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Sunday, 10 April 2011

 .Newsletter 0335



Ifthaar with IWAQ 


The Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan Charity Foundation of the UAE holds Ramadan iftar dinners across a number of capital cities worldwide.


It continued with its annual tradition in Brisbane by sponsoring a dinner last Friday under the able stewardship of the Islamic Womens' Association of Queensland (IWAQ).


In addition to families of the local Muslim community there were a number of political, governmental and religious representatives who attended.


PhD scholar, Ms Nada Ibrahim, soldiered on valiantly with a Ramadan 101 lesson to the uninitiated as the converted gainfully employed themselves with addressing the waves of delicious food that Michael's Oriental Restaurant had prepared for the occasion.


A number of speakers took to the podium to express their appreciation for being invited, to congratulate IWAQ on a well-organized event and to offer their best wishes to the Muslim community over Ramadan and Eid.   


The CCN Photo Gallery


Muslim Services Expo & Forum


The Muslims & Services Expo & Forum (MSEF'2011) was held on Saturday at the Riverside Receptions in New Farm.


A number of governmental, non-governmental and Muslim service organizations was present on the day.


Mr. Graham Perrett MP officially opened the mini-Expo and several speakers representing their agencies and organizations gave the audience a synopsis of the services they provided to the community.


A lively panel discussion with panelists comprising Ms Muna Ibrahim (Islamic Women’s Association of Queensland), Ms Safia Casoojee (ACCES Services), Mr Mohammed Yusuf (Islamic Council of Queensland), Ms Faiza El-Higzi (Romero Centre), and Mr Saleem Cajee (Department of Human Services) was facilitated by Dr Mohamad Abdalla (Griffith Islamic Research Unit).



MSEF was the brainchild and an initiative of Crescents of Brisbane and, according to its president, Dr Mustafa Ally,  the event was aimed at "creating greater awareness of the kinds of support that are available to the Muslim community from a diverse range of sources while at the same time identifying some of the challenges the Muslim community faces in accessing this support."


"It was also an opportunity for creating new networking opportunities in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere," he told CCN.


The lucky draw prize of an iPad2 went to Mr Orhan Camkara, a teacher at the Islamic College of Brisbane.






The CCN Photo Gallery




You can watch highlights of the Expo on Islam TV below.


The War You Don't See: Tonight (Sunday) on SBS

 Sunday 10 April at 8.35pm on SBS One

Renowned filmmaker and award-winning Australian journalist John Pilger explores the role of media in war in his commanding and timely documentary, The War You Don’t See.

"… the most important film of the last 10 years and, I would argue, the most important documentary of all time…” CineVue Magazine (UK)

“…This wonderfully researched and outraged film gathers and presents the case for the prosecution. In a world of embedded reporters, sophisticated spin and governmental evasion, what price investigative journalism?” Time Out

“…the colossal scale of civilian casualties is, within the grammar of news, downgraded in importance so that it doesn't figure as news at all, but as all-but-invisible deep background to be ignored.” The Guardian


Pilger, himself a war correspondent, traces the history of embedded and independent reporting from the carnage of the First World War to the destruction of Hiroshima, the invasion of Vietnam to modern-day conflict in the Middle East. He exposes how the practice of embedding journalists within the military controls not only what they are allowed to see, but how they are allowed to report it, and that “voluntary embedding” extends right across the media.

With a particular focus on television reporting of current wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Palestine by the most popular channels in the United States and the United Kingdom, Pilger not only investigates how the truth of war can often remain hidden, but questions the implications of the media’s failure to report beyond the government line.

Pilger said: “At the heart of this documentary are the lives of countless civilian men, women and children who are so often caught in the crossfire. Their lives depend on the truth being reported. Unless journalists are the voice of the people, not the power, they will have blood on their hands.

“This film is about wars that are also backed by Australian governments and reported by Australian journalists. So it’s highly relevant to us,” Pilger says.

The War You Don’t See features interviews with senior figures at major UK broadcasters, the BBC and ITV, high profile journalists from both sides of the Atlantic, as well as independent filmmakers. The result is a remarkable revelation of what Pilger describes as behind the scenes "disinformation".

Pilger also interviews Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, a movement Pilger describes as a "landmark in journalism", discussing the role of whistleblowing in revealing incidents and crimes of war that would otherwise not be seen.




The CCN Wedding Scene






The bridal reception and Walima of Nishaad, daughter of Yusuf and Rashida Sabdia and Foster, son of Samuel Wiredu and Comfort Nyarkoah took place at the Links Hope Island Golf Club on Friday night (8 April).


The bride looked quite resplendent in a gown designed by Peter Trends.


Scholarship programme


The Universiti Islam Sultan Sharif Ali (UNISSA) of Brunei Darussalam has announced the introduction of al-Qur’an and al-Qira’at programmes, and is offering its Bachelor, Masters and PhD Scholarship Scheme for the 2011/2012 academic year to eligible international applicants.

More information can be obtained from the UNISSA website at www.unissa.edu.bn

Completed applications and supporting documents can be forwarded to the address below:

The Registrar
Universiti Islam Sultan Sharif’ Ali
Jalan Pasar Baharu
Gadong BE1310
Brunei Darussalam

The closing date for applications is 30 April 2011.

India Australia Society of Qld supports Premier's Flood Relief


A $2,011.60 cheque for The Premiers Flood Relief Fund was presented to The Minister for Transport Multicultural Affairs Hon A. Palaszczuk MP at gathering at Sitar Restaurant, Albion on Wednesday 9th March 2011.

The Society raised the fund by organizing a dinner/music evening on 29 January 2011 at St Lucia Uniting Church. About 145 guests participated.


The Musical Program was arranged by Mr Yusuf Alikhan and the dinner was catered for by Mr Feroze Khan of Khan’s Catering. Another major Sponsor was Mr Ramnathan Karuppiah, Managing Director of Remox remittances money exchange.


The evening’s total program was spear headed by the President of the Society Mr Tausif Khan assisted by his willing committee members and supporters.


This function was originally planned to celebrate the Republic Day of India and Australia Day. However during the planning stages Brisbane and indeed Queensland was hit by devastating floods. The Society decided to incorporate this evening into a fund raising project for the Queensland Premier’s Flood Relief Fund.

Mr Tausif Khan said that the Society was honoured by the attendance of Mr Lawrence Springborg (pictured left), Deputy Leader of the Opposition in Queensland and the Honorary Consul of India in Queensland Prof Sarva Daman Singh. Both the dignitaries addressed the guests.

Tausif said that the Members of the Society were shocked by the flood damage and were willing to help the less fortunate.

Tausif Khan thanked Pandit Radhey Gupta (pictured left) who travelled from Melbourne and played the sitar and supported to raise the funds.

The CCN Middle Link



Two IWAQ positions available  

1. Front Desk Receptionist and Selection Criteria


2. Senior Administrator


Multi-Faith Centre Director 
The position of Director of the Multi-Faith Centre at Griffith University is currently being advertised. The closing date for applications is 29 April 2011.


More information.



The Inbox


Dear Editor,

My name is Georgia Brizuela and I am a Brisbane photographer.

I am currently undertaking a Breastfeeding Photography project.

I am photographing 50 women nursing their children in the lead up to International Breastfeeding week to help promote breastfeeding.

I am keen to display a diverse range of women nursing their children and would very much like to include a Muslim woman breastfeeding.

I wasn't sure if this was allowed and where to go about finding a woman who might be interested in taking part.

The photograph could be as modest as the mother required, no breast needs to be showing, just a baby at the mother's chest/with nursing cover/whatever a mother is comfortable with. I just want to show that women of all different walks nurse their children and am very interested in showing women with strong religious beliefs nursing their children.


I can be contacted at gregariouspeach@gmail.com.




Georgia Brizuela

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KB's Culinary Corner


Gourmet Burgers without the Guilt


KB SAYS: This is a juicy and flavourful treat to satisfy that burger craving. It's low in calories and high in proteins and the the lamb and beef can be substituted by chicken.


½ kg lean lamb mince
½ kg lean beef mince
2 tab polenta/mealie meal
1 egg
1 green apple grated
juice of 1 lemon
1 large onion grated
2 tsp crushed green chillies
1/4 cup bread crumbs
1 tsp salt
1 tsp baking powder
1 bunch chopped coriander leaves
4 tab extra virgin olive oil
1½ tsp ginger garlic paste

1. Mix all ingredients and knead to combine well.
2. Form small or large patties depending on the size of your burger roll.
3. Grill, barbecue or cook the pattie on a stove top.
4. Toast the roll and place the pattie in the roll with sautéed onions, lettuce, grated beetroot, sliced tomatoes, red onion and  cucumbers and your favourite sauce.
5. Serve warm.


Do you have a recipe to share with CCN readers?

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


Kareema's Keep Fit Column


Q: Dear Kareema, I have had surgery done on my knee a few months ago and my doctor told me to strengthen the muscles around it. What are some exercises I can do that won't be too hard on my knee? I'm also not as fit as I used to be.

A: Cycling will be good for you as it is an easy cardiovascular workout and it will also strengthen your leg muscles (especially those around your knee).

It is impact free, with a low rate of stress injuries. Be sure to adjust your seat so your knee is slightly bent when pedalling. Start easy and challenge yourself as your knee gets stronger and you get fitter.

You may also like to try walking up and down in the pool. The resistance of the water means that there'll be no jarring of the knee and you'll get a great cardio workout as well.

If any exercise feels uncomfortable or causes pain, you need to stop and try something different. Take care get started on strengthening your muscles straight away!






My Health and Fitness

Tel: 0404 844 786


Need an answer to a fitness related matter? Send your question to Kareema at  fitness@crescentsofbrisbane.org.

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

The CCN Chuckle


Jallalludin, Habibullah and Karimsaab decide to make an honest living and go house to house selling goods.


After a hot long day the three meet.


Habibullah and Karimsaab who were selling pens and frames hardly sold anything while Jallalludin who sold books was sold out after one hour.


The two were impressed at Jallalludin's business skills and asked him for the secret.


Jallalludin explained…its very simple.


I knock on the door and when they open I say….aar aar im sss sel selling bbb bb books dd dd do yy you ww want tt to bb buy wa wa one or shh shh should I rrr rr read it ttt to yyy you!



The Bonus CCN Chuckle (Know your customer)


A disappointed salesman of Coca Cola returns from his Middle East assignment.


A friend asked, "Why weren't you successful with the Arabs?"

The salesman explained

"When I got posted in the Middle East, I was very confident that I would make a good sales pitch as Cola is virtually unknown there. But, I had a problem I didn't know how to speak Arabic. So, I planned to convey the message through three posters...


First poster: A man lying in the hot desert sand...totally exhausted and fainting.
Second poster: The man is drinking our Cola.
Third poster: Our man is now totally refreshed.

And then these posters were pasted all over the place

"Then that should have worked!" said the friend.

"The hell it should have!? said the salesman.

Didn't realize that Arabs read from right to left"

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Events and Functions


Fun Day at Algester Mosque


Fear of the Other:
Asylum Seekers - Religion and Culture

Racism & Discrimination workshop

Islamic College of Brisbane

Annual Fete

Family Fun Night: Hangi - Lovo

Annual Fete 

Islamic Programmes, Education & Services

Sisters House Accommodation Register

Qari's Classes

Free Adult Classes and Madressa For Children at Al-Mustapha Institute

Child Care Course

FREE Baby Massage

Classes IAIM

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

AIIC performance

AIIC Gold Coast campus

Islamic College of Brisbane



"Purification of the heart" Seminar

Maths Tutoring service

From years 6-10

Math A, B and C for years 11 &12
Ahlam Haddad

Tel: 32191554

email: haddada5@hotmail.com.

Businesses and Services

The CCN April Business of the Month


(Every month CCN showcases a business here)


Authentic South African Beef Biltong

Priced from $5

Contact Imraan on 0421 741 424

Comes in traditional and peri peri flavours

Love ur Body



Nandos Mt Gravatt

Junaid Ally

Ray White

Islamic Couture

FAMSY Bookstore

AK Surtie


Hummy's Automotive

Prop: Mohammed Shabbir



Body & Beauty

Brochure (pdf)

Kuraby Seafood Takeaway

Brisbane Diagnostics


Mina Collection

Stick On Labels

ACCES Services

Removal Services


Calamvale Central
Compton Road

Tel: 07 3272 2299

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 

Carpet Lifesavers

Rawlins Taekwondo




Migration Agent


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

Holland Park West

Hydrotherapy & Swimming

classes for Muslim women

pdf version

InWear fashions

Kimaya Fashions

Bilal Solwa @ Reed

Healthy Life


The Quran Pen Reader

online at


Yasmeen Seedat

Accounting Services


Nazima Hansa

your one-stop real estate shop

Table & Chair Hire


Additional contact:

Ahmed Hassan

0433 531 593

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10 April


Fun Day BBQ



48 Learoyd Road, Algester

0419 786 092

11.30am to 2.30pm

30 April


Racism & Discrimination Workshop



Griffith University, Nathan Campus

0422 585 179

10am to 3pm

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

21 May


Family Fun Night: Hangi - Lovo

724 Blunder Rd. DURACK

3372 1400

6.30pm to 9.30pm

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

24 July


9th Annual College Fete

724 Blunder Rd. DURACK

3372 1400

from 10.30am

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


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


Mrs Josiah Jassaat

70 Berris Crescent


Tel No 38416752  


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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