Several local dignitaries
attended the Islamic Women's Association of Queensland's
Harmony Day celebrations yesterday (Saturday 19 March).
Aunty Mulunjali, an elder from the Mulunjali tribe
delivered the first of many speeches that afternoon. Ms
Yasmin Khan, President of IWAQ, controlled proceedings
on the stage in her capacity as MC for the day and had the
unenvious task of having not only to introduce our good
public servants but also recalling their portfolios with any
degree of accuracy. The Hon Gary Hardgrave MP,
Minister Assisting the Prime Minister; Minister for
Vocational and Technical Education and Federal Member for
Moreton (as if you didn't know already) launched the 'as yet
unfinished' booklet about the role of Muslim women,
'Butterflies in Fresh Fields'. Also sharing the platform
were Ms Karen Struthers MP, State Member for Algester;
Parliamentary Secretary to the Premier and Minister for
Trade (with special responsibility for Multicultural
Affairs) and Councillor Graham Quirk, representing
Lord Mayor Campbell Newman. Ms Galila Abdelsalam, the
founding member of IWAQ, thanked the many people who made
the organization a reality in Queensland. Ms Ramlah
Straines, a special guest visiting from Cairns,
shared some of her experiences with the audience.
But it was not all about
speeches and speech-making on the day. There were several
slightly more appetizing distractions. For instance, instead
of savouring the dubious delights of a traditional Aussie
sausage sizzle, you could have thrown caution to the wind
and tried an Afghani snack, an Indonesian satay or some
Chinese-styled noodles. You would also have been entertained
by some Indian dancing, martial arts demonstrations and the
fascinating art of pita bread making. All in all, it was a
great opportunity to showcase the vital role that Muslim
women of very diverse cultures and backgrounds are playing
in our community.
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Overseas Scholar to Deliver
Lectures at Darul Uloom
Prof. Sheik Mohd
the Imam and Khateeb of New Jersey will be delivering a
series of Islamic lectures on various aspects of Islam
at the Darul-Uloom. This is the programme over eight
The Five Rights Of The
Quraan Upon Muslims
Contemporary Muslim Ummah : Its Problems And
Solutions From AI-Quraan And Sunnah
Khilafah on The Manhaj Of Nubuwwah
Our Goal To Achieve Ridhwan And Ghufranullah
Dajjal Fitnah: What Is It? Our Responses As
Per Shari'ah Advise Of The Prophet Muhammad
Profile Of A Mukmin
Science And Wahi
Islam And The West: What Is At Stake?
Qualities Of The Generation Of The Quran
Refreshments will be
served and the invitation is open to all.
Another Couple of Perfect Matches!
Last week CCN broke with
the news that another engagement was in the offing. Well
now we can reveal the identities of the mystery couple.
Sahrah, daughter of Ashraf
and SharmilaGoder has accepted the
proposal of Bilal, youngest son of Dawood
and ZohraSolwa. Bilal returned to South
Africa just recently and is currently studying at the
University of Natal in Durban. On behalf
of the Crescents Community, CCN wishes them a happy
engagement and asks the sixty four million dollar
question that must surely be on everyone's mind at the
moment: Is it going to be a Brisbane or a Cape Town
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Muslim PLO in Brisbane
Police Service has on his staff a dedicated
Muslim Police Liaison Officer, Rima Salameh,
who helps foster communication and cooperation
between the Muslim community and the QPS. She
also advises and educates police officers on the
needs, practices and beliefs of the community.
While she cannot undertake duties of a police
officer she does wear the same basic blue
uniform of a police officer with shoulder
epaulettes and a 'Police Liaison Officer' name
badge worn on the shirt. So the next time you
see a young lady with a uniform hat with a
yellow chequered band and a PLO badge it could
well be Rima that you are dealing with. If you
would like to contact Rima on any issue concerning
her role you can email her at
email@example.com or call her
on 07 3364 3217.
Singing & Swooning Sono (A review
by Madame Mumbai]
Bollywood playback singer,
Sono Nigam, performed in Brisbane last Sunday to
an enthusiastic audience in a marathon three-and-a-half
hour show. The Sleemans Theatre with its spacious
and intimate seating arrangements complemented the
singer's casual, interactive and very engaging style of
delivery. Backed by a group of musicians playing mostly
Western instruments (with the ease and competence,
nonetheless, of an English rock band) the young and not
too unpleasant looking Sono Nigam appeared on stage to a
few audible gasps of delight before a crowd
half-expecting to see a Mohammed Rafi-like playback
singer instead of someone who could well give Shahruk
Khan a run for his money in the 'good-looks and
personality' stakes. And those of us visualizing female
playback singers in the Lata Mangeshkar mould were not
disappointed by the depth of talent or the film-star
looks that took to the stage either, I might add.
Western entertainers who
make live appearances could well take a leaf out
of Sono Nigam's performance style. All too often
they appear on stage, clinically deliver their
pre-arranged set and walk off, without so much as a
'hello' or a 'how are you'. Why should one have to pay
good and usually exorbitant money for a 'live'
performance that is little better than you could get out
of a $20 DVD. Nigam, on the other hand, engaged with his
audience all through the show inviting song requests and
audience participation and not once giving the
impression that he had to rush off to another
In summary a very polished
performance and good value for money. Good on yer, Sono
Nigam! We look forward to seeing you again in these
parts. As David and Margaret on ABC's Movie Show would say, it's 4
and a half stars for me.
Want some immediate
results? Researchers found that 30 minutes of cardio
exercise a day, such as walking, and switching to a
healthier diet dropped health risks dramatically in
just 6 weeks. Risks for killers such as diabetes,
cancer, and heart disease were greatly reduced,
according to a study by Steven Aldana (Brigham Young
University Professor of Exercise Science). Adopting a nutritious way of
eating and exercise can result in very
important positive changes in your body’s health in
a short period of time.
a start by getting yourself and your family down to Kangaroo Point on Sundays at 7.30
am and find out how much fun walking with family and
friends can be.
The QMT Unity Cup Futsal
Last Sunday's inaugural indoor
soccer tournament organized by the Queensland Muslim
Times (QMT) in association with the Federation of
Australian Muslim Students and Youth (FAMSY) turned out
to be a resounding success.
The finals between
Dynamos and BafanaBafana was a
nail-biter with the match eventually going to Dynamos on
the golden goal rule. Player of the Tournament was
ex-Queensland star, Muhammed Sabdia.
Crescents of Brisbane
fielded two sides (Crescents Young Guns and Crescents
Old Boys). In the Seniors Section,
the very professional and polished Darra Old Boys side
made up of ex-Fijians showed their mettle against the
three teams of ex-South African
morning strollers and 'racqueteers'.
There was also fantastic
from the large crowd of spectators who
turned up on the day.
CCN would like to
congratulate the organizers for putting together a truly
memorable spectacle for the community and we look
forward to this being the annual highlight on the
Brisbane sporting calendar (after CresWalk, that is
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Darra Old Boys
Tips for New Migrants
A CCN reader has put
together a document based largely on his own personal
experiences which provides detailed advice for newly
arrived migrants to Brisbane as well as those planning
to settle in our fair city at some future date. For the
next few weeks, CCN will share some of this advice with
you and invite you to send us in your own suggestions or
comments in this regard. Consider this as a 'living'
document that will need to be updated regularly as
circumstances and regulations change and in which you
too can play a substantial and useful part in helping
to develop and refine it. The author has tried
include his experiences which may not necessarily be
appropriate for everyone as circumstances differ from
one family to the next. However, these are general tips
that should apply to most immigrants.
kick of the series with some tips on accommodation:
one would most probably start off by renting a unit
within a secured complex. They are usually 3 or 4
bedroom units. It is possible to get furnished
units, although majority of them seem to be
units tend to come with a 6-month lease.
that the unit is not up for sale at the end of your
lease period, although it is the duty of the manager
to inform you of such an arrangement.
range from $200.00 per week to $350.00 per week.
Depending on the area, size, furnished or
most popular areas for units in the South Side are
Runcorn, Eight Mile Plains, Calamvale and Kuraby.
Most of these areas are also convenient for public
transport, shops, Schools, Masjid and Maddressa.
can also rent a house. This will usually attract
higher rents from $300.00 per week up to $500.00 per
week. Common areas for a house are also
Runcorn, Eight Mile Plains, Kuraby, Calamvale,
Algester, and Stretton.
I would like to make a couple of suggestions
towards the CCN newsletter. We have many new immigrants who come
to Brisbane on skills and some find it difficult getting jobs.
At times it takes months before they can secure a job in their
trade. Bearing this in mind could it not be possible for CCN to
set-up a database of its members and the businesses they own or
the company they work for. So that when a new migrant comes
into Brisbane, CCN can mention in their Newsletter that so and
so is looking for a job in a certain field. Can any of our
members help? At times it may not be possible to get one in
that specific field but maybe the members can help out in
getting them a job to keep them going till they find something
[Editor] The suggestion of an online Yellow Pages style
Green Book holds great merit. If we are to set up such a
database it would be more effective if we had a single
repository built and maintained through a collaborate effort of
all interested local organisations (QMT, ICQ, IWAQ and SAMAQ
immediately spring to mind) rather than a piecemeal effort with
information duplicated in various places. QMT has already made a
great start with its list of halaal outlets.
This makes the idea of a
portal site (that is, one web site that acts as the entrance to
all other related sites) increasingly attractive and necessary
as we each mature and evolve over the months and years to come.
But that is another day's work.
In the meantime, CCN will be only
too pleased to act as the conduit between anyone looking for
employment and any business searching for staff or just willing
to help out. All they need do is send us in their request and we
will treat the matter with our usual sensitivity,
confidentiality and discreteness. What do others think about our
reader's suggestions of a database of local businesses?
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