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......a sometimes self-deprecating and occasional tongue-in-cheek look at ourselves and the world around us ......



Sunday, 12 October 2008

 .Newsletter 0205


News you won't find on CNN!





Imran makes Eidfest 2008


The star attraction of another rain-soaked Eidfest this year was the appearance of cricket legend-turned-politician Imran Khan who arrived hovering over the Mount Gravatt Showgrounds in a specially chartered helicopter, landed on a strip alongside and then was driven in a golf buggy to the main arena before a large expectant crowd of fans and dignitaries who waited impatiently again for the formalities to run through before he came on stage.


Wearing his heart on his sleeve, Imran Khan spoke on Islam, the West and terrorism, with his central message being that the problems of the world should be ascribed to politics and not religion; that there can only be political solutions, and that the billions of innocent Muslims in the world should not be made to answer for the actions of a few extremists. He then went on to answer question on the political situation in Pakistan where his views on the current political leaders was less than flattering.


"At 55, he's still the full package," a swooning young lady told our CCN reporter just before he headed off again to another engagement. "Looks, charm, charisma, conviction, confidence...the list goes on!"


Queensland Governor Penelope Wensley officially opened the festival.


The traditional Eidfest fare was again on offer this year with stalls, rides, talkfests, cooking demos, workshops, fashion shows and multicultural performances (including a range of musical offerings from bands and singers from Sudan, Turkey, West Java and India as well as Muslim rappers The Brothahood).


Author Hanifa Deen was on hand to sign her latest book and Mahboba from Mahboba's Promise (an Australian charity set up to look after orphans in the refugee camps of Afghanistan) also made an appearance.



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Eid Sports Day







The Darul Uloom Eid-ul-Fitr Sports & Picnic Day is on today (Sunday) come rain or shine!

The Premier's Reception


Some 350 members of the Muslim community in South-East Queensland accepted the invitation of the Premier of Queensland, Ms Anna Bligh MP to her Premier's Muslim Community Reception.


The function commenced with maghrib prayers in the Undumbi Room and then a gathering in the main Parliamentary Hall where Minister of Multicultural Affairs, Ms Lindy Nelson-Carr MP, welcomed the guests with an assurance of support of the Muslim community by the Queensland Government. 


The Premier's address acknowledged the work of the various Muslim organizations, individuals and businesses. She pointed out that such a reception as this was the Government's ongoing initiative in meeting informally with many ethnic groups in similar forums.


Mr. Suliman Sabdia, president of the Islamic Council of Queensland, was given the opportunity to return the favour. "I would like to congratulate the Hon. Anna Bligh and her government for the noble and admirable recognition her government has extended to the Muslim community of Queensland," he said.


"It is confirmation of the shared belief we have of faith, love and hope and the highest ethical, moral and religious principles in justice, equity and fairness," he continued. 


Naseera Naeem, Sakina Naeem, Julie Hatia, Shahina Omar,

Nazima Hansa and Yasmin Ahmed


Zuleiga Goder and Saadiya Essof of the Crescents of Brisbane Team present Ms Bligh with a coveted Crescents of Brisbane keyring in a personally handcrafted box

Minister Lindy Nelson-Carr welcomes the guests

Dr. Adam Stewart and the Premier

Meeting the Premier

The Premier's address

Prayers in the Undumbi

Captive audience

A sandwiched Mr. Michael Choi MP  Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Multicultural Affairs

(foreground l to r) Police Minister, Judy Spence, Premier Anna Bligh and ICQ President Mr. Suliman Sabdia

IWAQ in focus

Making the Indonesian Connection

Susan Al-Maani, Kholoud Abdalla, Hon. Judy Spence (Minister for Police, Corrective Services and Sport), Aliyah Deen, Shabnaaz Ahmed, Taufan Mawardi

Salam Merebi, Susan Al-Maani, Kholoud Abdalla, Hon. Anna Bligh (premier of Qld), Amina Gafoor, Aliyah Deen, Shabnaaz Ahmed.

Dr. Shafiq Allahwala and Dr. Masroor Alam

Talking Trucks: Mr. Abdul Gaffar Deen and Mr. Hussin Goss


Dan Nainan on being Multicultural

Meeting with  Iranian Ambassador


The Ambassador, Mr. Suleman Sabdia, Mrs Movahhedi and Mrs Farzaneh Abidi

Mr. Michael Choi and Mr. Faisal Hatia flank the Ambassador

Mr Michael Choi MP Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Multicultural Affairs entertained His Excellency Mr Mahmoud Movahhedi Ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Iran to Australia and Mrs Iran Movahhedi at the Augustine’s On George during the week.




Amongst the 25 guests present were Mr. Suliman Sabdia, President of the Islamic Council of Queensland, Mr. Mustafa Ally of Crescents of Brisbane, Mr. Faisal Hatia of Hatia Property Corporation, Dr Hossein Abidi, of QUT, Mr Homayon Bozorg Nia First Secretary at the Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Iran, and Mr Richard Palk CSM State Director of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.



Imran Khan Canberra visit cancelled after donation row


The Canberra-based Pakistan Australia Friendship Association withdrew an invitation for cricket legend Imran Khan to visit the national capital this weekend because it was asked to donate $25,000 to his political party.

The association's president, Khawar Saleem Khan, stressed that the demand was made not by Imran Khan himself, but by Melbourne man Rasim Ali Shah who is the Australian coordinator of Imran Khan's Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party.

Mr Shah has denied he demanded money, saying it was Imran Khan's strict timetable which prevented him from visiting Canberra. ''The problem is everyone loves him, the problem is he has a tight schedule,'' Mr Shah said.

He was paid a fee to speak at the Commercial Radio Australia Awards on the Gold Coast this weekend and will also attend functions in Sydney before returning to Pakistan on Sunday.

The Pakistan Australian Friendship Association planned to have him attend its 25th anniversary celebrations in Canberra on Sunday.

Read the rest...


Relationships Seminar (Part 2)


The Ladies Auxiliary of the Islamic Society of Algester are hosting a Relationships Seminar by Sheik Gazaleh at Springwood Community Centre on Friday October 17 from 8pm to 10 pm.

Tickets are $5 and you can get more information and tickets by contacting Haleema on 3272 8227.

The Salaam Project


A film about the Salaam Project - profiling the rich cultural traditions of Islam as practiced by a group of Muslim women artists living in Brisbane.

The Salaam Project is a creative initiative and partnership between IWAQ, ACCESS ARTS and ARTS QUEENSLAND.


The Project was officially launched yesterday at Eidfest.




Imran Khan at the Gold Coast





Imran Khan made a late but apologetic entrance at the Southport Sharks Club on Friday night before a crowd of 200.


But the wait was worth every anxious would-he-wouldn't-he-turn-up moment as his largely Pakistani audience lapped up every one of his English and Urdu words.


Imran spoke passionately about the political turmoil in his homeland and the role of his own 'Movement for Justice' (Tehreeke-e-Insaf) party.


He was brought over to the Gold Coast by Dr. Maqsood-ul-Hasan and Dr. Muhammed Bilal Nasir both of whom belong to Imran's political party.





Hussin Goss, in his capacity as President of the Islamic Society of Gold Coast, addressed the audience and welcomed Imran Khan to the Gold Coast (which our guest had always assumed, until now, was a one-horse-town).


But it was learning that the Goss' had been in Australia for over 100 years and watching Hussin's skills as an auctioneer that seemed to raise Imran's eyebrows and admiration to the extent that he threatened to steal our famous auctioneer away from us and take him off with him on his fund raising campaign.


Perish the thought, Imran!


Incidentally, the two signed bats went for around $3000.  During the well-presented finger supper that followed the speeches, Imran Khan mingled with the diners, signing everything from bats to bags and engaging in conversation with everyone. 


Fundraising for Darra Mosque




The Darra Mosque is in need of curtains to cover windows throughout the mosque. The estimated cost is $8000).

If you are able to help by making a donation, please contact Aliyah on 0402904181 for more details.


Around the Muslim World with CCN


Rare manuscripts of Quran on display in Kashmir


Sri Nagar : Some rare Quranic manuscripts written by legendary calligraphists of the world hundreds of years back are being exhibited by the state Academy of Art, Culture and Languages in Srinagar. The three-day exhibition will be held at Saqafat Ghar, Lal Mandi, in the heart of Srinagar City located on the banks of river Jehlum, an academy spokesman said. Zaffar Iqbal Khan Manhas, Secretary of the Academy, stated that this exhibition will be the first of its kind in which the rare centuries-old manuscripts written by renowned calligraphist and scholars of the world will be exhibited. He said this will include holy Qur'an written with an ink blending gold with saffron. This is the only manuscript in the world calligraphed in saffron ink. This manuscript bears the colophonoed year and calligraphed in 1594 A.D, Kashmir Observer reported.

He said about 35 hand written manuscripts and nearly 2 dozens printed copies of the Quran would be exhibited in this historic exhibition. The main attraction of the exhibition will be a manuscript of Persian written in calligraphy with nail of thumb popularly known as Khat-e-Nakhun, adding that this manuscript is a marvel of calligraphy. The margin of the manuscript is decorated with illustrations of men, birds, animals and beasts. The calligrapher used to calligraphy with the nail of his finger and surprisingly in reverse. Another specimen of calligraphy to be exhibited during the exhibition will be the collection of calligraphy specimen of the Quran by Usman-Qadri the renowned calligrapher of South Asia.

In this exhibition, the Academy is going to exhibit a marvelous work done in 1711 AD. These Quranic manuscripts bears a Paper Machie cover which may be one of the earliest specimen extinct in Kashmir. He said, another attraction of the exhibition will be the oldest available manuscript of the Holy Quran in Kashmir calligraphed by one Fateh-ullah Kashmiri in 1237 AD, i.e., about 83 year before Muslims assumed political power in Kashmir. This contains the Persian translation also. Zaffar said that another interesting exhibit is a manuscript which contains the parables of great philosophers and kings. It is a beautiful specimen of calligraphy. Some of the pages of this manuscript are illuminated with gold. Elegant paintings of major mughal emperors including the manuscript have added to the grace and value of this manuscript.





First Guide Dog Allowed to Enter UK Mosque

Leicester guide dog is first to be allowed to enter UK mosque

After months of work by The Guide Dogs for the Blind Association and The Muslim Council of Britain (MCB), guide dog Vargo has become the first guide dog in the UK to enter a mosque after the Islamic Shari’ah Council issued a historic fatwa stating “a blind person, in the light of Shariah Law, will be allowed to keep a guide dog to help him and if required to take him to the mosque for his prayers”.

In this momentous event today (on Wednesday 24 September), Vargo accompanied his 18-year-old owner Mahomed-Abraar Khatri to his local mosque in Leicester, seen as a massive step forward for other blind and partially sighted Muslims. Previously a guide dog has not been able to accompany its owner into a mosque as the Islamic faith recognises dogs as being used for guarding and hunting only. However Vargo – and other guide dogs – are working dogs and so necessary adjustments to encourage independent mobility are supported.

A specially constructed rest area has been set up in the entrance of the mosque for Vargo to stay in whilst Mahomed-Abraar is praying. Previously Mahomed-Abraar - who attends the RNIB College in Loughborough - had to be accompanied to the mosque by a sighted assistant.

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The Price of Progress: Transforming Islam’s Holiest Site


MECCA, Saudi Arabia — Five times a day across the globe devout Muslims face this city in prayer, focused on a site where they believe Abraham built a temple to God. The spot is also the place Muslims are expected to visit at least once in their lives.


Now as they make the pilgrimage clothed in simple white cotton wraps, they will see something other than the stark black cube known as the Kaaba, which is literally the center of the Muslim world. They will also see Starbucks. And Cartier and Tiffany. And H&M and Topshop.

The Abraj al Bait Mall — one of the largest in Saudi Arabia, outfitted with flat-panel monitors with advertisements and announcements, neon lights, an amusement park ride, fast-food restaurants and a lingerie shop — has been built directly across from Islam’s holiest site.

Not everyone considers this progress.

“Mecca is becoming like Las Vegas, and that is a disaster,” said Ali al-Ahmed, director of the Institute for Gulf Affairs in Washington, a Saudi opposition research organization. “It will have a disastrous effect on Muslims because going to Mecca will have no feeling. There is no charm anymore. All you see is glass and cement.”

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Man with 86 wives to go before tribunal


A Nigerian man with 86 wives will go before a criminal tribunal after an Islamic Sharia court transferred his case there.

The upper Sharia court judge Abdulkadir Imam ordered that the criminal case against 84-year-old Muhammadu Bello Masaba, arraigned for marrying 86 wives, in breach of Islamic penal codes, be moved to a magistrate court for trial.

"The court based its decision on the fact that the offences involved have some criminal elements in them as contained in the penal code of the state and could therefore not be tried in a Sharia court," court clerk Usman Egiworo said.

Masaba was arrested three weeks ago after he failed to divorce 82 of his 86 wives.

The case of Masaba, an Islamic cleric, captured public attention some three months ago when he admitted to having 86 wives.

The revelation attracted sharp criticism and indignation from Islamic clerics with the Jama'atu Nasril Islam (JNI), the Nigerian Muslim umbrella body that slammed a fatwa, or death sentence, on Masaba.

He later agreed to divorce 82 of the wives and keep four, following an ultimatum issued by the influential traditional chief of his hometown Bidda to either part with his excess wives or quit the town.


Related Article: The man with too many wives in which the Nigerian Tribune states that "...[Masaba] does not break hearts, he steals them. He does not lead women up the garden path; he leads them into his parlour. And all his women come to stay and apparently never stray. Masaba has 86 wives. Masaba is a preacher and a healer in Bida, Niger State. He is 84 years old, but his face has no fissures; it is almost as smooth as the face of a statue. And though age has long triumphed over youth, Masaba still has somewhat pleasing looks."

"Masaba has a harem of houris. They are not purdah prudes; they pose for photographs and many of them look sophisticated and stylish. The preacher is a very attentive husband. He has close to 200 children. He is proud of, though not boastful about, his sexual strength. He said: ‘A man with 10 wives would collapse and die, but my own power is given by Allah. That is why I have been able to control 86 of them.’"

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


This week

A CCN Reader


The Twelfth Fish by Graham Perrett

ADULTERY and racism are just a few of the touchy topics Federal Labor Member for Moreton Graham Perrett explores in his first fictional novel.

The former English teacher, solicitor and Independent Education Union organiser, and now politician, recently released The Twelfth Fish through publisher The Vulgar Press.

Set in 1992 when the Mabo case was dominating the headlines and indigenous land rights were well and truly in the spotlight, the book charts the life of a young Gold Coast teacher during his three-year posting to a Catholic primary school in the fictional outback Queensland town of Lawson.

Perrett injects liberal doses of humour and poignancy into a tale that examines, among other things, racial tensions and the steamy relationships that transpire beneath the surface of a seemingly sedate country town.

Although Perrett grew up as the seventh of 10 children in the central western town of St George, he is quick to dismiss suggestions the book is to some extent autobiographical. He said the book reflected his personal interest in native title and the Mabo case - he once worked as a native title adviser to former Queensland Natural Resources and Mines Minister and now Health Minister Stephen Robertson.

"I'm sure there's elements of my character in there, but I have stolen parts of other people's lives and put them in there as well.

"The theme in the book is that idea of gaining a truth by looking at something from a different direction, which's really what the High Court did with Mabo."  

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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

Kareema's Keep Fit Column




Q: Dear Kareema, how many times per week can I do the same type of exercises before it becomes unsafe?



A:  Good question! High impact activities such as running seven days a week may not be good for your joints.


Instead, try to fit in a swimming session every other day.


It is important to give your body time to recover from one hard session before taking on the next!

Do not weight train more than three of four times per week either.


Try going for a walk or doing a spin or yoga class on your rest days.

Recovery days are not just good for the body, it's great for the mind too as you'll tend to work much harder the next time you train.

The key is to train smart, not hard and see results quicker!





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KB's Culinary Corner



Baba Gounush



1 large eggplant
1 clove garlic
1/4 - 1/2 cup lemon juice (depending on taste)
3 tab tahini
1 tsp salt
3 tsp olive oil

2 tab lemon juice
2 tsp olive oil

Preheat oven to 375 degrees and bake eggplant for 30 minutes, or until outside is crisp and inside is soft.

Allow to cool for 20 minutes.

Cut open eggplant and scoop out the flesh into colander and allow to drain for 10 minutes.

Removing the excess liquid helps to eliminate a bitter flavor.

Place eggplant flesh in a medium bowl. Add remaining ingredients and mash together. You can also use a food processor and pulse for about 2 minutes.

Place in serving bowl and top with lemon juice and olive oil. Add other garnish according to taste.

Serve with warm or toasted pita, flatbread or turkish bread

Garnishing Ideas for Baba Ghannouj
Baba ghannouj always has to have olive oil on top for garnish. However you can spice things up a bit by adding crushed red pepper, a dash of cumin, parsley or coriander.



Do you have a recipe to share with CCN readers?
Send in your favourite recipe to ccn@crescentsofbrisbane.org and be our "guest chef" for the week.


The CCN Chuckle




Mula Nasruddin and his friend Jalalludin were driving down the road.

Mula Nasruddin driving looks at  Jalalludin in the passenger seat and asks him to see if his blinker is working.


So Jalalludin looks out the window and says, ''Yes. No. Yes. No.''



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IWAQ Annual Ladies Night 2008

AIIC Open Day


The Imam & The Pastor

AMAA Awards

Marriage Toolbox



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12 October


Qld. Multicultural Festival

Queensland Government

Roma Street Parkland


10am to 8pm

12 October


Islamic Society of Gold Coast: AGM

Islamic Society of Gold Coast

Gold Coast Mosque, 144 Allied Drive



12 October


Eid2008 Sports Day & BBQ

Darul Uloom Islamic Academy and AIIC

Whites Hill Reserve, Boundary Road, Camp Hill

0411 621 490


17 October


Relationships Seminar: Sheikh Gazaleh

Algester Mosque Ladies Auxiliary

Springwood Community Centre

3272 8227

8pm to 10pm

18 October


Annual Eid Nite

Islamic Society of Darra

Darra Mosque 219 Douglas St Oxley

0418 757 157


18 October


IWAQ's Annual Ladies Night 2008

A Jas & Susan Production for IWAQ

Greek Orthodox Hall, Creek Road

0404 433 702

6.30pm til late

25 October


Crescents 'Pink Ribbon Pamper Brunch'

Crescents of Brisbane

Kimberley Park Community Centre, Shailer Park

0404 296 297

11am to 2pm

26 October


AIIC Open Day & Enrolment

Australian International Islamic College

Blunder Rd, DURACK

3372 1400

10.30am to 2.30pm

5 November


The Imam and the Pastor

Initiatives of Change & GIRU

Griffith University, Mt Gravatt, Room M10_5.01

373 55821

6.15pm – 9.30pm

7-10 November

Friday to Monday

The Muslim Marriage Toolbox with Dr. Mohammed Sadiq


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3272 6355

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8/9 December





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This week taleem for ladies will be held on Thursday 16 October at the home of Dr. Rashida Hassen of 2 Breezeway Court, Kuraby from 11am-12pm.


 Gardens of the Righteous

Every Monday

Event: Weekly Learning Circle:

More Details: http://www.sunnahinspirations.org/index.php?view=article&id=82

Organizer: Sunnah Inspirations (www.SunnahInspirations.org)

Venue: University of Queensland, 323 Hawken Drive, St. Lucia

Contact: 0421 731 797 Time: 6.45pm to 7.45pm


Every Friday

Subject: Fiqh Made Easy

More Details: http://www.sunnahinspirations.org/index.php?view=article&id=87

Organizer: Sunnah Inspirations (www.SunnahInspirations.org)

Venue: Room S201, University of Queensland, 323 Hawken Drive, St. Lucia

Contact: 0421 731 797 Time: 6.45pm to 9.00pm


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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