......a sometimes self-deprecating and occasional
tongue-in-cheek look at ourselves and the world around us
Sunday, 23 March 2008
Early Easter Edition
CresWalk2008: Getting into Shape
Planning for the 5th Annual Fun Walk, the
Crescents of Brisbane's
CresWalk2008 is well underway for Sunday 18 May.
And it's going to be
than ever before!
In addition to the tug-of-war that proved a big hit last
year, this year you will also be able to try your hand
at rock wall climbing after your run.
If you would like to sponsor the event and get you
company logo on the famous CresWalk T-shirts email
email@example.com or call 0402 026 786
to discuss your options.
The Brisbane Ijtema at Darra kicked
off on Friday and is in full swing at the
Busloads of visitors have arrived from all
parts of the country. Several thousand
members of the
Tablighi Jamaat are expected to have
arrived at the Mosque for lectures, prayers
and meditation over the four days.
Above (left to right)
Rameez Khan, Zohid Khan, Alla
Dean and Walid Mahommed from
Liverpool, Sydney can be seen securing their
piece of real estate which will be their
lodgings for the three nights in one of the many
tents decked out at the back of the Mosque.
The streets of south east Brisbane were well
signposted with directions to Darra
receiving a few quizzical looks from the
locals in the process
both hail from Newcastle,
The Nikah (marriage) ceremony of
Suleiman (son of Twiggy &
ParveenSurtie) and Laila
(daughter of Dr. Fuzzy and FawziaMoola) was performed by Imam Peer
in front of a large captive audience
just after Jumma prayers at the Ijtema
Movies with CCN
the tender age of seventeen, Nazneen's life is turned
upside down. After an arranged marriage to an older man,
she exchanges her Bangladeshi village home for a block
of flats in London's East End. In this new world, pining
for her home and her sister, she struggles to make sense
of her existence – and to do her duty to her husband. A
man of inflated ideas (and stomach), he sorely tests her
Told from birth that she must not fight her fate,
Nazneen submits, devoting her life to raising her family
and slapping down her demons of discontent. Until the
day that Karim, a hot-headed local man, bursts into her
Against a background of escalating racial tension, they
embark on an affair that finally forces Nazneen to take
control of her life. Set in multicultural Britain, Brick
Lane is a truly contemporary story of love, cultural
difference, and ultimately, the strength of the human
Brick Lane is currently showing at the Dendy Portside
and Palace Centro
and the book by author Monica Ali has been featured on CCN's Book Club Shelves (below) for several months.
returns on short visit
Shaykh Abbas Ali will deliver a series
of lectures in Brisbane (see the CCN Date Claimer below
for details) and the Gold Coast Mosque (Jumma 28 March) as a guest of Mawlana Imran
Hussain and Shakyh Shazad Khan.
Shaykh Ali is here in Queensland from South Africa
currently attending the Ijtima at the Darra
He has lived in Perth in the past and is the founder of
the famous Australian Islamic College there.
Shaykh Ali serves as an advisor to many Islamic School
Boards around the world.
He is a well travelled man having delivered talks in a
number of countries.
Out on the Northside - The report
By Fahim Khondaker
Mushda reminds us the
importance of obeying one’s parents.
Bald Hills Maddrassah’s inaugural event was held on
Sunday, the 16th of March.
Parents, friends and ulama gathered at the Bald Hills
Masjid in support of the students of the maddrassah.
Moulana Akram Buksh of Kuraby Masjid, conducted the
event admirably as the master of ceremonies.
The performances by students ranged across various
categories, including qiraat (Quran recitation),
nasheeds (Islamic songs), speeches and even a play,
which was an adaptation of Little Red Riding Hood – all
of which was extremely well received by the audience.
Guest performances included a wonderful nasheed by the
students of Kuraby Maddrassah, and two eloquent
speeches, which were delivered by Dr Mohammad Abdullah
and Moulana Uzair of Griffith University and Holland
Park Masjid respectively.
The students of Kuraby
Maddressah felt right at home on stage
singing ‘Al Khaliq’ by Yusuf Islam
Other highlights of the day included
an unique menu which was undoubtedly a crowd favourite,
and children’s entertainment.
The main meal included a delectable Malaysian lamb
curry, served on a bed of rice with fried chicken as a
Free fairy floss, a jumping castle, merry-go-round and a
gigantic inflatable slide ensured that the children
enjoyed their day too.
Bald Hills Maddrassah would like to thank everyone for
their attendance, as well as those who gave generous
donations, during the planning stages, to make this
Even our 4/5 year olds had
their moment on stage
Particular mention must be made of the parents of our
students, and our sponsors: Bracken Ridge Halal Meats,
Nando’s Mt Gravatt, ABD Chicken and Everyday Tree
Lopping – thank you for your support.
Our students sing the
nasheed ‘My Mother’ by Rashid Bhikha
Aboriginal Community Centre
South Sydney Community Centre is a project established
to create mentorship and support for disadvantaged youth
in the local area.
The centre now has a fully equipped gymnasium for
personal training specific to Rugby League performance
According to Abdul Rahman Allam and South Sydney
Community Centre Program Manager Adam Bowden this
project has been made possible through the generous
contributions from the Queensland Muslim community and
in particular the TAQCWA committee which promoted and
supported the project from its inception.
Rugby League is the most popular sport and pastime among
the youth of the South Sydney area, particularly the
Sandamarra McGuinness of the Githabul tribe, from the
QLD/NSW border, is one of the many success stories of
the centre. “Sandy”, as he is known in the area, a now a
role model of sobriety, faith and leadership within the
Redfern Aboriginal community through Rugby League and
the South Sydney Community Centre.
The Redfern Community Centre is also utilized by a
private school, offering personal development programs.
Free tuition is conducted for basic skills such as
computer and typing.
For specialised skills students are encouraged to pursue
training at the TAFE college in carpentry, electric,
plumbing, engineering etc.
Job seeking is facilitated by working together with
Arrangements are being pursued to conduct rehabilitation
for drug and alcohol abuse.
Federal Member for Moreton Graham Perrett invites
the Brisbane Southside community to participate in a
local 2020 summit, ahead of the Australia 2020 summit.
Mr Perrett and Griffith University will host the summit
on 5 April 2008 at Griffith University Nathan Campus to
ensure the best local ideas are collected and included
in the national process.
Mr Perrett said it was important that local families,
business owners, community groups, young people and
senior citizens were involved.
“We will achieve the best ideas for our country’s future
by including as many people as possible in the
conversation,” he said.
“We all have an important role to play in contributing
our own ideas and our own perspectives.
“I would urge anyone from the Moreton community to come
along and make sure your voice is heard.
“We want to harness and harvest your great ideas to make
Moreton and the rest of Australia a better place into
The local summit will discuss the same ten key areas as
Australia 2020 – the productivity agenda, the nation’s
infrastructure, our environment, our farmers,
healthcare, Indigenous Australians, the arts, national
security, improving the system of government and
strengthening our communities.
The outcomes of our local summit will be formally
submitted to the national Summit for consideration in
Prime Minister Kevin Rudd will convene the Australia
2020 summit in Canberra late in April, bringing together
some of the best and brightest brains from across the
country to tackle our long-term challenges.
It will follow a program of school summits to be held
around the country, which will give the nation’s
youngest citizens a direct say in the Australia of the
The topics that will be covered are:
1. The Australian Economy – Human capital
2. The Australian Economy – Economic infrastructure
3. Sustainability and Climate Change
4. Rural Australia
6. Communities and Families
7. Indigenous Australia
8. Creative Australia
10. Australia's Future in the World
Calma on Federal Initiatives on Muslims
Race Discrimination Commissioner, Tom Calma,
welcomed proposed federal government initiatives which
aim to take a more socially-inclusive approach to help
address the complex issues faced by many Muslim
Commissioner Calma said a revival of the
Council for Multicultural Australia, as well as a
new-look Muslim advisory body that would feature leaders
and role models from a cross-section of ethnic
backgrounds and focus on everyday Muslim Australians,
would be a positive step.
“The level of social alienation faced by
many Australian Muslim people, particularly young
Muslims, has to be turned around,” said Commissioner
Calma. “Racist, religious or cultural hatred directed
towards any member of the community is a breach of human
rights and is absolutely unacceptable,”
Commissioner Calma referred to the
concerns covered in a 4 Corners television
program last week which focused on the need to promote
social inclusion, multiculturalism and zero tolerance to
racism in order to avoid the continuing alienation of
“Ongoing fear and misinformation in the
wider community remains a major threat to social
harmony,” said Mr Calma.
“Social inclusion measures are likely to
be much more successful at protecting the community from
violence than many of the tough security initiatives
advocated under the ‘war on terror’.
“Failure to take action to improve
social inclusion and combat racism will only fuel
frustration within Muslim communities and continue to
reinforce discriminatory perceptions of threats to
national security among non-Muslim communities.”
Mr Calma noted that the Human Rights and
Equal Opportunity Commission (HREOC) has been working
for several years to form strong partnerships between
Muslim communities, NGOs, universities and government
agencies in an effort to build awareness and engagement
with Muslim communities.
“We require whole-of-government and whole-of-community
approaches to building community capacity,
cross-community and cross-cultural respect and social
inclusion,” said Mr Calma.
“The HREOC approach, mixing ‘coal-face’
community partnership projects, with human rights
education resources, research, and communications is an
important model that complements this targeted approach
to working with communities.”
“For these initiatives to work, we
require a major rethink on security and social
inclusion, which this government appears to be working
hard to achieve,” said Mr Calma.
speaks on Harmony
Janette Hashemi conducted a workshop on 'The negative
effects of religious extremism on interfaith harmony and
how to combat them' at the MultiFaith Centre,
Griffith University, Asia/Pacific Interfaith Conference
on 24th February, 2008.
She covered the 20th century genocides including Bosnia,
then Christian extremism in USA, Islamic extremism,
Catholic/Protestant in Ireland and the Hindu massacre of
Concentrating further on Islamic extremism Ms Hashemi
read quotes from Shaikh Zaid Shakir and Shaikh Abdul
Hakim Murad on the damage to the religion of Islam from
She followed this with a talk about the negative effects
on community harmony highlighting the protests in Camden
over the proposed Islamic school and the negative effect
on interfaith relations.
The historicalexamples of religious harmony she
gave included Muslims of Tibet, Muslims in China,
Christians and Jews living in Spain and Turkey, and
Muslims and Buddhists in S. E. Asia.
Hour 2008- AMARAH Asks You to Turn Off Your Lights!
A plea from Shajaroh Amath
year, over 2.2 million Sydney residents and over 2,100
businesses turned off their lights for Earth Hour.
Earth Hour, which began in Sydney,
Australia, in 2007, is now a global environmental
movement that will see millions of people turn off
Earth Hour will roll through 14 time
zones, starting in New Zealand and ending in the Pacific
Time Zone. It will pass through more than 25 cities.
So on Saturday, 29 March at 8pm, for
one hour, AMARAH encourages you to turn off your
lights! Taking action isn’t at all difficult!
It can be as simple as turning off a
mobile phone charger when not in use, switching off the
television or CD player at the wall, rather than leaving
it on stand-by, turning off unused lights or making sure
office and home computers are completely shut down.
Remember that we are all responsible
for producing greenhouse gas emissions. We can easily
do our part to make a small difference.
As of 18 March, over 10,000 businesses and 136,000
individuals have indicated their intention to
participate at earthhour.org.
The website is dedicated to designing posters, for the
purpose of Islamic Dawaah and Islamic Education
for members of a Mosque, Charity or Dawaah Organisation
in any country.
Around the Muslim
World with CCN
Sharia phone marriage of
autistic man 'invalid'
Three senior appeal judges have refused
to recognise a Muslim marriage that took place "over the
telephone", even though the union is valid according to
They said the union, between a 26-year-old autistic
British man, identified only as IC, and a woman in
Bangladesh was "potentially highly injurious".
The pair have never met and are unlikely ever to meet.
IC's parents, originating from Bangladesh
but resident in England for many years, arranged for him
to be married by telephone link to a bride chosen by
them in Bangladesh with a view to his new wife, referred
to as NK, obtaining a visa and joining him in this
The Vatican has been holding secret talks
with the Saudi Arabian authorities on building churches
in Muhammad's homeland, according to one of Pope
Benedict's most senior Middle East representatives.
Archbishop Paul-Mounged El-Hashem said: "Discussions are
under way to allow the construction of churches in the
kingdom. We cannot forecast the outcome."
But, speaking to the news agency Agence France-Presse,
the Lebanese prelate, the Pope's envoy in the Gulf,
added: "There are around three or four million
Christians in Saudi Arabia, and we hope they will have
At the Vatican, the Pope's spokesman, Father Federico
Lombardi, said: "If we manage to obtain authorisation
for the construction of the first church, it will be an
outcome of historic dimensions."
The opening last Friday of the first church in Qatar
left Saudi Arabia as the only country in the region that
still bans the building of churches and all forms of
open Christian worship. However the construction of even
one church on Saudi territory would outrage Islamist
militants. Saudi Arabia - home to Islam's holiest sites,
at Mecca and Medina - is regarded by Muslims as sacred
Hindus, Muslims, Christians protest against film ‘Fitna’
An extraordinary demonstration of
national harmony, 11 persons arrested in first public
protest of its kind against anti-Quran film made in
Holland, 2 women, 4 Hindus and 1 Christian are among
Hindus, Christians and Muslims jointly
took to the street against anti-Islam documentary film
‘Fitna‘ which is produced by a Holland director (and
likely to be released on March 28).
They burnt the pictures of film producer
Police handed over a notice yesterday to
the organizer of the protest informing that the article
144 is imposed in Jogeshwari (west) therefore permission
to stage protest will not be given.
In spite of Oshiwara Police Station’s
refusal hundreds of secular activists staged protest
after Juma (Friday) prayer against Anti-Islam film
‘Fitna’ under the banner of Satyavadi Yuva Sangh (SYS)
today. Protesters demanded to take action against the
impolite film producer globally.
Oshiwara police arrested 11 persons who
took part in the protest under the article Bombay Act
These people were arrested: S.M. Khan, A.
R. Ansari, Kumar Karade, Rafique Khan, David Narne,
Pradeep Pujari, Jafar Saeed, Raju Bhai Pant, Shahnaz
Momin, and Madhuri Rai.
Thus it was the first time when Hindus,
Muslims and Christians protested against the disgrace of
Holy Qur’an jointly in Mumbai and they offered their
Two women; one Muslim and one Hindu were
among those arrested. In last, all detainees were sent
to Oshiwara Police Station where they were released on
Source: Rashtriya Sahara, Urdu Daily,
Mumbai Saturday, March 15, 2008
RESPECTING THE QUR’AN
The Islamic Society of North America
Geert Wilders is a Dutch politician who
broke with a mainstream national party to form his own
extreme-right, anti-immigrant platform.
Wilders has directed most of his hatred
in recent years at Muslims.
Wilders has called for the Qur’an to be
banned and in the last few months has been promoting his
“documentary” attacking the Qur’an.
Wilders has intimated that the
documentary will show a copy of the Qur’an being
desecrated or destroyed.
Geert Wilders wants the Qur’an to be banned.
Many Muslims want Wilders’ film to be
Wilders wants Muslims out of “his
country” and to be denied the rights of other citizens
to practice their faith.
No doubt, many Dutch Muslims wish that
Wilders would just go away (and Wilders has received
threats of violence from some). Neither Wilders nor
these Muslims will (or should) get what they want.
Using our book
club you can see what books we at CCN have
on our shelves, what we are reading and even
what we and others think of them.
You can even
create your own book shelf, find out what
your fellow CCN readers are reading, get and
give recommendations for what to read next,
create book lists, and even share your
opinion on a book with us.
Come see the
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any in common.
Then pick our
next book so we can all keep on reading.
Q: Dear Kareema, I’m a working mum in the 40 – 50
year age bracket and work out at least 3 days a week.
I’m still struggling with my waistline though, why is it
A: TAKE THE ‘LIFT’ - Studies have shown that lifting
weights can slow the ‘middle-age spread’.
Women who strength trained twice a week decreased their
body fat by 3.7%, while the cardio exercise group saw
very little change.
Plus, the lifters gained less intra-abdominal fat (the
stuff that surrounds organs and is linked to heart
Like I said last week, Strength training builds muscle
that burns kilojoules from fat stores all day long!!
Combining or including both cardio and strength as part
of your exercise regime will see you achieve results
Ladies – WE DO NOT BULK UP LIKE MEN DO!! DON’T BE SCARED
TO LIFT WEIGHTS....
50 ml oil - 1
large onion, sliced into rings - 4 cardamom seeds - 4
whole cloves - 2 pieces stick cinnamon - 5 ml chopped
fresh ginger - 4 cloves garlic, crushed - 5 ml barishap
- 5 ml cumin seeds (jeera) - 5 ml ground coriander - 5
ml leaf masala - 5 ml breyani masala - 1 kg fresh fish,
cubed - salt - 5 ml fish masala - 6 small potatoes,
peeled - 200g (500 ml) uncooked rice - 5 ml turmeric -
125 ml lentils (masoor) - 4 hard-boiled eggs.
Heat the oil
in a pan and fry the onion, cardamom seeds, cloves,
cinnamon, ginger and garlic until the onion is tender
and all the flavours have blended together. Add the
barishap, cumin seeds, coriander, leaf masala, breyani
masala and a little water. Simmer until an aromatic
paste is formed.
fish with salt and fish masala and add together with
potatoes to the paste. Fry until the mixture acquires a
nice yellow colour. Cover and braise until cooked. The
potatoes should be soft but still intact. Add extra
water if necessary.
rice to boiling salted water along with the turmeric and
boil until tender. Drain and set aside. Cook the lentils
in boiling water until soft and drain. Combine the rice
and lentils and arrange layers of the breyani mixture
and rice in a saucepan. Add a little water, cover with a
piece of waxed paper and lid, and steam for about half
an hour. Slice the eggs into quarters and place on top
of the breyani just before serving.
Source: Radio Islam Newsletter - Thursday, 20 March 2008
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The CCN Chuckle
A young passenger
tapped Mula Nasruddin the cab driver on the shoulder to
hand him the money.
screamed; lost control of the cab, nearly hit a bus,
drove up over the curb and stopped just inches from a
large plate glass window.
For a few moments
everything was silent in the cab, then Mula Nasruddin
said, "Please, don't ever do that again. You scared the
daylights out of me."
The passenger, who was also frightened, apologized and
said he didn't realize that a tap on the shoulder could
frighten him so much, to which Mula Nasruddin replied,
"I'm sorry, it's really not your fault at all. Today is
my first day driving a cab. I have been driving a hearse
for the last 25 years."
A Holiday Bonus CCN Chuckle
The Evolution of British Maths
1. Teaching Maths In
A logger sells a
truckload of lumber for
£100. His cost of
production is 4/5 of the
price. What is his
2. Teaching Maths In
A logger sells a
truckload of lumber for
£100. His cost of
production is 4/5 of the
price, or £80. What is
3. Teaching Maths In
A logger sells a
truckload of lumber for
£100. His cost of
production is £80. Did
he make a profit?
4. Teaching Maths In
A logger sells a
truckload of lumber for
£100. His cost of
production is £80 and
his profit is £20. Your
the number 20.
5. Teaching Maths In
A logger cuts down a
beautiful forest because
he is selfish and
inconsiderate and cares
nothing for the habitat
of animals or the
preservation of our
woodlands. He does this
so he can make a profit
What do you think of
this way of making a
living? Topic for class
answering the question:
how did the birds and
feel as the logger cut
down their homes? (There
are no wrong answers. )
6. Teaching Maths 2017
أ المسجل تبيع حموله
شاحنة من الخشب من اجل
100 دولار. صاحب تكلفة
الثمن. ما هو الربح له؟
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