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Sunday, 2 March 2008

 .Newsletter 0173


Meeting with the Taiwanese Community

An informal meeting between the local Muslim community and Taiwanese business and community leaders will be held on Saturday 8 March with the aim of forging community ties and creating a better understanding about our different organizations, cultures, backgrounds and religious affiliations.

Representatives from Crescents of Brisbane, MBN, ICQ, IWAQ, AMARAH and Al-Nisa have been invited to make presentations on the aims and objectives of their respective organizations.


If you would like to attend please RSVP theteam@crescentsofbrisbane.org or call 0402 026 786 by 5th March.

Date: Saturday 8 March

Time:  2pm-4pm

Venue: Kuraby State Special School (83 Alpita Street, Kuraby)

Light refreshments prepared by the Crescents of Brisbane Team will be served


"Do Sell to Dubai" is Government plea to Muslim Businesses


During the week some 75 Muslim business men and women were invited by the Queensland Government to Parliament House to learn about the initiatives the State had in place for facilitating exports to the Middle East and other Muslim countries and about its one-stop-shop website that provided access to government information and services at http://www.business.gov.au/Business+Entry+Point/.


The website has all the business information and help one would need to start up a new business venture as well as useful information for established ones.







The Hon John Mickel MP Minister for Transport, Trade, Employment and Industrial Relations and the Hon Desley Boyle MP Minister for Tourism, Regional Development and Industry described the roles of their respective ministries and praised the local Muslim business community for their contributions to the State's economy.


Mr Youhanna Yassa, Director, Middle East and North Africa from the Department of the Premier and Cabinet outlined the potential of the Middle East and North Africa markets for Queenslanders.


The guests were then taken on a tour of Parliament House and then sat in on a Parliamentary debate that was addressing the issue of the 4-year fixed term for Government.


The offices of Michael Choi, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Multicultural Affairs initiated and organized the event with assistance from Crescents of Brisbane and the Muslim Business Network.


The Algester Alert

A Youth Circle will be held at Algester Mosque on Saturday 8 March after Salatul Maghrib.

Sheikh Ahmad Ghazaleh will address the Youth Circle. All youth, both male are female, are invited to attend.

For more information please contact Maulana Aslam on 0431620629 or Maulana Nawaaz on 0423734438

Perrett meets his People





Members of the Muslim community were invited during the week to visit with Graham Perrett the newly elected Member for Moreton at his local offices in Sunnybank.


Perrett told his constituents that he had an open door policy and encouraged those living in his electorate to raise any issues of concern with him at any time.



In Search of Presenters

According to Program Co-ordinator, Kathleen Gordon, if you haven't already heard, it is an exciting time for improving interfaith relations and cooperation.

Kathleen is inviting you to participate in a most rewarding experience. As part of a diverse team of people, you can help in pioneering changes to the way people relate to religious diversity. You will gain a deeper understanding of yourself and others and develop friendships with fascinating, genuine people you might otherwise never meet.

Multicultural Affairs Queensland and the Australian Government will be working with Together for Humanity Foundation an interfaith organisation to promote values and appreciation of all people in Queensland schools.

If you think this is something you would like to get involved in and would like to find out more, read the brochure and let Kathleen know at admin@togetherforhumanity.org.au if you can come to a meeting on 5th March late afternoon or evening.


The CCN Wedding Album








The Nikah of Muhammad (son of Ismail and Fatima Jangda) and Yusra (daughter of Yusuf and Nab'wiyah Adams) took place yesterday (Saturday 1 March) at the Kuraby Mosque. The ceremony was performed by Moulana Akbar Uzair of Holland Park Mosque.


The reception was held last night at the Indooroopilly Golf Club.


CCN wishes the young couple a very happy marriage, insha'Allah.



Friends and Family


Around the Muslim World with CCN


Barack Obama hits back after Hussein taunts


Barack Obama was confronted for the second time in 48 hours with efforts by conservative Republicans to convince voters that he is a Muslim and anti-Semite.

In a taste of what the Democratic presidential front-runner can expect from Republican surrogates if he wins his party’s nomination, he has been frequently referred to this week by his full name – Barack Hussein Obama – and accused of consulting with anti-Semitic advisers.

John McCain, the presumptive Republican nominee, has twice been forced to rebuke members of his own party after the attacks. They followed the appearance of a photograph of Mr Obama dressed in traditional Somali dress, including a turban, on the Drudge Report website on Monday. The picture was taken during a visit to Africa by Mr Obama in 2006.

Read the rest....


Holland scrambles to avoid Muslim crisis


THE HAGUE The Netherlands is scrambling to avoid a crisis in relations with the world Muslim, appealing to a hot-headed right-wing lawmaker not to broadcast a controversial anti-Islam documentary.

Justice Minister Ernst Hirsch Ballin and Foreign Minister Maxime Verhagen personally met with Geert Wilders, the leader of the Freedom Party, which controls nine of 150 seats in parliament.

"They expressed their concerns over the possible consequences and damage the film could unleash, politically, economically and for individual figures," Justice Ministry spokesman Ivo Hommes told Agence France-Presse (AFP).

The two ministers pleaded with the far-right lawmaker for almost an hour to back down on plans to release a controversial documentary about the Qur'an.

Entitled "Fitna," an Arabic word used to describe all things that can test faith and sometimes synonymous to evil, the 15-minute edit is slated for television airing next month.

According to a Dutch daily which has seen early rushes, the film links images of current bloodletting in Muslim countries to chapters of the Qur'an, ending with an image of Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him).

Read the rest....


Morality, justice and women's rights: a portrait of Islam for the 21st century


Turkey's highest religious authority is preparing to publish a groundbreaking guide to Islam for the modern world, putting the words of the Prophet Muhammad into context for a sweeping reinterpretation of the religion.

The Presidency of Religious Affairs in this Muslim, but strongly secular, country has commissioned a thorough review of the sayings of the Prophet, or the Hadith, which constitute the second most sacred text in the religion after the Koran.

“The project takes its inspiration from the interpretations of the modernist vein of Islam,” Professor Mehmet Gormez, vice-president of religious affairs and senior Hadith lecturer at Ankara University, told The Times. “This gets obscured by modern clichés but reinterpretation is actually part of the basic fabric of Islam.”

He said that one of the aims was to separate the religion from the traditionalist cultural elements that have long hampered a true vision of Islam. The Hadith guide, to be published as a book this year, would make it much more difficult to justify extreme, misogynistic and violent interpretations of Islam, Professor Gormez said.

Read the rest....


The CCN Centre Link


Police Liaison Officer- REFERENCE NO: PO 106 / 08- CLOSING DATE: 17 March 2008

The Queensland Police Service has a vacancy for a Liaison Officer. The successful candidate will establish and maintain effective liaison between the Queensland Police Service, Muslim and multicultural communities and identify the needs of communities and to enable appropriate policies and strategies to be developed to ensure equitable
service delivery within the District/Region.


Download complete details of the position.


FURTHER ENQUIRIES: Senior Sergeant Steve Hollands, (07) 3364 3151

Coordinator needed at The Romero Centre
Expires: 03/03/2008 12:00 am


The Romero Centre, based at Dutton Park, is currently looking for a part-time Coordinator to work 25 hours a week. The Centre provides services to refugees and their families, who are, or have been, holders of Temporary Protection Visas. It operates under the legal auspice of the Brisbane Sisters of Mercy.

The Coordinator will have relevant tertiary qualifications in human services, current knowledge and experience in refugee and cross-cultural issues and experience in coordinating a community organisation.

Applicants are required to address key selection criteria and provide contact numbers of two recent referees.

For application kit: Email: adminromerocentre@bigpond.com; or phone Rebecca on (07)3846 3250.

Applications close: 3 March 2008.


The CCN Readers' Book Club: You are what you read!


This week's CCN Book-of-the-Week suggested by a reader is the first book on our top shelf.


"An intriguing story weaving together the life story of a young book conservator/evaluator with a Passover prayerbook dating from the "convivencia" in Spain when Christians, Jews, and Muslims lived and worked together in harmony. That was before 1492 when Ferdinand and Isabella decreed that all Jews and Muslims must leave Spain, the Inquisition was set into full motion to "test" those Jews and Muslims who had converted to Christianity, and some of the saddest history of European religion began its spiral into hell. My first reading of this author leaves me ready to try more of her work."


Read these are other comments by double clicking on the book cover.


Would you like to see the cover of your favourite book on our book shelves below?



Then simply email the title and author to thebookclub@crescentsofbrisbane.org



Double click a book cover to find out what others think of the book


CCN has set up an online Book Club at Shelfari to connect with CCN book readers at:


Using our book club you can see what books we at CCN have on our shelves, what we are reading and even what we and others think of them.

You can even create your own book shelf, find out what your fellow CCN readers are reading, get and give recommendations for what to read next, create book lists, and even share your opinion on a book with us.

Come see the books we have selected and see if we have any in common. 

Then pick our next book so we can all keep on reading.

The CCN Readers' Book Club

Kareema's Keep Fit Column





Q: Dear Kareema, with my busy schedule I barely make it to the gym, let alone my exercise classes. I tend to rush through my workout and don’t always warm up or cool down. Can you explain the importance of warming up and stretching?





A: Good to see that you’re making an effort to fit some form of exercise into your busy schedule! Don’t think what
you’re doing is not enough. Every little bit counts and keep in mind that you don’t have to complete an entire workout in one session. Breaking it up into 10 minute mini-sessions is fine. Rushing through it is not good - remember ‘QUALITY versus QUANTITY’.

Both the warm up and cool down is important – warming up actually prepares the muscles for the work ahead and
the cool down / stretch reduces the risk of injury and prepares the muscles for your next workout.

Warm up
Warming up prior to an activity can help:
- Prepare the heart and other organs of the body for physical activity.
- Mentally prepare the body for physical activity.
- Increase body temperature, heart rate and breathing rate.

A warm up should involve low-intensity exercises such as on-the-spot marching or jogging (or a slow walk on the treadmill).

Stretching effectiveness can be maximized by the following:
- Stretch alternate muscle groups.
- Stretches should be held for a minimum of 20 seconds each.
- Stretch to the point where you feel tension in the particular area, NOT PAIN.
- DO NOT hold your breath when stretching. Breathing should be slow and deep.

A cooling down routine helps overcome soreness and stiffness and returns muscles to their resting length.
An effective cool down consists of a gradual reduction in activity levels such as slow/easy jog or walk followed by stretching.



My Health and Fitness

Tel: 0404 844 786

(Accredited Member of Fitness Queensland)



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















  •  about 2kgs of chicken pieces

  •  2 large onions

  •  2 sticks of butter

  •  1/2 tsp turmeric

  •  1 tsp black pepper

  •  2 cinnamon sticks

  •  1 packet of 500g dried apricots or prunes

  •  8 tbsp honey (I use much more, for a sweeter and less liquid sauce)

  •  2 tsp ground cinnamon

  •  1/2 cup peeled almonds

  •  1 tbsp sesame seeds

  •  oil


In a large pot, melt the butter. Fry the chopped onions until soft, and add the chicken, salt, pepper, turmeric and cinnamon sticks.

Add enough water to cover the chicken, about two cups. Bring to boil, reduce heat, and simmer until the chicken is done, adding water if necessary. Remove the chicken pieces.


Add the prunes or apricots and simmer for about fifteen minutes. Add the ground cinnamon and honey, stir and cook until the sauce has a honey-like consistency. Add more honey if necessary.

When the sauce is almost ready, sautee the almonds in oil. Drain most of the oil from the pan, and toast the sesame seeds.


Return the chicken to the pot and reheat. Place chicken in a serving sheet, pour sauce on top of it and top with almonds and sesame seeds.


This dish goes GREAT with couscus. Add several pats of butter to the couscus and mix well.



Chefs Health tip: The benefits of Apricot

  •  Rich source of beta carotene

  •  Dried apricots are an excellent source of potassium and a good source of iron

  •  High in soluble fibre



Source: SANHA e-Bulletin 25 (Safar 1429 - February 2008. To subscribe to the South African Halal Authority's e-Bulletin email consumer@sanha.org.za. The SANHA e-Bulletin has a circulation of 30 000.



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 Inbox


Dear CCN,

As salam alayekum Brothers

My name is Taher Mohammed I recently moved from New Zealand in search of Job. And Al hamdu lillah I got a Job as Accountant in Brisbane in Nundah Village. I don't know anybody in Brisbane am new to the country and new to city.

Please guide me in this regarding as I need some help from Muslim brothers for temporary shelter. Your help in this regard will be much appreciated and will be rewarded by Allah subhanahu wa ta ala. (Amin)

My contact number is 0423593028.

Jazak allah.

The CCN Chuckle


Jalaluddin goes to the local Mufti, Moulana Moola, to discuss his views on a certain fatwa that the latter had issued recently.


After a short session with the Mufti, Jalaluddin returns to Mula Nasruddin rather shaken up by the experience.


"Why are you looking so shocked?" asks Mula Nasruddin.


"Mula Nasruddin, I was very disturbed by Moulana Moola's language!" replies Jalaluddin.


"He was full of the F-word and the B-word"


"I can't believe Moulana Moola would have a crude bone in his body" interrupts Mula Nasruddin.


"Well I tell you, it was all Faasiq this and Baathil that!" continued Jalaluddin.



[Editor] For the uninitiated:

A Faasiq is one who perpetrates a major sin and baathil means falsehood


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


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Clean Up Campaign


GIRU Conference

The "Hope For Happiness" Fashion Evening

Introduction to 'Aqeedah Course


Charity Dinner for Iraqi

widows and orphans


'A Day Out on the Northside': Opening of the Madrassah



The CCN Date Claimer






(Click on link)





2 March


Clean up Australia Day


MYServices Brandon Road & Bushcare Group

Brandon Road Williams Park, Runcorn 0432 081 792


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

7 March


IWAQ Client/Carer Dinner




Mt Gravatt Show grounds 3272 6355


8 March


The "Hope For Happiness" Fashion Evening

Hope for Happiness in association with Human Appeal International Australia

Runcorn Tavern Function Centre
124 Gowan Rd, Runcorn

0415 180 065  0405 230 305



8/9 March



Discover Islam Australia

Darul Uloom, 6 Agnes St, Buranda

1300 788 526

9am to 1pm

10 March


Public Forum: Breaking the Siege of Gaza - Eyewitness report from Gaza

Brisbane International
Women’s Day Collective

CEPU Building, 41 Peel St (cnr Merivale St) South Brisbane

0400 720 757


15 March


Crescents of Brisbane: World's Greatest Shave

Crescents of Brisbane & The Leukemia Foundation

Kuraby Community Hall, Stiller Drive, Kuraby

0402 026 786

9am to 1pm

15 March


Charity Dinner for Iraqi widows and orphans

AMARAH and Muslim Aid Australia

Michael's Oriental Restaurant

0422 349 786


16 March


'A Day Out on the Northside': Opening of the Madrassah

Bald Hills Mosque

119 Telegraph Road, Bald Hills

0402 139 997

11am to 1pm

30 March


Kuraby Madrassah fundraising BBQ

Kuraby Mosque


0431 300 111


10 May


IWAQ/ACCESS Fun night for women




Clairvaux Mackillop College 3272 6355


18 May


CresWalk2008: Annual Fun Run

Crescents of Brisbane

Orleigh Park, West End

0402 026 786

7.30am to 12pm

8/9 June






QLD LIONS, Pine Rd, RICHLANDS 0438 114 619


13 June


IWAQ Client/Carer Dinner




MacGregor Primary School 3272 6355


25 June


Kuraby Madrassah fundraising DINNER

Kuraby Mosque


0431 300 111


22 August


IWAQ Client/Carer Dinner




Kuraby Special School 3272 6355


23 August


Annual Spring fete

Islamic College of Brisbane

Islamic College of Brisbane, Karawatha

0402 794 253

All day

1/2 September



Start of Ramadaan

29/30 September



End of Ramadaan

30 Sept. / 1 Oct.




4 October


Annual Eid Dinner

Muslim Business Network (MBN)


0418 722 353


11 October



Eidfest Committee

Mt Gravatt Showgrounds

0402 819 197

10am to 10pm

8/9 December






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


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