The Islamic Women's Association
of Queensland (IWAQ) coordinated a packed-out
ifthaar at Michael's Oriental restaurant on
The breaking of the fast was
sponsored by the United Arab Emirates Red
Among the 450 invited guests were
community leaders, state and federal
politicians, government officials and IWAQ
FAMSY and Al-Nisa have
collaborated to organise a "Youth Spiritual
Night" to inspire and prepare young Muslims
brothers and sisters for the blessed last ten
nights of Ramadan.
The event will be held on
Saturday, 28 August at Kuraby Mosque from 9:15pm
But its not all serious! A free
sausage sizzle will be held around midnight.
Children's Ramadan Fasting Campaign
unveils Perth woman for trial
woman who hasn't shown her face in public for 18
years ordered to remove veil to give evidence in
An Australian judge has ordered a
witness to remove her niqab, a veil which leaves
only the eyes visible.
A strict Muslim woman who says she has never
shown her face in public, has been ordered by a
female judge to remove her veil when she gives
evidence in an Australian court.
District Court judge Shauna Deane said in the
Western Australian Supreme Court today that in
the interest of a fair trial against a man
accused of fraud, she should not be allowed to
wear a niqab, which allows only the eyes to be
The 36-year-old woman, known only as Tasneem,
said she was a strict Muslim and it was against
her religion to show her face anywhere except in
the confines of her home.
The defence has argued that her whole face
should be seen so the jury could decide on the
veracity of her evidence.
But prosecutor Mark Ritter told the court that
Tasneem had not shown her face in public in more
than 18 years and would find it stressful to
reveal her features to strange men.
The judge agreed that the jury should have the
opportunity to assess the facial expressions of
the Islamic Studies teacher to help weigh up her
credibility as a witness.
Her decision, she added, was not to set a
precedent for other courts - it was up to them
to assess similar circumstances on a
The Griffith Asia Institute,
Griffith University, the Australian Centre of
Asia-Pacific Art, Queensland Art Gallery and the
Australian Institute of International Affairs,
Queensland Branch is hosting a lecture on the
‘lslam and Democracy in Indonesia's
Foreign Policy: Political Transformation and the
Limits of Change’ by Dr Rizal Sukma,
Executive Director, Centre for Strategic and
International Studies (CSIS).
The move towards democracy and the revival of
Islam as a social and political force
constitutes two significant developments in
Indonesia's domestic politics since the collapse
of Suharto's New Order in May 1998.
As Indonesia's foreign policy has
always been the function of its domestic
politics, the effects of these two significant
political changes in domestic politics are bound
to be felt in foreign policy as well.
This talk examines progresses and
challenges facing Indonesia in the process of
democratisation, the role and the place of Islam
in that process, and the extent to which these
two domestic factors have influenced Indonesia's
Seminar is from 6:30pm-7:30pm,
doors open at 6.00pm
Rizal Sukma is currently the
Executive Director at the Centre for Strategic
and International Studies (CSIS), Jakarta,
Indonesia. He is also the Chairman of
International Relations Division, Central
Executive Board of Muhammadiyah (second largest
Islamic organisation in Indonesia with
approximately 25 million members); member of the
board at Syafii Maarif Institute for Culture and
Humanity; a visiting lecturer at Department of
International Relations at Muhammadiyah
University - Malang; and a member of the
National Committee for the Strategic Defence
Review, Indonesia's Ministry of Defence. He
received his PhD degree in international
relations from the London School of Economics
and Political Science (LSE), United Kingdom in
1997. Dr Sukma is the author of numerous papers
and reports, and has published in several
journals and other internationally circulated
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Evan Ross, Nia Long, Danny
Glover, Roger Guenveur Smith, Summer Bishil &
Dorian Missick in a groundbreaking new film
about a an African-American Muslim boy who comes
of age against a politically charged 9/11
backdrop, with deep personal and familial
traumas to overcome, and a search for identity
that must reconcile his own difficult history
with his new changed reality.
The latest issue of 'The Message'
magazine has just been released.
This issue's theme will focus on
the blessed month of Ramadan and is entitled
'Islam wants you as a new recruit'.
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
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Arabian judge asks hospitals to paralyse man
A Saudi judge
has asked several hospitals
whether they would
punitively damage a man's
spinal cord after he was
convicted of attacking
another man with a cleaver
and paralysing him, local
newspapers reported today.
Saudi Arabia enforces strict
sharia law and occasionally
metes out punishments based
on the ancient code of an
eye for an eye.
Abdul-Aziz al-Mutairi, 22,
was left paralysed after a
fight more than two years
ago, and asked a judge to
impose an equivalent
punishment on his attacker
under sharia law, reports
The newspaper Okaz said the
judge in northwestern Tabuk
province, identified as
Saoud bin Suleiman al-Youssef,
asked at least two hospitals
for a medical opinion on
whether surgeons could
render the attacker's spinal
Obama believed to be a Muslim by one fifth of Americans
US: One in five Americans believe Barack
Obama is secretly a Muslim and nearly half question his
claim to be a Christian, according to a new opinion
The survey by the Washington-based Pew Research Centre
reflects a broader questioning among many Americans as
to whether Obama is a "real" American – also reflected
in the significant number who believe he was not born in
the US, a constitutional requirement for presidents.
According to the poll, 18% of Americans say Obama is a
Muslim, a steep rise on a year ago when the figure was
11%. The number who said the president is a Christian
dropped to 34% from 43% last year.
White House spokesman Bill Burton said: "The president
is obviously a Christian. He prays everyday."
footballer sacked for failing to observe holy month of
Sacked: Iran's Ali Karimi has had his contract cancelled with by club Steel Azin FC for not fasting during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.
As much focus is given to the dietary
requirements of a modern day elite athlete as is to the
actual skill level.
So the holy month of Ramadan, with its compulsion to
fast from dawn until dusk, can wreak havoc with the
training programme of Muslim sportsmen and woman.
In England, certainly, coaches would
endeavour to bypass the rules to ensure optimum output
from their athletes.
Elsewhere, the very thought of breaking with tradition
is met with severe punishment.
So it was on Sunday that an Iranian football team sacked
their star midfielder Ali Karimi for failing to fast.
A statement on Steel Azin FC's official website said:
'The club has been forced to sack one of its players,
Ali Karimi, for being disobedient and not fasting during
It continued: '[Ali Karimi] insulted officials of the
[Iranian] football federation and the Tehran team's
supervisor who confronted him on the issue'.
Karimi, dubbed the 'Maradona of Asia', is the second
most capped player in the Iran's history and was named
that Asian Player of the Year in 2004
company to dish out R4m ($600K) to charities
DURBAN: A South African company is giving
local charities R4-million to mark their 40 years in
Willowton Oils, manufacturer of products
such as Sunfoil sunflower oil and Sunshine D margarine,
will donate R100000 ($150K) to 40 selected charities.
Willowton Oils group chief executive Razak Moosa said
the company wanted to assist charitable organisations
that made a positive difference in the community.
"We believe 40 years in business is a milestone worth
celebrating. There are many organisations that, despite
the tough financial times, strive to care for and
empower the underprivileged at all costs. We believe
these organisations are the pillars of society, and
their efforts should not be overlooked," he said.
We are currently investigating
leasing options within the Brisbane CBD to use as a
permanent musallah (for daily salaahs) and require
your input and support.
About the Space
It will be available for use by all Muslim brothers
and sisters for Salaah purposes and have a maximum
capacity of about 65 people at any one time.
It will be centrally located to the
Queen Street Mall, (possibly on Edward Street) There
will bee a lease in place between ourselves and the
It is anticipated that the space will cost approx
$700 per week.
The payment for which will need to be
funded by the users of the premises and by sponsors.
This equates to $10 per person per week if we get 70
paying members or $15 per person if we get 50
We need to know if there is enough
support from the community for a prayer space in the
CBD and are requesting that you full in the survey
if you are willing to commit a payment at the
beginning of each month into our bank account so
that we can meet our lease payment
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KB SAYS: These are
delicious with a cup of tea or coffee and perfect for
Sehri or after Tarawee as it's filled with dates and
nuts - great sources of energy.
150g chopped dates
5ml bicarbonate of soda
200ml boiling water
100g brown sugar
5ml vanilla essence
50g chopped pecan nuts
5ml baking powder
Pecan nuts for decorating
Sprinkle bicarbonate of soda onto the dates,
pour boiling water over and allow it to
Cream the butter and brown sugar, beat in
the egg , add essence and the nuts.
Fold in the sifted flour and baking powder
and lastly add the date mixture. This makes
a soft mixture.
Pour into mini loaf pans, decorate with
pecans and bake at 180”c for approx. 10
Kareema, what is best to eat after a strength training
or cardio session?
A: Try and include some protein and carbohydrates
after a strength training session for energy and muscle
repair. Foods such
as yoghurt or milkshakes are good, and for protein ,
some chicken or tuna would be ideal. Remember to eat
within 20 - 30mins
after your workout as the muscles start rebuilding and
repairing itself for your next workout.
For refuelling after cardio I normally have a banana or
some watermelon. The longer your workout, the higher the
energy you've used and the more you need to consume. Be
sure not to over-indulge though, be aware of the
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The CCN Chuckle
Bilalludin and Mula Nasruddin were sitting
together bragging about how they had given their
new wives duties.
Jalalludin bragged that he had told his wife she
needed to do all the dishes and housework. He
said that it took a couple days but on the third
day he came home to a clean house and the dishes
were all washed and put away.
bragged that he had given his wife orders that
she was to do all the cleaning, the dishes, and
the cooking. He told them that the first day he
didn't see any results, but the next day it was
better. By the third day, his house was clean,
the dishes were done, and he had a huge dinner
on the table.
Mula Nasruddin boasted that he told his new wife
that her duties were to keep the house cleaned,
dishes washed, laundry and ironing twice a week,
lawns mowed, windows cleaned and hot meals on
the table for every meal.
He said the
first day he didn't see anything, the second day
he didn't see anything, but by the third day
most of the swelling had gone down and he could
see a little out of his left eye, just enough to
fix himself a bite to eat, load the dishwasher,
and call a handyman.
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