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Sunday, 21 November 2010

 .Newsletter 0315



Family Fun Night for all

By CCN's Man-on-the-Mussallaah


Oh what a night! Late November back in 2010. What a special time for us. As we remember what a night! We felt a rush like a rolling ball of thunder. Spinning our heads around and taking our bodies under. Oh what a night! And we recall, it ended much too soon. Oh what a night!


The Four Seasons lyrics are unashamedly adapted to reflect, in small part, the sentiments of the 5000 men, women and children who attended EidFest's Dreamworld Eid-ul-Adha night out.


For four hours last Friday the iconic Gold Coast themepark, for the very first time in its two decade existence, became a haven for the halal and a rare sanctuary for friends and family as they queued patiently and good humouredly for the Tower of Terror, the Giant Drop, the Wipeout and the Claw whose very names offered mere euphemisms to the clear and present "dangers" contained therein.


The evening commenced with a mass open air Magrib prayer inside the park under a drizzle of rain that thankfully held off for the rest of the night. But soon after, the atmosphere would be punctuated with regular shrieks of terror and delight as the more intrepid took on the challenges of the stomach churning, sky-high swinging and adrenalin pumping rides.


But for the ones who could not quiet make the height restrictions there was always the Big Red Car and Dorothy's Rosy Tea Cup to fall back on.


An impressive laser show brought the evening to a dramatic close and a realization that all good things must come to an end as the patrons reluctantly made their way to the exit gates.


Dr. Rubana Bhorat, one of Eidfest's organizers, told CCN, that, at the $15 entrance price, they could well have sold the event twice over: "But we wanted to make sure that everyone who came got to enjoy as many of the attractions as possible in the short time."


CCN Photo Gallery



Who is Loon?





in Brisbane and the Gold Coast this week



Eid-ul-Adha In Brisbane


Photos above courtesy of Ismail Mehmet and Islam TV Australia

Young Yusuf on the road to Damasacus




Yusuf Omar will be sending in reports and photographs to CCN whenever he is able to. This week he writes from Maputo. Mozambique about his experiences in Manzini in Swaziland where he spent his Eid:


Mubarak from Manzini!
By Yusuf Omar

I didn't wear new clothes this Eid. I didn't even wear clean clothes. But determined not to spend Eid alone in Swaziland with no animal to slaughter, planning began on Monday for the holy day.

Mubarak from Manzini



Yusuf Omar's Blog

Bosnian Readers' Update

By Safet Avdich 



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For more images from this year's Hajj click here.

The Inbox



Appreciated receiving CCN newsletter again this week. We enjoy reading it. Your newsletter is interesting and informative. Very impressed with the raising of funds for the flood victims of Pakistan. May the Almighty reward you all abundantly. Keep up the good work.

Moshin and Firoza

Durban, South Africa

Around the Muslim World with CCN


Haj: pilgrims and the pocketbook

Annual pilgrimage is both a religious requirement and a financial bounty for the kingdom


The Haj, one of the five pillars of Islam, seems to have escaped the negative impact of the international financial crisis as it continues to contribute nearly one-tenth of the non-oil private sector's share of Saudi Arabia's gross domestic product.

The season, which has been linked to the Saudi economy since the emergence of Islam 1,430 years ago, continues to defy the effect of the three-year-old crisis, which held back a myriad of economic plans, created spiralling unemployment problems and shelved infrastructure projects around the globe.

Though the crisis has not affected the religious season, many retailers in Saudi Arabia, however, believe it has had an impact on the purchasing behaviour of Muslims who come from around the world to perform the pilgrimage, which is a duty of able-bodied Muslims at least once in their lifetime.

With an estimated 40 billion Saudi riyal income generated by Haj-related activities alone, the Haj and Umrah, also called the lesser Haj, continue to encourage the spending of enormous amounts of money by the Saudi public the private sectors and visiting pilgrims.

Gulf News



Daily Star Report Distorts Bullying Incident Involving Muslim Pupils

UK: Several newspapers, including the Daily Express, the Daily Mail, the Daily Star, the Metro and The Sun, reported of schoolboy Darius Gill having been the victim of bullying by six fellow pupils at his school reportedly for penning an online Remembrance Day tribute to fallen British troops.

As five of the children responsible for the bullying were Muslim, the Daily Star used the opportunity to spew yet more of its “us and them” rhetoric - something plainly obvious from the DS front page (image left). An editorial on this story on page six of the DS also carried the headline: "Leave our kids alone”, as if British Muslim children aren’t part of Britain.

It has to be pointed out to the Daily Star (again) that “British” and “Muslim” aren’t mutually exclusive labels. Those Muslim schoolchildren, foolish and dangerous as they are to make such threats, even if only an idle one, are British too. Furthermore, anyone reading this headline would be led to believe that there had been an actual knife attack on Darius. The threat of an attack is a reprehensible act and as with all such cases of bullying in schools deserves to be taken very seriously but it does not, however, excuse the Daily Star’s misleading headline.

Although the Daily Mail article makes no such misleading statements, it does carry the curious headline of “Five Muslim boys and white girl, all 12, excluded over Facebook death threats to classmate who supported British troops.” (Emphasis added)

It may be helpful for the Daily Mail to know that Islam is a religion that encompasses all ethnicities and skin colours, including white Brits. To make a distinction between the two is unwarranted.

Source: Engage - an organization "dedicated to promoting media awareness, political participation and civic engagement amongst British Muslims".


Liberals test their mettle

Parliamentary candidates promising change toss their hats in a conservative political ring


Opposition candidate Muneera Fakhro greets a supporter at her election tent in Isa Town, south of Manama. Bahrainis go to the polls on Saturday.

Manama: Can liberal candidates win in Bahrain's elections? The answer depends on whom you ask.

For liberals, the answer is obvious. They readily point to the numerous standoffs that marked the religion-dominated 2006-2010 lower chamber to argue for the need to elect candidates with fresh viewpoints.

Deeply sectarian and often divided along sectarian lines, the outgoing lower chamber, where 32 of the 40 members represented three openly religious societies, is not recalled with fondness by Bahrainis who had hoped for greater economic and social achievements, liberal candidates say.

"Our constituents long for a change, a real change that will reinforce public freedom, human rights and achievements," Hassan Al Madan, the leader of the Democratic Progressive Tribune, said.

"We have put out a platform that offers the boosting of education, public services, housing and infrastructure. That is what people need and want."

Al Madan, a candidate in the eighth constituency of the Northern Governorate, said liberals deserve a chance to help do away with the sectarianism that plagued the outgoing lower chamber.

Gulf News.com



Arizonians protest a Mosque that is actually a Church!






Haj a time of wonder for young S. African convert


Israel Ponty Moletsane truly is on the journey of a lifetime this year. The 29-year-old South African radio producer converted from Christianity to Islam last year, and now he has traveled to the holy land to perform the Haj.

Moletsane said he learned about his new faith while working at the Channel Islam International radio station in Johannesburg over the last five years. He said many puzzling questions he had about religion were answered after reading the Holy Qur’an.

“I was a Catholic, but as I grew up I became a type of born-again Christian,” Moletsane told Arab News. “I learned everything one step at a time. I was doing the comparison all the time. This is when I realized the contradictions in our holy book. That prompted me to learn more about the Holy Qur’an and Islam. I decided to accept Islam, but I did not have the courage to make my decision public.”

The change came last year when Channel Islam International sent scholar-broadcaster Maulana Moosa Akoodie to report from the Haj.

“My colleagues in the studios in Johannesburg and I were putting him on air,” Moletsane said. “When he was about to go on air from the plains of Arafat, I asked him to pray for me. I thought it would be a personal thing. Maulana Akoodie, however, mentioned my name in his prayer that was being broadcast live. Hundreds of English-speaking listeners were tuned in. I was moved by the gesture, and suddenly I found all the courage in the world to go public with what I had already believed in my heart. An hour or so later I recited the 'shahada' live on air.

News Time


New on ISLAM TV this week






Lecture By Mufti Zeeyad Ravat

Sheikh Aslam AbuIsmaeel - Hikmah Way Institute / Amyn Centre


Sheikh Uzair Akbar






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


This week CCN recommends


Islam Dreaming
Indigenous Muslims in Australia


Peta Stephenson




More and more Aboriginal people are becoming Muslim. This book asks why Indigenous Australians are turning to Islam. Based on nearly 50 interviews and extensive historical research, Islam Dreaming is the only national survey of this growing phenomenon.

Peta Stephenson’s new book brings together, for the fi rst time, past and present stories of Australia’s Indigenous Muslims: from histories told by descendants of Afghan cameleers and Malay pearl-divers to the deeply refl ective accounts of contemporary Indigenous converts.

The men and women interviewed come from many walks of life. They describe dramatic moments of self-empowerment, from the decision of women to adopt the hijab as an expression of their deepening faith to the resistance of male prisoner converts to all forms of extremism - but overwhelmingly they narrate a pilgrimage to renewed possibilities of community.


About the Author
Peta Stephenson specialises in the study of cross-cultural relationships between Indigenous and non-white immigrant communities in Australia.

She recently completed an ARC Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Asia Institute, Faculty of Arts, the University of Melbourne, where she is now an honorary fellow. Her first book, The Outsiders Within (UNSW Press, 2007), traced the hidden story of centuries of trade and intermarriage between Indigenous and South-East Asian communities across Australia.

Radio Interview


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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.

The CCN Readers' Book Club

KB's Culinary Corner




KB SAYS: This recipe can be doubled and is perfect for a Sunday snack when you can pull it out of the freezer in the morning and place in the oven to bake later in the afternoon or when the family is ready for a light meal. Besides being tasty, it is extremely adaptable and nutritious making it a great serving item.



8 Tortillas
2 cups chicken fillet – cut into small cubes
1 tsp salt
1tsp garlic
1 tsp green chillies
1 tsp crushed dry red chillies
2 Tab Olive oil
2 Tab lemon juice
2 grated tomatoes

Taco Sauce
1 egg
125 ml fresh cream
2 cups tomato chutney (see CCN No 269)
1 cup grated cheese

Method to cook chicken
Heat olive oil, sauté garlic, add chicken and the rest of the spices and lemon juice, cook the chicken until tender and then add the tomatoes and cook until mixture is slightly dry.

Method to Make Taco Sauce
Beat egg and add to fresh cream. Heat the chutney, and gradually egg and cream mixture. Simmer for 5mins.

To Assemble
1. Spread a little Taco Sauce over the base of the baking dish.
2. Spread a Tortilla with the sauce.
3. Place the chicken mixture on the tortilla and fold over.
4. Place in the baking dish, seam side down.
5. Place enough tortillas to fill the dish.
6. Pour the remaining sauce and then cover the enchiladas with grated cheese. (Suitable to freeze now)
7. Bake at 180degrees for 15mins.


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


Calendar your way to a better fitness workout program

Using a calendar system in your fitness program will not only help you stay focused and motivated, but it is also a valuable evaluation tool.

A calendar system can be very helpful if you find yourself struggling with your fitness program or you want to start a program but do not know where to begin.


It only takes a few minutes a day, and the benefits are immense.

The first step is to establish what your goals are and the timeframe in which you want to achieve them.


Remember to set realistic goals and reward yourself every time you achieve one.


Further, nothing is etched in stone. You should feel motivated by your calendar, not pressured.


You may find that a goal you have set for yourself is unreasonable or outside circumstances make it unattainable.


Simply change it and move on.

Take note of your diet as well and be sure to make healthier choices whenever possible.

Make sure you schedule enough time to exercise and don't forget your water. N-JOY!






My Health and Fitness

Tel: 0404 844 786


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

All questions sent in are published here anonymously and without any references to the author of the question.

The CCN Chuckle


Mula Nasruddin and his friend, Jallauddin, go on a fishing trip.


They rent all the equipment: the reels, the rods, the wading suits, the rowboat, the car, and even a cabin in the woods. They spend a fortune.

The first day they go fishing, but they don't catch anything.


The same thing happens on the second day, and on the third day.


It goes on like this until finally, on the last day of their vacation, Mula Nasruddin  catches a fish.

As they're driving home they're really depressed. Mula Nasruddin turns to Jallauddin and says, "Do you realize that this one lousy fish we caught cost us fifteen hundred dollars?"

Jallauddin says, "Wow! It's a good thing we didn't catch any more!"


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21 November


Eid-ul-Adha Free BBQ


Blunder Rd, DURACK

0402 207 594

11am to 2pm

22-24 November



AMYN & HikmahWay

22nd: St Lucia: UQ

23rd: South Brisbane: The Greek Club

24th: Nerang: Nerang Bicentennial

0406 740 790

22nd: 7pm

23rd: 7.15pm

24th: 7.15

5 December


Charity Dinner & Comedy Night

Zaffar Khan

Michael's Oriental Restaurant

Eight Mile Plains

0400 162 163


7 December



Islamic New Year

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Ladies Taleem


Taleem this week will be held on Thursday 25 October from 11am-12pm at the residence of:


Nazima Hansa

11 Bauhinia Close

Eight Mile Plains

Tel: 0407 037 928
All ladies welcome


Girls Game Night

Sitting at home on a Saturday Night?

Want to do something constructive, but FUN?



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




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AFIC Schools

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Recording of lectures and events in and around Queensland

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

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Network of Muslim healthcare professionals

Al-Imdaad Foundation (Australia)

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

Islamic Council of Queensland  

Umbrella body representing various Mosques and Societies in Queensland


Gold Coast Mosque

South African National Halaal Authority (SANHA)

Muslim Womens' Convert Support Group (MWCSG)

Network of Muslim women converts from the Brisbane and Gold Coast areas of Queensland.

Australian International Islamic College (Durack)

Kotku Mosque - Dubbo NSW

Islamic Society of Algester

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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)

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