QPS & Brisbane Muslim
Community Break Bread and Barriers
Report by CCN's Man-on-the-Mussallah
Co-hosts Ms Faiza El Higzi and
Acting Chief Superintendent Brian Codd
New recruits Sababi and Karim
A Shamrock amongst the Roses
Susan Almaani (left) explains
the intricacies of Eastern dress
The Mannequins, the
Commissioner, and the Designer
Sara and Mariam Medraj drum up
Darra PRO, Mohammed Rafiq and
Darra President, Ahmad Khan
and a couple of top
ICQ Secretary General, Mahabub
Ms Laila Rafiq
"Cool" Imam Ahmad Ghazeleh
Commissioner Bob Atkinson
With a menu comprising garden salad,
raita, date and tamarind chutney, chicken tandoori
bites, samosa, onion pakora, pappadum, lamb roghan josh,
prawn malbari, roast vegetable, butter chichen, roast
lamb, nasi goreng, saffron rice, fresh bread rolls,
baklava, honey cake, lady finger, fruit platter and ice
cream one would have thought it sufficient to warrant
rating the event an unmitigated success.
But this was not the only highlight of an
evening in which a motley make up of Muslims found
themselves on arrival being shepherded by a veritable
guard of honour through the corridors of the Queensland
Police Service Academy and on to the Recreation Club to
be met by some of the State's finest and (if the medal
count is anything to go by) shiniest.
Ms. Faiza el-Higzi
led the Muslim charge as MC with all the charm and
confidence of a seasoned trooper.
spoke quiet eloquently of her experiences as a young
Muslim growing up in Queensland and the need for more
contact with the wider community.
Introduced as the "coolest Imam in town",
Ahmad Ghazaleh confirmed his newfound title
regaling his audience with stories of his own
personal encounters with the law - once as a speedster
and an inexplicably large number of times as a "random"
selection at airport security checks. Then the duff was
introduced into the proceedings and, despite very
evidently suffering from a case of the dreaded lurgies,
Ghazaleh succeeded in entertaining with a couple of
Commissioner Bob Atkinson
remembered the calm reaction of the community to the
burning of the Kuraby Mosque as a defining moment in his
future relationships with the Muslim community.
These formalities were followed by a drum
ensemble by the Medraj sisters that had the
audience very nearly doing a "Happy Feet".
Using her elegantly clad mannequins
couturière, Susan Almaani, then explained the
finer points of Eastern dress through a journey
embracing several cultures and countries.
Full credit to the organizers on both
sides who succeeded in turning the social gathering into
an unpatronizing, entertaining and informative night out
that did them both proud.
How To Prevent and
Treat Shin Splints
With CresWalk just days away
here's some useful advice that may help you along the
splint pain commonly happens whenever walkers start a
walking program, start walking faster, change their shoe
style, or change their stride.
Shin splints are due to an imbalance
between the muscles that lift the foot and those that
pull it down.
Overstriding can cause shin
splints, as can wearing walking shoes with a relatively
high wedge heel.
The shin splint pain will eventually go
away as you develop your shin muscles and adjust to your
Here's how to take precautions against
Do not overstride:
Overstriding is one of the major
causes of shin splints. Keep your
stride longer in back and shorter in
front. Go faster by pushing off more
with the back leg.
Walking shoes with flexible soles
and low heels:
You should be able to twist and bend
your shoes, otherwise your feet and
shins are fighting them with each
step. Some "walking" shoes are not
well designed for walking. If they
don't twist and bend, select another
style. Your walking shoes should be
relatively flat, without a built-up
Strengthen your calf muscles with
Toe Raises and Shin Stretches can
help build the shin muscles and
improve their flexibility so you can
overcome shin splints.
Replace old, dead shoes:
Shoe cushioning is exhausted every
500 miles, often long before the
soles or uppers show wear. But these
old, dead shoes can contribute to
shin splints and plantar fasciitis,
as well as foot and leg fatigue.
Walk on softer surfaces:
Seek out barkdust, dirt, grass, or
cinder walking paths rather than
Alternate walking days:
Walk only every other day until the
your shins before you walk, and
again ice your shins for 20 minutes
after you walk.
Keep legs warm during your walk:
Keep your legs warm with long socks
during the walk.
Warm-up before going fast:
Warm up at an easy pace for ten
minutes before you begin a faster
paced walking workout.
Stretch after warming up:
Stop and do your stretch routine,
especially the legs, after your
Speed up only after warming up:
If you feel the calf pain, slow
Slow or stop if you feel shin splint
the pain does not go away quickly at
a lower speed, end your walk.
Pain in the back of the leg:
For pain in the back of the leg,
make sure you are not leaning
forward when walking.
Pain in the front of the leg:
For pain in the front of the leg, a
slightly higher shoe heel may work
A CONTROVERSIAL late goal gave Japan
victory over England in the third annual Ethnic
Community Council of Queensland/Queensland Police
Service (ECCQ/QPS) Cup held at Queensland Roar’s
headquarters in Richlands.
England’s protests that the ball had gone out of
play before it was cut back for the decisive goal
fell on deaf ears and the skilful Japanese outfit
held on against a gallant England side.
Both teams will get the chance to replay the final
as a curtain-raiser to a Hyundai A-League game at
Suncorp Stadium in the upcoming season as part of
the prize for making it through to the conclusion of
the highly entertaining tournament.
The football and the colourful festivities were
enjoyed by over 4000 people across two venues, who
feasted on food from all over the world, witnessed
flamboyant goal celebrations and ultimately saw
Japan take home the prize.
With 24 teams each representing their
nation of origin and plenty of supporters in tow,
highlights of the day included the opening match
between Australia v England and the sheer spectacle
that ensued when Ethiopia put one past Greece early
in the day.
Queensland Roar players turned out too, signing
autographs and playing ‘freestyle’ football with
plenty of eager youngsters inside the Roar Rapid
Fire inflatable fields.
Roar CEO Lawrence Oudendyk commended the football
community, who he said had shown their support
through sheer numbers.
“The day has gone very well; there has been a lot of
people coming and going throughout the day and it’s
a good day for football in our community,” said
“There are a lot of people here and certainly a lot
of people we haven’t been seeing at our Hyundai
A-League games, so hopefully today’s message will
rub off on them and they’ll come and support us.
“Multiculturalism is obviously what today is about;
football is the world game. Everyone can play and
everyone understands; I think football has been the
big winner today.”
“We’ve been having a bit of a look
today; there are certainly a lot of players here
that are outside the club system, so you never
Creator and Metropolitan South Region Cross Cultural
Liaison Officer, Sergeant Jim Bellos, reinforced
“It’s been a great day with great weather and really
an all-round success,” said Sgt Bellos.
“So many people have turned out and there is so much
cultural diversity out on show. The tournament
promotes cultural diversity and harmony and has been
greatly supported by the community.”
In presenting the trophy to the winning Japanese
captain, Queensland Police Commissioner, Mr Bob
Atkinson said: “Queensland is a great place to live
and after this tournament it will be a little better
tomorrow than it was yesterday.”
The Algester Mosque will be holding a
Youth Programme (HALQA – E – YOUTH) on Saturday
evening, 19 May, from 5:30 pm until Eshaa at 7:30 pm.
On behalf of the Imams of the Algester Masjid, a cordial
invitation is extended to the youth of our community to
partake in this Halqa-e- Youth (youth circle) programme.
This invitation is for both males and females.
Programme format (approx. 1 ½ hours)
3. NAAT (URDU + TRANSLATION )
4. WELCOME SPEECH + AIM OF PROGRAMME
5. MAIN SPEECH
6. QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS
7. ZIKRULLAH + ISTIGHFAAR
9. BBQ after Eshaa Salaah
Withstanding the Taste
A certain prominent Brisbane dentist (who
shall, for professional and personal reasons, remain
nameless) was informed by his staff that he did not
qualify to become an Australian citizen despite having
attended a citizenship ceremony recently.
They had discovered that he had not to
date eaten and tasted the delights of Australian cuisine
in the shape of Vegemite and so could not truly and
lawfully claim a right to an Australian passport.
In order to expedite the good dentist's
assimilation into Australian society and adoption of
Australian values at the same time the staff started up
a collection drive and presented him with a bottle of
what can best be described as Australia's answer to
The said dentist, desperate to secure his
passport at all costs, "took his medicine like a man"
and reported his
second citizenship ceremony in an
email to his staff thus:
Hi ?? and ???
Thank you for advising me that the
citizenship ceremony I went through the other day in
town was not the complete process and that I had to eat
Vegemite to officially become an Australian. Thank you
also for the jar of said material duly provided.
Please find attached, photographic proof that the
material passed my lips. The imbrication1 of the lower
incisors is good enough forensic evidence that it is me.
I trust that passing the lips is the minimum standard as
I could barely swallow the stuff.
It not only looks like s**t, it tastes
that way as well.
The fact that only a corner of the
pictured toast had the material on it surely saved me
from an agonizingly slow and painful death.
I shall use the rest of the jar to
kill painful pulps in our emergency patients. A tiny
quantity should be enough for a whole jaw.
Please can I have my passport now?
1. That's 'crowding' for the non
dentists amongst you! (Editor)
Essendon's Houli makes
First-year Bomber Bachar Houli
made his debut on Friday night against the
Houli, who turned 19 yesterday, received the call-up
after impressing with the Bendigo Bombers in the VFL.
He collected 32 touches against Williamstown last
Despite his team's 95-117 loss to the
Kangaroos, Essendon coach Kevin Sheedy expressed his
delight in the debut of highly publicised recruit
“Houli was good tonight. He kicked a goal and had
the ball 15 times. He kept running which was good.
He could get rid of it a little bit earlier at
The onballer, the first devout Muslim to play AFL
football, was told of his debut by coach Kevin Sheedy in
front of his teammates.
"I had tingles, had heaps of them, from
the time Sheeds said it to just now when we had another
meeting. It's really kicked in," he told the Herald Sun.
Houli hasn't been able to catch-up with his parents
face-to-face since getting the news, but they are
"Apparently my dad's reaction was amazing," he said. "He
was working at the fish and chip shop (in Werribee) and
he was basically serving five customers at once, that's
how excited he was."
Sheedy said he expected Houli to quickly become a fan
"Friday night is a great opportunity for the young man
and we are looking forward to him beginning his AFL
career," Sheedy said.
"He will be a favourite of the crowd because he is a
hard working young player which is the sort of
footballer Essendon supporters love."
Houli was taken at No.42 in the 2006 NAB AFL Draft after
playing for the Western Jets and representing Vic Metro
Essendon CEO, Peter Jackson said beyond football, Houli
had played a key role in the club's work with the
"We conduct a multicultural program which aims to get
newly arrived refugees and multicultural communities
involved in football. … Bachar has been heavily involved
in all initiatives," Mr Jackson said.
"He has attend several multicultural school visits,
participated in the harmony walk to the Dome and always
finds time to speak to students about his culture and
The Al-nisa Youth Group is holding an
open forum to present the findings of the Muslim Youth
Summit at Darra Mosques on Saturday 19 May after Magrib.
A light dinner will be served thereafter.
The Muslim Youth Summit is an initiative
of the youth group and aims to identify issues that
young Muslim people here in the Brisbane region face,
and come up with possible strategies to address them in
collaboration with the community, other service
providers and government.
"You can attend and become a part of the
change to the better of the community," said Al-nisa
President, Faiza El-higzi.
This project is funded by the Department
of Immigration and Citizenship and supported by the
Islamic Council of Queensland.
assimilate, says PM
Minister John Howard said today
he unapologetically used the
word "assimilate" when it came
to absorbing Muslim citizens
into the community.
Mr Howard said
assimilating new citizens into
the wider community helped
tackle radicalism among a
minority of Muslims.
Budget, Treasurer Peter Costello
allocated $461,000 to programs
that help Muslim communities
"I think it's in
the interests of everybody," Mr
Howard said on Southern Cross
reason to try and assimilate -
and I unapologetically use that
word 'assimilate' - a section of
the community, a tiny minority
of whose members have caused
"After all, once
somebody's become a citizen of
this country the best thing we
can do is to absorb them in the
But he denied the
measure was about trying to
assimilate people's religious
"The reason that
religion is used as a descriptor
is it's a small category of
radical Muslims that have
adopted attitudes that we think
are bad for the country and the
most sensible thing to do is try
and change those attitudes."
Muslims are feeling the love from
companies seeking a piece of the Muslim consumer dollar.
But being the latest attractive market demographic might
come with a high price.
By Zahed Amanullah, April 30, 2007
As public opinion regarding Muslims
continues to be challenged by recent
news events, there are some in the West
who are looking past all that and are
instead considering how to best cater to their
needs. But it's not necessarily a new found
socio-political sympathy. Just as oil revenues have
kept certain Muslim states economically linked to
the West, the growing purchasing power of Muslims in
Western countries has created a group too seductive
to be reviled completely.
Until recently, companies that merely
listened to a potential Muslim clientele invited
accusations of "dhimmitude", consorting with the
caving in to religion in an agnostic (or at
least Judeo-Christian) marketplace. Yet, in spite of
this, more companies are noticing the estimated
$170 billion annually that Muslim consumers
spend in the US alone (and these Muslim Americans,
many of whom immigrated as highly-educated
professionals, consistently rank as one of the
highest per-capita income groups in the country).
Similarly, Muslims in the US and UK are attracting
the attention of marketing professionals because
they are a
younger, more attractive demographic than their
non-Muslim peers. As a result, Muslim economic (
i.e., halal) needs area slowly being supplied in
greater numbers by non-Muslims.
While companies have targeted ethnic groups for some
time now, there have been few examples of target
demographics based on religion. Some publishing
companies have had luck with targeting Christian
households with appropriately-themed materials, but
those markets are also served by well-established
niche companies. Muslims, on the other hand, have a
purchasing power that overwhelms the still-small
collection of businesses that caters exclusively to
them (mainly Mom-and-Pop restaurants, stores, and
markets). And since nothing attracts the corporate
world like the smell of unharvested profits,
businesses from Citibank to IKEA are wondering just
how much Muslim marketing they can produce without
alienating their other customers, and initial forays
are meeting with some success.
For example, when two McDonald's restaurants in
Melbourne, Australia switched to halal sources for
sales doubled despite some protests by
non-Muslims (select McDonald's restaurants in the UK
followed suit this week). The Nando's restaurant
chain has profited immensely by offering halal
offerings of its Portuguese chicken in 25% of its
stores in the UK. One entrepreneur is even seeking
to export prepackaged
organic halal pizzas from Canada to Muslim
populations throughout North America and Europe.
"There are a lot of Muslims who would eat this up,"
says Angelo Alof , founder of Organic Halal
International Foods (and master of puns, evidently).
As for mainstream foods, another businessman has
helped introduce and distribute in the UK halal
Gummi Bears) by Haribos, one of Europe's biggest
sweet manufacturers. Nestle has become the
biggest multi-national food manufacturer for
Muslims, producing halal food in 75 of its 481
factories and earning over $3 billion in annual
sales. And for those Muslim entrepreneurs, such as
restaurant owners, who are looking for Islamically-compatible
business-to-business services, Lloyd's TSB Bank has
Islamic business accounts in Britain.
Next month, two conferences on the halal industry,
the World Halal Forum and
take place in Malaysia, a country that aims to
be a "
halal hub" for the world halal food industry.
But among the attendees will be representatives of
non-Muslim countries, such as New Zealand, South
Africa, and India, which are aiming to be the
leading suppliers of halal meat to Muslims, both
domestic and international. These countries are
starting to take notice of changing tastes among
Muslims around the world, as the spending patterns
of younger generations more closely mirror their
non-Muslim peers rather than their Muslim parents.
For Muslims, all this attention is a double-edged
sword. Becoming an official (and lucrative)
demographic in the eyes of the corporate world
ensures a base level of respect and protection by
the larger society. After all, nobody likes to
slaughter a cash cow. But in the process, the Muslim
community stands to lose a great deal of control
over its own economic potential. What chance does
the local Halal butcher have, for example, when
Muslims can pick up shrink-wrapped halal meats at
the local Safeway while they do their everyday
shopping? The irony is that the Muslim consumer
market is maturing faster than Muslim food and halal
service providers. But the good news is everybody
might start to love us.
Zahed Amanullah is
associate editor of
altmuslim.com. He is based in London, England.
- Middle Eastern Night
MBN will be hosting a
Dinner Meeting 0 TUESDAY 22 MAY at the ABRUZZO BRISBANE
CLUB, 150 FURSDEN RD, CARINA
TIME: 7.00PM FOR A
COST: $30 FOR MEMBERS
AND $35 FOR NON-MEMBERS
TOPIC: RETIREMENT AND
SPEAKER: NOEL WHITTAKER
Some of the issues that
will be addressed are Do I have enough to retire?, Self
Manageg Super Funds, Allocated pensions, One off
contribution before 30 June 2007 and Preparing for
Noel Whittaker is one of
Australia's best known financial advisers and is a
foundind director of Whittaker Macnaught Pty Ltd.
He is a pioneer in the
field of consumer education and his books Making
Money Made Simple, More Money with Noel
Whittaker, Golden Rules of Wealth, Getting it Together,
Living Well in Retirement
are best sellers. He writes weekly columns in many of
Australia's major newspapers including The Sydney
Morning Herald, The Age, The Courier Mail.
He broadcasts every week
on ABC News Radio, 3 AW and 4BC and appears regularly on
Tickets can also be
purchased from any of the Committee members.
A new faith for Kooris
Finding direction …
Anthony Mundine converted to Islam after his
manager gave him a book about Malcolm X.
A FLAG is soon to flutter above the
troubled suburb of Redfern, proclaiming a new religious
face to Aboriginal Australia. At the centre of a
backdrop of equal halves of black and red, the colours
of the Aboriginal people, is a yellow crescent moon and
star. It's to be the symbol of the Koori Muslim
Association, which will open the only Aboriginal mushalla in NSW at a shopfront location on busy Regent
Street next month.
Conversion among indigenous Australians
is growing, driven by the higher visibility of Islam, a
rejection of Christianity as a post-colonial religion,
identification with Islamic principles, and conversions
in prisons where Aborigines dominate the population.
While no one knows how
many indigenous Muslims there are in
Australia, Aboriginal Muslims reject
suggestions they are converting to the
faith in droves. Some are descendants of
Afghan and Baluch cameleers, North
Indian traders and Malay pearl divers
and have grown up in the faith.
Many converts are from
cities. The boxer Anthony Mundine
is the most famous of these and has
become a role model. Their first contact
with Islam sometimes, but not always,
comes in jail, where as many as 22 per
cent of inmates are indigenous
Rocky Davis, known
as Shaheed Malik, converted while
serving 14 years for armed robberies and
other offences. It was the story of
Malcolm X, the gangster and black
American nationalist leader who became a
convert to Islam, that first inspired
Reflecting on his experiences and opinion
in South Africa, Galloway, one of the leading critics
and agitators against the apartheid government, related
the story of his arrest in the country on a visit during
the apartheid years.
"I was arrested in this very city of Cape
Town, in the Gugulethu township. I was dragged by the
police into the station. I was beaten-up by a police
officer…he treated me very brutally."
He also drew comparisons between apartheid South Africa
and Israel's treatment of Palestinians.
"The prevailing opinion in Israel is
rather like the prevailing opinion amongst whites in
South Africa until almost the end; they want peace, but
they are not prepared to pay the price for peace. And
the price of peace in Palestine is justice for the
But Galloway had nothing but praise for the country
since the establishment and inception of non-racial
democracy in 1994, "The foreign policy of South Africa,
is something to be proud of, it might be improved but it
is something to be proud of nonetheless."
Galloway added wittily, "I don’t say this
because, my friends are now in power, people I bought
fish and chips for, because they had no money in exile
with the ANC."
One of the few areas he refused to comment on was the
domestic policies of the country, as he felt it was not
his place to speculate, criticize or laud policies which
did not affect him as a British citizen.
He nonetheless praised the South African
people and the government. "I know that there is some
disappointment amongst people who hoped for better.
But I tell you that someone who comes
from Britain and travels the world, you have a better
government than almost all the other countries in the
George Galloway's speech to the
British Parliament, January 2007
Muslim Rapper "Walks"
To The Top Of The Charts
One of the few places where Islam has
found a place in modern Western culture is in hip-hop
Mos Def and Jurassic 5 have shown that it is
possible for Muslim identities and Islamic values to
find their place amid the bling of the hip-hop world.
Now, a street-smart Muslim kid from
Chicago has attracted a lot of attention, proving that
the aforementioned artists aren't a fluke.
Wasalu Muhammad Jaco, otherwise known as
Fiasco, grew up in Chicago's southside and began
rapping while in high school.
Raised in a family of 9 children, Fiasco
was immersed in global cultural influences (thanks to
his well-traveled mother) and grounded in the local
After a few guest appearances on various
rap singles, Fiasco attracted the attention of Atlantic
Records (founded by the late Muslim-American
Ahmet Ertegun) as well as Jay-Z, who assisted him
with the production of his debut album.
The iconic style magazine GQ recently
named Fiasco the "Breakout
Artist of the Year", and Fiasco was one of the first
hip-hop artists to secure a fashion endorsement before
releasing an album (an avid skateboarder, Fiasco was
spotted by Reebok wearing one of their caps and
recruited him). But it's not just his fashion sense that
has been receiving accolades.
Rolling Stone magazine
praised Fiasco's Grammy-nominated debut album, Food and Liquor,
observing that "Fiasco reflects on the personal and the
political, and reminds fans of everything hip-hop can
The Washington Post
noted that when "the Muslim MC rhymes over
well-known hip-hop tracks and manages to outshine the
artists who made the beats famous - without mentioning
sex or illegal substances - his skill is undeniable."
That talent is apparent in Fiasco's "Muhammad
Walks," a clever remix of the famous Kanye West song
"Jesus Walks", which can be downloaded
free because, as Fiasco raps in the song, "I ain't
trying to make profit of off the Prophet." Fiasco is not
eager to parade his Muslim identity, though.
When asked about his faith, he
said, "I was born Muslim, so Islam plays a part in
my everything I do, to a certain extent. I'm not like
the poster boy for Islam, you know what I'm saying? So
it's like I still got my flaws and stuff like that, so I
don't really wear that on my sleeve."
That consciousness infuses his entire
album, whether he is addressing misogyny, the conflict
in the Middle East, or inner city poverty. In the song "American
raps "camouflaged Torahs, Bibles and glorious
Qur'ans / the books that take you to Heaven and let you
meet the Lord there / have become misinterpreted,
reasons for warfare / we read 'em with blind eyes I
guarantee u there's more there."
It's a lesson that many - including
Muslims - could heed.
½ KG Mince - steak or mutton - 1 tsps ginger
garlic - 1 slice brown bread (grated) - 1 tsp
red chillies - 1 tsp dhania - 1 tsp jeeeroo - 1
tblsp lemon juice - ½ tsp tumeric powder - 1
onion grated - ½ tsp nutmeg - salt to taste -
handful of dhania - handful of spring onions
1. Mix all ingredients together.
2. Make into balls.
3. Pat each in palm.
4. Add a blob of butter in the middle of the
mince and then roll into a kebab.
5. Place in oven tray.
6. Drizzle 4 tblsps of ghee and 4 tblsps of
lemon juice in tray.
7. Bake in oven for 30 minutes or until cooked.
Baby Bear goes downstairs and sits in her little chair
at the table. She looks into her little bowl.
It is empty.
"Who's been eating my porridge?!!" she squeaks.
Daddy Bear arrives at the table and sits in his big
chair. He looks into his big bowl and it is also empty.
"Who's been eating MY porridge?!!" he roars.
Mummy Bear puts her head through the serving hatch from
the kitchen and yells...
"For goodness sake, how many times do I have to go
through this with you dears? It was Mummy Bear who got
up first, it was Mummy Bear who woke everyone in the
house, it was Mummy Bear who made the coffee, it was
Mummy Bear who unloaded the dishwasher from last night,
and put everything away, it was Mummy Bear who went out
in the cold early morning air to fetch the newspaper, it
was Mummy Bear who set the table, it was Mummy Bear who
put the cat out, cleaned the litter box and filled the
cat's water and food dish, and now that you're both up
and ready for breakfast, let me say this one more time
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