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Sunday, 20 March 2011

 Newsletter 0332



New campus for Muslims Australia


Muslims Australia (AFIC) has been successful in its application with the NSQ Department of Education to register a new School for the Beaumont campus of Malek Fadh Islamic School and will start the school in Term 2 from Kindergarten to Year 2.


Malek Fahd Beaumont Hills will be the second campus for the existing Malek Fadh Islamic School.


Muslims Australia has gone from 5 schools nationally at the end of last year to now operating 8 schools.


Muslims Australia president, Ikebal Patel, said: The aim of having Islamic Schools in Australia is about educating (students) for life, to excel in their academic studies and to be fine citizens of this great nation Australia, at the same time teaching them the core values of Islam as well as teaching students how to integrate and have an important role in the Australian society.


Plans are afoot to open another school in Hoxton Park in Sydney in the coming months.

Dinner with Husic


(left to right) Ed Husic,Faisal Hatia and Iqbal Sultan


Ed Husic MP proved a passionate and articulate advocate for multiculturalism at an intimate dinner held during the week at the d'Lahorie Restaurant with Muslim community leaders.

Boat People Book


Carly Saeedi, a human rights lawyer in Canberra is currently writing a book aimed at dispelling the many misconceptions surrounding Australia's 'boat people'.


She is hoping to talk to people who have arrived in Australia by boat seeking asylum.


The book will comprise a compilation of stories of asylum seekers.


Their stories will focus on their lives in their countries of origin and what is was that forced them to flee.


The aim is to capture the situation such people are faced with when making the decision to seek asylum in a safe country.


All individuals and families fitting this description, whether newly arrived or well established, are invited to participate.

If you would like to help or want more information contact Carly at carly.saeedi@gmail.com or on 0413 101 109.

"Islam say no to bullying!"


Women only at new swim sessions


VICTORIA: NORLANE Waterworld will offer women's only swimming sessions from the end of this month to help meet a demand from Geelong's immigrant communities.

Iranian women and those from the Burmese Karen community will be among the swimmers to take advantage of the after-hours sessions, which begin on March 27 and run as a pilot program for five weeks.

Australian-born women will also take part in the program, which includes swimming lessons and aqua aerobics and access to the spa and sauna.

Belmont PhD student Matin Minaie (pictured left)  has not swum in public since moving to Australia from Iran four years ago.

"It's not something religious, it's something cultural," Mrs Minaie said. "We are not used to going to swimming pools with men.

"It's not very comfortable for us".


Mrs Minaie said the Iranian community had tried unsuccessfully two or three years ago to find a pool that women could used exclusively for a few hours a week.

She hopes the program, co-ordinated by the City of Greater Geelong and groups including Diversitat and the Geelong Iranian Society, will be extended.

Council projects, recreation and central Geelong general manager Dean Frost said the weekly sessions would run from 7.30pm to 9pm, after regular sessions had ended.


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The Gentleman's Game 

Hashim Amla. The bearded one has a curiously old-fashioned habit, one that was in evidence again on Sunday. When he gives a snick, Amla tucks his bat under his arm and walks off the field. He doesn't wait for the umpire. Unlike other professionals who walk only "when the bus breaks down", Amla walks be-cause he knows he is out. Because he was brought up that way.

The snickometer is not in use at this World Cup. Did the umpire know that Amla had got the faintest of touches to MS Dhoni? Was Dhoni convinced? We will never know. But Amla knew. And he walked.

The thing about snicks is that, even when played with a soggytennis ball, if you hit the thing you know you're out. Instantly. The umpires might not be sure, even the catcher can be uncertain but the batsman knows for sure.

When Hashim Amla goes out to bat there is a great deal more national pride at stake than in a pick-up game of beach or cake- league cricket. Apart from anything else, this is how this young man earns his crust.

In a world of backhanders and dodgy deals, questionable tendering practices, ruthless profiteering and political skullduggery, where the winner is rewarded regardless of the cost or at whose expense he profits, we have a sportsman of the greatest talent who embodies all that was once noble and good about the Gentleman's Game.

Amla is a man of profound religious conviction; no one, even the most ardent habitue of Castle Corner, would begrudge him his principled stand on not wearing the team sponsor's logo. But it is as a walker that he deserves much greater kudos than he gets. Not because he seeks it but because he is a role model in a world sadly lacking in this species.

Extracted from  Peter Delmar's column "Its a small world" in The Times.


Cutting ties with Sarkozy    

FRANCE: In a spectacular gesture, Abdallah Zekri, member of the board of Paris grand mosque, shredded his membership card of Sarkozy's party on national television.

In this video, first Dalil Boubakeur, Paris grand mosque rector and a traditional supporter of the French right wing (until now, that is), then Abdallah Zekri, a local UMP party manager, "since its inception", in the Gard region, and last, a few words from Abderrahmane Dahmane, who says that Muslims are "exasperated" by Sarkozy's plan to launch a "national debate" over "the place of Islam in France"



The Inbox


Dear CCN Readers,

As a Muslim woman, having an Indonesian background and being married to an Australian with 4 children who have grown up here, I feel that I have a message to spread to live up to my identity. For Indonesian women like me, we are blessed to live in a country like this, and the forthcoming occasion is intended to recognise Indonesian women's rights at an international level.

Together with Believing Women for a Culture of Peace (Nora and Wendy) we would like to invite you to our upcoming event. This event will give a perspective about Islam and Culture through the fight of our late hero RA (Your Highness) Kartini. Males are also welcome on the day as we will have two male speakers to speaking in response to Indonesian Womens' Emancipation. One is our elder in Brisbane and the other one is a young gentleman who studies at UQ taking a PhD in the School of Political Science and International Studies. His research covers the topic 'Religious Peacebuilders: The Role of Religion in Conflict Torn Society in South-East Asia'. He will use Mindanao (Southern Philippines) and Maluku (Indonesia) as his case studies.

Below are the details for the event:

When: Sunday, March 27th from 10:30am until 12:30pm
Venue: Multi-Faith Centre, Griffith University, Nathan Campus

Here are the further details regarding the event.
As a combined commemoration and celebration of International Women’s Day and Harmony Day, in collaboration with a group of Indonesian women, BWCP will host an event focusing on Women’s Emancipation Day, recognised each year in Indonesia on 21st April. The keynote speaker will be Alimatul Qibtiyah, a PhD student at Griffith University. After short responses by Indonesian men of two different generations, there will be a panel discussion with other contributors and audience participation. The event will conclude with a fashion parade, a dance performance and a luncheon of Indonesian cuisine. The event is free and open to the public, women and men. Donations towards the cost of the venue will be appreciated. RSVPs essential for catering purposes: Fenti fenti.forsyth@bigpond.com, 0407 632 492, 3711-2434; or Wendy info@believingwomen.org.au, 3350 5802

I look forward to seeing you there.
Kind regards,
Fenti Forsyth

To our Australian Muslim Family

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Islam
Assalamu Alaykum Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatuh

Due to the overwhelming blessings of Allah our numbers in this region are growing and with this growth our opportunities to be an effective community are also increasing. Just as experienced with similar gatherings of Muslims, the need for a Centre or Masjid is extremely important, and one which is difficult to meet, even with all members of the community working diligently towards such a prized goal.

We have seen that this is a need not just for us, but for Muslims throughout Australia. Therefore, in all humility we would put forward a plan whereby this need may be met, or at least partially fulfilled without huge burdens being placed upon the few.

It is respectfully suggested that as requests come forward, that each functioning Masjid be approached for a donation of one dollar per person (i.e. $1 each) to be given in on a particular date – the collection then to be banked for the community requesting the collection for attainment of their Masjid. In this way every Muslim may have the opportunity to be part of the ongoing building/setting up of Masjids around Australia without it being financially burdensome. There may, of course be extremely small numbers in some areas, but that should not be a deterrent. Each donation, regardless of whether large or small, is valuable and each person is blessed.

As we are at present in the process of obtaining a building here in Gympie for the purpose of worship and community interaction, we give, herewith, our building fund subscription account details in the hope that our family in Islam will join us in this great venture:

BANK: Bendigo Bank BSB Number: 633-000
Account Name: Islamic Cooloola Regional Assoc. Inc.
Account Number: 128 273 216
Please make sure that the name of the donor organization is written on the credit form.

With kindest regards and many thanks,

Management Committee and Members
Islamic Cooloola Regional Assoc. (ICRA) Inc.

Ph: 07 – 5483 9805
Email: I.C.R.A.@spiderweb.com.au

Dear Sir

My name is Mohamed Ghaly, an Egyptian citizen and a Muslim brother.


In a quest to find my maternal uncle, whom we had lost contact with about 15 years ago as his mails from Australia ceased reaching us, I browsed the internet many times in order to grasp a thread that might be useful to hear from him. He was graduated from AL-AZHAR and told us that he worked in an Islamic Institutes.


Your help would be highly appreciated, because we sought all the means in an attempt to reach our uncle but in vain, and all of his family are eager to hear from him, or at least to be ascertain whether he is alive or not!

Finally, whether you can help or not thank you for wasting your valuable time for just reading this mail.

Dr. Mohamed Atef Ahmed Ghaly "EGYPT"


[Editor] If any CCN reader can help please email ccn@crescentsofbrisbane.org and we will pass on the contact details.

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Scripture, Reason, and the Contemporary Islam-West Encounter:

Studying the "Other," Understanding the "Self"


Koshul, Basit Bilal, Kepnes, Steven


As a religious tradition of the “East,” Islam has often been portrayed as “other” to the Western Traditions of Judaism and Christianity.


The essays in this collection use the underlying allegiance to scripture in Islam, Judaism, and Christianity to underscore the deep affinities between the three monotheistic traditions at the same time that respect for differences between the traditions are preserved.


The essays are unique in attempting to bring together both contemporary academic and traditional scholarship on scriptural texts to heal the rift between tradition and the contemporary world.





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KB's Culinary Corner


Chicken Fajitas


KB SAYS: Wraps have become very popular in my family because it's low in calories and extremely healthy and quick and easy. This took me only half an hour to prepare from start to finish.


500 g chicken fillet cut into strips
1 tbls olive Oil
½ tsp ginger
½ tsp garlic
2 tbls Fajita Seasoning
1 tbls Nandos peri peri sauce
1 red onion finely sliced
1 red pepper cut into juliennes
1 green pepper cut into juliennes
Juice of ½ a lemon
Salt to taste

1. Heat a wok with olive oil, sauté the ginger and garlic.

2. Add chicken, lemon juice and salt, stir fry on moderately high heat for approximately 5 mins or until chicken is cooked. 3. Remove the chicken from the pan.
4. In the juices and oil remaining, add onion and the peppers stir frying quickly under high heat.

5. Return the chicken to the wok, and add Fajita seasoning and cook for approximately 5 mins, add the Peri Peri sauce.
6. Make a wrap with the filling adding lettuce, light sour cream, avocado or guacamole or any other filling.

7. Heat the wrap before serving.


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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



Women or men of any age can expect similar results if they stick to a gym or exercise program. Recent university studies found that 2 different groups (one in their 20s - 30s, and the other in their 50s - 60s), doing the same cardio and strength-training programs over the same period of time, had similar results at the end of the study.

While the older group naturally started at a lower level, both groups had more or less the same percentage improvement in the weights they could lift and also in their cardio endurance.

More proof that it is never too late to start out on an exercise program, no matter your age! All you need is a little motivation, some belief in yourself, and a whole lot of effort - to start enjoying a healthier future and take on all the benefits that come with exercise!! N-JOY!!







My Health and Fitness

Tel: 0404 844 786


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All questions sent in are published here anonymously and without any references to the author of the question.

The CCN Chuckle




Mula Nasruddin and his friend Jallaludin are enjoying their daily break at the local coffee shop.

Slurping a large cafe latte, Jallaludin announces, 'I think I'm going to divorce my wife, she hasn't spoken to me in eighteen months.'

Mula Nasruddin puts down his mug thoughtfully and after a while responds, 'Think it over a bit more, Jallaludin; women like that are hard to find.'





Breaking News! (doing the email rounds)

A Halaal Association approved bakery launches new hot cross buns.
They've removed the cross and replaced it with a moon and star and are calling it "TALIBUNS"

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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

8 May


Annual Family Brunch

Beenleigh Events Centre (Cnr Crete & Kent Sts, Beenleigh)

0421 326 376

11am to 2pm

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


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Ladies Taleem


Taleem will take place on Thursday.11am-12pm at the residence of


Zainee Isadeen

26 West Park Place



 All ladies are welcome.


The good news is that Sister Sabera is back!


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


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Inspiration talk, pizza, BBQ, fun and games

Topics that are relevant, Iman-boosting and mind-capturing.
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When: Every Saturday,after Maghrib
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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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