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Sunday, 12 December 2010

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MCF Update


The Muslim Charitable Foundation (MCF) issued the following report for publication in CCN:


It gives us great pleasure to present a report on the activities of the Muslim Charitable Foundation.

The Muslim Charitable Foundation was formed to co-ordinate the collection and distribution of funds from the Muslims of Brisbane and surround. To this end, we collect and distribute zakaat, lillah, fitra, unwanted interest and assist at the times of need locally and internationally – those that have been affected by natural disasters.

Although we have not had a large public launch of the organisation, we have distributed widely through the masajid and business houses our flyers detailing the work of MCF. We have had a meeting with the Imams of the various masajid, where we explained what MCF is all about and the role that they, the Imams could play in the organisation. The most important benefit to the various masajid was that they are now in the position to refer any requests for assistance straight through to MCF. We then investigate the applicants’ circumstances and in many instances the Imams accompany us on the home visits. The advice of the Imam is always sought to ensure that the rule of shariah are adhered to in the distribution that we do, especially of zakaat monies.

We also met with the various Muslim organisations in and around Brisbane. Only seven organisations attended the session that was held at the Gold Coast musjid followed by lunch. Again the work of MCF was explained and their assistance and co-operation of the organisations sought.

To date we have assisted approximately 50 families or individuals for various forms of need, e.g. rental assistance, medical needs, debts in various forms, rental bonds, unpaid electricity and telephone bills, etc.
Each case has a unique file number and all details are recorded in separate files.
We receive referrals from Imams, from Organisations and many individuals visit Janeth Deen at her shop in Woodridge. We have also received calls for assistance from non-Muslims and we do have limited funds available to assist if necessary.

As far as our Emergency Funds collections are concerned, we have assisted in Indonesia in 2009 after the Earthquake damage. Here we have transferred the funds to an organisation called Al-Imdaad Foundation (Indonesia). One of the members of MCF has visited Indonesia and met with the representatives of Al-Imdaad and was satisfied with the work that they do and the systems of accountability. Funds raised at the Fund-raising event in 2009 at the Islamic School for the Samoa tsunami victims were handed to the Islamic Council of Queensland for distribution in Samoa through their contacts.

More recently, we have had the devastating floods in Pakistan. Through the generosity of the Muslims of Brisbane and surrounding areas, we have distributed the following amounts:
$20 000 – 00 through Dr Maqsood Khan for quilts;
$40 000 – 00 was given to Mufti Zeyad Ravat who personally handed over assistance in the various areas of need in Pakistan;
$15 000 – 00 was given to Dr Fuzzy Moolla who rendered medical assistance to the affected people of Pakistan;
$10 000 – 00 was given to Mrs Zuleikha Latiff who went to Pakistan personally to assist;
And now more recently $ 49 623 – 00 was given to Imam Hamadullah Bhutto to continue with the relief work on behalf of MCF and the Muslims of Australia.
I have to point out that all these individuals travelled at their own cost or were sponsored by certain individuals. No funds collected by MCF for any relief programme is used to pay for travel or land arrangements.

We are a fledgling organisation and also going trough a learning exercise. We are trying to do our best and fulfil what we think is an important role for Muslims in Queensland. We are not a closed organisation and have repeatedly called for help. All the members on our Trust Board have full-time jobs and do this work for the pleasure of Allah (SWT). Anybody is welcome to attend our monthly meetings which take place on the first Wednesday of each month. Remember this is an unpaid job in this world, but Insha Allah, you will be well remunerated in the Hereafter.

As June 2010 was our first official financial year-end, it took us some time to appoint an auditor to audit our financials and deliver a report. We managed to secure the services of an auditor who has agreed to charge a nominal amount of fees for his services and we are very grateful for that.

I trust that I have managed to give you a clearer indication of who MCF is and what it has done since inception. We urge to call us at anytime if you need to know anything that you are unsure about or have “heard” from somebody. We are an open organisation and have nothing to hide. Because we understand the amaanah that we carry in executing the collection and distribution of a fundamental act in Islam of Zakaat, we have to act correctly. And that we are answerable to Allah (SWT) for our actions.

We have attached a copy of our Annual Audited Financial Statement for the year ending June 2010 and our Treasurer's Report which are also available on our website.

Osman Rane

Islamic School goes ANIMAL and GREEN


The Islamic School of Canberra plans to form an Animal Welfare Club.


The aim of the club will be to raise awareness of animal welfare issues and promote responsibility towards the welfare of animals (Animal Welfare League, Australia).


The Club hopes to involve the school community and local Weston Creek community.

The members of the Club will work closely with organizations and departments that are concerned with the welfare of animals.


The ACT Department of Education and Training will be consulted and informed about the Club’s activities.

Muslims Australia (AFIC) president and chairman of the school's board, Mr Ikebal Patel, told CCN, “In addition to educating the members of the community the Club aims to offer learning opportunities for all students at our school about animal welfare through programs offered by specially qualified people in this area”.

A Gardening and Humanities Section will also be introduced utilising the facilities that the school acquired as part of the move to the new Weston former CIT campus.


Comedy night raises more than laughs

By CCN's Man-on-the-Mussallah


A 400-strong, packed to the rafters Michael's Oriental restaurant was the venue for a comedy night that helped raise over $20 000 for the Pakistan flood victims.


With well-known Brisbane personality, Zaffar Khan (pictured right), ruling the roost in his role as impresario, MC, auctioneer and accidental comic, there was just enough room left for 'imported' stand-up comedian, Nazeem Hussain, to work through his tried and trusted repertoire.


Full marks to Mr. Khan for succeeding in raising more funds in his second organized dinner and for drawing together a diverse crowd of people to support the cause that included members of the Sikh, African and Turkish communities.


They would have been more than impressed with the passion, enthusiasm and generosity displayed on the night to say nothing of the seemingly endless varieties of dishes that kept arriving at the tables throughout the evening.


David Forde of the Kuraby Lions told CCN: "I want to offer my sincere congratulations to the organizers on a wonderful evening, not just for the fundraising, but also the food and the entertainment (and that includes the auction!)."


Photo Gallery

(includes photos courtesy of Islam TV and Lewis Lee)

You can watch the video on Islam TV Australia


MFS Awareness Session


Dr Iqbal Sultan of the Muslim Funeral Services (MFS) delivered a presentation on the role of the newly constituted organization to an invited group of Imams, ghusl committees and Islamic Societies at the Kuraby Mosque yesterday (Saturday).


MFS will operate as a Funeral Director and administer a Funeral Savings Fund for those wishing to save towards their funeral services.


Any organizations or individual wishing to learn more about MFS or have a similar presentation made can contact Dr Sultan on 0412 845 786 or email janaza@bmbs.org.au.


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No green light for Mosque


WORONGARY residents celebrated as a proposed mosque was knocked back by a council committee yesterday, but were warned their jubilation could be short-lived.


The council had prepared for the worst at yesterday's potentially emotive city planning meeting, with a security guard on hand to deal with a 50-strong crowd, but concerns were unwarranted.


Councillors voted to recommend rejecting the mosque, against their officers' advice, and are now expecting a legal challenge.


Area councillor and city planning boss Ted Shepherd led the charge against the mosque, saying council should listen to the concerns of more than 500 residents who objected to it.


He cited noise, dawn prayer services and traffic concerns, despite council officers stating these would not be an issue.


Cr Greg Betts branded the officers' recommendation of limiting the mosque's hours of operation to 7am to 8pm as "culturally insensitive", as Muslims were required to pray at sunrise.


Cr Peter Young said that, while he supported the refusal due to the potential impact on residents, he said they would not have a leg to stand on in court with the reasons the councillors gave for rejecting the application.


"With noise, how will people of this faith be praying any louder than any others?" he asked.


'We've remained moderate and respectful during all of our objections, says Sean Mann Cr Young claimed the approval of the Nerang Buddhist Temple in March this year which he said faced similar issues as the Worongary mosque would give legal precedence for the council's decision to be challenged and even overturned in court.


He said this meant the worship centre could go ahead without any of the conditions from the council.


Worongary resident Sean Mann who led the protest against the mosque said the council had looked past the paperwork to see the impact it would have on the residents.


"I'm proud of the community that we've remained moderate and respectful during all of our objections," he said.


Cr Shepherd said he would welcome the mosque in another area of his division that was more appropriate, such as a rural or an industrial site.


A spokesman for the Islamic Multicultural Association of the Gold Coast who are behind the proposal declined to comment.


A final decision will be taken on the mosque on Friday at a full council meeting.


Source: Gold Coast Bulletin Wednesday 8/12/10

Angry mob no guide to prices

Terry Rider Weekend Australian


BRITISH novelist Terry Pratchett writes that "the IQ of a mob is the IQ of its most stupid member divided by the number of mobsters".


I think about that rather biting observation whenever I see residents shouting and waving banners over plans for affordable housing in their suburb or a Muslim school down the road.


The imagined horrors that will decimate the agitators lives include destruction of property values.


No one has ever produced any research to show proximity to allegedly undesirable things such as mosques or government housing actually hurts values.


My three decades in Australian property suggests it isn't so and that many protesters fit the Pratchett definition.


It's often assumed suburbs with high crime rates or social disadvantage show inferior real estate performance, but I continually find the opposite.


The IQ of a mob is the IQ of its most stupid member divided by the number of mobsters


Inala is a stigmatised area of Brisbane but, with a long-term annual growth rate of 14 per cent, it has pulled ahead of most of the city's suburbs.


There are many similar instances.


One of most farcical examples of "much ado about nothing" came last year when residents of new estates in downmarket Keysborough in Melbourne clamoured for a name change, to distance themselves from the apparent stigma which they claimed would damage property values.


But Keysborough, with an average annual growth rate of 12 per cent, has one of the best long-term records anywhere in Melbourne. In the year since the new estate snobs raised their vacuous concerns, its median price has risen 15 per cent.


Residents always go ballistic whenever the Muslim community applies to build a school or a mosque. It's nothing to do with racism, you understand, its all about planning issues or lack of consultation.


However, I never hear anyone protesting against development plans by one of Australia's biggest property owners, the Catholic Church.


Strangely, whenever I look at properties for sale in the Sydney suburb of Lakemba, I notice homes advertised with "close to mosque" as a big selling feature. The 15 per cent rise in Lakemba's median price in the past year suggests the highly-visible Imam All bin Abi Taleb Mosque hasn't decimated property values.



Some of the same people shout down anyone who speaks in support of the refugees at public meetings, thereby demonstrating a contempt for democracy. When they do that, they cross the line between community and mob.

The most high-profile recent fuss comes from Woodside in the Adelaide Hills, over plans for an immigration detention centre nearby. The media reported expressions of fear, betrayal, anger and outrage from local residents, who claim their biggest beef is a lack of democracy because they had no say.


Some of the same people shout down anyone who speaks in support of the refugees at public meetings, thereby demonstrating a contempt for democracy. When they do that, they cross the line between community and mob.


Adelaide lecturer on property investment Peter Koulizos says residents have over-reacted to the prospect of having asylum-seekers in the community. He says Port Augusta has felt benefits from refugees living at the immigration facility there and that Woodside residents might do likewise, especially local businesses. "I just think they're being ridiculous," he says. Neighbours of the Port Augusta's facility support Koulizos' view and suggest Woodside residents should "get over it". One says: "I think the Hills residents are being a bit silly."


Me too. Port Augusta's median price has grown an average 14 per cent a year over the past five years. And the Sydney suburb of Villawood saw values grow 15 per cent in the past year, despite the presence of a significant detention facility.


Terry Ryder is the founder of hotspotting.com.au.


Kuraby Mosque Jalsa


The Kuraby Madrasah held its annual Jalsa at the MacGregor State School Hall last Sunday.


It was an occasion for the pupils to show off their talents and for all, teachers, students and helpers alike, to be recognized for their hard work, dedication, commitment and achievements over the year.


A video presentation highlighted the daily activities of the Madressah and the pupils entertained their parents, family members and supporters with plays and nasheeds.


A ladies Jalsa committee saw to the elegant table settings and desserts.


The teachers were presented with certificates of appreciation and Mr. AK Surtie was  particularly singled out for mention for his outstanding and unstinting contribution to the administration of the Madressah and the Mosque.




The top performing students were:


Aaishah Jassat (Grade 1)
Naadirah Seedat (Grade 2)
Aaliyah Abdullah (Grade 3)
Nabeel Khan (Grade 4)
Amna Alam (Grade 5)
Sara Alam (Grade 6)
Aysha-Imaan Rane (Grade 7)


Photo Gallery

(includes photos courtesy of Islam TV)




You can watch the video on Islam TV Australia


Seafood Takeaway needs local support


The Kuraby Seafood Takeaway opened recently at shop 2/1347 Beenleigh Rd, Kuraby (directly opposite the Kuraby Railway Station)

Run by Asgar and Saiyad (both from Fiji) the Kuraby Seafood Takeaway opens daily at 9.30am and closes at 7.30pm.

The menu includes fish and chips, other fish products, and steak and chicken burgers.

Asgar told CCN that his was the only halal seafood takeaway run by Muslims on the Southside and he hoped that with the support of local Muslim community he would be able to continue to improve the variety and service that he is currently offering.

Feedback from returning customers are that the food is great and at a very reasonable price.

So if you want a change from red meat and grilled chicken you surely can’t go wrong with a place with the slogan that says: “When you come to Kuraby you SEE Food so why not come in and try something FISHY”.

You can call 3341 3746 for more information.


Mention CCN when you visit the shop and you can come away with 4 pieces of crumbed cod, imported chips, tartare sauce and lemon for just $17 - enough to feed a family of four!

Yusuf Islam speaks and performs over webcast (February 2010)


MWCSS holiday activities


The Muslim Womens' Convert Support Services (MWCSS) was established to serve the needs of the women converts to Islam through education, information sharing and social interaction within and outside of the Muslim communities.


Falling under MWCSS's administration recently has been the Sister's House in Kuraby which offers temporary emergency accommodation for new women converts.


MWCSS is currently organizing a number of activities over the summer period that include cooking and sewing classes and classes for young girls and boys.


For more information, contact Bayaan Weise 0431 7473 56 or Khadijah Hurst 0423 474 807.

The might of the melting pot

Peter Roebuck (Edited)


England's resurgence has come about thanks to intelligent use of its natural resources, whether the variety within the immigrant community or the grey matter of former captains

The influence of the immigrant populations has been crucial for English cricket, as seen from the Monty Panesar example

Fifteen years ago I predicted that by 2010 England would be the strongest team in the world. It was a bold forecast, since they have not claimed the top spot since Len Hutton was taking the shine off the new ball, Frank Tyson was terrorising batsmen and Jim Laker was outwitting them. And it has proved premature. England are not yet top of the tree but are climbing fast and showing no signs of vertigo.


Several factors lay behind the predication. England's main advantage is that for historical reasons most of its incoming populations are familiar with the game, if not devoted to it. Alone among the colonial powers England took its sports with them and sought to convince locals of their merits. Of course they argued that the games were character-building and so had an educational value. It was arrant nonsense. Englishmen of a certain sort have long tried to pretend that they are above all this nonsense. The poor dears spent too long fielding at third man in house matches and never quite recovered. Accordingly they became snooty and pseudo-intellectual and wasted their lives writing for obscure magazines. ..............


But the influence of the immigrant populations has been crucial. At the last count about 150 foreign-born players had secured county contracts. And that does not count fellows like Monty Panesar, born and bred locally but into a Punjabi family. His ancestors come from Ludhiana, a teeming city not far from Chandigarh.

But the influence of the immigrant populations has been crucial. At the last count about 150 foreign-born players had secured county contracts. And that does not count fellows like Monty Panesar, born and bred locally but into a Punjabi family. His ancestors come from Ludhiana, a teeming city not far from Chandigarh.


Thanks partly to European labour laws most of these players counted as locals. As a result English cricket became ever more diverse.


England's success has been due to its ability to make the most of these various influences. Africa arrived with its rigour. Four of the top seven team members were born on that continent. Two of them were imports but England could hardly turn them away. Two were raised locally but brought with them the harder outlook required to survive in raw places. Those convinced that their place of birth is a coincidence are defying a mathematical certainty. Incidentally David Gower and Derek Pringle (the most underestimated of the English scribes) are also sons of Africa.


Next, England had the sense to choose another African, Andy Flower, as coach. Flower is tough, respected and measured, exactly the combination needed to get the best out of an ambitious team. Every player could respond to him. Hs task was not to harden the team but to bring out its hidden strengths. Neither England nor its cricketers had ever been soft. No one ever accused them of that. The island story tells quite another tale. Just that they had lacked leadership. But a culture can become self-indulgent without realising it and then an outside voice is essential.


Pietermaritzburg boy, Kevin Piet

After a long period England are back on track. Australia's problems have just begun. The first and last wickets in Adelaide told the story.

Two middle-aged Australian players lost in a confusion of calls as an Africa-raised opponent, previously regarded as a commonplace fieldsman, seized the chance and threw down the single stump in his sights. A few days later the home team's incompetent tailender was baffled and beaten by an off-break that curled away and turned back between bat and pad.


Of all games cricket is the most diverse, and ought to shout it from the roof tops. In a few nations it embraces white, black and brown, Hindu, Muslim, Buddhist and Christian, colonial, post-colonial and anti-colonial, first and third world.


This was not merely a battle between 4th and 5th nor yet between long-standing opponents or between north and south. It was a contest between rising and falling, young and aged, ambitious and anxious, expectant and hopeful, ruthless and delusional. For the first time in decades, Australia were the older and weaker side.


English cricket still has a little way to travel. Of all games cricket is the most diverse, and ought to shout it from the roof tops. In a few nations it embraces white, black and brown, Hindu, Muslim, Buddhist and Christian, colonial, post-colonial and anti-colonial, first and third world. All the more reason to excite the local Caribbean community so that their contribution is not wasted and English cricket becomes not merely an example of excellence but also a means of unification.


Peter Roebuck is a former captain of Somerset and the author, most recently, of In It to Win It


Source for full article.

Momina's Medals for Excellence


Miss Momina Allahwala seen receiving an award from Mr. Osman Rane and Mr. Mohammed Yusuf





Momina Ahmed Allahwala, College Captain and College Dux 2010, at the Islamic College of Brisbane, has recently been awarded the 2010 Caltex All Rounder Gold Medal Award which recognizes participation and excellence in academic, leadership, sporting and community service activities.


At the Graduation Ceremony held at the Islamic College in November, Momina also received the Long Tan Leadership and Teamwork Award for Year 12 students from the Australian Defence Forces.

At the Algester Mosque....



There will be a program of Ashura (10th of Muharram) to honour the Shuhada-e-Karbala.

Venue: Algester Mosque

When:16 December Thursday after Isha (Isha time 8:20pm)

The program will consist of Yaseen Khatam, Hamd of Allah ta'ala, Naate Rasul,Manqabat of Hazrat Imam Husain and a lecture about Shuahda-e-karbala. It will end with salatu-salam and a final dua.



Algester Madrassah is holding its annual program this Sunday. A variety of items will be performed by the students.


Please come and support the event.

Venue: Islamic College of Brisbane (Karawatha).

Date: Sunday 12 December

Time:1 pm

For further details please contact Ml Nawaz on 0401576084 or Ml Aslam on 0431620629.



Darra Mosque Jalsa


Photo Gallery

(photos courtesy of Islam TV)



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FBI plant banned by mosque – because he was too extreme

In the Californian case, FBI informant Craig Monteilh's mission backfired. Muslims were so alarmed by his talk of violent jihad that they obtained a restraining order against him.

Irvine, California: The spying game wasn't all it was cracked up to be for Craig Monteilh (pictured left), a convicted criminal recruited by the FBI to investigate the march of radical Islam into Southern California. His endless talk of violent "jihad" so alarmed worshippers at the local mosque, that they took out a restraining order against him.

Monteilh spent 15 months pretending to be Farouk al-Aziz, a French Syrian in search of his religious roots. He prayed five times a day at the Islamic Centre in Irvine, Orange County, wearing white robes with a camera hidden in one of its buttons, and carried a set of car keys that contained a secret listening device.

The enthusiastic attempt to catch local Muslims discussing terror campaigns backfired, however, when community leaders went to the police with fears that the suddenly devout young man, who got up to pray at 4am, had become a radical in their midst.


The terror case Monteilh had been helping build against Ahmadullah Niazi, the brother-in-law of Osama bin Laden's bodyguard, collapsed in September, when the bungling informant revealed that his FBI handlers had instructed him to entrap his potential target and told him that "Islam is a threat to our national security".



He would walk up to one of my friends and say, 'It's good that you guys are getting ready for the jihad'

Yesterday, as details of his efforts to persuade Niazi to blow up buildings became public, leading US Muslim organisations said they have suspended all contact with the FBI in protest against the excesses of agents who are secretly, and in some cases illegally, monitoring mosques.

"The community feels betrayed," Shakeel Syed, executive director of the Islamic Shura Council of Southern California, an umbrella group of more than 75 mosques, told The Washington Post. "They got a guy, a bona fide criminal, and obviously trained him and sent him to infiltrate mosques... It's like a soap opera, for God's sake."

Monteilh, who had previously served time in prison for forgery, says he was recruited on his release in 2006 by FBI agents, who he met in doughnut shops and Starbucks outlets. After being given the code name "Oracle", he was told to root out radicals among the region's 500,000 practising Muslims.

Over the 15 months that he posed as al-Aziz, Monteilh was paid almost $200,000 to pass secret tape-recordings of his conversations with local worshippers to his handlers. He became a regular at a local gym patronised by young Muslim men.


They got a guy, a bona fide criminal, and obviously trained him and sent him to infiltrate mosques... It's like a soap opera, for God's sake.

"We started hearing that he was saying weird things," said Omar Kurdi, a Loyola Law School student who trained there. "He would walk up to one of my friends and say, 'It's good that you guys are getting ready for the jihad'."

In May 2007, Monteilh recorded a conversation in which he suggested to Niazi and another young man that they blow up buildings. Niazi appeared to agree with the idea, and the tape was subsequently used as evidence in the terror case against him.

However, it now seems that Niazi had simply been attempting to humour someone he regarded as a dangerous extremist. Indeed, he was so concerned by "al-Aziz's" attempts to plot an attack that he reported it to community leaders, who passed details to police and took out a restraining order to prevent him from entering the Islamic centre.

"Farouk had told them he had access to weapons and that they should blow up a mall," Hussam Ayloush executive director of the Los Angeles chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations said. "They were convinced this man was a terrorist." Soon after the restraining order was obtained, in June 2007, the FBI attempted to cut their ties to Monteilh. Several months later, the former agent was arrested and imprisoned on a separate theft charge.

In January this year, after being released, Monteilh sued the FBI, alleging that the bureau conspired to have him arrested, then allowed his informant status to become known in prison, where he was stabbed. That lawsuit failed in September, prompting him to shop his bizarre story to the media.




Fight extremism through social development

UAE Foreign Minister Shaikh Abdullah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan

UAE: Giving young people a substantial stake in society is the best way to fight extremism, which feeds on lack of hope and opportunity.


This means that the best guarantor of any nation's security is sustainable economic and social development, which allows its people to nurture their ambitions and work confidently to see them come to fruition.


This is why the UAE has been right to concentrate its efforts on improving education, and increasing individuals' opportunities to seek their ambitions, be they for themselves in private, or in the work place, or in society.

In an important speech at the Manama Dialogue this week, Shaikh Abdullah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Foreign Minister, spelt out why a nation's security does not depend on military force, or fences and walls. He was blazingly confident that winning hearts and minds was much more important:


"We cannot win an ideological war except through changing mindsets. And in order to change mindsets in the region we must demonstrate to people that there are multiple reasons to be optimistic about the future. We must provide positive opportunities for youth, and empower ... women in society, to ensure that all are stakeholders in their society. The UAE believes in this positive, alternative approach to security, and it is the approach we apply to security challenges across our region".

Shaikh Abdullah was also very clear that open engagement with the international community is beneficial to everyone's security. "Whether through sport or trade, culture or political dialogue, international exchange gives people a shared stake in a positive and peaceful future. Greater opportunity for citizens at home, combined with greater understanding and exchange between nations internationally, is the surest way to security".


A large part of Shaikh Abdullah's message was that this focus on social development and strong education is the right answer for all countries in the region, not just the UAE.



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This week

CCN recommends


Theory and Practice of Modern Islamic Finance
The Case Analysis from Australia


Abu Umar Faruq Ahmad



Theory and Practice of Modern Islamic Finance seeks to contribute to the existing body of work in the area of Islamic finance through examining the extent of divergence in practice of Islamic financing from the traditional Shari`ah in the Australian context. The author makes a discursive analysis of the regulation of Islamic finance in Australia in terms of (a) the financing instruments used, (b) certainty of transactions between participants in the system, and (c) institutional risk management of Islamic financial institutions. The work's objectives are two-fold: (a) to analytically study the extent to which Islamic Financial Services Providers (IFSPs) of Australia differ from the traditional Shari`ah in their current practices of Islamic legal financial system by their use of different financial products and techniques, and (b) to create awareness and transparency about the various products and instruments used by IFSPs of Australia.

"It is indeed a most comprehensive, methodologically sound, well organised, lucid, comprehensively documented and analysed, and convincingly argued and concluded research. It systemically addressed all the research questions raised and very convincingly and successfully resolved them to logical conclusions. The study can convincingly claim to have made a breakthrough in the frontier of knowledge in the field of Islamic finance"
Professor R. I. Molla, Multimedia University, Malaysia

"Discussions of the topics throughout the book are logically coherent and presented in plain language. It is an insightful, well researched, logically organised and lucidly presented research work having overwhelming strengths and very limited weaknesses. I have no hesitation to say that this book may provide useful guidelines for dealing with the emerging issue of Islamic finance around the world."
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Potato, Corn and Mushroom Bake


KB SAYS: During summer, barbeques are very popular and if you are looking for a potato bake with a difference try this recipe. Try it sometime soon and let me know what you think at my new email address: kbcooks@crescentsofbrisbane.org.





5 medium potatoes thinly sliced
1 medium sized onion, thinly sliced
1 tray of mushrooms, cleaned and sliced
1 green pepper, sliced
1 can whole kernel corn, drained
1 can mushroom soup
1 cup milk
1 tsp green chillies
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp lemon pepper or ground pepper
2 Tab Olive oil
1 cup of cream
Grated cheese


1. Place sliced potatoes in your oven proof casserole which has been greased with 1tab olive oil.
2. Add 1/4 tsp salt, corn, green chillies, lemon pepper, and toss into the potatoes.
3. Liquidize the milk and the mushroom soup and pour over the potatoes.
4. Stir fry quickly (3mins) on high heat, the mushrooms, onions and green peppers in a 1 tab olive oil and place over the potato mix.
5. Sprinkle with remaining salt and pour over the cream and lastly sprinkle with grated cheese.
6. Seal the casserole with foil and bake for between 45 to 60 mins on 180degrees or until the potatoes are cooked.
7. Serve warm.


Do you have a recipe to share with CCN readers?

Send in your favourite recipe to me at kbcooks@crescentsofbrisbane.org and be my "guest chef" for the week.


Kareema's Q&A Keep Fit Column



1: DIET IS KEY. Aim to eat 5 small meals, instead of 3 big ones. Don't eat a heavy meal just before exercising, and be sure to keep your liquids up before, during and after a workout.

2: RESISTANCE TRAINING. This 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 an inexpensive option than can be used anywhere and no matter what your fitness level.

3: TRY DOING THREE 20-min SESSIONS A WEEK. Have at least one day off between sessions to allow your body to recover. Select 5 exercises and do three sets of each with 20-30 reps per set.

4: AFTER SIX WEEKS, look at changing your routine as the body will adapt to training and results may slow down. Taking a break every other day so you don't burn yourself out.

5: MAKE SURE YOU ENJOY YOUR WORKOUT ROUTINE. Chances are you'll continue thriving if you have fun with what you do, so choose exercises you enjoy!







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, the citizen of a less than democratic regime, went to the polling station on election-day and was handed a sealed envelope to put into the ballot box.

“Aren’t I allowed to see who I am voting for?” Mula Nasruddin asked.

“Of course not!” the stern-faced official retorted indignantly, “In our country, we have a secret ballot!"

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Umrah December & January with FlightStar


Assalamu Alaikum.Jazak-allah khair. I would like to thank FLIGHT STAR & THE STAFF & MANAGEMENT for selling me an excellent package for Hajj 2010. It was a trip of my life time. I  would pray to Almighty to reward each and everyone for there effort in making our trip more enjoyable. Special thanks to QARI UMAR, MAULANA NURUL-AL HASSAN and BROTHER YASEEN. May Allah reward them all. Zahid

Just a short note to say thank you so much for all the effort and hard work you, Fatima, Uncle Omar and the team at Flight Star Travel put in to ensure what I would describe as a most beautiful Hajj experience. From my initial enquiry, to obtaining visas, issuing of tickets as well as the farewell I must say a very big thank you of which we are most grateful and appreciative of. Jazaakallah. Salaams and Duas. Mohammed and Abdul Rashid Osman

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Where Style meets Modesty


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Compton Road

Tel: 07 3272 2299

Lezzet Restaurant


Shop 45A Inala Plaza

156 Inala Avenue, Inala

Mt Egmont Bakery

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Brumby's Bakery

Big Gun Shopping Centre, Underwood

Rawlins Taekwondo

Love ur Body

Phone: 3397 6863
Mob: 0431 446 528
910 Logan Rd

Holland Park West

Hydrotherapy & Swimming

classes for Muslim women

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Healthy Life


Nazima Hansa

your one-stop real estate shop

FAMSY Bookstore

AK Surtie


Hummy's Automotive

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Junaid Ally

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Bilal Solwa @ Reed

Sakina's Water Fitness

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Day of Ashura

16 February



Birth of the Prophet (pbuh)

13 March


Charity Golf Day

Crescents of Brisbane Inc

Windaroo Lakes Golf Course

0401 786 815


9 April


Ladies Hair & Makeup Workshop

Crescents of Brisbane Inc

Springwood Community Centre

0404 296 297


15 May



Crescents of Brisbane Inc

Orleigh Park, West End

0402 026 786


29 June



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18 July



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2 August



Start of Ramadhan

28 August



Lailatul Qadr

31 August



End of Ramadhan

1 September




3 or 10 September



Eidfest Committee

Mt Gravatt Showgrounds

0418 722 353

All day

7 November




11 or 12 November


Dreamworld 2011

Eidfest Committee


0418 722 353


27 November



Islamic New Year

6 December



Day of Ashura


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Ladies Taleem


Taleem this week will be held on Thursday 16 December from 11am-12pm at the residence of:


Naseema Hassen

228 Gaskell Street (cnr Coneybeer and Gaskell streets)

Tel no: 3426 0534

All ladies welcome


Girls Game Night

Sitting at home on a Saturday Night?

Want to do something constructive, but FUN?



Inspiration talk, pizza, BBQ, fun and games

Topics that are relevant, Iman-boosting and mind-capturing.
Where: AMYN Islamic Youth Centre, 16/157 North Road, Woodridge
When: Every Saturday,after Maghrib
Info: www.AMYNweb.com
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Useful Links


Sunnah Inspirations

Providing information about Islam - its beliefs, culture, practices, dispelling misconceptions

Kuraby Msque

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

Carers Queensland

Free service for multicultural clients who are carers, elderly and people with disabilities

Brisbane Muslim Burial Society (BMBS)

Muslim Charitable Foundation (MCF)

Co-ordinated collection & distribution of: Zakaah, Lillah, Sadaqah, Fitrana, Unwanted interestCo-ordinated collection & distribution of: Zakaah, Lillah, Sadaqah, Fitrana, Unwanted interest

Islamic Medical Association of Queensland (IMAQ)

Network of Muslim healthcare professionals

Al-Imdaad Foundation (Australia)

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

Islamic Council of Queensland  

Umbrella body representing various Mosques and Societies in Queensland


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)

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

Al-Mustapha Institute of Brisbane  

Preserving the Past, Educating the Present to Create the Future

Islamic Society of Darra



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