(eldest daughter of Saeeda Vorajee and Rashid
Omarjee) and Mohammed-Shafiq Suleman (eldest
son of Shenaaz and Dr. Faisal Suleman)
were married at Kuraby Mosque on Friday after Jumma at a
nikkah ceremony conducted by Imam Peer.
A wedding reception was
held in their honour at the Hope Island Golf Course
resort on Friday and a walihmaah at Michael's
Oriental Restaurant last night (Saturday).
The happy couple, both
pharmacists, fly off to Fiji for their honeymoon.
CCN wishes them all the
very best in their new life together.
Footnote: Both Jameela and Mohammed-Shafiq are members
of the Crescents of Brisbane
Team. Jameela is their Secretary.
Revealed: The Hajj
The Hajj to Mecca is
undoubtedly one of the greatest religious gatherings on
earth. It is the fifth requirement in the Five Pillars
of Sunni Islam which orders every able-bodied Muslim to
complete this pilgrimage at least once in their
lifetime. With over 1.2 billion Muslims worldwide, the
sheer number of people that pass through the gates of
Mecca each year is overwhelming.
Through special access granted to Discovery Channel,
viewers will go behind the scenes and follow engineers,
security officers, and medical doctors as they prepare
for the influx of pilgrims. See the proceedings from a
pilgrim’s point of view through the eyes of Australian
Matthew Nelson, a recent convert to Islam, as he embarks
on his first Hajj.
With millions inundating the city, crowd control is top
priority for the Ministry of Hajj. Hundreds of deaths
have occurred in past decades. In 2006, Saudi officials
learnt a painful lesson when a failure in crowd control
left more than 350 pilgrims dead at the Jamarat Bridge
during the symbolic ritual of stoning huge pillars.
Revealed: The Hajj
provides the first look at the very latest technologies
such as advance logistics software, satellite imaging
and computer modelling used by the Command and Control
Centre personnel to ensure efficiency and safety.
Revealed: The Hajj chronicles how an age old tradition
is made possible in the 21st century. Join Discovery
Channel on this amazing journey and experience the Hajj
like never before.
The Muslim Business Network (MBN) ran a
free seminar on investment opportunities recently at the
According to MBN executive and session
chair, Mr. Yusuf Alikhan, the aim was to
encourage Muslim investors to "think outside of the
traditional square" when it came to identifying
National Technical Manager – Timbercorp
Tax Effective Corporate Farming
State Manager – Multiplex
Assured Income through
Director – CommercialFn.com
Investing Commercial Property
Partner – Cranstoun & Hussein
Group Financial Controller – Metecno Group of
Rain Water Tanks – Feasibility Study
MBN – Investment Committee Member
Chit Fund Concept
MBN - Executive Committee Member
Programme coordinator and facilitator
Yusuf Estes on Al-Nisa (Women)
Discover Islam Australia has announced
that it has made arrangements to bring world renowned
Daee - Yusuf Estes to Australia.
Brother Yusuf Estes will be giving lectures in Brisbane,
Gold Coast, Melbourne and Perth in early February with
the aim of correcting many of the misconceptions
concerning Islam amongst Westerners.
John Mearsheimer and Stephen Walt
For the past several decades, and especially since the
Six-Day War in 1967, the centrepiece of US Middle
Eastern policy has been its relationship with Israel.
The combination of unwavering support for Israel and the
related effort to spread ‘democracy’ throughout the
region has inflamed Arab and Islamic opinion and
jeopardised not only US security but that of much of the
rest of the world. This situation has no equal in
American political history. Why has the US been willing
to set aside its own security and that of many of its
allies in order to advance the interests of another
state? One might assume that the bond between the two
countries was based on shared strategic interests or
compelling moral imperatives, but neither explanation
can account for the remarkable level of material and
diplomatic support that the US provides.
Instead, the thrust of US policy in the region derives
almost entirely from domestic politics, and especially
the activities of the ‘Israel Lobby’. Other
special-interest groups have managed to skew foreign
policy, but no lobby has managed to divert it as far
from what the national interest would suggest, while
simultaneously convincing Americans that US interests
and those of the other country – in this case, Israel –
are essentially identical.
Since the October War in 1973, Washington has provided
Israel with a level of support dwarfing that given to
any other state. It has been the largest annual
recipient of direct economic and military assistance
since 1976, and is the largest recipient in total since
World War Two, to the tune of well over $140 billion (in
2004 dollars). Israel receives about $3 billion in
direct assistance each year, roughly one-fifth of the
foreign aid budget, and worth about $500 a year for
every Israeli. This largesse is especially striking
since Israel is now a wealthy industrial state with a
per capita income roughly equal to that of South Korea
Other recipients get their money in quarterly
installments, but Israel receives its entire
appropriation at the beginning of each fiscal year and
can thus earn interest on it. Most recipients of aid
given for military purposes are required to spend all of
it in the US, but Israel is allowed to use roughly 25
per cent of its allocation to subsidise its own defence
industry. It is the only recipient that does not have to
account for how the aid is spent, which makes it
virtually impossible to prevent the money from being
used for purposes the US opposes, such as building
settlements on the West Bank. Moreover, the US has
provided Israel with nearly $3 billion to develop
weapons systems, and given it access to such top-drawer
weaponry as Blackhawk helicopters and F-16 jets.
Finally, the US gives Israel access to intelligence it
denies to its Nato allies and has turned a blind eye to
Israel’s acquisition of nuclear weapons.
John Mearsheimer is the Wendell Harrison
Professor of Political Science at Chicago,
and the author of The Tragedy of Great
Stephen Walt is the Robert and Renee Belfer
Professor of International Affairs at the
Kennedy School of Government at Harvard. His
most recent book is Taming American
Power: The Global Response to US Primacy.
the World of Muslims
it or not! A parish Church turns into a mosque every
Friday, for the Muslims brothers and to offer their
This isn't a sequence from any Bollywood
film, but a reality in the parish of Our Lady of
Assumption of Ponzano near Venice, the romantic city of
The pastor of the parish, Don Aldo
Danieli, 69, affirms, "It's useless to speak of
religious dialogue and then bang the door on their face.
Pope John Paul II addressed them as, 'dear Muslim
brothers'. How can we close our church doors to them?"
Muslim leaders are to carry out spot
checks and will introduce programmes to fight extremism
in the first set of national guidelines for mosques in
The draft guidelines represent the most radical attempt
so far by leaders of the country’s two million Muslims
to tackle extremism and introduce an effective system of
The guidelines, in the form of a
ten-point code of practice, will be sent out to
consultation at Britain’s 1,500-plus mosques before
being issued in their final form next March.
Under the new guidelines, mosques will agree to random
visits by trained teams to check that standards are
being met. They will have to commit themselves to “open,
democratic, accountable management” and introduce
policies on equality, child protection and racial and
religious harassment. Mosques will have to agree to give
women access to religious and scholarly training.
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Kareema's Keep Fit Column
Q: Kareema, I've done a few swissball
classes and found that it has really helped ease my back
pain. I know that the gym balls come in different sizes
and would like invest in one, can you tell me how to go
about choosing the right size?
A: I'm glad you checked before buying one
as the wrong size ball can do more harm than good. The
guidelines for the ball size, depending on your height
is as follows:
Less than 165cm tall -- 55cm ball
Between 165cm and 185cm -- 65cm ball
Taller than 185cm -- 75cm ball
If you're planning on getting one ball for the family,
the 65cm ball will be most versatile.
Another way to check that the size is ok
for you is if you're sitting on the ball, your knees
should be in line with your hips or slightly lower.
Enjoy - and keep strengthening your back muscles.
All questions sent in are published here
anonymously and without any references to the author of
A tip from Simple Savings:
KNITTING INSTEAD OF SNACKING
I have saved over $300 and lost weight by taking up
knitting! In the evenings I would sit in front of the
TV with my husband eating snacks. This was adding to my
weight which I was busily working at removing during the
day with exercise and weight training. How silly to
work at keeping fit during the day and sit eating snacks
whilst watching TV at night!
So I decided that I would knit to keep myself busy –
doing something that I enjoyed by using what I had in
the way of yarn and using donated wool from friends.
Each night I knitted an item which saved me at least
$3.00 per item. Over 105 evenings that’s a saving of
around $315. With the money I’ve saved from not eating
snacks ($2.00 per evening), I’ve saved another $210!
Not only that, but rather than gain around 7kg, I’ve
lost 3.5kg – now that’s priceless!
A small tin nestle cream (155g)
1 tin condensed milk (397g)
Pulp of 8 granadillas / Passion fruit
Method Chill nestle cream and condense milk in fridge over
Combine the cream and condense milk to taste.
Mix in granadilla pulp and chill.
Decorate with fresh cream.
Do you have a recipe to share with
Send in your favourite recipe to
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knows, you could be our "guest chef" for a future
edition of CCN.
Dear CCN Readers
coordinator of the joint Crescents of Brisbane and
the Chinese and Kuraby Lions multicultural dinner in
support of the Kuraby Special School State 2 Bike
Track Appeal, I would like to take this opportunity
to sincerely congratulate members of the local
Muslim community for their wonderful and
overwhelming support that made the event the success
that it was.
There has been nothing but praise from non-Muslim
attendees on the contribution to the success of the
evening from your community and it needs to be
acknowledged that as a direct result of the
financial contributions from the local Muslim
community, funds raised on the evening doubled
expectations. We raised close on $21 000 on the
The event was also about celebrating diversity and
was a classic example of the community coming
together as one to support a very worthwhile cause.
I have no doubt that community events such as this,
make a significant contribution in creating a
greater understanding and break down the barriers of
ignorance, often developed through lack of knowledge
The Crescents of Brisbane Team needs to be
singled out for congratulations for their relentless
drive and passion from within the Muslim community
for the benefit of others, while at the same time
creating greater overall community harmony among the
The CCN Chuckle
One day Jamal
Golaamuddin asked his good friend Mula Nasruddin,
"Brother Nasruddin in the old days you didn't have
mobile phones, e-mail, internet, fax and all, how did
you all communicate?"
replied: "Yes Brother Jamal in our days we did not have
Internet, fax, telephone, e-mail, snail mail and all. We
used pigeons. Begumbibi and I used to send love letters
with the pigeons".
Confused Jamal Golaamuddin asked, "How did you use
pigeons Brother Nasruddin?"
"You see Brother
Jamal", responded Mula Nasruddin, "I would tie a message
to the pigeon's leg and then fly the pigeon to
Begumbibi's house. It's that simple. But one day I did
not tie a message and when the pigeon came to
Begumbibi's house she saw no message. She became very
angry and asked me what I thought I was doing! I said to
her, Begumbibi, I just gave you a missed call".
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