Sunday, 9 March 2014

 Newsletter 0487




Southern Star: 4 March 2014


The Muslim community of Queensland is proud to be participating in the World's Greatest Shave




THE GOAL: $10,000






Join us outside the Kuraby Mosque (1408 Beenleigh Rd, Kuraby) on Friday 14 March at 1:30pm and have your hair shaven or trimmed! 


Support various Muslim community representatives who will also have their hair shaven. 


You can also participate on the day! Donate any amount to the Leukaemia Foundation and have your hair shaven (or trimmed). Remember to bring along family and friends! 


FACT: According to the Leukaemia Foundation, more than 3200 people are expected to be diagnosed with a form of leukaemia this year - equivalent to eight people every day. 


We all know someone who has been affected by some form of cancer, and it is very important that we as an Ummah support any initiative that aims to improve the wellbeing of humanity. By donating to this worthy cause, we will be assisting with groundbreaking research that will hopefully lead to a viable cure for leukaemia, Insha Allah.


URGENT REQUEST: If any Community Representatives are willing to have their hair shaven or cut short on the day, please contact Muhammad Khatree on 0401 972 865.


For further information about this initiative, please contact Yusuf Khatree on 0401 246 228 or Muhammad Khatree on 0401 972 865.





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Leaders from Brisbane's multicultural communities have been appointed as Community Ambassadors for the 2015 Asian Cup to be held in Australia.


The Ambassadors will help make Asia’s premier football tournament a cultural celebration for the 2.5 million people of Asian heritage living in Australia.

“Brisbane is increasingly home to people that have come from right across the Asian continent,” said Local Organising Committee CEO Michael Brown.

“We are encouraging these people to come and support the Socceroos in January 2015, but also to support the country of their origin and to use the Asian Cup as an opportunity to celebrate their cultures.

“Football, more than any other sport, crosses geographic and cultural boundaries and I am sure in January 2015 we will see people of all backgrounds sitting side by side here in Brisbane watching the biggest football tournament Australia has ever hosted.

The Ambassador induction was the second to be held in Brisbane with a total of 16 Ambassadors appointed representing 11 communities.

The national teams of China, Japan, South Korea, North Korea, Iran, Iraq, Oman, Kuwait, Uzbekistan, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, UAE, Oman, Jordan and Uzbekistan will feature in the AFC Asian Cup 2015.

Mr Brown said many of the Community Ambassadors had heritage and language skills from these countries and would work with the Local Organising Committee to promote the event in their local communities.

Mr Brown said more than 250 Community Ambassadors would be appointed across the five host cities for AFC Asian Cup Australia 2015 and each would assist engage their community in their own unique way.

“Our Community Ambassadors come from a variety of backgrounds” Mr Brown said.

“We have some who run football tournaments, some who manage community organisations, others who run foreign-language newspapers here in Australia. The commonality between all is that they are leaders of their communities and are excited about contributing to make the 2015 Asian Cup a great event for all Australians.”
AFC Asian Cup Australia 2015 will take place from January 9-31 in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Canberra and Newcastle.

The tournament is being jointly funded by the Australian Government and the NSW, Victorian, Queensland and ACT Governments.

For more information on AFC Asian Cup Australia 2015 visit www.afcasiancup.com.

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MELBOURNE: A delegation from the UAE Government was on hand in Melbourne for the opening of Australia’s first Islamic museum on Friday.

The evening marked the end of a four-year journey to build the museum by founders Moustafa and Maysaa Fahour, an Australian couple living in Dubai.

The A$10 million (Dh32.8m) Islamic Museum of Australia in the suburb of Thornbury was declared open by Australian treasurer Joe Hockey.

Also in attendance was Bader Al Hilali from the office of Ali Al Hashimi, the religious and judicial adviser at the Ministry of Presidential Affairs.

“The support that we have tonight is phenomenal,” said Mr Fahour. “I heard a comment today where someone said that we as Australian Muslims feel proud that we contributed to this country.

“And to hear people from other faiths say the museum was amazing is, for me, the ultimate goal.”

The Fahours began the project in 2010 as a way to counter some of the negative stereotypes directed at Australian Muslims.

They then took the unconventional step of managing the project from more than 11,600 kilometres away after they relocated to Dubai in 2012, when Mr Fahour accepted a job offer from the construction company Leighton Holdings.

The move proved fortuitous, with the couple tapping into the UAE’s thriving creative industry to aid the museum’s completion.

They signed up Etihad Airways and Leighton Holdings as principle partners, and Dubai design company North 55 was enlisted to design the museum branding.

The Jumeirah Beach Residence shop Gallery One was chosen to supply the in-house gift store.

The museum’s audio-visual guides for each of its five permanent galleries, mostly displaying the contributions of Muslims in Australia, was recorded in Dubai Studio City’s JR Studio.

One gallery focusing on the tenets of the faith featured the call to prayer recited by music legend Yusuf Islam, formerly known as Cat Stevens, who also lives in Dubai.

Samira El Khafir, last year’s MasterChef Australia finalist, launched her first cafe Modern Middle Eastern inside the museum.

For the opening ceremony Ms El Khafir cooked up a storm with a menu featuring innovative takes on regional staples including couscous and chicken tagines.

She said creating a menu for such distinguished guests was similar to her experience shooting a MasterChef episode at Dubai’s Atlantis, The Palm hotel last year.

“We were cooking to a lot of VIPs that day, so this brought up memories,” Ms El Khafir said.

“But tonight was much harder. There are no cameras around. This is real life.”
Sharjah was represented, too. The museum’s architect, Desypher Architecture Planning Urban Design, has its Middle East office in the emirate.

UAE elements could be found in the exhibits. Included in a gallery of the world’s greatest mosques is an illuminated panel with a large image of the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque.

The imposing image triggered fond memories from the Australian treasurer.

“I spent a week in the UAE last year and it was fantastic,” Mr Hockey recalled. “I visited the Grand Mosque and it was immensely incredible. It’s really something that needs to be seen.”

Hailing the museum as “magnificent”, Mr Hockey praised the UAE businesses involved in the project, calling them an example of the country’s flourishing creative industry.

“Australia and the UAE have a very deep relationship with many ties, including the cultural,” he said.

“We are definitely brothers and partners.

“This project shows that the UAE is not just some place you go to on the way to Europe. It is a creative hub and a destination in its own right.”

Mr Al Hilali echoed the treasurer’s sentiments, saying the museum was an example of one of the country’s many cultural contributions.

“To see the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque up in that gallery next to such amazing sites as the Grand Mosque in Mecca and those in India, Iran and Morocco is a very gratifying and proud moment for all of us,” he said.

“I wish the people behind this museum every success. With Australian Muslims only forming 5 per cent of the population, I hope this initiative will educate many people about the faith, its history and contributions, and the UAE is always happy to support such initiatives.”

Following on from its handing over of primary source documents related to Queenslander and Royal Australian Air Force pilot, Mohedeen (Bob) Howsan, to the Queensland State Library (see last week's CCN), the Queensland Historical Society donated copies of the documents and a prayer mat to the Islamic Museum of Australia in Melbourne.


The two photos above show how they have been curated and displayed in the Museum.


Ahmed Hassan of the Museum told CCN: "We have had over 200 visitors in the last couple of days and so many Muslims were amazed to learn of Bob's sacrifice."


The book "100 Year History of the Holland Park Mosque - 1908-2008" will be added to the Museum's research library collection.


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1 stop pizza & kebabs have opened  the Slackscreek Mussalla with the first jumua taking place last Friday. The jumua time is 12:45pm to 1:15pm and the Mussalla is open every day for all salaah.


Starting Monday a madrassah for children will be run from Mondays to Thursdays.


There are sessions held - the first from 4pm to 5:30pm and the second from 5:30pm to 7pm.

For further information Ustaad Shameem on +61 413 669 987.

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Darlene says she's been estranged from her 37-year-old daughter, Abby, for more than a year, because she doesn't approve of Abby converting from Southern Baptist to Islam. Darlene says that she believes Abby is being "brainwashed" by her Muslim friends — and fears that her daughter may even "turn into a terrorist."


Abby insists that her mother has taken a narrow and uninformed view of Islam, which she credits for helping her turn her life around. Can Dr. Phil help this mother and daughter reconnect — and move forward with acceptance for one another? Plus, the only minority juror in the George Zimmerman trial speaks out. And, attorney Lisa Bloom, author of the new book Suspicion Nation, shares her insight on the case.

Darlene says she fears her daughter, Abby, "may turn into a terrorist" after converting to Islam. Abby says her mom is uninformed.

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By Ali Kadri   

About a third of all women experienced either physical or sexual violence since the age of 15 - NOT IN ISLAMIC COUNTRY BUT IN EUROPE


The far right in Australia and across the world are quick to point how oppressive Islam/Muslims are on women and why it is not compatible with the “western values”.

I will highlight some statistics from a survey conducted by European union agency for fundamental rights in 2004 and some facts from 1400 year ago in Arabia and today’s Muslim world.


1) One in 10 women has experienced some form of sexual violence since the age of 15
2) One in 20 has been raped
3) 22% had suffered from physical or sexual violence by a partner
4) 67% did not report the most serious incidents of domestic violence to the police
5) 18% of women said they had been the victims of stalking since the age of 15
6) 55% said they had been sexually harassed, often in the workplace


1) Women get inheritance right
2) Killing of a female child (female infanticide) abolished
3) Marriage contract introduced with women given right to choose terms of the contract
4) Education encouraged amongst women
5) Equal right to choose a spouse
6) Rights as a Mother, wife and daughter


1) Women deprived of education
2) Women deprived of basic rights in some countries such as driving, holding a passport without guardianship
3) Forced marriages
4) Domestic violence
5) Lack of political, social participation and rights

The purpose of this article is not to criticize Europe or Muslim world but to highlight two important facts

1) Islam is innocent of actions committed by Muslims, in the same way Christianity or democracy has nothing to do with the findings of the survey
2) The social problems we face today are not exclusive to Muslim world and unless we realise this and cooperate without prejudice to religious principles, we will keep facing them in future.

For the research enthusiasts :

Article in BBC - http://www.bbc.com/news/world-26444655
Link for the survey results: http://fra.europa.eu/sites/default/files/fra-2014-vaw-survey-at-a-glance_en_0.pdf

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WHY ISLAM || Mustafa (New Zealander) Interview



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CONTROVERSIAL anti-Islam Dutch MP Geert Wilders (pictured left) has revealed that a new party defending western values will be launched in Australia.

In a Youtube message, Mr Wilders said he would visit Perth next year to help launch the

Australian Liberty Alliance, which he described as a freedom party.

“Many of you are disappointed with current political parties and have had enough of politicians who sell out western civilisation,” he said.

Mr Wilders, whose Freedom Party is popular in the Netherlands, was the subject of rowdy protests by far Left groups when he toured Australia in February last year.

His views were condemned by several political leaders and in some cases he had to find new meeting venues when worried hosts cancelled bookings.

His visit was sponsored by the Q Society, an Australian “Islam-critical” group which is organising an international seminar this weekend in Melbourne.

Mr Wilders said he had been working with Q Society leaders on the new party, which would counter views such as all cultures are equal.

“It may seem like a big task but the winds are changing,” he said.

Q Society president Debbie Robinson said her group would remain separate from the new party as an educational civil rights group.

“(However), individuals connected with the society are in the process of forming a political movement,” she said.

Speakers at this weekend’s conference include Stop Islamisation of Nations leaders Pamela Geller and Robert Spencer from the US.

They were barred from entering Britain last year to speak at an English Defence League rally because their presence was deemed to “not be conducive to the public good”.

Also participating are Babette Francis from the Endeavour Forum and social commentator Bill Muehlenberg.

Source: News.com

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Myth No. 8: Muslim immigrants are angry at the society around them

In fact, Muslim immigrants appear to be MORE satisfied with the world around them, and its secular institutions, than the general population. Muslim immigrants in the United States are more likely to say they are “satisfied with their lives” (84%) than average Americans are (75%) - - and that number rises to 90% for American-born Muslims. Even among Muslims in neighourhoods where the community mosque has been vandalized - - an increasingly frequent occurrence - - fully 76% say that their community is an “excellent” or “good” place to live.

This usually extends into pride in national institutions. For example, 83% of British Muslims say they are “proud to be a British citizen,” versus only 79% of Britons in general - - and only 31% of Muslims agree that “Britain’s best days are behind her,” versus 45% of Britons in general. 

Next week: Myth No. 9


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

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12. The Al Ghurair family$6.3bn ($6.4bn) UAE      

The highest placed UAE entry comes in at number 12 thanks to the huge Al Ghurair family. The family legacy can be traced back to Ahmad Al Ghurair who founded Al Ghurair Group in 1960. The family name has been a fixture within the UAE business community ever since. Ahmad Al Ghurair passed on his legacy to his sons Saif, Abdulla, Majid, Marwan and Jomaa.


Until the 1990s Al Ghurair Group was led by Saif Ahmad Al Ghurair. This corporation was formed in 1960. In the 1990s, Saif Ahmad Al Ghurair and Abdulla Al Ghurair embarked upon creating two unique yet complementing diversified industrial groups. This decision led to the creation of Saif Ahmad Al Ghurair Group (now the Al Ghurair Group) and Abdulla Al Ghurair Group.


Abdul Aziz Al Ghurair is CEO of Mashreq bank, which he started from scratch with $1.6m of capital during the oil boom in the 1960s, and which is the country’s fourth-largest by assets. 



NEXT WEEK: The Number 13 richest Arab in the world.

Source: ArabianBusiness

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Dear Editor,

We have three exciting exhibitions at the Logan Art Gallery at the moment: No Added Sugar: Australian Muslim Women’s Art Project on tour from the Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre in Sydney, Longing by Iranian born artist Mana Nowbar and Journey through myself: art by local Muslim women, which was curated by Shamime Mustapha.

To celebrate these exhibitions, and to extend a big thank you to the community that has supported the artists, we will hold a family fun day on Saturday 29 March from 12noon – 4pm at the Logan Art Gallery.

Should you, your organisation, or any of your community members wish to participate as audience members or as performers, we would be delighted to welcome you.

Please visit our website to find out more about our exhibitions:



Robyn Daw | Cultural Services Program Leader | Logan City Council
Ph. 07 3412 5128 I PO Box 3226 Logan City DC QLD 4114 | RobynDaw@logan.qld.gov.au 
www.logan.qld.gov.au | facebook.com/logancitycouncil |


Media Distorts Mars Fatwa, Making Mons Olympus From a Molehill


Last week, reports began circulating through some media outlets that a fatwa committee underneath GAIAE, the UAE’s General Authority of Islamic Affairs and Endowment, had issued a fatwa prohibiting Muslims from taking one-way voyages to Mars and, by analogy, from doing so with the Mars One project. The story soon spread through the media like wildfire. Mars One issued a respectful response, requesting that GAIAE retract their fatwa.

On February 24, GAIAE issued an official press release. The press release stated in unequivocal terms that the Agency has no connection with “corrupting a question and its [associated] fatwa on the ruling of humans making a one-way voyage to Mars that the media has been spreading and attributing to the Agency.” GAIAE’s account of the fatwa bears almost no resemblance to the original article which the media outlets had spread almost verbatim. This press release calls into question the veracity of the original report and subsequent reports that still assert GAIAE’s fatwa.

Some individuals will be suspicious of GAIAE’s clarification since it comes after almost five days of silence. But even if we did not have access to the original question presented to the fatwa council, the quotations attributed to it in the article would lead us to deduce that the council had addressed a question concerning Muslims making a one-way trip to Mars where the chance of surviving the voyage and staying on Mars are so low that it is deemed suicidal. The council’s prohibition is appropriate for the very reasons they gave: the body of textual evidence which lead scholars to their consensus that preservation of life is among the higher objectives of Islam, and that it is unlawful to engage in activities that present a significant risk to life or limb.

We expect qualified muftis to answer this way. Indeed: if GAIAE’s muftis had permitted a trip that was so risky and reckless that it was suicidal, we would question their knowledge of Islamic law and their concern for life.

The type of voyage Mars One plans is not analogous to the type of voyage presented in the article. Mars One aims to establish a permanent and sustainable human colony on Mars, as is apparent from its mission goals, roadmap, and the risks and challenges involved. It is obvious that this isn’t the type of voyage addressed in last week’s article, nor is it the type deemed impermissible in GAIAE’s clarification.

A careless and malicious misreading of GAIAE’s fatwa turned a rather mundane and reasonable opinion into a sensational and ridiculous absurdity. Unfortunately, this misreading is just part of a broader problem. There’s a ready market for fatwas that are sensational – especially those that are incendiary, salacious, involve sexual practices of Muslim women or men, or – better yet – all of the above. It’s a market that thrives on demonstrably fraudulent goods.


Musa's Muftic Musings

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Sisters in Islam co-founder gets France’s highest award

Sisters in Islam co-founder Zainah Anwar at a flash mob in Bangsar, Kuala Lumpur, on Wednesday in support of the Catholic Church's appeal in the 'Allah' case. Zainah has been conferred one of France's highest civilian awards


MALAYSIA: Advocacy group Sisters in Islam (SIS) co-founder Zainah Anwar, who will be conferred the French government's highest award, the Legion of Honour, regards it as a recognition of the advocacy group's courage in standing up for its cause.

"It is also a recognition that a group like ours is regarded by many nationally and internationally as a model of what the leadership should be in a multi-ethnic and multi-religious country like Malaysia.

"We should be coming together to share the nation and not look at it as one winning over the other," she told The Malaysian Insider.

French Ambassador to Malaysia, Martine Dorance, will confer the honour on Zainah this evening, a press statement from the embassy said.

The order, created in 1802 by Napoleon Bonaparte, rewards men and women, French and foreigners, for their distinguished merits and the exemplary services rendered to causes supported by France.

Previous Malaysian recipients of the award, the Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur, include former Bersih co-chair and lawyer Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan, Bank Negara governor Tan Sri Zeti Aziz and AirAsia group chief executive Tan Sri Tony Fernandes.

A reception is also being held today in conjunction with this year's International Women’s Day.

Sisters in Islam’s main cause is to promote an understanding of Islam that recognises the principles of justice, equality, freedom and dignity within a democratic nation state.

Zainah and SIS have been criticised by some Malay groups for challenging the traditional understanding of Islam.

However, Zainah has been consistent in the group's cause, which includes the freedom of religion.

On Wednesday, she attended a flash mob gathering in Bangsar, Kuala Lumpur, held by a social activist group called Malaysians for Malaysia to express solidarity with the Catholic Church which is appealing against a Court of Appeal ruling that validates a ban on Catholic weekly Herald from using the word "Allah".

Meanwhile Suri Kempe, programme manager for SIS, said the movement was extremely proud of Zainah, adding that her tireless advocacy has created a space for and amplified the voices of women.

"All over the world, women are reclaiming an Islam that is just, equal and fair.

"International recognition of Zainah's work is also a testament to the moral courage and commitment it takes to challenge injustices, particularly those committed in the name of religion," she said.

Suri added that SIS continues to be inspired by Zainah's passion and honours her achievements by consistently promoting the principles of gender equality, justice, freedom and dignity in Islam and empowering women as advocates for change. – March 7, 2014.

Source: The Malaysian Insider

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Man wins million-dollar lawsuit for discrimination 

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DETROIT - Ali Aboubaker says he was discriminated against by his employer has won a major lawsuit. He says he was fired from his job because of discrimination, and it turned his life upside-down. Now he's being awarded more than one million dollars.

The defended in the case is Washtenaw County, which hired the man and later fired him. His lawsuit alleges that other county workers mistreated him because of his race and religion.

Aboubaker is a Muslim from Tunisia and maintenance worker for Washtenaw County until he was fired. His lawyer, Shereef Akeel, says a federal jury concluded that he was a victim of discrimination on the job.

"You look past that, you look past all of the strikes against him, his race and his name and his beard and his ethnicity," Akeel said.

Aboubaker had worked for the county since 1991, but alleged in the lawsuit that his coworkers and superiors treated him differently after September 11, 2001.

"He started getting the name-calling and started being called names that really were uncalled for," Akeel said. "Like terrorist and things of that nature."

He also said that his bosses tried to interfere with his midday prayer time and with worship on Friday. he was passed over for promotions and fired in 2008, accused of insubordination.

"It left him homeless, he was destitute," Akeel said.

During the two-week trial, witnesses for the county denied the charge of name-calling and that bias was the reason he couldn't advance. But the jury of six whites and one African American sided with Aboubaker.

"You could see him, he was tearing up, he wanted to kind of hide those tears away," Akeel said. "And then he made a nice quote: 'this is the America I know.'"

The award is for nearly 1.2 million dollars. There is no word on whether the verdict will be appealed.

Source: ClickOn Detroit


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Dutch Muslim politician launching new Islamic party 


HOLLAND: Arnoud van Doorn (pictured above left), a former far-right Dutch politician who later accepted Islam and became a Muslim, has announced his plans to launch a new Islamic party in his native Holland.

The Islamic Party for Unity will be contending for three seats in the upcoming municipal elections on March 19.

Doorn, who once co-produced the anti-Islamic film 'Fitna' along with former friend and notorious anti-Muslim propagandist Geert Wilders, told the NL Times on Sunday that it was 'only logical' for Muslims to have political representation.

“Our standpoints are based on the Islam. We come up for minorities and the welfare of animals,” he said. Asked about what his party's stance would be on homosexuals, Doorn said that all acts of affection in general were private affairs and thus should be kept private.

Doorn accepted Islam after criticisms of the film 'Fitna' encouraged him to look into Islam. Shortly after converting, he performed the Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca. He now acts as a voice for Holland's one million Muslims, around 15,000 of whom are like himself converts to the religion.

Source: World Bulletin


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London mayor calls to take Muslim children away from ‘extremists’ 

'It is the strong view of many of those involved in counter-terrorism that there should be a clearer legal position, so that those children who are being turned into potential killers or suicide bombers can be removed into care – for their own safety and for the safety of the public,' Boris Johnson said.


UK: The mayor of London, the capital of the UK, has said that children who are at risk of being brainwashed by 'radical' and 'extemist' Muslim parents should be taken into care.

Writing in the Telegraph, Boris Johnson challenged the political correctness of British society which makes them reluctant to judge someone else's culture, calling this approach as 'utter rubbish, and a monstrous inversion of what I mean by liberalism.'

Stating that the authorities were watching Muslims who returned from fighting in Syria 'like hawks' to monitor the ideas they may have picked up there, he also stated his belied that some young people were being 'radicalised at home, by their parents or by their step-parents.'

'It is the strong view of many of those involved in counter-terrorism that there should be a clearer legal position, so that those children who are being turned into potential killers or suicide bombers can be removed into care – for their own safety and for the safety of the public,' he said.

Urging the British people to be 'less phobic of intrusion into the ways of minority groups and less nervous of passing judgment on other cultures,' Johnson called on the authorities to be 'ruthless' in tackling behaviour that undermines British values.

Boris Johnson said these measures may be necessary to prevent repeats of incidents like the killing of military drummer Lee Rigby, who was killed by two Muslims in London last year in what they said was an 'act of war.' However, Johnson failed to note that the parents of both of the two killers were not Muslims, but were in fact Christians.


Source: World Bulletin


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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: If you were wondering what tahini was - it’s a paste – similar to peanut butter – and made from ground sesame seeds. Although it is an essential ingredient in hummus, tahini can be quite versatile. It can be used in so many types of dishes. This week I tried it in grilled chicken breasts. I hope you like it.

Chicken with Tahini



500g chicken breasts cut into thin strips
1 tsp garlic
1 tsp salt
½ tsp crushed red chillies
1 tab sweet chilli sauce
1 tsp sambal oelek, (available in most supermarkets and Asian Grocery stores).
(freshly ground chillies)
2 tab tahini
1 tsp. sesame seeds
Juice of I lemon
Skewer sticks which have been soaked in water overnight



1. Marinate the chicken in all the above condiments for at least 2 hours or overnight.
2. Thread the chicken thru the skewers sticks, place on an oven tray, drizzle with olive oil or butter or a little of both and set aside until 10 mins before serving.
3. Set your oven to grill at 170 degrees, place the oven tray under the grill for 5 mins.
4. Remove the oven tray, turn the skewers and place back into the oven for a further 5 mins.
5. Your chicken will be tender, place the skewers on a serving plate and pour any excess marinade or juices from the oven tray directly onto the chicken.
6. Serve the Tahini chicken with hot chips or salad.


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, what is the best way to lose weight, shed kilos quickly or aim to shift the weight gradually?

A: I would aim for the latter and a healthy goal of losing between one or two kilos a week until you reach your goal weight.

Remember too that weight loss may occur more rapidly at the start and then maybe aim for half a kilo or more as the weeks go by.


This will also give you a greater chance of keeping the weight off and continue with a healthy lifestyle and diet.






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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Mula Nasruddin's wife goes to the Doctor, worried about her husband's temper.


The Doctor asks: "What's the problem?"


Mrs Nasruddin says: "Doctor, I don't know what to do. Every day my husband seems to lose his temper for no reason. It scares me. "


The Doctor says: "I have a cure for that. When it seems that your husband is getting angry, just take a glass of water and start swishing it in your mouth. Just swish and swish but don't swallow it until he either leaves the room or calms down."


Two weeks later Mrs Nasruddin comes back to the doctor, looking fresh and reborn.


Mrs Nasruddin says: "Doctor that was a brilliant idea! Every time my husband started losing it, I swished with water. I swished and swished, and he calmed right down! How does a glass of water do that?"


The Doctor says: "The water itself does nothing. It's keeping your mouth shut that does the trick".

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Allah! There is no god but He: of a surety He will gather you together against the Day of Judgment, about which there is no doubt. And whose word can be truer than Allah's?

Surah An-Nisaa 4:87


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An old Indian told his grandson, "My son, there is a battle between two wolves inside us all.


One is Evil. It is anger, jealousy, greed, resentment, inferiority, lies and ego. The other is Good. It is joy, peace, love, hope, humility, kindness, empathy, and truth."


The boy thought about it, and asked, "Grandfather, which wolf wins?"


The old man quietly replied, "The one you feed."


~ Anon 


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Logan Art Gallery Family Day 29 MARCH Toowoomba Mosque Opeing & TIFF 2014 30 March Toowoomba Mosque Opeing & TIFF 2014 30 March MWCSS Fund Raiser Dinner 31 MAY AMARAH Eid Fund Raising Dinner 2 AUGUSTEIDDINNER2014 Kuraby Mosque Fun Day POSTPONED TO 2 JUNE


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Weekly Halaqa STARTS 22 FEBRUARY Prophets of Allah 1 & 2 MARCH Prophetic Medicine Back  8/9 March Maths, English, Chemistry tutor Easy Way Tuition Prophetic Medicine Front 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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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

Desi Thread


Centre for Easy Language Learning (CeLL)

Tutoring (Arabic)



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

Modern Muslimah

Muslimah  Clothes

Loan Market

Mortgage Broker

HD Arabic TV


Brisbane Valley Gold

Achar (Pickles)

1 Stop Pizza & Kebab (menu)

Fast Food

1 Stop Pizza Seedat Accounting United Hearts Family Day Care Scheme Pty Ltd AUTOCAD 2013 TUITION Archi n Eng Sora LM Sept low VarRate Flyer LM Sept13 FixRate Flyer 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 LOVE UR BODY Baby Care Solutions Wasimah Brisbane CassonIT Solutions Computer Repairs Al-Khitan Circumcisions Watang Man-oushi Lebanese Foods Lil Umah Pari Collection Achar Pari Collection Michael's Oriental Birthday Promo ACCES Services REMOVALS Dial a Doctor Bulk Billing Dr in your home Function Room Page 1 Function Room Page 2 Shariff's Computer Services Ayesha's Samoosa Strips Angelz Dental Care Sunkids Sunkids Maximize  Accountants Officetek Alarms Mona Vie AK Surtie Centre for Easy Language Learning Arabic Paradise Convenience Autocad 2012 Training Baalbak Mediterranean Restaurant Low Price Pharmacy KURABY Bismillah Repairs and Maintenance
New mobile no. 0468 342 127 Brisbane Diagnostics Hummys Automotive Services Boulevard Tower Residence Accommodation Calamvale Physiotherapy & Sport Injury Clinic Kuraby Mosque Hire Carpetlifesavers Indoor Folding Mats Rejuven8 Body & Beauty Personal Wellness Coach Shameema's Silk Scarves efxshop Samoosa Pastry Shakira Kolia Driving School Tutoring Fathima Adat QLD Islamic Book Service Gabriel Hair Studio Henna Fatima Ismail Junaid Ally Properties REMAX Muslima Chick Kimaya International Quick Stick Name labels Ladies Only Personal Training Lilys Fashion Excelanz Migration Services Hussana love ur body T ax Returns 2012 Muslim Directory NAZIMA HANSA REMAX Marketing Coop Group Pizza Lane Pappa Roti Ummah Store Elite FX Web Design


"If it's not here ....it's not happening!"l)

To claim your date for your event email ccn@crescentsofbrisbane.org.





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8 & 9 March

Sat & Sun

Prophetic Medicine: Islamic cures for the whole body & soul


University of QLD

More Info

9am to 6pm

8 March


International Women's Day 2014

Islamic Women's Association of QLD (IWAQ)

11 Watland St, SPRINGWOOD

3208 6333

6pm til late

29 March


Family Fun Day: Celebration thru Arts

Logan Art Gallery

cnr Wembley Rd & Jacaranda Ave, LOGAN CENTRAL


12pm to 4pm

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

15 April


Wongary Mosque Project: Fund Raising Dinner

Islamic Society of Algester

Islamic College of Brisbane

0419 738 792

After Maghreb

2 May


Sh Muhammed Junaid Thorne: The Straight Path



Gold Coast Mosque

0425 811 150

5.30pm to 6.30pm

3 May


Sh Muhammed Junaid Thorne: Millatu-Ibrahim



Kingston Butter Factory

0425 811 150

6.30pm to 9pm

25 May



Lailatul Mehraj (27th Rajab 1435)

31 May


Sisters' House Fund Raiser Dinner

Sisters' House

Michael's Oriental Restaurant

0407 164 721


8 June



International Food Festival hosted by Kuraby Mosque

Kuraby Mosque

Islamic College of Brisbane

0401 959 295

10am to 8pm

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


Eid Fund Raising Dinner for Palestine


Michael's Oriental Restaurant

0422 349 786


16 August


Eidfest 2014


Rocklea Showgrounds

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 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


Celebrating Muslim cultures

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