ON TODAY: Fete to
raise funds for flood victims in Pakistan
Areej Abro, 5,
Mehwish Amed, 6 and Rabiya Abro, 7,
help tempt Saturday's Courier Mail
readers to support the campaign
(Picture: Annette Dew)
Islamic Council of Queensland and various
societies and community organizations have
banned together today (31 October) to raise
funds for the victims of the recent floods in
The Islamic College
of Brisbane in Karawatha is the place to be
today from 10am to 3pm for exotic foods, fun
rides and auction bargains.
It's a chance to
taste the delights of the sub-continent -
everything from curry and rice to chai and
Every item of food
sold has been donated by local businesses,
community groups, families and individuals.
President of ICQ,
MohammedYusuf, told CCN that this
was an opportunity for the people of Queensland
to show their support for a very worthy cause.
"When you listen to the stories from those who
have visited some of the devastated areas in
that region you can't help but be moved to tears
One such account has
been that of the Imam Hamadullah Bhutto
and Dr. Fuzzy Moola who have just
returned to Brisbane after spending almost a
month in and around the Sindh province setting
up medical camps and seeing to the needs of the
sick and injured.
"We provided full
medical assistance to the needy people, mainly
focusing on malnutrition in children and women.
We distributed a large amount of baby formulae
and we also used plenty of antibiotics, multi
vitamins and skin lotions to treat scabies."
They also helped
install water pumps, hire trucks for delivery,
and admit a number of patients who needed
hospital treatment for heart problems,
infections and operations.
Dr Fuzzy Moola (centre)
and Imam Hamadullah Bhutto (frontright) attend to queues of
patients in their makeshift medical camp
Imam Bhutto told CCN:
Allah Taala reward all those who
provided us with the funds to do
My brothers had arranged
for our accommodation and food free
They are continuing with the
work by setting up medical camps
every weekend and arranging
transport for those who want to
leave the camps.
But more funds are
needed for the rehabilitation of the
flood victims and for the children
who need operations in Karachi
MP's maiden speech looks to those who may follow
AUSTRALIA'S first Muslim Federal
MP, Ed Husic, has acknowledged that how he
performs will affect the chances of other
Muslims emulating his entry to political life.
Mr Husic reflected on the significance of his
election in his first speech in parliament
''My arrival here finally brings together the
children of Abraham, Christians, Jews and
Muslims, working together with other people of
faith, with other people of values, for the
national good, united under this one roof,'' he
Mr Husic, the new Labor member for the seat of
Chifley, in Sydney's west, cited the 1943 maiden
speech of Dame Enid Lyons, the first female
member of the house of representatives. ''I am
aware that as I acquit myself in the work I have
undertaken for the next three years, so I shall
either prejudice or enhance the prospects of
those who wish to follow me in public service,''
Mr Husic quoted Lyons as saying.
Mr Husic, a former union official and son of
Bosnian migrants, made history last month when
he was sworn in with his hand on a copy of the
desk of the Islamic Council of Queensland (ICQ)
SEARCH FOR FOSTER
On several occasions ICQ has been approached by
the Government agencies for Muslim families to
act as foster parents for Muslim children.
Unfortunately the response from the members of
our community has been extremely poor.
Under the new scheme recently announced by the
Federal Government certain groups of children
currently in various detention centres in
Australia will be in the community to foster
parents. At this stage it is not known how many,
if any, will be in Queensland. However, what is
known is that almost all of them will be
released and placed in the care of non-Muslim
As Muslims we have religious as well as moral
obligations to look after and support these
innocent children. The Islamic Council of
Queensland is appealing to families who can
offer help as foster parents (there is financial
assistance from the Government) to register with
ICQ. If you can assist, please contact ICQ at
the following address:
With regard to halal certification of food
outlets, there is total confusion and chaos in
the marketplace at present. We continuously get
enquiries from members of the community wanting
to know whether a particular restaurant or food
outlet is halal.
Our research has shown that currently there are
about 200 restaurants, takeaways, kebab shops
and other food outlets in Brisbane operated by
Muslims as well as Non-Muslims that are
advertising as being ‘halal’. Of these only a
handful of them have been properly certified.
The vast majority of them have not been
certified at all whilst a number of them have
been issued halal certificates by
individuals/organizations from inter-state
without any checks. No one has visited these
outlets to ensure that they meet some basic
guidelines. In several cases we found that the
operators are selling pork/bacon and other
prohibited products prepared in the same
kitchen. There are other cases where some foods
are being advertised as ‘halal’ while others are
not. We have also come across instances where
the operators simply did not understand what the
term ‘halal’ meant. In their view buying chicken
or meat from a Muslim butcher automatically
makes their outlet halal. This is far from the
truth. Unfortunately many food outlets being
operated by the Muslims are also not doing the
ICQ is embarking on a two-pronged approach to
tackle this problem. On the one hand we are
asking the owners of all food outlets, Muslims
and non-Muslims alike, to have their premises
inspected and certified by ICQ. On the other
hand we are seeking community support to refrain
from patronizing food outlets that have not been
certified by ICQ as halal. We are also seeking
support from the management committees of
various mosques/Islamic centres not to allow
distribution of brochures and/or pamphlets from
restaurants or other food outlets whose premises
have not been inspected and certified by ICQ as
halal. Success in this area will depend on the
level of support and co-operation we get from
ICQ has appointed Farad Yusuf as a Project
Officer to visit all the restaurants and other
food outlets to request them to have their
premises inspected and (if they meet the
guidelines), to have them certified. This
certification process would involve follow up
checks to ensure that the proper process is
Farad can be contacted on Mobile: 0433 743 643.
In most cases the annual fee for halal
certification is $250. Insah Allah from January
2011, ICQ will be publishing on its website, a
list of restaurants and food outlets that have
been certified by them as halal.
ICQ is certifying the slaughter of chickens at
Inghams’ plant at Murrarie. We are advised that
Inghams supply chickens to most Woolworths
Stores in Qld and also to some Coles and KFC
Stores. However because these stores do not meet
our guidelines and there is possibility/evidence
of cross-contamination with non-halal meat we
cannot recommend, to the members of our
community, that they buy from these stores. The
exception is for pre-packed chicken with a code
no 1708 sold at Woolworths Stores. We have
commenced discussions with the Management of
Woolworths and, Insah Allah, in the near future
some of their Stores are likely to be certified
Law for Lawyers
(left) and Ishaq Burney
On Tuesday, the
Queensland Law Society and the University of
Queensland held a member seminar titled: "Shari’a
law in Australia’s secular legal system -
essentials of Islamic law for legal
The seminar was well attended by legal
practitioners - the vast majority of whom were
not Muslims. Topics presented included:
• Evidence in Shari'a law - how Sharia based
evidence can be admitted in an Australian court.
• Family law - Sharia perspectives on marriage
and divorce and the applicability of those laws
in Australia and a comparison to Australian law
• Islamic law of inheritance and how that
applies in Australia (with a comparison to
• Shari'a perspectives on Finance
Two members of the
Muslim community presented - Iqbal
Lambat on Law of Inheritance and IshaqBurney on Islamic perspectives on
Finance. A key learning from this seminar was
that Islamic law can be admitted to Australian
courts and that this will evolve over time as
Australian courts grasp that Muslims adhere to
Shari'a for family and personal laws. How these
laws are interpreted remains to be seen. The
other presenters were Dr Ann Black, senior law
lecturer at UQ and Simon Fisher a
For the first time
on the Gold Coast, a symposium brought together
senior leaders from the Catholic, Anglican and
Muslim faiths to showcase interreligious
cooperation, friendship and goodwill as faith
leaders address the challenges of modern
Chaired by school head teacher Mariam Najibeh
and her colleague Tara Vonthethoff, the meeting
witnessed a recitation from the Holy Qur’an by
Sh. Ahmad Al Azhary and a singing of the
National Anthem before being officially opened
by Dr. Saad Al-Shumaimry the director of the
Muslim World League for Australia and the
Pacific. Dr. Al-Shumaimry impressed upon the
audience the efforts of his Majesty King
Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz Aal Saud in the
promotion of interfaith dialogue.
The question and
answer panel included the speakers
and Mr. Saad Alshumaimty and
his Excellency the High Commissioner
of Brunei Darussalam Mr. Adnan
Islamic Friendship Association of Australia
president Br. Keysar Trad welcomed the audience
which included his Excellency Adnan Jaafar the
High Commissioner of Brunei Darussalam and
Queensland Caucus Secretary and member for
Burleigh Mrs. Christine Smith MP.
His Grace the Right Reverend Archbishop John
Bathersby of the Catholic Archdiocese of
Brisbane spoke about the Greatness of God and
reminded the audience that what we have is from
the grace of God and added that it would make a
great difference to the world if we would all
strive to be more loving towards our fellow
the full report on the event and photos
rejects use of school hall as mosque
Islamic College asked permission to
use the assembly hall as a mosque
WA: A suburban
council in Perth has rejected a request by an
Islamic school to allow its school hall to be
used as a place of worship for Muslim members of
The Australian Islamic College in Forrestfield
asked permission for the assembly hall to be
used as a mosque for up to 300 people for half
an hour of worship on Friday afternoons.
At their meeting last night, Gosnells
councillors ruled the school hall could be used
for worship only by staff and students.
They identified problems with road congestion
and inadequate parking as reasons for refusing.
The college's religious leader Burhaan Mehtar
says it is disheartening the council has failed
to recognise the needs of the community.
"We are a community and we have some 275
families who attend the school and those parents
when they pick their kids up," he said.
"Our prayer is part of our extra curricular
activities so they obviously need a place to
Burhaan Mehtar says he will continue to consult
"We still need to have more meetings with the
council to see if we can perhaps drive the point
home that we are taking drastic measures to
reduce the somewhat so called pressures," he
Janeth Deen and
Wilma Bothwell from the Welfare shop were
accompanied by Nicky Allouche from Siitra
Fashion to our meeting with the officials of
Serco Immigration Agents. This company has the
contract for handling the welfare of the people
landing by boast on Australian shores on behalf
of the Australian Government.
Through our meeting, we learnt that 90% of the
detainees are Muslims. The people who are housed
at the present time mainly come from
Afghanistan, Iran, Burma and Sri Lanka.
The officials at the Hemmat Centre, which is the
base for the Brisbane office, were very obliging
and willing to answer the questions fired at
them. As you are all aware, Janeth is known for
asking questions! What is more they were all
answered without any hesitation.
From our meeting we are of the opinion that
Serco are keen to make the detainees as
comfortable as possible and meet their needs to
the best of their ability. They were very
thankful for the goods we have supplied them
with. They also informed us that the people in
their care are given four sets of new clothing
and a pair of sandshoes and thongs on arrival.
The clothes we donate are all washed by Serco
before they are given to the boat people, this
is why there was some delay in distribution from
the time we delivered the goods. The detainees
are then allowed to select the clothes they
All the food served to them is Halal. What is
more, they are thankful for any help to meet
cultural and religious needs. Provided they have
a blue card Imams and religious instruction
teachers are welcome at the centres. Serco is
happy to buy prayer mats and clothing from
Siitra instead of Western clothing from KMart if
the people in their care prefer Muslim clothing.
The interpreters are employed by the Government
and many come from other states as well as
Brisbane. This is due to the fact that they must
have certain qualifications for this position.
If Brisbane people meet the requirements, they
are welcome to apply to Serco for the position.
Serco tries to meet entertainment needs as well
and provides them with games and electronic
equipment in their facility to be shared. We
took along some cassettes of Arabic music and
Quran tapes, as well as a cassette player, which
they were very grateful for.
Women's Arts Project - call for applications
Casula Powerhouse is
inviting artistic proposals from Muslim women
artists and artisans for its new national
project. 8 to 10 artists will be commissioned to
develop a project over the next twelve months.
The resulting artworks will be exhibited at
Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre NSW in February
The Australian Muslim Women’s Arts project
offers the following resources to successful
• Up to $15,000 cash support to create your
• Dialogue with project Producer and Curator
about the conceptual development and production
of your work;
• Assistance with connecting with other
professionals and/or organisations to support
your project’s development;
• Support with negotiating partnerships and
• Assistance with budgeting and project
• Travel and accommodation costs so you can
participate in the two Laboratory Intensives
(the first of which is in Sydney).
The Australian Muslim Women’s Project is
supported by the Community Arts and Culture
Initiative with Muslim Australians, a
partnership between the Australian Human Rights
Commission, Casula Powerhouse, Liverpool City
Council and Australia Council for the Arts.
On a recent communal
breaking of the fast event I witnessed several
events that made me think about the real
difficulties behind the changing of people’s
behaviour in relation to gender justice in
Before I do the
purpose of what I will write below is NOT meant
to be an exercise in self-praise although it can
come across as such. I am only too aware of my
own shortcomings when it comes to gender justice
issues in my own household. I am writing this to
hopefully raise some awareness and levels of
consciousness in Muslim men, including myself,
in relation to just one instance of gender
Let me elaborate. Having arrived at the venue (a
local musala) with some time to spare I
greeted and thanked the organiser of the event
and asked him if any help was needed with
setting up of the tables and the food. With a
smile on his face he remarked that there were
‘many women’ around who can / are doing the job.
Indeed apart form the man I spoke to (and
another one who was setting up the speaker
system and opening up toilets) it was indeed all
women who were getting things ready while men
were happily chatting away .
Few minutes later
when it was time to break the fast I realised
that, upon breaking my fast, all the drinks and
the dates were on the side of the musala
where the men were.
While the men were breaking their fasts women
were waiting in the other part of the musala.
When I approached one of them that I knew and
asked her to come over where the drinks were she
was very reluctant like the rest of the other
women. I pointed to her and others (including
some men who were around) that it was indeed
them who not only cooked the food but also
prepared setting it all up. I also remarked that
it was more just for them to have broken the
Some of the women,
younger ones in particular, acknowledged this
reasoning, however, none of them were willing to
break their fast with drinks and dates whilst
men were still at it. However no men seemed to
have noticed this despite the fact that the
musala is rather small and that several
women were also elderly and looked weak.
Don’t get me wrong
this congregation that I know reasonably well is
by no means conservative and very few of the
women (or men for that matter) conform to
traditional let also strict puritan norms and
standards of behaviour in their ordinary lives.
The same applied later on with the food. While I
was trying to protest by telling one of the
women ( in the vicinity of other men) that I
will not eat the food until at least one or few
of the women had taken some first , one of the
male leaders of the community who heard what I
had said not only remained silent but without
being given permission pushed in front of all of
the other women who were lined up. The
(self-appointed) prayer leader who was
symbolically heavily ‘Muslim’ with the turban
and all the other paraphernalia (whose qur’anic
reading, knowledge of Islam, smoking habit as
well as personality make him anything but an
obvious choice for the function of the prayer
leader that he so willingly assumed) was also
oblivious to this injustice and insensitivity
Based on anecdotal evidence I am sure that what
I briefly described above has happened in many
Why is it that so many Muslim men are so
insensitive to gender justice to the extent of
branding those few Muslim men and many women who
are, as agents of “western culture” ? Could this
insensitivity in more extreme cases also explain
the presence of misogynist thinking among some
Muslim men and acts of abuse may that be in the
context of marriage or parent-child
What good does the
fasting during the month of Ramadan serve if we
are not even sensitive (or choose to be
insensitive) to the needs of our sisters in
faith? Why do we easily fall for and
unquestioningly accept facades and masquerades
over essence and what really matters?
Adis Duderija has a Ph.D. in Islamic Studies
from the University of Western Australia
the use of language and Islamic stereotyping
Ms Lynda Jane Voltz, MLC, a
member of the Legislative Council of New South
Wales and the Deputy Government Whip in the
Legislative Council, said this is the NSW
parliament this week:
Recently I was performing my
normal Saturday morning ritual, which involves
getting out of bed early to read the papers
before the house degenerates into mayhem. This
is a leisurely past time during which writers
will anger me or outrage me. Some articles I
read just for amusement. David Dale's Tribal
Mind column normally falls into the latter
category, but that morning I was particularly
struck by his turn of phrase.
He was making a point about when
people conform to stereotypes-the penny pinching
Scot, naive Irish, New Zealand sheep lover or a
Muslim who sympathises with terrorism. That
Muslims are suddenly not identified by their
country but grouped together, that those from
the Philippines share the same culture and
civilisation as that of Muslims from Albania,
Morocco, Bangladesh or Afghanistan, struck me as
an extraordinary leap for a cultural commentator
David Dale professes to "meditate on patterns in
popular culture", according to his webpage for
the Sydney Morning Herald. It is extraordinary
that David Dale has not kept abreast of the
cultural move within the language and narrative
on terrorism. Our fear of terrorism is cultural.
We see it in television series, in stage plays,
and obliquely in novels. Pinning down the
terrorist threat might be as much about reading
our own fears as about understanding their
plans. If David Dale is right and what we watch,
listen to and read offers surprising insights
into Australian attitudes, then we should also
be assessing where this culture is taking us. In
the debate on terrorism, to paraphrase Umberto
Eco, only words count and the rest is mere
chattering. Linguistic habits are frequently
symptoms of underlying feelings. The narrative
Terms such as "Islamic extremism" and "Jihadism"
succeed in combining terrorism with mainstream
Islam, therefore casting all Muslims as
potential terrorists. These terms become
distorted and loaded with innuendo. Since his
election as President of the United States of
America, Barak Obama has shifted the narrative.
To quote Barak Obama, "The language we use
matters." He has further stated that he will be:
... very clear in distinguishing between
organizations like Al Qaeda-that espouse
violence, espouse terror and act on it-and
people who may disagree with my administration
and certain actions, or may have a particular
viewpoint in terms of how their countries should
develop. We can have legitimate disagreements
but still be respectful.
The narrative of Islamic terrorism is profoundly
unhelpful, not least because it is highly
politicized, intellectually contestable,
counter-productive and damaging.
Like the other Abrahamic faiths-Judaism and
Christianity-the fundamental tenets of Islam are
rooted in compassion, kindness, forgiveness and
social justice. Likewise the term "Jihad"
literally means a "striving" and is often
expressed in the context "Jihad fi sabil Illah",
or striving in the path of God. Jihad consists
of some act of piety and often refers to some
act of social or personal improvement, such as
raising money for a community project or the
giving of alms. Islamic teachings often stress
the importance of the greater spiritual jihad
over the lesser physical jihad.
Nearly one-fourth of the world's population is
Muslim, and Arabs comprise only 15 per cent of
the Muslim population. As the rest of the world
has moved on from the simplistic narrative of
the Bush administration and conformist
stereotypes, it is time that both the Australian
media and members of this House also moved on,
if they wish to remain relevant to the ongoing
Questions and Answers 20/20, PART 4
Next week Part 5
Please take the time to read this article by a
single dad - a discussion about the responsibility
we all have to stop women being objectified. We all
know this, and as Muslims we largely do this by
wearing clothing to cover ourselves, and to lower
our gaze, but the sickness in our society is
creeping into Muslims' way of life. Show this to
your friends, husbands/wives, brothers, sisters,
mothers and fathers. Get them into an honest
Even though we are asked by Allah to lower our gaze,
there is a portion of us who in the privacy of our
own thoughts or our own homes, this just doesn't
happen. And sadly, as quietly as it happens, it is a
very big problem within Muslim societies
around the world. Yes the wider society participates
much more actively and openly, but that does not
give us the excuse to participate privately and
This is a very BIG problem, and we, as much as
anyone have a responsibility to take actions within
the privacy of our own lives, our own marriages and
to teach our children through positive role
modelling that this behaviour is not okay - even if
we hide it. Allah sees all that we do.
A friend (female) of mine recently reverted to
Islam, and I was wondering whether there are any
revert classes currently conducted in any masjids in
Brisbane? And what books would you best recommend I
suggest to her to read about Islam for new reverts?
With the grace of Allah, Gloria Jeans Toowong is now
a 100% Halal store. All products are Halal with no
animal fat, gelatine or animal extracts in any of
our products and even the whipped cream does not
contain Vanilla essence which contains alcohol.
I couldn't stop laughing for about five minutes in
reading this story ('NT Muslim girl 'pulls down
bully's pants' CCN311).
What a deterrence mechanism!!, pulling the bully's
pants down really works. I call it the PBPD
deterrence strategy. I can only imagine the
embarrassment the poor young boy felt after the
incident. It really is very simple to understand
that Iran would have felt similar embarrassment if
she took off her hijab.
A word of caution - may I suggest that sister Susan
Carland not to follow Iran's example and employ the
PBPD tactic to her adult bullies.
British Prime Minister Tony Blair's sister-in-law has
embraced Islam after visiting the holy shrine of Fatima
al-Masoumeh (AS) in Iran's holy city of Qom.
"It was a Tuesday evening and I sat down and felt this
shot of spiritual morphine, just absolute bliss and
joy," Broadcaster and journalist Lauren Booth told The
The 43-year-old half-sister of Cherie Blair now wears
hijab whenever she leaves her home, prays five times a
day and visits her local mosque.
"Now I don't eat pork and I read the Qur'an every day.
I'm on page 60. I also haven't had a drink in 45 days,
the longest period in 25 years," she added.
"The strange thing is that since I decided to convert I
haven't wanted to touch alcohol, and I was someone who
craved a glass of wine or two at the end of a day."
Booth, who works for Iran's English-language Press TV
news network, decided to embrace Islam six weeks ago and
converted immediately after she returned to Britain.
Booth did not refuse the possibility of wearing a burqa
and said, 'Who knows where my spiritual journey will
Before her holy experience in Iran, Booth had spent
considerable time working in Palestine and was "always
impressed with the strength and comfort it [Islam]
She travelled to Gaza in August 2008 along with 46 other
activists to highlight Israel's blockade of the
territory and was subsequently refused entry into both
Israel and Egypt.
In a public letter she wrote to Tony Blair during her
visit to Iran last month, Booth expressed hope that the
former Labor Party politician would change his
presumptions about Islam.
"Your world view is that Muslims are mad, bad, dangerous
to know," she wrote in her letter, asking Blair to
acknowledge the International Quds Day, an annual event
on the last Friday of the holy month of Ramadan when
Muslims express solidarity with the Palestinian people
and protest Israel's occupation of Al-Quds (Jerusalem).
"Here in Iran they feel proud to suffer in order to
express solidarity with the people of Palestine,” she
"It's kind of like the way you express solidarity with
America only without illegal chemical weapons and a
million civilian deaths."
Booth, who had moved to France with her husband and two
daughters in 2004, returned to Britain after her husband
suffered a sever brain injury following a motorcycle
accident in April 2009.
Lauren Booth: An Al Quds day letter to Tony
Blair. From Lauren Booth, in Iran.
Congratulations on your political memoir
becoming an instant bestseller. I’m in Iran
and have the only copy in the country. I can
tell you, its so fiercely fought over, it’s
worth its weight in WMD’s. Note to Random
House; have ‘A Journey’ translated into
Farsi and Arabic asap, it’ll fly off the
shelves in this part of the world.
Tony, yesterday I went the Al
Quds day protest in Tehran. You may have
heard of it? It’s the rally where Iranians
gather to protest against Israel’s illegal
occupation of Palestine, including the Holy
city of Jerusalem.
I’m being sarcastic by asking if you’ve
heard of Al Quds day, because I know you
have. It is your very worst nightmare right?
After all Tehran is the place where politics
and Islam intertwine.
Personally I’ve never
understood this fear of ‘political Islam’ it
seems to me that religious people should
always be educated on world events rather
than kept in ignorance. Like say, Mid West
Christian Zionists in the US The kind of
folk who can’t find their home city on a map
of their state but are certain they hate
Islam even if they're not sure whether it's
a type of curry or a foreign make of
Anyway, yesterday, I stood in
the midst of more than one million Iranian
Muslims all chanting in unison ‘Marg Bar
Isre-hell!’ and ‘Marg Bar Am-ri-ca!’ You
know what that means Tony I’m sure ; ‘Down
with Israel, down with America’. The men,
women and children around me withstood a day
of no water and no food (it’s called
Ramadan, Tony, it’s a fast). Coping with
hunger and thirst in the hundred degrees
heat, as if it were nothing. They can
withstand deprivation in the Muslim world.
Here in Iran they feel proud to suffer in
order to express solidarity with the people
of Palestine. It's kind of like the way you
express solidarity with America only without
illegal chemical weapons and a million
women are a vital partner in development of
nations - Fatima
Arab women have become an important partner
and participants in the development of many
Arab nations, said Her Highness Shaikha
Fatima Bint Mubarak (pictured left),
Supreme President of the Family Development
Foundation and Chairperson of the Women's
General Union, during the opening of the
Arab Women Organisation (AWO) conference in
Amr Mousa, Secretary-General of the Arab
League, Leila Bint Ali, wife of the Tunisian
President and Chairwoman of AWO, and First
ladies of the Arab world, were present.
Shaikha Fatima said that this conference
embodies the honest intent of linking the
issues faced by Arab women with the
Shaikha Fatima stressed that it is important
for women to occupy prestigious positions in
society to participate in the march of
development and growth. She also affirmed
that it is important to continue to build
the potential and capabilities of Arab
"In the UAE, we have placed a national
strategy to help and drive women forward,
which helped us gain many achievements and
benefits. Our march is ongoing, as we are
currently initiating a motherhood and
childhood national strategy to complete
aspects of development," Shaikha Fatima
Muslims have erected the Arctic's first
minaret, atop a little yellow mosque which
serves as spiritual home to the area's
fledgling Islamic community.
arrived in Inuvik last month to serve a
growing Muslim population in Canada's far
north, after travelling 4,000 kilometres
over land and water.
The minaret -- built locally and installed
this week -- has four levels and stands 10
metres off the ground.
"It's really beautiful when we turn on the
lights in the dark," Amier Suliman, a mosque
committee member said.
Only finishing touches -- applying a second
coat of paint inside, and connecting
bathroom plumbing -- remain before the
mosque's grand opening next week.
"This is the first minaret to be erected in
the Arctic," Suliman said gleefully.
"Some will say it's a new frontier for
Islam," he commented.
"But for me, what is significant is that
Muslims here who once prayed on Fridays at a
local Catholic church or in a trailer, now
have a proper place to worship, with a
The number of Muslims in Inuvik, a town of
4,000 inhabitants in Canada's Northwest
Territories, has grown steadily in recent
years to about 80 and they no longer fit in
an old three-by-seven-metre caravan
previously used for prayers.
The congregation could not afford to build a
new mosque in the town, where prices for
labour and materials were substantially
higher than in southern parts of Canada,
project coordinator Ahmad Alkhalaf said
But they found a supplier of prefabricated
buildings in Manitoba that said it could
ship a structure to Inuvik for half the
price of building a mosque from scratch on
It was transported via truck and river barge
to the town, about 200 kilometres north of
the Arctic Circle for the worshippers --
largely Sunni Muslim immigrants from Sudan,
Lebanon and Egypt.
settle lawsuit over removal from 2006 flight
MINNEAPOLIS -- Six imams taken off a 2006 US
Airways flight after passengers reported
what they considered suspicious behavior
have settled their discrimination lawsuit,
saying they considered it acknowledgment
that their removal was a mistake.
British Muslim Converts: Choosing
The only exploration of this unique group
in British society, this well-argued and powerful book
investigates the fascinating contribution that Western
converts to Islam are making to a distinctive take on
Islamic thought and discourse. Informed by interviews
with British converts as well as published and internet
material, Zebiri asks whether converts could act as
much-needed mediators in the growing divide between
Islam and the West.
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KB SAYS:I was asked to make a
batch of cupcakes for the Crescents of Brisbane stall at
today's fundraiser for the Pakistan Flood victims and I
was looking around for some inspiration when I found my
niece Leiya's recipe which she recently used for her
school fete. I set about adapting her recipe and mixed
all the ingredients together only to discover that my
trusty old oven had packed it in (the first time in 15
years). So it was off to my dear neighbour Afira to rescue the
day. I hope it sells well at the CresCafe stall today -
after all it does look good, doesn't it?
PS: Aslam, please don't forget to come
out and check the oven on Monday!
• 250g butter
• 1 ¼ cups castor sugar
• 2 eggs
• ½ teaspoon vanilla
• ¼ teaspoon salt
• 2 ½ teaspoons baking powder
• ½ cup shredded coconut
• 2 cups flour
• 1 small can crushed pineapple
1. Preheat oven to 350F, line 2 cup cake
pans with paper cups.
2. In a large bowl, beat butter and sugar
until pale and fluffy; add eggs and vanilla,
and beat well.
3. Combine salt, baking powder, coconut, and
4. Drain pineapple, reserving juice.
5. Add the flour mixture to the butter
mixture alternately with the reserved juice.
6. Fold in pineapple, and fill cups 2/3
7. Bake for 20-25 minutes.
• 125 grams butter
• 250 grams Philadelphia cream cheese
• 500 grams icing sugar
• 1tsp vanilla essence
• ½ cup shredded coconut
• ½ cup chopped pecans (optional)
• Beat butter and cream cheese until light
and fluffy. Add sugar and vanilla, mixing
well. Stir in pecans and coconut. Spread on
each cake and decorate with an umbrella.
• Note: This cake freezes beautifully. Place
on foil covered baking sheet. Freeze until
hard. Remove from freezer and wrap firmly in
plastic wrap. Return to freezer.
• When needed, unwrap totally and then
defrost cake – approx 1hour
Q: Dear Kareema, my husband is becoming more and
more in-active and slowly but surely putting on weight.
The doctor has told him
to start exercising and to improve his diet. How can I
help him without 'nagging' at him and also without
getting him a gym membership
because I know he doesn't enjoy going to the gym?
A: There still seems to be less pressure for men
to look after their health, and many seem to ignore the
fact that as you age, you actually have to work harder
to stay healthy..
and get active together - studies show that if you
exercise together, you'll be more likely to keep it up.
If time is scarce at the end of the day, get up earlier
and get outdoors then. Suggest activities that you know
Plan inexpensive, active weekend getaways every now and
then - the whole family will benefit and you'll be
amazed at how much fun you can have.
Also, if you tend to eat out a lot, try swapping at
least one of the meals for a healthier option at home.
Another great thing you can do is to shop smart. Go for
healthy options when grocery shopping, if you have no
unhealthy food in the cupboards, they won't be easily
Swap all your products that are high in sugar with fresh
fruit and vegies, and have certain 'treat' foods
available for the odd
occasion. This way, all your hard work will not be in
Instead of a gym membership, buy him an 'active gift' -
a bicycle or tennis racquet maybe??
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and without any references to the author of the
The CCN Chuckle
Nasruddin was put in charge of the security at a
One day he
stopped Jelibiwala a dock worker who was walking out of the
gates pushing a wheelbarrow with a
suspicious looking package in it.
Nasruddin opened the package and found it
contained nothing but some old bits of rubbish,
sawdust and floor-sweepings.
The next day he stopped Jelibiwala who was
again pushing a wheelbarrow containing a
suspicious looking package.
Once more it
contained nothing of any value.
The same thing happened several days on the
trot, until the Mula
Nasruddin finally said, "OK, I give up.
Jelibiwala, I know
you are up to something, but I just can’t tell
what. Please, I promise not to arrest you, but
put me out of my misery; tell me what you are
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