Sunday, 3 February 2013

 Newsletter 0430




(left to right) Mr Garry Page, Mr Mohammed and Mr.Robert Cavallucci, Assistant Minister for Multicultural Affairs  

Mr Garry Page, Executive Director of Multicultural Affairs Queensland, retired from his position with the Government Department this week after 30 years in the service.


Mr Page was officially thanked yesterday (Saturday) at the ICQ Services Expo by the president of the Islamic Council of Queensland (ICQ), Mr Mohammed Yusuf, for his long and positive engagement with the Muslim Community and was presented with a gift on behalf of the Muslim Community of Queensland that was sponsored by:



  Brisbane Islamic Centre (BIC)

  Crescents Community News (CCN)

  Crescents of Brisbane


  Islamic Council of Queensland (ICQ)

  Islamic Medical Association of QLD (IMAQ)

  Islamic Society of Algester

  Islamic Society of Gold Coast

  Islamic Women’s Association of QLD (IWAQ)

  Masjid Al Farooq

  Muslim Business Network (MBN)

  Muslim Funeral Services (MFS)

  Queensland Muslim Historical Society

  Wisdom College

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My Community Matters was an SBS competition to celebrate the stories which contribute to an inclusive society by giving one Australian the chance to share a story about their community with the Prime Minister on Australia Day as well as have their story published at www.sbs.com.au.

Entrants to My Community Matters were asked to create a 90 second video story about why their community matters, highlighting forms of belonging and participation in Australia.

The winner was Zakia Baig of Dandenong in Victoria.

Zakia was born and raised in Pakistan, however is part of the Afghani Hazara community. It is her passion and commitment to the advocacy of women’s rights which Zakia says made her a target of the Taliban and forced her to leave Pakistan. Zakia arrived in Australia in 2006 and became a permanent resident of Australia in 2012. Zakia has been working with various groups that promote women’s rights and empowerment while bringing up her two children, working and studying.

Zakaia submitted a story outlining her journey from Pakistan to Australia, speaking about the importance of community and women’s rights.


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Source: Sydney Morning Herald


Punchbowl was once synonymous with trouble – all drive-bys, gangs and drugs – and Punchbowl Boys High in Sydney suffered with it. But thanks to a charismatic and inspirational headmaster, the school has turned its fortunes around. Dominic Rolfe meets Jihad Dib.


On the rails ... Jihad Dib, principal of Punchbowl State High. Photo: Sahlan Hayes 

Tamer Bani-Mohammad doesn't look like a trouble-maker. Tall and good-looking, with short, dark hair, striking light-green eyes and a strong handshake, he twists uncomfortably as young men do when they talk about themselves. "I was really off the hook in years 8 and 9," says Bani-Mohammad. "I'd argue with teachers, truant, throw chairs, smoke - all that rubbish."

In year 10, the Punchbowl Boys High student launched a flurry of punches in the playground and was suspended for 20 days. His father, a local taxi driver, despaired and the staff wanted him out. "They couldn't even speak to me," says Bani-Mohammad, "let alone teach me."

On his second day back he "lost it" and flung half a classroom - chairs, desks, books - out the window. Moments later, the principal, Jihad Dib, saw the still-seething student sitting in the gutter in front of the school. But Dib didn't march out with expulsion papers. He eased himself down into the gutter beside Bani-Mohammad and swung an arm around the student's shoulder. "I was yelling and swearing at him, 'What do you f...king care about me?' " recalls Bani-Mohammed. "But Mr Dib just told me that he wasn't going to let me stuff my life up."


Punchbowl's got talent ... Dib chats to some of the school's students, who are from 33 different cultural backgrounds.

Photo: Sahlan Hayes 


For years, Punchbowl itself has seemed off the hook. In the late '90s, among postwar bungalows and brick-veneer new builds, notorious Middle Eastern drug dealers turned parts of the suburb into a virtual no-go zone for police, and there were dozens of drive-bys, drug busts and street brawls. And it's not all in the past - as recently as late 2012 there were two deadly shootings.

Through the tumult, Punchbowl Boys High School wasn't spared. Gang members held a gun to a principal's head and former students were charged with murder and gang rape. Reporting on a case brought by a former principal against the Department of Education for post-traumatic stress as a result of his time at the school, a 2003 headline in The Sydney Morning Herald described the school as "A Principal's Battlezone".

But today, the barbed wire that topped the fences has disappeared and the school, once one of the most difficult in the state to staff, has a queue of teachers wanting to move there. Enrolments are up from 270 seven years ago to more than 420 this year. Where police were regularly called in to deal with problems, now they attend as guests on presentation day. NAPLAN reading and numeracy results are rising, with "growth rates" for numeracy - the improvement in scores between year 7 and year 9 - among the highest in the country. Kids from families that have never had anyone finish high school, let alone get a degree, are graduating year 12 and bound for university.


A class act ... Dib and deputy principal Chris Griffiths (in white shirt and tie) at an orientation day for year 7 students.

Photo: Sahlan Hayes


Perhaps most remarkably, in the past seven years not one student has been expelled. "We'll always find them some other pathway such as TAFE or an apprenticeship," says Dib, who points out that graffiti is virtually non-existent and theft is such a non-issue that the bike shed is left unlocked during the day. "We refuse to leave kids out on the street."

In 2007, at just 33, Jihad Dib became principal of Punchbowl Boys High after serving as a deputy at the school for two years. He was one of the youngest principals in the state, but what he lacked in experience, he made up for with drive - and a dash of non-traditional thinking. The school, he decided, would turn out not only better students but, more importantly, better citizens. Pointing to a colourful artwork adorning an otherwise uninspiring hallway wall, he says, "This mural - done by year 8 kids - that says, 'Where the good men grow', sums it up for me. It means they get what we're on about."

Now, like his expectations for the boys he sends out into the world, Dib's role has also expanded beyond the school grounds. The 39-year-old, a fluent Arabic speaker of Lebanese Muslim background, is a judge and ambassador for the Australia Day Awards, a commissioner on the Community Relations Commission, a prominent member of the Lebanese Muslim Association and a sounding board for senior politicians (when a large group of Muslims recently demonstrated in Sydney's CBD, a senior federal cabinet minister rang Dib to get his thoughts on the issue). He speaks at education forums, organises a multi-faith end-of-Ramadan feast also attended by Jews, Christians and Hindus, and manages to squeeze in a weekly tennis match with mates. "I'm a sports nut," he says, "but that's all I really get time to play these days."

Meet and greet ... Dib waits at the school gates every morning and welcomes each boy by name.

Photo: Sahlan Hayes




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VICTORIA'S peak Muslim body has lashed out at "hysterical" objections whenever plans for mosques go before local councils.

Islamic Council of Victoria board member Nazeem Hussain (pictured left) said there was an underlying level of Islamophobia in society and Muslims had to do more to educate people about their religion and mosque proposals.

"People are clearly fearful of Muslims and Islam, and it's easy to create that fear and hysteria in some ways," Mr Hussain said.

Several applications are in the spotlight, including a bid by an Afghan community group to build a mosque and community centre in Doveton, on the city's south-east fringe.

The mosque, which would be built next to the future headquarters of evangelical church Catch the Fire Ministries, has been hotly debated by residents and City of Casey councillors.

In Clayton, a Uniting Church congregation has apologised to Islamic groups for suggesting to Monash Council a new mosque could become a training ground for fanatics.

Last year, Whittlesea councillors rejected plans for an Islamic school in Mernda despite council planning officers recommending it.


It speaks to an underlying level of Islamophobia in society and a fear of Muslims moving into neighbourhoods and disrupting locals

Nazeem Hussain

Mr Hussain said Islamic community applications often were met with hysteria not faced by proposals by other religious groups.

"It speaks to an underlying level of Islamophobia in society and a fear of Muslims moving into neighbourhoods and disrupting locals," he said.

Mr Hussain accused Catch the Fire Ministries pastor Danny Nalliah of creating community divisions by spreading false information about Muslims and the Koran in his opposition to the Doveton mosque.

But Mr Nalliah, who had a long-running legal battle with the Islamic Council over a racial vilification matter, said he had no issue with individual Muslims but objected to violent passages in the Koran.

"I am concerned ... because of what is going to be taught in the mosque based on what is in the Koran," he said.

State Multicultural Affairs and Citizenship Minister Nick Kotsiras said people had the right to object to building proposals on planning grounds.

"To base it on religious grounds is unfair," Mr Kotsiras said.

Monash Council was due to vote on a plan to build a Monash University-linked mosque in a Clayton residential area.


Source: Courier Mail

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Annual General Meeting

InshaAllah the AGM for the society will be held on Tuesday 5th March 2013 at the Mosque after Isha Salaat. Attached is the official notice of the meeting as well as the nomination form.


This being an election year it is important that you take the opportunity to come forward with nominations for any of the positions on the committee.


If there is anybody who is interested, motivated and with drive to get fully involved in the daily running of the Mosque for the next two years this is your opportunity to do so.


Please note that all nominations can be posted to the societies address or handed to the secretary Mahmood Osman no later than Monday 25th Feb 2013.


There will be forms available at the Mosque as well.


InshaAllah we hope to see you all there in full support.


For the AGM Agenda click here.

Meeladun-Nabi Program

Our annual meelad program will be held on Sunday 10th of February at the Islamic school in Karawatha.


The program will start at 2:30pm taking us through to Magrib Salaah InshaAllah. The program will comprise of Qira, Naats, and the main talk will be given by our resident Imam, Mohamed Nawaz Asrafhi.


We will also InshaAllah have our popular cake auction to help raise the much needed funds for the building project.


A Niaz after the Magrib salaah will also be provided by the Algester cooking team. Please bring your family and friends to take part in this celebration.


Visiting Speaker


Hazrat Maulana Pir Noorul Aqtaab Siddique from the UK will give a talk at the Mosque on Monday night (4th February) after Isha (Jamaat 8:30pm).

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Last week the University of Southern Queensland (USQ) Vice Chancellor, Professor Jan Thomas, presented Prof. Shahjahan Khan (pictured left) with a Certificate recognizing "outstanding and exceptional performance, service and contributions to the achievement of USQ's goals and priorities."


Professor Khan was acknowledged for his contribution as an exemplary leader within the Toowoomba regional Islamic community and his dedication to cultural integration.


Key amongst his achievements has been the establishment of the USQ Islamic Centre, the creation of an environment of trust for Islamic students resulting in a significant increase in the number of on-campus international students, organisation of USQ Islamic Open Days and Parliament of the World’s Religions and as founding member and President of the USQ Multicultural Staff Network.

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The Australia Palestine Advocacy Network (APAN) was formed in 2011 to provide a national voice for Australians who are concerned about continuing human rights abuses suffered by Palestinians in Gaza and the occupied West Bank and the continuing effects of dispossession and displacement suffered by Palestinian refugees.

APAN is a diverse alliance of religious leaders, unions, academics, lawyers, former politicians, Jewish and Palestinian groups, diplomats and public servants and others.

"APAN seeks a more balanced and principled approach from the Australian government in its policies towards the Israel-Palestinian conflict, and a more active role for Australia in encouraging all interested parties to bring about a just and lasting negotiated settlement based on UN resolutions and international norms, " APAN Executive Member David Forde told CCN. "APAN offers a voice for all Australians of goodwill who wish to express their opposition to the continuation of a conflict."


Click on the thumbnail above for details of the fund raising dinner at Michael's Oriental Restaurant where the guest speakers will be Joint Chairs of the Federal Parliamentary Friends of Palestine Mrs Maria Vamavakinou MP (ALP Federal Member for Calwell in Victoria) and Hon Sussan Ley MP (Coalition Federal Member for Farrer in NSW).

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By a spokesperson for the Nasheed Competition Steering Committee


Last year a few people came up with the idea to bring out the talent in our youth and decided to launch an event, the first of it's kind in Brisbane...........................a Nasheed Competition for the youth!

This exciting and new idea, is widely supported by many including our leaders and we expect the competition to hit the streets of Brisbane in a few months Insha Allah. While there is a lot of planning still in the pipeline, here's a sneak peak of what to look forward to;

1. Children from Islamic Schools & Maddressahs will be invited to take part, and I know there's lot of talent out there, so start dusting the cob webs off those vocal cords and start practicing, practicing, practicing.
2. The Schools & Maddressahs will have their preliminaries who select a winner that goes into the final competition.
3. Watch this space for the date and time of the event!
4. We are in the process of finalising a steering committee, therefore if you or someone you know has a passion for an event of this nature and is willing to be part of the steering committee, we would love to hear from you!

The current team are committed to this event for the benefit and love of our children, and if you share the same vision, please contact us. We hope Insha'Allah to make this an annual event. To date we have three brothers in the steering group. We are looking for a few more not excluding sisters.
5. Contact details included on the flyer.

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Mr. Mohammad Nurul Huq of Darwin recently passed away in Bangladesh in a car accident.

Mr Nurul Huq OAM was one of the founders of the Islamic Society of Darwin and served as President for many years.


He was a pioneering figure and helped form the Islamic Council of NT and was its Chairman for a number of years.


He also served as an Executive Member of AFIC and was awarded the Order of Australia Medal for his services to the Muslim community.

Mr Huq, who was regarded as a stalwart of the Northern Territory community, came to Australia to study at the university of NSW in 1965. In1972 he and his wife migrated to Australia, along with their son and two daughters. He holds BSc (Hons) and two Masters degrees in Engineering Hydrology. Before migrating to Australia he was a hydrographer and hydrologist of East Pakistan Navy and Water & Power Development Authority from 1951 to 1971. After coming to Australia he worked as hydrologist in the Department of Tropical & Water Resources of Northern Territory for 14 years.


To preserve the history of Islamic Society of Darwin (ISD) formally known as Islamic Society of Northern Territory in 2009 Mr. Huq wrote and published a book named "A Brief History of Islamic Society of Darwin".


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Is your baby crying constantly, unsettled or fussy with feeding?

Are you looking for some baby care solutions?

My name is Zarina Ally and I can help you on a one-on-one basis.


I am a child health nurse, lactation consultant and infant massage instructor.


Over the past 25 years I have worked mainly with mothers and babies in the community as well as in an early parenting residential centre.

I appreciate how important the early years of parenting are and just how hard they can be.


Please read about how I can help you with information on breastfeeding, sleep and infant massages.



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Bundaberg home owners, their family and friends and volunteers have been given the "all clear" to enter the North Bundaberg area previously ruled out as an exclusion zone.

The devastation has hit many following tornados affecting the area late last week. Many have lost sentimental items, clothing and major assets.

Life Rescue International is a not-for-profit international group established to assist those who are oppressed and suffering poverty. Its Brisbane branch has set up an Appeal to help victims of the floods in Bundaberg by collecting clothing and blankets.

If you have clothing or blankets to donate to the Bundaberg Flood Appeal, please contact Life Rescue International on 0450 006 834 or email Sabrina.Khan-Ismail@Lawyer.com.

For information on Life Rescue International and its various projects go to www.LifeRescueInternational.org

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In the UK every year, more than 5,000 Brits convert to Islam.

More than half of those who make the switch are white – and 75 per cent are women.

But what would make someone want to change their lifestyle so dramatically?


Over the next four weeks CCN will profile four British women who decided to become Muslim.


PCSO Jayne, 28



Police Community Support Officer Jayne Kemp left her Catholic roots behind after “falling in love” with Islam while helping victims of so-called honour violence.


PCSO Kemp patrols her beat wearing a traditional hijab headscarf and even works extra time after shifts so she can attend Friday prayers at her mosque.

Devout Jayne converted to Islam last April and even plans to change her name to Aminah.

The single mum, who patrols Eccles, Gtr Manchester, as a Police Community Support Officer, says: “I thought Islam was all about women being forced to slave away in the kitchen — but I found out it was about being generous with your time, and patient and respectful of others.

“As I looked into it, I saw similarities with Catholicism and noticed values such as looking after your neighbours and cherishing the elderly, which is something older people say younger people don’t do any more.

“I wasn’t looking for any religion at the time but for every question I had answered about Islam, I had five more. I think I fell in love with it.”


Devoted Jayne even missed out on celebrating Christmas with her son, nine, and daughter, seven. She sent them off to their dad’s and cooked her own meal so it would be halal — the meat slaughtered in the manner prescribed by Sharia law.

And despite the drastic change, Jayne says colleagues at Greater Manchester Police and her family have been supportive. She is now helping to design a regulation police hijab and tunic — as one has never been needed before.

Jayne says: “I was worried about what my colleagues would think but they have been so understanding.

“People in Eccles have been great too — most don’t even mention it. If my children had struggled with me covering my hair I wouldn’t have done it.

“They have both asked a lot about it but I would never push Islam on them and they will be brought up Catholic.

“I just hope by speaking out I can show it is OK for a Muslim woman to work in the police force and change negative Islam stereotypes.

“My family, in general, are supportive. If I’m happy, they’re happy. My sister said I’m the happiest she’s ever seen me.”

Jayne was inspired to convert to Islam after chatting to other Muslims on Twitter.

Muhammad Manzoor, who runs Muslim Twitter account Local Masjid from his home in Whalley Range, Manchester, helped her make the transition.

He said: “I was humbled Jayne was asking me these questions.

“She has found this religion for herself and hopefully it shows Muslims can mix in society without compromising their faith.”

Next week CCN profiles Student Alana

Source: The Sun



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Dear Editor

I will be studying at the Ipswich campus of the University of Queensland starting from the 15th of February this year.

I am urgently looking for shared accommodation with other female Muslim students or a Muslim family close to the university campus.

If any reader is able to help, please contact me on my mobile number: 0421862163


Jazakallah Khair



15 year old gets accepted at Princeton, Colombia, MIT and Harvard



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‘Jihad’ ads come to D.C. Metro stations


US: Aiming to “reclaim jihad from Muslim and anti-Muslim extremists alike,” Muslim activists this week announced that their “#My jihad” ad campaign began running Monday in D.C. metro stations. The ads have previously appeared on buses in San Francisco and Chicago.


With a four-week ad buy in the Shaw, Waterfront, Rockville and Dunn Loring Metro stations, organizer Ahmed Rehab, who is also executive director of the Chicago branch of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, says that he is hoping to change the narrative around the word jihad.


“We kind of got tired sitting there watching people tell us what we believe or what we don’t believe.”


The posters feature photos of Muslims sharing their religious struggles, and uses lines like “my jihad is to build bridges through friendship” and “my jihad: modesty is not a weakness.”


Rehab’s Web site, myjihad.org notes, “for Muslim and anti-Muslim extremists (who ironically are on perfect agreement), jihad is synonymous with terrorism, blowing up things, and spilling innocent blood.” The site adds “For many others, including members of the media and academia and even some Western dictionaries, jihad is often mistranslated simply as ‘holy war.’”



Instead, read a statement on the campaign, activists hope to highlight the concept as it is lived by ordinary Muslims: “Jihad is a central tenet of the Islamic creed which means struggling uphill in order to get to a better place.”


Rehab also is inviting Muslims to tweet using the hashtag #myjihad to explain how jihad shapes their lived spirituality. As if to prove his point, the hashtag has been flooded with tweets from anti-Muslim activists pointing to accounts of violence perpetrated by violent Islamic extremists.


The additional three ads being run in dioramas, the back-lit displays in Washington areas Metro stations, are below.


Source: Washington Post


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Harvard University says Quran verse is one of the greatest expressions of justice

The U.S. Harvard University, one of the most prestigious institutions in the world, has placed a Quran verse at the entrance of its faculty of law.

Described by the institution as one of the greatest expressions of justice in history, Verse 136 of Surah Al Nisa (The Women Chapter) is dedicated to humanity as the best expression defending and articulating justice.

“O you who have believed, be persistently standing firm in justice, witnesses for Allah, even if it be against yourselves or parents and relatives. Whether one is rich or poor, Allah is more worthy of both. So follow not [personal] inclination, lest you not be just. And if you distort [your testimony] or refuse [to give it], then indeed Allah is ever, with what you do, Acquainted.” Surah An Nisa 4: 135

According to the Saudi Arabic language daily Ajel, a Saudi Student at Harvard published the picture of the verse on his Twitter page.

“I noticed that the verse was posted by the faculty of law, which described it as one of the greatest expressions for justice in history,” Abdullah Jumma said.

Justice quotations were selected among 150 contributions from law school faculty, staff and students. Yet, the three unanimously appreciated and displayed at the faculty entrance are quotes taken from St. Augustine, the Holy Quran and the Magna Carta.

According to the official website of the university, The Words of Justice exhibition is a clear sign of humanity’s craving for fairness on this earth.

At present, visitors to Harvard, researchers in particular, have the chance to identify themselves with the best articulations of justice since time immemorial.

Harvard University, the oldest institution of higher learning in the United States, was founded in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1636.

Source: Moroccan World News


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WHD launced on 1 February


The first ever World Hijab Day was marked on 1 February. WHD, the brainchild of New Yorker Nazma Khan, encourages “non-Muslim women (or even Muslim women who do not ordinarily wear one) to don the hijab and experience what it's like to do so, as part of a bid to foster better understanding”. Designed to counteract the stereotypical view of Islamic dress as inhibiting, oppressive and divisive, World Hijab Day invites women to experience the practice and is “about showing the world that women can choose the hijab willingly”.

US: World Hijab Day calls on non-Muslim women to try out life under the traditional head scarf. Can it lead to more religious tolerance and understanding?

"Because I'm not very skilled I'm wearing what you could call a one-piece hijab - you just pull it over your head. But I've discovered the scope is endless. There are all sorts of options."

So said Jess Rhodes, 21, a student from Norwich in the UK. She had always wanted to try a headscarf but, as a non-Muslim, didn't think it an option. So, when given the opportunity by a friend to try wearing the scarf, she took it.

"She assured me that I didn't need to be Muslim, that it was just about modesty, although obviously linked to Islam, so I thought, 'why not?'"

Rhodes was one of hundreds of non-Muslims who wore the headscarf as part of the first annual World Hijab Day on 1 February.


Originated by New York woman Nazma Khan, the movement has been organised almost solely over social networking sites. It has attracted interest from Muslims and non-Muslims in more than 50 countries across the world.

Jess Rhodes, with and without her hijab

For many people, the hijab is a symbol of oppression and divisiveness. It's a visible target that often bears the brunt of a larger debate about Islam in the West.

World Hijab Day is designed to counteract these controversies. It encourages non-Muslim women (or even Muslim women who do not ordinarily wear one) to don the hijab and experience what it's like to do so, as part of a bid to foster better understanding.

"Growing up in the Bronx, in NYC, I experienced a great deal of discrimination due to my hijab," says organiser Khan, who moved to New York from Bangladesh aged 11. She was the only "hijabi" (a word for someone who wears the headscarf) in her school.

"In middle school I was 'Batman' or 'ninja,'" she says.

"When I moved on to college it was just after 9/11, so they would call me Osama Bin Laden or terrorist. It was awful.


I knew that it's about modesty of behaviour, not just clothing, and that it's a faulty assumption that women only wear it if they're forced to - especially in the US. That's not at all the truth. 


Esther Dale

"I figured the only way to end discrimination is if we ask our fellow sisters to experience hijab themselves."

Khan had no idea the concept would result in support from all over the world. She says she has been contacted by people in dozens of countries, including the UK, Australia, India, Pakistan, France and Germany. The group's literature has been translated into 22 languages.

It was social networking that got Jess Rhodes involved. Her friend Widyan Al Ubudy lives in Australia and asked her Facebook friends to participate.

"My parents, their natural reaction was to wonder if this was a good idea," says Rhodes, who decided to wear her hijab for a month.

"They were worried I would be attacked in the street because of a lack of tolerance."

Rhodes herself was concerned about the reaction, but after eight days of wearing the headscarf she has actually been surprised by how positive it has been.




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

This week a CCN Reader recommends


Alif the Unseen


G. Willow Wilson



In an unnamed Middle Eastern security state, a young Arab-Indian hacker shields his clients, dissidents, outlaws, Islamists, and other watched groups from surveillance and tries to stay out of trouble.


He goes by Alif the first letter of the Arabic alphabet, and a convenient handle to hide behind.


The aristocratic woman Alif loves has jilted him for a prince chosen by her parents, and his computer has just been breached by the State’s electronic security force, putting his clients and his own neck on the line.


Then it turns out his lover’s new fiancé is the head of State security, and his henchmen come after Alif, driving him underground.


When Alif discovers The Thousand and One Days , the secret book of the jinn, which both he and the Hand suspect may unleash a new level of information technology, the stakes are raised and Alif must struggle for life or death, aided by forces seen and unseen.


With shades of Neal Stephenson, Neil Gaiman, Philip Pullman, and The Thousand and One Nights, Alif the Unseen is a tour de force debut a sophisticated melting pot of ideas, philosophy, religion, technology and spirituality smuggled inside an irresistible page-turner.



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: With compliments from Faatimah Casoojee our young and upcoming 14-year-old chef. She baked this for her brother’s black and red themed 21st birthday party.





2 egg whites
3/4 cup almond meal
1 cup icing sugar
1/4 cup caster sugar
Pinch of cream of tar tar
Food colouring
Essence (flavour of your choice)

125g icing sugar (sifted)
40g butter (room temp)
13ml milk




1. Heat oven to 170 degrees Celsius (fan forced)
2. Sift the icing sugar and almond meal twice
3. Beat egg whites and cream of tar tar until frothy
4. Gradually add caster sugar until all is combined (when you rub a little in between fingertips there should be no sugar granules)
5. Add flavouring essence and colouring until you are happy with the colour and taste
6. Fold the almond mixture into the egg mixture
7. Pipe into small circles on a lined baking tray (making sure to leave a gap as they will expand)
8. Lower the oven temp to 150 degrees Celsius fan forced and place tray in oven for 10 mins
9. Allow to cool for 10 -15 mins before icing

1. Beat the icing sugar and butter until combined
2. Add the milk until thick and smooth
3. Add colouring and essence and combine

Sandwich two macaroons together with a spoonful of icing in the middle and store in an air right container


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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Time to train your brain

Think you're hitting the gym or pounding the pavement for the benefit of your body rather than your brain?


Well guess what, you might be doing both. Exercising does more than just help tone and shape your body.


Research from the University of California suggest that people who work out have better brains.

Exercise is a mild stressor that works to protect the brain and improve mental function. How much is required you ask? A half hour session daily should keep things in order, so get moving people!







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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Close on midnight, in a despotic fiefdom in the Middle East, a man knocks on the door of Mula Nasruddin's house.


Mula Nasruddin opens the door and asks, "What's going on?"


"Some hijackers have kidnapped the King, his wife and two politicians. They're asking for a $310 million ransom. Otherwise they're going to douse them with petrol and set them on fire. We're going from house to house, taking up a collection."

Mula Nasruddin asks, "How much is everyone giving, on average?"

"About a litre."


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And in no wise covet those things in which Allah has bestowed His gifts more freely on some of you than on others: to men is allotted what they earn, and to women what they earn: but ask Allah of His bounty. For Allah has full knowledge of all things.
Surah An-Nisaa 4:32


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 You were born an original. Don't die a copy.   

~ John Mason


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Events and Functions

2013 Services EXpo ICQ 2 February Sheikh Musa Cerantonio Brisbane Tour
8-9 February APAN Fundraiser Dinner 9 March


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Islamic Programmes, Education & Services

Al Mustapha Madressah 2013 Kuraby Madrassah Enrolments Sisters House Islam Basics Shajarah Islamic Kindergarten Learning to read the Quran AMYN Learn Arabic AMYN Witness onto Mankind 2nd & 3rd March 2013 Holland Park Mosque Property Purchase Appeal Holland Park Mosque Property Purchase Appeal AIIC Buranda Re-Opening AIIC 2013 Open Enrolment Day AlMustapha degree Radio Quran Kareem Marhaba Playgroup Muslim Aid Australia Al-Imdaad Foundation Australia AMYN 40 Gems Brisbane Muslim Burial Society (BMBS) Fathima Adat Tutoring Fiqh and Tafseer Classes Hall Hire Islamic College of Brisbane Kuraby Mosque Quran & Islamic Classes Table & Chair Hire Kuraby Mosque Maths Tutoring Service Qari Hufaaz Classes Sisters' House Accommodation Registration SMS Alert Services
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Businesses and Services



ACCES Removal Services


Kuraby Mosque Hire Services

Hire Services

Ahlam Haddad Tutoring

Tutoring (Maths)


Clothing Islamic Couture


Lebanese Cuisine

Love ur Body

Beauty Treatments

Brizie Biltong


Mansur Omar

Real Estate

Bismillah Repairs & Maintenance

Repairs & Maintenance

NOTE NEW NO. 0468342127

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



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



Kuraby Fashions

Islamic Clothes




Wasimah Brisbane Bamboo Towels HEALTHY LIFE Browns Plains
Himalyan Salt Lamps PART 1  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 Shariff's Computer Services Sunkids SunkidsHEALTHY LIFE Browns Plains
Himalyan Salt Lamps PART 2 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
New mobile no. 0468 342 127 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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8 & 9 February

Fri & Sat

Sheikh Musa Cerantonio Brisbane Tour


See schedule

0425 811 150

See schedule

9 March


APAN Fundraiser Dinner


Michael's Oriental Restaurant

0413 874 008

6.30pm for 7pm

5 May


International Food Festival 2013

Islamic Society of Gold Coast

Gold Coast Mosque

0412 601 152

All day

6 June



Lailatul Mehraj

9 June


Islamic College of Brisbane (ICB) Annual Fete


Islamic College of Brisbane (ICB)

0402 794 253

All day

24 June



Lailatul Bhahraat

11 July


Start of Ramadhan

5 August



Lailatul Qadr

8 August



End of Ramadhan

9 August




17 August


Eidfest 2013

Mt Gravatt Showgrounds

0418 722 353

All day

1 September


CresWalk 2013


Orleigh Park, West End

0402 026 786


16 October




 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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Algester Mosque


Yaseen Khatam held every night after Isha salaat.


 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 27 February
Wednesday 31 July
Wednesday 20 November

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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