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


Sunday, 3 August 2008

 .Newsletter 0195


News you won't find on CNN!



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Zambia Regains an Aussie Limbada


Nadia, daughter of Ebrahim and Farida Limbada was married to Mohammed, son of Ebrahim and Fatima Limbada on Friday evening at a Nikah ceremony at the Mosque.


The reception was held at the Hilton Hotel last night.


Mohammed is a medical doctor with the United Nations and is based in Zambia where the Limbada family originates from. Nadia will be heading back to the Old Country at the end of the week.


The wedding cake (below) was the creation of two Faridas: the mother-of-the-bride, Farida Limbada and the aunt-of-the-bride, Farida Patel.


Brisbane's Taekwondo Clubs Excel at Queensland Selections


Rami's Thunder by Youcef Mesbah


Congratulations to the Rami's Thunder Taekwondo Club 2008 Queensland Selection team for the great performance on the 27th of July. Alhamulliah we preformed well with 10 gold medals, 10 silver, 1 bronze  and 1 unmatched player.

We also look forward to the Australia Open which runs from the 4th to the 6th of September 2008. There are approximately 12 players competing in this tournament.

Inshallah we will do well this year.


Rawlins by Haris Olomi


Rawlins does it again!. We took nine fighters to the State selection and 8 made the Queensland Team. One was too young to make the team as he is only six years old (you have to be 8 to make the team). But he did beat an 8 year old boy.




The rest of the team winners were:


Mustafaa Olomi Unmatched Gold

Jahan Olomi Unmatched Gold

Jacob White Gold

Zulaikha Deen Gold

Bial Deen Gold

Abdullah Houdchia Gold

Mousaab Houdchia Gold and Silver

Mohammed Deen Silver

Khaaled Olomi Gold and too young to make the team.

Six of the team members will be competing at the Nationals in Sydney on the 5th and 6th of September and hopefully we will be coming home with more gold. Good luck to them all!

The AMARAH Update

The AMARAH community forum scheduled for yesterday at the Garden City Library was cancelled and instead replaced by the Kuraby Tree Planting to be scheduled Saturday 16th August from 8am-12pm.


This time the venue is the fields off Beenleigh Road, Kuraby, between the Beenleigh & Warrigal Road intersection and the Gateway fly-over that crosses Beenleigh Road at Kuraby (Refidex page 221 F10)

AMARAH is encouraging all its members and friends to participate in this great community initiative to do your bit to help the environment. It is also a great way to give back to our local community and receive many baraakat (blessings) for it.


As they did at the last tree planting day at the Wally Tate Park, the Crescents of Brisbane Team will be preparing the sausage sizzle.

Inshallah we will see you all there on Saturday 16th August at 8 am.


We will continue our community forums after Ramadhan and Eid Inshallah.

Also, we will be hosting two iftars during the month of Ramadhan for the homeless and disadvantaged held in West End.


The iftars will be held on Friday 5th September and 19th September at St Andrew's Anglican Church, West End. AMARAH has decided to take a different angle on iftars and is providing food for the homeless and disadvantaged around the West End area. All of the guests will be non-Muslim as we know that the mosques provide iftars for Muslims in need.

If anyone wishes to donate, please have them call me on 0422 349 786 or email at info@amarah.org. Any amount will help inshallah.


Nora Amath

Managing Director: AMARAH


From the IWAQ Desk


Following the huge success of the 2007 Ramadan Hamper Drive, IWAQ is starting collection of non perishable goods for distribution from the 17 August.


Non perishable goods include: Flour, sugar, rice, pasta, (preferably 1kg or 2kg bags), cereal, honey, canned tomato, oil, etc, money for meat vouchers.


Please call IWAQ Office on 3272 6355 to arrange for drop off.


We are also inviting volunteers to help us pack the hampers. If you would like to volunteer please call the office on 3272 6355.


Please note that we cannot accept used clothing. However, if you would like to donate new clothing, blankets etc. then we are more than happy to distribute these as well.


Please ensure that all food items donated (biscuits etc) are halaal.


May Allah reward you manifold for your kindness.


Getting into the Swim of Things: Women of the Cloth

When they arrive at the Gold Coast's beautiful beaches, most tourists naturally want to take a dip.


But when you are a Muslim woman, from a culture that requires you cover up, it is a little more difficult.


That's where two local entrepreneurs, Sarah Blaubaum and Julia Dixon come in.


They have set up a program called "S Women" to encourage Muslim women into the water, and are now designing suitable swimwear.


It has been a long process of trial and error, looking at designs and fabrics available in Australia and overseas and seeking extensive input from Muslim women. One potentially suitable swimsuit found in Sydney cost more than an exorbitant $260.


Another suit from Malaysia seemed to fit the bill, until it fell apart after three washes. In most Muslim countries, women do not swim at all, or they swim in their clothes.


"We found out the cultures can be very different and some are a little more reserved," said Sarah. "So our design caters to the most extreme."


Due to be launched next month, the Muslim women's swimsuit includes bootleg pants, a long sleeved top and a head piece.


Apart from covering the body, a loose fit was also essential. So that ruled out conventional swimwear fabric such as lycra.


"The whole thing has not been as breezy as we would like," said Sarah.


Another curve ball came from Muslim girls saying they would like to go surfing.


So the swimsuit design had to be analysed to see if it could be used for active sports.


A student at Griffith University studying law and international relations, 22-year-old Sarah is a member of the Main Beach Surf Life Saving Club.


She has been involved in aquatic sports since moving to the Gold Coast ten years ago.


While on a stint teaching English in China, Sarah had noticed a great interest in the Aussie beach lifestyle, so on her return to Australia she set up a business, Aqua English, to involve English language learners in water sports and water safety.


The Muslim women's swimsuit idea was triggered while conducting Asian students through a 'Lifesavers for a Day' program.


Sarah was approached by visiting Muslim women asking where they could swim in private.


"I had a chat to the mosque and found out a lot of local women wanted to learn to swim," she said.


"They had children but their husbands take them swimming and they miss out on that bonding."


So the "S Women" program was born, at first using local swimming pools.


Source: Gold Coast Mail - Friday 1/8/2008



Child Imam



Ladies Lecture

Umm Abdullah al-Jibaly, the wife of Shaykh Muhammad Al-Jibaly who will be coming down to Brisbane this week for a lecture series, will be giving a lecture to the ladies on Friday 8th August between 1pm and 2pm in the "white house" alongside the Kuraby Mosque on Beenleigh Road.


All ladies are invited to attend. For more information contact Ms. Iman Amin on 0430 444 827.


Louvre draws a veil over artistic neglect with bold new Islamic wing

It is known as the Veil and is described by its architects as a giant glass Muslim headscarf in the heart of Paris.

The former French president Jacques Chirac saw it as one way to avert a clash of civilisations in the run-up to the Iraq war. President Nicolas Sarkozy calls it the symbol of France's friendship with the Arab world.

The Louvre's bold new Islamic art wing had its first stone laid by Sarkozy yesterday , launching the museum's most daring project since IM Pei created the giant glass pyramid 20 years ago.

The world's most visited museum will have Europe's biggest purpose-built exhibition space for an Islamic art collection, which France hopes will reconcile the secular republic with the world of Islamic heritage.

The €86m (£68m) project will open in 2010, creating 3,000 square metres of gallery space in one of the museum's neo-classical courtyards. Rather than cover the courtyard, a glass "luminous veil" will "float" above the ground, covering two floors. The Italian architect Mario Bellini yesterday described the undulating roof as "a headscarf blown in by the wind".

It was a pertinent image, coming soon after French citizenship was denied to a resident Moroccan woman who wears a veil. France has outlawed the headscarf and other religious symbols in public schools and yesterday Fadela Amara, a Muslim and feminist junior minister, criticised all form of veils.

The project's other architect, Rudy Ricciotti, said: "It is important for France, with a Muslim population of 5 million, to create something that speaks directly to the presence of Muslims in this country. This is a political museum in the noble sense of the term, in that the secular republic recognises all its people."

The Louvre, which registered a record 8.3 million visitors last year, boasts one of the world's most comprehensive Islamic art collections. More than 10,000 pieces range from the 7th to 19th century, featuring glasswork and ceramics, Ottoman empire art and one of the world's most important collections of carpets.

Yet most of the Islamic works have been in storage for more than 20 years, never afforded the same prominence as western exhibits. In 2003, when Chirac was setting France apart in the debate over the war in Iraq, he ordered the opening of an Islamic art department and the planning of a wing to do it justice.

Sarkozy used a speech at the Louvre to position France at the heart of geopolitics. "France wants peace, it does not want a clash of civilisations between east and west," he said.

He was accompanied by the Saudi prince Al-Waleed bin Talal, whose €17m contribution to the project is one of the biggest private cultural donations made in France. The prince, a francophile, is a major shareholder in Disneyland Paris and owns Paris's exclusive George V hotel.

Sophie Makariou, head curator of the Louvre's Islamic art department, said: "Islamic exhibitions have always been a huge success with the public."

Asked about the funding from Saudi Arabia, where the Wahabi hardline interpretation of Islam has often been blamed for the destruction of artistic and religious heritage, she said: "We have to move away from fixed ideas. In 2006, we took a show of 136 works to Saudi Arabia. There were 400,000 visitors in two months."


The Louvre's new Islamic wing is part of the museum's development as a major global art brand. France has cemented a 30-year deal to create a Louvre museum on an island off Abu Dhabi in 2012. Abu Dhabi will pay €400m (£300m) for the Louvre brand name and for hundreds of loaned works, shown in a building by the architect Jean Nouvel. Meanwhile, Paris wants to cement its position as a European capital of Arab and Islamic culture. François Mitterrand's "grand project", L'Institut du Monde Arabe (the Arab World Institute) attracts a million visitors a year and is reorganising after financial difficulties. Its funding is shared between France and the 22 Arab league countries, some of whom have been accused of being late in their payments.



Source: http://www.guardian.co.uk/artanddesign/2008/jul/17/art.france



A CCN Musical Interlude


Outlandish & Sami Yusuf "Try not to cry" 4 Children of Adam



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`Around the Muslim World with CCN


South African Muslim Women Can Inherit

Fatima Gabie Hassam chuckled with joy after a court ruling granting her the right to claim part of her husband's estate.

"I'm celebrating on Madiba's birthday," Hassam told South Africa's The Times on Sunday, July 20, referring to former South African president Nelson Mandela.

"I'm the happiest woman in the whole wide world."

Hassam, a mother of four, won a court ruling to amend legislation to allow widowed Muslim women to claim part of their husbands' estate.

Hassam's husband died in 2001, leaving her penniless and without any right to his estate.

The husband had taken a second wife before his death.

After the husband's death, authorities sought to evict the 61-year-old from her tiny two-bedroom home in Cape Town.

"When my husband died, I didn't get anything," said the soft-spoken woman.

"And then they wanted to take the roof from over my head. I lived in that house with my husband for 36 years of marriage."

Polygamy is not recognized under South African law.

Read the rest......


Islam to become Russia’s predominant religion by 2050?


PRAVDA: Islam is likely to become the primary religion in the Russian Federation by 2050 due to the high birth rate in Muslim republics.

The current Chinese-led conquest of Russia’s Far East already seems to be a matter of immediate concern for the Kremlin. The ethnic birth rate disproportion in different regions of the country is another problem. The Muslim community may become the largest community by the middle of the current century. Therefore, Islam has all chances to become the predominant religion in Russia.

Ukrainian scientists of politics, Valery Chaliy and Mikhail Pashkov, believe that this is not the only challenge, which Russia has to face nowadays.

Read the rest......



First Muslim country singer in America performs in Rome


America's first Muslim country music singer performed in Italy for the first time on Sunday as part of a United States Embassy co-sponsored European tour.

Kareem Salama, born and raised in Ponca City, Oklahoma in the southern US, is the son of Egyptian immigrants. He began to get into country music while studying in graduate school.

He performed in front of a mostly Italian crowd at the Villa Celimontana Jazz Festival held in Rome. His songs were well received by everyone, who energetically clapped after every song.

"People in Europe have strong stereotypes about what country music is," said Salama in an interview. He speaks Arabic and English.

In his songs, he draws on elements of Rock, Pop, Country and Folk music, as well as Islamic themes, Sufism, poetry and issues ranging from chivalry and nobility to war.

Kareem Salama, whose name means 'Generous well-being', performed for 90 minutes and performed his most famous hits. The songs included 'Baby, I'm a soldier' which recounts the face-to-face encounter between an Iraqi and an American soldier who end up killing each other on the battlefield.

In 2006, he wrote a song called 'Prayers at night' in order to draw attention to the war that year between Israel and Lebanon.

Read the rest......



Islam Bullish In a Bear Market


The Amana funds, invested according to Sharia, have more than doubled since 2003, to $1.3 billion.

The big winners in faith funds (if you can be so crass) are the Islamic funds.


They screen out "sin stocks"—and producers of pork products.


The profitable difference is riba, or interest.


The Qur'an strictly prohibits the borrowing or lending of money at interest: "Whatever you give as riba so that it might bring increase through the wealth of other people will bring you no increase with Allah," it says.


Because of this prohibition, Islamic mutual funds, like those in the Amana group, don't invest in financial-services companies: they escaped the subprime mortgage debacle altogether.


Most energy companies, however, are fine.


"We don't consider ourselves an environmental or socially responsible fund," says Monem Salam, Amana's director of Islamic investing.


"Energy was a big part of our growth."


Over the past year, the Amana funds outperformed the market; their assets have more than doubled from $400 million in 2003 to $1.3 billion this year.


Five years ago, most of Amana's investors were American Muslims, Salam adds. Now, he guesses, 80 percent of new investors are non-Muslims.

Read the rest......



Italy: Police guard makeshift Milan mosque for Friday prayers  


Milan, 18 July (AKI) - Police were deployed on Friday at a disused Milan cycle stadium after a small crowd gathered to protest its use as a makeshift mosque by Muslims forced to abandon their previous place of worship in the city centre.

Organisers said they expected up to 5,000 Muslims to attend Friday prayers in a disused velodrome after they were evicted from a converted garage in Milan's central viale Jenner.

Several dozen protesters, including far-right political leader, Daniela Santanche, gathered near the Vigorelli Velodrome.

"We are here to prevent a symbol of Milanese sport from being transformed into a mosque," Santanche, who leads the opposition party, The Right.

Earlier this month, Italy's centre-right government ordered the closure of the so-called Jenner mosque, which has been linked several times to Islamist terrorism.

Read the rest......


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


This week




The Jihad Seminar
by Hanifa Deen 

Freedom of speech versus freedom from religious vilification is under the spotlight


In March 2002, three Muslim converts attend an Evangelical Christian talk on the inner secrets of ‘Holy Jihad’. Shocked by what they hear, they convince the Islamic Council of Victoria to lodge a complaint against Catch the Fire Ministries Inc, under a controversial new hate speech law.


A case expected to be over in three days turns into an unholy war of words lasting five long years – freedom of speech versus freedom from religious vilification is under the spotlight. Neither side capitulates: Muslims and the interfaith lobby opposing Born-again activists and their Australian and overseas supporters.   


Award-winning author Hanifa Deen follows this case from beginning to end, witnessing the religious impulse at its best – and worst.


Her very human account focuses on the personalities and motives of the two religious tribes – Muslims and Born-again Christians. Real people – on both sides of the courtroom – express their pain and their innocence at a hearing that turns into a nightmare.


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 Aktiv



Kareema's Keep Fit Column



Q: Dear Kareema, I did your pump class the other day and you mentioned a few times that we have to feel the burn to achieve results. I don't always get to do the classes so how will light weight sessions affect my progress?







A: The intensity and feeling of the burn are key to exercise results.


If you don't have time or cannot make it to classes, light weight sessions with dumbbells will be ideal for you - simply do more repetitions (you will end up feeling the burn)!


Remember though that high intensity workouts are best for quicker results, so try to get to the gym whenever possible.


It is more important to match your training regime to your needs as you'll tend to exercise more often and get the best long term results.


Staying consistent with your workouts will help with your progress too.






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.


KB's Culinary Corner



Delicious Bhajias

(like your mother used to make them)  


1 cup chicken fillet cut into small squares
3 tablespoon taystee wheat/Semolina
1 teaspoon ground dry dhannia
1 teaspoon ground dry jeero
½ teaspoon baking powder
1 egg (beaten)
1/2 tsp green chillies
1 tsp ground garlic
1 tsp salt to taste



Marinade meat with all ingredients except egg and baking powder. Leave overnight. Before frying add baking powder and beaten egg and mix well. Deep fry in hot oil.



Do you have a recipe to share with CCN readers?
Send in your favourite recipe to ccn@crescentsofbrisbane.org and be our "guest chef" for the week.


The CCN Chuckle



In a murder trial, the defense attorney was cross-examining our Mula Nasruddin the coroner:

Attorney: Before you signed the death certificate, had you taken the pulse?

Mula Nasruddin: No.

Attorney: Did you listen to the heart?

Mula Nasruddin: No.

Attorney: Did you check for breathing?

Mula Nasruddin: No.

Attorney: So, when you signed the death certificate, you weren't sure the man was dead, were you?

Mula Nasruddin: Well, let me put it this way. The man's brain was sitting in a jar on my desk. But I guess it's possible he could be out there practicing law somewhere. 


The Notice Board


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Jalsah for Tajweed Course

 Sheikh al-Jibaly Tour

Annual College Fete

Marriage Toolbox

IWAQ Annual Ladies Night 2008

Tree Planting

PLEASE NOTE:  Date change to 16 August

 Brisbane Islamic Soccer

 Gardens of the Righteous


The CCN Date Claimer






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7 & 8 August

Thursday & Friday

Sheikh al-Jibaly Lectures


Discover Islam

Lutwyche Mosque (7th)

Gold Coast Mosque (8th)




10 August


Annual College Fete



724 Blunder Rd, DURACKl 3372 1400


22 August


IWAQ Client/Carer Dinner




Kuraby Special School 3272 6355


23 August


Adult Quran Tajweed Course Jalsah


Kuraby Mosue


Kurabu Mosque 0431 672 263

after Isha

30 August


Holland Park Mosque Centenary Celebrations

Holland Park Mosque Organizing 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

A Jas & Susan Production for IWAQ

Greek Orthodox Hall, Creek Road

0404 433 702

6.30pm til late

25 October


Crescents 'Pink Ribbon Breakfast'

Crescents of Brisbane


0404 296 297

10am to 1pm

7-10 November

Friday to Monday

The Muslim Marriage Toolbox with Dr. Mohammed Sadiq



3272 6355


8/9 December




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





This week taleem for ladies will be held on Thursday at the home of Sharifa Gutta at 31 Stiller Drive Kuraby at 11am-12pm


Every Monday

Event: Weekly Learning Circle:

More Details: 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

Every Friday

Subject: Fiqh Made Easy

More Details: http://www.sunnahinspirations.org/index.php?view=article&id=87

Organizer: Sunnah Inspirations (www.SunnahInspirations.org)

Venue: Room S201, University of Queensland, 323 Hawken Drive, St. Lucia

Contact: 0421 731 797 Time: 6.45pm to 9.00pm


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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