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Sunday, 6 May 2007

Newsletter 0130

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لسلام عليكم

Show racism the red card on Labour Day!




Massimo Murdocca & Frank Farina show racism the red card

FOOTBALL is often referred to as the ‘World Game’ and this coming Labour Day (Monday 7th May) will serve as perhaps one of the best illustrations of why this moniker is applied to the round ball code.

Held at Queensland Lions Soccer Club, the annual Queensland Police Service/Ethnic Community Council of Queensland (QPS/ECCQ) Cup is set to be the biggest and best in its three-year history.

24 teams representing their nation of origin from all corners of the globe will play off for the cup on a day that is not only a festival of football, but also a celebration of the richness and diversity of many cultural backgrounds.

Kicking off at 9.00am, the day will be fun for all the family with cultural performances, stalls and displays, multicultural food and kid’s rides among the attractions. Players from the Queensland Roar squad will also be on hand to sign autographs and participate in the day’s activities with skills clinics, the Roar RapidFire inflatable field, face painting, giveaways and much more.


Download the programme for the day.


Read more......


Deen spray saves day from hard ground rules


Sultan Deen

Demolitionist Sultan (George) Deen, best known for knocking down buildings, has shown he is a good sport.


With football games in doubt as the drought turns sports grounds concrete-hard, Mr Deen gave up part of his weekend watering the oval at Brisbane's Western Districts Community and Sporting Club at Chelmer to ensure the games could go ahead.

Softer landing....footballer Desa Amiri at the Western Districts Community & Sporting Club


The club's schedule of fixtures had been put in jeopardy by a playing and training ban imposed by AFL Queensland on the Kenmore Bears Aussie Rules team, who use the venue as its home ground.


After a solid drenching using 100,000 litres of recycled water supplied by Atheletico Soccer Club, there is renewed optimism the AFLQ will reconsider the ban.



Mr Deen donated the water tanker after learning of the problem through his involvement with the Brisbane Islamic Soccer League, which also plays at the ground.


Source: The Courier Mail Friday 4 May 2007


Brisbane Dentist Qualifies for Grueling Comrades Marathon


Raeesa Khatree, Mahomed Hanief Khatree,

Abdelhay Battal (Marathon winner) and Anver Omar

Dr. Anver Omar (49) qualified for his second Comrades  Marathon by completing the 42km Brisbane Marathon a fortnight ago in a time of 4hrs 26mins. He finished a creditable 94 overall, and 18th in his 40-49 years age group.


Anver will travel to South Africa for this year's Comrades Marathon, an 89km ultra-distance run between Pietermaritzburg and Durban which will take place on 17 June. As part of his training regime he ran another 52km a week later from Kuraby to Beenleigh and back. He plans to continue in this vein to help him complete the Comrades well within the 11 hour time limit.


Anver was the second fastest runner overall at last year's CresWalk2006 being pipped to the post by 11-year-old Yasseen Abdel-Magied.


Ms. Raeesa Khatree (21) completed her very first half marathon (21km) at the Brisbane Marathon in a time of 2hrs 5mins which should stand her in good stead to win this year's CresWalk2007 in her age group. Dr. Mahomed Hanief Khatree followed closely in a time of 2hrs 17min.


CCN wishes Anver Omar all the best for his Comrades run and we look forward to reporting on his experiences.


First Pakistani woman conquers North Pole


Namira Salim

ISLAMABAD: Pakistani woman Namira Salim won laurels for her country when she hoisted the green-and-white Pakistani flag at the North Pole recently.

Namira, who also awaits her space flight during the next couple of years, is the first Pakistani to reach the top of the world - the geographic North Pole.

"It is a great honour to represent my country as the first Pakistani citizen at the Geographic North Pole during the 'International Polar Year'," Namira said.


"As I hoist the national flag at the pinnacle of our planet; I convey a universal message of peace and to assert to the global community that Pakistani nation is peace loving and tolerant nation."

Based in Southern France, Namira has deep affiliation with innovative art and multi-dimensional mixed media, some created around poetry she writes and some are musical she incorporates into songs in her own voice.

Namira created a specialised line of musical art objects with built-in messages in the voices of renowned altruists, first unveiled at the UN in May 2002.


"As a humanitarian artist and a truly global citizen I have also come to hoist a flag of universal peace at the Pole," she said, adding that the peace flag bears the theme of her UN exhibition 'Peace-Making with Nation-Souls'.

She sees the war and conflict with pain and hopes that tolerance can be inspired through the arts and understanding for the peace and progress of the world.

"The North Pole bears an amazing resemblance to Pakistan's scenic Northern Ares," said Namira, expressing her joy and happiness.

"As Pakistan's Honorary Ambassador of Tourism, I would like to invite the world to experience Pakistan's rich culture and to touch the world's top most mountain peaks, like the K-2," she stated.

Namira also praised the 2004 Polar expedition of Anouskha Kachelo, a Pakistan born UK citizen, who is the youngest woman to have reached the North Pole.

"My Polar mission is that of a peace ambassador, while Anoushka's expedition was that of a true adventurer, which is a source of inspiration," she said.

Source: http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2007%5C04%5C22%5Cstory_22-4-2007_pg7_14


The Algester Call for Divine Intervention


A special prayer for rain was held at the Algester Mosque on Friday 4th May 2007.

The prayer was held outside the mosque where over 100 partook in the prayer. The Honourable Minister Gary Hardgrave was also present.
On Wednesday 2nd May 2007, Imam Aslam and Imam Nawaaz of the Algester Mosque, accompanied by members of the community went to the Wivenhoe Dam where they held special prayers for rain.


Auburn GALLIPOLI MOSQUE hosts Citizenship Ceremony on ANZAC DAY


Gallipoli Mosque, Auburn, Sydney


THE Gallipoli landing in 1915 ensured Australia and Turkey would forever share a significant chapter in each other's history.

And at a citizenship ceremony yesterday at the Gallipoli Mosque in Auburn, in Sydney's west, the bond between the two countries was strengthened for 32 people of Turkish descent.

They were among 40 migrants - including Brazilians, Indians and Afghans - who became Australian citizens on one of the most important days on the nation's calendar.

The mosque's education and interfaith director, Mehmet Ozalp, said the timing of the ceremony - and the fact it was held at the Gallipoli mosque - made it all the more poignant.

"The Gallipoli landing has significant meaning for both nations," Mr Ozalp told a crowd of about 120 people, before the new citizens were asked to take the pledge of allegiance.

"But it has since transcended what happened on that day 92 years ago and is now more about an international bond between friends.

"You all have an opportunity to contribute to the freedom and openness that makes Australia unique," he said.
As babies squealed in the background, the 40 new citizens - ranging from teenagers to 60-somethings - were formally welcomed as Australians.

The new Australians then celebrated with a rousing rendition of the national anthem.

For 30-year-old Omer Tezbasar, yesterday was eight years in the making. The Sydney IT engineer, who was born and raised in Turkey, has been living in Australia since 1999.

"I'm very glad to be an Aussie," he said after the ceremony.

Mr Tezbasar, who lives with his Australian-born wife Yasemin, said he was aware of the significance of Anzac Day - for citizens of both Australia and Turkey - and was greatly honoured to become an Australian citizen on April 25.

"It's a first," he said of the citizenship ceremony at the Gallipoli Mosque.

"The day and the mosque, it definitely makes it more special."

Mr Ozalp said the ceremony was highly symbolic for not only Turkish Muslims but for the diverse ethnic Muslim congregation of the mosque.

"Our mosque has actively promoted peace and harmony in our multifaith society in the past," Mr Ozalp said.

"This citizenship ceremony is a testimony to our continued commitment to Australia and its shared values."


....more about the event

Queensland Multicultural Summit ‘07: Call for papers


Papers are sought for the Queensland Multicultural Summit ‘07 which is presented by the Ethnic Communities Council of Queensland (ECCQ) – in cooperation with the Multicultural Development Association, Al-Nisa Youth Group, MultiLink Community Services, Brisbane City Council and Multicultural Affairs Queensland.


The Summit will be held on Monday, 19 November 2007 and Tuesday, 20 November 2007 at the State Library of Queensland in Brisbane.

The theme of the Summit is “Multiculturalism – Investing in our Future”.

Panel proposals and proposals for individual papers are invited on any aspect of multiculturalism, pluralism, and globalisation, but particularly those addressing the following streams:

• Employment - utilizing our diverse human resource pool
• Language diversity – our ignored asset
• Citizenship and integration – fear-driven policy or strength-based vision?
• Diverse communities – nurturing our youth, caring for and rewarding our aged

Papers which present research outcomes, track trends or developments, describe case studies or works in progress, are speculative projection, challenge existing paradigms or record a history, are all welcome.

Papers will be selected on the basis of quality, originality and relevance of theme and will be reviewed by the Queensland Multicultural Summit ’07 steering committee.

Please send short (approx. 150 words) abstract and contact information as soon as possible, but no later than 31 May 2007 to: events@eccq.com.au

Hard copies may be address to:

Barry Low
Project Manager
Queensland Multicultural Summit ‘07
Ethnic Communities Council of Queensland
PO Box 5916
West End, Qld. 4101
Tel.: (07) 3844 9166
Fax: (07) 3846 4453

Successful applicants will be notified in mid-June 2007

Get tanked up!


With the rebates on water tanks in Brisbane about to discontinue soon now is the time to book your rain water tank.


Brother Vic Batalavic of Golden Drop2010 has 3000 litre slimline tanks in green, red and blue ready for immediate delivery.



Several CCN readers have already had tanks installed by Brother Vic and he comes highly recommended.


Call him on 0424 300 002 and mention CCN. 


SMH on Islam and Muslims


The Sydney Morning Herald is currently doing a special series of reports on Islam in Australia – see http://www.smh.com.au/specials/islam/.


Highlights from the Symposium and Expo on Queensland Muslims




......and now a word from our sponsors....


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Madame Mumbai on the Bollywood trail


Bollywood star, Shilpa Shetty chats to Richard Wilkins about her new film Life in a Metro, the English Big Brother contest and that kiss from Richard Gere.


Video clip


Invitation to the Ministerial Regional Community Forum


You can be part of the public audience at the next Ministerial Regional Community Forum for the Greater Brisbane region.

Regional representatives, known as forum members, will meet with Ministers of the Queensland Government and Members of Parliament to discuss the social, economic and environmental interests of the region.

The Minister for Public Works, Housing and Information and Communication Technology, Robert Schwarten, and the Minister for Mines and Energy, Geoff Wilson, are scheduled to attend.


The forum will discuss a range of issues relating to your community including support for carers.

The forum will be held on:
Tuesday 8 May at 10.45 am
Redlands Sporting Club
Anson Road
Wellington Point

For more information and to RSVP, call the Department of Communities on 3109 0638.

Attendees will have an opportunity to discuss issues of regional significance with forum members from 1.30 pm.


The CCN Centre Link


Sales person required for confectionery wholesaler, calling on stores selling confectionery. Must have drivers licence, no experience is required, training will be provided.


Contact Riaz on 0400105786




Centrelink has a facility for free aptitude tests. This is very helpful in particular for year 12 students who are not too sure of the career they wish to pursue. The aptitude test highlights a person's strengths and weaknesses. You need to make an appointment to have this test done. The contact number is:

TEL - 1800 627 175

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These positions are available in South Brisbane and Toowoomba in a program to assist children and young people from Africa, Afghanistan and Iraq to settle in Australia with their carers.


Applications are invited from people with relevant tertiary qualifications in Social Work, Human Services or Behavioural Sciences.


Significant experience in working with children and families within a child protection context particularly from CALD backgrounds will be highly regarded.


Attractive salary sacrifice arrangements are available. For further information on our programs please visit - www.mercyfamilyservices.org.au.


For application packages:

Toowoomba - phone (07) 4635 8600 or email toowoomba.admin@mfsq.org.au

Brisbane - phone (07) 3391 1150 or email woolloongabba.admin@mfsq.org.au

Applications close Friday 11 May 2007



"Personally, I wish the whole world were Muslim"


The CCN Culinary Corner


2 kg leg mutton - Cut meat into 2 fingers – wide and thick strips. Boil washed meat in salted water - (½ cup coarse salt into 2 ltr of water) till done.


Roast cumin and dhunia seeds on a tava (thick pan) crush them and mix with a little turmeric, chille and pepper. Rub the mixture well into meat strips.


String them on a line and hang in cool place till well dried out.


Cover with net or muslin to keep off flies.


Source: Radio Islam Newsletter - Monday, 30 April 2007

RI Email Service newsletter@radioislam.co.za


Do you have a recipe to share with CCN readers?

Send in your favourite recipe to theteam@crescentsofbrisbane.org and who knows, you could be our "guest chef" for a future edition of CCN.



The Inbox


Assalaamu Alaykum


I sincerely believe that humour (The CCN Chuckle CCN0128) using the name of our Almighty Creator and the Prophets of Islam equates to blasphemy.


In my opinion, the CCN is a great read and fills a void in our community and as such, should refrain from such humour.




Naziem Kapadi


The CCN Chuckle


A South African was sitting with an Aussie and an Englishman in Saudi Arabia, sharing a smuggled barrel of beer, when all of a sudden the police entered and arrested them. They were initially given the death sentence but contested this and were finally imprisoned for life. But as it was a national holiday, the Sheikh decided they should be released after each receiving 20 lashes of the whip.

As they were preparing for their punishment, the Sheikh suddenly said: "It's my first wife's birthday today and she asked me to allow each of you one wish before your whipping, but you can not wish to not be whipped!"

The Englishman thought for a second then said: "Please tie a pillow to my back before whipping." This was done but the pillow only lasted 10 lashes before the whip went through. The Englishman cried in pain.

The Aussie saw this and said: "Please tie 2 pillows to my back before whipping." This was done and lasted for the whole 20 lashes.

The Aussie stood up smiling.

The South African saw this but before he could make his wish, the Sheikh said: "As you are from South Africa with all that crime, a cricket team who is always losing in a final and a rugby team who can't win anything, you are permitted to have two wishes!"

The South African thought for a second, then said: "Thank you most Royal and Merciful Highness. My first wish is to receive a hundred lashes with the strongest, toughest whip available."

"If you so desire," the Sheikh replies with a questioning look on his face, "and your second wish?"

"Tie the Aussie to my back"

The CCN Date Claimer


Date Day Event (Click on link) Organizer Venue Contact Time

7 May



QLD Police Service &  Ethnic Community Council of QLD

QLD Lions Stadium, Pine Rd, Richlands




12 May


Lecture: Sheikh Naeem Abdul Wali

FAIR (Sydney)

Kuraby Mosque

0412 318045


12 May


Muslim Media Night

Senator Bartlett, ICQ and Alnisa

PCYC 90 Klump Rd. Mt Gravatt

3252 7101


13 May


Public Lecture: Sheikh Naeem Abdul Wali and Mohammad Hashim Kamali


Griffith University

0412 318045


20 May



Crescents of Brisbane Inc.

Orleigh Park, Westend

0402 026 786


27 May



Australian International Islamic College

Blunder Rd, Durack

0402 826 598 /  3372 1400


2 June


QLD Police Rugby League vs. Islamic Rugby League


Sunnybank Rugby Union Ground, Padstow Rd

38490324 / 0438 114 619


10 June


The Deen Machine Lovo Night

The Deen Machine

Delivered to your door! Any place!


Any time!

20-24 June

Wed to Sunday

World Refugee Day





1 July


Queensland Roar vs. Supersport United

Football Australia

Suncorp Stadium



20 July

Friday to Sunday

Girls Camp Outing


Kindilan, Redland Bay

3272 6355 / 3272 6422

Friday night to Sunday

22 July


AIIC School Fete

Australian International Islamic College

Blunder Rd, Durack

3372 1400

All day

26 July


Islamic Legal Perspectives Conference

School of Law & Justice, Southern Cross University

Lord Byron Resort, Byron Bay

02 6620 3375


1 September


Islamic College of Brisbane Annual Spring Fete




All day

9 September



Australian International Islamic College

Blunder Rd, Durack

3372 1400


13/14 September



Start of Ramadaan

11/12 October



End of Ramadaan

12/13 October




14 October


Queensland Multicultural Festival

Multicultural Affairs Queensland

Roma Street Parkland

3872 0756(ext:21756)

All day

27 October


Qld Eidfest 2007

Qld Eidfest

Mt Gravatt Showgrounds


10am to 10pm

19/20 November

Monday & Tuesday

Queensland Multicultural Summit ‘07



State Library of Queensland

3844 9166

All day

20/21 December





To claim your date for your event email theteam@crescentsofbrisbane.org.


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