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Sunday, 8 May 2011

 Newsletter 0339



School Fete - "a great day out"



The Islamic College of Brisbane held its annual fete on its schools grounds last Sunday.


On a perfect Brisbane May day, there was standing room only as crowds of people came to support the many food stalls and rides that were on offer on the day.


Master of Ceremonies, Mr Zaffar Khan, held the function together in his inimitable and trademark style as he exhorted the patrons to "spend and enjoy for a worthy cause".


Mr Graham Perret MP, member for Moreton, opened the fete and was followed with addresses from Ms Wendy Marx, representing Brisbane's mayor,  Mr. Mohammed Yusuf, chairman of the school board, Dr Sadeq Mustapha of Queensland Muslim Times and Dr Mustafa Ally, Editor-in-Chief of Crescents Community News (CCN).


Mr Hussin Goss was on hand to auction off items as only he can.


"It was a very social and relaxed atmosphere and my family had a wonderful day out", a parent of one of the students told CCN. "Full marks to the PNC and the school staff for a well-organized fete," she added.


Mrs Julie Hatia of Crescents of Brisbane told CCN that CresCafe proved once again to be a very popular "watering hole for a cupcake, a coffee and a chat". She also wanted to thank the many ladies and men of the community who kindly baked and donated the cupcakes at very short notice. "We are amazed at the care and creativity that goes into making each one of those batches of cakes - they (the bakers) seem to outdo themselves each time".


Mr Farouk Adam, who coordinated the Kuraby Mosque and Madressah food staff, said that his "hot deg akni" was sold out by the late afternoon and hours before the the grand fireworks finale.


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Coming up on Q&A: Is politics working?


On the panel this Monday night:


Former Finance Minister, Lindsay Tanner
Shadow Communications Minister, Malcolm Turnbull
Counter-terrorism analyst, Lydia Khalil
Author and journalist, Christine Wallace
Treasurer, Islamic Council of Victoria, Nazeem Hussain

So, what’s your question?

Watch Q&A live, 9.35pm on ABC 1, ABCNews24 and stream it on our website, abc.net.au/qanda.





About Nazeem Hussain


Nazeem Hussain is currently the Treasurer and an Executive of the Islamic Council of Victoria – the peak representative body for Muslims living in Victoria.

In September 2010, he received the 2010 Victorian Multicultural Commision - Ambassador Award by the Governor and Premier of Victoria for showing an exemplary demonstration of leadership in the promotion of Victoria’s diversity. In 2008 he was awarded the Young Australian Muslim of the Year Award.

Nazeem is one of Australia’s most incisive and daring comedians. He's one of the two performers from Fear of a Brown Planet - Winner of the 2008 Melbourne International Comedy Festival ‘Best Newcomer' Award. Nazeem has performed stand up comedy in Fear of a Brown Planet to consistently sold out audiences across Australia and abroad with trademark confrontational style - tackling topics like race relations, the War on Terror and life being brown and Muslim in Australia. Nazeem recently performed at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival All Star Gala on Channel 10 and the Sydney Comedy Festival Gala - broadcast on the Comedy Channel. He also recently performed at the annual Falls and Southbound Festivals across Australia.

As well as stand-up, Nazeem has written and performed for television. Nazeem co-wrote and starred on the cult-hit multi-award winning Salam Café on SBS TV, which was nominated for a Logie Award in 2009. Nazeem has also appeared on Network Ten's The 7PM Project, the ABC's Sleuth 101 and is currently starring on the Comedy Channel's Balls of Steel Australia. He has also regularly featured on Nova 100, Triple J, ABC radio, 3AW, 2UE and others.

In 2009 he was among ten writers selected for an exclusive script-writing workshop hosted by UK indie film company Warp X (This is England, Donkey Punch), Screen Australia and Madman Entertainment.

Nazeem and Aamer have recorded Fear of a Brown Planet's debut DVD at the Chapel Off Chapel in Melbourne - to be released shortly.

Africa 1 Gaza Aid Convoy


Near the end of June this year, the African continent will witness the historic crossing of the first land-based humanitarian aid relief convoy which will journey from Cape Town to the besieged and occupied Palestinian territory of Gaza.

The Africa 1 Aid Convoy, an initiative spearheaded by the South African based Al Quds Foundation and supported by a host of wishing civil society organizations and charities will aim to gather support and spread awareness about the plight of the Palestinian people, as it journeys through Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi, Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, Sudan, Egypt and finally into Gaza, bringing much needed aid to the region.

The convoy is the brainchild of Moulana Igsaan Hendricks, president of the Muslim Judicial Council and director of the Al Quds Foundation SA. He says the trip was born out of a visit he made to the Gaza Strip in July 2010. It was during this trip that the idea of directing a land convoy from Africa to Gaza was conceived, after consultations with the leadership and other important role players in the territory.

The 1.5 million Palestinians who reside in the 40 km long Gaza Strip have been made to live without access to basic
running water, adequate healthcare, medicine and other basic human rights. For the past 43 years they have been under constant occupation and subject to inhumanities that closely resemble South Africa’s apartheid regime. The situation in the territory has worsened considerably since 2006 when Israel imposed a debilitating economic siege on the strip that effectively prevents much needed supplies from getting through. One of the most recent attempts to break the blockade was in May last year, where Israel illegally attacked a flotilla of ships caring aid in international waters, and caused the deaths of several activists. It is hoped that the Africa 1 Aid Convoy will be more successful.
The convoy is expected to carry a range of humanitarian material as determined by the people of Gaza. This will be
made up of electrical generators, medical supplies, water detoxification units, stationery, educational material and left
hand drive vehicles.

The Africa 1 Convoy is scheduled to leave South Africa during the last week of June 2011.

A Johannesburg-based international satellite radio station, CII Broadcasting (Listen to live broadcasts of programs via the Internet) will be the official media partner of the convoy, providing comprehensive and interactive coverage; from the initial preparations and developments, to the actual journey across the continent, and finally until the aid has reached its destination. CII will provide exclusive, unfettered access for a vast international audience, keeping them informed at every step along the unique and remarkable expedition.







Joining the convoy will be Brisbane's intrepid traveler, Mr. Mahmood (Twiggy) Surtie, who will add this new venture to his long list of successful conquests that include climbing the peaks of Mt Kilimanjaro twice, traveling the length and breadth of Australia and prodigious peregrinations across the Namibian deserts. He will be accompanied by his wife, Parveen.


For more information about the convoy, or how to donate or assist, contact Twiggy on 0411172786 before he leaves for South Africa in a fortnight's time.


Historical Society at Government House


The Queensland Muslim Historical Society Inc (QMHS) has been invited for the second year in a row to hold a stall at Government House on open day, 5th June from 10am to 3pm.

The theme of QMHS diplay will be Muslim Participation in Flood Relief.


To do justice to all the Muslim organisations who participated in any way with the flood relief, the QMHS is requesting  CCN readers to send in the following information:




(a) The name of the organisation you worked under

(b) Any written media coverage you may have received

(c) Any photographs you had taken and are willing to share for this display.

The QMHS will be at Tent No 2 on the Investiture Room Lawn.

Contact Janeth Deen on 0435 086 796 regarding collection of articles you are willing to share.

Government House is expecting about 1,500 people to attend their open day.

Sunnah Inspirations and Australian Muslim Youth Network (AMYN) serve up a double whammy!

 An AMYN/Sunnah Inspirations report for CCN


Last week was a week for the Muslim Youth...  two thrilling events of inspiration, hope and motivation... presented by Sunnah Inspirations and Australian Muslim Youth Network (AMYN):

  •  The inaugural Brisbane Islamic Convention, featuring world renowned da'ee and Islamic scholar, Shaikh Hussain Yee, and our very own Brisbane scholars.

  •  Hollywood comedian and actor, Omar Regan, with his inspirational (often comical) story of his journey in Islam.

Inaugural Brisbane Islamic Convention addresses key issues for Muslim Youth in the Online Age

In an age where lifestyle changes as rapidly as the technology it is built on, it is an exciting, yet sometimes challenging environment in which Muslim youth find themselves growing up in.  With the development of the internet, particularly social media, there are many opportunities that open up for a young Muslim - but at the same time there are pitfalls that each young Muslim should be aware of.  The theme of this year's Brisbane Islamic Convention, held on Saturday 30th April at the University of Queensland, focused on such contemporary issues that are so important for our generation.

Invited guest and notable Islamic scholar, Shaikh Hussain Yee (Director of al-Khaadem Institute, Malaysia), addressed the capacity audience about his journey from Buddhism to Islam.  He stressed the importance of being involved in becoming better Muslims and being involved in community-building and humanitarian projects.  He encouraged young Muslims especially to support such projects and showcased The Home of Hope a flagship orphanage project that has opened its doors for all in Malaysia.

Brisbane Islamic scholar and qualified dentist, Shaikh Aslam AbuIsmaeel, shared some key points of advice for young Muslims on how to deal with the technology in this online age.  He introduced a unique 7-part series entitled, 7 Steps to Save and Boost Iman in the Online Age addressing questions and situations that arise for Muslim youth and their parents in the internet age.  More information can be found at http://sunnahinspirations.org/iman.

The program concluded with an informative question and answer session featuring a panel (pictured below) of our very own Brisbane Islamic scholars. 


From right to left: Shaikh Akram Buksh, Shaikh Ikraam Buksh, Shaikh Basheer Khan, Shaikh Hussain Yee,

Shaikh Ahmed Azhari, Shaikh Aslam AbuIsmaeel

Hollywood actor and comedian, Omar Regan, thrills a capacity crowd (pictured below)

Omar Regan

A truly amazing story of how a young Muslim black American grew up in the ghettos of Detroit and left for the glamour of Hollywood, only to find his roots and happiness in his faith. 


All who gathered on Friday 6th April, were treated to an evening of inspiration and hope with a comic twist. 


Brother Omar Regan narrated his story of his Hollywood escapades, of how he almost made the big time when he landed a role as the double of Chris Tucker in Rush Hour 2. 


He told the story of how he became more conscious of his Deen and, though he had the chance to become a Hollywood star, he left that and instead chose Islam. 


One piece of advice that he gave to the Muslim youth was to be themselves and not be afraid to share Islam with their friends and those around them. 


For more events, please stay tuned to AMYN on Facebook

Volunteer opportunity


There is a great volunteer opportunity to get various trainings from the Queensland State Government, direct to work for ASIA PACIFIC CITIES SUMMIT (APCS) and a possible meet with your home country leaders. You will get professional teamwork experience that will allow you to engage with global business and civic leaders and a special opportunity to join and be welcomed to the international volunteer program.


More information.

Al-nisa Youth Group - Racism and Anti-Discrimination Workshop

By Azima Omar


The workshop was held last week Saturday at Griffith University-Nathan Campus.


It consisted mainly of two discussions and a practical Self-defence demonstration.


The Al-nisa youth group’s main purpose of the workshop was to create awareness within the community about their rights according to Australian law and to assist them in following the right pathways with regards to racist and discriminatory remarks.


The discussions were led by Jenny Crisci who is a Community Relations Officer from the Anti-Discrimination board of Queensland, Sabrina Rabbani who is a Police Liason Officer in Upper Mount Gravatt in Brisbane and Aisha Dennis who is highly trained in Silat Perisai Diri (a practical form of Martial Arts which originated in Indonesia).

The Al-nisa board members received positive feedback commending us on having a fun, interesting and well-organised workshop.


The ice-breakers and games that were used on the day gave all who attended an opportunity to meet new people as Muslims from various backgrounds attended the workshop. A scrumptious lunch was provided.


Keep an eye out in the upcoming weeks for the next Al-nisa workshop as there are limited spaces available.



From the desk of Sunnybank Saints


St Pauls down the Sunnybank Saints


Sunnybank Saints went down 4-1 today to St Pauls in Mansfield in their first game back after the Easter break.


The Saints started sprightly and were looking strong with the ball at their feet threatening on a few occasions. Mohammed Sabdia eventually got the away side up 1-0 with a blistering shot from just outside the box. The Sunnybank Saints were looking comfortable with their lead.

Late in to the first half though, St Pauls got one back when a defensive lapse at the back cost the Sunnybank Saints. The teams went into the half time break locked at one goal apiece.


Both teams came out for the second half looking to make their mark and it was the Saints who were causing all the early trouble for their opposition. Sunnybank were dealt a huge blow however, when Kameron Dittmann was forced to come off early with an injury to the ribs. 

Saints had lost a key member of their defence but were determined to continue. However, things went into disarray as St Pauls found a new lease of life and started taking the game to the Saints. 


St Pauls scored a controversial free kick to make the score 2-1 before they extended their lead through a corner. Sunnybank Saints were rattled and were not looking like many any headway in the game.


St Pauls sealed off their win with a fourth goal late in the game to wrap up the 3 points and give the Saints something to think about as they look forward to their next game.


Sunnybank Saints will now look ahead to their next game as they look to get back to winning ways and getting their season back on track. The Saints will return at home against Mansfield Red at Lister Street at 7pm.

Bosnian Readers' Update

By Safet Avdich 



Latest issue

Muslim Scientists and Scholars


Muslim scientists and scholars have contributed immensely to human knowledge especially in the period between 8th and 14th century CE.


But their contributions have been largely ignored, forgotten or have gone un-acknowledged.


Each week CCN brings you, courtesy of www.ummah.com, an account of one of the many talented Muslim scholars in history whose contributions have left lasting marks in the annals of science, astronomy, medicine, surgery, engineering and philosophy.

This week's Muslim scholar, philosopher and/or thinker is:



Abu Yousuf Yaqub Ibn Ishaq al-Kindi was born at Kufa around 800 C.E. His father was an official of Haroon al-Rashid. Al-Kindi was a contemporary of al-Mamun, al-Mu'tasim and al-Mutawakkil and flourished largely at Baghdad. He vas formally employed by Mutawakkil as a calligrapher. On account of his philosophical views, Mutawakkil was annoyed with him and confiscated all his books. These were, however, returned later on. He died in 873 C.E. during the reign of al-M'utamid.

Al-Kindi was a philosopher, mathematician, physicist, astronomer, physician, geographer and even an expert in music. It is surprising that he made original contributions to all of these fields. On account of his work he became known as the philosopher of the Arabs.

In mathematics, he wrote four books on the number system and laid the foundation of a large part of modern arithmetic. No doubt the Arabic system of numerals was largely developed by al- Khawarizmi, but al-Kindi also made rich contributions to it. He also contributed to spherical geometry to assist him in astronomical studies.

Al-Kindi's Treatise on Deciphering Cryptographic Messages which was recently rediscovered in the Ottoman archives in Istanbul. This text is the first known recorded explanation of cryptanalysis based on the method of frequency analysis.

In chemistry, he opposed the idea that base metals can be converted to precious metals. In contrast to prevailing alchemical views, he was emphatic that chemical reactions cannot bring about the transformation of elements. In physics, he made rich contributions to geometrical optics and wrote a book on it. This book later on provided guidance and inspiration to such eminent scientists as Roger Bacon.

In medicine, his chief contribution comprises the fact that he was the first to systematically determine the doses to be administered of all the drugs known at his time. This resolved the conflicting views prevailing among physicians on the dosage that caused difficulties in writing recipes.

Very little was known on the scientific aspects of music in his time. He pointed out that the various notes that combine to produce harmony, have a specific pitch each. Thus, notes with too low or too high a pitch are non-pleatant. The degree of harmony depends on the frequency of notes, etc. He also pointed out the fact that when a sound is produced, it generates waves in the air which strike the ear-drum. His work contains a notation on the determination of pitch.

He was a prolific writer, the total number of books written by him was 241, the prominent among which were divided as follows:

Astronomy 16, Arithmetic 11, Geometry 32, Medicine 22,
Physics 12, Philosophy 22, Logic 9, Psychology 5, Music 7.

In addition, various monographs written by him concern tides, astronomical instruments, rocks, precious stones, etc. He was also an early translator of Greek works into Arabic, but this fact has largely been over-shadowed by his numerous original writings. It is unfortunate that most of his books are no longer extant, but those existing speak very high of his standard of scholarship and contribution. He was known as Alkindus in Latin and a large number of his books were translated into Latin by Gherard of Cremona. His books that were translated into Latin during the Middle Ages comprise Risalah dar Tanjim, Ikhtiyarat al-Ayyam, Ilahyat-e-Aristu, al-Mosiqa, Mad-o-Jazr, and Aduiyah Murakkaba.

Al-Kindi's influence on development of science and philosophy was significant in the revival of sciences in that period. In the Middle Ages, Cardano considered him as one of the twelve greatest minds. His works, in fact, lead to further development of various subjects for centuries, notably physics, mathematics, medicine and music.

Around the Muslim World with CCN


Reflecting on the killing of Osama bin Laden

OBL, the West and the Spring Revolutions

Keyer Trad (Islamic Friendship Association of Australia Inc.)


The first week in May marked a momentous announcement from "the president of the free world": their number one nemesis had been killed.

Perhaps the spontaneity of some of the celebrations in Washington and other US cities took the administration by surprise. There is only one death that is so widely celebrated in the West. For the United States of America, this mission is most momentous.

The first announcement by President Obama seemed sombre and reflective, projecting an impression of closure and an opportunity for conciliation, "we will never be at war with Islam" he said. Osama Bin Laden was "not an Islamic leader".

Picking on the hints of conciliation, Muslim leaders all over the world put the issue of the world's most wanted man aside and opted to welcome the opportunity for conciliation. There was not one word of praise for Bin Laden or grief over his death from any credible Muslim leader anywhere. We thought that this would mean the end of US occupation of Afghanistan and Iraq, that Obama's next announcement would be "mission accomplished" and it is time to resume our friendship..


Full article


US must end its Muslim 'crusade'

Shameema Kollia (President of Muslim Youth Western Australia)


A young Perth Muslim has called on the US president to use Osama bin Laden's death to call a ceasefire on "the killing of innocent Muslims" worldwide.

Placing responsibility for the future of the War on Terror on Barack Obama, Shameema Kollia, 29, said the milestone death - used for a decade as a symbol of success in the fight against terrorism - meant the US should now end its own "crusade".

"My reaction to Osama's death is: great, but what happens now?" said Ms Kollia, who is president of Muslim Youth Western Australia but was not speaking on behalf of the organisation.

"Are we going to stop the killing ... of hundreds of thousands of Muslims who have been killed in the name of justice?

"We've killed [former Iraqi dictator] Saddam [Hussein] and there were no weapons of mass destruction, we've now got Osama bin Laden, will we have justice for those innocent people [killed by the US and its allies]?"

In a speech confirming the death of the Al Qaeda leader in Pakistan yesterday, Mr Obama said "justice has been done" but declared the fight against terrorism would continue.

''The death of bin Laden marks the most significant achievement to date in our nation's efforts to defeat Al Qaeda. Yet his death does not mark the end of our effort," he said.

Mr Obama said the war was not against Islam and that bin Laden had caused the deaths of Muslims.

''I've made clear just as president [George] Bush did shortly after 9/11 that our war is not against Islam," he said. "Bin Laden was not a Muslim leader, he was a mass murderer of Muslims.''

Terrorism experts also expressed doubt Ms Kollia's plea would be answered, with expectations there would be a resurgence in violence against the West that would presumably be countered by the US and its allies, including Australia.


WA today



This Was Revenge: Obama Snatches Defeat from Jaws of Victory

Yvonne Ridley (British journalist)

As the news of Osama bin Laden’s death filtered out onto the streets of America it triggered unsightly scenes of undiluted hysteria, chest-thumping and back-slapping which has sadly become a trademark of the vengeful ‘hang’em high’ lobby that emerged from the rubble of 9/11.

And just like George W Bush did on that horrific day way back in 2001, US President Barack Obama unashamedly wallowed in a flag-waving, nationalistic wave of emotion, crowing about national unity and everyone pulling together as he revealed the manhunt for the world’s most wanted man had finally been concluded.

It mattered not the al-Qaida leader was unarmed – that detail was kept back as hugely distorted stories zoomed around the globe about how the evil Arab used his wife as a human shield while firing off rounds at the heroic soldiers who risked their all for Uncle Sam.

The naked display of uncontrollable gung-ho emotion was bad enough but then a smug-looking Obama began sounding like Glenn Ford in a scene from High Noon as he lectured the world about "justice being done".

To quote my favourite journalist Gary Younge: “This was not justice, it was an extra-judicial execution. If you shoot a man twice in the head you do not find him guilty. You find him dead. This was revenge. And it was served very cold indeed.”

Mercifully, in this sea of madness another sane voice in America also drowned out the hate-filled chorus and it came from an unlikely source - 9/11 survivor Harry Waizer.

If anyone had a right to jump up and down like a lunatic at the show of a full moon it was him, but instead of adding to the hatefest he said: "I just can’t find it in me to be glad one more person is dead, even if it is Osama Bin Laden."

I hope now that America’s Number One Bogeyman is no more the USA returns to some semblance of normality that has been absent from its landscape since the now discredited War on Terror began.

And I hope that the US Administration will stop using the politics of fear on its own people who have been ruthlessly hyped up in to a state of advanced paranoia at every opportunity. High days and holidays have been blighted by accelerated levels of terror alerts while the latest airport scares and the latest suspect parcels have brought major cities and their transport networks to a halt.

Real justice would not have involved shooting an unarmed man in front of his wife and children – there were no bodyguards in the house in Abbottabad in Pakistan.

While it is always dangerous to generalize the American people appear to have been kept suspended in fear ever since 9/11 – the reality is ordinary citizens have more chance of being shot in their backyard than be killed by a terrorist.

30,000 innocents die every year in gun-related crime – that’s a 9/11 multiplied by ten - but the close relationship with deadly weapons shows no sign of abating in trigger-happy America.

In terms of a violent society and armed citizens, the US is in a league of its own and sadly the state of disregard for the law and justice filters all the way down from The White House.

That the most powerful man in the world can stare straight into the cameras and say: “Justice was done” over Bin Laden’s murder borders on absurdity; it’s almost Pythonesque.

Real justice would have involved an arrest, a trial by jury and a sentence in an international court should the thought of holding him on USA soil prove too frightening.

Real justice would not have involved shooting an unarmed man in front of his wife and children – there were no bodyguards in the house in Abbottabad in Pakistan.

Shaul Mofaz of the right wing Kadima is now urging the Zionist Government to assassinate Palestinian leaders like the “US did with Osama bin Laden”.

Real justice would not have involved charging into someone else’s country with armed forces unannounced, if indeed that was really the case in Pakistan.

I’m surprised David Cameron, the British Prime Minister and other political leaders went into congratulatory mode in the House of Commons over the whole saga.

Had it not occurred to them that if OBL had chosen to hide out in Didsbury, Tooting or Chipping Norton then US Special Forces would have come into the UK all guns blazing?

I wonder would Cameron have gushed forth with undiluted praise then?

We don’t know who America’s next Bogeyman is going to be, but what if he does live in Britain or chooses to hide in the UK? What then? Do we sit back and allow America to breach our sovereignty in the name of US justice?

Are there any real guarantees that we won’t have US Navy Seals bursting into our neighbourhoods anytime soon?

OK, it’s highly unlikely but not impossible. This is what happens when there’s total disregard for international law, Vienna and Geneva conventions et al.

Distinguished QC Geoffrey Robertson is a man I’d like to lock in the Oval Office with the Commander in Chief for maybe 30 minutes. A renowned international human rights lawyer, he is not at all impressed by Obama’s interpretation of justice.

After bringing an end to the biggest manhunt in US history, the US President has managed to snatch a defeat from the jaws of victory.

Writing about the OBL killing he said the law “permits criminals to be shot in self-defence. They should, if possible, be given the opportunity to surrender, but even if they do not come out with their hands up, they must be taken alive, if that can be achieved without risk. Exactly how Bin Laden came to be shot (especially if it was in the back of the head, execution-style) therefore requires explanation. Why the hasty “burial at sea” without a post-mortem, as the law requires?”

Why indeed? The trouble is various US Administrations have lied to the world – lied about the reasons for going to war in Iraq, lied about the existence of WMD, lied about Saddam being in league with al-Qaida.

And the problem with serial liars is that when they do tell the truth no one believes them.

Once again America has managed to shoot itself in the foot in the name of justice – a justice that has earned the admiration and praise of the chairman of the Israeli parliamentary Committee for Foreign Affairs and Security.

Shaul Mofaz of the right wing Kadima is now urging the Zionist Government to assassinate Palestinian leaders like the “US did with Osama bin Laden”.

He seems to have overlooked the fact that Israel has been “doing an Obama” for years as the leadership of Hamas can testify.

Nevertheless, it seems that even though international law prohibits the use of extra judicial assassination policies, various states of terror may now starting “Doing an Obama”.

After bringing an end to the biggest manhunt in US history, the US President has managed to snatch a defeat from the jaws of victory.

Source: The Information Clearinghouse



Bin Laden’s Crimes, and Ours

Matthew Rothschild (Editor of The Progressive magazine)


I always rejoice at the death of a mass murderer, and Osama bin Laden was definitely a mass murderer. He killed 3,000 people here on 9/11, and he killed more than 300 in August 1998 in the bombings of the U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania.

So I understand the sense of relief or closure or even triumph that many Americans feel today.

But it’s worth grappling with precisely what it is that bin Laden did, and why it is that Americans are chanting “USA, USA”.

What bin Laden did was to use violence as a ready tool to advance his purposes.

What bin Laden did was to wantonly sacrifice the lives of innocent people in service of those purposes.

In this regard, bin Laden is no different a mass murderer than William McKinley was in the Philippines.

In this regard, bin Laden is no different a mass murderer than Harry Truman was when he dropped the atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

In this regard, bin Laden is no different a mass murderer than Ronald Reagan was when he funded and trained the contras against Nicaragua or backed the Salvadoran military against the rebels there.


We’re only against it when violence is used against us.

In this regard, bin Laden is no different a mass murderer than Lyndon Johnson was in Vietnam.

In this regard, bin Laden is no different a mass murderer than George W. Bush was in Iraq.

Oh, there is one big difference: bin Laden killed far fewer innocent people than any of those U.S. Presidents.

So, when you examine the righteous triumphalism than many Americans are feeling today, it comes down to this: We’re not against using violence as a ready tool to serve our purposes; we’re not against wantonly sacrificing innocent lives; we’re not even against mass murder.

We’re only against it when violence is used against us.

We’re only against it when ours are the innocent lives being sacrificed.

We’re only against it when we’re not the ones committing the mass murder but are the victims of the mass murder.

This understanding puts a creepy edge on the rah-rahs of today.

Until we renounce violence as a convenient tool, until we stop sacrificing innocent lives, until we no longer excuse the mass murder that our own government commits, we’re not in much of a position to celebrate.

And spare me Obama’s talk of “justice” being done. That’s exactly the same phrase Bush used after U.S. forces gunned down Saddam Hussein’s sadistic sons, Uday and Qusay.

It’s not “justice,” as we’ve come to revere it in this country: a system that upholds due process and habeas corpus and assumes the innocence of the accused and allows for trial by jury.

No, what Obama and Bush were talking about was rough justice or frontier justice.

The word “justice” should not adorn an assassination.

Source: Common Dreams.org



CEOs would kill for this level of engagement

Eleanour O'Rouke (A blogger)


The most successful direct marketing campaign in the world was not masterminded by Nike or Coca Cola but by al-Qaeda. Despite a trillion dollars of US spend on the war against terror, Al-Qaeda membership continues to grow.

It was obvious really.

CEOs have only just cottoned onto the ‘relationship marketing’ thing. The concept of ‘Tribe building’ and ‘Permission’ may have been identified by Seth Godin but the concept has been around since the year dot. Our technological achievements in recent years may be off the chart, but our understanding of human behaviour is still at ground zero.

2000 years ago the Jewish temple leaders and the Roman big wigs (the CEOs of their day) figured out that the best way to deal with the insurgent Jesus Christ was to kill him. The strategy behind this was that it would ‘act as a deterrent’ and serve as a ‘show of strength’ to both secular and religious communities. In other words obey the laws, stop stirring up emotions, stop telling people that they have ‘inner power’ and that they are only answerable to God.

Imagine what the world look like if that money had been spent on third world schools, hospitals, art galleries, orchestras, dance academies or any scheme dedicated to the celebration of the human spirit and the unity of culture.

Fast forward to the present day. Bin Laden had no problem recruiting disciples who were happy to die (as Jesus pointed out, no big deal if you believe in the after life). Same philosophy, different context. The line between love and hate, between adoration and abomination, is as thin as the one separating the above pictures.

Despite the luxury of being able to observe and reflect on 2000 years of history. Despite the trillions of dollars spent on a vast number of wars - we have learnt nothing. Imagine what the world look like if that money had been spent on third world schools, hospitals, art galleries, orchestras, dance academies or any scheme dedicated to the celebration of the human spirit and the unity of culture. Imagine the new tribes we could have built. Imagine how hard Al-Quada would have to work to compete with that relationship.

Today, crowds of people rejoice in front of the White House (reminiscent of the crowd who chanted ‘Kill him...kill him’ in front of Pontius Pilate’s gaff). The media is going mad with celebration ‘We got the bastard!

Anyone who jumps up and down with national pride, identifying with the braggadocio of the US marines who sorted out the situation once and for all - ‘Yeah we nailed it’ - better look at the piece of wood on which they nailed the last guy.

Three billion crucifixes. Two billion brand evangelists. No venture capital. That's the kind of relationship marketing CEOs would kill for. They think it's all over. In fact it's only just begun.

I’m just saying...

Source: A Writer of Wrongs



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KB's Culinary Corner


Carrot Cake Cupcakes 


KB SAYS:  These cupcakes were made especially for a recent royal wedding get-together at a ladies social night out. These cakes along with the English Breakfast tea added as much authenticity to the occasion as did the tiaras and hats.


Cupcakes courtesy of Rashida Shamsoudien




2  ½ cups flour

½  tsp Bicarbonate of Soda

1 tsp salt

2 tsp baking powder

3 tsp cinnamon powder


Beat separately

1 ½ cups sugar

1 ½ cups oil

4 eggs


Fold in

2 cups grated carrot

½ cup chopped pecan nuts

250 grams crushed pineapple, drained

1 Beat egg whites, add sugar and then oil and the egg yolks and beat further
2 Add sifted dry ingredients and beat for 30 seconds.
3 Fold in the remaining ingredients
4 Place in cup cake or muffin pans – ¾ full
5 Bake at 180degrees for 15mins or until light brown.

125 grams butter
250 grams Philadelphia cream cheese
500 grams icing sugar

Beat well. Top Muffin when cold and decorate with pieces of Pecan or chopped dried fruit. (Any remaining icing can be frozen for further use)


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


FIVE ways for mums to glow


1: Drink more water
Increasing your H2O is not only the cheapest and most effective treatment for your skin, it will keep you hydrated and cleansed from the inside out. A good habit is to start your day with a glass of luke-warm water with lemon to aid cleansing and boost hydration.

2: Exercise for a better you
Get up 30 minutes earlier and go for a brisk walk. It's a great way to 'wake up you body and mind' and feel more energised. Use the time to breathe in the fresh air and make the most of your natural surroundings: some quiet time for you, free from mobile phones, emails and demands of the day.

3: Eat smarter
A good, balanced diet will make a world of difference. Include plenty of good oils - omega 3 (fish, raw nuts, seeds, etc); anti-oxidant-rich foods (berries, red capsicum, dark green vegetables, herbs, turmeric, green tea, etc).

4: Get serious about rest
Hitting the sack before 10pm for at least 8 hours of sleep is a great gift to yourself. It will set you up for a great day - feeling both relaxed and energised. It will also help with weight-loss.

5: Take regular time-outs
Feeling stressed can drain you and make you 'less kind' to yourself. Set aside some time for you to do something you enjoy - take a few moments each day to focus on the positives in your life, and just enjoy! Not only will you feel calmer, you'll look better too.






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


A few weeks after Jalalludin had been employed; he was called into the Human Resources administrator's office.


"What is the meaning of this?" the personnel officer asked. "When you applied for this job, you told us you had three years experience. Now I have discovered this is the first position you've ever held."

"True," Jalalludin answered with a smile, "in your advertisement you said you wanted a person with imagination."

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Events and Functions

Rotary Archerfield

Annual Fund Raiser

The Most Beloved


Griffith Multi-faith Centre


Algester Mosque Brunch

Habib Umar's "Tranquility amidst Turbulence" Tour

The Voter's Challenge!


Completely FREE

Trivia Night


Be prepared to be ENTERTAINED, EDUCATED and ENLIGHTENED in your very own ELECTORATE!


Great food and prizes


Win an iPad2



Family Fun Night: Hangi - Lovo

Abu Hafsah Brisbane Tour


UMB Fund Raiser

Annual Fete


Islamic Programmes, Education & Services

Youth Programme

Qari's Classes

Quran Tutoring

beginners to advanced


Hostel Accommodation

for Muslim Students

FREE Baby Massage

Classes IAIM

Brisbane  Muslim Burial Society (BMBS)

pdf version


Seerah Classes UMB

Qu'ran Reading & Islamic Studies

Kuraby Mosque


in Robina

New Muslim Classes

Window into Islam

English Tutor

AIIC performance

AIIC Gold Coast campus

Islamic College of Brisbane


Free Adult Classes and Madressa For Children at Al-Mustapha Institute

Child Care Course

"Purification of the heart" Seminar

Maths Tutoring service

From years 6-10

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

Tel: 32191554

email: haddada5@hotmail.com.

Sisters House Accommodation Register


Businesses and Services

The CCN May Business of the Month


(Every month CCN showcases a business here)


Biltong in Brisbane

Pappa Roti

Warrigal Square

Promotional Offer

A crispy bun and a large coffee for $4.99 only (usual price is $6.20). The promotion is for a limited time only


Advertise your business here

Healthy Life


Nazima Hansa

your one-stop real estate shop

Islamic Couture

Advertise your business here

AK Surtie


Hummy's Automotive

Prop: Mohammed Shabbir


Authentic South African Beef Biltong

Priced from $5

Contact Imraan on 0421 741 424

Comes in traditional and peri peri flavours

Love ur Body



Nandos Mt Gravatt

Carpet Lifesavers

Brisbane Diagnostics

Kuraby Seafood Takeaway

Pizza Lane


Mina Collection

Stick On Labels

ACCES Services

Removal Services


Calamvale Central
Compton Road

Tel: 07 3272 2299

Kimaya Fashions


Shop 45A Inala Plaza

156 Inala Avenue, Inala 

The Quran Pen Reader

online at


Yasmeen Seedat

Accounting Services



Migration Agent


Phone: 3397 6863
Mob: 0431 446 528
910 Logan Rd

Holland Park West

Hydrotherapy & Swimming

classes for Muslim women

pdf version

InWear fashions

Junaid Ally

Ray White

Want an effective treatment to clean out BAD CHOLESTROL and PLAQUE from your arteries?
ArgiNox Maintain is available from Zakiya Sacur - 0433 270 770. Book your consultation now


Body & Beauty

Brochure (pdf)

Bilal Solwa @ Reed

Table & Chair Hire


Additional contact:

Ahmed Hassan

0433 531 593

The CCN Date Claimer


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8 May


Annual Family Brunch

Beenleigh Events Centre (Cnr Crete & Kent Sts, Beenleigh)

0421 326 376

11am to 2pm

14 May


The Voter's Challenge!

Trivia Night

Crescents of Brisbane, AMARAH & ICQ

Multi-Purpose Hall,

Islamic College of Brisbane


0424 829 126


14 May


The Most Beloved: Conference


Griffith University Multi-faith Centre

 0407 921 978


20 May


Abu Hafsah Brisbane Tour: Out of Sight Out of Mind

Kingston Butter Factory, next to Kingston Station

0412 386 839


20 May


Rotary Archerfied: Annual Fund Raiser

Gambaros Restaurant

0418 738 432


21 May


UMB Fundraising Dinner



Michael's Oriental Restaurant

0412 386 839


21 May


Family Fun Night: Hangi - Lovo

724 Blunder Rd. DURACK

3372 1400

6.30pm to 9.30pm

12 June


Annual International Food Festival

Islamic Society of Gold Coast

The Gold Coast Mosque

0412 601 152

All day

29 June



Lailatul Mehraj

17 July


Annual Madrasah soccer tournament 2011







18 July



Lailatul Baraat

24 July


9th Annual College Fete

724 Blunder Rd. DURACK

3372 1400

from 10.30am

2 August



Start of Ramadhan

28 August



Lailatul Qadr

31 August



End of Ramadhan

1 September




3 September



Mt Gravatt Showgrounds

0418 722 353

All day

18 September



Orleigh Park, West End

0402 026 786


7 November




11 or 12 November


Dreamworld 2011


0418 722 353


27 November



Islamic New Year

6 December



Day of Ashura


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




Ladies Taleem


Taleem will take place on Thursday 11am-12pm at the residence of


Ms Sabera Peer

1 Lily Circuit



Queensland Police Service/Muslim Community Consultative Group


Meeting Dates:

Wednesday 18 May 2011

Wednesday 10 August 2011

Wednesday 16 November 2011


Metropolitan South Regional Office
1993 Logan Road, Upper Mt Gravatt




For more information and RSVP:

Sergeant Jim Bellos at Bellos.Dimitrios@police.qld.gov.au


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
Everyone is invited



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Useful Links



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)

Muslim Charitable Foundation (MCF)

Co-ordinated collection & distribution of: Zakaah, Lillah, Sadaqah, Fitrana, Unwanted interestCo-ordinated collection & distribution of: Zakaah, Lillah, Sadaqah, Fitrana, Unwanted interest

Islamic Medical Association of Queensland (IMAQ)

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

Muslim Reverts Network

Supporting new Muslims


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

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

Al-Mustapha Institute of Brisbane  

Preserving the Past, Educating the Present to Create the Future

Islamic Society of Darra

Qld Muslims Volunteers

Islamic Shia Council of Queensland



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