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Sunday, 25 December 2011

 Newsletter 0372





CCN wishes all our readers......



and to our Christian friends and readers

our sincere Seasonal Greetings and good wishes

to you and your families

for today and the rest of the holidays

AFIC Group Pooling Insurance


After negotiations with the insurance company AON Australia, Muslims Australia (AFIC) is offering State Councils, Societies, schools and Mosques around Australia group pooling insurance, irrespective of whether they are present approved members of AFIC or not.


For a basic quote complete the form and email it to uhusaini@afic.com.au or call 02 9319 6733 for more information.

Islamic School Fees: A perpetual Sadaqa

Infomercial by Keysar Trad the newly appointed CEO of the AIIC


"Why pay fees to a Muslim school when public education is free?" I have been asked this question by many brothers and sisters.

Many of our brothers and sisters send their children to the state schools, not because they are free (or cheaper), but because of the exposure that it gives our children to society as we believe it to exist.

For those who do so, it only takes a few years into their education, and they start to see what our children have missed by not going to Islamic schools, they start to see aspects of their behaviour that annoy, irritate, perturb, even disturb us as parents. We start to see that the "free", or cheap system of education makes our children look at "freedom" in a negative and counterproductive way, they start to tell us:

- It is my life.
- It is a free country.
- I can do what I want.
- But everyone is doing it.
- It is just fun, why do you want to stop me from having fun.
- You cannot tell me what to do.
- and the disrespectful shrug of the shoulders as they walk off when you are talking to them and say:
- Whatever!

You might also see the nose ring, the earring, the Rattie, the Mohawk, or a variety of appearances that your sons or daughters do just to fit into a popular culture that neither Western society nor Islam accept.

The state system of education has a lot to offer, but it cannot offer your child Islamic morality, or an Islamic environment where he or she can freely pray, eat Halal and understand - under the care of qualified teachers and qualified Imams - how an Islamic life can lead them to comprehensive success, both in this life and in the Aakhira.


In addition to the state curriculum, the Islamic schools teach our children how to pray, why praying is important and how to make Wudu before praying.


Our children are called to pray together as a school community, their Muslim teachers pray with them, standing and bowing and prostrating to Allah as brothers.

We teach our children how to fast, our teachers don't question why they are fasting, rather, those teachers who are Muslim also fast with our children. We teach our children not to enter into a Haram relationship.

Our teachers are not all Muslim though, our children get introduced to diversity through their teachers who are from various faiths and backgrounds and they get to see the rich Islamic culture through the various ethnicities of their fellow pupils. Our Muslim schools are the places where we put into effect verse 49:13, it is where we get to know one another and learn to appreciate our diversity and our rich Islamic and cultural heritage as proud Australians of a Muslim background.

When parents pays fees to a Muslim school, they are not only paying for the education of their children, they are also supporting Islamic education. Every dollar, if paid with the intention of pleasing Allah, Subhanah, is Sadaqa Jaaria, or perpetual charity. It is money that will benefit the payer for as long as a child, any child, learns at the Muslim school.

This year, the Australian International Islamic Academy is inviting our Muslim children to enrol at both our Durack and Gold Coast campuses, we have many vacant places available and a very good teacher to pupil ratio to ensure that your children get the best education possible.

This year, we are going to do the following with the help of Allah Subhanah:

- increase our reward mechanisms for our pupils to encourage them to achieve academic excellence. This will include a financial scholarship to any of our pupils who achieve OP1 if they have been studying at our college for the full academic year.
- beautification project for the school
- increase and enhance sporting facilities
- continue our teacher professional development program to ensure that our teachers are always up-to-date with the latest developments in education.
- enhance our reach to you, the parents, to make sure that the process of cooperation and consultation continues between teachers and parents and our children succeed to a level that exceeds expectations.

In addition to the aforementioned, I encourage parents to complete our parents and supporters survey which can be found at: http://aiicsurvey.blogspot.com/

Keysar Trad
Founder of the Islamic Friendship Association of Australia Inc and CEO of the Australian International Islamic College

The Inbox


Dear Editor,

Assalam Alaikum

I am a Crescent Community News subscriber list - although I am based in Mississauga, Canada - very far away from guys - I thoroughly enjoy receiving
your weekly broadcast - not only do I find it very informant but as I do have
family and friends there - originally from Zimbabwe - I find it an excellent avenue for me to keep in touch so to speak -

May Allah'taAllah bless you all for your efforts.


Walai-kum Salaam


Kader Shah

Dear Editor,

I work for a television production company in Sydney called Cordell Jigsaw. We're hoping to find a Muslim taxi driver working in the Brisbane area that we could speak to about a documentary series we're producing for the ABC.

To give you some background, the series will look at at Australian cultural identity through the eyes of three Indian nationals, who we'll be taking on a road trip across the country. Australia has received a lot of bad press in India in recent years following the racist attacks on Indian students. The people we'll be taking to Australia have never been to Australia before, but have negative pre-conceptions of the country based on what they've read and heard.

The road trip will offer them an opportunity to test their pre-conceived notions. They will travel the country, meet the locals, and see a wide range of life, culture, and multiculturalism in Australia. We will show them the country ‘warts and all’ and allow them to make up their own minds. At its core our series is a serious attempt at looking at who 21st Century Australians really are - through the eyes of others.

As taxi drivers "see it all", we'd like to film with a taxi driver from an ethnic background to see what their experience is like. Ideally we'd like to find a driver who owns his own taxi or works for a small, indecently-run company, so that discussing filming may be easier and more flexible than by going through the major companies. We'll be filming around late January/ early February.

I would be hugely grateful if you could put me in touch with any drivers you might know.

All the best,
Niamh Linnie
Cordell Jigsaw Productions

[Editor] If you would like your 15 minutes of fame or know of someone who fits the bill email ccn@crescentsofbrisbane.org and we will co-ordinate the arrangements.

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

This week CCN recommends


The Obama Syndrome: Surrender at Home, War Abroad  


  Tariq Ali



A merciless dissection of Obama’s overseas escalation and domestic retreat.

“Our country has borne a special burden in global affairs. We have spilled American blood in many countries on multiple continents ... Our cause is just, our resolve unwavering. We will go forward with the confidence that right makes might.” —Barack Obama, West Point, December 1, 2009


What has really changed since Bush left the White House?


Very little, argues Tariq Ali, apart from the mood music. The hopes aroused during Obama’s election campaign have rapidly receded—the honeymoon has been short. Following the financial crisis, the “reform” president bailed out Wall Street without getting anything in return. With Democratic Party leaders and representatives mired in the corrupt lobbying system, the plans for reforming the healthcare system lie wrecked on the Senate floor.


Abroad, the “war on terror” continues: torture on a daily basis in the horror chamber that is Bagram, Iraq occupied indefinitely, Israel permanently appeased, and more troops to Afghanistan and more drone attacks in Pakistan than under Bush.


The fact that Obama has proved incapable of shifting the political terrain even a few inches in a reformist direction will pave the way for a Republican surge and triumph in the not too distant future.


Tariq Ali at the Perth Writers Festival

Part 1 of 5


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KB's Culinary Corner


KB says: A great summer salad and with avocados being plentiful this is just perfect and great for a barbeque. Add a dash of avocado oil to enhance the colours.. 

Avocado Salad


3 avocados cubed
1 onion (water to be squeezed out)
1 green apple cubed
1 Tomato cubed removing the seeds

1 Tab salad cream
2 Tab mayonnaise
1 Tab condensed milk
Salt and pepper
Lemon juice


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 seem to be going through my workout / gym shoes fairly quickly and was wondering
what type of shoe I should look at getting now that I’m due for another pair.

A::Invest in a pair of shoes that offer ultra-soft cushioning, a comfortable secure fit and provides stability.

A cross-trainer would be a smart buy for you as it is great for both running and the gym.


They don’t come cheap so this is a good time of the year to bag a bargain.


If possible, try to purchase two pairs and alternate their use for a longer ‘lifetime’.


Have your foot measured if you’re unsure as this will ensure a better workout.






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.

Flightstar Fozi's Travel Tips



Q: Dear Flightstar Fozi, I am flying to Abu Dhabi and onto Italy next year. Because we couldn't get connecting flights through Brisbane we are flying through Sydney. I have heard that Sydney domestic and international airports are not close to one another. Can you please tell us how long the drive is and how much a taxi will cost us.





A: It is true that Sydney domestic and international terminals are separate, and with luggage it would indeed be an uncomfortable walk.


There are a couple of options to transfer between the terminals and they all take different routes.


The first is a bus, if you go to the ground floor and ask the information counter where the terminal transfer bus is they will help you. The trip takes just over 5 minutes and costs approx $5 each and it will take you to the international terminal.


If there are a few of you travelling together you could also hire a taxi which would cost less than $15 and would take about 10 minutes.


The quickest way however is to take the train, which also connects the two terminals and cost approx. $5 each.


If you are travelling Qantas domestic and transferring to Qantas international flights, then you may be eligible for a free terminal transfer service. 


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The CCN Chuckle


When a new dentist set up in town he quickly acquired a reputation of being the 'Painless' dentist.


However, 10-year-old Nasruddin Jr vigorously disputed his claim.

'He's a fake!' Nasruddin Jr told his father.


'He's not painless at all. When he stuck his finger in my mouth I bit him - and he screamed like anyone else.'


What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.
                                                             Oliver Wendell Holmes


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(Times may change throughout the year pending salat)

Wednesday 29 February 2012
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