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Sunday, 9 August 2009

 .Newsletter 0248


News you won't find on CNN!



Muslim organizations react to terror arrests


An entire community cannot be held
accountable for a crime committed by one or a few of its so called members. Also a crime
cannot be associated with the individual’s faith or racial identity. The best analogy in this case
would be that the entire police force cannot be condemned due to a few police officers who
take bribes.

The Affinity Intercultural Foundation issued a media release this week condemning and denouncing "any action related to terrorism that cannot be justified by any religious teaching or common ethics, no matter what aim or objective they serve".


The Affinity Intercultural Foundation is a non-profit community based organisation that is "committed to bringing together people of different backgrounds to help improve understanding and respect and to build greater community harmony".


Affinity has been involved in many bridge building events that help to overcome ignorance and prejudice since 2000.

The Muslim community is a law abiding active member of the Australian society as reflected
in Victoria Police Chief Commissioner Mr. Simon Overland’s comments that “Not all
Muslims are terrorists and the vast majority of Australian Muslims do not support terrorism”



Sheikh Fehmi Naji El-Imam, Mufti of Australia and the Australian National Imams Council (ANIC) and the Muslim religious leaders it represents "categorically denounced any form of terrorist activity on Australian soil" in a press release issued this week.






IWAQ's Grads


Nine ladies completed the Certificate III in Children Services.


The 17 week course was conducted by the Academy of Training and the graduation ceremony was held at the Islamic Womens' Association of Queensland (IWAQ) on 29 July.

Left to Right (BackRow): Khadija Essahli, Hanae ElAshary, Roushan Rahman, Mahdia Abid, Hanan Safa, Hoda Al Said, Bushra Al Khirshan, Shatha Al Ali, Yomen Finj
Front row: Michelle Van Peppen (Teacher), Fatima Abdel-Karim (MC President), Galila Abdel-salam (IWAQ Director)

A Welcome to the Land of Down Under





Mahmood, son of Ahmed and Mariam Mayat of Newington, Sydney and Shahnaaz, daughter of Ebrahim and Ayesha Abdulla of Durban, South Africa celebrated their recent marriage in South Africa at a dinner held at the Himalaya Restaurant in Granville, Sydney last night (Saturday)


Over 50 friends and family from Brisbane travelled to Sydney for the happy event where Shahnaaz's sister-in-law, Nasreen Abdulla, told CCN that it was an occasion to welcome the bride to Australia and introduce her to her new extended family.


At the reception held in Durban, Shahnaaz wore an exquisitely designed wedding gown made of beaded Swarovski crystals and over 100 meters of tulle. The theme at the Walimah in Durban was Breakfast at Tiffany's.







To have your wedding pictures and stories published in CCN send them to ccn@crescentsofbrisbane.org.

St. Francis Home: Second Appeal

by Ziyaad Mahomed


In my earlier appeal I asked for anyone in the community to come forward with donations for the Mpilo Hospital's St. Francis Home in Zimbabwe.

The orphaned and handicapped children there are in great need of care and food and further donations would be greatly appreciated.
I would like to thank the people that gave money and item donations and would like to ask one more time if anyone has any old or spare toys, books and nicknacks/

Money donations are welcome

The donated items will be sold at the Australian International Islamic College School Fete on Sunday next week, 16 August 2009

The St. Francis Home Mission Statement:

To provide individualised quality care to all children
To assist each child to attain maximum capability through training
To train children to acquire the skills for daily living
To maintain exciting skills and prevent regression

Conditions at the Home have reached crisis levels. Funding by Government has been steadily getting worse and as the business community has struggled in Zimbabwe’s tough economic times it has not been able to help as much as it used to. The dedicated staff are struggling to achieve the mission goals. The children are in such great need of any decent food that they are just skin and bones. The only food they receive is 1 bowl of soup for breakfast (10am), and 1 bowl of soup for supper (4pm) when they are put to bed.

The conditions at the Home are at the point where sanitation is of huge concern to the nurses. The beds are small with 1 thin old worn blanket and some of the children are in bed the whole day. The risk of disease is high in such poor conditions. Some of these children are abandoned at the Home by their parents, the parents never to be seen again. For other parents this Home is the only place that they can turn to for help.

It is for their case that I wish to raise money, through the sale of books and toys donated by kind folk as yourselves. Towards this end I will have a stall at the Australian International Islamic College fete to be held on 16th August 2009 to sell the donated items. InshaAllah, I hope to do the same at the Indian Bazaar and at EidFest later this year.

My uncle is on the board of St. Francis Home and the funds will be forwarded to him so that they can be put to best use. In return I will provide you with feedback on how this project progresses.

I can be contacted at zmaho5@eq.edu.au or phone me at home on 3273 2786 (if I am at school or out please leave a message with anyone who is home) so that I can arrange to collect your items.

May Allah reward you. JazakAllah.

Yours sincerely,

Ziyaad Mahomed


Handy Hints For Non-Terrorist Muslims

Satire by Ben Pobjie


Are you Muslim? Do you find it hard to convince people that you're NOT a terrorist? That's as it should be, writes Ben Pobjie, but he's gunna help you out anyway


Right now the important thing is not to panic.

It's very easy at times of stress and tension to go off half-cocked and run about doing all sorts of rash things. Yes, you should tell yourself, a vicious terrorist cell may have been discovered operating in Australia. Yes, we may have come perilously close to seeing a deadly attack on Australian soldiers on our own soil. Yes, we must now spend the rest of our lives in constant fear, every fleeting moment of joy or pleasure tainted by the knowledge that it only brings us one second closer to the inevitable bullet or car-bomb. But we can adjust without going crazy and wreaking bloody vengeance on our Islamic brothers and sisters, no matter how much they may deserve it.

Still, Australia's Muslims do have a responsibility here. As many of our finest pundits have pointed out (including well-known comparative religion expert Andrew Bolt), all Muslims who wish to live in this country have a duty to speak out — loud and long and publicly — against terrorism in all its forms.

CO-WORKER: Did you watch MasterChef last night?

MUSLIM: No, I couldn't ... I was too busy denouncing terrorism.

CO-WORKER: That's a relief.


Now some of the Muslims reading this may be thinking it's enough that they don't actually commit terrorist acts, but I'm afraid this is wrongheaded to the extent that it perpetuates a stereotype I have just made up of Muslims being extremely wrongheaded about things.


Not committing terrorist acts is enough for actual Australians, who follow proper religions (ie Jesus), but when a person makes the decision to be a Muslim and adopt a Middle Eastern appearance, they make a decision to assume certain burdens.


One of these is that they must make every possible effort to assuage the reasonable suspicion that they are a terrorist. Comes with the territory, I'm afraid. Is it fair? No, but I don't remember anything in the Australian Constitution about being fair to Muslims, and it's this attitude of trying to contradict the Constitution that makes us suspect these people in the first place.


So with that in mind, I've prepared a list of handy hints for Muslims who are eager to put the rest of us at ease and ensure that we don't shudder with dread every time we pass a Muslim or a kebab shop or a Crazy John's outlet. Just follow this five-step plan, Muslim brethren, and we can all get along. No need to thank me. Just don't kill me.


Controversial Uighur film a festival sell-out


PUBLICITY surrounding the screening of a documentary about exiled Uighur leader Rebiya Kadeer (pictured left) ensured it was a sell-out last night, despite organisers fighting a "cyber-war" from China to withdraw it from the Melbourne International Film Festival.

Festival director Richard Moore said the festival's website received about 80,000 hits yesterday, 10 times more than usual, and the majority were from China.

"There were bulletin boards going up telling them to get into our website … they are specifically telling them to target us. It seriously is cyber war," he said.

Hackers attacked the website on Saturday, replacing festival information with the Chinese flag and anti-Kadeer slogans.

Mr Moore said he was unsure where it would end.

"We have had five Chinese films pull out now, one today — a Hong Kong-Taiwanese production called Miaou, Miaou."

Mr Moore said the campaign had intensified since it became known that the festival had refused to buckle to Chinese Government demands that the documentary, The 10 Conditions of Love, be withdrawn.

"First we had the phone call (demanding the film be withdrawn), then we had the Chinese films mysteriously withdrawing, then we had the hackers," he said.

Mr Moore said strict security would be in place when Ms Kadeer attended what was originally to have been the film's premiere in Melbourne on August 8.

Filmmaker Jeff Daniels last night thanked Mr Moore for standing up to the pressure being applied by Beijing. "If it had not been for the Chinese Government this theatre would not have been full tonight," Mr Daniels said. 


Sunnybank Saints aka Maradona’s Mates Update


Over the last 7 weeks, Sunnybank Saints have had somewhat of a rollercoaster ride with regards to the results in their Division 3 Men’s League.


With finals just around the corner, the boys picked up a vital and thoroughly deserved win last night against the leagues 2nd placed team; North Pine Kalangaroos.


Down 1-0 at halftime, the team put in a fantastic effort in the 2nd half to come through with a 2-1 victory. Goals came courtesy of Riaz Essof and Naseer Ahmid.


The teams captain Arshad Randeree has been sidelined for the past 3 weeks after colliding with a fellow player in the game against Logan causing a skull fracture. He is now confined to a coaching role on the sidelines. Arshad should be back on the field in another 3 weeks and the team wishes him a speedy recovery.  


With two games to go, Sunnybank Saints will be looking to cement their position in the top 4 and make it through to the semi finals.


The team currently sits 4th on the table.  See the website for more information: http://www.qcsa.org.au/fixtures/index.php?division=SM3N

The following are the results of games played over the last 2months:



















Nundah Wavell



Life House





North Pine Mavericks





North Pine Kalangaroos










The final draws for the Unity Cup Football Tournament being held today (Sunday) at the Acacia Ridge Futsal Centre have been made.



AIIC students shine in competition





Students of the Australian International Islamic College (Durack) did particularly well in last week's Queensland Quran Competition.


A congratulatory media release was issued by the school acknowledging the efforts of its star pupils.


Amongst the winners was first placed Malak Boulem (pictured left).


CCN Turns 250! Soon, insha’Allah


CCN is about to celebrate its 250th birthday. On 23rd August CCN will officially turn 250.

As our birthday draws near we’d be more than happy to hear your thoughts and feelings of the uninterrupted journey that you have taken together with us over the last 5 years.

You can email us at ccn@crescentsofbrisbane.org


Largest Mosques of the World


Number 13


Little Mosque on the Prairie: Season 3 Episode 12


Double Troubles   


Part 1




Part 2


Part 3



The CCN Inbox


Assalamu Alaikum wa Rahmatullahe wa Barakatahu

Bald Hills Islamic Society is looking for a Hafiz to lead the Taraweeh prayers during the month of Ramadaan (Approx dates - 22nd Aug - 19th Sep 2009).

For further information please contact Mufti Junaid Akbar- 0412 991 971 or Brother Ismail - 0402 598 456

Jazak Allah Khair
Web Master

As- salaam Alaikum

I have a Carrom Board which I want to sell. We have used it a couple of times.
My contact no. is 0414168969.

Jazzak Allah.

Around the Muslim World with CCN


Haj bar move 'a logistical nightmare'


ALKHOBAR: Haj authorities in India and Pakistan are gearing up for a logistical nightmare after the Arab health ministers' decision in Cairo on Wednesday to restrict the elderly and children from performing Haj this year.

Egypt too expected a drop by 30 to 40 percent in the number of people performing Umrah and Haj this year following the Cairo recommendations.

The ministers unanimously agreed at the emergency meeting in the Egyptian capital that people over the age of 65 and children under the age of 12 and those with chronic illnesses should be excluded from undertaking the pilgrimage to Makkah.

"The total number of pilgrims will not be restricted," Health Minister Dr. Abdullah Al-Rabeeah was quoted as saying by news agencies. "We will not change the quota of any country. We have agreed to change certain rules" in an effort to contain the spread of the H1N1 flu virus, he said. Representatives of the World Health Organization (WHO) also attended the meeting.

Although the Arab health ministers' decision has to be ratified by their governments, WHO Regional Director Hussein Gezairi told news agencies it would likely be OK'd by the Saudi government. "The Saudi government will make (these conditions) a requirement ... No one will get their visa unless these requirements are fulfilled," Gezairi told AFP.

In June, Saudi Arabia had called on the elderly, ill and other unfit Muslims to postpone the journey to Makkah due to fears over the swine flu virus.

"If those above 65 are not be allowed to undertake the journey to Makkah for health reasons then this is bad news for almost 35 percent of our pilgrims," said Hafiz Naushad Ahmed Azmi, a member of India's Central Haj Committee (HCI). Speaking to Arab News from India by telephone, Azmi said all those Indians whose Haj applications have been approved are in a celebratory mood. "For them the countdown has already begun. Their preparations are complete in all respects. The money for the once-in-a-lifetime journey has already been deposited with the Haj agencies. They are now only waiting for the Haj visa to be stamped on their passports. All those above 65 will be very disheartened. This will break their hearts," said Azmi.

Of the 115,000 Indians whose Haj applications have been approved by the HCI, nearly 20 percent are above the age of 65.

"However, those above 65 will not be travelling alone. Some of them are to be accompanied by sons, daughters or other family members. If a man or woman above 65 is now not allowed to undertake the journey then those who were to go along with him or her will also drop their pilgrimage plans," said Azmi. "So it will affect a large number of intending pilgrims."



Blackwater accused of murder in 'crusade to eliminate Muslims'


A series of allegations including murder, weapons smuggling and the deliberate slaughter of civilians have been levelled against the founder of Blackwater, the security company being investigated for shooting deaths in Iraq.

“....... views himself as a Christian crusader tasked with eliminating Muslims and the Islamic faith from the globe” 

The accusations, including a claim that the company founder Erik Prince either murdered or had killed former employees co-operating with federal investigators, are contained in sworn affidavits lodged at a Virginia court on Monday night.

The company was the most prominent of an army of private security companies employed by the Pentagon and State Department to protect military convoys and guard US diplomats in Iraq.

The accusations against Mr Prince are being made by two former employees, including a former Marine, who have sworn them anonymously as John Doe No 1 and John Doe No 2, because they said they feared for their lives if their identities were revealed.


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


This week

 a CCN Reader



Author's Bio

Tazmin Mahomed was born on the 11th of March 1967, in Laudium, South Africa, the youngest of four siblings. She matriculated from Iona Convent, Pretoria, in 1984, where she excelled in public speaking. It was from this that her love of the English language developed. She obtained her degree in Psychology (Hons) from the University of South Africa and went on to become a successful businesswoman, volunteer counsellor and writer.

In 2009 Tazmin wrote Secrets of a Muslim Heart, a collection of poems and essays that are the culmination of her life lived as a Muslim woman within a western society, and her journey to assume her true Muslim identity.


This book is a collection of essays and poems that chart's the author's remarkable personal journey, as she moves from being a Muslim woman trying to find her place in a Western world, to assuming her true Muslim identity.

This collection of writings speaks to everyone seeking change or inspiration to find a deeper meaning to their own lives, and reveals the hidden wisdom that lies within the process of 'going into scarf'.

Secrets of a Muslim Heart is an important contemporary book on Muslim spirituality, dedicated to women.



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




2 ½ cups all bran flakes
1 cup yoghurt
¾ cup brown sugar
1 tsp baking powder
500g self raising flour
250gr butter
1 egg beaten
1 tsp salt
½ cup chopped almonds

On low heat melt butter and sugar.

Beat eggs, add yogurt and then add butter and sugar mixture, add the chopped almonds.

Fold in the sifted dry ingredients.

Pat in oven tray and slice.

Bake at 180c for 35 mins.

Remove from oven and slice into bars.

Return to oven and bake at 100c to dry out.
A great and healthy dunker for tea and coffee.

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, you always talk about good technique and posture while executing an exercise. Can you please explain it in a little more detail?


A: With perfect training posture and technique, you are less likely to injure yourself while exercising. The following are tips which will help improve your technique:

• Go to the full range of motion that your joint allows
• Target particular muscle groups with appropriate challenging exercises
• Keep your abs in and maintain good spinal/head/neck posture throughout the movement
• Don't rush the movement
• Focus on both phases of the movement (up and down)
• Oxygen is energy - breathe effectively throughout the 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.


The CCN Chuckle



Jallalludin told his good friend Mula Nasruddin that he wasn't able to do all the things around the house that he used to do and asked him why did he think this was so.


"Now, Brother Nasruddin, I can take it. Tell me in plain Arabic what you think is wrong with me."

"Well, in plain Arabic," Mula Nasruddin replied, "you're just lazy."

"Okay," said Jallalludin. "Now give me the medical term so I can tell my wife."


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Fred Hollows Southern Africa Project

Sex Education Workshop

AIIC Annual Fete

Reverts Course

Unity Cup Indoor Soccer Tournament

Islamic Classes for Teenagers

Course: Road to Recovery

Mini World Cup

MBN Eid Dinner

Al-Nisa Desert Night: Pearls & Curls

Quran Competition: Sydney


hamdi Hajj Package

Zamzam Hajj Group

AMAL Muslim Helpline

OurWorld Hajj Travel Package


The CCN Date Claimer






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9 August


Sex Education Workshop


Islamic College of Brisbane (Karawatha)

0421 717 846

9am to 12pm

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


Fred Hollows Southern Africa Project

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

29 August


Lecture: Zakaat

Muslim Business Network


0407 731 682

Mid Afternoon (TBC)

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



Lailatul Qadr

19 September



End of Ramadhan

20 September




25 September


Gold Coast Eid Dinner

Islamic Society of Gold Coast

Southport Sharks Footbal Club

0412 601 152


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


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




18 December



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

Nazima Hansa

11 Bauhinia Close

Eight Mile Plains

Tel: 0407 037 928

 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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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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