Sunday, 7 April 2013

 Newsletter 0439




Last week's Q&A elicited an unprecedented and overwhelmingly positive response of praise and congratulations from all quarters of Australia over the performance of Brisbane academic, Dr Mohamad Abdalla who appeared as a panellist alongside the Archbishop of Brisbane, Mark Coleridge, Buddhist nun, The Venerable Robina Courtin, comedian and atheist, Josh Thomas, and Jewish singer songwriter Deborah Conway.


The questions included ones on the wonder of creation, what happens in heaven, jihad and gays and gay marriage,


Social media ran red hot on the night and CCN has harvested a small selection from some of the 9000 tweets that were posted while the programme was being aired:



Mohammed Abdalla speaks a lot of sense and the Muslim majority in the community need to speak up and get wider media coverage

The media has a lot to answer for the misinterpretation of jihad too. Why haven't explained it to the public like Mohammed is now?
Imam Mohammad Abdalla spoke really well tonight a good representative of Australian Muslims, pity moderate Muslims don't sell papers

That Imam dude on #qanda should be the poster child for his religion in our country.
#qanda I do like this Imam.
Why isn't this Imam on Sunrise or the Today Show more often?
This Imam is good value. #QandA
I'm diggin the imam. So diggin him.
Clearly, this Imam has been carefully chosen by #TheirABC. He's a skilled at marketing, and saying just what they want him to say.
The #Imam Dr Mohamad Abdalla is by far the best panel member tonight and I'm not religious.
#QandA - the IMAM seemed to be the most sensible and peaceful member of the panel.
The Muslim cleric is a shining beacon for his people and his religion. Would love to pick his brain.
Enjoyed #qanda tonight. No pollies. Engaging conversations from all panelists. Muslim cleric impressed as intelligent voice of reason.
Very Impressed with the insights and wisdom being shared by this Islamic cleric sharing truth with Muslim & non-Muslim Australians on #QandA

This cleric should have his own column in the paper.
#QandA It's a shame this cleric isn't the spokesperson for Islam in Australia, he is a voice of reason.
How delightful to have a Muslim cleric talking with intelligence and vigour about what it means to be a Muslim.
The Cleric needs to comunicate his logic to more Australians.
This cleric speaks for the majority if Muslims. Why don't we see people like him quoted in the news?
#QandA the cleric is doing a great job at explaining in simple language what Islam is really about - we don't hear that clarity often enough
#qanda Well done to Imam Mohammed Abdalla for getting straight to the point on answering all Q's honestly.. Not beating around the bush.

Imam Mohammad Abdalla is one of the best thing to happen to Australian Muslims for a very long time! Bravo! #qanda"

Oooh my man Muhammad Abdalla is on #qanda - he's a good dude
What product does Dr Mohamad Abdalla use in his beard? That shine is grand. #QandA
Imam Mohammad Abdalla is doing a great service for our Aussies muslim brothers tonight. Very calm, centered, tranquil, knowledgeable #qanda"

#QandA Thx for a wonderful show particularly, Imam Dr Mohamad Abdalla. It's so refreshing to see an educated and articulate muslims rep'tive

I have a lot of respect for Dr Mohammad Abdalla. Very intelligent man and an excellent representative of his religion #qanda
Brother Mohammed Abdalla is speaking so peacefully and well on all these topics. MashaAllah brother #QandA
Dr Mohamad Addalla seemed to be the most scholarly person on the panel & was the best at explaining the issues. #qanda
Mohamad Abdalla's voice and speaking manner is captivating #qanda
Mohamad's beard is glittering under the lights. #qanda
It so refreshing to hear Dr M. Abdalla explains Muslim values and meaning of jihad on #qanda, more Muslims should follow his steps.
Imam Abdalla is doing so well. What an eloquent and intelligent man. #qanda
#qanda Associate Professor Mohamad Abdalla you are awesome. Well spoken tonight. It's fascinating to hear your views.
I have so much respect for Mohamad Abdalla on #qanda tonight. Thank you for showing us, and educating us on, your bel ...
Mohamad should have been on the radio the day of the Cronulla riots not Alan Jones #qanda
I'm completely mesmerized by the sparkle of Dr Mohamad Abdullah's beard. #QandA
Whatever your faith, nobody can deny Dr Mohamaf Abdalla has the shiniest beard ever #QandA



In one tweet panellist Josh Thomas replied: People implying I didn't criticize the Imam because I was scared of Muslims obviously didn't listen to him, he was a peaceful dude. #Qanda


CCN has also compiled some of the emails received that reflected the views of a cross-section of the Australian community here.


Lawyer, Human Rights Advocate, Muslim community advocate and occasional opinion writer, Ms Mariam Veiszadeh, went as far as suggesting in her blog entitled, Finally, an articulate, highly educated Imam appearing on TV, that Dr Abdalla be considered for the role of the next Mufti of Australia, as did a number of others on Facebook.


If you missed (or, like many, can't get enough of) the discussion, watch it here:




You can also download the complete transcript here.


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The trustees of Kuraby Mosque thank the hundreds of CCN Readers who took part in last week's CCN poll to help choose a new logo for the Mosque.


At the poll closing deadline the results read as follows:



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Crescents of Brisbane is proud to announce our partnership with Crescent Wealth, in this year's 10th Anniversary Crescent Wealth CresWalk2013.


Crescent Wealth is Australia's First Islamic Wealth Manager. They offer an innovative series of ultra-ethical investment funds that are based on Islamic investment principles, unique in the Australian market. Similar to socially responsible investing, Crescents Wealth also filters out socially detrimental activities such as gambling, alcohol and weapons.


This year's Crescent Wealth CresWalk2013 will start later than in previous years at 10am to allow everyone to enjoy the early winter mid-day sun and to celebrate the 10th anniversary with an after run/walk FAMILY PICNIC IN THE PARK with a free lunch, activities, tug-of-war, lucky draw prizes and loads more!


Online registration for Crescent Wealth CresWalk2013 is now open.


Hurry and get your registrations in because this year ONLY THE FIRST 400 registrations will receive a commemorative t-shirt.

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By Janeth Deen 

The Muslim Charitable Foundation (MCF) has been active in helping many of the refugees during March. Many of them are on visas that do not meet their needs and these refugees have found themselves in dire circumstances, even after the trauma of being in detention centres.

Also people are struggling with the daily cost increases on low pensions. Medical expenses have also been met. One such case was to help supplement funds for a life saving operation which could only be performed by a specialist in another state. The patient could not wait for a public hospital and could not afford private health insurance. The patient is now on the road to a slow recovery, and the prognosis is good.

MCF needs all the support it can get to carry on this much needed work. We are fortunate in Queensland to have a charity that cares for the needs of the local people. Most other Muslim charities send funds to help the needy in overseas countries. MCF can only continue to operate whilst it has funds in the accounts.Therefore it is continually needing donations as it has often to act urgently to meet the needs of cases that arise.

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150 years ago Australia gained a small but permanent Muslim population. During a time when the nation was still forming its identity, it was decided that camels were the best way to explore and service the outback. In 1866, the first large shipment of 121 camels arrived in Port Augusta on the Blackwell steamship, accompanied by 31 camel handlers. This was the beginning of a new adventure for these men and the men that followed. Their life was one of hardship, unpredictability, segregation and alienation.

Most traces of the cameleers have vanished today, although their houses of prayer still stand in some of the places where they lived and many of their artefacts can be found amongst their descendants hidden away in old chests or proudly displayed on a mantle piece. Only in the memories of their descendants and in local histories of outback towns, has their heritage remained.

The Cameleers contributed greatly to the building of this nation; in outback exploration, in construction and carting goods across the dry interior. There were several well known cameleers who made their mark on Australian history such as Bejah Dervish the great explorer, Mahomet Allum, the herbalist who is reputed to have cured thousands of people, the desperate love story between Jack Akbar and his Aboriginal wife Lallie and the tragic episode of Gool Mahomet and Mullah Abdullah who took out their vengeance on a picnic train loaded with innocents during the new years day shooting in Broken Hill in 1915.

The Battle of Broken Hearts retraces the steps of the early Afghan cameleers, and explores the amazing lives of some of these men and the many years of discrimination and injustice that many of the cameleers had to endure in a white Australia. The story is told through the words of historians and descendants of the cameleers.

The film will evoke what life was like for a Cameleer: their survival instincts, their religion, their relationship with Europeans and Aborigines, and the discrimination they experienced. It will illustrate how the Cameleers’ legacy lives on through descendants and their children.


Battle of Broken Hearts Trailer 2013



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Multicultural Development Australia (MDA) has put out a call out for non-profit organisations interested in holding a  Food Stall or Fashion Show/Stall at their World Refugee Day Community Festival 2013.


Craft and info stall expression of interest form
Expression of interest application for food stall

Expression of interest for refugee fashion show

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QANTAS has removed pork from its in-flight menu on flights to and from Europe as a result of its partnership with Middle Eastern airline Emirates.

No food containing pork or pork products will be served on those flights - which now has a stopover in Dubai - because it is strictly forbidden in Islam and is considered "unholy".

All meals offered on the route in first, business and economy classes will also be prepared without alcohol in keeping with the Islamic religion.


A note on the Qantas menus on flights in and out of Dubai states that the meals do not contain pork products or alcohol. The airline has also introduced a mezze plate offering traditional Middle Eastern fare in its upper classes and has Arabic translations after in-flight announcements.

A Qantas spokesman said the decision to remove pork, ham and other related food items had had minimal impact on its menu and it was still offering the same meal choices.


"Qantas in-flight catering often reflects the cultural and regional influences of the international destinations we fly to," he said.

"On flights to and from Hong Kong and China, our menus include regionally inspired dishes such as stir fries and to Singapore we have noodle options."

Qantas also offers meals without pork and alcohol on flights to the Indonesian capital Jakarta, which also has a large Muslim population.

Several other airlines which fly from Australia to the United Arab Emirates and Malaysia do not serve pork either.

Virgin Australia does not serve pork on flights to and from Abu Dhabi and all meals that are prepared are halal accredited, with meat prepared in a way prescribed by Islamic law.

Source: The Australian

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Knowledge Seeker's Classes

The time for the Knowledge Seeker's class which is run every Tuesday morning (9.30 - 11.00 am) by Maulana Muhammad Aslam at the Algester Masjid has been changed to Tuesday evening after Salaatul Isha ie 8.00 - 9.30 pm. This is due to the fact that Maulana has Hifz students in the mornings during the school holidays.

This is a great opportunity for those who are working and feel they miss out on the morning classes, to attend the evening class. If the evening class proves more popular than the morning class, Maulana may consider holding classes in the evening. All this depends entirely on the turn out InshAllah.


Annual Mother's Day Brunch

Date:11.00am, Sunday 12 May
Venue :Islamic College of Brisbane, Karawatha.
Contact: Yahya on 0403 338 040


The Mosque upgraded website is up and running now. All Friday Khutbas, lectures etc etc will be uploaded to the site making it easy for all to easily access and listen to them. Please pass this message on to the ladies of the household especially, as they don't have the opportunity to attend the Masjid to listen to the Lectures.

The website address is www.isoa.com.au

All constructive criticism/suggestions and comments to help improve the site are most welcome and every effort will be made to continually improve the site and keep it updated at all times.

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Ms Utami Pujilentari. an Indonesian PhD accounting student at Griffith University, has been invited to present her paper on Market Orientation and Financial Performance: An Empiical Evidence, and the second paper on Industry Dynamum and Financial Performance: the Role of Proactive Market Orientation, MAS Information and Customer Performance at the British and Finance Association (BAFA) Annual Conference in Newcastle-on-Tyne, U.K. in April.

She will also present the first paper at the 36th European Accounting Association (EAAQ) Annual Congress in Paris on 6th - 8th May.

Utami has her family with her in Australia and has cared for them whilst studying. She has also volunteered in the Queensland Muslim Welfare shop whilst it was in operation, turning up every Saturday morning to help out.

She has also come to the assistance of the Queensland Muslim Historical Society on more than one occasion.

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According to one reviewer, Islam - Empire of Faith was the first documentary that presented Islam and the Muslims fairly.


"It is strongly recommended for anyone who lives in the West, particularly in the USA, and is sceptical of the propaganda that is constantly spread by the current U.S. administration and certain special-interest think tanks and groups," said the reviewer.

"If you are curious about Islam, and one of those who listen with a critical ear, this is a movie for you to watch. It is a first rate production that describes the faith accurately and recounts history as it was. It is also well crafted, with a beautiful cinematography, an excellent narration and a stunning display of art and architecture. Yes, it is missing a few things, but I don't believe anyone could have done a better job in trying to recount 1400 years of history in two hours."


The video includes: (1) Prophet Muhammad (sallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam) and rise of Islam (2) The Awakening and (3) The Ottomans.


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Last year CCN called on readers to donate towards a cochlear implant for Mujahid (pictured left).


We are pleased to announce that total strangers, anonymous donors, corporate bodies, schools, friends and family the goal has been reached and sufficient funds have been raised for the operation.


Mujahid's parents, Farzana and Sharif Omarshah, wrote saying they had no way of truly expressing their gratitude to those who came to their assistance. "We can only pray that; for whatever you gave, you find more with our Lord and Creator. May He reward and safeguard you for all your days."


Mujahid’s operation took place on the 28th of January 2013. He received a cochlear implant in his right ear. The surgery was conducted in South Africa. After a post operation healing period of three weeks the device was activated on the 18 February 2013.

Mujahid is currently attending speech therapy and device mapping sessions.

All indications are that the operation was a success and Mujahid has begun to show significant progress in vocalization.

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Flanked by the Lord Mayor of Brisbane, Graham Quirk, the Premier of Queensland, Campbell Newman and the Premier's wife, Lisa, is Mr Farouk Adam, Muslim Business Network (MBN) president, at the opening yesterday (Saturday) of the newly refurbished Brisbane City Hall

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This is the latest update from the President of the Queensland Rohingya Community organisation, Mr. Sujauddin Karimuddin:

Assalamualay Kum,

With the grace of Allah subahanahu-wa-tala, $4814.84 has been raised in the last few days.

I have already sent $1436.80 last week.
We have distributed 500 kg of low quality rice (the cheapest rice in the market).

The remanning $3378.04 will be sent to Arakan Rohingya Council based in Kuala Lumpur.

ARC is an a Rohingya welfare organisation, which has been helping the unfortunate Rohingya since 2006.

They will distribute the remainder of funds to villages that require it most.




Sujauddin Karimuddin

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This week's nasheed is brought to you by the organizers of the Queensland Nasheed Competition (click on the thumbnail for more details).

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Dear Editor,

I am pleased to inform you that, Alhamdulillah, the Islamic Society of Holland Park has taken possession of the Salvation Army properties. By selling the three properties owned by the Holland Park Society and generous donations from a very large number of people, as well as a highly successful fund-rising night, we achieved our objective. Alhamdulillah.

This could not have been achieved without the willing help of various people.


Help came in many different ways - from Crescent Community Newsletter regularly updating the progress, to people assisting by giving their time to go for collections, to people rallying in support at mosques in Brisbane, Gold Coast, and Sydney, to students digging deep. The sense of community spirit was amazing to see and gave me a deep appreciation of the power of unity.

I would like to thank:

• Mustafa Ally and CCN for the regular updates and constant support. Your input and contribution towards this worthy cause was quite noteworthy.
• The congregation at Holland Park Mosque, Kuraby Mosque, Gold Coast Mosque, and the various mosques in Sydney who donated money very generously.
• The congregation at Jumma in Brisbane (Elizabeth Street) - particularly the students. Despite their limited abilities, they showed a lot of support - not only by contributing money, but also by contributing ideas.
• The people who gave up their time to help the team with the door-to-door appeal for funds. We appreciate your time and efforts.
• Hussin Goss for his personal support and his efforts on the night of the Fund-Raiser. He really put in a great effort to help us achieve a record collection of $90 - $100 thousand on the night.
• The donors who contributed significant amounts and kick-started the fund-raising drive soon after the purchase of the Salvation Army properties. You all know who you are. Thank you all very much.
• Lastly, the "project" team who met weekly and planned each step of the way. There were times when the task seemed daunting, but you all remained dedicated. We delivered against the odds.
May Allah SWT reward each and everyone who contributed in any way to this worthy cause. You have secured the future off Holland Park Mosque for a very long time.

If I have missed out anybody, please accept my apologies.


Farooq Dudhia

Dear Editor,



Thank you so much to Janeth Deen for a wonderful act of kindness in taking the time to take my mother Mrs Emma Khan to Meadowlands Park to celebrate her 92 years young.


A "Big" thank you, for printing her article in CCN. It is much appreciated.


Mrs Emma Khan would be one of the last remaining Muslim pioneering women in our Islamic Society in Brisbane.


Thank you for remembering her at this delicate stage in her life.


May Allah tala grant her many many more years life with us Ameen

Zulaika Shaheen

Dear CCN Readers,



Bellos behind bars 

I hope that you will support me in my Time4Kids effort – to donate go to my website http://www.everydayhero.com.au/sergeant_jim_bellos.

I will accept a cheque if you do not wish to donate online.

The cheque can be made out to Police-Citizens Youth Club (Qld).

Thank you for your support


Jim Bellos
Cross Cultural Liaison Officer
Metropolitan South Region


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Muslim women send message to Femen  

Counter-protest launched against 'Topless Jihad Day'


Muslim women have launched a campaign to send a message to "sextremist" collective Femen.


"Muslimah Pride Day" was organised in response to Femen's self-declared "Topless Jihad Day", a day of topless protests around the world to support Tunisian Femen activist Amina Tyler.


Below is a screenshot from the "Muslimah Pride Day" event on Facebook:



The organisers of the counter-protest urged Muslim women to speak out for themselves and assert their diverse identities. "This event is open to ALL muslim women, Hijaabi's Nikaabis and women who choose not to wear it. Muslimah pride is about connecting with your Muslim identity and reclaiming our collective voice. Most importantly it is about diversity and showing that muslim women are not just one homogenous group. We come in all shapes and sizes, all races and cultural backgrounds. Whether we choose to wear hijaabs or not is nobodies business but ours. So please get clicking, get creative, get loud and proud."


Source: AlJazeera

Related article: Huff Post


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USA vs. The World  


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Christian Church opens doors to Muslims  

SCOTLAND: On a bitterly cold and snowing afternoon in Aberdeen, the doors of St John's Episcopal Church are open to hundreds of Muslim worshippers, arriving for daily prayers.

The familiar sounds of Christian hymns have been replaced with Islamic prayer in the chapel this Friday lunchtime and the church priest with the imam from the neighbouring mosque.

Muslims from the Syed Shah Mustafa Jame Masjid mosque next door share this church with Christian worshippers up to five times a day.

Church leaders believe this may be the only place in the country where Christian and Muslim worshippers pray side by side.

The rector at St John's has opened his doors to Muslims because there was not enough space for them to pray in their own mosque and many were forced to worship outside on the street.


St John's Episcopal Church has opened its doors to Muslims for Friday prayers


The Reverend Isaac Poobalan, who grew up in Southern India surrounded by Islam, said he would not have been true to his faith if he did not help his neighbours.

"It was a very cold day, like today, and when I walked past the mosque I saw dozens of male worshippers praying outside, on the streets, right near the church.

''Their hands and feet were bare and you could see their breath in the freezing cold.

''Jesus taught his disciples to love your neighbour as yourself and this is something I cannot just preach to my congregation, I had to put it into practice."

Reverend Poobalan adds: ''I felt very distressed when I saw my neighbours praying out in the cold and I knew I needed to do something to help.''

''I know I cannot solve the world's problems, but when there is a problem I can solve, I will.''

Reverend Poobalan asked his congregation for permission to open the church doors to Muslims.

At first, Muslims were reluctant to accept the invite, but they have now settled in well into their new home.
Worshipper Mozhid Sufiyan said: ''We are so grateful to the church for giving us a space for our prayers.

The Mosque is next door to the church

"It was very difficult, especially for the elderly, to pray outside on the floor.

''Father Poobalan has been very kind to us all by inviting us into his church.'

''He has respected all of our beliefs and made us feel comfortable."

There has been some opposition to the arrangement, with Reverend Poobalan facing abuse by online trolls on social networking sites.

Christians believe Jesus is the son of God, while Muslims regard him as a prophet.
 But despite these differences, there does not seem to be any tension in St John's Church, with both faiths having learnt to respect each other.

Reverend Isaac Poobalan grew up in Southern India surrounded by Islam

Peter, a member of the church congregation, said: "Any opposition is from people who do not belong to the church and do not understand the arrangement we have here.

"We do not have any issues with sharing our building.

''My faith says if you see anyone out in the cold, you invite them in, so I don't have any problem with it all."

Muslims and Christian worshippers at St John's Church hope their special relationship could serve as a model for the rest of the country.

The Episcopal Bishop of Aberdeen and Orkney, Dr Robert Gillies, said the arrangement at St John's could serve as a lesson for the rest of the world.

''What we are doing here, is something local that has global significance,'' he said.

''We have demonstrated that Christians and Muslims do not have to agree with one another.

''But they can learn to respect each other's different beliefs and actually come to get along and even like one another."

Source: BBC News Scotland


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France's first private Muslim school tops the ranks  

Averroès High School in Lille has been in the spotlight for a decade. Ten years ago, it was France's first private Muslim school to follow the national curriculum. Now, it's one of the country's top-rated schools.

The classes may be a source of envy for many a harried high school teacher trying to instil discipline and impart knowledge to a roomful of teenagers interested in anything but spending their days in a classroom.

At the Lycée Averroès (Averroès High School) in the northern French city of Lille, the students – boys and girls, some of the latter veiled – assiduously concentrate on their classwork under the supervision of their teachers.

Over the past few days, the students’ concentration has not waned despite the presence of news cameras and crew at the back of some of the classrooms.

Averroès has been attracting a fair amount of attention in France after the private Muslim school ranked at the top of the regional list of quality schools and was among the top three on the national list.

While most French students are enrolled in state schools, around 15 percent of children in France attend some form of private school.

In theory, all public schools should provide the same quality of education. But as every French parent knows, that is not strictly true. The annual school ranking systems have long featured some of the better-known public high schools from across the country.

The private Muslim school ranked at the top of the regional list of quality schools and was among the top three on the national list

Over the past few years, private schools – either Catholic, Jewish or secular, with varying levels of state funding - have increasingly made their way to the top high-school rankings.

Averroès High School’s top ranking has raised eyebrows across France in part because it’s a private Muslim school that has been providing quality education to its students.

Home to Europe’s largest Muslim population, France has often been criticised in the international press for what many see as the country’s uncompromising commitment to laïcité - or secularism. A 2004 law banning the explicit display of religious affiliations in public schools was widely criticised in the international community, as well as by some minority groups inside France, although the vast majority of French people supported the ban.

Given France’s complex history of communal relations with its Muslim population, the success of the Averroès school has provided some welcome good news.

It’s something Averroès High School staff have grown used to over the past decade.

In 2003, when the school opened, it was the first private Muslim school in France to follow the national curriculum. “On our first day, there were 34 journalists, including one from Japan – compared to only 11 students and 19 teachers,” said Amar Lasfar, rector of the Lille mosque and president of the Averroès school, in an interview with the leading French daily, Le Monde.

Ten years later, France’s first private Muslim school has grown to include more than 330 students and has left its old premises at the Lille mosque for a new building that can accommodate up to 600 students.

It’s a commendable rise for a school that has only been “sous contrat” (under contract) with the state since 2008. Under the French system, private schools are either “sous contrat” – with the government paying teachers’ salaries and the school following the national curriculum – or “hors contrat” - not funded by the government and therefore not obligated to follow any particular curriculum.

When asked about the secret to the school’s success, Lasfar is categorical: “Have faith – not necessarily religious faith, but believe in the project,” he told Le Monde.

At Averroès High School, students' parents appear to believe in the project as much as the staff, with volunteer parents running the school cafeteria, for instance.

While most of the students are Muslim, the school is open to non-Muslims as well.

As for the students, the advantages of the school are numerous. Averroès graduates list the small class size, the studious atmosphere and the staff’s commitment to quality education as the school's best features.

They also said they happened to have a lot of fun while they were at school.

Source: France 24

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Kyrgyz designers show their new collections of Muslim fashion  

BISHKEK: A fashion show in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan featured a collection of colorful dresses for a unique spring 2013 collection targeted to Muslim women, who want beautiful clothes that still protect their modesty.

“I think that a woman, whether she is Muslim or Christian, has to follow fashion and her appearance should be decent, and she has to look beautiful, womanly,” said ‘Fashion Muslim Kyrgyzstan’ attendee Ruhina Kozhambekova.

Like Kozhambekova, hundreds of Kyrgyz women attended the fashion show, clapping to the pulsing beat of the music while the models flowed along the runway in long-sleeved, high-necked gowns paired with veils framing their faces.

Delicate chiffons to cotton blends to intricately-designed silks were featured in the show, which presented fashions for a range of tastes - from dressy to sporty.

Fashion from designer Zhanara Chyngysheva during a Muslim fashion show in Kyrgyzstan’s capital, Bishkek. (AFP

Fashion designer Mavluda Usupova even showed a line of wedding dresses.

“Not only fashionable women but all Muslims too could look beautiful, even in Islam. Once in her lifetime a girl gets married. Therefore you have to look beautiful to please your husband and his family,” Usupova said.

Her creations featured full skirts, bordered by lace edging and pearl details, as well as empire-waisted and full A-line forms. Some of the dresses were paired with jackets, and all of the models wore intricately decorated veils.

Organiser Aijan Akilbekova said the show was a huge success and showed that fashion could be compatible with life in Kyrgyzstan and modesty.

“Actually, it’s simply a trend for our sisters about how you can dress up according to our customs, traditions and without forgetting about the geographical conditions of our country. For example, we have a severe winter, we have a slushy autumn, we have spring, we have summer. In our country we can't be like Arabs who wear one dress all year long,” Akilbekova said.

Kyrgyzstan, a poor Central Asian country of 5.5 million, is about 75 percent Muslim.

Source: Al Arabiya


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

This week CCN recommends


The Rainbow Troops


Andrea Hirata




From Indonesia, an inspiring, record-breaking bestseller—and a modern-day fairy tale Ikal is a student at Muhammadiyah Elementary, on the Indonesian island of Belitong, where graduating from sixth grade is considered a signal achievement. His school is under constant threat of closure.


In fact, Ikal and his friends—a group nicknamed the Rainbow Troops—face threats from every angle: pessimistic, corrupt government officials; greedy corporations hardly distinguishable from the colonialism they’ve replaced; deepening poverty and crumbling infrastructure; and their own festering self-confidence.


But in the form of two extraordinary teachers, they also have hope, and Ikal’s education is an uplifting one, in and out of the classroom.


We root for him and his friends as they defy the town’s powerful tin miners. We meet his first love, a hand with half-moon fingernails that passes him the chalk his teacher has instructed him to buy.


We cheer for Lintang, the class’s barefoot math genius, as he beats the rich company children in an academic challenge.


Above all, we gain an intimate acquaintance with the customs and people of the world’s largest Muslim society.


First published in 2005, The Rainbow Troops , Andrea Hirata’s autobiographical debut novel, sold a record-breaking 5 million copies in Indonesia.


Now it promises to captivate audiences across the globe. This is classic storytelling: an engrossing depiction of a milieu we have never encountered before, bursting with charm and verve.


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

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


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: Methi or Fenugreek leaves can be stored while they are fresh for whenever you need them. Take off the leaves from the thin stems, brunch them together and slice through them. If you are going to use them in a couple of days time, do not wash the methi until you are ready to use them. Put the cut up methi in a plastic bag lined with a paper towel at the bottom. Seal the bag after removing all the air from it. If you are going to keep the methi for longer than two days, then pre-wash them, place in a plastic bag without the paper liner and store it in the freezer.

 Methi Bhaji Rotlas (Fenugreek Leaves Crumpets)





3 bunch methi bhaji or 3 blocks of frozen methi bhaji (which I have used)
1 large grated onion (with water squeezed out)
2 beaten eggs
1 tab chana flour (besan flour)
1 tab Mielie meal or polenta
1½ tab whole meal flour
½ tsp. dhana and jeeru mix (crushed coriander and cumin seeds)
Pinch of turmeric
½ tsp. green chillies or add more if you prefer
¼ cup of corn kernels which have been thawed out or use the canned variety
½ tsp. baking powder
¼ cup milk



Mix all the above ingredients together.

Lightly grease a non- stick frying pan and place a tablespoon of the mixture, spreading it into a circle or you could use non-stick egg rings which may need to be slightly greased.


Cook for approx. 3 mins, the base will be light brown and when the top is set, flip it over and cook for a further minute or 2 until light brown.


Repeat with remaining batter, setting aside the cooked crumpets in a warm place.

Serve warm with your favourite chutney.


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’m a regular at the gym mixing up my workouts – Pump, zumba, step, combat and a bit of circuit on my own if time permits. I’m not as flexible as I used to be as stretches especially around the groin and upper leg area are sometimes awkward and uncomfortable. Any suggestions?

A: Try incorporating some yoga or balance classes into your workout regime.


Not only is it great for muscle toning, but you’ll find that over time your flexibility will improve.


Focus on the areas around the hip, lower back and core as this may help the muscles you are trying to stretch and relax.


Try making yourself as comfortable as you can during your stretches to get the most out of it…








My Health and Fitness

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Mula Nasruddin and his 3 friends meet 30 years after school.


He goes to the cloakroom while the other 3 start to talk about how successful their sons became.

No. 1 says his son studied economics, became a banker and is so rich he gave his best friend a Ferrari.

No. 2 said his son became a pilot, started his own airline, became so rich he gave his best friend a jet.

No. 3 said his son became an engineer, started his own development company, became so rich he built his best friend a mansion.

Mula Nasruddin comes back from cloakroom and asks what the intense discussion is about.


They tell him they were talking about how successful their sons had become and ask him about his son.

He said his son had not finished university, not working, but not wanting for anything either.. 


One of the three said he must be very disappointed with his son for not becoming successful.

Oh no said Mula Nasruddin, he is doing well.  Last week was his birthday and he got a Ferrari, a jet and a mansion from 3 of his best friends. 


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Verily that which you are promised is true; and verily Judgment and Justice must indeed come to pass.
Surah Az-Zariyat 51:5-6


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If you don't ask,

the answer is always no.

If you don't step forward,

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~ Anon


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By Mumtaz-Ahmed Esat

“Every Winter I Lose My Favourite Chilli Plants..........Help!”

Yes it is annoying especially when you have a high-bearing chilli bush. In this part of the world most chilli plants are treated as annuals, surviving through Spring, Summer and Autumn. Come the first cold snap of winter and the chilli goes into decline eventually dying out when the frost arrives. There is very simple way you can overcome the problem.



When the plant starts showing signs of decline, cover it securely using a large empty plastic bottle.

Ensure that the lower part is fortified with a little garden soil to prevent the wind blowing the bottle over. If this happens and the bush is exposed to cold for several days you will lose the plant. Water several times a week-you can easily do this by removing the cap. As you can see, this particular plant was so happy that it began flowering again.

Zimbabwe Birds Eye Chilli


Once the temperature settles in early Spring, You will notice that the plant will be sending out new shoots. At this point remove the bottle, fertilize lightly and watch your chilli bush produce masses of fruit instantly. If you get late frost replace the bottle till the threat is over.


Salaams and Happy Gardening!


Vegetable Garden for the World

Mumtaz-Ahmed Esat

Organic and heirloom gardening



Need an answer to a gardening related matter?


Send your question to our Runcorn gardening guru

Mumtaz-Ahmed Esat at aesat.56@gmail.com.


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0431 747 356


12 May


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18 May


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0401 959 295

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Karawatha Forest


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9 June


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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.

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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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