Sunday, 7 July 2013

 Newsletter 0452






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By Raeesa Banwa



Roaming the streets of Brisbane leave many minds distraught and guilty. The number of homeless individuals in a first world country such as Australia is preposterous.

Three friends Afra Bashar, Fatima Bhagoo and Naeema Ismail stumbled across the video below that went viral video on youtube, Make The Homeless Smile, and decided to hold a similar event in Brisbane.

The general stereotype for Muslims and our job as a community to uplift our surroundings motivated the idea as well. All it took was a 'We should do something like this!' and off they went on a insanely beautiful journey.

A public Facebook event was created and all friends/family were invited.


Planning was the most crucial element. Initially it was decided that 50 care packs including, a toothbrush, toothpaste, socks, canned food, water, granola bars, scarves, deodorant, canvas bags, rain poncho, tissue/wet wipes and a blanket would be distributed.


However, the increase in interest among donors rose the number of packs to 100. In three days, every donation required was distributed across eager donors, Alhamdulillah. Subsequently, all hopes and promises had to be converted into action.

On Saturday 29 June volunteers gathered to assemble the care packs. Distributions were held in Fortitude Valley, Brisbane City, Westend, Opal House and Woodridge from the 29 June to 3 July.


JazakAllah to Micah Projects in Westend who made a helpful referral to BHSC (Brisbane Homelessness Service Centre) in regards to finding suitable distribution areas. BHSC were happy to aid in distributions to the most needy (They are currently holding a blanket drive, so any unwanted blankets would be greatly appreciated!).


Thank you to Streer Doctors and Rosies for distributing packs and spreading their genuine kindness.


Without these organisations, this project may have gotten very messy, so JazakAllah!

On behalf of Afra, Fatima and Naeema, we would like to thank everyone who was involved in the success of this project. Dawah always starts at home and it is our job as Muslims to help the suffering. JazakAllah to all of you, may Allah (SWT) reward you and your families immensely in this life and the next.


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AMONG the oaths, photographs and backslapping at Labor's latest ministerial swearing-in ceremony, a cultural milestone was passed for Australia's parliament.

Ed Husic, named parliament secretary to the Prime Minister and for broadband, became the first Muslim sworn on to a federal government frontbench.

A key supporter of Kevin Rudd, Mr Husic was elevated to the senior role at the expense of Andrew Leigh, who lost the role in the ministry reshuffle.

The milestone was acknowledged by Governor-General Quentin Bryce as she swore in Mr Husic and 24 of his Labor colleagues at a ceremony in Canberra.


“This is a wonderful day for multiculturalism, and everything it stands for in our country,” Ms Bryce told Mr Husic, to roars of “Hear Hear!” from his Labor colleagues.

“I wish you all the best as you serve our country as parliamentary secretary.”


Mr Husic became the first Muslim elected to federal parliament when he won the western Sydney seat of Chifley in 2010.

Source: The Australian


Labor MP Ed Husic turns other cheek on Koran abuse

MUSLIM Labor frontbencher Ed Husic says critics have a right to question his decision to swear his oath on the Koran, as a Liberal MP branded online attacks a disgrace.

But Mr Husic, Australia's first Muslim frontbencher, warned against extremists who “will always try to seek ways in which to divide people.”

Mr Husic, Australia's only Muslim MP, was appointed a parliamentary secretary yesterday and swore his oath on his father's Koran, with Governor-General Quentin


Bryce declaring it a “great day for multiculturalism in Australia”.

But while many rejoiced in the moment, anonymous internet trolls attacked Mr Husic, the Australian-born son of Bosnian immigrants, on his Facebook page.

“You have created history of the worst order, to swear in on a Koran!! This is Australia with Australian Laws,” said one poster calling herself Dinki Di Sheila.


“Swore to serve Australia using the same book terrorists do to serve Al-Qaeda ....Disgusting,” said another.

Mr Husic said those who questioned his decision were a “natural part of democracy - it's a good thing that people can ask those questions”.

It was important that Australians be brought together and “it's also important that we not necessarily jump because of harsh words out of dark corners”.

Mr Husic said it was “right” for people to express their concerns.

“But I also think that you will have from time to time people at the extremes - there are people definitely that are extreme within my faith and people that are extreme outside it - and they will always try to seek ways in which to divide people,” he told Sky News.

Mr Husic said swearing the oath on the Koran was, for him, a straightforward decision.

“Now I couldn't obviously take my oath on a Bible and I didn't want to affirm. I am who I am.”

Liberal MP Josh Frydenberg today leapt to the defence of Mr Husic, with whom he has forged a strong friendship, and called the online attacks a “disgrace”.

“There is definitely elements of extremism and racism in the community, but we need to call it out when we see it no matter what side of the political fence we come from,” the Jewish MP told ABC radio.

Tony Abbott said any abuse of Mr Husic was "completely unacceptable”.

Questioned earlier in the day, the Opposition Leader said people should respect Mr Husic's choice.

“I respect his choice,” he told reporters in Melbourne. “I think the Australian people should as well.”

Labor backbencher Michelle Rowland said the Opposition Leader's earlier comments were “extremely weak”.

“Why not condemn the racist abuse directed at him,” she said.

Mr Husic, a Rudd supporter, was made Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister and Parliamentary Secretary for Broadband in Kevin Rudd's reshuffle.

Source: The Australian

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The Ramadan State-Off is a fun-friendly online fundraising competition between the states of Australia (QLD, VIC, NSW, WA, SA, ACT, TAS, and NT) to see which state can raise the most amount of funds and help the most amount people.

The aim of this campaign is to bring together communities around Australia to support the world’s poorest this Ramadan and beyond.

The competition will take place between 5th July 2013 - 8th August 2013.


The Crescents of Brisbane Team is excited to be part of this first ever Ramadan State Off.


Donate through our State Off page: https://ramadanstateoff.everydayhero.com/au/crescents.

You can also join the fun by creating your own page and getting your friends, family and colleagues to support the cause by donating through your page. Create your page through this website:

http://www.everydayhero.com.au/event/ramadanstateoff and click on JOIN YOUR STATE to register.


Be sure to choose your Team (State) in which you are located after creating your profile.

Let's get Queensland to the top of the leader board!! GO QUEENSLAND!!

Need more info on how to get started? Contact Hafizah: rsoqld01@gmail.com.

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YOU might think that being a devoted Muslim would present numerous challenges in the Australian cricket landscape, but the main concession Fawad Ahmed (pictured above) has made is to not wear the VB sponsorship logo on his cricket gear.

"I have never had the drink in my life," Ahmed said.

"There is no contact with alcohol for me, even I am not wearing the logo on my cricket shirt."

There was one awkward moment involving alcohol in the Victorian camp.

Celebrating a stirring win, the Bushrangers sprayed champagne around the dressing room, with Ahmed uncomfortable to be among those who were soaked.


All of the teams, the whole country, everyone has really respected my religion, my tradition. I have never had a single problem about my prayers, (whether it be) at the train station or the bus stop or the cricket ground, in the player rooms.

Fawad Ahmed

Skipper Cameron White had a chat with him outside the dressing room door and all learned from the experience.

"The players respect that and it is a good thing for them, too," Ahmed said.

"They are asking so many questions about my tradition and my culture and especially about my religion.

"All of the teams, the whole country, everyone has really respected my religion, my tradition. I have never had a single problem about my prayers, (whether it be) at the train station or the bus stop or the cricket ground, in the player rooms.

"I have missed some training because of Ramadan, missed some game time because I had to come to pray and then come back on to the ground.

"Especially Melbourne is so multicultural. So many mosques around, so many halal meat shops, so I never felt any problems with my religion. That is such a good thing about this country."

 Apart from broadening his teammates' knowledge, Ahmed's presence has also helped bolster camaraderie.


Well, there was one time we had a big win in a T20 in which Fawad took wickets and he jumped up and did the chant in Urdu. The guys loved it

Derek Bennet

Melbourne Uni president Derek Bennett could recall several examples.

"We've got a bit of a chant that we do when the boys win," Bennett said.

"Well, there was one time we had a big win in a T20 in which Fawad took wickets and he jumped up and did the chant in Urdu. The guys loved it."

On the eve of his departure for England with the Australia A team, Ahmed invited several club teammates as well as friends from his mosque to a BBQ at his house. There was no alcohol, but a feast of traditional Pakistani cooking and a couple of volcanic curries.

Bennett said it was one of greatest social cricket functions he had attended.

"It had to have been the most unique send-off any Australian had ever had before embarking on a tour of England," he said.

Source: The Telegraph

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By Osman Rane 

So far this year the Muslim Charitable Foundation (MCF) has investigated, visited, interviewed and recorded 123 cases compared to 119 in all of 2012.


This was assistance provided to the needy in our own local Muslim community.


The vast majority of cases proved to be genuine with only a very small number that were rejected. Most were recipients from the Zakaat account or General account if there arose any uncertainty about the case.

Increased numbers of refugees are arriving with limited or no income in need of the basic necessities, such as white goods, bedding and household items. Others are permanent residents struggling to survive from week to week on Centrelink payments or part time work.


With constant increases in the cost of living, more people are unable to pay their rent or bills for essential services, such as electricity and gas. Many of them are given food hampers as well as paying their debts.

Another group which seems to be increasing, are the separations, divorces, domestic abuse and family breakdowns. Usually, it is the mother or wife left to manage on a very limited income.

Some have become widowed or lost a loved one and could not afford the funeral fees.

Others required urgent medical treatment, purchase of medical aids or payment of medical bills.

It is pleasing to see the recognition given to MCF from Government support agencies, Imams, Societies, Organizations and the ongoing generous financial support of our own Muslim community.

Our support for these people has doubled and ongoing aid depends on your contributions, so I urge everyone to donate all, or a portion of your Zakaat to MCF.

We thank all those who have contributed in the past, and pray for those less fortunate and humbly ask forgiveness for any mistakes made during the year.

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State member for Nicklin, Mr Peter Wellington (pictured left), is to reintroduce a Private Members Bill - the Identification Laws Amendment Bill which he had previously introduced into Parliament in October 2011 but it lapsed without debate.


Under Mr Wellington's proposed legislation, Corrective Services officers (in relation to visitors to prisons}, people taking oaths or making affidavits, police, and state security officers would be empowered to require a person to remove face coverings such as a burqa or veil. It would be an offence not to comply.

It would seem that Mr Wellington was prompted to raise this old chestnut by the recently reported comments of a magistrate during the sentencing of a woman, querying the appropriateness of the woman wearing a full burqa in court. However, the magistrate proceeded with the sentencing without requiring the woman to reveal her face -which he had every right to do had he considered it important enough an issue in the particular case.

Although Mr Wellington's previous Bill does not refer to a burqa, a niqab or a veil-it is apparent in the context of his recent statement that he has a concern that Muslim women would seek to hide their identity from authorities.

The question needs to be asked: why is he concerned? The Deputy Anti-Discrimination Commissioner for Queensland is reported as saying: there is nothing to prevent one person from respectfully asking another person to remove headgear "for the purposes of reasonable legitimate public safety or identification".


It is definitely not an issue in the courts, as the Chief Justice of Queensland is quoted as saying "Judges and magistrates are acutely alive to the sensitivities of these situations. They respect the requirements of particular religions ... they would remove a burqa only if necessary for the due determination of a proceeding - if, for example, the identity of an alleged offender were an issue."

The Parliamentary Committee charged with examining the former Bill received a submission from the Amnesty International Human Rights in Law Group (Queensland-Northern NSW Branch) which noted that it is very Important for transparency and accountability in the legislative process that Bills such as this clearly acknowledge and justify any limitation to fundamental rights, such as the right to manifest one's religion. If this were done, then the proposed Bill would be exposed for what it really is - an attempt to pander to a small but vocal group within our community who have no tolerance for religious beliefs or cultures different to their own.

Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and Multicultural Affairs, Mr Glen Elmes MP (pictured right), said:

"If reintroduced, this Bill will not be passed by the Government. However, sirnply by being introduced, the Bill and potential publicity around it could cause unnecessary anxiety among the Muslim community. It could also prompt the small but at times vocal redneck element to make scare-mongering anti-Muslim denouncements. This is an attempt, by an independent MP who says he will vote for Mr Clive Palmer, to get a newspaper headline at the expense of Queensland's Muslim community. These comments follow from the horrible comments of Rob Messenger, Palmer United Party Candidate for Hinkler made about our Muslim community. I have publicly called on Clive Palmer to dis-endorse Rob Messenger as his candidate and to date, Mr Palmer and the two Palmer United Party MPs have remained silent."

"The question needs to be asked: why is he concerned? The Deputy Anti-Discrimination Commissioner for Queensland is reported as saying: there is nothing to prevent one person from respectfully asking another person to remove headgear "for the purposes of reasonable legitimate public safety or identification".

"I imagine there would be very few, if any, cases in Queensland to date where a Muslim woman wearing a niqab or an Anglo Saxon woman wearing a veil has refused to reveal her face in appropriate circumstances. A further question that puts this matter in perspective is: why isn't there public debate about people wearing bike helmets refusing to remove their helmet when asked by a police officer? Possibly because, even that is a rarity."


"I am dedicated to ensuring that we have positive relationships with the Muslim community based on affirmative engagement and aspirations, not fear. Should you wish to tell me your views about the possible Bill and what the Queensland Government could do, in addition to what it is already doing, to enhance its relationship with the Muslim community, I would ask that you consider emailing me at atsi@ministerial.gld.gov.au.

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A ground-breaking television campaign, facilitated by the not-for-profit My Peace, aims to show that Australian Muslims are just like everyone else – they love their family, contribute to the community and are proud Australians.

The advertisement features candid photos sent into My Peace by the Muslim community via social media, and Muslims of all ages talking about how about why the values of the prophet Mohammed are compatible with the values of wider Australia. It’s called, “I’m Muslim and proud.”

The advertisement was funded by members of the Muslim community, who each “sponsored” a photograph displayed in the commercial. My Peace is hoping to encourage more sponsors, to keep spreading the message that Islam is a peaceful force in Australian society. A spot can be sponsored through mypeace.com.au.


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A self-proclaimed former Islamic radical is hoping to prevent people from joining extremist organisations through open discussions.


Maajid Nawaz has been pushed into action following an admission by one of Australia's most respected Muslim leaders Imam Afroz Ali. Two months ago Mr Ali made an admission at a closed forum of 25 of Australia's leading Imams on the radicalisation of Islam.

Mr Ali has been recorded saying that over the course of seven years he had identified 240 'radicals Islamists' within his community centre, 120 of whom continue to have extremist views and are seen to potentially be on a path to "extreme acts".

Mr Nawaz, who says he understands extreme Islamist groups because he was once a true believer, thinks Mr Ali's admission is a serious concern.


Mr Nawaz says he understands extreme Islamist groups because he was once a true believer.

He was a radical Islamist who joined Hizb ut-Tahrir, a global extremist organisation, at the age of 16.

"Hizb ut-Tahrir wants to overthrow every single Muslim majority regime and replace them with one pan Islamist, global super-state. They call it the 'Caliphate'," Mr Nawaz said.

"The next stage of their aim is to declare offensive Jihad against the world."

Mr Nawaz says it is the young, ignorant and angry youths who join Islamist groups like Hizb ut-Tahrir.


Today Tonight




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Dear readers of CCN,

Ramadan Kareem

I take this opportunity to wish the members and families in our Muslim community a spiritually rewarding Holy month of Ramadan.

For many years now, my family and I have been very fortunate to count many in the Muslim community as valued friends and neighbours.

Being Ramadan, it is a timely reminder to reflect on the significant contributions that I have witnessed from the Muslim community in assisting others in need, both locally here in Queensland and overseas.

Through my Lions Club of Kuraby and as an individual, we have formed strong partnerships to assist others in need and carry out community activities for the greater good. Many of the outcomes were only possible through the support of the Muslim community.

I look forward to continuing these partnerships for many years into the future.

Ramadan Mubarak

David Forde and family


Channel 4 to broadcast daily Muslim call to prayer during Ramadan next month

UK: Channel 4 is to broadcast the Muslim call to prayer during Ramadan this year.

It is believed to be the first time a mainstream British television channel has broadcast the Islamic call to prayer.

Starting next week, the broadcaster will transmit the morning call to prayer daily for the 30 days of Ramadan.


Channel 4’s head of factual programming Ralph Lee said the channel would act as a ‘nationwide tannoy system’ for Britain’s 2.8million Muslims while they observed Ramadan.

He said almost five per cent of the British population would ‘actively engage’ in Ramadan this month, adding: ‘Can we say the same of other national events that have received blanket coverage on television such as the Queen’s coronation anniversary?’

Critics questioned whether the decision to transmit the call to prayer was a ‘publicity-seeking stunt’ by the controversial broadcaster.

Mr Lee said Ramadan usually received minimal coverage on Britain’s main television channels and said he believed Channel 4’s series of programmes during July and August was chance for Britain’s moderate Muslims to be heard.


There are five calls to prayer a day but Channel 4 said it would only broadcast the first morning call to prayer each day. All the daily prayers will be played on the channel’s website.

It will be delivered by musician Hassen Rasool and accompanied by a three-minute video showing him outside various London landmarks, including St Paul’s Cathedral.


Mail Online


Related articles:


Why Channel 4's plan to air the daily Muslim call to prayer is a divisive and cynical stunt


How many Muslims will tune in to TV’s call to prayer? None



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Renovations in Mecca reduce quotas

MAKKAH: Former Australian resident now working in Saudi Arabia, Mohammed Zakir Ali (pictured left), sent in these exclusion pictures to CCN showing the intensive construction works being currently undertaken to expand the Al Masjid Al Harem as well as to increase the Mataf (the circumambulation areas around the Kaaba).


"The expansion plans will increase safety as well as services," Zakir Ali told CCN.


The expansion would add 400,000 sq. metres, raising its capacity to accommodate 2.2 million people at the same time.


The pilgrimage quota for each country is 1000 per one million of the total population of each country.


To accommodate for the renovations half of the local residents will not be permitted to perform Umrah this year and overseas pilgrim quotas will be reduced by 20 percent.


A high speed rail is planned from Jeddah to Makkah and Medina.



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Premier League: How Muslims are changing English football culture


When the Premier League started in 1992, it included just one footballer known to be Muslim, Tottenham's Spanish midfielder Nayim. England's top division now features 40 Muslim players and they are having a significant effect on the culture of the game.


Demba Ba 

UK: On 5 February, 2012, Newcastle United played Aston Villa at St James' Park and one moment symbolised the impact Muslim players were having on the Premier League.

After 30 minutes, Demba Ba scored for the home side. He raced to the corner flag and was joined by Senegalese compatriot Papiss Cisse. The two devout Muslims then sank to their knees in prayer.
The growing influx of Muslim players has been fuelled by the internationalisation of football.


Scouts have spread their nets wider in the search for new talent and the Premier League has become a much more diverse place.

Young men with origins in remote villages of west Africa or tough estates in Paris have become global stars.

They may have found wealth and fame playing for English clubs, but many still hold on to something that is rooted in their cultural identity, something that guides them and comforts them when the going gets tough - their Islamic faith.

When a player of the calibre of Ba, who left Newcastle last year to join Chelsea, says he is serious about his religion, some might argue clubs cannot afford not to listen.

And there is a genuine willingness, on the part of managers and clubs, to understand and accommodate the religious needs of their players.

Muslim footballers are provided with halal food, have the option to shower separately from the rest of the team and are given time and space for prayer.

Goalkeeper Ali Al-Habsi, from Oman, has played in the Premier League for Bolton and Wigan 

Until recently, all Premier League players named man of the match were awarded a bottle of champagne.


Yet for Muslims, alcohol is forbidden. So when Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure politely refused to accept his award on religious grounds during a television interview, the competition organisers were forced to sit up and take notice.

Champagne was phased out and now all players receive a small trophy instead.

When Liverpool won the League Cup final in 2012, players had the sensitivity to move the clothes of their team doctor, a devout Muslim, out of the changing rooms so that alcohol wasn't sprayed over them.

Yet there are challenges to managing Muslim players and Ramadan is a particular pressure point.

How can players who aren't eating or drinking for up to 18 hours of the day perform at the highest level over 90 minutes of a game?

Some players insist on fasting every day. Others may fast during training but not a match day. Clubs tend to muddle through with some kind of compromise, but it can't be an easy period for players or managers.

Celebrating victories with champagne does not sit comfortably with Muslim players

Arsenal midfielder Abou Diaby, 27, says: "Arsenal would prefer me to not fast, but they understand this is a special moment for me and they try to accommodate things to make me better."

Ba, 28, admits he has had some issues with managers about Ramadan, but says he has been steadfast.

"Every time I had a manager that was not happy with it, I've said: 'Listen, I'll do it. If my performance is still good, I'll keep playing; if it's bad you drop me on the bench, that's it.'"

Former Stoke striker Mamady Sidibe, 33, insists: "You have some players who are fasting on a match day and doing very well, it's no problem. I make sure that on match day I'm not fasting and not to give excuses to people."

Ramadan this year ends on 7 August, 10 days before the start of the Premier League season.

Sponsorship deals have also been a source of tension. Teams who advertise gambling and pay day loan companies on their shirts put their Muslim players in a difficult position, as it means they are being used to promote activities which contradict Islamic teaching.

Tottenham's Nayim was the only footballer known to be Muslim in the Premier League in 1992 

Last month Cisse said he planned to talk to Newcastle and their new sponsors, Wonga, because he was worried his Muslim beliefs would be compromised if he were seen to promote the company.

Crewe striker Nathan Ellington, 32, who has also played for Wigan and West Brom, takes the view that he cannot affect which sponsor his club chooses.

He said: "I think that's usually out of the hands of the Muslim. Although he's not allowed to gamble, that's something you cannot affect really."

Wigan keeper Ali Al-Habsi, 31, agrees: "We are players and these are things that are coming from the football club. We can't do anything about it, we just do our job."

Fans are also getting an education in Muslim practices.

When manager Alan Pardew suggested Ba's slow start to the 2011-12 season was due to his fasting, fans picked up on it and marked every subsequent goal with a song celebrating how many goals he had scored since Ramadan, to the tune of Depeche Mode's Just Can't Get Enough.

Children playing football in the parks of Newcastle have even been spotted falling to their knees as if in prayer themselves after scoring a goal.

They may not completely understand what it means, but it's a sign that Muslim practices are becoming a more familiar part of popular British culture.

Source: BBC Sport

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



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: The traditional dish of Spain is paella - blend of various meats, chicken, seafood and vegetables combined with rich spices. The end result is a deliciously aromatic combination of tantalisingly complex flavours and tastes. There are many variations to this dish and after tasting the Sevilla variety at first hand, this is my version of paella with a slightly little Indian twist. It’s an easy one pot meal that’s just perfect for entertaining.


(with an Indian twist!)




2 cups rinsed and drained Basmati rice

4 cups of chicken stock or vegetable stock

2 tsps ginger and garlic paste

2 large onions, finely chopped

1 large tomato, finely chopped

2 spicy lamb sausages, cut into ½” thick round slices

4-6 pieces of breast and thigh chicken fillets cut into pieces and seasoned with salt and pepper

15-20 medium size prawns, peeled and de-veined

½ cup green peas

½ cup corn kernels

1 large carrot, peeled and grated

1 large red bell pepper, julienned into thin strips

½  tsp red chilli powder

½ tsp turmeric

½ tsp ground cumin powder

½ tsp freshly ground green chillies

¼ tsp saffron, soaked in a tbsp of warm water

salt & pepper, to taste

¼ cup lemon juice

oil as needed

freshly chopped coriander leaves for garnish

freshly grated coconut for garnish




In a large deep pan on medium high heat, add 1 tbsp of oil.


Start to brown the lamb sausage pieces first. Remove and transfer to a plate; keep aside.


Then using the same pan, carefully brown the chicken on both sides. Remove and transfer to a plate.


Salt and pepper the prawns as well.


In the same pan, cook the prawns until just barely pink.


Add another tbsp of oil if needed. Remove and transfer to a plate.


All of the meat and seafood will eventually be returned to the pan for a final and thorough cooking. At this point, we just want to brown the chicken and lamb sausage and just sear off the prawns.

To the same pan on medium high heat, add 1 tbsp of oil if needed.


Add the onion and stir fry for a few minutes. Add the ginger and garlic paste and stir fry until the onion has just browned.


Add the spices (salt, pepper, cayenne, turmeric, ground cumin powder and rest of the spices).


Stir fry for 2-3 minutes and add the rice.


Stir well and stir fry for a few more minutes until the rice is well coated with all of the spices and oil.


Next, add the corn and tomatoes to the pan. Stir for a few more minutes and now add the chicken pieces back to the pan.


Now add the cooking liquid (chicken stock, vegetable stock or water).


Scrape up all of the browned bits on the bottom of the pan and let the liquid come up to a good boil.


Reduce the heat to a gentle simmer, cover and let cook for 15-20 minutes.

Lastly, add the carrots, red bell peppers, the prawns and the lamb sausage along with any juices.


Mix well to combine all of the ingredients and stir in the saffron along with any soaking liquid for a an aromatic fragrance and spicy flavour.


Cover and cook for another 5 minutes. Remove the cover and add the peas and lemon juice. Stir well and let cook for just a few more minutes uncovered.


Garnish with freshly grated coconut and freshly chopped coriander leaves. 


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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During the month of Ramadan, a persons eating pattern endures a major change. Proper nutrition is very important to help prevent any health problems that may arise from inappropriate food choices or as a consequence of over-eating. There are no special dietary rules for Ramadan, just a balanced healthy approach.


Here’s a list of tips to help get you started on a healthier Ramadan:

1. Let your predawn meal be the largest one!
Include complex carbohydrates to give you sustainable energy throughout the long fasting hours and to give you healthy bowels. Carbohydrates such as:
• Multigrain and wholemeal breads
• All bran, porridge, oats
• Basmati rice
• Lentils and other legumes
• Semolina.
Include protein rich foods such as meat, chicken, fish, dairy and legumes to help maintain your muscle mass and metabolism. For example:
• Cooked lean meat or chicken or fish
• Eggs
• A handful of nuts or seeds
• A cup of lentils/beans.

2. Break your fast with a ‘sunset snack’ of 2-3 dates, a cup of water and a bowl of soup. This is a Prophetic tradition and will provide an instant boost of sugar and hydration to help settle your hunger and prevent overeating at the main meal.

3. Give yourself at least 10 minutes between the sunset snack and your dinner meal; the food is not going to run away!

4. Eat slowly and chew very well to help pace yourself.

5. Hydration, hydration, hydration!

6. The healthy plate model should be applied to your dinner meal to help you maintain a good balance of carbohydrates (25%), protein (25%) and vegetables (50%).

7. Two hours after the dinner meal, it is likely you will feel hungry. It is important you initially appease your hunger with a healthy choice prior to indulging in the traditional sweets. Healthy choices could be:
• A 100-200g of low fat yoghurt
• A wholegrain salad/cheese/tuna sandwich
• 1-2 pieces of fresh fruit
• A cup of low fat milk
• A handful of nuts
• Popcorn (unsalted and unbuttered)
• Fresh fruit juice
• Vita-brit biscuits with low fat cheese
• Hummus dip with vegetable sticks.

8. Avoid
• Fried foods which can make you feel sluggish and fatigued
• Salt and high salt foods
• Foods high in refined sugars, which do not provide sustainable energy.

9. If you have a chronic disease and/or regularly take medication it is very important you discuss your Ramadan plans 1-2 months before with your doctor.


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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Q: Dear Kareema, my back and neck hurts sometimes while I do my sit-ups. Is this normal?

A: If both your neck and back hurts while doing sit-ups you could be doing them wrong.


Concentrate on bracing your abs (which will flatten your back), while resting your head lightly on your hands with your elbows pulled back.

Keep your neck in line with your spine and your chin tucked in.


Don’t pull yourself up by your head, use your tummy muscles to move up while you exhale. Inhale on the way back down and try not to let the shoulders touch the floor before lifting yourself back up.

If you find that your lower back is arching (lifting off the floor), lift your feet off the ground and keep your knees at 90 degrees while completing the exercise.

The only muscle that should hurt after a crunch is your abs!








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Jallaludin went to his teacher, Mula Nasruddin, to find out whether there was any difference between the two words COMPLETE and FINISHED, and if so to explain it in a way that he could easily understand.


"Some people say there is no difference between COMPLETE and FINISHED. I beg to differ because, there is!!!" the good Mula said to Jallaludin.

"When you marry the right woman, you are "COMPLETE"..


And when you marry the wrong one, you are "FINISHED"!

And when the right one catches you with the wrong one, you are ...


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O you who believe! Stand out firmly for justice, as witnesses to Allah, even as against yourselves, or your parents, or your kin, and whether it be (against) rich or poor: for Allah can best protect both.
Follow not the lusts (of your hearts), lest you swerve, and if you distort (justice) or decline to do justice, verily Allah is well acquainted with all that you do.


Surah An-Nisaa 4:135 


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Do not read to contradict and refute,
nor to believe and take it for granted,
but to weigh and consider.   

~ Shahid


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By Mumtaz-Ahmed Esat

I Must Have Fresh Methi in Ramadhan-and Plenty!

Now a Foolproof Method for Brisbane


Spend 30 minutes Trying this Today and have Fresh Methi for the Second Half of Ramadhan! All Organic and Chemical Free.

Step 1

Get a plastic container approx 50cm Long X30cm Wide and 10/20cm Deep- Ensure that it has numerous holes underneath-The more the better. ($3-Reject Shop)

Step 2

Fill the container with potting soil, water thoroughly then set aside for 30 mins.

Step 3

Pat the soil down till it is firm then sprinkle methi seeds liberally all over. Cover with finer soil til the seeds are about 5mm under, and pat down again to compact the soil. Spray the top with a fine mist till soaking.

Step 4

Leave the container in a shady spot away from places where crickets hide.

Within 3/4 days the methi should germinate. Immediately spray the seedlings with a fine mist of fish emulsion water. Repeat daily for a few more days.

Step 5

Begin a cycle of immersing the container in a larger receptacle full of fish/seaweed emulsion water every night. The container should be covered to about one half of the way-You can use a wheelbarrow for larger containers. In the day, remove the container and put it where it receives 3/4 hours of early morning or evening sun. Only spray from above if necessary. You should notice roots coming out of the holes at the bottom.

Step 6

Within 25 days you will have tons of methi. Eat and enjoy.


Sow seeds en masse


nightly routine



For more detailed info and photos including free seed offers go here.


Vegetable Garden for the World

Mumtaz-Ahmed Esat

Organic and heirloom gardening



Need an answer to a gardening related matter?


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Mumtaz-Ahmed Esat at aesat.56@gmail.com.


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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

24 August


ISD Eidnite 2013

Islamic Society of Darra (ISD)

Darra Mosque



31 August


ISOA Fund Raising Dinner

Islamic Society of Algester (ISOA)

Islamic College of Brisbane

0403 338 040


14 September


Toowoomba Mosque Fund Raising Dinner

Islamic Society of Toowoomba (IST)

Islamic College of Brisbane

0421 081 048


28 September


ICQ Annual Dinner & Awards Night

Islamic Council of QLD

Islamic College of Brisbane

0450 908 786


6 October


International Food Festival hosted by Kuraby Mosque

Kuraby Mosque

Wally Tate Park

0422 191 675

10am to 9pm

16 October




 TBA 2013


Aashooraa Day

26 January 2014


International Food Festival 2014

Islamic Society of Gold Coast

Gold Coast Mosque, 144 Allied Drive, Arundel

0416 212 541

8am to 8pm


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

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.


Kuraby Mosque Tafseer & Taalim


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


Queensland Police Service/Muslim Community Consultative Group


VENUE: Mt Gravatt Police Station, 2132 Logan Road, Upper Mt Gravatt

Thursday 22 August
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

Tafsir & Islamic History Classes

VENUE: Al-Mustapha Institute of Brisbane, 39 Bushmills Court, Hillcrest

Every Monday & Wednesday
7pm - 8:15pm

All Brothers & Sisters are welcome.

For further information please contact Moulana Noor 0432 712 546.


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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)
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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

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