Sunday, 15 September 2013

 Newsletter 0462




The Islamic Society of Toowoomba and Islamic Council of Queensland jointly hosted a sold-out fundraising dinner for the first Mosque in Toowoomba last night (Saturday).

Over 800 people attended the dinner at which Associate Professor Mohamed Abdalla was one of the main speakers of the night.


Imam Akram led the fundraising drive and Professor Shahjahan Khan provided an update on the mosque project. Mr Hussin Goss was the auctioneer and

Mr Suleman Sabdia the Master of the Ceremonies.

In addition to the food, the other main attraction of the event was the auction which, together with the cash donations on the night, would have helped raise over $80 000 towards the project. 


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


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In this episode, recorded at Perth Writers Festival earlier this year, some of the Festival's keenest minds were asked to bring along a book that has, in their opinion, changed the world.

Host Jennifer Byrne is joined by Festival guests, Tom Holland, Ahdaf Soueif, Jared Diamond & Loretta Napoleoni who each introduce their book of choice and explain why it is worthy of world changing status.


These are landmark books that simply don't come along very often. With some surprising choices that are bound to be controversial, this is a fascinating episode for anyone interest in books, or the world!



Selected transcript



JENNIFER BYRNE: It's your turn, Tom, and you are bringing a book which some say should only be read in the original Arabic, but we'll just have to make do with the translations.

TOM HOLLAND: Well, you asked books that have changed the world, and I think that there are clearly two brand leaders here, there are two books that basically wipe the floor with the opposition, and they are the Bible and the Qur'an, and I've gone for the Qur'an because I think it packs an even heftier sacral punch than the Bible, because for Christians, the Bible may be the word of God, but it's human beings, infused by the Holy Spirit, but it's human beings who are writing it. For Muslims, the Qur'an is not written by Mohammad, it's coming directly from heaven - it's a heavenly revelation, and this belief has served manifestly to change the world. The Arabs who conquered this vast empire in the 7th and 8th centuries enshrined the Qur'an in the way the Christians enshrined the figure of Jesus. It's the intrusion of the divine into the earthly, and just as the figure of Jesus is absolutely fundamental to the history of Western art, so the text of the Qur'an is fundamental to the civilisation of Islam, and it continues to be so right up to the present day.

JENNIFER BYRNE: I made an assay at it, I made an attempt at one of the translations of the Qur'an, and what really struck me was the change of tone all the time. Sometimes it's a history, sometimes it's poetry, sometimes it's a list of comman... orders, sometimes it's a list of threats.

TOM HOLLAND: There's an incredible blend of sort of awe and intimacy. You have these extraordinary passages in which the apocalypse is described - God is going to furl up the scroll of the world, visions of the day of judgment, visions of the fate of the damned in hell, incredible sense of the vastness of time and space. Simultaneously, you have these very, very intimate moments, where God is described as being closer to the believer than his jugular vein, and that extraordinary tension within it, I think... You know, if you don't believe that it's the word of God, I think that that's the explanation for the power that it's always held, that it satisfies the craving within humans both for a sense of the sublime and for the intimate.

AHDAF SOUEIF: But I think also what's interesting - you were talking about the different registers, almost, of the Qur'an - the visionary and the lists of threats and so on, and scholars make quite a clear division between the chapters and the verses that happened or that were revealed in Mecca, when the prophesy was just beginning, when Mohammed was sort of just, you know, getting that first apocalyptic vision, and these are the big visionary chapters that deal with the big stuff - with life, with death, with the world - and then... And of course, the division is not quite so black and white, but it is there, and then you have the bulk of the verses and chapters that happen when the Muslims are building the state, and here you've got all the legislative, all the... You know, this is what you do and this is what you don't do, this is the position of women, this is how you build the state, this is how you behave in war, you know, these are your treaties, and these are the state-building chapters, which are, you know, from time to time, of course, they've got embedded in them visionary things, but they're not the big sort of hard-hitting kind of areas of the Mecca period.

LORETTA NAPOLEONI: The reason why I actually did some work on the Qur'an is because of Islamic finance, which is something that I researched. When they wanted to construct a financial system for Islam, 'cause let's not forget that the interest rate is considered to be something that nobody should apply or use, not only for the Muslim, but also for the Christian. So, what happen was that, of course, these countries were colonised by Western powers, and Western powers imposed their own financial system, ie, you know, banking system, and Egypt was the country that started this debate already in the beginning of the 18th century. So, scholars were discussing the fact there is a prohibition, a clear prohibition in the Qur'an to impose interest rate. So, it took a long time to get to the point to create the Islamic Bank, because they did not have the money, but after the oil shock in 1974, Saudi Arabia actually did have the money, and it was very easy to construct the bank, because it was very easy to extract from the Qur'an the rules and regulations, 'cause they were all there.

JENNIFER BYRNE: Is that right?

LORETTA NAPOLEONI: Yes, it's fascinating.

JENNIFER BYRNE: So, it did change the world in that way too.

TOM HOLLAND: It shaped the world of post-oil crisis Saudi Arabia. What more do you need? You can't say that about The Iliad.


LORETTA NAPOLEONI: But there's something else which is even more important, I think, is the flexibility. So, if you look at how an Islamic bank actually functions, you have a committee of bankers. On top of the bankers, you have a committee of scholars, which are experts of Qur'anic law, and that committee of scholars will judge each product independently and separately.


LORETTA NAPOLEONI: Yeah, absolutely, still. So, the flexibility of the system is incredible. So, people think, 'Oh, my gosh, you know, this is something that comes from the religious book, therefore it must be very, you know, strict.' Absolutely not! Our finance is much, much more strict, much more inflexible than the Islamic finance, and it's fascinating, I think it's fascinating, how, from a religious book, you can actually end up having something so open-minded.

TOM HOLLAND: I think that what all this demonstrates is that the Qur'an has one of the key things that any scripture needs, which is that it has to be rife with contradiction, so that people can pull out this bit or that bit. You know, the one that obsesses the West, of course, is the issue of whether the Qur'an condones violence, and the answer is that it does, but it also condemns it. So, people can pull out this or pull out that.

JENNIFER BYRNE: I'm prepared to give you provisional victory on this one, Tom, because I want to move on past the Qur'an. In fact, 'cause there is no winner. I was very interested, Loretta, in the fact that you brought The Hunger Games, fiction, Ahdaf, you brought Homer, fiction...

TOM HOLLAND: What would you say about the Qur'an, though?


JENNIFER BYRNE: I think I'd leave that tricky one to you. You seem to be doing very well getting into your own trouble. Do you think, generally speaking, fiction or nonfiction is the more persuasive form for an idea, transmission of an idea?

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Gus Gould takes us into the life of Sonny Bill Williams.


SBW gives us access into his life like he has never done before.


Meet his family. Sonny's Father Mr John Williams, brother John Arthur Williams, sister Nial Williams, Nephew Malik, niece Tenim Lea.


SBW is a long time supporter of a charity called The Violet Foundation, meningococcal awareness.


Williams converted to Islam in 2008, and is the first Muslim to play for the All Blacks. Prior to converting to Islam, he was involved in several alcohol-related incidents.



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Representatives from the Queensland Government's Multicultural Affairs department met with members of the Logan Mosque this week.

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Aamer Rahman and Nazeem Hussain are award-winning, Australian comedy duo Fear of a Brown Planet.

Following sell-out shows in Melbourne, Sydney, Darwin, Perth, London and Edinburgh they’re finally making their Brisbane debut.

Tackling the topics of immigration, race relations and the War on Terror head on, Fear of a Brown Planet promises to provoke and entertain audiences with an anarchic take on politics and race, whilst boldly tackling the delicate topic of Islam.

“Just go see it. It’s extraordinary.” The Age

“Intensely amusing political stuff, from a very different point of view.” The Sunday Telegraph

“Rahman and Hussain are every bit as funny as they are politically engaged.” The Guardian

Duration: 60 minutes

Check dates, times and venues and get your tickets here.

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Crescent Wealth is Australia’s first dedicated Islamic wealth manager, offering a superannuation fund that invests according to Islamic investment principles. Coming up this month, they are hosting a series of helpful, interactive seminars around Australia where you can learn more about Crescent Wealth, Islamic Super and more. S

Register at www.MyIslamicSuper.com.au for more.

Join the next Info session on
20 September 2013
When: 6.30pm
Where: Gold Coast Mosque
144 Allied Drive, Arundel

Find Out:
What is Islamic Super
What is Potential Benefits
How to Find & Combine Your Super
The Changing Super Laws That Affect You

Register Free Today at www.MyIslamSuper.com.au
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An Australian jihadist fighting in Syria has reportedly blown himself up in a suicide bombing near a military airport in the country's east.

For some time now concerns have been growing among the Australian intelligence community about the involvement of Australian jihadists who have travelled to fight in the Syrian conflict.

At least four Australians are known to have been killed in the fighting, but the news of the first Australian to become a suicide bomber is seen as a significant and troubling development.

According to various jihadi websites, at 5:45am on Wednesday the Australian known as Abu Asma al Australi drove a truck loaded with 12 tonnes of explosives into a checkpoint close to the Deir Al Zour military airport.

The website reports say the checkpoint, considered to be the first line of defence for the airport, was completely destroyed and 35 soldiers from the Assad regime were killed.

Abu Asma is described on one website as "our immigrant Lion".

Suicide bombing 'a different level of commitment'

Rodger Shanahan is a former Army officer and an expert in middle eastern terrorism with the Lowy institute.

He says the advent of the first Australian suicide bomber presents a qualitative step up in the level of commitment yet shown by home grown jihadists.

"There's different level of commitment you would think if you've undertaken a suicide attack and ... if there's one there could be more Australian citizens who are that motivated to take their lives in that manner," he said.

Australian intelligence agencies are thought to be tracking about 100 Australians who are currently active in the Syrian conflict, and it is believed that number is growing.

The concern is that some of those individuals will be further radicalised by their experiences overseas and that they could potentially use that experience and training to conduct terrorist operations once they return to Australia.

As Mr Shanahan points out that anyone actively involved in the conflict would have come into contact with terrorist groups.




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Muslim hip hop artist Mo Sabri sings about pious themes in a genre that’s not exactly known for godly messages.


The Tennessee-born son of Pakistani immigrants is following in the footsteps of Christian rock musicians who have done that for decades.


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More than two years after the death of Osama bin Laden, concern about Islamic extremism remains widespread among Muslims from South Asia to the Middle East to sub-Saharan Africa.


Across 11 Muslim publics surveyed by the Pew Research Center, a median of 67% say they are somewhat or very concerned about Islamic extremism.


In five countries – Pakistan, Jordan, Tunisia, Turkey and Indonesia – Muslim worries about extremism have increased in the past year.


Against this backdrop, extremist groups, including al Qaeda, garner little popular support.


Even before his death in 2011, confidence in al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden had plummeted among many Muslims.


Today, al Qaeda is widely reviled, with a median of 57% across the 11 Muslims publics surveyed saying they have an unfavorable opinion of the terrorist organization that launched the twin attacks on New York City and Washington, DC more than a decade ago.


The Taliban, who once shared Afghanistan as a base of operation with al Qaeda, are viewed negatively by a median of 51% of Muslims in the countries polled. Hezbollah and Hamas fare little better.


Hezbollah, in particular, has seen its support slip in key Middle Eastern countries, including a 38 percentage point drop in favorable views among Egyptian Muslims since 2007.

In many of the countries surveyed, clear majorities of Muslims oppose violence in the name of Islam.


Indeed, about three-quarters or more in Pakistan (89%), Indonesia (81%), Nigeria (78%) and Tunisia (77%), say suicide bombings or other acts of violence that target civilians are never justified.


And although substantial percentages in some countries do think suicide bombing is often or sometimes justified – including a 62%-majority of Palestinian Muslims, overall support for violence in the name of Islam has declined among Muslim publics during the past decade.


These are among the key findings from a survey of 11 Muslim publics conducted by the Pew Research Center from March 3 to April 7, 2013.


Face-to-face interviews were conducted with 8,989 Muslims in Egypt, Indonesia, Jordan, Lebanon, Malaysia, Nigeria, Pakistan, the Palestinian territories, Senegal, Tunisia and Turkey.


The survey also finds that Nigerian Muslims overwhelmingly oppose Boko Haram, the extremist movement at the center of a violent uprising in northern Nigeria.


One of Boko Haram’s stated aims is to establish sharia, or Islamic law, as the official law of the land. Nigerian Muslims are divided on whether their country’s laws should closely follow the teachings of the Quran.





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Labor's more experienced grass roots organisation in western Sydney helped it stem the flow of votes towards the Coalition, but it can no longer rely on the unwavering support of ethnic workers, writes Andrew Jakubowicz.



By 2009, local Liberals had wrested control of the Lebanese Muslim Association from its long-time ALP-aligned leaders.

In the 2011 NSW state election, Muslim voters, especially Sunnis associated with the LMA, moved strongly against the ALP (prompted as well by Christian Maronite ALP chieftain Eddie Obeid's scandalous behaviour and anti-Muslim activism).

This shift in Muslim sentiment was triggered in 2001 when Obeid blocked an aspiring local Muslim politician from ALP pre-selection, and Sussex St parachuted in his Maronite sister-in-law.

Her recalcitrance when minister on the issue of finding burial grounds for Muslim dead would tip the LMA towards O'Farrell, who promised to deliver and did so. But it would not necessarily hold - no longer rusted on to Labor, they were not attached to the Libs.

However there is no single 'ethnic vote' and as migrants become more successful and socially mobile, they move towards the voting pattern of their economic class and away from the voting pattern of early immigrant workers.

In this election, seats that were heavily Muslim stuck with the ALP. In the lead-up, the LMA had fashioned a strategy to gain support from the government.




With Rudd's resurgence and Bowen's return to the front bench, the game changed again. The ALP began listening and came up with a promise of $10 million for an aged care facility.

Hockey matched it, though the Muslims were less impressed when the ALP offered exactly the same amount to the much smaller Maronite community, which the Coalition also matched. Minister Kate Lundy meanwhile delivered a cheque for $130,000 to a Turkish Muslim community for a new hall.

The heart of Muslim Sydney is the seat of Blaxland, where 23 per cent of the population profess Islam, and Watson where the figure is 20 per cent.

In Blaxland, for the Liberals, Anthony Khouri, an Arab Christian, could gain no traction against Jason Clare. Indeed the primary swing towards Clare was 6 per cent. Tony Bourke in Watson held his primary position, but preferences swung to the Liberal Ron Delezio, dropping him back 1.6 per cent.

The seats of Reid and Werriwa each have a Muslim population of 10 per cent, though Werriwa is more 'white'.



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Bride-Burning Figures Shock India Muslims


INDIA: Recent crime statistics showing a huge increase in bride-burning and other dowry related crimes have shocked Indian Muslims, triggering campaigns against the killing dowries tradition.

“National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) statistics should astonish the world,” Aleem Khan Falki, an activist campaigning against dowries and the founder of Socio Reform Society Jeddah, told Arab News.

“In this age of education and technology, could India be such a savage country that it burns one woman to death every hour?” he asked.

The shocking figures released by NCRB last week showed that ,233 Indian women were killed in 2012 in dowry-related violence, or nearly one per hour.

The incidence of dowry deaths grew by nearly 3% over the previous five years, and torture at the hands of a husband or family increased by 5.4%, with 99,135 cases reported by survivors in 2011.

According to women rights activists, the scope of the problem is expected to exceed statistics with many women and parents being reluctant to seek prosecution for fear of scandal
Falki stressed that dowries were once deemed a “social evil” but have now affected the “morale, economy and all social values” of India.

“The worse effect of the dowry is that the parents have to spend every single penny of their savings on the dowry of the daughters and leave nothing for the sons,” said Falki.

“The sons have no other option except adopting lower and contemptuous professions like auto driver, peons, sweepers or tea boys.”


The worse effect of the dowry is that the parents have to spend every single penny of their savings on the dowry of the daughters and leave nothing for the sons

Aleem Khan Falki

There are some 140 million Muslims in Hindu-majority India, the world's third-largest Muslim population after those of Indonesia and Pakistan.

In Indian society, the family of the bride pays the dowry.

As a result of high dowries tradition, several young girls were obliged to discontinue education because the parents have the responsibility of getting them married off.

Several parents were also forced to take loans from banks to pay dowry to the groom.

As a result of rising poverty, many activists have warned that the sale of brides has become prevalent in India’s rural areas in the past decade.

Parents in some rural areas were also selling their kidneys to pay for dowry.
Against Islam

Shocked by the statistics, a group called the 50 Million Missing Campaign lamented the terrible fact.

Dowry in India today "has become the No. 1 method of criminal extortion through the infliction of blackmail, torture, violence, and murder of women,” the campaign said.

"Every son born into a family is greedily viewed as the ‘golden goose’ who will bring in the fantasized wealth through the dowry they will demand when he gets married. So families want more and more sons.

“There is no end to the wealth demand even after marriage, and if the woman is killed, the son can marry again. For another dowry! Why kill, why not just divorce? In the case of divorce, there is always the chance that the woman or her family will demand their dowry money/items back,” the campaign added.

Indian Muslims have also urged scholars to campaign against the killing tradition.


......dowries are considered "haram" or forbidden in Islam and there would be no disputes if all Muslims follow such rule

Aleem Khan Falki

He said dowries are considered "haram" or forbidden in Islam and there would be no disputes if all Muslims follow such rule.

“It is true that the dowry system has become a big problem for everyone regardless of religion,” Abdul Raouf, an Indian who works in Jeddah, said, describing dowries as “haram” or forbidden in Islam.

“Especially in Islam it's not allowed according to Shari`ah, but people in India and Third World countries don’t follow these law.”

Dr. Sayeed Haroon, a Jeddah-based consultant, agreed, urging community leaders and religious schools to spread awareness about the deadly practice.

“It’s not only the problem of Muslims but all the religions in India,” Haroon said.

“In our religion simple marriages are the best marriages according to Qur’an and Sunnah, but people are going in wrong directions.

“Because of this, many young girls are sitting at home and not getting married on time and going astray or committing suicide.”

Source: OnIslam

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Britain’s Part-Time Wives


Multiple marriages are on the rise in the U.K.’s Muslim communities—and the women are the ones seeking out second-wife status. Jamie Dettmer reports from London.


UK: Aisha laughs out loud at the thought of how her colleagues and clients would react if they knew she shares a husband. The laughter makes her loose hijab slip slightly, exposing a few strands of dark hair. “They would be dumbfounded and probably prurient,” she sniffs.


As far as they are concerned, her 42-year-old factory-owning husband has only one wife—this thoughtful attorney sipping Earl Gray tea in the sitting room of a pleasant and very middle-class Edwardian house in a leafy residential road in northwest London.

Her immediate family and close Muslim friends know the truth: 41-year-old Aisha is a second wife and for three years has been conveniently—at least for her—sharing her businessman husband with his first bride. “It was my choice to marry him. There was no coercion.” With a wry giggle she says: “I wanted a partner and man-hunted for one using a marriage agency and this suits me.”

“I didn’t want to remain single and I wanted my relationship to be endorsed by my religion, so sleeping around or living with a non-Muslim wasn’t an option,” she says. “This works for me.”

Being a co-wife is a situation that apparently works for other successful British Muslim women, who have delayed marriage to build careers and discover that by the time they are ready for a husband, their age counts against them and they don’t have the pick of the crop. For them, sharing a husband is a practical solution that allows them a suitable partner and stable companionship all sanctioned by Islam.

And it has the added bonus of allowing the women to retain the independent lives they have developed for themselves during their single years. “I didn’t want a full-time husband,” Aisha says firmly.



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Muslim girl is ordered by German judge to wear a ‘burkini’ at her school swimming class after she refused to take part as it was against her religion


GERMANY: A German court has ruled that a young Muslim girl must attend mixed swimming lessons at her school wearing a 'burkini' - a full-bodied costume which includes a head-covering (see picture right).

The ruling is an important one for the country which has over 5 million Muslims, most of them Turks, in the population.

The girl had complained that she felt 'uncomfortable' going swimming with 'bare chested' boys near her and either wanted to be allowed to skip the lessons or be given special instruction on her own.

But the Federal Administrative Court in the eastern city of Leipzig has ruled that 'social reality of life in Germany came above her religious beliefs'.

They said the coverall swimsuit was the best solution for the girl, 13, and noted that several of her friends at the school in Frankfurt already donned burkinis to swim.

The girl, whose family come from Morroco, was represented by a lawyer in Wednesday's hearing who said that according to the Koran, she was not only forbidden from showing herself to boys but also from seeing the topless boys.

But the court said: 'The plaintiff has not made sufficiently clear that taking part in co-educational swimming lessons with a burkini breaches Muslim rules on clothing,' rejecting her appeal against earlier decisions by two courts in the western state of Hesse.

Judge Werner Neumann said an education system in a pluralistic society could not accommodate every religious concern, and the burkini would accommodate the girl’s Muslim beliefs.

'The result would be the widespread disintegration of lessons otherwise,' he added.

Source: MailOnline

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Muslim Student Veil Ban Reversed: Birmingham Metropolitan College Backs Down After Outcry


UK: A college's controversial ban on Muslim face veils has been reversed after an outcry involving thousands of students and the Deputy Prime Minister.

In a statement on Thursday night, Birmingham Metropolitan College said it had modified its stance to allow people "specific items of personal clothing to reflect their cultural values".

The local MP welcomed the "wise decision".

The original ruling, that students must remove all hoodies, hats, caps and veils while on the premises so that they were easily identifiable, sparked protests, with 9,000 students signing a petition.

Prime Minister David Cameron backed the decision, with his spokesman saying he believed educational institutions should be able to "set and enforce their own school uniform policies".

But Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said he was "uneasy" about the ban and believed the bar had to be set "very high" to justify any prohibition on wearing a veil.

The college's u-turn came ahead of a planned protest by hundreds of students which was due to take place today in Birmingham.

More than 9,000 people signed an online petition set up by NUS Black Students' Campaign calling on the college's principal Dr Christine Braddock to remove the ban.

A statement posted on the college's Facebook page on Thursday night said: "Birmingham


Metropolitan College is committed to high quality education for all of our learners.

"We are concerned that recent media attention is detracting from our core mission of providing high quality learning.

"As a consequence, we will modify our policies to allow individuals to wear specific items of personal clothing to reflect their cultural values.

"The college will still need to be able to confirm an individual's identity in order to maintain safeguarding and security.

"The necessity to comply with national regulations, examination board requirements and applicable legislation will remain an overriding priority in all circumstances, as will the need to ensure that effective teaching and learning methodologies are applied.

"We have listened to the views of our students and we are confident that this modification to our policies will meet the needs of all of our learners and stakeholders.

"We remain committed to ensuring that students are provided with a safe and welcoming environment and the best education and training opportunities available."

Birmingham Ladywood Labour MP Shabana Mahmood welcomed the college's change in policy.

She said: "This change in policy is enormously welcome. The college has made a wise decision to rethink its policy on banning veils for a group of women who would have potentially been excluded from education and skills training at the college had the ban been enforced.

"My thanks go out to all those who backed the campaign."

Source: HuffPost Students

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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
alcohol al-kuHul A mixture of powdered antimony
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CCN Readers' Book Club: You are what you read!


This week's CCN's recommended reading


Western Muslims and the Future of Islam


Tariq Ramadan



In a Western world suddenly acutely interested in Islam, one question has been repeatedly heard above the din: where are the Muslim reformers?


With this ambitious volume, Tariq Ramadan firmly establishes himself as one of Europe's leading thinkers and one of Islam's most innovative and important voices.


As the number of Muslims living in the West grows, the question of what it means to be a Western Muslim becomes increasingly important to the futures of both Islam and the West.


While the media are focused on radical Islam, Ramadan claims, a silent revolution is sweeping Islamic communities in the West, as Muslims actively seek ways to live in harmony with their faith within a Western context.


French, English, German, and American Muslims--women as well as men--are reshaping their religion into one that is faithful to the principles of Islam, dressed in European and American cultures, and definitively rooted in Western societies.


Ramadan's goal is to create an independent Western Islam, anchored not in the traditions of Islamic countries but in the cultural reality of the West. He begins by offering a fresh reading of Islamic sources, interpreting them for a Western context and demonstrating how a new understanding of universal Islamic principles can open the door to integration into Western societies.


He then shows how these principles can be put to practical use. Ramadan contends that Muslims can-indeed must-be faithful to their principles while participating fully in the civic life of Western secular societies.


Grounded in scholarship and bold in its aims, Western Muslims and the Future of Islam offers a striking vision of a new Muslim Identity, one which rejects once and for all the idea that Islam must be defined in opposition to the West. 


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: As summer approaches this refreshing desert prepared by Dr. Fathima Motala is a welcome treat. 

Layered Cream and Passion Fruit Falooda


Layer 1
Passion Fruit Falooda
½ litre water
¾ cup sugar
½ tsp. lemon juice
¾ tsp. agar agar powder (gelatine)
¼ tsp. egg yellow colouring
½ cup granadilla pulp

1. Boil water, sugar, lemon juice, egg yellow and agar powder.
2. Remove from the stove and add the granadilla pulp.
3. Pour into desert bowls and leave aside to set.

Layer 2

Milk Falooda
½ litre milk
½ tsp. agar agar powder (gelatine)
1 tsp. cornflour
1 tsp. custard powder
½ tin (395g) of condensed milk
¼ cup cream

1. Mix milk, agar powder, cornflour and custard powder together and beat well.
2. Heat the mixture until milk reaches boiling point.
3. Remove from the heat and add condensed milk and cream.
4. Beat and pour over the passion fruit Falooda which has already set.
5. Decorate with cream and berries or granadilla pulp or both.


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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Is there a diet to treat arthritis?

There is no scientific evidence that supports cutting out specific foods to improve arthritis.

It is best to choose a healthy diet that includes a wide variety of foods and is consistent with the Dietary Guidelines for Australians.

Cutting out specific foods in an effort to improve arthritis can mean missing out on important nutrients.

Being overweight places extra stress on the joints. Many people find losing weight reduces the pain and inflammation of arthritis. If you notice any particular food causes a flare up, try and limit it in your diet and see if this makes a difference.

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, I find it really hard to lose fat from my thighs. Can you recommend some exercises to tone up this area?

A: The good news is you can totally change the shape of your body – but you’ll need to focus of food and exercise on a regular basis to see results.

• Start by eating ‘clean’, healthy food. No trans fats.
• Incorporate at least 3 weight/resistance training sessions into your weekly workout routine (focusing on legs), to build lean muscle and create tone.
• Include some high-intensity cardio sessions as well – sprints, hill-runs, rowing, etc.
• Eat moderately – portion size and what you eat is key.






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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A robber went into a bank and demanded money.


Once he was given the money, he turned to a customer and asked... Did you see me rob this bank?


The man replied YES I DID.


The robber then shot him in the temple killing him instantly.


He then turned to Jallalludin and wife who were standing next to him and asked Jallalludin ... Did you see me rob this bank?


Jallalludin replied “NO SIR I DIDN'T BUT MY WIFE DID…….

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So say: "O my Lord! You grant forgiveness and mercy! For You are the Best of those who show mercy!" 

Surah Al-Muminun 23:118


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~ Benjamin Franklin


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AIIC 11TH Annual Fete 12 October


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Muslim Aid Australia Syria Campaign Prayer - The Coolness of my Eyes 22 September Prayer - The Coolness of my Eyes 22 September In Pursuit of Freedom 27 September AlKauthar - Dawah Power 28 September Qurbani Makeni Islamic Society of Zambia QECF Qurban Campaign 2013 A3 lndscp QLD AIIC Enrolment Imam Akram celebrant services In preparation for the Book of Allah Marhaba Playgroup Shajarah Islamic Kindergarten
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ACCES Removal Services


Al-Khitan Circumcisions


Ahlam Haddad Tutoring

Tutoring (Maths)


Clothing Islamic Couture


Lebanese Cuisine

Love ur Body

Beauty Treatments

Continental Meats GOLD COAST


Mansur Omar

Real Estate

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Muslim Directory Australia

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Restaurant & Takeaway Portuguese Chicken

Centre for Easy Language Learning (CeLL)

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Shameema's Silk Scarves


Grand Medical Centre

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Qld Islamic Book Service

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27 September


In Pursuit of Freedom by Hamza Andreas Tzortzis

AlKauthar Institute

Logan Mosque

0425 811 150

7.30am to 9pm

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

AlKauthar Institute

Griffith University Nathan Campus


8.30am to 6.30pm

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

22 March 2014


International Food Festival hosted by Kuraby Mosque

Kuraby Mosque

Wally Tate Park

0422 191 675

10am to 9pm


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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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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