CCN has dedicated a webpage to
document the volunteering efforts of our local
community during the past and ensuing days of
the Queensland flood disaster as a permanent
record for our future generations of a momentous
time in our history.
If you know of any commendable
efforts that need to be recognized please email
firstname.lastname@example.org with the details
and keep us updated with news and photos as you
come across them. Suggestions and leads are also
cake with three
(death by chocolate,
red velvet and
chocolate mud) was
all the work of the
Hoosain (who can
be contacted on 3386
(standing left to
Yusuf, Hoosen, Rubi,
Suleman and Sikki
The nikah of Nazeera,
youngest daughter of Rubi
and AbdulOmar, and
Ismail, youngest son of
Yusuf Mohamed and
Rookeya Aswat was
performed at the Kuraby
Mosque on the morning of
Friday 21st January.
The reception was held in
the evening at the Runcorn
Function Room where the
bride and groom played host
to friends, family and
Applications for this year's
Youth Parliament are now open, and will close on
the 25th of February.
For over a decade QYP has been providing young
people aged 15 to 25 with an opportunity to inﬂuence
Government decision-making and to improve their
conﬁdence and experience through interacting
with other like-minded young people of various
backgrounds and views.
QYP is an Queensland Studies Authority
accredited education program, where students can
receive one point towards their Queensland Certiﬁcate
of Education upon completion.
The only prerequisites to this program are
interest and enthusiasm, as QYP will teach
participants everything they need to know for
the program. Applicants are chosen to represent
the 89 electorates of Queensland and past
debates have focused on everything from teacher
quality to the use of natural resources to
health issues such as obesity.
Last year the Youth Parliament passed a
historical bill guaranteeing three seats in
Parliament for Aboriginal and Torres Strait
QYP is calling for young people passionate about
seeking change in Queensland, who could be the
voice of their local electorates, advising
The YMCA Queensland Youth
Parliament program is now accredited with the
Queensland Studies Authority as a Community
Based Learning Unit, meaning that any year 11 or
12 student participating in this program will
receive credit towards their senior certificate.
It is therefore a great way for
secondary students in particular who are
interested in having a say in their future to
get involved in Queensland's decision making
process, learn and participate in the
parliamentary process and propose new laws.
From Nairobi Yusuf Omar
wings his way to Cairo and sets down in Mt Sinai
from whence he blogs ........
begun the hike up Mount Sinai, Jabal Musa in
Arabic (meaning “Moses’ Mountain”) at the
break of dawn.
We chose Siket El Bashait,
the longer route in order to avoid the tour
bus tourists on the way up.
I was tired.
The Turkish coffee drunk
around the campfire the night before base
camp, together with the bitter cold, kept me
up all night.
Guides up the mountain
were highly advised.
We didn’t take one.
We weren’t trying to be
macho, we just didn’t have enough of the
local currency on us.
Also, we were influenced
by the bravado of Nacho, a self confessed
hippy who said he had summited the mountain
alone five years ago and knew the route
“Maybe it’s this way,
maybe its that way,” he said in his broken
He didn’t have a clue
where he was going and we later found out he
was as high as a kite on Opium.
the name of Islam! says Patel
Mr Ikebal Patel, President
of Muslims Australia (AFIC), today spoke out
against the views expressed by Ibrahim Siddiq-Conlon
regarding the implementation of Shariah law in
Australian, 21 January 2011).
Mr Patel reminded Australians
that the Quran clearly teaches us to embrace the
laws of the country in which we live. Thus, in
order to be a pious, devout Muslims, we must
respect and abide by the laws of this great
country. Mr Patel then went on to illustrate
that aspects of Islam were, in fact, already
embedded in the Australian Legal system. For
example the comprehensiveness of Australian
family law with regards to divorce, death and
succession, and the importance placed on the
Furthermore, he pointed out the
fact that in Australia, people can agree to a
legally binding contract using the laws of
Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, Judaism or any
kind of ideology as long as the contract does
not abrogate the law or have an illegal purpose.
This in itself, was a clear indication that the
two systems were not in conflict or competition.
They clearly complimented one another, as many
similarities and similar objectives could be
He went on to explain the
progressive, evolving nature of Australian law,
and how our legal system was adopting the very
best aspects of systems used around the world in
order to ensure a fair, just and efficient
society. For example, he spoke of Islamic
finance, and the opportunities that the booming
Shariah-compliant investment and banking offers
Australia’s financial services sector as
evidenced by ATO’s present consultation on
He then went on to send a strong
message to newcomers to Islam, and warn of the
damage some comments can have. Islam is a very
complex and comprehensive religion. It is
exhaustive in nature, and as such, takes many
years of study before one can claim to
understand it in its entirety and be in a
position to make informed and authoritative
comments. This is reflected in the fact that
Islam was revealed over a period of 23 years.
Surely, this is indicative of the
fact that relative newcomers to Islam, or any
great religion for that matter cannot claim to
understand the religion so horoughly in such a
short time without having studied it
exhaustively under the tutelage and guidance of
scholars who are expert in not only
a literal but also a thematic and
interpretations of Islam and other religions.
The Muslim community is always
adversely affected by such comments, and their
untrue and misguided nature sends the wrong
message to the community at large which is
campus hosts NSW Parliamentarian
Tony Stewart (NSW
Parliamentary Secretary for Sport and
Recreation), Imam Abdul Quddoos Al-Azhari
(Chair of the Australian International
Islamic College Board) and affected flood
On Friday 21 January the
Australian International Islamic College City
Campus received a visit from Tony Stewart,
Member for Bankstown and NSW Parliamentary
Secretary for Sport and Recreation for the
purpose of talking to victims of the recent
floods as well as international students who
have been affected by the floods.
Mr Stewart also talked about the
effects of the floods in other parts of
Queensland and informed the international
students that he would personally convey their
messages of requested help and support to the
relevant government authorities.
Imam Abdul Quddoos informed the
Parliamentary secretary that in these difficult
times of flood in Queensland that there was
still room available at Darul Uloom Mosque
Hostel and that any people affected by the
floods are still welcome. Darul Uloom is
co-located with the AIIC City Campus at 6 Agnes
Street, Buranda. The contact phone number is
3372 1400 or 3391 7867.
Mr Stewart thanked the college
and the management for offering the Premier of
Queensland. and the Lord Mayor of Brisbane the
availability of such a facility for flood
victims from the moment it became obvious that
help was needed.
A Muslim female in the south side
of Brisbane is looking for Muslim females to
share a house or a flat with.
Or alternatively, if there is any
Muslim family who has a granny flat or a room
for rent please email
email@example.com and we will put
you in touch.
defies 'bullies' over burka mural
A SYDNEY artist whose anti-burka
mural has infuriated left-wing and Islamic
activists is vowing that the provocative artwork
will stay in place despite death threats, abuse,
a string of vandalism attacks, a violent weekend
protest and a police request to remove it.
Newtown glass sculptor Sergio Redegalli has this
week restored the mural painted outside his
studio for more than the 40th time after dozens
of graffiti and paint-bomb attacks by protesters
who say it is racist and inflammatory.
In the latest incident last Sunday, a crowd of
50 activists hurled paint at the mural and then
turned on police who had to call in
reinforcements to restore order.
Seven men were arrested and charged with
offences including resisting police, assaulting
police and destroying or damaging property.
The charges will be heard in Newtown Local Court
next month. Redegalli blames local left-wing
groups, rather than Muslim activists, for the
has now passed the dinner-table-test" says
Cabinet Minister and Chairman of the
Conservative Party, Baroness Sayeeda
Warsi, delivered the
2011 Sir Sigmund Sternberg Interfaith
Lecture during the week at the
University of Leicester in which she
highlighted that Islamophobia has become
widespread and socially acceptable in
She told the audience that she wanted to use
the opportunity to “make the case against
the rising tide of anti-religious bigotry.”
Among the many other themes addressed in her
speech were the role of the “sensationalist
media” in framing the discourse around
discussions of faith; the idea of ‘unity
through diversity’; the impact of
Islamophobia; and the actions which both
leaders and individuals can take in response
to the challenge of Islamophobia.
Excerpts from Lady Warsi’s speech are
highlighted below and you can read the full
text of her speech
“…there is a large, untapped
appetite for a more mature
discussion of faith in this
“I sensed that people were fed
up of the patronising,
superficial way faith is
discussed in certain quarters,
including the media…
“….and that sadly there has been
a rise in a sloppy kind of
“So it was important to take
stock of where Britain is with
Lady Warsi addressed the rise of
irrational bigotry.” She said:
“In my last speech I made the
evidential case for faith in our
“I showed that contrary to
popular belief, faith in this
country is certainly not fading
“I explained that faith inspires
many people to do good things
which help build a bigger
“Today... I want to make the
case against the rising tide of
“What I am opposed to is the
rise of unreasonable, unfounded,
“Where religion itself becomes a
loaded word……where free
discussion is drowned out by a
sensationalist media…and where
there simply is no room for
“Controversial stories are
inflated by the media…detracting
from serious faith-based
debate…and leaving us with a
situation where instead of
philosophy, we’re fed anti-faith
Commenting both on how Islamophobia has
become socially acceptable and on how Islam
is perceived, Lady Warsi said:
“Indeed, it seems to me that
Islamophobia has now crossed the
threshold of middle class
“For far too many people,
Islamophobia is seen as a
legitimate – even commendable –
“You could even say that
Islamophobia has now passed the
“Take this from Polly Toynbee:
‘I am an Islamophobe, and proud
“But of course, Islamophobia
should be seen as totally
abhorrent – just like homophobia
or Judeophobia – because any
phobia is by definition the
opposite of a philosophy.
“A phobia is an irrational fear.
“It takes on a life of its own
and no longer needs to be
“And all this filters through.
“The drip feeding of fear fuels
a rising tide of prejudice.
“And what’s particularly
worrying is that this can lead
down the slippery slope to
Speaking on some of the ideas
that lead to bigotry, she said:
“You need to delve deep into the
Dark Ages to find a time when
the state was under the
exclusive control of one tribe
“This idea of unity from
diversity runs through our own
“It has helped to forge the
values of pluralism, tolerance
and diversity which define our
“But the British battle against
bigotry will always be an
“Why is bigotry so resilient?
“A big part of the problem is
the intellectual challenge of
reconciling religious and
“One of the most frequent
arguments made against Islam in
Britain is the idea that all
British Muslims want to overturn
British sovereignty and obey a
“Let me repeat again: extremists
are a minority of a minority.
“But from this flows a steady
drip of suspicion and sense of
sedition…all feeding the rise of
a wider Islamophobia.”
challenges our basic British
“One of the most important
aspects of our identity is our
belief in equality before the
“But deep, entrenched
anti-Muslim bigotry challenges
that tradition…because it
implies that one section of
society is less deserving of our
protection than the rest.”
“I know that there is also a
perverted line of argument which
says that Muslims have only got
themselves to blame for this
“After all, they’re the ones who
blow up tubes and aeroplanes…..so
treating them differently is
“But think about it for one
second, and you see that this
argument is self-defeating.
“The deeper Islamophobia seeps
into our culture, the easier
becomes the task of the
extremist recruiting sergeant.
“Those who commit criminal acts
of terrorism in our country need
to be dealt with not just by the
full force of the law…they also
should face social rejection and
alienation across society….and
their acts must not be used as
an opportunity to tar all
Muslims…or divide our society on
the basis of faith.”
then spoke of the role of political leaders,
faith leaders and individuals in responding
to the challenge of Islamophobia, as well as
the dangers of labelling the Muslim
community in terms of ‘moderates’ or
‘extremists’. She also stressed the
important role which British Muslims have to
play in addressing anti-Muslim bigotry.
“First and foremost, we need
“Government has got to show that
it gets it.”
“We need to think harder about
the language we use.
“And we should be careful about
language around religious
“It’s not a big leap of
imagination to predict where the
talk of ‘moderate’ Muslims
“In the school, the kids say
‘the family next door are Muslim
but they’re not too bad’.
“And in the road, as a woman
walks past wearing a Burkha, the
passers-by think: ‘that woman’s
either oppressed or making a
“So we need to stop talking
about moderate Muslims, and
instead talk about British
“And when it comes to extremism,
we should be absolutely clear:
“These people are extremists,
plain and simple, because their
behaviour has detached them from
the thought process within their
“Second, we need a response from
“It doesn’t take rocket science
to know what that means.
“‘Love thy Neighbour’ may be a
cliché, but it’s a cliche’
because it’s eternally relevant.
“Ultimately, that’s the test for
everyone in society:
“‘Do I treat my neighbour the
way I want to be treated
“Muslim communities must speak
out against those who promote
“And above all, not stand on the
sidelines, but step forward and
help to lead a progressive,
“Second, British Muslims need to
learn from and build on the work
done throughout history by other
“The first step in addressing
the problem is to measure the
scale of it.
“And I hope that this project
will support the work of the
newly formed All Party
Parliamentary Group on
Islamophobia, chaired by Kris
“…and above all, British Muslims
needs to remember that with
rights come responsibilities.
“That means no burying our heads
in the sand and denying the
problem…but standing up and
doing something about it.
“The reason I came into politics
is because I felt my country can
“I want more Muslims to do that
same thing and help ease the
relationship between their
country and their faith.”
500-year-old copy of Koran too fragile to be
be displayed is bigger than a flatscreen TV
hand-written copy of the Koran, with each
page the size of a large plasma screen TV,
is to be published online because it is too
fragile to be put on display
manuscript of one of the world's most
important copies of the Koran is to be
hand-written holy book, estimated to be
around 500 years old, is so precious and
fragile scholars have been unable to put it
at the University of Manchester's John
Rylands Library are using digital technology
to photograph each page and publish the book
online to enable scholars and students to
Analysis of the digital images should aid
scholars to date the manuscript more
believed to have originated from Cairo from
the library of Kansuh al-Ghuri, one of the
last Mamluk Sultans of Egypt.
470-page book is kept by in the University
of Manchester's John Rylands Library
Known as the
Rylands Koran of Kansuh al-Ghuri, it has two
missing pages, or leaves, which were
discovered in the 1970s at the Chester
Beatty Library in Dublin.
pages will also be captured in digital
images and reunited with the book on the
At least 950 images will be captured - which
will be between 80 and 120MB each - allowing
their study in intricate detail.
eventually be freely available for research,
teaching and learning using Turning the
Pages technology on a dedicated website.
manager Carol Burrows, collection and
research support manager at the John Rylands
Library, said: 'Because of its size and
weight, reading room access has been
severely restricted to all but a handful of
scholars. It cannot be used in exhibitions,
seminars or public close-ups. 'It will
certainly be challenging to photograph this
enormous manuscript, as it is too large and
heavy for the equipment we normally
use.'However, we have constructed dedicated
equipment which will achieve this aim.'
Christmann, senior lecturer in Islamic
Studies at the University’s school of Arts,
Histories and Cultures said: 'Although one
of the biggest assets of the John Rylands
Library, this Koran has not been available
for either research or teaching because of
its delicate state.
The book was
written by several scribes some time between
the second half of the 14th century to 1500.
Experts at the library are using digital
technology to photograph each page and
publish the book online to enable scholars
and students to study it
We know it
represents one of the finest, most lavishly
illuminated and calligraphically significant
Qur’an manuscripts from the late Mamluk
period. 'Because of its time of writing -
14th or 15th century – it bridges the gap in
chronicling Qur’anic calligraphy between the
late classical period - 9th-12th century and
the early modern period - 16th-18th century.
digitising the entire manuscript and adding
the missing chapters it will produce an
almost complete Qur’anic manuscript of
magnificent size and splendid craftsmanship.
delighted scholars, including students of my
class in Qur’anic Studies, will have free
access to studying this text, which will
provide a great stimulus for further
research into Qur’anic calligraphy.'
The Koran was
purchased by the library in 1900 as part of
the Crawford collection of manuscripts, a
collection of artefacts acquired by various
Earls of Crawford.
has been funded by the Islamic Manuscript
SO, WILL THE BOOK FIT ON MY
Each of the 470
pages measures 35in by 24in, the
size of a large plasma screen
The ornate book
was written by several scribes
and illuminators for Kansuh al-Ghuri,
the penultimate Mameluke sultan
The paper it is
written on was made from
bombycine, a silken fabric which
after sizing is polished with
smooth stones so that the ink
sits on the surface rather than
being absorbed (similar in
properties to vellum).
disagree on when it was written,
with estimates ranging from the
second half of the 14th century
It was kept in
the sultan's library in Cairo
and was eventually acquired by
the Earl of Crawford.
The Koran was one
of several manuscripts which
formed the Crawford Collection,
artefacts acquired by various
Earls of Crawford, which was
bought by Enriqueta Rylands in
1900 and became part of her
husband's library the John
eventually formed part of the
University of Manchester in 1972
which is where it is now.
Kuwait's Emir Shaikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Sabah
on Monday ordered the distribution of $4
billion and free food for 14 months to
citizens as the oil-rich emirate prepares to
mark national occasions.
Each of the 1.12 million native citizens
will get 1,000 dinars ($3,572) in cash as
well as free essential food items until
March 31, 2012, the KUNA news agency cited
state minister for cabinet affairs Rudhan Al
Rudhan as saying.
The Gulf state, whose financial assets top
$300 billion, will next month mark the 50th
anniversary of independence, 20th
anniversary of liberation from Iraqi
occupation and the fifth anniversary of the
emir's ascendance to power.
newsletter I would like to convey this message:
On behalf of the
Dawoodjee brothers of Rocklea Cold Storage, we
want to thank ALL who helped in any and everyway
during our most needy and desperate time.
Without the help of all these generous, kind
hearted people, we could not have achieved the
clean up of our Cold Storage at such great speed
considering the volume of work that was left
after the flood. We thank you with appreciation
and gratitude and will always remember your much
needed help, We will remember you in our Duas
and may Allah accept your Duas.
We are a strong Muslim community and as proven
can achieve so much, together. May Allah reward
you, jazakallah khair.
Congratulations on the wide coverage of the
Muslim Community response to the Queensland
flood relief efforts by CCN and ISLAM TV.
It also demonstrated how, with unity, the
various Muslim organisations responded
positively to assist all the Queenslanders who
were effected by this calamity!
Jazakallah for the assistance rendered in the
clean-up operations of the Dawoodjee brothers
cold storage warehouse which was badly damaged.
May Almighty ALLAH reward all the Queenslanders
who assisted in all the aspects of the relief
efforts for the flood victims.
Wassalaam Yusuf Ismail Limbada
Assalamu Alaikum, Brothers and Sisters at CCN
and in Brisbane:
I just read the latest Crescent Community News
issue. Alhamdulillah, I was very impressed with
the generosity, kindness and sincere efforts of
all the brothers and sisters who came forth to
assist the victims of the recent flood in and
around Brisbane. Masha'Allah, may Allah (swt)
reward you all for the generosity and sincere
care you have shown to those creatures of Allah
(swt) who are suffering due to the floods.
I am Dr. Mohammed Sadiq from Edmonton, Alberta,
Canada. I visited Brisbane for a week back in
November 2008 to present a bunch of workshops
and seminars hosted by the Islamic Women's
Association of Queensland. I was truly moved by
the generous and kind hospitality extended to me
with sincere love and care by the brothers and
sisters of Brisbane. Now, having read about how
you all pitched in generously to assist the
flood victims, it brought back memories of being
amongst you back in November, two years ago.
May Allah (swt) have Mercy upon all the victims
of the recent floods, forgive their
shortcomings, and generously reward all those
who came forth to assist those in need.
I would appreciate if you publish this note of
thanks in your next CCN Newsletter issue.
floods did recede,
we, mankind, must concede,
that dominance in the land,
is not in our hand.
Its mother nature some might say,
but I know God rules in every way.
So what was God's reason for all this rain?
Reflect and let not these events pass in vain.
If it's indeed a test,
in our efforts to help we mustn't rest.
If it's a punishment,
then for our wrongs we must lament.
We should be grateful for what we've managed,
despite the flood waters that have ravaged.
But know that material possessions matter
for its the hereafter that should be sought.
And I pray in this reflection and reminder,
for the safety and recovery of each and every
As-Salaam Institute of
Islamic Studies has positions for Madrasah Teachers
Candidates should have qualifications in Islamic
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.
KB SAYS:This is a follow up on
last week's pathaan kebaab and puri combo. I was told
that it is a flop proof recipe. I tried it the other day
and yes, it was true to its word. They freeze very well
and when you require them, leave out the frozen puris
for approximately one hour at room temperature during
summer and I suppose a little longer in winter.
1 cup flour
1 level tsp Baking Powder
½ tsp sugar
¼ tsp salt
1 Tab soft butter or oil
¼ cup boiled water
¼ cup cold milk
Sift flour, salt and
baking powder; add sugar, salt and lastly
butter, gently rubbing it into the mixture
with your fingertips. Make a soft dough with
the warm mixture of water and milk. Leave to
rest for 20mins.
Roll out the dough approx 3mm thick and cut
out rounds. Deep fry in hot oil until it
puffs up, fry on the other side for a second
or two and remove with a slotted spoon.
As mentioned last week, and if you
haven't already started, this is the week to make
changes to your diet and exercise routine!
Healthy weight week 23-30 January
Get started, the harder you work at it now, the easier
it will become...
Why eat better, feel better and move more NOW?
Being a healthy weight helps you live
life to the full
Eating better food and being active helps you feel
healthy and happy
If your weight is healthy it is important to keep it
Eating better means:
• Eating at least two serves of fruit and five serves of
vegetables every day
• Eating breakfast
• Choose wholegrain breads and cereals regularly
• Choosing 'reduced' fat dairy foods
• Choosing lean meat
• Limiting high kilojoules and high fat food and drink
to once a week or less
• Eating smaller serves
• Drinking water
Set realistic goals for yourself and aim to make small
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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