self-deprecating and occasional tongue-in-cheek look at ourselves and
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Sunday, 11 October 2009
News you won't find on CNN!
Fundraising appeal for
Earthquake victims In Indonesia and Tsunami victims in Samoa
The Islamic Council of Queensland (ICQ) is
co-ordinating a fundraising function to assist the victims of the earthquake in
Indonesia and the tsunami in Samoa.
The details are as follows:
Date : Sunday, 25th October 2009 Venue : Islamic College of Brisbane, Karawatha Time : 11.00 a.m. - 3.00 p.m. EntryFee : $2.00 per adult Food : To be prepared and sold by respective
The ICQ has received very positive and widespread support for this event both
from members as well as non members of ICQ and even some non–Islamic
The ICQ is calling on all societies and
organizations to join forces for this worthy cause.
To plan and organize this event an interim committee
has been formed by ICQ and representatives from all organizations are invited to
join this committee. The next meeting of this committee will be on Tuesday 13th
October at 7.00 p.m. at the Islamic College of Brisbane, Karawatha.
The Crescents of Brisbane's famous Coffee 'n
Cupcake stall will be at the event.
You can help us raise funds by simply baking as
little as a dozen of your favourite cupcakes and dropping them of at 16 Fairview
Close, KURABY or at the Crescents of Brisbane stall on the day.
If you need any further information call Julie
Hatia on 0417 786 220.
New Look ICQ
(left to right)
Committee) Mohammed Shammim (ISoD)
Committee) Abdul Rahman Deen (ISoA)
Sultan M Deen (ISoHP)
Mohammad Yusuf (ISoD)
Committee) Shaheed Ali (ISoHP)
Treasurer) Ahmad Khan (ISoD)
Secretary) Shabbir Hussain (ISoA)
photo) (Secretary) Mohammad Khalid (ISoD)
photo) (Treasurer) Shahzad Buksh (ISoD)
Islamic Society of Darra
Society of Algester
ISoHP: Islamic Society of Holland Park
At the AGM of the Islamic Council of Queensland
(ICQ) held last Sunday, Mr. Mohammed Yusuf was elected the new President
of the organization.
Originally from Fiji, Mr. Yusuf is an accountant by
profession but has now retired.
In 1988 he was transferred to Papua New Guinea by
the company he worked for and was the president of the Islamic Society of Papua
New Guinea for many years. He was instrumental in acquiring the land and
establishing the first Mosque in Port Moresby.
Mr. Yusuf migrated to Australia in 1994 and held the
position of president of Islamic Society of Darra from 1998 to 2005.
He led the team during the construction of current
Darra Mosque at Oxley.
He has also been on the Board of the Islamic
College of Brisbane for a number of years and is presently the Chairman of the
Outgoing president, Mr. Suliman Sabdia,
tabled a report, commissioned by the ICQ, that highlighted a number of issues
concerning membership that the new committee would have to contend with in its
A Road to Mecca: The Journey of
ABC TV: "Compass" Sunday 11th 22.15pm
In the early 1920s Leopold Weiss, a Viennese Jew,
alienated by the materialism and spiritual emptiness of the West, travelled to
the Middle East, visiting Jerusalem, Egypt, the Transjordan and Saudi Arabia.
After studying the Koran, he left his Jewish roots
behind, converted to Islam and changed his name to
me like a
Asad (1900-1992) became one of the most important
Muslims of the 20th century, spreading its message of peace and brotherhood as a
journalist and author of books such as Islam at the Crossroads, The Principles
of State and Government in Islam and his autobiography, The Road to Mecca.
He served as an advisor to the royal court of Saudi
Arabia and was a co-founder of Pakistan and its Ambassador to the UN.
“Fascinating... the film presents different viewpoints from a moderate
middle ground to fundamentalist takes on the larger conflict in the Middle
East... The history of Asad and his mental and physical journey are used to give
the viewer a new insight into the current attitude and understanding of
religion.” —Cecilie Bolvinkel, Dox Magazine
"Fascinating... informative... a well-judged combo of travelogue and
biopic... a fine piece of anthropology, worthy of the dedication it copies from
Asad's translation of the Koran: 'For people who think.'"—Alissa Simon,
"Lively, entertaining and very topical. A most astounding perspective on
multicultural identities."—Der Falter
Brisbane’s Somali community
voices positive messages
Ethnic Communities Council of Queensland has acknowledged the constructive
efforts of Brisbane’s Somali community in organising a highly valuable forum
with senior members of government, police and service agencies to talk about
matters concerning the Somali community in Queensland.
The forum was held during the week at Woolloongabba and was attended by over 100
people, including the Minister for Multicultural Affairs, Annastacia Palaszczuk,
the Queensland Anti-Discrimination Commissioner, the State Director of the
Department of Immigration & Citizenship, a senior Queensland Police Inspector
representing the Commissioner for Police, a senior Courier-Mail journalist and
many other community agency and political representatives.
Mrs Agnes Whiten, Chair of Queensland’s peak body for ethnic communities and
multicultural organisations, ECCQ, said the meeting was “extremely beneficial”
and has already led to arrangements for a number of different follow-up meetings
to address more specific needs and grievances amongst the Somali community.
“A number of people from the Somali community in South East Queensland have
experienced increased incidents of vilification and threats after publicity
regarding the arrests of individuals of Somali background in Melbourne on
terrorism-related charges,” Mrs Whiten said.
“The meeting was important in ensuring government and community agencies are
aware of the experiences of some of the Somali refugees now living in
Queensland, and also in ensuring those who experience threats or racism know how
they can get support,” she said.
all the Somalis living in South East Queensland came here as refugees, so they
are very resilient people. But meetings like yesterdays will ensure they are
supported in settling here and contributing fully to our society and economy.”
“Every person who spoke expressed their strong opposition to extremism and their
gratefulness at getting the opportunity to rebuild their lives in a country like
“The meeting, organised by the Somali Community Association with the support of
ECCQ, was a good example of recent arrivals in Australia being keen to be full
members of our society, and showing the initiative to have their voices heard
and to work in partnership with the wider community to address any problems.”
Meeting with the Commissioner
meeting of Muslim community leaders, Imams and other individuals from around
Queensland, including the Gold Coast, Logan, Kuraby and Darra, was held during
Ramadan at the Kuraby Mosque.
They met to discuss specific issues concerning
allegations of police abuse and ethical standards toward the Muslim community
which were raised after an incident occurred during Ramadan in Kuraby.
The meeting appointed a committee to meet with
Police Commissioner, Bob Atkinson, (pictured left) with the members comprising
Imam Ikraam Buksh, Sultan Deen, Imam Akram Buksh, Imraan Nathie, Dr. Daud
Batchelor and Anas Abdalla.
The delegates requested an investigation into the event that took place in
Kuraby and a review of current working relationships with the Muslim community,
the QPS and the Police Cross Cultural Liaison officer.
A follow up meeting will be convened in four weeks
time to address the findings of the investigation.
The members of the steering committee will also
establish an ongoing working group with the Commissioner’s office to address
long term issues and strategies for the future.
Fight for "Fair Go"
THE backers of an Islamic school at Carrara say they
have a 'civic duty' to protect freedom of religion.
why they have launched a two-pronged legal attack to try to get the school open
for the start of the next school year.
battle involves mediation with the Gold Coast City Council as a precursor to a
Planning and Environment Court hearing, as well as a new complaint to the Anti-
core of the issue are stringent conditions imposed on the Chisholm Road school,
approved by councillors in February.
include building a footpath along the stretch of the school and handing over 20
per cent of the privately owned land to the council.
also be no activity on weekends without one month's advance notice.
trustee Keysar Trad said Australia was known globally as the country that 'gave
people a fair go' and said it was time the Islamic community got one.
believe this application was treated with prejudice because of our Muslim
faith," he said.
against the council is our civic duty to do something - we need to ensure no one
else is discriminated against because of their religion. "We were originally
reluctant ... but we have decided it is best to stand up for our rights."
Gold Coast Sun 7/10/09
Muslims fume at setback to Gold Coast Islamic College
OFFICIALS behind an Islamic school earmarked for the
Gold Coast say the local council is discriminating against them for being
The Gold Coast Islamic College, which had hoped to have opened its doors to
students back in July, has lodged a complaint with the Anti-Discrimination
Tribunal over concerns surrounding criteria the council wants satisfied before
The two parties are already headed to the Planning and Environment Court later
this month, with papers also served to the discrimination tribunal last week.
The controversial school, earmarked for land next to a Christian centre at
Carrara, has polarised the Gold Coast, culminating in a racially fuelled protest
rally late last year calling for the project to be scrapped.
The council has already given preliminary approval to the school, but officials
are unhappy at some of the demands, including road setbacks, the construction of
a footpath and having to apply 30 days in advance before staging any weekend
School trustee Keysar Trad said he could not see how the council could justify
some of its demands.
"We believe we are only being discriminated against because we are the friendly
neighbourhood Muslims," he said.
"We are at the mercy of someone at council. No other school has to meet these
Gold Coast Mayor Ron Clarke said any notions of religious discrimination were
"It doesn't matter what sort of school it is," he said.
"The terms are the same for anyone. We had meeting after meeting with them to
resolve this and we are not the ones who delayed it. They are."
Despite the latest controversy over the school, Cr Clarke said he doubted it
would spark a fresh wave of anger in the community.
"I think the community has accepted the school now," he said.
Mr Trad said the majority of Gold Coasters now supported the school and pointed
to a Facebook support group which had almost 200 members, mostly from outside
the Muslim community.
The college hopes to open in time for the 2010 school year.
Queensland's largest, free, one-day community event
takes place on Sunday 18 October from 10 am to 8 pm when the Queensland
Multicultural Festival brings Roma Street Parkland to life.
The 2009 program is a diverse programme offering a free and exciting day for
people of all ages.
On the programme are Junaid Ally and Nadi
Omarjee who will be MCing the proceedings in the Diversity Dome.
Nora Amath will appear on the Interfaith
Panel Discussion and Ahmad Ghazaleh will be part of the Out-of-the-Box
It took Stan Munro (38) 6 years to build his
He used 6 million toothpicks and 170 litres of glue. He can spend until 6 months
to create a building and each of his creations is built to 1:164 scale. He works
at the Museum of Science and Technology in Syracuse, New York (USA).
Blue Mosque, Istanbul
King Hassan II Mosque, Morocco
Grand Mosque, Mecca
Palestinian Film Festival
inaugural Palestinian Film Festival will screen prize-winning films films not
readily available at cinemas or through video stores.
Opening night films are Hicham Kayed’s Lemonade
and Arna’s Children written and directed by Juliano Mer Khamis and
Lemonade is a 13-minute popular piece which
won the gold prize at Cairo International Film Festival. It tells the story of
Palestinian brothers who endeavour to transcend their predicament as refugees by
spending their school break productively, selling lemonade
Second feature Arna’s Children is the moving
story of a Jewish woman, Arna Mer, who set up a small theatre group of
Palestinian children on the West Bank. Her son Juliano, who directed the group,
traces the lives of the children after escalation of the Israeli-Palestinian
Opening night will be a celebratory affair with food
and live entertainment starting at 6.30pm and bookings are required. Head of the
Palestinian Delegation to Australia Ambassador Izzat Abdulhadi will officially
open the festival.
Muraz Jan Kot’s Letter from Sarah is the
story of a 12-year-old Palestinian girl to write a film script recounting her
ordeal under the occupation.
Palestine Blues directed by Nida Sinnokrot
had its world premier at the 13th Annual New York Underground Film Festival. It
is the sad story of the repercussions of the Israeli security wall and
settlement expansion in the West Bank on Palestinians.
Frontiers of Dreams and Fears directed by Mai
Masri focuses on the children of the Shatila and Dheisha refugee camps. It
captures the hearts and tears of audiences in an intense way.
Mohammed Alatar’s Jerusalem: The East Side Story
is about the Palestinian dispossession in East Jerusalem.
Palestine, Summer 06 directed by Rowan Al
Faqih and Nahed Awwad crosses between film, video art, and documentary to
reflect the mood of the summer of 2006 when Israel carried out military assaults
in Gaza and Lebanon.
The compelling Arus el Jaleel (Bride of Galilee)
is directed by Basel Tannous. Basel who worked for more than years to gain the
trust of its subjects, Fatma and her family. The result is a painful and moving
account of the encounters between two individuals on either side of the
Gaza Strip documents the lives of ordinary
Palestinians inside the Gaza Strip during the uprising of Palestinians against
the Israeli occupation. The uprising is known as the intifada.
Mohammad Bakri’s Jenin Jenin is a testimony
from Jenin residents after their city and camp were flattened and scores of them
Palestinians and human rights groups accused Israel
of committing war crimes in the April 2002 attack on the refugee camp.
Director Mohammad Bakri’s Since You Left it
is an autobiographical essay using archive footage, personal films, and
documentary materials to account for the personal and political transformations
that have occurred in Palestine as well as within his own thinking.
Watani Habibi, My Beloved Homeland by John
Mandelberg is a rich musical experience revealing the exquisite sun-drenched
landscapes of ancient Palestine and the haunting sounds of traditional Arabic
instruments in harmony with the passionate voices of Palestinian cultural
Mohammed Alatar’s The Iron Wall reveals the
official and unspoken policy of the Zionist movement and the state of Israel to
use settlements to create a Zionist foothold in all of Palestine.
The festival Palestinian Days is on October
16-18 at the Schonell Theatre at Queensland University at St Lucia.
The Festival is jointly organized by Queensland
Palestine Association Inc and Justice for Palestine Brisbane.
Imam Burhaan Mehtar, Imam of Thornlie Mosque
in Perth and the Secretary of the
Jamiatul Ulama Al-Islam of WA
and Razia Mehtar are the proud parents of a delightful little baby girl. She was born
on 17 October weighing in at 3.55kg and stretched out a full 56cm.
The choice of a name for the new arrival is being
forestalled by a raging debate in the family household.
The Mehtars have three other children Usamah,
Tameem and MuhammedUwais.
Only two weeks to go until the
Crescents of Brisbane's "Celebration of being a Woman"
Crescents of Brisbane would like to
extend an invitation to all ladies for their annual ladies fundraising luncheon
on Saturday the 24 October at the Sunnybank District Baptist Church Hall (Cnr
Brandon & Nemies Rd, Runcorn) from 11am until 3pm.
The program includes a
delicious 2 course meal, talks by a life coach, fitness expert and body image
consultant and to finish off the day, a performance from a South American ladies
dance fitness group.
Guests will also be treated to
mini-facials, mini-makeovers and product demonstrations from the girls of
Galvanic Spa, Larissa Bright Cosmetics and Beauty Spells Mineral Makeup.
Each guest receives an individually hand-crafted memento of the occasional as
well as a generous $40 gift voucher redeemable when booking a 1hr facial or body
treatment with the renowned upmarket Goodmorning Babylon Skin & Day Spa Centre
Some of the prizes for the
lucky draw include a Goodmorning Babylon La Prairie Caviar facial treatment
worth over $200, spa relaxation kits, makeup and cosmetic gift vouchers.
Limited number of tickets at
$40 each are available. Call Saalihah on 0404 296 297
BIT Awards Night and Call for
year the Brisbane Indian Times hosts its Annual Awards to celebrate the
achievement of individuals and businesses (based in Queensland) across various
The awards have become very popular over the past 6
years and BIT Editor, Trudi Tarres, told CCN that the events have become
a favourite in Brisbane’s social calendar.
This year the Commonwealth Bank 2009 Multicultural Community Awards presentation
will be held at Coffee Club Auditorium, RNA Showgrounds on Wednesday 11 November
2009. Some 500 are expected to attend the night.
Guests will include businessmen, politicians, community leaders and various
other distinguished individuals.
Ms Tarres told CCN: "It would be fantastic to
receive nominations from your readers. The awards are open to all businesses
(groups and individuals), they do not have to advertise with us. I think some
people believe that in order to win you have to do so!".
Issadeen (pictured left) makes an impassioned point on cultural
diversity at the recently held 2020 Southside Summit at the Griffith University.
The Summit, initiated by Federal Member for Moreton,
Graham Perrett MP, was attended by school and university students, police
officers, teachers, business owners, union delegates, local councillors, state
parliamentarians, migrant and indigenous community leaders and local residents.
Nearly 200 people came to debate and discuss some of
the challenging issues confronting the community.
One recommendation that came out of the
deliberations of the Cultural Diversity Forum was the need to establish a
multicultural reference group in the area to continue the dialogue and advise
government representatives. Other ideas included addressing racism in law
enforcement agencies; providing further education to officers on the wide range
of cultures in the Southside; and developing a curriculum for schools to raise
awareness of multiculturalism and overcome inherent prejudices.
From the AIIC Desk.......
The Australian International Islamic College (AIIC)
was involved in two functions during the school holiday break.
Click on the image to read all about them.
Q&A on Religion
Many people spend their lives considering big
questions about the meaning of life and the existence of God.
On ABC's Q&A, a fortnight ago, the panel discussed
these very questions.
On the panel were: one of Australia's leading
Catholic intellectuals, Father Frank Brennan; renowned journalist and
atheist, Christopher Hitchens, who is in Australia to deliver the opening
address at the Festival of Dangerous Ideas; social commentator and founding
editor of The Monthly, Sally Warhaft; and politics lecturer and former
spokesman for the Islamic Council of Victoria, Waleed Aly; and Deputy
director of the Sydney Institute, biographer and commentator, Anne Henderson.
There are 1.57billion Muslims around the world, meaning that nearly one in four
people practises Islam, according to a report published yesterday.
The size of the Muslim population has long been the subject of guesswork, with
estimates ranging anywhere from one billion to 1.8billion.
But the report, by the Pew Research Centre's Forum on Religion and Public Life,
is billed as the most comprehensive of its kind.
The project, which has
taken three years, presents a portrait of the Muslim world that might surprise
some. For example, Germany has more Muslims than Lebanon, China has more than
Syria, and Russia has more than Jordan and Libya combined.
One commentator, Amaney
Jamal, an assistant professor of politics at Princeton University in the U.S.,
said: 'This idea that Muslims are Arabs and Arabs are Muslims is obliterated by
Britain has 1,647,000 Muslims - 2.7 per cent of the UK population, and 0.1 per
cent of the global Muslim population, the report said.
Islam is the world's second largest religion behind Christianity, which has an
estimated 2.1billion to 2.2billion followers.
The Pew centre, an American think-tank, calls the report the most thorough on
the size and distribution of Muslims.
The task of determining the Muslim populations in 232 countries and territories
involved analysing census reports, demographic studies and general population
The report provides
further evidence that while the heart of Islam might beat in the Middle East,
its greatest numbers lie in Asia - more than 60 per cent of the world's Muslims
live in Asia. Indonesia has the world's largest Muslim population - 203million,
or 13 per cent of the world's total.
About 20 per cent of
Muslims live in the Middle East and North Africa, 15 per cent in Sub-Saharan
Africa, 2.4 per cent in Europe and 0.3 per cent in the Americas. Europe is home
to about 38million.
The report made no reference to whether the Muslim population is on the
increase. A Pew centre project next year will estimate growth rates among Muslim
populations and project future trends.
The report also revealed that:
is home to about 38 million Muslims, or about five per cent of its population.
Germany appears to have more than 4 million Muslims - almost as many as North
and South America combined. In France, where tensions have run high over an
influx of Muslim immigrant laborers, the overall numbers were lower but a larger
percentage of the population is Muslim.
of all Muslims live in 10 countries. Six are in Asia (Indonesia, Pakistan,
India, Bangladesh, Iran and Turkey), three are in North Africa (Egypt, Algeria
and Morocco) and one is in sub-Saharan Africa (Nigeria).
which has a tradition of a more tolerant Islam, has the world's largest Muslim
population (203 million, or 13 per cent of the world's total). Religious
extremists have been involved in several high-profile bombings there in recent
China, the highest concentrations of Muslims were in western provinces. The
country experienced its worst outbreak of ethnic violence in decades when
rioting broke out this summer between minority Muslim Uighurs and majority Han
roughly 4.6 million Muslims in the Americas, more than half live in the United
States although they only make up 0.8 percent of the population there. About
700,000 people in Canada are Muslim, or about two percent of the total
On the weekend of the third and fourth of October,
Ramis Thunder Taekwondo Club along with David Kings Taekwondo Academy sent a
team of competitors to the Australian Taekwondo Open at Sleemans Sports Complex
This is the first time the nationals was played in
Brisbane since 2003 so it was a chance to send a large team so the competitors
could learn from the experience.
Over 2500 competitors came from around Australia and
from overseas including countries from New Zealand and Samoa to compete and
enjoy the great Brisbane climate.
To qualify for the nationals, the competitors had to compete in the Queensland
Open and Queensland Selection which was fought on the 22nd of March and the 26th
The top three from the two tournaments, were
selected for the nationals.
The clubs sent a team of 30 students, the largest
team ever sent by the clubs.
Day one saw all the colour belt competitors compete,
with the competition starting at 9am and going through till 9pm.
The next day saw all the black belts competing with
the day beginning at 9am and going through till 7pm.
It was two long but exciting days with a chance of
family and friends able to watch the students fight and at the same time cheer
them on. Most weren't disappointed with what they saw, with the final medal
tally over the two days reaching nine gold, six silver and a further nine
For those that won gold, they are now national
$25,000 boost to Islamic Women’s
Association of Queensland
Islamic Women’s Association of Queensland will receive an extra $25,000 to
support older people living independently in their own homes under the
Commonwealth State Home and Community Care (HACC) program.
Member for Moreton Graham Perrett (pictured right)
said the extra HACC funding would deliver improved services to older people and
“People want to remain independent, and in their own
homes and communities for as long as they can,” Mr Perrett said.
“Home and Community Care services provide that bit
of help that allows that to happen, rather than having to move prematurely into
Mr Perrett said the Islamic Women’s Association of
Queensland would receive an extra $20,000 towards their operating costs and
$5,000 to purchase a wheel chair hoist for their bus.
“I’m pleased that the Islamic Women’s Association of
Queensland will receive this additional funding to help support the great work
they do here on Brisbane’s southside,” he said.
“Home and Community Care makes a real difference to
the lives of people in our community who need help with everyday living, and it
benefits their carers too.”
Home and Community Care (HACC) is a joint Australian
and state and territory government program that delivers affordable and
accessible care to help meet the individual needs of older people, and their
Services include help with household chores, home
maintenance and modification, transport, meals, personal care and allied health
and nursing care.
MAW Bollywood Fun & Fitness
the laughter, colour, fun and excitement of Bollywood dance moves.
This session is suitable for all women over 16 to
enhance confidence, positive attitude for self and others, getting out of your
comfort zone and enjoying an active, healthy lifestyle.
Great way to socialise and meet people.
CCN Supporting Local
and NaadiyaKarim are a recently married young couple taking on
the challenge of starting their own business.
They are freelance designers in Perth and Brisbane
specialising in Interior design.
Irshaad has a Certificate IV in Industrial Design
(Product & Furniture Design) and Naadiya has a Diploma in Interior Decoration.
They have helped do two interiors for Nandos one
here in Brisbane and one in Melbourne.
They recently helped a family member design and
decorate their new house situated in Perth and offer free initial consultations
with no obligations attached.
Their services include paint selections, furniture
selections, advice on "revamping your interior" with their ongoing support
throughout the project and many more.
mobsters, Arab terrorists, Japanese businessmen and American heroes. That's how
the stereotypes go in Hollywood and comedian Maz Jobrani is bored with the lot
To help balance things out, the Iranian-American stand-up is breaking down
racial cliches with sharp wit, funny stories and clever observations.
"Unfortunately when you see Arabs and Middle Easterners in the press or movies
or anything like that it tends to be us being violent, being terrorists, being
without humour," he says.
"Every time they show us on TV they always show the
crazy guy burning the flag going 'Death to America!' Just once I wish they would
show us, I don't know, baking a cookie. Just once I want them to go to Mohammed
in Iran and show some guy who goes 'Hello, I'm Mohammed and I'm just baking a
cookie. Back to you Bob'."
With great comic timing, good humour and an upbeat stage presence, Jobrani, 37,
makes equal fun of Iranians, including himself, and the limited views people
have of them.
Lately he has been doing material on the Iranian election.
"I'm trying to make fun of the line that the regime's taken and make a point at
the same time," he says.
"In breaking it down on some of my shows I've been saying that it seems in a
country of 70 million people, Ahmadinejad got 75 million votes."
Born in Tehran, Iran, Jobrani fled Iran with his family when he was six years
old during the revolution of 1978-79.
Raised in San Francisco where he says he learnt his
liberal views, he went on to complete a BA in political science and Italian,
spending a year studying in Italy. With the idea of becoming a university
professor, he started a PhD in political science at UCLA before dropping out at
26 to pursue his dream of performing.
"I was working in an advertising agency as an assistant and I decided I wanted
to do this. There was an older gentlemen there who'd seen a video of a play I'd
done – I was doing plays as a hobby on the side – and he told me when he was in
his 20s there were some things he wanted to do. He never got around to doing
them and now he's 60 and he hasn't done them yet. It was a light-bulb moment,"
His family, who originally wanted him to be a lawyer, thought he was crazy.
"They wanted me to have a secure job. My mum first started thinking I was crazy
when I came back from Italy to be a professor and when I said I wanted to get
into acting I think she looked at me and thought I'd lost my mind," he says.
Now she is his biggest fan.
In 2005, Jobrani joined the Axis of Evil comedy tour featuring Middle
Eastern-American comics. The following year he did a stand-up routine on The
Tonight Show with Jay Leno, paving the way for television roles on both comedy
and drama series including Malcolm in the Middle, The West Wing, NYPD Blue,
Without a Trace, ER, Law and Order and Curb Your Enthusiasm.
As well as performing at the first comedy festival in the Middle East in Jordan
last year and the Arab-American Comedy Festival in New York, Jobrani has toured
his solo show across the Middle East, Sweden, London, Europe and Australia and
plays his first Brisbane gig later this month.
Opposition Leader Anwar
Ibrahim has offered some
insight for the US on
dealing with the Muslim
world: highlight successes,
fund education, and do not
fear openly debating
But Dr Anwar said that
Muslim nations must also
initiate reforms in response
to US President Barack
Obama's landmark June 4
speech in Cairo extending a
hand to the Islamic world.
"Reform and democracy are
critical to the Muslim
world," Dr Anwar, whose
opposition alliance posted
its best-ever performance
last year, said at the
Brookings Institution, a
US officials should
highlight the positives in
the Muslim world, he said.
I don't know
pointed to progress in
such as Indonesia and Turkey
and said the West largely
ignored the wide
condemnation by even the
most conservative Muslim
clerics of July suicide
bombings at Jakarta luxury
The West should also be
careful with labelling
Muslims, he said.
"I pray, I fast, I don't
drink... am I a
fundamentalist? I don't
know," Dr Anwar said.
He said that aspects of
Islamic Sharia law can be
tolerated as long as they do
not curtail human rights or
discriminate against women,
and that media coverage
focused on radicals' actions
only encouraged them.
Instead, they should be
allowed to speak, he said.
with them through education
and a free media," he said.
"My honest view is that the
fringe, fanatical elements
cannot stand to reason."
As for the US role, Dr Anwar
said an investment in
training maths, English and
computer science teachers
could have tremendous
influence in places like
Pakistan in quieting the
more radical voices. The US
Congress last week approved
a five-year, $US7.5 billion
($8.4 billion) aid package
for Pakistan, a frontline
nation in Obama's campaign
against Islamic extremism.
Dr Anwar's three-party
alliance, which brings
aboard conservative Muslims
and liberal Chinese, won a
third of parliamentary seats
last year and is vying to
unseat the Barisan Nasional
coalition that has ruled
Malaysia for half a century.
it has a
it from many
seems to be
is not a
Tantawi, Grand Sheikh of the
al-Azhar mosque in Egypt,
this month ordered a
schoolgirl to remove her
niqab (Islamic veil), whilst
visiting a School.
influential cleric later
decided to ban the wearing
of religious attire in all
under his tutorship.
believed that this is the
first such case in the
history of the Muslim world.
It is a "religious
tug-of-war that is as much a
question of regional
politics as of doctrinal
interpretation," argues The
National, a United Arab
Within the first few paragraphs of this
extraordinary and beautifully written autobiography, the
reader recognizes s/he is immersed in a timeless
spiritual classic. The grandson of a Central European
Orthodox rabbi, Asad yearned for a life without the
"carefully contained, artificial defenses which
security-minded people love to build up around them,"
where he could find for himself "an approach to the
spiritual order of things."
He found his first "quiet gladness" in
Taoism, only regretting this "ivory tower" could not be
lived in. Against his father's wishes, he left the
pursuit of a doctorate in Vienna to take up journalism.
His fascinating travels took him to Jerusalem, Arabia,
and India, and finally into service at the United
Nations. In 1926, Asad embraced Islam.
His account of his years in Arabia, his
desert adventures, friendship with King Saud, and
marriage there is truly gripping. "Trenchant with
adventure magnificently described, and a commentary upon
the inner meaning of Arab and Moslem life, helpful to
all who would achieve a more accurate understanding of
the Arabs and their lands."
--Christian Science Monitor
Would you like to see the
cover of your favourite book on our book shelves below?
Combine the following ingredients
1 kg carrots – grated
2 Tab crushed garlic
2 Tab mustard powder
4 Tab methi masala
2 Tab chilli powder
2 tsp salt
Step 2 Liquidise
¼ cup vinegar
½ packet of Mebos (which have been soaking
in the vinegar overnight)
Note : dried apricots can be substituted for
Add to carrots
Step 3 Boil together
2 cups vinegar
¾ cup sugar
¼ cup oil
¾ cup flour
Stir continuously and when it thickens pour
over the carrots
Step 4 Vagaar
Heat ¼ cup oil, add 1 tab mustard seeds, 3
Tab sesame seeds and a handful of curry
leaves and pour over the carrots and mix
pickle will will enhance any dish as an
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slices of bread.
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Kareema's Keep Fit Column
Dear Kareema, you've mentioned before that our diet
is even more important than our exercise routine.
Can you give us some pointers on trying to stick to a
Because breakfast is the most important meal
of the day, I always choose the best- quality breads (wholegrains)
and breakfast cereals
(bran or oats) as these are the foods you will put into
your body on a daily basis!
Breakfast should be the biggest meal of the day
• Try and put together a healthy meal-plan for the week
(without spending too much time on it). This will ensure
that you're only buying
what you need and there'll be less wastage
• Make sure you have lots of fruit and vegetables
• Always carry healthy snacks and water with you
• Munch on celery / carrot sticks
• Keep your dinners light with grilled fish, chicken and
• Aim to eat a handful of nuts daily
• Drink lots of water throughout the day
• Include some of your favourite snacks as a treat (make
sure it's a small snack)
• Make walking a part of your routine after dinner
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The CCN Chuckle
the Imam of the local Mosque, was opening his mail one
single sheet of paper from an envelope, he found written
on it only one word: "FOOL."
The next Friday before the Jumma Khutbah he announced,
"I have known many people who have written letters and
forgot to sign their names. But this week I received a
letter from someone who signed his name and had
forgotten to write a letter."
University of Queensland, 323 Hawken Drive, St. Lucia
Fiqh Made Easy
Venue: Room E215 Building 1 (Forgan Smith),
University of Queensland
Time: 7pm to 7.50pm
Tafseer al Qur'an (Explanation of the
Venue: Room E215 Building 1 (Forgan Smith),
University of Queensland
Time: 8pm 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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