Underwood Road Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints hosted an evening
of musical entertainment and food last Saturday night to which members of
local community and religious groups were invited.
Dr John Millar, the Seminary & Institute
Coordinator of the Church told CCN: "Our objective is to build good
relationships with other religious groups, government, civic, business,
educational and other community leaders. To break down the barriers that are
often unspoken, and to lift the profile of the church in the community. We
are anxious to have “friends of the church” and to demonstrate that we, as
church members, are just normal people who have different beliefs."
The first course on the menu was vichyssoise
(leek and potato soup) with “chicken style” stock, so that it had no animal
fats in it. The main course was a German recipe pot roast, made with whole
rumps from the halal butcher at the Big W complex at Underwood with garlic
potatoes and peas.
The desserts were mini pavlovas with raspberries
and raspberry coulis, mini tartlets with either citrus or caramel filling,
chocolate almond truffles, a Hungarian recipe chocolate sponge with
chocolate cream filling and chocolate icing (the cake’s name is Rigo Jansci,
or John Rigo in English) and Austrian almond shortbread crescents.
Those of the Buddhist and Jewish faiths were offered a chilli
lentil dish in place of the meat.
As part of their religion members of the
LDS Church do not drink alcohol, coffee or tea or smoke.
From the CCN
and NadiaOmar are the proud parents of baby Zaeem who
was born last Saturday evening (28 May) at the Maters Mothers Hospital in
Brisbane. Zaeem weighed in at 3.41kg and timed his entrance to coincide with
the arrival of grandparents Omar and AminaKhan who had
only just landed from South Africa. While Zaeem is grandchild number three
for the Khans, he is the first in the family for grandparents Yunie
baby son was born to Aliyah Deen and Zeeshan Rana in Sydney on
5 May. Baby Ibraheem and mother are both well. Proud grandparents
Nizam and NasimDeen welcomed grandchild number 8.
Practice. Learn almost anything—for free!
Khan is an American educator and founder of the Khan Academy, a free online
education platform and not-for-profit organization. He has produced over
2200 videos elucidating a wide spectrum of concepts, mainly focusing on
mathematics and the sciences, in his home. His official channel, 'Khan
Academy' has, as of June 2011, attracted more than 57 million views.
According to the Khan
Academy's website, Salman Khan's parents are Bengali by ethnicity. His
father hails from Barishal of Bangladesh and his mother is from Kolkata of
India. Salman Khan was valedictorian of his high school class (Grace King
High School). Khan holds three degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of
Technology: a BS in mathematics, a BS in electrical engineering and computer
science, and an MS in electrical engineering and computer science. He also
holds an MBA from Harvard Business School.
In late 2004, Khan
began tutoring his cousin, Nadia, in mathematics
over the internet using Yahoo!'s Doodle notepad.
When other relatives and friends sought his
tutelage, he decided it would be more practical
and beneficial to distribute the tutorials on
YouTube where he created an account on 16
November 2006. Their popularity on the video
sharing website and the testimonials of
appreciative students prompted Khan to quit his
job as a hedge fund analyst in late 2009 to
focus on developing his YouTube channel, 'Khan
His videos attracted on average more than 20,000
hits each. Students from around the world have
been attracted to Khan's concise, practical, and
relaxed teaching method.
And he covers an
astonishing array. There are the core subjects
in math -- arithmetic, geometry, algebra,
trigonometry, calculus, and statistics -- and
the de rigueur science offerings, like biology,
chemistry, and physics. But Khan also gives
lessons in Economics of a Cupcake Factory, the
Napoleonic Wars, and the Alien Abduction Brain
Khan outlined his mission as to 'accelerate
learning for students of all ages. With this in
mind, we want to share our content with whoever
may find it useful.' Khan also plans to extend
his 'free school' to cover topics such as
English and History. Programs are being
undertaken to use Khan's videos to teach those
in isolated areas of Africa and Asia. He
delineated his motives:
little effort on my own part, I can empower
an unlimited amount of people for all time.
I can't imagine a better use of my time.
Always wanted to
know what say an IPO is but were too afraid to ask?
Have a crack at this lesson and see how easy
it is to learn something new from a 10 minute
For the full list of
topics at the Khan Academy
The following ABC video clip
looks at the circumstances surrounding the demolition of Brisbane's historic
Bellevue Hotel in midnight 20th April 1979 under police protection during
the Joh Bjelke-Petersen years of Queensland Government.
The destruction of the
Bellevue was a catalyst in changing the way Queenslanders saw and valued
their heritage that ultimately led to the introduction of legislation to
protect heritage buildings.
The video features the Deen Brothers and
Bob Katter with the following quotable quotes:
Deen Brothers' slogan:"All we leave
behind are memories"
construction...better known as demolition"
Bob Katter:"The Deen Brothers were
people who could do hard jobs and get them done. Their appearance and their
name may lead you to believe that they're not Australians but they're the
most Australian people I know, typically Australian and particularly
Australian's of that era."
a Muslim woman have you ever been asked why you’re Muslim, why you wear the
head scarf, if you’re oppressed and, of course, the list goes on?
Have you felt overwhelmed, unsure and confused when trying to come up with
answers? Well, don't feel bad - you're not alone!
Would you like to know how
to answer these questions?
A workshop at the Kuraby Mosque is being planned to help you work through
these questions and formulate responses that are both appropriate and
To assist with preparing for
the workshop the coordinators of the workshop need to know the types of
questions Muslim women are being confronted with in their daily lives be it
at the workplace, social gatherings, meetings, home or even social media..
Cambridge Debate: "This house believes Islam is a threat
to the West"
On Thursday 4th November
2010, the prestigious Cambridge University's Cambridge Union Society (the
oldest student society in the world), held a controversial debate titled
"This House believes that Islam is a threat to the west"
The debate was highly controversial, being widely criticised by student
organisations, for the inviting of Islamophobic speakers, such a Steven
Gash, formerly of SIOE (Stop the Islamification of Europe) - who mounted the
first Harrow anti-Mosque protest. Other invited speakers included renown
former Catholic priest, Idris Tawfik, and Muslim public speaker, Abdullah ul
Andalusi of the Muslim Debate Initiative.
responded to a letter of complaint regarding their story on lbrahim
Siddiq-Conlon which aired on A Current Affair on 9th May 2011.
Put Five Past West End
From The Desk Of
Sunnybank Saints beat West End 5-1 in a one
sided affair at Lister St last night.
The Saints went into the match looking for a big
win as they tried to bounce back into the top
four. Riaz Essof opened the scoring with
a powerful header after some good work down the
right hand side and a pinpoint cross by Irfaan
Amod. Sunnybank made it 2-0 shortly after
courtesy of a long range shot from Mohammed
It was a comfortable first half for The Saints
as they went into the half time break two goals
to the good, and with all the momentum.
West End came out in the second half looking to
find a way back into the game, but Sunnybank
were keen on securing the win, and were piling
on the pressure. Saints came close to scoring on
a few occasions, but the West End goalkeeper was
keeping his team in it. Mohammed Sabdia
bagged his second with another long range effort
that cannoned off the crossbar and into the
Saints made it 4-0 after a fantastic free kick
by Mohammed Sabdia brought up his hat
trick and left the West End keeper with no
chance. West End pulled one back against the run
of play, but was a mere consolation.
Sunnybank Saints sealed off the win with a fifth
deep into the second half thanks to the man who
opened the scoring, Riaz Essof. It was
the midfielders second goal of the game and well
deserved after a fantastic performance in which
he controlled the midfield.
Sunnybank saw out the remaining moments of the
game with some neat possession football as West
End were run off their feet.
The Saints are nor knocking on the door of the
semi finals and are looking to build momentum as
the league table becomes ever tighter.
Saints next match: vs Mansfield Eagles Gold.
Weedon St Field 13:00
On a Wing
and a Prayer: Anver Omar’s Toowoomba Bus Crashes
Sunday 29th May 5.25 am outside Durban City
Hall. Around 15,000 runners face east towards
Pietermaritzburg. Next to them, about 40 Muslims
face North towards Mecca. They are performing
congregational Fijar Salaat (morning prayers).
Yusuf Vahed, one of
the Oasis Crescents' team members, leads the
prayers with the South African National Anthem
playing in the background.
The prayers end just in time for the faithful to
join the seething mass of long distance runners
ready for a 87 km run. Each has qualified for
this starter's lineup by either completing last
year's Comrades or by running a standard 42 km
marathon in the past year.
super confident and bordering on
"By 80 km I’ve forgotten how to tie my shoe
laces. 7 km to go."
He's done at least
2,000 km up and down our Toowoomba hills over
the past year and 400 km in the last 5 weeks
alone. With a downhill 8hrs 50 minutes 2010 run
under his belt and daily runs across Toowoomba’s
steep James Street for good measure the African
inclines to come would be a breeze. After all,
Toowoomba lies on the Great Dividing Range.
The game plan is to
join the 9 hour bus and then with 30 km to go,
kick ahead of it. A “bus” is an experienced
runner with a flag attached. The flag indicates
the time this pacemaker is going to finish in.
So there are 12, 11, 10, 9 and 8 hour busses.
Groups of up to several hundred runners tie
themselves behind the “bus”.
No need to think,
just follow the leader at a regular pace.
Omar keeps up with the 9 hour bus until half way
with a time of four and a half hours. On time
for another 4 and a half hours to the finish and
a sub 9 finish. However, the climb to 700 m
above sea level had by now taken its toll on the
good doctor. The same inclines that had made a
2010 sub 9 finish possible acted in reverse. The
9 hour bus cruises along and Omar waves it a sad
goodbye as his engine blows and the wheels of
his own Toowoomba bus falls off here.
The second half
...is utter torture. He trundles in at 10 hours
Omar wires CCN's
Man-on-the-Mussallah: "The 2011 Comrades has
spoken to me. It said respect me. It picked me
up, smashed me and deflated the ego that failed
to respect a run that had destroyed many before
me. It' sending me back to Toowoomba with my
tail between my legs."
"Although I finished
before the 12 hour cut-off time missing the sub
9 hours still stings. I’ll be back next year for
the down run. And in 2013 I’ll kill that up run
sub 9 beast. Comrades haven’t seen the last of
For Durbanites with friends and family on the
run with Oasis Crescents... the results are
Comrades trivia : The most common
surnames on the run were Naido and Botha. There
were 262 entrants from the UK, 201 from the USA
and 157 from Australia. The average age of the
competitors was around 40 years.
The ANVER OMAR
on how to join next
1) Go to
2) Download the finishers (under 12 hours)
programme. It’s easy. Alternatively there are
plenty of other good training sites, eg go to
3) Start running according to the programme
4) Enter on line for 2012 down run. Entries
start being taken in September 2011. Be quick.
There’s a limit to the number of applicants.
5) Run a qualifying marathon in your home
6) Have the time of your life at Comrades May
2012 Downhill. Pietermaritzburg to Durban.
7) Bask in the Durban winter sun after your run.
Why enter? Embrace a day when you will discover
good will in this country that is without
parallel. Complete strangers along the way will
spur you on calling out your name printed on
your vest as if they were life long friends.
Families camped along the route will offer you
sustenance both mental and digestible as if you
were part of their family. Bond with a
previously unknown individual as you share a few kms. Discover parts of your psychi that you
never knew you had. Go on, download the starters
programme at the Comrades site. See you next
"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."
Here’s the mosque,
And here’s the minara,
Open the doors,
And here’s the jama’a.
Here’s the muezzin,
And here’s the imam,
Saying his prayers
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:
Ahmad ibn Muhammad ibn Kathir al-Farghani,
born in Farghana, Transoxiana, was one
of the most distinguished astronomers in
the service of al-Mamun and his
successors. He wrote "Elements of
Astronomy" (Kitab fi al-Harakat al-Samawiya
wa Jawami Ilm al-Nujum i.e. the book
on celestial motion and thorough science
of the stars), which was translated into
Latin in the 12th century and exerted
great influence upon European astronomy
before Regiomontanus. He accepted
Ptolemy's theory and value of the
precession, but thought that it affected
not only the stars but also the planets.
He determined the diameter of the earth
to be 6,500 miles, and found the
greatest distances and also the
diameters of the planets.
Al-Farghani's activities extended to
engineering. According to Ibn Tughri
Birdi, he supervised the construction of
the Great Nilometer at al-Fustat (old
Cairo). It was completed in 861, the
year in which the Caliph al-Mutawakkil,
who ordered the construction, died. But
engineering was not al-Farghani's forte,
as transpires from the following story
narrated by Ibn Abi Usaybi'a.
had entrusted the two sons of Musa ibn
Shakir, Muhammad and Ahmad, with
supervising the digging of a canal named
al-Ja'fari. They delegated the work to
Al-Farghani, thus deliberately ignoring
a better engineer, Sind ibn Ali, whom,
out of professional jealousy, they had
caused to be sent to Baghdad, away from
al-Mutawakkil's court in Samarra. The
canal was to run through the new city,
al-Ja'fariyya, which al-Mutawakkil had
built near Samarra on the Tigris and
named after himself. Al-Farghani
committed a grave error, making the
beginning of the canal deeper than the
rest, so that not enough water would run
through the length of the canal except
when the Tigris was high. News of this
angered the Caliph, and the two brothers
were saved from severe punishment only
by the gracious willingness of Sind ibn
Ali to vouch for the correctness of al-Farghani's
calculations, thus risking his own
welfare and possibly his life. As had
been correctly predicted by astrologers,
however, al-Mutawakkil was murdered
shortly before the error became
apparent. The explanation given for Al-Farghani's
mistake is that being a theoretician
rather than a practical engineer, he
never successfully completed a
Fihrist of Ibn al-Nadim, written in
987, ascribes only two works to Al-Farghani:
(1) "The Book of Chapters, a summary of
the Almagest" (Kitab al-Fusul,
Ikhtiyar al-Majisti) and (2) "Book
on the Construction of Sun-dials" (Kitab
Jawami, or 'The Elements' as we
shall call it, was Al- Farghani's
best-known and most influential work.
Abd al-Aziz al-Qabisi (d. 967) wrote a
commentary on it, which is preserved in
the Istanbul manuscript, Aya Sofya 4832,
fols. 97v-114v. Two Latin translations
followed in the 12th century. Jacob
Anatoli produced a Hebrew translation of
the book that served as a basis for a
third Latin version, appearing in 1590,
whereas Jacob Golius published a new
Latin text together with the Arabic
original in 1669. The influence of 'The
Elements' on mediaeval Europe is clearly
vindicated by the presence of
innumerable Latin manuscripts in
to it by medieval writers are many, and
there is no doubt that it was greatly
responsible for spreading knowledge of
Ptolemaic astronomy, at least until this
role was taken over by Sacrobosco's
Sphere. But even then, 'The
Elements' of Al-Farghani continued to be
used, and Sacrobosco's Sphere was
evidently indebted to it. It was from
'The Elements' (in Gherard's
translation) that Dante derived the
astronomical knowledge displayed in the
'Vita nuova' and in the 'Convivio'.
Dear CCN Readers
received the following letters on behalf of all
the Muslim brothers and sisters who helped with
donations of money and time in the collection and
distribution of food parcels during the recent
Brisbane/ Ipswich floods.
The Muslim community has been recognized in playing
its part in the flood assistance efforts,
I would like you know that I feel humbled in
receiving the nomination for a Queensland Disaster
Hero Medal on behalf of the community.
Fazal Muhammed Senior Engineer (Civil) | Metropolitan Region
/ Brisbane Office
Assets & Operations Division | Department of
Transport and Main Roads
CCN is an excellent News Bulletin. I always enjoy
reading it. It not only tells me events taking place
in Queensland but also about ones at other places as
well. You are tackling current issues.
I feel it is time
Muslims in Australia should put up a united front
(internal politics will always keep ticking along
among local Muslims) and we should get involved in
Australia's real politics such as starting from
local shires and actively campaigning for those who
we think may support Muslim community Issues.
We should also be
talking about day-to-day issues facing the Muslim
community from the mimbar.
I am needing some
funding assistance for my client, he has been in the
country for 3 and a half months and after just
playing 4 matches he has been selected to play in
Division 2, that is he is playing Top Grade
hockey for The Valley Club.
fees and other expenses are preventing my client
from continuing on in the sport he loves so dearly.
Therefore I am
requesting help from anybody or know of
someone/agency that would provide urgent financial
support to pay for club fees, uniform and hockey
stick and travel expenses.
My client has
explored other options such as requesting advance
payment from Centrelink, asking friends and family
in Afghanistan but has had little success.
My client needs his
club fees paid ASAP valued at $500.00 in order for
him to be enrolled. The other items can wait for the
time being. I believe my client will be an excellent
role model for others.
Case Management Team Leader
Multicultural Development Association
Phone: (07) 3337 5400 | Direct: (07) 3337 5465
Mobile: 0432680432 | Fax: (07) 3337 5444
Secret Affairs: Britain's Collusion with Radical
a detailed historical journey, Mark Curtis
charts Britain's intimate involvement in the
promotion of Muslim individuals and Islamic
states as tools for its own imperial ambitions.
It used Islam in a blatant divide-and-rule
tactic from the time of the Raj onwards and
Curtis amply demonstrates a continuous and
intimate marriage of convenience between Britain
and various Islamic forces over three centuries.
After Britain's long-time support of the Ottoman
Empire as a bulwark against Tsarist Russia and
to protect its East Indian trade routes it soon
sought alternative allies once the Turks had
unexpectedly entered the first world war on the
side of Germany. Britain then proceeded to find
a suitable and subservient proxy from among the
tribal groups of central Arabia.
In the1920s it discovered Ibn Saud as an ideal
candidate for leadership and gave him sole
control over Saudi Arabia.
He proceeded to assert this in one of the most
bloody repressions the region had experienced,
killing over 40,000 Arab tribesmen and women and
amputating the limbs of 350,000 more.
This led to the complete domination of the Saud
family in the region to this day and assured
Britain of a steady flow of oil and the family's
complete support from Britain in the maintenance
of its brutal and obscurantist regime.
It also led to the spread of the divisive and
backward-looking faction of Islam called
Wahabism - the founding ideology of modern
Throughout the region Britain has always propped
up elements of the ruling classes against the
democratic and nationalist aspirations of the
Curtis provides a long list of such tactics from
Egypt, Afghanistan and Persia to Turkmenistan.
This history is little known and rarely
discussed in academic circles and it will come
as a surprise to many to see how Britain has
meddled in Islamic affairs over such a long and
And, although it would be foolish to blame
Britain solely for the present resurgence of
Islamic extremism or terrorism, it is certainly
not the innocent bystander it paints itself.
Britain has continuously provided covert support
to Muslim guerrilla forces to counteract the
spread of Soviet influence in Persia, Turkey and
Afghanistan, as well as in Kosovo.
Curtis concludes with the present day chaos in
Iraq and Afghanistan, showing how Britain and
the US are very much to blame for what
unravelled there even before they chose to
He names the "heroic" Afghan guerilla leaders
who fought Soviet forces and who were backed and
armed by Britain and the US only to then set up
the Taliban regime and become "the enemy."
Pakistan was also given massive military and
financial support over many years as a bulwark
against Soviet influence in the region and to
counteract India, seen as pro-Soviet and
unreliable. This policy and Pakistan's
involvement in Afghanistan has also contributed
to the present political instability and
This is a fascinating, well written and
And it is a must-read for anyone who wishes to
better understand the rise of Islamic
fundamentalism and Britain's key role in its
KB SAYS: This is a
favourite recipe of Ayesha Peer which we all enjoy. It's
easy to make and can be frozen and re-heated for when
you need it. This will also make for delicious savouries
during the month of Ramadaan.
500g ground chicken breast meat, washed and
300g mash potatoes
Chopped green dhunia (coriander leaves)
2 tsp ground green chillies
2 Tab Chana Flour
2 tsp coarse dhana
1tsp ground jeero
1tsp Baking Powder
1. Mix all the
ingredients together, the mixture will be
2. Take a tablespoon of the mixture, place
into breadcrumbs and form a cutlet.
3. Place on a hot griddle which has been
smeared with ghee, brown on either side
until the meat is cooked.
4. Serve warm with chutneys.
All questions sent in are published here anonymously
and without any references to the author of the
The CCN Chuckle
boy was standing on the corner of the street
with a large pile of papers, shouting, "Read all
about it. Twenty five people cheated. Twenty
five people cheated."
Nasruddin walked over, bought a paper, and
checked the front page.
What he saw
was yesterday's paper.
Nasruddin said, "Hey, this is an old paper,
where's the story about the big swindle?"
newspaper boy ignored him and went on yelling
out, "Read all about it. Twenty six people
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Events and Functions
annual event has been
organized mainly to
raise funds for the
running cost and
maintenance of the Gold
Coast Mosque. More than
3000 people attended
last year’s 2010
festival and $55,000 was
the International Food
Festival will include an
children’s activities, a
variety of delicious
food from 15 different
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