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Sunday, 26 April 2009

 .Newsletter 0233

News you won't find on CNN!




Interfaith Delegation Heads Home


Pope Benedict XVI acknowledges the Muslim/Catholic delegation after greeting the delegation's Bishop Christopher Prowse

The Muslim/Catholic Delegation from Australia currently on a study tour of Istanbul and Rome head back home this week after an eventful week in Rome where they were invited to a cocktail dinner held in their honour at the residence of Tim Fischer, Australian Ambassador to the Holy See of the Vatican (pictured below)


On Wednesday the delegation was given special seating at the Vatican during the Pope's audience to a crowd of some 25 000 who filled St Peter's Square.


In between visiting the historical sites, the group held meetings with the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue; the Institute for the Study of Religions and Cultures at the Gregorian University; the Tiber Institute; and the Pontifical Institute for Arabic and Islamic Studies.

On Friday the delegation headed to the Great Mosque of Rome (reported to be the largest in Europe) for the Jummah prayers.


Saturday was spent in the medieval town of Assisi a two hour drive north of Rome, to the home of St Francis.


Fatih Asar, President of the Queensland Intercultural Society, told CCN that through this initiative, believed to be the first of its kind to involve Muslims and Christians to the cities of Istanbul and Rome over fourteen days, an example has been set for successful interfaith co-operation, understanding and friendship.


The tour was jointly organized by the Australian Intercultural Society and the Melbourne Catholic Archdiocese.






Muslim Delegation

Mr Orhan Cicek

Mrs Turkan Cicek

Mr Fatih Asar

Prof Ismail Albayrak

Mr Ikebal Patel

Ms Zuleyha Keskin

Mr Mehmet Saral

Mr Osman Karolia

Mr Mustafa Ally

Mr Albert Fatileh

Ms Heba Ibrahim

Catholic Delegation

Bishop Christopher Prowse

Fr John Dupuche

Mr David Schütz

Dr Stewart Sharlow

Mrs Charlotte Haine-Sharlow

Fr Denis Stanley

Mrs Gwenda Rait

Dr Max Stephens

Dr Anita Ray

Dr Anne Hunt

Fr John Pearce

Prof Greg Barton

Ambassador Tim Fisher at his residence

Inside the Great Mosque of Rome

Homestays Required

The University of Queensland is currently searching for families who are interested in hosting international students and are able to provide for a Halal diet.


They are particularly searching from homestay families to assist us with hosting a large group of Omani students from a prestigious University in June/July.


They also have an increasing population of Middle Eastern students in need of homestays who study for short and long periods of time.


If you need further information contact:

Janet Flanagan
Student Services | Institute of Continuing & TESOL Education (ICTE-UQ)
The University of Queensland | Brisbane Queensland 4072 | Australia
Telephone + 61 7 3346 3415 | fax + 61 7 3346 6771 | email j.flanagan@icte.uq.edu.au | web www.icte.uq.edu.au




Islamic College of Brisbane Commemorates ANZAC Day

Lest we forget


Anzac Day is an important day for the Australian people due to the fact that many of our servicemen lost their lives fighting for our country, amongst them were members from our own Muslim families.

On May 8m 1997 the Daily Telegraph published a story entitled "Wings of Courage" in which it mentioned that one of our Muslim brothers who gave his life, not only for our country, but also for a tiny village in France. Extracts from the article are as follows:

"Bravery wears many faces. And in times of war it brushes those who normally would be exposed to nothing more than the hazards of civilian life. Were it not for the war - World War II - the name of Brisbane Grammar school old boy M.A.G. (Bob) Howsan would not be etched into everlasting memory on a memorial in Marly-Le-Roi, a small town in France
And had he survived, he would probably have marched in an Anzac Day parade last month along with his mates, had a few grogs, played two-up and reminisced about those long gone days. Instead, his memory is proudly recalled every Armistice Day - November 11 - in faraway France.

The story starts on the night of April 1-2, 1942 when six airmen attached to the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) in Squadron 405 - known amongst the crews as Vancouver Squadron - took off in their Wellington bomber from Pocklington in Yorkshire for a routine raid on the Ford factory in Poissy. It, along with other factories in the vicinity, had been seized by the Germans.

The crew of the bomber - although all technically "British" - came from several Commonwealth countries. The pilot, Flight-Sergeant Howsan, was Australian: the rear-gunner Pilot officer MacKinnon, and the second air gunner, Sergeant Ashun, were UK born while the three remaining members of the crew - the second pilot Flight Sergeant Howe, first air gunner, Flight Sergeant Page and the air observer, Pilot Officer Laurel Burgoyne, were Canadians.
It was a motley group but by no means unusual.

They took off according to the sole survivor, Burgoyne, dropped their bombs from a low altitude. But as the Wellington turned for home it was hit by German anti-aircraft fire.

Writing to Howsan's mother after the war - his earlier letter telling her of the news of how her son died appears to have been confiscated by the British censors - Burgoyne tells her of how the aircraft caught fire.

Burgoyne reported it to Howsan and then concentrated on battling the flames. Soon his parachute caught fire and, as he went forward again to report that the situation appeared hopeless he was catapulted out of the aircraft through the open hatch.

He managed to open what was left of his burned chute and was lucky to land on a tree that broke his fall. From there he watched in horror as Howsan guided the fireball away from the village of tiny houses, church and school until, safely over a park, the aircraft crashed in a ball of flame.

A few years ago, the deputy mayor of Marly-le- Roi, Patrick Gautier, said "There is no doubt that these young men did everything they could right up to the last moment, to avoid falling on the village."

Those in Mary-Le-Roi who still recall the event, tell how the outline of one body was imprinted in the ground and on the morning of April 2, a small procession of villagers laid bunches of violets in the poignant silhouette until ordered from the scene by the German troops.

Burgoyne was captured, badly burned and injured, and spent the rest of the war in a PoW camp.

The Germans arranged a military funeral for the crew whose final resting place was the local cemetry - Les Gonards de Versailles.

Despite the years that have passed, the towns-people never forgot the bravery displayed by the crew and on November 11, 1994 a memorial to them was unveilled."

The Queensland Muslim Historical Society Inc. has reproduced this article so that the Muslims of Queensland all know about our own Muslim hero. Bob Howsan was the son of the original Howsan family who was the ancestor of the Howsan, Rane and Mahommed families who are now a great proportion of our original Muslim community.

In respect for our fallen war heroes and to join with the rest of our patriotic Australians, our welfare shop will be closed on Saturday, April 25.

Janeth Deen

President: Queensland Muslim Historical Society

President: Queensland Muslim Welfare Association

Multicultural Summit: Call for Abstracts

The Multicultural Summit ’09 Steering Committee invites submissions for abstracts for Multicultural Summit ’09 which will be held at the State Library of Queensland on Monday, 26 October 2009 and Tuesday, 27 October 2009.

Panel proposals and proposals for individual papers are invited on any aspect of multiculturalism, nationalism, and pluralism but particularly those addressing the following themes and streams:

o An Australian identity?
o Multiculturalism & Nationalism – competing or strengthening themes?
o Managing diversity or embracing diversity?
o Linked issue examples: employment, education, housing, government service delivery, cultural competencies, and migration.

Papers which present research outcomes, track trends or developments, describe case studies or works in progress, are of speculative projection, challenge existing paradigms or record a history, are all welcome.


More information


Looking to Rent?

House for rent in Underwood
4 bedroom plus study
2 bathroom
Formal lounge and dining room
Open plan kitchen and living area
Reverse cycle air conditioners
To view or any queries please contact Nazeera Khatree on 0411 045 021


Dinner with the Stars

With under one week to go until the upcoming “Not Just For Laughs’ live comedy show, this is your last chance to rub shoulders with the celebrity performers who will be taking the spotlight.


Only four tickets to the ‘Dinner With the Stars’ remain.


If you would like to be one of the fortunate few and undertake this opportunity of a lifetime to meet, mingle and dine with Internet celebrity BABA ALI, NAZEEM HUSSAIN and other celebrities in-the-making, then do not delay.

Tickets to the dinner, which will take place on Friday, 1st May 2009, after the show, will be charged at $150 per person.


This is a rare opportunity that should not be missed! Call 0405 230305 to reserve your seat, but act fast as only four tickets are available!


These tickets must go, so call today with your offer!

Maradona's Mate's Update

Last week the team took to the field again after a two week break due to the weather and Easter. After an hour's drive to get to the fields, the lads made sure the drive home was a happy one, coming back from 2 goals down to win 5-3 against Northpine Mavericks. This past Saturday in a fixture that saw 1 v 2, the team had a case of dejavu after going down 2-0 to win the game 5-3 against Northpine Kalangaroos. 


Next week Saturday the boys host Lifehouse at their homeground on Lister Street at 3pm. Your support is most welcomed.  


To follow the teams progress visit: http://www.qcsa.org.au/fixtures/index.php?division=SM3N


CresWalk'09: The Countdown Begins!


Only 21 Days Left!

Sunday 17 May 2009

Orleigh Park, West End

Register online


Registration form

CCN Supporting Local Enterprise


Raeesa Couture invites you to an afternoon of exciting bargains on Saturday 25 April between 12.00-4.00pm

Ladies this is your last chance! Come in to see our range of eastern wear, costume jewellery, beaded jeans and much more! All stock must be cleared!



Creative Hands Playgroup with a Difference!


CCN Reader's Discussion Forum


Have your say on www.ccnforum.ning.com


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













WEEK 2 of our 4week training program:


Please note that the following program is suitable for beginners.  For the more competitive or serious athlete, intensity, duration and frequency of exercises need to be increased!




DAY 1:

Walk for a minimum of 45 mins. (10 mins. at a moderate pace,  30 mins. at a more brisk pace and 5 mins. cool down / slow pace.



Healthy Tip:  Always keep your body hydrated - carry a bottle of water with you daily!


DAY 2:

Similar to day 1.  Increase your walking time by 5 mins. or more if you feel comfortable and include some hills as part of your course.

Wear some ankle weights for extra resistance.  Remember, the aim is to constantly challenge the muscles!


DAY 3:

A spin (cycle) class will be great for strengthening the legs so be sure to give it a go.  Alternatively, a ride in the park could be just as challenging if you’re new to cycling. Ensure good posture and technique. 


DAY 4:

Back to strength training team!  Lift weights, including your own body weight (tricep dips, push-ups, sit-ups, chin-ups, etc).


DAY 5:

Active recovery -  Do an activity that you enjoy (low impact).  Include your stretching routine.


DAY 6:

Take on a more challenging walking or cycling course (steeper hills, etc.). Be sure to increase the distance on last week.


DAY 7: 

Head for the pool and enjoy a few laps of swimming for an all over body workout. If you’re not comfortable swimming or don’t have access to a pool, a gentle walk in the park or an active game with the kids will do.


PLEASE NOTE:  The above training program assumes a healthy participant.  Those with medical conditions or who are not  already physically active, need to seek clearance from their GP before starting any form of exercise.




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




250 ml cake flour - 250 ml grated cheddar cheese - 125 g butter or margarine.
• 1 onion, chopped,
• 15 ml cooking oil
• 2 extra large eggs, beaten
• 250 ml milk
• 200 g can tuna chunks, drained
• 285 g can creamed mushrooms
• 15 ml chopped fresh chives or 5 ml dried chives,
• salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
• 1tsp ground chillies
• Fresh chives to garnish.

Method for base
Mix flour, cheese and butter by using a food processor or rub in with hands. Press firmly into a greased 23 cm pie dish.

Saute` onion in oil until soft. Whisk the eggs and milk; add onion and all the other ingredients.

Pour into pastry base and bake in a preheated oven at 180 degrees for about 35 minutes.

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


Jallaludin goes to see the Mula Nasruddin. "Brother Nasruddin, something terrible is happening and I have to talk to you about it."

Mula Nasruddin asked, "What's wrong?"

Jallaludin replied, "My wife is poisoning me."

Mula Nasruddin, very surprised by this, asks, "How can that be?"

Jallaludin then pleads, "I'm telling you, I'm certain she's poisoning me, what should I do?"

Mula Nasruddin then offers, "Tell you what. Let me talk to her, I'll see what I can find out and I'll let you know."

A week later the Mula Nasruddin calls Jallaludin and says, "Well, I spoke to your wife. I spoke to her on the phone for three hours. You want my advice?"

Jallaludin anxiously says, "Yes."

"Take the poison," says Mula Nasruddin.

Notice Board


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Ladies High Tea

Baba Ali

ICoB Springfete


Mufti Umar in Brisbane

Muslim Youth Summit

Course: Road to Recovery

International Food Festival GC Mosque

Short Course for Reverts

GUMSA Seminars

Mufti Umar in Brisbane


Algester Mosque Fund Raiser 

Get Engaged

Media Training for Muslim Youth

Islamic Classes for Teenagers

IWAQ Swimming


AMAL Muslim Helpline

Islamic Book Exbition

Speed Intros

Golf Weekend

Police Recruitment





The CCN Date Claimer







(Click on link)





26 April


Algester Mosque Fundraiser

Islamic Society of Algester

Logan West Community Centre, Wineglass Dr. BROWNS PLAINS

0403 338 040

2pm to 5pm

26 April


Ladies High Tea


Mt Coot-tha, Botanic Gardens, Lakeside Garden Cafe

0401 391 123


1 May


Not Just For Laughs - Baba Ali

Muslim Aid Australia in affiliation with Muslim Women And Friends

The Chandler Theatre, The Sleeman Centre

0405 448 045

7:30pm sharp

2 May



Islamic College of Brisbane

ICOB, Karawatha

0402 794 253

11am to 7pm

3 May



FAMSY & Gold Coast Mosque

Skirmish Paintball Action Centre,
321 Mount Samson Rd, Samford

0421 717 846

1pm to 4pm

9 May


In My Boots: QPS Recruiting Info Session

Queensland Police Service

Darra Mosque, Douglas St. OXLEY

0404 731 348

2pm to 9pm

10 May


Fundraiser Family Brunch

Islamic Society of Algester Ladies Auxiliary

Logan West Community Centre, Wineglass Dr, Hillcrest

0403 118 537

from 11am

17 May



Crescents of Brisbane

Orleigh Park, West End

0402 026 786

7am to 1pm

24 May


Muslim Youth Summit

MYServices & various organizations

Griffith University,

M10 1.30

0432 271 601

9.30am to 1.30pm

31 May



Islamic Society of Gold Coast

Gold Coast Mosque

0412 601 152

10.00 till late

6-8 June


Golf Weekend

Shahaad Suleman

Coral Cove Golf Resort

0404 280 582

All Day

19 July



Lailatul Me'raj

17 July


Speed Intros for Muslims

Julu Latif

Sebel Citigate Hotel, Brisbane

0400 142 786


25 July


USQ Islamic Centre Open Day

Islamic Soc. of Toowoomba

USQ Islamic Centre, TOOWOOMBA


10.30am to 3pm

26 July


Mini Tennis Tournament

Shabir Elias

Griffith University, Mt Gravatt Campus

0415 467 868


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

The Coffee Club, RNA Showground



26 September



Eidfest Committee

Mt Gravatt Showgrounds

0418 722 353

All day

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

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.




The ladies Taaleem programme this Thursday will be at the home of

Zainie Issadeen

26 Westpark Place, Kuraby

 All Ladies Welcome!

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: 7pm to 7.50pm

Every Friday

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

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

Time: 8pm 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

 Discussion Forum & Social Network for CCN Readers

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

New website

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)

Eidfest 2009

Kotku Mosque - Dubbo NSW



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