Sunday, 2 September 2012

 Newsletter 0408








Volunteers arrived armed with hammers, drills and chisels at the crack of dawn last Saturday and within hours razed the old shed on the Kuraby Mosque property alongside to make way for the establishment of new ghusl, janazah and storage facilities.


The Mosque is seeking funds for the project and you can donate to the cause using the following bank details:


Account name : Islamic Charitable Trust Fund
BSB/Acc Number : 064162 / 10311340
Institution : Commonwealth Bank
Reference: Janaza Project


For more information contact Imam Akran Buksh on 0431672263 or email principal@kurabymosque.org.au.


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Mr Anas Abdalla (left in photo) recently received the Supply Chain and Logistics Association of Australia - Queensland Division, Winner of the High Commendation for the 2012 QLD Future Leaders Award.
Over the past twelve months Mr. Abdalla has directly project managed and delivered projects with an identified value of over $60m pa. for some of Australia's largest corporate companies.



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The small but growing Muslim community of the town of Gatton, west of Brisbane, celebrated the end of Ramadan last Sunday with a mini-Eid festival of food, fun and rides.


Co-ordinated by the supremely selfless Sultan Deen (only just recovering from his huge Brisbane Eidfest effort the day before), the festivities brought together a diverse group of Muslim cultures and ethnic origins but despite the deliciously hot curry and rice, the traditional Aussie sausage sizzle proved the delicacy of choice for the relatively new migrants.


Local GP, Dr Iqbal Sultan and visitors from Brisbane, Hashim Hatia and Dr Shafiq Omar pitched in to make the day one the locals would like to see become the annual highlight of Gatton.


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(left to right) Riyaad Ally of Muslim Aid Australia (Sydney) and Sheikh Burhaan Mehtar of Al Imdaad Foundation (Perth)

Muslim Aid Australia's Manager of International Projects, Riyaad Ally, is heading  back to Sydney from a week in the Middle East overseeing the logistics and distribution of humanitarian aid to Palestinian orphans and Syrian refugees on the Jordanian borders.


After coordinating the distribution of school bags to Palestinian orphans, Ally travelled with aid partner, Al-Imdaad Foundation, to the distribution centre in al Mafraq near the Zaatri refugee camp where they set up the tents, maternity boxes, and food packs.


The aid team encountered their first obstacle arising from claims that 28 police officers had been injured the previous day by the Syrian refugees in the Zaatri camp. The families of the police officers and the locals refused to permit the distribution to take place but after some tense negotiations the muhaafiz in the area was convinced to allow the assessed refugees to be brought to the distribution centre for aid.







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Brisbane's Indonesian community celebrated Eid and the end of the fasting month with food and entertainment at the Holland Park State High School Hall last Sunday.


The event was organized by the Indonesian Islamic Society of Brisbane and was well attended by a community leaders and local politicians.


Ms Fenti Forsyth, member of the IISB organizing team, told CCN: "It was a great opportunity for the community to meet with the IISB and I hope it will sow the seeds for future collaborative events."


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First Episode

In the second instalment of this multi award-winning series, six prominent Australians risk their lives to experience the reality of refugee life, as they embark on an extraordinary and confronting three-week journey. Tempers flare as the Australians - Peter Reith, Catherine Deveny, Angry Anderson, Michael Smith, Imogen Bailey and Allan Asher - move in with resettled refugees and asylum seekers. But nothing can prepare them for the twists and turns in store. They face mortal danger in the world’s deadliest cities - from the sweltering, war-torn capital of Somalia, Mogadishu, to the riotous streets of Kabul, freezing amidst the mountains of Afghanistan.



Second Episode

In this episode, the refugee experiment gets bolder still. The Australians experience two countries torn apart by war. With ever-present danger, their differences become more pronounced. In Afghanistan, Reith, Deveny and Anderson arrive as riots break out across the country. Tension is high as the Australians are confronted with a stark reminder of why so many Afghanis desperately want to escape their country. They meet victims of violence, and visit makeshift camps for displaced Afghanis. Meanwhile, in Mogadishu, Smith, Bailey and Asher meet a group of mothers desperately trying to keep their starving children alive. They then join the greatest human exodus of modern times, heading for a refugee camp on the Ethiopian border. 




Final Episode

In the final episode, the Australians head for Indonesia. They live with a refugee family in Jakarta, desperate to get on a boat no matter what the risk. Reith, Deveny and Anderson travel to the island of Roti, a recruiting ground for people smugglers. But the young men they meet are not the villains they expected. The six Australians then become boat people themselves, aboard an Indonesian fishing vessel headed for Christmas Island and directly into the eye of a storm. Finally, with unprecedented access to detainees, the journey reaches an emotion-charged conclusion within the walls of the notorious Christmas Island Detention Centre. 



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Kate Hudson and Riz Ahmed have roles in The Reluctant Fundamentalist

The cultural clash between east and west after 9/11 is brought sharply into focus in Mira Nair's adaptation of the best-selling novel The Reluctant Fundamentalist, which opened the Venice Film Festival this week.

The film tells the story of Changez Khan, played by British actor Riz Ahmed, a Pakistani in America who re-evaluates his identity in the aftermath of the terrorist bombings of the Twin Towers.

It is the first movie co-production between India and Pakistan and also features Hollywood actors Kiefer Sutherland, Liev Schreiber and Kate Hudson.

Nair, the 54-year-old Indian director of Monsoon Wedding and Salaam Bombay, has lived in New York for decades, and thought she was uniquely placed to adapt Mohsin Hamid's novel - even though until recently, she had never set foot in Pakistan.

"I think of the book as a gift to me," she says. "A few years ago, I went to Pakistan for the first time. Growing up in modern India, we didn't go over the border readily and it proved to be a deeply moving experience.

"The city of Lahore was utterly unlike what Pakistan is often made out to be - a hotbed of drone attacks and corruption. Instead, I found the Venice of the east - a place of great refinement and beauty.


The city of Lahore was utterly unlike what Pakistan is often made out to be - a hotbed of drone attacks and corruption. Instead, I found the Venice of the east - a place of great refinement and beauty. 


Mira Nair

"So then I wanted to make something contemporary about Pakistan, and the book was a springboard for me. I could do something on today's world, but which was also a dialogue between Pakistan, the Indian sub-continent and the west. During the last decade, we have walked a tightrope between these cultures."

In Nair's version of The Reluctant Fundamentalist, an American journalist, played by Liev Schreiber, goes to interview Changez Khan, a university professor in Lahore suspected of stirring up anti-western sentiment.

Previously, it emerges, Khan had been both a student at Princeton and a high-flier on Wall Street. Yet, as he watches the Twin Towers falling on television, Khan is unable to suppress his first instinct - admiration at the bombers' audacity to strike at the heart of western capitalism.

Actor and rapper Ahmed, who plays Khan, has previously had parts in Michael Winterbottom's Road to Guantanamo and played an ambivalent British jihadist in Chris Morris' Four Lions. But this, he believes, is the first time Hollywood has looked at 9/11 from a non-US viewpoint.


"I think we've only seen it so far in South Asian films, but in terms of movies coming out of the USA it's unique," he says. "Hopefully it's quite a bold film, an original film and a timely one too in terms of contemporary events - both politically and personally.

Nair continues: "It's a human story of a young man from Pakistan who dreams of America, who loves it, who pursues the American dream and who has it all - Princeton, Wall Street - then suddenly the world changes and he is looked at as the 'other'.

"He has to make a decision for himself - what does he do, where does he go, where does he belong? And that seesaw is something I know well as someone who has lived half my life in New York and the other in India."

Mira Nair insists the film is at its heart about what it means to be human

In the wake of the bombings, Changez Khan is suddenly the target of suspicion and hostility in New York. The cast admit the film could make uncomfortable viewing for western audiences.

"You need to strike a delicate balance on how you treat such challenging material," says Kate Hudson. "In this case, I definitely needed to meet up with Mira Nair first and have her explain her vision for the film before I signed up for anything."

Nair, however, says she remembers the difficulties her family faced in the weeks after 11 September 2001 and the US invasion of Afghanistan.

"After 9/11, many people like my family who regarded New York as home, people who looked like us, suddenly became the 'other'. But what interested me about the story was the fact that we see all points of view.

"I think that what we show is that the world is complicated. I am as much steeped in the US as the Indian subcontinent and we portray the USA with a lot of intimacy, knowledge and a certain degree of love, so I hope there's balance in it.

"You know, America is a vibrant place of more than 300 million people and not all of them will endorse the stance the USA has taken since 9/11."

Since its debut at Venice, The Reluctant Fundamentalist has had some strong reviews, especially for Ahmed's performance.


Yet, as he watches the Twin Towers falling on television, Khan is unable to suppress his first instinct - admiration at the bombers' audacity to strike at the heart of western capitalism.

The Guardian called it "bold and muscular storytelling with a plausible performance from Riz Ahmed in the lead role - though there is something flabby and evasive in the inevitable equivalence it winds up proposing between Islamic fundamentalism and aggressive American capitalism".

The Telegraph however, praised the performances but said Four Lions "explored tough themes and torn loyalties more effectively than this".

The Hollywood Reporter pointed out that in 2001, three days before the Twin Towers fell, Nair won Venice's Golden Lion Award for her warm family drama Monsoon Wedding, and that The Reluctant Fundamentalist is a result of the enormous shift in culture since then.

Nair, though, insists that politics is not the driving force of the film.

"I have made a film that isn't just about the US or Pakistan, it is about what it means to be a human being and the decisions we have to make," she says.

"When Liev Schreiber and Riz Ahmed's characters are talking, it's obvious that both these men should and would be friends in different circumstances - the sadness is the world will not let them be."

The Venice Film Festival runs until 8 September.

Source: BBC News


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The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has issued guidelines saying the health benefits of infant circumcision outweigh the risks of the surgery, but the influential physicians' group has fallen short of a universal recommendation of the procedure for all infants, saying parents should make the final call.

The change was prompted by scientific evidence that suggests circumcision can reduce the risk of urinary tract infections in infants and cut the risk of penile cancer and sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV and the human papillomavirus, or HPV, which causes cervical and other cancers.

The AAP's guidance, published on Monday in the journal Pediatrics comes down in favour of the procedure, saying the health benefits of newborn male circumcision "justify access to this procedure for families who choose it".


We're saying if a family thinks it is in the child's best interests, the benefits are enough to help them do that

Dr Andrew Freedman

"We're not saying you have to have it," said Dr Andrew Freedman, a pediatric urologist at Cedars-Sinai medical centre in Los Angeles, who chaired the AAP's circumcision taskforce. "We're saying if a family thinks it is in the child's best interests, the benefits are enough to help them do that," he said.

Circumcision, the surgical removal of the foreskin of the penis, is a ritual obligation for infant Jewish boys and is also a common rite among Muslims, who account for the largest share of circumcised men worldwide. Other populations, including wider US society, adopted the practice due to potential health benefits but those advantages have become the subject of debate, including recent efforts to ban circumcision in San Francisco and Germany.

Based on a review of more than 1,000 scientific articles, the taskforce said male circumcision does not appear to adversely affect penile sexual function, sensitivity of the penis or sexual satisfaction.

The AAP said parents should be given unbiased information about the procedure and be allowed to make their own decision.

But the group did say it was imperative that those performing circumcision were adequately trained, used sterile techniques and offered effective pain relief.

Last week, an unnamed doctor in Germany filed charges against a rabbi for performing ritual circumcisions on infant boys, two months after a court in Cologne angered Jews and Muslims by banning the practice.

Rabbi Shmuel Goldin, president of the Rabbinical Council of America, said circumcisions done for religious purposes did not typically involve pain medication but he noted that the procedure was quick and had a long tradition of success.

"We've performed it for centuries with no adverse effects to our children," he said. "For us, it is such a critical component of our religious life that an attempt to eradicate it is an attempt to eradicate our religion. To have this happening in Germany, given our history, is particularly saddening to us."


We've performed it for centuries with no adverse effects to our children. For us, it is such a critical component of our religious life that an attempt to eradicate it is an attempt to eradicate our religion.

Rabbi Shmuel Goldin

In the US, the guidelines may begin to turn the tide on infant circumcision, which has begun to fall in recent years as insurers have balked at paying for a procedure without a strong medical justification.

In as many as 18 states the public Medicaid programme has stopped paying for the procedure, a trend some doctors fear could significantly increase US health costs because of a rise in cases of urinary tract and HIV infections.

In a statement issued on Friday in anticipation of the guidelines, the anti-circumcision group Intact America said most of the studies underlying the guidelines were based on research done on adult men in Africa.

"The taskforce has failed to consider the large body of evidence from the developed world that shows no medical benefits for the practice, and has given short shrift, if not dismissed out of hand, the serious ethical problems inherent in doctors removing healthy body parts from children who cannot consent," said Georganne Chapin, the group's executive director.

Dr Douglas Diekema, a pediatric bioethicist from the Seattle Children's Research Institute and the University of Washington who served on the taskforce, said the group considered a wide range of ethical issues, including pain experienced by the child and whether parents have the right to make the decision without the child's consent.

"There is no decision you can make that doesn't potentially put a child at risk. If you choose to circumcise, there is a risk he'll grow up to be a man who wishes he wasn't circumcised," Diekema said.

Waiting until the child was older to make the choice about circumcision would lose much of the early benefits, and because the foreskin was thicker in teenagers the procedure carried more risks, he said.

"I really don't think there is an easy answer … [but] we were unanimously agreed that it's inappropriate to do this procedure without adequate pain control. That, in many ways, is one of the biggest ethical issues."


Source: The Guardian


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It is predicted that some 200 asylum seekers will be entering Brisbane each month until the end of year.
These migrants have $17 per day allowance to live on and are in dire need of support in anyway possible. 
The food hampers made by the Brisbane Muslim community and As-Salaam Institute will be distributed to these people. the Institute already has 200 hampers and need to raise funds for an additional 500.

You can donate into the following account or via Paypal to mnaseemappl@hotmail.com.
Name: ______________________________ Mobile:________________________________
Email: ________________________ Mobile: ________________________________
Number of Hampers @ $35 each___________ Total Amount enclosed  ____________ 
OR    Deposit    As-Salaam Institute    ANZ BSB 014279 Acc 476866635    
Reference FOODRIVE
Naseema Mustapha  0424141623 &  Imam Ahmad Abu Ghazaleh 0401331298


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Guided bush walk and free sausage sizzle sponsored by the Islamic College of Brisbane.


Click on the image on the left for all the details.


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Time to get those training shoes back on


Registrations close soon - click here!


Win two nights at the Hilton Apartments in Surfers Paradise





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There are over 1.6 billion Muslims in the world today, making up approximately 23% of the world's population, or more than one-fifth of mankind.


The Muslim500 publication is part of an annual series that provides a window into the movers and shakers of the Muslim world. It gives valuable insight into the different ways that Muslims impact the world, and also shows the diversity of how people are living as Muslims today.

The 2011 Muslim500 lists the world's most influential Muslims who have impacted on their community, or on behalf of their community. Influence is: any person who has the power (be it cultural, ideological, financial, political or otherwise) to make a change that will have a significant impact on the Muslim World. The impact can be either positive or negative. The influence can be of a religious scholar directly addressing Muslims and influencing their beliefs, ideas and behaviour, or it can be of a ruler shaping the socio-economic factors within which people live their lives, or of artists forming popular culture.

Over the coming weeks, CCN will publish a personality selected from the list:


No. 36

H.E. President Mahmoud Abbas
President of the Palestinian National Authority


Country: Palestine
Born: 26 March 1935 (age 76) in
Galilee, Israel.
Source of Influence: Political
Influence: One of the founders of
Fatah, and leading peace negotiator in the Palestine-Israel conflict.
School of Thought: Sunni

Abbas, also known as Abu Mazen, is the President of the Palestinian National Authority, a cofounder  of Fatah, and  chairman of the Palestine  Liberation Organization. His  standing improved  dramatically after he submitted  Palestine’s bid for  statehood at the UNGA and gained  membership to  UNESCO.



President Abbas is one  of the surviving founding members  of Fatah – the main political grouping within the  PLO. He has always been  committed to pursuing an independent  Palestinian State through negotiations and was  one of the principal  architects of the Oslo Peace Process.


Problems & Statehood Bid

Abbas’s term as President has not been an  easy one. He  has faced many internal and external problems but has  managed to come through largely  unscathed. After seeing that years of peace negotiations  were leading to nothing  but the relentless growth of illegal settlements in the  West Bank and East Jerusalem,  President Abbas chose to look for an alternative strategy:  submitting a statehood  bid at the UN.


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I have recently started receiving your newsletter and each time I read it thoroughly.


I have visited your stall during EID fest and bought some cup cakes, thanks to Fauzia for giving me one small size cup cake (extra) on my request.

I am writing this email, because I have recently read an article in "Brisbane's Child" for the month of August, 2012. That article "Of Faith And Identity" was written by Ms Randa Abdel-Fattah (daughter of Mona Abdel-Fateh - principal of an Islamic school in Sydney). She was among the first batch of students from KKICV (Melbourne), she has explained very beautifully the fear of Muslim youth, their problems and also mentioned her success inspite of wearing Hijab (dress code in school) in inter school debating competitions.

I would like to draw your attention to include these type of articles in your news letter for giving the sense of pride and confidence to our young generation. So they could confidently introduce themselves as "Aussie Muslim" and stop withdrawing their identity / names in order to be accepted as an Aussie.


Amber Kamran



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Multi-million Rand Mosque Gives Midrand a Makeover  


SOUTH AFRICA: A Turkish design-inspired, multi-million Rand Mosque has changed the skyline of Johannesburg's Midrand.

The recently-completed and ornately decorated place of worship is already drawing thousands of visitors and tourists each week.


Locals will recognize the reporter and ex-Brisbanite in this South African eTV clip.




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Muslim Medallists at the London Olympics 




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US synagogue welcomes Muslims seeking a place to pray  


VIRGINIA: Muslims around the world are gathering for Friday prayers, and in one neighbourhood in the US state of Virginia, the worshippers will enter a building that could hardly be further from a traditional mosque.

At a time when religious differences are sparking conflict in the Middle East and beyond - it is cooperation between two faiths which is allowing this unique programme flourish.

The BBC's Katty Kay reports on how the Jewish community opened its doors because the area's mosques could not accommodate all of the growing Muslim population.



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


The more that you read,

The more things you will know.

The more that you learn,

The more places you will go.


                                                           Dr Seuss



This week CCN recommends





The author of this book is an American Muslim of Indian origin. Brought up and educated in California and London, the author was shocked by the tragic events of September 11, 2001 but, like other American Muslims, she was frequently asked questions by her friends, colleagues and acquaintances about her faith and its practices. This inspired the author to write this book.

According to the author, this book attempts to “show what it means to be Muslim. It is an introduction, in anecdotes, of mainstream Islam from the viewpoint of a South-Asian American Muslim woman who grew up in a middle-class suburb of Los Angeles. There is no single Islam, no absolute interpretation of it - just as there is no single, absolute interpretation of Christianity or Judaism or any other religion. This book describes the basic beliefs and practices of mainstream Muslims throughout the world, illustrated with vignettes of life as an American Muslim.” (p3)

Consisting of an introduction and 11 chapters, this is a conversational book rather than an academic study or a religious textbook.

In chapters one and two, the author provides an overview of fundamental Islamic practices, thus showing that Judaism, Christianity and Islam have more in common than we are led to believe. “Islam is”, argues the author, “one of many American faiths. Muslims are ordinary people who share the same monotheistic tradition as Jews and Christians. We struggle with the same daily conflicts and challenges as our non-Muslim neighbors…But the common Western perception of Islam has become a contorted, evil caricature of the real thing…since the end of the Cold War, we in the United States have been bombarded with daily, unchecked, untrue, public denigration of Islam to an irresponsibly defamatory degree. The words of ill-informed fear-mongers, designed to convince us that Muslims are essentially different from the rest of humanity, are accepted by too many people as truth.” (p2)

In chapters three and four, the author provides a brief account of the life of Prophet Muhammad (peace be on him) and the nature of the Qur’an, touching upon the challenge of interpreting the Divine message without a proper understanding of the Arabic text and context of the verses.

By contrast, in chapters five and six the author briefly describes the difference between Sunni, Shi’a, Sufi and other groups that exist in the global Muslim community. After that the author deals with the question: who makes rules in Islam? Unlike Catholicism, argues the author, there is no one single central figure in Islam (like the Pope) or even a system of priesthood. Muslim scholars have always interpreted the Qur’an and Prophetic traditions for the guidance of the masses.

In chapters seven, eight and nine, the author explores the role of women in Islam, clarifies the difference between Jihad and fundamentalism. Thereafter, the author explains the role of criminal law in Islam with reference to theft and adultery because Shari’ah (Islamic law) as a whole is often portrayed as being outdated and barbaric due to the harsh punishment prescribed for such crimes. In so doing the author seeks to contextualise the whole debate around crime and punishment in Islamic law.

Then, in chapter ten the author explains that, like other Americans, Muslims too were shocked and horrified by the events of September 11 but sadly the coverage in the media did not reflect this.

So what should Muslims do to correct misconceptions about Islam? According to the author, “It is up to us Muslims to educate ourselves about our religion so we can stem the divisiveness and prevent extremists from success. It is up to us Muslims to defend and explain our religion and reconcile it to the modern world. Most of us have indeed been trying. But we need media cooperation to give us a voice.” (p216)

In the final chapter of the book, the author explains why misconceptions about Islam persist and seeks to separate the reality from the murky mythology that is perpetuated by the media. As a result, the faith of more than one billion people is projected as enemy number one, evil religion. The author wants to move beyond such inaccurate characterisation. “If we can separate the daily distortions from the reality, perhaps we can break out of that medieval framework of domination and hostility. Instead of propelling ourselves inexorably towards a ‘clash of civilization,’ perhaps we can avoid a ‘clash of ignorances’. (p247)

This is an interesting, invaluable and timely book even if at times the reviewer disagreed with the author’s interpretation of aspects of Islamic theological and legal issues. Recommended reading especially for non-Muslims.

Muhammad Khan

M Khan is author of the widely acclaimed book, The Muslim 100 (reprinted 2010; Kindle 2011).


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Then simply email the title and author to thebookclub@crescentsofbrisbane.org

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The CCN Bookshelf

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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


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KB says: I would like to share a great recipe for those who have leftover dates from Ramadaan. This cake is soft and perfect with a cup of tea and I promise you that you will be shopping for more dates just to make this cake again and again. 


Date and Nut Loaf



150g chopped dates
5ml bicarbonate of soda
200ml boiling water
60g butter
100g brown sugar
1 egg
5ml vanilla essence
50g chopped pecan nuts
200g flour
5ml baking powder
Chopped pecan nuts for decorating


1. Sprinkle bicarbonate of soda onto the dates, pour boiling water over and allow it to soak.

2. Cream the butter and brown sugar, beat in the egg, and add essence and the nuts.

3. Fold in the sifted flour and baking powder and lastly add the date mixture. This makes a soft mixture.

4. Pour into a greased loaf pan or mini loaf pans, decorate with pecans and bake at 180”c for approx 10 mins for mini loaf pans or approx 20 mins in a loaf pan.


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 can I do to intensify my cardio workouts and boost metabolism?

A: Try to run harder, bike faster, climb higher – you’ll definitely burn more calories, the surest path to weight loss and getting fitter.


The higher the intensity of the exercise the longer your metabolism  will stay elevated afterward, which means you get a mini metabolic lift if you add bursts of time (intervals)  during which you push your limits.


Working out outdoors is also more challenging as you have to deal  with the elements.







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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Jallalludin and his wife, Tulsi Begum, decided to vacation in Dubai during the winter.


They planned to stay at the very same hotel where they spent their honeymoon 20 years earlier.


Because of hectic schedules, it was difficult to coordinate their travel schedules.


So, Jallalludin left Cairo and flew to Dubai on Thursday.


His wife would fly down the following day.

Jallalludin checked into the hotel. There was a computer in his room, so he decided to send an e-mail to his wife.


However, he accidentally left out one letter in her e-mail address, and without realizing his error, he sent the e-mail.

Meanwhile.....somewhere in Qatar, a widow had just returned home from her husband's funeral. He was an Imam of many years who passed away following a sudden heart attack. The widow decided to check her e-mail, expecting messages from relatives and friends. After reading the first message, she fainted.

The widow's son rushed into the room, found his mother on the floor, and saw the computer screen which read:

To: My Loving Wife, Tulsi Begum
Subject: I've Arrived
Date: 16 May 2012
I know you're surprised to hear from me. They have computers here now and you are allowed to send e-mails to your loved ones. I've just arrived and have been checked in. I see that everything has been prepared for your arrival tomorrow. Looking forward to seeing you then!


Hope your journey is not as uneventful as mine was.

P.S. Sure is hot down here!


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O you who believe! Seek help with patient Perseverance and Prayer:
for Allah is with those who patiently persevere.


Surah Al-Baqarah 2:153


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Hurt me with the Truth, but never comfort me with a Lie  



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Islamic Programmes, Education & Services

Rochedale Mosque Appeal
MCF Burma Appeal Charity Food Hamper Drive Radio Quran Kareem Youth Spiritual Night 4 August & 1 Septe MUSLIM AID AUSTRALIA Victims of War Appeal P1 Marhaba Playgroup From Palestine to Egypt: An Epic Journey 20 & @ 21 October Sunnah Inspirations haj 2012 ZAM ZAM Water The CCN Young Muslim Writers Awards 2012 Muslim Aid Australia Al-Imdaad Foundation Australia Salaam Institute: The Heart of the IHYA AMYN 40 Gems Brisbane Muslim Burial Society (BMBS) Boxing Training Discovering Deen Youth Club Fathima Adat Tutoring Fiqh and Tafseer Classes Hall Hire Islamic College of Brisbane Kuraby Mosque Quran & Islamic Classes Table & Chair Hire Kuraby Mosque Madressa Classes Al-Mustapha Institute Maths Tutoring Service Qari Hufaaz Classes AIIC Sscholarships Sisters' House Accommodation Registration SMS Alert Services


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Businesses and Services



ACCES Removal Services


Kuraby Mosque Hire Services

Hire Services

Ahlam Haddad Tutoring

Tutoring (Maths)


Clothing Islamic Couture


Lebanese Cuisine

Love ur Body

Beauty Treatments

Brizie Biltong


Mansur Omar

Real Estate

Bismillah Repairs & Maintenance

Repairs & Maintenance

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


Restaurant & Takeaway Portuguese Chicken

Centre for Easy Language Learning (CeLL)

Tutoring (Arabic)


Restaurant & Takeaway Portuguese Chicken

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



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


Bismillah Repairs - note new contact number LTH Accounting & Financial Services Low Price Pharmacy, KURABYKuraby Muslima Chick @ www.Facebook.com/muslimachic FLIGHSTAR-HAJJPROGRAM-2012 Healthy Life Browns Plains Surfers Paradise Holiday Accommodation AutoCAD Tuition OFFICETEK for Intercoms,CCTVs, Alarms MaXimize Accountants Monavie Angelz Dental Care Centre for Easy Language Learning (CeLL) ACCES Removal Services Baalbak Samoosa Pastry Distributors Brisbane Diagnostics Brizie Biltong Calamvale Physio & Sports Injury Clinic Carpet Lifesavers Rejuven8 Body & Beauty Haseera InWear Fashions Personal Wellness Coach efxshop Fathima Adat Tutoring Gabriel Hair Studios Henna by Fatima Hummy's Automotive Hussana Australia Are you preparing for Ramadaan? Paradise Convenience: global groceries Junaid Ally Properties Kimaya Fashions Kuraby Mosque Hire Services Stick On Labels d'Lahorie Personal Training with Layla Lily's Fashion Love ur Body Marketing Co-Op Muslim Directory Australia Mo's Handyman Services Nando's CALAMVALE CENTRAL Nandos MT GRAVATT Nazima Hansa Realty PTY LTD Excelanz Pizza Lane Pappa Roti Qld Islamic Book Service Yasmeen Seedat Accounting Services Shameema's Silk Scarves Siitra Shakira Kolia's Driving School Car Body Removals Ummah Store Mansur Omar EliteFX


"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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2 September


Soccer Tournament: Unity Cup 2012

Ahmed Essof

Acacia Ridge Indoor Sports, 1391 Beaudesert Road

0415 323 548

All day

2 September


AIIC: Spring Fete

Australian International Islamic College

724 Blunder Rd, DURACK

3372 1400


8 September


Darra Mosque Eid Gala

Islamic Society of Darra

AIIC Hall, Blunder Rd, Darra

0413 122 610


23 September



Orleigh Park, West End

0402 026 786


29 September


ICQ Annual Dinner & Awards Night

Islamic Council of Qld.

Islamic College of Brisbane, Karawatha

0450 908 786


5 October


Gala Retirement Dinner in honour of Qld Police Commissioner Bob Atkinson

Muslim Charitable Foundation (MCF)

Michael's Oriental Restaurant

0418 737 621

6.30pm for 7pm start

26 October




6 October


Kuraby Madrassah Fundraiser

Kuraby Mosque & Al-Nisa

Michael's Oriental Restaurant

0433 182 520


20 & 21 October

Sat & Sun

From Palestine to Egypt: An Epic Journey by Sh Daood Butt

AlKauthar Institute of Brisbane

Griffith University Mt Gravatt Campus


All day

2 & 3 November

Fri & Sat

Eidfest Dreamworld


0418 722 353

All day


NB: The Islamic date changes to the next day starting in the evenings after maghrib.

Therefore, except for lailatul mehraj, lailatul baraat and lailatul qadr – these dates

refer to the commencement of the event starting in the evening of the corresponding day.


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The Heart of the Ihya: Prophetic Character

The Salaam Institute presents an inspiring weekly course.

A 10-session weekly Seekers Circle Globally Accessible Program with Shaykh Yahya Rhodus, Shaykh Faraz Rabbani and Imam Afroz Ali.

This SeekersCircle will cover the Book 20 of Imam al-Ghazzali’s Ihya ‘Ulum ud-Deen, known as the Heart of the Ihya.

WHEN: Every Friday beginning on 18 May 2012 for 10 weeks.
TIME: 7:30pm - 9:30pm
VENUE: IWAQ Office, 11 Watland St, Springwood

Males and Females welcome. Refreshments provided.


More information


 As-Salaam Institute of Islamic Studies

Free Monthly Tafseer Class

Telecast Live from Sydney

The Immense Ocean by Imam Ahmed Ibn Ajiba al Hasani

Date: Saturday 3 March 2012, then every second Saturday of each month
Time: 3pm - 4:30pm
Venue: IWAQ Office, 11 Watland St, Springwood
Light refreshments provided.

For more information about the course click here


Bald Hills Mosque Weekly Tafseer


Tafseer lessons will commence from Monday 10th September 2012 together with the Seerah of our beloved Prophet Muhammad (pbuh).

The weekly program schedule will be as follows:
Mondays = Tafseer
Tuesdays = Seerah
Wednesdays = Tafseer

The above lessons will commence after Isha salah and will go for approximately 1/2 an hour each day.

All brothers and sisters are welcome.

Kuraby Mosque Tafseer & Taalim


Tuesday tafseer and taleem classes at Kuraby Mosque every Tuesday 11am - 12.30pm


Queensland Police Service/Muslim Community Consultative Group


VENUE: Metropolitan South Regional Office, 1993 Logan Road, Upper Mt Gravatt

Wednesday 17 October 2012


Commencing at 5.00pm (Times may change throughout the year pending salat)



For more information and RSVP:

Sergeant Jim Bellos at Bellos.Dimitrios@police.qld.gov.au



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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

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

If you would like a link to your website email ccn@crescentsofbrisbane.org.


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