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Sunday, 18 October 2009

 .Newsletter 0258


News you won't find on CNN!



Gold Coast Mosque Summit a Resounding Success


Last Sunday the Islamic Society of Gold Coast held a 2020-styled summit with members of the local Muslim community to plan for the the next 10 years and beyond.


In what is probably the first of its kind for a Mosque in Queensland, the conference attracted over 100 delegates who deliberated over a number of issues that included: Building and Infrastructure; Education and Training; Finance and Future Funding; Reverts' Needs and Issues; Womens' Issues; and Students Needs and Issues.

Chaired by Professor Ahmed Khalid, the delegates were initially briefed on the history of the Mosque (Hussin Goss); the role of the Mosque in the community (Mufti Ziyaad); the growth and trend of Muslims (Rahul Amin); challenges confronting Imams (Imam Imraan); and the future infrastructure plans for the Mosque (Hussin Goss).


Due acknowledgment was given to the past and present community members who had played a vital role in the shaping and development of the current Mosque.


A number of new initiatives arose from the discussion forums giving the Mosque goers an opportunity to offer their suggestions on how to take their Mosque into the next decade.


One of the organizers of the event, Habib Jamal, told CCN that while this was the start of a new process in working towards enhancing the facilities of the Mosque and providing a better service to the community, he saw this summit as establishing a template that could well be adopted and adapted by other Mosques in the future.

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From the Kuraby Madrassah Desk.........


Quraan Competition

On the Saturday the 14th of November 2009 we will be holding our very own Quraan competition. Every student will participate in this event and trophies will be handed out for 1st 2nd 3rd in each class. Qualified Imams will be invited to judge. This event will be held at the Masjid from 9:30am till Zhuhr (12:30). Refreshments will be served after Zhuhr salaah. This is an event not to be missed as it is an opportunity to help encourage our children!



On Sunday 6th of December 2009 at McGregor State primary School we will hold our Annual Jalsah. Students are busy preparing an exciting program. We have very special prizes for the top students in our Madrassah. Our Jalsah will be hosted and organised (with the direction of the Principal) by the Year 6/7 students. Parent’s assistance will be greatly appreciated. Please contact Imaam Akram if you would like to assist in anyway.



The Kuraby Madrassah Newsletter

Training courses


The Multicultural Community Centre is providing the following courses:

Cert 3 in Child Care
Cert 3 in Aged Care
Cert 2 in Asset Maintenance (Cleaning Operations)
Cert 2 in Hospitality
Cert 3 in Community Services
Job Preparation Training

The most immediate vacancies are in the Asset Maintenance (cleaning course) which will start on the 2/11/09 and 26/11/09. The course runs for 4 weeks, 3 days a week.

The Centre also has vacancies in the Hospitality course which starts on 26/10/09. It runs for 8 weeks, 4 days per week.

The other classes will start next year.

Contact details:

Shawn Chu | Project Manager | Skilling Queenslanders for Work |

Multicultural Community Centre | 977 Ann Street Fortitude Valley QLD 4006 | Australia |

T 07 3257 1868 | F 07 3257 1869 | E shawn@mccbrisbane.org| W www.mccommunitycentre.org

Al-Nisa girls let their hijabs down for a night of fun and games


Al-Nisa youth group Inc. held a successful ladies desert night last week.


The pearls and curls night was organised to allow women to get together and let their hair down.


Ladies got dressed up in the best pearls, dresses and curled their hair to match the theme of the night.


The menu was purely deserts: white choc and raspberry cheese cake, death-by chocolate tart and beautiful cupcakes by Mio to just name a few.


The ladies were well entertained by several games during the night.


The favourite, and most popular, being the create your own designer dress.


All the guests were asked in small groups of four to design an outfit using paper and a roll of sticky tape. The participants came up with some very intriguing results and a winner was chosen.

Al-Nisa told CCN that they would like to thank their sponsors for their support.


"Without their continued support events like these would not be possible," said Al-Nisa spokeswoman, Azima Omar.


"Al-Nisa would also like to thank the founding members and the management committee for their support."




The Al-Nisa group would is also holding its AGM and would like to invite any interested individuals (females only) to attend.

All positions are up for grabs. It will be held at Garden City Library on the 14th of November at 10am.



[Editor] CCN was hoping to bring you photos from the event but, mysteriously, they turned into images of cupcakes on the stroke of midnight!




On Brisbane community television, QCTV, from 18 October to 22 October every Sunday at 3pm Abdul Raheem Green and Yusuf Estes will be discussing The Beauty and Wonders of Islam and Jesus and His Message respectively.

Zean on Islam


Zean Johnson was an ordinary Australian growing up in South East Queensland.


He is an avid surfer, like many red blooded Queensland blokes and he even played football for South East Queensland.


His orange hair and blue eyes hint of his Irish ancestry.


However, if you saw him today you might not recognise him.

Why on earth would such a true Aussie convert to Islam?


Find out Saturday the 24th of October 4pm at the Gold Coast Islamic Centre (Mosque), corner Allied Drive and Olsen Ave, Arundel.


Zean Johnson a student of Islamic and Sharia Studies at Al Eman University in Yemen will talk about his conversion to Islam.


After the talk guests will be given the opportunity to ask questions, tour the mosque, meet other Australian converts, watch Muslims pray and enjoy a dinner afterwards.


Dispel the myth, Aussies are Muslim too!

Places are limited. To reserve a seat phone Raylene on 0438 687 174 or Fa'izah on 0404 713 624.


Focus on home-grown terror in white paper


KEVIN Rudd's new counter-terrorism white paper will emphasise that home-grown terrorism, rather than foreign groups such as al-Qa'ida and Jemaah Islamiah, is the greater threat to Australia, say The Weekend Australian newspaper.

And counter-radicalisation strategies, as well as greater co-operation between the commonwealth and state governments, are essential if Australia is to avoid a devastating terror attack similar to those that have rocked foreign capitals around the world.

Sources told The Weekend Australian the government is set to release its long-promised white paper in early December, a year after the Prime Minister delivered his national security statement to parliament. The draft document has been finalised and is expected to be considered by cabinet's National Security Committee later this month.

The white paper, prepared by the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, updates the 2004 document Transnational Terrorism: The Threat to Australia, written by the Department of Foreign Affairs under then foreign minister Alexander Downer.

The draft white paper sets the direction for Australia's counter-terrorism effort and provides a detailed overview of global, regional and local threats. Written in the shadow of September 11, 2001, and the 2002 Bali bombings, the 2004 document was the first of its kind. It focused heavily on the threat posed by transnational terror groups such as al-Qa'ida and Jemaah Islamiah.

The Australian

President Obama worthy recipient of Peace Prize says AFIC


The President of Muslims Australia (AFIC), Mr Ikebal Adam Patel congratulated President Barack Obama, as the first African US President, to be awarded the prestigious Nobel Peace Prize.

Mr Patel said, " This is an expression of the expectation by many in the world of the forward thinking and conciliatory approach President Obama has initiated with regards to the American foreign policy to redress some of the ill conceived initiatives of the recent American administration under President Bush." .

Mr Patel agreed with the comments made by a previous recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize – Archbishop Desmond Tutu of South Africa who said Mr Obama's award shows great things are expected from him in the coming years.


The president further stated that the Norwegian Nobel Committee members made no bones about their motive when they said that this award should help President Obama achieve ambitious peacemaking goals in awarding the prize to an as-yet mostly unaccomplished United States President. .

This is a recognition of hope for a safer and peaceful world. The diplomacy, hard-work and action lay ahead for President Obama and
his administration, Mr Patel concluded.

Little Mosque on the Prairie: Season 3 Episode 13


The Week of Dying Dangerously    


Part 1




Part 2


Part 3



Australian Muslim Newsletters


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


Topics include:

• Letter to a Disciple
• Night of Remembrance - Sisters Only
• Intermediate Tajweed Program
• Eastern Fusion 2009 Program
• International Deen Intensive Retreat 2010
• Mizaan Ecology - Kooragang Island Rehabilitation Project- Newcastle
• The 2nd Crescent Project
• Crescent Sighting - Dhul Qa'ida
• The Crescent Project
• Night of Remembrance - Brothers Only
• Mizaan Ecology - Cooks River Regeneration Project
• Zakaat Program Australia

The Affinity Intercultural Foundation Newsletter can be viewed here.


Topics include:

• Friendship & Dialogue Iftar Dinner & the Australian Affinity Awards at Parliament House
- Council Iftar at Blacktown
- St Stephen?s Anglican Church & ALIVE Dinner at Affinity Centre
- Interfaith Dialogue at Hindu Youth Camp
- Federal Parliament Iftar Dinner
- Inaugural Iftar Dinner at St Brigid?s
- Fast-a-thon?s at Sydney Universities
- Community Harmony Iftar, Wollongong
- Dialogue & Diversity Iftar at Newcastle University
- Understanding Different Faith Traditions in Newcastle
- Interfaith Dialogue Seminar at Wenona High School

Around the Muslim World with CCN


Canadian Muslims calls for burqa ban


A Muslim group has called for a ban on the wearing of burqas in public in Canada, saying it "marginalises women".

"The burqa has absolutely no place in Canada," said Farzana Hassan of the Muslim Canadian Congress.

"In Canada we recognise the equality of men and women. We want to recognise gender equality as an absolute. The burqa marginalises women."

Many Muslim women in Canada are being forced to wear the loose robe and veil by their husbands and family, setting them apart from other Canadian women who are living freely, she claimed.



.......it doesn't have to be that you have to cover your face or you have to wear a virtual tent wherever you go. This is not a requirement of Islam or the Koran.

Hassan acknowledged the Koran preaches modesty, but "it doesn't have to be that you have to cover your face or you have to wear a virtual tent wherever you go. This is not a requirement of Islam or the Koran".

Hassan blamed extremist Muslims for its rising popularity in Canada.

"To counter this trend, we are asking for a ban on the burqa," she said.

The call follows an edict by a top Muslim authority in Egypt calling for a ban on the burqa.

Several European countries, including France, Italy and Denmark, have also called for burqa bans in recent years.

Last year, an Ontario judge ruled that a woman testifying against her alleged rapist did not have the right based on religious beliefs to wear a veil in court. The decision is being appealed.

In 2007, a controversy also erupted over a Quebec election official's decree to Muslim women to remove their veil at the ballot box so that their identity could be verified.

Hassan was not able to say exactly how many women in Canada wear the burqa, but said "it is on the rise" in Toronto and Montreal.

According to a 2006 census, there are some 800,000 Muslims living in Canada.

The Muslim Canadian Congress, which has some 300 members, describes itself as "providing a voice to Muslims who are not represented by existing organisations ... that are either sectarian or ethnocentric, largely authoritarian, and influenced by a fear of modernity and an aversion to joy."



Problems with Hitchens and Islam


Modern atheists and modernist Muslims reach their extreme conclusions by bypassing the intellectual tradition of the Abrahamic religions.


Traditional religious discourse has always been familiar with realities that take us beyond empirical observation and measurement, respecting the language of myth and symbol.


Modern atheists in the West and modernist Muslims in Islam are both abusing religion. Since the scientific revolution and the Enlightenment of the 17th and 18th centuries, some Western writers on religion and also some Muslim thinkers are interpreting their scriptures with a literalism that has become a characteristic of modernity.


Their discourse about God has been influenced by the popular demand for scientific empirical verification, and they have lost confidence in the ability of figurative language to open a way to truth.

Modern atheists like Dawkins and Hitchens make use of Enlightenment discourse to reduce God to a scientific hypothesis. Like other modernist writers, they presume that the Bible must provide scientific information since it claims to be inspired by God. Having failed to understand the nature of scripture and religion, they reject them both as products of the 'God Delusion'.

Both modern atheists in the West and Muslim modernists in Islamic countries adopt an abstract notion of religion that remains unaffected by the historical and social changes taking place in society. Hitchens' oft-repeated phase, 'religion poisons everything', refers to an abstract religion devoid of morality and spirituality and with no concern for human rights.

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


“I find television very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go into the other room and read a book" Groucho Marx


This week a



How Islam Created the Modern World


Mark Graham


At the dawn of the Renaissance, Christian Europe was wearing Persian clothes, singing Arab songs, reading Spanish Muslim philosophy and eating off Mamluk Turkish brassware. This is the story of how Muslims taught Europe to live well and think clearly. It is the story of How Islam Created the Modern World.

About the Author
Mark Graham is the Edgar award-winning author of The Black Maria, third in a series of historical novels which have been translated into several languages. He studied medieval history and religious studies at Connecticut College and has a master's degree in English literature from Kutztown University. He lives in the Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania.



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


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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


Spicy Cottage Pie




1 onion chopped
2 Tbsp of olive oil
1 kg steak cubes
1 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
1 Tbsp red masala
(1 tsp ground ginger; 1 tsp ground garlic; 1/2 tsp ground red chillies)
1/4 tsp arad (tumeric)
1 green pepper chopped
1 cup frozen peas
3 tomatoes grated
8 potatoes (mashed and seasoned)
Blobs of butter

Cheddar cheese for topping

Braise the onions in the oil and add the steak cubes and spices and braise for 5 mins.
Add salt, pepper and cook until almost done.
Add the frozen peas and simmer.
Add the tomatoes and cook till done allowing it to remain saucy.
Place this mixture at the bottom of an overproof dish.
Layer half the mashed potato over the top.
Place a layer of sliced tomato on top and season with salt and pepper.
Sprinkle with cheese and cover with another layer of mashed potato.
Sprinkle again with more cheese, top with blobs of butter and bake at 180C for +- 30 minutes.
Serve hot.

Do you have a recipe to share with CCN readers?
Send in your favourite recipe to ccn@crescentsofbrisbane.org and be our "guest chef" for the week.


Kareema's Keep Fit Column





Dear Kareema, I love walking and running up steep hills as part of my fitness routine, but am worried that this will give me big thighs. Any suggestions?



A:  I recommend you continue with your training regime as walking/running is great for heart, lungs and core strength.


It's good for weight loss and leg strength as well!


If your major concern is getting bigger thighs, then I suggest you look at your diet instead of your exercises as what you eat could possibly be the culprit..



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




"When I was in the desert," said Mula Nasruddin one day, "I caused an entire tribe of horrible and bloodthirsty Bedouins to run."

"However did you do it?" asked a person.

"Easy. I just ran, and they ran after me."



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

Shahena Dudhia

20 Delaney Circuit


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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