Sunday, 22 September 2013

 Newsletter 0463




Bachar Houli with players involved in the competition that bears his name alongside Masterchef 2013 contestant, Samira El Khafir who performed her first celebrity engagement.


AS THE Bachar Houli Islamic Program was official acknowledged on the world stage on Wednesday, two Islamic based schools battled for the Bachar Houli Cup in Melbourne.

Coburg Australian International Academy (AIA) triumphed over Fawkner Darul Ulum College at JJ Holland Reserve in Kensington, winning the AFL 9s competition that has grown rapidly since being introduced in 2012.

Meanwhile, on Wednesday night in Philadelphia, the AFL and Bachar Houli Islamic Program were acknowledged at the Beyond Sport Summit.

The National Football League won the governing body of the year award, but Houli's program was shortlisted in the top five in the governing body category from 350 international nominations.


For me, being a footballer is about giving back to my community, and through my AFL multicultural programs I get to do just that.

Bachar Houli

The Bachar Houli Cup has been developed by the Richmond defender and the AFL's multicultural program, with AFL diversity programs manager Ali Fahour representing the League in Philadelphia.

The program, which aims to engage young Muslim men in Australian football, has become a national program in just 12 months after starting in Victorian schools.

The program aims to celebrate cultural diversity, provide the participants with a positive AFL and cultural role model, and identify potential AFL talent.

“Congratulations to AIA, and all of the participants of the Bachar Houli Program," Houli said.

"I really love being part of it, and meeting the students who I know love participating.

"For me, being a footballer is about giving back to my community, and through my AFL multicultural programs I get to do just that.”

Houli’s programs engage around 5000 students nationally, and his next project will be the Bachar Houli Academy, a five-day training program run at the ME Bank Centre at Punt Road Oval.

Some of the participants of the Academy will be selected from this year's Bachar Houli Cup.

The Bachar Houli Islamic Program currently engages 30 Islamic colleges nationally.

The Bachar Houli Cup is targeted at 14-17 year olds who play a round-robin football carnival against other Islamic colleges in their respective states.

Thirty Islamic students will be drafted into the Bachar Houli Academy where their skills will be fast-tracked in order to give them the best chance of breaking into the talented player pathway.

Source: AFL

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Master Chef Fans noticed an Arab contestant while watching the popular program on the Australian TV.


She came in third place in the finals, Samira Al Khafir is from Lebanese origin, married to an Egyptian and a mother of three children.


Maram Ismail spoke with Samira and asked her first where the idea of her participation came from so she said:


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In the ABC Compass series Geraldine Doogue invites Muslims, Jews and Christians to dinner to explore what they believe and why.


In Episode 1, Assad Karem, Maha Sukkar, Mohammed El-Ieissy, Noha Sayed and Susan Carland talk about what being a Muslim means to them, how their faith informs their lives and the challenges they face in a post 9/11 world.


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The Muslim population on the Gold Coast is in need of a new mosque. Humera Haroon with her children Zikra Ilyas, 11, Zara Ilyas, 5, Hamza Ilyas, 13 months and Zaina Ilyas, 10. Pic: Brendan Radke

THE Gold Coast Islamic community is experiencing a baby boom and needs more mosques.

Religious leaders say there are between 6000 to 8000 Muslims on the Gold Coast, up as much as 4000 from the last Census in 2011.

The unprecedented growth is thanks to a high birth rate, not migration, with second generation Gold Coast families producing more children.

Leaders from the Islamic Society of Gold Coast say that the community's only mosque at Arundel is at capacity.

It operates daily from 5am to 9pm and takes in 1200 people each Friday for the community's main prayers, with prayers held five times a day.

The mosque is also a meeting place, is equipped with the burial material for funerals, is the venue for weddings and festivals and hosts 15 school tours annually.

Society secretary Hussain Baba said the boom meant the mosque was constantly in use and more facilities were needed to accommodate the growth.

He said the city was appealing for Islamic families from Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide thanks to its multicultural society, lifestyle and climate and facilities like Bond University and the Gold Coast University Hospital.

"Many come for a holiday and then want to move here," he said.

According to 2011 Census, there were about 4000 Muslims living on the Gold Coast with the largest portion under 34 years old.

Mr Baba said their evidence suggested that figure had swelled to more than 8000 people.

"Being a tourist town, there is acceptance of the Muslim religion as there are many Middle Eastern and Asian tourists who come here and practise Islam," he said.

Imam Imraan Husain -- the Gold Coast Mosque leader -- said Muslims born here were now having their own families.

"In the eight years I have been here, I have never done so many rites of passage birthing rituals," said Imam Imraan Husain.


In the eight years I have been here, I have never done so many rites of passage birthing rituals.

Imam Imraan Husain

"There are many people who live here and work in Brisbane because they like the lifestyle," he said.

"They also feel very welcome. We have more than 40 countries as part of our community and we don't have any skirmishes. Our community loves the atmosphere.

"We would like to see more in places to pray in Robina or Varsity Lakes to give people more options and ease. We need some more prayer rooms and facilities."

He said the community would look at providing more facilities, including prayer centres.

"We need the financial muscle, but having more facilities would make it easier for people living at the southern end of the Gold Coast and would cater for the growth."

According to the 2011 Census there were almost half a million people in Australia who identified as being Islamic -- the third largest identified religious group after Christianity and Buddhism.

Nationally, the Islamic population grew by around 135,000 from 2006 to 2011, up about 40 per cent compared with overall population growth of 8 per cent.

In NSW, combined variations of Muhammad last year made the top 100 baby names, figures from the Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages reveal.

In London, the combined spellings of Muhammad have made it the No. 1 baby name for boys.


Source: Goalcoast.com

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BRISBANE: Chris Newman, a Springwood resident and secretary of the Neighbourhood Mosque Watch Committee, said Underwood was an "Australian community, not a Muslim community" but denied that his opposition was related to religious differences.

He believes Logan City Council should have rejected the redevelopment of the warehouse at 50 Parramatta Rd into a place of worship.

Council approved the development application in July which will transform the current building into a multipurpose hall with an office, washroom and burial facilities, with 50 car-parking spaces on site.

"The traffic will clog up that road. Why do we all have to carry the burden of these ill-conceived ideas?" Mr Newman said.

"It will upset the area's character, which is pretty mellow. It's a light-industry area and it's near residents and suddenly it will turn into a hub of frenetic Friday afternoon activity."

Director of the Islamic Shia Council of Queensland, Aun Ali Lakhani, said the new

Brisbane Islamic Centre would act as a community hub for 4000 Shia Muslims who currently had no place of worship.

The redevelopment, due to begin within weeks, will cost about $1.5 million, much of which has been donated from within the Islamic community.

Mr Lakhani said 95 per cent of activity would be after hours or on weekends and he welcomed any opponents to talk with him about their concerns.

He said he was unaware of any groups against the development of the mosque.

"Most simply, it's a place of prayer, like a church," Mr Lakhani said.

"This centre will be for all activities, including prayers and special services, wedding ceremonies, an indoor sports hall and it's going to have a multimedia library.

"Most of the community members are either refugees from Afghanistan or Iraq so it will be a support centre for those people coming out of detention when they don't know where to go."

Planning and Development committee chairwoman Cr Cherie Dalley said council officers were satisfied the development complied with the applicable legislation and, accordingly, the development had been approved with conditions.

There was no need for public consultation for the redevelopment because the land was already correctly zoned for a place of worship.

Source: Courier Mail

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Comedian Nazeem Hussain is half of comedy duo Fear of a Brown Planet, but he's also on the board of the Islamic Council of Victoria and something of a cultural commentator, appearing on Q&A, acting as a spokesman for his community and, predictably, angering conservative newspaper columnists.

A ''moderate Muslim'', Hussain says he never set out to ''spread a message'', but he has made a career from political and race-based comedy - through stand-up, as a presenter on youth radio station Triple J, and on Foxtel's comedy Balls of Steel.

But I'm tipping it will be his new series, produced by Southern Star Entertainment, that will really get the conservatives frothing.

The 10-part Legally Brown might just be the best new comedy series on TV. There's little worse than being told a ''brave'' new comedy will be ''edgy'' and ''dangerous'', but Hussain's new vehicle genuinely does what it promises in the press release.

A mix of stand-up in front of a live studio audience and pre-recorded sketches and hidden-camera pranks, Legally Brown is at once sharp, funny and often uncomfortable - everything decent comedy should be.

Much of our political-based comedy can feel a touch undergraduate, but Hussain's approach to race, politics, and Western understanding - or misunderstanding - of Islam feels fresher and a lot bolder than, say, the comedy stylings of The Chaser.

This first episode sets the tone, with Hussain promising ''something light, something we can all laugh about - like people smugglers'', in a pre-recorded hidden-camera segment called ''Social Experiments'', in which he tries to deliver a truck full of 12 ''asylum seekers'' to various businesses.

The hidden-camera pranks recall the work of British comic Dom Joly's anarchic Trigger Happy TV, with serious social issues subtly addressed, rather than hammered loudly home.

Other skits include Hussain pretending to be an Indian guru counselling unsuspecting people apparently seeking genuine spiritual guidance (makes you wonder why these people sign release forms once they know the truth), and taxi driver turned prime ministerial candidate Uncle Sam, whose slogan is ''Make Australia Halal'' (a trailer of which has already prompted former 2UE radio host Michael Smith to rant on his blog), meeting members of the public in Sydney and promising to get rid of pubs and pork. This prompts some excellent unintentional comedy from appalled white Australians.

Then there's ''Muslim Shore'', a ''brown'' incarnation of reality horror Jersey Shore.

Future episodes promise Hussain taking to the streets dressed as ''ethnic'' celebrities such as Sachin Tendulkar, rapper will.i.am and even Jackie Chan (!), to see if anyone can spot the difference.

Parodies of race and politically sensitive subjects can easily veer into worthiness, but Hussain, who co-writes all the material, has a light touch, and even his most ''controversial'' gags are never earnest.

Source: Sydney Morning Herald

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By Amal Awad  

The Muslimah World contest is presented as an alternative to the traditional beauty pageant - yet it's no better. The reality is that both objectify and judge women, just in different ways.
Credit: www.shutterstock.com

It's easy to disguise the insidiousness of pageantry.


Drenched in sponsorship, but with a philanthropic bent, the contestants get tested not only how well they rock a swimsuit, but also on how acute their minds are.


Unfortunately, as some of YouTube's greatest hits attest, contestants often falter during question time.

The issue with this sort of competition is its very nature as a contest - the attempt to judge unquantifiable beauty.


There's something unholy about how it feeds unrealistic body ideals and places importance on women's looks.


The talent and Q&A segments simply pay lip service to the naysayers of beauty pageants.

So it's no surprise that there has been an uproar over the Miss World competition being held in Indonesia, one of the world's most populous Muslim nations.


Originally scheduled to take place on the outskirts of Jakarta, it has since been moved to the popular tourist island of Bali (where the majority of the population is Hindu).


However, this has not been enough to appease some, with Islamic group Hizbut Tahrir Indonesia protesting as recently as last Saturday in Java.



ABC Religion & Ethics

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Sr. Mariam Kawi of Christmas Island who was presently based in Perth passed away on Tuesday.


Sr Mariam Kawi was one of the founders of the Islamic Council of Christmas Island and served as President for many years.


She was a pioneering figure in Australian Muslim affairs, serving as Executive Member of AFIC for a number of years and on AFIC School Boards.

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Al-Mustapha Institute of Brisbane will be hosting a fundraiser on Sunday 29 September.

10 pieces of Fried Chicken, Large Chips, Coleslaw & Bottle of Drink only $30

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

Must pre-order by Thurs 26 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 In’shaAllah.

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The cash, pledges and eftpos donations from last week's fund raiser dinner amounted to $156,000 after deducting expenses.

As of Friday, 20 September $799,000 (86% of the target) had been reached.

"The success of the Brisbane fundraising dinner has helped reach this level within a relatively short time and beyond the expectation of many in the community (Allahu Akbar)," Prof Shahjahan Khan, president of the Islamic Society of Toowoomba told CCN. "The Islamic Society of Toowoomba is pleased with the outcome of the dinner event, and extends its sincere gratitude to everyone involved in the dinner and may Allah reward them best status in this world and hereafter."

The organizing committee has begun planing for the essential modifications and additions of the church property to make it suitable for a Mosque. "It would be great if we could go for a December settlement and assume possession of the property right after that," Prof Khan added.

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

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Salaams Editor,

Regarding an article you have in the latest CCN Newsletter: Bride-Burning Figures Shock India.

There are some incorrect statements made in this article about the dowry/mahr.


Please see this link to clarify the stance in Islam regarding this topic.


Umm Ibrahim


Humaira Bachal : Education Crusader and Asia 21 Young Leader



PAKISTAN: Humaira Bachal, a 25-year-old education advocate from Pakistan, wowed just about everyone who met her last month at Asia Society’s Asia 21 Young Leaders Summit in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Already the subject of a short documentary by Pakistan’s first Oscar-winning filmmaker and Asia 21 Fellow Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, Bachal is beginning to garner attention worldwide for her tireless work on behalf of girls’ education.

In a profile on NPR, Bachal explained her own difficulties accessing education

After I had finished primary school, my father didn’t want me to get any education,” she says. “He said I was only going to get married and have children.” But Bachal and her mother had other ideas. While her mother wasn’t particularly educated, her family in Iran had been. All of her mother’s sisters had gone on to higher education; Bachal’s mother thought her daughters should get educations, too. For three years, Bachal’s mother dissembled when asked direct questions about where her daughter was all day. And for three years, while Bachal attended middle school in another part of Karachi, her father had no idea what his daughter was doing.














Bachal went on to start the Dream Foundation, which began as a tuition center for a few students in her hometown of Moach Goth in 2003. Now a formal school currently enrolling 1200 students where children pay a rupee a day to attend classes, Bachal’s Dream Foundation also offers separate adult literacy classes for men and women, which are taught at night by Humaira herself and her team of young volunteers.


By the time Bachal got her Matriculation in 2004, she decided to expand her small home-school to a bigger premises. “It was certainly odd for the elders that a 15-year-old girl was asking them for a place to educate others.”

Finally, they managed to acquire a two-room place at Rs1,000 monthly rent , which they paid for from their pocket money until 2007, when Shirkat Gah- a women’s rights organisation- took notice.

“The school managed to survive due to the books collected from public schools in nearby areas. We also organised door-to-door campaigns to counsel parents,” said Bachal. “On one particular instance, some people got so infuriated that they pelted stones at our school.”

Inspired by the title of a Shirkat Gah documentary, the makeshift school finally got a name in 2009 with Bachal also establishing Dream Foundation Trust through which she intends to focus on 114 similar slum settlements located across Keamari.

Pop singer Madonna with activist Humaira Bachal and filmmaker Sharmeen Obaid



Sources: The Express Tribune and Asia ABC

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"I wear the niqab, let me speak on my own behalf" - Sahar Al Faifi


Sahar Al Faifi 

UK: I welcome a debate, so long as it respects a diverse range of views including that of veiled Muslim women, but don't we have more important things to talk about?

After the recent (and now revoked) decision by Birmingham Metropolitan College to ban the niqab (Muslim-face-veil) and Jeremy Browne MP’s comments, the niqab has once again become a hot topic for many politicians and commentators. There are, however, voices missing in this debate – and I for one think it is imperative for the voices of the face-veiled Muslim women to be heard.

I started wearing the niqab at a the age of 14, although my parents discouraged me. I was motivated by a deep belief that this was the right decision for me and that hasn't changed in the intervening years since.

The common impression that many people have about those that wear the niqab is that we are oppressed, uneducated, passive, kept behind closed doors and not integrated within British society. The terms used in the press often reflect this, as do some politicians statements. Jeremy Browne MP is a case in point with his call for a national debate about whether the state should step in to “protect” young women from having the veil “imposed” on them. Sarah Wollaston MP finds the niqab “deeply offensive”. Enter the Prime Minister and commentators across the political spectrum ready to discuss us.

Allow me to introduce myself. I am a proud Welsh and British citizen, a molecular geneticist by profession and an activist in my spare time. I have formerly been elected as the Wales Chairperson of a national Muslim student organisation and held other leadership roles including working with bodies such as the National Union of Students. I wear the niqab as a personal act of worship, and I deeply believe that it brings me closer to God, the Creator. I find the niqab liberating and dignifying; it gives me a sense of strength. People I engage with judge me for my intellect and action; not necessarily for the way I look or dress. Niqab enables me to be, simply, human.


The Independent   

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Infanticide prompts imam response in Pakistan

Aleem Maqbool reports from Pakistan where female infanticide is rife


PAKISTAN: Public anger is growing in Pakistan over the number of attacks on young girls.

Among the cases which have made headlines recently are the gang rape of a five-year-old twins abandoned on a railway line and a baby girl thrown into a river by her father.

In response imams in mosques across Pakistan have been asked to preach a sermon on the the treatment of girls.

It is being called 'My Daughter is a Blessing not a Curse Day.'

UNICEF (United Nations Children's Fund) figures suggest that in Karachi alone the bodies of 300 newborn baby girls are found each year.



BBC News ('I drowned my daughter in a rage')

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Scholar lashes out at VIP Haj packages


KUWAIT: A Kuwaiti religious leader has warned against VIP pilgrimage offers, saying they were against the spirit of Islam.

“This new invention of VIP Haj [pilgrimage] packages by some Haj operators is unacceptable,” Mohammad Al Tabtabai, the former dean of the Islamic Studies College, said. “This type of Haj is counter to the spirit of Islam and I urge all Muslims to boycott it. They should join operators who offer the performance of the Haj rituals without excess or overindulgence,” he said in remarks published by local daily Al Kuwaitiya on Monday.

Haj operators have recently attempted to lure wealthy people planning to perform Haj by offering them special treatment that spares them all trouble and gives them a sense of comfort at all times.

Under the package, pilgrims are flown in first class and given accommodation at world-renowned hotels while their transport throughout the pilgrimage is provided in a private car.

However, for many people, such privileges do not help Muslims cement their relations with fellow Muslims and defeat the spirit of togetherness promoted by the Haj pilgrimage, the fifth pillar of Islam.

“Unfortunately, these operators are driven by a wish to make huge profits and not by the genuine Islamic value of being close to other Muslims to help them perform Haj based on its spirit of togetherness,” Al Tabtabai said. “We have noted that several operators are competing with one another to offer better accommodation, more comfortable cars and greater quantity of varied food. That is not the spirit of Haj that Muslims must honour,” he said.

The six-day Haj season is in mid-October, but several operators have publicised their offers and packages to enlist those planning to go on pilgrimage.

Islam requires all physically fit and financially able Muslims to perform Haj at least once in their lives.

A Haj quota was introduced in 1987 following an agreement by all member countries of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) to limit the number of pilgrims allowed by each country to 0.1 per cent of its population.

Several countries have requested an increase in their quotas, but Riyadh turned down the requests, saying that construction work in Makkah had put heavy pressure on the possibility of accommodating more pilgrims.

Source: Gulf News

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London schools forcing pupils to wear burkas, with 'appropriate punishments for incorrect uniform'


UK:Two London schools were today revealed to be enforcing strict dress codes that force pupils to wear burkas.

The Madani Girls School in Whitechapel (pictured right) and the Ayesha Siddiqa Girls School in Southall require all students to dress in Islamic clothing.

Both of the independent, fee-paying schools make clear that pupils who fail to abide by the rules will be disciplined and face being sent home in disgrace.

The revelation comes after Home Secretary Theresa May said “women should be free to decide what to wear for themselves” after a judge ordered a Muslim woman to remove her niqab veil if she gives evidence in court.

Madani, which has about 300 pupils in its secondary school and sixth form, charges fees in excess of £2,000 a year. It requires pupils to wear a black burka and long black coat outside the school, and a green salwar kameez - trousers and tunic - within school premises. Make-up and jewellery are banned.

The school rules state: “Madani Girls School has a strict uniform policy which is to be followed in order to represent the school and its values but most importantly it supports the desired dress code of a Muslim female.”

Ayesha Siddiqa requires its pupils to wear a navy blue burka or jilbab on entering or leaving the school, and a headscarf during the school day.

Its dress code states: “Girls will be appropriately punished for failing to wear the correct uniform.”


London Evening Standard

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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
alcove al-qubba A dome or arch
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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: I used the boxed variety and the fish and batter turned out great!  I found 2-3 minutes was long enough in the oil for them to be crispy and golden. Very tasty.


Ingredients for marinade
1 box hake fillets or fresh fillets of fish
¼ tsp turmeric powder
2 tbsp lemon juice
1 tsp crushed garlic
1 tsp green chillies
Salt to taste
Marinate the fish in the above ingredients.

1 cup flour
¼ cup Corn flour
½ tsp salt
2 tbsp oil
½ tsp egg yellow
Pinch of bicarb of soda
Cold water

Mix all above ingredients together and make a paste with cold water. Dip fish into the batter and fry in shallow oil on low heat until crispy. Delicious served with chips and coleslaw,


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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The doctor said I’ve got diverticular disease, what should I eat?


Diverticular disease affects the large bowel and it refers to small pocket-like structures that stick out beyond the wall of the bowel.


Diverticulitis is the acute and painful condition caused by an infection to these pockets.


A high fibre diet is recommended to reduce the chance of diverticulitis (inflammation) occurring in people who already have diverticular damage to their bowel wall.


During inflammation or diverticulitis you may need to try a lower fibre diet until the swelling goes down. Once resolved you can then resume your high fibre diet.

See an Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD) to help you develop a healthy eating plan suitable for your diverticular disease.

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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New guidelines published in the UK highlight the importance of osteoporosis prevention through food intake and sun exposure, which encourage the body to produce calcium and vitamin D. Sufficient vitamin D, which is made in the skin after unprotected sun exposure for 5 – 15 minutes between 10am and 3pm, and also to the lesser extent from consuming foods such as fish, mushrooms and eggs, is essential for healthy strong bones and muscles.

So be sure to embrace some sunlight as the warmer weather approaches. Hitting the gym for some weight training to further improve bone density will also aid in protecting against osteoporosis.

Why not get the family together every other weekend and get out for a picnic or day at the beach coupled with some incidental exercise while you’re enjoying each other’s company.






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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Jallaludin was driving a car with his wife, BegumBibi, when he was stopped by a police officer for driving recklessly.


The following exchange took place.


Jallaludin says, "What's the problem, officer?"

Officer: "You were going at least 75 in a 55 zone and you could hardly keep a straight course."

Jallaludin: "No brother, I was going 65."

BegumBibi: "Oh, Jallaludin. You were going 80." (Jallaludin gave his wife a dirty look.)

Officer: "I'm also going to give you a ticket for your broken taillight. "

Jallaludin : "Broken taillight? I didn't know about a broken taillight!"

BegumBibi: "Oh Jallaludin, you've known about that taillight for weeks." (Jallaludin gave his wife another dirty look.)

Officer: "I'm also going to give you a citation for not wearing your seat belt."

Jallaludin : "Oh, I just took it off when you were walking up to the car."

BegumBibi: "Oh Jallaludin, you never wear your seat belt."

Jallaludin  turned to his wife and yelled, "SHUT YOUR MOUTH!"

The officer turned to BegumBibi and asked, "Sister, does your husband talk to you this way all the time?"

BegumBibi said, "No, only when he's very, very tired and sleepy and about to nod off!"




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It is Allah Who sends forth the winds, so that they raise up the clouds, and We drive them to a land that is dead, and revive the earth therewith after its death: even so (will be) the Resurrection! 

Surah Fatir 35:9


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The challenge of getting up for Fajr (dawn) prayers is simply

a Matter of Mind over Mattress           

~ Shaykh Hamza Yusuf


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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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22 September


Logan Mosque Fund Raiser Dinner

Islamic Society of Logan Mosque

Michael's Oriental Restaurant



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

5 October


BBQ Evening conducted by Imtiyaz Ghumra

Islamic Society of Algester

Algester Mosque

0403 338 040


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

20 October


Eid-ul-Adha BBQ & OPEN DAY

Australian International Islamic College

Blunder Rd,


3372 1400

10.30am to 2.30pm



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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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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