Sunday, 30 June 2013

 Newsletter 0451



By Josh Alston Southern Star Wed 26 June

QUESTIONS have been raised about whether the southside really needs another mosque.


A KEY figure in the Muslim community has questioned the need for another mosque on Brisbane’s southside when one remains unfinished only 2km away.


Yasmin Khan, president of the Brisbane Muslim community’s largest fundraising event, questioned the decision to build a new mosque in Eight Mile Plains.

Ms Khan is the president of Eidfest, the festival celebrating Muslim culture, which marks the end of Ramadan and is the Brisbane community’s biggest money earner.

The Brisbane Islamic Centre has a development application before Brisbane City Council for a supersized mosque at 161 Underwood Rd, Eight Mile Plains, that will include a community hall, library, offices, kitchen and 319 car parks.

Just 2km away, at 2674 Logan Rd, the Rochedale Masjid mosque — being built by the Bosnian Islamic group — remains unfinished after five years of delays.

No one from the Rochedale Masjid was available for comment last week, but the group’s website says the mosque was due to open on August 12 last year.

“We require another $300,000 to finalise the project before we can start using this wonderful mosque,” the website states.

A visit to the site of the Rochedale mosque showed landscaping work being done, but the doors to the mosque and neighbouring offices were closed.

Ms Khan said if the application for the new mosque was approved, the bulk of the funding would likely have to come from Eidfest, and questioned why the first mosque was not being completed before a new one was being proposed.

“I wonder what is the future of the mosque in Rochedale?” she said.

“(The Rochedale Mosque) has been there for five years, what is the issue with that?

“We, the community, have got to fundraise to build a new one and they haven’t finished the last one.

“There is a mosque that has run out of money that we need to fix up and allow people to use and now we are being asked to fund a new one.”

It is understood as many as eight mosques in the southeast Queensland region are reportedly incomplete.

Roy Sommerville Surveys (RSS), on behalf of the Brisbane Islamic Centre, is the team behind the development application for the new Eight Mile Plains mosque.

RSS senior town planner Judy Sandmann declined to comment on the issue except to say RSS was still negotiating with council on the future of the development.

The development application for the proposed Eight Mile Plains mosque project can be viewed online at council’s Planning and Building site at pdonline.brisbane.qld.gov.au.



In response to this article, Ms Yasmin Khan (pictured left) sent the following statement to CCN:



I understand that there are many people concerned with statements attributed to me in the Southern Star last week. There seems to be lots of emails going back and forth, however no-one has had the decency to ring me or talk to me – you’ve just all assumed that what was written was correct. It’s amazing though that in one of the emails that I saw, there was a reference to “current anti-Islamic and hostile media” and yet in this situation you believe it – shame.

Where this all started was about two months ago when I received an email about a fundraising dinner to support the building of a mosque in Toowong/St Lucia, and I made a comment on Facebook that we have a number of mosques around Brisbane that are not complete and yet the community is being called upon to fund another mosque. This was picked up by the ABC who wanted to do an interview, which I refused. I was then called some days later and I gave an interview about the mosques around Brisbane that are incomplete, and that as a community we should be building mosques together, put all our effort into it, then when that mosque is finished then we move onto the next mosque – a co-ordinated effort that can be planned properly and that meets the demands of the community.

Since then I have had a number of requests to continue to talk about this subject and I have refused, until the other day when the Southern Star rang. What I said to the Southern Star was this – “I don’t understand why we need a mosque at Underwood Rd, when the mosque at Rochedale is not finished.” The end! (And this quote was not even used!) I believe that we as a community need to be a community – as someone whose family have been here for nearly 150 years, we grew up in areas that never had a mosque, never had halal butchers or restaurants or madrassahs. Today we have them, and that is because of the legacy of our families who came before us, that have been working tirelessly so that we as a community can pray together and celebrate together. It was a big deal for us when we visited Brisbane to go to the Holland Park Mosque, a place that my forefathers built and a legacy of which I am proud.

I appreciate the grand plan that is going to be Underwood Rd, I applaud it and I welcome it. I know that I have been involved in meetings and conversations about community facilities, aged care homes etc. for more than 20 years, so to see something actually being done is great because I have seen far too many fights and arguments and politics within our community for too long. But I also see that we as a community have not finished Rochedale and if we were smart we should work together to finish one mosque, use it, enjoy it and then move onto the next one – with some proper planning and leadership.

What was written in the story was incorrect – the quotes attributed to me I did not say and the inference about Eidfest was completely made up – Eidfest was not even discussed in the conversation. Eidfest, as an organisation committed to bringing the community together, supports all community initiatives, however we are not in a position to financially help as we are a not for profit organisation.

I have spoken to the journalist concerned and called him a liar – because he made up a story with information that is totally false. The “current anti-Islamic and hostile media” are printing a correction next week. What is totally disconcerting is that some in our community have believed it and lacked the basic Adab (manners of courtesy) to seek the truth.

To clarify one other point – in all my years of working in the media and even the last five years being a regular panelist on the ABC, I have never introduced myself as anything other than the President of Eidfest. I have never made statements that are representative of anything or anyone other than Eidfest or myself.

If anyone was hurt by the story I offer my full apologies because that was not my intent – it was to be a clarion call to our community that we are not working together and we constantly look to what is different between us, rather than celebrate and enjoy the enlightening, comforting, spiritual community that Islam is supposed to be.


Yasmin Khan

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Nick Butterfly, The West Australian 

A WA Liberal MP has claimed Australians are unknowingly being converted to Islam by eating Halal meat.

In a speech to Parliament yesterday, backbencher Luke Simpkins (pictured left) said most Australians did not know that most of the meat they ate came from animals killed in accordance with Muslim law.

“By having Australians unwittingly eating Halal food we are all one step down the path towards the conversion, and that is a step we should only make with full knowledge and one that should not be imposed upon us without us knowing,” Mr Simpkins told Parliament.

“What is happening is wrong. Too often the minorities in this country are looked after without regard to the majority.”

Mr Simpkins said he had carried out an unofficial survey in his northern-suburbs electorate of Cowan and had discovered that most meat at major chains such as Coles or Woolworths had been killed under Halal conditions, but had not been labelled as such.

He tabled a petition demanding that all Halal meat be clearly identified, complaining people could not buy meat for their “Aussie barbecue” without the influence of the “minority religion”.

Mr Simpkins said that Mohammed the prophet of Islam had talked of how the religion could be expanded around the world by getting people to eat Halal meat.

“He reportedly said, ‘The non-believers will become Muslims when, amongst other things, they eat the meat that we have slaughtered’. This is one of the key aspects to converting non-believers to Islam,” Mr Simpkins said.

The petition tabled by Mr Simpkins had been organised by the Barnabas Fund, an organisation that supports Christians living in Muslim countries.

Immigration Minister Chris Bowen said Opposition Leader Tony Abbott should pull Mr

Simpkins into line.

“All members of Parliament should be looking to promote understanding and harmony between religions. Mr Simpkins has done the complete opposite,” he said.

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Artist, Peter Gould, has initiated an international collaboration inviting messages of peace from around the world called the SalamWall.


You can write your message on a sign, take a photo of yourself holding it and send your image to salam@salamwall.com if you would like to be featured in the project.

The SalamWall project intends to use the images on its Facebook page, and as part of international artwork projects such as a live display wall at the Milton Keanes Islamic Arts & Culture Festival in August 2013.

About Peter Gould

Award winning brand designer & digital artist: www.peter-gould.com "Peter has become the 'go-to' designer for many leading Islamic companies.. (he) is among those young urban global Muslims leading the emergence of a new Muslim cool." BBC, August 2012

Peter's acclaimed work has reached many international audiences through art exhibitions, presentations, publications and graphic design projects. He runs a commercial design studio serving clients internationally including Etihad Airways, Sami Yusuf and Zaytuna College. Peter has also developed a contemporary Islamic clothing range, children’s books and regularly consults for design projects across the globe.

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The Islamic Council of Queensland (ICQ) will be holding its Annual Dinner and Awards Night on 28th September. The purpose of this event is to recognize the work of those who have worked over the years as volunteers to serve the community in Queensland.

This year the awards will be in two categories – (a) adults and (b) youth.

The ICQ is inviting CCN readers to nominate any person who you think should be considered for this award.


The nominee must meet the following requirements:

1. The nominee must be a Muslim and a citizen/permanent resident of Australia
2. His/her contribution must have been for the Muslim community in Queensland
3. He/she must have served as a volunteer for at least ten years or five years in the case of a youth volunteer.
4. To qualify as a youth volunteer the nominee must be below the age of thirty years as at 31st August 2013.
5. He/she must have served the broader Muslim community not just one organization or ethnic group.
6. The nominee must be a respectable member of the community and should not have committed any criminal offence in the last five years.
7. The decision of the ICQ selection committee will be final and no correspondence or appeal will be entertained.
8. Nominations must be on the approved form and can be downloaded from here.

Nominations close on 23rd August 2013 and should be sent on the nominationform to the President, Islamic Council of Qld, P.O. Box 204, Sunnybank Qld 4109. Email : president@icq.net.au.

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The foundation was laid for the building of Masjid Ibrahim in Southern River, Perth, WA, on Wednesday 26th June.

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Broken Cameras" is a 2011 documentary film directed by Palestinian Emad Burnat.


It is a first-hand account of protests in Bil'in, a West Bank village affected by the Israeli occupation. The documentary was shot almost entirely by Emad Burnat (a Palestinian farmer), who bought his first camera in 2005 to record the birth of his youngest son.


Structured around the destruction of Burnat's cameras, the film follows one family's evolution over five years of turmoil. The film won a 2012 Sundance Film Festival award and was nominated for a 2012 Academy Award.

Date: Saturday 6th July 2013
Location: Level 1, Queensland Multicultural Centre, 102 Main Street, Kangaroo Point, QLD 4169
Price: $10.50 per ticket (can be purchased at door or online via www.trybooking.com/52359
Doors open at 6pm for festivities and film starts at 7:15pm.


View the poster here.

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Today (Sunday 30 June) from 10.30 AM to 12.30 PM, there will be a janaza class at Islamic Society of Algester for men.


The Imams will cover the procedure of ghusl and burial.

All are welcome to attend.

Venue: 48 Learoyd Road, Algester.

Call 0403 338 040 for more information.

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Imam Ahmad Abu Ghazaleh and Dr Mohamad Abdalla will be teaching a full course titled Introduction to Sharia for Griffith students at Nathan and Gold Coast campuses.

Course Description:
For Muslims, Sharia is religion and law at once, and is the corner stone of all things Islamic. Yet, it is the most misunderstood of all laws in the 'West.' Any attempt to understand Islam and its civilisation must begin with an understanding of Sharia. No student of Islamic studies can do without it. This course, therefore, will introduce students to this most important of Islamic subjects. In doing so, the course will enhance students' understanding of the meaning of Sharia, its primary and secondary sources and its higher purposes (maqasid). Additionally, the course will provide practical understanding of these through the use of case studies that examine the Sharia's views on jihad and terrorism, violence against women, ethical finance, human rights and democracy. This is a crucial course for any student who wants to understand the foundations of the Islamic world, and will help enhance job opportunities in a variety of fields such as media, politics and education.


Lectures at Nathan Campus are every Thursday beginning on Thursday 25 July and ending on Thursday 17 October. Time: 2:00-4:00pm. Venue: N78 -1.12

Lectures at Gold Coast Campus begin are every Monday beginning on Monday 22 July and ending on Monday 14 October. Time: 12:00-2:00pm. Venue. G06 2.35.


For more information email M.Abdalla@griffith.edu.au.

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In response to an article in CCN entitled: Palmer candidate peddles discrimination quoting Palmer United Party's Mr Rob Messenger's media release, Mr David Forde, posted the following Facebook message on Mr Messenger's wall:

Rob, the problem is you attempted to smear an entire community here in Australia who had nothing to do with horrendous killing that happened in London for cheap political gain. As a member of a Lions Club in Brisbane, we have done a lot of charity work involving local Muslims (and other diverse members of society), many actually born here. But as one Muslim said to me; at times we ask what do we have to do when we are constantly vilified no matter how much good we do. Or what about the Muslim students in Brisbane who took part in our District RSL ANZAC Day Passing of the spirit? You risk undoing much good work and have created genuine fear among many females that they will be physically targeted based on their religion. Perhaps if you spent more time building an inclusive society you might get broader support, or indeed go and meet these people you are condemning - you may be surprised. Sure there are a very small minority of bad apples, but that applies to all cultural or religious backgrounds. Of course if your intent is to seek election through division and exclusion you will dismiss my comments.

CCN looks forward to reporting on Mr Messenger's response.

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CresWalk2013 sponsor, Crescent Wealth is Australia's first Islamic Wealth Manager and now Australia's first provider of Islamic Superannuation options.

This short video is an introduction to Crescent Wealth, its Directors, its achievements, its vision and its journey in creating new opportunities in ultra-ethical investing for all Australians.



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Ms Heena Akbar, a PhD student at Queensland University of Technology originally from Fiji, is seeking help from women from Fiji living in Queensland. Ms Akbar is undertaking a study to gain a better understanding of how migrant women from Fiji manage their diabetes.


Women will be invited to participate in interviews and group discussions and asked to complete a survey about how they manage diabetes. Ms Akbar said this research will give women the opportunity to tell their stories about their experiences of living with type 2 diabetes and to discuss useful ways to manage diabetes and lead more healthy lives.

If you are a woman born in Fiji, over 18 years of age; been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes and willing and able to participate in the study, Heena would very much like to hear from you. She can be contacted by phone or email and is keen to hear from women. Heena said she will give more information to interested women so they can be sure of what is required of participants in the project.

Heena’s details:
Heena Akbar │ PhD Candidate│
School of Nursing; Faculty of Health; Queensland University of Technology; Kelvin Grove; Email:h.akbar@qut.edu.au; Phone: 61 07 3217 2948 / 3138 0573; Mobile: 0423460211

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The Grand Mufti of Australia, Professor Ibrahim Abu Muhammad, wrote a letter of congratulations to the Hon Kevin Rudd, assuring the new Prime Minister of Australia of his sincere support to help "bring hope back to Australia, the Muslim Community and Palestine".

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Following the last Muslim Youth Speak Out (MYSO) in 2009, FAMSY, ALNISA & REVIVAL have teamed up together to host the MYSO 2013.


"The aim of MYSO is to empower Muslims living in Australia to live as Muslims in the manner shown to us by the Prophet SAW," one of the organizers told CCN.

MYSO aims to undertake this by:

• Addressing relevant issues faced by Muslims living in secular societies;
• Getting counsel from our learned scholars and elders; and
• Providing an opportunity to discuss these issues in person.

Guest speaker Dr Zachariah Matthews from Sydney will be in attendance talking about the Importance of Self Reformation whilst Working in the Community.


Four young Brisbane men and women will also be presenting on the following topics;

Dawah in the Modern World and Working Together with non Muslims - Bilal Coovadia
Integrating and Working with the Indigenous Community - Dylan Chown
Current Trends in Social Media - Emane El-mezin
Marriage and Living Happily Married - Maryam Yousefzai

This will be followed by a panel discussion including a Q&A, before everyone will break up into small groups to discuss and share their views on the topics above.

Details of the event can be found here.

Saturday 6th July 10am to 2pm
Venue Griffith University Mt Gravatt Campus. Building M10 Room 1.30
Food (Nandos) and Zuhr prayers will be provided at the venue
Gold coin donations at the door

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Dear Editor,

I am excited to share with you the news that my book is just about to be ready to be published in Arabic by a publisher in Beirut.


The Editor, Prof. Khaled Abou El Fadl, has written a preface in Arabic which can be found here.


For the English version you can access it here (click on look inside).


Please share with those who speak Arabic.



Dr. Adis Duderija

Visiting Senior Lecturer, Gender Department, University Malaya
The author of: Constructing a Religiously Ideal Believer and Woman in Islam, (Palgrave, 2011)

Dear Editor

Request for dissemination of information for recruitment of interview participants

The impact of disaster on the most vulnerable: People from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds and the floods in Brisbane 2010/11, Australia

I am interested to hear the stories from people from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse or Ethnic or non-English Speaking Backgrounds who have experienced the floods 2010/2011 in Brisbane or have helped others during or after the floods, and how this has impacted their lives to date.

The aim of my research is to show people from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse or Ethnic or non-English Speaking Backgrounds strengths and the challenges they face, and the contribution they make to our communities before, during and after disaster.

The findings of all stories will be reported as part of my studies (PhD, Sociology), and may also be published in articles, conference papers and presentations. My project will contribute to the Australian Community Capacity Studies, which was funded by the Australian Research Council.

As an immigrant myself, I would greatly appreciate if you could give my request your kind consideration and disseminate the provided information in accordance with your information and communication procedures.


For more details, please click here.

Warm regards,

Martina Baumer
PhD Candidate
MEd, PGTL, BEd, BHumServ, DiplNurs
School of Social Science
Michi Building
The University of Queensland
Brisbane, Qld 4072, Australia
Telephone: +61 (0)7 3365 2383
Fax: +61 (0)7 3365 1544
Web: http://socialscience.uq.edu.au



Cii interview with Mandela's grandon

SOUTH AFRICA: Speaking exclusively to Cii Radio at an Al Imdaad community outreach event
in Soweto, Nelson Mandela's grandson and chief of the Mandela clan, Mandla Mandela gave Cii Radio an update on Mandela's health, speaking about the legacy of Madiba and thanking the Muslim community for its prayers and concern.


Listen to the full podcast of this exclusive interview here.


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It’s a Friday-Saturday weekend


JEDDAH: A royal decree was issued yesterday changing the official Saudi weekend to Friday and Saturday, a move that will bring the Kingdom’s working week closer to that of other countries and boost international business relations.

Saudi Arabia, the biggest Arab economy, was the only member of the six-member Gulf Cooperation Council to have a Thursday-Friday weekend after Oman shifted to a Friday-Saturday weekend last month.

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah issued a decree announcing the historic decision. The decision, according to the decree, was made to “protect public interest and fulfill the Kingdom’s regional and international commitments.”

All ministries, government authorities, financial institutions, the Saudi Arabian Monetary Agency, the Capital Market Authority and the Saudi Stock Market will follow the new weekend from June 29. Schools and universities will follow the changed weekend at the start of the next academic year (2013-14).


Arab News

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'Pork' Bullets to Kill Muslims


CAIRO – A US company has produced pork-laced bullets to be used against Muslims, a concept criticized for being based on an inaccurate understanding of the Noble Qur'an.

"With Jihawg Ammo, you don't just kill an Islamist terrorist, you also send him to hell," the South Fork Industries said in a press release cited by The Washington Post.

"That should give would-be martyrs something to think about before they launch an attack.

Pork Traces Annoy UK Muslims
Concept of Halal Meat
Eating Non-halal Meat in the UK.


"If it ever becomes necessary to defend yourself and those around you our ammo works on two levels."

The company, based in Dalton Gardens, Idaho, says its ammunition, called Jihawg Ammo, is a “defensive deterrent to those who violently act in the name of Islam.”

According to the company, the bullets are coated in pork-infused paint, which the company states makes the ammo “haram,” or unclean.

It argues that the bullets will keep a Muslim who is shot with one of the bullets from entering paradise.

The company says the bullets will make "Peace Through Pork" and a "peaceful and natural deterrent to radical Islam".

The company's website also carries a number of slogans deemed anti-Muslim.

It shows a related line of apparel that feature slogans like "Put Some Ham in MoHAMed” and a target poster that says "Give Em a Spankin with some Bacon."

Nevertheless, the ammo has plenty of supporters, with more than 4,300 people liking it on Facebook.

One fan, Ted of California, said he planned to buy 500 rounds, while another, Jeffrey, said he hoped someone would smuggle the bullets into US military troops.


But the company's conception drew fire for having an inaccurate understanding of the Qur'anic teachings on pork.

"There is no penalty for coming into contact with pork given by the Qur'an," Shannon Dunn, assistant professor of religious studies at Gonzaga University, told The Washington Post.

Dunn said Qur'anic verses prohibit only the consumption of pork and carrion that are reminiscent of Jewish dietary laws outlined in Leviticus.

"To my knowledge, Muslims, especially unknowingly, would not be banned from heaven for eating or getting hit by pork," she said.

"There are some interpreters who suggest that Muslims should eat pork rather than starve, if faced with that alternative."

Muslims do not eat pork and consider pigs and their meat filthy and unhealthy to eat.

Muslims should only eat meat from livestock slaughtered by a sharp knife from their necks, and the name of Allah, the Arabic word for God, must be mentioned.

Since 9/11, US Muslims, estimated between six to eight million, have become sensitized to an erosion of their civil rights, with a prevailing belief that America was stigmatizing their faith.

A US survey has revealed that the majority of Americans know very little about Muslims and their faith.

Another survey by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life in May 2013 found that American Muslims are the most moderate around the world.

It showed that US Muslims generally express strong commitment to their faith and tend not to see an inherent conflict between being devout and living in a modern society.

An earlier Gallup poll found that the majority of Americans Muslims are loyal to their country and optimistic about their future in the United States.

Source: OnIslam

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Jewish Patrol Group Shomrim Offers Protection To Mosques Amid Rise In Hate Attacks

Jewish and Muslim leaders discuss security in the wake of a spate of mosque attacks

UK: A Jewish "police force" has offered protection to mosques in Hackney, following a spate of violent attacks on mosques.

Shomrim, a uniformed Jewish patrol in Stamford Hill who are trained by the Met, patrol the area regularly looking for anti-Semitic hate crimes, and general disorder in the neighbourhood.

The volunteer group, similar to a Neighbourhood Watch, are trained to safely track and detain suspects until police arrive, and run a 24-hour hotline for those in the area to report attacks.

The group was started by Jewish New Yorkers angry at lengthy police response times after crimes were reported.

Mosque elders met this weekend with Shomrim in the Cazenove Road Mosque and Community Centre to discuss cooperation between the two communities.

The offer of security help was the brainchild of local Lib Dem councillor and strictly Orthodox Jew Ian Sharer, who was one of the founders of the Muslim-Jewish forum.

"In our ward, the three councillors are two Charedi Jews, and one religious Muslim. We have been friends for many years, and we get on every well.

"This seemed like a natural thing to do. This is a very serious situation, and so I thought, why not call my friends from Shomrim? We wanted to see if we could offer them protection and also security lessons.

"When we met, everyone got on like a house on fire, we all got on so well. So now when Shomrim go out on patrol, they go past a number of different mosques to check they are OK. And we have given out our number so that Muslim people can call us if they need."

Chaim Hochauser, one of the two community leaders of Shomrim, told HuffPost UK the co-operation was "unprecedented" and hoped it was "just the beginning of a long term partnership between the two communities."

Violent attacks on Mosques and Muslim buildings have been on the rise since the murder of Drummer Lee Rigby in Woolwich, including an arson attack on a community centre in Muswell Hill and a homemade explosive device found at a mosque in Walsall.

Source: Huffington Post

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



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: A quick and very filling meal which cafés in Istanbul make and are especially popular with the tourists as a fast food.

Fast Baked Potato (Kumpir)




1 very large potato

1 tab cheese

1 tsp butter

1 pinch of salt

See choice of fillings above which could include peas, carrots, corn, beetroot, olives, chopped spinach and yoghurt, chopped sausages, jalapenos etc.




1. Scrub the potato clean and wash and dry after ensuring all the eyes and surface blemishes are removed.

2. Prick the potato with a fork or knife allowing the steam to escape during the cooking process.

3. Wrap in foil and bake the potato in a conventional oven at 200 °C for about an hour, depending on its size.

4. Slice the potato in half, horizontally

5. Using a spoon mash the flesh of the potato in its jacket, adding the cheese, butter and salt to the mix.

6. When the mash reaches a smooth consistency, layer it with your choice of fillings.


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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FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Are these foods really as  “healthy” as we think?






Extremely high in sugar. It would take 10 oranges to make a glass of juice.



They are essentially cakes masquerading as a healthy snack.



Fresh sashimi (Japanese raw fish) is a great source of protein and omega 3 fats. Many Japanese foods are "clean", unprocessed and very nutritious, including seaweed salad, edamame, nori and other Japanese vegetables.


Unfortunately sushi is (processed) white rice, which is made "tacky" with the addition of white sugar to form into sushi.



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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Q: Dear Kareema, with Ramadan upon us, I worry that I’m just not going to have enough time to get to the gym. I also tend to eat a lot more sweet treats during this time and know that it’s not going to do my waistline any good. Any suggestions?

A: We are fortunate that Ramadan falls in the colder months now because days are shorter which means we can fit some type of exercise in while it’s dark and we can keep our liquids up.


The cooler temperatures will also allow us to go for walks during the day without feeling dehydrated.

We are all time poor especially during this beautiful month, so make sure you schedule some time for exercise (even if it’s in 10 minute mini blocks).


Don’t stress about getting to the gym – change it up by doing some circuit and weight training at home, coupled with walks on the weekend or during your lunch time.

Your diet is key.


Soups are great as you’ll fuel up on vegies and warm up at the same time.


Drink lots of water and reward yourself with a sweet treat after your meal and you’ll tend not to overdo it.







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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Assalaamuilaikum, My Dear son Kemal,

I'm writing this letter very slowly because I know you can't read too fast.

We don't live where we did when you left. Your mother recently read in the local newspaper that most accidents happen within 20 miles from home. So we moved.

I can't tell you where to write us back because the last family that lived here took the house numbers when they moved so that they wouldn't have to change their address.


This place is really nice. It even has a washing machine. I'm not sure it works so well though; last week your mother put in a load of clothes and pulled the chain and we haven't seen them since.

The weather isn't bad here. It only rained twice last week; the first time for three days and the second time for four days.


About that coat you wanted me to send you, your Uncle Sultannuddin said it would be too
heavy to send in the mail with the buttons on, so we cut them off and put them in the pockets.

Your brother Faisal locked his keys in the car yesterday. We were really worried because it took him two hours to get me and your mother out.


Your sister Zubeida had a baby this morning, but I haven't found out what it is yet so I
don't know if you're an aunt or an uncle. The baby looks just like your brother Anver.

Uncle Faisal fell in an ice cream vat last week. Some men tried to pull him out, but he fought them off courageously and sadly drowned.

There isn't much more news at this time. Nothing much has happened.

Wasalaam, Your Father

P.S. I was going to send you $50 but the envelope was already sealed.

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When My servants ask you concerning Me, I am indeed close (to them): I listen to the prayer of every suppliant when he calls on Me: let them also, with a will, listen to My call, and believe in Me: that they may walk in the right way.


Surah Al-Baqarah 2: 186 


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Democracy must be something more than

two wolves and a sheep voting on what to have for dinner. 

~ James Bovard, Civil Libertarian (1994)


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Events and Functions

AMYN Community Fun Day 6 July Eidfest 17 August


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Islamic Programmes, Education & Services

MYSO 2013 6 July Holiday Madressa 24 June to 3 July
Gold Coast Mosque Iftar 2013 AIIC Enrolment Weekend Islamic Wisdom Course 28 June to 1 July Leadership Course 23 to 27 September Cover Me Australian Muslim Artists Photography Competition Close 1 August Imam Akram celebrant services In preparation for the Book of Allah Marhaba Playgroup Shajarah Islamic Kindergarten
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Businesses and Services



ACCES Removal Services


Al-Khitan Circumcisions


Ahlam Haddad Tutoring

Tutoring (Maths)


Clothing Islamic Couture


Lebanese Cuisine

Love ur Body

Beauty Treatments

Continental Meats GOLD COAST


Mansur Omar

Real Estate

Bismillah Repairs & Maintenance

Repairs & Maintenance

NOTE NEW NO. 0468342127

MaXimize Accountants


Brisbane Diagnostics



Health Drink

Calamvale Physio & Sports Injury Clinic


AutoCAD Training

Personal Tuition

Car Body Removals

Used Car Dealer

Muslim Directory Australia

Directory Services

Carpet Lifesavers

Carpet cleaning


Restaurant & Takeaway Portuguese Chicken

Centre for Easy Language Learning (CeLL)

Tutoring (Arabic)


Restaurant & Takeaway Portuguese Chicken

Boulevard Towers Surfers Paradise 

Holiday Accommodation

Nazima Hansa Realty PTY LTD

Real Estate



Islamic College of Brisbane Hall Hire

Hire Services



OurWorld Travel



Migration Agency

Pappa Roti

Cake & Coffee

Fathima Adat Tutoring

Tutoring (School subjects)

Pizza Lane

Restaurant & Takeaway Pizza

Gabriel Hair Studios


Rejuven8 Body & Beauty

Beauty Treatments


Plastic Mats

Samoosa Pastry Distributors


Henna by Fatima


Shakira Kolia's Driving School

Driving School

Hummy's Automotive

Car Repairs

Clothing Alterations


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



Dial a Local Doctor

Medical Services


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


United Hearts

Family Day Care Scheme

Apparel by Aliyah

Designer Clothing


This week CCN is proud to introduce 


United Hearts Family Day Care Scheme Pty Ltd Apparel by Aliyah Tel: 0438840467 Apparel by Aliyah AGAIN Continental Halal Meats Gold Coast Sewing 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 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 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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6 July


Community Fun Day


Svoboda Park, KURABY

0410 083 975

11am to 4pm

6 July


Muslim Youth Speak Out

AlNisa, Revival & FAMSY

Griffith University

0431 800 414

10am to 2pm

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

24 August


ISD Eidnite 2013

Islamic Society of Darra (ISD)

Darra Mosque



28 September


ICQ Annual Dinner & Awards Night

Islamic Council of QLD

Islamic College of Brisbane

0450 908 786


6 October


International Food Festival hosted by Kuraby Mosque

Kuraby Mosque

Wally Tate Park

0422 191 675

10am to 9pm

16 October




 TBA 2013


Aashooraa Day

26 January 2014


International Food Festival 2014

Islamic Society of Gold Coast

Gold Coast Mosque, 144 Allied Drive, Arundel

0416 212 541

8am to 8pm


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

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.


Kuraby Mosque Tafseer & Taalim


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


Queensland Police Service/Muslim Community Consultative Group


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

Thursday 22 August
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

Tafsir & Islamic History Classes

VENUE: Al-Mustapha Institute of Brisbane, 39 Bushmills Court, Hillcrest

Every Monday & Wednesday
7pm - 8:15pm

All Brothers & Sisters are welcome.

For further information please contact Moulana Noor 0432 712 546.


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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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