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Sunday, 15 May 2011

 Newsletter 0340



The Voter's Challenge


The first of the Democracy Workshops hosted jointly by Crescents of Brisbane, AMARAH and Islamic Council of Queensland got off to a flying start at the Islamic College of Brisbane last night (Saturday).


16 teams, named after Queensland's electoral districts, saw through five rounds of questions on the Australian electoral and parliamentary system.


The evening easily lived up to its billing as "a night of entertainment, enlightenment and education" despite the perceived insipidness of the subject matter.


Quiz master and quiz composer Mustafa Ally led the questioning, ably assisted by Mr Mohammed Yusuf, Ms Nora Amath, Mr Mohammed Khatree, Ms Riffat Gurdezi, Mr Omar Issadeen and Miss Zaheera Casoojee.


Representatives of the Australian Electoral Commission, Mr Derek O’Beirne and Ms Lorraine Donaghey also lent authority to the proceedings.


The Rankin team was pipped at the post by a single point by the Moreton Team leaving the latter to walk away with the major prize of the evening - $50 shopping vouchers for each member of the team..


The Voter's Challenge roadshow has set its sights on travelling to the Muslim communities of Toowoomba, the Gold Coast, Mareeba and Rockhampton.

Aussie bin Laden


A Current Affair aired a program during the week entitled "Aussie bin Laden" with the promo:


He is Australia's most extreme Muslim convert, a man who would see Islam to take over the Australian way of life. Ibrahim Siddiq-Conlon is urging people to join his faith in the wake of Osama bin Laden’s demise, and end the typical Australian culture.



A letter endorsed by a number of local Queensland Muslim organizations was sent to ACA condemning the program:

Ibrahim Siddiq-Conlon does not represent the views of the majority of Muslims in Australia. Even though the ‘ACA team and the channel nine network’ know this quite well, ACA still chose to blatantly give this man (who doesn’t represent any organisation or community) and his views airtime for controversy and ratings. This is irresponsible journalism.

A Current Affair should promote positive and constructive community spirit. Rather ACA prefer to air negative and destructive stories such as this, which create hatred and distrust towards Muslim people and a negative stereotype towards Islam and Muslims.

We also draw your attention to the inappropriateness in calling Ibrahim Siddiq-Conlon a ‘cleric’. He himself claims no such qualifications in Islamic studies (see his website http://www.isciae.com.au/index.php?categoryid=2). Your incorrect usage of such a title indirectly implies that his views might be legitimate and shared by other contemporary scholars of Islam.

We hereby disapprove of your irresponsible journalism and denounce the views expressed by Ibrahim Siddiq-Conlon.

The program can be seen here on ninemsn.

Harmony Festival

 By Aisha Dennis, Community Liaison RHSS


Runcorn Heights State School is celebrating its colourful diversity with a Harmony Festival next Saturday the 21st May, starting at 12.00pm and finishing at 4.00pm.

Everyone is welcome!


There will be lots of fun activities for the kids and fantastic food and entertainment for the parents.

Come and support the school, proceeds on the day will go to our Harmony House Project.

CresCafe, great supporters of Harmony festivities at Runcorn Heights State school, will be there again in force along with their famous Cupcakes!

Looking forward to seeing many familiar faces next Saturday

Algester Ladies Auxiliary Brunch

Report by Shamshad

Last Sunday saw the celebration of the 3rd Annual Mother’s Day Brunch organised by the Islamic Society of Algester Centre, held at the Beenleigh Events Centre.

The function was well attended and was a resounding success. Not only did all the tickets sell out but all who attended were provided with a variety of delectable foods to satisfy each individual palate.

The dishes ranged from omelettes to sausages, fried potatoes, dhal, and the well loved and sought after paaya There was also a variety of accompaniments such as rotis and paratas as well as an amazing spread of mini muffins, cupcakes and scones.

It was a good day for all who attended. There were lucky draw prizes and sale of various Islamic ware, perfumes and literature and a range of Indian delicacies.

It is certainly an event that we should all keep in mind for next year. What a lovely way to give the mums who attended a day out of the kitchen.

Jazakallahu Khair and thanks to all who attended, contributed and assisted in any way, especially all those behind the scenes, who give of their time tirelessly, to ensure the success of the event.

We look forward to seeing you all again next year, insha'Allah

Last week's Q&A


Some of the questions posed by last week's audience to the Q&A panel (which included Muslim comedian, Nazeem Hussain and Middle East counter-terrorism analyst Lydia Khalil) were:



KERI LEE asked: Given that Americans are such cheerleaders of democracy and justice, why wasn't Osama Bin Laden captured and put to trial in front of the international community? No doubt he would have been found guilty, but a trial is a basic human right. So my question to the panel is, do you agree with Bin Laden's killing, or do you believe that he deserved the right to trial?



PAIGE BURTON asked: Was the reaction from the American public and media after the death of Osama Bin Laden hypocritical, in that they have almost mirrored the reaction from terrorist groups after an act of terrorism? Groups over which the West has claimed the moral high ground.


GERALDINE O’LOUGHLIN from WA asked via Web: My 8 year old son asked me, after watching the news, why people are so happy that they killed bin Laden. I told him it was a good question and one I couldn't answer. What message does his murder send to my children?



JENNINE ABDUL KHALIK asked: The Attorney-General's department recently announced $1 million in federal grants to stop the spread of extremism among young Muslims.
Would you say this counter-terrorism grant essentially implies that Muslims, in their very nature, are more inclined to violence and don't you think these anti-radical initiatives further generalise, ostracise and vilify Muslim youth - who, for the most part, don't condone extremism and violence?


JASON FRETWELL asked: The Australian government is obviously doing its best to capture Islamic extremists who seek to harm us. What is the Islamic community doing to ensure that your fellow countrymen and women are not hurt by these people?

Watch the program for the panelists' views:




AMYN Inter-Uni Cup 2011 gets off to a flying start!

 by AMYN Staff Writer

Picture-perfect skies, freshly cut grass, a cool autumn breeze... ideal conditions for... SOCCER!

The much anticipated AMYN Inter-University Cup for 2011 hosted by Australian Muslim Youth Network (AMYN) got off to a great start today, Saturday 14th May, here in the heart of Brisbane's South.

Twelve teams gathered to vie for the title of AMYN Inter-Uni Cup Champion, but only one will survive.

"Alhamdulillah, this year's AMYN Inter-Uni Cup has been blessed by Allah with excellent weather, enthusiastic teams and an atmosphere of brotherhood and healthy competition," said Ismail Mohamed, AMYN tournament co-organiser.

"Usually, you find scuffles breaking out in these kind of soccer tournaments, but what was amazingly different today were heart-warming gestures of players hugging each other and shaking hands, apologising with each other and brushing aside differences, realising the brotherhood that binds us together."

"This is what the AMYN Cup is all about!"

Tough competition in the group stages saw eight teams progressing to the final knockout round to be held on Sunday.

Several teams have already staked claims on the prize, with a number of new teams bursting onto the scene.

The finals are scheduled for 1pm, Sunday.

More coverage of the AMYN Cup to come in next week's edition of CCN, inshaAllah!

The CCN Wedding Scene






From left (standing) Mrs Umme Hussain Mannana Khatun, Dr Muhammad Habib Ullah, Dr Shahjahan Khan, Mrs Anarkali Lutfun Nahar, and (sitting bride and groom) Naafiya Narjis Ullah and Abdullah Imran Khan

The nikah of Abdullah Imran, son of Dr Shahjahan Khan and Mrs Anarkali Lutfun Nahar of Toowoomba and Naafiya Narjis, daughter of Dr Muhammad Habib Ullah and Mrs Umme Hussain Mannana Khatun of Sydney took place in Carlton, Sydney on Saturday 30 April.


The wedding reception was held at the Sapphire Function Centre, Auburn, NSW on Sunday 1 May followed by a walimah lunch on Sunday 8 May at the Toowoomba Indoor Bowling Association Hall in Toowoomba where over 300 invited guests were in attendance.


The groom, Imran, achieved a first class honours degree in Information Technology from the University of Queensland, and works as a Software Engineer at Ikon, and he is a partner of a digital signage company Five Faces in Brisbane.


Naafiya is a communications engineer.


The couple will settle in Brisbane and the families ask for duas and prayers from everyone.  


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:


Thabit Ibn Qurra Ibn Marwan al-Sabi al-Harrani was born in the year 836 C.E. at Harran (present Turkey). As the name indicates he was basically a member of the Sabian sect, but the great Muslim mathematician Muhammad Ibn Musa Ibn Shakir, impressed by his knowledge of languages, and realising his potential for a scientific career, selected him to join the scientific group at Baghdad that was being patronised by the Abbasid Caliphs. There, he studied under the famous Banu Musa brothers.


It was in this setting that Thabit contributed to several branches of science, notably mathematics, astronomy and mechanics, in addition to translating a large number of works from Greek to Arabic.


Later, he was patronised by the Abbasid Caliph al-M'utadid. After a long career of scholarship, Thabit died at Baghdad in 901 C.E.

Thabit's major contribution lies in mathematics and astronomy. He was instrumental in extending the concept of traditional geometry to geometrical algebra and proposed several theories that led to the development of non-Euclidean geometry, spherical trigonometry, integral calculus and real numbers.


He criticised a number of theorems of Euclid's elements and proposed important improvements. He applied arithmetical terminology to geometrical quantities, and studied several aspects of conic sections, notably those of parabola and ellipse. A number of his computations aimed at determining the surfaces and volumes of different types of bodies and constitute, in fact, the processes of integral calculus, as developed later.



Proving Pythagoras' Theorem through dissection

In astronomy he was one of the early reformers of Ptolemic views. He analysed several. problems related to the movements of sun and moon and wrote treatises on sun-dials.

In the fields of mechanics and physics he may be recognised as the founder of statics. He examined conditions of equilibrium of bodies, beams and levers.

In addition to translating a large number of books himself, he founded a school of translation and supervised the translation of a further large number of books from Greek to Arabic.

Among Thabit's writings a large number have survived, while several are not extant. Most of the books are on mathematics, followed by astronomy and medicine. The books have been written in Arabic but some are in Syriac.


In the Middle Ages, some of his books were translated into Latin by Gherard of Cremona. In recent centuries, a number of his books have been translated into European languages and published.

He carried further the work of the Banu Musa brothers and later his son and grandson continued in this tradition, together with the other members of the group.


His original books as well as his translations accomplished in the 9th century exerted a positive influence on the development of subsequent scientific research.

Bosnian Readers' Update

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Saints Draw In Thriller


In what can only be described as one of the games of the season, Sunnybank Saints drew 3-3 against Mansfield Red at home. Saints were looking to bounce back from a dissapointing defeat the week before but things went awry half way through the first half. 


Mansfield scored a soft goal against the run of play to take the lead and knock the Saints back a bit. Mansfield then doubled their lead some ten minutes later thanks to some sloppy defending from the Saints. The scored stayed at 2-0 going into the half time break Sunnybank were determined to bounce back. 


The Saints went for it from the start of the second half and their pressure paid off when they were awarded a corner. The cross was met by the head of Ziyaad Hassan who hit the crossbar, but Mohammed Raja was quickest to the rebound to head home from 2 yards out. Sunnybank were having all the possession and Zeyn Suleman made it count with an early contender for goal of the season. He cut back in from his right hand side, and his left foot shot went over everyone and into the corner. A true beauty sent the teams level and it looked like Sunnybank were going to go on win it. 


Mansfield had other ideas however and a rare foray forward resulted in a third goal for the visitors. Mansfield looked to have the game all sewn up as the clock ticked away, but Sunnybank kept on coming. With about 3 minutes to go on the clock, Sunnybank got forward and a lovely through ball to Liam allowed the midfield to get in one on one with the Manfield goalkeeper, before keeping his cool and slotting home for Sunnybanks third and equalising goal. 


Sunnybank kept pushing for the winning goal, but were unable to crack Mansfields defence and with the final whistle the score stayed 3-3. It was a pulsating game from the first whistle and the fans who turned out were not dissapointed. 

Sunnybank will now turn their attention to Raceview Purple at Kath Chandler field on 21st May at 3pm. 

Around the Muslim World with CCN


Abu Dhabi, Queensland announces multi-million shelter project


Abu Dhabi: The Abu Dhabi government and Queensland on Monday announced $60 million (Dh220.8 million) to build 10 CAT 5 multi-purpose cyclone shelters and multi-purpose facilities in North Queensland.

The announcement was made by Reem Al Hashemi, Minister of State, (pictured left)Premier and Reconstruction Minister of Australia's Queensland Anna Bligh and Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd

Bligh said a gift of $30 million from Abu Dhabi towards building 5 more Category 5-rated multi-purpose cyclone shelters would be matched by State Government funding.

Reem said Abu Dhabi is pleased to help build the shelters knowing that they would be valued assets for decades to come - and not just as evacuation centres in time of crisis.

"Abu Dhabi believes in the strength and resilience of the people of Queensland. We are pleased to be able to strengthen the community and safety infrastructure of Queensland with this $30M contribution.

"At short notice, the shelters will be able to safely house thousands of people and offer valuable community services for the people of Queensland year round," she said.





Terry Jones and Imam Hasan Al Qazwini on Let It Rip





Energy diet challenge turns Emirati family eco-conscious


The Al Nowais family competed against eight other families from Canada, Slovenia, Mexico, Egypt, Japan, Sweden, India and US. The Al Nowais family was able to accomplish most of the tasks assigned to them as part of the challenge. 

Abu Dhabi: When the Al Nowais family embarked on their National Geographic 360º Energy Diet 12 weeks ago, they didn't know just how much it would impact their lives or open their eyes to different international environmental practices.

"It's been a fun, stressful 12 weeks. But I don't regret any of it and I wouldn't change anything… I've always been interested in the environment and conservation so when I heard about the challenge, I approached the National Geographic Al Arabiya magazine and 10 days later, we were in!" Boudour, a graphic designer for an Arabic daily newspaper, said.

Along with her husband, Mohammad Ali Al Nowais, an accountant at the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Community Development, and her three children, Ali, 6; Hassan, 4; and Fatima, 2, Boudour began by examining their home consumption and then seeing what they could do to offset their initial carbon footprint.

"When we began to compile our information, I was shocked at the level of waste at home, even though I try to be as eco friendly as possible. For example, we discovered that during a typical week we would drink water from 96 125ml bottles, 48 300ml bottles and 24 1.5 litre bottles. Now, we've shifted to a water dispenser and our plastic bottle consumption has dropped greatly," she said.


As part of their challenge, each family was given a checklist of practices that had to be completed, which at first glance appeared daunting for the Emirati family, but they were able to accomplish most of their tasks. That caused them to tie with a Mexican family with 595 points, and both families will be provided with a special recognition award by National Geographic for their outstanding efforts.

"When we first started out, my family and friends thought I was crazy, especially since my husband and I have hectic jobs and one of our children is constantly sick and so has to be taken to the hospital. But I was very pleased and humbled when towards the end of the challenge, a relative told me how proud she was of our efforts and asked me to teach her to be eco-friendly!" Boudour said.

The Al Nowais' participation in the challenge was coordinated by the National Geographic. The Emirati family competed against eight other families from Canada, Slovenia, Mexico, Egypt, Japan, Sweden, India and the US. Their efforts were chronicled in their blog entries, which are available on http://360energydiet.com/

"This experience has taught us all a lot about being eco friendly in Abu Dhabi… hopefully, more people will take up this practice and make it a lifestyle, especially Emiratis who aren't usually concerned about the environment as they are used to currently living excessive, luxurious lifestyles. However, that is slowly changing, and hopefully we can all continue educating our children about the importance of conservation, which will cause a positive change in the future," Boudour said.




Waldorf waiter says he had to 'switch name' from 'Mohamed'


BUST-’ED’: Mohamed Kotbi says the Waldorf-Astoria forced him to wear fake names, like this one: “Edgar.” 

Hello, my name is, um, John? Hector? Or is it Edgar? And I’ll be your server tonight.

An Arab banquet waiter at the legendary Waldorf-Astoria hotel says he was forced to wear different name tags at work to prevent guests from being frightened by being served by someone named Mohamed.

Mohamed Kotbi said the first time he was asked to do so was on Sept. 13, 2001 — two days after the attacks on the Twin Towers.

Kotbi, who has worked for the hotel since December 1984, said he was given a name tag that said, “John.”

“I put it on. I was in shock,” the Muslim man said. When he later went to complain to hotel management, he said he was told, “We don’t want to scare our guests.”

He filed discrimination complaints with the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in 2005 and 2009, and was eventually given a name tag with his last name, Kotbi.

This past November, however, he was given a name tag that said, “Edgar.” Kotbi said he complained and was told by a manager, “It’s better to be Edgar than Mohamed today.”

Now he is suing the Waldorf for religious and racial discrimination, charging that hotel management has created a “hostile work environment” with the nametag shenanigans and its failure to stop a group of co-workers from tormenting him.

The suit says co-workers have repeatedly called him “terrorist,” “al Qaeda boy,” and other names. “It’s like I’m guilty, like I did the attacks on September 11,” the Moroccan-born man said.

“They won’t do anything to stop this,” said Kotbi’s lawyer, Jonathan Bell of Bell & Kilada. He said the taunts weigh on Kotbi heavily, but he is “a family man” and “can’t afford to just up and leave.”

The hotel did not return calls for comment.



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The Age of Deception: Nuclear Diplomacy in Treacherous Times




Mohamed ElBaradei



For the first time, the Nobel Prize laureate and "man in the middle" of the planet's most explosive confrontations speaks out—on his dealings with America, negotiations with Iran, reform and democracy in the Middle East, and the prospects for a future free of nuclear weapons.


For the past two decades, Mohamed ElBaradei has played a key role in the most high-stakes conflicts of our time.


Unique in maintaining credibility in the Arab world and the West alike, ElBaradei has emerged as a singularly independent, uncompromised voice.


As the director of the UN's International Atomic Energy Agency, he has contended with the Bush administration's assault on Iraq, the nuclear aspirations of North Korea, and the West's standoff with Iran.


For their efforts to control nuclear proliferation, ElBaradei and his agency received the 2005 Nobel Peace Prize.


Now, in a vivid and thoughtful account, ElBaradei takes us inside the international fray. Inspector, adviser, and mediator, ElBaradei moves from Baghdad, where Iraqi officials bleakly predict the coming war, to behind-the-scenes exchanges with Condoleezza Rice, to the streets of Pyongyang and the trail of Pakistani nuclear smugglers.


He dissects the possibility of rapprochement with Iran while rejecting hard-line ideologies of every kind, decrying an us-versus-them approach and insisting on the necessity of relentless diplomacy.


Above all, he illustrates that the security of nations is tied to the security of individuals, dependent not only on disarmament but on a universal commitment to human dignity, democratic values, and the freedom from want.


Probing and eloquent, The Age of Deception is an unparalleled account of society's struggle to come to grips with the uncertainties of our age.


In an article entitled ElBaradei suggests war crimes probe of Bush team, Associated Press Special Correspondent, Charles J. Hanley, wrote: 


Former chief U.N. nuclear inspector Mohamed ElBaradei suggests in a new memoir that Bush administration officials should face international criminal investigation for the "shame of a needless war" in Iraq.

Freer to speak now than he was as an international civil servant, the Nobel-winning Egyptian accuses U.S.A. leaders of "grotesque distortion" in the run-up to the 2003 Iraq invasion, when then-President George W. Bush and his lieutenants claimed Iraq possessed doomsday weapons despite contrary evidence collected by ElBaradei's and other arms inspectors inside the country.

The Iraq war taught him that "deliberate deception was not limited to small countries ruled by ruthless dictators," ElBaradei writes in "The Age of Deception," being published Tuesday by Henry Holt and Company.

The 68-year-old legal scholar, head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) from 1997 to 2009 and recently a rallying figure in Egypt's revolution, concludes his 321-page account of two decades of "tedious, wrenching" nuclear diplomacy with a plea for more of it, particularly in the efforts to rein in North Korean and Iranian nuclear ambitions.

"All parties must come to the negotiating table," writes ElBaradei, who won the Nobel Peace Prize jointly with the IAEA in 2005. He repeatedly chides Washington for reluctant or hardline approaches to negotiations with Tehran and Pyongyang.

He is harshest in addressing the Bush administration's 2002-2003 drive for war with Iraq, when ElBaradei and Hans Blix led teams of U.N. inspectors looking for signs Saddam Hussein's government had revived nuclear, chemical or biological weapons programs.

He tells of an October 2002 meeting he and Blix had with Secretary of State Colin Powell, National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice and others, at which the Americans sought to convert the U.N. mission into a "cover for what would be, in essence, a United States of America-directed inspection process."

The U.N. officials resisted, and their teams went on to conduct some 700 inspections of scores of potential weapons sites in Iraq, finding no evidence to support the U.S.A. claims of weapons of mass destruction.

In his own memoir, published last November, Bush still insisted it was right to invade to remove a "homicidal dictator pursuing WMD." But the ex-president also wrote of a "sickening feeling" when no arms turned up after the invasion, and blamed an "intelligence failure" for the baseless claim, a reference to a 2002 U.S.A. intelligence assessment contending WMD were being built.

But that assessment itself offered no concrete evidence, and Bush and his aides have never explained why the U.S.A. position was not changed as on-the-ground U.N. findings came in before the invasion.

ElBaradei cites examples, including the conclusion by his inspectors inside Iraq that certain aluminum tubes were designed for artillery rockets, not for uranium enrichment equipment to build nuclear bombs, as Washington asserted.

The IAEA chief reported this conclusion to the U.N. Security Council on Jan. 27, 2003, and yet on the next day Bush - in a "remarkable" response - delivered a State of the Union address in which he repeated the unfounded claim about aluminum tubes, ElBaradei notes.

Similar contradictions of expert findings occurred with the claim, based on a forgery, that Iraq had sought uranium from Niger, and an Iraqi exile's fabrication that "mobile labs" were producing biological weapons.

"I was aghast at what I was witnessing," ElBaradei writes of the official U.S.A. attitude before the March 2003 invasion, which he calls "aggression where there was no imminent threat," a war in which he accepts estimates that hundreds of thousands of Iraqi civilians were killed.

In such a case, he suggests, the World Court should be asked to rule on whether the war was illegal. And, if so, "should not the International Criminal Court investigate whether this constitutes a `war crime' and determine who is accountable?"

Formidable political and legal barriers would seem to rule out such an investigation. But ElBaradei, citing the war-crimes prosecution of Serbia's Slobodan Milosevic, sees double standards that should end.

"Do we, as a community of nations, have the wisdom and courage to take the corrective measures needed, to ensure that such a tragedy will never happen again?" he asks.



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KB's Culinary Corner


Butternut Soup 


KB SAYS:  This is another Julie Hatia special. With the signs of winter already upon us what better way to keep warm that a wholesome bowlful of wickedly creamy soup! 




2 cups butternut, peeled and cubed
1/4 teaspoon ground white pepper
1 cup water
2 teaspoons Aromat
1 cup cubed chicken fillets
1/4 cup pasta (alphabets, stars or rice noodles)
1.5 litres boiling water

1 tablespoon butter

1 x 125ml fresh cream

1 green chilli, sliced

Chopped spring onions, to garnish

2 cloves garlic, chopped

2 medium carrots, peeled, grated

1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds


1. Cook butternut in ½ cup water until soft. Puree with remaining ½ half cup of water and set aside.
2. Braise green chilli, garlic and cumin in butter. Add chicken, pepper and aromat and cook until chicken is tender.
3. Add carrots, butternut and boiling water and allow the soup to simmer for approximately 10 mins. Lastly add pasta and simmer further until pasta is done.
4. Stir in cream and heat through.
5. Garnish with chopped spring onions.
6. Serve hot with croutons.


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: Salams Kareema, I just recently gave birth via c section. When is it safe to start exercising and what's the best way and safest way to lose the weight, especially the stomach area?

A: Congratulations on the birth of your baby, and welcome to both an exciting and challenging time in your life!

Generally you can start exercising six to eight weeks after a caesarean section. However, you should talk to your doctor before beginning any type of exercise program.

Once you've got the 'all clear' from your doctor, start with short walks daily and as the days go by, gradually increase the distance you walk.

Always remember to stand tall with your shoulders pulled back and down towards your spine, and tummy muscles pulled in gently. This will not
only improve your posture, but help strengthen your tummy and back muscles.

Avoid being sedentary at all costs! Move around at home as much as possible and be sure to rest when baby is napping.

As you set out to flatten your tummy, keep in mind that there's no such thing as "spot reduction." The only way to meet your goal is through a combination of aerobic exercise and toning. Walking, jogging, swimming, or biking are all great choices (be sure that you're working at a pace that suits you and never push yourself too hard). Sit-ups and other abdominal exercises are important, too, but if you perform them alone you'll only strengthen the muscles below the extra fat, and you probably won't see much improvement.

Your diet too, is key. Eat healthy for both you and your baby, rest well and be consistent in your exercise regime and you'll see results quickly.


Take care and NJOY!
Please note: Because, exercising is a physically intensive activity you should consult your medical doctor, physician or general practitioner for advice before embarking on any exercise regime.






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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.

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A rather inebriated man gets on the bus late one night, staggers up the aisle, and sits next to Mula Nasruddin.

Mula Nasruddin looks the man up and down and says, 'I've got news for you, brother. You're going straight to hell.'

The man jumps up out of his seat and shouts, 'Oh no, I'm on the wrong bus, I wanted to go to Gillardtabad.'

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Hydrotherapy & Swimming

classes for Muslim women

pdf version

InWear fashions

Junaid Ally

Ray White

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


Body & Beauty

Brochure (pdf)

Bilal Solwa @ Reed

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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20 May


Abu Hafsah Brisbane Tour: Out of Sight Out of Mind

Kingston Butter Factory, next to Kingston Station

0412 386 839


20 May


Rotary Archerfied: Annual Fund Raiser

Gambaros Restaurant

0418 738 432


21 May


UMB Fundraising Dinner



Michael's Oriental Restaurant

0412 386 839


21 May


Harmony Festival


Aisha Dennis: Runcorn Heights State School


Runcorn Heights State School


12pm to 4pm

21 May


Family Fun Night: Hangi - Lovo

724 Blunder Rd. DURACK

3372 1400

6.30pm to 9.30pm

29 May


Fundraiser BBQ

Al-Mustapha Institute of Brisbane

Svoboda Park, Kuraby

0430 319 807

11am - 2pm

12 June


Annual International Food Festival

Islamic Society of Gold Coast

The Gold Coast Mosque

0412 601 152

All day

19 June


Annual Qu'ran Recitation Competition


Islamic College of Brisbane, KARAWATHA


9am to 1pm

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 Kuraby Mosque every week, insha'Allah.


All ladies are welcome.


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

Islamic Shia Council of Queensland



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