Sunday, 2 November 2014

 Newsletter 0521




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




Grand fficial Opening: ALL WELCOME  The CCN Inbox: Letters to the Editor The CCN Food for Thought
Unity Cup 2014 in Support of the Gaza Winter Appeal  The CCN Classifieds An Ayaat-a-Week
JPC Unity Club House of Representatives Speech What is/was happening in other necks of the woods Events and Functions
Algester Mosque: 10th of Muharram commemoration Around the Muslim World with CCN Islamic Programmes, Education & Services
ICC qurbani project CCN Readers' Book Club Businesses and Services
Commissioner's Message to the Muslim Community KB's Culinary Corner The CCN Date Claimer
Sharia Showdown: SBS Kareema's Keep Fit Column CCN on Facebook
Interview with Prof Khan

The CCN Chuckle

Useful Links
At the Movies with CCN: Dracula Untold Review   Write For Us
Coming Up on Q&A    
Appeal against rejection of mosque proposal on GC
Australian Hajj pilgrims to be scrutinised, says report
1 in 4 Australians has negative attitude towards Muslims
Everything that's wrong with wearing a KKK outfit
Teachers told to be on ‘student terror watch’
Burqa Avenger sets her sites on polio eradication
Graduation and Community Day
Are we peddling fear just for the sake of it?
ADCQ messages
Jacqui Lambie refuses mosque visit
Paris opera ejects woman in Muslim veil
Malaysia investigates 'dog patting' event
‘Veil’ done, Abbott: Aussie Parliament lifts ban
'Australian Muslim Faces'  Founder: Rafa McNulty
Australian mum explains why she wears the niqab
How 1,000 years of Arabic scholarship


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The Islamic Society of Eight Mile Plains was first established as the Islamic Society of Rochedale, by a small group of Bosnian Muslim migrants in 1986. In its early days society comprised only 50 families of humble means but great vision.

Soon after setting up the organization, in 1987, they purchased a block of land that they paid off in the same year.

In 1992, to meet a growing need of Bosnian migrants who began to arrive in larger numbers, the society purchased a non-permanent structure and placed it on the land. With some additional finishing touches and effort, this facility served its purpose for a number of years.

However, members realized that in order to meet the demands of the new Bosniak settlers who found refuge in Brisbane, after the Bosnian war of expulsion, particularly from Eastern Bosnia and parts of Herzegovina, it was essential think about the construction of a larger and more functional Islamic Centre.

At the time Bosniak community met their religious and educational needs by inviting temporary imams from Bosnia, particularly during the Holy month of Ramadan.

The long existing desire for the construction of an Islamic centre came to fruition only after the society employed a full-time imam from Bosnia and Herzegovina.

It took a few years (from 2002-2004) for all relevant documentation to be finalized before the construction could begin. The society commissioned a Bosnian-born architect, Mr. Enes Stroil, to design a first draft of the Islamic centre. In 2005 the Society obtained the permit from local authorities for the  construction of a mosque and the adjacent facilities.

The foundation stone was laid on 25 November 2005.

Since then, the organization invested, through the help of the entire Muslim Community, about $4M in construction costs. This would have been much higher had it not been for generous donations and voluntary work, as well as building materials donated by members.


The society has grown by more than ten-fold since its early inception and now has 550 paid members which translates into almost 2000 persons. The Muslim Community of Brisbane who originate from many different countries all use the Mosque.

The Islamic centre has been designed with a future vision in mind and consists of various facilities to cater for a modern, well-organized and demanding Muslim community. It consists of a major mosque, library, restaurant, and specially designated youth activities venue with small sporting facilities, ablution and other installations.

Many hard-working members and the greater Muslim public have given their time, money and other valuable contribution, whether physical work or intellectual and fund-raising efforts to make this dream come true.

Without this teamwork and selfless enthusiasm this project would never have been possible.

To celebrate this great achievement, the Executive Committee of the Islamic Society of Eight Mile Plains cordially invites the community to the Official Opening Ceremony of the Bosniak Islamic Centre of Brisbane.

Date: Saturday, 8th of November, 2014
Time: 11:30 am
Venue: 2674 Logan Rd, Eight Mile Plains







Welcoming Note: by Dzenita Balic-Durakovic

Recitation of the Holy Qur’an - Zemri Idrizi
Welcoming note Mr. Avdo Vojic, President, Bosniak Islamic Society of Eight Mile Plains
Prof. Sifet Efendi Omerovic, imam of the Bosniak Islamic Center
Sheikh Prof. Jasmin ef. Bekric, Chairman, Mesihat Bosnian Islamic Council of Australia
H.E. Mr. Bakir Sadovic, Ambassador of Bosnia and Herzegovina to Australia
Imam Yusuf Peer - Chairman Council of Imams QLD
Ilahija - Nasheed by Amed Gazalah
The Right Honorable Graham Quirk, Lord Mayor, City of Brisbane
Mr. Ian Stewart, The Commissioner of Police, Queensland
His Eminence, Most Rev. Brian Vincent Fannigan, Auxiliary Bishop of Brisbane
The Hon. Robert Cavallucci, Assistant Minister for Multicultural Affairs, Qld
The Hon. Graham Perett MP, Federal Member for Moreton
Ilahija - Nasheed Izudin ef. Mezit
His Eminence Husein ef. Kavazovic, Reisul-ulema Grand Mufti of the Islamic Community in Bosnia and Herzegovina
Doa - Sheikh Prof. Salih ef. Mujala
Closing remarks
Cutting of the ribbon (Official Opening) by Reisu-l-ulema, Husein ef. Kavazovic, Grand Mufti of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Mirsad Duranovic and Abdul Hameed Omar Community members
Prayer - 1:00 PM

Official lunch for VIP Guests and all present at the ceremony

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The 9th annual Unity Cup 5-a side football competition was held on Sunday 26 October at the brand new Griffith University Multi Sporting Complex.


Sixteen teams from around Brisbane and the Gold Coast participated for the coveted title including Afghanistan, Halaqa Squad, Young Boys FC, Majistas, Bosnia, The Tigers, Holland Park Hurricanes, Predators, J&F, Dynamos, Capalaba Young Guns, Chicky Lamba, Gold Coast United, OutKast, Bafana and Wolpack FC.

The final was contested between Afghanistan and J&F, both teams having earned the right to play in the decider with wins against Dynamos and Bafana respectively, in the semi finals.


At the end of a thoroughly entertaining day, Afghanistan were crowned champions with a well deserved 8-4 win over J&F. The plate final saw Majistas victorious with a narrow 5-4 win over Young Boys FC. Despite the tournament being played on a scorching hot day, it was played in great spirits, and there was plenty of quality football on show.

The player of the tournament award went to Habib Mohammadi from Afghanistan, and the goalkeeper of the tournament went to Jon Tang from Dynamos.

This year the event took on greater significance with all proceeds from the tournament going towards the Gaza Winter Appeal. The event was hosted by Famsy, Islamic Relief & the Youth of Kuraby. Apart from the excitement on the field, there was plenty of fun for families off the field as well. Face painting, henna stall, and a food stall kept everyone of all ages entertained, and a fun kick around was held for boys between the ages of 6 - 13 during the lunch break.

Just over $10 000 has been raised for the Gaza Winter Appeal through this event. The chance to do your bit however, always exists, and should you wish to donate or participate in the Gaza Winter Appeal in some form, you can visit Islamic Relief and contact one of their members for more information.


Event organizer, Ismail Essof, told CCN: "We want to thank all sponsors and supporters for their backing in hosting a successful event. Next year will be the 10 year anniversary for the Unity Cup. Since it's inception, the competition has been a wonderful initiative uniting young men from a wide array of backgrounds through the camaraderie of football. InshaAllah, next year will be no exception and we look forward to another fun and entertaining day of football."


To keep yourself posted on the next Unity Cup event, and any other initiatives, like the Famsy Queensland page on Facebook:


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This week, a number of John Paul College students, staff and parents (representing the College) made history.


They contributed to a speech that was delivered to the House of Representatives in Parliament by local Member, Dr Jim Chalmers, MP. The then met in round table discussions with a number of parliamentarians from both sides of politics. The students produced a powerful peace video which delivered the following message:

Here at John Paul College, we as a Christian Ecumenical school aim to promote unity among all Christian Denominations, but we also welcome people from all cultures and faiths. The recent climate preaches hostility, fear and hate, but the Christian message teaches grace, love and respect. As a consequence of our ecumenical beliefs, we are challenged to foster peace, harmony and unity among all humankind. In our school community we make an effort to accept people for who they are, choosing to see the person and not just label. Here, racial prejudice and stereotyping has no place in our hearts. A number of students wished to voice their opinions on the violence, religious and racial prejudice shown in the world today and wanted to make their environment a peaceful place. After all we only have one world, one life; so why not live it together.

The initiative was the brainchild of students Faruk Bilgin and Raghe Abdii who were "concerned about the impact of events overseas on the way we treat each other here at home." Following the terror raids the two Year 11 students approached their principal, Mr Foster, saying they were "really upset with what was going on and wanted to express what they felt and bring awareness to the JPC family." This led to the beginning of the "Student Unity Club " at JPC which, together with Ashraf Solwa and other students, produced a "home made" video entitled "Unity in Diversity in JPC".


"Their powerful message will reach major youth forums around the world and the United Nations," said JPC Director of Marketing and Communications, Niki Dowding.




Direct link to YouTube

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On Monday (03/11/14) there will be a program at Algester Mosque after Esha salat to commemorate the 10th of Muharram.


All are welcome, please bring a plate of refreshments to share. 

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The Islamic Cultural Centre of Brisbane collected 310 qurbani this year and delivered them to Indonesia as part of a the national initiative of Islamic Cultural Centres around the country which together raised over 600 individual and share Qurbanis.


The Brisbane collection points were the Mangal Chargrill in Underwood, the Grand Bazaar in the Arndale shopping centre, the Mangal in the CBD and the Centre at 144 Persse Road Runcorn.


The Centre's Imam and five businessmen, along with volunteers from each of the states, travelled to Indonesia to oversee the sacrifice over two days. The distribution was made to the needy through a registration system that ensured fairness and met with eligibility criteria.


A spokesperson for the centre told CCN: "The team from Brisbane was so overwhelmed and honoured to be able to assist and be a part of this project that there are already talks for next year for Bangladesh or even the Cambodia.


"It was an amazing sight to see everyone helping, wherever they could whether it was distributing water to the thirsty or handing out deep fried bananas to the hungry," she added.


If you have any questions or queries on how you may able to assist with the Brisbane centre or you wish to enrol your child for the Alim course contact the Islamic Cultural Centre of Brisbane on (07) 38414685 or 0478 782 418 or write to: info@iccb.org.au.

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Dateline gets a rare glimpse into life under sharia law in Indonesia - on patrol with police in Aceh as they hand out harsh punishments to anyone breaking Islamic law.


The police chief of the Indonesian province of Aceh wants to see people beaten and even killed… not by criminals, but by his officers enforcing sharia law.

On Tuesday’s Dateline, Patrick Abboud gets unprecedented access to follow Captain Ibrahim Latif and his notorious sharia police as they go out on patrol.

A policewoman from Aceh tells Patrick, “Women who wear tight clothes are inviting bad things to happen to them, such as rape. Actually, crime happens because we invite it.”

Women are caned in public for breaking Islamic dress code and men for gambling or drinking alcohol - and punishments are set to get even worse.

Captain Latif tells Patrick, “The usual punishment for adultery is that they are buried in the ground on the road. The man is buried up to his waist at a crossroads and whoever passes by has to throw a stone at him until he dies. A married woman would be buried to the neck and be stoned until she dies.”

It’s an unforgiving enforcement of this Islamic version of law, which has been gradually implemented since Aceh gained autonomy in 2001.

“I have a responsibility to God. It’s my job to encourage good and prevent wrong,” Captain Latif tells Patrick.

Human rights groups are pressuring the Indonesian Government to step in, but there’s such fear that even Patrick has to hurriedly leave Aceh after coming under scrutiny for questioning the law.

See his fascinating insight into Indonesia’s Sharia Showdown at SBS Ondemand, plus read the SBS explainer with more information about sharia law.




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President of the Islamic Society of Toowoomba, Prof Shahjahan Khan, spoke with Belinda Sanders on ABC Morning Radio on the Mosque Open Day held at the Garden City Mosque on 25th October:


Click here to listen to the interview.


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by Elest Ali       

What the historical inaccuracies in “Dracula Untold” tell us about the rise of Islamophobia. The vilification of Islam has reached such heights that when the Muslim Sultan Mehmet II is cast opposite history’s bloodiest psycho-tyrant, it’s Dracula who emerges as the tragic hero.



Luke Evans in Dracula Untold.

This week I saw Dracula Untold in Istanbul, with an Italian Turkologist who shares my enthusiasm for vampire movies. It was past 10pm when the credits rolled, and the audience was disgruntled. Outside, Istiklal Street was still booming. An armored police van drove passed us, weaving through indifferent crowds. “That film was very anti-Muslim,” said my friend. I’m the Muslim one in our relationship, but I was trying to shrug it off, because frankly what else is new?

I do love a good villain, and take some pride in that black-eyed madness the historical Turk is infamous for. So, far from having an objection to my forefathers being cast in a nefarious light, it actually took some effort to reign back the gleeful cackling every time Dominic Cooper’s Mehmet II came on screen. That said, my issue is one of historical accuracy, and contemporary significance.

Admittedly, Hollywood is no genius when it comes to accurate representation. If it’s not a larger-than-life action flick where America is saving the world from aliens, chances are they’ll get it all wrong. But why Turks? And why now, when all eyes are on Turkey, and the country teeters unwillingly on the frontline of impending war? In the current climate of global political tension and escalating Islamaphobia, what political statement does Dracula Untold make in pitting our vampire hero against the armies of Mehmet II?

The film’s generous use of the word “Turk” was interesting. To call an Ottoman a Turk is like calling a Roman an Italian. True, the Ottoman sultans were of Turkic origin. But the empire was much too big, much too ethnically diverse to be called Turkish.

In the Age of Enlightenment, “Turk”, “Moor” and “Mohammedan” were interchangeable terms which basically meant Muslim. When an Englishman adopted the Islamic faith (and records hint that there was an influx of “apostates” during the Jacobean period) he was said to have “turned Turk”. Europe wasn’t merely compromised by the economic and military might of the civilised Muslim world. It was compromised by the reality of Islam as a fast-spreading faith which bore alarming similarities to the Judeo-Christian revelation. It was appealing. Glamorised even, by wealthy, cultivated Muslim travelers hailing from exotic lands. The wide use of “Turk” then, was an attempt to tribalise the Islamic faith and associate it with foreign, potentially threatening powers, which were the common enemy.

I’ll fill you in on some more history. Vlad Dracul II of the house of Draculesti sought support from the Ottoman Sultan in his claim to the Wallachian throne. To put him on it, the Ottomans waged war with Dracul’s enemies. In return, Dracul willingly offered them not one, but two of his sons: Vlad Tepes Dracula and Radu cel Frumos – aka Radu the handsome.

While Vlad Tepes went on to become the progenitor of the vampire myth, his brother would remain loyal to the Sultan, and his childhood friend, Mehmet II. A skilled and celebrated general, Radu proved invaluable in the conquest of Istanbul. And when Vlad Tepes started wreaking carnage across the Balkans, Mehmet II dispatched Radu to quell his brother’s blood-thirst. Vlad’s insurrection was not dissimilar to the terror tactics of the so-called Islamic State. He killed indiscriminately: Men, women and children; Turks and Bulgarians; Muslims and sympathising Christians alike were put to the stake. He boasted of his cruelty to the horror of his foes and allies. And having been raised among Muslims, he had the advantage of disguise. During their guerilla attacks, his men were dressed in Ottoman uniforms. He talked Turkish, walked Turkish and burned villages to the ground.

The brothers battled long, but Radu was victorious. Vlad Tepes fled to Hungary, where he sought sanctuary with the Corvinus clan. But frankly they’d also had enough of his grizzly antics, so they imprisoned him on charges of treason. True story.

Fast forward to the 21st century. In Dracula Untold, Mehmet II seals his demands on Vlad with a bloody thumb-print, and the scene’s final shot is of the Sultan’s thumb on an imperial edict, alongside a stamp bearing the name of God in Arabic script. The Sultan’s cruelty then is the will of the Muslim god, who is out to get your children. Today, vilification of Islam has reached such heights, that even when the Sultan is cast opposite history’s bloodiest-psycho-tyrant, it’s Dracula who emerges as the tragic hero.

Source: The NewStatesman

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A special edition of Q&A will feature Attorney-General George Brandis live from the Bryan Brown Theatre in Bankstown, Western Sydney.

This week, debate will focus on the Government’s new security legislation, how to deal with home grown terrorism and preventing community division.


The Prime Minister says we need to shift the balance between freedom and security to fight the current threat of terror. But are we getting that balance right?

Also joining the audience will be senior police, Imams and legal experts including Assoc. Prof. Mohamad Abdalla (QLD), Sh. Wessam Cherkawi (NSW) and Sr. Lydia Shelly (Muslim Legal Network).

Watch Q&A Monday 9.35pm on ABC, live 9.35pm AEDT on ABC News 24 or stream it on the ABC website.

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Developers have launched a legal appeal against the Gold Coast council's decision to reject a proposal for a mosque at Currumbin.

The planned mosque bitterly divided the community, attracting more than 3,500 public objections.

Salsabil Charitable Organisation lodged an appeal in the Planning and Environment Court yesterday, five weeks after the council rejected the Currumbin Waters development.

The decision drew cheers from scores of locals who attended the council planning meeting, some of whom had brought along placards denouncing Islam.

The Council had initially approved the mosque with 50 conditions, but reneged citing community concerns, car parking and opening hours.

Salsabil had been planning to transform an old factory at Currumbin Waters into a place of worship.

President of the Gold Coast Islamic Society Hussin Goss said an appeal had been lodged with the Planning and Environment Court.

"Well we've put our papers into appeal of course and we believe there's a good chance of winning," he said.

"It is up to Council now to study and go through it but we've got our solicitors working on it and it'll take probably three to six months to make it happen."

Source: ABC

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Security agencies are reportedly set to investigate if any Muslims who recently left Australia for the Mecca pilgrimage have joined terror groups overseas.

About 5000 Muslims are believed to have left Australia last month for the annual Haji pilgrimage, which took place in early October.

Security agencies will launch an investigation next month to identify any Islamic extremists who may have left the country to fight for Islamic State and other terror groups in Syria, News Corp Australia reports.

Authorities won't know for several weeks whether Muslims who left for Mecca are taking holidays or are involved in something more sinister, a senior security source told News Corp.

Security agencies are reportedly set to investigate each Australian who departed the country with the intention of attending the Haji pilgrimage and who has not yet returned.

About 60 Australians are fighting with Islamic State in Syria and Iraq, with at least 100 others offering support and 70 who have had their passports cancelled on security grounds.

Source: SBS

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One in four Australians holds a negative attitude towards Muslims, a national survey has found.

The social cohesion report, published by Monash University and the Scanlon Foundation, measured public attitudes on issues like immigration and multiculturalism.

It found people were five times more likely to hold negative attitudes towards Muslims than any other religious group.

Report author Professor Andrew Markus said the results were troubling.

"What we're finding is negativity towards Muslims is five times higher than towards Christians and Buddhists, so there's quite a significant issue there," said Professor Markus.

"In a period of increased tension, those who are very negative may, more likely, act out their negativity.

"They might abuse people on the street and so on. So we're really just talking of a very small proportion who act out their negativity, but that's the concern," he said.

The survey was conducted on 2,596 people in June and July, and was the seventh annual survey of its kind.

Experience of discrimination remained close to the highest level recorded at 18 per cent since the studies began in 2007.

Of those who reported discrimination, 30 per cent said it happened at least once a month.

The report listed a "number of demographic variables" in the results, with respondents aged 65 and over four times more likely to hold negative attitudes towards Muslims than respondents aged 18 to 24.

It also stated younger residents of Victoria were most likely to hold positive attitudes towards Muslims.

Abbott Government 'needs to change its rhetoric'

Silma Irham from the Australian Muslim Women's Association said the results were not surprising.

"There has been so much negativity from the media, from the government," she said.

"Until the Federal Government changes its rhetoric and stops using Muslims as the cause of hardships facing the population, things aren't going to improve.

"The Muslim community is a minority here but it is established, there are far more Australian-born Muslims, but it is like it still has to sell itself to the [rest of the] community.


Australian attitudes in 2014

• 35% believe the immigration intake is too high
• 85% say multiculturalism is good for the country
• 18% of people experienced discrimination
• 36% had trust in government
• 4% were concerned about asylum seeker boat arrivals




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By Ruby Hamad       


Just when you thought the state of political discourse in this country couldn’t get any lower, along comes a prankster or three trying to infiltrate Parliament House dressed as a niqabi, a bikie, and a Ku Klux Klan Grand Wizard.

The three men, from a group called “Faceless,” which I’d wager only has three members, claim they pulled the stunt yesterday to protest the wearing of the burqa/niqab in public. They also included the mandatory statement about Islam being “contrary to Australian beliefs.”

Incredibly, the men claimed allowing women in Islamic face veils into Parliament House was “sexist” because “you're allowed to wear a full face covering into Parliament if you're a Muslim woman but no other group is allowed to have that same privilege.”

I’ll get to the contradiction of claiming Muslim women are “privileged” even as they are pitied for their oppression later. But first, I know the temptation to ignore them and hope they go away is strong, but, as this story is making international news even as I write this, I don’t think we have that luxury. So let’s go through the many reasons this stunt is an embarrassment to us all, and why we should have a zero tolerance attitude to this sort of ignorant - and dangerous - buffoonery.

1. They compare Muslim women to the Ku Klux Klan.
2. They equate the burqa with a motorcycle helmet.
3. The disregard for victims of the KKK
4. Their issue isn’t with the oppression of Muslim women, it’s with Muslim women themselves.




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TEACHERS across the state have been placed on a “student watch” to report any unusual behaviour to police following the appearance of missing Sydney student Abdullah Elmir in an Islamic State video.

In an unprecedented move, the NSW Department of Education and Communities has issued the advisory to public, Catholic and independent schools amid community concerns some students could be plotting to join the IS movement or becoming radicalised.

The advisory, which gives principals the green light to take their concerns directly to police or CrimeStoppers, ­followed the recent increase in the National Terrorism Public Alert level.

The warning was also distributed to the Catholic Education Commission, Independent Schools Association and Board of Studies.

Source: The Daily Telegraph

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Naturopathic Physician

Due to increasing demand and needs of our Muslim community for natural and holistic medicine, we would like to announce the services of Dr Abdulmutalib Kashi, Naturopathic Physician.

During the last few years, a large number of Muslim brothers and sisters have visited Dr Kashi for their health problems at the Healthy Life store at the Myer centre, Brisbane city.


He has successfully assisted many members of the community, addressing many health concerns including weight loss, diabetes, heart and digestive problems, just to name a few. Now he is bringing his services to the south side for the convenience of the community, a mobile naturopath, he will visit your home where he will conduct a full and thorough consultation and examination.


Dr Kashi will be available for consultations on Friday 14th November at Suite 8, 2898 Logan Road Underwood centre.

Please contact him on 0410 533 109 or naturopathkashi@live.com.au to arrange an appointment.

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Pakistan's first animated super heroine is back for a second season and this time she is on a crusade to eradicate polio in the country.

Health authorities have been struggling to cope with a significant rise in polio cases which is being blamed on militant attacks against vaccination workers.

Girish Sawlani reports.


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Information for parents, educators and potential educators (click on image on left)

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The Drum – Barrie Cassidy       

As disturbing as the events in Ottawa were, we are entitled to ask whether the political response here in Australia, on the other side of the world, was helpful or merely exploitative, writes Barrie Cassidy (pictured left).

The threat of terrorism is real, but is it exaggerated?

The need to be vigilant is obvious, but do we have to live in fear?

Every time someone goes berserk overseas, do we have to behave as if it happened around the corner?

Why in 2014 is every act by a crazed gunman immediately interpreted as an act of terrorism?

And when does the rhetoric of politicians cross the boundaries from sensible public safety and security warnings to fear for the sake of it?

As disturbing as the events in Ottawa were, they could have been the actions of a "lone wolf" with a criminal history. Even if it turns out he was part of some sort of organised global terror attack - what the Prime Minister, Tony Abbott, described in the Parliament as part of Islamic State's "war on the world" - we are still entitled to ask whether the response here in Australia, on the other side of the world, was helpful or merely exploitative.

The politicians rushed to the microphones to draw the links with Australia, to underline the similarities between the two countries, and to emphasise how the same thing could so easily happen here.

The presiding officers of almost every parliament in the country put out statements on security. Tony Abbott gave an interview and followed up with a statement to the Parliament. The Opposition Leader Bill Shorten fell in behind. There was a minute's silence. How often does that happen when a soldier in another country dies at the hands of a gunman?

Of course Australian authorities charged with the safety of the public should be impacted and instructed by the shootings in Ottawa. Of course everybody is disturbed and alarmed when these shootings happen.

But even so, why did the politicians on both sides of the aisle feel the need to see to it that every Australian shared the fear that they were so ready to express? What are we supposed to do?

Why did the politicians tell us that threats of a 17-year-old Year 10 student should leave us "chilled?" The Courier Mail, by contrast, ran a headline: "ISIS Aussie terror threat backfires. He's just a very naughty boy." A "naughty boy" that one senator - David Leyonhjelm - dismissed as "an absolute dickhead."


ABC The Drum

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The internal workings of a water-clock which features eyes changing colour and balls dropping onto a cymbal from a bird’s head. It’s taken from the Book of Archimedes on the Construction of Water-Clocks, compiled during the 9th century.

Photograph: British Library Qatar Foundation Partnership

Source: The Guardian

From the 9th to the 19th centuries, scholars and scribes used Arabic as a lingua franca to debate scientific ideas.


Arabic-speaking scholars translated classical Greek, Persian and even Sanskrit texts on topics such as medicine, mathematics and astronomy.


These scholars went far beyond translation and preservation and fostered a unique and vibrant scientific culture within the Arabic-speaking world.


The British Library and Qatar Foundation have joined forces to launch a new bilingual online portal, the Qatar Digital Library, providing free access to 25,000 pages of fascinating medieval Arabic manuscript.


On the left is one from a selection of some of the most influential scientific texts in history (others to follow in the coming issues of CCN).




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Man who threatened to burn hijab fined $500, runs from court with head covered

A MAGISTRATE has admonished a man who threatened to torch a Brisbane woman’s hijab with a lighter, labelling his behaviour “offensive” and “anti-social”. Dominic James Proberts, 44 of Windsor, was fined $500 in the Brisbane Magistrates Court on Monday for assaulting a woman outside the Boundary Hotel at West End in September. Magistrate John McGrath called the unprovoked attack intolerant and frightening.
“Your behaviour was so offensive and so anti-social that not only was it an attack on this particular complainant, but on all those who seek to follow the religion and dress in this way,” he said.
Proberts erratically sprinted from the court down Roma St after the hearing, with a jacket over his head.
Police prosecutor Sergeant Cheryl Sayer said two women left the Indonesian Islamic Society of Brisbane centre together wearing a hijab that covered their heads, neck and shoulders around 1.30pm on September 6

Courier Mail


Muslim woman suffers broken arm in racist attack

A Muslim woman is nursing a broken arm after being pushed onto a road in an unprovoked racist attack in Melbourne’s north. The attack occurred outside a Lalor shopping centre in the middle of a weekday earlier this month. The 48-year-old woman, who was wearing a hijab and a “long Islamic dress”, had been shopping at Lalor Plaza and was on her way home when she was attacked. The woman’s daughter, Abrar Ahmed, saw the incident unfold from her car. “A man approached my mum and said, ‘You Muslims, go back to where you came from’,” Ms Ahmed said. “As my mum turned around to see who was yelling at her in such a disgusting way, she saw this really big guy.


The Weekly Review


Kiwi couple allegedly assaulted father and son

A LOGAN father and teenage son have been violently assaulted and told to “go back to your f---ing Muslim country” in an ­attack allegedly committed by a young Kiwi couple. The 15­-year-­old boy was punched in the face during an altercation with a carload of men after Crestmead man Bronson Tamarama allegedly threatened to “call my boys”. The victims have the same surname as one of the families targeted by Australian Federal Police agents during last month’s anti-­terror raids in Brisbane’s south, but it is unclear if they are related. Tamarama, 24, and partner Jayne Rikiti, 25, faced the Beenleigh Magistrates Court yesterday charged with two counts each of assault occasioning bodily harm.


Courier Mail

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Front National councillor urges French far-Right party to convert to Islam


A far-right local councillor shocks Marine Le Pen's party by becoming a Muslim and sending Front National officials a video in which he urges them to embrace Islam



FRANCE: A Front National local councillor has embarrassed France's far-Right party by announcing his recent conversion to Islam – and urging fellow members to join him.

Maxence Buttey, 22, offended officials of the anti-immigration party by sending them a video in which he praised the "visionary" virtues of the Koran and urged them to become Muslims.

Mr Buttey, a councillor in the eastern Paris suburb of Noisy-le-Grand, said the Front National and Islam had much in common.

"Both are demonised and very far from the image portrayed in the media," he told Le Parisien newspaper. "Like Islam, the FN defends the weakest. The party denounces exorbitant interest rates charged on the debt of our country, and Islam is against the practice of usury."

Jordan Bardella, a local party secretary, said Mr Buttey had been suspended from a regional FN committee.


"Religion is a private choice which I respect but it must not enter into the sphere of our political activities. The proselytising video which Maxence sent out is unacceptable," Mr Bardella said.

However, Mr Buttey remains a party member and a councillor. The party has no power to sack him from the post.

"Some of my voters will be disappointed by my choice," Mr Buttey admitted. "But I'm ready to explain to them that Islam has a mission to unite all men and women."

He said he found it difficult to believe the "official" version of the September 11 attacks, adding that there was doubt about the "Merah affair" -- referring to the al-Qaeda inspired French gunman, Mohammed Merah, who killed seven people in the south of France in 2012.

"I am against the niqab [full-face veil]," he said, adding that Islam did not call for believers "to cut off heads as the Islamic State group does."

Mr Buttey said he had decided to convert after lengthy discussions with the local imam, whom he met while campaigning for election earlier this year.

"I was Catholic but when I reread the Bible I noticed all its inconsistencies," he said. "When I read the Koran thoroughly, I understood that this religion is more open."

The leader of the Front National, Marine Le Pen, has objected to schools serving Halal meat for Muslim pupils, a controversial issue in France, which has banned the wearing of the full-face veil in public and headscarves in state schools. It has Europe's largest Muslim population, estimated at six million.

Source: The Telegraph

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Sahih al Bukhari, Fadhaail A’maal, Fortress of a Muslim among books shortlisted for banning in Russia

RUSSIA: A region of the world laden with a rich Islamic legacy and that gave rise to giants of Islamic scholarship appears to be on a witch-hunt to censor works of Islamic thought and reading material.

In a supreme irony, the Sahih al Bukhari compilation of Ahadeeth, considered the most authentic book in Islam after the Qur’aan, which was curated by Imam Muhammad ibn Isma`il al-Bukhari RA, one of the wider ‘Russian’ Empire’s greatest sons, has now been earmarked by some within the country for banning due to its apparent “extremist” nature.

Russian Muslims are incensed by the development and have now reportedly formed a commission against the proposed ban.

“It is nonsensical to ban the books of hadith, Sahih Al-Bukhari, which is particularly important for the Muslims,” Russia Ulyanovsk Region’s Mufti Muhammed Baibikov commented.


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Moscow woos Muslim tourists with halal hotel

RUSSIA: No bacon for breakfast, a room for prayers and Quran on your bedside table: A hotel in Moscow has launched a special “halal” service as Russia tries to attract visitors from the Muslim world.

“Around 70 per cent of our guests are from overseas and 13 per cent of these — or some 5,000 people — come from Muslim countries, especially Iran,” said Lyubov Shiyan, marketing director at the Aerostar hotel.


“Our Muslim visitors were constantly asking for a separate prayer room or a special menu,” she said. “We wanted everyone who came here to feel at home.”


To make that happen, the hotel had to go through a rigorous procedure before it could finally be certified halal by Muslim officials in Russia and launch the service this month. 



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The eyes have it!


Saudi Arabia’s Religious Police Outlaw ‘Tempting Eyes’



SAUDI ARABIA: Sheikh Motlab al Nabet, spokesman of Saudi Arabia’s religious police, announced that the Committee for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice will cover any women’s eyes that are deemed “tempting.” “The men of the committee will interfere to force women to cover their eyes, especially the tempting ones” he said. “[We] have the right to do so.”

What are “tempting” eyes? One Saudi journalist mused on condition of anonymity that they are “uncovered eyes with a nice shape and makeup. Or even without makeup, if they are beautiful, the woman will be in trouble.”

Source: The Daily Beast

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

This week's CCN Editor's Book Choice is




Russell Brand

We all know the system isn’t working. Our governments are corrupt and the opposing parties pointlessly similar. Our culture is filled with vacuity and pap, and we are told there’s nothing we can do: “It’s just the way things are.”


In this book, Russell Brand hilariously lacerates the straw men and paper tigers of our conformist times and presents, with the help of experts as diverse as Thomas Piketty and George Orwell, a vision for a fairer, sexier society that’s fun and inclusive.


You have been lied to, told there’s no alternative, no choice, and that you don’t deserve any better.


Brand destroys this illusory facade as amusingly and deftly as he annihilates Morning Joe anchors, Fox News fascists, and BBC stalwarts.


This book makes revolution not only possible but inevitable and fun.



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


Double click a book cover to find out what others think of the book

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KB says: My friend Bilkish who shared this recipe with me says that all ingredients can be substituted for low fat or skim. I must say it was  a real treat as I served it for dessert after a meal of roast leg of lamb and it was smooth and rich and really yummy.

Creme Caramel



1 tin condensed milk
2 tins full cream milk (or 1 tin milk and 1 tin fresh cream or coconut cream)
1 tab. desiccated coconut
1 tsp caramel essence or vanilla essence
4 eggs separated

For Caramelizing
5 tab. sugar
1 tsp. water
A drop of lemon juice

Place all the ingredients in a heavy saucepan on medium heat and allow it to change into a light brown, be careful it does not become too brown as it will then taste bitter. Pour into your non-stick pan and swirl around until it covers the base of your pan.



1. Beat egg whites until stiff.
2. Beat remaining ingredients in a separate bowl and fold in the whites gently.
3. Pour the mixture into your pan which has been lined by the caramelized sugar and bake by placing your pan into another larger one half filled with water at 180degrees for approx. 1 hour. (to avoid browning too much on the top, half way thru the baking process I covered the pan with foil.
4. Let it cool completely at room temp and transfer to fridge overnight or at least 4 hours before serving as its best served very cold.
5. Run a knife around the pan and turn over. Can be topped with cream or served as is.


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Q: Dear Kareema, I need some tips on staying on track with my fitness goals. I’ve started working out a few months ago, then took a break for a few weeks and now I can’t seem to stick to a routine at all. Any suggestions?

A: Don’t push yourself too hard.

The key is to challenge yourself without pushing too hard, as you will tend to lose your motivation and fitness drive.

Start easy and set small, achievable goals.

Do activities that you enjoy and enlist a workout buddy to keep you motivated. Remember too that consistency and persistency is important.

Set a plan and stick to it!




My Health and Fitness

Tel: 0404 844 786


Need an answer to a fitness related matter?

Send your question to Kareema at  fitness@crescentsofbrisbane.org.

All questions sent in are published here anonymously and without any references to the author of the question.


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Mula Nasruddin's daughter: "Dad, I'm in love with a boy who is far away from me. I am in Australia and he lives in the Canada. We met on Shaadi.com, became friends on Facebook, had long chats on Whatsapp, he proposed to me on Facetime and now we've had two months of relationship through Viber. Dad, I need your blessings and good wishes."

Mula Nasruddin: "Wow! Really!! Then let's perform the nikah by Skype, let the witnesses Tweet the Imam, ask for your Mahr in Bitcoins, have fun on Tango, buy your kids on Amazon and pay through PayPal. And if you are fed up with your husband....sell him on EBay".

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When the Scrolls are laid open; When the World on High is unveiled; When the Blazing Fire is kindled to fierce heat; and When the Garden is brought near; - (Then) shall each soul know what it has put forward.

Surah At-Takwir 81:10-14


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More than what you tell them.

They don't remember what you try to teach them.

They remember what you are.

~ Jim Henson


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15 November


Just Kidding Playdate for Charity & Children

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Underwood Centre, 2898 Logan Rd, UNDERWOOD

0434 984 520s

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23 November


Fund Raising Dinner for Slackscreek Mosque Sounds of Da'Wah

Slackscreek Mosque Organizing Committee

45 Acacia Road, Karawatha

3841 3645 

2.30pm to 4.30pm

30 November


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Algester Mosque

48 Learoyd Rd, Algester

0401 576 084 




Prophet’s Birthday 12th Rabi-ul Awwal 1436

15 March 2015


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