Sunday, 16 December 2012

 Newsletter 0423




We are proud to announce this year's winners and finalists in the 2012 CCN Young Muslim Writers Awards.


Over one hundred entries in 8 categories were submitted by young Muslim writers from all parts of the country, and with the entries being of such a high standard this year, the judges were hard pressed to come to an agreement on the final list.


The complete second anthology of the works of our winners and finalists is available here and showcases just some of the literary talent, creativity and imagination of our young poets and writers.


CCN also wishes to acknowledge the generous sponsorships of the following organizations and businesses for this year's awards:

Brisbane Diagnostics
Griffith Islamic Research Unit (GIRU), Griffith University
Australian International Islamic College (Durack)
Islamic Council of Queensland (ICQ)
Queensland Muslim Historical Society (QMHSoc)
Crescents of Brisbane Inc.

These are the final results from the rigorous two-stage blind review judging process (with the addition of a plagiarism check this year):


First Name

Last Name



Age Group







The Countryside

7 to under 10

Young Academics Learning Centre







7 to under 10

Australian International Islamic College







Seraphic Cascade

10 to under 13

Australian Islamic College






A Mother's Promise

10 to under 13

South Perth Primary School







Beautiful Malice

13 to under 16

Islamic College of Brisbane






So Long

13 to under 16

Australian Islamic College






While Down the Craters Morning Burns

13 to under 16

Islamic College of Brisbane






A riddle from my heart

13 to under 16

Australian Islamic College






Short Story

The Glitter Fairy

5 to under 7

Warrigal Road State School





Short Story

The Rainbow Fish

5 to under 7

Australian International Islamic College






Short Story

The Monster Behind My Door

7 to under 10

Newington Public School





Short Story

Imaginary World

7 to under 10

Islamic College of Brisbane






Short Story

Dear Diary

10 to under 13






Short Story

The Pride of One Man

10 to under 13

Islamic College of Brisbane





Short Story

Picture Perfect

10 to under 13

Willetton Primary






Short Story

Whispers of a Yesterday

13 to under 16






Short Story

YOLO – You Only Live Once

13 to under 16

Islamic College of Brisbane





Short Story

A Single Tear

13 to under 16

Islamic College of Brisbane





Short Story


13 to under 16

Concord High School


Misha Mehmet receives her certificate and android tablet prize from Dr Mustafa Ally for her short story, The Glitter Fairy, which she told CCN was a desire to express her dislike for dark spaces and places. Asked what she would do with her prize, Misha said that she would use it to "read more books and play some games".

Dr Mubarak Noor, principal of the Islamic College of Brisbane, with Hidaya Rane.

Hidaya's poem, The Countryside, was commended by the judges for its technical structure and her obvious love of the countryside which, she told CCN, was inspired by her visits to her grandfather's farm in Boonah, Queensland.

Imam Mesbah receives a netbook computer for her winning entry, Beautiful Malice, which tells of a young girl who pretends that she is something that she isn't, and uses a 'mask' to protect herself. "The poem is about how people estimate your worth by how you look simply because they don't look any deeper than that, and it also plays with the term beauty is only skin deep," Iman told CCN.

Nourah Mangerah of Newington Public School in New South Wales won the award for her short story, The Monster Behind the Door.

Norah's sister, Zahraa, was a finalist in the 13 to 16 years category.

Their mother, Munira, told CCN: "My kids were over thrilled to enter, and it was a good way to keep them busy over the September break. Nourah has a passion for reading and writing"

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Being the last day of school for many Queensland students, Dr Mohamad Abdalla took the opportunity at yesterday's Friday kuthbah (sermon) to deliver a impassioned appeal to the young boys and girls in the congregation to embrace their identity in this country both as Muslims and as Australians. The message would not have been lost amongst the more senior members as well.


He addressed the many challenges that they faced going into the real world, ranging from the question of boyfriends and girlfriends, drinking alcohol and smoking, music and what constituted ‘fun’.


He criticised the community―its Imams and leaders and their various organisations for not having been unable to work together to find solutions for these challenges.



"Often internal conflict, politics and our inability to work together is the leading cause for not being able to provide the youth with proper answers, proper infrastructures to help them meet these challenges."

Dr Abdalla argued that the media attack on Islam and Muslims over the past decades might have caused many to feel inferior, and not being able to belong, or feeling un-Australian despite the fact that you may have been born here, nurtured here and who know no other country than Australia.


He offered this advice:

One of the best ways to meet this challenge is to educate yourself about Islam, Islamic history and the many great contributions that Islam and Muslims gave to the world. Educate yourself beyond the usual rhetoric that you hear at ‘usual’ Friday Khutba, or madrassa. You need to rise beyond that level of education.


And, don’t wait for someone to come and take you by the hand. Don’t wait for the leaders and Imams. They have their hands full. You must initiate the process. You must lead the way. Learn more about Islam, its people and its history. And know that knowledge is power.

Dr. Abdalla pointed out that there was a perception among many of us that it is fine to be an Indian Muslim, Pakistani Muslim, Algerian Muslim, and Palestinian Muslim. And so on. But, for some reason, there is a false perception that it is not fine to be an Australian Muslim. The ‘Australian’ part is seen by some as ‘kufr’ (unbelief). "Don’t  be fooled by this simplistic and false understanding," he told his congregation. "Don’t be afraid to say you are a Muslim and an Australian. Don’t be afraid to say that you are an Australian Muslim. Denying one's Australianness was akin to denying a very long history of Islam in Australia.


"Islam is part of the Australian fabric."

Being Australian does not mean that you have to drink and gamble. It does not mean that you have to choose what is negative. You should have a positive identity. You should be a Muslim who says if something is good then it is mine. If it is bad it is not mine.

Drinking is not mine. Gambling is not mine. Pornography is not mine. Boyfriends and girlfriends are not for me. Night clubs are not for me. Drugs are not for me.

But this is not what makes Australia and the Australian identity. If you think this is what Australia is all about then you need to wake up from your sleep and slumber.


And who said there is no drinking, gambling, pornography and night clubs in ‘Muslim’ countries? These negative aspects of society are found everywhere, unfortunately.

Dr Abdalla went on to say that there was more to being Australian than these bad customs.

 Sport – Cricket; Rugby; Soccer
 Fairness, egalitarianism
 Informality (take it easy mate; she’ll be alright…)
 Sense of humour
 Good Literature
 Mateship – equality and friendship
 Support for the weak
 Support for the homeless
 Support for the unemployed…and so on

These are unique aspects of Australia and of being Australian. These values are also Islamic and support and ‘Islamic’ identity.

"Unfortunately, you often hear adults who have been in Australia for 20, 30 or 40 years say that this is not their country. Because of this attitude they never plan to contribute to the future of this country, or the future of Islam and Muslims in this country."

He concluded with this message to his audience:

Make this place your home, your country.
If you do then you will become functional and familiar at the local level.
You will become dynamically engaging, fostering stable indigenous Muslim identities and allowing Muslims to put down deep roots and make lasting contributions here.

You can read the full speech here.

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His Grace, The Most Reverend, Mark Coleridge, and the recently installed Archbishop of Queensland, invited a group of Muslim community leaders and their familles to his residence in New Farm (named Wynberg by a Capetonian, South African builder of the residence in the late 1800's) to share a Sunday afternoon tea with him and other leaders of the Catholic Church.


The Archbishop enquired about ways to effectively communicate with the Muslim community on matters of mutual interest and to identify ways to engage more practically with the Muslim community.


Haji Sultan Deen gave the Archbishop a copy of a Qu'ran as a gift which he said he would read alongside his knowledge of the Arabic that he acquired from his University days.

Dr Mustafa Ally presents the former Melbournite with a Crescents of Brisbane/Brisbane Diagnostics prized hand towel to see him through the sweaty Brisbane summer.

Outside Wynberg, the official residence in New Farm

Representing a part of the Queensland Turkish community, Mr. Ahmet Ozcelik, Mr. Murat Coskun and Mr. Yasar Savran.

Ms Galila Abdel-Salam is shown around one of the many rooms in the residence


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Controversial broadcaster Alan Jones (pictured top left) has been ordered to apologise over comments he made in 2005 describing Lebanese Muslims as ''vermin'' and ''mongrels''.

The Administrative Decisions Tribunal has ordered Jones to apologise on his 2GB radio show between 8am and 8.30am any day next week over the comments he made on-air in April 2005.

It comes two months after Jones lost a lengthy legal bid to overturn the 2009 decision, which found he incited hatred, serious contempt and severe ridicule of Lebanese Muslims.

The case was taken against him by Sydney-based Lebanese-born Muslim leader, Keysar Trad (pictured top right).

In its latest decision handed down on Wednesday, the tribunal rejected a submission that an apology made by Jones on December 6 was "an adequate acknowledgment of wrongdoing".

Instead it ordered him to read out the following apology any day next week from December 17:

"On 28 April 2005 on my breakfast program on Radio 2GB, I broadcast comments about Lebanese males including Lebanese Muslims.
"The comments were made following a Channel Nine television current affairs show about the conduct of young Lebanese men in Hickson Road at the Rocks.
"The Administrative Decisions Tribunal has found that my comments incited serious contempt of Lebanese males including Lebanese Muslims.
"Those comments were in breach of the NSW Anti-Discrimination Act.
"I apologise for making those comments which I recognise were unlawful.
"I also apologise on behalf of Radio 2GB."

The original complaint related to comments he made on April 28 about a Nine Network current affairs story reportedly showing young men of Lebanese origin taunting police.

"If ever there was a clear example that Lebanese males in their vast numbers not only hate our country and our heritage, this was it," Jones said.

Referring to the men as "vermin" and "mongrels", he added: "They simply rape, pillage and plunder a nation that’s taken them in."

"In the original 2009 decision, the tribunal awarded $10,000 in damages to Mr Trad, ordered the presenter make a public apology within eight weeks, and directed Harbour Radio to conduct a ‘‘critical review of its policies and practices on racial vilification’’ and staff training in such matters.

The tribunal found Mr Trad was not ‘‘vilified personally’’ and he should not be apologised to personally.





Source Brisbane Times

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The Nikkah ceremony and wedding reception of Zakiya, daughter of Dado and Safia Sacur and Zubair, son of Ismail and Zahira Khan, was held last night (Saturday) at the Beenleigh Events Centre.


The Nikkah was presided over my Imam Ahmad Ghazaleh and the 600 guests were treated to a delicious biryani prepared by the Algester Mosque Ladies Auxiliary.


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As part of the 2013 Australia Day Festival, to be held at the Parklands, Southbank, a Celebration of Faiths event will be held.


Faith communities including Baha’i, Buddhist, Christian, Islamic, Jewish, Hindu, Sikh and Taoist will unite to share messages of togetherness.


Everyone is welcome to come along to watch a faith procession, enjoy live entertainment and join in special reflection time. The event is part of the Australia Day Festival.


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The Islamic Women's Association of Queensland (IWAQ) held its AGM during week.


Three new members were elected onto the Management committee, Ms Emane El-Mezin, Ms Mirsada Meco and Ms Mona Obaid.

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Mecca, the spiritual heart of the Islamic world, is now home to the world's second tallest building.


But this phenomenal structure is just a small part of a building frenzy that's seen the destruction of many of Islam's most sacred sites, including the home and burial place of the Prophet Mohammad.


Philip Adams interviews Dr Irfan Al Alawi, Executive Director of the Islamic Heritage Research Foundation based in London.




Note: If you having any problems listening to the audio click here.

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After a year of studying under Imam Ikraam Buksh of the IQAMA Madrasah for their first year of the Alim course the four students packed their bags for a two weeks trip to South Africa to sit their examinations.


Luqman Najib, Abdur Raheem Haase, Hakim Najib and Yusuf Khan embarked on a trip to visit their associate Madrasah, Darun Na’im, and their future madrasah, Madarasahtul Arabiyah Islamiah.


The students did exceptionally well, with Yusuf Khan getting an average mark of 99%, whilst Hakim Najib, Abdur Raheem Haase and Luqman Najib all receiving an average mark of 97%.


Luqman Najib provides a comprehensive account of their experiences on their first trip to South Africa.

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The newly established Wisdom College in Algester held its first graduation ceremony this week at the Macgregor State School Hall.


In addition to receiving their certificates, the pupils entertained the audience of parents, politicians and well-wishes with performances of traditional and modern dances.


It was also an occasion to farewell Mr Yasar Savran (pictured left receiving a gift) and his family who embark on a new venture and initiative in Perth early next year. Mr Savran has been a key player in the establishment of the school and is well-know for his community involvement.

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Afghanistan-born Hakim and host of ABC's Dateline will, from next year, present a new current affairs program on BBC World News.

It is a plum appointment for the versatile and courageous 29-year-old video-journalist, who cut her teeth producing and filing stories for SBS from behind Afghanistan borders.

Hakim said she had been in talks with BBC executives since April after she attended a broadcasting conference in Brisbane at which she was approached by a BBC executive.

Meetings in New York, Dubai and Afghanistan followed before she finally signed on last week.

"It's incredibly exciting. But really I wouldn't be here without the encouragement given me by the SBS news team. It's very bittersweet. I've had an incredible run at SBS," said Hakim, who in 2011 took over from veteran George Negus as host of Dateline alongside colleague Mark Davis.

Hakim's own story is every bit as inspirational as the ones she has captured during her time at SBS.

Born in Afghanistan, Hakim, who speaks six languages, moved to Australia as a baby after her father fled Kabul in the late 1980s following Russian invasion.

She says she has only ever called Sydney home and despite her global reporting experiences is struggling with the idea of leaving her parents.

Her partner, who is in the RAAF, is moving with her. The couple will ship out in a fortnight.

"I don't really know what the new job entails yet but the BBC are relaunching the world service and I'm very excited to be part of it," she said.

BBC executive Richard Porter said this week: "Yalda is an exceptionally talented young journalist, who has already achieved a great deal in her career and we're very excited to welcome her to the team."

Source: Courier Mail

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Amongst the top 20 loudest Australian female voices that have driven women’s issues onto the public agenda, ignited debate and agitated for change 2012 was Ms Susan Carland, wife of Waleed Aly.


With Prime Minister, Julia Gillard at number 1, Ms Carland's 20th position was awarded for being a positive voice for Muslim women within Australian society, tackling issues including domestic violence, disability and multiculturalism. Through her community work and media appearances this year, she has dispelled many misconceptions held about the Islamic community and Muslim women, promoting greater tolerance and a more cohesive society for all.



Source: DailyLife

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This week's chart shows the fundraising status to date for Holland Park purchase of the Salvation Army property.


A spokesman for the Islamic Society of Holland Park told CCN: The news is not so good this week. We didn't progress much from last week. In fact the majority of the progress can be attributed to the collections in Sydney, which raised around $50,000. JazaakumAllah to all the people who donated - may Allah reward them for their generosity. We are looking for people (and organisations) to step up and assist Holland Park Mosque to get over the line.


The Holland Park Society has also been in the process of trying to sell the property at 33 Crest Street.


The details are:
• 2-bedroom house, close to Holland Park mosque
• Approx. 600 square metres of land
• Asking price is $440,000 negotiable.

Anyone interested can contact one of the following:
Mohammed Abdul Gaffar Deen - Mobile +61 418 721 165 - email admin@sailmove.com.au
Shaheek Hassan - Mobile +61 412 414 786 - email hasan51@optusnet.com.au
Shaheed Ali - Mobile +61 411 229 559 - email shaheedali@hotmail.com

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Ian Birrell: We have nothing to fear from our Muslim citizens

New census figures showing an increase in the UK’s Muslim population are no excuse for scaremongering.


The burka: an increasingly common sight in London

UK: Debate over their place in modern Britain has been thrown into sharp relief this week with the release of the latest tranche of data from last year’s census. Already we have the top-line numbers, which reveal the biggest rise in our population in two centuries due to immigration, increasing fertility and longer life expectancy.

Today we see a clearer snapshot of the changing shape of our multi-hued nation and of the capital, with details of ethnicity, religion and falling home ownership in London especially. Given the pace of change and chilly economic climate, much of the discussion will focus on immigration. Sadly, it is powered in large part by misinformation and mistrust of Muslims.

The previous census in 2001 asked about faith for the first time and revealed Islam as Britain’s second-biggest religion, with 1.6 million adherents. Since then, 13 of the 20 fastest-growing boroughs are those with high concentrations of Muslim residents, led by Tower Hamlets and Newham in east London. The 2011 census estimates that there are now 2.7 million British Muslims, with nearly 40 per cent of them — a million — living in London.

This raises important issues. The 2001 census found followers of Islam to have the youngest age profile of any religion — good news in our ageing society. But they were clustered in areas of deprivation, with high unemployment, poor education, overcrowded housing and few women working.


The London Evening Standard

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2011 UK census data - key points        



• Christians down 13 percentage points to 59%.

• Respondents with no religion up 10 points to 25%.

• Muslim population up from 3% to 5%.

For more stats see The Guardian

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Muslim fashions light up Jakarta Fashion Week        


Some fans of the sector say Indonesia could reach its goal of becoming fashion king of the Muslim world well before the government-set goal of 2020.

The hundreds of hijab fashionistas attending day six of Jakarta Fashion Week (JFW) proved once again that Muslim women don't sacrifice creativity in their pursuit of modesty – and showed why Indonesia is aiming to become the trendsetter of the Muslim fashion world.


JFW 2013, staged this year at Plaza Senayan in Jakarta from November 3th – 12th, devoted one day to the Muslim fashion scene, showcasing designers on the cutting edge of Indonesia's effort to become the capital of the Muslim fashion world by 2020.

With a growing market in countries such as Malaysia and the UAE, many Indonesian Muslimwear designers are highly regarded for their innovative approaches. Indonesian designers are regularly invited to Islamic fashion shows in Middle Eastern countries.

Fashion specialists say this creativity comes about because Islamic garb is seen as a choice and not a compulsion.

In Indonesia, "women who wear the hijab from day to day do it because of their own willingness to wear it," Diaz Parzada, a creative director at Jakarta Fashion Week, told Khabar Southeast Asia. "There are no specific regulations requiring Muslim woman to wear the hijab. They use the hijab on their own, to live the teachings of their religion," she said.

"That's why I think Muslim dress is developing rapidly in Indonesia. Hijabers want to express themselves, be fashionable and observe religious precepts at the same time. Their creativity creates the variety of Muslim fashion in Indonesia."

A "reference point" for Muslim fashion

Indonesia – with the world's largest Muslim population, a variety of cultures and a wealth of creative resources – could become a fashion mecca well before 2020, the goal set by Indonesia's Ministry of Commerce and Industry in 2010, some observers say.

"In my opinion, Indonesia clearly could be a major reference point for Muslim fashion. Although the government estimates by the year of 2020, I think the very rapid development of Muslim fashion could make it faster," said Lovi Agustine, 29, a boutique owner who attended the show.

"I used to shop for global brands, but now, personally, I really like Indonesian designers. I'm buying local products, especially Muslim clothes," she said.


Muslim fashion has a variety of new trends. Before, Muslim fashion tended to be monotonous and less stylish.


Then in one year, the progress we see in Muslim fashion here has been very encouraging.

Anty Widya

Anty Widya, a 28 year-old entrepreneur, added, "Muslim fashion has a variety of new trends. Before, Muslim fashion tended to be monotonous and less stylish. Then in one year, the progress we see in Muslim fashion here has been very encouraging."

They were among hundreds who flocked to see the Muslim fashion shows on November 8th. First came "Luxurious Modesty," featuring four leading Muslim designers: Itang Yunasz, Irna Mutiara, Monika Jufry, and Ronald V. Gaghana.

Next up was a series of designers from the Association of Indonesian Fashion Designers and Entrepreneurs (APPMI). Three young designers from the hijaber community – Ria Miranda, Noni Zakiah, and Restu Anggraini – rounded out the segment.

"Reaching the goal of Indonesia as a Muslim fashion trendsetter by 2020 depends on how much the government is willing to support the sector," said Nurul Adiyanti, a 23-year-old model and second runner-up in Muslimah Beauty 2011.

"My contribution is to buy Indonesian products and to promote them through the social media. Hopefully Indonesian Muslim fashion will have a large audience and be known globally," she added.

That growth will bring benefits to all Indonesians, regardless of their religion or fashion tastes. According to Aries Mufti, an economic expert from the Indonesian Sharia Council, the Muslim fashion sector already contributed $7.5 billion to the Indonesian economy in 2011.

Source: Khabar South Asia


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

This week CCN recommends


Mullahs Without Mercy


Geoffrey Robertson QC


What is worse: Iran getting the bomb or the US bombing Iran?


Will our children ever live in a world without nukes?


Can states that mass-murder their own people be trusted with a weapon that mass-murders? Will a nuclear explosion change the climate before climate change does?


In Mullahs Without Mercy, Geoffrey Robertson explores these and other awesome questions that arise from Iran"s potential for acquiring the bomb.


The scramble for nuclear weapons by brutal or unstable regimes poses the clearest present danger to the peace and the climate of the world. This groundbreaking study exposes Iran's crimes against prisoners and dissidents, perpetrated by the very same mullahs who may soon have their fingers on nuclear triggers. \


But it argues that the US has no legal right to attack, as Israel - hypocritically hiding its own nuclear arsenal - demands. In this vividly written and authoritative book, one of Britain's highest profile legal minds shows how the mushroom cloud hovering over the Middle East might yet have a silver lining - forcing the world to reassert the rule of international law, which Could lead to the elimination of a weapon with the power to destroy us all.


"This disturbing book explores the options that face the world as it stumbles, like a sleepwalker, into the perils of a new nuclear age. Fearsome weapons of mass destruction are mixed in a witch's cauldron with religious fanaticism, blind cruelty and unbending national pride ...


A well-timed and unsettling analysis of an unfolding crisis." The Honourable Michael Kirby CMG, former president of the International Commission of Jurists.




The more that you read,

The more things you will know.

The more that you learn,

The more places you will go.


                                                         Dr Seuss


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

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: Entrusted with the task of making this recipe for a friend's pre-wedding ladies celebration I consulted Ms Bilkish Omar whose Aunt was well-known for her unique version of the dish. The general consensus of the party-goers was that this was one of the best khowses they have had. Give this recipe a go and I am sure you will too.



with a South African Indian twist

With the compliments of Bilkish Omar


•  1 chicken or 1 kg breast fillets
•  2 med size onions
•  1 cinnamon
•  1 tsp. green chillies
•  1 pod elachi
•  ¼ tsp. turmeric
•  1 tsp. dhana and jeeru
•  1 tsp. red chilli powder
•  1½ tsp. salt
•  2 tsp ginger and garlic paste
•  2 tab oil/ghee
•  2 medium tomatoes, skin off, braised to remove excess moisture
•  2 cups water
•  1 can of coconut milk

•  1 can of Ideal milk

•  1 can of coconut cream



Sauté onions in ghee till light brown, add ginger garlic paste and all the remaining spices and braise for 1 min. add chicken and cook till chicken is done, add the tomato mix, braise for 10mins and then add approx. 2 cups of water and allow chicken to simmer.

Strain and shred the chicken with your fingers.

To thicken the soup, braise 4 tab chana flour, 4 tab cake flour and then add 1½ cups of milk and 1½ cups water and allow it to cook for a few minutes.


It will form into a paste and then add this to the chicken and allow the mixture to simmer gently for at least an hour.


Then add the coconut cream and coconut milk and the Ideal milk, and allow to simmer for about 10 minutes.

Lastly add 2 tab. coconut
Then serve hot with Pur; Pasta; fried onion; fried garlic; chilli powder; chopped fresh coriander


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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Q: Dear Kareema, like most people, I’m strapped for time and need help with my workout routine. Any suggestions?

A: You don’t need to sweat it out for hours to get results.


Keeping fit when you don’t have a lot of spare time on your hands is as easy as giving your day-to-day activities a tweak.



Take the stairs instead of the lift. Swap your car for a bike, or upgrade your stroll for a power walk.


If this is not quite challenging enough for you, work out at a higher intensity to make it count.


You can also work out for short periods of time at high intensity, eg. sprint for a minute and then walk for a minute then change up the exercises as you go.


Don’t forget your warm-ups and cool-downs.







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.


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Jallaluddin and his wife Maasshalah went to the village fair every year, and every year Jallaluddin would say,” Maasshalah, I’d like to ride in that helicopter."


Maasshalah always replied, "I know Jallaluddin, but that helicopter ride is 50 dollars and 50 dollars is 50 dollars."

One year Maasshalah and Jallaluddin went to the fair, and Jallaluddin said "Maasshalah I’m 85 years old. If I don't ride that helicopter, I might never get another chance.”


Maasshalah replied, "Jallaluddin that helicopter is 50 dollars and 50 dollars is 50 dollars."


The pilot overheard the couple and said, "Brother and sister I’ll make you a deal. I’ll take the both of you for a ride; if you can stay quiet for the entire ride and not say a word I won't charge you! but if you say one word, it's 50 dollars."

Jallaluddin and Maasshalah agreed and up they went.


The pilot did all kinds of fancy manoeuvres, but not a word was heard.


He did his dare devil tricks over and over again, but still not a word.


When they landed, the pilot turned to Jallaluddin and said, "Ajeeb! Ajeeb!, I did everything I could to get you to yell out, but you didn't. I’m very, very impressed!"

Jallaluddin replied, "Well I almost said something when the old lady fell out, but, you know, 50 dollars is 50 dollars!"


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Fulfill the Covenant of Allah when you have entered into it, and do not break your oaths after you have confirmed them; indeed you have made Allah your surety; for Allah knows all that you do.  

Surah Al-Nahl 16:91


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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



Child Care Centres

Pari Collections



Shariff's Computer Services


Computer Servicing

CassonIT Solutions

 Computer Servicing & Systems

Lil Umah

Children's Clothes

 Computer Repair

  Computer Repairs


Watany Man-oushi Lebanese Foods

Take Away



Computer Repairs Watang Man-oushi Lebanese Foods Lil Umah CassonIT Solutions Dial a Doctor Bulk Billing Dr in your home Michael's Oriental Birthday Promo Function Room Page 1 Function Room Page 2 LOVE UR BODY Healthy Life Browns Plains Shariff's Computer Services Sunkids Sunkids Pari Collection Pari Collection Maximize  Accountants Officetek Alarms Mona Vie AK Surtie Angelz Dental Care Centre for Easy Language Learning Arabic Paradise Convenience Ayesha's Samoosa Strips ACCES Services REMOVALS Autocad 2012 Training Baalbak Mediterranean Restaurant Low Price Pharmacy KURABY Bismillah Repairs and Maintenance Samoosa Pastry Brisbane Diagnostics Brizy Biltong Beef Jerky Boulevard Tower Residence Accommodation Calamvale Physiotherapy & Sport Injury Clinic Carpetlifesavers Indoor Folding Mats InWear Fashions Rejuven8 Body & Beauty Personal Wellness Coach efxshop Tutoring Fathima Adat Flighstar Hajj2012 Flighstar Hajj2012 Gabriel Hair Studio Henna Fatima Ismail hummys Automotive Services Hussana Junaid Ally Properties REMAX Kimaya International Kuraby Mosque Hire Quick Stick Name labels Ladies Only Personal Training Lilys Fashion love ur body Marketing Coop Group Muslim Directory Muslima Chick Nandos Calamvale Nandos Mt Gravatt NAZIMA HANSA REMAX Excelanz Migration Services Pizza Lane Pappa Roti QLD Islamic Book Service Seedat Accounting Shameema's Silk Scarves Siitra Shakira Kolia Driving School T ax Returns 2012 Ummah Store Elite FX Web Design


"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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3-7 January

Thurs to  Mon

Summer Camp


Apex Camp, Mudjimba, Sunshine Coast

0423 641 431

All day

12 January


Desert Rose Dinner Night


Islamic College of Brisbane, Karawatha

0420 771 569


5 May 2013


International Food Festival 2013

Islamic Society of Gold Coast

Gold Coast Mosque

0412 601 152

All day

6 June 2013



Lailatul Mehraj

9 June 2013


Islamic College of Brisbane (ICB) Annual Fete


Islamic College of Brisbane (ICB)

0402 794 253

All day

24 June 2013



Lailatul Bhahraat

11 July 2013


Start of Ramadhan

5 August 2013



Lailatul Qadr

8 August 2013



End of Ramadhan

9 August 2013




17 August 2013


Eidfest 2013

Mt Gravatt Showgrounds

0418 722 353

All day

1 Sept 2013


CresWalk 2013


Orleigh Park, West End

0402 026 786


16 October 2013




 TBA 2013


Aashooraa 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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 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: 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 can be found here


Kuraby Mosque Tafseer & Taalim


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


Bald Hills Mosque Weekly Tafseer


The weekly program schedule is as follows:
Mondays: Tafseer
Wednesdays: Tafseer

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)



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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