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Sunday, 15 November 2009

 .Newsletter 0262


News you won't find on CNN!



BIT Awards Nights


The Brisbane Indian Times Annual Multicultural Awards Dinner was held last week at the RNA Showgrounds.


Amongst the winners on the night were Eidfest (Best Organized Event) and the Queensland Muslim Welfare Association (Best Non-Profit Community Organization).


Abdul Rahman Deen, Nazir Mohammed and Imam Muhammed Aslam were also acknowledged for their journalistic contributions to the Brisbane Indian Times.


Interspersed amongst the Bollywood and Bhangra-styled entertainment and the enthusiastic and uninhibited drum rolls were speeches and commendations from a number of distinguished guests that included a rather elegantly dressed Annastacia Palaszczuk MP, Minister for Disability Services and Multicultural Affairs in a gracefully draped sari and Ms Sepi  Richardson, the Mayor of the city of Brisbane in San Mateo County, California in the United States and the first Iranian American Mayor of a city in the US.


(left to right) Janeth Deen and Wilma Bothwell

of the Queensland Muslim Welfare Association

The Eidfest Team (third from left to right) Yasmin Khan, Rubana Moola, Ruhee Moola and Sultan Deen with (from left) Councillor Graham Quirk, Deputy Mayor of Brisbane and Mayor Sepi Richardson


From the desk of the Gold Coast Imam....

Imam Imraan Hussain


I delivered a talk on the “Preservation of the Qur’an and Misconceptions of Islam” to a group of Christians at the Catholic Church Hall in Mount Tambourine on the 27th October 2009. They published an article in the local newspaper. The article can be viewed on the Mosque board.

On the 24th November, sixty five students and four teachers from St Kevin's, Benowa will be visit our Mosque between 1.15 pm to 2.30 pm. I will be on Hajj, insha Allah then but I have made arrangements for someone to host the group.


Hifz Classes is running well. The closing date of our classes this year will be on the 3rd December 2009 and will reopen end of January 2010 when School opens.


Ta’lim is conducted daily after Fajr and after Isha Salat.


Qur’an Tafseer by Mufti Zeeyad is being conducted after Isha between 8.15 pm and 8.50 pm. Women can view the Tafseer from the close circuit TV in ladies section. Isha salat is at 8.00 pm.


My topic at the Friday night programme was on the importance of the “First Ten Days of Zul Hijjah and Qurbani”. Haji Shibl gave a very significant motivational talk after Isha. Next week, Mufti Zeeyad will speak about “Eidul Adha and Qurbani”. Friday Night Weekly Lectures start at 7 pm sharp followed by Q & A until ‘Isha which is at 8 pm, and then dinner is served

Nice one Nooree!


Nooree Moola with proud parents, Ismail and Rubana

Nooree Moola, youngest daughter of Rubana and Ismail Moola, was admitted as a lawyer to the Supreme Court of Queensland this month.


Nooree graduated from QUT with a Bachelor of Laws with Honours and Bachelor of Applied Science (Medical Biotechnology) with distinction having completed the five and a half year dual degree by an accelerated programme in 4 years


She was awarded the Dean's Award for Academic Achievement in 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008 and is on the Dean's List and Golden Key Honours Society.

At the end of her degree Nooree was awarded with the Dean's Award of Academic Excellence for graduating with the highest grades in her Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Applied Science (Medical Biotechnology).

She commenced employment in a graduate programme with DLA Phillips Fox in January and completed a Post Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice (with distinction) from the College of Law in September.


Nooree is now a qualified lawyer at DLA Phillips Fox.


Counselling Workshop






Hanan Dover, a forensic psychologist and Director of PsychCentral Psycholological and Counselling Services based in Sydney, is currently in Brisbane conducting a 2-day Workshop on faith-based counselling.


The workshop, funded by the National Centre of Excellence of Islamic Studies Australia, is being run at the Griffith University Multi-faith Centre and is aimed at providing guidance for those engaged in counselling at various levels. 

From the Op-Shop Desk.....

By Janeth Deen


The Welfare shop has now been operating for ten months and we feel that we have built up a great deal of goodwill in the local area. It has been a labour intensive exercise, and the rewards of operating in such a multi-cultural area have been worthwhile.

The shop is small, but even if we had a bigger shop, we would still find we needed more space. It would be great if we could find a warehouse at an affordable rent to process the goods being donated and also to store furniture.


We have been fortunate that people have donated furniture at just the right time when we found people in desperate need. Also, we have had to hire a utility to deliver the furniture. This has been a cost to the business as we have had to help out people with little income who have been in unfortunate circumstances.

If anyone has a warehouse, at a reasonable rent, in the Logan area, please contact Janeth Deen on

Also, please make sure that no goods are left outside the shop if it is closed.

Eid-ul-Adha Programmes


  Darra Islamic Society


More Info: Call Syed on 0432713426 

Australian International Islamic College


Darul Uloom Islamic Academy

(pdf verison)



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


From the Al-Nisa Desk.......

By Azima Omar 


The Al-nisa youth group held its Annual General Meeting at Garden City.


A large group of interested young women from diverse Islamic backgrounds all gathered to join the group as board members for the upcoming new year.


Topics discussed were why Al-Nisa was formed, it's accomplishments to date and future goals.

The team management team of President, Vice president, Secretary, Media Representatives etc will be determined when the group convene for their fisrt meeting on Sunday the 22nd of November.


We welcome all the new members and can't wait to start the next event.

The Qu'ran in Afrikaans


Die Boodskap van die Koran vir vandag en vandag se mense


Die Aanhef / Surah Al-Fatiha

Met die Naam van Allah, die Alomgenadige, die Genadigste.

1. All lof kom Allah toe, die Skepper, Voorsiener en Onderhouer van die wêrelde.

2. Die Alomgenadige, die Genadigste.

3. Die Meester van die Oordeelsdag.

4. U alleen aanbid ons, en U alleen vra ons om hulp.

5. Lei ons op die Regte Weg en wys ons hoe om volgens U Wil te lewe, (K2:2 & K3:3)

6. die weg van hulle aan wie U guns betoon het omdat U tevrede met hulle was en wie U geseën het,

7. nie die weg van hulle op wie U toorn neergedaal het omdat U met hulle ontevrede was en vir wie U gestraf het omdat hulle nie meer volgens U Wil lewe nie. (K3:137)


'n Afrikaanse Moslem Webtuiste


Australian Muslim Newsletters


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


Topics include:

• Eastern Fusion 2009 Program
• Crescent Sighting - Dhul Hijja
• Parliament of World Religions
• International Deen Intensive Retreat 2010
• Intermediate Tajweed Program
• The 2nd Crescent Project
• Mizaan Ecology - Kooragang Island Rehabilitation Project- Newcastle
• Letter to a Disciple
• The Crescent Project
• Mizaan Ecology - Cooks River Regeneration Project
• Zakaat Program Australia

The Inbox


Dear Editor,


This is let your reader's know that Brumby's Bakery @ Big Gun Shopping Centre Underwood will have African Naan available this coming Sunday. It would help us immensely if people could pre-order by calling the shop on 3841 3755 as we have no idea at this stage how many to produce.

Just to give you some back ground, Feroza Mustapha encouraged us to produce Naan. She said it would be a big hit.

She also graciously gave of her time on Thursday to come into our bakery & show us how to make it.

If you need to know more about the Naan please contact Feroza on 3219 7786 ...........she's the expert !

We have been very grateful for the support the Muslim community has given us since we went 100% Halal about eight weeks ago.

If you guys need support please let us know.

Best Regards,

John James

Shop: 3841 3755
Fax: 3841 3166
Mob: 0417 646 136
Home: 3208 8201
Email: jja21211@bigpond.net.au

Around the Muslim World with CCN


580,000 pilgrims arrive at KAIA Haj terminal


As of Monday nearly 580,000 pilgrims have arrived at the Haj terminal at Jeddah's King Abdul Aziz International Airport, Prince Khaled Al-Faisal (pictured left), Emir of Makkah, announced on Monday.

He added that this number represented 50,000 more pilgrims than had arrived by the same date last year despite the fear that people might refrain from performing Haj this year because of the swine flu pandemic.

Prince Khaled made the statement during his inspection tour of the new projects at the Haj terminal.

“All these preparations have been made by the government for only one reason, the comfort of pilgrims,” said Prince Khaled.

“Pilgrims now spend less than half as much time on passport and customs procedures as they used to in past years,” he added.

He said that the terminal crews are larger than they were in the past and they are offering more services for pilgrims.


The prince handed out gifts to arriving Indonesian pilgrims and then inspected the preparations made by the Ministry of Health.


“As the Minister of Health assured us on Saturday, all the pilgrims are healthy and no health problems have arisen,” said Prince Khaled.

The prince warned that action, including serious penalties, will be taken against those smuggling local pilgrims into the holy sites without licenses




Britain’s High Class Flocking to Islam


Authentic research has shown that over 14,000 Brits have converted to Islam after having lost hope in the style of life the West is offering.

“Amongst the converts there exist many famous personalities which is a great booster for the Muslims who have become a prey to accusations of terrorism and are living in fear” in the words of Muslim leaders.

The Muslim Council has appointed the former health minister’s son Ahmed Dobson as chairman of their new committee which is striving to explain the reality of Islam to the whites living in the United Kingdom.

Yahya Britt (Jonathan Britt) the former BBC director has researched thoroughly the data of Christians converting to Islam and concluded that the total number of new Muslims in Britain was 14200

Muslim Media Network



Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks: Islam must separate religion from power


The Chief Rabbi has called on Muslims to get used to living as a minority in Britain and to learn to separate religion from power.

Lord Sacks said that neither Muslims nor Christians had yet learnt the lessons inflicted on the Jewish people by the Babylonian exile.

“One of the great advantages of being Jewish is you know how to sing in the minor key,” he said. “We have had 26 centuries of experience ever since the Babylonian exile of living as a minority in the midst of a culture that does not share our views. Christianity and Islam have not had that experience.”

He said that Christianity had learnt toleration but only after 100 years of “knocking the hell out of each other all over Europe”.


He said: “So Christianity went through its experience, Judaism has been through it a long, long time ago and Islam has not yet had that experience.

“I have no doubt that Islam will work its way through to the essential situation that Judaism arrived at and Christianity, namely the substantive separation of religion from power. But there’s no quick way of getting there. It is quite a difficult and painful process within religion.

“Only Muslims can do it. Nobody can tell them from the outside. That would be taken as an affront and I would regard it as morally unacceptable. I do see some wonderful Muslims in this country and elsewhere, in Iraq and even in Iran, going through that process.


I think some of the Muslim thinkers today are some of the most courageous thinkers I have come across and it is very striking how many of them are women.

"I think some of the Muslim thinkers today are some of the most courageous thinkers I have come across and it is very striking how many of them are women. It is very interesting. So Islam will get there. But I would hope that one of the ways they would get there is just coming to understand how things work in Britain.”

The Chief Rabbi was delivering the annual lecture to the think-tank Theos in London to an audience of politicians, journalists, academics, businessmen and faith representatives.

He warned that Europe’s loss of a tolerant religious culture made it vulnerable to the advance of fundamentalism.

Tolerant religion was “the only strong enough defence with some of the religiosity that is coming our way with the force of a hurricane,” the Chief Rabbi said.

“Let me be blunt. Either we win or the fundamentalists win and that is the challenge. If the fundamentalists win, I wouldn’t hang around too long.”



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


A book is the most effective weapon against intolerance and ignorance.
- Lyndon Baines Johnson

This week



 Islam and the Destiny of Man

Charles Le Gai Eaton


Amazon.com Readers' Reviews

This is a truly majestic book and is, without doubt, one of the most powerful works available on Islam in the English language. Intended primarily for the non-Muslim, or specifically for Westerners with little or no prior knowledge of Islam, I would say that this book is equally accessible and helpful to those who are either practising believers or who have a good working knowledge of the Faith, in the way it goes so far beyond ordinary introductory texts in dealing with and answering the vital questions of human existence.


A comprehensive coverage of specifically the Islamic ethos is included, with regards to formation, beliefs, sources, history and crystallization, yet this representation always remains couched in an acute understanding of other major religious forces and (contemporary) intellectual contexts. This work is scholarly and encyclopaedic in content and scope, yet is saved from becoming abstruse or inaccessible by the author's pronounced gift of articulation, where with an almost effortless ease complex issues and matters are expressed in beautiful and poetical style. In fact, certain passages of this book are simply spellbinding, and there is a definite spiritual dimension to the text where the reader can tangibly feel the calm serenity of the author being transmitted through the words.


I really cannot recommend this book enough; for those interested in furthering their knowledge of specifically Islam and the Muslim faith it is an excellent place to start or continue your research, for those who have any type of interest in religion in general or who are simply concerned with the deeper questions of life, meaning, purpose and existence then reading this book will prove to be an intriguing experience and for those who are simply looking for an interesting read then I am sure that this book will not disappoint you. Unreservedly, I recommend this book to as many people as possible.


This book is excellent for the intellectual seeking to understand the intricacies and the subtleties of the Islamic faith. The man is a master of language and his expose of Islamic principles is one of the best in English.


Gai Eaton writes with a calm depth and beauty. When I first read this book, I felt as if my soul was not entirely bound within me. He beautifully reaffirms and explores aspects of the spirit of Islam; and answers so many questions of so many people, muslims and non-muslims, with an ease and insight rarely encountered. If someone wants to understand Islam at a greater depth, then this a book which can help the waves start to roll in their thoughts.



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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.

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KB's Culinary Corner


Chicken Satay Indian Style




500g Chicken fillet
1 cup coriander leaves chopped
1 tsp crushed garlic
1 tsp ground green chillies
½ tsp salt
½ tsp coarse black pepper
1 Tbsp Soy Sauce
4 Tab lemon juice
4 Tab tamarind juice
1½ tsp crushed cumin
1 tsp crushed coriander

1. Cut chicken into 6cm x11cm strips
2. Process coriander leaves, spices, sauces,
lemon juice and tamarind juice.
3. Pour into bowl and add coriander and cumin
4. Mix well and add chicken strips and marinate for 2-3 hours.
5. Skewer chicken, concertina style and cook on a non stick frying pan or barbeque.
6. Serve with Satay Sauce.

Satay Sauce
½ x100g bottle of Peanut butter
1 tsp tamarind concentrate
½ cup lemon juice
2 tsp ground green chillies

Mix the above ingredients and cook the mixture for 2 to 3 minutes adding salt to taste, cool and serve.

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, my sister and I gave birth only a few weeks apart in October. We are also gym buddies and were wondering if it's ok for us to get back into our gym routine?





A: Congratulations to you both! Great to see you're keen to get back into shape. I strongly recommend you wait between six to eight weeks after giving birth before you start exercising again. You will also need to get medical clearances from your respective doctors.

Morning walks with your babies in prams would be ideal for you before returning to your regular gym routine.



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


Delivering his Friday Khutbah, Mula Nasruddin, the Imam of the local Mosque, started off his sermon on the role of women in Islam with the statement: "The best years of my life were spent in the arms of a woman that wasn't my wife!"


The crowd was shocked!


He followed up by saying, "And that woman was my mother!"


The crowd burst into laughter and Mula Naruddin delivered the rest of his talk, which went over quite well.


In amongst his audience was a young impressionable Imam from a rural Mosque who was quiet taken with Mula Nasruddin's style of delivery and the content of his Khutbah, and decided to give a similar talk to his own congregation the following week, and to use that joke in his sermon.


As he surely approached the mimbar that Friday afternoon, he tried to rehearse the joke in his head.


But it suddenly seemed a bit foggy to him.

Getting to the microphone he said loudly, "The greatest years of my life were spent in the arms of another woman that was not my wife!"


The congregation inhaled half the air in the room.


After standing there for almost 10 seconds in the stunned silence, trying to recall the second half of the joke, the young Imam finally blurted out, "...and I can't remember who she was!"


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19 November


Abrahamic Faiths Concert

QLD Forum for Christian, Muslims & Jews

Multi-faith Centre, Griffith University

3735 7052


20 November


Speed Intros for Muslims

Zuleka Latif


0400 142 786


28 November

(confirmed by Council of Imams Qld)



28 November


Eid-ul-Adha Ball

Faith & Cultural Exchange Inc.

Runaway Bay Community Centre, Lae Drive, Runaway Bay

0435 200 544

7.00pm to 10.30pm

3-9 December


Parliament of the Word's Religions

Council for the Parliament of the Word's Religions

Melbourne Convention Exhibition Centre

Contact Details


4-6 December


Interfaith Youth Camp


Tallebudgera Active Recreation Centre

0411 229 559

All Day

6 December


Eid-ul-Adha BBQ & Hall Dedication

Australian International Islamic College

Blunder Rd, DURACK

0402 207 594

11am to 2pm

18 December



Islamic New Year

27 December



Day of Ashura


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




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

Nazima Hansa

11 Bauhinia Close

Eight Mile Plains

Tel: 047 037 928

 All Ladies Welcome!

Every Monday

Event: Weekly Learning Circle: Sharh Riyad-us-Saliheen (An Explanation of 'Gardens of the Righteous'

Venue: Prayer Room, University of Queensland

Time: 6.45pm to 7.30pm

Sunnah Inspirations


Contact: 0408 270 421

University of Queensland,
323 Hawken Drive, St. Lucia

Every Friday

Subject: Fiqh Made Easy

Venue: Room E215 Building 1 (Forgan Smith), University of Queensland

Time: 7pm to 7.50pm

Every Friday

Subject: Tafseer al Qur'an (Explanation of the Qur'an)

Venue: Room E215 Building 1 (Forgan Smith), University of Queensland

Time: 8pm to 9pm


Sunnah Inspirations is a non-profit organisation to cater for Muslim social support and supplying information to Muslims and non-Muslims.  They have been doing various activities around Australia, and have organised Da'wah information stalls at various universities in Brisbane.  More info can be found on their website above.


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Queensland Muslim Historical Society Inc.

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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

          Qld Stories link or YouTube link

Gold Coast Halal Certification Services (GCHCS)

Muslim Aid Australia Serving Humanity



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