self-deprecating and occasional tongue-in-cheek look at ourselves and
the world around us ......
Sunday, 14 September 2008
News you won't find on CNN!
A number of Muslim
organizations were invited to a presentation during the
week by the Department of Immigration and Citizenship on
the progress of the Federal Government's National Action
Plan (NAP) that was set up in response to the "increased
threat of global religious and political terrorism".
With an initial budget of
$35M, the aim of the National Action Plan was to address
various issues within the Muslim community.
Attendees learnt of the
national programmes that were undertaken during the
course of the past two years like the Muslim Youth
Summit, the establishment of the Islamic Centres of
Excellence, the Conference of Imams, research surveys
and community projects.
Multicultural Affairs Queensland (MAQ),
Islamic Women's Association (IWAQ),
Centrelink, Queensland Police Services (QPS),
Muslim Business Network (MBN), Crescents of
Brisbane, ACCES Services, CCN, MYServices, Department
of Immigration & Citizenship (DIAC) and
creates its own history
to right) Wilma Bothwell,
Shafiq Allahwala, Faisal
Hatia, Malik Issadeen,
Sadeq Mustapha, Shummis
Rane, Janeth Deen,
Fathima Adat and (at the
other end of the camera)
The Queensland Muslims
Historical Society (QMHS), the first such society in
Australia, was formally constituted yesterday
(Saturday) afternoon at the Kuraby Community Hall.
Ms Janeth Deen
accepted the role of interim President, Mr. Shafiq
Allahwala, Vice President, Ms Wilma Bothwell,
Treasurer and Ms Fathima Adat, Secretary.
The first of the projects
to be embarked on by QMHS is to set up a display for
Eidfest in October this year.
week in Brisbane ........
Kuraby Mosque Proposed
Extensions Sunday 14th 1pm
An evening with Michael
Shaik Friday 19th 9pm
Open invitation to Ifthar at
the Algester Mosque Saturday
off the ground
only GOPIO member in the world of non-Indian origin, the
Mayor of Ipswich, Paul Pisasale, hosted the
Global Organisation of People of Indian Origin (GOPIO)
Queensland Conference in Ipswich last week-end.
At the conference GOPIO's
newest chapter for the Asia Pacific Region was
Visitors from as far as Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Singapore,
Mauritius, India and South Africa attended the inaugural
"The key to a successful
global city is friendship and our city is well known for
its spirit of friendship, heritage and hospitality,"
Mayor Pisasale said at the end of the conference.
The conference theme of
new networks, stronger ties, interaction aimed to
strengthen Queensland's GOPIO ties, and interact with
and "build a greater understanding of our regional
partners and engage with some powerful motivational and
inspiring key note and guest speakers."
Mr Umesh Chandra is the President of the GOPIO
Queensland Chapter and Mr Sunil Gurram was
appointed as the Honorary Indian Business Ambassador for
the City of Ipswich.
Convert to Islam
Just as some Muslims have
converted to Christianity, young Christians have also
abandoned their faith to embrace the teachings of Islam.
Tales from rural India,
secretive Ireland and strike-riven northern England are
all vying for the Man Booker Prize for Fiction, one of
the world's most prestigious literary awards.
whose book "The White Tiger" tracks the ambitions and
divided loyalties of the son of a rickshaw puller from
an Indian village, is a first-time novelist.
The former TIME magazine correspondent is the
favorite to take the annual prize, worth 50,000 pounds
($88,000) to the winner. (The book has also occupied
pride of place on the CCN Readers Book Club Bookshelf
for some months now).
A second Indian writer is
on the shortlist of six, Kolkata-born Amitav Ghosh
with "Sea of Poppies," a story set on an old slave ship
before the Opium Wars.
But there was no place for Mumbai-born Salman Rushdie,
who was named "Best of the Booker" winners in July to
mark the prize's 40th anniversary.
The renowned novelist won the Booker prize in 1981 with
"Midnight's Children," but his latest work "The
Enchantress of Florence" failed to make the shortlist
despite being heavily backed by bookies when it appeared
on the longlist.
Chair of the judges Michael Portillo described each of
the six pieces of work as an "extraordinary example of
imagination and narrative," as he announced the
shortlist on Tuesday.
"These fine page-turning stories nonetheless raise
highly thought-provoking ideas and issues. These books
are in every case both ambitious and approachable."
The Booker, founded in 1969, rewards the best novel of
the year by a writer from Britain, Ireland or a
Commonwealth country. The winner of the award will be
announced on October 14.
Last year Crescents of Brisbane inaugurated their
"healthy lifestyle through education" motto by having a
breast cancer awareness day with the help of their 'Pink
Following the huge success of the event emphasizing the
epidemic of breast cancer, they decided to carry on with
the theme once again, but this time with a little twist
Breast cancer affects 1 in 3 women each year
irrespective of race or colour and the National Breast
Cancer Foundation has been working tirelessly to find a
much needed cure. However, with research comes much
needed funds which is where the Crescents Pink Team
This year, the Crescents Pink Team will be hosting a
"PINK RIBBON PAMPER BRUNCH" which is to be held at the
Kimberley Park Hall in Shailer Park on Saturday the 25th
of October from 11am - 2pm.
The price of the tickets is $20 each.
What you will be getting for your $20 is a sumptuous
brunch while speakers remind us once again about the
importance of having a mammogram among other things.
Thereafter, the ladies will be treated to something very
Since one of the major factors contributing to all
cancers is stress, the Crescents Pink Team decided to
treat our ladies to an afternoon of relaxation.
Everyone attending will then be pampered with hand
massages, neck and shoulder massages, face and foot spritzers and much, much more. Then allow your
tastebuds to be tantalized with cooking demonstrations
by the Chefs Toolbox Team and learn how NOT to wear your
hijab with local Muslim fashion gurus.
There will also be the usual prizes and since it is a
fundraiser, a silent auction, featuring local artists of
Seats are limited to 150 ladies only (no children please
- you deserve the time out on your own!).
You can, however, buy tickets with your friends and
enjoy this ladies' day out together!
So before your days in October get booked out, give
yourself a much needed treat and play your part in
finding a cure for breast cancer.
After all, we all probably know of someone with BREAST
CANCER - be it a family member, colleague, friend or
For more information, contact Saalihah Seedat on
0404 296 297 (mob), 3219 8274 (home) orat
informationor any of Crescents of
Brisbane Team members.
Crescents Pink Ribbon Pamper
Brunch has a web page of its own
where all updates and the
latest news will be posted.
against Sultan 'futile'
GROUP of Sydney investors has failed in a bid to bring a
dispute with the Sultan of Brunei before a Sydney court.
The New South Wales Supreme Court last year permanently
stayed the case, brought by Sydney company Garsec
against His Majesty Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu-izzadin
Wuddaulah, over a 400-year-old Islamic relic.
Garsec claims the Sultan verbally agreed, through
representatives, to buy a tiny gold-lined Koran, valued
at up to $10 million, for his third wife.
Garsec's directors bought the holy manuscript from a
former KGB agent, and claim the Sultan entered into an
oral contract via promises from his private secretary
Justice Robert McDougall last year ruled that the
contract was brokered in Brunei and therefore fell
within that country's jurisdiction.
The judge said the Sultan - whose own constitution
proclaims he can "do no wrong in either his personal or
any official capacity" - was entitled to his sovereign
legal protection and could not be brought before a NSW
Iftaars on Fridays and
Saturdays at the Kuraby Mosque have become increasingly
popular with many groups and individuals vying to cater
for the hundreds of fasting Mosque-goers who turn up in
This year we have also
seen generous donations of Turkish bread, lollies,
chocolates, dates, and
even bags of meat.
The recently installed
marquee in the car park has added to the congenial
atmosphere during the ifthaars and this year Kuraby
Mosque has an atmosphere of goodwill and camaraderie
reminiscent of Ramadan in the Holy Cities.
Teams Medal Haul
Rami's Team Thunders On
Written by Mounir
3rd September, ten of Rami's Thunder students went to
Sydney to participate in the 2008 Nationals Competition,
it was the largest ever national tournament with over
2000 competitors from as far afield as New Zealand,
Korea, Japan and other surrounding countries.
Alhamdullilah, the club returned with its best
ever medal tally with everyone returning with a medal
with a total tally of 3 gold medals, 4 silver and 3
bronze which beats the club's previous best of 3 medals.
Gold medal winners
included 3 times Australian champion
Mohammed Peer (left in picture on left)
and double national champion Ali el Merhebi (picture
on right). The club also sent 4 debutants.
For our outstanding results the club was congratulated
by the President of Taekwondo Queensland who also heaped
words of praise on the club.
With the Nationals done and dusted for the year, the
club will be preparing for a bigger and a more
successful year in 2009 with the club planning on
sending students to international tournaments, and with
the results like these, it seems not too long that we
start to turn out Olympic champions insha'allah.
Remember this and you can
become the next champions inshallah Powerful Thunder!!!
For more Information you
can call Coach Rami (right in picture on left)
on 0433 5565 17
Rawlins Rakes in Medals
The other team that took
part in the championships in Sydney was Haris Olomi's
team of 6 fighters who won 6 medals: 3 national
championships, 2 runners up and 1 bronze.
According to coach
HarisOlomi all of the fighters fought very
well the three that missed out on gold were unlucky to
miss out because they only missed by 1 or 2 points.
Coach Olomi said that he was very proud of all the kids
who give him there 100%.
"Well done kids and we will do our best in Bundaberg on
the 26th of October when 8 student will be fighting to
defend their titles," Olomi told his intrepid fighters.
The medal tally was:
Zulaikha Deen Gold
Mousaab Houadchia Gold
Mustafaa Olomi Silver
Abdullah Houadchia Gold and Silver
Jahan Olomi Bronze
Basic Essentials Book for
A book containing everyday
dua's and prayers in Arabic, English Translation and
English Transliteration is available for free from
Faisal Essof (Mobile 0402 575 410)
The book is recommended for new Muslims, people who
cannot read Arabic and Maddressas.
serves up ifthaar
MYServices and Al-Nisa
held an ifthaar dinner at the Kuraby State
Special School last night (Saturday) at which a number
of community leaders and local politicians were present.
In the build up to the
breaking of the fast speakers from the two groups
described their achievements and their plans for the
commerce course excites Indians in Australia
The first ever masters
degree in Islamic commerce to be offered at an
Australian university has some overseas Indian students
excited about future prospects in this fast-growing
segment of global finance.
"I am very excited that La Trobe University will be
offering a course in Islamic banking and finance (IBF).
By learning about Islamic commercial laws, I can help
the people of my community in their development,"
Mohammed Rizwanuddin, who is originally from Hyderabad,
He is nearing completion of a two-year masters in
professional accounting at the university.
The Islamic commerce course will commence in February
2009 and will cost Australian $17,000 per annum for the
one or two years required to complete it, depending on
prior study and experience.
The eight subjects include legal and Islamic
jurisprudence, Islamic commercial law, Islamic banking,
Islamic insurance and Islamic financial markets and
general areas of finance.
"As the concept of 'interest' is considered 'haram'
(prohibited) in Islam, there are many Muslims who need
financial support for their progress. I feel that
Islamic commercial law can overcome this problem," said
Rizwanuddin, who would like to return to India and help
the Muslim community despite good job prospects in
Australia and the Middle East.
According to The Banker global report, in the next five
to 10 years, Islamic finance will require an estimated
50,000 employees to run the industry.
officials have accused each
other of "diabolical
plotting", "evil actions"
and "preposterous lies" in
their respective bids to win
control of the body.
The Australian Federation of
Islamic Councils has been
beset with disputes,
including legal action
estimated to have cost about
$700,000 in the past four
months, as the question of
who should lead the
organisation ended up in the
NSW Supreme Court.
The situation has become so
fraught with claims and
counter claims made by
members of AFIC's executive
that emails have been
circulated ridiculing the
situation and calling on
members to "Enjoy: The
Muslim Commedy (sic) series
..." and naming the
executives as the cast and
crew producing the show.
petition will be brought to London
British Muslims will be asked to sign a record-breaking
petition to denounce terrorism.
Volunteers for the Yeh Hum Naheen (This Is Not Us)
campaign have collected more than 60 million signatures
in Pakistan - often branded the home of Islamist
terrorism - in less than two months.
It will be named in the Guinness Book of Records as the
most signed petition ever.
Now organisers have set their sights on Britain's
Muslims and are planning a Live Aidstyle concert.
The campaign is funded by Muslim philanthropists worried
about the re-emergence of the Taliban. It is the
brainchild of British entrepreneur Waseem Mahmood, who
was awarded an OBE for setting up radio networks in war
zones including Afghanistan, Bosnia and Iraq.
Mr Mahmood, 46, a former BBC journalist, is to approach
Boris Johnson about bringing the campaign to London. He
said: "Hopefully we will soon have volunteers with
petitions on Brick Lane and other areas with lots of
British Muslims. This is all vital in preventing another
terror attack. If you start removing [terrorists']
support, you start to cut the supply line.
"I'm advocating a world anti-terrorism day in two to
three years where we could hold concerts simultaneously
- London could be a focal point. We are looking to
approach City Hall. I think Boris would love the idea."
The squares within and
outside the Holy Mosque
of Makkah witness in
Ramadan the biggest
iftar in the world.
More than 12,000 metres
of tablecloth are
stretched daily for
iftar along the Mosque
area for worshippers to
end their fast.
Officials in charge of
the iftar in the Holy
Mosque say its daily
cost amounts to about
one million Saudi riyals
(Dh982,200). Iftar does
not take more than 15
minutes - from the time
that people stretch the
tablecloths out to the
clearing of the
The area where people
take iftar is cleaned as
fast as possible in
order to leave room for
people to perform
Maghreb prayers. The
meal is served by
various benefactors who
are assisted by cleaning
The Presidency of the
Two Holy Mosques Affairs
divided the squares
around the Holy Mosque
into various sections
and assigned them to
charity givers willing
to provide iftar for
Iftar offered by these
benefactors are made of
dates, juice, milk, and
cakes. Dates and Zam Zam
water are served first
The number of dates
consumed daily by
worshippers in the Holy
Mosque is estimated to
be more than 5 million.
With about 1.2 million
Maghreb prayers in the
Holy Mosque, that huge
number still only
equates to three dates
per person. In the
meantime, more than two
million bottles of Zam
Zam water are consumed
by worshippers during
In the Tawaf area inside
the Holy Mosque, the
iftar tablecloths are
not stretched until the
last moment in order not
to block the way for
worshippers who want to
finish the Tawaf rituals
before Maghreb prayers.
Iftar inside the Mosque
differ from that served
in the outside squares.
It is not allowed to
bring any food other
than dates and coffee
into the Holy Mosque to
maintain the cleanliness
of the Haram area.
Met is facing race bias claim by its top Asian woman
most senior Muslim woman
in the Met police is set
to lodge a claim of race
Yasmin Rehman, a
director of diversity
with the force, intends
to file a claim with a
tribunal within days
claiming she has been
subjected to racist
It is another blow to
Scotland Yard, which has
been rocked by a race
Commissioner Sir Ian
Blair and his third in
command Tarique Ghaffur.
Ms Rehman's post of
Director of Partnerships
and Diversity for
puts her at the
equivalent level to a
chief superintendent in
terms of civilian staff
at the Met.
She has sought advice
from the Metropolitan
Association, the same
organisation which is
backing Mr Ghaffur in
A friend said: "Yasmin
has been one of Scotland
Yard's shining stars on
working with ethnic
minority communities and
like forced marriages
and honour killings.
"She has worked very
passionately on helping
the police get to grips
with these types of
"But she has been off
sick for a year with
and feels she has been
targeted because she is
Asian. Her thinking is,
'I've worked too hard to
let them force me out'.
Ms Rehman is employed by
the Met at the "Band A"
level, earning more than
£60,000 a year. She was
promoted to her post two
years ago, so Sir Ian
would have been aware of
her appointment. Her
department is based in
Westminster and comes
under the Met's
branch, headed by
The focus of her role
has been improving the
force's links with
rather than ensuring the
police employ more
As one of the force's
leading experts on
community cohesion and
domestic violence, she
has spoken at
conferences around the
A police source said: "Yasmin
is very well thought of
in the Met.
She is the last person
you would think would
end up in this
situation. She is
determined to bring her
case against the Met.
It's not a question of
if this will happen, but
when. That one of
Scotland Yard's most
employees and, indeed,
their head of diversity,
is suing is a damning
indictment on what is
going on there."
A Met spokeswoman said
they had not received
notification that Ms
Rehman was to bring a
Yesterday Sir Ian
Ghaffur of his duties.
Mr Ghaffur, 53, is to be
investigated by the
Authority for possible
misconduct for speaking
publicly about his race
claim against the Met.
Mr Ghaffur is taking the
Met to an employment
tribunal. His actions
have prompted the
biggest race row to hit
the force since the
Macpherson inquiry into
the Stephen Lawrence
investigation. Sir Ian
said his comments were
affecting the Met's
Should your reader desire more information on
Islamic Laws of Inheritance the following are
available in pdf and can be emailed:-
Part I - Wills & Inheritance
Part II - What to Include in an Estate
Part III - Inheritance Shares
Part IV - How to Distribute an Estate
Assalamu Alaikum Wahmatullahi Wabarakatuhu
Congratulations on your 200th addition of CCN. Even
though I am no longer principal at AIIC and serving
the Muslim community, I still enjoy receiving the
CCN email each Sunday.
The news helps me to keep in touch with the many
positive and exciting things that are happening in
the Muslim community.
have a chuckle at Jalalludin and his friend Mula
your great work.
Allah continue to bless you and reward you so you
can celebrate the 1000th edition of CCN..
Salams Peter Michalski
Kareema's Keep Fit Column
Q: Dear Kareema, I realise that strength training
will help me tone my arms, what else can I do to get
A: Try and mix up your workouts, especially when it
comes to upper body. A few short-burst boxing sessions
will begreat for toning your arms, coupled with some
tricep-dips and push-ups whenever you've got a few
minutes to spare!
Take time to stretch as well for improved flexibility
and to aid in movement.
Try and mix up your workouts, especially when it comes
to upper body.
A few short-burst boxing sessions will be great for
toning your arms, coupled with some tricep-dips and
push-ups whenever you've got a few minutes to spare!
Take time to stretch as well for improved flexibility
and to aid in movement.
All questions sent in are published here anonymously and
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KB's Culinary Corner:
Chocolate Cup Cakes
1 cup castor sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla essence
1 cup self Raising flour,
1 tsp Baking powder
2 tablespoons cocoa (sifted )
1/2 cup warm milk
1/2 cup oil
1. Beat eggs till light in colour and fluffy
2. Slowly add sugar and keep beating
3. Add oil and beat to incorporate
4. Fold in sifted dry ingredients with a
5. Add warm milk and essence - and stir in
lightly, lifting batter & folding in
Put mixture in cup cake pans and bake at 180
When its cool, ice with chocolate topping:
Melt 200g milk chocolate, in the microwave
for 1min and 30seconds add then add ½ cup
fresh cream and stir in and beat into a
smooth consistency or until its glossy
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Nasruddin’s wealthy friend, was riding along on his
camel ahead of his caravan when he saw a man eating
grass by the roadside.
He ordered his camel
driver to stop and he got out to investigate.
"Why are you eating grass?" Jalalludin asked the man.
"I don't have any money for food," the poor man replied.
"Oh, please come to my house!"
"But sir, I have a wife and four children..."
"Bring them along!" the rich man said.
They all climbed onto the backs of the following camels.
Once underway, the poor fellow said, "Sir, you are too
kind. Thank you for taking all of us in."
Jalalludin replied, "No, you don't understand. The grass
at my house is over three feet tall!"
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