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Sunday, 18 November 2007

Sunday 8 Thw al-Qi`dah 1428 A.H.

Newsletter 0158

This week's CCN is kindly sponsored by


No Politics Please! It's the Elections!


We last visited the Kuraby Special School as the children settled into class of the new school year.


Now, as the school year starts to wind down, it is a perfect time to reflect on the achievements of these precious children.


They may not have made the school debating team or been chosen for the football squad, but the steady yet sure progress they have made is just as exciting as any other child’s school achievement.


Megan (15) has delighted her teachers by recognizing sight words and has started to read her first books.


Belinda (7) was unable to communicate her needs to her parents and now can by using the PECS (picture exchange communication system).


Ahmed (11) over the year, has worked through his social interactions difficulties and really matured.


Eleven year-old Crystal's behaviour has improved; now she does jobs in the office. She learnt how to use the fax machine and is trying hard to use the phone.


Asim is working hard at integrating with the class and his bike riding has come along so well.


With the money raised already by Crescents of Brisbane and the Kuraby Lions, a bike track has been laid for the children to practice their riding skills.


The students enjoy riding on the new track, and there have been many improvements with the younger children.


Many, who were not capable of riding a two wheel bike, are now showing much confidence.


The children benefit greatly from the new track; they learn skills in controlling the bike, stopping, working co-operatively, gross motor skills, and following the road rules, as well as the social aspect of sharing the track with others.


The school still needs some more components of the bike track to challenge the children even more.


To do this Crescents of Brisbane and the Chinese and Kuraby Lions are holding a Fundraising Dinner at Michael’s Oriental Restaurant on Friday, November 23rd at 7.00pm.


The menu includes the famous Julie Hatia chicken recipe – so that’s certainly something to look forward to!


The evening also promises to be an entertaining one and being on the eve of the election it has been declared a no politics evening more so now that several politicians will be supporting the event with their presence.


With multicultural entertainment and prizes to win, the evening is shaping up to be loads of fun.


Be prepared, however, to be fined if you don’t follow the rules.


Kuraby Special School is one of those places where every parent needs to visit now and again, not only to meet the beautiful people who work or attend the school, but to allow us to appreciate our own children even more.


The teachers and parents of these children deserve our greatest admiration and respect, for the daily effort they put into turning these children into functioning members of society.


Our donations to allow the school to continue its great work will go a long way in assisting a child to learn independence and skills that will bring them much joy.




There are a few tickets still available for the fund raising Dinner.

Call 0402 026 786 to secure them ASAP.



Poor Polling at How to Vote Session


The Crescents of Brisbane Make the Most of YOUR Vote Workshop last yesterday (Saturday) evening attracted a disappointingly small crowd to the Kuraby Special School Hall.


As the key speaker in a very professionally organized workshop Dr. Paul Williams gave a detailed yet simplified explanation of the electoral process and fielded a number of interesting questions from the audience.


There was lively discussion on a number of aspects of the voting system including such issues as the donkey vote and the differences between a spoilt and informal vote.


Mrs. Parveen Surtie won the prize for completing the workshop quiz. 



If you missed yesterday's session then the next two CCN columns will help you get up to speed.


The CCN Guide to Voting for your Member of Parliament


Each Member of the House of Representatives is elected to represent an area know as an electoral division. Each electoral division within a State or Territory contains about the same number of people on the electoral roll. The electors in each division elect one person to represent them in the House of Representatives.


How to complete the ballot paper

To vote for a Member of the House of Representatives, you must:


write the number 1 in the box beside the candidate who is your first choice,

write the number 2 in the box beside the candidate who is your second choice,

the number 3 in the box beside the candidate who is your third choice, and so on until you have numbered every box.

You MUST number ALL boxes or your vote won't count.


DO NOT use ticks or crosses.

Ballot papers which are not marked according to the rules for voting are called informal votes. Ballot papers cannot be counted if they are informal.

Polling officials at the polling place are available to assist you in completing your ballot paper.


Remember, if you make a mistake on a ballot paper you may return it to the polling official who issued it to you and receive a fresh one.


The CCN Guide to Voting for your Senator


Candidates for the Senate stand for a State or Territory. Each State is equally represented regardless of its population.

There are a total of 76 Senators: 12 for each State and two for each Territory. Senators for each State are elected for a six year term. Senators for each Territory are elected for a term equivalent to the duration of the House of Representatives. Forty Senate vacancies are contested at a half-Senate election.



How to complete the ballot paper

The ballot paper is divided into TWO SECTIONS to distinguish the two alternative methods of voting for Senators. You can either vote ABOVE the line or BELOW the line, but not both.


1. Above the Line
You must write the number '1' in only one of the boxes above the line next to the party of your choice. All other boxes on the paper should be left blank.

(By casting a vote this way, voters are following the Group Voting Ticket (GVT) that the party or group has lodged with the AEC. All the preferences will be distributed according to the GVT.)

2. Below the Line
If you wish to vote below the line, all the boxes in the bottom section of the ballot paper must be numbered sequentially in the order of your choice.

(You must put a number in every box below the black line. You decide your own order of choice for all the candidates.)



Mentoring Programme Planned


Muslim Youth Services in partnership with Muslim Business Network (MBN), will be launching the Professions-Mentoring branch of the MYServices Leadership Development Program in early 2008, for young Muslims in the Greater Brisbane region.


Each young person will be mentored by a selected adult mentor, a professional in his/her field, who will provide valuable advice and guide a young person through the process of achieving their highest potential in their field of interest.


For example, if you are a high-school or university student who wishes to become an Electrical Engineer, you would be mentored by a qualified Muslim Electrical Engineer, who would advise and support you through the journey of becoming a good Muslim Engineer. Your mentor would assist you with choosing courses to developing relevant skills, and perhaps even through advancing your career.


Some of the aims of this section of the mentoring program are to:


a) encourage more young Muslims from 'disadvantaged' backgrounds seek higher education;

b) increase the participation and support of Muslim youth in a wide range of  professions;

c) allow Muslim youth to learn from the valuable experiences of professional Muslims in our community; and

d) give mentors an opportunity to 'pass down' their valuable, hard-earned expertise to the next generation.


If you would like to be mentored, or recommend anybody to participate in this new project, MYServices are keen to hear from you.


To kick the project off MYServices require participants from ages 16 to 25 to submit expressions of interest detailing their fields of interest, for example, Accounting, Law, Academia, Education, IT, Sports etc. Non-students are also welcome to apply.


To register your interest, and if you have any queries or suggestions, contact MYServices at anasa@myservices.net.au or shaimak@myservices.net.au.




ABC TV Sunday 18 November at 21:25



A week before Australians go to the polls Compass throws the spotlight on values, by talking to the country’s religious leaders and a leading philosophical thinker.


What values would they like to see guiding voters’ at the polling booths on Saturday?


What do they believe are the key moral and ethical issues underpinning this election?


In previous election specials Geraldine Doogue interviewed our political leaders about their beliefs and values.


This time she’s invited religious leaders (Christian, Jewish, Muslim) and a leading secular voice to air their views on what should shape voters’ choices ‘in the 2007 federal election.


Interviewees are: Catholic Archbishop Philip Wilson; Jewish Rabbi David Freedman; Australian Christian Lobby Jim Wallace; Anthropologist, historian/ethicist Inga Clendinnen; Muslim Imam Afroz Ali; and, Anglican Archbishop Peter Jensen



Little Mosque On The Prairie - Season 2 - Episode 3


Part 1/3



Part 2/3





Part 3/3





Work Placement Project


The Brisbane City Council is currently seeking applicants for its 'Diversity at Work' Skilling Queenslanders for Work - Work Placement Project.

This project will place 20 people (specifically refugees and migrants) into various positions across Council for a period of 20 weeks to gain experience in the Australian Workforce in a variety of industries. There will also be relevant training provided for the individual positions.

The recruitment process will commence with the following positions:
- Concreters
- Landscape labourers
- Warehouse/stores person

Applications for these particular positions should be made by 21 November 2007.


The other positions on the list will have a closing date of 26 November 2007.

If you have any enquiries regarding this project, contact either Patrick Longuefosse (3403 5737) or Marisol Lynch (3403 5827).



Project description

Application form

List of positions available


Please note: BCC is currently awaiting approval for funding for this project so the commencement of this project will be dependent on funding approval.


A Skeleton Sketch




Jeff Dunham and Achmed The Dead Terrorist






The CCN Book Club


Inside Indenture - A South African Story 1860-1914




A review by Dr  Devarakshanam [Betty] Govinden (Faculty of Education, University of KwaZulu–Natal, Sunday Tribune, 28 October 2007)


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The same week it was announced that Doris Lessing had become the Nobel Literature Laureate for 2007 and recalling  her germinal work [The Grass is Singing] in the same week that I was reading Ashwin Desai and Goolam Vahed’s INDENTURE,  I found myself thinking… The Cane is Singing...


The cane fields of colonial Natal, pulsating through  the winds of time and memory, with a little cajoling and prodding by two persistent researchers, yield their dark and multifarious secrets with amazing clarity.  While the colonial machine  made indentured workers invisible, in this new book  we find flesh and blood portraits,  etched in the most  empathic and colourful tones. As the authors point out, “The indentured refused to be disembodied Coolies defined by numbers and fought many battles to ensure that they were people with rights, feelings, and a permanent future in Africa.”


What is so singular about this new book it that it moves away from dealing with iconic figures. Rather, it constructs a more rounded and fuller history of the period of initial arrival and  settlement of indentured Indians by focusing on so many ordinary men and women. The pages are replete with engaging story after engaging story of  disillusionment and despair, of  complicity and stark survival,  but also of  resistance, agency and triumph.  


Drawing from their academic and theoretical backgrounds as sociologist and historian respectively and ferreting through a veritable gold mine of untapped archival research, Desai and Vahed have produced an expansive and highly informative  book. They note that their “concerns are both sociological and historical, about tracking the lives of real people as well as the broader dynamics of social, political, and economic change.”  Deploying  prolonged and time-consuming archaeological study and  documents analysis, and poring over  letters, newspaper articles and court records embedded in dusty archives, they have constructed a vivid portrayal of life in the plantations and the colony of over a hundred years ago. Their book is an  interesting mix of biographies, critique of  local and  colonial history in all its dynamics; it moves away from the rather schematic, linear, inert,  bullet-form “fact upon fact”  history that we have been force-fed in our apartheid schools. The narratives are rendered in the most compelling prose, indisputably displaying how ideas and feelings meld in passionate scholarship.


Goolam Vahed (who divides his time between Durban and Brisbane)

and Feisal Paruk of Brisbane  at the recent book launch in Durban


What was particularly informative were the stories of those who returned to  India after their term of indenture in South Africa. Back on what they thought was “home” soil, the returnees, as they may be called, slowly realized that indenture had changed them and also set them apart as “other”. In the words of one critic,  indenture marked “the death of one world and the beginning of another…[it was] the crucible which forged a new, distinctive identity.”


Those who returned actually found that their hallowed and oft-remembered “motherland”, India, had all the appearance of a “foreign” country. They found it difficult to adjust to life in India because of cultural, psychological, religious or economic factors, or a combination of these.  Re-integration into village society proved difficult if not near impossible, given the debilitating effects of poverty, loss of caste, and social and cultural rejection by village society. Returnees found it difficult to adjust to life in India because of cultural, psychological, religious or economic factors, or a combination of these. Against the assumed sanctity and purity of Indian identity and its nationalist origins, the returnees were seen as  contaminated by the experience of  migration to a world outside India, becoming in the process, hapless casualities of a history that was beyond their own choosing.


The story of one returnee who, finding life untenable in India, returned to Africa, walking from Dar es Salaam to the Zululand border, only to be apprehended there and deported back to India after a number of legal wrangles, was an unbelievably tragic one.  Alas,  “somehow there is never enough ceremony at the migratory watershed” [to quote a recent novelist] - the  enigma of arrival displaced only by the enigma of return!


While one is aware generally of the appalling servitude that defined the indentured system, nothing prepares one for the narratives of raw and brutal oppression that was endured in the “contact zones’ of the plantations, farmsteads  or the colonial court rooms. Indenture must surely be one of the darkest annals of our history. Deeply disturbing for me is the barbarism of these supposedly civilized, presumably Christian, colonial masters, as “indenture sought to turn people into cogs in a labouring machine”.  After the formal abolition of slavery, it is clear that indenture had become the new slavery.


Much has been said in recent times about  identity - South African identity, African identity, Indian identity, and so on. Desai and Vahed  debunk one-dimensional ways of defining identity. Drawing on Amartya Sen and other critics, they show that identities are “robustly plural”  and the importance of one identity need not obliterate the importance of others. What is instructive is the way indentured Indians identified with Africa, and by the way they lived their lives showed that India and South Africa were not seen as separate entities but part of  the same transnational spatial reality and experience.


The reclamation of the history of Indian indenture then -  rather than fostering any sense of   cultural chauvinism or cultural and racial bigotry - is necessary precisely because it contributes to the general scholarship of different types of oppressions that took place in colonial and apartheid times. It constrains us to ask how much  has really changed, as we ponder on the present injustices  meted out to the new indentured workers  of the late 20th and early 21st centuries in our globalised world.

To conclude, as I read and re-read chapters of INDENTURE, the words of the African poet, Birago Diop, came vividly to mind:


Those who are dead have never gone away,

They are in the shadows darkening around,

They are in the shadows fading into day,

The dead are not under the ground.

They are in the trees that quiver,

They are in the woods that weep,

They are in the waters of the rivers,

They are in the waters that sleep…

The dead are never dead…


And they  are  in the scattered canefields…under the Southern Cross…



Muslims Making Mark in Local Politics


Janette Hashemi


Maaz Syed


Emad Soliman


Salam El Marebi


Shalina Najeeb



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Free copy of Aljumuah magazine fro CCN Readers


CCN Readers can get a free copy of the Aljumuah magazine (normally $7) upon request by calling Fuwaad Mohammed on 0401 819 887 or email alasad78@yahoo.com. Don't forget to mention CCN. This offer ends on 3rd December, 2007.


The following are some points about the Aljumuah magazine:


- International Islamic imaan rejuvinating magazine

- been in circulation since 19 years

- 1.5 million subscribers in over 110 countries

- "your guide to an Islamic life"

- highly praised and recommended by many scholars and da'ees including Sheikh Abdur Rahman Gibreen,

  Sheikh Salih Munajjid and Dr Zakir Naik

- now distributed from Brisbane by Discover Islam Australia

- all income used for da'wah



1) How long has this magazine been in publication?

19 years

2) Which country is the magazine from?

It is an Islamic magazine that originates in America.

3) Is it political?

The alJumuah magazine does not cover politics at all.

4) Are you located in Australia?

Yes, we have an office in Lutwyche Masjid which is located at 33 Fuller St, Lutwyche. However, our postal address is P O Box 837 Lutwyche, Queensland 4030.

5) What about $65 for subscriptions? Is that in Australian dollars?

Yes, it’s all in Australian dollars. This means that you do not lose anything in currency conversion and you do not have to pay for transfer as well.

6) Do I send cash?

NO, please do not do that but you can send us your personal cheque, money order or transfer directly into our account. We do take cash but only in our office or during promotion.

7) How long will it be before I get my first issue?

 Once payment is received your first issue will be mailed and should arrive within a few days.

8) How many issues do I receive in a year?

12 issues – full colour and gloss

9) Is there a student discount?

As much as we would like to give discounts, the reality is that aljumuah magazine is part of a non profit organization – Discover Islam Australia. Our aim is not to make profits from subscriptions but to spread Islamic knowledge. Whatever little money that remains is utilized for da’wah purposes.

10) Can I buy just a single copy rather than subscribing to it yearly?

Unfortunately not at this stage.

11) Will my details be kept private and confidential?

Aljumuah Magazine is well aware of privacy and confidentiality laws. No personal information will ever be given to anyone.

12) Do you accept credit cards?

Can I have a gift subscription?

Yes, and this is encouraged. You can give a subscription to a friend, a relative, a colleague, an inmate, a new Muslim etc.

14) Do you have a list of people who I could give this magazine to as a gift?
Yes, we do

15) Can I give this magazine to a non Muslim?

Certainly. In the US, the number of non Muslim subscribers to this magazine is greater than the number of Muslim subscribers.

16) Can you send the magazine to some other country?

No, this magazine is for Australia and Papua New Guinea only.

17) Can I subscribe to alJumuah for my business?

Certainly, and all your readers will benefit.

18) Can my neighbor and I subscribe for one single subscription rather than two separate ones?

Certainly, and the magazine will come in both your names.

18) Can I speak to someone in alJumuah before subscribing?

Yes, call 1300 788 526


The CCN Centre Link


The following job opportunities are now available at Multicultural Development Association (MDA).


Community Development Worker � Full Time, permanent, SACS Level 6 and salary packaging

The Community Development Worker is part of the Continuing Settlement Services (CSS) team and will develop, implement and evaluate community development and community capacity building projects, which includes supporting the settlement, establishment and participation of new and emerging communities in the wider community and assisting them to develop their capacity to organise, plan and advocate for their own needs. The Community Development Worker will also be responsible for project managing short term community development project work, including line managing associated project staff.



Grants Access Worker � Full Time, permanent, SACS Level 5 and salary packaging

The Grants Access Worker position is a state wide position and is part of the Continuing Settlement Services Team. The Grants Access Worker assists new and emerging communities to access government and other funding programs, increase funders awareness of barriers found by culturally and linguistically diverse communities in accessing funding programs, and increases capacity and knowledge within these communities through training and the provision of information and resources.


MDA provides vital services to refugees and migrants in Queensland and achieves this through maintaining a committed and respected workforce. MDA provides a supportive, family friendly workplace with a number of benefits for permanent staff including salary sacrificing, extra holiday between Christmas and New Year, annual wage increases and a certified employment agreement. Staff satisfaction is reflected in our well below industry standard staff turnover.


Applicants are NOT required to address selection criteria in their application. You should submit a resume giving details of your previous work history and any other relevant information.


Closing Date for both positions: 5pm Monday 26 November 2007


For an information pack or to discuss these positions further contact:         

Donna Baines, Recruitment Officer, Tel: 0433 5373 40


Email: donnab@mdabne.org.au


Address: 512 Stanley Street, South Brisbane, QLD 4101


....and now a word from this week's sponsor.......Tommarco's



Shop 6, Le Metro, 8 Station Road


Consider Islam TV Guide - DEC 07 / JAN 08



Channel / State




02/12/2007 to 06/01/2008

Every Sunday at 1pm


By Khalid Yasin

(a former Christian from USA)



Three Prophets, One Message

By Abdul Raheem Green

(a former Roman Catholic from UK)


03/12/2007 to 07/01/2008

Every Monday at 6pm


05/12/2007 to 09/01/2008

Every Wednesday at 9.30pm


06/12/2007 to 17/01/2008

Every Thursday at 6.30am


07/12/2007 to 11/01/2008

Every Friday at 7.30am



Bald Hills Mosque Madressa Classes



Qur’anic Ringtones Haram


MAKKAH, 9 November 2007 — The Islamic Jurisprudence Council banned the use of the verses of the Holy Qur’an as ringtones for mobile phones because it impinges on the sacred character of the Muslim Holy Book, the Saudi Press Agency reported yesterday.

“It is demeaning and degrading to the verses of the Holy Book to stop abruptly at the middle of a recitation or neglecting the recitation, as happens when they are used as ringtones in mobile phones. On the other hand, recording the verses from the Holy Qur’an in phone sets with the intention of recitation and listening is a virtuous act,” the scholars attending the council said in a statement.


The council also encouraged Muslims in the West to participate in elections in non-Muslim countries and play an effective political role, especially if elections brought about public good or prevented social evils.

It said this was the only way for Muslims abroad to secure their rights.

It also encouraged Muslims in the West to integrate into Western societies but cautioned them against adopting any Western habits that are contrary to the principles of Islam

Read the rest.....


HAI Qurban Project

By Gulcan Caliskan
Marketing Coordinator, Human Appeal International Australia


Human Appeal International is a charitable, humanitarian, non-governmental organization which works in the fields of charity, development, social and educational health care and emergency relief.

The Qurban Project

The Qurbani (Eid Sacrifice) is one of the greatest sunnah’s of prophet Ibrahim (as) during the days of Hajj.

The Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) was asked “What is Qurbani?”, He answered “It is the sunnah of your father Ibrahim (as), for every hair of Qurbani you will receive a reward from Allah and for every hair in the wool you will receive a reward”. (hadith-ibn Maja and Tirmidhi).

Human Appeal International Australia has over a decade of experience in reaching out to the poorest and most vulnerable communities. Human Appeal International is working in over 15 countries in providing them with fresh and canned Qurbani meat on the days of Eid Ul-Adha.

Human Appeal International has for the 8th consecutive year canned most of the Qurbani meat and distributed it to those great in need.


For just $80.00 a Qurbani will make 24 cans, which will benefit people not only at the time of Eid but at later dates also as the shelf life of each can is 4 years.

“It is neither their meat nor their blood, that reaches Allah, it is your piety that reaches him”. (Ch:22V:37).

Our Donation Line is: 1300 760 155 eftpos over the phone is available.


Kareema's Keep Fit Column


Q: Kareema, I'll be going overseas on holiday soon and whilst I'm looking forward to it, I'm quite worried about not keeping up my daily exercise routine. Can you suggest any activities I can do while I'm away?




A: A mini circuit consisting of triceps dips, pushups, squats, sit-ups, etc. will be easy to perform in your hotel room as no equipment is required.


Take a skipping rope and  resistance band (instead of weights) along with you.


These are light and easy to store.


Skipping is and excellent form of aerobic exercise and even short workouts can be effective by keeping the intensity high.


For the outdoors, try hiring a bike and go for regular walks.


These are great ways to sightsee as well - depending on where you're going of course!! ENJOY.. 



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



Macaroni Steak
½ Kg fillet - 1 onion - 3 pieces garlic - Salt and pepper - 2 green chillies - 3-4 tomatoes - ½ tin tomato puree - ½ cup grated cheese.

Braise onion and garlic. Add diced pieces of steak with salt, pepper, green chilies and parsley. When braised, add grated tomatoes, and tomato puree simmer till nice and thick gravy is formed. Boil macaroni in salt water. Add to steak and mix well, Arrange in a casserole. Grate cheese over and put in the oven just long enough for cheese to melt


Source: Radio Islam Newsletter - Friday, 02 November 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 was struggling a bit with his English.


He walked into a restaurant and wanted to order a chicken, but unfortunately he could not remember what chicken was called in English.


The waiter who wanted to take his order only understood English.


Mula Nasruddin spotted a man at the table next to him with a plate with four baked eggs on it.


He pointed to the plate of eggs and said to the English waiter: I want their mother!!


The Inbox


Dear Brother/Sister,

I would like to ask you if you could please announce a special fund raising for Afghanistan in your community.

I am happy to come and deliver a short speech about the Afghan Projects on health and education. I have written a proposal from the Afghan people from the remote areas of Afghanistan and they are after humanitarian assistance from the international community.

Attached is the letter from Brother Ikebal Patel, The President of the Islamic Council of Australia who has authorized me to approach the Muslim community for fund raising.

I have a medical background from Australia and Afghanistan as well as a degree in Social Science (BS) from Charles Sturt University (Australia).

I have presented speeches at a number of international conferences dealing with disability, mental health and human rights in Afghanistan. These conferences included an Impact of Conflict and Violence on Children Symposium in Lebanon; the World Conference of Rehabilitation International in New Zealand; and the International Exhibition and Congress on Rehabilitation in Dubai. My last couple of trips was funded by AUSAID and the Great Masoud Foundation to assess the health system in Kabul and Panjshir Provinces.

I have been to remote areas of Afghanistan in the last couple of years such as Panjshir, Urozgan, Ghazni, Jakhori,Yakawlang and Kandahar and have identified the health and education needs of Afghan people in great detail.

Currently I am involved in establishing a medical centre just outside of Kabul. The land for this project has been donated by a generous local and is situated some 10 kms from Kabul. The estimated cost for this medical centre will be $300,000.

The second project is to establish a primary school for girls in Panjshir villay. There is a population of ten thousand people in one valley with no primary school for girls. The land has been donated and the estimated cost for that primary school will be $200,000.

If you know anyone who would like to be involved with the Afghanistan Projects, please let me know or I will be happy to bring some photos and the proposal for the projects and discuss the issue with you further.

Please note: If anybody is interested in doing their Qurbani for Eid Al-Adha inside of Afghanistan we will arrange it for them and distribute the meat to the needy people of Afghanistan in the upcoming harsh winter. There are thousands of people who have no food during the winter in the mountainous areas of Afghanistan.

I look forward to hearing from you soon.

Dr Nadir Saikal
Chief Executive Officer
Afghanistan Projects
Australian Federation of Islamic Councils (AFIC)
Mobile: 041 742 1062

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


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Crescents of Brisbane

Fund Raiser Dinner for Kuraby State School  Bike Track Appeal

Algester Mosque

Ground Breaking Ceremony

George Negus: Interfaith Forum

Conference: Racism in the New World Order



Night of

Dinner & Entertainment

GIRU Conference


The CCN Date Claimer





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18 November


Algester Mosque Ground Breaking Ceremony


Islamic Society of Algester

Algester Mosque

48 Learoyd Road, Algester

0419 786 092

All day

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



5 December


Interfaith Forum & Dialogue with George Negus

Aspley Uniting Church In cooperation with Bald Hills Mosque

Aspley Uniting Church
748 Robinson Road, Aspley

3263 8068


6-7 December

Thursday & Friday

Second International Conference on Racisms in the New World Order

Centre for Multicultural and Community Development
University of the Sunshine Coast

Ramada Pelican Waters,

5430 1259

All day

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


23-25 February

Saturday - Monday

Asia-Pacific Interfaith Symposium
Women, Faith
and a Culture of Peace

Griffith University Multi-faith Centre and AMARAH

Multi-Faith Centre
Griffith University, Nathan Campus

Griffith University Multi-faith Centre

Saturday 23rd mid-afternoon to
Monday 25th mid-afternoon

3-5 March

Monday - Wednesday

Griffith Islamic Research Unit 2008 Conference: The Challenges and Opportunities of Islam in the West: The Case of Australia


Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, Cnr Merivale and Glenelg Streets, South Bank

0402 819 197

10am to 10pm

11 October 2008



Eidfest Committee

Mt Gravatt Showgrounds

0402 819 197

10am to 10pm





Madrasah Classes: Kuraby

Where: Islamic Society of Kuraby; 1408 Beenleigh Rd Kuraby 4122 QLD
Contact: Sheikh Ahmad Abu Ghazaleh
Phone: (07) 3219 7994
Mobile: 0401 331 298

When: Monday - Thursday, 3:00 - 8:00pm


Quraan Classes For Youth and Adults

Where: Islamic Society of Rochedale Inc; 2674 Logan Rd Eight Mile Plains 4113 QLD
Contact: Qur’an Classes by Sheikh Ahmad Ghazaleh (07) 3841 2504

When: Tuesdays 7:30pm


Sister's Tafsir Classes

Where: Islamic Society of Algester; 48 Learoyd Rd Algester 4115 QLD
Contact: (07) 3272 4111
When: After Isha (around 8pm) every 2nd Wednesday night.


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