Sunday, 9 February 2014

 Newsletter 0483




Members of the Islamic Society of Gold Coast have been busy loading a 40-foot container of foodstuff intended for Syrian refugees in Jordan.

Haji Hussain Baba (ISGC- Secretary) told CCN: "A call was sent out to the members of the Gold Coast Muslim Community 3 days ago to donate baby formula, bottles, dummies, nappies, wipes, cereal, rice,
sugar, flour, salt, tea, cooking oil, milk powder, Womens' sanitary items, soap, cotton tips etc. and people responded by bringing foodstuffs from Wednesday (5th February) and Alhaamduliilah, by today (Saturday) the container was filled and is ready for shipment."


"We are very pleased with the active participation of our Gold Coast Muslim Community for their generosity".
Haji Hussin Goss (president of Islamic Society) added, "I am pleased that the container got filled with 40 tons of foodstuff within a very short period of time but this not enough as there is a major humanitarian crisis in Syria with 1.4 million Syrian refugees in Jordan and that there is much more that we can do."


ISGC will be organising more containers shipments in the coming months and "looks for the same active participation from the Islamic Community."

There is also a urgent need for cash donations, therefore please contact Haji Hussin (mobile: 041 8737 621) if anyone wishes to donate cash.

"May almighty Allah shower his choicest blessings on all those who donated, assisted in loading and those involve in this campaign," Mr Baba told CCN.

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Australia’s very first Islamic art museum, the ‘Islamic Museum of Australia’ is set to open its doors to the public on Monday 3rd March, promising to take visitors on an interactive journey through the arts, history, culture and the stories of everyday Australian Muslims.

Encompassing five permanent galleries, a host of international and local visiting exhibitions, a café, educational resources for schools, a large multifunction centre and theatrette, the Islamic Museum of Australia aims to promote harmony and a mutual understanding between cultures and faiths.

The museum is a not-for-profit organisation with an objective to share the rich artistic heritage of Muslims in Australia, by shining a light on the many contributions Muslims have made to culture and civilization throughout time.

For example, it is a little known fact that Muslims first came into contact with Australia in the 1700s when the Macassan Fisherman traded peacefully with the Aboriginals many decades before European settlement.

Then later in the 19th century, Cameleers arrived in Australia to help build some of Australia’s largest infrastructure projects such as The Ghan, which was named in honour of the Afghani workers – among those from other Islamic countries - who toiled on the project.

Former Masterchef contestant and popular personality, Samira El Khafir will operate the museum’s café, called ‘Modern Middle Eastern.’ The café will serve Samira’s signature Australian-Middle Eastern fusion flavours for breakfast and lunch daily.

Located in Thornbury on the banks of the scenic Merri Creek trail in Melbourne’s north, visitors will be able to access the museum via either the main entrance or the Merri Creek trail, which also provides access to other cultural and environmental icons such as CERES and the Strettle Wetlands further north.

The building itself has been designed by Desypher architects, using a unique melding of Middle Eastern and Australian design techniques that reflect both the traditional principles of Islamic architecture and the surrounding environment.

The concept for Australia’s first Islamic Museum was formed in 2010 by former corporate banker, Moustafa Fahour.

“We were discussing the importance of education and its role in providing a better understanding of Islam and showcasing the contributions of Muslims to Australia and abroad.

“I soon met with a number of community organisations to discuss cross-cultural unity and education and it became clear that one of the most effective ways to enhance cultural diversity and social cohesion was through art.

“I realised there was nowhere in Australia for people of all faiths to learn more about Islam in a non-intrusive way. There was nowhere for school children to learn about the rich artistic heritage of Muslims in a fun, interactive, yet educational way, so we decided to do something about it and the concept of the Islamic Museum of Australia was born,” he says.

At the time Moustafa was just 29 years of age and the Division Director, Key Clients, Australia and New Zealand at Macquarie Bank.

Now, some four years later, and with the support of all levels of Government, community, industry bodies and large-scale international and Australian corporations including Habtoor Leighton Group, Etihad, ANZ and more, Moustafa’s vision for the museum is now a reality.

“One of the most effective ways to promote cultural diversity and social cohesion is via the universal language of the Arts and education, which is why we have chosen to launch the museum with such a strong influence on education and cultural awareness.

“Victoria has been home to a Chinese, Jewish and Greek museum for many years so the time is right to reflect Australia’s rich cultural diversity with the addition of an Islamic Museum,” he said.

The museum will open its doors on Monday 3rd March at 10am. Opening hours are Monday to Thursday from 10am – 4pm and Friday from 10am – 9pm.

The museum is located at 15A Anderson Road, Thornbury Victoria 3071.


A soft launch of the Museum took place during the week (see photos below).


Amongst the attendees were Mr Fadlullah Wilmot and Sheikh Abdul Aziz Afifi representing Islamic Relief Australia and Imams from Mosques in Victoria, the Victorian Imam’s Council, the National Imam’s Council, the Islamic Society of Victoria, community leaders and committee members of mosques in Victoria.


The Museum presents an overview of the five pillars of Islam, basic teachings of Islam, Islamic contributions to science and civilisation, Islamic architecture, Islamic art and Muslim contributions to Australia.


Forty schools have already signed up for a tour of the museum.

Photos courtesy of Mr Fadlullah Wilmot

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Today (Sunday, 9 February) Victims of War will be holding a fundraising lunch at Svoboda Park, Beenleigh Rd, Kuraby.


All proceeds will go to help build an orphanage in Afghanistan.


The price of the $15 ticket includes four Afghani seekh kebabs with rice, a drink, salad and bread.

For more information call Qasim Sayed (0424 692 841) or Mohammed Yusuf (0450 908 786)

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Muhammad Sajjad Asim (pictured above), who sued Edinburgh Central Mosque for breach of contract, said many imams are not paid the minimum wage, are not given holidays, are expected to supplement their pay with benefits, and sometimes given accommodation that is no more than a rolled-up mat in a corner of the mosque.

When Asim was recruited to the post of imam at the Edinburgh mosque from Pakistan, he found himself working seven days a week without holidays, and was allowed no parental leave when one of his children was born – all for below a rate of the minimum wage, and for less cash than he had been promised.

He was also caught in the crossfire of in-fighting and power play between factions in the mosque – which was originally set up by Pakistanis, but funded by Saudis. He was blamed for spreading slanderous rumours, which he always denied. One mosque-goer even threatened to cut his throat. Police installed a panic button in his home.

Imams in the UK are frequently recruited from overseas. Asim said this is partly because Britons would not accept the conditions: “Instead they bring in other people who are unaware of the system. Then these people work five years as a slave while they wait to get their leave to remain [in the UK].”

Asim had been working as a Justice of the High Court and imam in the Punjab province, near Lahore in Pakistan, before he came to Edinburgh, after being offered the role while attending a conference in Birmingham.

But what he experienced on taking up his position was not what he had been expecting. The initial contract had been for £300 a week, but he found after a few months there that he was being paid only £866 a month. He says he complained, but that nothing was done.

“I brought my family over,” said Asim. “But what I was paid was not sufficient for looking after them. They said they were going to provide full family accommodation, but they provided nothing. I couldn’t live on what they were paying me.” To fund his living expenses and rent, he sold his property in Pakistan.

A Jewish rabbi suggested he join a union. Asim found that as a “minister of religion”, he could join Unite, and became the first imam to do so. “They told me that they didn’t even have a category for imam. So they put me in the category ‘minister of religion: Church of Scotland’.”

However, Asim took no action against his employers until after he was dismissed by the mosque. He was accused of spreading rumours about a man and woman he saw in the library of the mosque together – a situation considered inappropriate by some Muslims. Despite repeatedly having denied this, he was targeted as the source. “The experience was extraordinarily stressful,” said Asim. One person threatened to cut his throat and kill his family.

Before he came to Scotland, Asim said, he knew nothing about unions. “With a union you have something behind you and you can fight with the mighty,” he said. With the help of Unite, he successfully sued Edinburgh Central Mosque for breach of contract.

Asim is now planning to work as an NHS and prison chaplain. He has already recruited five imams to join the union. “I suggested to many imams that they should join. When I did a course to be a Muslim chaplain, I met around 40 imams: the majority were in a similar situation to me. Most imams don’t join a union because they are not aware that they can.”

One mosque worker said: “Muhammad Sajjad Asim at least had a contract. There are imams from all over Britain without contracts, it’s the done thing in the Muslim community. People come over and they will do anything, cleaning toilets, teaching children, and they’re doing it because after five years they get their leave to remain and bring their family over. It’s a sacrifice they are willing to make. And the mosques know this.”

Shaykh Ibrahim Mogra, a leading British imam, said: “There have been cases where imams have not been treated fairly and properly, though they are few. One case, however would be too many.”

He suggested that imams with such issues should turn to MINAB, the Mosques and Imams National Advisory Board – though this organization can only give advice, not legal help. But he added: “If an imam feels they are not successful with MINAB, then they should consider joining a union.”

One imam attached to a UK university confirmed that employment problems were not uncommon for imams, and mostly tended to arise in mosques that were not registered with the Home Office.

But he added: “This is not a problem confined to mosques. It’s also there in Hindu temples and Sikh gurdwaras.”

A Scottish Government spokesperson said: “Contracts of employment for imams in Scottish mosques are a matter for individual mosques and imams.”

The Sunday Herald tried to contact Edinburgh Central Mosque, but no-one was available to speak.

Source: The Herald Scotland  

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The Muslim Business Network (MBN) held a very successful session on networking during the week at the Brisbane Technology Park at which over 100 members attended.


The feedback was overwhelmingly in favour of similar high calibre and specialist presentations and MBN president, Mr Farouk Adam told CCN that he and his team were planning to host meetings of this standard more frequently.  

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By Trina McLellan   

Rehana Bibi, editor-in-chief of Australian Muslim Times and co-conspirator in an interesting experiment on World Hijab Day with Trina McLellan.

What is it like to wear a hijab, the veil covering so widely worn by devout Muslim women?

I’ve asked a friend this question on more than one occasion, along with: Isn’t it hot in warm weather? Doesn’t it constrict your movement? How do you keep it in place, especially in the wind? What’s its purpose? Do you feel obvious in it if you are in an unfamiliar place? Do you wear it day and night? How do you react to accusations of oppression or to media or publicly aired suspicions, speculation or insults about women who wear the hijab?

You know, the sort of sticky beak inquisition that journalists are apt to launch into with little hesitation.

My friend is a modern, working, well-educated mum with three youngsters who also happens to be the editor-in-chief of a successful community newspaper which once was state-based but recently has been relaunched, in print and online, to serve a national audience … plus she squeezes in time to contribute administrative management skills to her husband’s flourishing veterinary practice. (And they say to give urgent tasks to busy women.)

I’ve come to learn that, regardless of how much she has on her plate, Rehana Bibi, above, always finds the time to dress stylishly yet modestly.

We’ve known each other for a few years now and my admiration for her dedication and accomplishments have only grown over that time. Over that time she’s won national accolades for her work, most recently in the form of Australian Muslim Media Outlet of the year at the recent 2013 AMMA awards and, since then, an Australia Day appreciation certificate for her community work awarded by her local federal member, Graham Perrett MP.



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Costume being sold in an Indooroopilly shopping centre in Brisbane. 



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Photo courtesy of Mr Jeremy Jones


The 37th session of the Australian National Dialogue of Christians, Muslims and Jews took place in Sydney on 6 February.

“It was an informative, high-spirited and sometimes provocative discussion of ‘How do we love our neighbours?’,” wrote Mr Jeremy Jones.

“It was an opportunity to reflect on World Interfaith Week and other matters”.

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Australian International NGOs affiliated with ACFID (the Australian Council of International Development) met with Andrew Goledzinowski, Assistant Secretary Pakistan, Afghanistan and Central Asia, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade to discuss submissions from the NGO community regarding the renewal of the United Nations Mandate for Afghanistan.


"As Australia is the current Chair of the Security Council it can play a key role in working to ensure that the United Nations Mandate for Afghanistan has the resources to mitigate civilian casualties and work for the protection of children as well as protecting the rights of women and their participation in the peace process and ensuring that NGOs have access to communities which are in need of emergency and development assistance," the head of International Programmes for Islamic Relief Australia, Mr Fadlullah Wilmot (pictured third from the left) told CCN.

"Islamic Relief is the only Australian Muslim NGO which is a member of ACFID the peak national body of Australian international NGOs".

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By Khadijah Elshayyal   

Muslim community organisations in Britain have always been led by men. In the past this could be explained as a result of the patterns of Muslim migration to the UK or of imported South Asian cultural norms. But as Muslims in the UK have become more settled and as a British-born generation of ambitious, civically engaged Muslims have emerged community structures led by men only have seemed increasingly outdated. While there have been some promising steps, established Muslim organisations have a long way to go to reflect their constituencies.


The alphabet soup of Muslim community organisations have their roots in different transnational movements that arrived in the UK as early as the 1960s, each emphasising different theological trends and political approaches.


However, if there is one thing that they all have in common, it is they have been overwhelmingly run by older men. The image of the Muslim ‘community leader’ as a middle-aged Asian man has become so clichéd that it now has its own popular representation in the form of the cringe-worthy BBC sitcom, Citizen Khan.

Historically, this has been initially a product of circumstance, but it was also later justified by reference to socially conservative cultural norms and rigid theological interpretations. The first waves of immigration of Muslims to the UK consisted predominantly of men, and they were only later followed by their wives and families to eventually settle permanently. Consequently, the first forays into community organising were by default men-only projects.


However, as time went on and as communities became more established, Muslim organisations continued to be dominated by men. Culturally, there was the view that the woman’s domain was the home, and this was reflected in the fact that many mosques catered minimally if at all for female worshippers.


Thus it became conventional in Muslim organisations that engagement of women should be limited to ‘women’s issues’, such as family life, child rearing, and, at a stretch, education. Theologically-grounded arguments prohibiting women from assuming leadership roles were relied upon to justify this.










Khadijah Elshayyal has recently completed her PhD in the history of British Muslim identity politics at Royal Holloway, University of London.

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Myth No. 4: Muslims will become a dominant group of cultural outsiders in the United States

Despite the hysterical rhetoric coming from Newt Gingrich, Michelle Bachmann and their ilk, Muslims there are not only a very tiny group, but they are also one of the most integrated groups in the country - - especially if you consider that 69% of American Muslims are first-generation immigrants, and 71% of those immigrants arrived after 1990.

There are only 2.6 million Muslims in the United States today. By 2030, that number is likely to rise to 6.2 million (because Muslims are young and fertile) - - at which point Muslim will be 1.7% of the population, almost as numerous as Jews and Episcopalians.

Even though they’re new, American Muslims tend to be economically successful and highly educated. With 40% of them holding a college degree, they’re the second most educated group after Jews - - and far more educated than Americans in general, only 29% of whom have a degree.

Next week: Myth No. 5


(Sourced from Doug Saunders' The Myth of the Muslim Tide)

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6. The Sawiris family $10bn ($11.2bn) Egypt    

There is no stopping this family. Just last week Naguib Sawiris announced plans to invest $1bn in Egypt next year, focusing on construction, real estate, agriculture and microfinance. Indeed ever since Onsi, the patriarch of the family handed over the reins to Naguib, his eldest son and two brothers Nassef and Samih, their fortunes have rocketed. They took over and expanded the Orascom conglomerate into a telecommunications, construction, hotel and development business. Naguib, 58, launched the first mobile operator in Egypt, Mobinil in 1998, was chairman of the telecoms firms Wind Telecom and Orascom and launched Koryolink, the first mobile operator in North Korea in 2008. Naguib turned to politics as a wave of protests swept Egypt overthrowing former president Hosni Mubarak in 2011.



NEXT WEEK: The Number 7 richest Arab in the world.

Source: ArabianBusiness

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Al-Mustapha Institute of Brisbane has students who are living near the Institute and are in need of the following:

        - A washing machine (in good working order)
        - One single bed with a mattress

If you are able to assist in providing either of these items please phone Zarina (0422 433 074).






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Dear Editor


I was wondering whether you are able to provide me the details of any Muslim solicitors or organisations who are able to provide pro-bono legal assistance?

A Muslim asylum seeker known to me has recently faced an appalling racist attack which has resulted in him being both physically and emotionally harmed. He wishes to take legal action against the attacker but does not have the financial means to get legal assistance.

Your assistance in this matter would be most appreciated.






Israel repeatedly forbids call to prayer because it 'annoys' settlers

Palestinian Muslims pray inside the Ibrahimi Mosque in the Hebron


HEBRON: Israeli forces forbade the Islamic call for prayer at the Ibrahimi Mosque in Hebron 49 times in the month of January because it "annoyed" Jewish settlers, according to an official from the Palestinian Authority ministry of endowments.

Director of the Hebron office of the ministry of endowments Sheikh Taysir Abu Sneinah said that Israeli forces in the old city of the occupied southern West Bank city have repeatedly banned the mosque from broadcasting the call to prayer.

The pretext, he said, was that the sound of the Islamic call to prayer annoys Israeli settlers performing Jewish rites in the part of the mosque known as the Tomb of the Patriarchs that has been take over by Israeli forces.

Abu Sneinah denounced what he called "abusive Israeli practices" against Palestinian places of worship.

Hebron is a frequent site of clashes due to the presence of 500 Israeli settlers in the Old City, many of whom have illegally occupied Palestinian houses and forcibly removed the original inhabitants. They are protected by thousands of Israeli forces.

A 1997 agreement split Hebron into areas of Palestinian and Israeli control.

The Israeli military-controlled H2 zone includes the ancient Old City, home of the revered Ibrahimi Mosque -- also split into a synagogue referred to as the Tomb of the Patriarchs -- and the once thriving Shuhada street, now just shuttered shops fronts and closed homes.

More than 500,000 Israeli settlers live in settlements across the West Bank and East Jerusalem, in contravention of international law.

The internationally recognized Palestinian territories of which the West Bank and East Jerusalem form a part have been occupied by the Israeli military since 1967.
Source: Ma'an News Agency

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Californian Muslims Rejoice Rain After Prayers


USA:  A few hours after Muslims prayed for rain to relieve the drought affecting California, the Bay Area finally got some rain on Sunday, February 2, soaking parched parks, brown hillsides and thirsty gardens.

“Amazing coincidence? Muslims in the Bay Area went out for the Prayer for Rain, next day this happened...,” @mohamedghilan wrote on Twitter, posting an image for Muslims’ prayer for rain.

“Shaykh @hamzayusuf & @ImamZaidShakir renewing the Prophetic Sunnah. From the longest drought to the biggest rainfall!” @KQZinstitute added.

With arms up and eyes glued to the sky, American Scholar and co-founder of Zaytuna College, Shaykh Hamza Yusuf, led Saturday’s Muslims prayer for rain.

The event was organized by the San Francisco Bay Area chapter of the Council of American-Islamic Relations (CAIR).

Governor Jerry Brown announced a drought emergency in January as the state went into its third year of dry weather.

Federal officials also declared counties in 11 western and central states as natural disaster areas because of the drought.



The prayer for rain is not the first this year.

Earlier in January, several events for the prayers for rain, called Salatul Istisqa, were organized by California Muslim in Sacramento and San Gabriel Valley.

Organizers have also encouraged people from different faiths to offer prayers according to their religious beliefs.

Muslims believe that Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) offered prayers during times of drought.

“Salatul-Istisqa’ is offered when seeking rain from Almighty Allah during times of drought.

The United States is home to a Muslim minority of between six to eight million.

A recent survey found that American Muslims are the most moderate around the world.

It also showed that US Muslims generally express strong commitment to their faith and tend not to see an inherent conflict between being devout and living in a modern society.

Source: OnIslam

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5 Muslims lead the Tweets 


Five out of the top 15 world leaders on Twitter were from predominantly Muslim nations, said a recent research.

The Digital Policy Council (DPC), in its fourth annual ranking of world leaders’ use of the social media website Twitter report, indicated continued but decelerated growth in the number of heads of state on this medium.

In 2013, about 80 per cent or four out of five world leaders were using Twitter, an increase of eight per cent over 2012.

The most dramatic debut into the top rankings for 2013 was the rocketing ascent of Indonesian leader President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono to the number two spot.

Yudhoyono joined Twitter in 2013, and quickly gained 4.2 million followers. As the leader of the most populous Islamic country, he shares opinions in an effort to strengthen democracy at home and throughout the region.

President Abdullah Guel of Turkey stood at number three, increasing his audience by over 1.5 million people last year to approximately 4.1 million followers. He maintains both a Turkish and English account on Twitter and sees social media supportive to democracy.

Queen Rania, the Queen Consort of the King of Jordan, ranks at number four. Her husband, King Abdullah II, is also now on Twitter represented as Jordan's Royal Hashemite Court. The couple have over three million followers across both accounts.

Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, jumped from number 10 in 2012 to number seven last year.

His followers have increased by one million to 2.4 million, an indication that his openness to different cultures and public dialog resonates with UAE citizens and residents who, Sheikh Mohammed says, "continually arise to the occasion whenever approached to contribute to innovative ideas."

Coming in at number 12, Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak of Malaysia has been tweeting since 2008, amassing over 1.8 million followers. The Prime Minister is a strong proponent of social media, using it extensively to drive forward his "1Malaysia" campaign to bring the diverse cultures, religions and races of Malaysia together to stand for national unity.

The DPC is an international, non-partisan ‘think tank’ based in Washington DC, which is also the research and public advocacy arm of Digital Daya, a next-generation strategic consultancy that empowers government and corporate leaders to leverage the new media of the Internet to build influence and shape public opinion.

The data tracked by DPC for the last four years shows a 58 per cent compound annual growth rate (CAGR) in adoption of Twitter by the world's leaders.

In 2014, the DPC expects penetration on Twitter for world leaders to rekindle and reach 90 percent, with leaders ultimately realising how to employ Twitter effectively as a means of strategic communications - an insight seized by Iran's newly-elected President Hassan Rouhani, who became active on Twitter in 2013 for international relations.
Source: TradeArabia

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Bahrain teenager releases poetry collection


BAHRAIN: A young Bahraini teenager has published her first collection of poetry 'Solace'.

Nineteen-year-old Noor Bahman spent two years working on her debut book, which is made up of 25 poems.

Solace is now available on Amazon, but Bahman is working on selling it in Bahrain.

"I started writing poetry at the age of 10," she said. "Writing was the only escape I had. My writing is about the personal experiences I've had and about growing up in Bahrain," she explained.

"It touches on what it's like to be a Bahraini woman in a male-dominated environment.

"People who have unconventional mind-sets are outcasts."

She said she was driven to self-publish after failing to gain interest in Bahrain and among publishers abroad. "I was tired of people not listening to me, telling me I was too young," she added.

"Everything I wanted to do was limited by the fact that I was young and a girl," remarked Bahman.

She is currently trying to find a venue to launch the collection and hold a book discussion.

"I want people to read it on the spot and voice their opinion," she said. "That's very important to me. The Bahraini market is the most important to me, and I hope to be able to bring the book to Bahrain soon. "In terms of writing, I hope to publish soon, but my next aim is a novel."

The ambitious teenager is currently planning to apply to study journalism in the UK.-TradeArabia News Service

Source: TradeArabia

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Ban Ki-moon and Amos thank Dr. Al Maatouq


KUWAIT: The UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Valerie Amos, the Assistant Secretary-General and Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator, expressed their deep appreciation for the efforts of Kuwait represented by the Emir, government and organizations for supporting the success of the Second International Humanitarian Pledging Conference for Syria.

Ki-moon and Amos sent two letters of appreciation to Dr. Abdullah Al Maatouq, chairman of The International Islamic Charity Organization (IICO), a UN humanitarian envoy and an advisor at the Amiri Diwan. They stressed the vital role Kuwait plays in humanitarian action especially in terms of the relief work targeting the Syrian refugees.

“Your effective leadership of the Second International Humanitarian Pledging Conference for Syria is appreciated” Ki-moon said in his letter to Al Maatouq. He valued the commitments of the NGOs to provide financial assistance of USD 416 million.

He added that it is a great success that there are commitments to provide USD 2.3 billion in the Second International Humanitarian Pledging Conference for Syria to meet the growing needs of the Syrians in this period. Ki-moon is counting on Dr. Al Maatouq, in his capacity as an UN humanitarian envoy, to follow-up the transfers of the funds to the UN to continue the humanitarian action in Syria.

The UN Secretary-General valued the efforts made by Dr. Al Maatouq to promote cooperation with the UN and the partners of humanitarian work in the region. He looks forward to continuing such efforts to support Syrian refugees in neighbouring countries.

In her letter, Amos said that she is very grateful for the success of the Second International Humanitarian Pledging Conference and the commitments to provide USD 2.3 billion. She expressed her thanks to the Amiri Diwan, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Kuwait, the IICO and the partners in humanitarian work.

Amos hopes for the continuation of such humanitarian efforts to meet the needs of those affected and displaced by wars, conflicts and crises.


Source: Arab Humanitarian Portal


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


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: This recipe will help you make a tandoori paste that will taste heaps better than the off-the-shelf one and infuse your chicken with authentic flavours.



2 tablespoons crushed garlic
1 tablespoon crushed ginger
2 tablespoons crushed chillies
1 tablespoon paprika
1 tablespoon turmeric powder
2 teaspoons ground cardamom
1 teaspoon crushed saffron
2 tablespoons vinegar or lemon juice
¼ teaspoon orange colouring powder
¼ teaspoon red colour
½ tablespoons salt





Prepare a paste by mixing the above ingredients. This is a large quantity, so you will require 2 or 3 heaped tablespoons per kilo of meat of this paste mixed with 4 tablespoons yoghurt..

Now the tandoori paste is ready.

The remaining paste can be frozen; do not add yoghurt until ready for use.

Now the next step is to prepare and marinate the chicken.

Wash the chicken properly and cut the chicken into pieces or you could use just the breast pieces which could be cut into 4. Now with a knife cut two to three slashes so that the tandoori paste penetrates deep into the chicken. Add 3 tablespoons of lemon juice to the chicken and mix it with the paste prepared and rub marinade into the chicken and into the slashes and leave in the refrigerator for one or two hours.

Remove the chicken from the marinade, pressing lightly to extract excess marinade (to keep aside for basting) Place the chicken pieces on a well-oiled tray, drizzle with olive oil and grill, turning 3 or 4 times during the approximate 45 minutes cooking time, basting it with the marinade intermittently. When juices are clear, the chicken should be done.

Serve hot with raita, or a cucumber and tomato salad and pita bread


Do you have a recipe to share with CCN readers?

Send in your favourite recipe to me at kbcooks@crescentsofbrisbane.org and be my "guest chef" for the week.


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Q: Dear Kareema, I’m a ‘new-comer’ to exercise and have just recently joint a gym. Although I’m enjoying the classes at the gym, I seem to struggle with my posture and technique. Any suggestions?

A: It’s important you let the instructor know that you’re new to the classes and programs (this way they’ll explain technique and posture before or during class).


Some gyms run technique classes for particular programs which is what you’re after.


Ask around or check the gym timetable and you may be in luck.


If you find that there is nothing offered then maybe enlist the help of a personal trainer to help you through the moves until you feel more confident.

Technique plays a big part in preventing injuries, so perfect it and reap the rewards of a stronger, fitter you!






My Health and Fitness

Tel: 0404 844 786


Need an answer to a fitness related matter?

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

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


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Jallaluddin buys a new pair of trainers but only ties one shoe lace.


Mula Nasruddin asks Jallaluddin: "Brother Jallaluddin, why didn't you tie both laces?"


Jallaluddin replies: "Brother Nasruddin, I figured you for a wise and intelligent man, but obviously I was wrong. The label clearly says 'Taiwan'." 

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The parable of those who spend their substance in the way of Allah is that of a grain of corn: it grows seven ears, and each ear has a hundred grains. Allah gives manifold increase to whom He pleases: and Allah cares for all and He knows all things. 

Surah Al-Baqarah 2:261


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If most of us are ashamed of shabby clothes and shoddy furniture,

let us be more ashamed of shabby ideas and shoddy philosophies.


It would be a sad situation if the wrapper were better than the meat wrapped inside it. 



~ Albert Einstein 



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Mihaj-ul-Quran 15 February TWB Opening and TIFF 30 March


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Islamic Programmes, Education & Services

Maths, English, Chemistry tutor Easy Way Tuition Prophetic Medicine Front 8/9 March Prophetic Medicine Back  8/9 March Sheikh Junaid Thorne Lecture Series 2-4 MAY Seerah Programme starts 11 January Seerah Programme starts 11 January MAA Syria Winter Appeal Arabic- Qur'an Classes
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Al-Khitan Circumcisions


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Love ur Body

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Books, Clothing, DVDs etc.


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Brisbane Valley Gold

Achar (Pickles)






Sunshine Kebabs opened a new concept store in Underwood in January.

It's a sit down casual restaurant with an extensive menu of halal foods including kebabs, shish, pides, coffee and much more.


Perfect location for a family meal or a quick lunch.

Located on the intersection of Logan and Kingston Roads.


Address: Shop 6, 3231 Logan Road, Underwood, QLD, 4119. Ph: (07) 3841 8601





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"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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9 February


Fundraising Lunch:
Victims of War Association


Svoboda Park, Kuraby

0450 908 786

11am to 2.30pm

15 February


Annual Mawlid Conference

Minhaj-ul-Quran Int (QLD)

Rochedale Mosque, Logan Rd

0425 239 786

5pm to 8pm

8 & 9 March

Sat & Sun

Prophetic Medicine: Islamic cures for the whole body & soul


University of QLD

More Info

9am to 6pm

22 March


International Food Festival hosted by Kuraby Mosque

Kuraby Mosque

Wally Tate Park

0422 191 675

10am to 9pm

30 March


Opening Ceremony: New Toowoomba Mosque & First TWB International Food Festival (TIFF)

Islamic Society of Toowoomba

217 West St, Harristown (Toowoomba)

0421 081 048

11am to 2pm

2-4 May


Sh Muhammed Jonaid Thorne Lecture Series



Brisbane & Gold Coast: TBA

0425 811 150

11am to 2pm

25 May



Lailatul Mehraj (27th Rajab 1435)

14 June



Lailatul Bhahraat (Nisf of Sha’baan 1435)

29 June


1st of Ramadhan 1435



Lailatul Qadr (Night of Power)

28 July


End of Ramadhan 1435

29 July



2 August


Eidfest 2014



0418 722 353

All day

5 October



25 October


1st Muharram 1436 (Islamic New Year)

3 November


Day of Aashooraa (10th day of Muharram)



Prophet’s Birthday 12th Rabi-ul Awwal 1436



1. All Islamic Event dates given above are tentative and subject to the sighting of the moon.

2. The Islamic date changes to the next day starting in the evenings after maghrib. Therefore, except for Lailatul Mehraj, Lailatul Bhahraat and Lailatul Qadr – these dates refer to the commencement of the event starting in the evening of the corresponding day.


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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


Meeting Dates & Times


Thursday 20 February 2014 Metropolitan South Regional Office 1993 Logan Road, Upper Mt Gravatt

Thursday 22 May 2014 Mt Gravatt Police Station, 2132 Logan Road, Upper Mt Gravatt

Thursday 21 August 2014 Mt Gravatt Police Station, 2132 Logan Road, Upper Mt Gravatt

Thursday 20 November 2014 Mt Gravatt Police Station, 2132 Logan Road, Upper Mt Gravatt

Commencing at 7.00pm (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

Islamic Relief Australia

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


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