of the Year, Yasmin Abdel-Magied (pictured second from the right),
was among the official speakers who
welcomed the new citizens at the
Citizenship Ceremony held on the
Reception at the Greek
Nikaah at the Kuraby Mosque
The nikaah of Laaiqah Ally,
daughter of Mohammed
and Mairoon Nisa Ally and
Fahim, son of Abul
and Nasrin Khondaker
took place at the Kuraby
Mosque in Brisbane on
Sunday 10/10/10 at 10.10am.
(Islamic teacher), Imam
Ikram Buksh, performed the
formal ceremony assisted by
Imam Akram Buksh and Imam
Abdul Quddoos Al-Azhari
before a gathering of
well-wishers. Ladies were
able to watch the nikaah at
the Mosque through a
television link to the
upstairs of the mosque - a
first at the Kuraby Mosque.
The reception, held at the
Greek Hall (Creek Road), was
split over two Sundays to
accommodate the friends and
families of the Ally and Khondaker families.
Laaiqah, who is an
occupational therapist by
profession, was resplendent
in her haute couture bridal
gown designed and created for her in India. Fahim,
a Corporate Financial
was equally dashing in his
custom-made Indian suit.
Fahim was born in Dhaka,
Bangladesh, but grew up in
South Africa. His family
later moved to Australia
where he completed his final
years of high school and
studied at University.
Laaiqah was born in Durban
South Africa, and moved with
her family to Australia in
1994. completed all
schooling in Australia.
The couple headed out during
week for a honeymoon in
Both families asked CCN to
convey their sincere thanks
to the many people who
helped with the wedding
save the Thornlie prayer facility
WA: The Gosnells City
Council has made a recommendation to close the
prayer facility at the Australian Islamic
College, Thornlie (17 Tonbridge Way, Thornlie)
due to parking and other issues on Fridays.
The council will be meeting
on Tuesday 26th October to possibly vote on this
According to Sheikh Burhaan
the prayer facility has been servicing the
Muslim Community in and around the Shire of
Gosnells for nearly 20 years. There are no other
similar prayer service facilities available in
the Shire of Gosnells.
"The Australian Islamic
College (AIC) community has been working very
hard to accommodate and address the requirements
of Council and the local community," Sheikh
Burhaan said. "We have taken measures to
rectify all concerns however Council continue to
raise new issues and dismiss efforts on the part
of the community to find a amicable resolution."
of the prayer facility have regularly been asked
to adhere to all Council parking restriction and
utilize public transport, carpool or park in the
nearest public parking area in Thornlie Square.
Sheikh Burhaan has made a
special plea to those who can to attend the
meeting of the Council at 6.30pm at the City of
Gosnells Civic Centre Council Chambers, 2120
Albany Highway, Gosnells or to email
email@example.com), write (City of
Gosnells. PO Box 662, Gosnells WA 6990) or call
the council (Fax: 08 9397 3333 Phone: 08 9397
3000) to express your support for a prayer
facility at the AIC (Thornlie).
After his return from the affected areas in
Pakistan where he was organizing the
distribution of food and aid on behalf of MCF,
Dr Maqsood of the Gold Coast came back
with the news that there was a desperate need
now for quilts in the northern areas where it
With whole villages having had houses/shacks
wiped out and the people having to live in tents
or other makeshift shelters to shield themselves
from the oncoming winter there was also a need
for one room shelters made of brick and steel
for these families.
The following photo gallery shows pictures of
the distribution of quilts that were delivered
voluntarily by army staff using choppers and
makes its mark in Brisbane
You'd have been forgiven for
thinking you were at a local community wedding
reception if you were amongst the first to join the
long queue on Thursday evening waiting to savour
the much anticipated tastes of exotic Mexican
flavoured flame grilled chicken.
The food court at the Westfield
Garden City was a sea of familiar faces taking
advantage of the Thursday late-night shopping
hours to welcome in the first Mochachos Chicken
Villages franchise in Australia.
The popular South African
franchise concept opened this week under the
ownership of the Adamjee family (Basheer
and Shenaaz), and if
Thursday's turnout is any indication then Garden
City is going to be the shopping centre of
choice for many a diner.
Flown over from Johannesburg to
oversee the operations of the fledgling fast
food outlet franchise training manager and head
chef, SophieMaduna (picturedright), plans to take in as much of
Queensland as she can during her short stay in
As he munched his way through a
burrito and followed it very soon afterwards
with an el' supremo, CCN's Man-on-the-Mussalaah
could only be interrupted long enough to offer
Sabroso, cocina de buen gusto!
have discovered, on good authority, roughly translates
from Mexican to
great tasting cuisine or kitchen of good
So there you have it! Straight
from a connoisseur's mouth!
(If no video clip
appears below try viewing CCN in Firefox)
Medical Association of Qld (IMAQ) Update
The recently formed
Brisbane-based Islamic Medical Association of
Queensland (IMAQ) issued its first report on its
activities highlighting the details on its
launch, its role in the forthcoming Pakistan
Appeal Fund Raiser, it's inaugural CME meeting,
and its acceptance as an associate member on the
Federation of Islamic Medical Associations (FIMA)
a worldwide association of medical associations.
IMAQ has notched up in excess of
120.members to date.
This year, because of the crisis that has
occurred in Pakistan, they plan to send
qurbani to Pakistan from Australia and
All qurbani sent to Pakistan will be
slaughtered at their madrasahs in Punjab,
Lahore, and all qurbani will be given to the
Talebeyi Uloom and then the Muslim community.
SelimYigit, the Turkish Imam of
the Brisbane branch of the organization told CCN
that they were embarking on a campaign to
collect qurbani monies for qurbani
in Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, Philippines
and Pakistan which this year will be $100
six-year-old Muslim girl has been banned from a
Darwin school bus after she pulled a boy's pants
down after he repeatedly teased her about her
Iran Ghavami was given a five day ban from
Buslink after she sought revenge on the
seven-year-old boy, who had been allegedly
bullying her and telling her to take off the
headscarf, the NT News reported.
The teasing made her "sad and angry at the same
time", motivating the Year One girl to take
The ban means Iran will be unable to get to her
primary school, 30km away from their home in the
NT town of Marrakai.
Her mother Lorraine Gerassimopoulos said the ban
was a bit harsh for a six-year-old.
"We would have preferred a warning so we could
have sat down and talked about this incident but
they are stopping her from going to school," she
Buslink defended the five-day ban, saying it
complied with the Territory's Code of Conduct
for School bus travel.
The company did not say if the boy had also
faced a ban.
A “dacking” is an Australian colloquialism that
means “abruptly pulling someone else’s pants
Carland writing on her blog Pop Muslim had this
to say on the matter:
I’m sure as a
responsible parent, I should be clucking my
tongue and saying if someone is bullying you,
you should tell a teacher, not take matters into
your own hands, use your words, etc. But you
know what? Sometimes taking matters into your
own little hands in a way that doesn’t cause any
physical harm, but tells the bully exactly where
it’s at, IS a good idea.
Leaving aside the bus company’s response (which
I think is unnecessarily draconian), I also
think it was such a clever response. I can just
imagine her little six year old thoughts, “You
want me to take off some of my clothes? Let’s
see how you like it, then, you punk.” This
little girl, Iran, has shown the kind of
self-confidence I hope my own children have when
facing this sort of antagonism. She didn’t hurt
him, but she did let him know she wasn’t going
to be pushed around. And she also showed him in
a way that makes sense to a seven year old boy
how it would feel to take her hijab off in
public. The fact that Iran said he repeatedly
tormented her about her hijab at school, and
there was no mention of this bullying being
addressed at her school highlights exactly why
Iran probably did decide to deal with it
And as a woman who wears hijab who has faced
many similar comments, the kind of
wearing-me-down-enough-is-enough comments about
my clothes, I have to say: I might just follow
Iran’s example next time someone tells me to
take off my hijab.
the calm and composed Hashim Amla, it has been a
challenging climb to find his feet on the
international cricket stage.
Being a devout Muslim and the first South
African of Indian descent to break into a highly
competitive South African side in 2004, there
was even talk of Amla as a potential future
captain of the Proteas.
The pressure was beginning to show as he
struggled to come to terms with the step up from
first class to international cricket.
However, those close to him have long known of
his supreme talent, and he did finally break the
shackles and cement his spot in the team
following a string of impressive performances
As Amla prepares for his first series in the
Middle East against Pakistan, he caught up with
PakPassion.net to portray his views on the
strength of the opposition following its recent
turmoil as well as a look at his career to date
and his future ambitions.
Hajj? Get some coaching with the HajjCoach
HajjCoach Session 04 - Let's Go
Shopping! (part 1)
HajjCoach Session 04 - Let's Go
Shopping! (part 2)
Zuleka Latif (right)
a long way from the comfort of
her home in the Gold Coast is seen
here with one of the many families
who were beneficiaries of the
Shamshaad Osman and I have recently returned
from a trip to Pakistan. Photographs and video
footage barely scrape the surface of the true
devastation and suffering the floods have
caused. Hearing the stories of those who lived
in flood-affected villages, you get a sense how
suddenly the floods overcame them. Within a
short space of time many of them lost all of
their humble belongings, things that took years
to gather, not to mention the loss of many lives
....all gone in one flood.
Some villages have received aid in the way of
food and tents, while many others have received
nothing, typically due to poor road access. Most
of the people we met have retreated back to
their land from the highways their tents were
pitched on. They now live amongst the mud and
rubble to protect and reclaim the patch of land
they call home. Hearing their stories and
witnessing their living conditions was a truly
I must thank everyone who contributed to the
housing project. We have registered the rebuild
of some 250 houses, with 65 homes having been
started during our visit. Yet another 35 homes
were commenced over the last week. The rebuild
project is being managed by Dr. Rubina and
overseen by several young Pakistani men who have
been volunteered by their respective companies.
These volunteers provide allocated monies to
each family, with this being provided in stages
for the initial sorting of bricks and clearing
of rubble, followed by the purchase of cement,
laying foundation and bricklaying. Arrangements
have also been made to bore for clean water,
with most of the current water supplies being
contaminated as a consequence of the floods. We
have also purchased 650 blankets for
distribution, with this being a necessity in the
upcoming cold winter season.
Alhamdulillah, this model for rebuilding homes
and villages has been very successful, and has
been made possible with the generous support of
so many of you. Many other aid organisations
have since adopted similar schemes.
The work which has been done to date is really
only a drop in the ocean compared with what lies
ahead. The destruction is widespread and this
will remain an ongoing project, with every cent
donated being used directly in aid. For those
who haven’t had the opportunity to donate funds,
and would like to make a contribution please do
not hesitate to call Zuleka on 0400142786.
For a selection of photographs taken during our
journey please click
on Islam with Indonesian students
Satriani undertaking a
Master of Arts in Journalism
and Mass Communication at
and family members
Being a minority
Muslim community in the Western
country like Australia, it is not
often easy for many Indonesians to
adapt to a new way of life. Coming
to Australia, many Indonesian
Muslims forget that there are so
many types and concepts of Islam.
Some Indonesians, for example, are
surprised to find people praying in
ways so different from their own way
of doing things.
In order to help the Indonesian
students cope within the community
the IMCoGU (Indonesian Muslim
Community of Griffith University)
held a workshop last Saturday on the
topic: “Understanding many concepts
in Islam” at the Griffith University
Nathan campus. The main speaker was
Achmad Zainal Arifin, a PhD student
at the University. The discussion
was very stimulating and the
workshop was attended by many
students and their families.
IMCoGU was established two
years ago in order to facilitate the
Islamic activities of the Indonesian
students and their families. These
workshops are usually held in the
third week of every month with
various speakers from within and
outside of the University.
A vey attentive audience
(left to right)
Zainal Fathoni, Bambang
Achmad Zainal Arifin
Muslim Welfare Shop Update
By Janeth Deen
have successfully delivered two consignments of
clothing for the boat people and members of the
Queensland Muslim Welfare Association Inc/Muslim
Charitable Foundation will meet with the
administrators of the Brisbane Detention Centres
on Wednesday 27th October to assess the needs of
the people in detention.
The goods we delivered
were gratefully accepted and distributed to the
two detention centres in Brisbane. We will bring
further updates after the meeting.
People are still leaving goods outside our
welfare shop when it is closed.
goods are at the mercy of the locals who take
out what they want and scatter the rest around
This creates extra work for Janeth
Deen who then has to collect the goods and wash
and iron them or throw what has been destroyed
in the rubbish bin. If the shop is closed, and
it is on Thursday after 12pm and on Sundays.
lady in the fish and chip shop around the corner
will take the goods for us and hold them until
the shop opens.
Also, on wet days we receive
many wet items which also creates a problem as Janeth does not have a dryer and it has been
raining consistently during some of the weeks
We are thankful for donations given which have
kept the shop running for almost two years.
is great that people are delivering the goods to
the store as we do not have staff to collect
goods for us and most of the other charities
have disposed of collection bins as they cause
so much extra expense.
Many people have benefited from the Welfare shop
since it has been established, and we will,
InshAllah, continue to carry out this work to
the best of our ability.
Questions and Answers 20/20, PART 3
Next week Part 4
I am interested in obtaining an electronic copy of
"Australian and Islamic Laws of Inheritance" series
I wish to comment on the photos of Mary MacKillop in
lingerie as published by Zoo magazine. As a Muslim,
and I can safely say I echo the views of all Muslims
in Brisbane, that it is most disgusting to print such
photos and we strongly condemn such publications. No matter
what religion a person is, we respect them for who
they are and what they are.
the Muslim World with CCN
radio fires analyst after remark about Muslims
Longtime news analyst Juan
right), who has written
extensively on race and
civil rights in the US, has
been fired by National
Public Radio after saying on
the Fox News Channel that he
gets nervous when he sees
people in Muslim garb on an
NPR, which is partially
government funded, issued a
statement late Wednesday
saying his contract as a
senior news analyst was
being terminated after
Williams' comments Monday on
"The O'Reilly Factor."
Host Bill O'Reilly brought
on guests to discuss his
appearance last week on
ABC's "The View" during
which Joy Behar and Whoopi
Goldberg walked off the set
in protest of O'Reilly's
views on Muslims.
"Where am I going wrong
here, Juan?" O'Reilly asked.
Williams, 56, responded that
too much political
correctness can get in the
way of reality.
"I mean, look, Bill, I'm not
a bigot. You know the kind
of books I've written about
the Civil Rights movement in
this country," Williams
"But when I get on a plane,
I got to tell you, if I see
people who are in Muslim
garb and I think, you know,
they are identifying
themselves first and
foremost as Muslims, I get
worried. I get nervous."
A phone message left for
Williams at his home in
Washington seeking comment
was not immediately returned
Williams appeared briefly
Thursday on Fox News and
said he was abruptly fired
Wednesday by Ellen Weiss,
NPR's vice president for
news. He said he told Weiss
he meant what he said on the
O'Reilly show, but that she
told him he had made a
bigoted statement and
crossed a line.
"I said, 'You mean I don't
even get the chance to come
in and we do this
person-to-person, have a
conversation? I've been
there more than 10 years,"
Williams said. He said Weiss
responded that "there's
nothing you can say that
would change my mind."
Williams stood by his
remarks Thursday and said
his statement was not
Before he was fired,
Williams' comments drew a
response from Islamic civil
In a statement Wednesday,
the Council on
said such commentary from a
journalist about other
racial, ethnic or religious
minority groups would not be
defended Williams on
Thursday, blasting NPR's
"All Juan Williams did is
say both exactly how he
feels and how many, many
other Americans feel on this
subject," wrote Erick
Erickson on his "Red State"
blog. "The man's body of
work makes clear he is no
bigot. But we sure can't
offend Muslims can we?"
KB SAYS:The golden colours and
sweet flavours of pumpkin are wonderful in all kinds of
dishes from soups to this week's tasty desert. I made
this on Friday to go with curry kitchri that we had for
Jumma lunch. I particularly like to use jap pumpkins
because I have found that they have a nutty-flavour and
their yellowish/orange flesh is softer and drier than
most other varieties I have used in the past. This
pudding is best served warm with ice cream or cream.
cooked and mashed.
3 eggs, beaten
1 tin condensed milk
¾ cup shredded coconut
¾ cup milk
Mix all the above ingredients and place in a
greased oven proof casserole
Dot the top with
pieces of butter
180degrees for approx 1 hour or until light
New York is a great place to keep fit as the city itself
is 25km long.. so I walked and walked and walked!
It also boasts the biggest department store in the world
- Macy's, spanning 10 floors and covering an entire city
block (at least twice the size of a
Brisbane city block), so I chose the stairs instead of
Central Park is where I went running in the morning to
set myself up for a great day of sight-seeing and
shopping.. and I even fit in some outdoor
ice-skating at the Rockerfeller Centre - boy was I sore,
but it was all worthwhile!
Back at the hotel I 'took some weight off' by
challenging my upper body with some push-ups and
sit-ups. And of course some yoga poses and
stretches to relax the muscles.
My Menu-Makeover: Breakfast
Eggwhite omelettes with smoked salmon OR cereal with
Wholemeal burger bun with tuna OR salad sandwich
Grilled fish with salad OR wholemeal seafood pizza
Lots of low-fat snacks in between ... My water bottle
went all over with me!
Thought I'd provide CCN readers with a quick story based
on my experiences in New York and especially in relation
to the Mosque near the new World Trade Centre.
After spending a few weeks travelling around the USA I
must say that I found the Americans a very friendly and
My paranoia with wearing my scarf was quickly proven
exactly that, paranoia. At no time did I feel
discriminated against and at no time did
I feel I was under any kind of threat.
On the contrary,
I enjoyed my experience thoroughly and girls, the
shopping was absolutely brilliant!!! Especially once I
worked out where to shop and how to get there
As far as the controversial 'mosque' site is concerned,
I did spend some time at the site which is approximately
100 metres north of ground zero (see spot marked 'A' on
the map in the photo gallery below)
The proposed site at 51 Park Place, NY, the
ground floor is actually used as an existing mosque and
is most active on Friday's for Jumuah. What some might
not be aware of is that the project, nicknamed Park 51,
is in actual fact a USD $120mil, 15-storey, multi-faith
centre development with a mosque in the basement (yes,
below the ground floor).
Other proposed inclusions in
Park 51 are:
a) almost 25% allocation of space to a sports, fitness
and spa centre which will be open to the public
b) a playground
c) a childcare centre
d) a restaurant
e) an exhibition area for hire
What most also ignore is that Park 51 will contain a
multi-faith memorial dedicated to the events of 9/11
which will be constructed on the 12th floor. As for the
timeline for Park 51, the developer believes
construction will most likely commence in 2012-2013!
The photos show the renderings of the proposed
The shops around the Park Place site are quite cosy and
there is even an Amish Market a few shops down the road.
As for the Imam (Feisal Abdul Rauf), he has lived in and
around NY for the last 40 years and took quite some time
to find this new location for Park 51. He is apparently
known for his message of peace and harmony and has
openly condemned the attacks of 9/11. He was born in
Kuwait and has long been identified as a softly spoken
advocate for peace.
So there you have it, a first hand account of my
experience in and around New York and around the
proposed Park 51 site.
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