Sunday, 8 September 2013

 Newsletter 0461




Member for Moreton, Graham Perrett MP, flanked by Mr Kemal Omar and Dr Iqbal Sultan as he celebrates winning his third term.

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The Quran competition held at the Kuraby Mosque yesterday (Saturday) drew a large number of entries and audience.


The winners and participants received trophies and certificates of merit:


Gr 1.
1st.Ahmed Siddiqui
2nd.Rayann Hijazi.
3rd.Abdul Nadeem.

Gr 2.
1st.Malika Mahomed
2nd.Saima Bulbulia
3rd.Khadeeja Siddiqua & Aaliyah Khatree

Gr 3.
1st.Nurfathanah Ibrahim
2nd.Ali Gouicem
3rd.Rayhan Shabbir

Gr 4.
1st.Aribah Saleem
2nd.Tahzeeb Alam & Zaid Aslam Abdullah
3rd.Abbas Ghafoor

Gr 5.
1st.Saniyah Muhammed
2nd.Naadirah Seedat
3rd.Mariam Qureshi

Gr 6.
1st.Mohammed Ally
2nd.Ayaaz Bhagoo
3rd.Humza Cajee

Gr 7.
1st.Deema Hijazi
2nd.Hamza Ahmed Ghafoor
3rd.Aisha Gouicem

Gr 8.
1st.Ninda Ibrahim
2nd.Salmaan Ahmad Khan
3rd.Maria Khan

Gr 9.
1st.Nasiha Peer
2nd.Zahraa Mahomed

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The Annual Queensland Police Service Multi-faith Dinner was held at the Greek Club during the week and over 150 invited community and religious leaders were in attendance.


Amongst the guest speakers were Father Dimitri Tsakas from the Greek Orthodox Church, Assoc. Prof. Mohamad Abdalla of the Griffith Islamic Research Unit and Akram Azimi, 2013 Young Australian of the year.


Akram Azimi's speech


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Award & Dinner Night - hosted by the Islamic Council of Qld (ICQ).
Date: 28 / 09 /2013
Venue: Islamic College of Brisbane, Karawatha
Ticket: $10 per person
Start: 6.30pm

Contact Amar Ali Khan on 0421 976 934 to purchase the ticket/s.

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At the annual supply chain and logistics conference at the Sofitel hotel, Mr. Annas (Caesar) Abdalla, chairman of the Future Leaders Group, presented to over 1000 people representing medium to large organisations on the importance of leadership in corporate Australia.

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Hosted by Crescent Wealth, each session will cover:

•What is Islamic Super
•The Potential Tax Benefits
•How to Find & Combine Your Super
•The Changing Super Laws that Affect You
•Questions and Answers

Friday, 27 September, 6:30PM - 7:30PM Holland Park Function Centre (opp. Holland Park Mosque)

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Muslim community members met last week with the Attorney-General of Australia, Minister for the Public Service and Integrity, Minster for Emergency Management, and Special Minister of State in the Second Rudd Ministry, Mark Dreyfus QC MP

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The Legal Affairs and Community Safety Committee of the Queensland Parliament is seeking submissions to the Identification Amendments Bill 2013 being proposed by the Independent Member, Mr Peter Wellington MP.


The Committee's role is to examine Bills introduced into the Parliament and referred to
the Committee.


The objective of the Bill is to amend a number of Acts to ensure in each case that, where
officers or other persons in a position of responsibility (such as lawyers, Justices of the Peace or Commissioners for Declarations) have a responsibility or need to check the identity of a person, they can insist that the person removes any face coverings that may hamper the
recognition of the person.


Details for submissions can be found here.

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Fawad Ahmed will raise a hard-earned thirst in the one-day cricket series against England this week, but he will not promote the product his teammates will as a way to quench it.

Ahmed, one of two Australian Muslims to play on the ''VB Tour of England'', was picked for the five-game limited overs series after he made his debut in the Twenty20 series last week.

The spin bowler - who fled Pakistan in 2009, sought asylum in Australia in 2010 and gained citizenship in July - ''expressed discomfort'' about wearing the logo of one of Cricket Australia's two major sponsors because, on religious grounds, he does not associate with alcohol.

Mike McKenna, CA's executive general manager operations, said the parties were ''respectful of Fawad's personal beliefs'' and agreed to his request to wear an unbranded shirt.

''Cricket Australia would have weighed this up seriously,'' Australian Cricketers' Association chief executive Paul Marsh said. ''They would have thought about the precedent it could set.


But I commend them and Carlton United for taking an approach that allowed the player to not contravene his personal beliefs.''

There are no provisions in cricketers' contracts for objections to sponsors' logos. However, Marsh said, ''If a player has reasonable personal or professional objection … they would allow the player to be exempt. That's what has been extended to Fawad. They came to a very reasonable agreement.''

Deborah Healey, a senior law lecturer at UNSW, said it ''raises interesting issues''.
''This seems a clear-cut case, as it's a bedrock belief of his religion,'' Healey said. ''But there are a whole range of religions that, for instance, don't approve of gambling.'' Bruce Collins QC, a long-time sports administrator and expert in sports law, said the decision regarding Ahmed reflected well on the parties. However, a dispute over wearing a betting company logo ''would get messy''.

''I think it will happen and there will be a difficult issue if agreement can't be reached,'' Collins said. ''The problem is that, each time it happens, the value of what the sponsor has purchased is eroded. There's got to be a limit to that and, when that limit is reached, there will certainly be a real issue that will have to be negotiated.''

English Premier League footballer, Papiss Cisse, a Muslim, recently refused on religious grounds to wear his Newcastle team shirt featuring a sponsor, whose business is to offer short-term loans. South African cricketer Hashim Amla, also a Muslim, was exempted from wearing a beer brand logo on his shirt.

Source: The Age

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By Suresh Rajan  

Take a close look at this bag (see picture on left). It is the latest in the racist religious vilification arsenal here in Australia. The Q society, the group that worked hard to bring Geert Wilders here earlier this year have now demonstrated beyond any doubt exactly what its agenda is.


This is the blurb from that group on their website about the bag:

“Volunteers of Q Society of Australia will hand out free shopping bags this Saturday 31st August, at selected supermarkets around the country. The bags, which state “Halal certification schemes fund mosques, madrassas and jihad,” are designed to generate discussion amongst Australian consumers.

While the re-usable shopping bags are free of charge, the imprint and info material in each bag alerts consumers that halal certification schemes are not free and have developed into a hidden Islamic goods and services tax.

Q Society’s spokesman Andrew Horwood points out: “Halal food itself is not of concern. Nearly all our food is naturally permissible to Muslims and observant Muslims can make food of unknown origin halal by proclaiming ‘bismillah’ over the food before eating. What is of concern for Australians are the recently invented certification schemes, designed to permeate the supply chain from feeding trough to super market shelf, including non-food goods and services.”

The show bags contain an educational video with references to Islamic scriptures and results of the research conducted by Kirralie Smith of HalalChoices.com.au, as well as a petition to parliament for mandatory labelling. The educational video will be launched on YouTube on the same day.”

At the time that this group attempted to get Geert Wilders here they spent a lot of time trying to say that they were not Anti Islamist but were about genuine discussion. This clearly puts paid to that assertion.


Leaving aside the hysteria created by this group let us look at the practice of Halal slaughter of animals for meat consumption. (Warning – this section is graphic in detail and may cause some consternation to readers). This appears to be the area that the Q society and Halal Focus seem most concerned about. I don’t profess to be a Muslim scholar of any kind but the following appears to be the basis of the practice of Halal slaughter. The slaughter must be performed by a Muslim. The slaughter must be preceded by the invocation of the name of Allah (praise be upon him). This is done three times and then the animal is slaughtered with a sharp knife. The blood is then drained from the veins.


The process of certification of Halal compliance is one that allows adherent Muslims to purchase goods and services that satisfy their religious beliefs. There are groups that will come to your business and undertake an assessment and issue a certification based on the annual turnover of the business. I contacted a couple of Halal certification authorities and was given a ball park estimate of the costs involved in getting a certification. For a butcher, Halal certification would cost around $200 per annum and for an abattoir the cost would be around $300 per annum. Purely from an economic viewpoint there is no compelling argument to not undertake the process. So what is the Q society’s basic argument? One would have to think that the central thesis is one revolving around sheer and unmitigated cultural bias.


Unfortunately, groups such as the Q society take some comfort from the idiotic statements of Luke Simpkins (Liberal Member for Cowan) who said ““By having Australians unwittingly eating Halal food we are all one step down the path towards the conversion, and that is a step we should only make with full knowledge and one that should not be imposed upon us without us knowing. What is happening is wrong. Too often the minorities in this country are looked after without regard to the majority” and Senator Cory Bernardi who said “I, for one, don’t want to eat meat butchered in the name of an ideology that is mired in sixth century brutality and is anathema to my own values”.


When our parliamentarians make this language acceptable then groups such as the Q Society are legitimised. If the argument against Halal is the administration of brutality to an animal, then the logical extension of that argument is a call to vegetarianism. It is not a call to ban Halal slaughter or certification.


The writer of this article, Suresh Rajan, declares an impartiality conflict of interest as a Senate candidate for The WikiLeaks Party in the federal elections. Suresh is a former president of the Ethnic Communities Council WA.


Source: IslamInAustralia

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The Tampa families set up their lives in their new green home in New Zealand.

Theirs are typical migrant stories. The parents settled and worked hard, they learned trades, they set up businesses. And the children went to school, hit the books and grew up, like the rest of us. They are university students, engineers, nurses. One is an airline pilot. They are patriotic Kiwis grateful for their new lives.

They are the children Australia didn't want.



The Herald Sun 

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Al-Mustapha Institute of Brisbane will be hosting a fundraiser on Sunday 15 September.

10 piece Fried Chicken, Large Chips, Coleslaw and Bottle of Drink  for $30

Pick up between 4pm and 7pm at 39 Bushmills Court, Hillcrest

Must pre-order by Thurs 12 Sept by SMS to 0432 712 546 or
0422 433 074. Please state your name & number of packs required.

Your support will help build the Masjid and future in Islamic education Insha'Allah.

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Southern Cross University's Fusion Festival celebrated cultural diversity at the University and in the community.

The festival theme 'UNIty in diVERSITY: the coming together of cultures and communities' and took place on the Lismore, Coffs Harbour and Gold Coast campuses.

The Fusion Festival was free and open to the public and aimed to further intercultural understanding and communal harmony through interaction in various forms - from cultural to social, intellectual and sporting events.


Imam Imran Husain of the Gold Coast Mosque took part in the Interfaith dialogue panel.

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The Islamic Society of Toowoomba and Islamic Council of Queensland are jointly organising a fundraising dinner for the first Mosque in Toowoomba.

Associate Professor Mohamed Abdalla and Imam Uzair Akbar are the main speakers of the night. Imam Akram will lead the fundraising drive and Professor Shahjahan Khan will provide a brief update on the mosque project. Mr Suleman Sabdia will be the Master of the Ceremonies.

Ticket sales for the Grand Dinner on Saturday 14 September at the Islamic College of Brisbane is well underway. The event will start at 6pm and continue until late into the night.

One of the main attractions of the event is the auction of in-kind items received as donation. Organisers are expecting a big turnout in the event.

A single ticket costs $35 and a table of ten is $300. Although organisers prefer selling tickets by tables (10 at a time), but will sell individual tickets on request.

"Tickets are limited and they are selling quickly, so please don’t leave it for too late to avoid any last minute disappointment," a spokesman for the organizing committee told CCN.

Br Shahbaz Rafiq Ph 0402398608 is coordinating the ticket sales in Brisbane and Gold Coast, and Dr Md Shahiduzzaman Ph 0458823191 in Toowoomba.

Separate tables will be allocated to women who prefer not to seat with other men. Any woman wanting a seat in the women only area must inform the organisers at the time of purchasing tickets.

All in-kind donations should be dropped off at the Islamic College of Brisbane. Contact Sr Alif of the college during 2:30-3:30pm on weekdays.

So far donations of $665 000 (nearly 72%) have been received and the current shortfall for the project is $260 000.
For details of the upcoming fund raising dinner on 14 September at the Islamic College of Brisbane click here.


For more information on the purchase of the property and where to send you donations click here.

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McCain Slams Fox News: Muslims Thank Allah Like Christians Thank God


US: Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) pushed back hard Tuesday against a Fox News host who raised concerns over a Syrian rebel's use of a ubiquitous Islamic phrase.

McCain was making an appearance on "Fox & Friends" to build his case for supporting the rebels who are fighting the Assad regime in Syria when co-host Brian Kilmeade showed what he said was alarming video footage. The clip showed an explosion in a Syrian city with a presumed rebel fighter heard chanting, "Allahu Akbar! Allahu Akbar!"

"I have a problem helping those people screaming that after a hit,” Kilmeade said.

A clearly annoyed McCain quickly hit back.

"You have a problem with that? Would you have a problem with an American Christian saying ‘thank God, thank God’?” McCain said. "That’s what they’re saying. Come on. Of course they’re Muslims, but they’re moderates and I guarantee you that they are moderates. I know them and I've been with them. For someone to say 'Allahu Akbar' is about as offensive as someone saying 'thank God.'"

Kilmeade quickly changed the subject after McCain's retort.


Source: TPMLiveWire


[CCN Editor] For the record, Senator McCane, Allahu Akbar translates to "God is greater" or "God is [the] greatest". 


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The Pope Convokes a Day of Prayer and Penance for Peace in the Middle East (September 7)


Vatican City, 1 September 2012 (VIS) – Pope Francis has launched a heartfelt appeal for peace in Syria, expressing his pain and concern regarding the conflict and asking the concerned parties and the international community to embark on the path of negotiation, setting aside partisan interests. His plea was made during the Angelus prayer at midday in St. Peter's Square, in the presence of thousands of faithful. We offer below the full text of the Holy Father's homily:

“Today, dear brothers and sisters, I wish to make add my voice to the cry which rises up with increasing anguish from every part of the world, from every people, from the heart of each person, from the one great family which is humanity: it is the cry for peace! It is a cry which declares with force: we want a peaceful world, we want to be men and women of peace, and we want in our society, torn apart by divisions and conflict, that peace break out! War never again! Never again war! Peace is a precious gift, which must be promoted and protected.

“There are so many conflicts in this world which cause me great suffering and worry, but in these days my heart is deeply wounded in particular by what is happening in Syria and anguished by the dramatic developments which are looming.

“I appeal strongly for peace, an appeal which arises from the deep within me. How much suffering, how much devastation, how much pain has the use of arms carried in its wake in that martyred country, especially among civilians and the unarmed! I think of many children who will not see the light of the future! With utmost firmness I condemn the use of chemical weapons: I tell you that those terrible images from recent days are burned into my mind and heart. There is a judgement of God and of history upon our actions which is inescapable! Never has the use of violence brought peace in its wake. War begets war, violence begets violence.

“With all my strength, I ask each party in this conflict to listen to the voice of their own conscience, not to close themselves in solely on their own interests, but rather to look at each other as brothers and decisively and courageously to follow the path of encounter and negotiation, and so overcome blind conflict. With similar vigour I exhort the international community to make every effort to promote clear proposals for peace in that country without further delay, a peace based on dialogue and negotiation, for the good of the entire Syrian people.

“May no effort be spared in guaranteeing humanitarian assistance to those wounded by this terrible conflict, in particular those forced to flee and the many refugees in nearby countries. May humanitarian workers, charged with the task of alleviating the sufferings of these people, be granted access so as to provide the necessary aid.

“What can we do to make peace in the world? As Pope John said, it pertains to each individual to establish new relationships in human society under the mastery and guidance of justice and love.

“All men and women of good will are bound by the task of pursuing peace. I make a forceful and urgent call to the entire Catholic Church, and also to every Christian of other confessions, as well as to followers of every religion and to those brothers and sisters who do not believe: peace is a good which overcomes every barrier, because it belongs all of humanity!

“I repeat forcefully: it is neither a culture of confrontation nor a culture of conflict which builds harmony within and between peoples, but rather a culture of encounter and a culture of dialogue; this is the only way to peace.

“May the plea for peace rise up and touch the heart of everyone so that they may lay down their weapons and let themselves be led by the desire for peace.

“To this end, brothers and sisters, I have decided to proclaim for the whole Church on 7 September next, the vigil of the birth of Mary, Queen of Peace, a day of fasting and prayer for peace in Syria, the Middle East, and throughout the world, and I also invite each person, including our fellow Christians, followers of other religions and all men of good will, to participate, in whatever way they can, in this initiative.

“On 7 September, in Saint Peter’s Square, here, from 7 p.m. until 12 a.m. we will gather in prayer and in a spirit of penance, invoking God’s great gift of peace upon the beloved nation of Syria and upon each situation of conflict and violence around the world. Humanity needs to see these gestures of peace and to hear words of hope and peace! I ask all the local churches, in addition to fasting, that they gather to pray for this intention.

“Let us ask Mary to help us to respond to violence, to conflict and to war, with the power of dialogue, reconciliation and love. She is our mother: may she help us to find peace; all of us are her children! Help us, Mary, to overcome this most difficult moment and to dedicate ourselves each day to building in every situation an authentic culture of encounter and peace. Mary, Queen of Peace, pray for us!”

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Prostrating to Allah in the depths of the Ocean

 By Ebrahim Moosa



SOUTH AFRICA: Haroon Osman is not your average Lenasian. Although the 38-year old runs a box factory, he’s certainly one person who can’t easily be boxed in.

“A shark for me, is like a teddy bear,” he told me recently, lifting the lid on one of his favorite pastimes – shark diving. An experienced scuba diver, with hundreds of successful dives to his credit, Osman lists among his other interests, sky diving, white water rafting, spear fishing, sea fishing – “anything very different to the normal,” he explains.

While such extreme action pastimes may be considered the sole realm of high adrenalin junkies, Osman says his interest in such sports were in fact peaked by a desire to connect and build a more fruitful relationship with his family.

“About ten years ago,” Osman narrates, “I was just a normal working man, trying to get by, and support my family. And then I realised, I was not doing anything interesting. All I was doing was, whenever (my family) asked for anything I gave them money, and that’s where it stopped. There was no bond, there was nothing extraordinary to do with family. I wanted to be a father to my son and daughter, I wanted to be a husband to my wife, but there simply was no ‘jam in the sandwich’.”

Osman says he found that missing ingredient in the depth of the ocean. “When I saw the beauty of Allah’s Creation, and the symbiotic relationships of fish, that intrigued me. I wanted to learn more. That’s how I started.”

What began as a simple snorkeling experiment eventually developed into a passion for scuba diving, says Osman, whose family now visits the ocean every few weeks, with himself tutoring many others as a qualified scuba instructor.


“When you see what Allah has created and the Power that he has, you actually get closer to Allah,” he says of the spiritual dimensions of his undersea explorations. “This is living proof – everything in the ocean has life..When I stood next to a whale in the ocean, eye-to-eye, that looked like two tonnes, I said Allahu Akbar, and that brought me closer to Allah and the fold of Islam.”

Osman chats casually of his relationship with the hunters of the ocean, calling them ‘gentle giants.’ “They are nonetheless apex predators at same time,” he quickly cautions. “Give respect and you will earn respect”.

He says divers like himself attract sharks to a specified area by using a ‘bait-ball’ containing fish from which the sharks feed off.

“They appear in no time, due to their acute sense of smell,” he says. “There’s not one or two, there 100-200 sharks that come. Nobody’s counting, because we just too busy enjoying Allah’s Creation.”

During these interactions, Osman says he touches the sharks, plays with them, and even puts them in a catatonic state, where the sharks temporarily fall asleep, affording the divers the opportunity to takes photos and videos with the predators.

“It is a relationship that we build with these sharks, but it is done over time…If a shark bumps me in the water, I just push it away, but not in a violent sense. It’s just a gentle push. I’m giving respect because the creature is 2.5 to 3 times my size.”

Before he embarks on any diving expedition, Osman says he performs a few Rakaats of Nafl Salaah (see picture left) thanking Allah for the opportunity to come to the ocean again and view the wonders of His Creation.

Once underwater, should the time of Salaah occur, Osman navigates the direction of Qiblah using a dive computer that accompanies him on the trip.

“There’s no compromise, even in the ocean,” he tells me, as he explains how he gets to perform his Salaah. “You can’t make Salaah loud, so all you can see is my actions of Ruku, Sajdah etc.

But in my mind, I recite everything as it should.”

He says he can pray floating, or by trying to remain buoyant underwater, but prefers if he finds a sandy outcrop where he could pray just as if he were on land



Cii Broadcasting

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During the Middle Ages, when Europe was plunged into the Dark Ages, Arab scholars and historians translated most of the works of the Greek scholars, thereby preserving some of the greatest intellectual achievements that are the cornerstone of Western civilization.


For the next few weeks CCN will offer an English word that has, as its origin, the Arabic language:


English Arabic Origin Arabic Meaning
admiral amir al-baHr Ruler of the sea
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CCN Readers' Book Club: You are what you read!


This week's CCN's recommended reading


Storm Warning: Riding the Crosswinds in the Pakistan-Afghan Borderlands


Robin Brooke-Smith



The Afghan-Pakistan Borderlands are pivotal to international security. They are often dangerous, strategically crucial and little explored by outsiders.


Robin Brooke-Smith provides a new perspective on Northwest Pakistan in this first-hand account of his years in this troubled region.


Tracing the build-up to 9/11 and the upheaval that has followed, this is a captivating behind-the-scenes look into the regional fulcrum of global jihad.


Recounting his experiences as Principal of the prestigious Edwardes College in Peshawar, the author explores the creation and growing influence of the Taliban, and provides a unique and close-up view into this fascinating area.


This book is illuminating reading for all those interested in Pakistan, Afghanistan and the turbulent recent history of the borderlands of the 'AfPak' region.


Robin Brooke-Smith was principal of Edwardes College outside Peshawar.


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 meat dish rolled around a filling could be served as a starter to a meal as an hors d'oeuvres or as a light Sunday meal accompanied by salads. Thanks to Faiyaza Omar for this delicious recipe.

Chicken Roulade


1. ½ kg chicken mince
2. 1 tsp. chicken spice
3. 1 cup chopped onions
4. 1 tsp. garlic flakes
5. 1 tsp. coarsely crushed coriander seeds
6. 1 beaten egg
7. 1 tsp. salt
8. 2 tsp. green chillies
9. 1 tab. gram flour

10. 1 tab. ghee

Make mash by boiling 2 potatoes, season with salt and green dhunia (coriander) chutney.

Combine the following ingredients and heat in the microwave or on the stove.
1. 1 tab. tomato sauce
2. Juice of 2 lemons
3. 2 tab butter
4. ½ tsp. garlic flakes
5. ½ tsp. salt seasoning (Aromat)
6. ½ tab. Worcester sauce
7. 2 tab chilli sauce

To Assemble:

1. Braise together the ghee and gram flour and add to this all the ingredients for the base.
2. Smear a sheet of baking paper with ghee and pat the mince mixture onto it into a rectangular shape.
3. Place the mashed potato mixture down the middle of the mince and then enclose like a Swiss roll with the baking paper.
4. Place the roll in a pot with ½ cup of water and steam gently for 30 to 40mins.
5. Remove the roll from the pot, and place into an ovenproof dish.
6. Pour the sauce over the top of the roll and place under the grill for 5 mins.
7. Before serving garnish the top with salt and vinegar (or a flavour of your choice) crisps or grated fried chips.


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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I’ve heard I need 2 serves of fruit & 5 serves of vegetables, but what is a serve?

In order to be able to follow these guidelines, we most definitely do need more information.


Below is what is considered a serve of vegetables and fruit.

One serve of vegetables is 75g or:
• ½ cup cooked vegetables
• 1 medium potato
• 1 cup salad vegetables
• ½ cup legumes

One serve of fruit is 150g or:
• 1 medium sized piece (e.g. apple)
• 2 smaller pieces (e.g. apricots)
• 1 cup canned or chopped fruit
• ½ cup (125ml) 100% fruit juice
• 1 ½ tablespoon dried fruit (e.g. sultanas or 4 dried apricot halves)

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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Spring has sprung, so now is the time to get back out there and get moving! If your routine is feeling a little ‘stale’ – it’s time to fire things up.

Don’t stop moving, and mix up your routine a touch every other week. Your body gets used to doing the same thing otherwise, and weight loss tends to plateau.

This doesn’t mean you have to go flat out every single time. Train smart and challenge yourself, but be sure to include stretch sessions and rest days.

Team up with a mate if you think it will motivate you or them. Swap some classes at the gym or enlist a personal trainer for half an hour to point you in the right


Cleanse the palate and eat yourself healthy and of course don’t forget to drink lots of water.






My Health and Fitness

Tel: 0404 844 786


Need an answer to a fitness related matter?

Send your question to Kareema at  fitness@crescentsofbrisbane.org.

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


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Mula Nasruddin: What does your father do for a living?

Jallalludin: He’s a magician. He performs tricks, like sawing people in half.

Mula Nasruddin: Do you have any brothers or sisters?

Jallalludin: Yep, four half-sisters and a half-brother.






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

Surah As-Sajdah 32:5


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People often say that motivation doesn't last.

Well, neither does bathing -- that's why we recommend it daily. 

~ Zig Ziglar


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Samoosa Pastry Distributors


Henna by Fatima


Shakira Kolia's Driving School

Driving School

Hummy's Automotive

Car Repairs

Clothing Alterations


Hussana Australia

Halal Body Care range

Stick On Labels

Label printing

InWear Fashions

Clothing Fashion

The Quran Pen


Junaid Ally Properties

Real Estate

Yasmeen Seedat Accounting Services


Kimaya Fashions


Lily's Fashion

Wedding dresses etc. 

Personal Training with Layla

Personal Training

Marketing Co-Op

Internet Services

Angelz Dental Care



Travel Agency

Shameema's Silk Scarves


Grand Medical Centre

Medical Practitioners

Qld Islamic Book Service

Book Shop



Health Products

Personal Wellness Coach



Ummah Store

Books, Clothing, DVDs etc.


Security Systems


Paradise Convenience

Global Groceries

Muslima Chic

Muslim designer clothes, jewellery


Samoosa Strips (pur)


Low Price Pharmacy



LTH Accounting & Financial Services



Child Care Centres

Pari Collections



Shariff's Computer Services


Computer Servicing

CassonIT Solutions

 Computer Servicing & Systems

Lil Umah

Children's Clothes

Computer Repair

 Computer Repairs


Watany Man-oushi Lebanese Foods

Take Away



Dial a Local Doctor

Medical Services


Baby Care Solutions

(read information sheet)

 Early Parenting Guidance

Kuraby Mosque Hire Services

Hire Services

YS Prawn

Peeled Prawns

Shailly Beauty & Reiki

Hair & Beauty


Fathima Abdoola


United Hearts

Family Day Care Scheme

Apparel by Aliyah

Designer Clothing


Hijab Friendly Fashion


Modern Muslimah

Muslimah  Clothes



United Hearts Family Day Care Scheme Pty Ltd Sora Flightstar Hajj 2013 Inwear Fashions Eid Specials Apparel by Aliyah Tel: 0438840467 Apparel by Aliyah AGAIN Continental Halal Meats Gold Coast Sewing Dial A Local Doctor Fathima Abdoola Flyer Shailly Hair Beauty Peeled Prawns Baby Care Solutions Al-Khitan Circumcisions Wasimah Brisbane Bamboo Towels Computer Repairs Watang Man-oushi Lebanese Foods Lil Umah CassonIT Solutions Dial a Doctor Bulk Billing Dr in your home Michael's Oriental Birthday Promo Function Room Page 1 Function Room Page 2 LOVE UR BODY Shariff's Computer Services Sunkids Sunkids Pari Collection Pari Collection Maximize  Accountants Officetek Alarms Mona Vie AK Surtie Angelz Dental Care Centre for Easy Language Learning Arabic Paradise Convenience Ayesha's Samoosa Strips ACCES Services REMOVALS Autocad 2012 Training Baalbak Mediterranean Restaurant Low Price Pharmacy KURABY Bismillah Repairs and Maintenance
New mobile no. 0468 342 127 Samoosa Pastry Brisbane Diagnostics Boulevard Tower Residence Accommodation Calamvale Physiotherapy & Sport Injury Clinic Carpetlifesavers Indoor Folding Mats InWear Fashions Rejuven8 Body & Beauty Personal Wellness Coach efxshop Tutoring Fathima Adat Gabriel Hair Studio Henna Fatima Ismail Hummys Automotive Services Hussana Junaid Ally Properties REMAX Kimaya International Kuraby Mosque Hire Quick Stick Name labels Ladies Only Personal Training Lilys Fashion love ur body Marketing Coop Group Muslim Directory Muslima Chick Nandos Calamvale Nandos Mt Gravatt NAZIMA HANSA REMAX Excelanz Migration Services Pizza Lane Pappa Roti QLD Islamic Book Service Seedat Accounting Shameema's Silk Scarves Shakira Kolia Driving School T ax Returns 2012 Ummah Store Elite FX Web Design


"If it's not here ....it's not happening!"l)

To claim your date for your event email ccn@crescentsofbrisbane.org.





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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


28 September


Dawah Power - The Methodology of Dawah by Hamza Andreas Tzortzis

Islamic Council of QLD

Griffith University Nathan Campus


8.30am to 6.30pm

6 October


International Food Festival hosted by Kuraby Mosque

Kuraby Mosque

Wally Tate Park

0422 191 675

10am to 9pm

12 October


AIIC 11th Annual College Fete

Australian International Islamic College

724 Blunder Road, Durack

3372 1400


16 October




19 October


Eidfest Deamworld




6pm to midnight



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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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

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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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

Lockyer Valley Islamic Association


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