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Sunday, 28 March 2010

 .Newsletter 0281



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Quran Graduation at Kuraby Mosque

Last Saturday, the graduation of the students of Qari Fida-ur Rehman's Iqra Quran Academy took place at Kuraby Mosque.


The following young boys and girls qualified as Nazarahs and Huffaz in front of their very proud parents, relatives and friends:


Nazarah boys

1. Muneeb Rafiq son of Shahbaz Rafiq
2. Mohammed Numaan-ud-Dean son of Abdul Nizam-ud-dean
3. Bilaal Rane son of Salman Rane
4. Hassan Imran son of Imran Nilam
5. Areeb Ahmad son of Ejaz Ahmad
6. Emir Ibrahim Mawardi son of Abdul Hammid Mawardi
7. Usman Ali son of Murad Ali


1. Youcef Mesbah son of Mustapha Mesbah
2. Mohanned Chouchane son of Abdelhalim
3. Ali Rane son of Zaid Rane
4. Kaab Rehman son of Fida-ur Rehman
5. Abdur-Rahman Abdul-Hadi Abdullah son of Abdul-Hadi Abdullah

Nazarah girls

1. Zunarah Rehman daughter of Fida-ur Rehman
2. Fatima Ali daughter of Murad Ali


Note: Those who qualify as Hafiz (plural Huffaz) are able to recite the complete Quran from memory, and those who qualify as Nazarah are able to read and recite the complete Quran.


Hafiz Youcef Mesbah (17 years)


Hafiz Mohanned Chouchane (14 years)

Hafiz Abdur-Rahman Abdul-Hadi (16 years)

Hafiz Ali Rane (11 years)

Hafiz Kaab Rehman (13 years)

Sisters Sipping 'n Sharing

There is a Sisters’ Afternoon Tea taking place today, Sunday March 28, at the United Muslims of Brisbane Centre in Slacks Creek.


This is an opportunity for sisters from all backgrounds to share food and conversation and gather together in unity as Muslims.

This follows on from the community meeting at the Rochedale Mosque on March 7. The ladies present at that meeting discussed the possibility of organising a regular social get together from all cultural groups within the Brisbane Muslim Community.

A Cuppa with the Commissioner

Members of the Multicultural Media Network were invited to attend  a morning tea with the Queensland Police Service at Police Headquarters on 19 March.


It was also an opportunity to discuss at first hand with the QPS matters concerning Queensland multicultural community.


In addition to Crescents Community News (CCN) and Queensland Muslim Times there were also present editors of Radio 4EB, Radio 99.7FM, Brisvaani Radio 1701 AM, The Epoch Times, Queensland Chinese News, The Punjab International and World News Weekly,


The discussion focussed on crime statistics, students, taxi drivers, media reporting and ongoing relationships.



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From the Desk of the Gold Coast Imam.....

Imam Imraan Husain 

EMBRACING ISLAM - One person embraced Islam during the week and he has given me his details. We will give him an ongoing support insha Allah.


REVERT CLASSES THIS WEEK - We will have classes this week. Thereafter, classes will restart on the 17 April insha Allah.


COMMUNITY FEED BACK MEETING - "Community Feed Back Meeting" will take place at the Gold Coast Masjid on the 28th March 2010 with regard to "The Next Ten Years and Beyond" conference.


TAFSEER – Tafseer now commences after Isha salat which is at 7.15 pm. However Tafseer will not be conducted during the School holidays as Mufti Zeeyad will be in Khurooj


IJTIMA – Many brothers from Gold Coast will be leaving for the Ijtima in Sydney which will take place on the 2 April to the 5 April at Roti Hill.


Clean sweep for Rawlins at the Qld Open 2010

by Haris Olomi

Rawlins fighters did a great job on Saturday and Sunday as we cleaned up at the Queensland Open. The weekend started on Saturday with Cedric Luyt and Cheri Luyt winning Gold for Poomsea and on Sunday while two of our fighters where uncontested the rest of the team made up for them in numbers.

Out of the 10 fighters who fought on Sunday we won in total 12 Gold Medals. It was not easy but our fighters stood up to the challenge and fought hard and with determination. In total we came away with 14 gold medals.

The winners were: Mustafaa Olomi, Jahan Olomi, Renea Perkins, Zita Dore, Dominic Bielicki, Abdullah Houadchia, Zekrbia Sayed, Cedric Luyt, Cheri Luyt, Zulaikha Deen (missing from photo).

Courtney Pomerenke and Khaaled Olomi both won gold medals in 2 weight divisions. Between them they contested 7 fights and this earned them fighters of the tournament status.


The next challenge is our own club tournament, Rawlins Open, in 4 weeks time -  on the 18th of April 2010.

Uncontested fighters were Jacob White and Mousaab Houadchia.

Also a big thanks to all the parents and supporters who came out to the Entertainment Centre and cheered their lungs out all day for the team.

For more information on the club visit www.rawtkdqld.com.au or call Haris on 0402716707.

Money & Islam

Op-Ed by Azhar Khan

For many Muslims money is a double edged sword.  Some love having it and some believe it is the root of all evil.  Like it or not, without it we are victims to the systems that control our economies and moreover our lives. 


Is how you live your life as a Muslim today determined by the money you have?



Azhar Khan







Azhar Khan provides personalised coaching throughout Australia on how to trade foreign currency.



Speed Intros Rescheduled

The Speed Intros event scheduled for 19th March was postponed to the 9th of April, mainly to facilitate 7 to 8 participants who wanted to attend and were not able to on that date.

There are 37 applicants confirmed already and if anyone wants to participate, registrations are open for another week.

Email muslimintros@hotmail.com or call Julu on 0400 142 786


Doosra: The life and times of an Indian student in Australia

How a huge army of badly paid, badly housed, badly educated foreign students became Australia's third biggest export industry.


According to former Liberal MP Bruce Baird shonky private colleges set up to exploit overseas students are no more than 'permanent residency factories'.


The recently released Baird Review calls for a crackdown.


But for many who've already experienced the reality of a teaching system that has morphed into one of the country's dodgiest rackets it's too late.


In this illustrated essay Indian-Australian writer Roanna Gonsalves (pictured left) records her personal journey, beginning with the glossy promises of an Australian education expo in Mumbai.


Extracts from the transcript:


I was young and free, ready to be girt by sea, so to speak. For me, a foreign education meant the pursuit of knowledge in a heritage-listed edifice overlooking the university lake, a gentle breeze wafting in and out of ancient classrooms, an expansive grassy campus. I already knew that in Hertford, Hereford and Hampshire, hurricanes hardly happen. You see, the British Empire bequeathed its language to India and some of us made it our own. The vestiges of Portuguese and British colonisation, the imprint of American imperialism, are like your grandma's engagement ring: resistant to wear, and passed down from generation to generation. As they say, colonisation is dead. Long live colonisation!



Like many in India's minority Christian communities, I was wary of the rise of right-wing Hindu political parties. They reappropriated the holy and ancient swastika and, like Nazi Germany, turned it into a political symbol. In 1998, these bearers of the Aryan Hindu flag formed the central government in India. Ten years later, they would have the blood of thousands of Muslims and Christians on their hands in Gujarat, in Orissa and elsewhere. Like many from my community I could feel these undercurrents of hostility. There were the more personal pressures, too, of domestic struggle and family drama. The grass certainly looked a lot greener on the other side.



On the train, I focused on the passing scenery, and suddenly spotted a large sign that said, 'Welcome to the Australian Education Expo'.It was the sign I was looking for. I'd always wanted to formally study film and television production, although I was already working in the industry in Mumbai. I got off the train and headed straight to the Expo. For the first time the possibility of studying in a foreign country began to take shape in my mind. I imagined immersing myself in the culture, having many Australian friends, inviting them, and being invited over for meals, filling my little black book with a new support system in the absence of my family and friends. I never once imagined I would be seen as anything than an equal.


The large hall was swarming with the representatives of Australian educational institutions, their warm and welcoming smiles promising to share their boundless plains in return for my boundless enthusiasm and, as I soon found out, my supposedly boundless bank balance. I couldn't blame them for assuming I was rich. They were in the land of the cow, after all, Holy cow, cash cow, hard to tell the difference, you see.




[CCN Editor] Read the full transcript or listen to a literally astute Ms Gonsalves whose account of her Australian experiences is at once amusing, enlightening and thought provoking.


Strong support for sheikh


As Australian as I am: Fatima, centre, with her family, mother Marzieh, brother Ali and her father, Sheikh Mansour. Picture: Ben Rushton

NSW: SUPPORTERS of St George Muslim leader Sheikh Mansour Leghaei have sent more than 1000 letters to Canberra appealing for him not to be deported.

Sheikh Mansour, of the Iman Husain Islamic Centre at Earlwood, was told to leave Australia by March 19 but was given a one-month bridging visa after lodging an appeal with the Immigration Minister, Senator Chris Evans.

He has lived in Australia for 16 years but has been unable to get permanent residency because of two adverse security assessments by ASIO. Sheikh Mansour has not been told the allegations against him. ASIO won't release them, for security reasons.

A Leader online poll showed an overwhelming 94.2 per cent of people supporting the right of Sheikh Mansour to stay in Australia. The story on the Leader website has attracted more than 50 comments of support. A 5000-signature petition supporting Sheikh Mansour will also be sent to Canberra this week. Letters of support have come from Anglican and Catholic leaders, representatives of the indigenous community, and prominent professional and business people.

One letter from Sheikh Mansour's daughter Fatima, 14, notes how her father's deportation would split the family. Sheikh Mansour, his wife Marzieh and son Ali, 20, would have to leave. Fatima was born at St George Hospital, Kogarah, and is Australian. Her brothers, twins Reza and Sadegh, 26, have residency.

"I don't understand why the Australian government does not appreciate all the devotion my dad has given for the benefit of the Australian community all his life,'' Fatima said in her letter to Senator Evans.

"I am proud of my father and all he stands for. He is as Australian as I am.

"I am Australian and as an Australian citizen have the right to live in my country with my family.

"Ever since I can remember, the disturbing news about my dad's visa has been affecting me. What is it that my dad has done?

"I hate it when teachers or school friends ask me about what they have read in the newspapers about my dad. They can't believe how normal I am and have a supposedly 'terrorist' dad.

"Give my dad a fair go and let us live our life together in peace. Please don't break my family up.''

A community barbecue will be held in support of Sheikh Mansour this Sunday at Steel Park, Marrickville. Details: Save the Sheikh or phone 042 459 2718.

Source: The Leader
Related article: The Australian


Community Newsletters and Updates


The Al-Ghazalli Newsletter of the Sydney-based Al-Ghazalli Centre can be viewed here.


Topics include:

• Cyclone Thomas - Fiji Appeal

• Earth Hour 2010

• Morning Invocations
• Reflections with Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

• Seerah of the Prophet
• XpressO Movie Night – Cities of Light
• The Ansaar Project @ Exodus
• The Ansaar Project @ Elizabeth Bay
• Mizaan Ecology - Cooks River Regeneration Project
• Night of Remembrance - Sisters Only
• Night of Remembrance - Brothers Only
• Mizaan Ecology - Newcastle


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Celebrating the very best of British Muslim achievements


Manchester City captain Kolo Touré, who won the Faezeh Hashemi Sport Award, credited his faith for his success. “For me it is a great pleasure to be here as a football player. My religion has helped me a lot to be where I am. I am very happy to win this award. I hope it’ll be great example for all the young lads. Without my religion I would not be where I am now,” he said.

A decade after it was founded, The Muslim News Awards for Excellence once again celebrated and recognised the very best of Muslim participation to British Society.


Over 800 people attended the Tenth annual Awards ceremony held at London’s glitzy Grosvenor House.


The Guest of Honour, Home Secretary, Alan Johnson, paid tribute to “the enormous contribution” that Muslims have made in every aspect of British life, including politics, academia, law, sport, the arts, healthcare, humanitarian aid, the military, business and cuisine.

one’s goal, and never sacrificing morals for quick wins resonated with the audience. She was accompanied by fellow Silk Roads members Khaled Hakim, on daf drum, and Paul Cheneour, on the ney.  In the picture are Silk Roads facilitators and performers – Fathema Wahid, Alia Alzougbi, Rezia Wahid, Khaled Hakim, Paul Cheneour.

Johnson reminded the audience of the deeply entwined heritage and value system British Muslims share, referring to the mention of Islamic scholarship in Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales. Johnson argued that our shared values – the right to life, the right to worship, freedom of expression, justice and tolerance – must be protected.

However, he stressed that tackling extremism does not define the relationship between the Government and Muslim communities. “Nor does it mean that the responsibility for tackling extremism lies only with the Muslim community. Like the threat from far right racists, it affects us all and it requires a united response,” he added.

The Editor of The Muslim News, and the main sponsor, Ahmed J Versi, said: “We began this event ten years ago because we wanted to acknowledge the noble accomplishments and displays of distinction within the British Muslim community and showcase the tremendous contributions British Muslims make to Britain. We wanted also to identify and highlight Muslim role models for the younger generation.”

Versi explored relations between the Muslim community and political parties over these years and asked the next Government to re-visit policies that will improve relations with the Muslim community and help rejuvenate community cohesion.

Versi expressed his desire to see questions like “are you a Muslim first or British first” or “are you from Pakistan” eradicated from future discourses.


He explained: “As devolution and further constitutional reform re-shapes our political landscape and institutions, Muslims and other minorities will in time, I believe, come to be considered as English, Scottish, Welsh or Irish, and not just as British.”

Nadia Durrani, founding Editor of the leading archeological magazine, Current World Archeology, was the winner of the Sankore University Award for Excellence in Education. Dr Durrani was thrilled to receive the award saying: “Archeology is a wonderful way to let people know about their culture. . . and communicate Islamic culture to the West.”

Other special guests included Communities Secretary, John Denham, Shadow Home Secretary, Chris Grayling and Baroness Emma Nicholson. They were joined by civic and religious leaders, as well as representatives from the worlds of politics, business, sport and the arts.

Dr Haifa Takruri-Rizk, Senior Lecturer in Engineering, University of Salford, won the Fazlur Rahman Khan for Excellence in Engineering, Science or Technology. She urged Muslim parents to help their daughters reach their goals. She also pointed out the plight of students in Gaza and urged the audience to support the campaign of Palestinians to allow them to continue with their education.

Prime Minister, Gordon Brown, in a message to the event, described The Muslim News Awards for Excellence as a “firmly established premier occasion for marking the achievements of both Muslims and non-Muslims working together for the common good - and for highlighting the important role Muslims play in our communities.”

Now in its tenth year, the ceremony has distinguished itself for pioneering an initiative that finds the very best in British Muslims.


In a message, Opposition Leader, David Cameron, said: “The Awards have established a great reputation over the last decade. The range of Award winners honoured – from the nationally recognised to the ‘unsung heroes’ – is a tribute both to the organisers and tot the depth of he contribution which British Muslim men and women make to our society today.”

Lib Dem Leader, Nick Clegg, said: “These prestigious awards are an opportunity to celebrate the excellence of the individual nominees in their respective fields – but they are also a chance for the whole of British society to reflect upon the enormous social, cultural and economic contribution made by Muslim community in the UK.”




All winners received a beautifully and intricately designed brass astrolabe (example pictured left), the iconic image of the decade old awards ceremony. The astrolabe was a highly developed tool used throughout the Muslim world to measure the altitude of stars and planets. By the eighth century, they were used to aid navigation, locate the qiblah (the direction towards the Ka’bah in Makkah Muslims face when praying), calculate the lunar calendar and to assess meteorological conditions.

The Muslim News



 Majority of Republicans: Obama is a Muslim


A new national Louis Harris poll finds that a majority of Republicans believe that President Obama is a Muslim, while 45 percent agree with the so-called "Birthers" that the president was "not born in the United States."

The poll of 2,230 Americans, taken during last weekend's health care showdown in the House of Representatives, shows how successful Obama's opponents have been in demonizing the 44th president.

According to the poll, 57 percent of Republicans, and 32 percent of Americans overall, believe that Barack Obama is a Muslim. The opinion comes despite Obama's description in his bestseller, "The Audacity of Hope", of his adoption of the Christian faith.

Seattle pi Blogs



 France to outlaw full Muslim veil


PARIS: France is to ban the full Muslim veil to protect the dignity of women, President Nicolas Sarkozy announced yesterday.
His decision followed months of wavering by politicians of Left and Right and ended a long silence by Mr Sarkozy on what to do about the niqab, burka and other face-covering garments.

"The full veil is contrary to the dignity of women," Mr Sarkozy said. "The response is to ban it. The government will table a draft law prohibiting it."

He gave no details but his announcement means he has come down on the side of members of parliament in his own camp and the opposition who advocate a ban on the full veil on French territory. An all-party parliamentary committee recommended lesser measures last month that would require women to expose their faces on public transport and on state-owned premises such as post offices, universities and hospitals.

The Australian


 Niqab for Muslim women banned in Canadian province

After France, Muslim women have been banned from wearing niqab in Canada's French-speaking Quebec province.

A bill tabled Wednesday will not allow government services to women wearing the niqab.

The bill comes after protests triggered by an Egyptian immigrant's refusal to remove her niqab in her French languages classes in Montreal, forcing the school and the provincial government to throw her out.

The college says the Muslim woman was given the front seat in the class so that all male students sat behind her. She was even allowed to make presentations from the rear of the classroom with her back to the class which had three male and 17 female students.

However, students and the college authorities were shocked when one day the woman asked male students to move away from her and refused to sit with them around a U-table to converse and learn French pronunciation.

Three weeks ago, the woman, a mother of three, moved the provincial human rights commission as the government toughed its stand on the niqab.

The government last week ordered that every niqab-clad woman must uncover her face to confirm her identity when applying for her medicare card. Wednesday's bill will be the first such step in North America to curtail any religious dress.

According to the bill, women seeking medical and auto insurance services will have to remove their veil, adding that face coverings will not be tolerated in people's dealings with government officials.

Speaking to the media, Quebec premier (equal to chief minister in India) Jean Charest said the step was needed for maintaining gender equality and secular character of public institutions.

'This (bill) is a symbol of affirmation and respect - first of all, for ourselves, and also for those to whom we open our arms. This is not about making our home less welcoming, but about stressing the values that unite us.

'An accommodation cannot be granted unless it respects the principle of equality between men and women, and the religious neutrality of the state,'' the premier said.

Canadian Muslim leaders called the bill a 'knee-jerk'' reaction. Canada has about one million Muslims in its population of 34 million, and their population is expected to triple in the next two decades.

Though a majority of Canadian Muslim women don't wear the hijab or niqab, the veil is now quite visible in Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver where most Muslim immigrants live.  .

BigNews Network



 Conservatives to have first Muslim MP, says Cameron

In an exclusive wide ranging interview with the Editor of The Muslim News, Ahmed J Versi, Leader of the Opposition, David Cameron, MP, on March 18, at his offices in the House of Commons, says his vision of a multi-ethnic Britain in the next 25 years of being better at “fostering a sense of togetherness” and building a strong British identity.

The Muslim News



 Zohaib, youngest person in UK to pass A grade in A-Levels


UK: Seeing your child pass their exams with flying colours is a proud moment for any parent, but for Saadia Ahmed from Chandler’s Ford in Hampshire that feeling is made that extra bit special by the fact her sons have achieved A grades in A-Levels and Mathematics while still in primary school.

Wajih and Zohaib (pictured left) have already bagged A grades in both GCSE and A-Level Mathematics and Science.

At 10, Zohaib is the youngest person in the country to pass Further Mathematics A-Level with an A grade. Zohaib got an A* in GCSE Mathematics when he was just 9 last year beating the record held by Hong Kong prodigy March Boedihardjo when he sat exams to get an A in Mathematics in 2007.

Zohaib’s 12-year-old brother Wajih is also an incredible high achiever. He scored 96% in Further Mathematics A-Level exam and already has an A grade in Mathematics. Wajih also has an A* in GCSE Statistics and Further Mathematics.

“My friends at school were very surprised at first but they’re use to it,” said Wajih.

His advice to other children wanting to follow in his footstep is to “revise, work hard and keep practicing, if you want something just go for it.”

Zohaib, who goes to Knightwood Primary School with his brother, told The Muslim News he was really happy at breaking the record.

“I was sure to do well because of the hard work I put in. I’m very happy,” he said.

His brother Wajih also goes to Kinghtwood Primary School.

Mum Saadia, 38, said the boys have plenty of leisure time to play computer games and watch TV. “The boys do what other 12 and 10 year olds do. They play football, have fun with their friends. The difference is that they spend 2 to 3 hours daily during weekdays and up to 5 hours on weekends in a systemic and focused work,” she told The Muslim News.

After school hours the boys are tutored by their father Dr Usman Ahmed, 44, who has a PhD in Physics.

Both boys hope to amass enough A-Level qualifications to make it to university by the time they are 14 years-old where they both hope to graduate with Economics degree and work in the city as actuaries.


The Muslim News



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 Muslim Women Reformers: Inspiring Voices Against Oppression


Ida Lichter



"We are dealing with an influential fundamentalist international that has a clear strategy. In order to secure women's rights, we need a democratic international of women otherwise we have absolutely no chance of conquering this beast. Not only Algerian, but Sudanese, Iranian, and Afghani women know what I am talking about. They know the horror of God's State all too well. But alone, without your support, without the women's and human rights movement of the countries of the West, we are losing this battle of life and death." - Khalida Messaoudi, Algeria

In a world where the strident demands of Islamic extremists capture the media's attention, the courageous protests of Muslim reformers barely receive any notice.

These include a surprising number of women who are prepared to challenge institutionalized persecution, risking derision, arrest, physical harm, and even death.

In this inspiring compilation of Muslim women's stories from around the world, the voices of these long-oppressed women ring loud and clear as they question ideology and culture, patriarchal and religious beliefs, and demand the social and political rights women lack in many Muslim countries.

The reformers speak out with passion, humanity, and sometimes humour in these compact and often poignant biographies, bringing alive the harsh realities for women in many parts of the world.

By surveying a wide range of Muslim reformers, not only in the Middle East but also in Europe and North America, Sydney-based author Ida Lichter uncovers some significant emerging trends.

For example, she notes that the majority of Muslim feminists would like to see reform contained within Islam.

Many criticize their patriarchal culture for suppressing egalitarian views that they believe the Koran expresses and so they advocate a reinterpretation of the holy text.

Some demand changes to discriminatory Sharia-based laws.

Others campaign openly for political and educational reforms.

Complete with a glossary and a list of helpful Web sites, this vibrant anthology makes use of reliable translations from original languages to demonstrate the groundswell of grassroots change that promises eventually to bring even the most conservative sectors of Islam into the twenty-first century.



Ida Lichter and Amina Wadud, an Islamic scholar who has recently been a visiting professor at the Centre for Religious and Cross Cultural Studies at Gadjah Mada University in Yogyakarta, Indonesia will talk with Rachael Kohn on ABC Radio National on the programme The Spirit of Things on Sunday 28 March at 6pm.


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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


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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.

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KB's Culinary Corner


Chicken and Spinach Pin Wheels


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 Q&A Column











As part of your training for the upcoming CresWalk, make sure you incorporate some core strengthening exercises.


Research shows that runners with strong core (abdominal) muscles tend to run faster than those who are not so strong through their core.

In order to increase or improve your speed / results from last year's race, add some extra core training - like the plank / hover, to your workout routine and take your fitness to the next level!



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




The manager of a company asked Mula Nasruddin at an interview:

"Can you spell a word that has more than 100 letters in it?

Mula Nasruddin replied: -P-O-S-T-B-O-X.




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Iraqi Festival Day

Romero Centre & Iraqi Community

Merrymac Hall 616 Ipswich Rd, Annerley

0407 578 682

10am - 3.30pm

16 May



Crescents of Brisbane

Orleigh Park, West End

0402 026 786


30 May


Al-Nisa Tea Party


Runcorn Function Room, 124 Gowan Rd, Runcorn

0410 617 178


13 June


International Food Festival

Islamic Society of Gold Coast

Gold Coast Mosque

0412 601 152

10am til late

9 July



Lailatul Mehraj

28 July



Lailatul Baraat

31 July-1 August

Sat & Sun

Inter-Uni Cup: &-aside Outdoor Soccer Tournament

(Resheduled from original April date)


Rochedale State High, Priestdale Rd, ROCHEDALE

0412 298 531


12 August



Start of Ramadhan

6 September



Lailatul Qadr

9 September



End of Ramadhan

10 September




11 or 18 September




Mt Gravatt Showgrounds

0418 722 353

10am til late

9 October


Annual Event  (TBA)



0418 757 157


17 November




7 December



Islamic New Year

16 December



Day of Ashura


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




Ladies Taleem


Taleem this week will be held on Thursday 1 April from 11am-12pm at the residence of


Fatima Jangda
17 Jacaranda Place Eight Mile Plains.
Tel no 32198150

All ladies welcome


Ladies Keep-Fit Dance Classes


24 February - Bellydance fitness class 8.15pm-9.45pm contact Renata 0400 701 676
10 March - Dance fitness class 8.15pm-9.45pm contact Claudia 0415 844 439
24 March - Bellydance fitness class 8.15pm-9.45pm
14 April - Dance fitness class 8.15pm-9.45pm
28 April - Bellydance fitness class 8.15pm-9.45pm
12 May - Dance fitness class 8.15pm-9.45pm
26 May - Bellydance fitness class 8.15pm-9.45pm
9 June - Dance fitness class 8.15pm-9.45pm
23 June - Bellydance fitness class 8.15pm-9.45pm




Inspiration Talk, BBQ and Youth Hour

Topics that are relevant, Iman-boosting and mind-capturing.
Where: AMYN Islamic Youth Centre, 16/157 North Road, Woodridge
When: Every Sunday, 7pm
Info: www.AMYNweb.com
Everyone is invited



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Useful Links


Crescents Community News (CCN) Readers' Forum

 Discussion Forum & Social Network for CCN Readers

Queensland Muslim Historical Society Inc.

Promoting the study and awareness of the rich history of the Muslims of Queensland

Young Muslims of Queensland

Social network for young Muslims of Brisbane

Sunnah Inspirations

Providing information about Islam - its beliefs, culture, practices, dispelling misconceptions

Kuraby Mosque

Holland Park Mosque


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)
www.islamicschoolofcanberra.act.edu.au (Islamic College of Canberra, ACT)

Karratha Muslims (Muslims in Western Australia)

Islam TV

Recording of lectures and events in and around Queensland

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

          Qld Stories link or YouTube link

Gold Coast Halal Certification Services (GCHCS)

Muslim Aid Australia

Serving Humanity

Human Appeal International Australia  

Always with you on the road to goodness

Australian Muslim Youth Network (AMYN)
Find out about the latest events, outings, fun-days, soccer tournaments, BBQs organised by AMYN. Network with other young Muslims on the AMYN Forum

Al-Mustapha Institute of Brisbane  

Preserving the Past, Educating the Present to Create the Future

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