If you are wanting to make the best of today (Sunday 2 October) and the remaining few days before Ramadhan, then what better way to do this than to go down with the family to the Brisbane Muslim School's Fete at 724 Blunder Road, Durack between 10.30am and 3pm.
And after that you can dash down to Roma Street Parkland and catch the Queensland Multicultural Festival from 11am to 9pm.
The festival celebrates our diverse Queensland community. There are hundreds of colourful acts, creative workshops and a vast array of international food.
For more information go to www.multiculturalfestival.qld.gov.au.
Holland Park Ramadhan Program
Qari Mehboob-Ul-Haq will lead the Taraweeh Salaat at the Holland Park Mosque. Qari Mehbbob was born in Pakistan and is a qualified Alim, Hafiz and Qari.
He completed his studies in Lahore, Pakistan and became a Hafiz at Maddressah Arabia Hayatul Quran Sarwar. He also holds a diploma from Jamiat International (Derah Ghaji Khan). Qari Mehboob is accomplished in all the different types of Qiraat (style of the recitation of the Quran) and has the equivalent to a PhD in Qiraat.
Qari also holds a Certificate from Radio Pakistan, and his enchanting recitation of the Holy Quran has seen him called on by the national radio and television stations to recite the Quran Tilawat so that it can be broadcast throughout the Pakistan and to other countries via satellite.
Prior to his arrival in Australia, Qari worked as a teacher at Jamia Darul Uloom Islamia in Lahore, Pakistan. Qari Mehboob’s joined the Islamic Society of Holland Park Inc. in August 2004. He is employed as the Full Time Quran Hafiz teacher to continue the proud tradition of producing Hufaaz in Brisbane.
After the Taraweeh Salaat, Imam Uzair will conduct a brief Tafseer program of what has been recited in the Taraweeh.
The Holland Park Committee extends a personal invitation to you, your family and friends to attend the daily Iftar and other dinners that will be held at the Mosque.
Youhana, who now calls himself MohammedYousuf and was the only Christian in the Pakistan team, says his wife also converted with him about three months ago.
But he says they did not make their decision public for family reasons.
Reports in Pakistan say his parents are furious while Yousuf says he wants the rest of his family to convert too.
"I don't want to give Yousuf my name after what he has done," his mother was quoted as saying by the Daily Times newspaper.
"We came to know about his decision when he offered Friday Prayers at a local mosque. It was a shock," his mother was reported as saying.
He moved out of his parents' house when they came to know about his decision but has since moved back.
A Pakistani television channel showed him offering prayers along with other members of the Pakistan cricket team including skipper Inzamam ul Haq.
Mohammed Yousuf's mother says she had been worried about her son's behaviour for a long time.
She blamed the brother of a former Pakistan cricket player, Saeed Anwar, for "ruining my son's life," according to the Daily Times.
Saeed Anwar and his brother have become Muslim preachers who preach from the platform of Tablighi Jamaat - Pakistan's largest non-political religious grouping.
Yousuf confirmed that he was a regular at the preaching sessions held by the Tablighi Jamaat.
But he told journalists that he had converted of his own free will and there was no pressure on him to do so.
"I cannot tell you what a great feeling it is," he told the BBC.
Officials in the Pakistan cricket board say members of the Tablighi Jamaat have been visiting the board's offices and training camps regularly over the last several years.
Most of the team members have become overtly religious over the last few years, the official said
State Minister for Small Business, Information Technology and Multicultural Affairs, Chris Cummins held a meeting of representatives of Queensland's Muslim organizations during the week.
This was part of an ongoing dialogue arising from the initial meeting in July with the then newly anointed Minister following the London bombings.
High on the agenda was the State's counter-terrorism action plan and reaction to the Federal Government's proposed Counter-terrorism legislation.
Delegates also took the opportunity to highlight the fact that while the average unemployment rate was around 7 percent, that for Muslims was close on 19 percent.
Other issues raised included:
. appointing a Muslim representative in the Queensland Youth Council
. a call for Eid to be a paid holiday
. the need for Government legislation for compliance with Halal requirements
. the dangers of compromising justice, equity and freedom in the quest for greater security
. getting positive awareness TV programs being shown on community-based TV channel Briz31 to mainstream channels
. finding ways to showcase Islam and Muslims to the broader community and address misinformation and negativity
How the (South) East was Won
Picture this, to the strains of The Good, the Bad, and The Ugly, if you will. It's High Noon on a Friday and the side streets of a cliche ridden sleepy one-horse suburb called Kuraby transform themselves into a veritable carpark as strange looking men and boys in white hats and long coats ride into town and head straight for the local Mosque.
But the good law-abiding townsfolk of Kuraby have finally reached the end of their tethers and in a strongly worded telegraph call on their Government to restore law and order saying how they have bent over backwards to accommodate and tolerate these
cowboys and this is the thanks they get for their kindness and generosity. "We ain't gonna take it sitting down no more!", they cried. "Our fathers came across the Darling Downs, fought Germans, fought drought, fought locusts, fought Pauline Hanson - remember when Pauline Hanson came in here and tried to take over this town? Well, we didn't give up then, and by gum, we're not gonna give up now".
Marshall Spence calls on the outlaws to address the problem and a posse of Indian chiefs springs into action by pasting a poster on the notice board warning of the dire consequences likely to befall transgressors here and in the hereafter.
But this has as much effect as trying to keep water on a duck's back, and it was high time somebody took the law into their own hands.
It needed an hombre with guts and determination to take on the gringos and bring peace and justice to a fear-ridden electorate once again.
Enter Sheriff Safet, minus trusty horse and guitar but armed, nonetheless, with all the authority of a waist coat (in lieu of a shiny star) emblazoned with "Traffic Inspector" on its back, and a six shooter gun smoking finger to direct the traffic with.
Order is restored, the suburb is saved and there is a calm in Kuraby where chaos once reigned.
CCN would like to take this opportunity to thank Mr. Safet Avdich for taking the time and trouble to manage the parking of the cars each Friday Jumma at Kuraby. We ask Allah (SWT) to reward him for his kind and selfless efforts on our behalf.
The Islamic Women's Association of Queensland (IWAQ) settled on their Executive Committee on Friday, re-electing Faiza El-Higzi as President and Rubana Moola as Secretary. Rae Mekka fills the new position of Vice President and Susan Al-Maani takes on the role of Treasurer.
CCN wishes the team members all the very best in their roles and acknowledges the many sacrifices they will be making for the betterment of the Muslim women of Queensland.
Just pulling your leg...... (but remember that many a truth is oft said in jest)
This joke has been doing the email rounds in the last few days. If this is the first time you are seeing it then you really need to go out and get some friends - even if they are only virtual ones.
Donald Rumsfeld is giving the president his daily briefing.
He concludes by saying: "Yesterday, 3 Brazilian soldiers were killed in an accident"
"OH NO!" the President exclaims. "That's terrible!"
His staff sits stunned at this display of emotion, nervously watching as the president sits, head in hands.
Finally, the President looks up and asks..........
"How many is a Brazillion ??!"
Submitted by Sue Khantdanceorsing
How Many Pints is a Passport Worth?
Find the pub before taking the citizenship plunge, says Minister
Under new security rules foreshadowed this month by the Prime Minister, permanent residents will have to wait a minimum of three years in this country before applying for citizenship, instead of the present two.
Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs Minister John Cobb says the change is necessary because it will give new migrants time to "make mates and go to the pub". He contends that new immigrants are particularly vulnerable "to falling in with dangerous groups".
"Many people who arrive, they are alone, they are outside their own country, they don't know people, and they are very likely to be prey to extreme views, and extreme groups can recruit them," Cobb says.
"If somebody has been here only two years, they are not as likely to be settled. This extra year will give them time to get a job, get settled, give them time to make mates and go to the pub. If they have come into contact with some extreme group, they'll be capable of saying, 'No mate, that's not what life is about in Australia', and they are not going to be anywhere near as vulnerable."
Cobb, who is doubtless not referring to newly arrived Muslims with his recommendation to go pubbing, says he cannot readily give an example of a person who has fallen by the wayside in their third year of residency after being granted citizenship. But he says most Australians will welcome the changes, "as it gives us an extra year to ensure they [new arrivals] don't fall in with unsavoury characters".
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Hajji Safet Avdich Kuraby Mosque prayer
Just for the CCN Smarty Pants (to see you through Ramadhan)
1. If in two years I will be twice as old as I was five years ago. How old am I now?
2. Out of the numbers given below, what would follow this sequence: 10, 4, 3, 11, 15?
3. Father, sister, cousin, mother, grandfather, aunt and
uncle. Which one does not belong?
4. If Mr. and Mrs. Sultan have six daughters and each daughter has one brother, how many people are in the Sultan family?
Answers to last week's questions
1. What is the most popularly eaten fruit?
2. What is the closest relation that your father's sister's sister-in-law could be to you?
Keeping Trim for Tarawhee
The Islamic Medical Association of South Africa (IMA) has developed a 'Health Guidelines for Ramadhan'.
You can download a copy of the work by clicking here.
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