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Sunday, 11 April 2010

 .Newsletter 0283



Multicultural Dinner with Immigration Minister


(left to right standing) Muna Ibrahim, Mustafa Ally, Senator Evans, Dr Yunus Solwa, Imam Abdul Quddoos Al-Azhari, Apa Seelma Quddoos

(left to right seated) Jamilah Solwa, Fatima Abdel-Karim and Janeth Deen

Also in attendance were Mahomed Noor Osman, Farouk Adam and Adam Noormahomed





Graham Perrett MP hosted a Multicultural dinner at the Landmark restaurant on Friday night.


At the dinner, which was attended by over 200 guests representing a number of different ethnic communities, the Federal Member for Member told CCN that the primary objective was to celebrate the vibrant multicultural community which is at the heart of Brisbane’s Southside.


The main guest of honour was Senator The Hon Chris Evans, Minister for Immigration and Citizenship who travelled to Brisbane after making an announcement hours earlier in Canberra that visa applications involving asylum seekers from Sri Lanka and Afghanistan were to be suspended.

Islamic Awareness Week Seminar in Lakemba


NSW: The United Muslim Women Association Inc is hosting an Islamic Awareness Day Seminar on 12 or 19 May, 2, 16 or 30 June, from 10.00am-3.00pm at the Muslim Women Association, 47 Wangee Rd (Opposite Hampden Park Public School), Lakemba

The Seminar aims to:

•Provide and assist service providers to develop culturally and religiously appropriate services and programs that meet the diverse needs of its clients.
•Increase awareness of Islamic beliefs and practices and their importance to the Muslim way of life.
•Correct myths and misconceptions about Muslim women.
•Identify barriers to access and equity issues for Muslim women and strategies for addressing these barriers.
•Highlight good practice models undertaken by the Muslim community in partnership with government and non-government based agencies.
•Develop and Strengthen links between the Muslim community and service providers in an efficient and effective way.

Who should attend this seminar?

•Service providers from local, state and federal agencies whose clients include Muslim women.
•Any individual or organisation working with people of culturally and religiously diverse backgrounds.
•Anyone curious about Islam and its practical applications in Australia.

For more information: ph 9750 6916 or email admin@mwa.org.au

The cost is $110 (inc GST). Lunch and refreshments will be provided.  


The CCN Wedding Scene


The marriage of Salma, eldest daughter of Dr. Sikander Sabdia and Dr. Sarah Seedat, and Ziyaad, son of Iqbal and Naseema Hassan was solemnised at a nikah ceremony on Friday (9 April) at the home of the bride by Imam Uzair.


The first of two bridal receptions was held on Friday night in the Tamborine Mountains at Songbirds Rainforest Retreat with a few close family and friends.


The second reception was held on Saturday at the Ridges Hotel where some 200 guests were present.


The bride and her family were dressed by Brisbane and 2008 NRA Australian Fashion design "New Generation" designer, George Wu.


The couple will honeymoon in the Maldives.



Parents of Salma and Ziyaad with friends and relatives at the Ridges Hotel



Rouse the budding artist in you.....


To celebrate the 2010 Refugee Week, ACCES is inviting artists who came to Australia from refugee/ humanitarian backgrounds or from other cultures to participate in this amazing Art exhibition.

ACCES is looking for paintings of any medium or mix media that are created in Australia, based on the artist’s memories of homes in their own countries or their perceptions and feelings of Australia. Artists from other states are welcome.

Submit images of your art work to the curator - Elaine Morgan at noelaine88@bigpond.com by 30 April 2010.

Due to limited space, paintings of less than 1meter either side are preferred. The curating panel reserves the right to select the best suitable paintings for the exhibition. ACCES will retain 20% of the sale of any art work unless otherwise previously arranged.

WHEN : 2010 Refugee Week, 18-21 of June.
WHERE: Studio 13, West End

For all enquires please contact Tony and Lien Smith on (07) 3844 6970 or 0404 000 619 or email lntsmith@tpg.com.au


Find out more about the exhibition.


Futsal Tournament


World of Nations Futsal Tournament has 3 spots remaining. The tournament has been running for the past 6 years and is proudly sponsored by Qld Muslims (www.qldmuslims.org.au).

Don't miss out on entering your team now. The tournament will be held on 9th May at the Acacia Ridge Futsal Centre on Beaudesert Road.

For more information contact Idris Jangda on 0412 786 168 or email idris@jangda.com.au.

Building a bridge between Australian and Indonesian schools


A program set up two years ago to help school students from Australia and Indonesia better understand each others' countries is coming up for review. The Australian Government set up the BRIDGE program two years ago with the aim of helping Australian teachers get a better understanding of life in Indonesia as well as the practice of Islam. For Indonesian teachers, it provides opportunities to learn about life in contemporary Australia. A decision about whether the program will continue to get funding will be made later this year.

Presenter: David Chen
Speakers: Vicki Richardson, Indonesian teacher, Tranby College; Abdul Latif, vice principal, SMA Negeri 5 Surabaya Senior High School; John Doman, Indonesian teacher, Ivanhoe Grammar School, Melbourne; Zoe Cooper Sutton, Year 12 student, Ivanhoe Grammar School, Melbourne; Tim Lindsey, chair Australia-Indonesian Institute, Melbourne University

Using migrant agents


In an effort to tackle unregistered Migration Agents the Department of Immigration and Citizenship has provided the following information to the public:

What the department is doing on unregistered practice

An opinion piece


Flyer on migration agents

There is also a link to a YouTube clip on the subject:

Little Mosque on the Prairie: Season 4 Episode 10


 Bye Bye Yasir      


Part 1


 Part 2

Part 3




Fashions Fit for the Bedroom and the Boardroom


Mostly working from home, Ms. Nasreen Abdulla has recently extended her entrepreneurial skills to open a clothing store, called INwear Fashions, at the Sunnybank Hills Shoppingtown in Sunnybank Hills.


CCN caught up with Nasreen, in amongst the racks of her fashionable ladies' attire, and asked her about how it all began and what she had in store for the future:


[CCN] What inspired you to enter the 'rag trade'?


[NASREEN] My journey began over two years ago when my family and I moved to Brisbane from Sydney. Always lurking in the recesses of my mind was the nagging urge to find ‘something different’ to offer the Australian market. My first project was importing Pitter Patter pyjamas from South Africa which filled a niche in the market for parents wanting their kids dressed in unique PJ’s, that had no images on them, and looked good enough to go out in, and perfect for prayers. These quality affordable alternative PJ’s have now found their way into many a Brisbane home and have made the perfect gift for lots of happy little kids. Now the mums and grannies have also been spoilt with the introduction of the Pitter Patter ladies PJ’s or lounge-suits or whatever you want to call it. All Pitter Patter products are truly multifunctional! To complement the Pitter Patter range, we have recently introduced the ‘sleepy sleepwear ‘range, so that now customers can have more to choose from!

[CCN]  What prompted you to extend your range from the bedroom to the 'boardroom' as it were?


[NASREEN] As a Muslim woman of Indian descent born in South Africa, I found it extremely difficult in Australia to find quality affordable clothing that was ‘long enough’ or ‘decent enough’ and fashionable at the same time. And to top it all, I found that I was not the only one in this position. I discovered an as yet untapped niche in the local market and that led me to my next project. With my husband’s and my background in business, especially fashion clothing wholesale and retail, we had the combined knowledge, skills and abilities to cater to the needs of this particular market.

And now, we have launched the first of its kind, a store that offers something for everyone…INwear Fashions.

[CCN] So what's in store for the fashionable and the fastidious at INwear Fashions at the moment?


[NASREEN] In addition to the already popular Pitter Patter and 'sleepy sleepwear' ranges, we have on offer a very wide range of ladieswear, which caters to all tastes. We have long length skirts and dresses, the Pitter Patter inner in 20 colours and all sizes, long length tunics, blouses and shirts, long sleeved bolero style jackets, and the latest seasonal offerings that are definitely long enough and modest enough for everyone!
We also have something for the men and boys…quality Egyptian cotton round and v-necked t-shirts.

[CCN] I take it, it's not just about fashion only but quality as well?


[NASREEN] Living in queensland, our focus is on comfort therefore we sourced products that are made of cotton or cotton blends. Also, our goods are manufactured to the highest standards in quality. As we are the direct importer of all our products, we assure customers consistently low affordable prices for quality garments!
We pride ourselves on variety, quality and affordability and if there is something in particular you are looking for, we can get it for you. We are always open to customer suggestions and feedback.


[CCN] Good luck, Nasreen. We hope all goes well with you and your latest venture, insha'Allah.

Opening hours:

Mon-Wed, Fri: 9am to 5pm
Thurs: 9am to 7pm
Sat:9 am to 3.30pm
Sun: call to see if open

If you prefer a personal service, drop by: Mon-Fri: 10.30am to 2.45pm, Sat:11am to 2pm or call if you cannot make these times so that a mutually convenient time can be arranged

Eftpos and credit card facilities available and Laybyes are accepted

For more information:
Mob: 0406 187 056 TEL: 07 3161 3655 email: nasreen@iinet.net.au


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Your fellow Mussallee.... The Unnecessary Repeater

By Hamzah Moin


Some masjids cut things like audio systems because all the khateebs at the mosque scream at the top of their lungs while delivering a khutbah.


This poses a problem during prayer however and late lateefs in the back find it tough to hear.


That’s when a Repeater has to step up. The Repeater has one purpose: to make sure people in the back can hear the Imam.

Sometimes the Repeater gets carried away with his job and does the ‘repeating’ for EVERY prayer.


Even when the Imam is LOUDER than the Repeater.


Or even when there are only three people in the prayer.


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The Inbox


Assalamu alaikom.
It has come to our attention that e-mails are being circulated about purchasing "halal" Inghams chicken from Woolworths and also eating out at KFC. Let me clarify the position.
The Islamic Council of Queensland ("ICQ") is certifying the slaughter of chickens at Inghams plant at Murrarie and we confirm that all chickens slaughtered there are halal. However we cannot vouch for same once they leave Inghams factory. At present we do not have any arrangement with Woolworths or KFC and none of their premises have been certified as halal. We cannot verify whether there is any cross contamination.
In Queensland KFC outlets sell bacon and we are informed that their nuggets come from another plant not certified by ICQ. Also we have been informed that their chips are being cooked in tallow, the source of which we do not know. Therefore they do not meet our guidelines for being certified as halal.
ICQ is currently trying to pursue discussions with Woolworths and KFC to see if they would comply with our requirements so that their selected outlets could be certified as halal. Insah Allah, we will make an announcement once an agreement is reached with either of them.
Mohammed Yusuf
Islamic Council of Qld.



My name is Chris Davies and I am in year 12 at a school in Sydney this year. As part of one of my subjects, Society and Culture, I am required to write a 4000 word essay on a subject of my choice. I am choosing to write an un-opinionated piece upon how the beliefs of different religious groups effect the way they live their lives, and the groups I am focusing upon are those who belong to the faiths of Islam and Christianity, and Atheists.


I was wondering if you yourself would be available to publish a link to my 5 minute, completely anonymous questionnaire within your publication (which I was made aware of by a very kind man from inner NSW). If this were possible I would appreciate it very much and my most sincere thanks would be with you! If you have any concerns or questions please reach me at my email address below.


The link to the survey is here: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/57CV3M7


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email: secret.luck.art@gmail.com

I am renting a room with two other girls in a townhouse in chapel hill. Rent is $150per week including electricity and internet (Naked DSL). The room is available now up until 28th of May 2010 when my lease of this townhouse ends. There is a city and UQ bus 2mins walk from the villa. The house is fully furnished however, the room is not.


Please contact me on 0424 170 680 or email me on carima05@hotmail. com if interested.


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Around the Muslim World with CCN


Iran demands FIFA lifts Olympic games football hijab ban

Players of Iran's women national football team

Iran has demanded that Fifa overturn a ban on its girls football team from the Youth Olympic games after the team was kicked out for wearing Islamic scarves that contravene international rules.


Iran's national Olympic committee had called on Fifa, football's world governing body, and the International Olympic Committee to review the ban on the hijab.

The hijab is worn women beyond the age of puberty to observe Islamic rules on modesty and interaction of the sexes.

"We have asked the heads of these international sports organisations to review and annul Fifa's decision," Bahram Afsharzadeh, the Iranian Olympic committee secretary general said. "Hijab is related to the Islamic culture and Muslim women can't take part in social activities without it."

The inaugural Youth Olympic games will be held from August 14 to 26 in Singapore and Thailand was nominated on Monday to replace the barred Iranians.

Jerome Valcke, the Fifa secretary general, rejected the Iranian Olympic panel's request in a letter to the national football federation.

"Taking into consideration the clear position stated by the (Olympic committee) of Iran, the Fifa Executive Committee had no choice but to take the decision that (Iran) will not be able to participate," said Mr Valcke.

Fifa maintains football's international rule book which contains a section on players' on-field equipment.

Law 4 states that "basic compulsory equipment must not have any political, religious or personal statements.

"The team of a player whose basic compulsory equipment has political, religious or personal slogans or statements will be sanctioned by the competition organiser or by Fifa."

The hijab issue was first examined in 2007 after an 11-year-old girl in Canada was prevented from wearing one for safety reasons.

Iran was scheduled to compete in a six-nation tournament for girls at the inaugural Youth Olympics against Turkey, Equatorial Guinea, Trinidad and Tobago, Chile and Papua New Guinea.

Around 3,600 athletes aged 14-18 will compete in 26 sports.

Ali Kafashian, president of Iran's Football Federation, said the Iranian women team will participate in the competitions only if they are allowed to observe the Islamic dress code.

A spokesman for the International Olympic Comittee said: "In accordance with the Olympic Charter, the International Federations (IFs) are responsible for establishing the technical criteria of their sports and ensuring their application. The decision by FIFA (the IF) is in line with the rules of the game, which have been communicated by the IF to the Iranian NOC."

Source: The Telegraph






What has Britain come to when it takes a Muslim like me to defend Christianity?
Dr Taj Hargey, Chairman of the Muslim Educational Centre of Oxford

Christianity is under siege in this country.

Britain's national religion has never been so marginalised and derided, especially by the public institutions that should be defending it.

The case of nurse Shirley Chaplin, who has been banned by Devon and Exeter NHS Trust from wearing her crucifix while caring for patients, is a graphic illustration of this insidious trend.

Indeed, it is surely an affront to the very concept of religious liberty, which was once regarded as a cornerstone of our democratic, respectful and tolerant nation.

For make no mistake, a new form of virulent secularism is sweeping through society - and its target is Christianity.

I am Muslim. But even as a non-Christian, I can see all too clearly the shameful way in which Britain's national faith is being eroded. Indeed, banning a crucifix makes a mockery of our treasured right to religious freedom.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/debate/article-1264399/What-Britain-come-takes-Muslim-like-defend-Christianity.html#ixzz0kdkjmmrg
Christianity is under siege in this country.

Britain's national religion has never been so marginalised and derided, especially by the public institutions that should be defending it.

The case of nurse Shirley Chaplin, who has been banned by Devon and Exeter NHS Trust from wearing her crucifix while caring for patients, is a graphic illustration of this insidious trend.

Indeed, it is surely an affront to the very concept of religious liberty, which was once regarded as a cornerstone of our democratic, respectful and tolerant nation.

For make no mistake, a new form of virulent secularism is sweeping through society - and its target is Christianity.

I am Muslim. But even as a non-Christian, I can see all too clearly the shameful way in which Britain's national faith is being eroded. Indeed, banning a crucifix makes a mockery of our treasured right to religious freedom.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/debate/article-1264399/What-Britain-come-takes-Muslim-like-defend-Christianity.html#ixzz0kdkjmmrg

Christianity is under siege in this country.

Britain's national religion has never been so marginalised and derided, especially by the public institutions that should be defending it.

The case of nurse Shirley Chaplin, who has been banned by Devon and Exeter NHS Trust from wearing her crucifix while caring for patients, is a graphic illustration of this insidious trend.

Indeed, it is surely an affront to the very concept of religious liberty, which was once regarded as a cornerstone of our democratic, respectful and tolerant nation.

For make no mistake, a new form of virulent secularism is sweeping through society - and its target is Christianity.

I am Muslim. But even as a non-Christian, I can see all too clearly the shameful way in which Britain's national faith is being eroded. Indeed, banning a crucifix makes a mockery of our treasured right to religious freedom.

Mail Online




Obama Bans Islam, Jihad From National Security Strategy Document

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama's advisers will remove religious terms such as "Islamic extremism" from the central document outlining the U.S. national security strategy and will use the rewritten document to emphasize that the United States does not view Muslim nations through the lens of terror, counterterrorism officials said.

The change is a significant shift in the National Security Strategy, a document that previously outlined the Bush Doctrine of preventative war and currently states: "The struggle against militant Islamic radicalism is the great ideological conflict of the early years of the 21st century."

The officials described the changes on condition of anonymity because the document still was being written, and the White House would not discuss it. But rewriting the strategy document will be the latest example of Obama putting his stamp on U.S. foreign policy, like his promises to dismantle nuclear weapons and limit the situations in which they can be used.

The revisions are part of a larger effort about which the White House talks openly, one that seeks to change not just how the United States talks to Muslim nations, but also what it talks to them about, from health care and science to business startups and education.

That shift away from terrorism has been building for a year, since Obama went to Cairo, Egypt, and promised a "new beginning" in the relationship between the United States and the Muslim world. The White House believes the previous administration based that relationship entirely on fighting terror and winning the war of ideas.

"You take a country where the overwhelming majority are not going to become terrorists, and you go in and say, 'We're building you a hospital so you don't become terrorists.' That doesn't make much sense," said National Security Council staffer Pradeep Ramamurthy.

Ramamurthy runs the administration's Global Engagement Directorate, a four-person National Security Council team that Obama launched last May with little fanfare and a vague mission to use diplomacy and outreach "in pursuit of a host of national security objectives."

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


This week





The Museum of Innocence


Orhan Pamuk




“It was the happiest moment of my life, though I didn’t know it.” So begins the new novel, his first since winning the Nobel Prize, from the universally acclaimed author of Snow and My Name Is Red. It is 1975, a perfect spring in Istanbul. Kemal, scion of one of the city’s wealthiest families, is about to become engaged to Sibel, daughter of another prominent family, when he encounters Füsun, a beautiful shopgirl and a distant relation.


Once the long-lost cousins violate the code of virginity, a rift begins to open between Kemal and the world of the Westernized Istanbul bourgeosie—a world, as he lovingly describes it, with opulent parties and clubs, society gossip, restaurant rituals, picnics, and mansions on the Bosphorus, infused with the melancholy of decay—until finally he breaks off his engagement to Sibel. But his resolve comes too late.


For eight years Kemal will find excuses to visit another Istanbul, that of the impoverished backstreets where Füsun, her heart now hardened, lives with her parents, and where Kemal discovers the consolations of middle-class life at a dinner table in front of the television. His obsessive love will also take him to the demimonde of Istanbul film circles (where he promises to make Füsun a star), a scene of seedy bars, run-down cheap hotels, and small men with big dreams doomed to bitter failure.


In his feckless pursuit, Kemal becomes a compulsive collector of objects that chronicle his lovelorn progress and his afflicted heart’s reactions: anger and impatience, remorse and humiliation, deluded hopes of recovery, and daydreams that transform Istanbul into a cityscape of signs and spectres of his beloved, from whom now he can extract only meaningful glances and stolen kisses in cars, movie houses, and shadowy corners of parks.


A last change to realize his dream will come to an awful end before Kemal discovers that all he finally can possess, certainly and eternally, is the museum he has created of his collection, this map of a society’s manners and mores, and of one man’s broken heart. A stirring exploration of the nature of romantic attachment and of the mysterious allure of collecting,


The Museum of Innocence also plumbs the depths of an Istanbul half Western and half traditional—its emergent modernity, its vast cultural history. This is Orhan Pamuk’s greatest achievement.


About the Author

Ferit Orhan Pamuk generally known simply as Orhan Pamuk, is a Turkish novelist. He is also the Robert Yik-Fong Tam Professor in the Humanities at Columbia University, where he teaches comparative literature and writing.

One of Turkey's most prominent novelists, his work has sold over seven million books in more than fifty languages, making him the country's best-selling writer. Pamuk is the recipient of numerous literary awards, including the Nobel Prize in Literature 2006—the first Nobel Prize to be awarded to a Turkish citizen.



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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




2 ½ cups all bran flakes
1 cup yoghurt
¾ cup brown sugar
1 tsp baking powder
500g self raising flour
250gr butter
1 egg beaten
1 tsp salt
½ cup chopped almonds

On low heat melt butter and sugar.

Beat eggs, add yogurt and then add butter and sugar mixture, add the chopped almonds.

Fold in the sifted dry ingredients.

Pat in oven tray and slice. Bake at 180c for 35 mins.

Remove from oven and slice into bars.

Return to oven and bake at 100c to dry out.

A great and healthy dunker for tea and coffee.






"Edible Flowers" prepared by Amina and Farouk Adam for a 40th birthday celebration last week.

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




WEEK 2 of our 6-week training program:

Please note that the following program is suitable for beginners. For the more competitive or serious athlete, intensity, duration and frequency of exercises need to be increased!


DAY 1:
Walk for a minimum of 45mins. (10 mins. at a moderate pace, 30 mins. at a more brisk pace and 5 mins. cool down / slow pace).
Healthy Tip: Always keep your body hydrated - carry a bottle of water with you daily!

DAY 2:
Similar to day 1. Increase your walking time by 5 mins. or more if you feel comfortable and include some hills as part of your course. Try challenging yourself with some mini-drills along the course, eg. stop and do some step-ups on the curb, or tricep-dips on a park bench, etc.

DAY 3:
Weight training - slowly increase the weight you lift every week or
increase the number of reps you do. Remember that your own body is a great tool when it comes to strength and resistance training (push-ups, tricep-dips, etc).
Training Tip: Ensure good posture and technique.

DAY 4:
Make today more about soothing and relaxing your muscles. Do some laps in the pool. If you're not comfortable swimming, hop in anyway and walk/run from one end to the other. Don't be fooled by how easy it looks, this is still a great workout and your muscles will love you for it!

DAY 5:
Lets get strong while toning our muscles - back to weight training (see day 3).

DAY 6:
Take on a more challenging walking course (steeper hills, etc.). Always challenge yourself. Listen to your body - QUALITY rather than QUANTITY!
Tip: Find a walking / running buddy so you can motivate and challenge each other!

DAY 7:
If you worked as hard as I hope you did, you deserve a rest, recover and get ready for week 3!



PLEASE NOTE: The above training program assumes a healthy participant. Those with medical conditions or who are not already physically active, need to seek clearance from their GP before starting any form of exercise.







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 wife Tun Tun Begumbibi are awakened at 3 o'clock early one Saturday morning by a loud pounding on the door.


Mula Nasruddin gets up and goes to the door where he sees a drunken stranger, standing in the pouring rain.

"Give us a push" says the swaying stranger.

"Not a chance," says Mula Nasruddin, "It is three o'clock in the morning." He slams the door and returns to bed.

"Who was that?" asked his wife.

"Just some drunk guy asking for a push," he answers.

"Did you help him?" Tun Tun Begumbibi asks.

"No. I did not. It is three o'clock in the morning and it is pouring with rain outside.

His wife said, "Don't you remember about three months ago when we broke down and those two guys helped us? I think you should help him, and you should be ashamed of yourself.

Mula Nasruddin does as he is told, gets dressed and goes out into the pouring rain. He calls out into the dark, "Hello! Are you still there?" "Yes," comes back the answer.

"Do you still need a push?" calls out Mula Nasruddin.

"Yes. Please." comes the reply from the darkness.

"Where are you?" asks Mula Nasruddin.

"Over here on the swing," replies the drunk.


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17 April


Iraqi Festival Day

Romero Centre & Iraqi Community

Merrymac Hall 616 Ipswich Rd, Annerley

0407 578 682

10am - 3.30pm

9 May


World of Nation's Cup

Idris Jangda

Acacia Ridge Futsal Centre, 1391 Beaudesert Rd. Acacia Ridge

0412 786 168

All day

9 May


Algester Mosque Brunch

Islamic Society of Algester

Beenleigh Events Centre
cnr Crete St and Kent St Beenleigh

0419 786 092


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 15 April from 11am-12pm at the residence of


Sharifa Gutta

50 Caribbea Street

Eight Mile Plains

Tel: 32190587


All ladies welcome


Ladies Keep-Fit Dance Classes






14 April - Dance 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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