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Sunday, 13 December 2009

 .Newsletter 0266


News you won't find on CNN!



The Welfare Shop Update


The Reporter Newspaper and Albert & Logan News will be running articles on the toy give-away to be held on Sunday 20th December from 2 - 4pm in the carpark at the back of the Welfare Shop No 5, Parkland Shopping Centre, 91 -101 Ewing Road Woodridge.


The articles will be on the line that the Muslims have just celebrated Eidul Adha and are giving away free toys to the children of Logan to celebrate this occasion.


Eidul Adha is also only a few weeks away from the Christian celebrations for Christmas. Muslim children from the area, many of whom are refugees, as well as children from all religions are welcome to choose their toys on the day.

Toys, books, board and video games donations will be most welcome in the coming week to help make this a successful day.


Contact Janeth Deen on 0435-086-796 if goods cannot be brought to the shop and she will make arrangements to collect any donated toys for this give-a-way.


The Association is also calling for young volunteers to help set up and distribute the toys, etc in an orderly manner.

Janeth Deen told CCN: "Our shop is fast becoming an important and recognized identity in the area. Many of our customers tell us that we are what Logan has needed for a long time. We are willing to pay a reasonable rent for warehouse facilities if anyone can oblige. We need storage facilities to help clear the clutter from the shop and to store and sort goods for future use. Most other charities have huge warehouses to operate from."


From the CCN Cradle


Riordan James Forde was born to David and Nadine Forde on Friday 11 December.


According to reports from the Sunnybank Private Hospital 3.45kg Riordan arrived with a roar that Nadine said equalled his father's passion for the Brisbane Lions.


David Forde is well known amongst the local communities for his community and human rights activism, as well as being a Policy Advisor within Multicultural Affairs Queensland in the Department of Communities.


Stanhope confirms Islamic school move to Weston


An Islamic School of Canberra will be built on the former CIT School of Horticulture site in Weston.

ACT Chief Minister Jon Stanhope said this comes after the sale of the lease to Government land to the Australian Federation of Islamic Councils.

"There was a general agreement the site be retained for community use, and a strong preference from the community that it be used as a school rather than redeveloped for medium density housing," he said.

"The Islamic School of Canberra has made a positive contribution to the diversity and quality of education in the ACT."


iPrime Canberra

Historical Society Turns One

 By Momina Allahwala


(left to right) Momina Allahwala, Wilma Bothwell, Janeth Deen, Shafiq Ahmed Allahwala, Mustafa Ally, Zulaikha Goss, Sonia Ahmed Allahwala

Yesterday (Saturday) the Queensland Muslim Historical Society held its annual general meeting at the Mt. Gravatt Community Centre.


The new executive committee was elected as follows:
President: Janeth Deen
Vice-President: Shafiq Ahmed Allahwala
Treasurer: Wilma Bothwell
Secretary: Sonia Ahmed Allahwala
Committee Members: Zulaikha Goss, Mustafa Ally, Sadeq Mustapha

The Queensland Muslim Historical Society was inaugurated in 2008 with the aim of recording and preserving the stories and experiences of Muslims in the Sunshine State.


The society’s first year witnessed a number of activities. There were stalls at Eidfest 2008 and 2009, in which the general public had the opportunity of witnessing the contributions of Muslims to Australia. This was done by showcasing the historical collections to the community. A major attraction was the digital story on the development of the Griffith University Research Unit, that was on display at the Festival. The story was developed at the John Oxley library and is available for viewing on the Q150 website.

At present the society has undertaken a project of interviewing committee members of some of the Mosques around Brisbane.


The final outcome from these interviews will be a book on Muslims in Queensland, which will Insha’Allah be completed soon.

The QMHS meets on the third Saturday of every month at the Mt. Gravatt Community Centre.


Anyone interested in joining or getting more information about the society, please contact any of the committee members, or the Secretary on 3219 7844.

Best of luck to the new management committee!

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Mayor is first Muslim MP


ROCKDALE Mayor Shaoquett Moselmane (pictured right) was sworn in as a NSW upper house MP on December 2 replacing Henry Tsang who resigned.

It fulfils a decade-long ambition for Cr Moselmane, who was asked to stand aside four times in the past six years to make way for other appointments.

Most recently he was forced to stand aside for the appointment to Parliament of John Robertson last year.

Cr Moselmane was the only candidate at the close of nominations on Tuesday. He will be the first Muslim in NSW Parliament.

Cr Moselmane said he was putting past disappointments behind him and was excited about the appointment.

"Religion, creed, colour should not come into politics; the fact I'm Islamic will make no difference,'' he said. "I understand the concerns of people of that background. This will help me put forward their issues in the context of the wider NSW community, without differentiating religions and ethnic background.''

He said he had not yet decided whether to relinquish his position as a councillor or as mayor. He would consult with colleagues and family during the council's Christmas recess.

Cr Moselmane has served on Rockdale Council for 14 years.

This is his fourth term as mayor. If he was to step down as a councillor it could prompt a by-election in the second ward, which includes Arncliffe, Banksia and Wolli Creek, before the next council elections in 2012.



Muslims urged to accept minorities


MUSLIMS must tackle injustices and corruption in their own countries before they can point a finger at the West, former Malaysian deputy prime minister Anwar Ibrahim (pictured left) said in Melbourne yesterday.

''How Islam treats minorities is excessive, no question - Hindus, Buddhists, Christians, Jews. We cannot condone injustice. We must condemn atrocities against minorities in Muslim societies and against Muslims in Christian societies,'' he told the Parliament of the World Religions.


At one end of the continuum is the view that it's absolutely essential for Muslims to establish an Islamic state, that Islam is a religion and a state, though Muslims have never experienced this ideal.


At the other extreme, Islam is simply an ethical and moral system, a relationship between the person and God, with no need for politics


Prof Abdullah Saeed

Now a leading opposition leader, Mr Anwar said Muslim countries faced huge Islamophobia, including an unequal American approach to Israel and Palestine and concerns about nuclear non-proliferation with some countries but not others (a reference to Israel).

But he told the key session on Islam and politics: ''You can't talk all the time about the injustice of the West if you have injustice in your own land, such as Christians and Hindus in Muslim countries.

''Muslims were upset about the treatment of prisoners at Abu Ghraib [in Iraq], but what about conditions in Muslim prisons. If you refuse to talk about that you have no standing to talk about the first.''


The Age

My Book Store is Your Book Store




FAMSY has just launch an online book store to assist the community and fund FAMSY 's programs for the youth.



Little Mosque on the Prairie: Season 4 Episode 1


 Love The Neighbour    


Part 1




Part 2




Part 3




The Australian Journey: Muslim Communities - DIAC publication

Adapted from Australian Journey - Muslim communities


The Australian Journey – Muslim communities, a new DIAC publication, is characterised by contributions of Muslims from all over the world who have made Australia home.


In this and following issues of CCN we highlight one of the successful Muslims in Australia from the report and their thoughts about what it means to be both a Muslim and an Australian.


Randa Abdel-Fattah Music, Art and the Written Word


A novelist with three books to her name, Randa Abdel-Fattah draws on her own cultural heritage and experiences to explore issues of growing up as a teenager in a multicultural society.




The arts are a wonderful medium for celebrating diversity, exploring identity and expressing dissent. Through literature, theatre, music, comedy and so on, Australian Muslims are emerging as members of Australian society, rather than negotiable citizens.


Randa Abdel-Fattah

Around the Muslim World with CCN


Muslims must be discreet - Sarkozy 

FRENCH President Nicolas Sarkozy stoked the debate over immigration today with a warning to Muslims to practice their religion discreetly or face rejection by moderate Islam in France.


Christians, Jews, Muslims, all believers regardless of their faith, must refrain from ostentation and provocation and ... practice their religion in humble discretion

Mr Sarkozy voiced sympathy for Swiss voters who opted last week to ban the construction of minarets as he tried to reassert himself in a debate over national identity which he launched last month but that has since spiraled out of his control.

Over the past week, Mr Sarkozy had appeared to retreat from his original comments following a backlash over the way that they were being used against immigrants, particularly Muslims.

But in a column for Le Monde, Mr Sarkozy returned to his theme and said that the result of the Swiss referendum showed how important it was for France to define its identity.

"Instead of condemning the Swiss out of hand, we should try to understand what they meant to express and what so many people in Europe feel, including people in France," he wrote. "Nothing would be worse than denial."



The Daily Telegraph



Islamic banking looks to expand in Australia


Sukuk refers to the form of bonds which comply with Islamic principles and therefore can't pay interest, instead being based on returns such as rent from a physical asset. Malaysia's sukuk market - worth about 25 billion US dollars is the world's largest  

Malaysia's Islamic banking sector is looking to expand and it has its eyes on Australia.

The South East Asian country has one of the most developed Islamic finance sectors and is the largest issuer of Islamic bonds in the world.


Presenter: Karon Snowdon
Speakers: Mohammad Ibrahim, Assistant Governor, Bank Negara; Gary Johnston, Austrade's Global Manager for Financial Services

Listen: Windows Media

SNOWDON: Two way trade in financial services is set to rise between Australia and Malaysia. A high powered delegation is visiting Sydney and Melbourne and is headed by the Assistant Governor of the Central Bank, Mohammad Ibrahim who points to three decades of development in Malaysia's islamic finance industry.

IBRAHIM: That includes the financial market, the money market and the sukuk market. The sukuk market which is the Islamic equivalent of conventional bonds is very developed in Malaysia. About two thirds of the global market is in Malaysia.


ABC Radio Australia



Ban my egg-pelting attackers, says British Muslim lawmaker

London, Dec 6 (IANS) A British Muslim lawmaker (pictured right) who was pelted with eggs last week said Sunday her Islamist attackers should be banned.

'The protesters are understood to be members of the al-Muhajiroun group. I believe in free speech and the right to protest. But I think such organisations should be banned,' said Sayeeda Warsi of the opposition Conservative Party.

'They exist merely to cause trouble. They preach hatred and they believe in violence and aggression, so they don't deserve a voice. The government has been too weak in dealing with extremists. It's policy is confused,' she wrote in the Sunday Times.

Baroness Warsi, who was named Britain's most powerful Muslim woman in a power list this year, described her attackers as 'Islamic extremists' and a 'bunch of idiots' who behaved like 'playground bullies.'

Warsi, who is the Conservative party's shadow minister for community cohesion, was pelted with eggs - one of which hit her - by angry Islamists on a visit to Luton in southeast England Monday, forcing her to hide in a sari shop.

With egg yolk running through her hair, she later tried to remonstrate with the protesters but they harangued her, accusin her of not being a proper Muslim and supporting the deaths of civilians in Afghanistan.

The al-Muhajiroun came in from strong criticism after its members protested against British soldiers during a homecoming parade in March this year.

The self-styled leader of its Luton branch, Sayful Islam, denied the group was behind the attack but added, 'I won't condemn these people [protesters]. It shows the frustration of Muslim youths in Luton.'

'Baroness Warsi needs to be exposed. She is somebody who pretends to be a practising Muslim but from her views and statements she is clearly against Sharia.'

Warsi, writing about 'My Week' in the Sunday Times, said, 'I would not have chosen to start the week being pelted with eggs by Islamic extremists...

'I was there (in Luton) to meet business people and support the local Tory candidates, but instead I encountered a bunch of idiots who screamed abuse at me, accusing me of not being a proper Muslim.

'They were like playground bullies. I invited them to calm down and engage in a civilized debate - a little optimistic given that there were eggs flying.'



Business Report



Muslim, Hindu groups stage demonstrations on Babri mosque demolition anniversary

Coimbatore, Dec.6 : The 17th anniversary of Babri mosque demolition in Ayodhya, which occured on Dec.6, 1992, saw demonstrations being staged by Muslim and Hindu groups at different places in Coimbatore city of Tamil Nadu.

Thousands of Muslims in Coimbatore staged a demonstration asking the government to handover the disputed place in Ayodhya to their community.

They also demanded the arrest of Hindu nationalist leaders, who have been indicted in the findings of Justice M.S Liberhan who headed a one-man commission for 17 years to probe the factors leading to the demolition of the mosque.

"So far we were waiting for the Liberhan Commission report, which has made it clear all those who were accused are the culprits. Babri Masjid belongs to Muslims and thus the mosque should be handed over to us immediately. We want to caution the government," said Nazhar, one of the protestors in Muslim rally.

The police later on detained the demonstrators.

While in another demonstration, scores of Hindu activists under the banner of Shiv Sena also staged a unique demonstration by rolling on the ground inside a temple to mark December 6 as a victory day.


Andhra News



Amir Khan: ‘Most fighters will think twice about fighting me’

UK: There are only so many lessons that can be learnt in just 76 seconds. The way Amir Khan dispatched Dmitriy Salita showed he has speed, power and a ruthless streak. We knew all of that already, but it also showed he has not allowed the pressure of being a world champion to get to him. He is planning to be one for a long time.

Khan knocked down Salita three times during a brief first defence of his WBA light-welterweight title at the Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle, on Saturday night. Tougher challenges lie ahead as Khan’s reputation grows on a global stage.

“Amir is not a sparring partner, he’s a world champion,” Roach said, adding that Khan would have to use the sparring as part of his own preparations. “I think he has the potential to be a superstar and a multi-title champion for sure. It took me eight years with Manny to get him to where we are today, we might only be 50 per cent of the way with Amir.”




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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


Battered Fish



Ingredients for marinade

1 box hake fillets or fresh fillets of fish
¼ tsp tumeric powder
2 tbsp lemon juice
1 tsp crushed garlic
1 tsp green chillies
Salt to taste


Marinate the fish in the above ingredients.

1 cup flour
¼ cup corn flour
½ tsp salt
2 Tbsp oil
½ tsp egg yellow
pinch of bicarbonate of soda

Mix all above ingredients together and make a paste with warm water.


Dip fish into the batter and fry in shallow oil on low heat until crispy.


Delicious served with chips and coleslaw

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






Clean up, lose weight and feel great!!




A recent study showed that most women spent an average of 16-17 hours a week on cooking, cleaning and doing the washing.
Regular moderate activity such as housework is quite beneficial and can be a mighty fat burner, depending on the intensity!

Vacuuming for 30mins a week can burn up to 28,000kj a year, while doing laundry for roughly an hour a week burns up to a
whopping 39,600kj a year.

Remember if you undertake additional physical activities such as walking, cycling, etc. you'll set yourself up for even greater


So stay active, especially during these holidays when we tend to eat a little more and move a little less...



My Health and Fitness

Tel: 0404 844 786


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  and his friend Jallaalludin went camping in the desert.


After they got their tent all set up, both men fell sound asleep.

Some hours later, Mula Nasruddin wakes the Jallaalludin and says, "Brother Jallaalludin, look towards the sky, what you see?"

Jallaalludin replies, "I see millions of stars."

"What does that tell you, brother Jallaalludin?" asked Mula Nasruddin.

Jallaalludin ponders for a minute then says, "Astronomically speaking, it tells me there are millions of galaxies. Time wise, it appears to be approximately a quarter past three in the morning and soon it will be time for Fajr salaat. Islamically, our Lord is all powerful and we are small and insignificant. Meteorologically, it seems we will have a beautiful day tomorrow. What's it tell YOU, Brother Nasruddin?"

"It tells me that you are dumber than a flea infested camel! Someone stole our tent."

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