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The Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Immigration and Multicultural Affairs, Andrew Robb, has extended his best wishes to Australia’s Muslim community at the commencement of the month of Ramadan.
“Muslims have come to Australia from over 70 countries for the sake of their children, for education and opportunity and for a better life,” Mr Robb said.
“They come from a variety of social, cultural and ethnic backgrounds and play an important role in the economic and social life of Australia.”
He said recently the Australian Government and the Muslim community and been working together to promote a united and cohesive country in which everyone could benefit from the opportunities offered by living in Australia.
Mr Robb said a recent historic two day conference of Imams, with its particular focus on young people, was a key development in looking at how to communicate Islam to Muslims in Australia.
“Ramadan is, among other things, a time to reflect on the plight of the unfortunate, to care for those in need and to do good deeds. These actions reflect the many values that Muslim Australians share with people of other faiths from across Australia, including courage, compassion and service,” he said.
“I wish the Muslim community well during Ramadan and throughout the coming year.”
IFTAR with IFA and Al-Nisa
Last night IFA and Al-Nisa were joined by a diverse, vibrant crowd of young ladies who gathered together for iftar in the spirit of Ramadhan.
After making salaah under the evening sky, Sister Nora, gave the ladies a 'fair go' through her inspirational lecture, "Woman in Islam."
IFA and Al-Nisa showed off their sisterhood and youthful zest with yet another successful endeavour to add to their list of achievements
Jazakallah to all those who were part of the evening, it would not have been as fantastic without your presence.
May Allah SWT bestow His mercy and blessing upon you Insha-Allah.
By Dilshad D. Ali and Holly Lebowitz Rossi
The Roman Catholic peace group Pax Christi USA has decided to fast, but it's not waiting for Lent. After Pope Benedict XVI quoted a Byzantine emperor's statement that Islam is "evil and inhuman," the group said that, to soothe tensions, thousands of its members are fasting for Ramadan. The people of Pax Christi are not alone. Especially since 9/11, non-Muslims have fasted to express political solidarity with Muslims, to increase awareness of global hunger, as a spiritual discipline, or to strengthen interfaith friendship.
More than 250 colleges are expected to participate this year in a Fast-a-thon, a one-day event for non-Muslim and Muslim students to draw attention to world hunger and raise money for local food banks.
The event began after 9/11 at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville and has spread around the nation. Last year almost 1,800 students participated at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond.
Some Ramadan fasts have a political message. Members of a local antiwar group in Ann Arbor, Mich., have organized a "solidarity fast"—three-day shifts or for the entire 30 days—to demonstrate opposition to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, plus the recent fighting in Lebanon.
But dozens of American service members in Al Anbar province in Iraq are fasting, too, according to Sgt. Jeremy Pitcher, a spokesman for Coalition forces in Iraq. He says the fast is "a gesture of good will, a gesture of respect for the nation of
Iraq, for the culture of Iraq."
Some non-Muslims fast out of friendship: Yusra Ahmad, a Muslim, and Shira Taylor, who is part Jewish and part Christian, have fasted together throughout their four years at the University of Toronto's medical school—connecting them to "something bigger and greater" than the daily stresses of school, says Taylor.
On Oct. 2, at the Church of St. Paul & St. Andrew in New York City, Muslims and Jews will break the Ramadan and Yom Kippur fasts together. The holidays coincide next year, too—and won't again for another 30 years.
Many Muslims welcome those who share their fast. Imam Tahir Anwar of the South Bay Islamic Association near San Francisco calls it "one of the most powerful gestures of friendship [non-Muslims] can make to us."
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This is Big- excellent Iftar in Gold Coast. Lotto people com. Food was prepared the best way. Lamb roasted, lotto vegies and fruit salad. The best drink. Coffee and Tee plenty.
Photos gayv you haw people a happy and enjoying this Bosnian IFTAR.
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Food was excellent.
I must tell you that Damir (Dado) have donated two roasted lamb. The photos gayv you really mood of the people. Children was so happy. Australian Mufti was gest to Bosnian Iftar (diner), he lid praying Magreb and Terawy.
Thanks to all and do again Insshallah.
Your Brother in Islam
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From the rest of Safet's Night Out.....
More Tempting Ramadhan Recipes: Read with Care
CCN WARNING TO ALL THOSE WHO ARE FASTING: The following recipe titles are NOT for the faint hearted, and should be read with due caution. Neither CCN nor its staff accept any liability for the onset of excessive drooling at the mouths, lumps in the throat or rumbling of the tummy arising as a consequence of the following information.
Muslims in this country and the World over have always admirably observed the discharging of Sadaqatul Fitr.
Shariah has stipulated this little monetary observance for those who have the means in order to bring some delight to those less fortunate. It is the infinite wisdom of Allah that while He has blessed certain people with tremendous wealth and prosperity, there are others who live on the other extreme with barely no food to nourish themselves nor their offspring.
Fuqaha (jurists) stress that Sadaqatul Fitr should be discharged before the day of Eid. This will enable the recipients to make maximum use of the money afforded to them. However, many people have the tendency of delaying in discharging their Fitrah and subsequently end up dropping it in some organization’s box on the way to Eid Salaah. The deadline for discharging Sadaqatul Fitr is before Eid Salaah. It is therefore appropriate to say that discharging Sadaqatul Fitr at the last hour will not fulfil its due objective.
Rasulullah (s.a.w.) said,
“The fast remains suspended between the heavens and the earth until Fitrah is discharged”. (Targhib)
A collection of Fitrah is being made for distribution in Zimbabwe. Proceeds of which are used to make food hampers for distribution to the needy Muslim families. Those wishing to give their Fitrah towards this cause are kindly asked to contact:
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Nevertheless, CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! on your milestone. I am sure that you will continue to provide this valuable service to the community.
We must appreciate the time and effort that you put into it, and can only encourage you to continue, and keep up the good work.
" HAPPY BIRTHDAY ".
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Koran one of most searched-for books on Google
The Koran, a guide to tropical flowers, a robot-building manual and a text on interest rates have topped an eclectic list of the most popular English titles found using Google Inc.'s growing book search tool.
The list which also includes Noam Chomsky's critique of U.S. foreign policy, is the first time the Web-search leader has disclosed a weekly snapshot of what users are viewing since it launched a controversial plan to digitally scan all the world's books two years ago.
Timed to coincide with the largest gathering of publishing executives at the Frankfurt Book Fair, the Google list reveals an interest in lesser-known backlist titles.
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The Body Shop and the Australian Government Department of Education, Science and Training have established a joint initiative to support young mothers (aged 25 and under) in developing their own enterprise through a series of training workshops and business mentoring. All participants will gain intensive support and guidance in turning these business ideas into something real.
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The Program is free. No past experience and/or qualifications necessary. We encourage young mums who receive benefits to apply. Lots of support and encouragement to all who apply.
If this sounds like you and you are interested in hearing more we would love to meet you.
Upcoming workshops will be held at FAB, 166 Ann Street, Brisbane City:
First workshop - Discovering Enterprise:
23, 24, 25th October
Second workshop - Marketing / Business Planning:
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27, 28, 29th November
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