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Sunday, 06 March 2011

 .Newsletter 0330



Samah Hadid on Q & A on the ABC


Samah Hadid is a 22 year old human rights advocate from Sydney and is the Australian Youth Representative to the UN.


She appeared on this week's Q&A panel along with Malcolm Turnbull, Bill Shorten, Piers Akerman and Gretel Killeen and spoke on a number of issues including the carbon tax, multiculturalism and aid to Indonesia (see the program below).

She is currently completing her Masters in Human Rights Law and Policy at the University of New South Wales. Samah serves as the Youth Representative on the Australian National Commission for UNESCO. She is also the co chair of the Multicultural Youth Network , member of Amnesty International's Diversity Steering Committee and Action Partner for Oxfam International Youth Partnerships.

Samah has previously been a member of Bankstown Council's Youth Advisory Committee, the National Youth Roundtable and selected as a participant to the Prime Minister’s 2020 Summit and a member of the UN Expert Group on Youth.

She has been a volunteer with the Muslim Women Association for 7 years.

In 2009 she completed a fellowship with the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights.

Samah has been recognized for her volunteer work as the CRC Young Volunteer of the year, UWS Young Woman from the West, finalist for NSW young person of the year and received a human rights commendation award. Samah is also a co author of the book The Future by Us. As the Australian Youth Representative to the UN Samah hopes to profile the voices of indigenous and minority youth and promote the valuable role young people make to Australia and on an international scale.

Samah is also a performance artist and playwright. She is currently developing The Burka Monologues.


Read about her role with the UN.





Transcript extracts from the program..........

SAMAH HADID: Well, let me just say, you know, for those who charge Australian Muslims with crimes of, you know, not being able to assimilate and being extremists of sort, I would hope that people recognise that the majority of Australia Muslims are not represented by a minority of Muslim extremists and I would also hope that the majority of conservative Australia is not represented by, you know, representatives like One Nation or, for instance, Scott Morrison or Cory Bernardi's scaremongering campaigns, which only serve to, frankly, create further divisions in our society.


I'm more interested in what sort of, you know, country, we can create where minority groups - where marginalised minority groups can come together and work constructively. Where we can all be proud to call Australia home and I don't think, you know, myths that have been pedalled by representatives from One Nation or otherwise do anything to advance our national interest.


......it's hard for me and my friends, let's say, to create a sense of belonging and to, you know, strike a connection and affiliation with the Australian identity when we are told time and time again that, frankly, you're not integrating, you have to assimilate to our way and our monocultural existence otherwise leave....


PIERS AKERMAN: They are an irrelevancy as far as they are concerned. I am disturbed though, when I hear Samah saying that she hopes that young Muslims will feel proud to be Australians, as if Australia is being held up to some sort of a test.


I would have thought that all people in Australia have a great affection for this country and for the values that it offers its citizens. I'm disturbed that Samah and her friends, or some of them anyway, may feel that they are totally outside broader Australia.

SAMAH HADID: Well, Piers, it's hard for me and my friends, let's say, to create a sense of belonging and to, you know, strike a connection and affiliation with the Australian identity when we are told time and time again that, frankly, you're not integrating, you have to assimilate to our way and our monocultural existence otherwise leave. How are we able...

PIERS AKERMAN: Well, but let me get this right, Samah. You are an Australian Ambassador to the UN, right?


PIERS AKERMAN: And yet you don't feel Australian.

SAMAH HADID: No, I absolutely feel Australia but I'm saying that attitudes...


SAMAH HADID: ...attitudes, right, that you happen to peddle as well...

PIERS AKERMAN: But you're out there as a pinnacle of our youth probably in one of the most envied jobs that a young woman can have and yet you feel uncomfortable about representing Australia.

SAMAH HADID: Absolutely not and I did not say that.

PIERS AKERMAN: Oh, good. Okay. Okay.

SAMAH HADID: I did not say that. I'm very proud to represent Australia, right, but I...

PIERS AKERMAN: Sure. Well, who are these people that are not happy.

SAMAH HADID: If you can please let me finish, right?


SAMAH HADID: There are those who feel as though they are being further alienated and marginalised, right, and targeted.




.......I mean Islam is an ancient religion of great scholarship.


I mean for heaven sake much of our learning and culture came to us from the Muslims, just like, you know, our whole system of numbers and much of the learning of the ancient Greeks only survived because of the Arab scholars and the Islamic scholars.


So, you know, the idea that Islam is antithetical to learning or culture or scholarship is absurd. Now, you know, it's a great tradition.


MALCOLM TURNBULL: No. No. No. That is not the - well, that's the principle the gentleman at the back is putting up and I respectfully disagree with him. I think it is very important that we continue to spend generously but, above all, effectively on foreign aid. You've got to get value and effectiveness for your dollar and that's actually that's much harder than finding the dollars. Let me just say one thing about Islam though and Islamic, you know, schools. Is was a great mistake to assume that all Islamic schools, you know, are homes for teaching extremism. I mean that's absurd.


I mean Islam is an ancient religion of great scholarship. I mean for heaven sake much of our learning and culture came to us from the Muslims, just like, you know, our whole system of numbers and much of the learning of the ancient Greeks only survived because of the Arab scholars and the Islamic scholars. So, you know, the idea that Islam is antithetical to learning or culture or scholarship is absurd. Now, you know, it's a great tradition. It is important for us that we promote and encourage Islamic traditions which are moderate, which support freedom, which support democracy and which support Australian values not in the sense of Aussie values but in the sense of democracy, rule of law, tolerance, freedom. That's what we're talking about and they are universal values.

SAMAH HADID: Malcolm, do you repeat this in the Coalition party room? Because I think it's necessary.

MALCOLM TURNBULL: Well, I mean, look, it is a - I mean, look, it's a penetrating glimpse of the obvious Samah. I mean, you know, the idea that you demonise the faith of billions of people...

SAMAH HADID: Absolutely.

MALCOLM TURNBULL: ...with, you know, 1500 years or thereabouts of history and tradition and scholarship is absurd.

BILL SHORTEN: So what was Cory Bernardi - so what was Cory Bernardi thinking when he said it?

MALCOLM TURNBULL: Well, he obviously wasn't thinking carefully enough and that is why he apologised for it, William.

BILL SHORTEN: Fair enough.

MALCOLM TURNBULL: All of us are mortal and make mistakes.

Islamic Finance Symposium


Griffith University will be hosting the Islamic Finance Symposium on Monday, 4 April 2011.


The Islamic Finance Symposium aims to bring together industry, academics and politicians to discuss the emergence of Islamic banking and finance in global financial markets and efforts by governments (through regulatory and tax initiatives) to facilitate it.

The 2011 Symposium will be held at the Griffith University’s South Bank campus located on the fringe of Brisbane’s central business district.


This is an initiative of Griffith University, Griffith Islamic Research Unit and Department of Accounting, Finance and Economics.


All CCN readers are welcome to attend. Attendance is free with morning and afternoon drinks and light lunch included.


Contact Dr Mahmood Nathie at m.nathie@griffith.edu.au for more information or to reserve a place.

Youth Camp in progress





Some 40 young men and women headed out from Kuraby Mosque to Camp Koonjewarre by bus on Friday afternoon.


"The rain has limited outdoor activities, but hasn't taken away from the learning and enjoyment of the camp," Ismail Essof texted CCN.


Guest speakers included Zachariah Mathews and Dave Andrews, with Imam Gazahleh and Sheik Abshir "sharing their wisdom and adding a deeper sense of spirituality to the camp".


The campers return today (Sunday).


A full write up to follow next week

‘Madrassas’ in the British media


The strongly negative headlines generated by events such as 9/11 and 7/7 have changed the way that Muslims and Islam are discussed in the press.


Madrassas (particularly those in countries like Pakistan and Afghanistan) are now frequently mentioned in the context of debates about radicalisation and extremism, and it is likely that this has had an important impact on the way that they are perceived by policymakers and in communities in Britain.


Generally, these fears are not based on rigorous research but rather on intermittent reporting and speculation in the media. This leads to a poor understanding amongst policymakers and the wider public about how many madrassas exist, how they are funded and governed, and what their impact on the children who attend them may be. There is also an unhelpful lack of clarity about the important distinctions between mainstream Muslim faith schools, religious seminaries (known as darul uloom) and Muslim supplementary schools or madrassas.

Having identified these gaps, ippr’s project aims to provide a more accurate and extensive evidence base on madrassas, seeking to identify where they are performing well, where they could improve and how they can be supported to deliver positive outcomes for the children and communities they serve. This briefing is concerned with madrassas specifically rather than mainstream faith schools or seminaries.


While the final report of this research will not be available until September 2011, ippr has made available the preliminary findings based on a review of the available literature and an extensive analysis of the way that madrassas have been portrayed by national and local media over the past decade.


Read the report

Sisters are doing for it for themselves!


The Holland Park Mosque Ladies Auxiliary Committee has been revived again to assist with the organizing and coordinating of events, functions and picnics.


At a meeting held this week, the committee was re-constituted with Sr Sultana Ahmed as the President.


Executive committee:

Sr Sultana Ahmed (President)

Sr Ferial Jadwat (Vice President)
Sr Sara Deen (Secretary)
Sr Gulnur Erol (Assistant Secretary)
Sr Shamhad Hasan (Treasurer)
Sr Nisha Hannif (Assistant Treasurer)

Committee members:
Sr Zeenat Hussain
Sr Elif Kubra Erol
Sr Asha Ali Ibrahim
Sr Farida Ali
Sr Jahira Deen
Sr Roushan Rahman

Sr Rabbul Deen


There will be regular monthly meetings at the Mosque on the 2nd Saturday of every month starting at 11am (immediately after the ladies programme).


The next general meeting will be held this week Saturday 12 March, and all ladies interested in being a part of this committee are welcome to attend.


For more information email hpladiesauxillary@hotmail.com.

Multicultural cricket talent identification program


Male and female cricketers aged under 16 years of age with an ethnic or culturally and linguistically diverse background are invited to attend a talent identification session at the venues listed here.

(Cricketers over the age of 16 are also welcome to attend to be identified for inclusion in Coaching and Officiating programs)

Players identified may be selected to attend the Queensland Cricket Emerging Players Program training sessions.

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Jewish group supports non-discriminatory access to community house, condemns calls to exclude Muslim prayer Group


AJDS Press Release


The Australian Jewish Democratic Society (AJDS) supports non- discriminatory access to an East St Kilda Community House that provides a valuable resource to the community it serves. From childrens ` parties, play groups and celebrations, to religious events and prayer groups, usage of the Community House reflects the diversity of communal activity.

Recently, a Muslim prayer group which has been using the Community House for one hour a week over the last two years, has been the target of an anti-Muslim campaign by a group called the Q Society of Australia. The Q Society identified a need for a planning amendment to the Community House and is using this issue to spread fear of Muslims across the local community.

Q society spokesperson Vickie Janson, who ran for the Victorian Upper House for the Christian Democratic Party of Fred Nile and does not live in the area, is leading a campaign of innuendo and misinformation which in part is aimed at sowing fear in the Jewish population of the local area. We join with other Jewish organisations that have recognised the right of people of goodwill to practise their faith in the Community House.

The AJDS has a long and proud history of opposing racism and supporting social justice. Spokesperson, Harold Zwier said `It is important that the prejudice emerging from the campaign against a Muslim prayer group be met by voices which proclaim the value in our diversity, the inclusive nature of a healthy community and the right of all people to be treated with dignity and fairness.´

The Port Philip City Council has proposed a planning amendment to bring the rules under which the Community House operates, into line with how it is actually used. We strongly support the changes proposed by the Council.

The AJDS urges everyone in our community to speak out against the voices of prejudice, exclusion and religious intolerance.



A scene from The Reluctant Infidel, where the main protagonist, Mahmud/Solly has an identity that blurs the lines between Jewish and Muslim


Muslims in the Shtetl

Jews should welcome a Muslim prayer group in St Kilda, argues Deborah Stone

A group of petitioners have come up with a long list of objections to allowing Muslim prayer in East St Kilda.

1. They argue that Muslim ablution requirements waste water.

2. They claim Muslim prayer is racist and rejecting of other religions, that Islam is separatist and proselytising and that prayer gatherings may encourage violence. They tar the group with associations with extremists and imply that because they are Muslims they want sharia law.

3. They claim that claim that the prayer group is actually a banned terrorist organization.

4. They argue that East St Kilda is “a bastion of Judeo-Christianity” and Muslims are “trying to infiltrate”.

I don’t know the Muslims who want to use the Alma Road Community House for their prayers. I have no reason to believe they are terrorists, any more than I have reason to expect that the applicants to run the next Italian restaurant will be using it as a mafia hideout or that the local Catholic school is sheltering a paedophile priest.

It’s true the Muslim community contains a small section that support fundamentalism, and an even smaller group of potential terrorists. It’s also true that there are bubbles of underworld activity and paedophilia and other terrible crimes within certain groups for complex historical and sociological reasons.

But people are innocent until proven guilty. The day we start assuming all Muslims are a threat is the day we end religious freedom – not just for others but also for ourselves.

Alma Community House is a Port Phillip Council venue for hire by all kinds of welfare and cultural groups, from rummy players to children’s birthday parties. It’s in East St Kilda, in the heart of Jewish Melbourne, just down the road from Temple Beth Israel, Melbourne’s largest progressive synagogue, and St Kilda Shule, a heritage-listed orthodox shul.


The road is long....with many a winding turn....he ain't heavy.....he's a traveller!







Finally getting used to the comforts of life that he had forsaken for a few months, Yusuf Omar has settled down to reflecting on his trip.



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'My People' By Yusuf Islam (song for Egypt)- EXCLUSIVE song


‘My People’ was recorded less than a hundred yards from the site of the Berlin wall, the downfall of which symbolized a massive victory in the quest for Freedom by impounded and oppressed people. Yusuf wrote this song to support people around the world still dreaming of being unshackled from harsh authoritarian regimes.


Now you can download the song for FREE at http://www.yusuf.ae/



At the Movies with CCN


The French Film Festival at Palace Cinemas - The Barracks this year will include “Of Gods and Men” (in French with English subtitles), an amazing and provocative story about a group of Catholic monks in Algeria in the 1990’s, which got an award at Cannes last year.


Eight French Christian monks live in harmony with their Muslim brothers in a monastery perched in the mountains of North Africa in the 1990s.


When a crew of foreign workers is massacred by an Islamic fundamentalist group, fear sweeps though the region.


The army offers them protection, but the monks refuse.


Should they leave?


Despite the growing menace in their midst, they slowly realize that they have no choice but to stay, come what may.


This film is loosely based on the life of the Cistercian monks of Tibhirine in Algeria, from 1993 until their kidnapping in 1996.


Believing Women for a Culture of Peace has 100 tickets to sell at $20 each for the screening on Sunday 20th March. Contact Nora at namath14@yahoo.com, 0422 349 786; or Wendy at info@believingwomen.org.au 3350 5802 to place orders and make arrangements for tickets.

Multicultural Fete raises $30K for flood vitims

Janeth Deen 

The Queensland Muslim Welfare Association Inc joined with other Multi-cultural groups in their fund raising event held at the Queensland Police Service Academy in Oxley last night (Saturday).


Each cultural or religious group had a display of items which represented their community or religion. The event was attended by representatives of all levels of Government and the wider community with about three hundred turning up to support the cause..

Four Muslim businesses generously donated goods for the auction in this multi-cultural event.


Ala-din Catering donated a hamper to the value of $150, Babyhood donated goods to the value of $500, Siitra clothing donated $75 worth of clothing and Nandos Mt Gravatt donated four vouchers worth $40 each. The names of these businesses were flashed on the screens several times during the night to acknowledge their contribution.

Several members of government made special mention of the Muslims' contributions to the flood victims, especially the Mayor of Ipswich, Paul Pissale and Annastacia Palaszczuk, Minister for Multiculturalism.

The program was entertaining with music, dance, speeches and food. It started at 4pm and finished at 8pm. It took eight weeks of meetings to prepare for the event and all the multicultural and religious groups bonded well and learned much about each other during the process.

Bosnian Readers' Update

By Safet Avdich 



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Around the Muslim World with CCN


R210m ($35M AUD) mosque being built in Gauteng

The southern hemisphere's largest mosque is rising up in Midrand, Gauteng


SOUTH AFRICA: The mosque, at the corner of Le Roux Avenue and the K101, is set on 10ha and will cost an estimated R210-million.

It is modelled on the Selimiye Mosque in Edirne, Turkey, acclaimed for its lavish Ottoman architecture.

Scheduled for completion in January 2012, it will incorporate the Sama (meaning heaven in Arabic) High School, student boarding facilities, a bazaar, clinic, conference facility and a community hall for 1500 people.

The venture is the brainchild of Ali Katircioglu, 72, better known as "Uncle Ali", a Turkish businessman who is funding and managing the project.

Katircioglu, who is inspired by the teachings of his long-time friend Fethullah Gülen, a Turkish preacher, author and educator, was advised by his friend to develop the project in "Madiba's home".

Once completed, it will be handed over to the Fountain Education Trust, an Islamic non-profit organisation, which will manage the administration of the institution.

The structure, which is 80% complete, includes four minarets, each 55m high, a 32m-high and 24m-wide dome at the apex of the mosque, with 24 smaller domes adorning the boarding rooms and courtyard.

The interior will be ornamented in Ottoman style with all natural marble ceramics and Islamic artwork.

"Uncle Ali realised that there was not a single model of Ottoman architecture in the southern hemisphere and vowed to ensure the project was completed. He has turned away all donors, telling them to contribute to the running of the facilities, such as bursaries for the students, instead," said Mehmet Naci, deputy principal of Sama Boys' School.

Naci said once the project was completed, they would apply to the Gauteng Department of Tourism to have it listed as a landmark and tourist attraction.

The school will accommodate 800 pupils.



Anti-Muslim Protestor Throws Crosses At Feet Of Man Praying By White House  

USA: A group of anti-Sharia protestors who planned to counter-protest the planned pro-Sharia rally by the radical provocateur Anjem Choudary in front of the White House on Thursday found themselves without an opponent to debate.

The counter rally planned by Frank Gaffney in response to Choudary's pro-Sharia demonstration was left without a raison d'etre after Choudary failed to show up as he'd previously announced (and promoted on Fox News). That left Gaffney and his group preaching to the choir so to speak as they denounced Sharia law to their followers as well as media and curious onlookers.

But just as the rally was dying out, a Muslim man who showed up to pray in front of the White House. He was quickly surrounded by a large group of protestors who shouted an array of insults at him: mocking him for drinking Starbucks coffee, telling him to go back to his country and even throwing tiny crosses at his feet as he prayed.





Baroness Warsi: I would die for my beliefs, says Muslim peer

Baroness Warsi, Britain's first Muslim Cabinet minister, has said she is prepared to “have a short but productive life” rather than resign from front-line politics in the face of serious threats from Islamic extremists.


The Conservative Party co-chairman said that being “brave” rather than having a “play-it-safe life” was a worthwhile price for being a pioneer at the highest levels of government.

It is believed that the peer has faced serious threats from Muslim extremists.

In an interview with the Daily Telegraph, Baroness Warsi said her situation “worried” her family.

However, she said: “Why go into politics if you are not going to be brave?

“If you want to stand on the sidelines and not stand up for what you believe in, politics is the wrong game to be in.

“It worries my parents and it worries my husband and it worries my kids and they obviously don’t like it when I hold this approach.

“If that means you have a short but productive life, that is worth doing, than having a long but play-it-safe life. I believe that there are things that are far more important.

“If people when they were fighting against apartheid or fighting for the black civil rights movement … thought I could be dead tonight if I do this – I don’t think people think like that when people feel passionately enough about something and feel this is an issue of huge principle.”

Two years ago on a visit to Luton, Baroness Warsi was attacked by Muslim extremists who do not support a Muslim woman having such an important role in British political life.

“If Luton was anything to go by when I was egged, my natural reaction was to turn round and start on them rather than walk away,” she said. “My natural reaction is always – how dare you?”


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Searching for Solace ; A Biography of Abdullah Yusuf Ali : Interpreter of the Qur'an




M. A. Sharif



Muslims across the world refer to different translations of the Quran, but anybody who has gone through the translation of the Surahs by Abdullah Yusuf Ali (picture left) in English will agree that his knowledge of a great many subjects-comparative religion, world history, both English and Oriental literature, in addition to Islamic lore is marvellous.

Abdullah Yusuf Ali’s Translation and Commentary of the Quran was first published in Lahore in 1938. Thus, from that year till his death, Yusuf Ali was recognised and acclaimed as a great scholar of Islam who had rendered valuable service to the Quran by enabling the English readers to understand its meaning and message better.

To most people, Abdullah Yusuf Ali who has been reverentially known at least in the sub-continent as Allamah Abdullah Yusuf Ali was recognised simply as the most important “interpreter of the Quran” in English. Strangely enough, while his scholarly stature was widely known, very few people knew anything about him, other than his being a translator of the Quran. Even basic information regarding his place of birth, his childhood, his family background, religious orientation, etc were scarcely known. The life of this outstanding scholar of the Quran even for those who cared to read about Islam was shrouded in a mist.

M.A.Sherif, the scion of a religious and educated family of South Asia, settled in UK and a systems analyst by profession has attempted to precisely fill this gap. He has devoted several years of his life delving into many sources. Thanks to this methodical research combined with Sherif’s intellectual endowments, a lucid and felicitous pen-we now have a captivating, full length biography which brings out Yusuf Ali in flesh and blood.

The author’s choice of the title, Searching for Solace for this biography is significant. For Yusuf Ali suffered the shock of two successive broken marriages and the ensuing agony was further exacerbated by the disrespect shown to him by his children. That Yusuf Ali could fruitfully carry out his masterpiece translation of the Quran under these circumstances enhances our appreciation for the man and his achievements. It was natural and appropriate that in these stressful circumstances Yusuf Ali should turn to God and to God’s book for solace. For the Quran in its own words is “an exhortation and a healing for the ailments of the heart, and a guidance and mercy for those who believe (10:57) and above all is the fact that it is in “Allah’s rememberance that hearts find peace.” (13:28).

The work was originally published by the Islamic Book Trust, Kuala Lumpur and it was the globe trotters who were lucky to pick up this book as it went out of reach in India. This fresh edition of the book is a boon to us, and soon its Urdu translation will see the light of the day.

Packed with touching incidents from the life of Yusuf Ali, the reader is taken on a journey into the life of the man who saw the world through his heart and when the world hurt him, his heart completely broke, as the first chapter reads : “ The winter of 1953 was a harsh one in Britain. On Wednesday 9, December, a confused old man was found out of doors, sitting on the steps of a house in Westminster. The police took him to Westminster Hospital. He was discharged the following day and a London County Council home for the elderly in Dovehouse Street, Chelsea took him in. He suffered a heart attack on December 10 and was rushed to St Stephen’s Hospital in Fulham. Three hours after admission, he died. Unusually there were no relatives to claim the body and arrange for the funeral. However the deceased was known to the Pakistan High Commission and as soon as the Coroner for the County of London had completed the inquest, an Islamic burial was arranged in the Muslim section of Brookwood cemetery, Surrey.

So in these enigmatic circumstances, ended the remarkable life of Abdullah Yusuf Ali at the age of 81.” If the first chapter has already made you misty-eyed, do pick up a copy of this brilliant biography of a sensitive human being and a great Muslim scholar.

Get in touch with Syed Tanveer Ahmed, Bookware (Bangalore) Ph: 23543401, Cell: 9844158731,E-mail: bookware@indiatimes.com and Adam Publishers and Distributors, New Delhi.




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KB's Culinary Corner


Buttermilk Muska Biscuits (Indian Style Rusks)


KB SAYS: In the mood for a "tea-dunker"? Then I invite you to try this easy but delicious recipe. But beware - it can become quite addictive. Ask anyone who has had even just a taste of it.


1. 250g grated butter (frozen)
2. 3 cups flour
3. 7 tsp baking powder
4. ½ tsp salt
5. 2 Tab Castor Sugar
6. 1 ½ Tab whole jeeru (cumin seeds)
7. Approx 1 ½ cups of buttermilk


1. Sift the flour, Baking Powder and salt.
2. Toss the butter into the flour, working quickly so the butter does not melt.
3. Add the sugar and the jeeru (cumin seeds) and toss lightly with a fork.
4. Add buttermilk to make soft scone like dough.
5. Pat the dough into a rectangle approx 10mm thick.
6. Cut into strips or squares and place on a baking sheet.
7. Brush with buttermilk and sprinkle with sesame seeds or slivered almonds
8. Place on a baking tray leaving space in-between as they will rise and place In the freezer until frozen, maybe overnight if possible.
9. Remove from the freezer and bake in its frozen state at 220 degrees for 5 minutes then reduce to 200dgrees and bake for another 3 minutes.
10. Then reduce to 180 degrees and bake until light brown, approx 5mins.
11. Reduce the temperature to 100 degrees and allow to dry out for 3 to 4 hours or until crispy.
12. Pack in an airtight container.


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


Kareema's Keep Fit Column


Q: Dear Kareema, I'm in my late 50's and can actually feel my body 'slowing'. I can still do all the activities I enjoy and I even make it to the gym on a regular basis. How hard should I be working without pushing myself too far and what are some activities I can do that would suit?

A: A great way to keep up your fitness levels is through as much accidental exercise (exercise without knowing it) as possible! This means to move / be active on a daily basis. There are inventive ways to slot it into your life..

Try mowing the lawn, or light digging in the garden. Medium-paced swimming or cycling will be good for you too as there is no jarring through the knees (no impact).

As for how hard you should be pushing yourself - well, as hard as you can!


Always find your limit and challenge it. Go with how you feel on the day.


If you feel sluggish, choose moderate-intensity exercises (slight but noticeable increase in your breathing and heart-rate), eg. brisk walking, etc.

On the days that you're feeling good or get to the gym, go for it! Push yourself to YOUR maximum and be sure to 'rest and recover' your muscles with breaks in between.

Make sure to fit a couple of Yoga, Pilates or stretch classes in every week. NJOY!






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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


A defendant was on trial for murder. There was strong evidence indicating guilt, but there was no corpse. In the defence's closing statement Habibullah the lawyer, knowing that his client would probably be convicted, resorted to a trick.

"Ladies and gentlemen of the jury, I have a surprise for you all," Habibullah said as he looked at his watch. "Within one minute, the person presumed dead in this case will walk into this courtroom." He looked toward the courtroom door. The jurors, somewhat stunned, all looked on eagerly. A minute passed. Nothing happened.

Finally Habibullah said, "Actually, I made up the previous statement. But you all looked on with anticipation. I, therefore, put it to you that you have a reasonable doubt in this case as to whether anyone was killed, and I insist that you return a verdict of not guilty."

The jury, clearly confused, retired to deliberate. A few minutes later, the jury returned and pronounced a verdict of guilty.
"But how?" inquired Habibullah the lawyer. "You must have had some doubt; I saw all of you stare at the door."

The jury foreman, Mula Nasruddin, replied, "Yes, we did look, but your client didn't."

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Brisbane  Muslim Burial Society (BMBS)

pdf version


Seerah Classes UMB

Qu'ran Reading & Islamic Studies

Kuraby Mosque


in Robina

New Muslim Classes

Window into Islam

English Tutor


Businesses and Services

The CCN March Business of the Month


(Every month CCN showcases a business here)



1st Anniversary Celebration Sale

Carpet Lifesavers

Nazima Hansa

your one-stop real estate shop




Nandos Mt Gravatt


Body & Beauty

Brochure (pdf)

Kuraby Seafood Takeaway

Brisbane Diagnostics


Mina Collection

Stick On Labels

ACCES Services

Removal Services

Forex Coaching

by Azhar Khan

pdf version



Jamal Naouri

Real Estate Agent

Sunrise Pizza

Yasmeen Seedat

Accounting Services


Calamvale Central
Compton Road

Tel: 07 3272 2299

Lezzet Restaurant

Want an effective treatment to clean out BAD CHOLESTROL and PLAQUE from your arteries?
ArgiNox Maintain is available from Zakiya Sacur - 0433 270 770. Book your consultation now

Shop 45A Inala Plaza

156 Inala Avenue, Inala 

Mt Egmont Bakery

for the best in

halal pavlovas

Rawlins Taekwondo




Love ur Body

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

Holland Park West

Hydrotherapy & Swimming

classes for Muslim women

pdf version

Islamic Couture

FAMSY Bookstore

AK Surtie


Hummy's Automotive

Prop: Mohammed Shabbir

Junaid Ally

Ray White

Kimaya Fashions

Bilal Solwa @ Reed

Healthy Life


The Quran Pen Reader

online at


Migration Agent




Where Style meets Modesty


Table & Chair Hire


Additional contact:

Ahmed Hassan

0433 531 593

The CCN Date Claimer

(provisiona"If it's not here ....it's not happening!"l)




(Click on link)





4 April


Islamic Finance Symposium

Griffith University

Griffith University South Bank Campus, 226 Grey Street, South Bank

3735 7329

from 8.30am

9 April


Muslim & Services Expo 2011

Riverside Receptions, New Farm

0402 026 786

10am to 4pm

1 May


Islamic College of Brisbane  Annual Fete

45 Acacia Rd, Karawatha

0402 794 253

12pm to 8pm

12 June


Annual International Food Festival

Islamic Society of Gold Coast

The Gold Coast Mosque

0412 601 152

All day

18 June


Ladies Hair & Makeup Workshop

Springwood Community Centre

0404 296 297


29 June



Lailatul Mehraj

18 July



Lailatul Baraat

2 August



Start of Ramadhan

28 August



Lailatul Qadr

31 August



End of Ramadhan

1 September




3 September



Mt Gravatt Showgrounds

0418 722 353

All day

18 September



Orleigh Park, West End

0402 026 786


7 November




11 or 12 November


Dreamworld 2011


0418 722 353


27 November



Islamic New Year

6 December



Day of Ashura


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




Ladies Taleem


There will be no Taleem this Thursday.

Check next week for details


Queensland Police Service/Muslim Community Consultative Group


Meeting Dates:

Wednesday 18 May 2011

Wednesday 10 August 2011

Wednesday 16 November 2011


Metropolitan South Regional Office
1993 Logan Road, Upper Mt Gravatt




For more information and RSVP:

Sergeant Jim Bellos at Bellos.Dimitrios@police.qld.gov.au


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
Everyone is invited



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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

Qld Muslims Volunteers

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