Sunday, 4 August 2013

 Newsletter 0456





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Australian International Islamic College

Islamic College of Brisbane


Darra Mosque


Salaat: 7.00am

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Yassmin Abdel-Magied

At the age of 16, Yassmin Abdel-Magied founded Youth Without Borders, an organisation focused on enabling young people to work together for the implementation of positive change within their communities.

Yassmin was recently named the Young Leader in The Australian Financial Review and Westpac's inaugural 100 Women of Influence Awards.

Born in Sudan and moving to Australia at the age of two, she graduated top of her university year in 2011 with a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering (First Class Honours), and was a recipient of the University of Queensland’s Dean’s Excellence scholarship.

In 2007 Yassmin was named Young Australian Muslim of the Year for her work in the community. In 2010 she was the Young Queenslander of the Year and in 2011 a finalist for Young Australian of the Year.


Yassmin is one of Australia’s few female mechanical engineers, and her passion for motorsport has led her to design the University of Queensland’s Formula SAE racer, and she graduated in 2011 as the valedictorian of her class.


She is also a RichardsF1.com’s V8 Supercars journalist.

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"Halal meat more tender" says Catholic butcher

A Catholic butcher from Canberra, in the Australian Capital Territory, says specialising in halal meat has kept him in business.

Halal meat is produced when an animal is slaughtered according to Islamic law, where the creature's throat is cut and the blood drains away.

The butcher, Matthew, says he's flat out this week, as the Muslim community prepares for the Islamic holy month of Ramadan.

"Friends who are Muslim asked me to do it because there was nobody in Canberra doing halal and I thought, 'why not?' That was back in 1995," he said.

"Best thing I ever did.

"I probably would've struggled a lot more. It was just something niche I got into.

"People said I was crazy - other butcher owners - but I'm still here."


Listen to the report

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By  Khadijah Natalie Arbee

I am a muslim women. I wear the niqaab (face veil).

I’m one of those to whom the new law in France would apply. I’m one of the ones being discussed by politicians, human rights groups and the media.

I’m one of those whom many feel the need to liberate.
I’m one of those you may think is oppressed.
I’m one of those many of you detest the sight of...
I’m one of those whom you may believe is uneducated; one of the ones you may think has no voice.
But I do. So let me speak.

I am not Arab, Asian or even African. I am Australian. No, not ‘first generation’, ‘second generation’, or an immigrant. On my mother’s side, I’m of French-Canadian descent, and on my father’s side; British. I grew up as a Christian, and attended church occasionally. I was in the school swim team, and district netball team. I holidayed with my family in the summer on the Gold Coast, and I’m educated. I have a university degree.

When I was 18 years of age I was introduced to Islam. I studied it, and accepted it a year and a half later. By the time I reached 20, I was wearing the headscarf, and after I married I donned the niqaab.

Because of my husband? No.

My husband did not want me to wear it, although his mother and sister do, and out of respect for his wishes I didn’t do so for two years. But I wanted to, and eventually did, and knowing it to be in line with our religion, my husband knew he had no authority to prevent me, and he now greatly admires my strength.

Then, I wore it because of my father? No. He’s a catholic.






France stands by veil ban after riots



PARIS (Reuters) – France’s interior minister on Monday defended a ban on wearing full-face veils in public after a police check on a Muslim woman caused two nights of rioting near Paris, exposing tensions in immigrant-heavy suburbs.

The 2010 law was brought in by conservative former president Nicolas Sarkozy and targets burqa and niqab garments that conceal the face, rather than the headscarf that is more common among French Muslim women.

A police check on a couple in the southwest suburb of Trappes provoked an angry confrontation that led overnight on Friday to a police station being surrounded by several hundred people, some hurling rocks. Another building was torched in several hours of street violence that led to six arrests.

“Police did their job perfectly,” Interior Minister Manuel Valls told RTL radio.

“The law banning full-face veils is a law in the interests of women and against those values having nothing to do with our traditions and values. It must be enforced everywhere,” he said.

The town of some 30,000 inhabitants, which has produced celebrities including soccer player Nicolas Anelka, was mostly calm on Monday as tow trucks carted away burnt cars.


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Even thousands of kilometres away, University of Southern Queensland Statistics Professor Shahjahan Khan is still receiving accolades from his country of origin, Bangladesh.

Professor Khan has recently been elected as an Expatriate Fellow of the Bangladesh Academy of Science, the leading scientific organisation in Bangladesh and a leading representative to the government for matters of science and research.

As an expatriate fellow of the academy, Professor Khan will act as an ambassador for Australia and elsewhere in promoting science and technology as well as contributing research.

“It’s an excellent feeling to be recognised for your work by members of the scientific community in the country of your birth,” Professor Khan said.

“The academy engages with the government in the development and promotion of science within Bangladesh and the academy’s input is highly valued by the policy makers.

“As far as I know, I’m the first from Australia to become an Expatriate Fellow of the academy.”

Professor Khan said he looked forward to use his new appointment to help the development of science in his home country.

“If you have a talent, the academy can use it and mine happens to be statistics,” Professor Khan said.

“I can also help with organising seminars, conferences and workshops such as the International Statistics Conferences which I helped organise in 2006 and 2008 in Bangladesh.

“I feel USQ is a great platform to work with organisations such as the academy.”

While working at USQ, Professor Khan has served as the President of ISOSS (2005-2011), an international professional organisation of statisticians, organised 4 international conferences in Malaysia, Egypt, Pakistan and Qatar, and have been serving as the Founding Chief Editor of the USA based Journal of Applied Probability and Statistics (JAPS) since 2006.

The Bangladesh Statistical Association awarded him prestigious Qazi Motahar Hossain Gold Medal in December 2012 in recognition of his scientific contribution and promotion of statistics.

Professor Khan was nominated for the position by a fellow Expatriate of the academy from Canada.

For more information on the Bangladesh Academy of Science and its contribution to the sciences in the country, visit http://www.bas.org.bd.


Source: USQ Media Release

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Mounir Kiwan, Business Development Manager at Crescent Wealth and Ric Fletcher, Head of Advancement at La Trobe University, congratulated Murtaza on his award and encouraged other students receiving awards for Islamic Finance subjects to continue to excel.

Murtaza Taher received the 2013 Crescent Wealth Award for academic excellence at La Trobe University Business School where he achieved outstanding results as the best performing student in the subject of Islamic Capital Markets.

Professor Leigh Drake, the Executive Dean of the faculty, presided over the ceremony and praised the high quality of recipients at this year’s event.


A number of Islamic Finance subjects were recognised including the subjects of Islamic Banking, Islamic Financial Planning and Islamic Capital Markets.


Crescent Wealth was the major sponsor of the Crescent Wealth CresWalk2013.

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A few weeks ago, a call was sent out asking for donations of food for refugee and asylum seeker children at the Queensland Program of Assistance to Survivors of Torture and Trauma (QPASTT) homework group.

Due to the overwhelming response that was received, a weekly roster was drawn up so that the food could be supplied more regularly.

Ms Farah Suleman, who assists with this voluntary homework program at QPASTT, supplies these healthy snacks for the children on Sunday night and Monday night. She then takes it in to QPASTT for the Monday and Tuesday group respectively.

Below is an email she received from the Director at QPASTT in response to this imitative:

Dear All

On behalf of the Queensland Program of Assistance to Survivors of Torture and Trauma I would like to thank your members for the donations of food for our school holiday activities and our homework club. I would also like to thank you for the financial donations that you have made – the funds will be used to provide resources for young people accessing the Youth Program. Your kindness has been very much appreciated by the organisation and I know that the young people have enjoyed the food that has been provided.

Thank you

Tracy Worrall
Queensland Program of Assistance to Survivors of Torture and Trauma

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AN energy drink consumed by St Kilda forward Ahmed Saad before a game could cost him two years on the sidelines.

Saad, who is believed to have mixed a powdered stimulant with a liquid, was randomly tested after the match where he returned a positive sample.

The 23-year-old was said to be shattered on Wednesday. The goalsneak has tested positive to an A sample, but is awaiting the results of tests on his B sample.


Saad has had a long-running ambassadorial role with a popular health supplements company, promoting the use of legal additives.

The Saints said they hadn't been told Saad couldn't play this weekend, meaning Saad is likely to have taken what is termed in the AFL Anti-Doping Code a "specified stimulant", which are banned only on match days.


If Saad has taken a "specified stimulant", he is allowed to continue playing while his B sample is being tested and until the case is ultimately resolved by the AFL tribunal.

According to the AFL's code, taking a "specified stimulant" is considered a less serious offence than substances such as steroids and growth hormones, but still carries a maximum two-year ban.

The code also carries the provision for lesser penalties, including a reprimand and no ban.

Source: Courier Mail SPORT

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NSW: A MUSLIM prayer leader disputes allegations he touched the breasts of two teens and a grandmother after his arrest left the local Islamic community shocked. Egyptian national Ahmed Alkahly, 59, was charged on Wednesday with three counts of indecent assault over three incidents.

Police allege Mr Alkahly, who is visiting a Northern Beaches mosque for the period of Ramadan, on Monday groped a 16-yearold girl as she walked through a reserve in Dee Why. They also allege he on Wednesday groped a 57-year-old grandmother as she pushed her grandson in a stroller on Dee Why beach before indecently assaulting another 16-year-old girl.

But a spokesman for the Islamic Society of Manly-Warringah, which runs the Dee Why Masjid Mosque said Mr Alkahly claimed the incidents were the result of a misunderstanding. "He denies the allegation," the spokesman said. "We just can't believe it ... we're shocked, absolutely shocked." Mr Alkahly will appear at North Sydney Local Court on August 5


Source: Gold Coast Bulletin 2 August 2013

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Last night the Islamic Society of Logan put on an Iftar at the Logan Mosque and invited the Police Commissioner who was represented by the Assistant Commissioner Paul Stewart, Superintendent Noel Powers and David Forde from Multicultural Affairs Queensland.
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Who can decipher the mind of a terrorist? In the post 9/11 America, there is a dollar-spending, ink-spilling, competition between the government and the academia to answer this question.

The faith of the terrorist in the above question is typically implied while the magnitude of the problem -- less than 0.1 percent of the world's Muslims have committed acts of terror against the western world -- is typically denied.

Which brings me to the consequential next question: How much effort has gone into decoding the minds of the 99.9 percent of, yes, Muslims?

Zilch. Nada. None.

So if you would like to know what the 99 percent of Muslims secretly believe in, man, do I have an absolutely great idea for you: perform ten deeds in ten days as the Muslim Holy month of Ramadan winds down. For Muslims -- over 90 percent of whom observe fasting during the month of Ramadan according to a recent Pew poll -- these ten deeds are prescribed for the whole month.

Each day, just act upon one deed. And forget about the rituals; this is not stealth evangelism. The idea is not to convert anyone to Islam but to convert a mindset based on media one-liners and sensational images. At the end of this "ten days, ten deeds" project, you would know exactly what is in the heart of an average Muslim.

So here we go:


Day 1, keep a fast: Give up all food and drinks from dawn to dusk. This year, the average duration of a fast is approximately 16 hours in America. For the first 8-hours, you will experience a degree of self discovery that will shatter the I-could-never-do-it mindset and the last 8-hours will enhance your empathy for the hungry -- whether they are in Afghanistan or in your downtown.

Day 2, control your anger: Whether someone parked in your spot or your spouse started the age old argument -- walk away from the situation saying "I am fasting, therefore, I will not respond in kind."

Day 3, forgive: Especially someone who, you believe, does not deserve forgiveness. Strip all malice from your heart. Muslims believe that if we forgive fellow human beings, then God in turn forgives us.

Day 4, do charity: Write a check, as big as you can, to your favorite charity. A recent survey reported that UK Muslims gave more money to charities, annually, than Christians, Jews, Hindus and Sikhs.

Day 5, be hospitable: Invite your neighbors, your children's friends or your coworkers and have a meal with them. Sort of what Greg Mortenson describes in his book, "Three cups of tea." Hospitality is deeply ingrained in every Muslim culture.

Day 6, be kind: After writing nearly 100 op-ed pieces, I can see a reader, who is itching to write a scathing comment along the lines of, "go tell the "Mozlems" to do these ten deeds. Go back to your "Mozlem" country." Be kind. Don't write such a comment during these ten days. Fasting is an exercise of comprehensive self control. Giving up food is just a part of it.

Day 7, visit the sick: There's got to be an uncle, aunt, grandparent, someone who will be elated to see you unexpectedly. Spend some time with them on day 7.

Day 8, forgive a debt: That $100 or $1000 which a friend or a relative owes you but does not have the capacity to pay it -- consider forgiving it. Muslims are urged to follow the practice of easing the hardships of other humans and Ramadan is considered the best time for such acts.

Day 9: stay up all night and pray. Pray in your own words, according to your belief. But don't miss these off-peak hours. Muslims believe there is a night of destiny during the last ten days of Ramadan when every prayer is accepted. Global median of 63 percent of Muslim pray five times a day and they intensely search for the night of destiny.

Day 10, enjoy solitude: Turn off your phones, iPads, laptops, TVs and genuinely think. Analyze. What would make a people who globally practice empathy, sacrifice, charity, prayer, kindness, and a comprehensive self control hate us?


Dr. Faheem Younus is the founder of Muslimerican.com. He can be reached at talk@Muslimerican.com. Follow him on Twitter @FaheemYounus.


Source: Huffington Post

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This week Musallis in West End Mosque have donated over $2400, thanks to Imam Ahmed Odeh and Br Kaleem and the committee for their valuable support.

From the three Mosques in Gold Coast over $28,000 was raised thanks to Imam Imraan for his continued encouragement and Br Hussin Goss and his committee for their generous support. 

Another fundraising was planned for the Gold Coast Mosque Saturday evening.

So far around $160,000 has been donated from different mosques in Brisbane and Gold Coast.

To date almost $520,000 (56%) towards our target of $925,000. The current shortfall is $405,000.

On Friday, 16 August fundraising is scheduled for the Logan Mosque.


For more information on the purchase of the property and where to send you donations click here.

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UK Government’s weak response over attacks on Muslims


KZN (SOUTH AFRICA): Three months of sustained preparations by the Muslim Prisons Board of South Africa (MPBSA) have paved the way for a vibrant Ramadan for Muslims incarcerated at correctional centres across the country.

According to South Africa’s main faith based body catering for Muslim offenders, planning Ramadan activities for inmates begins well in advance of the Holy Month each year, starting with the submission of a Ramadan policy guideline document to the Department of Correctional Affairs.

“This is a document advising prison authorities on the requirements of Muslim inmates during Ramadan, drafted by Ulama and various roleplayers and approved by the Department,” says MPBSA Spiritual Care Coordinator Moulana Shabeer Asmal.

While conditions and regulations varied at different detention facilities across the country, Asmal said it was typical for South African prisons to set up fasting rooms for Muslim prisoners in Ramadan, where Iftar and Suhoor meals were served and Tarawih and special programs are held. Arrangements are also made for Islamic clothing and literature to be distributed to prisoners.

Speaking to Cii Radio, the aalim said the feedback received from those participating in activities within these ‘fasting rooms’ was “motivational”.

“The Athaan goes off meticulously in these rooms; collective Ibadah takes place. Inmates are seasoned to performing Salaah in Jamaah. Women inmates also separately hold their own programmes,” he said

For his part, National Muslim chaplain Moulana Abdul Azeem Khateeb said it were activities such as these that made him the most occupied religious chaplain in the country during the Ramadan season.

Moulana Asmal highlighted that 2013 had been declared the ‘Year of The Quran’ within South African prisons, and spiritual care workers were being kept busy tendering Quranic lessons to inmates on a regular basis.

“We have seen these efforts bearing fruit, some are learning Surahs, some are learning Duas”.

He cited the example of an inmate in Kokstad who used his 22 hours of confinement to his benefit, using the prolonged detention time to kickstart his Hifz programme.

“We now even have permission to take CD players inside the prison so that inmates can listen to Qiraah. We have taken Qurrah inside prisons to recite for inmates in Ramadan, and there are also Hufaaz who lead Taraweeh daily inside our prisons.”

Some inmates who had forgotten parts of the Quraan previously due to their negligence, had repented and had once again dedicated themselves to the Quraan, Asmal said.

The Aalim appealed to the Muslim community for donations of Lillah ,Zakaat and Sadaqah in Ramadan and for contributions towards feeding fasting inmates.

Source: Cii Broadcasting


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Reza Aslan To Fox News: Yes I 'Happen To Be A Muslim,' But Wrote 'Zealot' Because I Am An Expert


US: "You're a Muslim, so why did you write a book about the founder of Christianity?" Fox News' Lauren Green demanded of religious scholar Reza Aslan, author of "Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth," on Friday.

Aslan responded, "Well, to be clear, I am a scholar of religions with four degrees, including one in the New Testament, and fluency in biblical Greek, who has been studying the origins of Christianity for two decades, who also just happens to be a Muslim."

The answer did not seem to satisfy Green, so Aslan added, "Because it's my job as an academic. I am a professor of religion, including the New Testament. That's what I do for a living, actually."

Earlier this month, Aslan told HuffPost Live host Ahmed Shihab-Eldin, “I’ve been obsessed with Jesus for a very, very long time" and his fascination inspired his latest book.


Source: Huff Post


Reza Aslan Fox Video FULL: The Most Embarrassing Interview Ever



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"Huma was raised in Saudi Arabia, where women are treated worse by men than anywhere else on the planet"


US: Huma Abedin is a longtime aide of Hillary Clinton.

Her husband, Anthony Weiner, has been caught twice sending explicit messages to women on social media. He was recently caught for the second time sending out lewd photos of himself.

Abedin pledged her love for him at a news conference.

Columnist Maureen Dowd explained Abedin's decision this way: "Huma was raised in Saudi Arabia, where women are treated worse by men than anywhere else on the planet."

First, Abedin is not exactly Saudi Arabian.

Her late father was from India; her mother from Pakistan. She was born in Kalamazoo, Michigan, but the family moved to Saudi Arabia when she was 2. She moved back to the United States to attend George Washington University.

She began her Washington career as a White house intern, before working in Hillary Clinton's office, when Clinton was first lady.

Some could not help but see the irony in the same situation connecting both women, in light of the Monica Lewinsky affair during the presidency of Bill Clinton.

"Commentary on Huma Abedin's ethnic reasons for standing by her man ignores the fact that her white boss Hillary Clinton did the same #Weiner," @SaeedShah posted to Twitter.

Moroccan author and novelist Laila Lalami tweeted:

"Maureen Dowd: Huma Abedin stands by Anthony Weiner because she was raised in Saudi Arabia. Remind me, where was Hillary Clinton raised?"

Source: CCN


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Fifty Shades a must read in Guantanamo


US: Sado-masochistic best-seller 50 Shades of Grey is popular reading among high-value detainees at Guantanamo, officials have told a visiting congressional delegation.

'Rather than the Koran, the book that is requested most by the (Camp Seven detainees) is Fifty Shades of Grey,' House Democrat Jim Moran said, in comments confirmed on Wednesday by his spokeswoman.

'They've read the entire series in English,' said Moran, who supports moves to close the US detention facility in southeastern Cuba.

'I guess there's not much going on. These guys are going nowhere, so what the hell.'


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ICM poll - Muslims top league on charity giving


UK: The Times (£) covers the results of an ICM poll which found that Muslims top the league on charitable donations.


The paper reports that Muslims “are among Britain’s most generous givers” donating an “average of almost £371 each, with Jewish givers averaging just over £270 per person.” “Nearly one in ten of Jewish givers donated more than £1,000.


Among Muslim givers, most donated between £300 and £500. “Atheists, by contrast, donated an average of £116 when they gave to charity, with Roman Catholics giving slightly more than £178, other Christians slightly less than £178 and Protestants £202.”


The Huffington Post adds: “According to the poll of 4,000, carried out in conjunction with the JustGiving website, nearly four in 10 atheists did not donate at all, compared to three in ten Muslims, Catholics and other Christians, nearly three in ten Protestants and more than four in ten Jewish people.”


Source: Engage


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

This week CCN recommends


Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth


Reza Aslan



From the internationally bestselling author of No god but God comes a fascinating, provocative, and meticulously researched biography that challenges long-held assumptions about the man we know as Jesus of Nazareth.


Two thousand years ago, an itinerant Jewish preacher and miracle worker walked across the Galilee, gathering followers to establish what he called the “Kingdom of God.” The revolutionary movement he launched was so threatening to the established order that he was captured, tortured, and executed as a state criminal. Within decades after his shameful death, his followers would call him God.


Sifting through centuries of mythmaking, Reza Aslan sheds new light on one of history’s most influential and enigmatic characters by examining Jesus through the lens of the tumultuous era in which he lived: first-century Palestine, an age awash in apocalyptic fervor. Scores of Jewish prophets, preachers, and would-be messiahs wandered through the Holy Land, bearing messages from God.


This was the age of zealotry—a fervent nationalism that made resistance to the Roman occupation a sacred duty incumbent on all Jews. And few figures better exemplified this principle than the charismatic Galilean who defied both the imperial authorities and their allies in the Jewish religious hierarchy. Balancing the Jesus of the Gospels against the historical sources, Aslan describes a man full of conviction and passion, yet rife with contradiction; a man of peace who exhorted his followers to arm themselves with swords; an exorcist and faith healer who urged his disciples to keep his identity a secret; and ultimately the seditious “King of the Jews” whose promise of liberation from Rome went unfulfilled in his brief lifetime.


Aslan explores the reasons why the early Christian church preferred to promulgate an image of Jesus as a peaceful spiritual teacher rather than a politically conscious revolutionary. And he grapples with the riddle of how Jesus understood himself, the mystery that is at the heart of all subsequent claims about his divinity. Zealot yields a fresh perspective on one of the greatest stories ever told even as it affirms the radical and transformative nature of Jesus of Nazareth’s life and mission. The result is a thought-provoking, elegantly written biography with the pulse of a fast-paced novel: a singularly brilliant portrait of a man, a time, and the birth of a religion.


Advance praise for Zealot:


“A bold, powerfully argued revisioning of the most consequential life ever lived.” —Lawrence Wright, Pulitzer Prize–winning author of Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief


“The story of Jesus of Nazareth is arguably the most influential narrative in human history. Here Reza Aslan writes vividly and insightfully about the life and meaning of the figure who has come to be seen by billions as the Christ of faith. This is a special and revealing work, one that believer and skeptic alike will find surprising, engaging, and original.” —Jon Meacham, Pulitzer Prize–winning author of Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power


“In Zealot , Reza Aslan doesn't just synthesize research and reimagine a lost world, though he does those things very well. He does for religious history what Bertolt Brecht did for playwriting. Aslan rips Jesus out of all the contexts we thought he belonged in and holds him forth as someone entirely new. This is Jesus as a passionate Jew, a violent revolutionary, a fanatical ideologue, an odd and scary and extraordinarily interesting man.” —Judith Shulevitz, author of The Sabbath World


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: I received this recipe from Faraaz Ismail:


I would like to submit the following recipe for your KB cooks column in the newsletter. Your recipes are always yummy n easy to follow! I have a food blog which people are welcome to visit : www.fraged.blogspot.com.au.

Harissa Chicken Skewers




1 Kg Chicken Breast Cubed
2 Whole Roasted Red Peppers
1 Tbsp Garlic
1/4 Cup Lemon Juice
2 Whole Red/Green Chillies
1 Tbsp Roasted Almonds
1 Tsp Cumin Seeds
1/4 Tsp Turmeric
Salt and Pepper to taste
1/4 Cup Coriander leaves
1 tsp Mint Leaf




1. Blend all of the ingredients (except the chicken) and add to the chicken cubes.


2. Leave to marinate for a few hours or overnight.


3. Skewer the meat and grill over a charcoal fire or in the oven, turning till browned well.


Serve with pita bread ...Yum! 


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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Are carbohydrates fattening?

Foods containing carbohydrate are an important part of a healthy diet. They provide energy for your body and fuel for your brain.

There is no scientific evidence that supports cutting out all carbohydrates from your diet. If you do cut out carbs, you are cutting out energy, so of course you will loose weight. But remember carbs are our bodies primary fuel source, particularly for our brains. Check how well you brain functions when you cut out carbs .

Choosing a variety of wholegrain, low GI carbohydrate containing foods will provide you with fibre and help you to feel fuller for longer.

There is undisputed evidence that the best way to control body weight and excess fat is to balance energy intake with energy output.

The simple key to weight loss is finding an eating pattern that helps you reduce the amount of calories you eat, in combination with physical activity.

It is important to consider that weight management is an individual process and an Accredited Practising Dietician (APD) can assist you to plan a healthy diet that considers weight management techniques that meet your personal health and lifestyle requirements


Need an answer to a question on nutrition?

Send your question to Fathima Abdoola at  fathima.abdoola@uqconnect.edu.au

All questions sent in are published here anonymously and without any references to the author of the question.


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In case you missed last week’s article, we live in stressful times.


One in five Aussies say their stress levels are affecting their physical health, according to the Australian Psychological Society.

It’s not just your body that’s suffering, a study by Yale University in the US found that stress can shrink your brain as well.


However, certain exercises can counteract the damage.


You can turn to Yoga / Pilates to slash stress and tone muscle all in the time it takes to run a bath.


These exercises target the smaller stabilising muscles around the joints, reducing the risk of muscle injuries


So give Pilates or Yoga a go to sculpt a longer, leaner body and freeze out winter stress in just 10 minutes a day.








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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Habibullah was a man who had worked all of his life, had saved all of his money, and was a real miser when it came to his money.

Just before he died, he said to his only surviving son, Mula Nasruddin, "When I die, I want you to take all my money and put it in the grave with me. I want to take my money to the afterlife with me."

And so he got his son to promise him with all of his heart that when he died, he would put all of the money in the grave with him.

Well, he died.

He was stretched out in the grave with Mula Nasruddin standing over him there. 


Just before the family members got ready to close the grave, Mula Nasruddin said,
"Wait just a minute!"

He had a box with him; he came over with the box and put it in the grave by his father's side.

Then the grave was filled.

Mula Nasruddin's friend said, "I know you weren't fool enough to put all that money in there with your father."

The loyal son replied "Listen, I'm trustworthy; I can't go back on my word. I promised him that I was going to put that money in that casket with him."

"You mean to tell me you put that money in the casket with him!?"

"I sure did" said Mula Nasruddin. "I got it all together, put it into my account and wrote him a cheque. If he can cash it, he can spend it."   

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You be foremost (in seeking) forgiveness from your Lord, and a Garden (of Bliss), the width whereof is as the width of heaven and earth, prepared for those who believe in Allah and His Messengers: that is the Grace of Allah, which He bestows on whom He pleases: and Allah is the Lord of Grace abounding. 

Surah Al-Hadid 57:21 


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Be a rainbow

in someone else's cloud.     

~ Maya Angelou


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Events and Functions

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Islamic Programmes, Education & Services

HAI Ramadan 2013 Gold Coast Mosque Iftar 2013 AIIC Enrolment Leadership Course 23 to 27 September Australian Muslim Artists Photography Competition Close 1 August Imam Akram celebrant services In preparation for the Book of Allah Marhaba Playgroup Shajarah Islamic Kindergarten
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Businesses and Services



ACCES Removal Services


Al-Khitan Circumcisions


Ahlam Haddad Tutoring

Tutoring (Maths)


Clothing Islamic Couture


Lebanese Cuisine

Love ur Body

Beauty Treatments

Continental Meats GOLD COAST


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

Clothing Alterations


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



Dial a Local Doctor

Medical Services


Baby Care Solutions

(read information sheet)

 Early Parenting Guidance

Kuraby Mosque Hire Services

Hire Services

YS Prawn

Peeled Prawns

Shailly Beauty & Reiki

Hair & Beauty


Fathima Abdoola


United Hearts

Family Day Care Scheme

Apparel by Aliyah

Designer Clothing


Hijab Friendly Fashion





 Looking for Halal confectionery online? 

Well look no further!


Halal marshmallows from Beacon South Africa, gummies from Yupi Indonesia, jellies, chocolates from Cadbury New Zealand, Hersheys from the US, Pakistan candies and lots lots more all delivered to your door.


Just click on the Halal link on the website.


United Hearts Family Day Care Scheme Pty Ltd Sora Flightstar Hajj 2013 Inwear Fashions Eid Specials Apparel by Aliyah Tel: 0438840467 Apparel by Aliyah AGAIN Continental Halal Meats Gold Coast Sewing Dial A Local Doctor Fathima Abdoola Flyer Shailly Hair Beauty Peeled Prawns Baby Care Solutions Al-Khitan Circumcisions Wasimah Brisbane Bamboo Towels 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 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
New mobile no. 0468 342 127 Samoosa Pastry Brisbane Diagnostics 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 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 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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5 August



Lailatul Qadr

8 August



End of Ramadhan

9 August




17 August


Eidfest 2013

The Rocklea Showgrounds, Cnr. Goburra St. and Ipswich Rd. ROCKLEA

0418 722 353

All day

24 August


ISD Eidnite 2013

Islamic Society of Darra (ISD)

Darra Mosque



31 August


ISOA Fund Raising Dinner

Islamic Society of Algester (ISOA)

Islamic College of Brisbane

0403 338 040


14 September


Toowoomba Mosque Fund Raising Dinner

Islamic Society of Toowoomba (IST)

Islamic College of Brisbane

0421 081 048


28 September


ICQ Annual Dinner & Awards Night

Islamic Council of QLD

Islamic College of Brisbane

0450 908 786


6 October


International Food Festival hosted by Kuraby Mosque

Kuraby Mosque

Wally Tate Park

0422 191 675

10am to 9pm

12 October


AIIC 11th Annual College Fete

Australian International Islamic College

724 Blunder Road, Durack

3372 1400


16 October




 TBA 2013


Aashooraa Day

26 January 2014


International Food Festival 2014

Islamic Society of Gold Coast

Gold Coast Mosque, 144 Allied Drive, Arundel

0416 212 541

8am to 8pm


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


Venue: Algester Mosque, 48 Learoyd Rd, Algester
When: Every Tuesday after Isha

Teacher: Imam Aslam Al Qadri
For any further information please contact me on 0433552409 or ladies can contact Shakira Ayoob on 0449800205.

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.


Kuraby Mosque Tafseer & Taalim


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


Queensland Police Service/Muslim Community Consultative Group


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

Thursday 22 August
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

Tafsir & Islamic History Classes

VENUE: Al-Mustapha Institute of Brisbane, 39 Bushmills Court, Hillcrest

Every Monday & Wednesday
7pm - 8:15pm

All Brothers & Sisters are welcome.

For further information please contact Moulana Noor 0432 712 546.


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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

Lockyer Valley Islamic Association


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


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