Mubarak from CCN and Crescents of Brisbane
The Month of Ramadan is also the Month of Patience and
Sympathy and one of sacrifice, reflection and
The fast itself reminds us of those who go to bed hungry
every day of their lives. It reminds us to be
compassionate to those who are less fortunate than
ourselves and it reminds us to strengthen our resolve to
fight hunger and poverty.
And it reminds us to strengthen our bonds of unity and
family and community ties.
CCN and Crescents of Brisbane wishes you and your family
strength and health over the Holy month of Ramadan.
Canberra, 3 September 2007
Assalamo Alaikum Warahamatullahi Wabarakatuh
It is indeed a great pleasure for me to extend to
the Muslim Community of Australia the sincerest
wishes of RAMADAN AL MUBARAK on behalf of the
Australian Federation of Islamic Councils.
behalf of the AFIC Executive Committee and AFIC
Staff, it is my great pleasure to send our very best
wishes and prayers during the holy month of Ramadan.
May Allah (swt) grant His Choicest Blessings on all
Muslims and all humanity and in particular those who
are facing hardship and difficulty around the world.
During the holy month of Ramadan I request the
Muslim community to share this holy month
with our fellow Australians by inviting them to
Iftar and extending them our traditional Muslims
hospitality and explaining the virtues of Ramadan to
It is important to impress on our non Muslim friends
that Muslims throughout the world observe fast from
dawn to dusk very strictly and try to reform their
lives in conformity with the values of humanity and
the wishes of God, our Creator and Sustainer.
May the blessings of this holy month of Ramadan
permeate the entire human kind and bring
peace, security, stability and hope for all peoples
of the world.
Ikebal Adam Patel
Australian Federation of Islamic Councils
MUBARAK FROM THE ISLAMIC COUNCIL OF QUEENSLAND
It gives me great pleasure to extend to the Muslim
Community of Queensland my sincere felicitations of
Ramadan Mubarak on behalf of the Islamic Council of
Queensland, the Management Committees and all its member
The holy month of Ramadan is a blessed month. It is not
only a month of fasting, iftar, tarawi prayers in
addition to the five obligatory prayers, tilawat of the
holy Quran, but also a month of abstinence, of spiritual
upliftment and charity.
I appeal to all my Muslim brothers and sisters to think
of the plight of our Muslim brothers in Palestine, Iraq,
Afghanistan, Kashmir and many other Muslim countries. I
call upon my Muslim brothers and sisters to respond in a
positive way to my appeal for the unity of the Ummah in
May almighty Allah accept your fast, prayers and good
deeds and reward you in abundance. May the blessings of
the holy month of Ramadan permeate the entire humanity
and bring peace, security, stability and hope for all
the peoples of the world.
Suliman Sabdia – President
On behalf of the Qld Police Service, may I take this
opportunity to wish you, your family, friends and
loved ones a blessed and peaceful Ramadan.
The Muslim community and the Qld Police Service
enjoy a close working relationship, and we support
the many functions that are held in the community.
Sergeant Jim BELLOS
Cross Cultural Liaison Officer
Metropolitan South Region
Dia duit (dee-a-gwith)
Irish for “God be with you”
We would like to this opportunity to wish our many
friends and neighbours within our local Islamic
community a blessed and spiritually-beneficial holy
month of Ramadan. Multiculturalism, understanding and
acceptance of each other’s differences and faiths, are
vital ingredients in keeping strength within our broader
community. But without our Muslim neighbours and
friends, this strength of community would be greatly
David Forde and Dr Nadine Butler
behalf of the
Management Committee of Al-Nisa
Youth Group Inc.
We would like to wish all our Muslim brothers and
sisters a blessed Ramadan. May Allah (SWT) grant us
the ability to change ourselves for
the better, during this blessed month, and not to be of
those who are prevented from His Mercy and Forgiveness.
Indeed He is the One who hears and He is the One to
President: Al-Nisa Youth
O you who believe!
Observing al-sawm (the fasting) is prescribed for you as
it was prescribed for those before you, that you may
become al-muttaqoon (the pious). (Qur’an al-Baqarah
want to take this opportunity to share in offering
greetings to the Muslim community in Queensland and
readers of CCN around the holy month of Ramadan.
I wish peace and security for everyone in the country,
with a special hope that there will be real
understanding and harmony across the country. I always
enjoy meeting and working with members of the Muslim
community and look forward to our shared future.
Senator for Queensland
is with great pleasure that I take this opportunity to
wish all the valued members of our Muslim community a
very spiritually rewarding holy month of Ramadan.
latest census figures show that there are over 20,000
followers of the Islamic faith settled in Queensland.
The members of the Islamic faith have made a substantial
contribution to all aspects of life in Queensland, and
these contributions have resulted in rewards for all
Queenslanders. I see this first hand in my travels and
meetings around the federal electorate of Moreton.
peace be upon you and I look forward to continuing my
very positive relationship with you long into the
I would like to take this opportunity to wish all your
readers a very peaceful and spiritually rewarding time
during the holy month of Ramadan.
The Queensland Government has the highest respect for
the Muslim community and we acknowledge the economic and
social contributions the community has delivered for
The Queensland Government through its Multicultural
Policy:"Multicultural Queensland - making a world of
difference", actively supports the concept of
multiculturalism and strongly supports and believes that
freedom of religion is a crucial component of any
May peace be with you during this holiest of months. I
along with my Parliamentary Secretary, Michael Choi MP,
look forward to continuing our very positive
relationship with you.
Lindy Nelson-Carr MP
Minister for Environment and Multiculturalism
the gift of Ramdhan bring peace to our hearts, cleanse
our imaan, and may Allah SWT bestow his mercy and
infinite bounties upon our Ummah Insha-Allah
Ramadaan Ramadaan -
by Shaida Gutta
Ramadaan Ramadaan where have
I've been away since 12 moons
have been seen.
Ramadaan why have you come?
To bless you and cleanse you
and ask you to come.
Ramadaan what do you mean?
For you to come closer to
your Lord and Deen.
Ramadaan what do we do?
You fast and pray and pay
Sadaqatul Fitr too.
Ramadaan how long do we fast?
The whole day until the sun
Ramadaan how long will you stay?
Until just before Eid Day.
Ramadaan will we see you again?
My destiny is written to come
next year again.
Queensland Muslim Community Forum on Federal Election
Queensland Muslim Community Forum
Sunday 9 September 2007
University (Nathan Campus) N22 Northern Theatre
10:00 – 10:10 Organiser
10:10 – 10:20 Quran Recitation
10:20 – 10:30 Chair Ms Margaret Wenham –
1 AUSTRALIAN SENATE
10:30 – 11:00 Senator Andrew Bartlett -
Democrats Deputy Leader Democrats Senator and -
11:00 – 11:30 Senator
Joe Ludwig - Shadow Attorney-General
Labour Senator - Queensland
11:30 – 12:00
Senator Sue Boyce (TBC) Liberal Senator - Queensland
12:00 – 1:00 Lunch
2 PARLIAMENT HOUSE
1:00 – 1:30
Hon Arch Bevis - Member for Brisbane Shadow Minister for Homeland
Territories Shadow Minister for Justice and Customs
1:30 – 2:00
Hon Gary Hardgrave MP Member for Moreton
Mr Emad Soliman Democrats candidate for
2:30 – 2:45 Afternoon Tea
2:45 – 3:15
Mr Willy Bach The
Greens’ candidate for Griffith
3:15 – 3:45 Dr Mohammad Abdalla –
Director, Griffith Islamic Research Unit
“Islam and Democracy”.
was born to Yusuf Cajee and Aamena
Nathie on the 10th of August at the Logan
Hospital weighing 3.4kgs.
grandpa Ismail and Naseema
Cajee grandparents for the 5th time and is
the 9th grandchild of Ismail and Zohra
"She looks like
her Grandfather!", said a beaming Yusuf.
Jemele Deen are the proud parents of
Zahara Amda Deen who was born at Logan Hospital on
Friday, 31 August.
Zahara entered the
world at a height of 52cm and weighed in at
is just coming to terms with being a grandmother for the
On behalf of the readers of
CCN we extend our deepest sympathies to Farouk and Amina
Adam and family on the passing away of Mrs.
Ayesha Moola mother of Amina in South Africa on
Monday (3 September).
The IWAQ Dream
(L-R) Muna Ibrahim (IWAQ Coordinator),
Maha Hijazi (CACP Coordinator),
Safia Raza (EACHD Coordinator),
Naima Estrada (Finance Officer),
Tasneem Smyth (Front Desk
* CACP – Community Aged Care Packages, EACHD
– Extended Aged Care at Home Dementia
The Islamic Women’s Association of
Queensland (IWAQ) organized a number of activities
during the past few weeks:
The Annual Camp held over the 20th July – 22nd July
weekend at Kindilan, Redland Bay
Oh! no! Yasmeen Abo Wafa
takes a topple!
The participants enjoyed themselves
immensely taking part in a host of different activities
including canoeing, kayaking, abseiling, flying fox
while simply taking in the serenity of nature without
the hustle and bustle of the outside world.
Participants included some ladies from
the Christian faith who thought the whole experience was
Everyone loved the food which was cooked
by Sr. Wimarat.
Thank you to all who organised and
Client Carer dinner on Friday 31st August at MacGregor
State School Hall
Macgregor School Hall decked
out for dinner
The feedback was
very positive and those who came were enthralled
by the performances from Imam Ahmed Ghazaleh as
well as the Indonesian Saman Dance Group.
The evening was
well attended and the unanimous consensus was
that the dinner was delicious.
All the guests
received a lovely gift for attending.
delightful Saman dancers draw a line at
An upstaged Ahmed
Ghazaleh (left) plays
second fiddle (or
should that be duff?)
nasheed exponent Mohammed Naaman
Vazira Ally and (L-R) Fatima Mohamed, Janet
Nadeem, Soraya Nadeem, Farah and Bebe Ali
Morning Tea with Coles
An Islamic awareness morning tea was held by the Muslim
Dialogue group and this was hosted by Coles where staff
from Coles and sections of Muslim community attended.
The staff was very interested in knowing more about
Muslims and enjoyed the dialogue session so much so that
the Regional Manager asked to host a similar event this
time at the Pick’n’pay Sunnybank Hills.
Morning Tea with Residents
On Tuesday, the 7th of August, our ladies from the
Tuesday Group attended a morning tea at Acacia Ridge
Community Hall where they were joined by others from the
Acacia Ridge community. Various people spoke about their
life experiences and it was a chance to increase
awareness about Islam and learn about other cultures.
A group consisting of clients and workers went to a trip
IWAQ hopes to set up an Outreach office at the Gold
Coast mosque. At present a few ladies are meeting up on
Tuesdays and Fridays at the Mosque.
IWAQ plans to organise a weekend getaway after Ramadan
for clients and their families.
The CCN Cut 'n Paste Media Monitor
Hilali coverage takes premier prize
RICHARD Kerbaj of The Australian
lwon the $15,000 John Curtin Prize for Journalism at the
Victorian Premier's Literary Awards.
Melbourne-based Kerbaj won the prestigious award for his
coverage of Muslim cleric Taj Din al-Hilali, and in
particular uncovering an inflammatory sermon the sheik
delivered to his followers in Arabic in which he likened
immodestly dressed women to "uncovered meat".
The cleric's Ramadan remarks, which also alluded to the
infamous Sydney gang rapes of 2000, unleashed a public
outcry and vigorous debate among Muslim and non-Muslim
communities. Ultimately, Sheik Hilali was replaced as
mufti of Australia - the nation's Muslim spiritual
"Clearly, it was a great piece of newsbreaking,"
publisher Eric Beecher, convenor of the judging panel,
said yesterday. "It reset an already-important agenda,
and it prompted not only Australians, but lots of people
around the world to talk about the subject."
Australia should aim for a population of
50 million through "significant migration", says
Queensland Premier Peter Beattie.
draws the line at mosque
University of Western Sydney has
knocked back a request that it build
a mosque for its Muslim students.
"We said, 'We are a secular
university, we don't do these kinds
of things'," said Sev Ozdowski, UWS
director of equity and diversity,
and chairman of the first national
conference on Muslim university
students, held this week at UWS.
He said a local Muslim spiritual
leader had made an informal
suggestion of a mosque at UWS about
six months ago, after Muslim
students complained about the
desecration of a prayer room on
campus. Dr Ozdowski declined to
provide more details.
CAIRO — The president of the US largest
Jewish movement has accused US media and politicians of
demonizing Islam and portraying Muslims as "satanic
figures", reported Haaretz on Saturday, September 1.
"There exists in this country among all Americans,
whether Jews, Christians, or non-believers, a huge and
profound ignorance about Islam," rabbi Eric Yoffie, head
of the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ), told the opening
session of the annual convention of the Islamic Society
of North America (ISNA).
"... there is no shortage of voices prepared to tell us
that fanaticism and intolerance are fundamental to
Islamic religion, and that violence and even suicide
bombing have deep Qur'anic roots," he said.
"There exists in this country among all
Americans, whether Jews, Christians, or non-believers, a
huge and profound ignorance about Islam," said Yoffie
Now for the Mega Mosque (ABC Radio Nation Religion
In cities all over Europe -
Marseilles, Lyons, Cologne and London - there's
controversy over plans to build large mosques. The
proposed 'mega' mosque in East London would cover 17
acres and may end up housing 70,000 worshippers, and
200,000 people have signed a petition against it on the
website of 10 Downing Street.
Tuesday 08:30 pm Cutting Edge: Europe's 9/11 (SBS)
Europe is home to more then 20 million Muslims. Many
remain on the margins of society and Spain is considered
to be the Islamic gateway to Europe. Europe's 9/11
explores the alarming phenomenon of home grown terrorism
through the lens of the metro bombings in Madrid, Spain,
on Thursday, 11 March 2003, two and a half years after
9/11. Showing unique footage of the actual explosions
and interviews with the key heads of state in Spain at
the time, this documentary goes to the heart of trying
to understand how such horrific events have come to
pass. The documentary also explores the connections
between those bombers in Spain, Al Qaeda activities in
Milan, the Van Gogh murder in the Netherlands and the
subsequent bombings in London on 7/7. (From the UK, in
English and Spanish, English subtitles) (Documentary) M
Tuesday 10:00 pm Hot Docs: Protocols Of Zion (SBS)
Filmmaker Marc Levin embarks on a personal journey to
discover why the myth of The Protocols of the Elders of
Zion has proven such an enduring lie. The anti-Semitic
text, which originated in Russia a century ago, purports
to reveal how and why Jews are seeking global
domination. Throughout history, the "world's greatest
conspiracy theory" has fuelled much of the world's
anti-Semitism, despite being first debunked by the Times
of London in 1921. Adolf Hitler believed in it, as do
many militant Muslims today. Protocols Of Zion aims to
distinguish fact from fiction, as Levin circled the
globe debating the book's hypothesis. He contends that
the events of September 11 and continuing conflict in
the Middle East have left fertile ground for resurgent
anti-Semitic sentiment. (From the US, in English and
Tuesday 11:40 pm Movie: September (SBS)
Berlin, 11 September 2001 and how the events of that day
change the lives of three very different families.
Ashraf, a Pakistani, owns a pizzeria. His German
girlfriend, Lena, is pregnant with their child. She is
shocked and disturbed by Ashraf's support of the Taliban
and lack of sympathy for the victims after the attack.
Ashraf does become more of a sympathiser and this change
is also propelled by the hatred directed at him for
coming from a country supportive of the Taliban. Helmer
(Jorg Schuttauf) is a policeman in a special police
force and is an admirer of the American ideal and way of
life. Directed by Max Farberbock, and stars Nina Proll
and Rene Ifrah. (From Germany, in German and English,
English subtitles) (Drama)
Crescent Sighting Guidelines for Brisbane
Al-Ghazzali Centre for Islamic Sciences & Human
Development in Sydney has provided guidelines for the
sighting of the Moon on Wednesday 12 August.
Presented by Brisbane City Council in association with
Brisbane Multicultural Arts Centre (BEMAC) and Northey
Street City Farm, the sixth Harvest Festival is a
community event that celebrates the rich and diverse
cultural contributions that migrants, refugee artists
and families have made to Brisbane.
Set amidst the colourful surrounds of Northey Street
City Farm, the Harvest Festival is an event where
diverse communities share experiences, traditions and
cultural stories that combine to create our dynamic
city. It promises to be a meeting place for lovers of
organic food and cross-cultural celebrations.
There will be world music and dance presentations from
multicultural performers that now call Brisbane home. A
variety of delicious foods, crafts from around the
world, children's activities, organic gardening
demonstrations and cooking workshops will be on show. It
will be a fun-filled day for all the family.
A Diversity Forum will discuss perspectives from Muslims
Bari Atwan is coming to town
The Brisbane Writers Festival will be
presenting Palestinian-born Abdel Bari Atwan as
one of its international voices this year.
Editor-in-chief of London-based Arabic
newspaper al-Quds al-Arabi, the only western journalist
to have had an extended interview with Osama Bin Laden
and author of The Secret History of al-Qa'ida, Atwan
will appear in three sessions during the festival.
• Reporting the Real World - Is ‘Balance’ a
Thursday 13 September 2.45pm-3.45pm SLQ Queensland
Abdel Bari Atwan and David Marr. Chair: Michael Owens.
Bookings essential. Tickets $10/$8 from qtix.
• Religion, Society and the Individual
SLQ Queensland Terrace Saturday 15 September
Abdel Bari Atwan, John Carroll and Margaret Simons.
Chair: Rachael Kohn. Bookings essential. Tickets $10/$8
• The Secret History of al-Qa’ida
Sunday 16 September 11.20am-12.20pm SLQ The Edge
Abdel Bari Atwan. Chair: Deborah Terrie. Bookings
essential. Tickets $10/$8 from qtix. Presented by The
University of Queensland.
The Festival will bring together approx
260 writers from around the world – from Mongolia to Mt
Isa: Some of the world’s leading authors including Damon
Galgut, one of South Africa’s most esteemed writers; Man
Booker Prize shortlisted author and extreme athlete,
Michael Collins; Abdel Bari Atwan, the only ‘western’
journalist to have conducted an extended interveiw with
Osama Bin Laden; Raj Patel who examines at the world
economy through the distribution of food; Anthony
Elliott who looks at the emotional impact of
globalisation on individuals; David Gibbins, bestselling
author and underwater archaeologist; Baba Brinkman, a
Canadian Chaucerian rapper; Galsan Tschinag, a Mongolian
Shaman; Kevin J. Anderson, the holder of the Guinness
Book of World Record’s record for the largest single
book signing; Armistead Maupin, the author of much
beloved Tales of the City series and biographer
extraordinaire Victoria Glendinning as well as many of
Australia’s leading thinkers, commentators and literary
BWF is on from 12-16 September at the
State Library of Queensland.
Transcript of an interview with
Imam Sheikh Isse Musse.
First Broadcast 27/08/2007
Muslim communities around the world have
come under increasing scrutiny since the
terrorist attacks of September 11. Some
imams have been criticised for
inflammatory speeches promoting jihad
and religious hatred. But one mosque in
Australia has taken the inter-faith
message to heart, and is seeking to
highlight the similarities between Islam
The Virgin Mary Mosque is next door to a
church, its congregation includes people
from East and West, and it's the only
mosque in Australia with a woman on its
board. Sue Lannin speaks to the Imam,
Sheikh Isse Musse.
In the western suburbs of Melbourne, a
unique mosque is led by a unique mufti.
Sheikh Isse Musse,
Imam, Virgin Mary Mosque: How are
you? Good to see you.
Sheikh Isse Musse, or Jesus Moses, has been
blind since childhood. He left war-torn
Somalia as a refugee and settled in
Australia 14 years ago.
Sheikh Isse Musse:
Mosques generally named by ... named after
males, so we said let us also break the
tradition and give a female name to the
mosque, and the Virgin Mary was the choice.
At first, the name raised eyebrows in the
Mary, exactly in that name, it is there in
Sheikh Isse Musse:
Initially, some people were incredulous.
They were saying, "What? Virgin Mary, this
is Catholic, Catholic name". And I kept
saying, "Well Mary, Virgin Mary, exactly in
that name, it is there in the Koran". The
Koran describes her as a virgin and Mary is
her name, so what is wrong in adopting that
Sheikh Isse did his religious training in
Saudi Arabia, but he gives his sermons in
English, and they are like something you may
hear at a church.
Sheikh Isse Musse:
Islam always says, "Live in peace, and in
harmony and do always what is good to
Sheikh Isse is on the National Council of
Imams, which elects Australia's most senior
Islamic leader. The former mufti of
Australia, Sheikh Taj Al Din Al Hilali, was
a controversial figure who stepped down a
few months ago.
Sheikh Isse Musse:
We took a break from Sheikh Hilali's
continuous outbursts and the reaction of the
politicians and so in that sense, the
community now is at ease.
Sheikh Isse says governments do need to be
cautious when it comes to terrorism, but
should not exaggerate the threat. He says
many Muslims in Australia have suffered
discrimination in the wake of the attacks on
"Most Muslims …think they are being
Sheikh Isse Musse:
Most Muslims are not comfortable, to tell
the truth, they are not comfortable. They
think they are being targeted. In relation
to employment, they think they are being
marginalised, they don't get the right
employment. So, when people have such a
story to tell, they feel that they are not
being supportive enough.
The mosque is one of the most multicultural
Sheikh Isse Musse:
About 17 nationalities congregate in this
mosque, all Asian countries, many African
countries, Middle East, some Aussies are
The mosque has rules to prevent a single
ethnic group dominating, and it says it is
the only mosque in Australia with a woman on
Saima Azhar, Virgin
Mary Mosque: They do have a say,
they can [take] part in the decision-making
process. They can, you know, portray what
they think is going on, is not right or not
wrong. So, it's a good mixture.
The Virgin Mary Mosque is also challenging
the status quo by teaching its members how
to use the Internet. There are swimming
classes for women as well as classes for
kids on how to read the Koran. Sheikh Isse's
idea of diversity and inter-faith dialogue
seems to be bearing fruit, and he is leading
the way by breaking down barriers.
Sheikh Isse Musse:
Yeah, it's not difficult as such, except in
when I wanted to have some information, read
a book or consult a manual or certain
questions when I'm researching something,
that's the only difficulty that I may face.
But apart from that, I love being Imam,
leading the prayer, telling the people what
is right about Islam and it's good to do
Mosque successfully bidded at an auction last week for
the house next to it.
The purchase price was
The intention of the trustees is to use
the site for
expanding the Madrassah, and putting up an Imam's
residence, a library, and a Dawah Centre etc.
It is estimated that the
cost to do this will be about $500,000.
Donations towards this project can be
made by contacting one of the trustees..
Sadaqatul Fitr for the needy in Zimbabwe
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
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:
3423 0116 – H
3800 7811 – B
Mob: 0402 575 410
COLLECTION ENDS 15th
Ramadan and Fasting all about?
A quick guide for non-Muslims. Topics
What is Ramadan?
The significance of Ramadan?
Fasting: What is it? Who fasts? Why?
Typical Ramadan Activities
Eid-ul-Fitr: Marking the End of Ramadan
Working with Muslim Colleagues
Travelling to Muslim Countries
The purpose of the
position is to provide quality case managed aged
care services to older frail people and their carers
from diverse cultural, linguistic and faith
backgrounds, ensuring that their needs, abilities
and choices are met.
The position provides
direct services to clients through individual
assessment, casework, referral and follow-up, task
supervision of personal care assistants, networking
and effective collaboration with the wider community
and aged care sector.
The inclement weather was not enough to
discourage a large number of people from attending our
Sister’s Learning Program. This final SLP
before Ramdhan was held on Wednesday 5th September and
summed up the series of lectures on Woman and Society.
The SLP will be back after Ramdhan, Insha-Allah,
and the interactive nature of the program, which
received much praise for its unique learning style will
IFA Youth would also like to thank Nora Amath for her
dedication to the program. May Allah SWT reward her
IFA & Al-Nisa Iftar
Once again the month of Ramadhan
is just around the corner.
So gather up your friends and join us,
IFA Youth & Alnisa for an iftar that you
will not want to miss!
IFA Youth and
Al-nisa annually host an iftar in the
Ramdhan, and we would like to share the
company of all the
female youth (and those young at heart)
to join us during this auspicious month.
will keep you updated on the details as they come to
Q: Kareema, I’m taking a chance here,
but with Ramadan upon us, can you set us a few
THANKS FOR THE OPPORTUNITY! I love a challenge – whether
setting it, or undertaking it…
These are some simple Ramadan Rules. Try incorporating
them into your schedule:
- Move it or lose it! In order to maintain muscle tone /
strength, you need to keep moving.
- Adhere to your current exercise regime where possible.
Alter it by reducing the intensity and time, or stagger
it (10 -15mins at a time).
- If going to the gym is out of the question, take the
initiative to exercise at home.
- Compliment your exercise with a healthy diet – no
- Drink water instead of soft drinks and notice your
skin looking healthier.
- Don’t rush your meal at Iftar, savour it.
- Enjoy a healthy meal in the morning (sehri) to get you
through the day.
- Involve a family member and stay fit together.
- Train smart, not hard - stay out of the sun and keep
All questions sent in are published here
anonymously and without any references to the author of
My children love the 'Giant Choc Chip
Cookies' available through their school canteen but at
$2.00 per cookie I couldn't justify the cost so found an
alternative to make my own for only 13 cents each! This
recipe makes on average 24 Giant Cookies and they are so
delicious. Each cookie is about 10-13cm in diameter. To
further increase my savings I only use Home Brand
ingredients. Quite a saving from $2.00!
The recipe is as follows:-
1 cup white sugar
1 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla essence
3 1/2 cups SR flour
1 packet choc chips
Method: Cream together white
sugar, brown sugar, vanilla and margarine. Add eggs,
self raising flour and choc chips and mix well. Leave
for about 15 minutes before rolling into palm sized ball
and then placing on Glad Bake (on a tray). Cook at 180
degrees Celsius for 20 to 25 minutes.
Hint: After 12 minutes I swap the bottom
and top trays around in the oven to avoid the bottom
tray of cookies burning.
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