Mission of Hope
has been hosting the Annual Australian Muslim
Achievement Awards from 2002-2008. Online nominations
are now available for 2009. Nominations close on October
This year's categories are:
Woman of The Year
Man of The Year
Youth of The Year (Ages 16 - 26)
Sportsperson of The Year
Role Model of The Year
Professional of The Year
Event of The Year
Media Outlet of The Year
Business of The Year
Creative Artist of The Year
Researcher/Academic of The Year
Volunteer of The Year
Community Organisation of The Year
Best New Community Initiative / Project of The Year
The Abyssinian Award
awarded to an Australian Non-Muslim who has made both a
significant and positive contribution towards the
Australian Muslim Community.
of Brisbane's Annual Ladies Fundraising Luncheon
This year Crescents of Brisbane will be
holding their annual Ladies-only event on Saturday 24
October 2009 at the Sunnybank District Baptist Church
Hall (Cnr Brandon & Nemies Rd, Runcorn) from 11am until
The theme of this year’s
function is “Celebration of being a Woman” with all
proceeds going to
Mummy’s Wish charity.
Guests will be treated to an
informative and fun filled day including a delicious
lunch, speakers, performances and demonstrations.
Come along and discover your
full potential in all areas of your life. Unlock the
secrets to gaining optimum health, fitness, beauty and
Salaat facilities will be
provided. Limited number of tickets at $40 each are
available. Group bookings welcome. No children
Mummy’s Wish is a not-for-profit charity
focusing on supporting mothers diagnosed with cancer
while either pregnant or with young children in South
Coach – Vicki Lennox
As the founder of Emerging
Swan Coaching, Vicki’s mission is to help women create a
space for them to really get to know themselves and
explore their options, help them discover their unique
life purpose and decide how they want to express that
purpose. Her passion is to inspire women to escape the
drudge of merely existing on a duck pond and discover
how to prosper joyfully, elegantly and authentically on
Promotion Officer, Bronwyn Buckley is a registered nurse
with a degree in Health Education. She has worked in
women’s health for the past 20 years, including 5 years
on Women's Health Queensland health information phone
line. Her presentation covers ageing and body image
including what influences body image and the marketing
of anti-ageing products as well as strategies to improve
stands for the day providing mini-facials,
mini-makeovers, personalised demonstrations and
sampling of products include :
Galvanic Spa, Larissa Bright Cosmetics,
Beauty Spells Mineral Makeup, Runway Culture Jewellery.
The Minister for Immigration
and Citizenship, Senator Chris Evans, this week
introduced a Bill to abolish the unjust and ineffective
detention debt regime imposed on immigration detainees.
The Migration Amendment (Abolishing Detention Debt) Bill
2009 will also waive all existing debts for current and
former detainees but there will be no refunds of debts
The current daily
maintenance amount of $125.40 can see a person in
immigration detention for one year incur a debt of more
than $45 000. Detention debts in the hundreds of
thousands of dollars are not uncommon.
Commenting on the successful
passing of Bill in the Senate this week, the President
of the Australian Federation of Islamic Councils, Mr.
Ikebal Patel, said he was pleased to see such an unfair
burden relieved from those in society who are least able
to bear such a load.
Mr. Patel commended Liberal Senator Judith Troeth and
Family First Senator Steve Fielding for their strong
conviction and courage in being part of the elimination
of an unfair, debilitating detention policy that reduced
Australia's status as a progressive, compassionate
nation in the international community.
Mr. Patel expressed
gratitude to the Government Senate Leader and Minister
for Immigration, Honourable Chris Evans, for the
Government's stance on abolishing this harsh detention
"We stand proud of our Government and Senators Troeth
and Fielding for doing the right thing in this instance
by abolishing the detention debt.", Mr. Patel concluded.
Barakah Life, based in
California, USA provides stationery and gifts, including
‘Eid cards exclusively designed by the calligrapher
Haji Noor Deen, as well as calendars and home decor
Barakah Life’s Khadija O’Connell will be in
Sydney in November as part of the Eastern Fusion 2009
events, and you can get more information from
www.easternfusion.com.au of practical workshops she
will offer on art and crafts when she is here.
In Australia, young Muslims
outnumber their older co-religionists, and the community
leaders they choose to represent them influence the
shape of Islam in this country for years to come. But
these leaders are a mixed bag, with many self-appointed,
and the most charismatic among them tending to preach
simplistic and conservative interpretations of Islam.
This phenomenon, known as 'backyard imams' or 'internet
Sheikhs', was the focus of
Background Briefing on Radio National.
Waleed Ali and Sheikh Shady
Al Suleiman appear on the programme.
Exhibition Eid celebration
You are invited to the Eid-closing celebrations of "Across The Gulf"
Exhibition on the 25th of
The exhibition is concluding
with an Eid celebration especially for the Muslim
brothers and sisters who were unable to attend the
opening due to Ramadan fasting.
This Eid -
closing celebration is scheduled on Friday the 25th of
September 6pm - 8pm at Shed E - Howard Smith Wharves the
bike way extension of Boundary Street.
Come and enjoy some Art
and Life music from the Middle East.
Gulf Exhibition's official Opening was on the 4th of
September and the Exhibition runs from the 5th till the
27th of September, as part of the Brisbane Arc Biennial
period, between the opening and the closing Eid
celebrations, there will be a forum at 10:00 am on the
5th of September, where international guests will be
speaking about their personal art practice and the
tours run from the 5th till the 27th twice a day
starting at 1:00-2:00pm and 4:00-5:00pm. There are also
evening tours twice a week from 5:30-6:30.
Tours outside of gallery
available on request.
travelling from interstate and overseas, who need
assistance with accommodation and transport to the
venue, feel free to contact Mariam on 07 3215 0850 or
Pictured above are Ramadan hampers made up by the
students from the Islamic class at Runcorn
Heights State School.
They contributed the money, and their Islamic
teacher, Sr. Aisha Dennis bought the goods which
they then packed into the bags and presented to
IWAQ for distribution.
They also made "thought cards" to be included in
The hampers have all been
The Islamic Women's
Association of Queensland (IWAQ) are making a final call
for support of their important Ramadan Hamper Drive.
They are still in need of
contributions from the community.
This year they have
had a huge number of requests to assist struggling
If you can contribute with
any dry goods, that will be very much appreciated.
Dry goods include: rice,
pasta, sugar, salt, tea, coffee, etc.
Call the IWAQ office on
34233022 to arrange for dropping of your contributions.
Business News Update
by Iqbal Lambat
past month has seen both very good news and some
indications of disturbing news that could still have a
negative impact on the economic conditions going
Clearly, the most upbeat
economic news has been the fact that Australia has
avoided a technical recession and grew by 0.6% in the
last quarter coupled with the continued strong rebound
in business and consumer confidence. Economists are
treating the increases in confidence with trepidation -
the economy is still probably facing a period of
sluggish economic growth with the result that the high
levels of confidence is unlikely to be maintained.
David Bassanese, Australian
Financial Review economist, is of the opinion that the
high levels of confidence is a result of both consumers
and companies expressing a loud sigh of relief that a
wrenching downturn has most likely been avoided, but
perhaps do not fully appreciate the hard slog ahead.
Some economists are of the
view that we are going through a period of ‘premature
Latest unemployment figures,
whilst static at 5.8%, mask the loss of 30,000 jobs last
month and it is being held down by surging
underemployment – the proportion of employees who want
more work has climbed to a record high of 7.5% - and is
also growing by the number of job seekers becoming
discouraged and dropping out of the hunt for work.
Economists predict that unemployment will rise to 6.75%.
There has also been some
cooling in housing demand and retail sales, which were
both expected as the effects of the stimulus wear off.
Retail spending fell for the
second consecutive month in July, while demand for home
loans eased for the first time in 10 months.
Australia’s terms of trade – what we export versus what
we import – has deteriorated markedly in the June
quarter posing a major risk to the economy.
After last week’s surprise
rise in economic growth for the June quarter, economists
were predicting between 2 – 3 interest rate hikes
between now and December. But, with economic figures no
longer lining up, economists are now predicting a small
interest rate hike in December.
MBN would like to remind all
CCN readers that you should secure your seats for this
year's MBN Eid Dinner.
There are some major prizes to be won, the first being a
return trip for two to Malaysia, sponsored by Malaysian
Airlines and there is also a TV and a GPS system to be
won as well.
Coast Awards 2010
The Gold Coast City Council
Australia Day Awards recognise individuals and groups
who have made an outstanding contribution to the Gold
Coast community, and for exceptional achievement in
sporting, environment or cultural endeavours.
If you would like to
nominate someone from the Gold Coast for this award in
one of the six categories send in the
nomination form before 18 November 2009.
The 220 strong guest list was made of
Senators, Members of Parliament, Diplomats, Academics
and Community and Religious leaders.
The Hon Laurie Ferguson MP
Parliamentary Secretary for Multicultural Affairs and
Settlement Services represented Prime Minister Kevin
Mr Ergun Kirmaci, President of AIS,
welcomed the guests and the Adhan was called by Mr.
After the breaking of the fast with dates
and water, the Maghrib prayer was performed. A
dinner of five spiced chicken breast, jasmine rice,
ginger Asian greens, crispy noodles and sweet soy glaze
was served and finished off with dark, white and milk
chocolate mousse cake with honey custard sauce.
The official programme commenced with
sufi music by the Australian Sufi Group and a recitation
form the Holy Quran by Hafiz Adem.
There were welcoming speeches by Ms
Marie Vamvakinou MP, the Hon Sussan Ley MP,
and Mr Orhan Cicek, Executive Advisor to AIS.
Ms Sureyya Cicek of Isik College
talked about the significance of Ramadan and guests were
invited to offer their comments on the ifthar and on
the UAE Embassy
This week the
Islamic Women's Association of Queensland (IWAQ) and the
Embassy of the United Arab Emirate joined forces on
Thursday to host some 500 men, women and children at the
Clairvaux Mackillop College Hall, Klump Road in Upper
Mount Gravatt for Ifthaar. The Dinner was sponsored by
Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahayan Foundation.
Ms Shirley Hardman, Community Relations Assistant of the
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints told CCN
that they all enjoyed being a part of the Iftar dinners.
Ms Hardman added: "This was indeed a different
experience for us all and a real learning curve in
gaining a better understanding of Ramadam and your
beliefs in fasting. We actually have a lot in common
even though we do things differently. From all of us,
thank you for inviting us to these two special nights
and also the one at Parliament House. Bishop Reynolds
and John Millar and their wives certainly enjoyed that
The calm before the cuisine
Time to break fast
The IWAQ Team and distinguished
Mr. Hamad H. Al Habsi, the
Minister Plenipotentiary and representing the
UAE Embassy is surrounded by
members of the
Emirates Student Club of
Ms Teone Reinthal (right)
presents a painting she created especially for
to Ms Galila Abdelsalam (left),
Ms Samra Maluhija and Ms. Sevkija
Hodzic explain how
Ramdhan and Eid are celebrated in
Mr Imad Mustafa describes an Iraqi
game before calling on
audience members to help him with
a practical demonstration
Members of the Church of Jesus
Christ of Latter-day Saints
Ms Salam el-Merebi and Ms Muna Ibrahim
explain the significance of Ramadan
Ifthaar @ Langford Islamic College, Perth
(left to right)
President, The Principal and The Doctor:
Patel, Kevin King and Intaj Ali
Despite the cold, wet and
windy weather in Perth on Friday, many families from
AFIC's Langford Islamic College gathered together in the
school's undercover area for ifthaar and prayers.
The evening's meal was an
array of scrumptious dishes lovingly prepared by the
attending mothers, and perhaps fathers in some cases.
From good ole Sheppard's pie to noodles and honey puffs,
it certainly was a feast for the tastebuds.
Special guests included Br Ikebal Patel and Dr
Intaj Ali from Sydney, the former delivering a short
speech on AFICs future plans for school with the support
of the Muslim community and Australian government.
All in all it was a wonderful way to spend a cool night
in Perth. Many thanks to the staff and parents who made
Islamic College of Brisbane, Karawatha
Momina Ahmed Allahwala
The Islamic College of Brisbane hosted
its 2nd annual Iftaar, in conjunction with the
Australian Federation of Islamic Councils and the
Islamic Council of Queensland on Saturday 5th September
Around 700 students, parents and members
of the community attended the event.
The programme was opened with a
recitation of the Holy Quraan by Mufti Zeeyad Ravat
of the College’s Islamic Department.
Speeches by Chairman of ICB Board
Hajji Mohammed Yusuf and Federal Labour MP for
Moreton Graham Perrett followed.
Other guests in attendance were
Professor Bruce Burton of Griffith University and
Julie Attwood, Parliamentary Secretary for the State
Minister for Disability Services and Multicultural
Mufti Ravat made the heart-touching
supplication before iftaar.
This was then followed by a scrumptious
meal of biryani and fried chicken, with ice-cream
and fruit for dessert.
There was enough food for second
helpings, enough in fact to take away!
All in all, the second ICB Iftaar was a
great event, one that has clearly made a mark on the
Hats off to the ICB staff and community
members for the time and effort they put into organising
the most of the month of Ramadan (Week 5)
compiled a series of articles to assist CCN readers with
maximizing their benefits during the month of Ramadan.
This week the focus is on Laylut al-Qadar;
what to pray in the last ten days of Ramadan; and
Laylut al-Qadr is considered by most Muslim jurists as
the most important night in the Islamic calendar. Based
on statements in the Quran, scholars are of the opinion
that it was on this night that the Holy Quran was
revealed from Lowhul Mahooz (sacred tablets) to the
House of Glory (Bayt Al-`Izzah) in the lowest heaven.
From there it was revealed piecemeal to the Prophet
Muhammad (peace and blessings upon him (PBUH)) according
to events that took place during his life over a period
of twenty-three years.
The Laylut al-Qadr series comprises:
Introduction - explains what and when is Laylut al-Qadr.
The Quran describes this night as the Night of Power and
states that it is better than a thousand months
What to do/pray - outlines what you should do and
pray to maximise your benefits on this night
What to do/pray in Ramadan - It is reported that the
Prophet (PBUH) used to to "exert more efforts (in
worship) on the last ten than on other nights."
(Reported by Muslim). This article outlines how you can
benefit from the last ten nights of Ramadan.
What is zakat-ul-fitr? - explains what zakat-ul-fitr
is and why it is payable
Who needs to pay? - outlines who is required to pay
and discusses the minimum threshold above which a person
qualifies to pay
What is due? - explains what is due and the logic
for the calculation. This article also discusses the
issue of whether zakat-ul-fitr should be paid in food or
Recipients - outlines who qualifies to receive
When and where to pay? - explains when zakat-ul-fitr
is due and where it should be paid
Next week 6: Eid
Previous Week 1:
Ramadan the month – what to do, what to pray and how to
Previous Week 2:
Fasting rules – who should fast, exemptions, rules on
fasting, what to do if you miss or break a fast
KOLKATA, India, Sep 9 (IPS)
- Muslim religious leaders
may seem too conservative to
promote the message of safe
sex to combat the HIV/AIDS
pandemic. But that image
seems to be changing. Thanks
organisations and young
social entrepreneurs working
quietly in villages.
In Kolkata, the capital of
the West Bengal state in
eastern India, the Asian
Muslim Action Network (AMAN)
Foundation, a non-government
organization that seeks to
address the challenges
confronting Asians, has been
engaging imams (prayer
leaders) and community
organisers in its HIV/AIDS
”We involve the imams in
this campaign because they
are highly respected by the
community,” said Sohail
Ahmed, secretary of AMAN.
Many people living in
communities are either
illiterate or semi-literate,
he said. Thus, they tend to
depend on the imams for
information. They also look
to these religious leaders
To explain their
participation in this
effort, the imams use
certain passages of the
Quran. For example, they say
that ‘khair-un-naas' which
propagates doing good to
others and ‘khidmat-e-khalq'
service to mankind are part
of the holy book. Hence,
awareness is a good deed,
Iraqi Muslims and
Christians strive for dialogue
Christians must be the
promoters of dialogue and
Muslim leaders told the
Archbishop of Kirkuk Louis
Sako, appreciating the
prelate's gesture of
inviting them to break fast
over dinner during the
Muslims fasting month of
Shia and Sunni leaders
called the dinner on August
29 "a gesture of respect"
for the holy month, and have
launched a "call for the
liberation of a Christian
doctor who was kidnapped on
August 18," AsiaNews
Archbishop Louis Sako said
he gifted those present with
a copy of his book, which
describes the policy of
"Dialogue between Christians
and Muslims during the
Abbasid", who ruled the
Islamic world from Baghdad
between the eighth and the
He said that "all this
patrimony serves dialogue,
today as it did in the
past." Shiite and Sunni
Muslims recognised the "role
of mediator played by the
Church" throughout history,
and its commitment to peace
British Muslims call for
ban on extremist rally at mosque in Ramadan
Asian youths threw rocks,
bottles and fireworks at
riot police on Thursday
night as anger over a
demonstration by anti-Muslim
groups spilled onto the
streets of Harrow.
Police made eight arrests
and fought a series of
skirmishes with masked
protestors close to Harrow
Central Mosque which had
been targetted by
demonstration organised by
two groups, the English
Defence League and Stop the
Islamization of Europe, was
called off after the first
15 supporters to turn up
were chased off by
outnumbered them heavily.
Anti-Islamic protestors had
to be sheltered by riot
police who formed a cordon
round them and rescued one
from a beating after he was
caught and set upon by a
crowd of Asian youths.
As police protected the men
further violence broke out
when a number of masked
protestors started hurling
botles, rocks and fireworks
at officers. The masked
youths ignored pleas by a
larger crowd of Muslims who
urged them to keep the
The violence came just a few
days after an anti-Islamic
protest organised by the
English Defence League in
Birmingham descended into
running street battles which
led to 90 people being
arrested, with more
anticipated as CCTV footage
In Harrow, several of the
Asian youths making up the
bulk of 1,500
themselves with sticks and
metal poles. All eight
arrests were for the
suspected possession of
The town’s central mosque is
still under construction and
is expected to provide a
enough prayer space for the
area's 35,000 Muslims.
Elders at the mosque said
the timing of the protests
insensitive because it fell
not just on the anniversary
of the 11 September attacks,
but also during Ramadan, a
deeply spiritual month where
Muslims fast from dawn until
The violence which erupted
in the early evening came in
stark contrast to the
peaceful mass protest
earlier in the day before
demonstrators had arrived.
In an emotional speech
during midday prayers, the
mosque's imam, Ajmal Masroor,
called on his followers to
ignore any anti-Muslim
protestors and resist the
temptation to retaliate. He
prompted laughter when he
told listeners: “My father
always said to me, 'If a dog
bites your leg do you turn
around and bite the dog
back?' Of course not.”
But he could do little to
prevent hundreds of angry
young Muslim men from
outside the borough
gathering to defend the
mosque which they believed
would be attacked by
The Independent UK
Islamic Society of Toowoomba
Timetables for major Queensland Cities
I've recently found a bag in my basement which
appears to have a few belongings left behind from
the "Hope for Happiness" fashion parade held last
is an Olympus camera. It is in a red case and
doesn't have any photographs in its memory card.
If you think this lonely camera could belong to you,
please contact me on 0415 180 065.
I'm sure it
would love to be reunited with it's owner and will
come in very handy for Eid.
I am currently working on a project called "The
Homework Club" and basically this is extra
assistance with school work for people from refugee
backgrounds and newly arrived migrants who have been
in Australia from 6 months to 5 years.
club will start as soon as the schools get back to
me. However I need some volunteers who can volunteer
only two hours of their whole week to help out these
children who are in need of educational assistance.
Its only one hour after school, two days a week ...
I will be volunteering inshallah and I need more
people to put their hands up.
1 kg chicken fillet – cubed fine
2 tablespoons corn flour
1 cup (250ml) sour cream
1 tsp dhanna – jeero (cumin and coriander
1 tsp lemon pepper
1 tsp chicken spice
1 tsp salt
1 tablespoon crushed garlic
1 tablespoon green chillies
1 tablespoon chopped green coriander leaves
• Combine all the ingredients together.
• Pat into cutlets.
• Roll in breadcrumbs.
• Freeze for half an hour.
• Dip in beaten egg and fry in medium oil
Serve hot with chutneys
Do you have a recipe to
share with CCN readers? Send in your favourite recipe
and be our "guest chef" for the week.
Kareema's Keep Fit Column
Q: Dear Kareema, I'm in my last trimester of
pregnancy and have been exercising regularly throughout.
I feel really good and do not want to stop exercising
unless I have to. Can you suggest some exercises I can
do until the very end of my pregnancy?
A: Absolutely! You'll find as your baby grows,
you get more and more uncomfortable.
A great tool for you would be the gym ball.
Sitting up tall and doing a few gentle exercises /
stretches on it, will not only relieve the pressure on
you lower back, but also help you stay strong for a
quicker recovery afterwards.
Make sure you're well balanced while sitting on the
I recommend you walk daily as this will also be one of
the easiest and safest exercises for you to do towards
the end of your pregnancy.
Regular gentle aqua-aerobics or swimming will also keep
the pressure off your back and the buoyancy in the water
means less stress on your joints.
If you want to tone your arms / shoulders / upper back,
I suggest you use a resistance band as it is much safer
Don't do any exercises lying on your back. Sit-ups is
also not recommended at this stage of your pregnancy.
It's great that you're looking after yourself! Keep it
up and all the best for the next few months...
University of Queensland, 323 Hawken Drive, St. Lucia
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University of Queensland
Time: 7pm to 7.50pm
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Venue: Room E215 Building 1 (Forgan Smith),
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Time: 8pm to 9pm
Sunnah Inspirations is a
non-profit organisation to cater for Muslim
social support and supplying information to
Muslims and non-Muslims. They have
been doing various activities around
Australia, and have organised Da'wah
information stalls at various universities
in Brisbane. More info can be found on
their website above.
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