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Sunday, 28 August 2011

 Newsletter 0355





CCN wishes all our readers and their families and friends



Eid Prayer

Islamic Council of Qld (ICQ)

 Eid Program

Islamic College of Brisbane, KARAWATHA


AIIC Eid Program

Blunder Road, DURACK


UMB Eid Program

Svoboda Park, KURABY

Algester Mosque

 Get creative for a cause! Bake a cake!


So you want to help those suffering from the famine crisis engulfing the Horn of Africa and you don't know what to do?


Well you can get creative for this cause!


Simply bake a batch or two of your finest cup cakes and bring them over to the CRESCAFE stall at Eidfest on Saturday 3rd September. Or you can drop them off on the evening of Friday 2nd September at 16 Fairview Close, Kuraby.


If you have never made cupcakes before and would like to give it a go (and that includes our male readers as well!) then follow the simple recipe that CCN's resident chef KB has kindly provided for the occasion in this issue of CCN.


If you have any questions call Julie on 0417 786 220.


The profits from the CRESCAFE stall sales go toward the Horn of Africa Famine appeal.


And don't forget to stop by at the stall and enjoy a Nespresso and someone else's delicious cupcakes.


And while you are at it you can also meet the CresWalk organizing team at the CRESCAFE stall and register yourself and your family for CresWalk 2011.

Awards recognizes senior volunteers


The 2011 Premier's Awards for Queensland Seniors were presented to 15 nominees by the Queensland Premier Anna Bligh and Minister for Community Services and Housing and Minister for Women, Karen Struthers MP during the week in Parliament House.


Amongst the successful nominees (out of a list of 250 applications) was Ms Janeth Deen who was recognized for her contributions to the community.


The Queensland Government's website records Ms Deen's achievements:

Janeth is the President and founder of the Queensland Muslim Welfare Association of Queensland Inc, a non-profit organisation based in Woodridge.

Through the association, Janeth runs a welfare op-shop, collecting clothes and other goods from the Muslim community and selling or donating them to members of the local community of all faiths and cultural backgrounds.

Over the past four years, Janeth has helped countless families and individuals with clothes, crockery and furniture. She has also assisted many refugees with food, clothes and toys.

Janeth is the secretary of the Muslim Charitable Foundation, which raised thousands of dollars during the recent floods. She worked tirelessly throughout this period delivering food and offering solace at local recovery centres.

She is also the President of the Queensland Muslim Historical Society, and voluntarily tutors Chinese and Taiwanese students in English. On top of all this, Janeth baby-sits her daughter's triplets every week and tends to her mother who suffers from Alzheimer's.

Janeth has worked hard to foster multi-faith initiatives to promote understanding and peace between non-Muslims and Muslims. She is an exceptional and inspiring role model for the whole community.

Another of the 15 recipients of the award was Toowoomba retired Presbyterian Minister, Mr Rex Finedon for his work with the local Sudanese community. Rex has worked tirelessly to help many African people in Toowoomba obtain their driver's licence. This includes using his own car to train learner drivers, buying petrol and fixing his car at his own expense.

Rex has helped many young people with their English language skills, and helped others to secure jobs through his support and recommendations. He also encourages migrants to join different social networks, to help them connect with their new community.


Over the past 25 years, 500 seniors have received the Premier's award.


(left to right) Premier Anna Bligh, Ms Janeth Deen and Ms Karen Struthers MP

The 15 award recipients

Mr Rex Finedon and protégé

Master of ceremonies and TV news presenter, Bruce Paige

Coming Up on Q&A



This Monday, Q&A is broadcasting live from the Melbourne Writers Festival with:


Celebrated author, Kate Grenville The Secret River and Sarah Thornhill


Former speech writer for Paul Keating and biographer, Don Watson , Recollections of a Bleeding Heart


Outspoken Afghan activist and author, Malalai Joya , Raising my Voice


Author of Stasiland and All That I Am Anna Funder


Malaysian-Australian slam poet, Omar Musa


So, what's your question?


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


About the panelists



Malalai Joya

Her enemies call her a dead woman walking, and to date Malalai Joya has escaped four assassination attempts. Life as Afghanistan's most outspoken female MP is fraught with danger.

In 2003, at 25, Malalai made worldwide news when she publicly denounced the Taliban and corrupt warlords who she claims have emerged to take control of the country with American backing. In 2005, she was elected to the Afghan parliament, but two years later was banished for her fierce criticisms of corrupt elements in the Afghan government.

Since then, she’s lived semi-underground, touring the world speaking against the Taliban, corruption and misogyny in Afghanistan.

Often referred to as “the bravest woman in Afghanistan” she is a writer, feminist and anti-war activist . In 2010, she was named by Time as one of the 100 Most Influential People of the World.

Malalai was schooled as a refugee in Pakistan in the 1990s, in part at schools run by RAWA, the Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan. She was a teacher in underground schools in Afghanistan during the Taliban era and in Farah province, her home, she set up free clinics and an orphanage.

Malalai is opposed to all foreign troops in Afghanistan. She wants the U.S. and NATO troops to leave, immediately. “They should leave,” she says. “The future civil war will not be more dangerous than the current civil war.” She is bitterly opposed to the Taliban, but is equally opposed to those she calls “gangsters” who run the old Northern Alliance, and to President Karzai.

Malalai’s recent tour of the United States was disrupted when the State Department refused to grant her a visa. The decision was reversed after worldwide protests. Her first visit to Australia was in 2009, with her autobiographical book Raising My Voice. She returns this month and will appear at the Melbourne Writers Festival, promoting her new book, A Woman Among Warlords.



Omar Musa

Omar Musa is a Malaysian-Australian rapper and poet from Queanbeyan, near Canberra.

He has lived in London and California and spends most of his time on the road, performing and writing.

He has won numerous awards for poetry and music, including the Australian Poetry Slam in 2008 and the British Council's Realise Your Dream award in 2007.

In 2008 he recorded with the award winning British rapper Akala. The following year he released his first hip-hop record, The Massive EP to critical acclaim and published his first book of poetry, The Clocks.

He regularly features at writers festivals in Australia and overseas and has run creative workshops in remote Aboriginal communities.


Read more about the other panellists



Peter Gray drew international media attention when he threw his shoes at former Prime Minister, John Howard during Q&A last year.

The money raised from the sale of these shoes will be given through the Australian Red Cross to the International Committee for the Red Cross which has worked in Iraq since 1980.

Bid now to make your contribution to the work of the Red Cross in Iraq or find out the current highest bid. If you have any questions or want to make a donation, call the Red Cross on 1800 811 700.




Watch last week's Q&A (Islam, Israel and Insurgents) in which right-wing US political commentator Daniel Pipes continues his diatribe against all things Muslim, enjoy how Doug Cameron treats him with contempt and sympathize with Hanifa Deen as she battles with more than her fair share of audience questions:




AFIC in the eye of The Australian

WA school shows off science selection


CURIOUS minds conducted science experiments and questioned the reasoning behind scientific theories during Science Week at Al-Hidayah Islamic School in Bentley last August.

Each class in the primary school ran a science experiment and decorated the classrooms with scientific information as a part of National Science Week.

Experiments varied from exploring the chemicals in the air and learning about the laws of motion to the adaptation of plants and animals.

Principal Jamiel Pradhan said the students presented the experiments to their parents as well as students from nearby Bentley Primary School, who visited the school as a part of the Science Fair.

“We hope this helps build an interest in science, not only through the theory, but also through the hands-on activities,” he said. “And we are trying to expose them to explaining and analysing science to the public.” 


Photo Gallery


 6/7 Girls create bouncy balls from powder Pre-Primary students explain night and day 6/7 Boys demonstrate Inertia Year ones - Made by Allah or made by man Year ones - Made by Allah or made by man Interesting discoveries in local ecosystem 4/5 Girls show how magnets work Visiting students play with year 6/7 exhibits Microscopic bugs projected live onto screen 6/7 Boys show conservation of momentum Pre-Primary students grow their own seeds
Sr Norainee tries the 4/5 Girls static exhibit
6/7 girls demonstrate their volcano exhibit

Toys bring joy to refugee children


As we are coming to the end of Ramadhan, local Brisbane organisations, Muslim Charitable Foundation (MCF) and AMARAH joined forces once again to bring Eid joy to refugee families.


Over 100 refugees received zakatul fitr collected by MCF throughout the month, and over 70 children under the age of 18 received Eid presents (toys, sporting gear, board games, handbags and jewelry), kindly donated by AMARAH and their supporters.

The zakatul fitr and presents were personally delivered to the families by members of MCF and AMARAH. The families were much appreciative of the kind gesture and the children were so excited and happy at seeing the presents.


Inshallah, this venture will continue again next year.

Call for donations


The Welfare Shop of the Queensland Muslim Welfare Association has two families on their books who have finally found rental houses and are in urgent need of furniture and white goods.


One is a single mother with two children and the other is a newly arrived family with three small children and one expected in October. The husband has only a few hours of work weekly.

The goods required are:


a dining room and lounge suite in good condition
a refrigerator in good working order
a washing machine in good working order
rugs or small carpets
curtains - clean and in good condition.
two cots - one for each family
both families will need a lawn mower
a pram which will carry two children, one a new born and one one year of age

Contact Janeth Deen on 0435 086 796 if you can help

Are you up to the challenge?








Look out for The Voters Challenge sign at Eidfest on Saturday 3 September, answer a few questions and win an instant prize.


You can also enter your name into the draw to win an iPad2.


The winner of the iPad will be announced at Eidfest at the end of the day.


If you're not in it - you can't win it!


See you at the voter's booth!

Relief work in Pakistan continues in earnest


From her home in the Gold Coast Ms Zuleka Julu Latif  is helping with the relief work that is being overseen by Dr Rubina Gilani.


"The work will continue this year as there are still many without roofs over their heads and without basic necessities," Julu told CCN.

As many as 300 houses have been completed and blankets and food have been distributed with the funds collected in Queensland earlier this year.

If people would like to give their Zakaat or Sadqa or even donations to this relief fund call Julu on 0400142786 or Shamshad on 3345 4484.

You can also transfer donations directly to Zuleka Latif, CBA 064 117 676328. State your name and the type of contribution i.e. Zakaat or Sadqa or donation, purely for tracking purposes. All information will remain confidential. All funds will be processed immediately after Eid-u-Fitr.

Dr Rubina has also built a room in a village to serve as a classroom for the purpose of education for the children. If anyone is interested in supporting this education project, please feel free to contribute towards it, stating that it is for education.

Writers Award deadline extended


The closing date for entries for the inaugural CCN Young Muslim Writer Award has been extended from 31 August to midnight 30 September in order to give our budding young authors and poets a chance to recover from Ramadan.

CCN has already received a number of entries from around the country and this one-off extension will also give others, who may have only recently been made aware of the Award, to participate, insha’Allah.

There will be cash and other prizes for the winners and runners-up and a distinguished panel of authors, journalists and academics on the judging panel.

To submit an entry simply email it to submissions@crescentsofbrisbane.org along with the entry form. The submission guidelines and conditions of entry are detailed in the kit.

If you need any further information, email ccn@crescentsofbrisbane.org or call 0402 026 786.

We look forward to your involvement and participation in this initiative, insha’Allah.


Check out the Writers Award Facebook Page

All Blacks: Sonny Bill's Ramadan regime


All Black and Muslim convert Sonny Bill Williams is getting support from Australian boxing legend Anthony Mundine to help him through the month of fasting for Ramadan.

Williams converted to Islam two years ago. He is the first Muslim to wear the All Blacks jersey.

Mundine confirmed to the Sydney Morning Herald that the rugby star was following the rules of the Muslim holy month, which means he should not eat or drink water between sunrise and sunset during August.

New Zealand Academy of Sport nutritionist Dane Baker said he would be having a rough time keeping his energy levels up while fasting throughout the day.

"With someone who hasn't grown up Muslim, like Sonny Bill, it can be quite hard for their bodies to adapt to the fasting."

Mr Baker, who worked in Qatar with the national soccer team, said the rugby star would have a finely balanced diet to ensure he had enough energy throughout the day.

"It's really a science because it's all about what each individual's needs are ... with a player like Sonny Bill, I'd focus on getting as many carbs into him throughout the night as possible and also increase his fat intake for those extra calories," he said.

Mr Baker said one of the main concerns was the depleted fluid intake because strict followers were not allowed to drink during the day.

He also said it was difficult to cram in food before sunrise because it was usually a time for prayer, so after sunset was when athletes focused on loading their bodies with energy and carbohydrates.

It was harder for athletes in non-Muslim countries to adhere to the fasting because in Middle Eastern nations event times were changed to suit Ramadan, Mr Baker said.

Two-times world boxing champion Mundine, a middleweight, said he and Williams were supporting each other during their fasting.

He said they had been in constant contact during Ramadan.

"He knows what I am going through and he knows how tough it is. The advice that I give to him is pretty simple and it relates to getting enough fluid in his body because that's the issue that I have ... I hope he gets something out of my support," Mundine told the Sydney Morning Herald.

Mundine said he had to make changes to his training and combined the two separate sessions into one because he did not have the energy to do two a day. But he said the sacrifice and fasting was worth it.

"I've talked to Sonny about it all and the feeling we have is the same - first of all it makes you a stronger person.


You learn a lot about yourself and what makes you tick."

Vodafone Junior Warriors fullback Omar Slaimankhel is also strictly fasting for Ramadan.

* This year lasts from August 1 until August 29.
* Healthy Muslims meant to fast from sunrise to sunset.
* Participants must refrain from all food, drink, chewing gum, tobacco and sexual contact.
* Those excused from fasting include the elderly, pre-pubescent youngsters, the ill, travellers, pregnant women, nursing mothers and menstruating women.


Source: NZherald

Minhaj-ul-Quran granted special status at UN


The United Nation's Committee on Non-Governmental Organizations Recommends Special Consultative Status has recommended the Minhaj-ul-Quran International for special consultative status with the Economic and Social Council.


The 19-member Committee recommends to the Council general, special or roster status, in accordance with such criteria as the civil society applicant’s mandate, governance and financial regime. Organizations enjoying general can attend the Council’s meetings and circulate statements and, in addition, address meetings and propose agenda items.


Minhaj-ul-Quran International is a United Kingdom-based international organization working to promote peace, tolerance, interfaith harmony and education, tackle extremism and terrorism, engage with young Muslims for religious moderation, promote women’s rights, development and empowerment, and provide social welfare and promotion of human rights.


The spiritual head of the organization, Dr Tahir-ul-Qadri, delivered a series of lectures in Brisbane and other states recently.

Quran online



Web based Quran with translations and audio:  http://www.quranexplorer.com/quran/


Australia's Hashim Amla in the making?




In the sort of touch he exhibited for the Australians on Friday against a Sri Lanka Board XI at the P Sara Oval, Colombo, Usman Khawaja radiates the ease that only the very best batsmen possess.


Calm, judicious and still in defence, Khawaja never hesitated to score when the opportunity arose, and a chanceless 101 retired was his fitting reward, as the Australians took the lead with five wickets in hand and a day to play.



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Community Events Management - Project Officer

ECCQ has been funded by the Department of Immigration & Citizenship under its Diversity and Social Cohesion program to provide community events management training to ethnic communities to help build their capacity to conduct successful cultural events and festivals.


ECCQ is seeking a dynamic and enthusiastic person to develop, manage, and deliver event management training to culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities in Rockhampton, Townsville and Cairns.


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Around the Muslim World with CCN


Letterman back at work after website death threat

NEW YORK (AP) — Even a fatwa is grist for comedy when you're David Letterman.

Back from two weeks' vacation and making his first TV appearance since a threat against his life was posted on a jihadist website, the "Late Show" host played it all for laughs during Monday's monologue.

Letterman began by thanking his studio audience for being there.

"Tonight," he said, "you people are more, to me, honestly, than an audience — you're more like a human shield."

Then he apologized for having been tardy coming out onstage.

"Backstage, I was talking to the guy from CBS," he explained. "We were going through the CBS life insurance policy to see if I was covered for jihad."

Until Letterman delivered his jokes, his situation seemed no laughing matter.

Last week, a frequent contributor to a jihadist website posted the threat against Letterman. He urged Muslim followers to "cut the tongue" of the late-night host because of a joke and gesture the comic had made about al-Qaida leaders on a show that aired in June.

"A guy, a radical extremist threatened to cut my tongue out," Letterman marveled during Monday's monologue. Then, referring to his disastrous turn hosting the Oscars in 1995, he added: "I wish I had a nickel for every time a guy has threatened (that). I think the first time was during the Academy Awards."

"And so now," he continued, "State Department authorities are looking into this." But they could save themselves some trouble, he suggested: "Everybody knows it's (Jay) Leno."

Along with his monologue, Letterman mined the situation for his Top Ten List: "Top Ten Thoughts That Went Through My Mind After Hearing about the Threat."

Among them:

— "Why is the staff in such a good mood?"

— "How can someone be so angry at a time when Kim Kardashian is so happy?"

— "Some people get Emmy nominations; some people get death threats."

One joke that may have helped spark the fatwa was one of several lampooning al-Qaida in Letterman's June 8 monologue. This was just days after the death of al-Qaida leader Ilyas Kashmiri, who was killed by a U.S. drone strike in Pakistan. Though Kashmiri was rumored to be a long-shot choice to succeed Osama bin Laden, he wouldn't have worked out even had he lived, Letterman cracked, pointing to Kashmiri's "rocky start" as a front-runner: "He botched up the story of Paul Revere."

The real butt of that joke: Sarah Palin, potential 2012 GOP presidential candidate, who in early June on her "One Nation" bus tour had claimed that Paul Revere's famous ride was intended to warn British soldiers as well as his fellow colonists.

The website contributor, who identified himself as Umar al-Basrawi, railed in his post that Letterman had referred to both bin Laden and Kashmiri and said that Letterman, in discussing Kashmiri's death, had "put his hand on his neck and demonstrated the way of slaughter."

"Is there not among you a Sayyid Nosair al-Mairi ... to cut the tongue of this lowly Jew and shut it forever?" Al-Basrawi wrote, referring to El Sayyid Nosair, who was convicted of the 1990 killing of Jewish Defense League founder Meir Kahane. Letterman is not Jewish.

Al-Basrawi, considered likely to be an alias, has made some 1,200 postings to the Muslim website, according to Adam Raisman, an analyst for the Site Monitoring Service. The private firm, part of the Site Intelligence Group, provides information to government and commercial clients on what jihadists are saying on the Internet and in traditional media. Raisman said the online forum is often used by al-Qaida.

The FBI said last week that it was looking into the threat.

While Letterman and his writers were polishing their jokes Monday afternoon, outside on Broadway, a bomb-sniffing dog was led around the periphery of the Ed Sullivan Theater in midtown Manhattan. Meanwhile, ticketholders queuing up along the sidewalk seemed relaxed about attending Letterman's first taping since the assassination threat. Some were even unaware that his life had been threatened.

"I'm not worried. They've got metal detectors," said Kendall Phillips, a 25-year-old from Houston, noting a standard provision in the TV world for screening audience members. "Plus, it's like really hard to get tickets."

AP Entertainment Writer Jake Coyle contributed to this report.

Source: Associated Press



NYPD employs 'mosque crawlers'

New York police employ "mosque crawlers" to spy on Muslim neighbourhoods as part a powerful secret intelligence apparatus constructed with help from the CIA, an investigation has claimed.

The NYPD is said to have become "one of the nation's most aggressive domestic intelligence agencies" since the September 11 terrorist attacks, frequently pushing civil liberties laws to their limits.

Police spies are sent into mosques without any evidence of wrongdoing while "rakers" go into book shops, cafés and bars in ethnic minority areas, according to the report by The Associated Press.

Based on interviews with 40 law enforcement officials and extensive documentation, it found the CIA had been instrumental in the NYPD's intelligence unit despite not being allowed to spy on Americans.


The Telegraph



Groups protest Muslim prayers at Toronto public school

Several faith-based groups protested outside the Toronto District School Board's headquarters Monday over Muslim prayers taking place in a Toronto school.

For three years, hundreds of students have been praying in the cafeteria at Valley Park Middle School during their lunch hour. The school doesn’t run or pay for the service.

TDSB director of education Chris Spence said the decision to hold the prayer sessions was made in consultation with the school community.

The service is operated by members of the Valley Park community, and was un-opposed by parents of other students at the school before Ron Banerjee, claiming to represent a group called the Canadian Hindu Advocacy, began complaining earlier this year.

"When you have 400 students coming in and out of class...it's extremely disruptive," said Banerjee, who organized Monday's protest. "It's discriminatory. It raises lots of questions in terms of 'Why are Muslims alone being allowed to do this?' This is part of the Islam-ification of society."

Members of the Jewish Defence League of Canada and the Christian Heritage Group also took part in the protest.

80 per cent of Valley Park students are Muslim, and the school began the Friday services to prevent students from missing classes to pray at a nearby mosque.

The TDSB defended the sessions, saying it’s simply trying to accommodate the religious beliefs of its many Muslim students, as mandated by the Ontario Human Rights Code.

It said the issue is not one about religion in schools but about religious accommodation.

"We have a predominantly Muslim population in the student body, so the parents were asking for a space where we can provide for Friday prayers," board trustee, Shaun Chen previously told CityNews.

Banerjee doesn't buy it.

"If they want to accommodate the Muslim students, they get a one hour lunch break, the mosque is five minutes away, they can just tell them to pack a lunch and during your one-hour break go off to the mosque."

In the meantime, Canada's largest Hindu group, Canadian Hindu Network, says the views of the Canadian Hindu Advocacy are not representative of mainstream Hindus.

Source: City News Toronto



The only Muslim in Greenland – Fasting for 21 hours this Ramadan


NUUK: Wassam Azaqeer, a Lebanese, who lives in a country surrounded by icebergs called “Greenland”, is the only Muslim in this state who is fasting daily for 21 hours with full determination.

Greenland is the largest island in the world; lies between the North Atlantic and the Arctic Ocean; a self-governing province of Denmark.

According to an Arab TV report, Wassam Azaqeer, who is living in Greenland from the past several years and has been called “Arab Columbus” as he is the only Arab Muslim who not only managed to live in Greenland-despite for its long and difficult journey, but also running a successful business in the capital city of Greenland called Nuuk.

Wassam, is running his own restaurant where he receives 200 customers each day.The month of the Ramdan,this year, came in summer so Wassam has to fast for 21 hours and after Iftari he only got 2 hours to prepare for Sehri to start next fast.

In these 2 hours Wassam, also has to offer his Maghrib and Isha prayers. Wassam says that he is very proud Muslim to be living on a state where he is the only one fasting and praying in the name of Allah.

He says he sometimes think about going to Lebanon in this holy month but he stops himself by thinking that if left Greenland, there wont be anyone to fast and pray on this land.



A Marine Discovers Islam in Iraq


Before Ibrahim Abdel-Wahed Mohamed left Sea Cliff for a tour of duty with the Marines in Iraq, he was Anthony Grant Vance, the son of American and Panamanian parents who had raised him as a Catholic.

Despite his Christian upbringing, though, he had been curious about Islam since his childhood in Kansas, where he had two Afghani friends. He thought about pursuing anthropology studies to further learn about religion and different cultures, but instead ended up joining the military.

Mohamed felt the pull toward the faith strengthen in Iraq -- "the heart of the Islamic world," as he says -- and he reached out to the Muslim contractors on his base and started learning about the precepts of the Quran.

Convinced that he was being called to Islam, he officially became a Muslim while still serving in Iraq. There he underwent Shahada, a profession of faith where a person testifies in front of others that "there is no god but God and Mohammad is the messenger of God," as the Sunni declaration reads.

His transformation may seem dramatic, but it's not entirely unique. The number of Latinos in the U.S. converting to Islam is growing, and Long Island is no exception.



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Courthouse site of protest over Islamic film


COOKEVILLE -- A crowd of more than 100 peaceful protestors gathered outside the courthouse last night with signs saying "We love Muslims" and "All religions believe in justice," among many others, showing their opposition to the Tennessee Freedom Coalition's showing of what they call a highly controversial film about the Islamic religion.

"A Warning to America," by Geert Wilders, a Dutch politician who has spoken out against Islam, was shown in the county commission chambers last night. DVDs of the film were also available for purchase at the event.

"We're here to voice another side," Pat Handlson, minister of Cookeville First Presbyterian Church and event organizer said. "I think it's sad there's been such negativity surrounding the Murfreesboro mosque."

Wilders, according to Rachel Welch, organizer of the film showing and vice-chair of the Putnam County Republican Party, has been under persecution in his country for hate speech and speaking out against Shariah law. Not long ago he was acquitted, but he still has to travel with bodyguards as he was put under a "fatwa" (call for his death) by Muslims.




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Dear Editor

Ramadan Mubarak.

We are now in New Zealand after leaving London a few months ago.

After reading the tipoff on CCN, I just watched Q and A on “Australia Network” on our satellite TV.

I just wanted to say that Daniel Pipes is a disgrace. Who is he and how did he get a visa to get into Australia?


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This week


CCN recommends


Ali Abdul v The King: Muslim stories from the dark days of White Australia


Hanifa Deen



Award winning author Hanifa Deen enters the wonderful world of the archives and discovers a tribe of men with a hidden history – men whose stories are rarely told: the ‘Ghans’, cameleers, ‘sepoys’, hawkers, herbalists, and pearl divers, known collectively as ‘Mohammedans’ in early Australian history.

Mahomet Allum, wonder herbalist and ladies’ man, bush battler Ali Abdul, the feisty Afghan Rock men, and Sam the republican pearl diver, are some of Deen’s ‘men from the archives’. To others they are troublemakers and ‘lustful aliens’. Unwelcome and a threat to Australian workers, these are the dark strangers in the days of the White Australia Policy, when race was used to classify people and bar them from entering the country.

This fascinating collection of narratives combines Deen’s gift for storytelling with history and nostalgia as she takes the reader back into Australia’s past. These stories may even help explain some of the moral ambiguities and strange ironies that trouble us today. UWA Publishing


Read Jose Borghino's analysis of the book in the context of Australia's current political and social climate in his article, The good, the bad, the ugly, the tragic.


Extracts from the article:

Some white Australians exercised a violent hatred for these wrongly labelled "dusky Hindoos".

In some cases, the cause of their animosity was commercial: the cameleers were competing very successfully against white- wned haulage businesses that used bullocks and horses. In other cases, a deep-seated racism regularly drove white Australians to distrust, fear and attack the very men who were helping develop the continent.

After the Aborigines and the Chinese, the "Ghans" were particularly reviled as racially inferior to  whites. The cameleers may not have been the first or only target of racist violence, but the solution was usually the same. As one man said in 1897 in a letter to a newspaper:  Get rid of the bastards. . . Next to the dirty Chinks the Afghans take the cake and their morals are exceedingly questionable".

Deen balances such stories of institutionalised racism and cruelty with examples of ordinary (white) Australians deviating from the twisted "normality around them and treating Muslims with humanity and generosity of spirit.

The White Australia Policy was eventually dismantled. But it took 70 years and there are many in the Islamic community who argue our old racist attitudes still prevail. Race remains as central and controversial an issue in modern Australia as it did a century ago. And with 380,000 Muslims living here now, Islam is probably even more significant than it ever was.


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KB's Culinary Corner


KB says: I have created this recipe especially for those of you who want to bake a batch of cupcakes for CresCafe. So I am afraid there's no excuse for not supporting a very worthy cause and having a go at cupcake baking! Each year I am taken aback by the imagination, creativity (and to say nothing of the taste) of the cupcakes that people donate for sale at CresCafe. This year, will be no different if not better and I look forward to catching up with some of you at EidFest this Saturday insha'Allah.





2 eggs
1 cup castor sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla essence
1 cup self raising flour
1 tsp baking powder
2 tablespoons cocoa (sifted)
1/2 cup warm milk
1/2 cup oil


1. Beat eggs till light in colour and fluffy
2. Slowly add sugar and keep beating
3. Add oil and beat to incorporate
4. Fold in sifted dry ingredients with a spoon
5. Add warm milk and essence - and stir in lightly, lifting batter & folding in lightly.

Put mixture in cup cake pans and bake at 180c
When it's cool, ice with chocolate topping.


Chocolate Topping: Melt 200g milk chocolate in the microwave for a minute and a half, then add to it ½ cup fresh cream and stir in and beat into a smooth consistency or until its glossy.

For vanilla cup cakes, simply leave out the cocoa and add an extra 1 tablespoon of flour to the mixture. To add an extra final touch for CresCafe to your already delicious cupcakes decorate them with the following buttercream recipe:


• 185g butter, softened
• 2 1/4 cups icing sugar mixture
• 2 tablespoons milk
Using an electric mixer, beat butter in a bowl until pale. Gradually add icing sugar mixture and milk, beating constantly until combined


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’ll be taking part in the Bridge to Brisbane fun run this year with a group of friends and just wondering if it’s a good idea to take on CresWalk as well?

A: Absolutely! Why not invite your friends to take on the challenge with you.. If you’ve started your pre-race training/preparation, keep it up until CresWalk and aim to improve your time.

The courses may be very different which may not only be a great challenge, but an opportunity to greatly improve your fitness levels while taking in some of Brisbane’s awesome sights.

If you have not started on your training program yet, get started on a daily walking routine this week and be sure to follow my 4-week CresWalk training schedule as of next week.

Make sure you have good running shoes with ankle support and get clearance from your doctor before taking on any form of training.


All the best and walk your way to a healthier you!


Eid Mubarak to all and enjoy your day






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


Four close friends, Mula Nasruddin, Jallalludin, Karimmullah and Salaammuddin, all age 40, discussed where they should meet for lunch. Finally it was agreed that they would meet at Efendi's Turkish Restaurant in Victoria Point because the waitresses there were, shall we say, easy on the eyes.

Ten years later, at age 50, the friends once again discussed where they should meet for lunch. Finally it was agreed that they would meet at Efendi's Turkish Restaurant in Victoria Point because the food was good and the baclava selection was excellent.

Ten years later, at age 60, the friends again discussed where they should meet for lunch. Finally it was agreed that they would meet at Efendi's Turkish Restaurant in Victoria Point because they could dine in peace and quiet and the soft Turkish music in the background was soothing to the ear.

Ten years later, at age 70, the friends discussed where they should meet for lunch. Finally it was agreed that they would meet at Efendi's Turkish Restaurant in Victoria Point because the restaurant had wheelchair access and ample disability parking bays.

Ten years later, at age 80, the friends discussed where they should meet for lunch. Finally it was agreed that they would meet at Efendi's Turkish Restaurant in Victoria Point because they had never been there before.

[Editor] CCN thanks Ms Latha of Laudium for her part in contributing to the story above.




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Events and Functions

Eidfest 2011

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and Afghan refugees
Why Are They Coming?


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





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Closing date for entries:

EXTENDED TO 30 September 2011



Amnesty Human Rights Conference





International Food Festival

Gold Coast

6 May 2012



Islamic Programmes, Education & Services

Horn of Africa Appeal



Community SMS Service


Course for New Muslims


Muslim Revert Network


Weekly Programmes

Living the Hadith

2-week course


MCF Fitrah



Training Course




Hajj with Sheikh Aslam

Islam Connect

iPhone/iPad App

AIIC Enrolments

Now Open



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

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.





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




Indian & Pakistan






Enni Meeni Myni Moh


Brochure 1

Brochure 3

Brochure 2


Nandos Mt Gravatt

Inwear Fashions



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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




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

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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

United Muslims of Brisbane


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


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