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Sunday, 24 April 2011

 Newsletter 0337



MBN meeting



MBN Directors

(left to right) Shoaib Dhedhi, Farouk Adam (President), Atif Shafi (Vice President), Shaukat Dhedhi, Mohamed Shaheed (Treasurer), Faris Fazalbhoy, Javed Khatree (Secretary)


The Muslim Business Network (MBN) held the first of its business and networking meetings for the year on Wednesday at the Runcorn Function Room.


Business coach, Mr. Carlos Rodriguez, spoke on the Do's and Don'ts of Business Success and young entrepreneur, Mr Luke Rowlinson, explained the good, bad and ugly sides to social media.


MBN president, Mr. Farouk Adam, welcomed both members and non-members to the meeting and told CCN that the feedback from the 70 participants was very positive and that they had been most impressed with the quality of the speakers.


"The topics we chose were suited to these bad economic times that we are currently experiencing because to be successful these days you need all the selling and marketing techniques you can muster to stay in business," he added.


"We hope to have more of these kinds of workshops in the near future and if members would like us to present any particular topics they should forward their suggestions via email to the secretary@mbn.net.au or come over to talk to one of our committee members."


"The new MBN committee plans to provide greater engagement and interaction with our members. I encourage both members and non-members to keep an eye out for our future events and workshops coming up soon. But we can only continue to do this with the ongoing support of the community and our members, insha'Allah."

A captivated audience

Presenters, Luke Rowlinson and Carlos Rodriguez

This week on Q&A


Along with other guests appearing on Monday's Q&A programme on ABC1 will be Afghan Refugee, Ms Najeeba Wazefadost.


Najeeba Wazefadost (pictured right) and her family fled the Taliban’s genocidal massacres of the Hazara ethnic minority when she was 12. She arrived in Australia by boat with her parents, four siblings and two uncles in September 2000.

People smugglers hid Najeeba Wazefadost and her family in a truck to get out of Afghanistan, then flew them to Jakarta on false passports. Her younger brother was born in Indonesia and just days old when they set sail for Australia before being intercepted by the Australian Navy on a flimsy fishing boat.

She and her family spent several months in Curtin Detention Centre before being sent to Tasmania to live. They held Temporary Protection Visas for three years before being granted permission to stay.

Three generations of her family now live in Australia; all passed through Curtin detention centre.

Najeeba is a resident of western Sydney and graduated from a Bachelor of Medical Science at the University of Western Sydney in 2010.

She works as an Afghan Youth Support Officer with the Bamiyan Association and is an ambassador for Amnesty International.

She won the 2011 'Young Woman of the West Award' for her work in not-for-profit organisations including the Bamiyan Association, where she works as an Afghan Youth Support Officer.

She has been a strong advocate for the rights of refugees and the release of children from Detention Centres, and the rights of women. As an ambassador for Amnesty International, she has played an integral role as a spokesperson for its campaign to promote the rights of asylum seekers and refugees in Australia by sharing her own experiences as a refugee.

In 2010 Najeeba was a finalist of the Young Human Rights Medal Award.

From the desk of the Welfare Shop


The Queensland Muslim Welfare Association (QMWA) has received a request for prayer mats and qurans by Life Without Barriers for newly arrived Muslims.


There is also a need for Qurans to go in a container heading for Sierra Leone for the Vice President of the Sierra Leone committee which is sending the container in the near future.

The Association is also in need of Qurans for Welfare Shop both in Arabic and English. There are people of all nationalities living in Woodridge, many of whom are Muslims.

QMWA is also making a request for a washing machine in good working order and a lounge suite in good condition.

Contact Ms Janeth Deen on 0435 086 796 if you can help in any way.


Ms Wilma Bothwell, who has been helping out at the Welfare Shop since its inception, has not entirely recovered from the recent floods. Wilma has also been unwell and will be undergoing surgery soon.

She has devotedly worked in the welfare shop for the last two years voluntarily and has been well respected by the community around Logan and also by the Muslims who donated goods to the shop.


"We need duas to help her in her recovery," Janeth Deen told CCN.
Janeth will continue to work in the shop and would welcome any volunteers who can give a few hours to help out.

The Amazing Race AUSTRALIA


Melbourne mates Mo and Mos share a strong friendship and an Islamic faith. Will their background create a few extra obstacles on the race?

Australian born and bred, Mo (Mohammed) and Mos (Mostafa) both have Egyptian parents and a similar “cuddly” build, meaning they’re often mistaken for brothers.

“People always point out that we look really similar. Of course the big debate is ‘Who’s better looking?’ I think we’ll have to sort that out on the race,” says Mo.

Mos, 25, says being a young Muslim man could pose a few added challenges not faced by other teams on the race.

“People might think there’s something suspicious about two young Arab Muslim men running around madly with backpacks on,” adds Mo, 26. “I would say that 70 per cent of the time I get stopped for random security checks in airports.”

Aside from losing time to security screening, Mo and Mos’ faith means they must also stop to pray five times a day.

“Who knows? Just taking five minutes to stop and pray might just help us focus. And that could be just what we need to win the race,” says Mos.

The boys don’t necessarily see their weight as a disadvantage.

Mo says: “There have been people in the race who have been fatter than us. I don’t think it’s a barrier for us to win. The other teams with their six packs might be looking at us and going,

‘Don’t worry about those guys,’ which works in our favour.”

Mo and Mos met three years ago at a leadership course. They cite their experience of different cultures as one of their greatest strengths.

As a multicultural youth worker for the past five years, Mo says, “That’s given me access to people from lots of different backgrounds so I know about many cultures around the world.”

Mos has similar experience through his volunteer work at RISE, a group which assists refugees and asylum seekers. He has also completed a degree in Sociology and a Masters in Sports Business.

While they have plenty in common, their approach to the race could differ.

Mo says, “I’m far more driven. Honestly, the thing I’m most scared about with Mos is that we’re at the start line and Grant says, ‘Go’ and I’m going to run and Mos will just start walking. He’ll be like, ‘Yeah, there’s no rush.’ He’s a very relaxed guy. Whereas I’ll be stressed about not knowing what’s happening next.”



Nigella Lawson wears a burqini on Bondi Beach


For admirers of Nigella Lawson's Rubenesque curves, the prospect of the domestic goddess hitting the beach was one to savour.


From corseted Vivienne Westwood gowns to figure-hugging cashmere twinsets, the television chef never fails to make the most of her voluptuous figure.


So her choice of swimwear for a dip off Sydney's Bondi Beach came as something of a surprise. Rather than a revealing swimming costume, Miss Lawson was covered head to toe in a burkini, the modesty-saving outfit designed for Muslim women.


The 51-year-old cut a striking figure as she splashed in the surf with her friend, comedian Maria McErlane. While Miss McErlane wore a skimpy bikini, Miss Lawson was protected from the elements in a black two-piece and peaked cap, leaving only her hands, feet and face showing.


Rather than a sudden conversion to Islam, her choice of outfit was motivated by a desire to shield her creamy complexion from the Australian sun. "Nigella was protecting herself from sunburn, nothing more than that," said her spokesman.


Miss Lawson purchased the burkini from Islamic swimwear company Modestly Active, which has stores in the east London suburbs of Walthamstow and Stratford. The firm makes "shariah compliant swimwear" and the model chosen by Miss Lawson costs from £79.99 for a small size to £89.99 for XXL, offering a sun protection factor of 50+.


Ismail Sacranie, Modestly Active's marketing director, said: "We set up the company in 2007 to cater for people who wanted an alternative to the swimwear that was out there, mainly for religious reasons. We didn't really anticipate non-Muslims buying the clothing but now we have a healthy and loyal following - about 15 per cent of our client base.

"Non-Muslim women buy our clothes for all sorts of reasons. There is the health benefit of protecting your skin from the sun, but it's just a case of choice - women choose to wear what they feel comfortable in.

"For a long time, women who wanted to wear something modest while swimming didn't have any alternative except for leggings and a T-shirt, which are not ideal bceause they drag you down and cling to the body. I think there was a desperate need for someone to come up with a product like this."

Mr Sacranie added: "It is always nice to have celebrities wearing our product."

When Miss Lawson stepped out in a Vivienne Westwood corset dress two years ago, sales soared. Burkini-makers will be waiting to see if she does the same for them.

The chef was in Sydney to record a guest appearance on the Australian version of MasterChef. She and Miss McErlane breakfasted on eggs at a beachside cafe before venturing into the sea.

She is not the first celebrity to don an all-in-one outfit for swimming. Pale-skinned Nicole Kidman also favours the all-in-one. Australia takes sun protection seriously and the lifeguard association Surf Life Saving Australia includes Muslim members who wear yellow and red burkinis.

Back on dry land, Miss Lawson is proud of her curves. She has said: "I'm very glad that I don't have that skinny straight-up-and-down shape, that I'm this Edwardian throwback with a very small waist and ankles and wrists, and the rest [is] billowing."


Australia's top hip hop artists unite to speak for multiculturalism


Australia’s top hip hop artists, including hip hop legend Hau of Koolism and international award winning slam poet and rapper Omar bin Musa, have come together to speak out against the recent attacks on multiculturalism.

In a hip hop video specially recorded in support of the Federation of Ethnic Communities’ Councils of Australia (FECCA), the four artists of diverse cultural backgrounds (Malaysian, Indian, Greek and Tongan Australians) expressed their personal take on the recent issues.

FECCA is the national peak body representing multicultural Australians.


FECCA has been inundated with responses from communities and leaders across Australia about recent articles in the mainstream press declaring the failure of multiculturalism.

Omar Bin Musa says in his piece “Everyone look in my eyes, being patriotic doesn’t mean I can’t criticize system that I live in.”


In calling for a change in attitudes, Greek Australian rapper and poet Lesson MC says, “Change is much more than the coins in your pockets. It takes a new way to see the world through your sockets.” The artists are accompanied by star beatboxer, Kodak.

FECCA ran a national campaign last year called “Reclaim Multiculturalism” which attracted wide support.


FECCA’s current campaign is “Advancing Multiculturalism” and the video is released in support of this.

FECCA Chair Pino Migliorino said, “In times when multiculturalism comes under attack, we need to hear the voices of Australians for whom this is not a choice anymore. Young Australians model for us the innovative richness of cross cultural interactions. We have to stop the blame game on religions and cultures and get on with the task of building the structures of our new multicultural policy.”

The video is one of many strategies that FECCA will use to support the cause of multiculturalism in its current campaign.





Ijtema in Darra


Lunch after Jumma

The Darra Mosque in Oxley hosted the annual ijtema over the weekend with followers of the Tabligh Jammat making their way to Queensland from many different parts of the country to listen to talks on Islam and to offer to "go out to their communities and remind people of their religious obligations."

Over 2000 mainly men and children attended the programme over the two and a half days, many bunking down on the Mosque carpet overnight.


President of the Islamic Society of Darra, Mr. Abdul Jalal, welcomed the mussallees at the Friday jumma prayer and encouraged them to make the most of the weekend programme.



An Apple for Abdurrahman



Mustafa Ally, president of Crescents of Brisbane, handed a beaming young Abdurrahman, the son of Orhan Camkara, the iPad2 his father won as a lucky door prize at the recently held Muslims & Services Expo and Forum (MSEF'2011).


Orhan Camkara, the IT manager at the Islamic College of Brisbane, told CCN that it was just what he and his son had been wanting, and that Abdurrahman was eager to start reading the ebooks and playing games on the device.




Brisbane Islamic Convention 2011


Born into a Chinese Malay Buddhist family, Sh Hussain Yee (pictured right) found Islam in his search for true inner peace.


Wanting to excel as a Muslim, he pursued Islamic studies overseas and became the first Chinese Malay Islamic Scholar!


Since then, over the last 30 years, he has been second to none in the field of Islamic Dawah in Malaysia and is also a world renowned International Islamic speaker is one of the most popular speakers on Peace TV satellite channel.


Muslims in Brisbane and Perth will have their first chance to be entertained and yet find spiritual upliftment from this Master of Islamic diplomacy and dawah, Sheikh Hussain Yee.


Presented by Australian Muslim Youth Network (AMNY), HikmahWay Institute and Sunnah Inspirations Inc. Sh Yee will be at the University of Queensland on Saturday 30 April (Click on image on left for full details).


The Deen Show

Muslim Scientists and Scholars


Muslim scientists and scholars have contributed immensely to human knowledge especially in the period between 8th and 14th century CE.


But their contributions have been largely ignored, forgotten or have gone un-acknowledged.


Each week CCN brings you, courtesy of www.ummah.com, an account of one of the many talented Muslim scholars in history whose contributions have left lasting marks in the annals of science, astronomy, medicine, surgery, engineering and philosophy.


This week's Muslim scholar, philosopher and/or thinker is: Jabir Ibn Haiyan (Died 803 C.E.)

Jabir Ibn Haiyan, the alchemist Geber of the Middle Ages, is generally known as the father of chemistry. Abu Musa Jabir Ibn Hayyan, sometimes called al-Harrani and al-Sufi, was the son of the druggist (Attar). The precise date of his birth is the subject of some discussion, but it is established that he practised medicine and alchemy in Kufa around 776 C.E.


He is reported to have studied under Imam Ja'far Sadiq and the Ummayed prince Khalid Ibn Yazid. In his early days, he practised medicine and was under the patronage of the Barmaki Vizir during the Abbssid Caliphate of Haroon al-Rashid. He shared some of the effects of the downfall of the Barmakis and was placed under house arrest in Kufa, where he died in 803 C.E.

Jabir's major contribution was in the field of chemistry. He introduced experimental investigation into alchemy, which rapidly changed its character into modern chemistry. On the ruins of his well-known laboratory remained after centuries, but his fame rests on over 100 monumental treatises, of which 22 relate to chemistry and alchemy.


His contribution of fundamental importance to chemistry includes perfection of scientific techniques such as crystalization, distillation, calcination, sublimation and evaporation and development of several instruments for the same. The fact of early development of chemistry as a distinct branch of science by the Arabs, instead of the earlier vague ideas, is well-established and the very name chemistry is derived from the Arabic word al-Kimya, which was studied and developed extensively by the Muslim scientists.

Perhaps Jabir's major practical achievement was the discovery of mineral and others acids, which he prepared for the first time in his alembic (Anbique). Apart from several contributions of basic nature to alchemy, involving largely the preparation of new compounds and development of chemical methods, he also developed a number of applied chemical processes, thus becoming a pioneer in the field of applied science.


His achievements in this field include preparation of various metals, development of steel, dyeing of cloth and tanning of leather, varnishing of water-proof cloth, use of manganese dioxide in glass-making, prevention of rusting, letterring in gold, identification of paints, greases, etc.


During the course of these practical endeavours, he also developed aqua regia to dissolve gold. The alembic is his great invention, which made easy and systematic the process of distillation. Jabir laid great stress on experimentation and accuracy in his work.

Based on their properties, he has described three distinct types of substances. First, spirits i.e. those which vaporise on heating, like camphor, arsenic and ammonium chloride; secondly, metals, for example, gold, silver, lead, copper, iron, and thirdly, the category of compounds which can be converted into powders. He thus paved the way for such later classification as metals, non-metals and volatile substances.

Although known as an alchemist, he did not seem to have seriously pursued the preparation of noble metals as an alchemist; instead he devoted his effort to the development of basic chemical methods and study of mechanisms of chemical reactions in themselves and thus helped evolve chemistry as a science from the legends of alchemy. He emphasised that, in chemical reactions, definite quantities of various substances are involved and thus can be said to have paved the way for the law of constant proportions.

A large number of books are included in his corpus. Apart from chemistry, he also contributed to other sciences such as medicine and astronomy. His books on chemistry, including his Kitab-al-Kimya, and Kitab al-Sab'een were translated into Latin and various European languages.


These translations were popular in Europe for several centuries and have influenced the evolution of modern chemistry. Several technical terms devised by Jabir, such as alkali, are today found in various European languages and have become part of scientific vocabulary. Only a few of his books have been edited and published, while several others preserved in Arabic have yet to be annotated and published.

Doubts have been expressed as to whether all the voluminous work included in the corpus is his own contribution or it contains later commentaries/additions by his followers. According to Sarton, the true worth of his work would only be known when all his books have been edited and published. His religious views and philosophical concepts embodied in the corpus have been criticised (see footnote) but, apart from the question of their authenticity, it is to be emphasised that the major contribution of Jabir lies in the field of chemistry and not in religion.


His various breakthroughs e.g., preparation of acids for the first time, notably nitric, hydrochloric, citric and tartaric acids, and emphasis on systematic experimentation are outstanding and it is on the basis of such work that he can justly be regarded as the father of modern chemistry. In the words of Max Mayerhaff, the development of chemistry in Europe can be traced directly to Jabir Ibn Haiyan.



Jabir’s interest in alchemy was probably inspired by his teacher Jafar al-Sadiq. He was a deeply religious man, and repeatedly emphasizes in his works that alchemy is possible only by subjugating oneself completely to the will of Allah and becoming a literal instrument of Allah on earth, since the manipulation of reality is possible only for Allah. In the Book of Stones he prescribes long and elaborate sequences of specific prayers that must be performed without error alone in the desert before one can even consider alchemical experimentations. Source

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2011 Census Jobs - Opportunity Knocks for Bilingual Speakers  (REPEAT)

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) is looking for over 5,500 Census Collectors in Queensland from all cultural and linguistic backgrounds to help conduct the Census on 9 August 2011.

With almost one in five Australians speaking a language other than English at home, the ABS is particularly looking for Collectors with bilingual skills who can assist householders to complete their form.

Queensland Census Director, Sally Pritchard wants people from all cultural backgrounds, who can speak languages other than English to apply.

“Australia is an extremely diverse country. We need to make sure our Collector team is representative of our community, to help the ABS capture the full picture of Queensland’s diversity,” Ms Pritchard says.

“Information collected in the Census is essential to identifying and providing targeted services for all cultural groups and their families.”

Census Collectors will pound the pavement to deliver and collect more than 2.8 million Census forms to Queensland’s 1.9 million households.

"People of all ages, from all backgrounds and with wide-ranging experience have become Census Collectors in the past, including students, semi-retirees and stay at home parents," Ms Pritchard adds.

Census Collectors will receive between $1,300 and $2,800 for the casual position and will be employed from 1 July until 8 September.

Applications are open 9 April until 5 May 2011. Apply online at www.abs.gov.au/census or call 1800 420 182.

Graphic designer

Wanted, a budding graphic designer to offer voluntary services to help with design work for a Muslim Business Directory.


For more information please contact:- 0450 297 972 or 0402 575 410

AFL Multicultural Program Coordinator in NSW

The incumbent is required to develop and facilitate opportunities to engage people from diverse cultural backgrounds to broaden both the participation and fan base of Australian Football in NSW and the ACT.


The position is responsible for direct program delivery and development with an emphasis on programs and activities for culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) young people and their families. The incumbent will be required to work closely with school staff, young people and parents, community organisations, community leaders and AFL Clubs to implement specific programs.


Full position description

Around the Muslim World with CCN


Ijtema in South Africa

The Annual Ijtima in South Africa is being held this weekend in Laudium, Gauteng, Pretoria where over 35 000 Muslims from all parts of the country are expected to attend.



Koran-burning pastor Jones briefly jailed


DEARBORN, Michigan — The US pastor whose burning of a Koran sparked deadly violence in Afghanistan has been briefly jailed in a heavily Islamic suburb after a court banned his protest outside a mosque.

A local judge jailed pastor Terry Jones of Gainesville, Florida, and his associate Wayne Sapp on Friday after a court ruled that their planned protest outside the Islamic Center of America in Dearborn, Michigan, could lead to violence.

In court, Jones argued that the Koran "promotes terrorist activities around the world."

He also insisted that his right to protest against Islam was protected by the US Constitution.

"The First Amendment does us no good if it confines us to saying what is popular," he said.

But Dearborn Police Chief Ronald Haddad testified that his department had received information about serious threats made against Jones from local residents, arguing that his protest could lead to violence if allowed.

Prosecutor Robert Moran argued that the protest had nothing to do with the First Amendment and that the community's security and peace were at stake.

In the end, the jury sided with the prosecution and Judge Mark Somers set bond at the symbolic amount of a dollar each for the two pastors, which they initially refused to pay.

Following their refusal, both were escorted to a local jail. But local media reported that they changed their minds after spending about an hour behind bars and posted the bond.

Under the judge's ruling, both Jones and Sapp are now prohibited by the court from going to the mosque for three years.

But Jones was quoted by The Detroit Free Press as saying the two "will come back next week" to try to organize a new protest.


We come here today not as Christians, not as Muslims, not as Jews, but as Americans. We have only one flag, and it is the American flag


Osama Sablani

Dearborn is home to the largest Muslim community in the United States. The 2000 census found the city's population to be 30 percent Arab-American.

Hundreds of local residents who rallied in front of Henry Ford Centennial Library late Friday denied they tried to silence free speech and called on residents to remain peaceful.

"We come here today not as Christians, not as Muslims, not as Jews, but as Americans," said Osama Sablani, publisher of the Dearborn-based Arab American News and one of the organizers of the rally. "We have only one flag, and it is the American flag."

Cea Noyes, a sociology and anthropology professor from Olivet College who took part in the rally, said Jones was trying to divide American.

"What he is doing is just appalling," she said.

Jones and Sapp made international headlines after their ceremonial "trial and execution" of the Koran by burning the Islamic holy book on March 20 at his Florida church that led to deadly protests in Afghanistan.

Seven UN staff were killed during one protest in the northern city of Mazar-i-Sharif on April 1. Overall, more than 20 people have been killed.

Jones believes Islam and the Koran promote intolerance and violence.

Following the killing of UN peacekeepers, the evangelical pastor said he and his supporters demanded action from the United Nations.

"Islam is not a religion of peace," he said in an earlier statement. "The time has come to hold Islam accountable."

He said that Muslim-dominated countries could no longer be allowed to spread their hatred against Christians and minorities.

"They must alter the laws that govern their countries to allow for individual freedoms and rights, such as the right to worship, free speech, and to move freely without fear of being attacked or killed," he stated.

Jones had long threatened to burn the Koran despite warnings that it would put American troops and others in Afghanistan in danger.


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CCN Readers' Book Club: You are what you read!


A reader wrote this article for the Sisters magazine website:


The joy of reading


I used to read to my children every night: Islamic stories about the prophets, bedtime stories, stories from other cultures. But, along the way, my struggle to get them into bed before 8:30 meant that bedtime reading time was lost.

So what I did for my 40 day challenge was pledge to read for 15 minutes with the children and, apart from a few days here and there, we've been doing it! It helps not to confine the reading time to bedtime because that means that you have the flexibility to work it into your day when you have some 'down time'.

The kids and I have been enjoying some of the picture books from our home library (on which I have spent nearly all my money over the years - lol) and some have become firm favourites. You might want to check them out next time you are at the library.

'Muncha, muncha, muncha' by Candace Flemming is a wonderful read-aloud story about a Scrooge-like gardener who doesn't want to share his 'nice, crisp veggies' with a trio of super-cunning, hungry rabbits.

'Burger Boy' by Alan Durant is a modern cautionary tale about the perils of eating too many burgers. My youngest son is in love with the refrain: 'I'm not a burger, I'm a boy - let me be!'

'You and Me' by Stella Blackstone is a whimsical twist on the traditional opposites book. For some reason, my boys love this one, maybe because of the rhyming text or the gorgeous watercolour illustrations. Either way, it is a nice, simple one for a little mum-child time.

It has been rewarding to see my boys (and the little girl!) excited about books and actively seeking me out to read to them. Insha Allah, this will instill in them a love of books and the written word which will stand them in good stead, both academically and as little human beings.



Would you like to see the cover of your favourite book on our book shelves below?

Then simply email the title and author to thebookclub@crescentsofbrisbane.org


Double click a book cover to find out what others think of the book

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Share a book review on Shelfari, where this reader meets fellow readers.

CCN has set up an online Book Club at Shelfari to connect with CCN book readers at:


Using the book club you can see what books fellow CCN readers have on their shelves, what they are reading and even what they, and others, think of them.

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KB's Culinary Corner


Crepe Chicken Casserole 


KB SAYS: This is a really easy Sunday brunch recipe with a “wow” factor - one you can impress the family with over this long weekend. The crepes can also be made in advance and frozen and left out at room temperature for an hour to thaw out.



Crepe Mix
1 cup flour
1¼ cup milk
1 egg
1 egg yolk
Pinch of salt

Mix all the above ingredients and leave to rest for 30mins.
Pour approx ¼ cup of batter onto a pan and make thin crepes.

500g chicken breast or tender loins cut into small squares
1 tab olive oil
1 onion chopped
1 tsp garlic
1 tsp green chillies
1 tsp salt
¼ tsp pepper
2 tab sour cream
100g fresh sliced mushrooms
1 cup white sauce
Cheese to sprinkle

1. Sauté the onions in the olive oil

2. Add garlic, green chillies and after 2 mins add chicken and salt and pepper and cook until chicken is done.

3. Then add mushrooms and sauté for 2 mins and stir in sour cream. The mixture should be a little saucy, if required add a little milk.
3. Place 2 tab filling on the crepe and roll folding both sides in so the filling does not ooze out and place them all in a greased casserole, seam down, top with white sauce and sprinkle cheese on the top and bake in a 180 deg oven until the cheese melts.

Serve hot with salads.


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, what are some warm-up exercises I can do before my circuit or cardio workout at home?

A: You can do a combination of exercises at a slower or more gentle pace than you would during your planned workout.


Examples include a 3-5 minute jog or fast walk (even in your backyard if it's big enough), or if you have stairs, do a few sets up and down until you feel warm.

Skipping for 1 minute will certainly get your heart rate up as well, or try a few squats or walking lunges.

This gets blood pumping to the muscles and allows for safer, fuller movements for the rest of your workout.


Remember that your cool down or stretches are just as important at the end of your workout sessions.






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


A rich Saudi prince is exasperated by the slow service in the dining-room of Mula Nasruddin's restaurant, and asks Jallaludin, the waiter, somewhat indignantly, 'Do you know who I am?"


Jallaludin, contemplates the gentleman with sympathetic concern and replies, 'No sir, But I shall make enquiries and inform you directly.'

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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



Body & Beauty

Brochure (pdf)


Table & Chair Hire


Additional contact:

Ahmed Hassan

0433 531 593

The CCN Date Claimer


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




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22-24 April

Fri to Sun

Qld Annual Ijtima

Islamic Society of Darra

Darra Mosque, OXLEY


All day & night

30 April


Brisbane Islamic Convention 2011: Sh Hussein Yee

Steel Building, University of Queensland

0406 740 790


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

2 May


Habib Umar's "Tranquility amidst Turbulence" Tour


Kuraby Mosque


10am to 11.30am

2 May


Habib Umar's "Tranquility amidst Turbulence" Tour

Griffith University, Multi-faith Centre


1.30pm to 3pm

2 May


Habib Umar's "Tranquility amidst Turbulence" Tour


Kuraby Mosque


7.30pm to 9pm

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

17 July


Annual Madrasah soccer tournament 2011







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


Ms Fatima Jangda

17 Jakaranda Place

Eight Mile Plains

Tel: 3219 8150


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

Muslim Reverts Network

Supporting new Muslims


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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