self-deprecating and occasional tongue-in-cheek look at ourselves and
the world around us ......
Sunday, 16 August 2009
News you won't find on CNN!
comes to the aid of Brisbane family
(left to right) Mirsada
Nuhovic, Dzenan Nuhovic,
Janeth Deen, Nedzad Nuhovic and Wilma
Bothwell at their home In Coopers Plains
Department of Communities Disability Services called on
the Muslim community to seek financial assistance on
behalf of Mr Dzenan Nuhovic, who required a
swimming pool hoist to support his ongoing health needs.
Dzenan is 31
years of age and was involved in a serious car accident
in October 2000 where he sustained a severe closed brain
He was an
inpatient at Royal Brisbane Hospital for two and half
years, before returning home with his parents in March
siblings and parents moved to Australia nine years ago
as Bosnian Muslim refugees.
have been psychologically impacted upon as a result of
their experience of war.
currently has no use of his legs or torso, limited
movement in his arms, and is completely dependent on
24-hour care for all his daily living needs.
He has very
high support needs and requires constant hands on
physical, medical and therapeutic support and spends
most of the day in bed and is fully dependent on his
family and carers for all daily self-care and living
the majority of his nutrition via gastrostomy feeding.
no formal communication skills, but interacts with his
family members and carers through facial expressions and
parents, Nedzad and Mirsada, provide all
of his care and are very committed to caring for Dzenan
at home, continuing to support his rehabilitation and
increase his quality of life.
Responding to the
call for financial assistance, the Queensland Muslim
Welfare Association came to the rescue and within a
matter of hours the
family was presented with a cheque of $5 700 from the
QMWA and the newly formed Muslim Charitable
Foundation which was the balance of monies need to
have the hoist installed.
Deen and Ms. Wilma Bothwell manage the QMWA
store in Ewing Road, Woodridge and raise funds through
the sale of second clothes and other goods donated by
the local Muslim community.
Hollows sets its sights on Southern Africa
Hollows Foundation fund raising dinner, supported by the
Rotary Club of Archerfield, Crescents of Brisbane,
Crescents Community News (CCN), the Muslim
Business Network (MBN) and the Islamic Council of
Queensland, was held last night (Saturday) at the
Michael's Oriental Restaurant.
primary aim of the event was to create awareness of the
work of the Foundation and to support its programs in
Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, South Africa and Tanzania.
Foundation Ambassador and three time Olympian swimmer,
Susie O’Neill, was at hand to talk of her
passion for the cause and proved very popular with the
audience. Susie's eye surgeon husband, Dr. Cliff
Fairlie, explained the intricacies of the cataract
operation when prompted by Master of Ceremonies, Gary
The Kuraby Lions are hosting another tree
planting day on Saturday 3 October.
Like last year's effort (pictured left) this will
be in the area off Beenleigh Road at Kuraby (the land
next to Gateway flyover).
Ten young volunteers have been committed from the Mormon Church on
Underwood Road and Crescents of Brisbane will take care
of the sausage sizzle.
The plan is to plant 450 trees between
between 8.00am - 11.00am
If you would like to help out then contact David Forde
of the Lions Club of Kuraby on 0413 874 008
A.M.C. skillet pan with lid brand new for sale $300
contact Shireen Coovadia 33411178
Home-grown Muslim role models can help turn tide of hate
Adem Somyurek in The Age
Training Australian imams is crucial
to engaging with youth
KELVIN Thomson got it wrong when he
blamed the screening process of immigrants for the
terror threat on Australia. Clearly, recent events
suggest that home-grown terrorism is the biggest threat
to our security, and not the challenges brought in by
immigrants. Decision makers should not be distracted by
Thomson's comments last week and, instead, concentrate
on solving a domestic issue that is both as disturbing
as it is complex and relies on our understanding of
Muslim clerics in Australia.
But first we need to acknowledge that we are involved in
a battle for the hearts and minds of Muslim youth who,
for a wide range of reasons, feel alienated and unable
to connect with being Australian. They are soft targets
for people who take advantage of this disconnect and
stoke the feelings of isolation by promoting victimhood,
hate and mass murder.
We need to tackle this problem and prevent the poisoning
of the hearts and minds of alienated Muslim youth. And
the best way we can do this is by training and educating
our own imams.
Currently, there are two categories of imams operating
in Australia: imams who are trained but imported from
the Muslim world, and self-taught lay people who
arbitrarily claim the title of imam.
If we look at the first category we must ask why it is
believed that an imam trained in the Islamic world where
values of democracy, pluralism and human rights seldom
exist and where anti-Western sentiment prevails among
the masses and officialdom could be capable of offering
spiritual guidance and preaching sermons appropriate to
Australia's laws and cultural setting.
Should the more enlightened of these imported imams
attempt, in good faith, to preach and offer spiritual
guidance compatible with Australian values, can they
connect with Muslim youth, when the common bonds of a
shared Australian culture and English language are
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journey that you have taken together with us over the
last 5 years.
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have already sent us emails. We look forward to publishing
as many as we can in next week's 250th issue.
rights under debate at conference
Cultural and religious leaders, judges,
academics and other experts in law and religion gathered
in Canberra this week to examine the potential
implications of a bill of rights on human rights and
Held by the University of Adelaide's
Research Unit for the Study of Society, Law, and
Religion (RUSSLR) and the Brigham Young University Law
School in the US, speakers at the conference debated
whether a proposed bill of rights for Australia would
enhance or curtail cultural, religious and other
freedoms and rights.
"Human rights have been brought into
sharp focus with recent legislative and executive
actions affecting human rights in immigration,
Indigenous affairs and bikie groups," says RUSSLR
Director and conference organiser Dr Paul Babie,
University of Adelaide.
"The National Human Rights Consultation
Committee, led by Father Frank Brennan, will report
at the end of September but there is a dearth of
knowledge about a potential charter or bill of rights
and what it might mean for cultural and religious rights
and freedoms in Australia.
"We expect some vigorous debate. Our goal
is to ensure that adequate information from both sides
of the debate is presented at the conference and that
this is conveyed to politicians who will make the
`Cultural and Religious Freedom under a
bill of rights' was held at Old Parliament House,
Canberra on 13-15 August. More information can be found
Among the speakers and panellists were:
Honourable Justice Tassaduq Hussain Jillani,
Supreme Court of Pakistan, who was removed from
office under the Musharraf Presidency when he
refused to comply with the order requiring a new
judicial oath. He was reinstated in 2008;
Dr Ameer Ali, former
President of the Australian Federation of Islamic
Councils and head of the Howard Government's Muslim
Community Reference Group. He called for a strong
Charter of Rights to thwart "real threats" to
religious freedom and religious tolerance.
Social Cohesion Conference: “Challenging Islamophobia
Towards Social Justice & Inclusion”
Sunday 19th July to Tuesday 21st July, Affinity
Intercultural Foundation in collaboration with Macquarie
definitely exists. It is definitely wrong"
Robin Margo - President, NSW Jewish Board of
identity is fluid and resplendent
Jihad Dib - Principal,
Punchbowl Boy's High School
comes with overcoming fear
of the difference"
author and film-maker
is a growing politicisation of immigration"
Prof Jock Collins - University of
University of Western Sydney, University of Sydney and
University of Newcastle held the inaugural "Challenging
Islamophobia: Towards Social Justice & Inclusion"
conference at the auspicious newly established Law
Faculty at the University of Sydney.
Conference commenced with its Symposium on Sunday
evening with over 250 attendees from various sectors of
the community including education, academia, political,
public service and religious.
of ceremonies, Mr. Ahmet Keskin welcomed the Hon. Paul
Lynch M.P. who officially opened the program. The Hon.
Paul Lynch applauded the unique initiative taken by
Affinity Intercultural Foundation and the Organising
Prof Kevin Dunn
from University of Western Sydney, discussed "Standing
by Australian Muslims: Bearing witness to racism".
Assoc Prof Jake
Lynch - University of Sydney, explored "Islamophobia and
the media: complicity through denial and indifference".
guest speaker Dr Ihsan Yilmaz - SOAS, from University of
London, UK presented "Islamophobia in Europe".
extremism is a term that shouldn't
Detective Superintendant John O'Reilly - NSW
"There is the latest arrival syndrome. When
does the new stop being new?"
Mehmet Ozalp CEO,
Affinity Intercultural Foundation
"We are ALL Australian and let us be an
example to the world - perhaps we already are
with so many migrants wanting to call Australia
Ikebal Patel - President, Australian Federation
of Islamic Councils (AFIC)
Muslims will not engage in institutions that are
perceived to be discriminatory and selfcriticism
and transformation within Muslim institutions
will become easier once the climate of
Islamophobia is lifted"
Ihsan Yilmaz - University
of London, UK
Mehmet Ozalp -
Affinity Intercultural Foundation, NSW then presented on
"Islamophobia in Australia: Denial Sometimes Means
important to this Conference were the issues of
Islamophobia and its influences on integration and
citizenship within the current and future framework of
The Monday and
Tuesday leg of the conference explored the impact of
Islamophobia with the following plenary panels:
experiences, settling in Australia
- Media and its
role in public hysteria
- Islam, the State and social inclusion
- Marginalisation, radicalisation and terrorism
- Muslim Women: narrated experiences from margins
- Anti-racism: learning from the past, new strategies
meals, rich morning teas and great supply of all-flavoured
tea & coffee, participants expressed their appreciation
for meals and the rich food for thought.
the Affinity Newsletter
Treads 'Dangerous Territory'
is a spokesperson for a section of the Australian Muslim
community, and no stranger to controversy thanks to his
former role as an interpreter for Sheik Taj El-Din
Hilaly. He will argue that the values that have served
to protect, preserve and strengthen the family in the
Islamic Culture could benefit Australians:
As the family is failing and losing significance in the
developed world, we could gain much benefit from
appreciating the values that have served to protect,
preserve and strengthen the family in other cultures.
Today, apart from the fear of losing one’s assets,
marriage means little more than a lavish wedding party,
to be held quite late in a person’s middle age out of a
sense of nostalgia.
With modern trends leading away from marriage, you find
Muslims and other religious people asserting the
importance of preserving marriage and the family.
Islam teaches that if a man starts to feel a strong
attraction to a woman other than his wife, rather than
starting an illicit relationship, they will have the
option of an openly acknowledged marriage that, unlike
an affair, does not carry any stigma or shame.
Yet Australia provides severe penalties for such unions.
defamation case against a Sydney radio station
collapsed in the Supreme Court recently.
by Iqbal Lambat
late June, Australia has been bombarded with positive
economic news – both domestic and foreign. Retail sales,
exports, housing prices and employment all exceeded
expectations, and the unemployment rate was below market
expectations. There has also been a huge increase in
both consumer and business confidence as measured by
surveys by leading banks.
companies have reported good profits this week with
Telstra, Leightons, CBA and BHP all beating market
expectations. And to top it all, our Reserve Bank
governor has declared that despite the risk of a number
of quarters of negative growth, the deep recession is
all but over (did it really happen?).
markets are growing and even Germany and France are
recording small positive growths. The USA is showing
increasing signs of stabilising.
it’s fair to say that the Australian economy has entered
the second half of this calendar year with strong
momentum and consumers and business in a strong
economists and indeed business leaders of BHP and CBA
are advising caution. The 6% annualised real growth in
the first 6 months of the year was boosted by government
handouts, cheap fuel prices and low interest rates. It
remains to be seen how much of the ebullience of the
first six months survives into the second half of the
Wayne Swan, in response to the indicators of growing
confidence, issued the following blunt warning to
workers, home buyers and job seekers: many people are
still likely to lose their jobs or struggle to find work
and borrowers will be hit by higher interest rates.
(left to right) Riaz Essof
Muhammad Sabdia (Mo)
A win on Saturday afternoon would have
all but ensured the lads at Sunnybank Saints (3N) a
place in the final four.
An enticing encounter saw the Saints take
on top of the ladder, Lifehouse.
On two previous occasions Lifehouse
narrowly came out victors with a 3-2 and 2-1 scoreline.
This promised to be a tough contest and
the match lived up to its billing, with the Saints
putting on a fantastic display to win 1-0.
NaseerAhmid grabbing the
vital goal 25 minutes into the first half.
A superb all round performance from the
team was superbly orchestrated by the midfield pairing
of MuhammadSabdia and Riaz
Sunnybank dominated the lion’s share of
possession and should have easily have added a couple
more to the score line.
With play offs just around the corner the
team will need to be more clinical in front of goals.
Special mention and thanks to the passionate and vocal
supporters on the sidelines. Some of the fans even came
armed with the famous vuvuzela’s. The Saints were
definitely playing with a 12th man.
With one round of games left in the season, the Saints
need to lose by an astronomical margin to miss out on
the final four play offs.
The next game sees the Saints face Tigers
at Lister Street on the 22nd August at 7pm.
Special acknowledgement must be given to
the Queensland Christian Soccer Association (QCSA)
who revised the fixture from an afternoon game to an
evening game to accommodate the majority of Muslim
players in the team who will most likely be observing
the first day of fasting of this year’s Ramadaan.
Fasting rules – who should fast, exemptions, rules on
fasting, what to do if you miss or break a fast
Mosques of the World
the Muslim World with CCN
banned in French pools
Islamic beachware known as
the burqini - the
designed by a Lebanese
and seen commonly in
swimming pools and beaches
in Sydney and Melbourne -
has caused a stir in Europe
and been banned in French
A 35-year-old woman known to
French newspapers only as
"Carole" was ordered to
leave a public pool on the
outskirts of Paris,
ostensibly because her
swimsuit constituted a
But her removal from the
swimming complex has been
interpreted as the latest
chapter in the fight between
the French government and
fundamentalist Muslims as
the debate on women's
clothing and head coverings
continues to rage in France.
The woman has now accused
the pool of discrimination,
describing her ban from the
pool as segregation.
"I must fight to try to
change things ... if the
battle is lost, I cannot
rule out leaving France,"
the Brisbane Times
The Mahatma’s last
journey: Muslim mechanic restores car and principles
seems all set to revisit
Gandhigiri. But this time
it’s debutant director Amit
Rai narrating a
on Mahatma Gandhi’s
principles through his “Road
To Sangam” while telling the
story of how a Muslim man
restored the vintage Ford
truck that carried Gandhi’s
ashes in 1948.
The director says he took
inspiration from a news
story about the Ford V8
engine’s restoration by
Hashmat Ullah. He has roped
in veteran actors Paresh
Rawal, Om Puri and Pavan
Malhotra apart from Gandhi’s
grandson Tushar, who plays
himself in the film.
“I got the idea for the film
from a news story that came
on NDTV two-and-a-half years
ago. It showed that the
vehicle that carried
Gandhi’s ashes in 1948 had
been reduced to junk and was
restored by a Muslim guy,”
Rai told IANS over telephone
Government minister, condemns traditional Muslim wedding
right), a Government
minister, has publicly
condemned the Muslim
tradition of separating men
and women at weddings.
The farming minister and his
wife walked out of the
marriage ceremony of a
discovering they would have
to sit in separate rooms.
He said the gender
segregation was a sign of
and was damaging to social
Muslim leaders insist the
custom is traditional at
Islamic weddings as well as
in mosques, and expressed
surprise that Mr
Fitzpatrick, a third of
whose east London
constituents are Muslims,
was unaware of the fact.
It was suggested that the
Labour MP was trying to
appeal to white voters who
may fear divided
His comments echo the row
triggered three years ago
when Jack Straw, now the
justice secretary, called
Muslim face veils a “visible
statement of separation and
difference” and called for
women to remove them during
surgeries in his Blackburn
Sir Iqbal Sacranie, a
founding member of the
Muslim Council of Britain,
said: “I think in the
interest of cohesion it
would be better if Mr
Fitzpatrick established more
contact with the Muslim
“It shows a lack of interest
on the part of the MP to
engage with people with
different backgrounds and
sadly it reflects badly on
“If he had a little bit of
knowledge he would have
found it was quite normal
and nothing unusual for them
to enjoy the celebration in
“There are some who prefer
segregated events and some
where they are joined
together. We live in a
society where we need to
respect all traditions.”
George Galloway, the Respect
MP for Bethnal Green and Bow
who will contest the new
Poplar and Limehouse
constituency against Mr
Fitzgerald at the election,
said: “If he doesn’t wish to
attend an Islamic wedding
and observe the religious
customs preferred by the
bride and groom, he should
not go rather than insult
them for perceived political
“I am absolutely amazed and
astonished that a Government
minister with a substantial
Muslim minority in his
constituency should have
decided to give such a
gratuitous insult to so many
The Telegraph UK
Switzerland campaign to
ban minarets gathers force
country town has become the
focus of a right-wing
campaign to ban minarets
from all mosques in the
country on the grounds that
they symbolise ideological
opposition to the
"stop minaret" movement is
backed by the powerful
People's Party, (SVP) which
was re-elected in 2007 after
mounting an anti-foreigner
campaign that was denounced
by the United Nations as
racist, the Independent
Ulrich Schüler, an SVP
parliamentarian and leading
member of the anti-minaret
movement, said minarets were
political rather than
religious. "They are symbols
of a desire for power, of an
Islam which wants to
establish a legal and social
order fundamentally contrary
to the liberties guaranteed
in our constitution," he
told the paper.
The Telegraph UK
France appeals annulment
of Muslim marriage over bride's virginity lie
over the annulment of a
Muslim marriage after the
wife lied about her
virginity has prompted the
French justice ministry to
ask for an appeal against
by a court in Lille has
raised concerns that the
country's secular values are
losing ground to cultural
traditions from its
involved an engineer in his
30s, named as Mr X, and a
student nurse in her 20s, Ms
X, who married in 2006.
The wedding party was still
celebrating when the groom
came downstairs to complain
that his bride could not
produce the customary
evidence of a blood-stained
The court ruled that Ms Y
misrepresented herself as
"single and chaste" and
that, in this particular
marriage, virginity was an
The Telegraph UK
Hamas launches 'virtue
campaign' in Gaza
in the Gaza Strip have been
ordered to remove lingerie
from their windows as part
of a "virtue campaign"
launched by Hamas.
Islamic group has also told
female lawyers to wear
headscarves in court and
teenagers have been ordered
to stop playing "suggestive"
The campaign was started
despite previous promises
not to impose an Islamic way
of life on the strip's 1.5
been patrolling the beach
asking men to cover up bear
chests and separating groups
of single people
The Religious Affairs
Ministry is in charge of
overseeing the campaign.
Among its reported
regulations is a request
that men and women celebrate
separately at wedding
Abdullah Abu Jarbou, the
deputy religious affairs
minister, said: "We have to
encourage people to be
virtuous and keep them away
The Telegraph UK
Yale Rejects Prophet
education institution, has
refused to reprint Danish
cartoons lampooning Prophet
Muhammad (peace and blessing
be upon him) in a new book
about the crisis.
“(The decision was)
overwhelming and unanimous,"
John Donatich, Yale
University Press Director,
told The New York Times on
Thursday, August 13.
He said reprinting the
satirical cartoons in “The
Cartoons That Shook the
World” book would have been
interpreted as “gratuitous”.
1 cup chicken fillet cut into small squares
3 tablespoon Taystee Wheat/Semolina
1 teaspoon ground dry coriander/dhania
1 teaspoon ground dry jeero/cummin
˝ teaspoon baking powder
1 egg (beaten)
1/2 tsp green chillies
1 tsp ground garlic
1 tsp salt to taste
Marinade meat with all ingredients except
egg and baking powder. Leave overnight.
Before frying add baking powder and beaten
egg and mix well. Drop a tablespoon in deep
hot oil and fry until light brown. Serve
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Kareema's Keep Fit Column
TIPS FOR EXERCISE SUCCESS
• FUEL YOUR BODY WITH FRESH FOOD:
What you eat is just as important as how you exercise
during Ramadan. Fuelling your body with
carbohydrates ensures you have enough energy to go the
distance. Make sure you also load up
with water in order to stay hydrated throughout the day.
When breaking your fast, replenish your
body with the nutrients it needs to maximise your
• COMMIT TO YOUR PROGRAM:
Set achievable goals for the month. Don't push yourself
too hard, work out which time of the day is best
for you to exercise and make sure you don't over exert
yourself. Keep cool by dabbing yourself with a
cold, wet cloth during exercise.
• MAKE EXERCISE A PART OF YOUR DAILY ROUTINE:
Make training a priority - set aside some time each day
for an activity you enjoy. This way you'll tend to stick
to it. Remember, all you need it 30 minutes (which can
be broken up into 10-min mini workouts).
• EDUCATE YOURSELF:
Know the benefits and limitations of your training. Just
because you're fasting doesn't mean you cannot train.
Understand how exercise affects your body, and train
smarter by making informed decisions about your training
choices for the month.
• PERFECT TRAINING POSTURE / TECHNIQUE:
Performing the exercise you choose to do correctly
minimises the risk of injury. If in doubt, don't go
through with a
particular exercise unless you've done some research.
Always listen you your body, make sure you are well
in between workout sessions.
• HAVE A GO:
Try going for an early morning or late afternoon walk.
If this doesn't work for you, try a light intensity
circuit at home.
Have a go - find an activity that you can cope with and
try to stick with it for the month. You'll be surprised
good you feel at the end of the month and then of course
you can push yourself harder!
Ramadan Mubarak and may Allah grant you your heart's
desires - Ameen
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and without any references to the author of the
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limped into the doctor's office and said, "Doctor, my
knee hurts so bad, I can hardly walk!"
The doctor slowly eyed him from head to toe, paused and
then said, "Brother Nasruddin, how old are you?"
"I'm 98," Mula Nasruddin announced proudly.
The doctor just sighed, and looked at him again. Finally
he said, "Brother Nasruddin, I'm sorry. I mean, just
look at you. You are almost one hundred years old, and
you're complaining that your knee hurts? Well, what did
Brother Nasruddin said, "Well, my other knee is 98 years
old too, and it doesn't hurt!"
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