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Sunday, 9 November 2008

 .Newsletter 0209


News you won't find on CNN!


Marriage Toolbox: Days 1 and 2

 Muna Ibrahim


With much anticipation and some excitement, the Marriage Workshop/lecture series started on Friday night.


It was well worth the wait. Dr. Mohammed Sadiq was brilliant in his presentations and the response to the question about what was the thing most enjoyed about the workshops was the "interactive" approach, "examples and relevance to Sunnah and Quran", "the presentation, in-depth knowledge of the topic", "open discussion - not just a lecture", "Dr. Sadiq's sense of humour", "opportunity to interact and discuss together".


It was indeed a pleasure to hear a speaker who speaks with expertise about the realities of the environment we live in and listen to the numerous case studies that many identified with and the wealth of experience he brought to the workshops and lectures.


There were many nodding of heads and lots of laughter.


Dr. Sadiq talked about how a healthy ummah starts with a healthy iindividual, one who is psychologically, spiritually healthy.


He spoke about the idea of the Muslim Marriage Toolbox that starts with looking at marriage as the strength or weakness of a community, separate sessions for single females planning on marriage, single males planning on marriage and parents of children of marriage age, then avoiding common pitfalls in a marriage, once
married how to strengthen the relationship and then the challenges and solutions in parenting once the children come along.


So it is a complete package which was why it was called the "Marriage Toolbox".


He also mentioned that reverts had specific matters and this would be covered today (Sunday) at 6.30pm.

The Muslim Marriage Toolbox with Dr. Mohammed Sadiq

The arrival of the first group of pilgrims heralds the start of the 45-day Haj season


The first group of pilgrims arrived during the week for Haj 2008 at Jeddah’s King Abdulaziz International Airport. The Cape Town-to-Jeddah flight via Dubai brought in nearly 200 pilgrims, both men and women, from South Africa.

The first to emerge in the reception area after completing immigration formalities was 73-year-old Abbas Jones.


“This will be my 30th Haj,” he said excitedly to waiting reporters. He was embraced by Abdulwahid B. Saifaddin, chairman of the establishment of pilgrims from non-Arab African countries, and Mahdi Basadien, South Africa’s consul general in Jeddah.

“Every year I have seen tremendous improvements in Haj services. I want to take this opportunity to thank the Saudi government and our pilgrim establishment for their efforts in making our journey comfortable,” Jones said.


“It’s always a great feeling to be in this holy land, and it’s an equally great feeling to be among the first group of arrivals for this Haj season.”

Cape Towner Farida Osman was also in the group. “We are so happy to be here. The first leg of the journey was very smooth. God has been very kind to us,” she said.

While Osman was talking to Arab News, her husband joined in the discussion. “I am 63,” said Mohammed Salig. “This was the same age when the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) performed Haj. I can’t express my happiness in being here. This journey has been planned for an entire lifetime,” Salig said.

Saifaddin said all arrangements were in place for the pilgrims’ stay in Makkah and Madinah.

He said his establishment will take care of nearly 180,000 pilgrims this year. “There is a marked increase in the number of pilgrims from non-Arab African countries this year. Last year we only handled 162,000 pilgrims,” he said.

Initial reports suggest there will be no effect of the global economic crisis on Haj. “We have not seen any impact for the moment. One reason for that perhaps is the advance preparation that goes into Haj arrangements. All these pilgrims paid their money far in advance, and their accommodation arrangements in the holy cities were finalized maybe six months ago. This economic crisis started only recently,” Saifaddin said.

Nigeria will be well represented this year. “The largest group (of non-Arab Africans) is from Nigeria. There will be 95,000 Nigerians this year,” Saifaddin said. “The smallest contingent will be from Swaziland.”
Among the other countries handled by Saifaddin’s establishment are Cameroon, Niger, Ethiopia, Kenya and Mauritius.

Basadien said the South African Consulate was ready to assist the guests of God.

“We will have 5,000 pilgrims from South Africa this year,” he said. “We have an official quota of 2,000, but the Saudi authorities have always been very generous in granting whatever number we request.”

The Haj quota is based upon a nation’s Muslim population. According to previous estimates, South Africa’s Muslim population is less than a million, and the number of pilgrims from South Africa has actually gone down.

“We used to have 7,500 pilgrims,” said the consul general. “The number went down to 5,000 last year. And this year, too, we will have the same number performing Haj. One reason for the drop in the numbers is the Saudi rules and regulations that bar people from performing Haj in quick succession.”

According to Mohammed Amin Hartly, a member of the South African Haj Mission, the fluctuation of currency rates has made Haj a costly proposition for South African pilgrims. “On an average the pilgrimage used to cost SR8,000 earlier. This year it will cost around SR10,000,” Hartly said.

The South African pilgrims will stay in the Aziziyah and Ruseifah areas. Somewhat removed from the Holy Mosque, the buildings are new and complete with all basic amenities.

Many of the buildings in Makkah’s central district that once used to house South African pilgrims have been demolished to make way for better buildings either in the planning stage or under construction.


Quran Committed to Memory


At a hifz jalsa held at the Kuraby Mosque  a fortnight ago,12 year old Mohammed (pictured on the right), son of Suliman and Nadima Peer, qualified as a Hafiz¹ under the guidance of Qari Fida ur Rahman (third from left).


¹Mohammed has is now able to recite the entire Quran from memory

ECCQ Information Sessions


22 November 2008- 10am to 1pm at ECCQ House
Workshop to identify and discuss issues that concern you in the lead up to the next State elections



26 November 2008 – 4:30 to 6pm at ECCQ House
Leadership training session for your Management Committee



12 December 2008 – 2:30 to 4:30pm at ECCQ House
Anti Discrimination Commission of QLD workshop on discrimination, sexual harassment, workplace Harassment



For more information:


Phone: 07 3844 9166
Email: sharonO@eccq.com.au
Website: www.eccq.com.au


Club Presents Badge of Honour


Mr. Sultan Deen, Rotary Club's Club Administration Director, is presented with his Paul Harris Society badge by Rotary Club of Archerfield President, Mr. Lester Drew.

Developing Driven Young Muslim Leaders


There is still room for more aspiring leaders to take advantage of the Ameer and Ameera Youth Leadership Development Programs!

**What is it?**

The program will equip you with specific leadership skills to help you address the challenges you may be facing as young Australian Muslims.

Over the weekend, you will explore:

Module 1: Saturday morning
What does being a leader mean to me?
The Prophet Mohammed (pbuh) as the Ultimate Leader
Knowing myself
Module 3: Sunday morning
Connecting with others I
Public speaking
Building bridges, making conversation
Motivating others
Module 2: Saturday afternoon
Making a difference in the wider world
Communicating via the media
Being a leader at work
Module 4: Sunday afternoon
Connecting with others II
Coping with disagreements


Participation in all modules is ideal; however you can choose not to attend some sessions. Upon completion, young leaders, using the leadership skills learned, will put on an event/community project that builds bridges with other communities.

**Who is eligible?**

Young Muslims aged 16-26 (however, if you fall outside this age group, but are really keen, let us know!)

**How much is it?**


Download the application form from www.myservices.net.au and email it to info@myservices.net.au by Tuesday, 11th November.

Ameer – Leadership Development for Young Men – Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th November, 9am – 5pm
Ameera – Leadership Development for Young Women – Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd November, 9am – 5pm

At the Islamic College of Brisbane, cnr Acacia & Compton Rds, Karawatha.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Shaima Khan
Muslim Youth & Community Development Officer

Together for Humanity Project


On Tueday 4 November, Year 4 students from the Islamic College of Brisbane participated in a “Together for Humanity” all day workshop with Year 4 students from the South Side Christian College and Sinai College.


Back Row L - R
Rabbi Levi Jaffe; Rev Peter Catt; Dr Mubarak Noor; Rabbi Zalman Kastel (National Director of Together for Humanity Foundation); Imam Ameer Hassan
Front Row L - R
Sara Alam; Enoch Banji-Oke; Ofek Kuba; Harrison Ryan; Bilaal Rane; Zara France

The Friday Freeze in Middle Earth


Last week a holidaying couple from Brisbane wound their way around the ranges of New Zealand's South Island in search of a Mosque for their Friday prayers and found the only recorded one in the Island thriving in the town of Dunedin, the Al-Huda Mosque.


Established and attended in the main by the students of the Muslim Student Association of the locally based Otago University the Centre also serves as an Islamic School and runs Arabic and Quran classes.


Pre-packed Halal meat is sold out of freezers at designated times.


The Centre also provides the students with sports and recreational facilities such as badminton, indoor soccer, volleyball and pool.




The Jumma prayers was attended by some 200 mainly Middle Eastern students and conducted in the main hall on prayer mats (musallahs) spread across the floor.


Apparently the couple is reported to be still thawing out from having had to make their prayers in sub-zero temperatures.


Al-Nisa MYServices Support


Al-Nisa Youth Group Inc. is seeking further funding for its Youth and Community Development Project (MYServices division), and seeks written community support.

If you believe MYServices has provided valuable services to you, your organisation, youth, students, staff, clients or others, Al-Nisa requests your letters of support by 17 November 2008, so that they can present them to the funding body when they meet with them.

Also, if you would like to add your name to the MYServices petition, go to: http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/furtherfundmyservices/index.html


Al-Nisa was recently nominated in the Australian Muslim Achievement Awards in the “Community / Humanitarian Organisation of the Year” category and a press release issued by the organization describes the efforts that got them there.


Kuraby Mosque Soccer League


Imam Akram Buksh of Kuraby Mosque has initiated an outdoor 6 a side soccer league which will be played on Saturday afternoons between Asr and Maghrib followed by a BBQ at the Mosque.

The league is open to all ages. A team could play on average at least once or twice a month depending on entries. It is FREE to join the league.



Email the principal@kurabymosque.org.au or contact Idris Jangda at idris@jangda.com.au or 0412786168


Look for the latest news on the new league at www.qldmuslims.org.au and at http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=34077213004

CCN Supporting Local Enterprise



Children's birthday cakes, delectable desserts and petits fours...


See the link below for a range of goodies - that can be customized to suit you - now available for order.
Contact Maryam on 0424 787 600 or at miz_iz@hotmail.com for more details.


Cake Price List


Mention the letters C, C and N when you place an order with Maryam and she might well throw in a cup cake with your order.


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


This week

a CCN Reader


Come be My Light


Mother Teresa


"Come be My Light" is a collection of Mother Teresa's writings and reflections, in the form of letters that she wrote to her spiritual advisors over the years.


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

Kareema's Keep Fit Column





Q: Dear Kareema, with the warmer weather heading our way, I'm contemplating a workout in my pool at least once a week. Any suggestions?






A: Great idea! Why not try 2 sessions per week. This way you can work really hard mid-week & do a low impact session to soothe your muscles towards the end of the week.

Mid-week: try some push-ups, tricep dips, leg kicks, etc. off the pool wall with lower body in the water.
Tuck-jumps (knees to chest), lunges & underwater punches will also get your heart rate up.

End of week: A simple run up & down length of pool or a few laps will have your muscles ready for the week ahead!!






   Fun & fitness with fitballs combined with a challenging boxing routine

WHERE:  YIMBUN PARK,  Padstow Rd, Eight Mile Plains

WHEN: Every Saturday morning -  7:30 to 8:30 am

DATES: Saturday 18th OCT. through to the end of November. 

COST: $10 per session 

CONTACT: Kareema - 0404844786



 PREGNANT PAUSE PROGRAM - Low impact, gentle exercise classes for all our mums-to-be out there!! 

Keep your eye on CCN for the start of this great new program..





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






500g Hake or any white fish – skinless and deboned
1 Medium onion finely chopped
4 cloves garlic – finely chopped
1 egg
1 tsp green chillies
Handful of Parsely – finely chopped
½ tsp fine coriander
A pinch of tumeric powder
5 slices of bread soaked in water
Salt / pepper to taste

Steam the hake.

Squeeze out the water from the fish and the bread.

Mix all the ingredients together.

Make medium balls and press in the palm of the hand to flatten it to 1cm thick.

Coat in flour, dip in beaten egg and fry in moderately hot shallow 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



Jallaaludin and his wife were happily married and about to have their first baby.


One day, the wife started having contractions, so Jallaaludin  rushed her to the hospital.


He held her hand as she went through a trying birth.


In the end, there were two little baby boys.

Jallaaludin  turned to his wife and angrily said, "All right, who's the other father!?!"

The Notice Board


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Marriage Toolbox

IWAQ Youth Info & Activity Camp Day

Al-Nisa AGM

 Abrahamic Faiths Concert

M.Y. Sports Day

Boys Weekend Away

AMAA Awards

IWAQ Swimming



The CCN Date Claimer






(Click on link)





7-10 November

Friday to Monday

The Muslim Marriage Toolbox with Dr. Mohammed Sadiq


See brochure

3272 6355

See brochure

13 November


“One God, Many Voices” Abrahamic Faiths Concert

Queensland Forum for
Christians, Jews and Muslims

Griffith University: Multi-Faith Centre

3735 7052


29 November


Fund Raiser BBQ

Islamic Society of Algester

Algester Mosque, 48 Learoyd Rd, Algester

0403 338 040



30 November


M.Y. Sports Day


OZ Sports Springwood, 3269 Logan Rd, Underwood

0411 398 948

9am to 4pm

8/9 December




7 December


Al-Nisa AGM


Garden City Library




12-14 December


Boys Weekend Away

Kuraby Mosque


0431 672 263


20 December


Youth Info & Activity Camp Day

IWAQ and the Queensland Police Service

Kindilan Outdoor Education and Conference Centre
Redland Bay

3272 6355



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





This week taleem for ladies will be held on Thursday 13 November at the home of Shahena Duddhia, 20 Delaney Court, Carindale from 11am-12pm.


Sunnah Inspirations


Contact: 0408 270 421

University of Queensland,
323 Hawken Drive, St. Lucia

Every Monday

Event: Weekly Learning Circle: Sharh Riyad-us-Saliheen (An Explanation of 'Gardens of the Righteous'


Venue: Prayer Room, University of Queensland

Time: 6.45pm to 7.30pm


Every Friday

Subject: Fiqh Made Easy


Venue: Room E215 Building 1 (Forgan Smith), University of Queensland

Time: 6.30pm to 7.35pm

Every Friday

Subject: Tafseer al Qur'an (Explanation of the Qur'an)


Venue: Room E215 Building 1 (Forgan Smith), University of Queensland

Time: 7.45pm to 9pm


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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