self-deprecating and occasional tongue-in-cheek look at ourselves and
the world around us ......
Sunday, 1 November 2009
News you won't find on CNN!
To all the Hajjis and
Hajjianis embarking on
their Hajj, CCN wishes them Hajj Mabrouk and a safe and spiritually enlightening and uplifting journey, insha'Allah.
raiser garnered widespread community support
Close on $70 000 was
raised at last Sunday's fund raiser at the Islamic
College of Brisbane for the Tsunami and Earthquake
victims of Samoa and Indonesia.
Around 2 000 people heard
local politicians and community leaders praise the
response of the Queensland Muslim community in rallying
together for this cause.
The event was initiated by the
Islamic Council of Queensland in association with the
Muslim Charitable Fund and enjoyed the support of a
number of Muslim and non-Muslim organizations (including
the Kuraby Lions and Rotary Archerfield).
There were performances by
Indonesian musicians on bamboo instruments, Samoan
dancers and Indian singers and musicians to keep the
crowd entertained, and food stalls aplenty to suit all palates.
One lucky young lady walked
off with an air ticket to Jakarta from one of the many
random draw prizes.
The Crescents of Brisbane
Team offer their thanks to the many who baked and
donated those delectable cupcakes for their CresCafeCoffee 'n Cupcake stall which helped raise $1 800
on the day.
and HaseenaOsman were the recipients of
the coveted Healthy Life National Retailer of the year
Their Healthy Life store at the Myer Centre won the
award over 130 other stores located in all of Australia.
The store won the national award based on their
excellent sales results, proactive approach and
fantastic support of national sales and marketing
activities and their outstanding results in secret
shopper research proving their outstanding product
knowledge and service abilities.
Ferhaad and Haseena lived
in South Africa in a small town called Burgersfort where
they operated various businesses. They migrated to
Brisbane in January 2002 and purchased the Healthy Life
Myer Centre in August of that year. They then opened
their second Healthy Life in Queens Plaza in June 2005
and a third in Springfield in March 2007.
Well done Ferhaad and Haseena!
By Imam Akram Buksh
(Saturday), over 25 Imaams came together for the
afternoon, including Imam Yusuf Peer Chairman of
(CIQ) Council of Imaams Queensland, Imaam Uzair Akbar
(Imaam of Holland Park Musjid), Imaam Imraan Husain
(Imaam of the Gold Coast Musjid), Imaam Ikraam Buksh
(Imaam of Darra Musjid), Imaam Junaid Akbar (Imaam
of Bald Hills Musjid), Imaam Akram Buksh (Imaam
of Kuraby Musjid), Imaam Ziyaad Rawat (Imaam of
Islamic School Karawatha), Qari Fida-ur- Rahmaan,
Sheikh Abdul Baasit, Sheikh Muhammed Najaar,
Sheikh Mabrooq, Sheikh Abshir, Dr.
Mohamad Abdalla (Director of GIRU), Imam Bhuto
and Elders of Jamaat from Sydney.
The afternoon function provided the Imaams with a golden
opportunity to break away from their demanding schedules
within the Masjids and various Societies and to
concentrate on building better relations with one
The afternoon began with a scrumptious BBQ luncheon.
This provided the Imaams with the rare opportunity to
sit together and discuss many important issues and
understand each others’ perspectives about these issues.
Lunch was followed by a robust game of cricket and later
a much needed dip in the pool.
were all quite impressed by the diving skills and
gymnastics of some of the Imaams, especially Imaam Uzair.
After having worked up an
appetite we enjoyed tea and desserts followed by a few
swings of golf.
Everyone agreed that this
afternoon was a wonderful success.
InshAllah this will be the start of many more afternoons
together, learning and understand each other as Imaams
(and having a some fun too in the process).
On behalf of the Imaams of Brisbane, we would like to
thank the host for their hospitality and for opening
their home to us and may Allah (SWT) reward them
abundantly, grant them success in this life and the life
here after ameen.
of Muslim population a problem: MP
minister Kevin Andrews says Australia should have
a serious discussion about the growth of its Muslim
head of the
I think when
we are able
But he was
"To have a concentration of one ethnic or one particular
group that remains in an enclave for a long period of
time is not good," the federal MP told Macquarie Radio.
Asked about the growth of Muslim population in
Australia, he said it was a topic that had to be
"You should be able to talk about it ... It's ridiculous
if you can't talk about any subject," he said.
"When a subject becomes
politically incorrect to talk about, then it ends up
with a backlash.
"I think part of the (Pauline) Hanson movement in the
early 1990s was because some subjects were simply said
to be off the table, they couldn't be discussed and a
lot of Australians wanted to discuss them.
"Whether they were right or wrong is not the point. In a
democracy you should be able to discuss them."
policy is over 20 years old, even though that waxed and
waned under different governments.
Multi-culturalism has replaced the notion of
assimilation, where non-British migrants were expected
to change their way of life and abandon their cultural
traditions to fit in. But many people are still debating
about if it has led to more acceptance and tolerance.
Staff and executive
members of the Ethnic Communities
Council of Queensland (ECCQ) at the
FECCA conference (left to right): Agnes
Whiten, Nick Xynias, Chalani Gunasekara,
Serge Voloschenko, Andrew Bartlett. Ian
Muil and Lalita Lakshmi and (missing
from photo) Mustafa Ally
The Federation of Ethnic
Councils of Australia (FECCA) conference held during the
week in Shepparton, Victoria, attracted more than 500
delegates, twice the number than expected.
Organizers of the national
multicultural conference attributed the unprecedented
interest to the conference location, which is seen as
the model for the successful settlement of migrants.
FECCA is the national peak
body for ethnic councils, representing the interests of
refugees and migrant communities across Australia.
The conference was
addressed by many dignitaries in the multicultural area,
including federal and state politicians.
Amongst the speakers were
Race Discrimination Commissioner Graeme Innes,
AFL CEO Andre Demetriou and Federal Immigration
and Citizenship Minister Chris Evans.
Also on the list of
speakers were AFIC President, Ikebal Patel who
took part in a plenary panel on social inclusion for new
and emerging communities; and psychiatrist/writer Dr
The FECCA conference
followed hard on the heels of the local ECCQ summit held
at the Queensland State Library earlier in the week at
which 240 delegates attended.
Momina Ahmed Allahwala,
a Year 11 student at the Islamic College of Brisbane has
recently been awarded a Long Tan Leadership and Teamwork
Award 2009 by the Australian Defence Forces (ADF).
The award ceremony was
held at the school assembly last Thursday with the Dean
of Students and Head of Secondary School, Mr Ben
Sullivan presiding at the occasion.
Apart from being a gold medallist from the University of
New South Wales, Momina has been awarded many academic
and leadership honours.
She has also been offered
scholarships for high school by three of the most
prestigious private schools in Brisbane.
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By Momina Ahmed
Annual General Meeting of the Pakistan Australian
Cultural Association of Queensland (PACAQ) was held
on Sunday 25th October at the Kuraby Community Hall.
The meeting opened with
the recitation of the Holy Qur’aan, followed by the
President’s address and the Secretary’s and the
In general business,
suggestions were given on ways to increase the number of
memberships and the involvement of youth in the
At the close of general
business, the current committee was re-elected for the
These members are: Mr
Adnan Khalid, Mr Javed Rahman, Mr Fazal
Karim Mohammed, Haji Nizam Deen, Dr
Ishtiaq Rashid, Dr Tariq Masood, and Dr
Shafiq Ahmed Allahwala.
The meeting ended with a closing Dua for the solidarity
and stability of Pakistan, Pakistanis and the Muslim
Ummah in general.
A scrumptious lunch was
then enjoyed by all present.
Business News Latest Edition
By Iqbal Lambat
On a return flight from
Perth last week marking the end of a series of business
trips to Australian cities, I recalled a popular jingle
of a major South African removal company: ‘buzz buzz
we’ve on our way’. This jingle is a fitting attribute of
the mentality of a number of Australian business leaders
and economists: the worst is behind us and we are now at
the edge of a major boom that will fuel the Australian
economy for the next generation. House prices are
increasing; business confidence is at its highest point
in 7 years; and the driver of our largesse, China, is
growing. The economic news from the USA is also good; it
posted a growth in GDP this last quarter, although there
is concern that this growth is a result of stimulus
But whilst business
confidence is high, business leaders are still being
cautious and are hedging their bets before committing to
increased investments. They are optimistic about the
medium term future and are lining up to take advantage
of the growth in the economy, but there appears to be
reluctance to take the first step.
This is largely due to the
uncertainty that exists in the global economy and its
potential impacts on Australia. Leading bankers and
certain economists are advising us to remain alert and
slightly alarmed about our immediate economic prospects.
The biggest threats are inflation and interest rates.
The sharemarket is still volatile – this week was
characterised by falling share prices with some
correction on Friday following the release of the US GDP
data. The Australian dollar is highly priced and whilst
this is a boon for importers, our exporters are being
impacted by reduced prices.
An immediate challenge for
retailers will be translating consumer confidence into
dollars spent at the tills without deep discounting over
Christmas. Consumer spending is the largest slice of the
Australian economy and a successful Christmas will go a
long way to boosting Australian GDP with knock on
effects on business leaders who will need to invest to
satisfy consumer demand.
Generally it is looking
better and you need to position yourself to take
advantage of a number of wealth generating opportunities
that arise with favourable economic conditions. Will we
see a boom shortly? It’s too early to call and many
economists are predicting boom conditions from 2011
onwards. Potentially we may still have bad weather for
the next 6 – 9 months.
The MBN Business News
the Muslim World with CCN
Somali man, 112, marries
girl 95 years his junior
A SOMALI man
who claims to be 112 years
old has married a 17-year
"Today God helped me realise
my dream," Ahmed Mohamed
Dhore said, after the
wedding in the region of
Bride Safiya Abdulle's
family said she was "happy
with her new husband".
Mr Dhore says he wanted to
marry Safiya for a long time
but waited for her to grow
"I didn't force her, but
used my experience to
convince her of my love; and
then we agreed to marry," he
was quoted by the BBC as
He said his children and two
other wives agreed to the
marriage, as did Safiya's
claimed he wants to have
more children with his young
The pair celebrated their
marriage late Tuesday in
central Somalia before
hundreds of guests.
Somali adolescent girls are
often married off to older
men, but it is rare for a
man as old as Mr Dhore to
marry a girl of Safiya's
Mr Dhore claimed to be 112,
but there was no way to
verify the claim.
This marriage was his sixth;
three of Mr Dhore's wives
Polygamy is widely practiced
in predominantly Muslim
(Op-ed) Nicolla Hewitt - Arab News Monday
26th October, 2009
As a former
journalist, I've been
privileged to witness
historic moments, saddened
to cover too many wars,
joyed by brief moments of
peace, and most inspired by
the "average man on the
To me, that's the most
important voice of all.
Humility and respect of
others are one of life's
I came across something
incredibly unique this week.
In fact, it's one moment of
my life I'll never forget.
It's a story born out of the
desire of two men truly
wanting to make a
difference. A difference,
which is having an enormous
and successful impact
reaching "the average man on
In a suburban area of
Washington DC these two men
are embarking on something
almost unheard of. A rabbi
has opened the doors of his
synagogue, to the thousands
of Muslims who live in his
area. The imam is hosting
events for the Jewish
community inside his mosque.
I sat with Imam Mohammed
Magid and Rabbi Robert
Nosanchuk for what seemed
like five minutes, this past
week. Turns out we chatted
for three hours. I was
fascinated, and intrigued. I
was fascinated to hear Rabbi
Nosanchuk so simplistic in
saying, "Worship is worship.
My house is your house, no
matter what religion you
are." I knew he was right. I
was intrigued to hear the
imam (whose followers now
alternate between his
mosque, and this new place
of worship) explain it this
way, "It's simple for us.
Stay focused on faith and
what it's about. Both the
Muslim and Jewish
communities have so many
positive things to
contribute, and learn from
each other. Any time you
take a lead, people will
always resist. But we have
to focus on our clear values
and encourage it globally.
This is the best give we can
give to society."
In bringing these two
communities together, and
given their remarkable
success in doing so, both
leaders talked about wanting
to create a national
movement of inter-religious
education and acceptance.
They are also working with
the church. These two men
seemed to embody so much of
what the world needs today.
A better understanding of
others. More tolerance, and
a better understanding of
coexisting. A better
understanding of the "grass
roots" of society. Seeing
how both sides are coming to
learn, trust, and understand
each other can only make you
wonder why we can't all do
My time with Rabbi Nosancuk
and Imam Magid was truly
enlightening, their work so
admirable, and their
empowerment of two seemingly
opposing faiths incredibly
courageous. Their visions
are just what more
community's need. As I left
Imam Magid said the
following to me, "It is
truly beyond our imagination
how many people around the
world have reached out to
myself and the rabbi to say
'thank you' for showing us
coexistence is possible."
Let's prove to the world,
and prove to these "average
men on the street" in a
leafy suburb of Washington
DC that coexistence is
indeed possible, and we want
to join their desire in
- Nicolla Hewitt is a former
producer for NBC News, who
covered the Middle East for
over 15 years. She is now
based in New York.
FBI Tries to Deport
Muslim Man for Refusing to be an Informant
2009 "Miami New Times" --
Kerry-Edwards signs littered
the lawns of North Miami
Beach as Imam Foad Farahi
walked from a mosque to his
apartment a few blocks away.
It was November 1, 2004, the
day before George W. Bush
would win a second term in
office. But the Muslim holy
man had been too busy
fasting and praying to pay
much attention to the
For Farahi, an Iranian
citizen who had lived in the
United States for more than
a decade, it was simply
another month of Ramadan in
South Florida. Then, around
5 p.m., as he neared his
apartment, he saw two men
standing outside. They were
waiting for him.
"We're from the FBI," one of
the men said.
"OK," he responded.
They wanted to know about
José Padilla and Adnan El
Shukrijumah, two South
Florida men linked to the
Al-Qaeda terrorist network.
Padilla, the so-called Dirty
Bomber, was arrested in May
2002 and initially given
enemy combatant status. He
eventually stood trial in
Miami, was convicted on
terrorism charges, and
sentenced to 17 years in
prison. Shukrijumah is a
Saudi Arabian and an alleged
Al-Qaeda member whose last
known address was in
Miramar. The FBI is offering
up to $5 million for
information leading directly
to his capture.
"I know José Padilla, but I
don't know Adnan," Farahi
told the agents.
Information Clearing House
Swiss push to ban Muslim
biggest Jewish group has
described a far-right push
to ban the construction of
minarets as a "threat" to
religious harmony and the
integration of Muslims.
"The referendum infringes
religious freedom, a concept
enshrined in the
constitution," the Swiss
Federation of Jewish
Communities and the Platform
of Liberal Jews in
It "also poses a threat to
peaceful relations between
the religions and inhibits
the integration endeavours
of Muslims in Switzerland",
Swiss voters are to decide
during a referendum on
November 29 whether to ban
the construction of minarets
in Switzerland, a proposal
launched by right-wing
groups and backed by the
country's biggest political
party, the hard-right Swiss
Sir David launches Armed
Forces Muslim Association
– this is a
that we are
die for our
country is a
The new Chief
of the Armed forces, General
Sir David Richards, who
launched a new support
network for Muslims in the
armed forces said it
“reflects the growing
numbers, importance and
relevance of their service
and superb contribution they
are making to the armed
forces in the UK.”
The Armed Forces Muslim
Association (Afma), which
was launched at RAF Northolt
in North West London on
October 9, will allow people
to meet up with others of
the same faith and also aims
to “forge closer
relationships with Islamic
communities across the UK.”
said Muslim soldiers,
sailors and airmen were
“serving the United Kingdom
with such distinction today
and I have no doubt, in the
Sir David said: “It is right
that these outstanding
people have an organisation
around which their views and
aspirations can coalesce.”
The Muslim News
No glass ceiling for
Cultural Centre in London
hosted 10 female Iranian
Entrepreneurs from Tehran
who were in the UK for a
Workshop Assessing the
Achievements and Challenges
of Iranian Women in NGOs and
The professionals ranged
from directors of
architecture firms to
founders of private museums,
and all immediately
challenged the stereotypes
one might have of Iranian
women. The gathering also
journalists, activists and
academics from around the
As 80% of the Iranian
economy is state controlled,
it is of no surprise that
most of the entrepreneurs
originated from the state
sector; women, who, after
experience and contracts,
broke off and formed private
companies (quite often)
providing goods and services
to their former employers.
Take the example of Fariba
Mahdioun, who, after
graduation worked in
engineering technology for a
state company. After 22
years of experience Mahdioun
eventually came to be known
as the paramount expert in
her field and began noticing
a gap in the industry. She
told The Muslim News, “There
weren’t enough academic
resources in Iran. There was
a gap in what was taught at
University and what was
needed in the industry.”
Taking note of the gap, she
left her job and established
a training institute which
instructs up to 200
individuals a month.
The Muslim News
violence in the Muslim community
born Islamic scholar is
urging Imams across the
country to challenge those
in the community who take
Qur’anic text out of context
to justify violence against
month, Shaykh Amer Jamil
delivered a keynote speech
at a conference organised by
Strathclyde Police. The one
day seminar was attended by
representatives and women’s
According to Shaykh Jamil
those who use the Qur’an to
defend cruelty towards women
must be re educated on their
understanding of their
“There is a particular verse
in the fourth chapter of the
Qur’an, which taken in
isolation, by individuals
who do not know not what was
written before or after,
will lead to them believing
that Islam allows women to
“It is the duty of learned
individuals to remove such
misconceptions. I will
travel around the country to
meet Imams with the aim of
discussing how to make it
clear that the aspect of
harming is contrary to
Islamic teaching. Prophet
Mohammed (pbuh) never hit
any of his wives or
“Never doubt that a
small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change
the world; indeed it is the only thing that ever has.”
- Margaret Mead
Us & them : Muslim-Christian relations and
cultural harmony in Australia
Abe W. Ata
research provides exceptional insights into the hopes
and fears of dealing with people different to ourselves.
In Australia, such research suggests that Australian
Muslims have surpassed Asians as one of the country’s
most marginalised religious and ethnic groups. Muslims
and people from the Middle East are thought to be unable
to fit into Australia, with more than 50% of Australians
preferring their relatives did not to marry into a
Muslim family. Yet this statistic masks diverse
interpretations of interfaith relations and cultural
harmony present across Australia today. In 12 essays Us
and Them offers truths about interfaith relations as
they are believed and expressed by Muslim and non-Muslim
Australians. The essays are interdisciplinary and varied
in topic, and seek to challenge the images of Islam held
by both xenophobic Westerners and extremist Muslims.
Drawn from a variety of research projects over past
years, including results from a national survey on
attitudes towards Islam and Muslims among Australian
secondary students, they also raise thematic questions,
such as: Will any dialogue lead to a rapprochement
between the Muslim and mainstream communities? What is
Christian-Muslim diversity? Why does it matter? Can we
really learn how to manage diversity in the workplace?
Can the Shari’a law coexist with the Australian legal
system on issues including polygamy, marital status and
dress? This book is essential reading for all students —
secondary through to tertiary and postgraduate —
requiring an introduction to Christian Muslim relations
and attitudes in Australia .
About the author
Professor Abe W. Ata is well known for his work on
comparative religions and ethnicity. He is a
ninth-generation Christian Palestinian born in Bethlehem
and has lived and worked in the Middle East, America and
Australia, including a stint as a temporary delegate to
the UN in 1970. He is currently at the Australian
Dr Joel Windle, co-authored with Professor Ata in
chapter 6, is a Lecturer in the Faculty of Education at
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Kareema's Keep Fit Column
Assalamualaykum Sr Kareema, I am currently training
for the Qld Police Force fitness tests.
I have passed the beep test but need to gain a higher
level than my last session.
I am currently running 2kms a day in an effort to get my
fitness up, is there anything else you can suggest that
could fast track me to achieve a better result?
Or do you think continuous sessions of the beep test
will lift my level.
Interval training will be great to lift your cardio
Try adding some sprint-intervals while you're running (eg.
jog for 2 mins then sprint for 30 secs etc).
I reckon you're able to do a little more than 2km a day
too.. challenge yourself and aim for 5km (this should
not take you longer than 25-30mins).
Also add some strength training by using your own body
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for 30-60 secs...
You have heaps of options - remember the aim is not to
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Make sure you have a rest day the day before you're due
to do the beep test..
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