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Sunday, 25 January 2009
News you won't find on CNN!
of Muslim Welfare Shop
By Janeth Deen
is with great pleasure that we announce the opening date
of the welfare shop established by the Queensland Muslim
Welfare Association Inc to be at 10 am. on Saturday,
31 January 2009.
Members of three of the early Muslim families to settle
in Queensland, represented by Hussin Goss, Osman Rane
and Janeth Deen have been aware of the urgent need to be
able to respond to help those people in our community
who experience misfortune through no fault of their own.
We have been fortunate to be living in such a great
country, and have had time to establish ourselves over
Our grandparents were migrants who had to struggle to
survive during harsh times, amongst which was the great
depression of the 1930s and other periods when business
was at its lowest, which is part of the business cycle.
Many countries of the world are now facing recession,
including ours. Some of our brothers and sisters may
find themselves without jobs and this will impact on the
Our welfare shop will stock clothing and household
merchandise at very low prices.
Most of the stock is second hand, but of good quality
and will be sold to the people who visit our store in
the Parkland Shopping Centre, Shop 5, 91 -101 Ewing
The goods have been donated by Muslim brothers and
sisters on the south side of Brisbane. The proceeds from
the goods will help pay for the rent, electricity,
Any profits from the welfare shop will go into a trust
fund for any emergency that may crop up for those
affected by unforeseen events.
Those people referred to us by Imams or IWAQ or any
other authority caring for the needy, will receive
whatever we can provide to help them with, free of
charge. We are a Welfare association with the prime
objective being, to help the needy.
The welfare shop will stock both Muslim and western
clothes, which makes it unique in itself.
It will be run on voluntary help and will be open from
8.30am to 5.00pm on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and
On Tuesday and Thursday it will close at 12.30pm and on
Fridays closed from 12.30pm to 2pm.
Imam Yusuf Peer will perform the opening dua and
will assist the Mayor of Logan City, Pam Parker
to officially open the shop.
Light refreshments will be provided for all those who
attend the opening and everyone is invited to attend the
We are delighted to have chosen the Parkland shopping
centre for our shop, as it is in a very multi-cultural
part of the region.
We thank you for your donations, and please say your
duas that the shop serves the purpose it has been
established for. Thanks also, to all our dedicated
volunteers who have given their valuable time to help us
set up the shop.
Hussin Goss, Osman Rane and Janeth Deen
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Islamic TV channels including Aljazeera English
people of diverse backgrounds and ages
attended the 4th rally in Queen's Park,
The focus was
on the children in Palestine who were killed
recently and as such the rally was led by
children from the local community.
in the march held white doves aloft.
the rally were also broadcast over the local
Movies with CCN: Journey to Mecca
The modern-day Haj
experience writ large in IMAX film format is twinned
with the ancient story of the Muslim world's best known
ancient traveler in a new film that premiered this month
in the Gulf.
"Journey to Mecca," made by Cosmic Picture, was shot in
Saudi Arabia and Morocco and tells the tale of Ibn
Battuta's adventurous 14th-century trek to Mecca from
Tangier woven with IMAX coverage of millions of Muslims
performing the Haj today.
"Four years ago, when we started on the film, we wanted
to bring the story of one man's quest to reach Mecca to
the giant canvas of IMAX -- the most spectacular cinema
format on Earth with a screen some 25 meters (yards)
high," said Dominic Cunningham-Reid, Producer of the
film and Chairman of Cosmic Picture.
"We wanted to mix a 14th-century drama with contemporary
Mecca to show the past and present."
"Journey to Mecca" marks the first and only time an IMAX
camera has captured an aerial view of the Haj from a
helicopter hovering 200 feet above Mecca and the first
time an IMAX team has been admitted into the most sacred
sanctuary of Islam -- the Grand Mosque at Mecca.
"We knew that if we could overcome the uncharted
challenges of getting IMAX technology into the grand
mosque of Mecca and up in the sky above it then we would
make a film with the potential to promote a better
fundamental understanding of Islam in the West while
sharing the heart of Islamic heritage with the widest
possible audience, regardless of religion,"
The producers maintain the film is non-political and is
entertaining and enlightening to the non-Muslim world,
helping them to understand Islam.
Journey To Mecca - In The
Footsteps of Ibn Battuta Trailer
"We have looked at the Haj in a historical context by
telling the story of Ibn Battuta," said Taran Davies,
CEO of Cosmic Picture who describes "Journey to Mecca"
as a "dramatic film with a documentary element."
"It is a celebration of culture, it is about humanity
and with a powerful message. Our aim is to create
awareness and understanding to the next generation and
of peace and understanding especially in the non-Muslim
The film is scheduled to show this month in Dearborn,
Michigan, and Paris and in February in Toronto. It also
will be screened in Saudi Arabia, which has only one
theater, and in various other countries where cinemas
already have booked it without seeing the film.
"There's tremendous interest in people understanding
other people, and we are relying on this aspect," said
Davies, dismissing any concerns about the film's
legitimacy on grounds that non-Muslims produced it.
"It is actually a collaboration between people of
different countries and different religions and without
our co-producers from Morocco and other Muslim partners,
we could not have got anywhere," explained Davies,
citing how an Imam was very pleased by the project
because it was conceived by the West.
"Journey to Mecca" stars newcomer Chems Eddine Zinoun,
who plays Ibn Battuta, Hassam Ghancy, Nadim Swalha and
Nabil Elouabhabi. Renowned actor Ben Kingsley is the
film's English-language narrator.
For the producers, it was irrelevant to get major movie
"The story is the important element of the film, and
major stars could have been a distraction. Ibn Battuta
is you and me and need not be a great movie star,"
Ironically, Zinoun, the 28-year-old hero of the film
died on Nov. 12, 2008 shortly after the film was
Despite the trials and tribulations of making the film,
the crew of 85 from 30 countries enjoyed every bit of
the work, able to maintain their creative integrity
throughout to recreate the Hajj in the 14th century.
And while for some of the Muslim crew it was their first
journey to Mecca, for some of the non-Muslims it was the
closest they could get to a shrine that is otherwise out
of bounds for them.
covered in a veil of media mistrust – PhD study
A University of Queensland psychology graduate has shown
media portrayals of international conflict involving
Muslims may facilitate the idea that Muslim beliefs are
incompatible with Australian society.
Dr Campbell White's
research comes amid reports of public opposition to a
proposed $19 million Muslim school in Sydney's far
western suburb of Camden and controversy surrounding the
Australian International Islamic College in Carrara.
"When people think about an issue like Camden, media
images of Muslims involved in war and conflict can
affect their judgement about the issue, even if they
would normally endorse tolerance as a policy," Dr White
The research found media stories or images interacted
with existing attitudes and influenced perceptions of
threat and constructions of cultural incompatibility or
"People who rely heavily on the media can recall images
of Muslims in conflict so the idea that Muslim culture
is incompatible with mainstream Australia plays a
stronger role in determining whether they will tolerate
Muslim practice," Dr White said.
"Those who rely less on the media as a source of
information tend to base their perception of Muslims on
their existing attitudes toward multiculturalism."
Dr White said host communities tend to take an all or
nothing approach to what they see as "incompatible"
cultures and expect immigrants from these backgrounds to
adopt local cultures or stay away.
"Australian communities tend to regard any attempt by
such immigrants to maintain an independent culture as
wanting to set themselves apart from the community," he
Dr White said media coverage of government initiatives
such as the "war on terror" impacted the Muslim
community's sense of belonging and citizenship in
countries like Australia.
"The 'war on terrorism' has been in some ways unique
because the enemy is so poorly defined," Dr White said.
"This means that potentially all Muslims, regardless of
ethnic background or nationality, can be considered by
some as the enemy."
The research also showed respondents who relied on the
media as a source of useful, accurate information were
more concerned about issues such as terrorism and
"It's not that the media should be blamed, or that they
should not cover these important stories, but
politicians and other public figures should be aware of
their potential influence on community harmony," Dr
The Retailers Association executive director, Scott
Driscoll, claims to have had "positive discussions"
with Muslim leaders over last week's controversial hijab
Brisbane 4BC radio presenter Michael Smith called
for a ban on Muslim women wearing traditional hijabs or
burqas in shops because they posed a security risk.
Driscoll publicly backed the call, but it was strongly
rejected by National Retailers Association
executive director, Richard Evans. He said there
was no evidence to suggest the dress endangered
In a recent press release, Driscoll said he had had a
"wonderful discussion" about security issues with
Suliman Sabdia (pictured), president of the
Islamic Council of Queensland.
He said the two would meet again today to talk over the
issues "in more depth."
Sufi Song Khwaja Mere Khwaja by A R
Rahman from the movie Jodhaa-Akbar
Women and What Next!
Australian Muslim cleric has come under fire for telling
followers they can hit their wives and force them to
In a 2003 lecture given in either Sydney, Samir Abu
Hamza speaks out against forced marriages but cites
Koranic verse to justify the claim that it is
"impossible" for a husband to rape his partner even if
she refuses to have sex — and mocks Australian rape laws
that contradict the teaching.
"If the husband was to ask her for a sexual relationship
and she is preparing the bread on the stove, she must
leave it and come and respond to her husband — she must
respond," he says in the sermon Keys to a Successful
Australians are boozers hooked on prostitution and
gambling, Melbourne Islamic cleric Abu Hamza says.
Mr Hamza made headlines on Thursday, and earned
criticism from Islamic groups and Prime Minister Kevin
Rudd, for a 2003 speech posted on the internet last year
in which he said it was OK for Muslim men to hit their
wives and that it was not possible for a man to rape his
Ahead of Iraq Deployment,
37 Korean Troops Convert to Islam
Captain Son Jin-gu from Zaitoon Unit
recites an oath
at ceremony to mark his conversion to
at a mosque in Hannam-dong, Seoul
"I became a Muslim
because I felt Islam was more humanistic and peaceful
than other religions.
And if you can
religiously connect with the locals, I think it could be
a big help in carrying out our peace reconstruction
So said on Friday those
Korean soldiers who converted to Islam ahead of their
late July deployment to the Kurdish city of Irbil in
At noon Friday, 37 members of the Iraq-bound "Zaitun
Unit," including Lieutenant Son Hyeon-ju of the Special
Forces 11th Brigade, made their way to a mosque in
Hannam-dong, Seoul and held a conversion ceremony.
Soldiers from Zaitoon Unit pray after
at a mosque in Hannam-dong, Seoul
The soldiers, who
cleansed their entire bodies in accordance with Islamic
tradition, made their conversion during the Friday group
prayers at the mosque, with the assistance of the
"imam," or prayer leader.
With the exception of the imam, all the Muslims and the
Korean soldiers stood in a straight line to symbolize
how all are equal before God and took a profession on
They had memorized the Arabic confession, " Ashadu an La
ilaha il Allah, Muhammad-ur-Rasool-Allah," which means,
"I testify that there is no god but God (Arabic: Allah),
and Muhammad is the Messenger of God."
Malaysian Islamic party wants Rihanna concert banned
Malaysia's conservative Islamic
party has reportedly called for R
and B singer Rihanna to be banned
from performing there next month,
saying her outfits are too sexy.
The Pan-Malaysian Islamic party
(PAS), which has mounted protests
against the United States over its
support of Israel, says that
concertgoers would also contribute
to an outflow of local currency to
"Whether Rihanna realises it or not,
we know that the taxes she has paid
also contributed to the war in
Gaza," Kamaruzaman Mohamad, a PAS
youth wing leader, told the Star
Kamaruzaman says that the show
planned for February 13, part of
Rihanna's Good Girl Gone Bad tour,
would be an insult to Asian values
as she often performs suggestively
and wears skimpy outfits.
The event is "akin to insulting
Eastern culture, belittling local
artistes, internationally causing
losses to the country's economy and
supporting Israel's war policy,
which is supported by America," he
Kamaruzaman is urging authorities
who issue concert permits in
Muslim-majority Malaysia to reject
the organiser's application.
The concert's sponsor told the daily
that Rihanna has agreed to follow
local regulations for her
performance, but did not give
US singer Beyonce scrapped a planned
concert in Malaysia last year due to
fears of protests.
Gwen Stefani went ahead with a
performance, but was forced to cover
up after complaints about her
Muslim pop star Yusuf
Islam has recruited Paul McCartney, Dolly Parton and
Michelle Branch for his latest album.
Islam, formerly Cat Stevens, returned to the music scene
in 2006 after a 28-year absence, and the success of his
An Other Cup release has spurred him on to record a
McCartney and Parton joined the singer/songwriter in the
studio for the song 'Boots & Sand', while Branch has
teamed up with him on the track 'To Be What You Must'.
'Boots & Sand' is accompanied by a video, shot in the
California desert by Bob Dylan's son Jesse.
"Boots" was written as
a result of 2004 incident in which Yusuf was denied
entry into the U.S., apparently as a result of mistaken
identity on the post-9/11 "no fly" terrorist watch list.
"It's a slight oddity of a song," he said. "The image I
had was kind of a cowboy B-movie made in Italy, but the
story came from real events, real people."
The new album's stripped-down sound is in contrast to
"Cup," which featured tracks with prominent layers.
"Perhaps I went to town a little bit with the production
on the last album," Yusuf said. "I was just having fun
with the new technologies -- we have endless tracks on
Pro Tools. You can just flow them out and add and add,
and I did."
Yusuf came to Pro Tools digital audio software thanks to
his son, who performs under the name Yoriyos and
encouraged him to play with recordings and a computer in
his home studio in London. "He's got such ears," Yusuf
said. "I could understand what he wanted to create --
that journey than the album can take you on."
Dutch politician to be
tried in court for publicly criticizing Islam
Amsterdam (The Netherlands), Jan.22 : A far-right Dutch
politician who gained global notoriety with a film
claiming links between the Koran and terrorism is to be
put on trial for his public statements against Islam.
According to the Independent, Geert Wilders, the leader
of the extremist Freedom Party (PVV), said he was
surprised that the Amsterdam Appeals Court has allowed
his criminal prosecution for inciting hatred and of
discriminating against Muslims by comparing their
religion to Nazism.
"Mr Wilders' views constitute a criminal offence. [He]
has insulted Islamic worshippers by attacking the
symbols of the Islamic faith," the court stated,
referring to his comparison of the Koran to Adolf
Hitler's Mein Kampf.
Enter the Emirates Palace and you enter
a world that's on a far loftier plane
than most of us experience.
What can you say about a fortress-like
edifice that's been hailed variously as
the world's best hotel - the costliest
to build (at the equivalent of more than
$A4 billion) and a seven-star hotel -
when the top grade is traditionally
The Palace in Abu Dhabi, capital of the
United Arab Emirates, opened in November
2005 with 394 rooms and suites, is the
last word in opulence, frequented by
heads of state and government (Blair,
Clinton), diplomats, nobility, business
moguls and a phalanx of VIPs including
Sir Elton John, Will Smith, Justin
Timberlake and others from the world of
showbiz and professionals sports.
India - More Hindus than Muslims in some West
Contrary to popular belief that
madrassas are schools for fundamentalist
Islamic teaching, madrassas in West
Bengal are attracting an increasing
number of Hindu students with their
shift in focus from Islamist education
to science and technology.
Hindu students now outnumber Muslims in
four madrassas of the state.
These include Kasba MM High Madrassa in
Uttar Dinajpur district, Ekmukha
Safiabad High Madrassa in Cooch Behar
district, Orgram Chatuspalli High
Madrassa at Burdwan district and
Chandrakona Islamia High Madrassa at
West Midnapore district.
"The percentage of Hindu students vary
from 57 percent to 64 percent in these
institutes, which stand out as proof
that madrassas (Islamic seminaries) and
secularism are not anachronistic," West
Bengal Board of Madrassah Education
president Sohrab Hussain told IANS.
He said 618 out of the 1,077 students in
Kasba, 554 out of 868 students at Orgram,
201 out of 312 at Chandrakona and 290
out of total 480 students at Ekmukha are
Denying that madrassas impart only
Islamist education, he said the
institutes lay more stress on modern
"It’s a misconception that our students
only learn Islam-related subjects at
madrassas. Time is changing and so are
we. Now, we lay more stress on science
and technology than religion.
"Already 42 madrassas have computer
laboratories; we will increase the
number by another 100 labs in 2009. Over
100 madrassas offer vocational training
in not only tailoring but even mobile
applications technology," Hussain said.
He said an increasing number of Hindu
students were choosing madrassas over
other schools because they had more
"Madrassas have been successful in
winning the confidence of students and
guardians. Mostly first generation
learners from backward classes come to
study here as they know they won’t be
looked down upon. Besides, madrassa
certificates are at par with other
national-level examinations," said
There are 506 madrassas in West Bengal
and 52 more will come up by the end of
2009. Overall, 17 percent of the
students and 11 percent of the teachers
in these institutions are non-Muslims.
"All students are treated equally...
there is no religious bias in the
madrassas. Even the syllabus of the
madrassas are no different from the
Madhyamik - the state secondary
"The only difference is our students
have to sit for a 100-mark extra paper
on Arabic and Islamic studies, which in
a way is good for Hindu students too.
They can learn a new language at the
same time," Hussain said.
Golum Mustafa, headmaster of Kasba
madrassa, said all students study and
play together irrespective of their
"If anyone asks me why Hindu students
study at madrassas, I ask them, ’Why
not?’ Be it school or madrassa - they
are meant for imparting education. There
are many Hindu students who passed out
from Kasba and are well-established in
life," Mustafa said on phone.
Bibhas Chandra Ghorui, a Hindu assistant
teacher at Chandrakona, echoed Mustafa.
"There are seven schools within one km
of this madrassa. But still people send
their wards here, mostly because of
affordability. One has to pay Rs.375 at
general schools while the fees at the
madrassa is only Rs.110.
"As for religious tolerance, if a Muslim
student can study Baishnav Padavali - a
Hindu religious hymns - then why can’t a
Hindu student study Islam or Arabic?"
Ghorui said on phone.
Fearing a Muslim customer backlash,
Hertz car rental last week called on
Israeli airline El Al to withdraw an
internet advert that offered free Hertz
rental to British passengers who flew to
Israel to show their "solidarity" with
The adverts, which carried a Hertz logo,
stated: "Now, more than ever is the time
to come to Israel.
Come express your solidarity with
Israel. Fly with Al Al and receive three
or four day car rental for free!"
The deal was launched on January 8, five
days after Israel began its ground
offensive in Gaza.
Man Who Owns the News:
Inside the Secret World of
Rupert Murdoch by
Murdoch isn’t making
headlines, he’s busy buying
the media outlets that
generate the headlines. His
News Corp. holdings--from
the New York Post, Fox News,
and most recently The Wall
Street Journal, to name just
a few--are vast, and his
power is unrivaled. So what
makes a man like this tick?
Michael Wolff gives us the
definitive answer in The Man
Who Owns the News.
With unprecedented access to
Rupert Murdoch himself, and
his associates and family,
Wolff chronicles the
astonishing growth of
Murdoch's $70 billion media
kingdom. In intimate detail,
he probes the Murdoch family
dynasty, from the battles
that have threatened to
destroy it to the
reconciliations that seem to
only make it stronger.
Drawing upon hundreds of
hours of interviews, he
offers accounts of the Dow
Jones takeover as well as
plays for Yahoo! and Newsday
as they’ve never been
Written in the irresistible
stlye that only an
award-winning columnist for
Vanity Fair can deliver, The
Man Who Owns the News offers
an exclusive glimpse into a
man who wields extraordinary
power and influence in the
media on a worldwide
scale--and whose family is
being groomed to carry his
legacy into the future.
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THIS WEEK IS AUSTRALIA'S HEALTHY WEIGHT WEEK! (JAN.
I CHALLENGE YOU TO MAKE AT
LEAST ONE CHANGE TO YOUR DIET & EXERCISE PROGRAM!! ARE
activity - women
Many Australian women are not active enough
Generally speaking, when compared to Australian men,
Australian women are less inclined to exercise and less
likely to engage in enough exercise to achieve health
Lack of exercise is a significant risk factor for a
range of medical conditions including cardiovascular
disease, diabetes and high blood pressure. Sedentary
women are also at an increased risk of developing
osteoporosis in later life.
C'MON LADIES, LET'S MAKE THE CHANGE TOGETHER - LET'S COOK
Physical activity - men
Regular physical activity is a low priority to at least one third
of Australian men. Those aged between 30 and 50 years
are often not very physically active because they are
busy with work and family commitments. Lack of physical
activity is linked to a range of health problems
including obesity, heart disease and some forms of
C'MON GUYS, IT'S TIME TO TAKE THE GIRLS FOR A WALK - EASY AS!!
Change one bad eating habit at a time and 'lighten the load'..
If you have a medical condition, are overweight, are over 40 years
of age or haven’t exercised regularly for a long time,
see your doctor for a check-up and advice.
I'm happy to answer any questions....
You are more likely to incorporate physical activity
into your day if you plan ahead. Suggestions include:
Learn more about the benefits of physical activity and
the multitude of options available.
Decide which types of physical activity appeal to you.
Look through your diary and identify possible timeslots
for physical activity but also try to reduce the amount
of time you are inactive throughout the day.
Set reasonable goals for yourself.
Update your physical activity goals on a regular basis
and document the benefits to your quality of life.
You can incorporate physical activity into your daily
lifestyle by making a few small changes, such as:
Walk or cycle to the local shops instead of taking the
Get off the bus (or train) at an earlier stop and walk
the rest of the way.
Wash your car yourself.
Take the stairs instead of the lift.
AUSSIES, TRUST ME - IT'S NOT THAT DIFFICULT TO INCLUDE
PHYSICAL ACTIVITY & A HEALTHIER DIET AS PART OF YOUR
Ladies - for those of you, who are serious about making
the change, contact Kareema ASAP for a one week free
pass at Fernwood Underwood (Expires Feb 09)
All questions sent in are published here anonymously and
without any references to the author of the question.
KB's Culinary Corner
Easy Tuna Bake
½ cup of milk
175g tin tuna (drained)
1 cup flour
½ tsp baking powder
½ tsp salt
1tsp ground garlic
2 tsp chopped coriander
1 tsp ground green chillies
½ tsp crushed cumin
1 small grated onion with water squeezed out
½ cup of grated cheese
1. Beat eggs, milk and melted butter
2. Add all remaining ingredients and mix.
3. Pour into greased casserole and bake at
180 degrees c for 25 min.
Serve warm with a green salad.
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The CCN Chuckle
Mula Nasruddin was
addressing a large audience at a gathering:
"The material we put into our stomachs is enough to have
killed most of us sitting here, years ago.
Red meat is awful.
Soft drinks corrode your stomach lining. Chinese food is
loaded with MSG. High fat diets can be disastrous, and
none of us realizes the long- term harm caused by the
germs in our drinking water.
But there is one
thing that is the most dangerous of all and we all have,
or will, eat it. Can anyone here tell me what food it is
that causes the most grief and suffering for years after
seconds of quiet, Jallaluddin in the front row raised
his hand, and softly said, "Wedding Cake."
University of Queensland,
323 Hawken Drive,
Event: Weekly Learning Circle: Sharh
Riyad-us-Saliheen (An Explanation of
'Gardens of the Righteous'
Venue: Prayer Room, University of Queensland
Time: 6.45pm to 7.30pm
Fiqh Made Easy
Room E215 Building 1 (Forgan Smith),
University of Queensland
Time: 6.30pm to 7.35pm
Tafseer al Qur'an (Explanation of the
Venue: Room E215 Building 1 (Forgan Smith),
University of Queensland
Time: 7.45pm to 9pm
Sunnah Inspirations is a
non-profit organisation to cater for Muslim
social support and supplying information to
Muslims and non-Muslims. They have
been doing various activities around
Australia, and have organised Da'wah
information stalls at various universities
in Brisbane. More info can be found on
their website above.
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