November 17, Queensland's Muslims will mark
the end of the yearly pilgrimage to Mecca,
or Hajj, with communal prayers and
celebrations at locations around the state.
This day is called Eid-ul-Adha (EED-al-UDD-ha),
or "festival of the sacrifice".
commemorates the Prophet Abraham's
willingness to sacrifice his son Ishmael at
The day is
celebrated with the prayers, distribution of
meat to the needy, and social gatherings.
During this day,
Muslims exchange the greeting "Eid Mubarak"
or "blessed Eid."
The prayers are
held in the morning typically in large open
Each year, some
two million Muslims, including hundreds of
Australian Muslims, go on Hajj.
CCN wishes all our readers and their
families Eid Mubarak on this auspicious day
Prayer Venues & Programs
Wednesday 17 November
College of Brisbane
International Islamic College
Gold Coast Mosque
6.30 am TAKBIR
6.45 am Lecture in English by Mufti Zeyad Ravat
7.00 am EID SALAAT followed by ARABIC KHUTBHA
A light breakfast will be served in the carpark
thereafter - please bring a plate (if you can).
6:30 am takbir
7:00 am salaatul
khutbah and dua.
Pot luck after zohar
Islamic Society of Toowoomba
Indoor Stadium at the Clive Berghofer Recreation
Centre, USQ (on Baker St across from the
7:00am sharp Takbir for Salat
Abderazak and his team will leave before 7:30am
for Pittsworth abattoir for slaughtering
Please bring your own mats/sujud, if you can.
On arrival please, leave your shoes inside the
building on the mats around the wall.
Families are requested to bring sweets for male
and female areas. Society would provide juice,
on the burqa
U.S. Secretary of State,
HillaryClinton, has been in
Australia during the week, where she found time
to answer some questions from young people at
the event hosted by Melbourne University and
screened by ABC TV.
AzmeenaHussein asked one such
question to Secretary Clinton, which was:
As an Australian-born Muslim that wears a
head scarf, I’d like to know your opinions on
those that claim that the hijab and burqa is
un-Australian and more importantly, your opinion
on a woman’s right to dress as and how she
Secretary Clinton responded:
“…I think that a headscarf is a very
appropriate manifestation of a woman’s choice,
so long as it is her choice, which is a premise
of my answer. But I think we have to face the
reality that in a society where there is a
legitimate threat of terrorism not being able to
see one’s face, not being able to have some
sense of communication in that way is for many
societies a challenge. So I understand the
dilemma. And I think it is a legitimate dilemma.
I know for example in Pakistan, many of the men
who are conducting suicide bombing missions,
arrive covered in a burqa. So if you are looking
at other countries who are understandably
nervous about extremist activity, like France
and other European countries, I think it’s a
close question. I think it’s a hard question. If
we were able to wheel the clock back where
we were not facing security threats from
packages put on airplanes or like what we saw in
Mumbai and the rest, I’m not sure people would
be so concerned about it.”
Early in October in
we told you about Yusuf Omar and his plans
to leave, some time in November, on an adventure
hike from Durban to Damascus.
Well, we are pleased to report
that he has made it successfully to the starting
block in Durban where he has begun recording his
travels, experiences and impressions on his
personal blog, beginning with a
chronicle of him getting vaccinated (see left)
and a colourful snapshot of the city of Durban.
Yusuf leaves on his journey on
Sunday and CCN will try to keep up with the
as he winds his way up to his destination,
The final Q&A on ABC1 TV was
aired on Monday. The panelists included Randa
Abdel Fattah, Muslim author and lawyer.
Muslims Australia (AFIC) has been
working with the High Commission of Brunei
Darussalam to offer scholarships to Australians
wanting to study in Brunei Darussalam.
These scholarships have been
extended to Australian students for the second
The Government of Brunei
Darussalam is offering annual scholarships to
eligible applicants to undertake a Doctor of
Philosophy (PhD), Master’s Degree, Honours First
Degree, a Higher National Diploma, or a Diploma
of Health Sciences, under the Brunei Darussalam
Government Scholarships for Foreign Students for
2011/2012 academic session at the following
national education institutions:
1. Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD);
2. Sultan Sharif Ali Islamic University (UNISSA);
3. Institute Technology Brunei (ITB).
Completed applications and
supporting documents can be forwarded to the
High Commission of Brunei Darussalam as follows:
High Commission of Brunei
10 Beale Crescent
Deakin, ACT 2600
The closing date for applications
is 15 December 2010.
Muslims Australia has been
appointed as the counterpart organisation (CPO)
of the Islamic Development Bank ( IDB) to
introduce scholarship programmes in Australia.
Muslims Australia will take full
responsibility as the CPO of IDB scholarships in
Australia and will be making further
announcements in due course.
In the interest of implementing this programme
for 2010-2011 academic year Muslims Australia is
inviting applications. The annual quota of five
scholarships are to be allocated in the
following fields of study:
And affiliate subjects for undergraduate study
Recipients of this letter are requested to
advertise this scholarship programme amongst
(left to right)
Khatija Mall, Shameena Mayat, Mana
Rajah, Zuleikha Mayat, Fatima Mayat,
Gender, Modernity and Indian
Delights: The Women’s Cultural Group of Durban,
1954-2010 was published last month in South
Africa – and this week it was the focus of a
book signing ceremony at Exclusive Books in
The academic work counts as
something of a sequel to Indian Delights, one of
South Africa’s most successful cookbooks, first
published in 1954 and which has sold over 400
Compiled and edited by freelance
writer, community organiser and editor Zuleikha
Mayat, who founded the Muslim Women’s Cultural
Group, Indian Delights is unusual in that it
brings together various kinds of South African
recipes, from all cultures, rich, and poor.
It’s a true Joy of Cooking, SA
The idea for the second book came
from a comment Mayat made when a book examining
a group of Durban men who studied the Koran was
“You’ve airbrushed the women
out!” she said, and so co-authors Thembisa
Waetjen and Goolam Vahed, both historians at the
University of KwaZulu-Natal, decided to address
(left to right)
Thembisa Waetjen and Goolam
They note that the publication of Indian
Delights was financially important for the
Women’s Cultural Group as it helped the women
choose their own work “creating a modern
citizenship for themselves, when previously they
had been excluded from religious and political
Gender, Modernity and Indian
Delights analyses the ways in which this women’s
group has grown and changed during the last half
of the twentieth century, negotiating both local
and global transformation, while charting a
course through apartheid, feminism and doctrinal
shifts in Islam.
As Isabel Hofmeyr, Professor of African
Literature at the Centre for Indian Studies in
Africa at Wits University, said, “the book maps
a little known area of SA history, and
simultaneously speaks to wider international
concerns with themes of diaspora and
Six of the women from this group were present at
the signing, including the matriarchal Mayat –
all exuding satisfaction that their efforts have
The historic 150 years
celebration of Indians coming to South Africa,
is to be commemorated on the 16th November 2010
across the land.
Two ships set sail from different parts of the
Motherland. The Belvedere left Calcutta for Port
Natal on 4th October 1860 and the Truro
disembarked from Madras on the 12th October
The first ship, the SS Truro
arrived on 16 November 1860 with 341 immigrants,
whilst the Belvedere and other ships followed
They came as indentured labourers
on many broken promises. The Indian nationals
realized the term “indenture” was a
philosophical term meaning bond or agreement.
The code for slavery was locked
in its expression in many ways. Bearing in mind
that they were away from family and friends,
once they landed on this foreign soil they had
to adjust to the conditions at hand. The
majority in time returned to India. Those who
stayed pursued under adverse conditions. They
succeeded from adversary to advantage in that
after 150 years today thy emerged and produced
legacy leaders, destiny carvers and history
makers in this dispensation. They have become
part and family of the Rainbow Nation.
Safet is Back with his Bosnian
The Mission of Hope (MoH) has
been operating from Sydney for the benefit of
the Australian Muslim community for several
years now and would like to continue the
important work that it does.
MoH is a non-profit organisation and run by
dedicated and hardworking volunteers and receive
financial aid from the community and smaller
local grants. Volunteers mainly consist of
students and professionals in numerous areas,
including health, law, education, community and
social services, academia, etc.
A number of projects are currently operating, or
will continue/resume in 2011 and include:
- Eid Gift Drive: We aim at providing the
less fortunate children and elderly members of
our community with gifts during Eid as a
reminder that we are thinking of them and that
they are in our dua.
- Villawood Detention Centre Outreach
Program: We endeavour to have weekly visits
to visit our brothers and sisters in Detention
to provide emotional and active support.
Currently there are over 100 Muslim Detainees at
Villawood Detention Centre.
- Drugs and Alcohol Addiction Support Group:
Currently there are no structured support groups
in Australia for Muslims with drugs and alcohol
addiction. MoH wants to resume its weekly
12-step support group that is based on Islamic
principles of taqwa, tawbah, abstinence and
- AMAL Street Outreach (ASO): A summer
initaitive. ASO targets 'at-risk' youth on the
streets of the Canterbury-Bankstown and
Liverpool-Fairfield LGAs. Our aim is to be a
point of intervention to help this target group
who are experiencing social and personal issues,
in an empathetic, goal-directed, and
culturally-appropriate way, whilst targeting
crime prevention. This unique program will
endeavor to assist young people of Arab-speaking
and Muslim backgrounds to improve their quality
of life and encourage positive peer networks to
make a positive contribution to the community by
providing culturally-appropriate and relevant
mentoring. The project hopes to support young
people at risk of criminal offending, substance
abuse, gang-related behavior, and social
- AMAL e-counselling: Scheduled to start
in early 2011, an e-counselling forum will start
for Australian Muslims.
- Food Packs Program: We wish to continue
delivering as many food packs with staples to as
many families as possible struggling
financially. These packs will be prioritised to
Community Detention Refugees, Single mothers and
fathers, the elderly and people with
- Monthly Social Justice Newsletter/ Justice
Express: A fun and informative newsletter to
inform the Muslim community of the social
justice concerns in our local community. We want
to educate and empower the Muslim community by
informing them of their rights, feature
prominent active members of our community and
provide factual reports on a local and
- Annual Social Justice Forum: A full day
conference hosted by JAAN/ MoH which will be
aimed at delivering workshops and presentations
on different aspects of the law that affect the
Muslim community, including anti-terror
legislation, domestic violence and
- Arts Project: The organisation of numerous
workshops to instil great skills in the youth of
our community, including creative writing and
arts workshops. We also hope to organise and
implement regular social events, such as book
release and movie nights. We want our events to
be a safe and caring environment for the youth
of our community to socialise in.
- Health Information Projects: Continued
distribution of health related information
relevant to Australian Muslims.
- Muslim Youth Leadership Challenge (MYLC):
is a premier training program for young leaders.
The aim is to empower, inspire, motivate, and
mentor Muslim youth by encouraging personal
excellence, community development and spiritual
In order for MoH to continue to carry out these
tasks, it needs both the emotional and financial
support from the community
ALL DONATIONS ARE TAX DEDUCTIBLE
Mission of Hope
Account No: 10300318
All donations are tax-deductible and receipts
will be sent upon request.
Shown recently on SBS, this visually stunning program traces the
history and message of Islam by following the
journeys of six young pilgrims from across the
Muslim world to Mecca. It explores their lives
and beliefs as well as the beautiful and
historic mosques where they worship. They leave
their homes and families, travel to Saudi
Arabia, and share their responses to the
culmination of their journey of a lifetime - the
pilgrimage to Mecca, where the prophet Muhammad
Within decades of
the death of Muhammed, Islam spread fast and its
history can be traced through the flowering of
exquisite Muslim architecture. Over the next few
hundred years, fabulous mosques from Spain to
Iran, and from Turkey to Mali formed a focus of
Muslim life, as they continue to do today. The
Seven Wonders of the Muslim World starts its
journey at six of these locations and completes
it at the mosque towards which all practicing
Muslims turn when they pray.
CCN brings you the
second four 10-minute parts of this series with
the first four
the Muslim World with CCN
man told Skype divorce joke stands
A Muslim man
who told his wife "I divorce thee" three
times in an online Skype messenger
conversation has been told the separation
The ruling, made in an online fatwa
by the Darul Uloom Deobandi seminary in
northern India, regarded as one of Islam's
leading authorities on religious law said
that the woman would have to first marry
another man before she could remarry her
The man, from Qatar, wrote to the seminary
following his Skype joke to seek
"Jokingly typed 'talak, talak, talak' (I
divorce thee, I divorce thee, I divorce
thee) to my wife on Skype chat. I don't
understand Islam very much and did not know
about how talaq works. We love each other
very much and want to be together but right
now [we are] caught in this thing. Want to
know a way out," he wrote.
His hopes of a "way out" were dashed when
the seminary issued a fatwa confirming his
wife must first remarry another man,
consummate the marriage, and then divorce
him before she could be allowed to remarry
her first husband.
"When you gave three talaqs, your wife
became "haram" (forbidden) for you. Neither
you have the right to take her back nor
solemnise a new "nikah" (marriage) without a
valid "halalah" (second marriage). After the
completion of "iddah" (a three month waiting
period following a divorce), the woman can
marry whomever she wishes except you," the
The ruling means it the couple will have to
wait at least six months to remarry and bear
the strain of the wife remarrying, having
sex with another man, and divorcing again.
"Allah and his Prophet has said the worst
thing a couple does is to seek divorce. This
is a hated act but the provision for Talaq
in Islam is for unavoidable circumstances
not for teasing or jokes," said Maulana
Arshid Madani, President of
Jamiat-Ulama-i-Hind, one of the largest
Muslim organisations in India.
in 1890, Going for Hajj in 2010: India's
Munni Begum ready for pilgrimage
Begum is 120 year old and is all set to go
for Haj, after special permission as her
name didn't figure in the draw of lots.
The old woman who gave birth to eight sons
and daughters, heads a huge family that
lives in Kho Nagorian locality of Jaipur.
Family members say that Munni Begum was born
in August 1890. She has 52 grandsons and
granddaughters apart from 96-odd great
grandsons and great granddaughters other
than two dozen great-great-grandchildren
(and even their kids).
woman has seen three centuries. And now she
is all set for the pilgrimage she has waited
for all her life. On Saturday she reached
the office of Haj Committee to fill the
form. The Central Haj Committee officials
from Delhi gave her special permission.
The Rajasthan Haj Welfare Society has
requested the Saudia Arabia government that
special attention should be paid to her
because of Munni's age.
Sikh advocacy groups in the
US have demanded stop to the screening of
turbans at airports, arguing the additional
search of their religious headwears is not
required as the travellers pass through the
Sikh organisations have said federal
transportation officials plan to always
search turbans at airport screening
stations, even if wearers pass through
state-of-the-art body imaging scanners.
The groups are calling on their constituents
to lobby the Congress and the Transportation
Security Administration (TSA) to overturn
what they said was an 'unjust policy', the
New York Times reported.
Officials from the Sikh Coalition, United
Sikhs and the Sikh American Legal Defense
and Education Fund said Friday they met with
representatives of the Department of
Homeland Security and the TSA several weeks
'All of us jointly feel there are definitely
some elements of racial profiling here,'
said Jasjit Singh, associate director of the
Legal Defense Fund, a civil rights group.
WITH EMAAN IN THE 21ST CENTURY Guest Speakers -
Dr. Tawfique Chowdury Sheikh Ikraam
SURAH AL BAQARAH - TAFSIR LESSON 3 Mufti Zeeyad Ravat
THE MONTH OF DHUL HIJJAH Sheikh Uzair Akbar
- Holland Park
THE STORY OF BABY MUSA (AS) Sheikh Aslam Abu
Ismaeel - Amyn Centre / Hikmah Way Institute
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Polyester: The Making of the World's Richest Brothers
and Their Feud
DHIRUBHAI AMBANI grew up in a two-room
home with an earthen floor in the Indian state of
Gujarat, close to the Arabian Sea. Later this month his
eldest son, Mukesh (pictured, right), head of Reliance
Industries and the world's fourth richest man, will
throw a party to show off his new home in Mumbai, a
towering vertical palace with six floors of parking
space, three helipads and a hanging garden.
The story of how the Ambanis moved from dusty provinces
to city skyscrapers is a tale of pluck, guile and
vaulting ambition. But telling it also requires courage
and tenacity. Hamish McDonald, an Australian journalist
who was posted to Delhi in the 1990s, brought out his
first book on Ambani, The Polyester Prince¯, in 1998.
Publication in India was scrapped after Reliance set its
heart on legal action, but the book became required
reading for anyone interested in Indian industry. In his
new work, Mahabharata in Polyester¯, Mr McDonald brings
the story up to date, adding chapters about Dhirubhai's
death in 2002 and the subsequent feud between his two
sons, Mukesh and Anil.
The young Dhirubhai lacked money, but not charisma. He
raised his first 100,000 rupees (now $2,250) from a
second cousin's father and was introduced to yarn
trading by a nephew. His first ventures into
textile-making were run by Gujaratis back from Yemen,
where Dhirubhai had worked for a petrol company during
the day while trading rice, sugar and other commodities
in the souk after hours.
Indians complain that social connections trump hard
work. But no one worked harder than Dhirubhai at forging
connections. His philosophy was to cultivate everybody
from the doorkeeper up, Mr McDonald remarks. With the
help of these relationships, Reliance set about making
the most of India's famous License Raj.
At that time the government took a suffocating interest
in a firm's imports and output. In 1987, for instance,
the Customs Directorate alleged that Reliance's yarn
factory had more than twice its permitted capacity and
that it had evaded over 1 billion rupees of duty on
imported machinery. Reliance denied breaking the rules
and the charges were subsequently dropped. But the rules
themselves were strangling Indian industry. In exceeding
these limits, Reliance made the case for their removal,
according to Arun Shourie, a journalist, former minister
and one-time critic of Reliance who later made his peace
with the company.
Some of those restrictions also worked to Reliance's
benefit. In 1982, for example, the government raised
duties on imported yarn to over 650%, which allowed
Reliance to charge high prices for its homespun
polyester yarn. Later in the decade import restrictions
on paraxylene, a petrochemical, forced India's other big
polyester-maker to buy the crucial ingredient from
Reliance, its bitterest rival. Clumsy curbs on trade are
bad for the economy, but they are not always bad for
Dhirubhai Ambani knew how to appeal to the people as
well as the powerful. By the late 1980s, Reliance
Industries boasted the widest shareholding in the world.
Dhirubhai held annual meetings in football stadiums and
scattered subscription forms for one debenture from a
helicopter. His roguish side only added to his appeal.
Like India's most popular Bollywood stars, Dhirubhai was
an anti-hero, cocking a snook at complacent and
hypocritical guardians of privilege.
By the time Dhirubhai died, Reliance was one of India's
biggest companies. But it was not big enough for both
his sons, who soon fell to squabbling. Their mother
brokered a split of the family's assets in 2005. Mukesh
got the heavy industry (hydrocarbons, petrochemicals and
polyester) with the rich cashflows. Anil got the
weightless businesses (telecommunications and financial
services) with their rich share valuations. Both had
inherited a driving ambition from a father who did not
let them rest on their laurels. Within hours of his
final MBA exam, Anil left Wharton (where, among other
things, he learned to cook and iron his clothes) to look
after a textiles factory in Gujarat. Mukesh returned to
set up a polyester factory even before completing his
MBA at Stanford. Their father told them they could
either command respect¯ through their efforts, or be
left vainly to demand respect¯ from people who
badmouthed them behind their backs.
Outsiders rarely have the patience to dig through the
details of India's corporate life. Mr McDonald is an
exception. His book puts the reader in the thick of the
sweatiest corporate wrestling matches. He cannot quite
sustain that intensity in the later chapters, in part
because they were written from a distance long after he
left India, but also because less is at stake. Dhirubhai
Ambani's rise symbolised a struggle for the heart and
soul of India. His sons squabbles seem petty by
comparison, even if the sums involved are huge.
Mukesh's new palace is in the same neighbourhood he
lived in as a youngster. In the intervening years this
middle-class address has become an exclusive
neighbourhood for Mumbai's rich and famous. Reliance has
grown, but India has grown with it. The Ambani brothers
are big fish and swimming in a much bigger pond.
KB SAYS:This recipe comes as
close to the much loved South African Romany Creams by
Bakers Ltd. as you will get. The pičce de résistance of
course is the chocolate filling by Dr. Fatima Motala which, in my humble
opinion, outshines the boxed version by a long shot. Let
me know what you think.
Photo courtesy of Dr.
1 cup brown sugar
2 cups coconut
¼ cup cocoa diluted in water
2½ cups flour
2 tsp baking powder
Cream butter and sugar until light add eggs
one at a time then add the vanilla essence.
Gradually fold in the cocoa, coconut and the
rest of the ingredients.
Form into small
rounds, flatten, place on a greased tray and
run the fork over the round to create
180degrees for 10mins or baked.
sandwich together with melted chocolate and
cream (see recipe below)
Melt 200g milk chocolate, in the microwave
for 1min and 30seconds add then add ½ cup
fresh cream and stir in and beat into a
smooth consistency or until its glossy
Q: Dear Kareema, I tend to be leaning more and
more towards comfort eating. Is there anything that will
help get my mind off the food and stop my compulsive
A: Well, a great healthy alternative to 'soothe'
that craving for something sweet is, believe it or not,
a good workout session!
will definitely make you feel better about yourself, and
can help take your mind off food as it causes changes in
the brain - (mood enhancing / positive impact). Constant
cravings are also generally brought about when you're
stressing about something.
So try not to overwork / stress yourself out, by making
sure you take your breaks at work - and finding the
balance for a healthier lifestyle.
If you do feel peckish though, opt for healthier snacks
& drink plenty of water.
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