Australian International Islamic College held its annual
Year 7 and Year 10 graduands ceremony at Michael's
Oriental Restaurant on Thursday (6 December).
In a very
dignified and well-organized event, the Principal,
Mr. Peter Mikalski, praised all the staff and
volunteers of his school for the successes they had
achieved for the school over the past year.
highlight of the evening was the part of the programme
when each of the students came up to the front of the
dining hall and spoke (many having only learnt the
English language as recently as last year) with passion
and undisguised emotion for the teachers and aides who
helped them to get to this point in their lives.
Singing the National Anthem
Principal Michalski (right)
and the transport team
Elshima Ibrahim (Year 7)
Huda Fadlelmawla (Year 7)
December Holiday Workshop
daughter of Rehana and Hashim Adat, was
married to Junaid, son of Nazima Hansa and
Mustafa Ally at a nikaah ceremony at the
Kuraby Mosque yesterday afternoon by Imam Peer.
CCN congratulates the happy couple and
wishes the newly weds all the best for the future,
Event Turns into a Brisbane Milestone
Local property developer,
Mr. Faisal Hatia, with Lord Mayor Campbell
Newman and Councillor Norm Wyndham for
Norman Park at the official "start up" of
Matilda - the TBM (Tunnel Boring Machine).
The first tunnel crossing
below the Brisbane River was commissioned during
the week by Lord Mayor Campbell Newman – in a major
milestone to ease the city’s congestion woes.
Cr Newman started the turning of the 12-metre diameter
drilling cutter-face - the size of a three-storey
building – by pushing a small green button in the
The goliath machine for the North-South Bypass Tunnel (NSBT)
is now limbering up at Bowen Hills for its monumental
journey beneath the Brisbane River - three months ahead
The machine was given a ceremonious send-off with a
blessing by Canon Neville Knot and a champagne toast by
Sir William Jolly’s granddaughter.
Cr Newman said it was appropriate Jenni Jolly
inaugurated the TBM, as it was her grandfather
Brisbane’s first Lord Mayor that built the first
aboveground river-crossing over 70 years ago.
“Today, the NSBT is not only Brisbane’s first
underground river crossing. It is Brisbane’s
largest-ever road infrastructure project with two 4.8km
underground motorway tunnels reaching a depth of some 60
metres below ground,” he said.
“What you glimpse here today is a mind-boggling feat of
engineering – there’s been nothing like it before in
Brisbane. We are making history as we start on the most
important link in the city’s motorway ring road program
between Bowen Hills and Woolloongabba.
Cr Newman said his TransApex tunnel and bridge program
would help rid the city of the choking congestion
experienced for many years by taking through-traffic out
of the CBD.
“Motorists will be able to fast-track their cross-city
journeys along the bypass tunnel – and slash a third off
their journey times,” he said. “And it’ll cut inner city
traffic- like on the Story Bridge.”
Cr Newman said TBMs are traditionally female and named
through a public naming competition.
“I’m pleased to announce Brisbane’s first TBM is being
christened ‘Matilda’, a name by a female engineer. The
judges chose the name on its very Australian
credentials,” he said.
Cr Newman said he was pleased the people of Brisbane
named the machine that would be an integral Brisbane
player in the city’s future world-class infrastructure.
Today’s commissioning event was specially organised for
Saint Barbara’s day, the patron saint of tunnellers and
So far, over 200,000 tonnes out of a total of 3.5
million tonnes of spoil has been excavated and around
1,000 metres of tunnel and ramps.
The second tunnel borer is now in Brisbane and making
its way to site for assembly.
Madrassah puts on Jalsa
Kuraby Madrassah held its annual Jalsa at the
Springwood State School last weekend.
and friends of the madrassah watched the children
perform plays and speak on stage.
Madrassah pupils were awarded trophies for high
Australia's Surfing Imam
Imam Haisam Farache,
of the Lakema Mosque in Sydney, is part of a new wave of
home-grown Islamic clerics who are transforming the
religion in Australia.
members of the Muslim community are invited to be part
of a Special Dinner to acknowledge and thank Gary
Hardgrave, former Member of Parliament for Moreton,
for his contribution to the community during his long
term of office.
Seats are limited to 50 and will be allocated on a first
come first served basis.
Venue: Tandoori Village Restaurant
Date: Sunday 16 December
Time: 7.30 pm
Price: $40 per head to be paid by Wednesday 12th
Farouk Adam (0422191675)
Abdul Omar (0404807861)
Faisal Hatia (0438786786)
MYServices, in partnership with Brisbane City Council
and a number of other youth service providers, has been
involved in an interactive cultural awareness program
with Year 11 students of Sunnybank State High School.
This pilot program sought to promote a harmonic school
community through a better understanding and acceptance
of Muslim students and students of other religious
affiliations and cultures in the school. At the
completion of the seven-week program, teachers and
students reported a reduction in inter-racial fights (of
Year 11s, at school), and an increase in interaction
between the 64 cultures represented in the school.
Alhamdulillah, the very positive response from the
students was especially encouraging, with almost 90% of
students calling for such programs to be incorporated as
a year-long subject. Due to the success of the program,
teachers intend to duplicate it with junior year levels
MYServices has been assisting Youth Affairs Network of
Queensland in the Free-styling It Like Thorpe:
Young Muslim Women’s Participation in Sports
research, which examines young Muslim women’s
involvement in sports and the barriers they encounter.
The research report, along with its long awaited
recommendations, is set to be launched on the 10th
of December 2007 with stakeholders including, Al-Nisa’,
Department of Sports and Recreation, Brisbane City
Council, University of Queensland, PCYC, Logan City
Council and a number of Muslim women with a passion for
sports. An action/reference group, which will overlook
the implementation of the research’s recommendations,
will be chaired by Crescents of Brisbane’s
dynamic fitness guru, Kareema Benjamin. MYServices is
very grateful to Kareema for accepting this important
If you would like to nominate someone to the
action/reference group, who you believe has what it
takes to make a positive influence in young Muslim
women’s participation in sports and fitness, please
firstname.lastname@example.org for consideration.
Are you are a young Muslim (or just young at heart) who
wants to get more involved in Muslim or mainstream
community service, dawah work, or youth events
management, but just not sure where to start? Just email
email@example.com briefly outlining your
skills, goals and preferences, and we will link you with
the opportunities to help you achieve your goals.
Free Teacher Aide Course
There is an
opportunity to undertake training as a teacher aide.
The course is offered for free for residents living
in the Marsden/ Crestmead area. Although individuals
from other areas might still be eligible. For
further information call Sushil on 38089299
Muslim Employment Project
Acces Services Inc
Crescents of Brisbane
makes news in Chinese newspaper
Mosque on the Prairie: Season 2 Episode 4
We apologize for including the
incorrect episode in last week's issue of CCN.
Muslimah Course Scholarship
The Regional Islamic
Da'wah Council of Southeast Asia and the Pacific (RISEAP)
together with the International Islamic University
Malaysia has offered AFIC one place in the Muslimah
course, which they are offering between the 4th February
2008 to the 8th April 2008.
IIUM is offering this position with all expenses paid
(including air ticket, food, accommodation and a
possible monthly allowance).
There are no set rules on
the age or qualification. Those who wish to gather more
knowledge on the basic Islamic norms are encouraged to
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Kareema's Keep Fit Column
Q: Kareema, I've just discovered that
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Try some low impact activities such as fitball classes,
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Here are some facts relating to exercising during
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CHERRY NUT BISCUITS
Ingredients 4 oz butter - ¼ cup sugar - 1 egg
- 1tsp vanilla essence - 1 cup self raising flour - 4 oz
chopped mixed nuts - Glace cherries
Cream butter and sugar until light and creamy. Add egg
and vanilla beat well. Add sifted flour and mix to a
soft sough. Drop rounded spoonful of mixture into nuts.
Roll into balls. Press half a cherry on top. Put on to
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Source: Radio Islam
Newsletter - Wednesday, 05 November 2007
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The CCN Chuckle
Our wise and witty Mula Nasruddin took a young man for a
game of golf.
The young man found
himself with a tough shot. There was a large pine tree
right in front of his ball - and directly between his
ball and the green.
After several minutes of debating how to hit the shot Mula Nasruddin
finally said, "You know, when I was your age I'd hit the
ball right over that tree."
With that challenge placed before him, the youngster
swung hard, hit the ball up, right smack into the top of
the tree trunk and it thudded back on the ground not a
foot from where it had originally lay.
Responding to the young man's obvious anger Mula Nasruddin
offered one more comment, "Of course, when I was your
age that pine tree was only three feet tall."
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