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Sunday, 26 July 2009

 .Newsletter 0246


News you won't find on CNN!



Islamic Expo NOW ON!


The Kuraby State Special School hall has been transformed into a supermarket of Islamic books, clothes, DVDs and artwork taking up virtually every available space in the large hall.


The Expo started of yesterday with steady support from the Brisbane public and continues today (Sunday) until 5pm.


The goods were transported from the IBC shop in Melbourne for Queenslanders to stock up on a range of items in time for Ramadan and Eid.


So there's still time today to check out the impressive collection before they head back home to Victoria.

Books and clothes to cater for all needs

Accessories to suit all tastes


Amaan Meman surveys part of the large collection of books and games for children of all ages

CCN can now twitter too!

Islamic Education Website



A newly developed and developing website aims to make accessible the basic teachings and principles of Islam.


The idea that led to the development of this website has come from the Adult Educational Series, spearheaded by a group of Ulema from Azaadville, South Africa.



The Sultans of Swing



Qu'ran Competition in full swing





There are over 70 entrants from local madressahs, schools and private institutions for today's (Sunday) ICQ Qu'ran Competition .


The programme starts at 9am and will conclude around 1pm.

Mustafaa the Maestro!


'Musty's' golden moment

Rawlins Taekwondo QLD took a team of four to Malaysia and came home with 1 gold and 1 bronze.

It was a hard tournament with 800 competitors from more then 20 countries.


Our gold medal winner was where Mustafaa Olomi (pictured left) who had 9 fights and came out top in each one.


For Mustafaa it was a very hard day starting his first fight at 10.30am and ending with his last fight at 11.30pm.


But the hardest part was when he had to fight his quarter final, semi final and final all in a row with only a minute's break in between.

"He has made his club and country proud and fought the best he could to beat fighters from Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Korea and Australia," his proud dad and trainer, Haris Olomi told CCN.



This is Mustafaa's third International gold medal having also won in the Singaporean and Korean opens last year.

The second medalist was Jahan Olomi.  This was her first international fight and she did very well to win a bronze.


Jacob and Robert missed out on a medal by one fight and hope to make amends in this weekend's Queensland selections.

Rawlins Taekwondo has been at all of the major tournaments this year and bagged more then 80 gold medal in the process.

Muslim Match Making Makes Its Mark

By Abdul Rahman Keri


Braving the unknown yet keen on finding a life partner, single Muslims attended ‘Speed Intros for Muslims’, a matchmaking-style event held at the Siebel Citygate, Brisbane.

Twenty-seven enthusiasts participated in the matchmaking event, each given five minutes to interview prospective spouses.

Event organiser, Julu Latif said there is a need in the community to find partners for single Muslims because the opportunity to meet is difficult.

Matchmaking in the community isn’t a new trend, traditionally an ad hoc referral by a mutual friend and a tendency for couples to wed within similar ethnic backgrounds.

However this multicultural event provided another option for single Muslims looking for marriage partners.

For some participants, five minutes wasn’t enough time to know if a suitor was appropriate. Feedback from the event was overwhelmingly positive, with some participants expressing interest in coming back to any future events.

Mrs. Latif suggested she may host the event again at a later date.

Tabbaa inspired to join the club


MAKING inroads with uniting the Islamic and Christian community earned Abdallah Tabbaa (pictured left) a Pride of Australia Medal.

Mr Tabbaa helped form the new Australian National Sports Club at Parry Park, Lakemba, to get youths off the streets and interested in sport.

The project manager of the complex said it would open soon and house more sports including netball, badminton and boxing.

“Sport is the only way,” Mr Tabbaa, of Greystanes, said.

“You can see any game you want - do you see any nationality missing?”

“We’re trying to bring these kids together and to form teams and do something constructive other than forming gangs and being destructive.”

He believes he has seen more community harmony compared with 13 years ago when he raised the idea for a new sports complex.

“Once upon a time it used to be predominantly Muslim (fighting against each other),” he said.

“Now we’ve got Muslims and Christians working together.”

Bankstown State Labor MP Tony Stewart, who has helped Mr Tabbaa fund part of the complex, nominated him for the Pride of Australia medal.

“Abdallah has been a true community-spirited person for many years,” Mr Stewart said.

“He’s been instrumental in getting this facility in place to support youth needs particularly in that area of Canterbury-Bankstown.”


SISTERS: The Magazine for Muslim Women

from the pages of www.sisters-magazine.com

"The editor of SISTERS is Na'ima B. Robert, author of From My Sisters' Lips (www.nbrobert.com). The SISTERS team is an eclectic group of writers, journalists, artists and readers who are based all over the world, from London to Khartoum, from New York to Johannesburg. We are all committed to filling our magazine with uplifting, inspiring and enlightening material to help you become the best Muslimah you can be, from the inside out.

SISTERS covers a range of subjects in the areas of Inspiration, Self, Family, Community, World, Homes, Looks, Tastes and a range of reader offers and competitions. Our magazine's ethos is rooted in the Qur'an and Sunnah, according to the understanding of the Pious Predecessors, and our inspiration is Islam as a beautiful and richly rewarding way of life.

SISTERS began as a digital publication in March 2007 and was received with much acclaim and enthusiasm. SISTERS is now available in print and online, and will be published four times a year initially. As a subscriber and online shopper, you can enjoy the benefits of having the magazine delivered direct to your home or office. Just click on the relevant category on the left to make your purchase!"

The niqab, fact v fiction


How much do you really know about the niqab? An insider guide to common misconceptions



Hindus, Muslims willing to tie the knot outside their religions


Sydney, July 20 : An increasing number of Hindus and Muslims are willing to exchange wedding vows with people of other faiths, according to researchers.

A Monash University research has shown that 10 per cent of Hindus have married out of their faith, along with 8 per cent of Muslim men and 6 per cent of Muslim women.

However, the highest rates of intermarriage have been found among Christians.

About 60 per cent of Presbyterian men and women had married someone outside their faith, followed by more than 43 per cent of Uniting Church members, 41 per cent of Anglicans and more than 37 per cent of Catholics.

During the study, the researchers analysed 2001 and 2006 census data.

The 2006 census showed 64 per cent of Australians as Christian, but that was a drop of 7 per cent from a decade earlier.

Instead, non-Christian faiths experienced a rise, as did people identifying with no religion at all.

"It doesn't mean an absence of religion; it means the withdrawal of religion from everyday life and practices, including partnering," the Sydney Morning Herald quoted researcher Genevieve Heard as saying.

She said that smaller religious communities, especially those tied to emerging migrant groups like Muslims and Hindus, had not had as long to establish themselves as those of Christian faiths.


Source: Australian Herald


Ahmed Fahour new Gulf Finance House chief


Former National Australia Bank Ltd (NAB) executive director Ahmed Fahour (pictured left) has been appointed as the new chief executive of Middle Eastern Islamic investment bank Gulf Finance House (GFH).

Five months after leaving NAB to become interim chief executive of the federal government's Australian Business Investment Partnership (ABIP), Mr Fahour will now move to Bahrain to spearhead GFH's global expansion, the bank said in a statement.

Mr Fahour will be responsible for increasing the bank's exposure to international markets and expanding the Islamic banking system.

GFH chairman Dr Esam Janahi said the Lebanese-born Australian would be ideally suited to expanding the company's global expansion.

"As a Muslim he has an inherent appreciation of the Islamic values that underpin our work and the philosophy woven into all GFH's key initiatives," he said.

GFH has a reputation for breaking the mould in originating excellent high value investment opportunities, Mr Fahour said.

GFH observes Sharia law in its banking practice, and has a market capitalisation of $US709.2 million ($A886.9 million).


"As a Muslim he has an inherent appreciation of the Islamic values that underpin our work and the philosophy woven into all GFH's key initiatives"

It is listed on the London Stock Exchange and the bourses in Kuwait, Bahrain and Dubai.

Mr Fahour left NAB seven months after missing out on the bank's top job to Cameron Clyne last year.

He is believed to have received five offers during 2008 for top executive roles at offshore and local institutions.

As he left NAB, he accepted an offer the same day to become chief executive of ABIP, the government-backed entity that was to provide as much as $70 billion of refinancing to major commercial property projects which risked collapse as foreign and local lenders withdrew support for the sector.

Dubbed RuddBank, ABIP was to be a banking partnership between the federal government and the big four banks.

But in June the Senate voted to reject the enabling legislation for ABIP, with the Greens voicing concerns over executive remuneration.

Mr Fahour, who joined NAB from Citigroup in September 2004 as chief executive of the bank's Australian and Asia operations, changed roles within the bank last December when he became a group-wide strategic troubleshooter.

Under Mr Fahour's leadership, the Australian region delivered cash earnings growth of 15.8 per cent for fiscal 2008 and underlying profit growth of 19.3 per cent.


Largest Mosques of the World


Number 15


Little Mosque on the Prairie: Season 3 Episode 11


True Bromance   


Part 1


Part 2

Part 3


The CCN Inbox


Assalamu Alaykom Wr Wb Dear CCN,

I was just wondering if you knew of any places - Uni/Tafe etc. where one can study Arabic?

Any help is greatly appreciated

JazakaAllah Khair,

   وعليكم السلام 


{Editor] If any CCN Reader is able to help here or point us in the right direction please email ccn@crescentsofbrisbane.org and we will forward on the details.

Around the Muslim World with CCN


Muslim model Kartika Sari Dewi Shukarno to be caned for drinking beer: Malaysian court


Noorazah Baharuddin, believed to be first woman in Malaysia sentenced to caning for drinking alcohol

A Singaporean Muslim model who drank beer at a nightclub in Malaysia will be caned.

A Malaysian religious court sentenced the tearful 22-year-old Kartika Sari Dewi Shukarno to six strokes of the cane after she pleaded guilty to consuming alcohol, the English-language New Straits Times newspaper reported.

"The rotan is aimed at making the accused repent and serves as a lesson to Muslims. "

Pahang Sharia High Court judge Abdul Rahman Yunus

She was with her Singaporean husband in a hotel nightclub in the eastern state of Pahang last year when syariah officers raided the lounge, nabbing 20 other Muslims for drinking alcohol, which is forbidden in Islam. Her husband was let off, according to an earlier report in the Times.


She told the newspaper before the trial that “it was sheer bad luck” the lounge was raided.

"We feel the sentence is fair after going through the prosecution's argument and since the rotan (cane) is provided for in the law," Pahang Sharia High Court judge Abdul Rahman Yunus said, according to the paper.

Read the rest.....



Non-Muslims turning to Sharia courts to resolve civil disputes


Sheikh Suhaib Hasan, of the Islamic Sharia Council, says problems such as knife crime would be resolved if Britain implemented Islamic penal codes

UK: Increasing numbers of non-Muslims are turning to Sharia courts to resolve commercial disputes and other civil matters, The Times has learnt.

The Muslim Arbitration Tribunal (MAT) said that 5 per cent of its cases involved non-Muslims who were using the courts because they were less cumbersome and more informal than the English legal system.

Freed Chedie, a spokesman for Sheikh Faiz-ul-Aqtab Siqqiqi, a barrister who set up the tribunal, said: “We put weight on oral agreements, whereas the British courts do not.”

In a case last month a non-Muslim Briton took his Muslim business partner to the tribunal to sort out a dispute over the profits in their car fleet company. “The non-Muslim claimed that there had been an oral agreement between the pair,” said Mr Chedie. “The tribunal found that because of certain things the Muslim man did, that agreement had existed. The non-Muslim was awarded £48,000.”

Read the rest.....


CCN Reader's Discussion Forum


Have your say on www.ccnforum.ning.com


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


This week

 Hadia Goldhawk



  The African Caliphate
The Life, Works and Teaching of Shaykh Uthman dan Fodio (1754 – 1817)


 Ibrahim Sulaiman


This scholarly work focuses on the establishment in 1809, in what is today Northern Nigeria, of the celebrated Sokoto caliphate, which may well have been the last complete re-establishment, anywhere in the world, of Islam in its entirety, comprising all its many and varied dimensions.


As well as giving the biography of the Shehu and a comprehensive account of the history of his movement, the book also provides an in-depth examination of his teaching and literary works.


These factors are all inextricably interwoven since, in a way scarcely equalled by any other historical figure, the Shehu’s writings sprang directly out of the exigencies and requirements of his immediate situation and were what drove his movement forward and articulated its vision.


As will be seen, his sole inspiration and source of guidance in every instance were the Book of Allah and the Sunnah of His Messenger # to such a point that he even died at exactly the same age. It is also astonishing how relevant the Shehu’s teachings are, in spite of the clear difference in both time and environment, to the situation of so many Muslims in the world today and the solution to many of the problems currently besetting Islam are clearly indicated within its pages.

Source of Review



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


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


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


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

The CCN Readers' Book Club

KB's Culinary Corner


   Carrot Muffin – Simply the best


2 ½ cups flour
1/2 tsp Bicarbonate of Soda
1 tsp salt
2 tsp baking powder
3 tsp cinnamon powder

Beat separately
1 ½ cups sugar
1 ½ cups oil
4 eggs

Fold in
2 cups grated carrot
½ cup chopped pecan nuts
250 grams crushed pineapple, drained

1 Beat egg whites , add sugar and then oil and beat further
2 Add Sifted dry ingredients and beat for 30 seconds.
3 Fold in the remaining ingredients
4 Place in cup cake or muffin pans – ¾ full
5 Bake at 180degrees for 15mins or until light brown.

125 grams butter
250 grams Philadelphia cream cheese
500 grams icing sugar

Beat well. Top Muffin when cold and decorate with a piece of Pecan. (Any remaining icing can be frozen for further use)

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.


Kareema's Keep Fit Column





Dear Kareema, I have been working out and losing weight consistently over the last 3 months. How can I be
sure that I'll keep it off in the future?




 A: The trick is to make it routine!

* Choose a regular time to hit the gym so you can schedule your appointments around those times..

* Keep a pair of runners in the car or at work so you can go for a walk or run during your lunch break.

* Eat well

* Set realistic goals

* Don't make excuses - even if you're busy, get out and get active

* Enjoy your workouts, you'll be more likely to do it again the following day!






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.


The CCN Chuckle



Jallaalludin goes to Mula Nasruddin and complains.


"When my wife and I were first married, I would come home from the Mosque, she would bring my slippers and our cute little dog would run around barking. Now after ten years it's all different, I come home, the dog brings the slippers and my wife runs around barking."


"Why complain?" said Mula Nasruddin. "You're still getting the same service!"



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IBC Islamic Shopping Expo


Kuraby Special School

(03) 93862771

10am to 5pm

26 July


Annual Quran Competition

Islamic Council of Queensland

Islamic College of Brisbane, Karawatha

3849 4876

9am to 1pm

6 August



Lailatul Baraat

8 & 9 August

Sat & Sun

New Muslim Reverts Course

Sunnah Inspirations

UQ, St Lucia campus


9.30am to 5.15pm

9 August


Unity Cup Soccer Tournament

Queensland Muslims

Acacia Ridge Futsal Centre

0412 786 168


15 August


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Fred Hollows Foundation

Michaels Oriental Restaurant

3358 5877


16 August


7th Annual College Fete

Australian International Islamic College

724 Blunder Rd. DURACK

3372 1400

10.30am to 3.30pm

22 August



Start of Ramadhan

4-6 September

Fri to Sun

Mini World Cup soccer tournament

Queensland Police Service

Brisbane Olympic, Cansdale Street, Yeronga

0438 114 619

9am to 9pm

5-6 September

Sat & Sun

Sydney's 5th Annual Quran Competition

Albayan Institute, Sydney

1/40A Ferndell St, Granville, SYDNEY

0424 810 689


16 September



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19 September



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20 September




26 September



Eidfest Committee

Mt Gravatt Showgrounds

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27 September


MBN Eid Dinner

Muslim Business Network

The Coffee Club, RNA Showground



3 October


Eid Dinner

Islamic Society of Darra

Darra Mosque, 219 Douglas St, Oxley

0418 757 157


10 October


Ladies Desert Night: Pearl & Curls


84 Nemies Rd, RUNCORN

0410 617 178


24 October


Breast Cancer Awareness

Crescents of Brisbane


0404 296 297


27 November




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Islamic New Year

27 December



Day of Ashura


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




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

Fatima Gutta

13 Stiller Drive


 All Ladies Welcome!

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

Sunnah Inspirations


Contact: 0408 270 421

University of Queensland,
323 Hawken Drive, St. Lucia

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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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

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

Jamiatul Ulama Western Australia

Body of Muslim Theologians (Ulama, Religious Scholars)

Islamic Women's Association of Queensland (IWAQ)

Community based, not-for-profit organisation providing Settlement, Aged Care, disability, social activities and employment opportunities.

Federation of Australian Muslim Students and Youth (FAMSY)


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