Sunday, 3 March 2013

 Newsletter 0434




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Hafeza Shafeeqah Mia (pictured left), daughter of Achmet and Zainab Mia, completed her Hifz al Quraan under the guidance of Imam Aslam at Algester Mosque.


Sr. Shafeeqah had memorized a few juzz In Durban and completed the rest in Brisbane.

"She is currently undertaking many leadership roles as well as sharing her knowledge with others," her proud parents told CCN.

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Imagine being born as a quadraplegic and having to depend on parents and friends for all your daily needs.


Now imagine what it would be like to have this handicap when you migrate to another country and are more dependent on your family, with no support from the government because you are disabled..

The financial burden is enough to cripple the family budget as medicines are full price and other essentials are quite expensive. Then there are the physical demands on carers who are family members, especially a devoted mother who now has back problems from the lifting over the years.. A disabled person could not survive without help from these devoted people.

A little independence is gained by using upper limbs to drag oneself along the floor to hoist oneself up onto the wheelchair and then move around by using one's hands to turn the wheels of an ordinary wheel chair the family have managed to provide.

The Muslim Charitable Foundation (MCF) responded to this disabled person with the help of donated funds from the Muslim community. They had the pleasure of seeing the expression of gratitude and joy on the face of this young lady. We hope our readers can also share this gratitude expressed by this young lady to the Muslims who donate to MCF.

She has been given the independence of movement and will now be able to attend English classes for two hours daily on week days. She has had Arabic classes in her home country, but has never had an formal education to prepare her for any type of work.



(standing left to right) Ms Janeth Deen and Mr Ismail Cajee

of the Muslim Charitable Foundation

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Nisha Mehwish completed Year 12 last year at the Islamic College of Brisbane (ICB) (Karawatha) with an OP1.


She was also Girls’ College Captain 2012 and the Class Dux 2012.


CCN interviewed Nisha at the school yesterday:


[CCN] What does it feel like being the top student at the school?

[Nisha] I’m really happy that all the hard work and sleepless nights actually paid off.


[CCN] Were you expecting to get an OP1?

[Nisha] Although I was really hoping and praying to get an OP 1, I could never be sure that I would actually get it because apart from the high school subject grades, the OP also depends on the QCS mark and you never really know how the result will turn out until the OPs are actually released. So, for me, the anxiety and anticipation continued from the first QCS test until the night before the OPs were released, but Alhamdulillah, everything turned out for the best.


[CCN] What do you plan to study, where and why?

[Nisha] I am currently studying Bachelor of Oral Health in Dental Science at Griffith University Gold Coast campus and will go on to study the Graduate Diploma of Dentistry.


[CCN] Was this your decision?

[Nisha] Because I could never really decide what I wanted to do in the future, my parents had a key role in helping me choose a suitable career path.


[CCN] What other activities did you take part in while at school?

[Nisha] Apart from the compulsory ICAS competitions, I also took part in the Westpac Maths and Rio Tinto science competitions every year since grade 8. Since I was the Girls’ College Captain, I represented the school in multiple local and community events such as the Commonwealth Observance Day at the Chung Tian Buddhist Temple and the Sunnybank District ANZAC Day Parade and Commemoration. I have also been part of school-related events such as the opening of our Multipurpose Hall and as part of my duties as Captain, I have given speeches at our school assemblies. I have also organised fundraising and awareness for the Children’s Medical Research Institute’s Jeans for Genes charity which our school has been doing for three years now.


[CCN] What were your favourite subjects? And why?

[Nisha] My favourite subject has to be Maths because I have always been able to do well in it. Islamic Studies was also good (even though it wasn’t an OP subject) because we always learnt new things eg. Islamic stories and duas. I also studied Chemistry, Biology, Physics, IT and English.


[CCN] Other than getting an OP1 what would you consider to be some of your other achievements?

[Nisha] Apart from the activities I took part in (written in Q6), I suppose the feeling of having accomplished something great is an achievement in itself. I was the Dux of my class throughout high school (grade 8-12). I am also part of the Griffith Honours College which only selective members get into.

[CCN] What would you say was the best thing about studying at ICB?

[Nisha] The best thing has to be studying in an Islamic environment with other Muslim students and teachers. Also, because there is a small student-teacher ratio, the teachers get to know all of the students really well which means that they are better able to tackle the students’ weaknesses and reinforce their strengths.


[CCN] Tell us a bit about your background.

[Nisha] I was born in Pakistan and we first came to Australia in 1999 when i was 4 years old, but we have been moving a lot throughout my primary schooling until we finally settled in Brisbane in 2008 because I was starting high school. I was at ICB starting grade 1 (2001) and left halfway during grade 2 (2002) but then I returned in grade 8 (2008) until I finished grade 12 (2012).I have an older brother, Ali Imran, who graduated 1 year before me from ICB. He was the Boys’ College Captain and Class Dux of 2011. He is currently studying Medical Imaging at QUT. I have studied in Islamic schools all my life because it allowed me to study and grow up in an Islamic environment.


[CCN] What do you like best about the school?

[Nisha] The Islamic environment; helpful and supportive teachers, principal and other staff members; lots of academic help; lots of competitions to participate in eg. ICAS, Westpac Maths, Rio Tinto Science, writing competitions, speech competitions; lots of sporting opportunities for the more athletic students;.

I also liked the fact that because it was a small school, you get to know the other students really well which is good because you may see the other students and teachers a lot out of school as well such as at other Muslim functions, at the masjid, at the shopping centre or even at university in the future.

[CCN] What part did your family play in helping you do so well?

[Nisha] The support from parents was really crucial to all my achievements because they have been guiding me for my entire life. They have always known and wanted whatever is best for me and have encouraged me to accomplish my goals and dreams. Whenever I went off-track, they would always push me to study and work hard in the year that would decide my future.


[CCN] How did you find the teachers at the school?

[Nisha] The teachers were really helpful and supportive because whenever I had any problems in any assignment and or upcoming exam, they were always available at lunch times or after school and would guide me in the right direction. No matter how many questions I would have, they would answer all of them to the best of their ability. I am really thankful and grateful to all of them because it is their input and feedback that allowed me to reach my full potential which led to my success in school.


[CCN] The QCS played an important part in your OP. How did you find the test and what support did you get from the school to help you with performing well in the test?

[Nisha] When we had our first practice QCS test at the end of grade 10, I was really worried because the test seemed really difficult. Even though my grades for the QCS improved a little during grade 11, they were still not at the standard I would have liked them to be. However, during grade 12, the principal arranged some sessions with actual QCS markers and they gave us hints and tips about what we should expect, how we should attempt the questions, how we should manage our time, what form we have to write in and the minor details we have to watch out for. The skills and advice attained from those sessions were crucial to my QCS success.

We also had Saturday classes for QCS held by some of our teachers (Mr Basic and Mrs Dean) in which they helped us solve the question papers and helped us to actually utilise the skills that the QCS markers were talking about. I am really thankful for them for actually taking time out of their weekend in order to help us.
Also, all the practice papers that we did in exam conditions were sent out to the professional QCS markers. Not only did they give us advice on what we were lacking in our answers, they also told us about the common mistakes we made and their feedback and assessment of the four QCS papers gave each of us an idea about what our final QCS grade would be. In the case of the QCS writing task, it gave us a chance to write in different writing styles/genres and choose the one we were most comfortable with (my best genre turned out to be scientific report/journal).


[CCN] What do you see as your role as a Muslim woman living in Australia?

[Nisha] I suppose I could be a role model for other Muslim girls who may think that living in a non-Muslim country restricts your chances of success. I hope that by my example they can learn that it is possible to achieve anything that you set your mind to. 


[CCN] What advice do you offer other students who are still at school?

[Nisha] Attend all the practice QCS sessions. If you ever have a problem with anything, approach your teachers because they will help you. Focus on your studies in your final year because it is the year that counts but try to find a balance between study, socialising and free time. Try to make the final year fulfilling too because the memories will last forever.


[CCN] What changes would you like to see happen at the ICoB for current and future pupils?

[Nisha] Subjects that raise the OP rank would be good such as Maths C, a language (eg. Arabic) or a university level course.


[CCN] Thank you, Nisha, for speaking with us and we wish you all the best for the future, insha'Allah.

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“We're looking to discover and celebrate a rising superstar of the coffee industry by providing a chance for baristas across Australia to showcase their craft and creativity behind a coffee machine.”


To have a shot at the title of Australia’s Baristar 2013, Raihaan Esat, who works at DiBella, must first receive enough votes to be in the top 5 Queensland. Of these, only one who is crowned state winner advances to the national championships.


With just two years under his belt as a barista, Raihaan says that he is driven by a hunger for knowledge about all things coffee. "It's like an itch you can't scratch. Everything from farming to roasting to brewing excites me! I want to share my excitement with the world."


Raihaan regularly makes and sells coffee to raise funds for the AMYN Centre most Saturday nights after Eisha, and you can also catch him for a cuppa at Di Bella Roasting Warehouse, 82 Abbotsford Rd, Bowen Hills.

To vote for Raihaan, log on to http://www.baristar.com.au/ then click on “vote for your barista.” This will take you to the page of entrants. Find his profile and click on his vote box. You are allowed one click per day.

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"Mission Possible Volunteers" is a community Sewing Team made up of a group of ladies who do volunteer work sewing such things as Mens & Ladies Hospital Bags, Toddler Bags for Boys & Girls, Humi Crib Cover, Leukaemia Bone, Mini Peanut, Nurse Bag, Wheel Chair Foot Pad, Cup Holder.


For the Nursing Homes they produce Bottle Holder, Clothing Protector, Booties, Laundry Bag, Shower Belt, Knee Warmer

They also make Tactile Mat/Apron and Cushions and items that will help sick children and elderly patients.
They supply the hospitals and nursing homes. They also work closely with the Cancer Group

If any CCN readers can help in the form of donations of material or helping out with the sewing contact ......


The picture on the right shows wooden animal cuttings which they are preparing to make a pack to give to children who are going on a camp. All these children are cancer patients.


For more information please contact Faisel Essof on 0402 575 410.

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Haje Mohamad Tomoum (picture left with wife Mary Donohoe), passed away in Brisbane this week.


Haje Tomoum served the Muslims of Australia in a number of capacities including as a member of the AFIC Executive Committee, chairman of the Islamic College of Brisbane and in many similar roles at the grass root level.


"He will be remembered for his tireless efforts for the development of the Muslim Ummah. May Allah reward him with Jannah," Mr. Hafez Kassem, president of AFIC said.


Hj Abdul Rahman Deen prepared a tribute to Haje Tomoum, entitled The Passing of a Quiet Legend, which you can read here.


"In writing this, I have known Hj Tomoum as one of the most honourable and easy going persons I have ever met and I have worked with him constantly for over 30 years in all aspects of his involvement in Brisbane and it is a very sad time and occasion for the whole Islamic community and we all feel sorrow for his wife and family and pray that Allah (SWT) will grant him Jannatul Firdaus (highest level of Paradise) Insha Allah (God Willing) and may his family have Sabar (patience)," wrote Hj Rahman Deen.

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AUSTRALIA'S largest Muslim school has had its second principal removed in under six months amid allegations of financial mismanagement against the school board.

The principal of Malek Fahd Islamic School, Refaat El-Hajje, was stood down from his role on Sunday after a security guard went to his house and informed him that he would no longer be needed in the position.

The dismissal followed a demand by Mr El-Hajje to see the finances for the school of more than 2000 students at Greenacre in southwest Sydney.

The school rents its property from the Australian Federation of Islamic Councils, and shares many of the same directors as the country's peak Muslim body.

Mr El-Hajje has written a letter to NSW Education Minister Adrian Piccoli demanding more action be taken by the government and police over alleged financial mismanagement at the school in the wake of a long-running scandal that has caused the NSW government to freeze funds to the school and forced a federal government audit.


"As the administrator of the school for the last six months I have seen continuous AFIC interference and unethical behaviour by both the AFIC board members and the school board members. The school has acted for profit with money trail moving from MFIS to AFIC," Mr El-Hajje writes in a letter obtained by The Australian.

It is understood he has also outlined the allegations to the Independent Schools Association, the Board of Studies and the NSW Police.

Following reports in The Australian last year exposing the nature of the finances at the school, Mr Piccoli demanded the school pay back $9 million in state funds after he ruled the school was operating for a profit to benefit its manager, the Australian Federation of Islamic Councils.

Millions of dollars from the school, which is 75 per cent government-funded, were being paid to AFIC in "management fees" and backdated rent, with a subsequent federal government audit revealing no value for money for the school in the payments.

The school's chairman and then president of the Australian Federation of Islamic Councils, Ikebal Patel, was removed from his roles following the finding.

However, this was not before Intaj Ali, Malek Fahd's former and respected principal of 23 years, was removed last year after a dispute with the school's board.

Representatives of the school and federation did not respond to requests for comment.

Source: The Australian

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By Mahomed Aslam Osman, Outreach Manager, SeekersPoint Brisbane


SeekersPoint Brisbane hosted Imam Afroz Ali, managing director of SeekersHub Global last weekend for two enlightening and engaging sessions of Islamic knowledge. The theme for the weekend was “Where Happiness Is” and it started off with a presentation at the Islamic College of Brisbane on Saturday 23rd February. Speakers were Imam Afroz Ali, Shaykh Ahmad Abu Ghazaleh and Imam Mohammed Azhari. Around 180 people were in attendance, and much was learnt about the true meaning of happiness and how to seek meaningful happiness in our lives.

In addition, Imam Afroz Ali presented a full day workshop entitled “Purification of the Heart” at the Multifaith Centre, Griffith University Nathan Campus on Sunday the 24th of February. This intensive workshop focussed on the inner dimensions of the human – heart, soul and brain, and how they interact with one another. The true meaning of tasawwuf and its place in traditional Islam was also shared, and the feedback from participants was extremely positive. Both sessions were provided free of charge under the SeekersGuidance “Knowledge Without Barriers” campaign.


SeekersPoint Brisbane is the Brisbane branch of SeekersHub, a unique learning foundation that connects transformative knowledge and spirituality with actionable community service and social engagement. Our Mission is the revival of the Islamic tradition and spirit through practicing two core principles: Knowledge & Servitude.

SeekersPoint Brisbane strives to be a “shining light” of knowledge, guidance, inspiration, and service for all seekers of religious knowledge. For more information, please visit www.seekersguidance.org or see www.facebook.com/SeekersPointBrisbane.

SeekersPoint Brisbane continues to host a free weekly SeekersCircle telecast every Friday night at 7:30pm at the Multifaith Centre, Griffith University Nathan Campus. The current class taught by Imam Afroz Ali is entitled “On Knowing Yourself to Know God” and is based on the classical text “The Alchemy of Happiness” written by Imam Al-Ghazzali.
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Sergeant Jim Bellos is once again calling on the community to support this year's Time4Kids crime prevention campaign, an initiative of the Police-Citizens Youth Clubs (PCYC).


The Time4Kids launch will be held during Youth Week on Friday 5 April at the old Boggo Road gaol, Dutton Park between 6.30am and 9.30am. The event will see PCYC gaols [jails] set up where community leaders will do time to stop youth crime.

The concept is to be detained in gaol until $500 bail has been raised to be released. Jim will be in gaol for about 60-90 minutes and have set myself a target to raise $5000. These funds will go towards PCYC running youth crime prevention programs across Queensland.

The event will be high-profile and will attract strong media interest and community participation, with Channel 9 as confirmed as media partners.

You can read more about Jim's very worthy cause here.

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An extremely honest and reliable recent business graduate is looking for business marketing, communication roles in Brisbane.


Aziz averaged High Distinctions through out his Bachelor of Business in Marketing from Victoria University and is a member of the Golden Key Society as a result of his grades.


He is looking to work with businesses that are involved in halal products/services.


He can work full time, part time or on consultancy basis. 


If you are interested in talking to Aziz further, please call him on 0423436643 or email him at aziz.yasin@live.com. Aziz's up to date resume is available here






The Australian International Islamic College (AIIC) requires volunteer language translators to provide in-school support for students.

Support is need for Rohingan, Arabic Somalian translators during curriculum delivery.


The appropriate Blue Card will be organised by the College.


If you are able to volunteer some time for this worthy program contact the Administration at the Australian International College. 724 Blunder Road, Durack  4077, Ph:  3724-1400

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Salaams CCN Readers,

I appeal to the community to kindly assist the following people.

A family group housing a couple and two single adults have an urgent need for household essential items.

The types of items they require are the following:

• Kitchen utensils
• Containers
• Cookware
• Crockery
• Glassware
• Pots
• Appliances
• Bed Linen
• Pillows
• Blankets
• Duvets
• Mattresses
• Beds
• TV
• Microwave
• Fans

Any excess items in your home and are willing to give away, please drop off directly to the following:

Reza 0401236508, Unit 2, 20 Rotts Street, East Brisbane
Please say Hafiz asked you to call him.

Please note that clothing, curtaining, toys and furniture are not required.

Naseema Mustapha

Assalamu alaikum,

A single sister and her six children are desperately looking for accommodation. They are newly arrived migrant, currently renting, their landlord has given them 4 weeks to vacate the premises. The have been looking for a house with no luck. They are looking for accommodation around Kuraby, Runcorn, Sunnybank, Eight Mile Plains, Underwood, Sunnybank Hills, and surrounding areas.


If anyone can assist, please contact 0403 142 770.

Jazakum Allah Kheir

Hope and Healing Counselling
Kholoud Abdulla
Mental Health Professional
0451 224 673


Halal Pork Shocks Swiss Muslims  

BERN – The discovery of pork traces in halal food in several stores is shocking the Muslim community in Switzerland and igniting debates for launching a Swiss halal label.

“Sample analysis show a very low proportion” of pork meat, or less than 0.1 percent, the Swiss Central Islamic Council (CCIS) said in a statement cited by Agence France-Presse (AFP) on Tuesday, February 26.

The CCIS has found traces of pork in halal kebabs in famous meat stalls in several Swiss cities including Bern, Biel, Zurich, Winterthur, Basel, Lucerne, Kreuzlingen, Lausanne and Geneva.


The test sampling was ordered by the Muslim group after being “alarmed by the scandal that recently erupted in Germany where 7 percent of pork meat was found in meat for kebabs.”

The CCIS said it was “shocked” by the discovery that pork traces were confirmed in seven out of 20 Swiss kebab samples tested.

Switzerland is home to an estimated 400,000 Muslims, out of a population of more than 7 million, most of whom are immigrants from Albania and elsewhere in the Balkans.

Halal Label

The discovery of pork traces has ignited debates about launching a Swiss halal label.

Since the end of 2011, the CCIS has been championing a campaign to launch a new agency for halal standards.

The leading organization also filed a complaint last October with the Swiss Association for Standardization (SNV) about the issue, which was blocked.

European countries have been marred by a horsemeat scandal over the past weeks.

Since the first horsemeat was discovered in frozen meals and burgers in Britain and Ireland last month, traces have been found in meat products across Europe.

Swedish furniture giant Ikea has withdrawn meatballs from sale in 14 European countries after tests in the Czech Republic found traces of horsemeat in a batch made in Sweden.

Swiss food giant Nestle also said it had found horse DNA in meat from the Spanish supplier, Servocar.
The discovery comes as European agriculture ministers meet for talks expected to focus on the growing horsemeat scandal.


Source: IslamOnline

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City University London locks Muslim prayer room on Fridays

UK: City University in London has been accused of discrimination by a group of Muslim students after it started locking a room used for Friday prayers.

A group of students have formed Muslim Voices on Campus, calling on the university to reverse its decision.

The group said it was being "unjustly targeted".

City said it acted because students had refused to submit the proposed content of sermons to the university before prayers to check its "appropriateness".

Wasif Sheikh (pictured below), who leads the group, said: "We feel we are being unjustly targeted. All of our sermons are open, we welcome all students and all staff.

"But when you start submitting your sermons to be monitored and scrutinised then there's a chance for it to be dictated what's allowed and what's not allowed. We, as students, don't accept that."

'Confrontational atmosphere'

Three years ago, the counter-extremism think tank the Quilliam Foundation released a report on the sermons at Friday prayers at City University, in central London.


It claimed hardline views and a confrontational atmosphere were being encouraged.

In one sermon, which was recorded, the speaker said: "The Islamic state teaches to cut the hand of the thief. Yes it does. And it also teaches us to stone the adulterer.

"When they tell us that, the Islamic state tells us and teaches us to kill the apostate, yes it does."

BBC London has seen no evidence those views are still being spread now, but some argue the episode shows the need for greater scrutiny.

'Vicious history'

Dr Usama Hasan from the Quilliam Foundation said: "If there was no past history at the university, I think what the students are saying would sound extremely reasonable.

"However, there has been quite a vicious and nasty history there. They have to deal with that and give a bit more to the university.

The university could not continue to condone an activity taking place on its premises where it cannot exercise reasonable supervision”

"Both sides need to compromise here and negotiate with some difficult conversations."


The university could not continue to condone an activity taking place on its premises where it cannot exercise reasonable supervision”

Spokeswoman City University London

The challenge faced by many universities is how to deal with any potential extremism threat, without being seen to restrict freedom of speech.

A statement from the university said it needed to be sure of the "appropriateness" of what was being discussed in sermons as authorised university events.

It said it also needed to be assured that all "students eligible to deliver" prayers and sermons "are considered equally and given the opportunity to do so".

The statement went on: "The university could not continue to condone an activity taking place on its premises where it cannot exercise reasonable supervision."

In addition, the university said it had suggested a number of alternative places for students to pray nearby.

Source: BBC News London


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54 countries colluded with US in kidnapping, torture and illegal detention of Muslim terror suspects 


Shocking details of the US Central Intelligence Agency’s (CIA) secret detention, rendition, and interrogation program, following September 11, 2001, has been revealed in a new publication. The 214 page report, published in February, shows evidence that 54 countries cooperated in the kidnapping, torture, and detention program of hundreds of terrorist suspects that commenced under the President George W Bush Administration.

Compiled by the Open Society Justice Initiative (OSJI), a New York based human rights organisation, the report is the first comprehensive account on the extent of the secret detentions, where suspects were held in prisons known as “black sites” outside the US, and its “extraordinary rendition” program, involving the transfer without legal process of detainees to the custody of a foreign government for purposes of detention, and interrogation. Although little information was known about the details of these operations it was widely condemned around the world.

The report, Globalizing Torture: CIA Secret Detention and Extraordinary Rendition highlights alarming concern for the responsibility of the 54 governments identified, that span the continents of Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, and North America. The countries include Canada, Germany, Pakistan, Turkey, Australia, Greece, Spain, UK, Syria, and Thailand.

“Today, more than a decade after September 11, there is no doubt that high-ranking Bush Administration officials bear responsibility for authorizing human rights violations associated with secret detention and extraordinary rendition, and the impunity that they have enjoyed to date remains a matter of significant concern. But responsibility for these violations does not end with the United States.”

“Secret detention and extraordinary rendition operations, designed to be conducted outside the United States under cover of secrecy, could not have been implemented without the active participation of foreign governments. These governments too must be held accountable.”


The Muslim News


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

This week AMARAH recommends


Making Australian Foreign Policy on Israel-Palestine:

Media Coverage, Public Opinion and Interest Groups


Dr Eulalia Han and Dr Halim Rane




Australia has been engaged in policy making on Israel-Palestine since the conflict was first brought before the United Nations in 1947.


Successive Australian governments have oscillated between pragmatism and principles, while the conflict has remained unresolved, increasingly problematic for Islam-West relations and international peace and security.

Based on extensive research of Australian media coverage, public opinion, pro-Israel and pro-Palestine interest groups as well as in-depth interviews with current and former diplomats and politicians from both major political parties, this book provides a unique insight into the policy making process in regards to one of the world’s most enduring and volatile dilemmas.


Making Australian Foreign Policy on Israel-Palestine is a must read for anyone concerned about how social forces influence policy making and the impact this has on Australia’s response to world affairs.

‘It is common knowledge that U.S. Middle East policy is heavily influenced by domestic politics, and especially the political activities of the "Israel lobby". In this rigorous, fair-minded, and illuminating study, Eulalia Han and Halim Rane show that pro-Israel groups also play a decisive role in tilting Australia's foreign policy toward Israel and against the Palestinians. It is an important contribution to the literature on Australian foreign policy and to our understanding of why Middle East peace remains elusive.’ – Stephen Walt, Professor of Political Science, Harvard University.

Eulalia Han and Halim Rane have written an illuminating study…Its scope and depth make it an essential contribution to the study of Australian foreign policy, as well as to the Australian responses over the years to the Israel-Palestine conflict.’ – Richard Falk, Professor Emeritus of International Law, Princeton University and United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights in the Palestinian Territories

‘It is rare to find an examination of Australian foreign policy which so closely interweaves world issues with their domestic dimensions. This non-polemical and incisive study traces how Australia has gradually shifted since 1948 from a firm attachment to an international approach to the resolution of the issue of Palestine to a position which sends contradictory messages in an attempt to juggle domestic with international realities.’ – Ross Burns, Former Australian Ambassador to Israel.

‘It's vital to understand why Australia is one of the most blindly pro-Israel nations in the world and who convinces politicians and policy makers to support Zionist aggression and occupation. This important book goes a long way to answer these questions and explains how out of touch Canberra is with the vast bulk of global public opinion. Read this vital text to understand why Australia is on the wrong side of history.’ – Antony Loewenstein, author of My Israel Question and The Blogging Revolution.

About the authors
Dr Eulalia Han is a Research Fellow in the Energy Studies Institute, National University of Singapore.
Dr Halim Rane is the Deputy Director of the Griffith Islamic Research Unit and a Senior Lecturer in Islamic Studies, Griffith University.

Making Australian Foreign Policy on Israel-Palestine: Media Coverage, Public Opinion and Interest Groups will be available for purchase at the APAN fundraising dinner on Saturday 9 March, 6.30pm at Michael’s Oriental. You can also order directly from Melbourne University Press



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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KB says: The recipe was inspired by MKR's Manu Feildel who always want to know "vhere is ze sauce?".

 Steak with Peppercorn Sauce





1kg rump or fillet steak sliced.
1 tsp ginger and garlic mix
1 tsp green chillies
1 tsp salt
2 tab vinegar
2 tab olive oil or ghee
1 clove garlic, slivered


1 tab cornflour
2 tab green peppercorns (bottled or tinned)
1 tab butter
½ cup cream
½ cup sour cream
2 tab spring onions
1tsp lemon juice



1. Marinate the steak with the ginger and garlic, green chillies, salt and vinegar and set aside for 2 to 3 hours.
2. Sauté garlic in the oil and add the steak and cook until tender.

1. Drain and rinse the peppercorns and crush lightly.
2. Melt butter and add the peppercorns and cook for a minute.
3. Add the cornflour and cook for a minute.
4. Stir in the cream, sour cream and lemon juice and continue stirring until the sauce thickens a little.
5. Pour over the steak just before serving.
6. Serve with potato mash and green vegetables.


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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International Women's Day

Ladies why not get together a group of friends and their families and celebrate International Women’s Day the active way.


Pack your healthy treats and water and plan a day at the park – either gearing up your bike, or lapping the loops around the park several times throughout the day with rests in between.


Don’t forget to include mini-challenges along the way, and also get some ball games such as touch-footy, cricket, volley-ball and basketball going after lunch…

The idea is to celebrate your health, strength and fitness – no excuses. N-JOY!








My Health and Fitness

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Send your question to Kareema at  fitness@crescentsofbrisbane.org.

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Mula Nasruddin bought a brand new BMW Z4 convertible and drove it out of the salesroom.

Taking off down the motorway, he floored it to 120mph; enjoying the wind blowing through what little hair he had left.

“Amazing!” he thought as he flew down the Pacific Highway, enjoying pushing the pedal to the metal even more.

Looking in his rear view mirror, he saw a police car behind him, blue lights flashing and siren blaring.

“I can get away from him – no problem!” thought Mula Nasruddin as he floored it to 140mph, then 150 then 160.

Suddenly, he thought, “What on earth am I doing? I’m too old for this nonsense!”

So he pulled over to the side of the road and waited for the police car to catch up with him.

Pulling in behind him, the police officer walked up the driver’s side of the BMW, looked at his watch and said,

“Sir, my shift ends in 10 minutes. Today is Friday and I’m taking off for the weekend.

If you can give me a reason why you were speeding that I’ve never heard before, I’ll let you go.”

Mula Nasruddin, looked very seriously at the policeman and replied, “Years ago my wife ran off with a policeman. I thought you were bringing her back.”

“Have a good day, Sir”, said the policeman


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Closer and closer to mankind comes their Reckoning: yet they do not heed and they turn away.
Surah Al-Anbiyaa 21:1


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 Life is Like a Book

Some chapters are sad, some are happy and some are exciting,

but if you never turn the page,

you will never know what the next chapter has in store for you.   

~ daveswordsofwisdom


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1 March


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Between Maghreb and Esha

9 March


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0413 874 008

6.30pm for 7pm

12 March


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AlKauthar Institute

Griffith University Nathan Campus


8am  to 6.45pm

28 March


Lecture: True Love by Bilal Dannoun

Khalil Abu Khawla

Ummah United Centre, 3 Harris Rd, Underwood

0425 811 150

7pm to 10pm

29 March


Lecture - Fiqh of Marriage by Bilal Dannoun

Khalil Abu Khawla

Ummah United Centre, 3 Harris Rd, Underwood

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9am to 12pm

5 May


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11 May


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Michael's Oriental Restaurant

0431 747 356


18 May


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9 June


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Algester Mosque


Venue: Algester Mosque
When: Every Tuesday Morning
Time: 9:30am to 11am
Teacher: Imam Aslam Al Qadri
1st topic: Understanding Hijab and it's significance in Islam/ Implementing the sunnah in everyday life, eg the sunnah of eating, sleeping, interaction with people socially etc etc.......

For any further information please contact me on 0433552409 or ladies can contact Shakira Ayoob on 0449800205.

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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


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: Mt Gravatt Police Station, 2132 Logan Road, Upper Mt Gravatt

Wednesday 13 June
Wednesday 20 November

Commencing at 6.00pm (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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Karratha Muslims (Muslims in Western Australia)

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Free service for multicultural clients who are carers, elderly and people with disabilities

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Coordinated collection & distribution of: Zakaah, Lillah, Sadaqah, Fitrana, Unwanted interest

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Network of Muslim healthcare professionals

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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

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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

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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)

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Al-Mustapha Institute of Brisbane  

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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

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

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

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