Sunday, 20 October 2013

 Newsletter 0467




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Through the joint efforts of Muslim Aid Australia, Muslim Charitable Foundation, Al Imdaad Foundation and World Orphan Fund, the day of Qurban was taken to remote areas in different countries.

The photographs were taken in Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, Vietnam, Cambodia and Palestine, where representatives were on the ground to ensure the slaughter and distribution took place.

Muslim Charitable Foundation in Brisbane raised over $15,000 towards this project.

A spokesman for MCF told CCN: “This was our first joint venture for Qurban with our partners Muslim Aid and we are very satisfied with this effort. We are indeed very grateful to the Muslim community of Brisbane who once again supported our Qurban Plus drive. The look of joy and gratitude on the faces of the many recipients is in itself very rewarding.”

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A few years ago a few friends decided to organize a matchplay golf tournament with the goal of uniting the Golfers in the community.

Over 2012 and into 2013 two very enjoyable and successful tournaments took place.


This support and enthusiasm gave the organizers the confidence to go ahead and try to form an official club now known as "The Continental Club".

The name was chosen to signify that it did not matter what your background or country of origin was, but what mattered most was unity. The circular logo of the club represents values of strength, unity and continuity, with the objectives of being fair and accommodating to all, to establish new friendships and above all to have fun.

On Sunday 13 October the newly formed "Continental Club" held its official launch at Gainsborough Greens Golf Course.

On the day, the launch began with a Ryder Cup competition in which 40 players participated with great enthusiasm and

At the end of the competition , the organizers shared their aims and objectives of the club with all the players and
invited them all to become members. The response was fantastic with many people signing up for membership!

All members received two stylish Continental Club shirts and a sports cap, which is the club uniform.

The day concluded with the presentation of various prizes and trophies, with all members looking forward to many more
fun events in the future.

A spokesperson for the organizers told CCN: "We would like to take this opportunity to thank all those who were involved in any way big or small, your efforts are greatly appreciated."

"Anyone who was not able to make it to the Sunday event but would like to join the club is most welcome to sign up for
membership at any time," he added. "The more members we have the more strength we have to move forward and build "The Continental Club" with unity and friendship insha allah."

You can contact any of the following members:


Fala Ahmed - 0434 193 801; Ahmed Omar - 0433 141 186; Idris Jangda - 0412 786 168; Imran Omar - 0433 112 504; Rafik Sabdia - 0409 270 589; Shakil Omar - 0433 141 189

Download the membership form here.


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Visit the Facebook Page to see pictures of events "The Continental Club" has hosted and view a video montage of the day.

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Australia's first Islamic Museum, the Islamic Museum of Australia has announced the appointment of 2013 Masterchef finalist, Samira El Khafu, to operate the museum's cafe when the complex opens to the public in early 2014.

Located in Thornbury on the banks of the scenic Merri Creek trail in Melbourne's north, Modem Middle Eastern will be housed at the rear of the museum and will operate from 10am to 4pm daily.

As the name suggests, Samira's menu will fuse Middle Eastern and Australian influences, which Samira says is the perfect inspiration considering the cafe's location.

“The museum itself will showcase the connection between Islamic and Australian cultures so I couldn't think of a better location to open my very own cafe.

“Set on the banks of the Merri Creek with a beautiful Australian landscape in the background, this cafe will represent exactly who I am-both Middle Eastern and Australian." she said.

Serving all day breakfast and lunch, this will be Samira's first cafe venture since completing her Mastenchef journey earlier this year, however Samira says fans of the show will be able to taste some of her most popular Masterchef creations with many set to appear on the menu.

“Our focus will be on fresh produce prepared daily and a few of my Masterchef dishes will feature on the menu. I don't want to give too much away too early but at least two of my signature dishes will be available." she said.

The cafe will also boast an entrance via the Merri Creek trail so walkers and cyclists can stop for a coffee and a bite to eat along their way.

Chairperson of the IMA, Maysaa Fahour, said it was an honour to have Samira on board.

“The Islamic Museum of Australia is excited to have Masterchef 2013 finalist, Samira El Khafir operate the cafe in the museum as
It will complement the Australian Muslim experience that we aim to give our visitors when we open next year." she said.

The Islamic Museum of Australia is a refined contemporary building that reflects both the traditional principles of Islamic design and the surrounding environment.

This unique space will invite visitors to experience the rich contributions Muslim Australians from the past and present day have made to art, history and culture.

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Appearing on Monday's panel will be Rabia Siddique who was born in Perth, WA, in 1971, the daughter of an Indian Muslim father and an Australian mother.

After obtaining Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Law degrees from the University of Western Australia, Rabia started her legal career as a criminal defence lawyer at the Legal Aid Commission of WA.

In 1998 she moved to the United Kingdom with the intention of expanding her practice to the fields of international humanitarian and criminal law.

In September 2001 Rabia was commissioned as a Legal Officer in the British Army and served until 2008. In 2006 she was awarded a Queen’s Commendation for her humanitarian work in the Middle East and in 2009 was the runner-up for Australian Woman of the Year in the UK.

Her memoir Equal Justice tells of how she and another soldier were taken hostage by Islamic insurgents on Iraq as they tried to negotiate the release of two kidnapped British SAS operatives. After their release, her colleague received a Military Cross while Rabia received nothing. Her subsequent sex and race discrimination case against the British Army made headlines around the world.

Rabia returned to Australia in 2011. She now works as a senior government lawyer in Perth, where she lives with her husband and triplet sons.

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The victorious SACC

Back row - Anjum Shahzad, Saad Kidwai, Deepak Ashu, Naseer Mughal, Mahmad Mangera, Tahir Khan, Raj Gohill, Usman Qureshi, Adil Bashir

Front row - Haroon Khan, Safin Sohani, Atif Muhammad


Members of the Silent Assassins Cricket Club (SACC) attended a Warehouse Cricket Trophy Night on Friday 11th October to celebrate the achievement of the just concluded Warehouse 2013 winter season.


SACC won their maiden premiership with a hard fought final against the youthful Iona Old Boys.


Premiership caps were presented to the players by ex-Australian fast bowler Craig McDermott who also spoke about the pressures of international cricket and spearheading an Australian attack that included Merv Hughes and Shane Warne.

Grand Final: Silent Assassins - 208 (Mahmad Mangera 94, Deepak Ashu 39, Safin Sohani 34) defeated Iona Old Boys - 167 (Atif Muhammad 3-17, Tahir Khan 3-36, Naseer Mughal 3-23)


(l to r) Atif Muhammad, Usman Qureshi, Naseer Mughal, Safin Sohani, Anjum Shahzad, Craig McDermott, Haroon Khan 

Back row - Anjum Shahzad, Atif Muhammad, Safin Sohani

Front row - Haroon Khan, Naseer Mughal, Usman Qureshi 

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A MUSLIM school in Sydney's southwest has been accused of serious financial mismanagement, becoming the fifth Islamic school in two years to potentially face a freeze in state funding.

Although the allegations have been put to police, no action has been taken by the NSW Education Department or Education Minister Adrian Piccoli, who has declined to reveal when he was first made aware of the claims.

Sam Cannavo resigned as principal late last month over the management of the 230-student school, making a formal complaint to police alleging that up to $2.1 million had gone missing from the school. Mr Cannavo has given police allegedly falsified building receipts with millions drawn on an account managed by a senior school official.

A builder hired by the school has also made a police complaint, alleging he was paid only half of the almost $5m the school had charged for projects at the school, alleging the school had charged millions in fake invoices.

In the past two years, The Australian has revealed four Islamic schools that have had state or federal funding frozen after allegations of financial irregularities.

Sydney's largest Muslim school, Malek Fahd, has been ordered by the federal government to pay back $9 million after an investigation by The Australian revealed millions were funnelled from the school to the Australian Federation of Islamic Councils. The school's funding has been released on the basis it pays back the money, and is challenging the ruling in court.

Despite the formal complaints to police about Bellfield and a police investigation, no action has been taken against the school by Mr Piccoli, the state or commonwealth education departments or the Association of Independent Schools, all of whom were made aware of the complaints. It is understood there are concerns about being seen as "anti-Muslim".


Source: The Australian

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If you felt you were being unduly humiliated by having to hold your ears with both hands and do squats when being punished in madressa then this form of punishment, which has been a common practice for many generations in the Indian subcontinent, might actually have responsible for you becoming smarter than you would otherwise have been......


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The people of Syria are experiencing a humanitarian crisis due to the civil war.

Aid agencies are reporting more than two million people, including one million children, have fled their homes and are living in relief centres in neighbouring countries. They need food, water, shelter, and health care.

Support is also being provided to communities housing Syrian refugees in places like Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey.

Your donation can help overseas development agencies deliver urgently needed aid to the region. The ABC is asking people to consider how they can support the Syrian Humanitarian appeal.

The United Nations has appointed UNHCR as the principal relief co-ordinator. Donations to Australia for UNHCR will go directly to the relief appeal to be used in the Syrian region.

In response to the refugee crisis now building in the Middle East as a result of the conflict in Syria, the ABC will be broadcasting a national appeal on Sunday October 20, asking Australians to donate money for humanitarian relief.

The appeal will be heard live on Local Radio across the country from 12pm to 3pm (AEST, please check your local guides) and will be simulcast on Radio National between 2pm to 3pm.

The broadcast will be hosted by Karen Tighe, who will be joined by a wide range of ABC personalities throughout the afternoon.

The program will focus on real-life stories from the refugee camps, interviews with aid workers and others who have witnessed the difficult conditions in the refugee camps and information on how donations from Australia will be used.

The ABC is partnering with Australia for UNHCR to present this fundraising appeal, but will also draw upon the experience and perspectives of other Australian aid agencies to illustrate the depth of the crisis and the breadth of the humanitarian response.

The need is great and your support will be appreciated. You can donate to any of the following organisations or your preferred overseas aid agency.

•Australia for UNHCR
•Save the Children
•CARE Australia
•Red Cross
•UNICEF Australia
•World Vision Australia
•World Food Program
•Act for Peace (National Council of Churches Australia)
•ActionAid Australia
•ADRA Appeal
•Anglican Aid

•Anglican Overseas Aid
•Australian Lutheran World Service
•CBM Australia

•Islamic Relief
•Archbishop of Sydney's Anglican Aid

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Hillal Kara-Ali took the $180 000 winners' prize in the The Mole (Australia) Season 6 competition.


CCN understands that Hillal, only very recently married, will be donating part of his winnings towards the building of a Mosque.


At the start of the season he had this to say about himself:

“My religion is pretty much opposite to what you need to display to win the show,”

Distrustful, manipulative, deceitful and selfish are all personality traits indelibly linked to playing a successful role in The Mole. While many of us may at first struggle with living out these traits, Hillal has fretted more than most.

As a devout Muslim aspiring to strictly follow his religion, the thought of embracing the conniving nature of the contestants was at first a moral dilemma.

"My religion is pretty much opposite to what you need to display to win the show,” confides Hillal, who has prayed daily during filming. "Juggling the show and my religion is tricky but I do explain every step I take in regards to why I made a decision and how I felt about it throughout the show.

"Before I make any decision I juggle it in my head. If I feel that a decision is not acceptable religiously I will not do it. If I feel that it is a decision in the context of the game – and it is important to remember that it is just a game – it takes the load religiously off my back."

Hillal – who is a recent graduate of a Health Science degree and is aiming to follow a career in teaching – was at first nervous on how his strict beliefs would be perceived by the other contestants.

"I first thought people wouldn't like me and would be against my background, but on the first day I mentioned to Aisha that I couldn’t shake her hand and not to get offended,” he explains. "Putting that boundary up and allowing them to see who I am right from the beginning has allowed them to be closer to me.

"It's funny how the Muslim gets along with the Christian, who gets along with the gay guy – but The Mole is still a game and sooner or later someone is going to get backstabbed. But it’s part of the game and not part of religion or a background."

Religion wasn't the only personal dilemma Hillal faced before filming began. He also had matters of the heart to confront, breaking the news to his fiancé Rayann that filming dates conflicted with their proposed wedding day.

"Telling my bride-to-be that we should delay the wedding for me to go on The Mole was extremely nerve-racking!" he says. "She is a very strong woman and it was hard to tell her, but she was okay with it and knows it is important to me."

Hillal is a model citizen in his community and has a strong competitive streak having played rugby league for the Lebanon national team and the Australian Universities Team. He hopes this ability to be a team player helps him forge alliances in the dog-eat-dog world of The Mole.

"My game plan is to be the best of both worlds – to be a mediator and a friend of everyone," he says. "But when night time comes, I need to use those friendships to benefit myself."


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SeekersHub Sydney held their inaugural opening weekend on the 5th & 6th October 2013, at their new premises, headed by Imam Afroz Ali, teacher and Managing Director for SeekersGuidance.

Shaykh Faraz Rabbani, Founder of SeekersGuidance, was the guest of honour, flying in from Toronto for the special event.


Hafiz Muhammad Khatree, Academy Manager for SeekerPoint Brisbane, commented:

‘ ... What a weekend it was! From the intensive learning of transformation sacred knowledge, the recitation of praises of Allah the Most High and His Most Beloved, peace be upon him, to being in the blessed company of our mentor, Shaykh Faraz Rabbani aka Digital Dervish, I found it all to be exceedingly mesmerising and thought-provoking. Most importantly, we seized this wonderful opportunity to reconnect with Allah and discover ways to internalise His attributes within our human capacity.’




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We are seeking qualified and experienced Teachers for our

Primary & Secondary Teachers
ESL Teacher (TESOL Qualifications)
IT Teacher Qualified
Qualified Arabic & Islamic Teachers and Imams

Please forward CV to: Australian International Islamic College; ATTENTION CHAIRMAN
Email: admin@aiic.qld.edu.au; Applications close by 15th November 2013; PH: 3372-1400



Tutor in maths and science for primary and high school students available in Kuraby/Eight Mile Plains area. Contact Raihaan 0405174430

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As SalaamuAlikum,

Dear Editor,
Eid Mubarak to your readers! And may Allah (SWT) reward the team at CCN for the effort in order to bring the Muslim Ummah together. May Allah shower his limitless mercy upon the believers, Aamen.

Last I contacted you was for the publication of Eid story from Gladstone and Alhumdulillah since then we have grown to approximately 90 Muslims.


Currently we are maintaining our Musallah on Off Lane which only accommodates 15 to 20 people, but the space is becoming limited due to growing Muslim numbers in Gladstone.

We in Gladstone are planning to buy a dedicated Masjid to support the growing Muslim Community. The property identified is for $600,000 and we have collected approximately $150,000 to date.

Please find attached Gladstone Masjid donation appeal flyer.


Also, volunteers from Gladstone will be at Darra Masjid on 1st of November for collection of donation after Jumma Salaah.

Jazakalla Hu Khair,
Syed Midhat Quadri
Islamic Society of Gladstone


The destruction of Mecca's heritage continues


Pilgrims follow in the footsteps of the prophet Muhammad, but there is little of his legacy left in Islam's holiest city


Under threat … The library built to mark the site of the prophet's birthplace.

Photograph: Irfan al-Alawi 

SAUDI ARABIA: Two million Muslims flooded into Saudi Arabia's Mina Valley from Mecca for the start of the Hajj pilgrimage. Dressed in simple white garments and freed from their worldly possessions, they followed in the footsteps of the prophet Muhammad. But in Islam's holiest city, there is increasingly little sign of the prophet's legacy – or the frugal life he espoused.

“The authorities are trying to destroy anything in Mecca that is associated with the prophet's life,” says Irfan al-Alawi, director of the UK-based Islamic Heritage Research Foundation, who recently returned from a trip to the city. “They have already bulldozed the house of his wife, his grandson and his companion – and now they are coming for his birthplace. And for what? Yet more seven-star hotels.”

At the foot of the Khandama mountain to the west of the Grand Mosque, an innocuous white building stands alone, cast adrift in a sea of paving and tarmac. This small library was built to mark the site of the house where the prophet was born, known as the House of Mawlid, the remains of which Alawi says still lie beneath its raised plinth. But it is now in the path of bigger plans.

Across the road, the house of Muhammad's wife, Khadijah, has already been replaced with a block of 1,400 public lavatories. Further up the hill, centuries-old neighbourhoods have been flattened to continue the marching line of steroidal hotel towers. Its neighbours already swept away, the library is next in the firing line, standing in the way of plans for an underground car park and a metro line extension – needed to cope with the huge influx of visitors, set to reach 17 million a year by 2025.

The Bir e Tuwa well, a holy site associated with the prophet Muhammad, is now facing demolition.

Photograph: Irfan al-Alawi 

As if to preempt any outcry, the building now bears a sign in five languages declaring: “There is no proof that prophet Muhammad was born in this place, so it is forbidden to make this place specific for praying, supplicating or get blessing.” A booth manned by the religious police ensures that no visitors step out of line.

It is, says Alawi, just the latest move in a series of state-endorsed acts of cultural vandalism, urged on by the hardline wahhabist sect, which perceives historic sites and the veneration of the prophet as encouraging sinful idolatry. A 1,400-year-old well, Bir e Tuwa, where the prophet spent a night, now stands alone as another endangered fragment marooned in a rubble wasteland. Its neighbours have been razed for hotels, and it looks to be going the same way.


The Guardian

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 Muslim pupils allowed back to school after beard row 


UK: Two Muslim schoolboys who were placed in 'isolation' for violating the dress code of Mount Carmel Roman Catholic High School, which prohibits beards, fake tan, false nails, make-up, dyed hair and inappropriate jewellery, have been allowed back to school on condition that they are enrolled on a Qur'an memorisation programme at their local mosque.


The school's primary reaction, to place the pupils in isolation, was criticised by families of the two boys as 'pure discrimination'. But the school has reached a compromise with the pupils saying it is compelled to take due regard of the European Convention on Human Rights.


In a statement, the school Governors said:

"The school is advised that it is part of Muslim tradition and religious belief that a beard is a sign of commitment to the Islamic faith but it is ultimately down to personal belief.


"[As] governors of voluntary aided schools we have to comply to the European Convention on Human Rights, as do all schools. "As part of this legislation all schools must make reasonable adjustments to school uniform on genuine religious grounds.


"With this in mind, and in line with European Human Rights legislation, governors have taken the decision to only allow Muslim boys permission to grow a beard as a sign of their faith as long as they have started the Hafiz programme at their local Mosques."

Source: Engage

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Muslim doctor undeterred after loss of family 


EIRE: After losing his entire family to an anti-Muslim hate attack earlier this month, a Pakistani-origin neurosurgeon based in Ireland has announced to step up the community work for Christians with even more vigour.

On September 13, the wife, daughter and two teenage sons of Ireland’s top neurosurgeon Dr Muhammad Taufiq Al Satar were killed in an arson attack, allegedly by white racists, at the family’s home in Leicester UK.

“The calamity that has hit me was the will of Allah and I submit to that. But that would not stop me from doing what I was doing before. In fact the time I used to spend with my family would now be used in more community service for my neighbours from all faiths,” Sattar said in his first interview to Irish National Radio (RTE).

“I want to show the world the real Islam that is peaceful and caring. It commands us to look after our neighbours and not to harm anyone,” he said while speaking even before the burial of his family.While praising his wife for 20 years of her services for the family, Sattar attributed his incredible calmness and composure over this horrible loss to his strong faith.

“We have been taught through Quran and life of Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) how to deal with such calamities. The Prophet himself lost his six children during his lifetime but he never complained,” he told the host Seán O’Rourke during the radio programme.

Sattar said the last conversation he had with his family was just few hours before their death. The bodies of Shehnila Taufiq, 47, her daughter Zainab, 19, and sons Bilal, 17, and Jamil, 15, were recovered from their house in Wood Hill in the early hours of Friday, September 13.


My wife had raised my children in such a way that they were not only good practising Muslims but also good neighbours involved in a lot of community work.



Dr Muhammad Taufiq Al Satar

“My wife had raised my children in such a way that they were not only good practising Muslims but also good neighbours involved in a lot of community work,” he said adding that the family had been running a community welfare centre for last three years.

Sattar left Pakistan in 1990 and worked in several UK hospitals before being appointed as the second paediatric neurosurgeon of the Ireland in 2007.He said his wife and 19-year-old daughter Zainab were due to move to Ireland in July to work with the Dawah Community Centre in Castleknock.

His daughter had wanted to pursue a career in primary school teaching in Dublin and also teaching religion. His sons Jamal, aged 17, and 15-year-old Bilal were to remain in Leicester to pursue their studies.

Sattar said his future was in Ireland, where he would focus more on the community centre where he works. He said he would work to be part of Irish society to show how Muslims practise their religion. The Leicestershire Police have so far charged four people with murder of Sattar’s family.
Source: The News

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Muslim groups want ‘Allah’ ban extended to Borneo churches


PUTRAJAYA: Borneo churches should stop using “Allah” in their worship and within the Al-Kitab after the Court of Appeal ruled today against allowing the Catholic Church to use the Arabic word for god in its newspaper, Muslim groups insisted today.

Perkasa vice-president Datuk Zulkifli Noordin said that the Al-Kitab, the Bahasa Malaysia version of the Christian bible, could continue to be distributed in Malaysia, but stressed that the holy book must not contain 32 words, including “Allah”, prohibited to non-Muslim by Islamic enactments in some states.


For all these years, the white American has wrongly used the word ‘negro’ and ‘nigger’. Suddenly they found out it’s been wrongly used, so they changed. Why not you emulate that?

Nasharuddin Mat Isa

“I have no problem if they want to publish that without those words, not just ‘Allah’, but 32 words in the Syariah Criminal Enactment,” Zulkifli told reporters after the court decision here today.

Former PAS deputy president Nasharuddin Mat Isa said that the appellate court ruling clearly indicated that the word “Allah” is exclusive to Muslims, when asked if Bumiputera Christians in Sabah and Sarawak could continue using the word in their church services.

“So, everyone should stick to that decision,” Nasharuddin told reporters.

Zulkifli also stressed that the Sabah and Sarawak churches should be educated on today’s court ruling that found that the word “Allah” is not an integral part of the Christian faith.

“For all these years, the white American has wrongly used the word ‘negro’ and ‘nigger’. Suddenly they found out it’s been wrongly used, so they changed. Why not you emulate that?” said the Malay and Muslim right-wing group leader.

When pointed out that Bumiputera Christians have used the word “Allah” long before Malaysia was formed in 1963, Zulkifli said: “They’ve been using it during the colonisation by the Western world on the Muslim country.”

“You can’t colonise people, use their word, and then you claim it’s yours. I mean, that’s ridiculous, isn’t it?” he added.

Borneo churches said in a statement last Friday that prohibiting Christians from calling their god “Allah”, which has been part of church practice for centuries, violates the 1963 Malaysia agreement.

The East Malaysian church leaders also noted that the 10-point solution issued by the Najib administration in 2011 allows the printing, importation and distribution of the Al-Kitab that contains the word “Allah”.

Zulkifli, however, noted today that Christians in Indonesia stopped referring to God as “Allah” after the song “Allah Peduli” (Allah Cares), by Indonesian singer Agnes Monica, was banned by the Selangor Islamic Religious Council in 2009.

“The Indonesian Christians dropped the word ‘Allah’ and they changed it with ‘Elohim’, so why can’t they do it here?” said Zulkifli.

“They revised the whole bible, the one called Al-Kitab, and you can’t find the word ‘Allah’ there. It’s replaced with the word ‘Elohim’,” he added.

Elohim is a name for God that is often used in the Hebrew bible.

The Court of Appeal ruled unanimously earlier today against allowing the Catholic Church to use the word “Allah” in its weekly publication the Herald, saying that the government did not impugn on the Church’s constitutional rights in banning the use of the word.


You can’t colonise people, use their word, and then you claim it’s yours. I mean, that’s ridiculous, isn’t it?

Datuk Zulkifli Noordin

Justice Datuk Seri Mohamed Apandi Ali, who read out a summary of the judgement, said the home minister had acted well within his powers to disallow the Herald from using the word “Allah” in its Bahasa Malaysia section.

Following the judgment, Perkasa president Datuk Ibrahim Ali said that it is up to Putrajaya to interpret the court ruling and determine whether other Christian publications should be barred from using the word “Allah”.

“It is up to the government to interpret, whether it’s confined to the Herald or other publications,” Ibrahim told reporters.

When asked if Borneo churches should similarly stop calling God “Allah”, he said that it was up to individuals to “respect the law”.

The Allah case returned to the courts last September, over three years after Putrajaya filed an appeal against the Kuala Lumpur High Court’s decision in favour of allowing Catholic weekly the Herald to continue using the word “Allah” in its Bahasa Malaysia section.

The Catholic Church had in July this year moved to strike out the government’s appeal after patience ran out with the lack of progress in the government’s challenge on the decision, which has contributed to festering interfaith ties in the country.

The “Allah” row erupted in 2008 when the Home Ministry threatened to revoke the Herald’s newspaper permit, prompting the Catholic Church to sue the government for violating its Constitutional rights.

The 2009 High Court decision, which upheld the Catholic Church’s constitutional right to use the word “Allah” in the Herald, had led to a string of attacks against houses of worship, including the firebombing of a church.

Source: Yahoo

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During the Middle Ages, when Europe was plunged into the Dark Ages, Arab scholars and historians translated most of the works of the Greek scholars, thereby preserving some of the greatest intellectual achievements that are the cornerstone of Western civilization.


For the next few weeks CCN will offer an English word that has, as its origin, the Arabic language:


English Arabic Origin Arabic Meaning
azure   al-azward lapis lazuli
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CCN Readers' Book Club: You are what you read!


This week a CCN READER recommends


Thomas Jefferson's Qur'an: Islam and the Founders


Denise A. Spellberg



In this original and illuminating book, Denise A. Spellberg reveals a little-known but crucial dimension of the story of American religious freedom—a drama in which Islam played a surprising role.


In 1765, eleven years before composing the Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson bought a Qur’an.


This marked only the beginning of his lifelong interest in Islam, and he would go on to acquire numerous books on Middle Eastern languages, history, and travel, taking extensive notes on Islam as it relates to English common law.


Jefferson sought to understand Islam notwithstanding his personal disdain for the faith, a sentiment prevalent among his Protestant contemporaries in England and America.


But unlike most of them, by 1776 Jefferson could imagine Muslims as future citizens of his new country.


Based on groundbreaking research, Spellberg compellingly recounts how a handful of the Founders, Jefferson foremost among them, drew upon Enlightenment ideas about the toleration of Muslims (then deemed the ultimate outsiders in Western society) to fashion out of what had been a purely speculative debate a practical foundation for governance in America.


In this way, Muslims, who were not even known to exist in the colonies, became the imaginary outer limit for an unprecedented, uniquely American religious pluralism that would also encompass the actual despised minorities of Jews and Catholics.


The rancorous public dispute concerning the inclusion of Muslims, for which principle Jefferson’s political foes would vilify him to the end of his life, thus became decisive in the Founders’ ultimate judgment not to establish a Protestant nation, as they might well have done.


As popular suspicions about Islam persist and the numbers of American Muslim citizenry grow into the millions, Spellberg’s revelatory understanding of this radical notion of the Founders is more urgent than ever.


Thomas Jefferson’s Qur’an is a timely look at the ideals that existed at our country’s creation, and their fundamental implications for our present and future.



ALSO READ: What role did Islam have in shaping the Founders' views on religion? A new book argues that to understand the debate over church and state, we need to look to their views on Muslims, writes R.B. Bernstein.  


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KB says: Farida Lambat is my guest chef of the week.

A great recipe to use up those last couple of bananas that have gotten a bit too ripe. It’s quick and easy, it’s mixed and baked in one bowl and ready in under 20 minutes. As a substitute for muscovado sugar I use brown sugar – haven’t tried raw sugar but I guess it would work too.



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Q: Dear Kareema, my knee has been troubling me and I’ve been ordered by my doctor to lose weight and do some exercises that will strengthen the muscles around
the knee. I’ve been given a few exercises to do and was wondering if you have any tips / ideas at all.

A: Try cycling as it definitely strengthens the muscles around the knee.


Start with a stationary bike until you are comfortable cycling and then take on some of the cycle tracks in your local area / parks.


Another great activity now that the weather is warmer is to hop in the pool for a swim or walk up and down the lanes.

With both of the above there is no jarring of the knees so you know that you’ll be safe while exercising – be sure to check in with your doctor as you go though,
just to be sure that all is well with the knee.


Take care and enjoy getting stronger.






My Health and Fitness

Tel: 0404 844 786


Need an answer to a fitness related matter?

Send your question to Kareema at  fitness@crescentsofbrisbane.org.

All questions sent in are published here anonymously and without any references to the author of the question.


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Mula Nasruddin was explaining to Jallaluddin that the Japanese attitude for work could best be summarised as:


"If one can do it, I can do it.

If no one can do it, I must do it."


Then how would you describe our attitude to work, Jallaludin enquired of Mula Nasruddin.


To which Mula Nasruddin replied:



"Wallahi if one can do it, let him do it.

If no one can do it, ya habibi how can I do it?"

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It is Allah Who created you in a state of (helpless) weakness, then gave (you) strength after weakness, then, after strength, gave (you) weakness and a hoary head: He creates as He wills, and it is He Who has all knowledge and power.      

Surah Ar-Rum 30:54


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Every person has the power to make others happy.

Some do it simply by entering a room
others by leaving the room.
Some individuals leave trails of gloom;
others, trails of joy.
Some leave trails of hate and bitterness;
others, trails of love and harmony.
Some leave trails of cynicism and pessimism;
others trails of faith and optimism.
Some leave trails of criticism and resignation;
others trails of gratitude and hope.

What kind of trails do you leave?


~ William Arthur Ward


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3372 1400

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Logan Mosque & Logan Library

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2 November


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SeekersPoint BRISBANE

Multi Faith Centre (N35), Griffith University, Nathan Campus

0400 796 416

7pm to 9.30pm

3 November


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SeekersPoint BRISBANE

Bayside Park, Trafalgar St, Manly

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4.30am to 5.30am

3 November


Why can’t we get married?

SeekersPoint BRISBANE

Multi Faith Centre (N35), Griffith University, Nathan Campus

0400 796 416

6pm to 9.30pm

5 November


Meditations on Sufism: A Musical & Poetic Evening to Celebrate the Coronation of the first Sufi Master

Multi-faith Centre, Griffith University

Multi-faith Centre, Griffith University

3735 7052

6.30pm for 7pm

24 November



Aashooraa Day

26 January 2014


International Food Festival 2014

Islamic Society of Gold Coast

Gold Coast Mosque, 144 Allied Drive, Arundel

0416 212 541

8am to 8pm

22 March 2014


International Food Festival hosted by Kuraby Mosque

Kuraby Mosque

Wally Tate Park

0422 191 675

10am to 9pm


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SeekersPoint BRISBANE


Hosted by SeekersPoint Brisbane
Topic: SeekersCircle - Etiquettes of the Seeker
Commences: 7:30pm Friday 18 October. Every Friday for 10 weeks
Venue: Multi Faith Centre (N35), Griffith University, Nathan Campus


Bald Hills Mosque Weekly Tafseer


The weekly program schedule is as follows:
Mondays: Tafseer
Wednesdays: Tafseer
The above lessons will start at 7:30 pm and will go for approximately 1/2 an hour each day. All brothers and sisters are welcome.


Kuraby Mosque Tafseer & Taalim


Tuesday tafseer and taleem classes at Kuraby Mosque every Tuesday 11am - 12.30pm


Queensland Police Service/Muslim Community Consultative Group


VENUE: Mt Gravatt Police Station, 2132 Logan Road, Upper Mt Gravatt

Wednesday 20 November

Commencing at 6.00pm (Times may change throughout the year pending salat)



For more information and RSVP:

Sergeant Jim Bellos at Bellos.Dimitrios@police.qld.gov.au

Tafsir & Islamic History Classes

VENUE: Al-Mustapha Institute of Brisbane, 39 Bushmills Court, Hillcrest

Every Monday & Wednesday
7pm - 8:15pm

All Brothers & Sisters are welcome.

For further information please contact Moulana Noor 0432 712 546.


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Karratha Muslims (Muslims in Western Australia)

Islam TV

Recording of lectures and events in and around Queensland

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Free service for multicultural clients who are carers, elderly and people with disabilities

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Coordinated collection & distribution of: Zakaah, Lillah, Sadaqah, Fitrana, Unwanted interest

Islamic Medical Association of Queensland (IMAQ)

Network of Muslim healthcare professionals

Al-Imdaad Foundation (Australia)

Australian Muslim Youth Network (AMYN)
Find out about the latest events, outings, fun-days, soccer tournaments, BBQs organised by AMYN. Network with other young Muslims on the AMYN Forum

Islamic Council of Queensland (ICQ)  

Umbrella body representing various Mosques and Societies in Queensland

Current list of businesses certified halal by ICQ  7 August 2011

Islamic Friendship Association of Australia

Blog of the Association's activities

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Muslim Women's eNewsletter

Sultana’s Dream is a not-for-profit e-magazine that aims to provide a forum for the opinions of Australian Muslim women

Islamic Solutions

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IQRA Academy Institute of Islamic Studies

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Gold Coast Mosque

 Incorporating Islamic Society of Gold Coast Inc.

South African National Halaal Authority (SANHA)

Muslim Womens' Convert Support Group (MWCSG)

Network of Muslim women converts from the Brisbane and Gold Coast areas of Queensland.

Australian International Islamic College (Durack)

Kotku Mosque - Dubbo NSW

Islamic Society of Algester

Jamiatul Ulama Western Australia

Body of Muslim Theologians (Ulama, Religious Scholars)

Islamic Women's Association of Queensland (IWAQ)

Community based, not-for-profit organisation providing Settlement, Aged Care, disability, social activities and employment opportunities.

Federation of Australian Muslim Students & Youth (FAMSY)

Queensland Intercultural Society (QIS)

GIRU – Griffith Islamic Research Unit

          Qld Stories link or YouTube link

Gold Coast Halal Certification Services (GCHCS)

Muslim Aid Australia

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Human Appeal International Australia  Always with you on the road to goodness

Al-Mustapha Institute of Brisbane  

Preserving the Past, Educating the Present to Create the Future

Islamic Society of Darra

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Islamic Shia Council of Queensland

Muslim Reverts Network

Supporting new Muslims

Muslim Funeral Services (MFS)

 Funeral Directors & Funeral Fund Managers for the Brisbane and Gold Coast communities

Islamic Society of Bald Hills (ISBH)

Tafseers and Jumma Khubahs uploaded every week.

Muslim Community & Qld floods

How the community helped out during the 2010 QLD floods

The CCN Young Muslim Writers Award (Facebook)

The Queensland Muslim Historical Society  (Facebook)

Muslim Women's National Network of Australia, Inc (MWNNA)

Peak body representing a network of Muslim women's organisations and individuals throughout Australia

Sultana's Dream

Online magazine subscribe@sultanasdream.com.au

Lockyer Valley Islamic Association


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