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Sunday, 31 July 2011

 Newsletter 0351




Ramadan Mubarak



CCN takes great pleasure in extending our warmest wishes to our readers and their families for a spiritually rewarding Ramadan.


May the Almighty accept all our fasts, prayers and duas in this holy month of Ramadan.


Council of Imams QLD statement on the commencement of Ramadan


The Beginning of the Holy Month of Ramadan for 2011 – 1432H

The Council of Imams QLD congratulates the Muslim community on the approach of the auspicious month of Ramadan. The council takes this opportunity to announce a number of decisions.

These decisions of the council take in consideration the size of the Australian continent and its geographical location, where it is distant from most of the Muslim countries. In addition, it takes in consideration the multi-cultural nature of the Australian society, where its Muslim citizens come from more than 50 different countries.


Furthermore, the decisions of the council emanate from its keenness on the unity of the Muslims and on following the undisputed Islamic principles observed in most of the Muslim countries.

Based on all the above, the Council of Imams QLD announces the following decisions:

First: The council will consider Australia a separate and independent region as far as determining the beginning of the lunar months is concerned.

Second: The council will use eye sighting, with the aid of astronomical calculations and the observatories, to determine the beginning of the month of Ramadan according to the Islamic teachings and the scientific methods.

Third: Many Islamic centres are monitoring the moon sighting throughout the year in all the Australian states and are coordinating and cooperating with the Council of Imams QLD in order to determine the beginning and end of the month of Ramadan.

Fourth: The Council of Imams QLD asks the Muslim public to assist with sighting the crescent of Ramadan by looking for it on Sunday the 29th of Sha’baan, which is the 31st July 2011 in the Gregorian calendar. Once the sighting is established, according to the Islamic principles followed by the prominent scholars of Islam, the Council will announce officially the beginning of the blessed month of Ramadan.

Authentic ahadith give us clear direction, and we intend to maintain our basic principle in following the sunnah of our beloved Prophet (peace be upon him) which states “Fast when you see it (i.e., the moon at the beginning of Ramadan) and cease fasting (end of Ramadan) when you see it, and if it is hidden or cloudy, complete the counting of Sha'ban as thirty days.' Bukhari & Muslim

It's date time of the year


(left to right) Beneficiaries of the MBN date distribution Mr Faisal Hatia and Mr Aziz Gutta with Mr Farouk Adam at Kuraby Mosque

The Muslim Business Network (MBN) continued with its long established practice of distributing dates before Ramadan across the Mosques and other prayer venues and charitable organizations in the Brisbane and Gold Coast regions.


MBN president, Farouk Adam, told CCN that this year more that 4500 packs of dates sponsored by MBN members were handed out last Friday at over 25 venues.


"With the significant increase in attendance at Mosques this year and with new venues coming up we have had to increase the packs by over 20 percent," Mr Adam added.


The dates were imported from Iran and repacked by MBN committee members.

Ramadan Messages


President of Muslims of Australia (AFIC), Ikebal Patel


Assalamo Alaikum Warahamatullahi Wabarakatuh

It is indeed a great pleasure for me to extend to the Muslim Community of Australia and overseas the sincerest wishes of RAMADAN KAREEM on behalf of the Australian Federation of Islamic Councils.

On behalf of the AFIC Executive Committee and AFIC Staff, it is my great pleasure to send our very best wishes for a spiritually elevating Ramadan. May Allah Subhanahu wa ta'ala accept our fast, worship and prayers during the holy month of Ramadan and grant His Choicest Blessings on all Muslims and all humanity and in particular those who are facing hardship and difficulty around the world.

During the holy month of Ramadan I request the Muslim community to share this holy month with our fellow Australians by inviting them to Iftar and extending to them our traditional Muslim hospitality and explaining the virtues of Ramadan to them.

It is important to impress on our non Muslim friends that Muslims throughout the world observe fast from dawn to dusk and try to reform their lives in conformity with the values of humanity and the wishes of God, our Creator and Sustainer.

We also reflect on those human beings in the world who unfortunately do not even have their basic needs of food and shelter met and request the Muslim community to donate generously towards their plight.

May the blessings of this holy month of Ramadan permeate the entire human kind and bring peace, security, stability and hope for all peoples of the world.


Islamic Womens' Association of Queensland



David Forde (Independent Candidate for Stretton)


Assalaamu Aalaykum

I take this opportunity to wish the members of our local Muslim community and indeed all Muslims, a spiritually rewarding holy month of Ramadan, the ninth month of the Islamic calendar.

May peace be upon you and your families during this holy month, a time that allows for reflection on what is important to you and your family.

As a long time member of the local community in Kuraby, my family and I have developed many friendships with our much-valued Muslim community and we sincerely look forward to continuing and enhancing these relationships for a long time come.

Ramadan Mubarak

Dr Qadri lecture tour report   


The Dr Qadri Lecture Tour kicked off to a flying start on Friday when some 400 invited and paying guests came to Michael' Oriental Restaurant to listen to the first of the much anticipated lectures by Shaykh-ul-Islam Dr Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri.


Addressing an audience made up largely of community and religious leaders, Imams and politicians, Dr Qadri spoke at great length on the roots of Islam and how the different religious groups were treated and accepted during the time of the Prophet (pbuh).


Mr Gary Hardgrave of 4BC Radio was the Master of Ceremonies for the evening and a number of speakers delivered short messages during the dinner before the main event. Amongst them were the Speaker of the Queensland Legislative Assembly, Mr. John Mickel, Trade and Multicultural Affairs Parliamentary Secretary, Mr. Michael Choi, Independent candidate for the state seat of Stretton, Mr. David Forde, Member for Indooroorpilly, Mr. Scott Emerson, ICQ President, Mr. Mohammed Yusuf, IWAQ Director, Ms Galila Abdelsalam, and ISOGC president, Mr. Hussin Goss.


According to the organizer of the Brisbane leg of the tour, Mr Zaffar Khan, the lecture was streamed online to 73 countries.


At his presentation the next day (Saturday afternoon) at the Citipointe Church, Dr. Qadri told his audience that he was most impressed at the diversity of the audience that was present the previous night and that this representation of Australian multicultural society working, living and engaging in such harmony had made a lasting impression on him. 


At the Saturday event, where a markedly less than expected crowd was in attendance, Dr Qadri spoke on the topic Islam and Peace and concludes his tour with a final lecture today (Sunday afternoon) at the Islamic College of Brisbane where he will speak on the perceptions and reality of jihad.

Michael's Oriental Restaurant

Citipointe Church (Saturday)


Media Interviews

Terrorism & Troops withdrawal in Afghanistan:Tahir-ul-Qadri's interview with Jim Middleton-News Line 


Dr Tahir-ul-Qadri cautioned Western governments on their aid and anti-terror funding


Planting for National Tree Day   


Continuing its tradition of supporting National Tree Day, members of the Crescents of Brisbane Team were out at the Victor Park in Kuraby yesterday (Saturday) helping to bed some 200 trees that will create new habitat for possums and birds. Under the direction of the Bulimba Creek Catchment Coordinating Committee a variety of grasses, lilies, reeds, shrubs and small trees were planted.


This is the fourth year that Crescents of Brisbane and Kuraby Lions have combined their efforts to assist in planting over 2,000 trees in Kuraby


In addition to the Crescents of Brisbane and Lions of Kuraby Teams (pictured left) there appeared to be at one stage as many presiding politicians and ones waiting in the wings as there were trees to be planted. Representatives from nearly all political persuasions and levels of government came, it would seem, to plant both the trees and their political futures into the local electorate.

(left to right) Zuleiga Goder, Zeyn Suleman and Hafizah Suleman


Australian International Islamic College Fete Day 2011

Report by AIIC Fete Committee


The Australian International Islamic College held its 9th Annual Fete Day on Sunday 24 July 2011.


We opened 45 stalls with food and drinks, fairy floss, henna, handicraft, bubble blowers, show bags, ice cream, Islamic clothing and book stalls, lollies, jewellery etc.


The rides were enjoyed by all especially the younger ones.



The wonderful weather attracted a huge crowd  till  late afternoon and the variety of food stalls were ongoing throughout the day.


This kept everyone enjoying the taste of different cuisines inclusive of Bangladeshi, South African, Malaysian, Sri Lankan and our very own Australian sausage sizzle.



The turn-out was excellent and almost all food and drinks were sold out. The college had a very successful response, MashaAllah.  It could have been better, but we thank Allah (SWT) that we have a very supportive community.


We would like to take this opportunity to thank all staff members for their effort and contributions; their team work is superb which has made our FETE DAY a huge success. We value your contributions and look forward to your continuous support to the College each year.


We would like to extend our thanks to all stall holders as well as community members for their continuous support. We also welcome feedback so that we could improve the event in the future.


Once again thank you ALL for making this great day a success and we look forward to next year, InshaAllah


May the blessings of Allah take you on the path of success during this holy Month of Ramadan.

Ramadan Mubarak

Kuraby curry supply on sabbatical


The women who cook the deliciously smelling and tasty food every Friday afternoon and the men who sell the curry and rice packs to long lines of regular customers at the Kuraby Mosque will enjoy a well-earned respite over the next four weeks of Ramadan.


Their voluntary efforts and those of the sponsors of the ingredients have helped raised just under $50 000 for the running of the Mosque this past year.


While they might not wish to be individually acknowledged in CCN, the hard work and dedication of the team should not, says our man-on-the-mussallah, go unrecognized or undocumented.


Local lessons from Norway


Extreme language or behaviour should not be dismissed as harmless Australian vernacular.


The and Norway have more in common than is immediately apparent. Both enjoy an abundance of natural resources that provide a rich source of wealth: Norway from oil and gas and Australia from iron ore and coaL In the debate about how to secure a long-term benefit from this natural good fortune, Australian policymakers have looked at Norway's sovereign wealth fund as a world's best practice model.

Like Australia, Norway has contributed troops to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and punches above its weight as a global citizen in peacekeeping operations and refugee resettlement, issues that have divided public opinion there as much as here.

British Prime Minister David Cameron recognised that the Norwegian tragedy raised the need to review the rise of right-wing extremist groups, after Britain's recent focus on Islamic groups.

When the bomb went off in the centre of Oslo last Friday, followed by the mass killing of young people at a holiday camp, the first assumption was as would be the case if such events were to occur here that Norway had been targeted by Islamic extremists over its involvement in the wars.

It soon became clear that these crimes were committed by one of Norway's own. It also began to emerge that the young man who was captured by police and has now been charged had been giving hints for some time in internet postings, which should have been detected by the police and security services, that he had extreme views that made him a potential danger to society.

Norway will no doubt reflect profoundly on how this young man's madness manifested itself without detection. But there is also much for others to contemplate about what happened in far-away Norway and about the lessons that should be learned.

The most obvious and immediate is that the source of all terrorism is not Islamic extremism.



Australian Financial Review

Samah Hadid Interviewed


Human rights advocate Samah Hadid on why young people in the Middle East are pushing for change and how Islam is in transition.





SAMAH Hadid, 23, human rights advocate, on misconceptions about Muslims, gay rights and burqas.


Greg Callaghan: What are the most common misconceptions about Muslim women in Australia?
Samah Hadid:
They are mistakenly perceived to be oppressed creatures without autonomy. As an Australian Muslim woman, I’ve only ever experienced freedom and individual will. Anyone who has tried stifling my voice has failed miserably.

That’s in Australia. But in Iran, the credibility of a woman’s testimony in court is valued at only half that of a man’s. In Saudi Arabia, women are not allowed to drive cars or leave their homes without their husbands or a male relative. In Pakistan, Jordan, Iraq and even Turkey, women continue to be killed in honour killings.

These countries maintain theocracies that are sustained by patriarchal frameworks. But we cannot lump all Arab and/or Muslim countries in the same category; they have varying levels of patriarchy or religiosity. The role of women in these countries varies as well; there is far more participation and diversity than is reported. Progress has been made in some countries in eliminating the inhumane practice of honour killings, but there is certainly a long way to go.

What are the major challenges ahead for Islam this century?
It differs according to individual Islamic communities. For Muslim majority countries, the challenges of political and economic reform and counterterrorism will be significant in the years ahead. The participation of women and minorities also represent important challenges. For Muslim minorities living in the western world, however, the challenges are around social inclusion, alleviating Islamophobia and adopting more diverse interpretations of Islam.

Are you hopeful that the mass demonstrations sweeping the Middle East will lead to the spread of more democratic institutions and a better deal for women?
I was in Egypt in May, where I saw in Tahrir Square the most beautiful display of democratic political participation, one which even we could stand to learn from as Australians. The “Arab spring” has unleashed a vibrant civil society that will not settle for anything less than the full political participation and freedoms of its citizenry, men and women alike.

In Iran in 1979, radical Islamicists posing as democrats suddenly seized power. Could the Muslim Brotherhood gain control of Egypt?
No, I don’t believe so. The majority of those taking to the streets in Egypt are young – and want a peaceful, democratic society. It’s young people who’ve borne the brunt of problems like high unemployment and they’re not prepared to settle for undemocratic institutions, a lack of freedom and cronyism. Egypt is a religious society, but it’s not a fundamentalist one.

You’ve said banning the burqa and niqab would be counterproductive. Why?
I don’t think banning the niqab or burqa will deter women from wanting to wear it. For those forced to wear it, a public ban would only further limit their societal participation. They’d virtually be confined to their homes, so how would that “liberate” them? To be clear, I don’t support any face veil but I certainly do not support a legal ban of it, either.

A female spokesperson for the Islamic group Hizb ut-Tahrir has declared: “We dress like this because it is the command of Allah, not any man.” But where in the Koran does it say a woman should wear a head-to-toe burqa?
I’ve always believed that the niqab and the burqa are not obligatory or necessary. It’s a cultural interpretation, one not ordained by religion. I don’t think groups such as Hizb ut-Tahrir should be banned, but they need to be challenged. It is ironic they’re criticising the very system – democracy – that allows them the freedom to express their opinion in the first place.

In the Middle East, gay men are being imprisoned and targeted by death squads. What can be done?
I am a passionate advocate for gay rights and for the rights of minorities to be protected worldwide. There are groups and initiatives like gaymiddleeast.com and MEEM that advocate for more tolerance of gay and lesbian groups in the Middle East. But far more Muslims and Arabs need to stand up and speak out against homophobia. Intolerance and persecution of any group is unacceptable.

The Australian Federation of Islamic Councils wants Muslims to be able to marry, divorce and conduct financial transactions under the principles of sharia law. What’s your view?
I believe the current Australian legal system is flexible enough to cater for the needs of different religious groups. So I don’t see the need for elements of sharia law to be imposed in this way. Our legal system already allows for different religious arrangements to exist.

If Islam has suffered an image problem in Australia, do you think this has been at least partly due to some of its spokespeople in the past, who have falsely claimed to represent “all” Muslims?
No one can claim to represent Islam. It is an ethnically and socially diverse belief system, so there can be no “one” representative. There are those, however, who are far more unrepresentative of Islam than others; Muslims who propagate radical Islamism are out of touch with the majority of Muslim communities. Frustratingly, radical Muslim minorities tend to attract the most media attention. Some Muslims will say that I don’t represent Muslim communities either, because of my progressive and reformist interpretation of Islam. But for me, it’s not about representing any Muslim community or being a religious community spokesperson. I only ever represent myself.

Bonus question: Do you think the Israel-Palestinian conflict continues to be a rallying cry for radical Islamicists?
No, for many, including myself, the plight of the Palestinian people is a humanitarian and human rights issue. My visit to Palestine demonstrated to me the level of marginalisation and discrimination faced by Palestinians. A growing number of Israelis are strong advocates for the rights of the Palestinian people.


Source: Weekend Australian Magazine 23 July 2011

"Hello you stupid racist drunk...this is  


INDIAN call centres are teaching staff Australia is the world's "dumbest continent" where people "drink constantly" and are "quite racist".


Staff taught "how to act Australian" are also told to "speak slowly" to customers on the other end of the phone line because they tend to be technologically "backwards". Indian- ased telephone spruikers and helpline operators are also warned that Australians are "touchy" about their pets.


They are also instructed it's OK to hang up on Australians who use the "preferred term for us" "brown bastards".


The revelations have caused a stir in the US over cultural stereotyping after they appeared in the reputable news magazine Mother Jones.



Sunday Mail Brisbane

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At the Movies with CCN  


A new documentary DEEN TIGHT takes us on a controversial and very emotional journey through the lives of several Muslim hip hop artists as they search deep within their hearts to find a balance between their faith, culture and identity as Western Muslims. 


Music, considered taboo practice by many traditional Muslims, has also become one of the most prominent methods for Muslims to share their faith internationally through Muslim Hip Hop - a global phenomenon reaching from the skyscraper laden skies of New York all the way to the deep deserts of Arabia and beyond.


It is a subculture that transcends boundaries of language, gender, and religion. DEEN TIGHT brings to the screen the untold story of Western Muslims struggling to find a balance between their culture and their religion.  


Produced and directed by Mustafa Davisthe film features interviews and appearances with well known Muslim artists such as HBO Def Poetry Jam Artists AMIR SULAIMAN and LIZA GARZA, Rock Steady's POP MASTER FABEL, MUTAH BEALE formerly NAPOLEON of Tupac's Oulawz, Graffiti artist AEROSOL ARABIC, KUMASI of Black Wallstreet, Remarkable Current's M-TEAM, AFTER HIJRAH, Bay Area Underground Beat Maker FANATIK, Producer DJ BE LIKE MUHAMMAD, RC Lyricist TYSON, Hip Hop Chess Federation founder ADISA BANJOKO, DJ KID DRAGON, DJ RAICHOUS, and others.





Why go berko at burqa wearers?


Clothing in general just doesn't make sense to me. Oh, please don't get me wrong. A necessity? Of course. A way to express one's self? Certainly. So, why can't women wear burqas?



The World According to Jack (News Mail)

Saints Finals Hopes In Tatters


Sunnybank Saints finals hopes are no longer in their hands after a 5-1 defeat at top of the table St Pauls.

St Pauls started the game with a high tempo and it was clear to see see why they were top of the table. They were creating chance after chance but were unable to break the Saints defence.

The pressure, however, took its toll on the Saints defence and St Pauls got their first goal after a through ball split the Saints defence in two. Five minutes later and St Pauls broke away as Saints pushed forward in search of an equaliser. St Pauls striker latched on to a good ball to slot home for a 2-0 lead.


Full match report

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Around the Muslim World with CCN


Wayne becomes Whallid Parnell

SOUTH AFRICA: Protea cricketer Wayne Parnell (pictured right) has embraced the Islamic faith.

This was confirmed by national team manager Dr Mohammed Moosajee. “It was his choice to embrace Islam,” confirmed Moosajee.

Christened Wayne Dillon Parnell, the left-handed Eastern Province bowler who is also a useful lower order batsman, took the cricketing scene by storm when he captained the SA U19 squad at the 2008 World Cup.

Under 19 coach Ray Jennings tipped Parnell then to step into the shoes of Shaun Pollock.

He became the youngest South African to be awarded a Proteas contract in 2009. Parnell turns 22 on Saturday.

An SMS doing its rounds on Monday attributed his conversion to the influence of fellow Protea players Hashim Amla and Imraan Tahir.

However, Amla’s agent Ismail Kajee said it was not true that the ODI vice-captain had any influence in Parnell’s decision to convert to Islam.

According to the SMS, Parnell’s Islamic name is Whallid, meaning “the great one”.

While acknowledging Parnell’s conversion, Moosajee said he would continue to use his christened name.

Parnell, nicknamed Pigeon, is currently playing county cricket for Sussex in England.

He also turns out for Pune Warriors in the IPL and the Chevrolet Warriors in domestic franchise cricket.

He is expected to observe his first fast for the holy month of Ramadan which begins on Monday.

Source: IOL Sport



Petition Calls Op-Ed by Harvard Summer School Instructor Offensive to Muslims


A group of Harvard students have started a petition calling on the University to sever ties with Subramanian Swamy (pictured right), a Harvard Summer School economics instructor who wrote an op-ed against Islamic terrorism that many have called offensive and inflammatory.


In an article published July 16 in the Indian newspaper Daily News and Analysis, Swamy recommended demolishing hundreds of mosques, disenfranchising non-Hindus who do not acknowledge their alleged Hindu ancestry, and banning conversion from Hinduism.


The op-ed came in response to a series of bombings in Mumbai that killed 23 on July 13.


“The first lesson to be learnt from the recent history of Islamic terrorism against India and for tackling terrorism in India is that the Hindu is the target and that Muslims of India are being programmed by a slow reactive process to become radical and thus slide into suicide against Hindus,” Swamy wrote.


His op-ed spurred over 200 people to sign a petition condemning Swamy and calling on Harvard to end its relationship with him.


Source: The Harvard Crimson



Forum for benefit of non-Muslims


Dubai: Ramadan is a good opportunity to connect with the various nationalities in Dubai, a senior tourism official said, announcing a host of activities for the month.

"It is the best time [to visit Dubai] for those interested in Islam and our culture," said Hamad Mohammad Bin Mejren, executive director at the Department of Tourism.

To further grab attention of people, Loon [Amir Hawkins] a former rap artist, will give a talk on the "Pursuit of Happiness" at the Ramadan Forum. The American was also an actor before he embraced Islam in 2009.

The Ramadan Forum has attracted over a million visitors since its inception nine years ago, said Bin Mejren, noting that an iftar programme for non-Muslims will also be held at Obaid and Juma Bin Thani House in the historical Shindagha district.

Obaid Bin Thani's House was built in 1917 of stones and gypsum and was one of the first homes built in this district. This house today hosts a themed exhibition within eight of its different rooms, called Al Siraaj (the guiding light), so named after one of the characteristics of Prophet Mohammad (PBUH).

The Ramadan Forum will be held from August 4 to 16 at Al Twar district and will include lectures on Islam in three different languages, Tagalog, English and Malayalam, Bin Mejren said.

"We invite everyone to come and join in the festivities," he said.


Gulf News



16 Muslims recognised in Queen’s Honours


UK: Makkah Sixteen Muslims (2 CBEs, 5 OBEs, 8 MBEs and a Police Medal) were recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours, along with 18 members of the Hindu and Sikh communities (9 OBE, 9 MBEs) and 17 from the Jewish communities (1 Knighthood, 1 Dame hood, 1 Companion of the Order, 1 LVO, 2 CBEs, 5 OBEs and 6 MBEs).

The highest decorated member of the Muslim community this year is Professor Yasir Suleiman, Fellow of King’s College, Cambridge, and the His Majesty Sultan Qaboos Bin Sa'id Professor of Modern Arabic Studies.

Suleiman who is made a CBE is of Palestinian origin, also established Universities of Cambridge and Edinburgh’s Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Centres for the Study of Islam & Muslims and the Centre for the Advanced Study of the Arab World at Edinburgh.

Speaking to The Muslim News, Sulieman paid tribute to his wife and two sons who he says “have been my greatest supporters” allowing him to concentrate on his work.

Prof Yasir Suleiman, CBE (left) and Jawaid Akhtar recipient of the Queen's Police Medal 

“They are as proud of this honour as I am, and rightly so. And I shouldn’t forget my close friends who have supported me professionally in various ways. This honour belongs to them too.”

Fellow academic Professor Mona Siddiqui, of Glasgow University has been awarded an OBE for her services to inter-faith relations. Siddiqui has worked at the University since 1996 and set up the Centre for the Study of Islam at the university in 1998.

Pakistan-born Siddiqui specialises in the fields of law and gender, early Islamic theology and thought, contemporary legal and ethical issues in Islam, and modern Arabic literature. “It is incredibly humbling and it shows the importance for British Muslims to have a stake in British society,” she told The Muslim News. Electric motorsports founder, Azhar Hussain, is to be awarded an MBE for his services to Motorsports. He is believed to be the first Muslim in the motorsport world to be recognised.

Hussain is the founder and CEO of both Mavizen and eGrandPrix; the organisations behind TTXGP, the world’s first sanctioned zero carbon motorcycle race.

Launched in 2009, the eGrandPrix is now an international race series with races in seven countries and over 30 teams worldwide taking part this year.

Hussain dedicated his award “to the teams, suppliers, tracks, governments, and many others who stand with TTXGP and believe we can all make a difference. Competition not only provides great challenge and entertainment but also improves the breed; we hope that will come to be seen as a milestone in bringing new transportation technology to the world beyond motorsports.”


Project Manager of Deaf Parenting UK Asif Iqbal became the first young deaf Muslim to be included in the honours.

Asif Iqbal, MBE (left) Mona Siddiqui, OBE and Azhar Hussain, MBE  

Iqbal told The Muslim News he was “very shocked” when he learned of his MBE award. “I thought it was sent to me by mistake, it reality hit me and I felt humbled and honoured.”

He is also a Public Appointments Ambassador for the Cabinet Office and the Equalities Office where his role is to encourage more people to apply for public appointments.

On a local level, he revived Harrow Asian Deaf Club which is attended by over 100 deaf people every month.

Assistant Chief Constable Jawaid Akhtar receives the Queen’s Police Medal for his distinguished service to the police force.

During his 28 years service with West Yorkshire Police, Akhtar worked in Huddersfield, Halifax, Bradford and Wakefield

Currently, as holder of the Specialist Crime portfolio, Jawaid is the Chief Officer lead for Crime Division, the Homicide and Major Enquiry Team and the North East Counter Terrorism Unit.

In a statement to The Muslim News Akhtar said: “I felt a surreal combination of surprise and delight. I very much look forward to attending the investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace and being accompanied by my family who have supported me throughout the years.”


Source: Muslim News

The Inbox


Dear Editor

After following your culinary skills over the last two weeks, it saddens me to see you surviving on salad and flat almond and honey balls.


Do you need me to rescue you or you are most welcome to entertain us with more of your bachelor skills.


Well, your recipes are somewhat cute.



Devoted CCN fan

{Editor] I have one more “masterpiece” up my sleeve before I throw in the towel. It’s an avocado dip with a difference (using leftovers from last week’s tragedy). I made it during the week and it tasted quite good I must say. Someone suggested, very unkindly I thought, that my honey balls needed a solid dose of prescription medication to get them to rise again..

Congratulations on the 350th edition…I really enjoy the CCN, and I know the dedicated work to make sure that each bulletin is delivered…


Thank you

Senator Claire Moore
Labor Senator for Queensland

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CCN recommends


 The Happiest Refugee



Anh Do


Winner of 3 awards in the Australian Book Industry Awards 2011:

best book, best biography  best newcomer




Anh Do nearly didn't make it to Australia. His entire family came close to losing their lives on the sea as they escaped from war-torn Vietnam in an overcrowded boat.


But nothing - not murderous pirates, nor the imminent threat of death by hunger, disease or dehydration as they drifted for days - could quench their desire to make a better life in the country they had dreamed about.


Life in Australia was hard, an endless succession of back-breaking work, crowded rooms, ruthless landlords and make-do everything. But there was a loving extended family, and always friends and play and something to laugh about for Anh, his brother Khoa and their sister Tram.


Things got harder when their father left home when Anh was only nine - they felt his loss very deeply and their mother struggled to support the family on her own.


His mother's sacrifice was an inspiration to Anh and he worked hard during his teenage years to help her make ends meet, also managing to graduate high school and then university.


Another inspiration was the comedian Anh met when he was about to sign on for a 60-hour a week corporate job.


Anh asked how many hours he worked. 'Four,' the answer came back, and that was it. He was going to be a comedian! The Happiest Refugee tells the incredible, uplifting and inspiring life story of one of our favourite personalities.


Tragedy, humour, heartache and unswerving determination - a big life with big dreams. Anh's story will move and amuse all who read it.



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KB's Culinary Corner


Still master of his own domain, CCN's Editor-in-Chief continues his cooking adventures this week with a relatively healthy snack-time recipe (with ingredients saved over from last week's desert attempt). It took just 15 minutes to prepare and goes great with rice cakes or crackers.


Crunchy Almond Avocado Dip



2 ripe avocados
Juice of half a lemon

1 tablespoon olive oil
Salt (or Aromat) and freshly ground pepper
Avocado oil to drizzle (optional)
35g almonds roasted and roughly chopped

Roasted sesame seeds


1. Place the almonds on a baking tray, and cook in the oven at 180°C for 8 - 10 minutes

2. Peel and pip the avocado, then roughly chop and crush with a fork until your desired texture has been achieved.

3. While you’re doing this, add the salt or aromat, olive oil and lemon juice.

To serve, dust with the roasted sesame seeds; add a dash of avocado oil and pepper. You can also use dried chili.


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


Continue your favourite workouts during Ramadaan with sweet rewards at sunset.

Don’t use the coming month as an excuse not to exercise.


The one question I’m asked consistently in the weeks leading up to Ramadaan is: “How can I possibly exercise while I’m fasting?”


My answer : “Nothing is impossible”…

The key is to train smart, not hard. We are also blessed with cooler weather, and shorter days – so what you need to do is not push yourself too hard. Any exercise is better than none at all. If you would normally jog, walk instead. If you go for regular walks, cut back on the time or distance, or if you weight-train, lighten your load. The one thing you don’t want to do is stop completely.

Time management is vital as we want to spend most of our time doing good deeds.

Remember, looking after your body and staying healthy is important as well, so do your best to fit a short, effective routine into your day.


Drink as much water as you can before and after fasting
Avoid working out outside when the sun is at its hottest (10am-3pm)
Wear a hat and sun protection at all times when outside
Reward yourself with sweet treats at sunset – SMALL PORTIONS
Have some fruit and vegies
Never give up – imagine how good you’ll look and feel come Eid!







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 Goolab were doing construction work on a scaffolding on the 20th floor of a Dubai building.


They stopped to eat lunch. Goolab said, "Dhal and rice! If I get dhal and rice one more time for lunch I'm going to jump off this building."


Habibullah opened his lunch box and exclaimed, "Donner kebabs again! If get Donner kebabs one more time I'm going to jump off, too."


Jallalludin opened his lunch and said, "Beans and roti again. If I get a Beans and roti one more time I'm jumping too."

Next day, Goolab opens his lunch box, sees the dhal and rice and jumps to his death.


Habibullah opens his lunch, sees a donner kebab and jumps.


Jallalludin opens his lunch, sees the beans and roti and jumps to his death.


At the funeral Goolab’s wife is weeping.


She says, "If I'd known how really tired he was of Dhal and rice I never would have given it to him again!


Habibullah’s wife, also weeping, says, "I didn't realize he hated donner kebabs so much."


Everyone turned and stared at Jallalludin's wife...

"Brothers, don't look at me," she said. "He makes his own lunch!"

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Events and Functions



31 July

Islamic College of Brisbane


Prof. Tahir-ul-Qadri Lecture Tour



Fatwa against terrorism

 Download the details


Closing date for entries:

31 August 2011




Do what Anh Do did.

Start here!

Eidfest 2011

pdf version



This year we're also running & walking for the

Somalian and Horn of Africa Famine Appeal


Click the button below for all the details

Sunday, 25 September 2011, 9am, Orleigh Park, WEST END



Spring Ball

Amnesty Human Rights Conference






Islamic Programmes, Education & Services


What the 2011 CENSUS means for Muslims






Islam Connect

iPhone/iPad App

Net-Gen Community Ambassadors

for young muslims

Applications close

5th August 2011

Hajj with Sheikh Aslam

Ramadan Knights


Study Islamic Finance


Al-Imdaad Foundation


Sisters House

Accommodation Register

Qari's Classes

Quran Tutoring

beginners to advanced

Quran  & Tajweed Classes

Hostel Accommodation

for Muslim Students



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


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

Child Care Course

"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.

Girls Game Night

Inspiration talk, pizza, BBQ, fun and games

Topics that are relevant, Iman-boosting and mind-capturing.

Where: AMYN Islamic Youth Centre, 16/157 North Rd, Woodridge
When: Every Sat, after Maghrib

Info: www.AMYNweb.com
Everyone is invited

The La Trobe University is offering a

Muslim Leadership Training Programme

and the details are available here.





Businesses and Services

The CCN July Business of the Month


(Every month CCN showcases a business here)



Nazima Hansa

your one-stop real estate shop


Inwear Fashions

Samosa Pastry


PappaRoti Warrigal Square will be running a Ramadan promotion in conjunction with the holy month of Ramadan from August 1st. We will be offering the Ramadan Combo Specials which is a crispy bun with a Malaysian specialty from $4.99.
Please take this opportunity to break fast with the Ramadan Combo Specials.

Enni Meeni Myni Moh


Brochure 1

Brochure 3

Brochure 2

Junaid Ally Properties



Flight Star
Haj Packages

Bollywood Boutique




Eid Specials

OurWorld Travel

Haj Packages

Computers, laptops, bags, accessories, digital cameras, monitors, notebooks, printers, toners/cartridges, software and much much more. All the best brands at the lowest possible prices. Visit us today www.efxshop.com.au

Islamic Couture

Biltong in Brisbane


AK Surtie


Brisbane Diagnostics


Hummy's Automotive

Prop: Mohammed Shabbir

Love ur Body

Lunch Bag


Nandos Mt Gravatt

Carpet Lifesavers

Hussana Australia

Halal Body Care range


Kuraby Seafood Takeaway

Pizza Lane


Mina Collection

Stick On Labels

ACCES Services

Removal Services


Calamvale Central
Compton Road

Tel: 07 3272 2299

Kimaya Fashions


Shop 45A Inala Plaza

156 Inala Avenue, Inala 

The Quran Pen Reader

online at


Yasmeen Seedat

Accounting Services

Pappa Roti

Warrigal Square

Promotional Offer

A crispy bun and a large coffee for $4.99 only (usual price is $6.20). The promotion is for a limited time only

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

Healthy Life


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

Gabriel Hair Studio


Colour - Style - Shine.

Gabriel K hair studio is a boutique studio exclusively for women. Gabriel K has over 20 years experience as a stylist and uses Matrix as the professional range.









Nazima Hansa

your one-stop real estate shop

The CCN Date Claimer


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

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





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31 July


Prof. Tahir-ul-Qadri Lecture Tour

Zaffar Khan

Islamic College of Brisbane

0400 162 163


2 August



Start of Ramadhan

28 August



Lailatul Qadr

30 August



End of Ramadhan

31 August




3 September



Mt Gravatt Showgrounds

0418 722 353

All day

10 September


Gold Coast Family Eid Dinner

Malay/Indonesian Sisters

Runaway Bay Community Centre

0410 727 800


25 September

(note change of date)



Orleigh Park, West End

0402 026 786


15 October


Spring Ball

Michael's Oriental Restaurant

0433 182 520


7 November




11 or 12 November


Dreamworld 2011


0418 722 353


27 November



Islamic New Year

6 December



Day of Ashura




what's happening at your Mosque or organization during Ramadan


What's on



Every Saturday Night After Tarahweeh


Al-Mustapha Institute of Brisbane
39 Bushmills Court, Hillcrest

3809 4600

0432 712 546


7:00 Azaan
7:10 Isha followed by Tarahweeh

Al-Mustapha Institute of Brisbane
39 Bushmills Court, Hillcrest

3809 4600

0432 712 546


AZAAN - 7:10 PM
JAMAAT - 7:20 PM

Algester Mosque


Saturday nights

after Taraweeh


Saturday night BBQ

Algester Mosque



Daily Taraweh Prayers

Islamic College of Brisbane

45 Acacia Rd, Karawatha

0421 342 108


Taraweeh Prayers

Esha starts at 7.15pm

and taraweeh at 7.30pm

AMYN Centre




AMYN Centre




email CCN with the details if you are hosting




email CCN with the details if you are hosting



Taraweeh Prayers

email CCN with the details if you are hosting




email CCN with the details if you are hosting






Ladies Taleem


Taleem will take place on Thursday 11am-12pm at the Kuraby Mosque every week, insha'Allah.


All ladies are welcome.


Muslim Events Forum (MEF)


Need help in planning or promoting an event or function?


Meeting Dates:

4th Wednesday of the month (next meeting 28 September)


IWAQ.Offices, 11 Watland Street, Springwood





For more information and RSVP:

Mr. Ismail Mohammed at i_m_006@hotmail.com


Queensland Police Service/Muslim Community Consultative Group


Meeting Dates:

Wednesday 14 September

Wednesday 16 November


Metropolitan South Regional Office
1993 Logan Road, Upper Mt Gravatt





For more information and RSVP:

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



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Useful Links


Sunnah Inspirations

Providing information about Islam - its beliefs, culture, practices, dispelling misconceptions

Kuraby Mosque

Holland Park Mosque


Provide young Muslim women in Queensland with support and opportunities to express themselves

MUSLIMS AUSTRALIA / 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.icb.qld.edu.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

Muslim Directory Australia

Carers Queensland

Free service for multicultural clients who are carers, elderly and people with disabilities

Brisbane Muslim Burial Society (BMBS)

Muslim Charitable Foundation (MCF)

Coordinated 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 (ICQ)  

Umbrella body representing various Mosques and Societies in Queensland

Current list of businesses certified halal by ICQ

Islamic Friendship Association of Australia

Blog of the Association's activities

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 & 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

Muslim Reverts Network

Supporting new Muslims

Muslim Funeral Services (MFS)

 Funeral Directors & Funeral Fund Managers for the Brisbane and Gold Coast communities

Islamic Society of Bald Hills (ISBH)

Tafseers and Jumma Khubahs uploaded every week.

Muslim community & Qld floods

How the community helped out during the 2010 QLD floods


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