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Sunday, 27 May 2007

Newsletter 0133

لسلام عليكم

CresWalk2007: Race Times







Race times are available from here.


YANQ Survey on Young Muslim Women


The Youth Affairs Network of Queensland (YANQ), the state's peak body for youth advocacy is currently conducting a research project focusing on young Muslim women's participation in sport and recreation.


With a limited number of weeks remaining in the project's data collection phase, YANQ is seeking young Muslim women between the ages of 12 and 30 to respond to surveys.


An electronic version of the survey will be linked to YANQ's website (www.yanq.org.au) within the coming week. Paper-based surveys are also available.


YANQ are also conducting focus groups and telephone interviews.


If you are interested in participating or if you would like more information about the study, contact YANQ's Multicultural Development Officer, Ms Kirsten McGavin at cald@yanq.org.au, or her colleague Ms Shaima Khan at shaimak@myservices.net.au.


A New Look SLP

by IFA Youth


The time has finally come for the unveiling of IFA's Sister's Learning Program.


We have taken all of your feedback and requests into consideration, the SLP promises to be more interactive, with a fresh, new perspective, vibrant speaker...and definitely with a spin of it's own.


But hey we don't want to spoil the surprise!


We will tell you that attending the 'new and reformed' SLP is a MUST so get that calendar out and keep watching this space when we tell all later in the week!

IFA Youth
Contact: ifafeedback@yahoo.com.au

Launch of the Findings of the Muslim Youth Forums: Making our Future Report



The Al-Nisa’ Youth Group launched the findings of a major new Report entitled Muslim Youth Forums: Making our Future during the week in Brisbane's Parliament House.

The Report highlights the findings of six Muslim Youth Forums held around Queensland earlier this year by the Al-Nisa’ Youth Group and the Australian Multicultural Foundation, as part of the Muslim Youth Summit initiative.

The Muslim Youth Forums were held to give young Muslim people an opportunity to voice their concerns on issues of significance to them and their community, and propose what could be done to address these challenges.

Muslim Youth Forums: Making our Future presents their views, and the strategies they put forward. It also highlights some of the initiatives that are already in place to address some of the shortfalls identified.

The guest speaker was the Hon Warren Pitt, Minister for Communities, Disabilities and Youth. Also in attendance was the Hon Stephen Robertson, Minister for Health and Member for Stretton, where the organisation is based.

Funding for the Muslim Youth Forums and the resulting Report has been provided by Department of Immigration and Citizenship under its National Action Plan (NAP). The Federal Government initiated the NAP in September 2005 to address threats to Australia’s social cohesion, harmony and security.

Other agencies such as community service providers and relevant government agencies were given the opportunity to view the report and identify exciting strategies and programs as well as opportunities for partnerships to address some of the common recurring issues raised.

Summary of the findings......

Halal Certificate Issued


ABD Poultry has been monitored and inspected by the Mujlis Ulema Australia (Queensland) and has fulfilled the conditions and recommendations of the National Council of Imams. A Halal Certificate has been issued.


Powerful British Asian women


Shami Chakrabarti, director of national civil rights group Liberty, tops the list of the most powerful British Asian women. Since 2001, Chakrabarti has campaigned for human rights in Parliament, and the courts. She is rarely absent from British TV screens, and is a staple guest on Radio 4's Today programme.

Human rights is a running theme and the seventh secretary-general of Amnesty International, Irene Zubaida Khan, comes second on the list. She has led missions across the world through Bangladesh, Pakistan, Lebanon and Israel to discuss human rights issues, and won the Sydney Peace Prize in 2006.

"I lived through a war in Bangladesh and saw how people with nothing gave others food and shelter," she says. "It gave me courage to think that when you can't rely on government to protect you, you can rely on human nature. So I've made the purpose of my life to contribute to society and give back what I get."

Third on the list, Parveen Kumar, heads up the British Medical Association. Author of one of the most widely read medical textbooks for students and doctors internationally, she has become a medical celebrity, giving lectures across the globe.

Legal services complaints commissioner and legal services ombudsman for England and Wales, Zahida Manzoor, is hot on her heels in fourth place. She oversees the handling of complaints by professional bodies, including the Law Society and the General Council of the Bar.

"For my generation it was unusual for Muslim women to go to university - it was frowned upon," she says. "I am very grateful that my father, who was my main source of inspiration, paid no heed."

Next comes Sheetal Mehta, who heads up Innovative Social Ventures, where she acts as a liaison between the Government and entrepreneurs, and helps technology start-ups to access venture capital.

The ubiquitous Meena Pathak, of Patak's Indian food company, which has taken traditional Indian cooking to the supermarket shelves, comes sixth on the list. She is director of product development and frequently travels to the sub-continent to source the spice mixes that go into her cooking sauces, curry pastes, chutney, pickles, ready meals, snacks and breads.

Seventh comes the first woman ever to hold the BBC's top finance job, Zarin Patel. She has the unenviable task of balancing an annual budget of around £4bn. She is a member of the BBC executive board, and reports to director-general Mark Thompson.




Source: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/money/main.jhtml?xml=/money/2007/05/08/cnasia08.xml&page=1


The Umma Clinic






MBN Dinner


Finance guru, Noel Whittaker, was the keynote speaker at the dinner meeting of the Muslim Business Network. He spoke on the new superannuation rules coming into effect next month.

Dr Mohammed Khateeb, Senior Lecturer at the University of Queensland gave an entertaining and informative talk on how to cope with ageing.

Kareema's Keep Fit Column


After last week’s CresWalk2007 some of you may have questions related to health and fitness. CCN has introduced this column as a forum for advice on just such matters.

Kareema Benjamin is a member of the Crescents of Brisbane Team and a professional fitness instructress and personal fitness coach. She is an accredited member of fitness Australia (the fitness industry's governing body), with more than 7 years experience within the industry.

Kareema worked closely with the New South Wales Health Department and local councils (researching and educating communities on healthy lifestyle issues). Her teaching programs were passed by the department of education which allowed her to teach HPE (health and physical education) at a private high school for 3 years before moving to Queensland. She coached girls' soccer and basketball teams and worked with pre-schoolers as well as seniors.

She teaches at a number of Fernwood womens’ fitness centres with her favourite classes being swissball, spin cycle body pump (weights) and aqua aerobics.

She also has a number of private clients who benefit from her personal health and fitness coaching.

She will be happy to field your questions. Send your questions to fitness@crescentsofbrisbane.org

Note, all questions will be published here anonymously and without any references to the author of the question.

This week a reader wrote:

How often should I be exercising to maintain a healthy lifestyle?

At least three times a week for an hour at a time. If you can't fit in an hour, break down your routine: e.g. 30 mins. in the morning and try to make up the rest of the time throughout the day. You do not have to do it all at once. This is the absolute minimum though, anything less is simply not enough! Remember to compliment your regular exercise with a healthy diet!

The CCN Centre Link


Members of Islamic Community organizations and groups are invited to attend a training session on  “HOW TO ACCESS & MANAGE GRANTS”.

Topics include:
 Step by step process for writing funding proposals/submissions
 Practical skills in writing submissions
 Project management strategies

The full details of times, dates and venues........




Sewing classes (certificate 1). 2 days per week. School hours. Tuesdays and Wednesday’s. starting at ACCES Services INC in Woodridge from 29th May. 10 weeks. Contact Sushil Sami sushils@accesservicesinc.org.au.


Until two legal systems do us part


Divorce is difficult, but navigating both Australian and sharia law is even harder for Muslim women, writes Nadia Jamal.


Janette Hashemi lives by two laws. Like many Muslim women in Australia, she had to negotiate two legal systems

when she married a Muslim man and later wanted a divorce.

After Ms Hashemi's husband returned to Dubai for work in the late 1990s, the couple, who had been married for 10 years and had a daughter, drifted apart.

When Ms Hashemi decided to end the relationship, she could request and be granted a divorce because she had included her right to do this in the Islamic marriage contract she had drawn up.

"Marriages don't last as long as they used to," says Ms Hashemi, a convert to Islam who speaks on Islamic issues at universities, schools and community groups.

"I wanted to be careful because I had been a Muslim for a few years and I didn't want cultural practices to interfere with the marriage or if the marriage had broken down; I wanted to protect myself."

Unlike Ms Hashemi, many women do not write their contracts and end up in limbo when the husband refuses to grant an Islamic talaq (divorce in Arabic). These women will often seek a civil dissolution of the marriage through the Family Court.

In response to this growing problem, a group of Sydney sheiks recently decided to reform an Islamic judicial council to hear such matters.

The Lakemba-based Sheik Khalil Chami, who will sit on the council, called the situation a "tragedy" that hurt all Muslims. He deals with about two or three divorce cases a week and most requests for divorce are from women, many of whom are unaware of their rights.

However, much of what is known about this problem is anecdotal.

Ms Hashemi, who grew up on Sydney's North Shore and now lives on the Sunshine Coast, met her husband in Australia and their Islamic marriage was followed three months later by the signing of the civil certificate.

Most Muslim marriages and divorces in Australia are overseen by a religious leader (an imam or sheik) who is an authorised celebrant.

But Ms Hashemi's Islamic contract, which allowed her to divorce without resorting to an Islamic court or a panel of religious leaders, is not recognised by Australian courts.

In some countries the power to grant an Islamic divorce to a wife is carried out by the sharia [Islamic law] court through a qadi, or sharia court judge. Australia has no such court, so if the husband refuses to pronounce talaq, the wife is unable to remarry under Islamic law.

If a woman ignores this and remarries according to Australian law, she may be condemned in the eyes of Muslims, explains Jamila Hussain, a lecturer in Islamic law at the University of Technology, Sydney. She believes a qadi or circuit judge would give women "some way out".

"This issue doesn't worry the men in the community because they are not the ones with a problem," she says. "A lot of women don't know their rights in this respect because they are not taught their Islamic rights. And that needs to be looked at in terms of Islamic education."

While Ms Hashemi's rights to an Islamic divorce were spelled out, some advised her to seek a divorce through a religious leader. So she came to Sydney to see the sheiks and "to keep the community happy".

"They took one look at the contract and asked me what I was doing there," Ms Hashemi says. "They asked me if I wanted to divorce my husband and I said, yes, and they said, 'OK, you are divorced. Bye.' It took five minutes.

"While some people didn't think that my Islamic marriage contract would hold up, my ability to initiate a divorce was a valid condition."

Ms Hussain says most Australians do not understand the Islamic position on divorce, with the popular idea being that all a husband has to do is to recite talaq three times.

While in some countries the triple talaq is considered a valid divorce, Ms Hussain points out that in others it is not. Some Muslim countries now require husbands also to apply to the court to divorce.

The Muslim Women's National Network of Australia argues that the problem for women arises when the husband is overseas, his whereabouts are unknown or he refuses to pronounce talaq.

The solutions the network put forward in 2002 included establishing an Australian sharia court or equivalent authority, employing a qadi to visit Australia to hear cases and empowering the Family Court to adjourn an application made by a husband until he grants his wife a religious divorce.

Some religious leaders agree that the Lakemba mosque's Sheik Taj el-Din al Hilaly has the power to grant a divorce by khula' (where the woman must return her mahr, or dowry, to her husband), but others are reluctant to go near this issue.

There have been cases, the network says, where women have had to travel to their country of birth to access a sharia court, which is not only time-consuming but expensive.


Source: http://www.smh.com.au/news/national/until-two-legal-systems-do-us-part/2007/05/04/1177788404897.html#


The Inbox


Dear Editor


I am a South African Muslim male seeking short-term accommodation/boarding and lodging with a Muslim family/ establishment in the western and south western areas of Sydney, Australia from July/ August 2007.


I am a teacher and will be attending an orientation course in Blacktown and will possibly be placed in a school in that area or surrounding areas.


Please email Mehmood at mbhamjee@gmail.com.


The CCN Culinary Corner


2 ½ kg Hake or King klip
2 teaspoon pepper
4 tablespoons lemon juice
2 teaspoon salt
1 cup four

Marinate fish in salt, pepper and lemon juice

2 ½ cups flour
3 teaspoons salt
8 eggs beaten
¾ cup milk
1/3 cup water
Oil for deep frying

1. Sift flour and salt in a bowl.
2. Whisk eggs and milk together with the water.
3. Add to the flour and whisk for 2 – 4 minutes.
4. Coat fish in flour.
5. Dip in batter and deep fry in heated oil until golden and crisp.
6. Remove with a slotted spoon onto paper towel.
7. Serve garnished with lemon wedges and parsley with chips and tartar sauce.

Tartar Sauce:
500ml mayonnaise
3 ½ Tablespoons gherkins chopped
2 medium onions diced
3 ½ Tablespoons chopped parsley
2 teaspoon lemon pepper
4 to 5 ml paprika

Combine all above ingredients together and stir.

First Aid:
Any time you cut your hand, finger, or any other part of the body, take a spoonful of sugar and sprinkle it in the cut. If you are bleeding, this will thicken the blood and besides that it will take the pain away. Perfect for paper cuts.

Source: Radio Islam Newsletter - Thursday, 24 May 2007


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 CCN Chuckle


It was a terrible night, blowing cold and snow in a most frightful manner.

The streets were deserted and the local baker was just about to close up shop when a little, old Mula Nasruddin slipped through the door. He carried an umbrella, blown inside out, and was bundled in two sweaters and a thick coat. But even so he still looked wet, freezing, and bedraggled.

As he unwound his scarf he said to the baker, "May I have two naans to go, please?"

The baker said in astonishment, "Two naans? Nothing more?"
"That's right," answered the little man. "One for me and one for Mumtaz."

"And who is Mumtaz, your wife?" asked the baker.

"What did you think," snapped Mula Nasruddin, "that my mother would send me out on a night like this?"

The CCN Date Claimer


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

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


8 June


The Life of Hazem El Masri: Book Launch:

Islamic Rugby League (IRL)

Brisbane Technology Park, Eight Mile Plains



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


29 July


Gold Coast Annual Fund Raiser BBQ


Gold Coast Mosque


From 10am

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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