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Sunday, 29 August 2010

 .Newsletter 0303



Ifthaar in new School Hall



A joint AFIC, ICQ and Islamic College Ifthaar was held in the nearly-completed $3.5M school hall last Sunday.


The new facility, courtesy of the Rudd government's stimulus package, comfortably accommodated over 800 people on the night.


The open carpeted space directly below the main hall has room for several hundreds of mussaalies.


Mufti Zeyaad Ravat was the Master of Ceremonies and Muslims Australia president, Ikebal Patel, Minister for Trade, Stephen Robertson MP, and Queensland Police Commissioner, Bob Atkinson, each spoke in turn and helped the minutes to breaking the fast tick by nicely.


The huge pots of rice and meat dish served up after prayers were presented in typical Fijian Indian style and flair.


Why wear a burqa? One Brisbane woman tells Madonna King her story


Who decides a Muslim woman should wear a burqa? Is it her own decision or that of her family?

Amina Ghafoor spoke to Madonna King on ABC Radio 612 about why she wears a burqa.


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Health Care Providers' Handbook on Muslim Patients


The Health Care Providers' Handbook on Muslim Patients is a quick-reference tool for health workers to use when caring for Muslim patients.


The handbook aims to help health workers understand the religious beliefs and practices of Muslims that can affect health care, and provide links to further advice and resources.

The handbook covers a range of topics including prayer, holy days, fasting, end of life issues, sexual and reproductive health, and food requirements.

It is important to note that because of personal and cultural variations in the way Islam is practiced the handbook can only provide general information and advice.


Health workers should always consult their patient about their personal level of religious observance.

The handbook was developed by Queensland Health in partnership with the Islamic Council of Queensland and forms part of the Multicultural Clinical Support Resource folder.





The second edition of the Health Care Providers’ Handbook on Muslim Patients was written under the guidance of an advisory committee comprising:

Imam Ikraam Buksh (Islamic Society of Darra)
Ms Marina Chand (Queensland Health Multicultural Services)
Mr Theo Georga (Queensland Health Multicultural Services)
Ms Nada Ibrahim (Griffith Islamic Research Unit, Griffith University)
Dr Mohammed Khateeb (Prince Charles Hospital)
Ms Madonna McGahan (Mater Health Services)
Ms Suruj Noor (Princess Alexandra Hospital)
Ms Amanda Parker (Logan Hospital)
Ms Nicole Payne (Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital)
Imam Zeeyad Ravat (Islamic College of Brisbane)
Ms Galila Abdel Salam (Islamic Women’s Association of Queensland)
Mr Mohammed Yusuf (Islamic Council of Queensland)


Download the handbook.

QLD Donates Half A Million Dollars For Pakistan Flood Victims


Premier Anna Bligh today pledged $500,000 to the Australian Red Cross for flood victims in Pakistan where the lives of 20 million people have been devastated.

“This is a crisis of unimaginable proportions – millions of lives have been changed forever,” Ms Bligh said.

“These are the worst floods to hit Pakistan in four decades and the images we have seen have been absolutely horrific.

“There is a long road to recovery and the immediate challenges such as overcoming disease outbreaks and providing food and shelter are immense.

“Queenslanders have always been incredibly supportive and compassionate in times of need.

“Our hearts go out to the people of Pakistan at this terrible time and today I’m pledging $500,000 to the Australian Red Cross on behalf of the Queensland Government to help with the relief effort.”

Ms Bligh said the Australian Red Cross would use these funds to provide medical treatment, shelter and food and clean water.

The funding is in addition to the deployment of two Queensland Health senior medical officers Dr Mark Little from Cairns Base

Hospital and Dr Peter Aitken from the Emergency Department of The Townsville Hospital to Pakistan - on standby for deployment to Pakistan.

Dr Little and Dr Aitken will primarily work in outpatient services and assist the Australian Defence Force to provide health services to people worst affected by the Pakistan flood catastrophe.

Ms Bligh said the Queensland Government will provide any additional assistance that it can, as requested by the Federal Government.

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Please contact Maha 0405 662 668.



Volunteering: Opening up opportunities for migrants and refugees


Migrants and refugees are being encouraged to consider volunteering to help learn about their community and make connections as they settle into their new homes.

Minister for Community Services Karen Struthers said volunteering could open up a range of opportunities for those who have recently arrived in Australia.

“Volunteering can be a great way for migrants and refugees to make new friends, share their skills and help people in need,” Ms Struthers said.

“It can also help recent settlers develop knowledge of their new communities, gain work experience and meet local referees.

“Volunteering opportunities are available for everyone whatever their situation whether they possess limited English skills or are working full-time, seeking employment or studying.

“Whether it is volunteering at your local sports club, doing bushcare activities, helping elderly people or volunteering online, the opportunities are endless,” she said.

Ms Struthers said organisations could also benefit significantly by involving migrants and refugees as volunteers.

“Migrants and refugees can contribute greatly to organisations by bringing knowledge of specific cultures, connecting organisations with cultural groups in the community, bringing new perspectives and increasing the cultural sensitivity of services,” she said.

Ms Struthers said the Queensland Government was committed to increasing volunteering.

“As part of the Toward Q2 targets, the Queensland Government is aiming to increase the proportion of Queenslanders involved in their communities as volunteers by 50 per cent by the year 2020,” she said.

“This includes increasing volunteering across all sections of the community.”

The Department of Communities has produced a brochure and poster for migrants and refugees outlining the benefits of volunteering.

Fact sheets have also been produced for organisations that work with migrants and refugees, and for volunteer involving organisations.

To view the volunteering materials or for more information visit www.volunteering.qld.gov.au.


BBC World Service: Heart and Sould

It was 1,400 years ago in the year 610 CE, that a man meditating in a cave near Mecca had an experience that was to change the course of history.

As he reported later, the Angel of Revelation appeared before him, grabbed him and commanded, "Recite!"

The man was the Prophet Muhammad, and the result of his terrifying encounter with the angel was the revelation of the first portion of the Quran, the holy book of Islam.

To mark the anniversary, Razia Iqbal explores why the oral tradition of memorising and reciting the Quran remains so powerful to this day.

She meets children who would rather learn the Quran than play with their playstations - and a calligrapher who draws fresh inspiration from the ancient text.

She also visits an imam with a passion for the Quran in cyberspace.


Visit the Heart and Soul website to listen to the programme.




Calligrapher Soraya Syed writes the Bismilla, which opens the Quran.


Australian Halal Meat Report for Americans


A group of American halal advocates conducted research on Australian Halal meat and personally visited the major halal slaughterhouses in Australia which export to America.


Mufti Abdullah Nana of California and Mufti Ikramul Haq of Rhode Island visited over ten slaughterhouses in Australia from Oct. 25, 2009 until Nov. 11, 2009.


These two scholars traveled over 20,000 miles each by air and 3,000 miles by car during their halal research trip in Australia.


They visited numerous states and cities including Sydney, Golburn, Brisbane, Rockhampton, Kilcoy, Bordertown, Dandedong, Katanning, Wodonga, Tamworth, and Sunshine.


They have compiled the findings of their research for the Muslim community in America.


Read the report.

[Ramadan TV] New Muslim Stories - Muhammad Amin



Research Assistant Required


The University of Queensland (in partnership with Deakin University, the Australian Red Cross and Centre for Multicultural Youth) is currently undertaking a four year, multi-state research project exploring migrant youth and their use of social networks.


Specifically, the "Social Networks" project is investigating the manner in which young people of Arab, Pacific Islander and African backgrounds draw upon both formal (e.g. government agencies and non-government support services) and informal (e.g. family, peers and sub-cultural groups) networks to develop a sense of social connectedness and belonging in Australia.

Position description:
The University of Queensland is currently seeking a part-time, casual research assistant for their project "Social Networks, Active Citizenship and Belonging among Migrant Youth in Australia."


The research assistant will assist with various tasks relating to developing community partnerships and recruiting participants for the study.


In addition to liaising with various community organizations, the research assistant will help organize (and, depending on the skills set, possibly conduct) surveys, interviews and focus groups with young people. This position will be limited to approximately 6-10 months. Remuneration will depend on the skill level and experience of successful applicant.

Expressions of interests for this position are currently being sought. Send along a current resume or brief personal/employment biography. It will be reviewed on August 30th and contact potential candidates will be contacted.


If interested or if you have questions, contact socialnetworks@uq.edu.au.

From the IWAQ Desk......


Assalamu Alaikum









2010 Ramadan Hamper Drive:

Alhamdulillah, we have had a positive community response towards this hamper drive. If you are still interested in contributing, we are collecting until Friday, 3rd September insha Allah. May Allah reward all those who gave generously. You can be assured that it is going to those who are in great need.



Fixed term vacancy:

IWAQ has a temporary vacancy for Front Desk Administration. Please visit our website www.iwaq.org.au for more information and for a copy of the key selection criteria.


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Venues offering Eid prayer facilities are invited to email CCN with the details to ccn@crescentsofbrisbane.org


The Art of Spain-The Moorish South


The Art of Spain is a BBC Four documentary series on Spanish art presented by Andrew Graham-Dixon.


In this series Andrew Graham-Dixon explores art in Muslim and Christian Spain from 711 to 1492.


Continuing from last week's CCN, this is the final part in the series ........





Around the Muslim World with CCN


Ramadan and the world game


Over the last few years, the subject of Ramadan has become an increasingly hot topic in football circles. Opinions are especially divided in Europe, where doubts have been raised as to whether fasting players can endure the rigours of intensive training sessions and an unrelenting fixture calendar.

The issue shows no signs of going away and has come in for renewed media scrutiny this year, so can professional footballers realistically respect Ramadan just as their club sides are returning to action?


FIFA.com shines the spotlight on a number of players who have managed to taste sporting success while observing the fast.


"It’s always difficult to fast here in the south of Spain, where it’s very hot, but I manage to adapt."

Sevilla striker Kanoute


"It’s not easy and of course you feel the need to take in food, but it only lasts a month."

Real Madrid's Diarra


Permission granted

Team supervisor Markus Rauert also indicated that Youssef Mohamad is often able to break the fast when the team are scheduled to play away from home. “We make a lot of long trips on Saturdays, which gives Youssef the status of a traveller,” he said. “That permits him to eat and drink during the day.”

In addition, the Central Council of Muslims in Germany and the bodies representing Muslim professional footballers have authorised players to eat during Ramadan. That stance was adopted following decisions made by the Al-Azhar Mosque in Cairo and the European Council for Fatwa and Research, and it was greeted with enthusiasm by Frankfurt President Bernd Reisig. “This makes it possible for a professional player to do his job to the very highest standard while fully respecting his religious beliefs,” he said.

In Serbia, lastly, the Mufti of Belgrade has allowed Red Star’s Ghanaian midfielder Mohammed-Awal Issah to eat and drink on match days during Ramadan. Club spokesman Marko Nikolovski explained that the Mufti “permitted Issah to eat if he felt weak on match days. Issah felt a bit awkward at first as he’s a pious lad, but he’s now comfortable with the idea.”




Poll shows Americans conflicted on Islam


Americans are conflicted on Islam, a new poll showed on Tuesday, revealing a sharp drop in support for the Muslim faith since 2005 even though less people see it as a violent religion.

A slim majority (51 per cent) objected to the building of an Islamic centre and mosque near the site of the September 11, 2001 attacks in New York.

But 62 per cent of the 1003 people surveyed last week by the respected Pew Research Centre agreed that Muslims should have the same rights as other groups to build houses of worship in local communities.

Nine MSN



Australian churches support boycott of Israeli goods


At the seventh triennial forum of the National Council of Churches in Australia (NCCA) last month in Canberra, the organisation approved a boycott of produce from illegal Israeli settlements in Occupied Palestinian territories.

General Secretary of the NCCA, Rev Tara Curlewis, said, “It is hoped that such actions will liberate the people from an experience of injustice to one where a just and definitive peace may be reached.”

The ‘Palestine & Israel’ document, moved by the Unity Church and seconded by the Anglican Church, contains a total of seven resolutions. Among these are calls for
“an early end to the occupation of Palestine”, an “immediate end” to the blockade of Gaza and a condemnation of all acts of terrorism. The NCCA further expressed their solidarity for Palestinians, through their pledge to seek “an end to the injustice and suffering borne by the Palestinian people.”

Ex-President of the Uniting Church in Australia, Rev Gregor Henderson, told The Muslim News that his church was a longstanding advocate of Palestinian rights. Having worked with the Middle East Council of Churches in relief programs, the body now participates in the Ecumenical Accompaniment Program in Palestine-Israel initiated by the World Council of Churches.


The church’s instigation of this boycott was influenced by the 2009 document ‘A Moment of Truth’, released by Palestinian Christians. Following the Methodist Church’s declaration of a similar boycott here in the UK, Henderson hopes that the positive actions of world churches would serve “as a way of pressuring the Israeli Government to become more serious about negotiating for a just peace.”

Muslim News



Stock market returns higher during Ramadan

A recent report has suggested that stock returns during Ramadan are almost nine times higher than during the rest of the year. The investigation found that the month, “positively affects investor psychology” as a rise in optimism and solidarity among Muslims lead to, “optimistic beliefs that extended to investment decisions.”

The intriguing “Ramadan Effect” is a study of behavioural finance by three professors of finance and management. Focusing predominantly on 14 Muslim countries over the years 1989-2007, the results indicate that Ramadan induces a sense of calmness, compassion and even mild euphoria. The report argues this leads to a “collective enthusiasm” and a heightened sense of social identity.


This in turn can influence people’s decisions, especially when this involves risk and investment gambles. Moreover, as market prices are influenced by changes in investor mood, the report suggests that, on average, the economies of Muslim countries flourished as positive valuations affected equity markets.


Muslim News



Sign language used for Friday prayers in Birmingham   

Friday April 16 saw the first instance of British Sign Language being used as part of Khutbah (sermon), outside of London. Birmingham’s Green Lane Masjid and Community Centre worked with the charity Al-Isahara, to provide interpreter facilitated communication to deaf worshippers, during the Friday prayer.

The congregation, joined by a large number of deaf community members, exceeded three thousand worshipers. Assistance was offered by the West Midlands Fire Service Team.

A spokesman from the mosque, recognising the difficulties deaf worshippers face, thanked Al-Ishara for their help. “At Green Lane Masjid, we are here to serve the needs of our communities. For too long the needs of our deaf communities were not being met.


With help from Al-Ishara, an organisation dedicated to serving the needs of the deaf Muslim community, we have been able to achieve this important milestone. We can humbly say that our Friday sermons will now be interpreted into sign language to benefit our deaf communities,” said the spokesman.

The Al-Ishara charity implemented the same scheme last year in the East London Mosque and London Muslim Centre, Tower Hamlets. At the launch on April 17 2009, Al-Isharah Director, Sadaqat Ali, expressed his delight at the progress being made, “We’re making history today, starting with a seed and watching it grow… The Muslim community and deaf community can be united.”


`Community Newsletters and Updates




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




Topics include:

• Invoke Media
• The Ansaar Project @ Exodus
• Crescent Sighting - Shawwal
• Mizaan Living - Horse Ridi
• Night of Remembrance - Brothers Only
• The Ansaar Project @ Elizabeth Bay
• Mizaan Ecology – Cooks River Regeneration Project 
• Mizaan Ecology - Newcastle

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Dear CCN Readers,

We are all well aware of the devastation severe floods have recently caused in Pakistan, affecting many of the poorest people in the world. I am privileged to have become involved in a unique project established to rebuild the homes for many of those affected, and am pleased to accept zakaat or other funds for those wishing to donate for this purpose.

Following a visit to Pakistan three years ago, I have been working closely with Dr Rubina Gillani who is heavily involved with several charitable organisations (including the Fred Hollows Foundation) providing aid to those in need in Pakistan. Dr Gillani has been distributing food, water and medicine to those affected and has recently been instrumental in setting up a project to rebuild homes in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, the worst affected province, with more than 10 districts directly affected by the floods.

The project will identify the very poor who were living in mud houses and whose houses have been either washed away or badly damaged. They will be asked to build their own houses (a practice that is followed in most villages) and supported by daily wages during this time. It is estimated that the cost of building a two room house with some essential housing provisions, will cost approximately AUD$660 per home. This will provide a fast and inexpensive way of providing a large number of homes to Pakistani families before the cold winter season sets in.


Please see attachment for further information.

I will be departing for Pakistan on the 22nd September to assist with this project, please contact me on 0400 142 786 if you would like to donate.




Zuleka Latif (Julu)

Dear Editor


Following my report on Muslim Unemployment, now the OECD is interested in seeing how domestic Australian Muslim graduate facing the prospects of employment and finding jobs in their own area of studies.


I certainly appreciate your assistance in advertising volunteers of domestic Australian Muslims to participate in one or two focus groups: age 18-24 male and female (university/tafe graduate job seekers or employed).


They can communicate with me via my email.

Slalm va Alaikum
Hossein Adibi


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


This week

CCN recommends


The Leadership of Muhammad



John Adair


The life, times and teachings of Prophet Muhammad (peace be on him) is so important to Muslims that from the outset the Muslim scholars developed a separate genre of literature focusing specifically on his life, times and teachings for the benefit of posterity. This genre of literature developed as a result of the early Muslims desire to preserve and disseminate authentic information about the life and mission of the Prophet who is not only considered to be an outstanding role model for humanity but also as the Seal of Prophecy (khatim al-anbiya). In other words, to Muslims, the life and teachings of the Prophet is more than a biography of a successful leader and reformer; on the contrary, it represents the meeting of Divinity and humanity in both their material and spiritual dimensions. That is why Muslims consider the Prophet to be al-insan al-kamil (the perfect human being) who, despite being a mortal, became immortal by exemplifying sublime qualities and attributes in all spheres of his life including the social, moral, economic, political and spiritual dimensions of human endeavour.

In the words of the late Bosnian President and philosopher, Alija Ali Izetbegovic, “…to properly understand our position in the world means to submit to God, to find peace, not to start making a more positive effort to encompass and to overcome everything, but rather a negative effort to accept the place and the time of our birth, the place and the time that are our destiny and God’s will. Submission to God is the only human and dignified way out of the unsolvable senselessness of life, a way out without revolt, despair, nihilism, or suicide. It is a heroic feeling not of a hero, but of an ordinary man who has done his duty and accepted his destiny. Islam does not get its name from its laws, orders, or prohibitions, nor from the efforts of the body and soul it claims, but from something that encompasses and surmounts all that: from a moment of cognition, from the strength of the soul to face the times, from the readiness to endure everything that an existence can offer, from the truth of submission to God. Submission to God, thy name is Islam!” (Islam Between East and West, reprinted 1999, pp291-292)

To Muslims, it is in the life and teachings of the Prophet of Islam that we have the most powerful expression of what ‘Submission to God’ means both practically and spiritually. As the Qur’an states, “If you love God, follow me, then God will love you.” (Surah al-Imran: 31) The Prophet, in turn, remarked that, “None of you has real faith unless I am dearer unto him than his father and his children and all mankind.” (Sahih al-Bukhari and Sahih Muslim) That is why it is not possible to fully understand and appreciate the different branches of traditional Islamic sciences (ulum al-din) including Qur’anic exegesis, Islamic jurisprudence, Islamic spirituality or the vast corpus of Prophetic traditions without a direct reference to the sirah (the life and times of the Prophet).

The early Muslim scholars were acutely aware of this and, as a result, they worked meticulously to preserve as much information about the life, times and teachings of the Prophet as possible for the benefit of future generations. Thanks to their heroic efforts and achievements, today we are able to study and analyse the life of the Prophet from the beginning to the end without any problems or difficulties. As the late Muhammad Hamidullah, a renowned biographer of the Prophet wrote, “To write the biography of Muhammad…one is handicapped by the excessive number of documents, and not by their paucity.” (Muhammad Rasulullah, 1974, p1) This, no doubt, has helped John Adair, the author of the book under review, to focus specifically on the nature and role of the Prophet’s leadership in seventh century Arabian society.

As one of the world’s leading authorities on Leadership Studies and Development, and currently the Chair of Strategic Leadership at the United Nations System Staff College in Turin, the author has published extensively in his field of specialisation but he does not explain why he decided to focus on the leadership of Prophet Muhammad. However, there are two clues, one: very early on in his career he had served as an adjutant in the Arab Legion, an army of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, and he remembers his time with the desert Bedouins with fondness and affection, and the other clue is that he considers the Prophet of Islam to be an unusually successful practitioner of the core leadership skills and qualities which are essential for becoming a good leader.

In his own words, “This book is a biographical inquiry into one aspect of the Prophet Muhammad’s life: his leadership. It is not a full biography of Muhammad…I do no more than touch lightly upon aspects of Muhammad’s life that any biographer would regard as central, such as his roles as Messenger and Prophet…For Muslims, the first and original leader is God, and all are bound by their faith to obey God’s law. Thus any leader of any organization – business, political or religious – is also first and foremost a follower of God. This fact imposes limits on Islamic leaders, and defines their duties to the people they lead. In Islamic thought, model leaders were simultaneously both exalted and humble, capable of vision and inspiration, yet at the same time dedicated to the service of their people. As you read these pages you will, I hope, be able to judge for yourself just how close Muhammad comes to this ideal. My argument in this book is that this ideal – glimpsed more than once in the life of the Prophet Muhammad – accords well with what we now know to be the universal truth about the nature and practice of leadership.”(pp1-2)

Divided into eight short chapters, in this book, the author provides a brief overview of the nature and role of the Prophet’s leadership from his early years to the successful completion of his mission in 632CE, touching also on the leadership qualities of other prominent Muslim leaders like Caliph Umar, Imam Ali, Salah al-Din (Saladin) and Ibn Khaldun’s theories of society and leadership, among others.

Although there is no shortage of books on the life and teachings of the Prophet written by non-Muslims in English, however, Adair’s approach to the life, teaching and leadership skills of the Prophet is an unusually honest and sympathetic one. He understands and appreciates that to the Muslims the Prophet is much more than a mere leader and reformer. He was (and still remains) their most powerful role model in every aspects of life. So much so that today more than one billion people across the world claim to be a follower of the Prophet and they come from all backgrounds, cultures and racial origin, being spiritually united by their faith in one God and His Prophet. In the words of the Qur’an, “In the Messenger of God is an excellent model for those of you who put your hope in God and the Last Day and remember Him often.” (Surah al-Ahzab: 21)

Unfortunately, the majority of the non-Muslim writers and biographers of the Prophet continue to fail to understand and appreciate how much Muslims respect and revere the Prophet and his teachings. As a result, the Prophet of Islam remains one of the most misunderstood and misinterpreted religious personalities in modern history especially in the Western world. Both Muslims and non-Muslims are responsible for the perpetuation of this inaccurate and distorted image of the Prophet who is known in the traditional Islamic sources as nabi al-rahma, (the Prophet of Mercy), because all his deeds and actions were motivated by no other desire other than to show, and to be shown, mercy – which is one of the most important and beloved Attributes of Divinity (sifat Allah).

In the conclusion, the author states, “The Muslim tradition of leadership, if I have understood it, transcends even the three great human traditions of understanding leadership [Western thought, Eastern philosophies and Tribal tradition]…At its pinnacle is the lofty ideal that human leaders – men and women, boys and girls – should model themselves on God. Through meditation on the Qur’an, Muslims should seek to reflect in their way of life – especially in their leadership – these qualities in the world, as the moon reflects the sun. If your feet stand in the Muslim tradition, then that may be the path for you – the way in which you can grow to be a ‘good leader and a leader for good’. But within Islamic thought there is a bridge between theology and philosophy – a bridge that made possible the flowering of Islamic science, mathematics and historical scholarship in the Middle Ages. That bridge, of course, is the concept of Truth. From truth and truth, whether it is found by contemplating the names of God or through the study of human and social life, which is the road that I have travelled. Therefore Islam today is both an inheritor of the world’s body of knowledge about leadership and – as I trust that I have shown in this book – a great contributor to it.” (pp109-110)

This book provides an interesting and very useful study of the leadership role and qualities of Prophet Muhammad. The author deserves credit for focusing on this aspect of the Prophet’s life and thereby he has clarified many misconceptions about the life and teachings of the Prophet of Islam. If the book is reprinted in the future, the publishers should make the following corrections: throughout the book Abd al-Muttalib is wrongly spelt as Abd al-Muttahib; on page 91 Malik al-Nastar need to be changed to Malik al-Ashtar, and on page 116 the author states, ‘The first written biographies appeared about a hundred years later.’ This sentence should be rephrased as ‘The first written extant biographies appeared about a hundred years later,’ for Ibn Ishaq’s biography is still extant (an English translation of this is also available).

Muhammad Khan
M Khan is author of the acclaimed book, The Muslim 100 (reprinted 2010), and The Muslim Heritage of Bengal (forthcoming); he is a Founding Director of Bengal Muslim Research Institute UK.




Full of fascinating detail of desert life and Bedouin beliefs, The Leadership of Muhammad highlights the leadership skills displayed by Muhammad and allows you to share in his wisdom. John Adair weaves the story of Muhammad's life together with aspects of Bedouin culture, tribal leadership and ancient proverbs, to provide key points for leaders and aspiring leaders. In Islamic thought, model leaders were simultaneously both exalted and humble, capable of vision and inspiration, yet at the same time dedicated to the service of their people. In The Leadership of Muhammad the author discusses this ideal leadership and the essential attributes of a leader such as courage, integrity, practical wisdom, and moral authority and humility.

" On a journey the leader of the people is their servant. " - The Prophet Muhammad



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KB's Culinary Corner




Zucchini & Corn Crumpets




KB SAYS:  The delicately flavoured zucchini is low in calories and in Turkish cuisine, it is the main ingredient in the popular dish mücver, or "zucchini pancakes", made from shredded zucchini, flour and eggs, lightly fried in olive oil and eaten with yogurt.


In my variation, this savoury will go down well with any chilli sauce.



1 cup grated zucchini
½ cup corn kernels
1 tab olive oil
¼ cup polenta (mealie meal)
¾ cup gram (chana) flour
¼ cup semolina
1 tsp salt
1 tsp baking powder
½ tsp crushed cumin (jeeru)
1 tsp crushed coriander (dhana) seeds
¼ tsp turmeric
1 tsp ground chillies
1 medium onion grated (squeeze out the water)
1 egg
1 tab lemon juice
Chopped coriander (dhunia)

Combine all ingredients together and mix well.

On a tawa or griddle place I tablespoon of the mixture, flatten it and allow to cook for a minute and then turn over and cook on the other side.


Serve warm.


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Send in your favourite recipe to ccn@crescentsofbrisbane.org and be our "guest chef" for the week.


Kareema's Q&A Keep Fit Column


Q: Dear Kareema, I try not to do too much cardio now during Ramadan, but I still would like to burn fat & am concentrating on toning for more definition. Any tips?

A: Resistance training is definitely the way to go. It is proven to burn more fat than aerobic exercise. Working out with resistance bands allows you to work multiple muscle groups at the same time. It is also a great option now during Ramadan as you can do it anywhere, anytime, and it does not matter what your fitness level.

Do at least three 20min sessions a week, with one day off between sessions to allow your body to recover. Select five exercises and do three sets of each with 20-30 reps per set. Don't forget to drink lots of water at night and before Fajr. It will definitely help you get through the day a little easier.

Try and keep this routine going after Ramadan, incorporating it with your normal exercise regime and get set for a more sculpted body!






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.

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The CCN Chuckle


Mula Nasruddin and his pregnant wife are involved in a car accident and both fall into a deep coma.


Asleep for nearly 6 months, when his wife wakes up she sees that she is no longer pregnant and frantically asks the doctor about her baby.

The doctor replies, "Sister, you had twins! A boy and a girl. While you and your husband were in a coma your brother came in and named them."


Mula Nasruddin's wife thinks to herself, "No, not my brother... he's an idiot!"


She asks the doctor, "Well, what's the girl's name?"


"Marshallah, that's not a bad name, I like it! What's the boy's name?"

"Anephew" he replied.


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25 September


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Darra Mosque, 219 Douglas St, Oxley

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