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Sunday, 17 May 2009

 .Newsletter 0236


News you won't find on CNN!



Some of today's action @ CresWalk2009


It was a gloriously sunny May morning along the  Brisbane River and CresWalk2009 was just the icing on the cake for the 482 runners and walkers who completed the course at Orleigh Park today.


The day started of with a warm up session by Sharif Deen (of Australia's Biggest Loser fame) and with a horn blast from Furquaan the CresWalk mascot the runners, walkers and pram pushers took off onto Riverside Drive for their 2.5km and 5km circuits.


But that was only the first part of the morning. On their return there was still the rock-climbing, the giant slide, tug-of-war and a hot brunch on the menu.


This year's Crescents of Brisbane/Haji Ebrahim Patel Special Achievement Award was presented to Ms Janeth Deen. In his speech during the official presentations Mustafa Ally described Ms Deen's past and present contribution to the welfare of the community and why she was richly deserving of this year's prestigious award.


Sharif Deen helps with loosening a few tight muscles and creaking bones 

And they're off!

On the 2009 Winners Podium


Pram/Wheelchair (male)

Haroon Khan

Pram/Wheelchair (female)

Sahar Rane

Under 11 yrs (male)

Ziyaad Omar

Under 11 yrs (female)

Maryam Abdalla

11-15 yrs (male)

Abdur Rahman Abdalla

11-15 yrs (female)

Aisha Abdalla

16-25 yrs (male)

Khodr Baki

16-25 yrs (female)

Suzanna Palmer

26-39 yrs (male)

Mohammed Catic

26-39 yrs (female)

Soraya Khan

40-59 yrs (male)

William Robert Deen

40-59 yrs (female)

Suraya Khan

60-74 yrs (male)

Mohamed Noor Osman

60-74 yrs (female)

Annette Rane

75+ yrs (male)

Safet Advich

75+ yrs (male)

Isha Maheter

Fastest Finisher (male)

William Robert Deen

Fastest Finisher (female)

Aisha Abdalla


Maryam Abdalla races to the finish in first place

Fastest finisher Robert Deen  

Mrs. Sharifa Parker (centre)  and friends reach the finishing line in good time

Pram Pushers winners, Haroon Khan and Sahar Rane race to the finish line

Mufti Ravat who delivered a passionate closing prayer (dua) at

the end of the day's proceedings

Aisha Dennis (right) and friends make a dash for the finish

Sharif Deen sets a pace for some of the walkers

Concentrating on getting to the top


Kemal Omar, Faisal Hatia and  Naziem Kapadi

take on the giant slide

At the food court for a well earned meal

Just soaking in the sun and the scenery

Meanwhile in the 3-6 years corner of the park the three-legged race

is in full stride

Takes more than a tug or two

Watching the presentations and the activities on the Brisbane River

Zaheer Suleman of the CresWalk2009 team presents the floating trophy to the fastest female finisher, Aisha Abdalla

Mustafa Ally presents Ms Janeth Deen with her Special Achievement Award

Cassim Peer takes home the Ninetendo Wii

The CresWalk2009 Team

Muslim Aid for Pakistan's NW Frontier


Tens of thousands of people have been displaced from the districts of Buner and Lower Dir in the North West Frontier Province (NWFP) since fighting flared in northern Pakistan last month. The government is preparing for up to 1 million internal refugees, the largest displacement crisis in Pakistan's history.

According to UNHCR (UN High Commissioner for Refugees), in the Swat Valley some 200,000 people had been displaced since August 2008 and another 300,000 are on the move or about to flee. Added to the 550,000 already internally displaced in the refugee camps, the crisis threatens to be the largest man-made humanitarian disaster in Pakistan's post-independence history.

With the conflict zone itself having become a no-go area for relief agencies, Muslim Aid is concentrating on providing essential life support to those in the refugee camps. Shelter, food, utensils, clean water and medical supplies are urgently needed.

So far Muslim Aid has provided:

• Tents for internally displaced families that can accommodate a family of 6/7 benefiting up to 3,000 people.

• 1,000 jerry cans for carrying water.

• 800 mattresses and 500 kitchen sets have already been distributed.

• An emergency medical tent where a 1,000 patients will be treated with basic medical supplies.

• 300,000 Aquatabs, providing 300,000 litres of clean water.

Please help us to provide shelter, clean water and non food items to thousands of families who have been left with nothing.

$250 will buy a tent for a family
$50 will buy a Resettlement Kit for IDPs (clothes, footwear, floor mat)
$50 will buy 10 Jerry cans to carry water
$50 will buy a Family FoodAid Pack (nutritious food pack to sustain a family for 1 week)
$50 will buy a Medical Kit

Maradona's Mates in a league of their own


On field action

Playing in the Queensland Christian Soccer Association (QCSA) league, Maradona’s Mates, not exclusive to Muslims and open to all faiths, beliefs and cultures, represents Sunnybank Saints in Division 3 of the 9 QCSA men’s leagues.


With 7 games played in the season, the team sits at 4th on the table. Having won 4 and lost 3. All 7 games have been nothing short of pure entertainment. At present, the team’s leading goal scorer is Naseer Ahmid, having already bagged 2 hat-tricks for the season. A number of players have produced fantastic performances thus far in what promises to be a great season.


In the most recent game, played at Oates Park against Fireside played yesterday(Saturday), the team prevailed 6-0 winners. The goals came from a hat-trick of Arshad Randaree, and a goal each to Mohsin Sabdia, Riaz Essof and another by Mohsin Sabdia.

Naseer Ahmid and Arshad Randeree get some pointers from the sideline from Dawood Randeree


Manager Iqbal Esat and coach, Jackie Kara were extremely pleased with the team’s performance and the team is all geared for a tougher assignment next week against 2nd placed, Logan.


Maradona’s Mates has received great support from Sunnybank Saints, who have provided the team with kits, soccer balls, a playing field and flood lights (all covered in the one-off registration fee). To add to that, the president of Sunnybank Saints, Andrew Godbold has given the team every bit of encouragement and assistance along the way.


With home and away games over the period of the next 6 months, it promises to be an exciting and challenging period. Feel free to attend the games, give the boys your support and be entertained.


Follow the teams progress at: http://www.qcsa.org.au/fixtures/index.php?division=SM3N





Front Row: 

Iqbal Esat (Manager), Azhar Omar, Nawaaz Malik, Colin Townes, Ismail Essof (Co-Captain), Naseer Ahmid, Mohammed Rajah, Yaseen Saffrudin.


Back Row:
Mahomed Kara (Coach), Yusuf Hatia, Arshad Randeree (Co-Captain), Ziyaad Hassan, Imraan Danka, Riaz Essof, Moosa Goder, Muhammad Jangda.



Matt Moore, Mohsin Sabdia, Muhammad Sabdia, Kamal Hassan, Ahmed Al Hindawi.


Dr Rane Debuts in Washington D.C.

Our own Dr Halim Rane, Deputy Director of the Griffith Islamic Research Unit and lecturer in the National Centre of Excellence in Islamic Studies at Griffith University, has recently made a name for himself across the Pacific in the USA.


Dr Rane was invited to speak on the Middle East peace process at a conference on ‘How to Improve Relations with the Muslim World’ in Washington D.C.


His presentation criticized the United States’ insistence on negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians in the absence of reference to international law.


Dr Rane argued that the process must be based on a ‘just peace’ and that the United Nation’s Security Council resolutions must determine the final status issues including the acquisition of territory, status of Jerusalem, Israeli settlements, and return of Palestinian refugees.


He presented a comprehensive analysis of all of the UNSC resolutions and outlined a new vision for the peace process.


Dr Rane held his own when challenged by a couple of pro-Zionist attendees and was met with an overwhelmingly positive response from the conference participants.


He has subsequently been invited to deliver five more presentations at various conferences and forums in the USA in September and October this year.


Dr Rane’s visit coincides with the release of his new book Reconstructing Jihad amid Competing International Norms - http://www.palgrave-usa.com/catalog/product.aspx?isbn=0230614833.


MBN's Economic Update Tuesday 19 May


A timely update on the state of the economy will be given at the Muslim Business Network forum on Tuesday by Professor Michael E. Drew of Griffith University starting at 7pm.


Boom your place by sending an email to at secretary@mbn.net.au or contact Farida Lambat on 0417 460 200; Iqbal Lambat on 0410 786 227; or Bilal Rauf on 0411 625 462.


Fund raising dinner at Algester Mosque


The Islamic Society of Algester, incorporating the Ladies Auxiliary, hosted a fundraising brunch at the Logan West Community Hall last Sunday where over 400 people attended.


The Muslim Welfare Op-Shop Update

by Janeth Deen


On Monday afternoon a truck pulled up outside the shop and the driver asked me if I wanted clothing and shoes that he had in the back of the truck. He went on to tell me he had been instructed by his boss to dump a consignment of goods which were ordered by a Pakistani man. The man was advised that the goods were ready and given two weeks to provide transport of the goods to Pakistan. He failed to do so, so the person who the goods were ordered from (Student Welfare Group) decided to dump the goods at the Willawong dump.
The driver gave me a 200kg wool bale full of clothing and some shoes. He also told me he would bring more bales on Wednesday afternoon. However, he failed to bring subsequent bales. It was probably because I had told him it was shameful to waste goods when there are so many poor people in the world. I did thank him for the goods and he said he did not like waste either, but was just following instructions. As only one bale was given to us, we will keep the goods for the Welfare shop.

An Australian convert came into our shop on Friday and during the conversation we found out she was to be married, inshAllah, by an Imam at home next week in a small ceremony. Her future husband is from Jordan and is still a student and she has just finished a degree in Marine Biology herself. They will be looking for a home near the Gap to rent as she will be starting her first job nearby in an Environmental Park. It will be a struggle for them to come up with the bond and rent as they only have part time jobs. We told her we would help them with household goods for the home. They are only having a very small wedding and are not expecting any wedding gifts.


If anyone can help us help this young couple with kitchenware and linen, it would be greatly appreciated as we have only odd crockery, cutlery and used linen in our shop. The young lady was a very humble girl and does not ask for much, as she said that she would pay us for what we give her once she is earning a wage. I told her the purpose of our Welfare shop is to help those in need. She felt there were more needy people then herself.


If anyone has any goods that can make their life a little easier during this time of economic recession, please contact Janeth Deen on 3344- 5330 or 0435-786-796 or leave the goods at the Welfare Shop with the notation that it is for the newly weds.


They are unsure if they will be able to rent a furnished home or an unfurnished home. It will depend on the market. If the home is unfurnished, we have been given a dining room table and three chairs which we will reserve for them. The couple who donated these goods have actually met the future bride as she was in the shop when they brought the furniture in. They were happy with this arrangement, thanks to them for their generosity. We may also have to ask for enough furniture to set them up, if anyone can help out. This will not be required until we find out about the home they rent.

The Welfare Shop has also helped out many of the needy Woodridge residents with goods during its period of operation, and we are paying our rent and banking a modest amount of money into the Welfare Account. Thanks to the generous support we have been given, we have ample stock and reserves for the next few months.


Free studies in Malaysia


Are you between 17 and 25?

Would you like to improve your knowledge about Islamic sciences?

FAIR is offering young people an opportunity to live in Malaysia for a month to study Arabic, Fiqh, Hadith, Islamic history and cross-cultural studies in the wonderful Muslim environment of the state of Terengganu in East Malaysia. As a part of the program you will also be involved in a Australia-Malaysia Youth conference.

The program will be run in conjunction with the biggest university in the state Darul Iman University in Terengganu.

The course is FREE, airfares and accommodation are also covered (you will stay with a Malay family).

Don't miss this great opportunity. If you feel you are the ready to undertake such a course write to the Executive Director at PO BOX 1013 Strawberry Hills by 24th July 2009.

In your application state why you would like to attend, include your details, 2 referees and a 1 page resume.

If you prefer you can email to fairmedia@fair.org.au
Enquiries call 0412318045


The CCN Trading Post

Furniture for sale.

View them here.
To view or for further details, please contact Shabir 0415467868 or email shabir.elias@gmail.com.



Looking for a good quality painter, tiler, and house walls and roof cleaner?

Then look no further than Ilia Lena. Call him on 3423 3031 or 0449582822 for a free quote.

Mention CCN and he'll look after you.

CCN Supporting Local Enterprise


Click on image to enlarge

An Islamic bookstore has opened up. It is shop 1 on 51-55 Station Road, Logan Central 4114, (opposite Woodridge train station). It is the first of its kind!

Some of the items on sale include:

Authentic quality books
Men, women and children's clothing
Black seed
Prayer mats
Children's books and toys
DVDs and audio CDs
And much more!

Your shop owner is Omar and he can be contacted on

04342 87133.

CCN Reader's Discussion Forum


Have your say on www.ccnforum.ning.com


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


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

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


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


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


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

The CCN Readers' Book Club

Kareema's Keep Fit Column


Q: Dear Kareema, I've been following the 4 week CresWalk training program and can really feel and see the difference in my fitness levels. I would love to continue building on my fitness, so is it a good idea to follow and just add to the program you've designed?

A: Definitely! The idea is to keep challenging yourself - so don't limit your challenges, challenge your limits!!

Build on the program by going for longer walks etc. or try to improve on your previous time (if you're doing the same distance).

With resistance training, lift heavier weights with shorter reps, or include more body weight exercises such as push ups, sit ups or tricep dips, etc.


Enjoy getting fitter especially after a great Creswalk.



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


   Pumpkin cake with Cream Cheese Topping

• 2 cups sugar
• 1 cup vegetable oil
• 4 large eggs
• 2 cups all-purpose flour
• 2 teaspoons baking soda
• 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
• 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
• 1 teaspoon baking powder
• 1/2 teaspoon salt
• 2 cups pumpkin puree or cooked mashed pumpkin
• cream cheese frosting, below
• 1/2 cup chopped pecans


Directions for pumpkin cake
Combine sugar, vegetable oil, and eggs in a large mixing bowl; mix well. Sift dry ingredients into a separate bowl; stir into oil mixture, beating well. Stir in pumpkin puree.
Pour batter into two greased and floured 9-inch round layer cake pans. Bake at 350° for 35 to 40 minutes. Turn out onto racks to cool. Frost pumpkin cake with cream cheese frosting and sprinkle with chopped pecans.

Cream Cheese Frosting
• 1/4 cup butter
• 250 ml cream cheese, room temperature
• 16oz castor sugar, sifted
• 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Combine all ingredients in large mixing bowl; beat well until smooth. Makes enough for 2-layer pumpkin cake

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: If I gave you 2 rabbits, and another 2 rabbits and another 2, how many will you have?

Faroouki: Seven, Ustaad

Mula Nasruddin: No, listen carefully. If I gave you 2 rabbits, and another 2 rabbits and another 2, how many will you have?

Faroouki: Seven

Mula Nasruddin: Let me put it to you differently. If I gave you 2 apples, and another 2 apples and another 2, how many will you have?

Faroouki: Six

Mula Nasruddin: Good. Now if I gave you 2 rabbits, and another 2 rabbits and another 2, how many will you have?

Faroouki: Seven!

Mula Nasruddin: Where in heaven do you get seven from?

Faroouki: Because I have 1 at home.


Notice Board


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Muslim Youth


Women in Afghanistan 

Islamic Book Exhibition


AIIC Annual Fund Raiser

Course: Road to Recovery

International Food Festival GC Mosque

Short Course for Reverts

GUMSA Seminars

Public Speaking: Stand Up, Speak Out 

Get Engaged

Media Training for Muslim Youth

Islamic Classes for Teenagers

Algester Mosque Fund Raiser  

AMAL Muslim Helpline

Speed Intros

Golf Weekend

Tafseer at Bald Hills

Burmese Film & Food Night

IWAQ Swimming




The CCN Date Claimer







(Click on link)





19 May


Economic Update: Prof Drew

Muslim Business Network

Springwood Towers

0417 460 200


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

30 May


Open Day: Islam: Myth & Reality

Islamic Society of Central Qld.

Rockhampton Mosque

0434 371 737

10.30am to 2pm

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

7.15pm TO 9.30pm

20 June


Annual Fund Raiser

Australian International Islamic College

724 Blunder Rd. DURACK

3372 1400

6pm TO 8.30pm

28 June


World Refugee Day Festival

Multicultural Development Assn

Annerley Soccer Grounds

333 7 5400

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

Shahena Dudia

20 Delaney Circuit, Carindale.

For any enquiries telephone:3219 0587

 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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Useful Links


Crescents Community News (CCN) Readers' Forum

 Discussion Forum & Social Network for CCN Readers

Queensland Muslim Historical Society Inc.

Promoting the study and awareness of the rich history of the Muslims of Queensland

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


If you would like a link to your website email ccn@crescentsofbrisbane.org.


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