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Symposium & Expo Photo Gallery
All the action from last week's Symposium & Expo on Queensland Muslims at the Mercure Hotel.
Expo Competition Winner
Mohammmed Nafeez Farouk-Yusuf was drawn as the winner in the Outlook Photography competition held last week at the Symposium and Expo on Queensland Muslims.
He receives a family portrait session and a framed print as his prize.
Former U.S. diplomat interprets Islam
Newly settled in Montana, Dave Grimland tries to balance negative images of the Muslim world.
PLENTYWOOD, MONT. — Dave Grimland spent nearly 30 years as a foreign service officer — "telling the U.S. side of the story," he says — in Bangladesh, India, Cyprus, Turkey and other nations with large Muslim populations. He wrote ambassadors' speeches, arranged cultural gatherings, and more than once hunkered down as angry mobs gathered outside the embassy to protest American policy.
Now retired and living in rural Montana, Grimland is once again telling a side of the story — only this time, in quiet pockets of the Big Sky State, he's trying to tell the Muslim side to non-Muslim Americans.
"I'm going to ask you, at least for this evening, to try to put on a pair of Muslim glasses and see what the world looks like," Grimland said one recent night to about 40 ranchers, farmers and others in the basement of the county library near the spot where Montana, North Dakota and Saskatchewan meet.
Outside, it was snowing and 16 degrees. The nearest mosque was about 120 miles away, in Regina. Many in the audience said they had never met a Muslim other than Plentywood High School exchange student Alisher Taylonzoda, from Tajikistan.
For two hours and 40 minutes — including a brief break for cider and baked goods — the Montanans listened intently as Grimland covered a sweeping amount of history and made a case that the vast majority of Muslims are like the great majority of Christians, Jews or Buddhists.
"No worse; no better," he said. "They want peace. They want to live their lives."
Rashida' s famous and fool-proof "Crumbed Prawns" recipe.
1kg prawns with tails - shell & de-vein
Marinate in lemon juice, chillie powder and garlic salt
1 cup flour
3 slices of white bread crumbed in processor
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. aromat / chillie powder to suit your taste
Pinch of mixed herbs and oregano
2 eggs beaten
Oil for frying
Dip prawns in egg, coat with crumb mixture and fry until done. Serve with chips and tartar sauce.
PS: South African radio host, Rashida Bux, is the co-author of the Recipe book "Food Fair".
Source: SANHA eNewsletter April Issue
This weeks ladies Taleem programme will be held at 49 Stiller Drive, Kuraby. Email Nadima at email@example.com for more information.
Muslim Aid Flies Team To Solomons
A team of emergency relief workers from Muslim Aid and Global Medic is responding to the Solomon Islands disaster this week. The team will assist in ensuring that victims of Monday’s tsunami receive steady supplies of clean water.
Drawing on their experience in assisting victims of the December 2004 tsunami that killed some 300,000 people in Asia and Africa, Muslim Aid and Global Medic will supply portable water purification systems and distribute water purification tablets. Once the water supply has been restored, the team will turn its attention to rebuilding efforts.
At least 28 people were killed and several thousand are homeless after the tsunami, the result of an undersea quake, destroyed towns and villages on isolated and scattered islands. Several powerful aftershocks have created further damage, including two with a magnitude of 6.2.
Some 900 homes have been destroyed and 5,000 people affected, with many villages being wiped out.
Although some emergency relief supplies have gone in, drinking water, food, shelter and medicines are in short supply, according to aid officials, who said that many water tanks have been damaged.
The Solomon Islands has a population of about 500,000 people, many of them living in bamboo houses on isolated islands.
Over the past several months a group of Queensland Muslims, under the leadership of Halim Rane and Nora Amath, have been researching and writing a book on Islamic civilisation, entitled, Reflections: Young Muslims on the Contributions of Islamic Civilisation to Humanity. The book conveys an understanding of the Islamic philosophical, scientific, and cultural legacy as a reflection of the positive role the authors envision for Islam, now and in the future. The chapters within the book address what their writers consider to be the major contributions that Islamic civilisation has made to humanity, and from which the world continues to benefit until today.
Reflections discusses a range of ideas including monotheism, respect for other religions, anti-racism, human rights, and the participation of women, as well as the contributions made by Muslim scholars in mathematics, astronomy, medicine, optics, chemistry, geography, history, sociology, philosophy, art, architecture and a number of other fields.
Also explored in the book is the question of what Islam can contribute to the world today in response to some of the major crises impacting on humanity, including poverty, debt, alcoholism, the environment, and international conflict. The authors assert that humanity as a whole could significantly benefit from a serious examination of Islam’s teachings and historical contributions to civilisation.
The book’s publisher, AMARAH, is a new Muslim organisation formed by its authors. AMARAH is an acronym for Australian Muslim Advocates for the Rights of All Humanity.
This organisation will focus on five main areas of concern: human rights, civil rights, social reform, environmental responsibility, and Islamic awareness.
Further information concerning the book can be obtained from AMARAH (firstname.lastname@example.org), or by phoning Halim Rane (0422349785) or Nora Amath (0422349786).
The Miracle Kid?
African youngster who can read the Quran and the Bible preaches to large audiences in Tanzania:
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Mula Nasruddin with two red ears went to his doctor.
The doctor asked him what had happened to his ears.
He answered, "I was ironing a shirt and the phone rang - but instead of picking up the phone I accidentally picked up the iron and stuck it to my ear."
"Oh Dear!" the doctor exclaimed in disbelief. "But what happened to your other ear?"
"The fool called back!"
Although I had to leave last week's Symposium and Expo on Queensland Muslims just after lunch I found the event on Saturday an interesting if mixed experience.
On the positive side, I met some good people, and notwithstanding the agenda that created the event, the key message of the progressive voices of ‘collaboration across difference’ came across to those able to hear (in contrast to the neo-nationalist integration/assimilation undercurrent of the promotion of ‘Australian values’).
On the negative side I was saddened by Muslims being asked to demonstrate their allegiance to Australia – like you I am an immigrant, but I am culturally and visually invisible.
Nobody has ever asked me to join with others of my culture to symbolically show my loyalty to the nation by singing the National anthem publicly, I have never had to stand up and demonstrate my economic or social contribution to the nation or to affirm in some way that I uphold Australian values. I say these obvious things not because you do not know them but to indicate that the pain and repressed anger that was evident in a few speakers extends beyond your spiritual community.
To get anywhere such feelings clearly have to motivate constructive action –
building understanding, mutual respect and common causes against the generators of fear is our only viable option.
As I'm sure you are aware, The Islamic Society of Algester is currently in the process of beginning to build our new Islamic Centre. As we know this is no easy feat and requires a lot of hard work, effort and money. In this spirit I have compiled a naat/nasheed CD entitled "Salaam" (peace).
It is on sale for $25 - All proceeds go to the mosque.
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