fundraising dinner will be taking place on Friday 23
November 2007 at Michaels restaurant, Eight Mile
Plains in support of the Kuraby Special School, Bike
Track Appeal Stage 2.
This event is a follow up to a very successful
multicultural dinner held earlier this year to support
the completion of stage 1.
The theme of this dinner will be; “Supporting the
community through diversity”.
Stage 2 which will
comprise various obstacles will cost approximately
$20,000 and it is hoped to raise a significant (if not
all) of the required amount through this event.
The Kuraby Special School is a classic model of
diversity, with almost 80 students from 18 different
cultural and at least 4 main religious backgrounds,
including Christian, Buddhist, Islam and Hindi.
This event is being organised through: Lions Clubs of
Brisbane Chinese & Kuraby and Crescents of
The guest speaker is
Gerrard Gosens who is recognised as one of the most
outstanding young people in Australia today.
Congenitally blind, Gerrard became Queensland’s youngest
Guide Dog recipient at age sixteen. Using a lap top
computer with speech output to assist his studies,
Gerrard achieved an exceptional TE score and gained
entrance to the Bachelor of Business course at
Queensland University of Technology. Gerrard’s
commendable academic achievements are matched by his
skill and success at sport.
Both Deen brothers, Razak and
Gaffar, were inducted into the Australian National
Road Transport Wall of Fame in Alice Springs in
recognition of a lifetime of service and contribution to
the Road Transport Industry of Australia.
CCN's Man-on-the Mussallah cornered the
brothers together during the week and extracted the
following information out of them.
By his 17th birthday, Gaffar (Louie) Deen
had developed skills in operating earthmoving machines
and mechanical repairs and obtained his driver's license
for car, truck, semi-trailer, tractor, motor bike and
In 1984, Gaffar hit the highway doing
interstate low loader and road train work. He
transported a Favco 1100 Tower Crane and two Truck
Cranes to Darwin.
He did low loader 70 ton crane loads and
train loads to a project in Darwin and a backload each
There were no bitumen roads then and the
stretch often found him stuck waiting for the road to
After that the family business bought
dozers and excavators in Perth which put Gaffar on the
road to Perth - Kalgoorlie - Hall's Creek - Meekathra
and everywhere in between.
In those days, NSW would not allow travel
on the Newell Highway or "Goat Track" as it was known
then, so, to get to Perth with a 115 Ton he had to go to
Brisbane down the New England Highway, to Sydney -
Melbourne - Port Augusta and across the paddock which
was a lot longer and more time consuming.
It was hot and dusty in summer and cold
and wet in winter in those days, with none of the
comforts of today. They purchased a Mach B1-Centenary
superliner named Henry Lawson with 500HP V8 and it
became a showpony of the highway with only 13 having
been built then. Gaffar was given the honour of driving
this magnificent Mach.
Deen Mean Machines
In 1992 he left the family business and
started Sailmove Pty Ltd.
Today he has 6 trucks and prime movers
and a host of other "accessories".
With a new workshop and yard Gaffar now
also manufacturers trailers and dollies.
With an annual turnover of over $3M
Gaffar is going strong and as committed to the transport
industry as ever.
Brother Razak (DicK) had a similar start
to life in the transport industry.
At 21, he left the family business to
have a go on his own.
Razak started working out in the west,
carting bag cement from Darra to Cunnamulla then gravel
from Amby to upgrade rail culverts on the Charlesville
to Cunnamulla line.
The bitumen stopped at Wyandra with rough
dirt from there to Cunnamulla. Every second weekend
Razak would cart kangaroo meat and skins to Brisbane
The skins went to the tannery at Narangba
and the meat to Dinki-Di Dog Foods Lytton. With only one
day off, he would load cement and head out again.
Razak started Richlands Heavy haulage,
transporting over-dimensional wide loads and heavy earth
moving equipment around the country.
He started to specialize in low loader
work with his two sons (both truck crazy) and together
they haul earthmoving and mining gear for machinery
dealers and mining companies.
Like Gaffar, Razak also owns a trailer
building business building low loaders, drop decks,
dollies, and tipper conversions.
I AM A
The New Jersey Chapter of MAS
(Muslim American Society) put together this message
dispelling some of the stereotypes of Muslims, calling
for peace and unity and encourages Muslims to be proud
of their faith.
artists seek to lift the veil on Islam
At recent UNESCO launch
An exhibition of work by 51 Islamic women
artists has opened at Melbourne's SPAN
Galleries, which its curators hope will help
improve people's understanding of Islam.
Titled Breaking the Veils: Women
Artists from the Islamic World, the exhibition
has been brought to Australia by the
Interfaith Centre of Melbourne, with funding from
the federal government, City of Melbourne,
Australian Multicultural Foundation and National
Interfaith director Helen Summers said
the show had averaged about 80 visitors a day since
opening a week ago.
"I didn't know how many people
would be interested but I'm surprised by the constant
flow of people and favourable comments," she said.
Put together by the Jordan National
Gallery of Fine Arts, the exhibition features artists
from 21 countries including Egypt, Indonesia, Iran,
Iraq, Turkey and Saudi Arabia.
Some are practising professionals with
degrees in fine art, others are self-taught.
The work is mostly figurative but there
is some abstract work, and six paintings, all by
Palestinian artists, address socio-political themes.
"People think women in Islam have no
freedom to express themselves, especially not in art,"
Ms Summers said.
The Jordan National Gallery of Fine Arts
started in 1979 and about 40 per cent of its collection
is by women artists.
"That's a far greater representation than
you'd find in our public galleries," Ms Summers said.
The exhibition will travel to Shepparton
in regional Victoria after its Melbourne season.
Source: Australian Financial Review
Fethullah Gulen Chair
The AUSTRALIAN Catholic University has
appointed Ismail Albayrak as its inaugural
Fethullah Gulen Chair in the Study of Islam and
Muslim-Catholic Relations, to be based at the
university's Melbourne campus.
The Fethullah Gulen Chair is a newly
created position aimed at providing academic leadership
in research, teaching and community engagement in
relation to the study of Islam.
It is named in honour of
Fethullah Gulen, a Turkish-born scholar, educator,
spiritual and social leader, and renowned advocate for
inter-religious dialogue and peace.
Dr Albayrak was born in Ankara, Turkey,
and is currently an associate professor at the School of
Sakarya University in Turkey.
Gulen is one of the most important Islamic scholar,
thinker, poet and a man of peace that the Islamic world
has produced in this century. His unique vision and
original approach to defeating ignorance with education
and challenging fundamentalism with dialogue, tolerance
and respect to everyone's beliefs by accepting them the
way they are, have been embraced not only within his
country of origin (Turkey) but it has also spread to the
entire world. Many Australians have also been inspired
by his peaceful approach to solving the world's
• IWAQ is organizing a bus trip to
Toowoomba on Tuesday 13/11/07. the cost is $15 per
ticket. Please call the office on 3272 6355 for further
details and to book your seat.
• This is your very last chance to buy tickets for the
Fun Night. Very limited tickets are available. No
tickets will be sold at the door. If you have children
between 2-5 years, childcare will be provided at $10 per
child. A reminder that this event is for females only,
so no cameras including mobile phone cameras will be
allowed. Please respect and adhere to this policy.
• IWAQ will be setting up a driving lessons service and
is calling for expressions of interest for driving
instructors to apply. We need a male and a female
instructor to cater for the emerging need in the
community for affordable lessons. For further
information please contact IWAQ on 3272 6355.
Press Release in response to the comments made by Mr
Fadi Rahman in the Australian Newspaper.
Press Release in response to Cardinal George Pell’s
comments on Australian Muslims.
From the desk of Farina:
This Tuesday, November 6th, we will get
cooking at our next Muslim Women and Friends
gathering! We will be showcasing our cooking
demonstration abilities (and shortcuts). So please come
with your favorite ingredients or just to observe and
There will also be a continuation of our arts project
from the previous workshop setup for those interested
and who missed out.
A few notices:
- There is a sister living in Kuraby/Underwood needing a
ride to the next meeting. If anyone can help her, please
contact me as soon as you can at the number below.
- If anyone knows of a struggling
individual or family in need of a baby cot and other
household items, please contact myself or anyone on our
- We will be organizing a Certified First
Aid Workshop early next year and are looking for
expressions of interest. This is a 6 hour course and may
take place on a weekend with possible child care. Please
register your interest now.
- Our Sports for Sisters project is
gaining momentum ! If you or anyone you know has some
coaching or sports background and would like to be part
of a support team within this project, please contact
Hope to see you all at the next meeting !
Thanks again, Farina Nayab
Co-ordinator, Muslim Women and Friends
Logan Women's Health and Wellbeing Centre
25 Ewing Road, Woodridge (opposite Blackwood Road)
Ph: 3808 9233
Direct mobile: 0405 448 045
The ladies Taleem
Programme for this week will be held at 57 Dandelion
Street, Eight Miles Plain between 11:00am -12:00pm. Call
Nadima on 0401422592 for more details.
real SNAP at $10!
By Leila Nur Riskiyandi,
CPAC Secretary of the Islamic College of
CPAC (our P&C) has been invited by
Advanced Photography to participate in an excellent
fundraising drive with their organisation.
They will offer anyone a 10” by 13”
professionally photographed portrait at a cost of ONLY
$10. And the great thing is that WE get to keep every
What do they get out of it??? The chance
to sell you other photos etc – BUT you don’t have to buy
any if you don’t want to.
The important thing is that we can make
some extra money for the school and get something great
out of it for ourselves at the same time.
Our photo shoot is scheduled for SUNDAY, 18th
NOVEMBER. There is a limited number of spaces
available and they are offering appointments from 9am
til 8.30pm at night if required. PLEASE email me ASAP
the time that suits you so I can book you in NOW. I
recommend morning appointments to avoid the wait that
may build up if people arrive late. IT ONLY COSTS $10.
Anyone is welcome to make a booking – they don’t have to
be families of our school. BUT at least 2 generations
must be present in the photo (EG parents and kids,
grandparents and kids).
Call me on 0422 914 629 or email me for further
is in possession of two gold rings found in the bathroom
of the Chinese Catholic Hall left during the Eid Lunch
held on Eid day.
If they are yours or you think you might
know who they might belong to please call 0402 026 786.
Tiny Bubbles Babysitting from $7.00 per hour
Need a helping hand
once in awhile, want to go shopping with out the
kids, want a morning to catch up with friend, have a
doctor's / dentist's appointment and need to leave
the kids with someone or just need a break!
Then why not drop your
kids off at my place for a play and to interact with
~ Environment is child
~ Reliable, caring,
~ Age group 6 weeks to
~ Hours and days go
according to needs of parents
For more information
or an interview please contact me:-
ACCES Services are holding Mini
Employment Workshops similar to the one they held
earlier on this year.
There are only 10 spots per workshop so
RSVP’s are essential.
They want to know what barriers people
from different regions face whilst seeking for suitable
employment. This will assist the employment workers to
map regions and identify which community needs
assistance. This in turn will assist them to deliver a
more customized service for the coming year.
Gold Coast Mosque. Held on 2/11/07.
Darra Mosque. 9/11/07 Starting after Juma
prayers. From 2pm to 4pm. RSVP by 5/11/07. Registration
Ipswich Mosque. 30 Waterworks Rd, North Ipswich.
16/11/07. Starting After Juma. Registration from 1.50pm.
From 2pm to 4pm. RSVP by 12/11/07.
ACCES Services INC. 14/11/07 from 12pm to 2pm.
Registration from 11.30a.m. RSVP by 12/11/07.
Suzanna Clarke and Sandy McCutcheon invite you
to the launch of
A HOUSE IN FEZ by SUZANNA CLARKE
There will also be an exhibition of Suzanna’s
Place & time:
A Day on Earth 18 Arthur Street,
Friday 9 November, 5.30 – 7.30pm
PARLIAMENT DECLARES OCTOBER AS ISLAMIC HISTORY MONTH
Canada's federal parliament this week officially
declared October as Islamic History Month in Canada.
Member of Parliament for Ottawa-Vanier and Official
Opposition Critic for Canadian Heritage, Francophonie
and Official Languages, Hon. Mauril Bélanger, presented
the following motion in the House of Commons:
"That, in the opinion of the House, due to the important
contributions of Canadian Muslims to Canadian Society;
the cultural diversity of the Canadian Muslim community;
the importance of Canadians learning about each other to
foster greater social cohesion; and the important effort
now underway in many Canadian communities in organizing
public activities to achieve better understanding of
Islamic history, the month of October should be
designated Canadian Islamic History Month."
The Ottawa-Vanier MP was delighted that the House of
Commons adopted this motion which highlights the
important contribution of the Muslim community in
Canadian society. "I encourage cultural exchanges
between Canada's diverse communities, which make us a
vibrant and dynamic society. I believe that by having a
better understanding of our fellow Canadians from
various communities and backgrounds that we will achieve
a stronger and more cohesive country", said MP Bélanger.
"October 2007 is the inaugural celebration of Islamic
History Month Canada.
IHMC has been a long dreamed-of intercultural and
educational project of Canadian Muslims. We are thrilled
at how positively Canadians are responding to our IHMC
activities and programs," said today's CIC statement.
To date, several Canadian cities have proclaimed October
as Islamic History Month in their civic jurisdictions -
including Victoria BC, Kingston ON, Ottawa ON, Calgary
AB and Burnaby and Port Coquitlam BC - with others
planning to follow their example.
On Sunday, 21st October the Gold Coast
Muslims travelled to Brisbane to take on the more
fancied Holland Park in a limited overs game,
with each side playing a maximum of 25 overs.
The Holland Park side were firm favourites going into
the game led by Mufti Junaid and Moulana Uzair,
and boasting a long batting line-up. Holland Park
elected to bat first after winning the toss (this was to
be their only victory for the day).
The Gold Coast bowlers put in a strong
effort, however the batting line up proved very strong,
as Holland Park managed to score 193 runs from their 25
The fielding could have been better, but
Gold Coast managed to hold onto some crucial catches at
At the start of the game, Gold Coast were
looking to chase a total under 160, so having to make
194 to win was looking a bit daunting as the boys sat
down for lunch.
Gold Coast's openers were sent out with instructions to
play their natural game, and that's exactly what they
The boys managed 18 off the first over,
and this set the tone for the rest of the innings.
The century partnership came up in less
than 10 overs, and the first wicket did not fall till
113, but the damage had been done.
The winning runs were achieved in the
19th over, with the loss of just 4 wickets, in a classic
David and Goliath encounter.
The Gold Coast boys are now looking for another team to
take on, and would like to invite anyone who thinks they
maybe able to offer some competition.
If you think your team has what it takes
to take on the best of Queensland, please call Abdul
Khan on 0433-175-134
The Islamic Council of Queensland (ICQ)
kicked of proceedings in its new home at View Street
(Holland Park) yesterday (Saturday) afternoon with a
meeting of community leaders and Imams to work on venues
for Eid Salaat.
Kareema's Keep Fit Column
Q: Kareema, I had something to eat
just before my workout the other day and actually
struggled throughout my routine. Is it better to eat
before or after exercising?
A: The best time to eat would
be after your workout (the next 45 - 60mins).
This period is known as the golden hour -
when muscles absorb the most nutrients and glycogen (the
fuel we burn while exercising).
Taking advantage of this window of
opportunity will ensure that you are fuelled for your
next workout (providing you have a nutritious meal).
Your metabolism is also elevated after
exercising, so eating after your workout is a way of
taking in calories while burning them at an accelerated
If you workout while your stomach is full your body will
be too busy digesting the food which could leave you
lacking in energy (this is probably what you were
experiencing during your workout).
This doesn't mean that you should be
working out on an empty stomach. Depending on your
workout, try to eat at least 1 - 2 hours before.
If you are not planning a big workout, a
light meal about an hour before should suffice.
All questions sent in are published here
anonymously and without any references to the author of
The Qld Eidfest Association wishes to thank the
people of Brisbane, and especially the Muslim
community for supporting this year’s Eidfest. This
year for the first time we broke the 15000 people
barrier, with 15385 people coming through the gates
on the day.
The Eidfest committee has worked hard over the last
2 years to bring together the community for a public
Eid gathering, and thanks to everyone’s help, we are
well on the way. To our stallholders and suppliers a
big thank you for your effort in making Eidfest a
success. To all our sponsors, big and small, without
who we could not operate, a very big debt of
is gathering its own momentum and is well on the way
to being established on the festival calendar of
Brisbane. The mix of non-Muslims to Muslims was
great to see, because at the heart of it that is the
purpose, to showcase who we are and what we do, to
our non-Muslim neighbours, and to have pride and
celebrate our special day with our own brothers and
Thanks to all those that worked in the Fashion
Parade tent, they were terrific in every way, and it
was certainly appreciated by the standing room only
crowd in attendance. Unfortunately the very strict
water restrictions meant that the snow tent could
not operate properly, and for that we are sorry –
maybe that is why it doesn’t snow in October in
I know that the Saman Dancers and the Bhangra Boys
were very well received and the Talkfest was very
entertaining and informative.
I hope that you all enjoyed yourselves, we certainly
enjoyed having you there. Please write to
email@example.com, if you have any
suggestions, complaints etc about Eidfest, or if you
want to be involved for next year.
Thanks to all who came and participated, look
forward to a bigger and more exciting Eidfest 2008,
Qld Eidfest Association Inc.
Governor Quentin Bryce QC, and Yasmin Khan
Ingredients 1 ½ to 2 kg
fresh line fish (Hake/white) - Marinate fish in 1½ tsp
salt and ¼ up lemon juice for 1½ hours.
Make a paste of: 2 tsps fresh ground garlic - 1 tsp salt - ½ tsp white pepper - 1½
tsp ground green chillies - 3 tblsps olive oil - 1 tsp
Smear paste well over the fish and into cuts. Before
baking dot fish with ¼ lb (125grm) of margarine and
slivered garlic and onion rings. Bake at 180 for
approximately 40 minutes.
Or make a Butter Lemon sauce: Butter -
Lemon Juice – Parsely - Pepper and Salt.
Melt all above together and pour over fish and grill
just before eating. Serve with lettuce, veggies &
Source: Radio Islam Newsletter - Friday,
26 October 2007
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Farmer Mula Nasruddin
had a camel accident.
In court, the camel
company's fancy hot shot lawyer, was questioning Mula Nasruddin.
"Didn't you say, at
the scene of the accident, 'I'm fine,'?" asked the
responded, "Well, I'll tell you what happened. I had
just loaded my favourite horse, Arabia, into the..."
I didn't ask for any details, the lawyer interrupted.
"Just answer the question, please. Did you, or did you
not say, at the scene of the accident, 'I'm fine!'?"
Mula Nasruddin said, "Well, I had just got Arabia
hitched to the caravan and I was riding down the
interrupted again and said, "Your Honour, I am trying to
establish the fact that, at the scene of the accident,
this man told the people at the scene that he was just
fine. Now several weeks after the accident he is trying
to sue my client. I believe he is a fraud. Please tell
him to simply answer the question."
By this time, the Judge was fairly interested in Mula Nasruddin's
answer and said to the lawyer, "I'd like to hear what he
has to say about his favourite horse, Arabia".
Mula Nasruddin thanked the Judge and proceeded.
as I was saying,
I had just hitched Arabia, my favourite
horse, to the caravan and was riding down the road when
this huge caravan came smack bang into us.
I was thrown
into one ditch and Arabia was thrown into the other.
was hurting, real bad and didn't want to move.
I could hear old Arabia moaning and groaning.
I knew she
was in terrible shape just by her groans. Shortly after
the accident a Patrolman came on the scene. He could
hear Arabia moaning and groaning, so he went over to
After he looked at her, and saw her fatal
condition, he took out his gun and shot her between the
Then the Patrolman came across the road, gun still
in hand, looked at me, and said, "How are you feeling?"
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