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Sunday, 17 August 2008

 .Newsletter 0197


News you won't find on CNN!



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Perfect Planting Day


Mu'aadh makes his mark in mulch


Yesterday morning (Saturday), students and teachers of the Islamic College of Brisbane, members of the Kuraby Lions, the Islamic Women's Association of Queensland and Crescents of Brisbane helped plant hundreds of trees in the Kuraby Council easement at the corner of Beenleigh and Warrigal Roads.


Members of the Bulimba Catchment Creek Committee were on hand to help the youngsters with the finer points of planting supplying all the trees, the water-holding crystals and fertilizers. Crescents of Brisbane provided the sausage sizzle and the Kuraby Lions the refreshments.



Queensland Hosts ANIC AGM


The Australian National Imams Council (ANIC) held its Third Annual General Assembly meeting on Sunday the
10th of August 2008 at the Darra Mosque in Brisbane, Queensland.


Forty one Imams representing all the states of Australia including the Grand Mufti of Australia Imam Fehmi Naji El-Imam and guests from the Queensland police services, Department of Immigration and Citizenship and the Brisbane City Council attended the opening ceremony.

ANIC President, Imam Abdul Moez Nafti, said, “It’s gratifying to see many Imams from different backgrounds
working together under one umbrella for the best interest of the Muslim community and the wider Australian community. This is possible due to the relationship of trust among the member Imams and their willingness to work towards common aims and goals”.



The Mufti of Australia Imam Fehmi Naji El-Imam (pictured below right) opened the meeting, in his address the Mufti recalled the
humble beginnings of the first Australian Muslim community organizations. He described the establishment of the
Australian National Imams Council (ANIC) as “a great step towards fully realizing the aspirations of the Muslim
community of Australia”. He called upon the Imams to work together and to fulfill their duties as a sacred trust.

In his introductory address Dr. Mohammed Abdalla from Griffith University’s Islamic research Unit (GIRU) said, “The Imams play a vital role in the shaping and making of the AusImam Fehmi Naji El-Imamtralian Muslim Community, sustaining social inclusion policies and keeping multi-culturalism strong. The Imams not only lead prayers at mosques, but also teach their communities how to relate the teachings of Islam to the Australian context”.


He also pointed out that there are 27 English speaking Imams in the Council of Imams of Queensland (CIQ) representing diverse ethnic communities.

Guest speaker, Commissioner of Queensland Police Mr. Bob Atkinson (APM), stated that “Queensland Police
have maintained an excellent relationship with the Muslim community in Queensland”. He congratulated the Imams
council for its leadership and said, “We are very grateful to the leaders of the Islamic community for their courage and leadership”.


Mr. Garry Page, Executive Director of Multicultural Affairs Queensland and Inspector John Fox also addressed the opening ceremony.

ANIC Executive Committee congratulated the Council of Imams of Queensland (CIQ) for organizing this year’s
General assembly so well.









The General Assembly elected a 15 member executive committee for a two year term which includes the following office bearing positions:











o President : Imam Abdul Moez Nafti (NSW)
o Vice President : Imam Imraan Husain (QLD)
o Secretary : Imam Shady Alsuleiman (NSW)
o Assistant Secretary : Imam Burhaan Mehtar (WA)
o Treasurer : Imam Yusuf Peer (QLD)
o Assistant Treasurer : Imam Mahmoud Omraan (WA)
o Media and Public Relations Officer : Imam Mohamad Nawaz (VIC)
o Executive Committee Members :

Imam Naeim Habib (NSW)

Imam Amjad Iqbal (NSW)
Imam Abdulazim Afifi (VIC)
Imam Saeed Shah (VIC)
Imam Sabri Samson (TAS)
Imam Mohammad Swaiti (ACT)
Imam Amin Abou Samaha (SA)
Imam Adam Konda (NT)

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Tennis Ace in the Making






Zia Sabdia (12), son of Rafik and Saadia Sabdia, succeeded in becoming the Number Two tennis player in the Metropolitan East State School Division.


One of 54 boys under 12 invited to try out for the Queensland State Team, Zia attended a six day tournament held at Longreach, Queensland.


This was Zia's first try out in this competition and, despite the clay surface not being his favourite, achieved a State ranking of 26 for his age group and even scored a win against the player ranked 10 in the State of Queensland.


However, only 7 boys were chosen for the State Squad and Zia just missed out this time.


Well done Zia! We'll be keeping a keen interest on your progress over the years to come.

Interesting Islam!


Ms. Nora Amath was invited to give a group of students at the St Peters Lutheran College in Springfield a talk on Islam.


The following is the report that the students submitted to their teacher describing what they had learnt:


Interesting Islam!

St Peters Lutheran College – Springfield Year 8 World Religions Unit

This term, the Year 8s at St Peters Lutheran College – Springfield have been researching different world religions. As a part of our integrated SOSE and Christian Studies Units, we studied both the gods of ancient Egypt and one of the predominant religions of modern Egypt – Islam.

On Tuesday, 29 July, we were privileged to have a guest speaker called Nora Amath talk to us about Islam. She is the Managing Director of the Australian Muslim Advocates for the Rights of All Humanity (AMARAH). Apart from this, Nora’s day occupation is the Electorate Officer for the Member of Stretton, Mr Stephen Robertson, who is also the Minister of Health for Queensland.

Nora spoke about the beliefs of Islam and the ways in which Muslims worship. In addition, she talked to us about how Islam is a way of living – it is integrated with every part of a Muslim’s life. She explained that in some Islamic countries, the religion also impacts on law and economics.

The information that Nora provided was very interesting and was helpful in the lead up to our assessment. It was enjoyable and educational to learn about another world religion. Through Nora’s speech and our studies, the Year 8s have developed a greater understanding, appreciation and tolerance of Islam.

By Sophie Moir and Shaelyn Downing

Year 8 students


Medicine and Muslims: The Road Ahead





Sunnah Inspirations has launched the "New Muslims Support Group" to cater for the needs of new Muslims in Australia.







This is a three-part course for new Muslims, covering the following:

1) Introduction to Ramadan & Fasting
Sunday, 31 August, 11am to 2pm

2) Learning & Appreciating the Prayer
Sunday, 7 September, 11am to 2pm

3) Internal Happiness through Islamic Beliefs
Sunday, 14 September, 11am to 2pm

The venue is:
Building 1, Room E303
University of Queensland
St. Lucia

Medicine and Muslims: The Road Ahead


Khalid Baig



  Rise of Medicine in the West

  Western Medicine in Muslim Countries

  Differences Between Islamic Medicine and Western Medicine

  The Road Ahead


Read the full transcript.


Who's Omar?




MYServices recently tracked down Youth Parliamentarian Member for Springwood, Omar Issadeen, to find out what makes this young leader tick.






MYServices: Thanks for agreeing to be interviewed, please start by telling us a little about yourself.


Omar: I was born in Botswana next to South Africa, lived there most of my life and both my parents are from Sri Lanka. I’m in QUT doing a degree in Civil Engineering which insha’Allah I will be completing next year. I’m a sports fanatic and strongly promote it, as Muslims we don’t go to the pub or club, so sports are a great way to unwind. I might be an Aussie but still love Chilli-lankan food, which as you guessed is SPICY! Seafood is yum, especially lobster!


Alhamdulillah I’ve had the opportunity to travel to Europe, America, Middle East and parts of Asia - it’s a great way to have an open mind and learn tolerance, especially Hajj!! e-bay is a recent hobby, and being with family,  is the best company ever!


MYServices: What would you consider as your most significant achievements to date?


Omar: All achievements are from Allah and I was blessed to memorise the Quran and turn away from a teen period that I’d rather not have memories of. Not to expose myself I mention this but rather to inspire others who are still stuck deep. Take the first step away and your next will be into heaven insha'Allah.


MYServices: What is a little-known, random fact about you?


Omar: I still can’t type without looking at the keyboard!


MYServices: Why and how did you decide to get involved with YMCA Youth Parliament? What does your role as a Youth Member for Springwood entail?


Omar: I was forwarded an email from Shaima Khan (who behind the scenes is doing a lot! May Allah reward her!) encouraging Muslim youth to apply for Youth Parliament. I looked up the Youth Parliament website and filled out the entry form and was accepted some weeks later. As Youth MP for Springwood, I stand and speak for the youth there. This I did at Parliament House in Brisbane, whilst debating against the Government on immigration and the media.


MYServices: What does ‘being a leader’ mean to you? Who is one Muslim leader in our Brisbane community that you admire, and why?


Omar: A leader is someone people recognise for his or her virtue. Leaders are not those who spend hundreds of millions of dollars so others think they are virtuous. I admire Dr Mohammad Abdalla, he has been a source of inspiration for me. He not only fits the description above but has helped bridge the gap of misunderstanding of Muslims created by the media.


MYServices: What is your lifelong dream/s?


Omar: Ultimately to enter Jannah with all the Muslims insha’Allah, but would love to own a Ariel Atom 500 sports car, have heaps of kids and insha’Allah to be the best representative of Islam possible.


MYServices: Pineapple or French fries?


Omar: Sri Lankan pineapple.


MYServices:  If you had a magic wand, nothing was a problem, what are the two things you would do for/about young Muslims in Brisbane? Or for the community?


Omar: Firstly I’d like to see all the young Muslims submit wholeheartedly to Allah and be granted the honour and courage that was bestowed to the Sahabah RA. Secondly, I’d like to see laziness and obesity disappear.


MYServices: You are about to be left stranded on a deserted island for a long period of time, and only allowed to take three items that already belong to you. What would they be?


Omar: My car, for exploring and lodging. My wife, whoever she might be. My phone, to get back home when I’m ready.


MYServices: Tell us a short inspirational story or quote that means a lot to you or that you can relate to.


Omar: “People everywhere confuse what they read in newspapers with news.” ~ A. J. Liebling (1904 - 1963)      


MYServices: Thank you so much for your time, Omar. We hope you will continue to inspire Muslim youth to take advantage of the many leadership opportunities out there. All the best with your future endeavours!

`Around the Muslim World with CCN



Jury warned Muslim religion not on trial


A judge has warned a jury the Muslim religion is not on trial as they hear the case against a Sydney man accused of producing a Jihad instruction book.

Justice Megan Latham told the NSW Supreme Court jurors they should not jump to the conclusion Belal Saadallah Khazaal was guilty on the basis of his clothing, language or religion.

"The Muslim religion is not on trial here, ladies and gentlemen," she said on Monday, directing them to keep an open mind and to consider all the evidence.

Khazaal has pleaded not guilty to knowingly making a document connected with assistance in a terrorist act and to attempting to incite the commission of a terrorist act.


Indian Muslims on Haj promote global goodwill: Government 

New Delhi : The government has told the Supreme Court that Indian Muslims performing Haj promote international goodwill and understanding.

The government stated this in an affidavit to the bench of Justice R.V. Raveendran and Justice L.S. Panta, which Monday admitted for regular and elaborate hearing a lawsuit by former Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP Praful Goradia opposing the grant of subsidy to Haj pilgrims.

The lawsuit also questioned the constitutional validity of the law providing for budgetary allocation for annual financial assistance to Muslims performing the Haj.

The government defended the financial assistance to such pilgrims saying: "The Haj pilgrimage has certain foreign relations and foreign policy aspects. It is important to note that the Haj is taking place in a foreign country, Saudi Arabia, which is an Islamic country."

"India has one of the largest Muslim populations in the world, next only to Indonesia, and friendship and better relations within the comity of nations, including Arab countries, is an aspect of international relations and foreign policy," the government said.

"Taking into account various factors, which go into promoting better relations, the government has thought it fit that Muslim brothers from weaker sections too get the advantage of performing the Haj," said the government.

"Moreover, Indian Muslims performing the Haj promote international goodwill and understanding," it said in its affidavit.

Opposing Goradia's plea to scarp the Haj subsidy, the government said: "It is important to note that the amount of subsidy is allocated in the Union Budget. The court ought not interfere with budgetary allocation made by Parliament after due consideration of all relevant issues."

Read the rest......



Britain's first Sharia-compliant insurance firm launched

LONDON: Britain's first Sharia-compliant insurance company was launched Monday, offering motoring policies in line with the Islamic legal code.

Salaam Halal insurance uses Takaful principles, whereby the risk is spread between all policy holders. In contrast, conventional insurance policies shift the risk from the policy holder to the insurance firm.

People taking out a policy with Salaam Halal pay contributions into a pool, with that money then put into Sharia-compliant investments -- avoiding companies that are involved in alcohol or pay interest.

The central pool of funds is used to pay any claims that arise, and at the end of the year, if the pool is over-funded, the excess will be distributed back to policyholders through a discount on their next premium.

Read the rest......


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


This week




 Muslim Women And Sports in the Malay World: The Crossroads of Modernity And Faith


Wirdati Mohammad Radzi



Muslimah (Muslim women) have long been and continue to be an enigma not only outside of Muslim society but also within—despite the radical differences between these two perspectives. What Muslimah can (and cannot) do, and what they want (and do not want) remain topics of great interest and debate to Muslims and non-Muslims, women and men, as well as scholars and the general public alike.

One of the most controversial issues currently being discussed in Southeast Asian societies is that of Muslimah and their involvement in sports. Despite widespread interest in this topic virtually no research has been done, even though there is an increasing body of literature on Muslim women in general, and their participation in sports.


Most of the research that has been done, furthermore, concerns the Middle East (particularly Egypt, Turkey, and Iran) rather than Southeast Asia. The majority of the work also comes from researchers who are on the one hand critical of, or on the other, sympathetic towards, the issue.

This study differs from previous work in a number of important ways. First, it is written specifically about Malay Muslimah and sports in Southeast Asia. Second, it is written from the perspective of a practicing Malay Muslimah. Finally, it takes a neutral stance on the issue of Malay Muslim women’s participation in sports, and focuses on illustrating their diverse experiences as competitive athletes.

As Muslimah have become more visible in the various “modern” public spheres of Muslim communities, their experiences represent a unique interface between Islam and modernity. This study, in which “modernity” is manifested in the form of modern, elite competitive sports, poses two  questions: how has Western modernity affected the Muslim community, and how has the Muslim community reacted to Western modernity?


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The CCN Readers' Book Club

Kareema's Keep Fit Column






Q: Dear Kareema, I was just wondering if you could clarify how to perform supersets? Are you meant to rest in between the exercises?




A: Supersets would be when you group two activities together and perform one straight after the other.


One of the great things about doing supersets is that your muscles from the first exercise are recovering while you are performing the next exercise.


This means you do not have to rest fully after you've finished the last exercise of a superset.


You  should keep going to keep the intensity of your session up, stopping to rehydrate rather than rest, as you should be working up a sweat!


The benefits of a well designed superset is getting fitter, stronger and more toned all in one.




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 Inbox


Dear Editor


Could you please publish the following good wishes to our daughter:


To our beloved Ameera, happy birthday.


Twenty one years ago today you were born at 9.15 pm and ever since you have brought joy and laughter to everyone you have touched.


Allah bless you with everything good in this world, this day and everyday of your life.

Lots of love Mum & Dad


KB's Culinary Corner



Chicken Satay





500g Chicken fillet
1 cup coriander leaves chopped
1 tsp crushed garlic
1 tsp ground green chilies
½ tsp salt
½ tsp coarse black pepper
1 Tbsp Soy Sauce
4 Tab lemon juice
4 Tab tamarind juice
1½ tsp crushed cumin
1 tsp crushed coriander

1. Cut chicken into 6cm x11cm strips
2. Process coriander leaves, spices, sauces, lemon juice and tamarind juice.
3. Pour into bowl and add coriander and cumin
4. Mix well and add chicken strips and marinate for 2-3 hours.
5. Skewer chicken, concertina style and cook on a non stick frying pan or barbeque.
6. Serve with Satay Sauce.

Satay Sauce
½ x100g bottle of Peanut butter
1 tsp tamarind concentrate
½ cup lemon juice
2 tsp ground green chillies

Mix the above ingredients and cook the mixture for 2 to 3 minutes adding salt to taste, cool and serve.



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Send in your favourite recipe to ccn@crescentsofbrisbane.org and be our "guest chef" for the week.


The CCN Chuckle



Mula Nasruddin was at a trustees’ meeting of his local Mosque and during a heated debate exploded in mid-session and began to shout, "Half of this committee is made up of cowards and corrupt trustees!"

All the other trustees demanded that Mula Nasruddin withdraw his statement, or be removed from the remainder of the meeting.

After a long pause, Mula Nasruddin acquiesced. "OK," he said, "I withdraw what I said. Half of this committee is NOT made up of cowards and corrupt trustees!"


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Jalsah for Tajweed Course

PLEASE NOTE: Time change to after Magrib












Courses for New Muslims

Marriage Toolbox

IWAQ Annual Ladies Night 2008

ADCQ ECCQ Workshops


 Brisbane Islamic Soccer 


The CCN Date Claimer






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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 maghrib

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)

Commerce Hall, RNA Showgrounds, Gregory Terrace

0418 722 353

6.30pm for 7pm

11 October



Eidfest Committee

Mt Gravatt Showgrounds

0402 819 197

10am to 10pm

12 October


Islamic Society of Gold Coast: AGM

Islamic Society of Gold Coast

Gold Coast Mosque, 144 Allied Drive

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 21 August at the home of Jamilla Solwa, 38 West Park Place Kuraby  from 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

 Gardens of the Righteous


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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