Sunday, 12 August 2012

 Newsletter 0405




The Brisbane City Council has now authorized the finalization of the Rochedale Mosque construction.

A spokesperson for the Mosque said that while the journey has been a very long one the generous support of the community has seen the major construction completed and only the inside furnishings are still outstanding.

It is now necessary to raise funds for the finalization of the external costs of the Mosque as well as the payment of outstanding council fees. "We require another $300,000 to finalize the project before we can start using this wonderful Mosque."

The public is invited to attend the Open Day of the Mosque today (12 August) after zohr prayer and to contribute financially so that Mosque can start to be used as soon as possible

This will be an excellent opportunity for the public to see the work that has been done so far and get a first hand appreciation of the facilities that will be provided for use by the men, women and children of the community.


Amongst other initiatives, there are plans to establish a library, hold Qur'an and Arabic classes, and support various youth development projects.


"We have invested a lot of time and effort into this project thus far but we need all the assistance we can get to finish Allah Subhānahu Wa Ta’āla’s house. We started with just a block of land and a small house to a sight of beauty in the ceiling," added the spokesperson.


LOCATION: ROCHEDALE MOSQUE, 2674 Logan Road, Eight Mile Plains
12th August 2012, After Zohr prayer


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Calculating Zakah can be tricky.


Yet Zakah is 1 of the 5 pillars of Islam, so you don't want to make mistake!


This short video (19 minutes) shows three examples of the most common situations, and yours is likely to be one of the three, and shows how to calculate Zakah by:

(1) the book-keeper's hard way, and
(2) the easier and still Halal proper way!

The video is presented by Brisbane's Shaykh AbuIsmaeel Aslam Hussain of HikmahWay Institute.





Now that you know how to calculate your zakaat, the next critical question is what are some of the causes that your zakaat could be used towards. Mr Iqbal Lambat has been looking at options for the payment of zakat and zakat al-Fitr and researched a number of causes especially for CCN readers.


Some worthy causes you can donate to:

• Rohingya Muslims
Rohingyas live in western Burma. They are referred to as one of the most persecuted communities in the world. Al-Jazeera reported on Wednesday that Human Rights Watch released a 56-page report which accuses the Burmese security forces of participating in the rape, murder and displacement of Rohingya Muslims in the region. Many Muslims are stranded on the Burmese-Bangladeshi boarder and are starving. The same fate exists for those still in Burma. A Rohingya woman recently told the BBC: "This week I have only had three meals. But I am living alone. It is much worse for some of the families with 10 or 11 mouths to feed. Death would be better than this life."

• Palestinians
The Canadian International Development Agency reports that almost 58 percent of Palestinians live in poverty, and about half of this group lives in extreme poverty. About 50 percent of Palestinians experience or risk experiencing food insecurity. The Association for Civil Rights in Israel reports that over 84% of Muslim children live below the poverty line in East Jerusalem.

• East Africa
Somalia is one of the poorest countries in the world, devastated by poverty, high food prices and recurrent droughts. The UNDP states: "The magnitude of human suffering is alarming. Millions in the region are facing severe food shortages. Disproportionately affected are children –their mortality levels are truly shocking."

• Syria
The war is impacting numerous Syrians. Abu Hamza, a Free Syrian Army colonel from the Jebel al-Zawiya district south of Idlib, told the Guardian that neither the FSA nor local communities could provide shelter or food for the thousands of displaced civilians being forced to sleep in fields or on the streets of towns and villages. More than 250,000 refugees are believed to have fled Aleppo in the past fortnight, with large parts of the city of 2.5 million people now empty.

• Bangladesh
Bangladesh is one of the world's most densely populated countries with 150 million people, 49 percent of whom live below the national poverty line. In addition, the country has child malnutrition rates of 48 percent, the second highest in the world

For more information on the needs of these countries read Mr Lambat's comprehensive analysis here.


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Brisbane's As-Salaam Institute is undertaking a Food Drive particularly to aid migrant Muslims coming into Brisbane.


According to the Institute, Multicultural Development Association (MDA) has indicated that that within three months, 500 or more Muslim families will arrive into Australia as asylum seekers who will not supported by any Government aid or benefits whatsoever. This includes no food provision, housing, medical aid, education, English language benefit or any other.


The Institute is raising funds to put together a food hamper containing a list of suggested items. Each family will be given one hamper. These hampers will be distributed through MDA.


For all the details about the drive click here.


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Nominations for the inaugural award for Muslim understanding in Australia as hosted by the Centre for Muslim and non-Muslim Understanding, University of South Australia are now open.

The award is about recognising an individual or organisation who has contributed the most to furthering understanding between Muslims and non−Muslims within Australia.

Nominations close on 31 August 2012.


For further information and nomination form click here.


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As Ramadan reaches an end, this documentary tells the little-known story of three English gentlemen who embraced Islam at a time when to be a Muslim was to be seen to be a traitor to your country.


Through personal journeys of still surviving relatives, the programme looks at their achievements and how their legacy lives on today.




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Source: Examiner


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By Ameera Mahomed-Ismail  

I was looking for sponsorships a few months ago to attend the two week Global Young Leaders Conference in Washington, DC and New York City these holidays.


I would like to report back, and say that it was a wonderful experience, and I am so grateful for the assistance of CCN and CCN readers in helping me get there.

The conference brought together over 300 young scholars from all over the world, representing over 20 nationalities.


We were all allocated country groups of around 25 scholars (not necessarily where we came from) and from this we attended Leadership Group Meetings several times a day. In these meetings, known as LGMs, we discussed and expanded on our leadership skills.

Before visiting sites, we had a briefing, and on our return, we debriefed. In this way, we all got to share our experiences, and each country group left feeling like family. Additionally, our country groups worked together to participate in a UN Security Council Simulation on the Cyprus Situation in Washington, DC and in New York City, we put all our efforts into a UN Global Summit Simulation, in which our country groups divided into separate committees and put forward resolutions.


Once at the Summit, we reformed our country groups, and had the chance to debate and vote on resolutions based on our country’s national interests.


I was extremely interested in understanding how the UN process works – especially in the UN Security Council Simulation, in which the country groups who held veto (known as the P5) were allowed to utilise it.

The trip was not all work though. In Washington, DC we visited several monuments and memorials, including a White House photo opportunity, the Thomas Jefferson Memorial, the Martin Luther King Jr Memorial, and the Holocaust Memorial Museum, among others. We also spent time at the Smithsonian Institute, which included the Museum of Natural History.


In New York City, we visited many places, including Chinatown and Little Italy, Greenwich Village (where it’s so easy to get lost in the meandering streets!), Soho, Manhattan, Times Square and Rockefeller Center. One of the most amazing things in New York City was being able to visit the United Nations, and have a guided tour. On the other hand, being able to experience Mary Poppins on Broadway was quite amazing too!

Thanks to the conference, I know feel so much more culturally aware – it’s hard not to experience and immerse yourself into your peers culture when you become so close. I’m also quite amazed at the generosity and kindness of people around the world. After two weeks, we became as close as family, and I am happy to report that thanks to social networking, I am still in touch with many of the scholars I met at the conference.

Once again, I just wanted to say thank you for making this experience possible. I thoroughly enjoyed the conference and look forward to one day travelling to visit the scholars I met in their home countries.


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Isha & Taraweeh Salaat

Sister's House

Sister's House

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Isha & Taraweeh

2-12 August

Thurs - Sun

Ramadhan with Shaykh Muhammed Al Malki

Lutwyche Mosque

Lutwyche Mosque

0402 531 370

After Ifthaar

See website for full programme

5/12/18 August


Ladies Islamic Studies Group


161 Underwood Rd, Eight Mile Plains

0452 200 551

11am to 12pm

12 August


Community Information Session and Iftar

Shajarah Islamic Kindergarten

2 Rothon Dr, Rochedale South

0423 474 807



If you’re holding public iftars, lectures, exhibitions, homeless food collections, fund-raising initiatives or anything else this Ramadan email ccn@crescentsofbrisbane.org with the following details:







Contact phone no.:





(Email ccn@crescentsofbrisbane.org a copy of your Mosque's time table to be included here)


Kuraby Mosque

 Darra Mosque


Holland Park Mosque


Al-Mustapha Institute of Brisbane


Islamic Society of Toowoomba


Islamic College of Brisbane



Gold Coast Mosque

Mt Isa, QLD


Mackay, QLD


United Muslims of Brisbane



Algester Mosque






(Email ccn@crescentsofbrisbane.org a copy of your Eid Day programme to be included here)



Islamic Council of QLD

Islamic College of Brisbane (KARAWATHA)


Australian International Islamic College












Gold Coast Mosque Ifthaar


On 4th August, the Ms. Verity Barton (State MP- Broadwaters) joined the Gold Coast Mosque for Ifthaar.

She was overwhelmed with the reception and delicious food from Indonesia and Malaysia which were prepared by the Indonesian community.

She also expressed her support for the establishment of the Youth Centre.



(left to right) Sister Zulaika Goss, Miss.Janet (Verity's mother), Miss.Verity Barton MP and Haji Hussain Baba (ISGC-Secretary)


Iftar @ UMB


Bond Uni sponsored Iftar with MPs


On 3rd August Bond University sponsored the Iftar at the Gold Coast Mosque.

It was attended by the senior management of the Bond University along with       dignitaries including Mr. Stuart Roberts (Shadow Defence Minister), Mr. Rob Molhoek (State MP for Southport) and Supt. Paul Ziebarth, Police District Commander for Gold Coast.


They had an enjoyable time over a sumptuous dinner prepared by in-house chef Haji Athar Shah and Haji Habib Jamal (Treasurer) .

Mr. Rob Molhoek expressed his support for the establishment of the proposed Youth Centre within the Mosque compound.


(left to right) Mr. Rob Molhoek (State MP Southport), Haji Hussin Goss  (ISGC-President), Mr. Stuart Roberts (Shadow Defence Minister), Mr. Alan Finch-(pro Vice Chancellor Bond University), Sheik Aadel, Imam Imraan Husain, Mr. David Forde, Mr. Chris Madden (Pro Vice Chancellor Griffith University) and Haji Hussain Baba (ISGC Secretary)

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A comprehensive list of answers of the most common questions to do with Ramadan that covers topics such as what breaks your fast, illness and pregnancy, taraweeh, not fasting due to hardship, making up fasts, Laylat Al Qadar, Itikaf (spiritual retreat) + more is available from Seekers Guidance.


Ramadan Advice For Children by Zaky




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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. 33

Dr Aaidh Al Qarni
Saudi Scholar



Born: 1960 (Age 51)
Source of Influence: Scholarly
Influence: Writer of the popular selfhelp book Don’t Be Sad (La Tahzan), which has sold over 2 million copies.
School of Thought: Moderate Salafi

Dr Aaidh Al Qarni is a prominent Saudi scholar, author, and activist preacher, best known for his popular self-help book Don’t Be Sad. Dr Al Qarni has over 800 Islamic audio lectures and is a prolific writer and preacher for tolerance.

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Among the millions of books Dr Al Qarni has sold are publications that centre around self-help themes—a  new  trend in the world of Islamic books. The best selling Don’t Be  Sad has become a foundational text in the application  of Islamic principles as a remedy for the obstacles  of daily life. Other titles include, You Can Be the Happiest  Woman in the World and The Key to Success.


Popular Preacher

Dr Al Qarni has garnered a substantial following through  a preaching career which spans various modes of broadcast media from audio lectures to a comprehensive website, alislamnet.com. He lectures at mosques, colleges, and Islamic institutions and hosts a weekly television show, Our History, on Iqraa satellite channel. Dr Al Qarni is a respected academic and Hafiz of the Qur’an.  


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Assalam alaikom,

An existing Church property at Moorooka is being offered for sale.


The trustees of the Church have approached me to see if anyone in the community would be interested in buying this property.


It is zoned as a place of worship.

Interested parties should contact me for further information.

Mohammed Yusuf
President ICQ
Mobile 0450 908 786


For the details of the site click here.


Registrations now open - click here!




Job Vacancy




The International Islamic School Primary in Malaysia is looking for teachers and for a principal for Kuala Lumpur and Kuantan branch.
The opening is for September 2012.

Most important criteria: academically qualified, native speaker of the English language, at least 3 years teaching experience, excellent akhlaq.

Other additional knowledge or skills would be welcomed.
The salary will be based on qualification and experience.

Interested parties may browse the school website:

If interested, please submit cvs to rhashimmy@yahoo.com with a cc to the company HR: anizah@iiumeducation.com.


Preparing for Ramadhan


Zam Zam Water



Paaya for Eid Breakfast



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The competition for the CCN Young Muslim Writers Awards (YMWA) for 2012 is now open.


Please encourage our young boys and girls to participate.


Last year's inaugural awards were a resounding successful with entries coming from all around Australia and many considered by our independent panel of judges as being of a very high standard.


Download the 2012 YMWA submission pack for all the details of this year's awards.


This year's prizes will be notebook computers generously donated by our sponsors (last year our winners received Kindle eBook readers).


The closing date for entries is 31 August 2012.


Visit our Facebook page to (1) like us (2) keep updated on the progress of the competition and (3) read all about last year's awards.


Details of last year's awards can be found in CCN370.

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Methodist minister observes Ramadan in solidarity with Muslims


ROWLETT — Outsiders may see differences between Imam Yaseen Shaikh and Rev. Dr. Wes Magruder, but they don't.

"I have no doubt that Muslims and Christians worship the same God," Magruder said. "We have some of the same core foundations."

Magruder is senior associate pastor of First United Methodist Church of Rowlett. Shaikh is the leader of the Islamic Association of Collin County in Plano.

The two are friends, and Magruder is doing something rarely done outside the Islamic faith: observing the holiest Muslim month of Ramadan.

That means fasting from dawn to sunset. No food, no drink — not even water.

"My initial thought was that he's crazy, because it's pretty intense," Shaikh said. "However, when I understood his intentions of solidarity — wanting to walk in the shoes of a Muslim for a month — then it was very encouraging and inspiring."

Magruder said he just wanted to see what it was like to test his self-discipline and his spirituality. He is finding it a difficult, yet exciting, pursuit.

"I feel it," he said. "I feel it all the time — this constant awareness that I could use a drink, or I'm really hungry. But every time that becomes a conscious thought, I turn it into a prayer. That's the purpose of fasting; It forces me to be conscious of God and God's presence all the time."

"Frankly, all we Methodists do is give up soda or chocolate for 30 or 40 days in Lent," Magruder continued. "It's wimpy compared to Ramadan, and I'd like to see a return to a more strenuous and rigorous practice of fasting. I think it'd be good for us."

Shaikh is very impressed.

"It's a complete fast, where you deprive your body completely of the basic needs you have," he said. "It allows your spirituality to surface and for you to connect with your spiritual side."

He added that not only are Muslims abstaining from food and drink, they also abstain from speaking ill of others, using profanity, or smoking.

"I've never heard of someone willing to observe fast," Shaikh said of Magruder.

And it appears many other people hadn't heard of it either — until Magruder started blogging about it. On a big day, he said he would usually get 250 hits.

"This week I started getting 5,000 hits a day, from Indonesia, Malaysia, Sri Lanka," he said. "And the Muslims who are responding have all been extremely supportive. They've offered tips on how to make it through the fast."

He said many Christians have begun asking questions to discover exactly what Ramadan is.

"I'm trying to become a bridge," Magruder said.

Shaikh appreciates the effort.

"I think it sends a message of unity of mankind," he said. "We may have differences, but our differences are there to be celebrated."




Source: WFAA


Saudi Arabia's Sarah Attar gets standing ovation at Olympic Stadium 


The London Games have just had their 'Eric the Eel' moment, and it came in the form of a diminutive middle-distance runner who lives in California.

The Olympic spirit was on full display in London on Wednesday as Sarah Attar, the first female track athlete to compete for Saudi Arabia in the Olympics, was cheered every step of the way in her 800m heat.

In the end, she completed the two laps of the track nearly 45 seconds behind the winner, but her participation alone represented an historic moment.

Dressed in a long-sleeved green training top, long jogging bottoms and a white hijab, she certainly stood out on the start line in sweltering heat in the Olympic Stadium.

And it was quickly obvious that Attar wasn't going to be able to keep pace with the rest of the field as she fell a long way behind.

But whatever the sport, Olympic crowds love a plucky trier and Attar was given a standing ovation as she crossed the finish line, almost a full lap behind the others.

It was a scene reminiscent of Sydney 2000, where Eric 'the Eel' Moussambani, the swimmer from Equatorial Guinea, won hearts all over Australia after swimming his 100m freestyle heat in a time that was slower than the 200m world record.

Attar's time of two minutes 44.95 seconds was a long way behind that recorded by the winner, Kenya's Janeth Jepkosgei Busienei, who ran two minutes 01.04 seconds.

It doesn't matter though, because Attar is making history as one half of the first ever women's team to represent Saudi Arabia.

Speaking after the race, she said: "It is such an honour to be representing Saudi Arabia. Hopefully this can make such a huge difference.

"It was such a unique opportunity [to represent Saudi Arabia], they invited me and welcomed me and to make that first step for women is just the most amazing feeling ever."

Her teammate, the judoka Wojdan Shaherkani, wrote her name into Olympic history last week when she was defeated by Puerto Rican Melissa Mojica in a first round bout.

The fight only lasted a minute but Shaherkani will forever have the distinction of being the first Saudi female Olympian.

Attar and Shaherkani were forced to walk behind the male Saudi athletes in the Opening Ceremony parade of nations, a symbol of an ultra-conservative country in which women are actively discouraged from participating in sport.

Attar, 19, was born and raised in California and trains at Pepperdine University in Malibu, where she is studying art.

She has dual-nationality because of her Saudi father Amer and chose to represent the Middle Eastern country.

The Saudi Olympic Committee overturned a ban on women athletes in June despite strong opposition from many quarters of society.

But officials demanded that all female competitors would be dressed 'to preserve their dignity' - hence the modest, long-sleeved garments and hijab covering the hair.


Source: Courier Mail

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Oregon trail that led Mohammed Farah to 10,000m glory



LONDON: THE tale of Mohammed Farah (seeing above after winning his gold medal) might just be the best of all the Olympic Games fables. It has been a globe-trotting trip around three continents ending with a ground-breaking union with a man who once died.

Farah is the British Muslim who has put off fasting for Ramadan while he pursues a lustrous long-distance double. Now he stands to become only the sixth man to win the 10,000 and 5000 metres at the same Olympics.

It would be a remarkable feat for a man who was considered talented but flawed before he got serious, went to live with the Kenyans and then relocated to Portland, Oregon, last year to work with the Cuba-born coaching guru, Alberto Salazar.

Farah's story is as great as Saturday's run. He was born in Somalia, raised in Djibouti and beaten up on his first day at school after moving to England aged 8. He jumped off Kingston Bridge, garnered a reputation for flakiness and then reinvented himself. On Saturday he hugged his stepdaughter, who was too frightened by the noise in the Olympic Stadium to join him on the lap of honour, and then his wife, who is seven months pregnant with twins.


This is my country and, since I was eight years old, this is where I grew up," he said. "This is where I started life. This is where I went to uni. This is my country. 


Mohammed Farah

"I'm Olympic champion today but it's been years and years of hard work, and that's what we forget," Farah said.


"That's what I was thinking when I crossed the line and saw my wife and daughter because only they know what I have been through to be here, away from them five or six weeks at a time when Tania is pregnant, and I can't be worrying about that because I have to think about training."

If that sounds selfish then that is the lot of the long-distance runner. After all, it is a lonely business, but Farah had friends on his side in that epic 10,000metres. On the track was Galen Rupp, the American who helped Farah to break the African hegemony and helped himself to a silver medal, and off it he had Salazar.

The multinational approach is interesting. The preamble to the Olympic Games has been marked by a debate about nationality and so-called plastic Brits. But the rise to the top of Farah is a unifying milestone for a multicultural nation.

In his finest hour, Farah was asked whether he felt as patriotic as the other gold medal-winners on a mesmerising night. "This is my country and, since I was eight years old, this is where I grew up," he said. "This is where I started life. This is where I went to uni. This is my country."

Nobody doubts it. Farah will start the 5000 metres as the favourite to complete the final leg of an incredible journey. "I couldn't believe the noise," Farah said as he reflected on his gold medal.

Source: The Australian


[CCN UPDATE Sunday 5.30am]: Mohammed Farrah adds the 5km to his 10km win in a thrilling finish!


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


The more that you read,

The more things you will know.

The more that you learn,

The more places you will go.


                                                             Dr Seuss


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

The CCN Bookshelf

CCN has set up an online Book Club at Shelfari to connect with CCN book readers at:


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.

The CCN Readers' Book Club


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KB says: With this likely being the last Ramadan issue of CCN for 1433 let me share one final tasty treat that you can add to your ifthaar menu. After three failed attempts at growing my own methi bhaji from methi seeds in a plant box I had to resort to the frozen variety.

However, I do plan to have another go at growing my own after receiving some very good advice and tips from the neighbouring Runcorn vegetable gardener who was featured in last week's CCN.


Methi Bhaji Rotlas (Fenugreek Leaves Crumpets)


3 bunch methi bhaji or 3 blocks of frozen methi bhaji (which I have used)
1 large grated onion (with water squeezed out)
2 beaten eggs
1 tab chana flour (besan flour)
1 tab Mielie meal or polenta
1½ tab whole meal flour
½ tsp. dhana and jeeru mix (crushed coriander and cumin seeds)
Pinch of turmeric
½ tsp. green chillies or add more if you prefer
¼ cup of corn kernels which have been thawed out or use the canned variety
½ tsp. baking powder
¼ cup milk


Mix all the above together.

Lightly grease a non-stick frying pan and place a tablespoon of the mixture, spreading it into a circle or you could use non-stick egg rings which may need to be slightly greased.

Cook for approx. 3 mins, the base will be light brown and when the top is set, flip it over and cook for a further minute or 2 until light brown.

Repeat with remaining batter, setting aside the cooked crumpets in a warm place.

Serve warm with your favourite chutney.


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 try to do yoga at least once or twice a week to de-stress. What are the benefits of the relaxation phase as I find it hard to switch off sometimes?

A: Total relaxation is actually very good for the brain. Don’t even wait for your next yoga session to relax, try making some time every day (at least 10 minutes) to just sit and reflect or ‘rest’ your brain. Studies show that those periods of rest can help improve functions such as learning, awareness, judgement and memory. So not only will your brain thank you for it down the track, it means your whole body gets a chance to rest and recover daily. All you have to do to benefit is completely ‘let go’, focus inwards and build a healthier mind and body.






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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Mula Nasruddin went to an auction.


While he was there, he bid for a parrot. Mula Nasruddin really wanted this bird, so he got caught up and thoroughly involved in the bidding.


He kept on bidding, but kept getting outbid, so he bid higher and higher and higher.

Finally, after he had bid much more than he had intended, Mula Nasruddin won the bid; the parrot was his at last.

As he was paying for the parrot, he said to the auctioneer, "I hope this parrot can talk. I would hate to have paid this much for it, only to find out that he can't talk!"

"Don't worry." said the auctioneer, "He can talk. Who do you think kept bidding against you?"


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Whatever misfortune happens to you, is because of the things your hands have wrought, and for many (of them) He grants forgiveness.

Surah Ash-Shura 42:30


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You can't start the next chapter of your life, if you keep re-reading the last one.



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Al Quds Demo in support of Plaestine 17 August UMB EID AL FITR 2012 19&20 August Unity Cup Soccer Tournament 2 September Cres Walk 2012 23 September Gala Farewell Dinner for Bob Atkinson 5 October Kuraby Madressah Fundraiser 6 October Epic Journey Course 20 & 21 October Eidfest Poster


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Health Drink

Calamvale Physio & Sports Injury Clinic


AutoCAD Training

Personal Tuition

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

Boulevard Towers Surfers Paradise 

Holiday Accommodation

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

Label printing

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



Travel Agency

Shameema's Silk Scarves


Grand Medical Centre

Medical Practitioners

Qld Islamic Book Service

Book Shop



Health Products

Personal Wellness Coach



Ummah Store

Books, Clothing, DVDs etc.


Security Systems


Paradise Convenience

Global Groceries

Muslima Chic

Muslim designer clothes, jewellery


Samoosa Strips (pur)


Low Price Pharmacy



LTH Accounting & Financial Services


LTH Accounting & Financial Services Low Price Pharmacy, KURABYKuraby Muslima Chick @ www.Facebook.com/muslimachic FLIGHSTAR-HAJJPROGRAM-2012 Healthy Life Browns Plains Surfers Paradise Holiday Accommodation AutoCAD Tuition OFFICETEK for Intercoms,CCTVs, Alarms MaXimize Accountants Monavie Angelz Dental Care Centre for Easy Language Learning (CeLL) ACCES Removal Services Baalbak Bismillah Repairs & Maintenance Samoosa Pastry Distributors Brisbane Diagnostics Brizie Biltong Calamvale Physio & Sports Injury Clinic Carpet Lifesavers Rejuven8 Body & Beauty Haseera InWear Fashions Personal Wellness Coach efxshop Fathima Adat Tutoring Gabriel Hair Studios Henna by Fatima Hummy's Automotive Hussana Australia Are you preparing for Ramadaan? Paradise Convenience: global groceries Junaid Ally Properties Kimaya Fashions Kuraby Mosque Hire Services Stick On Labels d'Lahorie Personal Training with Layla Lily's Fashion Love ur Body Marketing Co-Op Muslim Directory Australia Mo's Handyman Services Nando's CALAMVALE CENTRAL Nandos MT GRAVATT Nazima Hansa Realty PTY LTD Excelanz Pizza Lane Pappa Roti Qld Islamic Book Service Yasmeen Seedat Accounting Services Shameema's Silk Scarves Siitra Shakira Kolia's Driving School Car Body Removals Ummah Store Mansur Omar EliteFX


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

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





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12 August


OPEN DAY: Rochedale Mosque Appeal

Islamic Society of Rochedale

Rochedale Mosques, 2674 Logan Road, Eight Mile Plains


After Zohr

15 August



Lailatul Qadr

19 August



End of Ramadhan   

20 August




19 & 20 August

(tentative on global and local moon-sighting)


Celebrating the end of Ramadan


United Muslims of Brisbane

Svoboda Park, Kuraby


All day

25 August



Mt Gravatt Showgrounds

0418 722 353

All day

26 August


Eid celebrations in Gatton

Islamic Council of QLD.

Gatton Showgrounds

0418 722 353

11am to 3pm

2 September


Soccer Tournament: Unity Cup 2012

Ahmed Essof

Acacia Ridge Indoor Sports, 1391 Beaudesert Road

0415 323 548

All day

8 September


Darra Mosque Eid Gala

Islamic Society of Darra

AIIC Hall, Blunder Rd, Darra

0413 122 610


23 September



Orleigh Park, West End

0402 026 786


29 September


ICQ Annual Dinner & Awards Night

Islamic Council of Qld.

Islamic College of Brisbane, Karawatha

0450 908 786


5 October


Gala Retirement Dinner in honour of Qld Police Commissioner Bob Atkinson

Muslim Charitable Foundation (MCF)

Michael's Oriental Restaurant

0418 737 621

6.30pm for 7pm start

26 October




6 October


Kuraby Madrassah Fundraiser

Kuraby Mosque & Al-Nisa

Michael's Oriental Restaurant

0433 182 520


20 & 21 October

Sat & Sun

From Palestine to Egypt: An Epic Journey by Sh Daood Butt

AlKauthar Institute of Brisbane

Griffith University Mt Gravatt Campus


All day

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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The Heart of the Ihya: Prophetic Character

The Salaam Institute presents an inspiring weekly course.

A 10-session weekly Seekers Circle Globally Accessible Program with Shaykh Yahya Rhodus, Shaykh Faraz Rabbani and Imam Afroz Ali.

This SeekersCircle will cover the Book 20 of Imam al-Ghazzali’s Ihya ‘Ulum ud-Deen, known as the Heart of the Ihya.

WHEN: Every Friday beginning on 18 May 2012 for 10 weeks.
TIME: 7:30pm - 9:30pm
VENUE: IWAQ Office, 11 Watland St, Springwood

Males and Females welcome. Refreshments provided.


More information


 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


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


Tuesday tafseer and taleem classes at Kuraby Mosque will commence on Tuesday 24th July 11am - 12.30pm


Queensland Police Service/Muslim Community Consultative Group


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

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

IQRA Academy Institute of Islamic Studies

Online streaming of Islamic lectures

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

Sultana's Dream

Online magazine subscribe@sultanasdream.com.au

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


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