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Sunday, 1 April 2012

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An Australian beauty queen has been welcomed into one of the country's largest Islamic communities, to see firsthand what Muslim life is really like.


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By Imam Zeeyad Ravat


Primary Group


The Islamic College of Brisbane held another of its very successful and vibrant Annual Quran Recitation Competition on the 27th and 28th of March at the school’s newly inaugurated multi-purpose hall.

From the primary school, the overall winner of the boy’s category was Jama Ahmed, and the overall winner of the girl’s category was Safiyya Houdchia.


From the secondary school, the overall winner of the boy’s category was Naci Erol and the overall winner of the girl’s category was Maryam Mahmoud.


The winners were presented with trophies and certificates.

Over the two days 9 qualified Imams and Scholars sat on the judging panels.

In addition to the pleasant and beautiful Quran recitation of the participants, teachers of the school staged Nasheed choirs and plays.


There was strong competition amongst the participants and most encouraging to see new names taking the top prizes.


Over a 100 people who attended the event were treated to a delicious lunch.

The chairman of ICB, Haji Mohammed Yusuf delivered a vote of thanks and said that the main focus of the college was to provide an Islamic upbringing for the children and youth.


The special visiting guest attending the competition, Sheikh Mohammed Ramzan who plays an active role in tarbiyah and youth education in the UK, enlightened the school students, parents and teachers with the etiquettes of seeking knowledge.

The event concluded by a dua by Imam Taariq.


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By Iqbal Lambat

Two weeks ago, CCN reported that a daughter had challenged her mother’s Islamic will in an Australian court.


She had objected to receiving half a share compared to each of her brothers.


It was clearly established in court that the mother was suffering from dementia at the time she signed her will.


The Master presiding the case ruled that the will was invalid as the mother was not of not of sound mind, memory and understanding as a result of her dementia. He did not rule on the Islamic aspects of the will.

Since this case, a number of politicians have weighed into the discussion on the applicability of Islamic law of inheritance in Australia.


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Adapted from AFIC Press Release


The 48th Annual Congress of Muslims Australia (AFIC), the national umbrella body of the Australian
Muslim community was held in Sydney during the weekend.


Delegates attending from all States of Australia including Christmas Island, ACT and Northern Territory met over two days to review AFIC’s activities, give directives and policies for the future and to elect a new President and Executive Committee.

As per tradition, a Congress Dinner was held to celebrate the 48th anniversary of Muslims Australia which has grown into a large and formidable organization.


The inter-state delegates and Muslim leaders were joined by many other members of the Muslim community of Sydney and many friends and colleagues from the multicultural and religious communities including political leaders representing the federal, state and local governments.

Mr Hafez Kassem (pictured right) from Sydney, who was the outgoing Vice President, was elected as the President of AFIC. Mr Ikebal Patel from Queanbeyan, who was the outgoing President, was elected Vice President. Dr Sahabuddin Abdullah from Adelaide was elected as the new Secretary and Mr Metin Yavuz from Melbourne was elected as the new Treasurer.


The other members of the Executive include Mr Ashraf Usman Ali of Sydney as the Assistant Treasurer, Mr Keysar Trad of Sydney as Assistant Secretary, Miss Rawah El Samman from Sydney, Mr Harun Abdullah from Hobart and Mr Abdul Kamreddine of Melbourne as Executive Members. The Executive Committee and the office-bearers will hold office for three years.

Mr Kassem, addressing the Congress Dinner assured the guests that AFIC under his leadership will continue with the direction that AFIC has taken in the educational and spiritual development of the Muslim community in Australia’s multicultural society, including efforts towards improved and friendly relations with the multi-cultural and multi-faith communities in Australia with increased vigour.


He said that AFIC will use its resources and efforts to unite the Muslim communities and to make Australia a proud country that all Australians call home.

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The Marist College Emerald visited Kuraby mosque on excursion to learn more about Islam

Imam Akram addressed them for one hour and thereafter took questions.


Imam told CCN that the students enjoyed their visit during which many misconceptions where clarified and they left the Mosque with "a better understanding of Islam and a smile on there faces."

The Mosque receives on average 30 to 40 school visits regularly each year during which some 100 to 200 students per school attend the Mosque to learn more about Islam and to build bridges of understanding.


"It is most encouraging to see that these numbers and the growing interest in Islam is increasing every year," he told CCN.

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Griffith University researchers want to know how television audiences responded to coverage of the 10th anniversary of 9/11.

Associate Professor Jacqui Ewart and Dr Halim Rane will ask Brisbane residents for their opinions and attitudes towards Australian television news coverage of the commemoration of the 10th anniversary.

The project builds on previous work the researchers have undertaken into media coverage of the 10th anniversary of 9/11.

Associate Professor Ewart said they had identified that Australian television’s coverage of the events of 9/11 had changed significantly over the past decade.

“We found that television news programs in Australia have moved away from the conflation of terrorism with Muslims and Islam and instead, explore themes of human resilience and resolution.

“We now want to know how television audiences perceived the coverage of the 10th anniversary and how they responded to it,” she said.

The researchers will hold focus groups in Brisbane with television audiences in mid-April.

Participants will be provided with a $20 gift voucher for their contribution.

You can register your interest in attending a focus group by emailing j.ewart@griffith.edu.au or h.rane@griffith.edu.au or by phoning 373 51167.

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The 2nd AMYN Annual Islamic Convention Brisbane 2012 called Muslims Making a Difference is scheduled for 14 April at the University of Queensland, St. Lucia, Building 3, Room 206 from 1pm to 5:30pm.


A number of seminars, panel discussions, competitions, video presentations and Islamic stalls are planned for the day.

Speakers include Sheikh Gyasi McKenzie (United States), Sheikh Salmaan Parkar (South Africa) and Sheikh Aslam Abu Ismaeel (Australia - Islamic Uni of Medina) and a number of others.



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Source: USQ community magazine -Fulfilling Lives – Connecting Our Community

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The government has called for input from community groups on new ways to tackle racism, as indigenous and non-Anglo Australians say it is still rife.

The Australia Human Rights Commission hopes that a series of public consultations will help it to evaluate where and how racism is being expressed across the nation.

A discussion paper released today outlines possible responses to a 2011 report that showed growing numbers of Australians who said they had experienced discrimination based on their ethnic background or appearance.

The report showed 9 per cent felt that way in 2007, 10 per cent in 2009 and 14 per cent in both 2010 and 2011.

"A zero tolerance approach to racism goes hand in hand with the broad acceptance of multiculturalism in Australia. It is integral to achieving a fair go for all," Human Rights Commissioner Helen Szoke said in a statement on the web.


Dr Hassan says he came to Australia on a skilled migration visa, having worked for a pharmaceutical company with a presence in 22 countries.

However, Dr Hassan said he ended up driving a taxi after several recruitment agencies refused to represent him because he had no Australian experience.

Further to that, Dr Hassan said that as a new arrival in the country, he attended a seminar organised by the immigration department.

The attendees - all recent immigrants - were told that Internet job sites only advertised 20 per cent of the positions available, and the rest could be found only through 'networking'.

"How can people who have just landed in this country network?" asks Dr Hassan. "Is it non-mandatory to advertise?"

"Where should I sit, in the bar and start drinking? I know it doesn't happen this way. Noone is going to come over to you and say 'It's your lucky day, I'll give you a job," he says.


Perth resident Sara A - who asked that her surname not be published - told SBS that she was ordered to put her headscarf back on or she wouldn't be allowed to leave Australia.

Ms A says she her passport photograph - taken in her country of origin - showed her wearing the scarf because that was the law there.

However, since becoming a permanent resident of Australia she no longer wore it very often.

"Why do I have to wear Islamic attire at the airport in Australia to be able to travel?" she asked.

"(The border guard) just wanted to insult me for sure. If a man wore a tie in his passport photo does (not) necessarily means he must wear tie again," Ms A added.

"I was truly hurt by her behavior. this happen to me just once but if I was a true Muslim and always wear scarf this things might happen more often," Ms A said.

Source: SBS

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Seeing Islam as a way to reconnect with their roots, the number of Aboriginal Australian Muslim converts is increasingly growing, perceiving a cultural fit between their traditional Indigenous beliefs and the teachings of Islam, The Conversation website reported..

For Alinta, an Aboriginal Australian Muslim, “Islam connects with [her] Aboriginality” because of a shared emphasis on gendered roles and spheres of influence.

“In Islam, men have a clear role and women have a clear role, and with Aboriginal people, that’s how it was too,” she added.

Another Aboriginal Australian, Nazra, said that she found a shared concern between Muslims and indigenous Aussies towards environment.

“In the Qur'an it tells you very clearly don’t waste what is not needed … and the Aboriginal community is the same,” Nazra said.

“Water and food are so precious you only take what you need.”

Muslims, who have been in Australia for more than 200 years, make up 1.7 percent of its 20-million population.

Coming to Australia from early 1700s, Muslim fishermen from Indonesia made annual voyages to the north and northwestern Australian coast where they developed a trade with aboriginals.

The first Muslims to settle permanently in Australia were the cameleers, mainly from Afghanistan.

Nearly three thousand cameleers came to Australia between 1860 and 1930. Nineteen of every 20 were Muslims who had a profound effect on inland Australia.

From the mid-1880s, Muslim Malays came to north Australia as indentured laborers in the pearl-shelling industry.

Islam is the country's second largest religion after Christianity.


Rejecting the idea of mono-culturalism, Aboriginals found themselves more attracted to the teachings of Islam, which made human beings into different nations and tribes who should interact to know each other.

Islam doesn’t just say “you’re Muslim, that’s it,” Shahzad, another aboriginal, said.


“It recognizes we belong to different tribes and nations. So it doesn’t do what Christianity did to a lot of Aboriginal people, [which] was try and make them like white people.”



I could very well have become a terrorist, without Islam, through the way I’ve been treated. Islam came into my life and actually said hey, cool down, it’s alright, justice will be served eventually.


Preaching equality between all people, regardless of skin colour, Islam found a great support among aboriginal Muslims who suffered from years of racial discrimination.

According to Justin, one of Aussie aboriginals, said “before I was the typical Black angry man. I was just consumed by anger”.

For them, Islam offered an alternative system to the hurt of colonization that includes a strict code of conduct and a moral and ethical framework.

The adoption of a faith that demands the avoidance of alcohol, drugs and gambling has also played a positive role in their lives.

That framework connected them to their traditional heritage.

Sulaiman stressed that he considered terrorism before becoming a Muslims.

“I could very well have become a terrorist, without Islam, through the way I’ve been treated,” he said.

“Islam came into my life and actually said hey, cool down, it’s alright, justice will be served eventually.”

Source: OnIslam

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By Janeth Deen

Ba, Nadi, Lautoka and Sigatoka have been flooded again this week. People are still being rescued from their roofs when boats are available. Many elderly people and children are suffering from cold from being wet. Dengue fever is the biggest fear. The supermarkets have empty shelves. The remainder of stock from the welfare shop will be sent to Fiji as soon as we can fill a container. We are short of food to send in the container. Tinned goods, rice, flour, dahl, and whatever people can donate will be greatly appreciated

As we all know Fiji is made up of islands and it is expensive to import goods. The income of the people is very low and goods are expensive. Clean linen will be useful as well as kitchenware. There are many Muslim families in Fiji that have been impacted by the floods as well as other groups. We need to help everyone in dire straits.

The people of Fiji, one of our nearest neighbours, need our help. Please help Janeth Deen fill the container and if anyone can offer a few dollars to help pay for the container, it will be helpful as well.

Contact Janeth Deen on 0435 086 796 if you are able to help.

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Over the next few weeks, CCN will post images from a new exhibition at the British Museum in London that traces the history of the Hajj:


An ivory sundial and Qibla pointer, to indicate the direction of Mecca.

Turkey 1582-9


The Church of England newspaper last week featured a review of the British Museum’s exhibition on ‘Hajj: Journey to the Heart of Islam’.

Reviewer Brian Cooper wrote:
“Latest of its major exhibitions on spiritual themes, it showcases pilgrimage artefacts, records and souvenirs down the centuries; pilgrim routes across three continents converging on the Holy Sanctuary; atmospheric photos of camel caravans taking pilgrims across hostile deserts; historic newsreels of Ottoman Empire pilgrimage steamers on the Red Sea, and a superb contemporary film of the Mecca rituals (which Muslims believe originated in Abrahamic times).
“Since non-Muslims are forbidden entry to the Holy Sanctuary of Mecca, this exhibition offers unique insight into its otherwise closed world, every year the focus of three million pilgrims’ personal journeys and their often life-changing collective experience of Islam.
“Amid such panoply and adventure, the fundamental purpose of Hajj — sustained prayer and spiritual discipline — is constantly evoked. The miniature prayer book of a Sumatran imam (1614) is typical of devotional works; 18th-century Indian watercolours depict correct prayer postures; the ‘Guide to Good Deeds’ prayer book by 15th-century Moroccan Sufi al-Jazuli, popular with Ottoman Turkish pilgrims, is among many rare works lent by the Khalili Trust.
“Spiritual centre of Islam since the 7th century Muhammad era, Mecca today is an ultra-modern skyscraper city, its vast marble multi-hall Sanctuary recently quadrupled in area by the Saudi monarchy. Ancient manuscripts, map-like pictures on glazed tiles, jerky early newsreels of pilgrims at prayer, sweeping vistas of huge worshipping crowds today — all declare Hajj to Mecca, attended now by many UK Muslims, is a very remarkable religious phenomenon, without parallel in the Christian world.
“Implicitly challenging us to examine our own faith, this exhibition is a must for Christians wanting to learn about Islam, whether or not already involved in inter-faith contacts.”


Source: Engage

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There are over 1.6 billion Muslims in the world today, making up approximately 23% of the world's population, or more than one-fifth of mankind.


The Muslim500 publication is part of an annual series that provides a window into the movers and shakers of the Muslim world. It gives valuable insight into the different ways that Muslims impact the world, and also shows the diversity of how people are living as Muslims today.

The 2011 Muslim500 lists the world's most influential Muslims who have impacted on their community, or on behalf of their community. Influence is: any person who has the power (be it cultural, ideological, financial, political or otherwise) to make a change that will have a significant impact on the Muslim World. The impact can be either positive or negative. The influence can be of a religious scholar directly addressing Muslims and influencing their beliefs, ideas and behaviour, or it can be of a ruler shaping the socio-economic factors within which people live their lives, or of artists forming popular culture.

Over the coming weeks, CCN will publish a personality selected from the list:


No. 14

H.E. Sheikh Abdul Aziz ibn Abdullah Aal Al Sheikh
Grand Mufti of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia






As the Grand Mufti, Sheikh Abdul Aziz ibn Abdullah Aal Al Sheikh has the highest position of religious authority in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. He is an Islamic scholar based in Mecca—the seat of Islam—and has influence as a leading cleric of the expansive global movement of Salafi Muslims.







Head of Sunni Jurisprudential Committees
Sheikh Abdul Aziz Aal Al Sheikh is chairman of the Council of Senior Scholars, a scientific consultative commission composed of leading Sunni scholars of Sharia (Islamic law). He has been behind fatwas that call for more rights for women and children.

Aal Al Sheikh is also chairman of the Permanent Committee for Islamic Research and Fatwas (religious edicts), a special committee designated for the researching and issuing of religious rulings and edicts on jurisprudence, the Hadith, and Aqida (creed) for the Sunni world.

As head of the Presidency for Scientific Research and Religious Edicts (Dar al Ifta), Aal Al Sheikh is often the spokesperson for controversial rulings issued from the Kingdom. He is recognized for his influence in enforcing a distinct view of Islamic
tradition. In 2008, he publicly criticized Muslim televangelists who encouraged Muslims to celebrate birthdays and anniversaries—stressing, instead, that only the two occasions of ‘Eid and the weekly Friday observations are valid occasions to celebrate.

In this, and also in his condemnation of Turkish soap operas sweeping the Arab World, Aal Al Sheikh has stressed the importance of eliminating distracting practices. He is also ardently opposed to the practice of marrying off very young girls to older men, emphasizing its incongruence with human decency and Islamic tradition.


The Arab Spring
•• The Grand Mufti issued a fatwa that demonstrations were forbidden from a judicial point of view.
•• He and 18 other members of the Council of Senior Scholars in Saudi Arabia signed a fatwa prohibiting demonstrations. The argument for this was that Saudi Arabia is based on the Qur’an and Sunnah and that it is necessary to stay hand in hand and
obedient. Thus, reform can be accomplished by advice not by demonstrations or methods that give rise to discord or dividethe nation.



The ethics of a true believer are portrayed in his brother, for when he sees good deeds he encourages him … And if he perceives any sort of violation and abuse of Sharia’, he seeks to set him on the right path and amend (him) 

Sh. Abdul Aziz Aal Al Sheikh

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Dear CCN Readers

As you are aware we are having an International food festival here at the Islamic Society of the Gold Coast on 6th May.

We would be grateful if you could you bring along your best cakes for our cake decorating competition.

Cakes need to be brought to the hall downstairs by 10 am to be judged at 11 am.

There will be prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd.

We have many sponsors including Malaysian Airlines.

Please register with Sister Becky by email at admin@goldcoastislam.com.au.

Jazaak Allah Khair,

Haji Hussain Goss
President Islamic Society of the Gold Coast

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George Galloway wins Bradford West byelection

UK: George Galloway, the leading figure in Respect, has grabbed a remarkable victory in the Bradford West byelection, claiming that “By the grace of God, we have won the most sensational victory in British political history”.

It appeared that the seat’s Muslim community had decamped from Labour en masse to Galloway’s call for an immediate British troop withdrawal from Afghanistan and a fightback against the job crisis.

On a turnout of 50.78%, Labour’s shellshocked candidate Imran Hussein was crushed by a 36.59% swing from Labour to Respect that saw Galloway take the seat with a majority of 10,140.

Labour had held the seat in 2010 with a majority of 5,763. It marks an extraordinary personal and political comeback for the controversial politician who lost in the UK general election in 2010, and in the Scottish parliament in 2011, appearing to confirm that the remainder of his career would lie in broadcasting and celebrity programmes.

Source: Engage



IOC urged to use London Olympics to end Saudi prejudice against female athletes

The IOC praised the Saudis for allowing Dalma Malas to take part in the youth games omitting the fact that she was a self-financed unofficial team member.

A leading human rights organisation has urged the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to pressure Saudi Arabia to end its discrimination against women in sports as a prerequisite for allowing the Kingdom to participate in this summer’s London Games.

In its report Steps of the Devil: Denial of Women and Girls’ Right to Sport in Saudi Arabia released Human Rights Watch (HRW) criticised the IOC for failing to penalise National Olympic Committee (NOC) of Saudi Arabia for not fielding a single female athlete to any of the past Olympics (along with Brunei and Qatar) nor having any sport program for women.

The IOC reserves a limited number of places for male and female athletes who are not required to meet the qualifying standards in swimming and athletics events. But despite this concession, Saudi Arabia has never sponsored a female team and its NOC does not have a women’s section.

HRW Senior Middle East Researcher, Christoph Wilcke, said the ban “clearly violates the Olympic Charter’s pledge to equality and gives the Olympic movement itself a black eye.”

HRW also documented discrimination by the Gulf state’s Ministry of Education in denying girls PE in state schools, as well as prejudiced practices by the sports ministry’s licensing women’s gyms and supporting only all-male sports clubs.

Of 153 youth ministry-supported sports clubs in the country, none have a women’s team.

In its interviews with Saudi women, HRW said it found no government sports infrastructure for women, with all designated facilities and officials limited exclusively to men.

“While the IOC has criticised Saudi Arabia for failing to send women athletes to the Olympics, it has not conditioned the Kingdom’s participation on ending discrimination against women in sports,” said HRW in its report.

A spokesman for the IOC told The Muslim News the Committee “encourages” NOCs to uphold the non-discriminatory spirit of the Olympic charter but “does not give ultimatums nor deadlines but rather believes that a lot can be achieved through dialogue.”

The IOC also insisted they are “in regular contact with the three NOCs which have yet to send women to the Olympic Games, ie, Qatar, Brunei and Saudi Arabia. As a result of fruitful discussions, the three NOCs included women in their delegations competing at the Youth Olympic Games in Singapore last summer.

Dalma Rushdi Malhas [the equestrian] was one of them. She was the first female Saudi athlete to compete in an Olympic competition and claimed a bronze medal in the Equestrian Jumping event.

“We are very pleased with this evolution, which can only been seen as a promising development leading towards London 2012.”

However there are precedents of the IOC of giving ultimatums for dealing with member states who violate its Charter.

In 1964 the IOC barred South Africa from taking part in the 18th Olympic Games in Tokyo over its refusal to condemn apartheid.

IOC announced the decision after South Africa failed to meet an ultimatum to comply with its demands that the South African Government renounced racial discrimination in sport and opposed the ban in its own country on competition between white and black athletes.

And in 1999, says HRW, the IOC banned Afghanistan NOC under the Taliban from participating in the 2000 Sydney Olympics due, in part, to the Taliban’s discrimination against women in sport.

However, the IOC failed to confirm if Saudi NOC will send a female athlete to the London Games. The IOC also failed to mention that Malhas, whose participation in the London games remains a doubt, has trained in exclusively private facilities, has self-financed her trip to international competitions and was not officially delegated to represent the Kingdom in the Singapore Youth Olympics.

Saudi OIC were not available for comment.

Source: Muslim News

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KB says:  This simply delicious roulade recipe is kindly being shared by Ms Hamida Dada our guest chef of the week.  


Roulade Cake



6 eggs
¾ cup castor sugar
¾ cup flour
2 Tbls Cocoa
1 Tsp Baking Powder
Pinch of salt


1. Beat egg whites and pinch of salt till stiff, adding sugar a little at a time until well dissolved.
2. Then add in egg yolks, beat well. Fold in dry ingredients.
3. Pour mixture into a well greased swiss roll pan.
4. Bake at 180 degrees until light brown.
5. Turn out and roll while still hot and when cool cut roll into four.
6. Put fresh cream on all the strips.
7. Roll one and stand on plate, go round the first roll with the second roll, continue with the other two and when you finish it will be the size of a cake.
8. Pour over a cooled ganache (see below) and decorate.


Ganache is a French term referring to a smooth and velvety mixture of chocolate and cream



500g milk, white, or dark chocolate (depending on which you prefer)
250ml cream


Place finely chopped chocolate in a bowl.
Bring cream to boil and pour over the chopped chocolate.
Whisk mixture until smooth.
Allow mixture to cool to a consistency which can be piped.


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.

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Q: Dear Kareema, I’ve been following my exercise program for the last 6 months but I’m really struggling to reach my goal weight. Any suggestions?

A: Try looking at everything else you’re doing besides sticking to your exercise regime.


For example, a lack of sleep may be hindering your weight-loss goals.


Your diet too, plays a big part in your quest to lose weight.


In fact, the ratio is 70% diet to 30% exercise.


Look out for those hidden sugars in the low fat/ diet varieties of certain foods.

Set some goals to cook or eat more healthy meals and freeze some for later in the week if you need to save some time.

Remember not to be too hard on yourself, steady weight loss through a balanced diet, and exercise a great way to reach your goal weight.


Aim to lose a kilo a week and give your body some time to adjust.







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.

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CCN Reader: Dear Flightstar Fozi, our family of four wants to drive to Alice Springs in August. What is your advice on the areas, accommodation and attractions?





Flightsar Fozi: With so many Australians travelling overseas these days because of the Aussie dollar, it is rare that someone wants to travel in there own back yard.

There is plenty to occupy you for a week or more in Alice Springs.


One of my favourite attractions is the Desert Park. It showcases the plants animals and landscapes of Australia Desert at the base of the Mac Donnell Range.

Alice Springs is the hub of Aboriginal art and you could easily spend a morning or afternoon visiting the galleries, most of which are in the city.


Few hours away beyond the town are natural attractions of Standley Chasm, Ormiston Gorge and Glen Helen Gorge.


You could also take the Mereenie Loop Road to Kings Canyon and Uluru.

There is a range of hotel and motel style accommodation which we can book for you.


There are also driving safety tips for Alice Springs on the Tourism Northern Territory website but make sure
that your vehicle is in good condition.

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Send your question to Flightstar Fozi at  ccn@crescentsofbrisbane.org.


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

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Mula Nasruddin left a meeting at his office, and desperately gave himself a personal TSA pat down.


He was looking for his keys. They were not in his pockets. A quick search in the meeting room revealed nothing.


Suddenly he realized, he must have left them in the car.


Frantically he headed for the parking lot.


His wife, Begum BiBi, had scolded him many times for leaving the keys in the ignition.


His theory was that the ignition was the best place not to lose them.


Her theory was that the car would one day be stolen.


As he burst through the doors of the office, he came to a terrifying conclusion.


Begum BiBi's theory was right.


The parking lot was empty.


He immediately called the police, gave them his location, confessed that he had left his keys in the car, and that it had been stolen.

Then he made the most difficult call of all, "Honey," Mula Nasruddin stammered.


He always call her "honey" in times like these. "I left my keys in the car, and it has been stolen."

There was a period of silence. Mula Nasruddin thought the call had been dropped, but then he heard my wife's voice, "Husband," she barked, "I dropped you off!"

Now it was Mula Nasrudin's time to be silent.


Embarrassed, he said, "Well, come and get me."

Begum BiBi retorted, "I will, as soon as I convince this policeman I have not stolen your car!"

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Indeed, in view of its function, religion stands in greater need of a rational foundation of its ultimate principles than even the dogmas of science.
                                                                                                          Muhammed Iqbal

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2nd AMYN Annual Islamic Convention

Brisbane 2012


14 April


International Food Festival

Gold Coast


6 May

Palestinian Widows and Orphans Dinner Fundraiser


20 May

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

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Kuraby Mosque Hire Services

Hire Services

Ahlam Haddad Tutoring

Tutoring (Maths)


Clothing Islamic Couture


Lebanese Cuisine

Love ur Body

Beauty Treatments

Biltong in Brisbane


Mansur Omar

Real Estate

Bismillah Repairs & Maintenance

Repairs & Maintenance

MaXimize Accountants


Brisbane Diagnostics



Health Drink

Calamvale Physio & Sports Injury Clinic


Mo's Handyman Services

Repairs & Maintenance

Car Body Removals

Used Car Dealer

Muslim Directory Australia

Directory Services

Carpet Lifesavers

Carpet cleaning


Restaurant & Takeaway Portuguese Chicken

Centre for Easy Language Learning (CeLL)

Tutoring (Arabic)


Restaurant & Takeaway Portuguese Chicken


Traditional Indian & Pakistan Cuisine

Nazima Hansa Realty PTY LTD

Real Estate



Islamic College of Brisbane Hall Hire

Hire Services



OurWorld Travel



Migration Agency

Pappa Roti

Cake & Coffee

Fathima Adat Tutoring

Tutoring (School subjects)

Pizza Lane

Restaurant & Takeaway Pizza

Gabriel Hair Studios


Rejuven8 Body & Beauty

Beauty Treatments


Plastic Mats

Samoosa Pastry Distributors


Henna by Fatima


Shakira Kolia's Driving School

Driving School

Hummy's Automotive

Car Repairs



Hussana Australia

Halal Body Care range

Stick On Labels


InWear Fashions

Clothing Fashion

The Quran Pen


Junaid Ally Properties

Real Estate

Yasmeen Seedat Accounting Services


Kimaya Fashions


Lily's Fashion

Wedding dresses etc. 

Personal Training with Layla

Personal Training

Marketing Co-Op

Internet Services

Angelz Dental Care


Queensland Islamic Book Services


Shameema's Silk Scarves


Grand Medical Centre

Medical Practitioners

Qld Islamic Book Service

Book Shop



Health Products

Personal Wellness Coach






FlightStar Hajj 2012

Personal Wellness Coach

Ashraf & Ayesha

More information

Qld Islamic

Book Service


Healthy Life

Browns Plains

Personal Training

for Ladies

Nazima Hansa


your one-stop

real estate shop


Carpet Lifesavers


Body & Beauty

Brochure (pdf)

Stick On Labels


Repairs & Maintenance

Biltong in Brisbane





Indian & Pakistan



Shakira Kolia's



Lebanese Cuisine


pdf version




Migration Agent




OurWorld Travel


Islamic Couture


Handyman Services

AK Surtie




Fatima Ismail

Gabriel Hair Studio


Hussana Australia

Halal Body Care range


Pappa Roti

Warrigal Square

Junaid Ally Properties




Love ur Body

Nandos Mt Gravatt

ACCES Services

Removal Services


Calamvale Central
Compton Road

Tel: 07 3272 2299

Yasmeen Seedat

Accounting Services

Kimaya Fashions

Samoosa Pastry


Used Cars Wanted  

The Quran Pen Reader

online at


Hummy's Automotive

Prop: Mohammed Shabbir




Brisbane Diagnostics


InWear Fashions


Plastic Mats


Calamvale Physio & Sports Injury Clinic

Ask for

Ms Muntazira Girach 

Marketing Co-Op

Training in Blog Building Techniques



Silk Scarves 

Lily's Fashion


200 Grand Avenue, Forest Lake Qld 4078.
Open 7 days a week until 8:00pm
We accept Bulk Billing 7 days a week
Appointments Available – Walk ins welcome
For Appointment

Ph: (07) 32 7878 00


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

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





(Click on link)





30 March to 1 April

Fri to Sun

Youth Leadership Retreat




Bornhoffen PCYC

0431 800 414

All Day

6 & 7 April

Fri & Sat

Waseem Ravi's Brisbane Tour


Lutwyche Mosque


Slacks Creek

0425 811 150




6 to 9 April

Fri to Mon

Qld Ijtima


Darra Mosque


All day

14 April


2nd AMYN Annual Islamic Convention Brisbane 2012


University of Queensland


1pm to 5.30pm

28 & 29 April

Sat & Sun

Heart Therapy: with Sh. Yahya Ibrahim





All Day

6 May


International Food Festival

Islamic Society of Gold Coast

Gold Coast Mosque, Arundel

0418 737 621

10am til late

20 May


Palestinian Widows & Orphans Dinner Fundraiser


Michael's Oriental Restaurant

0433 182 520

10am til late

16 June



Lailatul Mehraj

5 July



Lailatul Baraat

21 July



Start of Ramadhan 

15 August



Lailatul Qadr

19 August



End of Ramadhan   

20 August




25 August



Mt Gravatt Showgrounds

0418 722 353

All day

9 September



Orleigh Park, West End

0402 026 786


26 October




26 & 27 October

Fri & Sat

Eidfest Dreamworld


0418 722 353

All day


NB: The Islamic date changes to the next day starting in the evenings after maghrib.

Therefore, except for lailatul mehraj, lailatul baraat and lailatul qadr – these dates

refer to the commencement of the event starting in the evening of the corresponding day.

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 As-Salaam Institute of Islamic Studies

Free Monthly Tafseer Class

Telecast Live from Sydney

The Immense Ocean by Imam Ahmed Ibn Ajiba al Hasani

Date: Saturday 3 March 2012, then every second Saturday of each month
Time: 3pm - 4:30pm
Venue: IWAQ Office, 11 Watland St, Springwood
Light refreshments provided.

For more information about the course click here


 As-Salaam Institute of Islamic Studies

Free Weekly Class

Telecast Live from Sydney

Mizaan Al Amal - Balanced Criterion of Action

Date: Every Friday evening until 20 April 2012
Time: 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Venue: IWAQ Office, 11 Watland St, Springwood
Refreshments provided


For more information about the course click here


Bald Hills Mosque Weekly Tafseer


Tafseer lessons (half an hour)
Mondays and Wednesdays every week after Isha salah at Bald Hills Masjid,


All are welcome


Kuraby Mosque Tafseer & Taalim


Tafseer and Taalim for Ladies only - Every Tuesday @ Kuraby Mosque  11am to 12.30pm – Contact Apa Layla on 0405 968 665

Classes for teenage girls - 7pm to 8:30pm – Every Thursday evening – Contact Apa Layla on 0405 968 665


Muslim Events Forum (MEF)

Need help in planning or promoting an event or function?

Monthly meetings




For more information and RSVP:

Mr. Ismail Mohammed at i_m_006@hotmail.com


Queensland Police Service/Muslim Community Consultative Group


VENUE: Metropolitan South Regional Office, 1993 Logan Road, Upper Mt Gravatt

Wednesday 24 May 2012
Wednesday 17 October 2012

Commencing at 5.00pm (Times may change throughout the year pending salat)



For more information and RSVP:

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


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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

United Muslims of Brisbane

Crescents of Brisbane's CRESCAFE (Facebook)

Muslim Women's eNewsletter

Sultana’s Dream is a not-for-profit e-magazine that aims to provide a forum for the opinions of Australian Muslim women

Islamic Solutions

Articles and Audio recordings

Gold Coast Mosque

 Incorporating Islamic Society of Gold Coast Inc.

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 (Facebook)

The Queensland Muslim Historical Society  (Facebook)

Muslim Women's National Network of Australia, Inc (MWNNA)

Peak body representing a network of Muslim women's organisations and individuals throughout Australia

If you would like a link to your website email ccn@crescentsofbrisbane.org.

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