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Sunday, 16 August 2009

 .Newsletter 0249


News you won't find on CNN!



QMWA comes to the aid of Brisbane family


(left to right) Mirsada Nuhovic, Dzenan Nuhovic, Janeth Deen, Nedzad Nuhovic and Wilma Bothwell at their home In Coopers Plains

The Department of Communities Disability Services called on the Muslim community to seek financial assistance on behalf of Mr Dzenan Nuhovic, who required a swimming pool hoist to support his ongoing health needs.


Dzenan is 31 years of age and was involved in a serious car accident in October 2000 where he sustained a severe closed brain injury.


He was an inpatient at Royal Brisbane Hospital for two and half years, before returning home with his parents in March 2003.


Dzenan, his siblings and parents moved to Australia nine years ago as Bosnian Muslim refugees.


Both parents have been psychologically impacted upon as a result of their experience of war.


Dzenan currently has no use of his legs or torso, limited movement in his arms, and is completely dependent on 24-hour care for all his daily living needs.


He has very high support needs and requires constant hands on physical, medical and therapeutic support and spends most of the day in bed and is fully dependent on his family and carers for all daily self-care and living needs.


He receives the majority of his nutrition via gastrostomy feeding.


Dzenan has no formal communication skills, but interacts with his family members and carers through facial expressions and eye movements.


Dzenan’s parents, Nedzad and Mirsada, provide all of his care and are very committed to caring for Dzenan at home, continuing to support his rehabilitation and increase his quality of life.


Responding to the call for financial assistance, the Queensland Muslim Welfare Association came to the rescue and within a matter of hours the Nuhovic family was presented with a cheque of $5 700 from the QMWA and the newly formed Muslim Charitable Foundation which was the balance of monies need to have the hoist installed.


Ms. Janeth Deen and Ms. Wilma Bothwell manage the QMWA store in Ewing Road, Woodridge and raise funds through the sale of second clothes and other goods donated by the local Muslim community.


Fred Hollows sets its sights on Southern Africa


The Fred Hollows Foundation fund raising dinner, supported by the Rotary Club of Archerfield, Crescents of Brisbane, Crescents Community News (CCN), the Muslim Business Network (MBN) and the Islamic Council of Queensland, was held last night (Saturday) at the Michael's Oriental Restaurant.


The primary aim of the event was to create awareness of the work of the Foundation and to support its programs in Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, South Africa and Tanzania.


Foundation Ambassador and three time Olympian swimmer, Susie O’Neill, was at hand to talk of her passion for the cause and proved very popular with the audience. Susie's eye surgeon husband, Dr. Cliff Fairlie, explained the intricacies of the cataract operation when prompted by Master of Ceremonies, Gary Hardgrave.


Gabi Hollows one of Australia's 100 Living Treasures and recipient of the Advance Australia Award for Community Service and a Rotary International Paul Harris Fellow spoke of the pioneering work of husband Fred,

Phil Black, aka Blacky, the Singing Auctioneer did the honours of selling off a number of items ranging from rugby jerseys to holidays and train rides.


The success of the event can largely be attributed to the tireless efforts of Sue Larsen of the Fred Hollows Foundation and Abdul Rahman Deen of the Rotary Club of Archerfield.


Michael's Oriental Restaurant


(left to right) Daud Batchelor, Bilal Rauf, Gaby Hollows, Susie O'Neill,

Farouk Adam, Cliff Fairlie and Shummis Rane

(left to right) Judy Spence MP, Gaby Hollows, Susie O'Neill, Jenny Deen,

Kim and Rodney Smith and Wilma Bothwell

(left to right) Gaby Hollows, Susie O'Neill, Ms Frazana Dean and

Ms Maimun Nisha Deen

(left to right) Adul Rahman Deen, Amina and Imraan Hussein, Gaby Hollows,

Asghar (Oscar) Deen and Susie O'Neill

(left to right) Dawood Mall and Susie O'Neill



From the IWAQ Desk......


Ramadan is approaching very fast and with it the opportunity to share in the spirit of giving during Ramadan. 


We are pleased to announce that IWAQ is starting collection of non perishable goods for packing and distribution for the 2009 Ramadan Hamper Drive.  


The hampers are distributed to families and individuals who are from refugee backgrounds and elderly or people living on their own who are on limited income.


Non perishable goods include: Flour, sugar, rice, pasta, (preferably 1kg or 2kg bags), cereal, honey, canned tomato, oil, etc.  Also you can donate money for meat vouchers.


Please call IWAQ Office on 3423 3022 to arrange for drop off your donations.


We are also inviting volunteers to help us pack the hampers. If you would like to volunteer please call the office on 3423 3022 and earn Allah’s pleasure.


Please ensure that all food items donated (biscuits etc) are halaal.



Muna Ibrahim

Islamic Women's Association of Qld. (IWAQ)

Ph: 3423 3022

Fax: 3423 3099

Mob: 0410 533 203

Email: muna.i@iwaq.org.au


AFIC Media Releases

Tree Planting Project


The Kuraby Lions are hosting another tree planting day on Saturday 3 October.

Like last year's effort (pictured left) this will be in the area off Beenleigh Road at Kuraby (the land next to Gateway flyover).

Ten young volunteers have been committed from the Mormon Church on Underwood Road and Crescents of Brisbane will take care of the sausage sizzle.

The plan is to plant 450 trees between between 8.00am - 11.00am

If you would like to help out then contact David Forde of the Lions Club of Kuraby on 0413 874 008

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A.M.C. skillet pan with lid brand new for sale $300 contact Shireen Coovadia 33411178


Home-grown Muslim role models can help turn tide of hate

Adem Somyurek in The Age


Training Australian imams is crucial to engaging with youth


KELVIN Thomson got it wrong when he blamed the screening process of immigrants for the terror threat on Australia. Clearly, recent events suggest that home-grown terrorism is the biggest threat to our security, and not the challenges brought in by immigrants. Decision makers should not be distracted by Thomson's comments last week and, instead, concentrate on solving a domestic issue that is both as disturbing as it is complex and relies on our understanding of Muslim clerics in Australia.

But first we need to acknowledge that we are involved in a battle for the hearts and minds of Muslim youth who, for a wide range of reasons, feel alienated and unable to connect with being Australian. They are soft targets for people who take advantage of this disconnect and stoke the feelings of isolation by promoting victimhood, hate and mass murder.

We need to tackle this problem and prevent the poisoning of the hearts and minds of alienated Muslim youth. And the best way we can do this is by training and educating our own imams.

Currently, there are two categories of imams operating in Australia: imams who are trained but imported from the Muslim world, and self-taught lay people who arbitrarily claim the title of imam.

If we look at the first category we must ask why it is believed that an imam trained in the Islamic world where values of democracy, pluralism and human rights seldom exist and where anti-Western sentiment prevails among the masses and officialdom could be capable of offering spiritual guidance and preaching sermons appropriate to Australia's laws and cultural setting.

Should the more enlightened of these imported imams attempt, in good faith, to preach and offer spiritual guidance compatible with Australian values, can they connect with Muslim youth, when the common bonds of a shared Australian culture and English language are remiss?

The Age

CCN Turns 250 Next Week!


CCN is about to celebrate its 250th birthday. On 23rd August CCN will officially turn 250.


As our birthday draws near we’d be more than happy to hear your thoughts and feelings of the uninterrupted journey that you have taken together with us over the last 5 years.

You can email us at ccn@crescentsofbrisbane.org


We wish to thank the many individuals and organizations who have already sent us emails. We look forward to publishing as many as we can in next week's 250th issue.


Bill of rights under debate at conference


Cultural and religious leaders, judges, academics and other experts in law and religion gathered in Canberra this week to examine the potential implications of a bill of rights on human rights and freedoms.


Held by the University of Adelaide's Research Unit for the Study of Society, Law, and Religion (RUSSLR) and the Brigham Young University Law School in the US, speakers at the conference debated whether a proposed bill of rights for Australia would enhance or curtail cultural, religious and other freedoms and rights.


"Human rights have been brought into sharp focus with recent legislative and executive actions affecting human rights in immigration, Indigenous affairs and bikie groups," says RUSSLR Director and conference organiser Dr Paul Babie, University of Adelaide.


"The National Human Rights Consultation Committee, led by Father Frank Brennan, will report at the end of September but there is a dearth of knowledge about a potential charter or bill of rights and what it might mean for cultural and religious rights and freedoms in Australia.


"We expect some vigorous debate. Our goal is to ensure that adequate information from both sides of the debate is presented at the conference and that this is conveyed to politicians who will make the ultimate decision."


`Cultural and Religious Freedom under a bill of rights' was held at Old Parliament House, Canberra on 13-15 August. More information can be found at www.crfbillofrights.org/


Among the speakers and panellists were:


  The Honourable Justice Tassaduq Hussain Jillani, Supreme Court of Pakistan, who was removed from office under the Musharraf Presidency when he refused to comply with the order requiring a new judicial oath. He was reinstated in 2008;

  Dr Ameer Ali, former President of the Australian Federation of Islamic Councils and head of the Howard Government's Muslim Community Reference Group. He called for a strong Charter of Rights to thwart "real threats" to religious freedom and religious tolerance.


Ramadan Timetables


Kuraby Mosque

Islamic Society of Toowoomba



If you would like to have your Mosque's Ramadan timetable posted on CCN email an electronic version to ccn@crescentsofbrisbane.org

National Social Cohesion Conference: “Challenging Islamophobia Towards Social Justice & Inclusion”


From Sunday 19th July to Tuesday 21st July, Affinity Intercultural Foundation in collaboration with Macquarie University,

- "Islamophobia definitely exists. It is definitely wrong" Robin Margo - President, NSW Jewish Board of Deputies

- "Australian identity is fluid and resplendent

with possibilities" Jihad Dib - Principal,

Punchbowl Boy's High School

- "Enlightenment comes with overcoming fear

of the difference" Jeff McMullen - Journalist,

author and film-maker

- "There is a growing politicisation of immigration" Prof Jock Collins - University of Technology, NSW

University of Western Sydney, University of Sydney and University of Newcastle held the inaugural "Challenging Islamophobia: Towards Social Justice & Inclusion" conference at the auspicious newly established Law Faculty at the University of Sydney.

The Conference commenced with its Symposium on Sunday evening with over 250 attendees from various sectors of the community including education, academia, political, public service and religious.


The Master of ceremonies, Mr. Ahmet Keskin welcomed the Hon. Paul Lynch M.P. who officially opened the program. The Hon. Paul Lynch applauded the unique initiative taken by Affinity Intercultural Foundation and the Organising Committee.


Prof Kevin Dunn from University of Western Sydney, discussed "Standing by Australian Muslims: Bearing witness to racism".


Assoc Prof Jake Lynch - University of Sydney, explored "Islamophobia and the media: complicity through denial and indifference".


The international guest speaker Dr Ihsan Yilmaz - SOAS, from University of London, UK presented "Islamophobia in Europe".


- "Islamic extremism is a term that shouldn't

be used" Detective Superintendant John O'Reilly - NSW Police Force

- "There is the latest arrival syndrome. When

does the new stop being new?" Mehmet Ozalp CEO, Affinity Intercultural Foundation

- "We are ALL Australian and let us be an

example to the world - perhaps we already are with so many migrants wanting to call Australia HOME!" Ikebal Patel - President, Australian Federation of Islamic Councils (AFIC)

- "Young Muslims will not engage in institutions that are perceived to be discriminatory and selfcriticism and transformation within Muslim institutions will become easier once the climate of Islamophobia is lifted" Ihsan Yilmaz - University of London, UK

Mehmet Ozalp - Affinity Intercultural Foundation, NSW then presented on "Islamophobia in Australia: Denial Sometimes Means Acceptance".


Significantly important to this Conference were the issues of Islamophobia and its influences on integration and citizenship within the current and future framework of Australian Multiculturalism.


The Monday and Tuesday leg of the conference explored the impact of Islamophobia with the following plenary panels:


- Muslim experiences, settling in Australia

- Media and its role in public hysteria
- Islam, the State and social inclusion
- Marginalisation, radicalisation and terrorism
- Muslim Women: narrated experiences from margins
- Anti-racism: learning from the past, new strategies

With delicious meals, rich morning teas and great supply of all-flavoured tea & coffee, participants expressed their appreciation for meals and the rich food for thought.



the Affinity Newsletter

Trad Treads 'Dangerous Territory'


Keysar Trad is a spokesperson for a section of the Australian Muslim community, and no stranger to controversy thanks to his former role as an interpreter for Sheik Taj El-Din Hilaly. He will argue that the values that have served to protect, preserve and strengthen the family in the Islamic Culture could benefit Australians:

As the family is failing and losing significance in the developed world, we could gain much benefit from appreciating the values that have served to protect, preserve and strengthen the family in other cultures.

Today, apart from the fear of losing one’s assets, marriage means little more than a lavish wedding party, to be held quite late in a person’s middle age out of a sense of nostalgia.

With modern trends leading away from marriage, you find Muslims and other religious people asserting the importance of preserving marriage and the family.

Islam teaches that if a man starts to feel a strong attraction to a woman other than his wife, rather than starting an illicit relationship, they will have the option of an openly acknowledged marriage that, unlike an affair, does not carry any stigma or shame.

Yet Australia provides severe penalties for such unions.

Venue: Sydney Opera House

Duration: 60 minutes with no interval







Keysar Trad's defamation case against a Sydney radio station collapsed in the Supreme Court recently.


MBN Business Synopsis

by Iqbal Lambat


Since late June, Australia has been bombarded with positive economic news – both domestic and foreign. Retail sales, exports, housing prices and employment all exceeded expectations, and the unemployment rate was below market expectations. There has also been a huge increase in both consumer and business confidence as measured by surveys by leading banks.

Our major companies have reported good profits this week with Telstra, Leightons, CBA and BHP all beating market expectations. And to top it all, our Reserve Bank governor has declared that despite the risk of a number of quarters of negative growth, the deep recession is all but over (did it really happen?).

The Asian markets are growing and even Germany and France are recording small positive growths. The USA is showing increasing signs of stabilising.

Right now it’s fair to say that the Australian economy has entered the second half of this calendar year with strong momentum and consumers and business in a strong confident mood.

Yet economists and indeed business leaders of BHP and CBA are advising caution. The 6% annualised real growth in the first 6 months of the year was boosted by government handouts, cheap fuel prices and low interest rates. It remains to be seen how much of the ebullience of the first six months survives into the second half of the year.

Treasurer Wayne Swan, in response to the indicators of growing confidence, issued the following blunt warning to workers, home buyers and job seekers: many people are still likely to lose their jobs or struggle to find work and borrowers will be hit by higher interest rates.

Read all about it in this week’s MBN Business News.


Sunnybank Saints Update


(left to right) Riaz Essof (Rio) and Muhammad Sabdia (Mo)

A win on Saturday afternoon would have all but ensured the lads at Sunnybank Saints (3N) a place in the final four.


An enticing encounter saw the Saints take on top of the ladder, Lifehouse.


On two previous occasions Lifehouse narrowly came out victors with a 3-2 and 2-1 scoreline.


This promised to be a tough contest and the match lived up to its billing, with the Saints putting on a fantastic display to win 1-0.


Naseer Ahmid grabbing the vital goal 25 minutes into the first half.


A superb all round performance from the team was superbly orchestrated by the midfield pairing of Muhammad Sabdia and Riaz Essof.


Sunnybank dominated the lion’s share of possession and should have easily have added a couple more to the score line.


With play offs just around the corner the team will need to be more clinical in front of goals.

Special mention and thanks to the passionate and vocal supporters on the sidelines. Some of the fans even came armed with the famous vuvuzela’s. The Saints were definitely playing with a 12th man.

With one round of games left in the season, the Saints need to lose by an astronomical margin to miss out on the final four play offs.


The next game sees the Saints face Tigers at Lister Street on the 22nd August at 7pm.


Special acknowledgement must be given to the Queensland Christian Soccer Association (QCSA) who revised the fixture from an afternoon game to an evening game to accommodate the majority of Muslim players in the team who will most likely be observing the first day of fasting of this year’s Ramadaan.

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


Making the most of the month of Ramadan (Week 1)


Iqbal Lambat has compiled a series of articles to assist CCN readers with maximizing their benefits during the month of Ramadan.


The articles contain advice and direction from leading Islamic scholars around the globe.


This week's articles on the month of Ramadan month focus on the following:

The importance of Ramadan – explains why Ramadan is important and the events that occurred in this month
How to welcome Ramadan – outlines briefly how a person should welcome Ramadan
What to do and pray in Ramadan – this is the centerpiece article that advises what a person should do and pray in Ramadan. It contains specific advice from leading scholars around the globe.
Tarawih & Tahajjud prayers – how to conduct these prayers
How to pray for forgiveness – we have been instructed to beg for forgiveness in the second ten nights of Ramadan – this article focuses on who we should beg for forgiveness.

Next week: Fasting rules – who should fast, exemptions, rules on fasting, what to do if you miss or break a fast


Largest Mosques of the World


Number 12


Around the Muslim World with CCN


Australian swimsuit banned in French pools


The Islamic beachware known as the burqini - the head-to-toe swimsuit designed by a Lebanese Australian Aheda Zanetti and seen commonly in swimming pools and beaches in Sydney and Melbourne - has caused a stir in Europe and been banned in French pools.

A 35-year-old woman known to French newspapers only as "Carole" was ordered to leave a public pool on the outskirts of Paris, ostensibly because her swimsuit constituted a "hygiene problem".

But her removal from the swimming complex has been interpreted as the latest chapter in the fight between the French government and fundamentalist Muslims as the debate on women's clothing and head coverings continues to rage in France.

The woman has now accused the pool of discrimination, describing her ban from the pool as segregation.

"I must fight to try to change things ... if the battle is lost, I cannot rule out leaving France," she said.

the Brisbane Times



The Mahatma’s last journey: Muslim mechanic restores car and principles


Bollywood seems all set to revisit Gandhigiri. But this time it’s debutant director Amit Rai narrating a part-fact-part-fiction story on Mahatma Gandhi’s principles through his “Road To Sangam” while telling the story of how a Muslim man restored the vintage Ford truck that carried Gandhi’s ashes in 1948.

The director says he took inspiration from a news story about the Ford V8 engine’s restoration by Allahabhad-based mechanic Hashmat Ullah. He has roped in veteran actors Paresh Rawal, Om Puri and Pavan Malhotra apart from Gandhi’s grandson Tushar, who plays himself in the film.

“I got the idea for the film from a news story that came on NDTV two-and-a-half years ago. It showed that the vehicle that carried Gandhi’s ashes in 1948 had been reduced to junk and was restored by a Muslim guy,” Rai told IANS over telephone from Mumbai.




Jim Fitzpatrick, Government minister, condemns traditional Muslim wedding


Jim Fitzpatrick (pictured right), a Government minister, has publicly condemned the Muslim tradition of separating men and women at weddings.


UK: The farming minister and his wife walked out of the marriage ceremony of a constituent after discovering they would have to sit in separate rooms.

He said the gender segregation was a sign of increasing radicalisation and was damaging to social cohesion.

However, Muslim leaders insist the custom is traditional at Islamic weddings as well as in mosques, and expressed surprise that Mr Fitzpatrick, a third of whose east London constituents are Muslims, was unaware of the fact.

It was suggested that the Labour MP was trying to appeal to white voters who may fear divided communities.

His comments echo the row triggered three years ago when Jack Straw, now the justice secretary, called Muslim face veils a “visible statement of separation and difference” and called for women to remove them during surgeries in his Blackburn constituency.

Sir Iqbal Sacranie, a founding member of the Muslim Council of Britain, said: “I think in the interest of cohesion it would be better if Mr Fitzpatrick established more contact with the Muslim community.

“It shows a lack of interest on the part of the MP to engage with people with different backgrounds and sadly it reflects badly on him.

“If he had a little bit of knowledge he would have found it was quite normal and nothing unusual for them to enjoy the celebration in this way.

“There are some who prefer segregated events and some where they are joined together. We live in a society where we need to respect all traditions.”

George Galloway, the Respect MP for Bethnal Green and Bow who will contest the new Poplar and Limehouse constituency against Mr Fitzgerald at the election, said: “If he doesn’t wish to attend an Islamic wedding and observe the religious customs preferred by the bride and groom, he should not go rather than insult them for perceived political gain.

“I am absolutely amazed and astonished that a Government minister with a substantial Muslim minority in his constituency should have decided to give such a gratuitous insult to so many Muslims.”

The Telegraph UK



Switzerland campaign to ban minarets gathers force


A Swiss country town has become the focus of a right-wing campaign to ban minarets from all mosques in the country on the grounds that they symbolise ideological opposition to the constitution.


Switzerland's "stop minaret" movement is backed by the powerful ultra-conservative Swiss People's Party, (SVP) which was re-elected in 2007 after mounting an anti-foreigner campaign that was denounced by the United Nations as racist, the Independent reports.

Ulrich Schüler, an SVP parliamentarian and leading member of the anti-minaret movement, said minarets were political rather than religious. "They are symbols of a desire for power, of an Islam which wants to establish a legal and social order fundamentally contrary to the liberties guaranteed in our constitution," he told the paper.

The Telegraph UK



France appeals annulment of Muslim marriage over bride's virginity lie


An outcry over the annulment of a Muslim marriage after the wife lied about her virginity has prompted the French justice ministry to ask for an appeal against the ruling.


The decision by a court in Lille has raised concerns that the country's secular values are losing ground to cultural traditions from its fast-growing immigrant communities.


The case involved an engineer in his 30s, named as Mr X, and a student nurse in her 20s, Ms X, who married in 2006.

The wedding party was still celebrating when the groom came downstairs to complain that his bride could not produce the customary evidence of a blood-stained sheet.

The court ruled that Ms Y misrepresented herself as "single and chaste" and that, in this particular marriage, virginity was an "essential quality".

The Telegraph UK



Hamas launches 'virtue campaign' in Gaza 


Shopkeepers in the Gaza Strip have been ordered to remove lingerie from their windows as part of a "virtue campaign" launched by Hamas.


The Islamic group has also told female lawyers to wear headscarves in court and teenagers have been ordered to stop playing "suggestive" modern music.

The campaign was started despite previous promises not to impose an Islamic way of life on the strip's 1.5 million people.

Hamas have been patrolling the beach asking men to cover up bear chests and separating groups of single people congregating together.

The Religious Affairs Ministry is in charge of overseeing the campaign. Among its reported regulations is a request that men and women celebrate separately at wedding parties.

Abdullah Abu Jarbou, the deputy religious affairs minister, said: "We have to encourage people to be virtuous and keep them away from sin."

The Telegraph UK



Yale Rejects Prophet Cartoons Reprint

Yale University, America’s third-oldest higher education institution, has refused to reprint Danish cartoons lampooning Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessing be upon him) in a new book about the crisis.

“(The decision was) overwhelming and unanimous," John Donatich, Yale University Press Director, told The New York Times on Thursday, August 13.

He said reprinting the satirical cartoons in “The Cartoons That Shook the World” book would have been interpreted as “gratuitous”.



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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

KB's Culinary Corner


KB's Recipes for Ramadan


Delicious Chicken BHAJIAS


1 cup chicken fillet cut into small squares
3 tablespoon Taystee Wheat/Semolina
1 teaspoon ground dry coriander/dhania
1 teaspoon ground dry jeero/cummin
˝ teaspoon baking powder
1 egg (beaten)
1/2 tsp green chillies
1 tsp ground garlic
1 tsp salt to taste

Marinade meat with all ingredients except egg and baking powder. Leave overnight. Before frying add baking powder and beaten egg and mix well. Drop a tablespoon in deep hot oil and fry until light brown. Serve hot.

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.


Kareema's Keep Fit Column







What you eat is just as important as how you exercise during Ramadan. Fuelling your body with carbohydrates ensures you have enough energy to go the distance. Make sure you also load up with water in order to stay hydrated throughout the day. When breaking your fast, replenish your body with the nutrients it needs to maximise your recovery.

Set achievable goals for the month. Don't push yourself too hard, work out which time of the day is best for you to exercise and make sure you don't over exert yourself. Keep cool by dabbing yourself with a cold, wet cloth during exercise.

Make training a priority - set aside some time each day for an activity you enjoy. This way you'll tend to stick to it. Remember, all you need it 30 minutes (which can be broken up into 10-min mini workouts).

Know the benefits and limitations of your training. Just because you're fasting doesn't mean you cannot train.
Understand how exercise affects your body, and train smarter by making informed decisions about your training choices for the month.

Performing the exercise you choose to do correctly minimises the risk of injury. If in doubt, don't go through with a particular exercise unless you've done some research. Always listen you your body, make sure you are well rested in between workout sessions.

Try going for an early morning or late afternoon walk. If this doesn't work for you, try a light intensity circuit at home.
Have a go - find an activity that you can cope with and try to stick with it for the month. You'll be surprised at how good you feel at the end of the month and then of course you can push yourself harder!

Ramadan Mubarak and may Allah grant you your heart's desires - Ameen




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.


The CCN Chuckle


Mula Nasruddin  limped into the doctor's office and said, "Doctor, my knee hurts so bad, I can hardly walk!"

The doctor slowly eyed him from head to toe, paused and then said, "Brother Nasruddin, how old are you?"

"I'm 98," Mula Nasruddin announced proudly.

The doctor just sighed, and looked at him again. Finally he said, "Brother Nasruddin, I'm sorry. I mean, just look at you. You are almost one hundred years old, and you're complaining that your knee hurts? Well, what did you expect?"

Brother Nasruddin said, "Well, my other knee is 98 years old too, and it doesn't hurt!"

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16 August


7th Annual College Fete

Australian International Islamic College

724 Blunder Rd. DURACK

3372 1400

10.30am to 3.30pm

29 August

thru Ramadan


Quranic Arabic Course Starts

Darul Uloom & The Islamic Friendship Assoc. of Australia

Darul Uloom, BURANDA

0423 950 596

1.30pm to 3pm

22 August



Start of Ramadhan

29 August


Lecture: Zakaat

Muslim Business Network


0407 731 682

Mid Afternoon (TBC)

4-6 September

Fri to Sun

Mini World Cup soccer tournament

Queensland Police Service

Brisbane Olympic, Cansdale Street, Yeronga

0438 114 619

9am to 9pm

5-6 September

Sat & Sun

Sydney's 5th Annual Quran Competition

Albayan Institute, Sydney

1/40A Ferndell St, Granville, SYDNEY

0424 810 689


16 September



Lailatul Qadr

19 September



End of Ramadhan

20 September




25 September


Gold Coast Eid Dinner

Islamic Society of Gold Coast

Southport Sharks Footbal Club

0412 601 152


26 September



Eidfest Committee

Mt Gravatt Showgrounds

0418 722 353

All day

27 September


MBN Eid Dinner

Muslim Business Network

The Coffee Club, RNA Showground



3 October


Eid Dinner

Islamic Society of Darra

Darra Mosque, 219 Douglas St, Oxley

0418 757 157


10 October


Ladies Desert Night: Pearl & Curls


84 Nemies Rd, RUNCORN

0410 617 178


24 October


Breast Cancer Awareness

Crescents of Brisbane


0404 296 297


27 November




18 December



Islamic New Year

27 December



Day of Ashura


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




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

Fariha Ali

65/70 Allingham St


Gate Code - #10403#

Tel: 3341 2591

Yasmin from America will be giving a talk this Thursday on the virtues of Ramadaan

 All Ladies Welcome!

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

Sunnah Inspirations


Contact: 0408 270 421

University of Queensland,
323 Hawken Drive, St. Lucia

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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