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Sunday, 1 August 2010

 .Newsletter 0299



Prognosis for newly formed  IMAQ - a promising future is predicted


Dr Sultan explains the role of IMAQ

The Islamic Medical Association of Queensland (IMAQ) was formerly launched last night (Saturday) at Michael's Oriental restaurant.


More than 90 doctors and members of the allied health workers attended the function as did a number of local politicians, dignitaries and community leaders including the Deputy Mayor of Brisbane, Councilor Graham Quirk, Minister for Minister for Natural Resources, Mines & Energy and Minister for Trade, Stephen Robertson and Federal Member for Moreton, Graham Perrett MP.


President of IMAQ, Dr Mohammed Iqbal Sultan spelt out the aims and objectives of the fledgling organization and the vision he and his committee had for the association, while Dr Yunus Solwa gave a comprehensive rundown of similarly constituted bodies around the world and the significant impact they were having on the well-being of the community in their respective countries.


Associate Professor Mohamad Abdalla of the Griffith Islamic Research Unit (GIRU) delivered the keynote address on the evolution of medicine from a religious and ethical perspective.

The Executive Committee of IMAQ is as follows:


Dr Mohammed Iqbal Sultan (President)

Dr Naadir Gutta (Secretary)

Mohammed Shafiq Suleman (Treasurer)

Dr Muhammad Masroor Alam (Assistant Secretary)


Committee Members

Dr Adel El-Mezin

Dr Yunus Solwa

Dr Anwar Seedat

Ruba Abu Hassan

Dr Kobaidur Rehman

Dr Mohammed Yahya Khan

Dr Muhammed Akbar

(left to right)

Dr Mohammed Yahya Khan, Dr Adel El-Mezin, Dr Muhammad Masroor Alam,

Dr Yunus Solwa, Dr Mohammed Iqbal Sultan, Dr Munir Mayat, Dr Anwar Seedat,

Dr Muhammed Akbar, Dr Naadir Gutta

(left to right) Graham Quirk, Mohammed Yahya Khan, Graham Perrett, Adel El-Mezin, Imam Peer, Stephen Robertson, Imam Husain and Mohammed Iqbal Sultan



ANIC elects new team

Australian National Imams council (ANIC), the peak body of Imams in Australia held its Annual General Meeting in Melbourne this weekend. Imams from all over Australia attended the Annual General Meeting 2009/10 on 25th July 2010 at Umar Ibn al- Khattab Mosque in Preston.


Melbourne Imam Abdel Aziem Afefi was elected as the new president of ANIC for the next two year term. Imam Abdel Aziem Afefi succeeds the outgoing president Sydney Imam Abdul Moez Nafti who served the council since 2007.

Member Imams elected an eleven member executive council for two year term.


The Imams in the new ANIC executive committee for the period of 2010 till 2012 are;

1. Imam Abdulmoez Nafti -NSW
2. Imam Tareq Albikae -NSW
3. Imam Ridwan Rafea -NSW
4. Imam Amjad Iqbal -NSW
5. Imam Abdulaziem Afifi -VIC
6. Imam Mohamad Nawas -VIC
7. Imam Saeed Shah -VIC
8. Imam Yusuf Parkar -WA
9. Imam Abduljalil Ahmad -WA
10. Imam Imran Husain -QLD
11. Imam Yusuf Peer -QLD

The new ANIC executive committee elected the following Imams for the following positions:

o President: Imam Abdel Azeim Afefi
o Vice President: Imam Imraan Husain
o Secretary: Imam Mohammadu Nawas Saleem
o Treasurer: Imam Yusuf Peer

Mufti of Australia Imam Fehmi Naji Imam who declared open the Annual Meeting 2009/10 and called for the unity among the Imams and urged the Imams to develop professional skills to deal with challenges facing the Muslim community in Marital dispute resolution, Mental health, drug
and alcohol counselling etc.


Shinpads & Hijabs Launch

On Wednesday more than 100 female students from the Islamic College of Brisbane at Karawatha participated in small sided football games as part of a brand new program to hit Queensland - Football United.

Football United, a grass roots community program, already has great tenure in New South Wales having been delivered for over four years and engaging more than 2,500 young people from refugee backgrounds in organised football competitions in and around Western Sydney.


The program is endorsed internationally by FIFA and nationally by the Football Federation of Australia and Football New South Wales.

A similar story is beginning to be told in South East Queensland, with a number of partners on board to assist in the delivery of the Shinpads & Hijabs program, including Football Queensland, Brisbane Roar Football Club and the Australian Sports Commission.

Shinpads & Hijabs is funded through Multicultural Affairs Queensland in the Department of Communities and National Action Plan funding from the Department of Immigration and Citizenship.

The program which will focus on empowering Muslim women to coach and deliver their own football games already has six local female Muslim community representatives signed on as volunteer coaches and will be coordinated by football enthusiast and Young Queenslander of the Year 2010, Yassmin Abdel-Magied.

Inspiration and mentoring will be provided by our very own Brisbane Roar Westfield W-League players as part of the club’s ongoing commitment to cultural diversity through the Queensland Roars Against Racism partnership.

Islamic College of Brisbane Principal, Dr Mubarak Noor said the female student body was looking forward to the opportunity to learn more about football and to participate in a safe and culturally sensitive environment.

“Sports and recreational activities in Australia are not always inclusive to the needs of young women from diverse backgrounds, and many barriers exist that limit opportunities for young Muslim women in participate in organised sport activities”

Dr Noor said he was delighted that a number of female community leaders from within the local Muslim community had volunteered to participate in the program as coaches.

“Having women from within our own community develop the skills necessary to coach our young women is a great step towards increasing the number of girls who play organised sport. Equally the commitment of the project partners such as Football Queensland and Brisbane Roar FC working to address participation barriers will result in positive outcomes all round,” he said.

Wednesday’s games included an official launch with Brisbane Roar FC players, Government representatives and other dignitaries with the full program set to kick off this Wednesday, 4 August 2010.


Irina Mammina (ICB), ICB students, Graham Perrett MP, Brooke Spence (Brisbane Roar) and Yassmin Abdel-Magied (Football United)



The CCN Wedding Scene






Fatima Sabdia, daughter of Hoosein and Yasmin Sabdia, and Afraan, son of Anwar and Shazia Noor, were married on Friday 2nd July.


The Nikkah took place at Masjid Al’Farooq, followed by a reception at The Strand, Eagle Street Pier.


The Walimah was held on Saturday 3rd July at the Croation Hall, Rocklea.





The nikah of Hafiz Omar, son of Abdul Malik and Zaini Issadeen and Riffat, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Syed Gurdezi took place at the Kuraby Mosque in Brisbane on Saturday 3rd July.


The walima celebrations were held at the Runcorn Function Hall (Gowan Road) on Sunday 4th July and the reception to celebrate the Nikah and Walima was held at the Grand Ballroom, Galadari Hotel in Colombo, Sri Lanka on Sunday 11th July.

Al-Imdaad in Australia

Al-Imdaad Foundation (Australia) is a non-profit international humanitarian aid and relief organisation, providing humanitarian services in crisis and non-crisis situations to those most in-need, orphans, widows and destitute, irrespective of race, religion, and culture or geographical boundaries.


To find out more about zakaah and how you can fulfil your obligations download the Al-Imdaad brochure.


Muslims reject Hanson

WE don't want her here'. That was the frank statement by the Gold Coast's Islamic leader, Imam Imraan Husain (pictured right), in response to revelations that Pauline Hanson was considering running for Gold Coast mayor.

The head of the Islamic Society of the Gold Coast said if the controversial former One Nation MP ran for the position and won, it would spell disaster for the city.

Earlier this year Ms Hanson (pictured below) came under fire for stipulating she would not sell her Coleyville home to a Muslim, but Imam Husain said no Muslim would want to buy her property anyway.

"We don't want cloudy weather here on the Gold Coast, we want a clear forecast and sunshine all the time ... she's a storm," he said.

"We want level-headed people here, people who will promote our multiculturalism, people who will give everyone a fair go and people who will promote tolerance for diversity.


"We want people to live in harmony and be happy, and I'm sure the Gold Coast would prefer people such as our current mayor, who has been very good to Muslims."

More than 20,000 Middle-Eastern people visited the Gold Coast in the year ending March 2010 but Imam Husain said they could be put off if Ms Hanson became mayor.

"They enjoy our beautiful facilities here, and of course our mayor has been very accommodating to these tourists," he said.

"These people are good spenders but if they know of someone who is not so kind to them and has this biased attitude towards Muslims, then obviously they are going to look for some other destination.

"Emotionally, some people may say `that's good, we don't need these Muslims', but practically it's not good for the Gold Coast" Mariam Najibah, head teacher at the Australian International Islamic College at Carrara, said it was a `free country' but she would not vote for Ms Hanson, saying she did not represent the whole community.


Source: Gold Coast Bulletin Monday 26/7/2010

Perceptions about Islam: UK Study

Last week the Islamic Education and Research Academy (iERA) presented the results of their groundbreaking UK Study Concerning Perceptions of Islam

iERA presented the results of their UK study concerning the perceptions on Islam and Muslims including how Islam is presented to non-Muslims (known in Islamic theology as dawah).


The study was based on a statistically robust sample of randomly selected Non-Muslims representative of British society and the method used was the tried and test method of face-to-face questionnaires.


iERA presented the results of their research and discussed their recommendations in a press conference at the London Muslim Centre attended by leading British Muslim organisations and senior figures within the Muslim community.


A copy of the research paper was provided and the programme was followed by a dinner for guests.


A copy of the full research report can be obtained from here.

Highlights of Results
80% had less than very little knowledge about Islam
93% had very little knowledge or no knowledge at all about the Qur’an
71% had never came into contact with any dawah material.
76% had never spoken to a Muslim about Islam.
75% believed Islam and Muslims had provided a negative contribution to society
32% believed that Muslims are a major cause of community tension
63% did not disagree with the statement that “Muslims are terrorists”
94% did not disagree with the statement “Islam oppresses women”


Qualitative Data: Selected Quotations
When asked about their perception of the Prophet Mohammad: “I don’t like the idea of chopping off people’s hands and feet sometimes without making sure they are innocent. It’s not a fair way” and “Don’t know, don’t care. We don’t choose religion when we were born and where we were born”.

When asked what about material on Islam had given a negative impression: “Some I find negative, some I’m neutral don’t let it affect me I find some doctrine to be negative and customs concerning women” and “Because they twist what they preach, not according to the Qur’an.”

When asked what contribution Islam and Muslims had had on British society: “They have took our country over it’s not England any more we have to make changes to please them” and “If I had my way I’d kick them all out of here and it’s not something I want to talk about.”

iERA’s Senior Researcher, Hamza Andreas Tzortzis commented “This study is groundbreaking, not only because it is a first of its kind, but also because of the implications of the results and the impact the recommendations may have on how we present Islam to an increasingly secular and apathetic population. One of these recommendations is to show how faith and religion in general makes positive contributions to our modern society.”

One attendee remarked that the press conference marked a “real watershed” in how Islam was to be presented. Another from a leading Islamic organization, Al-Muntada Al-Islami, commented that “this is what we have been waiting for”.

Article on Islam and domestic violence fires up debate

An article by Associate Professor Mohamad Abdalla of Griffith University on the topic of domestic violence, and published on the ABC's Religion and Ethics website, generated both controversy and comment and was by far the most read piece in the first week it appeared.


Entitled The Qu'ran does not condone domestic violence, the article makes the point that a particular verse of the Quran (4:34) that seems to legitimise wife beating is often read out-of-context and the confusion is primarily due to a failure to understand Islam's legal position on intimate partner violence (IPV) and the meaning and legal implications of the imperatives nushuz and wadribuhunna found in verse 4:34.


Read the full article.


Faith and Cultural Exchange Inc (FACE): “Care for Education Project: Chad”


Pre Ramadan Programs

There are at present Sheikhs from FACE's partner charities ‘Ansar us-Sunnah” and “Tanmeyah” in Chad on Dawah and charity missions. FACE is endeavouring this year to provide some assistance to families in their needs before Ramadan.

• FACE has set a target of 100x 30-litre water pots (which are made of earthen-ware and cool the water) which cost $10ea and 50x 75kg bags of grain which cost $30ea.

• Wells are always needed and cost between $2000- $2500

• The “Iftar Saim” or ‘Feed the fasting poor’ is in its 3rd year now and FACE has many people relying on the organization to provide them with food with which to break their fast. Donations of any amount are welcome for this program.

• Your yearly ‘Zakat ul-Fitr’ payment of $10 per person will be used to buy bags of grain and distributed to the poor as per the Sunnah.



Sponsors are still needed to enable more children to gain an education.

An amount of AU$50 per month will enable a child to attend both school and Madrassa classes as well as feed him/her for the month.


Most people in the areas that FACE works in are extremely poor and can barely afford to buy food let alone pay the small fees that are associated with attending school.


FACE assures its donors that the need for support and care for the education of these children is great.


Your Sadaqah could be the difference that may help lift a child/family/community out of poverty.

For direct donations: Faith and Cultural Exchange Inc; St George Bank: BSB 114-879 Acct#428451005

For further information: faithandculturalexchange@hotmail.com or Khadijah Hurst 0423474807


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Get into the spirit of Ramadhan this Friday night- AMARAH’s feed the homeless community meal

The AMARAH team invites you to join them once again in providing and serving the community meal for the homeless and disadvantaged at St Andrew’s Anglican Church, corner of Vulture and Cordelia Street, West End.

It will be held this Friday 6 August at 6:00pm. If you would like to help make something, volunteer on the night, or donate towards this worthy event, contact Nora Amath on 0422 349 786 or info@amarah.org.

"This is a wonderful opportunity to get into the true, compassionate spirit of Ramadhan," Ms Amath told CCN.

Faces of Brisbane on the ABC


Faces of Brisbane is a daily segment on ABC Radio 612 that focuses on the unique personal stories of people from all around the world with the aim of  introducing us to some of Brisbane's immigrants - people who've moved to Brisbane from their homelands for reasons as diverse as their heritage.

Terri Begley took to the street to find the new Faces of Brisbane. Click on the links (from a purposeful selection of interviewees) to find out how they came to be in Brisbane, about their homeland and their perceptions of their new home 


ICQ Quran Competition


Judges Panel

Imam Hafiz Yakub Patel, Hafiz Sohaib Akbar,

Imam Yusuf Khandi, Imam Noor-ul Hasan

Over 70 Students from various schools, organisations and madressahs took part in the Annual Qur’an Recitation Competition this year at the Islamic College of Brisbane (Karawatha). The event was organized by the Islamic Council of Queensland (ICQ)

There was strong support from parents and the community with some 400 attendees.

The competition started with a Qur’an Tilawat from Imran Ali, who is a former student of Islamic College of Brisbane and is now currently undertaking Bachelor of Design (Architecture) and Accountancy.

All participants received Certificates of Participation and medals, and category placements were presented with trophies.

The overall winner Rizwan Aslam, Category 16-18yrs, representing the Islamic College of Brisbane, received $100 and an electronic Qur’an. Rizwan is the son of Moulana Aslam of the Algester Mosque.


The full list of winners can be viewed here.

Special Guests/Presenters on the day were:

• President of AFIC – Hj Ikebal Patel
• President of ICQ Inc. – Mohammed Yusuf
• Principal of Islamic College of Brisbane (ICB) – Dr. Noor
• ICQ Inc./Islamic Organisations Representatives – Br. Saheed Ali, Br. Abdul Rahman Deen, Br. Amar Ali Khan
• Hj Jamal Rane
• Imams: M. Aslam, Yusuf Khandi, Yukub Patel, Ahmad Abu Ghazaleh


An attentive and appreciative audience

Dr. Noor, Principal of Islamic College of Brisbane, with Category 2, Girls 5-6yrs receiving their certificates and medals

Imam Abu-Ghazaleh, who teaches at As-Salaam Madrasahs Logan & Rochedale,

with Category 5, Boys 9-10yrs

MC Imam Ameer Hassan with Category 6, Girls 9-10yrs

Hj Jamal Rane with Category 7, Boys 11-12yrs

Moulana Aslam of Islamic Society of Algester with Category 8, Girls 11-12yrs

Br Amar Ali Khan of Islamic Society of Ipswich with Category 9, Boys 13-15yrs

Br Saheed Ali presenting trophy to

Omar Ahmed of the Darul Uloom Academy of Brisbane

Category 1 winner, Boys 5-6yrs

Br Abdul Rahman Deen presenting trophy to

Abdi Malik Hussein of the Islamic College of Brisbane

Category 7 winner, Boys 11-12yrs

Moulana Aslam presenting trophy to

Maryam Mahmoud of the As-Salaam Madrasah – Rochedale

Category 8 winner, Girls 11-12yrs

AFIC Pres. Br Ikebal Patel & ICQ Inc. Pres. Br Mohammed Yusuf

presenting trophy to overall Qld winner

Rizwan Aslam of the Islamic College of Brisbane

The Daily Show With Jon Stewart


Wish You Weren't Here

The Art of Spain-The Moorish South

The Art of Spain is a BBC Four documentary series on Spanish art presented by Andrew Graham-Dixon.


In this series Andrew Graham-Dixon explores art in Muslim and Christian Spain from 711 to 1492.


Continuing from last week's CCN........







Around the Muslim World with CCN


Amla named Cricket South Africa (CSA) cricketer of the year


Amla was nominated six times at the South African cricket awards. The only trophy he didn't win was the one that went to AB de Villiers as ODI player of the year.

Hashim Amla won the SA Cricketer of the Year, Test Cricketer of the Year, SA Players' Player of the Year and CSA Fans' Cricketer of the Year Awards

Hashim Amla rounded off a remarkably consistent year with the bat by claiming top honours at the 2010 SA Cricket Awards on Tuesday evening.


Amla has been in his element over the last twelve months, scoring 923 runs with four centuries at 65.92 in nine Tests against England, India and West Indies.


His exploits earned him the two most coveted recognitions of the night - the South African cricketer of the year and the Test cricketer of the year awards.

In addition, Amla's consistency was recognized by his peers and the wider public as he was voted the SA players' player and the CSA fans' cricketer of the year. His match-winning knock of 253 not out against India in Nagpur won the "So Good!" award reserved for the best individual match performance.

"It's a great honour and privilege. A lot of great cricketers have been awarded this, and it's nice to be in their league. It's been a good year for me and the award is basically a recognition of that," Amla said.

In a tribute article to Amla, cricket writer, Telford Vice wrote:


Of all the disparate South African communities who hold cricket dear, the one that counts Amla among its own is probably the least understood by the rest.


There are South Africans who find him inscrutable, mysterious, other.


Best they hasten to a mosque to broaden their education.


That's not to suggest Amla is some divine creation, or that he is the fine player he is because of his beliefs and how he puts them into practice; but a glimpse inside the culture that has guided him to manhood teaches us much about the oasis of calm he is in the rough sea that the South African team sometimes becomes.


Amla is, before and after everything, his own man. Evidence of that, from one perspective, is his rejection of alcohol in the midst of a group of men who pride themselves on how much beer they get through in the throes of a victory celebration.


Another view holds that he is different because he has eschewed the opportunities given him by the circumstances of his birth to make his way in a world that understands him. Instead, he has chosen another way, and with it the knowledge that he will be expected to explain himself at every turn to people who will sometimes disapprove of what for him is normal behaviour.


It takes a strong man to clear a path through all that and get on with the basic business of scoring big runs in Test matches.


Amla is just such a man, and he has spent the past year proving just how strong he is.

Read the full article



Zayed musical to be staged in London


More than 100 artists and poets will take part in ‘Zayed and the Dream’, a musical inspired by Shaikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan, founder of the UAE.



Abu Dhabi: The musical Zayed and the Dream will be staged this August in London. The two night shows are scheduled for August 1 and 3 at the London Coliseum.

The play is produced by the Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage (ADACH). The London show is part of the international tour of the play which was ordered by General Shaikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces.

The show's international tour, which was first staged in Abu Dhabi in December 2, 2008 on National Day, continues after the great success of the show in Beirut last February and Paris last March.

More than 100 artists and poets are taking part in this illuminating artistic vision inspired by the march of Shaikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan, founder of the UAE, and validated by the authenticity of the region's heritage and roots. Two essential values have been achieved through the performance of this play: artistic value and historical value.







How One Muslim American Uses Hip-Hop to Heal Wounds


Aspiring rapper Cyrus McGoldrick is working to change the dialog around anti-Muslim sentiment in America


When Cyrus McGoldrick takes the stage, he’s not himself. McGoldrick raps as The Raskol Khan, often with the Freddy Fuego Sextet, an evolving group of musicians based in Harlem. The name Raskol is based on the main character in Dostoyevsky’s Crime and Punishment, Rodion Romanovich Raskolnikov. McGoldrick describes the first part of his pseudonym as “a rebellious force in society who’s trying to do the right thing but struggles with his environment and self.” Khan, Arabic for King or Chief, “channels a vestige of an imperial mindset, a long history of conquest,” he says. It is a history McGoldrick hopes to cleanse himself of.

McGoldrick is not famous. He’s not revolutionary. He is a college student, a musician, and a writer. He is also Muslim in America. McGoldrick is part of the first generation of young Muslim Americans to go through their adolescence and early adulthood post-9/11.

“9/11 was the first day of high school,” McGoldrick recalls. McGoldrick says as he sits in his rent-stabilized one bedroom apartment in Morningside Heights, the far upper west reaches of Manhattan. In the years since Sept. 11, he feels there has been a weakening of the Muslim identity.

When forced to identify in relation to others, “the identity loses its pride in itself,” he says. “The worry is that to be a good Muslim in America you need to not be something, as opposed to what you can be.” McGoldrick wants to serve others and foster a unified Muslim community in America.

Though he is now a devout Muslim, McGoldrick was not raised in any particular religion. He went to Sunday school as a child though says his family always had a liberal attitude toward dogmatic religions and he grew up with an eclectic mix of relatives of all religions that gave him “knowledge of others.” McGoldrick eventually chose to devote himself to Islam after moving to New York City in 2005 to study in the Middle Eastern, South Asia, and African Studies Department at Columbia University, where he is a senior and plans to graduate in December. Tantamount to his religion, McGoldrick says community service was always a focus in his life, something his parents taught him to be of vital importance.

Now McGoldrick prays five times a day, eats Halal, and has eliminated alcohol completely from his diet. When he’s out with his friends or playing shows, he only drinks water, a transition he says took time for his peers to get used to.

McGoldrick works several jobs, all of which work to help New York City’s community. He tutors remedial writing and prepares GED students for qualifying exams. McGoldrick also helps with a creative writing camp his parents, both successful writers, founded. His day job is working in the office of his department of study at Columbia University, and he volunteers at the Maydan Institute and the Islamic Center at NYU.


The Inbox


Dear Editor
I thoroughly enjoyed the video on Islam in Spain and my mother-in -aw has been to Spain some time last year where she went to Granada to see this beauty, and when she was here she said to me it is one place I had to go and visit and to take the kids with me because it is so rich in Islamic history, and when I saw this video I got all excited and didn't want to miss a word the man was saying. He did a very good piece on it.


I am planning to do a tour to Cordoba and Granada to explore some of the history which Islam contributed so much to. It is absolutely amazing how the three religions got along so well together all those years ago!

Mrs Z (Underwood)

Dear CCN

RE: Homestay for Muslim student at St Lucia

We're hosting a 26 year old Muslim student from Libya, and his friend is going to be studying at St Lucia and urgently needs a room, and would like to eat only Halal food. His friend is also a boy, I think about the same age, and will be doing his Masters degree in computing. Our student (Ahmad) helps himself to breakfast and lunch, and the family has dinner together at night. His friend will also need to practice English, so an English-speaking household would be great.



[Editor] If any CCN reader is able to help or needs any further information email ccn@crescentsofbrisbane.org and we will put you in touch with Cath.

Dear Editor
In your last CCN edition, that unfortunate 'possessed boy" Turki (MSN News) needs anti-epileptic treatment and a psych assessment.

How can they be contacted/helped?

Dr. K.M.

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


Islam and Contemporary Civilisation examines the most complex debates and dilemmas facing Islam today, both internally and in its relations with Western civilisation.


Halim Rane provides a concise and comprehensive introduction to Islam and modern developments in Muslim thought, and tackles questions of Islamic law, human rights, democracy, jihad and the Israel-Palestine conflict in the context of Islam-West relations.


In confronting these challenging issues, Rane proposes a way forward that has far-reaching implications for advancing mutual understanding and finding common ground between the Muslim world and the West.


Islam and Contemporary Civilisation examines the most complex debates and dilemmas facing Islam today, both internally and in its relations with Western civilisation.


Halim Rane provides a concise and comprehensive introduction to Islam and modern developments in Muslim thought, and tackles questions of Islamic law, human rights, democracy, jihad and the Israel-Palestine conflict in the context of Islam-West relations.


In confronting these challenging issues, Rane proposes a way forward that has far-reaching implications for advancing mutual understanding and finding common ground between the Muslim world and the West.


The book includes endorsements from Geouge Negus (SBS Dateline), John Esposito (Prof of Islamic studies and International Affairs, Georgetown University, Washington DC), Michael Wesley (Prof of international Relations and Exec Director of the Lowy Institute for International Policy), and Mohammad Hashim Kamali (Prof of Islamic Law and Chairman of IIAIS Malaysia).


The introduction to the new book is available as a free download: http://www.mup.com.au/page/131



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Then simply email the title and author to thebookclub@crescentsofbrisbane.org


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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




Pumkin Fritters


2 cups cooked pumpkin
2 eggs, lightly beaten
¼ cup sugar
¼ tsp salt
¼ tsp cinnamon
2 cups self-raising flour
oil for deep frying
cinnamon sugar as required

1. Beat pumpkin, eggs and sugar
2. Add salt, cinnamon and fold in flour
3. Mix lightly
4. Heat oil and fry teaspoonsful until puffed and golden
5. Drain on absorbent paper

Roll in cinnamon sugar and serve warm 


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, my hubby and I both have hectic work schedules, but we make sure to work out together as it's our 'catch up' time. How can we go about continually choosing workout sessions that will benefit us, both as a couple and individually?

A: Exercise is a great tool for you guys to stay in tune with each other. The key is to switch up your workout routines by each one of you taking a turn at choosing an activity that you enjoy. Stay happy and energised by making your workout together a priority.

Every activity you choose should have a different mental benefit.

Cycle is great as it will make you feel energised, yoga will keep you both focused and calm (time out of your hectic schedules), running is good to clear your mind and focus on yourself.

Exercise will help make it possible to handle everything you need to do without getting too stressed.


Just keep it simple and leave all the complicated stuff for the office! N-JOY challenging each other..






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Need an answer to a fitness related matter? Send your question to Kareema at  fitness@crescentsofbrisbane.org.

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She wakes him and says, "Close the window. It’s cold outside."


Mula Nasruddin grunts and turns over.

His wife nudges him again, "Close the window. It’s cold outside."

At last Mula Nasruddin gets up and bangs the window shut, "So now it’s warm outside?"

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724 Blunder Road, DURACK

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Islamic College of Brisbane

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6 August


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Islamic Society of Algester

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Eight Mile Plains
All ladies welcome


Inspiration Talk, BBQ and Youth Hour

Topics that are relevant, Iman-boosting and mind-capturing.
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