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Sunday, 8 November 2009

 .Newsletter 0261


News you won't find on CNN!



IWAQ Dinner


The Islamic Women's Association of Queensland (IWAQ) held its annual staff and management committee dinner and a special birthday celebration during the week at the Michael's Oriental restaurant.


Guest of honour, the Hon. Annastacia Palaszczuk, Minister for Disability Services and Multicultural Affairs, was on hand to witness Carlos celebrate his 100th birthday.


IWAQ Director, Galila Abdel-Salam, recapped the activities that IWAQ had been engaged in over the past few years, and the Minister expressed her pleasant surprise at finding out the extent and quality of the work being undertaking by organizations in the community.



(left to right) Nazmun Shahid, Fahimeh Mousa,

Fathema Bakhshi and Jonida Ahmed in elegant IWAQ uniforms

Centenarian Carlos with the IWAQ Team and Guests


Hon. Annastacia Palaszczuk


From the AFIC Desk.....


The President of the Australian Federation of Islamic Councils, Mr Ikebal Adam Patel informed that the three day Seminar on Development of Muslim Community : Challenges and opportunities organised by Islamic Education Scientific Cultural Organisation in cooperation with Ministry of Islamic Affairs, Kuwait in coordination with the Australian Federation of Islamic Councils and Jamiyah Singapore was a major success.

The Conference was attended by a number of dignitaries, academics, community leaders and students and the guests of honour were Hon. Laurie Ferguson and Hon. Julie Owens, who expressed complete support to the Muslim Community and appreciated the contribution made by Muslims in Australia.

Mr Patel said that the Australian Federation of Islamic Councils is trying its best to unite the ethnic and culturally diverse Islamic Community under the banner of Muslims Australia but the comments made by Christian Democrat MP, Reverend Fred Nile in preparation of the campaign for his federal seat of Bradfield does not help the cause and are in no way befitting someone who claims to be a representative of one of the great religions of the world, or in fact of a Reverend.

Reverend Nile has a history of bringing up such issues before elections but one expects that the average Australian and New South Wales voter is much more astute than to fall for this ploy.

Instead of looking at some of the very positive contributions that the Australian Muslims have made over some 150 years in Australia, Reverend Nile still wants to impose his bigoted and divisive values on others, without adding any value to the lives of ordinary Australians.

Mr Patel added that he was also dismayed at the outrageous publication of Mustafa Hamid who is purported to be a senior Al Qa’ida Member which says “join Muslim Asia or Perish”. Mr Patel said that all Muslims in Australia condemn and reject those views.

Mr Patel further added that the media attention was helping to perpetuate such individuals and views and called upon the media not to provide publicity to such views. He said that the former British Prime Minister Mrs Margaret Thatcher had astutely advised the media that extremists were thriving on publicity and if this publicity was denied extremism could easily be arrested.


Related article: Nile raises crusade in by-election


Speed Intros Coming Up



The next Speed Intros event is planned for 20th November 2009, and as it's only 2 weeks away, anyone interested in attending should apply as soon as possible.
It is a very good opportunity to meet other people who are in the same situation, and equally importantly, meet people from outside your own circle. Hopefully we will have applicants from all walks of life and of all age groups
So apply now on muslimintros@hotmail.com or phone Julu on 0400 142 786.


Survey – Future Educational Programs for Brisbane's Muslims

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Your participation in this brief survey will be used by FAMSY-Qld in their planning of future events.


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his survey should take around 5 minutes to complete.

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Scholar's visit in 2010


Shaykh-ul-Islam Dr Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri is the founding leader of Minhaj-ul-Quran International (MQI), an organization with branches and centres in more than 90 countries around the globe, "working for the promotion of peace and harmony between communities and the revival of spiritual endeavour based on the true teachings of Islam."


Tahir-ul-Qadri will be making a tour of Australia in June/July 2010.


Minhaj-Ul-Quran Australia are planning to arrange public forum/conferences in all of the states.


If you would like further information contact Mohammed Janiff President of Minhaj-Ul-Quran Australia, 14 Oxley Street, Fairfield, NSW, 2165 Phone : (02) 9724 0753 or email him at mjaniff@optusnet.com.au.


About Tahir-ul-Qadri


About Minhaj-Ul-Quran

Islamic Society of Holland Park: New Executive Committee


President: Saheed Ali 

Vice President: Ismail Cajee

Secretary: Shaheek Hasan     

Asst. Secretary: Yusuf Cajee          

Treasurer: Intaz Hussen

Asst. Treasurer: Mubarak Hussain  

Committee Members

Nizam Deen

M.A.Gaffar Deen

Ismail Khan

Mohammed Kabir 

Imam: Uzair Akbar

Australia-Indonesia Young Leaders Exchange: 2010 Invitation for Applications


Applications are invited from young Australian Muslims to travel to Indonesia in 2010 under the Australia-Indonesia Muslim Leaders Exchange.

The Exchange was established by the Australia-Indonesia Institute in 2002 to enable young Muslim leaders in Australia and Indonesia to visit each others’ countries for approximately two weeks to meet Muslims and non-Muslims, to
exchange views and to share experiences.

Since 2002, 84 young Indonesian Muslim leaders have visited Australia and 28 young Australian Muslim leaders have
travelled to Indonesia.

All costs are covered for the visit to Indonesia. Applications are due by 27 November 2009. Applicants should be between 21 and 40, and be an active member of the Muslim community in Australia.


More information on the programme can be downloaded from here.


The Australia-Indonesia Institute (AII) supports a range of people-to-people exchanges aimed at promoting greater mutual awareness.


The Muslim Leaders Exchange Program is intended to raise the level of informed opinion about Islam in both countries, increase awareness about the diversity of cultures and faiths in Australia and Indonesia, and encourage the development of links between Australian and Indonesian Muslims.


The Exchange is managed by the Islamic Council of Victoria with the support of the Asia Institute, University of Melbourne.


[Editor]: The organizers hoping to have some applications from Queensland this year as they have not had any from here to date.

Little Mosque on the Prairie: Season 3 Episode 15


Colour Me Excited   


Part 1




Part 2


Part 3



Hajiis Head Out


A group from the 60 strong contingent of the Laibbaik Travellers left Brisbane last night on their journey to Mecca and Medina under the guidance of Dr. Mohamad Abdalla (seen leading the final prayer at the airport before the start of their journey).


It is believed that they will meet up with some 500 fellow pilgrims from all over Australia who are travelling with the agent.


The Inbox


Brothers & Sisters In Islam
As Salaamu Alaikum

“BASIC ESSENTIALS for MUSLIMS” with transliteration ……… is a book of everyday duas. (See Image) Duas written in Arabic with English Translation and English Transliteration which is recommended for New Muslims (reverts) and people who cannot read Arabic and for those at Maddressa.

This book is available from South Africa and in the past 2000 copies were brought in and distributed to Masjids, Maddressahs and Reverts. It was kindly sponsored by a couple of brothers. We need to get more of these books and are looking for sponsors. The books costs 8.00 Rands each but they are prepared to give it to us at 4 Rands each plus package & postage. It is hoped to bring in another 2000 copies. Anyone interested in giving towards this project are asked to contact:- FAISEL ESSOF – Mob 0402 575 410

One may give as Lillah, Sadaqa or Esale Sawab.

For clarification one may speak to Ml. Peer, Ml Imran Husain (Gold Coast) and Mufti Ziyad. This book was also passed onto Daud Batchelor and Aisha Dennis for the Reverts.

Jazaak Allah and May Allah reward you for your efforts.

Faisel Essof

Around the Muslim World with CCN


Clinic Apologizes for Telling Muslim Doctor She Can't Wear Headscarf


DALLAS — A suburban Dallas medical clinic has apologized to a Muslim doctor for telling her during a job interview that she would not be allowed to wear her headscarf while at work.

Dr. Hena Zaki (pictured left) of Plano said Friday that she was shocked when officials at CareNow, which operates 22 clinics in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, told her in person and later by e-mail that a no-hat policy extended to her hijab.

Zaki had been on a tour of a CareNow clinic in Allen, Texas, two weeks ago when she said the regional medical director told her he didn't want her to be surprised about the policy during orientation.

"He interrupted the interview and said he didn't want me to take this the wrong way," Zaki said. "Like an FYI."

Zaki demanded an apology and a change in CareNow's policies to accommodate expressions of religious belief — "whether it be a turban or facial hair."

On Friday, CareNow President Tim Miller told the Associated Press: "I would apologize for any misunderstanding, definitely ... but I don't really feel like there is anything that we did that is wrong and our policy is wrong."

Fox News



Epic Muhammad movie in pipeline


An epic movie about Islam's Prophet Muhammad is in the pipeline, backed by a producer of the Lord of the Rings.

American Barrie Osborne, who also produced The Matrix, told Reuters the film would be an "international epic" aimed at "bridging cultures".

In accordance with Islamic rules, the Prophet cannot be depicted on screen. Images of the Prophet are considered blasphemous by Muslims.

The $150m (£91m) English language film should go into production in 2011.

Qatari media company Alnoor Holdings, which is behind the plans, said it wanted to attract the "best international talent" for the film.

"The film will educate people about the true meaning of Islam," Osborne said.

Raja Sharif, vice president of international projects at Alnoor, told Reuters he expected to conclude deals next year.




Italian Court Convicts CIA Agents Over Muslim Cleric's Abduction


A court in Italy on Wednesday convicted 23 Americans, including 22 CIA agents, and two Italian secret service agents over the 2003 kidnapping of an Islamic cleric in Milan.

Twenty-six Americans and seven Italians faced charges of kidnapping Egyptian cleric Abu Omar (pictured right), a suspected terrorist, from Milan and flying him to Egypt. Omar claims he was tortured and held for four years without charges before being released in 2007.

Judge Oscar Magi, who presided over the case dealing with the alleged "extraordinary rendition" carried out by the CIA on Italian soil, acquitted three Americans and five Italians in the case.

Those acquitted on Wednesday included CIA chief for Rome Jeffrey Castelli, former head of Italy's military intelligence agency, Nicolo Pollari, and his deputy, Marco Mancini.

However, the judge sentenced Robert Lady, CIA's Milan station chief at the time of the incident, to eight years in prison and the 22 remaining Americans each to 5 years in prison for their role in the cleric's abduction. Two Italian secret service agents were also given three-year prison terms each.



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


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- Margaret Mead


This week




Drs. Ekram & Mohamed Rida Beshir


Book description

This book provides the reader with answers to the most frequently asked questions on the subject of parenting in North America from an Islamic perspective. The answers cover a variety of topics such as correcting behavior, schooling, environment, celebrations, sex education, and others.

The answers to the FAQs in this book represent crucial issues of concern occupying the minds of many parents. The methodology used in answering these questions draws heavily on verses of the Qur'an, teachings of Prophet Muhammad SAAW, and events in his Seerah, as well as the authors' wealth of practical experience, gained from their countless parenting counseling sessions over the years, and their knowledge of child psychology.

Drs. Ekram and Mohamed Rida Beshir as a wife/husband team, together co-authored several best-selling parenting books such as "Meeting the Challenge of Parenting in the West," "Muslim Teens, Today's Worry, Tomorrow's Hope," "Blissful Marriage" and "Parenting Skills based on Qur'an and Sunnah." They have also authored parenting books in Arabic. Some of their parenting books have been translated to French and German languages. They are teaching two courses on the subject of parenting with the Islamic American University. They are both regular contributors to the family section of several magazines such as "American Muslim," "Islamic Horizons", and the "Message magazine." Both Drs. Ekram and Mohamed Rida Beshir are also advisers on the Islam online website family section. Drs. Ekram and Mohamed Rida Beshir are the recipients of the City of Ottawa Certificate of Appreciation for the year 2003 for their volunteer work in the area of Education. They have traveled extensively, presenting workshops to various Muslim communities all over the world.


Dr. Ekram Beshir

- She is a medical doctor by profession, with a background in child psychology.
- She is the founder of both Abraar full-time Islamic school and Rahma School, a weekend Arabic and Islamic school, in Ottawa, Canada.
- She is the recipient of the Director's Citation Award of the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board for the year 2000 for her contribution in the area of education from among 7000 employees of the board.
- She has been very active with the Muslim community in Ottawa in the areas of study circles, children and youth camps, sisters programs, and marriage counseling.
- She has traveled extensively to various parts of the world to present parenting workshops.
- She has also authored other books for teaching Arabic to Muslim children living in Non- Arabic speaking countries.

Dr. Mohamed Rida Beshir

- He is an engineer by profession, with over 25 years of experience in Da'wa work in North America.
- He has held various positions with MSA and ISNA, MAS on both national and local levels.
- He served as a member of the training and development department of the Muslim American Society (MAS) for over two decades.
- He is actively developing and delivering training programs to various Muslim communities all over the world.
- He is a regular speaker in ISNA, ICNA, MSA, MAC and MAS conferences.
- He is the recipient of the Ottawa Muslim Association and Ottawa Muslim Community Circle appreciation awards for years 1993, and 1999 for his volunteer Islamic work in the National Capital region.



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KB's Culinary Corner


Mangolian Stir fry



¼ cup olive oil
½ kg steak or chicken cut into strips
1 tsp green chillies
2 tbsp lemon juice
1 tsp salt
½ cabbage- shredded
1 ½ cups carrots- cut into julienne strips
2 onions chopped
1 cup green pepper chopped
½ cup soya sauce
1 tab corn flour
¼ cup steers peri-peri sauce
¼ cup steers barbeque sauce
¼ cup spring onions
½ cup dhania (coriander) chopped

Heat oil and stir fry the meat add green chillies, lemon juice and salt. Remove meat and in the same wok stir fry the vegetable for 2-5 min then add in the cooked meat. Mix the corn flour and the soy sauce and stir it in then add the sauces and cook until light and crunchy. Lastly add dhania and spring onion. Serve with either pita or bread rolls or on a bed of noodles or rice.

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, we are an active family who loves our weekend outings such as hiking, cycling, etc. We are not getting out as much as we would like these days and are therefore putting together a gym at home. What are your thoughts on a cross-trainer & bike (our next big choice in gym equipment).



A: I think your family will benefit most from the cross-trainer.


It works both upper & lower body and is great for improving cardio fitness.


The bike is a great tool as well but focuses on lower body and cardio only.


If you're looking at getting a bike sometime in the future, I suggest a spin-bike as you can stand and do mountain / hill climbs as well. N-JOY your gym & keep challenging yourselves!!




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 went to his doctor complaining of pain.

"Where are you hurting?" asked the doctor. "You have to help me, I hurt all over", said tMula Nasruddin.

"What do you mean, all over?" asked the doctor, "be a little more specific."

Mula Nasruddin touched his right knee with his index finger and yelled, "Ow, that hurts."


Then he touched his left cheek and again yelled, "Ouch! That hurts, too." Then he touched his right earlobe, "Ow, even THAT hurts", he cried.


The doctor checked Mula Nasruddin thoughtfully for a moment and told him his diagnosis, "You have a broken finger."

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Brisbane Indian Times

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3356 0102


13 November


Wasimah Fashion Show


Nerang Bicentennial Hall, Gold Coast

0416 751 960

6.30pm to 9.30pm

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Faith-Based Counselling Workshop


Supported by Crescents of Brisbane & IWAQ

Multi-faith Centre, Griffith University

1300 856 779

All day

14 November


Quran Competition

Kuraby Mosque

Kuraby Mosque

0431 672 263



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




28 November


Eid-ul-Adha Ball

Faith & Cultural Exchange Inc.

Runaway Bay Community Centre, Lae Drive, Runaway Bay

0435 200 544

7.00pm to 10.30pm

3-9 December


Parliament of the Word's Religions

Council for the Parliament of the Word's Religions

Melbourne Convention Exhibition Centre

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

Shereen Coovadia

10 Woodglen Street


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

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AFIC Schools

www.mfis.com.au (Malek Fahd Islamic School, Sydney, NSW)
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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

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Body of Muslim Theologians (Ulama, Religious Scholars)

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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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Gold Coast Halal Certification Services (GCHCS)

Muslim Aid Australia Serving Humanity



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