self-deprecating and occasional tongue-in-cheek look at ourselves and
the world around us ......
Sunday, 15 August 2010
Around the World
around the world started
their first day of fasting
to observe the month long
dates of the start and the
end of Islam's holy month
Ramadan depend on the
sighting of the new moon.
Muslims offer Maghrib, the
sunset prayer at Dar Al Hijrah Islamic Center in
Falls Church, Virginia.
An official from the State
Islamic University (STAIN), uses a telescope to
observe the moon after sunset from the coast of
Madura in East Java province of Indonesia on the
eve of Ramadan.
A Palestinian blind boy reads
Quran, Islam's holy book, in braille in the West
Bank city of Jenin, ahead the upcoming month of
Children point to the new moon
ushering in Ramadan, in Dhaka, Bangladesh
Customers at a roadside shop
buy a meat dish on the first day of Ramadan in
Praying on the first day of
Ramadan at a mosque in the southern Spanish town
of Estepona, near Malaga.
An Indonesian woman reads a
copy of the Quran next to
a young child on the first day
of Ramadan in Jakarta.
Filipino Muslim students read
the Quran on the first day on Ramadan inside an
elementary school in Manila.
A Musaharati, dawn awakener,
strikes his drum to wake observant Muslims for
their early morning 'Suhoor', before the day's
Ramadan fast in Sidon's Old City in southern
Malik Ghaus, a blind Pakistani
flood-affected man, drinks tea with family
members before they begin their fast at a
makeshift camp in Sukkur.
Two merchants sit on a truck
carrying boxes of dates during the first
international Dates Festival in the city of
Buraidah, north of Riyadh. The festival attracts
farmers hoping to sell their produce ahead of
Ramadan, the holiest month in the Islamic
Palestinian boys stand next to
a shop, decorated with Ramadan festive lights,
in the West Bank city of Nablus.
The exact dates of the start and
the end of Islam's holy month Ramadan depend on
the sighting of the new moon.
Brisbane's Kuraby Mosque (Masjid
al Farooq) some 600 men,
women and children will
break their fast together
every Friday, Saturday and
Sunday night over meals
sponsored by members of the
Stephen Robertson, MP
Queensland's Minister for
Natural Resources, Mines & Energy and
Minister for Trade
Imam Abdel Aziem Al Afifi
Australian national Imams
Australia - AFIC
the record straight with Ayyan Hirsi Ali
Are Ayaan Hirsi Ali's opinions the result of direct insight into Islam, or are they based merely on centuries-old prejudice?
Ayyan Hirsi Ali recently wrote
an article highly critical of Islam
which, among other things, called for a kind of
alliance between secularists and Christians to
oppose the common “Muslim threat” and severely
attacked the endowment of chairs in Islamic
studies in Western universities.
School of Canberra Opening Ceremony of New Premises
of the School Board, Mr
Ikebal Patel announced
the official opening of the
Islamic School of Canberra’s
new premises located at 33
Heysen Street, Weston,
Mr Patel said
this achievement was the
result of much community
effort and unwavering
support, cooperation and
generosity of the ACT
Mr Patel also
expressed gratitude to the
ACT Chief Minister, Mr Jon
Stanhope MLA for his
foresight and vision when it
comes to providing education
and educational facilities
for all Canberrans.
years of endurance by the
parents, staff and children
of confined spaces in the
former location, the new
school site provides an
environment for modern times
in the nation’s capital.
extended an invitation to
parents who wish to share in
this opportunity to provide
children with quality
education provided by highly
skilled educators in a
environment to contact the
handy with your hands and creative with your crafts?
Brisbane Multicultural Arts
Centre (BEMAC) is preparing
for a women's arts and
crafts project entitled HerHands.
This project offers Muslim
women from many different
nations the opportunity to
revive their traditional
weaving, knotting and other
Looms of all types will be
available with many types of
threads suitable to a
variety of traditional
Women may learn new skills
if desired such as machine
sewing (sewing machines and
cloth will be available) and
western style crafts, (for
example knitting, western
style embroidery (thread and
This is an opportunity to
participate in a landmark
exhibition with the weaving,
embroidery etc. the women
will make in a range of
workshops; and develop and
be supported with small
business skills and
financial assistance with
equipment and materials.
JoanWinter Project manager and curator
for BEMAC 3300 7464 0414 746 259
Inter-Uni Cup QLD 2010 – Action-packed!
By Ismail Mohamed, AMYN
Sunday 1st August saw the second
annual Australian Muslim Youth Network, AMYN
Teams from all over Brisbane and the Gold Coast,
from diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds,
converged for another action-packed AMYN
The weather conditions were superb and the atmosphere of competitive, yet
brotherly spirit, built up throughout the day.
After a gruelling round-robin tournament, there
were only two teams to proceed to the finals –
Soccer Stars (of UQ) and Green Falcons (of the
In the end there could be only one winner ...
well done to Captain Hisham and the Green
and Recitations online
displays the Holy Quran
(Medina layout), in an
Among the main features on
the website are the
•Increasing the page sizes
to make reading easier •Rescanning pages of the
Quran more precisely to
include side information
such as page and chapter
numbering, as well as
chapter names •Ability to magnify an area
of the page using the
magnifying glass •Ability to bookmark up to 8
pages from each book •Option to select between
different books (such as
Quran with tajweed,
interpretations, etc) •Ability to control the
pages' quality and hence
downloading speed •Ability to change the
background image to suit the
reader •Ability to jump to the
supplication page of the
Quran •Ability to close each book
•Ability to navigate the
Quran using the directional
buttons of the keyboard
The 2010 ESQUIRE Ramadaan
compilation, which comprises
of Surah Fatiha, Surah
Yaseen, Surah Rahman, Surah
Waqiah, The Manzil, Naaths,
Zikr and Duroods recited by
Qari Ziyaad Patel of South
Afrcia is available for
listening and downloading
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Students working together to help refugee families
Runcorn Heights State School
is moving forward with a new
concept. The school
announces the second stage
of their innovative Harmony
The Runcorn Heights State
School community is a
melting pot of some 55+
language groups. It is an
amazingly tolerant place.
There is always a danger,
however, that the languages
and practices of these
cultural groups will
disappear under the age old
banner of integration. The
school community doesn’t
wish to go there, but
rather, appreciate all each
culture brings. The
community has grown from the
various cultural identities,
religious beliefs and
practices of those who have
gone and enmeshed them with
the community of today.
There is a saying: “You have
to know where you have come
from to know where you’re
going”. The school is proud
to acknowledge past and
present community members.
It is with this proud
historical context from
which the Harmony House
Does this social and
cultural imprint that we all
carry around with us affect
how we learn, grow, develop
relationships and relate to
others? Many believe it
does. Individuals come into
a school community with all
their past experiences,
their hopes and expectations
looking for an opportunity
to do well, to be accepted,
to make new friends and to
be appreciated. Some are in
a better position to fulfil
these expectations because
they come from a safe,
secure and loving
environment where their
family unit is able to meet
most of their needs. But
what of those who don’t?
Harmony House will be
another resource for
students, parents and staff
to show all cultures and
religions are special.
Writing cards to send to earthquake victims in Indonesia
Each student comes to school
from different social,
emotional, cultural and
religious backgrounds. As
much as possible, teachers
already take these factors
into consideration making a
real difference to student
outcomes. Schools strive to
be places where students are
provided with every
opportunity to learn and
grow. Schools must keep
challenging themselves to
improve as our students’
life choices will largely
depend on the skills,
attitudes and values they
have acquired at school.
Runcorn Heights wants to aim
even higher. It believes it
can and must do more.
The school’s culturally
inclusive teaching staff are
wonderful examples of how
various cultures can work
together and support each
other. In 2010 the school
began its Ambassadorial
Program which aims to
involve students in
experiences which promote
that they too can make a
difference. The year six
students are involved in a
leadership program during
which they are asked to
commit to spending some time
helping others. Staff have
visited Fiji to set up
between staff and students.
Students have been involved
in sending support packs and
books to refugees in
Indonesia. In developing
their Harmony House project
the school community
appreciate that future
generations walk their
paths, learn and grow in
their educational spaces.
The school is the
community’s springboard to
the world. It is committed
to encouraging and helping
its students make a
Enjoying Caring and sharing
The Harmony House Project
evolved believing the school
would like to continue what
it already does really well,
only better. It continues to
help its students feel
positive about their lives
and provide them with
opportunities to develop,
succeed, to grow and to
The Harmony House concept is
a vision that acknowledges
that the school is already
making a difference,
however, with an appropriate
facility even more is
possible. Beginning as a
seed many years ago, the
desire to do just that
little bit more has grown
and developed as each new
family who is grappling with
life’s pressures in their
own way, enrols.
The first phase of the
Harmony House concept
recognises the schools
multi- cultural community by
providing a designated space
to better cater for its
English Second Language
students. This teaching area
will be available in early
2011. Plans have been
finalised for the second
stage of the project, a
multi- faith area which will
raise the bar for primary
schools. This space will,
also, house a religious and
cultural library which will
provide a space for religion
classes and for students and
staff to pray.
With a designated space,
opportunities can be made
available for parents and
caregivers to meet for a
variety of reasons depending
on the needs of current
community. It is hoped that
in future, students might
attend optional outside
school hours classes that
celebrate their membership
in religious and cultural
groups. These may take the
form of community language
classes or religious
classes. There has been
great interest in classes
for parents. Many mothers,
in particular, are unable to
attend outside classes
because they have little
ones to care for or
The Harmony House Project is
all about the school
supporting its whole
community. This includes the
students and their families.
Currently the school funds a
community liaison officer,
Mrs Rhonda Dennis (Aisha)
who works within English
Second Language Program.
Having an identifiable
person to relate to has
proven to be very effective
in helping; in particular,
new families adjust with
life in a new area.
The school is looking for
support either financial or
in kind to make phase 2 a
reality. Community members
are invited to help make a
difference in the lives of
the Runcorn Heights’ school
community. Find out how you
can be a part of this
exciting stage by contacting
the Principal Glen Thomas
or Rhonda Dennis (Aisha)
0402 438 077.
Islam: Common Questions Asked by Non-Muslims
On Monday 16
August, Radio Islam will
broadcast a panel discussion
from South Africa on the
topic: Common Questions
Asked by Non-Muslims.
panellists will be Ml
Ebrahim Bham and Ml Sulaiman
Moola and the program will
be hosted by Ml. Muhammad
A variety of activities and
stalls at the Australian International
Islamic College made the day an event to
The international food stalls
included Malaysian, Indian, Bosnian and
Lebanese food, which is always popular at
any fete, had delicious dishes for all to
taste. Everyone worked up an appetite by
just walking around the stalls.
The other stalls included many ladies
fashion clothing, scarves, abayas, haj and
umra accessories, Bollywood style clothing
as well as an Islamic book stall.
The tea and coffee stall had
homemade cakes which was a hot seller
throughout the day. The ice-cream stall
seemed popular among both adults and
children. The lolly stall catered especially
for those who wanted to be high on sugar and
full of energy throughout the day.
The rides were ongoing with a break in
between for popcorn and fairy floss.
Some chose to have a go at
robotics and others just sat to get their
faces painted. It was a must to carry a show
bag, so everyone had a bag on their way
There were also lots of
opportunities of meeting people whilst
having a fun day out with the family.
Congratulations to Mrs Islam,
who was the lucky winner of a family ticket
As part of the program Ms
Diana Abdel Rahman was the special guest at
the fete. She gave an inspiring talk on the
contributions made by Islamic Scholars in
Science, Medicine, Arts and Governance.
A well documented display of
the various contributions were viewed and
admired by the many visitors on the day.
The documents were generously
donated to the school which will be used as
a valuable resource.
"It surely was a very successful and well
organized event and everyone who attended
had a great time! We thank all the wonderful
members of our school community for their
support and contributions on Fete Day,
including those who simply turned up on the
with a stellar cast
The Celebrate Mercy Team brings you "The Man & Month of
Mercy" which celebrates events from the Prophet's life
that occurred in Ramadan.
It will also remind us of his
sayings about Ramadan.
The line up of
speakers/performers, include Imam Zaid Shakir, Sami
Yusuf, Shaykh Nuh Keller, Imam Suhaib Webb, Maher Zain,
and many more (see image on
Webcast Date: Sunday 15th August, 2010
Webcast to begin at 1.30pm
Venue: Al-Mustapha Institute of Brisbane 39 Bushmills St, Hillcrest
NOTE: You can also
register online and take
part in this event in the
comfort of your home for
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Included in the
website are 10 reminder
videos dedicated to the
topic of marriage (topics
ranging from what to expect
when you get married to tips
on making your marriage
• 2010 Ramadan Hamper
Drive: Ramadan is upon us and with
it the opportunity to share
in the spirit of giving
We are pleased to announce
that IWAQ will be collecting
non perishable goods for
packing and distribution for
the 2010 Ramadan Hamper
The hampers are distributed
to families and individuals
who are from refugee
backgrounds, frail aged or
people living on their own
who are on limited income
and are in financial
Non perishable goods
include: Flour, sugar, rice,
pasta, (preferably 1kg or
2kg bags), cereal, honey,
canned tomato, oil, etc.
Also you can donate money
for meat or grocery
Please call IWAQ Office on
32086333 to arrange for drop
off of your contributions.
May Allah bless you in this
blessed month and reward you
BBQs are back
Algester Mosque will
hold a BBQ every Saturday after Taraweeh
Address 48 Learoyd Road Algester
Contact Yahya on 0403338040 for more
All proceeds will go towards the building of the
Newsletters and Updates
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The Art of Spain is a BBC
Four documentary series on
Spanish art presented by
In this series Andrew
Graham-Dixon explores art in
Muslim and Christian Spain
from 711 to 1492.
Continuing from last week's
the Muslim World with CCN
gear up for Quran award
Dubai International Holy
Quran Award will host 75
contestants this year, with
the event set to start on
Ramadan 8 following a series
of lectures starting on the
first day of Ramadan.
The committee of the Dubai
International Holy Quran
Award (DIHQA) has so far
approved the participation
of 75 countries for this
year's competition, which is
10 contestants fewer than
The award, in its 14th
session, is held under the
patronage of His Highness
Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid
Al Maktoum, Vice-President
and Prime Minister of the
UAE and Ruler of Dubai.
The lectures and the
competition will be held at
the Dubai Chamber of
Commerce and Industry.
Many of the aspiring young
contestants — the youngest
this year is a 10-year-old
Rwandan contestant, come
from poor backgrounds, but
from an environment that
gives an importance to
culture and religion in
their daily lives.
For them, learning and
memorising the Quran earns
them a high status in their
community, said Ebrahim
Mohammad Bu Melha, Chairman
of DIHQA's Organising
The competition will also be
covered by numerous
international TV channels,
said Bu Melha.
The women's association in
Al Hamriya and a public tent
in Jumeirah will host a
number of lectures from the
first of Ramadan until
The lecturers include
prominent figures in the
Arab and Islamic world such
as world-famous Egyptian
preacher Dr Omar Abdul Kafi,
Dr Mohammad Al Nabulsi, and
Dr Yousuf Juma Salama,
preacher at the Al Aqsa
The Quran award started in
1997 (1418 Hijri) with only
two elements: the
competition and the Islamic
Personality of the Year
award. Today it has six
additional sections: a local
Quran contestant, a
programme on memorising the
Quran for prisoners, Islamic
lectures, a UAE national
programme, a recitation
contest and Quran sciences
Personality of the year
The international contest is
set to begin on August 19.
Five Islamic scholars in
Sharia studies and Quranic
sciences and readings from
Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Jordan,
Lebanon, Syria and the
United States will be
judging the contestants this
Contestants should be able
to completely memorise the
Quran and have full
knowledge of Quran
The Islamic Personality of
the Year will be announced
during the competition. The
winner gets an award of Dh1
million for his contribution
and achievements in the
Islamic world. The first
three winners of the Quran
Dh250,000, Dh200,000 and
Dh150,000. The fourth to
tenth positions receive
Dh45,000, Dh40,000 and
Meanwhile, winners below the
tenth position will be
rewarded according to their
evaluations as those above
80 per cent are rewarded
Dh30,000 each, from 70 to 79
per cent receive Dh25,000
each and below 70 per cent
get Dh20,000 ea
Mosque ready to welcome millions of visitors
Makkah: The Presidency for the Affairs of
the Two Holy Mosques has charted an intensive plan to
receive visitors to the Prophet's Mosque during Ramadan,
which starts next week, Shaikh Saleh Bin Abdul Rahman Al
Hussain, chief of the presidency in Makkah, has said.
Speaking to reporters, Al Hussain said 1,970 workmen,
including engineers, technicians and workers have been
working at the Prophet's Mosque in Madinah to keep it
clean and provide services for visitors.
A power station, fitted with large transformers,
approximately seven kilometres away from the mosque,
keeps the entire building cool by pumping cold, fresh
air through a network connected to the structure's
The Prophet's Mosque has six two-way elevators to
provide worshippers access from the first floor.
Two sections have been set aside for women, on the
eastern and western sides of the mosque. These sections
can accommodate more than 50,000 women and have been
fitted with separate toilets. The toilet facilities are
kept clean round the clock.
Council to 'review' halal-meat menus in schools after
UK: HARROW Council will review plans to
introduce halal-only meat menus in the borough's primary
schools after a raft of complaints from parents.
Proposals have been laid down for firm Harrison Catering
to provide schools meals for primary schools, extending
a contract already in place in all but one of the
borough's secondary schools.
However, a subsequent furore when the news became public
was followed by complaints lodged with the council, with
many upset that a non-halal meat option would not be
The council has now said it will review the situation
when the new school term starts, and has rejected some
claims in the media that pupils were being forced to eat
A statement put out by the council on Friday, August 6,
insisted: “The use of halal meat is common practice
across London in many schools, public organisations and
indeed restaurants, because of the need to provide
segregated meat preparation.
Arabia hopes giant clock will establish 'Makkah Time'
The world's largest clock, which looms over the Grand Mosque, is seen under construction atop a skyscraper in Makkah.Image Credit: AFP
Makkah: Muslims around the world could be
setting their watches to a new time soon when the
world's largest clock begins ticking atop a soaring
skyscraper in Islam's holiest city of Makkah.
Saudi Arabia hopes the four faces of the new clock,
which will loom over Makkah's Grand Mosque from what is
expected to be the world's second tallest building, will
establish Makkah as an alternate time standard to the
The clock is targeted to enter service with a
three-month trial period in the first week of the holy
month of Ramadan on or about August 12, according to the
Saudi state news agency SPA.
It boasts four glimmering 46 metre-across faces of
high-tech composite tiles, some laced with gold, sitting
more than 400 metres over the Holy Haram compound.
The tower's height will reach 601 metres SPA said.
On its website, Premiere Composite, which is responsible
for cladding the top section, including a shimmering
spire topped by a golden crescent moon, puts the planned
height at 590 metres.
That would make it the world's second tallest building -
ahead of Taiwan's 509 metre Taipei 101, but well behind
the Burj Khalifa, the 828 metre skyscraper inaugurated
in Dubai in January.
Some 250 "highly qualified Muslim workers" were
completing welding work on the clock's frame, SPA said.
than six times larger in diameter than London's famed
Big Ben, the clock faces, with the Arabic words "In the
Name of Allah" in huge lettering underneath and will be
lit with two million LED lights.
Some 21,000 white and green coloured lights, fitted at
the top of the clock, will flash to as far as 30
kilometres to signal Islam's mandatory five-times daily
On special Muslim occasions, 16 bands of vertical lights
will shoot some 10 kilometres up into the sky.
"Everyone is interested to see the clock, despite the
lack of sufficient information about it, and its
mechanism," said Makkah resident Hani Al Wajeeh.
"We in Makkah hope to be the world's central time zone,
and not just have a clock to look at, to show off," he
developer of the massive seven-tower Abraj Al Bait
complex had kept the details of the clock a secret, but
it is visibly in place now, adorned with the green
crossed sword and palm symbol of the Saudi state.
Mohammad Al Arkubi, the manager of the Royal Mecca Clock
Tower Hotel in the building below, said the installation
of the clock, its faces made by the German-owned Dubai
company, Premiere Composite Technologies, has been "a
The clock reflects a goal by some Muslims to replace the
126-year-old Universal Time standard - originally called
Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) - with Makkah mean time.
At a conference in Doha in 2008, Muslim clerics and
scholars presented "scientific" arguments that Makkah
time is the true global meridian.
They said that Makkah is the centre of the world and
that the Greenwich standard was imposed by the west in
Big does not begin to describe the Abraj Al Bait complex
just across the street from the south gate of the Grand
Mosque, the Muslim world's most sacred site.
by a government-controlled fund, the complex sits seven
huge towers atop a massive podium. Six are between 42
and 48 stories, and in the middle is the clock tower,
appearing nearly twice as tall as the others.
Moreover, the entire complex, with 3,000 hotel rooms and
apartments, a five-story shopping centre and gigantic
prayer and conference halls, will give it 1.5 million
square metres of floor space, according to architects
and construction industry reports.
At that it will tie Dubai International Airport's newest
terminal three for the world's largest building by floor
The complex will sport three top-class hotels, the
Fairmont, Raffles and Swiss Hotel. It will also have
hundreds of luxury apartments, most of them designed to
have a direct view of the Grand Mosque.
The project is part of the Saudi government's plan to
develop Makkah to be able to receive as many as 10
million hajj Pilgrims every year, up from the current
three million capacity.
is necessary to accommodate a rapidly growing global
population of Muslims, who have a duty to make a
pilgrimage to Makkah at least once in their lifetimes,
At the peak of the Haj, according to architect Dar Al
Handasah, the complex should accommodate 65,000 people.
The clock will be the focus. Elevators will take
visitors up to a huge viewing balcony just underneath
the faces, and also a four-story astronomical
observatory and Islamic museum.
"The construction of the biggest clock in the world in
the purest spot on the earth is a dream-come-true for
Muslims," said Atif Felmban, who lives in the city.
"Before, we heard and saw famous clocks in the West. But
today we can as Muslims be proud of this giant project,"
said Ahmad Haleem, an Egyptian living in the Muslim holy
"I might leave Makkah before the opening ceremony for
the clock. But I will be keen to follow it and set my
watch to it as soon as it is working," Haleem said. "It
means an honour for a place, and time for me."
Centre near Ground Zero gets support from some quarters
Endorses Islam Center Near 9/11 Site
President Obama delivered remarks at a White House dinner celebrating Ramadan
WASHINGTON — President
Obama delivered a strong defence on Friday night of a
proposed Muslim community centre and mosque near ground
zero in Manhattan, using a White House dinner
celebrating Ramadan to proclaim that “as a citizen, and
as president, I believe that Muslims have the same right
to practice their religion as anyone else in this
After weeks of avoiding
the high-profile battle over the centre — his press
secretary, Robert Gibbs, said last week that the
president did not want to “get involved in local
decision-making” — Mr. Obama stepped squarely into the
“I understand the emotions that this issue engenders.
Ground zero is, indeed, hallowed ground,” the president
said in remarks prepared for the annual White House
iftar, the sunset meal breaking the day’s fast.
But, he continued: “This is America, and our commitment
to religious freedom must be unshakable. The principle
that people of all faiths are welcome in this country,
and will not be treated differently by their government,
is essential to who we are.”
In hosting the iftar, Mr. Obama was following a White
House tradition that, while sporadic, dates to Thomas
Jefferson, who held a sunset dinner for the first Muslim
ambassador to the United States. President George W.
Bush hosted iftars annually.
Aides to Mr. Obama say privately that he has always felt
strongly about the proposed community centre and mosque,
but the White House did not want to weigh in until local
authorities made a decision on the proposal, planned for
two blocks from the site of the Sept. 11 attack on the
World Trade Center.
Last week, New York City removed the final construction
hurdle for the project, and Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg
spoke forcefully in favour of it.
The community centre proposal has led to a national
uproar over Islam, 9/11 and freedom of religion during a
hotly contested midterm election season.
In New York, Rick A. Lazio, a Republican candidate for
governor and a former member of the House of
Representatives, issued a statement responding to Mr.
Obama’s remarks, saying that the president was still
“not listening to New Yorkers.”
“With over 100 mosques in New York City, this is not an
issue of religion, but one of safety and security,” he
Sarah Palin, the former governor of Alaska and the
Republican vice-presidential candidate in 2008, has
called the project “an unnecessary provocation” and
urged “peace-seeking Muslims” to reject it.
The Anti-Defamation League, a Jewish organization, has
also opposed the center.
In his remarks, Mr. Obama distinguished between the
terrorists who plotted the 9/11 attacks and Islam. “Al
Qaeda’s cause is not Islam — it is a gross distortion of
Islam,” the president said, adding, “In fact, Al Qaeda
has killed more Muslims than people of any other
religion, and that list includes innocent Muslims who
were killed on 9/11.”
The site of the proposed Muslim community center.
Noting that “Muslim
Americans serve with honor in our military,” Mr. Obama
said that at next week’s iftar at the Pentagon, “tribute
will be paid to three soldiers who gave their lives in
Iraq and now rest among the heroes of Arlington National
Mr. Obama ran for office promising to improve relations
with the Muslim world, by taking steps like closing the
detention center at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, and more
generally reaching out. In a speech in Cairo last year,
he vowed “a new beginning.”
But Ali Abunimah, an Arab-American journalist and
author, said the president has since left many Muslims
“There has been no follow-through; Guantánamo is still
open and so forth, so all you have left for him to show
is in the symbolic field,” Mr. Abunimah said, adding
that it was imperative for Mr. Obama to “stand up to
Once Mr. Bloomberg spoke out, the president’s course
seemed clear, said Steven Clemons of the New America
Foundation, a public policy institution here.
“Bloomberg’s speech was, I think, the pivotal one, and
set the standard for leadership on this issue,” Mr.
Mr. Bloomberg, in a statement, said: “This proposed
mosque and community center in Lower Manhattan is as
important a test of the separation of church and state
as we may see in our lifetime, and I applaud President
Obama’s clarion defense of the freedom of religion
Sharif el-Gamal, the developer on the project, said, “We
are deeply moved and tremendously grateful for our
A building on the site of the proposed centre is already
used for prayers, and some worshipers there on Friday
night discussed the president’s remarks.
Mohamed Haroun, an intern at a mechanical engineering
firm, said, “What he should have said was: ‘This is a
community decision. Constitutionally, they have the
right to do it, but it’s a community decision and we
should see what the local community wants to do.’ ”
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg on Governors Island on Aug. 3 after his speech in support of a plan to build a Muslim community centre at a site that is two blocks from ground zero.
Michael R. Bloomberg is a
former Wall Street mogul with a passion for the rights
of a private property owner. He is a Jew whose parents
asked their Christian lawyer to buy a house and then
sell it back to them to hide their identity in an
unwelcoming Massachusetts suburb. And he is a politician
who regards his independence as his greatest virtue.
That potent combination
of beliefs and history, those closest to Mayor Bloomberg
say, has fuelled his defence of the proposed Muslim
community centre in Lower Manhattan — a defence he has
mounted with emotion, with strikingly strong language
and in the face of polls suggesting that most New
Yorkers disagree with him.
“Something about this issue just really hooked into
him,” said Howard J. Rubenstein, the powerful public
relations executive, who is a friend of Mr. Bloomberg.
“It deeply upset him.”
Mr. Bloomberg’s forcefulness has won him new admirers,
but also a chorus of both familiar and fresh detractors.
Reliable newspaper editorial allies have turned against
him. Conservative pundits have mocked him (one called
him “self-deluding”). Even some of his closest friends
have angrily differed with him.
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Dear CCN Readers
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KB SAYS: If you are
hoping to maintain your weight this Ramadan (or even to
lose a bit) then this recipe is a scrumptious
alternative to the traditional fried savouries.
500g chicken fillet, finely cubed
1 tsp ground green chillies
1 tsp salt
½ tsp lemon pepper
2 tab lemon juice
1 tsp aromat
1 tab olive oil
1 ¼ low fat milk
4 slices of brown/light rye bread
2 tsp baking powder
1. Combine milk and beaten eggs and soak
bread in this mixture.
2. Braise chicken in olive oil with
ingredients 2 to 6, cook over medium heat
until chicken is tender and mixture is dry.
3. Combine both the mixtures with a hand
beater, beating for approx 30 seconds,
lastly add baking powder.
4. Pour mixture into a greased ovenproof
dish, sprinkle with kus kus, sesame seeds
and slivered almonds and bake at 180degrees
for approx half an hour.
5. Cut into squares and serve warm with
Kareema, my baby is 3 month old and I've got clearance
from my doctor to start exercising. My problem is I
don't know where to start and how to continue... I'd
love to get back into shape and get some energy back
into my body. Any suggestions?
A: Caring for your baby means caring for yourself
too! The first thing you should try and do is rest while
baby has a nap.
exercise routine simple by starting with short walks to
raise your fitness level. This will also aid recovery,
improve circulation and strengthen pelvic floor and
tummy (core) muscles.
When you feel ready to move on, gradually increase your
time and intensity of the walks. Always be aware of your
posture by lengthening your spine and drawing your
shoulders back and down. Gently draw in your tummy as
Try introducing a few different exercises into you
routine as the weeks go by, eg. sit-ups, tricep-dips,
push-ups, etc. These can be done at home, after your
walks. Weight training will be good for toning your
muscles as well.
Be sure to
have rest days and stay hydrated at all times. A few
Yoga sessions will do your deep muscles a world of good
too and soon, if you are consistent and committed to
your routine, you'll feel stronger and have more energy
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