Sunday, 8 February 2015

 Newsletter 0535




.....a sometimes self-deprecating and occasional tongue-in-cheek look at ourselves and the world around us .....




Report on the attack to burn Toowoomba Mosque  The CCN Inbox: Letters to the Editor The CCN Food for Thought
Victoria Police Muslim Association (VPMA) formed  The CCN Classifieds An Ayaat-a-Week
World Hijab Day 1 February: A day in hijab What is/was happening in other necks of the woods Events and Functions
'Halal In The Family' Web Series To Fight Islamophobia Around the Muslim World with CCN Islamic Programmes, Education & Services
Post-wedding reception

CCN Readers' Book Club

Businesses and Services

This study obliterates myth Muslims are more violent

KB's Culinary Corner

The CCN Date Claimer

This is not my Islam: A message

Kareema's Keep Fit Column

CCN on Facebook

Sponsor an Orphan today and change their life forever!

The CCN Chuckle

Useful Links

Ex-MI6 Boss Warns West Not To Insult Islam  

Write For Us

Jumma Lecture Recordings
100 Muslims, 1 Question




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A report on the recent arson attack on the Toowoomba Mosque and subsequent community activities is available here.


Prof Shahjahan Khan, president of the Islamic Society of Toowoomba, told CCN: "Alhamdulillah the damage is not as bad as it could have been. The whole burning attempt was recorded on our CCTV."


In addition to the repair costs of the damage caused by the fire the Society needs to pay the following bills as soon as possible:

Auditing of accounts fee $1660; Zip Water Fountain bill $2046; Surveying cost $ 660; Osman Insurance Broker $4552

Senior police offers have advised the Mosque to "put up good quality fences around the Mosque, especially at the west side of the hall, and east of parking", and suggested a number of other security measures.


Your contributions may be made through any of the bank accounts below:

Commonwealth Bank of Australia, Toowoomba Plaza Branch

A/C Name: Toowoomba Islamic Charitable Organisation

BSB No 064459, A/C No 1034 1586

Swift Code: CTBAAU25XXX

Heritage Bank, Toowoomba Branch

A/C Name: Islamic Society of Toowoomba

BSB No  638060, A/C No 1300 9958

Swift Code: HBSLAU4T


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Alwasat report


VICTORIA: Over the last 5 years, the number of Victoria Police employees of Islamic faith has increased to almost 100. These Muslims are employed in many varied areas within Victoria Police. Victoria has one of the largest Muslim communities in Australia. Victoria


Police has committed to promote multiculturalism and diversity within its own ranks through its recently released Equity and Diversity Action Plan.

In September 2013, Chief Commissioner of Police Ken Lay sanctioned the formation of a Victoria Police Muslim Association (VPMA).

Media Liaison Officer of the of the VPMA Leading Senior Constable Albert Fatileh said, “The VPMA aims to promote social harmony and cohesion and the profile of Muslims working in Victoria Police.”

Fatileh said, “Muslim police members would participate in cultural, religious and general community events to strengthen relationships within the wider community.


Members of the VPMA have commenced working with Islamic Schools and other community groups. Fatileh said, “We will emphasise the importance of respect and acceptance of all persons, no matter race or religion, and the importance to obey the law of the land.”


The VPMA will provide support, advice, language assistance and cultural knowledge to other police members. A further expected outcome would be an improved retention of members of Islamic faith.

The VPMA is affiliated with the Victoria Police Amateur Sports and Welfare Society.

During the recent Victoria Police Multi-Faith dinner, the President of the VPMA Leading Senior Constable Maha Sukkar was recognised for her outstanding community work and as being the first woman to wear the Hijab within a police service in Australia.

Any further enquiries about the VPMA can be directed to Leading Senior Constable Albert Fatileh via e-mail: albert.fatileh@police.vic.gov.au or phone 0407-566 385.


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What is it like to wear a hijab? Women around the world - Muslims and non-Muslims alike - are embracing religious tolerance to mark World Hijab Day by wearing the traditional head covering.


Organisers of World Hijab Day asked women to share their experiences of "a day in the life of a hijabi" through social networks like Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. @WorldHijabDay also posted women's updates throughout the day.



You cannot judge a woman until you’ve walked a mile in her shoes… or in this case, her scarf.



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Is laughter the best medicine for Islamophobia?

“The Daily Show” star Aasif Mandvi wants to find out.

The comedian is attempting to “challenge stereotypes and misinformation about Muslims” with a new web series called “Halal In The Family.”

A parody of the quintessential American sitcom "All In The Family," "Halal" follows the lives of an “all-American Muslim” family, with Mandvi starring as the dad. Each of the show’s four planned episodes focuses on a different challenge facing the American Muslim community today -- like government surveillance and spying; online bullying and hate networks; media bias; and "the use of anti-Muslim prejudice for political gain."

Mandvi writes:


“Halal in the Family will expose a broad audience to some of the realities of being Muslim in America. By using satire we will encourage people to reconsider their assumptions about Muslims, while providing a balm to those experiencing anti-Muslim bias. I also hope those Uncles and Aunties out there will crack a smile!”

The web series traces its roots back to a “Daily Show” skit called “The Qu’osby Show,” a parody of “The Cosby Show.”

Production has wrapped up on the project. Mandvi is now trying to crowdfund money to cover the costs of promoting “Halal in the Family.” He wants to make sure the show reaches Americans who have “little to no exposure” to Muslims. The show's publicists did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

“In order to change the conversation about Muslims in American media we need a diverse, unified movement of people who are willing to take a stand against anti-Muslim bias,” Mandvi writes. “By fueling a portion of this project with donations from across the country we will demonstrate that thousands of people are fed up with the treatment of American Muslims.”

In an interview with HuffPost Live, Mandvi admitted he isn’t the most devout of Muslims. Still, he said, religion will always be a part of his identity.

“Religion is so much more than the god you pray to. The religion that you associate with, it's culture, it is family, it is background. That is something that I have always grown up with," he said.

Linda Sarsour, Senior Strategist for the Campaign to Take on Hate, is an adviser to the project who has seen all the episodes. She called the show "brilliant" and "funny."

"[It] brings you the most pressing issues impacting American Muslims from bullying to discrimination to surveillance," she told HuffPost in an email. "Comedy allows people to put their guard down, it's less aggressive and you can weave important issues and political statements throughout. I am excited for its release into the living rooms of my fellow Americans across the country."

Americans’ opinions of Arabs and Muslims have become increasingly negative in the past decade. According to research conducted by the Arab American Institute, only 27 percent of Americans have a favorable opinion of Muslims, while 42 percent believed police are justified in using racial profiling to target Arab Americans and American Muslims. The negative feelings are strongest among Republicans and senior citizens, Reuters reports.

Source: Huffington Post Religion


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(l to r): Mr Ismail Cajee, President of ICQ; Mr Abdurahman Deen, Dr Janathan Inkpin, Prof Shahjahan Khan, Vice President of Islamic Council of Queensland, Dr Mark Copland, Bishop Robert McGuckin (Catholic Bishop of Toowoomba), Bishop Cameron Venerables (Anglican Bishop of Toowoomba), Dr Assad Bangash, Dr M Ashraf Memon, and Mr Allan Bruce

The Khan Family







A post wedding reception of the second son of Prof Shahjahan Khan, Adnun Abdullah Khan and daughter-in-law, Farhana Haider Chowdhury held on Saturday, 31 January in Toowoomba.


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"Whenever the subject of Islamist terrorism comes up, the national conversation almost always circles back to a somewhat bigoted question: are Muslims more violent than other kinds of people because of their religion?

What these conversations usually lack is data; that is, evidence that Muslim societies are actually more violent than other ones. And it turns out, according to UC-Berkeley Professor M. Steven Fish, that judging by murder rates, people in Muslim-majority countries actually tend to be significantly less violent:

"Predominantly, Muslim countries average 2.4 murders per annum per 100,000 people, compared to 7.5 in non-Muslim countries. The percentage of the society that is made up of Muslims is an extraordinarily good predictor of a country's murder rate. More authoritarianism in Muslim countries does not account for the difference. I have found that controlling for political regime in statistical analysis does not change the findings. More Muslims, less homicide."*

Read details of the study here.

Cenk Uygur host of The Young Turks breaks it down.




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UK broadcast journalist Cathy Newman's initial visit to a mosque in London on #VisitMyMosque day didn’t go so well. She mistakenly went to a mosque that wasn't participating in the event and tweeted about the experience. Now, there's CCTV footage that puts her tweets into question. She's since apologized for "any misunderstanding there has been," but the social media storm is already raging. #CathyNewmanLies




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The Muslim Vibe presents 'This is not my Islam' by Sanasiino. A spoken word poem speaking out against the hijacking and tarnishing of the name of Islam, by extremist militants such as ISIS and others.



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153 million. The number of orphans worldwide – more than six times the population of Australia. That’s 153 million children without one or both parents to give them a home, safety…and, most importantly, love.

For many orphans, the threat of poverty is constant: where will the next meal come from? Where are we going to live? If we get sick and can’t afford medicine…will we survive?
And if they make it through this childhood of hunger, poverty and insecurity, they have little hope for a better life. Without an education and the tools to support themselves, there is small chance of a brighter future ahead.

Shahzeb is only six years old. He's struggling to survive in the slums of Rawalpindi. His home has no running water, no heat. When it rains heavily, the gutters overflow, and feces rush into the house.To add to his problems, he;s an orphan and his mother is disabled and can't work. We need your help supporting children like Shahzeb so families like his are living again and not just surviving.


Shahzeb is only one of the 153 million. Your sponsorship could mean the world.







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Muslim Funeral Services Ltd provides funeral director services to the Muslim community across South East Queensland.

We have positions available for male assistant/s to work on a part-time, on-call basis, with our team to facilitate with the funeral arrangements.

Duties will include driving for all transfers, assist with the preparation of the grave, assist with the Ghusl and liaise with the family of the deceased.

No specific experience is necessary but the ability to work with a team, be available on-call, be empathetic and have a driver’s licence are essential.

For further details, including remuneration please contact Dr. Mohammed Iqbal Sultan on 0412 845 786 or via email admin@mfs.asn.au.




As part of the plan to open new offices in Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth, MCCA is looking for suitably qualified and experienced people to join their highly skilled team.

For details see the link

For further information phone on call 1300 724 734.

To apply please forward your application to hr@mcca.com.au.




Vacancy for a junior pharmacy assistant for a pharmacy in Logan

Experience is not essential, license preferable. Duties include serving customers, receiving in stock, marking off stock, stock management, general house keeping, dusting, vacuuming, cleaning shelves, placing the bin out, checking mail.
Pay is the guild award rate, which differs with age. Hours are from mid-morning till 5.30pm (half an hour break), Saturdays included 8.30 till 1 pm (3.5 days a week).
Email resumes to loganpharmacy@hotmail.com.


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DATE: 6 February 2015

TOPIC: The Prophet's Mercy

IMAM: Dr Mohamad Abdalla







DATE: 6 February 2015

TOPIC: “Is our life an open day?”

IMAM: Mufti Junaid Akbar

AUDIO (MP3) LINK: http://www.masjidtaqwa.org.au/index.php/downloads/kuthba



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In this episode of '100 Muslims, 1 Question' American Muslims from all walks of life were asked: "What do you regret?"


These are their responses



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Dear Editor


I would like to take this opportunity to sincerely thank the many readers of CCN who supported my election campaign for the State Electorate of Stretton. While I did not achieve my goal this election, I do take heart that I secured the fifth highest Independent vote in Queensland. I now look forward to family time, returning to work and continuing with my normal community activities that includes actively supporting social inclusion. Taking part in our democratic process is one the greatest privileges to experience and as such, I congratulate all winning candidates.

David Forde
Independent Candidate for Stretton


Petition, praise and protest by British Muslims (Press Release)


UK: A petition of over 100 000 British Muslims will be presented to the Prime Minister highlighting the view that the majority of Muslims worldwide call for ‘Global Civility’ rather than destruction of human life.

British Muslims shall acknowledge the self-restraint shown by the British media in the current ‘Charlie Hebdo’ cartoon insults.

Thousands of British Muslims shall protest on the reprinting of the caricature of the Holy Prophet Muhammad p.b.u.h. outside Downing Street, London on 8th February 2015 from 11 am. They shall be presenting at 10 Downing Street a Petition signed by over 100 000 British Muslims with an open letter to the Prime Minister highlighting the view of the majority of the Muslim worldwide calling for ‘Global Civility’.

The rally shall express their deep regret at the killings in Paris of 17 people which were in violation of Islamic Law. British Muslims will also condemn the reprinting of the caricature of the Holy Prophet Muhammad p.b.u.h. in the Charlie Hebdo magazine.

Shaykh Tauqir Ishaq, a senior spokesman for the Muslim Action Forum (MAF) organising the protest, said “Perpetual mistakes by extremists, either by cold-blooded killers or uncivilised expressionists, cannot be the way forward for a civilised society. The peace-loving majority of people must become vociferous in promoting Global Civility and responsible debate. At this time of heightened tension and emotion, it is crucial that both sides show restraint to prevent further incidents of this nature occurring.”

Shaykh Noor Siddiqi, a MAF representative, said “The actions of the UK media in not publishing the cartoons, is highly appreciated by British Muslims and we hope that this kind of self-restraint and mutual respect will ultimately lead to a harmonious society.”

The rally will be attended by several hundred Muslim scholars and thousands of British Muslims from across the United Kingdom.


Source: Muslim Action Forum UK

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Tributes paid to world-renowned Manchester scientist and researcher who revolutionised sugar industry   



UK: Dr Layla Zakaria Abdel Rahman, who studied at the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology, passed away at her home in Didsbury aged 59 last Saturday after a fight against cancer

She was a leading Manchester scientist and globally-respected researcher.

Tributes have been paid to Sudanese-born Dr Layla Zakaria Abdel Rahman, who studied at the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology (UMIST).

A renowned expert in the field of biological technology, she passed away at her home in Didsbury aged 59 last Saturday after a fight against cancer.

Dr Layla, a mother-of-two, uncovered a radically new method of growing sugar cane.

The breakthrough, which she made at her research laboratory near the former Manchester Science Park, meant the plant could be grown from seeds rather than the conventional stem cutting methods.

It led to cheaper and more productive cultivation in developing countries.

Friends said Dr Layla, who won national awards and earned global recognition for her work, was much-loved within Manchester’s Sudanese communities.

A funeral service took place at a mosque in Victoria Park yesterday (Tuesday) ahead of burial at Southern Cemetery in Chorlton.

Dr Layla, the granddaughter of a Sudanese tribal king, moved to Manchester to study in the late 1980s after completing her education in Sudan.

She had graduated from the University of Khartoum in Sudan and went on to complete a Masters degree and a Phd at UMIST.

Gaafer Ali, a close friend and secretary of Manchester Sudanese Cultural Society, said companies sponsored her research in Manchester. He said: “She had a tremendous and wonderful career. It shows what sort of a person she was.

“She came from a humble background but achieved so much success and was an amazing person. She had an ability to get people to love her. She broke boundaries in her field.

“She will be very sadly missed and was a wonderful human being.”

Dr Layla’s breakthrough involved taking cells from plant leaves, shoots or roots and growing them in a liquid culture to produce artificial seeds able to germinate. For years, scientists funded by the sugar industry had been trying to find ways to increase crop yields, without success.

But her results and patented techniques garnered global attention and attracted interest from huge research and production companies across the world.

Source: Manchester Evening News


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U.N. Rights Chief Says He’ll Shine a Light on Countries Big and Small 


Prince Zeid Ra’ad Zeid al-Hussein, the new United Nations high commissioner for human rights, is a member of the Jordanian royal family


GENEVA — IN a 20-year career at the United Nations, Prince Zeid Ra’ad Zeid al-Hussein has had more than a few opportunities to witness the human capacity for cruelty, but nothing seared his memory quite like two scenes from the Balkan wars of the 1990s.

In one, he is traveling in a United Nations convoy when the car of a Bosnian Serb paramilitary fighter pulls alongside, and on its hood is the severed head of a Bosnian Muslim child adorned with a United Nations peacekeeper’s blue helmet.

That episode and the plight of two young girls shot by a sniper in Sarajevo have left him decades later, as the new United Nations high commissioner for human rights, still asking, “How can you comprehend this?”

“I mean there’s a degree of villainy that is so disturbing and so beyond our ability to process it mentally that it leaves you asking questions,” he said in a recent interview. “It leaves you with the feeling that you’ve got to try and do what you can at some stage to prevent this.”

A prince in Jordan’s reigning royal family, Mr. Zeid struck some human rights activists as an improbable choice for a job upholding the rights of the world’s downtrodden. It could be seen as an unusual outcome for someone who had started professional life as a policeman, with five years in Jordan’s desert police before joining the United Nations.

Yet those familiar with his career applauded the choice.


“He had all the attributes we wanted,” Kenneth Roth, the Human Rights Watch executive director, remarked of the prince, who has agreed to drop his royal title in his new post. “He is a man of stature and principle with a long and demonstrated commitment to human rights.”

“He’s someone who was seared by the experience of the U.N. in Bosnia,” said Nader Mousavizadeh, a close friend and former adviser to the former secretary general, Kofi Annan. “Zeid came out very much with a view that if the U.N. was to stand for anything, it would have to stand for the victims of aggression.”

He is also “an absolutely cool-blooded realist about what is politically possible,” added David Harland, a former United Nations colleague who now heads the Center for Humanitarian Dialogue, a Geneva-based conflict mediation organization, attributing some of Mr. Zeid’s achievements to “charm, clarity and a sharp knife.”

The question among human rights experts was whether Mr. Zeid would use his office as a pulpit to publicly criticize the misdeeds of nations, as did his predecessor, Navi Pillay, a doughty South African jurist, or opt for the more traditional approach of discreet back-room conversations.

Mr. Zeid’s answer, four months into the job, seems to be pragmatic use of all available levers. By working diplomatic channels, he will make his first official country visit next week to the United States, which, according to Ms. Pillay’s staff, never even replied to her repeated requests for a visit. He believes negotiations are making headway on a visit to China, another prominent country that never found a convenient date to receive Ms. Pillay during her six years in the office.


New York Times

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First female-only mosque open in US

Over a hundred women gathered on Friday to celebrate the opening of the Women's Mosque of America 


US: The first all-female mosque in the US opened on Friday as more than 100 women from all over the country travelled to worship at the site in Los Angeles.

Housed in a multi-faith worship space, originally built as a synagogue, Pico-Union now homes the Women’s Mosque of America, as well as Jewish and Christian groups in California.

Founder M. Hasna Maznavi decided change was needed after she became disillusioned when her place of worship began separating the women from the men during prayer.

“I just wanted to have a safe space where women could come and get inspired and hear from the khatib,” she said.

A khatib is the individual who delivers the sermon, known as a khutbah.

She explained it was an opportunity that women would not otherwise have. “The speakers are always a male imam and not only that but it is very hard to access the imam because of the way that mosques are structured architecturally.”
Ms Maznavi added: “This mosque gives us a chance to connect with our leaders and also with one another in a way that we wouldn’t in another environment.”

There are roughly 2,000 mosques across the United States, although this is believed to be the first intended solely for women.

Approximately two-thirds of these uses a divider to separate male and female worshippers during Morning Prayer, according to a 2011 study, and the number may be higher for Friday prayers.
The Women’s Mosque plans to hold one Friday evening prayers a month, but may extend that if possible.

One of the new worshippers was Samantha Haikal, from Las Vegas in Nevada. “Islam is a religion of diverse peoples,” she said.


Ms Haikal continued: “To have something that can represent, even more specifically our women, and the strong sense of community that we have amongst the women of our community is very, very important.”

Islam is the third largest faith in America, after Christianity and Judaism, representing 0.6 per cent of the population.

Source: The Independent

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Jeep Super Bowl ad showing Muslim woman causes backlash



US: Jeep raised eyebrows during the US Super Bowl on Sunday when it aired a commercial that showed a Muslim woman wearing a headscarf.

The ad, set to the American folk song "This Land is Your Land", starts with landscapes across the US, then moves to different scenes around the world.

The car company received instant backlash on social media from conservatives who objected to the inclusion of a Muslim woman in a hijab:





Al Jazeera


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Saudi Historian Saleh Al-Saadoon: Our Women Should Not Be Allowed to Drive Lest They Get Raped


SAUDI ARABIA: During a TV show, Saudi historian Saleh Al-Saadoon said that women should not be allowed to drive on the grounds that they might get raped if their car broke down on the roadside. "[Western women] don't care if they are raped on the roadside, but we do", he said on the January 11, 2015 show on the Saudi Rotana Khalijiyya TV.



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The Halal Guys food cart takes New York by storm


NEW YORK: WHAT started in the 1990s as the original “The Halal Guys” food cart has become a word-of-mouth success story on the streets of New York and looks set to create a Middle Eastern street food phenomenon in national and international markets within the next five years.

Scenes of block long queues stretching out from the food carts have become iconic on the corner of 53rd Street and 6th Avenue, where the original Halal Guys food cart began. Showcasing the recognizable yellow logo with the wording “Halal Guys,” matching the color of New York taxi cabs, the cart is a regular haunt for New Yorkers and a must for tourists. The on-the-go gyro and chicken dishes served with orange rice, topped with the famous white sauce is a staple street cuisine that New Yorkers have taken to over the past decade.

It is not uncommon for customers to queue for over an hour in order to savor the platter’s delights.

“It’s our first trip to New York and Halal Guys was on the top of our to-do list. We are braving the harsh bitter cold of winter here in New York, not in the least bit put off by the long queue. It’s all part of the experience. There’s a real spirit of anticipation... about what treats lie ahead. It will all be worth it soon, explains Laurie Pattison who was visiting New York as a tourist at the time.

With a simple menu and many left wondering what the key ingredients are for the popular white sauce, the food cart remains a regular haunt for office workers, taxi drivers and tourists. As the food carts are open till 4 a.m., clubs goers are also kept satisfied.

The story of Halal Guys began more than a decade ago. Founded by three Egyptians — Mohamed Abouelenein, Ahmed Elsaka and Abdelbaset Elsayed — it decided to swap selling hot dogs from their Midtown cart to serving halal food to Muslim cabdrivers.

“We figured out that most of the cabdrivers are Egyptian, Pakistani... they suffered too much from no halal [food]” explains Abouelenein in a New York Times interview.

The Halal Guys is now on the cusp of becoming a fast-food chain after signing a deal with Fransmart 

The Halal Guys is now on the cusp of becoming a fast-food chain after signing a deal with Fransmart, the restaurant franchise consulting firm that has been renowned for making food chains like Five Guys Burgers, Fries and Qdoba success stories.

The Halal Guys first shop opened on 14th Street last year, providing early insight into what a franchise might look like. Whilst the menu resembles the one from food cart, with the signature meat and rice platter dish, the addition of kofta and deserts like basbousa have provided Halal Guys a chance to expand the culinary experience of Middle East inspired food.

Now the owners of the Halal Guys business are working on a five-year business plan, according to their official website, which will see the brand expand to over one hundred locations in the US as well as in South East Asia with talks of expansion into the Philippines and South Korea.

With 25 years of selling on the streets of Manhattan, the Halal Guys has steadily grown to become the leading and largest food cart company within the New York area and observers say it could be the first time a Middle Eastern halal food outlet could potentially join the ranks of McDonald’s and Kentucky Fried Chicken.

How the street food experience transitions to an in store seated one is still being watched with keen interest. But what is clear is that the brand’s potential is being viewed as the first and largest Middle Eastern street-food concept to take the US by storm, unperturbed by the connection to the Muslim culture of halal food. — Al Arabiya News


Source: Saudi Gazatte

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Q: Dear Kareema, my parents are in their 70’s and I can see they are slowly becoming less active and also seem to be more forgetful. What can I do to help get them back on track?

A: Being active improves the brain’s plasticity, literally helping your grey matter to grow and survive.

Try finding a walking group for them to join or take them to the local pool for a regular session of gentle aerobics or a swim which is great at any age.


Add a little strength training ( by even using canned food at home) and you will be making a significant difference to their brain health.

Keep it simple, keep it safe, keep them moving..




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


A CCN Reader's Recommendation


Reclaim Your Heart


Yasmin Mogahed




Many of us live our lives entrapped by the same repeated patterns of heartbreak and disappointment.


Often, we have no idea why this happens.


Reclaim Your Heart is about freeing the heart from this slavery.


It is about the journey in and out of life’s most deceptive traps.

This book was written to awaken the heart and provide a new perspective on love, loss, happiness, and pain.


A manual of sorts, Reclaim Your Heart will teach readers how to live in this life without allowing life to own you.


It is a manual of how to protect your most prized possession- the heart.

Book ordering details



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:  Since mangos are plentiful this season, I would like to share what has become my family's favourite drink this summer.

Mango and Ginger Floats




¼ cup pureed mango
2 large scoops of Greek yogurt or ice cream
Ginger Ale
Fresh fruit


1. Place pureed mango at the bottom of a tall glass.
2. Add the yogurt or ice cream.
3. Fill the glass with Ginger Ale
4. Top with an additional scoop of yogurt or ice cream
5. Garnish with fresh fruit skewers and a smoothie straw.
6. Best served chilled.

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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Kalasho, a Mafia-styled Godfather finds out that his bookkeeper, Akrawi, has cheated him out of $10,000,000.


His bookkeeper is deaf.


That was the reason he got the job in the first place.


It was assumed that Akrawi would hear nothing so he would never have to testify in court.


When Kalasho goes to confront Akrawi about his missing $10 million, he takes along his lawyer who knows sign language.

Kalasho tells the lawyer, "Ask him where the money is!"

The lawyer, using sign language, asks Akrawi, Where's the money?

Akrawi signs back, "I don't know what you are talking about."

The lawyer tells Kalasho, "He says he doesn't know what you're talking about."

Kalasho pulls out a pistol, puts it to Akrawi's head and says, "Ask him again or I'll kill him!"

The lawyer signs to Akrawi, "He'll kill you if you don't tell him."

Akrawi trembles and signs, "OK! You win! The money is in a brown briefcase, buried behind the shed at my cousin Habib's house."

Kalasho asks the lawyer, "What did he say?"

The lawyer replies, "He says you don't have the guts to pull the trigger!"

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And in no wise covet those things in which Allah has bestowed His gifts more freely on some of you than on others: to men is allotted what they earn, and to women what they earn: but ask Allah of His bounty. For Allah has full knowledge of all things.

Surah An-Nisaa 4:32


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Patience is not about how long one can wait,

but how well one behaves while waiting.

~ Anon


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Marriage celebrant - Imam Akram High School Subjects Tutoring Sisters House Beuty of a Muslimah Youth Group NMC Islam 101 Course MCF CCN Tax Fixed Beauty of a Muslimah Shajarah Islamic Kindergarten Shajarah Islamic Family Day Care Slacks Creek Mosque DONATIONS National Zakat Foundation Arabic- Qur'an Classes 31-05-2014 Weekly Halaqa STARTS 22 FEBRUARY Maths, English, Chemistry tutor Ayia Foundation Card
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Businesses and Services



ACCES Removal Services


Al-Khitan Circumcisions


Alpha Gym



Clothing Islamic Couture


Lebanese Cuisine

Love ur Body

Beauty Treatments

Continental Meats GOLD COAST


Mansur Omar

Real Estate

Bismillah Repairs & Maintenance

Repairs & Maintenance

NOTE NEW NO. 0468342127

MaXimize Accountants


Brisbane Diagnostics



Health Drink

Calamvale Physio & Sports Injury Clinic


AutoCAD Training

Personal Tuition

Car Body Removals

Used Car Dealer

Muslim Directory Australia

Directory Services

Carpet Lifesavers

Carpet cleaning

Desi Thread


Centre for Easy Language Learning (CeLL)

Tutoring (Arabic)

Compton Mediclinic

Medical Practices

Boulevard Towers Surfers Paradise 

Holiday Accommodation

Nazima Hansa Realty PTY LTD

Real Estate



Sleeves for Sale

Women's apparel



OurWorld Travel



Migration Agency

Pappa Roti

Cake & Coffee

Fathima Adat Tutoring

Tutoring (School subjects)

Pizza Lane

Restaurant & Takeaway Pizza

Gabriel Hair Studios


Rejuven8 Body & Beauty

Beauty Treatments


Plastic Mats

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

Goss Bros

Refrigerated Transport & Cold Storage

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

Easy Bake Homemade Batter

Food Preparation

HD Arabic TV


Brisbane Valley Gold

Achar (Pickles)

1 Stop Pizza & Kebab (menu)

Fast Food



Hair & Beauty

(Latest price list)

Precise Consulting

Business Bookkeeping Services

Shaheda Osman

Graphic Designer

Janet Hussein Science Training

Editorial Services & Training

Exquisite Chairs

Function decor

Flight Star


Dean's Photography


Burgerz PLUS

Fast Food

Kazy Klothing

Islamic Clothing

Mena Delights


World of Lollies

Sweets & Confectionery

All Building Certification

Building & Construction

Simple PC Repairs

PC Repairs


Fast Food

Read Little Muslims

Childrens' Books

VC Power


BBQ Tonight

Pakistani Restaurant

One Stop Computer Services

Computer Services

Mia Electrical


Electrical Installations

(Installations); (Test&Tag)


Afghani & Pakistani Cuisine


Hair Studio

HK Migration Law Services

Migration Law Services



High-school subjects tuition

Muslim Aid Australia

International Charity


 Cioccolato set to open in Toowoomba




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ZAM ZAM Restaurant Mahair Hair Studio Easy Bake Mia Electrical 1 Mia Electrical 2 Shoaib Dhedhi NSP Turmeric Browns Plains Crave BBQ TONIGHT ZAMBEEKAS SIMPLE PC REPAIRS VC Power World Of Lollies All Building Certification All Building Certification2 KAZY KLOTHING CARD Mena Delights HealthyLifeBrownsPlains-HVFishOil Precise Consulting Ad Goss Bros Refrigerated Transport & Cold Storage Compton Mediclinic Crave Hair & Beauty Hairdressers Sleeves For Sale Desi Thread Kuraby Hire 1 Stop Pizza Seedat Accounting United Hearts Family Day Care Scheme Pty Ltd AUTOCAD 2013 TUITION Archi n Eng Sora 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 LOVE UR BODY Baby Care Solutions Wasimah Brisbane CassonIT Solutions Computer Repairs Al-Khitan Circumcisions Watang Man-oushi Lebanese Foods Lil Umah Pari Collection Achar Pari Collection Michael's Oriental Birthday Promo ACCES Services REMOVALS Dial a Doctor Bulk Billing Dr in your home The Function Room Page 1 The Function Room Page 2 Shariff's Computer Services Ayesha's Samoosa Strips Angelz Dental Care Sunkids Sunkids Maximize  Accountants Officetek Alarms Mona Vie AK Surtie Centre for Easy Language Learning Arabic Paradise Convenience Baalbak Mediterranean Restaurant Low Price Pharmacy KURABY Bismillah Repairs and Maintenance
New mobile no. 0468 342 127 Brisbane Diagnostics Hummys Automotive Services Boulevard Tower Residence Accommodation Calamvale Physiotherapy & Sport Injury Clinic Carpetlifesavers Indoor Folding Mats Rejuven8 Body & Beauty Personal Wellness Coach Shameema's Silk Scarves efxshop Samoosa Pastry Shakira Kolia Driving School Tutoring Fathima Adat QLD Islamic Book Service Gabriel Hair Studio Henna Fatima Ismail Junaid Ally Properties REMAX Muslima Chick Kimaya International Quick Stick Name labels Ladies Only Personal Training Lilys Fashion Excelanz Migration Services Hussana love ur body T ax Returns 2012 Muslim Directory NAZIMA HANSA REMAX Marketing Coop Group Pizza Lane Pappa Roti 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 February




117 Telegraph Rd, BALD HILLS


9am to 1pm

28 Feb & 1 March

Sat & Sun

Course: Signs of the Hour

Al Kauthar Institute


0438 698 328


7 March


New Slackscreek Mosque

Family Eat & Treat Night

Masjid ur Rahmaan

Slackscreek Mosque

Islamic College of Brisbane, KARAWATHA

0431 201 164


15 March


2nd Toowoomba International Food Festival

Islamic Society of Toowoomba

Garden City Mosque (Toowoomba)

0421 081 048

10am to 5pm

2-7 April

Thurs to Tues

Seekers Retreat

Seekers Hub Golbal

Outside Brisbane


All week

9 May


Gala Dinner in Honour of Women

Queensland Muslims

Logan Entertainment Centre

0402 575 410


17 May


Lailatul Mehraj (27th Rajab 1436)

3 June


Nisf Shabaan 1436 / Lailatul Bharat (15th Shabaan 1436)

7 June


ICB Annual School Fete

Islamic College of Brisbane

Islamic College of Brisbane, KARAWATHA

0402 794 253

All day

18 June


1st Ramadaan 1436

14 July


Lailatul Qadr - Night of Power 1436 (27th Ramadaan 1436)

18 July


Eidul Fitr 1436 (1st Shawwal 1436)

25 July



Eidfest QLD

Rocklea Showgrounds

0418 722 353

All day

24 September


Eidul Adha 1436 (10th Zilhijja 1436)

26 September



Eidfest @ Dreamworld


0418 722 353


15 October


Muharram 1437 – Islamic New Year 1437 (1st Muharram 1437)



1. All Islamic Event dates given above are tentative and subject to the sighting of the moon.

2. The Islamic date changes to the next day starting in the evenings after maghrib. Therefore, except for Lailatul Mehraj, Lailatul Bhahraat and Lailatul Qadr – these dates refer to the commencement of the event starting in the evening of the corresponding day.


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Brisbane Northside Muslimahs Support Group
To help sisters on the northside of Brisbane to connect with their local sisters.

We will endeavour to have regular meetings, either for a lesson/discussion on
Islam, or for social events.

Please contact :
Ayesha on 0409 875 137 or at

Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/donna.lewis.564




Lutwyche Mosque

Weekly classes with Imam Yahya


Monday: Junior Class
Tuesday: Junior Arabic
Friday: Adult Quran Class


For more information call 0470 671 109

Holland Park Mosque


All programs are conducted by Imam Uzair Akbar





Tafseer Program

Basics of Islam

Tafseer Program





after Maghrib Salat


Taleem Programe at Kuraby Mosque


Every Thursdays  10.30-11.30am


Bald Hills Mosque Weekly Tafseer







after Isha


Dars Nizame (Urdu)

after Isha



after Isha


Dars Nizame (Urdu)

after Isha



after Isha



after Maghrib



after Isha


The Tafseer gets recorded and uploaded on to our website end of each week, please visit our website to download these recordings at www.masjidtaqwa.org.au.

The Tuesday and Thursdays Dars Nizame program is in Urdu, these sessions too are recorded as well as webcasted live. For webcast details please contact us via our website “contact us” page. The recordings are sent via a download link, if you are interested please again contact us via our website “contact us” page.

Queensland Police Service/Muslim Community Consultative Group


Meeting Dates & Times

Time: 7.00pm sharp
Date: Wednesday 11 February 2014
Venue: Islamic College of Brisbane - 45 Acacia Road Karawatha

Light refreshments will be available.




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

Islamic Relief Australia

National Zakat Foundation (NZF)

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) : Masjid Taqwa

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


Celebrating Muslim cultures

AYIA Foundation


Slackscreek Mosque

Mosque and Community Centre

If you would like a link to your website email ccn@crescentsofbrisbane.org.


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