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Sunday, 28 November 2010

 .Newsletter 0316



IWAQ has a new home

By CCN's Man-on-the-Mussallaah


The Islamic Women's Association of Queensland (IWAQ) hosted His Excellency Mr Ali Nasser Al Nuaimi, UAE Ambassador to Australia and NZ, Mrs. Aisha Al Nuaimi, Dr. Sadeq Mustapha (Qld. Muslim Times), Mr. Mohammed Yusuf (Islamic Council of Qld.) and Mr. Mustafa Ally (Crescents of Brisbane) at a luncheon in their newly built premises.


The guests learned that IWAQ's clients come from different cultural, language and religious backgrounds and that it provides the community with an impressive collection of services that include:


• Settlement Grants Program (SGP) through 2 Community Settlement Officers Nagla Ibrahim and Rosul Aziz
• Community Aged Care Program (CACP) – 55 packages
• Extended Aged Care At Home – Dementia (EACH-D) – 15 packages
• Home and Community Care (HACC) servicing 160 clients with one or more of the following:

• Personal Care
• Domestic Assistance
• Meal Preparation
• Social Support
• Temporary in home respite care
• Centre-based respite care

These facilities are available to frail older persons, younger persons with disabilities and carers

• HACC Day Respites – Tuesday and Thursday
• Disability Support Services for post-school students with intellectual disability
• National Carer Respite Program - Salam Overnight Respite Cottage (SRC)
• Employment opportunities through the different programs


(L-R): Beengul Ali (Senior Administrator), Medina Meco (Care Coordinator), Naseema Khan, Sevkija Hodzic, Farah Alobeidi, Galila Abdelsalam, Mrs. Aisha Al Nuaimi, H.E. Mr Ali Nasser Al Nuaimi, Muna Ibrahim, Ola Abdelmaguid, Yasmin Ahmed, Azza Koura, Fida Ibrahim, Nagla Ibrahim, Azza Elmekawi, Nashwa Ibrahim, Wimarat Fazil
Back row (L-R): Imad Mustafa, Mohammed Yusuf, Sadeq Mustapha, Ahmed Khalil, Samra Maluhija, Rosul Aziz
Front row (L-R): Hanan Tawfik, Walaa Bassiouny (Roster Planner)


The official opening of IWAQ's new premises will take place in January next year with the Governor-General of Australia, Ms Quentin-Bryce officially opening the facilities along with the Premier of Queensland, Ms Anna Bligh.


CCN brings you a sneak preview what they can expect to see..........

Islamic Women's Association of Qld (IWAQ) Hanan Tawfik, Care Coordinator Boardroom into a Dining Room Rita Prasad (QTCMH  Manager), Galila Abdelsalam (IWAQ Director), Zahra Abou Koura (IWAQ Secretary)
  Open plan offices Muna Ibrahim, IWAQ Coordinator Fida Ibrahim (Assistant Finance Officer), Ahmed Khalil (Finance Officer) Open plan offices Ola Abdelmaguid, Aged Care Coordinator Yasmin Ahmed (RN, locum HACC Coordinator), Farah Alobeidi (Care Coordinator) Imad Mustafa (Care Coordinator), Yasmin Ahmed
Rosul Aziz (Community Settlement Officer), Wimarat Fazil (Salam Respite/ Day Respite/ Disability Services Coordinator) Mrs. Aisha Al Nuaimi, His Excellency Mr Ali Nasser Al Nuaimi, UAE Ambassador to Australia and NZ Mustafa Ally (CCN), Mohammed Yusuf (ICQ), Galila Abdelsalam (IWAQ), Aisha Al Nuaimi, Ali Nasser Al Nuaimi, Muna Ibrahim Azza Elmekawi (MC member), Azza Koura (MC member), Zahra Abou Koura (Secretary) Lunch is served Let them eat cake. Hand made booties for the Ambassador Imad Mustafa, Yasmin Ahmed, Muna Ibrahim, Nagla Ibrahim (Community Settlement Officer),
Rosul Aziz, Samra Maluhija (Community Liaison Officer), Farah Alobeidi Farah Alobeidi, Wimarat Fazil, Ola Abdelmaguid, Naseema Khan (Front Desk Administrator), Hanan Tawfik, Fida Ibrahim, Nashwa Ibrahim, Sevkija Hodzic (Care Coordinator) The writing is on the wall  

School gets capital funding


The Australian International Islamic College at Durack is among 103 non-state schools throughout Queensland to share in more than $102 million State Government capital assistance funding to improve and expand facilities.

Local Member for Sunnybank Judy Spence said the government was committed to investing in all schools to ensure they had high-quality, modern facilities that meet the needs of students.

The Australian International Islamic College at Durack will receive $480,000 in funding under the capital assistance program for non-state schools and $300,000 under the External infrastructure funding scheme ,” Ms Spence said.

“This additional funding will go towards the construction of a library area, amenities, furniture, equipment and site works and towards headworks charges.

“The funding will enable this school community to get these much-needed projects off the ground.”

Ms Spence told CCN that the Queensland Government recognised the importance of all schools in their local communities.

“Some parents prefer alternative options to the state school system and it is important for the government to support these options,” she said.

“Parents across Queensland can be assured these grants will help schools and their staff to continue to deliver a world class education for their children.”

In 2010-11 the Queensland Government is supporting the development of non-state schools with more than $467 million in recurrent funding and more than $101 million in capital funding, including a commitment of $50 million for non-state schools that cater for disengaged youth.

Australian International Islamic College Year 12 Graduation Night/Formal Dinner


On Friday Night Australian International Islamic teachers, board members, parents and friends gathered at Michael’s Oriental Restaurant to participate in the Year 12 Graduation Night and Formal Dinner for 2010 Year 12 Graduates Marzan Akter, Safiyyah Ali, Nurul Atiqah Abdul Latif, Fatima Faidi, Razia Nazia Sharif, Talath Fatima and Hanan Dajan.

The occasion was particularly significant because the students were the first graduates of the college. Academic Awards were presented and all students and their teachers had an opportunity to deliver addresses. A student video presentation of their life at the college was particularly impressive as was the address by the Board Chair Imam Abdul Quddoos Azhari on the topic of “University a Different World of Education” as he wished them all the best for the next stage of their lives.

The evening culminated with the cutting of the Graduation cake and photographs to keep alive memories of a wonderful and significant evening for some time to come.


The Op-Shop Update

By Janeth Deen


On Monday, 22nd November, Janeth Deen, Angela Ishaq and Amra Dhedhi personally distributed the donated Eid gifts to the women and children in the Brisbane Immigration Transit Accommodation at Hemmat.

The three ladies took the opportunity to meet the detainees and ask them what they needed to make their life more comfortable. Interpreters were present and Angela, herself, could converse with some of the people as she is an official interpreter. A list was made of the necessary goods and the welfare shop will be busy making up special packages for the individuals who sent in requests.

Three women are close to giving birth. We can supply the clothing for the women and children and deliver them before the birth of the babies.

We do, however, seek bassinettes or baby baskets for the women to put their babies into when they are sleeping. The government has provided them with prams for the babies and a very small amount of clothing for the newborns.

We spent several hours with the boat people and they were happy to see us and know that the Muslim people have their welfare at heart.


We were treated to a wholesome lunch at the centre and met the staff who are only too happy for us to help these people meet their needs.

The people who we had long conversations with, through interpreters, told us that they were happy with the conditions in the centre and they are taken out into the community to events twice a week. They want to know of events in which they can meet the Muslim community.

Angela can converse in Hindi and Amra in Bosnian. These two ladies gave their own time to help out and are willing to help deliver goods to the centre whenever the Welfare shop wants them to, which is a great help. They both have small children and we thank them for their generosity.

Loon in town


Loon and Sheikh Aslam Hussain of the AMYN Centre

Once the bad boy of rap, Amir Junaid Muhadith, better known by his stage name of Loon, spoke at the University of Queensland and the Greek Club during the week on his conversion to Islam.


The African-American ex-singer lectured a largely young audience of men and women on the "path to happiness".


You can watch the presentations on Islam TV Australia.

The Greek Club audience

Bring some joy with a toy


An appeal for children's' toys and balls for refugee children at the detention centre in Brisbane is being made by the Queensland Muslim Welfare Association.


If you have suitable toys in reasonably good condition and working order pass them on to Janeth Deen at the Welfare shop in Woodridge. The address is:

Shop 5
Parkland Shopping Centre
91-101 Ewing Road

Mobile:- 0435 086 796

or you can contact Faisel Essof on 0402 575 410

NGOs acknowledged for their work


Large turnout on the Parliamentary lawns


Zahra Abou Koura (IWAQ Secretary), Queensland Premier, Anna Bligh and Galila Abdelsalam (IWAQ Director)

The Premier of Queensland hosted the leaders of non-profit organizations at a function on the lawns of Parliament House during the week.

Amongst the dozens of organizations invited to the event were the Islamic Women's Association of Queensland and Crescents of Brisbane.

It was also an opportunity to network with other organizations and to meet with Ministers from the government's cabinet.

Brisbane's Burial Services come of age


Last week the newly established Muslim Funeral Services (MFS) provided, for the first time in Brisbane, funeral services which, until now, was being outsourced to other entities.


Manned entirely by volunteers MFS was formed to fulfil the role of the ‘Funeral Director’ within the Muslim community across South East Queensland.


The service saw to the transfer of the marhooma in the recently acquired MFS hearse (pictured below left) from a Gold Coast hospital to the cold-room facilities at the Kuraby Mosque. the grave booking arrangements and then the transport of the marhooma to the Mt. Gravatt Cemetery for the burial. MFS also attended to all the necessary paperwork and the regulatory requirements. 


The ghusl, the internal grave preparation (pictured below right) and the janaza salaah were co-ordinated by the Kuraby based Brisbane Muslim Burial Services (BMBS). These services will still continue to be provided by local Mosques as has been the practice over the years.


For more information about MFS email janaza786@hotmail.com or visit www.bmbs.org.au. 

Australian Muslim Newsletters


The Al-Ghazalli Newsletter of the Sydney-based Al-Ghazalli Centre can be viewed here.


Topics include:

• Morning Invocations - Sydney
• XpressO Movie Night Melbourne - The Blessed Tree
• Giving Voice to the Victims of Srebenica
• XpressO - Australian Launch of The Baptism of Jesus Christ DVD
• Knowledge Retreat 2011 - Journey to Allah
• Arabic Intensive Retreat 2011
• Clarification of the Marvels of the Heart
• The Ansaar Project @ Exodus
• The Ansaar Project @ Elizabeth Bay
• Mizaan Ecology – Cooks River Regeneration Project
• Night of Remembrance - Sisters Only
• Crescent Sighting - Muharram 1432
• Mizaan Ecology - Newcastle

Bosnian Readers' Update

By Safet Avdich 



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Around the Muslim World with CCN


Obama's grandmother 'prays for him to convert to Islam' during Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca

Barack Obama’s grandmother prayed on a pilgrimage to Mecca for him to convert to Islam, it has emerged.

Ever since he launched his White House campaign, the U.S. President has been dogged by speculation over his religion.

Mr Obama

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1333036/Obamas-grandmother-prays-convert-Islam-Hajj-pilgrimage-Mecca.html#ixzz16OSoMupt

Barack Obama's grandmother Sarah Omar with the President

Barack Obama’s grandmother prayed on a pilgrimage to Mecca for him to convert to Islam, it has emerged.

Ever since he launched his White House campaign, the U.S. President has been dogged by speculation over his religion.

Mr Obama, whose middle name is Hussein, has always maintained he is a ‘committed Christian’.

But many in the U.S. still believe otherwise. The revelation that his 88-year-old Kenyan grandmother Sarah Omar prayed for him to switch faiths follows a poll which found one in five believes he is a Muslim.

Mr Obama with his grandmother in Kenya in 1987.

Mrs Omar was on a pilgrimage to Mecca with her son, Mr Obama’s uncle, Saeed Hussein Obama. During her visit, she reportedly told a Saudi newspaper: ‘I prayed for my grandson Barack to convert to Islam.’

She told the newspaper that she could only discuss hajj matters and would not comment on Obama's politics.

The perception persists that Mr Obama is a Muslim because his father was brought up in an Islamic household.

But the President was baptised at the Trinity United Church of Christ, Chicago, in 1988 and was an active member of the congregation for 20 years.



Queen Elizabeth II visits the UAE

The Queen emerges from the Sheikh Zayed Mosque in Abu Dhabi having removed her footwear as a mark of respect

Abu Dhabi: Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, arrived on Wednesday in the UAE.


No sooner had the Queen and Prince Philip stepped off their chartered British Airways flight from London than they were taken straight to the Sheikh Zayed Mosque, the country’s largest.

Shoeless and wearing a beekeeper-style shawl and hat, the Queen walked across the world’s largest carpet last night as she met Islamic students in Abu Dhabi at the start of her five-day state visit to the Gulf.


Queen Elizabeth was shown to a screened area where she respectfully removed her shoes before entering the mosque.


As Queen Elizabeth II walked briskly across the central square of Shaikh Zayed Grand Mosque under a bright moon, she pointed down at the floor, fascinated by the intricate floral mosaics laid down.

The Sheikh Zayed Mosque which had a Royal visit on the first leg of a five-day tour of the Middle East

The floor of its main prayer hall is covered in a 35-ton carpet which took 1,200 Iranian women two years to stitch by hand.

In keeping with tradition, the Queen removed her shoes before entering and padded in in stockinged feet.

While other female members of the party wore a traditional 'abaya' or full-length cloak over their clothes and a 'sheela' or scarf, the Queen wore a gold brocade coat embroidered with Swarovski crystals over her matching dress, both designed by her dresser, Angela Kelly.

She tied a gold lame shawl over her pillbox hat to cover her hair.

Not only was the Queen the first visiting head of state to visit the mosque but it is seen as hugely symbolic here that the Supreme Governor of the Church of England should visit a place that, despite its young age, is a national shrine.

Time to reflect: Emirati Minister of State Reem al-Hashemi (centre) and a cultural guide talk with the Queen as Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahayan chats with Prince Andrew

Before entering the main chamber, the Queen paid her respects at the tomb of Sheikh Zayed, founding father of the United Arab Emirates.

Shaikh Mohammad spent several minutes pointing out the architecture of the mosque to the Duke of York before they entered to pay their respects.

Inside the mosque, the Queen met three madrassa groups and listened to children reciting the Quran.


This visit, her first in 31 years, is designed to underline a renewed spirit of co-operation between the UAE and Britain’s Coalition Government. The Queen will be accompanied throughout by the Foreign Secretary, William Hague.

In an unusual departure from convention, the royal couple are also being accompanied by the Duke of York in his capacity as a trade ambassador for Britain.

The Queen last visited the Emirates in 1979 when she was a guest of the founding father and former president of the UAE Sheikh Zayed.

Foreign Secretary William Hague and his wife Ffion (left) arrive at the Sheikh Zayed Mosque before the Queen

Abu Dhabi is one of the more prominent members of the UAE, a collection of seven emirates that united in 1971 after gaining full independence from the UK.

Like many of its neighbours it has prospered during the last 50 years from the wealth created by oil reserves.

It has an impressive skyline of skyscrapers and is a modern state that is home to around 100,000 Britons while many Emiratis see Britain as 'the eighth emirate' because of their ties with the UK.

As part of her visit, the Queen also officially launched a British-designed project to build a new national museum in the United Arab Emirates

She unveiled the design today for the new Sheik Zayed National Museum on Saadiyat Island off Abu Dhabi.

The project is designed by British architects and backed by the British Museum.

The museum will be part of a cultural complex that will include branches of the Guggenheim and Louvre museums.

The Queen is the Head of the Church of England: the visit is reflective of the multi-faith dialogue and tolerance that is common to both the UAE and UK, according to a statement released by the British Embassy.


Adapted from Gulf News.com and MailOnline


US praises religious freedom in Oman

Muscat: The religious freedom allowed in Oman has been praised by the US State Department in a report, released earlier this month.

The annual International Religious Freedom report points out several steps taken by Oman to promote tolerance and interfaith understanding. It also highlights the role of Sultan Qaboos Bin Saeed in this regard and adds that the Omani government has taken several steps to promote tolerance, most notably through its relationship with Cambridge University.

“The Sultan established an endowed professorship: ‘His Majesty Sultan Qaboos Professorship of Abrahamic Faiths’ and a one-month interfaith training and residency programme for Omani imams at Cambridge,” it notes.

The Ministry of Awqaf and Religious Affairs (MARA) and Cambridge also collaborated in preparing to co-sponsor a website and establish a summer school programme focused on promoting interfaith dialogue.

Oman has also hosted a delegation from the American Jewish Council.
The report draws attention to a government publication called Al Tasamoh (Tolerance), published through MARA, which is a periodical devoted to broadening dialogue within Islam.

It notes that the Omani government also sponsors a forum for examining differing interpretations of Islam, Christianity, and philosophical approaches that are not tied to specific religions.

“During the reporting period, MARA hosted several Christian and Muslim scholars and lecturers from various schools of thought to discuss interfaith relations and tolerance in Islamic traditions,” the report said.

It drew attention to the fact that a local interfaith group, focusing on improving Muslim-Christian understanding, regularly sponsors exchange programmes for leaders of both faiths, as well as hosting scholars-in-residence, and working closely with MARA on many of their projects.

The report noted that there have been no reports of forced religious conversion in Oman.

Meanwhile, Shaikh Abdullah Bin Mohammad Al Salmi, the Minister of Awqaf and Religious Affairs, told a government-owned Arabic daily in Oman that the US Department report on Religious Freedom reflects Sultan Qaboos’s government’s policies on religious tolerance and inter-faith dialogue at a global level.

He added that the ministry (MARA,) has organised annual conferences for the last 10 years for Muslim scholars to deliberate on the matter.


Gulf News.com



UK PM’s Speech at Eid al-Adha Reception

Prime Minister David Cameron delivered a speech last week at an Eid reception in Downing Street in which he praised the contribution of British Muslims to national life and the role that British Muslims have to play in the “Big Society.”

He said:

There are really three things I want to say tonight. The first is that I think we should be a country that celebrates and looks up to faith, rather than thinks of faith as somehow a problem or an embarrassment. I think what Sayeeda has spoken about on this subject is absolutely brilliant, and I am glad that she has made those speeches.”

“I think we should try and do more to examine and understand how much our faiths all have in common, because they do have so much in common: teaching us, trying to do good works and live a good life, as well as to worship our God, and I think that is an incredibly important message.”

“The second thing I wanted to say is just to celebrate the immense contribution that British Muslims make to our national life.”

“A huge amount is given by British Muslims into business life, into cultural life, and we should also remember the huge contribution that Muslim charities like Islamic Relief make to the relief of suffering around the world, as I myself have seen both at their depot in Birmingham, but also their amazing work on the ground.”

“The third point I wanted to make… is the important role that British Muslims want to play in building a big society.”

“When you look at what British Muslims do think and take part in, I think they have – you have – an enormous role to play in that more generous and tolerant and open society that we all want to build.”

“I think Eid has messages for all of us about family, about friendship and about worship; that whatever religion we belong to we can take very seriously.

You can read the full speech here.



Research Reveals 'Massive' Job Discrimination Against Muslims in France



The Independent reported this week of “massive discrimination” faced by Muslims in France according to the first scientifically validated study of anti-Muslim bias among French employers.

They now want to test whether there is a similar bias in Britain, where there is more unemployment among Muslims than any other religious group.




From The Independent:

“The French study found that a fictional job applicant with a traditionally Christian first name was more than two-and-a-half times more likely to receive a response from a potential French employer than an identical applicant with a Muslim name.”

“The scientists who carried out the research believe the highly significant difference in response rates was entirely due to the perceived religious affiliations of the job applicant rather than any prejudice connected with differences in race, age or gender.”

“The unemployment rate among British Muslim men is around 13 per cent, which is approximately three times higher than the rate among men belonging to other faiths. Young Muslims are at even higher risk of being unemployed. Muslims aged between 16 and 24 have the highest jobless rates of any group and are more than twice as likely to be unemployed compared to Christians of the same age, with a jobless rate of 28 per cent compared with 11 per cent, according to the Office of National Statistics.”


The scientists who carried out the research believe the highly significant difference in response rates was entirely due to the perceived religious affiliations of the job applicant rather than any prejudice connected with differences in race, age or gender.

In 2004, an investigation by BBC Radio Five Live uncovered “shocking” racism among virtually every sector of the job market in Britain.


Dummy CVs were sent to fifty companies on behalf of six fictitious applicants which had the same standard of qualifications and experience- Abu Olasemi, Fatima Khan, Jenny Hughes, John Andrews, Nasser Hanif and Yinka Olatande.

Research found that “almost a quarter of applications by two candidates given traditionally "white" names - Jenny Hughes and John Andrews - resulted in interview offers.”

“But only 9% of the ‘Muslim’ applications, by the fictitious Fatima Khan and Nasser Hanif, prompted a similar response.”

At the time, Professor Muhammad Anwar, then of Warwick University's centre for research in ethnic relations, said the survey was proof of a rise in anti-Muslim feeling:

“I think there is a trend now or a shift from racial discrimination to more religious or cultural type discrimination.

“Certainly after 9/11 there has been a tremendous difference.

“When people look at Muslim men they may think again about whether that person should be invited for interview.”





Launch of all party parliamentary group on Islamophobia


UK: An All Party Parliamentary Group on Islamophobia has been launched in the House of Commons.

At its inaugural Annual General Meeting, members elected Keighley and Ilkley Conservative MP Kris Hopkins to serve as its Chair with Liberal Democrat Deputy Leader Simon Hughes and Labour peer Lord Janner of Braunstone as Vice-Chairs.

The Group has so far attracted the interest of more than 20 MPs and peers from across both Houses of Parliament.

Mr Hopkins thanked attendees for being part of what he described as a “momentous occasion.”

He said: “Whilst challenges will undoubtedly arise in the weeks and months ahead, my colleagues and I are hugely committed to the task in hand.



The establishment of this Group is an important development in our collective efforts to provide a wider understanding of the essentials of the Muslim faith, and protection not least for the millions of devout and law-abiding members of the Muslim faith in the UK who have had to put up with the peddling of myths and worse about their beliefs

“I believe there is already a very strong resolve amongst members to better understand the complex issues involved, and to propose considered, evidencebased policies to tackle Islamophobia wherever it exists.”

Liberal Democrat Deputy Leader and Bermondsey and Old Southwark MP Simon Hughes said: “Hatred of Islam and pandering to prejudice has been one of the dark spots of the last 20 years not just in this country but in other parts of the world.

“All great world faiths have sadly included bigoted and prejudiced fanatics. This is never a justification for whipping up hate and fear against people who are the followers of Islam.

“In a multifaith country and an increasingly multifaith Parliament it is important that politicians of all parties work together to tackle and educate against prejudice wherever it occurs.

“I am honoured to be one of the inaugural officers of the new All Party Group on Islamophobia.”

Labour MP for Blackburn and former Foreign Secretary Jack Straw said: "The establishment of this Group is an important development in our collective efforts to provide a wider understanding of the essentials of the Muslim faith, and protection not least for the millions of devout and law-abiding members of the Muslim faith in the UK who have had to put up with the peddling of myths and worse about their beliefs.

“I therefore greatly welcome the initiative, and will do all I can to make the Group a success.






London borough elects Britain’s first Muslim mayor

London: A former leader of Tower Hamlets Council in east London has defied being de-selected as a Labour candidate after an Islamophobic campaign against him to become the first elected Muslim mayor in Britain.

Standing as an independent, Lutfur Rahman secured 51.76% of the vote, more than double the number gained by Labour’s official candidate, Helal Uddin Abbas, in Thursday’s election in the London Borough of Tower Hamlet, the most populous Muslim area in the UK.

The Bangladeshi-born former council leader was originally selected by the local Labour Party as its officially candidate last month to stand in the borough’s first mayor elections.

But his candidacy was withdrawn by Labour’s ruling National Executive Council after a smear campaign against him, when he was accused of being funded by the Islamic Forum of Europe (IFE), which the media presented as an extremist organisation with a hidden agenda.

Those criticising the de-selection included former London mayor Ken Livingstone, who said it was 'utterly unacceptable' and 'ignored the views of the local electorate'.

Tower Hamlets is divided into two parliamentary constituencies, including Bethnal Green and Bow, which was won in May’s general election by Labour candidate Rushanara Ali, one of three Muslim women to enter the House of Commons.

The other constituency is Poplar and Limehouse, won by Labour’s Jim Fitzpatrick, who controversially joined in the campaign against Rahman, claiming the IFE had “infiltrated” the council and local party.

Rahman, who grew up in Tower Hamlets, is a qualified solicitor specialising in family and children’s law. He was elected twice for the council in 2002 and 2006 before becoming its elected leader in 2008.

Mayors have only started to be directly elected in the UK in the past decade instead of being appointed by local councils. So far 12 have been elected, including most notably the major of London.

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KB's Culinary Corner


Lychee Desert


KB SAYS: This recipe was kindly supplied by Shaamilah Samsodien and put to the test by Fathima Adat.

It turned out an absolute treat! Very cooling and refreshing and appealing to the eye - one you must try this summer!



3 packets lime jelly
1 tin lychee (450gram)
300 ml fresh cream

½ cup cold water

½ cup apple juice

2 cups boiling water


1. Dissolve 2 packets of lime jelly by substituting the water with:
             • ½ cup cold water
             • ½ cup apple juice
             • 1 cup lychee juice (taken from canned lychee)
             • 2 cups boiling water
2. Pour into your serving bowl approximately half way
3. Allow to cool slightly before adding the lychee (cut in half) to the jelly
4. Place the remaining packet of lime jelly in a small pot
             • Add the 1 cup boiling water
             • Add 1cup lychee juice
5. Bring to the boil and keep stirring, add 300ml fresh cream into the jelly mixture but set aside some of the cream to decorate.
6. Set aside to cool and pour into the serving bowl filled with jelly. Ensure that this layer is about a centimeter.
7. To decorate cut lychee in half and place in the centre, pipe cream around the fruit.


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Kareema's Q&A Keep Fit Column


businesses,businesspeople,computers,computing,exhausted,exhaustion,men,persons,sleeping,sleeps,technology,tiredQ: Dear Kareema, I'm working out every day, but seem to have less energy.  Any reason for this?


A: It depends on what you're doing.  Realistically, your body needs time to rest and recover in between workouts.  If you're walking every day, then you should increase your speed and incline, or change your route every other day.  Make one day a stretch or aqua-aerobics day, instead of your regular walk.


If you're doing the same type of exercises (targeting the same muscle groups) on a daily basis, you may burn yourself out because muscles aren't repairing and rebuilding in time for your next workout.


Try changing the intensity of your workout every other day, or integrate yoga or pilates into your regular routine.  Typically, your body has a 6 - 8 week learning curve.  So if you don't love change, you'll tend to overwork the muscles and therefore feel less energetic even though you're working out every day.


The secret is to train smart, not hard... and have fun while you're at it!







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