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Sunday, 29 July 2007

Newsletter 0142

لسلام عليكم

Community Forum on the Dr. Haneef Case

by Mustafa Kemal Omar


In an historic event on Sunday 22 July, members of the Muslim community joined forces with key intellectuals and academics to denounce not only the treatment of Dr Mohammed Haneef, but also the repressive and unrelenting anti-terror legislation enacted by the Howard government and supported by the Labour opposition.  A forum was held at the Griffith University Multi-faith Conference Centre to expose these repressive laws used by the government in order to wrongly detain and charge Dr Haneef under the Anti-terror legislation.

Whilst all of the delegates recognized the need to have anti-terror legislation, there was a unifying call for all Australians to be aware of the erosion of basic human rights under this legislation and for these laws to be reviewed.

Forum participants

Senator Andrew Bartlett and AFIC President Ikebal Patel

What is of most concern to the Muslim community is the fact that we seem to be “targeted” under these laws due to the racial profiling methods used by the government in it’s effort to combat terrorism. What perplexed most of the delegates, was the harsh treatment of Mohammed Haneef despite not only the apparent lack of strong supporting evidence, but the presence of false or incorrect evidence connecting him to any terror activity.  One of the delegates, Sister Wendy Flannery, was almost brought to tears as she recalled seeing the Doctor brought into court barefooted.

Master of Ceremonies, Sandy McCutcheon (left)

Mr. Nasser Abdalla and Mr. Ismail Moola

Dr Mohammad Abdalla mentioned the dehumanising treatment that was meted out to Dr Haneef would only serve to radicalize Muslims in the community and alienate our youngsters further from mainstream culture. He also mentioned that the insidious demonization of Muslims was one of the strategies the government had used in the past to create fear against Muslims and that we can no longer stand by and accept this polarization between our communities.



Dr. Mohamad Abdalla (Director of GIRU), Mr. Peter Russo (Dr. Haneef's solicitor), Prof. Ross Homel (Director of Key Centre for Ethics, Law, Justice and Governance) and Mr. Andrew Boe (legal expert)

Sasha Esperson (Amnesty International) outlined numerous acts of the law which represent a gross violation of human rights not least being, the right to innocence until proven guilty and the right of habeas corpus, two pillars upholding our individual freedoms

Mr. Iqbal Siddique, cousin of Dr. Haneef


Mr. Emad Soliman, GIRU PhD Scholar (left),  Associate Prof Regina Ganter (right)

There was a unanimous view among delegates that a bill of rights whilst not even being considered federally would provide adequate protection against the erosion of basic human rights as applied in the anti-terror legislation. Even though Australia is a signatory to all of the treaties under the International Bill of Rights, it is not bound by any of them. A poignant endorsement of the hypocritical charge levelled against the current government by Human rights organisations activists.


Michael Cope, President of Queensland Council for Civil Liberties

The delegates urged all Australians to be aware of these laws since they impinge on the basic human freedoms we all take for granted. The forum also impressed upon all Australians, the need to lobby government at all levels to bring about change and a fair go for all.

Andrew Schwartz, President of Australian Doctors Trained Overseas Assoc.

Sasha Jesperson, Amnesty International


Sister Wendy Flannery reads the forum's statement

Dr. Nader Hosen, Lecturer Wollongong University

At the conclusion of the forum, Sister Wendy Flannery presented the following joint statement on the case of Dr Haneef:

"As a testament to the breadth of public concern over the government's treatment of Dr Mohamad Haneef, academics, legal experts, medical professionals, civil libertarians, union representatives, representatives of community organisations - including Amnesty International, Queensland Council of Civil Liberties, and the Association of Australian Doctors Trained Overseas - Griffith University, religious leaders and faith groups, and members of the general public have come together to hold a forum on this issue.

Those gathered for the forum agreed that, despite the fact that Dr Haneef is well-respected amongst his community and particularly his colleagues and his patients, his treatment by the authorities in the court process has been degrading and undignified.

The delegates noted with utmost concern the perceived attempt by the government to interfere in the judicial process and undermine the presumption of innocence and hence the possibility of Dr Haneef to get a fair go.

The organisations and individuals who attended this forum feel confident that it has positively contributed to the public debate on this critical issue. This forum also demonstrates that a large and diverse cross section of the Australian public is strongly committed to preserving democratic and legal processes and principles, as well as human rights, for all people in Australia, not only Muslims but members of all religious and ethnic communities.

In view of the perceived seriousness of the issue at hand for the future of Australia, the forum participants call on all political parties to independently review the anti-terrorism laws and the Migration Act, and to ensure they are consistent with our cherished Australian values.

To demonstrate our solidarity with Dr Haneef and our determination to see justice done in his case, the groups who attended today's forum have planned a show of support on August 8th, at 9 am, at the Federal Court, Quay Street, Brisbane, when the hearing about the cancellation of Dr Haneef's visa will take place. Anyone who has a concern about this issue is encouraged to participate, and efforts will be made to mobilise similar gatherings in other parts of Australia on the same date."

Mr. Nasser Abdalla, Mr. Naseem Abdul (Islamic Council of Gold Coast President), Dr Mohamad Abdalla and Abdul Raoof Shtawi, PhD Scholar

Mr. Daud Batchelor



Papers and Presentations


Andrew Boe (Solicitor)

Final Forum statement


We're still after your blood!


Several donors have already enrolled for year's Crescents and Red Cross Blood Drive.


Have you?


If not, don't let the side down!

You can pre-register by completing the online registration form.


It'll cost you nothing (and you could come away with a fabulous prize or two for your troubles). Also remember, your contribution can help save three lives.


Did you know that.........


The Arabs: A Short History"During all the first part of the Middle Ages, no other people made as important a contribution to human progress as did the Arabs, if we take this term to mean all those whose mother-tongue was Arabic, and not merely those living in the Arabian Peninsula.


For centuries, Arabic was the language of learning, culture and intellectual progress for the whole of the civilized world with the exception of the Far East.


From the IXth to the XIIth century there were more philosophical, medical, historical, religious, astronomical and geographical works written in Arabic than in any other human tongue."


Source: Philip Hitti in 'The Arabs: A Short History '


Changing of the guards at the Rotary



Outgoing president Sultan Deen handed over the reigns of the Rotary Club of Archerfield to Marie Jackson at the annual changeover last month.


The Club celebrated a successful year by handing over $16,000 to various community groups.


It is heavily involved in Rotary projects overseas and has several initiatives planned for this year.


Anyone interested in joining the club should phone 3277 2687.


Islamic Intensive Course for Youth


Google Pedometer


Google map to Cumberland Good SamaritansEver wondered what distance you were covering accurately and exactly how many calories you were burning during your daily jog or walk?


Well now you can compute both from the comfort of your computer.


Go to www.gmap-pedometer.com, a Google map based website where you can plot your walking route, and it will compute the kms and calories burned over the marked distances.


Jump to and zoom into the area you want to trace, start recording and place markers at appropriate turns and corners along your route.


This is an example of a route we prepared earlier.


Crescents Clinic Culminates at Gabba


FRONT ROW Muhammed Peer and Khaleel Waqar
BACK ROW Nabeel Khan, Chris Johnson and Aaqib Abdul Ala

on the big screen

Adam Goodfellow and Muhammad Hatia



[Editor] Could the Lion's massive win over the weekend be attributed to the vociferous support of a group of new found fans? We'd like to think so!


From the CCN Cradle


Congratulations to Muhsin and Farzanah Ally on the safe arrival of their daughter, Amani (meaning hope) on 15 July at the Mater Private Hospital and weighing in at 2.75kg.


Suliman in Selangor


The translated version from Bahasa Malaysia to English Language extracted from the archives of the  website of the office of Selangor chief minister.


Shah Alam (capital city of Selangor Darul Ehsan), 19 July 2007: The Chief Minister of Selangor, the most Hon. Datuk Seri (local titleship) Dr. Mohamad Khir bin Toyo today received and welcomed the visit from the respectable Suliman Sabdia as President of ICQ, Australia.


In this meeting, the ICQ president hoped to establish bilateral co-operation and relationship with the State of Selangor.


Besides this meeting with Dr. Mohamad Khir, ICQ was given various formal briefings by the State Economic Development Corporation (SEDC) on economic status and progress in the state.


Suliman has stated that there were immense opportunities that could be explored between Queensland and Selangor especially for the good and development of the Muslim community in the states.


He also offered ICQ’s readiness as a conduit body to promote Malaysia in particular the Selangor state in economy, education, agriculture, health and tourism.


“We hope to establish closer co-operation for the benefit of the people of Queensland and Selangor,” he said after the briefings.


Suliman was impressed with the running and operation of the Bank of Islam in that country and has expressed his wish to set up of a branch in Queensland in the future.


Before Selangor, he had visited Putrajaya (federal capital of Malaysia).


He hoped that information learnt from this trip could soon be implemented at home.


 “This will definitely benefit the Muslim community there” he said.


In his first trip here to Malaysia, he was most touch by the reception he received and was taken aback by the beauty of this country and its wonderful people.



Selangor media secretariat


ICQ Media Release:


The President of the Islamic Council of Queensland, brother Suliman Sabdia announced today of the historic meeting between the Chief Minister of the State of Selangor, Malaysia, Dato Dr Mohamad Khir Bin Toyo and the President of the Islamic Council of Queensland. Brother Suliman Sabdia was invited by Dato Dr Mohamad Khir Bin Toyo as a guest of Chief Minister.

Prior to his visit to Malaysia, Br Suliman Sabdia had a meeting with the Premier of Queensland, the Hon Peter Beattie MP to discuss his visit to Malaysia.

Brother Suliman Sabdia initiated this visit to promote religious, cultural, educational, economic and political ties between the state of Queensland and the State of Selangor.

In his meetings with the Chief Minister and the Premier, Br Suliman Sabdia has received strong support for his initiatives, and will be working very hard to promote and strengthen good relations between the people of Queensland and the people of Selangor.

SLP by IFA Youth


A Tribute to AIIC Volunteers

by Principal Peter Michalski




Volunteers are unique people. Unique in that they are always there when you need them, they don’t expect praise, recognition or financial reward.


They come from all walks of life; cleaners, electricians, doctors, teachers, students, computer engineers, bus drivers, mums, dads, grandparents, aunts, uncles and college friends.


Whenever there is a function like a College Fete, they are there early to set up before the crowd arrives and work late to pack up after the crowd has gone.





Australian International Islamic College fete was a success because parents, teachers and friends of our College, volunteered and assisted in setting up, operated all kinds of stalls: (food, clothes, show bags) painted faces, manned our car park and auctioned donated items.



Thank you volunteers, it is people like you who make Australian International Islamic College a very special place.

You volunteered your time, energy and talents in making our Fete our success.



Thank you because not only did we make a little profit for our classrooms and P & C Association sign project but also made some great friends on the day.


Thank you volunteers. Australian International Islamic College thanks you, I cannot imagine ever being a principal without your support. Thank you!!!


Contestants pull out of competition


Last week CCN included a report on the Oaktree Foundation and Queensland Business Icon competition in which Luqman and Sameer were taking part.


Both young men were successful in the first task and in fact led their entire group to victory in their first venture.

However, they have decided to pull out of the competition because the second task involved them creating a new product for Lion Nathan (Australia's largest brewery).


The drink could have been non-alcoholic but both felt that it would, for obvious reasons, be better that they did not have associations with the brewery.


Mosque in Squatter Camp in Cape Town



To donate money to alleviate the hardships in squatter camps in the Cape Flats, South Africa contact the Al Waasil Ladies Group of Minto, Sydney:


0404 465714 Asa Martin

0423 774862 Nisa Abrahams

0424 241839 Amiena Raffie

0410 635559 Nazziela Van Heerden

0431 556165 Aysha Khan

Email: al.waasil@gmail.com



Photos courtesy of:


Aboriginal Muslim Centre


The TAQWA committee wishes to thank the many sponsors from Brisbane and the Gold Coast for their generous contributions towards the Centre in Redfern Sydney, which has now been renovated.


The Centre provides counseling for drug and alcohol dependency and coordinates food distributing to the needy with the assistance of local social workers.


Adam Bowden, who leads the programme at the Centre, said that without the support of the Queensland community so much with not have been achieved in this short time. 


TAQWA aims to engage business and professional people in Sydney to coordinate support and efforts from New South Wales. If CCN readers know of persons or organizations in Sydney who might be able to help in this regard, please contact the following urgently:


Ismail Jangda 07 3219 8150 feedback@qmt.org.au

Saaid Salie 07 3824 8164 ssalie@optusnet.com.au

Sadeq Mustapha 0732197786 drsmustapha@hotmail.com


Music from the Sub-continent


Hafiz AliKhan & Troupe

Afzal and Shemina Ismail

The Ek Raath One Night concert of music and culture from the Sub-continent was presented last night by the Indo-Queensland Institute of Music and Art.


There were songs and Qawwali by Hafiz AliKhan, sitar performance by Radhey Shyam Gupta and speeches by IQIMA co-founders Dr Farid Khan and Mr. Suliman Sabdia


Munira Bassa, Safia Casoojee,

(removed on request) and Faiyaza Omar

Shireen and Dr. Mohammed Seedat

2007 Queensland Youth Conference


Young people and youth workers will be given the chance to share their skills and knowledge and highlight the issues that affect them at the State Government's Department of Communities’ first youth conference.

The 5-7 September 2007 conference, which will be hosted by the Office for Youth, will cover a broad range of topics through presentations, plenary sessions and other unique activities.

Networking will also be high on the agenda, with delegates from across the state representing a variety of organisations. The conference will provide an ideal opportunity for young people to build partnerships with community and government agencies.

A limited number of subsidies is available (check the website for details), so register today to avoid missing out.

For all the details visit:


Muslim Business Network: Making you Healthy, Wealthy and Wise!


Dinner meeting





Hows Your Ticker – Are you Heading for a Heart Attack?

What Can you do to reduce your risk




Date : Tuesday 14 August 2007

Time : 6.45pm for a 7.00 pm start

Venue : Acacia Room, Acacia Ridge Hotel

                   1386 Beaudesert Rd, Acacia Ridge 4110

 $30 members              $35 non-members


Kareema's Keep Fit Column

Q: I would like to strengthen / bulk up (build muscle) particularly in my upper body.
Any tips?

A: The fit ball (gym ball) is a great tool and one of my favourites! Try some bench presses on the ball. Because of the unstable surface, your abdominal, arm and shoulder muscles will work much harder. (According to Prevention magazine, you will work between 60 - 70%
harder while using the ball)


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.


Bridge-to-Brisbane Sunday 5 August 2007

Week 4 of our 4 week Bridge-to-Brisbane training program:

This is our last chance to get ready as race day is almost here.

Please note that the following program is suitable for beginners. For the more competitive or serious athlete,
intensity, duration and frequency of exercises need to be increased!


DAY 1:
If you've been consistent with your training, then this is the week to take it slightly easier.
On the other hand, if you didn't do as much as you should've, then pick it up a notch.
Try to improve on your best time or distance. We need to get out bodies where we need it to be for race day - PREPARED!

Healthy Tip: Always keep your body hydrated - carry a bottle of water with you daily!

DAY 2:
Try a cycling session to improve on leg strength. If you're not able to, then take on a a few flights of stairs.

DAY 3:
Low impact session. Today is all about rewarding yourself for all the hard work. Choose an activity you love.

DAY 4:
If you're racing against the clock on Sunday, then set yourself a race pace and get out and practice today. Remember to start easy, set your pace and finish strong!
If you go out too hard at the start, you are going to run out of steam before you reach the finish line...

If your goal is simply to complete the course, then take an easy paced walk.

DAY 5:
Try and spend at least 45mins in a heated pool if possible. Your muscles will love you for it. The resistance of the water will guarantee a great workout, even if you're just walking from one end to the other!

DAY 6:
Relax and recover! Try and have an early night so you are in peak condition tomorrow.

DAY 7:
RACE DAY! Have a good breakfast filled with protein for lots of energy throughout the race.


PLEASE NOTE: The above training program assumes a healthy participant. Those with medical conditions,  injuries or who are not physically active, need to seek clearance from their GP before starting any form of exercise.

The Culinary Corner



Naan Rotis
1 ¾ cup self raising flour
1 tsp salt
¼ cup yoghurt
½ cup warm water

Mix the flour, salt, and yoghurt together.
Add water a little at a time to make a soft dough.
Knead and cover with a cloth, leave for 1 hour.
Preheat grill and place a baking tray under the grill.
Divide the dough into eight pieces.
Roll out into round rotis.
Place 2 rotis at a time on the heated baking tray and bake until light brown specks appear.
Remove from oven and brush with melted butter.

Source: Radio Islam Newsletter - Wednesday, 25 July 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


Mula Nasruddin and his friend, Abdul Jalalludin, go on a fishing trip.


They rent all the equipment: the reels, the rods, the wading suits, the rowboat, the car, and even a cabin in the woods. They spend a fortune.

The first day they go fishing, but they don't catch anything.


The same thing happens on the second day, and on the third day.



It goes on like this until finally, on the last day of their vacation, Abdul Jalalludin catches a fish.

As they're driving home they're really depressed.


Abdul Jalalludin turns to Mula Nasruddin and says, "Do you realize that this one lousy fish we caught cost us fifteen hundred dollars?"

Mula Nasruddin says, "Wow! It's a good thing we didn't catch any more!"

The CCN Date Claimer





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29 July


Gold Coast Annual Fund Raiser BBQ


Gold Coast Mosque


From 10am

1 August


Sisters Learning Program: Muslim Woman and Society, Part 1

IFA Youth

Kuraby Mosque



5 August


ICQ Quran Competition

Islamic Council of Qld

Darra Mosque


from 9am

5 August


Bridge to Brisbane Fun Run

Sunday Mail & Suncorp

Gateway Bridge to New Farm Park


Staggered start times

8 August


Dr. Haneef visa hearing


Federal Court, Quay Street, Brisbane



14 August


Employer Breakfast Forum

A.C.C.E.S. Serivices

Brisbane Technology Park

3808 9299


14 August


Healthy Living: Dinner Meeting

Muslim Business Network

Acacia Room, Acacia Ridge Hotel
1386 Beaudesert Rd, Acacia Ridge



18 August


USQ Islamic Centre Open Day

Islamic Society of Toowoomba Inc

Islamic Centre, University of Southern Queensland, TOOWOOMBA


10am -3pm

21 August


International Year of Rumi

Several organizations

Multi-Faith Centre, Griffith University


7.15pm to 9.30pm

25 August


The Crescents BLOOD DRIVE

Crescents of Brisbane & Red Cross

Kuraby Community Hall


9am to 5pm

25 August


Brisbane Indian Times Multicultural Community Awards Night

Brisbane Indian Times

The Main Auditorium, Brisbane City Hall

3284 7315


1 September


Spring Fete

Islamic College of Brisbane

45 Acacia Rd, Karawatha


11am to 7pm

5 September


Sisters Learning Program: Muslim Woman and Society, Part 2

IFA Youth

Kuraby Mosque



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

20 October


Breast Cancer Awareness

Crescents of Brisbane



2pm - 5pm

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





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