Sunday, 5 May 2013

 Newsletter 0443




Crescents Community News (CCN) will be suspending publication on 23 June 2013 after its 450th uninterrupted edition since 2004 and will resume, with renewed vigour, insha'Allah, early in 2014

The editorial, reporting and publishing staff of CCN will be taking a leave of absence during this period to fulfil work commitments overseas.

We apologise in advance for any inconvenience caused and if you have any questions or queries please continue to email them to ccn@crescentsofbrisbane.org.

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A special Shuttle Services on for the ISGC International Food Festival has been arranged for today (Sunday).

Due to the limited car parking space in the surrounding area of the Mosque the Islamic Council of Gold Coast (ISGC) has arranged extra parking opposite the Cricket Grounds on Allied Drive and at Zantiotis Park on Olsen Ave.


A shuttle service between Zantiotis Park and the Mosque will be operational for your convenience starting from 10am.


The latest programme for the day can be downloaded here.


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By CCN's Man-on-the-Mussallah 

The opening of the recently purchased properties by the Islamic Society of Holland Park (ISHP) took place after Jummah (Friday) prayers with a dua by Imam Uzair Akbar.


Imam Uzair earlier read out a message from the president of ISHP, Mr Ismail Cajee, in which he thanked the various Mosques, organizations and individuals for helping raise the $2.2M needed for the purchase of the former Salvation Army properties across the road from the Mosque.


A well-coordinated fund raising effort by the ISHP project team saw the money raised in record time to enable the deal to be settled after some skilful and tough negotiations with the sellers. “It was wonderful to see how the contributions from the community cut across all Mosque, cultural and community distinctions and how so many came together with offers of financial and material help for our Mosque,” Mr Cajee told CCN.

In addition to the delicious curry and rice and sweets, there was a tour of the properties during which Mr Cajee described to CCN the short and long term plans for their new acquisition.


One of the buildings will be used as a madressah for the boys and girls in each of the two floors. The second building will be converted into 4 studio-styled accommodations for students and the third building will be rented out as well. These rental incomes will supplement the loss of revenue from the sale of the three properties previously owned by the Society.


Most of the facilities in the current Mosque building will be moved over to the new buildings thereby freeing the Mosque to expand and improve the existing prayer facilities, particularly for the sisters. The Society is now embarking on a plan to refurbish sections of the new buildings and put them into use as soon as possible.

More than a century on from when the oldest Mosque on the eastern seaboard of Australia was first established, the new Islamic Centre promises to advance the cause of its founding fathers in ways they could hardly have imagined, insha’Allah.

Holland Park Mosque Fund Raising Project Team


left to right: Imraan Mateen, Ismail Cajee, Imam Uzhair Akbar, Ali Kadri, Nizam Deen, Gaffar Deen, Shaheed Ali, Mubarak Hussein, Mohamed Kabir

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The Islamic Council of Queensland (ICQ) will be holding their Annual Qur’an Recitation Competition on Sunday 19th May 2013, commencing at 9.00 am at the Islamic College of Brisbane Multi-purpose Hall, Karawatha.


In comparison to previous years, this year is expected to be one of the larger events with over 80 participants representing 11 institutions already registered.

The event will be held in 9 categories – 4 Girls categories and 5 Boys categories.


There will be certificates and trophies for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners in each of the 9 categories and all participants will be presented with a Certificate of Participation and a Medal.


There will also be certificates and trophies for an overall winner in the Girls and one in the Boys categories.

Morning Tea and Lunch will be provided to all attendees at this this important annual event.


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By Mufti Zeeyad Ravat 


Shiekh Ibraheemul Khaleelul Bukhaari (pictured right) is the chairperson of Madin Academy in South India and a family member of Rasulullahi Sallalahu alayhi wasallam.


In 2012 he was on the list of the 500 most influential Muslims of the world.


His talks in India attracts an audience of 30,000 people at any given time and in Ramadaan more than 300,00 people gather at his Masjid.


From amongst his many ongoing efforts in India is a special school/medressah he has opened for the blind and handicapped.


Most of these students are deserted by their parents due to extreme poverty and are undertaken by orphanages with very poor standards.


The Shiekh is reclaiming these children and giving them an education and shelter with training in Islam and the Quran.


It is heart rendering to see these students putting the Quran to memory by the means of braille.


They have alongside Islamic education academic education as well to make them self sufficient for the future.

Mufti Ravat with some of the blind and handicapped students


The Shiekh provides medical assistance and eye care to all the students at his own cost.

Currently he has managed to buy a piece of land and intends to build a humble facility to house these children. He needs to provide separate facilities for boys and girls and build proper sanitary facilities.

The Shiekh will be visiting Brisbane next Tuesday the 7 May inshallah. ICQ and the Islamic College of Brisbane have organised a welcome evening for the Shiekh.


At this event the Shiekh will give a presentation on the Blind and Disable facility.


With several societies and businessmen attending it wouldn’t be difficult to give simple pledges to make this humble inexpensive facility a reality.

You are cordially invited to attend this event and be part of welcoming the Shiekh and noble family member of Rasulullah (saw).


After his presentation you are free to make any pledge on behalf of your society.

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Report by  Futsal organizer

Player of the Tournament: Imran Bhagoo


The Islamic Society of Algester held its first full-day youth futsal competition at Acacia Ridge Sports Complex on 28 April which turned out to be a huge success.

A total of 8 teams were selected randomly from those registered and were split evenly ahead of what was sure to be an action packed day.

The day began at 10am with the rules and day’s proceedings highlighted to all present. Soon after, the group games got underway. Play was paused for Zohr Salaah and a sausage sizzle which was followed by the final group games, semis and grand final.

A special thanks goes out to all the supporters who attended and provided a great atmosphere for those playing.

Medals were awarded to the winning team consisting of Oweis Patel, Imran Bhagoo, Raihan Ghumra, Abdul Zain, Taahir Adam and Ziyad Mahomed.

A generous donation of a winners’ plaque by Mr Mahmood Osman saw the event dubbed the ‘Mahmood Osman Cup’. The winners of the Cup will go down in history as the first team to win this competition and their names will be engraved on the plaque and displayed at the Mosque.

The runners-up were not forgotten, receiving medals as well for their valiant efforts in the nail biting final.

Congratulations to Imran Bhagoo who was voted the ‘Player of the Tournament’ after his series of stunning performances throughout the day.

Last but not least, thanks to all those who pitched in to make this day a great success. May Allah reward you for your efforts in bringing the community together, Aameen!

Winning Team (left to right): Imran Bhagoo (Player of the Tournament), Ziyad Mahomed. Oweis Patel, Raihan Ghumra, Taahir Adam and Abdul Zain

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Report by Prof Shahjahan Khan 

(left to right) Home Affairs Minister Jason Clare, Canterbury City Deputy Mayor Mr. Khodr Saleh, Minister for Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities and Minister for the Arts Tony Burke, and Al Wasat Editor, Mr. Fawaz Chawk.

The 40th Annual Congress of AFIC was held in the Malik Fahd Islamic College in Sydney from 27-28 April.


This was the first Congress after Mr Hafez Kassem was elected the President of AFIC last year.


Along with the members on the Executive Committee and invited observers, there were 47 delegates from various Societies and Councils participating in the annual meeting.

In the first session, after the recitation from the Holy Qur’an, the President gave his annual report highlighting various activities and achievements of AFIC in the previous year.


Many delegates asked various questions to the President, and made comments and suggestions to improve the management of AFIC.


In response to the question of cutting the salaries of the Imams in various mosques, the President assured the Congress that the EXCO will review the decision at the next EXCO meeting to see if AFIC finances will allow more money to be allocated.

The most significant resolution adopted by the Congress is the setting up of a Constitution Review Committee to bring about changes in the constitution of AFIC in the light of the changed situation that the Muslims in Australia is facing today.


The main focus of the motion was to separate the management of the organisational matters of AFIC from running its growing business of Islamic Schools. The committee will consult grass root communities, Societies and state Councils to prepare a draft constitution, and present it to AFIC within six months. The Committee is made up of Victorian based lawyer Gaith Krayem, Queensland Accountant Sulaiman Sabdia, Victorian Mr Aslam Kazi and EXCO member Mr Keysar Trad.

(left to right) AFIC President, Mr Hafez Kassem , Minister Tony Bourke, Professor Shahjahan Khan, and Dr Shahabuddin Abdullah (AFIC Secretary)

A number of speakers presented appeals for donations including Dr Tamer Kahil of Australians for Syria Association to help the victims of the ongoing fight inside Syria, Br Sajit Smajic for the Bosnian mosque in Perth, the brothers from the Rochester Mosque, and Professor Shahjahan Khan for the Islamic Society of Toowoomba to seek financial support to set up the first mosque in Toowoomba, Queensland.

Prior to the annual dinner, the Malek Fahad Students participated in a candle art display under the tutelage and supervision of internationally renowned candle artist Mr. Jorge Pujol using 2000 candles. The brain child of EXCO member Keysar Trad, the concept was quickly adopted by Malek Fahad with the support of the AFIC EXCO.

The annual dinner was attended by many invited guests and dignitaries representing various Muslim Missions in Australia, ministers, members from federal and NSW parliaments, diverse faith groups including Jews and Christians, community leaders, and various national media. The students from Malik Fahd Islamic College performed the national anthem of Australia and other presented musical entertainment.


In his speech, the representative of the Prime Minister, Honourable Minister Tony Bourke emphasised the contributions of Muslims in the Australian nation building. He also expressed his support for the two-state solution of the Palestine-Israel problem to end the oppression.


The MC, EXCO member Ms. Rawah El Samman expressed gratitude to NSW Labor MLC Mr. Shaouquett Moselmane for his principled and courageous efforts to bring balance to the Palestinian debate in the NSW Legislative Council.

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BRISBANE: TEENAGER Hafsah Negussie claims she was held against her will at a Brisbane service station after a worker confused company policy and refused to serve her.

Ms Negussie, a Muslim who wears a veil while in public, said she tried to pay for her goods and go, but claimed the attendant locked the doors when she attempted to leave.

The incident, which occurred at a BP service station on Brisbane's southside in December last year, was reported to police but no official report was filed until Ms Negussie came forward again in April.

"I'm Australian, I was born and raised here, I know my rights. It's so horrific,'' Ms Negussie said.

A company spokesman for BP service stations said the business required customers to remove helmets, hoodies or large hats before approaching the counter.

He said the policy did not extend to religious head wear and admitted the attendant involved had misunderstood business requirements.


Source: Courier Mail


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After three days of intense touring of Al-Imdaad Foundation projects in South Africa, Sheikh Hassan Ahmed Elsetohy, the Chief Executive Officer of Muslim Aid Australia signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the South African Foundation, cementing ties between the two organisations.


"This has ensured that though the two organisations are on opposite sides of the Indian Oceans, they will together serve humanity as one," Riyaad Ally of Muslim Aid Australia told CCN.



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 By Keysar Trad, Muslims Australia (AFIC) Secretary

Please close your eyes a moment, now Imagine a spectacular declaration of peace and love that takes a week to prepare!

Imagine the young Muslim children who spent an entire week working on the design, under the tutelage of internationally respected candle artist Mr. Jorge Pujol!

Then open your eyes to see respected political and community leaders from all persuasions lighting these candles in unison!

Then, climb with me on a 60 ft boom-lift and you will see the image reaching out to heaven, praying for the rest of the world to experience the peace and security we have and telling the world that we need Love to move forward.


This is the a project that sat in wait for what seems an eternity.

Finally, with the children of Malek Fahad Islamic School, artist Jorge Pujol, a little financial support from AFIC and the Islamic Friendship Association of Australia, that dream to project love and peace has become a spectacular reality.

I am grateful to the principal of Malek Fahad Islamic School Dr. Ray Barrett and his deputy Stephen Lord for seeing the merit in this project and agreeing to adopt it and to explain it to the school pupils who were very eager to participate.

I am grateful to the eager pupils who joined the project and to their parents who just as eagerly gave them not only permission, but also unwavering support.

I am grateful to my colleagues on the Executive Committee of the Muslims Australia – The Australian Federation of Islamic Councils for supporting the project.

I am also grateful to the Islamic Friendship Association for the patience and perseverance in waiting until we found the right partners for this great project. The 2000+ candles had lay in their cardboard boxes wanting so eagerly to come together to project a message of peace and love, they seemed to corroborate with the summer’s heat as their wax clung them together in their protest at the delay. Then the team from Islamic Friendship tenderly separated the candles reminding them to be patient for a few more moments so that they can make this wonderful display.

I am grateful to the political and community leaders who joined this demonstration.


Thank you, one and all.

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FOR RENT: Lowset 3 bedroom brick home plus large office. Recently renovated in immaculate condition with good size yard and entertainment area. Walking distance to the Masjid, Browns Plains Shopping Centre and busway. $330 per week. Will organise sharing if individuals apply. For further information or to arrange an inspection please phone 0422 433 074

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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, Allah Knows by Zain Bhikha and Dawud Wharnsby, is brought to you by the organizers of the Queensland Nasheed Competition (click on the thumbnail for more details).

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As-salamu alaykum,

I have received a request for assistance from Sgt Alasdair MacLeod from the Upper Mount Gravatt to identify a Muslim female who was subjected to a torrent of racial abuse at Garden City at 1230 hours today, 2/5/2013.

It appears the Muslim female wearing a burqua accidentally bumped into a female with a pram. As a result the female person and her male companion subjected her to an outburst of racial and religious abuse to the point it was necessary for other members of the public to physically intervene.

Police and security attended but did not locate the Muslim female however both offenders and several witnesses have been identified.

Police have sufficient evidence to proceed with a complaint based on the witnesses’ statements however police need to locate/identify the female victim.

Prior to instigating any police proceedings Police would like to try and locate the victim.
It would be appreciated if you could make inquiries in an attempt to identify the female victim and request her to contact me or Sgt Alasdair MacLeod at the Upper Mount Gravatt.


Jim Bellos
Cross Cultural Liaison Officer
Metropolitan South Region
Mobile: 0438 114 619
Email: Bellos.Dimitrios@police.qld.gov.au

Good morning

My (Rotary) Club has been asked to host a BBQ which must provide halal food.


Your guidelines about obtaining and preparing halal food are very clear thank you, and we shall comply in all respects, including signage.


However I’ve been told that the food cannot be cooked by women, which sounds strange given that women normally cook in the home…?

Please advise if this is fact or myth. Many thanks



[Editor] Gary, while many woman would be the first to lobby for this injunction, I am afraid it is a gross myth.


Justin Bieber Stops Turkey Concert Twice to Honour Adhan


ISTANBUL: Justin Bieber sure knows how to make his Turkish fans happy.

Justin Bieber stopped his concert in Istanbul, Turkey on Thursday night during the Muslim call to prayer.

According to E! Online, Bieber paused his show at Istanbul's sold-out Technical University sports arena to allow for audience members to pray (a practice Muslims observe five times daily).

Concertgoers flooded Twitter with their heartfelt comments about the singer's decision to observe the prayer call.


The goodwill Bieber engendered by pausing the show helped offset some of the trouble he and his entourage reportedly got into earlier on Thursday at Istanbul’s Sabiha Gökçen Airport. According to ABC News, Bieber and his crew did not present any of their travel documents to security officials as they left the airport. As a result, Bieber was checked by security outside of Sabiha Gökçen Airport and allowed to go on his way.

Bieber's current tour has not been without some controversy. His planned show in Oman was reportedly cancelled because the Muslim nation deemed his stage act too sexy and debauched.

Source: Huff Post Entertainment

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Pope Wants to Partner With Islam to Tackle Poverty

Pope Francis urged the West on Friday to intensify dialogue with Islam and appealed to the world to do more to combat poverty.

The new pontiff made his appeal in an address to diplomats accredited to the Vatican, sending a message through them to the leaders of the more than 170 countries with which the Vatican has diplomatic relations.

Speaking in Italian, he also made another impassioned appeal for the defense of the poor and of the environment, saying richer countries should fight what he called "the spiritual poverty of our times" by re-forging links with God.

"How many poor people there still are in the world! And what great suffering they have to endure!" he told the diplomats in the Vatican's frescoed Sala Regia.

He urged them to help keep religion central in public life and promote inter-religious dialogue as a catalyst for efforts to build peace.

"In this work (peace building), the role of religion is fundamental. It is not possible to build bridges between people while forgetting God," he said.


It is not possible to establish true links with God while ignoring other people. Hence it is important to intensify dialogue among the various religions, and I am thinking particularly of dialogue with Islam

Pope Francis

"But the converse is also true: It is not possible to establish true links with God while ignoring other people. Hence it is important to intensify dialogue among the various religions, and I am thinking particularly of dialogue with Islam."

Francis, the former Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina, said he was grateful that many Muslim religious and civilian leaders attended his inaugural Mass on Tuesday.

"Fighting poverty, both material and spiritual, building peace and constructing bridges: these, as it were, are the reference points for a journey that I want to invite each of the countries here represented to take up," he said.

He underlined the importance of protecting the environment when he explained why he had decided to take the name of St. Francis of Assisi, who is associated with austerity, help for the poor, and love of nature.

"Here too, it helps me to think of the name of (Saint) Francis, who teaches us profound respect for the whole of creation and the protection of our environment, which all too often, instead of using for the good, we exploit greedily, to one another's detriment," he said.

Source; Charisma News

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Palestinian-American Oday Aboushi drafted to the New York Jets


US: Offensive lineman Oday Aboushi from the University of Virginia was selected by the New York Jets in the fifth round of the NFL Draft on Saturday, making him one of the first Palestinian-Americans to play in the NFL.

Aboushi, a Brooklyn native, performed exceptionally well both as a student and as an offensive and defensive lineman when he attended Xaverian High School. Intent on challenging himself academically, he chose to attend the University of Virginia which is known for its academic reputation.


There he played for four years, starting over three dozen games and earning a selection to the first team All-ACC squad.


He graduated in the winter with a degree in sociology.

Standing at 6’5” and 310 pounds, Aboushi is known for his ferocity and good blocking instinct on the field. The Jets will hope to utilize him in protecting the pocket.

Aboushi comes from an arguably unique background. He is the ninth of ten children born to


Palestinian parents who immigrated to New York from their town of Beit Hanina in the occupied West Bank. Aboushi speaks English and Arabic.

He is also a devout Muslim, one of very few in the NFL. During Ramadan, which fell every year during training camp season at Virginia, he fasted from sunrise to sunset every day. He was one of almost a dozen Muslim athletes honored by the U.S. Department of State for his contributions in 2011.

Aboushi is widely regarded as one of the top offensive tackle draft picks in this year’s NFL Draft.


Sixteen Minutes to Palestine

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Alcohol-free hotel stirs debate in Egypt


EGYPT: Egypt has opened a no-alcohol hotel as the first of its kind on the Red Sea coast, also allocating an entire floor for women only, amid celebrations and doubts from Islamists and the opposition.

Egyptian tourism managers hoped the move would lure conservative Muslim tourists to a region popular with foreign and local visitors. The three-star Le Roi Hotel is one of the first “dry” hotels to open on Egypt’s Red Sea coast. The hotel, which has 134 rooms and 35 suites, has allocated the top floor for female security and a women-only swimming pool to be located.

Yasser Kamal, the owner of the hotel, played down its political significance. “The idea of launching a hotel without alcohol is not to adhere to any particular movement, but rather to provide a new kind of tourism. Tourists have alcohol in their countries, and they must find other alternatives in Hurghada for the purpose of diversity,” he told the MENA state news agency, adding that the hotel was open for all nationalities and both Muslim and Christian Egyptians.

A YouTube video had shown hotel managers celebrating the launch by lining up bottles of alcohol on the curb outside the building before pouring out their contents and smashing them.

The opening comes as liberals voice concerns that Islamists who came to power last year were seeking to limit personal freedoms and impose conservative ideology.

They also worry that such hotels could deter foreign tourists, whose numbers dropped sharply after the uprising that ousted Hosni Mubarak in 2011.

Tourism, an important driver of Egypt’s economy, has suffered dramatically due to political unrest that followed a 2011 uprising that toppled former President Hosni Mubarak. Rising fears have peaked since an Islamist government, headed by the Muslim Brotherhood’s Mohamed Morsi, was elected to power last June.

Brotherhood’s alcohol policy

In recent months, different government entities have announced three separate plans to reduce alcohol consumption, raising fears among Egypt’s alcohol consumers within both the expat and local communities

Earlier in April, the Civil Aviation Ministry announced it was considering a ban on the sale of alcohol in airport duty-free shops after receiving complaints by citizens and ministry officials, daily Egypt Independent has reported.

After this move, the New Urban Communities Authorities announced their decision last month to stop issuing licenses for the sale of alcohol in new Cairo suburban settlements, due to alleged complaints by local residents.

Moreover, the Investment Ministry announced higher taxes on several goods, including alcohol, over the course of the coming 27 months, but backed down after the move was criticized by his opponents.
Twitter users also reacted to alcohol-free hotel, with some Egyptians lashing the countries rulers for conservatism but Islamists and Salafis praising the opening of the hotel as “historic.”

Source: Hurriyet Daily News

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The irony of Muslim terrorism
Op-ed by Mohamed Ghilan, a neuroscience PhD candidate at the University of Victoria, Canada, and a student of Islamic jurisprudence.


It is truly a sad state when the group affected the most by the current climate following the Boston marathon bombings have to wait for an outsider to speak some sense on their behalf. It is not that Muslims lack the capacity to express themselves and engage in an intellectual dialogue. But when the rhetoric all over the media continues to assert the label "radical Islam" whenever these events and their like are discussed, being a Muslim is equated with at the very least being suspicious.

What makes it worse is that radical comes from the Late Latin, meaning "roots". According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, the term radical means, "of, relating to, or proceeding from a root; of or relating to the origin". In other words, what is being said is that the Tsarnaev brothers and anyone else who allegedly gets involved in terrorist activities are the ones who are properly practising the root teachings of Islam. This makes it highly problematic that Muslims have embraced such terminology as they try to defend their faith and community from being stigmatised and defined by these acts.

Moreover, the manner in which Tamarlan Tsarnaev has been supposedly "radicalised" into an "extremist" form of Islam gives the impression that he was really being a practising Muslim in the extreme sense. Thus further embedding the idea that Islam is the problem, which is a simpleton's conclusion.


Al Jazeera

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

Forays of the Heart


Keysar Trad



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: This recipe was given to me by Bilkish Omar who calls it her 5 minute sauce – and she is absolutely right - that's all it takes to make a sweet, sour and chilly flavoured sauce that will certainly be popular amongst your family and friends.

 Red Sauce Chutney




1. A bottle of Mrs. Balls Chutney (470g)
2. One 250ml bottle of chilli sauce (Packo or Crosse and Blackwell)
3. 200ml bottle tomato sauce
4. 1 tsp red crushed chillies or methi masala mix (available at an Indian grocer)
5. 1 tsp salt
6. 1 tsp mustard seeds
7. 3 tsp crushed garlic
8. 2 tab curry leaves
9. 1 tsp green chillies
10. 1 tsp Jeero (cumin seeds)
11. 2 tab oil




Heat the oil and add items 6 to 10, fry for a minute and then add items 1 to 5 and bring it to a simmer stage and allow to simmer for approx 5 mins.


When the sauce is cool, you could liquidize it if you like the sauce to be of a smoother consistency.


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: What does GI mean?

A: This GI stands for "glycaemic index". The GI is a ranking given to food to describe how quickly the carbohydrate in the food is broken down and absorbed into the bloodstream.

The GI scale ranges from 0 to 100.
• Lower numbers represent a low GI food
• Higher numbers represent a high GI food

Foods with a high GI are quickly broken down and absorbed by the body and result in a rapid rise in blood sugar levels. Low GI foods are broken down and absorbed more slowly into the blood stream. They result in a steady rise in blood sugar and insulin levels.

Eating low GI foods may:
• help to keep hunger at bay for longer after eating
• provide a gradual, continuous supply of energy from one meal to the next
• help to keep blood sugar levels stable , by providing a slower, more sustained release of sugar into the bloodstream


Need an answer to a question on nutrition?

Send your question to Fathima Abdoola at  fathima.abdoola@uqconnect.edu.au

All questions sent in are published here anonymously and without any references to the author of the question.


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TIME TO WALK THE WALK – 3 weeks until race day

It's that time again people - only this one is even more special. We're celebrating 10 great years of this community event! Trust me, you want to be a part of it...

Use the following program as a guide for the next 3 weeks of preparation for Creswalk

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.

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

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Tel: 0404 844 786


Need an answer to a fitness related matter?

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The Imam of the local Mosque was giving a lecture to the mussallees (congregation) and started his speech with a story.

"There was a father who gave $100 each to his 3 sons and asked them to buy things and fill up a room completely.

The first son bought hay for $100 but couldn't fill the room entirely.

The second son bought cotton for $100 but couldn't fill the room entirely.

The third son bought a candle for $1 and lit it up and the room was filled with light completely."

The Imam added "Our Mosque Society president, Brother Khan, is like the third son.

Since the day he has become president, our Mosque has been filled with the bright light of prosperity"

A voice from the back of the Mosque asked :

"Marshallah! marshallah! But where is the remaining $99?"


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Allah commands justice, the doing of good, and liberality to kith and kin, and He forbids all shameful deeds, and injustice and rebellion: He instructs you, that you may receive admonition.

Surah Al-Nahl 16:90


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11 May


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Youth Monthly Forum: Question of Music


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12 May


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18 May


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ICQ Annual Qur'an Competition

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19 May


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Acacia Road Picnic Reserve

3407 0566

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26 May


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2 June


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9 June


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16 June


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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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Australian Muslim Youth Network (AMYN)
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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

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Blog of the Association's activities

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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)

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Al-Mustapha Institute of Brisbane  

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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

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Peak body representing a network of Muslim women's organisations and individuals throughout Australia

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