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Sunday, 18 April 2010

 .Newsletter 0284



Voice of young Australians to be heard at United Nations


The Minister for Youth Kate Ellis has announced that Samah Hadid (pictured left) is Australia’s United Nations Youth Representative for 2010.

Samah Hadid is 22 and from Bankstown in Sydney’s western suburbs. She has a long record of representing young people at a local and national level.

“I congratulate Samah on her appointment and look forward to seeing her represent Australia’s young people at the highest level,” Ms Ellis said.

“With Youth Week now underway it’s the perfect time to focus attention on the valuable role young people play in our national community – people like Samah Hadid.”

“Over the past decade, Youth Representatives have demonstrated that they can make their mark on the world stage and influence domestic youth policy.”

Ms Hadid is  a human rights advocate and is the Youth Representative on the Australian National Commission for the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization.


This is an opportunity for young Australians from diverse backgrounds and vulnerable groups to have their voices heard on a national and international scale existence


She also co-Chairs the Multicultural Youth Network and volunteers with the Muslim Women Association.

Before joining the Australian delegation to New York, Ms Hadid will embark on tour to hear the experiences and concerns of young people and assist her in developing her address to the UN.

Ms Samah Hadid is congratulated by the Minister for Citizenship and Fair Trading, Virgina Judge at the 2008 Awards Ceremony at Parliament House.

Ms Hadid says she feels honoured to represent Australia’s young people at the UN.

“This is an opportunity for young Australians from diverse backgrounds and vulnerable groups to have their voices heard on a national and  international scale,” Ms Hadid said.

“As well as representing the views of young people at an international level I hope to promote positive, youth-driven initiatives that make a difference across Australia.”

The Australia UN Youth Representative position has been made available by the Department of Foreign Affairs and administered by the United Nations Association of Australia since 1999.

“I look forward to Ms Hadid and the Australian Youth Forum working together to ensure that young Australians are heard in this nation and by the world’s leaders.”


About Samah Hadid

Samah is recognized for her passion for improving services  for young people at a local, national and international level. She has  contributed to promoting intercommunity and intercultural dialogue through her  community service, starting with the Muslim Womens Association at the age of  15.


She now helps to improve government policy on youth and  multicultural issues at gatherings such as the Sister Cities National  Conference, Bankstown Council Youth Advisory Committee, Bankstown Councils  community engagement taskforce, the National Youth Roundtable, the  International Metropolis Conference and the Prime Ministers 20-20 Summit.


Samah has addressed the Red Cross National Conference 2008, the  Alfred Deakin Innovations Lectures and others. She has also written articles on  youth and multicultural issues in various publications including Reflections Magazine, The Future By Us and New Waves of Feminism.

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Australian Channel 9 cameraman calls Aussie Muslim an "F***ing Terrorist




Two Omars tackle Two Oceans

Those Toowoomba hill training sessions paid off for Anver Omar.


It acclimatised him to Cape Town conditions to allow him to beat his previous best at the Two Oceans Marathon by 45 minutes finishing the 56 km course in 5 hours 13 mins.


He passed the 42km marathon mark at 3 hours 38 mins

Eldest son, Yusuf, completed the 21 km half marathon course.

Graphics Designer Wanted


SYDNEY: Al-Ghazzali Centre is seeking a talented and community-minded graphics designer to join its Team and head its creative design projects.

Responsibilities will include the creation of concept and finalisation of design for flyers, books, electronic banners and website. Further opportunity includes designing for other internationally reputable organisations and Scholars.

This opportunity will suit anyone who is prepared to offer their valuable time and creative skills for spiritual growth and reward as well as for anyone in the process of developing a significant and impressive portfolio for their creative design career.

If you think you have high motivation in pursuit of excellence and would like to join a vibrant and high-performance Team, please respond to aazam@alghazzali.org with your name, contact details and a few examples of your current designs.


From the Desk of the Gold Coast Imam.....

Imam Imraan Husain 

REVERT CLASSES THIS WEEK - Classes resume Saturday 17 April and will continue every Saturday from 11 am to 12.30 pm. Please encourage reverts to join ASAP as we have just started a 'Basic Course' which I am sure they will find very interesting insha Allah.

MADRASAH - Mondays to Thursdays between 4.30 pm to 6.15 pm

FRIDAY NIGHT PROGRAM - Re-commences on 23rd April after 'Isha. Please attend and bring a pot / plate of food to share with others.

TAFSEERUL QUR'AN – The explanation of verses of the Holy Qur’an will be conducted by Mufti Zeetad Ravat every Wednesday after 'Isha Salat. 'Isha Salat is at 7 pm. Please do not miss this blessed gathering and increase your knowledge.

QUR'AN READING FOR BEGINNERS - Mondays and Thursdays after 'Isha Salat.

HIFZUL QUR'AN - Every Monday to Friday between Maghrib and 'Isha

TA'LEEM - Daily after Fajr and 'Isha

JAWJA - Visiting the sick and getting to know our fellow Muslims every Sundays between Maghrib and 'Isha

INTERNATIONAL FOOD FESTIVAL - Sunday 13 June 2010 stars at 10 am until late at the Gold Coast Islamic Centre

Sex and the Ummah Series




You can now sign-up for a series of e-mails from 'Like A Garment', an on-line initiative by Yasir Qadhi that seeks to educate Muslims to find conjugal bliss in their marriages.


A reader wrote to CCN:


"I think this is an excellent article for all Muslims to read. If they are keen they can also sign up to a free 10 week email course - I am currently signed up and feel it's too good not to share."


The article by Qadhi sets out the reasons for the need for this kind of education:




The Message: Not Right, Not Left: THE MIDDLE


The President of Muslims Australia – AFIC, Mr Ikebal Patel issued a statement in relation to media coverage of a controversial Sheik with extremist views speaking to Muslims in Lakemba, as untenable.


Mr Patel, said “ Anyone, including an Imam, who espouses violence is to be condemned for his utterance, behaviour and action”.


"We need to remind ourselves continuously to practice only that which the Quran prescribes: enjoin good and forbid evil."


"This is the message of Islam."


Mr Patel added that Muslims are to be the vanguards for the preservation of human dignity and development.


"Let us seek solutions to issues that confront us as individuals and as a community in a manner that is fair, just and peaceful and let us enlist scholars and motivators locally and internationally who espouse views of peace, understanding, cooperation, justice and compassion, as taught by the examples of the many prophets of Islam including Moses, Jesus and Mohammed (peace be upon all of them)."


Mr Patel concluded with the comments that, “Leaders of local Muslim communities are working extremely hard to inculcate the message of Islam as a middle way, a tolerant way, a lifestyle that is balanced and emphasises values of respect and dignity."


"Respect for oneself, respect for ALL of God’s creations – man, animal and environment – Islam: the MIDDLE WAY”


Keysar Trad on Al Qaeda cleric's Sydney sermon

Harmony Day Celebrations at the Australian International Islamic College


Harmony Day is a day to celebrate a commitment to harmony and mutual respect in a culturally diverse nation. The event's major objectives are focused on reducing racial prejudice and intolerance in Australia.


To me, the word diversity holds the image of Australia. Like a tree, diversity has many branches leading off in different directions. Though the branches may vary in size or shape, they are still linked to the same solid trunk. They stand united.


That's what strikes me about Australia. Take a look around you; though there's so many of us, we are celebrating together.


We should stand united as ONE.

Whenever the word 'diversity' pops into my mind, the first thing I can think of is this college of ours; So many different races, so many different faces and so many different languages chattering away. A multicultural society gives people a wonderful opportunity to share cultures, traditions, values and beliefs.

Occasions like today's celebration brings together those Australians who are united in the workplace, at schools and colleges, in the playing fields, in farms, in the markets and at home. We are united in our hearts.

So, you see, that YOU + ME doesn't only equal US, but also the beautiful multicultural society we live in. Whoever you are, wherever you come from and whatever you do, you are unique. And that's what really matters because it's the best thing you can be.


United as one, we are all rich, rich in cultures, rich in traditions and rich in diversity. That calls for a celebration like Harmony day. It was really wonderful being able to experience this extraordinary day with everyone.

I’d like to take this opportunity to thank parents, teachers and of course students for their effort in making it a memorable event. I hope that it has been as memorable to all of you as it has been for me.

Nurul Atiqah Abdul Latif
College Captain (Secondary)

Travels With A Tangerine - Wanderlust


The very British Tim Mackintosh-Smith, an Oxford University classicist who has called the Middle East his home for 25 years, takes us on a unique 75,000 mile journey, through 40 countries, in the 700-year-old footsteps of medieval explorer Ibn Battutah.

This is the story of one of the greatest journeys of all time. In 1325, shortly after the end of the Crusades, a young Moroccan Muslim called Ibn Battutah set out on a pilgrimage to Mecca. It was to become an odyssey from one end of the known world to the other. In all, he travelled 75,000 miles - more than three times the distance Marco Polo covered.


Along the way, he was to meet magicians, dervishes, holy men, fire-eaters and other travellers from across three continents. He was by turns scholar, businessman, mystic, warrior; he was imprisoned by mad sultans, was married ten times and had countless concubines. When he got home after 29 years on the road, he wrote it all down.

Today, the world is a very different place, and Tim explores the lives of 21st century Muslims around the world, and how their world intersects with the medieval legacy from Battutah’s time

Battutah initially set-off from Tangiers, in modern-day Morocco to take the Hajj to Mecca. Little did he realise that this would kick start a 30-year journey across the world, taking in shipwrecks, black death, slavery, coups, pirates…

Tim Mackintosh-Smith has a personal connection with Ibn Battutah, editing a modern edition of his travels, and writing his own book, Travels With a Tangerine.

And in case you were wondering, the Tangerine is Battutah himself. Battutah was born in Tangiers, and residents of Tangiers are known as Tangerines. Battutah is the inspiration and guide for all of Tim’s travels. But where will the Tangerine take us?


Next Week in CCN: PART 2 

In part two, Tim travels through Turkey, the Crimea and India. On his way, he uncovers all that is weird, wonderful and mystical in the Islamic world. In Konya, Tim watches an illegal whirling dervish ceremony; in the Taurus Mountains, he meets the last of the Turkoman nomads. He chats to Tatars in Crimea, and the Patriarch of the Orthodox Church in Istanbul.

In Delhi, he searches for insights into the pathologically generous but psychotic Sultan Mohammed Shah. He watches a Muslim magician performing the Indian Rope Trick, and goes to a ‘sacred jam session’ of Sufi music, reliving Ibn Battutah’s ‘hippy phase’.

Leaving Delhi, Tim meets a hundred-year-old yogi who does nothing but smoke marijuana, shout expletives and beat his devotees with a brush. Will Tim receive one of his unique ‘blessings’?

The Quran Pen Reader


By placing the tip of the pen on any specific point on the supplied Qu'ran the pen will "recite" that particular line.


If placed at the beginning of any Surah, then it recites the entire Surah.

A great product for those not fluent in reading Arabic.

The Quran Pen Reader is available online at www.hussana.com.au


`Community Newsletters and Updates


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


Topics include:

• Seerah of the Prophet
• XpressO Movie Night – Cities of Light
• The Creed of Islam - An e-Learning Course
• Cyclone Thomas - Fiji Appeal

• Crescent Sighting - Jumadil-Awwal

• Mizaan Ecology - Newcastle
• The Ansaar Project @ Elizabeth Bay
• The Ansaar Project @ Exodus
• Mizaan Ecology - Cooks River Regeneration Project


The Affinity Intercultural Foundation Newsletter can be viewed here.


Topics include:

• Affinity Monthly Lecture - NSW Police: Building Partnerships with Local Communities
- Studies of Religion in Focus Conference 2010
- Reunion Dinner for Istanbul/Rome Tour of Turkey
- NSW Premier Women's Interfaith Reception
- Women of Faith Dinner 2010
- "Media & Inclusion" & "ISRA Launch" Luncheon@ Customs House
- Spirit of Bonnyrigg - 'Respect and Similarities'



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Your fellow Mussallee.... Shirts-With-Essays-On-The-Back

By Hamzah Moin


People wear some of the dumbest things to the masjid.


Some weird kid once wore a shirt that said “I like to do it all night long” on it and instead of being chastised by the uncles, they praised him for wearing a shirt that was referring to prayer and encouraged other youth to pray all night long as well.

Other shirts, however, have huge essays written on the back.


So huge that it takes a few rakaats to read it all.


And why are you reading it in the first place? Terrible.


Next week: Head-Butt



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UK: First Muslim women MPs to be elected

Shabana Mahmood

Up to a quarter of the 16 Muslim females standing as candidates at the next month’s general elections are in prominent positions to win parliamentary seats for the first time, according to an analysis carried out exclusively by The Muslim News.

Salma Yacoob

The total number of Muslim MPs could also continue to double, including at least one of two Conservatives being elected for the first time.


The first Muslim MP was elected in 1997, the second in 2001 and the number doubled again at the last election to four, all have so far been Labour.

Among Muslim women, Yasmin Qureshi, Shabana Mahmood and Maryam Khan have all been selected to defend Labour seats respectively in Bolton South East, Birmingham Ladywood and Bury North. Respect Party – Unity Coalition leader Salma Yaqoob also is seen as having an outside chance of capturing Birmingham Hall Green.

In addition among male candidates, three of the four incumbent MPs, Sadiq Khan, Shahid Malik and Khalid Mahmood are seeking re-election, while in Glasgow Central, Anas Sarwar is seeking to replace his father,

Maryam Khan

Mohammad Sarwar, who is stepping down.

Yasmin Qureshi

Among Conservatives, Sajid Javid has been selected to defend the more than 10,000 majority of resigning MP Julie Kirkbride, while Rehman Christi is standing in Gillingham & Rainham, the party’s number one target seat.


In Bradord West, Zahid Iqbal is seeking to unseat Labour MP Marsha Singh in the constituencies which has changed boundaries.

One seat certain to have a Muslim MP is Bethnal Green & Bow, following George Galloway seeking re-election in the newly created Poplar and Limehouse constituency next door.


Respect’s Abjol Miah is defending the seat, Labour’s Rushanara Ali is trying to regain it, while Ajmal Masroor and Zakir Khan are also candidates for the Liberal Democrats and Conservatives respectively.


The Muslim News 




Burka bullying banned by Bangladesh court


Bangladesh's high court has banned educational institutions in the Muslim-majority country from bullying female employees into wearing headscarves or veils

Wearing a burka or niqab in the South Asian country of 144 million is not compulsory, but women are often pressured into adopting Muslim headwear, which is tantamount to sexual harassment, Sara Hossain, a barrister, told AFP.

"It is a woman's personal choice to cover her head or not and nobody can force them to do so against their will," she said, quoting the court ruling.

The high court decision on Thursday followed a case lodged by a headmistress who claimed she was verbally assaulted by a government official for not covering her hair during a staff meeting.

The government official has since been ordered by the court to apologise, Ms Hossain said.

In recent years, Bangladesh has seen a rise in reported incidents of sexual harassment at educational institutions.


The country has recently deployed plain-clothed police at schools in the capital to prevent bullying of female students.





Egyptians show sense of humour as stand-up comedy gets an Arab twist

Noha Kato

The room was badly ventilated and swelteringly hot. But, despite the stuffy conditions, raucous laughter filled the room as more than a dozen comedians took to the stage to give an Egyptian twist to a decidedly Western art form.

The scene — the largest stand-up showcase in Cairo to feature local comics — marked a radical social and comedic experiment. Tamer Farag, a 35-year-old tour guide, riffed on the bizarre linguistic games that Egyptians play, incorporating English words into Arabic then randomly applying Arabic grammar rules to them.


When I told my father that being a comedian was like being an actress, he freaked out and said, “What! Will there be any kissing or love scenes”



“So what’s the plural of jacket?” Mr Farag asked the crowd. “No, it’s not ‘jawaacket’. That’s low class! All the chic people say ‘jacketaat’. What’s wrong with you?”

Noha Kato, a young comedienne who wears the hijab, joked that because she is 22 her parents are already fretting about her never getting married. “I feel like a yoghurt cup with an expiration date stamped on my forehead,” she said.


By almost any standard, the experiment was a success, with the 500-seat venue sold out for both performances. “This shows people want to laugh. They know stand-up comedy and they love it,” Maha Hosni, the organiser, said. “All the university students know this culture and watch the comedy channels.”

Egyptians are no strangers to comedy. The country is famous for its comedic actors and Egyptians are known for their humour. But that spirit of comedy has, until now, been channelled into slapstick films and plays. “We’ve always had comedy but it wasn’t an individual thing,” Mr Farag said.






The Really Really Long War

Let's imagine that the Cold War was a detour. The entire 20th century, in fact, was a detour.


Since conflicts among the 20th-century ideologies (liberalism, communism, fascism) cost humanity so dearly, it's hard to conceive of World War II and the clashes that followed as sideshows.


And yet many people have begun to do just that.


They view the period we find ourselves in right now — the so-called post-Cold War era — as a return to a much earlier time and a much earlier confrontation.


The wars in Afghanistan and Iraq aren't discrete battles against a tyrant (Saddam Hussein) or a tyrannical group (the Taliban).


They fit together with Turkey's resurgence, the swell of Muslim immigration to Europe, and Israel's settlement policy to form part of a much larger struggle.

Welcome to Crusade 2.0.

Foreign Policy in Focus




North America's first Muslim MasterCard due to launch soon

A Canadian Islamic financial institution is launching Canada's first "halal-approved" credit card this month and will also offer it to US Muslims by year end, its president told AFP on Tuesday.

The iFreedom Plus MasterCard meets the requirements of Sharia law, which prohibits usury, by being prepaid and therefore interest-free, said Omar Kalair, president of Toronto-based UM Financial.

"Trade is allowed, but usury is not," he explained.

A similar card is already available in Britain, but nowhere else in the West, he said.

Until now, devout Muslims in Canada have either had to do without credit cards or paid off the balance each month to avoid interest charges that go against their faith.

Three Islamic finance experts said in a statement the card "complies with Islamic laws and Muslims can avail of this product."

Of course, non-Muslims may want one too, Kalair said.

Benefits include no monthly fee, no transaction fees and discounts on flights with Etihad Airways, which flies from Toronto to Abu Dhabi.





Met allows Islamic protesters to throw shoes

Protesters throw shoes at a placard of Barack Obama in Jakarta, Indonesia

SCOTLAND YARD has bowed to Islamic sensitivities and accepted that Muslims are entitled to throw shoes in ritual protest — which could have the unintended consequence of politicians or the police being hit.

News of the concession by the Metropolitan police has come to light amid a series of trials of more than 70 mostly Muslim demonstrators who were charged with violent disorder after last year’s Gaza protests outside the Israeli embassy in London.

Aquib Salim, 21, an IT student at Queen Mary, London University, who was involved in a shoe-throwing incident, is almost certain to avoid a prison sentence as a result.

Chris Holt, Salim’s solicitor, said he was likely to get a suspended sentence after he pleaded guilty to a single charge of throwing a stick at police lines.

“The court accepted that the earlier shoe-throwing incident was simply a ritual form of protest and therefore not a criminal act of violence,” Holt said.

Judge Denniss agreed that the act of shoe-throwing should not be considered in a charge of violent disorder against the student because it was “a symbolic” political gesture.

Shoes, and particularly the soles of shoes, are regarded as ritually unclean in the Islamic world. An Iraqi journalist became a folk hero for throwing a shoe at President George W Bush during a press conference in December 2008.

The president ducked, but Muntadhar al-Zaidi was jailed for three years and allegedly tortured by the Iraqis. He was released after nine months and his gesture inspired many imitators.

Times Online



Muslim staff escape NHS hygiene rule

Female staff who follow the Islamic faith will be allowed to cover their arms to preserve their modesty despite earlier guidance that all staff should be "bare below the elbow".

The Department of Health has also relaxed rules prohibiting jewellery so that Sikh members of staff can wear bangles linked with their faith, providing they are pushed up the arm while the medic treats a patient.





Girl, 16, banned from school for wearing hijab in Spain

A 16-year-old schoolgirl has been banned from classes in Spain after refusing to remove her Islamic headscarf, re-igniting the national debate over the hijab.


Najwa Malha, who was born is Spain to Moroccan immigrants, has been excluded from classes at the state-run Camilo Jose Cela School in the Madrid suburb of Pozuelo after being told that her hijab was in violation of school dress code.

The decision has sparked debate in Spain where there are no clear guidelines over the wearing of Islamic headdress in state schools.


I asked her to reconsider [...] because I figured it would cause her problems



The enforcement of dress codes is left up to individual school boards but previous cases of exclusion have been overturned by the state with the argument that the constitutional right to an educational overrides the school's right to determine its own policies.

"I feel totally discriminated against," said Miss Malha, who said she began wearing the hijab two months ago as an expression of her religious belief. Her father, Mohamed, told Spanish newspaper El Pais that he had originally objected to his daughter wearing the hijab to school.

"I asked her to reconsider [...] because I figured it would cause her problems," he said.

Last November, a Muslim lawyer was ejected from Spain's national court, where she was defending a client, because she refused to remove her headscarf.


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


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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.

The CCN Readers' Book Club

KB's Culinary Corner


Coconut Orange Pie


4 eggs
80g unsalted butter
150g castor sugar
150g slivered almonds
1 cup toasted desiccated coconut
1 tab lemon zest
1 tab orange zest
¼ cup lemon juice
¼ cup orange juice
200ml coconut milk
½ cup plain flour
Flaked almonds to sprinkle

1. In a food processor beat the eggs and then add castor sugar and beat for 30 seconds.
2. Add the remaining ingredients and process until its all combined (30 seconds)
3. Pour mixture into a prepared (sprayed with cooking oil) rectangular (11.5cm x 35cm) pie tin or a similar square pie tin.
4. Sprinkle with flaked almonds and bake for approximately 45mins until set and light brown.
5. Serve a warm slice with mango ice cream.




Saturday 17 April

THREE curry house bosses drove 1,400 miles to hand deliver a meal to their most loyal customer who was on holiday in south-west France.
Angela Rider, with her daughter Sara, 18, emailed her favourite curry takeaway complaining she couldn't find Indian food.

So Hobibur Rahman cooked a tandoori king prawn rezala with biryani, jalfrezi and six chapattis and set off with Akiqul Hussain and Mukit Shah from their eaterie in Selby, North Yorks.

They took turns to drive on a round-trip 100 times further than the normal 14-mile delivery they make to Angela. It cost them £1,200 - and they didn't even charge her.


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




WEEK 3 of our 6-week training program:

Please note that the following program is suitable for beginners. For the more competitive or serious athlete, intensity, duration and frequency of exercises need to be increased!


DAY 1:
Walk/run for a minimum of 50 (10 mins. at a moderate pace, 35mins. at a more brisk pace and 5 mins. cool down / slow pace).
Healthy Tip: Always keep your body hydrated - carry a bottle of water with you daily!

DAY 2:
Weight training - slowly increase the weight you lift every week or increase the number of reps you do. Remember that your own body is a great tool when it comes to strength and resistance training (push-ups, tricep-dips, etc).
Training Tip: Ensure good posture and technique.

DAY 3:
Back to cardio training. Try a 60mins boxing session with your training buddy, or take on your punching bag if you've got one set up.
Training Tip: Do some skipping drills as you go.

DAY 4:
Weight training (see day 2).

DAY 5:
Challenge yourself with an Interval training session. Warm up, walk at a brisk pace for 5mins, jog for 10mins, then sprint for 30secs. Repeat throughout your training session before your cool-down.

DAY 6:
Hit the pool or do a gentle exercise activity to improve flexibility.

DAY 7:
Take a stroll with the kids or have a rest day if you need one!



PLEASE NOTE: The above training program assumes a healthy participant. Those with medical conditions or who are not already physically active, need to seek clearance from their GP before starting any form of exercise.







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


Mula Nasruddin woke one morning and discovered his dog was not moving.


He called his vet who asked him to bring the dog in.

After a brief examination, the vet pronounced the dog dead.

"Are you sure?", the distraught Mula Nasruddin asked. He was a great family pet. Isn't there anything else you can do?"

The vet paused for a moment and said, "There is one more thing we can do."

He left the room for a moment and came back carrying a large cage with a cat in it.

The vet opened the cage door and the cat walked over to the dog.

The cat sniffed the dog from head to toe and walked back to the cage.

"Well, that confirms it." the vet announced. "Your dog is dead."

Satisfied that the vet had done everything he possibly could, Mula Nasruddin sighed, "How much do I own you?"

"That will be $930." the vet replied.

"I don't believe it!", screamed Mula Nasruddin.

"What did you do that cost $930?!"


"Well", the vet replied, "it's $30 for the office visit and $900 for the cat scan."




(CCN thanks visiting Durban psychiatrist, Dr Farouk Randeree, from whom the above story was adapted and crafted)

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Compton Road

Tel: 07 3272 2299


Healthy Life



Body & Beauty


Where Style meets Modesty

FAMSY Bookstore

Mina Collection

AK Surtie


Table & Chair Hire


Additional contact:

Ahmed Hassan

0433 531 593

Hussana Australia

Halal Body Care range


Hydrotherapy & swimming classes for Muslim women

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Naadiya Karim


Mr. India

Indian Cuisine


The CCN Date Claimer






(Click on link)





9 May


World of Nation's Cup

Idris Jangda

Acacia Ridge Futsal Centre, 1391 Beaudesert Rd. Acacia Ridge

0412 786 168

All day

9 May


Algester Mosque Brunch

Islamic Society of Algester

Beenleigh Events Centre
cnr Crete St and Kent St Beenleigh

0419 786 092


16 May



Crescents of Brisbane

Orleigh Park, West End

0402 026 786


30 May


Al-Nisa Tea Party


Runcorn Function Room, 124 Gowan Rd, Runcorn

0410 617 178


13 June


International Food Festival

Islamic Society of Gold Coast

Gold Coast Mosque

0412 601 152

10am til late

9 July



Lailatul Mehraj

28 July



Lailatul Baraat

31 July-1 August

Sat & Sun

Inter-Uni Cup: &-aside Outdoor Soccer Tournament

(Resheduled from original April date)


Rochedale State High, Priestdale Rd, ROCHEDALE

0412 298 531


12 August



Start of Ramadhan

6 September



Lailatul Qadr

9 September



End of Ramadhan

10 September




11 or 18 September




Mt Gravatt Showgrounds

0418 722 353

10am til late

9 October


Annual Event  (TBA)



0418 757 157


17 November




7 December



Islamic New Year

16 December



Day of Ashura


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




Ladies Taleem


Taleem this week will be held on Thursday 22 April from 11am-12pm at the residence of


Ayesha Goder

13 Stiller Drive


Call 3341 2111 for more information.

All ladies welcome


Inspiration Talk, BBQ and Youth Hour

Topics that are relevant, Iman-boosting and mind-capturing.
Where: AMYN Islamic Youth Centre, 16/157 North Road, Woodridge
When: Every Sunday, 7pm
Info: www.AMYNweb.com
Everyone is invited



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Useful Links


Crescents Community News (CCN) Readers' Forum

 Discussion Forum & Social Network for CCN Readers

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

Karratha Muslims (Muslims in Western Australia)

Islam TV

Recording of lectures and events in and around Queensland

The Muslim Directory


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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