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Sunday, 7 August 2011

 Newsletter 0352



Dr Qadri ends on high praise  

By CCN's Man-on-the-Mussallaah


Meeting and Greeting with Dr Qadri

Brisbane Lord Mayor, Cr. Graham Quirk

Master of Ceremonies, Dr Mustafa Ally

Islamic College of Brisbane lecture


Dr Tahir ul-Qadri ended his Australia lecture tour with a final marathon presentation at the Islamic College of Brisbane before an audience of 400 that included the Lord Mayor of Brisbane, Cr. Graham Quirk and members of the local community.


The topic on jihad was always going to stir discussion and debate and MC Mustafa Ally gave the audience the opportunity to pose a number of questions to Dr Qadri on the subject.


Dr Qadri’s three lectures were directly webcasted right around the world and watched on http://www.minhaj.tv.

The attendance and atmosphere of the Friday dinner drew glowing praise from Dr Qadri who said, on more than one occasion, that it had left a permanent impression on him and a striking representation of what a multicultural society should be.


Following on from Dr Tahir ul-Qadri's visit to Brisbane last weekend, this is how Courier Mail reporter, David Costello, who attended the event saw his visit and the dinner at Michael's Oriental last Friday night in his article entitled: Calm voice in sea of extremism:


It takes a supremely brave individual to look into the eyes of Muslim extremists and tell them they are un-Islamic and unbelievers.

That is exactly what Dr Muhammad Tahir ul-Qadri has done and that is why he acclaimed across the world as an enlightened, moderate voice within Islam.

Dr Qadri was born in Pakistan and became a distinguished scholar, lawyer and politician in his home country.

These days he is based in Canada and he travels the world to speak and touch base with members of Minhaj-ul-Quran International, the organisation he founded.

It is described as a worldwide, broad-based moderate Islamic welfare, human rights and education organisation.

Last week he was in Brisbane to address an interfaith meeting at Eight Mile Plains.

Now to say this man and his message are inspirational is something of an understatement.

I think most of the 500 or so people who heard him speak last Friday realised they were in the presence of an exceptional man.

He is a slight, immaculately-groomed individual and at first he spoke softly so the audience was straining to hear his words as he explained that true Islam does not accept brutality, extremism, militancy, killing and massacre.

There were murmurs of approval as he described Australia as "the best society, the best community on this planet, practising multifaith, multiculturalism and diversity in its true sense and reality".

His voice rose to a crescendo while urging the audience to reject "bin Ladenism" and to remember that a Muslim was, first and foremost, a person of mercy.

He was given a prolonged standing ovation and looking around the room it was obvious a lot of healing was going on.

Dr Qadri is one man who can reach across that most difficult of divides - the one that exists between the Muslims and modern Western society.

The Brisbane audience was predominantly Muslim but also included local Jewish leaders, Amnesty International Queensland president David Forde and John Mickel, Speaker of the Queensland Parliament.

Their attendance was a show of solidarity with a Muslim community which has done it tough over the past decade.

There is no doubt the vast majority of Muslims in this country were appalled by the attacks of September 11, 2001 and the Bali bombings of October 2002 which killed 89 Australians.

But that did not spare them from being jeered at and spat on in the street and viewed with hostility as an anti-Islamic backlash swept the Western world.

Reports that that radical Muslims in Sydney and Melbourne had planned terrorist attacks in this country added to the tension.

Last year, radical Melbourne Muslim cleric Abdul Nacer Benbrika and five of his followers were jailed on terrorism charges. At their trial, a jury was told they discussed terrorist acts on city landmarks in Melbourne.

There were also revelations that mosques in Sydney and Melbourne were selling notorious and fraudulent anti-Semitic tracts such as The Protocols of the Elders of Zion.

It didn't help when Sheik Taj Din al-Hilaly the imam of the Lakemba mosque in Sydney and an Australian Sunni Muslim leader made a series of controversial statements. In 2006 he compared women wearing skimpy clothing to "uncovered meat". Before that he had called the Holocaust a "Zionist lie".

Brisbane was somewhat removed from these controversies but it was not spared entirely.

The worst attack against Muslims came only days after 9/11 when a wooden mosque in Kuraby in Brisbane's south was firebombed and burnt to the ground.

More recently, there were some protests about the expansion of the Australian International Islamic College which has campuses at Durack, Carrara and Buranda.

Some callers to talkback radio worried about the schools turning out suicide bombers.

Dr Qadri has built a lot of bridges with the non-Islamic world but his main message is aimed directly at Muslims for a very good reason.

He is on the side of the angels in a battle for the soul of Islam.

For this, he has widespread support in the West and his profile increased in March 2010, when he published a 600-page "fatwa" or edict, which declared that terrorism and suicide attacks were "un-Islamic".

After this, he appeared on Sky News, BBC News and Al-Jazeera and was interviewed by Sir David Frost.

There is much admiration for the work of Minhaj-ul-Quran International which in 2010 ran an anti-terrorism camp for Muslim youth in the UK.

Moderates such as Dr Qadri do not fear the West, which, as he says, allows Muslims more human rights and freedoms than Arab nations.

His chief enemies are Islamic hardliners inspired and funded by the austere Wahhabist or Salafist traditions of Saudi Arabia.

The militants and terrorists have particular disdain for the Sufi Muslim tradition to which Dr Qadri belongs. Sufism is a "mystical" stand of Islam which venerates saints and includes rituals of singing and dancing. Taliban extremists in Pakistan consider Sufis to be decadent and heretical and have killed hundreds of people in bomb attacks at shrines in the past two years.

This, of course, is the heart of the problem.

All Muslims look to the Koran and the Sunnah - the teaching and practice of Prophet Muhammad.

Different people interpret these ancient texts in different ways. While Dr Qadri cites the Prophet's tolerance of other religions, you won't find find any churches or mosques in Saudi Arabia.

Such a divergence of views, or course in not confined to Islam - take a look at the ruckus in the Christian church over homosexuality.

And in centuries past, Christians used the Bible to justify all sorts of barbarism, from anti-Jewish pogroms to slavery.

The Christian world has evolved into a largely liberal-democrat entity. The Islamic world has a long way to go.

It is important that we give plenty of support to decent ordinary Muslims and leaders such as Dr Qadri.


Cowboys league player fasts for Ramadan


North Queensland Cowboys rugby league star Cory Paterson (pictured left) has begun fasting for the holy month of Ramadan after converting to Islam.


The former Newcastle Knights back-rower will complete the NRL season without eating or drinking during daylight hours for the whole of August, the Daily Telegraph reports.


The 24-year-old will play four matches until the end of the season, but they will all be at night when he is allowed to drink.


It is understood Cowboys officials have been in discussions over the challenges of fulltime training.


Paterson will have to compete in tropical Townsville where the team is based.

Khoder Nasser is a university graduate, earning an arts degree majoring in politics. Almost all who know him speak of his intelligence. From a long line of Australian-born Lebanese Muslims, his father was once president of the Australian Federation of Islamic Councils. Source: Herald Sun




Cowboys football manager Peter Parr said Paterson had assured him and coach Neil Henry that fasting would not affect his preparation or performance, as exceptions can be made based on employment.


"There's no hard and fast rule for everyone. Given the nature of his employment, there's an opportunity there to do what he has to do [to be his best]," Parr said.


It is believed Paterson's conversion took place in June, around the same time he transferred from the Knights to the Cowboys after hiring new manager Khoder Nasser, a devout Muslim who manages rugby stars Quade Cooper and Sonny Bill Williams.


Yesterday Paterson took to Twitter to keep his 1600 followers up to date with the start of fasting.


"Day 1 and feeling good. Looking forward to the nxt 30 days. Hope everyone is safe and well. Salaams," Paterson tweeted


Paterson subsequently received several messages of support including one from Anthony Mundine and peppered his replies with Arabic phrases such as"salaam" and "Insallah". These mean peace and God willing, respectively.


Source (mainly): NineMSN

Bald Hills Mosque Open Day  

Report by ISBH Open Day Organising Team

Alhamdulillah our Masjid open day held on 23rd July 2011 was a great success. We received about 22 visitors mainly from a local Church, including their Cardinal and his wife. The allocated time was from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm and all of them came at 10:30am and had a good time, so much so that they all left at 12:45pm. It was a lovely day enjoyed by all and was lovely to see people from all ages and backgrounds share this day. We should definitely make a habit of it and build relationships within the community.

The program started with an excellent documentary movie of our Prophet Muhammad (pbuh).

Soon after the documentary we had a tea/coffee break which allowed our brothers and sisters to mingle with the visitors and answer queries, we also had a Masjid tour explaining Wudu area, prayer hall, Mimbar, ladies section etc. After these events our Imam, Mufti Junaid Akbar delivered an excellent talk on Divine religions and people of the book.

Thereafter the local Church representative Mr. Garth Read gave a short speech about interfaith activities. He also mentioned that how the Muslim community wants to interact with other communities in Australia and that the Masjid is open to all.

This was followed by vote of thanks delivered by Brother Taslim Baksh.

We also had Hena painting for the girls and our sister Rizia Ebrahim was very busy painting the hands of a few children and ladies, we thank sister Rizia for her efforts.

We had many books, information brochures and CD’s for free distribution and Alhamdulillah by the end of the day many of these were gone.

Finally we had a yummy sausage sizzle which everyone enjoyed and Brother Reza Ebrahim did a great job in cooking the sausages.

We take this opportunity to thank our main organisers of this event, brothers Mohideen Thassim and Reza Ebrahim. Our thanks also must go to Brother Ismail Ebrahim who came up with this idea of open day and worked in the background to make this event happen.


Also we would like to thank our volunteers (brothers and sisters) from the community who helped on that day.
Insha’Allah we want to continue this event and many other events in the future. Please make Dua for us.


Queensland Multicultural Awards  


The Message Magazine  


Download the latest issue of The Message Magazine... Ramadan 2011


Inside this issue:

• Editorial
• 10 Goals To Set For Ramadan.
• Ramadan: Raining With Mercy.
• Experiencing HAJJ: A Pilgrims Reflection.
• A Good Death.
• Tips For The Stressed Out Da'ee.
• Tips To Memorise the Quran This Ramadan.
• When Are "Good Actions" No Longer Good.
• The Proper Steps Of Seeking Knowledge.
• Turn Off That Stove!
• Carrying The Torch Of Ramadan Forward

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Youth Present Disaster Funds to Premier


(left to right) Ms Jayshree Chauhan Gohil, Ms Yassmin Abdel-Magied,

Queensland Premier, Anna Bligh, Ms Sabrina Ishaq Khan

and Member for Moreton, Graham Perrett MP

On Tuesday 26 July, Youth Without Borders presented funds raised for the Queensland Disaster Appeal to the Premier Anna Bligh.

Youth Without Borders, a Brisbane-run youth advocacy organisation, raised $2800 for the Queensland Disaster Appeal.

To present this to the Premier, Youth Without Borders held an event at ‘The Edge’ at the State Library of Queensland.

It included a musical performance from local artist, Linny Thornely, and speeches from both the Premier, and the President of Youth Without Borders, Yassmin Abdel-Magied.

“We are honored and pleased to be part of the relief efforts, and our members have put in substantial effort to raise these funds.


We hope that our contribution is able to help those who have suffered, especially now as the disaster isn't in the headlines but many are still dealing with the repercussions.” said Ms. Abdel-Magied.

"The reception was found to be particularly poignant as some of the members were greatly affected by the January floods in Brisbane."

"The event was a celebration of community spirit and the efforts of Youth Without Borders."




Career Connection - CALD Work Placement


The Brisbane City Council's Career Connection project will employ 10 participants who have overseas gained qualification, but are lacking in local experience.


The participants will be placed in Council and different non-for-profit organisations to gain Australian work experience in areas of their interest.


The participants whose qualifications have not been recognised in Australia will be assisted through a recognition process.


The project provides sustainable employment opportunities to disadvantaged community members.


Project Brief

Expression of Interest

Patel dispels census myths   

Press Release from Muslims Australia president, Ikebal Patel


With the Census process upon us, the President of Muslims Australia (AFIC) is disappointed that there are still Australia Muslims out there who even now believe that the purpose of the Census and especially the question to do with religion, Question 19, is to target Muslims.

This is far from the truth. If any Muslims within Australia is doing any thing untoward, then let me assure you that the law enforcement agencies do not need to wait for five years in between Census to find out who you are and if you are up to no good. They already have all the information about all Australian citizens that they need to do their work, as they should be expected to do.

But it is extremely important that the Muslim community get their heads out of the sand with regards to Question 19 about their religion and correctly answer this question for themselves and each and every individual in the household. It is not good enough to only answer for one person in the house, but for each and every person in the house, if they are Muslims, then question 19 should be marked for them as Islam as well.

Having now heard this concern from a number of Muslims that the "authorities will use the answer to the question on religion to get us", the President of Muslims Australia wants to assure all Australian Muslims that this just can not be the case under strict legislation to do with the Census process.

But on the other hand, the danger in not getting an accurate picture of Australian Muslim population will be to the great disadvantage to all of the Australian Muslims and it will be only ourselves to blame for not engaging in this process and not educating our Muslims as to how to fill these Census forms correctly.

So it is the responsibility of each of us, either as Imams, community leaders, Muslim school teachers, fathers, mothers, neighbors and the like to speak to each other about the immense value in identifying our selves proudly as Muslims in question 19 of the Census form and mark Islam as our religion. Approvals for mosques, schools, aged care facilitiies and other grants are dependent on this.

And not only the funding from the Australian Governments, both federal and state is dependent on the accurate numbers of Australian Muslims. Let me assure all of you that even overseas donors agencies that we seek funding for our projects from, like Islamic Development Bank, or the various donors in our "rich Muslim countries" are now all really concerned about our numbers in the various states or regions before they consider any funding application. I have been asked in my position as the President of Muslims Australia as to what the numbers of Muslims are in a certain part of Sydney, or in a regional area such as Albury, or Toowoomba, or Bendigo and the like.

So it is now time for Muslims to stand up and be counted proudly. What better Ramadhan gift can we give our future generations of Muslims than a good start in this century by accurately reflecting our actual numbers in the country. There are no negative consequences, contrary to what you may fear, but all the positive benefits, from grants to political representation.

Halal food stalls needed  


The Warrigal State High School has put out a call for halal food stalls for their annual Warrigala Festival.


If you or your organization can help out please contact Shannon Bourke on 0402 284 484.


New appointment as Race Discrimination Commissioner  


The Federal Government has formally appointed Dr Helen Szoke as Australia’s Race Discrimination Commissioner in a full-time role.

Dr Szoke is Victoria's out-going equal opportunity and human rights commissioner.

The Federal appointment separates, for the first time since 1997, the roles of Disability and Race Discrimination Commissioners in the Australian Human Rights Commission.

Attorney-General Robert McClelland says that for the first time in 13 years, Australia will have now have a stand-alone Race Discrimination Commissioner.

McClelland says both racial discrimination and disability discrimination are serious issues that deserve to receive the attention of specific commissioners.

Parliamentary Secretary for Immigration and Multicultural Affairs, Kate Lundy says appointing a full-time Race Discrimination Commissioner will strengthen the implementation of the Government's National Anti-Racism Partnership and Strategy.

Dr Szoke has been a leader on multiculturalism, racial and religious tolerance and human rights issues.

She has been with the Victorian Commission since 2004 and was previously its Chief Executive Officer and Chief Conciliator until her current appointment in 2009.

She has served as a director of Adult Multicultural Education Services, is a board member of Multicultural Arts Victoria and has performed senior advisory roles on government and community health, and education.

Muslims Australia president, Ikebal Patel, commended the Gillard government on this new appointment.


A sound soul in a sound body?  


The Ramadan Health Guide is an independently produced guide by the UK's Communities in Action group of medical medical professionals to provide information and advice on maximising health gain during the Ramadan fast.


It may also prove useful to others fasting for religious or spiritual reasons.


Download the guide here.

Sunnybank Leave It Late For Win

 From The Desk of Sunnybank Saints


Sunnybank Saints travelled to Weedon St for their match with Mansfield Red. The Saints were going to be under the pump from the start as all but one of the players were observing fast.

This did not deter the Saints however as they pressed from the beginning and put Mansfield under some early pressure.

The Saints could not convert this pressure despite numerous chances. Tommy was put through on goal after some good work down the right by Zeyn Suleman, but was unable to convert as Saints let slip what was the best chance of the half.

Late in the first half, Saints goalkeeper Adem Keranovic pulled off one of the saves of the league with a point blank reflex save to keep the scores level at the half time break.


Full match report

Around the Muslim World with CCN


Kuwait Emir donates $1 million to help Somalia

US: “Ramadan,” said President Obama at a White House iftar dinner in 2010, “is a reminder that Islam has always been a part of America. The first Muslim ambassador to the United States, from Tunisia, was hosted by President Jefferson, who arranged a sunset dinner for his guest because it was Ramadan — making it the first known iftar at the White House, more than 200 years ago.”

The dinner to which the president referred took place on December 9, 1805, and Jefferson’s guest was Sidi Soliman Mellimelli, an envoy from the bey (chieftain) of Tunis who spent six months in Washington. The context of Mellimelli’s visit to the United States was a tense dispute over piracy on American merchant vessels by the Barbary states and the capture of Tunisian vessels trying to run an American blockade of Tripoli.

Mellimelli arrived during Ramadan, and Jefferson, when he invited the envoy to the president’s house, changed the meal time from the usual hour of 3:30 p.m. to “precisely at sunset” in deference to the man’s religious obligation.

Jefferson’s knowledge of Islam likely came from his legal studies of natural law. In 1765, Jefferson purchased a two-volume English translation of the Quran for his personal library, a collection that became, in 1815, the basis of the modern Library of Congress.

Source: US Dept of States



Kuwait Emir donates $1 million to help Somalia

Manama: Shaikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Jaber Al Sabah, the Emir of Kuwait, has donated $1 million, marking the opening of a donations campaign to aid drought-stricken victims in Somalia, a senior official said on Monday.

Abdullah Al Maatouq, the President of the International Islamic Charitable Organisation (IICO), said that the generous donation from the Emir was a strong boost to the efforts of the organisation.

"HH the Emir has stressed his commitment to alleviate the severe suffering of the people of Somalia and his confirmation of the importance of providing them with the necessary support and emergency relief to avoid more victims," he said, quoted by Kuwait News Agency (Kuna).

"HH the Emir has directed the IICO to organise a public campaign in coordination with similar organisations and charities in Kuwait to collect donations for the benefit of the victims in Somalia who suffer from severe drought."

A crisis, a combination of drought and rising food prices, has struck parts of East Africa and affected millions of people.

Source: Gulf News



New Report Sheds Light on 'Think Tanks' Advising UK Government


UK: A crucial report by Spinwatch examined two of the most key right-wing think-tanks involved in the debate on Islam, multiculturalism and extremism which are thought to have influenced the former Labour and the present Coalition Governments' Prevent strategies (old and new); namely the Centre for Social Cohesion and Policy Exchange.

The report which was completed before the recent terrorist attacks in Norway, argues that right-wing think-tanks such as these, have understated the rise of Islamophobia on the far-right and in some cases have condoned the rise of groups such as the English Defence League because of their own links to the so-called 'counter-jihad movement'. The report also warns that the policies that these think-tanks are promoting is likely to stigmatise and even criminalise politically active Muslims, as well as liberals and leftists, thereby risking the undermining of traditional freedoms enjoyed by churches, schools, universities and public libraries.

The report's co-author, Professor David Miller of Strathclyde University said: "The policies advocated by the Centre for Social Cohesion and Policy Exchange detailed in the report inevitably mean the curtailment of civil liberties and the narrowing of political debate. The consequences for British Muslims though will be even more severe".

Anas Altikriti, Chief Executive of TCF stated that "this report comes out at an extremely timely moment, where the entire world and specifically European Societies are still reeling in the aftermath of the Norwegian terrorist massacre."

TCF believes it is no longer acceptable to regard certain establishments beyond reproach, simply because of their considerable links with and influence upon government and policy makers, especially when they have been at the heart of a wide range of radical and often harmful policies concerning multiculturalism, Muslims and extremism in the UK.

"Not only should the government's relationship with the media establishments be examined and reformed, but also its relationship with certain ideological establishments and think-tanks whose impact on policy is considerable and undeniable" added Altikriti.

The full report can be downloaded here.


Source: TCF Press Release


Muslims Australia's Ikebal Patel comments:

 "Australia certainly can not be immune from such interference as in Britain from our local think tanks either when one considers their funding sources and the influence they have on Australian Government policy. The need to be vigilant on public discourse, and research findings is all the more important when one considers how public policy is influenced by the rich and powerful, as evidenced recently with the media fiasco in Britain."



Khalifa Islamic Personality of the Year


DUBAI - The President, His Highness Shaikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, has been named the Islamic Personality of the 15th session of the Dubai International Holy Quran for his service to the Holy Quran, Islam, Muslims, humanity and role in developing the UAE.

Deputy chairman of the Dubai International Holy Quran Award organising committee Dr Saeed Harib made the announcement on Wednesday morning at the Cultural and Scientific Association in Dubai’s Al Mamzar area.

“His Highness Shaikh Khalifa — born on January 25, 1948 — has been named for the Dh1million prize in appreciation of his noble activities for the Arab, Muslim and whole world,” the announcement said.

Several scholars, scientists, presidents and institutions have won the Islamic Personality Prize over the past 14 sessions. The first winner was the late Shaikh Mohammed Metwally Al Shaarawy of Egypt in 1997 while former Sudanese president Field Marshal Abdul Rahman Swar Al Dahab was the last winner in 2010.

“The choice clearly shows how the UAE people love, respect and appreciate their leader. It is a simple gesture to thank the President’s role in the service of his people and humanity,” Dr Harib said.

As per Shaikh Khalifa’s instructions, numerous masjids, schools, and hospitals have been built in and outside the country. “He has always been ready to send relief aids abroad and order charitable activities,” he added.


Khaleej Times Online



Translated Taraweeh prayers to be aired live


The Saudi ministry has worked out an extensive and simplified version of the meaning of the prayers, which are translated in both English and French.


Riyadh: Saudi Arabia's Ministry of Islamic Affairs has completed preparations for the live transmission of translated Taraweeh prayers from the Haram Mosque in Makkah and the Prophet's Mosque in Madinah during Ramadan.

For eight consecutive years Saudi Television broadcast Taraweeh prayers live from Makkah and Madinah. The Ministry worked out an extensive and simplified version of the meaning of the prayers, especially that of the Quranic verses which are translated in both English and French.

The Advisor to the Minister of Islamic Affairs Shaikh Talal Al Akil, who is also executive director of the programme, told Gulf News that as many as 40 television channels, in addition to the Saudi television channels, will take part in this year's live broadcast of Taraweeh prayers from the holy mosques.

"All arrangements are in place to broadcast Taraweeh prayers with simultaneous subtitling in English from Makkah and in French from Madinah. Substantial improvements have been made in the translation and presentation of the programme comparing with the previous years.

"Meanings of the Quranic verses with scientific and technical implications have been further simplified so that the listeners from across the world, especially the Muslims from the West, can digest them easily," he said adding that Muslim minorities from the Western countries were the major beneficiaries of the programme in the past years.

Al Akil noted that the programme was updated by a team of specialists who took advantage of the advanced changes in communication and information technology.

"This shows the ministry's keenness in spreading the meanings of the Quran among as many non-Arabic speaking Muslims as possible across the world," he added.

Source: Gulf News



Gaza kids grab kite-flying Guinness World Record back from China  


GAZA: Thirteen thousand children taking part in UNRWA’s Gaza Summer Games crowned a golden season of three Guinness World Records by smashing a fourth yesterday, for the largest number of people flying kites simultaneously.

Their achievement followed an attack on the Summer Games facility in north-west Gaza hosting the record attempt by unknown militants. Ten militants attacked the UN Summer Games facility burning a UN flag, setting light to a large billboard and torching the stage. Yesterday’s attack follows two attacks last year on UNRWA Summer Games facilities, and it drew swift and robust condemnation from the UN.

In an epic event on the beach in northern Gaza, the unintimidated children reclaimed the record they set at last year’s Summer Games, which was broken in April this year by a Chinese kite association flying 10,465 kites simultaneously.

“Taking on the might of China is a daunting feat for the children of Gaza,” said UNRWA acting director in Gaza, Christer Nordahl, “but they have risen brilliantly to the challenge as they have done three times already this year.”


"We're very happy we broke the record," 14-year-old Nayeema al-Maden told ABC news. "When they do the next Summer Games, I'll be involved and we'll break another record."

"They take care of us so professionally, our hopes grow," said al-Maden. "We, thank, thank, thank UNRWA for the Summer Games."

"We brought happiness to our country by breaking the world record," said record-breaker Nadia el Haddad, 13. "Today because we broke the world record I feel like I have rights and that I’m like everyone else in the world.”

Eleven-year-old Abdullah Musleh said: “I’m happy when I’m flying the kites. We are the best!”

Another kite-flyer, 11-year-old Rawia Abd el Dain, said: “I made my kite the Palestinian flag and when I fly it I feel like I’m raising my country and my flag up, up in the sky.”

“It was nothing short of miraculous," said Gunness. “The tiny “David” of Gaza has overcome the mighty “Goliath” of China; even more astonishing that the children of Gaza achieved this under the punishing, illegal blockade. Three-quarters of a million children are being collectively punished and there must be transparency and accountability to end this affront to our humanity. The kites will provide another iconic reminder of the beauty and potential of these children, despite the injustices they face.”

Source: UNRWA



Makkah clock tower beams from beginning of Ramadan  


MAKKAH: The Makkah Royal Clock Tower, the second tallest tower in the world, started emitting 16 light beams to a height of 10 kilometers on Sunday evening to announce the beginning of Ramadan.

The loud speakers installed at the top of the tower carried the sound of adhan (call to prayer) from the Grand Mosque to seven kilometers far. The powerful lights in white and green blinking at the time of adhan can be seen from a distance of 30 kilometers. The lights are also helpful for people with hearing difficulties to know prayer times.

The clock face is white and indicators dark during daylight and green and white at night.

A trial run of the clock was held at the beginning of last year’s Ramadan.

The gigantic Makkah clock project was constructed on top of tower number five of King Abdul Aziz Endowment project, which consists of seven towers.

“All arrangements to receive Ramadan guests in the residential hotel, on which the clock tower is situated, have been completed. All rooms and suites have an Islamic style of interior décor that add to the spirituality of Ramadan,” director of telecommunications and business promotion at the Fairmont Raffles Hotels International in Makkah, Khaled Yamaq, said.

The Makkah Clock Tower Hotel, on which the clock is situated, is 601 meters high with 76 stories and 858 suites. It overlooks the Grand Mosque.

“A large number of pilgrims of different nationalities will be visiting the tower to get a close look at the interior of the clock tower. Therefore, the hotel’s main banquet hall has prepared to accommodate 1,000 guests for iftar (fast-breaking meal) and suhur (predawn meal before starting the fast). It comprises menus of 15 countries, including local dishes,” he said.

Ramadan cannon

A cannon also fired seven shots to mark the beginning of Ramadan in Makkah. Shots will be fired throughout the month to announce the time of breaking the fast, the time for suhur and the end of the suhur.

The cannon will be positioned at the top of the highest hill, away from residential neighborhoods in Makkah, and is provided with sound-producing detonators. There are special security officers to take care of the cannon, which will be sent back to the store of the Tasks and Duties Administration in Makkah after the last shots announcing the arrival of Eid Al-Fitr. A total of 150 shots will be fired in the whole month.

In most Muslim countries, cannons are fired to announce the beginning of Ramadan and fast breaking time.

Source: Arab News


The Inbox


Dear CCN Readers



The AMARAH team would like to wish you all Ramadhan Kareem.


We are once again hosting our annual community meal for the disadvantaged and homeless at St Andrew's Anglican Church.


If you are able to donate, please email us at info@amarah.org or call Nora on 0422 349 786.


You can also do a direct EFT into the AMARAH account: Westpac Bank- BSB 034109; Account number: 225057.


Please note that it is for iftar.


Let's continue the holy month of Ramadhan in the true, compassionate spirit of Islam.


Jazakallah Khayrun


Nora Amath

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KB's Culinary Corner


Having suffered the agonies of amateur hour these past couple of weeks, CCN readers deserve a respite from its Editor-in-Chief's exploits in the kitchen as he reluctantly hangs up his apron in deference to the expertise and talent of young Farzanah Hatia who this week prepares a real winter warmer treat for us.


PS: Our normal culinary column services will resume next week when our resident cook KB returns spiritually and physically re-energized from a scorching Saudi Arabian summer, insha'Allah.    


Bread and butter pudding



6 thin slices of white bread
Butter softened
4 eggs
cup caster sugar
3½ cups milk
1 tspn vanilla extract


1. Preheat oven to 160/140 fan forced
2. Trim crusts from bread, butter each slice. Cut into four triangles. Arrange two rows of triangles butter side up overlapping slightly.
3. Whisk eggs, sugar, milk and extract in bowl. Pour half the custard mixture over bread. Stand for 10 minutes
4. Whisk remaining custard mixture and pour into dish. Sprinkle with cinnamon. Stand dish in larger baking dish with enough boiling water to come halfway up side of dish.
5. Bake for about 50 minutes till custard is set


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, at sunset I’ll normally have a bowl of soup and of course my sweet treats before heading out for a quick walk. Besides my vegies, what will be some good options for dinner post-workout?

A: Make rehydration your first priority to replace lost fluids. An appropriate dinner would consist of chicken (skinless) or fish and maybe try some brown rice. Vegetables are high in antioxidants and fibre which will aid in muscle recovery.

Your aim should be to include a balance of carbs, proteins and good fats as part of your dinner plan.


Stay away from fried foods and don’t overcook your vegies. Keep it simple and light and try to have dinner at least 2 – 3 hours before bedtime.






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


Mula Nasruddin was trying to explain to his madarasah pupils about the circulation of the blood.


Trying to make the matter clearer, he said, "Now, class, if I stood on my head, the blood, as you know, would run into it, and I would turn red in the face."

"Yes," the class said.

"Then why is it that while I am standing upright in the ordinary position the blood doesn't run into my feet?"

Little Ashrafi shouted from the back of the class, "Cause your feet aren't empty."

The CCN Food for Thought  


A Primary School teacher asks her students to write an essay about what they would like Allah to do for them. At the end of the day, while marking the essays, she read one that made her very emotional. Her husband, who had just walked in, saw her crying and asked her: 'What happened?'

She answered: 'Read this. It is one of my students essay.'

O' Allah, tonight I ask you something very special: Make me into a Television. I want to take its place and live like the TV in my house. Have my own special place, and have my family around me. To be taken seriously when I talk. I want to be the centre of attention and be heard without interruptions or questions. I want to receive the same special care that the TV receives even when it is not working. Have the company of my dad when he arrives home from work, even when he is tired. And I want my mom to want me when she is sad and upset, instead of ignoring me. And ... I want my brothers to fight to be with me ... I want to feel that family just leaves everything aside, very now and then, just to spend some time with me. And last but not least, ensure that I can make them all happy and entertain them. Ya Allah, I don't ask you for much. I just want to live like a TV.'

At that moment the husband said: 'My God, poor kid. What horrible parents!'

Primary School teacher looked up at him and said: 'That essay is our son's!

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31 August 2011

Eidfest 2011

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Spring Ball


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Somalian and Horn of Africa Famine Appeal





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








India Independence Day



Amnesty Human Rights Conference





Islamic Programmes, Education & Services


What the 2011 CENSUS means for Muslims





Youth Spiritual Night

Kuraby Mosque

Islam Connect

iPhone/iPad App

Ramadan Knights





Net-Gen Community Ambassadors

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5th August 2011

Hajj with Sheikh Aslam





Study Islamic Finance


Al-Imdaad Foundation


Sisters House

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Qari's Classes

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Quran  & Tajweed Classes

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Brisbane  Muslim Burial Society (BMBS)

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Seerah Classes UMB

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Kuraby Mosque


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New Muslim Classes

Window into Islam



English Tutor

AIIC performance

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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

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The CCN August Business of the Month


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Handyman Services

Samoosa 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.


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Biltong in Brisbane


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Brisbane Diagnostics


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Love ur Body

Lunch Bag



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

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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

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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.


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25 September



Orleigh Park, West End

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15 October


Spring Ball

Michael's Oriental Restaurant

0433 182 520


7 November




11 or 12 November


Dreamworld 2011


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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

16/157 North Road,




AMYN Centre

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13 August

Youth Spiritual Night

Brothers and sisters welcome

Kuraby Mosque




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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:

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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





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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  7 August 2011

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

The CCN Young Muslim Writers Award


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