......a sometimes self-deprecating and occasional tongue-in-cheek look at ourselves and the world around us ......



Sunday, 12 September 2010

 .Newsletter 0305



Eid in a corner of Brisbane


A record crowd of 6000 men, women and children made their way to the Islamic College of Brisbane to perform their Eid prayers on Friday.


On a cool and pleasant morning during which the forecasted rains just held off, the khutbah (sermon), salaat (prayers) and duas (supplications) were led by Imam Akram Buksh of the Kuraby Mosque, Imam Uzair Akbar of the Holland Park Mosque and Mufti Zeeyad Rawat of the College.



Mohamoud Ahmed, Sufyaan Mohamoud and Suleman Mohammed

Sayed Waqar, Qari Fida-ul-Rahman and son Qasim

Shafiq Allahwalla and Zaffar Khan



Eidfest president, Yasmin Khan, promotes the annual

festival taking place the next day

at the Mt Gravatt Showgrounds

Jasmani Jalil, Fadlullah Wilmot and Abdul Rahim Ahmad




(left to right) Mariam, Mutassem (dad), Mohammed,

Shadia, Samia (mom), and Sarinah

The indomitable Deens serve up yet another delectable dish


Leila and dad Nabil Hijasi, Anas Abdalla, Haroon Deen,

Najeeb Ahmed and Hamza Ahmed


The Algester Mosque held its Eid prayers on the Mosque premises on Friday.


The EidFest round up

By CCN's Man-on-the-Mussallah


It took the locals a while to get to Eidfest yesterday (Saturday), but when they finally did make their way to the Mt. Gravatt Showgrounds (partially, if not fully, recovered, perhaps, from the previous day's official Eid celebrations) they came in huge numbers.


An estimated 10 000 Muslims and non-Muslins attended the celebration of Muslim cultures on what turned out to be a perfect day and night for such and outdoor event. Even the crescent moon and the bright stars came out in all their glory to grace the occasion.


All the stalls, catering from clothing and food to a variety of goods and services, were kept busy throughout the afternoon and evening.




The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Brisbane, John Bathersby, was the keynote speaker at the Opening Ceremony. He spoke of the importance of  maintaining a dialogue between the different religious groups and expressed his admiration for the steadfastness of Muslims in adhering to their religious obligations by way of prayers and fasting.






Sandy McCutcheon, well known Brisbane author, radio host and raconteur, gave a firsthand account of his experiences in the flood ravaged areas of Pakistan where he had recently spent some 17 days helping out with the relief effort.


He was full of praise for the people of Pakistan who, he said, had came out in force to help their own countrymen but urged Australians to support the aid agencies in whatever way they could.


He described the camps that have been created in the region and in particular the plight of half a million pregnant women who are expected to give birth in the next few months.


"Much has been made about the critical state of Pakistan itself - comments about corruption, Islamic militants and the country taking advantage of of the begging bowl syndrome sitting their with its hand out."


The reality, McCutcheon told the audience, was "absolutely different." "I cannot stress enough that the people of Pakistan - the ordinary people of Pakistan - are doing a huge amount."


There was not a day, he added, that the families he stayed with did not feed the poor, often 30 to 40 people who came to their gates each iftaar.


During they day they loaded onto trucks clothing and rations made up by the locals at cost price.


On the question of militant Islamists taking advantage of the situation, McCutcheon said:


"Everywhere I went I saw the banners of Jama' AT UL Dawa, which is the social wing of Lashkar-e-Taiba, complete with their very famous black swords banner. They were openly asking in the streets and markets for donations. But put this in balance. They were, in the first ten days the first people to cook food and take food to hundreds of  thousands of people. The government reports say that they rescued over 800 hundred people physically from the floods. And say to yourself, if any of these organizations saved even 200 000 lives that's far more than would be killed in any insurgency, and at least they're alive. I am not at all endorsing Lashkar-e-Taiba - I am saying that when no one else was there people needed to eat and they would have been dead otherwise. So it is a balancing act."


McCutcheon also acknowledged the work of the Pakistan army and NGOs like OXFAM and the Fred Hollows foundation who have had many of their eye clinics washed away but were diverting their resources to building houses in the villages. "In the long road to recovery the people of Pakistan need all the help they can get and they will get it from Australia, insha'allah. When Ramadan arrives next year let us all say that we have made a difference and that we have contributed in some way."


David Forde (pictured left) of Amnesty International interviewed two of the victims of the Gaza Flotilla horror, Ahmed Talib and his wife, Jerry on the EidFest stage. They gave graphic accounts of the Israeli attacks on the Mavi Marmara.



The Mayor of Brisbane, Campbell Newman (pictured right with Janeth Deen), launched the Muslim Roots documentary on behalf of the Mt Gravatt Community Centre and the Queensland Muslim Historical Society.



The showstopper of the night had to be the inaugural Pizza Lane's vuvusela competition in which contestants raced to finish a foot-long sub under the watchful eye of Danny Hoyland.


Musical interludes were provided by Turkish solo artist Istanbul Gypsy Groove and young Zaid Peter Boyd.


A spectacular fireworks display lit up the Mt Gravatt suburb in a show that came close to rivaling the annual Riverfest extravaganza.


Hafeez Ali Khan and the Bhangra Boys rounded up the evening with Bollywood favourties and dance music respectively.





Queensland Turkish Islamic Cultural Centre's Turkish Delights

(.... and the sweets weren't that bad either)

The Mina Fashions Team

Money, Money, Money


Fathers and Sons

Akhter Shaykh and Alam (13 months) and Riordan (9 months) and David Forde

Istanbul Gypsy Groove does a foot stomping, handclapping Mexican La Lamba


Test driving the Ships of the Desert

Support the fund through www.australianreliefaid.com

Zaid Peter Boyd succeeds in turning the melody of Lionel Ritchie's Hello into a nasheed

Senator Claire Moore (centre) flanked by the Queensland Muslim Historical Society members and supporters

Winner of the prize in the QMHS competition was Amina Essof

An impromptu improvised session

There's a time to play and a time to pray


The Pizza Lane vuvusela eating competition gets underway


A clear Brisbane sky.......

.....gets lit up

Ifthar for refugees and migrants

By Nora Amath

Last week, ACCES Services, AMARAH, MCF and MBN hosted an iftar for over 200 refugees and migrants at the PCYC, Woodridge.


The hosts, as well as the 25 volunteers from AMARAH, ensured everyone who attended was able to share a wonderful meal together as a community.


AMARAH’s lolly bags were a big hit with the children; however the highlight of the evening was MCF’s distribution of the fitrana to over 25 families.


The distribution ensured that everyone was able to have a wonderful Eid.


Organisers received very positive feedback from those who attended that there will be other events like these in the future insha'Allah.


Darra Mosque Committee Members on Eid Day


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KB's Culinary Corner


Chocolate Cup Cakes


KB SAYS:  YUUUMMMMMMM!!! It's deliciously decadent - but then again - you only live once!



2 eggs
1 cup castor sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla essence
1 cup self raising flour,
1 tsp Baking powder
2 tablespoons cocoa (sifted)
1/2 cup warm milk
1/2 cup oil


1. Beat eggs till light in colour and fluffy
2. Slowly add sugar and keep beating
3. Add oil and beat to incorporate
4. Fold in sifted dry ingredients with a spoon
5. Add warm milk and essence - and stir in lightly, lifting batter and folding in lightly.

Put mixture in cup cake pans and bake at 180c

When it is cool, ice with chocolate topping:

Chocolate Topping
Melt 200g milk chocolate, in the microwave for a minute and a half. Then add ½ cup fresh cream and stir in and beat into a smooth consistency or until it is glossy.


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Send in your favourite recipe to ccn@crescentsofbrisbane.org and be our "guest chef" for the week.


Kareema's Q&A Keep Fit Column


Q: Dear Kareema, is it worth doing aqua aerobics as part of my weekly workout routine?

A: Definitely. A 60-minute workout in water can burn up to 1500kj.


Water devices such as noodles are commonly used, which aids flotation and adds resistance, giving you an entire body workout, as well as toning the muscles and improving your cardiovascular fitness.

With the warmer months nearing, this is a great option, as varying your workout routine will get you results faster.






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


Jallalludin goes to his doctor. ” Doc” he says, “I want to be castrated”.

The doctor stares at him in amazement – “What on earth for?” he asks.

“It’s something I’ve been thinking about for a long time and want to have it done,” replies Jallalludin.

“But have you thought it through properly?” asks the doctor.

“It’s a very serious operation and once it’s done, there’s no going back. It will change your life forever!”

“I’m aware of that and you’re not going to change my mind either you book me in to be castrated or I’ll simply go to another doctor.”

“Well, OK” says the doctor, “but it’s against my better judgment!”

So Jallalludin has his operation, and the next day he is up and walking very slowly, legs apart, down the hospital corridor with his drip stand. Heading towards him is another patient, who is walking exactly the same way.

“Asslamuilakum brother!” says Jallalludin “it looks like you’ve just had the same operation as me”.

“Well” said the patient “I finally decided after 37 years of life that I would like to be circumcised”.

Jallalludin stared at him in horror.

“S**t!!! THAT’S the word!!!”

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12 September


Celebration of Eid-ul-Fitr

Griffith University Multi-faith Centre

Multi-faith Centre, Nathan campus

0422 349 786

12pm to 2.30pm

18 September


Eid Dinner

Gold Coast Malay/Indonesian Committee

Runaway Bay Community Centre, Lea Drive

0432 800 412

6pm to 10pm

25 September


Eid Night Dinner

Islamic Society of Darra

Darra Mosque, 219 Douglas St, Oxley

0403 284 647

Between Magrib and Isha

2 October


Gold Coast Interfaith Symposium

Muslim School of the Gold Coast & Australian International Islamic College

Gold Coast Islamic School, 19 Chisholm Rd, CARRARRA

0402 070 594


6 October


Charity Dinner

Community Groups

Islamic College of Brisbane, KARAWATHA

0400 162 163

6.30pm to 9.30pm

9 October


1920s Feathers & Lace


Greek Orthodox Hall

269 Creek Road, Mr Gravatt

0432 100 291


17 November




19 November


Eid Fair & Fun



0418 722 353


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 16 September from 11am-12pm at the residence of:


Yasmin Omar

51 Dandelion Street

Eight Mile Plains

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
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