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



Sunday, 8 February 2009

 .Newsletter 0222


News you won't find on CNN!



Teaching in a place of Hope

CCN's Regional Reporter doing her Rounds 


As the new school year has started, and thousand of excited children have returned to school, we sometimes forget that it is also a very thrilling time for teachers looking forward to meeting their new class, who they will be closely working with for the rest of the year.


One such teacher however, is a little more excited than most.


Khadeeja Mohammed (pictured left amongst her adoring students) is returning to her first full year of teaching in a small aboriginal community in Far North Queensland.


Khadeeja who did some teacher training at the Islamic College of Brisbane, is originally from Innisfail, and has taken on the onerous task of teaching Year 1 at Hope Vale State School (pictured right)

Hope Vale is a small indigenous community in the Cape York Peninsula.


It is approx 46km west of Cooktown, and has a population of 850 people.


The school has 140 students, all indigenous, who are facing some real hardships.


Like all children, they are very affectionate, and at times very cheeky, and teaching them can be very tough and definitely challenging.


The community is part of the pilot program for the Australian Government Welfare reform project, which is trying to improve enrolment, and attendance of children at 4 identified indigenous schools.

Miss Deej, as the children know her, is the first Muslim to teach in a Queensland indigenous community.


This is the first time the school and community have seen a woman wearing hijab.


When she first arrived, there was a huge reaction to her wearing the hijab, with many questions about if she really had hair, if she was hot in her clothes and what it was actually like to be covered up.


However, the curiosity has settled and now the whole school are eager to tell her if they saw other Muslims or ‘her people’ on television.


Sometimes wearing sparkly hijabs to amuse the kids Miss Deej does not feel out of place, or the heat wearing her abaya to school.

Not only is this is a learning opportunity for the community about aspects of Islam, but also for Miss Deej, who although has grown up knowing many in the Aboriginal community, is only now appreciating their cultures and customs.


Living in an isolated community does have its disadvantages like not being able to pop down to the local coffee shop and obviously missing family and friends.


However, it would be impossible not to enjoy the breathtaking countryside, the beautiful beaches, fishing, and camping available in the four wheel drive region.

With subsided housing available next to the school, Miss Deej is really enjoying her time in Hope Vale.


Although she is unable to get halal products anywhere close, she has learnt to ration during the wet season when the community is cut off and she can’t make it home to top up her supplies.


The small Hope Vale community has already had 3 big success stories come from its region.


Rugby League players Matt Bowen, (whose Mother still teaches at the school), his cousin Brenton Bowen who plays for Gold Coast Titans, and lawyer and Aboriginal Activist Noel Pearson all graduated from Hope Vale State School.


Miss Deej is hoping that a few of her precious class of Year 1s will also aim for the stars, and one day also be a high achieving Australian.

The Wedding Scene with CCN












The nikah (wedding) of Shaheen Chothia, son of Yusuf and Shahina Chothia of Kuraby, Brisbane, and Razeena, daughter of Mohammed and Yasmin Mayet of Lenasia, Gauteng (South Africa)  took place on 17 January at the Nur-ul Islam Hall in South Africa.


The nikah was performed by Moulana Suleman Moolla.











For a chance to have your wedding pictures and stories published send them to ccn@crescentsofbrisbane.org.

From the MYS Desk....


School Holidays Activities: More than Just Fun

Armed with skills acquired from the recent MYServices Ameer/Ameera Muslim Youth Leadership Development Program, a dynamic team of 12 year olds organised activities for girls over the December/January school holiday period.

Events included a Girls’ Slumber Party, swimming on two days, ice-skating and laser skirmish (courtesy of Logan City Council).

The team of budding leaders organised the events to give Muslim girls the opportunity to participate in Islamically-appropriate recreational activities, to meet new people, both Muslim and non-Muslim, and, as co-organiser, Taahirah Ali put it, ‘to escape the boredom of staying at home!’

MYServices congratulates Taahirah Ali, Yasmin Hijazi, Ayesha and Amira Al-Maani (now known as the Al-Nisa Juniors) for taking initiative and demonstrating that you are never too young to make it happen. Well done girls! From making the first daunting calls to venues, to designing flyers and promoting the activities, the Al-Nisa Juniors did it all.

“The whole organising and facilitating was easier than we thought,” says Ayesha Al-Maani. “Its more fun when you’re running the show, you learn heaps.”

“We learnt that you have to be flexible, that we can’t expect attendees to like what we think they will,” observed Amira Al-Maani.

Making new friends and interacting with non-Muslim girls was one of the highlights for many of the participants.

“At first, I wasn’t sure how it would turn out,” reflected attendee, Aisha Abdullah, age 14. “But it was cool to interact with non-Muslims at this level. Being in teams (playing skirmish) with people we didn’t know, meant working together.”

“You learn ideas from them, teach them things,” says Taahirah Ali. “The teams were mixed which was great. In laser skirmish, we planned our tactics together and got to know each other.”

“I also got to know some of the other Muslim girls I hadn’t met before,” says participant, Ummaya Suleman, age 12. “They’re so much fun! I can’t wait to do more activities together.”

MYServices encourages more young people to help out organising future activities. The experience is rewarding and will give you an opportunity to learn new skills, serve your community, make new friends, and of course, have a lot of fun!

If you think you’ve got what it takes to volunteer for future events (or make up your own!), or would like to keep posted on what’s happening, email us at info@myservices.net.au.

• Coming Up:

Take A Chill Pill - Relaxation Techniques & Go-Karting (boys) 7th March
Media Training - Have your voices heard
Public Speaking – Master the art and influence people positively
Ameer/Ameera Youth Leadership Development Part 2
Islamic Art Workshops - Youth Week 09

Shaima Khan
Muslim Youth & Community Development Officer



Al-Nisa and MYServices are pleased to announce that Riyad Rahimullah, son of the late Imam Rahimullah, is the new male Muslim Youth and Community Development Officer, and wish to welcome him to the MYServices team.

He recently completed his honours degree in Psychology, graduating with first class honours. As an active young member of the community, having served as President of the Muslim Students’ Association of the University of Queensland, and as a committee member for a number of Muslim groups, Riyad is well aware of the issues young Muslims face.

Riyad is passionate about learning the Islamic sciences. He makes a habit of jogging and cycling, likes watching movies that send a profound message and has interests in martial arts and archery.

Riyad is looking forward to meeting many of the youth of Brisbane he doesn’t already know. Amongst other things Riyad will aim to organise social, Islamic and personality building activities that the youth will both enjoy and benefit from, inshaAllah.

Riyad is contactable via email (riyad@myservices.net.au) and mobile (0432 271 601).


*MYServices is a division of Al-Nisa Youth Group Inc.*

AFIC Activities

Proposed Muslim team entering local league

A.R. Keri


The opportunity to side a Muslim orientated team in the upcoming Second Division rugby league season could make game-day a permanent fixture on our weekends.

Some players from the defunct 2007 Islamic Rugby League are racing against time to form Southern Suburbs Football Club before a February 14 deadline. The proposed team would become an affiliate of established football club Souths Logan and benefit from its facilities.

Southern Suburbs Football club committee member, Haisam Allouche (pictured left) said the new team would promote camaraderie and avoid disunity associated with the brawl-ridden Islamic Rugby League.


‘As Muslims that’s not what we’re about, it’s about brotherhood, said Mr. Allouche.

Mr. Allouche said that the Brisbane Muslim community could have the next Hazem el-Misry and has talented players; some who played in the Islamic Rugby League and never played before.

Chairman of Brisbane Second Division Rugby League, Mick Tierney said a Muslim team would be acceptable in a league that had sided Indigenous, Islander and Christian outreach teams.

Mr. Allouche said all league players are obliged to follow a code of conduct that promoted good behaviour on and off the field.

Southern Suburbs Football Club signee, Khodr Baki said mutual understanding between Muslims on religious requirements eases the cultural differences that may arise with other teams but the team was not exclusively for Muslims.

Southern Suburbs Football club is seeking new players for the upcoming season.

For more info contact Haisam: 0411199463.

Ministerial Response






Minister for Foreign Affairs, Stephen Smith, responds to a letter sent to him by the Australian National Council of Imams (ANIC) regarding the recent Israel attacks on Gaza. 


Lectures on Video 


For a recent talk on the history of Palestine by Dr. Halim Rane, lectures by Dr. Mohamad Abdalla and others , and a virtual tour of the Gold Coast Mosque visit http://www.ummahmedia.com/gallery.html.


Family 'trapped' in own home




Source: Southern Star 4 February 2009


Further details on this Crescents of Brisbane and Kuraby Lions Fund Raiser can be found here.


Muslim School Rejected


LIVERPOOL Council in New South Wales voted unanimously on Monday night to reject an application for a Muslim school at Gurner Avenue, Austral.  


The applicants, who expressed disappointment at the decision, are already looking at the possibility of appealing the decision in the Land and Environment Court.  


Councillors said the land's rural zoning, as detailed in the Liverpool Local Environmental Plan (LLEP) 2008, did not permit development of a school.  


There was also discussion about the poor quality of roads in the area and the inability of existing public transport services to support the school.  


ASFA Limited director AshrafAli, who lodged the development application for the school, said the result was very disappointing ruling on the matter one way or the other.


It recommended that council refuse the application.   Liverpool Action Group president John Anderson said he welcomed the decision.


"We were opposed to it because of the traffic situation, the roads out there just aren't capable of handling the extra traffic that this school would have brought,'' Mr Anderson said.  


"Two years ago when we lodged the application this LLEP was not in place, our application existed before it was drafted,'' Mr Ali said.  


"We have spent a lot of money having studies done in the area, so I can assure you we are not happy.''   The ASFA committee and community members met last night (Tuesday) to discuss whether they would appeal the council's decision in the Land and Environment Court.  


At the meeting on Monday night, Councillor Nadia Napoletano acknowledged that the area was zoned rural under the new LLEP, but questioned whether its classification under the old LLEP should be taken into account as the application was lodged before the LLEP 2008 was adopted.




Little Mosque on the Prairie: Season 3 Episode 1


Amaar at the Bat


Part 1





Part 2





Part 3



Muslim cemetery not for sale


THE Lebanese Muslim Association has knocked back a $2.5million offer to buy its cemetery on Richardson Road, Narellan (NSW).

Association president Shawky Kassir said the organisation had said a "big no'' to the offer that was made by a different religious organisation.

"They offered $1million profit on top of what we paid for it,'' he said. "There's a big shortage of graveyards in Sydney in all communities. We have got a place where we can at least make sure our deceased have got some place to be buried.''

The association, which is now building paths on the site, bought the cemetery in September for $1.5million.




No such thing as a monolithic Muslim state of mind

Opinion by Irfan Yusuf


Politics and foreign policy can be so confusing. Let's look at Iraq, for example. The conventional wisdom is that we went to war against Saddam Hussein in 2003 and overthrew his government for a variety of reasons, including that Iraq was a crucial battleground in the so-called war on terror. The former Iraqi dictator is said to have had direct links with an Islamist terrorist organisation, al-Qaeda. We were at war with al-Qaeda. Hence we had to make war on Saddam.

Now let's move to the present and another conflict. Israel claimed to be fighting a war on terror of its own recently in its bombardment on Gaza. Israeli spin doctors told us that their war wasn't against the people of Gaza but against Hamas, an Islamist terrorist organisation dedicated to Israel's destruction through firing thousands of rockets and sending suicide bombers into Israel.

See the connection? The war on terror is always a war on political Islamists. It isn't a war on Muslims as such, nor is it a war on the Islamic religion or on nominally Muslim countries. The battle we wage is against political Islam, an ideology that seeks to establish an Islamic state.

That's the rhetoric. But what is the reality?


Read the rest....






Around the Muslim World with CCN


First black Iraqi runs in elections

BASRA, Iraq - He calls himself the "Iraqi Obama" and hopes to channel President Barack Obama's good luck by becoming the first black Iraqi to win an election.

Salah al-Rekhayis lives in a town southwest of Basra called Zubayr, and with the help of his campaign manager-sister and brother, has pasted campaign posters urging citizens to vote for him in Saturday's provincial elections.

He walks in the unkempt streets of his town, bending down to greet children with a big smile and a warm glow about him, feeling confident of the great ambition to win one of the 35 seats up for grabs in Basra.






African roots

Al-Rekhayis is one of an estimated two million Iraqis who have African roots — and one of only 800 in his town. According to al-Rekhayis, his people have never been allowed to run in any Iraqi elections, or to hold important executive positions of power in either political or corporate areas of the country. Until now.

"Obama is the reason I decided to run. We both have African roots," said al-Rekhayis. "We never had the same opportunities as other Iraqis before, but Obama gave me the push to run after he took the leadership of the most powerful country in the world."

Al-Rekhayis, a municipal employee, said he didn't have the money to run a full-fledged campaign. His home — a run-down three-roomed space with very little furniture and a photo of Barack and Michelle Obama on the living room wall — was turned into a makeshift campaign office.

He said they were so impressed with Obama's campaign and victory that he created a small party called the Movement of Free Iraqis and ran under its banner. He said they have already created a list of potential black candidates to run in the next Iraqi elections.

"When we found out that Obama is black from TV, we started to follow his news carefully," al-Rekhayis said. "We had a party and celebrated when he won the elections."




India - ’Give Muslims jobs, development benefits to bridge alienation’

INDIA: Former chief justice A.M. Ahmadi said Muslims in India were victims of "discrimination", as a convention here Sunday recommended job reservations and other developmental benefits for bridging the "alienation" of the country’s largest minority community.

"Muslims in post independent India have been victims of direct or indirect discrimination. Muslims are suffering from a sense of alienation and frustration," Ahmadi said.

Read the rest.....



US can work with Muslims, Obama tells OIC    


US President Barack Obama has told the Organization of Islamic Conference that he has full confidence that the US can work together with the world’s largest grouping of Muslims, the official IRNA news agency reported Monday.

In a letter to OIC Secretary General Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, Obama said he would work to improve relations with the grouping, the Jeddah-based organization said in a statement.

Obama also thanked the OIC, which represents 1.5 billion Muslims in 57 countries, for congratulating him on his inauguration as the 44th president of the US Jan 20, the OIC said.

The OIC in its letter to Obama on the occasion of his inauguration urged the president to work for a 'shared' peace in the world rather than one that is 'imposed'.

'We warmly welcome your expressed desire to give a major address in a Muslim nation soon after you assume the presidency and hope it will mark the beginning of a more fruitful and better-informed dialogue between the West and the Muslim world,' the OIC said in its letter to Obama.

'We firmly believe that America, with your guidance, can help foster that peace, though real peace can only be shared - never imposed. A nation can either be great or feared, but rarely both at the same time,' it added.





Muslims rise while Christians fall in Britain   


The number of Muslims in Britain has grown by more than 500,000 to 2.4 million in four years, according to official research collated for The Times newspaper.

The population multiplied 10 times faster than the rest of society, the research by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) reveals. In the same period the number of Christians in the country fell by more than two million, the newspaper reported.

It quoted experts as attributing the rise to immigration, higher birthrate, more conversions, and a 'growing willingness among believers to describe themselves as Muslims because the western reaction to war and terrorism had strengthened their sense of identity'.

According to the ONS, which gathered its data from the quarterly Labour Force Survey of around 53,000 homes, there are more than 42.6 million Christians in Britain.

However, the biggest Christian population is in the over-70s age group, while for Muslims it is among under-4s, who numbered 301,000 as of September last year.





Over 2m Muslims gather near Dhaka for Muslim congregation    


Praying on the boats

Over 2 million people converged in Bangladesh to attend the annual three-day Bishwa Ijtema this week, the second largest Muslim congregation after Haj.

People from the US, India, Pakistan, Malaysia, Philippines, Maldives and Saudi Arabia made there way reached the venue on the bank of the river Turag at Tongi, 20 km from Dhaka.

There were 17 entrances to the ground with a huge canopy built over 165 acres. Scholars from India, Pakistan, Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan and Saudi Arabia delivered lectures and sermons.


More about the Bishwa Ijtema.








10 Facts About Muslims


"Most of us Westerners know very little about the Middle East and the people that live there. This lack of knowledge hurts our ability to understand, and engage in intelligent discussion about events that happen both there and elsewhere in the Muslim world.

For example, the difference between Sunni and Shia Muslims, and most think the words "Arab" and "Muslim" are the same thing. They aren't. So here's a very brief primer aimed at raising the level of knowledge about the region to an absolute minimum."

Read the rest....


CCN Reader's Discussion Forum

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


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,  is it safe to exercise in the hotter months as I really don't want to stop now that I'm motivated, and I do a lot of training outdoors.






A:  Good to see that you're taking the elements into account.  Please don't stop exercising, simply take the following measures into account to ensure your safety while exercising when it's hot.


  •   Take more frequent drink breaks


  •   Don't exercise alone


  •   Exercise in the shade where possible


  •   Make sure to wear sunscreen and a hat/cap


  •   Re-schedule sessions to cooler times of the day


  •   Exercise indoors (preferably air conditioned) in extreme heat


  •   An indoor pool is always a great option


  •   Listen to your body, if you're not feeling well, take the day off     


  •   Adjust the intensity of your session to accommodate for additional stresses placed on the body in hot conditions



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



Savoury Muffins   



1 cup cheese

½ cup peppers cubed (combination of red and green)

1 cup of polony cubed

1 cup onion chopped

1 cup tomatoes cubed

2 tsp ground green chillies

½ bunch coriander chopped

½ tsp garlic flakes



  1. Mix all above ingredients in a bowl.

  2. Add 2 beaten eggs and ¼ cup of cream.

  3. Add 1 heaped tbls flour and combine all the ingredients well.

  4. Drop 1 tbls of the mixture into a muffin pan and sprinkle with sesame seeds.

  5. Bake for 15min in a moderate oven.

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


Jalalludin was working at the lumberyard, pushing a tree through the buzz saw, and accidentally sheared off all ten of his fingers.


He goes to the emergency room.

The doctor says, "Yuck! Well, give me the fingers, and I'll see what I can do."

Jalalludin  says, "I haven't got the fingers."

The doctor says, "What do you mean, you haven't got the fingers? It's 2009. We've got microsurgery and all kinds of incredible techniques. I could have put them back on and made you like new. Why didn't you bring the fingers?"

Jalalludin says, "Well, Doc, I couldn't pick 'em up, could I"

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21 March


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 This weeks ladies taleem will be held at the home of Farahnaaz Omar, 57 Dandelion St, Eight Mile Plains.

Call 3219 8150 for more information.


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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