Sunday, 21 October 2012

 Newsletter 0415




Crescents Community News wishes

all our Australian Hajjis to the Holy Land a rewarding and safe pilgrimage


to all our readers and their families and friends





Photo above (courtesy of Ms Faiza El Higzi) taken on Friday at fajr (morning) prayer in Makkah where millions of pilgrims prepare themselves for the Hajj rituals starting on Wednesday (24th October) at Mena and culminating in Eid al-Adha celebrations on Friday 26 October.


Eid al-Adha or Feast of the Sacrifice or Greater Eid, is a religious day celebrated to honour the willingness of ʾIbrāhīm (Abraham) to sacrifice his son Ismā'īl (Ishmael) as an act of obedience to God, before God intervened to provide him with a sheep to sacrifice instead.


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Australian International Islamic College

Blunder Rd, DURACK



Islamic College of Brisbane

45 Acacia Road, Karawatha

Date: Friday, 26th October



6:15am Takbeer

6:30am English commentary of Eid Khutbah followed by Eid salaah and Khutbah.


Program concludes by 7:00am.


In case of rain Eid salaah will be held at same venue in multi purpose hall facility.

Bald Hills Mosque

119 Telegraph Road, Bald Hills.

Eid Ul Adha 2012 - Program

When? FRIDAY 26th October

6:30 am Takbir
6:45 am Announcements
6:50 am Eid Message
7:00 am Eid Salah

Where? At the Masjid – The place to be.

All are welcome!

Please bring your prayer mats in case the Masjid becomes full and you are required to pray outside.

Lutwyche Mosque

Eid-ul Adha Friday 26 October

Takbeer start : 6.30 AM
Pray : 7.00 AM

Bosniak Islamic Centre of QLD

2674 Logan Road, Eight Mile Plains



Date: 26/10/2012


Time: 7:00am


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Saturday October 27th is the day to take your dusty car, the family, and a good appetite to Kuraby State School at 1523 Beenleigh Road, Kuraby.


From 8am to 1pm, the Helping Hands youth of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints, The Lions Club of Kuraby and Crescents of Brisbane will be combining to raise much needed money for the Special School at Kuraby with a Car Wash and Bake Sale and Family Fun Day.


Come over and support the halal sausage sizzle with a difference at the Crescents of Brisbane stall.


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A MOTHER and daughter who were refused drivers licences because they would not allow themselves to be photographed for religious reasons were not discriminated against, a tribunal has found.

The Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal, in a just-published decision, dismissed complaints of discrimination made by Sunrise Eliza Kayah Celeste Emanuel and Mimi Yahjah Emanuel (previously known as Wilhelmina Maria Anthonia).

The pair had claimed they had been discriminated against when the Queensland Government's Transport Department refused to issue them with licences when they declined to be photographed - a statutory requirement.


Mr Wensley, in his 21-page judgment, said: "Each of these ladies complains that they have been unlawfully discriminated against because the State of Queensland has refused to issue them with driver licences because they declined to allow themselves to be photographed."

"Each (woman) says that she cannot agree to having her photograph taken for this purpose because her religious beliefs prevent it, the taking of a photograph being in direct violation of God's Second Commandment."


However, Mr Wensley dismissed the pair's complaint, saying it was reasonable for photographs be on licences.

"I conclude that the imposition of the requirement, to have a photograph on a Queensland driver licence, is a reasonable one in all of the circumstances," he said.

"Therefore, the claims of indirect discrimination must fail."


The Second Commandment: Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. (Source: Wikipedia).


Source: Courier Mail


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No evidence to support Muslim claims


IN David McLintock's impassioned plea to turn away Muslims for  destroying our society (CCM  3/10) expresses concerns that he will be labelled racist.


He seems to conflate race with  religion in the manner German and other European Jews were identified as a race for centuries past. Muslims come from many "race" groups, African, Semites, Caucasian, Persian, even Australian Aboriginal.


They come in all colours from black though middle eastern swarthy to Asian yellow and English rose white.

I, as a well known atheist am not about to wave a flag for any theist  group, but before people like David start inflaming the mob I think  some figures need closer examination.


He claims 500,000 Muslims in Australia and may well be right and  most live in Sydney where he makes much of the reported Muslim "riot."  Facts. The protest involved  about 100 demonstrators and 20-odd were no doubt rightfully  arrested.


They were there because some hothead stirred up a small  mob of youth over some irrelevant issue


The headlines might sound calamitous but the reality is that in the whole of Australia these hotheads gained support from just 0.02% of the Muslim population in the city with the largest numbers of Muslims in Australia.


Imagine applying the same logic to Yeppoon in the same proportions. If yobbos crashed a party and bashed an elderly man (as has happened), would he call for all Queenslanders or Christians to be prevented from moving to Yeppoon?


Just for the record, given his claim to be indigenous (born in Australia -his definition) so are a third of all Australian Muslims, no doubt some of the demonstrators.


99.08% of Australian Muslims had no part in this event and there is no evidence from that they, as a group are seeking to impose their standards on their adopted country.


Don Willloughby, Yeppoon         


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A NEW ZEALAND child in Australia has won the right to disability  care after being initially denied  it because of his nationality.


The Ismail family’s battle led to a statewide policy reversal in Western  Australia, with all resident New Zealanders now able to apply for  disability care.


New Zealand-born Abdurahman Ismail,10, was diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome in 2010, requiring specialist support costing  about $800 a month.


His family moved from South Africa to New Zealand in 1999, and in 2008 to Australia, where his father works as a finance manager for a global infrastructure company.





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This Land is Mine: The story of the wars in the land called Israel/Palestine/Canaan/the Levant




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The first board of directors of the Ethnic Communities Council of QLD (ECCQ) under the new constitution was elected this week at the peak body’s annual general meeting.


The new constitution was unanimously approved by members at a special  general meeting in June, taking effect from July 1, 2012.


The nomination of Agnes Whiten OAM was unopposed and she was re- lected chairperson.


Serge Voloschenko OAM and Michael Yau were elected to the new positions of deputy chair.


Others elected to the board were: Chalani Gunasekara, Dr Mustafa Ally, Alex Daniloff, Surendra Prasad OAM, Irene Cayas, Gail Ker OAM, and Dr Carla Tromans.


Nick Xynias AO BEM, has been nominated Hon President by the board and, in accordance with the constitution, will be a director on the board.


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The slick US drama, now into its second series on Channel 4, draws praise from critics and viewers, but its ridiculous view of Arabs and Islam is a distortion of Middle Eastern realities, writes Peter Beaumont in The Observer


Before I begin: a caveat. I know television drama is often fanciful and ridiculous. The West Country of Midsomer Murders would be the murder capital of Europe if you took it at face value; the London of Spooks a place of endless shootings, conspiracies and car chases.

But fictional drama tells us truths about ourselves in ways that can be as uncomfortable as they are unintended. The Emmy-winning Homeland on Channel 4 is a case in point. Its plotting is as ridiculous as it is exciting. But what makes it difficult to watch is its treatment of Muslims.

In the first episode of the new season we were confronted with a new character, a glamorous correspondent with a cutglass English accent, a Palestinian family and access to both the CIA and the US Congress. Like the Saudi prince from the last series and the academic, behind the scenes these high-profile Muslims living in the US share a secret: both willingly or otherwise they are covert helpers of Abu Nasir, the al-Qaida terrorist leader.

In other words, it does not matter whether they are rich, smart, discreetly enjoying a western lifestyle or attractive: all are to be suspected.

I admit I have no idea how the story arcs in Homeland will develop and what surprises are in store. What I do know is how both Arabs and Islamists have been portrayed thus far as violent fanatics, some of whom are powerful and influential infiltrators.

As someone who has spent much time in the Middle East, I find the depictions not only crude and childish but offensive. There is more to it than the portrayal of individuals. For Homeland presents an odd and unbelievable image of relationships between countries and identities in the region, where Palestinians, Iraqis, Saudis all share an agenda regardless of background, culture and history.

Should any of this matter in a fictional series? The answer is yes.

It has not only been Damian Lewis, the British actor who plays the character Brody, who has insisted that its appeal is that its "action is grounded in a political reality". Reviewers have also praised the "credibility" of a programme whose fans include the president of the United States.

The reality is that what Homeland portrays is a peculiar view of the Islamic world, one rooted, perhaps, in its genesis as an Israeli drama, where the view of the surrounding neighbourhood is more paranoid and defensive. It matters for this reason. Popular culture both informs and echoes our prejudices.

Indeed, popular literature, plays, films and television have often been crude in their representation of perceived enemies – Jews, Germans, communists, Irish "terrorists" and now Muslims, amplifying concerns that may be based in some reality like the phenomenon of al-Qaida terrorism to represent it as some vague, universal truth.

In some respects the negative portrayal of Arabs in US film and TV dramas is not a new phenomenon, as documented by academic Jack Shaheen in his studies The TV Arab and Reel Bad Arabs where he has argued that historically Arabs in US dramas have, since the 1920s, been depicted as being one of the "three Bs… bombers, belly dancers or billionaires".

Indeed, when there are inherent biases in the way that TV portrays groups and individuals – as in Homeland – they seem to reflect widespread and widely held attitudes.

In other words, television drama such as Homeland not only reflects cultural and social anxieties at any given time, it reflects back those anxieties, reinforcing and shaping them. Crucially there is strong evidence that counter-stereotypical fictional depictions in popular culture may have a positive impact, with some arguing that it can help turn around prejudicial attitudes.

What is intriguing is that Homeland seems out of step with trends in characterisation post-9/11, in US TV and film at least. After a period when – as even Howard Gordon, the executive producer of 24, admitted in 2009 – the trend for depicting Muslims as terrorists seemed to be in decline, it sticks out like a sore thumb.

Then, Howard described the reason for that change at least in terms of his own show's development, not least as public attitudes began to alter in the wake of the Abu Ghraib abuse scandal in Iraq. "We began to realise," he said in remarks to Souheila al-Jadda, co-producer of the American TV series Who Speaks for Islam?, "that by portraying Muslims strictly as terrorists on the show we were... unwittingly exploiting some of the fears of our audience members." He added: "I think that the impact of our content or creative content is one of our greatest exports. It becomes a very powerful instrument for understanding each other in this terrible... divide we find ourselves in with the Muslim world."

That coincided, too, with emerging criticism from both Muslim advocacy groups in the US over depiction of Muslims in drama as well as the refusal by actors to play "sinister" Arabs.

Perhaps, in the end, Homeland will surprise and conclude with a more challenging and nuanced picture of Islam and the Arab world that goes beyond the stereotypes.

I am not holding my breath.


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Acacia Ridge teenager, Hamayan Jaffari, was found safe and well on the afternoon of October 6.


A report of his disappearance was published in CCN two weeks ago.


The 17-year-old boy, who suffers from a medical condition, was found at a Sunnybank school.


"Medically he was fine. He was a bit tired but otherwise in good health," a Queensland Police Service spokesman said.


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Working sister seeking accommodation to share with another sister(s) in Brisbane area.
Contact by email: periotta11@hotmail.com.




Australian International Islamic College is seeking an experienced person to work in their admin and library. Must be computer literate and have administration skills.

Please email CV to admin@aiic.qld.edu.au or phone Mariam Ali 3372 1400 for further information.




As-Salaam Institute is undertaking a Charity Support Drive particularly to aid asylum seekers entering Brisbane. For more information click here.


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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.

Each week, CCN publishes a personality selected from the list:


No. 43

Sheikh Hamza Yusuf Hanson
Teacher and Co-founder of Zaytuna College, USA


Country: USA

Born: 1960 (age 51)
Source of Influence: Scholarly
Influence: Leading Islamic authority in a country with 2.6 million Muslims
School of Thought: Traditional Sunni, Maliki, Asha’ri

Sheikh Hamza Yusuf Hanson is the Western World’s most influential Islamic figure. He is seen as one of the foremost authorities on Islam outside  of the  Muslim World. He is a co-founder of  Zaytuna  College in Berkeley, California, the first  Muslim  liberal arts college in the USA. 


American Scholar

Hanson converted to Islam in 1977 when he was  only 17  and spent many years studying Arabic,  Islamic jurisprudence  and philosophy with some of  the Muslim World’s  most prominent and well-  respected scholars. His popularity,  and accordingly  his influence, stem from his being  deeply steeped in  the classical traditions of both the  Western and  the Islamic world as well as his gift of speech.



He is seen as the primary figurehead for  spreading traditional  Sunni orthodoxy in the West  through his popular  speeches and his teaching at  short intense study programs such as Deen  Intensive, The Rihla and RIS. He has recently started a blog on sandala.org where he discusses issues of the day.


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Dear CCN Readers

As Salaamu Alaikum,

You will have seen the video of the flower distribution in last week's CCN that took place in London.


They're looking at making it a global event with next weekend (27th October 2012) being the global event date.


We are looking at bringing this initiative to the streets of Brisbane Insha Allah - however will probably do so a week later after the global event (because of Eid and other logistics).

We appeal for your assistance in this regard be it financial and/or personal support.

Insha Allah our intentions are as follows:-

1. We will distribute roses in Queens Street Mall.
2. We have set a date of 3rd November for distribution.
3. We intend distributing a minimum of 500 roses ........... more if we get the financial support.
4. We have sourced roses at a price of 85cents each.
5. We have arranged the distribution to be recorded and put on You Tube.
6. We will attach a card to the rose with a saying from a historic person, will have a Quranic Ayah and a couple hadith of Prophet Muhammed (s.a.w.)
7. We require assistance preparing the roses for distribution.
8. The preparation will take place 2 days before the distribution.
9. We need to place the order for the roses by 24th October ....... quantity will depend on the financial support we get before that date.
10. Your chance to be part of this global event.

For further information you may contact me on 0402 575 410 or Mariam on 0405 038 972

Was Salaam

Dear Editor

Assalaamu alaikum

I was hoping I could get more information on how to get involved in the initiative to spread the true message of the Prophet (SAW).


I think its a great idea to bring it to the streets of Brisbane.

Jazakallah khair

N. S.

Dear Editor

I am from Adelaide and would like to make a contribution for the flowers.

Jazakallah khair


Name withheld


Hajj dates set in Makkah    


JEDDAH: The Arafat Day, when millions of Muslim pilgrims will stand in prayer on the mount of Arafat near Makkah at the peak of the annual pilgrimage, will be on Thursday (Oct. 25).

The Supreme Court said that Friday (Oct. 26) would be Eid Al-Ahda or the feast of sacrifice.


“As nobody sighted the Dul Hijjah crescent on Monday evening, Tuesday (Oct. 16) is the 30th day of Dul Qaada and Wednesday (Oct. 17) is the first day of Dul Hijjah,” it added.

In accordance with the Supreme Court’s statement, Haj begins on Oct. 24 when pilgrims will gather in Mina, spending a day and night there in worship and meditation before heading to Arafat the next morning.

About three million pilgrims from around the world are expected to perform Haj this year.


Culture and Information Minister Dr. Abdul Aziz Khoja ssaid Haj events would be telecast live to all countries free of charge on the instructions of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah, using Arabsat 5A, Asiasat 5, Menos system and Intelsat 60.

During the week, Sheikh Abdul Rahman Al-Sudais, head of the Presidency of the Two Holy Mosques, handed over a new Kaaba cover to Abdul Qader Al-Shaibi, senior gatekeeper of the Holy Kaaba. 


Source: Arab News

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Spectator questions ‘wisdom’ of conversion to Islam 


UK: Last week’s Spectator cover story explored the subject of female conversions to Islam particularly among Christian women.


Entitled, ‘Till faith do us part’ Spectator columnist Melissa Kite argued that ‘more and more Christian women are converting to marry’, and questioned the ‘wisdom’ of such conversions.

Kite begins by conveying an anecdote of a friend of hers who has converted to Islam to marry her fiancé. Relaying her friend’s approach to conversion, “I’m really not that bothered…I’m not a practising Christian. It doesn’t make any difference to me either way,” Kite iterates her own unspoken thoughts on the matter as “Why on earth are you converting to a faith which thinks you are the infidel?”

She argues that her friend’s ‘casual’ attitude to the conversion “will matter to millions of Christians who, like me, are worried about their community selling out.

She continues: “The growth of Islam in Britain is often still put down to immigration, but a study last year estimated that the number of Islamic converts in Britain has risen by two-thirds from 60,000 in 2001 to about 100,000. Around 5,200 people in the UK become Muslims each year. And while there are no figures on marriages specifically, we do know that 62 per cent of conversions are women and that the average age at conversion is 27, which is pretty much the age most women get married now.”

Kite comments at the comparative ease of converting to Islam in relation to other religions, and then states that “I also fear that we Christians are just too polite. The notion that we must put others before ourselves is admirable, but it is also what makes us rather ineffectual at faith-preservation. Middle-class Christians may be the worst in this respect, and middle-class female Christians even flakier still. When my friend bends over backwards to accommodate her Muslim husband, she is displaying the ultimate trait of a nicely-brought-up English girl: ‘No, no, you first! After your religion. I insist!’

“In uncertain times, and in the face of an aggressive atheist movement, people who suddenly decide that they want religion are choosing strong religions with hard and fast rules, strict boundaries and moral certainties.

“Call me narrow-minded, but I would not convert to someone else’s religion for all the tea in China.

“The Church of England, meanwhile, looks down its nose at such dogma, preferring instead to issue edicts that are ecumenical to the point of absurdity, in the interests of social cohesion. As my friend embarks on her new life as a Muslim convert, she will no doubt discover more about what sort of social cohesion Islam is prepared to offer her.”



The Spectator


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What has Malala Yousafzai done to the Taliban? 



UK: The attempted assassination of a 14-year-old girl was driven by pathological hatred of women – not politics, as the Taliban claim.

'I had a terrible dream yesterday with military helicopters and the Taliban." So began the diary of Malala Yousafzai, an 11-year-old girl living in Pakistan's Swat region in 2009 while the Taliban had de facto control and female education was banned. The BBC website published the diary, and a few months later a New York Times documentary revealed more about the girl behind the pen.

Today, as Malala Yousafzai remains critical but stable in hospital following an assassination attempt by the Taliban, I watched the laughing, wise, determined 11-year-old in that video and thought of the Urdu phrase, "kis mitti kay banee ho" – "from what clay were you fashioned?"

It's an expression that changes meaning according to context. Sometimes, as when applied to Malala Yousafzai, it's a compliment, alluding to a person's exceptional qualities. At other times it indicates some element of humanity that's missing. From what clay were you fashioned, I'd like to say to the TTP (the Pakistan Taliban), in a tone quite different to that in which I'd direct it to the 14-year-old girl they shot "because of her pioneering role in preaching secularism and so-called enlightened moderation" and who, according to their spokesman, they intend to target again.

The truth is both Malala Yousafzai and the Taliban were fashioned from the clay of Pakistan. When I say this about Malala it is not in a statement of patriotism about my homeland but instead an echo of a sentiment expressed by the novelist Nadeem Aslam: "Pakistan produces people of extraordinary bravery. But no nation should ever require its citizens to be that brave."



The Guardian

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


This week a CCN Reader recommends


The Missing Martyrs: Why There Are So Few Muslim Terrorists




Charles Kurzman



Terrorist attacks every day? Where are the missing martyrs?

In this startlingly counterintuitive book, a leading authority on Islamic movements demonstrates that terrorist groups are thoroughly marginal in the Muslim world.


Charles Kurzman draws on government sources, public opinion surveys, election results, and in-depth interviews with Muslims in the Middle East and around the world. He finds that young


Muslims are indeed angry with what they see as imperialism--and especially at Western support for local dictatorships.


But revolutionary Islamists have failed to reach them, as can be seen from the terrorists' own websites and publications, which constantly bemoan the dearth of willing recruits.

Kurzman notes that it takes only a small cadre of committed killers to wreak unspeakable havoc.


But that very fact underscores his point. As easy as terrorism is to commit, few Muslims turn to violence.


Out of 140,000 murders in the United States since 9/11, Islamist terrorists have killed at most three dozen people.


Of the 150,000 people who die each day, worldwide, Islamist militants account for fewer than fifty fatalities--and only ten per day outside of the hotspots of Afghanistan, Iraq, and Pakistan.


The real bulwark against Islamist violence, Kurzman finds, is Muslims themselves, who reject both the goals of the terrorists and their bloody means. With each bombing, the terrorists lose support among Muslims.

Incisive and authoritative, The Missing Martyrs provides much-needed corrective to deep-seated and destructive misconceptions about Muslims and the Islamic world.


The threat of Islamist terrorism is real, Kurzman shows, but its dimensions are, so far, tightly confined.




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: Whenever you feel in the mood for a tangy, delicious fish curry then I have just the recipe for you.


After dhall and rice on a Friday, this is the hubby's favourite dish.


Fish Curry - Durban Style


1. 1 kg filleted fish, washed (I prefer the skin off) which has been smeared with your favourite fish masala or see below for recipe.
2. ¼ cup of oil
3. 1 chopped onion
4. Handful of curry leaves
5. ½ tsp mustard seeds
6. 2 tsp crushed garlic
7. 1 tsp red chilli powder
8. 1 tsp green chillies
9. 1 tsp crushed coriander and cumin mix
10. 1 tsp salt
11. ½ tsp white pepper
12. 1 cup grated tomatoes
13. ½ cup tomato puree
14. ¼ cup tamarind paste
15. 1 tsp fish masala (see recipe below)
16. ¼ cup of coconut

1. Heat oil in a wide based pot.
2. Sauté onions and curry leaves for a few mins and then add items 5,6,7,8 and 9 and sauté for a minute.
3. Add items 10 to 16 and simmer for at least 5 mins.
4. Add the fish and cook until fish is done, if it’s filleted then approx. 8mins.
5. Lastly add water to make the amount of gravy you require.
6. Sprinkle with chopped fresh coriander and serve hot with yellow rice.


Fish Masala


Process the following ingredients to form a paste.

This makes a large quantity and could be frozen for future use, when you are making fried fish or fish biryani etc.

1. 2 cups fresh ground garlic
2. 1 cup fresh ground red chillies
3. ¼ cup of green chillies
4. ¼ cup salt
5. 1 tab turmeric powder
6. 2 tab tomato paste
7. ½ cup crushed coriander seeds
8. ¼ cup crushed cumin
9. ¼ cup curry leaves
10. 1 tsp cinnamon powder
11. +-½ cup vinegar  


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, how do I drop the last five kilos? I’ve done really well and am now at the end of my fat-loss journey.

A: It’s different for everyone, but the trick is to switch it up.


If you run five days a week, try resistance workouts or interval training instead.


If you go to the gym, swap weight training for yoga, etc.

Remember to look at your diet as well – opt for high protein, low carb meals.


Have lean meats, nuts and lots of vegies too.






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 frantically searched his wardrobe for an outfit to wear for Eid the next day.

Finding nothing that would fit, he rushed off to the stores and bought himself a new and very expensive shalwar kameez.

When he tried it out at home, he found that while the kameez (shirt) fitted him well, the shalwar (trousers) was too long by 10cm.

He asked his mother to help him shorten it for him but she was not feeling well and told him to go ask his wife to do it for him.

So Mula Nasruddin approached his wife. But she said she was very tired and had a lot of work to do still for Eid.

Then Mula Nasruddin asked his daughter. His daughter apologized for not able to do it that night because she had agreed to meet some friends.

Later that night, Mula Nasruddin’s mother thought to herself, "My son has been very nice to me. I'll just help him to shorten his shalwar before going to rest." So she shortened the trousers by 10cm.

Then his wife finished her work and thought," My husband knows I am always very busy and seldom asked me to help him. I would oblige him today." So she shortened his shalwar by another 10cm.

His daughter came home from visiting her friends, and thought, "Papa loves me very much and when I turned him down, he was not angry at all! I would help him to shorten his shalwar." So she shortened her father's trousers yet another 10cm and left it by his bedside while he was asleep.

Mula Nasruddin woke up on Eid morning to find his khameez was just about the same length as his shawal.


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If anyone withdraws himself from remembrance of (Allah) Most Gracious, We appoint for him an evil one, to be an intimate companion to him. Such (evil ones) really hinder them from the Path, but they think that they are being guided aright!



Surah Az-Zukhruf 43:36-37


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You will never reach your destination

if you stop and throw stones at every dog that barks. 

Winston Churchill


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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



Child Care Centres

Pari Collections



Shariff's Computer Services

Computer Servicing



Michael's Oriental Birthday Promo Function Room Page 1 Function Room Page 2 LOVE UR BODY Healthy Life Browns Plains Shariff's Computer Services Sunkids Sunkids Pari Collection Pari Collection Maximize  Accountants Officetek Alarms Mona Vie AK Surtie Angelz Dental Care Centre for Easy Language Learning Arabic Paradise Convenience Ayesha's Samoosa Strips ACCES Services REMOVALS Autocad 2012 Training Baalbak Mediterranean Restaurant Low Price Pharmacy KURABY Bismillah Repairs and Maintenance Samoosa Pastry Brisbane Diagnostics Brizy Biltong Beef Jerky Boulevard Tower Residence Accommodation Calamvale Physiotherapy & Sport Injury Clinic Carpetlifesavers Indoor Folding Mats InWear Fashions Rejuven8 Body & Beauty Personal Wellness Coach efxshop Tutoring Fathima Adat Flighstar Hajj2012 Flighstar Hajj2012 Gabriel Hair Studio Henna Fatima Ismail hummys Automotive Services Hussana Junaid Ally Properties REMAX Kimaya International Kuraby Mosque Hire Quick Stick Name labels Ladies Only Personal Training Lilys Fashion love ur body Marketing Coop Group Muslim Directory Muslima Chick Nandos Calamvale Nandos Mt Gravatt NAZIMA HANSA REMAX Excelanz Migration Services Pizza Lane Pappa Roti QLD Islamic Book Service Seedat Accounting Shameema's Silk Scarves Siitra Shakira Kolia Driving School T ax Returns 2012 Ummah Store Elite FX Web Design


"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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26 October



27 October


Helping Hands Family Fun Day: Kuraby Special School Bus Appeal

Kuraby Lions, Church of Latter Day Saints, Crescents of Brisbane

Kuraby State School

0402 026 786

8am to1pm

3 November


Eidfest @ Dreamworld


0418 722 353


3 November


Eid Millan Party

Minhaj-Ul-Quran International, QLD


0400 162 163


10/11 November

Sat & Sun

IMAQ Whitsunday CME Meeting 

Islamic Medical Association of QLD (IMAQ)

Peppers Resort, Airlie Beach

0412 845 786

All day

18 November



Brisbane Islamic Centre (BIC)

BIC House, 161 Underwood Rd, Eight Mile Plains

0405 372 554


24 November



Aashooraa Day


5 May 2013


International Food Festival 2013

Islamic Society of Gold Coast

Gold Coast Mosque

0412 601 152

All day

6 June 2013



Lailatul Mehraj

24 June 2013



Lailatul Bhahraat

11 July 2013


Start of Ramadhan

5 August 2013



Lailatul Qadr

8 August 2013



End of Ramadhan

9 August 2013




17 August 2013


Eidfest 2013

Mt Gravatt Showgrounds

0418 722 353

All day

1 Sept 2013


CresWalk 2013


Orleigh Park, West End

0402 026 786


16 October 2013




 TBA 2013


Aashooraa 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: 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


Kuraby Mosque Tafseer & Taalim


Tuesday tafseer and taleem classes at Kuraby Mosque every Tuesday 11am - 12.30pm


Bald Hills Mosque Weekly Tafseer


The weekly program schedule is 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.


Queensland Police Service/Muslim Community Consultative Group


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

Wednesday 5 December 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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