Sunday, 9 December 2012

 Newsletter 0422




The young members of The Islamic Society of Algester (ISOA) took the initiative to organise a three-course dinner to help raise funds towards building a well in Afghanistan.


The event took place at the Algester Mosque on the 1st of December and by all accounts turned out to be a great success.


"In Afghanistan 20% of the population and 27% in rural areas do not have access to safe drinking water, something we take for granted every day. Building a well will help provide safe drinking water to these people," a spokesperson for youth told CCN.

The event began with a talk from Imam Nawaaz, explaining the purpose of the event, the great cause everyone was there to support and background information on the current water situation in Afghanistan. This was followed by the recitation of a nasheed from Sheik Ahmed Abu Ghazaleh and finally a dua by Moulana Aslam.

The team of youth carefully planned a scrumptious menu and elegant decor for an ultimate dining experience. The talented ladies of the ISOA catering team, along with the youth, prepared a hearty chicken and corn soup with croutons as an entree. The main course was a buffet selection of authentic butter chicken, rice, Asian inspired beef stir fry, salad, Turkish bread and pickles. After Isha salaah a delightful chocolate mousse was served to end the night on a sweet note.

The community gave very generously and the ISOA was able to raise enough funds to build not only one but two wells!


"The attendees absolutely loved the food and there was a great atmosphere. The community was thrilled to be able to contribute to such a worthy cause and thought it was a great opportunity and learning experience. As the youth took charge, all the leaders of the community enjoyed full service. May Allah reward all those who helped make the event a success and donated to this worthy cause. The ISOA youth are excited to see the difference the wells will make to the lives of their fellow brothers and sisters in Afghanistan."

Look out for the next ISOA youth event!

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Revival, a Brisbane-based organization vested with the ideals of bringing Islamic issues to the local community for scholarly discussion, held a dinner on Thursday night at Michael's Oriental in honour of the its overseas keynote speakers who presented at the Symposium on Sharia held the day before.


The function, held under the theme of Living Islam Today,  was attended by some 100 guests who included Imams, community organization and government representatives as well as Aboriginal elders.


Aunty Deborah Bennet (pictured left), who was called on to give an impromptu speech, spoke most eloquently and appreciatively of the long, enduring history and association between the indigenous community and the Muslims from Indonesia and Afghanistan.


This was followed by the effervescent and ebullient Dato’ Sri Professor Zaleha Kamaruddin who spoke on the work her university, the International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM), was doing to incorporate secular and religious content in their curriculum.


Shaykh Taha Karaan, a scholar in Islamic jurisprudence from Cape Town, South Africa, gave a racy and inspired talk on living in a Western world with Islamic values.


The Q&A segments during the evening dealt with a number of interesting topics that were equally well-addressed by the speakers.

Rector of IIUM

Dato’ Sri Professor Zaleha Kamaruddin

The Principal and his Pupil

Shaykh Taha Karaan and Imam Akram Buksh

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By Maryam Issadeen

Kuraby Madrasah held its annual jalsah at the Kuraby Special School to acknowledge its students and showcase their Islamic education on Friday, December 7.

With 120 students currently enrolled in the madrasah as well as an additional 12 hifz students (including 2 girls), the institute provides a fundamental Islamic education for children between grade 1 and 8.

“At a young age it is important that we instil the importance of deen in their hearts,” says Imam Akram Buksh, principal of the madrasah. "Kuraby Madrasah strives for excellence in character with the intention of teaching its pupils the manners and way of Muhammad SAW to show the true essence of Islam", Imam Akram told CCN.

The evening showcased much of the knowledge acquired throughout the year. Students performed plays, sang songs and recited from the Qur’an. The evening was also an opportunity to recognize the highest achieving students from each grade.


Prizes were awarded as follows:

Grade 1
1st Saima Bulbulia
2nd Aaliyah Khatree
3rd Abdi Hakim Aden

Grade 2
1st Najmah Dean
1st Hafizah Khan
2nd Daania Akhtar
3rd Beesion Honarwor
3rd Rayhan Shabbir
3rd Uzair Musa Ali

Grade 3
1st Abdullah Islam
2nd Fareen Aziz
3rd Ziyaad Salman Ali
Grade 4
1st Saniyah Muhammed
2nd Ayah Aziz
3rd Abdul-Rahman Khan

Grade 5
1st Jaris Kassim
2nd Masrur Alam
3rd Muhammed Faizan Nadeem Ahmed
Grade 6
1st Zahraa Mahomed
2nd Taskeen Khan
3rd Hamza Ahmad
Grade 7
1st Afifah Safira Abdullah
2nd Muhammed Nur’Alif Sawife
3rd Abdullah Khan
Grade 8
1st Faaizah Zahraa Ali
2nd Saalihah Khan
3rd Zahra Ali

Enrolments are open now for the 2013 year, beginning 28 January.

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(left to right)

Ms Janeth Deen, Dr Kristyn Deen and Dr. Vincent Deen   



The graduation of the 4th cohort of medical students from Bond University took place during the week.

Amongst the seventy graduates were Kristyn Sharee Deen, Yusuf Eqbal, Mohammed Kafilhussain Kafil, M. Masood Sidiqi and Farah Diba Zaman.

Kristyn Deen is the grand-daughter of Janeth Deen and the daughter of cardiologist, Dr. Vincent Deen.


The Deen and Ramah families now have two doctors within their midst and two more grand-daughters of Janeth, Jessica Radvan and Jacqui Deen, have successfully completed their second year of their medical degrees at James Cook University.

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By Anisa Sunder

Shariah Law is undoubtedly one of the most widely debated and yet misunderstood contemporary Islamic issues of today. In a time where politicians such as Cory Bernardi spout vitriolic messages about Shariah, coupled with the mainstream media often aiding in the spreading of misinformation, it is little wonder that so many of our non-Muslim neighbours in Australia perceive Sharia to be such a threat to their way of life. What is surprising however, is how ill-informed so many of us, as Muslims, are about our own religious laws.

It was with the intention to not only educate but to discuss potential solutions to current-day issues that the Revival team, Griffith University, the National Centre of Excellence for Islamic studies and the Council of Imams Queensland set about organising the Shariah Law One Day Symposium.

The symposium examined the meaning, sources and objectives of Shariah; Islamic Law vis-à-vis the Common Law, and the Relevance of Abodes (Dar al Islam & Dar al-Harb) in the Implementation of Shariah Law. It also addressed the issue of Islamic Family Law in Australia, what aspects of Shariah laws can be implemented in non-Muslim lands, and who should have the authority to implement them and what circumstances they should be implemented.

On Wednesday the 5th of December approximately 70 people representing various Islamic and non-Islamic organisations from all over Australia convened at the Brisbane Convention Centre to hear from high profile specialists in Islamic Law - Dato’ Sri Professor Zaleha Kamaruddin, Shaykh Taha Karaan, Dr Ann Black, Associate Professor Dr Mohamad Adbdalla and Dr Mahmood Nathie.

By all accounts the symposium was a resounding success. The keynote speakers were very interesting and their topics relevant and very appropriate in light of recent events. Additionally, the Q and A sessions following each speaker were lively and extremely informative.


Jazak’Allah Khairan to the organisers for providing all participants with such a productive and rewarding experience.

For anyone wanting to watch a video of the Symposium IslamTV will be posting it up shortly. Snippets of the Symposium will also be posted on the Revival website.

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by Office for Women at the Islamic Council of Victoria


Brunch host Waleed Aly and wife Susan Carland

Host Waleed Aly called it a historical moment – Muslim men and women in Melbourne marking White Ribbon Day with a multicultural brunch, couples discussing respectful relationships, the auctioning of goods to support White Ribbon and the Islamic Council of Victoria’s social services programs, and young Muslim men getting involved through a moving social media campaign.


The event was organised by the Islamic Council of Victoria (ICV), Youth Victoria, and sponsored by the Australian Multicultural Foundation.


ICV president Nadeem Hussain said it showed ‘the commitment people have to address this issue’.

“It’s important that conversations take place at the community level promoting counseling, psychological and spiritual, for both abusers and the abused,” Mr Hussain remarked.

Tasnim Sammak and her colleagues from the Federation of Australian Muslim Students and Youth arranged for goods for auction to be donated, including hampers, white headscarves from Nasiba Fashion, and books and CDs about Islam’s support for respectful relationships from mybookstore.

FAMSY’s Tasnim Sammak (second from right) and family.


As the host of the event and a White Ribbon ambassador Mr Aly said domestic violence was an issue on the global agenda.

“It crosses all borders, faiths, cultures and races,” he said.

Speakers and presenters included former ICV president Ramzi Elsayed, Benevolence director Saara Sabbagh, psychologist Monique Toohey, religious leader Sheikh Abdinur and ICV representatives Rana Hussain and Michael Stapleton.

A White Ribbon campaign director, Murray McInnis, attended as did other White Ribbon ambassadors from the Muslim community including ICV youth worker Mohammed Elleissy, and lawyer and novelist Irfan Yusuf.


Speakers Rana Hussain and Michael Stapleton. 

Rashid and Amr Alshakshir from Youth Victoria – a Muslim young people’s group based at the Virgin Mary Mosque in Hoppers Crossing in Melbourne’s west – collated and edited a collection of short videos submitted by nineteen young Muslim men, who recorded themselves taking the White Ribbon oath (“I promise never to commit, excuse or remain silent about violence against women”).

The men represented a wide range of cultural and professional backgrounds, demonstrating widespread support among Muslim men for the goals of the White Ribbon campaign.








Source: MuslimVillage.com

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Are you passionate about peacemaking and wanting to play a part in the peacebuilding process in Myanmar?

The Centre for Human Dialogue is an international, independent private diplomacy and mediation organisation that seeks through the use of mediation and dialogue to improve the prevention of and response to armed conflict around the world.


The Centre’s work is motivated by humanitarian considerations and is based on the principles of humanity, impartiality, independence and discretion. The main objective of the Centre for Human Dialogue’s work is to reduce the suffering caused by armed conflict.

Work began in Myanmar in 2012, to support the process between the national government and the different ceasefire groups. The Centre for Human Dialogue now seeks assistance to support the implementation of projects designed to enable a multi-stakeholder dialogue, as well as facilitation of technical support and advice to move towards an inclusive peaceful settlement.

To be considered for this opportunity, you will need a:

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If you believe these attributes match your skillset and interest, apply now.

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US: A pair of Muslim NFL stars have sacrificed their million-dollar paychecks and quit their top-flight American football teams - to go on a pilgrimage to Mecca.

Brothers Hamza and Husain Abdullah are at the peak of their careers, playing every week in front of tens of thousands of cheering fans at the heart of two of America's top gridiron teams.

But in June this year, the pair broke the news to their respective coaches that they would not be available to play in the 2012 NFL season because they were taking their ailing parents on a 7,000-mile 'road trip' to Islam's spiritual heartland.

Lifelong Muslims Hamza, 29, a first-team starter for the Arizona Cardinals and Husain, 27, of the Minnesota Vikings, have enjoyed highly successful careers in American football, climbing the ranks from little leagues, to high school and college football to the NFL.

But in a country so polarised by perceptions of faith, both say they have experienced Islamophobic abuse on and off the field.

Far from accept it as an inescapable byproduct of multiculturalism, however, it inspired them to use their high-profile status to educate fellow Americans in a bid to nurture a better understanding of their faith.

'You know,' Hamza told NBC News. 'We're playing football, America's number one game. We went on a road trip. What's more American than a road trip?'

Born and bred in tough South Central Los Angeles, the brothers say no amount of success could satisfy their aching desire to honour the most demanding of the five pillars of Islam - The Hajj.

It is a journey all able-bodied Muslims are required to make at least once in their lifetime and is the largest spiritual pilgrimage in the world.

'We’ve been playing football since we were 8 years old,' Husain told NBC News. 'And although we're knocking down all these barriers, doing things that people said you can't do, all of a sudden, it was like there's more to life than this. There's more. And we had to go for it.'

The brothers decided to take with them their mother, a teacher, and ailing father, a former carpenter whose chronic diabetes leaves him needing daily dialysis treatment.

But before they embarked on the mission, they spent 30 days travelling America, having 'Iftar' - the daily Ramadan fast-breaking meal - at a different mosque each night while giving talks on fasting and its impact on athletes.

The journey that followed was a far cry from the luxury they had become accustomed to as coveted sports stars in their homeland.




Source: Nigeria News

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The IQAMA Madrasah held its annual Jalsah last night (Saturday) at the centre in Pallara, Brisbane.


Students aged between 4 and 26 performed before friends, family and community representatives.


A butter-chicken dish cooked on the premises served as the main course.

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Imam Zeeyad Ravat of the Islamic College of Brisbane is currently at the Madin Academy in Kerala, India as the guest of Shiekh Ibraheemul Khaleelul Bukhari, the leader of Madin Academy in India.


Earlier this year Bukhari visited Australia and was impressed at how well Islam was flourishing in Brisbane and in Australia as a whole.


The Shiekh features amongst the 500 most famous Muslims and the annual Ramadhan program at Madin attracts more than half a million worshippers to his prayers.

On his arrival in India, Imam Ravat was accorded this introduction to the local community there:

Alhamdulillah we are honoured to welcome Shiekh Mufti Zeeyad Ravat, Head of Islamic and Arabic studies at the Islamic College of Brisbane at our Institute here in Kerala India.

Many people think that there is no Islam in Australia and visits from such scholars sends a very positive message in our local community of the vibrancy of Islam in such distant corners of the world.

Shiekh Zeeyad arrived in Bangalore and visited some of our branches on route to Cochin and Calicut. Last Night he was the guest of honour at the monthly Salawath programme.

He addressed the audience of over 10,000 people and educated the crowd on how Islam is prospering in the west despite various onslaughts against it.

He said he was really impressed by the unity of the Muslims in Kerala and the great respect the people had for the scholars in general.

Shiekh Zeeyad will visit Sri Lanka and the Maldives on an extended lecture tour on his way back to Brisbane.

May Allah reward him, his family and the Muslims of Australia for their ongoing friendship and support.

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The chart summarizes the progress of fund raising for the purchase of the Salvation Army property by Holland Park Mosque.

After having stalled last week with no donations, Islamic Society of Holland Park (ISOHP) has succeeded in kick-starting the collections with renew vigour and hope thanks to the generous support of the congregation at Gold Coast Mosque. An impassioned appeal by Mr. Hussin Goss made a considerable impact on the congregation and they contributed over $21,000 in less than half an hour.

The committee and some members of the ISOHP travelled to Sydney during the week on a fund raising drive - the first time Holland Park has ventured out of South East Queensland. A full report on this collection effort will be made available in next week's CCN.

For those readers not fully au fait with the details of the newly acquired property and what the society plans to do with it the following is a brief synopsis.

The Salvation Army property is on 1800 square metres of land and comprises a car park, a double-storey hall, an old church and two units (see the plan). The hall will be used for teaching facilities as well as for society functions. The church will be repainted and repaired and used as a prayer area for the ladies. The units will be rented out and the proceeds will help towards the operating costs of the Mosque. Securing the property also means that the extensions to the Mosque can be carried out with approval from the Brisbane City Council.

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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.

Each week, CCN publishes a personality selected from the list:


No. 50

H.E. Dr Aref Ali Nayed
Scholar & Libyan Ambassador to the UAE


Country: Libya

Born: 1962 (age 49) in Libya
Source of Influence: Scholarly, Political
Influence: Interfaith scholar and
influential figure in the new Libyan government
School of Thought: Sunni

Nayed has recently been appointed Ambassador to the UAE for Libya’s National Transitional Council (NTC).


He also leads  the Libya Stabilisation Team. 


Prior to the Libyan revolution he  worked as an important  scholar in the field of Muslim- Christian  relations, and is the founder and director of Kalam  Research & Media (KRM).


Religious Scholar

Nayed is a former professor at both the Pontifical Institute  for Arabic and  Islamic Studies (Rome) and at ISTAC,  Malaysia, and is a senior  advisor to the Faculty of Divinity  in Cambridge, UK.


Prior to the  Libyan revolution he lectured on Islamic Theology, Logic,  and Spirituality at  the restored Uthman Pasha Madrasa in  Tripoli, Libya.


He was recently appointed to the Board of  Advisors of  the Templeton Foundation.


As CCN comes to the end of our top 50 of the 500 world's most influential Muslims of 2011, the Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Centre, the Jordanian think tank releases its 2012 list.


This fourth annual compilation lists the individuals according to 13 categories, including spiritual guides, Quran reciters, scholars, politicians, celebrities, sports figures, radicals and media leaders.


Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah is at No. 1 spot which he retains since 2009.

Others to make the list include:

• Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, all-time NBA scoring leader, and boxing legend Muhammad Ali.

• Umar Faruq Abdullah, a convert who founded the Nawawi Foundation, an educational nonprofit organization in Chicago.

• Azizah Al-Hibri, chairwoman of Karamah: Muslim Women Lawyers for Human Rights, appointed in 2011 by President Barack Obama to the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom.

• Sheik Muhammad Bin Yahya Al Husayni Al-Ninowy, Imam at the Masjid al-Madina in Atlanta, and a descendant of Prophet Muhammad’s daughter Fatima.


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Blues for Mali as Ali Farka Toure's music is banned

MALI: After making northern Mali's "Blues" music famous around the world, Ali Farka Toure (pictured left) is a legend in his home town of Niafunke, where he was mayor until his death in 2006.

The memorial to him is still intact but his music is no longer heard in the town's streets.

"The town has gone silent," says 28-year-old farmer Ousmane Maiga (not his real name) over the phone. "It's way too quiet".

Islamist fighters have taken over Niafunke, which sits on the banks of the river Niger 100km (60 miles) south-west of Timbuktu.

They have introduced a strict social code: Women and girls must be covered, young men cannot wear loose trousers and all forms of music are banned.

Residents say two young men were whipped last month after they were caught smoking tobacco.

Toure was just one of a host of stars who have turned music into one of Mali's best known exports.

"Music is so much part of our culture," says Mr Maiga. "It's everywhere here, I miss listening to it over tea with my friends on the weekend. I miss attending wedding ceremonies and baptisms."



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Muslims fight after Newham mega-mosque plan is rejected        


The mosque would have had a prayer hall for up to 7,440 men and a facility for about 2,000 women

LONDON: A Muslim group behind a proposed east London mega-mosque today vowed to seek a judicial review after councillors rejected the scheme, saying it was “too big” and would not serve the needs of the local community.

Hardline sect Tablighi Jamaat purchased the 17-acre brownfield site in Abbey Mills, Newham, in 1996 and has been trying to build a mosque there for more than a decade, despite opposition from residents and campaign groups.

The current plan is for a 9,000-capacity Islamic centre with prayer hall, and dining facilities for 2,000. It would have 40ft minarets and four times the capacity of St Paul’s, equal to the UK’s biggest mosque, the Baitul Futuh in Morden.

It would host a sports pavilion, tennis courts and residential units. Last night, as thousands of Muslims gathered outside Stratford Town Hall to voice their support, Newham councillors turned down the planning application, saying it did not fit with their vision of bringing housing and jobs to the area.

Conor McAuley, Newham’s executive member for regeneration and strategic planning, said: “The scheme was too large, there was not sufficient parking, it would have an impact on historic buildings nearby, and it failed to serve the needs of the community. Our policies promote the development of the Abbey Mills site for a mix of residential, employment and community uses, to help create a new local centre near West Ham station and regenerate the area.”

About 3,000 supporters, some from Bradford and Birmingham, gathered ahead of the decision 

Mosque supporters confirmed they would appeal. One involved in the scheme said: “It’s very unfair. It’s a decision taken by a council, not in a court by legal professionals who’d consider the details properly. We’ll certainly be taking it to a judicial review.” Former Tower Hamlets councillor Abjol Miah said: “The whole thing has been politicised. The Muslim community feel let down. We’ve got over 90,000 Muslims who need a place of worship.” Tablighi Jamaat as a temporary 2,500-capacity mosque on the site.

Alan Craig, of MegaMosque No Thanks, said: “It’s the right decision but we know this isn’t going to be the end. Tablighi Jamaat have deep pockets and will try to go over the council’s head.”

Source: London Evening Standard


Related article: BBC

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

This week CCN recommends

The Silent House


Orhan Pamuk


Never before published in English, Nobel laureate Orhan Pamuk’s second novel is the story of a Turkish family gathering in the shadow of the impending military coup of 1980.


In an old mansion in Cennethisar, a former fishing village near Istanbul, a widow, Fatma, awaits the annual summer visit of her grandchildren. She has lived in the village for decades, ever since her husband, an idealistic young doctor, ran afoul of the sultan’s grand vizier and arrived to serve the poor fishermen.


Now mostly bedridden, she is attended by her constant servant Recep, a dwarf—and the doctor’s illegitimate son. Despite mutual dependency, there is no love lost between mistress and servant, who have very different recollections—and grievances—from the early years, before Cennethisar grew into a high-class resort surrounding the family house, now in shambles. Though eagerly anticipated, Fatma’s grandchildren bring little consolation.


The eldest, Faruk, a dissipated historian, wallows in alcohol as he laments his inability to tell the story of the past from the kaleidoscopic pieces he finds in the local archive; his sensitive leftist sister, Nilgün, has yet to discover the real-life consequences of highminded politics; and Metin, a high school nerd, tries to keep up with the lifestyle of his spoiled society schoolmates while he fantasizes about going to America—an unaffordable dream unless he can persuade his grandmother to tear down her house.


But it is Recep’s nephew Hasan, a high school dropout, lately fallen in with right-wing nationalists, who will draw the visiting family into the growing political cataclysm issuing from Turkey’s tumultuous century-long struggle for modernity.


By turns deeply moving, hilarious, and terrifying, Silent House pulses with the special energy of a great writer’s early work even as it offers beguiling evidence of the mature genius for which Orhan Pamuk would later be celebrated the world over.


Becoming available to English readers at a time when the media are daily reporting Turkey's potentially ominous border standoff with Syria, Silent House usefully illuminates the recent historical pressures on one combatant.


And, 30 years on, the novel feels doubly prescient. As we witness the beginnings of a great writer, one of his characters, Hasan, predicts that, one day, Islamist young men such as he will be involved in a terrible event that will lead to people being "shocked and amazed" and put him on the newspapers and in TV.


A novelist prescient enough to publish those sentences in 1983 proved himself fully deserving of the call from the Swedish Academy in 2006.


The more that you read,

The more things you will know.

The more that you learn,

The more places you will go.


                                                         Dr Seuss


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

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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.

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KB says: After a delightful trip driving along the Great Ocean Road and the fishing towns on the Victorian coastline I came home inspired enough to have a go at making this fish burger. I hope you enjoy it half as much as my co-driver did.

Fish Burgers


Fish pattie:

• 500 g Fillet of fish, (sea perch, snapper, or any white fish)
• Juice of 1 Lemon,
• 2 tsp Olive Oil,
• 1/2 small Red Onion, finely chopped
• 2 tbsp Fresh Coriander, roughly chopped
• 1 tab chopped lemon grass

• 1 potato, boiled and mashed
• 1 Egg, lightly beaten
• 1/2 tsp Paprika
• 1/4 tsp Cayenne Pepper
• 1/2 cup Dried Breadcrumbs
• 1 tsp crushed red chillies
• Olive Oil, for frying

• 1 large Tomato, cored and cut into small pieces
• 1/2 Avocado, peeled and cut into small pieces
• 1 cup shredded lettuce
• 1 Spring Onion, thinly sliced
• 1 tbsp Olive Oil
• 1 tbsp lemon juice
• Salt and pepper


1. Preheat oven to 180˚C (160˚C fan forced).

2. Place fillets on a baking tray lined with baking paper. Sprinkle with half the lemon juice and season with salt and pepper. Drizzle with olive oil and cook in the oven for 10-12 minutes, until opaque and just cooked through, depending on the thickness of the fillet. Remove from oven and cool.

3. In a large bowl, combine red onion, coriander, egg, the remaining lemon juice, paprika and cayenne pepper. Mix until well combined. Break the fish into flakes and add to the bowl. Add the breadcrumbs and season with salt and pepper. Mix gently until well combined.

4. Roll the mixture into 8 balls, press into 1½ cm patties and place on a tray lined with baking paper. Cover and chill for at least one hour.

5. Heat enough oil to come up to 3mm in a large heavy based frying pan over high heat. Working in 2 batches, fry cakes for 4 minutes on each side, or until browned. Drain on paper towels and keep covered with foil while cooking the second batch.

6. For the salad, gently toss all ingredients in a large bowl and season with salt and pepper.

7. Sandwich the fish pattie, salad and perinaise in the warmed up burger roll, serve hot with chips.


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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White Corn/Maize

Having grown up in Africa, this is something I miss terribly.


The “first world sweet-corn,” has it’s merits but it lacks the earthy full-bodied starchiness of real corn.

Now is a good time to get it planted and the deadline for germination is in February.

*The corn plant is a voracious feeder and will benefit from a well composted or manured bed.

*Regular side dressings of a fertilizer rich in Nitrogen is vital to success as is daily watering.

*It is advisable to grow the plants in a cluster as this aids pollination.

*Check the cobs regularly and pick when the corn is tender.

*Try roasting these on the grill of a barbecue and you’ll be an instant convert.

Email me for free seeds or subscribe to my website.



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Mumtaz-Ahmed Esat

Organic and heirloom gardening




Need an answer to a gardening related matter?


Send your question to our Runcorn gardening guru

Mumtaz-Ahmed Esat at  maesat@bigpond.com.


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Q: Dear Kareema, I am 8 weeks pregnant and have been active for a long time. Is it ok for me to continue exercising and can I keep it up to the end of term?

A: Congratulations! With pregnancy, it’s generally safe to continue, providing you have already been active for a while prior to falling pregnant. Be sure to get clearance from your doctor though, and stick to exercises that you’ve been doing (that your body is familiar with).

Monitor your heart rate (don’t get it up above 145bmp).


Stay well hydrated and re-fuel your body with healthy foods after your workouts.

It is very important to ‘listen to your body’ – take it easy when you’re not feeling too good or a little tired.

Staying active all the way through pregnancy will be beneficial during labour and even recovery after giving birth.

All the best and enjoy the journey… Keep it up after your pregnancy as well.







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.

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Jallaluddin came home from work and found his 5 children outside, still in their pyjamas, playing in the mud, with empty food boxes and wrappers strewn around garden.


The door of his wife's car was open, as was the front door to the house and no sign of the cat.


Walking in the door, he found an even bigger mess.


A lamp had been knocked over; the throw rug was against one wall; in the front room the TV was on loudly with the cartoon channel;  and the family room was strewn with toys and various items of clothing.


In the kitchen, dishes filled the sink, breakfast food was spilled on the counter, the fridge door was open wide, cat food was spilled on the floor, a broken glass lay under the table, and a small pile of sand was spread by the back door.


Jallaluddin quickly headed up the stairs, stepping over toys and more piles of clothes, looking for his wife. He was worried she might be ill, or that something serious had happened.


He was met with a small trickle of water as it made its way out the bathroom door.


As he peered inside he found wet towels, scummy soap and more toys strewn over the floor.


Miles of toilet paper lay in a heap and toothpaste had been smeared over the mirror and walls.


As he rushed to the bedroom, he found his wife still curled up in the bed in her pyjamas, reading a novel.


She looked up at him, smiled and asked how his day went.


He looked at her bewildered and asked, 'What happened here today?'


She again smiled and answered, 'You know every day when you come home from work and you ask me what in the world do I do all day?

"Yes," was Jallaluddin's incredulous reply..


She answered, 'Well, today I didn't do it.'


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O you who believe! Avoid suspicion as much (as possible): for suspicion in some cases is a sin: and spy not on each other, nor speak ill of each other behind their backs. Would any of you like to eat the flesh of his dead brother? Nay, you would most abhor it... But fear Allah: for Allah is Oft-Returning, Most Merciful.

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 As-Salaam Institute of Islamic Studies

Free Monthly Tafseer Class

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The Immense Ocean by Imam Ahmed Ibn Ajiba al Hasani

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

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Kuraby Mosque Tafseer & Taalim


Tuesday tafseer and taleem classes at Kuraby Mosque every Tuesday 11am - 12.30pm


Bald Hills Mosque Weekly Tafseer


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The above lessons will start at 7:30 pm and will go for approximately 1/2 an hour each day.

All brothers and sisters are welcome.


Queensland Police Service/Muslim Community Consultative Group


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

Wednesday 5 December 2012


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



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