self-deprecating and occasional tongue-in-cheek look at ourselves and
the world around us ......
Sunday, 22 March 2009
News you won't find on CNN!
night out in Harmony
The Harmony Day Dinner in
support of the Milperra
High School and
Matthew Holland (click
image on left for all the
details) is just around the
corner (Sunday 29 March) at
Take a break from your
weekly dose of Nandos and
treat the family to an
exotic night out of
entertainment and engagement
and fine food like minced
chicken filled with cheese
and crispy Tofu with Thai
flavours as entrees followed
by braised calamari garnish
with broccoli, crispy
chicken with sesame flavours,
Julie Hatia's pot chicken, fish fillet glazed with
Indonesian flavours, saute
tender sliced lamb with
ginger and shallot and
vegetarian rice fried with
balachan and more, to be
completed with a coconut
pudding serve with lychees.
Come and listen to amazing
success stories from the
young pupils of Milperra who
are making good here in
Brisbane after arriving as
refugees from places like
Afghanistan, Liberia and
other parts of the world.
The story of 14 year old
Trokon who arrived in
Brisbane from Liberia is a
particularly moving one, as
is life in the school's Room
Join in celebrating and
acknowledging a school that
has played a significant
part in helping them to
adjust to their new lives in
The Executive Committee of
the Muslim Business Network
conducted a strategy session
about the direction of MBN,
its activities and how it
could bring value to its
A range of projects was
investment activities, local
business exposure and
promotion, student career
sessions, and networking
functions and workshops to
disseminate and share
relevant information and
The new Executive Committee
aims to consult with, and
obtain the feedback of,
members about MBN’s proposed
MBN will also seek
involvement of its members
in its activities.
In particular, it will look
to involve members in
sub-committees and other
capacities to assist with
organising activities and
The Executive Committee has
appointed Mr. Jaaved
Khatree in the role of
In a statement to its
members the Executive
Committee expressed the hope
that other members will
provide feedback, and become
involved and assist MBN to
achieve the objectives to
which it aspires.
Mrs. Vazira Ally
(81) (pictured top left), who was recently
citizenship, made her way
yesterday (Saturday) to
the Kuraby Polling Booth to cast a vote for the first
time in an election but
would not let on as to which
party she voted for.
All that can be said is that
she looked very pleased with
herself when the final
results were announced last
Ana Miletic of AMARAH
(pictured top right
sporting an Anna4Qld shirt)
held the fort as a volunteer
handing out How-to-Vote
cards on the day.
DURING his speech at the
bushfire memorial service,
Prime Minister Kevin Rudd
spoke about distinctively
Australian displays of
courage, compassion and
"steely resilience". All
these virtues and many
others were indeed on show.
When it comes to describing
the national ethos, such
references are safe
territory and undoubtedly
The same cannot be said for
describing our national
identity. It is time for the
self-image to fit better
with our national profile. A
identity would encompass
many cultures and diverse
lifestyles. Australia needs
an identity that the world
recognises as being global,
and therefore, like the
world, multicultural. The
new identity will make our
diversity a high-profile
asset. We need an identity
of a chameleon nation.
young people (and the labels
go on) like us, have been
considered by conventional
wisdom to be prone to
identity crises. But with
minorities making up the
majority, maybe it's the
nation's identity that is in
For us, the Australian B3
barbecues) never truly made
sense. Not for our sense of
Australia anyway. The
streets we live in are not
like Ramsay Street or Summer
Bay. Our nation is made up
of different languages and
of rich cultural and
religious diversity. For
this reason, it is
perplexing that our
projection of Australian
identity is built around
stories that still have Paul
Hogan-like Australians at
Matthew Albert is the
founder of the SAIL
Integrated Learning) Program
and is completing a masters
degree in international law
and relations at Oxford
University. Samah Hadid sits
on the Council for Youth and
is co-founder of the
starting video-blogging in
mid 2006, Ali Ardekani, more
famously known as BABA
ALI has taken the Muslim
world by storm.
“Not Just For Laughs – Comic Relief
at its Best!”,
an initiative of Muslim Women And Friends in
affiliation with Muslim Aid Australia will
kickstart Baba Ali’s premier visit to Australia.
True to its name, this comedy
event, to be held at the Chandler Theatre at the Sleeman
Sports Complex on the 1st of May 2009, will
also feature the best of our local comedic talents (stay
tuned to CCN for more details), whilst raising funds for
those afflicted by the war in Gaza.
The Queensland University of
Technology, Brisbane is
conducting research to
explore the impact of
migration on the dietary
habits of Indian and
Pakistani women living in
The research team is looking
for Indian and Pakistani
women who are living with
children (currently not
pregnant and not breast
feeding), who have been in
Australia for 1.5 years or
more and who are in
Australia as permanent
residents or on skilled
migrant or family visas to
participate in the study.
Participants will be asked
to complete a three day food
diary and then the
researcher will visit the
participant and complete a
questionnaire as well as
measure height, weight and
The interview will take
about 2 hours.
The interviews can be
conducted in Hindi, Urdu or
Participants will be offered
a payment of $30 for
reimbursement of time.
gets Up Close and Personal with ............ Suliman
Mr. Suliman 'Solly'
Sabdia immigrated to Australia in 1978, and
he hit the ground running (literally).
He has been instrumental in the formation of
a number of our now well established local
mosques, was previous president of ICQ and
is a sports fanatic.
Professionally, as an Accountant he also
manages his family Professional services
business, property development company and
The man should
now be enjoying retirement but there is
little that will slow him down.
stopped running yet.
CCN newshound cornered Mr. Sabdia at the
local Coffee Club where he gallantly and
graciously acceded to pouring his heart and
soul out to her over a caffé latte.
is your current position?
of Islamic Council Queensland (ICQ) since 2007
a paid position?
many hours do you work in this position?
hours per week.
does ICQ do?
it is the peak umbrella body of Queensland Muslims. It is the
platform where Muslim associations can plan and
strategize for the needs of the community. We have put
on community events like the Muslim Symposium and Expo
in 2007, Islamic Awareness week (annually), Eid day
prayers, and conferences. However, we have no assets,
and no records, we need to establish that.
are your members?
17 Islamic society members throughout Queensland. The
criteria to join ICQ is that you need to be an
incorporated association, hold annual elections and have
audited reports. So some mosques don’t qualify.
are your achievements as President?
many years, ICQ has had its suspension lifted from AFIC.
(Australian Federation Islamic Councils - AFIC is the
umbrella body of all state Islamic councils, and ICQ was
suspended from them because of constitutional changes) I
have also secured funding for many of the projects we
are the benefits of ICQ to the Qld Muslims?
to be a vehicle that enabled societies to raise funds
for mosques, and it paid imams, through halal
certification money, but not anymore (because halal
certification is now privatised) We want to work with
all Muslim organisations to raise funds, to establish a
permanent headquarters, and to collectively prioritise
what our community needs are. If we pool our resources
together it would be better.
does the organisation get its money?
currently has little income. Now that we are reinstated
with AFIC that may change, we need to make it
financially viable; we get little income from AFIC to
run the office.
think ICQ should be more for the people and open to the
Absolutely, ICQ is irrelevant if it doesn’t, we need to
go back to the people.
would you like to see ICQ in the future?
To be the
sole organisation to unify all Muslim organisations to
work together, because with unity is strength. It is the
only way we can deliver services to Muslims, and to all
is the best part of the job?
thankless and frustrating; However, I have the
unqualified support of the Management committee and
Islamic societies. Also, representing the Muslim
community at all levels, whether it is visiting
dignitaries, or ambassadors or government officials.
understand that ICQ are asking all Muslim organisations
to join it, as an umbrella organization what benefits
would organizations get under ICQ?
leadership, we would have one voice, with people who
would be designated and appointed by the community to
speak on behalf of the Muslims. We would have a united
Muslim Ummah to discuss our strengths, issues and
challenges. Muslims have made fools of ourselves, we
need to grow up and get smarter.
what does ICQ want from the community?
people to come forward, people who are capable. People
think ICQ is irrelevant, but we need to first
acknowledge that ICQ has relevance in individual lives
in Queensland. But it is your organisation - it belongs to you
the people. You have a choice to keep out of ICQ or join
it and make it the body you want it to be. There are
great opportunities for ICQ, but it will require hard
work and people to get involved. We don’t want armchair
critiques, they don’t solve problems.
The Deadly Dozen
1. My Mobile is ... a useful tool
2. You couldn’t pay me to... do the work I do
3. I would love to learn to ... speak different
languages (Arabic, Urdu) so I can communicate better
with the people I work with
4. The place I most love to visit is ... Medina
5. If someone parked illegally in a disabled parking
would you say something ... No
6. I love weddings because ... I love socializing
7. I was excited to meet ... Bobby Kennedy in 1967
8. I can really cook a great ... lamb korma, I can
cook anything, biryani, I am a good cook.
9. All week I would be happy to eat ... roti
10. I’m the only one in my family that ... is hung
up on taking care of my body, my physical fitness, what
11. The game I enjoy playing most is ... Tennis
12. In 5 words describe yourself ... honest,
ethical, forthright, disciplined, (and I now allow
myself to be) carefree
intake slashed to save jobs
The Federal Government has
slashed Australia's skilled
migration intake to try to
save Australian jobs from
the impact of the global
Immigration Minister Chris
Evans has announced a cut of
18,500 places in the skilled
migration program this
''The Rudd Government will
cut the 2008-09 permanent
skilled migration program by
14 per cent to protect local
jobs while ensuring
employers can access skilled
professionals in industries
still experiencing skills
shortages,'' he said.
''Last week cabinet agreed
to cut the permanent skilled
migration program in light
of the worsening global
economic situation. Clearly,
the economic circumstances
in Australia have changed
... so it is prudent to
reduce this year's migration
Senator Evans has also
changes to the structure of
the program to remove
building and manufacturing
trades such as bricklayers,
carpenters and metal fitters
from the critical skills
list that determines
eligibility for entry
without sponsorship from an
The list will now comprise
mainly health and medical,
engineering and information
Front, from left, are Prof Aleem Khan,
Shanoor Hossain and Tauhid Khan. Back, from
left, Dr Abdul Khaliq Kazi, Dr Akbar Ashrafi,
Robert Berwick, Noelene Douglas, Hugh
Delahunty, Dr Mahabubur Mollah, Alva Taylor,
Tameeka Harrison, Andrew Harrison, Altaf
Hussain, Chris Harrison, Irene Harrison and
Picture: KATE HEALY
ABOUT 150 people attended a
Harmony Day celebration in
Horsham (Victoria) on
The celebration, organised
by Horsham Islamic Welfare
Association and Goolum
Goolum Aboriginal Co-
operative, was in
recognition of next
Horsham Islamic Welfare
Mahabubur Mollah said
the Horsham celebration was
significant because it
officially recognised the
association's move to Goolum
Goolum's premises in
Dr Mollah said Goolum Goolum
had been extremely welcoming
and `adopted us as one of
Dr Mollah said while
Australia and the world
talked about harmony, the
move showed that Horsham
cultural groups were
actually doing something
"We can talk talk talk and
it doesn't mean anything;
this is practical," he said.
Dr Mollah said a number of
speakers, including a
Swinburne and Victoria
University lecturer and an
Islamic Council of Victoria
member had `dropped
everything' to speak at the
Horsham celebration because
they were so impressed by
what was being achieved by
the two groups.
Member for Lowan Hugh
Delahunty said he was also
impressed by `this unique
and special arrangement'.
He said the Harmony Day
celebration was good.
"The speeches from the
Islamic people and the
different Aboriginal groups
were excellent and they
contained a great
understanding of the
challenges we all have but
more importantly how we can
work in co- operation to
understand each other's
challenges for the good of
the wider community," he
The AMYN Inter-Uni 7-a-side Soccer Tournament
– Champions Cup
Sunday saw the launch of the
first ever Australian
Muslim Youth Network (AMYN)
Teams from as far
as the Gold Coast
participated in the
tournament, with the likes
of Shaikh Imraan Hussain
of the Gold Coast Mosque
spearheading the Gold Coast
Griffith Uni attack.
tournament was spiced up
with a special appearance by
the Alumni “Match Fixers”
team – formed by ex-students
of UQ and QUT.
The group stages kicked off just as the sun was
beginning to warm up the air.
The intense sun was no
deterrent to the determined young players.
of brotherhood and friendly competition increased as the
day went on.
Some exciting individual performances kept
the crowd entertained throughout the day.
The best of
these was the double hat-trick (6 goals!) scored in one
match by brother Mahat of the Harar Uni team that
earned him the AMYN Golden Boot Award.
An exciting encounter in
Group 2 – the toughest group
Four teams qualified for the semi-finals: UQ Zamalek
were pitted against Bond Uni 1 and UQ
Beasts faced off with GU-QUT Saudis. Both
semis ended with a nail-biting penalty shoot-outs.
great goal-keeping by Tawfiq, booked UQ Zamalek
an appointment with GU-QUT in the finals of the AMYN
In the end GU-QUT were too strong for UQ Zamalek,
taking the final 2 - 0. Congratulations to captain
Ayad and the GU-QUT team for their excellent
The first AMYN Inter-University Cup was a success in
It was a great opportunity for young Muslims
at the various universities in and around Brisbane and
Gold Coast to meet, get to know one another and
strengthen the ties of brotherhood and unity in the
A tough battle in the group
stages – Group 4
The manners and sportsmanship
displayed on the day were exemplary, with the
professional league referees impressed by the absence of
any dissent and bad language. Each and every player
deserves to be commended on this top effort!
Unity, tolerance, good character and trustworthiness are
the main qualities that the Australian Muslim Youth
Network (AMYN) works to foster among the young Muslims
Thanks go to all the AMYN organisers,
volunteers, players, referees and supporters who helped
to make this tournament a success!
Special thanks go to
the tournament’s main sponsor, Sunnah Inspirations Inc.
For pictures, videos, award ceremony and scores visit
the AMYN home page at
at Darra for Fiji Flood Victims
Report by Sultan Deen
From left to right, Moulana Nawaz Ashrafi,
Mr. Graham Perrett\ and Hj. Master Shaban
The Islamic Society of Darra held a fund raising dinner
last night at the Darra Mosque where at the start it
appeared that there were more people at the front than
in the audience.
Later, when the food was on, the numbers grew to about
The organisers said that they had sold approx 400
tickets, but a many seemed to have used the ticket
purchase as a donation, and stayed away.
The MC was Hj. Master Shaban Ali, Quran
Tilawat was by Imran Ali, the guest speaker
was Graham Perrett, Federal member for Moreton,
and the keynote address was delivered by Moulana
Nawaz Ashrafi of Algester Mosque.
Moulana Nawaz's main thrust of his talk was that "Our
Prophet (SAW) said,
a stingy person is far
from ALLAH (SWT), and far from paradise."
He went on to say that
aim of giving charity was to give, without expecting
anything in return.
greater your giving, the greater your living. There are
many people, who have lots of money, they have the means
to give, but not the heart to give. Giving must come
from the heart. In giving charity, it makes you feel
good doing good, but you must not do good just to feel
good, but feel good doing good."
"True wealth lies in the goal of the deeds. There are
three things in life: 1. What he consumes, 2. What he
wears; 3. What he gives in charity. The first two stay
behind, but the last one goes on with him, after this
Originally, a door knock raised $6,000, which has
already been distributed to the needy in Fiji.
Through the Brisvaani Aid foundation, and in the lead up
to the function a further $11,000 was raised from ticket
All the food was donated.
The organisers would like to thank all the donors, and
sponsors, as well as the volunteers.
Team joins QMCSA
Yesterday (Saturday), a
group of Muslim young men
from the south side, kicked
off, for the first time
ever, the 2009 season in the
Soccer Association (QCSA)
League. The team, not
exclusive to Muslims and
open to all faiths, beliefs
and cultures, represents
Sunnybank Saints in Division
3 of the 6 QCSA men’s
leagues. The team’s name for
the purpose of
identification within the
club: Maradona’s Mates
After casting their votes in
the recent state elections,
the boys headed down to
Calamvale College for a 1pm
kick off against Fireside.
Unfortunately the opposition
only managed to get 8
players on the day. The
result, in typical Brisbane
weather conditions (HOT!),
was a resounding 10-0
victory to the local boys.
Full credit to the opposing
8 who played the entire 80
minutes in sweltering
conditions and still managed
a smile and congratulatory
cry at the end of the game.
Coached and aided by the
experienced Iqbal Esat
and Mohammed (Jackie)
Kara the boys are
looking forward to the
season that awaits them. For
most of them football aka
soccer forms an integral
part of life…for some of
them, soccer is what they
mostly live for.
An aspiring young team with
its fair share of talent and
a great deal of heart…the
makings of a great season.
With home and away games
over the period of the next
6 months, it promises to be
an exciting and challenging
period. Feel free to attend
the games, give the boys
your support and be
For more information on the
team or the games ring
Iqbal on 0410744179 or
Ismail of 0431800414.
Mosque on the Prairie: Season 3 Episode 6
Let Prairie Dogs Lie
Around the Muslim
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Airport Jamaat Khana
In collaboration with Airports Company South Africa
(ACSA) the Jamiatul Ulama in South Africa has been
successful in securing an area in the New
International Arrivals Terminal of OR Tambo airport
for a Muslim prayer facility.
Plans for it have been approved and work on the
internal design and layout will commence soon. The
facility includes a Salaah area for
approximately 70 males and 30 females, an ablution
area, a luggage storage space and a baby changing
and feeding area.
Pope Tells Muslim Leaders
that Religion Rejects Violence
(Bloomberg) -- Pope Benedict XVI told Muslim leaders
in Cameroon today that religion “rejects all forms
of violence and totalitarianism.”
“Cameroon is home to thousands of Christians and
Muslims, who often live, work and worship in the
same neighbourhood,” the pope said in a speech
distributed by the Vatican. “Both believe in one,
merciful God who on the last day will judge
Pope Benedict met with 22 representatives of
Cameroon’s Muslim community.
Second biggest Muslim state is not on the point of
First, the good
news: Pakistan is not about to explode. The Islamic
militants are not going to take power tomorrow; the
nuclear weapons are not about to be trafficked to
al-Qaeda; the army is not about to send the Afghan
Taliban to invade India; a civil war is unlikely.
The bad news is that Pakistan poses us questions
that are much more profound than those we would face
if this nation of 175 million, the world's second
biggest Muslim state, were simply a failed state. If
Pakistan collapsed, we would be faced by a serious
security challenge. But Pakistan's resilience, and
its continuing collective refusal to do what the
West would like it to, together pose questions with
implications far beyond simple security concerns.
They are about our ability to influence events in
far-off places; our capacity to analyse and
understand other nations' and cultures' behaviour
and perceived interests; our ability to deal with
difference; and how we see the world.
Making Modern Muslims: The Politics of Islamic Education
in Southeast Asia
Mr. Hefner asks whether Islam in
Southeast Asia—which Western scholars have traditionally
spoken of and observed to be peaceful and inclusive—is
turning to more radical teachings.
However, Making Modern Muslims warns against the
wholesale endorsement of claims that the 50,000
madrassas (day schools) and pondok pesantren (boarding
schools) found in these countries are now factories
churning out militant warriors of Islam in a scary,
post-9/11 world. The works in this volume suggest that
the moderation and pluralization for which Islam in
Southeast Asia is known have been very much present in
Muslim schools, and are still present, as these schools
have played an active part in the debates about where
and how religion fits into the kind of modern society
that most countries in the region are aspiring to be.
Mr. Hefner is explicit about what he sees as the need to
view terror-related occurrences in the region from a
prism other than that of Western security. Although he
acknowledges the inevitable human tendency (particularly
after a bombing or an attack) to fall back on security
concerns as a way of analyzing what has happened, he
believes that to focus purely on security compromises
other viewpoints that take into account cultural
concerns surrounding Islamic schooling—many of which are
brought up by Muslims. The long-running debate in
Indonesia between modernist and traditional Muslims, and
how the two perspectives have shaped the development of
various components of the Islamic school system, is one
Accordingly, the essays in the book provide very
detailed historical background and information on
cultural and theological perspectives that may seem at
first glance an unnecessary diversion to the reader who
merely wants a no-holds-barred exposé of what Muslim
schools are teaching their students. But this is not
strictly a volume about Islamic educational institutions
per se—rather, Mr. Hefner and his coresearchers and
contributors attempt to map the influences that have
shaped the curriculum and ethos of Islamic schools in
Indonesia and some of its Association of Southeast Asian
Nations neighbors, in order to get a sense of the future
path of these schools and their students.
Q: Dear Kareema, I go to the
gym daily and use the equipment or do a class, depending
on the time I have available. Should I be drinking
sports waters or sports drinks to keep my fluids up?
A: Some sports drinks contain sodium and
carbohydrates (others may even contain up to 7-10
teaspoons of sugar), while sports waters are more
lightly flavoured, with lower carbohydrate and sodium
You'll find that elite athletes may use sports drinks to
aid hydration as they may train for a few hours at a
However, if you're training for an hour or so daily, you
can hydrate optimally by drinking plenty of water (minimising
your sugar intake) and eating carbohydrate-rich snacks
two hours prior to your training session.
This will ensure you have enough energy to see your
workout through and replace fluids lost through
All questions sent in are published here anonymously and
without any references to the author of the question.
KB's Culinary Corner
500g Chicken fillet
1 cup coriander leaves chopped
1 tsp crushed garlic
1 tsp ground green chilies
½ tsp salt
½ tsp coarse black pepper
1 Tbsp Soy Sauce
4 Tab lemon juice
4 Tab tamarind juice
1½ tsp crushed cumin
1 tsp crushed coriander
1. Cut chicken into 6cm x11cm strips
2. Process coriander leaves, spices, sauces,
lemon juice and tamarind juice.
3. Pour into bowl and add coriander and
4. Mix well and add chicken strips and
marinate for 2-3 hours.
5. Skewer chicken, concertina style and cook
on a non stick frying pan or barbeque.
6. Serve with Satay Sauce.
½ x100g bottle of Peanut butter
1 tsp tamarind concentrate
½ cup lemon juice
2 tsp ground green chillies
Mix the above ingredients and cook the
mixture for 2 to 3 minutes adding salt to
taste, cool and serve.
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The CCN Chuckle
Mula Nasruddin was
recollecting the days of his youth when he attended
professor at the University knew his students expected a
terrifyingly long final exam.
To play with our minds a little (what do you expect from
a psychology professor?) he only put ONE question on the
He watched the reactions of the students as we all
opened the exams and saw the one question.
Initially we all
were relieved, but as the difficulty of the question
began to sink in, our relieved faces sagged to confusion
All, that is, except for me.
I read the question,
tapped my pencil into my palm a few times, then jotted
something down on the test paper.
I walked up to the
professor, handed him the final, and walked out.
The professor blinked in surprise, looked at what I had
written, and smiled.
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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