Sunday, 15 July 2012

 Newsletter 0401





The blessed month of Ramadan is once again approaching us.


Millions of Muslims across the world will be fasting during Ramadan from dawn to sunset each day.


This year, the 9th month of the Islamic lunar calendar, will be starting at the end of this week.


CCN wishes all our Muslim Readers and their family and friends a spiritually uplifting month of fasting, prayer and contemplation.


PS: While we in Australia enjoy the shorter winter days of fasting spare a thought for our brothers and sisters in Europe who will start fasting at around 2am, break fast at around 9.30pm and start their taraweeh at close on midnight.


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The federal member for Oxley, Burney Ripoll MP opened the new Building the Education Revolution (BER) multipurpose hall at the Australian International Islamic College (AIIC) in Durack during the week on behalf of Prime Minister Julia Gillard and the Australian government.

College CEO, Mr. Keysar Trad welcomed the guests and thanked the pupils, their parents, the teachers, the community and the state and federal governments for supporting the college.

The opening ceremony included a play and a gymnastics display put on by the students of the school.


College acting board chair Mr. Shahid Khan thanked the Australian government for its funding of the project as well as Mr. Omar Habul of Habul Constructions for his quality workmanship.

“This hall has already proven to be a great educational and sporting asset for our school and our local community, ” Mr Trad told CCN.


School principal Dr. Ray Barrett outlined the academic achievements of the college and the diversity of courses on offer adding that the school will continue to offer academic excellence through a wide range of subjects and will make available to the Brisbane community a wide range of academic and sporting scholarships to ensure its value as a major asset to Queensland.

In his speech to officially open the multipurpose hall, Mr. Ripoll thanked the AIIC community for investing hundreds of thousands of dollars more than the BER grant to ensure that the hall would serve the needs of the pupils and the community for a long time to come.


The AIIC guest list at this opening included Mr. Bernie Ripoll MP, Mr. Anthony Shorten MP, Mr. Graham Perrett MP, Mr. Mark Stewart MP, Cr. Angela Owen Taylor, QLD Police Commissioner Bob Atkinson, Assistant Commissioner Brent Carter, ICB Board Chair Mr. Mohamed Yusuf, ICB Principal Dr. Mubarak Noor along with other ICB and ICQ board members, Dr. Grant Watson and Ms. Kerry Hands (BGA), Imam Dr. Tareq (Ipswich Mosque) and Br. Jamal El Kholed (Australian Association of Logan City). Srs. Galila and Shukria (IWAQ) , Mr. Brian Adams, Griffith University Mutlifaith centre, Sr. Janeth Deen (MCF), College trustees Br Yusuf Limbada and Imam Ahmad Azhari, AIIC board members Brs Shahid Khan, Shamsher Ali, Taher Ali, M. Taher Sukkariah and Br. Aziz Khan and many other community leaders and guests.

The Hon. Mr Bernie Ripoll MP

AIIC School principal Dr. Ray Barrett

Unveiling the plaque

College CEO, Mr. Keysar Trad and

The Hon. Mr Bernie Ripoll MP

College acting board chair Mr. Shahid Khan


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By CCN's Man-on-the-Mussallah

Guest speakers of Olympian standing in the Queensland Muslim community took to the starting blocks of the Islamic College of Brisbane's multi-purpose hall last night (Saturday) to set a pace for the impending fasting month.


Among the participants who took to the podium were the Imams of the local Mosques with Master of Ceremonies, Mr. Ismail Mohammed, keeping them on track through the evening.


After speaking on a range of issues on how to make the most of the month of ramadhan, the relay team handed the baton to Sheikh Aslam Abu Ismaeel to take the proceedings to the finish line with his focus on the night of Lailatul Qadr and Itikaaf on the last ten days of the month.


On the final stretch of the meeting, the Imams were put to the test once again as they were called to respond on a number of topics that included social media, music, food, mosques, etc.


It was (dare we say it) gold medal performances all round, with spontaneous takbeers and cries of mashallah from the audience.


Imam Zeeyad Ravat


Imam Akram Buksh


Sheykh Aslam Abu ismaeel


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ACT planners have been told that women in burqas will scare children in Gungahlin if Canberra's Muslim community proceeds with plans to build a mosque in the area.

The ACT Planning and Land Authority has received more than 50 submissions in response to the proposed development (artist impression of the Gungahlin Mosque pictured above) on The Valley Avenue.

It follows a campaign by a group called the ''Concerned Citizens of Canberra'' that urged residents to object to the development because of its ''social impact'' and concerns about traffic and noise.

The Canberra Times revealed on Saturday that the group's spokesman, Irwin Ross, is a Christian fundamentalist activist who describes himself as a pastor with Olive Tree Ministries.

More than 30 submissions lodged with ACTPLA object to the development on grounds including traffic, parking, design, lack of consultation and, according to one anonymous submission, claims the mosque is not ''compatible with Australian values and Australian law''.

But a further 20 Canberra residents wrote to the government in support of the development, some complaining about the anonymous anti-mosque flyers that were delivered to their homes.

One objection to the mosque asks the ACT government if it can ''assure the citizens of Gungahlin that this centre will not be taken over by extremists, bent on bringing chaos to our immediate community''.

Another claims the sight of women wearing burqas will be ''perturbing'' for children in the area.

One Gungahlin resident complains Muslims have to: ''obey the Koran and therefore Sharia law. This means that Sharia law will always come first and Australian law second''.

''I am particularly worried about the women and girls,'' the resident's letter states.

''In the DA [development application] several rooms are allocated for weekend classes - which means that all the girls from early age on will have Koran lessons and therefore will have no real chance to get integrated in Australian society.''

A number of objections use template letters supplied by the Concerned Citizens of Canberra, while several others complain the mosque will create too much traffic congestion.

However, 20 letters urge the ACT government to approve the development, with one submission stating it will ''complement the two existing churches''. ''As a resident of Gungahlin town centre I would be materially affected by this development,'' the submission states.

''As such I strongly support this development.

''It is appropriate to the town centre, an appropriate design and the road network is designed to handle the surges in traffic.''

Another resident complains about the flyer they received from the Concerned Citizens of Canberra and says the group's objections to the mosque are ''flimsy at best and outright bigoted at worst''.

''Though I am not a religious person I feel that someone should be just as free to build a mosque as a church and having it near Gungahlin town centre seems as good a location as any in the area,'' the submission states.

A spokeswoman for the Environment and Sustainable Development Directorate said additional submissions were still arriving by post and were being accepted, provided the letter was stamped before the deadline for comment.

Meanwhile, the Australian Motorists Party candidate for Ginninderra Chic Henry said he believed the development would create traffic congestion.

Source: The Canberra Times


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An official luncheon in honour of His Excellency Mr Nasir Ahmad Andisha Ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan to Australia was held at the Speaker’s Dining Room of Queensland's Parliament House.


The function was hosted by Mrs Lisa France, Assistant Minister for Natural Resources and Mines.


The Ambassador spoke of the challenges his government faced in Afghanistan and the need for measures to reduce the unemployed rate currently in excess of 40 percent, without taking into account the female population of the country. He saw the steady increase in girls attending schools as a hope for the future of the country and encouraged the Afghan diaspora to lend their skills in the development and exploitation of the country's natural resources.


Ambassador Anhisha's response to the public execution in Afghanistan of a 23 year-old woman captured in a video can be heard in this ABC interview that was conducted soon after the meeting.


(L to R) Dr Mustafa Ally (Crescents of Brisbane), Mr Hassan Ghulam (Aust. Hazara Federation), Ms Gayle O’Brien (DATSIMA), Mr Nick Xynias (ECCQ), Mr Gary Page (MAQ), Ms Sediqa Karimi (Radio 4EB), Ms Yasmin Khan (Eidfest), His Excellency Mr Nasir Ahmad Andisha (Ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan to Australia), Mrs Lisa France (Assistant Minister for Natural Resources and Mines), Mr Darren Grimwade MP (Member for Morayfield), Mr Mohammed Yusuf (ICQ), Ms Faiza El-Higzi (Romero Centre), Mr Derek Brown (Dept. of Foreign Affairs and Trade).


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With Ramadhan starting soon Eidfest is sponsoring a photo exhibition highlighting what we eat during Ramadhan. It will showcase what Muslims eat for breaking fast, and for breakfast during Ramadhan.

There are many diverse cultures within the Islamic world and we all appreciate that many foods are eaten in different households across Brisbane. During Ramadhan, there are also many foods eaten that wouldn’t be eaten during other times of the year.

So we ask that you take a photo of your breakfast, or of you breaking your fast, and show us what foods you eat, how many you cater for and the diversity of the dishes that make up the Muslim community in Brisbane.

An exhibition of the photographs will be displayed at Eidfest and the best photograph winner will receive a ticket to somewhere exciting!

We look forward to seeing all your entries and highlighting some of the rituals of Ramadhan for our non-Muslim friends.

Entries to be sent to info@eidfest.com.au with details about the meal, and your name and contact details.

Entries close August 10th, 2012.

Please contact Yasmin Khan on 0419 025 510 for further information.


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Queensland's major multicultural conference is back again in 2012, with ECCQ's Multicultural Summit being held on 29 & 30 October.


The Summit will be an opportunity to hear from expert speakers and share insights on the current and emerging issues facing Queensland's increasingly multicultural and diverse society.


Mr. Waleed Aly will be amongst the keynote speakers at the Summit.


Waleed Aly is a lecturer in politics at Monash University, and works within university’s Global Terrorism Research Centre. Previously, he worked as a commercial lawyer, and he also has experience in human rights and family law.

He is the author, most recently, of What’s Right? The Future of Conservatism in Australia (Quarterly Essay 37). His debut book, People Like Us: How arrogance is dividing Islam and the West (Picador, 2007), was shortlisted for several awards including the Queensland Premier’s Literary Awards and for Best Newcomer at the 2008 Australian Book Industry Awards. Waleed writes regularly for the mainstream press and his work has appeared in The Guardian, The Australian, The Australian Financial Review, The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age among other publications. He has been commended at both the Walkley Awards and the Quill Awards for his commentary, and has been shortlisted for the Alfred Deakin Essay Prize in the Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards twice. His essay ‘It’s just a jump to the Left’ from The Sydney Morning Herald was included in Melbourne University Press’ collection of Australia’s Best Political Writing 2009.

Waleed is the host of Big Ideas on ABC television and the current host of Radio National’s weekday drive time program. He has been a regular guest host of ABC News Breakfast and of 774 ABC Melbourne’s morning program and in 2011 he was the host of The Late Session on SBS. Throughout the last few years he would frequently co-hosts The Conversation Hour, and present a fortnightly politics and society segment on ABC radio in Melbourne. Previously he was a writer and host of the SBS comedy show Salam Cafe. He regularly appears elsewhere in broadcast media, including as a political commentator on News Breakfast and The Drum, and has made feature appearances on Q&A, Enough Rope with Andrew Denton, Compass, Meet the Press, The 7.30 Report and Lateline. He also provides political commentary for international media outlets such as BBC World.

In 2005, he was made a White Ribbon Day Ambassador for the United Nations’ International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, and was named one of The Bulletin magazine’s ‘Smart 100’ in 2007. He was also an invited participant to the Prime Minister’s 2020 Summit in 2008. Since 2010 he has been listed in Who’s Who in the World. Waleed has been named Victoria’s Local Hero for 2011.

Waleed is married with two children, loves his footy and plays a mean guitar.

You can register online for the Summit or alternatively download a registration form. Early bird closes on 31 August. The full list of prices is available here.


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The Circle on Channel 10 interviews Randa Abdel-Fattah on her book "No Sex in the City" and on what it's like looking for a husband when your religion even prevents you from dating....



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One of the participants in last weekend's retreat at the Gold Coast conducted by Dr Haaifa Younis wrote of the spiritual impact the three days had on her:


Last weekend I was given the incredible blessing of being able to attend the Ladies Retreat at the Gold Coast focusing on living knowledge. The following is a reflection of my journey and on one of the many life lessons I have taken from it.



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Ghulam shariff &  Narmin

The nikah of Ghulam Shariff, youngest son of Haji Hussin and Rashida Goss, and Narmin Espania was performed on Thursday 12 July amongst family and friends at the Goss family home by the Imam of the Gold Coast Mosque, Imraan Husain.


The parents have requested that duas be made for the happy couple for a long and happy life together, insha'Allah.


The book Boundless Plains: The Australian Muslim Connection and an associated film commissioned by the museum were officially unveiled at the site of the still-to-be-built Islamic Museum of Australia (IMA) on the banks of the Merri Creek. The book documents the expedition made by four young Muslim Australians in 2011.

Senator Kate Lundy, the federal Parliamentary Secretary for Immigration and Multicultural Affairs, was also on hand at the launch to announce a $1.5 million funding contribution to the museum.

The $10 million project is now just $500,000 off its target.

Guest of honour at the launch, Yusuf Islam (pictured left), agreed to be the voice of the museum and said he would also consider loaning artefacts.

He said he was impressed with the way Australians paid respect for the traditional Aboriginal owners of the land.

``This wonderful tradition only happens in Australia and it’s very special,’’ he said.

``You don’t see it in the US.’’


He said the museum would help promote better understanding about the long connections Muslims had in Australia.

``Religion is there for us to understand and better ourselves not to fight over,’’ Mr Islam said.

``We were given this earth as a spherical place…there are no corners.’’

``Borders for me don’t exist.’’


IMA’s founder Moustafa Fahour (pictured right) and Patron, Mr Ahmed Fahour welcomed the 50 or so guests and In describing their 13,000 km journey from Melbourne to Arnhem Land and beyond, Moustafa referred to himself and his three ‘amigos’ as modern day Crocodile Dundees.


The anticipated date for the opening of the Islamic Museum of Australia is late 2013.


'The Islamic Museum of Australia will help to foster understanding and promote community harmony and social inclusion,' Senator Lundy said.

'It will serve to educate the wider Australian community of the rich and longstanding history that Islam has had in our nation.

'Here in Melbourne, the Museum will join a rich tapestry of cultural institutions celebrating the contribution of Greek, Italian, Jewish and Chinese communities.'

Mr Crean said the Islamic Museum of Australia would make a significant contribution to the cultural life of our nation.

'Culture is incredibly important to understanding ourselves better, not just as individuals, but as a nation,' Mr Crean said.

'Australia is uniquely placed. We have one of the oldest living cultures on earth and we continue to attract the greatest diversity of cultures on earth.

'That is why we are proud to be involved in this partnership for community cultural development.'

Arts Minister Simon Crean said the Islamic Museum of Australia would make a significant contribution to the cultural life of our nation.

'Culture is incredibly important to understanding ourselves better, not just as individuals, but as a nation,' Mr Crean said.

'Australia is uniquely placed. We have one of the oldest living cultures on earth and we continue to attract the greatest diversity of cultures on earth.

'That is why we are proud to be involved in this partnership for community cultural development.'



Sultana's Dream

Northcote Leader

Ministerial Press Release




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ABC promo  


Episode 4

(Warning: Classified MA)

This episode of Dumb, Drunk and Racist looks at how Australia treats its indigenous population and the often volatile relationship between black and white. The Indians start at the place where indigenous people first came into contact with white people, Sydney’s Botany Bay. It’s a good step-off point… leaving the Indians wondering what state the relationship is in after 200 years of white settlement.

From there, the road-trip heads to Moree in Northern NSW, infamous as one of Australia’s last bastions of legislated racism. The group visits Moree Baths, where Charles Perkins campaigned for indigenous people to be allowed to swim in 1965. At the time the issue divided the town’s black and white populations. Does that divide still exist? Joe takes the question to local indigenous elders and to Moree’s Mayor, Katrina Humphries… both with different views.

From Moree to Australia’s red centre, Alice Springs. They visit the Todd River where Joe explains the damage indigenous alcohol abuse has caused here. Suddenly the group are set upon by two women upset by their presence … the situation becomes tense as the w
omen begin throwing stones. It’s a scary and shocking experience and one that has the team running for cover.


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20 July


Community Meal/Ifthar with the Homeless & Disadvantaged


St Andrew's Anglican Church, cnr Cordelia & Vulture St, West End

0422 349 786


22 July


Ifthaar: Experience the tastes of Indonesia

Indonesian Islamic Society of Brisbane

UQ Campus, Multi-faith Centre

0407 632 492

After Maghrib

28 July


Ifthaar: Experience the tastes of Indonesia

Indonesian Islamic Society of Brisbane

Griffith University, Nathan Campus TBA

0407 632 492

After Maghrib

4 August


Ifthaar: Experience the tastes of Indonesia

Indonesian Islamic Society of Brisbane

Darul Uloom, BURANDA

0407 632 492

After Maghrib

11 August


Ifthaar: Experience the tastes of Indonesia

Indonesian Islamic Society of Brisbane

QUT, Kelvin Grove TBA

0407 632 492

After Maghrib


If you’re holding public iftars, lectures, exhibitions, homeless food collections, fund-raising initiatives or anything else this Ramadan email ccn@crescentsofbrisbane.org with the following details:







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(Email ccn@crescentsofbrisbane.org a copy of your Mosque's time table to be included here)


Kuraby Mosque

 Darra Mosque


Holland Park Mosque


Al-Mustapha Institute of Brisbane









 Shaykh Sulaiman Moola
visiting South African Scholar

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Ramadan Recommendations

By Imraan Husain (Imam of Gold Coast Mosque)


When our spirits are ascendant, and our carnal lusts retreat, we will be able to engage in the type of fast described by one of our righteous forebears when he advised:

Fast your entire lifetime. Make death your ‘Eid! Life itself is a fast for the righteous. Their fast is from all forbidden lusts. When death comes to them their fast has ended. At that time they find the new moon of ‘Eid.




Majlis ul Ulamaa of Australia Announcement

The Majlis ul Ulamaa of Australia announce the names of the Ulamaa from various states of Australia (including Victoria, Queensland,
Western Australia, and New South Wales) who have decided that all Islamic lunar months will be observed by local moon-sighting. These include the commencement of the month Ramadān, Eid-ul-Fitr, and Eid-ul-Adhā.






Crescent moon sighting graphics



These images show the stages and predictions of visibility on Thursday, Friday and Saturday 19, 20 and 21 respectively.




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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 Muslim500 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. 29

Waddaulah, His Majesty Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin
Sultan of Brunei



Country: Brunei Darussalam

Born: 15 July 1946 (age 65) in Brunei Town, Brunei

Source of Influence: Political, Financial
Influence: Leader of over 400,000
citizens of Brunei
School of Thought: Traditional Sunni, Shafi’i

Abdullah His Majesty Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah is one of the richest men in the world. He is the 29th Sultan of one of the oldest dynasties in existence today. Brunei is a country on the north coast of the island of Borneo in Southeast Asia, with a Muslim population of approximately 211,000.

House of Bolkiah

His Majesty Sultan Bolkiah descends from the House of Bolkiah,  which traces back to Sultan Bolkiah, the fifth Sultan of Brunei (who ruled from 1485- 524 CE). The House of Bolkiah is the longest reigning Sunni Muslim Royal House in Brunei.


Administrative Influence

Sultan Bolkiah has been lauded for attempts at slowly democratizing  the country’s governance, while at the same time consolidating  royal authority. Beginning in the early nineties Sultan Bolkiah began trying to  strengthen the  role of Islam through the notion of Melayu Islam Beraja (or Malay  Islamic Monarchy). The Sultan is also an important  donor to the Organization of the Islamic Conference. 


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The competition for the CCN Young Muslim Writers Awards (YMWA) for 2012 is now open.


Please encourage our young boys and girls to participate.


Last year's inaugural awards were a resounding successful with entries coming from all around Australia and many considered by our independent panel of judges as being of a very high standard.


Download the 2012 YMWA submission pack for all the details of this year's awards.


This year's prizes will be notebook computers generously donated by our sponsors (last year our winners received Kindle eBook readers).


The closing date for entries is 31 August 2012.


Visit our Facebook page to (1) like us (2) keep updated on the progress of the competition and (3) read all about last year's awards.


Details of last year's awards can be found in CCN370.

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Job Vacancy


Resident Imam for Darra Mosque, Brisbane, Queensland


Applicants are being invited for the position of Imam.


Details of the position can be downloaded here.


Secretary for Kuraby Mosque


Masjid Al-Farooq (Kuraby Madrassah) is looking for a permanent secretary.

Responsibilities will involve handling student enrolments and payments, addressing parent enquiries and aiding the principal and teachers.

MYOB experience preferred but not necessary.

Hours: 3.45 to 6.15 pm Mon to Thurs

For more information or to express interest contact: Farouk Adam
farouk.adam@bigpond.com or 0422 191 675


House for Rent



4 Bedroom, 2 bathroom house in Marsden. Separate laundry, lounge and double lock up garage. Big backyard. Situated in a quite cul-de-sac, and down the road from Logan mosque. Rental is $370 per week. Can be viewed at http://www.realestate.com.au/property-house-qld-marsden-407883589

Contact 0430 284 356 or Rental agency directly on 07 3200 3773.



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Pizza Lane Preparing for Ramadhan


Pizza Lane will be making savouries for Ramadaan.


Download a pricelist.

Call Laila on 0415467868 / 32197808 to place your order.

Please note that we already have many pre booked orders so please place your orders asap as we will be only taking a limited number of orders.


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

This week CCN recommends


The Arab Awakening


Tariq Ramadan


What is happening in the Middle East? Tariq Ramadan, one of the foremost Muslim intellectuals, calls the events "uprisings", more permanent than "revolts" but still short of thoroughgoing "revolutions". So far, Tunisia is the only clear democratising success, and there it remains unclear if the new dispensation will be fundamentally more just than the last.

Half of this slim volume is spent examining whether the uprisings were staged or spontaneous. Ramadan counsels against both the naive view that outside powers are passive observers of events, and the contrary belief that Arab revolutionaries have been mere pawns in the hands of cunning foreign players. Certainly the US and its allies helped to guide events by collaborating with the military hierarchies which removed presidents in Tunisia and Egypt, and by full-scale intervention in Libya – for a variety of obvious reasons. An agreement signed by Libya's NTC last year, for instance, guaranteed France 3 per cent of future oil exports.

There's been Gulf and Western hypocrisy over Bahrain, home to Formula One and the US Fifth Fleet, and al-Jazeera's coverage has been tailored to reflect its Qatari host's strategic concerns. Then, less convincingly, the social media conspiracy: trainees from 37 countries learned non-violent cyberactivism in Serbia. Google provided satellite access codes to Egyptian activists, but not their Syrian counterparts.

Ramadan blames the ideological void on "the deadening weight of dictatorship" which impoverished "the life of ideas in society". "Critical, creative economic thinking appears to have deserted the Arab political debate". Rejecting the superficiality of "Islamic finance", he calls for a fuller critique of capitalism's unethical content. More than that: he wants the Arab Muslims to draw upon "cultural ... capital" to produce "something new, something original". He calls for social justice based on the Quranic verse "We have conferred dignity on human beings," and for an all-encompassing cultural and "intellectual jihad". He calls for revolution, in other words.


Extracted from: The Independent


Arguing that the debate cannot be reduced to a confrontation between two approaches - the modern and secular versus the traditional and Islamic - Ramadan demonstrates that not only are both of these routes in crisis, but that the Arab world has an historic opportunity: to stop blaming the West, to jettison its victim status and to create a truly new dynamic.

Tariq Ramadan offers up a challenge to the Middle East: what enduring legacy will you produce, from the historic moment of the Arab Spring?

Extracted from: Tariq Ramadan


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

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

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

The CCN Bookshelf

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


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

The CCN Readers' Book Club


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KB says: Sawleha Hansa's recipe for the perfect milkshake comes just in time for Ramadhan.





1. About a dozen strawberries
2. 4 tablespoons sugar
3. 4 tablespoons of strawberry Nesquik
4. 6 scoops vanilla ice-cream
5. 500ml fresh cream
6. Half a litre milk (can add more if you prefer a runny texture)


1. Place the strawberries into a blender.
2. Sprinkle with sugar and then add ice-cream, fresh cream and Nesquik, and blend for a few seconds
3. Lastly add milk and blend until fully mixed.
4. Pour out into individual glasses and top with fresh cream and some sliced strawberries.


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.


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Mula Nasruddin and his atheist neighbour were always engaged in heated debates about their differences.


One day the neighbour heard Mula Nasruddin make a dua (supplication). The dua was about him getting his groceries with ease.


The neighbour took this as an opportunity to make a point. So he went to the store, bought the groceries, left it on Mua Nasruddin's doorstep and knocked on the door and hid.


When Mula Nasruddin opened the door he said "Alhamdulillah, Allah (swt) answered my prayer".


The neighbour jumped out and said "It wasn't God, it was me!"


Mula Nasruddin responded and said "Alhamdulillah, Allah gave me food and he made the shaytan (devil) deliver it to me."  


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O you who believe! When you prepare for prayer, wash your faces, and your hands (and arms) to the elbows; rub your heads (with water); and (wash) your feet to the ankles.
If you are in a state of ceremonial impurity, bathe your whole body...


Surah Al-Ma'idah 5:6


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“The only people with whom you should try to get even are those who have helped you."

John E. Southard (1787 – 1842)


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Events and Functions

Sheikh Jabbar AlKauthar Lecture 14 & 15 July Eidfest 2012 25 August Unity Cup Soccer Tournament 2 September Kuraby Madressah Fundraiser 6 October


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Islamic Programmes, Education & Services

Guardians of the Prophet's Traditions 1 Guardians of the Prophet's Traditions 2 Face Inc Ramadan Iftar Chad Fundraiser Revival My Dear Child...Course Shaykh Sulaiman Moola Ramadan Lecture Programme
Makeni Islamic Society Ramadan Appeal 2012 The CCN Young Muslim Writers Awards 2012 Kuraby Holiday Madressa Classes 25 June to 5 July Muslim Aid Australia SYRIA Emergency Appeal A Warm Heart to warm the Hearts of others Blanket Drive 2012 Al-Imdaad Foundation Australia Salaam Institute: The Heart of the IHYA AMYN 40 Gems Brisbane Muslim Burial Society (BMBS) Boxing Training Discovering Deen Youth Club Fathima Adat Tutoring Fiqh and Tafseer Classes Hall Hire Islamic College of Brisbane Kuraby Mosque Quran & Islamic Classes Table & Chair Hire Kuraby Mosque Madressa Classes Al-Mustapha Institute Maths Tutoring Service Qari Hufaaz Classes AIIC Sscholarships Sisters' House Accommodation Registration SMS Alert Services


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Love ur Body

Beauty Treatments

Brizie Biltong


Mansur Omar

Real Estate

Bismillah Repairs & Maintenance

Repairs & Maintenance

MaXimize Accountants


Brisbane Diagnostics



Health Drink

Calamvale Physio & Sports Injury Clinic


AutoCAD Training

Personal Tuition

Car Body Removals

Used Car Dealer

Muslim Directory Australia

Directory Services

Carpet Lifesavers

Carpet cleaning


Restaurant & Takeaway Portuguese Chicken

Centre for Easy Language Learning (CeLL)

Tutoring (Arabic)


Restaurant & Takeaway Portuguese Chicken

Boulevard Towers Surfers Paradise 

Holiday Accommodation

Nazima Hansa Realty PTY LTD

Real Estate



Islamic College of Brisbane Hall Hire

Hire Services



OurWorld Travel



Migration Agency

Pappa Roti

Cake & Coffee

Fathima Adat Tutoring

Tutoring (School subjects)

Pizza Lane

Restaurant & Takeaway Pizza

Gabriel Hair Studios


Rejuven8 Body & Beauty

Beauty Treatments


Plastic Mats

Samoosa Pastry Distributors


Henna by Fatima


Shakira Kolia's Driving School

Driving School

Hummy's Automotive

Car Repairs



Hussana Australia

Halal Body Care range

Stick On Labels

Label printing

InWear Fashions

Clothing Fashion

The Quran Pen


Junaid Ally Properties

Real Estate

Yasmeen Seedat Accounting Services


Kimaya Fashions


Lily's Fashion

Wedding dresses etc. 

Personal Training with Layla

Personal Training

Marketing Co-Op

Internet Services

Angelz Dental Care



Travel Agency

Shameema's Silk Scarves


Grand Medical Centre

Medical Practitioners

Qld Islamic Book Service

Book Shop



Health Products

Personal Wellness Coach



Ummah Store

Books, Clothing, DVDs etc.


Security Systems


Paradise Convenience

Global Groceries

Muslima Chic

Muslim designer clothes, jewellery


Samoosa Strips (pur)


Low Price Pharmacy



LTH Accounting & Financial Services


LTH Accounting & Financial Services Low Price Pharmacy, KURABYKuraby Muslima Chick @ www.Facebook.com/muslimachic FLIGHSTAR-HAJJPROGRAM-2012 Healthy Life Browns Plains Surfers Paradise Holiday Accommodation AutoCAD Tuition OFFICETEK for Intercoms,CCTVs, Alarms MaXimize Accountants Monavie Angelz Dental Care Centre for Easy Language Learning (CeLL) ACCES Removal Services Baalbak Bismillah Repairs & Maintenance Samoosa Pastry Distributors Brisbane Diagnostics Brizie Biltong Calamvale Physio & Sports Injury Clinic Carpet Lifesavers Rejuven8 Body & Beauty Haseera InWear Fashions Personal Wellness Coach efxshop Fathima Adat Tutoring Gabriel Hair Studios Henna by Fatima Hummy's Automotive Hussana Australia Are you preparing for Ramadaan? Paradise Convenience: global groceries Junaid Ally Properties Kimaya Fashions Kuraby Mosque Hire Services Stick On Labels d'Lahorie Personal Training with Layla Lily's Fashion Love ur Body Marketing Co-Op Muslim Directory Australia Mo's Handyman Services Nando's CALAMVALE CENTRAL Nandos MT GRAVATT Nazima Hansa Realty PTY LTD Excelanz Pizza Lane Pappa Roti Qld Islamic Book Service Yasmeen Seedat Accounting Services Shameema's Silk Scarves Siitra Shakira Kolia's Driving School Car Body Removals Ummah Store Mansur Omar EliteFX


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

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





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15 July


Guardian of The Prophet's Traditions

HikmahWay Institute

Building 24 Social Sciences Building, Lecture Theatre S304, Uni of Queensland, St. Lucia Campus


9:00am -6:00pm (Registration @ 8:30am)

14 & 15 July

Sat & Sun

Worst of the Worst: Lecture by Sheikh Jabbar

Alkauthar Institute Brisbane

Building N18,  Griffith University, Nathan, Campus 170 Kessels Road, Nathan


8.30am to 6.30pm

21 July



Start of Ramadhan 

28 July


Revival Course: My Dear Child....


Kuraby Mosque


9.30am to 2pm

15 August



Lailatul Qadr

19 August



End of Ramadhan   

20 August




25 August



Mt Gravatt Showgrounds

0418 722 353

All day

2 September


Soccer Tournament: Unity Cup 2012

Ahmed Essof

Acacia Ridge Indoor Sports, 1391 Beaudesert Road

0415 323 548

All day

23 September



Orleigh Park, West End

0402 026 786


26 October




6 October


Kuraby Madrassah Fundraiser

Kuraby Mosque & Al-Nisa

Michael's Oriental Restaurant

0433 182 520


26 & 27 October

Fri & Sat

Eidfest Dreamworld


0418 722 353

All day

3 November


Islamic College of Brisbane Annual Fete

Islamic College of Brisbane CPAC

Islamic College of Brisbane

0400 162 163

All day


NB: The Islamic date changes to the next day starting in the evenings after maghrib.

Therefore, except for lailatul mehraj, lailatul baraat and lailatul qadr – these dates

refer to the commencement of the event starting in the evening of the corresponding day.


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The Heart of the Ihya: Prophetic Character

The Salaam Institute presents an inspiring weekly course.

A 10-session weekly Seekers Circle Globally Accessible Program with Shaykh Yahya Rhodus, Shaykh Faraz Rabbani and Imam Afroz Ali.

This SeekersCircle will cover the Book 20 of Imam al-Ghazzali’s Ihya ‘Ulum ud-Deen, known as the Heart of the Ihya.

WHEN: Every Friday beginning on 18 May 2012 for 10 weeks.
TIME: 7:30pm - 9:30pm
VENUE: IWAQ Office, 11 Watland St, Springwood

Males and Females welcome. Refreshments provided.


More information


 As-Salaam Institute of Islamic Studies

Free Monthly Tafseer Class

Telecast Live from Sydney

The Immense Ocean by Imam Ahmed Ibn Ajiba al Hasani

Date: Saturday 3 March 2012, then every second Saturday of each month
Time: 3pm - 4:30pm
Venue: IWAQ Office, 11 Watland St, Springwood
Light refreshments provided.

For more information about the course click here


Bald Hills Mosque Weekly Tafseer


Tafseer lessons (half an hour)
Mondays and Wednesdays every week after Isha salah at Bald Hills Masjid,


All are welcome


Kuraby Mosque Tafseer & Taalim


Tuesday tafseer and taleem classes at Kuraby Mosque will commence on Tuesday 24th July 11am - 12.30pm


Queensland Police Service/Muslim Community Consultative Group


VENUE: Metropolitan South Regional Office, 1993 Logan Road, Upper Mt Gravatt

Wednesday 17 October 2012


Commencing at 5.00pm (Times may change throughout the year pending salat)



For more information and RSVP:

Sergeant Jim Bellos at Bellos.Dimitrios@police.qld.gov.au



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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

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

IQRA Academy Institute of Islamic Studies

Online streaming of Islamic lectures

Gold Coast Mosque

 Incorporating Islamic Society of Gold Coast Inc.

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

Sultana's Dream

Online magazine subscribe@sultanasdream.com.au

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


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