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Sunday, 17 February 2008

 .Newsletter 0171

This week's CCN is kindly sponsored by

Nazima Hansa of RE/MAX Sunnybank

Chamber Orchestra


The Al Nour wal Amal - Light and Hope Orchestra performed at the Conservatorium of Music in Sydney last night (Saturday).

This group is unique in the world as it is the only orchestra entirely composed of blind women who play western classical music. Their repertoiry includes Mozart, Beethoven,Bizet, Mendelssohn, Weber, Tchaikovsky, Gamal Abdel-Rahim, El-Sonbaty and others.


The Music Institute Orchestra began as a group of 15 girls, and over the years developed into a Chamber Orchestra of 34 girls, with all four sections; strings, woodwind, brass and percussion, and has become the most famous part of the Nour Wal Amal Association. Several conductors have contributed to its activities.

During the last twenty years, the Orchestra was trained and conducted by the late Maestro Ahmed Abul Eid, who had succeeded in developing special techniques and methods to enable the girls to perform as an orchestra without the need to read the notes while performing, and without the very essential dependence on the famous “batin” of the conductor.


The Orchestra is composed of blind girls with different levels of music education. The girls learn to play their musical parts separately and they train twice a week as an orchestra.


Al Nour Wal Amal (Light & Hope) Association is an Egyptian non-governmental organization, with headquarters in Cairo, Egypt.


The primary aim of Al Nour Wal Amal Association is to fulfill the rights of blind girls and women by providing them with free education, literacy programs, vocational training and job opportunities in order to develop their potentialities and their special abilities such as musical talents, to ensure their physical and psychological health and to allow them to develop their own identities and become self dependent integrated members of the society.

Source: http://www.alnourwalamal.org/Chamber.aspx


Pizza in his Pocket: Back by popular demand



Funding Opportunity For Young People Aged 12-15 years


What Does Your Community Look Like Through Your Eyes?


The Foundation for Young Australians is now accepting entries for Your Eyes Only.

Your Eyes Only is a creative funding opportunity for young people 12 to 15 years to submit a creative entry that celebrates the strengths of their community through their eyes.


Applications will be judged by a committee of young people aged 12 to 15 years from across Australia.


Successful entrants will nominate a community group working with young people in their community (for example a school, youth group or sporting group), to receive a donation of up to $3,000. This donation would then be used by the community group to further its work by purchasing much needed equipment or adding funds to an existing program.


For further information, entry forms and guidelines, visit The Foundation for Young Australians’ website www.youngaustralians.org or call (03) 9670 5436.


Closing Date for entries is 2 September 2008.


AFIC on the Apology


Earlier this week, AFIC issued a press release regarding the Prime Minister's apology to Indigenous Australians:


The President of the Australian Federation of Islamic Councils, Mr Ikebal Patel today welcomed the Prime Minister, Mr Rudd’s pledge to offer an apology to the stolen generations of indigenous Australians.


Mr Patel said that the Muslims of Australia strongly support  reconciliation with indigenous Australians and apologising to the owners of this land for any wrongdoings in the past will build a deep and solid foundation for Australia to move forward and build a strong nation based on inclusiveness that has been a corner stone of our multicultural country in the past. 


The Muslims of Australia  are always willing to extend a helping hand to  the disadvantaged and is looking forward to establishing closer  relationship with Indigenous Communities. 


The whole country can now embrace this significant event and use it as a  stepping stone to make tangible difference to the lives of our indigenous  Australians and some form of monetary  compensation from the  government to recompense the pain and suffering would be a good start. 


Mr Patel further said  an apology will be a significant landmark in the  history of Australia and once again congratulates Mr Rudd and his  government for making it a reality on Wednesday 13 February 2008.


Little Mosque on the Prairie: Season 2 Episode 9


Part 1




Part 2



Part 3




Around the Muslim World with CCN


Minister warns of ‘inbred’ Muslims


A government minister has warned that inbreeding among immigrants is causing a surge in birth defects - comments likely to spark a new row over the place of Muslims in British society.

Phil Woolas, an environment minister, said the culture of arranged marriages between first cousins was the “elephant in the room”. Woolas, a former race relations minister, said: “If you have a child with your cousin the likelihood is there’ll be a genetic problem.”

The minister, whose views were supported by medical experts this weekend, said: “The issue we need to debate is first cousin marriages, whereby a lot of arranged marriages are with first cousins, and that produces lots of genetic problems in terms of disability [in children].”

Woolas emphasised the practice did not extend to all Muslim communities but was confined mainly to families originating from rural Pakistan. However, up to half of all marriages within these communities are estimated to involve first cousins.

Medical research suggests that while British Pakistanis are responsible for 3% of all births, they account for one in three British children born with genetic illnesses.

Read the rest....



Watch churchgoers have their say on the Archbishop and Sharia


On the Sunday morning after the Archbishop of Canterbury's comments about Islam and English law Times Online asked churchgoers in London for their reaction to the row.

Watch the video....




A Land Called Paradise


In December 2007, over 2000 American Muslims were asked

what they would wish to say to the rest of the world:



$5 First Aid Course for Child Care

by Andree Gray


Basimah Playgroup invites all Mums, Aunties and Grandmas to bring along their little ones for an interactive play time with the kids. Located just around the corner from the Gold Coast Mosque, Basimah Playgroup offers each week a variety of Art and Crafts, story-time for all ages, babies through to children up to 5 years; and a large selection of toys, with plans for an outdoor playground soon to be constructed.


Being members of Playgroup Queensland entitles us to many opportunities including workshops for Mum, the Toy Library and an extensive range of interactive toys of all shapes and sizes. The sisters can enjoy a morning tea and every so often we organise an additional event to coincide with the Playgroup, such as the Learning Ladder and the upcoming Basic First Aid Session for Child Care.


We would like to invite all ladies to this informative event, demonstrated by Muslimah doctors.


Email Andree Gray at art@baraka.net.au or ph:0404953950 if you need more information or to reserve a place.


Playgroup – Basic First Aid for Child Care
Wednesday 5th March
10am – 12 noon
Arundel / Parkwood Community Hall
Napper Rd, Arundel
$5 includes: First Aid Session, Morning Tea and Playgroup


Special Screening: The Imam and the Pastor


'The Imam and the Pastor' depicts the unlikely partnership between a Muslim fundamentalist preacher and a Christian evangelist from Nigeria.
In the 1990s, Imam Muhammad Ashafa and Pastor James Wuye led opposing militias dedicated to defending their respective communities as violence broke out in Kaduna, northern Nigeria. In pitched battles, Pastor James lost his hand and Imam Ashafa's spiritual mentor and two close relatives were killed.  Now the two men are co-directors of the Muslim-Christian Interfaith Mediation Centre, leading task-forces to resolve conflicts across Nigeria.


Shajaroh Amath reviews the recent screening for CCN


Approximately 40 people were gathered in the Garden City Library Meeting Room last Sunday to watch a showing of a compelling documentary called ‘The Imam and the Pastor’ hosted by AMARAH Inc and friends. 


Taking a quick scan of the room, you would see people of a myriad of different backgrounds and faiths. 


Why might they come? 


The title of the documentary itself invites curiosity.  One ponders: are those terms contradictory, can they co-exist? 


The documentary is situated in Nigeria, but more specifically in the violence-prone community of Kahuna. 


Most of us are aware of the ongoing violence plaguing Muslim and Christian communities in Nigeria. 


This film examines the perceptions Muslims and Christians have about each other and explores the commonalities and differences at the root of the two religions. 


Then it goes on to depict the efforts, at first weak and frail and later more confident, to build a communal effort to promote understanding between the communities. 


After the film screening, small groups were formed to discuss the major points and lessons of the film. 


Many were grateful for the brutal honesty portrayed in the film. 


Both Pastor Wuye and Imam Ashafa readily acknowledge their militant past. 


At one point both men were bitter rivals; these two men seriously did want to kill each other when they initially worked together.


Interestingly, it was noted by those who attended that both the pastor and the imam drew strength and inspiration from the very faith that is so central to both of their lives, by looking to the messages of Jesus and the Prophet Muhammad, to eschew conflict and violence and instead pursue justice, love and harmonious co-existence.  


But neither compromised their faith in the process of co-existing.


Overall, the documentary was awe-inspiring and left people with the motivation to dialogue as a preventative tool against strife and warfare.  


And that it simply takes a small step to start the process.


The screening of “The Imam and the Pastor” is AMARAH’s first community forum. 


Many more informative, insightful and stimulating forums are scheduled to be held every 1st Sunday of the month, 7pm at Garden City Library Meeting Room.


Please note that our original scheduled session for Sunday 2 March 2008 on Islamic civilisation will be postponed for another time.  Instead it will be replaced with the CLEAN UP AUSTRALIA day, co-hosted by AMARAH, MYServices and Brandon Road Bushcare Group. Please meet at Brandon Road Entrance to Willams Park, Runcorn at 7 am on Sunday 2 March. There will be a free halal sausage sizzle afterwards for volunteers. Please advise if you are coming to Shajaroh Amath on 0432 081 792. 


For further details please contact AMARAH at info@amarah.org.





[Editor] If you missed the screening of the Imam and the Pastor you can view it here:




QUT Units on Islamic Societies


Queensland University of Technology is offering the following two courses in their Humanities Program:


HHB223: Islam & Islamic Societies

This unit examines the influence of Islam on various areas of the lives of Muslim people including social, economic, political and human values. This unit will employ a wide range of learning tools to construct a comprehensive and critical understanding of Islam and provides opportunity for students to understand and appreciate the life-styles of Australian Muslims.




HHB219: Iranian Society: Cultures, Religions & Politics

The unit will introduce students to the social, cultural, political, and religious values and processes that have formed Iranian civilisation throughout its ancient, medieval and modern eras including the influences of current debates within a global context.


From the Cradles of CCN







Mohammed (son of Fuzzy and Fozia Moola) and Aadila (daughter of Reffik and Hamida Dada) are the proud parents of a bouncing baby boy, Hamza,  born last week on Thursday night at Sunnybank Private Hospital and weighing in at 3.5kg.



....and now a word from this week's sponsor.......Nazima Hansa RE/MAX Sunnybank


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


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



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CCN has set up an online Book Club at Shelfari to connect with CCN book readers at:


Using our book club you can see what books we at CCN have on our shelves, what we are reading and even what we and others think of them.

You can even create your own book shelf, find out what your fellow CCN readers are reading, get and give recommendations for what to read next, create book lists, and even share your opinion on a book with us.

Come see the books we have selected and see if we have any in common. 

Then pick our next book so we can all keep on reading.

The CCN Readers' Book Club

Kareema's Keep Fit Column





Q: Dear Kareema, we have a few flights of stairs at home and I was wondering if you could give us some ideas on how best to ‘utilise’ them as part of our fitness program.






A: The best thing about the stairs is that every time you need to go upstairs you can perform a mini-workout! It doesn’t have to be part of your 30 or 60 min workout.

- Try doing a one-legged calf raise on the first step (place the ball of your foot on the edge of the step with your heel hanging down, hold on to the banister for support and raise as high as you can). Hold for 3 counts then lower the heel.

- Walk/run up the rest of the stairs and do the other leg (calf raise) on the last step

- On the way down, do some tricep dips

- The next time you have to go upstairs, stop about halfway and do some push-ups

- Another option is to skip a step on the way up and slow down on the way down

- Lunges are great exercises to perform on the bottom step as well (front foot on the step and back foot on the floor with heel raised, take the back knee towards the floor)

- Weights can be incorporated as you get stronger

- To challenge yourselves further, increase the number of reps you do every 2nd or 3rd day.


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.

The Culinary Corner






(Submitted by a CCN Reader)


A fun drink! The kids will drink it so fast you'll be lucky to get in a sip!

The better the berry, the better the drink, of course, but it is an easy refreshing drink that is great for summer.





  • 1/2 cup strawberries, hulled and halved

  • 1/2 cup orange juice

  • 1 cup diet soda



    Place berries and orange juice in a blender and puree until smooth.

    Put ice in 2 tall glasses and pour berry mixture over the ice and the add the soda.



    Do you have a recipe to share with CCN readers?
    Send in your favourite recipe to theteam@crescentsofbrisbane.org and who knows, you could be our "guest chef" for a future edition of CCN.


    The Inbox


    Assalamu alaikum

    Discover Islam Australia is pleased to announce that its website for the alJumuah magazine is up and running. Please visit www.aljumuah.org.au.

    The website carries some articles from each alJumuah magazine (so visit it regularly) so those who are not able to subscribe may also receive some of the benefits. It also contains subscription information and in the future it will have a link to subscribe and pay online.

    May Allah reward those who were involved.


    Fuwaad Mohammed
    Discover Islam Australia

    Assalamu Alaikum,

    Hello Dear Friends,

    You are invited to the Muslim Women and Friends Launch for 2008! On February 19th, at 9:30am, join in our celebrations with catered food, fun and games.
    Hear about our exciting new plans, be able to join in our projects, meet new people and so much more.
    All you need to bring is yourself and even your friends.
    Please note our new location below.
    Looking forward to seeing you there !

    Farina Nayab
    Co-ordinator, Muslim Women and Friends
    Logan Women's Health and Wellbeing Centre
    1 Mary Street, Kingston
    Telephone: 3808 9233
    Mobile: 0405 448 045

    The CCN Chuckle


    Jallaluddin asked Mula Nasruddin to explain to him the difference between an optimist and a pessimist.


    Mula Nasruddin obliged by way of a story:


    A man had twin sons, Wadadin and Wydadin. Wadadin was an Optimist and Wydadin was a Pessimist.


    On their twelfth birthday their father gave Wydadin - the Pessimist - an expensive watch, a carpentry set and a bicycle.


    And Wadadin's - the Optimist's - room, he filled with horse dung.


    When Wythedin opened his presents he grumbled all morning.


    He hadn't wanted a carpentry set, he didn't like the watch and the bicycle had the wrong kind of tyres.


    When the father went to Wadadin's - the Optimist's - room, he couldn't see Wadadin, but he could hear the sound of frantic shovelling and heavy breathing.


    Horse dung was flying all over the room.


    "What in heaven's name are you doing?" the father shouted to Wadadin.


    A voice came from deep inside the dung.


    "Well, Father," Wadadin said, "if there's so much sh.t around, there has to be a pony somewhere!" 


    What's happening in our neck of the woods......


    Click on image to enlarge

    Clean Up Campaign


    GIRU Conference

    The "Hope For Happiness" Fashion Evening

    Introduction to 'Aqeedah Course

    Charity Dinner for Iraqi

    widows and orphans


    The CCN Date Claimer





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    17 February



    (for members)


    Muslim Business Network (MBN)


    Runcorn Tavern

    0439 617 786


    23-25 February

    Saturday - Monday

    Asia-Pacific Interfaith Symposium
    Women, Faith
    and a Culture of Peace

    Griffith University Multi-faith Centre and AMARAH

    Multi-Faith Centre
    Griffith University, Nathan Campus

    Griffith University Multi-faith Centre

    Saturday 23rd mid-afternoon to
    Monday 25th mid-afternoon

    2 March


    Clean up Australia Day


    MYServices Brandon Road & Bushcare Group

    Brandon Road Williams Park, Runcorn 0432 081 792


    3-5 March

    Monday - Wednesday

    Griffith Islamic Research Unit 2008 Conference: The Challenges and Opportunities of Islam in the West: The Case of Australia


    Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, Cnr Merivale and Glenelg Streets, South Bank

    0402 819 197

    10am to 10pm

    7 March


    IWAQ Client/Carer Dinner




    Mt Gravatt Show grounds 3272 6355


    8 March


    The "Hope For Happiness" Fashion Evening

    Hope for Happiness in association with Human Appeal International Australia

    Runcorn Tavern Function Centre
    124 Gowan Rd, Runcorn

    0415 180 065  0405 230 305



    8/9 March



    Discover Islam Australia

    Darul Uloom, 6 Agnes St, Buranda

    1300 788 526

    9am to 1pm

    10 March


    Public Forum: Breaking the Siege of Gaza - Eyewitness report from Gaza

    Brisbane International
    Women’s Day Collective

    CEPU Building, 41 Peel St (cnr Merivale St) South Brisbane

    0400 720 757


    15 March


    Crescents of Brisbane: World's Greatest Shave

    Crescents of Brisbane & The Leukemia Foundation

    Kuraby Community Hall, Stiller Drive, Kuraby

    0402 026 786

    9am to 1pm

    15 March


    Charity Dinner for Iraqi widows and orphans

    AMARAH and Muslim Aid Australia

    Michael's Oriental Restaurant

    0422 349 786


    30 March


    Kuraby Madrassah fundraising BBQ

    Kuraby Mosque


    0431 300 111


    10 May


    IWAQ/ACCESS Fun night for women




    Clairvaux Mackillop College 3272 6355


    18 May


    CresWalk2008: Annual Fun Run

    Crescents of Brisbane

    Orleigh Park, West End

    0402 026 786

    7.30am to 12pm

    8/9 June






    QLD LIONS, Pine Rd, RICHLANDS 0438 114 619


    13 June


    IWAQ Client/Carer Dinner




    MacGregor Primary School 3272 6355


    25 June


    Kuraby Madrassah fundraising DINNER

    Kuraby Mosque


    0431 300 111


    22 August


    IWAQ Client/Carer Dinner




    Kuraby Special School 3272 6355


    23 August


    Annual Spring fete

    Islamic College of Brisbane

    Islamic College of Brisbane, Karawatha

    0402 794 253

    All day

    1/2 September



    Start of Ramadaan

    29/30 September



    End of Ramadaan

    30 Sept. / 1 Oct.




    4 October


    Kuraby Madrassah fundraising (Ladies Only) DINNER

    Kuraby Mosque


    0431 300 111


    11 October



    Eidfest Committee

    Mt Gravatt Showgrounds

    0402 819 197

    10am to 10pm

    8/9 December






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