self-deprecating and occasional tongue-in-cheek look at ourselves and
the world around us ......
Sunday, 15 February 2009
News you won't find on CNN!
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OP-ED by THOMAS L. FRIEDMAN
Leave it to a brainy Indian
to come up with the cheapest
and surest way to stimulate
our economy: immigration.
“All you need to do is grant
visas to two million
Indians, Chinese and
Koreans,” said Shekhar
Gupta, editor of The Indian
Express newspaper. “We will
buy up all the subprime
homes. We will work 18 hours
a day to pay for them. We
will immediately improve
your savings rate — no
Indian bank today has more
than 2 percent nonperforming
loans because not paying
your mortgage is considered
shameful here. And we will
start new companies to
create our own jobs and jobs
for more Americans.”
While his tongue was
slightly in cheek, Gupta and
many other Indian business
people I spoke to this week
were trying to make a point
that sometimes non-Americans
can make best: “Dear
America, please remember how
you got to be the wealthiest
country in history. It
state-owned banks or fearing
No, the formula was very
simple: build this really
flexible, really open
economy, tolerate creative
destruction so dead capital
is quickly redeployed to
better ideas and companies,
pour into it the most
diverse, smart and energetic
immigrants from every corner
of the world and then stir
and repeat, stir and repeat,
stir and repeat, stir and
A day for women to relax and be pampered while having a
minimum of 10% of their spend go to humanitarian aid for
the people of Gaza. Imagine having your hair done,
followed by a massage and facial and maybe top it off
with a manicure whilst enjoying the fashion parade of
Australian Muslimah designers, all this while your
children are being taken care of by the day care.
Instead of going home to cook you can grab a meal for
the family for a total day of relaxation and pampering.
If this sounds like the perfect day call Fa'izah on 0404
713 624 to book your treatments now to avoid
We are currently looking for professional women who are
involved in the beauty industry (e.g. hair dressers,
manicures, pedicures, massage, waxing, henna, facials,
day care e.t.c.) to work on the day. We require that you
donate a minimum of 10% of your total sales for the day
to humanitarian aid for the people of Gaza. If you are
interested you don't need to work for the whole day.
Call Fa'izah on 0404 713 624 to discuss what you can
provide and the time you are available.
We are also looking for women who have products for sale
directly related to women for example clothing, make-up,
perfume, household products and who would like to give a
demonstration and sell their products on the day. The
first demonstration is free with a minimum of 10% of the
total sales for the day being donated to humanitarian
aid for the people of Gaza. A second demonstration is
also available at a cost of $25. Please call Fa'izah on
0404 713 624 for more details and to book a time for
If you are also interested in helping out with this
worthwhile cause but are unsure of what you can do
please call Fa'izah on 0404 713 624.
What: Spa Day for Women
When: Saturday 14th March
Where: 182 Napper Rd. Parkwood Qld 4215 (Gold Coast)
Why: To raise money for humanitarian aid for Gaza.
Info: Phone Fa'izah on 0404 713 624
Extract from Graham Staerk's
Weekend Gold Coast Bulletin
recognised leader of the
majority, Cr Peter Young,
says locating an Islamic
school next to a Christian
church and Croatian sports
centre is potentially
`scary' and `frightening'.
The thing that worries me is
that this bloke IS the
effective leader of our city
- a body that ranks second
in population size in the
Young (pictured right)
does have a genuine
leadership role in the
fastest-growing region in
Australia and this is how he
The only things that scare
and frighten me about this
issue are his views.
Whatever possessed him to
voice them in such an
I can't believe he parades
himself as green and
left-leaning with links to
Labor (they're tenuous at
best if the truth be known
and this won't improve
This fellow is clearly no
Too bad he can't take a leaf
out of Ron Clarke's highly
principled and admirable
stand in favour of the
school, and ignore the
extremist views of the scary
Christian far right.
Young should be taking the
heat out of the whole event,
not stoking it up with loose
and disturbing gibberish.
If Ron Clarke says that
local bigots fighting
against the school have no
place on the Coast, where
does that leave Cr Young?
In my view, these statements
disqualify him from sitting
on the council.
This is just one of the many
disquieting things about
this guy, who has never
offered himself to the
entire populous at a general
After this rant, I suspect
he'll never get the chance.
What he conveniently ignores
is the reality that mixing
communities together, in
this case Muslims,
Christians and Croatians, IS
It breaks down barriers and
Good planning dictates
that we blend our various
groupings and not segregate
The other thing he ignores
is the nature and character
of our highly regarded,
local Islamic community,
which can only be described
as moderate and secular.
For Cr Young to deliberately
try to connect the dots
between the creation of an
Islamic school at Carrara
and terrorist events
internationally is one of
the most despicable
political acts I've
seen in a long time.
The nikah (wedding) of
Sousun, daughter of Fakhri and
Rashida Shamsodien of Kuraby, Brisbane, and
Wasief Chilwan of Cape Town (South Africa) took place on 7
February at the Zinatul Islam Muir Street Mosque in
The wedding reception, held at
Pegulls Restaurant in Greenpoint, Cape Town, was a
glittering affair attended by over 270 guests and
many friends and family from Brisbane.
Sousan's exquisitely designed
gown was the work of a Brisbane couture.
The happy couple are presently
honeymooning in Turkey.
A PUBLIC high school, an
Islamic college and a
Catholic primary school are
breaking down religious
barriers towards the common
goal of a new performance
and multifunction centre.
The Federal Government has
recognised the united
efforts of Plumpton High,
Australian Islamic College
(Western Australia) and Good
Shepherd Primary School by
granting almost $2.3 million
towards the project under
the Local Schools Working
Together pilot program.
This was one of 15 projects
in Australia that will share
in $31.7 million under the
The aim is to encourage
government, Catholic and
independent schools to work
together to develop shared
This pilot program was one
of three NSW projects that
were granted funding.
The centre will be at
Plumpton High School and
it's hoped to be finished
The centre will have tiered
seating for 430 people,
technological facilities and
rehearsal rooms for music
It will also have service
facilities that will include
a kitchen, toilets and
storage for costumes and
Plumpton High School
principal Eric Jamieson
hopes the centre will be
built within 12 months.
He said the hall would be
for the wider community as
well as for use by its
feeder public primary
schools Plumpton, Hebersham,
Glendenning, Plumpton House
and William Dean.
"We're delighted about the
project,'' Mr Jamieson said.
"Our ultimate goal is for
the whole community to take
advantage of it.''
Mr Jamieson said the project
would boost the rebuilding
of the school's performing
"Performing arts have always
been strong at Plumpton
High, but it's fallen away
in recent years, so we're
working very hard to rebuild
it,'' he said.
AUSTRALIAN Muslims are
"seething with anger" at
what they perceive as the
one-sided treatment of last
month's Israeli incursion
into Gaza, a Melbourne
leader said yesterday.
Ramzi Elsayed, president of
the Islamic Council of
Victoria, said he had never
seen the community so hurt
or aggrieved, especially
after acting Prime Minister
Julia Gillard said Israel
was responding to Hamas
aggression after Hamas broke
"It's as though they think
one Jewish life is worth 100
Palestinians," he said.
"Enough's enough. It's time
to call the facts as they
are. Israel broke the
ceasefire on 4 November."
Responding to a Jewish
threat to sever ties with
Australia's Muslims if the
president of its peak body
did not withdraw a
comparison between Gaza and
the Holocaust, Mr Elsayed
said a cooling-off period
was inevitable anyway.
"There's going to be some
open wounds which will take
time to heal. Tension and
hatred has built as never
before in the Middle East,
and that's the danger in
Mr Elsayed said the
Victorian council would not
have made the Holocaust
comparison because they
instead to the "massacre" of
Recently The Age reported a
row between the Australian
Federation of Islamic
Councils and the Executive
Council of Australian Jewry
— the main bodies for each
faith — over the refusal of
AFIC chairman Ikebal Patel
to recant his claim that the
former victims of the
Holocaust were perpetrating
"much worse atrocities" in
Robert Goot, president of
the Jewish council, said the
Jewish community would not
be able to work with AFIC if
the remarks were not
Mr Patel said he would be
happy to meet Mr Goot any
time. He agreed with Mr
Elsayed that Muslims had
never been angrier, even
during the war in Lebanon in
2006, because Hamas had not
been able to resist as
He said the Australian
Government should have tried
to encourage both parties to
cease hostilities, and then
to hold talks.
Mr Goot said the
Government's response had
been appropriate and
principled, calling on both
sides to stop fighting and
try to resolve the issue.
"It's all very well to say
people should sit down and
talk, but Hamas won't talk
to Israel because it doesn't
recognise it and is
dedicated to its
annihilation. There's no one
to talk to."
The Jewish Anti-Defamation
strongly condemned the
"disgraceful statements" by
Mr Patel and the
controversial former Mufti
of Australia, Taj al-Din al-Hilali,
that "what we are seeing (in
Gaza) is another Holocaust".
ADC vice-chairman Alain
Grossbard said the
statements were entirely
false and showed "an immoral
willingness to engage in the
sort of Holocaust denial
that is so repugnant to all
He said it was of great
concern that Mr Patel
claimed his views
represented the mainstream
Spearheading the Gaza
rallies last month was a group of political activists
who are determined to educate the masses about the
Palestinian struggle against Israel.
by their plight for Palestinians, Justice for Palestine
was formed in Brisbane to collectively condemn Israel
and mobilise support for Gazans.
Gathered at an inner-city building, activists from
different backgrounds and beliefs planned multiple
rallies, intending to make the Palestinian cause, the
Socialist Alliance activist and peace-keeping veteran,
Hamish Chitts (pictured left) was
instrumental in the planning process. Disillusioned by
flawed intelligence leading to the Iraq war, Mr. Chitts
discharged from the army and became a political
activist. A moral imperative motivates his support for
Palestinians deprived of their ancestral lands.
‘Once you know the truth of these issues it’s hard to
ignore, we need to educate the people’, says Mr. Chitts.
‘Most people don’t know and they’re just being fed by
the corporate media’.
Activists networked and tapped into grass-roots
organisations such as unions, mosques and churches,
mustering different communities for a single cause.
Their combined efforts yielded over 2500 people who
attended rallies, roughly $9,625 in donations, and a
petition with over a thousand signatures.
Fair Go for Palestine activist, Susan Al-Maani
whose parents were uprooted from Palestine as children,
promoted the rallies extensively, organising fliers and
posters but said dua or prayers are just as important.
‘Two-thousand [pro-Palestinian] protesters has never
been done before [in Brisbane]’, said Mrs. Al-Maani,
‘but the impact was not as much as the work we put in’.
‘It’s never enough for the cause of Palestine’.
Fellow activist, Anas Abdullah, the most vocal and
passionate speaker at the rallies, said protesting was
like a pressure valve that released his frustration
against double-standards, saying ‘Palestinian and Arab
blood was cheaper than other blood’.
He was disappointed with a news report claiming the
‘Palestinian community’ was protesting; inaccurately
assuming that the protesters were only Palestinian.
Crescents of Brisbane's, Mustafa Ally, who
experienced apartheid South Africa, shares a ‘deep
concern’ for Palestinians enduring injustices by Israel.
He admired how people from different religions and
ideologies overcame differences to form Justice for
Palestine, Mr. Ally was ‘initially skeptical that we
could put together a rally with people we had never seen
before let alone worked with’.
‘But I was most impressed by how forthcoming and
generous everyone in the committee was’, he said.
Throughout this month
Justice for Palestine is hosting a series of film nights
about the Palestine-Israeli conflict, launching a
boycott of Israeli products and public meetings, for
more information contact Abdulla 0413 783 853 or Hamish
0401 586 923.
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After holding a fun
bowling event for all the young sisters to build
awareness amongst the youth on the critical issues in
Gaza and to kick start the New Year we'd like to set the
scene for our upcoming activities early on so you can
get it into your diary now.
This year brings a flavour
of different sorts including our much anticipated
Al-Nisa Parenting Program bringing you all the tips,
tricks, Hadith and information for young mothers and
mothers to be. There are plenty of parenting programs
around but not many designed just for our sisters so
this program hopes to bring the best of most of those
programs along with the correct information on raising
bright Muslims for the next generations to come and all
in harmony with our beloved Prophet's (saw) way
If you are creative by
default, or not! then join us at the Art De La Femme
expo to encapsulate all our sisters' flair in a
workshop and exhibition, sister-style of course!
We then proceed with an
Islamic Education Seminar to fill your employers,
teachers, friends and non-Muslim organisations in on
what our Ummah is really about.
Early in the year we will
be hosting the delightful and highly delectable
Mother|Daughter High-Tea event fostering all things
motherly and daughterly. In fact the High-Tea will be
held in early March insha'Allah so be quick to book your
seat and one for your mother/daughter and sisters too.
Those ladies who've
followed our activities over the past four years will
know about our famous Girls Day Out which is
going to be back again in 2009. For some adrenalin
pumping action to release that daily stress (not that we
sisters are oppre.. uh stressed thank you very much)
compete with us at our Sports Day Series competitions.
Last but not least we will
finish the year off insha'Allah with an Exquisite
We invite you to join us
through our array of events this year and remember that
Al-Nisa exists to effortlessly plan these activities for
you and to provide you with a Halal avenue to enjoy
yourself, learn and to be with your sisters in safer
environments. Therefore we highly encourage you to
scrutinise what we have on offer and give us your
feedback and comments.
Furthermore, why not
actually take a lead role and join in to organise these
The Al-Nisa Youth Group
are planning to conduct a parenting workshop in the
mid-year designed for Muslim parents, parents-to-be or
anyone wanting to learn important lessons on rearing
children and dealing with difficult situations.
A survey is being conducted to understand what Muslims
in Brisbane want in a parenting workshop, as well as the
time and location.
If you are interested in a
parenting workshop you can help out by completing the
following survey to help Al-Nisa in the planning of
Tonight (Sunday) at 8.30pm
Sophie McNeill travels to
the remote tribal regions of
north-west Pakistan, to see
how the country's new
civilian government is
coping with the Taliban
Despite the Pakistani army's
seemingly determined efforts
to root out the militants –
they're making little
The fighting is fierce and
has already claimed the
lives of around 1,500
Pakistani soldiers – three
times the number of American
soldiers who have died
fighting the Taliban in
The troops are also accused
of using excessive force -
killing innocent civilians
and displacing over half a
Find out more about
Pakistan's fight against the
Taliban at Dateline's new
time of 8:30pm on Sunday.
Also on the programme George
Negus interviews former
British Prime Minister Tony
Since he left Number 10
Downing Street, Mr Blair has
been heavily involved in
efforts to broker peace in
the Middle East.
But some are wondering what
effect Mr Blair's support of
the Iraq War will have on
his ability to negotiate
effectively in the
And as the UK slips deeper
into economic crisis, what
does the former Prime
Minister have to say about
his legacy in Britain? With
the boom times over, does he
accept any responsibility
for the UK's current state?
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Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King
Abdullah receives Chinese President Hu
Jintao at the Riyadh airbase on Tuesday. The
children accompanying the president are
survivors of a devastating earthquake that
hit China last year.
RIYADH: Custodian of the
Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah held wide-ranging talks
with Chinese President Hu Jintao, who arrived here
yesterday with a mission to strengthen strategic ties
between Riyadh and Beijing, especially in the oil and
The Kingdom and China later signed
five bilateral agreements.
During the meeting, King Abdullah highlighted the strong
friendly relations between the two countries and
He expressed his desire to further
strengthen Saudi-Sino relations. "China was the first
country I visited after becoming the king," Abdullah
told the Chinese president.
On his part, Hu commended King
Abdullah's efforts to strengthen relations.
appreciate the continuous contacts between leaders and
officials of the two countries," he added.
leaders called for a just and comprehensive Middle East
peace settlement that would ensure the Palestinians an
Saudi princess speaks out in support of lifting the
country's ban on women drivers
The wife of
says she is
ready to get
soon as the
ban on women
I'm ready to
husband is a
is ranked as
I have an
license, and I
drive a car in
have not been
drive since the
the state in
1932, but the
set to lift its
ban and issue a
decree by the
end of the year.
the ban is
are likely to be
hurdles such as
must also be
said: 'I prefer
driving a car
with my sister
or friend next
to me instead of
being with a
driver who is
not (related to
to hire live-in
those who cannot
month for a
driver must rely
drive them to
shopping or the
that women at
the wheel create
drivers will be
free to leave
home alone, will
their eyes while
driving and will
such as traffic
China urged Canada on Thursday not to
take in up to three members of its
Uighur minority held at Guantanamo Bay,
saying the issue should be solved
according to international law.
The three, whose lawyers have filed
applications for refugee status in
Canada, are among a group of 17 Uighurs
captured in the wake of the US invasion
of Afghanistan and held at Guantanamo
for the past seven years.
"We have expressed our position many
times about those Chinese terrorists
detained in Guantanamo. We are opposed
to any country accepting those people,"
Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman
Jiang Yu told reporters in Beijing.
"We hope the parties concerned can
resolve conveniently this issue
according to the international laws and
Uighurs, who are mostly Muslim, form the
largest ethnic group in northwest
China's Xinjiang region that borders
Central Asia. Some hope for independence
Jiang was asked to comment on an appeal
from Amnesty International, a Canadian
Uighur group and several churches for
Canada's government to take in the three
A group of young Muslims are backing a
Church in Wales appeal for humanitarian
aid in Gaza.
They have raised more than £1,000 for a
mobile dental clinic delivering
frontline medical aid around the bombed
out streets of Gaza. The clinic, which
has been funded totally by the Church in
Wales since 2000, is part of the work of
family health centres in Gaza run by the
Near East Council of Churches.
Members of the Young Muslim Community
Organisation in Newport, South Wales,
held a bazaar to raise money following
an appeal by the Archbishop of Wales, Dr
Barry Morgan, for urgent aid for the
work of the NECC clinics. The appeal was
intensified after a direct missile
attack destroyed one of the family
centres in Shij’ia two weeks ago.
Ifthir Ahmed, chair of the YMCO, said
the group was pleased to support a Welsh
appeal for humanitarian aid.
He said, “We read about the destruction
of the family clinic and the invaluable
service the mobile dental clinic
provides for so many people in the
Strip. We felt that some of the money we
raised had to go to this very noble
Angelina Jolie, a goodwill ambassador
for the United Nations refugee agency,
has urged Thailand to welcome Muslim
refugees fleeing Burma.
Thailand's treatment of the Rohingyas,
an oppressed Muslim minority from mainly
Buddhist Burma, has been widely
condemned as evidence emerges that
hundreds were rounded up by the Thai
military and towed out to sea.
Leaving Microsoft to Change the
World: An Entrepreneur's Odyssey to Educate the World's
John Wood discovered his passion, his
greatest success, and his life's work—not at business
school or leading Microsoft's charge into Asia in the
1990s—but on a soul-searching trip to the Himalayas.
Wood felt trapped between an all-consuming career and a
desire to do something lasting and significant. Stressed
from the demands of his job, he took a vacation trekking
in Nepal because a friend had told him, "If you get high
enough in the mountains, you can't hear Steve Ballmer
yelling at you anymore."
Instead of being the antidote to the rat race, that trip
convinced John Wood to divert the boundless energy he
was devoting to Microsoft into a cause that desperately
needed to be addressed. While visiting a remote Nepalese
school, Wood learned that the students had few books in
their library. When he offered to run a book drive to
provide the school with books, his idea was met with
polite skepticism. After all, no matter how
well-intentioned, why would a successful software
executive take valuable time out of his life and gather
books for an impoverished school?
But John Wood did return to that school and with
thousands of books bundled on the back of a yak. And at
that moment, Wood made the decision to walk away from
Microsoft and create Room to Read—an organization that
has donated more than 1.2 million books, established
more than 2,600 libraries and 200 schools, and sent
1,700 girls to school on scholarship—ultimately touching
the lives of 875,000 children with the lifelong gift of
Leaving Microsoft to Change the World chronicles John
Wood's struggle to find a meaningful outlet for his
managerial talents and entrepreneurial zeal. For every
high-achiever who has ever wondered what life might be
like giving back, Wood offers a vivid, emotional, and
absorbing tale of how to take the lessons learned at a
hard-charging company like Microsoft and apply them to
one of the world's most pressing problems: the lack of
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KB's Culinary Corner
1 tsp salt
¼ cup oil
½ cup milk
and ½ cup water
Sift the flour and
the salt, then add all other dry
Beat the egg and oil
and very gently rub into the dry
Mix the milk and
water and add to the flour mixture and
knead to form a soft dough.
Cover the dough and
leave to rise until almost double in
3 cups of
chicken fillet cubed
ground cumin (jeeru)
1 tsp salt
ground green chillies
olive oil and add all the above and cook the
chicken until tender and then make a mixture
of 1 ¼ cup cold milk and 2 tab corn flour
and add to the chicken and let it simmer for
a few minutes and then allow it to cool.
dough down and then using half the dough at
a time, roll it out, using an 8cm cutter,
cut out circles, brush with beaten egg,
place the filling in the one half and then
fold over, Brush with beaten egg and
sprinkle with cheese and cubed tomatoes and
green peppers and bake at 180 degrees until
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The CCN Chuckle
Jalalludin had just
finished installing carpet for a lady.
He stepped out for a
smoke, only to realize he'd lost his cigarettes.
In the middle of the
room, under the carpet, was a bump. "No sense pulling up
the entire floor for one pack of smokes," he said to
He proceeded to get
out his hammer and flattened the hump.
As he was cleaning
up, the lady came in.
"Here," she said,
handing him his pack of cigarettes. "I found them in the
"Now," she said, "if only I could find my parakeet. "
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
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