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Sunday, 7 February 2010

 .Newsletter 0274



Get Hooked the Halal Way

Speedintros For Muslims is planning to hold an event on the 19th of March.

Expressions of interest are invited so that the venue can be secured and the event organised.

This is an opportunity to meet girls and boys of backgrounds and circles other than one's own, secure in the knowledge that these are Muslims and interested in marriage as well.


Keeping that in mind interested parties are urged to apply early.

Currently the event organizers have waiting applicants from different backgrounds such as Lebanese, Arabic, Turkish, Bangladeshi, Pakistani, Indian, South African, Fijian and Reverts.

This event has the approval of the Mosques and community leaders and is entirely a non profit event.


For further information call Julu Latif on 0400 142 786.

MBN's Motivational and Leadership Workshop

 Reviewed by Bilal Rauf

The Motivational and Leadership Workshop was held in Runcorn on Sunday, 23 January 2010.


It was organised by the Muslim Business Network and conducted by Sidi Afroz Ali (pictured below) of the Al Ghazzali Centre for Islamic Sciences & Human Development.


The Al Ghazzali Centre is based in Sydney and is engaged in many commendable community and religious based activities.


Sidi Afroz Ali, its founder and director, has conducted many seminars, workshops and other events, both within Australia and in other parts of the world.

The Workshop discussed the concept of leadership in a manner different to which we are accustomed.


It was about realising internal leadership, that is, an ability to lead one's life consistent with one's values and principles.


It was about implementing the Quranic principle that Allah does not change the circumstances and destinies of a people until they change themselves.

As a part of the Workshop, people completed a questionnaire to assist with identifying the inclinations of their character. People were then informed about the different characters and ways in which to address character deficiencies.


People were provided with Quranic references to better understand the different characters and inclinations from an Islamic perspective. Consideration was also given to ways in which people might become more motivated to act.

People were reminded of the need to think deeply about matters. This was essential to being a confident Muslim who would not be afraid to confront different views, information and opinions about matters.


Otherwise, one's faith would be like a thin branch swaying in the breeze, dependent on which way and how strongly the breeze was blowing. If the breeze was too strong, there was also a risk that the branch may break and fall to the ground.

All in all, it was a very positive experience. Most people attending the Workshop expected it to be a workshop such as one which they might attend in connection with work.


However, what they experienced was very different.


Yes, it was not what they expected, but it provided them with more than that. At least this was a sentiment which was expressed by many people afterwards.


It was the first workshop of its kind in Brisbane and left people with much food for thought as they charted their journey to the top.


Going forward, it is hoped that there will be more opportunities for such workshops.


Certainly Sidi Afroz Ali, who generously gave of his time, expressed a willingness to visit again.

Multicultural Policy Review

The State Government is reviewing its multicultural policy to ensure it remains relevant and responsive to the changing needs of our community.

Consultation for the review will be conducted from October 2009 to March 2010 and all Queenslanders are invited to participate through community workshops and submissions.

You are invited to attend a community workshop at 10 am on Saturday, 20 February 2010 at MacGregor to discuss future directions for multiculturalism in Queensland.

If you are unable to attend this workshop, see www.multicultural.qld.gov.au for other dates and locations.

All Queenslanders are encouraged to participate in the review process including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who we respect and recognise as the first peoples of our nation.

More information about the review is available at www.multicultural.qld.gov.au


Community Workshop

Date: Saturday, 20 February 2010

Venue: Library, MacGregor Primary School, 370 McCullough St, MacGregor
Time: 10 am RSVP by: Wednesday, 17 February 2010 to review@multicultural.qld.gov.au or call 07 3234 1689.

Free Tickets - no Bull!


Free tickets are available for the Queensland Bulls vs Victorian Bushrangers match to be played at The Gabba on Saturday 20 February, commencing at 2.15pm and finishing 9.45pm. Gates open at 1.15pm.

As a result of an exciting partnership between Queensland Cricket and ECCQ, and Queensland Cricket’s strong commitment to multiculturalism, Queensland Cricket has given ECCQ free tickets for this exciting game.


If you would like tickets for the game send an email to ccn@crescentsofbrisbane.org stating how many you require.


A Night to Remember


To express their appreciation for being invited to Ifthaar Ramadan dinners last year, the members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Eight Mile Plains organized an entertaining "Night to Remember" to which members of the Muslim community were invited along.


Ms Shirley Hardman, Community Relations Assistant of the Church, told CCN: "I personally considered the night a success from the socialising by everyone after the night concluded. It was an evening to remember because everyone seemed happy and uplifted and no one seemed in a hurry to rush home. We do have a lot in common, and isn't it nice we can enjoy an evening together without getting intoxicated!".

Little Mosque on the Prairie: Season 4 Episode 7


 Handle With Care     


Part 1




Part 2


Part 3





By George Megalogenis

Labor's elite have been half-baked in their reactions to the attacks on Indians


THERE is a curious double standard in the debate about the bashing of Indian students.


In one aspect it is redeeming, in another a little puzzling.


The Indians are the first immigrant wave since federation that are seen by politicians and the media as a victim of violence.


Plainly, the statistics from the Victorian police that Indian students are more likely to be robbed than almost anyone else has helped to settle the argument.


But think of how the Indian as-victim contrasts with the caricatures of previous waves: the Irish petty thief, the Italian mafiosi, the Greek welfare bludger, the Vietnamese drug dealer, the Lebanese gang member.


While  none of these images were supported by hard data, they shared the public's willingness to believe the worst of the latest arrival.


To admit that an immigrant group has been on the receiving end of Australian violence is something altogether new.


You need to go back to the Chinese on the gold fields in the 19th century for another example.


Where the debate about Indian students gets a bit screwy is the attackers are given the benefit of the doubt that they are mere thugs, not racists.


The tongue-tied answers from Kevin Rudd, Julia Gillard and Victorian premier John Brumby have been too cute by half.



The Australian


The CCN Wedding Scene






The marriage of Sohail, son of Rifat Asghar and Dr Mohammad Asghar(late), and Sumaira, daughter of Mr Abdul Razzaq Chaudhry and Mrs Kalsoom Begum was performed at Kuraby Mosque, Brisbane on the 28 November 2009.  


The Baraat reception was held at Jindalee Hall on the following weekend , and the Valima two days later at the Hilton Brisbane Hotel on the 6 December.  


The Nikah of Sumaiya, daughter of Tahera and Abdully Latif of Middelburg to Naazim, son of Abdul Kader and Shahida Essa of Polokwane took place on Sunday 24th January at the Witbank Banquet Hall (South Africa).


The reception took place thereafter at the Witbank Civic Hall.

Australian Muslim Newsletters


The Affinity Intercultural Foundation Newsletter can be viewed here.


Topics include:

• Affinity visits Buddhist Nam Tien Temple
- MLC Hon John Ajaka lecture at the Affinity Centre
- Ashura Neighbourhood Day Celebrations
- Parliament of World Religions
- Christmas Church visits

ISOSS conference in Cairo reinforces Statistics for development and good governance

The 10th Islamic Countries Conference on Statistical Sciences (ICCS-X) was successfully held at the American University in Cairo (AUC), New Cairo, Egypt with over 300 participants from all over the world. The biennial conference was jointly organized by the Islamic Countries Society of Statistical Sciences (ISOSS), Egyptian Cabinet Information and Decision Support Centre (IDSC), and AUC. The conference was financially sponsored by the Islamic Development Bank (Jeddah, Saudi Arabia), the Egyptian Ministries of Tourism and Investments, ISDC, and AUC. The conference was dedicated to the late Professor Mir Maswood Ali, a prominent Statistician of Bangladesh origin and key founder of the Department of Statistical and Actuarial Sciences, University of Western Ontario, Canada.

In the opening session, Dr Lisa Anderson, Provost of AUC, spoke about the importance and diverse applications of Statistics from the ancient need of the States to the modern day public affairs. The ISOSS President, Dr Shahjahan Khan of the University of Southern Queensland, Australia, emphasized the essence of engagements between the Statisticians from the developed countries with those in the developing countries, especially with those of the IOC member states for improving the quality of Government Statistics and Statistical research as well as enhancing its state of the art applications. Dr Magued Osman, Chair of the Local Organizing Committee and Head of IDSC spoke about the role of Statistics for development and good governance. Dr Ali S Hadi, Vice Provost of AUC, current Chief Editor of ISI Review, and Chair of the Scientific and Programs Committee welcome the participants, and covered different scientific and cultural activities of the conference.

The highlights of the conference include the participation of four keynote speakers. First, Dr Jef L Teugels, the President of the International Statistical Institute (ISI) presented a keynote address on the extreme value distributions with applications. He analyzed data of natural calamities/disasters with extremes coming from the 1970 cyclone in Bangladesh and the Katrina in the southern USA. Dr Jim Berger covered the Bayesian adjustments of multiplicity in the testing regime of huge number of tests coming from multidisciplinary scientific studies. Dr Edward Wegman, who testified in the USA Congress twice on the scientific aspects of climate change issues, discussed the rapid changes in the data science, and took the audience to outer universe of huge datasets and the associated challenges to analyze them for scientific applications. Dr Kaye Bashford, former President of the Statistical Society of Australia Inc, presented her keynote address on some applications of multivariate data analysis for determining the best quality of wheat production. The data presented in the talk are from an international team of experts working on the project around the world.

The theme of the conference was Statistics for development and Good Governance. The following series of Panel Discussions related to this theme were presented. Panel I: Public Opinion Polling & Good Governance (Speaker: Magued Osman, Moderator: Dina El Khawaja, and Discussants: Jennifer Bremer and Hafez Al Mirazi), Panel II: Measuring the Unmeasurable (Speaker: Anis Yusoff, Moderator: Mostafa Kamel El Sayed, and Discussants: Nadia Makary, Ghada Moussa, and Andrew Stone), and Panel III: Indicators & Politics, The Ibrahim Index for African Governance (Speaker: Ali S. Hadi, Moderator: Lisa Anderson, and Discussants: Lisa Anderson, Stephen Everhart, and Nabil Fahmy).

Another salient feature of the conference was the presentation of invited sessions on topics such as Statistics education, Demography and aging, Small area sampling, Medical meta-analysis, Statistical inference, Astrostatistics, Directional data analysis, etc. These sessions attracted leading scholars and researchers of the areas and benefited the participants enormously. Young and new researchers found the sessions stimulating for their future research. More details on the Conference Program and other activities of ISOSS can be found at the Website: http://www.isoss.com.pk/

Time out

The Nile Cruise Gala Dinner on the luxurious boat and the entertainment of the Egyptian performing young men were outstanding. Some participants of the conference and the accompanied family members also participated in the lively dance and performances. The trip to the pyramids in Giza was a once in a life time experience for many participants.

Relating to the history of the invention of paper from the papyrus and the collection of essence from the lotus were popular items of purchase. Many went to the Egyptian Museum to see the mummies of the Pharoahs, including Ramses II, many consider to be the Pharoah of Moses. The rich and colourful history of the ancient Egypt includes the first ever census conducted by Moses to count the men of Egypt at the time.

The business session of the conference was held in the evening of 21 December at the Marry Cross Hall of AUC. The President of ISOSS chaired the session and reported the main activities and achievements of ISOSS during the last two years following the conference in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in December 2007. The participants noted that in recent years ISOSS has become more visible in the international community of professionals and various statistical bodies along with receiving global recognition. The session re-elected Dr Shahjahan Khan as the President of ISOSS for 2009-2011, and Dr Ali S Hadi as the President-Elect for 2011-2013. The session endorsed the call of Dr Munir Ahmed, founding President of ISOSS, for donation of funds to the on going ISOSS House Construction Project in Lahore, Pakistan. A number of participants committed to contribute $1000 and $500 USD during the session.

Reported by Shahjahan Khan, President of ISOSS, Department of Mathematics & Computing, University of Southern Queensland, Australia.

Notes from the desk of the Gold Coast Imam..... 

imam Imraan Husain


MADRASAH - Madrasah for the little ones commenced on Monday 1st of February with a great turn out Alhamdu lillah. There is an excellent program put in place with the help of the teaching staff and the Mosque Committee.


BOOKS CLEARED - Ismail Abdul Kadir helped clear the Qur'ans and books through the Brisbane Airport Customs with little problem thanks to Ismail who is well acquainted with the procedures. Also sent were some Mias Farm Print Qur'ans for the Mosque.

DR NAJI NAJRANE - Dr Najrane has been invited from Sydney during the first weekend of March to do the Hajama for some Musallies who have requested for him. Those interested should contact the the Imam as soon as possible.

COMMUNITY WIDE MUSLIM EVENT - It was agreed at the meeting held at the Bond University that a community-wide Muslim event was needed to promote Islam to non-Muslims and to solidify the links amongst Muslims within the community. A working committee which will focus on this project has been formed. It is also hoped to include the Queensland government in this project, and anyone who wishes to join this group should contact the Imam.

QLD BILL - the Imam hopes to respond to the "Bill to Legalize Same Sex Parenting in Qld" on behalf of the Gold Coast Muslim Community.

CHAPLAINCY ACADEMY - The Imam, who has been a part of the Chaplaincy Academy of QLD as the Muslim representative for over a year, will be attending the Graduation Ceremony on Thursday, 4th March.

MCF INVITATION TO IMAMS - The Muslim Charitable Fund has invited all the Imams on Tuesday, 9th February at 7.30 pm at 6 Dan Street, Slacks Creek, in Brisbane.

TAFSEER - Mufti Zeeyad has started Qur'an Tafseer every Wednesday evening at 7pm to 8pm at the Mosque. Everyone is encouraged to attend these classes "as it is very important to understand the Qur'an Kareem through QUALIFIED Ulama and not from unqualified, unauthorized back door 'Mufassireen'".

HIFZ - The Hifz Academy classes have started and are full. All new applicants will be placed on a waiting list. There are three teachers running this class.

ARABIC CLASSES - Arabic classes have started and will be conducted every Tuesday and Thursday nights for adults for an hour and a half. There are ten students who are studying Arabic Grammar, Morphology, Al Arabiyyah Bayna Yadayya, Qassasun Nabiyyeen and Durusul Lughatul Arabiyyah.

JAMAAT - The first Jamaat from South African in close on to a decade arrived last week in Queensland and spent two days at the Mosque. They were very impressed with the efforts of the Community and gave a positive report of their experiences here.

KHUROOJ - The Mosque Jamaat is intending to go to Lismore for Dawah on the 19 and 20 February. Anyone wishing to join them is most welcome to do so.

ANIC MEETING -The next Australian National Imams Council meeting is scheduled for 14 February in Melbourne. Check the website: www.anic.org.au.

SCHOOL VISIT - The St Andrews Lutheran College has been invited over to the Mosque on 4 March. The 80 students and 5 staff will attend a specially prepared educational program about Islam and Islamic practices.

CIQ MEETING - The next Council of Imams QLD meeting will be held at the Kuraby Mosque on Sunday 28 February. There will also be a meeting of the imams with the Muslim Youth Network Group on that da. 

The Australian Journey: Muslim Communities - DIAC publication

Adapted from Australian Journey - Muslim communities


The Australian Journey – Muslim communities, a new DIAC publication, is characterised by contributions of Muslims from all over the world who have made Australia home.


In this, and following issues of CCN, we highlight one of the successful Muslims in Australia from the report and their thoughts about what it means to be both a Muslim and an Australian.

Dr Berhan Ahmed


A good education is an important first step for a successful life.


These Muslims liked school so much they decided to make their careers in education and research, striving to make Australia a better country for all.


Victorian of the Year 2009, Dr Berhan Ahmed is a Senior Research Fellow at the University of Melbourne where he is researching more environmentally friendly methods of timber protection.


As well as his professional work, Dr Ahmed works with community organisations to build bridges between African and wider Australian communities.


Our youth need to be shown that there are pathways out of our current predicament. They need to be shown how prevailing norms and systems can be adapted. They need to be shown how small changes can lead to larger changes. How to participate actively in such changes? They especially need to be given hope. Our youth cry out for leadership.

Are we prepared to give it to them?

Dr Berhan Ahmed

Around the Muslim World with CCN


 World Ijtema 2010: Tongi, Dhaka! 


Biswa (World) Ijtema, the second largest congregation of Muslims next to Hajj began on Jan 22 and concluded on Sunday noon Jan 24, 2010 through 'Akheri Monajat'.


The 3-day congregation on 150 acres of land on the bank of Turag in Tongi, Dhaka seeking divine blessings from Almighty for the Muslim Ummah was filled up with devotees by Thursday evening.

Amongst the festivals in Bangladesh, the Bishwa Ijtema is by far one of the most popular congregational gatherings, and has become an international event. It is not exactly certain when the first Bishwa Ijtema was held, with some speculating that this event started in 1946. One aspect of this religious gathering that has remained the same over time is that the Tablighi Jamaat of Bangladesh organizes it each year. Starting out as a small event that was attended by a few Muslim followers, it has grown into a massive event that is attended by millions from all over the world.


Several millions of devotees from home and more than 80 countries converged at the Ijtema venue. The countries include India, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Afghanistan, Lebanon, Canada, Qatar, Bahrain, Kuwait, Thailand, Singapore, Morocco, Japan, the Philippines, Egypt, Syria, Bhutan, Indonesia, Malaysia, the USA, the UK, Australia, Nigeria, South Africa, Turkey, Italy, Sweden, Germany, Switzerland, Denmark and Spain etc.

The 3-day programme included delivering 'boyans' (sermons) on the fundamental issues of 'Tablig', prayer for the spiritual adulation, exaltation and welfare of the Muslim community. The Ijtema formally began with 'Ambayan' (general sermon) after 'Fazr' prayers at dawn on Friday.

Religious clerics from Pakistan, India and other countries had their sermons instantly interpreted into Bangla, English, Arabic, Tamil, Chinese and other languages.

Moulana Jabayerul Hassan from India led the concluding prayers of the congregation seeking global peace and prosperity.

Bishwa Ijtema is a unique event, as it is a gathering that focuses solely on prayer and meditation, and is not open for political discussions. Muslim followers come to the gathering, located on the Turag River near Dakar, to receive blessings and interact with the throng of followers that descend on the Ijtema grounds. It is estimated that the number of attendees to the 2007 Bishwa Ijtema neared 3 million. It provides many with the opportunity to study the Qur’an and listen to various sermons. Attendees can use the three days of the Bishwa Ijtema to concentrate on their religion and explore aspects of it that they are not familiar with.



Dhaka Daily

Other sources: Bangladesh.com



 French Catholics Warn Against Muslim Veil Ban


PARIS – Amid a heated debate about the Muslim veil, the French Catholic church warned Monday, February 1, against banning face-veils, calling on the European country to respect rights of its Muslim minority.

"The result could be the opposite of what is desired and lead to a reaction that increases the number of women wearing this garment,” said Bishop Michel Santier, the top French Catholic official for interreligious dialogue in a statement cited by Reuters.

He said that very few women wore face-veil in the country.


A French parliamentary panel recommended last week slapping a partial ban on face-veils in hospitals, schools, public transport and government offices.

Santier regretted that the panel did not invite Christian or Jewish leaders to give their views during the six-month-long hearings, which ended in December.

French Jewish leaders have already expressed concern about a veil ban.

France has seen a heated debate on the face-veil since President Nicolas Sarkozy described it last June as being "unwelcome" in France.



Darul Ihsan



 Man who tried to dictate Muslim dress code refused entry to France


The French government has refused to grant citizenship to a man who forced his wife to wear the full Islamic veil.

The Muslim man had to acquire citizenship to be able to join his French wife.

But the French parliament has proposed a partial ban on full veils and has ordered that practitioners of radical religious practices should be carefully screened for citizenship.

The French Immigration Department has said the certificate of citizenship was refused when it emerged the man had ordered his wife to cover herself with a head-to-toe veil.

The department has stressed that French law requires anyone seeking naturalisation to demonstrate their desire for integration




 Indonesian Muslim leaders slam horror movie


JAKARTA (AFP) - A new Indonesian horror movie about a menstruating ghost ran foul of the country's highest Islamic body on Thursday.

'Hantu Puncak Datang Bulan' (The Menstruating Ghost of Puncak) made its debut in Jakarta on Thursday and was quickly condemned by senior clerics in the mainly Muslim country.

"I watched that horror movie... it contains sex scenes, violence and decapitation. I call on the film censorship board not to approve its screening," Indonesian Ulema Council official Amirsyah Tambunan told AFP.

"Muslims have the right to watch the film but I suggest they don't because it contains scenes that are against Islamic principles," he added.

But Tambunan said he council, which is the highest Islamic body in the land, had no plans to pass a fatwa or religious edict forbidding Muslims from watching the film.


Yahoo 7!



 Swiss antagonist of minarets embraces Islam 

RENOWNED Swiss politician Daniel Streich, who rose to fame for his campaign against minarets of mosques, has embraced Islam.

A member of the Swiss People’s Party (SVP) and a well-known politician, Daniel Streich was the first man who had launched a drive for imposition of ban on mosques minarets, and to lock the mosques in Switzerland.


The proclamation of Streich’s conversion to Islam has created furore in Swiss politics, besides causing a tremor for those who supported ban on construction of mosques minarets.


The Nation



 Robert Fisk’s World: The stakes get higher as Arab princes try to outdo each other 

Do the Saudis not have the slightest idea of what is going on around them?

Prince al-Waleed bin Talal of Saudi Arabia is quite a man.

He says he doesn't want to be the prime minister of Lebanon – everyone who wants to be the prime minister of Lebanon says that – but he is immensely wealthy. True, his bank balance has sunk from $23.7bn to a mere $13.3bn since 2005 (thus sayeth Forbes magazine). But he's just announced that he wants to construct the world's tallest building – a 1km-high goliath which will dwarf his neighbour emir in Dubai who last month opened the paltry 25,000ft Burj Khalifa amid the sand dunes of his bankrupt creditors. The nephew of King Abdullah, al-Waleed understandably calls his company Kingdom Holdings. He also happens to be a major shareholder in Rupert Murdoch's News Corp – which is why you won't be reading these words in The Times. Long live Kingdom Holdings, I suppose.

Because yesterday morning, I was taking an al-Jazeera television crew around the repulsive, obscene, outrageous, filthy, stinking slums of the Sabra and Chatila refugee camps not far from my home in Beirut, a place of such squalor that the gorge rises that human beings even live there. Sabra and Chatila – yes, the site of that infamous massacre in 1982 when Lebanese Christian militiamen allied to Israel slaughtered up to 1,700 Palestinian civilians while the Israeli army surrounded the camps, watched the killings – and did nothing. They were the survivors of the great exodus or ethnic cleansing of 1948 – or their sons or grandsons – who fled Galilee for the "temporary" safety of Lebanon and, like the visa applicants of the movie Casablanca, wait and wait – and wait – to go home. Which they will never do. "I am very positive," Prince al-Waleed said when he announced his new priapic tower, to be constructed in the Red Sea port of Jeddah. "We are always looking for new investments."


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-  Jerry Seinfield


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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.

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KB's Culinary Corner


Chicken Crumpets


1 kg chicken mince

1 tsp salt

2tsp ground green chillies

¼ tsp ground jeeru/cumin seeds

1 slice of bread soaked in ¼ cup milk

1 onion finely chopped

1 bunch fresh dhunia (coriander leaves) cleaned and chopped

½ tsp lemon pepper and 2 eggs

1. Combine all the ingredients.
2. Heat a non-stick frying pan and lightly oil the pan.
3. Drop spoonfuls of mixture and flatten with the back of a spoon to form a crumpet.
4. Cook on both sides and serve hot with sauces.

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




Q: Dear Kareema, I have a very stressful job and even though I work out daily, I can't always seem to de-stress. re there any particular exercises that I can try which may help or can you suggest anything else?





A: Crazy, busy days can make us feel tense and stressed.


I find yoga to be an instant stress buster! It's one of the best calm-down tricks and can easily be done at home.


Feel a whole lot calmer with simple yet challenging poses.

Try the back-bending poses: they create space in your chest, allowing more oxygen to flow to your lungs.


When that happens, your heart doesn't have to work as hard, and your heart rate and blood pressure will go down, making you feel a lot more calmer.

One of the simplest yet most effective back bends is the Bridge Pose.


Lie on you back with your heels close to your bottom.


Lift your hips high (squeeze your glutes / bottom for back support), bring your hands under your back and
interlace your fingers. Hold this pose for a few breathes and slowly lower yourself.


Try this a few times with other yoga poses and feel the calming effect it brings over your body.

Another option is a boxing session (if you don't already do it)... This is also a great stress-buster which will leave you
feeling a whole lot better after a crazy day...





My Health and Fitness

Tel: 0404 844 786


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


Nasruddin tells his wife: “I’m going to spend the day ploughing and will be home for dinner.”

His wife responds: “You should never make a statement without adding insha’Allah, if that is God’s will.”

Ignoring her, Nasruddin sets off.


He is struck by lightning, falls off a cliff, washed away by a flood and carried away by a tornado.


He crawls home on his hands and knees and knocks on the door.

His wife asks: “Who is it?”

He replies, “Nasruddin, insha’Allah.”

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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)
www.islamicschoolofcanberra.act.edu.au (Islamic College of Canberra, ACT)

Karratha Muslims (Muslims in Western Australia)


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

Human Appeal International Australia  

Always with you on the road to goodness

Australian Muslim Youth Network (AMYN)
Find out about the latest events, outings, fun-days, soccer tournaments, BBQs organised by AMYN. Network with other young Muslims on the AMYN Forum

Al-Mustapha Institute of Brisbane  

Preserving the Past, Educating the Present to Create the Future



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