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Sunday, 7 June 2009

 .Newsletter 0239

News you won't find on CNN!



Trivia Night with MBN


By all accounts this year's Trivia Night was a most enjoyable evening out with family and friends.


There were some very challenging questions - especially the ones on Australia for many of the 250 people who attended.


Many University and High School students made up the numbers.

The questions were set by MBN's President, Shummis Rane, and quiz master Haleem Rane.

The 'Rane Brain' were the winners followed by the 'Deen Machine' and the wooden spooners were the 'Misunderestimated' team.

A number of spot prizes were awarded with Mr Khatree senior receiving the award for the most grandchildren!

The Rain Brain



Mohammed's Hand Out



The hold-up that turned into a hand-out. A man armed with a baseball bat attempted to rob Mohammad Sohail’s convenience store in Brisbane.


Mohammad pulled out his un-loaded rifle, and gave him $40 on the condition that he doesn’t rob again.


Listen to his story and how his robber became an instant Muslim.


Prince on Speaking Tour






Prince Turki Al Faisal (centre in picture), former Saudi Ambassador to the United States of America, is on a speaking tour in Australia.


He has given lectures in Sydney and Canberra.

Federal member for Moreton, Graham Perrett MP (left in picture), met with the Prince during the week and invited him to visit Brisbane.

His Excellency Mr Hassan Talat Nazer (right in picture), Ambassador of Saudi Arabia, was also present at the meeting..

CCN gets Up Close and Personal with.........Aisha Dennis


Aisha Dennis is a lady who found Islam 21 years ago. A former Silat martial arts instructor Aisha now is a member of a convert support group, and gives her time to help others who want to learn more about Islam. She is also a woman who likes to dream big, raising thousands of dollars for important school projects.


What do you do?

I am a Teacher’s Aide at Runcorn Heights State school. I am only working part time this year to concentrate more on my deen, and my family. I am also the Community Liaison Officer for the ESL (English as a Second Language) unit which is the person that settles in new families into the school. I also organise the different parent cultural groups to meet regularly. Fundraising is a big part of my community work at the school, raising money for the ESL unit and our Harmony House project. One of our major fundraising projects is our Harmony Day Festival held every year. I also teach religion, and do some English tutoring.


What is Harmony House?

Harmony House is a concept that my ESL boss and I came up with 5years ago. We wanted to have a permanent space where we could teach ESL and also have a space that the community could have access to for e.g. parent or community meeting room, prayer area, and multifaith library. This would be a special place where students, parents and the community could come together. With the help of the local community, school fundraising and a very generous person, an old Scouts Hall was donated to the school. Unfortunately we have encountered some planning problems, which have put a stop to the progress of this project at the present time. It’s a great shame but we are looking at other options at the moment.


How did you become a Muslim?

I was raised as a Catholic, but, but when I started finding out about other religions and ways of life my journey started. I studied other religions and found Islam by the mercy and grace of Allah through the knowledge given to me from my Silat martial arts instructor and grand master. I read about the Prophet Mohammed (pbuh) and started visiting the Mosque. One day I received a sign, “literally” a gold figure appeared in my mind. This was the sign I was looking for. 

I looked into other religions, and found Islam through my Martial Arts Grand Master. I started going to the Mosque, and one day had this eerie vision that in the end showed me that I finally found what I was looking for. 


How did your family feel?

They were disappointed, and shocked at first. Nothing much was known about Islam back then. They thought it was a phase I was going through, but they were still supportive. I still have a great relationship with them today. My father said recently to me “your religion is good for you”


Why did you feel you had to change your name?

I didn’t change my name, through respect for my parents, I kept my name. You don’t have to change your name. But, I did take up a Muslim name; I think it’s important to have a good Muslim name with a good Islamic meaning.


Do you assist other converts?

I am a member of the Muslim Women Convert Support Group, and we organise regular meetings for converts. I was just recently involved in the organisation of a short course on Islam for new Muslims. The course was run over 4 weeks and we had 40 participants doing the course, about 26 men, and 14 ladies. We wanted to create a good relaxed Islamic environment for the participants to learn in.  We had great learned Imams, and other knowledgeable people come to speak. The course gave information on praying, fasting, different aspects of the religion including marriage. It was very rewarding to be a part of such a successful course.


You didn’t have a match making service there as well?

Actually, we had a couple who did meet up through the course, and I think they will be getting married shortly InshAllah.


What types of people are converting to Islam?

All different types of people are converting to Islam. At one stage, it was the older female, who maybe had been married to a Muslim, or had a troubled background. But now the females are younger, stronger girls, well educated, and knowledgeable. They come from a range of occupations, nationalities, and ages. We had Chinese girls, a lawyer, an Aboriginal, and an Irish girl in our last group. In the last 12months we have had a lot of younger people converting, ages between 18-25years. 


Why is there a divide between reverts and born Muslims.

Sometimes there is a divide. There is a barrier. Some converts think they are better than born Muslim. Personally I don’t believe that. We are all equal is the eyes of Allah. I personally think sometimes some converts feel pressure from born Muslims. Islam has so much knowledge for us to learn. It’s a lifetime of learning and converts have just started. We need to have patience and diplomacy with our new Muslims and make sure we are good examples for them. I think culture is sometimes a problem, it can get mixed up with religion and everything becomes a bit confusing. That’s one good thing about being an Aussie convert we don’t have that problem.


Is it revert or convert?

I like to say convert, because people who were from another religion or way of thinking converted to Islam. I personally don’t like the sound of Revert.


And what do you enjoy the most about Islam?

I enjoy the peace of Islam, the knowing there is an answer for everything. The strong family unit is another thing I enjoy about Islam. Doing everything together as a family and everyone knowing what is expected of them.

Deadly Dozen


1.   Do you still enjoy the Christmas celebrations... No

2.   If I have a spare hour I would love to... Read

3.   I’m glad I taught my kids.... Respect others

4.   A job I had when I was younger was... a Pharmacy Assistant

5.   My kids hate it when I.... talk to their friends

6.   If someone had to play you in a movie who would you like it to be ... Meg Ryan

7.   Which reality TV show would you go on... The Amazing Race

8.   What sport would you love to try... I’ve tried lots, but maybe jet skiing

9.   Do you take your environmental bags shopping.. No I always forget

10. I regret not learning how to.... speak another language

11. It might be daggy but I love.... my slippers

12. If you found $10 in a shop would you keep it? No

Jumma in Hangzhou


The Great Mosque of Hangzhou is one of the oldest mosques in China, predated only by the Great Mosque of Guangzhou and the Great Mosque at Quanzhou.


It was, like the other two, probably first erected sometime in the seventh century under the Tang Dynasty. It was rebuilt between 1314 and 1320 by a Persian missionary named Aladin during the Yuan Dynasty, and rebuilt again during the second half of the fifteenth century under the Ming Dynasty.


Situated in an area of 3 300 square meters, the Phoenix Mosque (or the Phoenix temple, as it often referred to as), is one of the major ancient mosques in southeastern China's coastal region.


It is listed as a key cultural relic under the protection of the state government and boasts a fusion of Chinese and Arabian cultures.


The tablets gallery has 27 ancient stone tablets carved in Chinese, Persian and Arabic.


The mosque is currently undergoing major renovations.

Elaborately carved inscriptions from the Ming Dynasty

adorn the mehrab 

At Jhumma last Friday

Continental Halal Meats - Hangzhou style (outside the mosque)

Artist's impression of the new structure

An ABD franchise opportunity goes abegging!

Arranged marriages should end for Muslim women


The male-dominated Arab world was given a sharp warning by Qatar’s Doha Debates that Muslim women expect greater freedom in choosing a husband.

An audience of more than 350 people who attended the last in the current season of The Doha Debates voted 62 per cent to 38 in favour of a motion that Muslim women should be free to marry anyone they choose.

In an often impassioned debate Asra Nomani, Bombay-born American author and journalist, said she wanted Muslim women to be able to exercise their basic human right to freedom of choice.

Speaking from her own experience of a loveless, arranged marriage, she said Muslim women needed to “know the suffering, the loneliness, the lovelessness that often comes out of marriages where women cannot make their own choices…and their spirit is broken”.

Ms. Nomani, currently adjunct professor of journalism at Georgetown University, refuted arguments that Muslim families should decide what was in the best interests of young women. She said families should “offer unconditional love and allow people to make free choices.

“It is for us to show the compassion that Islam is all about.”

Muhammad Habash, a Muslim cleric and member of the Syrian Parliament, who joined her in supporting the motion, said it was wrong to interpret the Koran as advocating the subjugation of women.

“I believe Islam gives women full human rights and the right to choose her own spouse.

“We, as parents, have the moral responsibility to protect our daughter, the right to correct and even to boycott her, if necessary, but I do not have the right to force her (to do anything) beyond this.”

Speaking against the motion Thuraya Al Arrayed, a Saudi writer, columnist and member of the advisory board of the Arab Thought Foundation, argued that freedom was a “beautiful concept” with “hazy and sometimes conflicting definitions”.

She believed that marriage was too important a decision to leave up to the emotions of inexperienced young people.

“Youths under the ages of 25-27 are not the most wise or experienced. They go by (mostly physical) attraction and need to be satisfied with the shortest possible wait.

“But marriage should not be about a “quick solution.”

She said it was ultimately too important to be decided by two young people because of the impact it has on others, most of all on children.

Yasir Qadhi, an American Muslim cleric speaking against the motion, suggested that if the debate was merely about granting “greater freedom” for women he would support it.

But because it appeared to be about giving them “unconditional rights” he had to oppose it since Islamic law forbade Muslim women from marrying a non-Muslim man as well as other women.

“Anyone arguing for ultimate freedom is arguing to destroy these boundaries.”


Asra Nomani, American Muslim Writer & Activist FOR
Yasir Qadhi, American Muslim cleric AGAINST
Muhammad Habash, Syrian parliamentarian and cleric FOR
Thuraya Al Arrayed, Saudi writer and columnist AGAINST


Speaker bios



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All the Fun of the International Food Fair at the Gold Coast Moque


Gossens' Climbs Another Everest


Blind sportsman, Gerrard Gossens, who was the fastest finisher in last year's CresWalk2008 and a keynote speakers at Crescents of Brisbane's fund raiser dinner in 2007, will take part in Channel 7's Dancing with the Stars.


Around the Muslim World with CCN


Reform candidate's wife new political star in Iran

TABRIZ, Iran  — Presidential hopeful Mir Hossein Mousavi waited in the wings as his wife warmed up the crowd. Zahra Rahnavard quickly had them roaring in approval — and her husband beaming — as she ticked off her demands for women's rights and other reforms.

"We love you, Rahnavard!" shouted the Tabriz University students, as Mousavi clapped.

While the political power couple is a common fixture in the West, Rahnavard is rewriting the role of political spouse in conservative Iran — and could give a boost to her husband's candidacy in the June 12 presidential election.

With her sharp wit and fluid oratory, Rahnavard has fast become a political draw on her own, as well as an important asset to her husband's campaign as the main pro-reform challenger to President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

Masoud Heidari, a rights activist, said the country "needs to respond to accumulated demands from women and Rahnavard is playing a deservedly good role in that direction."

She brings a rare mix: the liberal cry to fire up reformers, paired with the revolutionary credentials that bring grudging respect from hard-liners.

Even her outfit gives a nod in both directions — an ultraconservative head-to-toe black chador, with a colorful head scarf peeking out and a bag made by traditional village weavers.

Read the rest.....


A New Beginning

Thank you very much. Good afternoon.


I am honored to be in the timeless city of Cairo, and to be hosted by two remarkable institutions.


For over a thousand years, Al-Azhar has stood as a beacon of Islamic learning; and for over a century, Cairo University has been a source of Egypt's advancement.


And together, you represent the harmony between tradition and progress. I'm grateful for your hospitality, and the hospitality of the people of Egypt.


And I'm also proud to carry with me the goodwill of the American people, and a greeting of peace from Muslim communities in my country:


Assalaamu alaykum.


Read the rest.....

CCN Reader's Discussion Forum


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Recent topic of discussion: When is halal meat not halal meat? CCN 237


Kareema's Keep Fit Column



Four ways to fire up your training regime: Train Smart(er)


Have you stopped making progress while working out??  Maybe you're muscles are just bored with the same old thing.  Here are four solutions to re-ignite your interest and help your muscles and you reach your goals faster!!





1             PERIODISATION:

How do you do it?  Break your training up into cycles - (1 to 7 days),   (2 to 3 months) and  (6 to 12 months).  These cycles should progress gradually and culminate at an event or deadline.  Manipulate as many training variables as possible, eg: sets, repetitions, exercises, rest periods and weights etc.


2             TRAINING CIRCUIT:

How do you do it?  Circuits can be tailored to fit any goal.  For example, to lose weight, combine strength and cardio exercises to burn lots of calories quickly.  For the most effective circuit  workout, keep  your rest intervals to a minimum (30 - 60 secs).  You burn fat and tone muscle with circuit training!



3             SUPERSETS:

How do you do it?  Work legs for example, using moderately heavy weights, do 10 - 15 repetitions of leg extensions, then move immediately to squats and do 10 - 15 repetitions.  Rest for a minute and then repeat twice more.



How do you do it?  A training method in which leaping,  jumping and other explosive moves are used develop muscle power. Choose 1 to 3 plyometric moves that closely mimic your sport and do them twice a week.                    




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.


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

KB's Culinary Corner



½ cup oil - ½ cup rump steak  – cut into matchsticks - 1 tsp chilli garlic paste - 1 green chillie sliced, 1 cup green, yellow and red pepper (sliced) - ½ cup carrots - cut into julienne strips - 1 tsp salt - 3 cups cooked rice - 2 tablespoons soya sauce - 2 tablespoons chilli garlic sauce - 1 egg (for rice) - ½ cup spring onions (chopped) - 2 eggs for omelette.

• Heat oil and stir fry chicken and chilli garlic paste
• Add peppers and carrots, chilli and stir fry for 2 minutes
• Add the salt, cooked rice and soya sauce
• Break one egg in the centre of rice, mix in with the rice and add the spring onions
• Make omelette with eggs, salt, pepper, green chillies and dhannia
• Cut omelette into strips and garnish rice with spring onions and omelette strips

Serve hot.

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




Jalalludin is walking along with Mula Nasruddin and says to Mula Nasruddin, "I'm a walking economy."

Mula Nasruddin asks, "How so?"

"My hair line is in recession, my stomach is a victim of inflation, and both of these together are putting me into a deep depression!"


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Svoboda Park, Kuraby

3423 3022

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13 June


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Southport Community Centre

0402 529 395

10.30am TO 2.30pm

14 June


Haj Workshop: Abu Muneer Ismail Davids

Lutwyche Mosque

Lutwyche Mosque

18000 ISLAM

10am TO 5pm

16 June


Women in Afghanistan: Challenges & Hopes

Griffith Uni

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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

27 June


Parenting Workshop


Rochedale Mosque, 2674 Logan Rd.

0430 511 637


28 June


World Refugee Day Festival

Multicultural Development Assn

Annerley Soccer Grounds

333 7 5400

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19 July



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10 July


Sounds of Light Concert 2009

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QPAC, Southbank

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17 July


Speed Intros for Muslims

Julu Latif

Sebel Citigate Hotel, Brisbane

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25 July


USQ Islamic Centre Open Day

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USQ Islamic Centre, TOOWOOMBA


10.30am to 3pm

26 July


Mini Tennis Tournament

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

Catija Omar 

31 Crestwood St, Kuraby


 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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