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Sunday, 21 October 2007

SHawwal 1428 A.H.

Newsletter 0154

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More than 200 ladies attended the Crescents of Brisbane Breast Cancer Awareness Workshop yesterday (Saturday) afternoon.






Shamime Mustapha, who attended the workshop as a participant, gave CCN her assessment of the program:


This was the Breast Cancer Awareness Workshop attended by many and enjoyed by all. It was plain to see that much effort had been put into every aspect of the events of the day.

The ambience of the hall and organisation of the programme, complimented with the culinary delights on offer, pay testimony to the above.

We were well addressed by various speakers; some taking the medical point of departure, detailing the signs and symptoms of early detection, coupled with the various methods of maintaining awareness. Practical demonstrations along with startling facts and audiovisual media, served to further educate and inform the audience of the urgency of awareness.

A very inspiring talk by a breast cancer survivor, brought forward the emotion, resilience, and humility shared by all those touched by cancers, whether directly or indirectly. Later in the day, a pleasant relaxation exercise offered many an unexpected listener a few moments to unwind.

Competitions were a plenty, creativity was awarded, along with many random lucky draws.

Finally, we were treated to a fiesta of scrumptious drinks and gourmet sandwiches, with sufficient time and space to meet and greet.

We were equally fortunate to be able to use the volume of leftovers to feed some of the cities' homeless.

Alhamdulillah, the entire event was wonderful!

We look forward to further such endeavours

Shamime Mustapha




Crescents of Brisbane wishes to thank Saalihah Seedat (the brain child and driving force behind this initiative), Shahina Omar, Shaida Gutta, Jamilah Solwa, and Ayesha Sabdia for the work they put into getting this workshop together and for their boundless creativity and imagination.





Gala Family Dinner


No sooner had the Crescents Breast Cancer Awareness Workshop ended when it was the turn of the Muslim Business Network (MBN) to put on the largest gathering of Muslims ever at an Eid Dinner.


The Commerce Building at the RNA Showgrounds was packed to the rafters with almost a 1000 men, women and children in attendance at this inaugural event.


Proceedings started with a recitation of the Quran by Year 10 student Hafiz Issa Negussie which drew a round of muted applause.


The Malaysian High Commissioner, his Excellency Dato Haji Salim Hashim, was the keynote speaker and was followed by Dr. Hanief Khatree, MBN President who was later to steal the show when he was turned into a dancing midget by comedian and illusionist extraordinaire, Matt Hollywood.


Sudanese comedian, Mujahid Ahmed, fresh from a show-and-tell appearance on Denton's Enough Rope programme on ABC, offered his brand of black humour.


The prize for the best joke of the evening went to 12-year old Wasim Omar.


The star entertainment of the evening was undoubtedly Matt Hollywood who had the audience rolling in the aisles when he transformed Mr. Farouk Adam into a singing monkey and made an exceptionally obliging Mr. Haneef Deen the victim of some very clever illusionist tricks.  


CCN commends MBN on a well organized function and one that is sure to become a permanent feature of the local Muslim calendar. Great stuff!


Photo Gallery


EidFest adds a Feast for Thought to its Food and Fun


The EIDFEST TALKFEST FORUM & TALKS will take place at Eidfest2007 on Saturday 27 October at the Mt Gravatt Showgrounds in the Main Tent

You can listen to the views and personal experiences of Muslims and non-Muslims on a variety of topics ranging from Sufism and Bridge Building to Demystifying Islam and Engaging with Australia’s Dispossessed.

Click here for the EidFest TalkFest programme details and speaker bios.

The forum will be chaired by well known author and ABC radio personality Mr. Sandy MacCutheon and a panel made up of Dr. Mohamad Abdalla, Ms. Rashida Joseph, Ms Ruqayya Paruk and Mr. Dylan Chown.

There will be talks during the rest of the day by Imam Ahmad Ghazaleh, Ms. Janette Hashemi, Mr. Adam Bowden and Ms. Rashida Joseph.




Don't forget to also support the Crescents Coffee Club where you will find the best coffee and tea and freshly baked doughnuts, cakes and toasted sandwiches in the whole of Brisbane!


Remember all our profits on the day go to a worthy cause.


Muslims in Australia


Earlier this year a gathering in Canberra called Australia Deliberates got together a cross-section of Australians from right across the country, 330 men and women, for a long weekend.

They gathered to talk about the so-called "problem" of Muslims in Australia, sparked by the infamous Cronulla riots, the bombings of 9/11 and Bali and London.

There were 50 Australian-Muslims and a high-powered bunch of experts, led in discussion by Bob Hawke and Barry Jones. But mostly they were ordinary Australians. A lot had never met a Muslim person. Few had a Muslim friend.

Well, after that meeting (and two years of research by social scientists), Issues Deliberation Australia has released their report, with a one-hour documentary called Between the Divide.

Now, while our political leaders like to insist that Australians are not racist, especially at election time, the report (out this week) concludes that when it comes to Muslim/non-Muslim relations, Australians are racist.

"And there's a grim warning. We'd better do something about it quickly, if we don't want to breed our own home-grown terrorists", says Dr Pam Ryan the social scientist in charge of Issues Deliberations Australia.


She talks to Ray Martin about this report. Watch the video


AVP Workshops


Alternatives To Violence Project (AVP) is conducting workshops to encourage confidence and practical strategies for dealing with conflict in our homes, workplaces or communities, so that we can get on better with others.


AVP workshops are an opportunity to experiment with ways of transforming conflict creatively. They offer a practical approach for community groups, social service agencies, youth organisations and individuals who would like to participate.


AVPQ will be delivering a Community Basic level workshop so you can come and be a part of what AVP is doing to make a change … a change in the way we respond to violence and in the way we deal with difficult situations.


Full programme details.


Ban on Burqas: The AFIC Response


AFIC has issued a communiqué to the Muslim Community on the reports of the banning of hijabs, burqas and niqabs at Australian airports by Minister Kevin Andrews.


AFIC letter to the Muslim Community

AFIC letter to Minister Kevin Andrews


Tajim Hussain: A man of many talents


On the 25th September Tajim Hussain was inducted into the Golden Key Honours Society for his study in Social Work.


Golden key membership is in recognition of high academic achievement at any of the Universities in Australia, South Africa, New Zealand, Malaysia, Canada, United States and United Arab Emirates.


On reflection Tajim sees this achievement as his third major achievement, firstly being picked in Fiji's national boxing team and secondly when he won Australia's first ever gold medal in Aikido at the 1999 world championship.


Tajim currently is a black belt in Aikido and a blue belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and teaches Brazilian Jiu Jitsu at Rochedale Mosque on Monday nights after Magrib salat (commences again on the 29th October 2007).


You can contact Tajim by email at tajim.h@gmail.com.


A Musical Interlude: Pizza in his Pocket


Rashid Bhikha & Nadira Ali in Zain Bhikha's album 'Allah Knows'




The CCN Book Club



William Dalrymple’s new book, The Last Mughal: The Fall of a Dynasty, Delhi 1857, has just been awarded the Duff Cooper Prize for history







William Dalrymple wrote an article in the UK timesonline in which he argued that many of the western values that are thought of as superior came from the East and the blind arrogance hurts the West's standing in the world








Alongside this we also have history of exporting genocide abroad in the worst excesses of western colonialism – which, like the Holocaust, comes from treating the nonwestern other as untermenschen, as savage and somehow subhuman.


For though we like to ignore it, and like to think of ourselves as paragons of peace and freedom, the West has a strong militaristic tradition of attacking and invading the countries of those we think of as savages, and of wiping out the less-developed peoples of four continents as part of our civilising mission. The list of western genocides that preceded and set the scene for the Holocaust is a terrible one.


The Tasmanian Aborigines were wiped out by British hunting parties who were given licences to exterminate this “inferior race” whom the colonial authorities said should be “hunted down like wild beasts and destroyed”. Many were caught in traps, before being tortured or burnt alive.





Last week, the Islamic world showed us the sort of gesture that is needed at this time. In a letter addressed to Pope Benedict and other Christian leaders, 138 prominent Muslim scholars from every sect of Islam urged Christian leaders “to come together with us on the common essentials of our two religions.” It will be interesting to see if any western leaders now reciprocate.


Read the full article


Supporting African-Australians



Fred Hollows Foundation Celebrates 15 Years


On 3 November 2007, the Fred Hollows Foundation will celebrate its 15th anniversary with a gala fundraising event in Brisbane.


This will be a night of entertainment with special performances, surprise guests, great hospitality, renewed friendship and a celebration of the values that have inspired The Foundation since it was launched on 3 September 1992.


Gabi Hollows, Susie O’Neill, Dr Jimmy Little, Shellie Morris, Glen Heald, GANGgajang and The Young Australian Talent Company will all give their time to support the evening.


The Foundation was set up in 1992 to continue the work of eye surgeon Professor Fred Hollows, who died less than a year later. The event celebrates 15 years of saving sight, and is a means of highlighting the Foundation’s core goals: to eradicate avoidable blindness in the developing world; and to improve the health and life expectancy of Indigenous Australians. Since 1992, The Foundation has helped restore sight to well over one million people in over 20 countries.


The event is also an opportunity to share future plans, such as doubling The Foundation’s sight restoring operations over the next five years. At present there are approximately 37 million blind people in the world, 75% of whom needn’t be. Treatment for cataract blindness is considered one of the most cost-effective medical interventions when it comes to reducing poverty. As little as $25 is often enough to restore someone’s sight.


Event Information

“A Celebration of 15 Years: The Fred Hollows Foundation”

Venue: Hillstone St Lucia Golf Links, Carawa Street, St Lucia


For bookings, contact The Foundation’s Brisbane office on 3358 5877 or email slarsen@hollows.org

Tickets: $120 includes 3 course meal, beverages and entertainment from 6.30pm

For further information see www.hollows.org.au/Events/


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Muslim scholars reach out to Pope


More than 130 Muslim scholars write to the Pope calling for more understanding between the faiths: http://news.bbc.co.uk/go/em/fr/-/2/hi/europe/7038992.stm



Little Mosque on the Prairie


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Season 2 Episode 1 Part 3 Of 3 Little Mosque On The Prairie


Plan to push for halal standard rejected


The federal government has rejected a parliamentary committee's call for the creation of an international halal meat standard.

Since 1983 the federal government has been running the Australian Government Muslim Slaughter (AGMS) Program, a halal livestock slaughter scheme.

Muslims require all meat to be slaughtered according to halal, or permissible, rules which vary from country to country.

The foreign affairs sub-committee of the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade recommended the AGMS be used as a benchmark for the promotion of an international halal standard suiting all countries.

"The Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (should) promote in international for the adoption of a transparent and efficient halal standard," the sub-committee wrote.

But the government did not address the recommendation, instead using its response to defend the AGMS.

"The AGMS is an international halal standard accepted by the majority of Australia's halal export markets," the government wrote.

It also rejected the second recommendation that the department create a single halal certifying body for Australia.

"The government and red meat industry does not support this recommendation.

"It is important that industry has a choice of approved Islamic organisations to facilitate the halal certification.

"The development of a single halal certifying body ... risks creating a potentially unfair and uncompetitive monopoly situation."


Source: http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2007/10/08/1191695801343.html


Might-Be-Worth-Watching .......






Tuesday 08:30 pm Why Democracy?: Egypt We Are Watching You (SBS)

In his 2005 State of the Union address President Bush cited Egypt as the country that would pave the way for democracy in the Middle East. Three women, unable to sit by while their country is on the brink of drastic change, start a grassroots movement to educate and empower the public by raising awareness on the meaning of democracy. They name their campaign Shayfeen.com -‘we are watching you.' This film follows the highs and lows of the first year of their movement in Egypt. (From Denmark, in Arabic and English, English subtitles) (Documentary Series) M CC WS

Thursday 10:15 pm Kings Of Clubs - Al-Ahly - Egypt  (SBS)

Al-Ahly football club is a focal point for national identity in Egypt. In the late 19th century, the British became the last on the list of Egypt's invaders. They might have pillaged many of Egypt's treasures, including the sphinx beard, but they left the legacy of a passion for football. Egypt took to the game with zeal. In 1907, Al-Ahly, which means national, became the first football club to be founded in Egypt. Its first president was an Englishman, succeeded by Egyptians. The program looks at the major achievements of the club that contributed to it achieving status as a national icon of Egyptian football. We meet AL-Ahly's current club president, Hassan Hamdy, star players like Al-Katib and the ever enthusiastic supporters. (From the UK, in English Arabic and Portuguese, English subtitles) (Documentary Series) PG WS

From the IWAQ desk....


Ramadan Hamper:

The Islamic Women’s Association of Queensland (IWAQ) would like to thank everyone who contributed towards the Ramadan Hamper Project and especially the school children from Runcorn Heights State School.  We pray to Allah to Bless you all for contributing towards this worthwhile project.  We have been asked whether this project will extend after Ramadan.  If there is a positive response from the community we can have a collection every 3 months but we need to know the community response.  Please email us your thoughts on this to admin@iwaq.org.au.


IWAQ Fun Night for Women:

This is fast approaching with only 3 weeks left.  If you haven’t purchased your ticket, please do so as soon as possible.  We would love to see you there.



The position of Front Desk Administrator is currently available.  For a copy of the application, please call IWAQ on 32726355 or email admin@iwaq.org.au


Fund Raising Drive for Rochedale Mosque


The Islamic Society of Eight Mile Plains has commenced construction of the new Mosque complex at 2647 Logan Road.

The building structure in now up to the full three storey level.


The Bosnian community has already raised much of the funds to kick off the project and their members have donated their time, effort and skills to get this far.


They are still raising funds within the Bosnian community but require assistance from the broader Muslim community.


A group of non Bosnian Muslims has decided to assist them in their Fundraising drive.


They are inviting you to join their ad hoc fundraising committee for this important cause.


A meeting will be held to formalize this committee on Wednesday 24 October after Magrib at the Rochedale Mosque.


Your support and help is earnestly requested.


Kareema's Keep Fit Column




Q: Kareema, my parents are over 60 and fairly inactive. What can they do to improve their 'quality' of life?



A: Encourage them to move more (inactivity could lead to weight gain and subsequently other health issues.
This is the first step to a healthier lifestyle. After 60, we tend to lose muscle strength at about 15% per decade, and after 70, about 30% of muscle strength is lost. Lifting light weights or using resistance bands will help slow this!

Bone thickness will improve with weight bearing exercises which means less risk of fractures

Increase in muscle strength will contribute to better balance which means less risk of falls

Strength training also reduces pain and stiffness sometimes associated with arthritis.

All this will help with maintaining their independence which we all know is KEY...

(Ref: Changes in skeletal muscle with aging, Resistance training for older adults)



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.


The Culinary Corner







1 cup fresh cream - 4 ½ tblsp Sugar. Beat them together.

½ tsp salt - 1 egg. Beat then add to fresh cream mixture and mix again.

Lastly: add 3 level tsp baking powder - 2 cups flour.

Divide mixture into 3 equal parts. Make 3 balls and press flat in pan. Make a cross on top. Bake on 180c for 20 minutes.


Source: Radio Islam Newsletter - Friday, 19 October 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.


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The CCN Chuckle


Mula Nasruddin (yes, he's back!) rides his camel to the nearest oasis for a drink of water.


The attendant at the oasis spots two penguins sitting in the back seat of the camel's saddle.


He asks Mula Nasruddin, "What's up with the penguins in the back seat?"


Mula Nasruddin says "I found them. I asked myself what to do with them, but I haven't had a clue."


The  attendant ponders a bit then says, "You should take them to the zoo."


"Hey, that's a good idea," says Mula Nasruddin, hops onto his camel and rides away.

The next day Mula Nasruddin is back at the same oasis. The attendant sees the penguins are still in the back seat of the saddle.


"Hey, they're still here! I thought you were going to take them to the zoo."

"Oh, I did," says Mula Nasruddin, "And we had a swell time. Today I am taking them to the camel races."

What's happening in our neck of the woods......


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QMT Unity Cup (Futsal)



AIIC Enrolment & Open Day

IWAQ Fun Night Out

Crescents of Brisbane

Fund Raiser Dinner

for Kuraby State School

 Bike Track Appeal


Night of

Dinner & Entertainment



The CCN Date Claimer





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21 October


Open & Enrolment Day

Australian International Islamic College

724 Blunder Rd, DURACK

3372 1400

10.30 to 2pm

21 October


QMT Unity Cup (Futsal)


Acacia Ridge Futsal Centre, 1391 Beaudesert Rd.

0412 786 168

All day

27 October


Qld Eidfest 2007

Qld Eidfest

Mt Gravatt Showgrounds


10am to 10pm

10 November


Annual Fun Night for Women


Islamic Women's Association of Queensland

Clairvaux MacKillop College Hall, Klumpp Rd, Upper Mt. Gravatt

3272 6355

6pm til late

19/20 November

Monday & Tuesday

Queensland Multicultural Summit ‘07



State Library of Queensland

3844 9166

All day

23 November


Kuraby Special School Bike Track Fund Raiser Dinner


Crescents of Brisbane, Kuraby Lions & Chinese Lions

Michaels Oriental Restaurant

Cnr Warrigal & Padstow Roads, Eight Mile Plains

0402 026 786

6.15pm for 7.00pm

24 November


Annual Muslim Achievement Awards

Mission of Hope, Sydney

Fontana Di Trevi
53 Raymond St Bankstown, NSW



14 December


Untold Stories: An Insight into Afghanistan - Dinner and Entertainment

Samia Ahmad,
Reena Randhawa,
Simin Rawi

Roundhouse Theatre, Musk Ave Kelvin Grove


6:30pm to 9pm

20/21 December


Thursday or Friday



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