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Sunday, 29 June 2008
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Sounds of Light Brightens Brisbane
On a night when Deens appeared to
dominate both on and off stage, the hallowed QPAC
Convert Hall rocked to the hip hop sounds of NativeDeen, an all American trio group who performed
their brand of nasheeds with the aid of drums,
synthesized percussion instruments and a vitality that
harked back to the days of the Four Tops and the
Earlier in the evening South
Africa's ZainBhikha brought a touch of
nostalgia to expatriates with a stirring rendition of
the South African national anthem Nkosi Sikelel' iAfrika,
and for Yusuf Islam fans delivered a more than competent
tribute to the man with Peace Train.
AbuRatib added a
Middle Eastern segment to the evening's proceedings and
NazeemHussein a touch of raw home grown
Muslim humour that the 800-strong Brisbane audience
lapped up with gusto.
The Sounds of Light is a slick and
polished fund raising event put together by Human Appeal
International in aid of the orphans of the world.
The Brisbane-based Hope for
Happiness community group helped bring the Sounds of
Light to Brisbane for the first time and, despite having
just four weeks to put together and promote the show
here, did an excellent job of it in the end even down to
ensuring that QPAC made provisions for Halal foods.
Well done HFH! We are looking
forward to the next promotion.
Kaab Rehmaan starts off
the night's programme
with a recitation from the
Pupils from the Islamic
School of Brisbane and the Australian
International Islamic College follow with
the Australian National Anthem
Zain Bhikha with backing
vocals by Avante
Syrian crooner, Abu Ratib
The Native Deen Trio
(minus one): Abdul-Malik Ahmad and Joshua
The Guttas with Zain
Bhikha: Farah, Sharifa, Samir and Sikander
Nora Amath, Zainab
Shamsuddin and Shajaroh Amath
The Essofs with Zain
Bhikha: Saadiya, Samea, Riaz, Ahmed, Ismail
and in the foreground Farhaan
Layla Saeed, Saphena Aku,
Radhia Aku, Mehnaaz Adam and Farouk Adam
with Zain Bhikha
Native Deen, Joshua Salaam
and Ruby Omar
MC for the night and Salam
Cafe star, Ahmed Imam,
with Sakina Naeem and
Mile Plains Mosque taking shape
The Eight Mile Plains Mosque on
Logan Road is beginning to
The outdoor building of the
mosque is 90% completed.
Four domes have been put in
The main dome, at a cost of
$150,000, was made by a company from Sydney
(Architectural Roofing & Wall Cladding - the company
which made the dome at the Marriott Hotel in
Progress inside the Mosque has
slowed down because of a shortage in funds with
about a third completed. For this final part of the
exercise, funds are needed as soon as possible to
see it to completion.
"We thank everyone who has
participated in the building of the mosque by giving
donations," Imam Sifet Omerovic told CCN.
There are also opportunities to
donate specific items to the Mosque such as light
fittings, security systems, tiles, furniture, sound
system, plumbing items etc. Please email Imam
email@example.com for a more detailed list
if you think you might be able to help out.
Yusuf Estes at the Brisbane City Hall
Around 800 people attended the
"Islam Exposed" lecture at the Brisbane City Hall last
Sunday. It was a well-organized and coordinated affair
on the part of the Discover Islam Team and the ring of
volunteers who circled the Hall. The presentation lasted
close on two hours.
'chaplains' to minister to our troops
Australian Defence Force is poised to engage Muslim
leaders for the first time to help manage its chaplaincy
services and care for the mental health of its troops.
An internal review of chaplaincy services has
recommended greater involvement of non-Christian faiths
to reinforce the doctrine of freedom of religious
While a majority of ADF members - 57 per cent in total -
identify themselves as being Christian, Defence does not
force members to declare their religious faith or
specify whether they are practising or non-practising.
However, a Defence spokesman has confirmed more than 300
members have voluntarily reported non-Christian faiths
that need to be better catered for: 142 Buddhists, 79
Hindus, 67 Muslims and 17 Sikhs.
"Defence accepts the significance of religious faith in
people's lives and upholds the freedom of religious
practice," the spokesman said.
"Therefore, ADF members are encouraged http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/story/0,25197,23904946-31477,00.htmlto
practise their religious beliefs according to freedom of
choice. This is met to a significant extent by the
provision of permanent and reserve uniformed chaplains,
and is supported by access to local civilian resources,
as available, to meet the requirements of different
In December 2004, a new relationship was struck between
the Chief of the Defence Force and Heads of Churches
Representatives which resulted in a change to the
Religious Advisory Committee to the Services (RACS) and
the creation of an Affiliated Representatives Committee
The review has now recommended Buddhist, Hindi and
Muslim representatives be appointed to the ARC.
"There has, however, been difficulty in identifying
agreed representatives of these faiths," the spokesman
CAIRNS: DUNN St residents are
gutted and angry after an appeal to stop a mosque being
built in their street was thrown out of court.
The proposed mosque had been the
target of intensive opposition from residents and from
an anti-Islamic website that was investigated by
Australian Federal Police after it called on supporters
nationwide to oppose the mosque.
The website had been linked to a
Cairns businessman who dubbed himself "Sheik YerMami"
and called on supporters to "do whatever it takes" to
oppose Islam and the, building of the mosque.
Judge Keith Dodds yesterday
dismissed the residents' appeal in the Planning and
Environment Court against the mosque being built in the
quiet North Cairns street.
"We've all been let down and are
terribly disillusioned," resident Bill Bradley said.
"We are not happy but that's the
way it goes."
Mr Bradley was among a group of 12
residents who appealed against the former Cairns City
Council's approval to demolish a house and build the
purpose-built mosque opposite the Pioneer Cemetery and
Kuranda rail line between low-set Queenslander- style
At least one of the residents who
appealed against the mosque's approval has already put
his property on the market, with others considering a
Fellow residents Michael and Kathy
Gelling said they were `..'disappointed" with the
outcome, arguing the mosque would ruin the quaint
Judge Dodds said the house, which
was built in the 1950s and would be demolished, was not
"an important part of the streetscape of Dunn St" and
"to demolish it and replace it with a building which
complements the character values of the character
precinct will not diminish the precinct".
Recommendations for the
construction of the prayer hall and kitchen facilities
included fake windows and mature landscaping.
"There should be at least three of
these hooded windows on each side of the prayer hall,"
the report said. Mr Bradley said he feared the
conditions would not be met, given conditions set in
2000 when the zoning of the land was changed to a church
such as landscaping were never completed.
Far Northern Islamic leader Imam
Abdul Aziz said he was pleased the case had finally been
settled, after first being submitted to council early
"We are very happy because
basically we ended up with what we had before it went to
court," Mr Aziz said. "What every one has to realise is
that everything we have planned is in accordance with
the town plan."
Source: Cairns Post Friday
The Islamic Council of Queensland
held its annual Quran Reading Competition last Sunday at
the Islamic College of Brisbane where some 60 youngsters
representing a number of local Schools and Madrasahs
Certificates of achievement were
given to all the participants and the 1st, 2nd and 3rd
placed winners in each of the eight age and gender
categories were presented with trophies by the
Guest-of-Honour for the occasion, Haji Dawood Khatree.
The institutions which took part
included the Islamic College of Brisbane; the Islamic
Societies of Algester, Holland Park, Gold Coast and Toowoomba;
Capalaba, Kuraby, As-Salaam,
Eagleby Kotku and Iqra Rodha-tul-Aftaal Madrasahs.
Panel of judges
Centre stage for three
Haji Dawood Khatree with
some sage advice for the youngsters present
Mohammed Gutta of Kuraby
Winner of the boys 6-7 years
Shayma Nejari of the Islamic College of
Winner of the girls 6-7
of Iqra Rodha-Tul-Aftaal:
Winner of the boys 8-9
Zunara Fida-ur-Rahman of Iqra
Winner of the girls 8-9
Ahmad Aliqari Suriadi of
the Islamic Society of Toowoomba:
Winner of the boys 10-12
Oumama Hadj Mohammed of
the Islamic College of Brisbane:
Winner of the girls 10-12
Mousaab Houadchia of the
Islamic College of Brisbane:
Winner of the boys 13-15
Mahomed Farouk Osman of
the Islamic Society of Algester:
Winner of the boys 16-18
The delicious Beef Curry &
Rice for lunch was prepared by
Mr. & Mrs. Gaffar Deen (second
Zaahid Hurst (left)
and Rasheed Romero (right) of
the Islamic Society of Gold Coast and step
sons of Mr. Hamid Goran (centre)
won 3rd and 2nd places in their respective
Both boys converted to Islam
three years ago with their mother Ms. Khadijah
Ms Hurst is the Secretary of
the Faith And Cultural Exchange which has
been active in raising funds for an
Education Project in Chad (see
CCN0187 for a report on the work being
Mr. Goran, who hails from
Chad, arrived from Saudi Arabia three years
ago where he taught Quran reading.
the Muslim Community
week 21 community leaders, including Imams, attended an
information session on the research being conducted on
intimate partner violence (also known as domestic
violence) in the Australian Muslim community by PhD
student, Ms. Nada Ibrahim, from the Griffith
Islamic Research Unit, Griffith University.
There were presentations by Prof
Paul Mazerolle, Dr Mohamad Abdalla and Ms.
Prof Paul Mazerolle, the Director
of the Key Centre for Ethics, Law, Justice and
Governance, gave an overview of violence between
partners in the Australian context and the various
researches currently being undertaken by the Centre in
Dr Mohamad Abdalla, Director of
Griffith Islamic Research Unit, spoke about the lack of
research on intimate partner violence (IPV) in the
Muslim community, the importance of doing research on
domestic violence in the Australian Muslim community and
how Islam views domestic violence from the Quranic and
Nada Ibrahim spoke about the
technicalities of her current research and how it was
going to address some aspects of IPV in the South East
Queensland Muslim community. It is anticipated that the
findings of the research will identify preventative
measures in addressing violence between partners and
impact on social policies on IPV that are both culture-
and religion- specific.
The questions raised by the community leaders included
issues about defining IPV, percentage and whereabouts of
population that was going to be sampled, the theories
underpinning the research, how were the Imams and Muslim
population going to be accessed for the research, the
importance of having information seminars to make
Muslims aware of the issues related to domestic
violence, the importance of using art in intervention
towards IPV, how this research is a step towards
prognosis of the problem of IPV before treatment of IPV
can take place, and what plan was in place if some of
the women or men interviewed in the interview phase of
the research were using the interview as a “cry for
During the Q & A session, it was
important to reiterate that domestic violence was a
human problem and not a problem particular to Muslims.
It was also important to clarify the research
limitations in time, resources and funding, and how it
was one small step towards uncovering the extent of IPV
within the Muslim community so that something can be
done to address it.
The next phase of the research, the initial
consultations with Imams and Muslim community leaders
will be conducted towards the end of July 2008, followed
by a survey that will be posted out to members of the
South East Queensland Muslim community in
Multicultural advocacy campaigner
Yassmin Abdel-Magied was the overall winner of
the community category of the Quest Young Achievers'
Awards last week.
Yassmin, of Sunnybank Hills, won
the community involvement award for setting up a
youth-run advocacy group Youth Without Borders to help
draw services together and was selected from almost 1300
young people to attend the 2020 Youth Summit in
of Islam 87.6FM
"In Focus" is a Lakemba,
Sydney-based radio discussion show on Voice of Islam
87.6FM addressing general social issues and issues in
particular to the Muslim community.
It includes special weekly topics and interviews with
prominent members of the Australian community.
The program is broadcast live in English on Tuesday
nights between 7-8 pm and repeated on Saturday mornings.
TV veteran George Negus has proved
he's got a touch of the Ali G, turning his hand to a
mock interview with Uncle Sam from SBS comedy panel
series Salam Cafe.
Salam Cafe is comedy panel series recorded in Melbourne
and Sydney which features young Aussie Muslims
discussing the humorous side of current issues, with
sketches from award-winning comedians (including Nazeem
Hussain who plays Uncle Sam).
In this sketch, Negus is talking to Uncle Sam about his
campaign to run for Mayor of Camden. This suburb has
been the subject of much press attention recently, after
its residents expressed their desire to prevent a Muslim
school being built there.
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Another wedge issue
Op-ed on the US Elections
divide is the wrong
way to win votes.
There's a disturbing trend in this 2008
election. We are witnessing the manipulation and
exploitation of Muslim-Jewish differences by political
candidates in pursuit of votes. As advocates for our
respective communities, we believe it's in America's
interest that it stop.
It appears that the political logic of the candidates
and their handlers calls for winning Jewish American
support at the expense of Muslim American voters. This
takes the shape of aggressive outreach to the Jewish
community while Muslims go ignored. That strategy may be
politically expedient, but it is inherently flawed.
Muslims see their exclusion as a betrayal of American
values, and many Jews are alarmed by the parallels to
their own historical political exclusion.
American Jews are all too familiar with
institutionalized bigotry. In the late 1940s and 1950s,
Rep. John Rankin opposed the immigration of Holocaust
survivors, and he opposed integration. In that
McCarthyite, anti-Communist era, politicians clamped
down against those who they thought threatened the
changing fabric of America -- namely, Jews. Now, Muslims
are on the receiving end of similar suspicions, this
time in the name of fighting terrorism.
Muslims today are political scapegoats associated with
global tragedies including terrorism and war. Against
this dismal backdrop, politicians are apparently deeming
Muslim voters political pariahs; any endorsement from
national Muslim groups is tantamount to a kiss of death.
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of the Hearts & Their Cures By Ibn Taimiyyah
About Ibn Taymiyah
Shaykh al-Islam Taqi ud-Din
Abu'l-Abbas Ahmad Ibn al-Halim ibn Abd al-Salam Ibn
Taymiyah al-Hanbali was born in , 661 AH (1263 AC) in
Haran, which is now in Eastern Turkey, near the border
of northern Iraq..
His family had long been renowned for its learning ,
among his teachers, was Shams ud-Din Al-Maqdisi, first
Hanbali Chief Justice of Syria following the reform of
the judiciary by Baibars. The number of Ibn Taimiyah's
teachers exceeds two hundred. Ibn Taimiyah was barely
seventeen, when Qadi Al-Maqdisi authorized him to issue
Fatwa (legal verdict). Qadi remembered with pride that
it was he who had first permitted an intelligent and
learned man like Ibn Taimiyah to give Fatwa. At the same
age, he started delivering lectures. When he was thirty,
he was offered the office of Chief Justice, but refused,
as he could not persuade himself to follow the
limitations imposed by the authorities.
Imam Ibn Taimiyah's education was essentially that of a
Hanbali theologian and jurisconsult. But to his
knowledge of early and classical Hanbalism, he added not
only that of the other schools of jurisprudence but also
that of other literature.
He had an extensive knowledge of Quran, Sunnah,
Greek philosophy, Islamic history, and religious books
of others, as is evident from the variety of the books
he wrote. Source:
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[Editor] Asked to explain his own very generous
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doing his bit to fully integrate into Australian
society. After all, as things stand, he was more
likely to draw attention to himself as a slim and trim
citizen than he would have with a beard, white cap and
Combine flour, yeast, salt and sugar in a
mixing bowl. Mix water and egg together until well
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Mula Nasruddin if he knew of a practical way of working
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then I'd offer a teaspoon, a teacup and a bucket to the
person and ask him or her to empty the bathtub.'
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than the spoon or the teacup.'
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