Sunday, 24 March 2013

 Newsletter 0437




(left to right) Ambassador Damir Arnaut, Graham Perrett MP, the artist Adis Fejzic, and Foreign Minister the Honourable Bob Carr

At Parliament House on Tuesday, 12th March, the Federal Member for Moreton, Graham Perrett MP, joined together with the Minister for Foreign Affairs, the Hon Bob Carr, fellow parliamentarians and friends from the Bosnian Community including the Ambassador for Bosnia and Herzegovina, Damir Arnaut for the unveiling of a new sculpture at Parliament House by local artist Adis Fejzic.

With 7 January 2013 marking the 20th Anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations with Australia, the Embassy of Bosnia and Herzegovina set out to commemorate this occasion in recognition of the strong ties between the two countries.

Ambassador Arnaut embarked upon this initiative with a view that Australia’s generosity to Bosnia and Herzegovina and its people, at a time "when we most needed it, merited not only a celebration, but a lasting memento."

“I was proud to stand with among such outstanding people to unveil a sculpture that will be a truly historic symbol to the strong relations we have with Bosnia and Herzegovina.” Graham Perrett MP said.

“It is a privilege and an honour to share this occasion with the Bosnia and Herzegovina peoples and recognise the symbol of celebration between the nations.”

The artist, Adis Fejzic (Addis) is a Bosnian-Australian artist from Queensland. During his studies at the well-respected School of Fine Art in Sarajevo that he was first recognised by his teachers for his exceptional artistic talents.

After completing his Bachelor and Master’s degrees in Sculpture, Addis enrolled in the Queensland College of Arts. While completing his PhD, Addis is also working as a research assistant at Monash University.


The most significant depiction in the stone sculpture is one that the artist calls Abraham's Seals - comprising of the Star of David, a cross and a crescent - appearing as one and representing the multicultural and multi-religious Bosnia and Herzegovina.


Read more about the sculpture here.


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A multi-faith forum was held on 21 March at the Griffith Multi-faith Centre entitled Who is my God? - Celebrating rites of passage.

A rite of passage is a ritual event that marks a person's transition from one status to another. Milestones include transitions from puberty, year 7 to high school, coming of age, marriage and death. Initiation ceremonies such as baptism, akika, confirmation and Bar or Bat Mitzvah are considered important rites of passage for people of their respective religions.

Ms Faiza El-Higzi presented and explained the Islamic events that mark the life of a Muslim from birth to death.

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In celebration of Harmony Day, a number of citizenship ceremonies were held across the state. Ms Nora Amath and Dr Mustafa Ally spoke at the Runcorn and Stretton Schools respectively and welcomed the new citizens.


    The Student Council at Park Ridge State School where

Ms Yasmin Khan gave the Harmony Day address

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Fund raising for the purchase of the property for the establishment of the first Mosque in Toowoomba began in earnest with a community planning meeting held during the week and chaired by Prof. Shahjahan Khan at the Islamic College of Brisbane (Karawatha).

Participants at this inaugural meeting included Mr. Yusuf Limbada; Mr. Mohammad Yusuf; Mr. Sultan Deen; Mr. A R Deen; Dr Tarek Omar; Mr. Ejaz Ahmad; Mr. Shahbaz Rafiq; Mr. Nasir Chowdhury; Dr Mainul Islam; Prof. Shahjahan Khan; Mr. Suleman Sabdia, Mr. Hussin Goss; Dr Mohammad Iqbal Sultan; Dr Md Shahiduzzaman.

A coordinating committee was set up with Dr Tarek Omar as the coordinator to drive fund raising efforts in Brisbane and the Gold Coast

For details of the property and how you can support the project visit last week's CCN.

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Prep to Year 6 students of the month at the Australian International Islamic College (AIIC) were presented with merit certificates at assembly by Sgt Jim Bellos for "producing work of a very high standard"  to "being role models for their peers".


Amongst this months recipients were Saba Sultana, Ashula Shabani, Fildausi Baruti, Abdisudes Sherar, lissa Baeni, Khorshed Alam, Rabia Athumani, Latifa Ramazani, Rukia Kyane, Ruksana Akter and Ilhaan Mustafe Aydid.


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Dr Mustafa Ally is inducted by Senator Kate Lundy, Minister for Sport and Multicultural Affairs with Judge Rauf Soulio, Chair, Australia Multicultural Council



Dr Mustafa Ally, president of Crescents of Brisbane and Editor-in-Chief of Crescents Community News (CCN), was appointed by the Australian Government as one of 17 new People of Australia Ambassadors across the country at an official ceremony held during the week in Parliament House in Canberra.

Prime Minister Julia Gillard described the Ambassadors as “champions for the values we share in our multicultural Australia”, who are recognised for “significant contribution to their community as well as to the wider Australian society".

She added “Ambassadors are the voice of Australia’s future, one which acknowledges that our multicultural composition is central to our national identity”.

Amongst the tasks of the Ambassadors will be to promote access and equity, support anti-racism initiatives and bring concerns of community members to the attention of the Federal Government and the Australian Multicultural Council.


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For the first time ever in Brisbane, a Nasheed Competition is going to be held for school/maddressa students.

This is a unique opportunity to showcase the talents of amongst the youth in the community.

There will be three groups, namely boys and girls 6 to 12 years and a boys 13 to 17 years.

The schools/maddressa will stage their individual preliminaries and choose a winner from each group to go towards the final.

The finals will be held on 2 June 2013 and the venue and times to be advised soon.

There exciting prizes to be won and those interested in taking part should contact their school or maddressa for more details.

The organisers are looking at getting a well-known Nasheed artist to grace the finals.

So, start tuning the vocal cords and get in early as the finalist have to be decided by 25 April in order to prepare for the finals.

To get you inspired here is a nasheed by Dawud Wharnsby:



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Report by the Al-Kauthar Institute 

The course, which ran for 2 days over the weekend of the 16-17 March, was successfully attended by approximately 110 people.


The attendees were given hundreds of important life lessons derived from the tafseer of the Surah Taha of the Qur’an by instructor Sheikh Yahya Ibrahim. They were also treated to lunch and refreshments during the course.

“Throw down your staff!" An order to you, just as much as it was to Moses- see past the physical means & rely more on the provider of the means, ” was what one student said she had learnt from the day.

The next course is ‘Pillars of Mercy’ which is all about the fiqh of Ramadan and Zakaat. This is going to be held on the 23rd of June 2013 at Griffith University Nathan Campus as a one day course. The lecturer is yet to be confirmed.

To enrol, go to http://www.alkauthar.org. Join us on Facebook: AlKauthar Brisbane.

See you all at the next course Insha’allah!



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Camry for sale

FOR SALE: Toyota Camry Altise, 2007 model. Regularly serviced, with approx 78,000km on the clock.

Automatic, tinted windows, aircon, dark trim interior, regular hubcaps.

Car has the usual wear and tear but nothing out of the ordinary.


No accidents ever and has had only one owner from the start.

$15,000 o.n.o

Phone: Jaaved 0402 779 425

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Dear Editor


I converted to Islam two years ago and have been enjoying the many Multi Faith events that have been popping up around Brisbane and surrounding districts in that time. The one thing that has prompted me to write to the editor is a consistent and rather embarrassing problem.

It appears that some of the esteemed Imams and learned scholars who are to represent Islam at these events are unable to send apologies or representatives to replace them when they are unable to arrive. As a Muslim I find this really embarrassing when the long resume of the esteemed speaker is read out, the round of applause from the expectant audience eventually dies down and then someone off stage says "Oh, they aren't here."

I overheard someone say "Oh well, at least with the flyer they can add this event to their resume", meaning that all the advertising has been done and the speaker can be presumed to have attended.

This isn't fair. This isn't fair to the Muslims who attend to hear the speakers, it isn't fair to the people from other faiths. As I mingled in the crowd I heard people talking, people who were openly hoping to hear the message of Peace that Islam brings so that they can be reassured that Australian Muslims are not the bunch that Geert Wilders wants alienated.

As a newly converted Muslim it is certainly not my place to volunteer to get up and speak on behalf of Islam or the Muslims of Brisbane but I do smile and introduce myself to those who are disappointed that the speakers haven't arrived and speak to them as a human who happens to be a Muslim.

If those who are invited could ensure they honour their commitments to inter-faith dialogue, or send a replacement who can provide a suitable discourse, or as a very last resort, provide an apology so that the organisers can perhaps arrange for another speaker, that would reflect better on the Muslim community. Don't forget that regardless of which school of Islamic thought you adhere to, non-Muslims can be swayed into thinking like Geert Wilders when they have no other terms of reference.

Please remember, as a speaker you have been promoted on the various websites and newsletters and people have planned to attend to hear something from Islam, as well as the other speakers. Regardless on what school of Islamic thought you believe you represent, those in the audience are there, trying to see if Australian Muslims are something to worry about.

It might not seem such a big deal, a local hall with 50 people from the local community, but even if it is 2 people from the local community in a tin shed out behind the proverbial Black Stump, they want to hear from you and you have made a commitment. Honour the commitment you have made with common courtesy.

A friend of mine is Scottish. He was born into a Protestant household who also belonged to the Orange men, meaning that they were really, really, really Protestant. Back in Scotland in the 60s Catholics and Protestants never crossed paths. It started with the churches and the friends made at the church, then spread to the shops that they frequented, events that that they attended, part of the hospital they were born in and the part of the cemetery they were buried in. All governed by the religion.

In this environment my friend eventually started school, secure in the knowledge he was in the safe enclave of a Protestant school and not mixing with those dreadful Catholics.

His parents migrated to Australia, when he was about 8 and he was put into a state public school that had religious education once per week. At this particular school Christian religious education was delivered by a Catholic nun, in full habit. My dear friend was suddenly confronted by "the enemy" and in his fear and surprise ran from the classroom, heading for the safety of his Protestant home.

Now as an adult he says openly that he didn't know what he thought a Catholic might do to him, or what he thought they were. But he had grown up thinking that they were bad and he'd never met one to make a decision for himself.

As a young boy, as he was calmed down, it was suggested to him that not only was the nun there to teach "Catholics" but perhaps some of the boys he knew and played with were some of those people she had come to teach. He realised that some of his best buddies were in that group and suddenly the fear left him.

Surely this scenario is the same now. Perhaps the Christian community has become more tolerant within their own ranks, not fighting it out on the streets anymore. But the whispers and the suspicions and the stereotypes have just been attached to other groups - Islam being one of those groups.

Multi Faith events are a huge commitment from all religions to combat the fear, let's try a little harder, eh?

Warm regards

Julieanne Hupalo



CCN obtained the following response to the above email from the Council of Imams Queensland (CIQ):


Dear Julieanne Hupalo


The Council of Imams Queensland (CIQ) supports the various multifaith events that occur throughout Brisbane and Queensland. CIQ places great value on ensuring there is open dialouge about Islam both within the Muslim community and more widely in general society as well.

The Imams are concious of the importance to attend such gatherings and we are unware of non-attendance to events occurring on a routine basis without an apology. It would be helpul to be aware of which events and Imams have not attended events you have been at. It is important to understand that Imams deal with a multitude of cases that arise. Sometimes these cases can conflict with planned engagements due to an unexpected matter arising which the Imams need to attend to. We also note the point regarding sending representatives on our behalf. As you will appreciate there is a limited number of Imams. We have no objection to sending representatives on our behalf, however, in doing so we need to be mindful of the nature of an event; and would only seek to send a representative with the necessary knowledge to such events in order to prevent a situation that could be difficult for an unqualified representative to address and/or result in inadvertent mis-representation of a CIQ position.

The CIQ also wishes to be clear that our attendance to such events is soley for the purpose of advancing the true meaning of Islam. Our attendance is not based on developing resume profiles. We also acknowledge and accept that irrespective of whether it is 1 person or 1000 people our need to promote the true meaning of Islam and to challenge the many irrenous claims made against our faith is vital. Indeed this work of Dawah (invitation) through being a decent Muslim that shows the best of Islam through respect and good manners is core to the work of CIQ and every believing Muslim.

Finally in relation to the point of segregation and living parallel lives in isolation to others is something that is in itself not Islamic behaviour. Islam is about being open and there are many ways we can do this. For instance our Masjids do have open days, community events and many other activities taking place. We should be encouraging anyone with questions to come and visit our instiutions and of course where we are invited to speak to audiences the CIQ welcomes and supports attendance to such events.

Yours In Islam.

Imam Imraan Husain
Secretary of CIQ (Responding On Behalf of CIQ Imams)

Dear CCN Readers,

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Kind regards,

Dear Editor

My name is Judi Tenison-Woods and I am part of the Student Services team at Aviation Australia, located in Eagle Farm near the Brisbane Airport Precinct.

We have a growing number of students from Saudi Arabia who have brought, or will be bringing their families to join them whilst on course. Many of the wives have small children, and whilst we have endeavoured to locate the families close by one another, in accommodation that is within proximity of local shops, etc., we are trying to identify broader services and contacts within the community that will enrich their time in Brisbane.

I have visited your website, and was encouraged to see the network of information that is available. I did note that a lot of services/contacts were on the south side of Brisbane, whilst our families are situated on the north side, in suburbs such as Fitzgibbon and Chermside.


We would be very interested to talk to any of your readers who may be able to help us with any suggestions/contacts we may be able to access in these localities.

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C4 'in discussion' to broadcast Fajr prayers during Ramadan   

UK: The Independent newspaper reports on Channel 4’s forthcoming programming schedule which may include the broadcast of morning prayers during Ramadan this year.

The paper reports that Channel 4 “is “in discussion” about airing morning prayers every day.

“A spokesperson said details were still being worked on, and it could be that prayers are “marked” rather than broadcast to viewers.

“Planned programmes include hearing from a range of British Muslims on how they cope with daily life during Ramadan, and the physical and spiritual effects of fasting.

“The shows will look at “whether [fasting Muslims] are feeling calm, frustrated, or energised without food and drink, and whether their day involves breaking up street brawls, carrying out brain surgery or caring for their children.”


Source: Engage

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Antonio Inoki, Wrestling Legend, Converts To Islam, Promotes International Peace   

Hall of Fame wrestler Antonio Inoki is remembered by many for his physical prowess and his legendary 1976 battle against the great Muhammad Ali. But now, years after retiring from his beloved sport, Inoki is making a new name for himself -- quite literally.

Last month, the Japanese wrestling legend, who reportedly converted to Islam in the 1990s, announced that he's changed his name to Muhammad Hussain Inoki. Under the banner of his new moniker, Inoki is now making his mark outside the wrestling ring by championing worldwide peace and "international brotherhood" on a global stage through sports and investment in youth.

Long known for his passion for peace-brokering on behalf of his native Japan, Inoki -- who, in 1990, was sent as a special envoy to Iraq to negotiate with Saddam Hussein over the release of Japanese hostages -- visited Pakistan in December to take part in an international peace wrestling competition and to celebrate 60 years of sporting relations between Japan and the South Asian nation.

Inoki, center with arms raised, greets fans and well-wishers in Pakistan.

(Credit: Alamy)

Inoki, who identifies himself as a "peace ambassador," was also in Pakistan to set up a government-backed wrestling academy, Pakistan's The Nation reports.


Inoki, who says he practices both Islam and Buddhism, has also become an emblem of religious tolerance, garnering support for his faith from all corners of the globe.

According to Press TV, Inoki received a "hero's welcome" when he arrived in Pakistan recently. The wrestler first visited the country in 1976 to battle in the ring with famed Pakistani wrestler Akram Pahalwan, while a stadium brimming with nearly 50,000 spectators looked on. (Inoki not only beat Pahalwan that day, but he famously dislocated his opponent's arm.)

Earlier that same year, Inoki had faced off with Muhammad Ali, in what the Guardian described as a "prototype mixed martial arts fight" in Tokyo. Ali wore gloves, Inoki didn't. The two essentially competed for the title of "toughest man on the planet." The fight ended in a tie.

Inoki and Ali. (Credit: Facebook/Antonio Inoki)

When Inoki was in Pakistan last month, the Express Tribune reports that he paid homage to his old opponent Pahalwan by visiting his grave. He also talked about his conversion to Islam and mentioned his old foe and fellow Muslim convert, Muhammad Ali (formerly Cassius Clay).

“When I converted, people suggested that I change my name to Muhammad Ali but I turned down the idea as I had already fought against the great boxer Ali," he said, according to Dawn.com.

During his trip, Inoki -- who in 2010 became the first Japanese person to be inducted into the World Wrestling Entertainment's Hall of Fame -- also said that he hopes to help further strengthen the diplomatic ties between Pakistan and Japan, and to continue bringing the message of peace around the world.

Source: Huff Post Religion

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The photos Saudi Arabia doesn't want seen – and proof Islam's most holy relics are being demolished in Mecca  

Archaeologists fear billion-pound development has led to destruction of key historical sites


SAUDIA ARABIA: The authorities in Saudi Arabia have begun dismantling some of the oldest sections of Islam’s most important mosque as part of a highly controversial multi-billion pound expansion.

Photographs obtained by The Independent reveal how workers with drills and mechanical diggers have started demolishing some Ottoman and Abbasid sections on the eastern side of the Masjid al-Haram in Mecca.

The building, which is also known as the Grand Mosque, is the holiest site in Islam because it contains the Kaaba – the point to which all Muslims face when praying. The columns are the last remaining sections of the mosque which date back more than a few hundred years and form the inner perimeter on the outskirts of the white marble floor surrounding the Kaaba.

The new photos, taken over the last few weeks, have caused alarm among archaeologists and come as Prince Charles – a long-term supporter of preserving architectural heritage – flew into Saudi Arabia yesterday for a visit with the Duchess of Cornwall. The timing of his tour has been criticised by human rights campaigners after the Saudis shot seven men in public earlier this week despite major concerns about their trial and the fact that some of the men were juveniles at the time of their alleged crimes.

Many of the Ottoman and Abbasid columns in Mecca were inscribed with intricate Arabic calligraphy marking the names of the Prophet Muhammad’s companions and key moments in his life. One column which is believed to have been ripped down is supposed to mark the spot where Muslims believe Muhammad began his heavenly journey on a winged horse, which took him to Jerusalem and heaven in a single night.

To accommodate the ever increasing number of pilgrims heading to the twin holy cities of Mecca and Medina each year the Saudi authorities have embarked upon a massive expansion project. Billions of pounds have been poured in to increase the capacity of the Masjid al-Haram and the Masjid an-Nabawi in Medina which marks where Muhammad is buried. King Abdullah has put the prominent Wahabi cleric and imam of the Grand Mosque, Abdul Rahman al-Sudais, in charge of the expansion while the Saudi Binladin Group – one of the country’s largest firms – has won the construction contract.

While there is little disagreement over the need to expand, critics have accused the Saudi regime of wantonly disregarding the archaeological, historical and cultural heritage of Islam’s two holiest cities. In the last decade Mecca has been transformed from a dusty desert pilgrimage town into a gleaming metropolis of skyscrapers that tower over the Masjid al-Haram and are filled with a myriad of shopping malls, luxury apartments and five star hotels.

But such a transformation has come at a cost. The Washington-based Gulf Institute estimates that 95 per cent of Mecca's millennium-old buildings have been demolished in the past two decades alone. Dozens of key historical sites dating back to the birth of Islam have already been lost and there is a scramble among archaeologists and academics to try and encourage the authorities to preserve what little remains.

Many senior Wahabis are vehemently against the preservation of historical Islamic sites that are linked to the prophet because they believe it encourages shirq – the sin of idol worshipping.

But Dr Irfan al-Alawi, executive director of the Islamic Heritage Research Foundation which obtained the new photographs from inside the Grand Mosque, says the removal of the Ottoman and Abbasid columns will leave future generations of Muslims ignorant of their significance.

“It matters because many of these columns signified certain areas of the mosque where the Prophet sat and prayed,” he said. “The historical record is being deleted. A new Muslim would never have a clue because there’s nothing marking these locations now. There are ways you could expand Mecca and Medina while protecting the historical heritage of the mosque itself and the surrounding sites.”

There are signs that King Abdullah has listened to concerns about the historical destruction of Mecca and Medina. Last October The Independent revealed how new plans for the masjid an-Nabawi in Medina would result in the destruction of three of the world’s oldest mosques on the west hand side of the main complex. However new plans approved by King Abdullah last week appear to show a change of heart with the bulk of the expansion now slated to take place to the north of the Masjid an-Nabawi.

However key sites are still at risk. The Independent has obtained a presentation used by the Saudis to illustrate how the expansion of Mecca’s main mosque will look. In one of the slides it is clear that the Bayt al-Mawlid, an area which is believed to be the house where Muhammad was born in, will have to be removed unless plans change.

The Independent asked the Saudi Embassy in London a number of questions about the expansion plans and why more was not being done to preserve key historical sites. They replied: “Thank you for calling, but no comment.”

Source: The Independent

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What Muslims want in a new pope  

Together, Islam and Catholicism represent about 40 percent of the world’s population, so the estimated 1.6 billion Muslims in the world have more than a passing interest in the new pope who will shepherd the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics.

Too often, relations between the two groups have been shaped by conflict — the Christian Crusades of 1,000 years ago are still a raw wound for many Muslims, and more recently, Muslim extremist attacks on Christian communities across Africa and the Middle East have left the Vatican deeply concerned.

“What the pope says or doesn’t say can have enormous consequences on such relations,” said Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, founder of the Cordoba Initiative, an organization dedicated to improving Muslim-Western relations, and the founder of the controversial so-called Ground Zero mosque in New York.


The selection of the 266th pope comes at a critical juncture in Muslim-Catholic relations, which have been marred by persecution of Christians in the Muslim world, Islamophobia in Western countries, Western military action in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Iraq, and rioting between Muslims and Christians across Africa.

While many Muslims said they saw an improvement in Muslim-Catholic relations under Pope John Paul II, they say Pope Benedict XVI’s papacy was more problematic.

Most worrisome, Muslims say, was in 2006 when Benedict spoke at the University of Regensburg in Germany and quoted a 14th-century Byzantine emperor who said Islam’s Prophet Muhammad had only brought “evil and inhuman” things to the world, and that Islam was “spread by the sword.” Those remarks touched off a series of deadly riots in several Muslim countries.



Religion News Service


Source: BBC News Entertainment

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

This week CCN recommends


V3: The 1000 Most Important Women of the Middle East and the Arab World

Who's Who of La Crème de La Crème



Maximillien De Lafayette


Volume III, from a set of 4 volumes. The 1000 Most Important Women of the Middle East and the Arab World: Art, Entertainment, Cinema, Music, Leadership, Beauty, Power, Glamour, Intellect, Politic. Business.

On the cover of Volume III from L to R and top to bottom:

Princess Adela, Imane Karich, Zeynep Fadillioglu, Mina Al Oraibi,

Rania Barghout, Her Excellency Fadela Amara, Former French Minister of Urban Affairs, France. Her Royal Highness Princess Haya bint al-Hussein. Suad Al Humaidi.

Sarah Al Jassem. Her Highness Princess Muna Abu Sulayman. Sheikha Al Bahar. Leila El Solh.

Her Majesty Queen Rania of Jordan. Joumana Haddad. Maria Maalouf. Raghida Dergham


Would you like to see the cover of your favourite book

on our book shelves below?


Then simply email the title and author to


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

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Using the book club you can see what books fellow CCN readers have on their shelves, what they are reading and even what they, and others, think of them.

The CCN Readers' Book Club


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KB says: Spice up the traditional dhall and rice with this accompaniment. And it's much healthier than the fried version. But be careful not to undercook the eggplants which is what I did with the first batch I tried making.  

 Eggplant Parmigiana – with a hint of Indian





1.   A large eggplant cut into thin slices
2.   Salt to sprinkle
3.   1 tab of olive oil
4.   1 chopped onion
5.   1 tsp. crushed garlic
6.   1 tab tomato paste
7.   400g crushed tomatoes
8.   ½ cup grated mozzarella cheese
9.   1 tsp salt
10. Juice of 1 lemon
11. 1 tsp red crushed chillies




1. Sprinkle salt over the circles of eggplant and set aside.
2. To make the tomato sauce, sauté the onions in oil until slightly caramelized.
3. Add the garlic, sauté for a minute and then add the tomatoes, tomato paste, chillies, and salt and let it simmer until the sauce thickens slightly.
4. Rinse the eggplant and pat dry.
5. Brush each slice with olive oil, season and sprinkle with lemon juice.
6. Bake in a hot oven 180deg for 15mins.
7. To assemble:
     a. Spoon a little sauce at the bottom of a baking dish.
     b. Place ½ the quantity of the baked eggplant over the sauce.
     c. Spread a thin layer of sauce over the eggplant.
     d. Layer the remaining eggplant on the sauce.
     e. Cover with the remaining sauce.
     f. Place the mozzarella cheese on the top as a final layer.
     g. Bake at 180deg for 15 mins or until the cheese melts.

Serve hot as a side dish with meat or as main dish with Turkish Bread or Pita bread


Do you have a recipe to share with CCN readers?

Send in your favourite recipe to me at kbcooks@crescentsofbrisbane.org and be my "guest chef" for the week.


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Q: Dear Kareema, I’ve just recently had a baby and would like to get back into an exercise routine. Please help.

A: Intense exercise is off-limits for at least 6-8 weeks after giving birth.


Make sure you get a clearance from your GP before undertaking any form of exercise.

Start easy – get the pram out and take bubs and yourself for regular walks. Increase the distance, pace or time of your walks as time goes by and you get stronger. On days that you can’t seem to get out, pop on a fitness / Yoga DVD or do a 10-minute mini workout twice or thrice a day.

It will boost your energy and help you sleep better. Commit to a realistic goal and don’t push yourself too hard too soon.

Remember to have rest-days to recover and re-energise for the workouts to come. N-JOY and stay well hydrated.







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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Jalallaludin decided to buy his mother-in-law a cemetery plot as an Eid gift.

The next year, he didn't buy her a gift.

When she asked me why, he replied,

"Well, you still haven't used the gift I bought you last year!"

And that's how the fight started.....


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It is He Who makes the stars (as beacons) for you, that you may guide yourselves, with their help, through the dark spaces of land and sea: We detail Our Signs for people who know.
Surah Al-An'am 6:97


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 Everybody is a genius.

But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree,

it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.

~ Albert Einstein


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Personal Tuition

Car Body Removals

Used Car Dealer

Muslim Directory Australia

Directory Services

Carpet Lifesavers

Carpet cleaning


Restaurant & Takeaway Portuguese Chicken

Centre for Easy Language Learning (CeLL)

Tutoring (Arabic)


Restaurant & Takeaway Portuguese Chicken

Boulevard Towers Surfers Paradise 

Holiday Accommodation

Nazima Hansa Realty PTY LTD

Real Estate



Islamic College of Brisbane Hall Hire

Hire Services



OurWorld Travel



Migration Agency

Pappa Roti

Cake & Coffee

Fathima Adat Tutoring

Tutoring (School subjects)

Pizza Lane

Restaurant & Takeaway Pizza

Gabriel Hair Studios


Rejuven8 Body & Beauty

Beauty Treatments


Plastic Mats

Samoosa Pastry Distributors


Henna by Fatima


Shakira Kolia's Driving School

Driving School

Hummy's Automotive

Car Repairs



Hussana Australia

Halal Body Care range

Stick On Labels

Label printing

InWear Fashions

Clothing Fashion

The Quran Pen


Junaid Ally Properties

Real Estate

Yasmeen Seedat Accounting Services


Kimaya Fashions


Lily's Fashion

Wedding dresses etc. 

Personal Training with Layla

Personal Training

Marketing Co-Op

Internet Services

Angelz Dental Care



Travel Agency

Shameema's Silk Scarves


Grand Medical Centre

Medical Practitioners

Qld Islamic Book Service

Book Shop



Health Products

Personal Wellness Coach



Ummah Store

Books, Clothing, DVDs etc.


Security Systems


Paradise Convenience

Global Groceries

Muslima Chic

Muslim designer clothes, jewellery


Samoosa Strips (pur)


Low Price Pharmacy



LTH Accounting & Financial Services



Child Care Centres

Pari Collections



Shariff's Computer Services


Computer Servicing

CassonIT Solutions

 Computer Servicing & Systems

Lil Umah

Children's Clothes

Computer Repair

 Computer Repairs


Watany Man-oushi Lebanese Foods

Take Away



Kuraby Fashions

Islamic Clothes


Baby Care Solutions

(read information sheet)

 Early Parenting Guidance

Kuraby Mosque Hire Services

Hire Services

YS Prawn

Peeled Prawns



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"If it's not here ....it's not happening!"l)

To claim your date for your event email ccn@crescentsofbrisbane.org.





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28 March


Lecture: True Love by Bilal Dannoun

Khalil Abu Khawla

Ummah United Centre, 3 Harris Rd, Underwood

0425 811 150

7pm to 10pm

29 March


Lecture - Fiqh of Marriage by Bilal Dannoun

Khalil Abu Khawla

Ummah United Centre, 3 Harris Rd, Underwood

0425 811 150

9am to 12pm

6 April


3rd Annual AMYN Islamic Convention: Bonds of Attraction



Sunnah Inspirations



9am to 6pm

5 May


International Food Festival 2013

Islamic Society of Gold Coast

Gold Coast Mosque

0412 601 152

All day

11 May


Sisters' House Fund Raising Dinner & Auction

Michael's Oriental Restaurant

0431 747 356


18 May


Ladies Healthy Living Workshop

Springwood Community Hall, Springwood

0401 959 295

1.30pm to 4.30pm

19 May


ICQ Annual Qur'an Competition

Islamic Council of QLD

Islamic College of Brisbane

0450 908 786


26 May


CresWalk 2013


Orleigh Park, West End

0402 026 786


2 June


QLD Nasheed Competition

Council of Imams Queensland (CIQ)


0402 575 410


6 June



Lailatul Mehraj

9 June


Islamic College of Brisbane (ICB) Annual Fete


Islamic College of Brisbane (ICB)

0402 794 253

All day

16 June


Inter-Madrassah Soccer Tournament

Islamic Council of QLD

Islamic College of Brisbane

0450 908 786


23 June


The Pillars of Mercy: The Fiqh of Zakat & Ramadan

Al Kauthar Institute of Brisbane




24 June



Lailatul Bhahraat

11 July


Start of Ramadhan

5 August



Lailatul Qadr

8 August



End of Ramadhan

9 August




17 August


Eidfest 2013

Mt Gravatt Showgrounds

0418 722 353

All day

28 September


ICQ Annual Dinner & Awards Night

Islamic Council of QLD

Islamic College of Brisbane

0450 908 786


16 October




 TBA 2013


Aashooraa Day


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

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

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


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Algester Mosque


Venue: Algester Mosque
When: Every Tuesday Morning
Time: 9:30am to 11am
Teacher: Imam Aslam Al Qadri
1st topic: Understanding Hijab and it's significance in Islam/ Implementing the sunnah in everyday life, eg the sunnah of eating, sleeping, interaction with people socially etc etc.......

For any further information please contact me on 0433552409 or ladies can contact Shakira Ayoob on 0449800205.

Seeker's Circle




Kuraby Mosque Tafseer & Taalim


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


Bald Hills Mosque Weekly Tafseer


The weekly program schedule is as follows:
Mondays: Tafseer
Wednesdays: Tafseer

The above lessons will start at 7:30 pm and will go for approximately 1/2 an hour each day.

All brothers and sisters are welcome.


Queensland Police Service/Muslim Community Consultative Group


VENUE: Mt Gravatt Police Station, 2132 Logan Road, Upper Mt Gravatt

Wednesday 13 June
Wednesday 20 November

Commencing at 6.00pm (Times may change throughout the year pending salat)



For more information and RSVP:

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



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Sunnah Inspirations

Providing information about Islam - its beliefs, culture, practices, dispelling misconceptions

Kuraby Mosque

Holland Park Mosque


Provide young Muslim women in Queensland with support and opportunities to express themselves

MUSLIMS AUSTRALIA / Australian Federation of Islamic Councils (AFIC) Islamic Schools, Halal Services and a whole lot more...

AFIC Schools

      www.mfis.com.au (Malek Fahd Islamic School, Sydney, NSW)
      www.icb.qld.edu.au (Islamic College of Brisbane, QLD)
      www.icosa.sa.edu.au (Islamic College of South Australia, SA)
      www.afic-lic.com.au (Langford Islamic College, Perth, WA)
      www.islamicschoolofcanberra.act.edu.au (Islamic College of Canberra, ACT)

Karratha Muslims (Muslims in Western Australia)

Islam TV

Recording of lectures and events in and around Queensland

Muslim Directory Australia

Carers Queensland

Free service for multicultural clients who are carers, elderly and people with disabilities

Brisbane Muslim Burial Society (BMBS)

Muslim Charitable Foundation (MCF)

Coordinated collection & distribution of: Zakaah, Lillah, Sadaqah, Fitrana, Unwanted interest

Islamic Medical Association of Queensland (IMAQ)

Network of Muslim healthcare professionals

Al-Imdaad Foundation (Australia)

Australian Muslim Youth Network (AMYN)
Find out about the latest events, outings, fun-days, soccer tournaments, BBQs organised by AMYN. Network with other young Muslims on the AMYN Forum

Islamic Council of Queensland (ICQ)  

Umbrella body representing various Mosques and Societies in Queensland

Current list of businesses certified halal by ICQ  7 August 2011

Islamic Friendship Association of Australia

Blog of the Association's activities

United Muslims of Brisbane

Crescents of Brisbane's CRESCAFE (Facebook)

Muslim Women's eNewsletter

Sultana’s Dream is a not-for-profit e-magazine that aims to provide a forum for the opinions of Australian Muslim women

Islamic Solutions

Articles and Audio recordings

IQRA Academy Institute of Islamic Studies

Online streaming of Islamic lectures

Gold Coast Mosque

 Incorporating Islamic Society of Gold Coast Inc.

South African National Halaal Authority (SANHA)

Muslim Womens' Convert Support Group (MWCSG)

Network of Muslim women converts from the Brisbane and Gold Coast areas of Queensland.

Australian International Islamic College (Durack)

Kotku Mosque - Dubbo NSW

Islamic Society of Algester

Jamiatul Ulama Western Australia

Body of Muslim Theologians (Ulama, Religious Scholars)

Islamic Women's Association of Queensland (IWAQ)

Community based, not-for-profit organisation providing Settlement, Aged Care, disability, social activities and employment opportunities.

Federation of Australian Muslim Students & Youth (FAMSY)

Queensland Intercultural Society (QIS)

GIRU – Griffith Islamic Research Unit

          Qld Stories link or YouTube link

Gold Coast Halal Certification Services (GCHCS)

Muslim Aid Australia

Serving Humanity

Human Appeal International Australia  Always with you on the road to goodness

Al-Mustapha Institute of Brisbane  

Preserving the Past, Educating the Present to Create the Future

Islamic Society of Darra

Qld Muslims Volunteers

Islamic Shia Council of Queensland

Muslim Reverts Network

Supporting new Muslims

Muslim Funeral Services (MFS)

 Funeral Directors & Funeral Fund Managers for the Brisbane and Gold Coast communities

Islamic Society of Bald Hills (ISBH)

Tafseers and Jumma Khubahs uploaded every week.

Muslim Community & Qld floods

How the community helped out during the 2010 QLD floods

The CCN Young Muslim Writers Award (Facebook)

The Queensland Muslim Historical Society  (Facebook)

Muslim Women's National Network of Australia, Inc (MWNNA)

Peak body representing a network of Muslim women's organisations and individuals throughout Australia

Sultana's Dream

Online magazine subscribe@sultanasdream.com.au

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


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