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



Sunday, 29 May 2011

 Newsletter 0342



Fund raiser for Libyan refugees


Part of the organizing committee (left to right): Yahya Baej, Basim Alaish, Mohammed Yusuf,

Mabrouk Elsaket and Ezieddin Elmahjub

Mr. Mohammed Yusuf of the Islamic Council of Queensland (ICQ) together with the Libyan students studying in and around Brisbane and members of the Islamic Society of the Gold Coast hosted a fund raiser last night (Saturday) in aid of the refugees of the current Libyan crisis. Over 700 attended the dinner in the multi-purpose hall of the Islamic College of Brisbane.


Mr. Hussin Goss was Master of Ceremonies as well as auctioneer par excellence. The fund kicked off to a healthy start with Muslim Charitable Foundation president Mr.Yusuf Khatree presenting a cheque of $5000 on behalf of the foundation.


Most of the ingredients that went to preparing the food were donated by individuals and local community organizations and societies.


Ms Zuelikha Goss ran a "Trivia on Libya" session and handed out prizes to the winners.


Libyan student, Mr. Ezieddin Elmahjub, talked over a video presentation depicting the protests and crackdowns in the various cities and towns in Libya.


The CCN Photo Gallery





Need help to plan or promote an event?


The newly formed Muslim Events Forum (MEF) was formerly structured on Wednesday last week to share and communicate information and experiences on Muslim events and functions being organized and planned by various community organizations particularly in Queensland.


MEF aims to promote these events through its member networks and to provide advice on event management and coordination to organizations and groups in need of such support.


An events resource directory specifically catering for the Muslim community is being developed by the MEF steering committee and will contain information on venues, halal catering, marketing, equipment hiring, etc.


MEF membership is free and open to all Muslim organizations. Organizations are encouraged to send a representative to its monthly meetings which will be held on the 4th Wednesday of every month at the IWAQ offices at 11 Watland Street, Springwood. The next meeting is scheduled for 22 June at 6pm.

For more information and to RSVP contact the MEF Secretary Mr. Ismail Mohammed by email at i_m_006@hotmail.com.

"He's not the son of God, just the support act"

 Sydney Morning Herald Saturday 28 May


CHRISTIANS in Sydney will have their core beliefs challenged by provocative advertisements due to appear on billboards and buses in the next month.

The ads, paid for by an Islamic group called MyPeace, will carry slogans such as ''Jesus: a prophet of Islam'', ''Holy Quran: the final testament'' and ''Muhammad: mercy to mankind''.

A phone number urges people to call to receive a free Koran and other Islamic literature.

The organiser of MyPeace, Diaa Mohamed, said the campaign was intended to educate non-Muslims about Islam. He said Jesus was a prophet of Islam, who was to come before Muhammad. ''The only difference is we say he was a prophet of God, and they say he is God,'' Mr Mohamed said. ''Is it thought-provoking? Yes, it is. We want to raise awareness that Islam believes in Jesus Christ,'' he said.

Mr Mohamed said he hoped the billboards would encourage Christians and Muslims to find common ground. They were not intended to downgrade the significance of Jesus. ''We embrace him and say that he was one of the mightiest prophets of God.''

MyPeace plans to extend the campaign, funded by private donations, to television.


I would be looking at this as a good opportunity to explain what we mean.

The Anglican Bishop of South Sydney, Rob Forsyth, said it was ''complete nonsense'' to say Jesus was a prophet of Islam. ''Jesus was not the prophet of a religion that came into being 600 years later.''

But the billboard was not offensive, he said. ''They've got a perfect right to say it, and I would defend their right to say it [but] … you couldn't run a Christian billboard in Saudi Arabia.''

The bishop said he would pay for billboards to counter those of MyPeace if he could afford it, and ''maybe the atheists should run their billboards as well''.

A spokesman for the Australian Islamic Mission, Siddiq Buckley, said the campaign would increase awareness of the positive facts of Islam. ''I would be looking at this as a good opportunity to explain what we mean.''

Sydney Morning Herald

BBC's The Big Question: Does Britain Have a Problem with Muslims?


Compelling viewing of the BBC panel comprising Dame Anne Leslie, Maajid Nawaz, Director of the Quilliam Foundation; Salma Yaqoob, Respect party councilor at Birmingham Council; and Dr Taj Hargey of the Muslim Educational Centre of Oxford, debate the question here.

An interesting excerpt from the programme includes Dr Taj Hargey taking issue with Muslims’ sartorial style, speaking of “pajamas” and “unkempt beards”.

Maajid Nawaz counters Hargey’s views arguing that “we shouldn’t be worrying about how people dress.”


The panel discusses social conservative attitudes among certain scholars, the role and influence of Saudi-financed teachings on UK Muslims, Islamophobia and integration.
















Directory of and for Muslims


Ms Rishka Booran-Johnson (pictured left at the Muslims & Services Expo (MSEF'2011) held recently) runs the Muslim Directory Australia website which plans to provide a high quality A5 size printed directory to be distributed free.

The directory began soon after the founder, Rishka Booran-Johnson, emigrated from South Africa with her family. The journey began when attempting to find a Child Care Centre that catered for Halal food, as well as Halal places to eat. On arrival, it was found that most of the information was spread by word of mouth, and not everyone knew about what was available with some online information out of date. With this she knew other people would be searching for the same information, and decided to start the directory with the little information she had and AFIC supplying the initial list of Mosques.


Muslim Directory Australia was established in October 2008, due to a need when trying to a Mosque and Islamic Schools, in one place online and with ease to find! And Muslim Directory Australia is a free service to all who use the website and print versions.

The purpose of Muslim Directory Australia is to provide a simple and effective way for people to find a Mosque, Islamic School, halal butcher, etc and their location and contact details. The business listing may also contain a voucher/coupon for download from relevant business/service.

The vision for Muslim Directory Australia is to be the first place you will look to find the mosque, Islamic School, halal butcher, halal Restaurant, Islamic Clothing website.

Information for consumers (that is, those who are recipients of the directory) can be found here, and information for businesses who wish to advertise in the directory is found here.

The basic online business listing, which includes the business name, address, telephone number and a description is free, so that all businesses may have an opportunity to be found online.

For online advertising visit http://www.muslimdirectory.com.au/directory/advertise_online.html

To find out more about the print edition visit http://www.muslimdirectory.com.au/directory/advertise_print.html

SBS series sets sail for refugees insight 19-21 June


SBS is to tackle the heated asylum-seeker debate from a bold new angle with a documentary series it describes as the most ambitious ever made for Australian television.




Go Back To Where You Came From, which launches on June 21 during Refugee Week, takes six Australians with deeply differing views on refugees and asylum-seekers on a real refugee journey in reverse.

They end up where many of our refugees and asylum-seekers do come from: the dangerous streets of Baghdad in Iraq and Goma in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

The program asks participants and viewers alike to decide just who does deserve Australia's protection.

SBS commissioning editor Peter Newman says the show was designed to show the full complexity of the issues.

"I feel it's going to be hugely talked about," he says. "We're not taking sides. The show itself is editorially neutral.


"What we wanted to achieve was . . . emotional engagement. It's a subject SBS has a real interest in but we wanted to make some must-watch television."

About 70 people applied to participate in the program.

The six featured range in age from 21 to 63, come from all over Australia and differ in their political views from strongly opposing the detention of asylum-seekers to wanting to send all of them back.

"We've tried to bring all the sides of this debate into one microcosm and send them on this journey," says Newman.

"In terms of the logistical achievement the production company has pulled off with this series, it's quite incredible. When you see the participants ultimately in the Congo and Iraq it is utterly compelling viewing."


They all go through some sort of personal growth. Some had big epiphanies, Even the ones who stuck to their guns at the end of the journey would still say, 'I learned so much'.

The six participants start their journey living locally with recently settled refugees and asylum-seekers, before being stripped of wallets, phones and passports and put on a leaky refugee boat.

They end up in Malaysia sharing a flat with 52 refugees from Burma..

Some then travel via a Kenyan refugee camp to Goma and others to the slums of Jordan and on to Baghdad.

Both journeys were dangerous, with UN peacekeepers and the US military called on to safeguard the groups.

But the risks paid off, says director Ivan O'Mahoney, from production company Cordell Jigsaw.

"They all go through some sort of personal growth. Some had big epiphanies," he says. "Even the ones who stuck to their guns at the end of the journey would still say, 'I learned so much'."

SBS radio and the SBS website will examine issues raised by the three-part series. The Refugee Council of Australia and Amnesty International Australia plan to develop teaching resources and issue them to 2700 high schools.

The program features a family of Congolese refugees living in Albury-Wodonga and four Iraqi asylum-seekers who spent time in the Christmas Island detention centre and live in the Sydney suburb of Liverpool.

"It took a long time before we found exactly the right refugees with the right stories from the right countries where we were able to go," O'Mahoney says.


Take a sneak peek


The Australian

Democracy: Coming to an electorate near you!


The second of the Crescents of Brisbane-AMARAH-ICQ Muslim community democracy workshops was conducted during the week with Years 11 and 12 pupils of the Australian International Islamic College in Durack.


In addition to engaging in a lively discussion on Islam and its compatibility with democracy, the students took part in a few rounds of trivia on the electoral and parliamentary processes that sparked much interest, entertainment and interaction.


The sessions were facilitated by Ms Nora Amath and Ms Riffat Gurdezi.


A series of workshops and trivia nights have been planned for the Islamic College of Brisbane, Toowoomba, the Gold Coast, Rockhampton, Mareeba, Cairns and Bald Hills.


Brisbane residents who missed out on the pilot trivia night held recently can enter a team for the trivia roadshow to be held at the Islamic Women's Association of Queensland on June 25th.


For more information contact Riffat at info@amarah.org.

Dentist Omar to "extract" every bit of  energy on his uphill "root" for his 6th comrades medal "crown"



The 86th Comrades Ultra Marathon in Natal Kwazulu, South Africa is on today (Sunday).


This year the race is uphill from Durban to Pietermaritzburg. CCN readers can follow the progress of up to 10 friends and family by going directly to the results page and either entering a name or pressing the runner tracker link.  There is also a video link that follows individual runners.

Dr Anver Omar, who left Toowoomba for South Africa late last week, told CCN's Man-on-the-Mussallah:

My training in Toowoomba this year was interrupted by a bout of pancreitis - a disease normally reserved for alcoholics. Mine was of unknown cause.....obviously. That slowed me up a bit. I'm also carrying 5kg more in weight then last year because of my enforced training break and that's going to be like lugging aircraft hand luggage from Durban to Pietermaritzburg. When I arrived in Durban last Saturday, the temperature reached 26oC. The forecast for Sunday is mercifully cooler. Runners usually give excuses as to why they might underperform on the day to reduce expectations...so that's my excuses out of the way.

On the positive side, Toowoomba is virtually the same height, 700 meters (2300 ft) above sea level as most of the peaks of the "up" run. I found the Toowoomba hills steeper and I've done a couple of solo marathons unassisted on those hills. I feel after a year of Toowoomba I'm acclimatized and prepared for my 6th run.

Trying to achieve sub 9 hours. I achieved that time on last years "down run" but uphill will be both mentally and physically challenging. Dua's (prayers) during the day gratefully received and will be directed to an ageing pair of 53 year old calves.

Saints suffer last minute heartbreak

From the Desk of Sunnybank Saints


The Sunnybank Saints suffered last minute heartbreak at the hands of Westminster Warriors as they went down 2-1.

The Saints opened up strongly in the first half and looked to be in early control. Westminster fought their way back into the game however and began controlling more of the possession, but were unable to create any noteworthy chances.

Sunnybank succeeding in creating a few good chances and Mohammed Sabdia managed to make one count with about five minutes to go into the first half. The rest of the first half was a quite affair and the Saints, despite not putting in their best performance, were more than happy to be up at the break.

The second half began with the same passion as the first as both teams looked to find an early goal. With the game beginning to get more intense, tempers threatened to boil over as a few wild tackles began flying in. The ref tried to get a control of things, but was finding it difficult.

Westminster pulled a goal back half way through the second half to level the scores at 1-1. They then began to control the game and missed a few good chances from taking the lead..

The Sunnybank's defence was hanging on and a double goal line clearance kept them in the game. With both teams pushing forward for a winning goal, both teams were beginning to tire.

In the last minute of the game, Westminster won a freekick on the edge of the saints box. The resulting freekick was not cleared properly and a Westminster header gave the opposition a 2-1 lead and the win.

With no time left in the game to come back, the Saints were left shattered as a resolute defensive performance was not enough for a share of the points.

Sunnybank Saints next game: vs West End Partisans. Lister St. 7PM

Basmala and Bib


"Songs and poems from the British Muslim tradition. The book contains 22 songs, ideal for schools, music teachers, music lovers and choirs to sing and perform."

When you eat chocolates, or strawberries and cream

When you eat sweeties, both pink ones and green

Say these four words that will keep your heart clean

Bismi Llahi Rahmani Rahim.

by Abdal Hakim Murad

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 Abdallah Muhammad Ibn Jabir Ibn Sinan al-Battani al-Harrani was born around 858 C.E. in Harran, and according to one account, in Battan, a State of Harran. Battani was first educated by his father Jabir Ibn San'an al-Battani, who was also a well-known scientist. He then moved to Raqqa, situated on the bank of the Euphrates, where he received advanced education and later on flourished as a scholar. At the beginning of the 9th century, he migrated to Samarra, where he worked till the end of his life in 929 C.E. He was of Sabian origin, but was himself a Muslim.


Battani was a famous astronomer, mathematician and astrologer. He has been held as one of the greatest astronomists of Islam. He is responsible for a number of important discoveries in astronomy, which was the result of a long career of 42 years of research beginning at Raqqa when he was young. His well-known discovery is the remarkably accurate determination of the solar year as being 365 days, 5 hours, 46 minutes and 24 seconds, which is very close to the latest estimates. He found that the longitude of the sun's apogee had increased by 16° , 47' since Ptolemy. This implied the important discovery of the motion of the solar apsides and of a slow variation in the equation of time. He did not believe in the trapidation of the equinoxes, although Copernicus held it.


Al-Battani determined with remarkable accuracy the obliquity of the ecliptic, the length of the seasons and the true and mean orbit of the sun. He proved, in sharp contrast to Ptolemy, the variation of the apparent angular diameter of the sun and the possibility of annular eclipses. He rectified several orbits of the moon and the planets and propounded a new and very ingenious theory to determine the conditions of visibility of the new moon. His excellent observations of lunar and solar eclipses were used by Dunthorne in 1749 to determine the secular acceleration of motion of the moon. He also provided very neat solutions by means of orthographic projection for some problems of spherical trigonometry.


In mathematics, he was the first to replace the use of Greek chords by sines, with a clear understanding of their superiority.He also developed the concept of cotangent and furnished their table in degrees.


He wrote a number of books on astronomy and trigonometry. His most famous book was his astronomical treatise with tables, which was translated into Latin in the 12th century and flourished as De scienta stellerum — De numeris stellerum et motibus. An old translation of this is available of the Vatican. His Zij was, in fact, more accurate than all others written by that time.


His treatise on astronomy was extremely influential in Europe till the Renaissance, with translations available in several languages. His original discoveries both in astronomy and trigonometry were of great consequence in the development of these sciences.

Around the Muslim World with CCN


Cairo Muslims help to restore church


A restoration worker gets down to business inside the church, which was burnt during an attack by militant Islamists on May 7 this year.

CAIRO: Mohammed Fathi worked his brush gently over an icon of Virgin Mary and baby Jesus, removing soot from its surface inside a church gutted in an attack by Islamist militants this month.

“It takes a lot of careful work to do that,” Fathi said. “We have to do a lot of tests with chemicals to try to restore the icon to its original condition.”

The 26-year-old is one of a vast group of mostly Muslim craftsmen tasked with restoring St Mary's Church in the Cairo suburb of Imbaba after militants set it on fire on May 7.

Egypt's military rulers have ordered its restoration at a time when tensions between Christians, who account for about 10 percent of Egypt's population, and Muslims are on the rise.

Attacks have triggered protests and pose a challenge for Egypt's new rulers, under pressure to impose security while seeking to avoid the tough tactics against Islamists used by deposed President Hosni Mubarak.

The ground floor of the four-storey church was gutted in the fire, destroying 10 out of 27 old icons beyond repair.

On Wednesday, a team of mostly Muslim restorers - working for one of Egypt's biggest construction firms known as The Arab Contractors - huddled in one corner, using special chemicals, paint and brushes to rescue the remaining paintings.

“My job is to restore historic art pieces, be they Muslim, Coptic or Jewish,” Fathi said.

Malak Gerges, a 56-year-old church driver who was inside the church at the time of the attack, recalled how bearded Islamists led a group of young men into St Mary's, opened fire on icons and set the building ablaze.


We want to show that no intruder can create a rift between Muslims and Christians.

He said he and his younger brother Saleh tried to hide in the corridor behind the altar but the militants found them.

“They dragged me out and threatened and abused me,” Gerges told Reuters.

He said he did not know what happened to Saleh, an attendant who helped look after the church, until rescue workers found his burned corpse inside the church. According to an investigation report, there was a wound on Saleh's throat, he said.

Abdel-Aziz Mohammed, working on another icon, said he was angry at the people who burned the church. “I felt this was an act of vandalism,” he said. “Islam does not distinguish between church and mosque - both are houses of God.”

The May 7 attack caused an outcry in a country grappling with growing crime and lawlessness after an uprising forced Mubarak from power in February.

Egypt's ruling military council has vowed to punish those behind sectarian violence and promised to protect Christians by tightening security around places of worship.

Sectarian tension grew during Mubarak's three decades in office and accelerated in the chaos that followed his overthrow. Many Christians say the military-led government is being too soft on the Islamist radicals who whip up inter-faith hatred.

The governorate of Giza, where Imbaba is located, has pledged to pay for restoration of St Mary's church, expected to cost around six million Egyptian pounds ($1-million).

For now, workers are busy plastering and painting its walls and sweeping out the dust, pushing to finish their work as quickly as possible.

“This work would normally require up to three months. We are doing it in 21 days,” Ibrahim Mahlab, chief executive of The Arab Contractors, said while inspecting the work. “We want to show that no intruder can create a rift between Muslims and Christians.”

 IOL News


Growth of “Shariah-Compliant” banking in Europe 


The European Union is emerging as a major centre of Islamic finance, based on Islamic Shariah law.

The spectacular growth prospects for the Islamic financial services industry in many European countries is being fuelled by Muslim mass immigration; despite a difficult economic climate on the continent, Islamic banking is growing faster in Britain, France and Germany than it is in many Islamic countries in the Middle East and Asia.

The key role that Europe is playing in establishing Islamic finance in the West was the central theme of the 8th Islamic Financial Services Board Summit, an annual conference that promotes Islamic banking around the world. Hosted by the Central Bank of Luxembourg from May 10-13, 2011, it was the first time the event was held in a European country.

The Islamic finance industry is valued at $1.14 trillion and growing at a rate of 10% a year, according to the Global Islamic Finance Report 2011. Britain has emerged as ground zero for Islamic banking in Europe, and London as the main centre for Islamic finance outside the Muslim world.

With $19 billion in reported Islamic banking assets, Britain's Islamic finance sector ranks number one in Europe, and number nine in the world; it dwarfs those sectors of some states where Islam is the main religion, including Pakistan, Bangladesh, Turkey and Egypt, according to a new report titled "The City UK Islamic Finance 2011."




Muslims in UK Politics 


UK:  24-year-old Sanna Manir (pictured right) made history on May 6 when she became Wycombe’s first Muslim female councillor.


Manir described her election as “surreal” and telling The Muslim News: “It has been a tremendous moment to have been elected as the first Muslim lady Councillor for High Wycombe at the age of 24. The joy of succeeding and the response from the public has been utterly surreal.”

She added, “As the first Muslim lady Councillor in my home town, High Wycombe, I am hoping I have set the bar to inspire more Muslim ladies to get involved in politics at every possible level and also provide myself with strong possibilities to develop a career further in politics. I am here to support everyone to my utmost strength.”

During her law degree Manir engaged in tackling local issues including assisting in the reduction of community crime and offering improved living standards for unfortunate residents. She also tutored at local secondary school.




Two Muslims were elected in the Scottish Parliament on May 5. Both were placed on the list. Humza Yousaf (pictured left) was second on the Scottish National Party (SNP) whilst Hanzala Malik was on the top of the Labour list.

Moments after being sworn in as a Member of the Scottish Parliament (MSP), Humza Yousaf, read a prayer for the late Bashir Ahmad.


Ahmad became the first Pakistani/Muslim (and non white) member of the Scottish Parliament in 2007. Like his mentor, Yousaf took his oath both in English and Urdu.

The 26- year-old is seen as the rising star of the SNP. In the last two party conferences he has been the prelude before the party leader’s speech. He is also an alumnus of the US State Department’s International Visitor Learning Programme. Furthermore a Scottish newspaper has listed him as one of the faces of 2011.


Long term Labour Glasgow City Councillor Hanzala Malik (pictured right) also became an MSP. Malik was instrumental in twinning Glasgow with Lahore in 2006. He also recently helped with the transfer of two fire engines from Strathclyde Fire and Rescue to the Punjab. “I will continue to do this over and above my normal work,” Malik told The Muslim News. He will also focus on the effect of economic downturn on the minority communities. “Economic squeeze hurts minority communities more than anybody else and they need to be assisted,” he said.



Nigella Lawson’s burqini debate impact on niqab ban


UK: The Glamorous British cook Nigella Lawson’s decision to wear a burqini on an Australian beach last month elicited an astonishing amount of public criticism and reflection in the global press. Rather than a revealing swimming costume, Lawson was covered head to toe in a black burqini, the two-piece outfit and cap designed for Muslim women, leaving only her hands, feet and face exposed.

Prompted by the press, her spokesman confirmed that the celebrity chef’s choice of swimwear was motivated by a desire to protect her skin from the Australian sun. “Nigella was protecting herself from sunburn, nothing more than that,” he said.

Her timing, however, was striking. While a classic British icon was voluntarily covering herself in Muslim dress to enjoy Australia’s golden beaches, Europe’s most liberal democracy had just imposed a ban against a few hundred niqab-clad women in France.

As Madeleine Bunting, a Guardian columnist observed, “At the heart of both stories is an obsession with women’s bodies and how they should or shouldn’t be displayed – and the fierce patrolling of different social conventions governing them.”

Lawson’s freely chosen rejection of society’s demand that she satisfies its expectations of revealing her body can be starkly contrasted with the prosecution of French and Belgian Muslim women who are now required by law to show their faces even if they have freely chosen not to do so for own religious or cultural reasons.


“All that distinguishes the two cases – Nigella’s on the one hand and burka-wearing women of France and Belgium on the other - is our beliefs about choice,” Bunting says. “The assumption is that Lawson chose her outfit, and the assumption is that niqab-wearing women in France are not making a free choice.”

Could this move have led to some women to harbour a quiet understanding or even admiration for Lawson’s gesture? Particularly since she specifically sought out a burqini made by a British Muslim woman's company.

Lawson’s burqini-gate has exposed the pressure faced by celebrity women in particular to have slim, tanned, and toned bodies – be cruelly exposed by the zoom-lens cameras of the tabloid press. Could this move have led to some women to harbour a quiet understanding or even admiration for Lawson’s gesture? Particularly since she specifically sought out a burqini made by a British Muslim woman's company.

Many Muslim women, whether they do or do not believe in the necessity of burqa or niqab, cannot fail to appreciate the quality of the debate Lawson’s burqini has elicited and the parallels which have been drawn both with the new bans in France and Belgium and with Britain’s increasingly vocal criticism of Muslim’s religious dress. It is a battle that must be fought now as a national conversation of banning the burqa and niqab in Britain has already began.

Muslim News

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

This week

A CCN Reader recommends


The General's Son


Miko Peled


Editor’s Note:

 “So those people who want to associate themselves with Israel, Zionism and drape themselves in the Zionist flag – the flag that has come to symbolise intolerance, hatred, racism and brutality – they can feel free to do so. But, they need to know this: that when the trials begin and the tribunals take their place, and when the truth and reconciliation commission begins its work and they are finally shamed into admitting they were wrong, they need to remember to go down on their knees and beg forgiveness from the people they so greatly wronged.


They need to realise that we will never forget them and that their conscience will never allow them to forget that they supported the killings, that they draped themselves in the flag and that they mocked the bereaved. The rest of us will move on in line with the rest of the Middle East which will follow the example of the people of Egypt to create something that will surely be a tremendous accomplishment – a democratic, secular state in our own shared homeland – a state where Muslims, Christians and Jews live as equals and educate their children to love their homeland with its multitude of cultures, its rich history and its promising future.” SO ENDS MIKO PELED’S NARRATION.


Interview with the author





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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


Coconut Orange Pie 


KB SAYS:  I found this absolutely delicious and refreshing - and I have baked more than my fair share of pies over the years. Serve it warm with mango ice cream for the ultimate desert sensation.




4 eggs
80g unsalted butter
150g castor sugar
150g slivered almonds
1 cup toasted desiccated coconut
1 tab lemon zest
1 tab orange zest
¼ cup lemon juice
¼ cup orange juice
200ml coconut milk
½ cup plain flour
Flaked almonds to sprinkle


1. In a food processor beat the eggs and then add castor sugar and beat for 30 seconds.
2. Add the remaining ingredients and process until its all combined (30 seconds)
3. Pour mixture into a prepared (sprayed with cooking oil) rectangular (11.5cm x 35cm) pie tin or a similar square pie tin.
4. Sprinkle with flaked almonds and bake for approximately 45mins until set and light brown.


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, I love working out, but some days I just don't feel in the mood. I struggle not only to get out of bed, but to get going, and then by the end of the day I regret not putting in the effort, because I seem to accomplished nothing. How do I tackle these days?



A: Tweak your workout to suit your mood. On days like these, the first thing that gets booted of your to-do list is your training session.

Here's how to tailor your exercise session to benefit the way you're feeling:

- If you're feeling down, or on the days that you just can't seem to get going, grab a friend - walk, talk and just enjoy the fresh air.

- If you're feeling great, try to keep the momentum going by directing your energy into an intense workout - a run (along the beach if possible), combined with a weights session.

- If you're feeling stressed out or tense - try a two-part workout routine. Start with high-intensity exercises such as skipping, or hopping on the cross-trainer, or take on your boxing bag. This will give you a chance to 'let it all out'. Then settle into stretching or yoga.

- If you're feeling cranky, tired or emotional - don't take on anything too active / high-impact. Stick to weights and do lots of reps.

- Low self-esteem or not happy with what you see in the mirror - go for a bout of interval-training. Combine short, intense cardio intervals with quick body-weight exercises, like running / sprinting then doing some squats, sit-ups and push-ups.

It's always a good time to get physical, just align it with your mood! You'll flood your body with feel-good hormones and won't have any regrets...






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 once sat in the audience and cracked a joke.

All laughed like crazy.


After a moment he cracked the same joke again and a little less people laughed this time.

He cracked the same joke again and again.


When there was no laughter in the crowd, he smiled and said: "When you can't laugh on the same joke again and again, then why do you keep crying over the same thing over and over again.”

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Events and Functions

Prof. Tahir-ul-Qadri Lecture Tour

International Food Festival


29 May

Fundraising BBQ

Al-Mustapha Institute of Brisbane

Seminar by Sheikh Ahmad Abu Ghazaleh

ICQ Qu'ran

Recitation Competition

MBN Trivia Night

Annual Fete

Sydney, New South Wales

Islamic Programmes, Education & Services

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)


Gabriel Hair Studio


Colour - Style - Shine.

Gabriel K hair studio is a boutique studio exclusively for women. Gabriel K has over 20 years experience as a stylist and uses Matrix as the professional range.





Advertise your business here

Biltong in Brisbane

Corfu SALE

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

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Healthy Life


Islamic Couture

Advertise your business here

AK Surtie


Hummy's Automotive

Prop: Mohammed Shabbir


Nazima Hansa

your one-stop real estate shop

Love ur Body

Lunch Bag


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


"If it's not here ....it's not happening!"l)




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29 May


Fundraiser BBQ

Al-Mustapha Institute of Brisbane

Svoboda Park, Kuraby

0430 319 807

11am - 2pm

10 June


Seminar by Sheikh Ahmad Abu Ghazaleh


Springwood Hall, Cinderella Boulevard

0423 051 985


12 June


Annual International Food Festival

Islamic Society of Gold Coast

The Gold Coast Mosque

0412 601 152

All day

19 June


Annual Qu'ran Recitation Competition


Islamic College of Brisbane, KARAWATHA


9am to 1pm

29 June



Lailatul Mehraj

2 July


Trivia Night

Muslim Business Network

0422 191 675


10 July


Fun Day BBQ

48 Learoyd Road, Algester

0433 552 409

11.30am to 2.30pm

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

29 July


Prof. Tahir-ul-Qadri Lecture Tour

Zaffar Khan

Michael's Oriental Restaurant, 223 Padstow Road, Eight Mile Plains

0400 162 163


30 July


Prof. Tahir-ul-Qadri Lecture Tour

Zaffar Khan

Citipointe Church, 322 Wecker Road, Carindale

0400 162 163


31 July


Prof. Tahir-ul-Qadri Lecture Tour

Zaffar Khan

Islamic College of Brisbane, 43 Acacia Rd, Karawatha

0400 162 163


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 Kuraby Mosque every week, insha'Allah.


All ladies are welcome.


Muslim Events Forum (MEF)


Need help in planning or promoting an event or function?


Meeting Dates:

4th Wednesday of the month (next meeting 22 June)


11 Watland Street, Springwood





For more information and RSVP:

Mr. Ismail Mohammed at i_m_006@hotmail.com


Queensland Police Service/Muslim Community Consultative Group


Meeting Dates:

Wednesday 14 September

Wednesday 16 November


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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