Sunday, 19 May 2013

 Newsletter 0445





With just days to go before the big day on Sunday 26th, the number of registrations is certain to exceed all expectations in this our 10th year of organizing CresWalk.


Look out for the Islamic College of Brisbane and Australian International Islamic College students in their sports colours challenging each other to the finish, and their parents and teachers coming along to support them on the same route.


Hobnob along the Brisbane River with Imams, senators, members of parliament, councillors and bureaucrats.


Our major sponsor, Crescent Wealth, is sending along a team from Sydney and we look forward to showing them some true Queensland hospitality.


There will be a host of random draw prizes that will include a weekend at the Hilton Apartments in Surfers Paradise, three nights at the Chevon Renaissance, dinners at restaurants, shopping vouchers and other surprises.


A number of activities are planned around the always delicious lunch to cater for all.




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The development of the new Brisbane Islamic Centre in Underwood, Brisbane made the Channel 9 News on Friday after the deadline for public submissions to Council on the proposal closed.


A spokesperson for the BIC committee told CCN: "The application for the Community Centre development at 161 Underwood Road, Eight Mile Plains has been submitted to Council since 23 December 2011. Like with any development the process needs to run its course with the respective authorities, and we would work with Council to address any issues raised by Council or the public with respect to the project."


Click here to watch the report



For more information or to comment on the project email secretary@bic.org.au.

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Shakeel Yusuf of Eight Mile Plains has been recognized for his hard work by being named in the Australian Institute Management's top 30 in Queensland and the Northern Territory.


An initiative of AIM's Young Manager Advisory Board (YMAB), the AIM30 is a list of individuals who have excelled in their chosen careers and professions.


Shakeel has worked tirelessly to build a client portfolio of more than 70 companies in his role as a senior manager with tax giants PriceWaterhouseCoopers and was stunned to receive the accolade.


"It was quite humbling, it is such a talented list," he said. "It's moments like this that I like to deep a deep breath and reflect on what I have achieved in my career."


Source: Southern Star 15 May 2013


When contacted by CCN to congratulate him on his award, Shakeel said he was thankful for what this would mean for his future prospects and added: "I'm a regular CCN reader and it's a great community newsletter."


Now here's a lad who's not only smart but has impeccable reading habits to match!

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Report by  Razeena Gutta and photos by Saalihah Seedat


The Crescents of Brisbane Healthy Living workshop was held yesterday (Saturday 18 May) at the Springwood Community Centre and was well attended by ladies of all ages. The workshop aimed at giving us practical ways to avoid unnecessary chemicals and additives in everyday life.

There were two well-known speakers who presented and both were highly informative and entertaining.

Louise D’Allura spoke to us about the additives in foods. She explained what really is in the food we eat and how to read and interpret food labels. She made note of certain numbers and names on packaged food products that we all should be aware of when shopping, and how these additives have links to an increased presence of allergies as well as asthma, eczema and learning and behavioural problems. While she gave us a lot of information that might have sounded a bit daunting at first, she was very practical in her approach as to how we can change our shopping and eating habits to avoid unnecessary additives in our diets.

Carolyn Donovan spoke to us about recycling and ‘upcycling’ in and around the home. While at first mention, the topic might have sounded a bit mundane, Carolyn’s talk was anything but! As a model and mum, Carolyn’s advice was practical, interesting and appealing to all. She shared her beauty secrets with us (think honey and vinegar), she shared her shopping tips (think op shops and wardrobe makeovers) and she shared her cleaning tips (think bicarb and lemon juice). She was funny, endearing and she definitely inspired the audience to think about the consequences of using chemicals on our bodies and in our homes, and even in the large amounts of unwanted clothing that we throw away each year, and what effect that has on the environment around us.

The talks were perfectly complemented by a gourmet high tea prepared by the Crescents of Brisbane team. There were homemade scones, muffins, freshly prepared sandwiches and lots of fresh fruit. All items were made from high quality ingredients, additive free and healthy, not to mention extremely tasty!

It was a fun, informative afternoon thanks to both speakers, Saalihah Seedat for initiating and coordinating the event, and the ladies of the Crescents of Brisbane Team.


You can download a complimentary recipe book detailing some of the scrumptious dishes that were prepared by the Crescents of Brisbane Team.


For some tips on lunch and snack options to help de-clutter the additives click here.

What some of the participants had to say:

“Wow..what an amazing afternoon! An excellent combination of speakers with
useful and practical info to take home..and most delicious teatime treats.”

“It was such a successful event..I loved every minute of it! From the informative, fabulous speakers to the well thought out, scrumptious, gourmet high tea…Well worth it  “ (S.M)

“A refreshingly different and informative afternoon filled with laughter, shocking realities and a sumptuous yet healthy high tea. Well done!” (S.G)

“Informative, interesting and entertaining…nice to know it’s fashionable to be frugal! Loved it!” (A.C)

“It was a very interesting, informative and entertaining afternoon. A lot of things that we normally wonder about concerning food additives and numbers were made very clear which is helpful! And the afternoon tea was just yummy!
Thank you Crescents.”

“An afternoon of total awesomeness…great line up of speakers and the food was just delicious. Keep up the good work Crescents! “ (R.K)


"To The Crescents of Brisbane: Just wanted to thank you for an amazing afternoon of practical information at the Healthy Living Workshop. The presenters were really helpful, clear and very very entertaining! Also a special mention to your ladies for the delicious gourmet high tea! It was superb, exquisite and the display was just delightful. Great organisation and presentation! Thank you! Keep me inform about your next workshop please! All the best." (Claudia Rodino)

"Saturday May 18th was a thought provoking afternoon. From the set up and turn out one realized that it was to be a wonderful afternoon amongst friends. Besides the food we got to listen to two very intelligent women, Louise D'Allura and Carolyn Donovan, who somehow had us thinking that maybe grandma did know best, and that reverting to the all-natural, non-toxic products that we all have grown up with may be the solution to the current problems facing us today: overactive, sensitive, allergic kids and food that exacerbate medical conditions. It was ground breaking news for us because whilst we woman crave an easier route or quick means to an end, we have forgotten how happy, healthy and simple life once was before the expensive skin lotions and premade chappatis! I myself intend implementing and changing not only the way I shop and my family eat but also how to recycle waste. Well done to all the organizers, I think that our objective of a healthier way of life was achieved." (A.M)



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Panellists: Ruby Wax, Comedian and Author; Faramerz Dabhoiwala, Author The Origins of Sex; Sylvia Nasar, Author A Beautiful Mind; William Dalrymple, Historian of India and the Islamic world; and Mike Carlton, Journalist, Commentator and Author.


William Dalrymple was born in Scotland in 1965, and brought up on the shores of the Firth of Forth. He was educated at Ampleforth and Trinity College, Cambridge where he was first History Exhibitioner then Senior History Scholar.

He is the author of nine books about India and the Islamic world, including City of Djinns , White Mughals, The Last Mughal and Nine Lives: In Search of the Sacred in Modern India.

His new book, Return of a King: The Battle for Afghanistan 1839-42 was published to acclaim in December. He writes regularly for The New Yorker, The New York Review of Books and the Guardian, and is one of the founders and a co-director of the Jaipur Literary Festival.

William has honorary doctorates of letters from the universities of St Andrews, Aberdeen, Bradford and Lucknow, and in September took up a visiting fellowship at Princeton.

A frequent broadcaster, he wrote and presented three television series Stones of the Raj, Sufi Soul and Indian Journeys. His Radio 4 series on the history of British spirituality and mysticism, The Long Search, won the 2002 Sandford St Martin Prize for Religious Broadcasting.

William is married to the artist Olivia Fraser and they have three children. They now live on a farm outside Delhi.


For profiles of the other panellists click here.

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Australian Alicia Gali took a job in the Dubai with one of the world's biggest hotel chains, Starwood.


According to the Sunday Night Channel 7 programme aired last week, Gali was using her laptop in the hotel's staff bar when her drink was spiked. She awoke to a nightmare beyond belief: she had been savagely raped by three of her colleagues. Alone and frightened, she took herself to hospital. What Alicia didn't know is that under the UAE's strict sharia laws, if the perpetrator does not confess, a rape cannot be convicted without four adult Muslim male witnesses. She was charged with having illicit sex outside marriage, and thrown in a filthy jail cell for eight months.




One viewer, Mr Kemal Omar of Brisbane, raised his objections to some of the assertions made in the programme in a letter to Ross Coulthard.

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Final preparations are in place for the Crescents of Brisbane/Lions Club of Kuraby Australian Citizenship Ceremony that will see 150 local residents become citizens on Sunday 2 June as part of Queensland Week.


The first ceremony of this nature to be hosted in Queensland by the Crescents of Brisbane Team will take place in the Kuraby State School hall.


The Crescents of Brisbane Team will help will help with the logistics and Dr Mustafa Ally will deliver the address on what it means to become a citizen. 

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A student is setting up house and is in need of some basic furniture: A TV stand or cupboard; single or double bed; table and chairs; computer desk.
Contact Janeth Deen on 0435 086 796 for collection if any items are available.

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Dear CCN Readers,

The Red Cross International Tracing Service is at present trying to locate the following person:


The above named is from Afghanistan. If he is known to your service, please ask him to urgently contact the Red Cross (contact details below) in relation with a Tracing request that he lodged with the Red Cross. If I am not at my desk, please leave your name and phone number with my answering service and I will return the call as soon as I am available.

Thank you very much for giving your time to consider this request.

Maria Graham
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Tel +61 7 3367 7282 | Fax +61 7 3367 7444 | Email mgraham@redcross.org.au

Dear Editor,

I spoke to you earlier today in regards to a full time GP position available on the Gold Coast/Tweed Heads. At our Amcal pharmacy we currently have a Dr consult room, use best practice software and also participate in Opiod Treatment Program (methadone/suboxone).


Dr Paul Balin is our GP, he is qualified to prescribe methadone/suboxone as well. Dr Balin owns a practice across the road in Coolangatta and therefore works between the two locations (Coolangatta family practice and Tweed Bay street Amcal). Dr Balin's Coolangatta practice is extremely busy and is now taking up most of his time. At our pharmacy (Tweed Bay street Amcal) there are two options available.

1. Full time GP work at Bay St Amcal. Mon to Sat 8 to 5.30pm (or later if required for appointments). No rent, no contract, lovely staff, cleric duties done by us (bookings, paperwork phones, etc). The doctor can have 100% of payments (Dr required to apply for Medicare provider number).
2. Full time GP work at Bay street and Coolangatta family practice combined. Dr Balin suggested as an approximate 75% to 95% of payments to the doctor if he chooses to work with Dr Balin. Dr Balin is willing to train doctor to prescribe methadone/suboxone if requested.


Also, it would be possible for Doctor to practice at Amcal Bay street with their own provider number (100% payment for dr) and also work with Dr Balin separately (paid directly by Paul Balin).

In Tweed Heads there are only 2 private prescribers for OTP. One of the main reasons for our consulting room was to meet the high demand of clients. Dr Balin did not have a practice in NSW, we are situated on the border (between NSW and QLD) therefore Dr Balin is able to prescribe meth/subox at our chemist.

All of the current patients are new to Dr Balin and I can personally gurantee to the perspective Doctor that there is still an abundant amount of patients to be seen daily. I have organised majority of appointments (through my customers, meth/subox clients, family and friends) for Dr Balin and will be just as committed to our new Doctor. If required I can also organise accommodation and show the Doctor the surrounding area.

Thank you very much for your assistance with this matter.

Gem Cicek
Tweed Bay Street Amcal
28 Bay street, Tweed Heads
NSW 2485


Bayern Munich Build Mosque for Muslims

The request was made by the club’s Muslim midfielder Bilal Franck Ribery, who asked for specifying a small room for players to perform their prayers

MUNICH – Helping their players to fulfil their religious duties, German football giants Bayern Munich have decided to build a mosque to help Muslim footballers to perform their prayers.

The German football club agreed to a request to build a mosque in the Allianz Arena stadium to serve its Muslim players and fans.

The request was made by the club’s Muslim midfielder Bilal Franck Ribery, who asked for specifying a small room for players to perform their prayers. 


The new mosque would serve Muslim players and fans with a full time imam, an Islamic library and Islamic sessions.

The administration also announced that they will finance 85 percent of the costs of the worship place, leaving 15% to Muslim players and fans who want to participate.

The news about the new mosque was made public via the club's official site.

Founded in 1900, Bayern Munich is the top tier of the German football league system, and is the most successful football club in Germany. The football giants have won a record 23 national titles and 15 cups.The club won its first national championship in 1932. Bayern Munich is the biggest sports club in Germany and the fourth biggest football club in the world, generating €368.4 million in 2012.

Bayern is not the first European club to build a mosque for its Muslim players after Newcastle United specified a prayer room for Muslim players.

Muslims pray five times a day, with each prayer made of a series of postures and movements, each set of which is called a rak‘ah.

The five prayer times are divided all through the day which starts with Fajr prayer at dawn. 

Source: OnIslam

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What's Islam got to do with it?
Engage response


UK: Taj Hargey crops up in the Daily Mail with a guest column titled, ‘The Oxford sex ring and the preachers who teach young Muslim men that white girls are cheap’.

Needless to say Hargey is called upon to ‘speak the unspeakable’ – that the media is blinkered by political correctness in not identifying the men as ‘Muslim’ and in ignoring that there is a disproportionate number of Muslims who engage in grooming and exploitation rings.

Hargey writes:

“The fact is that the vicious activities of the Oxford ring are bound up with religion and race: religion, because all the perpetrators, though they had different nationalities, were Muslim; and race, because they deliberately targeted vulnerable white girls, whom they appeared to regard as ‘easy meat’, to use one of their revealing, racist phrases.

“But as so often in fearful, politically correct modern Britain, there is a craven unwillingness to face up to this reality.”

Quite how Hargey can square the views expressed in recent months as a ‘craven unwillingness’ is beyond us – particularly when commentary has been anything but craven on this issue.

In an apparent sleight to Vikram Dodd’s piece in yesterday’s Guardian, Hargey writes:

“One particularly misguided commentary argued that the predators’ religion was an irrelevance, for what really mattered was that most of them worked in the night-time economy as taxi drivers, just as in the Rochdale child sex scandal many of the abusers worked in kebab houses, so they had far more opportunities to target vulnerable girls.”

But ignoring the opportunities offered to predators to groom young girls at the expense of essentialist arguments on race or religion would only, as the Deputy Childrens’ Commissioner has warned, lead to “too many child victims [not] getting the protection and support they so desperately need”.

Hargey attempts to dispel studies by criminologists on the varied ethnicities of sexual predators, as shown in a study by Helen Brayley and Ella Cockbain, of UCL’s Jill Dando Institute, claiming “…reputable studies show that around 26 per cent of those involved in grooming and exploitation rings are Muslims, which is around five times higher than the proportion of Muslims in the adult male population.”

Of course, no mention of whom authored these ‘reputable studies’. How are they to be appraised and regarded as reputable when no further information is provided to substantiate their authoritativeness?



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French Muslims Look to Science to Determine Start of Ramadan


PARIS: France's Muslim leaders have agreed to end almost 1,400 years of Islamic tradition and use modern astronomy to determine the start of the holy month of Ramadan and other Islamic holidays.

The French Muslim Council (CFCM) voted on Thursday to start using astronomical calculations to set the date rather than relying on the naked eye to sight the new crescent moon.

Ramadan traditionally begins the morning after the sighting, which has in the past been delayed by a day or even two by weather.

Council President Mohammad Moussaoui said the old method played havoc with French Muslims' schedules for work, school and festivities. France's five million Muslims are the largest Islamic minority in Europe.


This is historic. Now all Muslims in France can start Ramadan on the same day

Azzedine Gaci

“Now all this will be simplified,'' he said, and promptly announced the Ramadan fast would begin on July 9 this year.

Turkey began using scientific calculations to set the start of Ramadan decades ago. Muslims in Germany, who are mostly of Turkish origin, and those in Bosnia also use this method.

Muslim minorities elsewhere in Europe often start Ramadan according to its beginning in their countries of origin, or in Saudi Arabia. That can lead to different ethnic groups starting it on different days, even in the same country.

“This is historic. Now all Muslims in France can start Ramadan on the same day,'' said Lyon Muslim leader Azzedine Gaci.

Muslim scientists have been arguing for using astronomy to determine Islamic dates for years, especially now that globalized communications make it increasingly awkward for different countries to start Ramadan on different days.

Complicating the calculations, the Islamic lunar calendar is 10 to 11 days shorter than the Gregorian calendar developed in Europe, so the dates for Ramadan fall a week and a half earlier as each year in the western calendar passes.

Moussaoui said French Muslims were not planning to ask for their holidays to be included in the national calendar.

“It would be more important for us that they are taken into consideration, that's all,'' he said.   


Source: Voice of America

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Flag of St George 'offends' Muslims. Really?

Engage response


UK: There was some coverage in newspapers on the decision of a local authority in Somerset not to fly the flag of St George on civil buildings. The coverage invariably rehashes the ‘offensive to Muslims’ narrative with the Daily Mail headlining ‘Rural council votes to stop flying flag of St George claiming it is offensive to town's 16 Muslims because of links to CRUSADES’, the Daily Express, ‘Town votes against flying St George's flag as it might be 'offensive' to Muslims’ and the Daily Telegraph, ‘Council vetoes flag of St George after concerns raised about links to Crusades’.

The newspapers report the views of one local councillor, Eleanor Jackson, who is reported as speaking at the council meeting saying: "My big problem is that it is offensive to some Muslims, but even more so that it has been hijacked by the far right.

"My thoughts are we ought to drop it for 20 years."

And while the papers include quotes from spokespersons for the Muslim Council of Britain and the Bristol Muslim Cultural Society, countering views that Muslims could be offended by such a decision, it is only the final sentence in the Daily Telegraph report which provides greater insight into the decision taken.

“Lesley Mansell, the council chair, insisted that the discussion focused primarily on buying a Union flag.

“The statement made by one councillor regarding the St George’s flag was not really taken into consideration.”

How interesting.



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Lord Ahmed quits Labour party days before hearing


The Labour peer Lord Ahmed has resigned days before he was due before a hearing over allegations that he made anti-Semitic comments in a television interview.



UK: Lord Ahmed was due to appear before Labour's ruling National Executive Committee on Wednesday to answer accusations that he blamed a Jewish conspiracy for his dangerous driving jail term.

He insists he does not recall making the alleged comments, but in his resignation letter said he felt he would not get a fair hearing and therefore had no choice but to resign from the party.

His solicitor Stephen Smith said he would not be able to receive a ''fair trial'' from the Labour panel.

Lord Ahmed was suspended from the Labour Party in March after The Times reported he blamed his 2009 prison sentence - for sending text messages shortly before his car was involved in a fatal crash - on pressure placed on the courts by Jews ''who own newspapers and TV channels''.

The Muslim peer allegedly told an Urdu-language broadcaster in Pakistan that the judge who jailed him for 12 weeks was appointed to the High Court after helping a ''Jewish colleague'' of Tony Blair during an important case.

Mr Smith questioned the reliability of the evidence against Lord Ahmed, saying: ''The evidence is flawed, in my view it is unreliable and yet they seem to be accepting it as right. In those circumstances I don't think he can get a fair trial.''

Lord Ahmed and Mr Smith have called for The Times to release the interview footage for it to be forensically examined. In his resignation letter he claims he has been denied this, but that he believes the justice of the case demands the film be subject to forensic tests.

He said: "I don't want to appear before any kangaroo court where the rules of justice have been denied. All I want is any evidence in front of me so I can look at it and defend myself. I can't defend myself if there is no evidence produced."



The Telegraph

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

Police and Muslims in Partnership

Robert Lambert

This book presents an inside account of two pioneering projects in London where Muslim community groups worked in partnership with police to reduce the  influence of al-Qaeda-inspired terrorism. One project in North  London  empowered London Muslims to remove Abu Hamza and his violent hard-core supporters from Finsbury  Park Mosque while the other project bolstered long- erm efforts by London Muslims in Brixton to challenge and reduce the influence of al-Qaeda inspired violent extremists including Abu Qatada and Abdullah el Faisal.


Significantly, both projects pre-date government funded Prevent projects and differ from them in being based on partnership, trust and voluntary civic duty as opposed to payment and control. The two projects serve as exemplars  for future community based counter-terrorism projects that recognise the hand of central government can often be  counter-productive when countering al-Qaeda influence: not least when the UK is waging war in Muslim  countries.


Some influential think-tanks reject this analysis and argue that the work of police in  these projects was  itself counter-productive by empowering Muslim groups they  claim are extremist or radical. The book offers a comprehensive defence to these  charges and concludes that success was achieved by channelling genuine and  reasonable Muslim grievances about UK foreign policy in the Muslim world in ways that are familiar and  acceptable to Londoners and anathema to al-Qaeda. 


Robert Lambert is an academic with a police career in counter-terrorism. Post  9/11 he established the Muslim Contact Unit that instead worked empathetically  and in partnership with London Muslims. For the majority of his  police service (1977-2007) Lambert worked in counter-terrorism. In June 2008 he was awarded  an MBE.     


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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.

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KB says: This was my contribution to the Crescents of Brisbane Healthy Living Workshop held yesterday (Saturday). I hope you enjoy it as much as those at the workshop did (or so they told me).

 Chicken Squares – a healthy alternative




1. 500g chicken fillet, finely cubed
2. 1 tsp. ground green chillies
3. 1 tsp. salt
4. 1 tsp. lemon pepper
5. 2 tab lemon juice
6. 1 tab olive oil
7. 1 ¼ low fat milk
8. 4 slices of rye bread
9. 2 eggs
10. 2 tsp. baking powder




1. Combine milk and beaten eggs and soak bread in this mixture.
2. Braise chicken in olive oil with ingredients 2 to 6, cook over medium heat until chicken is tender and mixture is dry.
3. Combine both the mixtures with a hand beater, beating for approx 30 seconds, lastly add baking powder.
4. Pour mixture into a greased ovenproof dish, or muffin pans, sprinkle with sesame seeds or slivered almonds or a topping of your choice and bake at 180degrees until light brown.
5. Cut into squares and serve warm with a hot sauce.


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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TIME TO WALK THE WALK – 1 week until race day

Use the following program as a guide for your final week 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 70 mins. (10 mins. at a moderate pace, 55 mins. at a more brisk pace and 5 mins. cool down / slow pace). Aim for 90 mins if you’re feeling good.

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

DAY 2:
Strength training – grab your weights and challenge upper and lower body. Challenge yourself by using your own body weight through push-ups, sit-ups, chin-ups, etc. Active recovery - Do an activity that you enjoy (low impact). Include your stretching routine.

DAY 3:
A session in the pool to relax/soothe the muscles while still improving on cardio-fitness. Swim some laps with short breaks in between, or opt for an aqua-aerobics session. Remember to increase your time and intensity (up from last week).

DAY 4:
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 10 -15 mins. or more if you feel comfortable.

DAY 5:
Circuit training – cycle, rowing machine, cross-trainer- 60min session at the gym or head to the park on your bike and take in the scenery and some fresh air. Minimum 60 - 90mins with mini-challenges along the way.

Try a yoga session later in the day if time permits to strength and tone – more importantly, enjoy the relaxation time at the end of your workout.

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

DAY 6:
Active recovery - Do an activity that you enjoy (low impact). Include your stretching routine. Make sure you have an early night to get the most out of your muscles tomorrow!

Have a healthy breakfast about 90mins before the start of the race. Leave yourself enough time to get to the event without having to rush so you can start the race without any stress. ENJOY and all the best!

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

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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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Prince Jallaludin, son of the ruler of a Middle Eastern fiefdom, had parked his brand new Porsche in front of his shopping mall to show it off to his fellow princes and princesses.

As he was getting out of the car, a truck came speeding along too close to the kerb and took off the door before zooming off.

More than a little distraught, Prince Jallaludin grabbed his mobile and called the police.

Five minutes later, the police arrive. Before the policeman had a chance to ask any questions, Prince Jallaludin started screaming hysterically: “My Porsche, my beautiful silver Porsche is ruined. No matter how long it's at the panel beaters, it'll simply never be the same again!”

After Prince Jallaludin finally finished his rant, the policeman shook his head in disgust.

“I can't believe how materialistic you bloody Princes are.” he said. ”You lot are so focused on your possessions that you don't notice anything else in your life.”

“How can you say such a thing at a time like this?” sobbed Prince Jallaludin.

The policeman replied: “Didn't you realise that your arm was torn off when the truck hit you?”

Prince Jallaludin looked down in horror.

الجحيم الدموي” he screamed. “Where's my Rolex?”


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You shall certainly be tried and tested in your possessions and in your personal selves....

Surah Al-Imran 3:186


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We can't solve problems by using the same kind of thinking

we used when we created them. 

~ Albert Einstein


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ICQ Quran Competition 19 May Fund Raising Dinner for Syria 25 May PAGE 1 Fund Raising Dinner for Syria 25 May PAGE 2 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 22 June 2013 Eidfest 17 August


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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

Shailly Beauty & Reiki

Hair & Beauty


Fathima Abdoola


Dial a Local Doctor

Medical Services

Continental Meats GOLD COAST



This week CCN is proud to introduce


Continental Halal Meats Gold Coast Dial A Local Doctor Fathima Abdoola Flyer 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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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

25 May


Dinner Fundraiser for Syria

Islamic Relief

Islamic College of Brisbane Hall

1300 308 554


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


22 June


The Pillars of Mercy: The Fiqh of Zakat & Ramadan

Al Kauthar Institute of Brisbane

Griffith University Nathan Campus



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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