fundraising dinner to provide humanitarian aid to the victims of Llibyan
crisis has been coordinated by the Islamic Council of Queensland (ICQ) at
the Islamic College of Brisbane in the multi-purpose hall on Saturday 28th
May at 6.00 pm.
Tickets are $50 for a family
and $25 single and are available at the Mosques after jumah or at the gate
on 28th May.
You are earnestly requested to come along and support this worthy cause.
The organizers are also seeking auction items
for the dinner function. Contact Yahya Baej on 0403138154 or Omer Elsakil on
0423890333 if you can help.
for donations from the Welfare Shop
Two young hard working women
have had their house burgled and their furniture stolen while they were at
work. They were not insured. They need two double beds and mattresses, a
dining room suite and a lounge suite.
A pregnant deserted sister
who is expecting her fourth child in ten weeks urgently needs a cot and
The shop is also in urgent need of Arabic Qurans
and prayer mats for refugees who constantly come into the welfare shop. Any
donations of these items will be be gratefully received.
Call Janeth Deen on 0435 086
796 if you can supply any of the items.
afternoon of pods and puddles
Crescents of Brisbane's CresCafe
Team was out at the Runcorn State High
School yesterday (Saturday) to take part
in their Harmony Day fete.
The exotic aromas of
Nespresso coffee wafting through the air
did not go far enough, unfortunately, to
draw the crowds that typically swarm the
event. And the rain did little to help
The CresCafe Team take
a well-earned break with African
drummer, Joseph-E Matovu to get into the
spirit of the day
rules out funding for halal businesses
VICTORIA: PREMIER Ted
Baillieu has quashed a Muslim organisation's call for taxpayers to pay
for the expansion of Islamic schools and halal food outlets into mainstream
In a submission to a federal inquiry into multiculturalism, the Australian
Federation of Islamic Councils said Muslims were forced to live in enclaves
near Islamic schools, mosques and halal food outlets.
"The Government should invest in expanding services like halal and kosher
meat and food outlets as well as faith-based schools," it said.
"If the Government and politicians cannot recognise this as essential, it
should no longer accuse the Australian Muslim community of intentionally
living in enclaves."
Mr Baillieu said taxpayers helped all schools but he did not support money
going to businesses because the food they offered was halal.
"All schools are supported in one way or another,'' he told 3AW radio.
"So when it comes to schools
that support should be on a regular basis.
"But I don't think governments are about to get into the business of
subsidising what are normal everyday commercial businesses and halal
butchers would fall into the same category.''
In a sign of growing community tension, the nation's peak Jewish authority
has also called for new migrants to be put on probation while their
commitment to Australian values and laws is checked.
Mr Baillieu said Victoria did not have a problem with cultural enclaves,
saying every group of migrants initially congregated in certain areas.
"That's what happens it's a natural process,'' he said.
"And as time goes by they obviously find their confidence and comfort in
"I think it's dangerous to talk about enclaves because I don't think they're
"I think it's human nature to stick with people you know and places you are
Multiculturalism, was one of Victoria's "greatest assets'', the premier
Ibrahim(pictured left), the AFIC board member who wrote the
report, told the Herald Sun there were reasons groups were drawn to certain
"I'm saying there needs to be a greater investment generally in schools that
wish to go out into other areas that are not heavily populated with
particular migrant and religious groups," she said.
Governments do not contribute to the building of new private schools, but
private colleges get state and federal cash for running costs and upgrades.
For example, Springvale Islamic school Minaret College received about $10
million in recurrent financing and almost $2 million in capital expenditure
in 2009, according to the latest MySchool website data.
Melbourne has several halal butchers, but AFIC wants government help to make
halal food more widely available.
Houssam Dannawi, from Madina Halal Meats in Brunswick, said his customers
were not limited to Muslims.
"They try it and they come back. They like the diversity of what we offer,"
Mr Dannawi said.
In a separate hearing, the Executive Council of Australian Jewry has told a
Federal Parliament committee on migration that Australia must learn from the
failed "anything goes" model of multiculturalism in Europe.
It wants migrants put on probation to enable a "confident assessment of
their acceptance of Australian values and laws before granting full
The council's executive director Peter Wertheim said there was concern about
"If they're involved in criminal activity or incitement of violence or
incitement of racism, that's something that should be taken into account,"
The organisation also wants mandatory English training for migrants.
About 180 people from all
sections of Australian society attended the launch of Islamic Relief in New
South Wales last week.
The proceedings started with recitation from the Quran by Sheikh Rajab Zaki
from the UK. This was followed by a nasheed by Ahmed Abu Ghazala. The
Honourable Victor Michael Dominello, Member of the Legislative Assembly and
Minister of Citizenship and Communities officially launched Islamic Relief
Follow-on speeches were then made by Saleh Saeed (CEO - IRW), Haroun Atallah
(Finance Director IRW), Ms Marian Veiszadeh, a Muslim youth leader and
practising lawyer, and Professor Jake Lynch, Director of the Centre of Peace
and Conflict Studies at Sydney University.
The event was attended by a number of Imams, MPs - Laurie Ferguson, Barbara
Perry, John Robertson, journalists and a number of INGOs including Oxfam,
Caritas and Save the Children.
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humanitarian relief and international development charity. It was founded in
the UK, in 1984, and is now the world’s largest Muslim charity, with offices
on every continent.
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Put In Six Star Performance
From The Desk Of
overcame a host of injuries and a limited squad to beat Raceview Purple 6-3
today with a fine performance in Ipswich.
The Saints made a long 45 minute drive to
Ipswich to take on the boys from Raceview and it
proved to be a fruitful visit. Farhaan Essof got
the Saints off to a perfect start with a goal
inside five minutes. Naseer Ahmid added a
second five minutes later as the Saints were in
full control. Raceview pegged one back as they
reminded Saints they were no easy beats.
doubled his tally straight after as the Saints
did no let that goal deter them. Raceview scored
another with about 20 minutes on the clock as
the game began to open up more. Ahmid then got
his hat-trick another five minutes later as the
Saints continued to pile on forward. The boys
from Ipswich scored a third and the game had
become a goal fest.
Both teams were
unable to score anymore goals in the first half
as the teams went into the break with a 4-3 lead
to the Saints. Sunnybank started the second half
with the same intensity they started the first.
Naseer Ahmid continued his goal scoring spree
with a fourth early in the second half.
joined the scoring party with a fine header from
a free kick as the Saints asserted their
authority to take a 6-3 lead.
Both teams then settled into a rhythm with
Saints controlling most of the possession as
Raceview were unable to get anything significant
going forward. The Saints continued to control
the game as they ran down the clock and saw the
game out 6-3 for a much deserved win.
Sunnybank gave those few supporters, including
one all the way from Maryborough out in Brisbane
on a break, a fine performance with a good win.
They will now turn their attention back home to
Lister St on the 28th with a 7pm kick off
against West End, and hope to build some
momentum going forward.
With a few players returning from injury, the
Saints can hopefully start to get into a rhythm
and look forward to having some valuable players
back in the lineup.
"Songs and poems from the
British Muslim tradition. The book contains 22
songs, ideal for schools, music teachers, music
lovers and choirs to sing and perform."
Oh have you seen the Masjid
That dwells in Merry Lane?
The cheeky, cheery Masjid Mouse
The runabout-while-laughing mouse
Who dances in the rain?
The Masjid Mouse he has a house
Inside a minaret,
Because his roof is high and dry
Above the rainclouds of the sky,
His home is never wet.
I saw him once upon a horse
That drew a handsome gig.
He wore a crown of golden gorse
And ate a pie with apple sauce
While cutting quite a jig.
One day the Masjid Mouse set sail
As master of a brig.
Backwards he’d sail in shine and gale
A silver spoon was his taffrail
His sail a surgeon’s wig.
The King and Queen were sorely vexed
To hear of all his capers.
His Majesty inquired, What next?
And found his soldiers quite perplexed.
The queen she had the vapours.
The Masjid Mouse he loves to sing
And play upon a drum.
With London mice, and mice of Tring
With mice of Paris and Peking
He’ll laugh and sing and hum.
But when the Masjid Mouse comes home,
One thing he’ll not delay,
For howsoever far he’ll roam
He has a place beneath the dome,
Where he will stand to pray
Muslim scientists and scholars have contributed
immensely to human knowledge especially in the
period between 8th and 14th century CE.
their contributions have been largely ignored,
forgotten or have gone un-acknowledged.
week CCN brings you, courtesy of www.ummah.com,
an account of one of the many talented Muslim
scholars in history whose contributions have
left lasting marks in the annals of science,
astronomy, medicine, surgery, engineering and
This week's Muslim scholar, philosopher
and/or thinker is:
ALI IBN RABBAN AL-TABARI
This accomplished Hakim
(doctor) was the tutor of the
unparalleled physician Zakariya al-Razi.
Luck favoured the disciple more than the
teacher in terms of celebrity. As
compared to Razi people know very little
about his teacher Ali.
Ali Bin Rabban's surname was Abu al-Hasan,
the full name being Abu al-Hasan Ali Bin
Sahl Rabban al-Tabari. Born in 838 C.E.
his father Sahl hailed from a
respectable Jew family. The nobility and
sympathy inherent in his very nature
soon endeared him to his countrymen so
much so that they used to call him
Rabban which implies "my leader".
Professionally Sahl was an extremely
successful physician. He had command
over the art of calligraphy too. Besides
he had a deep insight into the
disciplines of Astronomy, Philosophy,
Mathematics and Literature. Some
complicated articles of Batlemus's book
al-Mijasti came to be resolved by way of
Sahl's scholarly expertise, translators
preceding him had failed to solve the
received his education in the
disciplines of Medical science and
calligraphy from his able father Sahl
and attained perfection in these fields.
He had also mastered Syriac and Greek
languages to a high degree of
Ali hailed from a Israelite family.
Since he had embraced Islam, he is
classified amongst Muslirn Scholars.
This family belonged to Tabristan's
famous city Marv.
The fame acquired by Ali Bin Rabban did
not simply account for the reason that a
physician of the stature of Zakariya al-Razi
was amongst his disciple. In fact the
main cause behind his exalta- tion lies
in his world-renowned treatise Firdous
over seven parts, Firdous al-Hikmat is
the first ever Medical encyclopaedia
which incorporates all the branches of
medical science in its folds. This work
has been published in this century (20th
century) only. Prior to this publication
only five of his manuscripts were to be
found scattered in libraries the world
over. Dr. Mohammed Zubair Siddiqui
compared and edited the manuscripts. In
his preface he has provided extremely
useful information regarding the book
and the author and, wherever felt
necessary, explanatory notes have been
written to facilitate publication of
this work on modern publishing
Later on this unique work was published
with the cooperation of English and
German institutions. Following are the
details of its all seven parts:
1. Part one: Kulliyat-e-Tibb. This part
throws light on contemporary ideology of
medical science. In that era these
principles formed the basis of medical
2. Part two: Elucidation of the organs
of the human body, rules for keeping
good health and comprehensive account of
certain muscular diseases.
3. Part three: Description of diet to be
taken in conditions of health and
4. Part four: All diseases right from
head to toe. This part is of profound
significance in the whole book and
comprises twelve papers:
i) General causes
relating to eruption of diseases.
ii) Diseases of the head and the
brain. iii) Diseases relating to the
eye, nose, ear, mouth and the teeth.
iv) Muscular diseases (paralysis and
spasm). v) Diseases of the regions
of the chest, throat and the lungs.
vi) Diseases of the abdomen. vii)
Diseases of the liver. viii)
Diseases of gallbladder and spleen.
ix) Intestinal diseases. x)
Different kinds of fever. xi)
Miscellaneous diseases- brief
explanation of organs of the body.
xii) Examination of pulse and urine.
This part is the largest in the book
and is almost half the size of the
5. Part five: Description
of flavour, taste and colour.
6. Part six: Drugs and poison.
7. Part seven: Deals with diverse
topics. Discusses climate and astronomy.
Also contains a brief mention of Indian
Though he wrote Firdous
al-Hikmat in Arabic but he
simultaneously translated it into Syriac.
He has two more compilations to his
credit namely Deen-o-Doulat and Hifdh
al-Sehhat. The latter is available in
manuscript-form in the library of Oxford
University. Besides Medical science, he
was also a master of Philosophy,
Mathematics and Astronomy. He breathed
his last around 870 C.E.
the Muslim World with CCN
World Service versus al-Jazeera
Cuts to BBC World Service drew the following
comments in the British Commons:
the cuts to the Arabic services that
have caused the greatest concern...
Across North Africa, only two radio
stations are listened to: al-Jazeera and
the World Service. I mean no disrespect
to al-Jazeera, but in my judgement, the
far more independent and therefore
respected service is the World Service.”
Jazeera is on a roll. Having recently
picked up the Turkish TV channel Cine 5
at auction, it is planning to launch a
further Turkish-language news channel.
Just as the BBC World Service is closing
down its 21-man Serbian radio operation,
the Qatari TV network is starting up Al
Jazeera Balkans in Sarajevo, where a
150-strong team, headed by the veteran
Croatian journalist Goran Milic, will
broadcast in Serbo-Croat across all the
former Yugoslavia. The Qatari government
has invested hundreds of millions of
dollars in a state-of-the-art
communications satellite, due to launch
in 2013, which will offer Al Jazeera the
chance to reach more viewers in Africa,
the Middle East and deep into Central
Asia. The Qatari company Qtel is the
majority owner of an Indonesian
satellite venture that now provides Al
Jazeera’s signal across Southeast Asia.
‘Having secured strong distribution in
Europe (the English channel is available
in Britain on Sky, Freeview and Freesat),
Al Jazeera’s biggest ambition is to
break into the US market and reach a
mass audience in the most powerful
society on earth. It is available only
in Washington DC, Ohio and Vermont.
Trading on the lift in reputation
afforded by its reporting of the Arab
revolutions, it has taken out full-page
advertisements in newspapers across the
United States and is mobilising
supporters on social networking sites to
press the cable TV companies to offer
their subscribers Al Jazeera English.’
is not in our interests for large swaths
of Africa, Asia and the Middle East to
live in permanent ignorance of British
values, institutions and culture; never
to be given a taste of what living in a
free society is like; never to receive
impartial and honest news and to be
harangued day in, day out by people who
despise us and everything we stand for.
And that is what leaving the field to Al
Jazeera, the Chinese or the Russians
would mean. If Hillary Clinton is right
about that information war, we should
give some serious thought to how to win
Francisco Circumcision Ban: A Potential
Violation Of Religious Freedom?
A proposal to ban the
circumcision of male children in San
Francisco has been cleared to appear on the
November ballot, setting the stage for the
nation's first public vote on what has long
been considered a private family matter.
But even in a city with a long-held
reputation for pushing boundaries, the
measure is drawing heavy fire. Opponents are
lining up against it, saying a ban on a
religious rite considered sacred by Jews and
Muslims is a blatant violation of
UK: Priya Shetty in The Guardian’s Comment
is Free writes on the Home Affairs select
committee report on forced marriages arguing
that women are often as culpable in the
perpetuation of oppressive cultural
practices, like forced marriages, as men who
enforce codes of “honour” in minority
Shetty is of course right to argue that
female members of a family can be complicit
in the emotional blackmail, kidnapping and
forced marriage of young adults as criminal
cases have shown.
Shetty concludes her article thus:
the French are decidedly more forthright
about which cultural practices they will
tolerate – several women have already
been arrested for wearing a burqa after
it was banned recently – in
multicultural Britain, we tiptoe
gingerly around controversial cultural
practices for fear of stymying a
plurality of expression or being
tarnished as racists. But British
society now needs to take a deep breath
and engage with these issues head-on:
ancient cultural practices can never
trump human rights.”
repeats a false dichotomy with a
“multiculturalism of fiction” masquerading
as a “multiculturalism of fact, “as Gary
Younge put it. And while no-one would deny
that honour killings and female genital
mutilation are horrific crimes deserving of
the force of law to stamp them out, is it
proper to designate the wearing of the
face-veil (niqab or burqa) with practices
that are neither Islamic nor defensible by
recourse to Islamic teachings? Furthermore,
is it appropriate to refer to the choice
exercised by Muslim women to wear the burqa
as “controversial cultural practices” which
we “tiptoe gingerly around… for fear of
stymying a plurality of expression or being
tarnished as racists”?
No one observing the rancorous debate that
has descended upon women who wear the
face-veil could sensibly consider it an
example of our “tip-toeing gingerly around”
for fear of anything.
Perhaps the more disturbing dimension to the
sentiments expressed by Shetty is the
presumption that women wearing the face veil
are engaging in a cultural practice rather
than understand it as the articulation of
their right to freedom of religion; a human
right after all.
Allahu Akbar is used, abused and misused by
Muslims, unfortunately it has come to
symbolize death and destruction to
We the Muslims unequivocally condemn abuse
of the phrase Allahu Akbar and call on the
Imams and the scholars to coach appropriate
use of the phrase.
It is the responsibility of Muslims to reign
in on such abuse; the Yemeni passenger
abused it while pounding on the cockpit
door. It has happened many times including
Major Nidal Malik in Killeen, Texas.
Damn you if you are a criminal, do it in
your own name and not use God’s name for
your criminal acts. It puts me the good user
and you the abuser on par, and it is not
It is time
goal and a
crap out of
and it is
is meant to bring humility by acknowledging
that God is great and we are not. However,
the Phrase has become boundless and used in
just about any situation rendering
fans of Greenbay Packers most likely
screamed Allahu Akbar with joy when their
team won, if your kid kicks in the goal on
soccer field the response would be Allahu
Akbar. When some one steps up and does some
good it goes with the phrase Allahu Akbar.
It has been a beautiful expression of
appreciation and praising the lord for our
It is time for the Imams to start preaching
to use the phrase appropriately. During
tense times, what if your Jewish Neighbors
daughter kicks the goal and a Muslim friend
shouts in joy, Allahu Akbar, it will
frighten the crap out of every one, and it
is almost like shouting Fire, Fire.
one steps up
some good it
has been a
the lord for
What if a few
Muslims choose to pray in the lobby of an
airport or an office and say Allahu Akbar,
the praise is uttered at least twelve times
and a maximum 50 times in one single
sitting. What if the Imam is quietly praying
while sitting in the plane and the next
passenger hears the whispering Allahu Akbar
while the man leans forward as a part of the
prayer called ruku?
It is our duty to keep law and order and
faithfully guard the safety of every
citizen. Language is one of many sources of
disrupting the peace in a society and it is
our duty to track down the source of such
phrases and work on mitigating it. We have
an obligation to maintain a balance in the
I call on Muslims to limit the use of the
phrase Allahu Akbar for Prayers alone and
avoid using in public to prevent
disruptions. It will take a few years to
undo it, but it would be the right thing to
do. This is a clarion call for us to guard
the name of God from being abused. Let’s do
it voluntarily on our own and we must honor
Saudi’s King Abdullah officially opened the
new campus of the $5.3b Princess Noura bint
University (PNU) today (Sunday), less than
three years after laying the foundation
stone for the university.
The new university is the largest women-only
university in the world, covering 800
hectares on the outskirts of Riyadh – and
has been a hive of activity since King
Abdullah marked the official start of
construction on 2008.
The new campus includes a 700-bed university
hospital, 15 colleges, a central library, a
conference hall, laboratories and three
research centres for nanotechnology,
information technology and biosciences. It
also comprises staff housing units, student
hostels, primary, intermediate and secondary
schools and recreational facilities plus
administration buildings. The university
officially starts operations in 2012.
colleges for medicine, dentistry, nursing,
information technology, kindergarten
education, languages, instant translation
and pharmacy. It has 32 affiliated colleges
in 17 cities and townships in the Riyadh
The university also has its own high tech
transport system with automatic, computer
controlled vehicles that link major areas of
The university is designed to cater for more
than 50,000 students, with 28,000 already
enrolled – and 3,000 staff on board.
Huda Al-Ameel, the newly appointed PNU
president, said, "We are grateful to King
Abdullah for this vital project, which will
surely encourage PNU staff and students to
exploit this state-of-the art facility to
excel in education.”
KB SAYS: I made these fritters
yesterday - the spicy cinnamon (and I added a dash of
nutmeg) are a divine smell on a cold autumn day. As an
ex-South Africa they made me so home sick and best of
all my friends and family loved it! Oh, and someone
suggested adding a handful of raisins to the batter
before you fry it. Let me know at
firstname.lastname@example.org how it comes out if
you do try this.
• 2 cups cooked pumpkin
• 2 eggs, lightly beaten
• ¼ cup sugar
• ¼ tsp salt
• ¼ tsp cinnamon
• 2 cups self-raising flour
• oil for deep frying
• cinnamon sugar as required
1. Beat pumpkin, eggs and
2. Add salt, cinnamon and fold in flour
3. Mix lightly
4. Heat oil and fry teaspoonsful until
puffed and golden
5. Drain on absorbent paper
Q: Dear Kareema, I'm sticking to
your plan of setting small, realistic goals for myself.
My struggle though is reaching even the small goals I've
set, which makes it hard to go from day to day. A plan
of action please?!
A: Learn to love movement. You need to stop taking the
lift and start using the stairs, etc.
Make sure you stick to your routine by
building recovery days into your workout program.
days with low-intensity activities such as beautiful
hikes and rest days.
This is just as important as exercise and
Equally crucial is being positive - learn
to love yourself and your body.
Don't just exercise to look good (by
pushing yourself too hard), have fun with your workouts!
Shock your system every so often by doing
something completely out of the ordinary.
Remember, the more you vary your
workouts, the quicker your body will respond.
All questions sent in are published here anonymously
and without any references to the author of the
The CCN Chuckle
was at a coffee shop, just staring at his
like that for half of an hour.
big trouble-making truck driver steps next to
Jallalludin, takes the drink from him, and just
drinks it all down.
driver says, "Come on brother, I was just
joking. Here, I'll buy you another drink. I just
can't stand to see a man cry."
"No, it's not that. This day is the worst of my
life. First, I fall asleep, and I go late to my
office. My boss, outrageous, fires me. When I
leave the building, to my car, I found out it
was stolen. The police said that they can do
nothing. I get a cab to return home, and when I
leave it, I remember I left my wallet and credit
cards there. The cab driver just drives away."
"I go home, and when I get there, I find a
letter from my wife saying she's tired of me and
gone back to her mother. I leave home, and come
to this cafe. And just when I was thinking about
putting an end to my life...
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