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Sunday, 8 June 2008

 .Newsletter 0187


News you won't find on CNN!



This week's CCN is kindly sponsored by

KaRa Activ


Yusuf Estes Programme Gets Underway this Week







9 June 2008

Yusuf Estes - Conflict or Coherence

Lutwyche Mosque

6:30 pm

10 June 2008

Bible, Quran and the Last Days

Griffith Uni

11:30am to 1:00pm

11 June 2008

Yusuf Estes - Muslims in the West

Kuraby Mosque

7:00 pm

12 June 2008

Yusuf Estes - Harsh Questions into Easy Shadah

Holland Park Mosque


13 June 2008

Yusuf Estes - My Journey into Islam

Gold Coast Mosque


14 June 2008

Dawah Down Under: A Dawah Skills Training Workshop

Darul Uloom

9:00 am - 12:00 pm

22 June 2008

Public Lecture on Islam: Yusuf Estes

Brisbane City Hall



Contact: info@discoverislamaustralia.com for more information


Moreton MP Takes the Stand for GIRU


Federal Member for Moreton, Graham Perrett MP made a statement in the House of Representatives this week on 3 June in response to the assault on the Griffith University Islamic Research Unit by The Australian newspaper last month.


I rise on this day, the 16th anniversary of the Mabo decision—a decision that restored justice and ended the farce of terra nullius—to talk about an institution in my electorate, Griffith University’s Islamic Research Unit,  GIRU, which promotes social inclusion and racial and religious harmony in Australia.


GIRU was set up to organise, participate in and assist with educational activities that seek to bridge the gap between Islam and the west. Among its stated aims is the provision of scholarships for research aimed at examining the condition of Islam and Muslims in Australia, research that strives for understanding in order to bring positive and lasting change in our communities.


Read the rest....


Rawlins Does it again

Report by Haris Olomi


Mustafaa Olomi and Jacob White


The Rawlins taekwondo students did it again by becoming number one 24/25 May.


They entered the Tans Open at the Gold Coast taking with us eight fighters and came home with 7 gold 1 silver and 1 bronze medals.


Not bad for a young club of only 14 student at Rochedale and 4 student at Greenbank.


The club started last year and grew each week producing good fighters in 2007.


They won in total 42 medals with an average of 4 per student. Out of these medals there were 26 gold 13 silver and 3 bronze. The one silver medal is an International medal and the one gold medal is a national one.




Back row: Haris Olomi coach, Mustafaa Olomi (Gold), Mousaab Houadchia (Gold), Abdullah Houadchia (2 Golds), Jacob White (Gold)
Middle row: Jahan Olomi (Bronze), Zulaikha Deen (Gold), Zahara Bakkar (Silver)
Front row: Khaaled Olomi (Gold)



In 2008 so far the students have 24 gold,7 Silver and 2 Bronze, but this year they have also won 2 International Gold. Mustafaa Olomi and Jacob White won the Singapore Open in March and will be competing in Korea in July. They hope come back home with another two Gold Medals.



If anyone would like to see these boys and girls in action you can see them competing in the Caboolture Open on 15 June at Morayfield.


Come along and support these students.


If you need any further information call Ahmad Haris Olomi on 0402716707 or email olomitkd@yahoo.com  and check the web site at www.rawtkd.org.au.


The club is located at Rochedale State High School and they train on Mondays and Thursdays from 5pm to 6pm and on Saturdays from 3.30 pm to 4.30 pm

Once Bitten …when love comes with baggage

Media Release


Circe Films and Caravan Productions in association with SBS Television (Australia), Maori Television Services (New Zealand), Film Finance Corporation and New Zealand On Air are looking for people to tell their stories in a new benchmark documentary series Once Bitten.


This two-part series will tell the personal and intimate stories of couples as they negotiate the social, cultural and familial complexities of love the second-time around.


A co-production between New Zealand and Australia this will be a significant exploration of a social phenomenon that reveals the issues and realities of relationships and family life today through a window of culture.


Janette Howe, writer and co-producer says Families and relationships are a  melting pot of familial and cultural obligations. In Once Bitten we will gain new insights about culture and identity and how this plays out in our everyday lives. A second-time round relationship comes with ‘baggage’ and new challenges: blended families, step-families, cross- cultural marriages and extended families for example, which all raise the stakes in love. There is often no cultural or social road-map for how it will play out because couples are rewriting the rules.


“Once Bitten will look deep into ordinary family life to find extraordinary stories. How people are surviving and making their second or third-time  round relationship work (or not). We will  draw from the wider community and across two countries to find compelling stories, which highlight different issues and cultural perspectives. Stories from diverse cultures: such as Maori, Asian, Indian, Arabic and European Australian and New Zealanders, will show how culture and family bring us together – or can tear us apart.”


The producers want to hear from couples and families in a second or more-time round relationship, who believe that sharing their story – the joys, the complications, the pitfalls, the lessons learned – will give others an insight into family life today.


What is the face of the Australian and New Zealand family today?


Is your family the size of a football team on the weekend?

Is your second-time around relationship or marriage a break away from culture or family – or a return?

Is your extended family harder to deal with than your immediate family?

Do you have a significant event coming up: moving in together – moving out, a wedding, a baby, moving house?


Filming starts in August 2008. For further information and media interviews contact:

Australia – Circe Films circe_me@bigpond.net.au or call 03 9525 8486

New Zealand –Caravan Productions caravanproductions@gmail.com or call +64 9 369 1981


Call for Arabic-Speaking Health Professionals

FECCA Multicultural Quality Use of Medicines (MCQUM)


FECCA works in partnership with the National Prescribing Service (NPS) to promote the safe use of medicines to culturally and linguistically diverse Australians. We are currently undertaking interviews with key informants who work with Arabic-speaking communities, including health and community service providers.


We are currently seeking bilingual health professionals (doctors, pharmacists, and nurses) working with Arabic-speaking clients and able to undertake an interview regarding issues around the safe and effective use of medicines amongst Australians from Arabic-speaking communities.


It is intended that this research will: 

*  Identify barriers and enablers to medicines safety within Arabic-speaking communities;

*  Explore appropriate models for providing health information about the safe and wise use of medicines; and

*  Identify commonalities and/or differences between and within Arabic-speaking communities in relation to the safe use of medicines (including identifying particular segments of Arabic-speaking communities who may be more susceptible to encountering problems using medicines).


The research findings will be used to inform future health promotion strategies targeting Arabic-speaking Australians.


If you are a health professional and able to be interviewed, or are interested in acquiring more information about this research, please contact Corinne Dobson at FECCA on 02 6282 5755, or via email mcqum2@fecca.org.au.


Not the Chaser's War on Everything!


Salam Cafe on SBS Wednesdays at 10pm


From the FCE Desk........

Report by Khadijah Hurst, Faith And Cultural Exchange Inc.  Secretary


Our first ‘Souq’ day held at Arundel/Parkwood Community Centre, Gold Coast on May 24th, was very successful and we would like to thank all those who generously donated clothing and goods for sale as well as those who came to help and shop on the day.


From sales and donations we raised almost $1000. With funds already collected, we only need another $2500 to complete the Masjid building for the ‘Care for Education Project’ which is currently under construction in Farm Belila, Northern Chad.


InshaAllah we will have more ‘Souq’ days and will continue to collect donated clothes and goods once we have more storage space.


UPDATE: ‘Care for Education Project; Chad’

In the last few weeks, a new family of three children has been brought into the project. They live in the local area with their mother. Their father died some time ago and the only support their mother receives is from the children’s uncle who lives some distance away. The eldest boy is 12 and has never attended school before. The two younger children are not yet of school age but will inshaAllah begin attending the Madrassa classes.


Sponsors are needed for these children

A sponsorship amount of AU$55 per month will enable this boy to attend both school and Madrassa classes as well as feed him for the month. Many people in this area are extremely poor and can barely afford to buy food let alone pay the small fees that are associated with attending school. Please be assured that the need for support and care for the education of these children is great. Your Sadaqah could be the difference that may help lift a child/family/community out of poverty.


For other Sadaqah opportunities, please download a Sponsorship Form.

JazakumAllahu khairaa


Prayer Facilities at Uni




The University of Southern Queensland Springfield Campus has set aside a prayer room in the main building and is negotiating the establishment of a Multi-faith Centre in Education City.


If you would like any further information on these facilities please call 0402 026 786 or 3470 4528.


Little Mosque on the Prairie: Season 2 Episode 14


Welcome ToMercy

Part 1




Part 2




Part 3




Back in the old days........


In April 1990 Eid-ul-Fitr prayers were held under cover at the Brisbane Exhibition Grounds in Gregory Terrace near Fortitude Valley. 


The Eid Prayer and 'sermon' started at 10.30am and there was an Eid Dinner after Jumma prayers.


The organizers were the Islamic Society of Holland Park.


The ladies auxiliary held a food stall with a variety of cakes, sweets and other items on sale to raise funds for the Mosque.


Source: The Crescent (registered by Australia Post) Issue: April 1990


Saudi king opens interfaith conference in Mecca


King Abdullah (C), the Saudi Grand Mufti (L) and Iran’s Rafsanjani

King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia called on Muslims to stand together against extremism and reach out to the world as he opened a conference on interfaith dialogue in the Muslim holy city of Mecca, official media said on Wednesday.

"You are meeting here today to say to the world with pride that we are a fair, honest, humanitarian and moral voice, a voice for living together and dialogue," King Abdullah said in a speech carried live on state television.

The conference of Muslim scholars – Sunni and Shiite – was organized by the Saudi-based Muslim World League and is the first step in a plan announced by the Saudi king earlier this year to create a Muslim dialogue with Jews and Christians.

The meeting brought together Sunni scholars from around the world, such as Egypt's Grand Sheikh of al-Azhar Mohamed Sayed Tantawi, and some Shiite figures including former Iranian President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani.

The monarch pointed out that among the major challenges now facing Muslims is combating a growing extremism.

"The challenges facing the (Muslim) nation are difficult at this time, as its enemies -- including those extremists among its own people -- have joined forces in a flagrant aggressiveness to distort the ... rightfulness and tolerance of Islam," he said.

"This call is intended to face the challenges of isolationism, ignorance and short-sightedness."

Saudi Arabia was hit by an al-Qaeda campaign on its own territory when militants launched attacks against foreigners and government installations in 2003 to destabilize the kingdom.

Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdul-Aziz Al al-Sheikh, Saudi Arabia's official religious representative, said Islam honored Jesus Christ and the biblical prophets of Christians and Jews.

In a speech he cited a saying of Islam's Prophet Mohammad: "I am the closest person to Jesus, son of Mary, in this world and the next. I am the prophet who came after him".

Rafsanjani, an influential Iranian Shiite cleric, said Muslims needed to start talking among themselves in order to have a dialogue with other religions.

"The call needs to be directed at ourselves first of all, and all the sects need to agree on shared points. As a Muslim and a Shiite ... I say the things we agree on are many," Rafsanjani said.

In March, Abdullah proposed inter-faith talks among Christians, Jews and Muslims in a first for the kingdom, which is home to two of the three holiest shrines in Islam.

Source: http://www.alarabiya.net/articles/2008/06/04/50959.html


The three-day conference, attended by hundreds of Islamic scholars and religious leaders from throughout the world, is part of a recently-announced initiative by Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah to promote dialogue between Muslims and followers of other faiths.

Conference attendees are discussing the legitimacy, objectives, themes, and methodology of interfaith dialogue from an Islamic perspective, in preparation for expanded outreach to other faith groups.


“This ground-breaking conference is a significant step toward both improving relations between people of faith and building a more peaceful future for all our children,” said CAIR Co-Founder Nihad Awad, who is taking part in the Mecca conference.

Awad said other American Muslim leaders are participating in the conference, including CAIR National Board Member Larry Shaw, a state senator from North Carolina.

Source: http://www.cair.com/ArticleDetails.aspx?mid1=777&&ArticleID=24919&&name=n&&currPage=1


Muslim Rap Duo Have A Message: 'Morality, Peace And Unity'


FLORIDA, USA: Jawad Fayiz and Akbar Qayum, both 18, go to college, work in sales for a telecommunications company and recite their Islamic prayers five times a day.

And in their spare time? These Muslim teens rap.

"Positive hip hop," Fayiz says quickly. "Not the bad stuff."

They say their inspiration comes from their Islamic faith. Of the dozen or so songs they've written -- some posted on YouTube -- the lyrics speak a clear message.

"Morality, peace and unity," Qayum says. "I know it sounds kinda cheesy, but it's the truth. Things are changing, and music is the best way to spread that word. If we can influence things, that's all we're asking for."

On Friday, the duo -- who call themselves D-Clique -- get to make that statement in their largest forum yet.


After placing first out of nine entries in a regional talent competition sponsored by the Muslim American Society, they were selected to open for Outlandish, a popular European hip-hop band whose music also takes a positive approach.


The Voices for Change concert takes place at the University of South Florida Sun Dome. Tampa is the first stop in a six-city tour for Outlandish. The award-winning trio includes two Muslims and a Christian.

The tour is meant to empower and inspire young people, says Omar Atia, vice president of MAS Youth, a branch of the society. He called it "a night of entertainment with no controversial lyrics, no profanity and no references to drugs, alcohol and violence."

"We're a values movement, striving for social justice," Atia says. "We tell the kids they can either channel their energy into a positive force for society, or a negative one. We want to show them the value of making good choices and how it can affect their communities."


Source via: Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)

Soccer Tournament



Around the Muslim World with CCN


Bardot fined for anti-Muslim remarks


France's 1960s screen icon Brigitte Bardot has been fined 15,000 euros ($A24,440) for inciting hatred against Muslims by attacking the ritual slaughter of animals in Islamic culture.

In December 2006, the film star-turned-animal rights activist wrote to France's then interior minister, now President Nicolas Sarkozy, arguing Muslims should stun animals before slaughtering them during the Eid al-Adha holiday.

She outraged anti-racist groups by saying: "I've had enough of being led by the nose by this whole population which is destroying us, (and) destroying our country by imposing their ways."

Read the rest.....


Govt urged to do more in Mideast


AUSTRALIAN church leaders have urged the Federal Government to increase efforts in pushing for a peaceful resolution to conflict in the Middle East.

Leaders of the Uniting, Anglican and Catholic churches, as well as other christian groups, said the Government should take more of a leadership role in working towards lasting peace between Israel and Palestine.

It is the first time such a large group of Christian leaders has come together to highlight suffering in the region.

Read the rest.....


Pakistanis among the most philanthropic people in the U.S.



America is not a monolith but a sum total of its numerous ethnic groups. Among this mosaic is a relatively small group, 500,000 by some conservative estimates, who lead the pack in charitable giving. They are the Pakistani-Americans.

There is a general assumption that immigrants in general and recent arrivals in particular tend not to give as much or as often as the established ethnic groups.

This assumption also considers Pakistanis as more clannish, more inward-looking and thus not inclined to share their money with others in the society.

Read the rest.....


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


This week

A CCN Reader  

recommended the first book on the left of the top bookshelf 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.....  KaRa Activ





Kareema's Keep Fit Column




Q: Dear Kareema, how often do we need to replace our running / exercise shoes and when buying a new pair, what are some of the things we need to look for?





A: To prevent injury, runners should be replaced around every six months (or after every 600 - 900km of use).


Remember this is an estimate and depends on how often you put them to use. A good idea is to have two pairs and alternate between the two (you tend to get more use out of them this way).

Try shopping for new runners in the afternoon or evening as your feet tend to accumulate fluid and swell throughout the day and you're more likely to get the right fit.

Select a shoe store with knowledgeable staff who can provide advice on the shoe that best suits your activity,
body structure and type of foot.

Running shoes are an investment in your health. Better quality shoes may cost more but will pay off in terms of support.

Most importantly, your running shoes must be comfortable. Shoes that doesn't fit properly, will affect your workout and won't do your knees or ankles any favours!





My Health and Fitness

Tel: 0404 844 786

(Accredited Member of Fitness Queensland)

Young people aged from 5 to 18 years need to be doing at least 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity each day for general health and wellbeing and to develop healthy bones, muscles and joints.

It's important to limit the time spent doing things such as playing computer games, surfing the internet or watching TV/DVDs. Set limits of a maximum of two hours each day for screen time - unless it's homework.

  Keep activity gear like bats, balls and frisbees handy at home.

  Find fun ways of being active as a family.

  Enjoy active outdoor play after school.

  Get involved in organised sports or other group activities.

  Walk or cycle to and from school.

  Challenge your parents to some active competition.

  Use your wheels to get around - skateboard, rollerblade or cycle.

  Check out the activities on offer at your local recreation centre.


Source: http://www.your30.qld.gov.au/




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 Oats

½ cup Nuts (walnuts or any other nuts)

½ cup Brown Sugar

1 cup Dried Apples, diced

1 cup Raisins

½ cup Pumpkin seeds

1/3 cup Sunflower seeds

2 tblsp Sesame seeds.


  1. Put all ingredients in a large bowl and toss well.

  2. Spread on a baking tray and roast for about 20 minutes in the oven on 130c.

  3. Eat with yoghurt or milk or just eat dry as a snack.


Source Radio Islam Newsletter - Thursday, 22 May 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 and his friend Jalalluddin set up camp one night in the Arabian desert.


Jalalluddin , after having a very bad dream, woke up to see the stars up above him.


He woke Mula Nasruddin and said to him, "What you think?"

Mula Nasruddin replies reassuringly, "Well, Jalalluddin, it's like this, God gives us miracles in life. Each day is a new beginning, just like every night there's a new star in the sky. What do you think?"

Jalalluddin looks at him, confused and says, "Brother Mula I think someone stole our tent."


The CCN Notice Board


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Sounds of Light 2008


Family Fund Raiser Dinner

Ladies Come and Try Program

Towards Common Ground

Yusuf Estes

Islam Exposed

Griffith University


ECCQ/QPS Cup 2008


World Refugee Day



The CCN Date Claimer






(Click on link)





8/9 June


QPS/ECCQ CUP (Multicultural Football Tournament)




QLD LIONS, Pine Rd, RICHLANDS 0438 114 619


14 June


IWAQ/ACCES Gala Nite for Women




Kimberley Park Hall, Rosalie St, Shailer Park 3272 6355

6.30pm til late

19 June


QPS/MUSLIM Reference Group Meeting


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


Annual Qur'an Recitation Competition

Islamic Council of Qld

Islamic College of Brisbane, 45 Acacia Rd, Karawatha

0433 354 786

9am to 2pm

27 June


Sounds Of Light 2008

Human Appeal International in affiliation with Hope For Happiness

Concert Hall, QPAC
South Bank

0405 230 305


5 July


Family Fund Raiser Dinner: AlNoor Mosque


Darra Mosque
219 Douglas Street, Oxley

0412 732031


16 July


Muslim Women Conference

Towards Common Ground

Government House – Paddington


9am to 4.30pm

22 August


IWAQ Client/Carer Dinner




Kuraby Special School 3272 6355


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.




Date: Every Monday, i.e. 26 May, 2 June, 9 June, 16 June, etc. (Recurring)

Day: Monday

Event: Weekly Learning Circle: Explanation of Riyad-us-Saliheen

(Link is http://www.sunnahinspirations.org/index.php?view=article&id=82)

Organizer: Sunnah Inspirations (www.SunnahInspirations.org)

Venue: University of Queensland, 323 Hawken Drive, St. Lucia

Contact: 0421 731 797 Time: 6.45pm to 7.45pm

Sunnah Inspirations is a non-profit organisation to cater for Muslim social support and supplying information to Muslims and non-Muslims.  They have been doing various activities around Australia, and have organised Da'wah information stalls at various universities in Brisbane.  More info can be found on their website above.


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