As part of its 15th Anniversary
celebrations, the Islamic Women's Association of
Queensland (IWAQ) awarded a number of Certificates of
Appreciation to its workers and volunteers last night
(Saturday) at a function held at the Clairvaux
Mackillop College Hall in Klump Road.
In one of his first forays into
officiating at local Muslim community events as Member
of Parliament, recently elected member for Moreton,
Graham Perrett was on hand to do the honours on the
by Raeesa Gutta and Shenaz Seedat of Hope for
is a buzz among the group of young ladies who call
themselves Hope For Happiness, a fledgling
community-based, not-for-profit organisation
dedicated to raising funds for the advancement of local
premier fundraiser - “The Hope For Happiness
Fashion Event” , a charity fashion show and auction to
be held in affiliation with Human Appeal
International Australia (HAIA) – promises to be an
elegant night of fun, food and that which all women love
best…fashion! Featured in the fashion show will be some
of Brisbane’s most prominent designer clothing brands
such as Nelson Molloy, Principessa and Winnie’s Bridal,
as well as local favourites such as Roopam and Rani
Monies raised through this event will be donated to
support the “Gaza in Need” urgent appeal (see
www.humanappeal.org.au for more information),
launched recently by “Human Appeal International”. A
representative from HAIA will be offering a
presentation as part of the evening program. Some monies
will also be donated towards educational projects in
Iraq and Pakistan for disadvantaged children whose
worlds have been destroyed by war and poverty. Please be
assured that all funds will be spent directly for this
purpose without any expense on administrators or
organisers, who have all volunteered their time and
Tickets are selling very fast, so please be quick to
Nominations are now open for the
Queensland Young Volunteer Awards 2008.
In recognition of the important
contribution young people make to our community, the
Queensland Government has established the Queensland
Young Volunteer Awards which gives eight awards of
$2,000 to Queenslanders between 12 and 25 years of age.
While recognising and rewarding
outstanding volunteer efforts by young Queenslanders,
the awards also strengthen the knowledge and
understanding of volunteering by young people, the
groups they support and their communities.
Teachers, recognised community leaders
and organisations that work with young people can
nominate young volunteers in one of two categories -
Individual or Group.
To be eligible for an award, the nominee
must reside in Queensland and the volunteering
activities must have occurred in the last 12 months,
while the nominee was aged between 12 and 25 years.
Do you have someone in mind? Complete
the attached nomination form and tell us in no more than
three A4 typed pages about the volunteering activities
of your nominated individual or group.
Please Note: The grants closing due day is on the 25th
On the ABC this week:
Around the Muslim
World with CCN
Osama to feature in
cartoon at Sundance
After years of watching Osama bin Laden in grainy
television footage, US audiences have a chance to see a
less chilling version of the al Qaeda leader - as a
cartoon character dancing to rap music and a video game
That's how Morgan Spurlock, director of the 2004
documentary Super Size Me, depicts bin Laden before
embarking on a mission to find the No. 1 US enemy in his
film Where in the World Is Osama bin Laden? that debuted
last week at the Sundance Film Festival.
Bin Laden eludes the director - as he has the US
military and the CIA - but what Spurlock finds during
his tour of the Middle East is the poverty and
repression that have fuelled radical Islamic militancy.
Yet, many people he interviewed rejected the idea that
bin Laden, who was behind the Sept. 11 attacks, has a
firm grip on the region.
Since Spurlock wants to face danger head-on, he
undergoes training to work in a hostile environment and
obtains clearance from his pregnant wife to travel
everywhere except in Iraq.
He goes to Egypt, Morocco, the Palestinian territories
and Israel, where he is attacked by a group of
ultra-Orthodox Jews. He visits bin Laden's homeland,
Saudi Arabia, and asks shoppers in a luxurious mall if
they know where he is.
Spurlock accompanies US forces fighting the Taliban in
Afghanistan and talks with locals who say they just want
an end to war. In the end, he goes to Pakistan, where he
is stopped in his tracks by growing violence in the
Spurlock said he hopes audiences will see that people in
the Middle East and Muslims share many of the same
values as Westerners, a desire for democracy and better
lives for their children.
"We do kind of live in our own world and don't look
beyond our own borders," said Spurlock. "I think the
greatest thing that could happen is that we embrace the
idea of a world community a little bit more."
He said he doesn't want anyone to think he is mocking
the serious issue with his use of video games, his
dancing bin Laden and his entertaining interview style.
"The goal is to try to use humour and make light some
really dense, heavy material," Spurlock said.
AYESHA Siddiqa became a wanted woman in Pakistan almost
as soon as this provocative book was published in April.
In May, amid street protests against the sacking of
Pakistani chief justice Iftikhar Chaudhry, the official
launch of Military Inc, at an elite
Government-controlled club in Islamabad, was cancelled
at short notice. Several weeks later, Siddiqa received
legal demands for 1 billion rupees in damages from a
retired military commander and was warned that her life
was in danger.
The Government-run Associated Press of Pakistan
described Siddiqa's book as "a plethora of misleading
and concocted stories" that cast aspersions on "one of
the country's most prestigious and honourable
organisations". Although Pakistan's besieged President
Pervez Musharraf is yet to address directly Siddiqa's
revelations about the the military's lack of financial
accountability, he branded the London-educated defence
analyst a traitor during a television interview in
October. Siddiqa was out of the country and has yet to
archbishop of Canterbury has
called for a limited
application of Islamic law
in Britain - winning
immediate praise from
The unusual proposal from
Britain's highest ranking
Christian leader would, if
adopted, allow British
Muslims to choose to resolve
marital and financial
Sharia, or Islamic law,
rather than through British
Archbishop Rowan Williams
said in a radio interview
with BBC radio that
incorporating Islamic law
could help improve Britain's
flagging social cohesion.
Williams said making such a
move seemed "unavoidable".
"Certain provisions of
Sharia are already
recognised in our society
and under our law, so it's
not as if we're bringing in
an alien and rival system,"
said Williams, who gave a
speech on the topic tonight.
"The prime minister believes
British law should apply in
this country, based on
British values," spokesman
Michael Ellam said.
The idea was also rejected
by Sayeed Warsi, the shadow
minister for Community
Cohesion and Social Action.
She said all British
citizens had to be subject
to the same laws developed
Williams said he was not
advocating that Britain
allow some of the more
extreme aspects of Sharia,
which has been associated
with harsh punishments meted
out by Islamic courts in
Saudi Arabia and some other
countries and also has been
used to undermine the rights
"Nobody in their right mind"
would want to see that, he
said, calling for "a clear
eye" when discussing Islamic
Mohammed Shafiq, director of
said the use of Sharia would
help lower tensions in
"It would make Muslims more
proud of being British," he
said. "It would give Muslims
the sense that the British
respect our faith."
Shafiq said it was important
that non-Muslims in Britain
understand that Williams is
not suggesting Sharia be
adopted for resolving
criminal charges, but only
This sort of conflict
resolution is common in
Muslim countries and is also
used in some parts of
Canada, he said.
Both Shafiq and Williams
noted that Britain already
allows Orthodox Jews to
resolve disputes under
Rodney Barker, a political
science professor at the
London School of Economics,
said Williams' decision to
address such a controversial
issue was not surprising.
"He's not a cautious,
conservative priest," Barker
said. "He recognises we live
in a society where there is
not one dominant religion.
He doesn't say, 'I have the
truth and the rest of you
are wicked and deluded."'
But there are dangers
involved in letting one
community apply one type of
justice while another uses a
different system, said
Fawaz Gerges, a
professor of Middle East
studies at Sarah Lawrence
College in Bronxville, New
York, who has written
extensively about militant
"It's a minefield," he said.
"Where do you stop? Where do
you set the limit? Britain
is a nation of laws, once
you say to a community that
they can apply their own
laws, you are establishing a
He said the image of Sharia
in the West has been badly
distorted by the way it has
been used by militants as
justification for their goal
of removing secular
governments and establishing
"Unfortunately in the last
10 years the dominant
narrative has been one of
militancy," he said. "But I
don't think you'll find a
Muslim, except for secular
ones, who does not believe
that the Sharia is sacred
and that it encompasses all
aspects of life."
He said it would be
impossible to apply all
aspects of Sharia in a
country like Britain.
"It is extremely complex,"
Gerges said. "There is great
disagreement among Muslim
scholars about these laws
that have come down in the
last 1,400 years. But from a
Muslim point of view, the
application of some Sharia
law is very desirable."
Australia's Muslim Cameleers: Pioneers of the
Loading camels at Marree, about 1901
The authors of Australia's Muslim
Cameleers, Philip Jones and Anna
Kenny, estimate 2000 cameleers and
20,000 camels arrived in Australia
between 1870 and 1920. These
incomers formed a distinct strand in
the hectic life of outback towns:
"The cameleers spoke a mix of
languages, reflecting their diverse
It is likely that Pashto, Dari,
Baluchi, Punjabi, Sindhi and Urdu
were heard in the streets of
Kalgoorlie, Bourke and Marree."
Afghan settlements sprang up on the
fringes of the main inland centres.
Rare photographs of one of these
compounds show a jumbled living
space of nomads' tents, stables and
"Camel racing, St Patrick's Day
sports, Coolgardie," reads one
sublimely multicultural photo
caption, and the faded image depicts
a row of cameleers in their smartest
outfits, lined up on their mounts
beneath the sparse gum trees before
a curious crowd.
These Ghan towns, or camel camps,
were transient places. The men were
often away on long contract hauls;
they brought no women with them, for
they expected to return home at the
end of their terms of employment.
Eventually they built earth-walled
mosques, raised vegetable gardens
and planted date groves.
Halal butchers and religious
Certificate exempting Shah
Kail from the Commonwealth dictation test
for immigrants, 1913
One striking photograph captures the
candid-faced Sayid Omar, spiritual
leader of the cameleers of Cloncurry,
seated in a wicker chair in his
garden in 1910.
Afghan jacket given to the Farina
storekeeper, F Budge, by a Muslim cameleer after a
pilgrimage to Mecca, 1890s
On occasion, the Afghans chose to
marry European or Aboriginal women:
their descendants preserve some
traditions of their ancestors in a
scatter of remote settlements.
Australia's involvement in World War
I campaigns against Turkey
heightened the sense of tension and
estrangement felt by a few of the
Afghans, who preserved a residual
loyalty to the Ottoman empire.
In Broken Hill in January 1915, a
pair of cameleers waving Turkish
banners staged a suicide attack on a
train full of holidaymakers. Six
people, including the assailants,
died in the ensuing gunbattle.
Employing the sublime logic of
retribution, a vengeful crowd
attacked the local German Club and
burned it to the ground. The picnic
train attack was a lone incident but
it made disquieting news.
With work drying up, many of the old
cameleers left Australia in the
1920s, went on the haj pilgrimage to
Mecca and returned to their own
countries; a few score remained and
lived out their days in the
outback's dwindling towns.
Nostalgic sadness filled their
lives. When, in the summer of 1952,
a young Bosnian immigrant named
Shefik Tavalanic opened the gate of
the Adelaide mosque in the city's
southwest, he encountered an
unexpected sight: there, sitting or
lying on shaded benches, were six or
seven ancient turbaned men.
They were the last cameleers. The
youngest of them was 87 years old,
the oldest an impressive 117. In the
glory days of camel transport it was
their money that had helped raise
the mosque where they lived out
their twilight hours in obscure
It was June 8 last year when a young
man from Peshawar in Pakistan,
Bakhtiar Ali, paid a visit to the
South Australian Museum. He was a
grandson of the cameleer Abdul
Bashir and had come to Australia to
trace a block of land purchased by
his ancestor in Coolgardie during
the 1890s, but found instead, in
another corner of the continent, a
celebration of his heritage under
way. And so, in the gentle light of
time, wide circles come around at
last and broken chains are joined up
[Editor] The South Australian Museum’s exhibition
on Muslim cameleers is at the National Library in
Canberra until February 17, then tours regional centres
until the end of June.
The Message Magazine
The latest edition of The Message Magazine has just been
To celebrate the magazine's 5th year anniversary, this
edition's theme entitled "Best of the Best" discusses
numerous issues and topics that readers have repeatedly
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Topics found in this issue include:
The Muslim Family Unit
Women Belong at Home?
Dawah in Progress: How to Bring Your Friends Closer to
Dwellers of Paradise
Taking Your Manners With You
The Man that was Malcolm X
The Death of the Prophet
The Truth about Marriage
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Hip hop musician Busta
Rhymes talks about being a Muslim
AMARAH Inc and Muslim Aid Australia are inviting you to
a charity dinner for Iraqi widows and orphans. As we are
nearing the 5th anniversary of the invasion and
occupation of Iraq, the humanitarian situation is
extemely dire, particularly for the widows and orphans.
Recent reports from Baghdad have estimated that there
may be 2 million widows in very destitute situations;
many who have had to turn to desperate acts to feed
their children and ensure their survival.
We cannot let this situation continue any longer. Please
help us raise money to ensure that these mothers can
provide food and shelter for their children.
Join us on Saturday 15th March 2008 at Michael's
Oriental, 6:30 pm for a 7 pm start. Our
keynote speaker is the Muslim Aid Iraqi country
director, based in Baghdad who will share with us first
hand information as to what is happening on the ground.
Seats are limited and tickets are available now for
$50 per person and is tax deductible. All proceeds will
go to the Iraqi widows and orphan through Muslim Aid
For tickets or sponsoring opportunities, please contact
Nora on 0422 349 786 or / Halim on 0422 349 785/ Salam
on 0422 585 179. Or email us at
We look forward to seeing you on the night, Inshallah.
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Amina Elshemy was born to Mahammad and
A delighted grandfather Emadeldin
Elshemy and grandmother Galila Abdelsalam give the new
arrival a cuddly welcome
Bike Track Gets Leg Up
In front of a couple of young riders raring to go, Mustafa Ally of Crescents of Brisbane hands
Annette Janetzki, Deputy Principal of the Kuraby
State Special School, a cheque of $17,600 to
complete the final phase of the Bike Track.
The money was raised by Crescents of Brisbane at a
dinner event held in November last year in concert with
the Kuraby Lions and the Chinese Lions.
"We truly appreciate the support Crescents (of Brisbane)
have given the school and look forward to continuing our
relationship," said the schools P&C President, Wayne
"As you would be aware, facilities such as the bike
track and it’s related equipment, would not be
attainable but for the generosity of the community. The
students have, and will, enjoy many hours of riding
pleasure whilst learning skills most people take for
granted," he added.
Earlier his month a cheque of $2,000 was also presented
to Gerrard Gosens
for Vision Australia with funds raised at the same
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• 1 x 400g can kidney beans, drained
• 1 x 400g can butter beans, drained
• 1 x 400g can chick peas, drained
• 1 large onion sliced
• 2/3 cup vinegar
• 1/3 cup oil
• Salt and pepper to taste
• 2 teaspoon granulated sugar
• Combine beans and onion
in a large bowl with a cover.
• Combine oil, vinegar, salt, pepper and sugar in a
jar-shake well, pour over beans and mix well.
• Chill overnight.
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