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Sunday, 28 December 2008

 .Newsletter 0216


News you won't find on CNN!



Islamic New Year


The Islamic New Year which is observed on the first day of Muharram, the first month in the Islamic calendar falls this year on Monday, 29 December (tomorrow).


Many Muslims use the day to remember the significance of this month, and the Hijra, or migration, that Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) made to the city now known as Medina.


CCN wishes all readers a very Happy New Year in 1430.


AFIC Schools Score Perfect 100


The President of the Australian Federation of Islamic Councils, Mr Ikebal Patel congratulated the HSC students of Malek Fahd Islamic School in Greenacre (New South Wales) on their excellent HSC results.


The pass rate of 100% was achieved. 


Mr Patel stated that Malek Fahd Islamic School commenced in 1990 with a total of 150 children in Kindergarten to Year 4 with five teachers.


Today Malek Fahd Islamic School has about 1800 children and 120 teachers.


In 1998 the school had its first Year 12 class and all the 24 students qualified for university entry.


Since then, the school has been the number one school in the Bankstown Education district.


100 per cent of the Year 12 students have qualified for university entry since its commencement with a number of the students now having qualified as lawyers, doctors, engineers, teachers, nurses etc.


The Australian Federation of Islamic Councils operated Islamic College of Brisbane has also followed in the tradition of Malek Fahd Islamic School by achieving the pass rate of 100%.


Mr Patel also confirmed that the Federation’s owned Islamic College of South Australia which had its second cohort of year 12 also had fantastic results with all year 12 students passing.


Mr Patel attributes the successes at Malek Fahd Islamic School, Islamic College of Brisbane and Islamic College of South Australia to the hard work and due diligence of students, parents, teachers and support staff respectively with the very good support from the respective State Education Departments and the Federal Department of Education Science and Training.


“I congratulate each and every one of the students and teachers, and wish all a well deserved holiday and wish all students every success in their chosen discipline at University”, he said.


Mr Patel concluded, “Islam places a very high priority on education.


It is incumbent on all Muslims to seek knowledge - Higher education provides considerable value to individuals, the economies where educated individuals live and work is a happy society in general”.


Rockhampton Doctors Head for Nepal



The Islamic Society of Central Queensland (ISCQ) in Rockhampton is supporting an ‘Eye camp’ in Nepal.



A group of doctors left Rockhampton on Boxing Day for the remote Himalayan district of Myagdi which they will reach by jeep from Pokhara airport.



Amongst the team of doctors is anesthetist Dr Mazhar Mahmood who will leave behind his practice in Rockhampton for the two week project using his own funds.



Farooq Haq, President of ISCQ and Imam of Rockhampton Mosque, told CCN that members of the local Muslim community have rallied behind the project and the ISCQ presented the team with a cheque of A$1500 to help support the other team members.


Al-Nisa Executive


On Sunday the 7th of December 2007, Al-Nisa Youth Group Inc. held their Annual General Meeting (AGM).


The new board members are:


Aliyah Deen – President

Aysha Arozco – Vice President

Fathima Kathree – Treasurer

Amina Ghafoor – Secretary

Shabnaaz Ahmed – Board member

Hawa Dajan – Board member

Basheera Khatree – Board member

Alia Rane – Board member

Azima – Board member


If you would like further information contact thesecretary@alnisagroup.com.au, and don’t forget to check out their website www.alnisagroup.com.au, for FUN activities over these holidays.


Parliament of World Religions Melbourne 2009


The Council for a Parliament of the World’s Religions, and its local partner, the Parliament of the World’s Religions - Melbourne 2009, invite you to participate at the upcoming Parliament of the World’s Religions, to be held in Melbourne, Australia, December 3-9, 2009.


Proposals to the Program Committee for the 2009 Parliament to present a lecture, dialogue, workshop, panel discussion, religious or spiritual observance, workshop, training session or artistic performance are invited.

"The theme of the 2009 Parliament is “Make a World of Difference: Hearing each other, Healing the earth.” This theme reflects a strong emphasis of this Parliament on the need to promote inter-religious dialogue and initiatives addressing global issues such as the environmental crisis and reconciliation with the Indigenous peoples. The Parliament is the largest interfaith gathering in the world held every five years and more than 8,000 people of faith, spirit, and goodwill are expected to attend."


More about the event....

Tribute to Boeta Adam: "A Giant of a Man"


Mr. Adam Gool (88), father of Nab'wiyah Adams of Eight Mile Plains, passed away on 3rd December 2008 in South Africa.


Mr. Gool spent many months in Brisbane over the past few years and was well respected for his knowledge on a wide range of subjects.


Boeta Adam, as he was known by many, was instrumental in establishing the first Muslim Youth Movement (MYM) in Cape Town in the 1960s.


A cabinet maker by trade, Mr Gool was a legal adviser, mentor and role model to many in the Cape Town community.


A protégé of his, Dr. Hoosain Ebrahim, recalls how he led by example, was extremely helpful and served as an inspiration to many. "One of his most amazing qualities was his phenomenal memory," wrote Dr. Ebrahim.


As a Hajj agent, in 1988, Mr Gool wrote to the Saudi authorities describing the difficulties that faced South Africans wishing to stay on for the hajj after the month of Ramadan. As a result of his efforts the Hajj Ministry agreed to issue Hajj visas during Ramadan.


He issued a Hajj Bulletin which made special mention of some of the regulations that were published by the mu'assasah.


A few years ago, he wrote to the Saudi Government informing them that there was (an Arabic) printing error in the Qu'ran which they were distributing to the hajis. The distribution of the Qu'rans was immediately terminated.


Another close friend of his, Yusuf Abrahams, said that Mr Adam Gool was a "giant; forthright, well read, self-taught, knowledgeable and outspoken".


Tahir Levy held that he was a fervent political activist against the apartheid regime and during the 1960 unrests would secretly visit the black townships and distribute food to the needy.


Mr. Gool was a prolific writer and a number of his articles appeared in the Muslim News. He provided input to the South African Law Commission on the discussion paper on Islamic marriages.


Mr. Gool leaves behind his children: Nab'wiyah, Sulaiman, Shahidah, Thabit and his 13 grandchildren.


"You won't hear that at Jummah!"




Vote of thanks for Award


A fortnight ago the Queensland Police Service won the Premier’s Award for Excellence in the Public Service for a series of football games organised by Sgt Jim Bellos.

Qld I-CARE Assoc. Inc. was involved in two of these events, the ECCQ Cup and the Muslim QPS Rugby League match, and I would like to take this opportunity to recognise some people who helped with these events.

Working within the community brings its own rewards, however it is nice to be officially recognised every now and then. For that I am grateful to Jim and the QPS for their initiative and for allowing Qld I-CARE to be involved.

I would like to thank Superintendent Pat Ryan and the QPS Rugby League team, Gavin Head and the Sunnybank Rugby Union Club, and Oskar Akbar and his team playing for the Muslim community.

Thanks also to Danny Hoyland (4BC) for compering the event, Lord Mayor Campbell Newman, Commissioner Bob Atkinson and Susan Booth from the Anti Discrimination Commission and the Department of Immigration and Citizenship, for their support and sponsorship.

A big thank you to Bill Harrigan, a world class referee who took time out to make our night a special one. Our sponsors Rebel Sports for all the giveaways on the night, and our team of workers, especially Sultan Deen without whose support I wouldn’t get a lot of things done.

The Qld I-CARE team for their dedication and effort – you all know who you are, thank you for everything.

There is another rugby league game coming up in the next few months against the QPS, and I hope that you can all come out and enjoy the game and support a good cause.

Yasmin Khan
Qld I-CARE Assoc. Inc.

At the Movies with CCN


Ditmas Park, Brooklyn. A young Orthodox woman, ROCHEL MESHENBERG, is about to begin her first year as a special education teacher at the local public school. She is also about to embark on what her father and mother call the "most exciting time of her life" – the process of finding a husband via the time-tested method of using a "shadchen," or matchmaker.

As the school year gets underway, Rochel meets NASIRA KHALDI, a Muslim woman of Syrian descent. Nasira is also a first-year teacher. The two young women – Rochel in long skirt and conservative blouse, Nasira in headscarf – stand out in this public school context. The principal, a secular Westchester Jew, is forever reminding them that although they are some of her smartest, most gifted teachers, they are also stunted by their outmoded customs, religions, and by their patriarchal worldviews. She tells them of her experiences in the women's movement and her desire to see them reach their full potentials.

As the school year progresses, Rochel and Nasira realize they share much in common, not least of which is that they are both going through what the outside world would call "arranged marriages." As their friendship deepens, they are exposed to their respective worlds. They prepare for school at one another's houses, meet one another's families, and discuss commonalities and differences.

Meanwhile they are also both meeting potential spouses. Rochel is having no luck. The shadchen is pairing her with men who, although they have good jobs or prospects, don't match her in intellect, curiosity in the world, or humour. The men presented to Nasira by her family are also not her equal. Rochel begins to question whether this age-old practice is going to work. Nasira has greater faith, as she views her parent's loving union as such a success.

With the family pressure too great, and the dates continuing to go badly, Rochel storms from the house. She visits an estranged cousin, who left the faith years ago, and is exposed to what a secular life might be. Meanwhile Nasira, concerned at her friend's state, and having met a promising prospect herself, does the unthinkable. She manipulates the Orthodox matchmaking system on behalf of her friend. The gamble pays off.

As the school year draws to an end, these two women have found their future spouses. They have also developed a friendship that transcends their insular Brooklyn communities and the religions that seem so at odds in the broader world. They share a friendship that will endure as they move on to become wives and mothers, and continue to be modern women with deep religion convictions.

The Trailer



Winner Best Film Brooklyn Int'l Film Festival

More about the Movie



The full movie can viewed at :



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


This week



 Failing Peace: Gaza and the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict


Sara Roy


Book Review at Shelfari: This book represents twenty years of research on the impact of Israeli occupation. Discussion of Israeli policy is often regarded as a taboo subject, with the result that few people—especially in the United States—understand the origins and consequences of the conflict. Sara Roy's book provides an indispensable context for understanding why the situation remains so intractable. The focus of Roy's work is the Gaza Strip, an area that remains consistently neglected and misunderstood. Drawing on more than two thousand interviews and extensive first-hand experience, Roy chronicles the impact of Israeli occupation over nearly a generation. Exploring the devastating consequences of socioeconomic and political decline, this is a unique and powerful account of the reality of life in the West Bank and Gaza. Written by one of the world's foremost scholars of the region, it offers an unrivalled breadth of scholarship and insight.


Sara Roy teaches at Harvard's Center for Middle Eastern Studies.


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

The Inbox


Dear CCN,

I am a reader from Melbourne. I regularly read the CCN news.


MashAllah you work hard and collect news all over the world and make the CCN Newsletter very interesting and informative for all ages and walks of life.


I like the Mullah Nusruddin column.


Some times I cut and past and send very interesting news especially relating to the Muslim UMMAH to my group in Melbourne.

Manzoor Ahmad JP

Ararat Islamic Welfare Assoc. Inc.

Assalamu aleikum

I am always delighted by the information and presentation of CCN.


May Allah ta'ala increase the abilities of my brothers, sisters and the youths who are doing this wonderful job. 


You are making the community proud of you.

In last week's issue I was expecting to see some informative articles on Islamic new year which is three days before the common new year but it has missed out.


Insha Allah it will take place next year with good wishes and du'as that "may Allah bring peace in the world by establishing peaceful mission of Islam".

Imam Syed Tariq


[Editor] Acknowledgement of the New Year was left for inclusion in this week's CCN

Kareema's Keep Fit Column





Q: Dear Kareema, I have finally dusted off my exercise bike ready for use these holidays! I walk regularly and decided that it's time to do a little more. Where to from here?





A: Good on you, the hardest part is getting started - YOU JUST DID!


Don't allow the dust to settle again.


Exercise bikes can be used for cardio exercise, building endurance, burning fat and calories, and strengthening muscles.


If you have the option on your bike, select your workout program from one of the preset exercises or personalise your workout to your own liking (for a greater challenge).


If you want to use your exercise bike to increase your aerobic fitness, try doing intervals.


After a warm-up, go as fast as you can for 30 seconds, then slow way down for a minute and repeat.


To end your workout, slowly decrease your speed for the last few minutes until you come to a complete stop.

Incorporate the above with your walking program and reap the rewards!!




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



Avocado Salad


3 Avocados cubed
1 Onion (water to be squeezed out)
1 Green apple cubed
1 green chili sliced


1 Tab Salad Cream
2 Tab Mayonnaise
1 Tab Condensed Milk
Salt, Pepper
Lemon Juice
A drop of Green Food Coloring

Pour the dressing over the Avocado Mix and refrigerate.



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


Early one morning, Mula Nasruddin’s mother went in to wake up her son.


"Wake up, son. It's time to go to madrassah!"

"But why, Mom? I don't want to go."

"Give me two reasons why you don't want to go."

"Well, the kids hate me for one, and the Mu'alimahs hate me, too!"

"Oh, that's no reason not to go to madrassah. Come on now and get ready."

"Give me two reasons why I should go to madrassah."

"Well, for one, you're 52 years old. And for another, you're the Imam!"

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Circus Skills

Laser Skirmish

Interfaith Summit

Girls Swimming

IWAQ Swimming


Harmony Day

Fund Raiser


The CCN Date Claimer






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24 December

5 January



Girls Swimming

MYServices & Al-Nisa

Sam Riley Pool
1 Lexington Rd, Springwood

0402 529 395


12 January


Laser Skirmish

MYServices & Al-Nisa

Flagstone State School, Poinciana Drive, Flagstone

0402 529 395


22 January


Circus Skills

MYServices & Al-Nisa

Logan City PCYC, Jacaranda Avenue, Logan Central

0402 529 395


18-21 February


Interfaith Summit

Griffith University Multi-faith Centre

Brisbane City Council
Conference Hall

3735 7051/2

All day

21 March


Harmony Day Fund Raiser Dinner: Milperra High School

Crescents of Brisbane, Kuraby and Chinese Lions

Michael's Restaurant

0402 026 786


28 March


Kuraby Madrasah Fund Raiser Dinner

Kuraby Madrasah

Sacred Heart Centre, 80 Nemies Rd, RUNCORN

0422 191 675


2 May


Annual Fete

Islamic College of Brisbane

ICOB, Karawatha

0402 794 253

11am to 7pm

17 May



Crescents of Brisbane

Orleigh Park, West End

0402 026 786

7am to 1pm


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





The ladies taleem has concluded for this year. Further notice will be given in the New Year.


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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Useful Links


Queensland Muslim Historical Society Inc.

     Promoting the study and awareness of the rich history of the Muslims of Queensland


Young Muslims of Queensland

     Social network for young Muslims of Brisbane


Sunnah Inspirations

     Providing information about Islam - its beliefs, culture, practices, dispelling misconceptions


Kuraby Mosque


Holland Park Mosque



    Provide young Muslim women in Queensland with support and opportunities to express themselves


Gold Coast Mosque


South African National Halaal Authority (SANHA)


Muslim Womens' Convert Support Group (MWCSG)

     Network of Muslim women converts from the Brisbane and Gold Coast areas of Queensland.



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It is the usual policy of CCN to include from time to time, notices of events that some readers may find interesting or relevant. Such notices are often posted as received. Including such messages or providing the details of such events does not necessarily imply endorsement of the contents of these events by either CCN or Crescents of Brisbane Inc.