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Sunday, 20 September 2009

 .Newsletter 0254


News you won't find on CNN!



Eid Mubarak



The moon was sighted in Port Hedland, Western Australia on Saturday 19 September

Sunday 20 September has been declared as the day of Eid-ul-Fitr

CCN take this opportunity to wish all readers a Happy, Peaceful and Blessed Eid–ul–Fitr


Have a joyous day with your families and friends.


We also thank the many readers who sent in Eid greetings to CCN.

There are too many to acknowledge individually, but we wish it be known that we sincerely thank you for your kind words and good wishes.


Eid-ul-Fitr Programmes


Islamic College of Brisbane

Kuraby Mosque & Holland Park Mosque

pdf version

Australian International Islamic College

Darul Uloom Islamic Academy

Durack Islamic Centre

Algester Mosque

Darra Islamic Society

Bald Hills Mosque

Islamic Society of Toowoomba

Fajr Iqaamah will be at 4.45am at the Gold Coast Mosque.

If Eid is on Sunday then...
Takbeer 6.30am
Lecture 7.00am
Eid Salat 7.30am followed by Khutba.

If Eid is on Monday then...
Takbeer 6.00am
Lecture 6.30am
Eid Salat 7.00am followed by Khutba

If possible, please bring a plate/dish of snacks/food for Eid morning breakfast.

Gold Coast Mosque




7:00 am TAKBIR 7:30 am SALAT


6:30am TAKBIR 7:00 am SALAT

Lutwyche Mosque



To have your Mosque's Eid-ul-Fitr programme posted here email an electronic version to ccn@crescentsofbrisbane.org


Making the most of the month of Ramadan (Week 6: FINAL)


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


This week the focus is on is on Eid-ul-Fitr. Eid is a day of celebration, a joyous day, a day we are rewarded for our deeds. The Prophet (PBUH), his companions and leading Islamic scholars all encourage us to enjoy the day. The Eid series comprises:

Eid – a joyous day, a day of celebration – The Prophet (PBUH) described Eid as a day of merriment and joy. This article outlines the concept of Eid and contains pronouncements of the Prophet (PBUH) and scholars on enjoying the day. Scholars encourage us to let our children appreciate and understand that Islam is not a religion of don’ts – it also encourages celebration and merriment on the appropriate occasion.

Rulings of Eid – outlines rulings pertaining to religious duties on this day
Etiquette of Eid – outlines what a person should do prior to going for prayer
Eid prayer – explains and outlines the Eid prayer
What to do on the day of Eid – focuses on what you should do on Eid. This article encourages you to spend the day with family and friends.

Whilst you are expected to show compassion towards the grieving and ill, this article emphasizes that Eid should not be a day for emphasizing/rekindling condolences to family and friends of those who have died more than three days before Eid. The article also discusses the concept of visiting cemeteries on Eid day – whilst this is permitted, scholars encourage you to visit the cemetery before or after the day of Eid and focus Eid on enjoyment with your family.
Qualities of Eid – Hammudah Abdalati outlines the various characteristics of Eid.


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

Previous Week 3: Zakat Part 1

Previous Week 4: Zakat Part 2

Previous Week 5: Laylut al-Qadar; what to pray in the last ten days of Ramadan; and zakat-ul-fitr (fitrah)


FAMSY Youth Spiritual Night- An Uplifting Experience

By Riyad Rahimullah


Imam Akram Buksh imparts words of wisdom

A pproximately 150 young Muslin brothers and sisters came to Kuraby Mosque last Saturday the 12th of September (23rd of Ramadan) for the youth spiritual night organised by FAMSY (Federation of Australian Muslim Students and Youth).

The night kicked off at 10pm with an inspiring talk from Imam Akram Buksh, Imam of Kuraby Masjid. He spoke about the fruits of having iman and the importance of unity amongst Muslims. He said we could ‘move mountains’ if we were all united. Thereafter many joined the beautiful qiyamul layl prayers where the Quran at length was recited in salah.

There was a midnight sausage sizzle which continued till about 1am. Thereafter our youth either engaged in personal ibadah or rested until Mufti Zeeyad Ravat delivered his encouraging talk before suhr. He spoke about powerful role models of justice in our Islamic history such as Umar ibn Kattaab (R.A.), the taabi’ee Shurayh AlQab, Salahuddin Ayubi and Alamgir Aurangzeb. The spiritual night ended with suhr and fajr prayers.

The FAMSY youth spiritual night got youth from many different backgrounds together and mixing. Zaahid Hurst, 15, noted that there was indeed a lot of socializing at the sausage sizzle.

But socializing wasn’t the only benefit. Osama El-Mezin (20) observed that “this sort of night motivates the youth to come to the mosque. Instead of being somewhere else at night, like coffee clubs, we’re at the Mosque, in an Islamic environment… there’s a lot of fitnah nowadays”.


The timing of the night was also highly important. Umar Batchelor, President of FAMSY, said “The night was done in Ramadan, a time of blessing and spirituality and a time to increase in taqwa - that was basically the intent behind it - to impart that onto youth, to increase their spirituality in Ramadhan and the last ten days.”

Furthermore, Umar Batchelor said “the youth need to engage with the Imams, ant this was an opportunity for the Imams, in this case, Imam Akram and Imam Ravat, to engage and interact with the youth.”

Insha Allah we can expect more important events in the future for our youth.


Umar Batchelor said “FAMSY is an organisation that focuses on developing the youth and students and we’re hoping to have various programs in future looking from the leadership perspective and Islamic development.”

Huddling around a smoking barbeque on the cold nights


IWAQ Ramadan Hamper Drive

By Muna Ibrahim of IWAQ


Mr. Alhabsi with IWAQ staff handing over hampers to distribute

One of the main focuses of our activities during the month of Ramadan was to ensure that the Ramadan hampers entrusted to us was distributed to those in need.


There was a huge amount of contribution from the community and from charitable bodies of the United Arab Emirates.


It is pleasing to report that by the Grace of Almighty Allah, we were able to distribute more than 200 hampers and this included some meat vouchers.

There is still the idea that there are no needy people in Australia.


In fact, we have found that there are many people who are in desperate need and these include those from refugee backgrounds as well as those who are on pensions that barely meet their needs.

With the increase in prices, some have had to go without many things just surviving on basic needs and this is heart wrenching to see.

We would like to acknowledge the generous contribution of Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahayan Foundation, Sharjah Charity International, Muslim studies students at Runcorn Heights State School, valued members of the community who contributed generously among whom those who wish to remain anonymous.

We would also like to acknowledge those who helped in packing and distribution. We ask Allah to reward you all generously for helping those in need.

The Management Committee and staff of IWAQ would like to take this opportunity to wish you all Eid Mubarak and ask Allah sincerely to accept your fasting, prayers and duas.

Rice bags to be distributed with the hampers


Emergency Earthquake Appeal

By Haroon Deen

Readers will be aware of the disaster that has recently unfolded in Indonesia.

The place where the earthquake struck causing damage, loss of life and injuries to thousands is an area that has a 99% Muslim population.

We ask you today to please give generously towards helping out our fellow Muslims during this disastrous time that has come during this holy month.

The Muslim Charitable Foundation is coordinating this effort and will ensure the funds raised reach the victims of this calamity.

A member of the Muslim Charitable Foundation will be taking collections so please give generously.

Bank Details
MCF Emergency Account (for emergency relief funds);
Name: Muslim Charitable Foundation Emergency Fund
BSB: 124 155
Account No: 2089 7395
Bank: Bank of Queensland

The CCN Cradle





CCN congratulates Idris and Nasreen Jangda on the birth of their daughter, Aaminah.


Little Aaminah was born at the Sunnybank Private Hospital and arrived a few weeks early than expected. Both mother and baby are doing well.


This makes Ismail and Fatima Jangda grandparents for the third time and Younus and Catija Omar for the fourth time.


$700,000 for Queensland multicultural events

Government Media Release

Cultural diversity will be celebrated right across Queensland in the coming year, after $700,000 was set aside by the Bligh Government for multicultural festivals, events and community development projects in 2009-10.

Multicultural Affairs Minister Annastacia Palaszczuk said applications would be accepted for the 2009-10 round of Multicultural Assistance Program (MAP) grants from 11 September 2009 and will be open for two months.

"The Multicultural Assistance Program (MAP) is a key component to the Queensland Government's Multicultural Policy, Multicultural Queensland - making a world of difference," Ms Palaszczuk said.

"This program allows community organisations and local governments to apply for grants to help them stage multicultural festivals and cultural celebrations that foster positive community relations right across the state.

"The grants, which are administered through Multicultural Affairs Queensland in the Department of Communities, also help fund community development projects and help improve access to services."

Ms Palaszczuk said the 2009-10 MAP grants reinforced the Bligh Government's ongoing commitment to multiculturalism in Queensland.

"With almost 18 per cent of Queenslanders born outside of Australia, we have a great opportunity to host events and activities which capture and celebrate the rich cultural diversity that exists in our state," she said.

"Queenslanders will be familiar with several popular MAP-supported festivals, including the Paniyiri Greek Festival in Brisbane, the Australian Italian Festival in Ingham and the Caboolture Multicultural Festival.

"The Griffith University's Multi Faith Centre's Training Program for Interfaith Understanding and Dialogue is also an example of how the grants program supports community relations projects that encourage social cohesion and harmony.

"I encourage all organisations and community groups to think about how they could make a difference in their community through a MAP grant."

For further details on the Multicultural Assistance Program, including funding categories and information on how to apply, visit www.multicultural.qld.gov.au.



The Multicultural Development Association (MDA) is offering clinics on submission writing to assist organizations with practical guidance in writing your application. See flyer for dates and details.


Shariah Compliant Fianance

By Sydney-based solicitor Foezullah Dewan


As the world and its cultures become more and more enmeshed through immigration and trade, it is exciting to watch how often one culture takes in aspects of another as its own.

One of the most obvious examples of this is food. Take the popularity of hamburgers and Frankfurters in the western world. Both are German foods. So, when a German butcher from Frankfurt thought a sausage resembled his Dachshund dog, the Hot Dog was born.

And money is just as susceptible as food to cultural exchange. And, in Australia, very recently, Shari‘ah compliant finance is showing that it, too, is gradually insinuating itself into the financial landscape.

Much of the positive regard now being focused on Shari‘ah compliant finance has come from analysis that shows how sturdy this form of lending was in withstanding the Global Financial Crisis. In London and New York share markets are down one third from their highest levels, but the Dow Jones's Islamic financials index rose 4.75 per cent in the last September quarter and lost only 7 per cent compared with the previous year.

Islamic finance has not only shown that it can tough it out when there is a crisis of confidence, but investors are now starting to realise that it is also well positioned to grow substantially – faster, in fact, than other banking products, at 15 to 20 per cent a year.

A recent forecast in the Economist estimated that Islamic assets under management have a worth of $US700 billion ($1000 billion) worldwide, and, according to a Moody’s Investors Service Report, the total value could exceed $4 trillion by 2012.

This is very exciting for a system of lending that has been around since the time of the prophet Mohammed, and entered the modern financial world as a small banking experiment in villages of rural Egypt at the start of the 1970s.


Brunei Scholarships


The University of Brunei Darussalem (UBD) has, through the Australian Federation of Islamic Councils (AFIC), its Scholarship Programme for PhD studies.

The UBD Doctoral Scholarship Programme is designed to attract world class doctoral students with academically outstanding achievements.


The UBD Doctoral Scholarship Programme is part of UBD’s ongoing international recruitment strategy and aims to position UBD as a regional leader in leading higher education research.


For the academic year 2009/2010 the UBD PhD Scholarships are open for the fa number of courses.


AFIC media release

AFIC Activities


Eid Message 


Ifthar at Algester


The Queensland Turkish Islamic Cultural Centre (QTICC) has been organizing Ramadan Iftar dinners in Queensland during the month of Ramadan.

One of these programs was at Algester Mosque in Brisbane on Friday 11 September. Over 150 people from Algester's Muslim community came together to share an Iftar meal in a friendly social atmosphere.

QTICC director Mehmet Korkmaz and Mosque representative Abdurrahman Deen talked about the importance of sharing and brotherhood in Islam and the significance of Ramadan for Muslims.

Following the breaking of fast Muslims with different ethnic backgrounds had time to socialize and make friends.


Why Google when you can I'mHalal.com!


ImHalal.com is a search engine developed to "create a safe and clean environment for Muslims to search the World Wide Web".


"Using ImHalal.com will prevent you from “accidentally” bumping into explicit content. If you deliberately go looking for explicit content you might find what you are looking for after a while and that’s why we advise those people to use alternative search engines since ImHalal.com isn’t designed for those purposes."

Company CEO, Sardeha, commented:


"ImHalal.com is not a dictatorial search engine which believes in censorship, we want people to be able to continue their online search”. And no political or religious censorship has been implemented or will be implemented in the future."


"If you go searching for “Pamela Anderson” for example, you know who “Pamela Anderson” is and you know exactly what kind of results will be fetched. Even though our filters will filter about 95% of all explicit content about “Pamela Anderson” we advise our users to use ImHalal.com with discretion. You’re in charge of your own actions."

About ImHalal.com

Related website

Citizenship amendments pass through Parliament

Government Press Release


The Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, Senator Chris Evans, has welcomed the passage of the Australian Citizenship Amendment (Citizenship Test Review and Other Measures) Bill 2009 through the Parliament this week.

The changes detailed in the Bill will implement the recommendations made by the Citizenship Test Review Committee last year.

A key finding of the Citizenship Test Review Committee was that some disadvantaged and vulnerable migrants could not sit and pass a citizenship test due to some form of incapacity. The committee found that these people did not have a pathway to citizenship under the current arrangements.

The changes will provide an exemption from the test for people who have a permanent or enduring physical or mental incapacity which means they are not capable of meeting all the legal requirements for conferral of Australian citizenship.

These changes were necessary to ensure that there is a legitimate pathway to citizenship for these most vulnerable and disadvantaged migrants. To further support clients who have difficulty passing the citizenship test, a small group of people will be eligible to undertake a citizenship course due to be introduced later in the year.

Other changes will result in a requirement that children must be permanent residents before they can be eligible for citizenship. This requirement will prevent people under 18 and who are in Australia unlawfully, often with their families, or who are about to be removed from Australia with their families because they have exhausted all their migration options, from applying for citizenship and prolonging their stay.

Amendments to the Act will add two special residence requirements for certain people who are not able to meet the general residence requirements for Australian citizenship due to their international travel commitments.

People who are out of the country for 90 days or more in the year before applying for citizenship are currently ineligible to become citizens.

In 2007, the previous Government also changed the residence requirement for citizenship from two years to four years and removed certain discretionary residence provisions leaving a small group of people significantly disadvantaged.

It means people such as elite athletes who spend months out of Australia due to their sporting commitments will be eligible for citizenship within two years of becoming a permanent resident rather than waiting a full four years, provided they have been a permanent resident for two years before their application with at least six months physically in Australia and have their application supported by a recognised national peak body such as the Australian Olympic Committee or Tennis Australia.

The second special residence requirement will enable people engaged in particular kinds of work such as international airline pilots or cruise ship crews, which require them to travel frequently outside Australia, to be eligible for citizenship.

Under this requirement the person will still need to have lived in Australia for four years but the special residence requirement will enable them to be absent from Australia for more than 12 months during the four-year period.

The special residence requirements will provide clearly defined criteria for eligibility and leave no room for ambiguity while still providing a pathway to citizenship where there may not otherwise be one.

The special residence requirements aim to strike the right balance in facilitating Australian citizenship for those who are unable to meet the general residence requirement due to the nature of their occupation, yet who genuinely ‘call Australia home’ and wish to formalise that relationship by becoming Australian citizens.


AFIC response to Change to Citizenship Test


Australian Muslim Newsletters


The Al-Ghazalli Newsletter of the Sydney-based Al-Ghazalli Centre can be viewed here.


Topics include:

• 'Eid ul-Fitr Crescent Sighting + SMS and Live Update Service
• Travelling Light DVD - Ramadhan 'Eid Gift Special
• Letter to a Disciple
• XpressO: The Garden at the End of the World
• Eastern Fusion 2009 Program
• Zakaat Program Australia
• Mizaan Ecology - Kooragang Island Rehabilitation Project- Newcastle
• The 2nd Crescent Project
• The Marriage Workshop - Part 2
• The Crescent Project
• Interfaith With A Difference: Ecology Rihla to Samoa
• Mizaan Ecology - Cooks River Regeneration Project

The Affinity Intercultural Foundation Newsletter can be viewed here.


Topics include:

• Pre-Parliament of World Religions Conference in Sydney
• Inspire the Artist Within: Islamic Art Workshop
• Getting to know other Faiths
• Interfaith Education Seminar
• Diversity Week at Macquarie University
• Cultural and Mosque Tour by Members of NSW Art Gallery
• St Stephens Church
• Social Justice Day at St Pius X Playing Fields
• Seminar on the History of Religion

Wilson HTM Brisbane to the Gold Coast Cycle Challenge

By Omar Issadeen


Last year Sameer (right in picture) and I (left in picture) completed Queensland’s biggest cycling event, the Wilson HTM Brisbane to the Gold Coast Cycle Challenge with 8000 other participants in aid of the Heart Foundation and Diabetes Australia.

This year we are hoping to get a few more Muslims involved to participate in the event.

Anyone who considers themselves moderately fit and has a working bike should be able to finish the 100km ride before noon on the day of the event.


I am going to do the following training rides in preparation for the event and I recommend you join me if you want to take part.





Tue 22nd or Thurs 24th Sept

25km (0530 to 0630am)

Southside suburbs

Sunday 27th Sept


Kuraby to Victoria Point

Sunday 4th Oct


Kuraby to city and back

Sunday 11th Oct


Southbank to Southport

Anyone interested please contact me on 0424 787 608 (Omar) as soon as possible as entries close on the 28th of September. The cost to enter is $65.

For more information and to register please visit the event home page at http://www.bq.org.au/b2gc100

Op-Shop  Give-Aways


The hard working Op-Shop Team (left to right): Kim and Rodney Smith and Wilma Bothwell (foreground)

Yesterday morning (Saturday) the Queensland Muslim Welfare Association handed out hundreds of items to the local community to mark the end of Ramadan.


The items were made up of clothes, toys and food donated by Muslims to the Op-shop in Woodridge.


"It's to show that local Muslim people are doing their part to help those people in the community who need it," Janeth Deen, president of the organization, told the local Albert and Logan News earlier in the week.


The give-away ran from 8am-noon with hundreds of people attending throughout the morning.



Around the Muslim World with CCN


We have a lot to learn
By Dr Faisal Al Qasim, Special to Gulf New

There is no doubting the fact that Arabs and Muslims are sadly the most regressive people in the world, according to the Human Development Reports supervised by renowned Muslim and Arab scholars, and released by the UN and other similar reports. In other words, the term 'Muslim' has been linked, in the minds of the people of the world, with violence, terrorism, anarchy, chaos, disturbances, famine, poverty and backwardness. There are of course certain exceptions to this rule, but not many.

Even Pakistan, a nuclear power, is at risk of becoming a failed state, due to poverty, corruption, internal fighting and political mismanagement. And when it comes to Turkey, seen as an exception in the Muslim world, the secularists there consider themselves closer to the West than to the Muslim world. They also ascribe the progress achieved by their country in many fields to a secular approach, rather than the influence of Islam. I have heard top Turkish scholars, thinkers and politicians say that they prefer to be at the rearguard of the Western world than at the vanguard of the Muslim world.
Gulf News and have your say on www.ccnforum.ning.com



Woman, 107, seeks 23rd husband


Husband Muhamad Noor Che Musa sits next to Wook Kundor shortly after their 2006 wedding / AP / The Associated Press

A 107-YEAR-OLD Malaysian woman says she is ready to marry for the 23rd time because she fears her drug addict husband might leave her for a younger woman.

Wook Kundor made headlines four years ago when she married Muhammad Noor Che Musa, a man 70 years her junior in northern Terengganu state, with pictures of the couple's wedding splashed across regional newspapers.

But Ms Wook is now looking for new love as she fears that Mr Muhammad, 37, who is undergoing voluntary drug rehabilitation treatment in the capital Kuala Lumpur, will leave her once the programme ends, she told the Star newspaper.

"Lately, there is this kind of insecurity in me,'' the paper quoted her as saying, showing a photograph of the smiling, wrinkled-faced centenarian wearing a Muslim headscarf.

"I realise that I am an aged woman. I don't have the body nor am I a young woman who can attract anyone.

"My intention to remarry is to fill my forlornness and nothing more than that.

She added that she felt lonely without her husband by her side to celebrate the coming Muslim festival of Eid al-Fitr next week.

Ms Wook said she planned to visit Mr Muhammad on the second day of Eid if her neighbours were willing to drive her to the capital.

Mr Muhammad, who was a lodger in Ms Wook's house, had previously said it was "God's will'' that the couple fell in love.




Exclusive: I Can Keep Fasting In Ramadan Even When I Am Playing – Fredi Kanoute


Fredi explains how he makes the seemingly impossible a reality during a certain month each year...


To be tremendously fit is a must for all professional footballers: a demand that leads some Muslim players to forgo the duty of fasting during Ramadan, preferring to fulfill their obligation when the football season ends. However, for Sevilla’s Freddie Kanoute, this is not the case.

The former Tottenham Hotspur striker believes it is possible for a modern footballer to remain in peak physical condition during the holy month.

The likes of Kanoute, along with Real Madrid's Mahamadou Diarra, Lassana Diarra, and Karim Benzema, are the talk of football world as doctors work around the clock to formulate a routine in order to keep them hydrated during the fasting process.

And as Spanish tabloids splash headlines about the fasting month and debates rage about whether players should even be allowed to fast and play during Ramadan - Kanoute insists he just wants to get on with it.

“I try to respect my faith and follow it as best I can,” Kanoute told Goal.com.

“It is sometimes harder to keep the fast because here in the south of Spain it is very hot, but I can do it, thank God.

“There are many Muslim footballers who people just do not know about in England in Spain, France and in many other leagues too. But having faith and practicing Ramadan is not something they wish to tell the world about.

“Personally, having faith helps my football and football helps me to be healthy and strengthens me. There is no conflict because people who know about Islam, they know that fasting empowers and does not weaken the Muslim.”



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CCN Reader's Discussion Forum


Have your say on www.ccnforum.ning.com


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


“The most useful piece of learning for the uses of life is to unlearn what is untrue." (Antisthenes)



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



Chocolate Logs




250g butter
¾ cup castor sugar
1tsp baking powder
2 cups coconut
2 cups flour
2 Tbsp cocoa

Melted Chocolate

1. Beat butter and castor sugar until light and creamy
2. Add coconut
3. Fold in sifted flour, cocoa, baking powder to make a soft dough
4. Pat the dough into a greased baking pan
5. Bake at 180degrees for approx 15 to 20mins until light brown
6. Remove from the oven and immediately slice into rectangular or square chocolate bars
7. Smear melted chocolate over it and wait for it to cool before removing the chocolate bars

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





The rigorous exercise and diet regimes favoured by the famous from Madonna to Elle MacPherson can do more harm than good says TimesOnline ...........







1 The bare minimum The UK government recommendations suggest 30 minutes of moderate activity (including strenuous housework or gardening) at least five days a week (or 150 minutes a week) to stay healthy. However, this won’t help you lose weight or get noticeably fitter. “You need to do 60 to 90 minutes a day of these activities to start losing weight,” says Dr Emma Ross, an exercise scientist at the University of Brighton.


2 Walk this way Taking 10,000 steps a day will benefit your health, but you need to tot up at least 16,000 steps a day of walking, including faster bursts, to lose weight.


3 Up the ante Follow targets set by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), which are widely accepted by experts, by exercising three to five times a week for 20-60 minutes at 55%-80% of your body’s maximum capacity, calculated according to your heart rate. “This should be mostly aerobic activity, with a few strength and resistance sessions,” Ross says.


4 Short on time? The ACSM says 30 minutes of higher-intensity exercise (that’s 80% of your maximum aerobic capacity, at a level where you puff and sweat) is as good as an hour at a less taxing workload of 60%.



While it is a misconception that it’s better to work out at a low intensity if you want to lose weight, according to Dr Emma Ross there is nothing wrong with exercising in the “fat-burning zone” setting on gym equipment, which is usually 50%-60% of maximum effort. “Settings on exercise equipment are never going to be accurate for everybody, as we each have our own metabolic rate and maximal heart rate,” she says. “My advice is to work out five days a week doing high-intensity activity [eight out of 10 on an effort scale] and some lower intensity work, such as that on a fat-burning setting [six out of 10 in effort].




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 wanted a loan for 3000 riyaals.


He approached his local banker.


The banker pulled out the loan application, asking, "What are you going to do with the money?"

"Take some jewellery to the city and sell it," said Mula Nasruddin.

"What have you got for collateral?" queried the banker, going strictly by the book.

"I don't know what collateral means."

"Well that's something of value that would cover the cost of the loan. Have you got any camels?"

"Yes, I have a 4-year old camel."

The banker shook his head, "How about livestock?"

"Yes, I have a horse."

"How old is it?"

"I don't know; it has no teeth."

Finally the banker decided to make the 3000 riyaal loan.

Several weeks later Mula Nasruddin was back in the bank. He pulled out a roll of bank notes, "Here's the money to pay loan," he said, handing the entire.

"What are you going to do with the rest of that money?"

"Put it in my pocket."

"Why don't you deposit it in my bank?" he asked.

"I don't know what deposit means."

"Well, you put the money in our bank and we take care of it for you. When you want to use it you can withdraw it."

Mula Nasruddin leaned across the desk, looking suspiciously at the banker, and asked, "What you got for collateral?"


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Sawtul Qu'ran Programme

Kuraby & Gold Coast Mosques

Eidfest 2009

MBN Eid Dinner

Al-Nisa Desert Night: Pearls & Curls

Annual Ladies Day

"Celebration of being a woman"

Quranic Arabic Lessons

International Day of Peace Commemoration

Griffith University Multifaith Centre

Celebration of Eid-ul-Fitr

Islamic History & Civilization

UMB Eid Celebrations




Dawah Course

Cairns Mosque Appeal

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19 September



End of Ramadhan

20 September




23 September


Sawtul Qu'ran Programme

Kuraby & Gold Coast Mosques

Kuraby Mosque

0411 037 016


25 September


Sawtul Qu'ran Programme

Kuraby & Gold Coast Mosques

Gold Coast Mosque Mosque

0411 037 016


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


16,17,18 October


Palestinian Days: Film Festival

Justice for Palestine & Palestinian Assoc. of QLD

Schonell Theatre
University of Queensland

0400 720 757

See programme

24 October


Annual Ladies Day
"Celebration of being a woman"

Crescents of Brisbane

Sunnybank District Baptist Church Hall (Cnr Brandon & Nemies Rd, Runcorn)

0404 296 297

11am to 3pm

27 November




3-9 December


Parliament of the Word's Religions

Council for the Parliament of the Word's Religions

Melbourne Convention Exhibition Centre

Contact Details


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

Naseema Hassan

36 Diamond Place Runcorn

Tel: 33452650

 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)

Queensland Intercultural Society (QIS)

GIRU – Griffith Islamic Research Unit

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