......a sometimes self-deprecating and occasional tongue-in-cheek look at ourselves and the world around us ......


Sunday, 15 April 2012

 Newsletter 0388




Muslim Charitable Foundation is co-ordinating the collection of non-perishable food items for distribution to the flood affected people of Fiji.


The cost of the transport of the container has been sponsored by an individual.

Please be aware of the following points when bringing in your donations:

1. Only non-perishable food items;
2. Packed in boxes and contents indicated on the outside of the box;
3. No packets/bags of items please;
4. Items in glass packages should be avoided, unless well packed with the correct packaging material.
5. If possible, buy the items in their original carton/case lots.
6. Collection will commence from Wednesday 18 April 2012.
7. The container will be delivered to Musjid-ul-Farooq, Kuraby on Friday 20 April 2012, and will leave on Monday 23 April 2012.
8. Please leave your donated items on the property as sign-posted.
9. Volunteers are welcome to assist in the co-ordination and packing of the container.

Your co-operation with the above is appreciated.

For further details, please contact:
Imam Akram Buksh (0431 672 263)
Farouk Adam (0422 191 675)


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Sgt Jim Bello (left) left receives a bail out donation of $650 from Ms Fenti Forsyth (centre) on behalf of the pupils of the Islamic College of Brisbane with Police Commissioner, Bob Atkinson (right), lending appropriate protection.

Sgt Jim Bellos succeeded in raising $10,000 for the PCYC's Time 4 Kids campaign.

Jim did ‘time’ in the Queen Street Mall from 9.00am with 4BC’s Gary Hardgrave and Brisbane Roar W-League captain Clare Polkinghorne.

"Thank you to so many who came down to support me, have a laugh and grab a great photo opportunity," he said after his 'incarceration'.


"I was eventually released from my makeshift jail after doubling my original target of $5000 thanks to the community's support."

At 11.15am, Jim was $70 short of the $10,000 before Police Commissioner Bob Atkinson arrived and bailed him out by donating the shortfall.




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Nominations for the YMCA Queensland Youth Parliament, a state-wide apolitical program that gives young Queenslanders aged between 15-25 years of age the opportunity to speak proactively about important issues to them and their communities, closed recently.


Amongst the nominees is Ms Naseera Naeem (16), granddaughter of the late Haje Ebrahim Patel, who has been selected to represent the Sunnybank state electorate in Queensland.


Naseera will take part in open forums "to let the real Parliament know that young people can and are willing to make a difference."


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(l to r) Mr David Forde, Ms Susan Almaani, Ms Kholoud Abdulla and Mr Michael Nee  


Michael's Oriental Restaurant celebrated its 23rd year in business at a function on Friday.


The restaurant has been a popular venue for many functions held by the community and organizations over the years.


Brisbane Lord Mayor, Graham Quirk, and a number of community leaders and politicians were on hand to celebrate the occasion with owner Michael Nee and his son Charles.


The Palestinian Widows & Orphans Dinner Fundraiser is the next community event scheduled for the restaurant.


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By Janeth Deen 

The Muslim Charitable Foundation committee members have been actively collecting funds from the mosques for the Fiji Flood Appeal. They will continue to collect funds for the next two weeks and request people to donate generously.

We saw the devastation that the floods created in Queensland last year, so it is not too difficult to understand what the people in Fiji are experiencing. The April floods are the worst ever experience in "Fiji.
All mosques in Queensland are requested to take up donations for Fiji.

The Muslim Charitable Foundation Emergency A/C will transfer the Money to the Fiji Muslim League as they have the accreditation to transfer funds internationally. For those who cannot give to the collectors at the mosque money can be deposited in the Emergency A/C held by MCF in the Bank of Queensland.

Donate to the Muslim Charitable Foundation Emergency A/C Bank of Queensland BSB 124 155 Account Number 20897395

MCF has worked also through Janeth Deen who helped GOPIO fill a container over the Easter weekend with goods from the welfare shop, for instant dispatch to Lautoka. It must be noted that the Fiji Prime Minister will be ensuring that all containers that enter the country for flood relief goes through his department. The Fiji Government will distribute these goods through the Red Cross, not the other charities they are sent to. Janeth Deen personally rang the Prime Minister's department to ensure this is what is happening at the other end.

MCF will also arrange for further containers to be sent to Fiji. One will be for donated food - tinned, packets, bottles etc. Food must not be perishible and no pressure packs. Rice, dahl etc are examples of food needed. .

The first container will arrive at the Kuraby mosque on Friday 20th April and will leave the following Monday 23rd April. This container will be filled with non perishable food items only. Donated food will be accepted in sealed cartons and can be left with Imam Akram at the Kuraby mosque. It is hoped that food items left at other mosques will be sent to Kuraby to help fill this container as it will only be at the mosque for a short time only.


The people in Fiji need our help as soon as possible, they are in dire straits. Please give generously.


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Report by Khalil Gerard John 

For the second time this year, Waseem Razvi (popularly known as the Dr. Zakir Naik of Australia) has visited Brisbane for a khutbah and a couple of talks.


The main theme of his tour was to raise awareness amongst the community about the importance of sharing the message of Islam.“The Future is For Islam”, the khutbah at the UMB Centre highlighted that all Muslims have the right and responsibility to practice Islam so that he is part of its future.

Lutwyche Mosque was his next stop for an evening where the audience was reminded about “The Importance of Dawah”. It is of great importance that Muslims inform the people of Islam lest they are replaced as Allah says in the Qur’an 3:110.

Brother Waseem joined Dawah Matrix and the UMB brothers in their Saturday Street Dawah in the city. He engaged quite a number of non-Muslims in discussions, and as part of the group’s dawah that day, they also made dhuhr salah in jamaah in public.

Waseem concluded his tour with the stunning lecture at the UMB centre about “The Muslims’ Responsibility In A Non Muslim Society”.


He drove the point home that since the Muslims have gained so much from staying in Australia (e.g. peace, stability, education, employment, prosperity, etc.) it is only just for the Muslims to return the favour to the people here by giving them the best they have – ISLAM.

In his usual jolly manner, he made the audience laugh when he said that is indeed excellent that Muslims in the West has contributed in terms of Indian restaurants and Turkish kebabs but we should not withhold from the people the beauty of Islam.


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Nando’s Mt Gravatt has re-opened its doors after a break for refurbishments forced on by a fire in the kitchen.

"We want to thank our customers for their patience during this time," Ms Mairoon Ally of Nandos Mt Gravatt told CCN.

As a token of their appreciation, Mairoon and Mohammed Ally are offering all CCN readers two vouchers which can be redeemed on your next visit.


Simply print off the voucher and hand it over with your order.


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The National Anti-Racism Partnership is calling for submissions to inform the development of the National Anti-Racism Strategy.

The aim of the Strategy is to prevent and reduce racism. They are looking to hear from government, business, community, sport and other organisations about what stakeholders think works and successful strategies that have been used in the past.

Contributions to the development of the Strategy can be made by:

• making a submission in response to the Discussion Paper, available at: http://www.humanrights.gov.au/antiracism/submissions.html

• complete the online survey at: http://www.humanrights.gov.au/antiracism/survey.html

• participate in a public meeting - details available at: www.humanrights.gov.au/antiracism/consultation.html   

Public consultations will be held in Queensland on the following dates:


20 April

Townsville, QLD
CWA Hall
Denham Street Townsville

10am – 12pm

23 April

Brisbane, QLD 
Anti-Discrimination Commission QLD
Level 17, 53 Albert St, Brisbane

Hosted by the Anti-Discrimination Commission QLD

2 – 4pm

A summary paper is available at:
http://www.humanrights.gov.au/antiracism/summary.html  and
in a broad range of languages at:

Please note that submissions close Friday 11 May 2012.


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Study places Australia as the world's worst country for bullying on social networking sites.

Social network sites can leave one vulnerable to being humiliated in a public sphere by people unknown to the user.

For cyber bullies, it is a bit of fun, but for the victims it can have a devastating psychological effect.

A recent study has put Australia as the world's worst for online bullying on social networking sites.

One in four Australian students has experienced cyber bullying, a constant barrage of online threats or taunts.

Last May, the state of Victoria criminalised online harassment, after a number of suicides of youths were linked to cyber bullying.

But with no convictions so far, some accuse the police of not taking the crime seriously.

Al Jazeera's Fauziah Ibrahim reports from Melbourne.




Source: Al Jazeera


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Get away from the rat race for a while and get things in perspective!


Join a retreat that focuses on the individual's relationship with Allah (SWT), and how to cleanse oneself in order to get closer to Allah, through study of the Qur’an, Zikr and reflection.


If you are seeking to be amongst one of these very privileged women whose contact and experience in this spiritual retreat will be life-changing with this dynamic speaker, please join us at the first Australian Ladies Retreat.

Venue: Savannah Hotel & Resort, Broadbeach

Date: 6-8 July 2012

Cost: $ 300 pp (includes 2 nights’ accommodation, all meals & course notes.)

For a preview of a tafseer of Surah Takathur by Dr Haifaa Younis, please join us at the Kuraby Masjid on Saturday the 21st April from 2-3pm

For any questions, queries or concerns, please contact:

Fathima 0426821411; Mariam 0452200551; Nadia 0433277622

Limited seats available. Registration closes at the end of May or if sold out prior.

About Dr Haifaa Younis


Dr Haifaa Younis was born in Iraq. She has been living in the U.S.A for almost 20 years. She is a practising Gynaecologist, and is a student of Sheikh Mokhtar Maghraoui in the U.S.A. Sheikh Mokhtar Maghraoui is one of the most well renowned scholars in North America and is a foundation scholar of Al Medina Institute; he is thoroughly versed in Islamic sciences and holds a doctorate between his field of physics and engineering. Dr Haifaa Younis is presently residing in Jeddah where she practises as an OBGYN (Obstetrician/Gynaecologist) and has also studied Fiqh and Islamic sciences at a reputed institute in Jeddah. She is also a Hafiza of the Qur’an and is fluent in Arabic. She has conducted numerous spiritual retreats for ladies around the world, notably in the USA, South Africa, as well as Pakistan and is very well known for her enlightening retreats empowering Muslim women on their spiritual quest.


Testimonial:  I highly recommend to attend any talks or workshops held by Sister Haifaa. Allah has really given her the gift to move you to change to become closer to Him InshaAllah. Truly you can see how dedicated she is to this work that even though she fractured her leg, she still came to teach us without complaining. We are truly blessed to have access to people like this who teach us ways to get closer to Allah.


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Look out for Amina, a nurse by profession, in Series 4 on Channel 10 premiering on 23 April.


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The Islamic college of Brisbane has a vacancy for a person to work as a grounds man and also to perform general duties at the College at Karawatha. Previous experience as a handy man would be an advantage. This is a temporary position until the end of this year but may be extended.

Please apply in writing giving a brief resume to

The Principal, Islamic College of Brisbane, PO Box 1769, Springwood, QLD 4127


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Tarek Mehanna, an American Muslim, was convicted this week in a federal court in Boston and then sentenced yesterday to 17 years in prison.


He was found guilty of supporting Al Qaeda (by virtue of translating Terrorists’ documents into English and expressing sympathetic views to the group) as well as conspiring to murder U.S. soldiers in Iraq.








APRIL 12, 2012

Read to Judge O’Toole during his sentencing, April 12th 2012.

In the name of God the most gracious the most merciful Exactly four years ago this month I was finishing my work shift at a local hospital. As I was walking to my car I was approached by two federal agents. They said that I had a choice to make: I could do things the easy way, or I could do them the hard way. The “easy ” way, as they explained, was that I would become an informant for the government, and if I did so I would never see the inside of a courtroom or a prison cell. As for the hard way, this is it. Here I
am, having spent the majority of the four years since then in a solitary cell the size of a small closet, in which I am locked down for 23 hours each day. The FBI and these prosecutors worked very hard-and the government spent millions of tax dollars – to put me in that cell, keep me there, put me on trial, and finally to have me stand here before you today to be sentenced to even more time in a cell.

In the weeks leading up to this moment, many people have offered suggestions as to what I should say to you. Some said I should plead for mercy in hopes of a light sentence, while others suggested I would be hit hard either way. But what I want to do is just talk about myself for a few minutes.

When I refused to become an informant, the government responded by charging me with the “crime” of supporting the mujahideen fighting the occupation of Muslim countries around the world. Or as they like to call them, “terrorists.” I wasn’t born in a Muslim country, though. I was born and raised right here in America and this angers many people: how is it that I can be an American and believe the things I believe, take the positions I take? Everything a man is exposed to in his environment becomes an ingredient that shapes his outlook, and I’m no different. So, in more ways than one, it’s because of America that I am who I am.

When I was six, I began putting together a massive collection of comic books. Batman implanted a concept in my mind, introduced me to a paradigm as to how the world is set up: that there are oppressors, there are the oppressed, and there are those who step up to defend the oppressed. This resonated with me so much that throughout the rest of my childhood, I gravitated towards any book that reflected that paradigm – Uncle Tom’s Cabin, The Autobiography of Malcolm X, and I even saw an ehical dimension to The Catcher in the Rye.

By the time I began high school and took a real history class, I was learning just how real that paradigm is in the world. I learned about the Native Americans and what befell them at the hands of European settlers. I learned about how the descendents of those European settlers were in turn oppressed under the tyranny of King George III.

I read about Paul Revere, Tom Paine, and how Americans began an armed insurgency against British forces – an insurgency we now celebrate as the American revolutionary war. As a kid I even went on school field trips just blocks away from where we sit now. I learned about Harriet Tubman, Nat Turner, John Brown, and the fight against slavery in this country. I learned about Emma Goldman, Eugene Debs, and the struggles of the labor unions, working class, and poor. I learned about Anne Frank, the Nazis, and how they persecuted minorities and imprisoned dissidents. I learned about Rosa Parks, Malcolm X, Martin Luther King, and the civil rights struggle.




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What does it mean to have a sound heart? A pure heart? How can we know?


Only through learning, reading, listening and doing our best to apply what we uncover in our everyday lives.


If we are able to find our way into our hearts and dust-off and polish what we discover there, the benefits in our external lives would be felt in the purification of our intentions, an increase in selflessness, and a better relationship with ourselves and those around us, leading to a greater happiness.


Sheikh Yahya Ibrahim (pictured above) was born in Canada and is of Egyptian descent. He is a Hafidh of the Quran and, being proficient in both Arabic and English, has translated for prominent scholars of our era. He currently lives in Perth and will be travelling to Brisbane to give the AL-Kauthar Institute course “Heart Therapy” in 2 weeks on the 28-29th April.





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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. 16

Amir Hajji Muhammad Abd Al Wahhab
Amir of Tablighi Jamaat, Pakistan


A member of the Tabligh Jamaat makes his way to the annual ijtema held in Raiwind, Pakistan where he will be joined by over 1.5 million others for a weekend of spiritual rejuvenation.




Leader of the Pakistan chapter of the Tablighi Jamaat—a transnational Islamic organization dedicated to spreading the message of religious conservatism and renewed spirituality—Hajji Abd Al Wahhab is a prominent Pakistani scholar with a significant following in South Asia and the United Kingdom. Although the organization does not have a central authority, Abd Al Wahhab has been increasingly influential in his leadership of the throngs of Muslims that follow the international movement in Pakistan and abroad.







As Amir, or leader of Pakistan’s Tablighi Jamaat, Hajji Abd Al Wahhab’s influence spans globally due to the organization’s emphasis on missionary work. Considered a foremost da’ee, or inviter to the faith of Islam, Abd Al Wahhab has spoken about
the need to return to the correct beliefs and practices of Islam in numerous countries and congregations.

Champion of Conservatism
Abd Al Wahhab urges Muslims to repent for their sins and to emulate the life of the Prophet Muhammad by adhering to the Sunnah—the Prophet’s teachings and deeds. Among these is an exhortation to partake in the act of da’wa or spreading the message of the faith. The Tablighi Jamaat has gradually acquired a massive membership base owing to this core tenet. Abd Al Wahhab’s work is derived from close ties to the founder of the Tablighi Jamaat, Maulana Muhammad Ilyas from the prominent Islamic institution Darul Uloom Deoband, in India, where the latter studied before establishing a following in Pakistan.


Mass Appeal

Among the throngs of Pakistanis, diaspora South Asians, and others who carry the flag of the Tablighi Jamaat are notable Muslim leaders. In Pakistan alone, Abd Al Wahhab’s influence has won the allegiance of prominent politicians, actors, and athletes. Despite his influence over key Muslim leaders from various fields of social power, Abd Al Wahhab is consistent in his assertion that the organization is wholly apolitical—identifying the work of the Tablighi Jamaat as a spiritual revivalist movement.

Advocate of Non-violence
In light of heightened incidences of violence by fringe Islamic militant groups, Abd Al Wahhab has publicly stated the importance of non-violence in bringing people closer to the faith of Islam. This comes after the tragic Mumbai attacks which investigations
found were linked to the Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba; a militant organization Abd Al Wahhab has made a point of distancing the Tablighi Jamaat from.


The Arab Spring
•• The Arab Spring events have not significantly affected the influence of Hajji Abd Al Wahhab.



People out there are burning in the fire of ignorance and you are wasting your time here inquiring after my health!  


Muhammad Ilyas al-Kandhlawi, Abd Al Wahhab’s teacher and the founder of Tablighi Jamaat


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Dear Editor

Thank your for your latest CCN newsletter; I always look forward to reading them as soon as they arrive. My congratulations on the quality and scope of your publication.


Issue 3 of 'Sultana's Dream' is now out; I hope you and your readers will find it stimulating reading:





Hanifa Deen

Author & Editor of Sultana's Dream

Dear Editor

Salam o alaikum,

We recently moved to Brisbane and are glad to receive the CCN newsletter.


Recently, our kids composed a dua (nasheed) and recorded on youtube for their friends.

You may like to share this with others in the community to inspire our kids towards our deen.

Ehtesham Ali



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Saudi princess: What I'd change about my country


Princess Basma Bint Saud Bin Abdulaziz tells the BBC there are many changes she would like to see in Saudi Arabia - but that now is not the time for women to be allowed to drive.

Princess Basma is divorced and lives with her children in London

I speak as the daughter of King Saud, the former ruler of Saudi Arabia. My father established the first women's university in the kingdom, abolished slavery and tried to establish a constitutional monarchy that separates the position of king from that of prime minister. But I am saddened to say that my beloved country today has not fulfilled that early promise.

Our ancient culture, of which I am very proud, is renowned for its nobility and generosity, but we lack, and urgently need, fundamental civil laws with which to govern our society.

As a daughter, sister, (former) wife, mother, businesswoman and a working journalist, these are the things that I would like to see changed in Saudi Arabia.

1. Constitution


I would like to see a proper constitution that treats all men and women on an equal footing before the law but that also serves as a guide to our civil laws and political culture.

For example, today in Saudi courts, all decisions are made according to the individual judge's interpretation of the holy Koran. This is entirely dependent on his own personal beliefs and upbringing rather than universally agreed principles or a written constitution as a guide.

I am not calling for a western system but an adaptation of that system to suit our needs and culture. Thus our constitution should be inspired by the philosophy of the Koran with principles that are set in stone and not open to the whims of individual judges as is the case now.

In particular, the constitution should protect every citizen's basic human rights regardless of their sex, status or sect. Everyone should be equal before the law.

2. Divorce Laws

I strongly believe that current divorce laws are abusive.

Today in Saudi, a woman can ask for a divorce only if she files for what is called "Khali and Dhali". This means either she pays a big sum of money running into tens of thousands of dollars or she has to get someone to witness the reason why she is filing for a divorce - an impossible condition to fulfil given that such reasons usually are the kind that remain within the four walls of a marriage.

Another way to keep a woman in the marital home against her will is the automatic granting of custody of any children over the age of six to the father in any divorce settlements.

This state of affairs is in complete contradiction to the Koran, upon which our laws are supposed to be based. In it a woman is given full rights to divorce simply in the case of "irreconcilable differences".

3. Overhaul of the education system

The way women today are treated in Saudi Arabia is a direct result of the education our children, boys and girls, receive at school.

Youngest daughter of the country's second king and niece to its current ruler, Pincess Basma was educated in Britain and Switzerland and lives in Acton, London. She is pictured above pointing to her place in the Saudi family tree.

The content of the syllabus is extremely dangerous. For one, our young are taught that a woman's position in society is inferior. Her role is strictly limited to serving her family and raising children. They are actually taught that if a woman has to worship anyone other than God it should be her husband; "that the angels will curse her if she is not submissive to her husband's needs". Girls are also strictly forbidden from taking part in any physical education. This is a result of a complete misinterpretation of the Koran. I consider these ideologies to be inherently abusive.

Aside from that, the focus in most of our educational system is on religious subjects such as hadith (sayings attributed to the prophet), Fiqh (Islamic jurisprudence), tafssir (interpretation of the Koran) and of course the Koran. The attitude is that "learning itself, anything other than religion won't get you into heaven so don't waste your time". I would like to see religious teaching limited to the Koran and the Sunna (the way the prophet lived), where the true ethics of Islam lie. The rest is blind rote learning of the most dangerous kind. It has left our youth vulnerable to fundamentalist ideologies that have led to terrorism and abuse of the true meaning of the Koran.

Instead of wasting our youths' intellect on memorising quotations whose origins is uncertain (such as those found in hadith, Fiqh and tafssir) we need to encourage them to think freely, innovate and use their initiative for the betterment of our society. Early Islam was a time of great creativity. Scholars excelled in sciences and literature. Our religion should not be a shield behind which we hide from the world but a driving force that inspires us to innovate and contribute to our surroundings. This is the true spirit of Islam.

4. A complete reform of social services

The ministry of social affairs is tolerating cruelty towards women rather than protecting them. The only refuge homes that abused women can turn to are state ones. In these, women are continuously told that by seeking refuge they have brought shame on their families.


If they come from powerful families then they will be sent straight back to their homes in fear of the wrath of a powerful patriarch. As a result we have seen many cases of suicide by educated women, doctors and scientists who were sent back to their abusers.

We need independent women's refuges where the rights of women are upheld and backed up by powerful laws that can override family traditions and protect women.

The ministry of social affairs not only abuses women's rights but is also one of the reasons poverty is rife in the kingdom. A corrupt system that lacks transparency has meant that more than 50% of our population is poor and needy even though we are one of the wealthiest countries on earth.

5. The role of the Mahram (chaperone)

Women in Saudi cannot get around or travel without a mahram (a kind of chaperone - usually a male relative).

At the time of the prophet, women used to have a man to accompany them but in those days Arabia was a desert literally full of pirates.

Today the only purpose of such a law is to curtail women's freedom of movement. This not only infantilises women but turns them unnecessarily into a burden on their men and on society.

Today women in Saudi Arabia are not allowed to drive.


Our religion should not be a shield behind which we hide from the world but a driving force that inspires us to innovate and contribute to our surroundings

This one seems to concern western observers the most but there are more essential rights we need to obtain first.

I am definitely for women driving but I don't think this is the right time for a reversal of this law. In the current climate if a woman drives, she could be stopped, harassed beaten or worse to teach her a lesson.

This is why I am against women driving until we are educated enough and until we have the necessary laws to protect us from such madness. Otherwise we might as well hand out a licence to the extremists to abuse us further. If as drivers we get harassed, they will say to the Islamic world "see what happens when women drive, they get harassed they get beaten" and they will call for even more stringent laws to control women. This is something we can't afford. Fundamental changes in the law and its attitude to women are needed before we take this step.

On the whole it is the rights and freedoms of all citizens that are crucial in Saudi Arabia and from those the rights of women will emanate.

Source: BBC



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

This week a CCN reader recommends


The Muslim Marriage Guide


 Ruqaiyyah Waris Maqsood



A highly prized book that meets the need for a guide for Muslim couples, married or planning marriage. Drawing on Islamic sources of the Qur'an and Sunnah the author discusses the main emotional, social and sexual problems that can afflict relationships, suggesting many practical ways in which they can be resolved.

"This book explains in detail the key to a happy marriage and what a good Muslim should do to make his or her marriage successful."

"It's kind of like what the Chicken Soup marriage book is for Christians. Very empowering knowledge for a Muslim couple on how to keep each other happy backed up by Quranic scripture and hadiths."

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

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


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

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

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KB says:  This recipe has been shared by Farzanah Hatia. For the lovers of coconut this recipe is easy to make and most enjoyable with a cup of tea.


Coconut Cupcake


4 eggs
1½ cup castor sugar
1 cup oil
2 cups flour
4 tsp baking powder
1 cup boiling water


1. Beat eggs till fluffy while gradually adding in sugar.
2. Add in oil and beat for 5-10 seconds till just combined
3. Sift dry ingredients together and fold in to egg mixture alternatively with the hot water.
4. Pour into cupcake cases and bake at 170 degree for 15-20 mins.

1 1/2 cups shredded coconut
3 tab butter
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 cup milk

1. Boil on stove together till sticky and almost dry.

2. Spoon on top of the baked cupcakes and grill in oven until just slightly toasted. Cool and then serve.


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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Too many times I’ve seen joggers / walkers out in the park finishing off their workout and hopping straight into their cars without bothering to stretch.


The same happens in the gym with participants rushing off 5 – 10mins before the class finishes, missing out on some vital ‘r & r’ for their muscles..


It’s ok if you have to rush off to work after a workout, however, making an effort to fit a 5min stretch in, will offer many benefits, including: mobility, injury prevention and stress relief to name a few.

The warm-up before your workout should include a few dynamic stretches to get the blood flowing and raise body temperature. Movements such as torso twists, hip rotations and arm circles are examples of stretches you can include in your warm-up.

After your workout, it’s time for the just as important static stretching – time to relax and wind down to improve flexibility. Hold each stretch for about 30secs and be consistent to see results. Yoga is a great way to incorporate stretching into your workout.


Try a session at least once a week.. NJOY!!






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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Jallalludin and his wife Hürriyet are going out for the evening. The last thing they do is put their cat out.

The taxi arrives, and as the couple walk out of the house, the cat scoots back in.

Jallalludin returns inside to chase it out.


Hürriyet, not wanting it known that the house would be empty, explains to the taxi driver, 'My husband is just going upstairs to say goodbye to my mother.'

Several minutes later, an exhausted Jallalludin arrives and climbs back into the taxi saying, 'Sorry I took so long, the stupid idiot was hiding under the bed and I had to poke her with a coat hanger several times before I could get her to come out!'


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Praise be to Allah, to Whom belong all things in the heavens and on earth: to Him be Praise in the Hereafter: and He is full of Wisdom, acquainted with all things. 


Surah Sabaa 34:1


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Rise above sectional interests and private ambitions... Pass from matter to spirit. Matter is diversity; spirit is light, life and unity.
                                                                                                     Muhammad Iqbal


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Events and Functions

SEMINAR: Purification of the Soul
Algester Mosque 15 April International Food Festival
6 May Palestinian Fund Raising Dinner
20 May Ladies Retreat with Dr Haifaa Younis
6-8 July


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Islamic Programmes, Education & Services

Boxing Training 1 Boxing Training 2 AIIC Enrolments AMYN 40 Gems AMYN Sisters Art Craft Classes Brisbane Muslim Burial Services (BMBS) Discovering Deen Youth Club Fathima Adat Tutoring Services Fiqh & Tafseer Class Sisters Friday Lunch Club Purification of the Soul
Sh. Yahya Ibrahim
Islam Basics Course Kids Ar tClasses Kuraby classes Kuraby Hire Services Madressa
Al-Mustapha Institute of Brisbane Qari Huffaz Classes AIIC Scholarships Sisters House SMS Alerts HALL HIRE Maths Tutoring service


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





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15 April


SEMINAR: Purification of the Soul

Islamic Society of Algester

Algester Mosque

0433 552 409

2.30pm for 3pm start

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

5.30pm for 6pm start

16 June



Lailatul Mehraj

5 July



Lailatul Baraat

6-8 July


Ladies Retreat with Dr Younis


Michael's Oriental Restaurant

0426 821 411

All day

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

2 September


Soccer Tournament: Unity Cup 2012


Acacia Ridge Indoor Sports, 1391 Beaudesert Road

0415 323 548

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


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


Tafseer Workshops
with Mufti Ravat


Thursday nights from 7.30 to 8.15pm and than after Esha



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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

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