The N22 lecture theatre
at Griffith University was packed to
capacity for the Moreton 2020 Summit
yesterday (Saturday) afternoon. It was a
forum to give the residents of Brisbane'
Southside an opportunity to have their say
on critical issues facing Australia's
The summit was jointly
hosted by Mr. Graham Perrett MP,
Federal Member for Moreton and Griffith
students, single mums, seniors, small
business owners, indigenous leaders,
musicians - people from all walks of life -
came to have their say," Mr. Perrett said.
Mustafa Ally flanked by
two session scribes (left) and
Prof. Lesley Johnson
Prof. John Dewar,
Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic), said that
the Moreton 2020 Summit's suggestions would
be collated and formally submitted to the
national Summit in Canberra for
These would include
ideas emanating from the ten key areas - the
productivity agenda including education and
training, the nation's infrastructure, our
environment, our farmers, healthcare,
Indigenous Australians, the arts, national
security, improving the system of government
and strengthening our communities.
Mr. Mustafa Ally,
wearing his "Moreton Champion" hat,
co-facilitated two of the 10 sessions - the
first with Prof. Lesley Johnson
(Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research)) on
The productivity agenda (education, skills,
training, science and innovation); and
the second with Prof. Tony Makin
(Professor of Economics) on The future of
the Australian economy.
Kuraby Fund Raiser
On a glorious Sunday the Kuraby Mosque Madrassah BBQ
Fund Raiser attracted a large number of visitors to the
auction, stalls and food stands.
Despite some stiff competition from the doughnut stand,
the Crescents of Brisbane's CresCafe raised over $800
for the fund from the sale of coffee, tea and cupcakes.
The Team at Crescents of Brisbane are grateful to the
wonderful ladies of the community who donated the
exquisite cakes which, as one Crescents Team member put
it, "literally flew out the door".
Looking at the intricate decorations and presentations
of the trays of cupcakes on the table it was quiet
obvious that a great deal of tender loving care had gone
into making each one of them. Thank you ladies!
Cupcakes aside, a new and serious contender for the
title of Auctioneer Extraordinaire rose to the occasion
on Sunday (albeit with the help of a little red stool).
Mr. Farouk Adam turned out to be a real trouper on the day,
cajoling and coaxing his audience and selling off
everything from a baby rocker to an evaporator.
Watch out Mr. Goss! There's a new kid on the block!
Congratulations to our newly weds
SuleimanSurtie and LailaMoola took place last Sunday at the
Victoria Park Golf Course.
The wedding ceremony
was conducted a fortnight ago at the Ijtema
in Darra Mosque during the Easter weekend.
there's a will....
As Imam Peer concluded on the night.... there's a way.
He could have well have added that 'where there's a
will........there are relatives!'.
Wednesday night at the Souths Sports Club, the Muslim
Business Network dished out to its 100 plus diners a
veritable smorgasbord of topics ranging from the
implications of Islamic wills and the intricacies of the
new labour laws to the perils of marriage and prenuptual
contracts to the pitfalls to consider before commencing a business.
Richard Finlay spoke on the absolute need for
good estate planning; Bilal Rauf brought us up to
date on AWA's and labour legislation; Frank Carroll
spoke on his specialty, namely, legal requirements for
startups; and Astrid Vallati surprised his
audience with his command of Islamic law.
But the star of the show was young Eden, a law
graduate progressing to becoming a barrister soon, who,
despite not meriting a star billing on the evening's
program, was an absolute delight to listen to. In a
style that was at once unaffected and amusing Eden
discussed a case involving adoption under Sharia.
After hearing of the need for trusts, Islamic wills,
powers of attorney and the like there would have been
many amongst us who would have headed straight home that
night looking to set up appointments with their
accountants and legal advisors.....thanks to this MBN
Years On and Still Growing Strong!1
At a meeting for the 100th Year celebration of the
Holland Park Mosque held on Sunday a sub-committee was
formed to co-ordinate the planning of the event which
has been set down for Saturday 30 August 2008.
The committee comprises of:
Sgt Jim Bellos
Historical Advisors and
Inter-faith Training Program
An in-service Development Training Program in Interfaith
Understanding and Dialogue is being organized by the
Multi-Faith Centre of Griffith University.
It is a flexible series
of free learning opportunities to gain an
appreciation of the vision of interfaith
dialogue and deepen understanding of diverse
receive an “interfaith passport” documenting
participation in diverse faith and
interfaith events or ceremonies and a
Multi-Faith Centre certificate on completion
of the program.
of the largest Islamic gatherings to take place in
Lenasia, Johannesburg, South Africa went off
successfully and incident-free over the Easter Long
Thousands from around the country and overseas made
their way to Lenasia on Friday 21 March for the Annual
It is estimated that over 70 000 people attended the
Friday Jumaah prayers.
After the Jumaah Salaah lunch was served from 120 huge
pots of rice and dhal (lentils).
The Ijtima site was well organised ensuring that people
had easy access to showers, toilets and wudhu
facilities as well as other amenities such as a tuck
shop selling tea, pies, sweets, cold drinks to Cellphone
There were a number of stalls setup selling Islamic
books, topees, kurtas, tasbees and atar as well.
A public telephone booth was setup to ensure that
travellers were able to contact their families and
On Friday morning as people made their way to the Ijtima
site they were given a map of the site, free snacks and
a plastic bag for their shoes. These were all made
possible through the generous donations of local
businesses and individuals.
The Ijtima resembled a "mini" Mina, with thousands of
walking around embracing each other.
Lectures were given in various languages to the
international visitors who attended.
ISLAM has overtaken Roman Catholicism as
the biggest single religious denomination in the world.
Monsignor Vittorio Formenti, who compiled the Vatican's
2008 yearbook, said Muslims made up 19.2 per cent of the
world's population and Catholics 17.4 per cent.
"For the first time in history we are no longer at the
top - the Muslims have overtaken us," Monsignor Formenti
told Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano, saying the
data referred to 2006.
He said that if all Christian groups were considered,
including Orthodox churches, Anglicans and Protestants,
then Christians made up 33 per cent of the world's
population - or about two billion people.
The Vatican recently put the number of Catholics in the
world at 1.13 billion people. It did not provide a
figure for Muslims, generally estimated at around 1.3
Monsignor Formenti said that while the number of
Catholics as a proportion of the world's population was
fairly stable, the percentage of Muslims was growing
because of higher birth rates.
He said the data on Muslim populations had been compiled
by individual countries and then released by the United
Nations, adding that the Vatican could only vouch for
its own statistics.
The Islamic Women's
Association has vacancies for the positions of Home
And Community Care (HACC) Coordinator and Day
Respite Coordinator. For a copy of the position
description and Key selection criteria, please
contact IWAQ on 3272 6355. Applications close on COB
Friday 11th April 2008.
The opportunity for a position of
Counsellor / Advocate exists now at IWSS. It is a
permanent position in the Sexual Assault Program at
Immigrant Women’s Support Service. Some of the
attractive opportunities in this job include:
oTo work in
a dynamic team and organisation where broader
understandings of working with women from
non-English speaking backgrounds will enrich your
position is remunerated at SACS Level 5.2 with
position is for 15 hours per week;
oIWSS has above Award
conditions in place for staff; and
IWSS maintains a
supportive, professional learning environment where
opportunities for further professional development
and training are afforded.
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ROAST LEG OF LAMB
2 kg leg of lamb - 1 Tbsp ginger paste - 1 tsp ground
green chilies - 1 tsp garlic paste - 1 tsp chilli powder
- 1 tsp black pepper - Juice of 1 lemon - 2 Tbsp oil - 1
Tbsp butter - 2 cups water.
* Preheat oven to 190
* Gash the leg of lamb in few places
* Make a paste with the ingredients from ginger paste to
* Rub well on the meat and in the gashes.
* Heat oil and butter in a roasting pan
* Place the spiced leg of lamb in the pan and brown on
* Add 2 cups of water
* Cover with foil and place in oven for 1 ½ hours
* Remove foil at the end of cooking time and brown meat
* Serve with roast potatoes and buttered veggies of
choice with savoury rice
Source: Radio Islam Newsletter - Friday, 04 April 2008
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Description: Fiqh (Islamic jurisprudence) at a basic
level, covering the topics from purity and salaah to
hajj, and business dealings to marriage.
Lesson this week: Fiqh of Marriage
Teacher: Shaykh Aslam Abu Ismaeel
Date: Every Friday
Time: 6:30pm (roughly after Maghrib salaah)
Venue: Room 722, Building 9, University of
2) Explanation of Riyad-us-Saliheen
Description: Explanation of hadeeth from the great
collection of hadeeth called "Riyad-us-Saliheen"
(Gardens of the Righteous), compiled by the great
scholar of Islam, Imam an-Nawawi.
Next Lesson: Hadeeth from 'Chapter of Truthfulness'
Speaker: Shaykh Aslam Abu Ismaeel
Date: Every Monday
Venue: 323 Hawken Drive, St. Lucia
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