self-deprecating and occasional tongue-in-cheek look at ourselves and
the world around us ......
Sunday, 22 February 2009
News you won't find on CNN!
Humanity, Many Faiths"
Summit held over the past 4 days at the City
Hall in Brisbane attracted over 350
delegates from many parts of the world.
banner "One Humanity, Many Faiths"
the conference provided a forum for the
different faith communities in Australia and
the Asia-Pacific region to share their
creative and successful community-based
speakers present at the conference were the
former President of Indonesia, KH
Abdurrahman Wahid; Imam Dr. Tariq
Syed of the Council of Fatwa (Australian
National Imams Council - ANIC); Shaykh
Moez Ben Nafti, President of ANIC (pictured
left); Mr. Ikebal Patel,
President of AFIC; Ms. Nora Amath,
Managing Director of the Australian Muslim
Advocates for the Rights of All Humanity -
AMARAH; and Imam Afroz Ali, President
of the AlGhazzali Centre for Islamic Science
& Human Development.
Ahmad Ghazaleh performed a solo piece
entitled Salaam at the Multi-faith
Multi-Cultural concert held on the Thursday
participated in Interfaith Dialogue Circles in the
afternoons, each circle identified by names
in 18 different languages that denoted the concept of peace such as Rangimarie
(Maori), Heiwa (Japanese), Santiphap
(Thai), Saameye (Singhalese) and Damai (Bahasa
of concise statements from the different
faith leaders clarifying the core values and
principles of their faiths were presented
for publication as a book.
At the closing
ceremony delegates were given candles and
cardboard doves to record their thoughts on
the event and hopes for the future.
On the final
day (Saturday) 120 delegates (pictured
left) were taken on a bus tour of
Brisbane Churches, Temples and Mosques. They
met with Imam Akram Buksh and other
officials of Kuraby Mosque and were
given a brief history of the Mosque and the
local Muslim community.
University Multi-Faith Centre and Prof
Toh Swee-Hin and Dr. Virginia Cawagas
and their team in particular are to be
congratulated on a very informative,
entertaining and engaging summit.
Movies with CCN
The Combination is a
powerful and deeply
affecting story of a
contemporary Lebanese family
in urban Australia.
John Morkos is released from
prison intent on a new life,
free of his old ways.
But he finds his younger
brother Charlie being lured
by the local underworld.
John’s demands to stay clear
of crime fall on deaf ears –
Charlie has no respect for
the former crim.
In the thrall of gang leader
Zeus, Charlie’s life
oscillates between the
schoolyard punch-ups and the
gangland streets of his
When John meets Sydney, a
beautiful Aussie girl, and
finds a job at the local
boxing gym his life is
challenged in unexpected
But Charlie’s unrelenting
decent into the world of
crime places his whole
family in harms way, forcing
John to risk everything to
right his brothers wrongs.
The Cast includes George
Basha, Clare Bowen, Firass
Dirani, Ali Haidar, Doris
At the Muslim Business
Network Annual General
Meeting held on Wednesday at
the Runcorn Tavern four new
members are appointed onto
the Executive Board as
They were Dr. Daud
Batchelor, Dr. Shafiq
Allahwalla, Mr. Bilal
Rauf and Mr. Iqbal
Mr. Shummis Rane was
re-appointed for another
term and the four existing
Exco members Mr.
Mr. Sultan Deen,
Mr. Ebrahim Paruk and
Mr. Naseem Abdul make up
the new 9-man team.
A meeting of the committee
will be held during the week
to elect the new Management
The YMCA Queensland is
seeking passionate young
Muslims to nominate to
represent their community in
the 2009 Queensland Youth
Nominations are now open and
will close at 5pm on the 6th
The YMCA Queensland Youth
Parliament is a civics
education and youth
engagement forum which
brings together a Youth
Member, aged 15-25 years
old, from each of the 89
electorates in Queensland’s
Nominations are needed for
all current 89 state
electorates in Queensland.
Co-ordinator of the YMCA
Queensland Youth Parliament,
Louis Paul Franks, wants to
encourage participation from
the Muslim community.
“Youth Parliament is about
diverse communities and
recognising the unique
experiences and perspectives
individuals bring,” he says.
Last year Queensland’s Youth
Parliamentarians were amazed
by the insight Omar
Issadeen, Abdul Obied
and Yassmin Abdel-Magied
provided information about
the Muslim community.
Yassmin was also later
elected the first Muslim
woman to ever take on the
title of Premier in
Getting Up Close and Personal with ......... Hussin Goss
Every now and then CCN will
interview a local
personality and ask the hard
This week CCN turns the
spotlights on Mr. Hussin
Goss - organizer,
entrepreneur, auctioneer and
might be known for his exuberant personality on stage,
but today we will look at the man behind the microphone.
Hussin is the owner of Goss Bros. a cold
storage and transport business, and his family was the
first Muslim family on the Gold Coast.
Not only has he been at the fore front of
establishing the current Mosque but he is a well known
identity in his own right. His effervescence is either
infectious or tiring, but he is always entertaining..
What is your position: President of the Islamic
Society of Gold Coast
Tell us a little history about the mosque: The
original mosque was started in 1984, but the current
mosque was built in 1995. I have been on the mosque
committee since 1990 and was treasurer for 12 years.
Who else is on the committee?
Vice President - Galil Ali; Treasurer – Habib Jamal;
Assistant Treasurer Aziz Yusuf; Secretary - Athar Shah;
Assistant secretary – Mushood Chotia; Committee Member –
Asim Fazlic; Committee Member – Ismail Kader; Committee
Member – Mozammel Chowdhury
What fundraising will you be doing this year?
Not everything is confirmed yet but we are going to do
something different with our Fundraiser BBQ. We are
planning a Multicultural Food Fest. We will also have
another Eid Dinner after Ramadhan since the one last
year was so successful.
What is so good about the Gold Coast Community?
The Gold Coast community is growing so quickly, and
everyone helps out. It’s very diverse. We also have a
live wire Imam, who is working for the community. We
have the biggest Jummah prayers in Queensland with
approximately 740 men attending. We have a shop at the Mosque
that opens and sells food on Friday after Jummah, and
for the children attending madressah. All the proceeds
go to the madressah which is attended by between 80 and
What are some of the things the GCIS has achieved?
We have been working for almost 3 years trying to get a
new Muslim cemetery and we have finally got that
approved. It will be located next to Dreamworld. We have
also worked with the theme parks to make sure they have
prayer facilities and halal food available. Also some of
the shopping centres, and Griffith University and Bond
University have now all got prayer rooms. We have also
worked closely with the Gold Coast City Council to
facilitate the establishment of the new Islamic school
at the Gold Coast, which has also just been approved.
What would you like to see in the community?
Eventually we would like to get some student
accommodation built at the Mosque; a second Mosque at
the Gold Coast; and work with a radio station to get
some air time for the Imam. We also want the community
to grow from within, and the next generation to come up
and take over. We need succession from them, to have
them involved. They can make mistakes and we can be
there to help them, but they need to take over.
The Deadly Dozen:
1. Is it stealing if I taste a grape at the
fruit shop? Yes it is.
2. When I see a microphone I…love to
speak in front of it,I feel like giving to the
people, I get energised, I go crazy, I need to
entertain… (he continues, Just the mention of the word
microphone gets the man excited).
3. I know all the words to.. Elvis
Presley’s Falling in love(and he goes
spontaneously into the first verse…Wise
men say only fools rush in But I cant help falling in
love with you).
4. I really am not good ..
at writing, Iam good
with figures, I can fix figures, give me some figures
and I can do something with them.
5. At school I was.. a bit of a rascal.
6. My most memorable event was .. an
event about 7 years ago a fundraiser with the Rane
Brothers at Annerley and we raised $270 000 in one
evening. That was great, other than that, I don’t go
much for memories.
7. I would only go shopping if .. I was
8. When was the last time you cried …. I
cry all the time.
9. You may not know but I really can play…
Rugby League, I was the best and fairest at school
and I actually represented the Gold Coast.
10. I would really love to see….. A Muslim
community centre, that would seat about 2000 people for
everyone to use.
11. My favourite karaoke song is AC/DC A
long way to the top.
12. Everyone might like to, but I don’t like to….
Smile. I don’t like to smile.
Years of Missing History
Prince Charles, Heir to the
British Monarchy, in a
recent public speech at
Oxford University stated:
"If there is much
misunderstanding in the West
about the nature of Islam,
there is also much ignorance
about the debt our own
culture and civilisation owe
to the Islamic world. It is
a failure, which stems, I
think, from the
straight-jacket of history,
which we have inherited. The
medieval Islamic world, from
central Asia to the shores
of the Atlantic, was a world
where scholars and men of
learning flourished. But
because we have tended to
see Islam as the enemy of
the West, as an alien
culture, society, and system
of belief, we have tended to
ignore or erase its great
relevance to our own
website is a community and
non-profit initiative aimed
at providing an educational
forum to present and discuss
the contribution of Muslim
Heritage to present day
Science, Technology and
You can begin your journey
into 100 years of missing
Religious divide drives bikie war
ANCIENT religious enmity is at the centre of a new
conflict in the Sydney bikie scene, with a new gang
comprised mainly of Sunni Muslims warring with a group
of bikies with a Shiite Muslim background.
While detectives continue to investigate the February 4
bombing of a Hells Angels clubhouse in Crystal Street,
Petersham, police and other sources are indicating that
the city chapter of the Comanchero is involved in an
escalating feud with a new club, Notorious.
The president of Notorious is a Lebanese-Australian with
a long-standing association with a bikie from a
colourful Sydney Sunni Lebanese family. The two are
among Sydney's original "Nike" bikies - sporting white
sneakers, fashionable T-shirts and clean-shaven instead
of the traditional boots, dirty vests and bushy beards -
and both are from Sunni families from Sydney's west.
Notorious is considered by gang squad detectives to be
the prime suspect in the Crystal Street bombing. One of
its mottos is "Only the dead see the end of war" and its
"colours", or coat of arms, is a turbaned skeleton
holding twin pistols with "Original Gangster" beneath
it. Today is the first time the club's colours have been
On the other side of the conflict is the president of
the Comanchero City Crew, a Beirut-born Shiite who grew
up in the St George area. Comanchero has been one of the
motorcycle gangs that have embraced the new breed of
"Nike" bikie, and have been recruiting from the Lebanese
and Islander communities for several years.
Traditionally, Lebanese Muslim migrants to Sydney have
been geographically and religiously divided. The Sunni
majority live in Sydney's west and south-west, mainly
around Auburn and Bankstown, while the Shiite minority
live in the St George area. "The two groups have no love
lost between them," a senior police source told the
They have been fighting since the Sunni bikie, one of
Sydney's most well-known gangsters, became president of
the Nomads Parramatta chapter in the late 1990s.
In 2006, he was jailed over a Newcastle shooting. The
following year, the Parramatta chapter's Granville
headquarters was bombed, allegedly by the Comanchero,
and the chapter subsequently disbanded.
A few of its members formed Notorious, probably at the
request of the Sunni bikie.
"[The Sunni bikie] left the Nomads while he was on
remand," said an investigator who has watched the two
groups for years. "He was telling people he was planning
to start up his own club. Around about the same time,
Unlike the Sunni bikie and the Notorious president, the
Comanchero City Crew president was born in Beirut and
grew up in Sydney's southern suburbs. He appeared on
television in 2005 following the Cronulla riot and
Maroubra reprisal violence, when he met members of the
Bra Boys to calm tensions.
When the Herald asked the president of the Hells Angels
city chapter about the bombing, he was succinct: "I've
got nothing to say, thank you."
But bikie sources said the Angels believe Notorious may
be responsible for the attack, which closed down Crystal
Street for a day and damaged seven neighbouring
Neither police nor the Hells Angels have established why
Notorious may have attacked the club, though the senior
police source offered a simple answer: "They're just
In the latest violence, a Comanchero member was shot in
the leg when he was confronted by five Hells Angels at a
park in Silverwater on February 7.
Dateline traveled to the
remote tribal regions of
north-west Pakistan, to see
how the new civilian
government is coping with
the Taliban insurgency.
If you missed The Battle
for Pakistan on SBS
Dateline last week you can
kids to walk Oscar red carpet
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The
"Slumdog Millionaire" child
actors from the slums of
Mumbai will be joining
hundreds of movie stars on
the red carpet at Sunday's
Oscar ceremony in Hollywood,
the studio behind the film
said on Friday .
Fox Searchlight said it was
paying the bill for visas,
travel and accommodations
for nine children to fly to
Los Angeles for the Oscars,
where the rags-to-riches
story is favourite for a
best picture Oscar.
The studio said the
children, who play the
younger and teen versions of
the characters portrayed by
adults Dev Patel, Freida
Pinto and Madhur Mittal,
will appear on the red
carpet and attend the
February 22 awards ceremony
at the Kodak Theatre.
The film makers were accused
last month of exploiting the
children. British director
Danny Boyle and producer
Christian Colson have
rejected the charge, saying
the children were paid above
local Indian wages for their
work and that the film's
makers were also paying for
"Slumdog Millionaire" is
nominated for 10 Oscars --
the industry's highest
honors -- including best
picture and best director.
It already has won at the
Golden Globes, the Screen
Actors Guild , and the
British BAFTA awards.
disappointed salesman of Coca Cola returns from his
Middle East assignment.
asked, "Why weren't you successful with the Arabs?"
The salesman explained, "When I got posted in the Middle
East, I was very confident that I would make a good
sales pitch as Cola is virtually unknown there. But, I
had a problem - I didn't know to speak Arabic. So, I
planned to convey the message through three posters...
poster - A man lying in the hot desert
sand...totally exhausted and fainting. Second poster - man is drinking our Cola. Third poster- Our man is now totally refreshed.
posters were pasted all over the place.
should have worked," said the friend.
The salesman replied "I also didn't realize that Arabs
read from right to left"
Around the Muslim
World with CCN
Muslim TV chief beheads
THE estranged wife of a Muslim television executive
feared for her life after filing for divorce last
month from her abusive husband, her attorney said -
and was found beheaded Thursday in his upstate New
York television studio.
Aasiya Z. Hassan, 37, was found dead on Thursday at
the offices of Bridges TV in Orchard Park, N.Y.,
near Buffalo. Her husband, Muzzammil Hassan, 44, has
reportedly been charged with second-degree murder.
Pittsburgh, USA: Gateway High School today
permitted two Muslim students to wear scarves known
as kaffiyehs in school a day after they were told
they couldn't go to class if they didn't remove the
Loretta Riggs, parent of one of the students,
Mohammad Al-Abbasi, 18, was among those who met this
morning with school principal William Short and
assistant principal Peter Murphy and several other
"I think everyone there recognized there's some
tensions in the school and also amongst the
community. We recognize the need for further
education and further dialogue. We were very happy
that the school district acknowledged this. They're
willing to hold such future dialogues," she said.
School district spokeswoman Cara Zanella said the
students involved yesterday were not sent home but
instead were told they could not go to class wearing
the scarves and to wait in the office.
Ms. Zanella said that concerns had been heightened
when three students recently wore T-shirts saying
"RIP Israel." The students were told to remove the
shirts, which they did. The wearing of the shirts
led to a petition from Jewish students, saying they
felt threatened. She said the principal then asked
Muslim students not to wear the scarves for the time
being to try to reduce tensions.
She said there will be future meetings of the Muslim
and Jewish students to discuss the issues.
US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton's
planned visit to Indonesia as part of her Asian tour
has been opposed by an Indonesian Muslim group.
About 100 protesters belonging to the conservative
Islamic group Hizbut Tahrir Indonesia rallied
outside the US embassy in Jakarta Monday to protest
Clinton's two-day visit to the country.
The protesters waved placards denouncing Clinton as
a 'Zionist agent' in reference to Israel.
'Hillary, you're not welcome here,' read a poster
held by a woman wearing a white headscarf.
'Hillary is not interested in respectful dialogue
with the Muslim world,' one protestor said. 'She's
only interested in defending Israel.'
Clinton is scheduled to be in Jakarta Wednesday and
Thursday as part of her Asian tour that is to also
take her to Japan, China and South Korea.
Clinton's stop in Indonesia would place her in the
Muslim world's most populous country on a trip that
could foreshadow a visit later this year by US
President Barack Obama, who as a child attended
school in Jakarta while living with his mother and
MUSLIM women around the world are facing a "growing
crisis" as Islamic governments fail to honour
commitments to end inequality and violence against
them, a senior UN official has warned.
Yakin Erturk, the UN's rapporteur on violence
against women, said that women must demand their
governments carry out pledges to grant equal rights
and ensure their safety.
"There is no time left to lose any more as this is a
growing crisis," she said after a speech which dealt
with the issue at an international conference on
"Equality and Justice in the Muslim Family."
"Women must demand that their governments implement
agreements on women's equality, rights and an end to
violence against women, which have been signed but
have yet to be carried out," she said.
"In these countries, those who speak on behalf of
Islam still justify things like stoning or killing a
woman for this or that reason as being part of their
religion. I have heard this at the most official of
levels," Erturk said without specifying which
countries were to blame.
"Of course violence against women is not limited to
Islamic countries but Islamic countries have become
stigmatised as being mysogynist societies which are
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Working Women: Stories of Strife, Struggle and Survival
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This multi-cultural anthology of essays highlights
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Given its racy and lucid narrative style, this book
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your mid-section is a cinch with the first of my
mid-summer workout series: PLAY TENNIS!
WHY IT WORKS??
IT'S A RAPID-FIRE WORKOUT WICH WILL KICK-START YOUR ROAD
TO FITNESS WHILE YOU ENJOY THE ARM-TONING BENEFITS THAT
COME WITH IT!
NEED MORE REASONS?
Every one of us has a six-pack - it's just hidden under
those layers of 'protective' flab! The key is to burn
off the fat with cardio and work your core from every
angle, in order to tone your whole waist.
While playing tennis you recruit all of your core
muscles - stretching, twisting and contracting your
tummy with every shot. You also endure a major
kilojoule as well as fat burn while running around the
court to make those shots! But remember, you have to
commit to run for those balls!!!
To strengthen your obliques (muscles on the side), the
secret is to fully rotate your hips and shoulders in the
direction of your shot, twisting your torso completely
to work your muscles through it's entire range of
Update from the KaRa Social Tennis Camp
are in week 3 of our 5 week tennis trial and growing
stronger by the week. Currently, our group comprises
over 20 ladies registered and meeting every Wed. night
at the brand new Griffith Uni Tennis Centre at Mount
Gravatt Campus. Everyone is making the most of the
experience and our tennis coach is very impressed with
the progress we've made since we started. I have also
set some fitness challenges and this week concentrated
on both strength and cardio with the ladies doing
push-ups with every miss-hit or point lost to the other
team ... all in the name of fun (and burning fat), while
our coach had us running laps!
It's a great 'time out' for the ladies and proved to be
an even better way to meet new people. If we keep the
momentum up ladies, there'll soon be a day-group and
also an extended program of the one running at the
Stay motivated and keep those 'top shots' coming.
LIMIT YOUR CHALLENGES, CHALLENGE YOUR LIMITS!!
All questions sent in are published here anonymously and
without any references to the author of the question.
KB's Culinary Corner
Spicy Couscous Salad
1 ½ cups
1 ½ cups Couscous
250g Haloumi cheese
1 tsp olive oil
420g can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
5 green onions thinly sliced
½ cup mint leaves, roughly chopped
2 red chillies, sliced
1 large lemon, juiced
2 tsp paprika
¼ cup olive oil
Salt and pepper
1. Boil the vegetable stock.
2. Place couscous in a large heatproof bowl,
pour over boiling stock and stir with a
fork. Cover with foil and let it stand for 5
minutes. Stir gently with a fork to separate
3. Cut haloumi into 3 lengthways. Heat oil
in a small frying pan and cook haloumi for 1
to 2 mins on either side until golden brown.
4. Cut each slice of haloumi into 10 to 12
5. Add to the couscous with chickpeas, green
onion and chili, toss to combine.
Whisk all the ingredients together and pour
over the salad.
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The CCN Chuckle
A little old lady
answered a knock on the door one day, only to be
confronted by our well-dressed Jalalludin carrying a
"Salaams and good morning, " said Jalalludin. "If I
could take a couple of minutes of your time, I would
like to demonstrate the very latest in high-powered
"Go away!" said the old lady. "I haven't got any money!"
and she proceeded to close the door.
Quick as a flash, Jalalludin wedged his foot in the door
and pushed wide open. "Don't be too hasty!" he said.
"Not until you have at least seen my demonstration", and
with that, he emptied a bucket of horse manure onto her
"If this vacuum cleaner does not remove all traces of
this horse manure from your carpet, Sister, I will
personally eat the remainder."
The old lady stepped back and said, "Well I hope you've
got a big appetite, because they cut off my electricity
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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