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Sunday, 25 May 2008

 .Newsletter 0185


News you won't find on CNN!



This week's CCN is kindly sponsored by

Raeesa Couture


Computer glitches hold back distribution


Last week's email notification of CCN0184 did not get through to many of our Hotmail account holders because of a problem between our ISP (TPG) and Live Hotmail.


We also apologize if you received our emails more than once during the week.


You'll be pleased (?) to know that while emails may come and emails may go your CCN is always available permanently (and for posterity) at this website.


CresWalk2008 Page and Survey


If you received the earlier edition of CCN last week you might have missed the updates to the CresWalk2008 page where new photo galleries and race times have been added.


To assist us with our planning for CresWalk2009 we ask you to help us by completing a short anonymous survey, whether you took part last week or not.


Your feedback is vital to help us improve the CresWalks of the future.


Click here to take the survey


Tree planting alongside Kuraby Mosque


In the lead up to World Environment Day on 5 June there will be a tree planting morning at the Wally Tate Park (alongside the Kuraby Mosque) on Saturday 31 May between 8am - 12noon.


The plan is to plant 1,000 trees to re-vegetate the area now that the third train line is completed.


All holes will be pre-prepared by the Bulimba Creek Catchment group and trees will be about 9 inches in height.


This is a community event initiated by the Kuraby Lions and everyone is encouraged to come along and help out for an hour or two.


Crescents of Brisbane will also be helping out with the catering for the halal sausage sizzle. AMARAH will also be lending their support to the event as will 30 students from the Islamic College of Brisbane.


Little Mosque on the Prairie: Season 2 Episode 13



The Crush

Part 1




Part 2




Part 3




MYServices Sponsors Omar Issadeen, Member for Springwood, YMCA Youth Parliament























Omar Issadeen (seen, left, blazing a trail at last week's CresWalk2008) has been selected to represent young people of the Springwood electorate as a Youth Member for Springwood.


As part of its commitment to support Muslim youth engagement at all levels of the community, MYServices is proud to sponsor Omar in this exciting role.


Born in Botswana, Omar is currently a third-year Civil Engineering student at the Queensland University of Technology.


He considers himself very fortunate to be living in Australia, with so many opportunities available that are unheard of in Botswana. After graduating, Omar intends to work in Australia ‘to give something back to the Australian community, insha’Allah’.


As an active youth who enjoys sports, Omar will soon be participating in a 50 km fundraising cycle-ride for sufferers of multiple sclerosis.

Omar sits on the Indigenous and Multicultural Affairs and Communities panel of the Youth Parliament. He intends to create a positive image of Muslims living in Australia as minorities.


“By participating in the YMCA Queensland Youth Parliament, I have the opportunity to influence government decisions and policies,” he said.

Omar, also known as ‘Hafiz Omar’ in the Muslim community, encourages the youth of Brisbane to avail themselves of the many opportunities available in Australia.


“Whether it be volunteering at university, through YMCA Youth Parliament, Model United Nations or any similar selfless activity, you will be surprised at what a difference you can make,” he advises.


AFIC Dissidents Dump Patel

Source: http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/story/0,25197,23733366-601,00.html


MODERATES within Australia's biggest Muslim organisation, the Australian Federation of Islamic Councils, have staged a dramatic coup, ousting controversial president Ikebal Patel after accusing him of a dictatorial style.

At Sunday's annual congress of AFIC, the umbrella organisation representing the key state Muslim bodies, six out of seven state councils present backed a vote of no confidence in Mr Patel.

Mr Patel, who migrated from Fiji in 1992, has been replaced by Haset Sali, a Sunshine Coast commercial lawyer who once likened the actions of former mufti of Australia Taj Din al-Hilali to those of Hitler.

Beleaguered Patel in bloodless coup

At the congress, held in the nation's biggest Muslim school, Malek Fahd in southwest Sydney, it is understood Mr Patel stormed out, urging all the state councils to follow him. The Christmas Island and Tasmanian councils joined him, but the rest stayed.

"He knew his numbers were failing. He walked out and said he was going to AFIC's head office, asking others to come with him," Mr Sali said yesterday.

"The fact that only two councils went with him shows his mandate was not a very big one."

Mr Sali, who has been appointed interim president, said Mr Patel had been removed because of his allegedly unaccountable leadership style and for attempting to expel or suspend up to 40 member groups from the AFIC in violation of its rules.

AFIC is made up of dozens of representative Muslim bodies, which sit beneath the nine state and territory councils. "He was trying to set up a sub-culture where he was the guru," Mr Sali said. Mr Patel would not comment yesterday.

Mr Sali said he and the new executive committee members had been appointed only for 180days until fresh elections could be held.

"We want to give members the opportunity to think closely about who they want as a future executive," he said. "We want to move in a proactive direction."

He encouraged women in the community to consider taking leadership roles.

AFIC, which still acts in an advisory role to governments, derives most of its income from rent on land that houses Muslim schools across the country and the certification of halal food. It manages an annual budget of about $20 million and assets of about $50 million.

The body has faced controversy over its financial dealings and internal disputes, which erupted during elections in April 2006, when a group of Pakistanis took control of the organisation from a faction controlled by Fijian-Indians.

AFIC was forced into administration in September that year after months of internal brawling. Westpac then froze the organisation's accounts. It was hoped that the damaging feud had been resolved last year with the election of Mr Patel and a new board.

Mr Sali, who has in the past been a legal adviser to AFIC, attracted headlines last year when he spoke out against Sheik Hilali after the then mufti's comments likening scantily clad women to uncovered meat. He said that what the sheik was doing for Muslims in Australia was about as useful as what Hitler did for Christians in World War II.

Other links: http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/story/0,,2373895-2702,00.html


Condolences to the Chothia Family


Dr. Aboobaker Chothia (76) of the Gold Coast passed away in South Africa on Friday 23 May.


Dr Chothia first arrived in Australia in 1979 and was in South Africa attending a wedding when he suffered a fatal heart attack just before Friday prayers.


Dr Chothia was a well-know and popular figure in Queensland having started the Islamic Society of Gold Coast in 1983 and worked toward securing from the Government of the day the land on which the present Gold Coast Mosque stands.


A quiet achiever, Dr Chothia initiated many projects that reached as far afield as the Aboriginal communities in Sydney and the Tsunami victims of Aceh, Indonesia.


A very close friend, Mr Mohammed Aslam Goolam Nabi, mourned his loss and told CCN that Aboo, as he affectionately called him, had been a constant source of inspiration to him. "His wise counsel, his caring for others and his devotion to his faith were an inspiration to me," he added.


Despite his health problems precipitated by a car accident while on a trip to Jakarta to investigate the establishment of an orphanage there, Dr Chothia always maintained a cheerful, positive disposition to the end, never failing to make the effort to attend and take part in community functions and meetings.


Dr. Chothia leaves behind his wife, Farida, two sons, Mushood and Zaid, and daughter Naseema.


Zain Bhikha to perform in Brisbane


If you and you children are fans of the world-famous nasheed artist ZAIN BHIKHA, then don't miss this opportunity of a lifetime!

Hope For Happiness (HFH) in affiliation with Human Appeal International Australia (HAIA), are hosting the "ZAIN BHIKHA - 1 NIGHT ONLY!" upcoming concert in Brisbane (see the CCN Date Claimer for details), and are looking for children of all ages, who love to sing, to participate in a performance to welcome the artist to Brisbane.


Kindly note that places will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis, so please email your details to
hopeforhappiness@yahoo.com.au or call Raeesa on 0405 230305 by the 31st of May 2008, to avoid disappointment.



Allah Knows (full version) by Zain Bhikha



Relationships Seminar (Part 1)


By Salma Ismail


Ladies! You are all invited to join us for this informative and inspirational seminar to be held on the 30TH May at the Springwood Community Centre. This is an opportunity for all ladies to come together for an exceptional learning experience. The eloquent Imam Ahmed Ghazaleh will be enlightening us on relationships. This is the first of a series of talks.

Come along and join us for a fun filled educational experience!

Please see brochure for further information.

Tickets are limited and are selling fast – contact Asma on 3273 5367 or 0422 180 977 or Haleema on 32728227

The CCN Pick of the Books


The Age of the Warrior by Robert Fisk reviewed by Alexander McRobbie (Courier Mail 24 May 2008) 



The author has been a Middle East newspaper correspondent for 32 years.


This book is a collection of his weekly columns in the London Independent.


They are notable for his almost unique freedom to speak out about the fraud and injustices that are endemic in the region.


His writing is gutsy, forceful and vigorous.


It is a rare treat to read page after page that presents truth after truth by a man who has covered 11 major Middle East wars, countless insurgencies and massacres.


He lived in Beirut during the darkest days of the Israeli attack on Lebanon.


Kent-born Fisk has received six honorary doctorates for his journalism from Trinity College, Dublin.


He is no anti-Semite (nor is this reviewer) but he rails against the pro-Israel bias that permeates most Western media.


He makes the point that Israeli incursions into Palestine are launched because of Israel's "security needs".


When Israel assassinates a Palestinian it is a "targeted killing".


But Arab suicide bombers are always "murderous terrorists".


When Israeli jets blast homes in Palestine it is not killing civilians - it is participating in the "war on terror".


Fisk is scathing about blundering President George W. Bush, who may well go down as the worst President in America's history.


Former British prime minister Tony Blair is also held in low regard.


John Howard receives hardly a mention, which is perhaps indicative of Australia's real importance on the international scene - as viewed by a seasoned foreign correspondent.


However, the book's columns are not exclusively about the Middle East.


Particularly good are essays on the influence of cinema in our age.


From the Muslim Women and Friends Desk......


Hello and Salaams Everyone !


Just a few important announcments to pass on:


Saturday May 24th 10:00am - 5:00pm at Arundel/Parkwood Comm. Centre, Napper Rd, Arundel (UBD ref 28 E2):

Sisters Souq (Market) including Trash and Treasure Stall, Clothing Swap-Meet, Charity to benefit the poor. Contact: 0423 474 807.


Starting Tuesday May 27th - June 21st:

Muslim Women's Activity Program including Jazzercise, Dragon Boat, Outrigging, and Box'n'Bounce Fitness Sessions. Contact: Shaima by email shaimak@myservices.net.au or 0402 529 395. (see attached flyer).


Empolyment Position Available:

Muslim Labour Market Participation Project

Multicultural community organisation requires a Project worker (female) who identifies with the Muslim faith. Multi-region project based at Logan, aims to support unemployed and underemployed Muslim people who are disadvantaged in the workplace. Licence essential. Selection criteria available from ACCES Services Inc. - 3808 9299. www.asi.org.au  Applications close on 6/6/08.


A final reminder about the MWAF Workshop on:

Global Responsibility this Tuesday May 27th covering life altering topics and solutions to such things as Climate Change, Sea Level Rise, Pandemic, Animal Cruelty, and Human Suffrage around the world.


Also a reminder to those who attended the previous Glitz and Glam Workshop and received gift bags that the $100 gift voucher with free initial consultation for Laser Hair removal and more will expire in a few days on May 30th.

Contact: Advanced Laser Clinic at Toowong Village on 3871 3444 (Don't forget to mention that Farina referred you! :))


Thanks everyone for your support as always,


Farina Nayab

Coordinator, Muslim Women and Friends

Logan Women's Health and Wellbeing Centre

1 Mary Street, Kingston

ph 3808 9233

mob 0405 448 045


Around the Muslim World with CCN


Afghan cricketers set hearts on beating world


The most enticing prospect for the Afghan players is a meeting with the United States at the semi-finals

Afghanistan's national cricket team has packed its battered pads and bats to set out on what it hopes will be the road to World Cup glory.


The players from the poorest cricketing nation on Earth are due in the Channel Islands, the improbable venue for the opening shots in their struggle to join the world cricketing elite at the 2011 World Cup, to be held in India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.

Just as improbably, they are favourites to win the tournament in Jersey, which marks the start of the International Cricket Council (ICC) World Cricket League.

Cricket had little following in Afghanistan before the overthrow of the Taliban in 2001.


But it arrived with returning refugees from Pakistan and has since gained enormous popularity.

Read the rest.....




Muslim cleared of murdering BNP man


A Muslim elder who stabbed his neighbour in the back was dramatically cleared of murder yesterday after a court was told that he had endured a living hell of racism, threats and violence.

Habib Khan, 50, of Stoke-on-Trent, was found guilty of the manslaughter of Keith Brown, 52, a BNP activist and an alleged friend of the BNP leader, Nick Griffin, who attended his funeral.

Khan killed Mr Brown last July after finding him in a struggle with his 24-year-old son, Azir. He said he thought that Mr Brown was going to kill Azir and claimed that Mr Brown fell on to a knife he was holding at his back.

Read the rest.....


Many Muslims Turn to Home Schooling 


Karima Tung, 12, one of three girls home-schooled by their mother, Fawzia Mai Tung. An important part of the school day: reading the Koran.

LODI, Calif. — Like dozens of other Pakistani-American girls here, Hajra Bibi stopped attending the local public school when she reached puberty, and began studying at home.


Her family wanted her to clean and cook for her male relatives, and had also worried that other American children would mock both her Muslim religion and her traditional clothes.

“Some men don’t like it when you wear American clothes — they don’t think it is a good thing for girls,” said Miss Bibi, 17, now studying at the 12th-grade level in this agricultural center some 70 miles east of San Francisco. “You have to be respectable.”

Across the United States, Muslims who find that a public school education clashes with their religious or cultural traditions have turned to home schooling.


That choice is intended partly as a way to build a solid Muslim identity away from the prejudices that their children, boys and girls alike, can face in schoolyards. But in some cases, as in Ms. Bibi’s, the intent is also to isolate their adolescent and teenage daughters from the corrupting influences that they see in much of American life.

Read the rest.....


The CCN Centre Link



Engineers and Electricians

If you are a qualified engineer or a Trade qualified electrician whether in Australia or internationally and are finding it difficult to find employment, please call Abdullah Ibrahim on 0407-968-312.

Alternatively email him and attach your resume to abdullahi@asi.org.au.

They have a major employer who is recruiting immediately. You must present your qualifications and provide work history. Australian work experience is not essential.



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


Dave Lawson of QUT recommends Australia's Muslim Cameleers: Pioneers of the Inland 1860s - 1930s by Philip Jones and Anna Kenny which, this week, takes pride of place on the top shelf of the CCN Readers' Book Club bookcase below.


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 the book club you can see what books fellow CCN readers have on their shelves, what they are reading and even what they and others think of them.

The CCN Readers' Book Club

..and now a word from this week's CCN sponsor..... Raeesa Couture





Kareema's Keep Fit Column




Q: Dear Kareema, I've been walking a lot with my preparation for Creswalk and would like to know if it's worth my while to keep walking as I find it quite enjoyable and sometimes struggle with other exercises.





Brisk walking can ease you into a higher level of fitness and help you get slimmer (if fat loss is one of your goals).


So put your best foot forward and walk as often as possible as it's not too stressful on the body and can be done every day if time permits.

It's also great for toning the whole body especially the legs and glutes. It's probably the easiest exercise regime to maintain as it's a natural 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





Jalebi is a syrupy sweet that is shaped like a slightly large, chaotic pretzel and is traditionally prepared in India and Pakistan. Well-made jalebi has a tart element with a sweet taste.


·         Jalebi batter
3 cups all-purpose flour
¼ cup gram flour
¼ teaspoon baking powder
2 cups water
4 cups sugar
3 cups water
⅛ teaspoon cream of tartar
red and yellow food coloring
1 teaspoon rosewater
3 cups of vegetable oil for deep frying


  1. Mix up the batter ingredients until smooth.

  2. Let the batter sit unrefrigerated and uncovered overnight (about 12 hours).

  3. Mix the sugar, water, and cream of tartar for the syrup.

  4. Stir the syrup over moderate heat until the sugar is dissolved.

  5. Put on high heat and boil for 5 minutes.

  6. Let the syrup cool, and stir in the rosewater and food coloring (color it to light orange).

  7. Put the vegetable oil in a wide wok-like dish, and heat to about 350°F (175°C).

  8. Put the batter into a pastry bag with about a ¼ inch opening. If it is too dry to squeeze out, mix in a bit of water.

  9. Squeeze the batter into the oil, making a couple of figure 8s and loops on top of each other. The shape should be about 3 inches on its longest side.

  10. Fry each jalebi until golden brown. Remove, let the oil drain off, then soak in syrup for a minute.


Serves 7


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


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 goes to see his doctor. The doctor asks what is wrong and Mula Nasruddin says, "Doctor, I think I'm a moth."


To this the doctor responds, "You think you're a moth? Well I don't think you need a doctor. Sounds like what you need is a therapist."


"Yeah I know," replies Mula Nasruddin "I was on my way to see a therapist, but I came in here because I saw your light was on."



The CCN Notice Board


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Relationships Seminar


Sounds of Light

World Environment Day

Ladies Come and Try Program



Islam Exposd




ECCQ/QPS Cup 2008




Family Fund Raiser Dinner


The CCN Date Claimer






(Click on link)





27 May


Muslim Women's Activities: JAZZERCISE


Warrigal Rd State School

0402 529 395

6:15 to 7:30pm

27 May


Global Responsibility Workshop

Muslim Women and Friends

Logan Women's Health and Wellbeing Centre (new location: 1 Mary Street, Kingston)

0405 448 045


30 May


Relationships Seminar

Ladies Auxiliary of Algester

Springwood Community Centre

3219 0232


31 May


Wally Tate Park: Tree Planting

Kuraby Lions supported by Muslim Groups

Wally Tate Park, Kuraby (alongside Kuraby Mosque) 0402 026 786

8am to 12noon

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


19 June




Queensland Police Service


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

6.30pm to 7.30pm

22 June


Islam Exposed!

(Event mainly for non-Muslims)

Discover Islam

Brisbane City Hall

1800 0-ISLAM

1.30pm  to 3pm

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


27 June


Zain Bhikha: One night only!

Hope For Happiness in affiliation with Human Appeal International

Brisbane -Watch this space!

0405 230 305


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


5 July


Family Fund Raiser Dinner: AlNoor Mosque


Darra Mosque
219 Douglas Street, Oxley

0412 732031


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


18 October


IWAQ's Annual Ladies Night 2008

Jas & Susan

Greek Orthodox Hall, Creek Road

0404 433 702

6pm (TBC)

25 October


Crescents 'Pink Ribbon Breakfast'

Crescents of Brisbane


0404 296 297

10am to 1pm

8/9 December




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


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