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Sunday, 6 January 2008

 .Newsletter 0165

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The IWAQ Update

Reports and photos supplied by IWAQ


IWAQ Night of Nights


On Saturday the 10th of November, 2007, IWAQ hosted their Annual Women’s Fun Night at the Clairvoux MacKillop Hall in Upper Mt Gravatt and over 550 women were in attendance.


Some of the entertainment for the night included: fashion shows by Siitra and Nina’s Fashions, and performances from the Pacific Islands, Bosnia, Indonesia, and the Shahara Belly Dancing Troupe.


Throughout the evening, random prizes were given to those ladies who were lucky enough to have their tickets drawn out of a hat; prizes included jewellery, beauty hampers and pamper products from Myer.


To top off a fantastic night, an International Bridal Fashion Show of modern and traditional wedding gowns from around the globe was on display.

Overall, the night was a huge success for IWAQ and many ladies left asking when the next one would be.


Everyone who attended the night was also presented with a ‘goody bag’ to take home which was full of vouchers, flyers and discounts.

IWAQ would like to take this opportunity to thank all those who contributed their time and effort in organizing the event, and we hope to deliver an even bigger and better fun night next year InshaAllah!

[Editor] Sorry, no photos folks - secret women's business!



2007 Community Organization of the Year


Proud IWAQ Office staff


and IWAQ clients

with AMA Award











On Saturday the 24th of November, the Islamic Women’s Association of Queensland Inc. won the Australian Muslim Achievement Award for the 2007 Community Organization of the Year.


Galila AbdelSalam (IWAQ Director) and Hajja Fatima Abdel-Karim (IWAQ President) attended the ceremony in Sydney, where they were presented with the prestigious award. 


The award was a much welcomed accomplishment for all the hard work that IWAQ staff and management committee members have contributed to the organization since its establishment in 1992.


We would like to take this opportunity to thank all those who have supported us over the years, and InshaAllah we hope to continue delivering these much needed services to the community.












Ministerial Regional Community Forum - Brisbane


On Monday the 3rd of December, 2007, The Ministerial Regional Community Forum for the Greater Brisbane Region was held at the Ridge Hotel in Acacia Ridge.  The forum was organized by the Honorable Andrew Fraser MP (Treasurer), the Honorable Warren Pitt MP (Minister for Main Roads and Local Government) and Ms Karen Struthers MP (Member for Algester, and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Health).


Sr. Galila AbdelSalam, (Director of IWAQ) is a member of the Ministerial Community Forum.  Galila delivered a paper about the idea of a universal suitability card for community based employment. i.e. employees and volunteers obtaining just one card to cover police clearances, background checks for disability, aged care, youth and child related employment.  The paper was very well received by the audience, as it touched on an important issue that has been causing problems for community organization employees and volunteers.


Other participants of the forum included: Ms Vicky Darling (Member for Sandgate) and Councilor Kevin Bianchi (Councilor for Acacia Ridge Ward, Brisbane City Council).


As part of the forum, a bus tour was organised on Sunday the 2nd of December, to show the forum members the work that the local government has been doing to improve the greater Brisbane region.


Islamic Finance: Applying religion to economics










Anas Abdalla (brother of Dr. Mohamad Abdalla) held a wedding party on Friday at the Kuraby Special School Hall to celebrate his marriage to Salam el-Merebi.



Anas is the Youth Worker for a community organization, MyServices, and Salam is completing her Bachelor of Human Services at the Queensland University of Technology.




2008, International Year of Languages


Message from Mr Koïchiro Matsuura,

Director-General of UNESCO,

on the celebration of

“2008, International Year of Languages”

“Languages matter!”


The year 2008 has been proclaimed International Year of Languages by the United Nations General Assembly.


UNESCO, which has been entrusted with the task of coordinating activities for the Year, is determined to fulfil its role as lead agency. The Organization is fully aware of the crucial importance of languages when seen against the many challenges that humanity will have to face over the next few decades.

Languages are indeed essential to the identity of groups and individuals and to their peaceful coexistence. They constitute a strategic factor of progress towards sustainable development and a harmonious relationship between the global and the local context.

They are of utmost importance in achieving the six goals of education for all (EFA) and the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) on which the United Nations agreed in 2000.

As factors of social integration, languages effectively play a strategic role in the eradication of extreme poverty and hunger (MDG 1); as supports for literacy, learning and life skills, they are essential to achieving universal primary education (MDG 2); the combat against HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases (MDG 6) must be waged in the languages of the populations concerned if they are to be reached; and the safeguarding of local and indigenous knowledge and know-how with a view to ensuring environmental sustainability (MDG 7) is intrinsically linked to local and indigenous languages.

Moreover, cultural diversity is closely linked to linguistic diversity, as indicated in the UNESCO Universal Declaration on Cultural Diversity and its action plan (2001), the Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage and the Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions (2005)


However, within the space of a few generations, more than 50% of the 7,000 languages spoken in the world may disappear. Less than a quarter of those  languages are currently used in schools and in cyberspace, and most are used only sporadically.


Thousands of languages – though mastered by those populations for whom it is the daily means of expression – are absent from education systems, the media, publishing and the public domain in general.


We must act now as a matter of urgency. How? By encouraging and developing language policies that enable each linguistic community to use its first language, or mother tongue, as widely and as often as possible, including in education, while also mastering a national or regional language and an international language. Also by encouraging speakers of a dominant language to master another national or regional language and one or two international languages.


Only if multilingualism is fully accepted can all languages find their place in our globalized world. UNESCO therefore invites governments, United Nations organizations, civil society organizations, educational institutions, professional associations and all other stakeholders to increase their own activities to foster respect for, and the promotion and protection of all languages, particularly endangered languages, in all individual and collective contexts.


Whether it be through initiatives in the fields of education, cyberspace or the literate environment; be it through projects to safeguard endangered languages or to promote languages as a tool for social integration; or to explore the relationship between languages and the economy, languages and indigenous knowledge or languages and creation, it is important that the idea that “languages matter!” be promoted everywhere.


The date of 21 February 2008, that of the ninth International Mother Language Day, will have a special significance and provide a particularly appropriate deadline for the introduction of initiatives to promote languages.


Our common goal is to ensure that the importance of linguistic diversity and multilingualism in educational, administrative and legal systems, cultural expressions and the media, cyberspace and trade, is recognized at the national, regional and international levels. The International Year of Languages 2008 will provide a unique opportunity to make decisive progress towards achieving these goals.


The Brisbane Girls Glide


Last Monday, a number of Muslim girls participated in the Al-Nisa’ – MYServices Ice Skating Session at Ice World in Acacia Ridge. For most of the girls, it was their very first attempt at ice-skating.


But despite the bruises, blisters and sore backsides, the girls had a rocking good time! By the end of the afternoon many of the Muslim girls were gracefully gliding on the rink.


The girls were treated to pizza after all the hard fun, demanding at least another ice-skating day before the school holidays finish.


Watch this space for updates on the next CCN issue.

MYServices wishes to thank local Muslim girls for the record number of eager registrations we received for the MYServices Girls Swimming Session which was scheduled for the 3rd of January.


Unfortunately, the session was cancelled by the pool hours ahead of schedule, much to the disappointment of the girls.


The good news is that the pool has now confirmed the new date: 10th of January, 2-5pm.


So if you missed registering last time, make sure you have registered for next Thursday.


Free transport to and from Kuraby Mosque is available.


Remember, first come best dressed!

Around the Muslim World with CCN


US court overturns ruling against Muslim charities


WASHINGTON (AFP) — A US court overturned a ruling that ordered Muslim charities with alleged links to the Palestinian Hamas movement to compensate the family of a US teenager killed in the West Bank.

The groups had been ordered in a 2004 civil case to pay 156 million dollars to the family of 17-year-old David Boim, killed in 1996 in an attack. A federal appeals court ruled Friday that the groups' role was not fully established.

It ordered a new trial to examine more closely the links between the organizations and the boy's death.

"The Boims will have to demonstrate an adequate causal link between the death of David Boim and the actions" of the groups, the court ruling said.

"This will require evidence that the conduct of each defendant, be it direct involvement with or support of Hamas's terrorist activities or indirect support of Hamas or its affiliates, helped bring about the terrorist attack that ended David Boim's life."

The groups had been charged with taking part in terrorism by aiding or financing Hamas, a powerful Islamist movement in the Palestinian territories.

"The Boims' theory ... was that in promoting, raising money for, and otherwise working on behalf of Hamas, these defendants had helped to fund, train, and arm the terrorists who had killed their son," the ruling said.

The defendants included the American Muslim Society and the Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development, which was the biggest Muslim charity in the United States until it was outlawed after the attacks of September 11, 2001.

The foundation also faces separate criminal charges for alleged links with Hamas. It is charged with giving 36 million dollars to committees controlled by the movement from 1992 to 2001.

A leading US Muslim rights group, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), welcomed the appeal court's decision Friday.

"This landmark ruling is a strong rejection of the recent disturbing trend of political lawsuits against American Muslims who have committed no crime other than providing humanitarian aid to Palestinians," it said in a statement.

Source: http://www.cairchicago.org/ and http://afp.google.com/article/ALeqM5hOHvpwD3HFUcX3kc7mFKYENBswtQ



Pakistani-American Rhodes scholar Isra Bhatty


British-born South African diamond tycoon Cecil Rhodes left a lasting legacy of learning for brilliant minds aspiring to study at one of the world’s oldest centers of higher learning – Oxford University. Despite his adamant support of colonialism and overt claims of British superiority in all world affairs, the endowment of the Rhodes scholarship in his bequest is considered one the most significant acts of global educational philanthropy.

Notable politicians such as Wasim Sajjad in Pakistan or Bill Clinton in the United States have been Rhodes scholars and one can make a good bet every year that winners of the scholarship will end up in notable political positions within a decade or so later.

Among the recipients this year is a young Pakistani-American named Isra Bhatty who is currently a first year law student at Yale University. While South Asian families are well known for being “model minorities” and often produce many overambitious youngsters that end up with prestigious scholarships, Isra stands out as a particularly remarkable recipient.

She attended high school in the Chicago suburb of Glenview and came from a devoutly religious family that was deeply committed to bridging Islamic learning with modern education.


One of her professors at Yale Law School, Dr. Ian Ayres spoke glowingly of her ability to balance her Faith in Islam with her Faith in science and the democratic process: “Isra is amazing in how many different worlds she can simultaneously inhabit. She is devoutly religious but at the same time can be speaking at the same time about Monte Carlo simulations.”

Even though Isra attended an American public school, she also was intimately involved with a mosque school that her parents helped establish on weekends and is a deeply observant Muslim. She wears the hijab but considers it a personal choice and has no ill feelings towards those who choose not to do so.

Isra has only visited Pakistan three times in her life for brief family visits, but her ethnic identity is strong and she can read and interpret Urdu poetry.

Her parents were quite insistent that she always embrace her multiple identities as a Muslim, an American and a Pakistani.

Read the rest....


Source: http://tyo.ca/islambank.community/modules.php?op=modload&name=News&file=article&sid=3982


On line courses


Shari'a Academy of America offers interactive online courses.


Visit them at http://www.shariaacademy.com/


The instructors are Dr. Salah Assawy (http://www.assawy.com/) and Dr. Hatem al-Haj (http://www.drhatemalhaj.com/).


Australia-Indonesia Muslim Exchange Programme invites Applicants

Applications are invited from young Australian Muslim leaders to travel to Indonesia in 2008 under the Australia-Indonesia Muslim Leaders Exchange.

The Exchange was established by the Australia-Indonesia Institute in 2002 to enable young Muslim leaders in Australia and Indonesia to visit each others' countries for approximately two weeks to meet Muslims and non-Muslims, to exchange views and to share experiences.

Since 2002, 64 young Indonesian Muslim leaders have visited Australia and 18 young Australian Muslims leaders have travelled to Indonesia.

All costs are covered for the visit to Indonesia. Applications are due by Wednesday 9th January 2008. Applicants should be under forty years of age, and be an active member of the Muslim community in Australia.

The Australia-Indonesia Institute (AII) supports a range of people-to-people exchanges aimed at promoting greater mutual awareness. The Muslim Leaders Exchange Program is intended to raise the level of informed opinion about Islam in both countries, increase awareness about the diversity of cultures and faiths in Australia and Indonesia, and encourage the development of links between Australian and Indonesian Muslims.

The 2008 Exchange is managed by the Islamic Council of Victoria with the support of the Asia Institute, University of Melbourne.


Letters of application should include the following:

  1. Brief Curriculum Vitae (CV) including full contact details and a summary of work/education experience and relevant qualifications.
  2. A statement of purpose, containing the following information:
    1. What you would hope to gain from participating in the Exchange;
    2. What you can offer the Exchange, during and after the visit (such as creating better awareness of Australian Muslims about Indonesia, strengthening relationships and understanding between Islam and other religions; etc.);
    3. An outline of your current involvement in the life of the Muslim community in Australia;
    4. How you would share and build on your experiences, during and after the program, with others;
    5. An indication of people and organisations in Indonesia you would like to meet and particular topics you are interested in pursuing; and
    6. Any previous visits to Indonesia (with dates).
  3. Two letters of reference supporting your suitability for the Exchange, one of which should be a recommendation from an Islamic organization in Australia with which you are associated.

Further information can be obtained from ai-exchange@unimelb.edu.au.

All applications must be received by 9 January 2008. Applications arriving after that date cannot be considered.

Short listed applicants will be invited for interview in early February 2008.

Applications should be sent to:
Director, Australia-Indonesia Muslim Leaders Exchange
Rm 230A, The Asia Institute

Download the brochure.


The CCN Centre Link



Bus Driver

The Islamic Women’s Association of Qld Inc is currently seeking a bus driver for their day respite groups.
The hours will be Monday to Thursday from 8:30am to 4pm
Open drivers licence required (bus licence not essential).
All applicants must have a police clearance or blue card.
A First Aid Certificate would be highly preferable.

If you are interested, please post or email a copy of your resume to:

IWAQ – HR Dept
P.O. Box 1909
Sunnybank Hills QLD 4109

Email: muna.i@iwaq.org.au



Little Mosque on the Prairie: Season 2 Episode 7


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Kareema's Keep Fit Column


Q: Kareema, I often go for a walk or cycle and hardly take the time to stretch. Can you please explain the benefits of stretching?






A: Stretching improves more than just your range of motion. Studies have found that through regular stretching, you can improve performance, speed and stamina. Flexibility, muscular endurance and the amount of weight you can lift may also be increased.


Stretching also reduces the risk of injury and prepares the muscles for your next workout, so why not include it as part of your walks or exercise sessions!



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





2/3 cup plain non-fat yogurt - 2 tablespoons low-fat mayonnaise - 2 ounces crumbled blue cheese - 3 tablespoons finely chopped green onions - 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper - 1 teaspoon vegetable oil - 1/2 pound skinless, boneless chicken breast halves - cut into strips - 1/4 teaspoon salt - 2 teaspoons butter - 1 tablespoon hot pepper sauce.

To Make Dip: In a small bowl, whisk together the yogurt, mayonnaise and bleu cheese. Stir in green onion and pepper; cover and refrigerate.

To Make Strips: Heat oil in a large skillet. Season chicken with salt and sautee over medium high heat, stirring frequently, until lightly browned and cooked through, about 7 to 10 minutes. Remove skillet from heat. Add butter and hot pepper sauce to skillet and swirl until the butter melts and the sauce coats the chicken. Serve hot chicken with refrigerated dip mix.




2 tablespoons of dry yeast is the cooking equivalent of 2/3 ounce cake of compressed yeast.


Source: Radio Islam Newsletter - Friday, 04 January 2008


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


A neighbour who Mula Nasruddin didn't like very much came over to his compound one day.


The neighbour asked Nasruddin if he could borrow his donkey.


Nasruddin not wanting to lend his donkey to the neighbour he didn't like told him, "I would love to loan you my donkey but only yesterday my brother came from the next town to use it to carry his wheat to the mill to be grounded. The donkey sadly is not here."


The neighbour was disappointed.


But he thanked Nasruddin and began to walk away.


Just as he got a few steps away, Mullah Nasruddin's donkey, which was in the back of his compound all the time, let out a big bray.


The neighbour turned to Nasruddin and said, "Mullah Sahib, I thought you told me that your donkey was not here.


Mullah Nasruddin turned to the neighbour and said, "My friend, who are you going to believe? Me or the donkey?


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


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Lifeline Far from Ordinary Stories Event

GIRU Conference


The CCN Date Claimer





(Click on link)





10 January


MYServices Girls Swimming Session


Sam Riley Pool, 1 Lexington Street, Springwood



24 January


Far from Ordinary Stories Event

Lifeline Community Care Qld

Marymac Community Hall
616 Ipswich Road

3392 7305

6pm to 7.30pm

17 February


MBM AGM (for members)


Muslim Business Network (MBN)


Runcorn Tavern



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

18 May 2008


CresWalk2008: Annual Fun Run

Crescents of Brisbane

Orleigh Park, West End

0402 026 786

7.30am to 12pm

11 October 2008



Eidfest Committee

Mt Gravatt Showgrounds

0402 819 197

10am to 10pm



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


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