takes all the strength of a beast and the charm
of a beauty to hold down an apprehensive
first-time donor Mr.
Farouk Adam at a dress rehearsal for the upcoming blood letting
at the Kuraby Community Centre on Saturday
There's never been a
better cause that helps someone out, costs you nothing,
is good for you, and what's more, puts you in line for
one of 5 $100 Coles/Myers Gift vouchers and a
couple of Gold Class Cinema Tickets.
If the Red Cross rules
don't allow you to donate blood, don't despair. Turn up
on the day, complete an entry form and we'll put you in
the draw to win one of these fabulous prizes anyway.
And, if all this still
doesn't get your blood racing with anticipation then
there's the fabulously famous Crescents Continuous BBQ
for you and the whole family to look forward to.
See you there, insha-Allah
and Zaheera help the Crescent Team
distribute flyers promoting the Crescents Blood
Drive to local residents.
The CCN Media Monitor
HANSON cites Bible urination as reason
to stop immigration
A resurgent Pauline Hanson has
called for an end to Muslim
immigration to Australia in a fiery
television appearance peppered with
references to female genital
mutilation, terrorism and urinating
read the rest.
as I got
Monday 20 August 01:30 pm - Gangs Of
This doco examines how the Bush administration's goal of
handing over the reins of peacekeeping to Iraqi soldiers
and police officers is elusive at best, due to
infiltration by sectarian militias. (From , in)
(Documentary) (Rpt) M
Wednesday 22 August 08:00 pm - Halal
Mate - Changing Teams
Margie is 46, an ex Catholic of Irish Anglo descent, and
a Collingwood supporter. A year ago she found Islam, and
has been on a journey of discovery ever since. But
Margie's life is about to take another turn, as she
moves from multicultural Melbourne to be closer to her
sister in a small dairy town in country Victoria. As
Margie adjusts to rural life, those around her also need
to adjust to Margie's newfound faith, and her newfound
love on the internet. (From Australia, in English)
(Documentary Series) (Series Final) PG CC WS
What you might have missed last week............
Tuesday 14 August 8.30pm - Pakistan
Pakistan Zindabad is an historical
documentary that combines archive and well-dramatised
sequences with astonishing locations to bring us a
deeper, more lucid understanding of what is at stake in
the new world order
Wednesday 15th August 8pm - Halal Mate
Houssam owns a Halal butchery in the heart of
Melbourne's largest Muslim neighbourhood. At 32, he is a
devout Muslim, a loving husband and a highly successful
Friday 17 August 08:30 pm - As It
Happened: The Princess Spy
The great-great-great-granddaughter of Tipu Sultan, Noor
In 1943 a young woman calling herself Nora Baker left
British soil for a moonlit field in northern France,
from where she would be taken to Nazi-occupied Paris.
For the duration of her mission behind enemy lines, she
would be operating in secret and mostly alone. From this
point on, her true identity would be revealed to no-one.
Noor Inayat Khan had arrived in England with her family
three years before. Descended from Indian royalty, the
overriding influence throughout her life had been the
teachings of her pacifist Sufi father. Yet Noor felt she
needed to play a part in ridding Europe of Nazi terror.
She immediately joined the WAAF to be trained as a
wireless operator, choosing the name Nora Baker to
better fit into her new British life. (From the UK, in
Noor Inayat Khan was born in the Soviet
Union on 1st January 1914. Noor was the
great-great-great-granddaughter of Tipu Sultan, the
eighteenth-century Muslim ruler who died in the struggle
against the British. Shortly after her birth in Moscow
the family moved to England and later settled in France.
marks 60th birthday
celebrated the 60th anniversary of independence with
prayers and a national minute of silence, while the
country is still in political and religious turmoil.
Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz led a solemn flag-raising
ceremony in the rainy capital to mark 60 years since
Pakistan, now the world's second-largest Muslim-majority
nation, was carved out of the remains of British India.
When British colonial rule ended in 1947,
India was divided along religious lines. Muslims settled
in West Pakistan and East Pakistan — now Bangladesh —
while India was dedicated for Hindus.
An estimated 10 million people crossed the borders to be
with their fellow believers — one of the largest such
migrations in history, and one accompanied by a frenzy
of mob violence that killed 500,000 to one million
Is there a teenager in your life aged
BreakFreeNOW (Registered as Real Teens
Foundation) is a not-for-profit Organisation, now in its
5th year. It was set up to provide
affordable life changing Workshops for Teenagers and is
not affiliated with any religion or political
Teenagers face more challenges today than
ever before. These include issues of self-esteem,
self-worth, self-confidence, peer pressure,
relationships and the effects of mass media in their
We believe that if teenagers are provided
with valuable insights, high levels of awareness,
practical tools, and life skills, they will experience
their full potential and be empowered to make positive
choices and life-affirming decisions, resulting in a
more successful and rewarding life.
There are many worthwhile organisations
that help young people make corrections once they have
'gone off the rails' or are 'at risk'. However, there is
very little help for the everyday teenager who may be
challenged with making normal daily choices.
BreakFreeNOW offers a powerful and
fun-filled two-day workshop, designed specifically to
help teenagers with their choices, giving them clarity
and direction. It’s dynamic, interactive and full of
challenges, music and ideas, to help them find the tools
to live their life, to its full potential. The workshop
is led by two professionals who are assisted by a team
of highly skilled and experienced volunteers, all of
whom are committed to supporting teenagers in their
The Next BreakFreeNOW Workshop will be
held on Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd
September 2007 at the RNA Showgrounds, Bowen Hills.
and to find out more information visit our website at
As we are a not-for-profit Organisation,
we continue to seek Sponsorship each year from
Individuals and Organisations, to enable us to continue
to offer these workshops to all teenagers. If you would
like to help with sponsorship in any way, please contact
Tracey Horsbrugh on 1300 369 700 or email:
CCN posed the following questions to the organizers on
behalf of our readers:
1. Will alcohol feature anywhere
2. Will provision be made for halal and/or vegetarian
meals (if there are any)
3. Will participants be required to dance
4. Will participants be required to dress or wear
clothes outside of their normal attire.
The following was the response:
Thank you for your queries.
It helps us enormously in formulating our promotional
material as these are some things we may not have
thought about or made provision for.
As far as alcohol is concerned we definitely do not have
any alcohol on site. During the program we talk about
light and dark paths concerning the choices we make and
alcohol and drugs are spoken about here as not being
positive recreation. We also have a role-play about a
young girl who has gotten drunk and wakes up in hospital
not knowing what has happened to her and a doctor goes
through and tells her what some of the consequences she
has risked with her behaviour.
In the participant's pack we send out once someone has
registered there is a diet section where participants
can fill in their specific dietary requirements. We have
catered for halal and vegetarian in the past and will do
so for this one if there is any participant that
Yes there is dancing and music. We do not play any songs
with offensive language or themes and it is modern
contemporary music. If it is against cultural beliefs to
participate in the dancing it would be good to know as
then we would be able to support those participants
appropriately. I think this is probably one area in
particular where teenagers of your culture come under a
lot of discrimination and peer pressure at school.
To the last question participants come dressed in what
they would normally wear daily.
I hope this answered your queries adequately.
Doner Kebab Wrap finally set to Rap!
Pardon the French!
with US$480 million of diamonds
It belongs to
Kush Al Fayed - one of the top10 richest men in the
AMARAH Inc (Australian Muslim Advocates
for the Rights of All Humanity) is presenting a forum
for the community on the plight of the Indigenous people
The forum will begin with the screening of a documentary
entitled "Protected", followed by discussions with Sam
Watson, a well known Aboriginal leader and tireless
For further information contact Salam El-Merebi, Chair
of the Human Rights Subcommittee of AMARAH on 0422 585
500 people for AU$200
Scenes at a mosque in
Lavender Hill, a sub-economic area on the Cape Flats,
This feeding of the poor
is replicated all over the Cape Flats by mosques,
churches, welfare organizations and individuals.
While waiting for the pots of food to come, the rain
came belting down, but the kids stayed in their lines so
as not to lose their place in the queue.
You too can support this
a Video Store Near You: The Namesake
Mira Nair's "The Namesake" is a profound
and beautiful film about love and conflict within an
Indian family, the Gangulis, who move from Calcutta to
New York and experience intense culture clash through
several decades and personal tragedy.
Nair's movie, adapted from an equally wonderful 2003
novel by Jhumpa Lahiri, brims with intelligence,
compassion and sensuous delight in the textures, sights
and sounds of life--all the way from the Taj Mahal to
Pearl Jam. "The Namesake" ranks with Nair's best films,
with her modern classics "Salaam Bombay!" and "Monsoon
Wedding," and that is in part because of the deep
personal chords resonating within the Ganguli history.
When the the Ganguli family moves from
Calcutta to New York, they embark upon a lifelong
balancing act to meld into a new world without
forgetting the old.
Though parents Ashoke and Ashima long
for the family and culture that enveloped them in India,
they take great pride in the opportunities their
sacrifices have afforded their children. Paradoxically,
their son Gogol is torn between finding his own unique
identity without losing his heritage. Even Gogol's name
represents the family's journey into the unknown.
(Seated L to R)
Bowie and Ms. Rochelle Swaby (Work
Directions) Sandra Wilks (Mini Movers), Desley
Scott MP (Woodridge) Queenie Balaba (Multi
(Seated L to R) Mr. Osman Rane
(Director: ABD Poultry), Mr. Jemal Rane
(Director: ABD Poultry), Mr. Harry Wszola
(Principal: HPW Accountants), Mr Shummis Rane
(Vice President: Muslim Business Network)
Following on from
a very successful "employee forum" held
recently, ACCES Services hosted a breakfast
forum for employers and job network
organizations during the week at the Brisbane
The aim of the
forum was to sound out employers' perceptions
about employing Muslims, to discuss how best to
accommodate the special needs of Muslim
employees and to enhance the awareness and
understanding of the positive and productive
benefits that can arise from employing Muslims.
from a number of companies and organizations
were present and included Mini Movers,
Centrelink, Brisbane City Council, HPW
Accountants, ABD Poultry, Tommarco’s Pizza,
Stylecut hairdresser, Australian Customs
Service, Forty Winks, Coles Group recruitment,
Sarina Russo Job Access, Printing industries
Association, Qld. Police Service, RACQ, etc.
Each table was
asked to identify reasons why Muslims might not
be employed and possible solutions to these
problems. A spokesman from each table presented
their discussions to the rest of the audience.
employers found the requests (such as for prayer
times during the day, Friday prayers and Halal
food) to be not overly demanding on them, others
identified a number of potential barriers to
employing Muslims which could only be overcome
through better awareness and education.
The workshops and
forums were funded by the Department of
Employment and Industrial Relations and
information gathered from these meetings will be
used to develop and provide better service
delivery with Muslim specific training and
(L to R) Jasbinder Sanghera and Susan Almaani
(L to R) Ms. Deb Crompton (MC), Ms. Sushil Sami and
Ibrahim (ACCES Muslim Employment Workers)
set up a BLOG
This Tuesday August 21st, Muslim Women
and Friends will be holding their next meeting with the
topic being Self Defense Techniques and ways to minimize
your chances of falling victim to crime.
TMP Worldwide (recruitment strategy and
advertising) are currently conducting research around
employment choices of people from ethnic backgrounds for
a client (QLD Corrective Services).
The aim of the program is to increase the
number of employees from ethnic backgrounds and make QLD
Corrective Services a more culturally diverse
For this research, they require respondents from a range
of ethnic backgrounds. Respondents would be required to
attend a 90 minute focus group conducted by TMP
Worldwide. The focus groups would be held at TMP offices
The focus groups will be held in the evening to
accommodate people working full time but arrangements
All respondents will be paid a stipend ($100) and
Specifically, respondents from the following groups are
* New Zealanders/Maori x 7
* Vietnamese x 7
* Chinese x 7
* Philippino x 7
* Arabic x 7
* Lebanese x 7
AUSTRALIA'S diabetes epidemic is even
worse among some ethnic groups, experts warn, in some
cases with one in five adults affected by the disease.
Professor Paul Zimmet, director of the
International Diabetes Institute in Melbourne, said the
higher rates were occurring because of changes in
traditional lifestyle and diet. He made the discovery
while analysing the results of a 2000 survey of 11,000
The study initially found that, overall,
7.4 per cent of adults aged more than 25 suffered
But a new analysis of the figures
found much higher rates among people who
identified themselves as being from particular groups,
including Asians, Pacific Islanders and those from the
Pacific Islanders who lived in
westernised countries suffered some of the highest
rates of diabetes in the world, but there was "virtually
no diabetes" among those who maintained a traditional
"It's the change in diet, it's the change
in physical activity," he said. "And of course there are
other things such as social dislocation and potentially
Professor Zimmet presented his research
at a diabetes forum in Canberra during the week.
Source: The Australian
Dinner Gets to the Heart of the Problem
Report by MBN
Muslim Business Network Dinner meeting entitled HEALTHY
LIVING was held at the Acacia Hotel on 14 August 2007.
Over 100 attended this very informative session.
Dr. Nasser Essack, cardiologist explained
what a heart attack was in simple terms and what
preventative measures could be used to prevent such an
attack. He went on to discuss other health issues such
as hypertension, diabetes and cholesterol.
The talk on good eating habits was given
by Suraya Hussein who is a nutritionist. Luke Shanahan
spoke about the value of exercise.
Another interesting part of the evening
was the demonstration on CPR given by Richard Fowler
from the Queensland Ambulance Service.
The feedback from those that attended was
very positive and a large number have requested that
other health issues be discussed at future meetings.
Inclusion and Success - Muslim Students at Australian
Balancing the demands of studies and
social life is a challenge for anyone at uni; but if you
happen to be Muslim, couple this with trying to find a
prayer space at the right time, wondering if the
cafeteria food is Halal, and sometimes encountering a
lack of understanding about your faith.
It is issues like these that have led to
the first national Muslim student conference to be held
in Sydney later this year, where key stake holders all
come together to discuss some of the unique issues that
face Muslim students at university.
As we well know, for Catholics, Sunday is
the day of rest; for Jewish people, Saturday is the day
of rest. But for Muslims, Friday is the day of rest, but
all students are still expected to attend university
classes on Friday. So, what can we do to adjust our
practices to ensure that Muslim students can both attend
classes and meet their religious obligations? And what
needs to be done to deliver such adjustment in a
non-discriminatory manner and without undermining the
secular nature of our universities?
In addition, some Muslim students come
from poor backgrounds and they may be the first person
in their family to attend university, which is the same
for many Australian students. These students may have
special needs – like learning to use technology or
filling gaps in their education.
It is in the long term interest of
Australia to keep access to education open to all groups
in our society, including young people from families
with no prior university experience and to those who
experience disadvantage or ethnic or religious minority
It is a well known fact that universities
in Australia are the key to fostering understanding
between culturally different communities and people of
different faiths. They are, in fact, the best instrument
of upward mobility and social integration. Therefore it
is important to ensure that young people with Muslim
backgrounds undertake a tertiary education, gain good
employment outcomes and contribute to Australian
The University of Western Sydney (UWS)
has a very diverse student population which includes
students from the Muslim community within Greater
Western Sydney and beyond. In fact, UWS has the largest
number of Muslim students of any Australian university
and is a recognised leader in Australia in the provision
of higher education to Muslim students. In addition, UWS
draws a significant international Muslim student
enrolment from the Indian subcontinent and South-East
This UWS sponsored conference will
advance ways to engage with Muslim communities to make
education attractive and relevant to local students. The
conference organisers hope the discussions will help not
only to improve practices at UWS, but also to create
national standards that other universities can follow to
assist their Muslim students. It will discuss national
strategies which universities may use in making
provision for Muslim students; examine and further
develop inclusive practices and teaching strategies;
identify areas where adjustment is needed and the
principles behind these; discuss issues associated with
gender, discrimination and respect for difference; and
to engage the Australian Muslim community in partnership
and dialogue about educational aspirations, and local
In particular the conference will focus
on principles associated with making provision for
Muslim students; examine and further develop inclusive
practices and teaching strategies; identify areas where
adjustment is needed and the principles behind these;
discuss issues associated with gender, discrimination
and respect for difference; and engage the Australian
Muslim community in partnership and dialogue about
educational aspirations, and local involvement.
The conference will consider a range of
practical ways universities can use to help Muslim
students integrate and feel comfortable on campus. Most
important is leadership, creating a set of standards of
conduct that make it clear that prejudice and
discrimination is not welcome at any university. For
example, UWS has a set of policies that clearly spell
this out, but there is always a room for improvement.
Other initiatives like providing for Muslim holidays,
creating prayer spaces and having Halal food available
(food prepared according to Islamic beliefs) also helps.
UWS has already taken many of these initiatives.
Invited speakers/panellists: The Hon
Julie Bishop, MP, Minister of Education, Stephen Smith
MP, Shadow Minister for Immigration, Patrick Dodson
former Chairperson, Council for Aboriginal
Reconciliation, Carmen Lawrence, MP, Dr Sudibyo Marcus,
Chairman, National Executive Board of Muhammsdiyah,
Indonesia, Dr Mohamad Abdalla, Griffith University, Prof
Gary Bouma, Monash University, Prof John Ingelson Deputy
VC, UWS, Mr Tanveer Ahmed, Journalist, Hanan Dover,
Mission of Hope, Hass Della, Australian Multicultural
Foundation and many others.
The first national “Access,
Inclusion and Success - Muslim Students in Australia
Universities” Conference will be held 3-4
September at Crowne Plaza in Parramatta, with
presentations and workshops from scholars, Muslim
leaders, university administrators and students
All are welcome.
For more information on the Muslim
On Saturday the 7th of July 2007, Al-Nisa
Youth Group Inc. held their first Annual General Meeting
(AGM). The new board members are:
Deen - President
Ahmad – Treasurer (Pioneer member)
Khusboo Khan - Secretary
pioneers of Al-Nisa Youth Group Inc. include Shameem
Rane, Susan Al-Maani, Nora Amath, Mehnaaz Ahmad and
Rokaya Rane. These members act as advisors and continue
to support Al-Nisa Youth Group Inc.
Furthermore, Al-Nisa would like to notify that Faiza El-Higzi
has resigned form her role as President also from the
board of Al-Nisa Youth Group Inc. We would like to thank
Faiza for her contribution to Al-Nisa Youth Group Inc.
currently involved with a number of projects with
different government and non-government organisations,
including Department of Communities, Multicultural
Affairs Queensland, Youth Affairs Network Queensland,
and Queensland Police. These projects are headed by the
following Al-Nisa members.
Hadara (Islamic Civilisation) Project – Susan Al-Maani
This project is about showcasing the
contribution of the Islamic civilisation to humanity in
areas such as medicine, maths, science, astrology and a
range of other disciplines from the 15th
century to the 18th century.
The project involves young people in a
journey of discovery about their Islamic heritage. The
aim is to develop among the general community, a better
understanding and appreciation of the forgotten Islamic
Insha’Allah we will be launching this
project at the Eid Fest this year on the 27th
of October 2007.
Leadership program – Salam El-Merebi
This is a community
development project that aims to build leadership
capacity within the youth of the Muslim community and in
particular young women. This enables them to build their
leadership capacity and give then enough confidence and
knowledge to build positive relationships and
partnerships with government, business and the wider
Queensland Police Service (QPS) - Salma Mousali
The aims of the project
• To provide information
on and facilitate understanding of Muslim Australian
communities to the QPS.
• Develop resources and
strategies that the QPS, can incorporate into police
education and training:
• Develop strategies to
create and improve positive relationships between the
QPS and the Muslim Australian communities; and
• Develop a database of community
leaders, and identify communication procedures that
provide effective management of relationships between
the QPS and the Muslim Australian communities.
Muslim Youth Services (MY Services) – Anas Abdalla &
employed two Youth and Community Development Officers,
under the Muslim Youth Services (MY Services) banner.
MY Services aims to ensure that Muslim young people in
the Greater Brisbane Region are appropriately engaged
with the broader community; whilst also facilitating a
reduction in Muslim young people’s experience of
isolation and marginalization.
"You've no idea how hard I've looked
for a gift to bring You. Nothing seemed right. What's
the point of bringing gold to the gold mine, or water to
the Ocean. Everything I came up with was like taking
spices to the Orient. It's no good giving my heart and
my soul because you already have these. So - I've
brought you a mirror. Look at yourself and remember me."
I suffer from asthma and get puffed really quickly. What
can I do to get fit, Kareema?
Talk to your doctor before you begin any exercise
program and if you get the go-ahead, ask for help on
developing a personal asthma plan for you.
SWIMMING will be a great way to start as it will help
regulate your breathing.
If you're not a fan of the water however... YOGA will
also help with controlling your breathing.SWISS BALL and
PILATES can help ease the ache in larger muscles which
can be caused by asthma.
WEIGHT TRAINING (starting with light weights of course),
will be another great choice as it is not as intense as
an aerobic session and therefore less likely to cause
and exercise-induced asthma attack.
Know your limits and be sure to have your medication
with you at all times!
Always think positive - BELIEVE and ACHIEVE....
Regular exercise will assist in improving your lung
All questions sent in are published here
anonymously and without any references to the author of
Preheat oven to 190 deg. Warm milk on stove. Add vanilla
essence. When milk starts to boil, remove from stove and
cool for 10 minutes.
Beat eggs and egg yolks. Gradually add sugar until
mixture thickens. Gently add in the warm milk beating
all the time. Pour mixture into pastry tin. Grate
cinnamon over filling.
Bake in oven for approximately 1 hour or until filling
is firm at the edges but not quite set in the centre.
Remember if you are using a bigger pan bake for less
One day Mula
Nasruddin was trotting along the countryside on his mule
when he noticed that there was a three-legged chicken
running alongside him.
He set his trusty
mule into a gallop but the chicken was still keeping up.
After about a kilometer of running the chicken ran up a
farm lane and into a barn behind an old farm house.
Our Mula Nasruddin had some time to kill so he turned
his mule around and rode up the farm lane.
He knocked at the
door and when Farmer ABDool answered he told him what he
had just seen.
Farmer ABDool said
that his son was a geneticist and he had developed this
breed of chicken because he, his wife and his son each
like a drumstick when they have chicken and this way
they only have to kill one chicken.
"That's the most fantastic thing I've ever heard," said
Mula Nasruddin. "How do they taste?"
"I don't know," said Farmer ABDool. "We've never caught
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