Tahir-ul-Qadri arrives in Sydney and speaks in NSW
Delivering Lecture at
NSW Parliament on Monday 11th July
Dr. Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri arrived in Sydney this week and
addressed community leaders, ministers, politicians, policy makers, senior
scholars and religious leaders at the NSW Parliament House at the invitation
of Hon. Shaoquett Moselmane MLC.
Dr Tahir-ul-Qadri is on a month long visit of Australia where
he will deliver several public lectures including one in Sydney on 16th
July, Melbourne on 23rd July, and three in Brisbane starting on 29 July, on
the topics of peace, integration, harmony, interfaith relations, and
The Hon. Shaoquett Moselmane, MLC, thanked Dr Tahir-ul-Qadri
for accepting his invitation and delivering the lecture at the NSW
Parliament and presented to him a certificate of appreciation. Dr
Tahir-ul-Qadri also presented a copy of his recently launched 500-page
decree ‘Fatwa on Terrorism & Suicide Bombings’ to several members of the
parliament and the legislative council.
More information about his visit and schedule of his lectures
can be found at
Check the CCN Date Claimer for the Brisbane dates.
Presenting a copy of
his book on Fatwa on Terrorism and
Suicide Bombings to Rev Dr. Patrick J
Melnerney from Columban Mission
Sheikh Ahmed Suleman Khatani of Durban, South Africa was down
in Queensland this week where he gave his lectures to packed audiences at a
number of local mosques including Kuraby Mosque on Wednesday night
Sheikh Khatani is persona non grata in the USA and the
granting of his visa to visit Australia was not without its hitches.
You can listen to one of his lectures
here entitled "our focus in life".
Voter's Challenge: THE FINAL ROADSHOW
The last in the series of highly
successful and informative democracy workshops
will be held at the Darra Mosque next Friday 22
July starting at 5.30pm immediately after magrib.
If you have not been fortunate
enough to have been at any one of the previous
Voter's Challenges then this is your last chance
to come along with a team of 5 for a guaranteed
memorable evening of fun, enlightenment and
entertainment. Come along even if you can't make
up a team. There's an electorate waiting for
There will be prizes throughout
the evening and a chance to win an iPad.
And there’s great food, cakes,
snacks and excellent coffee.
"We want to finish off our final Voter's Challenge trivia
night at Darra with a grand finale!", event coordinator, Ms Riffat Gurdezi,
passing of Moulana Patel
Islamic scholar Hazrat Moulana Yunus Patel has passed away on
Tuesday 12 July in Makkatul Mukarramah.
He had suffered a heart attack in the haram.
CCN has received numerous emails remembering his sincerity
and deep-hearted desire to connect people with their creator and recognizing
him as "a giant amongst South African Ulema and the epitome of piety and
"The emphasis of Moulana Patel's teachings was moral and
spiritual reformation and purification."
Maulana Yunus Patel was born in 1945 in the KwaZulu-Natal
town of Stanger.
He was instrumental in establishing the first offices of the
Jamiatul Ulama (KZN) becoming its secretary general and later its president.
A website dedicated to his lectures and books can be found
The West Australian
took selective statements out of the Herald article and reported them
under the heading: Imams call for sharia law in Australia.
In response, the Imams wrote a strongly worded letter of
objection to the West Australian:
"We were appalled at your recent headline 'Imams call for Sharia law in
Australia', which is sensational and does not reflect the views of Imams as
published in the Herald Sun. In the original interviews the Imams agreed
that many of Shari’ah Laws are already met by Australian laws. No Imam
called for Shari’ah laws in Australia as you have falsely propagated.
Instead, Imams suggested that in matters dealing with finance and marriage
Australian law can accommodate certain religious requirements. Disputing
parties in Australia have the right to a variety of arbitration tribunals,
and an Islamic arbitration for civil matters could be an option, as is the
beth din, the religious courts of Australia's Jewish community. It is our
concern that your sensationalisation will create fear and hate toward
Australian Muslims, instead of helping building bridges of understanding."
ABC's Media Watch has also been notified.
By Jaaved Khatree
Over 130 people attended the MBN Trivia Night held at the
Runcorn Function Centre on Saturday 2nd July.
This year's quiz master was Dr Halim Rane who has been doing a stellar job
for MBN in this particular role.
Questions were set by Jaaved Khatree and were lauded as being
the 'best and fairest' set of questions for a trivia night. However, some
teams were found to be racking their brains during the IT category (what do
you expect from a question setter who works in IT?!). From Islam to
Australiana to The Human Body and Queensland, the questions were vast and
varied, providing a unique mix of challenges.
The winning team, Baitul Hiqma has won the MBN Trivia Night for three years
running and this year, narrowly beat winners of MBN's first trivia night,
Al-Andalus by just one point.
The night was full of fun and laughter and the biggest highlight was an
entry made by Academy of Kids - a 10-strong team of...well, school kids!
They did well amidst the competition and have earned a lot of respect from
the more senior teams around. We were fortunate enough to also have David
Forde attend and participate as part of Team Amazulu.
MBN will once again be hosting its annual trivia night in 2012 - we invite
everyone to lock in their teams now! You've got a year to brush up on your
Salim Rane, Fadzilah
Abdul-Salam, Les Wilson, Usama Rane,
Coming up on the ABC's Q&A 18 July
Tony Jones has made way for Virginia Trioli this Monday.
Joining Virginia on the panel:
Oxford mathematician and Christian, John Lennox
Documentary filmmaker, John Safran
Palestinian-Australian author, Arwa El Masri
Humanist and feminist, Eva Cox
Pentecostal scholar, Dr Jacqui Grey
It’s a change of pace for Q&A when it tackles the big
philosophical issues, so what’s your question....?
About the panelists:
Arwa El Masri is a Palestinian–Australian author.
Her book, Tea with Arwa: A Memoir of Food, Faith and Finding a Home in
Australia, is an autobiographical account that touches on safety, love and
Born in Saudi Arabia, she is the daughter or Palestinian migrants. As a
child she lived in America and spent time with her extended family in Syria.
Just before her ninth birthday her parents came to Australia and settled in
the regional town of Grafton.
Finishing school she enrolled in the University of Western Sydney and later
met her future husband, the former rugby league player, Hazem El Masri.
John Lennox is Professor of Mathematics at the
University of Oxford and Fellow in Mathematics and Philosophy of Science at
Green Templeton College, University of Oxford.
Possessing doctorates from Oxford, Cambridge, and the University of Wales,
he travels widely speaking on the interface between science and religion.
John has debated skeptics ranging from Christopher Hitchens and Richard
Dawkins to Victor Stenger and Michael Shermer. He is in Australia to debate
Professor Peter Singer (at Melbourne Town Hall, July 20) on the topic, “Is
There A God?”.
He is the author of God’s Undertaker: Has Science Buried God?, God and
Stephen Hawking, and Gunning for God.
"Arwa if Muslim clerics were to explain to mainstream
Australia through the media that niqabs and burkas are cultural from various
countries and are not part of religion and even hijabs are not compulsory
that may take the sting out of religious intolerance aspects of most TV
"To the panel: Prof. Stephen Hawking, in his book, 'The
Grand Design' opined that "given the presence of gravity, a universe will
create its self from 'nothing'". Given that 'god' has previously always been
used to explain those things that couldn't be naturally explained, and the
"creation" of the universe has now been naturally explained, where is god
"To the panel: There are some 38,000 sects of
Christianity, 150 sects of Islam and over 300 sects of Judaism which
currently exist in the world today. Which one is correct?"
"Why are the feminists saying nothing about honour murders
and female genital mutilation. Do feminists regard muslim girls unworthy of
human rights, or is the well being of females too low on the feminist agenda
I don't feel comfortable with getting spiritual with Arwa
Elmasri, I much prefer a shaykh or teacher of the religion of some sort
comes on the panel to answer questions regarding Islam in the 21st
century...wouldn't that be a good idea??"
Question to Arwa: What are your Islamic credentials beside
just namely being a Muslim, and what/who gives you the right to answer
extensive spiritual questions regarding the religion Islam?
Have you completed an Islamic shariah course of such in the past or present?
or is it just basically what your mother and husband taught you? As I have
learnt that in Islam, one must be equipped with knowledge in order to
John, my Dad says "If there's a God, why is there so much
pain and suffering in the world?" My view is "If there isn't a God why is
there so much beauty and joy in the world? How do you reconcile the two
Amongst the many activities and stalls on show will be the
Queensland Muslim Welfare Association Inc which will be running a Monster
Trash and Treasure Stall in the hall of the Australian International Islamic
College at their 9th Annual Fete on 24 July 2011.
The fete starts at 10.30 am, so be there early to grab a
bargain! All proceeds will be donated to the school
an interest in engineering
Abdel-Magied (pictured in the front
row) told CCN: I would really love to
see more students from the Muslim community
get involved next year inshallah!
A group of talented and socially aware engineering students
from The University of Queensland and members from Youth Without Borders
showed their commitment to the community recently at the Spark Engineering
Camp, held on July 4-8.
The camp is an initiative of Youth Without Borders and allows high school
students from migrant, refugee, indigenous, low socio-economic and otherwise
disadvantaged backgrounds to experience university life and learn about
engineering as a profession.
Youth Without Borders President and fourth year Mechanical Engineering
student at UQ, Yassmin Abdel-Magied, said the Spark Engineering Camp
was intended to show high school students where an engineering degree can
“The camp is for those students who wouldn't usually get a chance to attend
this type of program, or those who have the potential to come to university
and study engineering but haven't considered it as an option,” she said.
In the five-day camp, hosted by UQ and Youth Without Borders, students took
part in forum discussions, networked with UQ engineering graduates and
current students, and participated in ‘field' visits such as a trip to
Dreamworld and a Story Bridge climb.
“The camp has succeeded far beyond my expectations; the sponsorship, the
students who attended and their level of engagement with the program, and
the personal growth for all involved has been truly uplifting,” said Ms
“Every single one of the students stated in their feedback forms that the
camp had encouraged them to pursue studies in engineering, something that
wasn't the case at the beginning of the camp,” she said.
“To have students from all walks of life considering a university option due
to Spark is a heart warming result indeed. For many, this would make them
the first in their families to go to university.”
Executive Dean of the Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and Information
Technology, Professor Graham Schaffer said UQ was a proud to partner of
Youth Without Borders.
“We are extremely pleased with the outcome of the Spark Engineering Camp,
and are proud to partner with Youth Without Borders to offer this program,
which promotes equity by providing these high school students with an
opportunity to experience university life that they would otherwise not
have,” he said.
Islamic Museum of
Australia based in Melbourne is a community foundation with the vision
of establishing a leading cultural institution to showcase and preserve the
arts, history, culture and rich heritage that Islam and Muslim societies
have brought to the world and more importantly Australia.
The centre will provide educational and cross-cultural experiences and
showcase the artistic and cultural heritage of Muslims in Australia and in
Muslim societies abroad.
It aims to foster community harmony and facilitate an understanding of the
values and contributions of Muslims to Australian society.
The board of directors includes Mrs Maysaa Fahour
(Chairperson), Mr Moustafa Fahour, Mrs Sherene Hassan,
Ms Anisa Buckley, Mrs Dionnie Fahour, Mr Asad Ansari with Mr Ahmed Fahour as
The Griffith Islamic Research Unit conducted a day-long
workshop on leadership in Islamic organizations last Sunday (10 July).
Some 15 community leaders and Imams took part in the
programme facilitated by Professor Ken Parry and GIRU PhD candidate Nezar
Participants were able to reflect upon and share the actual
experiences that they have had within their own organizations and learnt how
their personalities affected the way in which they conduct their leadership.
flock to Makkah and Madinah ahead of Ramadan
Riyadh: With the Holy Month of Ramadan around the corner, the
flow of Umrah pilgrims to the holy cities of Makkah and Madinah has gained
momentum. The annual Umrah season reaches its climax during Ramadan as many
Muslims are keen to grab the rewards of performing the lesser pilgrimage
during the holy month. Moreover, a large number of families in the Kingdom
as well as other GCC and Arab states prefer to spend a part of their current
summer vacation in the vicinity of Islam’s holiest shrines. All these
factors have contributed to a huge increase in the number of pilgrims in the
current season, according to sources at Umrah service companies.
There has been an increase of 9 per cent in the number of Umrah pilgrims
reaching 621,000 in June (Rajab) comparing with 571,602 in the previous
month. The number of pilgrims came by air shot up 68 per cent with a total
of 2,145,737 during the current year, comparing with the same period last
year where as there was an increase of 17 per cent and one percent in the
number of those came by road (531,198) and by sea (28,860) respectively.
Pilgrims from Iran topped the list of Umrah pilgrims reached the holy city
in the current Umrah season that started on January 19 (Safar 15). At least
663,558 Iranians performed Umrah this year and this makes up 21.17 per cent
of the total Umrah pilgrims who came to the Kingdom to perform the lesser
pilgrimage. Egyptians, 374,480 in number, came second, while Turks (342,375)
and Pakistanis (331,662) came next to them. They were followed by pilgrims
from Indonesia (229,110), Jordan (197,057), Iraq (198,975), India (168,013),
Syria (142,828) and Malaysia (101,362). Another 384,837 pilgrims
representing various nationalities also reached the Kingdom during the
It is expected that nearly 30 percent of the total Umrah pilgrims in the
current season would arrive within one month from mid Sha’ban (July 16)
until the second half of Ramadan, according to sources at Umrah service
The Ministry of Haj reported an increase of 34 per cent in the number of
Umrah pilgrims this year comparing with the same period last year. It said
Saudi missions abroad have reported issuing 3.6 million Umrah visas during
the period. Officials of Umrah service companies have been skeptical about
the success of the current season as many would-be pilgrims were not able to
travel due to political turmoil in some Arab countries. They are, however,
optimistic now that the number may cross the figure of four million pilgrims
Meanwhile, the hospitality sector in Makkah and Madinah geared up to cope
with the huge flow of pilgrims with the advent of the holy fasting month.
Almost all the hotels in Makkah and Madinah, especially those in the Central
Haram Area, are struggling to reserve rooms and accommodate the increased
number of pilgrims. Speaking to Gulf News, the hotel industry sources said
that the hotel occupancy rate in Madinah exceeded 80 per cent. The rush was
mainly attributed to the coincidence of this year’s summer vacation in the
Kingdom and many other GCC and Arab states with the advent of Ramadan.
Tala’t Ilyas, executive director of Ilyas Company for Haj and Umrah
Services, said the hotel accommodation charges would not exceed more than 20
percent this year. “A three-bed room would cost 160-200 riyals at our hotels
with three or four star facilities in the Central Haram Area,” he said.
Ilyas Company has the capacity to receive about 250,000 - 300,000 Umrah
pilgrims in their 13 hotels situated in the Central Haram Area in Madinah.
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program (MDA’s Get Set for Work program
is targeted at disengaged young people from a
refugee or migrant background).
seeking referrals for its next
intake which commences on the 18th
participating in the program, young people will
build confidence and resilience, develop
employability and job-search skills, and build
on important life-skills.
program also features 8 weeks of accredited
training (including 2 weeks of work experience)
in retail (Certificate II level). The program is
free to participants and is also an eligible
option for young people to meet their compulsory
participation obligations (i.e. they are
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Aged 15-19yrs old
Arrived in Australia as
a refugee or migrant
Disengaged from school,
employment or vocational training
Volunteers Needed to work with Muslim Refugee
I have another 14 families who desperately need
volunteers and each family needs one or two
Male and female
volunteers are needed for a variety of roles. Anyone
over the age of 18 can become a registered
volunteer. Volunteers don't have to be Muslim - ask
your friends too if they're interested..
These families are originally from Burma. 15 to 20
years ago they fled from Burma and lived in a
refugee camp in Bangladesh. Recently with the
assistance of UNO they came to Australia. Their
language is Rohingya (Burmese), religion Islam and
learning English at the moment.
Some of them are living on the South side and others
are living on the North side.
While our resident chef is away over
the next few weeks on Umrah, CCN's Editor-in-Chief plans
to fill the void with a few tips from his very own
"surviving as a bachelor" collection of 'recipes' that
is seeing him through the cold wintry days starting with
his favourite - a sweet and crunchy lunch.......
and Alfresco Salad
1 Alfresco salad mix from
can of tuna
1. Toss the salad mix
into a bowl
2. Add the quartered
tomatoes, sliced cucumbers, onions and
No time for the gym? Then snack on
exercise opportunities throughout your day… incorporate
some accidental exercise wherever possible.
The all important school run, work deadlines, meal
preparations, family gatherings, grocery shopping and
housework of course, are all contributors to our
time-poor lives we lead these days.
In a recent Australian study, lack of
time was the number one obstacle to exercise. So while
you’re busy doing other things during your day, try to
simultaneously do wonderful things for your body and
overall health – accidentally on purpose, if you like.
Almost every facet of modern life can include
fat-burning, muscle-toning and mood-boosting exercises.
The great thing is that building up these exercise
spurts throughout your day will make a significant
difference to your health and body shape.
It’s about using the stairs, getting off
the bus one stop earlier or walking to the local shops
instead of hopping into your car. The trick is to always
be prepared for exercise – wear comfy shoes (or keep
your joggers in your car), so you will be more likely to
walk whenever possible.
Be the best that you can be by changing
your mindset – don’t think of it as having to exercise,
just move and enjoy yourself!
As a nation, we’re heavier than our predecessors, and
our children are on track to tip the scales even
further, unless we start moving more and making a
FIND YOUR FIVE TOP CALORIE-BURNING EVERYDAY ACTIVITIES
and aim to burn at least 840kj (200 calories) a day:
Dr. Nazir Mahomed, well known
dentist and previously at Compton Road Dental in
Runcorn, wishes to advise that as of 11th
July 2011 he will be practising at:
Choice Dental Browns Plains
Shop 10 Plains Junction Shopping
(opposite Grand Plaza Shopping
28 Browns Plains Road
Tel: 07 3809 3320
He looks forward to continuing
care for those patients who have loyally
supported him these past 30 years. New patients
are most welcome.
He will be working late evenings
and on Saturdays for your convenience, and would
appreciate continued valued referrals.
He will continue to bulk bill
patients referred by their medical practitioners
who qualify for Dental Treatment under Medicare
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