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Sunday, 25 October 2009

 .Newsletter 0259


News you won't find on CNN!



Earthquake & Tsunami Appeal TODAY



CCN encourages you, with a little help from 13-year old Declan Galbraith, to support today's fund raiser at the Islamic College of Brisbane




Crescents of Brisbane Gives Women a Chance to 'Chill Out'

Independent report by Farzanah Ally

Giveaway to all guests - handcrafted CD fridge magnets and gift vouchers


Whilst many of us have so much to be grateful for we often do not have the opportunity to truly celebrate our lives and each other.

All that changed on Saturday (yesterday) for over 140 women of all ages who let down their hair (and their scarves) and celebrated being a woman.


With no cooking lessons or vacuum cleaner demonstrations in sight we enjoyed a sumptuous lunch and afternoon tea (and offcourse Crescents of Brisbane’s famous desserts), all in the name of a very dedicated cause, the Mummy’s Wish Charity!

Mummy’s Wish is a not-for-profit charity focusing on supporting mothers diagnosed with cancer while either pregnant or with young children in South East Queensland. Their mission is to support mums with young families to help them and their family cope with many of the challenges they face while undergoing treatment.


In addition to the ticket sales, 10 percent of all proceeds from the sales of products on the demonstration display stands including Beauty Spells, Larissa Bright, Runway Culture Jewellery and Galvanic Spa will be donated to Mummy’s Wish.

Lucky draw prizes and giveaways


If you would like to support Mummy Wish please contact Gayle Richardson at www.mummyswish.org.au.


The afternoon breezed by as we were dazzled by the energetic and glamorous dancers from Rise & Shine who we cheered on enthusiastically as they performed the Can Can Dance.


We were spoilt with many wonderful prize giveaways and competition prizes including a Pellowes Gift Certificates, Babylon Day Spa Packages, Emerging Swan Coaching Packages, a new release babyhood Diva Glider Chair and much more.

We learnt from the inspiring Vicki Lennox from Emerging Swan Coaching how to facilitate change in our lives so that we glide joyfully and elegantly on swan lake and not drown in a duck pond.


We heard from Bronwyn Buckley, a Health Promotion Officer about the long term strategies to improve our body image.


Lunch fit for a Queen!



This was followed by the always passionate Sylvia Pellowe from the Pellowe Wellness Centre who enlighten us about putting ‘the balance’ back into our life through health and fitness.


This fabulous luncheon was not just supported by our local community but attended by MP Judy Spence (Member for Sunnybank), the Ethnic Communities Council of Qld, ACCESS, Logan Women’s Centre and Al-Nisa.


Finally but certainly not be forgotten are the true heroes of the day: Saalihah Seedat and the always dedicated and hard working team of Crescents of Brisbane and the many volunteers who made this event a truly indulgent and fun filled celebration for all that attended.





What some had to say......

Thank you so much for inviting me to today's celebration of womanhood. I really enjoyed it and I met so many wonderful woman.

I hope you will let me know when a similar get together happens

The food was fabulous!

Excellent event..
Good balance of speakers, games and socialising
People bingo game was great fun
Everyone was welcomed and made to feel special...it truly was a celebration
Great hospitality!
Rise and Shine Dancers were amazing...would love to see them again
Convenient venue...decor spectacular
All the speakers were very interesting...
Fabulous MC...good on you Saalihah...keep it up!
Yet another successful event from the Crescents...congratulations on a job well done!
Well presented hall
Most delicious
layout and variety of food and desserts..yummy
An amazing
effort from the Crescents to raise funds for such a worthy cause

More images


Vicki Lennox - Life Coach

Sylvia Pellowe

Rachel from Galvanic Spa

Saphena Aku and Aameena Cajee

Table Setting

Deb McCulloch - Beauty Spells Mineral Makeup

Anisha Esat and Asma Motiwala

Rise and Shine dance group with Saalihah Seedat


Y_Care donates vehicle to Muslim Organization


(left to right) Mohammed Afzal, Matthew Swift, Janeth Deen and Osman Rane at the handing over ceremony

The students of Y-Care (SE QLD) Inc. and Logan City Youth Services presented a vehicle to the Queensland Muslim Welfare Association Inc. (QMWA) last week to help the association with its work providing clothes, household items and furniture to low income and struggling families.


On the 19 October members of the Queensland Muslim Welfare Committee attended a morning tea at the YMCA premises in Slacks Creek for the presentation of the Falcon Station Wagon.


The vehicle will be used to deliver and collect items.


Students at Logan City Youth Services mechanically worked on the vehicle bringing it up to road worthy condition and getting it registered in the name of the QMWA.


Members of the community donate vehicles to Y-Care to support programs assisting marginalized and at risk youth learn automotive skills. Some of the donated vehicles are repaired and donated to victims of crime; others are used as training tools and later sold as scrap metal or sold to raise funds to purchase parts.

Matthew Swift the Manager of the YMCA spoke to the audience about the reason he decided to donate the car to the Welfare organisation and spoke of the good work the QMWA was doing in the area.

Mohammed Afzal then spoke about his experiences with the QMWA and how it had helped him settle in a new job and move his family to Toowoomba.

Janeth Deen accepted the car and thanked the YMCA for their generosity and spoke about how important it was for the Muslims to be involved in community work and also talked about the good work the YMCA have carried out over the years.

Osman Rane followed with a presentation on the newly constituted Muslim Charitable Foundation and how Muslims would now be able to help with natural disasters and other areas of need more effectively and efficiently.

Rees would have El Masri on his team


Target ... Hazem El Masri would be welcomed by NSW Premier Nathan Rees (inset top) and Opposition Leader Barry O'Farrell (inset bottom).

NEW South Wales Premier Nathan Rees says he would welcome retired NRL star Hazem El Masri as a Labor Party candidate.

But he warned that having high profile politicians is no substitution for good policy.

The NSW Liberal Party has already approached El Masri to run as a candidate for Lakemba in the 2011 state election, according to The Daily Telegraph.

Mr Rees said if El Masri did run for Labor it would not be in the Lakemba seat.

"We have a member there already, Rob Furolo, who's doing a terrific job and he's well respected in the community,'' Mr Rees told Fairfax Radio Network today.

"I've worked with him in his campaign in and around his community and he's very well regarded.

"Now, I have the greatest respect for Hazem El Masri but any political party needs to know that selecting high profile candidates is not any substitution for good policy.''

Mr Rees said he had not made a personal approach to El Masri but said the Labor Party head office may have and that he would welcome him as a candidate.

"In another seat, were there a vacancy and Hazem put his hand up I'd be more than happy to have a discussion with him.

"He's been an extraordinary exemplar for both his religion and his football.''

El Masri told The Daily Telegraph he could not comment on any approaches made by the Liberal Party.

"I'm just having a break at the moment, I don't know what the future holds at the moment, I have to go and think about a lot of things,'' he said.




The Jannanza (funeral service) of Mrs. Vazira Ally (Ma) (82), mother of Mustafa Ally and mother-in-law of Nazima Hansa, was conducted at the Kuraby Mosque after Zohr (midday) prayers on Tuesday 20 October.


Mrs. Ally was laid to rest soon after at the Mt Gravatt Cemetery where her husband Abbas Hassan Ally also lies.


The Ally family thanks the many people who with visited Ma at home and in hospital through her illness and for their comfort and support during the past week. They also wish to acknowledge the numerous emails and messages they received from all parts of the world.


 ''Innaa lillah hi wa Innaa ilay hi Rauji'oon''
To Allah do we belong and to Him is our return


Little Mosque on the Prairie: Season 3 Episode 14


Raised Expectations   


Part 1




Part 2


Part 3



QMT Turns 5


CCN congratulates the Queensland Muslim Times on turning 5 recently.


In 2004 Aslam Nabi, Ismail Jangda, Saaid Saalie, and Dr. Sadeq Mustapha, Dr. Shabir Hussain and Dinmahomed Karim  set out the format, structure and scope of the first registered Muslim newspaper in Queensland.


Thus the bi-monthly QMT was born with the help of a few well-wishers. The newspaper primarily covers Brisbane and a few towns in Queensland and is distributed through Mosques and Muslim-owned shops. QMT boasts a readership of 25 000 with the local Muslim community as its predominant reader base.


The current team comprises of Aslam Nabi, Saaid Saalie, Habib Jamal, Dr. Sadeq Mustapha, Farah Suleman, and Rehana Bibi as its Editor-in-Chief and Kawthar Girarch its political and legal editor.


The CCN Centre Link



Teachers for Madrasah

Holland Park Mosque Madrasah is seeking the services of qualified Teachers or person/s with previous teaching experience to fill two available positions

The first position is available to a female teacher to conduct classes for female students of the recently established Madrasah in the areas of Islamic Studies and Quran recitation.

The second position available is for a male Hafiz to conduct Quran recitation and memorisation classes.

Click here for full details and job descriptions.



Around the Muslim World with CCN


Imams removed from flight agree to settlement


The agency and US Airways acknowledged the six imans taken off a flight in 2006 were improperly treated.


Three years after six Muslim men were arrested on a US Airways jet in the Twin Cities, the "Flying Imams" have reached a legal settlement they say acknowledges they were treated improperly because of their religious and ethnic backgrounds.



The imams (one of whom is pictured left in 2006) were arrested in November 2006 as they were returning home from the North American Conference of Imams. They had prayed on their prayer rugs in the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport before the flight, and after they boarded, a passenger passed a note to a flight attendant.

FBI Special Agent Michael Cannizzaro and airport police officers had argued that the arrest and removal of the imams was valid because there were reasons to be suspicious of a crime. They argued that a law passed by Congress to protect people who report suspicious activity from being sued also extends to them.

But Montgomery's opinion and order stated that they were bound by longstanding rules requiring probable cause before arresting someone.

Being of Middle Eastern descent, praying aloud before their flight and asking for seat belt extenders did not constitute reasonable suspicion to arrest the Muslim spiritual leaders, Montgomery ruled. The officers are not immune to being held accountable for their actions, she said. She did dismiss a false arrest claim against Cannizzaro.

The judge's ruling also dismissed some of the claims against US Airways, saying it did not act in concert with law enforcement in deplaning or detaining the men.

Frederick Goetz, an attorney representing the imams, said Montgomery's ruling is significant -- especially on the question of law enforcement officers' ability to arrest people in the post-9/11 world.




Koran passages 'appear on baby's skin'


Ali Yakubov with his mother and father

A baby is being hailed a "sign of God" in Russia after passages from the Koran allegedly began appearing on his skin, reports claim.

The parents of nine-month-old Ali Yakubov claim the phenomenon began when the word Allah showed up on their son's chin when he was a few weeks old, British newspapers report.

Other words then started appearing on other parts of his body, including his arms, legs and back, before mysteriously fading away, the parents claim.

"Ali always feels bad when it is happening — he cries and his temperature goes up," his mother was quoted as saying.

"It's impossible to hold him when it's happening, his body is actively moving, so we put him into his cradle … it's so hard to watch him suffering."

The marks usually appear each
week on a Monday and then again sometime between Thursday and Friday, she claims.

One of the markings on his skin

Medics at the family's town in Dagestan province, near Chechnya, are said to be baffled by Ali’s condition.

They have reportedly dismissed speculation someone the words are caused by someone writing on his skin.

The phenomenon has reportedly made Ali the subject of religious homage by many locals in the troubled region.

One local MP even hailed Ali as "a pure sign of God".

"Allah sent him to Dagestan in order to stop revolts and tension in our republic," Akhmedpasha Amiralaev was quoted as saying.

Source: Ninemsn News



Gunmen whip women for wearing 'un-Islamic bras' in Somalia


HARDLINE Muslim extremists in Somalia have been ordering women to shake their breasts at gunpoint to see if they are wearing un-Islamic bras.

Victims have been publicly whipped for wearing the undergarments because the gunmen say they violate Islam as they are 'deceptive', The Daily Mail reports

Insurgent group Al Shabaab has sent gunmen into the streets of Mogadishu to round up any women who appear to have a firm bust, residents claimed yesterday.

Courier Mail



BNP leader on Question Time


Watch Nick Griffin on the BBC's flagship political discussion programme.


Then read the Muslim reaction to his appearance on Question Time.


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


“Today a reader, tomorrow a leader" Margaret Fuller




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




(If you haven't made a batch yet for the CresCafe Coffee 'n Cupcake stall at today's (Sunday) fund raiser for the Tsunami and Earthquake Appeals then this recipe should remove all excuses)




125g butter
1 cup sugar
3 eggs
1 tsp Peppermint essence
½ tsp green food colouring
2 ½ cups cake flour
3 tsp baking powder
Pinch salt
1 cup milk
1 cup desiccated coconut
Chocolate spread (Nutella to fill and decorate)
Grated peppermint crisp chocolate to decorate

Line 24 muffin tins with paper cases.

Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy, add essence and colouring.

Add eggs gradually, beating well after each addition.

Fold in sifted flour, baking powder, salt and coconut.

Spoon half the batter evenly into 24 paper cases.

Top centre of each muffin with half a teaspoon chocolate spread.

Spoon remaining batter evenly over the chocolate spread.

Bake at 180 for approx 15 minutes until done.

When cool spread with green frosting of your choice or nutella and sprinkle grated peppermint crisp over it.

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





Dear Kareema, with school holidays just over, I'm struggling to get back into my fitness routine. What's the best way to start again?



A:  Start with a 30 min walk daily after dropping off the kids.


You can increase both your time and distance every week and start introducing weights when you're ready (the sooner the better).


Try not to go more than two days without training as consistency is key to getting and staying fit!



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


After retiring from his camel herding, Mula Nasruddin decided to return to the Darul Uloom and do the Alim course he had started but never finished.


And so, on his first day at the Islamic College, eager with anticipation, and more than a little nervous, he took a front row seat in his first class in over 40 years - an Islamic literature course.

The ustad (teacher) told them that they would be responsible for reading five books over the course of the semester, and that he would provide them with a list of authors from which they could choose.

He ambled over to the lectern, took out his class book, and began: "Abd al-Aziz ibn Abd Abbas ibn Baaz, Muhammad ibn al Uthaymeen, Jamaal al-Din M. Zarabozo, Syed Abul Hasan Ali Hasani Nadwi, Yusuf al-Qaradawi..."

Mula Nasruddin was working feverishly to get down all the names, when he felt a tap on his shoulder.

The student behind him whispered, "Relax! He's just taking attendance!"

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25 October


Earthquake & Tsunami Fundraiser

Islamic Council of Queensland (ICQ)

Islamic College of Brisbane, Karawatha


11am to 3pm

26-27 October

Mon & Tues

Summit '09

Ethnic Communities Council of Queensland

QLD State Library

3844 9166


11 November


BIT Awards Dinner

Brisbane Indian Times

The Coffee Club Auditorium, RNA Showgrounds

3356 0102


13 November


Wasimah Fashion Show


Nerang Bicentennial Hall, Gold Coast

0416 751 960

6.30pm to 9.30pm

14-15 November

Sat & Sun

Faith-Based Counselling Workshop


Supported by Crescents of Brisbane & IWAQ

Multi-faith Centre, Griffith University

1300 856 779

All day

14 November


Al-Nisa AGM


Garden City Library, Garden City Shopping Centre




19 November


Abrahamic Faiths Concert

QLD Forum for Christian, Muslims & Jews

Multi-faith Centre, Griffith University

3735 7052


20 November


Speed Intros for Muslims

Zuleka Latif


0400 142 786


27 November




3-9 December


Parliament of the Word's Religions

Council for the Parliament of the Word's Religions

Melbourne Convention Exhibition Centre

Contact Details


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

Sharifa Gutta

50 Carribea Street

Eight Mile Plains

Tel: 32190587

 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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Kuraby Mosque

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

Australian Federation of Islamic Councils (AFIC)

Islamic Schools, Halal Services and a whole lot more...

AFIC Schools

www.mfis.com.au (Malek Fahd Islamic School, Sydney, NSW)
www.islamiccollegeofbrisbane.com.au (Islamic College of Brisbane, QLD)
www.icosa.sa.edu.au (Islamic College of South Australia, SA)
www.afic-lic.com.au (Langford Islamic College, Perth, WA)
(Islamic College of Canberra, ACT)

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)

Eidfest 2009

Kotku Mosque - Dubbo NSW

Islamic Society of Algester

Jamiatul Ulama Western Australia

Body of Muslim Theologians (Ulama, Religious Scholars)

Islamic Women's Association of Queensland (IWAQ)

Community based, not-for-profit organisation providing Settlement, Aged Care, disability, social activities and employment opportunities.

Federation of Australian Muslim Students and Youth (FAMSY)

Queensland Intercultural Society (QIS)

GIRU – Griffith Islamic Research Unit

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