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Sunday, 13 December 2009
News you won't find on CNN!
Welfare Shop Update
The Reporter Newspaper and Albert & Logan
News will be running articles on the toy give-away to be
held on Sunday 20th December from 2 - 4pm in the carpark
at the back of the Welfare Shop No 5, Parkland Shopping
Centre, 91 -101 Ewing Road Woodridge.
The articles will be on the line that the
Muslims have just celebrated Eidul Adha and are giving
away free toys to the children of Logan to celebrate
Eidul Adha is also only a few weeks away
from the Christian celebrations for Christmas. Muslim
children from the area, many of whom are refugees, as
well as children from all religions are welcome to
choose their toys on the day.
Toys, books, board and video games donations will be
most welcome in the coming week to help make this a
Contact Janeth Deen on 0435-086-796 if
goods cannot be brought to the shop and she will make
arrangements to collect any donated toys for this
The Association is also calling for young
volunteers to help set up and distribute the toys, etc
in an orderly manner.
Janeth Deen told CCN: "Our shop is fast
becoming an important and recognized identity in the
area. Many of our customers tell us that we are
what Logan has needed for a long time. We are willing to
pay a reasonable rent for warehouse facilities if anyone
can oblige. We need storage facilities to
help clear the clutter from the shop and to store and
sort goods for future
Most other charities have huge warehouses to operate
From the CCN Cradle
Riordan James Forde was born to
David and NadineForde on Friday 11
According to reports from the Sunnybank
Private Hospital 3.45kg Riordan arrived with a roar that
said equalled his father's passion for the Brisbane
David Forde is well known amongst the
local communities for his community and human rights
activism, as well as being a Policy Advisor within
Multicultural Affairs Queensland in the Department of
confirms Islamic school move to Weston
An Islamic School of Canberra will be
built on the former CIT School of Horticulture site in
ACT Chief Minister Jon Stanhope said this comes after
the sale of the lease to Government land to the
Australian Federation of Islamic Councils.
"There was a general agreement the site be retained for
community use, and a strong preference from the
community that it be used as a school rather than
redeveloped for medium density housing," he said.
"The Islamic School of Canberra has made a positive
contribution to the diversity and quality of education
in the ACT."
Historical Society Turns One
By Momina Allahwala
(left to right) Momina
Allahwala, Wilma Bothwell, Janeth Deen, Shafiq
Ahmed Allahwala, Mustafa Ally, Zulaikha Goss,
Sonia Ahmed Allahwala
Yesterday (Saturday) the Queensland
Muslim Historical Society held its annual general
meeting at the Mt. Gravatt Community Centre.
The new executive committee was elected
as follows: President: Janeth Deen Vice-President: Shafiq Ahmed Allahwala Treasurer: Wilma Bothwell Secretary: Sonia Ahmed Allahwala CommitteeMembers: Zulaikha Goss, Mustafa
Ally, Sadeq Mustapha
The Queensland Muslim Historical Society was inaugurated
in 2008 with the aim of recording and preserving the
stories and experiences of Muslims in the Sunshine
The society’s first year witnessed a
number of activities. There were stalls at Eidfest 2008
and 2009, in which the general public had the
opportunity of witnessing the contributions of Muslims
to Australia. This was done by showcasing the historical
collections to the community. A major attraction was the
digital story on the development of the Griffith
University Research Unit, that was on display at the
Festival. The story was developed at the John Oxley
library and is available for viewing on the Q150
At present the society has undertaken a
project of interviewing committee members of some of the
Mosques around Brisbane.
The final outcome from these interviews
will be a book on Muslims in Queensland, which will
Insha’Allah be completed soon.
The QMHS meets on the third Saturday of
every month at the Mt. Gravatt Community Centre.
Anyone interested in joining or getting
more information about the society, please contact any
of the committee members, or the Secretary on 3219 7844.
Best of luck to the new management
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first Muslim MP
Mayor Shaoquett Moselmane (pictured right)
was sworn in as a NSW upper house MP on December 2
replacing Henry Tsang who resigned.
It fulfils a decade-long ambition for Cr Moselmane, who
was asked to stand aside four times in the past six
years to make way for other appointments.
Most recently he was forced to stand aside for the
appointment to Parliament of John Robertson last year.
Cr Moselmane was the only candidate at the close of
nominations on Tuesday. He will be the first Muslim in
Cr Moselmane said he was putting past disappointments
behind him and was excited about the appointment.
"Religion, creed, colour should not come into politics;
the fact I'm Islamic will make no difference,'' he said.
"I understand the concerns of people of that background.
This will help me put forward their issues in the
context of the wider NSW community, without
differentiating religions and ethnic background.''
He said he had not yet decided whether to relinquish his
position as a councillor or as mayor. He would consult
with colleagues and family during the council's
Cr Moselmane has served on Rockdale Council for 14
This is his fourth term as mayor. If he was to step down
as a councillor it could prompt a by-election in the
second ward, which includes Arncliffe, Banksia and Wolli
Creek, before the next council elections in 2012.
MUSLIMS must tackle injustices and
corruption in their own countries before they can point
a finger at the West, former Malaysian deputy prime
minister Anwar Ibrahim (pictured left) said in
''How Islam treats minorities is excessive, no question
- Hindus, Buddhists, Christians, Jews. We cannot condone
injustice. We must condemn atrocities against minorities
in Muslim societies and against Muslims in Christian
societies,'' he told the Parliament of the World
At one end
Islam is a
God, with no
Now a leading opposition leader, Mr Anwar
said Muslim countries faced huge Islamophobia, including
an unequal American approach to Israel and Palestine and
concerns about nuclear non-proliferation with some
countries but not others (a reference to Israel).
But he told the key session on Islam and politics: ''You
can't talk all the time about the injustice of the West
if you have injustice in your own land, such as
Christians and Hindus in Muslim countries.
''Muslims were upset about the treatment of prisoners at
Abu Ghraib [in Iraq], but what about conditions in
Muslim prisons. If you refuse to talk about that you
have no standing to talk about the first.''
Store is Your Book Store
FAMSY has just launch an online book
store to assist the community and fund FAMSY 's programs
for the youth.
Mosque on the Prairie: Season 4 Episode 1
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from the report and their thoughts about what it means to be both a
Muslim and an Australian.
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Muslims must be discreet
FRENCH President Nicolas
Sarkozy stoked the debate
over immigration today with
a warning to Muslims to
practice their religion
discreetly or face rejection
by moderate Islam in France.
Mr Sarkozy voiced sympathy
for Swiss voters who opted
last week to ban the
construction of minarets as
he tried to reassert himself
in a debate over national
identity which he launched
last month but that has
since spiraled out of his
Over the past week, Mr
Sarkozy had appeared to
retreat from his original
comments following a
backlash over the way that
they were being used against
But in a column for Le Monde,
Mr Sarkozy returned to his
theme and said that the
result of the Swiss
referendum showed how
important it was for France
to define its identity.
"Instead of condemning the
Swiss out of hand, we should
try to understand what they
meant to express and what so
many people in Europe feel,
including people in France,"
he wrote. "Nothing would be
worse than denial."
Islamic banking looks to
expand in Australia
to the form
such as rent
Islamic banking sector is
looking to expand and it has
its eyes on Australia.
The South East Asian country
has one of the most
developed Islamic finance
sectors and is the largest
issuer of Islamic bonds in
Speakers: Mohammad Ibrahim,
Assistant Governor, Bank
Negara; Gary Johnston,
Austrade's Global Manager
for Financial Services
SNOWDON: Two way trade in
financial services is set to
rise between Australia and
Malaysia. A high powered
delegation is visiting
Sydney and Melbourne and is
headed by the Assistant
Governor of the Central
Bank, Mohammad Ibrahim who
points to three decades of
development in Malaysia's
islamic finance industry.
IBRAHIM: That includes the
financial market, the money
market and the sukuk market.
The sukuk market which is
the Islamic equivalent of
conventional bonds is very
developed in Malaysia. About
two thirds of the global
market is in Malaysia.
ABC Radio Australia
Ban my egg-pelting
attackers, says British Muslim lawmaker
Dec 6 (IANS) A British
Muslim lawmaker (pictured
right) who was pelted
with eggs last week said
Sunday her Islamist
attackers should be banned.
'The protesters are
understood to be members of
the al-Muhajiroun group. I
believe in free speech and
the right to protest. But I
think such organisations
should be banned,' said
Sayeeda Warsi of the
'They exist merely to cause
trouble. They preach hatred
and they believe in violence
and aggression, so they
don't deserve a voice. The
government has been too weak
in dealing with extremists.
It's policy is confused,'
she wrote in the Sunday
Baroness Warsi, who was
named Britain's most
powerful Muslim woman in a
power list this year,
described her attackers as
'Islamic extremists' and a
'bunch of idiots' who
behaved like 'playground
Warsi, who is the
Conservative party's shadow
minister for community
cohesion, was pelted with
eggs - one of which hit her
- by angry Islamists on a
visit to Luton in southeast
England Monday, forcing her
to hide in a sari shop.
With egg yolk running
through her hair, she later
tried to remonstrate with
the protesters but they
harangued her, accusin her
of not being a proper Muslim
and supporting the deaths of
civilians in Afghanistan.
The al-Muhajiroun came in
from strong criticism after
its members protested
against British soldiers
during a homecoming parade
in March this year.
The self-styled leader of
its Luton branch, Sayful
Islam, denied the group was
behind the attack but added,
'I won't condemn these
people [protesters]. It
shows the frustration of
Muslim youths in Luton.'
'Baroness Warsi needs to be
exposed. She is somebody who
pretends to be a practising
Muslim but from her views
and statements she is
clearly against Sharia.'
Warsi, writing about 'My
Week' in the Sunday Times,
said, 'I would not have
chosen to start the week
being pelted with eggs by
'I was there (in Luton) to
meet business people and
support the local Tory
candidates, but instead I
encountered a bunch of
idiots who screamed abuse at
me, accusing me of not being
a proper Muslim.
'They were like playground
bullies. I invited them to
calm down and engage in a
civilized debate - a little
optimistic given that there
were eggs flying.'
Muslim, Hindu groups
stage demonstrations on Babri mosque demolition
Dec.6 : The 17th anniversary
of Babri mosque demolition
in Ayodhya, which occured on
Dec.6, 1992, saw
demonstrations being staged
by Muslim and Hindu groups
at different places in
Coimbatore city of Tamil
Thousands of Muslims in
Coimbatore staged a
demonstration asking the
government to handover the
disputed place in Ayodhya to
They also demanded the
arrest of Hindu nationalist
leaders, who have been
indicted in the findings of
Justice M.S Liberhan who
headed a one-man commission
for 17 years to probe the
factors leading to the
demolition of the mosque.
"So far we were waiting for
the Liberhan Commission
report, which has made it
clear all those who were
accused are the culprits.
Babri Masjid belongs to
Muslims and thus the mosque
should be handed over to us
immediately. We want to
caution the government,"
said Nazhar, one of the
protestors in Muslim rally.
The police later on detained
While in another
demonstration, scores of
Hindu activists under the
banner of Shiv Sena also
staged a unique
demonstration by rolling on
the ground inside a temple
to mark December 6 as a
Amir Khan: ‘Most fighters
will think twice about fighting me’
UK: There are
only so many lessons that
can be learnt in just 76
seconds. The way Amir
Khan dispatched Dmitriy
Salita showed he has speed,
power and a ruthless streak.
We knew all of that already,
but it also showed he has
not allowed the pressure of
being a world champion to
get to him. He is planning
to be one for a long time.
Khan knocked down Salita
three times during a brief
first defence of his WBA
light-welterweight title at
the Metro Radio Arena,
Newcastle, on Saturday
night. Tougher challenges
lie ahead as Khan’s
reputation grows on a global
“Amir is not
a sparring partner, he’s a
world champion,” Roach said,
adding that Khan would have
to use the sparring as part
of his own preparations. “I
think he has the potential
to be a superstar and a
multi-title champion for
sure. It took me eight years
with Manny to get him to
where we are today, we might
only be 50 per cent of the
way with Amir.”
1 box hake fillets or fresh fillets of fish
¼ tsp tumeric powder
2 tbsp lemon juice
1 tsp crushed garlic
1 tsp green chillies
Salt to taste
Marinate the fish in the
1 cup flour
¼ cup corn flour
½ tsp salt
2 Tbsp oil
½ tsp egg yellow
pinch of bicarbonate of soda
Mix all above ingredients
together and make a paste with warm water.
Dip fish into the batter and
fry in shallow oil on low heat until crispy.
Delicious served with chips
Do you have a recipe to
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and be our "guest chef" for the week.
Kareema's Keep Fit Column
HOME SWEEP HOME...
Clean up, lose weight and feel great!!
A recent study showed that most women spent an average
of 16-17 hours a week on cooking, cleaning and doing the
Regular moderate activity such as housework is quite
beneficial and can be a mighty fat burner, depending on
Vacuuming for 30mins a week can burn up to 28,000kj a
year, while doing laundry for roughly an hour a week
burns up to a
whopping 39,600kj a year.
Remember if you undertake additional physical activities
such as walking, cycling, etc. you'll set yourself up
for even greater
So stay active, especially during these holidays when we
tend to eat a little more and move a little less...
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and without any references to the author of the
The CCN Chuckle
Nasruddin and his friend Jallaalludin went camping
in the desert.
After they got their tent all set up, both men fell
Some hours later, Mula Nasruddin wakes the Jallaalludin
and says, "Brother Jallaalludin, look towards the sky,
what you see?"
Jallaalludin replies, "I see millions of stars."
"What does that tell you, brother Jallaalludin?" asked
Jallaalludin ponders for a minute then says,
"Astronomically speaking, it tells me there are millions
of galaxies. Time wise, it appears to be approximately a
quarter past three in the morning and soon it will be
time for Fajr salaat. Islamically, our Lord is all
powerful and we are small and insignificant.
Meteorologically, it seems we will have a beautiful day
tomorrow. What's it tell YOU, Brother Nasruddin?"
"It tells me that you are dumber than a flea infested
camel! Someone stole our tent."
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