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Sunday, 27 June 2010

 .Newsletter 0294



Khawaja makes history as first Muslim in Australian cricket team


Pakistan-born Usman Khawaja (pictured left) has become the first Muslim to be selected in an Australian cricket squad -- and could now play against his country of birth in Britain next month.

Khawaja, who was born in Islamabad but moved to Australia at the age of four, said he was "shocked" at being selected for the two-Test series, which was moved to England due to safety concerns in Pakistan due to last year's extremist attack on the Sri Lankan cricket team bus.

"I was a bit shocked, I had a feeling I was close but that could mean absolutely nothing," he told Cricket Australia's official website.

"The feeling didn't really sink in straight away but I've told my family and they're really excited."

Khawaja, who is also a fully-qualified pilot, was named in a strong 14-man Australian side for the series which begins on July 13.

The 23-year-old made headlines in 2008 when he became the first cricketer of Pakistani-Australian background to play first-class cricket in Australia, making his debut for New South Wales in an inter-state match against Victoria.

He is, however, not the first player from the sub-continent to represent Australia -- Sri Lanka-born Dav Whatmore played seven Tests in 1979-80.

National selection panel chairman Andrew Hilditch said Khawaja's inclusion in the squad was down to the player's strong performances at state competition level, which saw him score 698 runs and three centuries last season.

"Usman Khawaja has been selected on the back of some very strong Sheffield Shield performances," Hilditch said in a statement on Cricket Australia's official website.

"He is seen by the panel as being capable of batting anywhere in the order in Test cricket, but importantly for this particular series as a top-order batsman who could bat in the top four should the opportunity arise."


Burqa ban bill introduced


CHRISTIAN Democratic Party MP Fred Nile has succeeded in introducing a bill to ban the wearing of the burqa in the NSW Upper House.

Mr Nile introduced his private member's bill, seeking to ban the wearing of the burqa and other face veils in public, shortly after 8pm (AEST) yesterday.

Last month, a debate on the same bill was voted down by the NSW Upper House.

Greens MP John Kaye said only the four Greens MPs and Family First MP Gordon Moyes voted against introducing the bill yesterday.

"Last month the Coalition and the Government did the right thing and said no, they would not allow the Upper House to be home to this kind of racist dog whistling," Mr Kaye said yesterday. "This time they caved in."

Mr Kaye said Mr Nile's bill has opened the door to a "dangerous and divisive attack on one of NSW's communities".

"Letting loose the ugly bigotry that lies behind this bill will only encourage hostility to the Muslim community," he said.

"While no woman should be forced to wear a burqa or any other form of clothing, this absurd bill will do nothing to enhance the rights of women."

Mr Nile has denied the bill is racist, saying his concern lay with issues of security and women's rights.

The bill has been adjourned until September 2010.


The Herald Sun

Muslims Australia (AFIC) response


Festival expressions of interest


The Queensland Multicultural Festival each year attracts approximately 40,000 people of all ages keen to celebrate Queensland’s cultural diversity through food, art, craft, music, dance and traditional activities.


The 2010 festival will be held on Sunday 17 October from 10am until 5pm at Roma Street Parkland.

The Department of Communities is seeking performers, artists, food and craft stallholders and community groups representing Queensland’s many cultural groups to be part of this year’s festival.

Further information and expressions of interest forms are available from http://www.multicultural.qld.gov.au/be-involved/events/queensland-multicultural-festival/.

All applications must be received by 5.00 pm, Friday 2 July 2010.

For more information contact Browyn Moore, Communications Officer, Queensland Multicultural Festival
Communication Services, Corporate Services Department of Communities, Level 12, 111 George St Phone: 3227 7219

Under Eights Week at AIIC


Under Eights Week is organised annually by the ECA Queensland Branch and has been a unique statewide event since 1956.


Each year a theme is chosen to help focus on a particular aspect of early childhood.


This year's theme of Living Diversity – Act Locally and Think Globally provided an opportunity for children to celebrate, value and live the diversity of both their local communities and their world.

Lat month the Australian International Islamic College (AIIC) celebrated this event at the college.


Parents, teachers and students were all part of the excitement and activities.


The planned activities for the day included the making of fruit kebabs, a paper plate craft, Mexican maracas, origami paper cups, as well as a physical activity, where students went through an obstacle course with a passport to different countries.


Passports were all stamped and visas were granted too!

Students went home with their craftwork and a bottle of bubbles, which was the highlight of the day.

Buttu in Brisbane talks


Palestinian lawyer and analyst, Diana Buttu, was in Brisbane during the week to discuss the impact of the blockade on Gaza’s population and the importance of non- violent resistance.


As a child, Diana Buttu did not even know she was Palestinian. Ironically, years later she would become the well-known spokesperson of the Palestine Liberation Organization's Negotiations Support Unit.

Born and raised in Canada, Buttu's parents - who were Palestinian citizens of Israel - did not discuss their Palestinian identity. "My family did its best to insulate me," she says. "They consciously decided to leave Israel because of the sheer discrimination and they wanted to protect me."

In 1987, just days after the first Intifada started, Buttu visited Palestine. "Seeing the images and asking people about it created this personal awakening," she explains. "I realized I was Palestinian and a part of this big nation."

After earning a law degree from Queen's University in Canada and a Masters of Law from Stanford University, Buttu moved to Palestine in 2000. "I loved Palestine, yet hadn't really contributed." Shortly after her arrival, the second Intifada began and she took a position with the Negotiations Support Unit of the PLO.

"I had mixed feelings about negotiating," Buttu says. "There is a structural problem when Palestinians negotiate with Israelis. It's like negotiating with a gun to your head; where the people under occupation have to negotiate their own release."

Buttu decided to explain the Palestinian story to the media. "At the end of the day the world will only accept what it perceives as fair," she explains. "So I decided to lay out the facts so people could understand life under occupation and the constant discrimination Palestinians face."

Her media work angered Israel's supporters and cost her her NSU job, but Buttu continues to speak out, working with journalists with the Institute for Middle East Understanding and teaching at Birzeit University. Buttu believes someday freedom and equal rights will come to the Palestinians. "I think this absurdity is going to lead to a real awakening and people will eventually hang their heads and say, 'What were we thinking?' I hope justice comes sooner rather than later."

Australia Comes of Age


The president of Muslims Australia - AFIC, Mr Ikebal Patel, in congratulating the first female Australian Prime Minister Hon Julia Gillard, commented that Australia has come of age.

Mr Patel said that Australia has followed leading countries who have embraced female leaders, notable amongst the list is Australia’s closest neighbour, New Zealand, Indonesia, and the Philippines, also India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Germany and of course – United Kingdom.

Mr Patel further stated, “It is now Australia’s turn to be proud of its demonstrated gender equality – we now have the position of Prime Minister joining the list of State Premiers and Governor General as remarkable women in leadership positions”.


New guard at Kuraby


From left: David Forde, Imran Haeef Sheikh,

Shelia Glew and Maree McLean


Imran Hafeez Sheikh, the Club President of the Lahore Society Lions Club in Pakistan, was down in Brisbane ato attend the changeover meeting of the Lions Club of Brisbane Kuraby District.


Imran Sheikh wrote to the Kuraby Lions: "Thanks for all the love which I received from your club members at the annual club changeover meeting. I feel honoured that thousand miles away from Pakistan I have a Lions Family like you."


David Forde served for two years as president of the Kuraby branch and Ms Shelia Glew takes over the reigns.


A Crescents of Brisbane spokesperson told CCN that they had enjoyed working with David Forde on a number of successful projects during his term of office and look forward to continuing the working relationship with Kuraby Lions.


Among the many hats his wears, David Forde has also been recently appointed as the president of the Amnesty International’s QLD / NNSW Branch.

 Islamic Cemetery for Brisbane North & Moreton


To help the Muslim Community establish a cemetery north of the Brisbane River the Moreton Regional Council needs information to assist them in allocating property for a cemetery. The Islamic Society of Bald Hills is calling on Muslims living in and around the area to email the following details to info@isbh.org.au.

A: Family Name
B: Number of people living in your house/unit/residence Adults Children
C: Address and postal code

Faces of Brisbane on radio


Get to know the multicultural faces of Brisbane with 612 ABC Brisbane Mornings and Madonna King.

The Mornings team have set themselves a challenge, to find out how many nationalities now call Brisbane home.
Would it be as many as 200 different nationalities? Perhaps 220? Could it be 250?

You can find out over the next few months through, Faces of Brisbane, a daily segment that focuses on the unique personal stories of people from all around the world.

Join in the discussions as reporter Terri Begley takes to the street to find the new Faces of Brisbane, and visit the team online to learn more about their country.

Faces of Brisbane will introduce you to the culture, languages, beliefs, food and stories of people who have swapped their homeland for a new life in Brisbane.

Faces of Brisbane is on weekday mornings after 10am on 612 ABC Brisbane.

You can listen again to all of the stories featured in Faces of Brisbane at their blog.


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Young. British. Female. Muslim.


Thousands of young British women living in the UK decide to convert to Islam - here are some of their stories

From left: Sukina Douglas, Catherine Heseltine, Aqeela Lindsay Wheeler, Catherine Huntley and Joanne Bailey





Over the next few weeks, CCN will bring you the story of one of the five featured women who have converted to Islam.


Last week it was the story of Catherine Heseltine.


This week it is the story of Catherine Huntley, a Retail assistant, 21, of Bournemouth. 








“My parents always thought I was abnormal, even before I became a Muslim. In my early teens, they’d find me watching TV on a Friday night and say, ‘What are you doing at home? Haven’t you got any friends to go out with?’

“The truth was: I didn’t like alcohol, I’ve never tried smoking and I wasn’t interested in boys. You’d think they’d have been pleased.

“I’ve always been quite a spiritual person, so when I started studying Islam in my first year of GCSEs, something just clicked. I would spend every lunchtime reading about Islam on the computer. I had peace in my heart and nothing else mattered any more. It was a weird experience – I’d found myself, but the person I found wasn’t like anyone else I knew.

“I’d hardly ever seen a Muslim before, so I didn’t have any preconceptions, but my parents weren’t so open-minded. I hid all my Muslim books and headscarves in a drawer, because I was so scared they’d find out.

“When I told my parents, they were horrified and said, ‘We’ll talk about it when you’re 18.’ But my passion for Islam just grew stronger. I started dressing more modestly and would secretly fast during Ramadan. I got very good at leading a double life until one day, when I was 17, I couldn’t wait any longer.


Marrying an Afghan man was the cherry on the cake for my parents. They think I’m completely crazy now. He’s an accountant and actually speaks better English than I do, but they don’t care.


The wedding will be in a mosque, so I don’t think they’ll come. It hurts to think I’ll never have that fairytale wedding, surrounded by my family. But I hope my new life with my husband will be a lot happier.


I’ll create the home I’ve always wanted, without having to feel the pain of people judging me.


“I sneaked out of the house, put my hijab in a carrier bag and got on the train to Bournemouth. I must have looked completely crazy putting it on in the train carriage, using a wastebin lid as a mirror. When a couple of old people gave me dirty looks, I didn’t care. For the first time in my life, I felt like myself.

“A week after my conversion, my mum came marching into my room and said, ‘Have you got something to tell me?’ She pulled my certificate of conversion out of her pocket. I think they’d rather have found anything else at that point – drugs, cigarettes, condoms – because at least they could have put it down to teenage rebellion.

“I could see the fear in her eyes. She couldn’t comprehend why I’d want to give up my freedom for the sake of a foreign religion. Why would I want to join all those terrorists and suicide bombers?

“It was hard being a Muslim in my parents’ house. I’ll never forget one evening, there were two women in burkas on the front page of the newspaper, and they started joking, ‘That’ll be Catherine soon.’

“They didn’t like me praying five times a day either; they thought it was ‘obsessive’. I’d pray right in front of my bedroom door so my mum couldn’t walk in, but she would always call upstairs, ‘Catherine, do you want a cup of tea?’ just so I’d have to stop.

“Four years on, my grandad still says things like, ‘Muslim women have to walk three steps behind their husbands.’ It gets me really angry, because that’s the culture, not the religion. My fiancé, whom I met eight months ago, is from Afghanistan and he believes that a

Muslim woman is a pearl and her husband is the shell that protects her. I value that old-fashioned way of life: I’m glad that when we get married he’ll take care of paying the bills. I always wanted to be a housewife anyway.

“Marrying an Afghan man was the cherry on the cake for my parents. They think I’m completely crazy now. He’s an accountant and actually speaks better English than I do, but they don’t care. The wedding will be in a mosque, so I don’t think they’ll come. It hurts to think I’ll never have that fairytale wedding, surrounded by my family. But I hope my new life with my husband will be a lot happier. I’ll create the home I’ve always wanted, without having to feel the pain of people judging me.”


`Community Newsletters and Updates


The Bosnian Bulletin for Bosnian Readers - in Bosnian

By Haji Safet Avdich  


The South African Soccer World Cup Scene




With the World Cup upon and many Australians in South Africa for the event, CCN's Man-on-the-Mussalaah brings readers up to speed with world cup news, and the local politics, idiosyncrasies, personalities and culture of the country.


The Socceroos went to visit an orphanage in South Africa after their 4 nil loss to Germany.

“It’s so good to put a smile on the face’s of people with no hope, constantly struggling and facing the impossible”, said Sipho Umboto aged 6.


Brisbanites outside the Moses Mabidah Stadium before the Nigeria / South Korea 2-2 draw

Durbanites basking in the winter sun and sand at the South Beach Fan Fest watching Bafana Bafana sink France 2-1

Fan Fest

Vuvuzelas get the blast and flags get waved as Bafana Bafana take the lead


If the London cockneys can have 'em why can't the charous!


Walk the streets of Durban's Dr Yussuf Dadoo (Grey) Street, and if you find yourself scratching your head when an Indian friend says: "Ekse my lightie, let's vy to your pozi to catch a chow. I don't want to chow garden chops today,"  then a newly produced dictionary of Indian slang written by Professor of Linguistics at the Department of English at the University of Cape Town should be on your shopping list. Professor Rajend Mesthrie has compiled a 1 600-word dictionary paying homage to the South African Indian dialect.


Despite being the second major dialect in South Africa (the first being English brought by white settlers) Mesthrie said Indians were brought up to feel slightly ashamed of their languages. "Indians didn't have full access to dictionaries, they didn't have white people teaching them, they had Indians teaching them.


"We don't speak the Queen's English. Our dialect was forged through our experiences, first on the plantations, second as clerks, third as sales people and now as educated high-flyers.


Comprising religious, cultural, political, historical terms, proverbs, slang and even slightly offensive words influenced by Hindi, Tamil, Gujerati, Kokni, Telegu, Urdu and Zulu, the dictionary is serious, but also reflects the lighter side of the dialect.


The slang included in the dictionary dates back to the 1970s. Mesthrie avoided using contemporary slang and included words that stood the test of time.


"Slang is spoken among young people when they're laughing and joking and would never be spoken to parents, unless they're ultra modern".


Mesthrie said Indian slang is an offshoot of Tsotsitaal - a variation of mixed languages spoken in Gauteng. Disappointed that Indians did not have a term for their slang, he proposed the term "charous chune".


Strategically timed to coincide with the 150th anniversary of the arrival of Indians in South Africa, Mesthrie said the dictionary was his contribution to the history of Indians in South Africa. "In the 90s people would roll with laughter to see words they use in print. They will enjoy seeing their words in a professional manner and be amused by it."


Learn the lingo....and give carrots

Some of the words and phrases you will find in the South African Indian Dictionary:

Give carrots - The term mean "to show someone up". The term started in Britain as English slang in Kipling in 1890, and was used among Indians in South Africa. But it does not stop there. The Indians have turned it into their own, give-beans-bhajia, bhoondi, jalebis (all meaning the same thing).

Pozi- abbreviation for position. Used originally by the British colonial army, but more commonly used to refer to a person's house.

Interested - (participle): In love with - mainly spoken among older people, who at that time, did not use the word "love".

Garden chops - refers to brinjal - a 1950s joke that began at Indian weddings where vegetable breyani and dholl with large slices of brinjal are served

Source: The Daily News 24 June 2010

Around the Muslim World with CCN


Islam is the new religion in rebellious Mexican state Chiapas


More and more Mayan and Tzotzil people in the Mexican state Chiapas are becoming Muslims. It's fifteen years since the Zapatista uprising in Chiapas and the region has undergone some profound changes. One of them is the emergence of Islam as a new religion in the state. The Muslim community, dominated by converted Mayans and Tzotzils , is slowly gaining ground.

The mosque in Molino de Arcos

Molino de los Arcos is one of the poorest neighbourhoods of San Cristóbal de las Casas, the second largest city in Chiapas and popular with tourists for its colonial beauty. The barrio is ethnically almost entirely indigenous, with Tzotzil Mayan as the dominant language. On Fridays, though, you can hear the slow, monotonous Arab chants of Muslim prayer. In a wooden shack, painted with Arab religious phrases, some twenty Tzotzil Muslim families have established a small place of worship.

"This is where we cleanse our spirits and pray to Allah. Not everyone came today, some people have to work," Imam Salvador Lopez Lopez smiles. "But we are doing well. Our community is still small, we are maybe two hundred, but little by little we're growing."

Lopez converted to Islam in 1995 and adopted the Arab name of Muhammad Amin. He was one of the first Tzotzils to embrace the religion. He describes his conversion as a tough, two-year period of soul searching. "There is a lot of ignorance in Chiapas about Islam. Nobody really knew what it was and at first I myself wasn't sure it was the thing for me. My family didn't agree with it either at first. It was hard."





German court denies Muslim pupil right to pray in school


A Muslim student does not have the right pray at his high school, an appeals court in the German capital ruled on May 27.

The Berlin-Brandenburg Appeals Court ruled in favour of Diesterweg High School, agreeing the prayer was “disruptive”.

The Appeals court struck down a lower court decision, which had ruled that the student identified only as Yunus Mitschele (pictured left) at the Berlin high school had the right to pray in school.

The court also found that the rights of parents, the religious freedom of others and, in particular, and the dictate of school harmony overrode in this instance the right to an individual’s expression of religious faith.

16-year-old Mitschele had filed charges against Diesterweg-Gymnasium High School when he and seven other pupils were banned from praying in the school.

The school lost the case, the court ruled the prayer was not disruptive nor a breach of the school’s obligation to neutrality.

The Appeals Court said a prayer room was plausible, but for reasons of equality other faiths would have to be given the same privilege, which would overstretch the school’s capacity, and therefore, it was not necessary to provide space to Mitschele.

The school’s lawyer had also argued that the boy only used the room “sporadically” just 14 times in the past two years.

Mitschele said that teachers often would not open the room for him. His lawyer argued that the deeply religious teenager prayed five times a day. Before the case entered the courts, he had been praying during class breaks by kneeling on his jacket, laid out in a school hallway.
School principal, Brigitte Burchardt, called the ruling “a good day for Berlin’s schools.”

Diesterweg-Gymnasium High School would not comment further as the court left open the path to a further appeal before the Federal Administrative Court.


The Muslim News


Council apologises over Islamophobic advert


UK: Northamptonshire County Council has apologised and launched an investigation after it placed an advert for a “female, white and non-Muslim” driver in a local newspaper.

The advert placed in the Northampton Chronicle & Echo called for tender bids for an escort contract that involved driving vulnerable schoolchildren.:  


The Muslim News




Harrow elects its first Muslim mayor

Labour’s Asad Omar elected as Harrows Mayor on May 25

UK: Harrow’s first Muslim Mayor has promised a celebration of diversity in his year in office.
Labour Councillor, Asad Omar, was unanimously voted in on May 25 and Councillor Mrinal Choudhury was elected as Deputy Mayor.

Omar, Headstone South ward Councillor since 2002 said, “Those who know me will know I don’t believe in ‘my side and your side’ – we are all on the same side, all elected by the people of Harrow, all 63 (councillors) of us here to serve them.”

“I have chosen the theme for this year as a celebration of diversity in Harrow as we are the most religiously diverse borough in the country,” he told The Muslim News.

He added that he believed that “no two people are the same, their thoughts and experiences are all different and diverse, and as Mayor I look to meet as many people and community groups from diverse backgrounds from all over the borough.”

Omar paid tribute to his late wife Kausar, who passed away eight months ago. “She has been my strength, my support, and the reason for me being here. The way she inspired me every single day can never be measured or forgotten,” he said.

Omar was born in India and raised in Pakistan before coming to the UK in 1965. He is a chemistry graduate and worked as an Information Scientist for an international publishing company for 30 years.

He was a leading member of the Harrow Council for Racial Equality, was a founder member of the Harrow Bilingual Forum, and sat on numerous community groups including the Harrow Police and Community Consultative Group. He named Ovarian Cancer Action as his mayoral charity.

The Muslim News



French tennis star says she is proud to be a Muslim


French tennis star Aravane Rezai, the 18th women's seed at Wimbledon, is proud to be a Muslim and the fact that both of her parents are Iranian.

Rezai, 23, has even represented Iran at the Women's Islamic Games twice.

She overcame lack of family money and initial racism from France's tennis authorities to become the country's sporting golden girl and equally, is now an inspiration for Muslim women around the world.

"There are a few but not too many Muslim women in sport. Sania Mirza, who is Indian, also plays tennis but I am the first from a Persian background," The Sun quoted Rezai, as saying.

"I am proud to represent Muslim women. I know I am a model for other girls and if I can give them power or any help to improve their life that is good. I am here and I want to show on court I am a fighter. I fight for my personal life and I fight for my tennis career. They are two things," she said.

"I have two passports. When I play for France people said 'she is Iranian not French'. I am proud to be half-Iranian and that is why I have a necklace from Iran around my neck at all times. Yet I play tennis for France, the country where I grew up. So many people ask me whether I prefer France or Iran . I say: do you ask a mother which son she prefers?' I love both countries," Rezai said.

"I have made a lot of sacrifices in my life and I feel stronger than so many other players. I have a different character. I am very strong. I like to fight on the court. It comes from my double culture.

"Unfortunately I am not a practising Muslim but when I have finished my tennis career, I will be," she added.  

The Muslim News



Muslim women’s cricket at the Lord’s


Cricket in England is a sport of the elite, in South Asia, it is the sport of the people. Followed with a ferocious passion by so many, mums, dads, brothers, sisters, uncles and aunties all gather round staring intently at the TV…but for many women in the Muslim community that’s where it ends.  


The Muslim News


The Inbox


To the Editor of Crescents Newsletter from John at Brumby's Bakery Underwood.

Thank you to all our Muslim customers and friends who emailed me, phoned the shop or came into the shop in the last week to share their thoughts and advice on Naan and some other products as well.

The response has been quite overwhelming and we are very appreciative of the feedback, both the good & the not so good.

We have taken all feedback into consideration and will hopefully provide a better service to the Muslim community.

The "Free Gift Voucher - No Purchase Required" expires today, Sunday 27/6/10, so please take advantage of it.

From this Monday 28/6/10, we will have a "Six day Six Pack Promotion", expiring on Saturday 3/7/10

Also, our 100% Halal Bakery, is still for immediate sale.

Thank you everyone for your support..............


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KB's Culinary Corner


Bafana Bafana 4-3-3 Combination Date & Flake Muffin


Razia Seedat (Motala) of Durban


200gm butter

1 cup sugar

2 extra large eggs

1 tsp bicarbonate of soda

1/4 cup drinking chocolate (or Nesquik)

1 cup flake or grated choc

1 3/4 cup flour

1 1/2 cups dates

1 cup boiling water

1/2 cup pecan nuts (optional)

Cream the butter and sugar

Add eggs

Sift flour and drinking chocolate

Soak dates and boiling water with bicarbonate of soda

Fold flour and date mixture into creamed butter and sugar

Add pecan

Fill into paper cups about 2/3 full

Sprinkle handful of topping and bake at 180 deg for 15 to 20 mins



1 cup flake or grated chocolate

1 cup chopped pecan nuts


Makes as many as two soccer teams in quantity (including reserves and a coach)


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


Q: Dear Kareema, I've invested in a treadmill and am committed to my daily workout. How can I keep it interesting and get a great workout at the same time, keeping in mind that the treadmill will be the crux of the workout?

A: Hit the 'hills' with some interval training at least twice or thrice a week. If you follow the same plan every session, you'll eventually take less effort completing your workout because your body will get fitter as you go.

** Try some flat sprints - set the treadmill at a constant 1% grade and run or walk fast for 30secs. Recover at an easy intensity for 60secs. Repeat 9 times.

** Hill drills - run or walk for 30secs at an 8% grade followed by 60secs at a 1% grade. Repeat 9 times.

** Constant climb - set the treadmill at an 8% grade and walk or run for 30secs at a moderate pace, followed by 60secs at a slower pace, still on the 8% incline. Repeat 9 times.

NJOY your treadmill and have fun with your workouts!!






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, a wealthy oil sheikh, sends his son to Australia for study.

A month later, the son sends a letter to his dad saying:

”Dad, Brisbane is wonderful, people are nice and I really like it here, but I’m a bit ashamed to arrive to school with my gold Mercedes when all my teachers travel by train.”

Sometime later he gets a letter from his dad with a ten million dollar cheque saying:

“Son, stop embarrassing us, go and get yourself a train too.


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Victims of War Fund Raiser

Sounds of Light

ICQ Quran


AIIC School Fete

Inter-Uni Cup

Orphans of Afghanistan


Islamic Programmes, Education & Services

Moreton Cemetery Survey

Brisbane  Muslim Burial Society (BMBS)

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Spirituality, Conversations & Community-Building


Seerah Classes UMB

Maths Tutoring service

From years 6-10

Math A, B and C for years 11 &12
Ahlam Haddad

Tel: 32191554

email: haddada5@hotmail.com.

Blanket Appeal  

Australian International Islamic College (DURACK)

Qu'ran Reading & Islamic Studies

Kuraby Mosque

Businesses and Services



Forex Coaching by Azhar Khan

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Lezzet Restaurant



Jamal Naouri

Real Estate Agent

Junaid Ally

Ray White

Love ur Body

Brisbane Diagnostics

Sunrise Pizza


Islamic Couture

Phone: (07) 3397 6863
Mobile: 0431 446 528
Address: 910 Logan Rd, Holland Park West

New clients get 15% off
Email: vanise@glamoroushair.com.au
Website: www.glamoroushair.com.au

AK Surtie


Brumby's Bakery

Big Gun Shopping Centre, Underwood

South African Naan available

every Sunday and Tuesday


Where Style meets Modesty

INWear Fashions

Mina Collection

Nando's Calamvale Central
Shop 60-61 662
Compton Road

Tel: 07 3272 2299


Healthy Life



Body & Beauty

Brochure 1; Brochure 2

Mt Egmont Bakery

for the best in halal pavlovas

FAMSY Bookstore



Naadiya Karim



Mr. India

Indian Cuisine


Table & Chair Hire


Additional contact:

Ahmed Hassan

0433 531 593

Hussana Australia

Halal Body Care range


Hydrotherapy & swimming classes for Muslim women

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Flight Star Travel & Tours



The Quran Pen Reader is available online at www.hussana.com.au

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24 June - 4 July


Islamic Books and Islamic Clothes Exhibition

Abdur Razzaaq Mohammed

Darra Mosque, 219 Douglas St, Oxley

0431 266 847

11.30am to 7.30pm

9 July



Lailatul Mehraj

17 July


Victims of War: Fund Raising Dinner

Human Appeal International

Darra Mosque

0413 038 610


22 & 23 July


Sounds of Light Concert

Human Appeal International

Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre

0422 349 786


25 July


Annual Quran Competition

Islamic Council of Qld (ICQ)

Islamic College of Brisbane, KARAWATHA


9am to 1pm

25 July


AIIC School Fete

Australian International Islamic College (AIIC)



10am to 2pm

28 July



Lailatul Baraat

31 July


Orphans of Afghanistan Fundraiser

Al-Nisa Youth Group Inc.

Greek Orthodox Hall, 269 Creek Rd, Mt Gravatt

0433 182 520


31 July-1 August

Sat & Sun

Inter-Uni Cup: 7-aside Outdoor Soccer Tournament


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 September




Mt Gravatt Showgrounds

0418 722 353

10am til late

9 October


Annual Event  (TBA)



0418 757 157


17 November




20 November


2010 Women's Only Eid Ul Adha Ball


The Vibe Hotel, Surfer's Paradise



7 December



Islamic New Year

16 December



Day of Ashura


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Ladies Taleem


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


Adila Omar

53 St.Patrick Avenue


Tel:34 233 446

All ladies welcome


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
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Crescents Community News (CCN) Readers' Forum

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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

The Muslim Directory


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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