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Sunday, 29 January 2012

 Newsletter 0377



Community Service Awards


A number of community service awards were presented to members of the local Muslim community on Australia Day in recognition of their voluntary services to the community.


Amongst the awardees in Brisbane were Mr Farouk Adam (President of the Muslim Business Network), Ms Janeth Deen (president of the Queensland Muslim Welfare Association), and Mr Hussin Goss  (President of Islamic Society of Gold Coast) was a finalist in the Gold Coast City Council Gold Coast Citizen of the Year.


Mr Hussain Baba, the secretary of the Islamic Society of Gold Coast, told CCN: "Haji Hussin Goss was nominated for the Gold Coast Citizen of the year award in recognition of his services to the community and especially for his efforts in organising and delivering of aid to flood victims during the Queensland floods last year. His contribution to the public has raised the profile of the Islamic Society of Gold Coast as the Society was praised several times during the presentation ceremony and also through the radio broadcast."


Mr Farouk Adam, seen with Mr Graham Perrett, MP for Moreton, adds another accolade to his collection alongside his 2011 Hagi Ebrahim/Crescents of Brisbane Special Achievement Award

Mr Hussin Goss is acknowledged at the Friday afternoon prayer at the Gold Coast Mosque

Free course via telecast


Knowledge Without Barriers is a direct response to the contemporary challenge Muslims are facing globally regarding access to authoritative and sound knowledge in Sacred Sciences.


Accessibility is affected twofold: financial inability, and confusion arising from unauthoritative and divergent information widely available via the internet and popularised bookstores.


To address these challenges the Alghazzali will be hosting a 12 week free Islamic telecast course.

The first telecast class based on Imam Ghazzali's book Mizaan Al-Amal (Balanced Criterion of Action) will begin on Friday 3 February 2012.

Date: Every Friday, starting Friday 3 February 2012, for 12 weeks Time: 6:30pm - 8:30pm Venue: Rochedale Masjid (venue may change, participants will informed accordingly)

About the Course:
In this book, Imaam Ghazzali explains the criteria for judging human actions to be right or wrong. This criterion is needed for one's spiritual journey which can only proceed with the help of striving to do the right actions while striving to avoid the wrong actions. These actions do not just include the outer actions of the limbs but also the inner actions of the heart and soul of the spiritual traveller.

The course will be taught by Imaam Afroz Ali based in Sydney, and will be telecast live to many locations including Brisbane. If you are interested in attending this course in Brisbane, please contact mkhatree@gmail.com. The course is free but donations are encouraged in order to support the Knowledge Without Barriers initiative.


For more information visit: http://alghazzali.org/events/support-us-what-is-kwb.

Rodney Hogg sorry for Australia Day Muslim tweet


FORMER cricketer Rodney Hogg has apologised for an offensive Australia Day tweet aimed at Muslims, saying it was a poor attempt at Aussie humour.


At about midday on Australia Day, the ex-fast bowler wrote on his Twitter account, @RMHogg: "Just put out my Aussie flag for Australia Day but I wasn't sure if it would offend Muslims... so I wrote 'Allah is a s---' on it to make sure.''


He apologised about two hours later, writing: "Bad attempted Australian humour, sorry if I offended you.''


The original tweet was deleted shortly after.


He refused to comment to the Herald Sun, only repeating that "it was a bad attempt at humour''.


He later took to Twitter to apologise for a second time.


"My sincere apologies to the Muslim community. A stupid tweet by me in very bad taste," it read.


Cricket Australia said it was shocked by Hogg's attempt at humour.

"I almost fell off my chair when I saw it (the tweet) come up," CA spokesman Peter Young said.

"It was an extraordinarily offensive tweet. It was inappropriate regardless of whether it Australia Day or not.


Islam I'm disappointed firstly that he assumes Muslims would be offended by displaying the Australian flag, it's a complete misconception and it's sickening to assume that we are offended by any Australian symbolism. 


Mohammed El-Leissy

"I do note that he has withdrawn that and apologised."

Islamic Council of Victoria community engagement officer Mohammed El-Leissy said he was disappointed by the comment which reinforced misconceptions about Muslims.

"I'm disappointed firstly that he assumes Muslims would be offended by displaying the Australian flag, it's a complete misconception and it's sickening to assume that we are offended by any Australian symbolism,'' he said.

"Australia Day does get hijacked by bigots, and instead of being a day when we celebrate our common bond to this land it can be used as a day to divide us.

"His comment about Allah is offensive and it's disappointing that someone with a public profile like that would go out on a day like today when Muslims are trying to celebrate with their fellow Australians and make hateful comments.''

Hogg's tweet also sparked an angry backlash in the twittersphere.

Ray S'noi @ozthai wrote: "You don't have to agree / follow someone else's religion but at least have the common decency to show some RESPECT'' and "Hogg , you are an ill mannered BIGOT''.

Anth @anth0888 tweeted: "You're a total w----r! That isn't Australian humor, it's racist & ignorant trash. Are you that dumb??? #stupidity #unaustralian''

Source: Courier Mail

New Aussies on Australia Day






On Australia Day, the Lions Club of Kuraby hosted their annual Citizenship Ceremony at Runcorn that was the second biggest ceremony in Brisbane after the Lord Mayor's.


Included in this year's ceremony were Sheikh Tahir, Sumera Tahir, Abdur Rahman Tahir (aged 4) and Wajeeha Tahir (aged 6) who were with the MC for the ceremony David Forde from the Lions Club of Kuraby

In pictures: The History of the Hajj


Over the next few weeks, CCN will post images from a new exhibition at the British Museum in London that traces the history of the Hajj:


The Hajj - or pilgrimage to Mecca - is one of the five pillars of Islam. All Muslims who are able are required to undertake it at least once in their lifetime.

ISOSS Elects a New President



The 11th biennial Islamic Countries Conference on Statistical Sciences (ICCS-11) has elected Professor Ali S Hadi of The American University of Cairo (AUC), Egypt as the new President of the Islamic Counties Society of Statistical Sciences (ISOSS).


He became the President-elect in December 2009. He takes over the role of President from Professor Shahjahan Khan, University of Southern Queensland, Australia who held the position from 2005 to 2011.


Ali is currently a Distinguished University Professor and a former Vice Provost at AUC. He was also a former Head of the Department of Social Statistics at Cornell University, USA where he is currently a Stephen H. Weiss Presidential Fellow and Professor Emeritus.


Get a taste of of political life 


The YMCA Queensland Youth Parliament is looking for enthusiastic, passionate and committed young people from all kinds of backgrounds to stand up for their communities as Queensland Youth Parliamentarians.


Participants receive training and support to help them stand up and make a difference so no experience is necessary.

Nominations can be submitted online. More information and nomination forms can be found at http://www.ymcaqyp.org/



The YMCA Queensland Youth Parliament has been run by young people for young people for well over a decade and has provided an apolitical environment where participants can engage with community issues as youth representatives. As well as providing an important link for Youth to influence Government, QYP is a fantastic opportunity for participants to improve confidence through interacting with participants of varying backgrounds and opinions.

Australia seeks Muslim spies


Sydney - The head of Australia's domestic spy agency said he was seeking more recruits from new migrant communities, particularly among Muslims, to combat the dangers of an attack on home soil.

David Irvine, chief of the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (Asio), said there was a "real and persistent threat" of a local extremist attack, with a "worrying trend of home-grown terrorism".

There had been three major plots foiled in the past decade which "would have been the work of home-grown groups, with little or no direct contact with al-Qaeda or its overseas affiliates", with 23 convictions for extremist crimes.

While symbolic, Irvine said the deaths in 2011 of Osama bin Laden and Yemeni-American imam Anwar al-Awlaki had done little to diminish the dangers, and deepening ties with Australia's many and diverse ethnic groups was key.


"Asio needs to recruit more people from within our newly arrived migrant communities," Irvine said in a rare public speech in Sydney on Tuesday night.

"Connected to this is the need for Asio to develop even better outreach into our different ethnic communities, particularly Australian Muslim communities."

But he stressed that Islam was not the enemy, also urging Australians as a whole to refrain from blaming particular groups for a "tiny number of misfits or malcontents" among them.

"My constant message to our valued Islamic community is very simple: 'Asio is not against Islam,' it is against terrorism; against terrorism that kills both Muslims and non-Muslims alike," Irvine said.

"To achieve our common goal of a safe and harmonious community, we need to work with you."

He cited the twin attacks in Norway by anti-Islamist Anders Behring Breivik as a reminder that "the threat to our people can come from different directions, and in different guises - even from those who are blonde and blue eyed".

The spy chief conceded that it was "not always easy" to build trust within migrant groups when "many of those communities come from countries where there may have been good reason to be deeply afraid of intelligence services".

"Ultimately, however, many potential terrorist developments are avoided because Asio and law enforcement are able to work with the communities, on the basis of mutual trust and understanding," Irvine said.

"A large number of Asio's intelligence leads come from within the community."


Source: news24

Muslim Welfare Shop request


A refrigerator and microwave is required for a young lady from Africa. At present she is sharing a unit with another young lady who is about to move out and take her furniture with her. The young Muslim lady is finishing a work contract and is unsure if she will have work at the end of the contract. She need to furnish her unit. If anyone can help out, please call Janeth Deen on 0435 086 796.

The World's Most Influential Muslims in 2011


There are over 1.6 billion Muslims in the world today, making up approximately 23% of the world's population, or more than one-fifth of mankind.


The Muslim500 publication is part of an annual series that provides a window into the movers and shakers of the Muslim world. It gives valuable insight into the different ways that Muslims impact the world, and also shows the diversity of how people are living as Muslims today.

The 2011 lists the world's most influential Muslims who have impacted on their community, or on behalf of their community. Influence is: any person who has the power (be it cultural, ideological, financial, political or otherwise) to make a change that will have a significant impact on the Muslim World. The impact can be either positive or negative. The influence can be of a religious scholar directly addressing Muslims and influencing their beliefs, ideas and behaviour, or it can be of a ruler shaping the socio-economic factors within which people live their lives, or of artists forming popular culture.

Over the coming weeks, CCN will publish a personality selected from the list:


No. 5

H.E. Grand Ayatollah Hajj Sayyid Ali Khamenei
Supreme Leader of the Islamic Republic of Iran


Grand Ayatollah Khamenei is the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Republic of Iran. He was born in Mashhad in the far north east of Iran, and studied in the leading Iranian religious seminary in Qom, before becoming involved in the struggle with the Pahlavi Regime in the sixties and seventies. He has vocally supported most of the unrest in the Arab World, likening it to the Iranian Revolution. However, he continues to support the Syrian government crackdown on its own people.


Champion of Iranian Solidarity
Although Khamenei was initially criticized for endorsing the June 2009 re-election of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, he has been acclaimed for his response to the post-election turmoil. He ordered the closing of the Kahrizak detention centre in response to reports of prisoner abuse and death. Most recently, he has called for solidarity within Iran, in light of the 31st anniversary of the Islamic Republic on February 11, 2010. He is a strong advocate of Iran’s nuclear program.

Supreme Leader, Velayat-e Faqih

Khamenei’s current influence stems from his powerful position as a religious leader, which gives him a unique role in political affairs. His job is to enact the Velayat-e Faqih—the guardianship of the jurist. In real terms this means a system where scholars of fiqh (Islamic jurisprudence) have a controlling say in the political affairs of the state. The rule of the jurist was a concept created by Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, based on ideas that have run through Iranian political history since the time of Shah Ismail— who was the first to make Shi‘a Islam the national religion of Iran. It was conceived in a battle against oppression as a way of safeguarding the Iranian nation from tyranny; giving the final say in all matters to a group of religious scholars, the Council of Guardians. This Council is headed by a chief arbitrator—the Supreme Leader.


Leader of Shi‘a Revolution
Khamenei gains much of his influence in Iran from his role as a leader of the Islamic Revolution in Iran. The Islamic Republic of Iran was forged out of the 1979 Revolution. Combating what many saw as the tyrannical rule of the Shah, Khamenei joined the Society of Combatant Clergy that staged demonstrations mobilizing many of the protests leading to the Shah’s overthrow.
After the revolution in 1979, Khamenei was one of the founding members of the Islamic Republic Party, and a member of the assembly of experts that was responsible for drafting Iran’s new constitution.

Sunni-Shia Reconciliation
On September 2, 2010 Khamenei issued a historic fatwa banning the insult of any symbol that Sunnis hold to be dear, including but not limited to the companions and wives of the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him). This fatwa was received with
great appreciation by the Chancellor of Al-Azhar University, Shaykh Ahmad Al Tayyeb.


The Arab Spring
He has referred to the Arab Spring as the ‘Islamic Awakening’ and warned the protestors not to let their movements be hijacked by outside forces. He has been particularly supportive of the Bahraini protestors, but has sided with the government in the Syrian protests. This double standard has lost him credibility in the Sunni Arab World, yet he retains influence with the Arab Shi’a in Iraq. Moreover, he has forcefully suppressed protests in his own country.



The West knows very well that we are not seeking to
build nuclear weapons. Nuclear weapons are against
our political and economic interests and our Islamic beliefs.


Ayatollah Khamenei

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Assalamu alaikum,


I seem to have been taken off the subscription list Sad smileplease resubscribe me.


I enjoy my Sunday mornings reading CCN, but feel I must say that the quality has slipped the last few issues.


Perhaps there has been some sort of editorial change? If so, I am afraid my opinion is that it is not for the better.


Anyway keep up the good work and hopefully  inshaAllah, things will be back to 2011’s standard soon.


Barakallahu feekum.


Aisha Stacey


[Editor] Perhaps the wikipedia definition of the silly season might offer some explanation in our defence.   

Dear Editor

I was hoping CCN could help promote Pink Stumps Day for our cricket club.

As many of you may be aware, we play cricket on Sundays for a club in the Queensland Cricket Competition (Warehouse Cricket) - Silent Assassins. We are a bunch of players from predominantly around the Kuraby area who get together for some competitive cricket.

On Sunday 26th February we will be donning some Pinks as we head out into the field in support of the McGrath Foundation. We’re hoping to raise plenty of funds for this worth cause.

Every dollar makes a difference and your donation will help the McGrath Foundation to place McGrath Breast Care Nurses in communities right across Australia, as well as to increase breast awareness in young Australian women. To date we have placed 68 Breast Care Nurses across Australia, who together have helped support over 10,000 families.

Do check out our fundraising page and help us SMASH our fundraising goal!



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Arfa Karim Randhawa, loss of a prodigy

PAKISTAN: Arfa Karim Randhawa (pictured left with Bill Gates and her father), the Pakistani girl who stunned the IT world by becoming the youngest Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP) in the world back in 2004 aged just 9 passed away in the early hours of Saturday January 14.
The 16-year-old was admitted to the intensive care unit in Lahore’s Combined Military Hospital on December, 22, after suffering a cardiac arrest resulting from an epileptic seizure which damaged her brain.

As news that Arfa was in coma spread Pakistan watched with bated breath and some well wishers from around the world created Facebook and YouTube tribute sites including Pray for Arfa Karim – with many closely following and reporting on her progress.

A week after the attack, doctors said there was no hope for her survival and that her life support could be switched off “at any time.” However, a day before she died doctors observed that some parts of her brain had shown signs of improvement.

But sadly after 26 days in critical condition, one of Pakistan’s “brightest brains” lost her struggle for life.

During her short, yet successful life, the computer prodigy received numerous domestic and international awards including one by Microsoft co-founder and Chair Bill Gates in 2005.

Arfa was born in 1995 at Faisalabad to former army Lt Colonel. At the age of 9 years, she became the youngest MCP in the world - MCP involves building programs into broader systems for business - is a title given to those who master Mircosoft’s programs and is often used by adults to further their careers in the technology field.

Arfa was invited by Gates to visit the Microsoft headquarters in Redmond, Washington when she was only 10-years-old.

Later, in August 2005, Arfa was also honoured by the Pakistan Government who awarded her the Fatima Jinnah Gold Medal in Science and Technology which she received from then Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz.

She was also honoured with Salaam Pakistan Youth Award which has been set up by Pakistan’s only Nobel laureate Dr Abdul Salam. Moreover, Arfa has won the Presidential Award for Pride of Performance.

The youngster represented Pakistan on various global forums including the renowned IT Professionals of Dubai, where she was a guest of honour at a dinner reception attended by the Ambassador of Pakistan to the UAE.

During that trip, she was presented with various awards and was given the opportunity to fly a plane and was awarded the first flight certificate aged just 10.

In November 2006, Arfa was invited by Microsoft to be a part of the keynote session in the Tech-Ed Developers conference held in Barcelona.

The theme of the conference was “Get ahead of the game” and Arfa was presented as a true specimen of being ahead of the game. She was the only Pakistani among over 5,000 developers at that conference.

Earlier this month Gates reached out to the family and offered to pay for her medical care. He also proposed moving Arfa to the US for better treatment, although doctors decided it was against her best interest given Arfa was on a ventilator.

Her father Amjad thanked the Microsoft founder for his efforts, and said that his daughter was a spark that “got attention and love from everyone on the globe.”

Her uncle Major Ahsan Randhawa said, “We are grieving her loss but she was a strong child,” adding “she was God’s gift to us and now she has returned to Him.”

“Our thoughts are with Arfa’s family and many friends at the loss of this bright young woman,” said Gates in a statement.

In Pakistan, dignities including Prime Minster, Yusuf Raza Gilani, President, Asif Ali Zardari, chief ministers and governors of the provinces were among the hundreds to pay tribute to Arfa and offered their condolences.

A day after her death Pakistan’s Chief Minister, Shahbaz Sharif, announced that the Lahore Technology Park would be renamed Arfa Karim Technology Park in honour of the late prodigy.

Arfa had always identified herself with her roots, and had said proudly once that although she came from a “low-profile” family, she wanted to study all over the world and then come back to help the people in her village.

Sharif also announced that Arfa’s parents would be guests of honour in a special ceremony where free laptops would be handed out to students by the Government

Funeral prayers were offered on Sunday January 15 in Lahore before her body was taken to her native village Ram Dewali, Faisalabad, for burial.

Arfa had always identified herself with her roots, and had said proudly once that although she came from a “low-profile” family, she wanted to study all over the world and then come back to help the people in her village.

Hundreds of people, including Minister Sharif, ministers, politicians, friends and fellow students gathered to support the grieving family during the procession.

The Muslim News


Eighteen Muslims recognised in the New Year Honours    


UK: Eighteen members of the Muslim community were recognised in the Queen’s New Year Honours. One CBE, 5 OBEs and 12 MBEs will be handed to British Muslims for their varying contributions to society.


Full Muslim Honours List:

CBE: Dr Tahir Ahmed Mahmood, for services women’s health

OBE: Zahoor Ahmed, chm, Gifts Internat for services to internet trade. Durdana Ansari for services to Muslim women in the UK. Prof Mohamed El-Gomati, prof of electronics, Univ of York, for services to science. Mohammad Habeebullah for services to the community in Gtr Manchester. Amin Mohamed Mawji for services to public and voluntary service.

MBE: Akram Zaman, JP, pres, protocol for service to community in Northants. Al’adin Maherali for service to Voluntary Sector and to Business. Anwer Ibrahim Issa Ismail Patel, md, Cohens Chemist Group, for service community pharmacy. Bajloor Rashid, restaurateur and pres, Bangladesh Caterers Association for services to Bangladeshi catering. Mohammad Bhatti for service to local govt and to the community. Dr Syed Nayyer Abbas Abidi for service to black and minority ethnic community. Hanif Mohammad Raja for service to inter-faith relations, Scotland. Hifsa Haroon Iqbal, DL for service to community cohesion in Staffs. Mohamed Foiz Uddin for service to community cohesion. Mohammed Akram, JP for service to Brit Pakistani community in Scotland. Mohammed Saeed Moughal for service to community in Birmingham. Sayeeda Chowdhury, outreach worker, Longsight Sure Start children’s centre, Manchester for service to children and families.


The Muslim News


Liam Neeson Considers Giving Up Catholic Faith, Turning To Islam

Irish actor Liam Neeson has revealed he is considering giving up on his Catholic faith and converting to Islam.

The Hollywood star, 59, was recently filming in Turkish city Istanbul and became fascinated with the Muslim faith during his stay.

Speaking to The Sun, he said: "The Call to Prayer happens five times a day and for the first week it drives you crazy, and then it just gets into your spirit and it's the most beautiful, beautiful thing.

"There are 4,000 mosques in the city. Some are just stunning and it really makes me think about becoming a Muslim."

So he won't be copying Madonna and taking an interest in Kabbalah or following in Tom Cruise's footsteps and become a Scientologist?

The actor was raised in Northern Ireland as a Catholic altar boy and was named after his local priest.

On his Catholic beliefs, he said: "I was reared a Catholic but I think every day we ask ourselves, not consciously, what are we doing on this planet? What's it all about?

"I'm constantly reading books on God or the absence of God and atheism."

The Huffington Post



World's largest Qur'an unveiled in Afghanistan

Mohammad Sabir Khedri, fourth from left, shows Afghan officials the Qur'an he spent five years working on. Photograph: Mohammad Ismail/Reuters

A calligrapher worked for five years to create the world's biggest Qur'an in a bid to show the world that Afghanistan's rich cultural heritage and traditions have been damaged but not destroyed by 30 years of war, it has been revealed.

The lavish book, with pages measuring 2.28 metres by 1.55 metres, has been certified as the world's largest by the Afghan ministry of Haj and religious affairs, according to the Kabul cultural centre that houses it.

The previous claim to the title was for a copy unveiled last year in Russia's Tatarstan region.

The Afghan Qur'an weighs 500kg and its 218 pages of cloth and paper, bound inside an embossed leather cover made from the skins of 21 goats, cost over £300,000 to create.

Mohammad Sabir Khedri, the master calligrapher behind the project, worked with nine students on a design that combines gold script with millions of tiny colourful dots, forming highly symbolic decorations around the giant pages.

"I wanted to use as many tasteful colours as possible to make this holy book look beautiful," he said, standing beside his enormous creation in a room built specially to house it.

Khedri not only created the masterpiece, he managed to keep it a secret for over two years. It was finished in 2009, but the binding and room to house it were not ready until the start of 2012, when it was finally unveiled.

The Qur'an is housed in a cultural centre originally founded in the 1980s, and once home to 50,000 books, a medical centre, and schools for Afghan crafts such as carpet weaving.


I will be happier if someone else makes a bigger Qur'an. It is serving Islam 


Mohammad Sabir Khedri

All of that was destroyed during the civil war that followed the 1989 withdrawal of Soviet troops, and the harsh Taliban rule from 1996.

But its founder revived the centre after the 2001 ousting of the hardline government, and his daughter – member of parliament Farkhunda Zahra Naderi – now also helps support its work and manages a much smaller library.

"The cultural centre is proud that it provided this opportunity for an Afghan artist to actually show his talent to the world … We have Afghan people who show the positive aspect of Islam," Naderi told Reuters.

The giant Qur'an was her father's dream and a project he devoted himself to for years, Naderi said.

"Writing the Qur'an is a privilege, and … of course if you can make the biggest Qur'an everyone wants to do it, because they want to show the feeling they have, the biggest feeling inside their heart," Naderi said of the project.

But as a devout Muslim, Khedri said he would welcome ceding his moment in the spotlight to an even larger Qur'an made by someone else.

"I will be happier if someone else makes a bigger Qur'an. It is serving Islam," he said with a smile.

The Guardian



French Muslim jailed for punching nurse who tried to remove wife's burqa during childbirth    


PARIS: A Muslim man who punched a nurse for trying to remove his wife's burqa during childbirth has been jailed in France.

Nassim Mimoune, 24, had already been expelled from the delivery room for branding the midwife a 'rapist' as she carried out an intimate examination of his wife.

Then through a window he spotted the nurse taking off his wife's burqa as she prepared to give birth.

He smashed open the locked door and hit the woman in the face, demanding she replace the full Islamic face veil.


The pregnant mother begged her husband to allow the examination, but he threatened her with separation and divorce.

Mimoune, a construction personnel from Paris, was removed from the building by security guards and arrested for assault. His wife delivered a healthy baby boy.

A judge in the southern French port jailed Mimoune on December 21 for six months. The judge said he was putting “his spiritual dogma above the regulations of the Republic and his France citizenship.”

Mimoune apologised in the court for his behaviour and said that seeing his wife’s veil lifted in front of a male health personnel was like seeing her “bare-chested” in front of another man.


Mail Online


Indian worker eyes Guinness record for largest prayer beads

JEDDAH: An Indian expatriate worker is bidding for a place in the Guinness book of world records by making the largest prayer beads. O.M. Shamsuddin, an employee at Jeddah National Hospital, said he has already registered with Guinness.

He said he had spent about six months in making the beads, which is five meters long and weighs more than 2.35 kg. He made the balls of the beads using thick cushion forms. Every single bead has a diameter of five inches. He has painted the beads using a special mixed color to make them unique and attractive.

Shamsuddin has also made a special box to keep the beads. He got the idea when a friend asked him while he was making small balls using cushion forms whether he was making beads. “This encouraged me to make this set of beads,” he added. V.P. Muhammad Ali, managing director of JNH, commended Shamsuddin’s artistic skills.

Shamsuddin, who spends his spare time engaging in craft works, said a number of people had asked him to sell the beads. “I would like to present this beads to Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah, if possible, as a gift from Indian expatriates,” he said.


Arab News



UK's first course in women, Islam and the media launched    


UK: Women, Islam and the media are topics often found in close conjunction, and not always in the happiest of circumstances. So in a canny move, the University of East Anglia (UEA), which often gives better-known institutions a run for their money in terms of column inches, has developed a course entitled exactly that.

The 12-week module, which the university claims is the first of its kind in the UK, will cover the often inflammatory topics of veil wearing, arranged marriage and "honour" crimes – looking at how they are portrayed in contemporary film, TV and other media, and how this reflects cultural biases in both the east and west.

It launches this week and 18 third-year students have enrolled. Roughly equal numbers of men and women have signed up.

The course was developed by Dr Eylem Atakav, a graduate of Ankara University and lecturer at UEA. "Lots of people have written about women and Islam, lots of people have written about Islam and media or women and media, but they haven't been brought together before," she said.

Atakav said the course would be an important way of changing perceptions of Islam. Study materials include films and TV programmes from around the world, including Iran, the US, Turkey and China.


"We will look at how the media talk about 'honour'-based violence, for example. If it's a Middle Eastern woman who happens also to be a Muslim woman it's called an 'honour crime'. But if it's a British woman who was killed because her husband was jealous because she was having an affair with another man, it's called murder.


If it's a Middle Eastern woman who happens also to be a Muslim woman it's called an 'honour crime'. But if it's a British woman who was killed because her husband was jealous because she was having an affair with another man, it's called murder

Dr Eylem Atakav

"These crimes happen everywhere in the world, it's not just a Muslim, or just a Middle Eastern thing."

Journalist and broadcaster Nabila Ramdani agrees there is a need to challenge stereotypes. "The media caricatures [Muslim women]. It is the same kind of media treatment which sees Muslim men portrayed as swarthy types with beards or – at worst – potential terrorists," she said.

Atakav said the course had added relevance in the light of the Arab spring and new forms of political activism by women.

This week Germany's first university department of Islamic theology opened in the city of Tübingen. Three further institutions are planned across the country, designed to train future imams and teachers. Germany's education minister, Annette Schavan, hailed the scheme as an antidote to "hate preachers", according to Deutsche Presse-Agentur. Thirty-six students have enrolled for bachelor degrees.

The Guardian

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Critical Muslim, Issue 1: The Arabs are Alive


Quarterly journal jointly published by the Muslim Institute and Hurst Publishers



According to its editors and publishers, this journal will seek to showcase “groundbreaking thinking on Islam and what it means to be a Muslim in a rapidly changing, increasingly interconnected world. We will be devoted to examining issues within Islam, and Muslim societies, providing a Muslim perspective on the great debates of contemporary times, and promoting dialogue, cooperation and collaboration between ‘Islam’ and other cultures, including ‘the West’. We aim to be innovative, thought-provoking and forward-looking, a space for debate between Muslims and between Muslims and others, on religious, social, cultural and political issues concerning the Muslim world and Muslims in the world.”

As it happens, there are very few newspapers, magazines or journals published by Muslims. During my student days back in the early 1990s, I was an avid reader of many British Muslim publications like Impact International, Muslim World Book Review, Crescent International, etc. I also wrote and published numerous articles, reviews and poems in most of these and other similar publications, in addition to The Muslim News of course. Compared to the early 1990s, unfortunately we now have fewer publications and therefore even fewer options for young British Muslim writers, scholars and poets to get their works published. That is why a journal like Critical Muslim (CM) is much-needed and long over-due.

What does the CM stand for? According to its editors, “We are proud of our strong Muslim identity, but we do not see ‘Islam’ as a set of pieties and taboos. We aim to challenge traditionalist, modernist, fundamentalist and apologetic versions of Islam, and we attempt to set out new readings of religion and culture with the potential for social, cultural and political transformation of the Muslim world. Our writers may define their Muslim belonging religiously, culturally or civilisationally, and some will not ‘belong’ to Islam at all. Critical Muslim will sometimes invite writers of opposing viewpoints to debate controversial issues. We aim to appeal to both academic and non-academic readerships; and emphasise intellectual rigour, the challenge of ideas, and original thinking…We stand for open and critical engagement in the best tradition of Muslim intellectual inquiry.”

The theme of this volume is the so-called Arab Spring, its causes, immediate impact and potential for the future. Ten articles focus on different aspects of this extraordinary event that is currently sweeping the Arab world. There are 17 other contributions of variable quality and length classified under the headings of ‘Art and Letters’, ‘Reviews’ and ‘Et Cetera’.



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KB's Culinary Corner



KB says: This week's recipe uses the versatile summer squash that can be used in pizzas, soup, bread, scones and even for those with a sweet tooth in cakes. I hope you will look forward to making this crumpet as much as I do.


Zucchini and Chicken crumpets





1 ½ cups grated zucchini
1 cup shredded cooked chicken – see note below
1 egg, beaten
2 tbsp butter, melted
1 cup almond meal
1 tsp Aromat (seasoned salt)
¼ cup grated onion (water squeezed out)
¼ cup seasoned bread crumbs – add salt, pepper and chilly flakes.
1 tsp green chillies
1/4 cup flour
Olive or vegetable oil for cooking.

1. In a large bowl, combine zucchini, shredded chicken, egg, and butter or margarine. Stir in seasoned crumbs, grated onion, and seasoning. Mix well.
2. Shape mixture into patties. Dredge in flour.
3. In a medium skillet, heat oil over medium high heat until hot. Fry patties in oil until golden brown on both sides.

Note on chicken preparation:

Braise cubes of fillet chicken in olive oil or ghee with 1 tsp green chillies, 1 tsp ginger and garlic paste, ½ tsp cumin, salt and white pepper until chicken is cooked. Cool and then shred.


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Kareema's Keep Fit Column


Q: Dear Kareema, I I love boxing to tone my arms but am not a fan of wearing the gloves. Any tips?

A: Try finding a pair of gloves that fit well.


It may make all the difference for a better boxing session, especially if you’re using a heavy boxing bag.


Your other option is using wraps as it will reduce the risk of wrist injury and may not feel as heavy on the hands.

Remember smart boxing involves control and good technique for best results…








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Flightstar Fozi's Travel Tips



Q: Dear Flightstar Fozi, I would like to go to the Canton fair this year and want to know if I could do a quick side trip to Hong Kong, what is the best way to get there?







A: . The Guangzhou fair (previously called Canton) is held twice a year and it has 3 phases to the fair, grouped depending on the goods for display.


Each phase lasts about 5 days, and the fair itself is the biggest in the world.


It obviously brings in a great number of visitors to the city for each fair and prices for accommodation and food have been known to double during the fair period.


But getting to Hong Kong will be easy, you can catch a train and it will only take you about 2 hours.


Make sure you apply online for your invitation to the fair, and apply for your visa.


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The CCN Chuckle


Jallalluddin leaving his little village in the Arabian desert for the first time arrived in New York City and was amazed at the enormity of everything.


Having drunk quite a bit of water, he sorely needed to relieve himself.


To add to that, due to heavy turbulence on the flight, Jallalluddin did not catch even a wink of sleep and was really tired.

The first door he entered happened to be a large health club, and he asked the clerk if he might use the men's room.


The clerk said certainly and told Jallalluddin the men's room was the third door down the corridor on the left.

Now Jallalluddin, trying to appear lively and fresh, weaved his way down the hallway remembering some of the directions.


When he reached the third door, he turned RIGHT, opened the door and immediately fell into the deep end of the club's pool.


The clerk, realizing Jallalluddin's mistake, ran down the hall and burst through the door, prepared to save him, when he heard Jallalluddin shout...

"Don't flush, I'm in here!"


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                                                                   Jalāl ad-Dīn Rūmī


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