halaal Authority (SANHA)

Muslim Womens' Convert Support Group (MWCSG)

Network of Muslim women converts from the Brisbane and Gold Coast areas of Queensland.

Australian International Islamic College (Durack)

Eidfest 2009

Kotku Mosque - Dubbo NSW

Islamic Society of Algester


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