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Sunday, 30 August 2009

 .Newsletter 0251


News you won't find on CNN!



Gaza Gets Medical Supplies

by Mustafa Kemal Omar

Thank you Brisbane and Melbourne YOUR fantastic generosity has paid off

Alhamdulillah with the grace of the Almighty 3 X 40ft containers have finally found their way to the much needed injured Palestinians in the Gaza Strip, although the container journey has not been without incident. 

By all accounts this was no mean feat, and was it not for the persistence of 3 key people, Mohammed El-Zanaty (Melbourne), Bashar Al-Jamal (President Human Appeal) and Ismail Cajee (Brisbane), we may never have witnessed this wonderful achievement.

In January 2009 on the day of the ceasefire, after one of the fiercest onslaughts by Israel against the Palestinians, which left a trail of  destruction, death injury and disablement,  Mohammed El-Zanaty contacted Ismail Cajee and suggested to him that funds be raised from the Australian Muslim population and to send much needed medical equipment to Gaza.

Responding passionately to this appeal and with access to securing much of the needed supplies, Ismail and his son Yusuf considered this an excellent opportunity to engage their Chinese suppliers and request assistance with the dispatch of these items.

Together with a group of about 5 individuals, a Brisbane fund raising committee was set up. Ismail then approached a manufacturer in China whom they had been dealing with for many years and explained the nature and purpose of the objective.

The Chinese company was wholly sympathetic towards the effort and assured Ismail that they would manufacture, supply and ship the goods at no profit whatsoever. As a result, the cost of a wheelchair was calculated approximately at $45 each  and $3 for a pair of crutches. These prices are almost unheard of in the industry in these times.

The Brisbane collection drive was started during this time and gathered momentum quickly. In fact it was so successful that within a period of 6 weeks our Brisbane community with their generosity donated open heartedly to the tune of $70,346.95. At the same time the Muslim community of Melbourne under the stewardship of Mohammed El Zanaty raised funds totalling $18,900.

Due to it's vast established network and established offices in Gaza. Human Appeal was selected to ensure the delivery of the containers met the target destination into Gaza. The distribution of these containers is being handled by Br Amr Mahmoud Hadhoud (Managing the HA office in Al-Remal). Brother Bashar Al-Jamal and Brother Issam of Human Appeal played a key role in ensuring successful delivery into Gaza.

Although, the initial plan was to send a 20ft container of wheel chairs only, we were able to increase the shipment to 3 X 40ft containers primarily due to the overwhelming response of donations, but also in no small part due to the unselfishness of the supplier and sympathy for the people of Gaza in the price reduction of the cost of the items. The containers included the following goods;

1.   Wheelchairs
2.   Crutches
3.   Hospital beds and mattresses.
4.   Walking frames
5.   Toilet aids
6.   Shower aids
7.   Bed pans
8.   Mobility walking aids

It is unfortunate that so much time has passed for the containers to have arrived at their final destination. But it is even more disappointing that Egyptian Government Agencies seem to be the cause of much of the delay. But thanks goes to Mohammed El-Zanaty and the Egyptian embassy in Australia. The Egyptian ambassador to Australia played a key role in securing the transport of the containers through the Egyptian-Gaza border.

Hospital beds and mattresses have already been distributed and other items that were not hospital bound are being distributed by the Human Appeal warehouse facility medical assistance units that deal directly with the hurt and injured brother and sisters, elders and children in Gaza.

Many words of thanks have been sent from these institutions in Gaza as well as from the people of Gaza to the Australian Muslim Community.

The people of Gaza were so thrilled by this effort and have requested that if Australia had intentions of sending any more equipment to please restrict these to wheelchairs only as this is the most needed item. When asked how many more wheelchairs were required Br Mahmoud Hadhoud said "Any number of wheelchairs is not enough, as there are too many injured people confined to wheelchairs".

Making the most of the month of Ramadan (Week 3)


Iqbal Lambat has compiled a series of articles to assist CCN readers with maximizing their benefits during the month of Ramadan.


The third in the series of articles pertains to zakat and is the first of a two part series.


Part one focuses on the laws of zakat whilst part two (next week) will focus on how to calculate zakat.

Zakat is compulsory yet many people are confused on how to calculate their zakat and who zakat can be paid to. The zakat segment of the Ramadan series will answer these questions.

The focus this week is on:

Introduction – explains what zakat is and why we have to pay it
Who qualifies to receive zakat – outlines who can receive zakat according to the Quran and ahadith. This section also addresses questions as to whether family members, non-Muslims and religious organizations (to build Mosques, distribute literature, etc) can receive zakat funds
Assets exempt from zakat – explains those assets that are exempt from zakat
Do you have the equivalent of nisaab? – to pay zakat you need to own a minimum amount of assets. This section outlines what the minimum is and provides a checklist to assess whether you qualify to pay zakat.

Next week 4: How to calculate zakat.


Previous Week 1: Ramadan the month – what to do, what to pray and how to welcome Ramadan

Previous Week 2: Fasting rules – who should fast, exemptions, rules on fasting, what to do if you miss or break a fast





MBN will be hosting a Zakat Workshop next week.




The objective of the workshop is to explain/discuss:


  •  The laws pertaining to zakat

  •  Who qualifies to receive zakat

  •  How to calculate zakat – including practical examples and a zakat calculation form


The panel will take questions on zakat and any aspect of Ramadan. The panel will include Imams.


Date: 5 September

Time: 2pm – 3pm

Venue: Islamic College of Brisbane (Karawatha)


Matthew over the Moon!




In March this year Crescents of Brisbane and the the Lions Club of Kuraby held a Harmony Day Dinner at Michael's Restaurant to raise funds for the Milperra State School and for young Matthew Holland who suffers from muscular dystrophy and required equipment to increase his mobility.



Larry Fletcher from the Department of Communities sent in this update:


I have just come back from visiting the Holland family and am really pleased to let you know that the upstairs bathroom modification is now finished and the family has relocated upstairs after about 6 years of living in their garage.


I would like to thank you for your commitment to assisting this family.


Their situation was very difficult for any one person to make a difference.


It has been a real community effort in which you have all played a huge part.


Thank you for your support with either: funds, home renovations, bathroom modification, air-conditioning units, the motorised recliner chair, computer package, therapeutic equipment, publicity and of course the VW van with a wheelchair lift.

The Hollands will of course have more challenges to face in the future but for now you can’t wipe the smile of Mathew’s face.

Thank you

Larry Fletcher
Family Support Program
Department of Communities-Disability Services

Ifthaar Dinners Aplenty


Several organizations and Mosques are hosting ifthaar dinners this month. Many of them have been open invitations to the Muslim and non-Muslim communities. The numbers attending these dinners range from a few hundred to almost 2000 in some sittings.


The United Arab Emirates has been particularly generous this year having sponsored iftaars at the Gold Coast Mosque and the Islamic Women's Association of Queensland.


An ifthaar dinner program in Canberra has been organised and co-hosted by the Members of the Federal Parliament with the assistance and support of the Australian Intercultural Society, Affinity Intercultural Foundation and Bluestar Intercultural Centre. In amongst the parliamentarians who will be attending will be Prime Minister Kevin Rudd.


Hon J Mickel MP, on behalf of the Queensland Intercultural Society, is hosting invited guests at Queensland Parliament House in the Premiers Hall next week.


Kuraby Mosque


Under the cool evening Brisbane skies a car park turns into

an idyllic diner for hundreds of observers of the fasting month




Gold Coast Mosque


The Ifthaar dinner held at the Islamic Centre of Gold Coast last night (Saturday) was generously sponsored by the UAE Red Crescent Authority and organized by the Embassy of the United Arab Emirates and the Islamic Society of Gold Coast.


The dinner was attended by more than a 1000 people from all walks of life. An attendee told CCN that the Muslims and non-Muslims who shared a meal together demonstrated the feelings of unity, faith and brotherhood that epitomised the multicultural flavour of the country.


Mr. Hamad H. Al Habsi, the Minister Plenipotentiary and his secretary Mrs. Samira travelled from Canberra especially to take part in the ifthaar and to witness this memorable occasion at first hand. They were also very impressed with the way the local community had rallied voluntarily and selflessly to make the occasion a joyous celebration for all.

Grants & Scholarships




Community Call to Action is a 12 month pilot by AusAID aimed at raising awareness about global poverty and the Millenium Development Goals.


Grants between $25 000 to $150 000 are available for organisations that have a wide reach within the community.


There is also limited funding for overseas activities that are linked to awareness raising in Australia.


Closing date is 7 September. More information is available at:




Scholarship opportunities are now available

The Lord Mayors Multicultural Round Table (Brisbane) is now calling for scholarship applications from emerging entrepreneurs from multicultural backgrounds. Successful candidates will study to complete a Graduate Vocational Certificate in Enterpreneurship and a Certificate IV in Small Business Management with Southbank Institute of Technology or Certificate IV in Small Business Management with Sarina Russo Job Access.

Attached are the Scholarship Application Information.

Applicants must be residing in the Brisbane City Council local government region and applications must be received by 11 September 2009.

If you would like further information please contact the Lord Mayors Multicultural Unit - Lin or Rosalie on 3403 4404


Introductory Imam Training Program in Malaysia for youth


Four places are available for this very unique opportunity.

The course is designed for young Muslims who would like to further their knowledge and skills in preparation for further training as an imam.

The four week introductory course will be held in the Islamic state of Terengganu in Malaysia and conducted at the largest university in the state, Darul Iman University. The course covers usul'uddin, tarbiyyah, Arabic and aqida. You will be mentored by a local tutor and the program includes cross-cultural activities, field trips, a conference, meetings with local dignitaries and sight seeing on nearby islands.

Course commences on 3rd January 2010 and will end on 30 January 2010.

ALL Airfares, accommodation and tuition fees are included for successful applicants.

Download an application form from the website www.aussiemossie.com and send it in by email by 30th September 2009.

Age limit is 16-24 years and those under 18 must have permission from their parents.

For more information call 0412 318045

Holy festival reinvigorates city Muslims

Toowoomba Chronicle Wednesday 26/8/2009


IMAGINE giving up eating during the day, smoking and sexual contact for an entire month.


For Toowoomba Muslims like USQ associate professor Dr Shahjahan Khan, the Islamic month of Ramadan isn't just about sacrifice, it's about becoming a better person.

"The fasting allows you to experience what the less fortunate feel every day," Dr Khan said.

"Ramadan is a time for fasting and charity, a time to give money and food to the needy. Any good deeds performed during the month of

Ramadan (which began last weekend) will be rewarded many times."

Dr Khan said that, despite the restrictions placed during Ramadan, it was also a time of celebration.

"Muslims look forward to it every year. It's a chance to strengthen your character and morality," Dr Khan said.

"At the end of the month, there is a big celebration called Eid ul-Fitr where family and friends get together to feast and socialise."

Dr Khan said the number of Muslims in Toowoomba was growing each year.


"The first big Islamic prayer meeting I went to in Toowoomba in 1993 just had a few dozen people there.

"Last year, we would have had at least 400 people praying at the Islamic Centre."

Because the Islamic calendar is based on the lunar cycle rather than the solar calendar, the exact start and end dates of Ramadan vary each year.

"The fasting lasts between dusk and dawn, so the exact period of fasting each day depends on how long the day is," Dr Khan said.

Dr Khan said he didn't find it more difficult to fast in a predominantly Christian society like Toowoomba.

"Most Muslims know what they're doing, so seeing friends around them eating won't stop them from fasting," he said.

"Then again, it may be difficult going to a restaurant."

Dr Khan said that fasting and giving up things in excess was a very beneficial experience.

"Fasting doesn't mean anything if you're still committing bad deeds."


Zuma on Kathrada on his 80th


On 15 August South Africa President JG Zuma paid tribute to political activist Ahmed Kathrada on his 80th birthday celebration dinner:


It is so wonderful to come together for a celebration and a glorious occasion as this one. We are here to honour a man who is an inspiration to all South Africans. A man whose life is a chronicle of the struggle against apartheid.

A man who belongs to the generation of Sisulu and Mandela's, the likes of which this country will not witness again in a very long time. A man who remains a lion of the liberation movement.

We therefore come together to reflect on his life, to the contribution he has made to the struggle and talk about the values that he would want us to take forward. This celebration comes at an auspicious time as we move closer to the start of the holy month of Ramadan. The month of fasting reminds us of the plight of the poor and hungry in our society.


It is a time for reflection on our role in society and the very nature of that society. It is these religious underpinnings that have shaped the character of the man we know as Ahmed Mohamed Kathrada. His dedication to the cause for freedom is characterised by the high moral, social, and spiritual values which Islam sets for all its followers and which come to the fore during the month of Ramadan.

These values have guided Comrade Kathy and placed him on the path that has helped shape the history of this country. Where does one start with Kathy's contribution to the liberation struggle? A communist at the age of 12; jailed at 17 during the Passive Resistance Campaign for defying the Ghetto Act, which compelled Indians to live, trade and own land in specific areas.

We are talking about a leader in the Defiance Campaign who helped organise the Congress of the People which drew up the Freedom Charter. He was a treason trialist; a member of Umkhonto we Sizwe and a dedicated MK cadre who participated in the early days of the armed struggle. Convicted in the Rivonia Trial, he served 26 years in prison, mostly on Robben Island and then Pollsmoor Prison.


This is a cadre who became a Member of Parliament in the democratic government of 1994; and Parliamentary Counsellor to President Mandela. Having suffered many banning orders and house arrests, until his imprisonment, he was intimately involved in every major event that shaped the early years of non-racial opposition to apartheid.


It is these religious underpinnings that have shaped the character of the man we know as Ahmed Mohamed Kathrada.


His dedication to the cause for freedom is characterised by the high moral, social, and spiritual values which Islam sets for all its followers and which come to the fore during the month of Ramadan.


His contribution to a free South Africa, like that of many of his contemporaries, was immense.


Today we celebrate the 80th birthday of our Comrade.


Just like Tata Madiba's 91st birthday, this is no ordinary birthday.


We're rejoicing the life of an inspiring revolutionary spanning over 65 years. Comrade Kathy is a living example of the best traditions and values of the ANC. His life offers so many characteristics that embody the best examples of revolutionary existence and practice.

His life stands out as a testament of who we should be and how we should conduct ourselves in the cause of a revolutionary struggle and social transformation. On a personal level, he has displayed a life of simplicity, complete humility and honesty. He has maintained a modest lifestyle despite his considerable achievements. His love for children, which stems from the years of deprivation experienced in prison, remains a hallmark of his character and a guiding force in his work, even today.


Ramadhaan High-Way Code

Across the Gulf Artwork

The 2009 Arc Biennial of Art presented by Artworkers Alliance will open on September 5 2009 at the Howard Smith Wharves, Brisbane with the World Premiere of Across the Gulf, an exhibition showcasing an array of photographic, multimedia, screen and digital works by 22 artists from Bahrain, Abu Dhabi and Dubai which will run until 27 September.

“Across the Gulf will present emerging and established artists who are all practicing from within their culture, rather than building their practice in the west”, Mr Wilson said.

“The artists in the exhibition are making contemporary art in the face of a cultural landscape that is undergoing intensive and unparalleled change.


Director and curator of Metasenta Across the Gulf, Dr Irene Barberis, is set to strengthen creative relations between Australia and the Middle East. Closer to home, the exhibition will highlight Brisbane’s sister city relationship with Abu Dhabi.


For more information on the 2009 Arc Biennial of Art and the Across the Gulf exhibition, please visit www.arcbiennial.com.

What: World Premiere of Across the Gulf Exhibition
When: 5-27 September 2009
Time: 12.30pm-6.30pm weekdays; 10am-4pm weekends
Where: Shed E, Howard Smith Wharves, Brisbane
Cost: Gold Coin Donation


More details

Quran Online

Real or fake?

From the BMBS desk.........

By Dr Mohammed Iqbal Sultan, BMBS President


The Brisbane Muslim Burial Society (BMBS) operates the Ghusl facilities at the Kuraby Musjid. We assist with funeral arrangements and the ghusl for the deceased. The Kaffan and all utilities required to perform the ghusl are provided by us

(Ghusl = washing and shrouding the body of the deceased. Kaffan = Shroud)

After the Ghusl is performed and the Janazah salah is completed the Janazah proceeds for burial to the Mt Gravatt Cemetery. There is a designated Muslim section at the cemetery. Once the council digs the grave, the grave is then prepared internally with blocks and timber to cover the grave, before being filled up. This internal preparation is currently and has been performed by the Deen family for many years.

An average funeral in Brisbane costs approximately $4500. This may vary and cost may increase to over $6000 on weekends and outside normal hours. These fees are payable at the time of the funeral to the funeral director. The fees comprise of approximately $2800 for the council fees (for normal office hours and this fee increases after hours and weekends), $350 for the grave preparation costs (donated to the Holland Park mosque on behalf of the Deen family), $100 BMBS (facility fee includes kaffan) and the balance is the funeral director's fees.


In the event of a funeral kindly contact any of our committee members listed below or your local Islamic Society.

BMBS also provides an SMS service to the community by sending out an SMS message of funerals taking place in Brisbane to mobile numbers on our database at no cost to the subscriber. There is also no charge to the family of the deceased for all funerals taking place within the local Brisbane and Gold Coast community..

ALL other messages including funeral notices from outside the Brisbane area will attract a $50 donation to recover costs incurred.

If you would like to receive the SMS, you may send your mobile number to janaza786@hotmail.com, to be included in our database.

To send an SMS message for a funeral contact Br Yusuf Chothia on 0404 834 786 or Dr Iqbal Sultan on 0412 845 786 / 5462 2155 (office).


We are a non-profit organization. Donations to BMBS are welcome. This will assist us in continuing to provide our services.
Kindly make donations to:


Account name:

Brisbane Muslim Burial Services
Bank: NAB
BSB: 084 462
Account number: 82 566 5859


BMBS has prepared a short document on what to so when death occurs.

Committee Members: Yusuf CHOTHIA 34230379 / 0404 834 786 Riaz GUTTA 32198726 / 0400 105 786 Mabrouk HOUDCHIA 32199120 / 0433 128 430 Dr Fuzlahuck MOOLA 38417886 / 0419 773 570 Feisal PARUK 3219 8469 / 0403 755 652 AK SURTIE 3272 6391 / 0434 288 257 Dr Mohammed Iqbal SULTAN 3219 0786 / 0412 845 786 / 54622155

Study Tour of Istanbul and Rome



A joint tour to Istanbul and Rome with a group of Australian Muslim and Catholics leaders took place in April and May of this year.


This was the first of its kind enabling religious leaders from both faith groups to study and understand each others religious principles, customs and significant institutions by means of a close encounter.


The tour was organized under the umbrella of the historic MOU signed between the Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne and the Australian Intercultural Society.


Details of the trip can be found here


We've scanned the sky by Dawud Wharnsby



Cairns Mosque Appeal





The community of Cairns and surrounding areas are inviting donations for the building of the first mosque in Cairns.


Click on image for all the details.



Sunnybank Saints Go Down to Fighting Tigers


After last week’s defeat at the hand of the Tigers, Sunnybank Saints squared off against their old nemesis for a place in the 2nd semi-final play offs. With the bulk of the Saints team fasting, the boys began the game at a slower pace than normal, content to hold the ball and soak up the pressure from the Tigers. The game plan worked to perfection as the Saints scored the first goal against the run of play, to lead the game 1-0. A sweet counter attacking move saw the Saints top goal scorer Naeer Ahmid give his team the lead.

At the much anticipated half time break, (with the majestic sun setting in the back ground), the Saints players were able to take on board some much needed liquids…and a samoosa or two.

The Saints kicked off the second half knowing that a semi final play off was 45 minutes away. The second half began at a frantic pace as both teams looked to score some goals. With 7 minutes left on the clock, Tigers were awarded a dubious free kick just outside the penalty box. An awkward bounce made it tough for the goalie to make contact with the ball and the Tigers, who never really threatened the Saints goal mouth until then, drew level. The final whistle blew with the score reading 1-1.

The game continued into extra time as it did in the first 90. 10 minutes into the first half of extra time and a Tigers corner kick ended up in the goals. The gusty nights wind was the goal scorer. Tigers 2, Sunnybank Saints 1.

That goal proved to be the winner and a tiring group of Sunnybank players could not muster a final spurt of energy to claw back in to the game.

A solid display by the Saints backline made up of Mohsin Sabdia, Mohammad Raja, Justin and Ben but man of the match accolades goes to Ziyaad Hassan for his spirited performance in the midfield.

The final whistle brought an end to a fantastic first season for the boys. Next season the team believes they have the ability to go all the way. Special thanks to all who supported the team over the season. Your support was most appreciated.


Science in Parliament

By Nada Ibrahim


Nada Ibrahim with Prof Peter Andrews,

Queensland Chief Scientist during question time

It was quite a privilege and an honour to be the only Muslim invited to be among the 200 scientists who attended the Science in Parliament event on 19 August 2009 that was officiated by the Honourable Anna Bligh MP, Premier of Queensland, at the Parliamentary Annexe, Parliament House, Brisbane, Queensland.  Science in Parliament is a yearly event that brings together scientists and Members of the Parliament to discuss important issues impacting on Queensland's future.  This year’s theme was “From publication to policy: how science shapes our future”. 


We got an opportunity to listen to media experts (Michael Coombes, Susannah Eliott, Maggie Gentz and Brendan O’Malley) about how to add our voice as scientists to the national discussion on scientific and technological issues affecting our future. This was a golden opportunity for me as a researcher/social scientist to get feedback from the media gurus on how to pitch my research to the media without having negative repercussions on the Muslim community, given the current anti-Muslim sentiments.


We also got to hear from various experts (Brett De hayr, Prof Sandra Harding, Prof Mick McManus) on critical challenges and opportunities we as Queenslanders will be facing in the future in the areas of education, society, economy and environmental issues and some possibilities on how to address them. 


I then got the privilege of a personal meeting with Hon. Desley Boyle, the Queensland Parliament’s Minister for Local Government and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships, where we discussed my current research (Marital Relationships and/or Conflict: Exploring attitudes, beliefs and direct involvement) and its potential to impact on future Queensland social policy.  The Minister was very much interested in my research and was keen to know what the findings will show towards recommendations in policy development.  This opportunity made me further determined to do something to empower the Muslim community in the area of how to address their marital needs.


We then had some interesting discussions into the areas of chronic illnesses such as obesity, diabetes, aboriginal health, etc in the assigned Science for social development working lunch.  It was an excellent opportunity to network with other researchers and social scientists and exchange business cards for future reference.  We also got the opportunity during the lunch to rub shoulders with parliamentarians such as Desley Scott, Desley Boyle, Lindy Nelson-Carr, among others, so they could hear it directly from scientists on the issues of concern and engage in discussion.


After the working lunch, we watched community leaders grapple with a hypothetical pandemic scenario of the swine flu in the City of Utopia.  It was interesting to see how varying roles and responsibilities filtered into how the issue was being addressed.


The day concluded with award ceremony for outstanding achievements in Queensland science.  Overall, the day was quite a success where I got to hear about the key areas of Queensland’s future development and the Queensland Government's Toward Q2 policy initiative and where my current research may make a difference.

Ramadan Appeal



Ramadan Timetables


Kuraby Mosque

Islamic Society of Toowoomba


Ramadan fasting Timetables for major Queensland Cities

as prepared by Queensland Muslim
Gold Coast
Mount Isa
Sunshine coast


If you would like to have your Mosque's Ramadan timetable posted on CCN email an electronic version to ccn@crescentsofbrisbane.org

Largest Mosques of the World


Number 10


The CCN Inbox


The following restaurant's "halal certifications" has been revoke due to not complying with Gold Coast Halal guidelines.

Please beware of fraudulent expired certificates being displayed.

1. Shere Punjab in Surfers Paradise
2. Helensvale Indian Curry Hut
3. All Tandoori outlets in the Gold Coast

Salaams and Regards

Imraan Husain
GC Mosque Imam
Marriage Celebrant
Islamic Education Co-ordinator
Ph: 617 5594 9097
Fax: 617 5574 4137
Mob: 61 411 037 016
Email: imrhus1@bigpond.com
Web: www.goldcoastislam.com.au

A CCN Reader forwarded the following email from Unilever regarding their Flora products in Australia:

Thank you for contacting Flora.
We are always interested to hear from our consumers and welcome your comments and enquiries.
The gelatine used in Flora Light and Ultra Light Spreads is derived from pork.
Flora Original does not contain any gelatine.
We thank you for your communication and hope this answers your enquiry.

Kind Regards
Sue Connolly
Consumer Relations Team

Dear Editor


Hello I am a Pakistani Muslim, currently in year 9.


I heard about CCN through many people. Also, my mum is a subscriber.


I was wondering if I could write articles for CCN because I may want to pursue Journalism.


Could you sent me some more information?



[Editor] Dear Sunnya, you are most welcome to submit articles for publication. Our long suffering readers would certainly benefit from any improvements your writings may bring to the mediocrity that currently masquerades for journalism in CCN (and for which it's Editor takes full responsibility)

Around the Muslim World with CCN


Jose Mourinho's Ramadan row over fasting Inter Milan star Sulley Muntari angers Muslim leader


Jose Mourinho has been heavily criticised by a Muslim leader after claiming Sulley Muntari should not have been fasting during Ramadan.

The Inter Milan boss subbed Muntari after just half an hour of Sunday's draw with Bari - and later claimed that his lack of energy was down to his fasting.

Muslims abstain from eating or drinking during daylight hours in the Islamic holy month of Ramadan.

Mourinho said: 'Muntari had some problems related to Ramadan, perhaps with this heat it's not good for him to be doing this (fasting). Ramadan has not arrived at the ideal moment for a player to play a football match.'

But the former Chelsea boss was on the receiving end of an attack from Mohamed Nour Dachan, president of the Union of Islamic communities and organisations in Italy.

'I think Mourinho could do with talking a little less,' he said. 'A practising (Muslim) player is not weakened because we know from the Institute of Sports Medicine that mental and psychological stability can give a sportsman an extra edge on the field.

'A player who is a believing Christian, Jew or Muslim is certainly calmer psychologically and that improves his performance.'

Even the the player's personal trainer Stefano Tirelli disagrees with Mourinho.

'Not everyone reacts in the same way to the abstention and change of habits that Ramadan induces,' he said.

'Some athletes suffer a lot and have less energy in training and in matches. However, others due to their character, emotions and genetics manage to perform just the same. Muntari is one of the latter.'

Mail Online



News Ltd to pay out for 'offensive remarks' against Muslim 


The Rupert Murdoch-owned Nationwide News Pty Ltd has apologised and agreed to pay damages after one of its journalists wrote an article in which an English Muslim cricketer was subject to "offensive remarks".

The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) said yesterday that Sydney-based Nationwide News would pay "significant damages and costs as well as offering an unreserved apology for offensive remarks".

In a piece about the alleged time-wasting that helped England escape with a draw in last month's first Ashes test, Australian journalist David Penberthy said that a friend had sent him an SMS abusing Bilal Shafayat.

Penberthy was incensed that 12th man Shafayat twice came onto the field to apparently supply a batsman with spare gloves, holding up play with Australia on the verge of bowling out its opponents.

Brisbane Times



Malaysian Muslims told 'Peas refrain' 


Malaysia's government has barred Muslims from a concert by US hip-hop stars the Black Eyed Peas next month because the event is organised by Irish beer giant Guinness, an official said on Thursday.

The prohibition comes amid a clampdown on alcohol consumption among Malaysia's Muslim majority.


The Black Eyed Peas will perform at a theme park near Kuala Lumpur on September 25 as part of worldwide celebrations marking the 250th anniversary of Guinness' flagship brewery in Dublin.

Malaysia's largest city is one of five places hosting Guinness' concerts.

The Malaysian show's official Web site said "the party is only open to non-Muslims aged 18 years and above."

Previous major pop concerts in Malaysia, including one by the Black Eyed Peas in 2007, have always been open to Muslims.

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Ali A. Allawi



Islam as a religion is central to the lives of over a billion people, but its outer expression as a distinctive civilization has been undergoing a monumental crisis. Buffeted by powerful adverse currents, Islamic civilization today is a shadow of its former self.


The most disturbing and possibly fatal of these currents—the imperial expansion of the West into Muslim lands and the blast of modernity that accompanied it—are now compounded by a third giant wave, globalization.


These forces have increasingly tested Islam and Islamic civilization for validity, adaptability, and the ability to hold on to the loyalty of Muslims, says Ali A. Allawi in his provocative new book.


While the faith has proved resilient in the face of these challenges, other aspects of Islamic civilization have atrophied or died, Allawi contends, and Islamic civilization is now undergoing its last crisis.


The book explores how Islamic civilization began to unravel under colonial rule, as its institutions, laws, and economies were often replaced by inadequate modern equivalents.


Allawi also examines the backlash expressed through the increasing religiosity of Muslim societies and the spectacular rise of political Islam and its terrorist offshoots.


Assessing the status of each of the building blocks of Islamic civilization, the author concludes that Islamic civilization cannot survive without the vital spirituality that underpinned it in the past.


He identifies a key set of principles for moving forward, principles that will surprise some and anger others, yet clearly must be considered.




Ali A. Allawi has served as Minister of Defense and Minister of Finance in the Iraqi postwar governments. The author of the acclaimed Occupation of Iraq, he is senior visiting fellow at Princeton University.



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KB's Culinary Corner


KB's Recipes for Ramadan


Cream Scone Pies 



2 cups cream
2tsp Baking Powder
½ tsp salt
1 ½ cups cake flour

2 tab butter
2 cups chicken fillet, cubed
1 tsp ginger and garlic
1 tsp salt
1tsp crushed green chillies
1 tab poppy seeds
3 tab ground almonds
¼ cup grated tomato
¼ cup lemon juice
1 tab sago

Method for Filling
1. Mix all the ingredients for the filling together with the exception of sago and cook over medium heat until meat is tender and fairly dry. Allow to cool.
2. Boil the sago in a ¼ cup of water until thick. Cool then add to the remaining ingredients,

Sift all dry ingredients and add the cream to make a soft dough.
Roll the dough out onto a floured surface, cut into rounds using a round cutter.
Place a spoonful of filling in the centre of each round and seal edges with beaten egg forming a moon shape,
Brush tops with beaten eggs and sprinkle with sesame seeds.
Bake at 180 degrees until light brown – serve hot with chutney

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Kareema's Keep Fit Column







If you find that taking out a gym membership is just not an option in these trying times, invest in some good-value, versatile equipment that won't 'break the bank'.


Try some of the following and work your way to a stronger, better YOU!


PEDOMETER:    Price range $10 - $50

As a nation, we are less active and fatter that ever before.  If you're not suited to high-intensity exercise, then walking may be the solution for you.  A pedometer is a great way to make sure you are taking your 10,000 steps a day.


SKIPPING ROPE:         Price range $5 - $40

Small enough to take anywhere, a skipping rope will get your heart-rate up in seconds!  You can incorporate intervals of skipping into your strength circuit and boost your cardiovascular fitness.


DUMBELL SET OR RESISTANCE BANDS:    Price range $10 - $50

 These are key pieces if your focus is  muscle-tone and strength.  They will complete any strength-training workout and will also assist with your fitness.



Great for indoor / outdoor circuits.  Make use of the stairs  around you, they are really good for leg strengthening too.



Soft-sand running is a great way to mix up your workouts and keep your motivated by challenging your legs.  Walking / jogging will give those who need to keep the intensity low, a good workout as well!




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


Mula Nasruddin  asked the children in his Madrassah class, "If I sold my house and my car, had a big garage sale and gave all my money to the Mosque, would I get into heaven?"

"NO!" the children all answered.

"If I cleaned the Mosque every day, mowed the yard, and kept everything neat and tidy, would I get into heaven?"

Again, the answer was "NO!"

"Well," he continued, "then how can I get to heaven?"

In the back of the room, a five-year-old boy shouted out, "You gotta be dead!"

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MBN Eid Dinner

Quranic Arabic Lessons

Mini World Cup

Reporting Islam: Representation and Reality

Eidfest 2009

Quran Competition: Sydney

Islamic Classes for Teenagers

ARC: Across the Gulf

Al-Nisa Desert Night: Pearls & Curls


Hajj Seminars: Kuraby Mosque

OurWorld Hajj Travel Package


hamdi Hajj Package

Zamzam Hajj Group

AMAL Muslim Helpline

Cairns Mosque Appeal



The CCN Date Claimer






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6 September


Hajj Seminar: Abu Muneer Ismail Davids

Kuraby & Lutwytche Mosques

Kuraby Mosque

0431 300 111

1pm to 4pm

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 September


Seminar on Zakaat

Muslim Business Network

Islamic College of Brisbane (Krawatha)

0407 731 682

2pm to 3pm

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


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

Shaheena Dudhia

20 Delaney Court


Tel: 3849 3685

 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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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

Australian Federation of Islamic Councils (AFIC)

Islamic Schools, Halal Services and a whole lot more...

AFIC Schools

www.mfis.com.au (Malek Fahd Islamic School, Sydney, NSW)
www.islamiccollegeofbrisbane.com.au (Islamic College of Brisbane, QLD)
www.icosa.sa.edu.au (Islamic College of South Australia, SA)
www.afic-lic.com.au (Langford Islamic College, Perth, WA)
(Islamic College of Canberra, ACT)

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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