At the Special Congress of the Australian Federation of Islamic Councils held on Sunday 25th February, new office bearers were elected under the watchful eye of the Australian Electoral Commission.
The new AFIC President said that with this election "a new chapter of inclusiveness has opened for the Australian Muslim Community and urged all interested Australian Muslims to take this opportunity to join the peak National body".
The following were elected:
The Islamic Rugby League (IRL) is inviting everyone to a BBQ and picnic today (Sunday 4 March) at 12pm at the Sunnybank Rugby Union Club in Padstow Road.
The price of tickets is $5 (single) and $10 (family - 2 adults, 2 children).
All proceeds raised will be go toward the IRL's presentation and grand final night.
There will be a range of foods to tantalize the tastebuds including curry, lamb and chicken skewers, sausages and salads. Drinks will also be provided. Don't forget your picnic rug!
Tickets will be available on the day from attendants in the parking area. There are a variety of activities also planned for the young and the old alike.
Concerns have been raised about a lack of leadership for young Muslims in Sydney.
One-hundred-and-fifty young people at risk of becoming involved in crime and drugs yesterday took part in a conference, designed to identify the challenges they are facing.
Their views were presented to representatives of the State Government, police and the Muslim community.
Fadi Rahman, from the Independent Centre for Research Australia, says those taking part were unable to name leaders who represented them.
"Seventy per cent of our community was saying to us that we're not represented," he said.
"This is quite alarming because if these young people feel they don't have a voice out there and they've got no one to turn to to voice their concern, then we do have a problem on our hands and we should be alarmed."
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Want to join? Simply complete the application form and wait to be called into the hospital for an interview. If successful, Radio Lollipop will obtain a blue card security clearance. The successful applicant will be required to attend an induction day and have received their blue card before they are allowed on the ward with an experienced Radio Lollipop volunteer.
It's NEVER too late to make a start!
Kareema at the centre of the fitness drive
Kareema Benjamin, an ex-Capetonian who recently arrived from Sydney to settle in Brisbane, is a fitness instructor at Fernwood.
She also provides a mobile service and specializes in group and one-on-one training for women. One such group that she provides personalized training for in Kuraby is full of praise for Kareema's expert knowledge and training regime.
Her structured fitness routines include circuit and aerobic training, aqua aerobics, cycling, swissball, boxercise and step.
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The CCN Chuckle
In the beginning God covered the earth with broccoli, cauliflower, and spinach, with green, yellow and red vegetables of all kinds so Man And woman would live long and healthy lives.
Then using God's bountiful Gifts, Satan created Dairy Ice Cream and Magnums. And Satan said "You want Hot fudge with that? And Man said "Yes!" And Woman said "I'll have one too with chocolate chips". And lo they gained 10 pounds.
And God created the healthy yoghurt that Woman might keep the Figure that Man found so fair. And Satan brought forth white flour from the wheat and sugar from the cane and combined them. And Woman went from size 12 to size 14.
So God said "Try my fresh green salad". And Satan presented Blue Cheese dressing and garlic croutons on the side. And Man and Woman unfastened their belts following the repast.
God then said "I have sent you healthy vegetables and olive oil In which to cook them". And Satan brought forth deep fried coconut king prawns, butter-dipped lobster chunks and chicken fried steak, so big it needed its own platter. And Man's cholesterol went through the roof.
Then God brought forth the potato, naturally low in fat and Brimming with potassium and good nutrition. Then Satan peeled off the healthy skin and sliced the starchy centre into chips and deep fried them in animal fats adding copious quantities of salt. And Man put on more pounds.
God then brought forth running shoes so that his Children might Lose those extra pounds. And Satan came forth with a cable TV with remote control so Man would not have to toil changing the channels. And Man and Woman laughed and cried before the flickering light and started wearing stretch jogging suits.
Then God gave lean beef so that Man might consume fewer calories and still satisfy his appetite. And Satan created McDonalds and the $2 double cheeseburger. Then Satan said "you want fries with that?" and Man replied "Yes, And super size 'em". And Satan said "It is good." And Man And Woman went into cardiac arrest.
God sighed. And created quadruple by-pass surgery.
And then Satan Chuckled and created the Public Hospital System.
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I was disappointed that a muslim can think like this man Ahmed from the UK.
It is absolutely wrong to tell Muslim women that they should not wear the hijab or niqab for the sake of integration.
If the muslim women should take off their hijabs then the nuns should remove their cloaks and head covering, the Jewish women don't need the wigs or banadanas, etc. why should muslims always change themselves to fit in a society that is not sensitive to muslims' needs.
There is great record that muslims all over the western world have more than better accepted and integrated into western culture, whether with hijab or not.
He should read the Qur'an a little better and understand that women are required to cover themselves decently, as ordered by Allah. He must be too preoccupied with performing duties as a Lord in UK that he has no time to read and research his own religion, its a shame.
It's a shame that such a person who has achieved a high level of education and intelligence can not use his position to teach and show the people of UK that muslim women are free to decide whatever they want. You would think that having a muslim man in high position like himself would help the muslim community because he would have more influence on the people in parliament and government to show and teach the right way of Islam. To change their view about the stereotypical position of Islam, but unfortunately NO.
He needs to get out there and see that muslim women who wear the hijab or niqab have achieved great goals in the western society, just as well as non muslim women, if not better. Alhamdulillah.
I am a non-Muslim living in Cairns. I am hoping that you may be able to help me.
I few months ago I found a translation on the Internet entitled, “The Qur’an Simply” and if I remember right is was published in Byron Bay. I am no longer able to trace it. It may no longer be available. If you know of this can you point me in the right direction.
I am looking for a good English translation of the Qur’an. I borrowed a copy from the library that was in English and Arabic but the English was written in that old English with a lot of thee's and thou’s etc. and hard to follow.
I would welcome any suggestion that you may have and where I may purchase such a copy.
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