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Sunday, 17 September 2006

Newsletter 0097

This week's CCN is brought to you with the compliments of

لسلام عليكم

Ramadaan Mubarak




Your Team at Crescents of Brisbane & CCN


CCN has set up a special web page for Ramadaan goodwill messages for CCN readers.


On this holy occasion reach out to your friends, family, associates, acquaintances with warm wishes and inspiring thoughts.


Send a warm message on this auspicious occasion from yourself, your family, your organization or your business by emailing theteam@crescentsofbrisbane.org with the details.


Limited AMMF Tickets Available from Crescents of Brisbane Inc.


Allah Made Me Funny

The Official Muslim Comedy Tour 





We have a limited number of prime seats available for CCN readers at the special early bird rate of $43.90.


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Eidfest2005 Wins Award


Mustafa Ally and Sultan Deen of Eidfest2005


At a glittering ceremony held at the Brisbane City Hall Auditorium last night (Saturday) Eidfest2005 walked off with the award for Best Organized Event of the Year from an impressive list of six other contenders for the title.


Omar Khan's Global Convenience (a regular sponsor of CCN and CresWalk) and Al-Adin won Business Achievement Awards in their categories.

In his acceptance speech, Mr. Khan dedicated the award to his wife and three daughters who helped make the business a household name in Queensland.


Dr. Nazir Mahomed received an honourable mention for his contribution as a correspondent to BIT on dental hygiene.


These Multicultural Awards are hosted annually by the Brisbane Indian Times and last night was a night of eclectic entertainment that ranged from the sublime to some that could, at best, be described as wanting.

Omar Khan of Global Convenience


Successive award winner Al-Adin


A rather muted Australian National Anthem (by a young lady who realized that she was missing a microphone during the dying stages of "In joyful strains then let us sing....") was followed by Yousef Alikhan's rousing rendition of India's Jana-gana-mana.


One would have been forgiven for thinking that the Aboriginal dancers were little more than a parody on the Black and White Minstrel Show given the paleness in complexion of all three actors and the fact that at least one of them went by the less than exotic name of "Jim".

On the other hand, what the bevy of belly dancers lacked in Middle Eastern appearance they made up for more than adequately by demonstrating a degree of elasticity that seemed to defy some important Law of Physics.


It also gave hope to women everywhere that the path to fame and fortune via this art form was not the exclusive domain of the lithe and lissome.

Veiled threat to raise Richter Scale


The Greek tap dancing by a young couple was executed with energy and panache followed by a pair of Ghanaian drummers who were introduced as South Africans, much to the amusement of a few expatriates in the audience.


Boparai and his Backup Dancers



The "Star of the Show" was one Mr. Manjit Boparai whose enthusiasm often got the better of his ability to lip-sync to his own composition of "Aussie Aussie Aussie I am a fairdinkum Aussie".


That Manjit has succeeded in garnering such a strong fan club, ever eager to respond with that immortal chorus "Oi, Oi, Oi", will remain forever one of life's enduring mysteries.

The evening ended with one lucky lady winning a brand new Mercedes SL350 as a random draw prize.


The fact that it was for one weekend use only did not in any way dampen her unbridled shrieks of delight when her number was called.


Sister's Learning Program



Kanoute Refuses to Wear Gambling Logo


Madrid- Sevilla striker Frederic Kanoute is refusing to carry publicity for gambling on his shirt, citing religious reasons. "Alcoholic drinks and gambling are just the dirty work of Satan and are forbidden by the Koran," Kanoute said.

UEFA champions Sevilla signed a lucrative contract this summer to carry shirt publicity with a multinational internet gambling corporation.

Mali forward Kanoute insisted he would wear a gambling-free shirt.

He added that he was "very pleased that Sevilla seem to understand my position, and are not obliging me to wear this shirt."

Source: http://rawstory.com/news/2006/Kanoute_refuses_to_wear_gambling_lo_09042006.html


 Learning can be FUN!


Want to keep the kids amused, entertained and educated? Then http://www.islamicplayground.com is just the place for you.


Here you will find many activities such as Islamic games, quizzes, puzzles, Arabic alphabet games and Islamic stories.


Try out the jigsaws, crosswords and videos yourself! We are sure you will enjoy them.


But don't forget to let the kids have a go as well!


Also watch Bush go on freefall here at http://islamicplayground.com/Scripts/bush.asp`


Dates and Zam Zam on Sale Soon

Convert Plays Leadership Role in Muslim Community


Sheikh Hamza Yusuf is one of the most prominent American Muslim leaders today, but he's not well-known outside the Muslim community. He's an American convert to Islam who has very publicly attacked American foreign policy. He has also denounced Islamic extremism, while defending Muslims against what he sees as prejudice.

Sheikh Hamza Yusuf is an unusual figure in American Islam. He is an American-born, white convert who is deeply schooled in Islamic theology -- allowing him to easily bridge the gap of understanding between the West and Islam.


Yusuf was born Mark Hanson in Walla Walla, Wash. He became a Muslim in 1977 and studied for 10 years in the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, and North and West Africa. He has traveled around the world, giving talks on Islam.


Yusuf founded Zaytuna Institute, which has "established an international reputation for presenting a classical picture of Islam in the West and which is dedicated to the revival of traditional study methods and the sciences of Islam," according to his online biography.


Laurie Goodstein, religion reporter for The New York Times, compares Yusuf's communication skills to former President Clinton's.

He has that Clinton ability to focus in on whoever he's speaking to, look them directly in the eyes and make them feel like they are the only one in the room even though there might be 200 people in the room," she says.


John Esposito of Georgetown's Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding says Yusuf has been working on a project to translate key texts of Islam that are important to the Muslim community and that may also be of interest to non-Muslims.


Esposito says Yusuf has "put a lot of time into the whole area of education [and] access to information... to kind of say, 'Here are the true sources of your faith. That's what you should be looking to. Look to the Koran. The Koran has space for Christians and Jews. And you need to remember and affirm that. You also need to look at our classical texts, rather than the texts that come from the extremists or the terrorists.'"


Source: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=6057297

Audio snippets also available at this site.


Working To Rule


A South African Judge in the town of Kimberley who refused to work after four in the afternoon scrapped 13 cases off the court roll. In the process two alleged rapists and an alleged robber were freed.


Magistrate K Padayachee's action allowed a rapist that police were looking for since 2000 to go free. Padayachee ruled that the 13 alleged criminals be freed when they hadn't appeared before her in court B (a transit court where first court appearances usually take place) by 16:00.


The others include a man accused of raping a 16-year-old girl, alleged stock thieves, an alleged robber and men accused of breaking into houses and cars. "The matter has been reported to the senior prosecutor and the director of public prosecutions.


In a League of their Own

by Ishqi Shuaib


The start of spring can only mean one thing…the start of the football finals and like most leagues around the country, the Flamin’ Grill Brisbane Islamic Soccer League finished off 2006 with a well fought out finals series.


During the season 13 rounds of games were played, and three clear favourites (MSA, Iraqi Stars and Tiger 11) emerged, cementing their places in the semi-finals. The fourth team to join them, Bosna only booked its place at the last round of the season just pipping Bafilamos to take that fourth spot.

The scene was set, top of the table MSA would take on Bosna in the first semi-final, while Iraqi Stars and Tiger 11 would battle in the second semi-final.


The finals were eventually fought out between Bosna and Tiger 11 with Bosna taking the shield with a 6-3 victory to become the 2006 Champions. MSA went home with the third place trophy while the Tiger 11 boys were rewarded with the Best and Fairest trophy.

Introducing the new Minister for Multicultural Affairs




The Premier of Queensland, Peter Beattie, announced Mrs Lindy Nelson-Carr, the Member for Mundingburra, as the new Minister for Environment and Multicultural Affairs.

Her CV reads as follows:

Lindy Nelson-Carr was elected to the seat of Mundingburra in 1998 and has served the electorate in that capacity since.

Lindy was the Parliamentary Secretary to the Premier in
North Queensland and Minister for Transport and Main Roads in the previous government.

She had a high profile in Parliament in her first term, holding membership in several committees, such as the Select Committee on Travelsafe, a number of Estimates Committees, including Chair, and a wide-ranging portfolio of Ministerial Legislative Committees.

In this role she was also the chair of the Premiers Labor Women's Caucus Committee. In 2001 Lindy was appointed Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Health and Minister Assisting the Premier on Women's Policy and the co-chair of the Multicultural Women's Advisory Committee.

Lindy was formerly a high school teacher and guidance officer at Townsville State High School and Pimlico State High School. She holds a Master of Education, and has lectured in Human Relationships education at James Cook University and is a member of the Queensland Teachers Union and the AMIEU.

Lindy actively participates in her local community through her electorate activities and board memberships including Lifeline, JCU University Council and other regional bodies.

She and her husband Russell have a large blended family. Her interested include health, education, women's issues, social justice and equal opportunity.


MBN Exco to "Touch Base" with Membership


The Muslim Business Network has now been in existence for 6 months and during this time the Executive Committee has been busying itself with laying a solid foundation for the organization.


MBN will be hosting a General Meeting for its members and their guests at which it is hoped that the membership will become more involved with the activities of the organization and provide feedback to the Executive.


The General Meeting will be held on Wednesday 20 September at 6:30pm at the Brisbane Abruzzo Club. In addition to the Italian-styled dinner there will also be talks on Shariah compliant investments.


For more information send an email to the secretary@mbn.net.au or contact Yousuf Alikhan on 0401006430.


The CCN Inbox


Extract from a letter sent to the Editor of the City South News in Moreton:


Dear Editor,

At the same time as the Prime Minister of Australia was decrying Muslims for not having Australian values, hundreds of Islamic residents from Southern Brisbane were queuing up at the Red Cross to give blood. I was proud to sit alongside these energetic members of our community and make my small contribution. This flows on from the many other contributions they have made to the community this year, such as the funds raised for Cyclone Larry victims.


Graham Perrett


Tell us something we don't know, Google!


1- Go to Google

2- Type in the word "Failure"

3- Instead of clicking "Google Search," click "I'm Feeling Lucky."


Do this before Google gets wind of what this results in.


Couple of CCN Chuckles


An Israeli recently arrived at London's Heathrow Airport. After he filled out the usual landing card, the immigration officer asks him a few questions: Name? Age? Occupation?


To the last question, the Israeli promptly replies: "No, just visiting".



A woman accompanied her husband to the doctor's office.

After his check-up, the doctor called the wife into his office alone. He said, "Your husband is suffering from a very severe stress disorder. If you don't follow my instructions carefully, your husband will surely die.

"Each morning, fix him a healthy breakfast. Be pleasant at all times. For lunch make him a nutritious meal. For dinner prepare an especially nice meal for him.

"Don't burden him with chores. Don't discuss your problems with him; it will only make his stress worse. Do not nag him. Most importantly, make love to him regularly.

"If you can do this for the next 10 months to a year, I think your husband will regain his health completely."

On the way home, the husband asked his wife, "What did the doctor say?"

"He said you're going to die," she replied.


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The CCN Date Claimer


Date Day Event Organizer Venue Contact Time
20 September Wednesday MBN General Meeting Muslim Business Network Brisbane Abruzzo Club 0401006430 6.30pm
21 September Thursday Muslim Youth Forum: Senator Andrew Bartlett QUT MSA QUT Gardens Point Room B122   7pm
23 September Saturday Troops Out: Public Demonstration & Rally Stop the War Collective and the Anti-War Coordinating Committee Post Office Square, Queen St, opp GPO 0422349785 11am-1pm
24 September (provisional) Sunday Ramadaan fast start        
1 October Sunday Multicultural Soccer Tournament International Day of Peace 2006 Annerley Soccer Club, Ridge St, Greenslopes 0438114619 from 8.30am
15 October Sunday Queensland Multicultural Festival: Connecting Cultures Multicultural Affairs Queensland Roma Street Parkland 3872 0756 from 10am
23 October (provisional) Monday Ramadaan fast end        
24 October (provisional) Tuesday Eid-ul-Fitr        
28 October Saturday Eid Nite Darra Mosque Darra Mosque, 219 Douglas St, Oxley 0418757157 after Magrib
28 October Saturday Refugee Community Picnic and Fun Day! Amnesty International Australia  Yeronga Park   from 10:30am
4 November Saturday Eidfest  Eidfest Mt Gravatt Showgrounds 0402819197 from 9am
23 November Thursday Allah Made Me Funny: The Official Muslim Comedy Tour featuring Azar Uthman & Preacher Moss Crescents of Brisbane               with                        Arasta Productions The Main Auditorium, Brisbane City Hall 0402026786 7pm
15 December Friday Russell Peters Qld. Performing Arts Council Building S05, Lecture Room 2.04 136246 8pm
31 December (provisional) Sunday Eid-ul-Adha        

Email theteam@crescentsofbrisbane.org to claim a date for your event.

The CCN Classifieds


2 x gym contracts for sale at Club BJS (Kessels Rd, Mt Gravatt). Contracts last up to early February 2007 with a hold available for Ramadaan (so no charge and the contract will roll into February). The cost of a 3 month contract is $78 per month but I will sell this at the price I pay of $55 per month.


The gym facilities include a heated swimming pool and steam bath. Furthermore, a free fitness consultation plus a program guide is offered.

Call 0418 6399 81 for more information.

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