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Sunday, 21 August 2011

 Newsletter 0354



Ifthaar at Parliament House 

By CCN's Man-on-the-Mussallah


The Queensland Intercultural Society (QIS) hosted a Friendship and Dialogue Ramadan Iftar Dinner at Parliament House at the Premiers Hall, Queensland Parliament House last Monday.


The Hon John Mickel MP, the Speaker of the Legislative Assembly in the Queensland Parliament (a role he will relinquish after he retires at the next State elections), received the invited guests.


The aim of the Iftar Dinner was to enhance and deepen the relationship between Muslims and members of the wider community. Invitations were extended to parliamentarians, journalists, consul generals, senior members of academia and faith and community leaders.


Mr. Ahmet Ozcelik, principal of the recently established Resha College (Algester) was the Master of Ceremonies for the night.


The keynote address was delivered by Prof Greg Barton, professor of Indonesian studies in the School of Political and Social Inquiry at Monash University, who travelled from Melbourne to attend the function. Prof Barton spoke on the dignity and wisdom that Tariq Jahan showed during the aftermath of his son's death (see Around the Muslim World with CCN below for the full story). He also talked about the much maligned traditional, "old-fashioned" communities, who were, in his opinion, often by nature among the more tolerant of groups of people and that "terrorism and fundamentalism were modern mid-twentieth century concepts responding to modern anxieties". Prof Barton concluded his address with an overview of the Fethullah Gulen movement and the role that ordinary people were able to play though individual activism as their contribution to transforming society through education, the building of schools and inter-faith dialogue.


The QIS annual "Building Bridges" award, acknowledging individuals and/or organizations that have contributed their time, energy, leadership, and dedication to the cause of intercultural dialogue, peace, tolerance, community service and understanding, was presented to Mr. David Forde, independent candidate for the seat of Stretton, and Ms Galila Abdelsam, director of the Islamic Women's Association of Queensland for their tireless and committed efforts in engaging and interacting with the different communities and in serving the needs of the Muslim community respectively.


The evening concluded with presentations of certificates of appreciation by Minster for Transport, Ms Annastacia Palaszczuk, to the many sponsors of the dinner.   


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Youth Empowerment Against Radicalisation (YEAR)

ICQ Media Release

The Islamic Council of Queensland Inc (ICQ) will start a series of workshops starting on September 14 aimed at countering the radicalisation of Muslim youth.

An introductory workshop geared towards community leaders will be held at the Islamic College of Brisbane, 45 Acacia Rd, Karawatha, on September 14, from 6.30pm.

These workshops will be jointly funded by the ICQ and the Attorney-General’s Community Resilience Building Program.


All interested parties are welcome to register their interest in the dinner-included event which has been organised to introduce the rationale behind the workshops to different cultural community leaders.

ICQ believes that Islamic militants and radicals hide amongst the Muslim community. While open debate has raged in the media about Islamic militancy, the Islamic community has generally shunned this debate. It is time the community had this debate and openly. Community leaders have been cautious in openly condemning militancy and extremism of any sort in Islam for fear of personal reprisals.


While the wider Muslim community has erroneously hoped that the problem of radicalisation would die a natural death by not directly confronting it as an issue directly involving the Muslim community, terrorist elements have made serious inroads into the youth via web based media.


YEAR hopes to change the passive resistance of the Muslim communities to one of proactive involvement and empowerment of the youth to be able to say no to radicalisation without fear of repercussions knowing that the State and the community is behind them in fighting religious intolerance and radicalisation. While Queensland has been relatively untouched by the same levels of radicalisation seen in NSW and Victoria, ICQ sincerely believes that prevention is better than cure.

ICQ encourages leaders of all different Islamic cultural groups to participate in the inaugural event on September 14.


Anyone wishing to attend is requested to contact ICQ before September 12 to allow for catering.

The co-ordinator for the series of workshops, ICQ President, Mohammed Yusuf, said the workshops would encourage Muslims to be able to live as constructive and peaceful Australian citizens as is expected by the ethos of Islam.

“The Prophet of Islam was a mercy to mankind. His entire life was dedicated to bringing about peace amongst warring communities for the greater good,” Mr Yusuf said

“The key message ICQ wants to get out to our community, specially the youth, is that they will be fully supported in their endeavors to resist the approaches of radical groups and gangs. Our objective is to make our participants aware of how they can identify ways through which the radicalization process takes place and what they as individual law abiding Australian citizens and residents can do to say no to such processes” he said.

During the workshop ICQ will have prominent Australians, both from the Islamic community and the non-Islamic communities, to speak to participants about a range of issues, including the process of radicalization, the support available to those who may feel disenfranchised, and the need to make Australia truly a home and refuge from the atrocities around the globe.

The general objectives of the workshops will be to:
• to identify young people at risk of radicalisation, provide them with support and create opportunities for early intervention;
• address issues of identity, sense of belonging and cultural isolation, which can be factors leading to violent extremism;
• challenge extremist messages and ideologies, including those perpetuated online, and provide avenues for the non-violent expression of views and encourage participation in our democratic society, and;
• change passive resistance to radicalisation in the Muslim community to proactive involvement and empowerment for youth to be able to say no without fear of repercussions knowing that the State is behind them in fighting religious intolerance and radicalisation.

For further information please contact the Project Officer, Yunus Rashid, mob 0402023550 or email yunusrashid@hotmail.com.

Coming Up on Q&A


Visiting American conservative commentator, Daniel Pipes

Muslim Australian author and human rights advocate, Hanifa Deen

Whistleblower academic and Wikileaks author, Suelette Dreyfus

Liberal Party “king maker”, Nick Minchin

Labor senator, Doug Cameron

So, what's your question?

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


Brisbane’s Most Awarded Asian Restaurant over 22 years... Won Master Chef Award!


Michael’s Oriental recently won the “Top Gong” in the Australian Culinary Federation Brisbane Salon Culinaire ( Modern Asian Challenge ) cooking competition. For the past 22 years, Michael’s Oriental has won more than 20 Awards including the prestigious Australian Golden Plate Award, presented by the Governor of Australia in Sydney.

“We have one of the best team of chefs, Chef Leo Lou has over 35 years of experience and has been in charge of preparing Traditional 12 courses Wedding Feast for up to 1,000 people in Malaysia & Singapore and all our food are Halal ” Michael Nee (pictured second left) said.


Chef Leo Lou and his team have already won 5 times in the cooking competition in Malaysia and Singapore and this is his third award in Australia. “I am very proud and honoured to work in the biggest and Best Asian Restaurant and Function Centre in Brisbane”, said Chef Leo Lou.


Michael Nee told CCN, “It doesn’t matter how long we have been operating or how many awards we have won, we are still only as good as our last meal and we still have only one chance of getting it right first time, that is how we survive for over 22 years!”

AIF’S robust response in Somalia...


In what has been labelled the worst drought in 60 years, the recent drought in the Horn of Africa has led to the emergence of a tragic humanitarian situation.


The lack of rain in the region, 80 percent less than in normal situations, has led to the failure of existing agriculture which has thus resulted in severe food and water shortages.


The death of about 60 percent of the livestock, which represents the second source of livelihood for people in The Horn of Africa, has also exacerbated the problem.


Increasing food prices have led to many farmers and herders not being able to purchase food for their sustenance.


The only clouds that these people see are clouds of dust and the only storms that they experience are storms of sand.


The failure of the international community in finding a long lasting solution to the political problems in Somalia has also exuberated an already desperate situation.



Al Imdaad Reports




A Compassionate Ramadhan: AMARAH’s community meal with our less fortunate friends

By Nora Amath

Local Brisbane Muslim community group, AMARAH, hosted its annual community meal for the disadvantaged and homeless at St Andrew's Anglican Church on Friday evening.


Three years ago, a small group of AMARAH volunteers hosted their first “iftar”/community meal for the homeless, mentally ill, and those living in desperate situations, financially and physically.


The experience had such a profound impact on the volunteers that it has become a much anticipated annual AMARAH event.

Last Friday nught the AMARAH team, including a large group of over 30 eager volunteers (with quite a number of new faces), once again hosted and served the community meal at St Andrew’s Anglican Church to over 70 of the less fortunate members in our community.

It was an enjoyable night for all- those who came hungry and tired left with full bellies and smiles. Indeed, quite a number of people told the AMARAH volunteers that the meal served that night was one of the best meals they have had in a long time. Thanks to the generosity of a number of donors, there was a bit of food left over, allowing some to take it back with them to share with others who could not make it to the Church that night.

Volunteers were also encouraged to sit down and share a meal with those in attendance; this is an important part of the community meal where conversations are exchanged, stories shared and new connections are formed. Even children of the volunteers made new friends

For the AMARAH team and their volunteers, it was a once again a very humbling experience- those who participated were thankful for the opportunity to make a little bit of difference to some people’s lives. This simple act of sharing a meal and exchanging stories with those less fortunate in our community truly exemplified the compassionate spirit of this blessed month.

AMARAH would like to thank the generous donors, the cooks, the serving and cleaning team for making this night happen. And a big thanks to *Dave Andrews and his friends at St Andrew’s Anglican Church for allowing us the space and opportunity to host this dinner once again.

AMARAH is hoping to make this a regular event. For notification of the event, join us on facebook (AMARAH) or send an email to info@amarah.org.

*Dave Andrews is a close friend of AMARAH and is a devout Christian. Dave normally fasts every Ramadhan in solidarity with his Muslim friends.


(Photos supplied by Junaid Ally)

Australian Muslim Achievement Awards


Nominations for the Australian Muslim Achievement Awards are now being accepted in the following categories:


  Woman of The Year

  Man of The Year
  Youth of The Year (Ages 16 - 26)

  Sportsperson of The Year
  Role Model of The Year

  Professional of The Year
  Event of The Year Media

  Outlet of The Year
  Business of The Year

  Creative Artist of The Year
  Researcher/Academic of The Year

  Volunteer of The Year
  Community Organisation of The Year
  Best New Community Initiative / Project of The Year
  The Abyssinian Award - awarded to an Australian Non-Muslim who has made both a significant and positive contribution towards the Australian Muslim Community.

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From the AIIC Desk.....



Iftar is one of the religious observances of Ramadan and is often done as a community, with people gathering to break their fast.

Australian International Islamic College held its annual Iftar Dinner on Friday, 12 August 2011 in the new Multi-Purpose Hall at the Durack Campus. Tables and chairs were laid out to cater for about 600 people. A short program was held with a welcome by the college principal, Dr Ray Barrett, followed by Quranic Recitations, Talks and the Dua by the College Imams.

A variety of savouries and fruit was laid out for Iftar. Dinner was served after Maghrib Salah. With the reading of Taraweeh Prayers on everyone's mind, the meals were served timeously with the help of teachers and volunteers. The event was well attended by parents, students, teachers and members of the community.

The atmosphere of togetherness, sharing and generosity was clearly evident. Thank you to each and every person who was responsible for such a successful evening. May Allah (SWT) reward you all for your efforts.



Hoodlums who happen to be Muslim have no respect for Islam


Fed up: Randa Abdel-Fattah is a lawyer, author and human rights activist.

Source: The Daily Telegraph 

THE recent case of the Muslim men accused of lashing another Muslim in his home is still to be decided by the courts but early reports suggest that Islam was once again hijacked and used as justification for criminal behaviour.

As lawyers and as Muslims, we find it reprehensible when Islamic jurisprudence is appropriated by backyard thugs whose actions show an utter contempt and arrogant disdain for the ethical, moral and reasonable principles that underlie Islamic theology.

The majority of Muslims are fed up with a minority who are content to manufacture ugly interpretations of Islam, which are far removed from the compassionate and just jurisprudential legacy we have inherited.


Unfortunately, we live in a society where very few people make a distinction between the teachings of a faith and the myriad interpretations and distortions such teachings can produce.

We are also fed up with the media highlighting every criminal or stupid act by somebody who happens to be Muslim.


There are more than 300,000 Muslims in Australia and while the vast majority are law-abiding, they stand accused alongside every Muslim who has a run-in with the law.


The media attention is disproportionate, leaving the grossly unfair impression that the majority of Muslims are on the wrong side of the law.

Mariam Veiszadeh is a lawyer and Muslim community advocate. 

The Muslim community is as diverse and eclectic as any community which broadly falls under a religious category and individual actions should not be extrapolated to a judgment about an entire faith community.

For every outrageous false claim made by a Muslim in the name of Islam, whether to justify misogyny, brutality or ideological divisions, there are countless Muslims - lay people, scholars, academics, community workers, activists, professionals, students - countering such ugliness.

We are not here to defend badly behaved Muslims. To such Muslims we say you should be held to account if necessary.

As Muslim women, as lawyers, as Australians, we have this message: there is no fundamental or intrinsic incompatibility between Islam and democracy.

We also say this: fears about the criminal code of sharia having a place in Australia are generated by sensationalist scaremongering.


The criminal code is barely implemented in Muslim majority countries so any such debate is a moot point.


That some might seek to justify their behaviour on the basis of sharia does not mean their actions are a true reflection of sharia law or that sharia law is coming to Australia.


To be a good Muslim and a good Australian are one and the same thing.


A life devoted to Islam's ethical and moral principles means a person will strive to have integrity, be law-abiding and embrace civic responsibilities.

Let us name criminal behaviour for what it is and not grace it with any religious labels.

Randa Abdel-Fattah and Mariam Veiszadeh are both lawyers working in Sydney and devout Muslims


Source: The Telegraph

Volunteer Application Form Romero Centre 


Ms Faiza El-Higzi, manager of the Romero Centre is seeking Expressions of Interest from members of the community who want to volunteer their time to assist in accompanying families and groups from immigration detention on excursions and outings.

In a move to improve the welfare of people in immigration detention, the Department of Immigration and Citizenship, has agreed to run a 3 month pilot program with the Romero Centre called the Directed Persons Program (DPP). The program will aim to engage volunteers to take people who are currently in the Brisbane Immigration Transit Accommodation (BITA) detention centre in Pinkenbah – Brisbane - on excursions.

Excursions are likely to be to libraries, shopping centres and such places to give the people an idea about Australian life and for them to engage in social activities and community events

The Romero Centre is looking for people who can make a minimum commitment of one day (morning or afternoon) per month and maximum of six days over that same period either over a weekday or a weekend for a three month period depending on your availability.

The following people are being sought:

• communicate cross culturally confidently
• follow direction and procedures accurately
• be reliable with time management
• sign a confidentiality agreement and enact appropriately
• submit to a police check

If you have what it takes to be part of this important pilot that is run in collaboration with Department of Immigration and Citizenship then please fill in the volunteer application form, and send it either by email or post. Mark your application DPP.

If you need more information or wish to discuss call Kerrie Manning on 07 30103 0100

Mosques a selling point


PROPERTY expert Terry Ryder is known for rubbing people up the wrong way with his no-holds barred view of the market.  


But the report he released late last week fired off a few shots at some new targets on the Gold Coast. 


In the chapter titled "misconceptions", Mr Ryder wrote a page bagging residents in Worongary who opposed construction of a Muslim mosque. Focusing in on their claim about how the Islamic Worship Centre would "slash property prices",


Mr Ryder said he had failed to find any evidence to back that up.

The figures that exist suggest the opposite," he said. "Lakemba in Sydney, for example, has healthy capital growth rates despite having the massive Ali Bin Abi Taleb Mosque (pictured) in its midst."

Mr Ryder said agents frequently used the mosque as a selling point.



Source: Gold Coast Bulletin, Monday 15/8/2011

Makkah Live



Muslim Scientists and Scholars


Muslim civilisation stretched from southern Spain as far as China. From the 7th century onwards, scholars of many faiths built on the ancient knowledge of the Egyptians, Greeks and Romans, making breakthroughs that paved the way for the Renaissance.


Muslim scientists and scholars have contributed immensely to human knowledge especially in the period between 8th and 14th century CE. The discoveries made by men and women in Muslim civilisation have left their mark on the way we live today.


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


CCN attempts to uncover those men and women who have had a huge but hidden impact on the modern world. This is 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:


Abū al-Rayḥān Muḥammad ibn Aḥmad al-Bīrūnī (973-1048 C.E.) 

An imaginary rendition of Al Biruni on a 1973 Afghan post stamp

Abū al-Rayḥān Muḥammad ibn Aḥmad al-Bīrūnī born Kath, Khwarezm and known as Alberonius in Latin and Al-Biruni in English, was an ethnic Iranian-Chorasmian Muslim scholar and polymath of the 11th century.

He is considered as one of the greatest scholars of the medieval Islamic era and was well versed in mathematics, astronomy, physical and natural sciences, and also distinguished himself as a geographer, historian, chronologist and linguist.


He was a scientist and physicist, an anthropologist and comparative sociologist, an astronomer and chemist, a critic of alchemy and astrology, an encyclopedist and historian, a geographer and traveler, a geodesist and geologist, a mathematician, a pharmacist and psychologist, an Islamic philosopher and theologian, scholar and teacher.

An illustration from al-Biruni's astronomical works, explains the different phases of the moon.

He was the first Muslim scholar to study India and the Brahminical tradition, and has been described as the founder of Indology, the father of geodesy, and "the first anthropologist".He is also considered as impartial writer on custom and creeds of various nations and was given the title al-Ustdadh ("The Master").

According to Francis Robinson, Al-Biruni earned the "founder of Indology" and "first anthropologist" titles for his remarkable description of early 11th-century India.

Most of the works of Al-Biruni are in Arabic although he wrote one of his masterpieces, the Kitab al-Tafhim apparently in both Persian and Arabic, showing his mastery over both languages.

A statue of Biruni adorns the southwest entrance of Laleh Park in Tehran, Iran


His extant works include The critical study of what India says, whether accepted by reason or refused also known as the Indica - a compendium of India's religion and philosophy and The Book of Instruction in the Elements of the Art of Astrology (Kitab al-tafhim li-awa’il sina‘at al-tanjim).


The crater Al-Biruni on the Moon is named after him. Tashkent Technical University (formerly Tashkent Polytechnic Institute) is also named after Abu Rayhan al-Biruni and a university in Kapisa, Afghanistan is also named after him.


Wikipedia Source: Abū Rayḥān al-Bīrūnī

Around the Muslim World with CCN


Legacy of a society that believes in nothing

UK: Raw with grief, in a voice steady but tight with emotion, his appeal for calm on Wednesday was a beacon of hope amid the tumult and carnage of a horribly dark week for Britain.

Faith: Tariq Jahan is embraced by members of his community after Friday prayers at the Dudley Road mosque in Birmingham

Hours before he spoke, Tariq Jahan had lost his 21-year-old son Haroon, murdered in the Winson Green area of Birmingham by thugs who drove at him in their car in what appears to have been a racist attack.

No one could be more aware of the simmering racial tensions between Asians in his neighbourhood and those of Caribbean ancestry.

Yet Mr Jahan had the dignity, the compassion and the common sense to demand an end to the violence that had shattered his life. ‘Blacks, Asians, whites — we all live in the same community,’ he said. ‘Why do we have to kill one another? Why are we doing this? Step forward if you want to lose your sons. Otherwise, calm down and go home — please.’

There was no mention of feral rats or of the sickness in our society. There were no calls for revenge. If he had screamed for retribution, if he had chosen the emotional occasion of his son’s death to denounce whole swathes of the community, there could easily have been an unspeakable outbreak of racial violence.

Instead, Mr Jahan made an open and straightforward declaration of his faith. ‘I’m a Muslim. I believe in divine fate and destiny, and it was his destiny and his fate, and now he’s gone,’ he said. ‘And may Allah forgive him and bless him.’

It was a solemn, peaceful message that will make everyone who stereotypes Muslims as terrorists and fanatics feel ashamed of themselves. Tariq Jahan is a deeply impressive man, and like the great majority of Muslims in this country, he is hard-working, clean-living, guided in his conduct by religious belief, and unshakeable in his devotion to the ideal of family life.

Father: Tariq Jahan holds a picture of his son Haroon as a schoolboy 

In London at the height of the riots, we saw another clear expression of faith when more than 700 Sikhs lined up to defend their temples from potential arsonists in the suburb of Southall to the west of the capital. The Sikhs have a proud tradition of valuing each human being, male and female, as equal in God’s eyes. Theirs is a religion in which family is paramount.

We do not know the size of the bank balance of those Sikhs, any more than we know how wealthy are the Muslims of Winson Green. From looking at the streets and houses where they live, and the shops where they buy their food, it is safe to assume that they are not rich.

It is probable, too, that their teenagers would like to have large-screen televisions and fashionable trainers and BlackBerries.

But you can pretty well guarantee they would not have been among the looters.

Instilled into them would have been the importance of working hard for money to buy these things, rather than hurling a brick through a shop window to help themselves.

Paramount among their moral values would be concern for others, a sense of altruism that could not be more different from the sense of self-entitlement that been so grotesquely on display this week. The reason for this is that they are from religious families.

All the main religions are unshakeable when it comes to self-evident truths about right and wrong; about stealing, harming others, coveting goods, instant gratification and so on.

‘Two things fill the mind with ever new and increasing wonder and awe, the more often and the more seriously reflection concentrates upon them: the starry heaven above me and the moral law within me’.

So wrote the greatest philosopher of the 18th-century, Immanuel Kant, in 1788 in his work of moral philosophy, the Critique of Practical Reason.

It was in 1991 — and the memory is still vivid — that I interviewed Immanuel Jakobovits on his retirement as Chief Rabbi in Britain, and he told me that it was on the basis of Kant’s quotation that his father had named him Immanuel.

During that interview, Rabbi Jakobovits — who died in Israel in 1999 and was said to have been Margaret Thatcher’s favourite clergyman — stressed the absolute centrality of family life to our learning the paths of virtue.

His parting message as he retired, not only to the Jewish community but also to the British people, was that marriage and family life need to be learned; that if necessary we should have classes for young people, teaching them the importance of family life, of how to bring up children, how to discipline them kindly but firmly, and how to instil the sense of that moral law within.

Without that sense, human life falls into absolute chaos, anarchy, and unpleasantness. Yet in our secular age — an age in which, tragically, the Church of England appears to do little more than wring its hands as congregation numbers plummet — this moral bedrock is being steadily eroded.

Today, we live in a society where religion is something for which apologies must be made.

A Christian woman working for British Airways who wears a cross round her neck is asked to remove it for fear of offending other people. A nurse who prays with a patient in hospital is committing an almost criminal act. Catholic adoption agencies which disapprove of gay adoptive parents on religious grounds have their licences taken away.

And all the while, our governing classes and academics and teachers chip away at the fundamental truths of the great religions — truths that have stood the test of time for thousands of years — in their arrogant certainty that there are no moral absolutes and that the human race can make up the rules as it goes along.

At the nuttier fringes of the chattering classes there are those, like the geneticist Richard Dawkins and the journalist Christopher Hitchens, who actually believe that religion is a mental poison responsible for all the evils in the world.

The misguided and vacuous thinking of these so-called intellectuals is compounded by a sordid celebrity-culture which holds up role models who should be despised rather than admired.

Amy Winehouse, a pathetic drug-infused alcoholic girl of very modest talent, is held up as great diva; and when she died, her house was surrounded by fans, laying empty vodka bottles as a ‘tribute’.

Jade Goody, the foul-mouthed, racist daughter of a pimp and drug-pusher who died of a heroin overdose in the lavatory of a Kentucky Fried Chicken, appears on Big Brother and becomes a heroine despite — or because of — her ignorance and tendency to strip off in front of the cameras.

Fornicating footballers, who swagger through public lives dripping with gold and jewellery, parading the vulgar acquisitions of their vast wealth — whether it is fleets of fast cars or call girls, are venerated by generations who have never so much as heard of the very real heroes of history.

In the absence of a moral law, we see a decline in standards in all walks of life. Bankers continue to fill their boots even after they have brought the country to the brink of bankruptcy; politicians fiddle expenses and see no reason to resign when they have committed wrongdoings; town hall fat cats pay themselves ever greater salaries as Britain slips further into debt.

By contrast, every day, Muslim men like Tariq Jahan go to the mosque and fall prostrate before the mystery which Immanuel Kant knew lay at the heart of existence.

The Sikhs likewise build temples because they feel awe at the starry heavens above them and the moral laws within their hearts — laws which all men, women and children can recognise when they reflect deeply and in silence.

The catalogue of the great men and women in the past hundred or so years — from Leo Tolstoy in Russia, to Mahatma Gandhi in India, from the Lutheran student Sophie Scholl executed by guillotine aged 22 for her part in a resistance movement to Hitler, to Archbishop Tutu presiding over the peaceful Truth and Reconciliation committees in South Africa — has been the same.

All these people have held fast to values which they believed ultimately to be eternal and God-given.

Go back 100 years to Winson Green, to Southall, and to Wolverhampton, and to all the other scenes of urban violence scarred by horror in the last week.


Soldiers Friends: From left, Haroon Jahan, Shazad Ali and Abdul Musavir who died they were mowed down by a car while protecting their community from looters 

The years before and after World War I were marked, for the people who lived in these places, by very great economic hardship.

The poverty endured by the inhabitants of Liverpool, Manchester and Birmingham and the poor parts of London led to great programmes of political and social reform.

But the crime rate among the people themselves was much, much lower than it is today. All sorts of reasons have been adduced for this. But there is surely a very simple one that towers over all the others.

In each of these places, there were chapels, often Methodist, which kept alive the human capacity for awe at the starry heavens above and the moral law within.

Not everyone attended the services, though thousands did. Nearly everyone, however, in these communities, whether church or chapel, subscribed to the idea that Good and Evil are given things, not human inventions.

The Jewish religion of Lord Jakobovits told the story of the Law of God being written in stone on the mountain-side of Sinai, and delivered to Moses. Some people choose to believe this happened literally as an historical event.

In a memorable episode of Radio 4’s The Moral Maze, over 20 years ago, historian David Starkey (an atheist) ribbed Rabbi Hugo Gryn about this.

The Rabbi took the teasing in good part of course, but as someone who as a child had been interned in Auschwitz, he knew what a society could be like if it embraced the motto of Milton’s Satan, ‘Evil be thou my Good’.

He knew that whatever the historical truth about the Sinai story in the Book of Exodus, there was an absolute truth in the words Thou Shalt Do No Murder, Thou Shall Not Steal, and Honour thy Father and thy Mother. He’d lived in a country ruled over by a satanic Nazi dictator who thought you could disregard moral truth.

I suspect that when time passes and we look back on this week, it is the religious sincerity of Tariq Jahan that we shall remember. All of us — Muslims, Sikhs, Jews, Hindus, Christians — have a rich religious inheritance.

At the core of this inheritance is a sense of right and wrong. And in all these religions, the school where we learn of right and wrong is the family. Muslims, Jews, Sikhs and Hindus have all, very noticeably, retained this twin strand of family structure and ethical teaching.

Faith in Christianity itself began to unravel long ago, and the majority of those whose forebears were Christian are now completely secular. They would not even recognise simple Bible stories.

The events of the past week have shown the enormous value of a living religious faith.

Not only was Tariq Jahan more impressive than any of the commentators or politicians who spouted on the airwaves this week. He was more human.

By his religious response to his son’s death, he humanised not only the dreadful and immediate tragedy. He showed us that without a religion we are all less than human.


Source: Mail Online


A reader's response to the above article:
"This article has just moved me to tears. I will never tarnish all Muslims with the same brush again. I feel so ashamed that I have done so in the past. God Bless all those decent, God fearing folk. I am humbled."

- LF, London, 13/8/2011 10:30

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We have officially launched our FREE community SMS service, sponsored by the Jamiatul Ulama WA and Al-Imdaad Foundation (Australia).

Many of us live in isolated areas and with the aid and use of technology we hope we will be able to keep our communities informed of various Islamic activities.

We also hope to have a weekly hadeeth, jumu'ah message etc

This SMS service is Australia wide. So feel free to share with your family and friends

Organizations wishing to use this service should contact me.

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Dear Editor

I would like to draw your attention to an error in last week's CCN crossword No.1. the expected answer was Ali, but the clue should have read "Prophet Mohammed's cousin", and not nephew.





[Editor] We stand corrected. Thank you for drawing our attention to the error.

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GETTING THE BEST OUT OF HAJJ - Abu Maneer Ismail Davids

Fascinating 3 part lecture not to be missed.

Experienced Hajji and Author of "Getting The Best Out Of Hajj".  

Abu Maneer Ismail David explains everything you will experience on Hajj accompanied by a high resolution slide show.

Filmed at Kuraby Mosque last Sunday.



VERSES OF RAMADAN - Sheikh Abu Ahmed Ghazali

Sheikh Ghazali speaks to the youth on related issues in a heartfelt talk.





International guest speaker from South Africa visiting Darra Mosque.










See the Salam Card Special Offers:


Op-Ed by Safet Avdich (for Bosnian Readers) Op-Ed




Latest issue

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


Would you like to see the cover of your favourite book on our book shelves below?

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


Double click a book cover to find out what others think of the book

The CCN Bookshelf

CCN has set up an online Book Club at Shelfari to connect with CCN book readers at:


Using the book club you can see what books fellow CCN readers have on their shelves, what they are reading and even what they, and others, think of them.

The CCN Readers' Book Clu


KB's Culinary Corner


KB says: This is a delicious treat especially in winter when you want to enjoy something sweet and warm for Iftaar. The smell of this sweet-and-spice comfort dish is guaranteed to make South Africans pine for home. It is also ideal for left-over pumpkin.






• 2 cups cooked pumpkin
• 2 eggs, lightly beaten
• ¼ cup sugar
• ¼ tsp salt
• ¼ tsp cinnamon
• 2 cups self-raising flour
• oil for frying
• cinnamon sugar as required


1. Beat pumpkin, eggs and sugar
2. Add salt, cinnamon and fold in flour
3. Mix lightly
4. Heat oil and drop a teaspoonful of the batter into the oil. Fry until it has puffed and golden brown on each side.
5. Drain on absorbent paper

Roll in cinnamon sugar and serve warm.


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, last week you touched on strengthening core muscles to alleviate back pain.
Any other reasons why we should have strong core muscles?

A: Your core fitness needs to be a part of your everyday exercise program because:

1. Daily tasks. Doing resistance exercises keeps muscles strong and helps prevent mundane, everyday
activities becoming painful or difficult.

2. At work. Sitting at your desk for hours calls on your core. Take breaks often to prevent muscles
becoming stiff and sore.

3. Mind your back. Low back pain may be prevented by exercises that make core muscles more resilient and well-balanced.

4. Sports. Running, swimming, cycling, golf, and tennis – all require you to have a strong core to perform well.

5. Good posture. Strengthening your core will stop slouching and lessen wear and tear on the spine.






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




Doctor Mula Nasruddin: You'll live to be 60.

Patient Jallalludin: I AM 60.

Doctor Mula Nasruddin: See! What did I tell you?


When I woke up this morning I asked myself, "what is life about?"

I found the answer in my room.


....the fan said, "Be cool."


The roof said, "Aim high."


The window said, "See the world."


The clock said, "Every minute is precious."


The mirror said, "Reflect before you act."


The calendar said, "Be up to date."


The door said, "Push hard for your goals."


The floor said, "Kneel down and pray" 

Notice Board


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Events and Functions



Download the details


Closing date for entries:

EXTENDED TO 30 September 2011

Eidfest 2011

pdf version


Spring Ball


This year we're also running & walking for the

Somalian and Horn of Africa Famine Appeal









Click the button below for all the details

Sunday, 25 September 2011, 9am, Orleigh Park, WEST END





Amnesty Human Rights Conference





International Food Festival

Gold Coast

6 May 2012



Islamic Programmes, Education & Services


Islamic Council of Qld (ICQ)

 Eid Program

Islamic College of Brisbane, KARAWATHA

AIIC Eid Program

Blunder Road, DURACK

UMB Eid Program

Svoboda Park, KURABY

Place your Eid Programme here

email ccn@crescentsofbrisbane.org

Horn of Africa Appeal



Community SMS Service

Course for New Muslims


Muslim Revert Network

Ramadan Knights



Training Course

MCF Fitrah


Net-Gen Community Ambassadors

for young muslims

Applications close

5th August 2011

Hajj with Sheikh Aslam

Islam Connect

iPhone/iPad App

Study Islamic Finance


Al-Imdaad Foundation


Sisters House

Accommodation Register

Qari's Classes

Quran Tutoring

beginners to advanced

Quran  & Tajweed Classes

Hostel Accommodation

for Muslim Students

Alkauthar Institute


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

Hajj with Sheikh Aslam

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.

Girls Game Night

Inspiration talk, pizza, BBQ, fun and games

Topics that are relevant, Iman-boosting and mind-capturing.

Where: AMYN Islamic Youth Centre, 16/157 North Rd, Woodridge
When: Every Sat, after Maghrib

Info: www.AMYNweb.com
Everyone is invited

The La Trobe University is offering a

Muslim Leadership Training Programme

and the details are available here.

AIIC Enrolments

Now Open



Businesses and Services

The CCN August Business of the Month


(Every month CCN showcases a business here)




Mio Cupcakes are now taking orders for Eid 2011

We are running a special promotion this year.

A Gift Box of 6 Couture Cupcakes for $22


This offer is available if you place your orders before Aug 23rd !! A perfect gift or a delicious treat to share with family and friends/ Please note: Your order may be collected the day before Eid or Eid morning before 11am


Sumayya- Sumi.01@hotmail.com

0413 30 7761

Yasmeen- meeny01@hotmail.com

0421 35 1438


PappaRoti Warrigal Square will be running a Ramadan promotion in conjunction with the holy month of Ramadan from August 1st. We will be offering the Ramadan Combo Specials which is a crispy bun with a Malaysian specialty from $4.99.
Please take this opportunity to break fast with the Ramadan Combo Specials.



Indian & Pakistan






Enni Meeni Myni Moh


Brochure 1

Brochure 3

Brochure 2


Nandos Mt Gravatt

Inwear Fashions



pdf version

Flight Star
Haj Packages

Bollywood Boutique




Eid Specials

OurWorld Travel

Haj Packages

Computers, laptops, bags, accessories, digital cameras, monitors, notebooks, printers, toners/cartridges, software and much much more. All the best brands at the lowest possible prices. Visit us today www.efxshop.com.au

Islamic Couture

Biltong in Brisbane


AK Surtie


Brisbane Diagnostics


Hummy's Automotive

Prop: Mohammed Shabbir

Love ur Body

Lunch Bag


Handyman Services

Carpet Lifesavers

Hussana Australia

Halal Body Care range


Kuraby Seafood Takeaway




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

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

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

Healthy Life


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

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.


Junaid Ally Properties







Samoosa Pastry


Nazima Hansa

your one-stop real estate shop

The CCN Date Claimer


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

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





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28 August



Lailatul Qadr

30 August



End of Ramadhan

31 August




3 September



Mt Gravatt Showgrounds

0418 722 353

All day

10 September


Halaal Stall - Warrigala 2011

Aneesa Kathrada

Warrigal Rd State School

0410 705 743

10am to 4pm

25 September



Orleigh Park, West End

0402 026 786


15 October


Spring Ball

Michael's Oriental Restaurant

0433 182 520


7 November




11 or 12 November


Dreamworld 2011


0418 722 353


27 November



Islamic New Year

6 December



Day of Ashura

6 May 2012


International Food Festival

Islamic Society of Gold Coast

Gold Coast Mosque



All Day




what's happening at your Mosque or organization during Ramadan


What's on



Every Saturday Night After Tarahweeh


Al-Mustapha Institute of Brisbane
39 Bushmills Court, Hillcrest

3809 4600

0432 712 546


7:00 Azaan
7:10 Isha followed by Tarahweeh

Al-Mustapha Institute of Brisbane
39 Bushmills Court, Hillcrest

3809 4600

0432 712 546


AZAAN - 7:10 PM
JAMAAT - 7:20 PM

Algester Mosque


Saturday nights

after Taraweeh


Saturday night BBQ

Algester Mosque



Daily Taraweh Prayers

Islamic College of Brisbane

45 Acacia Rd, Karawatha

0421 342 108


Taraweeh Prayers

Esha starts at 7.15pm

and taraweeh at 7.30pm

AMYN Centre

16/157 North Road,




AMYN Centre

16/157 North Road,



13 August

Youth Spiritual Night

Brothers and sisters welcome

Kuraby Mosque



THURSDAYS Magrib Salah with Jamat followed by Dua Kumail and Ziarat e Imam Hussain (A.S)

FRIDAYS Jummah Salah Inshallah at 12:30 PM sharp

Kuraby Husainia.
1408 Beenleigh Road, Kuraby
(Beside Kuraby Railway Station)






Muslim Events Forum (MEF)


Need help in planning or promoting an event or function?


Meeting Dates:

4th Wednesday of the month (next meeting 28 September)


IWAQ.Offices, 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



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Useful Links


Sunnah Inspirations

Providing information about Islam - its beliefs, culture, practices, dispelling misconceptions

Kuraby Mosque

Holland Park Mosque


Provide young Muslim women in Queensland with support and opportunities to express themselves

MUSLIMS AUSTRALIA / 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.icb.qld.edu.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

Muslim Directory Australia

Carers Queensland

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

Brisbane Muslim Burial Society (BMBS)

Muslim Charitable Foundation (MCF)

Coordinated 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 (ICQ)  

Umbrella body representing various Mosques and Societies in Queensland

Current list of businesses certified halal by ICQ  7 August 2011

Islamic Friendship Association of Australia

Blog of the Association's activities

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 & 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

Muslim Reverts Network

Supporting new Muslims

Muslim Funeral Services (MFS)

 Funeral Directors & Funeral Fund Managers for the Brisbane and Gold Coast communities

Islamic Society of Bald Hills (ISBH)

Tafseers and Jumma Khubahs uploaded every week.

Muslim community & Qld floods

How the community helped out during the 2010 QLD floods

The CCN Young Muslim Writers Award


If you would like a link to your website email ccn@crescentsofbrisbane.org.

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