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Sunday, 22 June 2008

 .Newsletter 0189


News you won't find on CNN!



This week's CCN is kindly sponsored by

RM Designs


Anver notches up his third bronze


Anver and wife Bilkish sporting that 'other Crescents' clobber



Dr. Anver Omar completed the 90km South African Comrades Marathon run from Durban to Pietermaritzburg last Sunday in a time of 10 hrs. 12mins.


Anver came ahead of some 7500 runners in a field of 11000.


Congratulations Anver! Our thoughts were with you all the way up Polly Shorts.






Taleem Time


Ladies Taleem on Thursday morning 11-12 the 26 of June at Sharifa Gutta’s house: 31 Stiller Drive, Kuraby


Private school sends strugglers to TAFE


YEAR 12 students at a private school in Sydney are forced to complete HSC subjects at TAFE if it appears they will not score high marks.

Malek Fahd Islamic School, in Greenacre, joined the top 10 HSC performers in the Herald's league table for the first time last year, ranking ninth - a jump from 15th position the previous year.

Malek Fahd students, who pay fees to attend the school, make up close to half the free HSC chemistry class at Bankstown TAFE this year.

Ken Enderby, who co-ordinates the Bankstown TAFE HSC program, said in recent years students had told him they had to take HSC subjects at TAFE because they could not sit them at Malek Fahd. He said one Malek Fahd student who was asked to leave the school achieved a lowest score of 60 per cent and a highest score of 72 per cent at TAFE.

"I have had parents in tears because their children have not been allowed to sit subjects at the school," he said.

"I'm happy to have those kids here. These are very good students - well behaved and a pleasure to teach."

Read the rest.......



It's all Wins for Rawlins


Rawlins Taekwondo took first position again at the Caboolture Open on the 15 June. There went with six entrants and came home with 7 Gold medal. The team also took part in the pattern (poomse) for the first time won their first medal, a Silver.

The medalists were:
Mustafaa Olomi Gold X 2; Jacob White Gold X 1; Jahan Olomi Gold X 1; Zulaikha Deen Gold X 1; Khaaled Olomi Gold X 1; Mousaab Houadchia Gold X 1; Mousaab Houadchia Silver X 1

The next event is in Korea next month and the local competition is on 27 July at the Entertainment Centre for the Queensland selection.

"Anyone who wants to join our winning team of champions should please ring me on 0402716707," coach Haris Olomi told CCN.

From the CCN Cradle


Md. R. Rezwan  and Sadia Shahnaz Rahimullah are the proud parents of baby Ameer Muhammad who was born a fortnight ago at the Mater Mothers Hospital.


Little Ameer has a sister, Rinaaz aged 2 and half years.


Congratulations from CCN!


Open doors and arms


THE Islamic community opened the doors to the Arundel mosque last week and invited the public in to dispel fears about the Muslim faith and to help build relations with the city.


"People have fears and misconceptions so it's important we have an open day," said Imam Imraan Hussein.


"We wanted to give the community a feel that we're just like them, our kids play around and we're just like normal Australians.


"We have the same fears that conservative Christian families have and we're dealing with the same problems.


"We have an open-door policy throughout the year but tonight it's a little more official and an excuse for people to come along.


"Until there is dialogue and interaction, people live with their fear."


Guests enjoyed a meal with the Coast's Islamic community before hearing from guest speaker Yusuf Estes.


Mr Hussein was pleased with the turnout and said most people would be surprised to learn the mosque is made of a diverse cross-section of the community.


"We've got people from all the different backgrounds and different cultures," he said.


The community open night came after a proposal to build the Gold Coast's first Islamic school suffered setbacks when vandals defaced a nearby Christian church with Muslim slogans.


The slogans, such as `Allah Rules' and `Death will come to you', were written on walls at the Community Dream Centre Church on the corner of Nerang-Broadbeach and Chisholm Roads in Carrara which is in the same street as the proposed Islamic school.


Mr I Hussein condemned the attacks. "It was a very foolish thing to do. We won't tolerate it," he said.


"I don't think any of our community here would do such a thing, we need to establish who did. We have an idea who it was and that person has been banned from the mosque.


"He was a revert, he just came here from nowhere for one month and in that time there were some arguments and radical ideas and we told him he wasn't allowed here."


The Brisbane-based Australian International Islamic College applied to the council in April for permission to develop a Muslim school at 19 Chisholm Road, Carrara, but already a dozen objections have been lodged even though the plan has not been advertised as part of the planning process.

Source: Weekend Gold Coast Bulletin Saturday 14/6/08


Why Bush Gave Up Golf

They Came, they Tried and some (if not all) were Converted 

by Kareema Benjamin



It has been my absolute pleasure to be part of the 'Muslim Ladies Come and Try' program, a pioneering program specifically targeted towards Muslim women in Brisbane. The program was funded by Communify (Jill Duffield) and supported by Brisbane City Council (Michelle Lindley).

The program brought together organisations such as Brisbane Outrigger, Brisbane River Dragons, Queensland Canoeing, Muslim Youth Services, Jazzercise® and My Health and Fitness in assembling a number of fun and active programs all across Brisbane. There were 5 activities in total namely Jazzercise®, Outrigging, Dragon Boating, Canoeing and of course 'Bootcamp'. The ladies who participated in the program were very appreciative of the opportunity afforded to them and were keen to attend each of the subsequent sessions.

The success of this program was a reflection of the support and encouragement from people like Jill and Michelle, so thank you to both of you and your respective organisations, Communify and Brisbane City Council.

Aside from the odd complaint from ladies who never thought they would get to use some of the muscles worked during the water and other activities, everyone was very happy with both the social and physical side of all activities undertaken. If anything we formed a close knit group who looked forward to the 'next Saturday' just to catch up and experience something new!!

In conclusion, my greatest thanks to all the ladies in the Community who 'gave up their Saturday mornings' to come and have some fun with us!! I will keep you posted on future activities of a similar nature!

To Jill and her group of volunteers, and Michelle, on behalf of the rest of the TEAM (Shaima, Hazel and myself) it's been an amazing experience and we look forward to many more opportunities like these in the future. You have enabled us to gain some exposure to activities otherwise not typically associated with Muslim Women. THANK YOU


Gala Night to Honour Top Youth


On Friday night the Southern Star saluted its latest YoungStars.

Sixteen bi-monthly winners were in the running for the Star's sport, arts/education and community involvement awards.

Before a sell-out audience at the Sebel and Citigate in Brisbane Star's winners and the overall Quest Community Newspapers winners for 2007-2008 were announced.

The finalists range from national and international sportsmen to recording musicians, lifesavers, environmental campaigners and top academic achievers.

They were among 1000 nominations received over the past year.

"Every year we marvel at the achievements of our YoungStars, who keep setting new standards for these awards,'' YoungStar co-ordinator Nick Crockford said.

The awards are run by Quest and McDonald's to recognise the achievements of those aged eight to 18 in the circulation areas of 15 community newspapers.

One of the the Star's finalists in the Arts/education section was Ms. Yassmin Abdel-Magied.

At the Movies with CCN: The Band's Visit


Unfolding as a sly, wry comedy, with overt politics only in the background, Kolirin's feature is about an Egyptian police band that gets stranded in Israel, exploring culture clash and miscommunication, while using the familiar premise of "fish out of water."

The Alexandria Ceremonial Police Orchestra, a small Egyptian band, arrives in Israel as part of a larger mission, a cultural goodwill exchange--they are to play at the opening of an Arab Cultural Center. Dressed in full regalia and observing all military police protocol, the members of the orchestra are at a pivotal time in their careers. It’s not just the political nature of an Arab military police band playing traditional Arab music in Israel that makes this event so important; budget cuts and many reorganizations have threatened the continued existence of the Orchestra.

Full Review: http://www.emanuellevy.com/article.php?articleID=6979


View Trailer



"A heartfelt, wry and decidedly spry film."
Will Lawrence, EMPIRE

"Something marvelous happens as the filmmaker, in his first feature, expertly metes out small scenes of communication between people taught, for generations, to be wary of one another: This Band swings with the rhythms of hope."

"Both sweet-natured and sharply pointed, a film whose poignant, emotional effects and subtle acting sneak up on you."


Source: http://www.palacecinemas.com.au/frameset.asp?s=3


Special Advance Screenings this weekend at Palace Centro

Around the Muslim World with CCN


Barack Obama says sorry over scarfs

Sen. Barack Obama extended his personal apologies Thursday to two Muslim women who were nixed from sitting behind him at a Michigan event because they wore head scarfs.

Campaign volunteers barred Hebba Aref and Shimaa Abdelfadeel (left) from appearing behind Obama at a Detroit rally because they feared the women's traditional head coverings would create a negative impression of the candidate on national TV.

The Democratic White House hopeful spoke with Abdelfadeel directly and left Aref a voicemail. "I spoke with Ms. Abdelfadeel, and expressed my deepest apologies for the incident that occurred," Obama said in a statement.

Obama, a Christian, has been the subject of rumors that he is a Muslim. The presidential candidate said the volunteers' actions "were unacceptable and in no way reflect any policy of my campaign. I take deepest offense to and will continue to fight against discrimination against people of any religious group or background."

Dawud Walid of the Council on American-Islamic Relations said the calls were a good move. "We welcome the senator's personal apology, and we hope that he continues to address bigotry wherever he sees it," he said.

Source: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/2008/06/19/2008-06-19_baracks_obama_says_sorry_over_scarfs.html


Related articles:


Barack Obama campaign apologizes to Muslim woman, but she still wants seat behind podium

Do Not Look Muslim Next to Non-Muslim Barack Obama


Police stop Saudi woman flouting driving ban


Saudi police have detained a woman for violating rules banning women from driving in the conservative Muslim country, a newspaper said.

The woman from Buraida, north of Riyadh, was stopped by a police patrol after driving 10 kilometres to collect her husband, al-Hayat newspaper said.

The woman's "legal guardian" - her husband - was required to sign a declaration that he would not allow her to drive again, it said. It was not immediately clear if she was released or would face legal action.

Saudi Arabia is the only country in the world that forbids women from driving on the basis of fatwas, or religious opinions, from clerics who say it is un-Islamic.

Saudi media has reported a number of cases over the past year where women flouted the ban, which some civil rights activists have begun lobbying the government publicly to lift.

Source: http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2008/06/16/2275232.htm


Little Mosque on the Prairie: Season 2 Episode 15


Wheat Week

Part 1




Part 2




Part 3




The CCN Centre Link



Health Services Recruitment

Starting West Moreton South Burnett Health often has a range of positions available in a number of work areas including: administration (reception, administration project officer), operational (ward staff, cleaning, food preparation, gardening, etc) as well as nursing, medical and allied health (social work, physiotherapy, nutritionists, occupational therapy, etc). These positions work in one of our many facilities which include hospitals, community health services, mental health or oral health services.

West Moreton South Burnett Health in partnership with ACCES Services Inc is running a free workshop for REFUGEES AND MIGRANTS on Employment opportunities in Health and recruitment and application processes. The session will cover topics such as:
• types of jobs that are available
• where to find information on current vacancies
• writing an application and
• preparing and doing well at interview
The Workshop will be held on Friday the 25th June from 10.00am - 4.00pm at ACCES located at 92 Carmody Street, Woodridge.

Please note numbers will be limited to 20 people so you will need to register your place as soon as possible by calling Abdullah on the numbers/email address below & attached.

This will be a very practical workshop and will benefit anyone looking at their employment options and/or considering or in the process of applying for a position in any of the above mentioned work areas. Presenters include: Desmond Suttle, Workforce Project Officer and Linda Henniker, WMSBHSD Multicultural Health Coordinator. .

If you have not already provided us with a copy of your resume or if you have updated your resume, please also forward a copy to me by the 18th June.

Please note this workshop will focus on jobs that are available within West Moreton South Burnett Health, however the information will be relevant to anyone wanting to learn more about local (& Australian) recruitment processes.

More information.

Abdullah Ibrahim
ACCES Services INC
Mobile: 0411 224 407
Email: abdullahi@asi.org.au

Logan City Council vacancies


Bilingual / Multilingual Customer Service Adviser (several positions)
Centrelink offices at Inala and Woodridge

Application Pack



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


This week

A CCN Reader 

recommends Superstar India: From Incredible to Unstoppable by Shobhaa Dé

‘This is a story about India. My India. It is a very personal story. You see, I’m exactly as old as India is.’

It all began when, viewing the breathless preparations for independent India’s 60th birthday celebrations--and poised then on her own sixth decade—Shobhaa Dé was struck by the thought: ‘Surely my life has taken the same trajectory as the country’s?’ In an intimate confession to her readers, she answers that question, and many more: Does India really deserve to congratulate itself? Has it lived up to the early promises it made to its people? Does the author believe in India herself?

Surveying the many images of the country, Dé points out that for every truism about India the opposite is also true: India as the land of the meek; India as inheritor of the earth; India gherao-ed by distinctly unfriendly neighbours; Indians fleeing to jobs in the West and then racing right back to a better life; Indians who ape their erstwhile colonizers and yet cling irrationally to tradition.

In a departure from anything else she has written, Shobhaa Dé lasers in on Indian people and their place in the larger human society, pointing out her country’s historical failings and equally historical glories. Admitting to our knee-jerk reactions to much of what is happening at home and in the world, Dé reasons, nevertheless, that the nation has earned superstar status, and with humorous argumentativeness, she convinces the reader that India is not about to lose its glow.


Source of review

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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.....  RM Designs



Kareema's Keep Fit Column




Q: Dear Kareema, like many out there I have a very stressful job and lead a hectic lifestyle. Although I run most mornings, I've been advised to do a bit more exercise. What do you suggest?



A: There is nothing quite like boxing to release stress.


It's also great for all over body strength and core stability - your arms, legs, abs, everything gets a great workout!


Depending on how hard you work, you could burn around 2000kj an hour.


It's a great cardio workout, so be prepared to puff and sweat!

Remember great posture and technique reduces the risk of injury and means you can work harder for longer.


Vary your workouts, you are sure to find other exercises that suits you too as far as de-stressing is concerned.




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



Kedgeree (or occasionally kitcherie, kitchari or kitchiri) is a dish consisting of flaked fish (usually smoked haddock), boiled rice, eggs and butter. It originated amongst the British colonials in India hence was introduced to the United Kingdom as a popular breakfast dish in Victorian times, part of the then fashionable Anglo-Indian cuisine. During that time, fish was often served for colonial breakfasts so that fish caught in the early morning could be eaten while it was still fresh. It is rarely eaten for breakfast now, but is still a popular dish. (Wikipedia)



400g smoked haddock or cod
1 cup milk
6 black peppercorns
1 bay leaf
4 eggs
30g butter
1 Tbsp vegetable oil
1 onion, finely chopped
1 Tbsp curry powder
1 cup basmati rice
2 cups chicken stock
1/2 cup cream
1/2 bunch parsley, finely chopped
1 lemon, cut in half




Tasty basmati rice is used as the base for his much loved dish. 

1 Put fish in a medium heavy-based pan. Pour over the milk, then add peppercorns and bay leaf. Bring to a simmer and cook, covered, for 15 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat and stand until lukewarm. Remove the fish from the milk and discard milk. Remove skin and bones from fish. Break flesh into flakes, and set aside.

2 Put the eggs in a medium heavy-based pan and cover with cold water. Bring to a simmer and simmer, uncovered, for 8-10 minutes. Put the pan in the sink and run cold water into the pan until the eggs are covered with water. Crack the shells on the side of the pan and leave to stand in the cold water for 5 minutes before peeling. Put the peeled hard-boiled eggs into a dish and set aside.

3 Heat the butter and oil in a medium heavy-based pan. When the butter is melted, add the onion and cook on a low heat for 2-3 minutes or until the onion is soft and golden. Add the curry powder, stir to combine and cook for 1 minute. Add the rice and cook, stirring, for 1-2 minutes. Pour in the stock and cream and stir to combine. Bring slowly to the boil, then reduce to a simmer. Cook, uncovered, for 10-12 minutes, or until all the liquid has evaporated and tunnels have formed in the rice. Cover and reduce to a very low heat. Cook for 12-15 minutes or until the rice is tender.

4 Add the prepared fish to the rice mix. Roughly chop the eggs and add to the rice with the parsley. Stir gently with a fork to combine. Add a good squeeze of lemon juice and serve immediately.


Source: http://au.lifestyle.yahoo.com/b/better-homes-gardens/7284/kedgeree



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


 A young man is wandering around the zoo looking at the animals.


He suddenly remembers about an appointment that he scheduled.


Unfortunately, he forgot his watch.


He searches for someone who could give him the time.

He sees Mula Nasruddin standing next to an elephant.


"Excuse me, sir," says the young man "Do you know what time it is?"

Mula Nasruddin reaches for the elephant's tail, and gives it a couple of gentle strokes.

"Mmmmm, it is about 3:00," Mula Nasruddin responds.

The young man looks at him in awe, "How did you know that?"


Mula Nasruddin looks back at the man, "I looked at the clock on the wall right behind you."

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Health Services Recruitment Workshop


World Refugee Day

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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

19 July


MBN Trivia Night

Muslim Business Network

Sacred Heart Hall, Nemies Rd, Runcorn

0422 191 675


22 August


IWAQ Client/Carer Dinner




Kuraby Special School 3272 6355


30 August


Holland Park Mosque Centenary Celebrations

Holland Park Mosque Management Committee

Holland Park Mosque

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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