Sunday, 28 April 2013

 Newsletter 0442




The Islamic College of Brisbane (ICB) held an Anzac Day commemoration service at the school in Karawatha on Wednesday 24 April to mark the 98th Anniversary of the landing at Anzac Cove.


Mr David Forde, Senior Vice President of the Sunnybank RSL delivered the keynote address to mark the occasion.

Photos by Orhan Camkara

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Taking a tour into the future of Islamic education

The Al-Ustaadh ONLINE platform was officially launched yesterday (Saturday) by Dr Mustafa Ally and Mr Kemal Omar who initiated the establishment of the learning management system specifically for madressah and Islamic courses.


The launch was well-attended by Imams, madressah and Islamic school teachers and administrators who were given a briefing on the benefits of incorporating eLearning into their courses and curriculum, and were then taken on a practical tour around the online platform.


The following are some of the participants' comments after the launch:


Imam Peer: Attending the launch of Alustaadh ONLINE today has tremendously inspired me. As a teacher of Islamic Studies for all ages and groups I am confident that Alustaadh ONLINE offers a very wide and broad spectrum to enhance the love of studying Islam and cultivating a very strong base of retrieving Islamic Information. We ask Allah to place the efforts of all those brothers and sisters who have worked hard in putting Alustaadh ONLINE come to fruition in the scales on the Day of Judgement. I personally strongly encourage all Imams, brothers and sisters to join Alustaadh ONLINE. Finally as Chairman of Council of Imams Queensland I like to emphasise CIQ's full support.


Mufti Ravat: Mashallah Al Ustadh is an awesome tool we Muallims and Muallimas can use to get our knowledge reaching out to a much wider audience. Rasulullah (saw) said: The best of you are those that teach people good" This is a great platform for all of us to use to spread the good inshallah. I wish all Muallims/Muallimas and students the best learning experience online. I make special duaa for the creators of this program. May Allah Taala reward them abundantly. Learning Islam has just been made easier!

Mr Farouk Adam: I am impressed at your ideas of launching Al Ustaadh ONLINE. It's learning at leisure with coffee and popcorn at your side. I think this is what our kids really want. It is fantastic and I am sure this will take off. I can see the variety of courses can be set up will be appealing to all in our community, Being part of the Kuraby Madressa I can see the benefit for to our parents and students. Well done Mustafa and Kemal and thanks for inviting me to this launch.


Mr Ameer Hassan: This is going to be a very useful option for parents who are homeschooling their children.


Mr Dyan Chown: Juzaka'Allah! What a wonderful contribution to learning for our community – near and far.
Masha'Allah! Your presentation was very impressive. As a teacher, I can see countless opportunities for my teaching and critically, my students learning.


Dr Mohamad Abdalla: I must congratulate you for thinking of and inventing Al Ustaadth as a complimentary educational tool for our community. There is a genuine need for this educational tool and I'm most certain that the entire community, young and old, will benefit from it. The idea is brilliant and insha-Allah it will be able to help more people bring the madrassa and maktab into their own homes. It is through proper education that the Muslims of the past excelled and led the world, and insha-Allah through your innovative tool more Muslims will learn about the beauty, moderation and relevance of Islam in the context of today's world.

Sr. Rola Hamze helps launch the Al Ustaadh ONLINE website with the stroke of a pen


If you would like to know more about Al-Ustaadh ONLINE email info@alustaadh.com.

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Dr Mohamad Abdalla delivered his Friday khutbah (sermon) to over 800 of the regular congregation at the Kuraby Mosque on the Boston Bombings and the prohibition of killing innocent people in Islam.



Click here for the transcript.

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Mr. Talal Yassine (pictured left)  is the Managing Director of Crescent Wealth, Australia's first Islamic wealth manager and major sponsor of this year's Crescent Wealth CresWalk2013.


He is also an experienced lawyer and banker, and currently serves on the Boards of Australia Post, the Australian Multicultural Council, the Whitlam Institute, and until recently, on the Board of Sydney Ports Corporation. Most recently he was appointed as a Professorial Fellow at the Crawford School of Public Policy, at the Australian National University.


CCN succeeded in pinning Talal down long enough to answer a few questions about himself and Crescent Wealth.


CCN: Could you provide a brief background of how you arrived to where you are today?
TY: I was just four years old when I came to Australia in 1977, arriving as the son of migrant parents who sacrificed everything for a new life. I was determined to not only make my parents proud, but to also make a difference by working to promote multiculturalism, education and environmentalism through business in our great country.
Along the way, I have held positions in law and strategy at PwC, corporate finance and real estate at Babcock & Brown, and leadership roles and non-executive directorships across a broad spectrum of Australian business and cultural organizations including Better Place Australia, Australian Multicultural Council and Australia Post among others.

CCN: How has your upbringing affected your life?
TY: It was approximately 36 years ago when we came from Lebanon and arrived in Australia to settle in Sydney's western suburbs. Both of my parents were unable to read or write and this new environment must have been a relief from the war-torn landscape we came from, but at the same time extremely daunting. I was the eldest of eight children and my father worked in a factory while my mother looked after six boys and two girls - both of them urging us all to take advantage of the opportunities on offer in multicultural Australia.


We have about 30 degrees between us and this has been essential part of our progress. Our parents encouraged us all to study and reach our limits and I took this advice very seriously and would pass it on to anyone.

I was able to benefit from a significant amount of responsibility at home as well as constant inspiration from my hard-working parents. I believe this has translated into leadership traits I hold today in addition to my desire to help those around me achieve their potential.

CCN: Where did education fit in?
TY: Education has always been something very important to me and indeed important among all my siblings. Everyone has a degree or several degrees. We have about 30 degrees between us and this has been essential part of our progress. Our parents encouraged us all to study and reach our limits and I took this advice very seriously and would pass it on to anyone.
Today am I extremely privileged to play my role in a country which values education so highly, having served on the Board of Macquarie University; and recently being appointed as a Professorial Fellow at the Crawford School of Public Policy, at the Australian National University.

CCN: How has Australia helped you realise your dreams?
TY: Australia is an open, democratic country with a social ladder you can actually climb if you work hard and really want to succeed. Within just one generation we've gone from being eight kids in the suburbs going to public schools to being corporate and social leaders representing our vast and diverse community. There are a few other countries in the world where that is possible.

CCN: What is your greatest achievement to date?
TY: On Australia Day 2010, I was awarded a ‘Medal of the Order of Australia’ (OAM) for my service to business and to the community through a range of education, health and multicultural organisations.

CCN: You are non-executive director across some major Australian businesses including Australia Post. How has this experience helped you in your career?

TY: Being a non-executive director gives you new insights into markets, the country and how it operates and what really matters. I believe that the experience I have gained in serving on senior boards, apart from assisting in running and directing those organisations, has taught me a lot about business but also about the customer, the community and what people are really looking for.


CCN: What have you learned from your vast corporate experience that some our readers can apply in their own careers?

TY: If you wish to be successful in your life, you think about and map out how much you have to do and what you actually have to put in, you don’t wander into a challenge and see how you go. Life has a lot of unexpected things that come up, but you’ve got to have a bit of a plan and start the way you intend to proceed. Have no illusions, be real, be transparent, open and consistent in what you’re doing and what you want to achieve.


CCN: What is Crescent Wealth?
TY: Crescent Wealth is Australia’s first ultra-ethical wealth manager, and we offer a superannuation fund and individual investment funds that invest in accordance with Islamic investment principles.
A lot of people do not know that their super is likely to be invested banks that use interest as well as in other socially detrimental activities such as tobacco, alcohol, gambling, weapons and pork products. Therefore our Crescent Wealth Superannuation Fund is finally providing choice for Australian Muslims, where people can now choose an option that accords with their values and principles while being managed by highly experienced and professional fund managers.

CCN: What were the challenges in taking Crescent Wealth from an idea to reality?

TY: The challenges were several and many like any new idea or pioneering idea in a mature market and economy. The first one of course is educating the various partners and regulatory authorities such as APRA and ASIC, lawyers and accountants about Islamic finance.
We have also gone to great lengths to ensure our products accurately reflect Islamic investment principles. There are no shortcuts in this regard. Recognition as a trusted and respected brand is absolutely vital in a community that values strong relationships and trustworthiness in the same regard as strong performance. The one thing I have found consistent in this business, unlike other businesses I have run or directed, is that there is a lot of goodwill around the place and what seemed to be insurmountable challenges became very surmountable when people of goodwill got together and tried to solve the problem.



Crescents of Brisbane represent a community based organisation that not only promotes a healthy lifestyle through a number of mediums, but also importantly brings a range of people from diverse background together to achieve a common goal. They are therefore one example of the brilliant organisations we are supporting nationally.

CCN: Your products invest using an ultra-ethical or Islamic principles approach. Can you explain what this means?

TY: It's quite simple. We filter out socially detrimental activities so if a company's primary activities in banking and financial services, weapons, alcohol, tobacco and pork we do not invest in them. Indeed Islamic investment principles have been around for almost 15 centuries and focus on generating returns from investing directly in productive assets rather than debt or speculation using sophisticated financial instruments. This results in a more conservative investment approach.

CCN: Why this is such a significant achievement for the Australian Muslim community?

TY:This no doubt represents a significant milestone as Crescent Wealth has finally broken through the Australian wealth management frontier by providing credible Islamic compliant superannuation option. To me this represents a testament to the mindset of our community to harness our collective energy in order finally provide necessary choice for Australian Muslims. I therefore see it as a gateway to the prosperity of our community.

CCN: How do you intend to follow through on your commitment to the community?

TY: We've thought carefully about how to approach this and concluded that we need to cover four key strategic areas important to our community: pathways to employment, health and fitness, pathways to higher education, and financial literacy. These initiatives need to be long term, sustainable and enduring - in that they are designed to enrich the community for years to come and may be replicated across regions to benefit every facet of our community.
That's why we are proud to support Crescent of Brisbane and sponsor the 10th CresWalk. Indeed Crescents of Brisbane represent a community based organisation that not only promotes a healthy lifestyle through a number of mediums, but also importantly brings a range of people from diverse background together to achieve a common goal. They are therefore one example of the brilliant organisations we are supporting nationally.

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The Queensland Education and Cultural Foundation (QECF) held a symposium on Prophet Mohammed (pbuh) at the Islamic College of Brisbane on Friday evening at which some 200 people attended.


The first topic, Leadership of our Prophet (SAW), was delivered by Dr Recep Dogan, lecturer in the Islamic Science and Research Academy of Charles Sturt University (NSW); and the second on Prophetic Wisdom in Conflict Resolution was given by Sheikh Ahmed Abu Gazaleh, Imam of Logan Mosque and President of As- Salaam Institute who also performed a few nasheeds for the audience.

Dr Salih Yucel, lecturer at Monash University in Melbourne spoke on the Two Characteristic of Prophets: Ithar (Isar) and Istighna  and Associate Professor Mohamad Abdalla of the Griffith Islamic Research Unit highlighted many aspects of the Universal Mercy of Prophet Muhammed (PBUH).


Newly appointed CEO of the QECF, Mr. Abdul Celil Gelib organized the event and Mr Murat Coskun acted as Master of Ceremonies on the night.

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Two daggers taken from captured Turkish soldiers at Gallipoli by an ANZAC soldier have now become symbols of unity after being returned to the Turkish community in Australia.


According to ABC's Drum Opinion page, Thamina Ansari (pictured above) who does the reporting on this story for ABC News, is a journalist, and an active community member and leader as an executive member of Affinity Intercultural Foundation and President of the Macquarie University Affinity Club. She is also on the advisory board for the Social Inclusion Department at Macquarie University and the Editor of The Middle East Times, Sydney and has had her work published on Halal Square, Affinity Intercultural Foundation and The Middle East Times Magazine. Tahmina came to this country as a refugee from Afghanistan 18 years ago. She is currently in her final year studying a BA Media, majoring in journalism.


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Former Brisbane-resident and now a South African eNCA reporter, Yusuf Omar, is travelling inside Syria accompanying the charity organization, the Gift of the Givers, which is on a crucial relief mission in the conflict-torn country.


The following is an example of his reporting from the region:




Keep updated with the situation on his blog from Syria.

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Nominations are now open for the 2013 Queensland Multicultural Awards.

The Awards provide a valuable opportunity to recognise the contributions and achievements of individuals and organisations in promoting a truly inclusive and culturally diverse Queensland.

The Awards will be held during the inaugural Queensland Multicultural Week which takes place from Saturday 31 August to Sunday 8 September 2013.

The ten award categories that will "recognise the broad variety of work and achievements that are indicative of our state’s cultural diversity" are:

Outstanding volunteer (Greater Brisbane); Outstanding regional volunteer; Community organisation (Greater Brisbane); Regional community organisation; Private enterprise; Public sector; Education; Media; Australian South Sea Islander; Cultural Diversity Ambassador.

Awards guidelines

Nomination form

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Michael Mosley has set himself a truly ambitious goal: he wants to live longer, stay younger and lose weight.


And he thinks he's found the answer - the ancient idea of fasting.


Could the powerful new science behind this idea lead to a longer, healthier life?


Mosley thinks he's found a way of fasting that still allows him to enjoy his food.


It sounds too good to be true.


So he decides to take a road trip across the US to investigate how a little hunger can make you younger, and of course, to try out some of this new science for himself.


The above video expires May 2013

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The Australian Government has issued an information sheet covering the Australian Government's position on Syria, it's aid to the Syria, what communities and individuals can do to help and should be aware of with regards Australian sanctions, the use of social media and travel to Syria.


Read the full details in the information sheet here.

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The Institute of the Arabic Language for non-Arabic speakers at King Abdulaziz University in Jeddah invites applications for scholarships from students (external and internal) who wish to study the Arabic Language Diploma for the academic year 1434/1435 AH; and it starts on Monday, 05/06/1434 AH (April 15, 2013).

To read the program information and conditions, click here

The General Diploma in Arabic as a Foreign Language is a 60- credit hour program offered in 4 semesters of full-time study. The program is intended to develop students’ linguistic competence in all four language skills (Listening – Speaking – Reading and Writing). This will enable them to use the target language by direct contact in real life situations. Students who successfully pass with honours official assessments will be awarded a diploma certificate in Arabic as a foreign language (DCAFL). The program mainly employs the "Arabic between Your Hands" series, published by the foundation of "Arabic for all".

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Abby Martin talks to Arsalan Iftikhar, Senior Editor for the 'Islamic Monthly' about how the corporate media has perpetuated anti-Muslim rhetoric in the wake of the Boston bombings, and how we can combat this emerging culture of fear.


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The latest issue is available here.

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By Qasim Rashid, Author, 'The Wrong Kind of Muslim'

It took 9,000 officers, five days, and roughly $1 billion in lost revenue for Boston, but suspect one is dead and suspect two is in custody.

So let me start with the standard roll call: As an American Muslim, I condemn all violence in the name of religion. Terrorism has no religion and Islam is no exception. If the Tsarnaev brothers are guilty of the Boston bombings, then I hope they are brought to justice.

Is that condemnation clear enough? Because I'm pretty sure a whole lot of people instead read blah blah blah blah blah.

Here's the deal. It is a shame that we had to employ 9,000 officers, put our lives on hold for five days, and sacrifice $1 billion in Boston revenue to catch these culprits. It is a shame that Muslim women were assaulted in retaliation, and that's even before we knew who the suspects were. And it is a shame I received threats of anti-Muslim violence and that even my non-Muslim but non-white friends called me, fearing for their safety.

And now the public lynching and double standards against Islam begin. Mental illness was the culprit during Newtown, Conn., Oak Creek, Wis., and Aurora, Colo. More than 70 percent of America's 64 previous mass shooters were white American men. But not one pundit, nor any politician, nor any Muslim has ever asked why White Americans or Christian Americans are not aggressively condemning these acts of terror. After all, why ask such a ludicrous question? Anyone with a functioning cerebrum could comprehend that these terrorists represent only themselves.

But why do our brains shut down when the slightest indication exists that the culprit might maybe possibly be Muslim? No sooner did the Boston tragedy occur -- and even before the slightest indication emerged regarding who perpetrated the attack -- but I received dozens of emails and messages asking why "moderate Muslims" aren't condemning the attack?

This was my initial reaction to such demands for condemnation:




Huff Post

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Thousands of people packed Indonesia's biggest mosque to mourn the death of a celebrity Islamic cleric who died in a motorcycle accident on Friday morning.

Crowding around those carrying the body, thousands of Muslims held phones and cameras in the air, trying to take pictures of Jeffry Al Buchory's coffin.

Jakarta's massive Istiqlal Mosque was packed with fans of the singer and model who became an Islamic cleric.

Al Buchory's unconventional style of preaching Islam is similar to that of evangelical Christians.

He is credited with using his celebrity power, song and emotional preaching to reach young people.

Al Buchory also played on his reformation from being a drug user and night-clubber to becoming a committed Muslim.

He reportedly lost control of his motorbike and hit a palm tree.

Source: ABC News

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The team at Muslim Aid Australia are currently implementing an emergency project to provide 960,000 Aquatabs to Mali to purify their unclean water supply.

Each tablet costs only 2 cents and purifies 1Ltr of contaminated water into sweet drinking quality water.

Due to the urgent need for these tablets Muslim Aid Australia have until the 28th April 2013 to finalise this order and help save thousands of lives.

The international charity organizations is asking CCN Readers to be part of this life-saving initiative and support the people of Mali in this extremely tough time.


Click here to donate now.

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Siitra Shop 1/116 Compton Road Woodridge
Phone Number: 32995556

Siitra will close Saturday 25th of May
Everything Must Go!!!
We would like to thank everyone for supporting Siitra over the last past 6 years.

So come in and grab a bargain while stocks last.

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Online registration for Crescent Wealth CresWalk2013 is now open.



Crescents of Brisbane is proud to announce our partnership with Crescent Wealth, in this year's 10th Anniversary Crescent Wealth CresWalk2013.


Crescent Wealth is Australia's First Islamic Wealth Manager. They offer an innovative series of ultra-ethical investment funds that are based on Islamic investment principles, unique in the Australian market. Similar to socially responsible investing, Crescents Wealth also filters out socially detrimental activities such as gambling, alcohol and weapons.


This year's Crescent Wealth CresWalk2013 will start later than in previous years at 10am to allow everyone to enjoy the early winter mid-day sun and to celebrate the 10th anniversary with an after run/walk FAMILY PICNIC IN THE PARK with a free lunch, activities, tug-of-war, lucky draw prizes and loads more!


Hurry and get your registrations in because this year ONLY THE FIRST 400 registrations will receive a commemorative t-shirt.


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This week's nasheed, Azaan Ho Rahi Hai by Maulana Imtiyaz Sidat, is brought to you by the organizers of the Queensland Nasheed Competition (click on the thumbnail for more details).

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‘I am sorry, O Prophet…’


Arnoud Van Doorn (extreme left), former leader of the Dutch rightist Freedom Party, prays at the Prophet’s Mosque in Madinah

MADINAH – Former Dutch Islamophobe and a former leading member of far-right Dutch politician Geert Wilders’ party Arnoud Van Doorn visited the Prophet’s Mosque in Madinah to pray and say sorry for becoming part of a blasphemous film.

Doorn was among the Freedom Party leaders who produced the blasphemous film, Fitna. Last month he reverted to Islam after an extensive study about the religion and the Prophet (peace be upon him).

He said that the worldwide outrage against the film made him study about the Prophet (pbuh) and that eventually led to his conversion.

He headed for Makkah to perform Umrah after meeting the two imams of the Prophet’s Mosque, Sheikh Ali Al-Hudaifi and Sheikh Salah Al-Badar, who enlightened him on how to lead the life of a good Muslim and confront challenges facing Islam in the West.

A member of the Dutch parliament and The Hague City Council, Doorn announced his decision to accept Islam on his Twitter profile. He also posted a tweet in Arabic declaring that “there is no god but Allah and Muhammad is his Prophet.”

At first, other users took the news as a joke. After all, an active supporter of a notorious Dutch hater of Islam, Wilders, he repeatedly approved Islamophobic statements and public actions, and personally participated in them.

But Doorn, who now serves as a regional adviser at the City Hall in The Hague, personally confirmed his decision to practice Islam in an official letter to the city mayor.

Most recently, the politician filed a formal application to the mayor of the city to allow him to perform prayers obligatory for Muslims during his working hours.

“I can understand people are skeptic, especially that it is unexpected for many of them,” Doorn told Al-Jazeera English satellite channel.

“This is a very big decision, which I have not taken lightly.”

“In my own close circle people have known that I have been actively researching the Qur’an, Hadith, Sunnah and other writings for almost a year now,” he said.

“In addition, I have had numerous conversations with Muslims about the religion.”

Driven by his party’s anti-Islam discourse, Doorn decided to dig in for the truth about the religion himself.

“I have heard so many negative stories about Islam, but I am not a person who follows opinions of others without doing my own research,” he said. “Therefore, I have actually started to deepen my knowledge of Islam out of curiosity.”

The 46-year-old has continued on The Hague Council as an independent candidate since splitting from Wilders’s party. Doorn’s decision to embrace Islam has won mixed reactions in the Netherlands.

“According to some people I am a traitor, but according to most others I have actually made a very good decision,” he told Al-Jazeera.

“The reactions are generally positive and I also received quite some support via twitter.

“It feels good that people who do not know me personally have understanding of my situation and support me in my choice.”

Asked if he now regretted joining the Freedom Party, he replied: “I have learned that every experience in life has a purpose. However, with the knowledge I have today, I would have undoubtedly made a different choice.”

For the Dutch politician, finding Islam was finally guiding him to the true path in his life. “I have made mistakes in life as many others. From these mistakes I have learned a lot,” Doorn said.

“And by my conversion to Islam I have the feeling that I finally found my path. I realize that this is a new start and that I still have much to learn as well.”

Source: Saudi Gazette

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‘Burmese Bin Laden’ Spreads Hatred Against Muslims

Monk Wirathu

Flying in the face of the Western stereotypes about Buddhists, a highly popular monk in Myanmar is using his position to call for persecution of the country’s Muslims, going so far as to deem himself the “Burmese Bin Laden.”

Wirathu is a 45-year old monk, dressing in traditional saffron-colored robes, living in a monastery in Mandalay where he produces DVDs and pieces for social media spreading his bigotry.


The monk first rose to prominence in 2001 during a wave of anti-Muslim sentiment and was originally sentenced to 25 years in jail for incitement to violence before being released in Myanmar’s general amnesty granted to political prisoners in 2012.

Since his release, Wirathu has been a key leader in the “969″ movement, a highly nationalist group so named for the nine attributes of the Buddha, his Sixfold Path, and the nine attributes of monkhood.


What has followed has been a campaign of harassment towards Myanmar’s Muslim population, including boycotting Muslim-owned businesses and urging Buddhists to only patron Buddhist establishments which more and more frequently display the 969 symbol.

Tensions have reached a breaking point, however, including destroying mosques and inciting mob violence against Muslims. In March, a string of clashes between Buddhists and Muslims left at least 40 dead and 12,000 Muslims displaced from their homes. A Reuters report on the riots that lead to the bloodshed said that the riots and the killing that followed “took place in plain view of police, with no intervention by the local or central government.” Graffiti seen in the aftermath called for “Muslim extermination.”


Think Progress

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A princess for a day, an Islamic fashion statement for life

Comment by Haneen Dajani


Cutting a dash with Islamic chic

Like many young girls who grew up reading fairy tales, I always wondered what it would be like to be a princess.


I dreamt and prayed that one day I would slip into her shoes - or, rather, her diamond-encrusted slippers.


Little could I have guessed that it would be the creative and modern styling of my traditional Islamic dress that would evoke the aura of royalty and elevate my status to that of a temporary VIP.


The backdrop to my fashion adventure was an old Ottoman palace on the banks of the Bosphorus in Istanbul.

In the past 10 years or so, however, fashionable hijabs have started to appear in countless new fabrics, colours and styles. Some designers are even choosing to specialise in the garments. This has encouraged more members of the younger generation to wear the hijab, as they realise they can still appear trendy.


On a recent visit to the Turkish city, when I donned a rather flamboyant headpiece on top of my hijab, I learnt an important lesson about Islamic dress: a splash of personality goes a long way.

I've always thought that the traditional Islamic dress that women wear outside the home - meant for modesty - could use a bit of spice.


Sure, the garment is made to be somewhat bland because, well, the hijab's purpose is to hide a woman's beauty. It should not attract too much attention.

But a little flair?



The National

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Deported from Saudi Arabia for being too handsome


JEDDAH: Earlier this month three men were ejected from Saudi Arabia by religious police for being “too handsome”.

A local newspaper explained the men had been targeted amid fears “female visitors would fall for them”, and they were swiftly deported to Abu Dhabi.


One of the three men is reported to be Omar Borkan Al Gala, a photographer, actor and poet from Dubai.

So, were the religious police onto something…

[Editor] Female CCN readers are advised to exercise extreme caution when viewing the following video.....

Source: The Huffington Post

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The ex-FBI informant with a change of heart: 'There is no real hunt. It's fixed'


Craig Monteilh describes how he pretended to be a radical Muslim in order to root out potential threats, shining a light on some of the bureau's more ethically murky practices.


Craig Monteilh says he did not balk when his FBI handlers gave him the OK to have sex with the Muslim women his undercover operation was targeting. Nor, at the time, did he shy away from recording their pillow talk.

"They said, if it would enhance the intelligence, go ahead and have sex. So I did," Monteilh told the Guardian as he described his year as a confidential FBI informant sent on a secret mission to infiltrate southern Californian mosques.

It is an astonishing admission that goes to the heart of the intelligence surveillance of Muslim communities in America in the years after 9/11. While police and FBI leaders have insisted they are acting to defend America from a terrorist attack, civil liberties groups have insisted they have repeatedly gone too far and treated an entire religious group as suspicious.


The Guardian

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

A Resilient Life

One Woman's Refugee Journey


Mariam Issa

Review by Dakhylina Madkhul

"The true character of an individual is revealed when on a journey."


Indeed it is in A Resilient Life, a written account of Mariam's life journey, that the reader learns about her character; a remarkable and unstoppable spirit. Perhaps it is no surprise then that Mariam is only one of a number of amazing women in this story, with Ayeeyo and Hooyo, her mother and grandmother, as the standout matriarchs.


Through Mariam's poignant retelling of important life events one learns how the women impart a sense of Somali tradition and duty, sometimes to the dismay of the next female generation.

From the port cities of Somalia and Kenya, to the Arab states, and finally to Melbourne's bayside Brighton, Mariam brings you a story of survival, resilience and eventually success. ‘Go Mariam!’ you'll be loudly cheering by the last page.


In a world where we hear the words 'multiculturalism', 'refugee camps', 'female circumcision' (or FGM) and 'integration', what a relief it is to read an actual account of all these things.


And an articulate one at that. Mariam Issa's A Resilient Life is a refreshing, at times painful insight into one migrant Australian woman's experience.


The book may be purchased at: http://resilientlife.com.au/


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: An Anzac Day treat that was quick and easy to make especially for a spouse who snacks on cans of tuna like others would on bags of chips.  

 Easy Tuna Bake




½ cup of milk
2 eggs
60g melted butter
175g tin tuna in brine (drained)
1 cup wholemeal flour
½ tsp. baking powder
½ tsp salt
1 tsp. ground garlic
2 tsp chopped coriander
1 tsp ground green chillies
½ tsp. crushed cumin
1 tsp. lemon pepper
1 small grated onion with water squeezed out
Juice of 1 lemon
½ cup of grated cheese




1. Beat eggs, milk and melted butter
2. Add all remaining ingredients and mix.
3. Pour into greased casserole and bake at 180 deg c for 25 minutes

Serve warm with a green salad.


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, what is the difference between yoga and Pilates?

A: They both appear very similar, but the fundamental difference is yoga is an ancient, philosophical practice dating back thousands of years.


Yoga focuses on uniting the mind, body and spirit, creating wellbeing and harmony.


The postures condition the body, and combined with breathing, are aimed at calming the mind, leading to awareness and inner and outer balance.
Pilates was developed in the 1920s by Joseph Pilates and was used to rehabilitate injured soldiers.


It focuses on the abdomen, engaging the deep core muscles that support the spine and enhance good posture.


Although there is a mind body connection, there is no spiritual focus. A combo of both is great and remember consistency is key.



Kareema has just created a ground breaking new product, the T-Mat for yoga, pilates, exercise, etc. A world first, the idea behind it is to experience an uninterrupted flow of movement while practising yoga with all its beautiful poses and direction changes.

One side can be folded on top of the other for more support under the knees or back during Pilates and it’s a great tool to have for your floor work during exercise and stretching.

Keep an eye out for the website launch over the next few weeks or call 0404844786 for queries and purchases.

Mat folded with extra side folded on top – knee or back support

Mat opened T-shape for better flow of movement through poses

Rolled/folded. Ready to travel

Available colours

 (pink/light pink sold out)








My Health and Fitness

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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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At a nursing home in Lahore, Mula Nasruddin, Jalalludin and Hakimuddin were sitting around talking about their aches and pains.

"My arms are so weak I can hardly lift this cup of coffee," said Mula Nasruddin.

"I know what you mean. My cataracts are so bad I can't even see my coffee," replied Jalalludin.

"I can't turn my head because of the arthritis in my neck," said Hakimuddin, to which the other two nodded weakly in agreement.

"My blood pressure pills make me dizzy," Mula Nasruddin contributed.

"I guess that's the price we pay for getting old," winced Hakimuddin as he slowly shook his head.

Then there was a short moment of silence.

"Well, it's not that bad," said Jalalludin cheerfully. "Thank God we can all still drive."


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What is with you must vanish:
what is with Allah will endure. And We will certainly bestow, on those who patiently persevere, their reward according to the best of their actions.

Surah Al-Nahl 16:96


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Consider no wickedness insignificant, however slight;

For the little deeds of darkness soon pile up.

~ Rahman Baba Afghan Sufi poet


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Mother's Day Brunch 12 May Remember Palestine Al Nakba 17 May Karawatha Fun Day 1 19 May Karawatha Fun Day 2 19 May CresWalk2013 SUNDAY 26 May Beloved Prophet Conference 26 April IMCQ Fund raiser Dinner 27 April IMCQ Indonesian Festival 28 April ISGC 5th International Food Festival 5 May Sisters' House Fund Raising Dinner 11 May Healthy Living with Crescents of Brisbane 18 May Rotary Club Fund Raiser24 May Queensland Nasheed Competition 2 June ICB FETE 2013  9 June World Refugee Days 6/8/9/23 June AlKauthar Pillars of Mercy 23 June 2013


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Imam Akram celebrant services Islam Basics Saturday 27 April In preparation for the Book of Allah AIIC 11th Annual Quran Recitation Competition 23/24 April One God One Message 27 April Lecture: Outstanding Believer 27 April Lecture: Leave Our Islam 28 April Marhaba Playgroup Shajarah Islamic Kindergarten IWAQ ART PROJECT 29 April to 31 May Classes for CALD
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28 April


Indonesian Festival 2013


Main Hall, Islamic College of Brisbane, Karawatha 

0477 321 733

from 9am

28 April


Lecture: Musa Cerantonio

Khalil Abu Khawla

3 Harris Rd, Underwood

0425 811 150

6.30pm to 9.00pm

5 May


International Food Festival 2013

Islamic Society of Gold Coast

Gold Coast Mosque

0412 601 152

All day

11 May


Sisters' House Fund Raising Dinner & Auction

Michael's Oriental Restaurant

0431 747 356


12 May


Algester Annual Mother's Day Brunch

Islamic Society of Algester

Islamic College of Brisbane, Karawatha

0403 338 040


18 May


Ladies Healthy Living Workshop

Springwood Community Hall, Springwood

0401 959 295

1.30pm to 4.30pm

19 May


ICQ Annual Qur'an Competition

Islamic Council of QLD

Islamic College of Brisbane, Karawatha

0450 908 786


19 May


Karawatha Family Fun Day

Karawatha Ward Office & Brisbane City Council

Acacia Road Picnic Reserve

3407 0566

10am to 2pm

26 May


CresWalk 2013


Orleigh Park, West End

0402 026 786


2 June


QLD Nasheed Competition

Council of Imams Queensland (CIQ)


0402 575 410


6 June



Lailatul Mehraj

9 June


Islamic College of Brisbane (ICB) Annual Fete


Islamic College of Brisbane (ICB)

0402 794 253

All day

16 June


Inter-Madrassah Soccer Tournament

Islamic Council of QLD

Islamic College of Brisbane

0450 908 786


23 June


The Pillars of Mercy: The Fiqh of Zakat & Ramadan

Al Kauthar Institute of Brisbane




24 June



Lailatul Bhahraat

11 July


Start of Ramadhan

5 August



Lailatul Qadr

8 August



End of Ramadhan

9 August




17 August


Eidfest 2013

The Rocklea Showgrounds, Cnr. Goburra St. and Ipswich Rd. ROCKLEA

0418 722 353

All day

28 September


ICQ Annual Dinner & Awards Night

Islamic Council of QLD

Islamic College of Brisbane

0450 908 786


16 October




 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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Algester Mosque


Venue: Algester Mosque, 48 Learoyd Rd, Algester
When: Every Tuesday after Isha
Teacher: Imam Aslam Al Qadri
1st topic: Understanding Hijab and it's significance in Islam/ Implementing the sunnah in everyday life, eg the sunnah of eating, sleeping, interaction with people socially etc etc.......

For any further information please contact me on 0433552409 or ladies can contact Shakira Ayoob on 0449800205.


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
Wednesdays: Tafseer

The above lessons will start at 7:30 pm 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: Mt Gravatt Police Station, 2132 Logan Road, Upper Mt Gravatt

Wednesday 13 June
Wednesday 20 November

Commencing at 6.00pm (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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