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Sunday, 1 March 2009

 .Newsletter 0225


News you won't find on CNN!



Bush Fire Appeal Closes Soon



The Victoria Bush Fire Appeal has reached almost $10 000 thanks to the contributions of the Muslim community and the Muslim businesses and organizations of Queensland.


This appeal will end on Saturday 7 March, so if you would like to make a donation please click on the image on the left for all the details.

Shummis takes up the Reigns as President



At the meeting of the Executive Committee of Muslim Business Network held during the week Mr. Shummis Rane was appointed the new President and Mr. Naseem Abdul retained his position as Vice President.


Mr. Iqbal Lambat is the Treasurer and Mr. Bilal Rauf the Secretary. 



Director of Muslim girls school charged with stealing


THE director of a Muslim girls high school in Perth has been charged with stealing more than $350,000.

Police will also allege he defrauded the WA and Federal governments of a funds totalling more than $1 million.

Major fraud squad detectives today charged the 50-year-old man with four counts of the fraudulent falsification of records, one count of stealing as a director of a company, two counts of making false statements in an application, and two counts of making false statements in a statutory declaration.

Police will allege that he falsified grant applications and other documents in order to receive public funds for the Muslim Ladies College of Australia that it was not entitled to.

The alleged offences took place while he was a director of the school between August 2005 and April 2007, police said.

They would allege that as well as fraudulently obtaining the funds for the school, the accused man had stolen $355,914 in school funds.

The man is due to appear in Perth Magistrates Court on March 3.



Postcard from the Outback Omars





Dr. Anver and Bilkish Omar of Brisbane have just returned to Brisbane after completing a stint in the Northern Territories and sent in an update on their travels to CCN.


The Tooth, the Whole Tooth, and Nothing but the Tooth


Dr. Anver Omar



[CCN Editor] Readers are warned that some 'extracts' in the article may be quiet confronting. J








The second installment on the Outback Adventures of the Omars will appear in next week's CCN.


Proposal for the Expansion of the Holy Mosque 





ABC Promo: Entertaining political debate with Opposition frontbencher, Christopher Pyne, Labor's Parliamentary Secretary for Disabilities, Bill Shorten, writer and actor Jonathan Biggins, bio-ethicist, researcher and writer, Leslie Cannold and Sabrina Houssami, Miss World Australia 2006, an extraordinary young woman of mixed Islamic/Indian descent.


A young Muslim viewer from Melbourne, Felicia Shukor, asked Sabrina about the glass ceiling that kept women down in the workplace, and audience member Geoff Quinn queried why someone like Sabrina was always given the adjective “Muslim” while Christopher, for example, was not described as “Catholic Liberal MP”.


View the program


Sabrina Houssami is a former Miss World Australia and current Miss World Asia . She represented Australia at Miss World 2006 contest in Poland, taking out third place.She is an active charity ambassador, and has helped to raise over five million dollars for charities across the world. This work has seen her travelling to East Timor, Malaysia and Singapore to assist with causes there.

But Sabrina is not just a beauty queen. She is a member of Mensa, with an IQ in the top 2 per cent of the global population. She is currently a Liberal Studies student majoring in Psychology and English at the University of Sydney. She works part-time variously as model, motivational speaker and events host.

Sabrina was born in 1986 in the Sydney suburb of Kemps Creek. Her father is Muslim Lebanese and her mother Indian. She successfully weathered some very sensational press reports around the time she first decided to enter beauty contests. While headlines screamed “Muslim girl defies Muftis” , Sabrina had in fact entered the contests with the full support of her local community.

Sabrina currently lives with her parents and younger sister, Abbey, in her home on the banks of the Georges River, and aspires towards a career in the media upon completing her degree.

Read articles and watch reports about Sabrina Houssami.





Fund Raiser Postponed





The Harmony Day Fund Raiser has been postponed to Sunday 29 March (on account of the State elections).


Enjoy a night out and a fine meal and be part of a worthy cause.





Salam Cafe for the Logies 


You can get behind Salam Cafe, winner of the Australian Muslim Media of the Year Award 2008, and vote for the show to win the "Most Popular Light Entertainment Program" at the TV Week Logie Awards.


The deadline for voting is 6 March.


For more information about Salam Cafe, go to their website http://www.sbs.com.au/salamcafe/


Cast your vote at: http://surveys.asteroid.com.au/bvbin/bvgate.cgi?SID=915663&NOJ=1 


You will have to make a few votes before you get to the Most Popular Light Entertainment Program section.






For any light entertainment program including comedy, game, talk, variety and music shows on Australian-made television in 2008

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9am With David & Kim

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Maggie With...

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The Gruen Transfer

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Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader?

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Mark Loves Sharon

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The Hollowmen

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Australia's Funniest Home Videos

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Mornings With Kerry-Anne

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The Know

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Australia's Got Talent

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The Mansion

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Cash Cab

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Review With Miles Barlow

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The Merrick & Rosso Show

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Celebrity Singing Bee

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The New Inventors

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Comedy Slapdown

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The Rich List

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Deal Or No Deal


Salam Cafe

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Enough Rope With Andrew Denton

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Spicks & Specks

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20 To 01

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Good News Week

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Very Small Business

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Hole In The Wall

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Swift And Shift Couriers

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Video Hits

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Kenny's World

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The Einstein Factor




Kia for sale 









Kia Carnival bought in May 2005, full service history. Mileage 59,500 km. Excellent condition.

For further details contact Anver Omar on 04246 17968

Little Mosque on the Prairie: Season 3 Episode 3


A Funny Thing Happened on the Way


Part 1




Part 2

Part 3



AFIC Activities



Around the Muslim World with CCN


India Muslims Chafe Under Discrimination 

Three months after coordinated terrorist attacks in India's financial capital of Mumbai, Indian Muslims are chafed at the growing discrimination since the atrocities.

"Every time there is a terror blast and a Muslim is arrested, it is as if an entire community must accept the blame," Laila Atif, 30, a marketing executive, told the Washington Times on Saturday, February 21.

"Do we demand the same sense of collective guilt from other communities?"

More than 160 people, at least a third of whom were Muslims, were killed in attacks on several Mumbai targets in November.

Read the rest.....


The Inbox


Assalaamu Alaykum,


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CCN Reader's Discussion Forum

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


This week




 The Lemon Tree: An Arab, a Jew, and the Heart of the Middle East



Sandy Tolan 


The tale of a simple act of faith between two young people - one Israeli, one Palestinian - that symbolizes the hope for peace in the Middle East.

In 1967, not long after the Six-Day War, three young Arab men ventured into the town of Ramle, in what is now Jewish Israel. They were cousins, on a pilgrimage to see their childhood homes; their families had been driven out of Palestine nearly twenty years earlier. One cousin had a door slammed in his face, and another found his old house had been converted into a school. But the third, Bashir Al-Khairi, was met at the door by a young woman called Dalia, who invited them in.

This act of faith in the face of many years of animosity is the starting point for a true story of a remarkable relationship between two families, one Arab, one Jewish, amid the fraught modern history of the region. In his childhood home, in the lemon tree his father planted in the backyard, Bashir sees dispossession and occupation; Dalia, who arrived as an infant in 1948 with her family from Bulgaria, sees hope for a people devastated by the Holocaust. As both are swept up in the fates of their people, and Bashir is jailed for his alleged part in a supermarket bombing, the friends do not speak for years. They finally reconcile and convert the house in Ramle into a day-care centre for Arab children of Israel, and a center for dialogue between Arabs and Jews. Now the dialogue they started seems more threatened than ever; the lemon tree died in 1998, and Bashir was jailed again, without charge.

The Lemon Tree grew out of a forty-three minute radio documentary that Sandy Tolan produced for Fresh Air. With this book, he pursues the story into the homes and histories of the two families at its center, and up to the present day. Their stories form a personal microcosm of the last seventy years of Israeli-Palestinian history. In a region that seems ever more divided, The Lemon Tree is a reminder of all that is at stake, and of all that is still possible.


Another review


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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, my husband and I train together daily but are often too time-poor to stretch.

Is it OK not to bother stretching at times?





A: Stretching is one of the most important phases of any training schedule and should not be overlooked.


Make it an essential part of your daily training program.


Try my following smart-stretch rules:

• Incorporate several muscle groups in one stretch, making it more time effective
• Hold your stretches for about 20 seconds
• Never force a stretch, go only to where you can feel the stretch
• If you're really pushed for time, at least stretch the muscles that you used most during your workout
• Finish your workout a few minutes earlier which will give you some time for stretching



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


  Pecan Shortbread



1 Cup Butter Softened –Whip for ten minutes and then stir in
½ cup Icing sugar
¼ cup corn flour (maziena).
1½ cups flour.


Beat again on high for 2 minutes
Add ½ cup chopped pecans
Drop a tablespoon of the mixture, leaving some space in between onto a baking tray lined with baking paper. Bake at 180c for 12 minutes- allow to cool before transferring onto wire racks – When cool dust with sifted icing sugar.

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



A Fisheries warden  finds Jallalludin at the dam with ten Barramundi cod in a bucket.

"That's way over the limit," he says. "You're under arrest."

"But Sir, please," Jallalludin  says, "these are my pet fish from home. I just bring them down here to let them swim free once a week. When I whistle, they all come back and get into the bucket to go home."

"I don't believe it," says the warden. "Show me."

Jallalludin  promptly dumps the cod into the dam and gazes after them as they swim away.

After a minute, the warden says, "OK, how long?"

"How long what?" says Jallalludin.

"How long till you call the fish back?"

"What fish?"

Notice Board


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Victoria Bush Fire Appeal

Islamic Beliefs & Working

with Muslim Clients

Clean Up Australia Day


ICoB Springfete

IWAQ Swimming


Short Course for Reverts

"Take a Chill Pill"

Harmony Day

Fund Raiser

(new date)

Girls Outdoor Adventure

AMAL Muslim Helpline

Gaza Public Meeting


The CCN Date Claimer







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28 February & 1 March

Sat & Sun

Girls Outdoor Adventure

MYServices & Al-Nisa

Numinbah Valley Trails

0402 529 395

from 6am

1 March


Clean Up Australia Day

MYServices & AMARAH

Brandon Rd, Entrance to Williams Park, RUNCORN

0432 271 601


7 March


Take a Chill Pill: Anger Management & Go Carting

MYServices & Al-Nisa

Kingston Park
Raceway, 20 Mudgee
St, Kingston

0432 271 601


10 March



Birthday of Prophet Mohammed (SAW)

14 March


Spa Day for Women: Fund Raiser

Fa'izah Batchelor

Napper Rd. Parkwood, Gold Coast

0404 713 624

10am to 10pm

15 March


Al-Amyn 7-a-side-cup

Sunnah Inspirations

Rochedale State High School, Priestdale St. ROCHEDALE

0424 022 088

9am to 5pm

21 March


Fiji Flood Disaster: Dinner

Darra Mosque

Darra Mosque

0418 722 353


29 March


Harmony Day Fund Raiser Dinner: Milperra High School

Crescents of Brisbane and  Kuraby Lions

Michael's Restaurant

0402 026 786


2 May



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

19 July



Lailatul Me'raj

6 August



Lailatul Baraat

22 August



Start of Ramadhan

16 September



Lailatul Qadr

19 September



End of Ramadhan

20 September




26 September


MBN Eid Dinner

Muslim Business Network

RNA Showground



3 October


QPS/EECQ Cup: 2009 Qld Multicultural football tournament



0438 114 619

9am to 5pm

3 October


Eid Dinner

Islamic Society of Darra

Darra Mosque, 219 Douglas St, Oxley

0418 757 157


4 October







0438 114 619

9am to 5pm

10 October



Eidfest Committee

Mt Gravatt Showgrounds

0418 722 353

All day

24 October


Breast Cancer Awareness

Crescents of Brisbane


0404 296 297


27 November




18 December



Islamic New Year


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




This week's ladies taleem will be held on Thursday between 11:00am and 12:00pm at the home of Fatima Paruk at 66 Gungurru Street Kuraby.


Call 0401422592  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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Useful Links


Crescents Community News (CCN) Readers' Forum

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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.


Australian International Islamic College (Durack)



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