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Sunday, 16 January 2011

 .Newsletter 0323




Queensland’s Muslims rally to help flood victims


A Special CCN Coverage



First meeting of QMV at the Kuraby Mosque facilitated by Dr Mohamad Abdalla

BRISBANE: On Wednesday 12 January, local leaders called for an urgent meeting to discuss ways to help in the flood recovery process. 


More than 300 people - men, women and children -responded within a matter of a few hours offering financial aid, cars, trucks, buses, essential supplies and of course their time. Many also offered their homes for shelter.


The volunteers told CCN that they were willing and ready to assist all those affected by the devastating floods, to help with the distribution of supplies, the clean up process and any other assistance that was required.

The Gold Coast and Darra Mosques have also offered the use of their halls as shelter for flood victims in need of accommodation.


To date more than $20,000 has been collected in various mosques through the Muslim Charitable Foundation (MCF) to assist in buying and distributing much needed items for flood victims.


Mustafa Ally, media liaison for Queensland Muslims Volunteers (QMV), the organization that is coordinating the efforts of the community, told CCN: The Queensland Muslim community is deeply saddened by the devastating floods. Their thoughts and prayers are with all the victims of this disaster and they want to do whatever they can to help their fellow Queenslanders.


Donations to assist these and other relief efforts can be made to the following account:


Account Name: Muslim Charitable Foundation Emergency Account

Bank:  Bank of Queensland

BSB:  124 155

Account No.: 2089 7395


Anyone wishing to volunteer their services should visit the Queensland Muslim Volunteers website www.muslimsvolunteers.org to register and email info@muslimsvolunteers.org for more information or assistance.



Catering at the Evacuation Centres

Salvo volunteer ready to tuck into a curry and rice

At a follow up meeting of QMV at the Kuraby Mosque on Thursday (13 January) a number of sub-committees were established to coordinate the logistics of providing accommodation, catering, transport, cleaning and communications.


A group of QMV volunteers prepared packs of curry and rice and delivered them to the temporary shelters at the RNA Showgrounds where they were accepted with relish by the Muslim flood victims, the Salvation Army volunteers and the police on duty.


Several Muslim families were moved from the shelters to homes offered by members of the local community and some were housed temporarily at the Kuraby Mosque.


On Friday QMV established a Help Desk at the Showgrounds and is operating it from 5am to 10pm daily.


120 fresh packs of cooked food were delivered yesterday by Ismail Bosthan, Hanif Omar and Yasmin Ahmed to staff of the Salvation Army and the SES teams at the Ipswich Showground as well as to the State Emergency Services at Ipswich.


Anyone wishing to assist with the catering should contact Shahina Omar on 0422925773.


In the past 72 hours over 560kg of chicken breast fillets and over 300kg of meat have been used in cooking to supply free food to various people at various locations with all costs borne by individual volunteers. To date some  2000 food packs have been distributed in Brisbane and Ipswich area.


QMV deployed over 350 volunteers yesterday (Saturday) to assist in cleaning up on areas like Ipswich, Rocklea, Fairfield, Yeronga, Jindalee, and West End.


If anyone wishes to volunteer for cleaning today (Sunday) contact Yasmin Ahmed on 0405217682.

Yasmin Ahmed and Shahina Omar at the QMV desk

(RNA Showgrounds)

Nabeela Cassim (Team leader), and the Al-Attwani Family


Nabeela Cassim (Team Leader), Taaibah and

the Muhammed Family with there new born



Preparation of hampers at the Gold Coast Mosque (Saturday 15 January) PART 1

Over 200 men, women and children as young as 5, turned up at the Gold Coast Mosque on Saturday (yesterday) morning as early as 5am to help with packing together some 1500 food hampers for distribution to homes in Ipswich and surrounding areas.


A long table had been set up in the middle of the Mosque car park. There were people standing in a queue, each provided with a large recyclable green bag. They started at the top end of the table moving down the long table, placing the food items into these bags. At the end of the table were helpers to load the bags directly into the food truck behind them. The people then moved on again to the back of the queue to start the process all over again. This human conveyor belt ensured that the parcels were quickly filled and loaded in the trucks provided. The operation started speeding up as the rain started pouring down.... but that didn't stop the operation or dampen the spirit.



Councillor Margaret Grummitt, Hussin Goss and Imam Imraan Husain



Distribution of hampers to Lowood (PART 2)

By 8.30am the bags were packed onto the waiting Goss Bros truck ready for their destinations. With a dua from the Imam and a short address by Gold Coast City Councillor Margaret Grummitt, the trucks headed off to the Gold Coast City Hall where, with the help of the Gold Coast Titans, they were loaded with baskets of goods donated by local residents.


After a stopover at the Ipswich Mosque for prayers, the convoy of trucks and cars headed for the town of Lowood (click on map) which had been severely affected by the floods. The town could only be reached by truck and the cars had to be left behind.


The distribution was accompanied by much energy, enthusiasm and unrestrained joy and sincerity so much so that the townsfolk came out in their hundreds to thank the volunteers as the trucks slowly wended their way to their next port of call.



Making the 9 o'clock news

Crescents of Brisbane's Aaakifah Suleman

checks on the welfare of her MDA clients

(click on image to view SBS news clip and scroll 1.32 minutes).



Dear Editor

This week we have seen the Almighty unleash His power. The floods are a disaster of epic proportions.

The enormity of this tragedy does not hit home until you are out there in amongst the victims, the mud, and the giant piles of rubbish.

Giving donations is a noble act, but these people need help cleaning up their properties.

I urge everyone to lend a helping hand.

Our hearts go out to all those who are affected.

May Allah have mercy on us all.

A J Rane



....just got in my car with a broom, a shovel and a rake; then lobbed up at the first house I saw in trouble........... a QMV volunteer told CCN



IMAQ Update

The Islamic Medical Association of Queensland (IMAQ) also joined forces with QMV to offer assistance and advice where necessary. While the immediate emergency medical needs are being competently addressed by Queensland Health, IMAQ hopes to be more involved in dealing with survivors and their long term psychological impact in the coming months.


With many QMV members undertaking potentially hazardous tasks, IMAQ president, Dr. Iqbal Sultan, has offered community volunteers the following advice: You should consider your own safety and well-being at all times when assisting in the clean-up. It is essential that you dress appropriately with long trousers, closed shoes, hydrate yourself adequately and use sun protection at all times and to study the RACGP fact sheet before venturing out.


IMAQ has arranged free tetanus immunisations for volunteers requiring a tetanus booster. An appointment for your immunisation may be made by calling 3808 3300.


For any further information or enquiries – 0412 845 786 or secretary@imaq.org.au





The ladies of Algester will be preparing a meal for some of the Muslim flood victims who have had to abandon to the RNA showgrounds.


If you are available to help prepare some chicken and salad wraps on Monday, please contact Ruxana Osman on 3273 5536 or 0401422756.

DATE Monday 17th January, 2011 TIME 9.30 am VENUE Algester Centre



Collection Drive

(left to right) Iqbal Sultan, Naadir Gutta, Sheila Glew, Ian Glew, Julie Mciver and Mustafa Ally

Crescents of Brisbane and the Lions of Kuraby joined forces on Saturday morning to raise funds for the Queensland Flood Relief setting up a collection point at the Underwood Marketplace shopping centre.


Over $3000 was raised by the end of the day.

Isabella Mcalister (5) of Forest Lake

Two year old, Gameela Alghamry and mom, Mariam Alshemy



Boot Giveaways







The Crescents of Brisbane team visited the evacuation centre at the Yeronga State Primary School yesterday where they handed out hampers of cleaning material to flood victims.




All hands on deck

Teams of QMV members have spent the past two days ankle deep in rotting food at the Rocklea Cold Storage depot which was a victim of ferocious flood waters that reached the second floor of the warehouse and toppled a trailer onto its side.


Over 2000 pallets of refrigerated food are waiting to be sent to the dumping centre as the teams of volunteers struggle with moving out the days old rancid, mud covered packages of meat, vegetables and other items.


More hands are desperately needed, and if you able to help call Imraan Nathie on 0431 300 111. 







Muslims Australia (AFIC) has sent a letter of support to Brisbane Mayor, Campbell Newman and an open letter to the Muslim community of Queensland.



Australian Muslim Community opens its hearts for Queenslanders affected by the tragic floods

The Australian International Islamic College is opening up its Buranda campus hostel to provide free accommodation and food to those affected by the current flooding. We are also calling on members of our Australian Muslim community to donate generously for the victims of the flooding, we have established a special account for parents of our pupils, the worshippers at our mosque and members of the community to contribute to our fellow Queenslanders who are affected by the tragic flooding.

“I have just returned from India where I endured my own personal tragedy with the loss of my wife, two sisters and niece who tragically drowned when an unexpected storm caused their boat to capsize. Seeing the images of the flooding affecting my fellow Queenslanders, I am conducting prayers and encouraging the members of my community to donate generously to fellow Queenslanders who are affected by the flooding. Our hostel is open and our hearts are open for all our fellow Queenslanders in the face of this natural disaster.” Said Imam Abdul Quddoos Al Azhary, Chairman of the Australian Islamic Education Trust (AIIC) and the Muslim schools in Durack, Buranda and Gold Coast.

“This is a time to allow our love for each other to clearly manifest through providing all the financial and material support for those affected by the flooding, I call on my community to donate generously. My heart and my prayers are with the people of Queensland in these difficult times.” Said Mr. Keysar Trad who is a resident of NSW and is a trustee with the AIIC.

Accommodation coordinator name: Mrs. Mariam Ali
Contact number: 0415 103 394 or 07 3372 1400 (during business hours)



Kudos for caring

These efforts of the Muslim community have been recognized by the local community as well as a number of community leaders, politicians and government officials including:


Deputy Mayor, Graham Quirk: My thanks to the Muslim Community for a wonderful gesture and effort. Please pass on my thanks to all of the Muslin Community for their generous support.


MAQ Executive Director, Garry Page: The efforts are very much appreciated at this challenging time.


President Muslims Australia (AFIC), Ikebal Patel: Very good work, please keep it up.


Senator Claire Moore: Congratulations to the Muslim community for your ongoing community generosity.


Minister for Disability Services and Multicultural Affairs, Annastacia Palaszczuk: Thank you for all your wonderful work.



The above reports have been compiled, composed and crafted by CCN from submissions by

Yasmin Ahmed

Shahina Omar

Iqbal Sultan

Aqeel Hafeez

Islam TV

Rishka Booran-Johnson

Janeth Deen

Shaukat Dhedhi

Mohammed Abdus Samad



For the latest and past news on community efforts in this relief effort click here.


If you know of any commendable efforts that need to be recognized please email ccn@crescentsofbrisbane.org with the details.


Information session for foster parents


The Islamic Council Of Queensland, in conjunction with the Department of Communities, will be holding an information session for people who want to become foster parents.

Venue: Islamic College of Brisbane
45 Acacia Road, Karawatha

Date: Saturday, 22nd January 2011

Time: 9.45 a.m.

Anyone who is interested to become a foster parent is encouraged to attend this information session. For further details please contact :
Mohammed Yusuf 0413 038 610

The Inbox


Dear Editor


Jazakallah for the publication. Wow, I am very impressed.


You guys are very efficient mashallah.

You should have a kiddies newsletter for all the young kids - it will be just as famous as your current newsletter.


The CCN Middle Link (Repeat)



Madrasah Teachers

As-Salaam Institute of Islamic Studies has positions for Madrasah Teachers in 2011.

Candidates should have qualifications in Islamic Studies.
Experience teaching children is an advantage.
Hours Required: Monday - Friday 4:30pm - 6:30pm and Saturday 9:00am - 3:00pm
Commencing end January.
This is a paid position.

Forward application and resume to Imam Ahmad Abu Ghazaleh at assalaaminstitute@gmail.com.

Contact Naseema on 0424141623 for more information.



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KB's Culinary Corner


Pathaan Kebaabs


KB SAYS: This recipe is kindly shared with CCN readers by my Capetonian friend Thorayya Israel. I had my first taste of this delicious starter dish as her home in Cape Town when I was there for the World Cup. I tried out this recipe recently and it was a huge success with my family who have called for an encore. So guess what's in store for them today!


1kg lamb mince
6 green chillies
1tsp ginger and garlic
1tsp salt
½ tsp pepper
½ bunch coriander leaves
2 dessertspoons coarsely crushed and roasted coriander seeds
Spring onion finely chopped
½ cup Nutty wheat flour
½ cup pea flour, sifted
½ bunch spinach chopped fine


Combine all the ingredients and keep in refrigerator overnight.

To make the kebabs, form into small balls, flatten in the palm of your hands and place on a non stick frying pan or griddle and cook on both sides until light brown.

Serve on a puri (recipe in next week's CCN) and lemon wedges and a hot sauce like Nandos perinaise (a peri-peri Portuguese chili sauce mixed in with mayonnaise).


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 Keep Fit Column


 HEALTHY WEIGHT WEEK : 23 - 30 January

Next week is healthy weight week, so start today and get yourself fit and healthy.


Reaching and maintaining a healthy weight through daily exercise and a nutritious diet will not only make you look good and feel great, it comes with many health benefits...

Try to be as active as possible throughout the day.


Too much time is spent either sitting in front of the TV or computer. Make simple changes to your daily routine, and you'll be amazed at how much better you feel!

Australian Health Facts:

61% of Australian adults and 25% of Australian children are overweight or obese.
We gain weight when we eat more energy (kilojoules) than we use up through exercise or activity.

Gaining weight can increase your risk of health problems, like type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease. People with most of their body fat around their waist are at an increased risk.

Obesity and diabetes
Research shows that by maintaining a healthy weight, type 2 diabetes may be prevented or delayed in up to 60% of cases.
Studies also show that losing 5-10% body weight can improve glucose tolerance in people with or prone to diabetes.

Obesity and heart disease
A large international study found being ‘moderately’ obese (having a BMI of between 30-35) reduces life expectancy by around three years. This is because carrying too much weight increases your risk of heart disease and stroke.
Studies show that dropping 5-10% in body weight can lower blood pressure and cholesterol, both risk factors for heart disease.

Obesity and mental health
We hear a lot about the benefits of a healthy weight to physical health, but some studies have linked a healthy weight with better emotional health too. A new Australian study has found a link between carrying excess weight and poor mental health in middle-aged Australians.




The toughest part of a diet isn't watching what you eat. It's watching what other people eat.







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.

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Jallauddin says, 'I want to return this tie'.


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