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Sunday, 22 January 2012

 Newsletter 0376



Big Day Out with Al-Nisa

By Mariam Issadeen

Al-Nisa youth group hosted the girls’ Big Day Out at the Islamic College of Brisbane on the 7th January.

The event was aimed at girls between the ages of 15-25 and involved an action-packed day of games, exercise and fun! The 40+ participants were divided into groups upon arrival and the competition began.


Dodgeball, Oztag, blind soccer and Thepan, a traditional Aboriginal game were played simultaneously throughout the large school indoor court all morning. The winners of each game played off against each other finally leaving “Team 3” the victors.

After a much needed sausage sizzle for lunch (generously sponsored by Sheikh Mabrouk from Continental Meats), a Zumba exercise session was conducted by Emma Nicol for the older girls. Exhausted but smiling, the girls finished off the day with a quiz on Islamic facts that had been read out to them before each game.

The day was successful, enjoyable and a great way for the young girls to pass their school holidays.



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Forum to discuss identification bill


The Queensland State Government is calling for submissions with regard to the bill Identification Laws Amendment Bill 2011(Face Coverings) that was introduced in the Parliament by the Independent MP, Mr Peter Wellington.


In view of the likely impact on the Muslim community the Islamic Council of Queensland (ICQ) is holding a meeting to discuss this subject and an invitation is extended to anyone wishing to attend and/or contribute::

Date : Sunday 5th February
Time : 10.00 am
Venue : Islamic College of Brisbane, Multi-Purpose Hall


Relevant documents:

Call for submission

Guide to making a submission

People of Australia Ambassadors


Prime Minister Julia Gillard this week congratulated 40 Australians who have been recognised for their outstanding work in building strong and cohesive local communities.

The 40 local champions have been independently selected as the new People of Australia Ambassadors following hundreds of nominations from the public.

Australians were encouraged to nominate inspirational people who have helped to build bridges, promote inclusion and strengthen ties in their communities.

They were joined by football champion and new Ambassador Harry O’Brien, who is actively involved in the AFL’s own Multicultural Program and engaged in a variety of community projects.

The Ambassador program is a key initiative of the Gillard Labor Government's multicultural policy, The People of Australia, announced last year.

The 40 Ambassadors now have a new platform to promote their good work and share their ideas and initiatives that can help inspire others.

The new Ambassadors will be able to provide advice to Government and the Australian Multicultural Council.

Their contributions will help assist and strengthen the Government’s multicultural policy.

The Ambassadors have been recognised for the real impact they are having on the lives of many Australians - from bringing kids together through sport, to helping small business owners from diverse backgrounds get up and running.

The inaugural Ambassador program speaks to the strength of our Australian communities and our capacity as a nation to welcome people and make them feel part of our community.

The 2012 Ambassadors’ term commences today and ends on 30 December 2012.

Further information on the Ambassadors is available at http://www.amc.gov.au/ambassadors/ambassadors-2012.htm.




Australian Capital Territory
Sam Wong AM

Northern Territory
Ms Sascha McKell
Mr Kevin Kadirgamar

New South Wales
Sister Diana Santleben
Mr Ali Reza Yunespour
Dr Cen Amores
Ms Ricci Bartels
Mr Susai Benjamin JP
Mr Jeremy Jones AM
Ms Vivi Germanos-Koutsounadis
Mr Lawrence Dimech OAM, JP
Ms Carmen Lazar
Mrs Jenny Siv Phan Tew
Mr Samir Yousif
Dr Tien Manh Nguyen OAM


(click here for profile of Qld appointees)
Mrs Adele Rice
Mr Daniel Zingifuaboro
Mr Warren McMillan
Dr Farvardin Daliri OAM
Mr Umesh Chandra


South Australia
Pastor Brad Chilcott
Ms Dorinda Hafner
Mrs Claudia Cream
Ms Denise McEvoy
Ms Elizabeth Ho

Mr Fayia Isaiah Lahai
Mrs Sajini Sumar

Mr Harry O’Brien
Ms Melissa Barbieri
Mrs Elleni Bereded-Samuel
Mr Deepak Vinayak
Mrs Jennifer Barrera
Ms Marion Lau OAM, JP
Mr Chap Chow
Mr Phong Nguyen
Mr Ahmed Dini
Mr David Nyuol Vincent

Western Australia
Ms Maria Grazia Saraceni
Ms Zeliha Iscel
Mr Salim Youssef

Radio Muezzin: Play aims to preserve 'iconic' Muslim sound


A group of Egyptian muezzins is trying to preserve a very human element of one of the most iconic sounds of the Muslim world - the call to prayer.


The four Egyptian muezzins from the mosques of Cairo are part of a documentary theatre work which is part of the Sydney Festival.

Their story; their livelihoods singing the daily calls to prayer, are threatened by a government decision to replace them, and Cairo's cacophonous soundscape, with a centralised radio version.

But they are showcasing their talent to the world to stop that from happening, and they're using a Western artistic form, the theatre, to put their message across.

The muezzins share their stories in a work displaying the complexities of contemporary Egypt.

With the Egyptian revolution being incorporated into the performance, it gives a unique account of recent history from those who know the capital.

Radio Muezzin showed at Sydney's Seymour Centre until yesterday (Saturday).




Calling for participants in new ABC series


The Holy Switch, is a new documentary series being produced for ABC TV's Compass programme.


The producers will invite six young people of faith aged between 18-23 and their families to feature in this experiential series. For two weeks (in March-April-May 2012) these young people will take up the challenge to live a totally different life with a host family from another faith.


"We view Holy Switch as complementary to the inter-faith movement in that we are looking for questioning young adults, who are living in a largely secular world but are part of a family who puts faith at the heart of life," said Tammy Burnstock (researcher for Roar Film).

Director Varcha Sidwell, who also brought The Abbey and The Mission series to ABC TV’s Compass believes Holy Switch presents a unique invitation, “It’s not often that young Australians are given a chance to explore the deeper issues in their lives, beyond the next celebrity scandal or latest fad- to be deeply challenged to discover new insights, not only about themselves but Australia as well”

If you would like to know more about the project, see the flyer, visit Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/HolySwitch) or contact Tammy Burnstock directly on 0431 531100.

The website details: www.holyswitch.com.au. Applications are due by Friday the 17th February.

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The World's Most Influential Muslims in 2011


There are over 1.6 billion Muslims in the world today, making up approximately 23% of the world's population, or more than one-fifth of mankind.


The Muslim500 publication is part of an annual series that provides a window into the movers and shakers of the Muslim world. It gives valuable insight into the different ways that Muslims impact the world, and also shows the diversity of how people are living as Muslims today.

The 2011 lists the world's most influential Muslims who have impacted on their community, or on behalf of their community. Influence is: any person who has the power (be it cultural, ideological, financial, political or otherwise) to make a change that will have a significant impact on the Muslim World. The impact can be either positive or negative. The influence can be of a religious scholar directly addressing Muslims and influencing their beliefs, ideas and behaviour, or it can be of a ruler shaping the socio-economic factors within which people live their lives, or of artists forming popular culture.

Over the coming weeks, CCN will publish a personality selected from the list:


No. 4

H.M. King Abdullah II ibn Al Hussein
King of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan


King Abdullah II of Jordan has influence in Jordan and around the world due to his lineage in the Hashemite family, his custodianship of Jerusalem and activism on various fronts—from freedom of the press and reformed domestic policy to international diplomacy. He is noted for having developed Jordan’s free market economy, arts and culture scene, as well as addressing issues of homelessness and poverty during his reign as King of Jordan. He has initiated domestic political reform aiming to establish a parliamentary government.


Prophetic Lineage
King Abdullah II is a member of the Hashemite family and the 42nd generation direct descendant of the Prophet Muhammad through the line of the Prophet’s grandson Al Hasan. The Hashemites, or Bani Hashem, link back to the tribe of Quraish; Hashem was the name of the Prophet’s great-grandfather. King
Abdullah II is thus a member of the Ahl al Bayt (the family of the Prophet Muhammad).

Ruling Dynasty
The Hashemite family ruled Mecca from 1201 CE to 1925 CE and other branches of the family have ruled Mecca from 500 CE, when Qusayy, the grandfather of Hashem, became Mecca’s first king. The Hashemite dynasty is the oldest ruling dynasty in the Islamic world, and the second-oldest in the world, after that of Japan.

Custodian of Holy Sites in Jerusalem
As custodian of the Muslim holy sites in the city of Jerusalem, King Abdullah II maintains a unique prestige in the region. He has gone on record in March 2010 to condemn Israel’s inclusion of West Bank religious sites in its national heritage list.


Islamic Outreach
King Abdullah II has proven influence at the forefront of a global intrafaith movement, through the creation of the Amman Message; a call for greater intra-religious tolerance and unity in Islam that was endorsed by representatives from all major Muslim groups in 2004. King Abdullah II is credited with the Royal Aal al Bayt Institute for Islamic Thought’s most authoritative website on the Qur’an and tafsir or Qur’anic exegesis (www.altafsir.com).

King Abdullah II is also noted for founding the new World Islamic Sciences and Education University in Jordan (www.wise.edu.jo). King Abdullah II is lauded as an interfaith leader for his support of the 2007 initiative, A Common Word—a groundbreaking initiative in Christian-Muslim engagement

Peace Activist
King Abdullah II is the leading player in the dialogue for peace
in Israel-Palestine. He has constantly and openly called for discussion in the negotiations toward a two-state solution. He was also the initiator and driving force behind the recently adopted UN World Interfaith Harmony Week Resolution, marking the first week of February an annual celebration of faiths.


The Arab Spring
•• Taking the lead in Jordan, the King opened a national dialogue, changed the constitution and changed the government and the intelligence chief. The King also disarmed his own police to avoid violence and promised parliamentary democracy within a year and a half. Some protestors called for a faster process but no one calls for regime changes. Protests in Jordan have never exceeded 5,000 people.
•• His Majesty King Abdullah said the Arab Spring ‘can be an opportunity to institutionalize positive change that is necessary for a strong, secure, prosperous future’.


The Inbox


Dear Editor

Assalamu Alaikum

My name is Ameera Mahomed-Ismail and I currently live in Brisbane, Queensland.

I have recently been accepted into a prestigious leadership conference in the United States that will take place mid 2012.

I am writing to enquire whether there are any readers of yours who would be interested in aiding me financially to attend this conference.

I have attached a cover letter which provides more information and a resume and sample itineraries are also available. i have also linked the webpage of the conference below

If you would like any more information, please do not hesitate to contact me via email or phone [(07)3273 6603]. Any assistance, however small, is much appreciated. 
Jazakallah Khair,
Ameera Mahomed-Ismail.

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

This week a CCN reader recommends


Heaven on Earth:

A Journey Through Shari'a Law

from the Deserts of Ancient Arabia to the Streets of the Modern Muslim World



Sadakat Kadri

In the wake of the colossal acts of terrorism of the last decade, the legal historian and human rights lawyer Sadakat Kadri realized that many people in the West had ideas about the origins and implications of the shari‘a, or Islamic law, that were hazy, contradictory, or simply wrong. Even as “shari‘a” became a loaded word and an all-encompassing explanation, most of us remained ignorant of its true meaning.


And we were doing this at our peril.


In Heaven on Earth , Kadri brings lucid wit and analytical skill to the thrilling and turbulent story of Islam’s foundation and expansion. He shows how legal ideas gradually evolved out of thousands of reports about the Prophet Mohammad, most of which were not even written down until two centuries after his death. And he explains how, just in the last forty years, the shari‘a has been appropriated and transformed by hardliners desperate to impose their oppressive vision.


In the second half of the book, Kadri takes us on an extraordinary journey through more than half a dozen countries in the Islamic world, where he explores, in striking detail, how the shari‘a is taught, read, reinterpreted, reverenced, and challenged—beginning at the eight-hundred-year old Indian grave of his Sufi mystic ancestor, and ending in Cairo’s City of the Dead, where one of Islam’s greatest legal scholars still gets daily requests for legal miracles twelve centuries after his death.


Heaven on Earth is a brilliantly iconoclastic tour through one of history’s great collective intellectual achievements, as complex as the religion that brought it to life. The shari‘a continues to shape both explosive political circumstances and the daily life of more than a billion Muslims, and Sadakat Kadri has given us a compelling and clarifying portrait of a changeable world of faith, reason, and justice.


From The Guardian:


An article in The Guardian has stated that a leading barrister has called for Britain to be more educated about sharia law, stating that Islamic law can be compatible with the with the "toughest human rights legislation.” Speaking to the Guardian, Sadakat Kadri, who studied at Harvard Law School said that sharia courts are important in safeguarding human rights.

"A leading barrister has called for the UK to become more sharia-literate, while arguing that Islamic law can be compatible with the toughest human rights legislation.

"Sadakat Kadri told the Guardian that so-called "sharia courts", such as the Muslim arbitration tribunal, were good for "the community as a whole" by putting Sharia on a transparent, public footing and should be more widely accessible to those who want to use them.

"Kadri said they played a role in safeguarding human rights: "It's very important that they be acknowledged and allowed to exist. So long as they're voluntary, which is crucial, it's in everyone's interests these things be transparent and publicly accessible. If you don't have open tribunals, they're going to happen anyway, but behind closed doors."

In his book, Heaven and Earth, Kadri sets out the history of sharia. In it, “He describes the slow development of sharia law, which many assume to be derived directly from the Qur'an, in the centuries after the death of Muhammad.

"After 7/7," he said, "people were saying the sharia is all about violence, it's all about chopping people's hands off, it's all about stoning adulterers to death. Others said it's nothing to do with that, Islam is a religion of peace. Clearly both of those things were true at a certain level, but very early on I just realised no one had a clue what sharia said about this or that."

“"I'm not a theologian," said Kadri.”But this is my interpretation of Islamic history. There's a mistaken belief that Islamic law is a vast unchanging body of rules – 1,400 years of Muslim history shows that little could be further from the truth."

"It's really important that the Muslim community engage with its actual history, as well as idealised traditions. If that's to take root, critical engagement with the past among young Muslims will be crucially important."

The article also highlights ‘top five sharia myths’, which include mandatory veiling, the permissibility of suicide bombing, and the mention of stoning in the Qur’an.

Top five sharia myths:


That amputation is a typical punishment for theft in Muslim countries

Of the world's 50 or so Muslim-majority states, only about half a dozen allow for amputations and at least one of those countries – Pakistan – has never carried out the penalty in practice

That veiling is mandatory under sharia law

Women are simply advised by the Qur'an to wear modest clothing and – like men – to lower their eyes and maintain their chastity

That suicide bombing is permissable under sharia law

Most interpreters of the Qur'an understand it to forbid suicide. The first suicide bombing by Muslims was carried out in 1983 during the Lebanese civil war

Stoning is mentioned in the Qur'an

Stoning is not mentioned as a punishment in the Qur'an. It was institutionalised on the basis of hadiths (reports about Muhammad) which were themselves not written down until more than a century after his death

Capital punishment for apostasy is mentioned by the Qur'an

The Qur'an repeatedly warns believers who abandon their faith that they will have to account to God in the afterlife, but it does not provide for their punishment on earth. Again, it was hadiths that later served to justify the death penalty



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KB's Culinary Corner


KB says: This week's recipe comes to you from Ratheesh, the in-house chef at the Zuri Kumarokom Resort in Kerala, South India.


It was both enlightening and educational to have them demonstrate the cooking of this dish yesterday as a special request from me, and more humbling to have them willingly share their traditional recipe dish with me and our CCN readers.



Kerala (South Indian) Fish Curry


(serves 4)




250gm fresh fish

1 tsp tamarind (diluted in a 1/4 cup of hot water)

1 large onion sliced

2 tab of curry leaves

3 tsp red chillie powder

1/2 tsp coriander powder

1/4 tsp turmeric powder

1/4 tsp fenugreek powder

2 tab coconut oil

1 tsp slivered ginger

2 tsp ground garlic

1 tsp salt

1 pinch mustard seeds

1 pinch fenugreek seeds

2 tab coconut milk

1/2 cup tomatoes

1. Clean fish, drain and keep aside

2. Mix together the red chillie, coriander, turmeric and fenugreek powders with a little water to make a smooth paste.

3. Heat the coconut oil in a pan, add mustard seeds and when it starts spluttering, add the fenugreek seeds followed by the sliced onions, ginger, garlic, curry leaves and the paste and fry until the onions turn light brown. Then add the tomatoes and simmer until the oil separates.

4. Add the tamarind extract and check the level of sourness.

5. When the mixture starts boiling, add the fish pieces and salt.

6. Add enough water to cover the pieces.

7. Cook on gentle heat and when the fish is almost cooked increase the heat and cook until the gravy thickens and the oil is visible.

8. Lastly, add the coconut milk and serve hot with rice.  


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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 normally do circuit training at the gym but I just can’t seem to get there enough these days. What are some exercise options I can do at home?

A: Easy. Create your own mini home-circuit for a stress free, time-efficient workout.


Mix some

1) 50 – 100 skips, 15 – 30 push-up, wall squats (30 – 60 seconds), 15 – 30 sit-ups, etc.
Repeat 5 – 10 times.

2) 50 – 100 boxing punches, 30 – 60 second plank-hold, walking lunges (30

each leg), etc.

3) 30 – 60 step-ups, 50 – 70 seated medicine ball twists, 30 – 60 push-ups, etc.







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 have just had a baby and want to visit my family in Lebanon in a few months, I am worried about having to travel with the baby, I know how annoying it is it when there is a screaming baby on the plane, has it become easier.






A: Travelling with a baby is not easy but it is sometimes necessary when you have eager grandparents on the other side of the world.


The flight crew are well trained in looking after children and babies, as they understand how upsetting it can be for fellow passengers and the parents involved to have a screaming baby. The airline will seat you in the front aisle, and issue you with a bassinet for the baby, so at least you will have your hands free, and you don't have to hold the baby for the whole flight, like you had to many years ago.


If you are still feeding the baby, it will be much easier, but flight crew are only too happy to boil up water and warm up bottles if you need them. They also can give you a nappy pack and some of them are only too pleased to help settle the baby if they are not busy. I would also suggest you see a doctor well before you leave to make sure immunisations are up to date and they can give the baby a good check up before you leave.


It may be a long trip over but I am sure once you get there, it will all be worth it to see your family. 


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The CCN Chuckle


Mula Nasruddin, was being honoured at his retirement dinner after 25 years as the Imam of the local Mosque.


The main trustee of the Mosque was chosen to make the presentation and to give a little speech at the dinner.

However, since the trustee was delayed, Mula Nasruddin decided to say his own few words while they waited:

"I got my first impression of the mussaalees of this Mosque from the first who came to seek some advice from me. I thought I had been assigned to a terrible place. The very first person who came to me told me he had stolen a television set and, when questioned by the police, was able to lie his way out of it. He had stolen money from his parents, embezzled from his employer, had an affair with his boss's wife, taken illegal drugs and drank alcohol regularly. I was appalled. But as the days went on, I learned that my people were not all like that and I had, indeed, come to a fine Mosque full of good and loving people."

Just as Mula Nasruddin finished his talk, the trustee arrived full of apologies at being late. He immediately began to make the presentation and gave his talk:

"I'll never forget the first day our Imam arrived, said the trustee. In fact, I had the honour of being the first person to go to him for advice on a number of personal matters."


Thank you Fakhri and Hashim


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is granted to the brave
one breath or two, whose wage is
The long nights of the grave."
                                                                    Muhammed Iqbal


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      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

Crescents of Brisbane's CRESCAFE (Facebook)

Muslim Women's eNewsletter

Sultana’s Dream is a not-for-profit e-magazine that aims to provide a forum for the opinions of Australian Muslim women

Islamic Solutions

Articles and Audio recordings

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 (Facebook)

The Queensland Muslim Historical Society  (Facebook)

Muslim Women's National Network of Australia, Inc (MWNNA)

Peak body representing a network of Muslim women's organisations and individuals throughout Australia

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