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......a sometimes self-deprecating and occasional tongue-in-cheek look at ourselves and the world around us ......

Sunday, 30 March 2008

 .Newsletter 0177

Do the

Sunday 18 May 2008


Do the Run, Rock and Rope


Registration for this year's CresWalk2008 is now open.

You can register online or download an entry form and post it.


CresCafe at Kuraby Fund Raiser






The Kuraby Mosque Madrassah BBQ Fund Raiser starts at 10am today (Sunday). There's fun and food for the whole family.







Visit Crescents of Brisbane's famous CresCafe and catch up with the Team over coffee and cupcakes.


Entry forms for CresWalk2008 will also be available here for you to register for the Big Day.


Crescents of Brisbane will also be holding a silent auction of a beautifully framed photograph montage of Kuraby Mosque (taken by photographer Richard Posener of Outlook Photography).


Come to the CresCafe stall and put in a bid for this one-off collector's piece.


All the proceeds from the sale will go to the Mosque's fund raiser.


When you've got to go.....you got to go!

By CCN's Man-on-the Mussallaah


Planning a long trip or a jog and want to know where you can stop for a toilet break or make your wudu?


Then the National Public Toilet Map is just up your street (pun intended).


The National Public Toilet Map shows the location of more than 14,000 public and private public toilet facilities across Australia.


Details of toilet facilities can also be found along major travel routes and for shorter journeys as well.


Useful information is provided about each toilet, such as location, opening hours, availability of baby change rooms, accessibility for people with disabilities and the details of other nearby toilets.

You can plan a trip with the Trip Planner and enter your starting and end address to get a turn by turn description for the quickest route and the toilets along the way.


Try it out between your home and some other destination to see how it works.


Go to http://www.toiletmap.gov.au/plan.aspx


BBC Documentary: The Power of Nightmares


The Power of Nightmares, subtitled The Rise of the Politics of Fear, is a BBC documentary film series, written and produced by Adam Curtis. The series consists of three one-hour films, consisting mostly of a montage of archive footage with Curtis's narration, which were first broadcast in the United Kingdom in late 2004 and have been subsequently aired in multiple countries and shown in several film festivals, including the 2005 Cannes Film Festival.

The films compare the rise of the American Neo-Conservative movement and the radical Islamist movement, making comparisons on their origins and noting strong similarities between the two. More controversially, it argues that the threat of radical Islamism as a massive, sinister organised force of destruction, specifically in the form of al-Qaeda, is in fact a myth perpetrated by politicians in many countries—and particularly American Neo-Conservatives—in an attempt to unite and inspire their people following the failure of earlier, more utopian ideologies.

The Power of Nightmares has been praised by film critics in both Britain and the United States. Its message and content have also been the subject of various critiques and criticisms from conservatives and progressives.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Power_of_Nightmares



The Power of Nightmares Part 1: Baby, It's cold outside (59 minutes)





The Power of Nightmares Part 2: The Phantom Victory (59 minutes)




The Power of Nightmares Part 3: The Shadows in the Cave (60 minutes)




Australia Deliberates


Issues Deliberation Australia conducted a three day forum at Old Parliament House in Canberra in 2007 to discuss the issue of Muslims and Non-Muslims in Australia.


The research explored the cultural, political, economic, social and religious complexity of Australia, focusing on how the interaction between Islam and Western ways of life plays out within this complexity.


By the conclusion of the 18 month-long research program, over 1,700 Australians had participated in the study.


It is possibly the most comprehensive consultation and research on Muslim non-Muslim relations ever undertaken in any one country.


The pinnacle of this research - bringing together of a microcosm of the Australian population to come to informed and considered judgements on this controversial topic – was a classic social psychology experiment.


What does happen when a group of randomly selected people come together to learn more, to get to know ‘the other’ in a systematic and comprehensive way?


The major conclusions from all components of this work are:


 There has been a proliferation of mutual misperceptions and lack of understanding by both Muslims and non-Muslims in Australia

 Misperceptions and lack of understanding fuels a mutually reinforcing negative spiral: fear of the ‘other’ and aggressive behaviours feed stereotypes on both sides which may work as selffulfilling prophecies

 Young Australian Muslims are becoming increasingly alienated because of the near relentless questioning of their ‘Australian-ness’. In searching for their identity, they turn to others who share this experience, and therefore gravitate away from mainstream Australian culture which appears to reject them. The danger is that they may turn to more radical sects of Islam

 Stereotypes and prejudice are fuelling a widening of the divide from both sides, not just in Australia but globally

 The international political arena matters. Discontent and frustration in the Australian Muslim community about the lack of resolution of the Israeli Palestinian conflict and the ongoing suffering of the Palestinian people impacts Muslim Australians’ attitudes about the West

 Australia’s foreign policy, particularly in the Middle East, is very relevant to how Muslim non-Muslim relations play out in Australia

 The language of political leaders is seen to have a direct impact on the level of racism in the wider Australian community

 Fear, stereotypes and prejudice are seen to be fuelled by an imbalance of negative media coverage that perpetuates misunderstandings and misperceptions of Islam and Muslims to the West that affirm stereotypes not true of all Muslims

 Fear, stereotypes and prejudice break down with learning about the ‘other’ and getting to know the other


 There is willingness by the majority in both the mainstream Australian community and the Australian Muslim community to be ‘good neighbours’ and ‘good’ Australians. Neither group seems to know how to reach out


The final report can be accessed at http://www.ida.org.au/.


A CD has been produced from the event and will be presented to Federal Parliament in May 2008.


Different Identities


We should be careful about trying to impose a single identity on Islamic communities in this country, argues LIZA HOPKINS


IN RESPONSE to concerns about the place of Islam in Australian society, the federal government has announced that a new Muslim group of advisors will be convened, apparently to replace the ill-fated Muslim Community Reference Group which John Howard established to such divisive effect.


The aim, no doubt, is to improve communication between government and citizens and to enhance the participation rates of those who appear to be marginalised.


Yet such top-down attempts at creating active citizens and more engaged communities seem fraught with danger.


Even in advanced democracies the proportion of citizens who choose to participate actively remains very low.


So giving a tap on the shoulder to a small group of hand-picked, high profile citizens who also happen to be Muslims might do little if anything to overcome broader community disengagement and in particular youth alienation.


A committee of so-called “irreligious” leaders, whether sports stars, academics or business leaders, is no more representative of Muslims in Australia than a committee of religious leaders.


Read the rest....


Yassmin makes it to the Summit


Yassmin Abdel-Magied is one of 18 Queenslanders who have made it to the Youth 2020 Summit due on 12-13 at Parliament House in Canberra.

The Youth 2020 is the precursor to the Australia 2020 Summit that the PM Rudd has announced as bringing together some of the best and brightest brains from across the country to tackle the long term challenges confronting Australia's future - challenges which require long-term responses from the nation beyond the usual three year electoral cycle.


After an overwhelming response the final 100 young delegates were announced by Kate Ellis MP, Minister for Youth.


"The delegates, aged 15 to 24 years, are a true reflection of the diversity of Australia's young people. They will bring a tremendous balance of skills, talents, backgrounds and knowledge to the discussions. The final 100 delegates will discuss the ten critical areas on the agenda for the Australia 2020 Summit, as well as options for the establishment of an ongoing Australian Youth Forum."

The full list of 100 can be downloaded from http://www.australia2020.gov.au/youth/index.cfm


World wide webs: Diasporas and the international system

by Michael Fullilove / Lowy Institute for International Policy


This paper argues that diasporas (communities which live outside, but retain their connections with, their homelands) are getting larger, thicker and stronger – with important implications for global economics, identity, politics and security.


The author compares diasporas to 'world wide webs' emanating from states, with dense, interlocking, often electronic strands spanning the globe and binding different individuals, institutions and countries together.


World wide webs offers a fresh take on globalisation which raises difficult questions for national governments, including the Australian government.

Read the rest....


The Algester Alert

by Yahya Hasham


Algester Mosque annual Miladun Nabi (sallallahu alaihi wassalam)Programme.

The Islamic Society of Algester is pleased to invite everyone at its Annual Miladun Nabi programme.
Date: Sunday 6th April 2008
Venue: Logan community centre , Wineglass Drive
Time: 2:00PM

Our guest speakers will be Sheikh Sideek Nasir from the West Indies, who will be delivering the speech on the the status of prophet Muhammad Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam. The world award winning Qari Sayyed Sadaqat Ali from Pakistan will recite Qiraat.

Our local Imams, Qura, Huffaz and Naatkhan (reciter of naat) will also be present in this blessed programme.

All are welcome with your families.

For more information contact:
Maulana Muhammad Nawaaz Ashrafi 0423734438
Maulana Muhammad Aslam al Qadri 0431620629
Mahmud Osman 0403286305

Algester youth programme

There will be a youth programme on Saturday 5th of April 2008 after Salatul Maghrib at Algester Mosque.

Our overseas guest speaker, Sheikh Sideek Nasir, will address the youth and Qari Sayed Sadaqat Ali will be reciting Qiraat. All male and female youngsters are welcome.

Address: 48 Learoyd Road, Acacia Ridge

AFL Rising Star


ESSENDON’S flying start to the home-and-away season has received another boost with young midfielder Bachar Houli winning the NAB AFL Rising Star nomination for round one.

The 19-year-old was in terrific form during the Bombers' 55-point win over North Melbourne on Easter Monday, picking up 26 disposals and taking four marks.

"It's a great individual award, nothing that I ever looked at, and it's just a bonus after round one," Houli told reporters.

"That was the best game I've played so far. From a confidence point of view, it was a full strength team from both teams and just to go out there and do what I did with the help from the boys was just fantastic.

"What a way to start as a team and as an individual."

Of Lebanese descent, Houli is the first devout Muslim to play AFL football and broke his Ramadan fast while training at the Draft Camp after seeking advice from Muslim leaders.

This devotion to his faith, which involves praying five times a day and abstaining from alcohol, has cast Houli as a role model for young Muslims and a spearhead for educating other Australians about his culture.

"At the end of the day, being young and good at what you want to do, you want the best for others and that's what I want to try and do," he said.

"I want to be a role model for kids growing up, for kids from the community and outside the community. When you see a good role model out there and someone who's doing well, you want to follow him.

"Hopefully, I can be that right person that people can follow, especially in a professional sense. I'll continue to work hard and try and set the right example for kids out there."

Watch Bachar Houli in action



Source: http://www.bombersfc.com.au/tabid/6477/Default.aspx?newsid=56821


From the IWAQ Desk




The Islamic Women's Association has vacancies for the positions of Home And Community Care (HACC) Coordinator and Day Respite Coordinator.  For a copy of the position description and Key selection criteria, please contact IWAQ on 3272 6355.



To commemorate Harmony Day, IWAQ hosted a Harmony Day Celebration on 25th March.  We had a group come from the Gold Coast and join our regular Tuesday Group.




IWAQ's driving classes is conducted by a qualified instructor. Lessons cost $35 per lesson. Booking is essential for these lessons and a current Learner's Permit must be available to be sighted by the instructor. Please call the office on 3272 6355 or 3272 6422 for further information and to book your lessons


Sydney's Sefton Under Scrutiny


Source: Natalie O'Brien : http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/story/0,25197,23419902-28737,00.html


PASSERS-BY often look twice at the Sefton mosque in Sydney's west. It used to be a church and vestiges of that architectural heritage remain. But the building is now demanding attention for a different reason. It is at the centre of a power struggle by members of a group accused of being a conduit for terrorism.


Tablighi Jamaat is a secretive and little-known Islamic group that has hardly rated a mention in the Australian media until recently.

Now some of its Sydney members are being accused of staging a brash takeover bid for the Sefton mosque, so they can install their own more extremist preacher and wield their fast-expanding influence over its followers.

Read the rest.....

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




Imagined is a memoir of a Muslim boy, born in Pakistan, who moves to London at the age of one in the 1960s.

With his Islamic identity and desire to embrace the West, the book paints a beautiful picture of growing up in a strange culture.


.[Imagined] ..... is a book written with an artless integrity which has the powerful ring of truth because it is more about wandering, bumbling and stumbling than being clear-eyed and reaching out for the glittering prizes. Almost coincidentally, it is also a fascinating insight into what it is like to grow up as a Pakistani Muslim in modern Britain. Sydney Morning Herald


No book better describes the confusions and agonies of the immigrant trying to fathom the mystifying social rules that will enable him to become an accepted and respected citizen of his (or her) new chosen country. The Daily Mail


Unimagined provides much food for thought.... Alison Terry


This week's new addition to the first row of the CCN Book Club shelves is:


Leap of Faith: Memoirs of an Unexpected Life by Queen Noor of Jordan


which has been suggested by Rahilah Deen



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, can you explain how our bodies burn fat. Is it through our sweat?







A: No, the answer to your question comes down to our muscles.


When our muscles require energy to work, they call on our fat stores to give it to them, hence why exercise which effectively works our muscles, burn fat best.


The more muscles we have, the greater our ability to burn fat.

Examples of great exercises are those which require whole body strength which burn fat as you do them and in turn, build more muscle (hovers, chin-ups, push-ups, tricep dips, etc).

These exercises are tough and cause a huge demand on your muscles – but they simply shed fat.


But don't get too physical!






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







Mixed Fruits Custard







2 bananas chopped - 4 peaches chopped - 1 mango chopped - ½ cup fresh cream - ½ litre milk - 2 Tbsp corn flour - 8 Tbsp sugar - 1 pkt halaal strawberry jelly - 2 Tbsp china grass - 6 Tsbp sugar - Rose essence.


Make jelly in 2 cups boiling water, cool and set then cut into pieces.

Soak china grass in water. Boil 3 cups of water with 6 Tbsp sugar and add the china grass.

Cook until it dissolves and turns thick.

Cool it it and mix rose essence and set.

Then cut into pieces.

Boil milk add corn flour and keep stirring until it becomes thick and creamy.

Remove from heat and mix 8 Tbsp sugar.

Cool and add cream. In a bowl put the chopped mixed fruit and pour over custard.

Decorate the top with jelly pieces and china grass.

Chill and serve.


Source: Radio Islam Newsletter - Tuesday, 25 March 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


Mula Nasruddin was walking past a pet store when a parrot said, ''Hey, old man! You're really stupid!"


Our Nasruddin was furious but continued on his way.

On the way home, Mula Nasruddin passed by the pet store again and the parrot once more said

"Hey, old man! You're really stupid!"


Mula Nasruddin was incredibly annoyed by this now.


So he went into the store and said that he would sue the store if they did not get the parrot to stop insulting him.


The store manager apologized profusely and promised he would make sure the parrot didn't say it again.

The next day, Mula Nasruddin deliberately passed by the store to test the parrot. "Hey, old man!" it said.


"You know."


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


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Kuraby Madraasah BBQ


MBN Dinner


Al-Nisa AGM


Benefit Concert



Muslim Women in Logan


The CCN Date Claimer





(Click on link)





30 March


Kuraby Madrassah Fundraising BBQ

Kuraby Mosque

Kuraby Mosque

0431 300 111

10am to 3pm

30 March


Planning Holland Park Mosque Centenary Celebrations

Holland Park Mosque Management Committee

Holland Park Mosque

0431 300 111


1 April


Faith in a Plural Society: A Christian-Muslim Conversation

Multi-Faith Centre; GIRU; Griffith University, Trinity Theological College

Multi-Faith Centre, Griffith University, Nathan Campus 3377 9950

4.30pm to 6pm

6 April


Monthly Forum: A Bill of Rights for Australia




Garden City Library, Mt Gravatt 0422 349 786


9 April


Logan Multicultural Soccer Festival




Gould Adams Park, Kingston Rd (near Kingston Stn) 0418 719 049

10am to 5pm

13 April


Al-Nisa Youth Group AGM


Al-Nisa Youth Group


Kuraby State Special School, Alpita St, Kuraby 0433 182 520

11am to 1pm

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

24 May


Benefit Concert Phil Monsour: Middle Easter Dinner


AHIMSA House, 26 Horan St West End

0421 637 172


2 April


MBN Dinner Meeting: Legal Issues

Muslim Business Network

Souths Sports Club, Mortimer Rd, Acacia Ridge

0422 191 675


19 April


Open Day for Muslim Women and Launch of ‘Kara Aktiv’ Fitness Gear

Kareema Benjamin & Fernwood Underwood

Fernwood Underwood

0404 844 786

2pm to 4pm

8/9 June






QLD LIONS, Pine Rd, RICHLANDS 0438 114 619


13 June


IWAQ Client/Carer Dinner




MacGregor Primary School 3272 6355


14 June


MBN Business & Professional Trivia

Muslim Business Network


0422 191 675


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 School 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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