......a sometimes self-deprecating and occasional
tongue-in-cheek look at ourselves and the world around us
Sunday, 16 March 2008
WGS = (a whole lot of) FUN
The Crescents of Brisbane World's
Greatest Shave was held on Saturday at the Kuraby
Sponsorships are still rolling in,
and while not anywhere near last year's collection of
$50K, there was no shortage of enthusiasm for this
Under the deft hands of a medical
practitioner and the firm fingers of a fitness expert,
men had their heads shaved and children coloured their
hair in patterns of red, green, blue, yellow and pink
Crescents of Brisbane thanks all
those who participated in Saturday's drive and the many
well-wishers and sponsors.
Dr Naadir Gutta on the
receiving end of Dr Iqbal Sultan's shears
Jameela Omarjee and new
Crescents of Brisbane Team members
Goder and Fathima Adat
All we are leaving are his
Sultan Deen gets the
demolition job done on him
Something else to crow about
Nandos Festival Towers'
too young for tax deductible receipts
Lewis MP Lee
(right) keep a close watch
Crescents of Brisbane Team member Ismail
Jack Sun, goes under the clippers
Deen goes Clean
Javed and Mohammed Khatree
Raiser Exceeds Target
A full house addressed by
Master of Ceremonies, Ms Nora Amath
Last night (Saturday) AMARAH and
Muslim Aid Australia (MAA) held a fund raising dinner
for the widows of Iraq at Michael's Oriental Restaurant.
Over 350 people attended the event
and a staggering sum of $60 000 was raised on the night
through donations, auctions and entrance fees.
The very many diverse Muslim
cultures of Brisbane were well represented on this
occasion, united in a common cause.
A great deal of effort went into
raising these monies and the young AMARAH team did
themselves proud in exceeding their initial target.
(Foreground) Mr. Hussin
Goss and Imam Imran Hussain
of the Gold Coast Mosque
(Standing) MAA's Mr
Mohammed Mayet, Operations Manager; Mr. Iman
Partoredjo, Executive Director; and Ms.
Habsah Marjuni, Fund Raising and Marketing
(Seated) Mr. Anwar
Benjamin, Mr. Faisal Hatia and Mr. Mustafa
The Department of Immigration and Citizenship is
funding, as part of The National Action Plan to Build on
Social Cohesion, Harmony and Security iJustice of the
Peace training courses. The courses are offered together
with the Queensland Department of Justice and
The Justice of the Peace training courses will be
offered at no cost for those who wish to enrol.
The Justice of the Peace training course is open to
Brisbane's Muslim communities and other culturally
diverse communities. Participants will undertake three
days of course work to be delivered by staff from the
Department of Justice and Attorney General.
To be eligible participants should be
Australian citizenship by birth, descent or
Enrolled on the Queensland State Electoral roll
Have no more than two fines (speeding, seat belt etc)
within the last four years (excludes parking).
Clear of drink driving offences for a period of five
years from the date of conviction.
For further enquiries please contact Ms Nina Cianci or
Mr Fil Ah San on:
Phone: 07 31367655 or email:
Oxford based Muslim scholar, Tariq Ramadan, spoke
to an International audience in Brisbane in March 2008.
He was keynote speaker at a conference sponsored by the
Queensland Government, Griffith University and the
Australian Federation of Islamic Councils. Its theme -
"The Challenges and Opportunities of Islam in the West:
The Case of Australia".
The Islamic Society of Algester is inviting you and your
family to it's annual Meelad-Un-Nabi (Saw) celebrations.
This takes place on Sunday 06 April at the Wineglass
Community Hall, Wineglass Drive, Browns Plains.
The Programme will start at 2pm and end with a Niyaaz
(Supper) at 8pm.
Mr. Yahya Hasham, spokesman for the organizing
committee, told CCN: “We invite the community to take
this opportunity to be a part of a great event and to
listen to our national and international Ulema and
Qaaris who will be gracing this function, inshaAllah.”
For more Information contact:
Ml. M. Nawaaz Ashrafi on 37116097
Ml. M. Aslam Alqaderi on 32197326
Algester Auxiliary Small Kindness Seminar
An on-the-spot account by Salma Ismail
Friday 7th March Algester ladies auxiliary held their
first seminar of 2008 at Springwood Community Centre
which saw 120 ladies in attendance.
Alhamdulillah the seminar was a huge success. Guest
speakers were the eloquent and very popular Imam
Ahmed Abu Ghazaleh and Mrs. Jilu Latif, who
is well known in both the Gold Coast, where she
currently lives, and the Brisbane communities.
Imam Ghazaleh spoke on the great importance of charity,
sadqa and that the smallest of kindnesses can sometimes
have the greatest rewards. He spoke of how a simple
charity as a smile can be beneficial and rewarding!
The ladies of all age groups who graciously attended
were treated to a very informative, inspirational and
thought-provoking speech followed by an opportunity for
After the first speech there was a short break where a
wide spread of sumptuous “small” finger foods were on
offer to the ladies and guests, providing a great
opportunity for all to mix and mingle!
Jilu Latif, spoke on her recent and important work in
Peshawar in Pakistan. It was a heart-wrenching personal
account on the grave situation in remote Pakistan and
Inshallah she will succeed in her important work there.
This year’s first seminar which was a follow on from the
Body, Mind and Soul seminars proved to be popular.
From the feedback, most of the ladies enjoyed the night
and most importantly gained some inspiration of what
“small kindnesses” mean.
We hope to have many more seminars and a date for the
next one in a couple of months will Inshallah be
for Happiness Show: A Fusion of Fashion and Food
was the ultimate ladies night out – a fusion of fashion
and food, a designer catwalk amongst elegantly laid out
pink and black décor.
On arrival, guests were welcomed with
a delicious fruit mocktail, appetisers were served to
tables and, after all were settled in, the night began.
First on the program was an inspiring presentation from
Human Appeal International representative Gulcan
Caliskan who brought to light the true reason we had all
come together. The show then kicked off with designer
labels including Witchery, Corfu, Raeesa Couture and
Funk Me. This was
followed by Eastern favourites such as Kimaya,
Rani and Roopam and a select collection of elegant
The models looked amazing and the
choreography kept all guests entertained well into the
night. The platters of food followed by beautifully laid
out pastries pleased even the most discerning of food
All-in-all the evening was a great
success. Over $19,000 dollars in profit was raised as a
result of ticket sales, auction sales, sponsorship and
private donations. The funds are to be used in aid of
the world’s poorest, with the bulk of monies going to
the Human Appeal International’s Urgent Gaza
Appeal, and approximately $5,000 to aid in support of
non-governmental schooling projects in the North of
Hope for Happiness
fashion show organisers have been flooded with
compliments on all aspects of the evening, having
managed to mingle fashion, food and fun with a much
greater purpose. As a result, organisers hope to make
this evening an annual part of our charitable and social
calendar and would like to thank all for their support
Blinkers off for the other side of story
Alan Ramsey March 15, 2008
At 11.58am on Wednesday one half of the
Australian Parliament "celebrated" the
60th anniversary of the state of Israel.
More than a third of that one-half was
absent, whatever their reasons. A number
of MPs deliberately excluded themselves.
Labor's Kevin Rudd, as the host, did
not. He spoke for eight minutes.
"Celebrate" was the word Rudd used to
begin his remarks. "Congratulations" was
the word he used to end them. The
Liberals' Brendan Nelson spoke for seven
minutes in supporting the Prime
Minister. He concluded: "Shabat shalom
Nobody else spoke. The whole
affair, carefully orchestrated,
carefully bi-partisan, lasted just 15
minutes. The press gallery was almost
So, too, were the two public
galleries. About 100 invited guests,
each wearing a security pass, filled the
first three rows of the Speaker's
gallery upstairs and spilled into the
fourth. These were the people who, after
Rudd's seven-part, 191-word motion had
been "put and passed" without a vote,
applauded enthusiastically. The only
other person who spoke - or attempted to
- was a middle-aged woman.
She got to her feet, in the seats
behind the VIP guests, and held up a
T-shirt, exclaiming, "What about UN
resolution 242?", as Rudd had begun
speaking. Two attendants moved in
quickly. Taking her by the arm, they
escorted the woman outside, without
fuss. Unlike what is still happening in
Israel's military occupation, after 41
years, of the Palestinian people of the
West Bank and its siege of the Gaza
strip, it was a very civilised eviction.
On this day, in the Australian
Parliament, normal legislative business
resumed at 12.13pm. The VIP guests
upstairs in the Speaker's gallery filed
out. Most of the MPs downstairs drifted
away to their offices. At 4pm the
Israeli ambassador hosted a reception in
the Parliament's second-floor Mural Hall
for invited guests only. Rudd and Nelson
reappeared, as suitably Uriah Heepish as
their midday speeches had been.
That night, back on the floor of the
House of Representatives, the woman MP
who took Tim Fischer's southern NSW seat
off the Nationals in 2001 and, in two
elections, turned it into safe Liberal
territory, did an extremely courageous
Her name is Sussan Penelope Ley.
She is the daughter of a British
colonial police officer who served in
British-mandated Palestine in the 1930s,
before the United Nations ceded half of
it to become a Jewish state in May 1948.
Born in Nigeria in 1961, Ley spent most
of the first 13 years of her life in
what was then the Trucial States, later
the United Arab Emirates. Her family
migrated to Australia in 1974. She has
lived here ever since, working as an air
traffic controller, a commercial pilot,
a shearer's cook, a farmer, and a senior
taxation department official. She has a
bunch of degrees, three children and is
now a member of the Nelson shadow
What Sussan Ley did in Parliament on
Wednesday night was speak for the
Palestinian people. She was the only MP
who did. In fact, the only MHR of the
House's 150, apart from the two leaders,
to even raise the issue.
When Rudd and
Nelson had spoken at midday I counted 53
Government MPs present, including six
ministers, and 39 Coalition MPs. When
Ley got the call 7½ hours later, at
7.38pm, to speak on the adjournment,
there were five people in the public
gallery, four Labor MPs and two
Coalition MPs in the chamber, and one
journalist in the press gallery. She was
the fourth-last speaker before
Parliament shut down for the day, after
11 hours, and she was allowed five
Here is an edited version of what she
"Today the Parliament passed a motion
honouring Israel's 60 years. My purpose
tonight is not to diminish Israel's
achievements but to note the interests
and legitimate aspirations of the people
"Israel has many friends in this
country and in this Parliament. The
Palestinians, by comparison, have few.
Theirs is not a popular cause. But it is
one I support, in part out of knowledge
that the victors of World War II,
including Australia, wrote a 'homeland'
cheque to cover the sins of the
holocaust and centuries of anti-Semitism
in Europe, but it was the Palestinians
who had to cash it.
"Israel has much to celebrate after
60 years. It has built a modern,
accomplished and intelligent society,
one whose scientific and technological
expertise offers a great deal to the
world. It has a robust democracy, a free
press, a secular state with freedom of
faith, and an unfettered opposition,
regrettably rare in the Middle East. If
there were peace between Israelis and
Palestinians, one can only imagine the
achievements of these two cultures
"Israel's 40-year occupation of the
Palestinian territories, its continued
expansion of [illegal Israeli]
settlements [on Palestinian land] and
its refusal to allow the return of
expelled refugees have caused deep
resentment in the Arab world.
Palestinian corruption in government and
failure to abandon violence against
civilians as a political tool have meant
Israel does not feel secure behind
secure borders. Sixty years have seen a
great deal of bloodshed - Arab, Israeli
and others, including 34 US soldiers
killed by Israeli forces on the USS
Liberty during the 1967 war. I do
not find it helpful to engage in a
forensic apportionment of blame; each
side has legitimate grievances.
"The current blockade of Gaza,
confiscation of Palestinian land, and
the expansion of settlements must be
mentioned in the context of today's
motion. Gaza is besieged, contained and
on the brink of starvation. Rockets are
fired into Israel every day, and Israel
has a right to self-defence, but the
crushing economic embargo feeds fury and
resentment both in Gaza and the West
Bank. [A total] 2679 Palestinians have
been killed by Israeli [military] forces
in the Gaza Strip since September 2000,
[while] an Israeli human rights
organisation reported 1259 of those were
not participating in hostilities when
they were killed, and 567 were minors …
"We ought not be naive or simplistic
about the challenge faced by the
Israelis in moving towards peace with a
[popularly elected] counterpart, in
Hamas, that is funded and supported by a
foreign power [Syria] and which retains
an explicit commitment to [terrorism] as
a political instrument. But may I remind
the House of the example of the Northern
Ireland peace process [which succeeded]
after a more than 40-year struggle.
"There are signs the Israeli people
are developing a renewed hunger for
peace. A recent Tel Aviv University poll
indicates 64 per cent of Israelis
believe the [Israeli] Government must
hold direct talks with the Hamas
government in Gaza towards a ceasefire.
Military occupation, blockades and
hostility against civilians in the name
of security will result in [more]
violence and terror. We must think what
we can do [for] ordinary Israelis and
Palestinians to give them some faith in
the peace process …
"We are the leaders of our
generation. We are accountable for
results. If the principal protagonists
and the rest of the world community hand
Palestine on to the next generation as a
twisted mess of grievance, hatred and
retribution, then we have failed. The
last two generations of leaders have
failed to produce peace. Let us renew
Unlike earlier in the day, nobody
applauded - though I wished I could
have. Many Australians, too, had they
been present, surely would have wanted
to acknowledge such a speech of such
honesty and sensibility, about the
Israelis as much as it was about the
Palestinians. Ley put the grovelling
Rudd and Nelson to shame. The truth is
there is no real debate in this country
about the travesty of what is happening
in the Middle East, and there are those
in the community who, with their money
and influence, do all they can to ensure
no such open debate occurs, either in
the national Parliament, in the media or
So why was the Rudd Government, in its
first four months of office, doing what
no Australian government or parliament
had done, to acknowledge any of the
decades of Israeli statehood since the
Six-Day War in 1967 saw the Israeli
military occupy the Palestinian
territories of the West Bank and Gaza
and ignore 40 years of mutual violence
and barbarity as well as 40 years of
United Nations resolutions, to withdraw?
The Howard government did not "honour"
Israel's 50th anniversary in 1998, nor
the Hawke government the 40th
anniversary in 1988, nor the Fraser
government the 30th anniversary in 1978.
Why the 60th in 2008 the instant a Labor
Government comes to power?
When the Labor caucus met on Tuesday,
as it does every week the Parliament
sits, Sydney's Julia Irwin asked Rudd
this very question.
Why? Irwin never takes a backward
step in her defence of Palestinian
rights, but all she got from Rudd this
time was waffle. He did not explicitly
respond as to why 60 might be different
from earlier decades when the Parliament
had done nothing and neither had earlier
governments. And no Labor MP supported
Irwin in pushing it.
She was a lone voice in the Labor
caucus as Sussan Ley was in the
Parliament. How's that for political
Leaders vie to ladle on the gush
When our Prime Minister spoke in the
Parliament this week before a select
audience of 100 VIP guests, including
the Israeli ambassador, he was speaking
to a 191-word proposal he had drafted,
in consultation with a range of people,
"That the House [of Representatives]
"(1) celebrate and commend the
achievements of the state of Israel in
the 60 years since its inception;
"(2) remember with pride and honour
the important role which Australia
played in the establishment of the state
of Israel as both a member state of the
United Nations and as an influential
voice in the introduction of Resolution
181 which facilitated Israel's statehood
[in 1948], and as the country which
proudly became the first to cast a vote
in support of Israel's creation;
"(3) acknowledge the unique
relationship which exists between
Australia and Israel, a bond highlighted
by our commitment to the rights and
liberty of our citizens and
encouragement of cultural diversity;
"(4) commend the state of Israel's
commitment to democracy, the rule of law
"(5) reiterate Australia's commitment
to Israel's right to exist and our
ongoing support to the peaceful
establishment of a two-state solution to
the Israeli-Palestinian issue;
"(6) reiterate Australia's commitment to
the pursuit of peace and stability
throughout the Middle East; and
on this, the 60th anniversary of
independence of the state of Israel,
pledge our friendship, commitment and
enduring support to the people of Israel
as we celebrate this important occasion
Make of this splendid piece of mutual
back scratching what you will, but know
that the supposed virtue of Australia
"proudly" becoming "the first to cast a
vote in support of Israel's creation" at
the United Nations in 1948 is sophistry.
We were the first for no other reason
than, in voting by alphabetical order,
Australia was the first country to vote.
Some excerpts from the speeches of
the Prime Minister and the Leader of the
Opposition in support of the bipartisan
motion make the point that when
politicians seek to trowel on the gush,
Australia loses nothing now that Rudd
and Nelson have replaced Howard and
Rudd: "… The 60 years since the
establishment of Israel have been full
of challenges and full of trials.
Similarly, the process for the emergence
of a Palestinian state has come along a
tortuous path. There has been too much
bloodshed. But over those 60 years there
has also been cause for hope.
"We think today of prime minister
Menachem Begin standing with Jimmy
Carter and Egypt's Anwar Sadat at the
White House on March 26, 1979 at the
signing of the Israel-Egypt Peace Treaty
that followed the Camp David accords.
Prime minister Begin used both the
Hebrew and Arabic words for peace when
he urged: 'No more war, no more
bloodshed, no more bereavement. Peace
unto you. Shalom, salaam, forever.' "
Nelson: "In a region of the world
that is characterised more by
theocracies and autocracies, the state
of Israel is the custodian of the most
fragile yet powerful of human emotions,
and that is hopeful belief in the
freedom of man, freedom of speech,
freedom of religion and freedom of
assembly. There are many things for
which Israel stands and which
characterise the modern state of Israel,
but included among them is the
celebration of knowledge for its own
sake and knowledge as the driver of
economic development and emancipation
from human poverty…
"Israel, like all democracies, is far
from perfect, but it is, in every sense
of the word, on the front line of the
struggle for the things that we hold
dear, not only as Australians and free
people but as human beings. And it is
far too frequently on the front line of
the struggle against all the things
repugnant to universal human ideals …
"Israel is home to many things that
are spiritual, but it is home in the end
to the human spirit of resilience, of
confidence, of determination and of
respect for one another, irrespective of
political, religious or other
affiliations … No Australian who
believes in the dignity of man, in
freedom and in democratic principles
should ever, through neglectful
indifference, allow Israel to be a
stranger. To do so would be to diminish
ourselves and our own true security …"
is King' at Evandale Parklands, Gold Coast.
Leading Indian actress Katrina Kaif.
PREMIER Anna Bligh wants to
bring Bollywood back to the Gold Coast and will talk
with Indian film-makers to try to get the cameras
The meeting, to be held in India next month, comes
after a major production set for the Gold Coast was
canned, with Indian filmmakers saying it was 'too
expensive' to film here because there was no state
government incentive scheme for Indian films.
Ms Bligh will talk with the Whistling Woods School
of Film, Radio and Television in Mumbai as part of
her 13-day trade mission to Japan, China and India.
Queensland's incentive scheme under the Pacific Film
and Television Commission, which is designed to
encourage off-shore film-makers to shoot in
Queensland, will be high on Ms Bligh's agenda.
The cancelled Bollywood film, which would have had
'Gold Coast' in the title and viewed by 10 million
Indians, was to be shot on the Coast in October, but
last month it was decided to film it in India.
Gold Coast Tourism spokesman Ben Pole said the fact
Bollywood films were on the Premier's agenda was
proof of their importance to Queensland and the Gold
Gold Coast Tourism is waiting to reap the benefits
of the Indian movie, Singh Is King, one of the most
expensive Bollywood movies ever shot outside India.
It was filmed on the Gold Coast and is due for
release later this year.
by the Jamaat of Algester Mosque to Holy Spirit Anglican
By Salma Ismail
As part of the inter-faith dialogue,
the Algester community was cordially invited to attend a
service held at the Holy Spirit Anglican Church in
Kenmore on Sunday 9 March.
The Jamaat consisting of both male
and female representatives were warmly welcomed by the
church congregation. The church congregation, many of
whom had never met Muslims in a social environment,
showed a keenness to learn about Islam and its
practices. The men and women had the opportunity to
introduce one another and learn about each other’s
backgrounds and religious etiquettes. Interestingly,
many had met Zimbabweans or new of Christian families
who had migrated from Zimbabwe, and given that most of
those who attended from the Algester Mosque were
migrants from Zimbabwe, this provided them with a start
for a dialogue.
The Reverend started the service with
a Hymn which was followed by a welcome note to “our
brothers and sisters, fellow-Australians, people of God,
who share with us the Abrahamic tradition.” Imam
Ahmad Ghazaleh, one of the representatives present then
addressed the group by returning this greeting and
thanking them for their invitation. He stressed the need
for dialogue such as these to improve understanding and
tolerance amongst each other, as fellow humans who share
the same desires for this world and the hereafter.
The service continued with more Hymns
and prayers which in essence showed the commonalities by
asking God for forgiveness and guidance. The final Hymn
was followed by Imam Ghazaleh singing two Islamic songs.
Imam Ghazaleh translated the Arabic recitation first,
explaining that the songs were praising all the Prophets
from Adam (a.s) right through to Prophet Mohamed (s.a.w).
The beautiful rendition was appreciated by all present.
After the service we were invited to
stay for tea and coffee, which gave us all a chance to
continue discussions and in doing so taking a very
important step in the much needed inter-faith dialogue.
We thank the Holy Spirit Anglican Church for their
hospitality and for providing this opportunity.
Dangerous Ground: ABC Doco
Pigs' heads are dumped
under cover of darkness by persons unknown, but the
intent is clear: no Islamic school for this
neighbourhood. At rowdy public rallies against the
school, traffic and planning concerns are drowned out by
anti-Muslim tirades amid choruses of "Aussie Aussie
Aussie, oi oi oi!"
Nearby in Sydney’s
south-west, Aussie-born sons of the Middle East bitterly
complain of being treated like enemies in their own
country. They say they're harassed by police and
security agencies. They cop abuse from strangers. "F….ng
Arab, go back to your own country… you don’t belong here,"
Ghaleb is told. "Every time you go somewhere you
think people are looking at you," says Yahya, "or
someone is going to spit in your food."
Now some community
leaders are warning of a nasty backlash due to the
hostility that young men like these feel is aimed
against them. "You’re going to see a generation of
young people who have so much hatred and so much anger
and so much frustration within them - and when that
happens you’re on basically dangerous grounds," a
prominent youth worker tells Four Corners.
A recently completed
three-year study found that Australia's tough stance on
counter-terrorism and security could actually be
increasing the threat of breeding home grown terrorists.
Erring on the side of aggression – just to be on the
"safe" side - can radicalise and alienate the people who
are targeted, analysts tell Four Corners. The danger is
that some may then graduate to violence, disengaging
from society before taking the next step to terrorism.
One specialist warns of
pockets of growing Muslim radicalisation in Australia's
big cities, the result of young people feeling under
siege from police and wider public. His fear is this
could morph into an agenda for violent change.
Four Corners reports
that some police are awake to this concern and have
begun tempering their approach to young Muslims. But as
Four Corners reporter and author on terrorism Sally
Neighbour illustrates, defeating terrorism presents not
just a policing issue but also a challenge to core
community values of pluralism and tolerance.
Representative from Muslim Aid Australia (MAA), Mr.
Iman Partoredjo, MAA's Executive Director;
Mr Mohammed Mayet, Operations Manager; and Ms.
Habsah Marjuni, Fund Raising and Marketing Manager
traveled to Brisbane from Sydney last week and met with
a group of Brisbane's 'movers and shakers' at Curry
in Kuraby to explain the mechanics of the Muslim Aid
They dealt with such issues as the use of interest
money, zakaat and tax deductions, MAA's vision
and plans for accreditation.
Around the Muslim
World with CCN
Middle Name Phobia!
Despite a history in America as old as the history of
first European settlers, Islam is still viewed with fear
and suspicion in America ..
Each day in America over 100,000 Muslim
physicians, surgeons, and therapists devotedly report to
their clinics and hospitals providing the best health
care they can to their patients.
Each day in America, several thousand
Muslim engineers are part of the nations engineering
staff, managing and running infrastructure facilities to
ensure that water, electricity and critical services are
supplied in an efficient manner.
Several thousand software engineers use
their skills on a daily basis ensuring that the
businesses that provide the lifelines of this country
are managed smoothly.
Even in securing the security of our
country and US embassies abroad, about 5000 Muslim
military personal provide valuable services to the
Over 2 million Muslims work hard to
contribute more than $30 billion annually to various
taxes and revenue agencies.
The Muslim dependence on welfare is minimal. The number
of alcoholics, child abusers, drug users and pushers and
criminals involved in big or small crimes is
Yet, when a political candidate's middle name is
announced as "Hussein", all kinds of doubt are raised
about his links with Muslims and Islam. People are urged
to reject him because his presence might contaminate the
sanctity of the seat of power in Washington.
Lets not beat around the bush! The issue is not about a
middle name, the issue is about Islam and Muslims.
The Crystal Mosque is part of
Terengganu's new tourism project of building
miniature representatives of popular mosques
Malaysia’s newest icon, the Islamic
Civilisation Edutainment Park was officially launched by
Prime Minister, YAB Dato’ Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi at
Kuala Terengganu, the capital of Terengganu State on 3rd
GHD professionals were involved in the design of the
state-of-the-art Islamic Civilization Edutainment Park
situated on an island called Wan Man, which covers an
area of 23 hectares.
This impressive development is a showcase of Islamic
Civilization, featuring 21 scaled replicas of famed
historic Islamic monuments all over the world, a
“floating” Crystal Mosque, a Convention Centre, a custom
made Port of Entry, Commercial Complexes, an Entrance
Complex and theme parks.
The replicas include the famed Al-Haram Mosque in Mecca,
National Mosque in Malaysia, Dome of Rock in Jerusalem,
Taj Mahal Mosque in India, Al-Hambra Mosque in Spain,
Suleyman Mosque in Turkey, Xian Mosque in China, Kalyan
Minaret in Uzbekistan, and Aleppo Citadel in Syria, to
name a few.
Obama, Being Called a Muslim Is Not a Smear
Hillary Clinton denied leaking the photo
of Barack Obama wearing a turban, but her campaign
manager says that even if she had, it would be no big
deal. “Hillary Clinton has worn the traditional clothing
of countries she has visited and had those photos
Sure she did. And George W. Bush put on a fetching
Chamato poncho in Santiago, while Paul Wolfowitz burned
up YouTube with his antimalarial African dance routines
when he was World Bank prez. The obvious difference is
this: when white politicians go ethnic, they just look
funny. When a black presidential contender does it, he
And when the ethnic apparel in question
is vaguely reminiscent of the clothing worn by Iraqi and
Afghan fighters (at least to many Fox viewers, who think
any headdress other than a baseball cap is a declaration
of war on America), the image is downright frightening.
The turban “scandal” is all part of what
is being referred to as “the Muslim smear.”
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Q: Hi Kareema, you mentioned in the past that varying
our workouts will get us faster results. What are the
benefits between strength versus cardio?
A: Great question!
TO BURN FAT AND KEEP IT OFF: Cardio’s edge – kilojoule for kilojoule, cardio
has an advantage. You’ll burn up to 50kj a minute while
running or cycling, compared with up to 42kj lifting
Strength’s edge – Lifting weights gives you a
metabolic spike for about an hour after your workout as
your body works to help the muscles recover. If you lift
heavier weights with less rest between sets, you can
annihilate (burn) even more. Roughly, for about every
kilo of muscle you build, you’ll burn an extra 400 kj a
day (by doing nothing / relaxing), because muscle takes
more energy to sustain!!
INCLUDE THE TWO AS PART OF YOUR TRAINING REGIME - AND
REAP THE REWARDS!!
beef neck, cubed, or beef ‘curry pieces’ 30 ml cooking
chopped. 15 ml curry powder
seeded and coarsely chopped
peppercorns. 2 bay leaves
1 apple, cut
in wedges. 1 tomato, skinned and cubed
sliced. 200 ml meat-stock
15 ml cake
Brown meat in heated cooking oil. Add onion and sauté
till transparent. Add curry, turmeric and chilli and fry
for 1 minute. Add peppercorns, bay leaves, tomato and
heated meat stock. Lower heat, cover with lid and simmer
for 1 ½ hours or till meat is tender. Thicken with cake
flour and water paste if necessary. Serves 4.
puddings, jellies, etc. until very firm, but do not
allow them to freeze hard. They will Lose their original
lightness by doing so. Chill until well set in freezer,
then transfer to chiller Or lower section of fridge.
Return to freezer for just 10 minutes before serving.
Source: Radio Islam Newsletter - Thursday, 13 March 2008
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