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Sunday, 11 May 2008

 .Newsletter 0183


News you won't find on CNN!



This week's CCN is kindly sponsored by

Z&A Grill House


CresWalk2008: The Countdown Begins


If you have registered for CresWalk2008 you should pick up your race kit with your race number and CresWalk2008 shirt this Saturday (17 May) at the Kuraby Community Hall, Svoboda Park between 2pm and 5pm.


You are also advised to make your way to Orleigh Park on the day of the run (18 May) in good time to get to the starting line at 7.30am for the warm-up sessions which, this year, will be conducted by a local Queensland sporting hero.


The starter's pistol will be fired off at 8am promptly.


For the latest updates on our sponsors, random draw prizes and all other Creswalk2008 information click here.


Also joining us for the morning will be Gerrard Gosens, who, despite being congenitally blind, has, amongst a raft of other impressive achievements, climbed to Mt Everest Camp 3, co-piloted an ultralight motor glider around Queensland, and competed a number of marathons. Read the rest of Gerrard's bio......



Do the

Sunday 18 May 2008

register online or download an entry form




Holland Park Mosque 100 Year Fund Raiser


Brothers Ali and Sadiq Deen mind the Holland Park Mosque book store and reminisce over the Mosque since first arriving in Brisbane in 1949

The Deens: Nisha, Munifah, Sahiden, Sultana, Kamrun and Nazreen enjoy a cuppa and a cupcake at the Crescents of Brisbane oasis.

Suliman Girach and Fakhri Shamsodien discussing their strategies for CresWalk2008

A flattened jumping castle proves to be as much fun down as it was up!


Yacoob Bassa, Omar Abdulla, Yunus Solwa and Yunie Omar carbo load for CresWalk2008

Nasreen Abdulla's Pitter Patter perfect for your next pajama party!


Leadership Australia


The Leadership Australia Resource Guide was developed by the Australian Multicultural Foundation as an outcome of our Leadership Australia - a New Generation Program.

The leadership program was developed for young Australian Muslims. As a resource the guide itself can be helpful to all young people.

The purpose of the guide is to assist young people with contacts, networks, information and opportunities to engage in further community activities.


Seventeen young Australian Muslims from across Australia were selected to participate in the Leadership Australia program. Initially participants attended a three day intensive training course in Melbourne. The course components include leadership skills in mentoring, public speaking, communications,  working with the media, community networking, innovation and entrepreneurship, conflict resolution and team building

On returning home, participants are required to complete several tasks and to apply the knowledge and skills gained throughout the training course. The tasks are multifaceted and participants must:


• identify and contact a mentor who is prepared to support them in their endeavours
• initiate two public speaking engagements—one to a school and one to the general community
• arrange a personal media interview, including a daily or local newspaper journals or a radio station
• arrange a meeting with either the premier of the state, the Multicultural Affairs Minister or Parliamentary Secretary for Multicultural Affairs and Settlement Services with the aim of introducing themselves as a young person interested in being engaged within the community.


Download  Resource Guide


AFIC Press Releases

Little Mosque on the Prairie: Season 2 Episode 12


Jehad On Ice

Part 1




Part 2




Part 3




A Musical Interlude.....


Courtesy of MicroSoft Excel and proving that those spreadsheet cells can hold more than numbers, dates and currencies!


(Turn on the sound)


Fred’s Foundation named as top Australian charity



The Fred Hollows Foundation has been named as ‘Best Practice not-for-profit’ at the Annual Australian Charity Awards, held in Melbourne during the week.



In a media release CEO Brian Doolan said the award represented a tick of approval for The Foundation, which carries on the work of ophthalmologist Fred Hollows.


CCN congratulates Ms Sue Larsen and the rest of the Foundation for a well deserved award.


Volunteers Needed






Discover Islam, who are promoting the Yusuf Estes Tour 1429 (2008), require volunteers to help them out during this period.


Read the volunteer requirement details.


For further information call 0402 531 570.


NATIVE DEEN - Small Deeds


Native Deen will be touring Australia within the next few months.




The CCN Centre Link


Two vacancies of Imam and Assistant Imam at Darra Mosque

Position description

Free Engineering Short Course


Course Information

Fact Sheet



CONTACT: Abdullah Ibrahim

Muslim Employment
Acces Services Inc
4/2 Carmody Street
Woodridge. 4114
Mob: 0407 698 312
Phone: 3808 9299
Fax: 3208 9319
Email: abdullahi@accesservicesinc.org.au


Around the Muslim World with CCN


U.S. Officials Urged to Avoid Linking Islam, Jihad with Terror

U.S. officials are being advised in internal government documents to avoid referring publicly to al-Qaida and other terrorist groups as Islamic or Muslim, and not to use terms like jihad or mujahedin, which "unintentionally legitimize" terrorism.

"There's a growing consensus (in the administration) that we need to move away from that language," said a former senior administration official who was involved until recently in policy debates on the issue. . .

Urging officials not to use the word Islam in conjunction with terrorism, the guide notes that, "Although the al-Qaida network exploits religious sentiments and tries to use religion to justify its actions, we should treat it as an illegitimate political organization, both terrorist and criminal."

Instead of calling terror groups Muslim or Islamic, the guide suggests using words like totalitarian, terrorist or violent extremist -- "widely understood terms that define our enemies appropriately and simultaneously deny them any level of legitimacy."

Read the rest....


Storming of Illinois 'Mosque' Sends Wrong Message


(WASHINGTON, D.C., 5/6/08) - A prominent national Islamic civil rights and advocacy group today said an emergency preparedness drill in Illinois, in which a fake "mosque" was stormed by law enforcement authorities, sends the "wrong message" that all Islamic houses of worship may be potential security threats.

The Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) said officials from almost 30 government agencies participated in the drill Thursday in Irving, Ill., targeting a community facility that had been re-named the "Irving Mosque" for the purposes of the exercise. In the exercise, officers from the Illinois Law Enforcement Alarm System (ILEAS) stormed the "mosque" using an armored car. One "hostage" was hooked up to an explosive device and the "suspects" in the "mosque" released nerve gas.

Read the rest....



Lie back and think of democracy


For many, September 11 means candlelit vigils and prayers in memory of those who lost their lives in the attack on the World Trade Centre. Sad as that was, it was an inevitable consequence of US foreign policy that had systematically emasculated and humiliated the vast majority in the Middle East for more than four decades.

No, my candle is lit instead for the day when democracy as we know it was murdered in Santiago.




As Edward Said once wrote: "So far as the United States seems to be concerned, it is only a slight overstatement to say that Moslems and Arabs are essentially seen as either oil suppliers or potential terrorists. Very little of the detail, the human density, the passion of Arab-Moslem life has entered the awareness of even those people whose profession it is to report the Arab world. What we have instead is a series of crude, essentialized caricatures of the Islamic world presented in such a way as to make that world vulnerable to military aggression."

Read the rest....


McCain's "Spiritual Guide" Wants America to Destroy Islam

You may have heard of Rev. John Hagee, the McCain supporter who said God created Hurricane Katrina to punish New Orleans for its homosexual "sins." Well now meet Rev. Rod Parsley, the televangelist megachurch pastor from Ohio who hates Islam. According to David Corn of Mother Jones, Parsley has called on Christians to wage war against Islam, which he considers to be a "false religion." In the past, Parsley has also railed against the separation of church and state, homosexuals, and abortion rights, comparing Planned Parenthood to Nazis.

John McCain actively sought and received Parsley's endorsement in the presidential race. McCain has called Parsley "a spiritual guide," and he hasn't said whether he shares Parsley's vicious anti-Islam views. That's because the mainstream media refuses to ask. And so, we've taken matters into our own hands, joining Mother Jones to present the truth about McCain's pastor.

Read the rest....


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




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

..and now a word from this week's CCN sponsor..... Z & A Grill House




Kareema's Keep Fit Column





Q: Dear Kareema, I've been following the training program in preparation for the Creswalk. What is a good cardio exercise to do during our strength session circuit?



A: Definitely skipping. THE BENEFIT: mega kilojoule burn!! Jumping rope for 1 min. and then resting between sets of  weight-training exercises can nearly double the kilojoules you burn.




WEEK 5 of our 5 week training program:

Please note that the following program is suitable for beginners.  For the more competitive or serious athlete, intensity, duration and frequency of exercises need to be increased!




DAY 1:

Interval Training;  continue the soft sand running if possible and include some 30 sec. sprints into your routine, jog for a minute (recovery), then sprint again.. (include this into your 60 min session today for about half of your workout time) 

Wear some ankle weights for extra resistance!




Healthy Tip:  Always keep your body hydrated - carry a bottle of water with you daily!


DAY 2:

Much the same as what you did for day 1, but find some hills and more challenging courses than what you're used to.

Remember the ankle weights for extra resistance!


DAY 3:

Try a weight- training session, head for a pump class if possible otherwise use your own body weight (tricep dips, push-ups, sit-ups, chin-ups, etc).

Be conscious of your posture and technique and remember your stretching routine! 


For a further challenge, incorporate today's 'question' into your strength training routine -   a minute of skipping between your weight circuit.


DAY 4:

A spin (cycle) class will be great for strengthening the legs so be sure to give it a go.  Alternatively, a ride in the park could be just as challenging. Ensure good posture and technique.  Again, add more time / distance to last weeks program.


Remember, we are in our last week of training so GO HARD!!  Add extra time and MAXIMISE YOUR EFFORT!!


 DAY 5:

Back to interval Training.  Improve on day 2's workout.  Find those hills and wear your ankle weights. 30 sec. sprints, 1 min jog (recovery), then sprint again.

Continue this for more than half of your workout time.


Include your stretching routine.


DAY 6:

Tomorrow's the big day, so take a dip in the pool for some active recovery of the legs.  Take it easy and be sure to get a good night's sleep.

Stay well hydrated.


DAY 7: 

D - DAY!! Have a good breakfast and don't be late..  Come and enjoy YOUR run/walk with some great people.




Please note that the following program is suitable for beginners. For the more competitive or serious athlete, intensity, duration and frequency of exercises need to be increased!



PLEASE NOTE:  The above training program assumes a healthy participant.  Those with medical conditions or who are not  already physically active, need to seek clearance from their GP before starting any form of exercise.





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




3 cups whole wheat flour
salt to taste, about 1 teaspoon
water as required (about 1 1/2 cups)

  1. Knead flour and water, starting with only a slight dribble of water and adding more as you go until the dough becomes smooth but not too sticky.

  2. Cover for at least 5 minutes.

  3. Divide into balls and roll out into disks, slightly thicker than denim material; sprinkle with flour as you roll.

  4. Place a non-oiled pan on a moderately high fire and test its surface temperature by holding your hand over it.

  5. When very hot, put a chapati on the pan and press it flat with a spatula or dry cloth to make it rise up.

  6. Flip and repeat so it becomes browned on both sides.

  7. Chapatis are often brushed with ghee (clarified butter) after being cooked.

Makes 8 chapatis.



Source: http://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/Cookbook:Chapati


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


Assalam aleikm wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu,


‘FACE Inc’ or ‘Faith And Cultural Exchange Inc’ is an incorporated non-profit association, established November 2006. We are presently a small organisation of family and friends, formed initially with a view to potentially providing settlement programs to new immigrants and refugees. We found though that that area was already well-covered and turned our hand to the educational needs of the poor in my husband’s country of birth, Chad, which is in the middle of North Africa.


The ‘Care for Education Project: Chad’ was established in June 2007, sponsoring 12 children from an ex-nomadic extended family who had never before been to school and undertaking plans to eventually build an Islamic School in the area. In the ensuing months, an after-school Madrassa has begun, employing a live-in Sheikh to teach the children Qur`aan and Islamic studies, and a Masjid building has commenced construction on land donated for the purpose. InshaAllah when this is complete, the local people will pray there, the Madrassa program will move-in and we will begin construction of school buildings and plans for the establishment of an accredited Arabic-based Islamic school.


In the short term we would like to sponsor many more children to attend the local French-language school and after-school Madrassa program. As of now, we are researching the requirements (human, logistical, financial) of setting -up the school and for its on-going maintenance. It is intended to also establish a business of some sort in addition to ongoing charitable donations from which to fund the school.


We are just now beginning publicity and fundraising efforts including the ‘Sisters Souq’ on 24th May on the Gold Coast and appreciate all enquiries about the project.


JazakumAllahu khair.

Wa salam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatu,


Khadijah Hurst.


phone: 0423474807

The CCN Chuckle


Mula Nasruddin and his wife went to the local agricultural show and one of the first exhibits they stopped at was the breeding bulls.

They went up to the first pen and there was a sign attached that said, 'THIS BULL MATED 50 TIMES LAST YEAR.'

Mula Nasruddin's wife playfully nudged him in the ribs and said, "He mated 50 times last year. That's about once a week."

They walked to the second pen which had a sign attached that said, 'THIS BULL MATED 150 TIMES  LAST YEAR.'



Mula Nasruddin's wife gave him a healthy jab and said, "That's almost 3 times a week! You could learn a lot from him."

They walked to the third pen and it had a sign attached that said, in capital letters, 'THIS BULL MATED 365 TIMES LAST YEAR'.

Mula Nasruddin's wife was so excited that her elbow nearly broke his ribs, and said, "That's once a day. You could REALLY learn something from this one."

Mula Nasruddin looked at her and said, "Go over and ask him if it was with the same old cow."

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MBN Cancer Dinner


Muslim Women in Logan

Sounds of Light

Ghusl Classes


Sisters' Souk

Rotary Dinner

Benefit Concert












Glitz & Glam Workshop


Relationships Seminar

Islamic Awareness Week


The CCN Date Claimer






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11 May


Islamic Awareness Week

Islamic Council of Qld

Holland Park, Ipswich, Gold Coast, Townsville Mosques & Islamic College of Brisbane  

10am to 2pm

11 May


Women's Ghusal Classes




IKuraby Mosque (Women's Section) 0403 009 003

3.30pm to 5.30pm

17 May



Crescents of Brisbane

Kuraby Community Hall, Svoboda Park

0402 026 786

2pm to 5pm

18 May


CresWalk2008: Annual Fun Run

Crescents of Brisbane

Orleigh Park, West End

0402 026 786

7.30am to 12pm

21 May


MBN Dinner Meeting: Cancer Can Be Beaten

Muslim Business Network

Runcorn Tavern Function Room

0422 191 675


23 May


Archerfield Rotary Fund Raiser Dinner

Rotary Club of Archerfield

Gambaro's Seafood Restaurant, Caxton, Petrie Terrace

0418 738 432


24 May


Benefit Concert Phil Monsour: Middle Easter Dinner


AHIMSA House, 26 Horan St West End

0421 637 172


24 May


Sisters' Souk


Arundel/Parkwood Comm. Centre, Napper Rd, Arundel (UBD ref 28 E2)

0423 474 807

10am to 5pm

30 May


Relationships Seminar

Ladies Auxiliary of Algester

Springwood Community Centre

3219 0232


31 May


Wally Tate Park: Tree Planting


Kuraby Lions


Wally Tate Park, Kuraby 0402 026 786

8am to 12noon

8/9 June






QLD LIONS, Pine Rd, RICHLANDS 0438 114 619


8/9 June






QLD LIONS, Pine Rd, RICHLANDS 0438 114 619


13 June


IWAQ Client/Carer Dinner




MacGregor Primary School 3272 6355


14 June


IWAQ/ACCESS Fun night for women




Kimberley Park Hall, Rosalie St, Shailer Park 3272 6355


14 June


MBN Business & Professional Trivia

Muslim Business Network


0422 191 675


22 June


Annual Qur'an Recitation Competition

Islamic Council of Qld

Islamic College of Brisbane, 45 Acacia Rd, Karawatha

0433 354 786

9am to 2pm

22 June


Public Lecture: Yusuf Estes 

Discover Islam

Brisbane City Hall

0401 819 887


28 June


Sounds Of Light Concert

Human Appeal International

Vodafone Arena, Melbourne

1300 760 155


29 June


Sounds Of Light Concert

Human Appeal International

Acer Arena, Sydney

1300 760 155


9 July




Queensland Police Service


QLD Police Service Regional Office, Level 1, 1993 Logan Road, Upper Mt Gravatt 0438 114 619

6.30pm to 7.30pm

19 July


“Celebrating the Muslim woman" Fund Raiser Ladies Only Dinner

Kuraby Madrassah

124 Gowan Rd
Sunnybank Hills

0410 705 743


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

30 August


Holland Park Mosque Centenary Celebrations

Holland Park Mosque Management Committee


0431 300 111


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

18 October


Annual Eid Nite

Islamic Society of Darra

Darra Mosque 219 Douglas St Oxley

0418 757 157


25 October


Crescents 'Pink Ribbon Breakfast'

Crescents of Brisbane


0404 296 297

10am to 1pm

25 October


Ladies Eid Gala

Jas & Susan


0404 433 702


8/9 December




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