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Sunday, 26 September 2010

 .Newsletter 0307



INTERVIEW: I'tikaaf in Al-Aqsa

 By CCN's Man-on-the Mussallah


The Journey of six Brisbane Muslims to Al-Quds (City of Jerusalem)


The Al-Aqsa Compound

With the final two weeks of fasting to go, Malik Issadeen, Zunaid Chenia, AK Surtie, Yahya Omar, Dia El Sabawi and Hashim Hatia left the shores of a cool and balmy Brisbane and headed out of the country to spend the remainder of Ramadan in the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Al-Quds (Jerusalem).

The journey took them initially to Abu Dhabi, then onto Amman in Jordon and finally a hair-raising one-hour taxi ride to their destination where, for the next ten days, the third holiest site in Islam would become their refuge from worldly distractions and preoccupations as they spent their days and nights in prayer and contemplation, a practice known as I'tikaaf.

Oblivious to the daily bustling crowds and the post-ifthaar festivities taking place just over the compound walls of the 40 acre, 1km by 1km radius sanctuary, the Brisbanites immersed themselves in their daily prayers, reading the Qu’ran and making dhikr (remembering their Creator Allah) along with hundreds of other s who also came long distances for this single-minded purpose.

It was the simplicity and history of the surroundings that clearly impressed the visitors most. “It felt like a journey back in time,” one of them said while recounting the Prophet’s journey from Makkah to Al-Aqsa on Burak the winged steed.

Within the walls of Al-Aqsa

Standing shoulder-to-shoulder alongside 30 000 fellow worshippers during taraweeh (evening Ramadan prayers) also added to the spiritually rewarding and enriching experience that would eventually make this a unique trip for all of them.


“There was ample space for us to spend our time within the walls of the masjid to concentrate on our ibadah (worship).” A sleeping bag, a pillow and the Mosque carpet would serve as their bed whenever they were able to steal an hour or two to catch up on some sleep.


While temperatures reached above 35 degrees during the day, the Mosque, despite not being air-conditioned, always felt comfortable.


The evenings, in contrast, would bring about with them a drop in temperature that led Malik Issadeen to comment: “The weather in Jerusalem was something I have never experienced anywhere else – despite the blazing sun it was always very pleasant, very bearable – considering this was their summer.”

The courtyard around the Mosque perimeter was dotted with trees and fountains, and people could be seen during the day reading under the shade of the trees, laying out their mussIalaahs (prayer mats) and offering their prayers while enjoying the serenity and the sanctity of the surroundings.

Malik Issadeen, AK Surtie, Yahya Omar and Zunaid Chenia and friends

In addition to the contingent of 150 South Africans who had come for this itikaaf, the locals also proved very helpful and supportive to the group during their stay, particularly the Palestinian friends whom Zunaid Chenia had made over the previous five times he had visited Al-Quds. They brought the group food from the markets every day and saw to their every need.

Sunnat ithikaaf is not as easy as some might imagine it to be, “ said Zunaid Cheniah. “The taraweeh extends to over two hours every night, the washing and toilet facilities are limited and a distance away, and you have to plan around a very interrupted sleeping pattern.”


A typical day would commence at around 10am with the reading of the Qu’ran, followed by afternoon and mid-afternoon prayers, a short nap and then preparations for ifthaar (breaking fast) at 7.15pm before the commencement of the evening session that would continue into the early hours of the morning with Sehri (starting of the fast) and Fijr (morning prayer) at around 5am.

“Having someone like Zuniad, who knew the language and his way around the place and the city, was very helpful, “ said Hashim Hatia.

Taraweeh under the moonlight


Entering Al-Quds itself can be unpredictable at the best of times. While some in the group passed through with little delay, others were held back for more than four hours at the border before finally being let in.


“We consider ourselves fortunate – we met a brother from another country who has been trying unsuccessfully to enter the city for the past four years – he’s been turned back at the border each time,” said Malik Issadeen.


At every entrance to Masjid Al-Aqsa stood armed guards and, on one occasion, AK Surtie was asked to read Sura Fathia and, on another, to name his Prophet to test whether he was Muslim. Hashim Hatia was asked to repeat his name and was even offered water to prove his authenticity.

Putting aside these minor incidents and inconveniences all the members of the group were at pains in pointing out what an exhilarating and self-fulfilling journey it had been for each of them and agreed that the friendships they had developed over this short but intense trip would constitute a special bond between them.

Collaboration, Networking & Unity


The official launch of the Muslim Youth of Queensland (MYQ) will be taking place on Saturday, 2 October at Griffith University-Nathan Campus at 10:45 am.


Over the past decade, Queensland has seen the creation of a significant number of Muslim youth organisations with their own goals and vision. The MYQ was formed to collaborate, network and unite all Muslim youth in Queensland together.


Five organisations have already joined the newly formed formed and include Al-Nisa, AMYN, FAMSY, Gold Coast Youth and UMB.


The Councils of Imams Queensland have also given their strong support.

All young Muslims are encouraged to attend the launch to:
• Learn more about MYQ and the youth groups involved.
• Discuss issues of concern to the Muslim youth.
• Find out how you can get involved.

The secretary of the group, and a member of Al-Nisa, Emane El-mezine enthusiastically commented “Unity is important for the success of a community and the coming Saturday is a giant leap in that direction.”

Attendees will be given an overview of the aims of MYQ and a chance to get to know the various youth organisations that support it. The president of FAMSY, Umar Batchelor, said, “It is also a perfect time to join one of the organisations,” and added “but on a light note, do come with an empty stomach as a scrumptious lunch will be served”. It should also be a perfect time to socialize.

For those youth groups who have not joined, one of the organisers, Ismail Essof, has this to say “It is all inclusive and all Muslim youth groups in Brisbane are invited to join.” and further said” the purpose behind MYQ is not to have one over arching body but to have various organisations meet on a level playing field as the Muslim youth in Brisbane continue to grow and become key contributors to our community and country.”

The event will start at 10:45am on Saturday, 2 October and will be held Griffith University, Nathan campus, Building N13 Room 0.05. Just look out for the signs near the bus stops

Halal bi halal

By CCN's Man-on-the-Mussallah


SUNDAY 19 SEPT: The Indonesian Islamic Society of Queensland (IISQ) hosted an Eid celebration programme, halal bi halal, at the Indooroopilly State School where some 500 people from the local Indonesian community and community leaders from various groups attended.


Dr. Nadirsyah Hosen (pictured left), Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Law at the University of Wollongong delivered the keynote address and spoke on the need for the Muslim community to become more introspective while addressing some of the controversial issues confronting them today. "It takes two to tango," was his message to the audience. Rather than a clash of civilizations between Islam and the West, the world was undergoing a clash of ignorance.


He quoted Karen Armstrong who wrote: "In the Islamic Empire, Jews, Christians and Zoroastrians enjoyed religious freedom. This reflected the teachings of the Qu'ran, which is a pluralistic scripture, affirmative of other traditions. Muslims are commanded by God to respect the People of the Book (ahl al-kitab) and reminded that they share the same belief and the same God."


Dr Hosen pointed to the current challenges over the building of Mosques and schools, the issue of minarets and burqas, and internal conflicts and narrow-mindedness.


Mr. Hussin Goss of the Islamic Society of the Gold Coast congratulated the IISQ in putting together the event and wished them well for the future.


A new IISQ committee was voted in on the day.


A number of traditional performances and a delectably prepared lunch ensured that a good time was had by all.


School Hall


A Few Familiar Faces

David Forde, Fenti Forsyth, Amir Hidayat, Habib Jamal and Hussin Goss


The Australian National Anthem

like you (probably) have never heard it performed before

Where there's Fenti... there's fabulous food!

Traditional Duet

The Saman Dancers

Fenti and Nuning

CCN Kudos received in recent weeks.......


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......... in the process of searching your newsletter archive, I found lots of very interesting articles, some of which I’ve saved for the interest of our members and others who seem to have been ‘infected’ by the current spate of Islamophobia. 


Your report in the newsletter was excellent. I have a friend who would like to get the newsletter if that's OK.


Thank you for your weekly newsletter which I have enjoyed now for some years and may Allah reward you- it must be a lot of work to be up to date with all the latest community, national and international news and gather it together to publish every week masha Allah.


You are a very busy (team) compiling so much information week after week in the CCN Newsletter.  It's been a real eye opener to see all the many things the Muslim community gets involved in.....


Eid Dinner at the Runaway Bay


The  Gold Coast Malaysian and Indonesian communities celebrated Eid with a dinner at the Runaway Bay Community Centre last Saturday (18 September).


the ubiquitous Hussin Goss and Imam Imran Husain kept the attendees in good humour throughout the night. The manager of Singapore Airlines gave away the prizes to those who could answer his questions.
Aqeel Hafeez,  have given away four charity dinner entry tickets for correct answers. Hassan Goss was as usual the back bone of the function as he was holding the loudest voice.

The meals were ample and very delicious and the huge line of sweets found much favour with the young children.
Aqeel Hafeez, who did and excellent job capturing the event on camera (see link to the photo gallery below) was full of praise for the way the dinner went down on the night: "The seating arrangement was excellent, the gathering was beautiful, the organization was first class, the location very much accessible and even the stage was environmental friendly. Overall this function was a huge success..!"  


You can view more photographs from this highly entertaining evening.


Muslim Aid Australia on the Ground in Pakistan


Between the 3 September and 7 September, Tanvir Uddin, International Programs Manager at Muslim Aid Australia (MAA), visited the flood-affected areas in the Khyber-Patkhtunkwa (KP) Province (formerly North-West Frontier Province) in Pakistan and filed a report on his observations there.


From visiting various severely-affected districts in KP, Tanvir commented “We all read about the figures of millions of people affected and billions of dollars in damage, however it was only when I met people on the ground and saw the destruction to houses, public infrastructures, businesses and people’s livelihoods that I was able to really grasp the scale of the disaster.”


Muslim Aid Australia was one of the first charity organisations to mobilise for the Pakistan flood appeal in late July. With generous contributions from donors (especially during the month of Ramadan), much funds were collected for the relief and rehabilitation of the flood affectees. With its first instalment which Tanvir saw the implementation of, MAA distributed 500 tents in several districts and also funded food packages.


Despite the scale of the disaster and the challenges in assisting everyone, Tanvir was optimistic about the possibility for rehabilitating many households. He was impressed by the work of MAA’s partner NGO, Al-Khidmat Foundation, which had already mobilised relief to numerous districts across the KP, Sindh, and Punjab provinces. With ongoing contributions from the international community and with carefully-thought of development projects, the flood affected families can benefit from livelihood, water security, healthcare and education projects.


Full report

Ally serves up a grilling worth crowing about







Mt Gravatt's Nandos' Mohammed Ally, seen proudly holding up his floating and outright trophies, won the Fiji Eid Golf Cup tournament held at the Windaroo Golf Club last Sunday (19 September).


Like a hot peri-peri sauce, Mohammmed Ally was on fire throughout the 18 holes, basting his 15 other competitors with a sizzling nett score of 71 to wrap up the tournament.


Chicks may rule at Nandos, but it's the cockerels who have the golf balls!

Residents against mosque 'have nothing to fear'

 ABC News

Opponents of a new Islamic worship centre planned for the Gold Coast have nothing to fear, according to a local imam and people who live close to mosques around the country.

Residents of Worongary, in the Gold Coast hinterland, have hired a solicitor and formed an action group to protest the proposal for the centre to be built on Alkira Way.

Last year there was a similar outcry over a plan to build an Islamic school at Carrara, 10 kilometres away.

The Worongary residents say an Islamic worship centre would slash house prices in the area, bring down neighbourhood security and increase anti-social behaviour.

Some locals who recently moved to the area even say they will consider moving out if the centre is approved.

But with 5,000 Muslims living in the region, Gold Coast Islamic community leader and Labrador mosque imam Imraan Husain says there is a need for the development.

He says at present Muslims must travel to the Labrador mosque for prayers, weddings, funerals and festivals, and that a second centre in the south would assist the region's growing population.

He says the initial reaction from residents has not been surprising.

"After all the things they hear, what's happening globally, people have this fear about Muslims," he told ABC local radio this morning.

"Maybe because of them not really living in an Islamic civilisation or having a real connection with an Islamic environment, they have these fears of just what they hear of minor or a small group of radicals and what they do."

Imam Husain says he would be working closely with the centre if it is approved.

"They have to be inclusive and have an open-door policy and integrate with the broader Australian community so that the fear can eliminate and so people can realise that what happens behind those walls is nothing different to what happens in churches and synagogues and temples," he said.

Islamic Society of the Gold Coast president Hassan Goss says the reaction has been ridiculous.

"I think what they should do is everyone take a cold shower, let's have a cup of coffee and sit around the table and say what we are actually going to do there," he said.

"It would be just a small Islamic centre, meaning there could be prayer there, tea and coffee, bringing the community together.

"For the travellers travelling from Tweed or from Sydney heading north to Cairns, they have some place to stop off, do their prayers, freshen up and keep moving."

Diversity and culture



We didn't have a great deal to do with the mosque for the first few years, and to be honest, we barely even noticed it was there. There was certainly no evidence of it encouraging or increasing anti-social behaviour and it had no impact whatsoever upon neighbourhood security.


People who live near mosques around the country are encouraging Worongary residents not to oppose the worship centre.

Jordan Brock used to rent a home in Northbridge, inner-city Perth, where he lived close to a mosque.

He says prior to September 11 he barely noticed it was there.

"The mosque has been there for well over 100 years and was renovated during the 1990s, which was when we moved into the area," he said.

"We didn't have a great deal to do with the mosque for the first few years, and to be honest, we barely even noticed it was there.

"There was certainly no evidence of it encouraging or increasing anti-social behaviour and it had no impact whatsoever upon neighbourhood security.

"If there was any gathering of people on the street prior to prayers, services or functions at the mosque, they were certainly friendly and in no way threatening."

Mr Brock says nowadays the mosque hosts community gatherings and provides delicious food.

"After September 2001 the people in the mosque obviously felt the need to engage in the community a bit more and start educating their neighbours," he said.

"So they started having a series of open days, where they provided free food and the tastiest lamb burgers you've ever eaten."

He says people should visit a mosque and talk to the people who worship there before attempting to ban the construction of a worship centre.

Moreover, Mr Brock says he left Northbridge in 2005 because he could not afford to buy a house in the suburb due to rising property values.

Kathryn Hegarty from Footscray in Victoria, who lives close to three mosques, says she enjoys the cultural diversity in her neighbourhood.

"My neighbours here are Muslim and life is unaffected, except the food aromas do put me to shame about 5:00pm each night," Ms Hegarty said.

She says she never has any security concerns.

"I feel safest in the African quarter of Footscray, especially at night, where people look out for each other and the men seem to me to really respect women," she said.

"I feel so blessed here because we are rich in this country and immigration has just made us richer and we eat better as well."

No evidence

Property and crime experts have also weighed into the controversy, saying many fears listed by the Worongary residents are unjustified.

Property Planning Australia director Angelo Piazzetta says the assumption property values would decrease is "fundamentally wrong".

"The greatest threat residents would be facing in terms of their house prices would not be from the mosque," he said.


To say that they're being adversely affected by having a mosque in the area, I think, is just fundamentally wrong. If anything, it would significantly increase the commercial opportunities for people - bakeries, corner stores - it opens up commercial opportunities.


"It would be more from the fact that there is a high level of properties already for sale in the area - that will always keep a lid on prices - and secondly, the ability to put more properties in the area is significantly high because there is a high level of vacant land in the area as well."

Mr Piazzetta says he is not aware of any suburb that has had a dramatic downturn in property values just because a religious building has gone ahead.

"The most famous mosque in Australia is the one at Lakemba [in Sydney]. They've had 15 per cent growth compound over the past three years," he said.

"To say that they're being adversely affected by having a mosque in the area, I think, is just fundamentally wrong.

"If anything, it would significantly increase the commercial opportunities for people - bakeries, corner stores - it opens up commercial opportunities."

The Australian Institute of Criminology says there is no evidence or research to suggest the presence of an Islamic building increases the incidence of crime in a neighbourhood.

Worongary residents have until October 1 to lodge their objections and the approval process is then expected to take about 12 months.

QPS Faith Dinner


On Friday the Queensland Police Service hosted their third annual multi-faith dinner for community and religious leaders at the Greek Club in West End.


Amongst the speakers on night were Mr. Ranjit Singh and Ms. Kam Athwal of the Brisbane Sikh Temple who explained the basic tenets of the Sikh faith, Mr. Pelé Ramdhani, National Sales Manager of Goodlife Health Clubs, and the Rev Peter Rama Rau from the University of Queensland Multi-faith chaplaincy Services.


"The Metropolitan South Region has a strong commitment to promoting cultural harmony and strives to promote a positive relationship with people of all backgrounds, religions, faiths, and beliefs," Sergeant Jim Bellos, who coordinated the event, told CCN.



Banning the Burqa Brawl





A lively, though sometimes chaotic, discussion took place on SBS's Insight programme during the week on the issue of the burqa.


You can watch the Insight programme online and follow the live chat that took place soon after the programme was aired on TV.


Fund raiser for flood victims


A fund raiser for the victims of the recent Pakistan floods is being coordinated by the Islamic Council of Queensland (ICQ) and a number of local community groups have already lent their support and resources to the event.


Scheduled for Sunday 31 October at the Islamic College of Brisbane (Karawattha) from 10am to 3pm, the organizers hope to raise over $150 000 for this cause.


There will be food stall, rides and on-stage performances running through  the day.


If you can help in any way through setting up a stall, donating items or helping out with the organization contact the ICQ secretary, Mohammed Khalid on 3272 4111 (O/H), (M) 0412 010 030 or mohdkhalid@iprimus.com.au.


The famous Crescents of Brisbane's CresCafe will be there on the day. You can also support their efforts by baking a batch of your favourite cupcakes and bringing it along to the CresCafe stall on the day. If you can't drop it off on the day, call Nazima Hansa on 0407 037 928 to make alternative arrangements.

Documentary available on IslamTV







The documentary showcasing the generations of Muslims families who settled in the Mt Gravatt area around the Holland Park Mosque can now be viewed on IslamTV where you can also purchase a copy.


Produced in collaboration with the Queensland Muslim Historical Society and the Mt Gravatt Community Centre the half-hour programme traces the arrival and settlement in Queensland of a number of prominent families.

New Multi-faith Director


Griffith University has appointed Associate Professor Rajmohan (Raj) Ramanathapillai as Director, Multi-Faith Centre.


Associate Professor Ramanathapillai will commence at Griffith on Monday 4 October 2010. A brief bio follows:

Rajmohan (Raj) Ramanathapillai is a native of Sri Lanka and served as an Associate Professor of Philosophy and Peace and Justice and the coordinator of the Peace and Justice Studies program at Gettysburg College in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.


He also served as a Visiting Fellow at the Centre for Human Rights Education at Curtin University in 2009.


Raj has exhibited a human rights art project at the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, Tennessee and the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto, Canada.


Among the courses he has taught are Gandhi and Non-Violence, International Human Rights, Beyond Terrorism, War and the Environment, and Human and Elephant Conflict.


He has published a wide range of articles in interdisciplinary journals on human rights, religion, peace studies, war trauma, women and war, war and the environment and ethics.


He served as Program Developer and Director of the M.K. Gandhi Institute at Christian Brothers University in Memphis in 2000 and directed a multicultural program for children named “Kindness is Contagious.”


He also designed and directed a “Culture of Peace” children’s program with the diaspora community in Toronto, Canada.


In 2005 Raj received the Peacemaker Award from the Interfaith Center for Peace and Justice Education in Gettysburg Pennsylvania for his “One Boat at a Time” Tsunami project.


Presently he serves as a Member of the Nobel Peace Prize Nomination Committee, of AFSC (American Friends Service Committee) USA.

Weekly webcast from Sydney



There will be a live Webcast link to the Al-Ghazzali Centre in Sydney for the next Friday night study series, presented by Imam Afroz Ali, focusing on the twenty-first book of Imam Al-Ghazali's Ihya Ulum al-Din, 'The Marvels of the Heart'.


Time: 7.30pm every Friday for 10 weeks starting Friday 1st of October.

Cost: $5 / person/ class.

Venue: Al-Mustapha Institute of Brisbane, 39 Bushmills St, Hillcrest.

Contact Javed Iqbal on 0403 295 127 or email: javed@hotmail.com.au to register.


US's ABC News Tests How Americans Respond to Hijab




Note: If the video freezes midway, move the slider slightly forward

Around the Muslim World with CCN


Scientist Gets 86 Years for "Firing at Americans"


Facial composite, created by FBI for a wanted poster

A Pakistani neuroscientist who was convicted of trying to kill American soldiers and F.B.I. agents in Afghanistan, was sentenced to 86 years in prison on Thursday in Federal District Court in Manhattan.

The case of the scientist, Aafia Siddiqui, 38, had attracted wide attention, including in Pakistan where she was portrayed by politicians and the news media as a heroine, as well as from human rights groups. Her lawyers had requested a sentence of 12 years, while prosecutors had pressed for a life sentence.

In 2004, she was described by Robert S. Mueller III, the director of the F.B.I., as “an Al Qaeda operative and facilitator.” And when she was arrested in 2008, she was carrying in her purse instructions on making explosives and a list of New York landmarks, including the Statue of Liberty, the Brooklyn Bridge and the Empire State Building.

Ms. Siddiqui, who has biology and neuroscience degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Brandeis University, had punctuated her 14-day trial with numerous outbursts, resulting in her being ejected from the courtroom on several occasions.

Before she was sentenced, Ms. Siddiqui was heard from again — this time with the judge’s permission — as she spoke extensively about her trial and her treatment while in custody in the United States.

In 2008, Ms. Siddiqui was taken into custody in Ghazni, Afghanistan, after the local authorities became suspicious of her loitering outside the provincial governor’s compound.

While in custody, on July 18, 2008, prosecutors said, Ms. Siddiqui grabbed an M4 rifle from a police station floor and fired on Army officers and F.B.I. agents. She was shot in the abdomen.

The New York Times


Who's Afraid of Aafia Siddiqui?



Mouza: Money spent on arms should go to education


Manama: The billions of dollars spent on arms every year should be used instead to put every child in school and to reduce child mortality, Shaikha Mouza Nasser Al Misnad, wife of Qatar's Emir, has said.

The fervent education supporter also blasted those who attack education and impede access to it, saying that they are "enemies of civilisation".

"Education is conducive to democracy and peace because it has the potential to instill new values and behaviours, as well as help reduce economic, social and ethnic polarisation, Shaikha Mouza said.

"Therefore, it is a sad fact that billions of dollars are spent on arms by countries around the world every year. This money would have enabled those countries to put every child in school and to reduce child mortality by two-thirds by 2015, fulfilling two of the Millennium Development Goals," she said at a meeting on the Central Role of Education in the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), held at the United Nations Headquarters in New York.

Shaikha Mouza said that asking to stop wars or dreaming of a conflict free world may be "too much".

However, she insisted that "education demands security, safety, and sustainability and those who attack education and impede access to it are enemies of civilisation and they constitute an obstacle to the right of education".





Saudi Arabia a paragon of political stability


King Abdullah's reforms centre on the fields of human rights, women and press freedom  


Riyadh: Saudi Arabia celebrates the 80th anniversary of its National Day on Thursday at a time King Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz is leading a series of political, economic, administrative and legislative reforms.

King Abdullah's reforms centre on the fields of human rights, women and press freedom — and have received positive coverage in the reports of international organisations.

Contrary to the situation in many third world countries, the relationship between the citizen and the rulers in the Kingdom has been characterised by stability.

The Saudi government has continued its endeavour to achieve prosperity for its people and has succeeded in dealing with the complex security issues caused by Al Qaida.

Successful model

So successful has been the fight against Al Qaida over the last few years that several countries, including the United States, Britain and other Western nations have copied the Saudi experiment in an effort to fight terrorism.





Encouraging Muslims to join the army


Cpl Mohsin Ali Mughal & Pte Farhad Bashir hope to encourage other Muslims to join the British army

UK: It comes as no surprise that the topic of Muslims in the British army raises a few eyebrows. The stigma of fighting the Afghanistan and Iraq war leads many Muslims to shake their head in disapproval. Nonetheless, Corporal Mohsin Ali Mughal and Private Farhad Bashar are two Muslims in the army that are encouraging other Muslims to take another look at job prospects in the British Army.

Cpl Mughal is a practice manager in the dental department of the British Army, and worked in Iraq in 2003. His position in army is non-combative, and entails working in different dental centres as a manager.  Although his position is not one he imagined attaining, perseverance and inner strength catapulted his army career.

“When I joined I was in basic training and felt it was very hard. When I crossed four years, I started enjoying my job and I got into it and now it has been eight years and six months and now I want to progress further and be a dental hygienist within the army,” Mughal told The Muslim News.

Upon starting his three-month deployment to Iraq, Mughal was stationed in a field hospital in the ophthalmic ward, where he met a series of local Iraqis who were described as both ‘cheerful and hospitable.’

Cpl Mughal’s post as a practice manager reveals the range of careers that are possible within the army, a prospect he encourages young Muslims to explore.

“Whenever youngsters look into the media, there are only soldiers fighting. In reality there are a variety of different jobs from driver, to lawyer, to dentists, to journalists and all the rest.”



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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


Zucchini and Chicken crumpets


KB SAYS: I've added almonds to this savoury snack to give it a nutty and crunchy taste. I hope you enjoy it as much my dear fastidious husband did - he must have, because he was polishing them off faster than I could get them off the griddle.


Serve warm with your favourite dip or sauce.

If you don't have a chillie sauce recipe then keep an eye out for next week's CCN when I plan to reveal a marvelous chillie sauce that has been a family tradition for generations.



1½ cups grated zucchini
1 cup shredded cooked chicken – see note below
1 egg, beaten
2 tbsp butter, melted
1 cup almond meal

1 tsp aromat or salt
¼ cup grated onion (water squeezed out)
¼ cup seasoned bread crumbs – add salt, pepper and chilly flakes.
1 tsp green chillies
¼ cup flour

Olive or vegetable oil for cooking.


1. In a large bowl, combine zucchini, shredded chicken, egg, and butter or margarine. Stir in seasoned crumbs, grated onion, and seasoning. Mix well.
2. Shape mixture into patties. Dredge in flour.
3. In a medium skillet, heat oil over medium high heat until hot. Fry patties in oil until golden brown on both sides.


Braise cubes of fillet chicken in olive oil with 1tsp green chillies, 1 tsp ginger and garlic paste, ½ tsp cumin, salt and white pepper until chicken is cooked. Cool and then shred.


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 Q&A Keep Fit Column


Q: Dear Kareema, I've been advised by my doctor to strengthen my upper body without pushing myself too hard, as it is especially
important for women. Can you help me out with some ideas please?

A: Try the rowing machine. The gentle motion of rowing will put little strain on your joints while providing a vigorous, low-impact workout that improves aerobic and strength conditioning. It's also a great warm-up machine for people with bad backs as it strengthens the back muscles as well as works the arms, tummy and legs.

You can also use your own body weight with exercises such as sit-ups, tricep dips and push-ups, all of which will strengthen and tone your tummy, shoulders and arms.

Try some light hand weights and build strength in your upper arms by doing bicep curls, etc.







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's wife, Safiya Begum, had decided to trim the household budget wherever possible, so instead of having her abaya dry-cleaned she washed it by hand.


Proud of her savings, she boasted to Mula Nasruddin, "Just think, dear, we are 30 riyals richer because I washed this dress by hand."

"Good," Mula Nasruddin quickly replied. "Wash it again."

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Events and Functions

QPS Soccer World Cup Tournament

Interfaith Symposium

Gold Coast Muslim School

Charity Dinner

Al-Nisa: 1920s Feathers & Lace


Eid @ Dreamworld

Journey to Allah

(pdf version)

Knowledge Retreat 2011

Islamic Programmes, Education & Services

World Famous Qari

in Australia

R.A.H.M.A.4 Women

Australian International Islamic College (DURACK)

Islamic Hostel

for students

Maths Tutoring service

From years 6-10

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

Tel: 32191554

email: haddada5@hotmail.com.

Brisbane  Muslim Burial Society (BMBS)

pdf version


Seerah Classes UMB

Qu'ran Reading & Islamic Studies

Kuraby Mosque


Call for Volunteers




Businesses and Services


Forex Coaching by Azhar Khan

pdf version


1300 126 122

Brochure front pdf version

Brisbane Diagnostics



Jamal Naouri

Real Estate Agent

Islamic Couture

Kimaya Fashions

INWear Fashions

Eid Range



Mina Collection


Where Style meets Modesty


Hussana Australia

Halal Body Care range



Body & Beauty

Brochure 1

Brochure 2

Sunrise Pizza


During Ramadan Sunrise Pizza is extending opening hours on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays till 10pm


FULL MENU pdf version


Nando's Calamvale Central
Shop 60-61 662 Compton Road
CALAMVALE Tel: 07 3272 2299

Lezzet Restaurant

Mr. India

Indian Cuisine


Mt Egmont Bakery

for the best in halal pavlovas

Brumby's Bakery

Big Gun Shopping Centre, Underwood

Rawlins Taekwondo


Love ur Body

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

Hydrotherapy & swimming classes for Muslim women

pdf version

Healthy Life


House of Nappies

FAMSY Bookstore

AK Surtie


Hummy's Automotive

Prop: Mohammed Shabbir

Junaid Ally

Ray White



Naadiya Karim


Fractional Ownership in Makkah & Madina

HAJJ Packages



Flight Star Travel & Tours

Sakina's Water Fitness

Ladies Only Classes



Migration Agent




Stick On Labels

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

Table & Chair Hire


Additional contact:

Ahmed Hassan

0433 531 593

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2 October



Muslim Youth of Qld (MYQ)

Griffith University, Nathan campus, Building N13 Room 0.05

0431 800 414


30 Sept - 3 Oct

Thursday- Sunday

QPS World Cup

Queensland Police Service

Moreton Bay Sports Club (MBSC)
Boundary Street, Tingalpa

0438 114 619

Various (see poster)

2 October


Hajj Seminar


Kuraby Mosque

0414 357 862


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


8-11 October


Shaykh Nomani


Kuraby, Gold Coast, Darra and Holland Park Mosques

0401 922 714

See poster for dates and times



Pakistan Flood Relief Fund Raiser

Islamic Council of Queensland (ICQ)

Islamic College of Brisbane, KARAWATHA

0450 906 786

10am to 3pm

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


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




Ladies Taleem


Taleem this week will be held on Thursday 23 September from 11am-12pm at the residence of:


Rehana Khan
2 Winnifred St (behind Kuraby Special School)
Phone 33419886


All ladies welcome


Inspiration talk, pizza, BBQ, fun and games

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


Weekly webcast from Sydney

Live Webcast link to the Al-Ghazzali Centre in Sydney for the next Friday night study series, presented by Imam Afroz Ali, focusing on the twenty-first book of Imam Al-Ghazali's Ihya Ulum al-Din, 'The Marvels of the Heart'.


Time: 7.30pm every Friday for 10 weeks starting Friday 1st of October.

Cost: $5 / person/ class.

Venue: Al-Mustapha Institute of Brisbane, 39 Bushmills St, Hillcrest.


Contact Javed Iqbal on 0403 295 127 or email: javed@hotmail.com.au to register.



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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 Msque

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

Carers Queensland

Free service for multicultural clients who are carers, elderly and people with disabilities

Brisbane Muslim Burial Society (BMBS)

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

Islamic Medical Association of Queensland (IMAQ)

Network of Muslim healthcare professionals

Al-Imdaad Foundation (Australia)

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