Sunday, 12 May 2013

 Newsletter 0444





This week's nasheed, My Mum Is Amazing, is brought to you by the organizers of the Queensland Nasheed Competition

She wakes up early in the morning with a smile,
And she holds my head up high;
"Don't you ever let anybody put you down 
Cos you are my little angel."

Then she makes something warm for me to drink,
Cos it's cold out there, she thinks.
Then she walks me to school, Yes I aint no fool.. 
I just think my Mum is amazing.

Bridge/Chorus - 
She makes me feel,
Like I can do anything.
and when she's with me..
there's no where else, I'd rather be 

After School, she's waiting by the gate.
I'm so happy that I just can't wait,
To get home to tell her how my day went.
And eat the yummy food, only my Mum makes..

Then I wind her up cos I don't wanna bath,
And we run around the house with a laugh. 
No matter what I say, she gets her way.
I think my Mum is amazing.

Bridge/Chorus - 
She makes me feel,
Like I can do anything.
and when she's with me..
there's no where else, I'd rather be 

Then I wake up in the morning, she's not there..
And I realize she never was.
And I'm still here in this lonely orphanage,
With so many just like me.

And as my dreams begin to fade.. 
I try hard to look forward to my day. 
But there's a pain in my heart that's a craving;
How I wish I had a Mum that's amazing,
Would be amazing.


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Foreign Minister, Senator Bob Carr visited the Kuraby Mosque with Mr Graham Perrett, Federal Member for Moreton, on Tuesday during which he spoke of Australia's policy positions on Palestine, Syria and the Rohingyas of Burma to community leaders and representatives of local organizations.

On the question of the Australian abstention during the UN vote for granting Palestine 'non-member' status in the General Assembly Minister Carr said:

Graham (Perrett) and I told our colleagues that you must give encouragement to people who have been dispossessed. We were determined to give some hope to the Palestinians and as a result of that Australia was with the Europeans, the bulk of Europeans in that column. We were not over there with seven or eight nations that voted No. We would have been had it not been for your influence, you signing the petition, Graham responding to that and for my account, once I heard that I could not vote against the Palestinians. Simple as that, I cannot vote against the Palestinians.


The ground floor of the Mosque is transformed into a conference room

for the occasion

Minister Carr responds to questions from the floor

Imam Akram of the Kuraby Mosque presents a token of appreciation

Young Muhammad Ali Abdurrahman takes a break from his hifz for a short tête-à-tête

Dr Mohammad Abdalla, who chaired the session, is flanked

on the left by Imam Peer, Mr AK Surtie and Mr David Forde

and on the right by Ms Agnes Whiten (ECCQ) and Ms Gail Ker (ACCES Services)

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Islamic College of Brisbane Year 1 Students of the Month

Front row (left to right): Asli Sarah Sahin, Idris Amron Shamshir, Anushay Aaquib, Sana Hassani. Hamza Mustafa Khan
Back row (left to right): Mr Sharif (Deputy Principal), Dr Noor (Principal) and Sergeant Jim Bellos

Australian International Islamic College PREP Students of the Month

(left to right) Orfan Nadiri, Omran Nadiri and Zobair Mohammed

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Pictured from left to right at The Biggest Morning Tea with the Prime Minister Hon. Julia Gillard are the Islamic College of Brisbane's Boys Captain Sibgha Jillani, Prime Minister Hon. Julia Gillard, Dr Mubarak Noor, Principal ICB and Esra Kartal, ICB Girls Captain.

The school as presented a DVD containing over 900 individually written letters from Preparatory Year to Year 12 to expedite the National Broadband Network (NBN) to the school premises so that it can release its Learning Management System to the students externally.


Some of the staff of the Islamic Women's Association of QLD (IWAQ) also attended The Biggest Morning Tea with Minister Craig Emerson, Federal Member for Rankin and Prime Minister Gillard at the Marsden State High

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The Islamic Council of Queensland (ICQ) will be holding their Annual Qur’an Recitation Competition on Sunday 19th May 2013, commencing at 9.00 am at the Islamic College of Brisbane Multi-purpose Hall, Karawatha.


In comparison to previous years, this year is expected to be one of the larger events with over 80 participants representing 11 institutions already registered.

The event will be held in 9 categories – 4 Girls categories and 5 Boys categories.


There will be certificates and trophies for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners in each of the 9 categories and all participants will be presented with a Certificate of Participation and a Medal.


There will also be certificates and trophies for an overall winner in the Girls and one in the Boys categories.

Morning Tea and Lunch will be provided to all attendees at this this important annual event.



ICQ invites interested individuals and business to participate in their Annual Qur’an Recitation Competition for 2013 through sponsorship.


This event will be held on Sunday 19 May 2013 at the Islamic College of Brisbane Multi-Purpose Hall, Karawatha, commencing at 9.00 am and concluding around 1.30 pm.


Morning tea and lunch will be provided to all participants and attendees to the event.

Limited and modest sponsorship opportunities are available in the following categories:

• Boys and Girls Category winners – Certificates and Trophies
• Overall Boys and Girls Winners – Certificates and Trophy
• Participation Medals and Certificates for all participants
• Refreshments/Water for the all Participants
• Morning Tea
• Lunch

For more information on these opportunities, you may contact any of the following:
Mohammed Yusuf: 0450908786 Sayraz Mohammed: 0413122610 Mohammed Farouk: 0404826573

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The award winning Eidfest is entering its ninth year and this year there are many exciting offerings as well as the unveiling of a new venue. This year Eidfest, which will be held on August 17th, has found a new home at the Rocklea Showgrounds at Goburra St Rocklea, and it offers a lot more variety to festival attendees.

President of Qld Eidfest Association, Ms Yasmin Khan said “we were forced to move this year because Mt Gravatt Showgrounds had changed their conditions and priced themselves out of reach. We run a very tight ship and we couldn’t justify the costs, so we have found a new home at the Rocklea Showgrounds.

Rocklea is a much better fit for Eidfest, with a bigger ground space allowing for more off street parking and had a number of facilities that were already established. There is also a large undercover area, concrete paths and airconditioned rooms to cater for a variety of stall holders.”

This year Eidfest will also introduce the first ever Muslim Writers Festival, with a number of high profile authors already confirmed to attend. There will be panel discussions across the day as well as workshops for aspiring writers and bloggers.

“Eidfest is constantly re-inventing itself and changing each year to keep the festival fresh and exciting. That’s why we thought that we would start at Muslim Writers Festival and so far I have had nothing but a positive response to the idea,” Ms Khan said.

“If it is a great success, Insha’Allah, (God willing) we may look to have it as a stand alone event next year.”

“Eidfest has always been a pioneer and we lead the way in what we offer at our festival. We are a multi award winning festival and with new committee member, ex-Police Commissioner Bob Atkinson on board, we look forward to many more exciting festivals to come,” Ms Khan said.

For anyone interested in a stall at Eidfest, to help at Eidfest or for any further information you can email info@eidfest.com.au or keep an eye on our website and Facebook page.

For further information please contact Yasmin Khan on 0419 025 510.

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Muslim Aid Australia is currently holding an urgent appeal to support 200 orphan girls in Garba Tulla Kenya. Their aim is to raise $168,000 to be able to provide food, clothing, accommodation, education, healthcare, and clean water to the orphans.


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FOR RENT: Lowset 3 bedroom brick home plus large office. Recently renovated in immaculate condition with good size yard and entertainment area. Walking distance to the Masjid, Browns Plains Shopping Centre and busway. $330 per week. Will organise sharing if individuals apply. Tennant can choose either furnished or unfurnished. For further information or to arrange an inspection please phone

0422 433 074.

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Southern Star 7 May 2013 

Online registration for Crescent Wealth CresWalk2013 is now open.


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I'm a pharmacist in Brisbane, registered with the Mater Hospital's Climbing for Cancer fund raising event taking place on 19 May.

Please sponsor me to smash my Fund raising target.

Here's a link to my web page at climb for cancer: http://climbforcancer.org.au/ahmed_hassen.

Thanking you in advance,

Ahmed Hassen

Salaams CCN,

I would just like to thank you for your help.

You may recall that I got in touch with you some months ago regarding our family's migration from London to Brisbane and our planned initial visit in April. You kindly put us in touch with some families. We visited Brisbane in April and met up with some of the families who had helped us over the phone.

We (our family) are most grateful for your help in putting us in touch with these families. When we landed in Brisbane, we did not know a single soul in Australia. Now we know a few Muslim families.




Burger King opens in South Africa, halaal decision sparks ire


CAPE TOWN: The rumours had been flying around for months but now it’s official: Burger King has arrived… only in Cape Town for now, but arrived nonetheless.


Customers have been split on this new arrival to our shores, with people taking to social networks to express their delight or disappointment, with a lot of patrons saying things like “Can't wait to get my first Whopper!! Mmmmmm”, and congratulations on opening South Africa’s first store.

There have been complaints about the store not having its full menu available yet and most of the disappointment, however, seems to be that the store is halaal and thus does not serve bacon.

Elizca Stemmet-Rademeyer said on the store’s Facebook page: “Utterly dissapointed in Burger King..why no bacon? Some of you r best meals have bacon on them and now we are not allowed to eat it in SA!”

Francois Jooste said: Burger King, I don't understand why all 100% of your stores will be halaal... Steers, Wimpy, Debonairs, Scooters, etc have both halaal and NON-halaal to cater for EVERYONE… The rest of South Africa isn't as halaal as Cape Town”.

Burger King has defended the decision, saying it is based on the fact that they do not want to exclude any South African from having the chance to experience a Burger King product in any of their stores.

“As such we have decided not to serve bacon. We stand by our decision.”

McDonald's South Africa told Times LIVE that all their stores are 100% halaal and not a single store serves bacon in any of their meals.

Source: Times Live

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Israel bars Muslims from entering al-Aqsa mosque

A large group of settlers protected by Israeli forces entered the Al Aqsa mosque compound in Jerusalem Al Quds, and prevented Muslim worshippers from entering the mosque.

For two consecutive days, Israeli police have prevented Muslims, men and women under the age of 50, from entering one of the holiest Islamic sites, by erecting flying checkpoints around the compound. All elderly people had to show their ID’s to Israeli police before entering the compound.

The Minister of Jerusalem Affairs stated that Muslims now need to unify in order to protect al-Aqsa mosque.

The police evacuated all young Muslim worshippers in order to allow a group of 40 Israeli settles to tour the compound. The next day, over 100 settlers gained access to the mosque, accompanied by Israeli forces.

The Al-Aqsa mosque and the Dome of the Rock, is the third holiest site in Islam. However, it is also a site where Jewish Israeli’s believe as the Second Temple, a holy site for Jewish, stood before al Aqsa. But, despite rigorous archeological excavations by the Israeli’s, they have found no proof of the existence of this site.

“Following two days of ban on Muslim worshippers from entering the al-Aqsa compound, senior Palestinian politicians have called upon all Muslims in Jerusalem al Quds to remain in the mosque in order to protect it from Israeli settlers and soldiers. They further stated that the Israeli settlers and soldiers are trying to change the status quo by claiming it as a Jewish place of worship. Nel Burden, Press TV, Occupied Jerusalem al Quds.”



Source; PressTV


Five reasons why Hawking is right to boycott Israel


Stephen Hawking should be commended for pulling out of an Israeli conference as a protest at Israel's treatment of Palestinians, writes Ben White for Al Jazeera.


As announced by the British Committee for the Universities of Palestine (BRICUP) and subsequently covered by The Guardian, Reuters and others, world-renowned theoretical physicist and cosmologist Professor Stephen Hawking has decided to heed the Palestinian call for boycott, and pull out of an Israeli conference hosted by President Shimon Peres in June. After initial confusion, this was confirmed - Hawking is staying away on political grounds.

Here are five reasons why Professor Hawking is right to boycott:



Al Jazeera

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Turkish Airlines backs down on red lipstick, nail polish ban


After outcry from secular Turks, Turkey's largest carrier reversed its decision to ban flight attendants from wearing red or dark pink lipstick and nail polish.

ISTANBUL: Turkish Airlines is quashing a ban on female flight attendants wearing red lipstick and nail polish, its chief executive said on Thursday, after an outcry by secular Turks worried the country is becoming too Islamic.

The national carrier had said in a statement this month the use of red and dark pink lipstick and nail polish would impair the "visual integrity" of its staff.

But Chief Executive Temel Kotil said the order was made by over-zealous junior managers who did not consult senior bosses about the initiative.

"As to the lipstick, we had no problems but somehow low-level managers put together a paper without asking us and that paper leaked to the media and became a big issue," Kotil told reporters in London.

Asked whether there was a ban, he said "no", and confirmed female staff could wear lipstick and nail polish of any colour.

"As you know, some in Turkey are a little bit keen about these issues," said the fast-talking, U.S.- educated Kotil, who has served as chief executive since 2005. "We are a great global carrier and we know what we are doing."

Many Turks took to Twitter to complain about the ban and the president of the airline's Hava-Is union, Atilay Aycin, called it a bid by the management "to shape the company to fit its own political and ideological stance".


NY Daily News

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The Man Too Handsome for Saudi Arabia Who Wasn’t


JEDDAH: You have most probably heard by now that three Emirati men were allegedly thrown out of a cultural Janadriyah Festival by the Saudi religious police (pl. mutawaeen) for “being too handsome.”


Most reports, however, have claimed the three men were actually deported from the Kingdom, itself, for their ‘seductive' lure that was apparently going to send the attending women into an incontrollable hormonal flux.


Fementertainment blog, Jezebel, was amongst the first to reveal the identity of one of the alleged Emirati men, Omar Borkan Al Gala – a photographer, model, actor and poet.


The Internet went into self-fanning mode as several images of the young man went viral and thousands clamoured to follow him on social media websites.

Unfortunately, no one in the English press bothered to actually fact check the story.

As it turns out, three men were not, in fact, deported from Saudi Arabia. Actually, no one was deported from Saudi Arabia and certainly not for being too handsome. And, actually, no one was even kicked out of the heritage and cultural festival except for a member of the religious police for protesting against the presence of a Gulf female singer. According to UK’s Al-Arab:

A member of the Saudi feared religious police, known as Mutawa, stormed the UAE pavilion at National Festival for Heritage and Culture, also known as Al Janadriyah, but was forced out by the Gulf Kingdom’s national guards.

The incident took place when the Mutawa member objected to the presence of the Emirati singer Aryam in her country’s pavilion.

A brief U-Tube film showed several guards surround the member of the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice before they escorted him out of the pavilion at the annual festival in the Saudi capital Riyadh.

And that's it.



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

People of the Book: The Forgotten History of Islam and the West


Zachary Karabell


Amazon Review

This book sets out to show that Islam's relationship with Christianity and Judaism has not always been one of conflict and intolerance, but frequently of mutual intercourse - even at times when their armies were fighting each other.


The wars between them, even when religion was invoked, could often be characterized as territorial rather than as religious, and when Harun al-Rashid was fighting Christian Byzantium, he was quite happy to have the Christian Charlemagne as an ally; and Muslims slaughtered fellow-Muslims at least as often as they warred against Christians.


Religious passions undoubtedly played a part in the Crusades, but even then the Shi'ite Fatimids at times supported the Christians against the Seljuk Sunnis.


The 126 years between the beginning of the First Crusade in 1096 and the end of the last one in 1272 saw only 25 years of actual fighting - and Karabell paints a perhaps excessively rosy picture of the rest of the time, when Muslims and Christians coexisted more or less peacefully in the Middle East and traded with each other, when the Franks began to acculturate, and the Muslims to accommodate themselves to their Christian rulers.


Saladin was inspired by genuine religious zeal, but his capture of Jerusalem was not accompanied with a slaughter such as the Crusaders had perpetrated in 1199, and Christian pilgrimage to the city would be permitted when the crusaders sailed home. That Third Crusade, at least on Saladin's side, was still a gentlemanly affair, and has been remembered as such even in the lore of the West.

There is an account of the interest in non-Islamic scholarship during the classical age of Islam (8th to 11th century) and during the Golden Age in Arabic Spain of about the same time, reciprocated (for all too brief a period) in early Reconquista Spain where Alfonso the Wise in the 13th century continued the Muslim tradition of convivencia. (One thread running through the book is the interest that many people in the West have shown in Islam and its culture.)

Karabell underlines that for hundreds of years the Muslims made no attempts to impose Islam on the peoples they conquered, and respected their religious authorities; that in that respect they were far more tolerant than Christian societies, and that this was in fact one of the reasons why, during their early expansion, there was so little resistance by Monophysites in Syria, Copts in Egypt, Nestorians in Persia and Jews everywhere, wh o had been more persecuted by their previous Christian rulers than they ever were by the Muslims. Especially at times when the Muslim governments in Baghdad, Córdoba or Constantinople felt secure, they were open to debates with or influences from non-Muslims: the occasional persecution of non-Muslims usually coincided with periods when their governments became weak.

Karabell underlines that for hundreds of years the Muslims made no attempts to impose Islam on the peoples they conquered, and respected their religious authorities; that in that respect they were far more tolerant than Christian societies......... 

This weakness was in part due to the long-term effects of the repudiation of classical Islam's openness to the ideas of non-Islamic peoples by al-Ghazali and his followers. As these clamped their orthodoxy on Islam from the late 12th century onwards, they stifled the freedom of thought that had been the glory of al-Rashid's time; and this contributed from about the 18th century onwards to the Islamic world not being able to resist Western inroads, especially towards the end of the 19th century. The first response among Islamic intellectuals like al-Afghani and Abduh was to return to the willingness for Islam to learn from what the non-Islamic world could teach; but as this did not manage to arrest the incursions of the west, in the end it developed among militants into an Islam that was more intolerant and resentful of the West (represented by Christians and Jews) than Islam had ever been before.

It did not help that nationalist revolts against the Ottomans invoked religious as well as ethnic differences; and this in turn created nationalisms in the Islamic world (which, incidentally, would also turn Islamic Arabs against Islamic Turks). The most tragic victims - because they were the only group over whom the Turks were victorious - of a new Islamic intolerance were the Christian Armenians, though even here it was their nationalism rather than their religion which was the trigger. The Versailles Settlement, with much of the Islamic world ruled directly by the West, was a further humiliation, and the Balfour Declaration the worst of them all.

But even today Karabell sees signs of hope: a moderate and tolerant Islam is seen in Jordan, Morocco, Turkey, and among the young in Iran.

Soon after the end of the Second World War, most of the Muslim states achieved their national independence, as did Israel. The new Muslim governments were basically secular (as was Arafat's PLO). It was the failure of these secularists to destroy Israel in four wars that seemed to leave militant Islam as the only hope of success, both against Israel and against the continuing influence of the West over these secular governments: militant Islam and nationalism increasingly became one and the same thing.

But even today Karabell sees signs of hope: a moderate and tolerant Islam is seen in Jordan, Morocco, Turkey, and among the young in Iran.

Karabell's story is not as forgotten as the subtitle of the book suggests: almost all of his material can be found in the major respectable histories of Islam. But there is certainly a lot of maligning of Islamic history around, from politicians, journalists and the occasional academic; and this eloquent and sophisticated defence of an Islam that for most of its history was tolerant of other religions - much more so than Christianity was during those centuries - is welcome as a corrective to books such as Bat Ye'or's Dhimmitude (see my review) or Huntington's Clash of Civilizations. It has the advantage over these in that, despite its agenda, it is much less one-sided and does not shirk those episodes which run counter to its main theme.


Would you like to see the cover of your favourite book on our book shelves below?

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


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: With Ramadaan in almost eight weeks, I have been preparing my son’s favourite savoury, Cheese and Corn Samoosas. I recently mastered the technique of stopping the cheese from oozing out when frying, thanks to a simple tip from the cook on Radio Islam.

 Oozeless Cheese Samoosas




1 Onion grated (with water squeezed out)
500g Grated cheese
1 can of whole corn kernels - drained and rinsed
2 tsp. green chillies sautéed in ½ tsp. ghee
1 Tab. Corn flour
1 potato cut into very small cubes, steamed.
Salt to taste
Chopped greens (optional)




Mix all the above ingredients and use a tablespoon at a time as your filling for the samoosa pastry (pur).

Fry the samosas in warm oil and then gently increase the temperature of the oil until the samoosa is golden brown.


This little tip will ensure that the samoosa will remain crisper for longer.


If you fry your samosas in very hot oil it will get soggy especially if they are frozen. (At any time, do not thaw your samoosas before frying)

If you want to learn how to fold a samoosa watch this video:



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: What take-away foods are healthy?


A: Takeaway foods can be included as part of a healthy eating plan provided they are not eaten everyday. Choose the smaller portions along with lower fat and lower salt options.

Healthier takeaway choices:

• plain hamburgers with lots of salad (leave out the fried onion and fried egg)
• gourmet style pizzas with vegetable or seafood toppings
• jacket potatoes with vegetable or legume toppings (e.g. creamed corn, baked beans and salad)
• sandwiches or toasted sandwiches, made with grain bread, with lean meats and lots of vegetables or salad
• grilled fish and salad
• pasta with tomato-based sauces
• BBQ chicken with skin removed
• sushi and Vietnamese rolls

If reduced fat versions of foods are available, these would generally be healthier choices. Grilled foods are also a healthier choice than fried food.


Need an answer to a question on nutrition?

Send your question to Fathima Abdoola at  fathima.abdoola@uqconnect.edu.au

All questions sent in are published here anonymously and without any references to the author of the question.


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TIME TO WALK THE WALK – 2 weeks until race day

It's that time again people - only this one is even more special. We're celebrating 10 great years of this community event! Trust me, you want to be a part of it...

Use the following program as a guide for your final 2 weeks of preparation for CresWalk

Please note that the following program is suitable for beginners. For the more competitive or serious athlete, intensity, duration and frequency of exercises need to be increased!


DAY 1:
Walk for a minimum of 60 mins. (10 mins. at a moderate pace, 45 mins. at a more brisk pace and 5 mins. cool down / slow pace).

Healthy Tip: Always keep your body hydrated - carry a bottle of water with you daily!

DAY 2:
Try some interval training - Walk for 3-5mins, then jog for 1min and sprint for 30secs. If it feels comfortable, repeat for 1 hour while you’re out walking.

DAY 3:
Strength training – grab your weights and challenge upper and lower body. Remember to use your own body weight as well (push-ups, sit-ups, chin-ups, etc). Active recovery - Do an activity that you enjoy (low impact). Include your stretching routine.

DAY 4:
Try a cycling session at the gym or head to the park on your bike and take in the scenery and some fresh air. Minimum session time should be 60 - 90mins with mini-challenges along the way.

Healthy Tip: Keep your liquids up to prevent dehydration and muscle cramping!

DAY 5:
Head for the pool for some cardio training while you tone and relax muscles as well. Swim some laps with short breaks in between, or opt for an aqua-aerobics session.

DAY 6:
Similar to day 1, however, try to jog/run for a few minutes, then slow down to a brisk walk before jogging again. Increase your walking time by 5-10 mins. or more if you feel comfortable.

DAY 7:
Take a leasurely walk in the park or try walking some of the race route to see how you feel. This will give you an idea of how hard you need to work next week to finalise your training for the upcoming event.

Recover and get ready for your final week of training before race day!

PLEASE NOTE: The above training program assumes a healthy participant. Those with medical conditions or who are not already physically active, need to seek clearance from their GP before starting any form of exercise.

Kareema has just created a ground breaking new product, the T-Mat for yoga, pilates, exercise, etc. A world first, the idea behind it is to experience an uninterrupted flow of movement while practising yoga with all its beautiful poses and direction changes.

One side can be folded on top of the other for more support under the knees or back during Pilates and it’s a great tool to have for your floor work during exercise and stretching.

Keep an eye out for the website launch over the next few weeks or call 0404844786 for queries and purchases.

Mat folded with extra side folded on top – knee or back support

Mat opened T-shape for better flow of movement through poses

Rolled/folded. Ready to travel

Available colours

 (pink/light pink sold out)








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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Father of five children, Mula Nasruddin, had won a toy in a competition.


He called his kids together to ask which one should have the present.

"Who is the most obedient?" Mula Nasruddin asked. "Who never talks back to mother? Who does everything she says?"

Five small voices answered in unison. "Okay, dad, you get the toy."


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O you who believe! Cancel not your charity by reminders of your generosity or by injury, - like those who spend their substance to be seen of men, but believe neither in Allah nor in the Last Day...

Surah Al-Baqarah 2:264


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It's not that diabetes, heart disease and obesity run in your family,

it's that no one runs in your family 

~ Anon


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Mother's Day Brunch 12 May Amnesty Movie 16 May Remember Palestine Al Nakba 17 May Healthy Living with Crescents of Brisbane 18 May Ladies Talent Night ICQ Quran Competition 19 May Karawatha Fun Day 1 19 May Karawatha Fun Day 2 19 May Rotary Club Fund Raiser24 May CresWalk2013 SUNDAY 26 May Queensland Nasheed Competition 2 June World Refugee Day Lantern Parade 6 June ICB FETE 2013  9 June AIIC Family Fun Night 15 June World Refugee Days 6/8/9/23 June AlKauthar Pillars of Mercy 23 June 2013 Eidfest 17 August


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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

Shailly Beauty & Reiki

Hair & Beauty


Fathima Abdoola


Dial a Local Doctor

Medical Services







Dial A Local Doctor Fathima Abdoola  Nutritionist Shailly Hair Beauty Peeled Prawns Baby Care Solutions Al-Khitan Circumcisions Kuraby Fashion Wasimah Brisbane Bamboo Towels HEALTHY LIFE Browns Plains
Himalyan Salt Lamps PART 1 HEALTHY LIFE Browns Plains
Himalyan Salt Lamps PART 2 Computer Repairs Watang Man-oushi Lebanese Foods Lil Umah CassonIT Solutions Dial a Doctor Bulk Billing Dr in your home Michael's Oriental Birthday Promo Function Room Page 1 Function Room Page 2 LOVE UR BODY Shariff's Computer Services Sunkids Sunkids Pari Collection Pari Collection Maximize  Accountants Officetek Alarms Mona Vie AK Surtie Angelz Dental Care Centre for Easy Language Learning Arabic Paradise Convenience Ayesha's Samoosa Strips ACCES Services REMOVALS Autocad 2012 Training Baalbak Mediterranean Restaurant Low Price Pharmacy KURABY Bismillah Repairs and Maintenance
New mobile no. 0468 342 127 Samoosa Pastry Brisbane Diagnostics Brizy Biltong Beef Jerky Boulevard Tower Residence Accommodation Calamvale Physiotherapy & Sport Injury Clinic Carpetlifesavers Indoor Folding Mats InWear Fashions Rejuven8 Body & Beauty Personal Wellness Coach efxshop Tutoring Fathima Adat Flighstar Hajj2012 Flighstar Hajj2012 Gabriel Hair Studio Henna Fatima Ismail hummys Automotive Services Hussana Junaid Ally Properties REMAX Kimaya International Kuraby Mosque Hire Quick Stick Name labels Ladies Only Personal Training Lilys Fashion love ur body Marketing Coop Group Muslim Directory Muslima Chick Nandos Calamvale Nandos Mt Gravatt NAZIMA HANSA REMAX Excelanz Migration Services Pizza Lane Pappa Roti QLD Islamic Book Service Seedat Accounting Shameema's Silk Scarves Siitra Shakira Kolia Driving School T ax Returns 2012 Ummah Store Elite FX Web Design


"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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12 May


Algester Annual Mother's Day Brunch

Islamic Society of Algester

Islamic College of Brisbane, Karawatha

0403 338 040


18 May


Ladies Healthy Living Workshop

Springwood Community Hall, Springwood

0401 959 295

1.30pm to 4.30pm

18 May


Ladies Talent Night

QIS & Wisdom College

MacGregor State Primary School Hall

0404 866 934

6.30pm to 11pm

18 & 19 May

Sat & Sun 

Weekend Wedding Workshop

SeekersPoint Brisbane

Griffith University, NATHAN

0403 295 127

10am to 5pm

19 May


Religion Matters

SeekersPoint Brisbane

Griffith University, NATHAN

0403 295 127


19 May


ICQ Annual Qur'an Competition

Islamic Council of QLD

Islamic College of Brisbane, Karawatha

0450 908 786


19 May


Karawatha Family Fun Day

Karawatha Ward Office & Brisbane City Council

Acacia Road Picnic Reserve

3407 0566

10am to 2pm

26 May


Crescent Wealth CresWalk 2013


Orleigh Park, West End

0402 026 786

10am Starter's pistol

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

15 June


AIIC Family Fun Night

Australian International Islamic College

724 Blunder Rd, Durack

3372 1400


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

The Rocklea Showgrounds, Cnr. Goburra St. and Ipswich Rd. ROCKLEA

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, 48 Learoyd Rd, Algester
When: Every Tuesday after Isha
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.


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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