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Sunday, 9 October 2011

 Newsletter 0361




AFIC Congress


The 47th Australian Federation of Islamic Councils (Muslims Australia) Congress was held at the Malek Fahd Islamic School in Sydney.


The often robust and blustery debate at the Congress began yesterday (Sunday) and continues today with an agenda that included a report by the AFIC president, Ikebal Patel, and a review of the activities of the Council over the past year.


Mr Patel also addressed the recent adverse publicity that the Council and the AFIC management had received at the hands of The Australian in recent months.


The various Islamic Schools under the AFIC banner were represented by their principals who gave accounts of the progress they were making in their schools.


Last night at the Congress Dinner, the Hon. Tony Burke represented and spoke on behalf of the Prime Minister of Australia. Amongst the other keynote speakers on the night were, Mr Ikebal Patel, Muslims Australia president,  Mr David Irvine, Chief of Australian Security Intelligence Organization (ASIO), Judge Hossam Mikawy (who spoke on his first hand experiences during the Egyptian Arab Spring) and  the Yab Pehin Sri Hj, Abdul Taib Mahmud, the Chief Minister of Sarawak, Malaysia.


Muslims Australia also took the opportunity to launch a new logo for the organization and their Baitul Mal fund.


AFIC Executive (left to right): Mr. Ashraf Usman Ali (Assistant Treasurer), Mr Shaeed Ali (Executive Member), Mr Mohamed Masood (Treasurer), Mr Mohammed Harun (Secretary), Mr. Ikebal Patel (President), Mr Hafez Kassem (Vice President), Ms Siti Mariam Abdullah Kawi (Executive Member), Ms Eugenia Flynn (Executive Member) and Ms Heba Ibrahim (Assistant Secretary)


Congress Dinner  being addressed by the Hon Tony Burke

New ICQ Executive


New ICQ Executive (left to right) : Yunus Rashid (standing), Sayraz Mohammed, Ahmed Khan, Amar Ali Khan (Vice President), Junaid Qadri (Treasurer), Mohammed Yusuf (President), Moammed Khalid (Secretary) and Saheek Hassan. (Absent : Mohammed Shameem)

At the Annual General meeting of the Islamic Council of Queensland held on 25th September Mr Mohammed Yusuf was re-elected President for another two years.


In presenting his annual report to the members at the AGM Mr Yusuf outlined the challenges ahead for ICQ and his vision for making it a broad based organization so that it can truly claim to be the umbrella body for the Muslims of Queensland.

Mr Yusuf told CCN that in the last two years a lot of hard work went into regaining the confidence of the people who over the years had become disenchanted with the organization for lack of leadership and a clear vision for future.

USQ Islamic Centre breaks down religious divide

USQ Press Release

The University of Southern Queensland (USQ) Islamic Centre in Toowoomba will once again host an Open Day, and are inviting members of the Toowoomba and University community to participate in the biennial event.

Now in its fifth episode, the biennial event aims to raise awareness in the community and break-down misconceptions about Muslims. Event coordinator, Associate Professor Shahjahan Khan, said the event was for people of all faiths, particularly non-Muslim USQ staff and student and members of the wider community.

“Open Day is an opportunity for our non-Muslim friends and fellow members of the wider community to mix and talk with local Muslims and find out more about the followers of Prophet Muhammed- peace be upon him- who was described, in the Qur’an, the Holy Book of Islam, as a mercy to humanity,” Associate Professor Khan said.

“The main objective of the event is to remove artificial barriers, create awareness, increase interaction, develop and promote understanding and appreciation for peaceful and harmonious living as respectful and responsible citizens.

“With increased presence of Muslim students and staff at USQ from diverse background and nationality it is time to actively engage with wider community to develop an environment of harmonious living.”

This year’s event is supported by the Islamic Society of Toowoomba Inc, USQ Multicultural Centre, Multicultural Affairs Queensland, and Toowoomba’s Pureland College. Some activities will take place in USQ’s Quadrangle and will be officially opened by Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Professor Peter Goodall.

Speakers will include USQ Chaplain Mr Evan Reichelt, Director of Multicultural Centre, Dr Krzysztof Batorowicz, and Coordinator of Islamic Centre, Dr Shahjahan Khan. The main speaker of the day is Mrs Faiza El-Higzi of Romero Centre, Mercy Family Services, Brisbane. She will speak on the misunderstanding about Islam.

“The event is open to people of all ages and gender and this year it is particularly catered for the USQ students and staff. Activities and displays include posters of Islamic art and architecture, calligraphy, Islamic books and crafts, brief presentations, information booths, stalls, mosque tours, distribution of information sheets and light refreshments.

Proceeding will commence at 11:30am in the USQ Quadrangle with a free morning tea including Arabian coffee. At 1:15pm people are invited to attend mid-day prayers at the USQ Islamic Centre, lunch will also be provided there. Non revealing/modest dress would be appreciated.
For further information on this event and the Islamic Society of Toowoomba Inc, please contact Associate Professor Shahjahan Khan or Mr William Conwell, Manager, USQ Multicultural Centre.

Muslim Cemetery at Mt Gravatt


The Islamic Council of Queensland (ICQ) is holding a special meeting to discuss various issues about the future of this cemetery.

Of concern is the rate at which the burial spaces are filling up and the construction of large

Community Leaders and other interested parties are requested to attend.

Venue Islamic College of Brisbane (New Hall), Karawatha
Date Sunday 16th October
Time 10.00 a.m.

For further inquiries please contact: Mr Mohaamed Yusuf, President of ICQ, Mobile 0413 038 610.

The Australian's Apology to Abdalla


In April 2008 The Australian published a serious of articles about Dr Mohamad Abdalla that he considered to be defamatory.

Dr Abdalla told CCN that these articles had caused him and his family a lot of grief and trauma.


He said that for the past three years he had lived with the claims made by The Australian and found himself explaining the background of these articles, and debunking the assertions made in the articles wherever he went.

"Many people in the Australian Muslim community expressed their dismay to me in relation to the content of the articles," he said.

"Many people, including the youth, were upset at how a national paper could publish such articles about me despite my extensive years of tireless work to create better understanding between people, and my consistent message of moderation and understanding. This exacerbated the feelings of dismay and hopelessness that many Australian Muslims have been feeling for the last decade due to constant attacks on their community and faith."

"The local Islamic community faced the issue with courage and wisdom, and after many late night meetings demonstrated their outstanding civilized response. With high spirit and feeling of hope they provided me with much needed support and advice. I will always be indebted to them."

The articles generated a great volume of support for Dr Abdall from the wider Australian community. Many Islamic and non-Islamic organisations issued media releases condemning the articles and supporting him.


He was defended in the Queensland State Parliament by the then Minister of Police, Judy Spence, in the Federal Parliament by Graham Parrett, and in the Senate by Andrew Bartlett.


"I received letters of support from many people from across the spectrum of our society. I was also vehemently supported by Griffith University, its Vice Chancellor, and my academic colleagues and PhD students. I will always be indebted to them also."

Equipped with this moral support and belief in a fair-go, Dr Abdalla decided to commence legal action against Nationwide News Pty Ltd for defamation. "I decided to do so because I believed it was the correct moral position, and more importantly to demonstrate that it is possible to defend yourself with civility and within the confines of the law."

His legal battle finally came to an end on Thursday, 21 July 2011 when he agreed to settle the matter with Nationwide News.


An apology was published on the second page of The Australian on 26 July 2011.


The articles have been removed from their website and Dr Abdalla received a confidential financial payment for defamation.

In search of projects


Funding is available from the NCEIS  (http://www.nceis.unimelb.edu.au) who are seeking a project from the Queensland Muslim Community.


More information

Call Julie or Julu to help a worthy cause


The next CRESCAFE will be at the Queensland Multicultural Festival in Roma Street on Sunday 16 October.


Profits from the stall will go to aid the flood victims of Pakistan.


The funds will go through Ms Julu Latif who has close contact with people who can help on the ground.


You can support the Crescents of Brisbane Team by baking and donating a batch of your finest cupcakes.


Email theteam@crescentsofbrisbane.org and we will tell you where and when to drop them off or simply call Julie on 0417786220 or Julu 0400142786.

Around the Muslim World with CCN


Tawakul Karman, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate

YEMEN: Tawakul Karman (flashing the victory sign in the picture on the right) is a Yemeni mother of three, Nobel Peace laureate, journalist and human rights activist. Kerman, 32, also chairs Women Journalists Without Chains (WJWC), an organisation she founded in 2005 to defend human rights and freedom of expression.

Since 2007 Karman has regularly led demonstrations and sit-ins in Change Square, the focal point for anti-government protests in the capital, Sanaa.

Karman said she had received threats from the authorities by telephone because of her refusal to accept the ministry of information's rejection of WJWC's application to legally start a newspaper and a radio station.

During the ongoing Yemeni demonstrations Karman organised student rallies in Sanaa to protest against Ali Abdullah Saleh, the Yemeni president and his government.


She was arrested and released on parole on January 24 but she led another protest days later, calling for a "day of rage" similar to that of the 2011 Egyptian revolution, which was inspired by the Tunisian uprising.

For years her organisation has fought for civil rights and a free and independent press but the peaceful protests she has staged have often been ruthlessly suppressed.

"We have a leader and a regime that doesn't want to resolve issues. Poverty is on the rise, disease and illiteracy have increased, and [there are] more human rights violations," she said.

"Year after year he [Ali Saleh] has turned the country into a dictatorship, a country based on individual rather than state. This is the leaders' policy," she said.

The Nobel committee said Karman won the Nobel Peace Prize 2011 for her "non-violent struggle for the safety of women".



Upon hearing the news she said: "Thank God for this victory. I was not aware I was nominated for this prize. I am totally engaged with the revolution here in Yemen. I dedicate this victory to all the youth of the Arab Spring, to the memories of the martyrs, to the injured and all the activists.

"I am totally overwhelmed, not only because of the prize but because of the dreams of freedom and dignity.

"We will build our country with peace [and] I give this award for all the youth in the Arab world - in Egypt, in Libya, Syria and Yemen. All the youth and women, this is a victory for our demand for citizenship and human rights



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KB's Culinary Corner


KB says: We had received so many compliments over the taste of the burgers at this year's CresWalk that I got Julie Hatia and Sharmillah Samshodien to share their recipe with CCN readers. It was Julie and Sharmillah who oversaw the preparation of the 500 patties at Continental Halal Meats in Runcorn. 


The CresWalk2011 Burger Pattie



2kg beef mince

1 cup bread crumbs

2 eggs (beaten)

1 tsp. crushed garlic

½ tsp. white pepper

½ tsp. black pepper

2 tsp. lemon pepper

1 tsp. green chilies

4 tab. barbeque sauce

50g grated butter


Combine all the above and knead gently making sure the ingredients are all well mixed.
Form into balls and then shape them into patties.

The patties can be cooked on the stove, barbecued or grilled.

Serve on a buttered bread roll with sauce and salad of your choice.


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, with the kids all grown and moved out now, it’s time for my husband and I to make those lifestyle changes we’ve been meaning to make even before they left. How do we get started?

A: The golden rule or main ingredient is to stay physically active – move, move and move some more!

Even after the age of 60 (for example), many of the problems associated with inactivity can be reversed and you’ll feel so much better.


Maintaining a healthy weight, strong heart and strong bones, will set you up for ‘successful ageing’ – physically, emotionally and psychologically..

Aim to get enough sleep (at least 8 hrs)

If you’re a smoker, time to give it up!

Eat healthier by increasing your consumption of fresh fruit and vegetables

Keep your brain healthy by doing regular crossword puzzles etc. Try to do things that you’re not accustomed to (train your brain)

Get involved with your community and make a difference by passing on your knowledge, experience and values!






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


One night Jallalludin was driving home along a road he knew well.


When he reached the stop sign he slowed down but did not actually come to a halt, whereupon a police officer pulled Jallalludin's car over.

"What difference does it make," said Jallalludin, "slow down or stop".

"I will give you a demonstration," said the officer and starting beating Jallalludin with his truncheon.

"Now would you like me to slow down - or stop?"


As I grow to understand life less and less,
I learn to love it more and more.


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16 October


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0402 026 786

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Helensvale Community Centre, 31 Discovery Drive, Helensvale

0412 930 214


25 October


MBN: Shariah Compliant Superannuation

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11 Watland Street, Springwood

0422 191 675

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11 and12 November

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Dreamworld 2011


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19 November


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Muslim Events Forum (MEF)


Need help in planning or promoting an event or function?


Meeting Dates:

4th Wednesday of the month (next meeting 26 October)


IWAQ.Offices, 11 Watland Street, Springwood





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Queensland Police Service/Muslim Community Consultative Group


Meeting Dates:

Wednesday 14 September (cancelled)

Wednesday 16 November


Metropolitan South Regional Office
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Network of Muslim healthcare professionals

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Find out about the latest events, outings, fun-days, soccer tournaments, BBQs organised by AMYN. Network with other young Muslims on the AMYN Forum

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Umbrella body representing various Mosques and Societies in Queensland

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Islamic Friendship Association of Australia

Blog of the Association's activities

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Gold Coast Mosque

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Network of Muslim women converts from the Brisbane and Gold Coast areas of Queensland.

Australian International Islamic College (Durack)

Kotku Mosque - Dubbo NSW

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Community based, not-for-profit organisation providing Settlement, Aged Care, disability, social activities and employment opportunities.

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How the community helped out during the 2010 QLD floods

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