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Sunday, 10 January 2010

 .Newsletter 0270


News you won't find on CNN!



From the QMWA Desk.....

By Janeth Deen


We have had a busy time over the holiday period processing donations that have poured into the shop. It is a great pity that we still do not have a warehouse and volunteers to aid in the quick processing of the goods. We are thankful to all those who donated to our cause.

We also express regret that so many of our refugees and other people in need are unaware of the existence of our shop when they are struggling with everyday needs. We have ample clothing and household goods to make their life easier and have also been able to source furniture for all those who have asked for help.

We are approaching the time when children return to school and are requesting any school bags or shoes that are not being used as we have a great demand for these items at this time of year.

The Welfare shop has a supply of used uniforms from the International Islamic College, the Karawatha Islamic College, John Paul College, MacGregor State High and Primary Schools and Kuraby primary School. The items sell at $5 a piece if anyone is in need of these items. Needy people get the items free of charge.

We also have some University Text Books and school books for sale.

The CCN Cradle


Raeesa and Sameer Gutta of Kuraby are the very proud parents of their third son, Husain, who was born on Sunday 3rd January at the Mater Private Hospital weighing in at a healthy 3.3kg.


Siki and Sharifa Gutta have now notched up their 8th grandchild.


From the Gold Coast Imam's Desk.....

By Imam Imraan Husain


New Year Gold Coast Babies Galore


Congratulations to Brother Amien and his wife for their first new born baby girl "Layla". No wonder Amien is full of smiles. Masha Allah Baagos (good). Baby description: Indonesian European.

Congratulations to Brother Ahmad and Ana from Satay House on their new born baby boy. Brother Ade Tawfeek was truly excited on his first grandchild. He couldn’t even sit in my Ta’leem after Isha..umm…Welcome to the club. You are now my equal “GRANDPA”. Baby description: Pure Indonesian.

Congratulations to Brother Zaahid and his wife on their new born baby boy. Haji Umar Hashimi is now a great grandfather. Well done. Baby description: Pure Afghani

Congratulations to Brother Gabriel and Andrea on their new born baby boy. Baby description: Egyptian Kiwi

Saudi Students are also having Gold Coast babies. Congratulations to the Brother and his wife. I don’t know his name, buts sits very often in my taleem after Isha. Baby description: Pure Saudi made in Australia.


The Dawa Squad


Our Mosque indoor Soccer team “Dawa Squad” is still running in first position at the Runaway Bay League. Players are Umar Flyn our Captain, Imraan (that's me, missing all the goals), Abdullah (my son) pass the ball man…, Gabriel the magic Brazilian, Shukran our unbeatable cat in the goals and our youngest star Aaron Kapel. Aaron Kapel has been chosen as a State player for “Football Queensland Futsal” He leaves for Canberra today and will be competing with other States for the Australian National Indoor Soccer Team U14’s.



Coldroom facilities


We are working on setting up a COLDROOM next to the kitchen. This is a desperate need for our fast growing community with all it’s feasts on various occasions. Hmm…. We’ll need to dig deep into our pockets insha Allah.



A Cuppa with the Constable


My dear friend Senior Constable Jim Plowman has invited me for a tea at police headquarters on Monday. Sorry, no samosas this time…. He’s always been wonderful to us Muslims here at the Coast.



Little Mosque on the Prairie: Season 4 Episode 5


 Death By Chocolate     


Part 1





Part 2




Part 3




Meeting of Imams


The first CIQ (Council of Imams QLD) meeting for the year will be held today (Sunday) in Brisbane.


There are at present 25 Imams and Du’aat on the CIQ board.


The President is Imam Yusuf Peer, the Secretary is Imam Imraan Husain and Treasurer is Imam Mohammed Tauab.


The CCN Trader





Pitter Patter has a one week only sale of ladies' and children's wear with prices ranging from $5 to $30.



Arte Family Charity Drive


POLICE and a Mansfield church will lead a charity drive for Wishart’s Arte family which has just buried a son and expects the birth of another child within days.

The Somali refugees buried Salman Arte, 13, last Thursday, two days after he disappeared in the swollen waters of Bulimba Creek. (See coverage in last week's CCN).

There is no cot, no baby capsule, no car seat and no high chair at the Wishart home despite an expected birth date of January 15.

They were all left behind when the family of 12 were transferred from a Kenyan refugee camp to start a new life in Australia last year.

Queenslander of the Year and police cross-cultural liaison officer Jim Bellos said the Artes were still setting up home when disaster struck.

Sgt Bellos will lead a charity drive in partnership with Mansfield’s Citipointe Church.

He said: “We need to do all we can to help this family.

“I cannot comprehend or even imagine what this family has been through over the past few days.

“To watch the father break down when he was required to identify his son’s body was very difficult for me. I realised at this point that I needed to do more for this family.”

Sgt Bellos said all proceeds from the QPS/African Nations (Football) Tournament on March 20 and 21 would be given to the family.

“That weekend happens to also be Harmony Day. Harmony Day is about dealing with cultural, racial and religious intolerance and promoting respect, fairness and a sense of belonging for everyone.

“We ask for as much community support as possible (and people) to attend.”

The family has nine children aged between three and 16.

Mr Arte has been studying English in the hope of finding work but now his focus has turned to emotionally supporting his family.

Source: South East Advertiser Wednesday 6/1/2010

The Countdown Begins




With 5 months to the event of the year, you can keep abreast of all the fixtures by downloading the Outlook calendar file here and then add all the 2010 FIFA Soccer fixtures to your Outlook calendar, from the group matches through to the final game.




Follow the following steps to install:

• Double click the file you downloaded;
• Select ‘Open’;
• Put a tick next to the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa header and click ‘OK’.
• The dates will be automatically imported to your Outlook calendar.


For IPhone aficionados, several apps are available at the Itunes store. 

Funeral Notices


The Brisbane Muslim Burial Services (BMBS) sends Janaza (funeral) notices via SMS directly to your mobile phone.


If you wish to subscribe to this free service send an e-mail with your full name and mobile number to janaza786@hotmail.com.

If you wish to have a message sent with regards to a deceased person within Queensland, this is free.

Any message for a person who passed away outside Queensland and overseas will incur a fee $50.00.

Any other community notices will also incur a fee of $50.00

Get motivated with MBN





The Muslim Business Network kicks off its 2010 MBN calendar of events with a workshop on motivation, leadership and personal excellence. on Saturday 23 January.


Click the thumbnail for all the details.

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.


Fatima Killeen Music, art & the written word

Fatima Killeen is a painter and printmaker who uses Arabic calligraphy and Islamic design in her work.

She has studied in Morocco, Australia and America and has exhibited extensively throughout Australia.

Use whatever skill you are blessed with to make a difference in the lives of those who are desperate for hope, love and peace. We cannot afford to lose the passion that nurtures our traditions and our Islamic values.

We must work together to close the gap of misunderstanding to be able to live in peace and to love again.

Fatima Killeen

Around the Muslim World with CCN


Ex-Indonesia leader Abdurrahman Wahid mourned

Thousands of mourners gathered in Indonesia to pay their respects to the former president, Abdurrahman Wahid, as his funeral was held in East Java.

Often referred to by his nickname, Gus Dur, Wahid led the country from 1999 to 2001. He died on Wednesday aged 69.

He was the first elected president after the fall of the Suharto regime.

Mourners wept as they lit candles and burned incense for a leader who was widely renowned for his tolerance and openness to other faiths and ideas.

Wahid was removed from office in 2001 over unproven allegations of corruption, but remained politically active until his final years.

A nationally televised memorial service for Wahid, led by current president, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, began a week of national mourning.

Flags were be flown at half mast across the country.

Rich diversity

Speaking at the memorial, Mr Yudhoyono said Wahid had made Indonesians "realise and respect the diversity of ideas and identities brought about by differences in faiths, beliefs, ethnicity and locality".


"Whether we realise it or not, really, he was the father of pluralism and multiculturalism in Indonesia," he said.

The former leader was buried in his East Java hometown, Jombang, where about 5,000 supporters gathered to welcome his motorcade.



He was a Muslim, but he became a blessing to all faiths


Archbishop Julius Darmaatmadja SJ

His supporters have held vigils at mosques, churches, temples and schools.

"Gus Dur was a saint. Every time he visited, I always came to receive his blessing," said mourner Maryamah, 47, in Jombang.

Such was the emotion in Jakarta that Gus Dur's wheelchair-bound widow, Shinta Nuriyah, and tearful daughter Yenny, were swamped by crowds.

Wahid's brother said he had been "humorous, happy, clever, brave" and that he had cared deeply about the community.

"He was full of life and his fighting spirit was strong. Even when he was sick, he would fight on," Salahuddin Wahid told the AFP news agency.

The Jakarta Post newspaper reported that news of Gus Dur's death had prompted spontaneous prayer gatherings across the country - and not only among fellow Muslims.

Jakarta Archbishop Julius Darmaatmadja SJ said Gus Dur had left an indelible mark on people of all faiths.

"He was a Muslim, but he became a blessing to all faiths," the newspaper quoted him as saying.

The leaders of Indonesia's political elite gathered at the funeral.

"We just lost a great statesman who fought to keep the country pluralist, while fighting fundamentalism," lawyer Todung Mulya Lubis said.

"He was a true democrat, respecting even his political foes."

Messages of condolence also poured in from abroad.

The White House said Wahid had been "a pivotal figure" in Indonesia's transition to a free government, who "will be remembered for his commitment to democratic principles, inclusive politics, and religious tolerance".

Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd said Wahid had been "much admired and respected not only within Indonesia, but also by many Australians and others throughout our region".

"Our thoughts go in particular to his family, including his widow and four daughters," he said.


BBC News


The president of the Australian Federation of Islamic Councils (AFIC), Ikebal Patel, expressed his condolences in an open letter.



“I am Muslim, I am American” Ad Airing in Times Square

The New York chapter of CAIR, an American civil liberties and advocacy organization for Muslims, is currently running an ad in Times Square.


The ad, entitled “I am Muslim, I am American,” began airs on the CBS Super Screen. The point of the public service announcement (PSA), according to CAIR-NY Community Affairs Director Faiza Ali, is to highlight “ordinary American Muslims whose everyday lives are dedicated to building community and serving country.”

The 15-second PSA will air every hour for 18 hours each day until January 16th, and is targeted at the over one million people that pass through Times Square each day. CAIR got a bonus with the timing too: the ad aired during the annual Times Square New Year’s Eve, ball-drop celebration as well.

The PSA features an NYPD sergeant, as well as a Little League all-star, a human rights activist, a doctoral candidate, and an attorney - all pictures with the caption “I am Muslim, I am American”.






French law could see fines for burqas

The author of a new anti-burqa law in France has told the press he will propose €750 fines for women wearing the head-to-toe covering.

Jean-Francois Cope, the leader of France's ruling centre-right UMP party, gave advance notice of the bill in an interview with Le Figaro magazine out on Thursday (7 January).


He said the legislation "would prohibit the covering of the face in public places and on the streets, with the exception of special cultural events or carnivals" meaning that "wearing a burqa would qualify for a fine, probably of the fourth class, that is to say €750."

Any person forcing a woman to wear the garment would face a "worse fine."

Mr Cope defended the proposals on grounds of national security and women's rights. "We can measure the modernity of a society by the way it treats and respects women," he told Le Figaro.


The burqa is worn by a tiny handful of French Muslims.




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


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- Confucius


This week




iMuslims: Rewiring the House of Islam (Islamic Civilization and Muslim Networks)



 Gary R. Bunt


Exploring the increasing impact of the Internet on Muslims around the world, this book sheds new light on the nature of contemporary Islamic discourse, identity, and community.


The Internet has profoundly shaped how both Muslims and non-Muslims perceive Islam and how Islamic societies and networks are evolving and shifting in the twenty-first century, says Gary Bunt.


While Islamic society has deep historical patterns of global exchange, the Internet has transformed how many Muslims practice the duties and rituals of Islam.


A place of religious instruction may exist solely in the virtual world, for example, or a community may gather only online.


Drawing on more than a decade of online research, Bunt shows how social-networking sites, blogs, and other "cyber-Islamic environments" have exposed Muslims to new influences outside the traditional spheres of Islamic knowledge and authority.


Furthermore, the Internet has dramatically influenced forms of Islamic activism and radicalization, including jihad-oriented campaigns by networks such as al-Qaeda.


By surveying the broad spectrum of approaches used to present dimensions of Islamic social, spiritual, and political life on the Internet, iMuslims encourages diverse understandings of online Islam and of Islam generally.


A Q&A conversation session held with Gary Blunt can be read here.



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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


Chicken and Spinach Pin Wheels



½ 4 cups Flour
125g Butter
2 tbls Sugar
1 tsp Salt
10g Yeast
1 ½ to one and three quarter cups - lukewarm milk.
1 kg cubed chicken breast fillets
1tsp of green chilies,
1tsp salt
Juice of 1 lemon
1 tsp crushed cumin
½ tsp of ground ginger and ½ tsp garlic
1 box frozen spinach
1 grated tomato

Cook 1 Kg cubed chicken with green chilies, ginger, garlic, salt, lemon juice and cumin. Add 1 Grated tomato and braise, then add frozen spinach and sauté until all the water has evaporated. (You can substitute frozen mixed vegetables for the spinach)

Method for Dough
Sift Flour and salt and add sugar. Rub in butter and then add yeast. Make a soft dough with lukewarm milk & leave to rise. Divide dough into 6 equal portions. Roll each ball out and then fill like a swiss roll. Slice & sprinkle with blanched almonds, cheese or sesame seeds. Place the sliced wheels on a baking tray which is lined with baking paper and bake in a moderate oven until light brown. Great for school lunches.

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










Last year a national survey revealed that Australian children's eating and activity habits were not that encouraging..

The best way for us to teach out kids to be more active and eat nutritious meals, is to be good role models.


Our homes are central in our kids lives, lets adopt healthier habits and make it a fun and active environment.

Encourage them to move a little more, even if it means you need to extend your walk by another 15 minutes.


Let them ride their bikes to the park - this will be a great workout for you as keeping up with them is not that easy.

Turn off the TV - create opportunities for indoor and outdoor play. Take turns in suggesting games / activities for the day.


The more you get involved, the more they will want to participate!

Always think FUN!!




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






In keeping with the times, Mula Nasruddin upgrades his mode of transport to the more environmentally friendly BMW model.


And now for the rest of the news....... 






Mula Nasruddin was sitting on the edge of the bed, observing his wife, looking at herself in the mirror.

Since her birthday was not far off he asked what she'd like to have for her birthday.

'I'd like to be twelve again', she replied, still looking in the mirror.

On the morning of her birthday, Mula Nasruddin arose early, made her a nice big bowl of Coco Pops, and then took her to the Wild Wadi theme park in neighbouring Dubai.

What a day!

He put her on every facility in the park; body-boarding and surfing in the wave pool, the Corkscrew, the Wall of Fear, the Jumeirah Sceirah Monster ride, everything there was.

Five hours later they staggered out of the theme park.

Her head was reeling and her stomach felt upside down.

He then took her to a Mc Donald's where he ordered her a Happy Meal with extra fries and a chocolate shake.

Then it was off to the cinema with popcorn, a huge Cola, and her favourite sweets......M&M's.

What a fabulous adventure!

Finally, Mula Nasruddin wobbled home with his wife and both collapsed into bed exhausted.

He leaned over her with a big smile and lovingly asked,

'Well dear, what was it like being twelve again?'

Her eyes slowly opened and her expression suddenly changed.

'I meant my dress size, you fool of a man!!!'

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