An exuberant and enthusiastic crowd of men, women and
children participated in The Voter's Challenge Democracy Roadshow at
the Gold Coast Mosque on Friday night (8 July).
It was a night of politicians and pizzas as hastily made up
teams took on the names of electoral divisions and pitted themselves against
each other to test their knowledge of electoral and parliamentary terms for
the many prizes on offer.
The Bowman electoral division made up of Hussin
Goss, ImamImraanHusain, HabibJamal,
AbdulLatiefGundru, AhmedGundru and
YunieOmar walked off with the main prize of the night.
The Crescents of Brisbane/AMARAH/ICQ facilitators, Mustafa
Ally, Nora Amath and Mohammed Yusuf wish to thank the
Islamic Society of Gold Coast for their hospitality and assistance in
allowing them to host the workshop in their community hall.
"We also want to offer our sincere thanks to our project coordinator Riffat
Gurderzi, Australian Electoral Commission representatives, Derek
O'Beirne and Caroline D'Allura, OmarIssadeen, ZuleikhaGoss and
our young barista AbdullahZahid," quizmaster, Mustafa Ally
If any community or organization would like The Voter's
Challenge Democracy Roadshow to be held in their area call 0424 829 126
to check availability.
Young Muslim Writers Award (YMWA)
The complete kit for the CCN YMWA can now be
The kit contains details about the awards, the
terms and conditions, entry form and some exemplars to inspire and motivate
our budding authors and poets.
Young Ameer Omar of Brisbane wrote a poem
and produced a video on the recent loss of his grandmother in South Africa.
He was willing to share with CCN readers a very
personal reflection of the high esteem in which he held his Ma and the
immense impact she had on shaping his thoughts and actions as a young man.
The nikah of Riyaad,
youngest son of Mustafa
and Nazima Hansa, and
Aakifah, daughter of
Fayyaz and KhadijaSuleman was performed
at the Kuraby Mosque by Imam
Yusuf Peer last week on
Friday (1 July) after Jumma.
was held at the Runcorn
Function Centre on Friday
night and the walimah on
Sunday (3 July) at the
Riverside Reception Centre.
The couple are presently
honeymooning in Malaysia and
on their return will begin
their lives together in
Everything you wanted to know about the Gold Coast
Imam Imraan Husain has compiled a potted history
of the Gold Coast Mosque and its activities.
Abdelsalam and the Ambassadors at APCS
The 2011 Asia Pacific Cities Summit was held in
Brisbane over the week and IWAQ's Ms Galila Abdelsalam was at the
gala dinner seated alongside Brisbane's Lord Mayor, Graham Quirk, His
Excellency Mr Ali Nasser Alnuaimi. UAE Ambassador (left of photo)
and His Excellency Mr Jeffrey L Blech US Ambassador (right of
Sir Richard Branson, founder of the
Virgin Group and Mayor Rudy Giuliani, Former Mayor of New York City were the
keynote speakers at the conference.
The theme of the Summit was ‘The Business of
Cities’, and over the three days, world-renowned speakers talked about
sustainability, connectivity and managing rapid growth in their cities over
the coming decade.
The Queensland Muslim Welfare Association's
Welfare Shop has a request for furniture from a sister with two young sons
to help her set up house after her recent family breakup.
The items she requires are: a refrigerator,
washing machine, microwave, dining room table with four chairs, TV stand,
book case, futon and a lounge.
The sister in question has only been in Australia for three years, is a new
Muslim and does not have family in Australia.
Contact Janeth Deen on 0435 086 796 if you can assist in any way.
Trip to Christmas Island
Imam Akram (Imam of Kuraby
Mosque) and Imam Ikraam (Imam of Daara Mosque) were invited to
Christmas Island (in the vicinity of the orange circle on map on right)
to attend the 50 year anniversary celebrations of Musjid Taqwa.
The Imams spent five days in Christmas Island
and delivered lectures and workshops on the subjects of youth and social
"The Christmas Island community was very
appreciative of our efforts," Imam Akran told CCN.
The Imams also took the opportunity of leading
the Jumma prayers at the detention center and talking with the refugees.
Muslims Australia (AFIC) president, Ikebal
Patel also joined the celebrations on the Island.
won't seek powers to remove veils
won't seek NSW-style police powers to force Muslim women to remove face
veils during routine car stops.
The NSW powers are aimed at ensuring police can properly identify motorists
and others suspected of committing crimes.
They can now order people to remove any kind of head covering, including
garments such as burkas and niqabs, during routine stops.
Queensland Police Commissioner Bob Atkinson (pictured left) is
content with existing police powers in the state, and believes they're
adequate to deal with identity issues.
"I don't believe personally we need to go down this path in Queensland," he
told ABC Radio today.
"Our legislation is more than adequate, but we will watch with great
interest what they do in NSW.
"I have no intention to ask the Queensland government to do something
The change in NSW follows the case of Sydney
woman Carnita Matthews, who in November 2010 was sentenced to six months'
jail for falsely accusing a police officer of forcibly trying to remove her
Ms Matthews claimed the incident occurred when she was pulled over in June
But the sentence was quashed on appeal last week.
NSW District Court judge Clive Jeffreys ruled there was no evidence to
confirm Ms Matthews filed a criminal complaint against the officer, because
the person who did so was wearing a veil and wasn't positively identified.
Mr Atkinson said Queensland police had the power to search a person, and had
the right to pursue the identity of a person provided they believed an
offence had been committed.
"The situation here is police do have the power to search a person if they
think an offence has been committed or the belief the person may have a
weapon or drugs," he said.
"Our policy says we should respect religious customs of the individual as
"Under the traffic legislation that we have here, the police officer has the
right to try and get evidence of the correctness of a person's name and
Adventurer Yusuf Omar is once again deep in the
heart of Africa.
Accompanied by good friend and University of
Queensland vet student Max Barot they have begun their 8000km expedition
around Southern Africa in their 1979 VW beach buggy nicknamed 'tshabala
sand master' by locals.
Working in his capacity as a reporter for the
Sunday Tribune in Durban, Yusuf plans to document the Namibian seal cull
which sees 90,000 baby cubs clubbed every July.
On Friday he said they were camping on the banks
of the Okavango river bordering Botswana battling sub zero temperatures and
their car catching fire in the Namibian desert.
The boys have also made acquaintances with a
host of Afrikaner mechanics who have proven to be as smart and kind as they
They aim to be back in South Africa by the 18th
Star Night in Brisbane
The Strangers' Tour features comedian, Baba Ali,
poet, Boona Mohammed and scholar, Navaid Aziz.
Tuesday 12th July, 2011, 6:30pm
Venue: Bldg 23 Abel Smith Lecture Theatre, Room 23, St Lucia Campus,
University of Queensland
A great big thank you once again from Runcorn
Heights State School students, their families and
CresCafé always provides us with tea, coffee and
delicious cupcakes for our Harmony Festival.
The Festival showcases our schools 55 different
cultures through food, activities and performances.
It was great to see the Crescents team getting
involved this year in the day’s cultural activities.
Some wonderful drumming, Crescents team!
This year’s festival was again a big success,
raising over $8500.00 for our Harmony House Project.
Insha’Allah we hope to start the construction of
this Multi faith/Community Building at the school
If anyone is interested in helping with this
project, please contact Aisha Dennis on 0402 438
077. We are in need of money donations and
contractors to help with the construction.
Runcorn Heights State School
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Point's Avicenna Academy develops space
Avicenna Academy students Jenna Rifai, from
left, Amalia Hosken, Ayesha Zubair, Heba
Abuzer and Ameer Rifai
USA: When Atlantis takes off on the last
U.S. space shuttle mission Friday, there
will be a few local paramecium on board,
thanks to students at tiny Avicenna Academy.
"It's a wonderful
experience," Principal Amanda Arceo said as
she headed to Kennedy Space Center in
Florida to witness the launch along with
four students who developed the experiment
for the Student Spaceflight Experiment
Heading to a reserved viewing area for the
scheduled 10:26 a.m. launch along with Arceo
are Heba Abuzer, Amalia Hosken, Ayesha
Zubair and Sarah Suleiman.
Abuzer and Jenna Rifai, who recently
completed sixth grade, were the primary
principal investigators, while Hosken,
Zubair, Maria Khan and Sabriya Umrani served
as co-investigators as fifth-graders, and
Suleiman and Ameer Rifai were fourth-grade
Crown Point Community
women can decide what to wear on the soccer
The Iranian national women's soccer team was
banned from an Olympic qualifier because of
its Islamic dress. (June 3, 2011)
CANADA: Just over a kilometre
from where a monument stands honouring
Canada’s “Famous Five” — activists from the
1920s who succeeded in getting women
recognized as legal persons — a soccer game
is scheduled to symbolize a similar
To onlookers, the women gathering at
Major’s Hill Park Thursday afternoon will
appear to be playing a casual game. But what
these women will be doing is showing their
solidarity with the Iranian women’s soccer
team recently banned from taking part in a
qualifying match for the 2012 Olympics on
account of their hijab.
“There’s a whole generation of women who are
becoming marginalized,” asserts Farrah S.
Khan, an artist and activist from Toronto,
and the co-founder of AQSAzine. She is
speaking at this week’s Women’s Worlds
conference in Ottawa, where buzz about the
soccer game is growing. Khan, who has posted
an online video against the ban, argues that
freedom of choice is paramount in the
struggle for gender equality.
“We can find our agency from within our own
faith, but can the West find the ability to
support our rights from within itself?” she
It’s a question that pits a common Western
(often Orientalist) view that Muslim women
are in need of saving, against the emerging
consensus from conferences like this one
that Muslim women are perfectly capable of
making their own choices and have in fact
been doing so for centuries.
Selma Djukic, a Toronto businesswoman and
board director at the Canadian Muslim
Leadership Institute, turns to Islamic
history to find that women have not always
been considered “the muted half of the
community,” as is often portrayed from both
within and beyond the community itself.
— in this
“Muslim women have been intensely engaged in
society, not just in the home but beyond as
well,” Djukic says to a group of women, and
a handful of men, who have come to hear her
speak at the conference.
She points out that
throughout history, Muslim women have
struggled against Islamophobia and sexism in
order to contribute to society, armed with
the conviction that their religion afforded
It’s this message which is most relevant to
both extremists in the Muslim community who
have co-opted the history to argue that
women should not be seen or heard, as well
as to those who believe Muslim women have no
framework for empowerment in a religion they
believe to be fundamentally misogynistic.
Ironically, these two extremes would both
agree that Muslim women in hijab have no
place on the soccer pitch — and therein is
the underlying dynamic at play.
makes historic visit
It is a dream many people may have, but one
very few will ever realise.
The experience of physically entering the
Ka'bah and performing Salaah within the
House of Allah that is beloved to billions
of Muslims, is one that does not come
But this Saturday, it was a dream come true
for a South African scholar whose
educational discourses are well known among
millions of listeners worldwide.Mufti Abdool
Kader (AK) Hoosen, resident Mufti at Channel
Islam International (Cii), was blessed with
this historic opportunity over the weekend
when the Ka'bah was opened for its bi-annual
washing. The ceremony, which is presided
over by the Emir of Makkah, is attended by
invited dignitaries and scholars from around
the Muslim world.
Mufti AK said he was
completely absorbed by the experience and
took full liberty of the 25 minutes he spent
in the Ka'bah to perform 4 Rak'aat of Salaah
and pour his heart out to the Almighty. "On
entering the Ka'bah, one observes 3 pillars
with a green veil above them," he said. "I
performed 2 Rak'aat facing one wall and two
facing another wall.
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KB SAYS: Calzone is a folded
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a normal pizza. You can also fill your calzone with
leftover veggies, or with things that need using up,
mixed with tomatoes and some melting cheese. It's really
tasty whether you serve it hot or cold.
3 cups flour
2 Tab sugar
1 tsp salt
2tsp yeast (10g)
¼ cup oil
½ cup milk and ½ cup water
1. Sift the flour and the salt, then add all
other dry ingredients.
2. Beat the egg and oil and very gently rub
into the dry ingredients.
3. Mix the milk and water and add to the
flour mixture and knead to form a soft
4. Cover the dough and leave to rise until
almost double in size
3 cups of chicken fillet cubed
1 tsp ground cumin (jeeru)
1 tsp salt
¼ cup lemon juice
1 tsp ground green chillies
1 tsp lemon pepper
1 tsp garlic
2 tab olive oil
Heat the olive oil and add all the above and
cook the chicken until tender and then make
a mixture of 1 ¼ cup cold milk and 2 tab
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simmer for a few minutes and then allow it
To make the calzone:
Punch the dough down and then using half the
dough at a time, roll it out, using an 8cm
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green peppers and bake at 180 degrees until
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