Today (Sunday 17 June at 1.30pm Brisbane
time - 5.30am South African time) the gun will be fired
at the Pietermaritzburg City Hall for the start of
the world's most prestigious ultra-marathon 89km road
race - The Comrades Marathon.
And amongst the top three finishers in
both the men’s and women’s competitions (Oleg Kharitonov,
Brian Zondi, Vladimir Kotov, Elena Nurgalieva, Marina Bychkova
and Tatyana Zhirkova) in the 2006 Comrades Marathon will
be Brisbane's Anver Omar.
You can also follow the progress of a
runner on the day via the Comrades website
www.comrades.com if you know the runner's
first name (for example, Anver), his last name
(for example, Omar) and his club (for example,
- the Durban-based club).
Runners can also be tracked through an
SMS service which will deliver 5 SMSs during the day on
a runner's progress.
The Quiet Achievers
L-R in the
Top row Mohammed Ali, Zaeem Parker, Adestia
Bottom Row: Mohamed El Tahir, Zafereena
Sharif, Salih Mohamed, Abdulaziz Almotairi
Seven students from Australian
International Islamic College - (formally Brisbane
Muslim School) Durack achieved outstanding results in
the University of New South Wales International Computer
Three students achieve DISTINCTIONS and
four achieved CREDITS.
The principal Mr Peter Michalski said,
"It is a real achievement for students from a
non-English background to achieve such outstanding
results. We are very proud of the success of our
A celebration of
Islamic entertainment and culture
Human Appeal International Australia is
presenting two unique concerts that will bring together
a number of internationally acclaimed Muslim
Staged at the spectacular Vodafone Arena
in Melbourne on Friday 27 July 2007 and the
iconic Acer Arena in Sydney on Saturday 28 July 2007,
the concerts are expected to attract at least 10,000
Raihan - Malaysia
Imad Rami - Syria
Mesut Kurtis - Macedonia/Turkish
Mo Amer - USA
Ahmed Bukhatir - UAE
Yahya Hawwa - Jordan
Mustafa Al Azzawi - Iraq
football is almost a religion for Fehmi Naji el-Imam and
his family, which is why the newly appointed mufti of
Australia used to spend a lot of weekends with his
four children barracking for their beloved football team
after a morning of teaching them Islamic readings,
Arabic scripture and prayer.
The 79-year-old cleric, who migrated to
Australia in 1951, would load up his Holden Kingswood
wagon with his three sons, his daughter, his wife and
any of his children's friends who could fit, and head
off to watch the Carlton Blues. "He's been to many a
Carlton match," says Ahmed Imam, one of the cleric's
"He'd go and he'd sit there. He was doing
it because that's what his sons wanted to do. And he
gets into it, he enjoys it." Fehmi, who was born on
Christmas Day in 1927 in Lebanon, came to Australia aged
24 as a part-time imam and made his living as a
The cleric, who has nine grandchildren,
helped fit the electrical wiring at Melbourne Cricket
Ground's Olympic stand for the 1956 Games. After
advertising his business in the local paper under FN
Imam Electrical Contractor, he became known as Frank to
one of his clients who refused to call him by his Arabic
name, says Imam.
Prominent Sydney-based Muslim spiritual
leader Khalil Shami says Fehmi brought up his children
and students on Australian principles and is considered
a unifying figure among community members who closely
follow Australian values.
"He came to Australia at a young age and
he adopted the Australian [way of life] without
forgetting about his religion and religious duties,"
says the imam at Penshurst Mosque in Sydney's south.
But Fehmi's love of Australia he married
an Anglo-Saxon Australian Muslim convert in 1955 won't
necessarily sit well with the wider Muslim community
made up of more than 65 ethnic backgrounds. In his new
role as the nation's leading spiritual leader, Fehmi
will face many challenges from a community divided by
ethnicity, religious ideologies and different
interpretations of the Koran.
Such challenges are part of the package
deal to become mufti, a position once described by
Fehmi's predecessor Taj Din al-Hilali as a suicide
Source: Australian Wed 13/6/2007
A Course You Bank On
The Islamic Finance Institute of Southern
Africa is offering a four month distance education
foundation course on on Islamic Banking.
The course covers:
Introduction to Islamic Economic Principles
Basic Modes of Investments and Financing in Islamic
Intermediate Modes of Investments and Financing in
daughter of Mohamed and ShireenSeedat
was married to MohammadTufael of Kent
(UK) and son of the late MashahidAli (Shahee)
and SabequaChowdhury at the Holland Park
Mosque after Jumma on Friday (15 June).
The reception was held
at Gianni's in Portside, Hamilton.
Qld Roar vs. South
Africa's Superstore United at Suncorp
Cairns Mosque Permit
A new mosque has been
proposed for the land on 31 Dunn Street, Cairns, North
The original house and
land was purchased almost seven years ago in September
of 2000 and approved by the Cairns City Council in
December of the same year to be used as a place of
worship for the Muslims.
The mosque was
slightly renovated internally to accommodate daily and
jummah prayers as well as a small separate area for the
The mosque is located
in Parramatta Park, only a few minutes from the buzzing
city centre of Cairns. It is central to Muslims from the
northern and southern parts of Cairns and also within
minutes from the airport, easily accessible and
convenient to those Muslims visiting the area.
In principle the plans for the new mosque
have been accepted by the Cairns City Council, with the
final approval imminent. The building permit is
expected within days, but construction will not be able
to commence until enough funds have been raised.
"God willing the mosque will be completed
for the coming Ramadan of 2007", Imam Abdul Aziz said.
The next upcoming meeting will be on
Tuesday June 19th from 9:30 – 12:00 at the Logan Women's
Health and Wellbeing Centre, 25 Ewing Road, Woodridge.
This will be an exciting talk from the Ladies at
Fernwood about Pilates, a form of exercise. So be sure
to mark this on your calendars !
Just a few updates:
- This Friday the 15th of June from 12:30 – 2:00pm there
will be a presentation about ‘Women Getting Active and
Motivated about their Health’ at the Logan Women’s
Health and Wellbeing Centre. Please come and take part.
- There is a lady living in Heritage Park who is seeking
someone to help transport her to our regular meetings.
If anyone lives in the area or knows someone who does,
please get in contact with me.
- I am compiling a recipe book from all the diversity we
have amongst our multicultural group. If you can email,
post, fax or bring to the next meeting a recipe that you
are willing to share.
is a survey, if you can take time to complete and
send back to me in structuring next quarter’s guest
speakers. We value your input.
Remember we have the convenience of child minding
facilities /childcare workers to look after children.
This is $1.00 for 3 hours, 9:00 to 12:00. Take advantage
of this opportunity.
I would also like to remind everyone if they can kindly
bring a plate of food to share with the group.
Again, tell your female friends and family members to
come and join us
L-R in the
Peter Johnstone (Foundation CEO), Faisal
Hatia and Iqbal Sultan (Crescents of
Brisbane), Bernie Stevenson (Foundation
Board Member), Mustafa Ally (Crescents of
the 2007 World’s Greatest Shave over for another
year, the Leukaemia Foundation extends a warm thank you
to the people of Kuraby for the part they played in
breaking the Queensland World’s Greatest Shave (WGS)
This year’s event
raised in excess of $3 million with the Kuraby community
contributing a considerable portion towards the final
The Foundation would
like to particularly thank Crescents of Brisbane, a
local Muslim community group, which fundraised close to
$50,000 for the World’s
Their hard work has
earned Crescents of Brisbane a place of honour in the
Queensland Top 30 fundraisers list (as well as the
National Top 30 list alongside the likes of the
PricewaterhouseCoopers, NAB, Suncorp, and BHP), and they were last night
recognised for their fantastic efforts at a Leukaemia
Foundation Top 30 fundraisers function.
“Helping the Leukaemia Foundation with
the fantastic work that it does for the care and cure of
patients and their families was a great way to make a
contribution to the wider community,”
said Crescents of Brisbane spokesperson,
“We had a great time organising the shave
party at the Kuraby Community Centre and everybody from
the local community got right into the spirit of the
occasion. To have eventually raised the kind of money
that we did was just the icing on the cake.”
of Queensland Chief Executive Officer, Peter Johnstone
said Crescents of Brisbane should be enormously proud to
make it into the Top 30 list. Various corporates,
businesses, individuals and community groups from around
the state were included in the Top 30, all of whom have
shown overwhelming support for the 2007 World’s
Greatest Shave campaign.
“On behalf of the Leukaemia Foundation, I personally
thank the Brisbane community for its involvement and
excellent fundraising efforts in this year’s shave
event. This support will go directly to helping patients
and their families who are affected by leukaemias,
lymphomas, myeloma and related blood disorders.”
again, a fantastic opportunity to show empathy for the
1800 Queensland adults and children diagnosed annually
who may lose their hair as a side-effect to potentially
life-saving chemotherapy treatment.
The money raised will
enable the Foundation to continue to provide patients
with vital support services including accommodation,
counselling, education, transportation and financial
2007 marks an exciting
step towards the Foundation’s mission to care and vision
to cure as the landscaping and finishing touches are
made to the brand new Clem Jones-Sunland Leukaemia
Foundation Village in Brisbane. This new patient
accommodation centre has been built to alleviate the
increasing demand for accommodation and support services
for rural and regional families who need to move to
Brisbane for urgent medical treatment. Once open, the
Clem Jones-Sunland Leukaemia Foundation Village will
provide fully self contained accommodation for 30
patients and their families completely free of charge.
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Kareema's Keep Fit
With less than 13 days to go for the Gold Coast run (and
7 weeks to the 12km Bridge to Brisbane) CCN's Kareema Benjamin offers handy hints over the next few weeks for those
training towards them.
How do I lose the weight / fat around my stomach
Unfortunately you cannot spot reduce. The
body determines where the weight / fat is lost. What you
can do is
concentrate on tummy exercises such as sit-ups,
crunches, etc; after you've gone for your daily walk.
training is also great because it increases muscle mass
which will in turn, burn fat. The secret is to vary your
workouts, eg: - cardio, strength and endurance exercises
on alternate days - you're more likely to see results
WEEK 2 of our
2 week training program in preparation for the upcoming
Gold Coast Marathon:
(for last week's programme see
Please note that the following program is suitable for
beginners (aimed at the 7.5km walk). For the more
competitive or serious athlete intensity, duration and
frequency of exercises need to be increased!
REMEMBER: NUTRITION IS JUST AS IMPORTANT AS YOUR
TRAINING REGIME. SO START EATING HEALTHIER TODAY
AND DON'T FORGET TO DRINK YOUR WATER!
Walk for a minimum of 45 mins. (10 mins. at a moderate
pace, 20 mins. at a more brisk pace, 12 mins. moderate
or brisk (depending on how you feel on the day) and 3
mins. cool down / slow pace.
PLEASE REMEMBER TO STRETCH AFTER EVERY WORKOUT!
Healthy Tip: Always keep your body hydrated - carry a
bottle of water with you daily!
Try to do some laps or even walk in a pool if possible
(minimum 45 mins.). This will be good for your legs
after all that walking... DON'T LET THE WEATHER
DETERMINE YOUR WORKOUT!
Relax and recover - Do an activity that you enjoy (low
impact). Include your stretching routine.
Similar to day 1. Increase your walking time by 5 mins.
or more if you feel comfortable and include some hills
as part of your course.
Rest your legs and opt for some strength and resistance
training (lifting light weights and doing some push-ups,
etc.). Ensure good posture and technique.
Get walking again!!...the aim is to increase your time
and distance! STEEPER HILLS, MORE CHALLENGING COURSE!
Cycle if possible, or try some more laps in the pool.
Anything that you feel will improve or help with your
walk on race day!
PLEASE NOTE: The above training program assumes a
healthy participant. Those with medical conditions,
injuries or who are not
physically active, need to seek clearance from their GP
before starting any form of exercise.
Fish in almond sauce
1 Kg fish - 2 tsp ground garlic - 1 tsp salt - ½ tsp
white pepper - 1 tsp dhunia chutney - 1 tsp green
chillies - 1 tsp ghee - 2 Tbsp oil - 3 Tbsp lemon juice
- ¼ cup blanched almonds - ½ cup milk - 2 Tbsp cream - ¼
cup fresh bread crumbs.
Marinate fish in lemon juice, good dash of salt and
ground garlic for 30 min. keep in glass or oven proof
casserole. Heat ghee and Dhunia chutney together. To
this add the green chillies, salt, white pepper and
breadcrumbs; add milk to make a sauce. Pour sauce over
marinating fish. Dribble with oil, cover casserole and
bake in oven at 180 degrees for 30-40 min. Uncover
casserole. Mix blanched ground almonds into cream and
spread all over fish. Continue baking till almond
topping begins to brown and sauce thickens. Serve
surrounded with thin lemon slices and sprigs of parsley.
Keep rolled purees in the fridge, for 10 minutes. It
will consume less oil, and purees will crisper.
Source: Radio Islam Newsletter -
Wednesday, 13 June 2007
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