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Sunday, 6 December 2009
News you won't find on CNN!
The Labor Party celebrated
the 20th anniversary of a landmark Queensland election
win on December 2, 1989, when Wayne Goss ended 32
years of National Party domination in the state.
Over 900 party faithful
and invited guests attended the Brisbane Convention
Centre function last week at which the Prime Minister,
Kevin Rudd, was scheduled to attend but could not
in the end because of a delay in his return from the US.
Kevin Rudd, together with
Federal Treasurer, Wayne Swan, played a
significant part in that famous victory in their roles
as chief-of-staff and campaign manager respectively.
Anna Bligh and others heaped copious praise on the
guest of honour and his part in laying the foundation
for successive Labor governments.
Wayne Goss addresses
the dinner guests
(left to right)
Farouk Adam, Janeth Deen,
Yousuf Meer, David Forde,
Stephen Robertson MP, Mustafa
Ally and Faisal Hatia
(foreground left to right)
Yousuf Meer, Farouk Adam,
Janeth Deen and Wayne Goss
Australian Government Assistance to Refugees: Fact vs
In recent years, a series of emails have
been widely circulated throughout Australia claiming to
describe the social security entitlements of refugees,
compared with those of other Australian residents.
A common claim in these emails is that
refugees in Australia receive higher social security
benefits than age pensioners.
Some also suggest that refugees receive
free gifts such as houses.
Claims of this kind are erroneous and
appear to have caused some confusion in the community.
They are often brought to the attention
of senators and members by their constituents.
Background Note describes the current situation with
regard to refugee entitlements to social security and
other assistance in order to clarify this issue for
senators and members.
the minarets at stake
The following statement was issued by the United Ulama
Council of South Africa (UUCSA):
Fifty-seven percent of the 2.67 million Swiss who
participated in a referendum voted against the right of
Muslims to construct minarets with their mosques.
move was spearheaded by the racist Swiss People’s Party
(SVP) whose slogan read: “minarets are symbols of rising
Muslim political power that could one day transform
Switzerland into an Islamic nation.”
The SVP campaign
posters showed minarets rising like missiles from the
Swiss flag next to a fully veiled woman.
Cross has no
The Swiss government to its credit was against the
proposal but could not prevail against the provocative
and intolerant rhetoric of the extremist Swiss People's
The vote revealed the extent to which
far-right racist groups were winning the battle of ideas
on the future of Europe.
The results of this referendum
have been welcomed by leaders of other radical
right-wing groups in Europe, such as Heinz-Christian Strache, leader of the radical-right Austrian Freedom
Party, and Marine Le Pen, vice-president of France's
National Front, which points to the possibility of
religious and political extremism spreading further in
Europe Muslims comprise 6 percent of Switzerland’s 7.5
Many of them are the refugees of the 1990s Serb-Croat
ethnic-cleansing of Muslims in Bosnia and former
Yugoslavia. There are about 150 mosques in Switzerland,
only four have minarets which won't be affected by the
ban. Unlike mosques in Muslim countries, these minarets
are not used to call Muslims to prayer.
The idea of
human rights to
vote is quite
Compare this action of the so-called ‘civilized and
democratic world’ with the religious tolerance which
exists in most parts of the Muslim world.
There is no
restriction on building new churches in the Muslim world
with Christian or Jewish minorities – Indonesia, the
most populated Muslim country (13 million Christians out
total population of 212 million), Pakistan, Egypt,
Islamic Iran, Iraq, Nigeria, Sudan, Lebanon, Turkey,
Jordan, Syria, UAE, Kuwait, etc.
The church bells ring
every Sunday and Christmas is an official holiday. Most
Muslim countries have Sunday as weekly holiday.
Christians have held several top positions in both
military and government in Indonesia, Pakistan, Iraq
(Saddam Hussein had six Christian cabinet ministers
including Vice President Tariq Aziz), Lebanon, Egypt,
Sudan, Tanzania, and Nigeria.
The minaret unlike the Cross has no ‘divine value.’
People are certainly not attracted to Islam because of
tall minarets. They reverted to Islam for its simple
teachings and human-brotherhood. Minarets are
architectural structures associated with mosques which
do not have any political significance.
Farhad Afshar, leader of the Swiss Coordination of
Islamic Organisations said: "The most painful thing for
us is not the ban on minarets, but the symbol sent by
this vote. The idea of putting issues related to
religious freedom and human rights to vote is quite
unacceptable and unjustifiable. Furthermore, the
situation where the majority votes on issues related to
the rights of the minority is fundamentally at odds with
the spirit of democracy, which cannot be allowed to be
used as an open door to incitement, and an excuse to pit
citizens against their fellow partners in society.”
Mosques and minarets in European cities are
manifestations of the proudly indigenous nature of Islam
It is tragic that the far right is stripping
away at the illustrious heritage of coexistence between
different faiths and cultures in Europe and replacing it
with their warped and xenophobic political agendas.
On the 14 November the Kuraby Madarassah
held a Qur’an Competition for the first time in its
The Qur’an Competition attracted 70
participants and 3 judges.
The students were very nervous and at the
same time excited as well, but in the end all performed
The judges were extremely impressed with
the students’ performances.
Imam Imraan Husain (the Imam of
the Gold Coast Musjid), who is a specialist in the field
of Qur’an, commented that, “The level of recitation
displayed by the students was of a high standard.”
Imam Ikraam Buksh (the Imam of the
Darra Mosque) added, “Kuraby Madrassah has always been a
role model for other Madarassahs and this statement has
been proven in the witnessing of the standards of
Maulana Akram’s students.”
Imam Basheer Khan (the Imam of
Australian International Islamic College) was also
equally impressed and said,” Of all the Qur’an
competitions that he had judged this was by far his best
Due to the high quality of standards produced by the
reciters, it was a very hard decision for the judges to
They also commented on the which was very
well organised programme and format of the competition.
This event highlighted some of the objectives of the
Kuraby Madrassah which are to produce quality reciters
of the Qur’an, to inculcate the message of the Qur’an in
their lives and also help them develop a passion for the
Qur’an in their hearts.
Imam Ahmad Abu Ghazaleh will be
conducting Islamic classes over the December holidays.
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A Ball of
The Eid Ul-Adha Ball for ladies was held on Saturday
28th of November at the Runaway Bay Community Centre.
The evening was a roaring success. Upon entering the
venue, guests were treated to room filled with stalls
and Marquees giving the venue a Middle Eastern Bazaar
The meal was superb. The buffet dinner include beef,
lamb and chicken, roast veggies, salads, mousaka, and
chicken curry, catering for all tastebuds. The desert
was a selection of pavlova, chocolate mud cake and fruit
Organiser Juanita Taylor said "The response from the
women was excellent, it really was a great chance for
everyone to let their hair down and have a great night".
The evening was accentuated by Duff playing in the
background. The real entertainment began with basic
dancing lessons from professional dancers and a duff
workshop where participants sat on Arabic lounges in a
marquee and learnt to play the duff. Aisha Stacy, a
participant, commented, "I can't wait till next year!
Everyone had an awesome time."
The Eid Ul-Adha ball also had a larger purpose, to
encourage different community groups to attend and share
the services available for women.
Juanita said "This is the inaugural Eid Ul-Adha event.
It catered to Muslims of all levels and backgrounds,
bringing together everyone in a spirit of unity. Next
year we hope to be bigger and better involving more
sections of the community to come together and share
their activities for women."
Performs Prayers for Parliament
Religious leaders from different faith
groups were invited to Parliament House a fortnight ago
to offer prayers for the last sitting of the Queensland
Parliament this year. Imam Yusuf Peer represented
the Islamic faith.
Australian Journey: Muslim Communities - DIAC
Australian Journey - Muslim
In this and following issues of CCN we highlight one of the successful Muslims in Australia
from the report and their thoughts about what it means to be both a
Muslim and an Australian.
Music, Art and the
Asim Gorashi is an
accomplished oud and
violin player who
performs around the
and Middle Eastern
garnered a strong
All religions are
meant to be pathways
humanity. I believe
that Islam is the
religion of peace,
like any other
communities we have
radical and tolerant
of Australia and
models for other
The Islamic College of
Brisbane is a P-12 Co-educational College. As a
result of ongoing expansion and increase in its
student roll for 2010, the College invites
applications for the following vacancies commencing
• ARABIC (LOTE) TEACHER (B.A in Arabic, B.
Ed. preferable or permission to teach)
• ISLAMIC STUDIES TEACHER (Applicants should
have an Aalim degree from a recognized institution
and also have effective communication skills in
Abu Dhabi named in top 10
cities of the world list
Abu Dhabi: Abu Dhabi has
been ranked among the top
ten best cities to visit by
The report titled ‘The Best
Ten Cities to Visit in 2010'
was based on scientific and
field studies that took into
consideration a range of
factors. The achievement is
especially noteworthy given
that Istanbul (Turkey) Kyoto
(Japan) Lecce (Italy)
Vancouver (Canada) and
Singapore were among the
others that made it to the
Although the report
attributes the selection of
some cities to the global
financial crisis, the fact
is that this does not apply
to Abu Dhabi, which was not
as badly impacted as other
well-known urban centres the
Playboys of Dubai fall
not of its
they run the
1962 - and
you have to
be an oldie
world - the
most of the
kind to Dubai yesterday.
Just when the emirate's
unspeakable wealth appeared
on the point of collapse -
stock markets, naturally,
"trembled" - along came the
feast of Eid al-Adha and
sent all the kings and emirs
and sheikhs off to their
diwans to celebrate the
decision by the father of
monotheism - the Prophet
Ibrahim himself - not to
kill his son Ismail.
But then again, Sheikh
Mohamed bin Rashid al-Makhtoum
knew that the week-long
holiday in Dubai would close
down the local markets even
if it couldn't stifle the
Among the latter came the
old canard that Sheikh
Mohamed will have to hand
over his immensely
profitable Emirates Airlines
to his Abu Dhabi cousin, the
Khalifa bin Zayed bin Sultan
al-Nahyan, who seems to
spend much of his time
bailing out Dubai's
outrageous tourist and
“So please, oh PLEASE,
we beg, we pray, Go throw your TV set away, And in its
place you can install, A lovely bookshelf on the wall.”
- Roald Dahl, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Black Englishman by
India, 1920: exotic,
glamorous, and violent, as the country begins to resist
England's colonial grip. In the midst of this turmoil,
Isabel, a young British military wife, begins a
passionate liaison with Sam, an Indian doctor and Oxford
graduate who insists, against all odds, on the right to
be both black and British. Their secret devotion to each
other takes them across India in a terrifying, deadly
race against time and tradition. This powerful love
story combines the themes of colonial exploitation,
political and ethnic tensions and race, and the many
forms of partition, both secular and religious, that
endanger our world.
Would you like to see the
cover of your favourite book on our book shelves below?
25 green mangoes (choose
mangoes that have a hard seed/core)
1 cup white vinegar
3tbl rough salt
2 tbl chilli powder
500g golden syrup
4 tbl brown sugar
2 tbl crushed red chillis
(adjust depending on strength of chillis)
1. Peel and chop the mangoes in 4 pieces and
then soak them in the mixture of vinegar,
salt and chillie powder overnight
2. The next day, arrange all the mangoes in
a tray and leave out in the sun to dry for 2
days covered with a net so insects don't get
in (you can bring it inside at night)
3. When mangoes are dry, cook in a pot the
syrup, sugar and red chillies and then add
the mangoes to the mixture
5. Allow to cook on low heat stirring now
and then until the mangoes are well coated
in the syrup mixture
6. Once again, place the mango pieces on a
tray with cut side facing up and allow to
dry in the sun for 2 days (in the same
manner as done earlier)
Do you have a recipe to
share with CCN readers? Send in your favourite recipe
and be our "guest chef" for the week.
Kareema's Keep Fit Column
R A N D O M F A C T S
O F F I T N E S S
Add some of these acts of fitness into your daily
routine for faster results:
• Arm tighteners / toners - Stand with your arms
extended to your side and rotate in small, rapid
circles. Continue for about a minute and rotate in the
• Walking lunges - Take a big step forward with one foot
and sink into a lunge (keep your tummy in tight).
Alternate your legs as you make your way from one end of
the room to the other.
• Wall squats - Place your back flat against the wall
with your feet out wide (knees are bent and facing the
same direction as your toes).
Hold the squat for as long as you can and repeat a few
• Step-ups - Step up and down on a step for about a
minute, then alternate your leading leg.
• Calf raises - Stand on a step with your heels hanging
off. Raise up on your toes and then lower your heels.
• Crab crawls - Begin in a seated position (hips off the
floor). Try and walk forward and backward on your palms
Add a few more of your favourite exercises in between
for more of a challenge.
Remember, you don't have to do it all in one go...
Break your workout up into a few minute mini-workouts
and reap the rewards!
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Underwood, has South African Naan available
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