Sunday, 9 September 2012

 Newsletter 0409





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The Australian International Islamic College (AIIC) has honoured its teachers and students in a school ceremony that included pupils, teachers, parents and dignitaries.

AIIC teachers Mrs. Nadiya Khan (Yr 1), Mrs. Zeenat Mohammed (Yr 1), Ms. Lauren O’Keefe (Year 3) and Mrs. Iman Partoredjo (senior high school English and Nasheed Coach) were awarded the CEO award for: “Excellence in education delivery, including excellence in student behaviour management and provision of equal learning opportunities to all students”.

Earlier in the year, the College awarded Prep teacher Mrs. Ursula Muncaster, Year 6 teacher Mrs. Roula Ghanem and Senior High School Science and Maths teacher Mr. Irfan Meduselac.

The AIIC introduced the CEO awards for teaching and learning excellence earlier this year to acknowledge the efforts and hard work of teachers and pupils.

Apart from teachers, pupils have been awarded with a range of prizes and scholarships to help them on their path to academic excellence. The Students honoured at this ceremony were Aziz Ullah (yr 11), Halimah Ridwan (yr 12) and Ismail Iddi (yr 12), these fine students were awarded for “excellence in learning and behaviour”.

Sunnybank MP Mr. Mark Stewart assisted in handing the certificates to the teachers and students.

Along with the certificates, the College also offers a modest gift to each of the teachers and the students who gain the awards.


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The Courier Mail and Sunday Mail Pride of Australia Medals were awarded last week at a ceremony held at Customs House.


In its eight year, the Medal program recognizes and shares the stories of courage, bravery, inspiration and humanity from ordinary Australians across Queensland.


From over 660 nominations 3 were selected in each of the 10 categories that covered heroism, courage, young leadership, environmental, community spirit, fair go, inspiration, care and compassion, outstanding bravery and children of courage.


Meet all the Queensland's finalists in the 2012 Pride of Australia medal.



Finalists and Winners in the ten categories


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The Muslim Charitable Foundation (MCF) has issued for the following reports arising from their work over the past year:

1) Financials for the year ending June 2012
2) Treasurer's Report
3) President's Report


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In response to the reports on the increase in fees, the Principal of the Malek Fahd Islamic School in Sydney, Dr Intaj Ali, issued this press release:

Certain allegations have been made in the press recently that the School is not going to challenge
the decision of the NSW Minister for Education regarding school funding and that instead the School is going to make its parents repay the money claimed by the Minister by raising its tuition fees. Both of these allegations are false.

The School has sought legal advice in relation to these issues and believes that the Minister's
decision in wrong and that he is not entitled to seek the repayment of any monies paid to the
School. The School categorically denies that it has improperly used or diverted any public monies or that it has at any time operated for profit.

The School believes that the Minister's decision was flawed both in law and fact and that it was
based upon a flawed audit conducted at the School in December last year. We believe that the
Minister's findings are unsupportable. We have already outlined our issues and concerns to the
Minister and remain in communication with him. We hope to resolve this matter without recourse
to legal action, but the School is prepared to challenge the Minister's decision in the Courts should
that prove necessary.

Given the ongoing discussions with the Minister and the potential for legal proceedings, we do not
think that it is appropriate for us to go into further detail publicly at the present time.

We reiterate that there is no plan to raise school fees for the purpose of repaying any monies
claimed by the government. It is true that the School Board has been reviewing the existing fee
structure, but this is part of its standard annual review process and not related to the recent
decision of the Minister. A proposal has been put to the Board to raise fees for 2013 by amounts
ranging from $400 to $700 per annum, which is entirely unrelated to the Minister's decision to
withdraw funding. The Board is considering this proposal and no final decision has yet been made. This increase, if ratified, would still result in the tuition fees for the School being well below those for comparable schools.

Finally, whilst the School respects the right of the media to report events such as the Minister's
decision, the School is concerned that unsubstantiated and false allegations have been made that go far beyond the decision and statements of the Minister. The School remains committed to the
education of its students as its primary purpose and is concerned about the impact of these unfair
and inaccurate allegations may have on its students, particularly in the run-up to the HSC. We
therefore ask that restraint be exercised by the media in its reporting and that it ensures that any
allegations made are supported by facts and are reported to the community in a measured way.
The School is confident that its conduct will be vindicated in time but any damage to our students
from such allegations is hard to undo.


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Australian stand-up comics Aamer Rahman and Nazeem Hussain, who performed a hit show together at last year's Edinburgh Festival called Fear Of A Brown Planet, are preparing to set off on their first ever UK tour this Autumn. Here Aamer (pictured grabbing at that plane) writes an open letter to Prince Harry:

Dear Prince Harry,

My name is Aamer, and I'm coming to the UK with my friend Nazeem to do a comedy tour. I am super excited and I thought I would take this opportunity to tell you what a huge fan I am! I am a citizen of both Bangladesh and Australia - which is such a coincidence because your family used to own both those countries. We are practically related, if you think about it.

I have been really disappointed by how the media has treated you over the years. They always talk about you like some dumb brat who has done nothing to deserve the life you have. Is it your fault that you are special? These are the same bleeding hearts and hippies who think Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty are bad for little girls, and that the Tintin in the Congo book was 'racist' because of how they drew black people.

When you were 17, everybody made a big deal about you getting busted smoking pot and drinking alcohol. What 17 year-old hasn't? And besides, as punishment your dad made you go to a rehab centre for a day to talk to recovering addicts. I'm sure that was a really special experience for them and you, and I'm sure you never, ever touched drugs or alcohol again because you would think of those poor people you met and just feel terrible. I think meeting a Prince really would have made them think about the bad decisions they had made in their lives. It's like the time your brother William went and met with homeless people to hear their stories and give them hope. After meeting him, they would have all realised that one day, if they just dream hard enough, maybe they might also live in a palace! I think people are jealous of you and the difference you make to the world, and that's why they criticise you so much.


People are so mean to you, Harry. But every now and then somebody gets what they deserve. When your art teacher said that she was forced to help you cheat in high school, she got fired, and rightly so! Snitching is never justified, especially against a Prince.

Some people have even called you racist. Just because you dressed like a Nazi. ONCE. Just once. It's not like you do it every day! Sometimes people call me racist because I make jokes about white people, so I totally know how you must have felt. I think it's a sad, sad world when a prince cannot dress in the uniform of a fascist movement just for a bit of fun. And nobody even bothered to mention how handsome you actually looked in the costume - just like a real kid from the Hitler Youth! Very accurate and authentic. Most people would have picked some lame costume like an animal or a superhero, but you actually tried to reference a political movement that genocided people, just like your ancestors did for years and years. Genius.

Fear of a Brown Planet. Image shows from L to R: Nazeem Hussain, Aamer Rahman. They called you racist again when you became a soldier and went to Afghanistan. First of all, I think it's really brave of you to fight for your country. I'm sure the people of Britain feel a lot safer knowing that if anyone attacks their country, you will be flying an Apache helicopter to protect them against terrorists, aliens, or anyone else. When you joined the army, a video came out of you calling people 'paki' and 'raghead.' At first I was shocked, but then you explained that the guy you called 'Paki' was your friend and you only meant 'raghead' when you were talking about terrorists. PHEW! You are totally not a racist! I don't know if you killed anybody in Afghanistan, but I'm sure if you did they completely deserved it. Did you take your Nazi costume with you? You must have partied with your regiment, and it seems like a bit of a waste to wear something like that just once.

I love how you met Usain Bolt in Jamaica and beat him in a race! And you wore a Jamaican uniform as well! To most people it was a silly 'media stunt', but I know you were actually making a sophisticated comment on white privilege and the legacy of colonialism. You were showing the world that even though Usain Bolt is a superior and more talented human being to you, being rich and white means you could easily beat him in many ways without needing actual merit or skill. It's nice that you hung out with him even though he kind of has a raghead-sounding name. I think if Sacha Baron Cohen wants to know how to do real political satire, he needs to hang out with you more.

I don't care if you play pool with naked girls Harry. Don't listen to the internet haters! Everyone secretly wishes they were the ones playing naked pool in Vegas.

I will be doing my comedy show in Leicester, Manchester, Birmingham, Cardiff and London and I really hope you can come. Please wear your Nazi costume so we can get a photo together and show everyone that you are not racist and some of your best friends are Pakis!!!

Yours Sincerely,

Your fan,

Aamer Rahman (Fear of a Brown Planet)


Source: The British Comedy Guide


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The Kuraby Special School has a special place in the hearts and minds of the local Muslim Community having supported the building of the bike track at the school through fund raising drives in March 2007 and  November 2007 by Crescents of Brisbane and Kuraby Lions.


This year Mr. David Forde, through Kuraby Lions, is seeking to raise funds for a desperately needed bus for the students of the School.

The School has 80 students with intellectual impairment from a diverse range of cultures and religions. Students are aged between 5 and 19 years of age and 40 per cent have autism with a further 12 per cent having an additional impairment - physical, hearing or visual.

With $35,000 having been raised thus far and a further $70,000 still required David has committed to undertaking a non-stop 10KM swim on 19 October and is calling for sponsors.

To support the cause complete the sponsorship form which has all the relevant details about this initiative.


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A large group of students is arriving in Brisbane from Malang, Indonesia from the 8th of October until the 2nd of November, 2012.


ICTE-UQ is in need of families who can assist with hosting these students and who can provide halal food or at least pork free meals during the time.


Families are compensated at a rate of $225 per week.


As a homestay host you will have unique opportunities to welcome people from all over the  world into your  home, discover other cultures and  forge lifelong friendships. You will also be helping International students  improve their English skills and learn about life in Australia. 


ICTE-UQ is looking for homestay hosts who:

• live in an English speaking household
• live close to public transport and within 60 minutes travel to UQ St Lucia
• have Internet access in the home


Any interested persons would need to apply during this week.


The Institute's brochure contains the necessary details.


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Pray the Devil Back to Hell tells the story of a peace movement called Women of Liberia Mass Action for Peace.


Initiated by Leymah Gbowee (2011 Nobel Peace Prize winner), the movement organized the Christian and Muslim women of Monrovia, Liberia to pray for peace and to engage in nonviolent protests against the continuation of the civil war.


Dressed in white to symbolize peace, and numbering in the thousands, the women became a political force against violence.


On Friday 21 September, to commemorate the 2012 International Day of Peace, Believing Women for a Culture of Peace are screening the film at the Multi-Faith Centre, Griffith University Nathan Campus. It is free of charge and all are welcome. Conversation and light refreshments will be available after the screening.


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Its been 2 years since the last great event. All the planning, the training, the endless hours put in trying to find your matching pair of socks, but on finally on 2nd September, Unity Cup Indoor Soccer Competition made its return to Acacia Ridge Indoor Centre.

Twelve teams from Brisbane and the Gold Coast battled it out for soccer supremacy and chance to be crowned the champions.

The competition started out with 4 groups of teams battling it out for a place in the Quarter Finals. Some teams were singled out as early favourites after big victories in the group stages.

The quarter final was a much tighter affair as one match was decided late in the second half of extra time, whilst Bosnia held off a spirited fightback from The Reds to win by one goal in a high scoring affair.

This year saw the introduction of The Plate title which was contested by the four teams to get knocked out at the quarter final stage. Bafana and Dream Killers faced in each other in a tightly fought semi final with Bafana coming out on top courtesy of two late goals.

They faced Green Scorpions in the final, but after a scrappy first half, Bafana asserted their dominance and won the match comfortably to be crowned Plate Winners for 2012.

In the Championship semi finals, Dynamos overcame Mesopotamia Lions after a strong display by their captain saw them hard to break down at the back, and were able to score freely up front.

Bosnia dispatched of Afghanistan in the other semi final thanks to a wonder strike from their defender. It was a strike worthy of winning any event and it sent the Bosnians in to their 4th Unity Cup final.

Dynamos started the brighter in the final and held a 4-2 lead in the second half. However, the tiring day seemed to take its toll as the Bosnians found a way back in to the match and scored in quick succession to take a 5-4 lead. In the end, it was a hard slog for Dynamos as Bosnia scored two more to seal the victory and were worthy winners.

After a long tiring day, the two most deserving teams contested the final and every team put on a great spectacle for those in attendance.

There are bound to be niggling injuries and knocks, but it was fun day to be had by all and one certainly looks forward to next years event in 2013.

GK of the tournament: Imraan Omar - Bafana
Player of the tournament: Mohsin Sabdia - Dynamos
Plate Winners: Bafana
Championship Runners Up: Dynamos
Championship Winners: Bosnia


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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. 37

Habib Umar bin Hafiz
Director of Dar Al Mustafa, Tarim, Yemen


Country: Yemen
Born: 1962 (Age 49)
Source of Influence: Lineage, Scholarly

Influence: Runs one of the foremost centres for Islamic education in the world
School of Thought: Traditional Sunni, Shafi‘i

Habib Umar bin Hafiz is well known for his Prophetic lineage     and status as one of the most influential  Sufi  scholars alive  today. His influence  through scholarship and preaching is  vast in Indonesia  and East Africa. He is also   incredibly  influential  through his leadership of the Ba’Alawi  movement. He has increased his touring of western  countries  in the past  few years in response to  his growing following. 


Cultivation of Scholarship

Habib Umar founded and runs Dar  al Mustafa, a center for traditional Islamic scholarship that  currently hosts  an array of international students, in Tarim, Yemen. He  has joined the ranks of the world’s leading Muslim  academics and scholars as a signatory of ‘A Common Word  Between Us and You’, a document that builds bridges between Muslims and Christians.


Da’wa & Humanitarian Efforts

Habib Umar is noted for his da’wa efforts, with significant  visits to the USA and Europe over the past year. In July 2008, he partnered with Muslim Aid  Australia as founder of Yemen-based NGO Al Rafah Charitable Society  to address issues of  poverty and hunger and lack of sufficient health care that affect areas of Tarim.


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Muslims From Abroad Are Thriving in Catholic Colleges  



DAYTON, Ohio — Arriving from Kuwait to attend college here, Mai Alhamad wondered how Americans would receive a Muslim, especially one whose head scarf broadcasts her religious identity.


At any of the countless secular universities she might have chosen, religion — at least in theory — would be beside the point. But she picked one that would seem to underline her status as a member of a religious minority. She enrolled at the University of Dayton, a Roman Catholic school, and she says it suits her well.

“Here, people are more religious, even if they’re not Muslim, and I am comfortable with that,” said Ms. Alhamad, an undergraduate in civil engineering, as several other Muslim women gathered in the student center nodded in agreement. “I’m more comfortable talking to a Christian than an atheist.”

A decade ago, the University of Dayton, with 11,000 undergraduate and graduate students, had just 12 from predominantly Muslim countries, all of them men, said Amy Anderson, the director of the school’s Centre for International Programs. Last year, she said, there were 78, and about one-third of them were women.

The flow of students from the Muslim world into American colleges and universities has grown sharply in recent years, and women, though still far outnumbered by men, account for a rising share.

Fatema Albalooshi, a graduate student from Bahrain, said that when she first looked into going to Dayton, “I thought it was going to be compulsory to take Catholic courses.”

No definitive figures are available, but interviews with students and administrators at several Catholic institutions indicate an even faster rate of growth there, with the Muslim student population generally doubling over the past decade, and the number of Muslim women tripling or more.

At those schools, Muslim students, from the United States or abroad, say they prefer a place where talk of religious beliefs and adherence to a religious code are accepted and even encouraged, socially and academically. Correctly or not, many of them say they believe that they are more accepted than they would be at secular schools.

“I like the fact that there’s faith, even if it’s not my faith, and I feel my faith is respected,” said Maha Haroon, a pre-med undergraduate at Creighton University in Omaha, who was born in Pakistan and grew up in the United States. “I don’t have to leave my faith at home when I come to school.”

She and her twin sister, Zoha, said they chose Creighton based in part on features rooted in its religious identity, like community service requirements and theology classes that shed light on how different faiths approach ethical issues.

Many Muslim students, particularly women, say they based their college choices partly on the idea that Catholic schools would be less permissive than others in the United States, though the behavior they say they witness later can call that into question.

They like the prevalence of single-sex floors in dorms, and even single-sex dorms at some schools. “I thought it would be a better fit for me, more traditional, a little more conservative,” said Shameela Idrees, a Pakistani undergraduate in business at Marymount University in Arlington, Va., who at first lived in an all-women dorm.

Some of the women land at Catholic schools more or less accidentally — some are married and simply enroll where their husbands are going, while others are steered toward particular schools by their home countries’ governments.

A freshman, who gave her name as Naima, sat inside of one of the prayer rooms on the Dayton campus.

But for others it is a conscious choice, based on recommendations from friends or relatives, or impressions gained from growing up in places, like Lebanon, with strong traditions of church schools.

Most of the schools say they do not specifically recruit Muslim students.

“There’s no conscious effort,” said the Rev. Kail Ellis, a priest and vice president for academic affairs at Villanova University, near Philadelphia. “It’s basically something that happened through word of mouth and reputation.”

Muslim students here cite the accommodations Dayton has made, like setting aside spaces for them to pray — a small room for daily use, and two larger ones for Fridays — and installing an ablution room for the traditional preprayer washing of hands and feet.

The university also helps students arrange celebrations of major religious holidays, and it contracts with a halal meat supplier for special events.

Manal Alsharekh, a Saudi Arabian graduate student in engineering at Dayton, said, “I was in another university before that did not respect us so much.”

Even so, the adjustment to an American school can be jarring, especially for women. They are a minority even within the minority of Muslim students. Many of them follow restrictions on interaction with nonrelatives, and the head coverings most of them wear make it impossible to blend in.


I’m more comfortable talking to a Christian than an atheist. 


Mai Alhamad

The degree of culture shock students experience varies as widely as the traditions they grew up in. Some eat the nonhalal meat served daily in school cafeterias, some eat it only after saying a blessing over it and others do not eat it at all.

In a gathering of foreign-born Muslim women here, traditional attire varied widely, from Ayse Cayli, a graduate student from Turkey who does not cover her head and wore shorts and a T-shirt, to Mrs. Alsharekh, who while in public wears a floor-length cloak over her clothes and a veil across most of her face. Most wear a hijab, or head covering, and stylish but fairly conservative Western clothes extending to the ankles and wrists, even in warm weather.

The prospect of walking into an identifiably Christian institution, often for the first time in their lives, can be intimidating.

“I was afraid they will not like me because I am Muslim, or they will want me to go to church,” said Falah Nasser Garoot, a male Saudi graduate student in business at Xavier University in Cincinnati. “At first, when I saw the crosses on the classroom walls, it was very strange for me.”

Fatema Albalooshi, a graduate student from Bahrain who is studying engineering at Dayton, said that when she first looked into the school, “I thought it was going to be compulsory to take Catholic courses.”

And for the women, especially, identifiable by their head scarves, there are always questions. “People stop and ask me questions, total strangers, about my head covering, they’re curious about how I dress,” said Hadil Issa, an undergraduate here who grew up in the Palestinian territories and the United States. The more covering they wear, the more women are asked if they get hot in the summer. Muslims are consulted on etiquette by students planning to visit the Middle East. And often, they are asked why they attend a Catholic school.

“I tell people the atmosphere is very warm and supportive,” Ms. Issa said. “I feel accepted here, and that’s what matters.”


Source: The New York Times Education

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Re-launch of bid to build Mosque



UK: The Tablighi Jamaat group is planning to build Britain’s biggest place of worship in West Ham able to accommodate 12 000.

It will have 40ft minarets, a library, a visitor centre and a 300-space car park at the Canning Road site.


The scheme has aroused years of intense opposition since the group first submitted plans in 1999. More than 5,000 people a week now worship at the site which houses several pre-fab buildings.

A spokesman for Newham council’s planning department said: “We are expecting another application by the end of this week and will then start a formal consultation process.”


A spokesman for Anjuman-E-Islahul-Muslimeen of London UK Trust, Tablighi Jamaat’s charitable trust and the site’s owner, said: “The door is always open and we are happy to meet and discuss in depth our proposals.”


Source: Extracted from London Evening Standard

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Egyptian TV unveils the headscarf   


CAIRO: A woman wearing a headscarf presented the news on Egyptian state TV on Sunday, breaking a code of secular dress that for decades effectively barred the wearing of Islamic head coverings.

Fatma Nabil, wearing a hijab that covered her hair and neck, presented headlines at noon on Channel 1. Most Egyptian women wear some form of head covering.

But Nabil's appearance provoked an online debate about possible attempts by the President, Mohammed Mursi, a former leading member of the Muslim Brotherhood, to encourage a more Islamic sensibility.

Veiled women have been presenting the news for years on private satellite television in Egypt, including Nabil, who previously worked for the Brotherhood's satellite station, Misr 25.

Her appearance on Channel 1 was announced on Saturday by the new Information Minister, Salah Abdel-Maqsoud, a Brotherhood member. He said Ms Nabil's wearing of the hijab would represent the ''enforcement of the principle of justice in the field of media'' in the spirit of the Egyptian revolution, according to MENA, the official state news agency.

At least three other veiled women will soon be appearing on state television, Mr Abdel-Maqsoud said, a shift from the standards established when state television was founded five decades ago.

''Why is the veil denounced in Egypt while 70 per cent of Egypt's ladies are veiled?'' Mr Abdel-Maqsoud asked.



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Gaza’s Hifz Miracle   


What would you do if you had the opportunity to enjoy a 3 month summer vacation annually? How would you spend your time – a foreign holiday, perhaps? Lots of partying and relaxing, certainly. Maybe some vacation work or volunteering?

For residents of the Gaza Strip in Palestine, the options are notably different.


Crippled by an occupation lasting over 4 decades and a concurrent siege that has been in place since 2006, citizens of what is often referred to as the world’s largest open-air prison, find little room for manouver.


Travel outside the territory is severely restricted and opportunities for wholesome recreation within the sliver are limited. Added to that, residents have to cope with one of the worst unemployment rates globally.


Still, Gazans – in their characteristically resilient way – continue to find innovative and uplifting means to compensate for their lack of choices.

Since 2009, in the wake of Israel’s brutal assault on Gaza, Islamic organisations, complemented by the Strip’s Waqf Ministry, have devised an enterprising annual programme to draw youth closer to the Masaajid and guide them towards fruitful use of the summer vacation period. At the forefront of these initiatives is Dar al Quraan Was Sunnah, a distinguished Islamic institute headed by Dr. Abdul Rahman al Jamal, also a member of Gaza’s Legislative Council.


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

This week CCN recommends

No Easy Day


Mark Owen

For the first time anywhere, the first-person account of the planning and execution of the Bin Laden raid from a Navy Seal who confronted the him and witnessed his final moments.


No Easy Day puts readers alongside Owen and the other handpicked members of the twenty-four-man team as they train for the biggest mission of their lives.


The blow-by-blow narrative of the assault, beginning with the helicopter crash that could have ended Owen’s life straight through to the radio call confirming Bin Laden’s death, is an essential piece of modern history.


In No Easy Day, Owen also takes readers onto the field of battle in America’s ongoing War on Terror and details the selection and training process for one of the most elite units in the military




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

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: While the British might have this recipe down pat, I am sure they never once contemplated adding chillies to the marinade.


Battered Fish

Ingredients for Marinade
1 box hake fillets or fresh fillets of fish
¼ tsp turmeric powder
2 tbsp lemon juice
1 tsp crushed garlic
1 tsp green chillies
Salt to taste
Marinate the fish in the above ingredients.

1 Cup flour
¼ cup Corn flour
½ tsp salt
2 Tbsp oil
½ tsp egg yellow
Pinch of bicarb of soda
Cold water

Mix all above ingredients together and make a paste with cold water. Dip fish into the batter and fry in shallow oil on low heat until crispy. Delicious served with chips and coleslaw


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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TIME TO WALK THE WALK – 2 weeks until race day


Use the following program as a guide for your final 2 weeks of preparation for CresWalk 2012

Please note that the following program is suitable for beginners. For the more competitive or serious athlete, intensity, duration and frequency of exercises need to be increased!


DAY 1:
Walk for a minimum of 60 mins. (10 mins. at a moderate pace, 45 mins. at a more brisk pace and 5 mins. cool down / slow pace).

Healthy Tip: Always keep your body hydrated - carry a bottle of water with you daily!

DAY 2:
Similar to day 1, however, try to jog/run for a few minutes, then slow down to a brisk walk before jogging again. Increase your walking time by 5-10 mins. or more if you feel comfortable.

DAY 3:
Try a cycling session at the gym or head to the park on your bike and take in the scenery and some fresh air. Minimum session time should be 60 - 90mins with mini-challenges along the way.

Healthy Tip: Keep your liquids up to prevent dehydration and muscle cramping!

DAY 4:
A session in the pool will be great to relax/soothe the muscles while still improving on cardio-fitness. Swim some laps with short breaks in between, or opt for an aqua-aerobics session. If you’re not confident in the water then walk up and down the length of the pool close to the wall.

DAY 5:
Today we’re back to strength training – grab your weights and challenge upper and lower body. Remember to use your own body weight as well (push-ups, sit-ups, chin-ups, etc). Active recovery - Do an activity that you enjoy (low impact). Include your stretching routine.

DAY 6:
Active recovery - Do an activity that you enjoy (low impact). Include your stretching routine.

DAY 7:
Time to pound the pavement.. Head out for your jog or walk. Your goal should be to beat the time / distance you set earlier in the week!
Recover and get ready for your final week of training before race day!


PLEASE NOTE: The above training program assumes a healthy participant. Those with medical conditions or who are not already physically active, need to seek clearance from their GP before starting any form of exercise.






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, a Brisbane taxi driver,  was driving his fare, a first-time visitor to the city from Bundaberg in Queensland, from the airport.


Pointing to some Asians on the sidewalk Jallaludin tells his passenger "They are Americans."

"How can you tell?" asks the passenger.

"They're fat."

Pointing to his gut, the passenger asks, "Well, what about me?"

Realizing he might be jeopardizing his chances of a tip, Jallalludin responds, "You are not fat, mate. You are prosperous."


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He rules (all) affairs from the heavens to the earth: in the end (all affairs) will go up to Him, on a Day, the space whereof will be (as) a thousand years of your reckoning.


Surah As-Sajdah 32:5


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Cres Walk 2012 23 September Kuraby Madressah Fundraiser 6 October Epic Journey Course 20 & 21 October


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MCF Burma Appeal Charity Food Hamper Drive Radio Quran Kareem Youth Spiritual Night 4 August & 1 Septe MUSLIM AID AUSTRALIA Victims of War Appeal P1 Marhaba Playgroup From Palestine to Egypt: An Epic Journey 20 & @ 21 October Sunnah Inspirations haj 2012 ZAM ZAM Water The CCN Young Muslim Writers Awards 2012 Muslim Aid Australia Al-Imdaad Foundation Australia Salaam Institute: The Heart of the IHYA AMYN 40 Gems Brisbane Muslim Burial Society (BMBS) Boxing Training Discovering Deen Youth Club Fathima Adat Tutoring Fiqh and Tafseer Classes Hall Hire Islamic College of Brisbane Kuraby Mosque Quran & Islamic Classes Table & Chair Hire Kuraby Mosque Madressa Classes Al-Mustapha Institute Maths Tutoring Service Qari Hufaaz Classes AIIC Sscholarships Sisters' House Accommodation Registration SMS Alert Services


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Centre for Easy Language Learning (CeLL)

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Restaurant & Takeaway Portuguese Chicken

Boulevard Towers Surfers Paradise 

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Wedding dresses etc. 

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Grand Medical Centre

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Books, Clothing, DVDs etc.


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Bismillah Repairs - note new contact number 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 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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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

2 & 3 November

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 will commence from Monday 10th September 2012 together with the Seerah of our beloved Prophet Muhammad (pbuh).

The weekly program schedule will be as follows:
Mondays = Tafseer
Tuesdays = Seerah
Wednesdays = Tafseer

The above lessons will commence after Isha salah and will go for approximately 1/2 an hour each day.

All brothers and sisters are welcome.

Kuraby Mosque Tafseer & Taalim


Tuesday tafseer and taleem classes at Kuraby Mosque every Tuesday 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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