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Sunday, 13 March 2011

 .Newsletter 0331



Dinner with Husic


Enjoy a dinner with Ed Husic MP Member for Chifley

Edham Nurredin Husic is Australia’s first Muslim Member of Parliament and a passionate advocate for multiculturalism.

When: 6:30 for 7:00pm
Wednesday 16 March 2011
Where: D’Lahori (the former Grill House), 2892 Logan Rd, Underwood

Cost: $70 each

RSVP: Graham Perrett's office at moretonfec@gmail.com or 3344 2622 by Monday 14 March

All proceeds to the Moreton FEC



Supported and promoted by Crescents Community News (CCN)

Youth Leadership Camp Report

By Emane El-Mezin and Azima Omar


As the rain descended in Brisbane on Friday 4th April, a group of forty set out on a three day leadership camp to the Koonjewarre Campsite located in the Gold Coast Hinterlands.

A requirement of the camp was for participants to form into groups, to discuss, analyse and plan an event on one of the following topics of Media, Fundraising, Youth Issues and Daawah in mind as one group would have the opportunity for their idea become a reality through Human Appeal International's sponsorship of $500. The winning concept voted by the participants was called The Muslim Media Watch. Its objective is to change the perspectives of Muslims in the mainstream media through employing a part-time Muslim researcher who would analyse past and present issues that represent Muslims inaccurately and forward it to a team of journalists to respond to.

In addition to the group projects Dr.Zachariah Mathews from Sydney and Dave Andrews, a community development worker from West End, Brisbane, were the two guest speakers of the camp. Both gave a series of lectures highlighting the importance of not only building and maintaining a community but also stressed the significance of unity within the community. Following seminars the group also had an opportunity to hear from Sheikh Ahmed Ghazzali who gave an informal lecture on the realty between trusting in Allah (SWT) and planning ahead.

The Famsy and Alnisa youth groups would like to say thank-you to the following sponsors AIM, Crescents of Brisbane, Gold Coast Mosque, Human Appeal International, Moorooka Islamic Centre, the Somalian Community and WAMY (World Assembly of Muslim Youth).

Overall the camp was very successful with many positive feedback from the participants such as

"Great food"

"I had a great time, shame about the weather"

"Dr Zachariah was a good speaker, I especially liked the part when he talked about core versus marginal issues"

"I liked the part when Dave talked about treating all people with respect"


Photo Gallery



Seminar explores international students' religious needs


The complex religious needs of international students studying in Australia and Japan was discussed during a seminar at the University of Southern Queensland (USQ) on Tuesday 8 March.

Kanazawa University Associate Professor Yumi Kishida (pictured right) presented her research findings on how universities accommodate the religious requirements of students, with a particular focus on Muslim students.

USQ had been used as a case study for the research, which was undertaken between 2007 and 2009 by Professor Kishida.

She was concerned by the decline in the number of international students studying in Japan and she visited USQ several years ago to look at the University’s prayer facilities, management of the Islamic Centre and how Muslim students integrated into the local community.

'USQ is considered one of the best in Australia when it comes to international student satisfaction, so Associate Professor Kishida was keen to see how things were done here,' Associate Professor, Shahjahan Khan said.


Based on her previous visit at USQ, she published a research report which highlighted the USQ Islamic Centre and its operations with several photos and statements from Professor Khan.

Associate Professor Kishida’s research specifically refers to the forms and the numbers of prayer facilities, their operations as well as the perceptions of university staff toward accommodating religious needs of Muslim students, and poses a discussion on how public, secular universities could/should involve religious services equitably.

Associate Professor Kishida specialises in international education and organises special programs for and gives guidance to international students in the field of natural science and engineering besides teaching courses.

She has published papers and chapters with special interest in issues of cultural difference and ethnic/racial relationship within the context of education: education of ethnic Koreans in Japan, Immigrants education in Canada, and recently Muslim international students in Japanese and Australian universities.

The seminar was hosted by USQ’s Multicultural Centre.

The Welfare Shop Update

by Janeth Deen 

Thanks to the Indonesian students from Griffith University who helped with sorting and packing, the Queensland Muslim Welfare Association Inc. will be delivering much needed clothing, linen, shoes, toys and other goods to the Ipswich City Council on Monday.


The Mayor has informed the Welfare Shop that there are still many people needing these goods.


The goods will be delivered to the disused Coles building and handed out to the people by the Council representatives.

Winter clothing and linen will also be sent to Theodore at the end of the month.

Fear of a Brown Planet Attacks


Adelaide: Young Muslims Nazeem Hussain and Aamer Rahman (pictured left) have a tough time convincing a crowd full of whiteys to face up to their racist roots and wise up to the War on Terror.

It might be a different story in a bigger venue, with a more multicultural audience. But here in the intimate Cupola, the new show fails to live up to the reputation of the team's 2008 hit debut, Fear of a Brown Planet.

It seems the double act has been caught short of material. They start late, finish early and fill yawning holes with a mash-up of video clips.


Hollywood is racist?

Wow, that's a revelation. Nazeem needs to practice the art of the segue, to smooth the transition from one awkward topic to the next.

At least Aamer is funny at times. Better with beer I expect, but that's frowned upon. No drinks here. Why? "It's a cultural thing," we're told.

Not a little bit racist.

Fear of a Brown Planet Attacks


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The Cupola, until March 13

Reviewed by Adelaide Now

Middle East Export Network Forum


Dr Matthew Gray, Senior Lecturer at the Australian National University’s Centre for Arab and Islamic Studies will talk about the course of democratic revolutions in the Middle East and their implications for the international economy and Australian businesses at the Middle East Export Network Forum.


This event, hosted by Trade & Investment Queensland will be held on Monday 21 March 2011 at Brisbane’s Treasury Heritage Hotel.


Dr Gray will provide an expert insight into the recent historical developments in the Middle East as the Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid al-Maktoum Senior Lecturer at ANU’s Centre for Arab and Islamic Studies.


Other highlights of the forum include:


- A presentation on the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade's travel warning system and the applicable warnings current for the Middle East region by Mr John Michell, State Director Queensland, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
- Networking lunch during which attendees will have the opportunity to meet with Trade & Investment Queensland representatives and discuss what services and assistance Trade & Investment Queensland can provide in the Middle East markets
The Middle East Export Network Forum brings like-minded Queensland companies together to share insights into
emerging export opportunities and promote mentoring amongst the Queensland business community with a
focus on the Middle East region.

Places are limited for this event so RSVP before Wednesday 16 March 2011 by phone on (07) 3227 8104 or via e-mail kael.osullivan@trade.qld.gov.au.

Full forum details

Hanson to Muslims: assimilate or leave


If Muslim people are not willing to assimilate into a democratic Australian society, "don't come here at all", says former One Nation politician Pauline Hanson, who's making a comeback in NSW.

Ms Hanson has told Fairfax Radio Network she gets annoyed when she hears Muslims say they don't support democracy.

"I get annoyed when I hear an interview by a Muslim who says, `We don't believe in democracy'" she said on Wednesday.

"We are a democratic country and my concern is if that's your belief in coming here to Australia, why come here?"

These people should stay in a country where they have their own cultural beliefs, Ms Hanson said.

"Come here to assimilate, to integrate," she said.

"If you're not prepared to come to a democratic society, then don't come here at all."

Ms Hanson is standing for an upper house seat in the NSW election on March 26.

The way some Muslim people viewed women was also a problem, she said.

"I've got young girls that have emailed me and said to me, `We feel threatened, we don't like the way they treat us'.

"I hear people that have Muslims live in their streets and they are rude and people don't want that."

Ms Hanson said she stood by comments she made in 2010 that she would not sell her house to a Muslim.

"I won't back down from that at all," she said.

"That's my opinion and actually a lot of other people have said that as well."

She denied her opinions made her a racist.

"I've never made one racist comment in my life," she said.

"Criticism is not racism.

"We have a right to question things."

If elected, she would offer "truth and honesty" to the people of NSW.

"What do people want? Do they want truth and honesty from their representative, or do they want a `yes' person?

"I'm putting myself back out there again, because I'm not going to roll over and let them dictate to me for the rest of my life."

Ms Hanson said she would be pushing to stop the NSW police force having to answer to the police minister, so they can run their affairs separate from the government.

She also said she would support the Coalition's promise to conduct a statewide speed audit of roads, to cut the number of confusing speed zones on major roads.

Around the Muslim World with CCN


Deutsche Bahn, Astaldi win Saudi deal

Jeddah: The Saudi Railways Organisation awarded 9.38 billion Saudi riyals ($AUD 2.5 billion) in contracts to two consortiums, which include Germany's Deutsche Bahn and Italy's Astaldi, to build four railway stations in the kingdom.

The winning consortiums were led by Saudi Bin Laden Group and Saudi Oger.

The high-speed Haramain Railway will link Makkah and Madinah to Jeddah, a key entry point for millions of pilgrims, and to King Abdullah Economic City.


Up to three million pilgrims visit Makkah every year and struggle to make it to Madinah after conducting the annual Haj, or head back to Jeddah on overloaded buses and taxis.

Saudi Bin Laden Group's consortium included Deutsche Bahn and Turkey's Yapi Merkezi while Saudi Oger led a group that included Astaldi, Ansaldo, Singapore's ST Electronics and Al Seif and Atkins.

"Two contracts were signed with Saudi Bin Laden Group for Makkah and Madinah stations: Makkah station with a value of 3 billion riyals and Madinah station with a value of 1.6 billion riyals," SRO's president Abdul Aziz Al Hokail said.




Debunking myths that “fundamentalists” control most American mosques and Muslims do not cooperate with law enforcement   


USA: The Homeland Security Committee of the US House of Representatives has begun a hearing, chaired by New York Republican representative Peter King (pictured left), on the “threat of homegrown Islamist terrorism.” The hearing is being described as a “witch-hunt” against American Muslims.







Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) submitted written testimony for the first of a series of hearings on Muslim "radicalization" by Rep. Peter King.


Extracts from the submission:

There is also no denying that—excepting a tiny minority—violent extremists have not found fertile ground in America. Many individuals and institutions—including law enforcement, homeland security personnel, and the leaders and members of the American Muslim community—deserve a share of the credit for this.


In April 2008, FBI Director Robert Mueller, told the U.S. House Judiciary Committee: "I re-affirm the fact that 99.9 percent of Muslim-Americans … are every bit as patriotic as anybody else in this room, and that many of our cases are a result of the cooperation from the Muslim community in the United States."

The following year, Mueller told a Senate committee the Muslim community "has been tremendously supportive and worked very closely with [the FBI] in a number of instances around the country."

RAND’s Brian Michael Jenkins finds the suggestion of “an American [Muslim] population that remains hostile to jihadist ideology and its exhortations to violence” in his 2010 paper Would-Be Warriors.

Similarly, a December 2010 Congressional Research Service report cites numerous examples of Muslim community activities and federal engagement and partnership activities with Muslim-American communities.

Quintan Wiktorowicz, the new senior director for global engagement at the White House National Security Council, shattered stereotypes about Muslims and radicalization when his research found that religious Muslims are in fact the most resistant to radicalization.

"One of the important things about counterradicalization is that about perhaps 10 percent of it is law enforcement and intelligence, 90 percent of it are things that have relatively little to do with that," said Wiktorowicz. "Counterradicalization also has to include things like politicians visiting Muslim communities, messaging and beefing up education about Islam among Muslims themselves.”

A 2010 report by scholars at Duke University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill recommended that policymakers reinforce anti-radicalization activities already underway in American Muslim communities.

“Muslim-Americans organizations and the vast majority of individuals that we interviewed firmly reject the radical extremist ideology that justifies the use of violence to achieve political ends,” said the report’s co-author David Schanzer, director of the Triangle Center on Terrorism and Homeland Security. Another of the report’s authors said, “Muslim-American communities have been active in preventing radicalization.”




The Colbert Report

Peter King Understands Violent Radicalism


Reza Aslan on the Kink hearing 



EDL's Guramit Singh Will Not Face Charges Following Anti-Muslim Tirade  

UK: Guramit Singh (pictured left), one of the leaders of the extremist group, the English Defence League, “will face no further police action” after being arrested following a public hate-filled rant during an EDL protest in Peterborough in December.


Guramit Singh (28), from Nottingham, was arrested on December 21 on suspicion of causing religiously aggravated harassment, alarm or distress.

“The arrest came after a member of the public complained about the content of Mr Singh’s speech delivered outside Peterborough Magistrates’ Court during the EDL protest on December 11.

“Mr Singh’s speech was heard by around 1,000 EDL supporters, who took part in the protest, as well as hundreds of shoppers.





Daily Star Reporter Quits Over Paper's Islamophobia


UK: The Daily Star has a track record of regularly spewing out inaccurate, inflammatory and highly negative stories on Muslims and Islam. Now one of its own reporters, Richard Peppiatt, has had a laudable crisis of conscience and has quit the paper over its “hate-mongering.”

In his resignation letter to the owner of the paper, Richard Desmond, Mr. Peppiatt stated:

The decision [to quit] came inside my local newsstand, whilst picking up the morning papers. As I chatted with Mohammed, the Muslim owner, his blinking eyes settled on my pile of print, and then, slowly, rose to meet my face.

“‘English Defence League to become a political party’ growled out from the countertop.

“Squirming, I abandoned the change in my pocket and flung a note in his direction, the clatter of the till a welcome relief from the silence that had engulfed us. I slunk off toward the tube.

“If he was hurt that my 25p had funded such hate-mongering, he'd be rightly appalled that I'd sat in the war cabinet itself as this incendiary tale was twisted and bent to fit an agenda seemingly decided before the EDL's leader Tommy Robinson had even been interviewed.

“Asked if his group were to become a political party I was told the ex-BNP goon had replied: ‘Not for now.’

“But further up the newsprint chain it appears a story, too good to allow the mere spectre of reality to restrain, was spotted. It almost never came to this. I nearly walked out last summer when the Daily Star got all flushed about taxpayer-funded Muslim-only loos.”

“I was personally tasked with writing a gloating follow-up declaring our postmodern victory in ‘blocking’ the non-existent Islamic cisterns of evil.

“Not that my involvement in stirring up a bit of light-hearted Islamaphobia stopped there. Many a morning I've hit my speed dial button to Muslim rent-a-rant Anjem Choudary to see if he fancied pulling together a few lines about whipping drunks or stoning homosexuals.

“Our caustic ‘us and them’ narrative needs nailing home every day or two, and when asked to wield the hammer I was too scared for my career, and my bank account, to refuse.”

“...what brings me here today is those times you dispense with those skewed news values entirely by printing stories which couldn't stand up to a gnat's fart.”

“While the Daily Star isn't the only paper with a case to answer, I reckon it's certainly the ugliest duckling of an unsightly flock.”

“Were this the behaviour of an actual person they would be diagnosed schizophrenic and bundled into the nearest white van. But because the mouthpiece is a newspaper, it's all supposed to be ok.”

“You may have heard the phrase, ‘The flap of a butterfly's wings in Brazil sets off a tornado in Texas.’ Well, try this: ‘The lies of a newspaper in London can get a bloke's head caved in down an alley in Bradford.’

“If you can't see that words matter, you should go back to running porn magazines. But if you do, yet still allow your editors to use inciteful over insightful language, then far from standing up for Britain, you're a menace against all things that make it great.”

The revelations of Mr. Peppiatt have confirmed what many have witnessed for a long time - the clear anti-Muslim narrative pursued by the DS. His words regarding the impact of this narrative are especially pertinent given the fruits that the climate of Islamophobia have produced. Good also to see the admission by Peppiat of the copious use by the DS of Anjem Choudary and his band of merry nuts for the purpose of obtaining crank quotes.

A statement from the Daily Star attempted to brush aside Mr. Peppiatt as a disgruntled employee and added, “For the record, the Daily Star editorial policy does not hold any negativity towards Islam and the paper has never, and does not endorse, the EDL."







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The Little Coffee Shop of Kabul

(a.k.a. Cup of Friendship) 



Deborah Rodriguez




In a little coffee shop in one of the most dangerous places on earth, five very different women come together.

As these five discover there's more to one another than meets the eye, they form a unique bond that will forever change their lives and the lives of many others.


From the author of the “bighearted . . . inspiring” ( Vogue ) memoir Kabul Beauty School comes a fiction debut as compelling as real life: the story of a remarkable coffee shop in the heart of Afghanistan, and the men and women who meet there—thrown together by circumstance, bonded by secrets, and united in an extraordinary friendship.


After hard luck and some bad choices, Sunny has finally found a place to call home—it just happens to be in the middle of a war zone. The thirty-eight-year-old American’s pride and joy is the Kabul Coffee House, where she brings hospitality to the expatriates, misfits, missionaries, and mercenaries who stroll through its doors. She’s especially grateful that the busy days allow her to forget Tommy, the love of her life, who left her in pursuit of money and adventure.


Working alongside Sunny is the maternal Halajan, who vividly recalls the days before the Taliban and now must hide a modern romance from her ultratraditional son—who, unbeknownst to her, is facing his own religious doubts. Into the café come Isabel, a British journalist on the trail of a risky story; Jack, who left his family back home in Michigan to earn “danger pay” as a consultant; and Candace, a wealthy and well-connected American whose desire to help threatens to cloud her judgment.


When Yazmina, a young Afghan from a remote village, is kidnapped and left on a city street pregnant and alone, Sunny welcomes her into the café and gives her a home—but Yazmina hides a secret that could put all their lives in jeopardy. As this group of men and women discover that there’s more to one another than meets the eye, they’ll form an unlikely friendship that will change not only their own lives but the lives of an entire country.


Brimming with Deborah Rodriguez’s remarkable gift for depicting the nuances of life in Kabul, and filled with vibrant characters that readers will truly care about, The Little Coffee Shop of Kabul is the best kind of fiction—full of heart yet smart and thought-provoking.


'Paints a vivid picture of Afghan culture ... as if Maeve Binchy had written The Kite Runner' Kirkus Review


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


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KB's Culinary Corner


Coconut Snowballs


KB SAYS: A light and fluffy family favourite from Farzanah Hatia. Farzanah tells me it's a fun recipe that you can even get the kids to help you make. Call their friends over for a bake-in and they can have a ball together!


15g butter
¾ cup castor sugar
2 eggs
¾ cup milk
1 tsp Vanilla essence
2 tsp baking powder

1 cup apricot jam
1 cup water
A drop of red food colouring

Boil the ingredients for the syrup until it thickens. Leave it to cool slightly.
1. Preheat oven to 180c
2. Cream butter and castor sugar
3. Add eggs and beat well
4. Stir in milk and vanilla essence
5. Fold in dry ingredients , mix to form batter
6. Spoon into greased cup cake pans
7. Bake at 180degrees for 15 mins.
8. When cakes are cool, dip in warm syrup and then roll in coconut


Do you have a recipe to share with CCN readers?

Send in your favourite recipe to me at kbcooks@crescentsofbrisbane.org and be my "guest chef" for the week.


Kareema's Keep Fit Column


Q: Dear Kareema, my friend and I walk together a few times per week. She eats before we head out, but I never do. Should I be having a snack beforehand?

A: Yes you should. Maybe about 60 - 90mins before you're scheduled walk, have a mini meal.



Try to snack on some fruit and low fat yoghurt for example.


A pre-workout snack is important as it will keep you energised enough to get through your walk or whatever routine you choose to do.


Exercising on an empty stomach may leave you feeling light-headed and force you to cut your workout short, which won't
be good for you or your friend.

Remember to keep your fluid levels up by drinking water before, during and after your workout as well.






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


An art connoisseur noticed in front of the Mula Nasruddin's kebab shop a mangy little kitten lapping up milk from a saucer.


The saucer, he realised with a start, was a rare and precious piece of pottery.


It was, in fact, a collector's item.

He strolled into the store and offered ten dollars for the cat.

"He's not for sale," said Mula Nasruddin.

"Look," said the collector, "that cat is dirty and scabby, but I'm an eccentric. I prefer cats that way. I'll raise my offer to fifty dollars."

"It's a deal," said Mula Nasruddin, and pocketed the fifty immediately.

"For that amount of money I'm sure you won't mind throwing in the saucer," said the connoisseur, "The kitten seems so happy drinking from it."

"I can't do that," said Mula Nasruddin firmly, "That's my lucky saucer. From that saucer, so far this week, I've sold 18 cats."

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3344 2622

6.30pm for 7pm

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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

Al-Mustapha Institute of Brisbane  

Preserving the Past, Educating the Present to Create the Future

Islamic Society of Darra

Qld Muslims Volunteers

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