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Sunday, 20 April 2008
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CresWalk2008: FINAL CALL
Mr. Happy will be clowning
around again at CresWalk this year
With little less than a month left to the Big Day Out
over 500 entries to this year's CresWalk2008 have
already been received with entry forms and online
registrations continuing to come in at a fervent pace in
time for today's deadline at 5pm.
Only entries for CresWalk2008 received by today are eligible for a CresWalk2008 shirt
So if you and your family have not registered yet, get
your entries in by 5pm today
With Prof. Toh Swee-Hin and Ms.
Professor Toh and Ms
Abdel-Magied will each give 15-20 minute
presentations, followed by opportunities for questions
and answers. Immediately following the Debrief, the
International Day of Peace Alliance will hold an open
general meeting and focus session.
Prof. Toh ~ Participant in the
‘Australia’s Future Security And Prosperity in a Rapidly
Changing Region and World’, Discussion
Group at the 2020 Summit and
Director Multi-Faith Centre, Griffith University &
Laureate, UNESCO Prize for Peace Education 2000
Yassmin Abdel-Magied ~ Participant
in the ‘Communities, Families and Indigenous Australia’
Discussion Group at the 2020 Youth Summit and is
Regional winner of the 2007 Lions Youth of the Year;
2007 Young Australian Muslim of the Year; Founder and
President of Youth Without Borders; Youth Peace
DATE: 10am Saturday 26th of April
VENUE: Multi-Faith Centre, Nathan Campus, Griffith
IT was a debate over one of the
most vexed issues of our times - one that pitted not
only ideas and opinions against each other, but entire
In front of a packed audience of 1200 passionate souls,
a panel of experts on politics and Islam opened the
Intelligence2 debate series by ripping into the
proposition that Islam is incompatible with democracy.
The security guards and flyer-wielding campaigners at
the doors gave some indication of the fraught nature of
the subject matter from the outset. And those on stage
did not disappoint, taking the discussion from the
soaring heights of Islam's philosophical antecedents to
the cold, hard reality of suppression under Sharia law.
Having told another Sydney audience earlier this week
that Islam would dominate Europe, the director of the
Middle East Forum, Daniel Pipes, immediately provided a
cutting criticism of the world's second largest
"Islam is undemocratic in spirit," he said. "It takes a
lot of learning to have freedom of religion, freedom of
speech, freedom of association. These are things that
are learnt over a period of time and it is that which
the West has achieved and which Islam is a long way from
"Yes, there are Muslim states which are democratic in
form, but true democracy is yet to take root. The great
obstacle to this change is the fact that in the Middle
East the social system is fundamentally tribal and that
obstructs the development of the key requisites of
The rebuttal from the Pakistan-born director of the
University of Western Australia's Centre for Muslim
States and Societies, Samina Yasmeen, was a cool cloth
to Pipes's fire.
"You will see what you want to see and if you want to
identify Islam as incompatible I have no doubt that you
will continue seeing that," she said.
"How is it, though, that Muslims in non-Muslim societies
are able to get on so well when Islam is incompatible? I
would argue that Muslim majority states do show a lot of
tolerance, not only of the Muslim community, but also of
the non-Muslim community."
Amina Rasul, a human rights activist and director of the
Philippine Council on Islam and Democracy, followed the
theme. "What the West should not do is criticise states
which are not democratic while supporting despots who
suppress human rights because it is in their economic
benefit," Rasul said.
"There are 800 million Muslims living happily and
successfully in democratic nations - why is it that the
extremes are always focused on?"
The Herald columnist Paul Sheehan brought the question
into stark relief by comparing a trip to Mecca with a
trip to Rome.
"When you visit the Vatican, one thing that is for
certain is that you will be allowed in," Sheehan said.
"When you visit Saudi Arabia the checks at the airport
and for those travelling into Mecca are not just for
security reasons, they are to prevent non-Muslims from
Finally the statements were brought back to first
principles by Waleed Aly, the young lawyer, writer and
spokesman for the Islamic Council of Victoria.
"My opponents have defined terms such as Islam and
Sharia law to suit their arguments and in so doing have
ignored the myriad interpretations of these terms."
In the end, the audience had the final call and it
delivered a victory to hope - but only just. A poll
conducted as the audience entered found 38 per cent for
the affirmative, 42 per cent for the negative and the
remaining 20 per cent undecided. In the tradition of
many a democratic poll, the numbers had tightened by the
end of the night - with the proposition going down by a
narrow margin of 52 to 48 per cent.
"The response to this debate has been phenomenal and
I've been trying to find an explanation for this
overwhelming response," said Simon Longstaff from the St
James Ethics Centre. "For the past decade people have
not really engaged with these issues. People have formed
hasty judgments and not engaged with the details.
They've been more focused on their own concerns in their
community and in their backyard. But there has been a
change in mood in Australia."
Indeed, it could have been a hostile affair, but there
were no howls from the audience. Sheehan referred to
threats against Pipes before the event and the need for
security to protect him. As it turned out, the guards
had little to do.
Not even Michael Darby could get a reaction in the foyer
afterwards as he handed out pamphlets on "how you can
ensure Australia remains a Christian nation". Darby
said: "I may have handed out some to Muslim people but I
can't tell who is Muslim. I can say ladies with scarves
did not rush me."
The IQ2 debate series is a partnership between the St
James Ethics Centre, The Sydney Morning Herald, the ABC
and the City of Sydney.
THE local Islamic community will have its own resting
place facing Mecca after Gold Coast City councillors
decided to allocate space at the Lower Coornera Cemetery
for Muslim burials.
The community and cultural development committee agreed
to make the space available and contribute $95,000 for
land clearance and the development of roads and burial
areas for local
The new burial plots are expected
to meet the Islamic community's needs for at
least 50 years.
Council officers told the committee
a separate section had to be made available to avoid
consolidation issues at
the cemetery because
Muslim burial plots ran north to south
while traditional Christian
plots faced east to west.
Gold Coast's Islamic
spiritual leader Imam
Imraan Husain welcomed the
council's decision, saying it was
essential for Muslim
people to be buried in particular ways.
He said there were geographical
issues needing consideration, with the plot required to
face the Islamic
holy city of Mecca.
"Muslims are also not allowed to
cremate the body because they are regarded as sacred and
we also believe that we are not the owners of
our bodies," he said.
"When Muslims die we make a prayer,
`to God we belong
to God we return', so we
need to bury our dead."
Imam Husain said the
4000 Muslims who called
the Gold Coast home appreciated
the council's openmindedness in voting to provide space
to carry out their
"The council has been extremely
supportive of our community and have gone out of their
way to accommodate
Imam Husain said the Muslim section
of the Southport
Cemetery had only 20 grave sites left and with the
number of Muslims moving to the Gold Coast it was
important there was an accessible place those who had
lost loved ones
He said a Beenleigh site was set
aside but the council
made new arrangements as it
was difficult to access for Muslims living on the
southern Gold Coast.
Source: Gold Coast
servants 'issue for S African migrants'
A dearth of servants to perform
domestic chores is making it difficult for some South
African immigrants to adjust to New Zealand life, a
Massey University study has found.
The research - by doctoral student Carina Meares -
claims South Africans coming to this country struggle to
make the transition; from organising their professional
lives without access to cheap domestic labour, to being
forced into unskilled labour because their academic or
professional status was not recognised.
Dr Meares interviewed a number of South Africans who
settled in New Zealand between 1994 and 2001 for her
thesis, entitled From Rainbow Nation to the Land of the
Long White Cloud: Migration, Gender and Biography.
She focused on the impact migrating to New Zealand had
on gender roles in marriage, parenting, domestic life
and paid employment.
More than 41,000 South Africans live in New Zealand,
according to the last Census, with about half of them on
the North Shore.
One interviewee - who ran a business from home in her
native country - said South African women had a
different role as an abundance of servants meant they
did not have to do "menial tasks".
That left them free to take up paid or unpaid work, or
simply to socialise.
In New Zealand, where domestic labour was more
expensive, many immigrant couples "not only have to cope
with the practical and emotional challenges of settling
themselves and their families ... they must also
negotiate a new way of sharing the multiple
responsibilities of paid and unpaid work".
Yet despite the economic and cultural problems - which
could include long periods out of work - many couples,
and families, became closer following the move, Dr
Meares' research found. "Migration can cause enormous
disruption to a migrant's life story. The kind of
disruption it causes can differ for women and men, but
that for all migrants it takes a great deal of courage
and hard work to make a life for yourself somewhere
South African Michael Blythe, who has lived in New
Zealand for about a month, said his family had had a
full-time maid, two gardeners and a part-time cleaner.
"Doing my own laundry is a bit of a mission, you didn't
really have to do it in South Africa. The maid would
iron everything. Over here you just fold it neatly and
hope it doesn't crease."
He said South Africa's high unemployment rate meant
home-help was cheaper than in New Zealand.
But Milford resident Shari Hearne, who came to New
Zealand from South Africa six years ago, said she had no
"I don't think I agree. I've been working full time and
I haven't needed a servant and I worked in South Africa
and didn't have one. There might be a fallacy that all
South African women or all South African families have a
maid but that's not the case."
Ms Hearne, a librarian, said she knew many South African
families that had settled well here.
MYServices welcomes Taufan
Mawardi as the new male Muslim Youth and Community
Taufan is delighted to take on this
dynamic role and is committed to assisting marginalised
young Muslims reach their highest potentials.
Born and bred in Brisbane, Taufan has plenty of
experience working with Muslim youth, as a volunteer. He
has worked to unite Muslim youth of diverse backgrounds,
and promote mutual understanding between the Muslim and
mainstream communities. Taufan holds an International
Studies and Political Science degree from Griffith
MYServices wishes to thank Anas Abdalla, the
previous Officer, for his commitment in addressing the
needs of Muslim youth, for his passionate advocacy, and
of course, for his humorous entertainment. MYServices
wishes Anas success in all his future endeavours.
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Q: Kareema, I’m in my last trimester and just
wondering which exercises will be good for me to do
during the next few months. I’ve been active throughout
my pregnancy and would like to keep going for as long as
A: Try heading for the pool as exercising in the
water will be kind on your joints as there is no impact
while working out. A gentle aqua class will be fun yet
challenging and depending on how you feel on the day,
you can choose the level of intensity. Swimming a few
laps will also give you a full body workout. Walking is
another form of gentle exercise, so keep walking..
IN PREPARATION FOR
CresWalk2008, FOLLOW THIS 5 WEEK TRAINING PROGRAM:
TRAIN SMART, NOT HARD!!
WEEK 2 of our 5 week
Please note that the following program is
suitable for beginners. For the more
competitive or serious athlete, intensity,
duration and frequency of exercises need to
REMEMBER: NUTRITION IS JUST AS IMPORTANT AS
YOUR TRAINING REGIME. ENJOY A HEALTHY DIET
AND DON'T FORGET TO DRINK YOUR WATER!
Walk for a minimum of 45 mins. (10 mins. at
a moderate pace, 30 mins. at a more brisk
pace and 5 mins. cool down / slow pace.
PLEASE REMEMBER TO STRETCH AFTER EVERY
Healthy Tip: Always keep your body hydrated
- carry a bottle of water with you daily!
Similar to day 1. Increase your walking time
by 5 mins. or more if you feel comfortable
and include some hills as part of your
Wear some ankle weights for extra
resistance. Remember, the aim is to
constantly challenge the muscles!
A spin (cycle) class will be great for
strengthening the legs so be sure to give it
a go. Alternatively, a ride in the park
could be just
as challenging if you’re new to cycling.
Ensure good posture and technique.
Back to strength training team! Lift
weights, including your own body weight (tricep
dips, push-ups, sit-ups, chin-ups, etc).
Active recovery - Do an activity that you
enjoy (low impact). Include your stretching
Take on a more challenging walking or
cycling course (steeper hills, etc.). Be
sure to increase the distance on last week.
Head for the pool and enjoy a few laps of
swimming for an all over body workout. If
you’re not comfortable swimming or don’t
have access to a pool, a gentle walk in the
park or an active game with the kids will
PLEASE NOTE: The above training program
assumes a healthy participant. Those
with medical conditions or who are not
already physically active, need to seek
clearance from their GP before starting any
form of exercise.
Boil potatoes in a small amount of water or
microwave covered until done.
Place tomatoes in hot water for 1 minute, remove and
peel. Cut in halves.
Fry the onions in a non-stick pan. Add potatoes and
brown. Place in a baking dish.
Place tomato halves on top.
Mix eggs, milk and seasoning. Pour over potatoes.
Bake for 20 minutes (at 180C) or until egg mixture
Chefs Quick Tip
To test for freshness of eggs, place them in a bowl of
cold water. Fresh eggs will lie flat on the bottom, 2-3
weeks old eggs will tilt up and bad eggs will float.
Newly-laid eggs take a little longer to cook, add about
30 seconds for scrambled eggs and two minutes for
Before cooking, leave eggs at room temperature for at
least 30 minutes
if they are put into boiling water straight from the
fridge the shells will crack.
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Mula Nasruddin and his friend Jalaluddin walked into a
pet shop in Kabul. They headed to the bird section and
Mula Nasruddin says to Jalaluddin 'That’s them'
The owner comes over and asks if he can help them. 'Yes,
we'll take four of those dear little budgies in that
cage up there, ' says Mula Nasruddin.
The owner puts the budgies in a cardboard box.
Jalaluddin and Nasruddin pay for the birds, leave the
shop and get onto Mula Nasruddin’s goat and ride up to
the top of the Salang Pass.
At the Salang Pass, Jalaluddin looks down at the 1000
metre drop and says, 'This looks like a grand place.' He
takes two birds out of the box, puts one on each
shoulder and jumps off the cliff.
Mula Nasruddin watches as the budgies fly off and
Jalaluddin falls all the way to the bottom, killing
himself stone dead.
Looking down at the remains of his best pal, Mula
Nasruddin shakes his head and says, ‘Goodness gracious
me. This budgie jumping is too dangerous for me! '
THERE'S MORE. . .
Moment's later, Abdul arrives up at the Salang Pass.
He's been to the pet shop too and walks up to the edge
of the cliff carrying another cardboard box in one hand
and a shotgun in the other.
'Salaams, Mula Nasruddin. Watch this,' Abdul says. He
takes a parrot from the box and lets him fly free.
He then throws himself over the edge of the cliff with
Mula Nasruddin watches as half way down, Abdul takes the
gun and shoots the parrot.
Abdul continues to plummet down and down until he hits
the bottom and breaks every bone in his body.
Mula Nasruddin shakes his head and says, 'And I'm never
trying that parrotshooting either! '
IT IS NOT OVER YET. ..
Mula Nasruddin is just getting over the shock of losing
two friends when Moosa appears.
He's also been to the pet shop and is carrying a
cardboard box out of which he pulls a chicken.
Moosa then takes the chicken by its legs and hurls
himself off the cliff and disappears down and down until
he hits a rock and breaks his spine.
Once more Mula Nasruddin shakes his head. 'Goodness
gracious me. First there was Jalaluddin with his
budgiejumping, then Abdul parrotshooting. . . and now
Moosa and his damn hengliding!'
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
Venue: Room 722, Building 9,
University of Queensland
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
Speaker: Shaykh Aslam Abu Ismaeel
Date: Every Monday
Venue: 323 Hawken Drive, St. Lucia
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